SHANGRI-LA HOTELS IN HARBIN INTRODUCE “ABSOLUTE ICE” THIS WINTER SEASON

Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin and Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin have teamed up to introduce an “Absolute Ice” offer from 24 December 2017 to 28 February 2018 and celebrate Harbin as the ultimate winter getaway. To embrace the coldest months of China’s northeastern province – Heilongjiang, the hotels will also debut works of ice architecture hand sculpted by local craftsmen.

Set to become a popular meeting place among guests is Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin’s 12-seater Ice Lounge. Constructed from 63 cubic metres of ice blocks, the Ice Lounge is a specially designed and intimate area measuring approximately 16 square metres. It will be equipped with all-ice furniture, including an ice bar counter, ice coffee table and ice sofa, and installed with electricity to add to the experience. Hot beverages and alcoholic drinks will be served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Guests can also delve into the ice world at the hotels’ Ice Palace restaurant. Created from nearly 1,000 cubic metres of ice blocks – sourced from the nearby Songhua River – with white frosting-covered rooftops and colourful lights, guests can dine on hot pot in indoor temperatures of -10° Celsius (14° Fahrenheit). Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin’s Ice Palace covers 310 square metres and seats 148 diners, while the Ice Palace at Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin is slightly smaller at 210 square metres and accommodates 102 guests. Both Ice Palace restaurants will open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for dinner.

The “Absolute Ice” offer, available between 24 December 2017 and 28 February 2018, starts from RMB3,199 for two consecutive nights and includes daily breakfast buffet for two persons, RMB400 dining credit per stay (including the Ice Palace), shuttle bus service between Harbin’s scenic sites and the two Shangri-La hotels, as well as a winter care kit containing gloves, a cap, heating pads and more.

To reserve the “Absolute Ice” offer, call (86 451) 8485 8888 or e-mail reservations.shar@shangri-la.com for Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin or telephone (86 451) 5862 9999 or e-mail reservations.shas@shangri-la.com for Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin.

For guests keen to explore Harbin’s silvery winter landscape, the location of Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin and Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin, on the south and north banks respectively, along the Songhua River makes getting around the city easy. The Ice and Snow World and International Snow Sculpture Expo on the north bank of the river, and Central Street, St. Sophia Cathedral and the Harbin Memorial Monument on the south bank of the river are within a 10-minute car ride from the hotels.

Transforming the city into a winter wonderland is the 800,000-square-metre Ice and Snow World, which is one of the world’s largest and Instagrammable fairylands. It features a wide range of snow- and ice-related activities and amusements, as well as an all-ice cartoon world with towering ice architecture, delicate ice sculptures, various games on ice and a dazzling ice show.

Other popular Harbin winter sites include the International Ice Sculpture Expo to view majestic snow sculptures, and the Siberian Tiger Park to see the rare and mighty “big cat”.

When the day is at its darkest, guests can return to Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin for either Cantonese food at Shang Palace or an international buffet at Coffee Garden. Alternatively, diners may choose Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin for local food and Beijing Duck at Shang Kitchen or De Drunk’n Pig bar for a nightcap.

For more information, please visit www.shangri-la.com.

ROSEWOOD PHUKET OPENS ON THE SHORES OF EMERALD BAY

Rosewood Phuket opens today, nestled along 600 meters of one of the last remaining secluded beaches on the island, on Emerald Bay in southwestern Phuket. Its debut marks not only the first Southeast Asia resort for ultra-luxury Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®, but the unveiling of Asaya, Rosewood’s pioneering new wellness concept. Guests can enjoy convenient access to the bustling seaside towns along this stretch of coastline, while Phuket’s cultural heart, the historic Old Town, is a short drive away.

Inspired by the serenity and sophistication of luxurious beachside estates, the resort features 71 pool pavilions and villas immersed within a 43-acre verdant landscape, creating a tropical beach hideaway perfectly placed for guests to explore the hidden charms of Thailand’s most famous island destination.


“In design, art, cuisine and most especially in gracious service synonymous with Thai culture, at Rosewood Phuket our brand’s A Sense of Place philosophy has found a rich context in which to flourish,” says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. “We are also thrilled that guests will experience our first Asaya, an innovative concept in holistic and integrative wellness journeys.”

“Our resort opens a window to a unique Phuket experience in this very special setting, be it a romantic getaway or family and friends holiday, a once-in-lifetime celebration or a journey to discover the hidden natural wonders of the island,” says Andrew Turner, managing director of Rosewood Phuket.

A Sense of Place® Concept in Phuket
Melbourne-based BAR Studio has applied its refined aesthetics to the resort’s design to celebrate its diverse range of landscapes. A sophisticated interpretation of Rosewood’s A Sense of Place® philosophy is expressed in a contemporary, environmentally sensitive architectural style that blends organically with the natural surroundings, awakening true feelings of escape for guests, from the moment of arrival with the panoramic ocean views above the jungle canopy right through to memorable moments amid hilltop forest, lakes, wetland and sun-washed beach. An abundance of floor-to-ceiling windows and open-sided spaces merge interiors with the outdoors.

Ultra-Luxury Pavilions and Villas
Each sea-facing, residential-style room features interiors that blend east and west, contemporary and traditional. Their expansive garden terraces are private sanctuaries of relaxed outdoor seating, daybed, infinity pool and Andaman Sea views. The 130-square-meter Ocean View Pool Pavilions feature spacious bedroom and living room areas and an exterior courtyard with deep soaking bathtub and rain shower. The 796-square-meter Ocean House comprises a master bedroom, twin bedroom, separate living and dining rooms and a lush oasis of garden courtyards and shady terraces, and guests can choose a plunge in their private infinity pool or taking a few short steps to the warm, crystal-clear waters of Emerald Bay.

Introducing Asaya — Rosewood’s Innovative, Holistic Wellness Concept
Asaya is designed to provide a unique opportunity for guests to discover their own true path to wellness. At “Wellness Ateliers” upon arrival, experts create bespoke experiences for guests and help them choose organic, homegrown herbs and ingredients to be used in tailored treatments. A menu of alternative therapies includes Watsu Therapy, Reiki Healing, Chi Nei Tsang, Life Force Healing Therapy and Sound Therapy. Fitness and lifestyle experiences include body stretching, Pilates, personal training sessions, high-intensity interval training, yoga and meditation, while specialized workshops and private sessions with visiting practitioners are based on various well-being practices.

Six suites include one signature wellness suite which caters to small groups of friends with dedicated treatment areas, outdoor relaxation space and Watsu pool. One to 14-day packages combine wellness, fitness and healthy cuisine. Skin wellness rituals feature Maison Caulières and EviDenS de Beauté products for in-depth action and visible long lasting results.

Children are Explorers Too
The Rosewood Explorers club is designed to stimulate the minds and bodies of the resort’s youngest guests. A variety of exciting facilities includes a vibrant and colorful indoor space and outdoor play area. Children aged three to eight will be able to take part in a fun-filled program of activities with a hands-on focus on creativity and social responsibility.

Recreation for all Tastes
The 24-hour fitness center features an array of cardiovascular, strengthening and weight training equipment. Classes in yoga, Mat Pilates and HIIT/Tabata can be practiced outdoors offering a connection of mind and body with nature. The organic free-form pool provides a peaceful beachside oasis with relaxing sun decks, and separate sections for swimming pool, designated lap pool, and children’s pool.

Sustainability at the Forefront
The resort incorporates many sustainable design elements, including a rainwater harvest system providing the resort’s entire water supply. The solar renewable energy system is the largest of any Phuket hotel, while “landscaped” rooftops provide energy conservation. Over 75 percent of the interior spaces in the resort are exposed to daylight which helps to decrease overall energy consumption and the building materials contain recycled content where possible to help lower the carbon footprint.

Resort landscaping was under the direction of Bangkok-based PLA whose focus was the preservation of the natural environment through the retention or careful transplantation of existing trees and indigenous foliage right through to the protection of sacred 150-year-old Banyan trees situated in the resort grounds.

A resort-sponsored coral reef restoration project is underway in Emerald Bay.

The Pavilion – A Luxury Island Setting for Special Celebrations
The Pavilion, a residential-style events and wedding space, sets the romantic stage for exquisite Thailand destination weddings. Guests take the first steps on their wedding journey in the Event Studio, designed as a one-stop wedding service to satisfy personal styles and preferences. For intimate ceremonies and seated dinners, The Glass House is a 242-square-meter indoor space where guests enjoy panoramic views over the bay through floor-to-ceiling windows, with the option of taking the celebrations outside for an extravagant cocktail reception for up to 250 guests on The Garden & Beach Lawn. The Courtyard is an enclosed and shaded outdoor space offering a charming and refined venue for rehearsal dinners, pre-wedding gatherings, bridal luncheons or private dinners.

About Rosewood Phuket

The 71-room Rosewood Phuket is situated along a 600-meter secluded beachfront at Emerald Bay, and marks the first Southeast Asia resort for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®. Four dining choices include authentic Thai dishes at Ta Khai, Italian cuisine at Red Sauce, simply prepared seafood at The Shack and a chic poolside lounge ambiance at Mai. The first Asaya, Rosewood’s holistic wellness concept, debuts at the resort, featuring bespoke programs of alternative therapies, lifestyle coaching, fitness activities and specialized healing treatments. Recreation options include a fitness center, Rosewood Explorers children’s facility and beachside infinity pool. The Pavilion residential-style wedding and events space incorporates the 243-square-meter Glass House, Courtyard, Garden and Beach Lawn.

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ONE ELEVEN BALI | THE BEST

Haute Grandeur is synonymous with status, luxury and acclaim. This year, the prestigious Awards event was even more distinguished, proving yet again why it is considered one of the most anticipated occasions on the hotel and spa industry calendar. “Our annual Awards Gala provides a platform for dignitaries to network and celebrate their outstanding achievements,” said Founder and Managing Director of Haute Grandeur, Marinique de Wet.

Splendor and sophistication set the tone for the evening were One Eleven picked up 2 awards on a global and country level. The global award was for Best Pool Villa Resort and in addition One Eleven also received the ‘Best Villa Resort in Indonesia’.

Haute Grandeur is recognized as the world’s leading Awards initiative, acknowledging the finest hospitality experiences across 7 continents and more than 60 countries. Each year, the world’s premium luxury hotel and spa brands compete for the ultimate accolade in overall excellence and greatest contribution to the industry. Brilliance is recognized by means of a rigorous rating process, based on a unique concept exclusive to Haute Grandeur. By relying on quality feedback from guests rather than a quantity of votes by the general public or judges, fairness, transparency and unbiased results are guaranteed.

Helen Fox, General Manager of One Eleven says “We really appreciate the recognition for these prestigious awards and it is an honor to be recognized both regionally and globally. The positive response from the reviews of our guests through the online voting process and local expert reports, reaffirms what we believe in, a philosophy that centers around service, privacy and contentment.”

“A Haute Grandeur Award is a guaranteed golden stamp of excellence, and powerful in its ability to amplify marketing, guest perception and revenue,” said De Wet. “Participating establishments emphasize the value and importance of continuously striving for excellence, and set the standard in the industry. Haute Grandeur promises to raise the bar by awarding only the most exceptional hotels and spas, thereby inspiring establishments to reach even greater heights.”

Excellence was at the heart of the event, with De Wet delivering an inspiring speech about the vision, commitment and purpose of the Awards. “Excellence is the drive to exceed all expectations, when it is least expected,” said De Wet. “Haute Grandeur Awards celebrate values of leadership, hard work, dedication, ambition and success. The nominees are shining examples of what it means to be superlative.”

“To win a Haute Grandeur Award takes will and determination,” said De Wet. “An establishment must excel on all levels. Therefore, the winners truly attained the ultimate in excellence; recognized with the highest accolade a hotel or spa can receive.” Among the victors, in addition to One Eleven, were top global luxury hotel and spa brands – One&Only Resorts, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, Anantara Hotels & Resorts, Banyan Tree Hotels, Resorts & Spas, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts, Sofitel Luxury Hotels, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Ritz Carlton Luxury Hotels, Park Inn Hotels, ESPA Spas and Raffles Resorts, among others.

The 2018 Haute Grandeur Global Hotel and Spa Awards Ceremony will be held in Dubai.

 

ABOUT ONE ELEVEN

One Eleven, an adults-only discreet and private sanctuary that boasts nine 350sqm villas, each with a spacious 14 meter long swimming pool and a 35sqm spa gazebo. This new high living resort concept fuses an ’in-villa’ and ‘resort experience’

Secluded by a vertical garden of a million pots of flora, this sprawling 5000 square metre property is an exercise in understated luxury, a Japanese sleek, modern minimalist design pervades throughout with the use of natural wood and stone, while floor-to- ceiling glass walls of the bedroom and bathroom welcome nature in, creating a relaxing environment to unwind and rejuvenate for individuals and couples. Website: www.111resorts.com.

Anantara Lawana Re-Opens

Its Doors Following Exquisite Renovation
After an extensive renovation to thoughtfully refurbish all of its charming accommodation and certain facilities, Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort will be welcoming travellers to refreshed island luxury from 10 December 2017.

Enhancements to all room and villa categories

Tucked along the quieter north end of the famous Chaweng Beach, just 10-minutes from Koh Samui International Airport, Anantara Lawana Koh Samui offers 122 uniquely luxurious rooms and villas, ranging from 52 to 300 square metres. While preserving the contemporary Sino-Thai style, all accommodation will be enhanced both functionally and aesthetically to articulate the laid back elegance of local islanders’ life by the sea and Koh Samui’s Chinese settler heritage.

Renovation design details

Giving the Sino-Thai vintage style fresh appeal, brand new furniture is to be accentuated by hand-crafted architectural and ornamental details, set against uplifted colour palettes. Wall mounted entrance lamps will brighten the arrival of drowsy explorers. Night tables are to have a modern upgrade with adjacent USBs and power outlets. Upholstery design patterns by a local water colour artist will be exclusive to the resort and depict the inspiration of each room type, as do the themed lighting fixtures. All bathrooms will now feature air-conditioning, adjustable lighting and vanity counters with traditional Chinese detailing. Terraces are being refurbished with sun loungers and furniture with premium grade outdoor fabric.

Charming distinctions give each room type a character of its own. 44 Deluxe Lawana Rooms feature outdoor sofa benches fitted in stylish fabrics, a new adjustable angle wall-mounted television and bed-end trunks that act as night table chests will provide seating and storage for personal belongings.

For the 44 Deluxe Plunge Pool Rooms, a local artist has been specially commissioned to craft a Chinese hand-painted folded panel headboard to convey this room type’s local Samui villager birder story, accompanied by a decorative bird cage night lamp and a bathroom vanity wall that has an antique paint effect, speckled with gold. The installment of discreet ceiling lights will enable guests to brighten their room as required. Accentuating the al fresco pleasures, both the terrace and personal plunge pool will be expanded, and a spacious built-in reclining sofa bench is to be joined by the playful addition of a day swing.

16 Deluxe Pool Access Rooms depict a Samui fisherman concept with hanging mosquito nets designed to resemble a fisherman’s net and antique style table lamps shaped like a traditional fisherman’s tool. The bathroom and bedroom mirrors’ bamboo framing is inspired by a fisherman’s raft and is to be complimented by a luxurious wooden bathtub tray with a curved boat design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 Anantara Pool Villas and 6 Anantara Seaview Pool Villas blend a story of Samui’s coconut farmers with superior elegance. Stylish design details combine tradition with contemporary, such as bamboo framed mirrors and lamps depicting old fashioned coconut farmer tools and lamps framed with charming monkey themed shades.

 

Perfect for a family or group of friends, the royal one-of-a-kind Two Bedroom Lawana Pool Villa reflects a prestigious immigrant Chinese family, and as such is to be lavishly upgraded. The existing antique sofa is being decorated with sheer curtains and elaborately upholstered in palatial patterns. Turquoise Chinese stools nestle side tables with hand-painted ceramic table lamps in a sea-shell and aquatic animal pattern, and a large Chinese style coffee table acts as a stunning centre piece to the beautiful new living room rug. The master bathroom has been refitted with his and hers basins framed by a large golden bamboo trimmed black turtle-shell patterned mirror. The kitchen is to feature a wooden partition sliding door concealing the storage room behind; a pantry table set will include a long Chinese style bench representing ancient Chinese living. Enhancing the outdoor terrace, a built-in L-shaped bench will provide comfortable seating for eight guests, a large patio table with a sunken stainless steel ice bucket, and at the edge of the wooden deck, fitted sun loungers will boast the closest and most stunning viewpoint across Chawang Beach.

 

Beach and sea escapes, upgraded spa, dining and meeting facilities

Beach time is enhanced by a view of an uninhabited island, just a short boat ride away. The beachfront infinity pool mirrors the waves of the sand and promises elegant relaxation. Turquoise waters provide ideal swimming conditions, thanks to a craggy rock line that creates a tranquil, shallow and safe lagoon.

 

Guests seeking the natural quiet of Anantara Spa will find the tranquil courtyard haven flourishing with a newly landscaped garden. Restaurants are being given a sleeker look and feel with new flooring at the international Ocean Kiss restaurant right beside the beach and the multi award-winning Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar, where guests can enjoy a unique dining experience with breathtaking views in a tree top canopy. Anantara’s bespoke Dining by Design experience offers a personal chef and butler, a choice of gourmet menus and idyllic resort settings.

 

Meeting and event guests already benefit from its innovative conference and event venues, which are also designed to reflect the island’s Chinese merchant heritage. As one of the biggest and newest meeting facilities on Koh Samui, the venue can host up to 220 guests and boasts a rooftop venue with an unrivalled coastal view.

 

While Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort’s location is quiet and tranquil, the buzz and excitement of Chaweng Beach is just around the corner, with an array of international restaurants and local shops.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Announces 2019 Private Jet Itineraries Featuring a New “Latin Escape”

Featuring a New “Latin Escape”

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, unveils three unique Private Jet itineraries set to take flight in 2019. Newly added is Latin Escape, a 16-day adventure for those looking to explore the most exciting natural and cultural offerings of Central and South America. Just over two weeks in duration, this new journey is shorter than the 24-day around-the-world journeys, and takes travellers to Miami, Costa Rica, Buenos Aires, Bogotá and even includes an escape to the Galápagos Islands, all in the care of Four Seasons.

The Four Seasons Private Jet allows travellers to fulfil their most extraordinary travel dreams aboard a custom designed aircraft, while enjoying personalised Four Seasons service every step of the way. Guests can opt into a wide range of experiences in each destination and tailor their trip to their interests, discovering authentic flavours and connecting with local cultures and communities without the added stress of planning. The dedicated team on each Private Jet journey takes care of everything, including all air travel, ground transportation, planned excursions, all meals and beverages and luxurious accommodations at Four Seasons hotels and resorts.  While visiting the remote Galápagos Islands during the Latin Escape itinerary, guests will stay at accommodations carefully selected by Four Seasons.

“Each year, we expand our Private Jet offerings, pushing the boundaries of curated travel and bringing together like-minded adventurers with a desire to explore the world. Our new itinerary offering, Latin Escape, was devised in response to increased interest in the Four Seasons Private Jet program by a wide range of travellers, some of whom are looking for a shorter travel experience while still in the comfort and care of Four Seasons.  Our tailor-made itineraries highlight the unique character of each destination, creating truly personalised and exclusive experiences alongside the comforts of legendary Four Seasons service,” says J. Allen Smith, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Back by popular demand, two of the most coveted Four Seasons itineraries are also featured on the 2019 roster. Timeless Encounters is a 24-day exploration of lively city centres and remote islands, including a day trip to the Taj Mahal. International Intrigue, a journey across nine diverse destinations, celebrates the magic of culturally-rich cities such as Kyoto and St. Petersburg set in dynamic contrast to the untamed paradise of the Serengeti. Both journeys provide insider access like never before in the most captivating destinations and are projected to sell out once again.

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, XIAMEN CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts today announced the grand opening of the 325-room Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen. With its enviable setting and offerings, the urban resort is a lifestyle destination catering to both leisure and business travellers.

Overlooking a long stretch of beach on one side and urban views on the other, Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen is located within the city’s newly developed financial and IT zone, Guanyin Shan Business Centre. Just a 10-minute and 20-minute drive away respectively are the Conference and Exhibition Centre, and the Xiamen International Airport.

Over 70 per cent of the hotel’s guestrooms and suites have commanding views of the Taiwan Straits – ranging from the 42-square-metre Deluxe Sea View Room to the elegantly styled Shangri-La Suite offering 168 square metres of luxurious living space. The Horizon Club showcases the hotel’s panoramic sea view to great advantage with a spacious open-air terrace that provides a tranquil retreat from the neighbourhood.
Thoughtfully planned with ample indoor and outdoor spaces, Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen honours local Minnan-style architecture which is often associated with the use of red bricks, and its public areas showcase local artists’ work and the community’s culture.

Home to two restaurants and a lobby lounge, Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen takes a fresh approach to dining experiences with the use of bold architectural details and colours. Café Amoy, an all-day dining restaurant serving Asian and international fare, celebrates playfulness in its show kitchens and interior clad in cubic shapes. Fu Gong – the Chinese restaurant specialising in Cantonese and Minnan cuisine, gives a nod to Xiamen’s significance as a major sea port by theming the decor around shipping containers.

The Lobby Lounge, featuring a ten-metre ceiling, epitomises relaxed living with local snacks and afternoon tea. The atmosphere becomes livelier in the evening with barbecues at the outdoor deck.

Centred around wellness, an all-inclusive NX Fitness & Spa covering 3,000 square metres offers an indoor heated swimming pool, a state-of-the-art gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, as well as beauty and massage treatments in the spa area. Fitness classes including kick boxing, yoga, Jazz dance and martial arts are offered.

In addition to expansive wellness facilities, Xiamen’s first NX Kid’s Club for hotel guests and members will open at the end of the year and feature a playground, donut slide, ball pool, trampoline and climbing wall, as well as interactive facilities for children from one up to 12 years of age.

Other facilities include a 1,500-square-metre pillar-less Grand Ballroom with an eight-metre-high ceiling, which can comfortably accommodate 1,000 guests. Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen is the only hotel in the city to feature an elevator that is large enough to transport automobiles directly to the ballroom. In addition to indoor and outdoor areas, nine other adaptable event spaces can host gatherings for 30 to 400 guests.

Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen’s special opening room rate starts from RMB1,100 per night and is available until 31 December 2017. It includes daily breakfast buffet for two persons and a 50 per cent dining discount. For reservations, call (86 592) 838 5888 or e-mail reservations.slxm@shangri-la.com. The room rate is subject to Value Added Tax and 10 per cent service charge.

Sophisticated Festive Travel Experiences by COMO Hotels and Resorts

COMO Hotels and Resorts has a range of festive travel experiences taking place all over the world, from the wild Himalayan mountains of Bhutan, to a private island resort in the Maldives.

COMO in the Wilds

Guests craving a cultural adventure this festive period can look to COMO Uma Bhutan’s seven-night ‘Festive Himalayan Explorer’ itinerary. The stay will include a visit to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery, as well as meaningful festive activities such as planting saplings and spending time at a local orphanage. In Bali, guests can enjoy time in the country’s dramatic landscapes, exploring the emerald green Tjampuhan Valley with COMO Uma Ubud as they burn off some Christmas indulgence.

COMO in the Soul

A festive stay at COMO Shambhala Estate, the wellness flagship in Bali, is set to relax and  de-stress guests, setting them up for a more peaceful and productive New Year. The Estate has organised yoga and Pilates classes inspired by the New Year, with themes including gratitude, joy, peace, celebration, family and friends. Special consultations with resident experts are also available, helping guests create realistic and meaningful goals for 2018.

COMO on the Beach

A getaway to Miami is ideal for those seeking some winter sun this festive season, with COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach on South Beach the ideal base. The hotel is home to the iconic Traymore Gin Bar — a stylish venue for a Christmas party, with over 30 artisanal gins. Alternatively, the island resorts of COMO Cocoa Island and COMO Maalifushi in the Maldives, offer a true winter escape. Parents can relax on the powder-white sand beaches, while children have fun with Play by COMO, enjoying activities like building gingerbread houses, decorating Christmas trees and snorkelling in the safe house reefs.

COMO in the City

Guests seeking a city break this Christmas can head to London, where COMO’s two urban hotels are offering unique festive experiences. At COMO Metropolitan London on Park Lane, guests can book a private dining event in the COMO Suite, with floor-to-ceiling windows affording dramatic views of the city. At COMO The Halkin, in the exclusive neighbourhood of Belgravia, guests can host a Christmas meal in the Michelin-starred Basque restaurant, Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, famed for its original design and inventive cuisine. For a New Year’s break in style, guests should head to Perth, Australia, where COMO The Treasury is throwing a New Year’s Eve celebration at the award-winning rooftop restaurant, Wildflower.

To learn more about each of the experiences listed in this press release, and to see the full range of festive programmes at COMO’s hotels and resorts, visit http://www.comohotels.com/offers/festive-season-como-hotels-and-resorts.

 

NIYAMA PRIVATE ISLANDS INVITES YOU TO AN INDIAN OCEAN FESTIVE SEASON WITH A DIFFERENCE

A Winter Wonderland of snow-white sands melting into turquoise lagoon and never-ending Sapphire Ocean. Neon and fireworks lighting up the starry sky in a Countdown to the Surreal. Escape the mundane and live out the festive season with family, friends and lovers on the most exclusive of stages. Christmas and New Year at Niyama Private Islands celebrates revelry for all ages. With twin islands to explore at Nature’s Playground, we invite you to let loose and indulge, dining in treetops, partying under the waves, seeking out romance or adrenaline-filled adventures, playing or chilling to each island’s unique rhythms.

Enjoy a surreal Christmas of tropical cocktails and traditional carols. Celebrate with a Winter Wonderland feast, candles and mistletoe. Light up the ocean with a live coral Christmas tree unveiling in the days leading up to Christmas at Subsix, the world’s first underwater playground and lounge. Positioned six metres below the waterline, the tree illuminates each night.

The New Year countdown promises to be our most exciting yet, with a special performance of Cats the Musical, a twilight feast overlooking the ocean, contemporary dance and opera performances, and a moonlit party on the beach to bring in 2018.

Activities for little VIPs and their families abound at the Explorers Kids’ Club throughout the holiday season. Catering for children from 12 months to 12 years of age, split into four age groups, little members can enjoy Christmas baking, ornament making, tree decorating and snowman building, as well as our signature experiences of guided snorkelling expeditions, water fights and more.

Teens and adults are invited to join the Active programme, with island exploring, dolphin watching, a host of beach sports and authentic Maldivian cultural activities on offer, and a romantic movie night under the stars.

Radiance is all the island rage this festive season. Visit the sublime Drift Spa by Niyama for some holiday magic, with non-surgical facelifts from Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. David Alessi and transformational rejuvenation from health and longevity expert Paulo Fernandes.

Book your escape to paradise now, and celebrate in unrivalled style. For the full festive season programme, visit niyama.com or email reservations@niyama.com

A Stylish Beachfront Resort with Pool Villas is Being Built on the Southeast Coast of Koh Samui

AND WILL MAKE “STAYING IN” A TEMPTING OPTION WHEN IT OPENS IN SEPTEMBER 2018

 

Sheltered by a cove of golden sand and fringed by coconut palms, an upscale resort paradise is being developed on the southeast coast of Koh Samui; AVANI Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas will offer a secluded coastal hideaway when it opens in September 2018.

The design is pared-back with a focus on great craftsmanship, contemporary chic and a soothing of the senses. Set amongst expansive tropical gardens leading down to the beach, the lobby and all day dining restaurant will lie at the heart of the resort, surrounded by a collection of 58 stylish rooms with private balconies and sea facing villas with plunge pools.

Private balconies will draw the eye to lush gardens and ocean views and the One Bedroom Pool Villas and One or Two Bedroom Beachfront Pool Villas will offer a stylish lounge and outdoor patio, pool and sundeck. Guests will be able to swim in their private pool, sunbathe and dine alfresco.

The soothing textures and serene colour palette found in all the rooms will allow guests to unwind in an atmosphere of calm and relaxation. All rooms will feature a full range of modern comforts, including free WiFi, modern furnishings, large LCD TVs and stylish, bathrooms with a rain shower.

Resort facilities will include two swimming pools, an AVANIFit gym and The Pantry, where guests will be able to grab a quick bite or picnic essentials. The chic beachside bar and restaurant, specialising in freshly caught fish dishes, promises to be a great spot for long leisurely lunches whilst the resort’s Watersports Centre will offer a comprehensive range of activities for all ages.

The AVANISpa will provide a tranquil approach to wellness, focusing on guest’ needs rather than standard treatments. Well-trained therapists will conduct a consultation prior to recommending one of four treatment options; Boost, Balance, Calm and Purify.

Rejuvenating Boost treatments are the perfect antidote for those suffering from low energy and jet lag. Balance treatments ground the body, mind and mood, Calm treatments release muscle tension, relieve anxiety and recharge the mind and Purify treatments offer the perfect detox.

AVANIFit focuses on lifestyle elements that promote a healthy body and healthy mind and the resort’s Gym will include a range of cardiovascular equipment which will allow guests to keep up their fitness routines whilst on holiday. Daily Yoga classes will kick off the day, with kayaking, guided hikes and cycling trips available for guests to enjoy.

Children will delight in their in room Teepee and teens will enjoy the glow-in-the-dark beach volleyball and beach boule tournaments. Adults will be able to enjoy relaxing spa treatments while their kids discover tiny sea creatures in the late afternoon tide pools that form on the beach, which are home to some of the ocean’s richest biodiversity.

Couples looking for the perfect beach wedding venue will be attracted to the resorts versatile and affordable accommodation offering and picturesque ocean setting.

The resort is only a 40 minute drive from Samui International Airport, which is well connected with numerous daily flights from Bangkok and other Thai cities, along with direct flights from around Asia.

Set within Pang Kha Bay overlooking the sea and Five Islands, the tranquil location will appeal to holidaymakers in search of lesser known destinations.

Four Seasons Hotels Offer Special Urban Getaways This Holiday Season

Make the holidays memorable this season in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Downtown New York, Toronto and Washington, DC

Six urban Four Seasons hotels have partnered together to offer guests an unforgettable holiday season. With the Holiday Getaway – Stay Longer package, guests can enjoy a complimentary third night to take advantage of even more festive events or extra rest and relaxation in some of North America’s greatest cities.

Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

Leave it to Charm City to put visitors in the holiday spirit during the happiest season of the year. Explore the German Christmas Village at West Shore Park, and don’t miss the PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Head over to Hampden’s 34th Street, also known as “Miracle on 34th Street,” which features enthusiastically decorated homes that have been recognised by Nightline, the Travel Channel, and more. Take an evening stroll around Harbor East, the city’s newest neighbourhood and home to Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, for holiday shopping and weekly Merriment & Melodies. Gather the family and climb aboard The Polar Express at the B&O Railroad Museum, or watch the magical Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D Immersion Film at the National Aquarium.


Four Seasons Hotel Boston

Enjoy a quintessential New England holiday escape with Four Seasons Hotel Boston. From the magical tree lighting on the Boston Common to an evening at the Boston Opera House to enjoy Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker, Boston has no shortage of festive offerings this season. The Hotel’s youngest guests can delight in Elf the Musical at Wang Theater, and travellers of all ages can enjoy ice-skating on the Boston Commons’ Frog Pond or checking out ski trails just one hour outside of Boston. To see true Boston sports fans, check out a Celtics or Bruins game at TD Garden, or simply cosy up with loved ones in the Hotel’s newly renovated guest rooms.

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Descend upon the “City by the Lake” for a wide array of holiday activities to inspire cheer. Located in an iconic tower along the city’s famed Magnificent Mile, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is the ideal launching pad for the best shopping. Conveniently located one floor below the Hotel is the six-story 900 North Michigan Shops, a collection of 70 luxury stores. Ice-skating at Millennium Park or Maggie Daley Park is a must-do for visitors of all ages, followed by a cup of cider or seasonal cocktail next to the fireplace at Allium Restaurant and Bar. Take advantage of nearby world class theatre, such as A Christmas Carol or catch the Broadway sensation Hamilton. Spend the late afternoon at Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual ZooLights that features one-of-a-kind luminous displays and holiday activities, return for a relaxing and festive Artic Berry Facial in The Spa.


Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Come and experience the “NEW” New York for a taste of pure holiday magic. Celebrate at the annual Seaport District Tree Lighting Ceremony, complete with celebrity music performances, themed delicacies, signature window displays and the official opening of the seasonal Seaport holiday market. And of course, no winter season is ever complete without an ice skating excursion, so be sure to visit The Rink at Brookfield Place, overlooking the city’s serene North Cove Marina waterfront. Following a day of skating, guests will find themselves ready for holiday retail therapy at Brookfield Place’s luxury stores and Westfield World Trade Center at the Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus. When it’s time to head back inside, get cosy at CUT by Wolfgang Puck surrounded by good friends and family, specialty holiday cocktails and warm dark chocolate soufflés on repeat.

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to create lasting memories with the ones we love most. Lace up skates and hit the ice at the Harbourfront skating rink, situated on the picturesque shoreline of Lake Ontario against the brightly lit backdrop of this beautiful city. In the mood for something a touch more romantic? Take a walk down the cobblestone streets of the Toronto Christmas Market for those last minute holiday gifts under a sea of twinkling lights, while the delicious aromas of fresh gingerbread and mulled wine fill the air. At night, make a stop at the Cavalcade of Lights celebration, where one can take in live music, fireworks and ice-skating. For those looking for a day trip, the Hotel’s knowledgeable Concierge team highly recommends a family adventure at Blue Mountain Resort, where everyone can hit the slopes or enjoy a number of other activities with the entire family. If the season’s many activities have one longing for rest and relaxation, melt the stress away at the Spa, tucked away on the ninth floor of the Hotel. Choose from one of many serene spa experiences crafted by Senior Spa Director Victoria Nickle. Once the height of relaxation is reached, head downstairs to Café Boulud to enjoy Chef Sylvain Assié’s famous rotisserie chicken. Cap off the night with a festive cocktail – or two – at d|bar, where the talented mixologists have crafted a list of holiday beverages with a seasonal flare.

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a Washington, DC tradition that marks the beginning of the holiday season. Four Seasons festive spell begins with Light Up The Season: an event that transforms the Hotel into a winter wonderland featuring custom created holiday décor by area designers benefiting Children’s National Health System.  Steps away from the Hotel, enjoy ice-skating at Washington Harbor and enjoy Georgetown GLOW, the region’s only curated outdoor exhibition of modern light-art installations, set against the historic backdrop of DC’s oldest neighbourhood. For kids and adults of all ages, ZooLights at the National Zoo features more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights along with music performances, holiday treats and shopping. Holiday classics not to be missed in the Nation’s Capital include The Nutcracker performed by The Washington Ballet and Fords Theatre’s production of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. Set in historic Georgetown, the seasonal favourite has been a Washington tradition for more than 35 years. Enjoy the tastes of the holidays from the award winning Four Seasons culinary team. Indulge in the annual gingerbread house and Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Brunch at Seasons Restaurant, as well as the 12 Days of Cocktails and a specialty croque-en-bouche at BOURBON STEAK to ring in the New Year.