Category: Asia

Banyan Tree Phuket introduces Retreat for the Senses

Banyan Tree Phuket introduces Retreat for the Senses

Banyan Tree Phuket introduces Retreat for the Senses, an holistic experience of rejuvenation, wellness and discovery.  The all-inclusive package includes accommodation, signature spa treatments at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa, three meals daily, yoga and meditation sessions and a series of enriching activities that are held in the lush natural surroundings of Banyan Tree Phuket. […]

Two new Mercure hotels in Vietnam

Accor, the largest international hotel operator in Vietnam, announced today the debut of the Mercure hotel brand to Vietnam, with two new hotel openings in Hanoi and Hue. Both hotels will open in September 2009. Mercure Hanoi La Gare, opening on 1st September 2009, is the first newly built international 4-star hotel in the capital […]

Unique experience on Halong Bay

Unique experience on Halong Bay

Halong Cruise‘s new Halong Violet junk will be launched next month. With just 6 immaculately decorated cabins, including 4 suites, with king sized beds, Jacuzzis, private balconies and personal butler service, the Halong Violet will provide a unique experience on Halong Bay. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994, Halong Bay’s karst islands […]

The Jayavarman from Heritage Lines

The Jayavarman from Heritage Lines

Founded in 2008, Heritage Lines will launch their luxury boutique cruise boat, the Jayavarman next month. Inspired by the golden age of cruise liners, the Jayavarman marries avant-garde French colonial design with enchanting Indochinese architecture to perfection. There are 27 expansive staterooms and junior suites spread over the 4 decks with floor to ceiling panoramic […]

Unique Spa Ritual introduced at Six Senses Destination Spa – Phuket

In keeping with the Six Senses Our Way philosophy – where each guest receives caring, individual attention and a tailor-made experience –  the multi-award-winning wellness retreat Six Senses Destination Spa Phuket, has introduced a unique pre-treatment spa ritual called Jaak Jai or From the Heart. More than anywhere else within Six Senses Destination Spa Phuket, […]

Hilton Maldives/Iru Fushi Resort & Spa opened by President of the Maldives

Hilton Maldives/Iru Fushi Resort & Spa opened by President of the Maldives

The Hilton Maldives/Iru Fushi Resort & Spa officially launched  this week  in a ceremony hosted by the President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed. And to celebrate the resort team created a human Hilton logo on the pristine white sands of the island’s beach. The stunning 52 acre private island resort joins the award-winning sister resort […]

Venetian menu at The Luxe Manor this Summer

Venetian menu at The Luxe Manor this Summer

Bringing the heritage, the beauty and the romance of Italy to the fine dining scene in Hong Kong, Chef Stefano Poli, the new Executive Chef at The Luxe Manor‘s signature Italian restaurant Aspasia, has created a tasting menu of Venetian delights that bring the flavours of the country to life. A native of Venice himself, […]

Interview with Michael Saxon of the Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Interview with Michael Saxon of the Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Michael Saxon lives in Penang, Malaysia where he is the General Manager of one of the Far East’s most prestigious and historic hotels – the Eastern & Oriental.   Happily married to his Malaysian wife, Beatrice, with whom he has two beautiful daughters, and working in the job of his dreams, he exudes the quiet […]

Expansion of Preferred Hotel Group

The Preferred Hotel Group will welcome 13 new members to its portfolio next month, from the stunning Natal Ocean Club on the picturesque coast of Cabo Sao Roque in Brazil, due to open early 2010, to the majestic Leela Palace on the banks of Lake Pichola in Udaipur.   In Barcelona, Casanova by Rafael Hotels […]

Make detox a pleasure at Kamalaya, Koh Samui

Make detox a pleasure at Kamalaya, Koh Samui

Far from life’s toxic stresses and strains, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, on the southern coast of Thailand’s beautiful Koh Samui is the ideal location in which to cleanse mind, body and spirit with a rejuvenating detox programme. Detoxifying can bring about numerous benefits to bodies exhausted by hectic modern lifestyles; boosting immune systems, […]

Asia Luxury Travel Market 2009

The Asia Luxury Travel Market 2009 took place in Shanghai this week. The 3-day, invitation-only  event is now in its third year.   If you’ve attended, please let us know your thoughts on the show by posting a comment here.

The world's most unusual hotel minibar item?

The world’s most unusual hotel minibar item?

These days it seems it’s not enough to offer just a few drinks and snacks in a hotel minibar.   Hotels are going a step further, offering all manner of items from bikinis (W Retreat & Spa, Maldives) to gourmet dog biscuits (The Loews Hotel, Denver).   But perhaps one of the most unusual items […]

Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali

Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali

Perched 70 metres above sea level on the cliffs of Bali’s southernmost peninsula, Banyan Tree Ungasan will be located near the sacred site of Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple. The resort is designed to offer absolute privacy and seclusion but is just 25 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport and the thriving beaches of Kuta, Seminyak […]

Attack on luxury hotel in Pakistan

Sad news is emerging of a suicide attack on a luxury hotel in Pakistan. The landmark Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshawar in the north-west of Pakistan was stormed by gunmen from a truck which gained access through the hotel gates before it exploded.   Early reports say that 11 people have been killed and at […]

The best airport in the world

The best airport in the world

The results of the World Airport Awards from Skytrax are out. Congratulations go to Incheon International Airport in Seoul which beat last year’s winner (Hong Kong International Airport) into second place.   The top 10 were as follows: 1. Incheon International Airport 2. Hong Kong International Airport 3. Singapore Changi 4. Zürich 5. München 6. […]

An unparalleled experience is coming to the Maldives

An unparalleled experience is coming to the Maldives

The previously untouched southern Maldives is to get its first boutique luxury resort. Alila Villas Hadahaa  will open  in the Gaafu Alifu (North Huvadhoo) Atoll in August 2009, an atoll which is rich in history yet unknown to all but the most intrepid divers. It is one of the largest natural atolls in the world […]