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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

With its doors due to open in September, Kagi Maldives Spa Island is a 15-minute seaplane ride (or one-hour speedboat ride) from Malé. Located in North Malé Atoll, the 50-villa property will house a dedicated wellness centre offering all sorts of treatments and therapies including reiki, yoga and holistic health coaching.


New in Krabi

Banyan Tree Krabi is set to open along Tubkaek Beach in October this year. The new resort will house pool suites and villas, including two- and three-bedroom options. Other facilities include all-day dining, a ballroom, wedding chapel, beach club, kids’ club, fitness centre and rainforest-themed spa.


Nature Heals

The pause in travel across the globe has been tough on many of us, but it’s been a positive news story for the planet’s wildlife. Our friends at Singita in Africa report that animals are thriving right across their reserves. In fact, they’ve recently spotted multiple packs of wild dogs – an endangered species in Africa – move through their Sabi Sand reserve in South Africa. To see these amazing animals, and many more, check out Singita’s Instagram where you can experience real-time bush sightings.

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New in NZ

Robertson Lodges has opened The Residences at Kauri Cliffs, in the North Island of New Zealand. The three stunningly located private residences each have a saltwater swimming pool and four guest bedrooms with private bathrooms and verandas, family-sized kitchens, and spacious living and dining rooms – perfect for larger groups. Enjoy daily breakfast, pre-dinner drinks, canapés and dinner during your stay, while taking in the gorgeous surrounds.


Hollywood Holiday

Planning a break in the States? The Beverly Hills Hotel in LA has completed a redesign and restoration of its historic bungalows, designed to feature famous personalities who’ve stayed in the hotel over the past 100 years. Bungalow 9, for example, was inspired by Charlie Chaplin; it includes a library with classic Chaplin books and even a Chaplin cocktail kit.


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

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

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


See more in our Travel section:

Melinda’s adventure in Italy and Europe
The story of a frequent flyer
Top things to do in Hong Kong