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Jul. 19, 2018
TOKYO – One of Tokyo’s most lauded hotels is raising a glass to the country’s national beverage this fall with ‘Brewing Tokyo,’ a stay package inspired by sake. In celebration of World Sake Day on October 1 and offered only during the autumn season, Palace Hotel Tokyo has concocted an array of experiences ideal for lovers of a good tipple, including sake-themed cocktails, a travel kit of beauty products infused with the Japanese rice wine, a private tour of the esteemed brewery and a Hakkaisan-inspired afternoon tea. At the core of the offering is Hakkaisan’s 1-1-1 sake, brewed exclusively for the hotel and named after Palace Hotel Tokyo’s prestigious address at 1-1-1 Marunouchi. While in residence, guests can enjoy a tasting of two sake-based cocktails at Royal Bar, a legendary enclave helmed by a Diageo World Class bartender. The first, Usumomiji, is inspired by the autumn leaves of Mt. Hakkai, the setting of the premium brewery, and is made of an airy blend of 1-1-1 sake and plum wine (both produced by Hakkaisan) as well as cassis syrup. The second, Tsumugi or 'spin' in English, presents a creamy and refreshing mix of the signature sake, amazake (sweet sake), fresh cream and advocaat liqueur.
Jul. 18, 2018
KOH SAMUI, Thailand — Banyan Tree Samui has become the first and only hotel in Thailand to be awarded “Gold Certification” at a single-property level by Earthcheck, the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. Although other hotel chains have received similar accolades from EarthCheck at a group level, Banyan Tree Samui stands alone as the sole property in Thailand to be recognized at a resort level. The award was announced July 1. According to Zoe Ma, EarthCheck’s corporate relations manager, the award “recognizes five years of continuous commitment and effort to achieve sustainability by the resort.”
Jul. 18, 2018
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — David Smallwood, an English therapist and counsellor with more than 20 years’ experience, has joined The Dawn Medical Rehab and Wellness Center in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, as the facility’s new clinical director. “We are delighted to welcome David to the team,” said The Dawn’s founder Ohm Poolsawaddi. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and passion, which will only help improve and expand our trauma and addiction programmes. “His experience across the spectrum of treatment facilities gives him an inclusive approach, with a belief that everyone needs their own recovery without a ‘one size fits all’ modality. He believes that The Dawn is the ideal size with the right mix of treatments to achieve this.”
Jul. 16, 2018
SINGAPORE - General Hotel Management Ltd (GHM) has announced Sept. 1, 2018 as the opening date of Al Bait Sharjah, a 53-key property that celebrates the heritage of Arabia and that will stand as GHM’s second property on the peninsula after the award-winning Chedi Muscat. Developed in partnership with Shurooq (the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority), Al Bait Sharjah is making its debut with a refined level of luxury, sophistication and personalised service never experienced before in the Emirate. As a critical building block in the region’s biggest restoration project, known as ‘Heart of Sharjah’, the opening of Al Bait is a keystone in the re-establishment of Sharjah as the cultural hub of the United Arab Emirates. Paying homage to traditional Sharjah architecture, the heritage resort is rooted to the restored foundations of vintage homes that once belonged to noted Emirati families.
Jul. 11, 2018
PHU QUOC, Vietnam — Phu Quoc’s only all-spa inclusive resort, Fusion Resort Phu Quoc, is celebrating its first birthday by cutting the ribbon on new villas, new spa treatment rooms, an elegant function space, and an action-packed kids club, while guests enjoy additional summer savings. Opened last June with 97 private pool villas, the five-star property has added eight new villas to its collection with 25 more to follow. The thatched roof abodes, a nod to coastal living, start at a spacious 128 square meters (1,378 square feet) and are one- or two-bedroom with verdant views of the neighboring river and jungle. Interiors feature a natural color scheme with earthy tones and custom-made sunken wooden tubs. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to private walled gardens, plunge pools, and floating hammocks.
Jul. 11, 2018
Hospitality executive Prakash Ganesan has joined the new Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc as the soon-to-open property’s executive assistant manager. Ganesan comes to the 514-room resort after seven years in Vietnam, where he worked most recently as the director of food and beverage at the Pullman Vung Tau Hotel and Convention Centre. He previously worked as director of operations at Odyssea Hospitality Management, with responsibilities for Liberty Central Hotels & Resorts, as well as the Novotel Danang Premier Han River and Premier Village Danang Resort. A Malaysian national, Ganesan started his hospitality career in an internship with Holiday Inn, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida 20 years ago. At subsequent positions in Malaysia and South America, he rose through the ranks as a chef and food and beverage manager for the likes of Le Meridien, Hilton and Novotel, before becoming the director of food and beverage for the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa’s pre-opening team in January 2009.
Jul. 11, 2018
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – Sherwood Suites, one of the newest and plushest apartment-only properties in Ho Chi Minh City is positioned as a family favorite due to its spacious suites, child-friendly facilities and convenient location just next to the busy central district. Travelling to Vietnam’s southern hub with a family is becoming an increasingly popular option. According to Sherwood Suites GM, Janet Fitzner, “Rooms in even the finest hotels in the city are often too small to fit multiple people comfortably, while the option of reserving an adjoining room only adds to the costs while failing to address a sense of separation. We offer a luxurious spacious option ideally suited to families.” Ho Chi Minh City has numerous compelling attractions for adults and kids alike such as its fantastic food culture, an array of cultural sights, a general air of dynamism and charisma. It is also a logical hub for exploring Vietnam. Sherwood Suites is making it easier for families to experience these attributes in style and safety.
Jul. 6, 2018
DANANG — The group behind eight of the finest restaurants in Vietnam has opened its first dining venue in Danang. Last month, Paradise Vietnam put the finishing touches on Ngon Villa Danang, a 150-seat, all-you-can-eat-style establishment in central Vietnam’s largest city. “This is a brand-new concept in Danang,” said Nguyen Cao Son, chief operating officer of Paradise Vietnam. “And so far, so good. Locals and tourists alike already love it.” Ngon Villa Danang serves up Danang specialties at two price points — VND 295,000 ($13) per person and VND 395,000 ($17) per person — with the more expensive option designed to offer the more complete culinary experience.
Jul. 4, 2018
CAM RANH, Vietnam – The Anam, a remarkable new 117-villa and 96-room resort overlooking Vietnam’s pristine Long Beach, has been selected to join an exclusive network of the world’s top luxury properties and tourism operators. The Anam’s chairman and owner Pham Van Hien announced the five-star resort, that celebrated its grand opening last year, had been selected to join the invitation-only international travel network “Traveller Made”. Describing itself as “a community of travel designers dedicated to providing unique and exclusive bespoke journeys to travellers looking for different and original experiences”, Traveller Made specializes in ultra-luxury travel worldwide for incredibly wealthy clients.
Jul. 3, 2018
BANGKOK — A 47-year-old Sicilian who has worked in Southeast Asia for 16 years is now the Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage at the first Hyatt Regency in Bangkok. Frederik Farina assumed both roles last month at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit, which is scheduled to open this fall not far from where he started with Hyatt Hotels in 2005 — Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. “It’s great to be back,” said Farina, who spent most of the last seven years in similar roles at Hyatt Regency Danang in Vietnam. “I was in Bangkok for almost 10 years the first time around. It’s like coming home.”