Jun. 28, 2018
SINGAPORE - As the number of remote workers swell and portable careers replace traditional desk jobs, one Koh Samui Resort is leveraging its stunning ocean views and opening the island’s first dedicated co-working space. On June 30, Mantra Samui Resort is opening the new ‘Work | Lounge’, a dedicated space for people looking to work on holiday, and visitors and locals looking for a workspace to share with like-minded people. Visitors, not staying at the resort, can choose from purchasing half day access for THB 300 (less than USD 10) or opt for as much as a monthly pass for THB 12,000 (USD 375). In addition to an air-conditioned space with high speed WiFi, customers will have access to a guest pantry (stocked with a selection of drinks and snacks), a printer, an IP telephone for free international calls, hot desks, and a blackboard. There are also sofa areas, a billiard table, TV screens, and a PlayStation.
Jun. 26, 2018
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Many of us think of Thailand as a playground for parties and drugs, not as a place to get away from hedonistic pleasures. But in recent years, the Buddhist kingdom has established a reputation as a retreat for those seeking treatment for addictions. Several sanctuaries are now catering to foreign guests, offering first-class professional treatment and five-star facilities. But why are clients from as far afield as the Americas, the Middle East and Europe choosing to travel to Thailand when they must surely have adequate facilities closer to home?
Jun. 25, 2018
KOH SAMUI, Thailand – Banyan Tree Samui, a luxurious 88-villa resort commanding one of Thailand’s most dramatic vistas, is paying homage this summer to the island’s most iconic natural resource – the coconut. Throughout July and August, the hotel’s spa is offering a Coconut Immersion package, designed to offer guests an invigorating two-hour experience, enhanced by the nurturing qualities of coconut oil and milk. The treatment begins with a 60-minute Gentle Touch Massage where soothing, long strokes and thumb pressure are applied in tandem to relax the body. These techniques uplift the senses and ease muscle tension, leaving the client fully revitalized.
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 Hyatt.com using the special offer code JPNWEB.