Dusit International

Dusit International offers special rates for the travel  industry across its entire portfolio of hotels and resorts

Travel agents, airline staff, and other industry partners now receive up

to 60% off stays at Dusit Hotels & Resorts in the Maldives, the Middle

East, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, and more key destinations

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has introduced a Travel Industry Rate offering up to 60% off rooms and more exclusive benefits at Dusit Hotels & Resorts worldwide.

Available for booking from now through 31 May 2020, the special offer applies to the Best Available Rate at time of booking on dusit.com, and includes property-specific benefits such as complimentary room upgrade or late check-out, depending on availability.

The offer is available across the entire portfolio of Dusit-branded properties, including recent openings such as Dusit Doha Hotel, Qatar; Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu, Philippines; Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation Island Resort, Philippines; and Dusit Suites Hotel Ratchadamri Bangkok, Thailand; as well as long-established, and recently renovated resorts in Thailand such as Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket; Dusit Thani Hua Hin; and Dusit Thani Pattaya.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts Welcomes 24 new members

Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand representing more than 750 hotels, resorts, and residences across 85 countries, is pleased to welcome 24 new member hotels to its global portfolio between October 1 – December 31, 2019. From a historic retreat in central Mexico to the brand’s first-ever properties in Finland and Brunei, this expansion at the end of 2019 represents Preferred’s unwavering commitment to partnering with the finest luxury hotels in every corner of the globe. Highlights of the new additions include:

 

Klaus K Hotel (Helsinki, Finland)

Located in Helsinki’s historic city center, the 171-room Klaus K Hotel takes its narrative and design cues from the Finnish national epic, The Kalevala and the country’s mythological creation story that the world emerged from seven eggs. The egg shape is characterized throughout the hotel, most prominently in the check-in desk design, which features a halo of antler-like artwork, and in one of the Sky Suites, which boasts an egg-shaped bed. Guests can opt for one of the Art Rooms inspired by culturally relevant local artists or indulge with a stay in The Nympheus Suite, which pays tribute to designer William Turner through its ornate décor and textiles depicting his 1915 illustration of water lilies and birds.

 

The Empire Brunei (Brunei Darussalam)

Set on 445 coastal acres on the South China Sea amidst tropical rainforests, The Empire Brunei – rich in Malay culture and warm Bruneian hospitality – boasts 522 exquisite accommodations, seven international restaurants, and five swimming pools. Seasoned luxury travelers will love the 16 secluded villas featuring gardens, living areas, and balconies with ocean views. Experiences include stand-up paddle boarding at the Grand Lagoon, an eight-lane bowling hall, a deluxe spa, a three-screen cinema showing box office hits, and almost two miles of private beaches. Golfers can test their handicap on the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at The Country Club, which offers night golf and a golf academy.

 

Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)

Situated in the cultural heart of San Miguel de Allende, one of Mexico’s most vibrant destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the 153-room Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende has quickly garnered favor since its launch in November 2018. Thoughtful accommodation experiences include the Eve Suite created for brides and their parties and the Luna Suite Presidential with double-height ceilings and a private plunge pool, with all rooms offering vintage record players. Foodies can take advantage of five distinct culinary venues, including Zibu, which offers a unique Mex-Thai menu, and the Spice Market, which creates spicy, Southeast Asian-inspired dishes.

 

The Serras (Barcelona, Spain)

Nestled on the Port of Barcelona with views out to the Mediterranean, The Serras embraces the history of its surrounding Gothic Quarter neighborhood inside and out with 28 artfully designed soundproof guestrooms and suites and a façade built in 1846 by 19th century architect Francesc Daniel Molina, famous for his work on Barcelona’s Plaça Reial, which housed one of Pablo Picasso’s first studios. Guests can take advantage of walkable access to nearby cultural landmarks including the Cathedral of Barcelona, Las Ramblas, the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, and golden beaches before returning to an oasis of calm and Catalan cuisine at Informal by Michelin-starred chef Marc Gascons or poolside sundowners on the rooftop at El Sueño.

 

 

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Osaka Midosuji (Osaka, Japan)

Blending traditional Japanese charm with modern design touches, The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Osaka Midosuji launches in March 2020 in Osaka’s bustling central district. All 352 guestrooms and suites are located on the 16th floor or higher, offering unparalleled views of the surrounding cityscape. The Executive Floors are ideal for business travelers with memorable dining options that include complimentary breakfast, cocktails, and afternoon tea in the 25th floor Executive Lounge. During their stay in Japan’s food capital, the guest relations team can help visitors explore the neighborhood scene where they can sample local favorites like okonomiyaki (savory pancakes) and oshizushi (traditional ‘box pressed’ sushi).

 

Drei Mohren Hotel (Augsburg – Greater Munich Area, Germany)

Situated in one of Germany’s oldest cities, the Drei Mohren Hotel extends 132 sophisticated guestrooms and suites combining rich woods, textured fabrics, and polished floors in the bustling Maximilianstrasse, just steps from top attractions including the Goldener Saal and the Fuggerei Museum. For an exclusive dining experience, the on-property Michelin-starred restaurant Sartory – named after Augsburg’s famed 18th-century chef – is open to only 24 guests each evening and serves refined French cuisine showcasing fresh, local ingredients. For spa enthusiasts, the onsite Steinborn SPA offers more than 3,800 square feet of wellness spaces with steam bath facilities, bio sauna, Finnish sauna, and relaxation room.

 

Paramount Hotel Dubai (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Inspired by Old Hollywood glamour and Dubai’s innovative design aesthetic, Paramount Hotel Dubai opened its doors in November 2019 as the region’s first Paramount property. The hotel offers 823 guestrooms that present an in-room blockbuster cinema experience through vintage Hollywood artwork, movie set-inspired lighting, and high-tech entertainment systems. Movie buffs will revel in the themed suites, which pay homage to classic Paramount Pictures, including The Godfather tribute Don Corleone Suite, the diva-inspired Carole Lombard Suite, and the Great Gatsby-era Charleston Suite. Other standout facilities include a private dine-in cinema, a live entertainment stage, a chocolate lab, and a 1920s speakeasy bar.

 

Additional member hotels to join Preferred Hotels & Resorts from October 1 – December 31, 2019 include:

For more information on these properties, or any others represented within the Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio, please visit www.PreferredHotels.com.

 

Alba Wellness Valley By Fusion

Launches Wellbeing Retreat Programmes

The hot springs resort in Central Vietnam tunes guests health with detox and Reiki

Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion is getting into the flow of things with new retreats that tap the healing powers of a geothermal spring at the resort’s heart. A Reiki Training and Sound Journey in March, a Hot Springs Detox Retreat slated to run most months from May, and a new Wellness Detox programme that’s available year round are just a few of the new offerings from the natural hot springs resort on the outskirts of Vietnam’s one-time imperial capital of Hue.

“Our natural health-laden waters and location among the tropical forests of Central Vietnam provide the perfect backdrop for retreats that harness the healing power of the natural world,” said Hylton Lipkin, general manager of Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion. “Guests always leave feeling more relaxed and centered, just from the environment, but we wanted to help them take their wellbeing to the next level.”

Energy Healing Through Reiki

Lei Wei De, founder of Siam Reiki, and Daphnee Lam, a sound healer and Siam Reiki practitioner will be co-hosting a Reiki Training and Sound Journey retreat from March 3-5. With a focus on the energy healing modality of Reiki, participants will learn all about the practice that originated in Japan; how to self practice the healing art on themselves and loved ones; and delve into Siam Reiki, a variation of traditional Reiki that was started in Thailand and tackles energy blockages in a person’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body. Participants will also receive one spa therapy and onsen session daily, time on the property’s zipline and highwire, unlimited use of the hot springs and the chance to take part in Alba’s complimentary wellness therapies, such as walking meditation and water meditation. Prices start from USD444 for two nights accommodation (based on two people sharing) and the Reiki certification. Sound healing and private Reiki sessions are an additional fee.

 

Hot Springs Detox Retreat

This detox retreat combines juice cleansing with alternating resting and movement to kick-start the body’s healing abilities and bring about wellness in a safe and long-lasting way. During the course of the retreat guests will be guided through the detox by wellness experts, relax in the healing waters of the property’s Japanese-style onsen, practice yoga and meditation, have daily detox massages, and more. All-inclusive prices start from USD1,050 for a four night stay in a one bedroom bungalow. Courses run on an almost monthly basis with retreats set for May 6 – 10, July 22 – 26, Aug 19 – 23, Sep 23 – 27, Nov 18 – 22 and Dec 16 – 20.

Wellness Detox Packages

Alba is upping the ante on a stay at this wellness-focused resort by giving guests the chance to opt in to a three-, five-, or seven-day detox retreat at any time of the year. Highlights include a detox juicing class and a vegetarian cooking class, using organic produce, so guests leave equipped with skills to put healthy living into play when they return home. Daily spa therapy is a key part of the process as well as the recommended D-TOX Reflexology treatment, which uses pressure points throughout the body to speed up the detox process. Retreat participants will take part in intermittent fasting, dropping down to just two meals a day. The practice of giving the digestive system a break for periods longer than 12 hours is said to increase fat burning, improve concentration and energy level, among other benefits. The resort’s extensive range of wellness activities from yoga to hiking are also available to detoxing guests. Prices start at USD362 per couple per room for a three-day (two-night) package.

 

For more information please visit: https://fusionhotelgroup.com/albawellnessvalley/stay-save/

Once-in-a-lifetime privatisation offer at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Luxury resort’s extraordinary “You Run Raffles Maldives” is available for a cool $1USD million – a luxurious, all-inclusive playground where the elite jet setter can invite their friends and loved ones for an unforgettable private island adventure

From Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the Caribbean Sea, to Steven Spielberg’s islands in the Madeira Archipelago of Portugal, the allure of a private island is usually reserved for only the wealthiest of billionaires. But ownership and maintenance of island properties requires endless work and expenses, so why buy when one could simply rent one of the world’s most prestigious and stunning island resorts – Raffles Maldives Meradhoo on the pristine Gaafu Alifu Atoll.

For a limited time, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is offering an exceptional $1USD million all-inclusive island privatisation offer, providing a rare opportunity to experience this remarkable resort fully on one’s own terms. In addition to unprecedented privacy and with all manner of special privileges, Raffles will even throw in the use of an additional ‘deserted island’ that can be transformed into an epic celebration or adventure space.

Just an 80-minute boat ride from the equator, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo lies in one of the most remote and unblemished corners of the Maldives and its pristine beauty invariably awes all who visit. Available for four-night, five-day stays, You Run Raffles Maldives provides a generous host with the opportunity to treat up to 70 very lucky loved ones, friends and close associates to the all-inclusive, legendary service of Raffles, complete with Raffles Butlers, set amid the tropical oasis of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo.

After enjoying a private charter flight from the Maldivian capital Male or landing a private jet at Kooddoo airport (located in the resort’s atoll of Gaafu Alifu) via Gaan airport, the group will have full access to the resort’s two islands. The first island is a white-sand idyll where 21 vast villas reside among palm trees; while the second island is an overwater retreat where residences stand over gently lapping waters.

As part of the You Run Raffles Maldives, guests will also have access to a nearby deserted island to enact whatever castaway fantasy they may wish. Whether transformed into a tropical playground; a thrilling sunset concert with a celebrity DJ; or serving as a serene escape for a romantic night-time champagne-and-stargazing session guided by a personal astronomer, this bonus beach hideaway is a blank canvas that can be designed for the dream experience of a lifetime.

Raffles Maldives June 2018

Adding another layer of indulgence, the culinary team at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo will create special menus and tailored dining experiences for guests visiting on this unprecedented package. Guests are invited to  wine and dine whenever and wherever they wish, on a complimentary basis. Exclusive dining experiences may involve a supper of beef tenderloin with chimichurri at The Firepit, an elemental, tiki torch-lit barbecue restaurant where diners sit at sunken tables that have been carved from the sand, or superlative sushi and potent pisco sours at elegant Nikkei restaurant, Yuzu. For sundowners, parties can gather at the Long Bar for free-flowing Maldives Slings, an irresistible mix of gin, coconut, cinnamon and clove.

No island getaway would be complete without an incomparable spa experience. Raffles Spa will treat guests to Biologique Recherche facials, Aromatherapy Associates massages, and many more bespoke treatments. Guests are also free to enjoy endless water sports and unlimited use of the resort’s yacht Azimut. Dolphin-watching cruises, fishing or diving expeditions may be arranged, with cocktails and canapés waiting on board.

Sea-life lovers can also enjoy this region’s remarkable beauty under the guidance of their own Raffles Marine Butler, a unique concept in the Maldives. They will happily lead snorkelling excursions to the resort’s two vibrant house reefs, home to scores of fish species, from fluorescent parrotfish to handsome blacktip sharks and 22 gentle hawksbill turtles.

The exclusive guests of You Run Raffles Maldives will be pleased to know their visit will help protect this precious ecosystem over the years to come. The rate includes a 5% charitable donation, split between the Maldives’ Marine Center and the Olive Ridley Project, an NGO that works to protect sea turtles.

As a personal memento, guests will receive a range of personalised souvenirs including a customised robe, complete with the embroidered event name You Run Raffles Maldives, and custom epicurean treats created by the chefs for guests to take home, with each gift intended to serve as a treasured reminder of a holiday like no other.

Already recognised as one of the Indian Ocean’s preeminent properties, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo effortlessly maintains Raffles’ reputation for superlative service, exceptional dining and phenomenal beauty.

The dedicated luxury travel connoisseurs of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo are on hand to tailor the trip of a lifetime for discerning guests. For more information on Raffles Maldives Meradhoo please visit www.rafflesmaldives.com. For reservations, please email reservations.maldives@raffles.com or call +960 6828800.

Alila Uluwatu

Uluwatu especially is known for its magical sacred temples framed by exotic sunsets, and is a destination that offers something for every taste and interest, from cultural highlights to lifestyle activities. The team at Alila Villas Uluwatu has curated a year’s worth of wanderlust-inciting reasons to add Uluwatu to the top of your bucket list.

March

Total silence, care and well-being destination

Longing for a quiet escape? Head to Uluwatu during Nyepi and experience a unique 24 hours when the whole island shuts down. There are no lights, no sound and no businesses open as the Balinese spend the day in prayer and introspection. Enjoy the colourful ogoh-ogoh parade the day before, and a range of healthy activities the day after, such as yoga, crossfit and meditation. Make Uluwatu your next wellness destination!

April

Bali’s most epic dayclub is turning 2

OMNIA Dayclub has become a bucket list sensation for those seeking the most exclusive dayclub vibes. From commercial to techno music, OMNIA delivers the party mood with big international DJ names. For its second birthday bash in April, you can expect some serious yet fun spins for your ear pleasure.

 

May

Jam-packed with indonesian flavours

Uluwatu has become the ultimate foodie destination for Indonesian cuisine, offering authentic dishes from around the archipelago. From the famous Nasi Padang to Balinese Babi Guling, Javanese Nasi Campur or more elevated tastes, plenty of spice-filled surprises await. Explore Uluwatu’s local warungs or visit The Warung at Alila Villas Uluwatu to savour original Indonesian flavours.

June

Pristine beaches with unparalleled views

If white sand and turquoise waters are what you’re after, the southern coast of Uluwatu will not disappoint, offering beautiful beaches with breathtaking ocean views, such as Gunung Payung, Melasti and Pandawa. Not to mention Nyang Nyang Beach, one of Uluwatu’s best-kept secrets, and picturesque Balangan Beach that boasts amazing rock formations.

 

July

Jimbaran’s legendary seafood dinners

Enjoying a fresh grilled seafood dinner in Jimbaran is a must-do. Take a seat at any of the candlelit tables set up on the beach under the stars and savour seafood, marinated in Balinese spices and grilled over burning coconut husks. Simply scrumptious.

 

August

Sublime sunsets

Uluwatu is known as Bali’s best sunset destination. Imagine relaxing with a drink in hand as the sun begins to dip and the sky becomes streaked with red, orange, yellow, pink and purple hues. Sunset-hop to OMNIA, El Kabron, Ulu Cliffhouse and Sunset Cabana Bar, some of the many luxurious yet fun playgrounds for you to enjoy this eye-popping experience.

 

September

Haven for surfers

Bali is known for its surf, but for world-class waves, Uluwatu is the place to be. For most wave hunters, Blue Point, Dreamland and Padang Padang come to mind, perfect for experts and beginners alike. If you are lucky, dolphins will accompany you out on the waves. Feeling more adventurous? Rent a motorbike and follow the dirt roads to surf spots hidden around the Pecatu area.

 

October

Luxe out at Bali’s most sustainable resort

Sustainability is the new luxury at Alila Villas Uluwatu. Perched on Uluwatu’s limestone cliffs 100 metres above the Indian Ocean, its 65 pool villas are environmentally designed and constructed in harmony with the surroundings, and feature contemporary interiors enhanced with touches of nature and traditional Balinese accents. Its zero waste to landfill commitment sees all waste reused or recycled for other functions, and is just the latest in a long list of eco efforts that have made the resort the first in Indonesia to achieve the highest level of EarthCheck certification (Platinum).

 

November

Spa-tacular indulgences

Cooling breezes and endless ocean vistas make Uluwatu a relaxing place for a truly spa-tacular experience. Age-old spa techniques rejuvenate travellers from across the world, and amidst the tranquil ambience, you’ll have no trouble drifting into a state of peace. Check out for a while in one of Uluwatu’s signature outdoor spas, soothed by the sound of birdsong and crashing waves.

 

December

Dazzling celebrations

From intimate Christmas dinners to spectacular New Year’s Eve parties, Uluwatu has all your year-end celebrations covered. You can count down to the new year with a night of world-class music at Bali’s epic OMNIA Dayclub, or enjoy a captivating night of five-star dining at Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali’s most iconic resort. Just a few ideas to get your celebrations started!

SOFITEL UNVEILS AN IMMERSIVE JOURNEY INTO WELLNESS OVERLOOKING THE UNESCO SITE OF INLE LAKE IN MYANMAR

Overlooking an enchanting patchwork of shimmering waters, rolling hills and rice fields, Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is redefining the wellness retreat concept on the spectacular shores of one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic destinations.

DISCOVER THE LEGENDS OF INLE LAKE AND FIND YOUR INNER SELF

To celebrate its first anniversary, Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is introducing the first luxury wellness programme in Myanmar to focus exclusively on holistic therapies, traditional treatments, nutrition, fitness coaching and educational wellness initiatives. Guests are invited to indulge in these all-encompassing packages, designed for an unforgettable stay at one of the wellness resort’s 101 guest rooms and suites, which include 36 Luxury Rooms, 25 Junior Suites, 12 Prestige Suites, 27 Opera Suites and one exclusive Imperial Suite.

Offerings include the Wellness Discovery package, with benefits including a pre-arrival consultation, yoga sessions, customised meditation class, spa treatments, an in-room wellness minibar, and holistic rituals in the morning and evening. Each guest will receive a wellness basket in their suite, which includes all the essentials such as a yoga mat, skipping rope, wellness ball and dumbbells. The Wellness Discovery package is available from USD180 per person, per night.

“We are thrilled to introduce an immersive journey into wellness, redefining the current offering of experiences in Myanmar,” said David G. Daguise, the resort’s Cluster General Manager. “In this fast-paced world, we want to provide our guests with the opportunity to be transported to a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. We have focussed on four key pillars to establish our wellness offering – Spa & Fitness, Yoga & Meditation, Culinary Journey, and Local Culture & Traditions.”

NUTRITIONAL TREATMENTS MEET FARM-TO-TABLE DISHES

“You are what you eat” is the motto of Chef Aung Kyaw Swar, the man behind Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min’s unique culinary experiences and the curator of the Wellness Cuisine programme. Locally-sourced organic products take centre stage on his healthy and nutritious menus, namely at the resort’s Roots Signature Restaurant, which introduces guests to regenerative ingredients that prioritise the body’s requirements and tantalise the taste buds.

The restaurant, which overlooks Inle Lake’s gentle waters, aims to instil a sense of spirituality and promote the resort’s wider commitment to sustainability. Chef Aung Kyaw Swar and his team support the local communities by working closely — and responsibly — with producers and short food supply chains in order to discover local flavours, creating authentic, delicious dishes ranging from salads and soups to regional specialities.

Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min maintains its own organic and hydroponic garden, which embraces local Shan methods with a contemporary approach to produce fruits, vegetables and herbs. Harvests are not only used in the kitchen and spa, but also shared with the local community and hotel staff.

“Domestic and international travellers with a health-conscious approach can immerse in an array of experiences and countless benefits during their stay with us,” Daguise adds. “Guests can take a back-to-basics holistic culinary journey complete with organic dishes and the utmost respect for Mother Nature.”

UNWIND AND REJUVENATE AMIDST TRANQUIL VISTAS

The tailor-made energising and healing programmes have been developed to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit of Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min’s guests. The mind-body connection of the wellness programmes are designed by onsite Yoga Master, Sudhir Thampi. Born and raised in India, Sudhir’s expertise in yoga, meditation and fitness are vital to the overall success of the wellness journey. Yoga for him is as natural as breathing and guests can enjoy private and group yoga sessions as well as fitness classes as part of their package.

Yoga classes are held in a series of waterfront villas, designed in warm hues with natural woven materials offset by red and orange plaid that is inspired by the headscarves of the local Pa-o women. Perched at the edge of the lake and surrounded by verdant gardens and reflective ponds, guests can draw inspiration from these serene, outdoor spaces while practising yoga and meditation.

Sudhir follows the motto that “Health is Wealth” and he believes that yoga can guide one to achieve happiness and peace of mind.

LUXURY SPA COLLABORATION

Another first for Myanmar, Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min has partnered with high-end cosmetic brand L’Occitane to create natural treatments devoted to well-being. The exclusive techniques and treatments combine local, ancient and authentic healing practices with modern cosmetology to provide guests with a rich selection of sophisticated massage treatments and wellness experiences.

The special combination treatment packages available incorporate various elements ranging from sumptuous body scrubs to relaxing aroma massages that sooth the body and mind — all in the holistic environment of the Sofitel Spa.

Ms. Angela In Gyin, the hotel’s Spa Manager, explains that the traditional treatment options are handed down from generations and elevated with the addition of modern holistic touches that aim to revive all senses.

The Sofitel Spa is a chant to nature – intriguing to the senses and calming to the mind.

STAYS AND PACKAGES

The luxurious new retreat at Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is offering a special Wellness Discovery package starting at USD 180 per person per night, with a minimum stay of two nights from now until 31st December 2020.

The package includes:

  • Pre-arrival consultation
  • 2 night Luxury Room stay with Breakfast
  • Round trip airport transfer
  • Welcome Wellness Drink
  • Meet & Greet by Wellness Concierge
  • 2 Yoga sessions
  • One daily 30 min Fitness Session and customized Meditation Class
  • 2 Spa Treatments – 60 min each
  • Morning and Night rituals
  • Detox & Wake up with warm lemon-infused water
  • Wellness turn down including gluten free sugar free cookies and Signature herbal teas
  • Bath-rituals (Calming, soothing salts)
  • In-room Wellness basket (Yoga Mat & Block, Yoga Straps, Lavender Eye Pillow, Skipping rope, Wellness Ball, Dumbbells)
  • Wellness Food & Drinks Menu selection – Breakfast, 3-course Dinner including one non-alcoholic “Superfood” drink
  • Wellness Mini Bar (PH8 Water, Fresh Juices and unsalted mixed nuts with berries)
  • Daily Wellness evening Mocktail

For reservations and general information, please visit www.all.accor.com, email info@SofitelInle.com, contact +95 (0) 9442 635270 – 78 or +95 (0) 9251 042570 – 76 for general enquiries or reservations.

Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is located 47 km from Heho Airport, and 600 km from Yangon, which is a 1-hour flight away. From the airport, guests can arrive at the resort via the resort’s land or lake transfer service.

LUX Maldives

With sun-kissed beaches, clear waters and exciting family programmes by LUX* Resorts & Hotels, Easter is a great time to bring families and loved ones to the stunning islands of Maldives for an extended weekend respite. Crafted with children and the young-at-heart in mind, LUX* Resorts & Hotels presents a curated selection of exotic vacation ideas for families to indulge in luxurious fun over the Easter holiday. From Athens-inspired themed activities, exciting DIY workshops to the whacking of chocolate piñatas, it will be an unforgettable family affair.

Revel in the magic wonders of the Circus at LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives

Enjoy an eight-night, Circus-themed Easter at LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas. The programme brings you beyond the magic hat of rabbits, clowns and sparkling light shows of ballerinas and acrobats.  Families can look forward to learning more about Maldivian marine life while planting corals with the resident Marine Biologist.  Visit the unique whale sharks around the island, take part in the annual pirate cruise, fashion show or a family-bonding Easter egg decoration contest and more.

Rates start from USD 1113 per night on Half Board basis in a Beach Pavilion for two persons.

A Magical Alice in Wonderland Retreat at LUX* North Male Atoll Resort & Villas, Maldives

Bring imagination to life at LUX* North Malé Atoll Resort & Villas with the five-night Alice in Wonderland-themed Easter programme. Guests can indulge in a resplendent buffet dinner like in Alice In Wonderland, an interactive “It’s Always Tea Time” Mixology Masterclass and Alice’s underwater Easter egg hunt to add novelty to the extended Easter break.

After engaging in the themed activities, guests can let their hair down at the Mad Hatter’s After Party at Beach Rouge. For those who prefer to take things easy, wind down at Coconut Beach, watch Alice In Wonderland at Cinema Paradiso or a enjoy a simple Sandbank Picnic with their family and loved ones.

Rates start from USD 2600 per night on Half Board basis in a Beach Villa One Bedroom for two persons.

Book a stay at the resort of your choice at luxresorts.com or contact +230 698 9800/ 698 2727 for more information.

Azerai Can Tho Introduces 4- and 6-Day Healthy Yoga Retreat Packages

Yoga fans and wellness enthusiasts will learn to master essential poses while calming their minds and re-energizing their bodies with new, multiple-day healthy yoga retreat packages at Azerai Can Tho.

The retreats are for experienced practitioners and newcomers alike, and include 6 day/5 night (“Ultimate Yoga Retreat”) and 4 day/3 night (“Essential Yoga Getaway”) options. All retreats feature twice-daily yoga sessions, daily spa treatments and specially designed healthy “yogic menus” for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Located on a private islet on the Hau River in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and accessible only by boat, Azerai Can Tho offers a peaceful natural setting for the retreats, with a breezy outdoor yoga pavilion overlooking mature banyan trees and lush greenery. The resort is secluded but close to the city of Can Tho.

“Azerai Can Tho is a popular destination for wellness holidays, and these new yoga retreats allow guests to embrace the natural splendor of our surroundings in an active, immersive and completely rejuvenating new way,” said General Manager Vuko Kralj.

All retreats begin with a wellness consultation and introductory yoga session on the first evening, followed by a healthy dinner at the resort’s Cafe.

Mornings typically begin with a special detox tea made with turmeric, ginger, lemongrass and orange peel (and optional lime juice and honey). Then it’s time for the first of the day’s two yoga sessions: a 60-minute dynamic hatha yoga and static asanas session.

During their stay, guests will have one breakfast served on board the resort’s luxury boat, as they take in the sights and smells of the Nine Dragon River Delta. All meals served as part of the healthy yoga retreats feature detailed calorie counts and dietary highlights, with most dishes including vegetarian, gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free options.

Each afternoon, guests will experience a different spa treatment, such as traditional Vietnamese oil therapy or a harmonious facial treatment, at The Azerai Spa, in addition to steam and sauna sessions to detoxify the body and relax the muscles. An evening 60-minute hatha yoga session caps each day before another healthy dinner at the Cafe.

Also included in the retreats are pranayama breathing practice, meditation sessions, a live cooking session, and herbal teas and snacks, including nourishing natural juices such as “Immune Booster,” made with spinach, celery, lemon, ginger and apple, and “Glowing Skin,” which features beetroot, orange, apple, cucumber and celery.

Healthy yoga packages are priced at 65,850,000 VND ($2,833 USD) for the “Ultimate Yoga Retreat” and 38,500,000 VND ($1,656 USD) for the “Essential Yoga Getaway.” For more information or reservations, please contact reservations.cantho@azerai.com

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi Offers Unrivaled Technology Enhancements

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, a 5-star luxury hotel and a leading venue for MICE events in the heart of the capital, has enhanced its already extensive offerings by investing AED 5 million in upgrades to its meetings, events and room facilities.

Ideal for business travellers, the 527-key deluxe hotel is located a short drive from Abu Dhabi Exhibition Center, the Eastern mangroves, Corniche, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Embassies and the business district. Alongside a dedicated club lounge floor, the property offers award-winning dining and recreational facilities, and intuitively curated MICE spaces.

With the recent investment and upgrades, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi now offers cutting-edge audio visual technology in all guest rooms, meeting and conference rooms, and also in its 700-capacity Onyx Ballroom, which spans 785 sq m and is divisible into three separate rooms.

Kagi Maldives Spa Island to Open in July 2020

A 360° Wellness Experience in the North Male Atoll

The Wellness-Focused Resort Will Offer a Holistic Retreat for Mind, Body and Soul

The five-star Kagi Maldives Spa Island will launch in the Maldives’ North Male Atoll in July 2020. The boutique 50-villa property will provide couples, friends and solo travelers with a 360°wellness experience, just a 15-minute seaplane or 60-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport.

Design & Rooms

Kagi has partnered with esteemed architect Yuji Yamazaki on the design of the resort. At the heart of the island will sit Kagi’s 1500-square-meter spa and wellness hub, complete with an open-air, teardrop-shaped floating yoga pavilion at its centre. Kagi will also house a state-of-the-art gym, two restaurants, three bars, a dive centre and a house reef.

Guests will be able to choose from three room types, a Beach Pool Villa, a Lagoon Pool Villa or an Ocean Pool Villa, all of which will be distinguished by their unique locations and will house a private pool, a sun deck and an expansive indoor-outdoor bathroom.

Spa & Wellness

Positioned at the lagoon of the island, Kagi’s Baani Spa will offer a personalized, outcome-focused wellness programme that will take guests on a journey to Release, Restore and Regain.

A fully integrated wellness centre, the spa will consist of four treatment rooms with outdoor bathing facilities, a relaxation lounge, beauty salon, fully-equipped yoga and sound-healing studio, steam rooms and a spa wellness boutique. A ‘Spa Corner’ will raise the ‘juice’ bar with superfoods and ingredients rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, offering a variety of drinks that are as delicious as they are energizing and nutritious.

Alternative therapies including crystal and sound healing, lifestyle and health coaching and nutrition lessons will complement a comprehensive range of beauty and massage treatments. For those looking to improve their fitness, a state-of-the-art gym, tai chi, qigong, yoga and Pilates will all be on offer, with a rotation of visiting expert practitioners providing dedicated retreats.

The more adventurous will also have a chance to sample a variety of watersports including day-and-night snorkeling, scuba diving, catamaran and sailing boat trips, and much more.

Dining

Kagi will house two restaurants, three bars and an expansive wine cellar. The resort’s fusion cuisine will take inspiration from the geographical ‘ring of fire’ that surrounds the Maldives, from the highly spiced and fragranced cuisine of South East Asia to the bold, fiery flavors of South America and Oceania.

The resort will provide an ‘out-of-home kitchen experience’ across its dining outlets, with a focus on whole foods and locally and sustainably sourced ingredients. Menus will be designed to create dishes that are rich in flavor and intense on the palate.

One of the Maldives’ few resorts with a well-balanced gender diversity among its management team, Kagi will embody the country’s island spirit.

For more information on Kagi Maldives Spa Island, please visit https://www.kagimaldives.com/