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Travel news: Places to stay and play

If you love travelling (like we do), we’re sure you’re always on the hunt for a new hotel or destination to head to for your next holiday! Here are some great spots and hotel deals to check out.

Magic Maldives

American hotel brand The Standard, known for its pioneering design, launched The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives in November, marking the brand’s debut in Asia. The island retreat offers relaxation, social activities and vibrant cultural experiences for couples, groups of friends and singles looking to recharge in paradise. Guests are spoilt with a selection of curated and cultural experiences – from indigenous basket weaving, to moonlight cinema beneath the stars and pool parties at the beachside infinity pool.

Special offer: Make a booking by 20 December to enjoy opening rates from US$395 per night in a private villa, with buffet breakfast. standardhotels.com/maldives/properties/huruvalhi

Island Getaway

Travelling to Abu Dhabi for work, a holiday or a layover? Get out of the city and visit Zaya Nurai Island. A 10-minute boat ride from the city, the private island resort has beach, estate and water villas, all with pools. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer loads of natural light and views of the ocean. Guests can enjoy activities such as wake surfing, jet skiing and fishing trips, while day passes are also available for beach and pool access and boat transfers. zayanuraiisland.com

Beautiful NZ!

As part of its new campaign, “100% Pure Welcome – 100% Pure New Zealand”, Tourism New Zealand has launched a yearlong content series called Good Morning World, with locals across the country sharing a welcome message every day. You can share your own adventures in the country by filming yourself saying “Good morning world” from a cool spot in New Zealand and sharing what you’re up to. When you post it on Insta or Facebook, tag @GoodMorningWorldNZ and #GoodMorningWorldNZ. tourismnewzealand.com

Save the Gorillas!

African luxury accommodation operator Singita has opened Kwitonda Lodge & Kataza House in Rwanda. The lodges tell the story of the Rwandan people and the area’s endangered mountain gorillas, which you can visit via treks through Volcanoes National Park. An onsite nursery produces trees as part of a reforestation initiative aimed at increasing gorilla numbers in the park. singita.com

Singita Kataza House

Amazing Adventures

Get the help of travel experts Scott Dunn to customise your next holiday, from walking itineraries to ballooning experiences. The walks take in wonderful destinations such as Rainbow Mountain in Peru and remote villages in the Himalayas; or, you can explore stunning Tuscany or the plains of the Maasai Mara from above in a hot-air balloon. scottdunn.com

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Fancy Glamping?

If you’re keen to glamp, you may as well do it in the sand dunes of old Arabia! Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara in Southern Oman has teamed up with Oman Expeditions to launch a new luxury mobile camping experience. The trips take in the diverse terrain of Dhofar province, from vast deserts and rugged mountains to long empty beaches. Available September to April. salalah.anantara.com

Al Baleed Resort Salalah

Vietnamese Onsen

No need to travel to Japan to enjoy an onsen. Alba Wellness Valley Resort by Fusion is a natural hot springs resort near Hue, Vietnam, offering three new multi-day wellness packages. They include accommodation, nutritional meals and detox drinks, plus daily activities such as hiking, biking and water meditation. qlbawellnessvalley.com

Himalayan Holiday

Pavilions Himalayas The Farm is offering a three-night “Lifetime Experience” package where guests can connect with the local community. The stay includes a cooking class and Nepali lunch with FAB Hospitality School students, local village visits and a tour of the hotel’s organic eco farm. Until 31 December 2020 (excluding July and August). pavilionshotels.com/himalayas

Pavillions Himalayas

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