Category: Asia

Anantara Resorts expanding

Anantara Resorts expanding

Anantara Resorts appears to be expanding rapidly.   New resorts for Dubai, Bali, Vietnam, Thailand and Sri Lanka are all anticipated in 2008. This will see the number of Anantara Resorts rise from 4 to 11. The unique essence and individual lifestyle of the Anantara brand, as demonstrated by the resorts that already exist in

Kempinski launches new properties in Russia, China and Central Europe

Kempinski Hotels is gearing up for greater growth by tapping into the projected increase in Middle East outbound travel, launching new properties in Russia, China and Central Europe. The group will be  increasing its global portfolio to 92 hotels, making it the most represented hotel group within the Leading Hotels of the World. Following their
Banyan Tree planning US$200m luxury hotel resort in Vietnam

Banyan Tree planning US$200m luxury hotel resort in Vietnam

According to a news report from Channel NewsAsia, Banyan Tree Holdings is to build a new luxury resort on a 200-hectare plot in the Thua Thien Hue province of Vietnam. It is estimated that the project will cost $200 million.  Another report  suggests that the resort will include as many as 2,400 hotel rooms and
Ebookers 10 best holiday destinations for 2007

Ebookers 10 best holiday destinations for 2007

January seems to a popular for month for ‘best’ lists, and Ebookers is getting in on the PR game.   These are apparently the 10 best-selling beach and city destinations of the Ebookers worldwide sale, which runs until 31st January 2007: Bangkok Sydney New York Johannesburg Dubai Cape Town Barcelona Miami Perth Orlando
Learn Thai cooking at Dusit Laguna Resort, Phuket

Learn Thai cooking at Dusit Laguna Resort, Phuket

Learn the art of cooking different kinds of Thai dishes during  Dusit Laguna Resort, Phuket‘s fun and easy cooking classes held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Classes are conducted in a real Thai kitchen setting, and you will be able to select the freshest ingredients for yourself at the local fresh market just before the

Thai Airways First Class

Two Thai Airways commercials, promoting their First Class in-flight meals and First Class lounge.
Best beaches in India

Best beaches in India

According to Forbes, it’s the beaches of India that are nowadays “seeing all the action”, not those of Ibiza or Australia.   The country has thousands of miles of shoreline which has become increasingly popular with tourists in recent years. And their pick of the bunch?   Forbes identify  8 as ‘exceptional’: Andaman and Nicobar
Luxury Golf Breakaway Package at Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai

Luxury Golf Breakaway Package at Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai

Spend two nights golfing getaway at Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai and enjoy one exciting round of golf (18 hole) at Santiburi Country Club. The package includes a two-night stay in a deluxe river view room and  daily breakfast, and prices start from $308 for two people.   The offer is available until 31st March

Win a two night stay at any member of Small Luxury Hotels

SLH is currently running a competition for a chance to win a two-night stay at any member property of your choice. You simply have to answer the question “Which SLH Thai hotel is home to the highest al fresco restaurant in the world?”. Submit the correct answer to [email protected] and you could be in within
Interview with Andrew Loyd of Loyd & Townsend Rose

Interview with Andrew Loyd of Loyd & Townsend Rose

Andrew Loyd co-founded Loyd & Townsend  Rose in 1999 in order to promote Scotland’s finest houses and castles for private and corporate use. He previously spent 10 years in hotel management for top London properties, followed by 8 years managing private estates for some prominent New York families, which took him throughout the US and
Banyan Tree Ringha scoops Tatler Travel Award

Banyan Tree Ringha scoops Tatler Travel Award

At the 14th Tatler Travel Awards, China’s Banyan Tree Ringha was named Tatler Hotel of the Year 2007. The resort is 3,200 metres above sea level  in the Yunnan province, a mountainous area that has been designated as the official Shangri-La by the Chinese government and is part of Greater Tibet, both historically and culturally.
Experience the world's only underwater spa at Huvafen Fushi

Experience the world's only underwater spa at Huvafen Fushi

Tucked away in the Maldives’ North Malé Atoll, off the coast of Sri Lanka,  the remote Huvafen Fushi resort is only accessible by speedboat or seaplane.  This beautifully appointed hotel has 43 land-based or overwater bungalows and even boasts the world’s only underwater spa. Room rates start from $690 per night, including breakfast but excluding
Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A  weekly  pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Fish for barramundi at Wrotham Park Lodge, Australia Experience the 18th Century at Ahilya Fort, India Devour Spanish tapas in London,  at Fino Get some retail therapy at The W Hotels Store
The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa

The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa

Recently rebranded as The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa, this wonderful  Malaysian retreat boasts 202 new guest rooms with views of the Andaman Sea. Known formerly as the Sheraton Perdana, it is set in glorious woodlands and scenic tropical gardens. 20 ultra-luxury, private Ocean View Pool Villas are to follow. As a nice add-on, guests

Singapore Airlines new business class

A couple of television commercials for Singapore Airlines new business class, ‘by far the most spacious business class seat in the world’.

Singapore Airlines new first class

A couple of television commercials for Singapore Airlines new first class, hailed as ‘the most exclusive ever’.