7 September, 2012

Mid-Autumn Festival getaways – Sassy steals for the long weekend

7 September, 2012

The next long weekend is now just around the corner (we’ve got Monday October 1 AND Tuesday October 2 off, in case you needed reminding!) and to help celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, boutique travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have sourced tempting deals on a trio of getaways, including a sexy city stay in Shanghai, a Bali beach break and a Koh Samui holiday house. Be quick to snap up these and other special offers from Smith for the ultimate mini holiday!

The Waterhouse at South Bund, Shanghai

Style Designer dockyard digs
Setting Riverside by the famous Bund

If your sights are set on China for the long weekend, Smith tips The Waterhouse at South Bund, a hip waterfront hotel that offers a cool antidote to all that shiny Shanghai modernity. Set in a 1930s factory, this gritty-glam getaway enhances its industrial-chic setting with Scandi-cool furniture and quirky Cultural Revolution-era accents.

Cutting-edge dining at Table No. 1 restaurant comes courtesy of Ramsay-trained chefs Jason Atherton and Scott Melvin, who produce mod-Euro fare that’s perfect for sharing. A ravishing rooftop bar sports views over the Huangpu River and futuristic Pudong, providing a wow-worthy setting for China-inspired cocktails, such as the zesty Shanghai Iced Tea. Should the weather turn chilly, simply sink into one of the designer chairs in the sleek Lobby Bar to sip a Myth of the Orient with chilli, lime and a dash of soy sauce. Trust us, it works….

SASSY STEAL: Book at least 14 days in advance and you’ll save 15% on rates, scoring a room for as little as US$185 a night!

Ametis Villa, Bali

Style Tropical-luxe hideaway
Setting Canggu attitude

For a blissful Balinese beach escape, check in to Ametis Villa boutique hotel near laidback Canggu Beach. The contemporary open-plan villas all boast gourmet kitchens, spa-style bathrooms and lashings of alfresco space, including come-hither central pools.

A butler is on hand to cater to your every whim, and breakfast, a 30-minute massage, afternoon tea, sunset cocktail and canapés, and a minibar with soft drinks and beer, are all included in your rates. Team that with fine dining at Eternal restaurant/bar, and sumptuous pampering sessions at Ruby Spa and there’s little reason to stray, but if you want to bust out of your high-end compound, Seminyak’s boutiques, bars and eateries are just a 20-minute shuttle ride away.

SASSY STEAL: Book before 9 September for stays until 30 September and you can save 25% on room rates, with villas starting at US$370 a night. From 1 October until 19 December, save 15% per cent on bookings.

Villa M Samui, Koh Samui

Style White-hot beach house
Setting Oceanfront Fisherman’s Village

Travelling with a troupe over the long weekend? Haute holiday house Villa M Samui in Koh Samui could be just the ticket. Set smack-bang on the beach at Bophut, this stylish self-catering stay offers five bedrooms with private bathrooms, a deluxe kitchen, luxurious lounge areas, garden pool and rooftop Jacuzzi.

There are two staff members on hand to keep the place spick-and-span, and you can hire an in-villa chef if you really don’t fancy lifting a finger – or, if you love to cook up a storm, rope the chef in for Thai cooking classes using produce from the nearby village. Dreamy spa treatments can also come to you, with massages and mani/pedis available in the villa or out in the breeze-blessed garden. Bliss.

SASSY STEAL: Stay four nights for the price of three, or eight nights for the price of six from 1 September to 30 November, bringing the price of this five-bed villa down to US$625 a night.

To book a stylish Smith stay visit www.mrandmrssmith.com or call the expert Travel Team on 800 905 326. What’s more, BlackSmith membershipis now free for life, so book through Smith to receive life-enhancing extras and exclusive offers at more than 900 hotels and holiday houses around the world.

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