May. 2, 2017
BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia – The Sanchaya is calling on thrill seekers to strap themselves into new wind-powered, three-wheeled karts and reach speeds of up to 60kph on one of the world’s most stunning beaches. In an Indonesian first, The Sanchaya, a 21-villa and nine suite estate on Indonesia’s scenic Bintan Island near Singapore, this month welcomed a fleet of four Blokarts, an invention taking the sailing world by storm. The Sanchaya’s vast stretch of hard sand beach on Lagoi Bay and prevailing winds are optimal for Blokart-style sailing, said estate manager Magnus Olovson. “Harnessing the wind and coasting on two of the Blokart’s three wheels - a move known as ‘flying a wheel’ - is nothing short of mind-blowing,” said Olovson. “I’ve never tried anything like it before. I had such a blast.”
Apr. 27, 2017
TOKYO – With spring warming to summer and Palace Hotel Tokyo on the verge of its fifth anniversary, one of Japan’s most acclaimed hotels is introducing a new bespoke guest experience with designs upon the five senses. The new package features an inspired suite of offerings at the hotel itself as well as five unique cultural experiences around Tokyo themed on travellers’ pursuit of impressive sights, meaningful touch, fantastic food, and resonant scents and sounds for the ultimate Japanese escape. The Celebrating Tokyo package touches on each of the five senses as follows:
Apr. 25, 2017
TAIPEI, Taiwan — All the tea in China isn’t necessarily drunk in China. Nor is all the high tea consumed in England. This spring, hotels from Bangkok to Tokyo are reaching for new heights with new high tea specials that drink in great views, exalt chocolate, invoke gay Paree and look stunning in lacquer. “As high-falutin’ and old-fashioned as high tea sounds, it’s still a major part of our day, every day,” said Sammy Carolus, general manager of the Grand Hyatt Taipei. “People used to talk about the power lunch. Today we’re talking about the power tea. Increasingly it’s how guests are beginning to explore a particular destination’s culinary appeal.”
Apr. 24, 2017
HUE, Vietnam — Things are brightening at night in the old imperial capital of Vietnam at Hue, and will stay that way all summer long. Pivoting off the authorities’ decision to open and illuminate the Imperial City from 7-10 pm daily, starting April 22, La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa is launching HueGlow, a new package that combines an evening’s visit to the UNESCO-recognized palace, a day on the beach and a barbecue on the beach, to boot. HueGlow also includes two night’s accommodation in a superior room with daily breakfast at La Residence, one of Vietnam’s most acclaimed hotels.
Apr. 11, 2017
BANGKOK, Thailand – A seasoned hospitality veteran with nearly three decades of experience across three continents and an enthusiasm for the independent hotel movement has been named Louis T Collection’s chief operating officer. Shaun Treacy’s appointment to the boutique hotel management and building solutions company marks his return to Asia after six years in the United States. During that time, he was the North American president of Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Rosewood Hotel Group’s senior vice president for the Americas and Europe, and oversaw product and brand design for the Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
Apr. 4, 2017
CAM RANH, Vietnam - The Anam, a 117-villa and 96-room resort that commands a stunning beachfront setting, a sublime 10 treatment-room spa and a 3-D movie theatre, celebrates its grand opening on April 26 in Vietnam’s most compelling new destination. With a design that pays homage to both colonial-era and age-old Vietnamese aesthetics, the independently owned and operated Anam is blazing new ground in a destination now emerging as a high-end alternative to nearby Nha Trang.
Mar. 23, 2017
BALI, Indonesia — Construction is underway on the first 22 units sold at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bali, a remarkable real estate offering taking shape on a naturally accommodating clifftop where the group’s inaugural hotel in Bali is also in development. Set within the confines of budding Bukit Pandawa Resort & Golf on Bali’s southernmost tip, The Residences will eventually comprise 91 standalone villas conceptualized by acclaimed international architect Jean-Michel Gathy, who took inspiration from a traditional Balinese farming technique in imagining the layout. “The topography lends itself beautifully to a series of tiers that is really reminiscent of the terraced rice paddies you see all around Bali,” said the lead designer at Kuala Lumpur-based Denniston Architects, which has conceived many of the world’s most exclusive resorts built in the past 25 years. “So even from the villas at the very back of the complex, you have these unobstructed, 180-degree views of the ocean.”
Mar. 21, 2017
BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia – Travellers know hotels manufacture their own bath and beauty products, their own signature scents, and occasionally their own bathrobes, but a show-stopping, runway-worthy collection of apparel is something quite rare. The Sanchaya is about to cultivate that rare ground. This month, the estate is introducing The S’YA collection -- 20 items ranging from silk yao boxy tops, retro single mesh singlets and silk cotton sleeveless shirts, to silk linen flair shorts, rib cotton brought trousers, and cotton twill skinny jeans. Natalya Pavchinskaya, the founder of The Sanchaya, a luxurious beachfront resort situated next to Singapore on Indonesia’s Bintan Island, said her debut apparel line marks a contemporary yet classic take on smart casual and sporty wear.
Mar. 20, 2017
HANOI, Vietnam — While Bali and Thailand steal the lion’s share of attention when it comes to spa destinations in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is readying a major roar as five of the country’s top hotels, resorts and cruises launch ‘Spa-tacular Vietnam.’ The new package features 10 nights and 10 spa treatments in the most deluxe property in each of Vietnam’s top five destinations: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Nha Trang and Saigon.
Mar. 14, 2017
HANOI — This spring, Hanoi’s food-lovers have good reason to rejoice as French Michelin-starred chef, Christophe Lerouy, makes an unprecedented cameo appearance at Vietnam’s most storied hotel. The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is set to welcome the celebrity guest chef for two unique culinary experiences on April 28 and 29 at the hotel’s French fine-dining restaurant, Le Beaulieu. Part of the Metropole’s annual Les Arômes Festival, the dinners will see Chef Lerouy bring his eclectic Asian-inspired French fare to Hanoi for the first time. True epicureans can look forward to a four-course dinner on April 28, which will include such mouthwatering dishes as warm oysters, with torched foie gras, apple wasabi puree, and Iberico ham stock.