Jun 15, 2020
Everything under one roof
The sheer depth and breadth of offerings at this all-in-one seafront resort make it difficult to maintain a poker face in or out of the casino. A mammoth 993-room Vegas-style hotel, it features an indoor beachclub, a nightclub, a shopping mall, multiple pools, a spa, a kids’ club, circus performances, a Bellagio-esque fountain show and 24-hour dining. At the end of the night, or perhaps the start of the day, return to a palatial bedroom, complete with views of The Fountain or Manila Bay. okadamanila.com; doubles from P15,300. — K.H.
Solaire Resort & Casino
Show-stopping family entertainment
Housed in two towers overlooking Manila Bay, this luxurious integrated resort is a one-stop destination for gaming, theater, leisure activities, shopping and wellness. Its 1,740-seat grand auditorium hosts touring Broadway shows and concerts; for tension release, try booking a traditional Hilot massage at Wellness Spa… or strapping up at the Sky Range Shooting Club. For those with tots in tow, K-Park indoor playground keeps kids entertained long enough for mom and dad to browse the luxury boutiques at The Shoppes. solaireresort.com; doubles from P10,000. — K.H.
Hotel Chadstone Melbourne
A style sanctuary
With a walkway directly into the largest shopping complex in the Southern Hemisphere, the new 250-room Hotel Chadstone Melbourne is the suburb of Malvern’s most bougie answer to shop until you drop. Of course, everything within its tastefully designed walls befits the chicness you’d expect of Accor’s M Gallery collection of properties in Australia’s cultural heart. Entertainment at Chadstone mall, “The Fashion Capital,” translates mostly to shopping, with some 500 specialty stores, but you’ll also find cinemas, beauty salons, a vast array of dining outlets and a LegoLand Discovery Centre here. hotelchadstone.com.au; doubles start at A$270. — K.H.
Hard Rock Hotel Maldives
An action-packed stay
Part of the first “integrated resort destination” in the Maldives, a cross-lagoon stroll from The Marina@Crossroads, this is Hard Rock’s first outpost in the idyllic island nation. Perfect for high-energy families and groups, its 178 rooms include two-bedroom duplex options and overwater abodes with names like Rock Star villa and Rock Royalty villa. Expect novel Hard Rock features: a curated Tracks playlist, vinyl and a Crosley turntable, even a Fender guitar should you request it. While Maldivian resorts can quickly turn dull for youngsters, this resort’s Roxity Kids Club and Teen Spirit Club ward off boredom with air-guitar and lip-sync battles, while adults can take a music-infused yoga session at Rock Spa or enjoy the lively infinity pool. Over at The Marina, cruises, diving and watersports fill up any spare time. hardrockhotels.com; doubles from USD$350 per night. — K.H.