As much as year end travelling might be hindered by overbooked flights, long lines at the customs, and crying children of all ages (it’s already starting, even in mid October), there’s no reason not to go away when half of Singapore is shutting down anyway. Plan ahead with new sales and hospitality openings on this edition of Wanderfolk.

Save on Sight-Seeing with Klook’s End of Year Sale

Image courtesy of Vincent Ko

Taking photos for the ‘gram on vacation is the most natural thing to do these days, which is why the folks at Klook have come up with a list of the most photographed travel experiences in Asia from their platform and running a year-end sale where travellers get to save up to $70 from now till 31 December 2018! Topping the list is South Korea’s Demilitarised Zone, while hanbok rentals in Seoul will let K-drama fans live out their fantasies. The well-preserved Forbidden City in Beijing is also a favourite for its imposing architecture – pre-booking is essential since only 80,000 visitors are allowed daily. Other cities on the list include Kyoto, Taipei, Hong Kong, and Bangkok.

For more information and bookings, see here.

Singapore Airlines Resumes Direct Flight to New York City

Image courtesy of Aurelien Guichard

After pulling the plug on the non-stop service from Singapore to Newark Liberty International Airport in 2013, the world’s longest commercial flight is making a comeback to Singapore Airlines. Using the ultra long-range version of the Airbus A350-900, the national carrier will operate the service three times weekly – Monday, Thursday, and Saturday – from 11 October to 17 October 2018. Thereafter, daily operations will begin. The flight of about 16,700 kilomeres will see a travelling time of up to 18 hours and 45 mintues.

Sanctuary Wellbeing at Banyan Tree Phuket

Those looking for a restful respite centred on mindfulness and wellbeing, Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary Phuket, located on the fringe of Cherngtalay Beach, has launched Sanctuary Wellbeing. Designed to bring balance in the urban lifestyle with 50 activities over four broad categories (Body Awareness, Mindful Practices, Optimal Fitness, and Lifestyle Enrichment), guests are welcome to customize select activities or opt for one of the four goal-oriented itineraries – such as Balanced Fitness and Urban Detox- curated by Banyan Tree Phuket. Accompanying this programme is a dedicated menu of plant-based cuisine that’s available in several of the property’s restaurants.

For more information and bookings, see here.

AccorHotels and Eurostar Loyalty Programmes Team Up

Frequent travellers to Europe, take note. The rail operator’s Club Eurostar has joined forces with Le Club AccorHotels to enable members to take advantage of the benefits and the flexibility to exchange points between the two loyalty programmes. With the exchange rate of 500 Club Eurostar points to 1,500 Le Club AccorHotels Rewards points 
and 4,000 Le Club AccorHotels points to 350 Club Eurostar points, Eurostar travellers can now redeem free nights or get discounts at more than 3500 hotels across the world while Le Club AccorHotels members have another alternative to top up their Club Eurostar point balance.

Sign up for Club Eurostar here and Le Club AccorHotels here.

Manarai Beach House Now Open in Nusa Dua

Looking for a new beach club to hit in Bali? The answer might just lie in the Nusa Dua neighbourhood. Brought to you by the ISMAYA Group, which owns and operates more than 70 outlets across Asia, the pristine beachfront location of the establishment is complemented by a blend of Balinese craftsmenship and contemporary styling, two swimming pools, day beds, and world class music and entertainment. The hungry and the thirsty can look forward to Executive Chef Stefan Poyet’s fusion comfort food menu, whimsical cocktails, and even traditional Balinese Jamu.

Manarai Beach House is located at Lot N5 Kawasan Pariwisata – ITDC Nusa Dua, Bali. Open 9am-1am daily.

Top image: Manarai Beach House