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LAST_UPDATEFri, 20 Jul 2018 6pm

These Post-Raya Getaways May Just Be What You Need

Concierge at Campbell House PenangConcierge at Campbell House Penang

Raya has only just begun but a lot of us are already feeling the fatigue from the month-long celebration and the first week especially can do its worse to you. From endless family visits to doing all the house chores from cooking to cleaning, the following weeks would perhaps be a good time for a relaxing getaway.

Hotels.com have suggested a few getaways to counter the post-Raya fatigue in a curated list from the ‘Most Wanted’ hotels category based on their Loved by Guests Awards 2018, from their over 25 million guest reviews.

They found that serene eco-resort Sepilok Nature Resort in Sandakan and the remote Rayavadee Resort Krabi is the place to be for nature lovers and those who like a little peace and quiet. A plus point is, it is located in the Muslim-majority southern Thailand province, hence has a variety of halal restaurants to cater to Malaysians.

While those interested in detoxing themselves after all the food coma and enjoying spa time should opt to visit Bali and stay in W Hotel Bali. But if you hate taking flights and staycation is your thing, The Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur is ideal.

“The hotel brims with colonial grandeur, with a glamorous lobby and a personalised 24-hour butler service at the suites. The Orchid Conservatory features seasonal orchids within a glass atrium that fits up to 15 persons for a high-tea session – perfect for those who are craving for some scones and sandwiches after a week of having rich Raya delicacies,” according to Hotels.com.

And if a retail therapy is what you need, Jakarta and Bangkok is the place to be. Hotels.com recommends The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta and Riva Surya Hotel, Bangkok, as they are close to shopping outlets.

Riva Surya Hotel, Bangkok.Riva Surya Hotel, Bangkok.

As for families, Hotels.com suggested 4.8-star rating The Danna Langkawi, for its infinity pools, and specifically for its large wading pool and a dedicated Kiddy’s Club that will surely keep the little ones occupied.

The Danna LangkawiThe Danna Langkawi

Also, they revealed that "Penang is never a bad idea" especially with the abundance of boutique hotels available recently.

"Campbell House Penang is located close to various hawker’s hotspots, making it a perfect base for a foodie’s adventure in Georgetown’s UNESCO quarter. The heritage boutique hotel also features ornate Straits decorations and colonial style rooms complete with English-style poster beds.

"Hanoi’s old quarter is replete with French-colonial architecture, rustic small family homes and vibrant little alleways. Luxury Old Quarter Hotel, located within a walking distance of the famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, merges old-world charm with 21st century amenities in a heritage-rich boutique setting. The quaint Hoan Kiem Lake, which inspired scholars and poets for hundreds of years, is also nearby – perfect for a relaxing and contemplative stroll," they claim.

Jessica Chuang, Regional Director for Greater China, Southeast Asia & India for the Hotels.com brand believes "Malaysians have different ways to relax and de-stress after Raya. Some people prefer a quiet time close to the nature, while others prefer to reward themselves and their loved ones with a city getaway in destinations such as Jakarta and Bangkok."

So what about you? How will you relax and unwind, and which hotel would you check in to, to recharge from the Raya fatigue? Take your pick, and we’re sure it will be worth it!

-mD