Category: Asia

Japanese Odyssey

Japanese Odyssey

Japan is without doubt one of the most fascinating countries in East Asia –  a fascinating mixture of ancient history and cutting edge modernity.   Absolute Travel  is offering a comprehensive 15 day tour of the country which takes in all of the major sights from the bustling metropolis of Tokyo to the back streets […]

Le Royal Meridien Shanghai makes its debut

Le Royal Meridien Shanghai makes its debut

Having been acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in November 2005, Le Royal Meridien Shanghai opened its doors this week, between historic Nanjing Road East and the greenery of People’s Square. Designed by Bilkey Llinas & Associates to  adhere to strict Feng Shui design principles, the 66-storey, 770-room  hotel will be the tallest building […]

Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards 2006

Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards 2006

The global spa resource, Spa Finder, has announced its 2006 Readers’ Choice Awards. The crème de la crème of the awards are the six Crystal Award winners, which has one honoree on each continent. And the 6 winners  of these hotly-contested awards are: Africa: Santé Winelands Wellness Centre, Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, South Africa Asia: Chiva-Som, Hua […]

Bespoke shopping in south-east Asia with Style Clinic by Astin Brown Inc.

Bespoke shopping in south-east Asia with Style Clinic by Astin Brown Inc.

Travel to Singapore and Mumbai for 8 days and shop. Find the right things to buy for yourself, home and ‘shopping list others’. Discover the cultural spirit of these cities by joining Style Clinic by Astin Brown Inc. Part of the swish things they do is create bespoke shopping and spirit tours to some of […]

Indigo Pearl, Phuket

Indigo Pearl, Phuket

One of Phuket’s new luxury resorts – Indigo Pearl – can be found at Nai Yang Beach on the island’s  northwest shore. Situated next to the Sirinath National Park, it is just  10 minutes from Phuket International Airport and offers a choice of rooms, villas, pool pavilions and suites, in a design that has been […]

Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa opens in Penang, Malaysia

Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa opens in Penang, Malaysia

Shangri-La‘s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa opens on the Malaysian island of  Penang tomorrow, ahead of the originally planned date. The resort is situated on the edge of a rainforest famous for its tranquil beauty, far removed from the stresses of the modern world. The resort includes a state-of-the-art health club, executive golf course, spa […]

Lawry's The Prime Rib, Hong Kong

Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Hong Kong

Maxim’s Group has just opened its flagship restaurant, Lawry’s The Prime Rib. This latest American fine dining restaurant, situated at Lee Gardens, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong,  is the 8th Lawry’s restaurant in the world and the 4th in Asia. It specialises in classic beef dishes, with the  focus on  roasted prime ribs, such as the […]

New Bulgari hotel signifies continued recovery in Bali

New Bulgari hotel signifies continued recovery in Bali

Bulgari, an Italian brand that you might normally associated with watches and fine jewellery, has opened its second luxury hotel in southwest Bali. (The first was in Milan in 2004.) The opening is of key significance is demonstrating international confidence in a resort which has experienced recent difficulties. Set on a 150-metre plateau, The Bulgari […]

The new Bangkok International Airport

The new Bangkok International Airport

The new Bangkok International Airport, situated 25 kms east of Bangkok,  is scheduled to officially open on 28 September 2006. The Suvarnabhumi Airport’s opening is expected to go ahead as scheduled despite recent setbacks such as last week’s power outage and the recent Hat Yai bombings. The airport currently uses NBK as its IATA airport […]

Ultimate Chinese Experience with Shangri-La Beijing Hotel

Ultimate Chinese Experience with Shangri-La Beijing Hotel

Short of time but want to experience Chinese culture at its finest? Then maybe Beijing’s Shangri-La Hotel‘s “Ultimate Chinese Experience” is just the ticket.  A Chinese calligraphy class  in the Spring Pavilion will be followed by a Tai Chi session. Feng Shui Master Zhang will explain how feng shui can be utilised to enhance the […]

ALiLA Villas Hadahaa and Lonudhua in the Maldives

ALiLA Villas Hadahaa and Lonudhua in the Maldives

ALiLA Hotels and Resorts are working in association with the award-winning SCDA Architects on the ALiLA Villas Hadahaa and Lonudhua to give visitors to the Maldives an experience they will never forget. Expected in 2007, the new villas will feature Spa ALiLa with exciting spa concepts that integrate luxurious fittings and stunning settings.

New members of The Starwood Spa Collection

New members of The Starwood Spa Collection

The Starwood Spa Collection – an amalgam of some of the best spas in the world – has welcomed eight new members. They are: Convento do Espinheiro Heritage Hotel & Spa, Portugal Sheraton Colonia Golf & Spa Resort, Uruguay Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, Spain Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, Vietnam St. Regis Resort, […]

Maldives… the sunny side of life

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Win a three-night stay at the gorgeous Sheraton Pattaya Resort

Win a three-night stay at the gorgeous Sheraton Pattaya Resort

More like a private country club than a typical holiday hotel, the Sheraton Pattaya Resort offers upscale travelers the highest standards of service and Thai hospitality. The resort offers 153 comfortable spacious rooms, including 40 exclusive rooms with an outdoor sala (pavilion) and two luxuriously appointed villas with their own private plunge pools. Three beautiful […]

Ngong Ping 360, Hong Kong

Ngong Ping 360, Hong Kong

Ngong Ping 360 is a new attraction in Hong Kong which opens on the 18th September 2006. Situated on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island, it consists of a 5.7km cable car journey up to the world’s largest, seated, outdoor, bronze Buddha, known as the Tian Tan Buddha Statue. At the top, visitors will be able to […]

Bali Hilton International Hotel now Ayodya Resort Bali

Bali Hilton International Hotel now Ayodya Resort Bali

The Bali Hilton International Hotel officially changed its name to Ayodya Resort Bali earlier this week. In addition to the name change will be the introduction of Royal Balinese service for guests, which will display the traditions, arts and rituals of Bali. The Ayodya Resort Bali is a new brand from Singgasana Hotels & Resorts, […]