Attention holiday shoppers, there is a way to escape, relax and shop, I can show you where to stay and where to shop in Bangkok, KL, Honolulu and Melbourne.
Set aside a few days to just go for it and shop ‘til you drop. These hotels are all attached to major shopping centres.
My favourite place for shopping is Bangkok and I head straight for the Mahboonkrong (MBK) Shopping Centre. MBK is one of the largest shopping malls in Bangkok with over 2,000 shops. It is best known for mobile phones, electronics, and furniture but also offers fashion, accessories, clothes and cosmetics. You can take a break at the cinema, karaoke room and games zone. I might be able to get everything I need there and then relax by the pool at the adjacent Pathumwan Princess Hotel. I will also make sure to get to the Chatuchak weekend market.
Perhaps I need a beach break and a bit of a suntan. I could head for Hawaii – and Macys , my favourite US Department Store. There just happens to be one on the first floor of the Holiday Inn Waikiki (formerly the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber). The hotel is also adjacent to the open air International Market Place and across the road from the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Centre. I could cruise the Kalakaua Avenue boutiques for Tiffany and Gucci (Santa, I’ve been a good girl).
In Melbourne, the Somerset on Elizabeth has direct access to the Myer Department store. Located in the heart of the city and close to the Bourke Street Mall, Direct Factory Outlets, Melbourne Central, QVB and Queen Victoria Markets, it is a great base to shop and drop. The free City Circle tram network makes it easy to get around town.
Maybe I will wait until after Christmas and take the family to the Eastern Suites Times Square Hotel (formerly Berjaya Times Square) in Kuala Lumpur. There is a rooftop park on the 15th floor called Central Park with a gymnasium, squash courts, sauna, huge swimming pool, wading pool and gabezos surrounded by tropical gardens. But first I have to conquer the 12 levels of shopping and entertainment at the Berjaya Times Square Shopping Centre – 900 shops, 9 screen cinemas with 3D IMAX, 65 eateries, 56 lane bowling alley – even 14 major rides at the Cosmo’s World Theme Park.
I am so glad I won’t have to go far to drop off my shopping bags and flop down on the bed for a nanna nap. Then do it all again tomorrow!