4 luxurious hotels to stay in for your short weekend getaways

The secluded beach located off Alila Villas Koh Russey, Cambodia. (PHOTO: Scott Dunn)

There are a number of public holidays this month April till June onwards that you could take advantage of and jet off to somewhere idyllic for the weekend. From Good Friday, Labour Day, Wesak Day and the upcoming Hari Raya Puasa, if you’re looking to escape the hustle bustle city of Singapore, we reckon you should treat yourself to a staycation (or two) at some of Asia’s lush destinations. Here’s luxury travel operator Scott Dunn‘s recommendations.


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One of Capella Ubud’s villas overlooking the lush Bali tropical forest. (PHOTO: Scott Dunn)

Capella Ubud

In under 3 hours, you’ll be transported to the lush, tropical forests of Bali in Ubud. Capella Ubud’s unique design was inspired by the early European settlers in Indonesia in the 19th Century, with boutique luxury tents guests immersed into their surroundings. Inspired by the jungle setting, the chefs incorporate local heritage with each dish, using local and seasonal ingredients.

A Superior Tent Terrace at Four Seasons Tented Camp. (PHOTO: Scott Dunn)

Four Seasons Tented Camp

Looking for a safari-styled holiday experience? Four Seasons Tented Camp offers tourists a chance to experience glamping in their luxurious tents located on the border of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, overlooking the Mekong River. Opt for river trips along the Mekong River or take up expeditions to Burma or Laos.

A view of the exterior garden of Alila Villas Koh Russey. (PHOTO: Scott Dunn)

Alila Villas Koh Russey

It just takes two hours to fly to Cambodia.

Known as the ‘jewel of the sea’ Alila Villas Koh Russey are located on the tropical island just off the coast of Cambodia. Once you land at the airport, take a 20-minute drive by private car and a speedboat to Koh Russey or Bamboo Island to make your perfect escape.

Each villa comes with a private swimming pool and garden, making it for an idyllic stay in a lush green oasis.There is also a beach front infinity pool along with a sunset bar, that’s perfect for sundowners. Here’s a fun fact: the chic resort was created in keeping with its environment and designed by Singaporean architect Chioh-Hui Goh.

Pool villa suites at Six Senses Samui. (PHOTO: Scott Dunn)

Six Senses Samui

Located on the north-most tip of Koh Samui, Thailand lies a rustic retreat with Thai-infused luxury, Six Senses Samui. Their private pool villas offer breathtaking views of the surrounding Gulf of Siam and its outlying islands, making it the perfect romantic hideaway (or honeymoon).

The 66 villas are located among 20 acres of natural vegetation around a sloping headland and are split-level, offering you a feeling of seclusion. Their restaurants Dining on the Rocks and Dining on the Hill use vegetables, herbs and organic green from its own gardens, while giving diners extensive views from their tables.