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                 
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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: 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.


Armani Hotel Dubai

The world’s first hotel developed by Armani Hotels & Resorts, in Burj Khalifa will open on April 21st, 2010. An unprecedented luxury hospitality venture, Armani Hotel Dubai is the first hotel to be launched under the collaboration between Emaar Properties PJSC and Giorgio Armani S.p.A.

An integral component of Burj Khalifa every element of the Armani Hotel Dubai has been personally designed by global fashion legend, Giorgio Armani.

Mr Armani said: “My ambition for Armani Hotel Dubai – the first of a collection of Armani hotels, resorts and residences that will soon circle the world – is to celebrate comfort and style by providing the highest standards of design, hospitality and service.”

Mr Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties, said that the opening of Armani Hotel Dubai sets a new benchmark in luxury hospitality globally. “The hotel brings together two global competencies – the project management capabilities of Emaar and the unparalleled aesthetics defined by Giorgio Armani. Armani Hotel Dubai will further also establish Burj Khalifa as one of the world’s unmatched luxury destinations.”

Armani Hotel Dubai will be home to eight unique dining experiences. The hotel will also include Armani/Privé, an upscale lounge, and the world’s first in-hotel Armani/SPA, which offers 12,000 square feet of wellness, where guests can enjoy treatment rooms, thermal suites, a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel will also be home to the Armani/Dolci chocolates store; an Armani/Fiori, a florist; and an Armani/Galleria showcasing select couture accessories.

Covering over an area of 269,000 sq ft, across the concourse, ground floor and levels 1 to 8 and levels 38 & 39 of Burj Khalifa, Armani Hotel Dubai has 160 rooms.

Armani Hotel Dubai’s opening will be followed by the launch of Armani Hotel Milano in Italy; Armani Resort in Marrakech, Morocco; and Armani Residences villas in Marassi, Egypt.