This time, we have a luxury hotel icon opening in this part of the world and five million seats on the airline that’s been voted the Best Low-Cost Carrier many times over. Those looking for a wellness centric getaway might find their answer in Bali; alternatively, Boracay is now receiving visitors so it might be interesting to be one of the first few holidaymakers back to the island paradise.

Waldorf Astoria Debuts in South East Asia

When it comes to the world’s iconic luxury hotels, few brands come close to Waldorf Astoria, known for culinary expertise and personal service in landmark locations around the world. Following the opening of Waldorf Astoria hotels in Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok has just opened by the bustling Ratchaprasong intersection, a place not unfamiliar with frequent travelers to the Thai capital. Designed by award-winning architect André Fu and his AFSO team, expect all 171 residential-style rooms to be spacious, luxuriously appointed with marble bathtubs. The top three floors – levels 55 to 57 – are host to dining outlets Bull & Bear (specialising in grilled meat and seafood), The Loft (a New York inspired bar), and the Champagne Bar.

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is located at 151 Ratchadamri Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330.

Five million free seats up for grabs at AirAsia

Rottnest Island, Perth

From now till Sunday, 9 September 2018, there’s more reason than ever to join the AirAsia BIG programme, because promotional members all-in fares (includes taxes and fees) from Singapore to destinations like Langkawi, Penang, and Jakarta start from S$47.30! Valid for travel between 18 February 2019 and 26 November 2019, the promotion is also applicable to AirAsia X Fly-Thru flightsfrom as low as S$148 on flights from Singapore (via Kuala Lumpur) to the likes of Perth, Taipei, Osaka, and Jeju. Promotional seats for non-members start from S$50, and seat selections bookings made during this period will enjoy 20% off.

Book online or via AirAsia’s mobile app by 9 September 2018.

Cebu Pacific resumes flights to Boracay in October 2018

Boracay Station 2. Image courtesy of George Parilla.

Following a six-month closure for Boracay’s rehabilitation, restoration and recovery, Cebu Pacific is the first to resume flights to and from Caticlan, the main to gateway to the island, on Friday 26 October 2018. Over the weekend, be amongst the first vacationers to bask in the sand and sea of the revitalised island with return of three Manila-Caticlan flights daily. From Monday, 28 October onwards, Cebu Pacific and subsidiary Cebgo will fly up to seven times daily between Manila and Caticlan.

Book your Cebu Pacific flight here.

COMO Shambhala Retreat at COMO Uma Canggu, Bali

Staying at a COMO hotel is always a treat – as testified by our experiences in Bangkok and Phuket – and COMO Uma Canggu just leveled up on that scale with the opening of a COMO Shambhala Retreat on premises. The wellness centre is equipped with all the facilities like a bright and airy 2,700 square feet Wellness Gym and staffed with therapies and expertsto run programmes like yoga and Pilates classes, as well as COMO Shambhala treatments. Gym facilities also includes shower and steam rooms, robes, slippers and COMO Shambhala amenities for freshening-up after a workout. Best part? Non-hotel guests can join in with gym memberships, classes, and treatment packages.

For more information, see here.

Finnish design house Marimekko teams up with Dream Cruises

Fans of Marimekko, Dream Cruises has finally launched phase two of their partnership aboard Genting Dream, the cruise liner’s mega ship that currently homeports in Singapore. From now till October 28 2018, select balcony staterooms will be decked out in Marimekko homeware featuring the iconic Unikko print. Guests will also receive a complimentary gift set of Marimekko products or a tote bag, and a Marimekko-themed afternoon tea at sea for two. During this period, the Genting Dream will be cruising to destinations including Penang and Langkawai in Malaysia, Koh Samui and Bangkok in Thailand, and Sihanoukville in Cambodia.

For more information, see Dream Cruises’ website.

Top image: Osaka, courtesy of Pedro Szekely.