Panglao Island, the Philippines’ Beautiful Beachfront Paradise

Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Introduces International Hospitality to Panglao Island, the Philippines’ Beautiful Beachfront Paradise

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has expanded its presence in the Philippines with the launch of a brand new beachfront resort in Panglao, the idyllic island in the central province of Bohol.

Best Western Plus The IvyWall Resort-Panglao opened its doors on November 15, 2019, becoming the first internationally-branded resort in this enchanting destination. This landmark development will provide a significant boost to Panglao’s tourism industry, helping the island attract a new generation of visitors to its stunning shores.

Commanding a prime position in Panglao’s main tourism area, this striking, design-led hotel overlooks the powder-soft sands and crystal clear seas of Alona Beach, just a short distance from many shops and local attractions. Bohol-Panglao International Airport is also less than ten minutes’ drive away, offering regular flights to and from major domestic hubs like Manila, Clark and Cebu City.

Best Western Plus The IvyWall Resort-Panglao features 80 bright and stylish rooms with balconies overlooking the pool, gardens or sea. Some rooms even lead directly into the resort’s freeform outdoor swimming pool, and a selection of sea-facing suites even feature private balconies with Jacuzzis.

Guests can spend endless days soaking up the exotic ambiance, either by the pool or on the beach, which is nestled in front of the resort. The pool bar is a great place to enjoy cool refreshments and light snacks during the day, and there is also a seaside garden, a children’s playground and fitness center, creating a variety of ways to unwind. As the sun sets, guests can head to the Tereza Rooftop Deck for a cocktail or enjoy a memorable evening meal at the rooftop restaurant.

Finally, event planners can take advantage of extensive function facilities, including three meeting rooms, a business center and outdoor spaces for poolside dinners, team-building sessions and dream weddings.

“We are delighted to welcome all domestic and international guests to Panglao, a hidden gem which is now starting to emerge on the world stage. With its perfect location, contemporary design and modern facilities, supported by Best Western’s renowned service standards, Best Western Plus The IvyWall Resort-Panglao will elevate the quality of visitor accommodation to new levels of excellence,” said Olivier Berrivin, Managing Director of International Operations – Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts.

“We look forward to introducing many more domestic and overseas guests to this delightful destination; Panglao’s tourism industry has a very bright future and we look forward to being an integral part of it for many years to come,” Olivier added.

The Arrival of Camp Sarika by Amangiri

Aman Announces The Arrival of Camp Sarika by Amangiri

A serene encampment encircled by the raw wilderness of the Utah desert

Amangiri has drawn travellers to Utah’s starkly beautiful landscape of deep canyons and vermillion rock formations for a decade. To herald its special anniversary, the resort will soon reveal Camp Sarika by Amangiri – 10 tented-pavilions with individual private plunge pools on a luxury encampment surrounded by 600 acres of raw wilderness in the heart of the desert, close to Amangiri.

Opening in April 2020, Camp Sarika will perfectly reflect the Amangiri experience, offering its own main pavilion and restaurant, two spa suites, one main swimming pool and a Jacuzzi set in unparalleled proximity to nature. Formed for escapism, adventure, solitude and privacy, the camp is located a 30-minute hike or five-minute drive from Amangiri, and while guests at the camp enjoy full access to the resort’s facilities whenever they desire, everything they need will be conveniently located at Camp Sarika.

Deriving its name from the Sanskrit word for “open space” and “sky”, Camp Sarika will be set on more than 55 acres, overlooking iconic flat-topped mesa rock formations. Surrounded by five national parks; each offering unique and diverse scenery, numerous national monuments and the Navajo Nation Reservation the camp will enable a back-to-nature, wilderness experience for guests who will enjoy the utmost comfort alongside mesmerising, otherworldly landscapes and intriguing remnants of Native American culture at every turn.

A 30-minute drive from the nearest town of Page, Camp Sarika will encourage a private and peaceful connection to its dramatic surroundings, its remote location imbuing a sense of community and exclusivity in a nod to Aman’s trademark appreciation of a destination. The camp’s 10 beautifully appointed tented pavilions will be complemented by a Selldorf Architects-designed common pavilion, housing restaurant and lounge areas, as well as two spa suites, a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi.

Claiming unobstructed views of the mesas or facing west to catch the sunset every evening, the tented pavilions will feature either one or two bedrooms, as well as a living area, dining area, a wet and dry bar, a private oversized terrace with a fire pit and an individual heated plunge pool. The five one-bedroom tented pavilions will each occupy 175 square metres, while the five two-bedroom tented pavilions will cover 262 square metres. Designed by Luxury Frontiers, the tented pavilions will mimic the spaciousness and clean lines of the suites at Amangiri, where natural materials reflect the light-transforming, undulating surface of the desert outside, but will evoke a luxury camp feel. The interiors will include decorative canvas walls and ceilings and wooden fittings, as opposed to Amangiri’s furnishings, which comprise blackened steel and stone.

Open throughout the day, the restaurant at the camp will be situated in the main pavilion, with both indoor and outdoor seating offering breathtaking views. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks and afternoon tea in between, the restaurant will offer a menu that will change daily, incorporating the freshest local produce and also catering to vegetarians and vegans. Paying homage to the wilderness setting, the open kitchen will feature a rotisserie grill, with dishes served on cedar and slate carving boards. Reserved for residents of the camp during the day, the restaurant will also be open to resort guests for dinner (with advance booking).

Camp Sarika will allow guests to reap the benefits of connecting with nature – increased mindfulness, reduced stress levels and a clearer headspace – with every convenience and luxury at hand. Two spa suites will offer an extensive menu of spa therapies inspired by traditional Navajo wellness practices, while yoga and guided meditation will be offered al fresco, allowing guests to reground themselves within the astounding natural beauty of the Utah desert.

Serving as an idyllic escape and a springboard for exploration of the area, the camp will offer desert and mountain hiking with its own trail system, morning and afternoon Wellness experiences indoors and out, canyoneering, its own Via Ferrata route and horseback riding, as well as many other adventure activities. The camp will also enable a deeper immersion in Native American culture, with storytelling and star gazing around the fire every evening.

The intimacy exclusive to Camp Sarika, with inspired facilities and unbounded access to Utah’s vast expanses of magical scenery at its doorstep, makes the camp the ideal destination for larger groups or families desiring a private insight into the destination or a very special place for an important celebration.

A scenic 5-minute drive from Camp Sarika, Amangiri is tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views towards Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Built around a magnificent swimming pool that embraces a dramatic stone escarpment, the resort’s Main Pavilion houses the Dining Room, the Living Room, a library, gallery, private dining room and cellar. Beyond lies the Desert Lounge, an open-air living room ideal for sundowners or star gazing. Two accommodation wings lead from the pavilion into the desert, housing 34 suites in total – many with private swimming pools and roof terraces.

A destination unto itself, the Aman Spa at Amangiri covers 2,322 square metres and provides a serene setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Key features are the Water Pavilion, which offers hydrotherapy treatments; the Floatation Pavilion; the Watsu Pool; five walnut-lined treatment rooms and two outdoor treatment terraces with panoramic desert views. There is also a finishing salon, a yoga pavilion and a comprehensive gym.

Since its launch in 2009, Amangiri has won multiple awards for its remarkable design, intuitive service and luxurious proximity to nature. Camp Sarika will add a new dimension to this extraordinary all-season destination, providing another setting in which to embrace the pristine and astonishing beauty of the American Southwest.

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HYATT PLANS FOR ANDAZ MACAU

Expected to open in the first half of 2021 as part of an award-winning, integrated resort destination, the new hotel will be the first Andaz-branded property in Macau, China

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into an agreement with  Galaxy Entertainment Group to develop a new Andaz property in Macau, China. The hotel, expected to open in the first half of 2021 as part of the ever-expanding Galaxy Integrated Resorts precinct, will mark the entry of the Andaz brand into Macau.

 

Andaz Macau will comprise over 700 rooms and suites, an Andaz Lounge, a bar and restaurant, a state-of-the-art fitness center and an indoor pool. The hotel is directly connected to Galaxy International Convention Center and 16,000-seat Galaxy Arena with a dedicated private lounge catering to large Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibitions (MICE) groups. The hotel is also part of the Galaxy Integrated Resorts precinct, providing guests easy access to 11.8 million square feet (1.1 million square meters) of unique entertainment, shopping with over 200 world renowned luxury brands, leisure attractions and more than 120 dining options.

 

Andaz, meaning ‘personal style’ in Hindi, encapsulates the brand’s passion to connect with its guests and to experience the world through their eyes, and it also speaks to the uniqueness of the brand’s properties. From New York to London to Shanghai, and most recently to Seoul, Andaz hotels and resorts are known to stimulate the senses through distinctively local and authentic experiences. Rather than merely visit a destination, guests are invited to truly engage and connect with the surrounding locale and culture.

 

“We are honored to launch the Andaz brand in Macau in our first collaboration with Galaxy Entertainment Group as part of the group’s ever-expanding integrated resorts precinct in the city,” said Mr. David Udell, Group President, Asia Pacific, Hyatt. “Global in scale while local in perspective, the Andaz brand is on track to double its footprint in Asia Pacific with a strong pipeline across Greater China, in destinations such as Macau and Taipei, as well as Chengdu, Sanya, Shenzhen and Xiamen.”

 

“Today’s luxury traveler is increasingly seeking out unique experiences and the opportunity to become truly immersed in a destination’s culture. We are delighted to meet this need with the addition of Andaz Macau to our Galaxy Integrated Resorts precinct,” said Mr. Francis Lui, Vice-Chairman of Galaxy Entertainment Group. “Macau has many stories to tell and is rich in history and culture. With Andaz Macau, we will work closely with Hyatt to create experiences that truly showcase what is special about this destination, while further contributing to the strength of Macau’s tourism and MICE industries.”

 

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

 

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s Sustainable Christmas

The luxury resort announces its eco-friendly activities for the holiday season, along with plans to go plastic-free in 2020

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, the pioneering resort nestled in the South Ari Atoll invites guests on an eco-journey this festive season, bringing the resort’s robust sustainability and community outreach programme to the forefront of its holiday celebrations. On 26th December, Conrad Maldives will present its very first Maldivian Artisanal Market, hosting local artists and designers who share the resort’s commitment to support the local culture. Participating brands will include MAJOIE Maldives – a first in natural and sustainable luxury skincare, offering products handmade by Maldivian women, to empower and support them within their local communities, using a combination of natural, organic, wild crafted, cruelty free and sustainably harvested ingredients, with the main ingredient being the King Coconut – uniquely indigenous to the Maldives. Conrad Maldives’ festive market will also welcome Island Bazaar, a lifestyle brand offering homeware, apparel and jewellery – including ocean-friendly metal straws, and the creations of Maldivian artist Eagan Badeeu, whose Manta Ray-inspired artwork is displayed in some of the resort’s premium water villas.

Throughout the festive season, the resort’s guests can enjoy a wide range of exclusive experiences. These include special menus at an array of restaurants, such as dining with celebrity chef Jereme Leung at Ufaa restaurant, serving culinary creations designed for the holiday season and a winter wonderland market with games, food stalls and a visit from Santa Claus himself, ensuring fun for all.

Conrad Maldives’ green festivities will also include a Christmas tree competition between the resort’s working departments to create the most beautiful and sustainable Christmas tree, using recycled materials such as water bottles, plastic containers, etc. Between 18th and 23rd December, guests will be able to vote for their favourite, mainly based on sustainability and creativity. A winner will be announced at a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony scheduled for the 24th, with celebrations including carols and cocktails over the magical setting of the Indian Ocean.

2019 has seen Conrad Maldives taking a step further with its commitment to sustainability, as the resort pledged to eliminate the use of plastic on property by January 2020. Earlier this year, Conrad Maldives collaborated with eco-artist John K. Melvin, which resulted in the creation of art installation EvoGyre – resembling a jellyfish, it was assembled using nearly 5,500 locally sourced single-use plastic bottles held together by coir rope, steel cable and illuminated by LED lighting. Guests can admire it at Rangali Bar.

To cap off the festive celebrations, the resort is delighted to announce that by December 2019, the resort will introduce five new room types including the Two-Bedroom Deluxe Beach Villa, Grand Water Villa with Pool, Grand Water Villa, Two-Bedroom Grand Water Villa with Pool and Two-Bedroom Grand Water Villa, encouraging all travelers – groups, families and couples alike – to find the villa best suited to fit their every need and desire.

Rates at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island start from US$790 in Beach Villa, B&B, double occ. For more information and for reservations, please visithttp://www.conradmaldives.com  

 

THE PARK HYATT KYOTO

The 70-room luxury guesthouse in Japan’s ancient capital offers a journey of discovery through refined cultural and culinary experiences

 

The opening of Park Hyatt Kyoto. Set in the heart of this noble city with centuries of history and heritage, Park Hyatt Kyoto unfolds a journey of discovery with enriching, sophisticated and rare experiences.

 

Park Hyatt Kyoto is located in one of the city’s best-preserved historic districts, Higashiyama hills. The region, known as the birthplace of traditions such as the Japanese tea ceremony, the Ikebana flower arrangement and Japanese Zen gardens, will offer a rich foundation for the hotel. Park Hyatt Kyoto embodies the quintessential Japanese guesthouse, offering a serene Higashiyama hillside retreat for discerning global travelers and local residents. The hotel is next to Kodai-ji temple and within walking distance to many of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Kiyomizu-dera temple, and offers sweeping views of the city and Yasaka Pagoda. Park Hyatt Kyoto is located less than one mile (1.5 kilometers) from the Kyoto train station, which connects travelers to Tokyo in just over two hours via the Nozomi Shinkansen bullet train.

“We are delighted to celebrate the opening of Park Hyatt Kyoto, the second Park Hyatt hotel in Japan in 25 years, and to offer guests a refined home-away-from-home in this remarkable city,” said David Udell, group president, Asia Pacific, Hyatt. “We are grateful to the hotel’s owners, Kyoyamato and Takenaka Corporation, for their trust, support and deep understanding of luxury hospitality. Park Hyatt Kyoto is a celebration of Japanese harmony and tranquility and we look forward to seeing guests immerse themselves in the city’s inspiring heritage and culture.”

 

Located within the same grounds as Park Hyatt Kyoto, guests can find a historic garden with steps leading to Kyoyamato, a traditional ryotei and culinary institution which opened in 1877 and serves authentic, seasonally inspired Kaiseki cuisine. Kyoyamato, one of the hotel’s owners, is a seven-generation, family-run business and consists of several historic buildings including “Soyotei,” a teahouse from the Edo era with a private room where feudal warlords once secretly met. Its storied gardens and traditional houses complement the hotel’s modern interpretation of classical Japanese architecture and intimate hospitality.

 

“We are excited to introduce the Park Hyatt brand of personal and exceptional hospitality in a special place like Kyoto and look forward to unlocking the unique character of Japan’s ancient capital of high arts and craft,” said Mark de Leeuwerk, general manager, Park Hyatt Kyoto. “It has been a privilege for us to work closely with our neighbors in Higashiyama as well as the artisans and craftsmen of this beautiful city.”

 

Concept and Design

Park Hyatt Kyoto is a modern interpretation of Japanese hospitality steeped in culture and place, immersing guests in nature. Jointly developed by Takenaka Corporation – one of the largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms in Japan, and Tony Chi and Associates, an award-winning interior design firm – the hotel’s design and construction incorporates traditional Japanese design, architecture and artisanal craftsmanship. Several historic buildings including an Edo-era teahouse, as well as the Japanese garden that is central to the site, have been preserved and carefully restored.

 

Guestrooms

The low-rise hotel features 70 guest rooms, including nine suites, offering calm and respite from the bustle of Higashiyama’s neighboring streets. The elegantly designed rooms and suites highlight local craftsmanship and materials such as fragrant tamo wood, original artwork and Zen garden views.

 

Drinking and Dining 

Park Hyatt Kyoto offers guests and visitors four distinct culinary venues:

Kyoto Bistro is a casual, street-side café featuring international and Japanese comfort food prepared with locally sourced and organic ingredients in a lively, open kitchen. All dishes are served on handmade earthenware exclusively created for the hotel by Asahiyaki, a local pottery master with a heritage of over 400 years in Uji, a city south of Kyoto.

 

Bathed in natural light during the day and the lingering scent of Tamo wood from the open fireplace, The Living Room welcomes guests to start their day with an authentic Japanese breakfast expertly prepared by Kyoyamato or an afternoon enjoying tea and light snacks.

 

Yasaka’s team of skilled chefs demonstrate their elevated cooking skills on the Japanese “teppan,” or “steel plate,” which guests can enjoy alongside the breathtaking views of Kyoto’s famous Yasaka Pagoda.

 

After the stimulating teppanyaki action at Yasaka, guests can head next door to Kohaku, where a fine collection of rare and craft spirits, including artisanal whiskey, sake, and gin made in Kyoto, awaits. The intimate bar exudes a warm, classic atmosphere with its dark woods and leather textures.

 

Events and Wedding

Park Hyatt Kyoto is positioned to be the city’s premier location for unique, timeless, and crafted experiences inspired by the tradition and majesty surrounding the hotel and the city. Alongside views of a Tsuboniwa Japanese garden, the elegant ballroom offers 2,153 square feet (200 square meters) of event space and multi-functional meeting facilities, a show kitchen, foyer and the latest audio-visual system.

 

Wellness 

A tranquil heaven, The Spa at Park Hyatt Kyoto, has a treatment suite for two with a private bath house including Japanese-style bathtubs, as well as dry and mist saunas. The signature treatment features an original signature oil developed by Kotoshina, a Kyoto-based organic skincare brand using locally harvested green tea. The spa and adjacent wellness center are open only to guests staying at the hotel.

 

Special Offer

To provide World of Hyatt members even more ways to be rewarded, World of Hyatt is offering members the opportunity to earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at Park Hyatt Kyoto from October 30, 2019 to January 31, 2020 part of World of Hyatt’s new hotel member offer. Additional participating hotels and their offer stay periods can be found at https://world.hyatt.com/content/gp/en/offers/new-hotels.html. No registration is required and members can earn on top of other offers.

Mandala. Nusa Lembongan in Bali.

The Bay, a five-bedroom villa on the island

Mandala Places is a portfolio of design-led residences in spectacular Balinese locations. Conceptualized around clean, flowing lines, their open airy spaces mix raw elements with warm and elegant finishes to create private refuges.

Its newest residence – on the island of Nusa Lembongan – is only a 30 minute boat ride from busy Bali but feels a world away.   Surrounded by crystal clear waters that are perfect for diving, surfing and snorkelling, the island can be hiked in two hours and is dotted with pristine white sandy beaches, many of which are untouched.

Mandala. The Bay’s design blends traditional Balinese architecture with modernist interiors, finishes and artworks, boasting five individually-designed king bedrooms spread over 1200 square metres. Indoors and outdoors are seamlessly connected to create large, light-filled and airy escapes for the cliff-side villa. Stand out elements include a master bedroom housed in a Joglo structure carved from teak; the perfect entertaining space which includes a bar designed to professional standards; an ocean-view swimming pool; lush outdoor bathrooms and a relaxing library refuge.

The residence also comes complete with gardens that are coloured with fragrant frangipani trees and bright pink bougainvillea, making the perfect setting for long, lazy lunches under the pergola in the outdoor dining area.  In addition, towards the cliff’s edge sits a remarkable and unique ‘secret’ firepit that is surrounded by banquette seats carved from rock in the cliffside. A feature unlike any other, it offers sunset views and directly faces the wild and dramatic beauty of crashing waves at iconic Devil’s Tear across the bay.

Like its sister properties within the Mandala Places portfolio, Mandala. The Bay offers guests premium concierge service and an extensive activities list. A Mandala Places concierge is always on hand with their black book of contacts to arrange excursions, spa services, personal trainers, private yoga classes, surf lessons, snorkelling, private bartenders or restaurant reservations.

HOSPITALITY DISRUPTOR GENERATOR ACQUIRES FREEHAND HOTELS

 

IN ITS QUEST TO DOMINATE THE EXPERIENCE ECONOMY IN U.S. MARKET

London-based Queensgate Investments finalizes $400 million purchase of Freehand Hotels from a seller consortium including The Yucaipa Companies and Sydell Group, drastically expanding Generator’s millennial-friendly portfolio to 18 properties in top cities across North America and Europe

Generator, whose design-driven affordable luxury has disrupted the hospitality industry across Europe since 2011, will now operate all four Freehand Hotels and their respective food and beverage outlets after purchasing the brand for $400 million this week. The acquisition led by London-based firm Queensgate Investments, which owns Generator, merges the original upscale hostel trailblazers and reaffirms Generator as a global pioneer in the hospitality industry. With Generator’s storied success in Europe and Freehand’s expertise in the U.S. market, this new merger marks a momentous milestone in the brand’s history and future.

Following the brand’s acquisition transition, Generator will operate a total of 18 properties Worldwide, including Freehand’s New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami hotels. The Company’s original portfolio, including Generator Miami and the upcoming Generator Washington, D.C., will not undergo any operational or branding changes, but with four Freehand properties functioning in parallel, the acquisition will present valuable opportunities to strengthen Generator’s presence in North America and leverage Freehand’s experience, expertise, and market knowledge. Similarly, while Generator has no plans to make any immediate changes to Freehand’s operations, the company will look to implement successful practices that have made Generator an incredibly strong performer in the industry.

Both Generator and Freehand have been able to capitalize on the sensibilities of the travelling millennial by promoting local authenticity, innovative food and beverage offerings, and social interaction, capturing the essence of the hospitality industry’s experience economy.

“One of Generator’s key principles is to constantly provide the best and most innovative experience to the modern traveler, wherever they go. With Freehand’s strong brand identity and overwhelmingly positive reputation in the U.S., the addition of their hotels to the Generator portfolio is a natural fit for us. Not only is this acquisition of great strategic importance to our Company, it will also allow both brands to reach new audiences and serve guests in new and unique ways,” said Alastair Thomann, Chief Executive Officer of Generator.

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In 2018, London-based Generator made a splash in the U.S. hospitality scene with the launch of its inaugural North American property in Florida’s bustling Miami Beach. Since its inception in Europe in 2011, Generator has grown into an award-winning brand, earning popularity with design-driven properties in major European hubs such as Amsterdam, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Berlin, and Paris. With its adrenalizing blend of high design, affordable price points, and magnetic social environments, the brand quickly established itself as the “cool kid” of affordable accommodations in Europe.

In 2012, New York-based Freehand Hotels opened its first property in Miami to similar fanfare from North American travelers for its unprecedented design-led shared accommodation, affordability, and inventive cocktail programming at the Broken Shaker. In subsequent years, the brand matured with the openings of three more hotels in Los Angeles, Chicago, and most recently, New York. Reminiscent of Generator’s legacy in Europe, the brand is known for its exceptional ability to combine the social culture of a hostel with private rooms and suites, award-winning food and beverage, and a community-driven atmosphere.

Next in Generator’s strategic plan to expand its North American presence is the upcoming Washington, D.C. property, opening in 2020. Situated in the heart of the city between Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle, Generator Washington, D.C. will boast the brand’s signature elements: ultra-comfortable private rooms and luxury suites, brilliantly designed shared accommodations, trendy F&B outlets and interactive programming, all at affordable price points in one of the hippest neighborhoods in the nation’s capital.

For more information on Generator and Freehand Hotels, please visit www.StayGenerator.com and www.FreehandHotels.com.

 

RELAXATION AND REJUVENATION: THE BATHING RITUALS OF AMAN

Aman Spa Swimming Pool

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Across the globe, many cultures and societies adopt and adapt bathing rituals from the days of old and continue the traditions of purification and connection to the world that surrounds them. Aman destinations are renowned for their incorporation into the natural landscapes, using the environment and meticulous design to create beauty and a sense of belonging to local community. It is innate that Aman’s hotels and resorts embrace bathing rituals of cultural significance to further connect to the diverse and historical landscapes they call home.

 

Amankora, Bhutan

Amankora’s Gangtey lodge offers guests the opportunity to experience traditional Himalayan Hot Stone Bathing whilst exposed to the humbling elements of the Bhutanese mountains. In Tokha village, a fifteen-minute walk from the lodge, a time-honoured wooden tub sits in a stone hut doused in candlelight. With a bamboo door for privacy, guests can revel in the breathtaking views of Phobjikha Valley during the bathing experience.

 

Mineral river stones are collected by hand from the valley then warmed on the outdoor fire and deposited in a adjacent chamber to heat the water. As the stones give off their heat slowly, the temperature continues to rise for the duration of the bathing experience. With local knowledge from Amankora’s Bhutanese hosts, stones with a red hue are favoured as they posses a higher mineral content. Alongside the healing effects of carefully chosen local herbs, such as Khempa, a natural analgesic, the bathing ritual encourages ultimate relaxation.

 

Amanoi, Vietnam

Thuy Lien and An Son, Amanoi’s two Spa Houses are situated along the coast of Vinh Hy Bay, immersed in the rich green foliage of Nui Chua National Park. Offering an entirely private spa experience with personal therapists, a 15m swimming pool, both indoor and outdoor dining areas and extensive spa facilities, the Spa Houses provide serene spaces in which to escape daily life.

 

The wooden-clad Aman Banya at An Son Spa House, with views of the spectacular park, combines Russian cleansing rituals with oriental healing techniques to create a spa experience exclusive to Aman guests. The Banya Treatment begins with the sauna, to ease muscles and encourage detoxification within. This is followed by the gentle percussion of Venik (the stroke of bath brushes made of oak and eucalyptus leaves) and a facial mud mask to cleanse the skin, culminating with an ice shower to boost circulation and the immune system.

 

Thuy Lien Spa House is carefully located overlooking Lotus Lake, its namesake, and offers a contemporary stone-clad Hammam treatment, complementing its aquatic surroundings. Influenced by Turkish and Moroccan bathing culture, guests are taken on a journey of deep relaxation and rejuvenation, for mind and body. Beginning with a steam to open the pores, the treatment follows with a full body scrub, exfoliating and cleansing to allow for further nourishment of the skin with a mud wrap.

 

Following either treatment, stresses and anxieties melt away when guests are taken through a carefully considered hydrotherapy course. Interchanging between ice showers, hot and cold plunge pools and a steam, relieves sore muscles and revitalizes the skin. Finishing with a soothing swim in the infinity pool, and herbal tea on a relaxation deck, guests can relish in the matchless spa encounters at Amanoi.

 

Amangiri, USA

Following the traditions found in Navajo culture, the healing powers of the four elements; earth, wind fire and water, are explored through many treatments at the resorts 2,322 square metre spa, including a stimulating Floatation Therapy. Beginning with a sensory five minutes of soft light and music, salt water and air temperatures are tailored to match the body’s natural temperature, which eases guests into a meditative state. Renouncing control, guests experience a lightness of body and mind whilst the lights are dimed to darkness and the music is silenced; breathing becomes the focus. Inspired by the same principals used in St Paul’s Cathedral’s Whispering Gallery, the floatation tank’s cylindrical dome allows for guests to explore a mantra as the architecture gives one-thousand points of echo, with voice reverberating back. A gradual reintroduction to light and sound brings back awareness and welcomes guests to reflect on the sensations of being one with water.

 

Aman Kyoto, Japan

Opening in November 2019, Aman Kyoto continues Japanese bathing culture dating back to the sixth century, through treatments available at the Aman Spa and in the surrounding once-forgotten secret garden. The resorts Onsen has separate pools for men and women, both indoors and out, with breath-taking views of the surrounding forest.

 

The 72 acres of permanent forest and eight acres of exquisite gardens form an ethereal landscape that acts as an extension of the Aman Spa and serves as a serene setting for guided yoga and meditation sessions, as well as forest bathing or Shinrin-yoku experiences. A Japanese term coined in 1982, Shinrin-yoku means ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’, and the practice is said to combine the healing benefits of mindfulness and nature. Shinrin-Yoku sessions at Aman Kyoto involve walking through the forest in a mindful way whilst absorbing the tranquillity and drama of nature and the resort’s setting.

 

Amangalla, Sri Lanka

Situated in the heart of Galle fort, Amangalla reigns steeped in history, as does its unique spa: The Baths. Defined by tall ceilings and dramatic archways, The Baths house two hydrotherapy suites, which in turn are each home to a sauna, steam room and hot and cold plunge pools. Keeping alive the memory of ‘taking the waters’, a historical pastime where bathing was used for relaxation and meditation, Amangalla tailors’ experiences to the guest to restore the body and soothe the mind.

 

Amanemu, Japan

Onsen bathing dates back through the centuries, becoming popular amongst the population of Japan during the Edo period (1603 – 1868). At Amanemu the tradition of bathing in the natural hot springs is available in the privacy of a guest’s room as well as in the two private onsen pavilions at the 2,000 square-metre Aman Spa, which has been designed around its own large onsen.

 

The resort’s Wellness Immersions focus around the onsen, targeting recovery, recuperation and wellbeing whilst utilising the stunning natural surroundings of Amanemu and the intrinsic traditions of the local culture.

 

Naturally heated, the salt-infused spring water feeding the onsens has a range of remedial properties. If utilised daily they can ease a number of ailments such as muscle, joint and nerve pain alongside giving soft and regenerated skin.

 

Amanjena, Marrakech

For more than 2000 years Morocco has embraced Roman bathhouses of old, welcoming the pastime and making it a ritual for the whole community. The Hammam (Turkish bath) became a gathering point, a place to meet and talk with friends, to make new ones and to enjoy a purifying experience of cleanliness and relaxation.

 

At Amanjena the Hammam Ritual is performed in a heated steam room. Whilst situated on heated marble, skilled therapists apply Sabon Beldi Blacksoap, a unique black olive oil soap, which is then followed by an intensive exfoliating process with a kiis (washcloth) that leaves the skin fresh, with a natural glow. The traditional and local Rhassoul, a natural clay sourced from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, is then applied as a full-body mask for sixty minutes to nourish and hydrate the skin. Guests delve into further relaxation on heated marble as a therapist washes the body, removing the mask along with toxins and stresses.

 

Aman-i-Khas, India

As evening falls and guests return from tiger-tracking in the jungle, aromatic baths are drawn in every tent to allow the option to bask in the warmth of candlelight and relish in the calm fragrant water. Honeymooners can enjoy a surprise sprinkling of rose petals taken from the wilderness resort’s own organic flower garden, and all can experience a plethora of holistic therapies at the spa’s two treatment rooms, where a vast history of healing arts are revealed through massages, scrubs, wraps and the wonders of Reiki, an energy healing practice. With choices of scents from basil and thyme to rose and milk, as well as a herbal neem bath, guests are given a truly sensory bathing experience.

 

Amandari, Bali

Amandari welcomes guests to begin their morning, and their spiritual journey, with a purification ritual, led by Jero Priestess Luh Manis, at a sacred site in the Kintamani region around the breath-taking volcano, Mount Batur. At the Mengening water temple, the morning session begins with water purification, with guests bathing in the natural springs that have existed at the resort since the 11th Century. This is followed by meditation in an area of intense spirituality, where all five elements (earth, air, fire, water and spirit) come together to enable an otherworldly connection with the surrounding land. Breakfast is enjoyed at the resort where the awakening journey is continued with a numerology shaman session, where guests delve deep into the mind to reflect and work towards unfolding their life’s purpose.

 

Aman Tokyo, Japan

The Aman Spa at Aman Tokyo is the largest and most comprehensive spa in Japan’s capital – a tranquil, light-filled oasis set high above the city, spaced over two floors and with a 30-metre heated pool. Japanese wellness traditions of old have influenced treatments available at the spa, including the Misogi experience; an act of purification and meditation based on historic bathing practices. The Aman Spa also includes traditional Japanese showers, steam rooms and Japanese hot baths, which are accompanied by exquisite views across the skyline of the busy capital.

 

Amankila, Bali

The Cinta Therapy, an exclusive speciality at Amankila, is inspired by love; its direct translation from Bahasa Indonesian. A full-body exfoliation with a rose body scrub cleanses and purifies the body before a rose and flower essence infused bath opens the heart chakra, allowing total harmony to be achieved. After follows an aromatherapy full-body massage tailored to the individual. Guests can choose to experience the therapy in the privacy of their own suite or in the massage pavilion.

 

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Dubai’s Most Iconic Hotels

Welcome the New Year with an Unforgettable Experience at Dubai’s Most Iconic Hotels
Ahead of the biggest night of the year, celebrate in unrivalled style with Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts for a stunning start to 2020.

 

See in the year 2020 with an experience unlike any other. With first-class dining, flowing drinks, live music performances and a perfect view of Dubai’s breath-taking firework display, this New Year’s Eve is not to be missed and will certainly be one to remember. Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts has launched a range of exclusive experiences across the iconic hotels to ensure every guest, whether having a staycation or visiting just for the evening, will round off the year perfectly with a celebration tailored to them.

 

For a truly extraordinary festive celebration, Burj Al Arab will be hosting guests for an evening of opulence and merriment. Including Al Mahara, Al Muntaha and Scape, where each guest will receive a glass of signature bubbles and access to the stunning Burj Al Arab Terrace with live entertainment and front-row views of the iconic fireworks. For those wanting to start the year in the lap of luxury, an over-night suite booking also includes access to the Terrace, Jumeirah’s private beach, Summersalt Beach Club and Talise Spa throughout the stay, as well as daily breakfast and exclusive Hermès amenities.

 

Book a stay at Jumeirah Beach Hotel for a festive soiree that the whole family will love and cherish. Enjoy a magical evening on New Year’s Eve with the Enchanted Forest Gala dinner, a Kitchen Connection festive buffet or a five-course tasting menu at La Parrilla. All guests can start the year relaxed with access to the pristine private beach, as well as the Talise Spa and The J Club, Dubai’s latest lifestyle and wellness club.

 

Make New Year’s Eve a night to remember at Madinat Jumeirah with a stay at Jumeirah Al Naseem, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf and Jumeirah Mina A’Salam. Guests can welcome the New Year in style at the lavish Midnight Gala Dinner with a decadent festive buffet, unlimited beverages, live entertainment and DJ. Celebrations will continue long into the night with the Shimmers Beach Party, the perfect location to watch the sky light up at midnight. Little ones will be kept occupied throughout their stay with inclusion of the Sinbad’s Kids Club, plus, all guests can round off their stay by unwinding on Jumeirah’s private beach or in the Talise Spa and Talise Fitness.

 

For the perfect city escape, Jumeirah Emirates Towers will come alive with New Year’s Eve delight. Feast on an exquisite Italian tasting menu at Alta Badia with 7-courses and grape pairing. Alternatively, guests can opt for a 5-course menu at The Rib Room complete with freeflow drinks and live entertainment or an international cuisine buffet at Mundo with unlimited select beverages. Included in the staycation package is complimentary shuttle services to select Dubai destinations, perfect for exploring Downtown, as well as beach access and entry to the Talise Spa and Talise Fitness.

 

At Jumeirah Creekside Hotel guests can create special memories on the big night with a choice of either a lavish dinner with free-flowing beverages and live entertainment at Nomad or canapes and tapas with unlimited beverages and a live DJ at Cu-ba. Guests can make the most of their time Creekside with complimentary shuttle services around key Dubai destinations and access to the renowned Aviation Club. All staycations booked over the festive season will also include unlimited entry to Wild Wadi Waterpark so the whole family can ride and slide into the new year and make special festive memories.

 

As well as hotel stays, Jumeirah Hotel and Resorts will also be offering exceptional dining experiences catered to everyone throughout the festive season. The full list of dining experiences across New Year’s Eve are as follows:

 

BURJ AL ARAB

Outlet Name: Al Muntaha

Description: A 6-course French fine dining menu overlooking the majestic Arabian Gulf.

Price: HKD 5,336 (AED 2,500) (In-house price); HKD 19,210 (AED 9,000) (External price)

 

Outlet Name: Al Mahara

Description: A 6-course European fine dining menu accompanied by sublime underwater views.

Price: HKD 4,589 (AED 2,150) (In-house price); HKD 17,076 (AED 8,000) for 12 years and above; HKD 2,028 (AED 950) (8 – 11 years) (External price)

 

Outlet Name: Scape Restaurant

Description: A 6-course Mediterranean menu amidst a cooling al fresco breeze.

Price: HKD 3,735 (AED 1,750) (In-house price); HKD 16,475 (AED 7,250) for 12 years and above; HKD 2,134 (AED 1,000) (4 – 11 years) (External price)

 

Outlet Name: Al Iwan

Description: A multi-course Arabic sharing menu in an opulent setting.

Price: HKD 3,202 (AED 1,500) (In-house price); HKD 14,941 (AED 7,000) for 12 years and above; HKD 2,134 (AED 1,000) (4 – 11 years) (External price)

 

Outlet Name: By the Infinity Pool

Description: Ring in 2020 from a private Royal Cabana by the magnificent infinity pool along the glistening waters of Burj Al Arab’s iconic Terrace, with decadent cooking stations and live entertainment, as you enjoy a complimentary bottle of signature bubbles per cabana, followed by the iconic Burj Al Arab fireworks at midnight.

Price: HKD 170,756 (AED 80,000) per cabana (up to 10 guests)

 

Outlet Name: At Gold on 27

Description: Drink in the city skyline from this exclusive venue as you savour a canapé dinner tailor-made by the signature chefs and bespoke beverages fashioned by our Mixologist and Head Sommelier. The private signature shisha service and live entertainment is followed by exclusive access to The Terrace, with festivities and views of the iconic Burj Al Arab fireworks at midnight.

Price: HKD 747,058 (AED 350,000) minimum charge (up to 80 guests)

 

Outlet Name: On the Palm Garden

Description: Reminisce a year of memories with those that matter amid swaying palms, as the glittering skyline around you comes to life with fireworks at midnight. Indulge in a sit-down dinner tailored by our Signature Chefs, beverage menus crafted by our Head Sommelier and Mixologist, and bespoke live entertainment. Adjourn to The Terrace for festivities and unrivalled views of the iconic Burj Al Arab fireworks display.

Price: HKD 640,335 (AED 300,000) minimum charge (up to 50 guests)

 

JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL

Book by 31 October to save 15% on your stay.

 

Outlet Name: Jumeirah Beach Hotel – Enchanted Forest Gala Dinner

Description: Festive buffet with a bottle of bubbly per couple and unlimited drinks for selected beverages. Live entertainment, DJ and a spectacular fireworks display.

Price: HKD 7,300 (AED 3,420) per adult (21 years and above); HKD 4,162 (AED 1,950) per teenager (12 – 20 years old); HKD 1,153 (AED 540) per child (4 – 11 years old)

 

Outlet Name: Kitchen Connection

Description: Festive buffet inclusive of one glass of bubbles and an open bar on selected beverages with live entertainment and a fireworks display.

Price: HKD 3,116 (AED 1,460) per adult; HKD 2,497 (AED 1,170) per teenager (12 –20 years old); HKD 1,153 (AED 540) per child (4 – 11 years old)

 

Outlet Name: La Parrilla

Description: 5-course set menu with a bottle of bubbly per couple and an open bar on selected beverages. Live entertainment and a fireworks display. Exclusively for indoor seating.

Price: HKD 4,055 (AED 1,900) per adult (21 years and above); HKD 3,436 (AED 1,610) per teenager (12 – 20 years)

 

Outlet Name: Ocean Blue

Description: Festive Beach BBQ Party including free-flow drinks on selected beverages, and a glass of bubbles on arrival and at midnight, along with a live DJ and a fireworks display.

Price: HKD 4,162 (AED 1,950) per adult; HKD 3,522 (AED 1,650) per teenager (12 – 20 years); HKD 1,163 (AED 540) per child (4 – 11 years)

 

Outlet Name: Villa Beach

Description: 5-course set menu, including free-flow drinks on selected beverages and a bottle of bubbles per couple with live entertainment and a fireworks display.

Price: HKD 4,162 (AED 1,950) per adult; HKD 3,522 (AED 1,650) per teenager (12 – 20 years); HKD 1,153 (AED 540) per child (4 – 11 years)

 

Outlet Name: Beach Lounge

Description: Canapés, tapas and free-flow drinks on selected beverages along with a live DJ and a fireworks display.

Price: HKD 2,561 (AED 1,200) per adult

MADINAT JUMEIRAH

Book before 31 October to save 10% on room and suite rates.

 

Outlet Name: Madinat Jumeirah – The Midnight Gala Dinner

Description: A radiant and lavish experience to welcome the New Year. Festive buffet inclusive of free-flow drinks, live entertainment and DJ. The celebrations continue with access to the Shimmers Beach Party offering breath-taking views of the iconic Burj Al Arab fireworks display at midnight.

Price: HKD 7,919 (AED 3,710 per adult) (21 years and above); HKD 4,995 (AED 2,340) per teenager (12 – 20 years); HKD 2,497 (AED 1,170) per child (4 – 11 years)

 

Outlet Name: Shimmers

Description: Buffet and an open bar for bubbles and selected beverages, along with a live band and fireworks display.

Price: HKD 7,897 (AED 3,700) per adult; HKD 5,763 (AED 2,700) per teenager (12 –20 years); HKD 2,775 (AED 1,300) per child (4 – 11 years)

 

Outlet Name: The Palmery

Description: Buffet with a bottle of bubbles per couple and free-flow drinks on selected beverages with a live band and fireworks display at Shimmers.

Price: HKD 4,312 (,AED 2,020) per adult; HKD 3,415 (AED 1,600) per teenager (12 – 20 years); HKD 1,708 (AED 800) per child (4 – 11 years)

 

Outlet Name: Arboretum, The Hide & Al Hambra

Description: Buffet and free-flow bubbles and selected beverages with a live band along with views of the fireworks from the Koubba Bar.

Price: HKD 5,763 (AED 2,700) per adult; HKD 4,482 (AED 2,100) per teenager (12 – 20 years) without access to Koubba Bar; HKD 2,134 (AED 1,000) per child (4 – 11 years) without access to Koubba Bar

 

Outlet Name: Hanaaya & Zheng He’s

Description: International buffet with a bottle of bubbles per couple and free-flow drinks with a live band and fireworks display at Shimmers.

Price: HKD 3,629 (AED 1,700) per adult; HKD 2,988 (AED 1,400) per teenager (12 – 20 years); HKD 1,494 (AED 700) per child (4 – 11 years)

 

Outlet Name: Rockfish

Description: 6-course fine dining menu with a bottle of bubbles per couple and free-flow drinks on premium beverages along with a live band and a firework display at Shimmers.

Price: HKD 8,324 (AED 3,900) per adult; HKD 6,190 (AED 2,900) per teenager (12 – 20 years); HKD 4,055 (AED 1,900) per child (4 – 11 years)

 

JUMEIRAH EMIRATES TOWERS

Book by 31 October to save up to 15% on your extraordinary festive holiday.

 

Outlet Name: The Rib Room

Description: 5-course set menu with free-flow drinks on selected beverages and live entertainment.

Price: HKD 1,387 (AED 650) per adult; HKD 961 (AED 450) per teenager (13 – 20 years); HKD 640 (AED 300) per child (4 – 12 years)

 

Outlet Name: Alta Badia

Description: 7-course Italian tasting menu with grape pairing.

Price: HKD 2,369 (AED 1,110) per adult

 

Outlet Name: Mundo

Description: International Buffet with free-flow drinks for selected beverages.

Price: HKD 1,110 (AED 520) per adult; HKD 854 (AED 400) per teenager (13 – 20 years); HKD 427 (AED 200) per child (4 – 12 years)

 

JUMEIRAH CREEKSIDE HOTEL

Book by 31 October to save up to 25% on your extraordinary festive holiday.

Outlet Name: Nomad

Description: Buffet and live stations with free-flow drinks for selected beverages along with live entertainment at Irish Village.

Price: HKD 2,113 (AED 990) for bubbles; HKD 1,601 (AED 750) for house beverages; HKD 640 (AED 300) per teenager (12 – 20 years); HKD 480 (AED 225) per child (4 – 11 years)

Outlet Name: Cu-ba

Description: Canapés and tapas with free-flow drinks for selected beverages with a live DJ and views of downtown.

Price: HKD 1,697 (AED 795) for premium beverages; HKD 1,387 (AED 650) for house beverages

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Best Western Hotels & Resorts – Asia

Best Western Hotels & Resorts will soon make its debut in Kyoto, Japan’s imperial capital and cultural heart, following the signing of an exquisite new hotel that will also mark the Japanese launch of the BW Signature Collection.

 

Scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2020, The Hotel Kyoto Palace, BW Signature Collection by Best Western will be nestled in the city’s central Nakagyo Ward, which is home to many of Kyoto’s temples and museums, as well as shops and restaurants. In keeping with this charming area, the hotel will be designed in a low-rise style with a wooden façade.

 

The 57 guest rooms will include Double, Twin, Deluxe Twin and Premier Twin options, ranging in size from 22.9 to 40.4 square meters. All rooms will be fully equipped with contemporary facilities and comfortable bedding. Complimentary Wi-Fi will keep guests connected throughout the stay.

 

When guests are not exploring the many historical sites of Kyoto, they can enjoy soothing treatments at the hotel’s spa, which features separate areas for men and women, unwind in peace at the library, or enjoy delicious Japanese and international cuisine at the restaurant. The Hotel Kyoto Palace, BW Signature Collection by Best Western also features a bar, which is perfect for daytime refreshments and cool evening drinks.

 

BW Signature Collection by is a portfolio of upper-midscale hotels that have been carefully selected for their ability to offer travelers comfortable stays and extensive amenities, in a style that suits their unique setting.

 

The agreement for The Hotel Kyoto Palace, BW Signature Collection by Best Western was signed with Landowner Japan Co., Ltd., the hotel’s developer and a long-term partner of Best Western. The two companies already collaborate on two other hotels in Japan: Best Western Hotel Takayama and The Hotel Nagasaki, BW Premier Collection.

 

“Kyoto is one of the world’s most enchanting cities; a cultural treasure trove that reflects the grace and beauty of Japanese heritage. We are thrilled to be able to introduce our first hotel in this captivating city, and the first BW Signature Collection hotel in Japan. This elegant property will perfectly blend Best Western’s international accommodation and service standards with Japan’s gracious hospitality. We look forward to working with Landowner Japan Co., Ltd. once again to bring this exceptional project to life,” commented Olivier Berrivin, Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ Managing Director of International Operations – Asia.

Kyoto and its surrounding regions are home to approximately 2,000 temples and shrines, plus an incredible 17 UNESCO World Heritage-listed landmarks and about 20 percent of Japan’s official National Treasures. Guests can spend rewarding days exploring the city’s beautiful architecture, strolling through scenic gardens, or discovering classical wooden shophouses and restaurants. Kyoto is also highly accessible; located within the Kansai metropolitan region, the city has an extensive network of transport links including Shinkansen bullet train connections to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

 

The signing of The Hotel Kyoto Palace, BW Signature Collection by Best Western marks the latest step in Best Western’s impressive Japanese expansion strategy. The group now operates 18 properties all across the Land of the Rising Sun, ranging from sleek urban hotels to idyllic beach resorts, convenient airport hotels and more.