Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Executive summary by darmansjah

Having just completed extensive renovations, Orpheus Island (, a private island resort amid the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, is offering the Orpheus Experience. The four-night, all-inclusive package is priced from US$5,430, double, with inclusions ranging from a romantic dinner on the jetty to a picnic lunch on a secluded beach. Guests also have their choice of daily activities such as snorkeling, as well as free reign of the resort’s outboard dinghies, Hobies, Kayaks, and more.

Until june 30, book a stay at Tokyo’s Prince Park Tower through Preferred Hotels & Resorts ( and receive 50 percent off published rates. Twin rooms are going for as low as US$179.

Spend the night at one of Shanghai’s more innovative hotels, the 19-room Waterhouse at South Bund (, for a 20 percent lower rate help when you book a room over the weekend. The weekend rate starts from US$ 171 a night for a courtyard-facing Copula room.


Still in the midst of opening, the Bay Hotel Singapore ( has an introductory offer starting from US$164. The deal, which runs until May 31, is inclusive of buffet breakfast and unlimited internet access. Guests are also treated to a sample platter from the hotel’s Indonesian restaurant and daily complimentary replenishment of their minibar.

Two of the half dozen hotels at Resorts World Sentosa ( are offering 20 to 30 percent off average daily rates until the end of April, making choosing among them that much easier. The Hard Rock Hotel has rates from US$239, while those at the Michael Graves – designed Hotel Michael begin at US$266.

With Thailand’s soaking-wet water festival fast approaching, the Songkran splash promotion at the Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket ( gets you 35 percent off best available room rates (starting from US$225, based on a minimum two night stay), breakfast, and a festival ‘survival kit.’ While the offer is valid until the end of April, the kit is available only during festival time (April10-18) and includes a traditional Mo Hom Shirt, a waterproof wallet to protect your valuables, and an etiquette card.

Spend more time for less at the Evason Hua Hin ( by taking advantage of the seaside resort’s Early Bird Long Stay offer. Booked 30 days in advance, stays of five or more nights star from US$110 a night – that’s 28 percent off the best available rate.

The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit ( in Bangkok is offering a Grande Weekend promotion starting from US$194. The deal gets you breakfast, late checkout until 4p.m., and 10 percent off spa treatments; valid until June 30 for a minimum two nights stay.

Even if you aren’t in Bangkok for business, take advantage of Swissotel Nai Lert Park’s ( two night offer that gives you a 25 percent discount when you book a Swiss Business Executive room. Priced from Us$114 a night, these rooms come eith espresso machines and access to the hotel’s club lounge.

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