Jun. 18, 2018
Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc has appointed renowned hospitality professional Peter Feran as general manager of Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc, the stunning new beachfront resort on Vietnam’s “Pearl Island”. An Australian national with extensive experience on three continents, Peter will oversee the pre-opening of this brand new upper-upscale resort, which will become the first Radisson Blu in Vietnam when it opens its doors in July this year. He brings more than 22 years of hospitality experience to Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc, in a career that has taken him to acclaimed hotels and resorts in Indonesia, Australia, the UK, Maldives and Southeast Asia. Peter has been involved with the Radisson brand for the last 10 years, which makes him the ideal person to lead this spectacular new-build hotel and deliver Radisson Blu’s “Yes I Can!” international service philosophy.
Jun. 13, 2018
HANOI, Vietnam — This month, the original lead guitarist for the chart-topping British rock band, The Police, is set to command the stage for five nights at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. The series of concerts is part of the Sofitel Fête de la musique music celebration. Henry Padovani will perform at Thang Long Hall on Saturday June 23 from 8pm. The 90-minute concert will consist of Padovani’s own compositions, in French and English, and include a number of blues and classic rock songs and stories of his personal experiences with some of the most famous and revered names in music. The ticket price is VND 290.000/person. From June 19 to 22, Henry Padovani will perform at Le Club Bar from 8pm to 9pm.
Jun. 11, 2018
UBUD, Bali — The soft adventure options on Bali soar for the skies this week when The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud anchors a 23-metre hot air balloon in its rice paddies and opens the gate on its wicker basket for rides three times a day. Despite the popularity of ballooning tours in the world’s most exotic locations, Bali in recent years has been bereft of balloons. The Chedi Club’s new adventure will be the only ballooning opportunity on the Island of the Gods, and the first such initiative launched by a resort. “Bali’s got it all - beaches, temples, volcanoes, rice paddies, puppets, dancers, sacred forests - but no balloons,” said the general manager of The Chedi Club Ubud, Deasy Swandarini. “A balloon is exactly the way to see Ubud from on high.”
Jun. 11, 2018
CAM RANH, Vietnam – The Anam, one of Vietnam’s most compelling new resorts, has launched a series of Wellness Journeys that feature private yoga sessions, detoxifying and slimming massages, green tea body scrubs and deep cleansing facials. Introduced this month, the suite of new three- and five-day packages has been designed to provide a restorative holiday on Vietnam’s southern coastline. Resident yogi Umesh hosts private 60-minute yoga sessions daily for both programs on several venues around the property, including a vast, oceanfront lawn and a yoga room and deck with an ocean view.
Jun. 8, 2018
One month ahead of the grand opening of Vietnam’s first Radisson Blu Resort on scenic Phu Quoc island, the international five-star hotel brand has cut the ribbon on a commercial office in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc’s general manager Peter Feran today joined representatives from Vietnam’s tourism industry to launch the new office on the 14th floor of mplaza Saigon at 39 Le Duan Street, District 1, the lead-up to the resort’s grand opening next month. Overlooking the northern stretch of Vietnam’s most compelling beach, Bai Dai, the opening of Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc heralds a new era for the Radisson Hotel Group. The group plans to launch Radisson Blu Resort Cam Ranh Bay early next year and is pursuing development opportunities in other Vietnamese destinations.
May. 31, 2018
KOH SAMUI, Thailand - A new law aimed at curbing environmental damage will go into effect in July on the Thai islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. The new measures will include a strict ban for at least the next two years on the feeding of marine life, wastewater dumping, fishing or anchoring on coral reefs, walking on the seabed, and new seaside construction, according to Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources Director Jatuporn Burutphat. The government initiative follows a no-smoking and no-littering law that was enacted on the islands a few months ago. “The amount of garbage and wastewater on these islands is so huge that it will become unbearable in the near future,” said Jatuporn “We have to think of the future.”
May. 29, 2018
TAIPEI, Taiwan – Japanese travelers now have another good excuse to visit Taipei. From now through till September 3, one of the city’s most iconic properties, Grand Hyatt Taipei, will be offering Japanese guests a number of exclusive benefits when booking any room type at the five-star hotel. Highlights of the new Taipei Discovery package at Grand Hyatt Taipei include: * Additional 1,000 World of Hyatt points per stay * Complimentary room upgrade to the next category upon check-in (subject to availability) * One complimentary mini bar per stay (including all snacks, soft drinks and beer) * 15% off when dining at any one of the hotel’s nine restaurants All bookings must be made through using the special offer code JPNWEB.
May. 24, 2018
HANOI – This summer, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi welcomes guest chef Mickaël Le Calvez to the kitchen at the hotel’s French fine-dining restaurant, Le Beaulieu. Chef Mickaël, who is currently the Executive Sous Chef at Raffles Singapore, is set to sprinkle his culinary wisdom into a series of carefully crafted dishes that best capture the spirit of contemporary France. From June 15 to 21, guests will have the opportunity to indulge in a special five-course menu at Le Beaulieu featuring some of the French chef’s favourite childhood dishes including lobster tail with mango and quinoa tabbouleh, sautéed scallops with cauliflower risotto, and slow-cooked lamb with celery purée, spiced carrots and tamarind sauce. Chef Mickaël’s classic French fare is priced at VND 1,950,000++ per person.
May. 24, 2018
HANOI — A faster future lies ahead for those wanting to visit Vietnam’s most famous natural attraction. On June 1, a new highway connecting capital city Hanoi and UNESCO World Heritage site Halong Bay will open, cutting the four-hour drive time between the popular northern destinations in half. “This is a game-changer,” said Nguyen Cao Son, chief operating officer of Paradise Cruises, the bay’s leading luxury cruise provider. “The fact is, not every traveler has the ability to fit an overnight trip to Halong Bay into their schedule. And those that choose to, typically do so at the expense of visiting another beautiful city in Vietnam. But with the introduction of this new highway, tourists can now maximize their time and enjoy a lot more.”
May. 23, 2018
HO TRAM, Vietnam — The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip has launched its search for sponsors for the 2018 Ho Tram Players Championship, a major men’s professional golf tournament scheduled to take place at Vietnam’s top course Dec. 6-9. The four-day competition is the flagship event on this year’s Asian Tour calendar and the first tour event within Vietnam since 2015, when The Bluffs hosted the much-publicized Ho Tram Open. “We are delighted to be going back to Ho Tram, a place that many of our players, staff and fans hold fond memories of for a tournament that still ranks as one of the best in Asian Tour history,” said Josh Burack, the tour’s CEO. “The spectacular setting along the beautiful Vietnamese coast, high-end staging and strong field make the Ho Tram Players Championship the perfect tournament to feature as our flagship event.”