TAKE ME WHERE IT’S WARM

New re­sorts and ex­pe­ri­ences will en­sure your next trop­i­cal hol­i­day is bliss

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - BIENVENUE SCENIC SOUTH OF FRANCE CULINARY CRUISE - CELESTE MITCHELL

IT’S JUST FIVE MIN­UTES FROM THE AIR­PORT SO JET IN AND SET ABOUT BLISSING OUT UN­DER CO­CONUT PALMS

make use of your 24-7 but­ler ser­vice. COMOHOTELS.COM/UMACANGGU

BEAU­TI­FUL BUKIT LIST

The first thing you’ll no­tice about the new Re­nais­sance Bali Uluwatu Re­sort & Spa is the roof – in­spired by the leatherback tur­tle that has come to nest on the Bukit for cen­turies. Once hap­pily en­sconced in­side, you never have to stray far from panoramic views over the penin­sula with over-sized win­dows fram­ing the scene even from your bath­tub in your de­signer room. One of the two restau­rants fea­tures its own pot­tery school if you start itch­ing for hob­bies af­ter a few days of down­time. RE­NAIS­SANCE-HO­TELS.MAR­RIOTT.COM

VIET­NAM VIET­NAM TAKES OFF

Viet­nam Air­lines knows its moth­er­land is hot, hot, hot right now for Aussie trav­ellers crav­ing a flop and drop break and from to­day to the end of Oc­to­ber is up­grad­ing all Boe­ing 787 air­craft fly­ing in and out of Mel­bourne with new Air­bus A350 – pro­vid­ing 10 per cent more ca­pac­ity. VIETNAMAIRLINES.COM

IS THIS THE NEW BALI?

It’s been her­alded as the next Bali for Aussie trav­ellers, with Wo­tif.com record­ing a 130 per cent spike in in­ter­est, and new re­sorts are sprout­ing across Phu Quoc Is­land in re­sponse to its new-found pop­u­lar­ity. Lo­cated in Kiên Giang prov­ince, Phu Quoc is Viet­nam’s largest is­land, at­tract­ing more than three mil­lion visi­tors in 2017. In the fi­nal stages of con­struc­tion, Radis­son Phu Quoc is just five min­utes from the air­port so you can jet in and im­me­di­ately set about blissing out un­der co­conut palms on Truong Beach. There are lovely loft rooms avail­able but if you’re hol­i­day­ing en masse, up­grade to one of 10 beach­front vil­las – two, three or six bed­rooms – with pri­vate swim­ming pools. RADIS­SON­BLU.COM

LUX­URY ON LONG BEACH

Sur­rounded by UNESCO World Bio­sphere Re­serve and turquoise wa­ters, In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Phu Quoc Long Beach Re­sort threw open its doors at the end of June near the tail end of Long Beach, with a se­cluded beach ex­clu­sively for guests. Since happy hour is the most im­por­tant time of day on any drop and flop hol­i­day, take things up a notch at Phu Quoc’s high­est bar, INK 360, cre­ated by Aus­tralian-born whim­si­cal de­signer Ash­ley Sut­ton. The rooms and suites meet all re­lax­ation cri­te­ria – deep bath­tubs, walk-in rain show­ers, floorto-ceil­ing win­dows. There are spa and yoga classes, tours to pep­per and pearl farms, hikes and night mar­kets. PHUQUOC.IN­TER­CON­TI­NEN­TAL.COM

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