Bauhaus-styled Tapas and Cocktails @ OZONE

THE RITZ-CARLTON, HONG KONG CELEBRATES ART MONTH

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong takes celebrations of arts and craftsmanship to new heights this March with two inspired promotions at Ozone – the world’s highest bar.

Paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus art movement, Ozone culinary team and Bar Manager Oscar Mena specially crafted cocktails and artsy snacks. The drinks and tapas set will be available at Ozone from March 15 to March 31, 2019.

Oscar’s curation of artistic cocktails include Moholy-Nagy, Albers and Klee are respectively inspired by Bauhaus’ most iconic maestros including László Moholy-Nagy, Josef Albers, and Paul Klee.

The Albers, for example, draws inspirations from Josef Albers’ painting titled Beaming. Oscar translates Beaming’s quasi-concentric squares in varying shades of blue into ocean-hued cocktail mixing rum with vermouth and a hint of citrus, served in a tongue-in-cheek milk carton glass.

The Bauhaus-styled tapas set features four delectable edible arts including three savory bites and one mouth-watering dessert. The photogenic set is a feast for both your eyes and palates.

For one night only, meet mixology artisan Zachary Connor de Git on March 29, 2019. The veteran bartender has worked in various prestigious establishments including Der Raum and Black Pearl in Australia as well as Tippling Club in Singapore.

As a Monkey 47 Brand Ambassador in Asia Pacific, Zachary has been sharing his passion for gin across the globe. During his stint at Ozone, Zachary will be mixing some of his signature drinks such as the refreshing Peach Blow Fizz and the tantalizing Late Night Transmission.

 Bauhaus-styled Tapas and Cocktails

Venue: Ozone, Level 118, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Date:     March 15 to March 31, 2019

Price:     HK$298 per tapas set

Additional HK$110 for one Bauhaus Cocktail

Guest Mixologist Zachary Connor de Git

Venue: Ozone, Level 118, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Date:     March 29, 2019

Price:     Cocktail starts from HK$188

All prices are in HK$ and subject to 10% service charge. For reservations, please contact Restaurant Reservations at (852) 2263 2270 or via email at restaurantreservation.hk@ritzcarlton.com.

MAKE IT A SPRING TO REMEMBER WITH CONSERVATORIUM’S EXCLUSIVE TULIP EXPERIENCES

With spring in full bloom in the Netherlands, Conservatorium is celebrating the Tulip season with several unique experiences in and around the hotel. Amsterdam’s leading luxury lifestyle palace, located in the heart of the city, will be adorned with over 1,000 tulips to discover. Conservatorium’s very own tulip is growing on the estate again this year and guests can book a suite fully decorated with the most beautiful tulips.

In honour of the country’s national flower, the Conservatorium hotel will be offering guests a variation of unique experiences to fully explore the flower festivities. Guests can book a helicopter flight with extensive views over the vast multi-coloured tulip fields, flower parks and Dutch coast and a private driver for an exclusive journey across the grounds of a tulip farm for a unique introduction to art tulip cultivation. Guests can get the chance to learn the fascinating history of this craft and even pick their very own tulips to take home. Next to that, our Host department can arrange tickets to get entrance to Keukenhof, the Netherland’s celebrated flower garden. Seven million bulbs and 800 varieties of tulips will adorne the park for a select period of time from 21 March until 19 May. Guests can enjoy the 32 hectares of flowers, spectacular flower shows, inspirational gardens, unique art and other tulip related events.

To enjoy these unique experiences, guests can stay in one of Conservatorium’s luxury guestrooms or suitesand as an add on, the Host department can arrange tulip bouquets in the rooms and suites as well as an exclusive photoshoot within the bulb fields.

* All the experiences are available to book upon availability only. Hotel availability and wheather conditions need to be taken into consideration. All prices can be provided when sending the specific request to marketing@conservatoriumhotel.com.

The Conservatorium is a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

For reservations please contact the team directly on +31 (0)20 570 0076 or via email reservations@conservatorium.com. For further information please visit www.conservatoriumhotel.com and follow @conservatoriumhotel on Instagram, @conservatoriumh on Twitter and Conservatorium Hotel on Facebook.

Myconian Villa Collection Becomes Part of the Legend Collection, the Highest Tier of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

The 5-star Myconian Villa Collection is pleased to announce that it is now part of the topmost tier of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. After less than two years as a member of the prestigious L.V.X. Collection, it has been elevated to the Legend Collection, which is reserved for a select few properties across the globe that offer remarkable facilities, exemplary personal service and outstanding amenities.

This remarkable achievement is yet another notch in the belt of the Villa Collection, already renowned for its high standards of hospitality, which it shares with all ten properties of the Myconian Collection. Legend Collection membership is reserved exclusively for truly exceptional properties in the most remarkable global destinations.

The Myconian Villa Collection is the only property in Greece to achieve Legend status and one of just five Legend Collection properties in the Mediterranean, thanks to its state-of-the-art facilities, high standards of personalized, intuitive service and spectacularly luxurious experiences on offer.

Previously part of the L.V.X. Collection of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the Villa Collection team as well as the entire Myconian family have welcomed its Legend Collection membership as the latest acknowledgement of the dedication, hard work and attention to detail that are the norm at the exquisite resort.

 The Owner & CEO of Myconian Villa Collection, Markos Daktylides, said of this latest achievement:

“We are delighted to be upgraded to the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend Collection, as we firmly believe that this demonstrates our elevated hospitality standards. This partnership marks another important milestone in further expanding and strengthening the Myconian Collection in its effort to promote the unrivalled charm, beauty and timeless magic of Mykonos which attracts travelers from across the world. The Preferred Hotels & Resorts team is a skilled and passionate group of people that share our values and goals.”

For more information about Myconian Villa Collection, please visit our web site www.myconianvillas.gr

DIOR PRESENTS ITS NEW BOUTIQUE IN MONACO

Dior inaugurated a new boutique in Monaco, in the presence of the Prince Albert and Princess Charlène, at the majestic Hôtel de Paris in Monte-Carlo, at the corner of the Avenue des Beaux-Arts and the Avenue Princesse Alice. Designed as an eco-responsible showcase, the space blends harmoniously with the famed Belle Epoque palace, with three levels to present Dior women’s and men’s universes, including ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, accessories and pieces from the jewelry and watch collections. Pastel colors, a delicate palette of pink and white – the new interior design signature by Peter Marino – highlight the spirit of the Riviera. This streamlined setting is enhanced with a number of artworks, such as original Pierre Paulin chairs, a “Frissons Tornade”coffee table by Hubert le Gall and a sublime painting by Martin Kline, punctuated with pink, “the color of happiness and femininity”, as Monsieur Dior put it. In this new “dream boutique”, design and contemporary art dialogue with the historic elegance of this emblematic building.

Anna Ewers, Kaya Wilkins, Caroline Issa and Pernille Teisbaek carrying the Bottega Veneta Maxi Cabat

Caroline Issa, Pernille Teisbaek and Anna Ewers carrying the Bottega Veneta Maxi Cabat Spring 2019 collection during the Paris and Milan Fall/Winter 2019 Fashion Weeks

Anna Ewers 

 Caroline Issa 

Pernille Teisbaek 

The Reverie Saigon Takes to the Water with 60 Feet of Italian Elegance

With the debut of its latest acquisition, a 60-foot Monte Carlo 6, The Reverie Saigon is weighing anchor with a crew of three and a private butler with champagne picnic in tow for bespoke excursions along the storied Saigon River.

Spacious enough to very comfortably accommodate 10 guests yet suitably petite to navigate tributaries that lead to picturesque mangroves and tucked-away local villages, The Reverie yacht will start off by offering private charters of two-and-a-half, five and eight hours that start at a cool 50 million — Vietnamese dong, that is.

The three voyages chart journeys that drink in the wonders of the city’s dynamic thrust for the skies and also reveal the day-to-day living and traditional commerce that still take place along the riverfront. Further from the heart of the burgeoning metropolis, the yacht threads the natural splendour of the tropical country’s verdant delta.

The cruising options begin with Saigon Intermezzo, a non-stop, 2.5-hour sunset cruise that departs in the late afternoon and includes a champagne picnic for two served as dusk settles on the city and the spectacular lights of its landmarks begin to paint the skies.

The champagne picnic includes a bottle of Louis Roederer, five prix-fixe menus to choose from, round-trip transfers in a Mercede-Benz S-Class or a BMW 7 series and service by a Reverie butler.

The second option, Saigon Avventura, luxuriates over five hours and includes all of the Intermezzo elements – by day – while enjoying an exploration of the Can Gio UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Encompassing approximately 80,000 hectares of the lush river delta, the ‘green lungs of Saigon’ are blanketed with a rich mangrove forest brimming with wildlife as well as flora and fauna.

And to top, Saigon Spettacolare offers a full-day, 8-hour excursion anchored by a stop at Taekwang Jeongsan Country Club for a round of golf. Designed by American golf course architect Ronald Fream, the riverside greens comprise of two 9-hole courses located on the ecological island of Dai Phuoc, an approximate 60-minute ride from central Saigon by boat.

Golfers need not swap tea-time for tee-off as the onboard champagne picnic comes with. Full lunch and dinner service can also be arranged, depending on the desired schedule.

Just as the vessel’s namesake hotel transcends location to give guests an experience in Italian opulence, The Reverie yacht design also hails from the country renowned for its exceptional taste. Italian yacht designers, Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard, are responsible for the Monte Carlo 6’s overall design while the interiors were fashioned by fellow countryman, Pierangelo Andreani.

 

The 32-ton yacht is decked out in teak wood and exquisite leatherwork and comes outfitted with spacious interior living and dining areas as well as additional spaces in which to lounge and dine al fresco out on the main deck and on the Monte Carlo 6’s characteristic flybridge above (complete with a retractable roof). Out on the foredeck are electronically controlled sun loungers complemented by a built-in outdoor sound system with Bluetooth connectivity, while below deck is a spacious master bedroom with ensuite, a fully equipped walk-in kitchen, a separate powder room and a multi-purpose seating area. A built-in outdoor barbeque on the back deck beckons the hire of a private chef.

The pairing of The Reverie yachting experience with the Saigon River as a background sets the stage for any occasion imaginable – whether they be romantic sunset cruises, family outings, bridal showers or corporate executive retreats.

 

Australia’s Good Design Awards announces new Women in Design Award

Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards today announces a new Women in Design Award to be offered as part of the 61st annual awards, for which the call for entries is now open. Good Design Australia invites submissions of the best of Australian and international design spanning 10 design disciplines including architecture, communication, digital, fashion and social impact. Entries close 28 March 2019.

The Design for Sustainability Award also returns in 2019, celebrating its tenth year in recognising the highest level of sustainable design practice.

The inaugural Women in Design Award seeks to celebrate the achievements of female designers across the industry and the call for nominations will open on International Women’s Day, Friday 8 March 2019.

Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO, Good Design Australia says, “We are launching the Women in Design Award in response to the gender imbalance within leadership roles in the design industry. According to The American Institute of Graphic Arts, only 4-11% of US senior leadership roles in design are held by women, despite the fact that half the of the industry is female.

This award seeks to recognise and celebrate women who have made significant contributions to the industry and hopes to encourage a more diverse and equal representation within the industry and leadership roles in particular within design and the creative industries.”

The Good Design Awards is also calling for submissions for the Indigenous Designer Award, celebrating the important contribution that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers make to Australian design across the spectrum of design disciplines and practice. The award was created to address the issues of appropriation and respectful representation of Indigenous culture in design practice and education and in 2018 was awarded to the Australian Indigenous Design Charter.

Australia’s annual Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It is recognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program. The Good Design Award accolade, more commonly known as the Good Design Tick, is among the most respected and recognised international design endorsement symbols in the industry.

Dr Gien commented: “Our mission to showcase the very best in design and innovation across the full spectrum of design. Beyond creating better and more efficient products, services and spaces, good design has the potential to improve our quality of life.”

The Good Design Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of designers across 10 design disciplines spanning more than 30 categories: from the best new products and services on the market; excellence in architectural design; digital and communication design and emerging areas of design including design strategy, and design for social impact.

The Good Design Awards judging panel consists of leading international and Australian design experts who evaluate entries based on three overarching design criteria including Good Design, Design Innovation and Design Impact.

The Awards’ ultimate design accolade, Good Design Award of the Year, is granted to the overall winning product, service or project that represents ground-breaking design at an international level. Past winners have included Cochlear for the design and development of their revolutionary Cochlear Nucleus 24 Contour hearing implant system (2000); Australian designer Marc Newson for his Economy Class Seat for the Qantas A380 (2009); Hollywood Director, James Cameron for his Deepsea Challenger Submarine (2012); Tesla Model S (2015) and Flow Hive, a game-changing beehive design that produces honey with the turn of a handle (2016) and Facett, the world’s first modular hearing aid designed to look like a piece of jewellery (2018).

Entries for the 2019 Good Design Awards are now open and close on 28 March 2019.

Information on the Awards is via Good Design Australia’s website: www.good-design.org

To Dive For

Is this Thailand’s best-kept underwater secret?

 

Pimalai Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta’s first five-star resort, Thailand, presents “Diving in Koh Haa” package, taking you to a four-day, three-night trip to one of the best-kept islands where paradise for divers really exists.

With more than 12 unique dive sites, Koh Haa is ideal for underwater adventurers. It appeals to travellers for its diverse marine life where whale sharks have become one of its frequent guests. Koh Haa offers fantastic conditions throughout the season. As an alternative for guests who don’t dive, Pimalai also provides a five-hour trip that combines canapes, free-flow drinks, and a chance to snorkel or swim in The Lagoon.

Book in advance for dive courses, excursions, and accommodations for this exclusive underwater experiences. “Diving in Koh Haa” package is valid from 11 January – 30 April 2019. For more details, please visit: https://www.pimalai.com/promotion/diving-2019

S Hotels & Resorts Showcases Sustainable Development Solutions to Preserve Pristine Environment at CROSSROADS Maldives

S Hotels & Resorts, the hotel management arm of Thailand’s Singha Estate PCL, is pioneering the latest technologies and techniques to safeguard the environment as it creates CROSSROADS Maldives, the Indian Ocean’s largest integrated resort.

Scheduled to open in June 2019, the project will encompass three idyllic islands fringing the Emboodhoo Lagoon in the South Malé Atoll, just 15 minutes by speedboat from Malé International Airport. Phase one of the development will feature two resorts, SAii Lagoon Maldives and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, plus a wide range of facilities centred upon The Marina @CROSSROADS, which has over 6,000 square metres of lifestyle area.

S Hotels & Resorts understands however, that it not only has a deep responsibility to the destination and its communities but also that the biggest drawcard for any visitor to the Maldives is its spectacular environment. So the company is taking extensive steps to ensure that CROSSROADS is developed in harmony with nature.

This includes specialist equipment being used to record the underwater environment and monitor the ecological impact – and the development of a Marine Discovery Centre which will be an extensive showcase for sustainability showcasing the steps taken in the development of CROSSROADS and the importance of the marine ecosystem. Based on the ‘3Rs’ – Recruit, Rehabilitation, Release – this environmental hub will educate the resort’s guests and the local community, while undertaking significant marine conservation programmes.

In addition, the company has partnered with Dr Thon Thamrongnawasawat, one of Asia’s most highly-respected marine biologists, as Project Coordinator of CROSSROADS Maldives. Dr Thon, who has been widely credited with restoring the marine ecosystem in Thailand’s Maya Bay (aka “The Beach”), has been tasked with developing coral preservation and regeneration projects, as well as social education initiatives.

“The Maldives is an idyllic environment that must be preserved. At S Hotels & Resorts, we will take every measure possible to ensure the preservation of this unique ecosystem, whilst also enabling guests to explore this breath-taking destination in a responsible and sustainable manner,” commented Dirk De Cuyper, Chief Hospitality Officer, S Hotels & Resorts. “Dr Thon is one of the world’s leading authorities on marine conservation, whose work in restoring Maya Bay has made headlines all around the world. I am delighted that he has agreed to join the CROSSROADS Maldives team as we create a project that is large in scale but light in footprint.”

The two resorts at CROSSROADS Maldives will employ a wide range of environmental initiatives and energy-saving solutions. SAii Lagoon Maldives and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will not use any single-use plastics such as plastic bottles, drinking straws, bathroom amenity containers and coffee machine capsules, instead utilising reusable, recyclable or biodegradable versions, under the ‘3Rs’ policy. All resort lighting will use energy-efficient LED bulbs and waste management systems will include composting and organic gardens.

Additionally, SAii Lagoon Maldives will use a heat recovery system to power its hot water system and steam generators to drive its laundry machines, and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will provide all guests with recyclable and biodegradable flip-flops, while selling “reef safe” sunscreen and sustainable baby diapers at its onsite shops. Recycling bins will also be available throughout the resorts.

SAii Lagoon Maldives is an original and inspiring new retreat that will feature a series of rooms and villas, including over-water pool villas, plus easy access to extensive water sports, cultural activities, wellness and world-class dining. Hard Rock Hotel Maldives meanwhile, will feature 178 rooms, suites and villas, plus family-friendly experiences and Hard Rock’s branded concepts, including a Hard Rock Café, Rock Spa and a Rock Shop selling merchandise and showcasing music memorabilia.

Both resorts will encourage young guests to learn about the local ecosystem through their Junior Coral Curator programmes, which will teach kids about the coral propagation techniques used by Dr Thon and his team. The Maldives Discovery Centre will also educate locals and visitors alike about the importance of marine conservation and underwater activities including bespoke programmes to boost biodiversity. In addition, outreach programmes to Maldivian schools will educate local children about the importance of environmental awareness, including reducing plastic use.

By showcasing the country’s rich cultural heritage, engaging with local communities and preserving the pristine environment, CROSSROADS Maldives is weaving together the past, present and future of the Maldives and ensuring the sustainability of this captivating destination for generations to come.

To discover more about CROSSROADS Maldives, please visit www.crossroadsmaldives.com

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