FOR THE SNOW
1. Aman Le Mélézin, France
After an intense eight-month long refurbishment, Aman Le Mélézin is reopening its doors to visitors this month from December 16 with 19 rooms and suites, a spanking new piste facing bar, reception and restaurant. While still retaining the charm of a traditional French chateau, the new and improved hotel is perched in the heart of Les Trois Vallées, a desirable location for guests to begin their ski adventures to scenic views of snowy mountains. And it is, after all, the Aman.
2. Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse, Japan
Want a ski holiday without having to travel long hours? There’s Niseko Village. Tucked away in northern island of Hokkaido, the location is quietly gaining rapport for its terrific terrains because of its powder-light snow. Aside from gaining access to the peak of Mount Niseko Annupuri and volcano craters at Mount Yotei, guests can respite from the cold at the hotel’s two beautiful onsens amidst the peaceful surroundings of pine trees and mountainous landscapes.
3. Six Senses Residences Courchevel, France
Opening its doors this month, Six Senses Residences Courchevel is sure to appeal to skiing enthusiasts also on the hunt for a pampering good time. Located at the heart of Courchevel, the property boasts a well-equipped spa that features five treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool, a vitality area including a sauna and a steam room, and a manicure and pedicure station. A gym and a studio for wellness classes such as yoga and meditation are also open to guests throughout the season.
4. Vals 7132 Hotel, Switzerland
If you appreciate great architectural designs, a visit to the Vals 7132 Hotel is a must. Each of its 91 guestrooms is a reflection of a different theme by some of the world’s award-winning designers including Tadao Ando, Thom Mayne, Peter Zumthor and Kengo Kuma. And while winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and snow-shoeing are in order, the hotel also features thermal baths, created by Zumthor and made from 60,000 slabs of Vals quartzite, which provides naturally mineralised spring water for a deeply relaxing experience.
FOR THE SUN
5. Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia
A rainforest sanctuary awaits you at Pangkor Laut Resort. Set in a private island of the Straits of Malacca, the resort lets you be one with nature as you rest in its luxurious abode designed to blend seamlessly into the forest. Or if you so prefer, explore the neighbouring islands on a yacht before plunging into a secluded bay to cool off from the warm tropical sun during your mini sea voyages.
6. Spa Village Resort Tembok, Indonesia
Nestled amidst the lush landscape and vivid blue sea of Bali’s north-eastern coast, Spa Village Resort Tembok offers a wide range of tantalising Balinese and international cuisines against a traditional setting of rattan furniture and teakwood tables. Known also for its spa treatments, the property is an ideal spot for holistic retreats, with its wellness workshops and natural health practices.
7. The Residence Mauritius, Africa
For a different and memorable experience of Christmas and New Year, why not make it a unique and educational one at at The Residence Mauritius? Running with the theme of “Mauritius and its origins”, the property will offer a discovery voyage for guests to understand and soak in the history of the island through local music, cultures and flavours.
FOR THE CITY LIFE
8. Regent Chongqing, China
City-lovers, you’ll be among the first to stay at this brand new hotel because Regent Chongqing has just opened its doors this month. Located in the financial district of Jiangbeizui, the city’s first urban resort boasts a total of 202 rooms, three restaurants and two bars, as well as extensive views of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. The property offers the peace of mind travellers desire, juxtaposed with the bustle of city life.
9. The Upper House, Hong Kong
The Upper House promises a good time for families this season, with a flurry of activities such as interactive stocking decoration competition and face painting at the “Deck the House” Family Fun at the Lawn programme. The holidays are also about feasting, so the hotel’s Café Gray Deluxe is introducing a special Christmas Eve Dinner menu, a four-course Christmas Day Lunch and a six-course New Year’s Eve menu. A Festive Afternoon Tea with selections of festive treats will also be offered till January 2, 2017. And to keep you in the festive spirit, you’ll be able to enjoy the special Christmas tree designed by renowned architect André Fu, which will be on display at the lobby all December.
10. Banyan Tree Bangkok, Thailand
For those looking for a quick weekend getaway this Christmas, Banyan Tree Bangkok presents a world of culinary wonders to get you into the mood. For a memorable Christmas family gathering, one of its eateries, Romsai, will offer an extravagant Brunch and Dinner Buffer where you can enjoy in fine food with carols filling the air. Even the little ones will have a jolly good time, with Santa coming by to surprise them. And for New Year, its rooftop bar, Vertigo TOO, will let you indulge in free flow of drinks and live band performances, with an unhindered view of fireworks.