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Taking a holiday with big groups of family and friends involves much detailed pre-trip planning. Asia’s only luxury destination club Afini takes the hassle out of the whole process by providing a dedicated and highly trained lifestyle consultant to personalise every component of your trip before departure, as well as an on-site concierge to execute each detail to perfection, so that you can travel stress-free and focus on experiencing unforgettable moments. Here are three Afini destinations—all at exceptional value—you should consider for the next memorable getaway.

 Puri Bawana, Bali

 

This five-bedroom, classic Balinese stunner blends gracefully into the gentle contours of two working rice terraces and is only a five-minute drive away from hot surf spot, Echo Beach. Nearby, Canggu offers a plethora of healthy options including yoga, horseback riding and the Greg Norman-designed Nirwana Bali Golf Course. There is plenty of space for bonding and relaxing under the sun with a 30-metre swimming pool, vast lawn and outdoor pavilions for lounging and massages. After a day of fun, retreat to generous-sized ensuite rooms, including a romantic master suite that extends to a broad balcony, complete with a four-poster king-sized bed, duo rain showers and a cosy bathtub. The children will also be too busy having their own slumber party in their multiple-bunk bed suite to disturb the adults.

 The Lighthouse, Sri Lanka

 

Two hundred years ago, the stately three-bedroom Lighthouse residence was commissioned by Dutch traders within the 16th century Galle Fort, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Feel immediately at home with the experienced and long-serving staff who will do everything to make your stay a comfortable one, down to preparing your curry as spicy as you like it. High arches, soaring ceilings and exposed beams surround the residence’s largest swimming pool and the three ensuite bedrooms come with private balconies, modern technology and colonial antiques. Awake to lush foliage from your romantic four-poster bed in the master suite or unwind in the shaded ambalama veranda (an ancient rest stop for travelers) before taking a dip in the frangipani-fringed pool. You will never want to leave.

 Lom Talay, Phuket

 

Imagine waking up to the sound of the sea and the sight of its shimmering waters every morning. Floor-to-ceiling windows in each of Lom Talay’s four generous bedrooms, which comes with ensuite bathrooms and double soaking bathtubs, give unobstructed views of the Andaman Sea from this cliff-side sanctuary perched between palm jungle and the endless ocean. There are plenty of social spaces—including an infinity pool and a recreational room with a billliard tableto chill out, sip sun-downers or laze around with family and friends in this modern villa with clean lines and natural materials. There are no other buildings in sight, guaranteeing absolute privacy in this guarded enclave along Phuket’s southern edge.

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