Rub shoulders with Hollywood’s glitterati at the Venice Film Festival or don a mask and take part in the Carnival
If you love the vibe of the beach and the buzz of a city, book a trip to one of these happening cities
When you touch down on this island metropolis head straight to the new Six Senses Duxton. Six Senses has launched its first urban hotel in Singapore and it doesn’t disappoint. Think dark wood and shots of gold silk in a strip of former shophouses. The city is a melting pot of different cultures, and you will be able to find this out for yourself when you take a whirlwind tour of China Town and Little India. Visit the Tanjong Beach Club the next morning to catch some rays before enjoying dinner at celebrity restaurant CUT by Wolfgang Puck. Want to take one last tour of the city before you leave? Then how about taking a whirl around the famed F1 track in a Ferrari.
You can spend the day on the beach, then spend the night at one of its starry events that Venice hosts throughout the year. Whether you want to see some of the world’s most famous artists at the Venice Biennale, rub shoulders with Hollywood’s glitterati at the Venice Film Festival or don a mask and take part in the Carnival, this medieval city’s nightlife doesn’t disappoint. Leave your luggage at Aman Canal Grande Venice then get out and explore the UNESCO Heritage city. [Visit one of the world’s most beautiful bookshops.]
If you are looking for a vibrant nightlife, you don’t have to try that hard in Havana, Cuba. This is the home of the cuba libre, mojito and daiquiri after all. Take in the colonial architecture during the day, then visit some of Hemingway’s favourite hangouts in the evening, such as Bodeguita. You can always rest your eyes on a lounger during the next day at one of the five beaches that can be found in the city.
GALLE, SRI LANKA
Step into a world of history, charm and immaculately preserved beauty as you enter the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort. Spend your time soaking up the 18th-century Dutch architecture, visiting the many churches, marvelling at the crumbling warehouses and mansions, and stopping off at the quaint library and maritime museum. In the evening, join the locals to watch the sun go down at the fort before heading for a traditional Sri Lankan curry. Stay at the resplendent Amangalla, a beautiful hotel housed in the old Dutch Governor’s residence, which transports you to a bygone era thanks to its chic colonial styling, grand original furnishings and indulgent afternoon teas on the veranda.
Food lover, shopping addict or beach babe, you’re sure to find what you are looking for in Hong Kong. This island metropolis can keep you entertained from dawn till dusk. Check into the hotel of the moment The Murray before you take to the bustling streets of Hong Kong. While away the hours by shopping for those revered green stones at the Jade Market, taking a Sampan out of Hong Kong harbour and island hopping around the mini archipelago.