City Guide // Resorts World

Not all holidays involve planes. Get max-relaxed and escapist with a train-based jaunt to Resorts World, and use the time you didn't spend travelling to 'gram all about it. Maybe even win the whole experience?

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Do // Santai Spa

An outdoor jacuzzi, overlooking a lake, and the biggest expanse of sky you’ve seen in too long — a day turning prune-like right there would be considered a day well spent. But don't, divvy up your time by lying on the hot stone beds, using the ionised salt cave and swimming in the pool. It goes without saying that a treatment should be the main event for any spa trip, and we heartily recommend the luxury lava shell massage. Focussing on your neck and shoulders, we actually left feeling taller. Treatment list a-here.

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Eat // Kaiseki Menu at The Sky Bar

Squarely with you in mind, we over-ordered heavily from the spangly, new, small plates menu at The Sky Bar. And our exhaustive research shows that the prawn kaarage (£5.50) is dreamy, crunchy and some more dreamy — king prawns are marinated in light soy sauce, mirin and ginger, deep fried and finished with delish sriracha sauce and spring onions. Also on your list must be the soft shell crab maki rolls (£8.50), which contain avo, so you already L-O-V-E them. Shout out to the chicken gyoza (£4) — a most worthy bronze medal winner in this Olympic Japanese-off.

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See // Willard Wigan Exhibition

What do Pinocchio, Christ the Redeemer and trees have in common? They all feature as subjects in micro-sculptor, Willard Wigan's ooh-y, aah-y  pop-up-y exhibition. Sitting in the eye of a needle, the head of a pin, or in a single beard hair his teeny tiny sculptures are viewable only through microscopes and involve the Brummie MBE having to slow his heart rate and sculpt in between beats such is the precision required. Running til Dec 22, Wednesday to Sunday at various times, catch the man behind it all appearing in person, from 2pm until 5pm at weekends. Tickets.

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Drink // Wu Xing Cocktails at The Sky Bar

With the Chinese philosophy of Wu Xing at its centre, this menu of well-balanced wins is divided into the five guiding principles behind the philosophising — wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Trying one from each section, fire-based Tropical Flame (£8.50) and its shisho leaf got the unanimous yes. As with all of the drinks we tried, the main event (here, plum sake) remained the main event, with other ingredients coming as a lovely addition rather than a show-stealer. 

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Shop // Kurt Geiger

Kurt Geiger is like a really reliable, trusted and most stylish friend. They’re renowned for designing wearable shoes every season, for your comfy moments to your most glitteringly fabulous. With up to 70% off retail prices, Resorts World is the smart shopper route to life-changing shoe game. Once fully clad, pitter patter those KG feet over to Yves Delorme for some quality bed and bath linen to get that hotel feel at home.

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Stay // The Genting Hotel

If you're having a break, you want to go luxey as heck on a place to rest your head. The Genting Hotel is tech-nic-ally a 4*, but if you're looking for guaranteed swishing-around-your-hotel-room-like-a-celebrity heights of fancy, all its suites are 5*. Décor is contemporary with subtle, chic nods towards Genting's Southeast Asian heritage. We see you, sake barrels in the hotel lobby, we see you.