It’s October – that means spooky season for some, beer season for us, and year-end (or Chinese New Year) vacation planning for us all. Plus if you’re looking to get away this month – winter thaws out to spring on Australia’s side of the hemisphere, and autumn falls into Europe, North America, and Japan. – it’s the perfect time to travel. Wandering where to go next?
Go on Holiday with Next Story Hotels
Plan your next getaway with Next Story Group’s hotels, which include brands like Next, Sage, and Chifley, and Kiridara. They’re offering guests complimentary breakfast, complimentary room upgrades and late check-out, among other free perks when you book from now to 6 October 2019 for stays until 31 March 2020. Have bambinos in tow? Sage Hotels in Melbourne, Wollongong, Adelaide and West Perth will delight young guests with signature Sage tepees in the rooms. Need a retreat from real life? Hide away deep in the forests of Kiridara Luang Prabang in Laos, a hillside sanctuary for travellers seeking tranquillity, natural beauty, and some of he best spas in town.
More details and bookings here.
The Raffles Grand Hotel d’ Angkor Returns
Following a six-month restoration, Raffles Grand Hotel d’ Angkor has reopened. Widely celebrated as La Grande Dame de Angkor, the iconic building has played host to plenty of famous faces – from Charlie Chaplin to Jackie Kennedy – so you know they’ve got a pretty good rep to uphold. While the refreshed façade retains the old-world, colonial charm synonymous with the heritage and history of the Raffles brand, all rooms and suites have received a major upgrade to suit the times, with lighter and brighter interiors, Segafredo coffee machines, USB charging stations, and top-of-the-line Italian tiling and rain showers.
More details and reservations here.
Nahm Restaurant Re-launches at COMO Metropolitan Bangkok
From this month, award-winning Chef Pim Techamuanvivit takes the reins at COMO’s Nahm Restaurant, with a new concept and menu to boot. Her penchant for fast-disappearing flavours from her childhood reflects the modest but genuine vision: to deliver an authentic Thai experience surrounded by the nostalgia of home-cooked food, like her grandmother’s own Kanom Jin Nahm Prik. Taking influence from her culture and habit of sustainable sourcing, the restaurant is also refreshed with custom pieces made by local ceramicists in traditional styles like the Bang She Yan style of pottery.
More details and reservations here.
The Jai Thep Festival Returns to Chiang Mai
Ring in a new decade with the Jai Thep Festival, happening across the weekend of 31 January to 2 February 2020 just outside the city of Chiang Mai. Surround yourself with a spectrum of art and music with live performances, 80s aerobics, and wellness workshops in the natural beauty in the mountains of the former Lanna Kingdom. Featuring acts like Thai Techno DJ Mendy Indigo and French psytrance legend Talamasca, get in the groove of the a new era of sustainability and socially-conscious revelry.
Tickets start from THB600 for a one-day pass, more details here.
The Adnate Now Open in Perth
Accor has opened its ninth Art Series hotel on Perth’s King Street. Standing adjacent to the city’s luxury and lifestyle centre, it boasts 250 colourful and soulful rooms that promises to inspire guests with ‘the art of dreaming big’. On its facade, you’ll find one of the world’s largest ‘mega murals’ – spanning 25 storeys painted by Matt Adnate – that has already made history as the tallest mural in the Southern Hemisphere. Throw in two original canvases and a large-scale mural above the hotel’s main staircase, and 650 giclée prints of 30 of Adnate’s most-recognised works adorning the 27-storey hotel, and you get a fever-dream for art lovers. To celebrate the opening, bookings made by 30 November 2019 for travel from now till 30 March 2020 will be available at a special rate of A$179 per night.
More details here.