Aug. 7, 2013
HANOI, Vietnam — After more than a century of refining tastes in the Vietnamese capital, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is unveiling a new cultural itinerary for discerning holidaymakers in 2013. Designed to steer visitors through the best of charmingly chaotic Hanoi via a series of personalized tours, the Metropole debuted its two-night ‘In the Footsteps of Joan Baez.’
Aug. 7, 2013
URI, Switzerland — Alain Bachmann, a Swiss native whose resumé includes management stints at some of the world’s finest hotels, has been engaged as general manager of GHM’s forthcoming debut, The Chedi Andermatt. Scheduled for a Winter 2013 opening, GHM’s ambitious new hotel is the centrepiece of the Andermatt Swiss Alps project.
Aug. 6, 2013
TOKYO — We often hear tell of chefs who dream up new dishes. But bartenders new cocktails? Yes, indeed. In Tokyo, one of Japan’s most illustrious bartenders, Naomi Takahashi - herself a remarkable countryside-obscurity to big city-fame story - will debut three new cocktails at the Palace Hotel Tokyo’s Lounge Bar Privé Sept. 1
Aug. 5, 2013
HUE, Vietnam — Come September 2013, travelers to Vietnam’s former Imperial City can once again touchdown and take off from the Phu Bai International Airport outside of Hue. Vietnam’s transport authorities have green-lighted the airport for an early re-opening on Sept. 20, 2013 – two months ahead of schedule.
Jul. 30, 2013
TOKYO — While the Palace Hotel Tokyo hosts an art exhibit Aug. 7 - 16 to support recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the hotel is offering a package that will be available over the same dates. The exhibit has been curated by the Japan Association of International Cultural Heritage and showcases paintings, calligraphy and other original works.
Jul. 17, 2013
HANOI, Vietnam — Just four years after the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi debuted the first spa in its 108-year history, Le Spa du Metropole has won recognition from one of the world’s top travel magazines as one of the five best hotel spas in the world. In a July 2 announcement, Travel + Leisure ranked Le Spa du Metropole as the No. 5 spa on its top ten list of the World’s Best Spas.
Jul. 16, 2013
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — Smack in the middle of summer, the Caravelle Hotel is revamping its culinary catalog by adding a fresh perspective to the menu at Reflections Restaurant. Boasting a prime perch overlooking historic Lam Son Square and the Saigon Opera House, the Caravelle’s flagship fine-dining restaurant last week presented its new a la carte menu
Jul. 15, 2013
HALONG, Vietnam — Exotic travel, elegant living and a nostalgia for the Gatsby-esque glamour and good times of the 1920s are all elements of a new charter option to come out of famously beautiful Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam. Emeraude Classic Cruises is launching an exclusive overnight charter offer for creative party planners and corporate groups looking for an out-of-the-ordinary venue...
Jul. 11, 2013
BAGAN, Myanmar — Poised on the doorstep of one of the world’s most breathtaking archaeological heritage sites, Myanmar’s newest boutique resort Bagan Lodge has targeted Aug. With stylized tenting and furnishings that evoke the Golden Age of Travel, Bagan Lodge’s 85 rooms and suites skirt the boundary of the shrine-studded plains of the Bagan Archaeological Zone.
Jul. 10, 2013
NEW YORK — Vietnam’s spa culture made a resounding statement last week when the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi and The Nam Hai in Hoi An were ranked among the top five hotel spas in the world by Travel + Leisure readers. The honor was part of the 2013 World’s Best Awards, the 18th annual survey by the world’s highest circulating magazine of the finest “hotels.