Rustic Seclusion

Rustic Seclusion

Travellers looking to escape from the hectic pace of city life will rejoice at the newly-opened North Hill City Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Inspired by the beautiful landscape of the region, the new resort features fresh, contemporary design, seen in its 42 spacious guest rooms and suites, which offer serene views of the Doi-Suthep Temple. In addition to a fitness centre with state-of-the-art cardio equipment; an all-day Italian restaurant; an outdoor pool; and a stunning amphitheatre for memorable events, the North Hill City Resort is also home to a private organic farm. Guests will have the opportunity to take farm-to-table cooking classes, in which they will learn to hand-pick local herbs and vegetables. www.northhillcityresort.com

Bike Adventure

SpiceRoads Cycle Tours has launched two new half-day tours in Southeast Asia, allowing travellers the chance to explore the capital of Thailand and north central Laos on two wheels. Bangkok’s Hidden Treasure is a 13km ride through the city’s less-visited neighbourhoods. Guests will visit the centuries-old Chinese community, view artwork and traditional crafts at Ban Silapin (Artist’s House), and enjoy a relaxing ride in a traditional Thai long-tail boat along the majestic Chao Phraya River. For the Luang Prabang Night Ride – a 12 km journey along the narrow lanes and small hidden alleys of the French Indochinese colonial quarter – participants will visit unique temples and stroll through a local market, where they can find traditional handicrafts and sample Laotian cuisine. www.spiceroads.com

Lakeside Beauty

Travellers who want to take in the famed Inle Lake in Myanmar should check into the 94-room Sanctum Inle Resort, set to open in Nyaungshwe Township this October. Created by acclaimed French designer Brigitte Dumont de Chassart, the new resort features Spanish-style arches and minimalist, modern room design. Ranging in size from 40sqm to 150sqm, all rooms come with lofty ceilings, natural wood floors, plush bedding, air-conditioning, and cable TV. The 107-seat Refectory restaurant offers a full complement of local and Western dishes, while the Cloister Bar serves a wide selection of Myanmar-brewed beers, international wines, and Cuban and Dominican cigars. Don’t forget to enjoy an indulgent treatment at the Sanctuary Spa, or take a refreshing dip in the Olympicsized swimming pool. www.sanctum-inle-resort.com

Murray Meander

Designed for those who love adventures on foot, The Murray River Walk – a new addition to the Great Walks of Australia’s collective of premium guided multi-day walks – is a four-day journey commencing in Renmark, South Australia. The 40km walk showcases a variety of terrain throughout the Murray River region, including bush trails, ancient red gum forests, wetlands and red ochre cliffs, on a private trail. Guided walking combined with peaceful cruising immerses guests in the beautiful landscape and reveals the pioneering history of the paddle steamers, which once plied the route. Guests will encounter a diverse array of wildlife and waterbirds along the river, creeks and old oxbow lagoons. The South Australia’s Riverland food bowl is a highlight, whilst the end of the journey is celebrated with lunch at the award-winning Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery. www.greatwalksofaustralia.com.au

Family Fun

An Ideal retreat for families and groups of friends, One Eleven Bali has introduced The Penthouse, a three-bedroom lifestyle apartment located in the heart of Seminyak. Accommodating up to six guests, The Penthouse is contemporary in design and features a chic lounge area, three bedrooms with queen-sized beds, a generous dining space, and a fully-equipped kitchen for guests to cook up a storm. On the deck is a private swimming pool, where guests can relax or let off steam. Whilst the villas at One Eleven are adults-only, The Penthouse is available for guests of all ages to immerse in the cool vibe of a “resort experience”, complemented with airport transfers, daily breakfast, and 24-hour butler service. http://111resorts.com/penthouse

Paris Flair

Travellers will be transported to the romantic city of Paris when they check into The Parisian Macao, which will open on the Cotai Strip this September. Developed by Sands China Ltd and inspired by the magic and wonder of the famed City of Light, The Parisian Macao features a half-scale recreation of the Eiffel Tower. The property’s full array of integrated resort facilities include 3,000 guest rooms and suites, a variety of international restaurants, a spa, a kids’ club, a health club, a pool deck with themed water park, and a 1,200-seat theatre. The resort’s retail mall, Shoppes at Parisian, will offer the latest in fashion and couture in a setting reminiscent of the streets of Paris, with an eclectic mix of street artists and entertainers heightening the authentic experience. www.parisianmacao.com

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