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Luxurious Weekend Escapes

Looking for a quickie getaway before, during or after the seasonal shenanigans? Whether your motivation is health or hedonism, these retreats should perk up your jaded senses.

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 November, 2015, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:53pm

Ice Cream Dreams Swiss operator and ice cream legend Mövenpick is offering a Swiss Weekend Escape at its Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok property. You’ll need to book a minimum stay of two nights but in return will receive a complimentary one-day BTS Skytrain travel pass and one-way airport transfer. And yes, free Mövenpick ice cream.

Highlights of the 297-key Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok include a 20-meter rooftop pool and bar, plus F&B outlets serving a range of cuisine, from Thai classics to European and international dishes. Current promotions are going on at Lelawadee Restaurant and Rainforest Rooftop Bar, so guests can grab drinks and snacks before hitting the Sukhumvit lightlife.

Rates start for the Swiss Weekend Escape start at $870 per night, with a minimum stay of two nights in if you’re checking on Friday or Saturday. 47 Sukhumvit 15, Khlong Toei Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand (+66) 2119-3100,

In Singapore, the Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa is also offering savings of up to 30 percent on its Winter Sunshine deal, applicable for stays from December 1, 2015 to February 29, 2016. You’ll need to book by the end of January 2016. 23 Beach View, Sentosa, 098679, Singapore, (+65) 6818-3388,

Cheap Lay We’re always grateful when other people write our funnies for us, so Dorsett Hospitality International’s latest offer, “Sleep With Us For RM1,” is a gift. So’s the deal by the sound of it: Stay at any Dorsett or Silka hotel in Malaysia and pay just 1 Malaysian Ringgit per night. Where can you go? The idyllic island of Labuan, for example, an urban oasis such as in Subang, bustling Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru (home to Asia’s first Legoland theme park, FYI) and many more locations.

Of course there’s a bit of fine print—the offer is only valid for Dorsett and Silka hotels in Malaysia; it’s subject to a minimum F&B daily spend and you have to book by December 6 and stay before January 10, 2016. Still sounds sweet to us.

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Healthy Mind, Healthy Body If you’re looking to combine your getaway with a detox—either post Christmas because you’ve overdone it or pre-Christmas to get an early conscience-clearing session in—we might have the deal for you. Koh Samui’s boutique villa estate Samujana has just formed a partnership with leading luxury wellness brand Amrita Retreats, to offer escapes that provide holistic wellness services. These include 100 percent natural detoxification, weight loss and renewal programs, self-discovery and learning activities. Signature programs are based on traditional Thai herbs and western naturopathic expertise as well as nutrition science.

Prices start at US$900 ($6,975) per day for a personalized detox program, which includes all treatments as well as accommodation.

Retail Therapy Need a more hedonistic getaway? Of course you do! In that case look no further than our sister SAR, where the Conrad Macao is offering a shopping break and hotel package. As well as the Conrad’s hospitality, there’s a bunch of exclusive discounts available through its “Shop & Dine Specials” discount booklet redeemable at over 125 selected international designer shops and outlets within the Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao.

The deal includes accommodation for two in a King Deluxe room, breakfast and two one-way Macau to Hong Kong Cotai ferry tickets. Package starts at $2,198 per night for stays from now through February 7, 2016., (853) 8113-6000.

Best of Both Worlds Need a post-fest combination spiritual/fun-type getaway? Those hoping to salve both mind and body will find solace at Nihiwatu Resort, a retreat on the island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia, 400km west of Bali. Here you can indulge in a “Spa Safari” where you’ll receive  treatments while surrounded by two private beaches and rice paddies.

A rate of US$650 ($5,000) per room per night includes full board, internet, mini-bar, daily excursions and activities on land, non-motorized sea activities and scheduled group yoga and meditation classes. Rates are based on a minimum three-night stay.

This article has been condensed for web.

This article appeared in the November 20, 2015 issue of HK Magazine as Escape Routes.