Celebrate Chinese New Year In One Of These Luxurious Villas Around The World
I'll get the bags, you get the passport.
Another lunar year come and gone, and where better to celebrate than in a luxury villa outside of Singapore? Chinese New Year is a time for loved ones to come together, enjoy each other’s company and wish each other well for the new year. Start the Year of the Rooster off on a good note with a lavish getaway at one of Afini’s many luxury villas in a multitude of remarkable world destinations.
Afini is the last word in luxury travel. A members-only luxury destination club, it boasts a global portfolio of over 25 properties across the world. Each luxury residence is fully-serviced and beautifully appointed with multiple bedrooms, making it the perfect choice for a trip with family and friends. Celebrate the new year and toast to prosperity, fortune and good health while basking in the best amenities the world has to offer.
From the storied Galle Fort in Sri Lanka or sunny beaches of Phuket to verdant rice paddies in Bali or wintry landscapes of Niseko, there's no shortage of hot spots and trending destinations. Here's a preview of what could be yours to enjoy when you become an Afini Member.
Villa Levi, Bali
At this singular four en-suite bedroom villa, you'll find yourself surrounded by lush tropical jungle amidst brilliant jade-coloured rice fields. Relax in either the elongated infinity-edge pool or the shade of the riverside, while enjoying the latest technological amenities. Furnished with recycled ironwood and museum-quality Indonesian artefacts, this villa provides a perfect cultural getaway.
Puri Bawana, Bali
This regal compound of thatched pavilions is situated over two private acres of working rice terraces in Canggu and features a 30-meter swimming pool as well as five splendid en-suite bedrooms. Nearby, the renowned black sands of Echo Beach, a surfer’s paradise, is to be found, along with yoga, horseback riding and the Greg Normal-designed Nirwana Bali Golf Course at the water’s edge.
Modern Western comforts meet sleek Japanese design at this rare ski-in and –out property in Niseko Village. In addition to the luxurious lodgings, your dedicated Destination Concirege has a highly recommended shiatsu massage therapist or personal sushi chef on direct dial, or go for a day of sport with six complimentary passes to ski or snowboard on Niseko’s famed Annupuri Mountain.
Baan Maprao, Phuket
This ultra-modern concept villa boasts the names of renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy and interior designer Philippe Starck, no doubt shooting it to the top of any design-curious traveller’s list. The villa offers capacity for both privacy and community with its en-suite bedrooms and private beach, and the generous living room and outdoor deck spaces. But there's plenty of adventure to be had in the area as well, the highlight of which is the chance to explore Phang Nga Bay via your choice of yacht, kayak and traditional longtail boat.
Naam Sawan, Phuket
Be mesmerised by the unending horizon at this beachside villa on the shores of the Andaman Sea while enjoying the sunken bar and infinity pool-side dining. Meanwhile, an intimate beach waits just beyond the sprawling lawn, where you can have the opportunity to scuba drive among corals, sea turtles and long-nose dolphins. Luxuriously secluded, this place is a haven of tranquillity, with its glass walls making incredible sunrise and sunset views all the more captivating.
Lom Talay, Phuket
This cliff-side sanctuary, poised between palm jungle and sparking ocean, blends together in-and-outdoor living. The clean natural design of the villa is completed by the presence of the Andaman Sea throughout the villa via floor to ceiling window views. Situated within a guarded enclave along Phuket’s southern edge, Lom Talay is only a short walk away from the white sands of Kata Beach, one of the isle’s most iconic photo spots. Spend the days in the infinity pool and recreation room of the villa, or immerse yourself in local culture in the surrounding areas, from the nightlife of Patong to spiritualism at Wat Chalong.
Lighthouse, Sri Lanka
This stately residence within Galle Fort was commissioned in the 16th century—a fact that is immediately apparent with its high arches, soaring ceilings and exposed beams. Classic elegance reigns with colonial antiques and four-poster beds, but a trip here is not complete without a stunning exploration of the surrounding area—if you like animals, this destination is for you. Go birdwatching on Koggala Lake, spot whales and dolphins from Mirissa Harbour, and definitely don’t miss Yala National Park for the world’s highest concentration of leopards or Ude Walawe for its bevy of elephants.
The Rocks, Sydney
Heritage and culture mingle in this storied three-bedroom townhouse that dates back to 1851. From the meticulously preserved façade to the masonry of the furniture, the interiors pay tribute to the Old World and an era of travel, while the views of Sydney Harbour complete this ubiquitous Aussie residence. The cobblestone streets of The Rocks are host to a bevy of cultural attractions and notable restaurants and boutiques, where stylish locals and talented artisans mingle aplenty.
This article first appeared on hk.asiatatler.com