Still on the hunt for a holiday?
Treat yourself and your friends to some quality-time away and escape the crowds this Chinese New Year! Whether it’s tropical beaches or snow-dusted forests that you’re after, travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have got you covered with ideas for last-minute getaways. Just relax and unwind, girls – you’ll find yourself kickstarting the Lunar New Year in the right (zen) state of mind with these top picks…
AMANOI, Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam
Like a sleekly-designed shrine beautifully set between a national park and a marine reserve, Amanoi‘s unique pagodas peek out from the lush, green landscape. Its infinity pool leads into the sea, and its spa rests by a lotus blossom-dotted lake (bliss!). For groups or families, residences come with their own pool and private chef. Sun-worshippers have plenty of places to lay their beach towels, but it’s worth sacrificing that even tan to go snorkelling amongst rainbow coral forests. And, although rare, sun bears and muntjac deer have been known to visit the sprawling parkland!
Smith Extra: A 60-minute massage each for two
ZABORIN, Niseko, Japan
Zaborin might be near Japan’s premier skiing destination of Niseko, but it doesn’t get much more secluded than this; even the hotel’s name translates as ‘a place in the woods to sit and forget’. So, after a day spent on the slopes, you can look forward to returning to your minimalist villa where everything you might possibly need is just so, including private indoor and outdoor onsen baths, fed with pure volcanic water. And it’s here, surrounded by meadows and forests, that you’ll feel your stresses and strains soothed away…
Smith Extra: A half bottle of local sake from Niseko brewery
OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT, Galle, Sri Lanka
Owl and the Pussycat is fun and fanciful amongst a beachside setting. Other lures include colourful, art-graced rooms styled by two well-travelled property developers; a cocktail-toting Beach Shack that knows how to handle ginger, lime, arrack and chilli; a Runcible Spoon restaurant worth visiting for its prawn popcorn alone, and a dreamy massage pagoda perched a shell’s throw from the ocean…
Smith extra: A morning visit to the vibrant local markets, accompanied by the hotel’s executive chef, Anthony D’Costa
CHHATRA SAGAR TENTS, Rajasthan, India
These series of luxury tents have some of India’s most coveted views, perched on the dam of a reservoir in a rural setting far removed from the bustle of cities. Run by the same family who’ve looked after the property for more than a century, the camp showcases the owners’ love for their region. Kitchen staff prepare dishes from family recipes using ingredients grown on site and staff can plan bespoke day-trips to visit off-the-beaten-path villages.
Smith extra: A champagne dinner for two on a hilltop and a tent upgrade (subject to availability)
ONE ELEVEN BALI, Bali, Indonesia
There’s seclusion to be found behind the ultra contemporary walls of seductive private villas at One Eleven Bali. Close the doors on the world and indulge in Seminyak’s most sought-after pastimes: long soaks in vast stones; head-to-toe treatments in an airy spa gazebo; or sipping a cooling cocktail by the mirror-stillness of your very own pool. The future of relaxation is here!
Smith Extra: A one-hour spa treatment for two people
With Mr & Mrs Smith you’ll enjoy our best-price guarantee, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call toll free at 800 905 326 or visit www.mrandmrssmith.com.