THE LANGHAM, HONG KONG LAUNCHES A GLIMPSE OF LONDON

With its rich and prestige British heritage of the brand since 1865, The Langham, Hong Kong presents “A Glimpse of London”, the first-ever and groundbreakingexperience to local staycation in 2021 – get on board The Langham flight with the pink boarding pass to London, take Instagrammable photos from the two very elegantly decorated British theme rooms, and enjoy the best of the best British cuisines.

A Glimpse of London

When travelling has become one of the most essential ways to retreat from the busy metropolitan life, embarking on a trip to London is a dream comes true especially during the times where all of us have to stay at home. The Langham, Hong Kong redefines borderless travel with the newest staycation experience by letting guests submerge into a seamless London trip with ease – check in to the iconic stylishly appointed guestroom with a tailor-made pink boarding pass, take millions of selfies for Instagram at two designated British theme rooms namely “A Trip to London Parks” and “Pink Afternoon Tea Room”, and delight in the decadentauthentic British menu at our fine restaurant.

Priced from HK$1,148* for a one-night stay at Superior Courtyard View Room (complimentary upgrade to Deluxe room), complimentary breakfast buffet for two and a 30-minute self-service photo session for two at the two British theme rooms; enjoy an extra HK$800 dining credit with rates begin at HK$1,648*.

A Trip to London Parks

Inspired by different famous parks in London, this meticulously decorated room in British style allows guests to soak in the tranquillity of natural parks in London, take a respite from the hustle of the never-stopping city, and be surrounded by grassy meadows and wooded expanses with a glance at the incredible landmarks and skyline in London.

Pink Afternoon Tea Room

Afternoon tea is not only always recognised as the British national pride, but also an opportunity to indulge and share with friends and family. This femininely decorated room showcases several Instagrammable spots in pastel colours for British tea lovers, which is a perfect place for guests to shine “pink” in the social media world.

Keep Calm and Eat On

Traditional British dishes will be available to make the London experience fulfilling and delicate. As The Langham hotels are known for serving the best afternoon tea experience since The Langham, London first served it in 1865, and was since fondly known as the birthplace of experiencing the tradition of British afternoon tea at a hotel, we continue to present this indulgence to guests as well as other British must-try including Fish N Chips, Shepherd’s Pie of Lamb, Banger and Mash, Baked Seafood Pie, Traditional British Breakfast and etc. at the hotel’s acclaimed restaurants.

*All prices are subject to 10% service charge

The Langham, Hong Kong welcomes reservations from now until 31 March 2021 and are available for stays between 18 January and 31 March 2021. Package details: https://bit.ly/3oxygTs

Award-Winning Designer Steve Leung Reveals The St. Regis Bar, Macao

A Visual Journey Infused with British Detailing and Modernist Sensibilities

Echoing the hotel’s rich lineage, The St. Regis Bar located on the second floor of The St. Regis Macao features lavish and indulgent interiors by Steve Leung. The design pays homage to the timeless elegance of British heritage and cleverly weaves in signature British elements and much-loved nostalgic details into the design, curating an understated ambiance that captures the unfading charisma of a past time.

Greeted by a wine room housing a vast selection of international wines, a striking black and white marble floor leads visitors to the main area infused with dimmed light to illuminate the sturdy beauty of oak wood panels arranged throughout the space. The central ceiling inspired by a cultural icon – The Big Ben Tower has reimagined the magnificent structure using beautifully carved wooden patterns and exudes a sense of majesty.

Venturing inside the bar, a predominant dark olive shade mirrors the color palette of Westminster Palace imbuing the velvety sofas and leather benches with a composed touch. Steve maximizes the use of open space and created a rich variety of zones and intimate seating areas: Beneath the main ceiling a robust wooden table pairs with custom-made chairs featuring metal details defining the communal area of the lounge zone; on the lateral side, the turbine-shaped ceiling lighting delineates secluded corners for gatherings to ensure utmost privacy.

As every St. Regis hotel has a specially commissioned mural in the bar, The St. Regis Bar, Macao is identified by a vivid painting depicting lively scenarios of Macao’s traditional Chino-Portuguese legacy, in sharp contrast with the intense green hue of the marble counter carved in neoclassical patterns.  A classical half tail piano sets the focal point of the retro stage area where guests are invited to enjoy drinks to the accompaniment of rhythmic jazz improvisations. Interplaying the balance of colors and textures, the decanter rooms conceived as the most secluded areas are adorned with aegan blue velvets, tan leathers and rich oak veneered panels.

The St. Regis Bar, Macao takes bountiful inspiration from the heritage of the St. Regis brand and a British essence which illustrates the city’s story with a series of cutting edge touches to create a quintessentially stylish venue enhanced with sophisticated refreshments and live entertainment.

 

Dusit International opens luxury wellness resort

Shushan Ecological Village, Suzhou

Dusit Thani Wellness Resort Suzhou, Jiangsu provides

holistic healing in the utmost of comfort with a luxurious wellness

centre and an exclusive hot springs experience.

 

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has continued its expansion in China with the recent opening of the highly anticipated Dusit Thani Wellness Resort Suzhou, Jiangsu – the 10th Dusit-branded property in China.

 

Located in Shushan Ecological Village, an area of natural beauty in Suzhou city’s Huqiu District, only 30 minutes by car from Suzhou high-speed train station, the resort uniquely combines southern Chinese culture with Thai-inspired gracious hospitality. The results are a distinctive holiday experience delivering the utmost in comfort, convenience, and holistic wellness.

 

Comprising 175 rooms and signature villas designed to reflect local art and culture amidst Shushan’s scenic surrounds, the resort is situated at the side of a peaceful lake and tranquil gardens. Private balconies provide sweeping views of the idyllic landscape, which is famed for its three natural treasures including Cui Guan Pear, Yun Quan Tea, and Waxberry.

 

The peaceful and impressive location serves as the ideal setting for the property’s distinctive focus on wellness for the mind, body and spirit. From the luxurious hot springs experience, offering both aromatic and therapeutic pools, to the deluxe Thai-inspired Devarana Spa, and two restaurants serving customised wellness cuisine – including Southern Chinese favourites, popular Thai dishes, and international fare – every element of the resort has been carefully crafted to promote the well-being of its guests.

 

To ensure guests can get the most out of the experience, Dusit Thani Wellness Resort Suzhou, Jiangsu offers a range of wellness retreat packages that combine luxurious accommodation with fitness routines, nutritious meals, hot springs bath, massage treatments, Chinese five-tone therapy, and other wellness-focused activities. Personalised retreats can last between two-to-14 days, depending on the preferences and aims of each guest.

 

To celebrate its opening, the resort is now offering the ‘Dusit Experience’ package starting from only USD 210 per night. Specially created to provide a truly relaxing getaway, the package includes accommodation in a Deluxe Lake View Room, daily breakfast for two, complimentary in-room refreshments, and a host of other benefits. A hot springs experience for two persons is available for an additional CNY 200. Offer ends 31 December 2020.

 

Full details about the resort are available on its official website.

AMAN LE MELEZIN REOPENS FOR THE WINTER SEASON

Located directly on the Bellecôte piste and offering unimpeded access to over 600 kilometres of pristine ski slopes and cross-country tracks, Aman Le Mélézin is an iconic Alpine retreat in Courchevel 1850. Designed to refresh and reenergise amid snow-dusted pine forests and crisp blue skies, the hotel is a refined sanctuary inspired by the timeless serenity of the surrounding mountains.

Open from December to April, Aman Le Mélézin is poised to welcome guests for the new season, adapted in practice and taking all appropriate steps in line with current guidelines, but unchanged in spirit. The hotel is dedicated to ensuring its guests get the most out of the winter months. Aided by a team of experienced Ski Butlers who transport ski equipment from the heated racks in the state-of-the-art ski room to the piste, skiing at the hotel is performed with effortless ease. With only a short distance to the main ski area, guests of all ages are able to enjoy private or group lessons with Aman Le Mélézin’s expert instructors or by joining Courchevel’s revered ski school. For those desiring access to the mountain’s most isolated and tranquil spots, the hotel team delight in directing guests to remote backcountry terrain, devoid of crowds.

This winter, Aman Le Mélézin has introduced an exclusive First Tracks experience, which takes guests to the highest point within the valley (2,740m above sea level), where views of Mont Blanc and La Grande Casse await. Supervised by an experienced ski instructor, guests can embark on a breathtaking solo glide down ‘La Combe de la Saulire’ a legendary ski run where fresh snow is sheltered year-round from strong winds, enabling an unspoiled descent down the mountainside. On return to Aman Le Mélézin, a sumptuous breakfast will be prepared to re-energise.

Aman Le Mélézin also offers plenty of other ways to experience the fairytale snowscape it inhabits – both active and more sedentary – as well as cultural, culinary and wellness pursuits both indoors and out. For those looking for outdoor alternatives to skiing or snowboarding, the hotel team can arrange self-piloted dog sledding at Méribel, half- or full-day guided snowshoeing or trekking expeditions into rarely visited areas with expert guides, as well as tobogganing through the surrounding forest, day and night sledging and ice-skating. For an aerial view of the region, guests can now enjoy several new scenic helicopter tours over Les Trois Vallées, the Haute Tarentaise Mountain Range or around Mont Blanc. Alternatively, a glide in a hot-air balloon at sunrise offers panoramic views of the snow-carpeted surrounds.

ROSEWOOD AMSTERDAM TO OPEN IN 2023

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® to open first property in the Netherlands and
eleventh property in Europe as latest demonstration of global expansion

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® has been appointed by CTF Amsterdam B.V. to manage Rosewood Amsterdam, which will open in 2023 as the ultra-luxury hospitality group’s eleventh property in Europe and first in the Netherlands. Housed in the former Palace of Justice, a building of great architectural, historical and social significance that overlooks the Prinsengracht (the Prince’s Canal), one of the city’s most beautiful waterways, in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Amsterdam Canal District.  The hotel will be ideally situated near many of Amsterdam’s finest attractions including the museum district, the high-end shopping district on P.C. Hoofstraat and the hip De Pijp neighborhood. With its central location and befitting design carefully conceived to offer an inviting and amiable atmosphere, the property is poised to serve as an unparalleled gathering place for visiting guests and the local community alike.

Originally constructed in 1665 and later expanded in 1836 by Dutch architect Jan de Greef, the Palace of Justice was Amsterdam’s main courthouse for over 175 years and one of the finest examples of de Greef’s classic, multi-cultural style influenced by his travels to Paris and Rome. Working closely with the Bureau Monumenten en Archeologie (BMA) and The City of Amsterdam to preserve the rich heritage and quintessential character of this iconic building, Netherlands-based architectural firm Kentie & Partners has been selected to spearhead the property’s evolution into an ultra-luxury hotel. Leading the property’s interior design is acclaimed Dutch designer Piet Boon, of Amsterdam-based Studio Piet Boon. Known for his ability to balance functionality, aesthetics and individuality Boon will honor the property’s original elements and distinctive Dutch identity while incorporating a contemporary sense of style that captures the energetic and exciting Amsterdam of today’s times.

Amsterdam-based Studio Concrete has been appointed to design the hotel’s main restaurant, which will become a fresh and vibrant interior in the heart of the building, flanked by two courtyards with outdoor seating.  London-based interior design firm Sagrada, led by David D’Almada, has been appointed to design an intimate bar in rich colors and high-end finishes, with stunning views overlooking the canal.

Rosewood Amsterdam will offer 134 guestrooms and suites, with many boasting spectacular views across the two adjoining canals, quiet internal courtyards and iconic townhouse rooftops.  Amenities will include three restaurants, one of which will be an Indian restaurant, and bars; Sense, A Rosewood Spa offering ayurvedic treatments; a state-of-the-art wellness and fitness center; and an indoor swimming pool.  In addition, multiple event spaces and meeting rooms, including a 3,000 square-foot ballroom, will offer advanced audio and visual services and natural daylight. Decorative details throughout the hotel’s public spaces will pay homage to the signature spirit of both the building and city while creating a selection of differentiated yet unified spaces through subtle albeit impactful means, such as contrasting color schemes that seamlessly separate one setting from another. Notably, the lobby lounge will feature a library adorned with beautiful legal books doubling as art pieces, photographs and artifacts, as well as comfortable and stylish seating, to create an enticing enclave that will invite visitors to linger and laze. The library will also host an Indian Business Club which will stimulate high-level business and networking in an exclusive setting. All public spaces will overlook the three distinct, internal landscaped courtyards of the building, imagined by renowned landscape designer, Piet Oudoff. Internationally renowned for his work on the High Line and The Battery, both celebrated New York City attractions, Piet Oudoff will use his extraordinary expertise to artfully varnish the property with lush gardens and outdoor communal spaces.

As the latest demonstration of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ thoughtful growth strategy, Rosewood Amsterdam joins three existing European properties – Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, Rosewood London and Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco. Additional European locations with Rosewood developments in the pipeline include Edinburgh, London, Madrid, Munich, Porto Cervo, Vienna and Venice.

To learn more about Rosewood Amsterdam, please visit www.rosewoodhotels.com/amsterdam.

Marriott International Hotels in the Maldives

Will Re-Open Its Doors to Travelers with Curated Experiences from 1 October 2020

Marriott International resorts in the Maldives are poised to welcome guests again following the country’s announcement to reopen borders for international travel. The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, W Maldives, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, and JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa are set to re-open from 1 October 2020, while The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort will welcome guests starting 1 November 2020.

The Maldives’ signature ‘one-island-one-resort’ concept allows guests to maintain social distancing while enjoying a truly safe and secluded holiday. From a romantic tropical escape where lush jungle meets peaceful lagoon at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort; unforgettable snorkeling adventures at W Maldives; an all-inclusive family getaway at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa; discovering the magical underwater world with JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa; ringing in the new year with a rejuvenating wellness escape at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, Marriott International resorts in Maldives are set to offer travelers an unrivalled escape to paradise.

“Working hand-in-hand with the local authorities, we are delighted to announce the reopening of our five iconic resorts in the Maldives. The island-paradise remains as a beloved and inspired destination for many, and with the reopening of our resorts, we look forward to bringing those dreams to life as travel gradually resumes.” said Rivero Delgado, Area Vice President, Singapore, Malaysia, Maldives, at Marriott International. “The wellbeing of our guests is of paramount importance and we have the highest standards of cleanliness as well as hygiene protocols in place to ensure peace of mind for first-time and returning travelers to the islands,”

Live Exquisite at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Nestled between verdant rainforest and white-sandy beaches on a private island, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort brings guests on the art of indulgence in its peaceful, eco-conscious setting. Created to re-ignite romance with a memorable escape for two, wake up to alluring views of the Indian Ocean at the finest address in The Maldives with welcome amenities and complimentary bottle of champagne, along with a $100 food and beverage credit per room per day and complimentary one-time access to Blue Hole Hydrotherapy Pool Experience. To find out more and for reservations, visit www.stregismaldives.com

Fuel Your Lust for Life at W Maldives

Bold and unscripted, W Maldives is a luxury 5-star wonderland of white-sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, and breath-taking reefs. Stay in style with the Fly and Dine Package to enjoy daily buffet breakfast at KITCHEN® and three-course dinners for two, along with a complimentary return shared seaplane transfer from Male Airport as well as 24/7 access to FUEL SPOTs offering unlimited fruit, water, ice, and towels. For unforgettable snorkeling adventures, the hotel also offers complimentary non-motorized activities and usage of snorkeling gear. To find out more and for reservations, visit www.wmaldives.com

Tropical Sanctuary at JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa

Edging the azure waters of Shaviyani Atoll, the resort is a sanctuary of scenic luxury. Discover the warm and inviting hospitality at the JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa and explore the wonders of the Indian Ocean with the guidance of the resort’s experienced PADI team. The Let’s Get Wet Package includes daily buffet breakfast and complimentary use of non-motorized water sports equipment, along with a 15-minute Sea Bob experience, a 45-minute Snorkel lesson, and a Discover Scuba Diving experience. To find out more and for reservations, visit www.jwmarriottmaldives.com 

A Picnic in Paradise at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

Surrounded by a shimmering turquoise lagoon, pristine white sandy beaches, and swaying palms, the 5-star star family resort sets the stage for unforgettable family vacations. With the Exploring Paradise Package, families can make the most out of their four-night stay with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner at selected outlets, and enjoy a sandbank picnic with barbecue lunch, a Family Spa Day with a 50-minute couple spa treatment and kids’ friendly activity, coral planting, dolphin cruise, round-trip transfer by speed boat to/from Velana International Airport, and 24-hour Villa Host service for a personalized experience. To find out more and for reservations, visit www.sheratonmaldives.com

Wholesome Wellness at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort

Beautifully situated on the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Baa Atoll, the stunning overwater resort is an incomparable setting for any visit to the Maldives. Ring in the new year with a rejuvenating wellness escape and reboot for a healthier lifestyle in paradise. The Countdown to 2021 Package is inclusive of daily breakfast and dinner at selected restaurants (including Gala Dinner on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and Festive Brunch on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day), a complimentary 60-min couples spa treatment per stay, daily one-hour wellness sessions, access to Westin Family Kids Club and WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio. To find out more and for advanced reservations, visit www.westin-maldives.com.

Marriott Bonvoy members who book direct (www.marriott.com) or via the Marriott Bonvoy app (https://mobile-app.marriott.com/en-us) before 31 December 2020 can enjoy up to 20% discount on rooms and suites for stays through 30 June 2021.

As part of Marriott International’s portfolio in the Maldives, all five resorts have ensured that the highest standards of certified cleanliness, health, and safety are in place and in compliance with the global and local authorities. These enhanced cleaning practices and guidelines were created by the Marriott Global Cleanliness Council (https://clean.marriott.com/), implemented to focus on developing global hospitality cleanliness standards to minimize risk and enhance safety for both guests and associates. Specific areas of focus include additions to its already rigorous cleaning protocols. In guest rooms, all surfaces are to be thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants and are equipped with disinfecting wipes for guests’ personal use. To help alleviate the risk of transmission through person-to-person contact, the hotels and resorts will be using signages in lobbies to remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols and will remove or re-arrange furniture to allow more space for distancing.

 

Get Ready For A Special Staycation At Rosewood Hong Kong

“The Great Escape” Room Package, Tailor-made Family Activities and “Rosewood’s Four-Legged Friends” Pet Package

#RWJourneys #ASenseOfPlace @RosewoodHongKong

Revel in escapism this September! It’s time to plan your next staycation with your family and pet. Rosewood Hong Kong is now offering “The Great Escape” room package, Tailor-made Family Activities and “Rosewood’s Four-Legged Friends” pet package to make the staycation extra special. The Great Escape provides an overnight stay that will leave guests well-rested, wined, dined and completely relaxed. If guests are coming with kids, they can now spend some quality me-time with their loved ones with Camp Rosewood’s tailor-made “Fun family private activities” and personal kids playrooms. In Addition, Rosewood Hong Kong also offers Four-Legged Friend Staycation with the pampered pets offering that are ideal for all faithful companion.

The Great Escape Room Package

Leave well-rested, well-fed and well-relaxed

Take a break from reality with an indulgent Great Escape Staycation. A luxurious room, breakfast for two, HKD500 minibar credit and access to Rosewood Hong Kong’s array of fabulous facilities set the stage for a great stay. No stay at one of Hong Kong’s most exciting culinary destinations would be complete without a leisurely foodie afternoon. Choose one of three delicious late lunch dining options:  a Dim Sum Afternoon Tea at Holt’s Café, a two-course set lunch at HENRY grill and smokehouse, or a European-inspired sangria and charcuterie experience at Bayfare Social. Besides, there are plenty of family activities for guests to enjoy with their kids too. To further top up the whole experience, guest can explore K11 MUSEA with the complimentary KLUB 11 Gold Card Membership includes HKD500 K11 Musea Gift Voucher, which unlocks an array of exciting benefits at K11 MUSEA and K11 Art Mall. The Great Escape staycation offer starting at HKD2,950 is only available in September!

For booking and details, please visit https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hong-kong/offers/the-great-escape

Tailor-made Family Activities and Personal Kids Playroom

For families to regroup and connect privately

For some quality family time, Rosewood Hong Kong has created a selection of private family activities that can be booked by hotel and residences guests in addition to their stay and in addition to the family playroom. Kids will have a ball with board games and toys in a space where the family can regroup privately and connect. Kids can also design their personal summer camp with our roster of private classes — from cooking and painting classes to kids yoga and family morning hike — guests can enjoy these add-on experiences with their kids and make the most of Rosewood’s Playrooms during their stay. Camp Rosewood is open from Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For booking and details, please call +852 3891 8145 or visit https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hong-kong/overview/kids-activities

Rosewood’s Four-Legged Friends Package

An ideal staycation for your beloved paw friends

To make guest’s staycation even better, Rosewood Hong Kong offers a new pet staycation package which will make any four-legged friend feel right at home with their very own plush bed, food bowl, natural ProVet treats, a chew toy and other goodies awaiting their arrival. The package also includes a luxurious in-room afternoon tea featuring gourmet goodies for both guest and their pet, and a special yoga class with their furry friend. Rosewood Hong Kong also offers V.I.P. (Very Important Pet) treatment with add-on perks like grooming, pet walking, daycare services, dog training. Guest can a photoshoot with their beloved pet to create a long-lasting memories. Best of all, other furry creatures will be benefit from it too, with each stay Rosewood Hong Kong make a donation to S.P.C.A. (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to keep homeless animals safe and help pets find their forever homes.

For booking and details, please visit https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hong-kong/offers/four-legged-friends.

For more information: rosewoodhotels.com/hongkong

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Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi

Legendary Designer Jean-Michel Gathy Completes

Soaring above the centre of Tokyo with panoramic views of the Imperial Palace, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi will open in September 2020. Under the masterful touch of Jean-Michel Gathy, legendary principal designer at the award-winning hospitality & design consultancy firm Denniston, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi is poised to reach a new height of luxury in its design statement with Japanese traditions melded seamlessly with a modern European aesthetic.

On the top six floors of the new 39-storey tower + 2 additional floors (Ground Floor and 3rd Floor) adjacent to the Imperial Palace–the capital’s literal and figurative heart, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi will be a restful haven for travellers delivering a new level of luxury experiences at the city’s latest sky-high social scene. The hotel will feature 193 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, a prestigious spa sanctuary and a 20-metre pool on the highest floor as well as four distinct F&B concepts.

Jean-Michel Gathy skillfully presents authentic Japanese elements throughout the design in respecting Japan’s culture, traditions and heritage, while incorporating the finest elements and absolute DNA of Four Seasons. “The cultural diversity of the country has drawn me to create a contemporary expression of the traditional values for this project without arrogance or a sense of overbearing. We aim to ignite the feeling of a home away from home with an inviting, warm and welcoming atmosphere in the most dynamic city” comments Jean-Michel Gathy and Keiko Tsuchiya, the Japanese interior designer at Denniston.

A Dramatic Entrance

Reflecting the vibrancy of Tokyo, a traditional Japanese red-orange lacquer box featuring solid timber panels acts as the frame to the hotel entrance at the busiest district of Tokyo. Jean-Michel Gathy has created an experience of sensory excitement from which travellers will discover the city’s intriguing blend of ancient and hypermodern.

To replicate the Japanese aesthetic, Jean-Michel Gathy has personally curated a defining art collection to celebrate the distinctive craftsmanship and artistry, which embodies the traditional foundations of the country. Distinct examples can be found in the combination of the Japanese floral art Ikebana, hanging natural fiber/fabric artwork and the timber panel featured at the entrance to awaken the overriding strength of connection between east and west.

The Art of the Reception

Board the lift to the reception lobby on the 39th-floor where an extraordinary view is revealed through a glass curtain wall fronted by a rock installation on a shallow pond. “To truly respect the tradition and interpret the tranquility of Japan, the water feature serves as a buffer area to deflect guests’ eyeballs as it may be considered as discourteous to look straight down into the Imperial Palace.” shares Jean-Michel Gathy who leads his team to plan scrupulously and strike a balance between the pursuit of aesthetics and the preservation of culture and respect for traditions. The 6-meter high ceiling and cosy nooks and crannies provide capacious space for the reception, while the colour theme of gold and black delivers a subtle and warm welcoming atmosphere to Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi.

The links between contemporary West and the traditions of Japan have contributed to the reception area where guests can discover the hidden details before experiencing the dynamism of Tokyo. In response to the Four Seasons’ core value of “East meets West”, the Japanese calligraphy with the meaning of “season” is harmoniously blended in a typical European pendant chandelier and ingeniously displayed on the bottom part of the dome. The Japanese Zen garden subtly sculpted and reflected on a 3-dimensional wall by the artist Pongsatat Uaiklan (Dong) sits behind an elegant Italian cat-leg cabinet decorated with Japanese blocks.

Rooms with Flowing Fabric Art

Distinct Japanese touches immerse guests in the local landscape, the flowing and multidimensional design can be found throughout the 193 guest rooms at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi. Blending the art to the room flawlessly, Jean-Michel Gathy appointed the Japanese award-winning photographer Namiko Kitaura to capture the bespoke fabric artwork displayed as the backdrop in each guest room.

All rooms and suites are tailored for intimacy with an innovative open-plan layout. The sophisticated Japanese aesthetic flows through the interiors which are illuminated by natural light during the day and with bespoke modern light fixtures to reflect the after-dark glamour of Tokyo.

Celebratory Spaces to Dream

Celebrating an authentic wedding in the heart of Tokyo at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi, the ballroom and the function rooms adjacent to the chapel promise magical settings for every moment of celebrations.

Natural light and elegant décor at the chapel invoke an ambience of romance and peace with distinctive European touches. Incorporating private rooms for the bride and officiant, and offering seamless connectivity to the Ballroom Foyer, Grand Ballroom and each of the smaller function rooms, the Chapel can host not only the ceremony but all other types of wedding events, from intimate family brunches to gala receptions.

The Grand Ballroom’s windows draw natural light into the spacious interior. The chandeliers and cascading lights without concrete shapes echo the beauty of nature and evoke the contemporary transition of Japanese culture. Jean-Michel Gathy shares his vision for the project “Inspired by the hotel name – Four Seasons, we are trying to reflect the essence of traditional literature and poetry – Flow of the Seasons.”

THE SPA and pool embody relaxation

Jean-Michel Gathy applies his deft touch to create a serene sanctuary for THE SPA at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi with the selection of a gentle and relaxing colour tone. The massive 3D natural fiber or fabric art installations in the spa lobby and pool area billow and sweep outward as if caught in a gust of wind, which offer a sanctuary of tranquility amidst bustling Tokyo for a journey of rejuvenation, relaxation and the pursuit of well-being.

Jean-Michel Gathy proudly leads his team to interpret the luxury brand DNA of Four Seasons with great respect to the culture and tradition of the country while celebrating the cutting-edge creativity and contemporary design ethos of Tokyo as a dynamic city. Jean-Michel Gathy continues his innovative design inspiration which draws upon aspects of the country’s rich culture to the brand and his previous completion – Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River will also open on 1st October 2020.

Alila Villas Uluwatu gives travel purpose with a Gift to Empower

Nothing unites the world like travel, and nothing more so than #travelwithpurpose – taking the opportunity to experience cultures and interact with communities on a more meaningful and positively impactful level.

Alila Villas Uluwatu adds meaning to an unforgettable holiday with its new Gift to Empower offer, which invites guests to discover the beauty of Bali and the authenticity of Balinese hospitality while enjoying the chance to connect with and support the local community.

In the spirit of giving back, 5% of guests’ villa rate per night will be gifted to R.O.L.E. Foundation, the resort’s non-profit partner working to break the poverty cycle by empowering women with skills training and business education.

With global travellers becoming more mindful in terms of embracing local culture, local food and the needs of the local people and economies, Hemal Jain, General Manager of Alila Villas Uluwatu, sees a big future for #travelwithpurpose and the leading role that the resort can play.

These aspirations are shared by Piet Van Zyl, an experienced sustainability professional who is R.O.L.E. Foundation’s Sustainability Advisor.

The Gift to Empower offer includes daily breakfast, one three-course dinner for two, and a visit to R.O.L.E Foundation on a heartwarming journey into the community. This offer can be booked immediately and valid until December 2021. Free cancellation is offered until 24-hour prior to your arrival date.

For further information and reservations, please book online at www.alilahotels.com/uluwatu/offers/gift-empower or email us at uluwatu@alilahotels.com.

ROSEWOOD PORTO CERVO TO OPEN IN 2022 ON THE ITALIAN ISLAND OF SARDINIA

 Ultra-luxury property to become Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ first Island Resort in Italy

Embarking on a new chapter of its European expansion, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® has been appointed by Quianto Capital Limited to manage Rosewood Porto Cervo, which will open on Sardinia, Italy in 2022. Joining sister properties in Tuscany and Venice as the group’s third opening in Italy, this latest jewel in the collection will bring Rosewood’s signature style of ultra-luxury hospitality to one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the Mediterranean.

“Rosewood Porto Cervo will showcase our visionary, innovative ambition for creating one-of-a-kind resorts through Rosewood’s uniquely sophisticated lens. We look forward to showcasing our brand’s A Sense of Place® philosophy as we create a luxurious haven in Sardinia,” says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group.

The resort will be located in Costa Smeralda, Italy’s jet-set destination, known for its stunning white sand beaches and turquoise water.  Just 1.5 kilometers south of PortoCervo town, the three-story Rosewood Porto Cervo will feature 65 guest rooms, including 26 suites, all complemented by spectacular 180-degree ocean views of the Mediterranean Sea and thoughtful amenities, which are finely tuned to the desires of today’s affluential explorers. A modern oasis, the resort’s serene design aesthetic will exude a captivating estate-style atmosphere coupled with personalized services and exceptional privacy.

Set to become the new social nexus of Sardinia, Rosewood Porto Cervo will house a spectrum of distinctive dining and leisure concepts designed to reflect the surrounding nature and local culture.

Furthering Rosewood’s reputation for exceptional culinary standards, the resort will feature four versatile dining venues for an ultra-luxurious island experience. A bistro and lounge bar will serve sumptuous dishes and handcrafted cocktails inspired by the flavors and colors of local produce, while the property’s pool bar and beach club will host lively music with the sun-kissed shoreline as a backdrop.

In addition, the resort will be expressly designed as a sanctuary for renewal and rejuvenation. From signature spa journeys to body therapies, guests will be spoiled with an array of bespoke experiences that will harmonize the body and mind, improve well-being, and leave guests feeling serene, radiant and refreshed. Guests can choose to stroll through the resort’s lush gardens and along alluring coastlines, or spend their afternoons basking by the outdoor pool or working out at the fitness center. Guests will also be able to take advantage of the resort’s private pier to conveniently access Porto Cervo town by boat and explore the area’s lively social scene and natural beauty.

Rosewood Porto Cervo will also cater to families with Rosewood Explorers. Designed exclusively for younger guests, the hands-on club will ignite children’s imaginations with a variety of facilities and fun-filled activities where they can play, create memories, and learn all about the island and its culture.

For more information:  rosewoodhotels.com