New Gym and Movement Studio at Amansara

Formerly a guest residence of Cambodia’s King Sihanouk, Amansara is a masterpiece of 1960s New Khmer architecture in the heart of Siem Reap. Carefully and sensitively restored back to its former glory in 2002, Amansara boasts original monochrome minimalism and is a subtle contemporary take on Indo-Chinese styling, providing guests with a sophisticated base from which to explore the nearby temples of Angkor. On 1 August, Amansara reopens from a short closure with a series of enhancements, including the launch of a new gym and movement studio and the introduction of several new movement experiences, complementing the hotel’s existing Khmer holistic traditions.

The new gym at Amansara is nestled amongst the resort’s bamboo trees, and features floor to ceiling windows. Located just moments away from the resort’s iconic lap pool, the gym features Technogym equipment, providing guests with the opportunity to work up an appetite before embarking on a street food tour of Siem Reap or dinner at Amansara’s Khmer Village wooden house in Angkor.

The new movement studio benefits is flooded with light with unobstructed views of the surrounding spa garden, with its canopy of mature indigenous trees and serene courtyards. The studio will offer a range of activities inspired by Khmer culture, designed to relax and stretch muscles after a day spent exploring the complex temples of Angkor.

The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe

This upcoming fall season, Tiffany & Co. will be opening One Peking Road, our largest flagship store in Asia, as well as The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe – the second in the world and the first in Asia. One Peking Road and The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe will have its soft openings in early September and mid – October respectively.

Both promise a new and unique experience for long-time patrons of Tiffany & Co. and newcomers alike, with One Peking Road displaying the full range of the house’s extraordinary products, and The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe bringing a slice of New York City to tropical Hong Kong. Featuring crockery and utensils all made by Tiffany & Co., the civilized ritual of afternoon tea is transformed from a purely culinary treat into an all-encompassing sensory experience where guests may immerse themselves into the artistry and craftsmanship that has made the famed jewelry house a truly household name.

In anticipation of The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe’s opening, reservations for seating will be taken through online platform which will be available in mid – October, allowing guests to set a date with beautifully new The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe – to be the first to experience something which has, until now, only been available in Tiffany & Co.’s flagship store in New York City. This fall, the house of Tiffany is taking the city by storm, eager to show Hong Kong the splendor and elegance that only the illustrious American brand can deliver.

Aman Announces a New Destination: AlUla, Saudi Arabia

We are delighted to announce the brand’s forthcoming debut in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2023. Following a partnership with the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), Aman will develop three distinct resorts of architectural excellence in North West Saudi Arabia, in AlUla, a place of extraordinary natural and human heritage, representing an authentic move for the brand and will embrace eco-tourism standards in line with RCU’s commitment to sensitive development, and with Aman’s aim to ensure its destinations are pervaded by a tranquil simplicity offering unmatched opportunities for exploration and discovery.

This debut in AlUla takes Aman to 10 properties situated near or in UNESCO Heritage Sites, making it a fitting location for their first destination in the Middle East. Covering 22,561 sq. km, the vast area of AlUla includes a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and ancient cultural heritage sites dating back thousands of years. The three resorts will offer an incomparable insight into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its magnificent unspoilt, undiscovered natural landscapes and archaeological sites. This development will encompass a fascinating journey to include a tented camp, at one with nature; a sublime resort close to AlUla’s spectacular heritage areas; and Aman’s take on a ranch-style desert resort nestled in an otherworldly setting.

Chairman and CEO of Aman Mr Vladislav Doronin welcomed the new partnership and said: “Many of our existing Aman destinations are located in areas of outstanding natural beauty and rich history. With the addition of spectacular AlUla, this take us to 10 properties situated near or in UNESCO Heritage Sites, making it a fitting location for our first destination in the Middle East.” He added, “Aman is committed to preserving this archaeological wonder with our resorts that will blend into the dramatic surroundings. As part of Aman’s pathfinder spirit, we have a continued mission not only to curate resorts of architectural distinction, but to seek out and introduce our guests to new destinations and experiences.”

Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha celebrating the opening of brand-new store in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong store is the third standalone Simone Rocha store since its first store opening in Mayfair, London in August 2015 which was followed by a second store opening in New York two years later in February 2017. With each new store, Simone takes the opportunity to create an intimate and unique retail atmosphere that offers her customer a chance to engage with the clothes physically and to experience and understand the fabrications and embellishments up close as well as exploring the narrative of her collections.

The 900-square-foot store located on Ice House Street, Central is a joint venture with I.T Group and will feature Simone’s signature Perspex furniture and hand-made sculptures, a balance of craft and modern materials that will be reimagined within the store each season. Alongside these interiors will be hand-molded floral cornicing, pink marble and curated art pieces – including works by Ren Ri and Francis Bacon.

The store will explore continued inspirations of art, family, nature, Ireland and Asia through the store’s design and displays. It will be a platform to present the full range of product that the collections offer, including ready-to-wear, bags, shoes, knitwear and jewellery.

Simone Rocha Hong Kong store

Address: 10 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong

Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm

Tel: 2526 8250

 

Simone Rocha香港專門
地址: 中環雪廠街10號

營業時間: 早上11時至晚上8時

電話: 2526 8250

 

A Brand NEW Benefit Cosmetics Boutique

Brand new pink counter featuring the boldest and most gorgeous beauty land brought to you by Benefit Cosmetics. Step inside our newest beauty destination at V Walk for all of your beauty treatments under one roof!

Take a journey into the bright and enticing neon lights, surrounded by Benefit’s new pop art visuals. The boutique offers the full Benefit Cosmetics assortment and fully equipped with 3 BrowBars, offering our customers with Benefit’s signature eyebrow waxing services and more! The new store design brings a modern touch with a dash of retro to the scene, perfectly in-line with the brand’s quirky-cute, bold & girly style. Whether you’re looking for some brow love and pampering, or merely need a quick fix for a BROW-mergency, the all-new beauty boutique will solve your every beauty dilemma!

Innovative EMS Fitness Center SIXPAD STATION

Innovative EMS Fitness Center SIXPAD STATION

Will be launched in Tsim Sha Tsui’s New Cultural and Retail Landmark – K11 MUSEA

The First Overseas Branch Outside Japan

SIXPAD, the famous smart muscle stimulator brand, opened its first EMS fitness center “SIXPAD STATION” in Daikanyama, Japan last year. The second branch was opened in Roppongi in April 2019. The brand has always been committed to bringing the most innovative and effective training methods to Hong Kong’s passionate sports enthusiasts and health-conscious people, allowing them to enjoy an unprecedented workout experience. SIXPAD STATION will be introduced to Hong Kong and become the first overseas branch outside Japan in September this year, launching in the new cultural and retail landmark K11 MUSEA in Tsim Sha Tsui!

SIXPAD STATION combines advanced technologies to bring new and effective training methods to users. The SIXPAD STATION in K11 MUSEA features five training zones, where each user is fitted with a Full Body Suit with 18 EMS devices for 9 different body parts. Users will follow the specific movements displayed by the Digital Training Mirror and experience EMS-hybrid training. In each training session, you will engage in a fun workout with one-on-one coaching, and in just 15 minutes, you will be effectively toning your body and improving your health.

The SIXPAD STATION in K11 MUSEA will open in September. A first-time experience will be available at HK$400. You can now head to the SIXPAD STATION official website (http://www.sixpad-station.hk) or call us at 2361 4328 for an appointment or inquiries.

Hoegaarden x Think of a Style launches HK’s largest handicraft market @Summerfest | 23-25 Aug 2019

Hoegaarden x Think of a Style launches HK’s largest handicraft market @Summerfest | 23-25 Aug 2019

Since 2016, summers in Hong Kong have been made cool with authentic Belgian wheat beer brand Hoegaarden and its unique “Gaarden” concept. This year, for the second time, Hoegaarden links up with local handicraft platform Think of a Style and Central Venue Management (CVM) to bring back the Gaarden at the iconic “Think of a Market @SummerFest” – marking the city’s largest handicraft marketplace. From 23 to 25 August, over 100,000 people are expected to gather at Central Harbourfront to experience the ultimate summer vibes with art, design and creativity as well as nature and sustainability at heart.

Keep Cool with Hoegaarden

Nothing beats chilling out with friends in lush green nature in the summertime. What’s missing from this picture is a cool drink in hand.  At “The Gaarden”, besides the signature White and Rosée beers on tap, Hoegaarden has concocted two delicious cocktails: Hoegaarden White Lychee Blossom – featuring Hoegaarden White with lychee, elderflower and lemon zest, and Hoegaarden Rosée Rhapsody – a mixture Hoegaarden Rosée with gin, cucumber and grenadine.

Hoegaarden brings an all-new and exclusive product to “The Gaarden” this year – the Radler 0.0 – an alcohol-free beer in Agrum. Don’t miss the 0.0-infused mocktail – the Tropical Twist, featuring strawberry and pineapple juice.

Furthermore, handicraft workshops available at “The Gaarden” this year also convey recycling and upcycling messages.

Handicraft Workshops

Guests can take a break from shopping for beautiful handmade items at the market and get crafty withTie-Dye, Coaster Painting and Leather Keychain Workshops by Hoegaarden.

Foodies, Assemble!

This year, in partnership with Café Deco and Food Panda, Hoegaarden lines up a spread of delicious food for gourmands to enjoy. Various brands under Café Deco Group, including Beerliner German Bar & Restaurant, Stormies and 2/3 Dolci, will present a vast array of delicacies at the Summerfest.

Skip the lines as Hoegaarden links up with Food Panda to offer a seamless ordering system.

PS. Don’t miss Hoegaarden’s special limited edition Rosée cake!

Live Performances at the Gaarden

Completing “The Gaarden” experience is the music. Hoegaarden and Think of a Style lines up non-stop soulful tunes and performances from Friday to Sunday. In addition to welcoming back beloved buskers Judas Law and Mr. Wally, Hoegaarden brings a number of local musicians to “The Gaarden”, including Rachel – member of YouTube sensation Manner – and band Robynn & Kendy.

Think of a Market @SummerFest by Hoegaarden

Opening dates: August 23 to 25 2019 (Friday to Sunday)

Opening hours: 3pm – 9pm daily

Place: Central Harbourfront Zone C and D

Campaign website: http://thegaarden.hk/

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, the inspirational island oasis nestled in the South Ari Atoll embarks on an eco-journey though working with leading environmental organization and collaboration network, Parley For The Oceans and ephemeral artist, John K. Melvin to ignite a new appreciation for the oceans and surrounding environment. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is committed to the ban of single-use plastics and will soon feature Parley products, which will aid guests in understanding their ecological footprint and helping to reduce it while they are on property and long after they leave. To celebrate the progressive movement towards furthering sustainable hospitality, the resort unveiled a large-scale installation by acclaimed artist John K. Melvin. Encouraging participation from both the Maldives community and global travelers alike, the resort continues to further its commitment to preserving the beauty of the Maldives, for generations to come.

Starting late summer 2019, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will work with Parley For The Oceans to take an active role in becoming part of the solution to the challenges that face the world’s oceans. Following the principles of the Parley AIR Hospitality Program (Avoid, Intercept, Redesign), the resort will help to drive change by offering its guests a Parley Kit available in each guest villa. Each ParleyKit contains a reusable stainless steel 0.7L Conrad x Parley co-branded water bottle and a Parley Ocean Plastic® Tote Bag. Each bag is made of an average of 5 intercepted plastic bottles and its purchase contributes to the removal of 10 pounds of marine plastic waste via the Parley Global Clean Up Network. This way, Conrad guests are encouraged to play an active role in reducing the use of harmful materials.

“With a mindful approach to travel, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island continues to inspire change,” said Stefano Ruzza, General Manager of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. “Through creative collaborations with likeminded brands and the development of unique and educational experiences on and off property, we encourage our guests to become part of the solution as they reinforce a positive impact while traveling as well as in their daily life at home.”

Benetti delivers FB275

The final installment of Benetti’s Giga Season kicks off as the yard announces the successful delivery of the 108-metre flagship Giga yacht FB275, the longest yacht ever built by Benetti. Featuring exterior design and décor by RWD and interiors by Benetti’s in-house design team. Onboard amenities such as her large swimming pool, on board cinema, fire pit and treasure trove of water toys make her live up to her Giga yacht status.

Benetti is proud to announce the delivery of the first Giga yacht of its iconic Giga Season. The longest of three 100+ metre yachts built simultaneously by Benetti at its Italian facilities, the 108-metre flagship FB275 departed Benetti’s yard in Livorno on July 26. Featuring exterior design and décor from the British RWD studio, her interior design is from the drawing boards of Benetti’s in-house design team.

“FB275: a great success for Benetti, for Livorno, for Italy. Today we completed this delivery 40 days before the due time. We have made the owner, his captain and his team extremely happy and proud of such a real masterpiece. My warmest thanks to the owner who trusted Benetti, to Franco Fusignani and all Benetti management who have made this extraordinary achievement possible” said Paolo Vitelli, Founder and President of Azimut|Benetti Group.

The departure of FB275 marks a significant milestone for the leading Italian shipyard. With a steel hull, aluminium superstructure and a naval architecture by Pierluigi Ausonio, the 108-metre FB275 is the longest Giga yacht ever to be delivered by Benetti. She features 14.5 meters beam, a draft of 4.4 meters and a gross tonnage of 3,367 tonnes. After 4 sea trials she is now accredited with Lloyd Certification.

With a fuel tank capacity of 345,000 litres and powerful twin MTU 2880 kW engines, she has a maximum speed of 18.5 knots and an autonomous range of 6,500 nm at 14 knots. Benetti’s new flagship Giga yacht also boasts an electric Schottel stern SPJ pump jet to enable the yacht to travel distances powered entirely by electric propulsion.

Inside Benetti’s largest Giga yacht

From the large heated swimming pool on the Main Deck to her treasure trove of yacht toys and tenders accommodated on board, the FB275 is a Giga yacht built for embracing the very best of the yacht life. In addition to her 2 14-metre tenders together with a 10-metre custom tender and a total of 8 jet skis, she boasts more than 1,000 square metres entirely devoted to outdoor living spaces. The Observation Deck is a highlight on board, providing breathtaking evenings under the stars, while on the Bridge Deck a 1.5-metre fire pit sets the scene for cosy nights at sea. The Owner’s Deck features its own private al fresco dining and relaxation areas, while on the Main Deck a vast dining table provides the perfect setting for an evening of al fresco fine dining.

“The exterior design of FB275 epitomises all that RWD strive for in our designs – elegance, beauty, attention to detail and absolute quality in every surface and sweeping curve” said Adrian Chisnell, Team Principal at RWD. “Many years in development, the exterior lines were created to portray a purposeful and powerful stature yet with a timeless flowing silhouette. Significant engineering accomplishments on board coupled with such an elegant exterior form, masterfully crafted by Benetti create a unique statement – of which RWD’s whole team are incredibly proud.”

FB275 accommodates up to 22 guests on board in absolute comfort and luxury, tended to by a yacht crew of 29.

Dawn of the Giga yacht

The Benetti’s Giga Season officially kicked off with the builds of three 100+ metre Giga yachts at the Benetti facilities in Italy. To rise to the enormous challenge of building three luxury Giga yachts of this size concurrently, Benetti heavily invested in their company processes, as well as their Livorno facilities. A fully ENAC – Italian Civil Aviation Authority – compliant helipad was installed for the comfort and convenience of clients and their staff, while two new 58.5 x 137-metre sheds enabled Benetti to massively increase its productivity. Both sheds are equipped with two gantry cranes with a maximum capacity of 40 tonnes.

The development by Benetti of the three Giga yachts construction programme has also required the creation of an exceptional team of experts specialised in large yacht construction. Benetti is one of the very few shipyards in the world with the capabilities to build yachts exceeding 100-metres in length. This is part of a long-term plan for Benetti, and it is, indeed, the dawn of the Giga yacht in Italy. For the first time, an Italian private yard will be a serious competitor in the international 100+ metre luxury yacht market.

“I’m extremely proud of the progress we’ve made at Benetti. We’ve worked hard to innovate and develop efficiency in all aspects of our business – from our organisational processes to our construction methods. The launch in exactly 100 days of 3 Giga yachts, each one over 100 meters in length and build in parallel here in Livorno, and FB275 delivery are a statement of this progress as less than 4 months have passed since her launch” said Mr. Fusignani, Benetti CEO, “Under the supervision of Maria Rosa Remedi, from Benetti Interior Style Department, Mauro Izzo and his team worked tirelessly on FB275 interiors design for 500,000 work hours. Focusing on processes has allowed us to take a big step into the future of large yacht building – all while maintaining a quality of Giga yacht that we are proud to brand Made in Italy.”

With FB275 now delivered to her owners, the handover of the 107-metre FB277 will follow shortly, followed by the delivery of FB272 in the second half of the year.

Benetti

Founded in 1873, Benetti is the oldest Italian shipyard specialized in luxury yachts, an icon of an Italian timeless style and of construction excellence. Every yacht is unique, developed around its owner. Benetti designs, builds and sells vessels in composite materials and aluminium from 29 to 45 meters and boats in steel and aluminium from 45 to more than 100 meters. Benetti’s fleet consists of 4 categories: Class, Oasis, BNow and Custom designed to meet all the needs of the market. In Livorno and in the Viareggio Headquarters, as well as its direct offices in Fort Lauderdale, Dubai, Hong Kong and London, Benetti recruits highly skilled personnel, located throughout the productive units. Benetti belongs to the Azimut|Benetti Group, the largest private-owned luxury sailing group in the world.

Gucci Appoints Renée E. Tirado

Gucci announces that Renée E. Tirado has joined the company to lead its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts globally. Tirado’s appointment is part of the company’s continued mission for a positive corporate culture and long-term diversity and inclusion plan announced earlier this year in February. She will be based in New York and will report directly to President and CEO, Marco Bizzarri.

“Since 2015, Alessandro and I have worked to put culture – self-expression and inclusivity – at the center of what we do. I strongly believe diversity empowers creativity. All that we have accomplished has been driven by these values,” said Marco Bizzarri. “This appointment is a fundamental building block to further our commitment and support the initiatives already in place. As a learning organization, we have challenged ourselves over the last few months to accelerate our vision to develop a stronger organization. I am confident that Renée will help us create the meaningful change we want to see not only in our company but in the fashion industry.”

Tirado will design, develop and implement a global strategy to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace and increase workforce diversity as it relates to Gucci’s business initiatives. She will ensure diversity, equity and inclusion are implemented across all regions by hiring and leading a global team of DE&I advocates. Tirado’s strategy will progressively impact our current recruitment approaches as well as our ways to review and promote talents internally. Building upon Gucci’s existing corporate culture initiatives, Tirado will oversee the Cultural Awareness Learning Program for all global employees, the Global Multicultural Design Fellowship Program, the Internal Global Exchange Program, and Employee Resource Groups while aligning with parent company Kering’s overall DE&I vision.

At a grassroots level, Tirado will weave the existing core values of DE&I into the fabric of Gucci’s organization touching all levels, positions and regions. She will advance the many initiatives the brand has launched in the last several years, such as support of the LGBTQIA community and gender equality through Gucci’s membership of Parks, support of the “UN LGBT Business Conduct Standards,” and United States Supreme Court brief in favor of LGBTQ workers, participation in UNICEF’s Girls’ Empowerment Initiative, and Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign.

Tirado will become a member of the Gucci Changemakers Council, an external collective of community leaders and social change experts committed to the advancement of diversity and inclusivity through actionable change.  She will partner closely with Antoine Phillips, the recently appointed Vice President of Brand and Culture Engagement at Gucci America, and his team in their efforts to strengthen local social impact activities through the Changemakers initiatives. Given Tirado’s extensive work for women’s equality, she will also join the CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board. CHIME FOR CHANGE was founded by Gucci in 2013 to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for gender equality globally, with a focus on Education, Health and Justice.

“I am in the business of making human connections that start with the foundations of inclusivity, respect, and diversity to ensure Gucci remains culturally relevant and economically competitive. I am honored to join a company that puts these non-negotiable values at the forefront of their business model, not as ‘a nice to have’ but as a key component of its business strategy” said Tirado. “Diversity is on the agenda of many companies, but Gucci has now assumed a leadership role in the industry through the breadth of initiatives it is undertaking and the prioritization it has placed on it as a part of the overall business.”

Bizzarri noted, “Renée believes that diversity and equity should be a daily way of being. She understands that this mission is something that needs to be shared by all within the company as an essential foundation of our Culture of Purpose. It is this deep commitment paired with her unique experience that made her the natural choice for this leadership role.”