High living in a hideaway 'tent'
THE Hongkong-based Amanresorts Group is due to open its fourth resort in Bali this month.
Amanwana is an unusual property, and possibly unique, as it is a luxury resort made up of 20 air-conditioned tents - although these are more like regular Aman bungalows but with a tented ceiling. The resort is on Moyo island, off the island of Bali, and is designed more for families.
Access is via Bali and the Merpati flight - operating four times weekly and costing US$100 (HK$773) - to Sumbawa via Lombok, and the Aman's transfer boat to the island. Allow half a day.
Aman's other properties, stretching from Tahiti to a chateau in France, are priced at the top of the market.
Introductory rates at Amanwana, the first of its Hideaway Division, are a bargain. They start at US$300 twin for a jungle unit, and US$400 twin for a beachside unit. But these rates include full board for two (and children under 16 in the same unit), drinks and some activities.
Contact Amanresorts reservations on 845-5983. MORE business class passengers will get access to Cathay Pacific's lounge at Kai Tak airport, reserved for first class passengers, Marco Polo members and business class passengers on long-haul flights.
From July 1, business class passengers on any flight longer than 21/2 hours can use the lounge. This means passengers to Cebu, Ho Chi Minh City, Kaohsiung, Kota Kinabalu, Manila and Taipei will still be left to the mercies of the public areas. Contact Cathay Pacific reservations on 747-1888.
ROOMS at the Harrington Hall hotel, a renovated and converted building in Kensington, London, are being offered at low prices. The hotel is billed as European four-star, but is closer to three-star.
The package cost is GBP81 (about HK$955) per person sharing (GBP162 per couple) for three nights, including a tour and other small extras. Contact P & O Travel on 543-3878, fax 815-1202. THE Tourism Authority of Thailand is selling a package tour from Bangkok by train for the annual Elephant Round-up festival at Surin in November.
The tour starts on Friday, November 19, with a night on the (special) train to Surin. The elephant part of the itinerary begins on Saturday morning after a pedicab transfer to the breakfast venue.
It is priced at a bargain 5,000 baht (about HK$1,530) including the air-conditioned sleeper train for two nights, four meals, transfers, insurance and guides.
A deposit of 1,750 baht is required and bookings are to be made before July 15 on fax (66-2) 224-6221, 223-3342.
PHUKET Yacht Club, a resort hotel run by Hongkong's Mandarin Oriental group, has introduced a package for the low season, but running until the end of October.
The package costs 4,100 baht per person sharing (8,200 baht per couple, or 6,700 baht single) and includes two nights, transfers to/from airport, daily buffet breakfast, tax and service charge, and other small extras. Contact Mandarin Oriental reservations on 881-1288.
THE Pousada de Sao Tiago in Macau is running special packages. The Romantic Escapade for two includes room, dinner with wine, breakfasts and transfers for $1,800, and 10 per cent less if you pay with a Standard Chartered credit card. It runs until the end of September, except Saturdays and the nights before Hongkong public holidays.
For the grand prix period, November 19-21, the hotel has a three-night package for two including daily breakfasts, transfers and bottle of wine. The cost depends on room category, but starts at $4,800. Contact the hotel direct on (853) 378111, or fax (853) 552170. Information compiled by Travel Database, GPO Box 12761, Hongkong. Fax 507-4620.