Apr. 4, 2018
CAM RANH, Vietnam — Fusion Resort Cam Ranh, 14-hectare resort sprawled along Vietnam’s south-central coast, is introducing three new packages, a spa-detox, a spa escape with unlimited Italian bubbly, and a golf-filled getaway with access to two nearby international-standard courses. The “Gentle Spa Detox” package charts a middle ground between a detox retreat and a relaxing but healthy beach holiday. The stay includes a bevy of spa therapies and daily group yoga sessions (plus one private yoga and meditation session) all supported by daily green juices, unlimited fresh coconut water, one cooking class covering raw and vegan cuisine, plus Fusion’s signature “Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime” service, and a la carte dinner or lunch every day. Spa-goers can choose from four, seven, or 14-night stays, with rates starting at USD 922++ for the four-night stay.
Apr. 4, 2018
HANOI – This April, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi celebrates the start of spring with a mouth-watering line-up of gastronomic events from France, Australia and India. This year’s spring culinary festival kicks off at Vietnam’s most storied hotel with a special champagne buffet featuring select wines from Billecart-Salmon. The French champagne house is renowned for the quality of its delicate rosé, while its Brut Réserve is a beautifully harmonious and balanced wine. The champagne buffet-dinatoire will take place on April 5 at Le Balcon from 6:30pm and is priced at VND 1,200,000 per person. Meanwhile, from April 7 to 24, foodies are invited to savour a “Taste of Australia”, featuring culinary offerings and wine from Down Under, at Le Club Bar.
Mar. 29, 2018
HANOI — The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is used to selling rooms and suites, exquisite dinners and bottles of vintage wine, some so precious they’ve fetched 100 million Vietnamese dong. But last week, the hotel trumped all previous luxurious moves with a bottle of vodka that costs a whopping 295 million Vietnamese dong. The bottle of Beluga Epicure by Lalique hasn’t sold yet. It has been installed though, under lock and key, in a place of prominence in the hotel’s Angelina restaurant. Borne of wheat from the Russian steppes and water tapped from Siberian bedrock, Epicure is a collaboration between Russian vodka company, Beluga, and French crystal maker, Lalique, which produces each crystal decanter by hand in the company’s workshops in Alsace, France. Master polishers then refine the contrast between the clear and satin-finished crystal, before engraving a serial number on the bottom of each decanter.
Mar. 29, 2018
CHIANG MAI, Thailand – The Dawn, a rehab and wellness center located in a serene and secluded natural setting in Northern Thailand, has introduced a therapeutic new program to cater for people dealing with stress and depression caused by overwork and pressure to perform at work. "With the Internet and smartphone, everybody’s getting busier. It’s as if we are all working 24/7,'' said Tony Tan, the clinical manager at The Dawn. “And it’s not just executives and businesspeople. So many of us are now working in competitive professions where our bosses demand higher results and longer hours. And having smartphones, we are expected to work anywhere and at any time – in the train, on the bus, at night, on days off. It takes a tremendous toll.” Tan, a Singaporean psychotherapist, has been at The Dawn since it opened last year. He has been instrumental in designing the center’s Executive Burnout programme, aimed primarily but not exclusively at those seeking to recover from work-related stress. The programme incorporates comprehensive therapy, life coaching, stress management, fitness, Thai boxing, massage, and spiritual activities such as yoga and meditation.
Mar. 28, 2018
CAM RANH, Vietnam — Greg Norman, one of the most prolific and venerated golf course designers in the world, said during his latest visit to Vietnam that KN Golf Links Cam Ranh’s breadth of character will make for an experience unlike any other in the booming golf nation. "The scale and natural topography of the property lends itself beautifully to a great variety of golf holes," Mr. Norman said while playing with the course’s owner — KN Investment Group Chairman Le Van Kiem — and other influential figures in an invitation-only tournament earlier this month. "It plays links because there’s a lot of up and down and natural contouring to the layout, so you get these sensational visuals from tee boxes especially and really cool run-off areas where the ball can roll and turn. It’s a lot of fun already."
Mar. 27, 2018
INLE LAKE, Myanmar — As the Burmese count down the days until Thingyan, a traditional celebration in which the locals playfully drench each other in water before Myanmar’s New Year, Sanctum Inle has rolled out a package making the most of the country’s biggest month. To be celebrated from Friday to Monday, April 13-16 before Myanmar’s New Year Day on Tuesday, April 17, the Thingyan water festival originates in a Buddhist version of a Hindu myth, signals the end of the hot and dry season and includes a slew of activities all over the country. Locals equip themselves with garden hoses, water pistols, bowls, cups, water balloons and even fire hoses to splash each other with water, symbolising the washing away of sins from the previous year.
Mar. 26, 2018
HUE, Vietnam — With the fanfare now sounding for the biennial Hue Festival April 27 to May 2, La Residence Hotel & Spa is rolling out a complementary three-day, two-night package. The Festival Hue package includes two nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast for two, a one-way airport transfer, 45-minute rejuvenation treatment in the spa and round-trip shuttle service to one of the Festival’s locations at the Imperial Citadel, An Dinh Palace or Quoc Hoc Memorial Square. Held every other year since 2000, the Hue Festival is Vietnam’s most ambitious cultural extravaganza. The festival celebrates the cultural heritage of Vietnam with ceremonies that illuminate the imperial splendors of Vietnam, that trumpet the music of the country’s most renowned pop musicians, that explore the charm of the country’s traditional villages.
Mar. 14, 2018
HALONG BAY, Vietnam — Paradise Vietnam’s pioneering spirit will be on full display April 20 when its newest cruise ship serves as stage for Halong Bay’s first-ever floating fashion show. The unprecedented event will be orchestrated by renowned Vietnamese clothes designer Le Thanh Hoa and take place during sundown on the sundeck of Paradise Elegance 2, one of two 200-ton steel vessels Paradise launched last year. The boats, which measure 61 meters long and 13 meters wide and offer 31 spacious cabins, are one of the largest ever deployed in Halong Bay for overnight cruising.
Mar. 13, 2018
BANGKOK — The general manager of Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit continues to round out his staff ahead of the hotel’s scheduled opening in September. In recent weeks, Sammy Carolus has appointed Maria Sitanggang Director of Sales & Marketing and Wuthivet Vetchabutsakorn Director of Finance. Both Sitanggang and Vetchabutsakorn have more than 20 years of experience in their respective areas of expertise. Sitanggang joins Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit after spending seven years at Hyatt Regency Hua Hin & The Barai as its director of sales and marketing. She has also worked for Hyatt properties in Bali.
Mar. 12, 2018
HANOI - Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi will join more than 2,000 chefs on five continents in celebrating French cuisine at the global gastronomic event Goût de France, on March 21, the first day of spring. The Metropole’s executive chef Paul Smart has cooked up a wide array of traditional French fare for Goût de France, including seared foie gras with smoked pumpkin and hazelnuts, red mullet with artichoke mousseline, and Normandy rabbit with dried apricot and garlic cream. The set six-course dinner is priced at 1,700,000 net VND and will be available at the hotel’s premier French fine-dining restaurant, Le Beaulieu. Organised by France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chef Alain Ducasse, the Goût de France food festival is an annual event that aims to commemorate French cuisine being named as a feature of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010.