The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

Aman­re­sorts will open a golf-fo­cused prop­erty in the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic later this year; Aman­era is si­t­u­ated on 800 jun­gle-clad hectares on the At­lantic coast along­side the ac­claimed Playa Grande golf course; 25 ca­sitas will claim ocean views from pri­vate gar­den ter­races; many will fea­ture pri­vate pools • Open­ing Au­gust 1, Outrigger Konotta Mal­dives Re­sort, in the re­mote Gaafu Dhaalu atoll, 340km south of Male, has in­tro­duc­tory of­fers to the end of Oc­to­ber; beach pool vil­las from $US516 ($689); stay four nights or more and the re­sort will throw in break­fasts, ex­cur­sions and a spa treat­ment; the re­sort is a 55-minute flight and 30-minute lux­ury pri­vate yacht jour­ney from the Mal­di­vian cap­i­tal • QT Falls Creek has put to­gether a ro­mance pack­age for win­ter, avail­able to Septem­ber 4; from $761 a night (min­i­mum two nights), the deal in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tion for two in a onebed­room apart­ment, break­fast daily, one din­ner and two fab QT bathrobes • A new re­sort tucked away on Koh Sa­mui’s north­east cor­ner near Cheong Mon Beach has teamed with health ex­perts to cre­ate three, seven and 10-day detox pro­grams; ac­com­mo­da­tion at The Palms Re­treat Sa­mui is in pri­vate vil­las, grouped around com­mu­nal lounges and pools; all-in­clu­sive daily rates from $US229 a per­son, cov­er­ing yoga, med­i­ta­tion, mas­sage and meals; a 20 per cent open­ing dis­count is also avail­able un­til the end of July.

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