Come find your travel bliss at these beautiful and luxurious Southeast Asia escapes – in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.
AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, Indonesia
The award-winning AYANA Resort and Spa Bali is located on a cliff-top overlooking Bali’s Jimbaran Bay, just twenty minutes by road from Bali’s airport. Here at Bali’s only fully integrated resort centre, which includes three prestigious resorts, you’ll have access to an extensive collection of entertainment, recreation and dining delights – including 19 restaurants and bars – as well as the iconic Rock Bar, which is perched directly above the Indian Ocean. You can also enjoy the private beach and beach club, 12 swimming pools, a fitness centre and Indonesian spa treatments at AYANA’s award-winning Thermes Marins Bali Spa. But this is Bali, of course! The true beauty and bliss of AYANA comes alive in the majestic Indian Ocean sunsets and seascapes you’ll experience during your stay or while you’re simply spending the morning or afternoon lazing around the resort’s exclusive white-sand beach.
Amanpulo, Pamalican Island, Philippines
Located on Pamalican Island, 360 kilometres south of the Philippines capital Manila, the Amanpulo private island resort is a true tropical paradise, which is reached via an exclusive 70-minute flight from Manila to its very own airstrip. “There is no better balm for the soul than sunshine and sea”, the team from Amanpulo says. Indeed, you can explore powdery white sand beaches and gorgeous sunsets and fill your days with aquatic adventures from kite surfing and scuba diving to snorkelling and kayaking. For accommodation, Amanpulo’s traditional-style casitas offer a luxury setting with direct beach access via sandy footpaths, and they all have magnificent views of the Sulo Sea. The resort serves delicious Filipino, Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine featuring locally-caught seafood and island-grown organic vegetables and herbs. And for a wellness treatment to remember, head to The Aman Spa, which is set on a hillside above the island’s treetops with far reaching views out to sea.
Elephant Hills Luxury Tented Camps, Thailand
Elephant Hills is home to Thailand’s first luxury tented camps. Collectively made up of the Elephant Camp and Rainforest Camp, the complex is located in Khao Sok National Park, which is part of Southern Thailand’s largest region of primary rainforest. Each camp provides luxury experiences in environments that couldn’t be closer to nature. As the Elephant Hills team describes it, “The thought of lying in a comfortable bed at night, surrounded by one of the world’s oldest rain forests in your own luxury tent and being lulled to sleep by the sounds of the jungle – is as tempting a Thai experience as they come”. Both camps’ luxury tents have wooden floors as well as wooden furniture made by local craftsmen and en-suite bathrooms with all amenities you’d expect from a high-quality hotel room. Elephant Hills also offers day tours in and around the breathtakingly beautiful rainforests of Khao Sok National Park.
AYANA Resort and Spa Bali: www.ayana.com
Elephant Hills: www.elephanthills.com
Fly Oman Air! Oman Air currently flies direct to Jakarta, Bangkok, and Manila – as well as various destinations in Indonesia and Thailand via codeshares. To view the full flight schedules, visit www.omanair.com
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