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Sep. 24, 2018
HANOI - Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi’s new angelina restaurant is turning the tide on Hanoi’s entertainment and culinary scene, having opened its doors on September 15, following a top-to-toe renovation. The bar, lounge and restaurant, which features a brand new concept, a new chef as well as a completely different top quality menu, has its sights set on becoming the capital’s most sought-after venue. Designed by the award-winning Karen Hay of the Hong Kong-based interior design studio, In-dulge, the re-design and total renovation heralds a new dawn for angelina. The two-story space, which boasts an eight-meter high floor-to-ceiling bar and seats up to 120 guests, features soothing hints of gold, mustard, maroon and dusty blue. On the ground-level, the elegant wood and leather bar makes a grand statement. Meanwhile, a separate whisky lounge, complete with velvet wingback chairs and a roaring fireplace, lies tucked behind a charcoal curtain. On the second floor, guests are encouraged to feast in the privacy of an intimate dining area, while the open-plan design offers a stunning ambience and a clear view of the elegant bar below.
Sep. 21, 2018
The first Radisson Blu Resort to open in Vietnam has unveiled a host of incentives to lure travellers to experience its five-star facilities and private beach, ranging from discounted accommodation to complimentary experiences such as kayaking and snorkelling on its private beach. To mark its debut last month, Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc, overlooking the northern stretch of Vietnam’s most compelling beach, Bai Dai, is offering a 25% discount on all of its 514 rooms, suites and villas booked directly via its website by October 31, 2018. All overnight guests are offered complimentary access to an adjacent beachfront water park with thrilling rides and water slides.
Sep. 20, 2018
CAM RANH, Vietnam — With its grand opening now scheduled for Oct. 27, KN Golf Links Cam Ranh is ticking off a punch list of home-stretch necessities, including the launch of a new website that showcases everything golfers may want to know about the next Greg Norman-branded club in Vietnam. Accessible at KNGolfLinks.com, the site features everything from attention-grabbing visuals of the 27-hole facility to information on the venue’s various five-star services and associated amenities including the soon-to-open Wyndham Grand Cam Ranh, a 234-key hotel that will overlook the 17th and 18th holes on the Links Course. “The website is also fast, easy to navigate, and responsive across the many mobile devices now on the market,” said Simon Mees, KN Golf Links’ general manager. “And it looks great, which makes it the perfect online billboard for what we’ll be offering here.”
Sep. 17, 2018
Hanoi - An illustrious band of thirteen internationally renowned chefs will converge on Hanoi during the first week of October for a culinary extravaganza at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. Culinary Stars 2018 will bring together a new league of nine amazing chefs and culinary maestros representing 8 Michelin stars. Together with four AccorHotels chefs, they will take diners on a gastronomic journey rarely experienced in Vietnam. The event will run from Oct. 1 to 7, 2018 at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. Gourmands are in for an epicurean jackpot at the first Culinary Stars event which will feature five dinners and five culinary events. Specially curated culinary activities include the launch of new food products in L’epicerie, a cooking class, a chocolate buffet with a fashion show, a wine and cheese showcase and a special Sunday brunch. “The gathering of thirteen of the finest chefs from three continents in one of the most historical venues in Hanoi, in a city with a one of the great culinary traditions, should turn into something akin to the perfect storm.” said William Haandrikman, General Manager of Metropole Hanoi.
Sep. 12, 2018
TOKYO - With Japan’s Heisei era on the verge of coming to a historic end in the new year, Palace Hotel Tokyo is presenting a suite of activities to mark one of the country’s most symbolic and sentimental holidays over its traditional three days of celebrations (known as oshogatsu). From partaking in local culinary customs to enjoying a host of musical performances — both traditional and modern — the hotel is setting the stage for a memorable start to the year from its enviable location on the edge of the city’s much-loved Imperial Palace gardens. At the iconic, moat-side property, essential culinary customs such as toshikoshi soba — eating ‘year-crossing’ soba noodles prior to midnight on New Year’s Eve — and osechi-ryori — feasting on a tiered lacquered box of symbolic, traditional foods specially chosen for consumption in the first three days of the year — will be presented by the hotel’s esteemed Japanese chefs.
Sep. 4, 2018
CAM RANH, Vietnam – The Anam is pulling out all the stops to usher in Christmas and the New Year with jolly good cheer and experiences ranging from setting up an open-air art studio to lighting up a huge Christmas tree amid a choir performance. With the season to be merry approaching, the five-star beachfront resort on Cam Ranh peninsula will host exquisite gala dinners, buffets and degustation menus for Christmas and New Year’s Eve and much more from Dec. 23 until Jan. 1. “With our temperatures hovering at a balmy 25 degrees, we’ll be building sand castles on our stunning beachfront instead of snowmen,” said The Anam’s owner and founder Pham Van Hien. “There’ll be something for everyone with visits by a gift-toting Santa Claus, gingerbread figure decorating and Vietnamese handicraft workshops for the kids and wine tasting, cocktail parties and live music events for the adults.”
Aug. 30, 2018
CAM RANH, Vietnam – The Anam has welcomed three new senior recruits who bring four decades of combined experience to the food and beverage team behind the beachfront property on Vietnam’s southern coastline. The Anam’s general manager Herbert Laubichler-Pichler announced the appointments of Ye Chang Sheng, Wayne Cameron and Vu Thi Huong Giang to the positions of executive chef, executive sous chef and director of F&B respectively in the lead up to the resort’s opening of a sports bar and grill by the beach. After receiving two diplomas in international hotel management and professional cooking, Sheng, a Chinese national, embarked on his career a decade ago as a chef de partie with Radisson Blu in Sandton Johannesburg, South Africa. He quickly rose up the ranks in a career that has seen him heat up the frying pan for some of the world’s most acclaimed luxury hotel brands including InterContinental and Hilton in South Africa and Seychelles.
Aug. 15, 2018
HALONG BAY, Vietnam — Hoping for a sea change in how plastic is used and treated in Vietnam, Halong Bay’s leading cruise provider has launched a program aimed at combating one of the world’s greatest environmental concerns. Earlier this month, Paradise Cruises removed plastic straws from all seven of its luxury cruise ships. It was the first step in a long-term plan that also calls for the elimination of all disposable plastics on Paradise’s cruises by the end of the year. “Plastic pollution only seems to be getting worse, both globally and right here in Halong Bay,” said Edgar Cayanan, General Manager of Paradise Cruises. “Without action, nothing changes. And things have absolutely got to change.”
Aug. 7, 2018
CAM RANH, Vietnam – With travelers the world over tired of yet another stop at a museum, another duck boat tour, or another selfie by a landmark, one resort on Vietnam’s pristine southern coastline is greasing the wheels on a journey into the depths of a typical Vietnamese day. More than a visit, travelers embarked on The Anam’s new ‘A Day in the Life’ experience embed themselves into the warp of a Vietnamese family from the neighbouring countryside that’s been matched to their own profile. Anchored by the preparation of a delectable feast at the Vietnamese family’s home, the day-long experience kicks off with fresh Banh Mi baguettes for breakfast at the host family’s favorite local bakery. The two families then continue to get to know each other over traditional Vietnamese iced coffee at the hosts’ regular café.
Aug. 7, 2018
HANOI – The Mid-Autumn Festival in Vietnam is a time for families to bond, celebrate and to create memories with traditions that have been passed down through generations. This year, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi unveils a beautiful mooncake gift box featuring nostalgic drawings by the award-winning Vietnamese graphic novelist and illustrator, Nguyen Thanh Phong. Designed to conjure up the halcyon days of childhood, each red and white mooncake box is adorned with intricate sketches. From children parading the streets holding paper lanterns to Vietnamese kids performing a lion dance, Nguyen captures the spirit of the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday with a narrative portrait inspired by his own childhood memories.