Summer typically is synonymous with vacations, but these past few months have definitely been an exception. The coronavirus has no doubt dashed countless travel plans, and if you’ve been stuck at home for a while, you’re probably itching to get out. Luckily, these two resorts in Southeast Asia have the perfect discounted travel packages for you! If you’re willing to take the risk of traveling, know that each location has taken preventive measures to maintain hygienic conditions in the wake of Covid-19.
Melia Koh Samui | Koh Samui, Thailand
If you’re in the mood for a stunning beachfront resort, then take a flight to Thailand and unwind at the gorgeous Hotel Melia Koh Samui. The resort, which opened January 10 of this year, boasts a lagoon pool that loops through its grounds like a river, suites made from teak wood vessels (paying homage to Koh Samui’s heritage as a safe haven for sailors and sea traders), and various amenities such as a swim-up bar, spa, ballroom, and mini water park.
Each Deluxe Room has a stand-alone bathtub on a private balcony. The KoKo Kitchen features a live-show kitchen where you can watch chefs whip up a delicious breakfast buffet every morning. The other restaurants in the resort focus on contemporary Thai dishes and Western and Mediterranean cuisines, like The Pool Bar, which serves Spanish tapas.
Although a Deluxe Room with breakfast will typically set you back around THB 6,768 (US$216) per night, they are offering it in a fantastic travel package at THB 3,999 (US$127) per night, including a free round-trip transfer for a two-night stay or longer. For seven nights, this totals around US$891; for two weeks, US$1783.
For those concerned about Covid-19, Melia Koh Samui has implemented a system of stringent health, safety, and hygiene measures developed in collaboration with the certification, inspection, and testing company Bureau Veritas and are based on World Health Organization recommendations. The “360 degree” program focuses on strict cleaning and disinfection practices, minimizing physical contact between guests and staff, ensuring the safety of food and beverage, and more.
Thailand will be resuming international flight operations from July 1. This deal extends to travels from now until December 23, 2020, if you book by June 30.
Tanah Gajah | Ubud, Bali
Does a romantic dinner at a private pavilion overlooking a gorgeous rice paddy sound like just what you need? Have you always dreamed of having a floating breakfast served to you in a pool in Bali?
One boutique resort in Bali is offering a long-stay package for people eager to get away from crowds and relax in a tropical paradise. Tanah Gajah, Resort by Hadiprana is putting visitors in 20 villas spread over six hectares amid lush rice paddies with its new two-week “Extended Stay for Greater Value” travel package. The 14-day stay starts at IDR 20,000,000 (US$1,400) for a One Bedroom Suite and comes with amenities like daily breakfast, complimentary mini bar, daily laundry service for up for six pieces per person, complimentary WiFi, access to the gym, swimming pool, and tennis court, and a daily room cleaning service.
Their Panen Padi Lounge serves tapas-style nibbles surrounded by rice paddy fields and a tranquil swan pond, while The Tempayan offers more traditional Indonesian or Western dishes. They also have a spa, where you can get body treatments, beauty facials, and massages. You can also book specially curated experiences at the resort, like a picnic or a floating breakfast.
If you’re worried about COVID-19, Tanah Gajah is on the same page. This package was designed specifically with the consideration of travelers wanting to stay in one place for longer periods of time and minimize contact with other guests. The entire property is sprayed down with disinfectant twice a week and housekeeping disinfects guest rooms on a daily basis. Hand sanitizer is also available at all outlets, and sanitizer and reusable fabric masks are distributed to each guest. Guests will also have a butler who will be their main point of contact, from reception at arrival to departure at check-out, with limited interaction without other staff throughout the stay.
Book by August 31, 2020 for a stay until March 31, 2021!