Mar. 27, 2018
INLE LAKE, Myanmar — As the Burmese count down the days until Thingyan, a traditional celebration in which the locals playfully drench each other in water before Myanmar’s New Year, Sanctum Inle has rolled out a package making the most of the country’s biggest month. To be celebrated from Friday to Monday, April 13-16 before Myanmar’s New Year Day on Tuesday, April 17, the Thingyan water festival originates in a Buddhist version of a Hindu myth, signals the end of the hot and dry season and includes a slew of activities all over the country. Locals equip themselves with garden hoses, water pistols, bowls, cups, water balloons and even fire hoses to splash each other with water, symbolising the washing away of sins from the previous year.
Mar. 26, 2018
HUE, Vietnam — With the fanfare now sounding for the biennial Hue Festival April 27 to May 2, La Residence Hotel & Spa is rolling out a complementary three-day, two-night package. The Festival Hue package includes two nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast for two, a one-way airport transfer, 45-minute rejuvenation treatment in the spa and round-trip shuttle service to one of the Festival’s locations at the Imperial Citadel, An Dinh Palace or Quoc Hoc Memorial Square. Held every other year since 2000, the Hue Festival is Vietnam’s most ambitious cultural extravaganza. The festival celebrates the cultural heritage of Vietnam with ceremonies that illuminate the imperial splendors of Vietnam, that trumpet the music of the country’s most renowned pop musicians, that explore the charm of the country’s traditional villages.
Mar. 14, 2018
HALONG BAY, Vietnam — Paradise Vietnam’s pioneering spirit will be on full display April 20 when its newest cruise ship serves as stage for Halong Bay’s first-ever floating fashion show. The unprecedented event will be orchestrated by renowned Vietnamese clothes designer Le Thanh Hoa and take place during sundown on the sundeck of Paradise Elegance 2, one of two 200-ton steel vessels Paradise launched last year. The boats, which measure 61 meters long and 13 meters wide and offer 31 spacious cabins, are one of the largest ever deployed in Halong Bay for overnight cruising.
Mar. 13, 2018
BANGKOK — The general manager of Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit continues to round out his staff ahead of the hotel’s scheduled opening in September. In recent weeks, Sammy Carolus has appointed Maria Sitanggang Director of Sales & Marketing and Wuthivet Vetchabutsakorn Director of Finance. Both Sitanggang and Vetchabutsakorn have more than 20 years of experience in their respective areas of expertise. Sitanggang joins Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit after spending seven years at Hyatt Regency Hua Hin & The Barai as its director of sales and marketing. She has also worked for Hyatt properties in Bali.
Mar. 12, 2018
HANOI - Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi will join more than 2,000 chefs on five continents in celebrating French cuisine at the global gastronomic event Goût de France, on March 21, the first day of spring. The Metropole’s executive chef Paul Smart has cooked up a wide array of traditional French fare for Goût de France, including seared foie gras with smoked pumpkin and hazelnuts, red mullet with artichoke mousseline, and Normandy rabbit with dried apricot and garlic cream. The set six-course dinner is priced at 1,700,000 net VND and will be available at the hotel’s premier French fine-dining restaurant, Le Beaulieu. Organised by France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chef Alain Ducasse, the Goût de France food festival is an annual event that aims to commemorate French cuisine being named as a feature of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010.
Mar. 9, 2018
KOH SAMUI, Thailand – To help celebrate Thai New Year, Banyan Tree Samui has introduced a “Songkran Indulgence” package at its spa throughout the month of April. The package combines a 90-minute massage treatment of your choice with a 60-minute “Rainforest Experience” for a discount price of 7,000 baht nett (US$200). The bamboo-themed Rainforest is a refreshing journey through a series of water jets at varying pressures and temperatures, plus visits to a steam room and sauna followed by ice facial treatments and ice bucket baths. This treatment is ideal for those with injuries or infirmities who prefer not to have their limbs stretched and popped. It is also the perfect massage for a client who is sensitive or ticklish. Here, the customer is in control – no one touches them. The customer can maintain their legs, body, head and shoulders in positions that either maximize or minimize water pressure.
Mar. 6, 2018
CAM RANH, Vietnam – Luxurious beachfront resort The Anam has unveiled a 10-night getaway replete with bubbly, roses, massages and more for fans of reality TV series The Bachelor, romantics and honeymooners alike. Amid fierce competition worldwide, the five-star colonial-inspired resort was selected as the filming location for the grand finale of Der Bachelor, the German spinoff of The Bachelor, a hugely popular American matchmaking show that has notched up more than 20 seasons. Inspired by the dreamy backdrop of the finale, when real estate agent Daniel Völz, 32, hands over his last rose, Anam has launched its “Following The Bachelor’s Trail” package.
Mar. 1, 2018
BANGKOK — The first Hyatt Regency in Bangkok is shaping up to be one of the city’s most versatile hotels for meetings, incentives, conferences and events. Scheduled to open in the third quarter of this year on vibrant Sukhumvit Road, the 31-story Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit will offer an array of function spaces totaling 1,359 square meters (14,628 square feet), with natural lighting and the latest AV technology featuring in all. The biggest space is on the 5th floor, where a pillarless ballroom has been designed to accommodate up to 1,000 guests or be divided into four separate venues.
Feb. 21, 2018
SINGAPORE — General Hotel Management Ltd. (GHM) has named Patrick Moukarzel general manager of the Al Bait Sharjah, a 53-key hotel scheduled to open later this year in a historic district of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) third largest city. A French national fluent in three languages, including Arabic, Moukarzel’s appointment is a homecoming of sorts. Between 2006 and 2012, he rose through the ranks from a food and beverage manager at The Chedi Muscat to general manager positions at the luxury hotel group’s properties in Thailand and China. Since his last role with GHM as a general manager in Suzhou, Moukarzel has managed luxury hotels in Penang, Malaysia and in Maldives where he shepherded the Soneva Jani from the final stages of construction to full operation.
Feb. 20, 2018
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The Dawn Medical Rehab and Wellness Centre, a luxury facility for people seeking treatment for addictions, trauma and stress, has launched a sublime new property on the banks of the River Ping near Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Once the private estate of an American banker, the two-acre centre references the appeal of a tropical resort as an additional inducement to those on the road to recovery. With a backdrop of rainforest and mountains, rice paddies and orchards, the stunning site trades on a sense of serenity and seclusion. The centerpoint of the property is a tall sala built in the design of a Thai Buddhist temple. Open-aired and nestled among lush tropical plants, it serves as the main meeting point as well as the dining hall where all clients and staff eat three meals a day together at long tables.