May. 18, 2018
TAIPEI, Taiwan – Korean travelers now have a 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 Korean 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
May. 8, 2018
CHIANG MAI, Thailand – The Dawn, a luxury drug rehab and wellness center in northern Thailand, has recently begun offering transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy to clients suffering from stress or depression. TMS is a method of stimulating the nerve cells in the brain via a device that a physician hovers over the patient’s scalp. It produces a magnetic field which induces changes in nerve cell activity and helps relieve depression. During the treatment the patient is awake and alert. Side effects are negligible – the most common being headaches in one of four patients and neck pain in one of eight.
May. 8, 2018
TAIPEI, Taiwan – This summer, Taipei’s largest luxury hotel is offering young guests the excitement of an authentic outdoor camping experience, but with all the creature comforts of a five-star hotel. Perfect for little campers, Grand Hyatt Taipei’s new Family Adventure Package is just like regular camping, except temperature-controlled and with room service. Best of all? Housekeeping can help to set it up and take it away in the morning. Guests between the ages of three and six can delight in an evening of adventure, sleeping in a tent for two equipped with all the camping essentials, including featherbeds and pillows, a battery-operated lantern, plush toys (that children can take home), a picnic table, and a planetarium projector, which brings the twinkling stars of the night sky inside.
May. 2, 2018
TOKYO - As Tokyo gears up to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, one of the city’s most celebrated hotels is getting into the spirit with Energizing Tokyo, a stay & spa package that comes replete with an à la carte menu of fitness pursuits – including swimming with an Olympian and a private meditation session with a Buddhist monk – to refresh both body and mind. Forming the building blocks of a complete wellness getaway, the core elements of Palace Hotel Tokyo’s new fitness-focused package include: ● Two nights of accommodation in a Deluxe-with-Balcony Room or Executive Suite ● Daily breakfast at guests’ choice of Grand Kitchen or In-Room Dining ● Choice of one of the following 90-minute experiences at Japan’s only evian SPA:
Apr. 12, 2018
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – With evocative avenues lined by historic buildings, vibrant markets alive with color and one of the planet’s most outstanding food scenes, Ho Chi Minh City offers a veritable treasure trove of diversions for visitors. Now Sherwood Suites, a plush suites-only property in a prime location near the heart of Vietnam’s southern hub, is making it easy for guests to experience the very best of the destination courtesy of a bumper new package, labelled “The Soul of Saigon” which aims to help newbies and repeat clients alike get under the skin of the city. The package, which costs VND8.5million (around US$370) per person, includes a morning excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels, lunch at one of the city’s most legendary venues for pho – Vietnam’s de facto national dish -- and an afternoon city tour of the guest’s choosing with market visits, historical walking excursions and culinary discovery all on the table.
Apr. 4, 2018
CAM RANH, Vietnam — Fusion Resort Cam Ranh, 14-hectare resort sprawled along Vietnam’s south-central coast, is introducing three new packages, a spa-detox, a spa escape with unlimited Italian bubbly, and a golf-filled getaway with access to two nearby international-standard courses. The “Gentle Spa Detox” package charts a middle ground between a detox retreat and a relaxing but healthy beach holiday. The stay includes a bevy of spa therapies and daily group yoga sessions (plus one private yoga and meditation session) all supported by daily green juices, unlimited fresh coconut water, one cooking class covering raw and vegan cuisine, plus Fusion’s signature “Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime” service, and a la carte dinner or lunch every day. Spa-goers can choose from four, seven, or 14-night stays, with rates starting at USD 922++ for the four-night stay.
Apr. 4, 2018
HANOI – This April, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi celebrates the start of spring with a mouth-watering line-up of gastronomic events from France, Australia and India. This year’s spring culinary festival kicks off at Vietnam’s most storied hotel with a special champagne buffet featuring select wines from Billecart-Salmon. The French champagne house is renowned for the quality of its delicate rosé, while its Brut Réserve is a beautifully harmonious and balanced wine. The champagne buffet-dinatoire will take place on April 5 at Le Balcon from 6:30pm and is priced at VND 1,200,000 per person. Meanwhile, from April 7 to 24, foodies are invited to savour a “Taste of Australia”, featuring culinary offerings and wine from Down Under, at Le Club Bar.
Mar. 29, 2018
HANOI — The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is used to selling rooms and suites, exquisite dinners and bottles of vintage wine, some so precious they’ve fetched 100 million Vietnamese dong. But last week, the hotel trumped all previous luxurious moves with a bottle of vodka that costs a whopping 295 million Vietnamese dong. The bottle of Beluga Epicure by Lalique hasn’t sold yet. It has been installed though, under lock and key, in a place of prominence in the hotel’s Angelina restaurant. Borne of wheat from the Russian steppes and water tapped from Siberian bedrock, Epicure is a collaboration between Russian vodka company, Beluga, and French crystal maker, Lalique, which produces each crystal decanter by hand in the company’s workshops in Alsace, France. Master polishers then refine the contrast between the clear and satin-finished crystal, before engraving a serial number on the bottom of each decanter.
Mar. 29, 2018
CHIANG MAI, Thailand – The Dawn, a rehab and wellness center located in a serene and secluded natural setting in Northern Thailand, has introduced a therapeutic new program to cater for people dealing with stress and depression caused by overwork and pressure to perform at work. "With the Internet and smartphone, everybody’s getting busier. It’s as if we are all working 24/7,'' said Tony Tan, the clinical manager at The Dawn. “And it’s not just executives and businesspeople. So many of us are now working in competitive professions where our bosses demand higher results and longer hours. And having smartphones, we are expected to work anywhere and at any time – in the train, on the bus, at night, on days off. It takes a tremendous toll.” Tan, a Singaporean psychotherapist, has been at The Dawn since it opened last year. He has been instrumental in designing the center’s Executive Burnout programme, aimed primarily but not exclusively at those seeking to recover from work-related stress. The programme incorporates comprehensive therapy, life coaching, stress management, fitness, Thai boxing, massage, and spiritual activities such as yoga and meditation.
Mar. 28, 2018
CAM RANH, Vietnam — Greg Norman, one of the most prolific and venerated golf course designers in the world, said during his latest visit to Vietnam that KN Golf Links Cam Ranh’s breadth of character will make for an experience unlike any other in the booming golf nation. "The scale and natural topography of the property lends itself beautifully to a great variety of golf holes," Mr. Norman said while playing with the course’s owner — KN Investment Group Chairman Le Van Kiem — and other influential figures in an invitation-only tournament earlier this month. "It plays links because there’s a lot of up and down and natural contouring to the layout, so you get these sensational visuals from tee boxes especially and really cool run-off areas where the ball can roll and turn. It’s a lot of fun already."