London’s Acclaimed Restaurant A.Wong Pop-Up at Above & Beyond 30 March – 1 April

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Above & Beyond is delighted to announce that for three days only, one of London’s favourite and most celebrated British born Chinese chefs Andrew Wong will be bringing his culinary magic to Above & Beyond, with an exclusive Pop Up of his London restaurant A.Wong.

Widely celebrated for his ingenious take on authentic Chinese cuisine, Andrew will present a specially crafted tasting style menu from Thursday 30 March – Saturday 1 April 2017, showcasing a plethora of flavours and ingredients, and celebrating his uniquely modern twist on Chinese cuisine. Each dish on the menu is inspired by a specific region of China and is served with a ceremony that reflects the country’s immense pride in its gastronomic heritage.

On arrival guests will enjoy a unique cocktail created by Andrew alongside cocktail scientist Rachel Edwards; The Forbidden City Champagne, named after the opulent Imperial Palace in the heart of Beijing, takes diners on an exquisite culinary journey around China. Taking inspiration from ancient Chinese food rituals and imperial kitchens, carefully paired bar snacks will be served as the starter of the meal. Inspired by a trip in 2011 to Hong Kong that imbued Andrew with the courage to bring his own contemporary interpretation of celebrated dishes in Chinese cuisine, the first item on the bar snacks menu is Andrew’s prawn dumpling with foamed rice vinegar that is sure to excite.

The main menu will be served in five categories; egg, sea, pork, beef and chicken, with highlights including Andrew’s 63 degree tea egg, that is typical of his refinement of classical Chinese cuisine. Named after a notable military figure, General Gong Bao, Andrew’s Gong bao chicken with hot pot aroma is a delicate dish of corn fed chicken served with peanuts, his own sauce and Sichuan aubergine that stays true to the cultural and historical heart of this famous export from the Sichuan Province. Another dish to be presented for the first time in Hong Kong is Andrew’s Smoked chicken and sweet corn soup, foie gras cappuccino that brings a modern twist and a touch of decadence to an age old favourite.

To end the menu Andrew is bringing a selection of desserts to Hong Kong including his much loved Poached meringue and orange sorbet dessert.
Date: 30 March – 1 April, dinner only
Price: HKD688 + 10% per person for six courses plus HKD288 + 10% for three glasses of carefully selected wine pairings.
Reservations: Call Above & Beyond at +852 3400 1318

xclusive Award-Winning The Olympian Hong Kong Celebrates First Anniversary with Upgrades & Treats

Special offers from March to June at bespoke urban oasis that was voted ‘Luxury Boutique Hotel of the Year’

Exclusive luxury boutique hotel The Olympian Hong Kong is celebrating its 1st anniversary with upgrades and bonus treats.

The Olympian Hong Kong celebrates its one year anniversary after being voted ‘Luxury Boutique Hotel of the Year” on its debut in the Luxury Travel Guide Global Awards 2016. Guests staying at the Grand Harbour View Room for a minimum of two nights are entitled to an upgrade to the Olympian Suite.

Guests booking an Olympian Suite for at least two nights are also treated to a complimentary ‘Lobster Fiesta’ dinner for two at sister hotel, The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers’ acclaimed Pierside Bar & Restaurant. Package includes daily breakfast at the hotel’s Private Lounge and complimentary late check out till 3pm.

The Olympian Hong Kong sets a new benchmark for bespoke luxury in the city with 32 deluxe residential-style rooms and suites with mesmerising views over Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong’s world-famous skyline. Impeccable design, sophisticated residential styling with an oriental touch, combined with the hotel’s connectivity to Hong Kong’s central hubs, make it a home-away-from-home for discerning luxury-seeking travellers.

Facilities also include a Private Lounge serving local and international delicacies around the clock, made from freshest ingredients, and a 24-hour fitness centre.

In addition to the coveted Luxury Travel Guide awards, the exclusive hotel also marked its opening by being voted ‘South East Asia’s Best Newcomer Boutique Hotel’ in the 2016 World Boutique Hotel Awards. The award represents The Olympian Hong Kong’s bespoke service at the elegant oasis and home-away-from-home in the heart of the city.

The Olympian Hong Kong is in Kowloon’s ‘Golden Circle’ neighbouring the dining, shopping and entertainment hub of Olympian City and Olympic MTR Station, connecting to the Airport Express and just a short ride from Tsim Sha Tsui and Central.

Rates are subject to 10% service charge, with the special offer open for reservations in March 2017.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.theolympianhotel.com/en/

GR8 Leisure Concept Goes Dark for Earth Hour 2017

Hong Kong-based hospitality group, GR8 Leisure Concept Limited, is proud to once again support the global Earth Hour initiative in order to raise awareness of the issue of global warming and its devastating impact on our planet. Organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour encourages individuals, businesses and governments around the world to turn off their lights in an effort to demonstrate commitment to environmentally sustainable action. Since its inception in Australia 2007, Earth Hour has grown to be a truly global event with millions of supporters in over 128 countries. This year’s Earth Hour will take place on Saturday 25 March at 8:30pm local time.

On the night of the event, GR8 Leisure Concept will support the initiative by switching off all non-essential lighting in the car parks and advertisement billboards of its boutique hotels (this includes The Luxe Manor and Hullett House in Hong Kong and Hotel Soul in Suzhou). In addition, lights in all public areas, restaurants and hotel exteriors will be dimmed, whilst patrons of some of the group’s F&B outlets, including Cafe Roma, Park Island’s favourite beachside restaurant, and FINDS, Hong Kong’s first and only Nordic restaurant, will be able to enjoy a cosy candlelit dinner. GR8 believes that these simple practices will help to raise public awareness of climate change in order to create a more sustainable planet for the future.

Implementing environmentally sustainable practices has long been one of the core business initiatives of GR8. As a longstanding recipient of the “Caring Company” award, GR8 has demonstrated a continued commitment to the environment in recent years. FINDS has been offering a four-course sustainable seafood dinner menu approved by WWF Hong Kong since 2011, whilst also being the first western-cuisine restaurant in Hong Kong to join WWF Hong Kong’s “Ocean-Friendly Menu” programme. Meanwhile in 2012, the group banned the use of shark fins in all of its restaurants in Hong Kong and China in an effort to support a balanced marine ecosystem. GR8 Leisure Concept also encourages the adoption of a green and healthy diet; in 2011, GR8 keenly participated in “World Vegetarian Day”, offering delicious vegetarian menus in all restaurants. Ever since then, the concept has been adopted into an ongoing initiative, with all F&B outlets providing vegetarian and/or vegan options daily in order to cater to people with different dietary requirements and preferences. For more information on GR8’s green initiatives, please visit their CSR section on www.gr8lc.com.

Learn more about Earth Hour 2017 by visiting EarthHour.hk.

Hopping good fun at Eureka Skydeck these Easter holidays

These Easter school holidays, Eureka Skydeck is once again teaming up with Crayola to invite kids to take part in FREE Easter-themed activities, every day between 11am – 3.30pm.

From 1 April until 17 April, Eureka Skydeck will have a Crayola Kids Zone filled with fun craft and drawing activities, including bunny-ear making and the opportunity to scribble on windows.

Eureka Skydeck’s much-loved mascot, Deckstar, will be stopping by each day to keep everyone entertained during the first school break of the year.

The Eureka VERTIGO green screen installation will also be in action for parents and kids to enjoy. This specially constructed set allows guests to have their photo taken with the illusion they’re falling through the glass floor of the Edge and holding on for dear life, 285 metres above Melbourne’s cityscape.

People taking part in Eureka VERTIGO will receive a 9” x 6” printed photo and a digital copy for upload to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Eureka VERTIGO experience will cost patrons $15.00 per photo.

About Eureka Skydeck:

Eureka Skydeck is the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. Located on the 88th floor of Eureka Tower, the observation deck provides patrons with 360 degree floor-to-ceiling views of Melbourne and beyond. During the school holidays guests will also be able to take full advantage of:

· The Edge – The world’s only Edge experience is an awe inspiring a 3m by 3m transparent glass cube, which slides out from the building on Level 88, suspending guests above the Melbourne skyline. Patrons can purchase their official photo taken while out on the Edge, ready for upload to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
· The Outdoor Terrace – Enclosed by a wire grid, the Outdoor Terrace exposes guests to the elements on Level 88. The Terrace is right next to the Edge, so family and friends can view those inside.

For further information about Eureka Skydeck, visit www.eurekaskydeck.melbourne or call 03 9693 8888.

‘A pioneering presence in international art pop for over a decade’ – Rolling Stone

Trailblazing UK electronic dance outfit, Goldfrapp will perform exclusively at Carriageworks on Friday 2 June as part of Vivid Sydney, to coincide with the global release of their highly anticipated new album, Silver Eye – the band’s first offering in four years. This concert marks the legendary duo’s first appearance in Sydney since 2010 and their only Australian performance as part of a worldwide tour. Internationally renowned for their electric live shows, Alison Goldfrapp (vocals) and Will Gregory (synthesizer) will be joined on stage by a full live band performing tracks from soon-to-be-released Silver Eye and their full repertoire of Grammy-nominated hits.

With Silver Eye (their seventh studio album), Goldfrapp follow up the success of Tales of Us (2013) with a deep, dark and electronic musical palette, made with an eclectic collection of new collaborators. Alison and Will spent ten days in Dallas with John Congleton, Grammy-winning producer of St. Vincent, John Grant and Wild Beasts. In London they teamed up with electronic composer Bobby Krlic, aka The Haxan Cloak. Brian Eno collaborator Leo Abrahams added abstract guitar textures. The album was mixed by David Wrench (The xx, fka Twigs, Caribou).

The aesthetic of the concert will be informed by Alison’s travels to Fuerteventura, a volcanic island in the Canary Islands, where she personally conceptualised and photographed the remarkable visuals for the record. The black sands, stark cliffs, rolling dunes and blazing blue skies complement the elemental drama of the music on the album.

Since their Mercury Prize shortlisted debut Felt Mountain (2000), Goldfrapp have sought to consistently innovate their sound and striking visual aesthetic, whilst retaining exquisite arrangements that underscore Alison’s extraordinary voice. A series of successful album releases also include Black Cherry (2003), Supernature (2005), Seventh Tree (2009) and Head First (2010), which have earned the band a fierce allegiance of fans worldwide, three number one dance singles in the US and multiple Grammy nominations.

Silver Eye, (a reference to the moon) teems with images of the natural world, set to the mantric power of rhythm. It harks back to the pulsing, electronic lineage of Black Cherry and Supernature, only deeper and darker, evoking pagan ritual over club soundtrack. An absorbing electronic album that blends cinematic pop with a twist.

This is the fourth year Carriageworks has been involved in Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Carriageworks’ Director Lisa Havilah commented: “We’re excited to continue our successful association with Vivid Sydney in 2017 to present a dynamic program of events celebrating high calibre music, arts and culinary experiences. We look forward to welcoming local, interstate and international audiences to experience our exciting Vivid Sydney program.”

Alison Goldfrapp said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been invited to such a wonderful and spectacular festival. We can’t wait to perform in Australia again.”

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer and Vivid Sydney Executive Producer Sandra Chipchase said: “Following the huge success of previous Vivid Music events with Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones and Björk, Carriageworks has once again raised the bar and Goldfrapp promises to be one of this year’s Vivid Music highlights.”
The Vivid Sydney announcement adds to the Carriageworks’ 2017 Artistic Program, which represents the most ambitious program to date for Australia’s leading contemporary multi-arts precinct. Carriageworks has undergone unparalleled growth over the past five years, welcoming more than 1 million visitors in 2016. The 2017 Artistic Program brings together a risk-taking, culturally diverse line-up of more than 53 projects, spanning visual arts, dance, performance, film, talks and music which will support over 80 artists.

KEY DATES & DETAILS:


FRIDAY 2 JUNE 8PM

Ticket price $100 + booking fee
GP Tickets on sale Thursday 16 March, 9:00am (phone Ticketmaster on 13 61 00)

South African Tourism Kicks Off 2017 with a ‘WOW in Every Moment

South African Tourism starts off the new year with a media roadshow to launch an enticing new consumer campaign promising a ‘WOW in Every Moment,’ stopping through Beijing on February 27, Shanghai on March 1, and Hong Kong on March 3, 2017.

The new SA Tourism consumer campaign moves from a point of view that heritage and cultural tourism products are the fastest emerging competitive niche products within domestic and international markets.

This year’s theme is inspired by the universal expression of astonishment that vividly encapsulates the incomparable sense of excitement, surprise, joy and awe awaiting Chinese visitors to the ‘Rainbow Nation’ South Africa.

“We are proud to invite visitors to encounter the jaw-dropping ‘Wow!’ moments, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and unforgettable adventures found nowhere else in the world,” said Mr. Bradley Brouwer, President, Asia Pacific, South African Tourism. “South Africa casts a spell because it is not manufactured and mundane but authentically raw and unfiltered, which is exactly what today’s travelers seek.”

South Africa offers Chinese visitors a whole new world of compelling experiences combining pristine nature, wildlife, city lifestyle, affordable luxury and amazing adventures from mountain hiking to shark cage-diving. The country is a leader in responsible tourism, marked by its year-round sunshine, vibrant customs and timeless world heritage.

A major highlight of many vacation itineraries is the picturesque Garden Route between the gorgeous Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, through ancient forests, lakes, mountain hideaways, historic towns and secluded bays and coves.

As the unrivaled adventure capital of the world, tourists may also witness thousands of Bottlenose Dolphins throughout the year, the finest safari game viewing in the famous Kruger National Park, and a melting pot of cultures the nation has inherited over its vibrant history.

South African Tourism is the tourism marketing arm of the South African government, promoting the country’s leisure and business aspects. The tourism industry created 680,817 new jobs in 2015, playing a major role in South Africa’s economic future by supporting infrastructure development and improving the lives of people across the country.

Growth in Chinese tourists visiting South Africa has been remarkable; from January to December 2016, there was a total of 117,114 visitors from China – including Hong Kong – representing an 38 percent year on year increase.

The country is expecting a continuous Chinese tourism boom in 2017, the favorable exchange rate makes South Africa very attractive and a competitively priced destination of choice for luxury experiences and world class shopping.

South Africa is also renowned in China as a leading MICE destination, voted “Best International MICE Destination of the Year 2015” by MICE China Magazine. The outstanding variety of exceptional incentive experiences ranges from meetings while on safari to elegant wine tasting and cutting-edge technology at award-winning international convention centres.

Cathay Pacific and South African Airways both have direct flights going to Johannesburg; Cape Town; Durban and Port Elizabeth on a daily basis.The direct overnight flight between the two cities takes around 13 hours.

South Africa is the most advanced economy in Africa, with the services sector accounting for the majority of GDP and modern cities like Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg never failing to impress Chinese tourists.

For further information about South Africa, please visit SA Tourism China’s official website: www.southafricantourism.cn

MONTI – The Most Beautiful Jazz Lounge in the World

The Fullerton Pavilion is now home to perhaps its most deserving tenant thus far – Monti, a classy jazz lounge that local jazz legend, Jeremy Monteiro, calls home and regards as “one of the best venues in the world I’ve had the pleasure of playing in”.

It’s not hard to see why. Occupying prime position on the Fullerton Waterfront, in its own building with an open-air rooftop terrace looking out to the Marina Bay Sands and the surrounding bay, Monti is in a class of its own. Encompassing style, luxury, jaw-dropping views, and the most unique location in Singapore, Monti is one of its kind.

‘JAZZ AT MONTI’ SEVEN NIGHTS A WEEK!

The ambitious musical repertoire includes Monday Blues, Sunday J@M Sessions and for fans of the crowd-pleasing YouTube sensation Postmodern Jukebox, our music artists do a similar style on Thursday nights. While most of the musicians may be familiar faces, jazz aficionados will be pleased to know that the team invites international, regional and new local acts that take the stage on a regular basis. There are also plans for special guest performances by big name international jazz artists in an intimate setting that calls to mind the iconic jazz venues such as Birdland or Village Vanguard in New York City and Blu Note in Tokyo.

Seasoned industry veterans who are familiar faces in the local lounge circuit play live jazz music every night, mixing Classic Jazz with Blues, Soul and even more esoteric styles such as Skunk Jive. Expect to see the likes of Louis Soliano, Tama Goh, Rick Smith, Andrew Lim and Melissa Tham as band regulars. Leading the rat pack is Jeremy Monteiro, who curates the Monti’s music programme and performs as often as he can, even with his tight travelling schedule.

“I have played in many great jazz venues in my 41-year career including venues such as Ronnie Scotts in London and the oldest Jazz Club in Europe, the Jazzkeller in Frankfurt,” he says. “Monti is poised to not only be the most beautiful jazz lounge in the world, but a true beacon of great jazz. I’m very excited to be part of this endeavor.”

JAZZ WITH A VIEW

With Monti claiming space as the most beautiful jazz lounge, jazz lovers here will finally find a fitting place to call home that is as classy as the music they adore. The main indoor space that houses the stage and cosy, but luxurious lounge seating is built for a chic cocktail night and a side of casual chit-chat with jazz as the main dish served.

Those who prefer to take in the mesmerising night views of the city’s skyline and surrounding bay area can wander up to Monti’s open-air rooftop terrace that boasts a separate bar and cocktail seating. If the weather is good, there’s no better way to enjoy the evening than with a drink in hand and enjoying the balmy breeze while the live jazz played by the band below is piped up to the outdoor area.

JAZZ-CRAFTED COCKTAILS

Those who’re wondering if the drinks will be as fabulous as the music can expect to be wowed. All the signature cocktails have been crafted in the spirit of Jazz (pun intended). With categories like “Dixieland”, “Chicago Blues” and “European Bliss”, the drinks menu is a perfect reflection of the variety of Jazz genres at Monti, all enveloping the Jazz, Bespoke and Speakeasy feel.

Interestingly, the man responsible for curating the cocktail list, resident mixologist Joseph T. Millar, studied Jazz history and music for three years enabling him to specifically to design the drinks in a nod to Jazz and all its genres and styles.

Says Joseph, “I wanted the cocktails to be the perfect counterpoint to the Jazz music at Monti. So all the drinks have a certain story, background or historical association to the Jazz age and culture and each ingredient has been thoughtfully chosen to create the best flavours to accompany your experience here.”

The Jazz cocktail menu features classic drinks for $23++ and $24++ for creations.

JAZZ-DINING MENU

For the full Jazz experience our guests can enjoy a ‘Jazz Dinner Menu’ which is $160++ for 2 pax, and includes a 3-course meal and a jazz-inspired cocktail, available from 7.30pm every evening.

TUMI Launches New Alpha Bravo Reflective Assortment

Fashion meets tech as key silhouettes shine with an edgy silver luminescence this spring

Since its launch, the bestselling Alpha Bravo series has exemplified TUMI’s spirit of innovation through an assortment of casual and versatile travel, business and day bags for the modern man who needs the right accessories to complement his image and seamlessly fit his lifestyle. With its combination of entrepreneurial spirit and casual contemporary cool, the Alpha Bravo series infuses style and attitude into TUMI’s assortment. Continuing the tradition of innovation for Spring 2017, TUMI introduces the new Alpha Bravo Reflective – a line of essential silhouettes rendered in a vibrant and luminescent reflective silver fabric that imparts the athleisure aesthetic to your favorite everyday bag.

Alpha Bravo Reflective offers all the streamlined comfort and benefits the Alpha Bravo series is known for, whilst embracing the desire to push boundaries just that little bit further. By day, the super durable poly mesh material has a sophisticated sheen suitable for every situation from the boardroom to the gym. But at night, the reflective silver color jolts to life with the flash of a camera or the headlights of a passing car. Staying fresh, edgy and always unexpected – Alpha Bravo Reflective transforms over the course of the day and on into the night. Understated or unconventional depending on the nature of the light, the collection is as nuanced and bold as the man carrying it.

Effortlessly fusing fashion with tech, there’s an Alpha Bravo Reflective bag to perfect every journey. Designed to endure, the collection of casual unstructured day and travel bags raises the bar with exceptional performance and executive allure. The Luke Roll Top Backpack is a dashing roll top backpack designed with a clever zippered pass-through back section, allowing access to the main compartment without unfurling the top of the bag. Another all-time favorite, the versatile Knox Backpack features separate compartments, numerous organiser pockets, and dedicated laptop, tablet and mobile device spaces to keep you organized on the go. Multifunction and carry comfort are the calling cards of the Edwards Backpack with its many places for all your digital essentials and special sternum strap that alleviates shoulder fatigue.

If a messenger is more your style, the Foster Messenger is the ultimate commuter essential providing the functionality of access to the main compartment without undoing the flap, organizational pockets, and a comfortable, adjustable shoulder strap. For a casual day bag to take on your urban explorations, the Beale Crossbody is a simple slim solution ready to hold your wallet, travel documents, and electronics with expandable packing capacity should you find yourself needing it.

Frequent travelers for business or leisure will love the Kirtland International Carry-On. This deceptively small expandable four-wheeled carry-on features a masterfully organized interior to easily separate your outfits. No matter the final destination, an Alpha Bravo Reflective bag is ready for the journey with supreme functionality and signature style.

The Alpha Bravo Reflective assortment is now available in TUMI stores worldwide.

Chloé Appoints Natacha Ramsay-Levi as Creative Director

Chloé announces the appointment of Natacha Ramsay-Levi as Creative Director for ready-to-wear, leather goods and accessories, effective 3 April 2017.

Since 2013, Natacha Ramsay-Levi was Creative Director for women’s ready-to-wear at Louis Vuitton under Artistic Director Nicolas Ghesquiere, with whom she also collaborated for eleven years at Balenciaga.

In her new role, Natacha will embody the spirit of Chloé, a maison founded in 1952 by Gaby Aghion whose vision was to give women the freedom to dare to be themselves.

“I am very proud to join a house founded by a woman to dress women. I want to create fashion that enhances the personality of the woman who wears it, fashion that creates a character and an attitude, without ever imposing a ‘look’.” – Natacha Ramsay-Levi.

“I am particularly happy to welcome Natacha to Chloé. Her extensive experience at two prestigious fashion houses and her creative energy will further expand the Maison in Gaby’s vision: at the intersection of Parisian couture savoir-faire and the youthful attitude of the Chloé girl,” adds Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, President of Chloé.

Natacha’s first collection will be shown in September during Paris Fashion Week for Spring-Summer 2018.

FOUR SEASONS SPA & L’OCCITANE AND MICHELIN STAR CHEF COLLABORATION FROM 13 TO 19 MARCH 2017

A UNIQUE UNION OF BEAUTY AND CUISINE
FOR AN IMMERSIVE SENSORIAL JOURNEY
AT FOUR SEASONS SPA & L’OCCITANE AND ONE-NINETY RESTAURANT

An exclusive symphony of the senses is brought to life this 13 March to 19 March 2017. Experience the beauty of Fantastic Provence through spa and cuisine, as the tactile and aromatic sensations of Four Seasons Spa & L’Occitane meet the delectable and visually arresting Michelin-starred cuisine of Couvent des Minimes Executive Chef Jerome Roy.

A first-ever collaboration of its type, the fresh and lush natural landscape of Provence brings qualitative botanical ingredients that cannot be found elsewhere. In a sensorial journey across hotel decor, scents, spa rituals and delectable cuisine, the hotel spa and restaurant will also be transformed into a Provencal retreat with beautiful floral arrangements and decorations reminiscent of the idyllic south of France.