Category: Asia

Yangtze River cruises

Yangtze River cruises

In its third year in China, Viking River Cruises is swapping ships on its Yangtze River cruise tour series, adding a third ship while pulling out its earliest entry. Joining its twin sister ship, the Viking Century Sky, is the 306-passenger Viking Century Sun, which is replacing the 186-passenger Viking Century Star. According to Viking, […]

Top 10: Travelers' Choice luxury hotel winners

Top 10: Travelers’ Choice luxury hotel winners

No need to take a chance on your next vacation. Pamper yourself at the 10 most luxurious hotels, as chosen by TripAdvisor travelers. 1.   Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong 2.   Mina A’ Salam at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai 3.   Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai 4.   Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest […]

Sunrise Package at Cape Panwa, Phuket

Sunrise Package at Cape Panwa, Phuket

Until 16th April 2006, you can take advantage of the sunrise package at Phuket’s Cape Panwa resort. The package  is 4,450 per person and includes accommodation in a Superior Room at Cape Panwa Hotel, daily buffet breakfast at Café Andaman, one dinner at one of the restaurants and transfers to/from Phuket Airport. You may also […]

Anantara Resort Maldives

Anantara Resort Maldives

Anantara Resort Maldives, located on South Male Atoll, is scheduled to open in June 2006. An island resort nestled in a private lagoon at the heart of the Maldivian atoll.   A paradise of crescent beaches, coral reefs, and azure waters, only 25 minutes by private speedboat from Male International Airport. Anantara Maldives combines a […]

T+L Design Awards 2006

T+L Design Awards 2006

The second Travel+Leisure Design Awards recognise architecture and design from every facet of the traveller’s world – everything from hotels to travel accessories.   In fact, there’s 15 categories and the winner of each is as follows: Best Public Space: Terminal T4, Madrid Barajas International Airport Best Small Hotel: Básico, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Best […]

Meritus Hotels and Resorts seeking 5-star status

Meritus Hotels and Resorts seeking 5-star status

Meritus Hotels and Resorts is rolling out a new identity and looking to compete more aggresively in Asia with  luxury international brands. Meritus’ Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Frank Foster has said: It’s exciting times. We have reached a new milestone, have 30 years of experience and Asia is our home. The renovations […]

Hotelier Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdeva marry

Hotelier Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdeva marry

New-York based hotelier Vikram Chatwal is to tie the knot with Indian model Priya Sachdeva today. The celebrations are taking place at ITC Hotel Maurya Sheraton in New Delhi and will  last several days. The wedding is being attended by former US President Bill Clinton, Harrison Ford, Naomi Campbell, P. Diddy and Deepak Chopra.  Chatwal […]

Celadon Hotel Hue, Vietnam

Vietnam’s first international hotel management group, Celadon International Hotels, has signed an agreement to manage a new luxury hotel in Hue, the ancient capital and UNESCO-listed World Heritage city. The new Celadon Hotel Hue, with 238 luxuriously appointed suites and rooms,  is the first hotel to come under the new company’s branding, and  will be […]

Brobdingnagian cruise ship

Brobdingnagian cruise ship

Mega Crown International Cruise Lines, LLP have surprised the cruise industry with the launch of the first of a new fleet of Extreme-Ultra-Mega cruise ships. Much to the amazement of others, their new ship, called Brobdingnagian,  has been  built in secret over the past six years at the Yatzmar Shipyards hidden deep within Kyrgyzstan. The […]

Sofitel Macau@Ponte16

Accor has been awarded the management contract for Sofitel Macau@Ponte16 in one of Macau’s most significant and historic precincts. The hotel is being developed by Pier 16 – Property Development Limited as part of an estimated HK $2.4 billion (US $300 million) total investment completed in two phases, with a casino development targeting operation by […]

Le Méridien Pattaya Resort, Thailand

Le Méridien Pattaya Resort, Thailand

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts is expanding its presence in Asia with the signing of Le Méridien Pattaya Resort, Thailand. This brand new resort is located along Jomtien Beach in Pattaya, just one and a half hours from Bangkok, and is  expected to open in January 2009.

Sofitel Central Plaza Bangkok to make world's biggest cupid

Sofitel Central Plaza Bangkok to make world’s biggest cupid

To encourage people to give their best wishes to each other during Valentine’s promotion, Sofitel Central Plaza Bangkok is organizing the world’s biggest cupid made from sugar icing and open for guests and visitors to view from 10th to  28th February 2006. Eric Anton Roos, the Swiss pastry chef at the hotel, has led his […]

Valentine's Day in Bangkok

Valentine’s Day in Bangkok

A seductive gastronomic experience billed as the ‘Language of Love’ is being served on Valentine’s Day at the fashionable Metropolitan Bangkok. At signature restaurant Cy’an, chefs Amanda Gale and Daniel Moran have designed a uniquely passionate menu for couples on the most romantic night of the year on 14th February. The six-course ‘Language of Love’ […]

Banyan Tree Phuket

Banyan Tree Phuket

As the flagship resort of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, Banyan Tree Phuket stands out among its peers. Ideally located at Bang Tao Bay on the north-western coast of Phuket Island in Southern Thailand, it is a mere 20-minute leisurely drive from Phuket International Airport. This award-winning resort offers 115 luxuriously appointed villas surrounded by […]

A truly special offer from Dusit Laguna, Phuket

A truly special offer from Dusit Laguna, Phuket

Special offers aren’t always as special as they might seem, but the Dusit Laguna‘s current promotion is most certainly an exception. With rates starting from $90 for a Deluxe Lagoon View room, there’s been no better time to enjoy a luxury vacation. With an unrivalled location overlooking a sandy white beach and flanked by two […]

Hong Kong Arts Festival

Hong Kong Arts Festival

Running from 9th February and until 13th March 2006, the 34th  Hong Kong Arts Festival celebrates the city’s cultural dynamism with theatre, opera, classical music and dance. Billed as the premier arts event in Hong Kong, it features overseas and local artists of renown in an eclectic array of music, theatre, dance, popular entertainment, film […]