Stay at this pri­vate Fi­jian is­land— if you’re loaded

HK Magazine - - PAGE 3 - Edited by Daniel Cr­effield

Look­ing to es­cape the thronged streets and over­spilling restau­rants this Year of the Mon­key? Here are some rec­om­men­da­tions to get you on the move over Chi­nese New Year. Healthy New Year

Start­ing from $1,180 per night, The Palms Re­treat on Koh Sa­mui is def­i­nitely one of the most com­pet­i­tive of­fers around over the break, but with its “New Year, New You” deal end­ing Jan 31, you’ll have to move fast. The own­ers are also throw­ing in free nights, along with ei­ther body scrubs, Thai cook­ing classes or gym ses­sions, depend­ing how long you book for.

The Palms’ Detox pro­gram of­fers one meal per day along­side health shakes but if that sounds too ex­treme, the Re­ju­ve­nate pro­gram pro­vides the reg­u­la­tion three meals on top of the shakes. All food and ac­com­mo­da­tion is in­cluded, as well as the use of a semi-pri­vate pool, daily yoga, med­i­ta­tion or aqua aer­o­bics, mas­sage and air­port trans­fers.

Book by Jan 31, stays valid un­til March 31. Plailaem Soi 6, 59/64 Moo 5 Tam­bol Bo­phut, Koh Sa­mui, (+66) 9-4579-5065, book­ings@thep­alms-re­, thep­alms-re­

The Em­peror Experience

Fancy be­ing treated like roy­alty this CNY? With a team of 350 pro­vid­ing the high­est staff-to-guest ra­tio of any prop­erty in the world, this is en­tirely pos­si­ble on the all-in­clu­sive, 25-villa pri­vate Fi­jian Lau­cala Is­land— but it’ll cost you close to a king’s ran­som.

This week of tra­di­tional cel­e­bra­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties of­fer­ing guests the op­por­tu­nity to “Live like an Em­peror” in­cludes a per­sonal chef, child-mind­ing ser­vice, laun­dry and dry clean­ing, cel­e­bra­tory food and drink, “Tray of To­geth­er­ness” snack box, per­son­al­ized em­broided slip­pers, foot mas­sage, aro­mather­apy spa treat­ments, sky lan­tern beach party and more. A travel guide and wel­come pack will also be avail­able in Chi­nese.

The Chi­nese New Year deal is for the pe­riod Fe­bru­ary 7-13. Prices start at $37,400 per night for a one-bed­room villa for two, to $92,000 per night for a three-bed­room villa for six.

All rates are sub­ject to eye-wa­ter­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment taxes of 25 per­cent.

Lau­cala Is­land, Fiji, (+679) 888-0077, lau­

Come Sail Away

Fancy kick­ing the Year of the Mon­key off with a very dif­fer­ent experience—on water? You can, cour­tesy of Yan­gon’s iconic Strand Ho­tel, which has just launched its Strand Cruise.

The ho­tel is of­fer­ing a con­tem­po­rary river cruise experience over Chi­nese New Year ex­plor­ing the fa­bled Ir­rawaddy River.

The 61-me­ter colo­nial-style cruiser boasts cab­ins and suites, a gourmet res­tau­rant, wine cel­lar, spa, lounge/li­brary, gym and swimming pool and a “golden age of travel” vibe.

With a reg­u­lar sched­ule of three- and four-night sail­ings be­tween Ba­gan and Man­dalay, ex­cur­sions will take in land­marks such as the an­cient U-Bein teak bridge and the sprawl­ing tem­ples of Ba­gan.

The Chi­nese New Year pro­mo­tion’s four-night cruises start from $22,500. En­ter­tain­ment on the five-star colo­nial-style cruiser in­cludes mahjong, trea­sure hunts and com­pe­ti­tions, fire­crack­ers and an ex­change of tra­di­tional red pack­ets, cul­mi­nat­ing in a Chi­nese ban­quet.

Cruise de­parts from Ba­gan to Man­dalay on Fe­bru­ary 8. cap­tain@thes­trand­, thes­trand­

Last-Minute CNY Get­aways

Flight Cen­tre has a bunch of last-minute CNY deals. If a city break appeals, Bangkok starts from $4,559 per per­son, in­clud­ing econ­omy flights with Hong Kong Air­lines, three nights at the Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 and breakfast.

If you’re re­ally look­ing to get the win­tery weather be­hind you, prices for Puerto Princesa on the trop­i­cal is­land of Palawan are from $6,499 per per­son, and in­clude econ­omy flights fly­ing Philip­pines Air­lines, three nights at Sheri­dan Beach Re­sort & Spa and breakfast.

For Myan­mar, prices start from $19,499 and in­clude re­turn flights fly­ing Drag­o­nair, two nights each at Yan­gon, Ba­gan, and Inle Lake, breakfast, ground trans­fers, an English-speak­ing guide and Inle Lake sightseeing and en­trance fees.

Fi­nally Sri Lanka deals are from $19,899 per per­son, in­clud­ing econ­omy flights fly­ing Sin­ga­pore Air­lines, one night at Ne­gombo and two at Habarana and Kandy re­spec­tively, breakfast, ground trans­fers and en­trance fees. flight­cen­

Lau­cala’s pri­vate is­land liv­ing could be yours—for a price

Tran­quil­ity guar­an­teed at The Palms

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