Alila Wuzhen

Located just an hour’s drive from Hangzhou and 1.5 hours from Shanghai, Alila Wuzhen is a 5-minute drive from the famous Wuzhen Water Town. Inspired by Wuzhen’s maze of quiet canals and ancient alleyways, Alila Wuzhen is a modern interpretation of the water town’s design lineage with 125 generously appointed suites, villas and pool villas – all wrapped around private courtyards and intertwining waterways in a tranquil setting.

Heritage Inspired Design

Designed by GOA, one of the prominent architectural firms in China, Alila Wuzhen’s “minimalist” aesthetics is an adaptation of the heritage buildings inherent, south of the Yangtze River. Alila Wuzhen’s architecture is a reimagination of traditional space reconstruction – of streets, lanes, courtyards and public areas – giving it new functionalities and purpose.

“The Maze” at Alila Wuzhen comprises well-proportioned spaces full of twists and turns, reminiscent of classic villages, with its own modern waterways that correspond to the water town of Wuzhen, as well as the water system of Hangjia Lake Plain. A peaceful environment reigns in these private quarters and prevalent in every guest room, where design priority has been devoted to ensuring every modern comfort for its residents.

The iconic indoor pool is inspired by the Arabian Alhambra’s starry bathroom where dappled sunlight etched delightful patterns onto its pitched roof. The main public spaces are gathered around a central water courtyard with water features dissecting indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the resort, while also maintaining the continuity of the buildings, just like the traditional villages of old.

The Alila Experiences

Guests can immerse themselves in the picturesque beauty and charm of Wuzhen’s 1300-year-old water town. The beauty of the water town is best explored through self-discovery. The signature route includes a scenic walking tour through the ancient Grand Canal, the famed Wine Distillery and Indigo Fabric Workshop. The Alila Wuzhen ‘Watertown’ Package offers a choice of the ‘Old’ vs the “New” Experience where guests may choose to enjoy a free & easy excursion to the ancient water town* with complimentary car transfers; OR guests may choose to experience a mini test drive of the NIO ES8, China’s version of the Tesla to explore the new Wuzhen. For more of the Alila themed excursions, guests can book additional activities with Alila Wuzhen’s concierge team to enjoy the local Shadow Play, Water Market and Bamboo Pole Performance on a canal tour to maximise their stay.

Restaurants, Facilities & Services

Four distinct restaurants and bars provide a delightful dining experience for the palate whatever the occasion, be it a romantic dinner or a family gathering. The variety of restaurants includes Shui Shi Kou, featuring a mix of Western and Asian cuisine; Si Shui & Private Dining Room featuring Cantonese and local Wuzhen cuisine. Guests can enjoy food with a local soul for true authenticity. The Sai Bai, a Day & Night Bar offers afternoon tea and an extensive choice of local “San Bai Wine” and Whisky.

Other facilities at Alila Wuzhen include Spa Alila, a state-of-the-art gym with private yoga studio, as well as curated meeting and event space catering for up to 500 guests.

CHAO

– A MULTI-FACETED CONCEPT FOR CONTEMPORARY LIVING

A New Landmark in Beijing

Situated in the heart of China’s cultural, commercial and culinary capital, CHAO is housed in a modernised geometric, glass-fronted 26-storey tower in Sanlitun, Beijing’s most happening district.

Reflecting the local avant-garde scene, CHAO was created in 2016 as a destination for guests to connect, discover and share experiences, featuring 180 design-led rooms, 40 serviced apartments, a 1,500 square metre Clubhouse space as well as a 3000 square metre Art Centre featuring the city’s most exciting exhibitions and events.

Create the Good Life Together

CHAO’s mission is to provide the Good Life – a lifestyle that makes discovery and sharing more effortless and connections more seamless and accessible. Focusing on excellence in both hospitality and design, CHAO has created a series of spaces to support every context, from striving for constant personal and professional growth to connecting and sharing ideas with like-minded people contributing to a meaningful cause, mindful of the wellbeing of the world and the self.

CHAO Art Center

CHAO is not just a place to lay your head. Through its outstanding Art Center, CHAO offers guests the opportunity to plug into the local community, connect with like-minded people and explore new concepts through a year-round program with highlights including regular collaborations with artists, top musicians, “movie-spot” and culinary events.

Signature events, created as sensory playgrounds to elevate the experience of art and culture aficionados, include “Night Museum”. This live exhibition blends the concept of museum with human interaction, reimagining nightlife as a luxurious place for socialising among art. Such events will constantly change throughout the year to provide an evolving calendar for CHAO guests. Another programme entitled “72 Artists and Their Guests” allows artists to create an original artwork in any format for guest rooms at CHAO. The idea is for guests to interact with the artists in a unique way. Printmaking Studio, CHAO Weekend and the Cultural Embassy also provide regular workshops for guests.

The Art Center hosts monthly cultural events and lifestyle experiences aimed at inspiring and elevating. Guests can plug into Beijing’s most active and influential community to connect and interact.

The New Hedonist – Our Tribe

CHAO’s membership platform grants guests access to the exclusive CHAO Clubhouse a social club, which is all about discovery and creation, shared experiences and a common passion for creating the Good Life. From exclusive facilities to dedicated events, members gain access to a range of benefits designed to complement their lifestyle and personal tastes. Membership includes access to all club spaces, including the multipurpose working spaces, the gym, and the entire CHAO events program.

CHAO newsletter subscribers are individualistic and diverse, unconventional and ambitious, creative and positive in their outlook. An in-house editorial team, international list of guest curators and partners, and the subscriber community prepare cultural content and event experiences.

Niccolo Changsha, New Luxury Sky Hotel, Now Open

Niccolo Changsha officially opened its doors on 29 October 2018, ushering in a new era of impeccable hospitality and effortless luxury in the capital city of Hunan Province. In signature Niccolo style, Niccolo Changsha occupies a desirable, highly-prized address – crowning the uppermost floors of the new 93-storey Changsha IFS Tower 1, in the heart of Furong district’sentertainment and business hub.

Niccolo Changsha is the fourth luxury hotel in the Niccolo collection from Hong Kong-based hospitality management company, Wharf Hotels. The opening was celebrated with a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony for dignitaries and officials.

Ms Doreen Lee, Vice Chairman and Executive Director of The Wharf (Holdings) Limited, Mr Kevin Chan, Director of The Wharf (Holdings) Limited, Dr Jennifer Cronin, President of Wharf Hotels, Mr Thomas Salg, Vice President Operations of Wharf Hotels and Mr Jorgen Christensen, General Manager of Niccolo Changsha, officiated the opening ceremony, alongside Ms Aryna Choi, Director of Changsha IFS and General Manager of Wharf China Estates Limited. Among other distinguished guests in attendance were Changsha government officials Mr Wang Yuli, Director of the People’s PoliticalConsultative Conference of Hunan Province, Ms Helen Yip, Director of Hong Kong SAR Liaison Office in Hunan, Mr Qiu Jixing, Vice Mayor of Changsha People’s Government and Mr Yu Xinfan, Secretaryof Furong District Party Committee, amongst other government leaders.

“It is my great pleasure to greet our very first guests and officially welcome everybody to Niccolo Changsha. We are honoured to command a landmark hotel and prestigious location in the heart of this vibrant city. We look forward to ensuring that Niccolo Changsha will be recognised as the city’s leading hotel, delivering impeccable hospitality with Niccolo’s uncompromising promise of ‘New Encounters, Timeless Pleasures’,” said Mr Christensen.

“We would like to congratulate Jorgen and his team on the successful opening of Niccolo Changshatoday. The vision to open our first Niccolo hotel in Chengdu in 2015 ahead of other major players quickly established Niccolo as an ideal destination for new entrepreneurs, leaders in style, fashion, design and society. Today, Niccolo Chengdu continues to be the market leader, paving the way for Niccolo Chongqing and Niccolo Changsha in the group’s fast-growing collection of luxury hotels,” said Dr Cronin.

In addition to its notable heritage, Changsha has emerged as a thriving commercial, manufacturing, tourism and transportation centre in central and western China. As an early adopter of the luxury hotel space in Changsha, the group is at the forefront of bringing the Niccolo experience and its award- winning culture to a new market, offering sophisticated, international standards of hospitality for global travellers and local residents.

The city’s and central China’s tallest hotel, Niccolo Changsha is situated between levels 86 to 93 of the 452-metre-tall landmark Changsha IFS Tower One. Defining the heart of the Wuyi CBD along lively Jiefang West Road, the hotel is an integral part of Changsha IFS and wholly owned by The Wharf (Holdings) Limited, renowned for its mixed-use projects comprising luxury hotels, corporate offices, residences and luxury retail.

Commanding scenic views of the Changsha skyline and Xiang River, Niccolo Changsha offers 243 contemporary chic rooms and spectacular suites, which reflect the captivating sense of welcoming service and fashion-inspired mystique of Niccolo.

The art of dining is celebrated at the new hotel with three sky-high dining and social destinations: Niccolo Kitchen, The Tea Lounge and BAR 93.

Masterfully designed to host the city’s glitterati and A-list events, Niccolo Changsha offers glamorous conference and event venues including the Niccolo Ballroom, the jewel-box venue The Conservatory and level 92 function areas for events that combine sophistication and spectacle as well as inspiring views. Relaxation and wellbeing await at the wellness centre on level 6, featuring an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and The Spa at Niccolo.

Guests are welcome to be amongst the first to experience Niccolo Changsha. Reservations may be made at +86 731 8895 8888 or niccolohotels.com.

Alila Villas Koh Russey opens 1st november 2018 on the Cambodian Riviera

The long awaited debut of Alila Villas Koh Russey on the Cambodian Riviera will be welcoming guests this November. Hailed as one of the most anticipated openings, Alila Villas Koh Russey resides on its own private island in the Koh Rong archipelago. The journey from tarmac to resort takes just a 20-minute private car transfer and speedboat ride from Sihanoukville Airport.

This will be brand Alila’s first resort in Cambodia, sharing the group’s philosophy of innovative design, personalised service and unique guest experiences that has made its hotels – including Alila Villas Uluwatu, Alila Seminyak, Alila Yangshuo and Alila Fort Bishangarh – instant successes. Alila Villas Koh Russey is set to serve up pristine bays, dramatic peninsulas, copper-sand beaches and tropical forests.

The 50-pavilion, 13-villa boutique resort has a strong Khmer influence. Master architect Chioh-Hui Goh, of Singaporean firm Studiogoto, comments: “Like the relevance of the Krama (a patterned cloth widely used in Khmer life) to the Cambodian people, it has inspired much of the geometry in our design concept, in fusing the architecture, landscaping and interior works with the destination while paying  tribute to the local artisans.”

Chioh-Hui Goh’s design has also been endorsed by EarthCheck, an Australia-based organisation that has benchmarked and certified Alila Villa Koh Russey’s areas of operational and environmental sustainability, as well as carbon dioxide emissions.  Most of the island’s natural foliage has been preserved, with the low-density structures accounting for just 15% of the 60-acres of lush grounds. Other sustainable features include villa systems that automatically adjust lighting and temperature when occupants enter or leave, a fishing exclusion zone which is set at 200-metres around the resort to preserve the marine environment, and a special nursery which aims to protect more than 20 species of trees indigenous to the island.

For foodies, there will be two specialty restaurants:  Horizon – which will serve à la carte breakfast and dinners with an emphasis on French and French fusion fare – and the Beach Shack a place for guests to kick back and enjoy Khmer cuisine, seafood and light dishes.

Those looking for wellness and rejuvenation will love the beachfront Spa Alila, offering classic Spa Alila holistic treatments that nurture mind, body and soul.  Signature treatments will include Khmer healing techniques and local ingredients such as virgin coconut oil, to reflect its locality. Other in-house facilities include an infinity pool overlooking the ocean and a well-equipped fitness centre with private yoga room where guests can enjoy complimentary daily yoga and Tai Chi classes.

With complimentary shuttle boat transfers on daily schedules to the mainland, Alila Villas Koh Russey is the perfect vacation island to enjoy the Alila Experience on the Riviera. Surprisingly different excursions include guided access to hidden temples, highland trekking in the Bokor National Park, exploring the Kep’s Crab Market and Kampot’s pepper plantation and taking in the laid-back riverfront scene.

Thanks to the two and four-bedroom villas, Alila Villas Koh Russey is a great option for families looking to enjoy the privacy of their own space, terrace, pool and garden as well as optional Chef and Butler services while the one-bedroom villas offer an exclusive honeymoon experience for couples.

 

The magical, intimate island of Koh Russey (Bamboo Island) is described by some as ‘a jewel by the sea’.  Its dramatic headland is covered in lush, tropical forest with a kilometre of coppery powder-sand beaches bordering its stunning coastline. Luxury is a State of Being… quite simply this is the place to be on the Cambodian Riviera.

Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives announces ‘Festive Circus’ celebrations

Jumeirah Vittaveli’s festive programme will evolve around an exciting ‘Circus’ theme this year. A host of entertainers, magicians and acrobats will make their entry in the Maldives, promising a celebration in the style of The Greatest Showman!

Jumeirah Vittaveli will celebrate a traditional tree lighting ceremony – another much anticipated surprise given the outstanding creations from previous years, such as the Underwater Coral Tree and the Floating and Glowing recycled Bicycle Tree.

On Christmas Eve, December 24, guests can join the Silent Night gala dinner, decorated in sparkling gold. Guests can enjoy the best creations the resort’s innovative Chefs have worked on throughout the year. The next day, Santa Claus will stop by the island to entertain children and guests young at heart. Watch out to see if he makes his entry by jet ski, catamaran or maybe he will parasail through the air onto the white sandy shores.

On New Year’s Eve, festivities will be even more exciting, with a host of entertainers, another lavish gala dinner, and of course the spectacular fireworks to ring in the New Year! A DJ will entertain guests until early morning and a lavish brunch spread will await latecomers for a healthy start to the new year.

Amit Majumder, General Manager, Jumeirah Vittaveli, says: “This Christmas, we have some exciting surprises in store for our guests, such as an exhilarating addition to our freestanding Private Ocean Retreats which will be relaunched in December with extended floor spaces, additional lounging areas, a glass marine observation dining table, a completely refreshed interior, and an adrenaline-charged new way to enter into the marine waters of the Indian Ocean. Don’t miss out on sampling one of the award winning whiskeys on offer at Underchic our new Whiskey Salon – in this sophisticated Victorian era style salon, we invite you to settle in for a chat about the pertinent issues of the day, accompanied by a variety of homemade and artisan chocolates, while you enjoy a tumbler of your favourite rare whiskey.

Culinary delights will include homemade Christmas fruit cake and pudding, prepared by chefs from an exotic concoction of nuts, spices, fruits and a variety of spirits mixed together in the annual Christmas Fruit Cake Mixing ceremony, celebrated with guests every October.

Gourmets will be delighted by the exquisite dishes handpicked from the best ingredients, such as oysters from the Bretagne, fresh white Alba truffle, and Beluga, Ossetra and Sevruga caviar.”

The final event will be the traditional Orthodox Christmas celebrations on January 6, including an awe-inspiring Art of Poi fire dance, DJ beach party, and culinary delicacies served at both Samsara on the beach and Fenesse over water. Ded Moroz and his helper Snegurochka will stop by the resort on December 31 to lavish gifts and goodies to all the children.

Throughout all these celebrations, don’t miss out on skating on the resort’s eco-friendly ice rink, for your own tropical winter wonderland feeling…

Located a short 20-minute ride on board a luxurious motorised catamaran from capital, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers unmatched diversity, subtle luxury and personalised exploration, whether you are seeking a romantic getaway or an exotic destination for your family.

In addition to the brand new Royal Residence, which was recognised as Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa at the World Travel Awards, Jumeirah Vittaveli comprises 89 villas and suites, each with their own swimming pool and direct access to the beach or lagoon. The private and spacious villas are available with one or two bedrooms making them the ideal accommodation for both families and couples. Highlights are the free-standing Private Ocean Retreats, located only a heartbeat away from the main island and accessible by complimentary boat service.

 

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Unveils Collection of Luxury Experiences Exclusive to Guests of THE MURAKA

Innovative Luxury Island Resort Adds Unique Offerings Following Announcement of First-of-its-Kind Undersea Residence

Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton (NYSE: HLT)’s hotel portfolio for the smart luxury traveler, revealed today four exclusive and customizable experiences at THE MURAKA at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, the innovative luxury resort situated on pristine Rangali Island. The first-of-its-kind undersea residence set to debut this November, THE MURAKA offers a transformative journey in one of the world’s most breathtaking natural environments as guests are fully immersed in the wonders of the abundant marine eco-system above and below the Indian Ocean. While pushing the boundaries of engineering, THE MURAKA is not only defined by its physical structure, but even more so by the wholly unique offerings globally connected guests can enjoy while staying in the innovative residence.

“As the first-of-its-kind residence with dynamic accommodations both above and below the surface of the water, THE MURAKA is an extraordinary vehicle for a truly immersive journey into nature which cannot be found anywhere else in the world,” said Stefano Ruzza, General Manager of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. “Through a variety of curated and captivating offerings, we will maximize the potential of this incredible residence to bring unique travel experiences to our valued guests.”

Supporting the resort’s philosophy of innovation and its dedication to creating extraordinary moments in the heart of the Maldives, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will offer a collection of four experience menus available exclusively to those staying at THE MURAKA. Tailored to the unique desires of different travelers with experiences ranging from adventure, food and entertainment to wellness, culture and sustainability, the menus are titled The Wanderers, The Flavors, The Soul and The Thrill. Guests who book THE MURAKA will work with a dedicated Reservations Team to curate their own journey, borrowing inspiration from the four menus to ultimately create a meaningful and personalized journey in the Maldives and immerse themselves in a variety of transcendent experiences above and below the surface of the ocean.

The Wanderers

The Wanderers” experiences are those that provide an authentic and fresh perspective for intrepid individuals wishing to explore unchartered Maldivian territory and engage with local culture without sacrificing comfort or luxury. Culture-seekers thrive in the parts unknown and relish the opportunity to expand their horizons through authentic exploration. “The Wanderers” captures the desires of the traveler who wants to immerse themselves in a destination to gain a fresh perspective. One possible outlet for this ambitious discoverer is to act out their best Discovery Channel narration as they achieve their dream of exploring the depths on an ocean dive or snorkel complete with a film crew to capture the experience. Documenting the vibrant reef ecosystem beyond the glass walls of their MURAKA bedroom, guests will have the opportunity to direct and star in their own undersea film.

The Flavors

“The Flavors” experiences reveal an exciting world of culinary possibilities with a personal chef available 24 hours a day who can satisfy any craving with tailor-made menus. For those who truly want to savor their journey, “The Flavors” experiences include a variety of opportunities to forage, learn, and most importantly taste. Celebrity Chef Jereme Leung is counted among the best Chinese chefs and while his world-renowned Xiao long bao dumplings, handmade pulled noodles and perfectly balanced shumai are available daily at the resort’s Ufaa restaurant, the chance to learn the techniques behind these delicacies are not. In this one of a kind cooking class, guests can enter Ufaa’s open sided kitchen and receive instruction from one of Leung’s expertly trained chefs. These culinary masters will guide guests in the timeless art of folding dim sum wrappers, blending ingredients and of course, slurping noodles.

The Soul

“The Soul” consists of transformative wellness experiences that encourage spiritual discovery and focus on enriching guests; connections to their natural surroundings.Visitors flock to the Maldives not only for its spectacular natural beauty, but also for its restorative energy and peaceful solitude. “The Soul” allows travelers to connect with this spirit through a variety of experiences including meditation, yoga and more. There may be no better place to get in touch with oneself than THE MURAKA, lending itself to a deeper practice with two decks – one facing sunrise and the other facing sunset – to soak up the healing powers of sunlight or bask in the peace of dusk.

The Thrill

“The Thrill” experiences are a collection of adventures with opportunities for fascinating exploration on land and at sea. Adrenaline-seeking explorers will be spoilt for choice when including items from “The Thrill” into their MURAKA adventure. While the Maldivian environment around the MURAKA is magnificent at any angle, it may be most magical from below. For an experience under the sea, guests can spark their senses and discover the reefs by night alongside highly-trained professionals that guide explorers through the enigmatic dark blue waters. On this journey, guests will discover the peculiar glows of planktons lurking the ocean, corals blooming out into stunning colors and witness the rare phenomenon of shy underwater residents of the South Ari Atoll coming out to play.

Young travelers who stay at THE MURAKA will find that most experiences from across all four core menus are easily customizable to suit their interests as well as the opportunity to create entirely new experiences through the MURAKA kids Edu-tainment menu designed to captivate their imaginations.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers the popular Conrad Concierge mobile app, which gives global luxury travelers the ability to customize details of their hotel stay before, during, and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet. Whether it’s pre-selecting bath amenities or checking-in while in-transit from the airport, guests can access a variety of features by using the app.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island participates in Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app.

Additional “off-the-menu” experiences have been crafted for inspirited MURAKA guests and more information or reservations are available by phone at +960 668 0629 or email at TheMuraka@conradhotels.com. Details on the resort and overall reservation queries can be directed to www.conradmaldives.com.

Heritage Villas Zhouzhuang

Heritage Villas Zhouzhuang brings Dusit’s gracious

hospitality to China’s renowned ancient water town

First phase of Dusit Thani Zhouzhuang now open

Heritage Villas Zhouzhuang, Managed by Dusit has officially opened its doors bringing Thai-inspired, gracious hospitality to Zhouzhuang, a renowned ancient water town in Jiangsu Province.

Managed by Dusit International, one of Thailand’s foremost hotel and property development companies, Heritage Villas Zhouzhuang is set within the Yungu Pastoral Valley, approximately 60 minutes by car from Shanghai and 40 minutes from Suzhou.

The distinctive property comprises 33 rooms in traditional houses featuring comfortable interior designs. Family-friendly amenities include a mini golf range and an outdoor play area.

This opening is the first phase of the Dusit Thani Zhouzhuang, which will also include an upscale, full service hotel comprising 160 guest rooms due to open in 2022. The hotel building will feature an all-day-dining restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, a health club, an indoor swimming pool, and conference facilities.

Rich in history and natural beauty, Zhouzhuang is often referred to as “Venice of the East” due to its distinctive network of canals, rivers and lakes, well-preserved ancient houses and bridges, and splendid water views.

Zhouzhuang’s main scenic spots and historical attractions, which date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, are all within walking distance of Heritage Villas Zhouzhuang.

“We are delighted to open this distinctive resort with historic houses in this beautiful water town,” said Mr Lim Boon Kwee, Chief Operating Officer, Dusit International. “Our comfortable rooms and excellent location provide the perfect platform to showcase Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired, gracious hospitality, and we look forward to delighting domestic and international travellers alike with our thoughtful and friendly service.”

To celebrate its opening, Heritage Villas Zhouzhuang, Managed by Dusit is offering a “Grand Opening” package featuring accommodation in a Heritage Room, and breakfast for two persons, starting from RMB 688. The package is valid until 31 December 2018.

For more information, and reservations, please visit: www.dusit.com/dusitthani/heritagevillas/zhouzhuang/

Joali Maldives

The First “Art Immersive Hotel” Opening In October Reveals Its Art And Architectural Elements

Joali Maldives reveals its opening plans as well as its full range of amenities, including the Joali Spa by ESPA and an immersive Art Studio & Gallery, available to guests from1st October. Located on its own private island in the Raa Atoll, Joali Maldives will offer unconventional luxury through the lens of the resort’s “Joy of Living” philosophy, which welcomes guests to celebrate the joy in every passing moment. Guests will experience a new kind of sustainable glamour and a dedication to immersive art that has never before been seen in the Maldives, in addition to elegant overwater and beach villas –including two-, three- and four-bedroom residences, thoughtful programming and four innovative restaurant concepts with a distinct focus on design.

ART IMMERSIVE HOTEL

As one of the first immersive art resorts in the Maldives, Joali is surrounded by interactive and experiential artistic pieces that incorporate surrounding nature and celebrate young designers, including Misha Khan, Nacho Carbonell, Porky Hefer, London-based Studio Glithero, Zemer Peled, Chris Wolston, Doug Johnston, Ardmore and more. Guests can explore the resort’s extensive art collection with an exclusive art map which spotlights areas of interest including those works created in collaboration with local artisans to support the Maldivian community. Whimsical work is also featured at the Art Studio & Gallery, which invites international guest artists to exhibit throughout the year. Eye-catching art and true relaxation is also delivered in the resort’s Living Room, where guests can decompress in comfort while reading one of the over 1,000 books available.

DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE

Located in one of the largest and deepest atolls in the world, Joali Maldives is teeming with life, surrounded by tranquil lagoons, pristine white-sand beaches and a lush landscape of coconut palms. Internationally-renowned design studio, Autoban, architecture and design studio, Atolye4n, and Tokyo-based Studio Glitt were appointed to lead the overall design and architectural ingenuity throughout the 24-acre resort from an inviting Maldivian entrance featuring artisan wood to encompassing the feminine spirit of the property through natural, subtle colors and smooth transitions that blend with the island’s spirit and culture. The resort’s sustainability story begins with its master plan and layout, which preserved over 1,000 trees during the construction process.

“In pursuing our team’s collective passion for nature conservation and Maldivian culture, we are thrilled to announce such a special opening and have the utmost confidence that Joali will set a new bar when it comes to a meaningful and immersive luxury hospitality experience,” said Steven Phillips, General Manager at Joali Maldives. “We have an accomplished team of dedicated hospitality professionals who are devoted to offering truly bespoke experiences and intuitive service at every turn and delivering our ‘Joy of Living’ promise.”

 

LUXURY BEACH, WATER VILLAS AND RESIDENCES

The Joali experience begins shortly after arrival at the Male airport where guests are invited to relax in a private lounge before taking a 45-minute seaplane to the resort. Accommodations include 73 private beach and water villas and residences ranging from one- to four-bedrooms, influenced by individual stories and designed to take guests on a sensory journey. Each villa features a private infinity pool, butler service, artisanal amenities, curated in-villa libraries, thoughtful design and handpicked art.

Standout accommodations include the Three Bedroom Ocean Residence and Four Bedroom Beach Residence. Within the Three Bedroom Ocean Residence, guests can expect over 4,000 square feet of lavish living space across three bedrooms, three dressing rooms featuring two walk-in closets each and two living rooms. Two striking infinity pools, a spa room and sauna, butler and valet service and an on-call Dhoni, a Maldivian sailboat, are also included for guests staying in this outstanding residence.

Four Bedroom Beach Residence boasts over 5,000 square feet across four exquisite bedrooms nestled in a private beach enclave, offering guests sunrise and sunset views. The extravagant accommodations include indoor and outdoor living space, private infinity pool, spa cabana and sauna, curated library and guest quarters.

Souq Al Wakra Hotel by Tivoli launches in Qatar

Tivoli Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the opening of Souq Al Wakra Hotel by Tivoli in Qatar. The new hotel is located in the up-and-coming district of Al Wakra, just a 20 minute drive south of Doha.

Blending artful Qatari tradition and contemporary leisure, the new 101-room hotel comprises of two buildings which are former heritage houses, where original character has been splendidly preserved with the architecture mirroring a Qatari house or fortress.

Facilities at Souq Al Wakra by Tivoli include a Tivoli Spa with separate treatment rooms for men and women, a gym, a multipurpose boardroom, five restaurants and lounges, plus colourful Qatari majlis which are situated across the property and are perfect for celebrations or family gatherings, offering an authentic Bedouin-style evening or live BBQ.

M Beach Club Makes Waves on Mai Khao

From now, sip Champagne by the sea at the new M Beach Club in Phuket.

Set on the broad, sandy shores of the island’s northern coast, M Beach Club welcomes you to drink, dance, dine, lounge and swim against an eminently Instagrammable backdrop.

This stretch of Mai Khao Beach, just 14 kilometres from the international airport, comes with sprawling sea views and a natural soundtrack of waves lapping against the shore. Take in the panorama from the club’s second floor, which looks out over the endless blue waters of the Andaman.

In the afternoon, relax with an icy beer in one of the club’s cosy lounge areas – sophisticated in their simplicity and inviting by design. As night falls, enjoy the seamless shift in atmosphere from low-key to up-tempo. A rotating roster of world-famous DJs provides a soundtrack that builds from chillout jazz, to soul and funk, to club and deep house as the evening energy progesses.

To fuel your reverie, M Beach Club offers a medley of delectable island fare like a zesty pomegranate and burrata salad; crispy, golden calamari; and pork satay with local pineapple and peanut sauce. The drinks menu includes classic takes on bar favourites like a traditional Bloody Mary with a punch of vodka, Lea & Perrins and Tabasco to help you recover from the night before. Want a creative, local cocktail? Try the fresh flavours of the Phuket Paradise – Thai rum, blue curaçao, pineapple juice and sour mix – to prepare you for the night ahead.

From midday lazing to sundown raving, all moments at M Beach Club promise to be unforgettable. The sleek, stylish haven is exactly what Phuket has been craving. Welcome to the island’s most essential beach club.