Can’t plan a big holiday this year?
These staycation spots are one quick flight away.
It doesn’t take much effort to plan weekend getaways these days. With the list of public holidays and special non-working days officially out, that much needed R&R can be booked with a simple click (especially with all those airfare sales lately!). Travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have specially curated a list of trending destinations for getaways in 2017, for those of you who would rather avoid weekend traffic by going on a road trip. From blissful Bali to bustling Bangkok or haute Hong Kong, these places have something to suit all tastes–and the best part is, they’re all one easy flight away.
HOTEL ICON, Hong Kong, China
With sweeping harbour views, three excellent restaurants and enough Chinese art to fill a gallery, Hotel Icon in lively Kowloon has brains and good looks in equal measure, and no wonder: it’s owned by Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Hong Kong Island is 20 minutes away but you won’t miss it – Kowloon’s buzzing markets, edifying museums and on-trend boutiques have plenty to keep you occupied.
Smith Extra: A bottle of house wine
CABOCHON HOTEL, Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok bolthole Cabochon Hotel has a yen for the Twenties – you’ll notice it in the tortoise shells, typewriters and brass chandeliers. Along with its eclectic interiors, Cabochon’s charms include a menu that caters from Chiang Mai to Laotian cuisine, romantic rooms with the softest Belgian linens, and a little-laneway location, away from the clamour of the city. Bring your bathers: there’s also a rooftop pool.
Smith Extra A home-made aromatherapy candle
KATAMAMA, Bali, Indonesia
The striking red-brick exterior is the first clue that Katamama is rising to the challenge of being sibling to world-famous Balinese beach club Potato Head. Sartorial successes continue apace inside, too, where mid-century furniture, statement lighting, contemporary art and moody hues add decorative clout to the outstanding MoVida restaurant, masterful cocktail bar and sea-facing suites. The coffee’s not half bad, either!
Smith Extra: Priority day-bed booking at Potato Head beach club, plus late check-out until 4pm (subject to availability)
There are gourmet goodies to be gorged upon in Singapore’s restaurant-packed business district, and Naumi is in the heart of the action. Aside from promising unabashed luxury and street-savvy urban smarts, the hotel also offers a hidden 10th-floor pool deck with spectacular skyline views, a great whisky selection at the chill-out lounge bar, and a dedicated member of staff whose aim is to provide you with everything you need.
Smith Extra: A welcome cocktail each in the lobby bar on arrival
AN LAM SAIGON RIVER, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
This quiet Saigon sanctuary was once furniture-maker Mr Lam’s private home: you’ll be wishing you lived here, too, thanks to the leafy gardens, river-watching rooms and deliciously zingy Vietnamese food. And An Lam Saigon River harbours plenty of statement design pieces – its nooks are filled with stylish rattan chairs and bright cushions – and the hotel’s speedboat will whoosh you to the city center in just 15 minutes.
Smith Extra: A bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival plus the restaurant’s best table (right by the river) reserved for you each night
With Mr & Mrs Smith you’ll enjoy our best-price guarantee, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call toll free at 800 905 326 or visit mrandmrssmith.com.