A super boutique hotel in the heart of Singapore


Fort Canning Park’s heritage as an exclusive and historical landmark is being revived with the opening of a fashionable boutique hotel, Hotel Fort Canning (Hfc) in October 2010.
Nestled between Orchard Road, the Clarke Quay entertainment hub and Central Business District, Hotel Fort Canning features a collection of 86 stylised rooms and suites. It has been designed to offer guests premium services and facilities in a one-of-a-kind location.
Hfc promises to be one of the most prestigious addresses in Singapore providing a highly desired respite from the ‘hustle and bustle’ of city living.   
Once used as a base for the British Far East Command during World War II, the property, which has been sensitively restored by award-winning Singapore architectural company, DP Architects, maintains a sense of the old style colonial glamour with many original features including a multi-columned façade.
Each guest in residence at the hotel will enjoy ‘around-the-clock’ concierge services, be it booking tickets to a local concert, sourcing flights or arranging city guides and translation services. Equipped with the latest iPads, savvy staff can be contacted around the clock, by SMS, email or telephone.
Both rooms and suites are complemented by a selection of award-winning furniture from Poltrona Frau amongst others. The bathroom features eco-friendly amenities from award-winning THANN Spa.
Hotel Fort Canning is located at:
11 Canning Walk Singapore 178881
Tel:     +65 6338 1212
Fax:    +65 6334 3020
Email:  contact@hfcsingapore.com
Website:  www.hfcsingapore.com

Award-winning Phuket resort Indigo Pearl


Award-winning Phuket resort Indigo Pearl has extended its ‘green’ commitment, teaming up with the international Sustainable Smiles movement promoting environmental, social and economic sustainability among local communities.
The initiative is being launched with environmental education for over 150 students at two local schools near the 5-star resort, Wat Mongkol and Technical Thalang College.
It will also be implementing programmes with the students, resort staff and the local community to help improve the environment at nearby Nai Yang Beach and the surrounding area.
Already six members of Indigo Pearl staff clean the beach and beach road daily, along with at least two volunteers from Dewa Phuket and Nai Yang Beach Resort.
In addition, monthly beach cleaning is being organised, starting from July 23 at 4pm, with the local community, guests, schools and local businesses encouraged to become involved in these activities.
A Student Action Program (S.A.P.) will guide, train and supervise two small groups of students to design and implement their own community-based environmental project in Nai Yang.
They will receive funding from Indigo Pearl and Seedlings of Change "Bread for the Soul" Mini-Grant Program to implement a project of their choice.
The students will have to survey the surrounding community, interview locals and develop a project plan based on time, budget and need – encouraging local community members, businesses, the local government and other stakeholders to be involved.
An educational programme for local villagers and shopkeepers on Nai Yang Beach Road is also being established.
Indigo Pearl Resort has established a ‘Green Pearl’ environmental committee to execute the green mission.
“Nai Yang is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. It brings a lot of revenue to local businesses so it is important to protect the environment and life there,” said General Manager of Indigo Pearl, Arnaud Girodon.
“We share many of the same goals as Sustainable Smiles with strong team of passionate and dedicated employees who really care about the environment and want to make a difference in the local community.”
Creating good environmental awareness among local children at a young age is the key, he added.
“They are the future generation. If we can teach them to pay attention to how their actions impact the environment and provide them with the tools and knowledge they need to solve environmental problems then they can lead the way to a greener environment and more sustainable future.”
Sustainable Smiles launched the partnership with an environmental workshop for 50 Indigo Pearl staff, engaging in group exercises, presentations and discussions about environmental issues and solutions on how they can improve the environment in their community and at the resort.
Kelly Franklin, who founded the movement, said:  “We will be continuing these workshops weekly to build environmental awareness and a strong team to help our efforts to bring environmentally sustainable change to the local community.”
She founded Sustainable Smiles (www.sustainablesmiles.org) as a nonprofit organisation based out of the United States in 2009 to promote environmental, social, and economic sustainability and appreciation for nature in communities around the world.
The movement has initiated environmental education and beach cleanups elsewhere in Thailand at Thai Muang Beach in Phang-Nga Province.
Indigo Pearl has a unique environmental heritage complementing its luxurious style. The resort evokes Phuket’s tin mining industry, incorporating unique furnishings and art pieces from recycled industrial relics.
The concept of ‘’found industrial art” was implemented by renowned international architect and interior designer Bill Bensley, in collaboration with Australian John Underwood, a resident Phuket artist.

Exclusive Villas by Paresa introduces Villa Amanzi

Exclusive Villas by Paresa introduces Villa Amanzi
An introductory offer at 50% off for online bookings
Exclusive Villas by Paresa is delighted to introduce Villa Amanzi, a luxuriously appointed residence for those desiring an unsurpassed vacation experience. From now till 10 December 2010, guests can enjoy an introductory offer at 50% off from the best available room rate through online booking.
Established in 2010, Exclusive Villas by Paresa offers a selection of very exclusive private villas and homes situated on Phuket’s noted “Millionaires Mile” managed by Paresa including access to Paresa Resorts services and facilities.
The latest exclusive Phuket property to be listed in Paresa Resorts suite of ultra-luxurious and secluded private villas offering an unrivalled oasis of calm, tranquility and relaxation, Villa Amanzi has also been the recipient of a number of prestigious industry awards, including Hong Kong Institute of Architects Merit Award in Recognition of Excellence in Architecture outside Hong Kong, International Property Awards Best Architecture for a Single Unit in Thailand, Best Architecture for Single Unit in Asia Pacific Region, and Design et al Awards for Residential Development.
A minimum 3 nights stay is required during all seasons. A minimum of 14 nights stay is required during peak season from 20 December to 15 January. Rates start from THB 66000, inclusive of 7% taxes.
Located at exclusive Cape Sol on the west coast of Phuket, Villa Amanzi is an exclusively private and stunning six bedroom residence with a 15-metre infinity pool and breathtaking views over the Andaman Sea, ideal for families or groups wishing to escape together in stylish, yet relaxed, surroundings.

Ultra modern and contemporary in design, Villa Amanzi maximizes the exquisite natural features of the site from the magnificent ocean views to the west, the majestic granite rock formation that forms the north boundary of the villa site to the natural forest that covers the Kamala headland.
Featuring six spacious guest rooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom and private balcony with uninterrupted views over the Andaman Sea, Villa Amanzi offers three king bedrooms and three twin rooms. The master suite also features a large outdoor terrazzo bathtub in addition to separate showers.
Each bedroom offers high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen, individually controlled air-conditioning, remote controlled sun blinds and curtains, 32-inch plasma screen TV and DVD player in bedroom, complimentary wireless Internet access and full bathroom amenities
The level directly above the main living area is the main bedroom wing housing four en-suite bedrooms each with unobstructed panoramic sea views. The level below the main living area consists of a large family room, with a 52inch TV, a table tennis table, a football table and a small bar area, as well as two further en-suite bedrooms also with sea views. The lower level features a massage area and adjacent jacuzzi bath with spectacular views through the tree canopy to the azure blue sea beyond.

Guests can also enjoy their own private access to the sea front from the family room along an elevated timber walkway weaving through the natural forest canopy to the background sounds of running water from the adjacent mountain stream. Villa Amanzi creates a fabulous opportunity to live a lifestyle of space, natural seclusion and uncompromised luxury.
Exclusive Villas by Paresa offers a folio of luxurious villas and homes purposefully designed and built to provide truly discerning guests with an unsurpassed oasis of luxury and relaxation.

Outrigger in Phuket Launches Nanny Service for Kids

Parents can now fully enjoy their holidays in Phuket

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas in Thailand has launched a unique baby and child-sitting service to let parents enjoy their Phuket vacation.

Safe and productive activities. Download images here. Nannies With Heart teaches children about Thai culture for eight hours a day for four days. Professional nannies occupy the kids with one-on-one 'edutainment' soft learning activities such as Thai language lessons, batik painting, leaf weaving, necklace making, coconut leaf designing, balloon animal making, plaster figurine making and activities in the outdoor play area.

At the beginning there is an introductory session to fully understand the child's needs. At the end of each day, the parents will receive a daily written brief.

Nannies are trained hotel staff and the activities take place in the parents' spacious villas and gardens.

"With Thais' patience and love of children, we are very confident that Nannies with Heart will be a success," said General Manager, Darren Shaw. "We want parents to fully enjoy their well-earned holiday," he said.

Each four-day nanny package is only 4,000 baht++ (US$121++). A minimum of four days must be booked (the days can be non-consecutive). The service is for children between 12 months and 12 years old only. Prices are valid until 31 December 2010 and the service is subject to availability.

For further information Tel: (+66) 76 318 230. Email: laguna@outrigger.co.th.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel – Singapore


The Fullerton Heritage Singapore is delighted to announce the much anticipated opening of Marina Bay’s first and only waterfront hotel, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore on 08 July 2010.
Comprising 100 rooms, five individually-themed suites and a luxurious Presidential Suite, each with magnificent marina views, balconies and sundecks, the hotel offers luxury bespoke design elements to travellers visiting Singapore’s latest new district.
LCL Architects, the group behind the hotel’s inspiring glass facade, is also responsible for the creation of the luxury hotel rooms, whilst the arrival experience and restaurants are the latest projects by design wunderkind, Andre Fu.
Guests will enter the hotel through a 17-metre wide lobby at the historic Clifford Pier, an important heritage site which saw the arrival of many of Singapore’s early settlers.  The hotel's glamorous and exquisite interior designs are richly steeped in Singapore’s vibrant history with Fu using vintage nautical maps and commissioned contemporary art that reflect the celebration of heritage and modernity in the Lion City.
Utilising materials and designs such as polished rosewood and latticed screens, as well as leather and chrome, LCL Architects has created an elegant and refined atmosphere in the bedrooms with a predominantly natural palette throughout. This classical look is combined with state-of-the-art in-room technology to ensure that the hotel’s modern travellers are never out of touch.
Each of the hotel’s six suites, including the Presidential Suite, are individually themed to reflect the wealth of cultures in Singapore’s cosmopolitan population, including Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan and Colonial and are situated on the upper three storeys of the hotel, in prime-angled positions facing the stunning views of Marina Bay waterfront. Named after the ex-Governors of the Straits Settlement (Sir Hugh Clifford, Sir Shenton Thomas, Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson, Sir John Anderson and Major General Sir William Orfeur Cavenagh), each will be adorned with bespoke artwork and antiques alongside contemporary pieces that embody the spirit unique to the suite’s theme.
The hotel’s trio of culinary experiences, designed by Andre Fu, include the signature restaurant Clifford, The Landing Point and Lantern.
Lantern is a stylish rooftop bar, surrounding the hotel’s 25-metre rooftop swimming pool, where guests can relish delectable gourmet snacks and tantalising grilled meats, accompanied with fine champagnes, signature cocktails, wines and beverages whilst watching the world go by with panoramic views of the Marina Bay waterfront and the world-famous Singapore skyline.  This urban oasis is the perfect location for an idyllic afternoon respite, take an invigorating swim in the pool while enjoying the tranquil waterfront sea breeze or the sultry cocktails conjured by the bar’s mixologist. View the beautiful sunset at Lantern with your partner or friends as it transforms into a dazzling rooftop bar illuminated by glittering lights, ideal for a romantic tête-à-tête, glamorous cocktail parties or fashion launches.
Set amidst the resplendent skyline of the Marina Bay waterfront, Clifford, the modern brasserie is illuminated by splendid 10-metre high floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sparkling waters of the bay, and guests are greeted by an opulent 800-bottle fine wine library meticulously handpicked from all over the world.  Seated adjacent to Clifford Pier and named after this historical landmark upon which the first immigrants landed in Singapore, Clifford retains the spirit of the seafarers as it embodies waterfront destination dining. Clifford is furnished with layers of theatrical salons and offers breathtaking views of Marina Bay be it from the private dining room, main dining section that seats up to 76, or the stylish al fresco dining terrace. One of three dining destinations at the hotel, Clifford celebrates discreet and attentive service with its clever play of vintage furnishings in warm grey, burnt orange and dark aubergine set against the towering ivory French panelling and masculine herringbone oak floors. From influential business lunches to idyllic afternoon teas, or romantic dinners under the stars, Clifford sets to redefine destination dining by the bay with personalized service.
Elegantly positioned alongside an impressive indoor promenade paved in bespoke marble mosaics, The Landing Point is the gourmand’s lounge du jour. Designed in hues of gold; indulge in sensuous cocktails as guests engage in the waterfront panorama. With a majestic 13-metre long bar and spacious outdoor terrace, The Landing Point is designed to captivate the sophisticated chic.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore is located at 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326. Telephone: (65) 6333 8388, Website: www.fullertonbayhotel.com

Andara Resort & Villas Phuket

Andara Resort & Villas Phuket
Hits Second Hot List for 2010
South East Asia’s 20 Finest Resort Developments
By Property Report South East Asia Magazine

Following closely on its recognition in the coveted Conde Nast Traveler (USA) Hot List for 2010, Andara Resort & Villas Phuket has received a second “Hot List” award in regional luxury real estate magazine Property Report South East Asia. Andara has been recognized in the monthly magazine’s annual  “South East Asia’s 20 Finest Resort Developments” list published this month. 

Located on Millionaires Mile, Phuket overlooking the Andaman Sea, the resort offers 37 lavish residence suites and 26 luxury pool villas.  Villa service includes your own villa attendant and private Thai chef.  Andara owns and operates two magnificent Baglietto Italian-designed private motor yachts which are available for private charter.  The yachts have been exquisitely customized to match the exclusive Andara standard, offering the same level of luxury, comfort and service of the resort.

Property Report Magazine quotes that “the new wave of resort developments are raising the bar and are beginning to surpass the Mediterranean and Caribbean in terms of the quality that’s on offer.”

“This is the second time Andara have featured on the Hot List,” Property Report Editor in Chief, Terry Blackburn says. “They were also on our inaugural list in 2009. Our team of editors in Thailand and Singapore decides the list and it was a unanimous decision to include Andara again. We began covering the project over five years ago shortly after Allan Zeman acquired the land and the progress since then has been remarkable. To see that it’s now a fully functioning resort on a par with the best in the world and is already offering a good return to early investors is very impressive and clearly demonstrates that, despite recent setbacks, Phuket is still one of the best places in Asia for resort property.”

Jonathan James Gascoyne – Andara Resort – Director Property Sales and Marketing;
“Following on from the prestigious Thailand Property Awards in November, where Andara won four categories, “Best Villa Development (Thailand)”, “Best Villa Development (Phuket)”, Best Architectural Design (Thailand)” and “Best Condo’s (Phuket)”, the resort is now open and fully operational. Fittingly, Andara has now been acknowledged within South East Asia’s top 20 Finest Resort Developments, with credit owed to the vision of our company Chairman Dr. Allan Zeman, masterfully orchestrated and guided by the company’s CEO Ms Natthakanya Saengpho”.

Reservations can be made through the resort’s reservations office direct on:
Telephone:  +66 76 338 777                 
Email:   reservations@andaraphuket.com              Website:  www.andaraphuket.com

Hard Rock Hotel Penang Celebrates

We Celebrate Birthdays Bigger and Better

Hard Rock Hotel Penang celebrates its first Founders’ Day, a Hard Rock birthday bash and worldwide annual celebration.  This year, this significant date marks Hard Rock’s 39th year since it started operating the first café in London in 1971. 

“At Hard Rock Hotel Penang, we strive to deliver an ultimate rock ‘n’ roll experience to all our guest through our mantra – ‘Love All, Serve All’, ‘Take time to be Kind’, ‘All is One’ and ‘Save The Planet’.  This Founders’ Day, we take the opportunity to celebrate our birthday along these lines in our effort to create positive team spirit with a little bit of fun as well as to giving back to the community”, said John Primmer, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Penang.

“All is One” and with that, the management team took the step to strip off their title and joined the staff to rock our guests!  20 management staff including the General Manager, directors and managers were assigned to various departments and performed their new duty for one day. 

“Every staff regardless of departments is all assets to the organization and their effort is appreciated” said Primmer, who was playing the role of a kitchen steward on Founder’s Day.

Celebrating Hard Rock’s Founders’ Day, Hard Rock Hotel Penang continues to remember the underprivileged community. 30 children from Rumah Seri Cahaya were brought to the hotel for hosted lunch at the Pizzeria and enjoyed a fun-filled day at the hotel by the pool as well as participated in arts and crafts activities.  Hard Rock Hotel Penang provided swimwear for these children so that they are able to enjoy the pool facilities.  One week before Founders’ Day, the Human Resources team had also conducted a drive to collect contributions from all the hotel staff for basic necessities for this home which was presented to the founder Rumah Seri Cahaya, Ms Kartini. 

At the Hard Rock Café, the day-long celebration offers patrons a special set menu at RM19.71 nett for one day only, commemorating the 1971 birth year of Hard Rock!  Each set consist of the original HRC Hamburger served with Seasoned Fries, Apple Pie and Milk Shake, a meal hearty enough to satisfy anyone’s hunger. 

Yes, it’s all about the burgers at Hard Rock.  20 fanatic burger eaters will compete and find out who is able to finish our specially made double decker burger within in the fastest time.  Registration and promotion of this burger challenge were done solely via our official Facebook page which at the moment has over 32,000 fans.  The winners walked away with room vouchers at Hard Rock Hotel Penang and dining vouchers at Hard Rock Café Penang.

First prize (Mr Jason Tiong, 3 mins and 18 secs)    : 3 Days/2 Nights in Hillview Deluxe Room with breakfast for
 2  persons and dinner voucher (worth RM150) at Hard Rock Café
Second prize (Mr Clay Quinn, 5 mins and 19 secs)    : 3 Days/2 Nights in Hillview Deluxe Room with breakfast for
  2 persons
Third prize (Mr Howard Ooi, 5 mins and 26 secs)    : Dinner voucher (worth RM100) at Hard Rock Cafe

In addition to that, all patrons at Hard Rock Café were also treated to complimentary Hard Rock birthday cake.  A birthday treat for everyone!

“It’s amazing to see the engagement that has developed with our fans through social marketing websites.  Registrations for the contest were pouring in right after we announced about this competition.  More than that, we were making announcements about our Founder’s Day activities and promotion through this medium.  We are very pleased with the response from the crowd,” said Primmer.  “We definitely had a lot of fun together with the children from Rumah Seri Cahaya and our guests throughout our Founders’ Day activities.  This is just the beginning of many other exciting activities in the pipeline for the remainder of the year”, he adds.


Wild Wadi

Wild Wadi helps set world record with the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Wild Wadi Waterpark is proud to have participated in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) and set a new Guinness World Record™. The event took place on Thursday, 3rd June 2010, at more than 100 aquatic facilities around the globe. People from Zambia and Germany, from California to Florida, from Denver to Dubai – all participated at EXACTLY the same time to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning.



Makeover for Milan-Sytle Fashionista Venue tivo

New Bar Area, New DJ Booth and New Menus Set tivo up for a Summer of Fun
tivo, Wyndham Street’s popular dining bar is preparing to throw open its doors for a summer of fun after a mini makeover brings the Milan-inspired hotspot bang up to date with an extended  bar area, refreshed decor and extensive new light bites and cocktail menu.
Regulars will also notice a prominent new DJ space reserved for tivo’s resident and guest mixers when it officially reopens on 29 May. 
“The chic spirit of tivo will remain the same but with a fresh new feel and style,” said aqua restaurant group founder Mr. David Yeo.
The new and enlarged DJ booth, in particular, will allow more interaction between tivo’s renowned resident DJs and guests everyday from 930pm (1030pm on Friday and Saturday) onwards till late, for example, DJ Ryan from South Africa, who was the winner of last year’s Quest for DJ and specialises in ‘Afrika minimal house’ will continue to play.
Other resident DJs to continue will include DJ Kai, a trumpeter who uniquely free-styles on the horn and vocals while keeping the beat pumping, DJ Helen, popular for her ‘Nu Club’ blend of groovy house, mixing nu-Jazz, funk and Latin beats, and DJ Tom – bringing the latest and greatest in tech and tribal house flavours from across the globe.
Meanwhile, Mr. Paulo Figueiredo – aqua restaurant group’s Mixologist – has ventured back to Hong Kong from ‘The Big Smoke’ to concoct a stylish list of aperitivo cocktails that will be available throughout the summer months priced at HKD76 flat.
Tropical Orchid is a refreshing combination of mints, strawberries, grapes and orange slices with Havana rum and triple sec topped with orange juice and Prosecco brut for those feeling fruity, or try Paulo’s Mido Sour  straight from aqua london –   Ketel one vodka with Midori, Frangelico, sake, yuzu honey and egg white with toasted hazelnuts on the rock.
The new summer menu will compliment tivo’s existing light dishes concept while retaining aqua’s philosophy of using only the freshest produce and choicest ingredients.  On offer will be the Wagyu Beef Pizza featuring wagyu beef, crispy garlic, baby cress and roasted shallot jus (served without cheese) ($188), Cannelloni, baked cannelloni stuffed with cuttlefish mousse, warm squid salad and squid ink vinaigrette ($158) and Tortelli farciti alle patate with home-made potato tortelli with veal and Italian sausage ragout ($138) and many more.
tivo will continue to be one of Hong Kong’s most well stocked wine bars, offering a variety of 10 red and 9 white wine by the glass, plus daily wine specials and some of the most competitively priced champagnes in Central.
Designed to be “laid-back, warm and inviting”, tivo remains an exclusive venue for pre-dinner aperitifs, casual drinks and a happening late night hangout under the backdrop of the latest lounge music.
For further information on tivo, please visit its website: www.aqua.com.hk. For reservations please call (852) 2116 8055.
tivo’s opening hours:
Monday – Thursday: 12noon – 2am
Friday: 12noon – 3am
Weekend brunch (Saturday and Sunday): 11.30am – 3:30pm

AYANA Resort and Spa Bali

AYANA Ranked One of World’s Best Hotels on Expedia® Insiders’ Select™ List

Expedia® travelers have ranked AYANA Resort and Spa Bali among the world’s best hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list. The list formally recognizes individual hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and offer notable value.  The full list represents just 1 percent of the world’s top hotels from the more than 110,000 hotel properties offered on Expedia.

“Delivering our guests superior service is a top priority at AYANA,” said General Manager Charles de Foucault. “We are delighted that our efforts have been acknowledged by Expedia travelers so soon after our rebranding just one year ago, and we look forward to extending our high level of service to even more guests.”

The 2010 Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list is based on more than 1 million independent traveler hotel reviews collected by Expedia, combined with a value rating and the local market expertise of more than 400 Expedia employees in local markets worldwide. With an overall score of 94.6 percent, AYANA was one of just 5 hotels in Bali ranked in the 5-star category to make the list.

This honor follows several other accolades since AYANA rebranded in April 2009. Most recently, the 77-hectare property was voted the #1 Spa Hotel in the World in the 2010 Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Awards; made the Conde Nast 2010 Gold List (Best Hotels in Asia); was ranked #18 in the World’s Top 20 Best Hotels for Value by Travel + Leisure readers; and won Asia’s Leading Luxury Resort in the 2009 World Travel Awards. AYANA has been nominated in this year’s World Travel Awards for the World’s Leading Spa Resort, Asia’s Leading Luxury Resort, and Asia’s Leading Luxury Villa.