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5 Quick Luxury Escapes

Jan 11, 2024By Citi
5 Quick Luxury Escapes

Key takeaways:

  • 1. You don’t have to travel far from Singapore to reach some of the world’s most luxurious destinations.
  • 2. Plan your dream escape with the Citi Prestige Card to discover a range of airline promotions and other exclusive benefits.
  • 3. Take advantage of the new Citi Prestige Digital Concierge service to make your experience even more memorable.


If you are longing to reward yourself with a luxury escape, you don’t have to look far to find some of the world’s premium vacation destinations. Located just a few hours by plane from Singapore, these exquisite locations will have you indulging in your favourite leisure activities in no time. Perfect for the busy professional who wants to unwind at the end of the week, or the couple who desires a romantic getaway without the kids, take a look at these top luxury getaways that are right on your doorstep.

1. Best place for Michelin Star food: Bangkok (Thailand)

Bangkok in Thailand stands as a culinary paradise with a plethora of restaurants that redefine gastronomic excellence. Boasting four of the top ten best restaurants in Asia in 2023, as well as more than 350 establishments within the Michelin Guide, Bangkok is truly a food lover’s haven.

One highlight is 80/20 Eighty Twenty (Bangrak), a Michelin-starred restaurant that has earned its reputation for its avant-garde approach to Thai cuisine. Chefs Jo and Saki skilfully blend traditional ingredients with modern techniques, creating masterpieces that redefine your understanding of Thai food.

Opt for the 10-course meal and go on a food adventure – the river prawn curry transports you to the bustling markets of Bangkok, while the slow-cooked pork belly with barley koji and local cabbage offers a symphony of textures and flavours.

Whether it’s fine dining in supreme luxury, or a casual bite on the bustling streets, you can be sure a trip to Bangkok will lead you on a culinary journey that proves why Thailand is known as the land of smiles.

Plus, Citi cardmembers can access a range of special offers on Bangkok restaurants from Citi World Privileges.

2. Best Place for Shopping: Hong Kong (China)

In need of a little retail therapy? Hong Kong, a vibrant metropolis renowned for its towering skyscrapers and bustling streets, is a haven for discerning shoppers. Jet off now and discover the treasures that await in the city's eclectic shopping havens.

Step into K11 Musea, one of Hong Kong’s newest malls that seamlessly blends art, culture and retail. This innovative shopping mall showcases a curated collection of contemporary brands alongside prestigious luxury labels. Look forward to a unique shopping experience that transcends traditional boundaries.

Alternatively, venture into the historic districts of Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun, where hidden gems await discovery. Wander through narrow streets lined with antique shops, vintage boutiques and flea markets, each brimming with unique treasures waiting to be unearthed.

3. Best Place to Golf: Siem Reap (Cambodia)

Meanwhile, the capital city of Cambodia, Siem Reap, beckons those seeking the pinnacle of golfing luxury.

Tee off at the award-winning Angkor Golf Resort, designed by English golf legend Sir Nick Faldo. This oasis offers a luxurious golfing escape amidst ancient temples and picturesque landscapes. The meticulously designed 18-hole course ensures a challenging yet rewarding experience, catering to both seasoned players and those new to the sport.

While golf is undoubtedly the highlight, you can also explore the vibrant city life of Siem Reap that’s a stone's throw away. Or indulge in the cultural richness of Angkor Wat and uncover the secrets of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

4. Best Place to Unwind: Ubud, Bali (Indonesia)

Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Bali's Ubud region, COMO Shambhala Estate seamlessly blends Balinese architectural artistry with modern comforts. Spacious interiors, adorned with natural materials and local artwork, invite relaxation and serenity.

Embark on a transformative journey, where personalised wellness programmes are designed to restore your balance. A team of expert practitioners will guide you through a range of holistic treatments, such as traditional Balinese massages and Ayurvedic therapies.

Afterwards, venture beyond the tranquillity of the spa and immerse yourself in the rich cultural and natural wonders of Ubud. Explore ancient temples, cycle through verdant rice paddies or embark on a revitalising hike through the pristine rainforest – truly the best of Bali.

Cocooned by the serene beauty of the Ayung River Valley, this award-winning spa retreat with 30 private residences and world-class facilities offers a holistic approach where you can truly rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.

5. Best Place for Experiential Travel: Puerto Princesa, Palawan (Philippines)

For the more intrepid traveller, Puerto Princesa on Palawan Island emerges as an unparalleled travel destination for the adventurous.

Its allure lies in the meticulous preservation of the Puerto Princesa Underground River, one of the world's most captivating subterranean wonders.

Embark on a boat tour that reveals jaw-dropping cave formations, mesmerising limestone cliffs and waters so pristine they seem to defy reality. While the entire river spans 8.2km, only an exclusive 4.3km stretch is unveiled, ensuring an intimate exploration of the island's masterpiece.

With tours departing from a range of 5-star resorts and luxury hotels on Palawan Island, travellers can relax in comfort after a day of exploring all the natural beauty of the region.

Make Your Trip Extra Luxurious with the Citi Prestige Card

Choosing the right credit card is important when you’re travelling. Enhance your luxury getaway with the Citi Prestige Card^, designed to elevate your holiday experience.

As a Citi Prestige Cardmember, look forward to these complimentary perks from the Citi Prestige Digital Concierge, accessible through the Citi Mobile® App:

  • 1. Unlimited access to Priority Pass airport lounges.
  • 2. 8 one-way airport limousine transfers.
  • 3. 6 golf games at highly celebrated courses in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and China.
  • 4. Free night stay when you book a minimum consecutive four-night stay at any hotel or resort.

Plan your dream escape with the Citi Prestige Card to discover more airline promotions and other exclusive benefits. Start your journey with a welcome gift of up to 177,500 Points*.

^For Citi Prestige Digital Concierge related information and full benefits, please refer to

*Terms and Conditions apply. Applicable for new to Citi Prestige Cardmembers.



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