Asia's Top Luxury Travel Deals: Japan, Thailand and Cambodia
Whether at a private island or a spa ready to pamper, it's time to escape Hong Kong's cold March rain.
Amatara Resort & Wellness
When is a steam treatment more than a steam treatment? Amatara Resort & Wellness, Phuket, has launched what it says is the world’s first luxury Thai hammam spa, blending traditional Turkish and Moroccan bathing practices with Thai spa know-how to offer pampering, soaking, exfoliating, cleansing, deep massage and rejuvenation. Whatever it’s called, it sounds pretty awesome.
The hammam spa experience starts with a traditional sauna and waterfall or jet blast rinse to cool body temperature. This is followed with an intensive hair treatment and scalp massage before going into the Thai herbal steam room to soften skin and relax muscles. You’ll then receive a full body massage and exfoliation over a warm stone bed. Cap it off with a detoxifying thermal mud bath and rinse-off, before resting in a soothing Himalayan salt cave relaxation zone.
A special opening package gives you a 150-minute treatment, including a signature massage, post-treatment snacks and herbal tea, for $1,300. Amatara is also running several accommodation offers and special getaway packages for a limited time. 84 Moo 8, Sakdidej Rd., Tambol Vichit, Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand. (+66) 7631-8888, amataraphuket.com.
If you feel your life is lacking “omotenashi” (that’s the Japanese welcoming spirit, which blends warmth and respect) you might need to hit Aman Resorts’ newest property: Amanemu, a hot springs resort just opened in the idyllic setting of Ise-Shima National Park on the shores of Ago Bay.
Based on a contemporary interpretation of Japanese Minka buildings, which incorporate traditional low-slung tiled roofs and dark-stained Japanese cedar exterior walls, Amanemu is all about the bathing. Each of the 24 suites and four two-bedroom villas feature their own onsen, or hot springs, while its 2,000-square-meter spa holds a large central onsen bath for communal bathing. There are also two private spa pavilions, each with their own indoor and outdoor onsen, perfect for easing muscles after a day of trekking the historic pilgrimage routes the region is renowned for.
The area’s streams and waterfall-filled mountains, cedar and cypress forests and sacred shrines sound like a perfect place to destress, and if your idea of Zen is smacking golf balls instead you can always check out the nearby Nemu Golf Club. 2165 Hazako Hamajima-cho, Shima-shi, Mie, Japan. 0120-951-125 (Japan toll free), aman.com.
Song Saa Private Island
Song Saa Private Island in southwest Cambodia is offering a “stay 5 nights pay 4” deal until April 30 on Over-water, Ocean view or Jungle villas, all of which have private pools. Song Saa offers spa sanctuaries, yoga and meditation programs and a range of conservation and community experiences as well as island and marine safaris, all of which are suitable for families or couples.
The resort provides speedboat transfers between Sihanoukville port and Song Saa, along with guided tours of the unique terrestrial and marine environments of Song Saa’s twin islands, use of the resort’s kayaks, sailing boats and snorkeling gear. Additional complimentary amenities include a 15-minute foot “ritual,” laundry, internet and TV.
Room rates start from $7,200 with breakfast add-on available, while all-inclusive rates begin at $11,500 per villa, per night, for double occupancy. Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia. (+855) 23-886-750, songsaa.com.
Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
Searching for a serene escape? The picturesque Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai is launching an “Easter and Songkran Family Experience” from $5,500 per night, which includes accommodation in a Deluxe Colonial suite or Deluxe Villa, daily breakfast, a Thai set dinner for two at Le Grand Lanna, a 60-minute spa treatment for two at The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre, and round-trip airport transfers.
You can enjoy the package as a couple on a honeymoon escape, or bring the kids along for family activities such as Thai dance and boxing classes for children. With everything from spa and wellness to cultural activities and delicious local cuisine available, the Dhara Dhevi’s elegant and traditional setting is a peaceful place to relax and fall in love with Chiang Mai’s rich heritage. 51/4 Moo 1, Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Rd., T. Tasala, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand. (+66) 53-888-888, dharadhevi.com.