Grand Hyatt Jeju in South Korea Debuts as the Largest Hyatt Hotel in Asia Pacific

The opening of the 1,600-room Grand Hyatt Jeju in South Korea, the largest Hyatt hotel in Asia Pacific. This highly anticipated opening also marks the return of a Hyatt hotel into Jeju Special Autonomous Province, an island on the southern end of the Korean Peninsula renowned for its rich history and cultural traditions.

Part of the new Jeju Dream Tower, the island’s iconic twin-tower landmark, Grand Hyatt Jeju embodies the modern Korean lifestyle, offering leisure guests, business travelers and locals an impressive selection of world-class culinary, leisure and entertainment experiences under one roof. These include 14 distinct restaurants and bars, HAN Collection, a dedicated retail space showcasing over 200 Korean fashion designers and brands, the island’s largest outdoor deck with an infinity pool, two premium spas; and eight residential-style event spaces.

Prime location in the heart of Jeju City

Grand Hyatt Jeju is a 10-minute drive from Jeju International Airport, 15-minute drive from the port and cruise terminals, and within walking distance from shopping and culinary hotspots such as Jeju Dongmun Market and Nuwemaru Street. The rest of the island is accessible via taxi and bus, and the main highway near to the hotel leads to the Seogwipo beachside district and UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Mount Hallasan Natural Reserve, Geomunoreum Lava Tube System and Seongsan IIchulbong Tuff Cone.

Guestrooms

Starting at 700 square feet (65 square meters), the spacious 1,600 rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of Halla Mountain – the highest mountain in South Korea, the turquoise sea and the city. Each luxuriously appointed guestroom is accented with modern Korean art, equipped with a 75-inch flat-screen television, three-seater sofa, marble bathroom with a double vanity and island bathtub. Furnished with hand-picked European designer furniture, the lavish 2,798 square-foot (260-square-meter)Presidential Suite is ideal for intimate celebrations and private events and features two bedrooms, separate living and dining areas, a massage room, and sauna steam room, as well as dedicated butler service.

Able to host up to 200 people, the Grand Club is the largest Grand Hyatt club lounge in Asia Pacific and features three social spaces – the Library, Dining Hall and Living Room. Suite guests and World of Hyatt members with Globalist status will have complimentary access to the lounge where they can enjoy panoramic city views alongside all-day refreshments, breakfast, evening cocktails and personal check-in service.

Dining

Grand Hyatt Jeju offers the widest selection of cuisines under one roof in Jeju Island, curated in collaboration with local suppliers and food artisans to bring diners on a gastronomic journey featuring local and global flavors from Korean, Chinese, and Southeast Asian to Italian. The hotel’s 14 unique restaurants and bars include:

  • China House: Specializes in Northern Chinese, Shanghainese and Sichuan cuisines
  • Jeju Hot Pot: Farm-to-table Chinese hot pot restaurant serving locally farmed seasonal produce
  • Noknamu: Korean BBQ dining with traditional Korean premium beef
  • Pocha: Featuring authentic Korean street food culture alongside lofty views from the 38th floor
  • Steak House: Steak, seafood and grill restaurant with a million-dollar view
  • Grand Kitchen: Buffet restaurant with dynamic show kitchens serving international flavors
  • Yumeyama: A theatrical showcase of Japanese izakaya, sushi and teppanyaki
  • Café 8: Authentic Italian cuisine

Wellbeing & Guest Amenities

Surrounded by beautiful beaches, scenic countryside, natural landscapes and home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the volcanic Hallasan Mountain, Jeju Island is a popular South Korean getaway and wellness destination. An indulgent bathhouse experience awaits guests at Korean Jjimjil Spa – from a traditional Korean body scrub to complete rejuvenation in the red clay, cypress, ice and salt specialty therapy rooms. Bespoke treatments using cosmeceutical technologies are available at the European-style Rosebay Spa.

Set against a picture-perfect backdrop of the sea and Halla Mountain, the 46,177-square-foot (4,290-square-meter) infinity pool deck – the largest outdoor deck on Jeju Island, is ideal for lounging and alfresco dining in summer. The deck features a heated infinity pool, private cabanas, a hot tub, a kids’ pool and a poolside bar. Guests can also enjoy a dip in the indoor pool or work out in the 24-hour fitness center.

HAN Collection is a dedicated retail space showcasing more than 200 Korean fashion designers and brands across two floors. Grand Hyatt Jeju also offers a kids’ arcade with stimulating entertainment and games.

Meetings and Events

With eight meetings and event spaces designed to reflect a warm, residential setting, Grand Hyatt Jeju is suited for grand celebrations, memorable weddings and intimate get-togethers with a dedicated team of culinary experts, event service and meeting planners to deliver a personalized experience for all occasions.

Guided by its purpose of care, Hyatt’s multi-layered Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment further enhances its operational guidance and resources around colleague and guest safety and peace of mind. More information on Hyatt’s commitment can be found here:hyatt.com/care-and-cleanliness.

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH “JW STAY WELL DINE WELL 2021” STAYCATION

Usher in the new year of 2021 with hope and excitements as JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong will bring you with the unprecedented “JW Stay Well Dine Well 2021” staycation package. Spend from HK$2,021 to book a stay with us and enjoy a full amount of dining rewards equivalent to the room rate, which allows you and your precious ones to explore the enchanting flavours of the hotel’s 8 distinctive restaurants and bar, and/or the unparalleled in-room dining experience presented by the talented culinary teams.

 

Priced from HK$2,021 per room per night, the “JW Stay Well Dine Well 2021” staycation package includes:

  • A one-night stay in a well-appointed guestroom (extend to a 24-hour stay for check-in between Monday and Thursday)
  • In-hotel dining credit equivalent to the room rate

 

To have a great start of the year, unwind in the elegantly designed guestrooms overlooking the panoramic views of the harbour or mountain, while soothe your body with a relaxing bath with aromatherapy toiletries. Then, spend your dining credit and indulge in a wide array of amazing dining offerings, including the expansive buffet spread at JW Café; afternoon tea set, Sunday Champagne brunch and creative buffets at The Lounge; the elevated authentic Cantonese delicacies at Man Ho Chinese Restaurant; delicious grills and modern classics at Flint; the daily fresh catch at the alfresco Fish Bar by the pool as well as in-room dining specialties. Look forward to a good sleep with the signature JW mattress and pamper yourself with a sumptuous buffet breakfast in the following morning.

 

What’s more, add sparkles to your stay with the following options to surprise your loved ones:

  • A one-hour photography service by a professional photographer with 30 images AND customised in-room celebration decorations – a supplement of HK$1,500
  • A bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne with a bouquet of 33 roses AND customised in-room celebration decorations – a supplement of HK$1,500
  • An additional connecting room with one or two double beds – a supplement of HK$988 (room only without dining credit)

 

This package is valid from now until 31 March 2021 with blackout dates during 11 – 14 February 2021.

Book now:http://bit.ly/JWStayWellDineWell2021

 

Prices are subject to a 10% service charge. A 1-day advance reservation for your choice of restaurants to redeem the dining credit is required. For reservations, call +852 2810 8366 or email jwmarriott.hk@marriotthotels.com.

OVOLO HOTELS WELCOMES HK RESIDENTS RETURNING FOR THE HOLIDAYS

WITH “A VERY MERRY QUARANTINE” CONCIERGE

Ovolo Hotel’s revamped Quarantine Concierge brings festive cheer to those returning for the holidays with exciting seasonal extras

Since debuting its unique 14-night Quarantine Concierge service this summer, Hong Kong’s Ovolo Hotels has become the ultimate place to check in for residents coming back to the city. Now, Ovolo is taking its exclusive service even further with the launch of “A Very Merry Quarantine” Concierge, ensuring that those quarantining over the holidays will enjoy a stay packed with festive cheer, and a dignified way to return home.

Ovolo Hotels may be the only hotel group in Hong Kong to offer a fun-filled quarantine service, but that doesn’t mean they’re content to rest on their laurels. To innovate the quarantine experience and add maximum Yuletide joy, Ovolo Hotels is adding all sorts of Christmas activities and seasonal goodies that are guaranteed to make even the grinchiest of guests get into the Christmas spirit this December.

Girish Jhunjhnuwala, CEO & Founder of Ovolo Group, adds on, “Creating an emotional connection with our guests is at the centre of everything we do. To ensure our guests are always connected with their loved ones, we’re taking care of not only the big things, but also the little things – we have made an extra effort to super charge our WiFi; this season, it’s all about Zoomin’ and Netflix’n!”

To ease guests into the fun, the program includes a Christmas movie night where they can select from a list of classic holiday favourites, as well as a selection of the best Netflix shows of 2020. Of course, guests will also still have access to a world of entertainment with complimentary Wifi, Apple TV, and Alexa.

It doesn’t really feel like Christmas if you don’t have the right décor, so Ovolo has put together a roster of activities to ensure the halls – or rather, guest rooms – are decked and guests stay busy. 14 days will fly by when trimming Christmas trees, decorating gingerbread cookies, and putting together Christmas puzzles. And, there will even be a stocking to hang up – one filled with all kinds of surprises!

‘Tis also the season for indulgence, so to ensure “A Very Merry Quarantine,” the Concierge service will ply guests with seasonal treats like build-your-own hot cocoa, candygrams, happy hours with mulled wine, and rounds of Champagne. Guests can also avoid that holiday weight by working out in between treats – the Quarantine Concierge service includes workout kits stocked with a yoga mat, gliders, and resistance bands. But even without all these festive gifts and activities, Ovolo had received over 1,500 Quarantine Concierge bookings, most of which are either guests booking directly or repeat family and business travelling guests.

At its core, “A Very Merry Quarantine” Concierge offers the same supportive, extras-packed service as the original. That means guests will still enjoy the fit-for-a-rock-star package that includes, in-room plants, complimentary breakfasts and snacks, wellness kits, HK$1,000 F&B credits, and more. And, in case guests need something specific during their stay, the Quarantine Concierge can grab them during the daily run, so whether it’s a SIM card for quickly reconnecting to local life or a favourite food to satisfy a craving, guests can get exactly what they need.

Sonesh Mool, Area General Manager, Ovolo Central, says, “We’re very excited to launch our festive activities over the December period, and hope our guests enjoy these nuggets of surprises even more than we’ve enjoyed putting it together. Ovolo continues to take pride in looking after our fellow Hong Kongers and are honoured to have them spend such an important time of the year with us.”

Guests can book the “A Very Merry Quarantine” Concierge at Ovolo Central or Ovolo Southside through the Ovolo Hong Kong offers page via ovolohotels.com/ovolo/offers or by directly emailing concierge@ovologroup.com.

 

Soneva to open Maldives First

Wellness has always been at the core of Soneva, the award-winning luxury resort operator and now it is more important than ever. With the goal to create a COVID-19 free and eco-friendly environment on a private island resort, Soneva has introduced a Mask Free Environment at its Maldives resorts, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani through on-resort arrival testing ensuring the highest standards of safety and hygiene to allow all guests to spend a carefree and virus-free holiday as well as unveiling new eco-sustainable initiatives.

A Mask Free Environment at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani, Maldives

Soneva has introduced a Mask-Free environment at its two resorts in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani.  No news, no shoes…. and very relevant today, no masks as a rarity in this pandemic world. The protocols for on-site testing on arrival, social distancing and changes to dining practices have been implemented to ensure guests’ comfort and enjoyment without the threat of COVID-19. Guests are escorted to their villa directly upon arrival and are requested to remain until the test results are received and are negative. Combined with the highly efficient turnaround with testing, Soneva encourages guests to enjoy the clean sea air and daily sunshine that generates Vitamin D as the best natural ways of boosting the immune system from a holistic wellness perspective.

All Soneva hosts are also required to undergo the same COVID-19 testing procedures as guests, while all materials and products brought onto the islands undergo full cleaning and sanitization procedures prior to being brought onsite to provide increased assurance.

No Mosquitoes – Soneva Fushi finds success with an island-wide, insecticide-free mosquito management solution

While many resorts use chemical fogging to manage the mosquito population, Soneva recently revealed that for more than a year they have been working with Biogents, a company on the forefront of international mosquito control research, in order to introduce a sustainable, insecticide-free mosquito management system. “In the past 15 months, the mosquito population at Soneva Fushi, Baa atoll Kunfunadhoo, has collapsed by 98%. Over the same period, we stopped all chemical fogging,” shared Sonu Shivdasani, CEO and Founder of Soneva on Travel Trade Maldives.

Soneva has always used nature as an inspiration for innovation. In the middle of last year, Soneva Fushi embarked on a mission to become the first island to be completely mosquito-free with more than 500 Biogents traps installed throughout the island. While some mimic mosquito breeding sites, others hold a sachet that mimics human sweat with the smell of lactic acid. Soneva also adds a mix of sugar water and yeast as a means to produce carbon dioxide, mimicking exhaled human breath. The traps smell and breathe like a human being and the mosquitoes are lured into a catch-bag where they dry out and die.

Soneva’s pioneering treatment of mosquitoes is unique to any other beach resort, not just in the Maldives, but the world.

Soneva to Open Maldives’ First SCIE:NCE Centre

Soneva recently announced its plans to open a SCIE:NCE (short for Soneva Centre for Island Ecosystems) Centre in the Maldives. The Centre will be located onsite at Soneva Fushi with the objective to create guest experience and learning opportunities around the subjects of marine and terrestrial biology and astronomy, as well as Soneva’s conservation efforts. Soneva has also appointed Dr. Bart Knols – who was instrumental in the implementation of Soneva’s sustainable, insecticide-free mosquito management system to oversee the set up the Centre.

SCIE:NCE will include a research laboratory for in-house scientists as well as scholars visiting from around the world, an outdoor semi-field structure for behavioural and ecological studies on mosquitoes, a coral propagation centre, which will have the capacity to produce 50,000 pieces of coral a year, which when planted, will cover at least one hectare as well as a meeting/ lecture room for seminars, training courses and teaching purposes, augmented with a library and office space.

Soneva intends to set up coral propagation centres at both Soneva Jani and Soneva Fushi. These propagation centres will be unique and the largest scale coral propagation in the world.  SCIE:NCE is currently in discussion with some of the world’s leading Marine Biologists and coral experts, to help advise the way forward. In the near future, Soneva will invite these scientists and experts to the Maldives to contribute their expertise.

“COVID-19 has brought into question the value of what we learn at school and traditional methods of learning. The world has been exposed to, and got used to remote learning. We see a lot of interest from children, to either learn remotely or on-site, about astronomy, marine biology and conservation. It is our hope that we will develop week-long classes that children can subscribe to when they are at our resorts, and subscribe to digitally if they are unable to physically visit Soneva. I am sure that as we go on, new ideas will come up, and we will look back in a couple of years’ time at the SCIE:NCE Centre as one of those great initiatives that clearly differentiate Soneva from any other resort,” said Sonu Shivdasani, Soneva’s CEO and Founder.

New Resort Launches Getaways Designed to Strengthen Family Bonds

Luxury beachfront resort Meliá Koh Samui has introduced packages designed to reconnect loved ones and foster quality family time, combining a getaway in a remarkable “Family Suite” with a host of recreational, culinary and wellness experiences for all ages.

The “Family Escape” and “Family Fun and Wellbeing” packages are on offer at the resort’s 105sqm Family Suites that each feature a master bedroom and double sofa bed for two children, large living area and private balcony overlooking a 1600sqm lagoon pool that meanders through the resort’s lush grounds like a river, as well as games including Jenga, Othello, Rubik, tic-tac-toe and dominos.

In addition to a stay for two adults and two children in a Family Suite, the Family Escape package also includes an educational workshop that instructs the kids on how to create traditional Batik textile art at the resort’s two-story Kid’s Club called “Kidsdom”, housed in a refurbished teak wood merchant vessel situated adjacent to an outdoor playground and mini waterpark.

Priced at THB 4800 (USD 154) nett per room per night for a minimum of two nights, Family Escape also includes free daily ice-cream for the kids, a 20 percent discount on food and beverage at the resort’s dining outlets including Breeza Beach Restaurant and Bar with a terrace overlooking Choeng Mon Beach, and 50 percent off the price of all treatments at YHI Spa.

As part of the long stay Family Fun and Wellbeing package that also includes a stay for two adults and two children in a Family Suite and a round-trip airport transfer from Samui International Airport, the parents are treated to a wellness consultation at YHI Spa, 90-minute firm healing massage, facials, reiki and meditation. An “Edutainment” program at the Kid’s Club — jam-packed with activities ranging from active pursuits such as ‘Animal yoga’ and ‘Splash dance’ to creative workshops including ‘Coconut leaf creation’ and ‘Painting with nature’ — is complimentary for the kids.

Priced at THB 29,999 (USD 966) nett for seven nights, making for a 40 percent discount on room rates, Family Fun and Wellbeing also comprises a daily food and beverage credit of THB 500 (USD 16), ice-cream for the kids, cotton candy each afternoon, and a 20 percent discount on food and beverage at the resort’s dining outlets.

A further five percent discount is applied to the Family Fun and Wellbeing package for bookings of at least 14 nights, with a further 10 percent discount applicable for bookings for 30 nights or more.

Other world-class facilities at Meliá Koh Samui include a two-level infinity pool with in-water sun lounges and sunken seating areas, a swim-up bar, an executive lounge, KoKo Kitchen, a fitness centre, and ballroom and conference facilities. The resort offers complimentary use of foam floats for the lagoon and infinity pools.

The family-orientated packages are available until December 23 this year. To contact Meliá Koh Samui or to make a booking, please call +6677 938 899 or email reservation.kohsamui@melia.com

‘Family Escape’ and ‘Family Fun and Wellbeing’ are offered for a minimum of two nights and seven nights respectively. A roundtrip airport transfer is included for Family Escape bookings of three nights or more. Please note both packages include a free upgrade to the Family Suite from the Premium Pool Access Room. There is scope to include a third child in both packages for an additional cost.

Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh moves into Balcony’s portfolio

Hyatt’s latest five-star offering, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, has entered Balcony’s portfolio of luxury hotels in Asia.

Set to open its doors in the first quarter of 2021, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh will mark the first Hyatt hotel in the Cambodian capital and the debut of the Hyatt Regency brand in one of Asia’s most dynamic destinations. With 247 guestrooms including 43 suites, the new contemporary-meets-colonial property is ideally situated in the heart of Phnom Penh’s cultural and business district of Doun Penh and within walking distance to the Royal Palace, National Museum and the riverside. Conceived by award-winning Singapore-based SCDA Architects, the interiors of the hotel will reflect Cambodia’s diverse heritage, seamlessly blending Khmer architectural accents, French colonial influences, and specially-commissioned artworks by contemporary Cambodian artist, FONKi.

Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh will feature five dining venues including The Attic, an old world speakeasy-style bar, and a stylish indoor/outdoor open-plan dining concept called FiveFive Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, where guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Mekong River, the Royal Palace and the city skyline alongside refreshing cocktails and lively DJ performances. In addition, the hotel will feature 1,400 square meters of meeting space as well as a slew of recreational facilities including a 24-hour fitness center, tropical infinity pool, spa and the Regency Club Lounge.

Soneva Fushi’s One Island One Resort in the Maldives

Guests can “buy out” Soneva Fushi’s One Island One Resort starting and USD 100,000++ per night in the Maldives

Have you ever wanted a whole island in the middle of the Indian Ocean all to yourself? Does the idea of a tropical resort in the Maldives devoid of anyone save your nearest and dearest, fill you with a sense of calm during these uncertain times?

Soneva’s recently announced a limited-time Island Buyout Offer, valid for stays between now and September 1, 2020 at Soneva Fushi. The Island Buyout Offer lets guests truly immerse themselves in the castaway luxury holiday. Enjoy Soneva’s spacious villas, gourmet dining, and unforgettable experiences in the utmost privacy and seclusion for USD 100,000++ per night at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. Charter a private jet, gather together your favourite people and escape to your private island or resort for sun, sand and sea.

The price is inclusive of accommodation in any of the one- to nine-bedroom villas for as many friends and family as desired, and does not include any meals, experiences or transfers. Create fully bespoke itineraries or make it up as you go along, depending on how many castaway experiences you wish to enjoy. Soneva’s resorts and islands transform into personal havens with empty beaches. Watch your favourite films at Cinema Paradiso beneath the stars where every screening is private, and tempt your palate on international gourmet cuisines as Soneva’s restaurants become your personal kitchens. Indulge in all the ice creams, sorbets, chocolates, cold cuts, cheeses and preserves without wondering if anyone has noticed this is your eighth ice cream that day.

Resort buyouts are perfect for going ahead with your family vacation, reunion or private celebration, and making sure it is just the way you want it to be even during these challenging times. Each resort is operating as usual, but without the worry that the restaurants or experiences might be booked out before you get there. Cycle trails through the island jungle or have the beach or sandbank all to yourself for cocktails at sunset at Soneva Fushi.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, travel restrictions do apply for guests arriving in the Maldives and transiting through certain countries. It’s best to check Maldives Immigration requirements regularly for the latest travel advice. Soneva is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and has implemented a robust prevention and management action plan to safeguard the health of our guests and Hosts during this time.

Soneva also has a flexible cancellation policy during this time.

Park Hyatt Auckland Set To Open Introducing A New Level Of Luxury

New Zealand’s first Park Hyatt hotel will open its restaurants and bars this spring, providing Aucklanders and visitors with new sophisticated places to meet, drink and dine in a prime waterfront location. Hotel guestrooms are currently available for reservations from 15th September, providing unrivalled accommodation options that will set a new benchmark for luxury hospitality in New Zealand.

Overlooking Waitematā Harbour, the new Park Hyatt Auckland will be a sophisticated, waterfront residence that will provide guests with unique and intimate experiences. The hotel will offer intuitive and personalised experiences for discerning domestic travellers, with signature restaurant Onemata set to offer gastronomic delights to both guests and the local community.

“We look forward to introducing the exceptional service that the Park Hyatt brand is renowned for in this dynamic city as the domestic tourism industry in New Zealand evolves in this new era of travel,” said General Manager Brett Sweetman, Park Hyatt Auckland. “In spite of Covid-19, we have kept all 150 employees on board thanks to owners Fu Wah and will recruit more colleagues when the hotel opens. We have created something that will be truly special, and we invite Aucklanders to experience our food and beverage offerings in our waterfront surroundings alongside the standout views.”

Guests booking ahead of 31st October 2020 to stay at the hotel before 31st December can take advantage of Park Hyatt Auckland’s opening offer and receive NZD$50 credit per night to spend on site as well as a complimentary room upgrade to the next room category. 

Concept and design

Designed by Ali Reda from ar+d in Singapore and partnering with local Bossley Architects, the seven-storey hotel has been designed to reflect a Māori wharenui (house) – to be a place of gathering that brings families and communities together. A wharenui is fundamental to Māori life and stands as the beating heart of Māori culture. The exterior of the hotel centres on the notion of a Māori cloak around the building, creating a double skin offering warmth, privacy and beauty. 

Park Hyatt Auckland’s elegant and comfortable interiors were designed by the UK-based Conran and Partners to feel like a home away from home. The hotel’s design evokes a haven of tranquillity and a waterfront oasis that is a short seaside stroll to the bustling CBD. New Zealand’s distinct heritage is woven throughout the hotel’s interior and exterior design accents. The designers worked closely with local Iwi to feature traditional Māori artworks, while native Totara Pouwhenua (carvings) will line the entrances to welcome guests into the hotel. 

Guestrooms

Ranging from 47sqm rooms (almost double the size of comparable rooms in the city), to the 245sqm Presidential Suite, all 195 guestrooms will feature Māori accents, custom-designed tukutuku panels and rugs, made from New Zealand wool. The 23 suites will offer commanding views with the Presidential Suite positioned on the rooftop, featuring an internal garden and a large 125sqm terrace to entertain and soak up the spectacular panoramic views.

Upon entering each elegantly appointed room, guests will benefit from spacious living areas and floor-to-ceiling windows, with the majority of rooms overlooking the Lighter Quay or the harbour. Twin bedrooms will comprise two king single beds and two bathrooms, providing a comfortable sharing experience. The marble bathrooms will come with a separate walk-in shower and deep-soaking bath with luxurious, plant-based, and cruelty-free bath products by cult New York perfumer Le Labo.

 

Drinking and dining 

Park Hyatt Auckland will launch a collection of bars and restaurants designed to enable guests to meet, drink and dine against the mesmerising city skyline and water backdrop as they enjoy authentic and personalised service.The creative culinary team will be helmed by Executive Chef, Brent Martin, a New Zealander who has returned home after an illustrious career spanning six countries and over 20 years managing restaurants in some of the world’s top hotels. 

Drawing from New Zealand’s rich and diverse landscapes and culinary innovation, the immersive dining experiences will include:

  • Onemata, the hotel’s signature restaurant, will serve the finest local produce with a menu driven by seasonal ingredients supplied by carefully chosen New Zealand food artisans and suppliers.
  • The Pantry will offer something for everyone, from a quick grab and go for those on the move to a dine-in experience featuring a modern fresh menuin a relaxed environment.
  • The Living Room, the hotel’s all-day dining venue, will include a-la-carte breakfast and a unique afternoon tea experience with picturesque views on the water’s edge. 
  • Captain’s Bar will concoct classic cocktails with a local twist, from an extensive list of fortified spirits and a menu of snacks and sharing platters.   

 

Events

With more than 9,500 sqm of flexible event spaces, including a ceremonial garden, meeting rooms and Waka; the rooftop bar, Park Hyatt Auckland aims to be the city’s premier location for inspirational and sophisticated social events. The event team at Park Hyatt Auckland will ensure any gathering is defined by creativity and imagination with personalised planning like customised menus and unique decor, providing a commitment to quality with mastery over the details.

Camp Sarika by Amangiri A Desert Escape, Where Adventure Awaits

Camp Sarika by Amangiri is surrounded by 600 hectares of raw wilderness in the heart of the Utah desert and will accommodate 30 guests in ten tented pavilions. Drawing inspiration from the open space and sky, the meaning of its Sanskrit name, Camp Sarika will be an ideal intimate setting with an otherworldly landscape. Offering a connection with nature that leaves city-life a distant memory, Camp Sarika’s design has been developed in timeless-tune with its inspiring environment. It forms an architectural statement and the first year-round camp of its kind in North America.

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Camp Sarika is a 30-minute hike or a five-minute drive from Amangiri and guests can enjoy full access to the main resort’s facilities, it is also a 30-minute drive from the international airport located at the nearest town of Page. Ten tented pavilions, each with their own outdoor deck and private plunge pool are designed to provide guests with unparalleled views overlooking the striking flat-topped mesas. Situated in the main pavilion with both indoor and outdoor seating, the camp’s restaurant is helmed by Chef Anthony Marazita and features a rotisserie grill in the open kitchen, serving Southwestern Native American Cuisine.

Camp Sarika will allow guests to benefit from connecting with nature by increasing mindfulness and reducing stress. The two spa suites at the main pavilion will offer an extensive menu of spa therapies inspired by traditional Navajo wellness practices, as well as Aman’s Signature treatments. Exclusive to Camp Sarika, the ‘Desert Calm’ two-hour long spa treatment is designed to hydrate and soothe the body, mind and spirit. Guests can find new ground by taking part in yoga and guided meditation set in multiple settings. The camp will also offer morning and afternoon wellness experiences indoors and out, canyoneering, its own Via Ferrata route and horseback riding, as well as many other adventure activities.

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The luxury camp will offer a private and peaceful connection with the surrounding landscape, while having all luxuries within close proximity. The camp’s remote location imbues a sense of community and exclusivity to those in residence, a nod to Aman’s trademark appreciation of a destination.

New Melia Koh Samui Resort Unveils Getaway Experience as Thailand Opens Up to Travel

The first Meliá resort to debut in Thailand has unveiled a “Samui Getaway” promotion with 30% off accommodation as a lure to domestic travellers.

The new Meliá Koh Samui, overlooking Choeng Mon Beach on the north-eastern tip of Koh Samui island in the Gulf of Thailand, is offering Thai nationals and expatriates Deluxe Rooms and Premium Pool Access Rooms for THB 2,999 (USD 97) and THB 4,500 (USD 145) nett respectively per night, for direct bookings made by July 31 with a travelling period until December 23, 2020.

The Deluxe Rooms feature a standalone bathtub on a private balcony. The Premium Pool Access Rooms come with private terraces that segue to a 1600 square metre lagoon pool that meanders through the resort’s lush grounds like a river.

Meliá Koh Samui has launched a raft of stringent health, safety and hygiene measures in the wake of COVID-19 under a global program called “Stay Safe With Meliá”, developed in collaboration with certification, inspection and testing company Bureau Veritas and based on World Health Organization recommendations.

The “360 degree” program entails a strict cleaning and disinfection plan endorsed by supplier Diversey and uses technological solutions to minimize physical contact between guests and staff, utilizing occupational health measures to identify people at risk and management of possible cases of infection. The program also includes post-COVID-19 standards to ensure the safety of food and beverage, wellness, entertainment and in-room experiences as well as operational guides targeting staff procedures, training and maintenance of facilities.

The discounted room rate includes breakfast. The resort will provide a complimentary roundtrip transfer for a minimum two-night stay.

Meliá Koh Samui celebrated its grand opening on January 10, cutting the ribbon on a host of world-class facilities including two restaurants, a swim-up bar, a two-level infinity pool, an executive lounge, spa, fitness centre, ballroom and conference facilities and, for families, a kid’s club, outdoor playground and mini water park.

To contact Meliá Koh Samui, please call +66 (0) 89 184 0725 or email reservation.kohsamui@melia.com

The 30% discount on the Deluxe Room and Pool Access Room is valid for bookings made July 31, 2020 for stays taken until December 23, 2020 made directly with the resort by calling +66 77 938 899 or emailing reservation.kohsamui@melia.com. The discounted room rate includes breakfast. This offer includes return airport transfers for a minimum two-night stay. An extra bed is available upon request for an adult or child at THB 1500 (USD 48) and THB 850 (USD 27) respectively. This promotion is non-refundable.

Meliá Koh Samui has also obtained “Amazing Thailand Safety and Health: SHA” certification, developed by Thailand’s Ministry for Tourism in collaboration with public and private sector partners to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 and elevate the country’s tourism industry standards. Under the certification, Meliá Koh Samui must follow strict COVID-19 control guidelines by Thailand’s Department of Disease Control and Ministry of Public Health regarding sanitation and social distancing.