Don’t we all wish to travel again soon? Since international options are still limited, most people travel in their own country. Perhaps island holiday is still the ultimate getaway nowadays as tropical islands and their resorts have long provided the perfect escape to paradise, taking you away from the intensity and stresses of busy urban living.
Recent times have shown more than ever the value in retreating somewhere where the air could not be cleaner and the water is always the perfect shade of blue. Given the glorious natural surroundings, the majority of your trip will be spent outside, leaving you to truly relax.
So whether you manage to travel domestically now or book ahead to brilliant destinations for later in the year – the physical and mental benefits of an island break will reward you and your loved ones in countless ways.
Here are two famous island destinations in Asia that offer you an unforgettable holiday experience as well as to calm your mind and nurture your soul.
It’s no secret that Bali has charmed its way into the hearts of many and is blessed with lush beautiful landscapes that support a colourful culture. The iconic and stunning Indonesian island of Bali is home to towering volcanoes and picturesque rice paddies, breath-taking sunsets and untouched coral reefs. With its reputation for wellness and spirituality, Bali is not only a stunning destination but also a way of life.
Mandapa, a Ritz- Carlton Reserve
Inland by the lush jungles of Ubud, Mandapa offers individually tailored spiritual, wellness, health and detox programs, complemented by the fulltime personalised attention of a dedicated butler. This intimate island retreat is the ultimate sanctuary in which relaxing one’s mind, body and soul comes naturally. With only 35 luxurious and spacious suites, and 25 private pool villas, guests can select from an exquisite collection of accommodations that have been meticulously designed to magnify and embrace the surrounding tropical landscape. An organic garden, farm, and educational Mandapa Camp and unobstructed access to nature let the great outdoors weave its magic for guests, even before the famed Spa at Mandapa lets them discover true peace of mind and body through holistic wellness and lifestyle programs.
Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa
Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort and Spa is in a locale like no other, where Bali’s legendary sunset experiences and dramatic cliffs inspire. All rooms feature balconies overlooking either the ocean and Balinese coastline or the lush lands of the Bukit (hill). Guests love the main infinity pool with views over the ocean, the lower pool and a separate pool for the little ones.
And for foodies it doesn’t get better than Double Ikat’s delicious and authentic Indonesian cuisine or a visit to Clay Craft Restaurant, slated to be the ultimate breakfast experience overlooking the ocean.
Bali Sunset Escape is another irresistible all-inclusive deal offering guests the opportunity to stay longer and benefit throughout their stay. Guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary sunset drink every day at Sundowners Rooftop – the resort’s best spot to watch the exceptional view of Kuta’s legendary sunset. They then embark on a culinary journey at the resort’s all-day dining Feast Restaurant where a sumptuous dinner buffet features an array of international delicacies. Completing the total relaxation experience is a complimentary 60-minute signature Shine Massage at the resort’s Shine Spa by Sheraton.
KOH SAMUI, THAILAND
Koh Samui is one of Southeast Asia’s most idyllic islands, nestling in the always-warm blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The island is home to a handful of lavish resorts, many opulent spas and a great little airport all catering to holidaymakers who need to relax in the lap of luxury. The island’s centre is nearly uninhabitable owing to its mountains and rainforests but there is still an abundance of hidden treasures to explore around the coast. Palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and mountainous rainforest combine to magical effect, so whether it’s a long weekend break or a two-week retreat, kick back with your toes in the sand and a glass of something fruity and exotic in your hand.
W Koh Samui, located in Maenam beach, offers the perfect luxe hideaway with the serenity of tropical island vibes. For those seeking to escape to island living, the only challenge comes in choosing what to do next. Do you head to AWAY Spa to soothe away all your worries with famed wellness treatments? Or retox instead of detox by hitting the iconic WOOBAR as you start to electrify the night? Maybe you’ll just choose to kick back in your pool villa, enjoy the breath-taking views and conjure up your next envy-inducing Instagram post?!
An all-inclusive package is on offer for a minimum stay of 3 nights at Sheraton Samui Resort where you are absolutely spoilt for choice: 24/7 Sheraton Fitness, spa treatments, taking cooking classes or tennis lessons, enjoying wine tastings, Kids Club activities, watersports – and much more are all on offer. Throughout the stay, guests will receive all meals inclusive within the package, while beverages are included with options to upgrade to unlimited alcohol and even unlimited spa. The greatest joy at this dream destination? A complete island experience where anything is possible and everything is included.