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Oct. 17, 2018
YANGON — Awei Pila, an exclusive resort set on a remote tropical island in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, will open its doors to guests on December 15. Owned by the Yangon-based Memories Group, the newly constructed property on the secluded island of Pila will feature 24 air-conditioned tented villas fronting a white-sand beach, an open-air restaurant, and spa. A two-hour speedboat ride from the mainland, Pila is nestled among a labyrinth of some 800 islands, atolls and coral reefs, which were until recently a haven only to wayward mariners, pirates and a handful of indigenous Moken or “sea gypsy” fishing families. The island has a single source of fresh water, 10 as yet unexplored sandy beaches, a host of birds including hornbills, and coves alive with fish, dugongs and turtles. The local village boasts a rickety wooden pier, a Buddhist temple, and a single beach-shack bar with a pool table.
Oct. 8, 2018
Say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019 by traveling to the best places in Asia to celebrate New Year's Eve. Watch fireworks from a rooftop in Taipei, participate in traditional Japanese traditions in Tokyo, soak up Halong Bay's spectacular limestone karsts, indulge champagne sorbet and lobster on Koh Samui, or stroll through an open-air art studio on Vietnam's Cam Ranh peninsula.
Oct. 4, 2018
Vietnam’s first Radisson Blu resort is helping to save lives in disadvantaged communities, generate livelihoods, and protect the environment through supporting a soap recycling program. Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc, which opened its doors on Vietnam’s largest island on August 15 this year, has joined forces with hygiene and cleaning solutions company Diversey to participate in ‘Soap for Hope’. As part of the program, the resort hands over its used hotel soaps that are recycled into fresh soap to be distributed to local communities. Diversey teaches the local people to use a simple cold-press process that requires no water or electricity and takes under 10 minutes to recycle the soap into reconstituted bars. The fresh soap is then distributed to communities lacking soap or sanitation.
Oct. 2, 2018
DA NANG, Vietnam - Da Nang’s hippest beachfront hotel is helping guests amp up their bliss level with a range of new guest perks at Fusion’s first Zen Club. Situated on the 23rd floor of Fusion Suites Da Nang and with sweeping views along the coast, the spacious Zen Rooftop Lounge is the newly renovated backdrop for the hotel’s club level benefits. Introduced for those who want the VIP treatment without high coincidental fees, the new Zen offering gives guests: ● A flexible check-in and check-out with Fusion 24H – with an early check-in or the option to check-in late and keep their room until the same time on day of departure.
Sep. 26, 2018
HO CHI MINH CITY — As demand surges for residential-style accommodations that come with the comforts of home, but are far from merely being functional, The Reverie Saigon is repositioning eight floors of The Reverie Residence’s luxury serviced apartments as great alternatives for leisure and business travellers. Where the apartments used to require a minimum three-night stay, The Reverie Residence is now opening the door to travellers who might seek but a single night of high-style accommodation in a home-style suite. To mark this new opportunity, the property has rolled out a ‘Suite Dreams’ package that unlocks a one-bedroom apartment and comes accompanied by a sizable daily credit of VND 5,750,000 (approximately USD 250) to spend on airport transfers, butler service, spa treatments, meals, laundry or access to the hotel’s resplendent lounge.
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.