Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore launches interactive play space and themed family rooms to anchor luxe family experience

Buds by Shangri-La opens at the first floor of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore’s newly rejuvenated Tower Wing. An interactive indoor and outdoor play space spanning 2,150 square metres in total, Buds by Shangri-La features specially curated installations to take younger guests on a journey of discovery through four key narratives: embracing nature, adventure, camaraderie and independence.

Themed activity spaces encourage more fun learning: Muddy, for budding artists who like to make a splash; Stage, a music studio for young performers; Bake, a fully equipped cooking classroom for children and parents; and an interactive Party Room for celebrations.

Children under four years old will enjoy the specially designed Toddler Zone inside Buds, with swings and slides, a piano floor, and soft wall buttons that produce animal sounds, a ball pit and vintage kiddie rides.

Parents can relax at the Recharge café beside the Buds entrance and are assured of convenience and peace of mind with the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) wristbands for children and natural organic materials.  There is also a nursing room for mothers adjacent to Buds’ entrance.

The fun extends outdoors, where kids can play make-believe inside a giant pirate ship structure offering challenging climbs and slides, and a water play zone with splash pads.

Families can also enjoy the free-form outdoor swimming pool located in the centre of the hotel property, with its wading area and jet fountain, and delight in exploring the hotel’s luxurious sanctuary of lush gardens spanning 40,500 square metres.

With the opening of Buds by Shangri-La, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore strengthens its luxury family experience – integrating accommodations, child-friendly services and an interactive play area for children who are both hotel and non-hotel guests, to learn through play in a creative, self-directed and experiential environment and bond with their parents.

Buds by Shangri-La is open daily from Monday to Sunday, 9am to 9pm indoors and 9am to 7pm outdoors. Guests can enquire about registration fees, classes, special activities and further information by emailing or calling (65) 6213 4833 or 4844.

Themed Family Suites and Deluxe Family Rooms

The ninth floor of the Tower Wing is dedicated to family travellers with a choice of five Themed Family Suites and 19 Deluxe Family

Rooms for families of two adults and two children 12 years old and below. The floor has a centralised pantry with a steriliser, induction heater and children’s amenities that are available upon request through a dedicated family concierge.

Each of the Themed Family Suites measures 72 square metres and offers an immersive space for children to sleep and dine, with unique whimsical interiors and dream-themed beds.  The five themes include Safari, Treetop, Castle, Underwater and Space.

The suites have two bathrooms, the larger of which is designed for children, additional shelving and storage space, a deep vanity sink for baby washing and space for nappy changing, as well as a pantry with an induction heater, a sink and a large refrigerator. A special feature of the Themed Family Suite is a connecting tunnel between the children’s bedroom and the parents’.

Guests staying in the Themed Family Suites will also enjoy effortless in-room check-in, a dedicated family concierge service, and complimentary access to Buds by Shangri-La.

At 38 square metres, the Deluxe Family Rooms include built-in beds to provide children with sleeping space without reducing the room size.  Families will appreciate the additional storage space and comfort.

In addition to creating a family-friendly atmosphere, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore offers a range of exceptional childcare amenities from Stokke – the leading brand for children’s furniture and equipment – including car seats for airport transfers, strollers, travel cots and high chairs to smaller comfort items (bath time toys, bibs, thermometers, potties, nappy bins, sterilisers) and more.  These are available upon request prior and during the stay, and at the hotel’s restaurants to ensure families travel light, check-in fast and dine in comfort.

The Themed Family Suites start from S$900 per night, while the Deluxe Family Rooms start from S$430 per night. Guests can make reservations at, by sending an email to or calling (65) 6235 1666.

Wilson Associates Brings Revolutionary Design to Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka

One of Southeast Asia’s tallest hotels, Swissôtel The Stamford in Singapore completed the first phase of guestroom renovations in October 2017. The 73-story, 1,261-room Swissôtel draws its design influences from both Singapore and Switzerland. The Swiss attention to detailing was integral to the design of the guest rooms and the interior elements fit together like the mechanics of a Swiss timepiece. The hotel channels the effortless innovation and precision of the Swiss to effect simplicity in an urban setting. Everything in the room has a place and function, allowing guests to unwind in a contemporary, comfortable space.

Local flavour is accentuated through artworks which subtly weave Singaporean and Swiss themes into a continuous narrative. The design incorporates the Swiss Cross, re-invented as orange or red stitching on furniture, as well as in the artworks, the door pulls, the fabric patterns and the bed linens. Timber flooring features solid wood inserts reminiscent of a Swiss lodge and the rug designs are inspired by the timber flooring and veneer wooden wall slats.

A valet stand at the room entrance, with its many components and functions, is an analogy of the Swiss Watch box where everything has its place; added to the valet stand, an umbrella stand and a shoe platform further strengthen the local connection. The Swiss way of life is further reflected in the room snack basket designed with a picnic basket in mind, an accent chair that is a modern interpretation of the rocking chair, and a bedside table that is a new take on the Swiss life-saving brandy barrel.

In the bathrooms, each vanity counter features a “Vanity Box” packed full of toiletries with space for the guest to arrange their own items neatly – redolent of the Swiss watch boxes where everything has its place. Similarly, the minibar pays special attention to the placement of the condiments, cutlery, glasses and stemware.

Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Opened September 2017

Located in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur and the first Sofitel to open in Malaysia, this 17-story, 312-room hotel is situated in Damansara Heights. Wilson Associates was awarded the full scope for the 312-room Sofitel Hotel; from the guest rooms to the lobby, all day dining, restaurant, health club, ballroom, meeting rooms and executive lounge.

An existing 2,100 mm elevated platform posed both a challenge and the inspiration behind recreating the urban maze synonymous with Kuala Lumpur, a city whose different cultural enclaves meld together; where a fusion of cultural influences is reflected in the design and curated art pieces. By carving a series of raised platforms that gradually merge into different social zones, the elevated platform was made into an architectural feature to build a sense of anticipation in guests traversing from one space to another. It also subtly delineates the various social zones, creating pockets of space where guests can relax and unwind.

The entire lobby was re-oriented in a diagonal format to create a more dynamic social flow. A 10 meter suspended art installation at the entrance of the lobby is an abstract expression of the constant rain in Kuala Lumpur with the legends of local folklore inscribed into the transparent pieces.

All the artwork is bespoke and sourced locally, as is most of the furniture. The feature art “graffiti” wall facing the lobby features children’s fingerprints from across Damansara, a tribute to the children of Malaysia and showcasing the flora and fauna of the country.

The guestrooms include a walk-in closet and are contemporary in design with French influences evident in the burgundy accents, velvet and bespoke details. The rooms play on the definition of being “French” or how the French value personal appearances: a feature wall consists of a series of carved French vanity mirrors and whimsy is added with bespoke throw pillows in the bedrooms, with sunglasses and eyelashes representing men and women, respectively. Art pieces are integrated into the wall panels with a morphed Malaysian and French context displaying Malaysian flora and fauna with French prose.

The design of Le Bar centers on the 360-degree artisan coffee and pastry bar which links to the lobby and the all-day dining outlet. Towering metal screens inspired by the Wau Bulan Malaysian kites and evoking the architectural language of the Eiffel Tower create a visual framework to delineate this space with Sofi’s Deli, the hotel’s deli with its towering retail shelving and alfresco seating.

The circular Chinese restaurant, Wan Chun Ting, mimics the Tulou architectural form, creating a focal communal dining theatre, with private dining rooms and other function spaces radiating from the center. The dining theatre creates a central arena for the à-la-carte dining guests, flanked by towering Chinese timber pivot screens, with axial views toward the open duck kitchen, the tea display, and the Chinese accent metal sculptures that adorn the space.

In the private dining room, traditional Chinese screens provide a visual balance of “East meets West.” Modern furniture pieces with oriental touches are wrapped with fabrics synonymous with Chinese emperors, from silk with intricate embroideries to gold damask velvets that fully embody modern “chinoiserie.” Some French touches to the artwork create a western vibe.

The design of the ballroom is highly distinctive for its fan-shaped architectural volume inspired by the Malaysian Wau Bulan traditional fan; here the carpet and the ceiling seemingly merge with the Ppe-function area creating a visual and architectural connection between the two spaces.

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka

Opened July 2017

The first luxury hotel in the area and the only building in Weligama Bay, the Marriott Resort & Spa commissioned Wilson Associates to transform it into a contemporary urban resort that will attract both independent international travellers and families. The property breaks away from the rustic and more Mediterranean style typical of most hotels in the area and has a bold, contemporary design in keeping with its imposing edifice. Wilson Associates was responsible for renovating the lobby areas, guestrooms, food and beverage spaces, health club, ballroom and spa.

The overall design inspiration is based on Beeralu Lace, a lace type that is famous in Sri Lanka and used in all kinds of fabric applications. The patterns of the lace are prevalent as a motif throughout the hotel, in the guestrooms and the walls, both to provide a touch of Sri Lanka and to create a warm atmosphere contrasting with the edifice of the hotel.

Standout design features include the lobby and reflective pool. The lobby has the best view of the sunset and the space is designed to enhance the panoramic view of the ocean. The reflective pool mirrors the motion of the sunset. Wilson Associates also created an elongated fireplace in the middle of the reflective pool to turn on once the sun has set to provide a point of visual interest for diners. At the seafood bar, Wilson Associates created stilts to mirror fishermen fishing in the sea.

Most of the materials were sourced in Sri Lanka or India. Lace, rattan, timbre and stones were all sourced locally, making up about 80 percent of the materials. The artwork was created by local artists to ensure a Sri Lankan feel and to champion local talent.




Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, February 2018”¦ It is all about personal renewal this Nyepi on 17th March 2018 at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali with a thoughtful program created to acknowledge the island”Æs annual Day of Silence.

Nyepi is the first day of the New Year in accordance to the Balinese Saka calendar. It is celebrated with 24 hours of inactivity and the entire island comes to a complete standstill. This follows an evening of festivity where giant monster effigies are paraded through the streets. The lead up to Nyepi involves time-honored rituals with offerings to appease evil spirits and restore balance to Bali for a fresh new start.

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali presents an exclusive Nyepi package for guests looking to getaway and experience this unique holiday in luxurious surroundings. Rates start from just IDR 1,800,000++ per room/per night to stay in a Deluxe Garden Room with a daily SuperFoodsRx breakfast for two adults and two children. This special offer also includes a buffet dinner on Nyepi Day, 17th March for two adults and 2 children as well as fun activities at The Westin Family Kids Club. Terms and conditions apply.

On the eve of Nyepi Day, 16th March, a beachfront traditional dinner to celebrate Balinese New Year with local cuisine and cultural entertainment will be available at IDR 450,000++ person. The next day, 17th March, all guests will be required to remain in the confines of the resort and so a flavorful international buffet dinner will be served at Seasonal Tastes from 6.30pm onwards for just IDR 495,000++ per person.

Nyepi is the perfect time to unwind and the award-winning Heavenly Spa by Westin has crafted a replenishing wellness package for families to enjoy together. This includes soothing massage treatments for two adults and two children plus a family yoga class for just IDR 2,100,000 per package. For some well-deserved personal indulgence, Champaka Experience also promises essential pampering with a natural facial, body scrub and relaxing massage for just IDR 1,550,000 per person.

There will be plenty of activities during Nyepi for the pleasure of in-house guests ranging from stretching exercises to fruit carving demonstrations and Balinese offering classes. Guided sessions of meditation and yoga will also be conducted by our resident Wellness Specialist, Jitendra Pokhriyal to start and finish the day on a reflective note for a token fee of IDR 125,000 net per person.

Little travelers will be kept entertained at Westin Family Kids Club with fun games, arts & crafts and safe play throughout the day in a fully supervised setting. There will be a family-friendly movie screened at 7pm followed by stargazing in the garden to see the night sky alive with twinkling stars.

All guests will be required to remain within the expansive grounds of The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali during Nyepi and relaxation by the pool is permitted. However, out of respect for this auspicious Balinese Hindu occasion, all noise must be kept to a minimum and lighting in the evening will be dimmed.

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Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali

Takes Stress Out Of Family Travel with Intuitive New Programme For Parents

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is inviting families to spend quality time together in the “Island of the Gods” with a new programme that is intuitively designed to take the pressure off parents.

Under the “Mövenpick Family” programme, parents travelling with their little ones will be offered a wide range of complimentary extras and amenities that will keep kids happy and entertained throughout their stay.

With spacious family rooms, healthy meals for children, a great kids’ club, on-demand baby essentials and more, parents will be able to relax and soak up the resort’s idyllic tropical surroundings, safe in the knowledge that their children are being well taken care of.

Upon arrival, young travellers will be welcomed in their own private check-in area, making them feel like VIPs, and all kids under the age of 12 will receive a special turtle toy.

The most important part of the family travel experience is the Family Room – a 56m² loft-style space where parents and children can unwind over two floors with a king bed and sofa bed. These rooms are adorned with animal-shaped towels and equipped with kids’ amenities such as cookies and milk, and all children will receive complimentary access to the Meera Kids Club.

Mövenpick Family also recognises that travelling parents are often weighed down by the amount of extra luggage they need to carry. To reduce their load, the “On-Demand Baby Essentials” service allows parents to borrow childcare equipment such as strollers, bottle warmers, bath mats, child-proof electrical plugs and more, all free-of-charge. Under the “Power Bites” programme, hungry little tummies will be kept filled with a selection of healthy dishes from a yummy kids’ menu and child-friendly restaurants. Power Bites can also be ordered from room service.

A daily “Chocolate Happy Hour” is also a real favourite with children, allowing them to indulge their sweet tooth every day, and each week our Sunday Family Brunch provides a great opportunity for parents and kids to come together and enjoy a special family feast.

The resort’s Meera Kids Club is a fun-filled hub of activity for youngsters, featuring a game station, mini theatre, trampoline with ball pit, and a sleeping room for tired little ones. It also offers a daily programme of activities for children aged from 4-12 years, including opportunities for parents and children to have fun together. Classes like Family Yoga, Balinese Cooking and the Meera Family Bali Package, a half-day activity programme featuring kite-making, face-painting and more, allow families to spend quality time with each other and renew their bonds.

Alternatively the resort’s Kids’ Pool and water slide, plus the special Toddler Pool which has a soft foam base, are the perfect places for children to make a spalsh.

To celebrate its love of families, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali has launched a new “Family Happiness” promotion which offers 25% off a Family Room, free meals for young kids (up to 6 years) and half-price dining for 7-12 year-olds, plus complimentary access to the Meera Kids Club and free Wi-Fi. In addition, families booking direct on the resort’s website will be offered an exclusive US$20 restaurant voucher per stay.

With such an extensive array of amenities for families, plus this enticing new promotion, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is giving parents the opportunity to create magical memories with their children in the spectacular surroundings of this tropical resort.




Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the opening of Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo, the first Hyatt Centric hotel in the Asia-Pacific region. Located on the fashionable Namiki-dori street in cosmopolitan Ginza, the 164-room full-service lifestyle hotel offers travelers a home base in a neighborhood where even the most avid explorers can stay entertained for days on end.

Designed for a growing segment of millennial-minded travelers seeking curated, yet authentically local experiences, Hyatt Centric hotels provide insider knowledge and resources to put guests comfortably at the center of action. Cosmopolitan Ginza has been a trendsetting model of Japan’s modernization since the late 19th century and remains one of Tokyo’s most upscale and up-to-date commercial areas today. The new Hyatt Centric Ginza Toyko hotel enables guests to tap into the neighborhood’s characterful mix of old and new.

Popular with walkers, Namiki-dori runs parallel to the main Chuo-dori boulevard and provides a perfect launchpad for guests to explore and discover Ginza’s diverse shopping, dining and entertainment offerings. Along with modern-day shops and restaurants, Namiki-dori is dotted with art galleries and small studio offices reminiscent of an earlier time. Both explorers and those familiar with Tokyo will find plenty to experience day or night, aided by the friendly and knowledgeable multilingual Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo hotel staff.

Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo occupies a 12-story building on the former site of the first Tokyo office of Asahi Shimbun Company, a national newspaper publisher established in 1888.The featured art in the lobby, elevator, hallways and other public spaces as well as the guestrooms echo the spirit of the streets outside, inviting exploration. Digital screens throughout the hotel feature art displays that transition with the day. Guestroom floors have rotating themes and color schemes, enabling a welcoming entrance each time a guest returns.


Guests can relax and recharge in one of the hotel’s 164 contemporary guestrooms and suites designed to reflect the district’s characteristic blend of tradition and innovation. The Namiki Suite located on the top floor has a generous terrace overlooking Namiki-dori and is equipped with a full-sized teppanyaki grill, making the room ideal for dinner parties. It’s also bookable as a meeting room and is 127 square meters (1,367 square feet).

Standard guestrooms are 35 square meters (376 square feet) in size, while Deluxe rooms offer 47 square meters (505 square feet) of space. These rooms are furnished with a multi-function table that transforms the vanity space into a breakfast nook or workstation, maximizing space. King, Twin, and City View suites are all a generous 77 square meters (828 square feet) in size. Each room will feature environmentally conscious bath products by Beekind®, Bluetooth-enabled electronics and salon-grade blowdryers.

Guestrooms on the lower 5th to 8th floors allow daytime views of retro offices, galleries and studios of the neighborhood. From the ninth floor up, the view opens to sky and iconic rooftop scenes. Every floor delivers a sense of place in the heart of Ginza, a modern destination with refined elements of its past.

Dining and Drinking

Food lovers can delight in both local and original cuisine at Namiki667, the hotel’s signature restaurant that prides itself on offering a full-sensory experience of taste and style. Cocotte recipes and other oven-based slow-cook specialties by Hokkaido native Shingo Hayasaka feature fresh Kanto-area produce, showcasing his delicate presentation of complex flavors. The tables on the generous 100-square-meter (1,076-square-foot) terrace overlooks the street and the seating will be one of the capital’s most coveted reservations. A private dining room is available for intimate gatherings and seats up to 24.

The bar promises to make Namiki667 a sought after venue for casual get-togethers with friends and families. The bar is connected to the fourth-floor reception area with a dramatic wrap-around staircase. In a playful nod to the Ginza 6-chome address, six original cocktails will feature Japan’s own Roku craft gin, distilled with six Japanese botanicals including cherry blossoms, green tea, and fragrant yuzu citron.

Inspired Designs

Interior designer Yohei Akao has created flexible spaces and furniture configurations that adjust nimbly. True to the Hyatt Centric brand concept of putting guests at the center of their own unique travel adventure, Akao has embedded touches of Ginza throughout the public spaces and guestrooms in subtle ways that will inspire guests to venture out and explore. The artwork highlights Ginza’s many charms as it sparks a sense of fun and discovery. An alumnus of Super Potato, Akao has worked on many interior design projects for hotels, restaurants, clubs, bars, and retail centers in Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as abroad in Macau and China. His work for the fine dining restaurant Lai Heen in Macau won the 2016 Gold Medal in the Hong Kong Restaurant Interior Design Awards.

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Centara Hotels & Resorts, is making travel to the Maldives more accessible and appealing with a choice of two distinctive resorts, each one catering to the needs of different guests while at the same time offering the best experiences in one of the world’s most incredible natural holiday destinations.

A variety of snorkelling and diving excursions bring visitors face-to-face with an abundance of amazing marine species while a choice of enticing all-inclusive packages include options for Scuba Diving, as well as unique experiences such as whale shark spotting and underwater adventures in a semi-submarine.

Couples seeking a stunning private tropical hideaway can choose Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa, which is set on a pristine island in the North Malé Atoll and features a collection of 140 beachfront and overwater villas, enhanced by delectable dining options and plenty of opportunities to experience breath-taking natural attractions, both during the day and under the stars. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted at this resort, making it an ideal choice for couples and honeymooners.

Families need not miss out on the wonders of the Maldives with memorable holidays offered at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives. Nestled on an idyllic island in the South Ari Atoll, this exceptional resort allows families to reconnect with each other and mother nature in luxurious surroundings, with 112 spacious beachfront suites and overwater villas. An array of family-friendly dining experiences, sports and activities are also provided, to ensure guests of all ages are kept fully entertained throughout their stay.

“Centara Hotels & Resorts is proud to offer a choice of two distinctive resorts in the Maldives, as we open up this incredible destination to all guests,” commented Tom Thrussell, Centara’s Vice President of Brand, Marketing and Digital.

Under the “Gold All-Inclusive” package at Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa, qualified guests can enjoy up to three dives per villa, per week. Diving is also featured as part of the “Ultimate All-Inclusive” package at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives, allowing families to enjoy up to three dives per person, per week. Both resorts also offer unlimited snorkelling opportunities.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

At Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa couples can enjoy exhilarating daytime and night dives at one of many nearby dive sites, including Giraavaru Cave, Kuda Haa, Shark Point, Lion’s Head, Kuda Faru and Kikki Reef. The famous wreck of the Maldives Victory ship, home to an incredible array of exotic marine species, is also less than one hour away, and guests who want to get up close to the world’s biggest fish – the whale shark – can join dedicated snorkelling trips to spot these graceful creatures when they ascend close the surface of the ocean. Underwater explorers who prefer to stay dry can even head out in the resort’s own semi-submarine to enjoy the spectacular underwater landscape.

Over at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives, families enjoy a choice of diving and snorkelling trips for every ability level, from beginners to expert divers. Shore dives, boat trips, dive courses and semi-submersible trips are all available and the house reef is a breathtaking underwater world, just off the coast of the island. The wreck of MV Kudi Maa attracts exotic species including turtles, manta rays and whale sharks.

When they are not discovering the underwater world, families at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives can take part in a wide range of water sports, including water skiing, wake boarding, banana boating, parasailing and sunset fishing.

“By offering all-inclusive packages with diving excursions, Centara is democratising travel to the Maldives. We want more travellers to have the opportunity to experience the wonders of this breathtaking archipelago, both above and below the water,” Mr Thrussell added.

In addition to diving excursions, Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa’s “Gold All-Inclusive” package offers six meals per day, an open bar, a complimentary mini-bar that gets replenished daily, laundry, complimentary spa treatments and unlimited use of non-motorised water sports. Every villa at the resort is designed with couples in mind, including options with outdoor bathtubs and hammocks suspended over the lagoon.

“Created exclusively for couples, Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa is a tropical sanctuary of luxury and seclusion. Whether seeking a romantic retreat, or a discovery-filled vacation with your partner, we have the perfect package to suit,” says Voytek Klasicki, Area General Manager Maldives for Centara Hotels & Resorts.

The”Ultimate All-Inclusive” package at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives features daily dining experiences, mini-bars replenished daily, spa credits, and a choice of exciting excursions including a snorkelling tour, whale shark boat trip, sunset cruise, local island exploration and sunset fishing. Ideal for families, the resort’s collection of suites and villas range from 86m² to 159m² and can accommodate up to five guests.

“What sets Centara Grand Island Resort apart from other resorts in the Maldives is that we are extremely welcoming to families, with a choice of accommodation options, amenities and activities for all ages. From exotic excursions to memorable meals and of course, diving trips, we offer a wealth of opportunities for families to reconnect with each other and nature,” adds Mr Klasicki.

Adding to the all-inclusive appeal, Centara Hotels & Resorts is offering free airport transfers to and from both its resorts in the Maldives based on certain requirements.

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The flagship of JW Marriott brand and one of the first Marriott properties in the Land of Smiles is celebrating its 20 years in service. Since its opening in 1997, the property quickly become one of the most prominent addresses for business and leisure travelers alike, known for its crafted service and renounced Food and Beverages offerings.

To mark this special occasion, the management of JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok announces the commencement of its enhancement process in rooms and public areas. The transformation will be conducted in phases over 3 years. The first phase, from April to Mid-December 2017, will give the hotel 176 new rooms and suites. The second phase, between April-October, 2017, includes the makeover of 178 guestrooms, meeting rooms and its all-day dining outlet. The last phase will commence mid-2019 on all remaining guestrooms. The hotel will be operating as normal during the whole transformation process. This renovation followed its 2014’s overhaul of the hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

“We are all very proud of the legacy and certainly look forward to the new chapter of JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok,” said Mr. Peter Caprez, General Manager of the hotel. “This anticipated renovation in major areas will give us an almost brand new product, allowing us to continue serving our guests with the highest level of luxury.”

Famed architecture firm, PIA Interior Company, is tasked with the hotel’s new look. The new design seamlessly blends traditional Thai elements and modern architecture ideologies. An elegant combination of lightwood flooring, overall natural tones accentuated with marble materials sets a perfect backdrop for traditional Thai mural paintings and decorations to make a visual impact. With this complete makeover, the JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok will have the latest in style, décor and state-of-the-art features that is unparalleled in the city, giving guests a unique look and feel to their stay.

Guests can look forward to staying in one of these newly designed rooms as early as December 15th,2017.


Couples embrace exclusive villa getaways with luxurious and engaging holiday experiences for two on Thailand’s romantic boutique island

Santiburi Koh Samui, the luxury villa and suite resort on the island’s stunning north shore is sweeping couples off their feet with luxuriously seductive stays.

With the month of love just around the corner, couples are already being wooed by a spectacular 3-night Grand Deluxe Pool Villa stay offer at Santiburi Koh Samui that includes breakfast, sparkling wine, a candlelit dinner for two on the beach and a one-hour in-villa couple’s spa treatment.

Set in 23 acres of beautifully landscaped beachside tropical gardens, Santiburi Koh Samui is an idyllic lovers’ retreat by the sea. The Grand Deluxe Pool Villas offer an even more tranquil escape surrounded by flowers in bloom and lush greenery with a garden courtyard and private swimming pool creating an idyllic hideaway for two.

Sabine G. Lamberts, General Manager of Santiburi Koh Samui, reveals the elements that magically combine to make the resort one of the most romantic choices on the island.

“We have 300 metres of golden sands right on our doorstep with world-class beachside dining at the Beach House and some of the island’s most luxurious private villas to stay in. There’s also an outstanding array of activities available at the resort, from cooking classes to fitness, marine sports and our world-class spa. The aim is to create unforgettable experiences rather than simply offer a romantic setting.”

Couples that play together stay together, and Santiburi Koh Samui stands out for its many engaging activities. The Sports Centre offers state-of-the-art fitness facilities as well as a floodlit tennis court, yoga classes and Muay Thai boxing lessons. A 1.2-kilometre walking and running trail takes in the beach and gardens, with mountain bikes available for guests who prefer to explore the island interiors. Meanwhile, Santiburi’s Water Sports Centre provides plenty of fun in the sun for couples as they harness the power of the wind and waves with kayaks, paddle-boards, Hobie cats and windsurfers all provided free of charge. Close by, twosomes can tee off for a leisurely round of golf at the championship Santiburi Country Club with special discounts for guests at Santiburi Koh Samui.

Partners looking to connect on a deeper level can indulge in some inner bliss with a holistic treatment at Santiburi Spa, which is nestled in the resort’s tropical gardens. Couple’s spa experiences can include a deep soak in al fresco tubs and a range of professional treatments can be enjoyed everything from reflexology and aroma massage to collagen booster treatments, Ayurveda and hot stone healing sessions.

For couples keen to enjoy an evening out, the island’s popular Fisherman’s Village in Bophut is close by and known for its quaint boutiques, weekly walking street craft market. With so much on offer at Santiburi Koh Samui, most couple’s find it hard to drag themselves away.

The Romance Package is valid for stays until 22 December 2018 and includes 4 days/3 nights in a Grand Deluxe Pool Villa for two with daily breakfast, a bottle of sparkling wine in the villa, a candlelit dinner by the beach, a 60-minute in-villa signature couple’s spa treatment, and roundtrip airport transfers.

For more information visit, call +66 77 425 040, or email


X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort showcases contemporary heritage and eco-inspired elegance amidst forest of ancient Tamarind trees on the banks of the Ping River

X2 [CrossTo] Chiang Mai Riverside Resort is now welcoming guests and elevating the levels of comfort, style and service offered in Thailand’s popular cultural capital.

Designed to honour Chiang Mai’s traditional Lanna history, while also celebrating the city’s present-day appeal, the 30-key resort boasts a prime waterfront location and offers spacious luxury accommodation, a stunning rooftop pool and constantly evolving menus of world-class cuisine, especially created by a consulting Michelin-starred chef from France.

Taking Chiang Mai’s iconic Wat Umong as inspiration – a forest temple known for its unique tunnels and meditation spaces – and also referencing Chiang Mai’s ancient walled city, the distinctive new resort seamlessly blends old and new, traditional and contemporary, and offers guests a unique experience that salutes the past while being undeniably modern.

Guests at X2 [CrossTo] Chiang Mai Riverside Resort have a choice of stylish, well appointed rooms and suites ranging from 50 to 177.5 square metres in size and each boasting subtle Thai décor touches and red brick walls to reflect the Lanna architectural influence. Two Tamarind Suites overlook the resort’s green inner courtyard, while 20 Riverfront Suites feature balconies with river views. The six Grand Suite River View include a separate indoor seating area and the two Pool Suite River View open onto their own gardens with 10-metre private pools.

All the accommodation options come with an impressive range of facilities and amenities, with comfort spring beds, 42-inch 4K Ultra HD LED Smart TVs, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, coffee machines and electron charging stations. Those staying in a coveted Pool Suite River View also enjoy a complimentary mini bar, oversized bathtub for two, and a secluded garden seating area facing the river.

When they are not relaxing on their furnished balcony, guests can stroll along a peaceful riverside path right in front of the resort, go kayaking on the river, or head up to the rooftop, which offers a fully equipped gym, generous lap pool complete with sunken loungers, a kids pool and deep water overlooking the property’s grand tamarind trees and river frontage. Open exclusively to resort guests, the intimate yet spacious rooftop space also has a bar and provides the perfect place for a cocktail while watching the sun sink behind the iconic Doi Suthep mountain range.

Also set to push the envelope is the resort’s Oxygen Dining Room, the first restaurant in Chiang Mai to boast consultation from a Michelin-starred chef. Nestled beneath the leafy tamarind trees and facing the Mae Ping River, the contemporary glass-house restaurant offers a completely fresh concept for in-house guests and outside diners.

French-born consultant chef Nicolas Isnard’s creative interpretations of Thai and International dishes lean heavily on fresh local, seasonal ingredients, with dishes created to meet the highest French culinary standards. Known for his Michelin-starred restaurant L’Auberge de la Charme in Dijon, France, Chef Nicolas’ inventive menu is expertly prepared and exquisitely plated by the restaurant’s Executive Chef Alexandre Demard and his team. Oxygen Dining Room is already making a name for itself as a go-to fine dining restaurant in Chiang Mai drawing guests, local residents and discerning diners from Bangkok keen to try the exquisite dishes on the menu.

Another unique food and beverage offering at X2 [CrossTo] Chiang Mai Riverside Resort is the cosmopolitan H20 Water Bar & Tea Lounge, which provides an elegant refuge with a selection of imported and infused waters, an extensive loose leaf tea selection, and a menu of delectable desserts created by the restaurant team.

Chiang Mai Riverside Resort is conveniently located within easy access of all that Chiang Mai has to offer. Just a 20-minute drive from Chiang Mai International Airport, the resort is 10 minutes from the centre of the Old City, known for its small winding lanes, myriad temples and Sunday Night Walking Street, and only nine minutes to the famous Night Bazaar.

To mark the opening of the resort, X2 [CrossTo] Chiang Mai Riverside is offering a series of attractive promotional offers to unveil a new hospitality icon in the Rose of The North.

Luxury Riverside Package
3 Days, 2 Nights
Price: *High 22,400THB / Peak 25,400THB / Low 19,400THB

2 nights stay in a riverfront suite with Champagne breakfast for 2 at Oxygen dining room
Round trip transportation airport – resort
Aromatherapy massage 60 minutes for 2 guests at X2 Spa
High tea set for 2 at H2O Water bar and Tea lounge
Sunset cruise with private boat trip serving wine and a tapas menu
Michelin Star Dining Experience by the river (set dinner menu)

Charming Riverside Package
2 Days, 1 Night
Price: *High 11,400THB / Low 9,900THB

1 night stay in a riverfront suite with Champagne breakfast for 2 at Oxygen dining room
Round trip transportation airport – resort
Aromatherapy massage 60 minutes for 2 guests at X2 Spa
Michelin Star Dining Experience by the river (set dinner menu)

Touch Next Level (Upgrade to Suites)
(Inclusive of Champagne breakfast for 2 at Oxygen dining room)
Grand suite riverview: additional 2,000 THB per room / per night
Pool suite riverview: additional 9,000 THB per room / per night

*High (Now – 20 December 2017, 6 January– 28 February 2018)
Peak (21 December 2017 – 5 January 2018)
Low (1 March 2018 – 31 October 2018)

* Price are inclusive of 10% service charge and applicable government taxes.

For more information, or to reserve a table call + 66 53 931999 or email


A short drive just beyond the city limits of Shanghai stands an ancient camphor forest. At its heart is the Emperor Tree; standing at 17 metres, it is the tallest of its kind in all of China. It has stood for more than 1,000 years – but not here, not in this spot. For in this woodland sanctuary, all is not what it seems.

Amanyangyun is the fourth Aman destination in China, the first in Shanghai, and the only one with its dwellings to have travelled more than 700km. Opening on 8 January, 2018, it is the result of a staggeringly ambitious 15-year conservation initiative, which saw nothing less than the relocation of a forest and the reconstruction of a historic village.

Lounge Lobby

The story begins in the city of Fuzhou in the province of Jiangxi, 700km from Shanghai, where construction of a new reservoir threatened the existence of thousands of camphor trees and dozens of homes dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Over the course of a decade, Fuzhou-born entrepreneur Ma Dadong and Aman worked together to ensure these relics of China’s ancient past would not be lost to history, overseeing the transportation and replanting of 10,000 trees – including the 80-tonne Emperor Tree – and the stone-by-stone disassembly and rebuilding of 50 antique houses.

Reborn 27km southwest of Shanghai, these houses and trees now shape the soul of Amanyangyun, a 10 hectare retreat that presents a tranquil, nature-rich counterpart to the dynamic cosmopolitanism of its neighbouring city, while keeping the attractions and energy of the metropolis within easy reach.

Kerry Hill Architects – also behind Aman Tokyo – have meticulously restored the 50 disassembled antique houses to create 26 ancient dwellings for Amanyangyun, seamlessly integrating contemporary comfort into the 400-year-old fabric of the buildings. Many of the Antique Villas still bear the legacy of their bygone owners, in the form of ornate stone carvings and inscriptions that depict family hopes and histories. Thirteen of the antique dwellings now four-bedroom Antique Villas measure between 800 and 1,000sq m, and include a private pool and Jacuzzi, as well as a courtyard – a signature feature of Chinese buildings of this age. Twelve of the historic homes rescued and restored from Jiangxi have been converted into refined Aman Residences to own. The result is a harmonious blend of modernity and tradition, and a living monument to the natural and human history of Jiangxi.


As well as the Antique Villas, Amanyangyun provides 24 newly created Ming Courtyard Suites that harmoniously complement their historic counterparts, offering guests expansive, light-flooded bedrooms and living areas characterised by refined wooden interiors and Aman’s signature Asian-inflected minimalist design aesthetic. Crafted to balance old and new, these 65sq m spaces each pay tribute to the structure of the classic Chinese courtyard home, with two spacious private courtyards attached to each.

The spiritual heart of Amanyangyun is Nan Shu Fang. Named after the royal reading pavilion in the Forbidden City, this cultural complex has been created from the final and most architecturally impressive antique building to have made the journey from Fuzhou. Enhanced with furniture crafted from the nanmu wood characteristic of Ming interiors, the pavilion is a modern-day recreation of the ‘scholars’ studios’ of 17th- century China’s literati – a space to learn, contemplate and practise traditional crafts such as calligraphy, music and painting, or to watch one of Amanyangyun’s frequent Kunqu Opera performances.

Across the courtyard, six dedicated rooms have been created to host traditional tea and incense ceremonies, while, directly facing the entrance, the Emperor Tree stands as a compelling visual reminder of the value of maintaining a connection with history. This is why Amanyangyun’s guests are each invited to nourish the tree with water when they arrive – reflecting the importance of nurturing the past to enrich the future.

More than just a guardian of the past, Amanyangyun offers its guests the opportunity to experience advanced holistic wellness facilities; to explore China’s heritage of arts, culture and philosophy; and to enjoy the finest local and international cuisine at its three headline restaurants.

Set around an impressive central courtyard, the 2,840sq m Aman Spa is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Aman collection. Its ethos and atmosphere draw inspiration from the resort’s name, ‘Yang Yun’, which is taken from an inscription made on a pavilion in Beijing’s Forbidden City three centuries ago, and means ‘nourishing cloud’. The complex houses eight treatment rooms, two double spa suites, extensive relaxation areas, a sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and two swimming pools; indoor and out. Two private Spa Houses each offer a suite of thermal facilities, including a Russian banya and Turkish hammam. All unique to Aman, the treatment programmes and 15 specially developed spa journeys combine the ancient healing practices of traditional Chinese medicine with the pioneering advancements of 21st-century wellbeing technology.

The main spa building is also home to the fitness and movement centre, installed with professional cardio and strength equipment, and houses a Pilates and yoga studio where three walls of floor-to-ceiling glass provide inspiring, serene views over Amanyangyun’s lake and resplendent forest gardens. Through its membership programme, a limited number of Shanghai residents will be granted an exclusive opportunity to escape the city and experience specialist therapies in this peaceful and timeless setting.

Pool Deck

Amanyangyun’s Cultural Discovery Centre, a convivial meeting ground for children, will offer a host of experiences, each designed to help the resort’s younger guests unearth the rich culture of China. The club, open from 9am to 5pm, will welcome children aged from five to 12, and will also have a dedicated programme for teenagers. Nature programmes will take young guests on adventures to the resort’s wetland to learn about the unique ecosystem that surrounds them, whilst keen foodies in the making can spend time on Amanyangyun’s own organic herb and vegetable garden to learn about traditional Chinese farming techniques. Chinese lantern making, paper cutting, pottery moulding and tea ceremonies will also be organised, as well as Chinese shadow puppet shows. Children’s yoga and spa treatments can also be arranged, on request, for those who feel that a bit of pampering is in order after a day spent exploring. A light food and beverage menu will be available throughout the day, along with a snack bar.

Positioned throughout the forest to allow guests to experience the rich variety of the landscape, each of Amanyangyun’s five restaurants and bars is designed with a combination of refined modernity, material simplicity and sensitivity to both the local environment and the culinary philosophy of each concept.

The kitchens of Chinese restaurant Lazhu pay homage to Jiangxi province, the original home of Amanyangyun’s camphor trees and Antique Villas, and headed up by the Executive Chef of the resort, Steve Miao, who was born and raised in Shanghai. Combining dishes first conceived during the Ming and Qing Dynasties with Cantonese classics, the menu makes use of the region’s abundant soya plantations to offer an inventive array of tofu-based plates, as well as taking advantage of seasonal produce from Amanyangyun’s 200sq m organic herb and vegetable garden.


At Nama, close to the lake, Executive Chef Keiji Matoba brings the flavour-led simplicity of Japan’s washoku tradition to Amanyangyun. A menu of authentic, uncomplicated and elegant dishes combines the classic techniques of the Japanese kitchen with the finest and freshest ingredients available locally.

At lakeside Arva, Master Chef Andrea Torre – fresh from helming the kitchens of Aman Venice – presides over a menu that draws inspiration from Italy’s farm-to-table gastronomic tradition, showcasing signature dishes and sharing plates in a warm and convivial atmosphere. Here, a bimonthly programme of Italian cookery classes offers guests hands-on instruction in pasta-, pastry- and mozzarella-making, among other culinary arts.

Amanyangyun guests can head to The Bar for expertly crafted cocktails, afternoon tea and a live jazz soundtrack in front of an antique fireplace, or stroll up the picturesque path to the Cigar Lounge. In this copper- and oak-accented space, a selection of fine cigars from Cuba and the Dominican Republic awaits, along with a humidor and temperature-controlled wine cellar where guests may store their personal collection for future visits.

Set in a scenic bamboo grove, the Banqueting Room allows for 200-seat receptions, conferences, weddings and special-occasion feasts with breath-taking views through its floor-to-ceiling windows, while a 25-seat cinema offers classic film screenings.

When it opens its doors on 8 January, 2018, Amanyangyun will stand tribute to one of the boldest conservation projects in China’s history, while offering Aman guests the same standards of design, service, natural beauty and cultural immersion to which they are accustomed. Breathing new life into ancient history, Amanyangyun brings the promise of a soul-easing sanctuary to Shanghai; a place where mindful living, natural splendour and historic wonders interweave and thrive.