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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.

Au Naturel NZ

Enjoy the beauty of New Zealand with the Forest to Fairway package at Treetops Lodge & Estate and Kinloch Club in Rotorua. It includes a two-night secluded forest getaway at Treetops and a two-night stay at Kinloch, overlooking gorgeous Lake Taupo. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary fifth night at either lodge. This can be taken consecutively during the same trip, or on another night before 30 April 2019. treetops.co.nz

Kinloch club

Finland flights

If you’re heading to Europe this year – whether it’s back home or on holiday – we have some good news. Finnair will be operating twice-daily between Hong Kong and Helsinki from 1 April 2019. On the airline’s new A350s you’ll be treated to extra legroom in economy, purified air and an LED experience that recreates the Northern Lights. The airline will also launch Premium Economy class on long haul flights from 2021. Start planning those Lapland trips! finnair.com


Luxe Lifestyle

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has launched a new luxury residence, The Muraka. During a stay in this underwater villa, you’ll enjoy special experiences including tailor-made menus, wellness experiences, underwater adventures, and 24-hour service by devoted butlers. What’s not to love? conradmaldives.com


MurakaExotic India

Goa has long beckoned travellers with its enticing mix of sun, sea and spirituality. Now is a good time to add the Indian state to your list, with the opening of Fairfield by Marriott Goa Anjuna in North Goa. Close to beaches and entertainment and nightlife destinations, this family-friendly modern property offers comfortable guest rooms, a 24-hour fitness centre, spa and kids’ club, and more. marriott.com/goifg-fairfield-goa-anjuna

Goa india

Angkor Calling

The Aviary Hotel, an eco-friendly 25-room property in the heart of Cambodia’s Siem Reap, has launched a Siem Reap Retreat package that includes a three-night stay with WiFi access, daily breakfast and round-trip airport transfers for two. Available from now until 31 March, the package ranges in price from US$435 to US$636. When booking through the hotel website, use promo code “Retreat2018”. theaviaryhotel.com


Himalayan Haven

Surrounded by rice fields and with stunning views of the Annapurna range, The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View southwest of Pokhara in Nepal offers a back-to-nature experience. Made from natural local materials, the new tented eco-villas have floor-to-ceiling retractable glass doors, handcrafted furniture and alfresco rain showers. Guests have loads of opportunities to explore, including mountain trekking, kayaking and nature walks. pavilionshotels.com/himalayas


Golfing getaways

A new Greg Norman-branded club in Vietnam is now open for play. KN  Golf  Links  Cam Ranh, near the coastal city of Nha Trang, features 18 holes inspired by classic links golf and a further nine parkland-style holes. Cam Ranh is an upcoming resort destination on an 8km stretch of white sand less than an hour’s flight from Ho Chi Minh City. kngolflinks.com

golf place

Overlooking the Pun Hlaing Golf Course, Awei Metta has opened in Yangon, Myanmar. The modern hotel’s suites each come with a private balcony and office space. Guests can also enjoy dining at the in-house restaurant and making use of the swimming pool, fitness centre, spa and tennis courts. aweimetta.com

Pun Hlianing


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