In this special feature, we take a look at the new paradigm in domestic travel: The Staycation. Yes, while we all used to enjoy queuing up for hours at the airport, then spending even more hours sat in a metallic tube as it transported us to faraway lands only to join more queues to enter our chosen paradise, now we can travel easily – and without the queues.
The Land of Smiles was recently pronounced #1 in the world for its ongoing Covid-19 recovery effort. As such, the people of Thailand have been mildly inconvenienced if at all during these coronavirus days. To make those smiles even wider, the Kingdom hosts some of the world’s best beaches and islands – now somewhat restored to blissful serenity. For anyone living in Thailand, there’s a pretty good choice of mesmerising beach destinations to consider – especially with these special promotional offers.
Due to celebrate its grand opening on 1st November, Banyan Tree Krabi is welcoming its first domestic guests with pool villas starting Bt9,999 baht per night, inclusive of daily breakfast, plus a free pass to the resort’s unique Rainforest hydrotherapy spa for two persons (min. stay 2 nights). This majestic 72-key resort is surrounded by nature – forested mountains to the side and rear, and fronts a marine national park where limestone towers rise majestically from the sparkling Andaman Sea.
The Special Offer booking period lasts from now until 30th September for all reservations between 1st November and 30th April, 2021, for both Thais and foreign residents.
After celebrating its grand opening in January this year, Meliá Koh Samui has joined the Thai government’s ‘Let’s Travel Together’ campaign to deliver a much-needed shot in the arm to the Kingdom’s tourism industry. Under the campaign, Thai citizens are offered a 40% rebate of up to Bt3,000 per room per night on the best prices on Melia Koh Samui’s website, for bookings made for stays from now until 31st October.
The luxury resort on Choeng Mon Beach is also offering complimentary airport transfers and a 50% discount on treatments at its YHI Spa. Register for the campaign by clicking here before calling the resort on +66 (0) 7793-8899 to book a room or suite. Thai citizens will receive a coupon from the Paotung application once payment has been completed.
Vietnam has been hailed the world over for its response to the global pandemic. The country notched up some 99 consecutive days without a single case of Covid-19 via community transmission until a virus flare-up was detected in Danang in late July. With Vietnam’s national borders still shut tight amid the global pandemic, the country’s tourism industry is very much reliant on domestic travellers. The following deals by resorts in Vietnam support the local authorities’ campaign ‘Vietnamese people travel to Vietnamese destinations’ designed to encourage locals to explore their own backyard.
The “Endless Summer Vibes” campaign at The Anam features five different holiday packages underpinned with discounts of more than 50% off the resort’s 2019 room rates. Priced from US$116 per night for a minimum two-night stay, the Rejuvenation package includes a 60-minute spa treatment per person per stay for two people. The Family Getaway is also priced from US$116 per night, affords use of the minibar, breakfast for two adults and two children and an extra bed, all at no cost.
Meanwhile, the Half Board package includes lunch or dinner, and the Full Board package both lunch and dinner, priced US$116) and US$133) per night respectively. The Exclusive package is priced from US$99) per night for the lead-in Balcony Garden View Room. Available for direct bookings made by 30th September, with a travelling period through 20th December, packages include daily breakfast and airport transfers, as well as 50% off laundry, 30% off spa treatments and 15% off food and beverages.
Double up at Azerai Resorts as travellers in the Mekong Delta (Azerai Can Tho) and in Vietnam’s former imperial capital (Azerai La Residence, Hue) can choose a range of exclusive staycation packages. The “Resident Retreat” at Azerai Can Tho (US$280) and at Azerai La Residence, Hue features a one-night stay in a Lake Room (Azerai Can Tho) or Superior River Room (Azerai La Residence, Hue), daily breakfast for two persons, US$35-45 credit for use at the resort’s spa or F&B outlets, one-way airport transfer, a 60-minute spa treatment for two persons, and more.
Azerai La Residence, Hue is also offering vouchers including two-way transfers from/to Danang or Hue, in addition to half-day tours on a Perfume River boat, a three-course set menu lunch for two persons, and access to the hotel’s facilities (pool, gym, sauna/steam bath), as well as day use of a Superior Standard guest room.
The new five-star Alma Resort is offering day passes affording locals and expats access to its infinity swimming pools, 6,000-square-metre waterpark and stretch of Long Beach as well as food and beverage vouchers.
Priced at US$21++, the 30-hectare resort’s family day pass for two adults and two children aged under 12 years features a $21 food and beverage voucher for use at all of the resort’s dining outlets including Italian restaurant La Casa and Atlantis that specialises in fresh, local seafood. The family pass also includes complimentary access to Splash Water Park, home to water slides, a lazy river, wave pool and kid’s pool from 4pm-7pm on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays, as well as to the resort’s cascade of 12 beachfront swimming pools, kid’s club, youth club and the beach.
Meanwhile, the day pass priced at US$6.50 includes the resort’s “Combo Breakfast” comprising one breakfast dish from the Alma Food Court’s menu as well as a coffee or fruit juice, and access to Alma’s largest infinity pool and the beach. Both the single and family day passes offer a further 20% discount at the resort’s diverse range of dining establishments. For more information, call (+84) 258 399 1666 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guests at Duadari, a Residence by Hadiprana, don’t have to worry about social distancing with the limited time “Art of Lingering” offer. Visitors can buy out the entire property by booking the two bedrooms of the villa. The 14-night stay package has a more than reasonable price tag starting at US$1,380 net, with a daily Indonesian meal (that can be taken at breakfast or lunch) included, as well as complimentary transfers to both Bali’s spiritual hub of Ubud and the sister property, Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana.
The secluded sanctuary was originally designed as a spacious family holiday home, resulting in just two villas (one that is not available for rent) spread over the two-hectare grounds. If guests want to depart their tropical rainforest hideaway, they’ll have full access to the wellness facilities of Tanah Gajah (including pool, gym, and tennis court). They will also be offered special deals on spa treatments and food & beverage at Tanah Gajah. The site on the edge of the Petanu River is an art lovers haven with numerous colossal stone sculptures of women and angels perched throughout the verdant grounds. Traditional Balinese-style architecture connects indoors with outdoors through towering windows leading to thatched wooden ceilings and open-air pavilions. Rooms decorated in Balinese style feature larger than king-size beds (that could easily accommodate three people per bed).
A pool tempts swimmers, while digital nomads can work while overlooking the verdant forest or tranquil pond. A dozen different spots on the grounds are ripe for picnicking. Bookings can be made through Tanah Gajah until 31st September 2020 for stays through till 20th March, 2021.
Source: Balcony Media Group.