Seven long weekends in 2015! For those planning on short getaways, this is the year. If you do not mind paying more during peak travel periods, they are great opportunities to get away for a re-charge. For smart travellers who also wish to avoid the crowds, you may wish to try out these nearby destinations based on your interests:
For the Tea Lovers
Head to the hills of Sri Lanka where tea plantations abound. Go on tea tours where you learn first hand from a tea master, the picking of tea leaves which made the Ceylon tea so famous today. The Ceylon Tea Trails is a luxurious all-inclusive tea bungalow resort where you will experience traditional butler service and good old English afternoon cream tea amidst lush hills and cool temperatures. Savour the unique tea trails cuisine featuring fresh herbs and vegetables grown in the surrounding estates, paired with tea leaves and quality cuts of meat.
For the Active
Sea sports is still a great way to get the adrenaline high for the active people. A nearby resort - Gayana Eco Resort - is a secluded getaway off Kota Kinabalu at Sabah, Malaysia. The dive centre has professional instructors who are skilled in coaching novice divers. Diving gear is available as well. For the divers, take your time to explore the rich marine life around the island.
For the non-divers, do not miss the snorkelling and kayaking round the island. If your energy level remains high, trek through the rainforest and meet the native birds.
For your Mind, Body and Soul
Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with a wellness holiday to a nearby exclusive resort. COMO Shambhala Estate is a good choice as it is in the quiet part of Bali– Ubud. With in-house experts such as a yoga teacher, Ayurvedic doctor and resident dietician, you can spend all your time at the resort. Imagine starting your day with yoga on a rock beside a river, savour an organic lunch packed with nutrients, followed by practising breath control facing a padi field. You will truly experience calm and peace.