Jan. 5, 2017
HANOI, Vietnam - Following the country’s curves from North to South, the new ‘Quintessentially Vietnam’ package from Exotic Voyages features the country’s finest hotels and cruises in five dynamic destinations: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Ninh Thuan, and Ho Chi Minh City, at a savings of 25% when compared to booking direct. “If you’re only going to visit Vietnam once there’s no doubt this is the way to do it,” said Andrew Carroll, global head of sales & marketing at Exotic Voyages.
Dec. 21, 2016
TAIPEI, Taiwan — A recent survey of choice tables, inspiring balconies and powder-white sands across Asia has identified a number of spots where the odds of landing a ‘yes’ on a marriage proposal are higher than usual. Surveyors have found that a combination of factors — some ineffable, others effable — contribute to a reorientation of astronomical bodies such that recipients of the big question are more likely to answer in the affirmative. “When a couple sits at a certain table in the Bel Air Bar and Grill, directly opposite the fountain and facing the window, the stars line up without fail,” said Paul Ou, marketing and communications manager at the Grand Hyatt Taipei.
Dec. 9, 2016
HANOI, Vietnam — At the same time the founder of the New-York Tribune, Horace Greeley, urged Americans to ‘Go West, Young Man,’ people the world over were waking up to the wisdom of the East, and charting courses for spiritual refuges across Asia. Today, an Asia-based tour operator has connected the dots on the wellsprings of the continent’s most insightful doctrines to create an all-encompassing pilgrimage. The new package from Exotic Voyages, “The Razor’s Edge: A Spiritual and Cultural Quest,” is a once-in-a-lifetime 111-day journey spanning 13 countries across Asia and the Middle East. The expedition’s name is inspired by W. Somerset Maugham’s 1944 novel, where the protagonist travels overseas in search of a deeper meaning to his existence.
Dec. 9, 2016
HANOI, Vietnam — The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi heralds the dawn of the New Lunar Year with a host of unique events, including a traditional Vietnamese market, a dragon dance, and a delicious Tet-inspired menu at Spices Garden. The three-day Cho Que (country market in Vietnamese) will see the hotel’s open-air courtyard transformed into a bustling Vietnamese “street” market. Some 20 vendors will be dressed in traditional garb, selling special Tet holiday foods and local handicrafts such as conical hats, colourful silks and woven baskets. The market will be gratuit and open to the public from Jan. 19 to 21.
Dec. 6, 2016
HALONG BAY, Vietnam — Paradise Group, one of the leading providers of luxury hospitality services in Vietnam, has responded to the growing demand for on-shore accommodation in Halong Bay by opening a second boutique hotel here. Called Paradise Trend Hotel, the new property features matching four-story buildings and 78 elegant rooms accentuated by blue-and-beige color schemes and exquisite canvas paintings of Vietnamese landscapes and daily life. The sleek hotel is next door to the equally posh Paradise Suites Hotel, which debuted two years ago on Tuan Chau Island, gateway to Vietnam’s most famous natural attraction.
Nov. 29, 2016
SINGAPORE — Mantra Samui Resort is pulling up the curtains on a new tropical retreat in early 2017 after extensive renovations to its lobby, spa, pool, rooms and its green profile. The bold changes for the ocean-view property on Thailand’s popular Koh Samui island begin at arrival. The lobby now features a lofty, tiered ceiling reminiscent of traditional Thai house and a verdant, five-meter high vertical garden that references the island’s natural beauty. Indigenous trees and plants now frame the road to the hotel, and a water feature adds a new dimension of appeal to the lush surrounds.
Nov. 23, 2016
TOKYO - Tokyo may lack the cultural cachet of Paris when it comes to romance, but Palace Hotel Tokyo is doing its part to put more gloss on the city’s amorous appeal. With views of the city’s picturesque Imperial Palace gardens, an indulgent spa experience and a dinner fit for royalty, the hotel is turning up the heat in December, January and February with Romancing Tokyo. The new two-night package weds elements of French ardor with an intimate prix-fixe dinner for two at the hotel’s Crown restaurant. The seven-course meal is matched with wine pairings from the restaurant’s extensive collection of 8,000 labels, and complemented by the best view in town - the sprawling Imperial Palace gardens and moats with the twinkling city skyline beyond.
Nov. 23, 2016
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - As​ the ​Galle Face Hotel gets set to embark on its 153rd year, Louis T Collection​ ​has appointed an industry veteran to lead the heritage property into the next era. Deni A. Dukic, an American national, joined the team as general manager last month. The​ seasoned hotelier ​​has more than 20 years of experience in the luxury hotel industry, having held a number of senior management roles in 5-star hotels around the world, including director of rooms at Andaz Wall Street in New York City and as part of the opening team for the Park Hyatt Istanbul. Most recently he was executive assistant manager and rooms specialist - ASPAC (Asia Pacific) at Grand Hyatt Seoul from 2012 - 2016.
Nov. 22, 2016
BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia – The Sanchaya is pulling out all the stops to mark Christmas and New Year’s Eve with merry good cheer and a collection of events that include a four-course champagne dinner hosted by the world’s oldest champagne house. With December temperatures set to average a balmy 27 degrees Celsius at the beachfront property, a short ferry ride from Singapore, The Sanchaya will stage its celebrations, including six-course Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinners, from December 21, 2016, until January 1, 2017. “We won’t have snow but we do expect Santa Claus and much remembrance of auld lang syne,” said The Sanchaya’s estate manager Magnus Olovson.
Nov. 17, 2016
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — The hotel that once and for all re-defined Vietnam as a destination for the glitterati and the one-percent is popping the champagne bottle on how best to maneuver Saigon after dusk. A one-of-a-kind package by The Reverie Saigon, ‘Cruising Saigon’ dispatches hotel guests with a personal butler in tow on a private two-hour sunset cruise on the Saigon River, then switches gears at sundown for a city-chic adventure on a chauffeured vintage Vespa.