It’s that time of year again: the haze is settling in, the masks are out, and we’re confined indoors. Make the most of those vacation days you’ve been saving and go in search of sunnier climes and cleaner air. Here are our top places to go to escape the haze, without having to travel to the other side of the world.
LANGKAWI

Aside from the pristine beaches, turquoise water and array of fantastic restaurants, Langkawi is one of our top beach retreats because it is so easy to get to from Singapore, yet feels a million miles away. Our favourite properties on the island are on private beaches, perfect for escaping the haze and busy city life.

#TakeMeThere: Set in a secluded bay, The Datai is a firm favourite. The villas are hidden in the rainforest and linked to the Andaman Sea by sandy walkways - we can feel the sand between our toes just thinking about it.

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BHUTAN

Autumn in Bhutan equals crisp blue skies, providing uninterrupted views of some of the tallest mountains on Earth. The cooler temperature also means it’s the best time of year to go trekking, so swap your beach break for the soaring peaks and delight in the fresh air.

#TakeMeThere: UMA by COMO in Paro and Punakha. As well as the trekking opportunities at both, Uma Paro can organise morning yoga, and the spa at Uma Punakha will relax the weariest of limbs.

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MALDIVES

With a three-hour time difference and a four-and-a-half hour flight, you can leave after work on Friday and arrive at your beach paradise in time for dinner. The turquoise seas and matching skies provide a welcome change from a hazy Singapore, and the coral reefs are some of the best in the world.

#TakeMeThere: Jumeirah Vittaveli is just a 20-minute speedboat ride from the airport, so you don’t waste any precious vacation time travelling. It’s far enough away however, to still be the perfect island paradise.

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SRI LANKA

While the beaches around Galle may be experiencing the rain at this time of year, Trincomalee in the North is revelling in the good weather. From May until October dolphins and whales flock to the waters, and it’s calm enough to go out to sea in search of the magnificent creatures.

#TakeMeThere: Jungle Beach resort. Discover the magnificent marine life by snorkelling around the coral reef, or simply relax on the white beaches.

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CAMBODIA

From the French colonial elegance of Phnom Penh and the beach retreats in Sihanoukville to the jungle-clad ruins of Beng Mealea, Cambodia has a whole host of options to explore.

#TakeMeThere: For a relaxed getaway, Song Saa is top of the list. Located on the untouched Koh Rong archipelago, it is a haven for those who simply want to get away from it all.

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KOH SAMUI

Koh Samui is getting increasingly popular and catching up with Phuket, another Thailand beach break within easy reach of Singapore. Although it has been known for its larger resorts, there are a few hidden gems in secluded bays that provide the perfect escape.

#TakeMeThere: The ultimate wellness retreat, Kamalaya is tucked away in the tropics of southern Koh Samui. Whether you’re looking to go on a serious detox or simply relax, the wellness experts at Kamalaya can tailor a programme just for you.

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From $2,880 pp

A Family Adventure in Jordan

Jordan Petra, Wadi Rum & Dana Nature Reserve

  • Visit magnificent Petra and give the kids a history lesson in archaeology, history and exploration
  • Go on a family camel ride and let the kids scramble over the unique rock formations in the Wadi Rum
  • Slather yourself with mud and go for a float in the Dead Sea before enjoying the multiple hotel pools

When to go:

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ideal length 8 nights
Scenic sight in Ostuni in a sunny summer day, Apulia (Puglia), southern Italy.

From $4,600 pp

Puglia’s Coast and Cities

Puglia Italy Europe

  • Savour lunch in a noble palace while listening to a private baroque concert
  • Explore the coast and towns of Puglia, the ‘heel of Italy’
  • Learn the secrets of traditional cookery from an Italian mamma
  • Discover the famous ‘trulli’ houses of Alberobello and the ‘White City’ of Ostuni
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera and spend the night in one of its famous cave hotels

When to go:

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ideal length 8 nights
Sri Lanka Stlit-Fisherman

From $3,590 pp

Undiscovered Sri Lanka

Colombo Hill Country Cultural Triangle Eastern Province Sri Lanka Indian Subcontinent

  • Enjoy one of the world’s most scenic train journeys from the Tea Country to Kandy
  • Discover Sri Lanka’s most revered Buddhist site, the Temple of the Tooth at Kandy
  • Marvel at the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Cultural Triangle
  • Relax on the pristine, white-sand beaches of Trincomalee
  • Enjoy a guided photography tour of Colombo before dinner in a renowned seafood restaurant

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 12 nights
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