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.
May. 24, 2018
HANOI – This summer, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi welcomes guest chef Mickaël Le Calvez to the kitchen at the hotel’s French fine-dining restaurant, Le Beaulieu. Chef Mickaël, who is currently the Executive Sous Chef at Raffles Singapore, is set to sprinkle his culinary wisdom into a series of carefully crafted dishes that best capture the spirit of contemporary France. From June 15 to 21, guests will have the opportunity to indulge in a special five-course menu at Le Beaulieu featuring some of the French chef’s favourite childhood dishes including lobster tail with mango and quinoa tabbouleh, sautéed scallops with cauliflower risotto, and slow-cooked lamb with celery purée, spiced carrots and tamarind sauce. Chef Mickaël’s classic French fare is priced at VND 1,950,000++ per person.
May. 24, 2018
HANOI — A faster future lies ahead for those wanting to visit Vietnam’s most famous natural attraction. On June 1, a new highway connecting capital city Hanoi and UNESCO World Heritage site Halong Bay will open, cutting the four-hour drive time between the popular northern destinations in half. “This is a game-changer,” said Nguyen Cao Son, chief operating officer of Paradise Cruises, the bay’s leading luxury cruise provider. “The fact is, not every traveler has the ability to fit an overnight trip to Halong Bay into their schedule. And those that choose to, typically do so at the expense of visiting another beautiful city in Vietnam. But with the introduction of this new highway, tourists can now maximize their time and enjoy a lot more.”
May. 23, 2018
HO TRAM, Vietnam — The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip has launched its search for sponsors for the 2018 Ho Tram Players Championship, a major men’s professional golf tournament scheduled to take place at Vietnam’s top course Dec. 6-9. The four-day competition is the flagship event on this year’s Asian Tour calendar and the first tour event within Vietnam since 2015, when The Bluffs hosted the much-publicized Ho Tram Open. “We are delighted to be going back to Ho Tram, a place that many of our players, staff and fans hold fond memories of for a tournament that still ranks as one of the best in Asian Tour history,” said Josh Burack, the tour’s CEO. “The spectacular setting along the beautiful Vietnamese coast, high-end staging and strong field make the Ho Tram Players Championship the perfect tournament to feature as our flagship event.”
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
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. 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. 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.