Planning a last minute escape for Christmas and the New Year? It’s Emirates to the rescue this week. This week, those heading to Bangkok will find another reason to experience the sky-high panoramic views of the city and folks to Bali can look forward to a new fine dining experience. Want to get back in with nature? We have a tropical private island and eco villas in Nepal too.

Emirates Black Friday Offer

Barcelona, view from Montjuic Hill. Image courtesy of Fred Romero.

If it feels like everyone has jumped onto the Black Friday bandwagon this year, you got it right. Even Emirates has mounted a Black Friday sale for bookings made now till Monday, 3 December 2018, for travel between 30 November 2018 and 31 July 2019. Economy class fares start from S$719 to Dubai; those travelling to Europe can fly to London from S$1,069 and Barcelona from S$1,299. Business class fares start from S$2,999 to Dubai and from S$5.359 to Europe. Frequent flier members can earn double the amount of Skywards Miles accumulated.

Book online here. Blackout dates and other terms and conditions apply.

Bali Has a New Fine Dining Destination in Apéritif Restaurant & Bar


Love winning and dining in Ubud? Then make your next dining destination Apéritif Restaurant & Bar, set amidst a lush jungle valley, making it one of Bali’s most unique fine dining spots. Belgian Executive Chef Nic Vanderbeeken serves up sophisticated, eight-course menu that explores global cuisine through the sense of the Indonesian archipelago. Highlights of the Spice Islands met Europe degustation include a fish ceviche made with coconut milk and Leche de Tigre and venison served Wellington style with mushroom rendang sauce. Apéritif Bar, on the other hand, pays tribute to the European tradition of enjoying aperitifs so each evening starts with complementary pre-dinner aperitif and canapés at the Bar.

The degustation menu starts from Rp. 1,350,000++ per person. See Aperitif’s website here.

Bangkok’s Mahanakhon SkyWalk Opens

Get another bird’s eye view of the magnificent city that is Bangkok at the new Mahanakhon SkyWalk. Located in Silom by Chong Nonsi BTS station, it is now Thailand’s highest observation viewing deck at 314 metres high. Besides one of the world’s largest glass tray floors, the three stories (levels 74-75, and 78) also host Thailand’s highest rooftop bar, The Peak. The rest of the building, King Power Mahanakhon, will be home to King Power Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, events space Mahanakorn Square, and dining experiences by the likes of Joël  Robuchon.

From now till 31 January 2019, get a complimentary upgrade to the rooftop with the purchase of a Mahanakhon SkyWalk ticket at 765THB (usually 1,050 THB). For more information and tickets, see here.

Cempedak Private island Launches Rock Spa and More Villa Space

Two and the half hours will get you to Cempedak, a lovely adults-only private island off Indonesia’s Bintan island. Since their launch in March 2017, the bamboo resort has been growing sustainably – opening their spa only three months ago and now, five more villas, making it a total of 20. Situated on impressive granite boulders in a mangrove bay, all three double treatment rooms of Rock Spa overlook the ocean. Offerings include body massages, botanical facials, and spa journeys. The villas offer either a view of the beach or the sea, and the barefoot luxury vibe extends to amenities and the interiors – think luxurious organic white cotton sheets and vaulted ceilings with electric fans while free of televisions and computers.

For more information, see Cempedak Private Island’s website.

Get Back to Nature with Nepal’s First Luxury Tented Eco Villas Opens

If you can only splurge on one hotel on your trip to Nepal, consider making it The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View. Accessible via paddle boat across the majestic Phewa Lake, a stay in any of these eight tented villas is a back-to-nature experience in the midst of rice fields and the Annapurna Himalayas. The villas themselves are designed with indigenous materials and feature floor-to-ceiling, fully retractable wraparound glass doors, handcrafted furniture, and al fresco rain showers. Guests can also look forward to activities like mountain trekking, kayaking on the lake, and guided walks by a local naturalist.

The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View’s opening offer starts from US$200 per person per night, includes daily breakfast, lunch or dinner, a programme of activities, return airport transfers, and a 30m-minute Ayurvedic massage for one. For more information and reservations, see here. 

Top Image: Cempedak Private Island Rock Spa