Hong Kong can be hectic, but one of its best features is how conveniently located it is for quick getaways. Overdue for some serious rest and recreation? There are a bunch of destinations to choose from that are just a short flight from Hong Kong. Here are luxury tour operator Scott Dunn’s six suggestions for a short-break holiday where you’ll have a cocktail in hand before you know it!
You can fly to the Philippines from Hong Kong in less than 2 hours. On arrival in Manila, be whisked away to the private departure lounge for a short flight to the uber-luxurious Amanpulo. A private island retreat, Amanpulo is simply paradise. A collection of luxurious casitas sit either in the trees, on the hilltop or directly on the deserted, white sandy beach. Spend lazy days snorkelling or diving in the crystal clear, turquoise waters, or cruise on a private boat to one of the neighbouring islands for a romantic private barbecue. Each casita is assigned its own golf cart which guests can use to independently explore the winding tracks and peaceful corners of this magical island.
Top Tip: Head out to the Kawayan Bar, a private bamboo platform moored off the coast, for a romantic picnic or a day just chilling out with some great cocktails.
Escape the city for a weekend by jumping onboard a two-hour flight to Da Nang from Hong Kong, followed by a 30-minute transfer where you’ll find yourself in a stylish and chic beach retreat on the deserted sands of Ha My Beach. The luxury Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai is a stone’s throw away from the ancient trading port of Hoi An where colourful markets, tailors shops, ancient buildings and temples await exploration.
Top Tip: Try the cooking class here! You pick the herbs for the Four Seasons’ fantastic herb garden, go with a chef down to the local market and come back and cook delicious, traditional food!
The sheer level of energy in Tokyo is the most striking aspect of Japan’s capital city. However, on the top six floors of the Oternachi Tower you will find an urban sanctuary in Aman Tokyo at the heart of this buzzing city, making it undoubtedly one of the (if not, the!) most impressive city hotels. Spend two nights in Tokyo before travelling to the Mie Prefacture and to Amanemu. As one of the latest addition to Aman’s portfolio, Amanemu overlooks the Bay of Pearls on the tip of the Osaki Peninsula. Its concept is based on Aman’s philosophy of welcoming you home, instilling peace and tranquillity to any stay. Unwind here for three nights, visiting the sacred Ise Shrines, walking part of the Kumodo Trail or relaxing in the Aman spa including two private onsen pavilions. From here, return back to Tokyo to fly back to Hong Kong.
Top Tip: Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the valiant women Ama free-divers who for thousands of years have dived for shellfish and pearls.
Opening in April 2018, Six Senses Duxton offers the perfect base to explore Singapore’s vibrant culture. Located in the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown, this remarkable conservation project will be split across two locations and see the restoration of two existing heritage buildings – the last to be developed in the city. The hotel will offer eclectic interiors by two of the world’s most iconic hotel designers; Anouska Hempel – acclaimed for The Hempel Hotel and Blakes in London; and Jacques Garcia, famed for his work including The Peninsula Paris and Hôtel Costes. Six Senses will curate a community of local businesses for guests to tap into whilst staying at the properties – whether a local yoga studio or fresh juice bar, this will be an opportunity to get under the skin of Singapore as a tourist like never before.
Top Tip: For a fantastic meal that you won’t forget in a hurry book the chef’s table at Cure and witness head chef Andrew Walsh and his team create mouth-watering dishes in front of your eyes.
Fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia in under three hours, home to the majestic and mysterious temples of Angkor. The Angkor complex, the famous ‘lost city’ of the Khmers, is the most astounding archaeological site in Asia and undoubtedly one of the world’s great travel highlights. Stay at Phum Baitang, one of Siem Reap’s most luxurious and elegant hideaways, with just 45 spacious stilted villas that are wrapped in luminous greenery and finished with high quality interiors. Just 15-minutes from Angkor Wat and Siem Reap explore the architectural wonders with expert guides, getting you away from the crowds. To allow you some time off, Phum Baitang boasts a temple inspired spa, a yoga pavilion, fitness room, infinity pool, sauna and steam room as well as an impressive kids’ club. All designed so that you can fully indulge in some down time.
Top Tip: Bring Angkor Thom and its ancient crumbling temples to life through Scott Dunn’s exclusive photo scavenger hunt by bicycle. Ideal for the whole family, this unique experience is a fabulous way to explore the jungle tangled temples.
Only accessible by seaplane from Singapore, Bawah Reserve, formerly Bawah Island, is a private island experience like no other. Combining luxury design and a back-to-nature concept, it is an eco-resort made up of six islands that sit in the Anambas Islands between Malaysia and Borneo. With crystal clear waters and excellent snorkelling, this is barefoot luxury at its best. Be it honeymoon couples or families with teens wanting to explore, Bawah is a perfect paradise which can be easily combined with a stay in Singapore or other parts of Indonesia and beyond.
Top Tip: Snuggle up under a blanket for movie night in the open-air cinema in the evenings.
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