26 September 2023

Drawcard for return travel to Asia

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By Rama Gaind.

Centara Reserve Samui’s Reserve Ocean Pool Villa creates the ultimate setting for luxurious lifestyle escapes.

Time to dust off your suitcases and go for a holiday to a spot that’s emerged as one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world: Thailand.

The kingdom, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, has been rated as the fourth most attractive travel destination in the world post-pandemic. A Visa Global Travel Intentions Study 2021 found Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hua Hin were the top Thai cities global travellers looked up online.

Among the reasons people love to travel to this exotic destination are culture, religion, food, nature, water, adventure, sports and relaxing activities. The ‘Land of Smiles’ is also growing as a health and wellness destination, with a huge number of healing and detox centres.

The tranquil beaches are another drawcard. The beaches have warm, clear water and stunning vistas. Other reasons include nourishing cuisine, magnificent temples and scenery, colourful history, archaeological sites and the marine life is just spectacular. There are many different types of beaches in Thai; from quiet, to laid back, to ones where you party all night. With over 1,500 miles of coastline to choose from, you have no excuses for not enjoying the sunny beaches that Thailand offers.

If you’re looking for a luxurious lifestyle escape, then look no further than the Centara Reserve Samui’s Reserve Ocean Pool Villa. This is the ultimate setting.

Thailand’s leading hotel operator, Centara offers a collection of world-class hotels and resorts where visitors can find their perfect ‘Place to Be’. Use There’s a diverse portfolio ranging from spectacular city hotels in Bangkok to beautiful beachfront retreats in Hua Hin, Koh Samui and Krabi, fun-filled family resorts in Pattaya and Phuket, havens of adventure in Chiang Mai and Khao Yai, and many more destinations besides.

Pimalai’s Hillside Ocean View Private Pool Villas offer stunning interiors and spectacular views of the Andaman Sea.

Other popular options include Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, the heritage hotel on Thailand’s gulf coast, Centara Reserve Samui, one of Asia’s hottest new five-star lifestyle retreats which opened in December 2021 to mark the debut of the new Centara Reserve luxury brand, and Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, the amazing Lost World-themed water park resort.

Pimalai is a five-star sanctuary nestled in 100 acres of unspoiled jungle on the tropical island of Koh Lanta. Test out Pimalai’s Hillside Ocean View Private Pool Villas that offer stunning interiors and spectacular views of the Andaman Sea. Guests can spend endless hours chilling out on the 900-metre-long sandy beach, relax at the award-winning Pimalai Spa, dine at beachside restaurants, swim in elevated infinity pools or enjoy exhilarating activities such as water sports, tennis, muay Thai and more.

Amazing alternatives

Unwind in style at The Slate Phuket’s art-inspired private pool suite. The Slate, the whimsical, art-inspired resort on Phuket’s secluded northwest coast, is rolling out the welcome mat for international guests with a series of tempting rates. Experience-seeking explorers will love the resort’s unique dreamscapes, original artworks and installations, dramatic dining destinations, sparkling pools and the stunning Coqoon Spa. A selection of spectacular suites and pool villas provides the perfect place to stay and play.

One amazing alternative, that you have to try, is the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort. Nestled in nature on the Son Tra Peninsula, this resort offers the pinnacle of Vietnamese five-star hospitality.

Nestled in nature on the Son Tra Peninsula, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort offers the pinnacle of Vietnamese five-star hospitality.

Vietnam is also now open to international visitors and there can be no finer place to rediscover this captivating country than InterContinental Danang, which was recently named as the ‘Best Hotel in Vietnam’. Nestled in 39 hectares of nature on the unspoiled Son Tra Peninsula, overlooking the ocean, this breathtaking resort is spread across four levels – Heaven, Sky, Earth and Sea – all linked by a funicular railway that rises up the forested hillside. Stay in spacious sea-facing rooms, suites and pool villas, dine at Michelin-rated restaurants, experience immersive activities or simply unwind on the 700-metre-long beach. Pure bliss!

Health warnings

Whichever spectacular southeast Asian destination you choose to visit, there will be a warm welcome. Following successive holiday seasons when the global COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted international travel, Thailand and Vietnam are now welcoming guests with warm and heartfelt greetings.

However, before you travel, don’t forget to read the health advice from authorities – for the destination you visit – to get the latest details about the key risks and advice on how to stay safe.


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