How to enjoy the year of the Pig

If there’s ever been a year to #treatyoself, this is it. 2019 is the year of the Pig in the Chinese zodiac, and we take that to mean: practise some self-care, reward yourself for the good work you’ve been doing, and kick back on holiday. If you need some ideas on how exactly to do that, that’s what we’re here for.

Holiday like a VVIP in Niseko

Hakuchozan Niseko ski chalet Hokkaido Japan
The jacuzzi at Hakuchozan

We’ve spoken about Hakuchōzan before, but it bears repeating: this is where the real crazy rich Asians hang out. Whistle for a coffee while you’re on the slopes; gaze on Mount Yōtei from the hot tub. This ski chalet has the best in facilities and service, and that’s what makes it worthy of your best year ever.

Find out more: How to live your VVIP ski dreams at Hakuchōzan

Conduct a tour of Koh Samui’s finest bathtubs

Villa Kohia Samui
The bathtub at Villa Kohia

We’re not joking. Samui’s villas have the finest array of bathtubs we’ve seen, and we’ve even compiled a list of them. There’s no luxury like that of a freestanding outdoors tub, absolute privacy, and – in the best ones – an ocean view to complete it. Don’t just take our word for it.

Find out more: The most instagrammable bathtubs in Koh Samui

Eat your way through Bali

Best hipster cafes in Canggu Bali
Photo: The Loft Bali

Bali has some of the best food going, whether you’re there for local favourites like babi guling or the latest and greatest in cafe fare. Our favourite way to do it is to cafe hop through Canggu, breaking things up with beach club stops.

Find out more: The 5 best hipster cafes in Canggu, Bali

Stay in the world’s first underwater suite

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Muraka undersea bedroom
Photo: Justin Nicholas/Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

It has to be seen to be believed – Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s jawdropping undersea residence, The Muraka. The two-storey suite is perched out in the ocean with an oversea and undersea level, and the world’s best view of the ocean from all angles.

Find out more: The world’s first underwater suite is open

Emma Chong Johnston

Emma is a new mum, compulsive shopper and cityslicker through and through. Perfect holiday: shops, sunshine and gelato (and maybe a babysitter).

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