In preparation for the long weekends coming up in 2014, we present you great destinations to consider for your next getaway.

Episode 1: Chinese New Year 2014

The first long weekend of 2014 is Chinese New Year! Make this Chinese New Year a special one by bringing your family overseas to celebrate. 2014’s Chinese New Year starts on a Friday, giving you an opportunity to take a holiday while saving a precious day of leave.

If you haven’t already heard, Tigerair will be starting direct flights from Singapore to Maldives, giving you an added option besides the usual airlines such as Singapore Airlines. Apart from the crystal-clear waters and fresh seafood, Maldives has a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve to boast. This site is none other than Baa Atoll, which was designated due to its rich biodiversity and long history of human interaction.

And with so many resorts to choose from, we’ve decided to make your life a little easier by giving you our humble recommendations. The two resorts below are situated on Baa Atoll and are suitable for a romantic getaway as much as a family holiday. There are a wide range of activities prepared for the children, which parents can choose to join or not.


[The SLOW LIFE – Soneva Fushi]

This amazing resort aims to provide guests a relaxing holiday, while bearing its eco-friendly roots in mind. The philosophy of Soneva is SLOW LIFE (Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences). At Soneva Fushi, one can truly immerse in nature. If you love the stars, this is the place to be as the resort has its own observatory, which has the most powerful telescope in the Indian Ocean. If you love trees then meal times will create the best memories, because there are bamboo pods in the treetops that you can dine in!


[The Ultimate Luxury – Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru]

The best of the best is the three-bedroom Landaa Estate of Four Seasons. With two king beds and two twin beds, this specialty suite is perfectly designed to accommodate three generations. This estate even has a room for the family’s maid. If the suite’s massive size of 5,522 square feet is not enough to entice you, I am sure its two-tier beachfront and plunge pool will. The estate also features an 80-metre private beach. Just like Soneva Fushi, Four Seasons’ Landaa Giraavaru is very family and children-friendly with plenty of planned activities for the young ones to partake in, giving you some much needed me time.


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