ROSEWOOD PHUKET WILL OPEN IN MID NOVEMBER

WITH “CHARMS OF THE ANDAMAN” LAUNCH EXPERIENCE

 

A new chapter in the global expansion of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® will begin on November 2, 2017 with the unveiling of Rosewood Phuket, the brand’s first Southeast Asia resort, accompanied by the “Charms of the Andaman” specially designed, experience-driven introductory offer.

 

The resort is nestled along an idyllic 600-meter beachfront at Emerald Bay in southwestern Phuket and will offer 71 pool pavilions and villas that are immersed within the tropical landscape. The resort’s prime location will offer easy access to a carefully curated program of rare and exceptional discoveries revealing Phuket’s unique charms and melting pot of influences — from uncovering the hidden shrines and Sino-Portuguese architecture in Phuket Old Town to luxury yacht sails to explore nearby islands.

 

The resort’s design will take guests on an unexpected journey through a diverse landscape of hilltop forest, lakes, wetland and sun-washed beach. An abundance of floor-to-ceiling windows and open-sided spaces will merge interiors with the natural environment.

Each sea-facing residential-style room, starting at 130 square meters for the Ocean View Pool Pavilion right up to the standalone 796-square-meter two-bedroom Ocean House, will feature a private infinity pool and interiors that blend polished details and rustic notes linking east and west, contemporary and traditional.

 

An array of dining choices will include Ta Khai, a rustic seafood restaurant for authentic Thai dishes; Red Sauce, an Italian restaurant with sweeping views over the bay; The Shack for simply prepared seafood by the pool; and Mai, a poolside lounge with a chic ambiance that elegantly transitions from day to night.

 

Asaya, Rosewood’s innovative, integrated wellness concept, will debut at the resort and offer a bespoke program of alternative therapies, lifestyle coaching, fitness activities and specialized healing practices. Recreation will encompass a fitness center, Rosewood Explorers with children’s facilities and activities program, and beachside infinity pool.

 

Guests are invited to discover a specially tailored experience of the resort with the “Charms of the Andaman” introductory offer. The package includes an indulgent, two-hour bespoke Asaya experience with a personal consultation with the resident wellness practitioner and the opportunity for guests to blend their own essential oils and ingredients picked fresh from the herb garden. A deliciously fascinating culinary journey at Ta Khai includes observing expert chefs preparing of authentic local dishes which are then served family-style in a weathered timber pavilion. Additional benefits include a VIP airport fast track service for direct international flights, airport transfers and more.

 

Introductory “Charms of the Andaman” rates start from USD5,350 for a minimum four-night stay in an Ocean View Pool Pavilion for two persons, including tax and service charge. The validity period for this offer is November 2, 2017 through April 15, 2018 and is subject to availability.

 

For reservations, please contact your travel professional, visit rosewoodhotels.com, call the hotel directly at +66 76 356 888, or email phuket.reservations@rosewoodhotels.com.

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MEATS Opens in SoHo this October

The first meat bar of its kind in Hong Kong for no-fuss meat done right

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 Tender, juicy and satisfying. MEATS is the first ‘meat bar’ of its kind in Hong Kong. The no reservation, no service charge restaurant strips back the fuss with a straight-forward menu of sharing-style dishes. Traditional and unconventional cuts of meat are prepared to bring out the best flavours, using mastered techniques such as house-smoking, rotisserie and grilling over a custom-made Robata Grill. Opening mid-October on SoHo’s Staunton Street, MEATS is set to become a go-to spot for a casual and satisfying bite with carnivorous friends.

Brought to Hong Kong by Pirata Group, the team stay true to their promise of giving Hong Kong quality food and exceptional service at honest prices.

Heading the MEATS kitchen is Scotsman Paddy McDermott. A true master of meat, Paddy has a deep understanding of how it should be treated from start to finish, from butchery and preparation to precise carving.

The menu includes a series of regularly rotated plates which are served in sharable sizes for those who can’t resist a taste of everything on the menu. Choose from rustic porchetta, fall-off-the-bone lamb shoulder, home-made sausage, rotisserie chicken or the chef-choice meat of the day board. Tender and flavourful meat is served simply with raw sea salt or marinated with exciting ingredients ranging from jalapeños to Szechuan peppercorns and coffee. Drinks include an affordable selection of bourbons, draft beers, hand-crafted cocktails and wines by the glass/carafe.

Located in the heart of buzzing SoHo, the space has an industrial design focus with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere attuned to the casual dining concept. Interiors have been designed by Samantha Eades Studio from Melbourne, known for her quirky touch on some of the city’s trendiest eateries.

 

Open for dinner, with brunch starting in November, MEATS seats up to 78 people in cosy corners and casual counters where the action in the open kitchen can be caught.

Generous guests donate 8,500 ‘Kilos of Kindness’ in Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ global charity drive

Food, clothing and educational supplies will help underprivileged families in communities supported by 46 of the group’s

Big-hearted guests at 46 Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts properties around the world have donated 8,500kg of food, clothing and educational supplies to support disadvantaged families around the world.

This overwhelming generosity is the result of the global hospitality group’s successful 2017 ‘Kilo of Kindness’ charity drive, which ran from 1-15 September and asked guests and residents to drop off at least one kilo of supplies to any participating hotel.

The global campaign, which marked the UN International Day of Charity on 5 September, saw visitors to the 46 hotels supporting the initiative, which were located across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East – donate books, notebooks, stationery, clothing and unperishable foods.

These will now be distributed to disadvantaged local communities by the charities each property has partnered with, which range from clothing banks and day care centres to organisations that run or support orphanages and schools for underprivileged children.

“We are overwhelmed by the kind-heartedness of our guests and residents around the world and would like to thank each and every one of them for their generosity,” said Craig Cochrane, Senior VP Human Resources, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts.

“By donating these essentials, we hope to make a difference to the lives of families in need as part of our ongoing support to the communities where our hotels and resorts are located.”

The ‘Kilo of Kindness’ campaign is part of ‘Shine’, Mövenpick’s global corporate social responsibility programme, which is grouped around three pillars — Environment, Employer and Social Sustainability — with Education the common focus.

Last year 12 hotels participated in the initiative with 926kg of supplies collected – a figure it aimed to surpass in 2017 by expanding its reach. With 46 hotels collecting 8,500kg of donations this year, the charity drive is gaining the desired momentum and Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will look to build on this success in 2018.

For more information on the hotels that participated in the 2017 ‘Kilo of Kindness’ initiative and the charities they are supporting, visit www.movenpick.com/en/akiloofkindness.

 

G Hotel Wins Another 9 Awards

The award winning sister hotels, G Hotel Gurney and G Hotel Kelawai continued to bask in 9 more awards for the year 2017 from 4 different international online travel portals and a prestigious architect institution in Malaysia for the PAM Awards 2017. With this result, the sister properties further shine as the leading hotels in the market.

Both G Hotels worked very closely with the online travel agents to help each other achieve a greater revenue and cater their best service to the business and leisure travellers. The top online travel agents in the market have recognized the efforts and the business relationship with G Hotel for the year 2017.

Firstly, Hotels.com, a leading online accommodation booking site, awarded G Hotel Gurney and G Hotel Kelawai with the certificate of Loved by Guests Award 2017 for receiving exceptional guest ratings and reviews from Hotels.com’s customers, showing the hotel‘s outstanding dedication and service. This year, G Hotel Gurney scored a Fabulous score of 4.3 out of 5.0 while G Hotel Kelawai scored a Superb score of 4.5 out of 5.0. The score is solely based on the guest review ratings from customers around the world. To determine the initial recipients, Hotels.com analysed its database of more than 15 million Genuine Guest Reviews, which are verified upon the completion of each guest’s stay. Through this award recognition, both G Hotels are now tagged as “Top Hotel” on the booking site and appeared as first few top searched ranking hotel for easy bookings, especially for those who are planning a trip to Penang.

Secondly, G Hotel Gurney and G Hotel Kelawai are also being conferred Recommended on HolidayCheck for the year 2017. HolidayCheck is the largest German speaking hotel review and travel website. The minimum criteria for the participating hotels of this award is to have at least 4.0 of the overall rating out of a possible 6.0. This year, G Hotel Gurney receives an exceptional score of 5.8 and G Hotel Kelawai receives a score 5.5 out of 6.0 which celebrates a consistent outstanding travellers reviews on HolidayCheck from the year 2016 to 2017. Georg Ziegler, Director of Content for HolidayCheck AG declares “Congratulations to you and your team on this success!”

Besides that, the sister establishment are also delighted to be announced as one of the few recipients of 2017 TripAdvisor Certification of Excellence Awards. The award is only given to less than 10% of hotels listed on TripAdvisor, and G Hotel Gurney and G Hotel Kelawai has achieved outstanding traveller reviews on the site. When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor, as well as a business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. TripAdvisor recognizes excellent hotels that achieved bubble rating of at least 4.0 out of 5.0 as well as having a minimum number of reviews and must be listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months for this award.

Last but not least from the online travel agents, both properties G Hotel did it again by winning the Ctrip.com award for the third consecutive year as Chinese Preferred Hotel 2017, a program that acknowledges five star hotels that are Chinese-friendly. The winner of “Chinese Preferred Hotel” were recognized for having the following standards such as free WiFi, Chinese Style breakfast, Chinese translation service guide and in-room kettle. Both G Hotel properties fulfilled the criteria by providing these facilities and services which are mostly expected by the Chinese outbound travellers. “Customers can quickly and easily book these hotels online to ensure of a comfortable stay experiences. I believe it is really a triple win situation. Ctrip, customer and all the hotels benefit from the program.” Added John Zhong, the Deputy General Manager of Accommodation Business Unit & General Manager of Overseas Hotel Department of Ctrip.com.

The PAM Award 2017 goes to G Hotel Kelawai for winning the PAM Silver Award for Sport & Recreation. The award was spearheaded by Architect T.Y. Au to compete with 77 other applicants. The result was announced during the gala dinner at JW Marriot Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

This PAM Award is the premier award for architecture in Malaysia where it recognizes the contribution made by architects in term of design quality and that of the built environment. The Awards are also bestowed on the best works which are recognised by peers and public alike in the architectural industry. These Awards give recognition to Malaysian Architects who pursue excellence in design, to promote the advancement of quality built environment that has beneficial social, physical and cultural impact in Malaysia and to recognise the diversity of Malaysian Architecture. They also give recognition to the Builders and Owners who work together to achieve the results.

Mr Michael Hanratty, General Manager of G Hotel quoted, “We are very glad to have received these prestigious citations which have sealed our reputation as a world class accommodation, five star hospitality and outstanding features from our dining outlets to hotel facilities. We are also grateful to those who took the time to review their experience with the hotel during the award polls and assessments. There’s no greater distinction than receiving the sense of approval from the customers.”

Both G Hotel Gurney and G Hotel Kelawai are located at the shopper’s paradise in between two renowned shopping malls, Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon and right next to Gurney drive famous hawker eateries. It is also the perfect point of departure for discovering Penang’s numerous tourist attractions, UNESCO World Heritage sites and beaches.

Together with these awards, G Hotel Gurney and G Hotel Kelawai has won over 100 awards collectively since its inception. Among the notable awards are Best Hotel Interior for Asia Pacific Hotel Awards, HAPA Best Independent Hotel, Best City Hotel Malaysia for World Luxury Hotel Awards, Best Hotel Development by FIABCI, Best Business & Leisure Hotel by The BrandLaureate Awards, Hall of Fame by Tripadvisor, Excellence in Guest Review by Booking.com, Best Luxury Hotel by Luxury Lifestyle Awards & Gold Award Hospitality Design by I-DEA Design Excellence Awards.

G Hotel will continue to deliver its best hospitality by meeting the expectations of the travellers from different countries and also to further build on the success that it has achieved throughout these years, offering the best of luxury to travel aficionados.

www.ghotel.com.my

Heavenly Honeymoons at Hurawalhi Maldives

Nestled amongst the spectacular coral reefs of the Lhaviyani Atoll, the 90 Villa adults only Hurawalhi Maldives is purpose built for honeymoons (and subsequent anniversaries). This unique five-star resort offers guests a truly memorable experience seamlessly integrated into the most spectacular setting.

Exquisite beach and pool villas have direct access to the shimmering turquoise lagoon in a tropical paradise.   Romantic dining options include a candlelit dinner on the beach, a sunset cruise, a private picnic on nearby Dream Island, the romantic Champagne Pavilion at the ocean villa jetty and the scene stealing 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, as well as the Aquarium Restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean and Canneli Restaurant for all day dining.

Hurawalhi’s blissful overwater Duniye Spa offers an exquisite range of treatments inspired by ancient and modern expertise from around the globe with a strong influence from the healing traditions of Asia and Africa, including the use of local ingredients and treatments inspired from traditional cultures.

There is no shortage of attractions or activities; you can be as active or relaxed as you wish. For activity seekers there is tennis, badminton and beach volleyball, a sports fishing boat for deep-sea fishing excursions. A diver’s paradise awaits, with guided diving and snorkeling boat trips available and a complete PADI 5* training center. Hurawalhi collaborates with Manta Trust, the marine and conservation
specialists who team up with the Island’s in-house 5* PADI instructors to provide educational guided dives and snorkeling in the spectacular reefs and shipwrecks nearby. The Island is a nesting site for green turtles and a breeding ground for Manta Rays. Manta Trust is tasked with preserving this natural habitat as well as educating visitors about these beautiful and endangered creatures. A plethora of water sports activities include jet skis, para-gliding, water skiing wakeboarding, paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaks and catamarans.

Hurawalhi have created a Heavenly Honeymoon Package which includes the following:

  • Round trip seaplane transfers from Male to Hurawalhi for two
  • 4 or 5 nights’ accommodation in a Beach Villa (prices vary according to duration)
  • A bottle of Taittinger Champagne on arrival
  • Sumptuous daily breakfast including one champagne breakfast in your villa during your stay
  • A romantic sunset cruise
  • A candlelit dinner on the beach
  • A two hour “Dream Island” excursion
  • A blissful couples ‘Him and Her’ massage at Duniye Spa
  • 30 minute photography session with one complimentary souvenir print
  • Nightly romantic turn down treat

Reservations and Enquiries

Hurawalhi’s Heavenly Honeymoon Package rates start from USD4099.00 for 4 nights and USD4655.00 for 5 nights through to 31 October 2017 and USD5271.00 for 4 nights and USD6120 for 5 nights from 1 November 2017 to 31 April 2018.

For a longer stay, best available rates apply.   For reservations and enquiries, please contact Hurawalhi Island Resort on:

Email: reservations@hurawalhi.com     |     Web: www.hurawalhi.com

Tel: +960 662 2000     |     Fax: +960 662 5555

Half Price Antarctica Trips on Offer in Peregrine Flash Sale

Making Antarctica affordable for more Australians, Peregrine Adventures is offering 50 per cent off select voyages to the White Continent in 2017/18 as part of a flash sale this week.

On sale until 6pm on Sunday October 8, 2017, there’s never been a better time to book a spot on an Antarctic adventure and see the best of what the region has to offer from unforgettable wildlife encounters to jaw-dropping vistas.

The Peregrine sale includes 50 per cent off:

  • A 10-day roundtrip journey from Buenos Aires, Argentina, exploring the Antarctic Peninsula with the chance to spy penguins, seals and whales and a memorable landing on the continent, priced from $7235*, departing December 11, 2017
  • A 20-day roundtrip cruise from Ushuaia, Argentina, exploring the islands of South Georgia and the Falklands, and cruising the Antarctic Peninsula, priced from $13,700*, departing January 25, 2018
  • A 33-day journey from South America’s southernmost tip, Ushuaia, to Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa via an incredible spread of Atlantic Islands – East and West Falkland, South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha, St Helena, and Ascension – priced from $7800*, departing March 10, 2018.

All Peregrine Antarctica voyages take place on specially-equipped small expedition vessels offering guests unparalleled access to one of the most remote places on earth.

Led by passionate and seasoned expedition teams, including scientists, naturalists and researchers, the onboard program focuses on guest interaction and education while the crew ensures everything is taken care of so travellers can sit back and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime.

Peregrine Adventures is a global leader in sustainable travel and carbon offsets every trip for its travellers.

For more information visit: https://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/antarctica-sale

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OMEGA Makes It a Family Affair with a Special Celebration in Paris

While Fashion Week brings flair and style to the runways, OMEGA has officially opened its “Her Time” exhibition in Paris at the historic Hôtel de Sully. The opening night event in the French capital was the perfect celebration for the brand’s history of exquisite women’s timepieces. As an added highlight for guests, OMEGA also welcomed Cindy Crawford along with her children, Kaia and Presley, who have recently been announced as the brand’s newest ambassadors.

Having joined OMEGA in 1995, Cindy Crawford is one of OMEGA’s closest friends and has been a renowned figure in the brand’s advertising and events for over 20 years. To begin the opening of the exhibition in Paris, Cindy appeared onstage with OMEGA’s President and CEO, Raynald Aeschlimann.

Speaking to guests, Mr. Aeschlimann said: “OMEGA’s women’s watches reveal some of the most beautiful designs in our history. There is so much variety and artistry, and I’m so proud to bring this exhibition to Paris, which is one of the world’s homes of fashion. Of course, to also be here with Cindy and her family is a special privilege and thrill.”

Having already been showcased in Milan, Moscow, Shanghai and Sydney, the “Her Time” exhibition displays OMEGA’s evolution of women’s timepieces and changing styles, from early Lèpine pendants and the iconic Ladymatic, through to “secret jewellery watches” and today’s latest creations. The watches are also complemented by examples of vintage artwork and classic OMEGA advertising, all of which show women in a variety of lifestyles and fashions throughout the years.

As Cindy and Mr. Aeschlimann chatted about the most famous OMEGA watches, three more special guests, Kaia, Presley and Rande Gerber, were invited to the stage. It was Cindy herself who introduced her children and welcomed them as OMEGA’s newest brand ambassadors. She said: “My journey with OMEGA has been incredible and I know that Kaia and Presley will enjoy working with the brand as much as I have. They are both talented in their own unique ways and I’m so proud that they will be the next ambassadors for these fantastic watches.”

Mr. Aeschlimann said: “Kaia and Presley represent the next generation of watch wearers. They are good looking, motivated, inspirational and full of energy. It’s incredible to have such a passionate family tradition within our brand and I’m so excited to begin working with these two young people.”

To mark the announcement, a special portrait of the entire family was then revealed. Captured by the renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh on Malibu Beach, it is the first official picture featuring all four family members together, including Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber, and Kaia and Presley Gerber.

MC for the evening at the “Her Time” opening event was the French actress Pauline Lefevre. Guests from around the world included the international fashion models, Joan Smalls and Martha Hunt, as well as Thai actress Praya Lundberg, actress Cinta Kiehl, fashion designer Nathalie Rykiel, actress Emma de Caunes, influencer Betty Autier, columnist Mademoiselle Agnès and actress Gwendoline Hamon.

After viewing the exhibition themselves, guests were able to enjoy an exclusive set from the German DJ Robin Schulz, an OMEGA friend and Speedmaster fan who brought an energetic end to the night’s events, accompanied by singer Richard Judge.

The “Her Time” exhibition can be seen at the Hôtel de Sully from the 30th of September until the 15th of October 2017 from 9am to 7pm each day.

The watches worn by special guests on the evening included:

Cindy Crawford: Speedmaster 38 mm. Ref: 324.38.38.50.06.001

Kaia Gerber: Constellation. Ref: 123.15.27.20.57.003

Presley Gerber: Speedmaster Moonwatch. Ref: 311.30.42.30.01.006

Rande Gerber: Speedmaster Moonphase. Ref: 304.63.44.52.01.001