5 perfect last minute getaways from Bangkok

1 Koh Samui, Thailand

Dotted with palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and swanky resorts, Koh Samui has always been an ideal choice for those who enjoy beach escapes without any roughness around the edges. While hotels are a common accommodation to take, we recommend renting a villa with your closest friends and family for the ultimate island getaway. Villa Malouna, for example, brings to mind the cosiness of a home — but with the luxe factor. Featuring a 27-metre infinity pool adorned by emerald green Sukabumi stones and opens up to panoramic views of white sand beach and lagoon, the 7-bedroom suite villa offers guests plenty of space in the water.

2 Niseko, Japan

If zig-zagging down a snow-capped mountain followed by warming your toes near the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate sounds like your thing, look no further than a winter holiday in Niseko. You may ask: skiing in April? In fact, Niseko ski season stretches until early May, so you’ll get to escape from the heat in Bangkok with off-season rates and skii in warmer temperatures and lots more sunshine. For a no-frills ski stay, head to Chalet Millesime, one of the most stylish designer homes with top floor living and dining room overlooking majestic views of snow capped trees and Mount Yōtei.

3 Phuket, Thailand

Just over an hour flight from Bangkok, Phuket has become an all-in-one-destination for luxurious wellness sanctuaries, combining stunning views of Andaman Sea that provides a beautiful backdrop for everything from yoga on the beach, relaxing meditations to nature-inspired spa treatments. As far as the best views get, Malaiwana Villa M boasts great ones — after all, the estate villas are situated atop a spectacular 28 rai hillside. With a 20-metre infinity pool, well-equipped private gym, private chef who can whip up just about any Thai or international favourites and more — this villa is the epitome of luxury that money can actually buy.

4 Bawah, Indonesia

An untouched tropical archipelago located at the southern end of the Anambas Islands, Bawah is one of the lesser-known Indonesian islands you need to visit before it gets picked up by the tourist crowd. Explore the Indonesian private island with Bawah Island Resort, a luxury retreat offering an all-inclusive package with round trip transfers from Singapore, daily meals, non-motorised water sports and land activities such as guided hikes through the rainforest past monitor lizards and a 2,000 year-old palm to the entirely empty Coconut Beach. You can easily spend days windsurfing, kayaking or paddle-boarding your way through the five islands and snorkeling among parrotfish, clownfish and turtles. After the excursions, head back to the resort for the daily treatments at the Aura spa, including yoga, pilates, meditation, facials and massages, which are all included in booking.

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