Category: Asia

Phuket Pavilions

Phuket Pavilions

Opened in June 2005, Phuket Pavilions is a resort on Phuket’s west coast, a short distance from Bang Tao and Layan beaches. Each of the 30 pool villas, one-bedroom pavilions and tree-bedroom villas feature a kitchen, dining area and living room that flow into an outdoor space with a private pool, sundeck and garden. The […]

Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers

Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has recognized the Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers as the Best Hotel for the Sheraton Brand 2005 in the Asia-Pacific region.  This is the second consecutive year the Sheraton Saigon has won the award from the Starwood chain, which manages the five-star hotel overlooking the Saigon River in downtown […]

New underwater hotel

New underwater hotel

The construction of  a $500 million underwater hotel in Dubai will start in the first quarter of this year. According to Uwe Hohmann of the Crescent Hydropolis Group, the financing of the development is almost finalised. Hotel prices are rumoured to reach some $3,000 per night but  have not yet been announced by the group. […]

Best Airline to Asia: Malaysia Airlines

Best Airline to Asia: Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines has won the “Best Airline To Asia” award in the 2006 Travel Weekly Globe Awards polls conducted by Travel Weekly, a United Kingdom (UK) based magazine. Currently operating 111 aircraft, Malaysia Airlines’ fleet is one of the world’s youngest, flying more than 48,000 passengers to over 110 destinations across six continents everyday. Malaysia […]

Super Spas 2006

Super Spas 2006

Interested in a seaweed wrap or a caviar facial? Forbes has run an article on the special spas for 2006.   Getting a much-deserved mention are: Monart Luxury Destination Spa, Enniscorthy, Ireland Red Mountain Spa, St. George, UT Chiva Som, Hua Hin, Thailand Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ and Lenox, MA Cornelia Day Resort, New York […]

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand

Just 15 tented accommodations make up the newly opened  Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand – the company’s third property in Thailand and its first all-inclusive tented camp.   Accessible only by riverboat, each tent comes with unique Four Seasons luxury, right down to the hand-hammered copper bathtubs. Enjoy an experience without compromise, in […]

Travel is the number one leisure activity of China’s wealthy

The Shanghai-based Hurun Report  has released the result of  its latest survey on the lifestyle of China’s richest people. The survey covers nearly 600 mainland Chinese with an estimated wealth of at least 10 million yuan. Among the top 10 most popular leisure activities, 28 per cent of them said their number one hobby was […]

Top 10 business hotels opened in 2005

Top 10 business hotels opened in 2005

According to Forbes, the top 10 business hotels to open last year were: Intercontinental Financial Street, Beijing Sofitel on Renmin Square, Xian Hotel Fox, Copenhagen Four Seasons Hotel  Hong Kong Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo Park Hyatt, Seoul The Setai, Miami The Shoreham, New York City St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco Interestingly, all […]

The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur

The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur

Stay in The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur and you could shop, dine out and relax by the swimming pool without stepping outside the confines of the complex.   This 248-room hotel tower is connected by a walkway to the Ritz-Carlton Residence, and then to the Starhill Gallery, Malaysia’s newest and most exclusive shopping mall. It also […]

Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali special package

Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali special package

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali has launched a special package to celebrate the Chinese New Year on 29th January 2006. Special three-night packages are now available from US $325 including daily breakfast, return airport transfers, and free late check-out until 4pm. In addition to the package, a complimentary one-time dinner for two at the […]

Best Hotel Chain in Asia

Best Hotel Chain in Asia

Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, was named Best Hotel Chain in Asia in the annual FinanceAsia Business Travel Poll Awards 2005.    The poll invited FinanceAsia readers to rate the best and worst elements of Asian travel. Of 768 responses, 25% of respondents spent more than 50 nights per year […]

Amansara, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Amansara, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Amansara, formerly the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk,  is a 24-suite resort, with the addition of 12 pool suites and a 25m lap pool. A spa, with private treatment and relaxation rooms,  is joining the  existing facilities 15th January, 2006. Situated in Siem Reap only 10 minutes from the entrance to Angkor, this private […]

Furama Resort Danang, Vietnam

Furama Resort Danang, Vietnam

$10 million is to be invested in Furama Resort Danang, according to The Bac My An Tourism Joint Venture Company, the resort’s  major investor.  The investment will expand the five-star resort to meet the increasing demand for local and international tourists.   As part of the investment, an International Conference Centre will be built with […]

Four Seasons in Guangzhou

Four Seasons in Guangzhou

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is in talks to manage a luxury hotel on the upper floors of the 432-meter high West Tower being built in Guangzhou, China. Their entry into Guangzhou’s high-end hotel market follows similar moves over the past year by other chains including Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Shangri-La Resorts, Sofitel, Sheraton and Westin.

White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou, China

White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou, China

Tight security  surrounding the  five-star White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou, southern China, has today fed speculation that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is visiting as part of his diplomatic efforts to restart talks on the North’s nuclear program gathered pace. Hundreds of uniformed and plainclothes police have swarmed in and around the hotel, putting […]

Thailand's new 5 star hotel standards

Thailand’s new 5 star hotel standards

From now on, 5 star hotels in Thailand will have to be at least 30 cubic meters in size. Furthermore, 4-ft beds, 20-inch televisions with 12 operating channels, communication facilities and  large bathrooms are a must. The interior and exterior designs must also be extravagantly decorated. To be a five-star hotel, it must have more […]