01: Take in the verdant surroundings at Como Shambhala Estate, Bali


Surround yourself with the solitude that is Ubud’s rainforest. Either pamper yourself with Ayurvedic treatments and numerous spa options, or snap on that backpack and trek through the surrounding lush trails. A dietitian is on hand to ensure you receive the best and most appropriate nutrition through your Indonesian fare.


02: Surrender the sensibilities to The Sanchaya,Bintan


A mere 45 minutes from Singapore, The Sanchaya is doing something right: it’s snagged top honours from Conde Nast Traveller and National Geographic Traveller. A vast estate, top-notch hospitality and the dogged attention to capturing the essence of South-east Asia in its decor and themes will leave you wanting a second visit.


03: Make that Stay Pleasant at The Siam Hotel, Bangkok


If you have a pit stop or two in the main city area of Bangkok, but can’t abide the bustle, set up base in the decadent finery of Siam Bangkok. Both villas and suites are available at the 39-room compound, which is a short 20-minute drive away from the city centre. As it’s set up along the Chao Praya river, there’s even a speedboat option for those who’d like an alternate way to reach town within half an hour.


04:Escape from Terrestrial Bindings with Aman Cruises


If the typical cruise ship was too packed for you, consider sharing the deck with only 4 other couples on Aman Resorts’ newest sea-faring vessel, the Amandira. Comes staffed with a full crew including the chef and divemaster – two very important characters as you eat and snorkel/dive your way through the pristine waters of Raja Ampat (off South Indonesia’s coast.)


05: Skip Town and Relax at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa 


If you just haven’t the time or freedom to venture too far from Singapore, the relatively new Sofitel Singapore Sentosa is the next-best option to spirit you away. Enchanting garden or sea views set the tone right each morning. Make sure to pay a visit the the decorated SoSpa, or lounge by the poolside to watch both classic and blockbuster movies projected on a large screen every Friday and Saturday night. Should you choose to go on foot instead of hauling the car over, Sentosa’s top destinations are within acceptable walking distance, and are accessible by shuttle buses.