Retreats to remember

Thailand June 08, 2016 01:00

By PHOOWADON DUANGMEE
THE NATION

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Make your next holiday a memorable one by roaming around Myanmar or chilling on the white sands of Thailand’s south



From the ancient kingdom of Bagan to the lost city of Mrauk U, Khiri Travel’s seven-day journey has you travelling in mystic Myanmar and following in the footsteps of monks, pilgrims, devotees and kings. Nestled along the Ayeyarwady River in the Central region, the ancient city of Bagan is surrounded by thousands of pagodas. Mrauk U (pronounced “mraw-oo”), to the west, is sometimes known as “Little Bagan”, but has its own tale. The journey involves four days of trekking (about 20km a day), boat trips, some four-wheel drive transport and basic accommodation and food in remote areas. The price is US$1,295 (twin sharing), and the journeys are available from October 30 to November 5, November 27 to December 3 and from January 1 to 7. For more information, email sales.myanmar@khiri.com.
 
Surrounded by the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is offering a special deal for holidaymakers. A single night in Deluxe Bungalow with breakfast for two starts from Bt6,693 and includes wi-fi Internet connectivity, one-hour use of sea kayak, scoop of ice cream for a child and 20 per cent discount on food and drink. Nestled in Loh Ba Gao Bay on Phi Phi Island, this beachside resort combines seclusion with all the luxury of a five-star resort. Maya Bay, the location for the 2000 hit movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is a short boat ride away. For online booking, visit www.PhiPhiIslandVillage.com.
 
Get back into shape with the Amatara Resort & Wellness’ Detox Stay package. The one-day package includes wellness consultation, five healthy raw juices and three cleansing green shots, Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage (60 minutes), colon hydrotherapy (60 minutes), Thai Herbal Steam (30 minutes), Thai herbal Body Scrub (30 minutes), Signature Amatara Massage (90 minutes) and complimentary access to Wellness activities classes. The treatment costs Bt10,650 per person. This luxury health resort on the hill in Phuket also features private pool villas. Call +66 (0) 76 200 800, +66 (0) 76 318 888 or visit www.AmataraPhuket.com.
 
Enjoy a Romantic Getaway package at the Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort at prices starting from Bt6,599 per couple per night. Available for booking until July 31 for stays up to December 23, the package offers accommodation in a Garden Pool Suite, daily breakfast for two, a 60-minute Navasana Spa treatment for two, round-trip airport transfers and complimentary shuttle services to Chaweng and Fisherman’s Village. Oceanfront and Ocean View Pool Suites are also available. A two-night minimum stay is required. Call (+66) 76 318 230 or email bam.phupongphiphat@outrigger.com.
 
Krabi Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is making the most of the so-called green season by offering a Summer Getaway to anyone looking for a blissful break by the Andaman Sea. From now through October, you can stay three nights for the price of two in all room types of this luxurious hotel. You’ll also enjoy Krabi International Airport transfers, daily breakfast for two and butler service. Tucked away in Klong Muang, far from the touristy beach of Ao Nang, Phulay Bay is an ideal hideout for a romantic break. Visit www.RitzCarlton.com/en/hotels/phulay-bay or email phulaybay@ritzcarlton.com.