Oct. 12, 2017
CAM RANH, Vietnam – The Anam, a luxurious new 12-hectare resort on Vietnam's pristine Cam Ranh peninsula, has unveiled two remarkable new villas complete with couples’ massage tables, a sunken granite Jacuzzi large enough for two, a steam room and a large outdoor pool. Set on 400 square metres of lush hillside land located next to The Anam’s 10-treatment room Sri Mara Spa’s grounds, the 180-square-metre villas and their spa facilities afford the indulgence of a private spa journey in the privacy of one’s own villa. To mark the opening of the one-bedroom 'Private Pool Villas (Spa Included)', The Anam, which celebrated its grand opening in April this year, is offering guests staying at these villas one complimentary in-villa spa treatment per person per day, as well as free breakfast and airport transfers.
Sep. 27, 2017
HO CHI MINH CITY — The company behind three of the best restaurants in Hanoi and Hoi An is betting it has the recipe for success in Ho Chi Minh City, too. Earlier this month, Hanoi-based Paradise Vietnam announced its arrival in southern Vietnam with the opening of Q Saigon, HOME Finest Saigon and Chopsticks Saigon. The new eating establishments join HOME Hanoi, Ngon Villa Hanoi and HOME Hoi An — all of which consistently rank on TripAdvisor among the top 10 dining venues in their respective destinations — in the Paradise restaurant portfolio. The luxury hospitality group also owns and operates some of Halong Bay’s finest lodging options, including a pair of 5-star hotels and a fleet of chic cruise ships.
Sep. 27, 2017
Singapore – General Hotel Management Ltd (GHM) has named Deasy Swandarini general manager of its intimate 20-villa resort – The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud, Bali – a private hideaway nestled in Ubud’s emerald rice paddies. Balinese by birth, Swandarini joins the GHM family after having spent a large part of her hospitality career in several of Bali’s highly regarded resorts including Kayumanis Nusa Dua, The Royal Santrian Luxury Beach Villas, The Mulia and The Ritz-Carlton Bali. Her extensive knowledge of sales, marketing and revenue management is a natural complement for her dynamic leadership, as testified by the stellar performance of the previous resorts under her charge.
Sep. 26, 2017
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Once marred by political tumult, Sri Lanka’s capital has emerged as not only a popular tourist destination but a preferred location for couples to say “I do,” and Colombo’s most storied hotel is leading the way when it comes to destination weddings. “Our stately heritage has made us a popular honeymoon destination--over the last century--but we’ve also seen a steady rise in the number of destination weddings since we completed our landmark restoration back in 2015,” said Deni Ohlsen-Dukic, general manager of Galle Face Hotel. “And it’s not just neighbouring countries planning their nuptials here. We’ve hosted weddings with patrons from as far afield as Australia and Canada.” The Galle Face Hotel, which traces its heritage back to 1864, has also seen members of the same family tie the knot over the generations. “It’s not an uncommon occurrence for a great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, and daughter from one family to have walked down the aisle in one of our ballrooms,” added Ohlsen-Dukic.
Sep. 25, 2017
BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia – With the season to be merry fast approaching, The Sanchaya is getting ready to pop the Champagne and celebrate with a host of exquisite events, including a bubbly dinner from the world’s oldest Champagne house. From December 20 until January 1, The Sanchaya, a short ferry ride from Singapore, will stage the festivities including Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinners, as well as caviar and Champagne evenings, a private philharmonic performance, a croquet afternoon by the ocean with rosé, strawberries and live music, and more. “No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they had plenty of sleep, so we will pop Champagne, eat, drink and be merry, and of course search the skies on Christmas Eve and live it up as we ring in the new year,” said The Sanchaya’s estate manager Magnus Olovson.
Sep. 12, 2017
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – Vietnam House, a downtown Saigon restaurant that first opened in 1992 in a 1910-built colonial French building, has re-opened with a celebrity chef at its helm and one of the country’s most dynamic hospitality companies, WMC Group, leading the way. WMC Group, which opened The Reverie Saigon hotel in September 2015 to worldwide acclaim, and Chef Luke Nguyen have teamed up on the Chef’s first restaurant project in the country. Though the restaurant’s facade on the city’s famed Dong Khoi Street stays true to its French colonial roots, the restaurant’s interior is an exploration of the same lavish design that’s informed the interiors of the nearby Reverie Saigon.
Sep. 11, 2017
Hotels are never so alluring as they are in the gloaming. The day is done, the night is young, and the property’s engineers are making up their facades, their gardens and their pools for the evening, as artfully as a young woman at her vanity. There’s a reason so many signature shots of hotels are taken at twilight. It just doesn’t get any better than that. Across Asia, lighting design is rigorously pursued by hotels to help create a sense of place. Whether it be bold and statement-making or subtle and romantic a lot of thought has gone into how a property lights a traveller’s way. “In the same way that light is critical for the success of an image, it’s as critical for the impression that a hotel makes upon a guest,” said Niklas Wagner, director of operations for Hotel Bocage. “You might not know when a place is lit properly, but you absolutely know when it’s lit to the nines.”
Sep. 4, 2017
CAM RANH, Vietnam – With this year’s grand opening of The Anam, two men have set the stage for the emergence of a whole new reason to visit Vietnam’s south central coast - Cam Ranh. Once upon a time famous as the largest American military base in Vietnam, Cam Ranh today is coming into its own as a pristine, high-end alternative to an older, somewhat fatigued neighbor, Nha Trang. When Vietnamese businessman Pham Van Hien set foot on Cam Ranh five years ago, he was struck by its unspoiled sands and waters, its dramatic headlands and offshore islands. A dream took root and has come to fruition in The Anam.
Aug. 31, 2017
SINGAPORE — With a new natural spa and the launch of a wellness experience “A Mantra for Mantra,” the all-new Mantra Samui Resort is attracting spa-goers to its peaceful perch overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. The Jai Spa is a cornerstone of the hotel’s comprehensive new look. The intimate space has four softly-lit private treatment rooms and a foot reflexology area. Inspired by the dense jungle that surrounds the hillside property, the spa features bamboo-clad walls that reach up to a lofty ceiling. The spa blends most of its treatment products in-house, using natural ingredients harvested from its gardens. Thai herbs infuse Jai’s flagship concoctions, and homegrown lemongrass is steamed to create an aromatic atmosphere. The beloved coconut informs the signature treatment, the Yaa Jai, its milk, not oil, deployed for a deep, tension-releasing massage. Warm coconut poultices are strategically applied to tight spots to further reduce stress.