Nov. 7, 2016
ANGUILLA — While most companies accept utilitarian conference rooms and spaces for executive meetings within hotel towers or large seaside spreads, a new collection is raising the bar for companies by offering groups fully staffed, private estates for corporate retreats and incentive trips. Ani Villas earlier this year opened two new private resorts -- a 10-room enclave on the shores of Koh Yao Noi in Thailand and a 15-room estate on the central south coast of Sri Lanka, known respectively as Ani Villas Thailand and Ani Villas Sri Lanka. Ani Villas opened its first property, a 10-bedroom clifftop complex on Anguilla, in 2011.
Oct. 21, 2016
HOI AN, Vietnam – The company responsible for two of the finest culinary enterprises in Hanoi has opened its first restaurant outside of Vietnam’s capital. Called HOME Hoi An, Paradise Group’s newest venture aims to provide guests and residents of historic Hoi An the same kind of cozy-yet-classy Vietnamese dining experience that HOME Hanoi has become synonymous with. “Our goal is to take the HOME concept to all of Vietnam’s major cities, and beyond,” said Nguyen Cao Son, Paradise Group’s general director. “HOME Hoi An is a big step in that direction.”
Oct. 21, 2016
NEW YORK — Four Vietnamese hotels won coveted spots in this year’s Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers' Choice Awards, with the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi and Park Hyatt Saigon placing in the top three on a list of the ‘Top Hotels in Southern Asia.’
Oct. 19, 2016
BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia – An approach to health and well-being that smooths facial wrinkles endorsed by some of the world’s biggest names including Madonna and Kim Kardashian has come to The Sanchaya Bintan. Developed by renowned healer and skincare expert Kazumasa Kawasaki, who has an estimated 100,000 followers predominantly in his native Japan, Europe and the United States, ‘The Kawasaki Way’ challenges widespread belief plastic surgery is needed to combat the ravages of aging.
Oct. 14, 2016
LANG CO, Vietnam — The first of three prestigious golf events to be held at Laguna Lang Co over a five-month stretch takes place Nov. 10-13, when the 2nd Annual Laguna Golf Classic is staged at the only Sir Nick Faldo-designed course in Vietnam. Hosted by Faldo, who designed the lauded links-style layout and is its brand ambassador, the four-day celebration of golf will include two 18-hole rounds, a couple of entertainment-filled dinners and a pair of game-improvement clinics by the six-time major champion.
Oct. 12, 2016
BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia – A man with over two decades of luxury hospitality experience and an enthusiasm for employee development and relations has been appointed to the helm of the award-winning Sanchaya. Magnus Olovson comes to the 9.6-hectare beachfront property on Bintan Island after seven years in Cambodia’s Siem Reap. As a partner of both the Heritage Suites Hotel and Café IndoChine Restaurant, his responsibilities ranged from overseeing extensive training to full refurbishments and market repositioning.
Oct. 11, 2016
BALI, Indonesia — Bali’s evolution into a legitimate international golf destination gained some remarkable new standing last weekend with the opening of Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club, the fifth golf venue on the Island of the Gods and the first 18-hole par-3 championship course in Indonesia. Designed by Bob Moore of California-based JMP Golf Design Group and managed by AccorHotels, Bukit Pandawa G&CC is also the first phase of an unprecedented hospitality project taking shape on Bali’s southern coastline, where the club’s ownership group, luxury resort developer PT Bali Ragawisata, is planning to add hotels and residences managed by world-renowned brands Mandarin Oriental, Waldorf Astoria and Swissôtel and a soon-to-be-announced enterprise that has long been synonymous with the finest things in life.
Oct. 11, 2016
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- One of the oldest and grandest hotels east of the Suez is no longer leaving anything to chance as its staff sing the praises of Sri Lanka. Galle Face Hotel recently opened its first ever travel office and rolled out a suite of new packages that shine a light on the island’s most glorious attractions. First and foremost of this ambitious new move by the iconic 152-year-old hotel is the,“The ABCs of Sri Lanka,” which schools guests on an appreciation of the country’s animals, beaches, and culture.
Oct. 10, 2016
DANANG, Vietnam -- Ba Na Hills Golf Club, the newest championship course on Vietnam’s Central Coast, gained another level of notoriety on Sept. 24 when it hosted its first prestigious tournament since opening in March. Called the IMG Trophy, the 18-hole stroke-play event attracted 120 players from around the country who competed for a range of coveted prizes including VND 500 million in cash, a VND 335 million ring, business-class air tickets sponsored by Vietnam Airlines and three nights at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort.
Oct. 3, 2016
TAIPEI, Taiwan – Twenty-six years after openings its doors as Taiwan’s first, major international hotel brand, the Grand Hyatt Taipei is launching its first-ever spa. Opened just in time to celebrate the hotel’s 26th anniversary this year, the new Oasis Spa combines ancient Eastern wellness rituals with luxury European-inspired skincare treatments, allowing guests to indulge in the best of both worlds.