With the June holidays almost upon us, it's time to start making travel plans. Whether its to exotic locales or just a quick island getaway, a big flashy vacation or sustainable travel, you deserve a break. Here, we've got you covered with eight possible locations to visit for some R&R.
1. IRANPhoto: EU Holidays
If Persia has always been on your bucket list, EU Holidays has a 10D/7N package running from April to October for S$3,888 per pax. The itinerary is one ideal for culture vultures keen to explore the hidden gems of this exotic destination. Spanning cities such as Tehran, Shiraz and Yazd, the days are packed with visits to renowned sites such as the Eram Gardens, the Chehel Sotoun Palace, the underground city of Nushabad (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) that once housed 2,859 families four floors underground, and the world-famous Isfahan Jameh Mosque that dates back 1,000 years.
2. IT'S THE SHIPPhoto: It’s The Ship
As shipcations - different from a cruise to nowhere - grow more popular, the annual It's The Ship 2019 will be back and cruising from Nov 13 to 15. The super fun event is a combination of a music festival and a themed pop-up party coupled with luxe accommodations. While the party lineup hasn't been revealed yet, past headliners include Dash Berlin, Ferry Corsten and Sander Van Doorn - not too shabby if you're up for an all-weekend party.Photo: It’s The Ship
DJs aside, there's distractions aplenty: Water slides, glow-in-the-dark bowling alley, rock climbing wall and a zipline, not to mention the company you'll be keeping. Early bird prices have just been released so Early Duck 2 Cabins are going for USD$625++ (S$847++) per shipmate (twin sharing) inclusive of complimentary 24-hour dining at selected restaurants, selected non-alcoholic beverages and free access to most of the ship's facilities and events.
Where to book: www.galactix.asia/itstheship-2019
3. FIJIPhoto: Six Senses Fiji
Should a wellness break be a priority for 2019, then Six Senses Fiji, from USD$680 (S$921) per night, is making this travel goal a lot easier to fulfil.Photo: Six Senses Fiji
The resort's wellness focus includes aerial yoga, snorkelling, singing bowl classes and alchemy bar sessions with Meke (traditional Fiji style) song and dance presentation and the option to learn surfing from the Tropicsurf crew. Bookings - 60 days in advance - made from now till the end of March are entitled to an Early-Bird discount of 10 per cent. There's also a Bonus Nights Offer for guests booking a five-day stay to extend an extra night at no extra cost.
Where to book: http://www.sixsenses.com/resorts/fiji/offers
4. KRABIPhoto: Amari Vogue Krabi
A long weekend in Krabi is never a bad idea, and to entice you, Amari Vogue Krabi has a deal valid till July 31. The special Romance Package (from S$460 per night) offers a private round trip airport transfer, a romantic beach dinner and honeymoon set-up. Plus, we hear the Sunset Lounge overlooking the pristine Tubkaak Beach is the perfect spot for sundown cocktails. Psst, there's a long weekend coming up on Good Friday.
Where to book: www.amari.com/vogue
5. BEIJINGPhoto: Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing
For globetrotters who travel to check out all the new five-star abodes, the opening of the Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing is reason enough to plan a trip to Beijing. Opening on March 18, their opening offer (valid till June 18) bundles a hotel credit of CNY$888 (S$179.47) together with the per night rate (from CNY$3,088). Located on the upper levels of WF Central on Wangfujing Street in Dongcheng District, the 73-room hotel enjoys a stunning view of the historic Forbidden City, all the better to enjoy from their spa (the Moroccan Hammam-style water treatments come recommended) or indoor lap pool with a sky roof, or the MO Bar that opens up onto a rooftop terrace. Cheers to that.
Where to book: www.mandarinoriental.com/beijing/wangfujing
6. SWITZERLANDPhoto: EU Holidays
Exploring Switzerland by train is one way to savour its scenic beauty. From Lucerne, Zematt and all the way to Zurich, this 10D/7N itinerary by EU Holidays combines journeys on the cogwheel train in Vitznau up to Mount Riga, together with scenic boat rides and the infamous Glacier Express panoramic train that goes through 291 bridges and 91 tunnels to bring you from the western to eastern Swiss Alps. Also included in the itinerary are visits to the Ice Palace with its timeless sculptures in Lucerne and visits to the Matterhorn Museum and Glacier Garden Museum, which was discovered in 1872.
Adrenaline junkies will want to take note of this. Former world champion kitesurfer Jessica Winkler has recently joined the Amanpuri watersports team and will be on-hand to conduct kitesurfing lessons for guests. As if learning under a real pro isn't exciting enough, the kitesurfing sessions take place on the beautiful white sand Bang Tao Bay (just picture the mid-flight GoPro shots) using a powerful MasterCraft X23. Act fast though as high season goes from November to March, so be quick if you want to squeeze in a session with her soon.
Where to book: www.aman.com
8. JAKARTA & CENTRAL JAVAPhoto: Mandarin Oriental Jakarta
Surprise your other half with this ultra luxe weekend getaway to Jakarta and Central Java. The Love Is In The Air package (from IDR 440,000,000 (S$41,760) for two-nights, till July 31) by the Mandarin Oriental bundles together an airport pickup in a Rolls Royce, private jet plane ride to Borobudur Temple, an overnight stay at the mystical Amanjiwo resort, private sunrise tour of Borobudur and a personal photographer to capture all those special moments. As if this isn't enough, the package also includes a Tiffany & Co. 18K gold and diamond pendant, perfect to present during the candle-lit in-suite dinner for two specially arranged by the hotel. Wowza.
Where to book: www.mandarinoriental.com/jakarta
This article was first published in Her World Online.