So much of Amsterdam’s history is embedded in its unique architecture and this hotel is a perfect example. The magnificent building was a convent in the 15th century, a royal pied à terre in the 16th, the HQ of the Dutch Admiralty in the 17th, and Amsterdam’s City Hall in the 19th and 20th.
Located right on beautiful Kuta beach on the southern shore of Lombok Island only a short flight or boat ride from Bali is the Novotel Lombok Resort, a four-star property built in the traditional Sasak style and a real escape for couples looking for a relaxed, toes-in-the-sand experience.
There’s a high speed catamaran that runs from the east coast of Bali to Lombok but the easiest way to get closest to the resort is with Garuda Indonesia who fly from Bali and Jakarta to Lombok with regular connections to Australia. The new international airport is just a short drive from the resort and transfers will be arranged for you. See novotellombok.com for more.
Located just 60 km or an hour’s Turbo Jetfoil ride away from Hong Kong, Macau has long been the favourite recreational haunt of expats living in romantic Hong Kong as it offers a slower-paced respite from the frenetic streets of that vertical megacity. It’s also a popular destination for travellers visiting Hong Kong or China (it is located around 150 km from the popular tourist city of Guangzhou) because of its Portugese heritage which is still so much a part of the lifestyle here. Opened just a few months ago in a great position on the Napa waterfront and close to many of Macau’s unique attractions, the Mandarin Oriental Macau offers guests an exceptionally romantic and exclusive home away from home.
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