5 Instagram-worthy spots that are perfect for a weekend getaway
Take your mind off what 2020 has to offer and pamper yourself at these picture-perfect resorts.
If you aren’t quite sure of how to spend the rest of your remaining leave days of 2020 (now that we’re in a middle of a pandemic), here’s an idea: take a breather before the year comes to an end. These must-see resorts are picturesque as they are an indulgent treat—perfect to reset and recharge your well-being.
For beach lovers: One&Only Desaru Coast
Looking to soak up some vitamin D along with some peace and quiet? One&Only Desaru Coast should be next on your go-to list. Spanning 128 acres of powdery sands and lush flora and fauna, this bucolic retreat is nestled along the south-eastern shoreline of Malaysia, with luxury standalone suites and a private villa that boast captivating views of the ocean. After getting your fill of sun rays, check into the resort’s Chenot Spa for a personalised treatment that’s curated just for you.
For a culturally rich experience: Liu Men Melaka
A charming combination of East and West cultural elements, Liu Men Hotel’s façade was originally home to six families—only to be restored and transformed to a heritage project. The revamped structure is decorated with both colonial and heritage details, from Art Deco to Peranakan influences that are symbolic and complementary. To say that the hotel’s location is strategic is an understatement—Liu Men is just a stone’s throw away from Malacca’s must-see points of interest, including Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Jonker Street and Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum. Once you’re done poring over the vintage décor, you’d know where to go.
For a slice of heritage with a modern twist: 88 Armenian Penang
The next time you’re planning a trip up north to Penang, check into 88 Armenian, a three-storey boutique hotel that’s located right smack in the middle of Penang’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, that is Armenian Street. The hotel’s white and copper façade is stunning to boot, coupled with exposed original brick walls and wooden flooring that give the space a warmth that’s quite unlike any other boutique hotel. Spot the massive bathtub in the ensuite bathroom (all rooms come with one)—it’s all you need for IG-worthy pictures. After a relaxing tub time with customised bath salts, head downstairs to Copper Restaurant and Bar for a delectable meal and drinks.
For a forest retreat: Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa
Don’t quite mind the sounds of nature as you’re basking in a lush rainforest? Plan a getaway to Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa, a five-star retreat that’s located in the Borneo rainforest, adjacent to Gunung Mulu National Park. Consider holing in one of the suites that come with a private balcony—you definitely shouldn’t miss out on the breath-taking views that oversee the verdant rainforest. Wellness enthusiasts can book the AYUs Wellness retreat program that’s set in the surroundings of the rainforest, or a pampering spa treatment at the Mandara Spa. If nature is beckoning to you, explore the bat-filled caves or take a longboat ride down the Tutoh river.
For city dwellers: KL Journal
City lovers and urbanites needn’t venture out too far—a stay at The Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel is perfect for a weekend getaway if your favourite kind of view is the unconventional sort i.e. the city’s night lights. Located just minutes away from Changkat and right smack in Bukit Bintang, the hotel comes with chic rooms, a vibrant rooftop bar aptly named The Swimming Club, and a number of event spaces that will come in handy if you’re looking to plan an intimate event or even host a wedding.