Bali Resort Readies For International Tourism With New Offer

Bali has rolled out a reopening plan with increased vaccination, green zones, and pre-flight Covid testing

As Bali prepares to welcome tourists from July 1st one local resort has launched a stay package designed for this new period of travel.

Aptly named “The Art of Renaissance”, the new offer from Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, draws inspiration from a time in history marked by great change and creativity. The two-night (or more) stay consists of five experiences selected to introduce guests to the local culture, while helping them release what they need to from the year past and start afresh. The offering includes the below:

  • An art tour of the former estate of a renowned collector – Dua Dari, a Resort by Hadiprana, is the former holiday home of the Hadiprana family. A collection from the late architect & art collector, Hendra Hadiprana, is spread out over the two-hectare site. Numerous colossal stone sculptures of women and angels perch throughout the verdant grounds and paintings from local artists can be found within the traditional Balinese buildings.
  • A private bonfire at Dua Dari Ubud – Fire is thought to be the protector of humanity in Hinduism, the predominant religion in Bali, and is used in many Hindu ceremonies that form a rite of passage. Guests will enjoy a private bonfire followed by a BBQ dinner in a secluded section of the estate, surrounded by the glow of candlelight.
  • A purification ceremony at a local water temple – This water cleansing ritual is what Balinese do when they are stressed or under pressure, to bring them back into balance. As we enter a new phase this ceremony is a way for guests to wash away what they need to from the year prior.
  • Revival spa ritual overlooking the rice paddies – This two hour ritual at Tanah Gajah’s spa includes a one hour Balinese-style massage, followed by a 30-minute scrub using a blend of local coffee powder, rice bran flour, and mung bean powder (each of which has distinct benefits from anti-aging to sun protection). The ritual finishes with a herbal bath soak, using carefully selected plants like pandan leaves, a local symbol of wisdom used in temple offerings.
  • An inner reset with farm-to-table dining – Local, sustainable produce has long been at the core of Tanah Gajah’s food philosophy and the resort’s farm-to-table dining experience is a reflection of that. The omakase-style meal is an interactive dining experience with Chef Dean, with the backdrop to the meal being the organic garden where the food comes from.

Experiences were designed with social distancing in mind, something that also comes naturally at this six-hectare property with just 20 suites and villas on the outskirts of Ubud.

To help guests further feel at ease the entire property is sprayed down with disinfectant twice a week and housekeeping disinfects guest rooms on a daily basis. Hand sanitizer is available at all outlets (from the lobby to the swimming pool) and hand sanitizer is also distributed to each guest as well as a reusable fabric mask. The butler is the guest’s only point of personal contact and visitors will be escorted directly to their villa by their personal butler instead of checking in at the lobby.

The Art of Renaissance package will be available until December 23rd, 2021 with a special rate starting from USD 665 nett for two nights in One Bedroom Club Suite including club benefits. https://www.tanahgajahubud.com/en/offers-promotion/the-art-of-renaissance

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt Brand Expands in China with the Opening of Commune by the Great Wall

The Great Wall in the Yangqing District of Beijing, marking the sixth property in China for The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand. Distinguished by modern architectural masterpieces that stand in beautiful contrast to the ancient architectural wonder of the Great Wall, the 176-room hotel offers guests an unforgettable journey of discovery off the well-trodden path. The hotel lies nestled in the foothills of the peaceful Shuiguan Mountains amid an intensely beautiful landscape of undulating hills and valleys. In this remote spot just over an hour’s drive from downtown Beijing, the hotel offers a quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle to reconnect with nature, each other and oneself.

 

Rooms and Villas

Originally conceived as a private collection of contemporary architecture designed by 12 Asian architects, Commune by the Great Wall was bestowed a special prize at the 2002 La Biennale di Venezia and, in 2005, was hailed by Business Week as a “New Architectural Wonder of China.”

 

Today, the hotel has 176 rooms and suites spread across 36 villas, including Cantilever House, Bamboo Wall, Shared House, Forest House, and a collection of resort-inspired villas where most rooms feature a private terrace. Each villa has its own unique design theme, from the Japanese-inspired Bamboo Wall, which offers fivebedrooms and a tea room, to Forest House, a cozy six-bedroom hideaway designed to reflect the woods that surround it outside. Guests can enjoy mountain views from every room and access to the villas’ shared living spaces. An entire villa can also be booked for the ultimate private retreat with family or friends.

 

Dining with a View

Fresh seasonal ingredients and scenic mountain views provide an intimate connection with the locale when dining at Commune by the Great Wall. The Commune Kitchen tempts palates with refined Chinese cuisine and an emphasis on the authentic flavors of China’s northern region. The Poolside Café and Bar serves light bites and is the perfect spot for enjoying sunset on the terrace. Guests can also create a collectible moment with a tailor-made private dining experience, whether a birthday dinner prepared by a personal chef in-villa or a gourmet picnic on the Great Wall.

 

Wellness and Outdoor Activities

Rejuvenation awaits at the hotel’s spa featuring 15 luxurious spa rooms and a fitness center providing space for a revitalizing workout and mindful practices such as tai chi and yoga. Young guests can enjoy the Kids’ Club, offering hours of indoor fun and seasonal activities in the great outdoors, including gardening, camping, hiking, and stargazing.

 

Spaces to Meet and Celebrate

The hotel features indoor and outdoor venues like no other for corporate gatherings, weddings and events, supported by experienced event planning and catering teams and state-of-the-art facilities. The hotel’s Suitcase House villa offers 1,076 square feet (100 square meters) of daylight-filled multifunctional space for meetings, while the 9,213-square-foot (856-square-meter) Commune Ballroom adjoined by an outdoor courtyard is ideal for conferences and exhibitions. Wedding celebrations take center stage on the gorgeous Commune Lawn surrounded by forest, or up among the treetops in an exclusive rooftop setting.

Dusit Thani Maldives welcomes professional tennis coach Jerome Becker

The ATP-ranked former champion delivers game-changing instruction in two tropical tennis camps

Mudhdhoo Island, 20 March 2021 – Where better to master the perfect serve than on a pristine Indian Ocean island? From 22 March to 10 April 2021, professional coach Jerome Becker will lead two 10-day camps combining targeted tennis instruction with a host of island activities, for an unforgettable retreat at the five-star Maldives resort.

With countless tournament successes in his native Germany and beyond, coach Jerome holds the highest A-license to train ATP players. He leverages his lifetime of tennis expertise to provide personalised and effective training to tennis enthusiasts, whether children, adults, beginners or advanced.

Dusit Thani Maldives welcomes the seasoned pro to the luxurious resort, where he will share his considerable skills with a maximum of eight participants in two exclusive tennis camps over the spring season. As well as the chance to improve forehand, backhand and everything in between with focused guidance from Jerome, camp attendees will enjoy a schedule of diverse activities.

Each camp opens with a chance to mingle at a twilight cocktail party. Sunrise yoga, beach fitness and functional stretching workshops support daily tennis practice, while sound bath and breathwork sessions provide opportunities to relax. Guided snorkelling excursions are a chance to explore the natural beauty that surrounds the resort and encounter exotic inhabitants including dolphins and manta rays. Regular camp dinners culminate in a beach party and prize-giving on the final day. Participants enjoy an action-packed ten days in paradise as well as gracious Dusit hospitality in world-class accommodation.

Jerome Becker’s tropical tennis camps take place from 22 to 31 March 2021 and from 1 to 10 April 2021. Spaces are strictly limited and early reservation is highly recommended. For more information, please contact resmaldives@dusit.com

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Dusit Thani Maldives plan to celebrate Easter in style

Dusit Thani Maldives, a luxury Thai-inspired resort on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll, is set to celebrate the arrival spring with a calendar of special events honouring different festivals from around the world, such as Holi, Songkran and Easter, with dining, dancing, and other memorable experiences for guests to enjoy.

The fun begins on Sunday 28 March with a beach party to mark the Hindu festival of Holi, complete with colourful powder, delicious food and music. Guests are invited to sample authentic flavours and a joyful celebration of life to start the season.

In anticipation of Easter Week, the resort welcomes Chef Vreni Giger from Switzerland for a selection of special culinary events. Named Chef of the Year in 2003, Chef Vreni maintained an unbroken record of 17 Gault Millau points at Jägerhof in St Gallen and since she moved to Rigiblick at Sorell Hotel, the restaurant has been awarded One-Michelin star. Guests at Dusit Thani Maldives will have the chance to learn the secrets of her unique organic gastronomy at a cooking class on 29 March and to sample her distinct, seasonal, produce-forward style at a gala dinner on Saturday 3 April and a beach barbecue on Tuesday 7 April. A surprise dish crafted by Chef Vreni will also feature as part of an indulge brunch on Easter Sunday.

Younger guests look forward to an action-packed Easter Week at Baan Sanook, the resort’s dedicated kids’ club, where each day is themed and filled with arts, crafts, games and fun. Highlights include egg and spoon racing, Easter egg hunting and cookie decorating.

As Thailand marks its New Year festival, guests in The Maldives need not miss out. A Songkran-themed pool party offers the chance to splash and celebrate in tropical style, and an exquisite set dinner at renowned Thai restaurant Benjarong explores the Kingdom’s beloved cuisine on Tuesday 13 April.

Additional opportunities to get into the festive spirit during the Easter holidays include a White Party at Sand Bar, a lobster barbecue at Sea Grill and a Good Friday dinner starring fresh tuna, caught by Maldivian fishermen. Special spa packages at Devarana Wellness ensure guests maintain a blissful balance during their celebratory stay, and the Ocean Dive Centre offers chances to make the most of the unparalleled underwater beauty surrounding the island.

For more information about Dusit Thani Maldives’ programme for Easter and beyond, contact: resmaldives@dusit.com

 

A Tranquil Retreat at The Reverie Saigon, Vietnam

New Cà Phê Delight spa treatments at The Spa offer guests a luxurious wellness journey

In today’s new era of health and wellness, The Reverie Saigon,the most spectacularly extravagant hotel in Saigon, Vietnam offers guests a tranquil oasis from which to rejuvenate and re-boost for post-COVID travel. The Spa at The Reverie Saigon encompasses a 1,200-square-metre sanctuary in the heart of the bustling city.  The Spa has introduced two exclusive and authentic spa treatments by Cà Phê Delight to enliven mind, body, and soul by engaging the five senses.

Cà Phê Delight – The Newest Vietnamese Coffee Spa Treatment 

The Spa invites guests to experience the ultimate Vietnamese pampering session with the newest spa treatment – Cà Phê Delight – combing two of Vietnam’s most well-known favourites: skin care and Vietnamese coffee.

Cà Phê Delight is a combination of Swedish massage techniques using rice ban oil which nourishes and hydrates the skin. This treatment is a purifying journey aiming to encourage deep relaxation, skin cleansing from any pollutants in the environment, and increased blood flow stimulated using the organic caffeine content of Vietnamese coffee.

Cà Phê Delight is priced at USD 125 (VND 2,900,000) for 90 minutes with a selection of treatments including foot ritual, Swedish massage with organic coffee and rice bran oil, scalp massage, and refreshment.

The Reverie Experiences – Origins of Love

The Spa at The Reverie Saigon also introduces the Origins of Love spa package, a perfect hideaway spa experience for couples to celebrate their memorable time together.

The unforgettable escape begins with a luxurious limousine pick-up within Saigon’s city. Upon arrival at The Spa, the guests can indulge in caviar and a perfectly chilled bottle of champagne before the serious pampering begins with an herb-infused hot compress to relieve muscle tension, followed by an invigorating aromatic honey sugar and red wine body scrub to reveal natural and supple skin.

The treatment finishes with a soothing and rejuvenating body massage using natural oils guaranteed to re-harmonise body and mind while also elevating the sense of love, romance, and intimacy. Rejuvenating mixology and a selection of spa refreshments will be presented to each couple after the treatment.

The Origins of Love spa package is priced at USD 799 (VND 18,500,000) for 180 minutes.

 

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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.