Travel ideas: Best getaways in October 2016

Wake up! September has ended


By Rachel Au

Travel ideas: Best getaways in October 2016

1. Unwind at an Alignment and Movement Retreat in Bali

amanusa bali retreat

Need a quick getaway to rejuvenate after weeks or months of stress? For the month of October, Amanusa has collaborated with leading wellness therapists Alexander Ivanov, Zoe Nash and Vijay Laxmi Goyal to create a programme addressing both mental and physical discomfort with the combination of bodywork and healing therapies, which includes a variety of massage techniques. You can choose to stay for either three or seven nights and literally feel rest assured. 

For more information, visit Amanusa’s website.


2. Experience a unique epicurean journey to the home of the indigenous Bali Aga

alila manggis bali aga

October is actually a good time to visit Bali as it’s sunny (but not too hot) and the climate is dry. You can enjoy lazy days at the hotel or go for a spa; but there’s one experience you shouldn’t miss – the extraordinary dining experience with the Bali Aga. Specially curated by the culinary team at Alila Manggis for one couple or family per day, the gourmet journey will take guests to the ancient village of Tenganan in East Bali, home to the Bali Aga – an indigenous community believed to be the descendants of the aboriginal Balinese that existed even before the Hindu-Javanese Majapahit migrated to the island. 

You’ll have the privilege of dining in the one of the village residents’ home where his wife with the assistance of a butler and chef from Alila Manggis will prepare a selection of homemade family-style Balinese dishes with wine and champagne pairings. This intimate experience is rarely accessible by anyone outside the village and makes for an unforgettable way to celebrate a special occasion. 

For more information, visit Alila Manggis’ website.


3. Explore Sri Lanka’s wild side with safari excursions

shangri la sri lanka package

Head for an adventure meets relaxation at the newly-opened Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa and its Safari Sri Lanka package. The 145-acre beach resort with its lush surroundings offers sparkling views of the Indian Ocean and is akin to an oasis with a wide variety of activities such as golf, water sports and the spa. As the hotel is located near several national wildlife parks, the Safari Sri Lanka package adds on to the fun as it takes you on safari tours as well as a boat safari excursion to get up close and personal with the wild elephants, the illusive Sri Lankan leopard and more. You’ll also be thrilled to know that guests will be greeted with a chilled bottle of sparkling wine in your room upon arrival to get you started. 

For more information, visit Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa’s website.


4. Have fun at the world’s largest indoor theme park in Dubai

img world of adventure dubai

Bring out your inner child as almost all your favourite characters have gathered in one theme park: the IMG Worlds of Adventure. A project that cost US$1 billion and took three years to complete, it boasts over 20 rides, four zones – which includes Marvel and Cartoon Network, two global names that are cooperating under one roof for the first time – 25 retail outlets and a 12-screen state-of-the-art Novo Cinema multiplex with an IMAX screen and two VIP theatres. We doubt you’ll be able to finish the park in one full day. 

For more information, visit IMG Worlds of Adventure’s website.


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