You know how they say a change is as good as a holiday? They fibbed! Take full advantage of the loooong Chinese New Year weekend (9-13 February – that’s 5 days people!) with a few nights at a luxe hotel and reap the benefits of a mini-break. Sleep-ins, room service, spa treatments, exploring an exotic destination… Boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have searched close to home to find all of these for three great Chinese New Year long-weekend escapes. And to sweeten the deal, there are even some special Sassy savings on offer too!
Style Witty wonderland
Setting Vibrant Little India
Let your imagination run wild at boutique Singapore hotel Wanderlust! Hotelier Loh Lik Peng collaborated with four local design agencies to transform the former schoolhouse into something resembling a vivid dreamscape. If you want to combine a city break with ‘nature’, book the Tree Room, which re-creates the feeling of kipping in a tree house whilst for bright bolts of colour, choose one of the Pantone rooms. All flaunt Nespresso machines and Kiehl’s amenities in the bathrooms.
It’s only a small place with 29 rooms, so splashing is confined to the Jacuzzi on the sundeck. On the ground floor, bistro-style Cocotte serves unpretentious French comfort food, with a quirky bar alongside. You’re right in the heart of bustling Little India though, so check out the Thieves Market, eat hawker food at the Tekka Centre and stroll to Kampong Glam (the Arab Quarter) with its hip boutique and cafés on Haji Lane.
SASSY SAVING: Book at least seven days before you travel and you can take advantage of the Advance Purchase offer. It gives you 10% off the best available room rates, as well as breakfast each morning, but full pre-payment is required at the time of booking.
The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
Style Seaside design shrine
Setting Iconic China Beach
You’ll feel instantly rejuvenated as you slip into the zen opulence of seaside designer den The Nam Hai hotel near Hoi An. Stretched along the sands of China Beach, it has 100 rooms but you’ll really want to snag yourself a Beachfront Villa for sexy sea views. Cool slate, muted silks and a net-draped king-size bed dominate the interiors, with a seductive bathtub for serene soaking. Chances are, however, you’ll want to soak up the sunshine! The main pool has three levels – at the top it’s temperature controlled, the mid-level is long and narrow for lap swimmers, and down by the beach its infinity edge blends with the ocean.
At sunset, head to the bar atop the restaurant. If you can manage it, grab table E3 – since it has the best views in the house – and order yourself a Nam Hai Royal (champagne, Campari and orange juice) or another refreshing blend. The downstairs restaurant serves a selection of international dishes alongside delicious, artistically presented Vietnamese food. If you want to explore further, you’re only a 10-minute drive from the riverside town of Hoi An, famous for its tailors who can whip up bespoke pieces to order.
SASSY SAVING: For the ultimate in relaxation, book the Rejuvenate in Style package. Included in the room price is breakfast daily, two 60-minute massages for two, one set dinner for two, return airport transfers and yoga classes. This special offer must be booked at least two days before the start of your stay for a minimum of two nights.
The Puli Hotel and Spa, Shanghai, China
Style Flash in the Han
Setting Perched by Jing’An Park
Granted, things could get a little full-on in the city over the CNY weekend, but immerse yourself in The Puli Hotel and Spa in Shanghai with its high reclaimed brick walls, and you’ll discover the meaning of true serenity. Treat yourself to a lavish corner Grand Studio – they’re not the biggest rooms you’ll ever stay in but the expansive views of the city and park from the king-size bed, living area and bath tub more than make up for that. Plus, there’s every luxury you could need in the pared-back design, including a home cinema system and Nespresso machine.
By day, stretch out beside the mosaic infinity pool or relax with a Thai or Indian influenced tea-themed treatment at Anantara Spa on level three. After dark, enjoy the spoils at Jing’An Restaurant, where executive chef Michael Wilson (formerly of Melbourne’s acclaimed Cutler & Co) presides over the chic elegant space. Spread across three interconnecting wooden pavilions, Wilson uses local seasonal ingredients in a unique East meets West blend.
SASSY SAVING: Book at least seven days in advance of your stay at the Puli Hotel and Spa and you’ll receive 15% off the website rate with our Advance Purchase offer. Plus, you’ll still get the Smith Extra of fresh fruit and chocolates in your room on arrival.
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