Thursday, 28 May 2009

Breakaway - Wanderlust Part 2

Are we seeing a turnaround in the economy and thus our finances? Are good times on the horizon? Quick quick! Pack the bags and jump on the airplane. Where to go? Here’s a short Part 2 to our travel news updates for the girl on the go.

This Way to Bali!
Sashay south for a spot of glam on the beach at The Legian, just off shopaholic Seminyak! Long the hotspot for luxurious travel, this all-suite hotel is offering a ‘threesome for two’, says its press release. No, not a menage a trois I’m afraid, but three nights for the price of two at USD360++ per night. From now until 31 July and from 1 September to 21 December. (US$1=S$1.448)

For a more spiritual setting, with nothing but birdsong and Mount Agung as a backdrop, The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah is an exquisite hillside resort with no more than 20 suites and villas, some with private pools spread over five hectares of landscaped Balinese gardens surrounded by padi fields. The same ‘threesome’ package applies at USD 498++ per night. This gets you a one-bedroom pool villa that includes butler and club service benefits such as complimentary minibar, return airport transfers and daily afternoon eats.

Valid from now till 14 July, and 10 Sept to 21 December. This deal is available only for travellers from Hong Kong and Singapore. Lucky us!
For bookings and details, visit

Recessionista’s Hong Kong Spree
Last week, we showed you where to shop in Hong Kong, but after that, where to rest up and fortify yourselves for another hard day of pounding the pavements in search of best buys? Tucked away in a quiet side street in Wan Chai, The Fleming, which made the Condé Nast Traveller’s “Hot List 2007” of the world’s best new hotels, is offering a Credit Crunch (no escaping that word these days) package, effectively a ‘two-nights-for-one’ deal.
Rates for the two nights start at HK$1,880 (S$351) for a superior room at the award-winning boutique hotel; the deluxe room package rate is HK$2,180 and executive accommodation is HK$2,680. Additional nights for each of the three room categories are HK$838, HK$1,038 and HK$1,238, respectively. The package includes continental brekkie, free mini bar and 10% off F&B excluding wines (sigh!). The offer is valid until 31 August for prepaid bookings made at least 14 days in advance. (HK$1 – S$0.1869)

41 Fleming Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3607 2225 or e-mail: for reservations

1950s Movie Magic
From now until June 29, chic boutique hotel IVY Shanghai is offering a long weekend package of a three-night stay for the price of two with days allowed ranging from Thursday to Monday. The package starts at RMB650 per night for a stylish Platinum King room, RMB1,250 per night for a Ritzy Suite and RMB1,550 per night for E’lan Suite. (1 RMB = S$0.21)

During this period, the hotels is running a “Movie Manic” season, screening classic black & white films from the golden era of film history in the hotel’s lobby lounge on a 3.6m x 1.78m screen.

The 46-room boutique hotel IVY Shanghai was converted from a 1950s cinema, and located a short stroll from the shopping and business hub of Nanjing West Road.

For reservations please contact IVY Shanghai at +86 21 3221 2600.


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