But eager as we may be to spread our wings and fly, it’s still pretty scary out there, given that second, third, and fourth waves of the outbreak are still raging in certain parts of the world. Vaccination also doesn’t make the anxieties of travelling during a global pandemic disappear. To help you scratch that itch while keeping your welfare in mind, Capella Hotels and Resorts has launched a selection of 72-hour, safe and immersive itineraries across Asia that includes crowd-less outdoor settings and naturally social distanced activities.
Curated by the hotel’s culturists, the all-inclusive packages combine rich local experiences with luxurious pleasures from spa to dining. Take a gander at Capella’s #HelloAsia offerings below and start trip planning:
Glamping is good for you. According to a study by Current Biology, researchers found that a week in the great outdoors can reset your natural body clock and restore balance. With utterly gorgeous tents nestled in the heart of Bali’s lush jungle, Capella Ubud will put your pieces back together with its soul-saving, nature-filled itinerary. Greet a new day with a guided sunrise hike on Mount Batur; partake in a spiritual purification ritual at the Wos River Temple with a local priest; and trek through rice paddies before arriving at a farmers’ hut to learn the art of jamu, an Indonesian health elixir. Within the compounds of the camp, expect a grand Indonesian Rijstaffel lunch at Mads Lange, a theatrical omakase Asian barbeque at Api Jawa, as well as an authentic Balinese massage.
When in Bangkok, eat with your senses. Your stay at Capella Bangkok includes an intimate food crawl with Capella Bangkok’s masterchef, Chef Lek, where he introduces the local chefs of his childhood. You’ll also get acquainted with the many communities of Charoenkrung and Charoennakorn roads, moving between bikes and boats. Then return back to Auriga Wellness for an authentic tok sen (thai hammer) massage. Mealtimes at the hotel are just as exciting. Uncover Thailand’s culinary past at Phra Nakhon; sip jewel-like cocktails at Stella, and savour Riviera-inspired dishes at Côte by Mauro Colagreco, the award-winning chef’s first restaurant in Southeast Asia.
In a city seeped in art and culture, it’s little wonder that the itinerary at Capella Hanoi is filled with creative endeavours. Try your hand at lacquer painting from one of the city’s most famous artists and wander through an ancient ceramic and pottery village guided by a local craftswoman. The hotel also has significant staying-put appeal: its elaborate, museum-like interiors feature memorabilia from the 1920s and original paintings by prolific artist, Kate Spencer. Culinary experiences are inspired by the parties of the 1920s, with a private rooftop dinner and traditional Vietnamese sharing lunch at Backstage. A blissful traditional Vietnamese massage at Auriga Spa is never a bad idea, too.
Tucked away amid Shanghai’s former French Concession, Capella Shanghai is, in fact, a heritage conservation zone — a thoughtful restoration of the last remaining 1930s-era Shikumen houses where traders and expats dwelled. At the hotel, you’ll meet a grandmother who grew up in the same shikumen estate back in the 1930s. Join her as she regales tales of her youth and haggles for ingredients in a wet market before cooking up a feast of the past. You’ll also explore lesser-known neighbourhoods with a local photographer to capture the best spots for your social media feeds.
Home to one-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire, Capella Shanghai will also satiate your taste buds with an afternoon tea and lunch specially created by the restaurant. Of course, there’s a Qi massage at the elegantly-restored Auriga Spa in the itinerary to help you unwind.
Knockout views of the South China Sea notwithstanding, Capella Sanya is well-loved for its luxurious suites and spacious villas. Form a bond with the local fishermen in a picturesque sail to learn traditional fishing techniques. Coffee lovers will be thrilled with a road trip to discover China’s lesser-known, intriguing coffee culture. Have a relaxing, contemporary Cantonese lunch at award-winning restaurant, Lan Ting, as well as a romantic dinner on the beach. No seaside getaway is complete without a massage, and at Capella Sanya you can bid aches goodbye with a traditional Chinese massage and wellness treatment.
Before vaxications takes off, Capella Singapore also has its own curated #HelloAsia programme in which you’ll whizz through the city in a vintage sidecar, learning about Chinese feng shui, Malay customs, Peranakan architecture and Indian cuisine. An afternoon of wits is planned the following day with a mahjong expert imparting tips on how to master the game. Your staycay will also include $100 Dining Credits that can be be used at either Bob’s Bar or The Knolls; $100 Dining Credits at Cassia; and Auriga Spa’s signature Senya Sunyi massage which combines Chinese and Javanese techniques.
Capella Hotels and Resorts’ #HelloAsia offers are available until May 31 2021, with a flexible stay period from now until Dec 31, 2021.
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