It’s worth going for the food alone as it is grown in their organic gardens
Whether you want to squeeze in a last minute pre-Christmas break or are planning ahead to next year, choose one of these glamorous mini breaks
The One For Fitness Addicts
Throw your sneakers in your bag and hot foot it to The Farm at San Benito just outside of Manila. Whether you’re wanting to shape up or slim down, this is the perfect destination for you. Leave your luggage at one of the rustic villas scattered around the grounds, then sign up for one of six programmes, including fitness, detox cleanse and mind and body restoration. It’s worth going for the food alone as it is grown in their organic gardens.
The One For Culture Vultures
Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor, Cambodia
Leave those glittering skyscrapers behind and head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Siem Reap. Kickstart your stay in style by booking into the colonial Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor hotel, which has attracted Somerset Maughan, Charlie Chaplin and the Clintons. Make sure that you wake early to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat, then visit 1961, an art gallery and co-working space that showcases the work of local artists, before finishing your day at the Phare circus, where former street kids blend Cirque du Soleil skills with storytelling.
The One For Adventure Fans
Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Borneo
Why have a mini break, when you can have a mini adventure? Climb to the top of Borneo’s highest mountain, Mount Kinabulu. The route winds its way through the jungle, past waterfalls and up to a majestic rocky peak, which you should reach by sunrise. Then ease those achy legs with a foot massage at the Shangri-La Rasa Ria spa.
The One For Beach Babes
The Nai Harn, Thailand
Nothing puts you more in the holiday mood than relaxing on a lounger by the sea. And if there’s one thing that Phuket isn’t short of, it’s beaches. If you want to explore the reef as well as top up your tan, book into The Nai Harn in Phuket. This upscale resort that’s nestled next to the beach, has one of the best snorkelling spots on its doorstep. The salt water lagoon also offers great surfing options too.
The One For Foodies
Four Seasons Hoi An, Vietnam
When it comes to mouthwatering dishes, Vietnamese food is hard to beat. Book into the Cooking Academy at Four Seasons Hoi An in Vietnam. Whether you’re a home cook or a master chef, you are sure to pick up a few new tips and tricks from Chef Tran Ven Sen. You will also be given the chance to visit a vegetable market, fishing village and rice paddy field to select ingredients for the menu.