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Asian Staycation Thailand

The Land of Smiles was recently pronounced No. 1 in the world for its ongoing COVID-19 recovery effort. As such, the people of Thailand have been mildly inconvenienced if at all during these corona days. To make those smiles even wider, the Kingdom hosts some of the world’s best beaches and islands – now somewhat restored to blissful tranquility.  For anyone living in Thailand, there’s a pretty good choice of mesmerising beach destinations to consider – especially with these special promotional offers:

Banyan Tree Krabi, due to celebrate its grand opening on October 24, is welcoming its first domestic guests with pool villas starting from 9,999 baht (USD 320) per night, inclusive of taxes, as well as free breakfast and – if you stay on a weekday – a complimentary afternoon tea and lunch. This majestic 72-key resort is surrounded by nature – forested mountains to the side and rear, and fronts a marine national park where limestone towers rise majestically from the sparkling Andaman Sea. The Special Offer booking period lasts from now till October 31 for all reservations between October 28, 2020, and April 30, 2021, for both Thais and foreign residents. Contact: Reservations-krabi@banyantree.com

Banyan Tree Krabi

After celebrating its grand opening in January this year, Meliá Koh Samui has joined the Thai government’s ‘Let’s Travel Together’ campaign to deliver a much-needed shot in the arm to the Kingdom’s tourism industry. Under the campaign, Thai citizens are offered a 40% rebate of up to 3000 Thai Baht (USD 96) per room per night on the best prices on Melia Koh Samui’s website, for bookings made for stays from now until October 31. The luxury resort on Choeng Mon Beach is also offering complimentary airport transfers and a 50% discount on treatments at its YHI Spa. Register for the campaign at www.เราเที่ยวด้วยกัน.com before calling the resort on +6677 938 899 to book a room or suite available on melia.com. Thai citizens will receive a coupon from the Paotung application once payment has been completed.


Vietnam has been hailed the world over for its response to the global pandemic. The country notched up some 99 consecutive days without a single case of COVID-19 via community transmission until a virus flare-up was detected in Danang late last month. With Vietnam’s national borders still shut tight amid the global pandemic, the country’s tourism industry is very much reliant on domestic travelers. The following deals by resorts in Vietnam support the local authorities’ campaign ‘Vietnamese people travel to Vietnamese destinations’ designed to encourage locals to explore their own backyard:

The Anam’s “Endless Summer Vibes” campaign features five different holiday packages underpinned with discounts of more than 50% off the resort’s 2019 room rates. Priced from VND 2,700,000++ (USD 116) per night for a minimum two-night stay, the Rejuvenation package includes a 60-minute spa treatment per person per stay for two people. Family Getaway, priced from VND 2,700,000++ (USD 116) per night, affords use of the minibar, breakfast for two adults and two children and an extra bed, all at no cost. The Half Board package includes lunch or dinner, and the Full Board package both lunch and dinner, priced at VND 2,700,000++ (USD 116) and VND 3,100,000++ (USD 133) per night respectively. The Exclusive package is priced from VND 2,300,000++ (USD 99) per night for the lead-in Balcony Garden View Room. Available for direct bookings made by October 31, with a travelling period through December 20, packages include daily breakfast and airport transfers, as well as 50% off laundry, 30% off spa treatments and 15% off food and beverages.

The Anam

Azerai Resorts is offering travelers in the Mekong Delta (Azerai Can Tho) and in Vietnam’s former imperial capital (Azerai La Residence, Hue) a range of exclusive staycation packages. The “Resident Retreat” at Azerai Can Tho (VND 6,480,000 or approximately USD 280) and at Azerai La Residence, Hue (VND 5,640,000 weekday or 6,580,000 for Friday and Saturday) features a one-night stay in a Lake Room (Azerai Can Tho) or Superior River Room (Azerai La Residence, Hue), daily breakfast for two persons, USD35-45 credit for use at the resort’s spa or F&B outlets, one-way airport transfer, a 60-minute spa treatment for two persons, and more. Azerai La Residence, Hue is also offering vouchers including two-way transfers from/to Danang or Hue, in addition to half-day tours on a Perfume River boat, a three-course set menu lunch for two persons, and access to the hotel’s facilities (pool, gym, sauna/steam bath), as well as day use of a Superior Standard guest room. For more information, please click here.

Azerai Can Tho

The new five-star Alma Resort is offering day passes affording locals and expats access to its infinity swimming pools, 6000 square meter water park and stretch of Long Beach as well as food and beverage vouchers. Priced at 500,000 VND (USD 21.60), the 30-hectare resort’s family day pass for two adults and two children aged under 12 years features a 500,000 VND (USD 21.60) food and beverage voucher for use at all of the resort’s dining outlets including Italian restaurant La Casa and Atlantis that specialises in fresh, local seafood. The family pass also includes complimentary access to Splash Water Park, home to water slides, a lazy river, wave pool and kid’s pool from 4pm-7pm on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays, as well as to the resort’s cascade of 12 beachfront swimming pools, kid’s club, youth club and the beach. Meanwhile the day pass priced at 150,000 VND per person (USD 6.50) includes the resort’s “Combo Breakfast” comprising one breakfast dish from the Alma Food Court’s menu as well as a coffee or fruit juice, and access to Alma’s largest infinity pool and the beach.  Both the single and family day passes offer a further 20% discount at the resort’s diverse range of dining establishments. For further information, call (+84) 258 399 1666 or email reservation@alma-resort.com


The new “Art of Staycation” offer at Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana is respite from the “new normal” that, at the same time provides ample security at a time when social distancing is still a priority. With just twenty villas spread over six hectares, guests have their own little world of space at the secluded resort moored among the rice paddies of Ubud. The two night stay starts at IDR 5,500,000 net for a one bedroom suite and includes a floating breakfast experience, and a range of daily perks such as breakfast, a sunset cocktail, afternoon tea, mini bar (including the alcoholic beverages) and laundry (six pieces per person). The special offer is for bookings and stays from now till Dec. 23rd, 2020. https://www.tanahgajahubud.com/en

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