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Travel news and deals for Bali, Bangkok and the Philippines

Stuck for  travel ideas? Here’s some suggestions from the EL team of cool places across Asia…

Into the Wild 
If the mere mention of the word “tent” has you running for the nearest five-star resort, here is something that might just tempt you out into the wilderness. Amanwana tents are a far cry from the do-it-yourself pole and canvas monstrosities of old. Instead, these luxurious accommodations within the Moyo Island nature reserve are equipped with air-conditioning and hardwood-floors, and provide a spectacular base from which to trek and explore, cruise, dive, snorkel and fish the pristine waters of the Flores Sea. 

With a tropical rainforest on your doorstep, jungle excursions are a must. While meandering through one of the world’s most untouched wildernesses, you’ll wander past wild fig trees, torch-ginger blooms, shooting vines and an abundance of wildlife, before entering the heart of the island, where you’ll find spring-fed waterfalls and limestone plunge pools.

Moyo is located at the western end of Indonesia’s secluded Nusa Tenggara Islands, and its 36,000 hectares of unspoiled nature makes it a haven for hikers and nature-lovers. www.amanresorts.com/amanwana.

Email amanwana@amanresorts.com

Family Friendly 
Regulars at the luxurious Kemah Tinggi private villa in Canggu will agree that this is an idyllic getaway for the whole family.  Exceptional children’s facilities, toddler-friendly design, five-star service, delicious food prepared by the in-house chef, pampering massages and Canggu Club membership, are complemented by its comfortable suites, spacious grounds and a beautiful freshwater infinity pool.  Parents with younger children will also appreciate the optional pool fence, stair-gates, sterilisers, baby monitors, car seats, nannies, kids’ menu, single beds and baby cots.

Tucked away in a traditional Balinese seaside village, Kemah Tinggi is a three-minute stroll from the beach, and just 20 minutes (but a world away) from the popular shopping and entertainment hub of Seminyak. 

Exclusive rates for the 2011 low season are available to Expat Living readers who submit their deposits by 31 March. For more information, visit www.kemahtinggi.com or call 9871 0334

Adventure Cruise
When you set sail on the Emeraude’s two-night, soft-adventure programme, you’ll be embarking on a voyage of sun, sea, and rock-climbing up the famous limestone karsts of Halong Bay in Vietnam. If heights don’t float your boat, fear not – you can choose butterfly trekking or kayaking instead. www.emeraude-cruises.com
Fabulous Philippines 
In our books, any resort that’s located near the Chocolate Hills just has to be okay. The secluded Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa, set on a pristine beach on Panglao Island in Bohol, offers heavenly pampering, whale and dolphin-watching excursions, diving adventures to renowned Balicasag and Pamilacan, and trips to the mysterious Chocolate Hills. The island is so secluded, in fact, that it’s accessible only by helicopter from Cebu. http://eskayaresort.com
Eat, Pray, Love Bali 
In search of your inner tourist? The Ayana Resort and Spa has created an Eat Pray Love Bali package, inspired by the best-selling book (and movie, starring Julia Roberts). The package combines spa, yoga, romantic dining and a tour of Ubud, to bring elements of this story to life. The promotion is valid until June 2011 and prices start from US$298 per night. www.ayanaresort.com
Bangkok Beginner 
The St. Regis has landed in Bangkok and, to celebrate, it’s offering a Bangkok Debut package from 1 April 1 to June 30. The promotion includes accommodation, breakfast or a two-course dinner for two each day, a spa voucher of 1,000 Thai baht per person, and free high speed internet access. Prices start from THB 7,300 for a deluxe room, with a complimentary upgrade to an executive deluxe room. www.stregis.com

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