Jan. 16, 2018
HANOI - Last month, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi played host to an exclusive, invitation-only music event that echoed the best of Parisian nightlife. More than 150 guests were immersed in an evening of music and mixology for one-night only, as Vietnam’s most storied hotel was transformed into a virtual stage for world-renowned party, La Nuit. The evening kicked off with an intimate concert starring the Queen of Vietnamese Pop, Ho Ngoc Ha. During the hour-long performance, the 33-year-old singer, model and actress was accompanied by pianist, Hoai Sa, and saxophonist, Hoang Tung. Together the trio performed 20 of Hà’s hit songs from her latest musical offering, Love Songs. Following the concert, the multi-sensory party on Dec. 8 continued into the early hours at Hanoi’s popular after-hours venue, Angelina Lounge & Bar, as DJs spun a selection of popular dance tracks. Meanwhile, the ballrooms of the French colonial property were converted into high energy nightlife venues complete with dazzling lights and stage setups.
Jan. 16, 2018
HANOI - Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has made Condé Nast Traveler's highly influential list of the best hotels in the world for 2018. Vietnam’s most storied hotel was hailed as the No. 1 Hotel in Hanoi by the editors of the prestigious US travel publication. Spanning six continents and 54 countries, the annual Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2018 recognises hotels around the world that editors and contributors of the bestselling magazine visit time and time again – and daydream about long after checkout. "This year's Gold List is a love letter to those hotels, resorts, and cruises that stay with us long after we have returned home,” wrote the editor in chief of Condé Nast Traveler, Pilar Guzmán. “We are interested in the way a place, in all of its ineffable complexity, beauty, and sometimes darkness, tugs at us and calls us back, much like human relationships do.”
Jan. 16, 2018
HANOI – Red Bean and Gourmet Corner, the signature fine dining restaurants by Elegance Hospitality Group (EHG), are stepping up to the special occasions over the coming month with bespoke packages for Valentine’s Day and Vietnamese New Year (Tet). Over the last few years Red Bean and Gourmet Corner have taken the fine dining scene in Vietnam by storm. Showcasing innovatively presented traditional Vietnamese fare as well as choice international dishes, the various Red Brand outlets – one at three of EHG’s four hotels in Hanoi (La Siesta Central Hanoi, La Siesta Trendy Hanoi and La Siesta Classic Hanoi) and one in Hoi An - have become a culinary force to be reckoned with. So too has Gourmet Corner at La Siesta Diamond Hotel and Spa Hanoi, which is consistently rated as one of the top restaurants in Hanoi. Given the pedigree of the venues, guests are sure to enjoy some memorable meals over the coming weeks as the restaurants pull out the stops to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Tet.
Jan. 3, 2018
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – A neighborhood of leafy avenues, storied palaces and pagodas, meaningful museums and some of Vietnam’s most striking colonial architecture, District 3 is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most underrated enclaves. As well as history and heritage, it is also home to some of the city’s best dining as well as a burgeoning crop of hip bars. Now, with the opening of Sherwood Suites, a plush apartment-only property already established as the district’s most prestigious hotel address, visitors have a prime base from which to uncover its treasures and sample its delights.
Dec. 20, 2017
TAIPEI, Taiwan – Grand Hyatt Taipei has tapped veteran hotelier, Jan-Hendrik Meidinger, as its new general manager. In his new role, Meidinger will lead one of the region’s most iconic luxury properties and its 1,000 hotel Ambassadors. Meidinger relocates to the Taiwanese capital with more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. The 47-year-old was previously the resident manager at Grand Hyatt Taipei from 2006 to 2010. Most recently he was general manager of The Excelsior, owned by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, in Hong Kong. “I’m thrilled to be returning to Taiwan and to Grand Hyatt Taipei,” said Meidinger, who succeeds Sammy Carolus to lead the 853-room property. “The Taiwanese have an excellent tradition of hospitality and I’m excited to work with the team here. Together, I believe, we can take the hotel and our guest experience to the next level. Coming back to Taipei feels like I’ve come home, in particular, since both of my children were born here.”
Dec. 20, 2017
SINGAPORE – Hospitality executive Mikael Svensson has joined hospitality management and building solutions company Louis T Collection as senior vice president. Svensson will oversee operations of the group’s current hotel portfolio and work closely with its technical services team on new projects. The Swedish-native has spent the past 25 years in hospitality in locations across Asia and beyond. His most recent role was general manager of the 468 hotel rooms and 220-room luxury residence Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Beach Dubai. Prior to that he held general manager roles at Park Hyatt Canberra (Australia), Hyatt Regency Hua Hin (Thailand) and at Tokyo’s prestigious Roppongi Hills Club. Svensson began his hospitality career in Sweden, later relocating to Asia where he pursued his passion for food & beverage. Prior to becoming a hotel general manager, he held various senior F&B positions at Grand Hyatt Mumbai, Hyatt Regency Osaka, Grand Hyatt Taipei, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and Grand Hyatt Seoul.
Dec. 19, 2017
RIO SAN JUAN, Dominican Republic — Ani Villas Dominican Republic, a secluded, 14-suite private resort that commands its own dramatic peninsula, opened on December 16. Surrounded by the sea on three sides, the four-acre estate trades on spectacular vistas. Twelve of the resort’s 14 suites front the ocean with great banks of windows opening onto sunken terraces and unobstructed views of coves and beaches along the stunning north coast of the island. “It’s one of those locations that really makes you wonder if you’ve ever seen any place as beautiful,” said Ani Villas’ Founder Tim Reynolds. “This one’s been a long time coming. We spent three years on environmental impact studies alone. But some things are worth the wait.”
Dec. 5, 2017
HANOI - A place of gilded lakes, ancient temples and glorious architecture, Hanoi is not short on things to look at. But few places in Vietnam’s capital supply quite as much visual manna as Twilight Sky Bar. Located on the rooftop of the newly-opened La Siesta Central Hotel in Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter, the elevated drinking spot has 270-degree outlook over the city. Best of all (and a rarity in Hanoi) it has completely unobstructed views of Hoan Kiem Lake, the central body of water regarded by many as the defining feature of the city. The venue is not only notable for its views. Handcrafted signature cocktails and fine wines define the drinks list while mellow DJ beats enhance the laid-back atmosphere.
Nov. 30, 2017
HANOI – Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi kicks off the holiday season with an official invitation-only Christmas Lights Ceremony on December 1. For the first time, British cycling legend David Lloyd will join forces with six foreign ambassadors to take part in a bicycle ‘race’ to generate enough electricity to turn on the hotel’s yuletide sign and lights. Lloyd, who recently won the Laguna Lang Co triathlon and the Vietnam Mountain Marathon in Sapa, will compete against six other cyclists including the UK, Italian, and Swiss ambassadors to Vietnam as well as two ambassadors from the European Union Delegation to Vietnam. The bicycle ‘race’ is part of a joint effort to raise awareness and funds for Newborns Vietnam, a UK registered charity dedicated to reducing neonatal mortality in Southeast Asia. “As Christmas approaches, I’m pleased to show my support for Newborns Vietnam, which is making a real difference to the life chances of babies in Vietnam,” said the British Ambassador to Vietnam, Giles Lever. “The Metropole’s pedal-powered lighting ceremony is a fantastic way to highlight the incredible efforts of the British and international cycling community in Vietnam, while raising funds for a great cause.”
Nov. 29, 2017
BALI, Indonesia — The newest golf venue in Bali is already the best par-3 course in the world. That’s a distinction Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club now holds after last Saturday’s World Golf Awards ceremony in southeastern Spain. The year-old layout won ‘World’s Best Par-3 Course 2017’ at the red-carpet event, an annual celebration of excellence in golf tourism. It was the first time in World Golf Awards history that voters could select the world’s top par-3 course. “The inclusion of such a category says volumes about the future of golf,” said JMP Golf Design Group’s Bob Moore, who conceived the 18-hole, par-54 course overlooking the Indian Ocean and accepted the award on Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club’s behalf. “We are embracing courses that have not historically been included in our perception of great golf experiences.