When the daily grind of city life becomes a a bit too much, the best thing to do is to make a beeline for the beach. Fortunately, this region is blessed with some of the most incredibly beautiful sands in the world. If you want to truly experience the seaside in style, it helps to treat yourself to an indulgent stay with a few extra special perks.
Families and sun-worshippers have long flocked to Indonesia’s Island of the Gods for an unbeatable blend of local culture and dreamy coastlines. The InterContinental Bali Resort, situated on Bali’s longest stretch of beach along Jimbaran Bay, recently underwent a spectacular US$35 million refurbishment, making it one of the most amazing places to stay on the island. Designers incorporated Indonesian marble, sustainably harvested tropical hardwood veneers, and an intricate aesthetic deeply rooted in Balinese mythology and tradition.
Meanwhile, travelers to Thailand are spoiled for choice when it comes to white-sand beaches. Situated on one of the country’s most popular islands, the InterContinental Koh Samui Resort features just 79 rooms and villas overlooking the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The resort’s secluded position on Taling Ngam Bay, one of the loveliest spots on the island, ensures that guests are sheltered from the hustle and bustle. It also boasts one of the best sunset-watching spots on the island. To make the most of your stay, take advantage of the Club InterContinental Benefits, which include everything from a posh afternoon tea to complimentary gourmet breakfasts at two venues and sunset cocktails.
Another perpetually popular Thai destination for sun-lovers is the Phuket. One glance at these glittering sands makes it clear why this island is often called the Pearl of the Andaman. Guests at the luxe InterContinental Phuket Resort can enjoy a host of exclusive benefits at the Club InterContinental Lounge, including personalized butler service, complimentary daily breakfast at two different venues, and complimentary cultural tours of Old Phuket Town’s Sino-Portuguese architecture and historic street food. Best of all, the Club InterContinental Lounge has an unbeatable beachside location with an unimpeded view of the sunset.
Finally, no list of beach retreats would be complete without a mention of the Maldives. The newly opened InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort resides just outside of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Hanifaru Bay, meaning guests can often spy graceful manta rays and leaping dolphins. As the first and only all- Club InterContinental Resort, enjoy a little extra pampering with perks like all-day refreshments, afternoon tea with a Tea Sommelier, a delicious daily breakfast, and an evening digestif.
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