As the rest of Asia is gearing up for cooler weather and festivals towards the end of the year with the likes of Wine & Dine and Wonderfruit, those hankering after a holiday in the tropics can look to destinations like The Philippines and Indonesia with promotional airfares and opening offers. Read to find out more:
Cebu Pacific’s Seat Sale Now On
From now till Sunday, 7 October 2018, travellers departing from Singapore can fly to the Philippines via Manila for as low as S$100, in time for a Christmas or New Year holiday! Cebu Pacific flies between Singapore and Manila 42 times weekly, also with seven flights daily to Boracay and 12 times daily to Cebu. With two of the world’s best islands (as chosen by the readers of Conde Nast Traveller) blessed with marine diversity and fine sandy beaches and an interesting East-meets-West experience of food and adventure, you’ll be hard press to find a more fulfilling vacation.
Book online here.
Special Passes to Wine & Dine Festival in Hong Kong
Set up by Victoria Harbour against the glamourous skyline of Hong Kong, Wine & Dine Festival is set to rock the city for the tenth consecutive year with more than 400 booths. Travellers flying from Singapore via Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific can register for a Special Pass, which entitles visitors to free admission, wine tokens, food tokens, and a 10th Year Limited Edition Stölzle Wine Glass. Epicureans can look forward to dinners at the Tasting Room, which will host visiting chefs like Pierre Gagnaire, Bee Satongun (Paste Bangkok), and Centro Chen (Shisen Hanten in Singapore).
Wonderfruit Festival Returns for 5th Edition
The most holistic festival in Southeast Asia is back 13-16 December 2018 with a carbon-neutral four-day celebrationat their homeground of Siam Country Club in Pattaya. On top of previously announced acts like Goldie And The Ensemble, Nightmares on Wax, and Fleetmac Wood, Phase 2 of their line-up adds the dub- influenced beats by Margaret Dygas, underground dance scene pioneer Felix Dickinson, and Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and singer Sóley. Additions to the programme this year include new immersive structures like the bamboo-inspired Theatre Stage by Mpdstudio and the Eco-Pavilion (where Wonderers can find shelter under 100 handmade cotton umbrellas), as well as new relaxation spaces such as the Bath House for discovering bath rituals.Read our review of Wonderfruit 2017 hereand check out their Spotify playlist here.
AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach Now Open
Indonesian luxury hospitality operator AYANA has officially opened the doors to the first five-star resort on the dreamy island of Flores! A project inspired by owner Rudy Suliawan’s daughter’s love of diving and the island, AYANA Komodo Resort boasts 205 bedrooms, three swimming pools, a premium spa, and dining outlets such as all-day dining Rinca Restaurant, Kisik Seafood Grill, UNIQUE Rooftop Bar, and Japanese restaurant HonZEN. The opening offer features 20% off the Best Available Rate, plus 2-way airport transfer over the booking and stay period now till 31 March 2019.
See here for more information and room rates.
Hong Kong Launches High Speed Rail
Hong Kong has been the gateway to Mainland China for years, and the newly launched Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail is set to cement that. The 26-km rail connects directly to nine neighbouring cities in the Guangdong province (Shenzhen and Guangzhou in less than an hour) and on to 35 more stops in China without having to change trains, making Hong Kong an excellent start point for that scenic,multi-destination journey through the most populous country in the world.
The Hong Kong section of the High Speed Rail network runs from West Kowloon Station. See here for more information and tickets.