Jun. 20, 2017
INLE LAKE, Myanmar — Though its architecture references the great monasteries of Europe, the scents wafting from the kitchens at the Sanctum Inle resort are predominantly Burmese, and becoming moreso as Executive Chef Saw Tin Lin Oo turns up the heat on a new menu. In June, the Yangon-born chef introduced a menu that underscores the destination's culinary appeal in a whole new way. It’s a culinary tradition that’s proving to be a rather fresh experience for many guests. While the wider world has had its fill of Thailand, Chinese and Indian food through restaurants from Athens to Zimbabwe, the Burmese diaspora is much slighter. And because Myanmar has been closed off for so long, it’s food is far less known than, say, the culinary delights of Vietnam. Chef Lin is doing what he can to change that. And he’s starting at the Sanctum Inle Resort with salads, soups, curries, noodles, complemented by chili, garlic, spring onion and local herbs.
Jun. 19, 2017
BALI, Indonesia – Soori Bali has welcomed two seasoned professionals who collectively bring almost four decades of experience to the beachfront resort in Bali’s pristine Tabanan Regency. Andy Taylor joins the recently relaunched resort’s Soori Spa as its traditional medicine practitioner and Diego Martinelli comes aboard as the new executive chef. An accredited oriental medicine practitioner in the United States and licensed acupuncturist in California, Taylor practiced traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for about a decade and a half. He has worked clinically in this field around the world since 2009.
May. 23, 2017
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Say what you will about the opulence of a suite, the serenity of a spa and the magnetism of a bar — nothing shows off a hotel like a pool. Plunge pools. Infinity pools. Saltwater pools. Rooftop pools. Instagrammers can’t stop snapping pics of their hams, or their feet pointed toward deliriously blue water. Now, with summer heating up all over, hotels in Asia are about to do something about it. They’re going to dive right in. From Bangkok to Vietnam to Taipei, hotels are opening their doors to guests who want to get down by otherwise off-limits country — the pool deck. Hotels are booking music, mixing drinks and calling out the lifeguards for some of the season’s most memorable hours.
May. 17, 2017
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – More than 153 years after first opening its doors, one of the oldest hotels east of the Suez, The Galle Face Hotel, will cut the ribbon on a new L’Occitane spa that pays tribute to the property’s glamorous association with Hollywood over the decades. Adorned in a romantic palette of soft textures, alpine and iced teal hues, the spa’s clean and crisp interior will be accented by natural, dark ash-stained wooden floorboards, doors and window frames, recessed Oriental-style rugs, silk screens and exquisite upholstered furniture. The Galle Face Hotel’s general manager Deni A. Dukic said the spa would stay true to L’Occitane’s traditions, including its essential oils, natural ingredients and traditional massage techniques, yet be distinct in character, inspired by the grandeur of the hotel’s historical association with some of Hollywood’s most recognizable icons.
May. 15, 2017
HANOI, Vietnam -- Exotic Voyages is trading on the success of its seventeenth year of operation by expanding its luxury global portfolio to include three new countries for adventurous travelers: Oman, India and Japan. Designed with privacy and authenticity in mind, the Asia-based luxury travel company is also launching 18 new completely customizable itineraries, six in each of the three destinations. “Oman, India and Japan are fascinating countries that should be on everyone’s bucket list for 2017,” said Andrew Carroll, global head of sales and marketing at Exotic Voyages. “One of the safest and most beautiful countries in the Middle East, Oman is the Gulf’s undiscovered gem and an antidote to the glittery artifice of Dubai. India is one of the world’s greatest melting pots with amazing cultural, religious and spiritual experiences. The food alone is reason enough to visit Japan.”
May. 11, 2017
DANANG, Vietnam — The growing interest in central Vietnam’s potential to become the world's next great golf destination was on display earlier this week, when the first of two major golf conferences scheduled for Danang this year took place in and around the budding beach resort. The 6th Asia Golf Tourism Convention (AGTC) attracted a record 600 golf tour operators and golf travel suppliers from 37 countries for a series of seminars, meetings and networking opportunities including a tournament at Ba Na Hills Golf Club, a Luke Donald design that was voted ‘World’s Best New Course’ at the 2016 World Golf Awards. “Danang is lighting up on a lot of people’s radar screens right now,” said Tim Haddon, Ba Na Hills’ general manager. “It used to be something of a curiosity, something for the bucket list. Now people are saying this is the real thing.”
May. 8, 2017
BALI, Indonesia — Less than a year since breaking onto Bali’s golf scene with a course unlike any other in Southeast Asia, Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club is in the running for a significant international award — ‘World’s Best Par-3 Course.’ The imaginative collection of 18 championship-standard one-shotters on the southernmost tip of Bali is one of four courses up for the accolade, which will be announced in November at the annual World Golf Awards in Portugal.
May. 2, 2017
BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia – The Sanchaya is calling on thrill seekers to strap themselves into new wind-powered, three-wheeled karts and reach speeds of up to 60kph on one of the world’s most stunning beaches. In an Indonesian first, The Sanchaya, a 21-villa and nine suite estate on Indonesia’s scenic Bintan Island near Singapore, this month welcomed a fleet of four Blokarts, an invention taking the sailing world by storm. The Sanchaya’s vast stretch of hard sand beach on Lagoi Bay and prevailing winds are optimal for Blokart-style sailing, said estate manager Magnus Olovson. “Harnessing the wind and coasting on two of the Blokart’s three wheels - a move known as ‘flying a wheel’ - is nothing short of mind-blowing,” said Olovson. “I’ve never tried anything like it before. I had such a blast.”
Apr. 27, 2017
TOKYO – With spring warming to summer and Palace Hotel Tokyo on the verge of its fifth anniversary, one of Japan’s most acclaimed hotels is introducing a new bespoke guest experience with designs upon the five senses. The new package features an inspired suite of offerings at the hotel itself as well as five unique cultural experiences around Tokyo themed on travellers’ pursuit of impressive sights, meaningful touch, fantastic food, and resonant scents and sounds for the ultimate Japanese escape. The Celebrating Tokyo package touches on each of the five senses as follows:
Apr. 25, 2017
TAIPEI, Taiwan — All the tea in China isn’t necessarily drunk in China. Nor is all the high tea consumed in England. This spring, hotels from Bangkok to Tokyo are reaching for new heights with new high tea specials that drink in great views, exalt chocolate, invoke gay Paree and look stunning in lacquer. “As high-falutin’ and old-fashioned as high tea sounds, it’s still a major part of our day, every day,” said Sammy Carolus, general manager of the Grand Hyatt Taipei. “People used to talk about the power lunch. Today we’re talking about the power tea. Increasingly it’s how guests are beginning to explore a particular destination’s culinary appeal.”