Category: Asia

Top 10 cities for foodies

Top 10 cities for foodies

What would you say are the top 10 cities for eating out? According to MSNBC, it’s Barcelona, Brussels, Hanoi, Las Vegas, Lyon, New York, San Francisco, Rome, Tokyo and Vancouver. The choices are based on “cities chosen for their unique dishes”, “others for their celebrity chefs”, and “others for creating dishes known the world over”. […]

Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa, China

Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa, China

The 500-room  Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa in Yalong Bay, Hainan Island, China, overlooks a beautiful 750-metre stretch of beach.    Opening in December last year, it was  the first Hilton Worldwide Resort in China and has already been recognised as the Annual Best New Hotel at the 3rd China Golden Pillow Awards. It has […]

China Golden Pillow Awards

China Golden Pillow Awards

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has been voted Top International Hotel Brand in China in the third annual 21st Century Business Herald’s China Golden Pillow Awards. Gloria International Hotels was awarded Most Popular Domestic Hotel Brand and Crowne Plaza Shenzhen was recognised as Most Recommended Theme Hotel in the awards ceremony held in Beijing.

2006 Millionaires’ Fair in Shanghai, China

After a great deal of fanfare about its wealthy guests and extravagant exhibits, the 2006 Millionaires’ Fair took place recently  at the Shanghai Exhibition Center in China. Initial admission was by invitation only, but it was later open to the public with an admission price of 350 yuan (US $44). With the Chinese luxury market […]

New hotel in time for Beijing Olympics

New hotel in time for Beijing Olympics

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels has agreed a joint venture with a Chinese real estate company to develop and operate a new £77m, five-star hotel in Beijing. The international hotel group has teamed up with the Beijing Xiangjiang Xingli Real Estate Development Company to build a 28-storey, 520-bedroom Millennium Beijing in the heart of the city’s […]

Top 10 summer resorts

Top 10 summer resorts

The excellent Luxist blog has run a feature entitled “Top Ten Summer Resorts” in preparation for the forthcoming summer and have given us their pick of the best: 1. Soneva Gili, Maldives 2. North Island, Seychelles 3. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan 4. Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco 5. Ashford Castle, Ireland 6. King Pacific Lodge, […]

Opening in 2009: Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has announced that  it will open Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin in mainland China in early 2009. Situated in the northeastern corner of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin is regarded as one of China’s most beautiful and scenic destinations, claiming to have the “finest mountains and rivers under heaven”. Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin […]

Molecular cuisine comes to Tokyo

Molecular cuisine comes to Tokyo

Molecular cuisine combines physics, chemistry and gastronomy, and was made popular in the early 1990s by the Spanish chef Ferran Adrià. While many parts of the world are no stranger to test tubes and petri dishes, this type of cooking has  been a long time in coming to Tokyo. But the wait is finally over: […]

Best airport in Asia?

Best airport in Asia?

Changi Airport has been voted ‘Best Airport Asia’ for an impressive 20th time on the trot in  an annual survey conducted by the Hong Kong-based publication CargoNews Asia. It’s also received awards recently from both DestinAsian magazine, a luxury travel publication, and from the the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

Top skylines in the world

Top skylines in the world

According to diserio.com, the best skyline in the world is that of Hong Kong, pictured right. Personally, 15th-placed Seattle gets my vote, thanks to the beautiful backdrop of Mount Rainier. The article sums up the top 18 skylines in the world as: 1. Hong Kong (China) 2. Chicago (USA) 3. Shanghai (China) 4. New York […]

Hôtel de la Paix in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Hôtel de la Paix in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Excellently located in the heart of Siem Reap, Hôtel de la Paix has 107 spacious rooms, including 9 Duplex Spa Suites with private terraces and oversized soaking tubs, and 5 Courtyard Garden Suites with large outdoor bathtubs on private garden terraces. The hotel is brought to you by the same people that were behind Bangkok’s […]

Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski

Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski

Located around one hour’s drive from Beijing, the Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski consists of 11 contemporary villas and clubhouse were designed by  leading Asian architects. This luxurious accommodation is situated at the Shuiguan section of the Great Wall of China, a tranquil location amid beautiful scenery. To stay here, it’ll cost you $65 […]

Karon Beach Hotel Phuket sold

Karon Beach Hotel Phuket sold

Kingdom Hotel Investments, a leading hotel and resort investment company, chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, has signed a contract to acquire the Karon Beach Hotel Phuket (currently managed by Crowne Plaza) from LaSalle Investment Management for US$98.5 million including US $ 30.5 million in debt. This is the company’s first acquisition in Asia […]

Exotic Vacations at Oberoi

Exotic Vacations at Oberoi

When guests check in to a luxurious Oberoi hotel in India they don’t want to leave. And now, this summer, Oberoi is making it  exceptionally attractive to stay, with their Exotic Vacations rates,  which offer free bonus nights at seven of the group’s  hotels in India. Book a 5-night stay for $2,900 and you’ll be […]

Mandarin Oriental to open luxury resort and spa on Hainan Island, China

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group  has unveiled that it will manage an exclusive resort on China’s second largest island and most southern province, Hainan Island. The 292-room resort is currently under development and will open later this year.  It will be named Mandarin Oriental, Sanya.

Top accolade for Le Royal Meridien Mumbai

Top accolade for Le Royal Meridien Mumbai

Le Royal Meridien Mumbai has won the International Five Star Diamond Award 2006, conferred by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, a symbol of excellence for luxury hotels across the globe. An internationally renowned board of trustees oversees the decision to recognise hotels around the  world that demonstrate outstanding commitment to hospitality.   Le Royal […]