Travel deals and steals: March 16 to March 23

Travel deals and steals: March 16 to March 23
The view from COMO Uma Punakha in Bhutan, Indonesia. Photo: COMO Shambhala
COMO Shambhala rolls out Bhutan Yoga Retreats; British Airways special fares for UK-bound students; Cathay Pacific’s promotional fares
Published: 4:00 AM, March 16, 2017

Como Shambhala announces Bhutan Yoga Retreats

Singapore wellness centre Shambhala has organised a seven-day, six-night yoga retreat in Bhutan. At the retreat, hosted by leading Como Shambhala Urban Escape Singapore yoga instructors Lynn Yeo and Sumei Shum, travellers will spend two nights at 12-room luxury lodge Como Uma Punakha and four nights at Como Uma Paro.

The package costs USD$4,380 (S$6,193.80) per person, inclusive of a 60-minute Como Shambhala Signature Massage and five yoga sessions with Yeo and Shum. All meals will be provided.

The immersive experience will take travellers to places such as Bhutan’s iconic Taktsang Lhakhang — the holy temple situated on a cliff face 900m above the Paro Valley.

Another visit will be to the one of the oldest temples in the kingdom, Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century.

The yoga retreats run from June 11 to June 17, or from June 18 to June 24. Visit for more information.

Cathay Pacific’s special promotional fares to over 40 destinations

Travellers planning a getaway this year ought to check out Cathay Pacific’s latest promotional fares for UOB credit card members to a total of 40 destinations around the globe. Economy fares to Hong Kong are priced at S$288, to Japan at S$618, and to Europe and the Middle East at S$1,288. Book by April 3 with your UOB credit card. Travel dates vary according to destination. Visit for more information.

Combine business and pleasure at Anantara Siam Bangkok

Anantara Siam Bangkok is creating a seamless experience for work and pleasure for business travellers. The Anantara Siam Bangkok Executive Stay package, which costs THB7,330 (S$293.76) per room per night, features a 60-minute Thai massage at Anantara Spa per day; access to the exclusive Kasara Executive Lounge, which comes with snacks and refreshments; as well as access to the 24-hour business centre. One Thai set menu dinner per stay is included at Spice Market. Visit for more information.

British Airways offers special fares to UK-bound students

Students who are planning to study in Europe can opt to fly on British Airways, as the airline is offering special fares to UK-bound students. Students can fly to London from S$1,211, to Newcastle from S$1,256, and to Manchester from S$1,196 on the World Traveller Economy class. Flights to London on the premium economy class start at S$2,473, and cost from S$2,517 to Newcastle, and from S$2,457 to Manchester.

The student fares also come with a bigger baggage allowance of up to 46kg for checked-in baggage, and up to 23kg for hand-carried baggage per person, per trip. The sale will end on March 31, 2018. Visit for more information.