Al Bait Sharjah

Though the new Al Bait Sharjah has opened as an antidote to the bright-light-big-city glitz of Dubai, the hotel has not rolled up its welcome mat on the most well-to-do. Indeed, the resort this month has debuted a new weekend getaway package that includes accommodation in its signature heritage house, transfer by yacht, custom clothes, edible gold, calligraphy and other rarefied amenities.

The $68,000 price tag on this weekend away is not for the faint of wallet; indeed, the price tag is tantamount to the value of 1.5 kilos of gold.

“Still,” said the hotel’s general manager, Patrick Moukarzel, “one might argue that it’s rather economical at $850 per person per couple per year if you amortise the cost of the weekend as memories over the next four decades!”

AL BAIT SHARJAH GHM HOTEL

The weekend begins with a yacht transfer from Dubai with exclusive welcome amenities that include edible, 24 karat gold. Dockside, a 1967 Mercedes Pullman – one of only 304 in the world – transfers guests directly to the hotel.

Once at the resort, guests resort to the fully privatised Bait Al Midfa Heritage House, where the suite will be strewn with flower decorations on a scale of a floral atelier and utterly personalised at every turn from gold embroidered and initialed wardrobes and slippers to personalised engraved jewelry set from the renowned local designer in the resort’s Jewellery Shop.

The first dining opportunity upon arrival is the Al Bait Tray for Two, complete with a gold twist, including one of the most expensive desserts in the world adorned in gold and jewels and concocted with the most expensive organic ingredients. Full disclosure, the resort will not reveal the exact recipe of this dessert.

AL BAIT SHARJAH GHM HOTEL

Next up is a private, exotic couple’s spa retreat within the already secluded Heritage House. Depending on preference (and weather), there is the choice of a treatment outdoors or in one of the atmospheric rooms in the spa.

Floating from the spa experience, the day ends under the stars watching a suitably romantic film in an outdoor cinema experience in the privacy of the Heritage Courtyard with – of course – gold popcorn or a full-on gastronomic affair, if wished.

After a night on a specially imported, USD $22,000 mattress, which provides two more hours of sleep than a normal bed, a curated breakfast is served out at sea on a yacht. All hands on deck gives way to all hands at calligraphy in a private class, with gold, at the resort.

Lunch takes place in the heart of the kitchen at Al Bait Sharjah, in the shadow of a hundred-year old windtower. In the afternoon, local tailors take measurements for a bespoke abaya and kandoora by a famous Arab fashion designer, which will then be shipped anywhere.

The day closes with a curated dinner picnic on a private island in Sharjah with a private musician and butler service while the sun dips into the horizon. Naturally, a royal bathing ceremony will occur upon return to the resort.

On the day of departure, a spiritual awakening ceremony at a private pool with a spot of yoga, segues to a romantic breakfast in the privacy of the Heritage House.

INTERCONTINENTAL SINGAPORE ROBERTSON QUAY | SINGAPORE’S LEADING LIFESTYLE HOTEL 2019

InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay has been named Singapore’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel 2019 at the 26th annual World Travel Awards Asia & Oceania Gala Ceremony held in Phu Quoc, Vietnam, on 12 October 2019, further cementing the Hotel’s position among the leading luxury lifestyle hotels worldwide. The World Travel Awards recognise and celebrate the best that the travel and tourism industry has to offer across six regions globally, with winners voted by industry professionals and guests around the world.

Opened in October 2017, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is prominently situated along the Singapore River at Robertson Quay, a vibrant cultural district teeming with trendy dining, retail and arts options. Sleek and stylish, the urban luxury hotel features a contemporary design whilst magnifying the comforts of home for sophisticated riverside living. Savour enriching experiences with elevated service and lifestyle touchpoints throughout any stay, including such amenities as bicycles for exploring the surrounding precinct on wheels, and a custom cocktail kit available in-room for DIY cocktails any time of day.

Elevating the experience further, the sublime service at the Club InterContinental lounge enhances and complements the gourmet bites and premium selection of beverages available. Sip and savour amidst relaxing greenery at the outdoor verandah or cosy up on chic, custom-made furnishings. A slew of dining options allow for an all-round premium experience with signature restaurant and bar, Publico Ristorante, offering authentic Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist amidst the lush surrounds of the riverside. The concierge team led by Chef Concierge, Paul Rumpff, also raises the bar with tailored recommendations stemming from their on-the-ground expertise and insider tips to round off memorable stays.

“All of us at InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay are proud to have achieved this award after two short years. It is a testament to the team’s commitment to delivering a premium lifestyle product and experience for every guest. Excellence is built into the fabric of our working culture and I am very proud that the hard work and dedicated effort of every team member has been recognized through this accolade,” said Tania Getzova, General Manager of InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay.

This achievement comes on the heels of other prestigious wins such as the Best New Business Hotel in Asia-Pacific by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific in 2018, and being lauded as one of the Top Hotels in Singapore in Conde Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2018.

For more information or reservations, please visit robertsonquay.intercontinental.com.

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi Unveils a Space to Bloom

Enter a world of tropical enchantment at the revitalised Teratai Pavilion in Langkawi

Langkawi, Malaysia – The newly relaunched Teratai Pavilion at Four Seasons Resort

Langkawi is a place of surreal beauty. Flanked by fragrant frangipanis and lotus-strewn water ponds, it looks out at stunning scenes that capture the imagination and uplift the spirit. Picture an emerald lawn that sweeps downward into the shimmering expanse of the Andaman Sea, guarded by jungle-cloaked islands on the horizon and domed by blue skies that transform into a jewel-toned canvas as the sun goes down.

The wooden pavilion itself is minimalist in design and tastefully decorated, allowing the magic of nature to take centre stage. Located in an exclusive part of the Resort grounds, this sacred spot allows guests to fully immerse in the island’s mesmerising, mystical atmosphere.

A Celebration of Love
Brimming with soulfulness and a sense of exotic romance, Teratai Pavilion offers an ideal venue for wedding festivities. Exchange vows at this breezy open-air pavilion in the presence of loved ones, with blessings from the surrounding lotus blossoms – an ancient symbol of purity, spirituality and eternity. In fact, the word teratai means “lotus” in the local Malaysian language.

As couples begin their new adventure together in one of most inspiring settings on the planet, the gorgeous backdrop creates memories and photographs that will induce smiles for a lifetime. Wedding ceremonies can take place in the radiant morning light or during the golden hour at sunset.

To transform a dream wedding into reality, get in touch with the Resort’s wedding specialists at contactus.langkawi@fourseasons.com


Renew and Rejoice, Through the Day

Teratai Pavilion offers Four Seasons guests a precious opportunity to experience the myriad moods of Langkawi in a mindful way, through yoga and meditation with deeply talented in-house instructors. Early risers can start their morning with an invigorating session of Sunrise Yoga, where a series of dynamic postures awaken the body, mind and senses.

The pavilion hosts a range of other yoga classes through the day, based on the four elemental energies – water, fire, earth and air. Guests can choose sessions based on their unique constitutional nature and fitness goals. To awaken and unblock vital energy centres in your body, join the Chakra Meditation, where the healing vibrations of singing bowls get chakras energised and balanced.

In the evening, couples are invited to indulge in a romantic spa treatment at Teratai Pavilion. Relax with the soul-soothing Night Spa Ritual, cooled by soft breezes and serenaded by waves. A full body massage eases fatigue, while a facial brings a happy holiday glow to one’s face – the perfect way to end another
adventurous day in Langkawi.

For bookings, chat with us via the Four Seasons App or through WhatsApp at +60 (4) 950 8888.

 

 

 

 

 

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Located in the heart of Central district, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong presents a Hong Kong Staycation room package that provides the perfect city escape for residents.

Whether it’s a romantic getaway with that special someone or a fun-filled weekend for the family, guests can escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Indulge in luxurious accommodation that offers panoramic views of the city’s skyline while wearing silk robes and ordering in-room dining, or head to one of the 10 restaurants and bars to satisfy that craving. Take a dip in the swimming pool and bliss out with a massage at the award-winning Mandarin Spa or get pampered from head to toe at The Mandarin Salon or The Mandarin Barber.

The Hong Kong Staycation room package is priced at HKD 2,800 and includes:

Guests can enhance their stay even further by joining Fans of M.O. to receive two additional benefits including early check-in, late check-out, a HKD 400 dining or spa credit, daily breakfast and other members-only privileges.

Available until 6 October 2019, the Hong Kong Staycation package is applicable to local Hong Kong residents for weekend stays only where guests must present a valid Hong Kong identification card upon arrival. Subject to availability and 10% service charge applies. For details and reservations, please visit the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong website, dial +852 2522 0111 or email mohkg-reservations@mohg.com. About Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

THE MURAKA in Maldives

THE MURAKA REVEALS NEW COLLECTION OF CULTURALLY IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES

Transformative Experiences Crafted for “The Wanderers” Infuse Authenticity into Luxurious Maldivian Exploration at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s, First-of-its-Kind Undersea Residence

themselves’, and the ability to explore new regions and cultures is not just part of the itinerary but a core part that fulfills their existence, and fosters open mindedness for the world around them. “The Wanderers” Experiences Guests seeking deeper connections with the Maldivian way of life will enjoy a first-hand account through “Your Maldivian Home” an exclusive island-hopping experience that highlights the charm of the Maldives beyond the beach. Visiting the families and homes of resort team members on neighboring islands and fishing villages, this unique afternoon allows guests to gain a glimpse into the Maldivian way of life. Hosted by one of THE MURAKA butler’s, guests will have the chance to connect with resort team members and their families sample traditional cuisine and tour the island.

For those whose sense of curiosity draws them beneath the waves, marine life enthusiasts can imagine themselves documentary filmmakers for the day, with the “Film an Eco-Mentary” experience. Guests will become familiar with the depths of the Indian Ocean as they go on a guided ocean dive or snorkel complete with a film crew to capture the expedition. Ideal for guests of all ages, this unique experience can be recounted for years to come with a personalized and edited ‘eco-mentary,’ to take home as a memorable keepsake. The remote location of THE MURAKA means that nights there are virtually free from light pollution and ideal for stargazing. The Sky Full of Stars experience encourages guests to explore Rangali after dark with a guided nature walk, viewing the constellations with unparalleled clarity. Guests can also opt in to enjoy this experience from the comfort of one of their private decks at

THE MURAKA.
Moonlight Movies brings guests’ favorite films to the ultimate movie theater – THE MURAKA. Guests will enjoy an at home cinema experience under the stars on the main deck of the residence.

A special beanbag seating arrangement allows for ultimate comfort as guests watch their favorite movies under the moonlight, accompanied by the sounds of the sea. Personalized service The-first-of-its-kind undersea residence, THE MURAKA is innovative in both its structure and experience, allowing guests to push boundaries and chart their own course to discovery. Offering an intimate and personalized journey both above and below the surface of the ocean, THE
MURAKA is a unique base from which to experience all that the Maldives has to offer. Along with an extensive selection of activities and experiences as well as individualized service from a dedicated team of butlers and chefs, “The Wanderers” allows guests to enjoy a truly immersive voyage to one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.

Additional off-the-menu experiences have been crafted for discerning guests of THE MURAKA who wish to experience the Maldives through a unique lens. For more information or reservations are available by phone at +960-792-9119 or email at TheMuraka@conradhotels.com. Details on the resort and overall reservation queries can be directed to www.conradmaldives.com.

 

Anantara Uluwatu Bali

Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort Unveils Refurbished Luxury Accommodation and New Spa Pavilion

Bali’s premier clifftop resort, Anantara Uluwatu Bali has revealed its 72 newly refurbished luxury suites, private pool villas and penthouses cascading from a cliff above the rolling waves of the Indian Ocean.

Following an extensive face lift, all 40 suites – Ocean View Suites, Ocean View Pool Suites and Garden View Pool Suites – boast state-of-the-art Bose sound system, signature outdoor Jacuzzi for two, rain shower and Nespresso coffee machine.

At 84 square metres, the Ocean View Suites offer plenty of indoor space to laze about as well as a private Jacuzzi with panoramic views of the impossible surf break below. One of the most flawless and photogenic waves in the world, Anantara guests are well placed to observe the raw energy of the ocean transmuted into perfect, ultrafast barrels.

Wooing with a bold new look, Ocean View Pool Suites’ aqua tones draw inspiration from the shimmering infinity pool and the azure ocean lying just beyond. Views are second to none and are best enjoyed from a private Jacuzzi.

Garden View Pool Suites come with a spacious terrace hedged by a lush garden creating an immediate sense of tranquillity. A refreshing swimming pool bookended by discrete partitions promises relaxation with added privacy. Guests can catch up on emails at the newly refurbished study overlooking the riot of flowers and trees outside.

Two- and-three-bedroom villas at Anantara Uluwatu boast a private pool and sundeck, and mature garden. Extended families and friends travelling together will appreciate the convenience of gathering in the spacious living room for shared meals before retiring to their cosy bedrooms for the night.

The new two-bedroom Dewata Penthouse and the renovated one-bedroom Dedari Penthouse raise the standard of luxury living to new heights. The two-storey Dewata is located on one corner of the main building offering 180-degree views framed in stunning contemporary style. The bedroom opens onto a marble bathroom with standalone tub and walk-in closet, while an open-plan living and dining room features plush furnishings and original artworks.

Complementing the resort’s existing spa, the new Anantara Spa extension offers an all-natural, captivating spa experience further cementing Anantara Uluwatu’s position as the resort of choice for spa and wellness connoisseurs. Treatments at the Anantara Spa take guests on a journey of discovery, offering a tranquil sanctuary for relaxing and invigorating beauty and wellness experiences.

Luxuriously appointed new spa garden pavilion comes with seven treatment rooms including a treatment suite, two double and four single treatment rooms, manicure and pedicure room, hair salon, swimming pools, as well as steam and sauna rooms.

Treatments fuse precious spices from Indonesia and beyond to bring you a wealth of pampering, aromatic rituals. Highly valued for their distinctive flavour and medicinal benefits, spices such as nutmeg and clove are incorporated into therapies harnessing the richness of Indonesian botanicals. The result is a profound sense of perfect balance and tranquillity.

For reservations or more information, please call Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort at + 62 361 895 7555 or email uluwatu@anantara.com

The Parisian Macao Reigns Supreme

The Parisian Macao Wins ‘Best City Hotel – Macao’ at the 30th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2019

The Parisian Macao has won ‘Best City Hotel – Macao’ at the 30th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2019 which took place recently in Bangkok, Thailand.

Organised annually by TTG Asia, the TTG Travel Awards honour the best of the best in the Asia-Pacific travel trade and tourism industries. Results are decided by votes cast by fellow trade professionals who are readers of TTG publications. It has been regarded as one of the most influential awards in the region’s industry since its inception in 1989.

 “We are very pleased to have been recognised with this prestigious award. Since opening three years ago The Parisian Macao has gone from strength to strength, and along with its wonderful half-scale Eiffel Tower has become one of Macao’s most distinctive and visited landmarks,” commented Kris Kaminsky, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations, Sands China Ltd. “However, we would not have received this trophy if it were not for the committed efforts of our entire team in delivering superb experiences for our guests.”

Since opening in September 2016, The Parisian Macao has become one of Macao’s most popular destinations. With approximately 2,500 guestrooms and suites and boasting an impressive half-scale recreation of the Eiffel Tower, the integrated resort offers expansive meeting space, distinctive signature restaurants and a wide range of recreation and entertainment, along with the 300,000 square feet Shoppes at Parisian retail mall.

For more information, please visit: www.parisianmacao.com

 

Lily Cheng, Director of Public Relations, Sands China Ltd., accepts the award for Best City Hotel – Macao on behalf of The Parisian Macao at the 30thAnnual TTG Travel Awards 2019.

Palace Hotel Tokyo

Palace Hotel Tokyo invites guests to experience Autumn Rejuvenation at Japan’s only evian SPA

Palace Hotel Tokyo, one of Japan’s finest independent luxury hotels invites guests to experience bespoke wellness journeys at the evian® SPA. The 1,200-square-meter Alpine-inspired sanctuary in the very heart of Tokyo enjoys views of the Imperial Palace, gardens and moats offering guests an extensive choice of spa and wellness experiences.

Autumn Rejuvenation – Esprit Spa Ball Body Treatment

This Autumn, the evian SPA at Palace Hotel Tokyo introduces the Esprit Spa Ball Body treatment, a brand new treatment by Omnisens, the notable Parisian spa brand which was established in Paris in 2004.  Taking inspiration from the surroundings and nature, the treatment is a purifying journey aiming to encourage deep relaxation.

The Esprit Spa Ball Body treatment presents guests with an opportunity to enliven the inner self and is centred on a rhythmical technique which combines a “spa ball” massage (resembling a golf ball), stretching as well as body massage using oil to help to alleviate muscle fatigue and improve circulation.

The Esprit Spa Ball Body Treatment is priced at JPY 22,000 for 90 minutes and is available until 30th November 2019.

Energizing Tokyo

As Tokyo gears up to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, the Palace Hotel Tokyo as one of the city’s most celebrated hotels is getting into the spirit with the launch of Energizing Tokyo, a stay & spa package that comes with an à la carte menu of fitness pursuits – including swimming with an Olympian and a private meditation session with a Buddhist monk – to refresh and rejuvenate both body and mind.

The “Energizing Tokyo” stay and spa package includes two nights of accommodation, daily breakfast at a choice of Grand Kitchen or In-Room Dining, three hours complimentary use of the hotel’s Raleigh bicycles, as well as the 90-minute experiences at Japan’s only evian SPA with a selection of therapies including Vitalizing Signature, Celestial Therapy and Mineral Therapy. 

Guests also have the flexibility to add their choice of physical or meditative pursuits (at additional charge) from an array of bespoke activities including a private two-hour swimming session with former Japanese Olympic swimmer and Asian Games medallist Hanae Ito in the hotel’s indoor pool or to opt for a private zen meditation with the head monk of a 400-year-old Buddhist temple.

Energizing Tokyo Package rates start from JPY 172,000 for a Deluxe with Balcony Room (based on single occupancy) or Executive Suite.

About Palace Hotel Tokyo

The Palace Hotel Tokyo is situated in one of the city’s most exclusive real estate districts, adjacent to Japan’s Imperial Palace. The hotel also claims prime frontage within Tokyo’s renowned Marunouchi business district as well as proximity to the Nihonbashi financial centre.  The city’s landmark Tokyo Station is within easy walking distance of the hotel.

The hotel preserves its distinct commitment to Japanese hospitality embodying the most distinguished traditions, culture and as seen through its design with contemporary aesthetics interwoven throughout the rooms and public areas.   Comprising 290 rooms, every guest room of the hotel features views of Tokyo’s Imperial Palace gardens as well as the surrounding skyline.  Half of the rooms feature private balconies and that is a true rarity in Tokyo.   The hotel’s 10 restaurants & bars are all dining destinations in their own right offering the finest wine and culinary experiences in the city.   Spa & Wellness facilities are a quintessential part of the hotel where guests may enjoy the hotel’s evian® SPA.

The world-famous Frieze art fair at The equally famous Lanesborough

The Lanesborough Hotel, London, is offering fans and collectors of contemporary art the opportunity to visit the iconic Frieze Art Fair in London with an exclusive afternoon tea and overnight stay experience.  Taking place from 3 October until 6 October in Regent’s Park, Frieze London features more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries with art from over 1,000 of today’s leading artists available to view and buy, plus the critically acclaimed curated sections and Talks programme put together by the Fair organisers.

Guests staying for the Frieze London experience will be able to enjoy The Lanesborough’s famous afternoon tea with a special pastry especially created by Head Pastry Chef Fabio Bardi to complement the Ruinart Rosé.  At the Fair itself, you will enjoy a glass of Ruinart Rosé inside the comfort of the Ruinart Art Bar (Official Champagne of Frieze Art Fair), before enjoying the world-famous curation of art.

Package Inclusions:

  • Overnight accommodation at The Lanesborough
  • Breakfast in Michelin-starred Celeste, the restaurant of the award-winning Lanesborough Club & Spa, or in the comfort of the room/suite
  • One-way transfer to Frieze London
  • Pre/post Fair Afternoon Tea for two at The Lanesborough, with a special Ruinart pastry creation plus a bottle of Ruinart Rosé
  • Access for two to Frieze London with a glass of Ruinart Rosé in the Ruinart Art Bar

Prices from £905 per night, based on two sharing, with two tickets to Frieze and entrance to the Frieze Lounge on 3,4,5 and 6 October 2019*.

For more information and to book, visit lanesborough.com or call +44 (0)20 7259 5599

 

Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui

Celebrating the hotel’s 10th Anniversary, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui unveils a range of celebrations with a “Breakfast on Us” room package and an Anniversary Set Menu at The Chinese Restaurant.

“Breakfast on Us” Special Anniversary Room Package

Brighten the scrumptious breakfast buffet and explore a list of exclusive dining offers in selected hotel restaurants. Book from now until 29 November 2019 for a minimum two-night stay between 1 September and 30 November 2019 and enjoy:

  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet for up to two adults at Cafe
  • Up to 20% dining and beverage discount at Hugo’s, The Chinese Restaurant, Cafe and Chin Chin Bar

*Terms and conditions apply

10th Anniversary Set Menu at The Chinese Restaurant

The Chinese Restaurant presents a special six-course anniversary menu and bring together the most signature and original specialties, to celebrate the hotel’s 10th anniversary and express gratitude to patrons for the past years.

Highlights include Braised South African fresh abalone in hot stone bowl with layered bean curd sheet, as well as Sweetened almond soup with egg white pairing with Baked glutinous egg custard tart, showcasing the talented culinary team’s craftsmanship.

The Anniversary Set Menu is priced at HK$1,380 for two persons, available from 2 September to 31 October 2019.