Concierge: Travel news and deals

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru (above) in the Maldives and Anantara Layan Phuket Resort's pool villa (left).
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru (above) in the Maldives.PHOTO: BANYAN TREE HOTELS & RESORTS
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru (above) in the Maldives and Anantara Layan Phuket Resort's pool villa (left).
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort's pool villa (above).PHOTO: ANANTARA PHUKET LAYAN


Three winners of an online contest by Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts will get three-night stays for two in an Oceanview Pool Villa in the Maldives, Banyan Pool Villa in Phuket or Banyan Retreat in Kuala Lumpur.

All three packages will come with free daily breakfast and a couple spa massage.

To enter the contest, like and follow Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts on Facebook, say why you deserve to win in no more than 400 characters in the comments box and tag your travel partner in the post.

The contest will close next Sunday at 11.59pm. The three winners with the best comments will be announced on June 19.

For more information, go to


The Amari hotel and resort chain is offering packages and promotions till December for travellers heading to the picturesque town of Yangshuo in Guangxi, China; the southwestern city of Galle in Sri Lanka; and Bangkok and the resort city of Pattaya in Thailand.

These range from starting rates of US$119++ (S$160) a night for stays at Amari Galle from now till Dec 20, to a Hot Deal Package at Amari Watergate Bangkok, valid till Dec 31, that starts at 8,584++ baht (S$359) for a two-night stay in a deluxe king room.

The Hot Deal Package comes with BTS Skytrain tickets, 1,000 baht in dining credits, discounts at Breeze Spa and in-house dining outlets, and late check-out until 4pm.

For more information or to make a reservation, go to


Ahead of the Laguna Phuket Marathon next Sunday, Thailand's Anantara Layan Phuket Resort is offering a special package.

This includes a special room rate for runners, daily buffet breakfast for two, late check-out (subject to availability), spa and dining discounts, and a free shuttle to the race at Laguna Phuket Resort.

A special all-you-can-eat pizza and pasta buffet lunch (1,350++ baht or $56.50 a person) at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort will be open to guests and the public from 11.30am to 3pm on the day of the marathon. It will offer, among other items, a range of carbohydrate-heavy foods.

Go to and enter the promo code HKTRUN for the special room rate to apply.

Travellers have until next Sunday to make their bookings, for a stay between Tuesday and June 15.

Toh Wen Li

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 03, 2018, with the headline 'Concierge: Travel news and deals'. Print Edition | Subscribe