ASTRONAUTS LAND IN HONG KONG FOR A SPECIAL OMEGA MISSION

This year, OMEGA is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its iconic Speedmaster watch. The very first model, known as the“Broad Arrow”, was launched in 1957, and since then, the Speedmaster has become one of the most recognised chronographs in the world.

Most notably in its illustrious history, the OMEGA Speedmaster was officially tested and qualified by NASA for all manned space missions and became the first watch ever worn on the moon in 1969, which earned its nickname: the “Moonwatch”.

To pay tribute to this unrivalled legacy in space exploration, a curious crew of astronauts have landed in Hong Kong to officially open the Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Exhibition, which will be held at ifc mall from 29 June to 3 July 2017.

By exploring the surface of Hong Kong’s streets, the Speedmaster astronauts have made many unique discoveries about our way of life in the city. Their voyage began at Tsim Sha Tsui, where they learned Tai Chi from the uncles at Victoria Harbour front. They were also spotted by locals trying tasty “Dim Sum”, before touring the city from Yau Ma Tei to Central by taxi and tram, and visiting Man Mo Temple before reaching their final destination – the Speedmaster exhibition venue in ifc mall.

The astronauts have been a strange sight for the people of Hong Kong. It’s not often you see fully-suited space explorers playing Mahjong! But they have come with an important mission. While mingling in our dynamic and colourful city, they are encouraging everyone to make their own discoveries at the new Speedmaster Exhibition. Time will tell if their mission was successful.

OMEGA Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Exhibition

Date: 29 June – 3 July 2017

Opening Hours: 10am-9pm

Venue: Oval Atrium, Podium Level 1, ifc Mall, Central, Hong Kong

CIRCO DI TOSCA AFTERNOON TEA IN COLLABORATION WITH ALESSI

From July 1 to August 31, 2017, Tosca transforms into a magical world of wonder every Saturday afternoon as the Michelin-starred Italian restaurant will be serving up a feast of scrumptious afternoon tea treats on the “Alessi Circus” tableware collection by Marcel Wanders.

Full of color and life, the “Alessi Circus” collection features touches of circus magic with rhomboidal, circular, striped and pointed geometric shapes and patterns in vivid colors of white, black, yellow, red, gold and silver. Taking on the vibrancy of the Alessi Circus range, Chef Pino Lavarra of Tosca has devised a selection of colorful and palate-pleasing gourmet morsels perfectly blending with the fantasy world of circus.

Served fresh out of the oven, Cuscini summons up authentic tastes of Italy on one plate with fried pizza, ricotta cheese and Parma ham. Cerchi stirs the taste buds with a crunchy spaghetti roll filled with refreshing arrabbiata tomato. More than what its name suggests, Hot Dog is a refined version enhanced with chicken sausage, mozzarella and black truffle. Anelli, a tempting assortment of doughnuts dressed in colorful chocolate sauce and condiments, is sure to catch one’s attention at first sight. The delectable snack trio – Popcorn, Nuvole and Mandorle e sabbia, featuring popcorn with chocolate cake, cotton candy and crispy almonds, respectively, is the must-have item to best enjoy a circus show.

 

To bring the excitement and thrill of circus to Tosca’s tables, a professional magician will be staging astounding tricks during each afternoon tea session.

 

Date: July 1 – August 26 (Every Saturday)
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Price: HK$390 per person
Venue: Tosca, Level 102, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

 

Bookings must be made at least two weeks in advance. For reservations and enquiries, please call (852) 2263 2270 or email restaurantreservation.hk@ritzcarlton.com.

 

Be in Paradise this Summer

Be in Paradise this Summer

From concrete jungle to paradise in no time, Fiji Airways rolls out three promotions (three times the fun) to last the whole summer!

For a limited time only passengers can book round trip tickets as low as HK$3,900 (VAT exclusive price) for travel time period 1 June to 14 July 2017. That is more than 80% discount on regular ticket fares. From now till 15 July 2017, it will simply be HK$4750 for travel dates from now till 27 September 2017 and HK$5,250 for travel dates from now till 31 December 2017.

The promotions include checked luggage allowance, as well as a complimentary in-flight meal, drinks and entertainment. Now there is no reason not to be in paradise this season so hurry before the deal runs out!

Reservations can be made via https://www.fijiairways.com/bookings/fares-and-special-offers/hong-kong-to-fiji-flights/

To book visit www.fijiairways.com

Anantara Hoi An Resort’s New Cultural Festival Celebrates Vietnamese Ethnic Minorities

Anantara Hoi An Resort in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Quang Nam Province in Vietnam is launching a series of cultural events celebrating the customs and traditions of a local ethnic minority – the Co Tu people.

The inaugural celebration in June will coincide with the monthly Full Moon Festival in Hoi An and will be followed by two more events on July 8 and August 6, 2017.

The Co Tu festival at Anantara Hoi An will commence with a floating lantern ceremony at the resort’s jetty illuminating the Thu Bon river with myriads of shimmering lights. A sumptuous buffet dinner will then be served at the Riverside Café while traditional dancing teams of Tay Giang, Dong Giang and Nam Giang districts take centre stage.

A ceremony that traces its history back thousands of years, the Co Tu dance comprises Tung Tung – an energetic male dance to the sounds of drums and gongs, and the Ya Ya dance performed by the women of the village in a series of graceful flowing movements. These dances are usually performed simultaneously around a central bonfire under the starry sky.

Following the performance, a talk by Réhahn – a renowned French photographer who has spent years documenting Vietnam’s ethnic minorities – will offer an insight into the daily life of the Co Tu community. With some of the artist’s most celebrated works on display at Anantara Hoi An during the event and, afterwards, as part of a permanent exhibition, the festival will offer an immersive experience for everyone interested in Vietnam’s fascinating culture and traditions.

For further information about the Co Tu Festival, please contact Anantara Hoi An on +84 510 391 4555
or at hoian@anantara.com.

Möet Party Day 2017 Celebrating every #moetmoment

The global Möet Party Day is back for the second year, and Hong Kong joins the world on June 17th as part of the 24 celebrations around 80 countries in the world.

Hong Kong will kick-off Möet Party Day 2017 with a brunch at the Seafood Room, serving guests a champagne brunch featuring the House’s latest innovation: Moët Ice Impérial. Guests will be served an extensive range of local and imported fresh seafood, along with the Moët Ice Impérial throughout the brunch and the after party, creating a Moët Moment of sharing with friends.

Moët Party Day also celebrates the Moment of Love with the Moët Rosé Impérial Flamingo in the 1,250 sq. ft. Moonshine Suite located at the top floor of Mira Moon Hotel, which partners with the champagne House to feature a bridal shower offer – the Pink Staycation Package with the Moët Rosé Impérial Flamingo. The package beautifully encompasses 4 bottles of Moët Rosé Impérial Flamingo and a Benefit Cosmetics gift set, and includes exquisite Spanish-tapas-influenced canapés specially created by Executive Chef Jeremy Chan. The bridal shower package is available from now until 31 December 2017 from HK$12,500 for 10 people, with additional guests subject to HK$1,200 per person.

For shopping enthusiasts, Lane Crawford IFC will be hosting its VIP Shopping Day with Mini Möet. – offering a glamourous Mini Moët as a companion to every shopper!

In the evening, Moët & Chandon, in collaboration with the legendary Studio Harcourt, will be hosting a unique wine experience at BIBO – featuring Moët & Chandon’s Large Formats and Grand Vintage champagnes. Moët & Chandon houses the largest collection of large format champagnes in the world. The consistency in wine quality endured through time is a true testament to Moët & Chandon’s unique savoir faire.

To cap-off an incredible day of celebrating, Moët & Chandon will open the night with the N.I.R. Dry Party at Zentral. Zentral is amongst a fantastic array of the finest restaurants and lifestyle establishments the city has to offer, making it the perfect venue for the finale of Moët Party Day 2017.

Möet & Chandon also collaborated with Banyan Tree Macau for those in Hong Kong looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway. Guests will be offered packages including the Möet Party Day brunch and Moët afternoon tea. Also offered to the guests is the Full Day Cabana Package, offering for a party of six a buffet brunch, afternoon tea and a BBQ buffet dinner, along with 3 bottles of Moët Ice Imperial 75cl.

Moët Party Day is an embodiment of living life to the fullest and Moët & Chandon’s champagne is at the heart of it all – where every second is an opportunity to revel in the thrill of living.

 

OPEN THE DAY: Ice Impérial Brunch & Day Party
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Seafood Room

26/F and Rooftop, 535 Tower,

No. 535 Jaffe Road,

Causeway Bay

Fee: A.        Brunch + Brunch Free Flow: $798 + 10% service charge per person

B.   After-brunch from 3pm to 6pm: $350 + 10% service charge per person for free-flow of Moët Ice Impérial

Reservation +852 3708 9668

 

OPEN THE DAY: Ice Impérial Brunch & Day Party: Banyan Tree Macau
Time: 10:00am – 9:30pm
Location: Banyan Tree Macau

Galaxy Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai,  Macau, China

Fee: AM Package (11:30am – 5:30pm):

MOP 1,288+10% per Adult

 

PM Package (4:00pm – 9:30pm):

MOP 1,088+10% per Adult
Full Day Cabana Package:

MOP 9,999+10% per Package

Reservation: +853 8883 8833

 

 

  Open The Night: N.I.R. Party
Time: 10pm till late
Location: Zentral

4/F – 5/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar St, Central

Reservation: +852 2111 8110

 

Moët Party Day 2017 Chope Promotion
Description: Pre-book on online restaurant-reservation platform, Chope, to dine in any of the 9 participating restaurants associated with the Möet Party Day for June 17th to receive one complimentary bottle of Mini Möet.
Reservation http://www.chope.co/hong-kong-restaurants/pages/moetpartyday

 

ELIAS PERTOFT NAMED MANAGING DIRECTOR OF ROSEWOOD LUANG PRABANG

Mr. Elias Pertoft has been appointed managing director of Rosewood Luang Prabang, scheduled to open in late 2017. Mr. Pertoft brings 13 years’ experience managing exclusive upscale properties in Asia and Central America to the first ultra-luxury tented encampment for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®. The 23-villa boutique resort will be a private retreat located within a virtually untouched natural environment near the Luang Prabang UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Prior to joining Rosewood, Mr. Pertoft was general manager of Maikhao Dream Villa Resort and Spa in Thailand, assistant general manager and food and beverage director of Turtle Inn, Coppola Resorts in Belize, and assistant general manager of Amanwana, an Aman resort in Indonesia.

Mr. Pertoft holds a Master Degree of Business Administration in Hospitality Management from Glion Institute of Higher Education and a Certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell University.

For more information: rosewoodhotels.com/en/luang-prabang

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Shangri-La Confirmed for Planned Luxury Melbourne CBD Development

S P Setia Berhad Group, the premier Malaysian property developer, and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, the leading Asia-based luxury hotel group, today announced Shangri-La as the official hotel operator for the planned landmark luxury development in Melbourne’s CBD.

S P Setia Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid, and Shangri-La Asia Chief Executive Officer, Mr LIM Beng Chee, formally confirmed the arrangement at a ceremony in Melbourne attended by international guests and media.

Located at 308 Exhibition Street, the Cox and Fender Katsalidis-designed two-tower development overlooking Melbourne’s World Heritage-listed Carlton Gardens is currently under consideration for planning approval.

When it is completed in 2022, it is expected the luxury five-star Shangri-La Hotel, Melbourne will feature an estimated 500 guest rooms with three levels of amenities for guests to enjoy, including a sky lobby, restaurants, spa, fitness centre, pool and a state of the art ballroom.

The second tower will include some 300 luxury residential apartments as well as office space.  A sky bridge will connect the two towers, and retail space will occupy the lower levels of the development.

Speaking at today’s event in Melbourne, S P Setia Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid said the appointment of Shangri-La supported the project’s vision to deliver an iconic development that increases capacity, creates local economic development opportunities, and sets a new benchmark for five-star luxury in Melbourne.

Shangri-La Asia’s Chief Executive Officer Mr LIM Beng Chee said, “Shangri-La is privileged to be selected as the hotel operator for this world-class S P Setia development, which will be an architectural masterpiece and an iconic part of Melbourne’s skyline for decades to come. We look forward to bringing Shangri-La’s hallmark ‘hospitality from the heart’ to Melbourne, Australia’s event capital.”

Tan Sri Wan Zahid added that “S P Setia is honoured to appoint Shangri-La, an iconic global brand that represents the highest standards of quality, as the hotel operator to this development. Through the design and construction phases and for many decades to come as a luxury residence, retail and hotel precinct, the economic benefits of this project will be significant for Melbourne.”

New Website ‘NowPyeongchang.com” to Assist Visitors Enjoyment of the 2018 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games in Korea

With less than 240 days to go to the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Korea a new website ‘NowPyeongchang.com’ will assist visitors to plan their time in the region of Pyeongchang during the Games.  The Winter Olympic Games will be held from 9-25 January, 2018 followed by the Paralympic Games.

The new website offers advice on the Pyeongchang region which is located on the east coast of Korea and the main Olympic venues located at Pyeongchang, Gangneung and Jeongseon where the majority of sporting competition will take place.

NowPyeongchang.com will help Olympic enthusiasts to find suitable accommodation in the region as well as offers advice on where to eat, where to sightsee and transportation to and between the major venues as well as the best attractions in the surrounding area.

There is information on the ’10 best’ attractions to visit, festivals to join, dishes to eat, shopping and more to make the most of your time at the Games.  Accommodation in the region will be at a premium during the Games but there are many other options beside the major resorts and hotels.  The site includes information on Hanokstay (Korean traditional house stay) as well as Goodstay, offering a reliable listing of good and affordable motel/inn accommodation in the region.

Many visitors to the Games are expected to stay in Seoul and take the new fast train line from Seoul Station to Gangneung in one hour, there will also be direct trains from Incheon International Airport to Gangneung taking approximately two hours.  Timetables for the new line are expected to be available online at Korea Rail website:  www.letskorail.com from July, 2017.

Various online events will be happening on the NowPyeongChang.com website in the lead-up to the Games where viewers can share #GoPyeongChang and be in the running to win a wide variety of prizes.

So, if you are planning to visit Korea for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter or Paralympic Games make your travel plans easy with the new website: NowPyeongchang.com

Dated:  15 June, 2017

Further Information:  Jennifer Doherty, PR/Marketing Manager, Korea Tourism Organization

Ph:  02/9252-4147/8  Fx:   02)9251-2104

Email:  jenny@knto.org.au Website:  www.visitkorea.org.au

Like us on facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/SeeKorea

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ktosydney

Ma Wan’s favourite beachside restaurant proudly presents an evening of detox treats at Cafe Roma

Cool off and get fit this summer with Cafe Roma’s exclusive ‘Stretch and De-Stress’ event. On the evening of 29 June (Thursday), guests are invited to begin a refreshing wellness journey with a restorative yoga class on the beach hosted by certified yoga instructor, Jessica Lee. After finding zen, guests can relax and refuel with a healthy detox dinner complete with a cleansing juice that has been prepared exclusively for the occasion by celebrity chef Jaakko Sorsa. At the end of the evening, guests will also be treated to a special gift featuring an exclusive Cafe Roma treat and a free bottle of Vita Coco Coconut Water, allowing guests to keep the beach detox spirit alive in the comfort of their very own homes.

Jessica Lee will kick start the evening with a relaxing beach yoga class set against the majestic backdrop of the iconic Tsing Ma Bridge. Known for a teaching philosophy which combines physical, dynamic sequencing with a playful approach, Jessica Lee’s classes – which have been featured in numerous Hong Kong lifestyle publications – are all about connecting the breath with the flow, tempering the pose to suit the day, and working hard to the perfect playlist.

After beach yoga, guests are invited to make their way to Cafe Roma for a delicious detox dinner complete with a tasty cleansing juice. The detox dinner features a choice of Cafe Roma’s most popular salads. The Duo of Smoked Salmon Niçoise Salad is a long time blogger favourite, well-loved for its flavoursome mix of house-smoked and cold-smoked salmon, crisp salad, and tangy Dijon mustard vinaigrette dressing. The salmon itself is directly imported from the Nordic seas to ensure the highest quality and freshest flavour. Topped with a slow-cooked egg, French beans, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, and black olives, the dish is as filling as it is healthy, making it the perfect post-workout treat. Alternatively, the Roasted Chicken, Pumpkin, Tomato, Mozzarella & Couscous Salad is an elevated take on the classic chicken salad. Loaded with delicate flavours and interesting textures, and served with additional bell peppers, rocket, pine nuts, and a pesto dressing, the salad provides excellent nutrition benefits ideal for ensuring a balanced diet conducive to health. To accompany the detox salads, Chef Jaakko has created a nutritious health juice especially for the occasion. The Summer Gazpacho Juice combines heirloom tomatoes, celery, cucumber, and pear for a light and refreshing beverage. Vegetarian and special dietary options are available upon request.

To guarantee a place at this exciting event, please sign up at https://goo.gl/l6GYZN. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Successfully registered participants will be required to pay an event fee of HK$150 to confirm their place. All participants must bring their own yoga mat, water and towel on the event date.

“Stretch and De-Stress with Cafe Roma” Details:
Date: 29 June 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 6pm – 7:15pm
Venue: Cafe Roma, L1, Shop 7&8, Beach Commercial Complex, Park Island, Hong Kong
Price: HK$150/person (Including: one hour yoga class with Jessica Lee, a healthy detox dinner at Cafe Roma, and a special gift)
RSVP: https://goo.gl/l6GYZN
Enquiry: www.facebook.com/caferoma.hk

Where to find Cafe Roma:
L1, Shop 7&8, Beach Commercial Complex, Park Island, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3446 1226
Email: reservations@caferoma.com.hk
Web: www.caferoma.com.hk

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Dusit International to make Nepal debut with luxury mountaintop resort

Thailand-based, global hospitality company Dusit International has signed a management agreement with Omstone Asia Capital Nepal Pvt. Ltd. to operate Dusit Thani Himalayan Resort & Spa, the first Dusit-branded property in Nepal.

Located in the heart of Nepal’s central region, just over an hour’s drive from Kathmandu and Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), the luxurious mountaintop resort will comprise 44 well-appointed guest rooms and 20 exclusive villas, each providing magnificent views of the majestic Himalayan range.

Leveraging the natural beauty of its surroundings, with pristine air and good weather year round, the new property will have a wellness spa concept created by Dusit’s signature Devarana Spa, which provides luxurious, personalized treatments designed to promote emotional and physical well-being. Other facilities will include an all-day-dining restaurant, a bar and lobby lounge, meeting facilities and a swimming pool.

Namo Buddha, a small village which houses the ancient Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal, is less than ten minutes away by car. Dhulikhel, the administrative centre of Kavrepalanchok District, whose old town is home to many Hindu shrines and Buddhist stupa, is also located nearby. The extension of the highway which links Dhulikel to Kathmandu is expected to complete by 2020, reducing travel time from the capital to the resort to under 45 minutes.

“Dusit Thani Himalayan Resort & Spa brings wellness and well-being to the fore in a magnificent setting that invigorates the mind, body and soul,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group Chief Executive Officer of Dusit International. “In keeping with our brand promise to uniquely deliver gracious hospitality to the world, we will do all we can to ensure our destination resort has a positive impact on the local environment and community, and we look forward to making it a huge success.”

Mr Vishnu Mor, Principal Partner of Omstone Asia Capital Nepal Pvt. Ltd., said, “This is not just a commercial relationship, it is more of a spiritual collaboration between two companies that share the same beliefs and values, and which want to do something positive and meaningful for Nepal. It also marks the start of a long and fruitful relationship because we aim to explore more opportunities to work with Dusit, both within Nepal and beyond.”

Mr Ramesh K. Hamal, Managing Director of Omstone Asia Capital Nepal Pvt. Ltd., said, “Guests seeking a tranquil escape from the hustle of everyday life will find the perfect retreat at Dusit Thani Himalayan Resort & Spa. Incredible views, luxurious rooms and facilities, and Dusit’s legendary hospitality will provide a distinctive experience for our guests, and we are delighted to partner with Dusit International for this very special project.”

With 29 properties currently in operation across four brands in eight countries, Dusit International is in a significant growth phase which will see the number of Dusit properties reach 70 within the next three to four years across key markets worldwide. Alongside Dusit Thani, other brands in Dusit International’s portfolio include Dusit Devarana, dusitD2 and DusitPrincess.

For more information, please visit www.dusit.com.

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