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.
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.