So you know Singapore inside out and already explored every notable attraction in the city. That’s a feat. What now? After experiencing tasty Singapore gastronomy and outfit yourself in local designer fashion, look beyond the country's perimeters.
Why? The country city's strategic location on the world map makes it an ideal base to explore the rest of Southeast Asia and even Asia-Pacific. Those pressed for time or itching for short getaway can also country-hop with ease. Just equip yourself with a valid passport and access to these following neighbouring paradise will be a cinch.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa (Singapore)
Well, a passport isn't required to enter Sentosa because it's connected to the mainland. Situated away from the touristy zone of the island, this cliff-positioned Sofitel above Tanjong Beach is a sanctuary of peace and serenity.
Architecture aficionados can recognise inspiration drawn from Paris’ Jardin du Luxembourg that exists within its concrete grounds. In particular, French designers Beatrice Martinet of toineinbangkok and Pierre Maciag from M.A.X studio added various elements to modernise the 1930s colonial buildings.
Paradise pursuers definitely will be at ease as the property hosts the world's largest So SPA at 6,000 square metres of space. So it's unlikely to bump into a living soul except for your chosen spa therapist.
Travel time: 20 minutes by car from the heart of Singapore.
The Datai Langkawi (Malaysia)
Mention Malaysia and Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, or Malacca come to mind. Indeed, these are popular states to explore and often fail-proof. But do consider Langkawi too. Also known as the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands sitting on Malaysia’s west coast, surrounded by turquoise waters. This tropical gem also offers tons of water activities from jet skiing and paragliding to snorkelling.
After soaking up some sun and seawater, check into the newly refurbished The Datai Langkawi. This viridian resort on the northwest tip of the island is nestled in the heart of a 10-million-year-old rainforest and overlooks the Andaman Sea with Tarutao Island on the horizon. It's truly a bird's eye view.
Nature and environment is the core of The Datai Langkawi. Conceived by the late award-winning architect Kerry Hill with designer Didier Lefort of Paris-based design studio DL2A, embrace Mother Earth while you participate in conservation and scientific research activities at the resort's new Nature Centre.
Travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes by plane from Singapore.
Besides indulging in authentic Phở within Hồ Chí Minh City, feast your eyes on the breathtaking coastline of Vinh Hy Bay at Amanoi. Aman's Vietnam contemporary beachside resort also provides both relaxation and rejuvenation facilities. Its close proximity to Núi Chúa National Park allows occupants to unwind among lush greenery.
Of course, there's the Amanoi Spa that soothes the soul. Consider taking a holistic detox retreat that's designed revitalise your body. Offered on 21-27 September 2019, this new six-night retreat combines healthy nutrition, meditation and healing massage treatments with a Qi Gong-based movement course. A pre-arrival assessment with martial arts expert Sascha Wagener will ascertain your personal goals and accompanied with a private consultation during the retreat.
Adventure seekers can attend guided kayaking excursions and hikes. These activities also have their own unique therapeutic benefits—both neurobiological and psychological.
Travel time: About 2 hours by plane from Singapore.
Villa X24 (Phuket)
You'll know this ain't your typical beach villa when Mariah Carey spent her vacation in it. Although located at one of Thailand's most popular beach destinations, crowds will not appear at arms' length. Award-winning luxury resort group Sri Panwa manages this retreat on the summit of its exclusive Cape Panwa peninsula. Privacy guaranteed, but still also conveniently located within range of the resort’s essential facilities.
Those into picturesque sunrise and sunsets can relish them at the property's 360-degree vistas, silhouetted by the sublime Koh Lone, Maiton, Coral, and Phang-nga islands close by.
Inside, the X24 features world-class amenities—such as a state-of-the-art home theatre, a fully kitted private gym, outdoor sea-view jacuzzi, indoor Japanese onsen and a personal gourmet chef.
Travel time: About 2 hours by plane from Singapore.
Alila Villas Koh Russey (Cambodia)
Pamper yourself after trekking the entire Angkor Wat at Alila Villas Koh Russey. Although additional travelling is required by private car and speedboat to the Cambodian Riviera, a secluded beach awaits along a 1.2 km stretch of copper-powdered sands bordering the stunning coastline.
Its location at a private island in the Koh Rong archipelago ensures an undisturbed ecosystem for snorkelling and water sports. Psst. It is the first resort in Cambodia to receive the highest level of certification from Australia-based tourism advisory group EarthCheck. Designed with a strong Khmer influence, culture is brought to you via intricate fixtures and fittings
Hungry to know more about the country's ethnology? Make a beeline for guided access to hidden temples, highland trekking in the Bokor National Park, exploring the Kep’s Crab Market, and Kampot’s pepper plantation. Otherwise, just chill and take in the laid-back riverfront scene. That's life.
Travel time: About 2 hours 40 minutes by plane from Singapore to Cambodia. But factor in an additional 20 minutes to the destination by private car and speedboat from Sihanoukville Airport.
Looking for more recommendations? Check out our Singapore Guide.