Concierge Travel news and deals: New route for Oman Air

Clockwise from left: The Regent Chongqing, the Bahwan Mosque in Muscat and a treatment villa at the Alila Ubud resort.
A treatment villa at the Alila Ubud resort.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, ALILA UBUD, REGENT CHONGQING
Clockwise from left: The Regent Chongqing, the Bahwan Mosque in Muscat and a treatment villa at the Alila Ubud resort.
The Bahwan Mosque in MuscatPHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, ALILA UBUD, REGENT CHONGQING

NEW ROUTE FOR OMAN AIR

On Jan 2, Oman Air will start non-stop flights between Singapore and Muscat, with connecting flights to Europe and other destinations in the Middle East.

To celebrate the launch, the airline is offering an introductory sale from now until Wednesday, for travel from now until June next year. Return fares (including taxes) start at $748 to Muscat, $828 to London, $948 to Paris and $1,018 to Teheran.

Oman Air will fly from Singapore to Muscat on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and return on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For more information, go to www.omanair.com.


NEW EXPERIENCES AT BALI RESORTS

Alila Ubud resort has a new spa package - the Rainforest Retreat Spa Experience - which takes place in the luxury resort's bale bengong (a traditional pavilion) overlooking the verdant Ayung Valley.


The Regent Chongqing PHOTO: REGENT CHONGQING

The package includes a footbath, 90-minute therapeutic massage and choice of a three-course Detox or Pan-Asian set lunch made with local and organic ingredients, followed by a 60-minute reflexology massage and afternoon tea with a selection of sweet treats.

The package costs US$150++ (S$216) a person or US$248++ a couple.

For more information, go to tinyurl.com/jzxlwfu.

At Alila Seminyak, public yoga classes are conducted at the beachside property every Thursday (5 to 6pm) and Saturday (9.30 to 10.30am) by yoga practitioner Santi Purnamasari.

The class costs 150,000++ rupiah (S$16) a person and includes access to Gym Alila. E-mail seminyakspaalila@ alilahotels.com or call +62-361-3021-888 to make a reservation.


PHUKET RESORT'S NEW PACKAGE

The Slate Phuket (formerly the Indigo Pearl), a resort on Nai Yang Beach, has created a three-day, two-night Gourmet Weekend package for the festive season, starting at $800 a person.

Available from now until June next year, it includes a two-night stay; meals at a selection of the resort's eight restaurants, including dinner at Black Ginger Thai restaurant, which floats on the resort's lagoon; and Sunday brunch.

There is also a market tour with one of the chefs, who will help guests select the best produce and spices for the day's menu, then demonstrate how to cook Thai dishes at Moo's Kitchen, the hotel's cooking studio.

The resort is also bringing back the Christmas Brunch, said to be one of the best brunches on the island. Local dishes, fresh seafood and free-flow champagne will be served poolside by the Underground Cafe and Rivet venues. For more information, go to www.theslatephuket.com.


NEW HOTEL OPENS IN CHONGQING

The Regent Chongqing hotel will open on Friday, making it the first urban resort in the Chinese city.

Located at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers, in the financial district of Jiangbeizui, the hotel is a 30-minute drive from the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport.

Most of the spacious 202 rooms offer river views, which can also be enjoyed from the outdoor rooftop bar. The hotel has two bars, three restaurants, a fully equipped gym, a spa with a sauna and an indoor heated swimming pool.

For more information, go to www.regenthotels.com.

Lydia Vasko

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 18, 2016, with the headline 'Concierge Travel news and deals'. Print Edition | Subscribe