Mar. 9, 2018
KOH SAMUI, Thailand – To help celebrate Thai New Year, Banyan Tree Samui has introduced a “Songkran Indulgence” package at its spa throughout the month of April. The package combines a 90-minute massage treatment of your choice with a 60-minute “Rainforest Experience” for a discount price of 7,000 baht nett (US$200). The bamboo-themed Rainforest is a refreshing journey through a series of water jets at varying pressures and temperatures, plus visits to a steam room and sauna followed by ice facial treatments and ice bucket baths. This treatment is ideal for those with injuries or infirmities who prefer not to have their limbs stretched and popped. It is also the perfect massage for a client who is sensitive or ticklish. Here, the customer is in control – no one touches them. The customer can maintain their legs, body, head and shoulders in positions that either maximize or minimize water pressure.
Mar. 6, 2018
CAM RANH, Vietnam – Luxurious beachfront resort The Anam has unveiled a 10-night getaway replete with bubbly, roses, massages and more for fans of reality TV series The Bachelor, romantics and honeymooners alike. Amid fierce competition worldwide, the five-star colonial-inspired resort was selected as the filming location for the grand finale of Der Bachelor, the German spinoff of The Bachelor, a hugely popular American matchmaking show that has notched up more than 20 seasons. Inspired by the dreamy backdrop of the finale, when real estate agent Daniel Völz, 32, hands over his last rose, Anam has launched its “Following The Bachelor’s Trail” package.
Mar. 1, 2018
BANGKOK — The first Hyatt Regency in Bangkok is shaping up to be one of the city’s most versatile hotels for meetings, incentives, conferences and events. Scheduled to open in the third quarter of this year on vibrant Sukhumvit Road, the 31-story Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit will offer an array of function spaces totaling 1,359 square meters (14,628 square feet), with natural lighting and the latest AV technology featuring in all. The biggest space is on the 5th floor, where a pillarless ballroom has been designed to accommodate up to 1,000 guests or be divided into four separate venues.
Feb. 21, 2018
SINGAPORE — General Hotel Management Ltd. (GHM) has named Patrick Moukarzel general manager of the Al Bait Sharjah, a 53-key hotel scheduled to open later this year in a historic district of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) third largest city. A French national fluent in three languages, including Arabic, Moukarzel’s appointment is a homecoming of sorts. Between 2006 and 2012, he rose through the ranks from a food and beverage manager at The Chedi Muscat to general manager positions at the luxury hotel group’s properties in Thailand and China. Since his last role with GHM as a general manager in Suzhou, Moukarzel has managed luxury hotels in Penang, Malaysia and in Maldives where he shepherded the Soneva Jani from the final stages of construction to full operation.
Feb. 20, 2018
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The Dawn Medical Rehab and Wellness Centre, a luxury facility for people seeking treatment for addictions, trauma and stress, has launched a sublime new property on the banks of the River Ping near Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Once the private estate of an American banker, the two-acre centre references the appeal of a tropical resort as an additional inducement to those on the road to recovery. With a backdrop of rainforest and mountains, rice paddies and orchards, the stunning site trades on a sense of serenity and seclusion. The centerpoint of the property is a tall sala built in the design of a Thai Buddhist temple. Open-aired and nestled among lush tropical plants, it serves as the main meeting point as well as the dining hall where all clients and staff eat three meals a day together at long tables.
Feb. 7, 2018
HUE, Vietnam — La Residence Hotel & Spa, twelve years after opening as one of the hottest new hotels in Asia, is wrapping up work on the first phase of a two-step renovation that will stand as the most dramatic pivot in its short history. While the canvas of the hotel’s art deco appeal will remain unchanged, its brush strokes will paint a dramatically different picture. Every one of the hotel’s 122 rooms is on the verge of an extreme makeover, and with a decided move toward an understated aesthetic. Its spa stays in the same place but consumes more of its ground floor location, and will feature new facilities, furnishings and equipment. The rooftop fitness center will relocate to a new venue beside the spa, and likewise come back online with a new line of fitness equipment.
Feb. 6, 2018
KOH SAMUI, Thailand — Banyan Tree Samui, a luxurious 88-villa beachfront resort on one of Thailand’s most compelling island destinations, is handing out smartphones with room keys at check in. An initiative that got underway on December 16, the phones offer free and unrestricted international telephone calls and 4G Internet, as well as access to a host of resort features including restaurant menus, daily activities, and tips for sightseeing around the island of Koh Samui. The Portier smartphone is user-friendly and delivers all of its features in English, Russian, Chinese, German or French.
Feb. 1, 2018
Hanoi – THE best hotels in the world have been revealed, and the list has got the global media talking about Elegance Hospitality Group (EHG). The Hanoi headquartered company has helped redefine the boutique accommodation experience in Vietnam since debuting in the city with the Hanoi Elegance Hotel back in 2006. And the company’s remarkable success was given headline-grabbing recognition when the winners of the 2018 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice awards were revealed in late January. The prestigious awards, which are based on customer feedback to the world’s largest travel site, have become one of the hospitality industry’s most eagerly anticipated list of honors. It was no surprise, therefore, that the winners of the awards were covered extensively in major media around the globe: with EHG a major beneficiary of all the attention.
Jan. 30, 2018
BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia – While most practitioners of mindfulness retreat to the pagoda and the sangha for space and community, The Sanchaya is stepping up as an alternative venue for a retreat that indulges silence and calm, to be sure, but great food and fine wine, as well. The 10-hectare beachfront estate has joined forces with renowned Australian pilates specialist and personal trainer Rosie Gregory and app-based lifestyle and fitness platform GuavaPass to introduce the inaugural “The Sanchaya Sangha – An Indulgent Mindfulness Retreat” from June 4-8 this year. The intimate four-night retreat balances morning beach boot camp sessions, meditation workshops and afternoon yoga and pilates with delectable spreads from the resort’s kitchens, premium vintages from its cellars, European cheese and rarified conversation.
Jan. 30, 2018
HANOI — In the days leading up to the Lunar Year of the Dog, Vietnam’s most storied hotel will host a festive open-air bazaar featuring more than a dozen stalls selling gourmet foods and beverages, designer clothing and luxury gifts. The five-day Tet Ha thanh (Hanoian market in Vietnamese) at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi aims to share the observances of the Vietnamese new year with locals and visitors alike. For the first time, a Vietnamese house, designed by local artist Pham Ha Hai, will be set up on the hotel’s patio, where visitors can enjoy a range of Tet holiday foods including pho, banh cuon and bun cha. Meanwhile, the hotel’s open-air courtyard will be transformed into a bustling Hanoian market. Some 15 new vendors will take part in this year’s bazaar including Vietnamese fashion designers Hoa Nguyen as well as former Miss Vietnam 2010 Ngoc Han, Liti Florist, Orfarm, Fargreen, Hellomam, C-Brewmaster beer, Three Trees jewellery, and local fine tea producers, Thuong Tra. A special Tet holiday hamper filled with delicious delicacies from L’Epicerie du Metropole will also be available for sale.