Pa­paʼs Par­adise

This June 19, say no to an­other bor­ing tie and give your old man a big Fa­ther’s Day “thank you” in the fan­ci­est way pos­si­ble. Whether he’s a fair­way fa­natic or more of the loung­ing type, book the per­fect hol­i­day for pop at one of these posh re­treats.

HK Magazine - - TRAVEL - Com­piled by Sophia Lam sophia.lam@hk­mag­me­dia.com

Tee Off in Hainan

For the golf-lov­ing dad, the Mis­sion Hills Haikou— the world’s sec­ond-largest golf club, en­com­pass­ing a re­sort and 10 golf cour­ses—is a hole-y heaven close at hand in Sanya, sur­rounded by lush green canopies and crys­tal lakes. Pam­per papa prop­erly with the three-day, two-night Swing­ing into Golf Hol­i­day Pack­age for two, which in­cludes two 18-hole rounds of golf, buf­fet break­fast for two and two RMB800 vouch­ers for any pur­chase at the re­sort.

Of the nu­mer­ous cour­ses to choose from, Black­stone Course is not to be missed, span­ning 350 acres of sweep­ing fields and un­du­lat­ing ter­rain. At the end of a long day on the fair­way, Dad can loosen those tired mus­cles in the world’s largest vol­canic mineral spring, which con­sists of 15 mineral springs themed around five con­ti­nents. Find the “Lost City,” an African sa­fari-themed spring where you can plunge into the potas­sium-rich fig springs to help reg­u­late blood pres­sure, or the coffee springs for im­proved en­durance and cog­ni­tive func­tion. With body and soul re­freshed af­ter a day of ac­tion, head back to the taste­fully ap­pointed Deluxe Room with a pri­vate bal­cony and ev­ery­thing you need for a cozy night in: fuzzy slip­pers, a mini bar and satel­lite TV. $4,265 per per­son. 1 Mis­sion Hills Boule­vard, Haikou, Hainan, China, (+86) 898-6868-3888, mis­sion­hillschina.com

Go Fish in Phuket

Be­fore you cringe at the men­tion of “Phuket,” it’s not all blurry-eyed drunken tourists and crowded at­trac­tions: Book a week­end at The Racha re­sort for a peace­ful hide­away on Racha Yai Is­land, lo­cated 12 miles south of the main is­land. This is the place to give dad the royal treat­ment, start­ing with lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion in a Grand Deluxe Villa—a min­i­mal­is­ti­cally de­signed hide­out with views over­look­ing the pow­dery white Ba­tok Beach.

Char­ter a fish­ing boat to ex­plore Phuket’s serene sap­phire wa­ters, fa­mous for its sport fish­ing. If you’re lucky, you’ll come across schools of dog­tooth tuna, gi­ant trevally and sword­fish.

Back on land, tra­verse the beau­ti­ful ter­rain on moun­tain bikes or rev up an all­terain ve­hi­cle for a smooth ride across the stretch of pris­tine beach. At the end of the day, a re­lax­ing soak in the in­door stone bath­tub or a bask in the set­ting sun un­der the driz­zle of the out­door rain shower is just the ticket be­fore a sooth­ing night­cap.

The re­sort is cur­rently of­fer­ing a 10 per­cent dis­count for stays of two nights or more (book at least three days be­fore the stay), break­fast in­cluded. Grand Deluxe Villa starts from $2,538 per night, ac­com­mo­dates two. Book through smith­ho­tels.com for a free bot­tle of wine and a fruit bas­ket. 42/12-13, Moo 5, Rawai, Muang, Phuket, Thai­land, (+66) (0) 76-355-455, ther­acha.com

Swim With Sea Crea­tures in Mal­dives

Cel­e­brate Fa­ther’s Day as a fam­ily at the kid-friendly Con­stance Halaveli re­sort in the Mal­dives. This star re­sort is equipped for all types of fam­ily fun, with ameni­ties such as ex­tra cot beds and swim­ming aids for ju­niors just learn­ing to swim. Dive deep into crys­tal clear wa­ters with the re­sort’s ex­pert scuba div­ing in­struc­tor to be­hold the In­dian Ocean’s mag­i­cal un­der­wa­ter maze. For those who pre­fer to keep their heads above wa­ter, there are plenty of other aquatic ac­tiv­i­ties to choose from, from wa­ter ski­ing to wake­board­ing. And if the beach feels too crowded, there’s al­ways the pri­vate plunge pool in your own villa, sur­rounded by sway­ing palms and a plush pri­vate gar­den.

Spa days aren’t just for moms—sur­prise dad with a re­ju­ve­nat­ing spa treat­ment at U Spa by Con­stance. This world- renowned spa of­fers treat­ments in­spired by the mul­ti­ple sur­round­ing is­lands, us­ing lo­cal trop­i­cal plants and fruits to connect mind, body and soul to the en­vi­ron­ment. Opt for a Ymalia body scrub, a re­viv­ing treat­ment us­ing pearl pow­der and caviar honey, or go for the Sophro sculpt­ing body treat­ment which uses anti-stress deep re­lax­ation tech­niques—dad will walk out float­ing on cloud nine. Book the Fam­ily Beach Villa through smith­ho­tels.com for 40 per­cent off ($8,387 per night, in­cludes dinner and break­fast for four) stays of five nights or more. Must be booked 60 days in ad­vance. Alifu Alifu Atoll, Halaveli, Repub­lic of Mal­dives, (+960) 666-7000, con­stance­ho­tels.com

TRAVEL TIP: Try to stay away from al­co­hol or caf­feine the night be­fore you go scuba div­ing, as they can de­hy­drate your sys­tem and in­crease the risk of de­com­pres­sion sick­ness.

TRAVEL TIP: There’s a strict catch-and-re­lease pol­icy on Racha Yai is­land, so get your cam­era ready to snap a few me­men­tos be­fore set­ting your catch free.

TRAVEL TIP: Swing stylishly with some kick­ass golf gear from the Golf World shop­ping mall right next door, fea­tur­ing a range of world-renowned golf brands.

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