Sep. 12, 2017
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – Vietnam House, a downtown Saigon restaurant that first opened in 1992 in a 1910-built colonial French building, has re-opened with a celebrity chef at its helm and one of the country’s most dynamic hospitality companies, WMC Group, leading the way. WMC Group, which opened The Reverie Saigon hotel in September 2015 to worldwide acclaim, and Chef Luke Nguyen have teamed up on the Chef’s first restaurant project in the country. Though the restaurant’s facade on the city’s famed Dong Khoi Street stays true to its French colonial roots, the restaurant’s interior is an exploration of the same lavish design that’s informed the interiors of the nearby Reverie Saigon.
Sep. 11, 2017
Hotels are never so alluring as they are in the gloaming. The day is done, the night is young, and the property’s engineers are making up their facades, their gardens and their pools for the evening, as artfully as a young woman at her vanity. There’s a reason so many signature shots of hotels are taken at twilight. It just doesn’t get any better than that. Across Asia, lighting design is rigorously pursued by hotels to help create a sense of place. Whether it be bold and statement-making or subtle and romantic a lot of thought has gone into how a property lights a traveller’s way. “In the same way that light is critical for the success of an image, it’s as critical for the impression that a hotel makes upon a guest,” said Niklas Wagner, director of operations for Hotel Bocage. “You might not know when a place is lit properly, but you absolutely know when it’s lit to the nines.”
Sep. 4, 2017
CAM RANH, Vietnam – With this year’s grand opening of The Anam, two men have set the stage for the emergence of a whole new reason to visit Vietnam’s south central coast - Cam Ranh. Once upon a time famous as the largest American military base in Vietnam, Cam Ranh today is coming into its own as a pristine, high-end alternative to an older, somewhat fatigued neighbor, Nha Trang. When Vietnamese businessman Pham Van Hien set foot on Cam Ranh five years ago, he was struck by its unspoiled sands and waters, its dramatic headlands and offshore islands. A dream took root and has come to fruition in The Anam.
Aug. 31, 2017
SINGAPORE — With a new natural spa and the launch of a wellness experience “A Mantra for Mantra,” the all-new Mantra Samui Resort is attracting spa-goers to its peaceful perch overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. The Jai Spa is a cornerstone of the hotel’s comprehensive new look. The intimate space has four softly-lit private treatment rooms and a foot reflexology area. Inspired by the dense jungle that surrounds the hillside property, the spa features bamboo-clad walls that reach up to a lofty ceiling. The spa blends most of its treatment products in-house, using natural ingredients harvested from its gardens. Thai herbs infuse Jai’s flagship concoctions, and homegrown lemongrass is steamed to create an aromatic atmosphere. The beloved coconut informs the signature treatment, the Yaa Jai, its milk, not oil, deployed for a deep, tension-releasing massage. Warm coconut poultices are strategically applied to tight spots to further reduce stress.
Aug. 23, 2017
CAM RANH, Vietnam – When it comes to cooking, nothing is as sacrosanct as a home-cooked meal. That’s why The Anam has recruited a half-dozen mothers of its staff to serve up an authentic slice of Vietnamese culture every Wednesday and Sunday evening. Drawing on centuries-old recipes handed down the generations, the mother cooks serve up timeless Vietnamese classics, as if they were cooking for their own families. The dishes include bò nướng lá lốt (grilled beef in betel leaf), bún bò Huế (Hue-style beef noodle soup) and bánh xèo (crispy Vietnamese pancake), and are complemented by plenty of fresh, zesty salads and other treats.
Aug. 14, 2017
CAM RANH, Vietnam – The Anam, a new 117-villa and 96-room resort overlooking Vietnam’s pristine Long Beach, has won a coveted spot in Condé Nast Traveller India’s Hot List 2017. The Indian version of the prestigious magazine brand has announced its annual compendium of the world’s best new hotels in its August-September edition, singling out the 13-hectare Anam for its “300m beachfront, three swimming pools, 3D movie theatre and range of dining options”. Outside of India, only 12 hotels from across Asia made the cut. Twelve hotels in India, 13 in Europe, six in the Americas and Caribbean, five in Africa, three in the Middle East, and one in Australia and New Zealand each were selected, bringing the total number of properties included in the Hot List to 53 worldwide.
Aug. 11, 2017
HANOI -- Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is once again the talk of the town, after being hailed as the best hotel in the city by Travel + Leisure. Travel + Leisure’s World's Best Awards is an annual survey that allows readers to vote on their favourite travel destinations, hotels, resorts, cruise lines and more. In August, Vietnam’s most storied hotel was unequivocally named the ‘No. 1 Hotel in Hanoi’ by readers of the prestigious travel publication, while also winning ‘The Heritage and Culture Award’ in the annual Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Grand and Gold Awards 2017.
Aug. 8, 2017
BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia – A seasoned hospitality professional with almost two decades of experience across three continents and a passion for the independent hotel movement has been named The Sanchaya’s Director of Sales. Jared Green’s appointment to the 21-villa and nine-suite beachfront estate on Bintan Island follows a two-year stint as Director of Sales with The Strand Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar. He played integral roles in the reopening of the property after an extensive refurbishment and the launch of new luxury river cruise ship The Strand Cruise on the Ayeyarwady River. Green also worked as Director of Sales at Cambodia’s first private island resort Song Saa for more than three years, after he was Director of Revenue at Raffles Hotels, Dubai. He quickly rose up the ranks at luxury hotels in London, Bahrain and Dubai after starting his career in his native Australia as a senior receptionist at The Prince Hotel in Melbourne.
Aug. 7, 2017
SINGAPORE -- Louis T Collection and H&M Capital Pty Ltd have announced the signing of a management agreement pursuant to which Louis T Collection will oversee the operation of the New Esplanade Hotel. The hotel is located in Elizabeth Quay, Perth’s vibrant, newly developed mixed-use zone along the Swan River. In addition to providing full management services, Louis T Collection, drawing upon extensive building solutions and architectural design expertise, will oversee the renovation of the 80-room property that will reposition the hotel in the market by returning it to its leading place among Perth’s top-tier hotels. The original Esplanade Hotel, that opened on the site in the early 1900s, was for many years one of the city’s most prominent hotels.