THE OBEROI LOMBOK’S SNORKELING TRIP TO THE GILI ISLANDS

Lying just off the northwest coast of Lombok is a trio of tiny, idyllic atolls, known as the Gili Islands. From the distance the islands look like no more than minute specks of green vegetation encircled by dazzling white sand and a deep turquoise sea. Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air are time-honoured favourites of divers and snorkelers, together with travellers who are in search of sea, sun and sand in simple surroundings.

There is a particularly beautiful reef off Gili Meno, teeming with psychedelic underwater creatures and phosphorous coral. The boat ride from The Oberoi Lombok every day at 9:00am takes only twenty minutes. Here you will see creatures such as giant clams, nudibranchia, starfish, unicorn fish, clown anemone, clown trigger, porcupine fish, schools of jackfish, giant wrasse, rabbit fish, batfish, angel fish, butterfly fish, long-nosed trumpet fish, spotty groupers, black and yellow banner fish, parrotfish and surgeonfish.

The Gilis are famous for turtles, and your snorkeling guide knows exactly where to find them. Guests are almost guaranteed to see a Hawksbill turtle with its distinctive, richly decorated serrated shell and beak-like mouth, feeding on sponges and hydroids in the coral garden. The Hawksbill is listed as an endangered species and it is a real privilege to get close to these graceful creatures in their natural habitat.
After the snorkeling experience, guests will have time to relax and relish a picnic lunch, followed by the opportunity to explore Gili Air, enjoy a cold drink or a beer, perhaps, in a rustic, cushioned ‘bale’ gazebo on the beach.

Snorkeling tour prices start from IDR 550,000 net (USD 45) per person including snorkeling gear, mineral water, towel, and snorkeling guide / IDR 455,000 net (USD 35) per person for picnic Lunch (selection of sandwiches, fresh fruit, and mineral water).

www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-lombok

BESPOKE LUXURY EXPERIENCE AT SAMUJANA

Ideal for luxury executive retreats, the exclusive villa estate on Koh Samui in Thailand, Samujana, offers a collection of 25 spacious private residences that are ideal for luxury Executive Retreats. Samujana’s personalised service ensures that guests’ stay is as relaxing as possible so they depart feeling valued, enriched and rewarded. Professional support guarantees that the retreat also achieves business goals and simultaneously helps to develop positive energy and synergy within the team.

Each hillside villa has a stunning sea and island view, and an open combined living and dining area flanked by a large infinity pool that makes for a great space for relaxed gatherings. In addition to traditional boardrooms with a professional setting for meetings and group workshops for up to 40 guests, Samujana also features unique spaces that inspire creativity such as private cinemas that are the perfect venue for presentations in style, and outdoor event spaces for celebrating milestone achievements.

The ‘Big Lawn’ offers a three tiered landscaped area that cascades down to the sea front and can accommodate up to 400 guests. For a smaller function in as picturesque a setting, the ‘Little Lawn’ hosts up to 50 guests for any occasion.

In the fast paced world of business, Samujana understands the importance and value of time. Executive Retreat guests are ensured convenience with escorted fast-track arrival service from the flight gate through airport Customs, and to your villa entrance, all within a 15-minute journey.

US$ 1,200 ++

Villa stays at Samujana start from per night for a 4-bedroom villa, and includes:

  • Daily breakfast
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Unlimited high speed wireless internet

To book or make an enquiry, please email Samujana directly at reservations@samujana.com.

Beachside Culture on Mykonos

A real “must” with the international jetset crowd, Mykonos has earned it’s credentials as a cultural purveyor with a paradisical backdrop. Here on the island, San Giorgio Mykonos and Scorpios have together formed a creative hub for a community of global nomads and locals alike, all while embodying a stunning testament to holistic design and free-spirtited luxury. This season brings out the heavyhitters, both in culinary offerings and ritualistic programming.

The 32-room San Giorgio Mykonos is situated on one of the most scenic areas of the island between the Paradise and Paranga beaches. Designed by Michael Schickinger and Annabell Kutucu, the beach property features shimmering polished cement counters in the open-plan kitchen while the alfresco lounge and deck look straight out to the ice-blue Aegean. With a spotlight on origin and craftsmanship, only a few carefully chosen accessories—such as raw wood chairs, traditional Greek woven-top stools, and cotton matelassé quilts—give an innate warmth to an otherwise open space.

Set within a weather-worn house, Scorpios is one of the few beach locations on Mykonos offering an uninterrupted view across the open sea. The daily rituals this season are built around the five pillars of food, healing, design, art, and music, and culminate in the sunset ritual that guides guests trough the ceremony of sundown while celebrating diverse strands of the avant-garde, with each day of the week tuned to a unique rhythm. Focusing on the first pillar, the restaurant incorporates the belief that “we are what we eat”. Newly redesigned, the Sunset Restaurant opens up onto a large, central terrace and features a menu focused on authenticity and the reinterpretation of traditional recipes by Chef Alexis Zopas such as grilled seafood, ceviches, avocado tzatziki, and lamb ras el hanout.

www.designhotels.com/san-giorgio-mykonos

 

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong sets the trend with its New ‘Entertainment Suite’

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has unveiled the hotel’s new Entertainment Suite. Designed by award-winning Hong Kong architect and designer, Joyce Wang, and with cutting edge technology installed, the 2,250-square foot suite is dedicated to extravagant entertaining whether that be a wedding proposal, baby shower, sophisticated bachelor party, exclusive product launch, memorable anniversary party or live streaming of key international events.

The hotel’s newest and largest suite oozes high-octane glamour, a perfect venue for those that want to entertain in style. The suite also doubles as a private refuge in the centre Hong Kong’s art, fashion, and dining district.

At the heart of the suite is a salon with 4-meter long ‘Cabinet of Delights’ where guests can find boutique wines on tap, rare vintages selected by Amber restaurant’s expert sommelier, and a mixologist ‘booth’. Other treats include fine Cuban cigars, snacks, a popcorn machine, exotic teas and coffees, and a crystal vitrine filled with sweet and savoury delicacies created by the hotel’s Michelin-star chef.

In the living area, audiovisuals include a B&O BeoLab sound system, a concealed 160-inch (13ft x 11.5ft) TV screen with a 5000 lumens laser projector. A custom-designed coffee table conceals a range of the latest virtual reality and Play Station gaming equipment. A reconditioned 1930’s vintage American jukebox for vinyl connoisseurs and an in-suite DJ booth will make parties unforgettable.

Guests can engage hotel chefs to prepare private dining from a state-of-the-art kitchen to be served in a bright and airy dining room that can seat up to 10 diners.

The tranquil master bedroom encompasses its own sitting area and a separate dressing area with walk-in wardrobes. Wang’s signature touches are revealed in the cocoon-like headboard and leather padded walls with hand tufted silk rugs adding to the texture-rich interior.

For the perfect night’s sleep, the master bedroom showcases the renowned FreshBed sleep system that uses patented climate-control technology for tailored temperatures and silent ventilation for purified, allergen-free air, combined with an ergonomic mattress.

The spacious bathroom features a freestanding oval-shaped bathtub made from one piece of marble complete with a custom-design Champagne caddy. The rain-shower’s multi jet system can be fitted with an aromatherapy capsule to infuse the shower experience with naturally reviving or relaxing essential oils.

Wang custom designed all hand-made furnishings, including a series of glass moulded chandeliers, wall finishes in limestone with metal inlay, and acrylic cabinet doors decorated with nature-inspired artwork. The suite connects seamlessly with an adjacent guestroom, which is designed in a similar aesthetic, should an additional bedroom be required.

The Entertainment Suite marks the culmination of an 18-month renovation programme that has seen the hotel’s entire room inventory transformed.

“The Entertainment Suite elevates the guest experience by making many forms of entertainment possible in a spectacular private retreat. It is ideal for Oscars-worthy parties, extravagant dinner receptions or the most romantic getaways,” says Torsten van Dullemen, the hotel’s General Manager. “It is also perfect for those seeking a statement space as a showroom, catwalk, social or music venue, or ultra-chic screening or movie set.”

Reservations or enquiries can be made by phone: +852 2132 0088, email: lmhkg-reservations@mohg.com or visiting the website: mandarinoriental.com/landmark

A Magical Yoga Retreat In Sydney

A Tranquil Escape in Sydney’s Own Backyard

Tucked away and no more than 50 minutes North West of Sydney’s centre lies a hidden haven, a place of peace and necessary quiet. Billabong Retreat describes itself as a magical nature paradise, and we couldn’t agree more. Grab your girls, your partner or just yourself for a bit of much needed rest and relaxation!

Upon arrival, the serenity and calm is palpable. Surrounded by shrouded trees, it’s almost too easy to forget how close the property is to the city. Bellbirds sang overhead as we drove over the billabong where the retreat got its namesake. Our room was across the billabong in The Lodge, which was the home of the original owners. Situated a 5 minute walk from the main retreat it provides a quiet sanctuary. Our room was beautifully cosy and clean, with beds that are so comfortable made it hard to get up each morning.

It was so lovely to wake up with the sun streaming in each morning, drenching the room with natural light. The building, which housed our room, featured a kitchen, lounge room and a sweeping deck around the entire home; perfect for an afternoon cup of tea in the sun! The short walk between The Lodge and the main area for meals and activities was the perfect chance to get reacquainted with nature and to have some private thinking time. The Billabong Retreat also offer cabin and tree house rooms, perching on the cliff overlooking the billabong closer to the main retreat. No matter how many you’re travelling with, the retreat offers varying accommodation for any traveller’s needs.

Billabong Retreat at its core is an eco yoga retreat that allows guests to immerse themselves in a stunning natural setting amongst the trees. Don’t feel discouraged at the word ‘yoga’ if you’re worried the physical side isn’t for you! The wonderful team at the Retreat ensure the sessions are doable at all experience levels and they are optional (but we guarantee its so very worth a try!). Heather, our wonderful yoga instructor, explained the history of yoga and gave us some insight into the practice. The yoga itself was at the perfect pace, enough for you to feel a good stretch but not intense enough to deter from the leisurely pace of the retreat. The yoga studio itself, with its glass ceiling to floor windows, high vaulted ceiling and bamboo floor, combines modern design with a comforting safe space and other activities are conducted here such as meditation and daily retreat programs. These retreat programs are for mind, body and spirit. Allow yourself to be taken away from reality, to centre yourself and cultivate peace of mind, manage stress, and gain physical strength and flexibility. These programs alternate depending on the time you’re there- but no matter what is on the time you’re there, you will definitely find something to immerse yourself in.

In addition to yoga sessions and retreat programs, Billabong offers you the chance to personalise and enhance your experience through the onsite Spa. Offering an array of treatments such as massages, facials and reiki, there’s everything one needs to calm the mind and relax the senses. The hot stone massage is a must for anyone looking to soothe the mind and body! The brilliant team at the Spa were so welcoming and knowledgeable, ensuring that you always felt comfortable, making the experience the perfect way to unwind.

Not only content with guests feeling physically and mentally sated, the Billabong Retreat ensures your insides are well replenish with incredible food, cooked with love and fresh ingredients. The food offered is vegetarian, nutritious and most importantly: delicious. The team prepare meals with passion and care, keeping things varied, guaranteeing that everyone is well fed and eating healthily. The beauty of healthy, yummy foods is that you never feel full but satisfied and feeling good. And for our readers worried about dietary requirements, don’t worry they’ve got your covered! Intolerances and allergies can be easily catered for with prior notice so you can enjoy the retreat worry free!

The experience at The Billabong Retreat is one you won’t forget. From wonderful staff, incredible food, rewarding programs, strengthening yoga and tranquil spa trips this retreat caters to your every relaxation need. We found the perfect zen; sitting by the fire, a cup of tea in hand and getting stuck into that book you always meant to read but never had time. Make the time for the Billabong Retreat. Our day-to-day lives can be so chaotic, but this Retreat ensures you remember to stop, breathe and take some much-needed time off for yourself.

We guarantee this will soon become a regular ‘grab the girls and go’ kind of weekend!

http://www.billabongretreat.com.au/

By Chrissie Harding

THE ST. REGIS LANGKAWI

Now is a perfect time for the whole family to pack their bags, hop on a plane and embark on an exciting adventure to The St. Regis Langkawi, a destination renowned for its natural beauty and UNESCO Geopark status. The resort if the proud recipient of the Condé Nast 2017 Award for Excellence – Best for Families and with a myriad of cultural adventures to stimulate young minds and educational trips to learn about wildlife, flora and more, there is no better destination for families.

Langkawi, a kid-friendly destination

Escape to sunshine and fresh air on a lush, green tropical island, surrounded by the Andaman Sea and pristine virgin rainforest, where children will relish the various fun and educational activities Langkawi has to offer. Just a short drive from The St. Regis Langkawi, families can enjoy the Oriental Village, with its many family-oriented activities. Children can roll around in inflatable clear balls on the water, known as Zorbs, bumping, falling, laughing and bonding throughout the adventure, whilst zip lines invite the more adventurous to glide across the pond. Located within the Oriental Village is Malaysia’s largest 3D art museum featuring more than one hundred 3D paintings. Highly interactive, there are opportunities to pose with the incredible artworks and the children will have a ball.

The Langkawi SkyCab cable car, the steepest in the world, is an adventure not to be missed for the whole family. Families can choose a regular gondola, or for something a bit more daring, try the glass-bottom gondola, to best view the treetops and jungle far below. At 125 meters long, the Langkawi SkyBridge is the world’s longest curved bridge. It is located 660 metres above sea level, offering incredible, panoramic views and is accessed from the top station of the Langkawi SkyCab.

Animal lovers will enjoy the Bird Paradise Wildlife Park, complete with white peacocks, monkeys, rabbits, ostriches, porcupines and mouse deer; and a trip to Underwater World, including a 15-meter walkthrough aquarium tunnel. Langkawi is home to one of the best-preserved mangrove forests anywhere in the world and a visit would not be complete without a guided Mangrove Tour, where the family boards boats to see lush mangroves with their over-hanging Bogak Trees, wild monkeys, eagles, crabs and bat caves. For an educational and immensely fun experience, the Rice Paddy Tour located at Laman padi, near Gemalai Village allows the kids to get down and dirty whilst learning all about how rice is grown.

For an exhilarating, unforgettable experience, families can enjoy a unique bird’s-eye view of the picturesque Langkawi archipelago with the exclusive helicopter island tour, offered only at The St. Regis Langkawi. For families wanting to take a more serene approach to exploring, boats depart from the Yacht Club for fun-filled Island Hopping adventures.

Activities for luminaries of all ages at the resort

The St. Regis Langkawi offers many engaging activities and experiences tailored to younger guests and their families, giving travelers of all ages the opportunity to explore their destination and relax in style. Of course the luxury of having more time with your loved ones is of paramount importance and your personal butler will see to that with signature services such as packing or unpacking, drawing a bath and planning your itinerary.

Children’s amenities and facilities

Young globetrotters have much to look forward to upon their arrival and during their stay at The St. Regis Langkawi. Special amenities make younger guests feel particularly welcome, including delectable treats, a tipi-tent, age-appropriate welcome toys, child-sized robes and slippers, a children’s menu, child-sized cutlery and high stools in all of the resort’s restaurants, and a kids pool.

Recreational activities for younger guests

With captivating activities, the St. Regis Langkawi celebrates the art of play. Children can engage in a Batik Painting Workshop by the beach or release their inner gourmand with the Little Chefs Program, which includes hands-on lessons on ingredients, sanitation, organization and cooking techniques. Yogi Kids gives children the opportunity to explore and learn about their bodies in a safe and playful way, teaching better breathing techniques, flexibility and confidence. In the evenings, kids can enjoy story telling under the stars, watch movies or play traditional local games and board games.

Throughout a family’s stay, The St. Regis Langkawi can recommend and arrange a selection of recreational activities and enriching experiences, dining options, in-house nannies and childcare services as well as other conveniences for families and children of all ages. The St. Regis Langkawi also features a private beach for the perfect family-fun day, complete with our bespoke supplements of icy beverages, freshly cut local fruits, and sun care amenities.

A children’s wading pool adjacent to the hotel’s main swimming pool ensures an exuberant, fun-filled time for guests travelling to Langkawi with little ones in tow and there are many options for dining at the various restaurants with specialised children’s menus available.

Unique Suites for larger families
The St. Regis Langkawi has many accommodation options suited to families with family-centric spacious suites such as the 4-Bedroom Sunset Royal Over-water Villa, all of which are tastefully designed.

Family Package

The St. Regis Langkawi’s Family Traditions package includes suite accommodations, daily breakfasts for children and their parents, late check-out, and daily credit towards dining and spa services.

Applicable for St. Regis Suite category and above, the package includes:
· 50% off your second suite (discount is applied on lower priced suite if different category taken)
· Daily breakfast for two adults and two children under 12 years
· Complimentary dining from children’s menu for children under 12 years with purchase of an adult’s meal
· Welcome amenity for children
· In-room camping experience for children with their very own tent
· Little Chefs cooking class for children (once during the stay)
· Daily access to Kids Club
· 4:00 pm late check-out upon availability
· Rates starting from USD420 net per room per night.

For more information, please call +604 960 666 or visit www.stregislangkawi.com

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Iconic Cambodian Shinta Mani Hotels Announce Rebranding

Iconic Cambodian Shinta Mani Hotels Announce Rebranding of Existing Hotels and Exciting Future Development Plans

With Acclaimed Designer Bill Bensley

Shinta Mani Hotels, Cambodia’s leading luxury boutique hotel group has embarked on an evolutionary journey that will rebrand its existing two properties, Shinta Mani Club and Shinta Mani Resort on 1 July. Development plans include two unique and exquisite new properties in collaboration with acclaimed designer and architect Bill Bensley, to open in late 2017 and mid 2018 respectively.

Rebranding

Shinta Mani Hotels will rebrand their two boutique properties in the historic town of Siem Reap on 1 July, in order to differentiate their deluxe 4 star and premium upscale boutique products. The adjacent properties are located in the leafy French Quarter of the city between the Royal Gardens and the vibrant Old Market area, just footsteps from the river and 15 minutes from the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Temples of Angkor Wat. Both hotels showcase acclaimed designer Bill Bensley’s magnificent designs.

Shinta Mani Resort Rebrands to Shinta Mani Shack – (62 rooms and 4 suites)

Following a short closure and refurbishment, the popular Shinta Mani Resort will reopen its doors as Shinta Mani Shack on 1 July, complete with a snazzy new entrance opposite the Royal Gardens. The courtyard style resort’s 62 rooms and 2 Junior Suites, showcase surprisingly different ‘Bensley twist’ design features and enjoy direct access or balcony views over the lush landscape and stunning swimming pool. The pool too has had a makeover and now features a dramatic Bensley design icon found throughout the hotel which has been reproduced in monochromatic black and white tiles to create a dramatic visual effect. Two brand new Executive Suites with full length balconies overlook the leafy streetscape. Interiors showcase a mirrored feature wall and custom designed iron bed, together with handpicked furniture and light fittings. Exclusive artworks were created by Bensley Design Studios Bangkok.

Shinta Mani Shack’s refurbishment highlights Bensley’s playful and whimsical notes with signature bright colours, bold accents, funky off-centre touches and a creative chic lifestyle ambiance with a modern vibe.

Shinta Mani Club Rebrands to Shinta Mani Angkor (39 rooms)

This upscale boutique property showcases 39 contemporary designed rooms and public spaces in a Khmer-inspired design and seduces with soft lighting, fragrant scents and modern Cambodian design. Guest rooms offer stylish accommodation with modern facilities, minimalist chic interiors and showcase exquisite inland ceiling artwork featuring the images of Angkor.

Guests are able to enjoy sumptuous cuisine at restaurants in both properties including the signature Kroya Restaurant (inspired by Shinta Mani’s heritage) with both indoor and hip outdoor oversize Bensley designed swing seating, serving international cuisine; Baitong Restaurant for all day dining, the iconic Bensley’s Bar for irresistible cocktails, the Pool Bar, The Steakhouse in Pub Street (managed by Shinta Mani) or room service in the comfort of their accommodation.

The Shinta Mani Spa offers a rejuvenating range of treatments based on traditional Khmer herbs and healing rituals to reduce stress and reset inner balance. Whether a traditional Khmer massage, an invigorating body treatment or soothing reflexology, the Shinta Mani Spa offers an indulgent oasis for guests to relax and rejuvenate.

Guests can also visit the non-profit Shinta Mani Foundation (SMF) located in the grounds of Shinta Mani Shack and participate in their CSR programmes. The Foundation has been internationally recognised for its programmes focusing on health, education and development for the less fortunate in the community. For more information, please visit www.shintamanifoundation.org

 Development

Shinta Mani Hotels have announced an exciting new collaboration with acclaimed designer and architect Bill Bensley to launch ‘The Bensley Collection’, an exclusive portfolio of super luxe hotels and resorts showcasing visionary concepts, extra-ordinary design and bespoke service – the essence of The Bensley Collection.

Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection (10 Villas): opening November 2017

The debut flagship, Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection, will open its doors in November 2017, presenting the renowned temple town with a whole new level of world-class chic elegance.

From its high walled façade portraying the ‘hands of meditation” to signify spiritual perfection, to the oversized indoor lap pools and gardens with a rooftop living room, the 10 super-chic, luxurious two level art deco-inspired villas set beneath the canopy of Siem Reap’s ancient Palace trees will totally raise the bar and delight, surprise and inspire its guests.

Guests in these expansive villas will luxuriate in tropical splendour as the Bensley Butlers ensure a flawless stay, ensuring that everything is exactly as it should be.   Each villa will offer 156 sqm across two pavilions including a floor to ceiling glassed bathroom with views over the garden and outdoor bath. Inside the living space, polished concrete walls will project sculptures of the Apsara – a traditional goddess known for beauty and elegance – the perfect complement to such exquisite surrounds.

Shinta Mani Wild – Bensley Collection

A Private Nature Sanctuary (16 customised luxury tents) – Opening Q3 2018

Shinta Mani Wild – Bensley Collection is a radical new concept for a unique luxury tented camp experience in the remote wilderness of Tmor Rung; 2 hours’ drive from Phnom Phen.

Located along 1.5 kilometres of river and waterfalls, Bensley has set out to create his most ambitious luxury camp project to date. This super-luxe property will have 16 100 sqm custom designed tents elevated over the swift moving water and waterfalls, providing a view and experience unlike any other resort in Asia. Each tent will be meticulously designed to invoke the feeling of what it would have been like on a luxury safari in the jungles of Cambodia with Jacky O.

Shinta Mani Wild – Bensley Collection will combine world class design, hospitality and conservation. Bensley describes the project as ‘a utopia of sustainability’; by making the lowest possible impact on the land and doubling as a research and conservation centre it will create a new model that will not only conserve and protect threatened wildlands, but also create new and sustainable opportunities for the people that traditionally call these lands home

Shinta Mani Wild – Bensley Collection is an exercise in extreme ingenuity where guests can feast on delicacies grown and foraged from the surrounding land and encounter extraordinary wildlife.

For more information and reservations, please contact Shinta Mani Hotels on:

Tel:              +855 63 761 998

Fax:             +855 63 761 999

Email:        book@shintamani.com

Website: www.shintamani.com

Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives – The Newest Destination and Lifestyle Resort Opens

We are delighted to announce the opening of Grand Park Kodhipparu, the latest all-villa luxury resort in the Maldives. Located on North Male Atoll, a mere 20 minutes by speedboat from Velana international Airport, the stunning one-island-one-resort destination promises its guests a wide ranging island adventure while setting a new benchmark in luxury hospitality.


Designed by the world-renowned Hirsh Bedner Associates, the resort features 120 idyllic beachfront and overwater villas, including 65 with their own private pools, a large infinity pool overlooking the azure ocean. Stellar culinary experiences in three dining outlets, a world-class spa, a fully equipped water sports and dive centre, a recreation beach club and kids club will provide guests with everything they could possibly need for their dream getaway. Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives is managed by the award-winning Park Hotel Group and a joint venture between Chip Eng Seng Corporation Ltd (CES) and Park Hotel Group.

From now until 31st October 2017, Grand Park Kodhipparu is offering an exclusive launch offer for all beach and water villas. Guests will enjoy 50% off room rates (inclusive of daily breakfast for two and access to the Beach Club facilities) as well as morning and evening spa treatments. The introductory stay offer to enjoy the luxury Maldivian escape at Grand Park Kodhipparu is available via the hotel’s website: www.parkhotelgroup.com/en/maldives/promotions/openingoffer.

Layana’s New Ocean Deluxe Villas, the Ultimate Luxury

Koh Lanta, Thailand – June 23, 2017- The relatively quiet months of Koh Lanta’s green season is the time of the year when we strive to implement further developments and expansions for the benefit of our guests. In recent years this has included the introduction of our unique, state-of-the-art Wellness Zone and the introduction of our stylish “Grand Garden Pavilion” rooms.

This year is no exception, as we continue to offer our guests the ultimate in luxury and relaxation. Our three “Ocean Deluxe Villas”, all just a stone’s throw from the secluded beachfront, will be completely redesigned and converted into modern, luxury, two-story Jacuzzi villas with 100 sq. m. of living space on two levels. Gracious master bedrooms will be located on the upper floor, fully air-conditioned and with beautifully appointed en-suite bathroom facilities. Downstairs will feature elegantly furnished, spacious and modern lounge areas, split between sitting and dining space, whilst a new covered private jacuzzi within a small garden area will be situated outside each.

These villas will, we are sure, set new standards in graceful, luxurious living on Koh Lanta’s island paradise and they will be completed by October 2017 just in time for our next resort anniversary party in early November and in time for the next High Season. We look forward to welcoming returning and new guests to the new look Layana Resort & Spa. The introduction rate starts from 1st November until 31st December 2017 at THB 23,500 net per room per night including breakfast for 2 persons

Amanzoe to Unveil Permanent James Turrell Installation

Amanzoe is honoured to announce Sky Plain, a unique art installation by one of the most influential artists of the last half century, James Turrell. The immersive light installation, known as a Skyspace, takes the form of a 6-metre by 6-metre cubic building with a large ceiling aperture, open to the Peloponnese sky above Amanzoe.

For over fifty years, James Turrell has drawn inspiration from nature, astronomy, architecture, physics and theology. Using light as his material, Turrell works on and affects the medium of perception. Widely known for his work, Roden Crater, a monumental-scale artwork created within a volcano in Northern Arizona, Turrell was recognised with concurrent solo exhibitions in 2013 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). Sky Plain is the only permanent Turrell installation in the Mediterranean.

The Skyspace is installed at Villa 31 of Amanzoe, located on the Western ridge of the resort offering unobstructed views over the surrounding landscape and the Aegean Sea, with spectacular sunsets. Sky Plain is an immersive installation in which guests experience a uniquely intimate relationship with the light of the sky.

The art installation is available to guests taking residence in Villa 31, allowing them to enjoy Sky Plain at their leisure throughout their stay. As well as including the Skyspace, Villa 31 comprises a master bedroom, 22 metre private pool, kitchen, extensive shaded terraces and living room all set around a serene reflection pool.


Subject to availability, guests of Amanzoe will also be able to enjoy Sky Plain as part of a unique dining experience which includes an aperitif and dinner, culminating in a private immersion in this rare setting.

With its classically inspired architecture, a contemporary interpretation of ancient Greek temples, Amanzoe’s Villas and Pavilions are designed to continue the experience of the outdoors in the sunlight-filled interiors. The resort’s expansive reflection pools cast dappled light onto the pale concrete columns and warm marble making up the walkways through the herb-scented grounds. The Peloponnese is brought indoors in the open-air yoga studio and the expansive spa rooms where clients can enjoy Watsu treatments and holistic therapies.

Surrounded by unspoilt nature and an historical landscape, Amanzoe evokes a feeling of peace and belonging. Perched on a hilltop with sweeping panoramas of the Peloponnese countryside, silvery olive groves and the glittering Aegean Sea, the resort is the perfect setting for this unique installation.

As part of Amanzoe’s fifth anniversary celebrations throughout this coming season, a series of curated events will be available for all guests to enjoy at the resort including specially designed spa treatments, five-course dining experiences and adventures to the nearby islands of Hydra and Spetses. Drawing on the raw beauty of the surrounding countryside and its proximity to cultural landmarks and UNESCO heritage sites, visitors will be able to take part in unique experiences celebrating all aspects of Amanzoe.