Dec. 17, 2018
CAM RANH, Vietnam – Vietnam’s Cam Ranh is soaring for the stars with Bangkok Airways emerging as the latest in a string of airlines to unveil a direct route to the pristine coastal destination. Starting Jan. 25, Bangkok Airways will operate four non-stop return flights weekly between Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and Cam Ranh International Airport on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday aboard a 144-seat Airbus 319. The direction connection to Bangkok is the latest link forged between one of Vietnam’s hottest destinations and international markets.
Dec. 12, 2018
SINGAPORE - Louis T Collection has appointed Chaivaree Chitrakorn as general manager of Mantra Samui Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand. The Thai-national, who has spent most of her career with Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong, relocated to her homeland last year to join Louis T Collection and has assumed a new position at Mantra Samui Resort as her second posting with the hospitality management and building solutions company. Chitrakorn, known to her team and friends as Meow, joined Louis T Collection in June 2017 as hotel manager for Hotel Bocage, a chic, six-room boutique hotel designed by the acclaimed Thai architect, Duangrit Bunnag, in the Thai resort town of Hua Hin.
Dec. 11, 2018
HUE, Vietnam – Azerai, an emerging hospitality group led by hotelier Adrian Zecha, is planting another flag in the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The historic hotel, to be known as Azerai La Residence, Hue, will celebrate an official opening in February after the most extensive renovation since the historic, 1930-built mansion was completely overhauled thirteen years ago. The 122-room hotel’s aesthetic affirms Azerai’s devotion to simplicity and elegance, and reconfirms the brand’s commitment to affordable luxury.
Dec. 10, 2018
LANG CO, Vietnam – Ambitious plans to position Laguna Lang Co as one of Asia’s most far-reaching integrated resorts are ratcheting up with the official launch of the property’s exclusive Banyan Tree Residences. Unfolding over 280 hectares of prime oceanfront real estate in central Vietnam, the project is already renowned for its two award-winning resorts Banyan Tree and Angsana Lang Co as well as its championship golf course, designed by UK legend Sir Nick Faldo. The project is currently entering a exciting new phase that is likely to earn even more kudos.
Dec. 10, 2018
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - Famous for launching the first “all-spa-inclusive” resorts in Southeast Asia, wellness-inspired hospitality brand Fusion has recently signed a management agreement with the five-star Alba Wellness Resort Hue and the neighbouring Thanh Tan Hot Springs Hotel. Located in the Alba Wellness Valley, 30 kilometers from Hue (Vietnam’s imperial capital), this elegant resort and hotel combo offers stunning mountain views, innovative spa and wellness facilities, a range of outdoor pursuits, and the only Japanese-style onsen baths in Vietnam. Tropical forests, meandering streams, and the sloping foothills of the Truong Son mountains complete the backdrop to this unique location. “It’s the perfect match,” said Christian de Ruty, chairman of Thanh Tan Corporation, the project’s parent company and a member of Openasia Group. “The lifestyle we promote in the Alba Wellness Valley, along with the cultural values of our company, complement those of Fusion in so many ways. It is my hope that both parties will benefit greatly from this exciting collaboration.”
Dec. 7, 2018
HALONG BAY, Vietnam – British Michelin-starred chef John Burton-Race will bring celebrity star power to the largest and most lavish cruising vessel to debut on Halong Bay when he hosts a seven-course dinner next month. Burton-Race, who has appeared in a string of popular television shows including French Leave, Return of the Chef, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here and the BBC’s Great British Menu and Kitchen Criminals, will host the dinner with renowned French winemaker Maison Castel for 80 guests as part of a special one-night cruise aboard the new President Cruises vessel from January 5-6, 2019. Acclaimed for his modern British cuisine, Burton-Race's dinner will feature a ‘tuna and scallop carpaccio with yuzu sorbet, salted peanuts and lime dressing’ starter and mains ‘fillet of turbot with ribbons of vegetables, chive butter sauce and truffle’ and ‘fillet of beef with sweetheart cabbage, crispy shallots and capers, sourdough croutons, olive oil butter and beef marrow jus’.
Dec. 7, 2018
CAM RANH, Vietnam – One of Vietnam’s newest golf courses, KN Golf Links – Cam Ranh, made a stellar debut at the 2018 Asian Golf Awards in Thailand recently, winning the prize for Best New Golf Course in Asia Pacific. On Oct. 27, the Greg Norman-designed KN Golf Links officially opened in Cam Ranh, site of a spectacular, 8-kilometer crescent of sand that is rapidly becoming a destination of distinction in Southeast Asia. And there were further celebrations less than a week later as the freshly inaugurated layout won one of the top honours at the prestigious ceremony, which was held in Bangkok.
Dec. 4, 2018
CAM RANH, Vietnam – Saturated in history and culture, Vietnam’s famed phở amounts to much more than disarming beefy broth, distinctive rice noodles and a mélange of fresh green herbs and garnishes. To pay homage to the humble beef noodle soup, renowned for building a nation and anchoring Vietnam’s identity, The Anam has introduced a culinary cooking tour that delves into phở’s rich origins and teaches budding chefs how to concoct the dish in a traditional and authentic fashion. As part of the day-long “Phở Discovery” experience, a local cook takes travellers rummaging through local farms, markets and a noodle-making house to gather fresh ingredients before a cooking lesson at the chef’s quaint house in the neighbouring countryside.
Nov. 28, 2018
HUE, Vietnam - "There's a great future in plastics," or so Dustin Hoffman was told in the classic American movie The Graduate. Fifty years since the movie’s debut we've realized plastic is not as fantastic as the film had us believe. This month in Indonesia a dead sperm whale washed ashore with close to 6kg (13 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach - which included 115 drinking cups. Each year up to 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into our oceans, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. When it comes to plastics, many have reached the last straw. Here are seven resorts and hotels around Asia that are putting their money where their mouth is.
Nov. 27, 2018
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – Industry vet Peter Neto has signed up for a second tour with wellness-inspired hospitality group, Fusion, and for another stint in the emerging tourist destination of Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Neto’s most recent role was as GM of The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort in Malaysia but the Portuguese-native, who grew up in Canada, managed Cassia Cottage Resort on Phu Quoc from 2016 to 2017. He has held a special affinity for the island and the people since. “I always felt that the native Phu Quoc residents and Vietnamese workers from the mainland, along with people from overseas, myself included, formed a special bond on the island,” said Neto. “It’s still a small community and we are all working together towards making Phu Quoc an island destination that will be renowned around the world.”