Nature’s Private Plunge Pool Enjoy a secluded swimming experience in nature at the new Hidden Spring Lagoon at Avana Retreat in Vietnam’s Mai Chau Province. Carved naturally over time and masked by dense foliage, the lagoon is a rustic take on a private plunge pool, and is filled with natural spring water fed by a small waterfall. The site offers two sunbeds, a changing room area and towels for drying off after a dip. A small bar has also been set up so you can order drinks. Meanwhile, those who prefer the backdrop without getting wet can indulge in one of the resort’s private dining experiences. Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, has anchored a 23-metre hot air balloon in its rice paddies in Bali and opened the gate on its wicker basket to guests. Each flight climbs 50 metres above the resort’s rice fields and floats at the end of a tether. Passengers can drink in views of Mount Agung in the near distance, as well as the expansive rice fields and forests of Ubud just below. The flights last between seven and 10 minutes. Balloon Above Bali

Precious Water in Botswana

Expat Living’s Lara recently witnessed the rollout (quite literally!) of 20 “hippo rollers” in Botswana. While water abounds in the Okavango Delta, supporting wildlife and tourism, it’s a scarce commodity for people in many nearby rural areas. These incredibly hardy plastic water barrels allow villagers to transport borehole water more easily across sandy terrain. A safari with travel specialists andBeyond offers the opportunity to visit this part of Africa firsthand and contribute to meaningful projects in the areas of education, healthcare and more – including this one developed in partnership with Africa Foundation. The aim is to uplift and empower people in identified communities near core conservation areas.

Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre was named the Best Midscale Hotel in Asia Pacific 2022 at the Travel Weekly Asia Reader’s Choice Awards 2022. This is the hotel’s first award this year since its re-opening in April. Well done!



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