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    News bites – 10 Feb 2020

    Luxurious Island Escape Opens off the Coast of Phuket


    Image courtesy of Island Escape by Burasari

    Just off the coast of Phuket in Thailand, a new five-star resort has opened, offering epic ocean views, stunning waterfalls, lush gardens and not one, but three private beaches. The resort, Island Escape by Burasari, is on the tropical island of Koh Maphrao (or ‘Coconut Island’).

    Designed with spontaneous romance and happiness in mind, it’s one of only two resorts on the island, and the first of its kind to combine luxury with a ‘‘feel at home’’ concept”.

    Koh Maphrao has approximately 1,000 residents living on the island, and is just a five-minute long-tail boat ride from Phuket. From Koh Maphrao’s main pier, Island Escape by Burasari’s private speedboat will transfer guests to the resort on the southwestern shore of the island.

    Island Escape by Burasari features a mix of one- to four-bedroom private villas. Each villa designed using natural materials to create a sustainably yet luxurious space.

    The resort has four separate areas, which interconnect at easily accessible points. Guests (including children) can enjoy the resort’s pools and beaches, lush gardens, spa and wellness programs and adventure excursions. Couples on a romantic getaway can enjoy privacy and peace at the adults-only cascading lagoon.

    SO/ Auckland Debuts Indulgent New Fashion Package


    Image courtesy of SO/ Auckland and Accor

    Love shopping, spa treatments and gourmet dining? Designer lifestyle hotel, SO/ Auckland, has created the ultimate fashion experience for guests wanting to indulge in the finer things – SO Fashion.

    Situated in the heart of the city, the boutique SO/ Auckland hotel is a short drive from some of Auckland’s best shopping streets. The hotel is just steps away from Britomart – home to some of New Zealand’s most revered brands including Kiwi fashion innovator WORLD (who partnered with the hotel as its signature designer). As part of the hotel’s new SO Fashion package guests can take a ride in SO/ Auckland’s Bentley or luxury corporate car to visit top shopping locations such as Ponsonby and Newmarket.

    After some retail therapy, guests can return to the hotel to refresh before continuing their luxury SO Fashion package with a cocktail at the rooftop bar, HI-SO, which overlooks the Waitemata Harbour. Following rooftop cocktails, they’ll be treated to an indulgent, three-course dinner at the SO/ restaurant, Harbour Society. Completing the SO Fashion package is a one-hour facial or massage treatment at SO/ SPA.

    For more personalised information, tips and advice, or to book these incredible holiday experiences, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

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