TASTE OF HONG KONG PRESENTED BY HSBC ANNOUNCES AN INTERNATIONAL ADDITION FOR 2019

For the first time ever, Taste of Hong Kong presented by HSBC will welcome Australia’s most loved gelateria, Gelato Messina to Hong Kong shores at its four-day culinary festival from March 21st -24th. With mile long lines, the ever-in-demand Gelato brand is equally obsessed with the quality of the gelato and cakes as they are with the origin of the ingredients. So much so that they even have their own dairy farm that supplies them with super creamy jersey milk; arguably the highest quality milk you can get. They don’t just buy the best chocolate they can find, they actually make it themselves using the highest quality single origin Ecuadorian cacao they can get their hands on. Gelato Messina is set to introduce fan favourites of gelato, mini cakes and desserts to Hongkongers at this year’s festival including; Dulce de Leche– Messina’s famous Argentinian caramel flavour, Milk Tea Bomb Alaska– a Taste festival exclusive based on Hong Kong’s famous milk tea, Dr Evil’s Mini Magic Mushroom cake and the iconic PayLOVA Sundae with coconut meringue topped with lychee gelato.

To celebrate this sweet sensation, Taste has teamed up with Virgin Australia to offer four lucky winners free flights to Sydney – two flights will be given away on social media and two will be given away on-site at the festival. To stand a chance to win on social, all you need to do is keep your eyes on Taste’s Instagram and come up with the most creative name for Gelato Messina’s festival exclusive dish while the on-site giveaway details will be announced at a later stage.

 

 

Alila Yangshuo was once a working sugar mill

The awards ceremony, held at Ham Yard Hotel, celebrated the most beautiful, innovative and exciting hotels to open around the world with the results announced simultaneously in London and New York.

Doris Goh, Head of Brands and Marketing for Alila ASPAC comments, ‘it is an honour for Alila and a proud moment for China in recognition of its homegrown architectural and design talents. The reimagination of Alila Yangshuo is testament to Dong Gong of Vector Architects and interior designer Ju Bin of Horizontal Space Design, who have beautifully blended the old with the new while respecting its historical bearing and paying homage to its incredible landscape to create such a magical destination.’

Alila Yangshuo, which opened in October 2017, was once a working sugar mill and has been transformed into a modern, retro resort with 117 rooms, suites and villas combining stylish simplicity with exceptional comfort and convenience. Yangshuo is the gem of Guilin, and home to some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes. Located high above and overlooking the Li River, Alila Yangshuo is a 1.2-hour drive from Guilin Liangjiang Airport and a 30-minute car journey from the Yangshuo railway station. Often regarded as one of the most beautiful counties in China, the resort town in the Guangxi region is surrounded by pinnacles including Bilian Feng (Green Lotus Peak) and offers a series of hiking trails, river cruises and outdoor activities.

Alila Anji, in the Zhejiang province, was also shortlisted within the Best Resort Hotel category. Located within 90 minutes’ drive from Hangzhou, Anji is China’s first eco-county known for its misty glens and bamboo forests, fresh air and clean living. Alila Anji is a lakeside resort with 74 well appointed rooms and villas within 148,000 acres of dense bamboo groves and tea plantations where the famed Anji Bai Cha is served with magnificent views of the Tianfu Lake.

COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach Partners with Chef and Restauranteur Michael Schwartz and the Genuine Hospitality Group to Open Traymore by Michael Schwartz

Metropolitan Miami Beach is proud to announce a new collaboration with the award-winning chef, Michael Schwartz. The cuisine at Traymore by Michael Schwartz combines Schwartz’ passion for fresh, clean Floridian flavours and bright, Southeast Asian influences. According to Schwartz, the philosophy is simple: the secret to good food is good food.

Michael Schwartz’s menu celebrates in-season, local ingredients, in line with COMO’s award-winning restaurants worldwide which embrace sustainable sources and pay homage to the flavours of our different locations. To each dish, Michael adds sophisticated Asian nuances, which also speak to COMO’s roots, with hotels and restaurants in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. The menus at Traymore therefore become a perfect reflection of COMO’s heritage, along with Michael’s commitment to healthy, yet flavourful cooking, delivered with accurate and intuitive service.

The Genuine Hospitality Group is Michael’s restaurant group which was founded in 2007 and is now a highly-regarded and well-loved component of Miami’s restaurant scene. In 2010 Michael won the James Beard Award for Best Chef South – an achievement that has cemented his reputation for defining Miami’s’ sincere approach to hospitality.

“I have always loved the ingredients and tastes of Southeast Asia” says Schwartz. He adds, “I am excited to showcase this food at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach, where my values for hospitality and healthy, delicious food are shared.”

The restaurant will feature a Raw Bar and a Market Table, where the menu will feature a beef carpaccio with heart of palm, kohlrabi, peanuts, burnt lime vinaigrette starter and wok-charred wild salmon with four sprout salad, toasted pumpkin seeds and soy lime vinaigrette. Black sesame pound cake with coconut cream, marinated papaya and toasted sesame seed is just one example of the new desserts on the menu.

Schwartz’s input on both food and beverage will be seen throughout the hotel, with the launch of new breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch menus. In addition to Traymore restaurant, Michael Schwartz will oversee in-room dining, poolside dining as well as the bar, featuring a vibrant cocktail list from mixologist Maria Pottage.

The restaurant occupies an original 1930’s building in the heart of the city’s famous Art Deco district.  The interior of Traymore by Michael Schwartz has been refreshed, celebrating the room’s Art Deco past and the integrity of existing design elements by Paola Navone.

COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach and the Traymore by Michael Schwartz Restaurant are located at 2445 Collins Ave.

For more information visit traymoremiamibeach.com and comohotels.com

 

About Traymore by Michael Schwartz

Restaurant address:                                          2445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach FL 33140

Restaurant Telephone:                          +1 305 695 3600

Opening:                                                           March 2019

Cuisine:                                                            Asian inspired

Consultant Executive Chef:                    Michael Schwartz

Director of Food and Beverage:             Andrew Cashin

Executive Chef:                                     Jorge Negron

 

Restaurant covers:                                            70 covers

Bar covers:                                                       12 covers

 

Restaurant Opening Time

Monday – Sunday Breakfast                              07:00 am – 11:00 am

Monday – Saturday Lunch                                 12:00 pm – 15:00

Sunday Brunch                                     11:00 am – 16:00

Monday to Sunday Dinner                                   18:00 – 22:30

 

Average spend                                                  Restaurant $65 per person including beverage

Credit Card accepted                             American Express, Visa, mastercard

Parking                                                             Valet Parking

Legendary Raffles Service Comes to the Maldives

Raffles has announced the opening of the 38-villa resort in the rare Maldivian oasis of Gaafu Alifu Atoll on 1 February 2019. This is AccorHotels’ fourth property in the Maldives and is the first under the Raffles brand.

A hidden gem with unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean, the resort is the perfect over-water escape offering two distinct experiences for those seeking a private get-away or simply to enjoy the natural pristine water surroundings.

Home to Beach Villas, Beach Residences and the Raffles Royal Residence, which opens in the second half of 2019, the luxurious property features a private pool, generous living spaces and lavish marble bathroom with a sunken bathtub and outdoor shower. A secluded collection of Overwater Villas and Residenceslies adjacent to one of the vibrant house reefs which can be reached by a traditional Maldivian Dhoni boat.

In each of the terraces, guests can marvel at the marine life below through the glass flooring panels. There is an extraordinary display of natural beauty with white, powdery sand that frames sparkling clear waters. Two magnificent reefs provide a thriving habitat for the marine life including baby sharks, turtles and a myriad of tropical fish. For those that want to learn more about the underwater realm, the hotel’s resident marine biologist and team of marine butlers are on hand to personalise guest experiences that bring unique and beautiful insights of the underwater world. At night, the moon and stars reflect on the mirror-like ocean, creating an extraordinary spectacle.

“Boasting 1200 islands, Maldives is home to the best beaches in the world and now, with the opening of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, is also home to the best of luxury hospitality. We look forward to offering guests the most natural beauty set within an incredible resort that offers the finest luxury hotel experience and unrivalled service in the destination,” says Patrick Basset, AccorHotels’ CEO for Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia and the Maldives.

Guests can relish a range of rich gastronomic delights served at the Thari all-day diner, Yuzu, Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant and The Firepit where guest can enjoy various flame-grilled chef specialty dishes under the stars. A selection of tapas and freshly-prepared sashimi, original cocktail concoctions, inspired by the national drinks of South America and Japan, can be experienced at the overwaterYapa Sunset Bar or simply explore a list of the world’s most prestigious Champagnes and wines at the popular Long Bar.

Set over the water, the award-winning Raffles Spa offers a private escape opening doors to discovery with authentic treatment expressions. Experience the Raffles Spa sensory journey with luxury facials by Biologique Recherche, a transformative body treatment using the purest extracts and essential oils by Aromatherapy Associates or indulge in first class manicure and pedicure concept from Magaret Dabbs London.

Recharge with an invigorating work-out at the over water fitness centre, a soothing seaside yoga session or choose from a selection of water sport activities to balance the physical and mental well-being.

Olivier Larcher, General Manager of Raffles Maldives said, “For couples looking for an unforgettable romantic hideaway, our exceptionally spacious villas and the discreet expertise of the Raffles butler service redefines the resort experience. From intimate dining with our private chef service to snorkeling and diving in the world’s most breath-taking coral reefs, we create a place where guests can enjoy the best of both worlds in a destination known for its stunning surroundings.”

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is located at the southern end of the Maldives archipelago, near the equator on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. The resort is accessible by domestic flight, 55 minutes from Male International Airport followed by 15-minute speedboat ride from Kaadedhdhoo Airport.

For more information, please visit www.rafflesmaldives.com/meradhoo. For reservations, email reservations.maldives@raffles.com or call +960 6828800.

Let Love Prosper with NESPRESSO

Nespresso co-creates the ultimate Yin-Yang recipe with BASAO to spread harmony with an exclusive coffee and tea creation

With Chinese New Year drawing near, we look forward to spending this most special time among loved ones. As families and friends shower each other with love and affection, Nespressoshares its warmest New Year wishes by crafting festive moments for everyone to enjoy. To pay homage to the New Year tradition of tea drinking while introducing an exciting, contemporary twist, Nespresso teams up with BASAO Tea to co-brew a special “Yin-Yang” mixology concept that commemorates this Lunar New Year with a perfect harmony of exceptional coffee and tea. The elevated take on this quintessential Hong Kong creation is a celebration of the simple joys of coffee and tea and the many treasured moments shared over this long-time local favourite.

Sharing the same values of innovation and creating surprising and pleasurable experiences, Nespresso and BASAO have come together to redefine the taste of “Yin-Yang” and blend a harmonious brew that will let love prosper. Through this collaboration, the new Yin-Yang highlights the beauty of coffee and tea culture and the unparalleled craftsmanship that goes into crafting each cup.

Recipe:

Nespresso Master Origin Colombia (Ristretto size)

BASAO Traditional Smoky Bohea Tea (50ml)

A pinch of sea salt (optional)

A dash of milk (optional)

In the lead up to Chinese New Year, Club Members can register to join the Masterclasses co-hosted by our Nespresso Coffee Bard and BASAO Tea Master. Masterclasses for Club Members will begin 20th January. Members of the public will also be able to register to participate in the Masterclass for the first time by following the news on Nespresso and BASAO Facebook pages (details to be announced here by mid-January). Held at the Atelier Table of the Nespresso ifc Boutique, guests can learn the art of coffee and tea tasting and blending, as well as brew their own Yin-Yang beverage.

Nespresso Coffee Fai Chun & Lucky Lai See

From 23rd to 28th January in selected boutiques during particular hours, customers who spend HK$500 or above in specific Boutiques will be eligible to receive two customized Fai Chun banners created by a calligrapher on-site. In addition, from 7th January to 7th February 2019, customers who spend over HK$250 will receive a complimentary pack of beautifully designed Nespresso “lai see” (red packets).

Anantara Hotels

Race the River to Victory – Anantara Hotels Announces a Week of Festivities for Thai National Elephant Day

Mark it in you diaries as a must see new annual event starting in 2019, Anantara Hotels and Resorts is launching a week-long festival to raise money for Thai National Elephant Day.
Kicking off on March 13, 2019 at Anantara Golden Triangle in Northern Thailand, guests can rub elbows with the gentle giants in their natural habitat, before joining in on the fun by the banks of the mighty Chaopraya River in Bangkok from the 15-17 March. The river festival promises to be a weekend of unique elephant boat races, where international teams participate in the age-old cultural tradition of dragon boat racing, paddling unique elephant themed and designed boats on the river.

On land there will be an action packed weekend with something to suit everyone. Including concerts, culture, food, educational elephant expos, family fun and parties and fireworks, all with the goal of celebrating elephants and fundraising for their conservation and welfare.

 

Tiffany & Co. – Diamond Provenance announcement

Tiffany & Co. announced today that it will begin sharing with consumers the provenance (region or countries of origin) of its newly sourced, individually registered diamonds – a significant step for diamond transparency – and by 2020, their craftsmanship journey – an industry first. Tiffany’s Diamond Source Initiative builds upon 20 years of investment in responsible sourcing and diamond craftsmanship.

Tracing each of its individually registered diamonds (0.18 carats and larger) by a unique “T&Co” serial number etched by laser and invisible to the naked eye, Tiffany will provide consumers geographic sourcing information specific to their diamond. Beyond general assurances of “conflict-free,” Tiffany believes that knowing provenance is critical to ensuring its diamonds are among the most responsibly sourced in the world.

Effective Today:

Provenance information will be merchandised in Love & Engagement caselines in Tiffany stores around the world, alongside a selection of diamond rings with their individual provenance clearly displayed. In addition, geographic sourcing information for all individually registered diamonds will be made available to consumers via Tiffany & Co. sales professionals and customer service.

Tiffany & Co. is committing to 100% geographic transparency for every newly sourced, individually registered diamond, and will not source any diamonds with unknown provenance (even if responsible sourcing is assured) moving forward.

In Q1 2019:

Tiffany will begin including provenance on the Tiffany Diamond Certificate for individually registered diamonds, alongside the stone’s other specifications, information not made available on other industry lab reports or by other global luxury jewelers.

In 2020:

Tiffany will begin sharing craftsmanship journey (such as cutting and polishing workshop location) in addition to provenance.

“Diamonds, formed up to 3 billion years ago and brought to the earth’s surface by a miracle of nature, are symbols of the most important moments in our lives. There should be nothing opaque about Tiffany diamonds,” said Alessandro Bogliolo, chief executive officer, Tiffany & Co. “Our clients want and deserve to know where their most valuable, most cherished diamond jewelry is from, and how it came to be.”

 

Although current diamond industry practices preclude the identification of provenance for many of the world’s diamonds, Tiffany continues to lead the industry by bringing a new level of transparency to its diamond supply chain. In cases where provenance is unknown – such as heritage stones that predate this policy – Tiffany will provide confirmation that the diamond was sourced with industry leading practices. Tiffany’s superlative standards exceed the Kimberley Process Certification requirements for rough diamonds, and for polished stones, mandate compliance with Tiffany’s Diamond Source Warranty Protocol. In the case of one trusted supplier with several responsibly managed operations, diamonds may be designated ‘Botswana sort.’ The majority of these diamonds were mined in Botswana, as well as in select mines in Namibia, South Africa or Canada. For ‘Botswana sort”  stones, provenance is the above grouping of countries, procured as an aggregated parcel of rough diamonds from a specific, limited group of mines in Southern Africa and Canada.

 

“Tiffany & Co. has long been committed to diamond traceability and going above and beyond industry norms to promote the protection of the environment and human rights,” said Anisa Kamadoli Costa, chief sustainability officer, Tiffany & Co. “A transparent journey of responsible sourcing reflects the many positive and far reaching benefits along every step of the diamond supply chain.”

 

Tiffany & Co. is unique among global luxury jewelers in owning and operating its own diamond polishing workshops around the world – where 1,500-plus Tiffany artisans ensure superlative diamond quality and master craftsmanship. To highlight this competitive difference, by 2020, Tiffany will also share the craftsmanship journey of its diamonds along with its provenance.

 

Since 1999, Tiffany has been investing in vertical integration and prioritizing its supply chain transparency. Approximately 80–90% of Tiffany’s individually registered diamonds (by volume) have been supplied through Tiffany operations in Belgium, Botswana, Mauritius, Vietnam and Cambodia, where craftspeople plan, saw and/or cut and polish rough diamonds from known, responsibly managed mines, most of which are in Botswana, Canada, Namibia, Russia and South Africa. For the remaining 10–20%, Tiffany’s trusted suppliers of polished diamonds have complied with Tiffany’s Diamond Source Warranty Protocol, which warrants the diamonds did not originate in countries with diamond-related human rights concerns, such as Zimbabwe and Angola (even though these diamonds are accepted under the Kimberley Process).

 

From today, those suppliers will be required to go beyond a warranty of “conflict-free” to affirmatively state the geographic source of any polished diamonds sold to Tiffany including region or countries of origin.

 

Tiffany & Co. has long been transparent about its commitment to environmental and social responsibility through its sustainability reporting (www.tiffany.com/sustainability), and now will take this one step further for our customers in an effort to usher in a new era of diamond provenance transparency (www.tiffany.com/engagement/diamond-provenance).

 

Dusit continues expansion of its dusitD2 brand in dream destinations in Thailand and Bhutan

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has continued its global expansion by soft opening two new resorts under its upscale dusitD2 brand – dusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu, Bhutan and dusitD2 Ao Nang, Krabi (Thailand).

Opened on 15 December 2018, dusitD2 Ao Nang, Krabi puts guests within walking distance of the beach and other major attractions in this popular beach town, in Southern Thailand.

Besides 173 guest rooms and suites with a choice of sea, mountain or pool views, the family-friendly resort includes an All-Day-Dining restaurant, a lobby bar, an outdoor swimming pool with a separate children’s pool, a fitness centre, a spa, a 200 sq m ballroom, and an extensive children’s playground. Rock climbing excursions, jungle treks, and boat trips to nearby paradise islands can all be easily arranged at the hotel.

Opened on 19 December 2018, meanwhile, dusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu, Bhutan serves as the first and largest internationally-branded hotel in the enchanting kingdom. Drawing inspiration from the Four Harmonious Friends, a beloved national folktale about four animals working together to harvest fruit from a magical tree, each guest floor of the hotel is dedicated to a different animal from the tale. Colourful and contemporary motifs of the creatures adorn the walls of each of the 83 well-appointed guest rooms and suites.

Alongside a beautiful lobby showcasing local artworks, current hotel offerings include a Thai spa, a fully equipped gym and an international all-day-dining restaurant. A vibrant bar and the first authentic Thai restaurant in Bhutan will follow soon.

Popular attractions such as Buddha Point (Kuensel-Phodrang), the iconic Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Botanical Park, and Clock Tower Square are all easily accessible from the hotel’s prime inner-city location in the kingdom’s capital, Thimphu.

“Designed to reflect and anticipate the needs and desires of today’s hyper-connected travellers, our dusitD2 resorts feature a unique combination of comfort, convenience and style, creating vibrant places for guests to socialise and interact,” said Mr Lim Boon Kwee, Chief Operating Officer, Dusit International. “We are delighted to welcome dusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu, Bhutan and dusitD2 Ao Nang, Krabi to our fast-growing portfolio of global hotels, and we look forward to delighting guests with our unique brand of gracious hospitality.”

Special Opening Offers at both properties include 40% off the Dusit Best Available Rate, daily breakfast, exclusive dining discount and more great benefits.

For more information, please visit www.dusit.com

Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives Unveils Appealing Selection of Leisure Activities To Keep Guests Active and Fully Entertained

Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives, the stunning new private island resort, has unveiled a comprehensive collection of sport and leisure facilities, allowing guests to stay active and entertained throughout their stay in paradise.

Nestled on a pristine island in the Noonu Atoll, Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives features 72 overwater pool villas, 30 beach pool suites and three beach spa pool residences. While the resort is designed as a destination for relaxation and rejuvenation, with a high degree of privacy, it also offers a wide array of activities and amenities designed for a new generation of adventure-seeking travellers.

Taking advantage of the surrounding turquoise seas and tropical reefs, guests are encouraged to explore the breathtaking underwater world with daily diving excursions. The resort’s licenced dive masters know all the best offshore spots, where the exotic waters teem with brightly coloured tropical fish, corals, anemones, eels and sharks. Beginners can also take dive courses to gain basic certification, and complimentary snorkelling equipment allows everyone to discover the wonderful world beneath the waves.

Alternatively, guests can feel the ocean spray while they try out a wide selection of water sports, including kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, windsurfing and sailing. Those seeking high-speed thrills also have the option of water skiing, wake-boarding, jet-skiing, banana boat or tube rides.

For a more laid-back and luxurious ocean experience, guests can hire a fully-crewed catamaran. Set off on the Sunset Cruise that includes freshly-prepared canapés and Champagne or try the Turtle & Dolphin Excursion, the trips offer unforgettable moments for honeymooners, couples and families.

Back on dry land, Sun Spa by Esthederm is the perfect place for guests to soothe the body and mind, with an extensive menu of massages, body treatments, wraps and facials in a choice of jungle or overwater treatment rooms. The ocean-facing yoga sala, meanwhile, provides the perfect setting to restore one’s inner peace.

While the adults are pampering themselves, children will enjoy endless hours of fun and games in the Little Birds Club and pool, which features a comprehensive collection of games, puzzles and activities to keep young active minds occupied . Then at the end of the day, all ages can come together and recall their adventures at a choice of world-class restaurants.

“The Maldives is often considered a destination reserved exclusively for romance and relaxation, but at Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives we understand that modern guests desire more than just sun, sea and sand. Today’s travellers seek activities, experiences and most importantly, memories. Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives lets guests create their own journey of discovery, doing as much or as little as they choose in the ultimate picture-perfect tropical island setting,” commented Michael Melzer, General Manager.

With such a comprehensive collection of facilities and activities, luxurious accommodation and impressive culinary options, all supported by Mӧvenpick’s legendary Swiss hospitality, this spectacular new private island resort is set to attract all types of guest, from romantic couples to adventure-seeking families.

Guests have the chance to book their dream holiday at Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives with special opening rates starting from just US$577 per night inclusive of breakfast and taxes.

Bookings of three nights or more will also include an array of additional benefits, including US$100 resort credit per stay (valid for food and beverage, spa treatments, water sports and diving), plus an additional 20% discount at the Diving and Water Sports Centre, and a free room upgrade (subject to availability).

This opening offer is valid for stays between 1 November and 23 December 2018. For more information and reservations, call +960 656 3000 or email: Resort.Kuredhivaru.Reservations@movenpick.com.

Celebrities in Atelier Versace at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards

In occasion of the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards, the following celebrities chose to wear Atelier Versace.

Taylor Swift was stunning in a custom-made, curve hugging, nude illusion Atelier Versace gown with off-the-shoulder neckline and daring thigh-high slit, fully beaded with delicate Swarovski crystals. She finished her look perfectly with black Versace sandals.

Sandra Oh was breathtaking in a white Atelier Versace gown with delicate Swarovski crystal embellishments and dramatic sculptural accent at the shoulder.

Later, to open the show, Oh changed into another custom-made, Atelier Versace long sleeved vibrant red gown with plunging neckline and daring thigh-high slit.

Irina Shayk was gorgeous in a custom- made, fully beaded Atelier Versace gilded gown with Swarovski Crystal adornments throughout, and sexy sheer accents. She paired her look perfectly with gold Versace sandals.

Chadwick Boseman was fresh and stylish in a custom-made, Atelier Versace silver tuxedo, fully encrusted with Swarovski crystal beadwork and subtle Medusa accents throughout the jacket.

Spike Lee was bold and dapper in a custom- made, Atelier Versace purple tuxedo, with coordinating silk purple shirt.