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As entry restrictions to Singapore finally eased, even super-cautious Singaporeans are starting to plan that long-awaited leisure trip after a long hiatus. What’s more, the recent re-opening of beloved getaway spots such as Hanoi, Bangkok, Brisbane and Auckland to vaccinated travellers means you have your pick of hot and cold-weather itineraries.
And here’s a third reason: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ generous loyalty programme, Wyndham Rewards. The Stay Twice, Earn a Free Night offer gives members 7,500 bonus points – enough for a free future night – after you complete two qualified stays. And if you, do it all before 6 September 2022, you might qualify for a second free night.
Need some ideas to get started? Here are five exciting and diverse destinations in Asia Pacific that are home to properties by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.
Gastronomic delights in Bali, Indonesia
The Island of the Gods has long been a popular destination for gourmands, thanks to restaurants that serve up contemporary Balinese cuisine, including the popular Kaum at Potato Head in Seminyak and Ulekan in Canggu. Newcomer FED by Made serves six-course set menus involving modern, Australian-inspired cuisine like pork chop with black garlic and green sambal. On the drinking front, Bar Souvenir is an exciting new watering hole in Berawa, Canggu, embodying the laidback neighborhood bars of Tokyo with a menu dedicated to natural wines and sakes.
Where to stay: A two-hour drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Ramada Encore by Wyndham Seminyak Bali is located near Seminyak’s best attractions. Exploring the island is easy with the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service, which takes guests to popular areas in Kuta and Seminyak – including the best beaches for sunset-watching, shopping malls, museums, surfing spots and many more.
Paraw sailing in Boracay, Philippines
Considered by many as the ultimate water sports playground in Southeast Asia, especially during summer, Boracay is the place to try your hand at jet-skiing, helmet diving, paraw sailing and cliff-diving at Ariel’s Point, located just 14 kilometers away from beachfront resort Microtel by Wyndham Boracay. Visit the ever-pristine, picture-perfect White Beach, go scuba diving in the waters off Crocodile Island or swim in reef-protected waters at Bulabog Beach.
Where to stay: Microtel by Wyndham Boracay is a 20-minute shuttle or tricycle ride from Cagban Port, which is accessible by ferry from Caticlan Jetty Port. To get to Caticlan Jetty Port, take a five-minute van ride from Caticlan Airport, or if you’re coming from Kalibo Airport, it will be a one hour and 45 minutes’ drive.
Tasting heritage in Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam is another awe-inspiring getaway spot steeped in rich cultural history, and known for its serene rivers, limestone peaks and beaches. Food tours in Hanoi are a well-loved activity among travellers, introducing you to local dishes such as fresh papaya salads, beef noodles and grilled pork with rice. For excellent coffee, visit Café Runam, a beautiful European-inspired café with a balcony lapping up views of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Opt for the traditional drip coffee, which is served with a Phin filter — a speciality of Vietnam.
Where to stay: A short drive west of the Old Quarter, Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake, not only offers five-star amenities, it’s almost entirely bathed in gold plating. The luxurious touches continue in the rooftop fitness centre and infinity pool with stunning city views. Further southwest, close to the Hanoi Museum and silk village, the Wyndham Garden Hanoi has an equally impressive indoor pool, free WiFi and other mod-cons.
Award-winning nightlife in Bangkok, Thailand
Besides being 2nd home to Japanese’s expatriates in Thailand, Bangkok’s Thonglor district is also home to some of the city’s best mixologists. As Thailand drops most restrictions for tourists, Thonglor is once again charming night owls with bold neon signage, nondescript entrances, and hole-in-the-wall venues. One can time travel back to the Roaring Twenties at 008 Bar with leather armchairs, nuanced drinks, and live jazz, or enjoy spirit-forward concoctions and gold-plated touches at the award-winning speakeasy Rabbit Hole.
Where to stay: Wyndham Garden Bangkok Sukhumvit 42’s unbeatable location in Thonglor makes the hotel a favourite among bar-hoppers. It’s surrounded by shopping hotspots such as Gateway Ekamai and the EM District and situated 24 kilometres from Suvarnabhumi Airport and 28 kilometres from Don Mueang International Airport. The Ekkamai BTS Skytrain station is mere 5 minutes walk away from the hotel, making getting around exceptionally easy.
Winter adventures in Brisbane, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand
The winter sun in Brisbane is glorious, spurring many to head out of town to commune with nature. There are scenic walking trails within 30km of the city, and those keen for a challenge can try some thrilling mountain climbs nearby. The Araucaria Track, Brisbane Forest Park is an easy, family-friendly five kilometres walk and takes just 90 minutes to complete. Bring along binoculars and a camera – you’re in for some excellent bird watching.
Combining Australia and New Zealand in a single trip is an excellent idea if you wish to experience the best of both countries during winter. Board a ferry to Rangitoto Island for one of Auckland’s must-do hikes to the summit of the country’s youngest volcano. A light climb through the lava fields and pōhutukawa forest will lead you to a summit that offers jaw-dropping panoramas of the city and Hauraki Gulf.
Where to stay: Wyndham Hotel Surfers Paradisse is only an hour’s drive away from Brisbane, making for a great accommodation option for those looking to explore the latter. Centrally located in the heart of the Gold Coast’s tourist hub, the hotel is a short walk from shopping hotspots, picturesque beaches, food and wine precincts. And in Auckland, consider the Ramada by Wyndham Newmarket Auckland, located across from dining and shopping options at Westfield Newmarket and 17 kilometres from Auckland Airport. Enjoy apartment-style accommodations, free WiFi and on-site parking (prior booking required) and really feel at home.
Perks of becoming a Wyndham Rewards Member
Plan your long-awaited getaway across the Asia-Pacific and enjoy savings on Wyndham’s Best Available Rate when you become a Wyndham Rewards member. Visit WyndhamRewards.com to join free. In addition to the Stay Twice, Earn a Free Night offer, Wyndham Rewards also has the Stay Longer Save More offer. For a limited time, enjoy 10% off one night, 15% off two consecutive nights, or 20% off three or more consecutive nights at participating Hotels by Wyndham. Plus, earn 7,500 Wyndham Rewards bonus points — enough for a future free night! Register and then book direct here by 2 September 2022. Qualified stays need to be completed by 6 September 2022.