Paradise Found: W Hotels Debuts in Malaysia With the Opening of W Kuala Lumpur

The opening of W Kuala Lumpur, marking the iconic brand’s first-ever hotel in Malaysia. W Kuala Lumpur opens its doors in the heart of the capital, steps from the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers. Through bold, innovative design, W Kuala Lumpur immerses guests in the city’s wildly lush greenery, globally renowned cuisine, centuries-old history and growing appetite for playful luxury.

Kuala Lumpur is known for its fast-paced spirit which emerged from modest beginnings. Nestled between the Klang and Gombak Rivers, Kuala Lumpur boasts a sunny tropical climate, flourishing jungle, soaring buildings and traditional Malaysian architecture – a meeting of old and new, nature and humankind, on every street. Even within the city center, nature is juxtaposed against architecture with towering skyscrapers emerging from the canopy of green. Beyond the city’s juxtapositions, Kuala Lumpur is home to a multicultural mix of world-class cuisine and creativity, the perfect spot for the brand’s debut in Malaysia.

 

Kandima Maldives


Where is Kandima

It takes about 45 minutes by seaplane or a domestic flight from Male international airport to Dhaalu Atoll followed by a 20-minute boat ride to the island. Maldives is super convenient to get to these days and a trip to Kandima is all part of the adventure to be away from everything. The amazing views of the fabulous islands and Atolls from your sea plane or domestic flight is all the worth while.

Style & Persona

Kandima is just simply an awesome resort has. It has a motto of “Everyone Welcome” to attract all sorts of travellers. They cater for guests for all ages, families, couples, groups of friends etc. The resort is huge and bold enough to do so. The colours conceptualised as a design element at Kandima remind me of somewhere in Greece or Italy and it blends so well with the turquois waters of the Dhaalu Atoll. It just feels so hip and trendy.

There are three room types – The Water Villa, The Family Studio and The Ocean/Beach Front Pool Villa with open-air bath room and a full size Jacuzzi is where we stayed for a week. Our Villa was spacious and exceeded our expectations in terms of luxury and style. The views from our villa is just sublime and picture perfect and tie that in with a team of professional and friendly staff with a local touch to deliver delightful hospitality. Somehow life seems less intense, less stressed and I have a feeling we are gong to have an amazing experience here at Kandima.

Aside from being exotically in the middle of no where, I can’t rave enough about their employees & employers. It has an international team of more than 500 dedicated team members. Brett Castleman who is Kandima’s GM and a wonderful gentlemen mentioned that Interacting with their guests is an important aspect to connect with them. He went on to say Mini football is a huge sport on the island. He encourages the team to play football with their guests. This is one of the ways to ensure the service is intuitive, warm and assured and more importantly part of Kandima’s lifestyle resort.

A wide range of facilities can be found at the resort such as tennis, mini-football, volleyball, yoga class, boxing class, sunset fishing and dolphin watch, all sort of mortised or non-mortised water sport, Spa, Art classes and bike riding. Don’t miss a trip out to the nearby platform for complimentary scuba diving and an opportunity to touch and interact with the sea turtles. Kandima also has one of the biggest kids club and longest swimming pool in the Maldives.

I loved my time and felt “elevated” with an experience trying Aerial Yoga for the first time. Aerial Yoga definitely takes some getting used to. But all nostalgia aside, I can assure that despite some initial discomfort, you will float out of this class both relaxed and fulfilled. Our instructor, Grace is so talented in this field and such a pro at it. She will look after you like how you should. An experience here is a must if you are lucky enough to visit.

Dining

There’s an array of cuisines and cafes you can dine at Kandima.

As part of the half or full broad packages, two different restaurants serve International buffet from sunrise breakfast, midday lunch to sunset dinner. My highlights were the waffles and omelette for breakfast, green papua salad for lunch and fish curry at dinner.

It was so surreal when I found out there was a traditional Yum Cha place “Sea Dragon” on Kandima. The impression of Yum Cha restaurants are very noisy and busy but Sea Dragon has different ambience to it. You can choose a table (indoor or outdoor) in front of the ocean and able to view the colourful coral fishes, baby shakes or even Dolphins if you get lucky. They do serve a very high quality of traditional Dim Sum dishes such as BBQ pork bun, prawn dumplings.

To sum it up, This was my first time to the Maldives and it has been a privileged to stay at Kandima . This resort is perfect regardless whether you are honeymooners or traveling with family members. It is vast but beautiful decorated with delicious cuisines form all over the world and top it off with a great team lead by their amazing GM.

See you again soon Kandima Maldives.

Raymond Ng

 

 

Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur Takes Centre Stage in City’s Famous Skyline

A new luxury lifestyle address in the capital in the third tallest building in Malaysia, adjacent to the Petronas Towers and Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Park in the Golden Triangle district

Located within a glittering new skyscraper next to the Petronas Towers, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur has opened its doors. Rising 65 storeys above the busy streets of the capital, the all-new Hotel is welcoming its first guests to dine, drink, shop, relax, entertain, meet and stay at Four Seasons, and for a select few, to call Four Seasons their new home.

For General Manager Tom Roelens and his team of dedicated service specialists, it’s the end of one long journey of preparation, and the start of a new one as they welcome their first guests.  “As the Hotel has come to life, we have looked forward to the day when it would be filled with people – international travellers in the city for business or leisure, local guests in our restaurants and spa, and the many residents who are becoming part of the extended Four Seasons family here in Kuala Lumpur.”

Be among the first to experience the new Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur

In celebration of its opening, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur is extending an Introductory Offer featuring 15 percent savings on the regular room rate, as well as a variety of packages including the Stay Longer – Third Night Free offer, and the Incomparable Malaysia package, adding a stay at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi to the itinerary, with spending credits included in both destinations.  Reservations may be made by calling +60 3 2382 8888 or booking online.

Welcome to Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle neighbourhood next to Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the new building houses the Hotel with 209 guest rooms and suites, as well as serviced apartments for those guests looking for an extended stay, and Four Seasons Private Residences.  Four Seasons Place is part of Kuala Lumpur City Centre, a 40 hectare (100 acre) complex with more upscale shopping, fine dining and vibrant nightlife next to a 20 hectare (50 acre) urban green park.

Acclaimed Four Seasons veteran and Executive Chef Junious Dickerson oversees the Hotel’s culinary program, with a half-dozen restaurants and lounges including the high-style Yun House for Cantonese specialities by Executive Chef Jimmy Wong, the chef showcase CurATE with its show kitchen, and Bar Trigona, a temple of modern cocktail culture with award-winning Head Bartender Ashish Sharma presiding.

Leisure facilities are highlighted by an outdoor pool oasis with private cabanas and adjacent bar and grill, and an eight-treatment room spa offering a carefully designed menu inspired by Malaysian healing traditions and the latest global therapies.  There’s also a large fitness centre to round out one’s healthy living routine.

Directly connected to the Hotel and residential tower is a retail podium, The Shoppes at Four Seasons Place, which includes a selection of luxury retail and dining outlets spread over six floors and highlighted by Decadent by Four Seasons for the ultimate in sweet treats and The Laundry Shoppe, a luxury laundry boutique.

Meetings, Special Events and Weddings at Four Seasons

Hosts and planners of meetings, special events and weddings have 1,821 square metres (19,016 square feet) of flexible, state-of-the-art event spaces comprising two exquisitely designed ballrooms and four meeting rooms, with the assurance that the Hotel’s expert conference team is dedicated to bringing their client’s vision to life, and executing every event to perfection under the guidance of Director of Catering and Conference Services Kellie Ng.

Living the Four Seasons Lifestyle

Four Seasons in Kuala Lumpur also invites those looking for longer term accommodations, or who simply want to enjoy the convenience and privacy of a luxury apartment in the city, to “Call Us Home” and stay in one of 27 serviced apartments.

AC Hotels by Marriott to debut in Australia with signing of 200-room hotel in Melbourne


Design-driven AC Hotels by Marriott to debut in Australia with signing of 200-room hotel in Melbourne

Deal underscores Marriott International’s commitment to Australia, with 18 hotels open and 17 in the pipeline

The 200-room AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank will open in 2020 as part of a dynamic mixed-use development. The hotel marks Marriott International’s second major hotel deal with Capital Alliance, with Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands currently under construction, and underscores the hospitality company’s growth in Australia.

AC Hotels was born from the vision of renowned hotelier Antonio Catalan, who founded the brand in 1988 and grew it into one of the most successful and highly-regarded hotel companies in Spain. Following the brand’s success in Europe, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011 to launch AC Hotels by Marriott. Based on a belief that purposeful design can enrich lives, AC Hotels by Marriott celebrates classic modern design that is inspired by the urban locale and the brand’s Spanish roots.

The AC Melbourne Southbank will be located in Normanby Melbourne, a 40-storey mixed-use building that will feature high-end apartments, dining venues and shopping in the heart of Fishermans Bend, an up-and-coming neighbourhood near Melbourne’s city centre. Guestrooms will offer sweeping views of the city skyline and Yarra River.

True to the brand, the hotel will feature a range of collaborative spaces, including the AC Lounge, a modern co-working space for creative gatherings by day and a buzzing social hub offering European-style tapas by night. The hotel will also offer a range of leisure facilities, including an outdoor, infinity edge, swimming pool spanning the width of the building, a 24-hour fitness centre and three food and beverage outlets including the AC Lounge. Meetings and events organizers will be able to take advantage of 150 square metres of space designed to welcome groups of all sizes.

For more information, please visit achotels.marriott.com.

 

Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel Port de Sóller

With perhaps the most enviable spot in Port de Sóller, on a hillside perch that overlooks the full expanse of the bay, Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel Port de Sóller is a literal crown to this idyllic Mallorcan location. Presented by the founders of the 25hours hotel group and executive partner Christian Zenka, with design by preeminent creative Armin Fisher, the expansive property is a fascinating mix of beach cool, soothing nature, and luxe design, where an eclectic mixture of eras and styles come together in unexpected harmony. The result is a 114-room haven where anything goes and original, inspiring interiors—not to mention stunning views—shape each stay. From Neni, the first Spanish outpost of the popular Middle Eastern-flavored restaurant enterprise, to an outdoor poolside spa complete with two treatment rooms; every facet of Bikini Island quietly encourages guests to take their time, relax and relish life’s pleasures— an easy task in this playground of pleasure. www.designhotels.com/bikini-island-mountain-hotel-port-de-soller

Port de Sóller is one of the last destinations in Mallorca that strikes an ideal balance between catering to the island’s annual throng of visitors and maintaining a deeply authentic mood. Here, even during the height of summer, streets are quiet, the vibe is sleepy and an overriding sense of village life prevails. An ideal location then for Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel Port de Sóller, a new hotel that pays equal reverence to a unique gypset-style as it does to its surrounding environment. Based in a completely revamped preexisting building, the hotel occupies a space that is ideally located for access to the nearby beach and promenade, with its many bars and restaurants, and picture-perfect views of the port. With both Palma and Sóller itself just a tram or train ride away, the property is well-placed to explore this magical island.

In a complete departure from local style, the hotel is characterized by a bohemian aesthetic, which permeates each and every corner. Inspired by laid-back Balearic living and the island’s natural splendor, Armin Fischer of Dreimeta has dressed every nook and cranny in a joyful blend of color, pattern, and topiary for a lush escape in which the original 1960s San Francisco hippie movement is brought to life. Here, natural and organic materials appear in the form of woven palm leaf canopies, and an extensive use of wicker, as seen in the hotel’s long Bali-made reception desk. The entrance, a lush passage lined with plants, rattan peacock chairs, and oversized earthenware, punctuates this homage to nature. Elsewhere, a boho lens filters each frame; over 300 brightly colored ceramic pots hang low from ceilings to house overflowing plants, while a psychedelic wall mural by Berlin-based artist Olaf Hajek decorates the lobby, depicting a colorful swarm of butterflies, birds, and flowers.

 Equally as vibrant are Bikini’s guestrooms, where the use of bold hues has been repackaged to create quietly soothing spaces. The 114 rooms and suites all feature interiors that nod to the Californian hippie era, with accents that include mustard-colored tiled bathrooms, shell chandeliers garnered from Asian markets, and multicolored rugs designed by Deniz Karyüz. Colorful portable Wonderboom wireless speakers by Ultimate Ears are provided in each room to accompany guests on beachside jaunts, as are brightly patterned beach bags by Spanish brand Wouf, which are also available to purchase in the hotel’s lobby boutique. Guests seeking on-site relaxation needn’t look any further than the terraces or balconies which accompany every accommodation, each one dotted with rattan lamp shades sourced from India and plush bespoke daybeds made in Bali.

The multifaceted hotel is rounded up by a series of spectacular communal spaces. Neni, an outpost of the popular Middle Eastern-styled German eatery holds fort on the hotel’s fourth floor, a spot that allows for unrivalled terraced views. Here, in front of a backdrop of the Tramuntana mountains and swooping vistas of Port de Sóller, guests are served a menu of pan-Middle Eastern sharing dishes—an ideal prelude to drinks at the adjacent Donkey Bar, which offers gin-focused beverages amidst a soundtrack of sixties and seventies classics and live piano. Amping up the recreation options even further is a large outdoor area that is centered on an impressive pentagon-shaped pool, remarkable for a multicolored mosaic peace sign on its floor formed from of a series of small flowers. The Pikkini pool bar, serving light bites and drinks, offers the little encouragement needed for day long recesses, as does the neighboring spa, which is the only hotel spa in the world to use Santa Verde products in treatments that are carried out either poolside or in the two treatment areas, which join a hammam and steam room.

The Datai Langkawi Reopens On 10 September 2018

The most substantial enhancement since the resort’s inception nearly 25 years ago, the project is being led by Didier Lefort of award-winning Paris-based design studio DL2A, who was responsible for the original interior designs back in 1993.  Lefort brings with him an unrivalled knowledge of the estate, its structure, history and unique surroundings, along with a deep connection to the original vision of a luxurious retreat seamlessly integrated into the 10-million-year-old virgin rainforest, backed by the pristine Datai Bay.

Whilst some minor works and finishing touches take place during the initial stages of the reopening, the renovation has seen a complete overhaul of the interiors of the guestrooms, suites, villas and public spaces, all designed with simplicity and Lefort’s unique style which is true to its origins.  Local materials and inspiration from the environment, surroundings and culture are at the core of the vision, along with the signature ‘Datai DNA’, ensuring regular guests still feel very much at home when they return, whilst delighting new visitors alike.

Refreshed bedrooms and additions to the inventory will ensure the needs of the most demanding 21st century traveller are met.  Three Rainforest Pool Villas have been added, located along the Datai River running through the 750 hectare rainforest, featuring an impressive deck and pool overlooking crystal clear waters. The new five-bedroom The Datai Estate spanning over 3,500 square metres will be one of the largest villas of its kind in Asia, comprising spacious living rooms, games rooms, two 20 metre connected pools, 24-hour butler service as well as a private chef.

The lobby and overall landscaping have undergone the most dramatic and notable change of all, whilst a brand-new dedicated The Nature Centre will be run by a team of naturalists and marine biologists led by Irshad Mobarak, the resort’s highly regarded resident naturalist.

The Datai Spa draws heavily on local traditions and includes a treatment list based on philosophies of the Malay concept known as ramuan or ‘potions’, made by infusing oils with hand-picked medicinal foliage from the herb garden and surrounding rainforest, performed by highly trained and skilled therapists. In addition to this, the philosophy of beauty through health is complemented by the international expertise of Bastien Gonzalez. Opening his first studio in Malaysia at the resort, he is renowned for his exceptional virtuosity and approach to hand and foot care. Other highlights at the spa include an exclusive scent and amenities produced with Langkawi rainforest elements, healing surrounding walkways incorporating the flora used in the treatments, as well as The Datai’s signature open air treatment villas for guests to connect with the sights and sounds of nature.

The Datai Langkawi prides itself as a destination resort that has nature truly at its heart.  Where man and nature live as one and where everyone – from guests to associates – has the luxury to be their natural self.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Announces Jessica Jung of BLANC & ECLARE Loungewear Collaboration

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has announced a new room package collaboration that includes a loungewear set exclusively designed for guests by Jessica Jung, Creative Director of lifestyle brand BLANC & ECLARE’s.

Hotel guests will receive a three-piece loungewear set and an opportunity to meet Jessica Jung on 28 June when booking The Landmark Mandarin Oriental x Jessica Jung at BLANC & ECLARE room package.

Multi-faceted artist and designer, Jessica Jung, is on the “Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2017” entertainment and sports stars list. Jessica has brought her modern interpretation of classic design to the three-piece unisex loungewear set for the hotel. Made from lightweight cotton, the set includes a sleepwear top and bottom in soothing pale blue offset with navy blue stitched piping to accentuate the clean lines, and a belted, navy blue robe embroidered with a division sign, the iconic logo of BLANC & ECLARE. Guests can take this loungewear home with them.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental x Jessica Jung at BLANC & ECLARE room package is valid from 28 June to 28 September 2018 and priced from HKD 5,900, including:

  • One night in an L600 Deluxe room or above
  • One exclusive BLANC & ECLARE loungewear set to take home per room
  • The opportunity to attend a private meet-and-greet with Jessica Jung at the hotel on 28 June 2018 (subject to availability)
  • An autographed photograph of Jessica Jung for those attending the meet-and-greet
  • A 25% discount voucher for any purchase made via www.blancgroup.com
  • One signature bath tub experience for two people
  • In-room breakfast for two people

For further information and reservations, please log on to www.mandarinoriental.com/landmark, call +852 2132 0188 or email lmhkg-reservations@mohg.com.

Bookings are subject to availability and rates are subject to 10% service charge and valid for stays until 28 September 2018.  Additional loungewear is available for purchase at the hotel. Guests must RSVP to the private meet-and-greet with Jessica Jung, which has limited availability, at the time of room booking. The autographed photograph will be arranged for room bookings requesting the meet-and-greet with Jessica Jung.

 

 

ROSEWOOD BAHA

Highly-anticipated property marks Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® entrance in The Bahamas

Rosewood Baha Mar opens today along the pristine beaches of Nassau on New Providence Island in The Bahamas, marking the entrance of the ultra-luxury Rosewood Hotels & Resorts brand into The Bahamas. An elegant sanctuary within the new resort destination of Baha Mar, Rosewood Baha Mar epitomizes Bahamian refinement and sophistication, offering an effortless escape inspired by the relaxed tempo of island life with architecture and interior styling inspired by a modern Bahamian estate.

Rosewood Baha Mar offers some of the largest suites on the island, providing guests with a luxurious, yet residential, experience. The resort boasts 237 guestrooms, suites and beachfront villas. Many of the guestrooms and suites connect to adjacent rooms to create a variety of multi-bedroom configurations, ideally suited for multi-generation family travel. Each room features a light and sophisticated color palette of blues, corals and lavenders, creating fresh and modern spaces inspired by the island’s waters and sunsets. Rooms and suites are adorned with unique artworks by Bahamian artists and accent pieces made with woven rattans, rope, and painted grasscloths to create a distinctly Bahamian aesthetic. All accommodations feature private balconies with furnished outdoor living areas, as well as individual service from personal butlers. Four luxurious villas, one that is six bedrooms and three that are three bedrooms, offer exceptional tranquility, exclusive services and private plunge pools.

Amenities at Rosewood Baha Mar include four signature dining venues, designed to encourage fellowship among guests. These include Commonwealth, a farm-to-table restaurant with a private Rum Room for exclusive, island-style dinners; Costa, serving coastal cuisine with a Mexican twist in a contemporary outdoor setting; Manor Bar featuring classic cocktails in a refined setting; and The Library, the perfect spot to enjoy elegant afternoon tea or fine champagne with a menu of sweet and savory pastries and desserts. Recreational facilities include Sense, A Rosewood Spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, two private swimming pools and luxury cabanas. Additionally, guests have direct and private beach access.

Twelve meeting and event spaces provide the perfect setting for weddings, corporate meetings, retreats and incentives. The venues – including a 4,950-square-foot ballroom with a walkout terrace and courtyard, meeting room, boardrooms, private dining room and al fresco event areas such as the Rosewood Beach – offer exquisite catering, refined service and state-of-the-art technology.

Park Hyatt Melbourne

Escape on a Winter Staycation With Park Hyatt Melbourne’s Signature Park Experience Package

Created with comfort and unobtrusive luxury in mind, escape on a winter staycation with Park Hyatt Melbourne’s signature Park Experience Package was tailored to provide both leisure and corporate guests the ease of not having to worry about the small comforts that goes into creating a home away from home, all with a subtle luxurious twist.

It starts when you arrive at the hotel’s sweeping tree-lined driveway – pristine during the day and lit up like a court of dreams at dusk- and upon stepping into the marbled lobby, the first thing greeting you will be the wafting scents of jasmine and musk before you take the Art Deco inspired elevator up to your room. Known for being home to 240 of the largest guestrooms and suites in Melbourne city, expect each room be to adorned with curated art, Madrona Burl wood walls, walk-in wardrobes and Italian marble bathrooms complete with deep soaking baths and inset televisions.

Wake up to a crisp morning paper waiting at your door and breathtaking views spanning over parklands, CBD skyscrapers and the astounding Gothic Revival architecture of St Patrick’s Cathedral. Breakfast is served at the hotel’s award-winning radii restaurant and bar where golden honey drips straight from the honeycomb and fresh, seasonal produce are adapted into a balanced spread under the direction of Chef de Cuisine, Craig Sung, and his culinary team.

The Park Experience Package includes:

  • Full breakfast served at radii restaurant and bar
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Daily morning newspaper
  • Complimentary Wi-fi throughout the hotel

The Park Experience Package starts at AUD$385. Reservations 131 234 or melbourne.park.hyatt.com.

Online bookings can be made via http://bit.ly/parkexperience

Noku Beach House – Uniquely Seminyak

An uninterrupted ocean view, facing the sunset, is everyone’s dream destination. Add in a designer villa in the chicest location in Bali and you have an unbeatable combination.

– Opening in September 2018

Welcome to Noku Beach House, the only luxury villa with absolute beachfront in all of Seminyak. With six stunning ensuite bed-rooms, a variety of lounging and dining areas and twenty-five staff to make your stay stress-free, Noku represents the peak of comfortable and sophisticated living. The open plan terraces and balconies are designed to optimise the ocean view and to take advantage of the sea breezes; hanging gardens and palm trees create the feeling that you are in a calm oasis, while the in-house spa and plunge-pool can ease your cares away.

For the more active, you have a private tennis court and the long pool and direct access to the beach for surfing, swimming and other water-sports.

Seminyak itself is famous for its fine-dining, bars and clubs, many of which are a short beach walk away, and your in-house concierge will be happy to organise your outings and make bookings for you.

And if you prefer to entertain at home, a fully staffed commercial and prep kitchen are on hand – not to mention the wine room. When the mood takes you, the high-spec sound system will create different atmospheres between the various rooms and spaces – with curated playlists available at the tap of a tablet – or perhaps unwind with a movie in the media room or via the outdoor projector on the pool deck.

Underpinning everything at Noku Beach House are the staff, trained to the highest standards by the Elite Havens Group and bringing Balinese warmth and charm to everything they do. They recognise that your comfort and privacy are paramount and will do everything to make sure your stay at Noku is as care-free and memorable as possible.

Opening in September 2018, Noku Beach House will be Seminyak’s only private beachfront villa. To learn more visit www.nokubeachhouse.com.