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.
Nov. 28, 2017
DANANG — For the second year in a row, Ba Na Hills Golf Club has earned a prominent place on one of the biggest stages in world golf. On Saturday, the Luke Donald design on the outskirts of Danang won ‘Asia’s Best Golf Course’ at the 2017 World Golf Awards in La Manga del Mar, Spain. In 2016, it was voted ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ at the event, which annually attracts some of the game’s biggest names and most powerful figures from more than 40 countries. “Just a tremendous honor and accomplishment for us,” said Tim Haddon, general manager of Ba Na Hills Golf Club, which also claimed ‘Vietnam’s Best Golf Course’ during this year’s World Golf Awards ceremony. “To be recognized at the World Golf Awards is to be in exclusive company, to be sure.”
Nov. 28, 2017
PHU QUOC - Fusion Resort Phu Quoc, the tropical island’s newest spa resort, is moving full steam ahead this month with the launch of three “Wellness Voyages” that promise a journey of mind, body, and soul. The new three-, five-, and seven-day packages are crafted around health pillars designed to address every aspect of a person’s well-being. The packages cultivate a compelling new middle ground between a full-on wellness retreat and an a la carte holiday. The first of these pillars, “fusionmind” elevates physical fitness as the first fundamental of well-being. The second “fusionsense” focuses on optimizing health from the inside out, while the last pillar “fusionsoul” helps guests deploy meditation, yoga and massage to enhance health and state-of-mind.
Nov. 28, 2017
INLE Lake, Myanmar – The first upscale resort in one of Myanmar’s most compelling destinations, Inle Lake, has launched a boat journey to an ancient capital where more than 100 stupas lie in a flooded plain. With skyrocketing numbers of tourists descending on the lake’s stilted villages and floating gardens, Sanctum Inle Resort has introduced a full day tour to Sagar, a 538-year-old village in the southern-most reaches of the lake. Founded as a royal capital of the Shan State in 1479, Sagar has been dubbed Inle’s “best kept secret.” Its 108 stupas date to the 16th and 17th centuries, and lie partially submerged during the rainy season.
Nov. 21, 2017
CAM RANH, Vietnam – Seven months after The Anam opened as Vietnam’s most ambitious new coastal resort, the 213-room property is shepherding guests into the galleries and homes of talented local artists and unveiling an artist-in-residence program. The resort’s commitment to the arts is obvious all over its grounds, where an eclectic collection of hundreds of artworks by local artists hang from its walls and bedeck its pedestals. “Our part of Vietnam is famous for its beaches, its islands, its Cham towers and its seafood,” said The Anam’s general manager Herbert Laubichler-Pichler. “It should be famous for its art, and we hope to help make that happen.”
Nov. 20, 2017
DANANG, Vietnam — If the 18th Asian Golf Awards was a round of golf, it would have been a near-perfect one for Vietnam. Not only did the country — and Danang, in particular — host the prestigious event for the first time ever last Thursday night (Nov. 16), representatives of its golf industry wore a path to the winner’s circle. In addition to Vietnam itself claiming ‘Asia Pacific’s Best Golf Destination,’ Ba Na Hills Golf Club, BRG Kings Island Golf Resort and Montgomerie Links took home hardware for finishing as the top vote-getters in the category of ‘Best Golf Course in Vietnam.’