Because we just can’t wait to get out of the country as soon as it’s safe to do so. 

Welcome to Holidays on Hiatus, our weekly column on planning for your next holiday — post COVID-19, that is. Seeing as we can only travel virtually, it doesn’t hurt to daydream and plan for what may come once it’s safe for us to go outside.

In the blink of an eye, the era of peak travel was over in early March. But there’s always a silver lining.

Once mother earth heals and we all start to adjust to the ‘new normal’, travelling is definitely going to be part of our post-quarantine activities. We are all heart-eyes for the exciting new hotels that will be opening their door soon this year. Here are four new destinations that should be on your travel bucket list in 2020. 

For serene beach lovers…

Banyan Tree Krabi

Between powdery white sands and the shallow pristine coast of the Andaman Sea, we will welcome a luxurious sanctuary — the Banyan Tree Krabi. The luxury hotel group is now unveiling their new hotel in our favourite beach getaway — the laidback island of Krabi. A 35-minute drive from Krabi Airport, Tubkaek Beach will welcome the rising new resort which is due to open in October. Expect to be dazzled by the 72 pool suites and villas, including seven 2-bedroom options, and one 3-bedroom villa. The facilities include all-day dining, a fitness centre, a beach club and a kids’ club, and a wedding chapel if you hear those wedding bells ringing. We couldn’t and wouldn’t want to miss out the lavish hotel’s rainforest-themed spa that is the superstar of the wellness group’s branding. Come by and get lost in Banyan Tree Krabi’s hillside greenery and its view of a dozen spectacular karst limestone towers.

For a starry-eyed dreamy getaway …

The Chedi Kudavillingili

Those of you dreaming of the Maldives, here’s your opportunity to explore an entirely new luxurious resort before anyone else does. Nestled on a one-kilometre coral island known as Kudavillingili, this newborn baby is set to arrive later this year with 36 overwater villas, a 150-meter-long central pool, and desirable proximity to the Malé International Airport a 25-minute speedboat ride away. 

It’s fascinating how at one end of the island you’re off in your private overwater villa and on then on the opposite side, on a bridge that leads to the kidney-shaped islet with 8-10 spa treatment rooms on a waterborne perch of their own. Aren’t we ready for this rejuvenating vacation? 

To maintain our fitness regime even during a vacation, the resort houses a long private pool, a basketball court, a football pitch, tennis court, badminton, volleyball, a yoga pavilion, a secret garden, and a water sports centre. Foodies fret not, along with the beach club and bar, there’s an all-day dining restaurant, Hawker Restaurant, with four live cooking stations offering Indian, Chinese, Thai, and all the international cuisines. Given the unrivalled facilities and a plethora of activities, you might just not want to leave at all. 

For a dynamic cosmopolitan getaway…

Zentis Osaka

Remember the acclaimed Palace Hotel Tokyo? Another top leisure location, Osaka will be seeing a new hotel between the riverside of Dojimahama and the high-end business entertainment district of trendy Kitashinchi. Think, contemporary and refined. That’s right, giving a little revamp to its style, Zentis Osaka will be the first property of Palace Hotel Co.’s new hospitality brand. A modern take on the iconic bento boxes, the 16-storey property will be designed with 212 guest rooms with a 24-hour fitness centre. When it comes to the culinary art, Zentis leaves no stone unturned by having the direction of UP STAIRZ, the hotel’s dining venue, with the head chef’s wealth of experience in Japan and France. Now, we are all down to hop on that bullet train for a buzzing holiday. 

For admiring that exotic natural beauty…

Alma

When it comes to hill-tribe villages and cultural complexities, Vietnam is the most exotic place to kick back for a refreshing holiday. The bold and exclusive Alma Resort stands on 30 hectares of oceanfront on the gorgeous Cam Ranh Peninsula. The resort commands 580 oversized suites and pavilions that seek picturesque vistas of the ocean. Expect to see the sophisticatedly chic three-bedroom seaside pavilions spread over 224sqm that include a living room, kitchen, four bathrooms, and a private pool.

To savour our culinary delights tops chefs will be guiding the restaurants, along with a food court, an array of local and international cuisines, a classical bar, beach bar, and pool bar. Highlights? The facilities will include 12 swimming pools connecting to the beach, a fancy waterpark, a spa, 70-seat cinema, convention centre, amphitheatre, art gallery, science museum, gym and yoga room, 18-hole mini-golf course, a youth centre with virtual reality games, a kid’s club, watersports centre, and, last but not least, an ‘Alma Mart’ mini supermarket. We are on the edge of our seats to take a trip down to this beautiful city once Alma Resort opens its door in the second quarter of the year. Until then, we can continue to plan ahead to fulfil our travel bucket list and collect those unforgettable moments. 

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok.

Alisha Pawa
Writer
Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.