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Adam Nebbs

 

Swinging Sanya The St Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort (left) on Hainan Island has launched a Golf Package that includes one 18-hole round of golf at either the Yalong Bay Golf Club or the Sun Valley Golf Club, use of a motorised golf cart, a personal caddy service, one night's stay in a Marina View Room, daily breakfast for two, round-trip shuttle service to the golf club, a food and beverage credit of 200 yuan (HK$245) per room per stay and 20 per cent discount on spa treatments. The package begins at 2,580 yuan for two. The resort's Iridium Spa is also offering a couple of new golfer-friendly massage treatments called the Golfer's Delight and - wait for it - the Golfer's Relief. For further details and reservations, go to www.stregis.com/sanya and click on "offers".

 

Tianjin & Teutonic There were several substantial foreign concessions - autonomous colonial districts - in Tientsin (now Tianjin) from 1860, when the British and French arrived, to 1947, when the Italians finally bade the city a belated addio. During that time there were also Austro-Hungarian, Belgian, German, Japanese and Russian concessions, leaving the northern Chinese city with an unusual architectural landscape that still survives in part today. Opening next month on the site of the former German consulate, the Hotel Indigo Tianjin Haihe (above right) will be adding to the foreign-built flavour of the city but with a new compound designed in what looks like a sort of Germanic mock-Tudor style. The triangular property comprises 11 villa-style buildings that "take inspiration from the old German consulate, the former residence of a Russian businessman and a local church". There are 96 guest rooms and suites available in three styles: old cinema, Haihe maritime riverfront and European luxury. The hotel further builds on its German foundations with an eatery named after early 20th-century Tianjin restaurateur Albert Kissling, and a bar named Blaue Engel, after the 1930 Marlene Dietrich film Der Blaue Engel, which the hotel claims was the first foreign film to be screened in China. For more detailed information and opening rates, visit www.ichotelsgroup.com/hotelindigo

 

Buggy bites One Bangkok tuk-tuk that's unlikely to be pulling wheelies up the Khao San Road at 4am is the new vehicle just purchased and branded by The Peninsula Bangkok. Decked out in tastefully understated Peninsula Green, this "popular Thai conveyance" as the hotel calls it, comes complete with cold towels, bottled water and complimentary Wi-fi. The hotel already has its own helicopter, two Rolls-Royce Silver Spurs, 10 BMWs and four river boats, so the "well-appointed", tan-upholstered tuk-tuk (above) is unlikely to be doing any airport transfers. In fact, the only way you can get to ride in it at present is to sign up for a Thai home-style cooking class, which starts with a round-trip ride to local produce markets.

 

Deal of the week Two upmarket Vietnam resorts are on offer with TLX Travel's Epikurean business-class package, which will be available until the end of November. The cheaper of the two is the Ana Mandara Hue (below left), with three nights' accommodation, business-class flights on Vietnam Airlines, a set dinner, a one-hour spa treatment and a half-day tour of historic Hue costing from a pretty reasonable HK$7,690 per person, twin share. More expensive but still good value is a similar deal at An Lam Ninh Van Bay Villas (below right) in Nha Trang (with a sunset cruise replacing the half-day tour) for HK$10,100. Both the packages are also being offered to solo travellers but are more expensive at HK$9,880 and HK$14,100, respectively. Flights from Hong Kong to and from Hue and Nha Trang go via Ho Chi Minh City, where you can schedule a free stopover if desired. For more information, go to www.tlxtravel.com and click the Indochina tab, or call 2270 7600. Both resorts can be viewed at www.epikurean.com

 

  

 

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