Apr. 24, 2017
HUE, Vietnam — Things are brightening at night in the old imperial capital of Vietnam at Hue, and will stay that way all summer long. Pivoting off the authorities’ decision to open and illuminate the Imperial City from 7-10 pm daily, starting April 22, La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa is launching HueGlow, a new package that combines an evening’s visit to the UNESCO-recognized palace, a day on the beach and a barbecue on the beach, to boot. HueGlow also includes two night’s accommodation in a superior room with daily breakfast at La Residence, one of Vietnam’s most acclaimed hotels.
Apr. 11, 2017
BANGKOK, Thailand – A seasoned hospitality veteran with nearly three decades of experience across three continents and an enthusiasm for the independent hotel movement has been named Louis T Collection’s chief operating officer. Shaun Treacy’s appointment to the boutique hotel management and building solutions company marks his return to Asia after six years in the United States. During that time, he was the North American president of Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Rosewood Hotel Group’s senior vice president for the Americas and Europe, and oversaw product and brand design for the Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
Apr. 4, 2017
CAM RANH, Vietnam - The Anam, a 117-villa and 96-room resort that commands a stunning beachfront setting, a sublime 10 treatment-room spa and a 3-D movie theatre, celebrates its grand opening on April 26 in Vietnam’s most compelling new destination. With a design that pays homage to both colonial-era and age-old Vietnamese aesthetics, the independently owned and operated Anam is blazing new ground in a destination now emerging as a high-end alternative to nearby Nha Trang.
Mar. 23, 2017
BALI, Indonesia — Construction is underway on the first 22 units sold at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bali, a remarkable real estate offering taking shape on a naturally accommodating clifftop where the group’s inaugural hotel in Bali is also in development. Set within the confines of budding Bukit Pandawa Resort & Golf on Bali’s southernmost tip, The Residences will eventually comprise 91 standalone villas conceptualized by acclaimed international architect Jean-Michel Gathy, who took inspiration from a traditional Balinese farming technique in imagining the layout. “The topography lends itself beautifully to a series of tiers that is really reminiscent of the terraced rice paddies you see all around Bali,” said the lead designer at Kuala Lumpur-based Denniston Architects, which has conceived many of the world’s most exclusive resorts built in the past 25 years. “So even from the villas at the very back of the complex, you have these unobstructed, 180-degree views of the ocean.”
Mar. 21, 2017
BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia – Travellers know hotels manufacture their own bath and beauty products, their own signature scents, and occasionally their own bathrobes, but a show-stopping, runway-worthy collection of apparel is something quite rare. The Sanchaya is about to cultivate that rare ground. This month, the estate is introducing The S’YA collection -- 20 items ranging from silk yao boxy tops, retro single mesh singlets and silk cotton sleeveless shirts, to silk linen flair shorts, rib cotton brought trousers, and cotton twill skinny jeans. Natalya Pavchinskaya, the founder of The Sanchaya, a luxurious beachfront resort situated next to Singapore on Indonesia’s Bintan Island, said her debut apparel line marks a contemporary yet classic take on smart casual and sporty wear.
Mar. 20, 2017
HANOI, Vietnam — While Bali and Thailand steal the lion’s share of attention when it comes to spa destinations in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is readying a major roar as five of the country’s top hotels, resorts and cruises launch ‘Spa-tacular Vietnam.’ The new package features 10 nights and 10 spa treatments in the most deluxe property in each of Vietnam’s top five destinations: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Nha Trang and Saigon.
Mar. 14, 2017
HANOI — This spring, Hanoi’s food-lovers have good reason to rejoice as French Michelin-starred chef, Christophe Lerouy, makes an unprecedented cameo appearance at Vietnam’s most storied hotel. The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is set to welcome the celebrity guest chef for two unique culinary experiences on April 28 and 29 at the hotel’s French fine-dining restaurant, Le Beaulieu. Part of the Metropole’s annual Les Arômes Festival, the dinners will see Chef Lerouy bring his eclectic Asian-inspired French fare to Hanoi for the first time. True epicureans can look forward to a four-course dinner on April 28, which will include such mouthwatering dishes as warm oysters, with torched foie gras, apple wasabi puree, and Iberico ham stock.
Mar. 7, 2017
HALONG BAY, Vietnam — Leave it to a company called Paradise to launch the most heavenly boat Halong Bay has ever seen. Last week, one of the leading providers of luxury hospitality services in Vietnam put the first of two Paradise Elegance cruise ships on the water. The 200-ton steel craft measures 61 meters long and 13 meters wide, making it the biggest overnight option in the UNESCO World Heritage site, ever.
Mar. 6, 2017
HUE, Vietnam — La Residence Hotel & Spa, one of Vietnam’s most highly acclaimed hospitality properties, has hired two new managers to head up operations and manage sales. Adrien Marie has joined the hotel as operations manager, and Huynh Xuan Hanh comes aboard as director of sales. Each reports directly to General Manager Phan Trong Minh. Marie will be based on site in Hue, and Hanh will work out of Ho Chi Minh City.
Mar. 2, 2017
BALI, Indonesia – In the first bold move under his new lifestyle brand Soori, renowned architect Soo K. Chan has relaunched his beachfront resort, set between a volcanic sand beach and rice fields in Bali’s Tabanan Regency, as the ultimate wellbeing destination. The relaunch of Soori Bali, which has just joined Leading Hotels of the World, marks the first in a series of major developments to be rolled out under the Soori brand. Soori High Line, a residence opening in New York City’s West Chelsea, and Soori Niseko, a forthcoming ski resort in Japan, will underscore Soori’s philosophy of “living exceptionally well through holistic design”.