On October 12, 2002, Bali fell victim to the deadliest act of terrorism in Indonesia's history. Three bombs were detonated in busy nightclubs in the popular Kuta district, killing 202 people and injuring more than 200 others. Among the dead were 11 tourists from Hong Kong, 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians. Members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a violent Islamist group, were convicted over the bombings and in November 2008 Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Huda bin Abdul Haq were executed by firing squad.
Agenda - beach
The Regis treatment
The luxury bar has been raised in Bali with the opening last month of the St Regis Bali Resort in Nusa Dua. Located on an elite beach enclave, the resort offers bespoke service and refined elegance with 79 luxurious suites, 42 private villas and two exclusive residences, as well as world-class restaurants and bars, a signature spa, an intimate wedding chapel, ballroom and state-of-the-art meeting space. For details, visit www.stregisbali.com
'Tis the season
The Four Seasons resort in the tranquil South Pacific island of Bora Bora opened last month. With spectacular service, you will be dazzled by more than 100 water bungalows and seven beachfront villas. Be sure to experience the blue lagoon where you will most likely be greeted by friendly sea turtles. For breathtaking views of the island, hop on a helicopter for some extraordinary sightseeing. If heights aren't your thing, then venture off for some underwater fun where, from a safe distance, you can watch Tahitian divers hand-feed black-tip reef sharks and bat rays. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/borabora
The stunning Sri Panwa in Phuket offers the best in Thai hospitality and activities and enough water sports, such as wakeboarding, waterskiing and sailing, to keep you busy. The resort is 60 metres above sea level and has stunning scenery. Check into one of Sri Panwa's many pool villas and enjoy a soak in an outdoor tub. With treatments available in Sai Spa, be sure to experience its traditional as well as modern massage techniques. You can also have a massage in the comfort of your villa. For further information, visit www.sripanwa.com
The Veranda resort and spa in culturally rich Chiang Mai, northern Thailand offers exceptional luxury. The resort has amazing views of mountain streams and its own spa treatment developed by professional therapists. It has an all-day dining restaurant serving fine European cuisine and modern and traditional Lanna Thai dishes at the Rabiang Cha restaurant. For more information, visit www.verandaresortandspa.com/chiangmai