Nov. 20, 2012
HALONG BAY, Vietnam — The newest option to open in famed Ha Long Bay is a day cruise through the rarely explored Western Isles aboard the UNESCO Heritage Site’s only international-standard fleet of private junks. Life Heritage Resort Ha Long Bay has begun ferrying small groups on customisable four- and six-hour cruises through lesser-known portions of the bay’s stunning seascape.
Nov. 20, 2012
HALONG BAY, Vietnam — The Emeraude’s annual rite of passage through northern Vietnam’s dry-docks concluded recently and the cruising vessel emerged with more deluxe bathrooms and completely refreshed cabins. The new bathrooms feature rain shower heads, new sinks, repositioned toilets and an aesthetic makeover that trades in the old school nautical feel for softer mosaics.
Nov. 14, 2012
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — As Ho Chi Minh City hurries to cut the ribbon on a new crop of gleaming shopping malls and high-rise complexes, one of its most iconic hotels is quietly unveiling a nostalgia-tinged sanctuary of wellness and rejuvenation in the historic heart of the city.
Nov. 7, 2012
SINGAPORE — GHM moved into new territory this month after signing on to develop the Chedi Tomakomai, a 60-room luxury hotel and expansive wellness complex set within 1,057 hectares of lush forest on the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan. Following the agreement between GHM Holdings and Nordenwald Company Ltd., construction on the project will begin in November 2012 with a projected opening date in 2015.
Oct. 22, 2012
NEW YORK — Vietnam can now lay claim to one of the top three hotels in Southeast Asia, two of Asia’s top 15 resorts and one of Asia's top 10 cities, according to the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2012. Announced in New York on Oct. 16, the results of Conde Nast Traveler’s 25th annual survey places five Vietnamese hotels and resorts on the prestigious travel magazine’s list of top hospitality properties.
Oct. 11, 2012
LUANG PRABANG, Laos — The multi-awarded Apple Tree Group last week appointed a new management team to head operations at the eco-glamping retreat Kamu Lodge in Luang Prabang. French native Olivier Trafial takes the reins as Manager of the 20-tent Kamu Lodge while Natchanan Kamchua from Thailand is set to revitalize Villa Maly’s kitchen as F&B Manager.
Oct. 3, 2012
PHUKET, Thailand — Seven days, one 42-metre yacht and 205 miles of the Andaman Sea’s most inviting waters and pristine islands are the primary elements at play in a new family-oriented cruise launched this month by the M.Y. Calisto in Phuket.
Oct. 1, 2012
HA LONG BAY, Vietnam — Passengers who wish they could sit down, write and dispatch a postcard from an inspiring moment on Ha Long Bay are now in luck. Last month, Life Ha Long introduced a selection of postcards, picturing the UNESCO World Heritage site and the iconic, red sailboat fleet, for sale onboard or at Life's reception lounge at Tuan Chau Marina
Sep. 18, 2012
HANOI, Vietnam — Hanoi's oldest destination for French dining last week proved it's only getting better with age. Judges from singled out Le Beaulieu at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi as one of the '101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World' in 2012.
Sep. 18, 2012
SINGAPORE — GHM is strengthening its foothold in Indonesia with an agreement to manage The Chedi Nusa Penida, a 100-villa resort scheduled to open in 2015 on a secluded island ten kilometres southeast of Bali.