A novel way to travel: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants launches new Travel Book Club

A novel way to travel: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants launches new Travel Book Club

Bookworms can enjoy literary travel while they await literal travel

While travel bucket lists may be on hold for some of us right now, discovering new places, cultures and people through the pages of a book is still filled with the promise of pleasure and escape. Book buying grew by up to 400% week on week at some points during the pandemic, as many rediscovered the joy of reading as escapism and mindfulness. For those who are ready to travel, the thought of a sun lounger or hammock accompanied by a great read is one of many reasons to book a trip.

Launching today, Kimpton Book Club invites travellers to explore the fascinating cities where some Kimpton hotels are found through stories new and old, inspired by or set in these favourite and bucket list destinations. Titles are by classic and modern writers, novelists and poets; those who are natives of the city or visitors showing it through fresh eyes; sharing snapshots of the day-to-day, their version of historic events, or telling personal tales against a backdrop of that place. Specially curated reading lists mean you can explore Edinburgh through the story of Dexter and Emma in David Nicholl’s 2009 novel One Day or consider Tokyo with the poetic recollections of Yayoi Kusama in Every Day I Pray for Love. Why not travel to Bangkok through the pages of a recipe book?

Dig into the reading lists from Kimpton hotels in Bangkok, London, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Paris Barcelona and Edinburgh, as well as Bali (opening later this year) on the Kimpton Book Club site here.

Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo has designed a package for travelling bookworms. The one-night package includes in-room Afternoon tea to enjoy with a page-turner, access to the books in the Kimpton Book Club reading lists via digital tablet during their stay, as well as a paperback book to take away upon check out to enjoy at home or on their next trip.  All this on top of signature perks, including Social Hour at 5pm and Morning Kickstart at The Jones Café & Bar. Details and terms and conditions can be found here.  Book direct with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and IHG Hotels & Resorts for great value and flexible cancellations policy, plus earn and spend points and enjoy perks when you are back on the road with IHG Rewards.

Kimpton is also encouraging reconnecting through the Kimpton Book Club for those separated by current travel restrictions. Friends and family can explore the world together through Kimpton’s curated reading list of fiction and non-fiction titles available in local bookstores or downloadable as an e-book in multiple languages.

Look out for more Book Club activities from Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok in the coming months, and the opening of the brand’s first resort in Thailand, Kimpton Kitalay Samui in late 2021, welcoming guests to a differentiated stay experience on Choengmon Beach.

Kimpton service is driven by heartfelt human connection, with every detail thoughtfully curated and artfully delivered so that guest experiences remain personal, unscripted and meaningful. Share your #KimptonBookClub moments on social.

Kimpton Hotels in the US have launched a partnership with Literary Hub, the go-to site for book lovers and literary culture. Enjoy discounted rates and cosy up in a Kimpton hotel room with one of the seasonal book recommendations, or venture out on a book lovers’ travel itinerary. The books selected each season will reflect how literature responds to cultural moments and the realities of our shifting world. Find out more or book here.

Christian Dior Designer of Dreams

At the musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris1, the exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams reinvented at the Brooklyn Museum in New York starting on September 10th, 2021, thanks to curator Florence Müller, accompanied by curator Matthew Yokobosky2 for a selection of works in the museum’s holdings. Through a new scenographic narrative – featuring several silhouettes unveiled here for the first time – this event crowns more than seventy years of virtuoso passion initiated by Christian Dior’s pioneering vision. In September 1947, just a few months after the triumph of the New Look, the couturier flew to the United States, a country with which the House has forged a long, steadfast friendship. The American dream meets the Dior dream – from fashion to art.
1 A retrospective conceived for the House’s seventieth anniversary, which has also been reinvented in London, Shanghai and Chengdu.
2 Curator of Fashion and Material Culture at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

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Looking locally for inspiration @ Art Fair 2021

  • Fantastic response on the first day with a host of enthusiastic and highly engaged visitors returning to the fair
  • Not to be missed exhibitions from 44 participating galleries, both local and international
  • Over 200 artworks sold to be proudly displayed in homes across Hong Kong and treasured by all the family
  • Looking to the future by supporting the rising stars of Hong Kong’s art scene via the Young Talent program
  • Making lasting family memories as all ages come together to appreciate art via engaging with interactive installations and through active participation in workshops

The eighth edition of the Affordable Art Fair officially opened its doors to an eager audience of art enthusiasts on Thursday 26th August. The first day saw an overwhelmingly positive response to the fair being back once again at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a vibrant buzzing atmosphere of visitors poring over works from over 40 local and international galleries. With 80% of galleries selling over 200 artworks on day one, it was evident that the newly instated Crossing Borders initiative and abundance of local talent was a hit with Hong Kong’s art loving community who decided to take a piece of the fair home with them to treasure forever. Highlights of the fair that proved hugely popular included the eye-catching entrance mural, depicting a bustling vibrant Hong Kong cityscape, which was part of Young Soy Gallery’s Fragrant Harbour series. Special projects from Sky Yukata and Angel Hui’s Thousand’s Handsproved immensely engaging, with many visitors interacting with the pieces and capturing their own photos and making lasting memories. Running until 29 August, here is what not to miss at this year’s event:


Affordable Art Fair’s passion to present quality contemporary art has broken through travel limitations with the introduction of the Crossing Borders initiatives. A new key feature of this year’s event, 8 international galleries are exhibiting as a selection in Crossing Borders, a dedicated exhibition space curated by the Fair’s team, showcasing individual artworks than have been shipped to Hong Kong especially for this year’s fair.  Not to be missed, check out works from Marine House at Beer, established in 1998, the UK based gallery focusses on original paintings, ceramics, and studio glass, with selections of work by over 100 artists always available;  Australia based Van Rensburg Galleries share Affordable Art Fair’s mission of supporting globally emerging and emerged artists, by connecting artists and collectors in an authentic way through making their work accessible to the widest possible audience via online, art fairs, and our galleries; Utterly Art is a leading gallery exhibiting Singaporean and SE Asian art, alongside being one of Singapore’s most active art spaces, changing shows with alarming regularity to enable a wide spectrum of artists a chance to exhibit.


Being somewhat cut off from the rest of the world has given Affordable Art Fair’s curation team an even greater appreciation for the abundance of talent we have right here in Hong Kong. Approaching this as an opportunity to shine a light on the community, of the 16 new galleries joining the fair for the first time this year, 13 are local to Hong Kong. One local group show not to be missed is Fragrant Harbour by Young Soy Gallery. The show features works from various artists and their interpretation of Hong Kong, our fragrant harbour, the way they see and experience it. For some, Hong Kong has always been home; for others, Hong Kong has become home. Still, each artist uses their art to broadcast their personal experiences of the city outwards. Fragrant Harbour serves as a visual ode to Hong Kong from its most devoted residents, both local and foreign.


Inspiring future artists everywhere, Young Talent Hong Kong returns to Affordable Art Fair with a host of works on display from of emerging homegrown talent, curated especially by the fair team. Lam Tak Shun, Alex frequently incorporates the vivid colours and imagery of California, England’s delight for literature and individuality, and Hong Kong’s distinctive energy and pace, into his artworks; University of Art London graduate, Ho Shuk Mei, Corn produces works often inspired by the psychological, showcasing atmospheric and melancholic paintings which delve into deeper levels of human innermost states of mind; Emerging artist Hui Hoi Kui, Angel is fascinated in daily objects, often discovering new meaning in them by twisting traditional art form and appropriating common materials to become part of her artwork.


Art has no age limits, which was made more evident by seeing the array of families engaging with artworks and choosing together which pieces to bring into their homes. Whether you are a seasoned fair goer or experiencing art for the very first time, there is something for all ages to enjoy at this year’s event.  Proving hugely popular with adults and children alike were the interactive special projects, such as Sky Yukata’s Leave Your Mark | Intangible Space – a mixed media structure with a digital interface which brings people together through shared experience of exploring our perception of natural landscape in the digital era, and re-imagines the connections between people and the digital landscape saturated with ubiquitous mobile devices. Mandy Ma’s In the Presence of You, an installation made from kids wool fabrics, saw children physically exploring the artwork through play, which was joyous to see. For the Instagram generation, a content making moment was to be found at Angel Hui’s Thousand Hands LED installation, providing the perfect photo backdrop. More family memories are to be made across the weekend with a program of educational and engaging workshops aim to inspire future generations to realise the importance of the arts, provided by Hong Kong Association of Art Therapists, Sovereign Art Foundation and Art Loop –  Don’t miss booking your slot by registering in advance for sessions.


BaseHall Celebrates its First Anniversary As Leading Food Hall in Hong Kong

Despite opening amidst a tumultuous year in Hong Kong, BaseHall is celebrating its first anniversary and continuing its mission to act as a platform for local culinary talent, whilst cementing its position as a go-to destination for foodie and cultural activities in the heart of Central.

Over the last year, the multi-concept food hall at Central’s Jardine House has delighted guests with the addition of new vendors and a series of exciting cultural and festive events. As it moves into its second year, BaseHall is reflecting on the wins during a year of uncertainty, including supporting its vendors throughout the pandemic and importantly, keeping all staff employed. And now, with the situation in Hong Kong continuing to improve, the food hall is ready to take things up a notch in its second year by introducing more gastronomic experiences and regular events.

From the very beginning, BaseHall’s mission was, and continues to be, to celebrate Hong Kong’s best homegrown culinary talent. Over two years, ten of the most exciting and upcoming concepts were handpicked to become the first operators at BaseHall. Thus, creating a truly diverse dining destination.

Since then, BaseHall has added a wealth of captivating new dining experiences over its first year. FRANCIS, the popular Middle Eastern eatery in Wan Chai headed by chef Asher Goldstein, became the first new operator to be added to the original line-up in May 2021. The popular BaseHall Bar introduced its WineHouse concept, debuting a highly curated collection of wines from across the world alongside sparkling Sakes and a refreshing cocktail menu. Meanwhile, Pub 1842, the pub concept overseen by local brewery Young Master Ales, launched its rotating culinary pop-up concept, Grub 1842, with its well-received series of indulgent Mac & Cheese options. Before the end of 2021, BaseHall will introduce three additional new exciting F&B partners to its roster of vendors.

Despite the uncertainty of ever-changing restrictions, BaseHall was also able to safely host several events over the year, living up to its ambition of becoming a multi-faceted space that’s unmatched in energy, diversity, and atmosphere. From fun-filled Oktoberfest and Cinco de Mayo fiestas to its first-ever Drag Bingo night and a regular rotation of comedy and DJ nights, BaseHall has gone beyond honouring the local food scene to celebrate local musicians, comedians, drag queens, and more.

Looking ahead, BaseHall will kick off its second year in style with an exhilarating anniversary party this August. “HEATWAVE” will bring the atmosphere of London’s famous Notting Hill summer carnival to BaseHall with exclusive food and drink offerings paired with the sounds of soca, samba, calypso, baile funk, and global bass beats that’ll have revellers dancing the night away. During the evening, “Makha” African Drum Dance, DJ Obeahmix, and Anisha Thai will make special appearances to get the crowd into the true carnival spirit. Later this year, BaseHall will reprise its wildly successful Oktoberfest event with Bavarian beer hall games, food and drinks galore. Also coming to BaseHall’s more regular stanza of event programming in the coming months are Acoustic Tuesdays and Quiz Wednesdays, kicking off in September respectively.

“HEATWAVE” will be held at BaseHall from 6pm-10pm on Saturday, August 28. Tickets for the event are priced at HK$233 and are now available at Eventbrite.

BaseHall is open from 11am till late Monday through Saturday.

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The Langham, Hong Kong collaborates with Bentley Hong Kong


The Langham, Hong Kong collaborates with Bentley Hong Kong – DCH, the official Bentley Hong Kong dealer of the iconic British luxury automaker Bentley, to present an exclusive Bentayga Driving Experience staycation package and a spectacular display of the dynamic luxury coupe Continental GT and preview of the unrivalled Bentayga Hybrid in the hotel from 26 August until 5 September, 2021.

Bentley Bentayga Driving Experience Staycation Package

Be amongst the first in Hong Kong to experience the Bentayga with this specially curated opportunity. Explore the refined craftsmanship and exhilarating driving sensation delivered by Bentley. Featuring a 30-minute unparalleled Bentayga driving experience (self-driven or driven by the Bentley team), the package is paired with a luxurious stay in our signature suites – the 916 square feet Harmony suite, the 945 square feet Director suite or the 1,320 square feet, two-bedroom Chairman suite, a tasting menu for two with wine pairing at three Michelin-starred T’ang Court and The Langham Club access for two (includes breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktail). This package is available for bookings from now until 2 September, and for stays from 25 August until 5 September.

The luxury SUV is powered by Bentley’s proven 4.0-litre, 32-valve dual twin-scroll turbocharged V8 petrol engine, which combines immense power with impressive fuel economy. Mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the V8 offers supercar performance, developing 542 bhp (550 PS) and 568 lb.ft (770 Nm) of torque, resulting in a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h) and 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds (100 km/h in 4.5 seconds).

*Subject to a 10% service charge.

Private Viewing Salon – Resplendent in Green with the New Bentayga Hybrid

A private viewing salon located at the hotel driveway, has been purpose-built for guests who would like to see the Bentayga Hybrid. At the salon, a personal host will introduce the features of the Bentayga Hybrid, and customers can discover the full range of personalisation options and car accessories that comes with the Bentayga Hybrid. In line with Bentley’s Beyond100 strategy to become a global leader in sustainable luxury mobility, the new Bentayga Hybrid is one of two hybrid models being launched in 2021, with the entire Bentley range being offered with Hybrid powertrains by 2023. Viewing is by appointment only.

Continental GT

As the centre of attention in the hotel’s grand lobby, The Langham, Hong Kong will also be showcasing the hottest dynamic Coupe – Continental GT, inviting guests and visitors to see the car first-hand and learn more about Bentley and its automotive display. Courtesy of its powerful V8 petrol engine, the Continental GT blends a lively and engaging drive with unparalleled levels of luxury and cutting-edge technology.

A new audio concept store to showcase digital audio high-fidelity experiences in KEF Music Studio

British high-end audio company KEF is pleased to announce the opening of KEF Music Studio at Ocean Centre, Harbour City. Conceived exclusively to showcase the brand’s latest digital wireless offerings, KEF Music Studio revolutionises traditional high-fidelity retail audio experience in a contemporary setting.

KEF Music Studio represents a new era of the brand’s evolution over 60 years; it is a physical, experiential expression of KEF’s continued innovation, expertise and passion for high-fidelity audio technology.

Located in Ocean Centre, Harbour City, KEF Music Studio will instantly transport guests to a luxury home studio. Showcasing the brand’s innovative sound technology and contemporary design aesthetic in two zones, The Gallery and the Home Theatre.

Upon entering the store, guests will embark on a curated musical journey, with energetic beats to capture shoppers’ attention from the store front, leading into softer relaxing tunes in the Home Theatre. Guests can browse a variety of KEF speakers including award-winning wireless HiFi speakers LS50 Wireless II and LSX, EGG Duo, a stylish and compact choice for small living spaces as well as KC62, the latest football-sized subwoofer, starring the brand’s innovative Uni-Core technology.

The space features stunning art pieces from some of the world’s most renowned artists and designers including Michael Craig-Martin, contemporary conceptual artist and furniture designer, Jaime Hayon and Julian Opie reflecting the brand’s passion for craftmanship and innovation. Overlooking panoramic sea views of Hong Kong island across the harbour, the Home Theatre is designed as a residential setting, featuring a pair of the brand’s iconic BLADE TWO. Acoustically treated, this area is also equipped with built-in architectural speakers and a projector for guests to experience a true home cinema experience.

KEF Music Studio, Shop 310, Level 3, Ocean Centre, Harbour City

Tel: 3793 4912

In addition, KEF is also offering a 10% welcome discount to new subscribers on kef.com which can be used at KEF Music Gallery, KEF Music Studio and kef.com

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OCTAVE TIPS 03: The Back Pain Secret | A Patient’s Guide to Lower Back Pain

The pioneering platform for research, mindful learning and holistic wellness in China, OCTAVE Institute strives to provide a foundation for growth towards a purposeful life, mindfully lived. In Chapter 3 of OCTAVE TIPS, Paul Liang, The Senior Rehabilitation Physician at OCTAVE Institute explains the main causes of lower back pain and introduces the remedies for relieving back pain.

Research shows that up to 85% of people will suffer from lower back pain in their lifetime, and it is not always caused by the sciatic nerve. The root cause of chronic lower back pain often lies in a lack of core strength and stability. Without a strong core to provide a strong foundation we can experience serious pain or even spinal injury. Therefore, the most effective way to prevent lower back pain is to exercise the core muscles and stabilize the spine through training programs.

The Definition of Core

The core is the body’s central axis, at the centre of which is the spine and the starting point for any movement your body makes. It is a complex muscle group that is commonly considered the torso but extends far beyond the abdominal muscles. For example, when the upper body is bent forward, your centre of gravity also shifts, putting pressure on the spine. At this time, if the core is strong enough it will support the movement, making it smooth and reducing the pressure on the spine.

In addition, many of the spinal nerves passing through the core connect to the lower body. Strengthening your core can also increase the stability of the knee joint, the strength of the lower body and the contractile strength of muscle fibers. Improving core stability will improve the stability of the body and keep the lower back and pelvis in a safe and neutral position.

The Three Main Benefits of Core Stability

Stabilizing the lumbar spine and reducing spinal pressure

  • The goal of core training is not to strengthen large muscles but to strengthen the small muscle groups closest to the spine, shoulder and hip joints. It is a concept that considers both stability and mobility. The stronger the core, the lower the risk of injury in daily life or on the sports field. The likelihood of lower back pain is also greatly reduced.

Improving movement control

  • A stable core can effectively transfer strength to the limbs through the power chain, making movements both smoother and more explosive.

Encouraging awareness of the lumbar spine and pelvis

  • When we are injured, the pain affects our motion control center, which can stop the muscles responsible for stability from coming out to work. At the same time, it will also affect sensory feedback, which is responsible for the disability of the stable muscles and the deterioration of proprioception, or our awareness of them. If we want to change this problem, training our core is a simple way to stimulate deep muscle strength.

The Right Way to Train Your Core
Professional athletes train their cores to help them lift more weight and complete more challenging movements, so as to achieve better competition results. All kinds of sports use the core to transmit strength. By using resistance training from different sources and directions, you can build a strong and stable core. The tabooest thing in core training is hard support. Don’t let your form suffer to compete for time. Hard support can actually increase the burden on the lower back. It is easy to get hurt if you are training incorrectly. Remember that the real game is on the court. We should only feel the benefits of training rather than experience pain.

EAST Hong Kong presents Art at EAST: City Symphony

Inspired by the passion for creativity, community and urbanism of EAST, ‘Art at EAST’ is EAST’s art programme that explores questions of urban living and sustainability through artistic expression. This year, EAST Hong Kong launches an interactive exhibition entitled City Symphony, providing guests an opportunity to explore the Taikoo neighbourhood through an art installation comprised of sounds and imaginative sculptures.

Urbanites surrounded by the hustle and bustle often become too familiar with their daily living environment, tuning out and becoming inattentive to their surrounding sounds. City Symphony is an art installation inspired by sounds recorded around the neighbourhood that reveal the city’s underscoring identity. Joining hands with interactive design & tech studio The Collective, independent music producer Edmund Leung, eco-design studio KaCaMa Design Lab and woodwork artists Screw Up Studio, EAST Hong Kong introduces five ‘sound monsters’ –Doggy, a visual and audible imitation of artist and sculptor Anne Ross’ ‘The Meeting’, which features three life-sized animal sculptures and is on display at Taikoo Park; Waterfall Spider, the sound sculpture that plays sounds of the waterfall at the main entrance of EAST Hong Kong; Mr. Bench, the monster inspired by the sounds made from the benches that can be found across the neighbourhood; The Rotator, the sculpture based on the exercise machines at Taikoo Park; and Lady Wild Card¸which plays a collection of sounds coming from different elements in the Taikoo neighbourhood. Guests can interact with the five sculptures by activating the sound monsters individually to hear each unique sound or by engaging all the ‘sound monsters’ together to compose a full City Symphony.

The exhibition is open to the public from 5 August to 29 September at the lobby of EAST Hong Kong.

Phuket’s Travel and Tourism Leaders Hail Approval of Sputnik Vaccine

Phuket’s Travel and Tourism Leaders Hail Approval of Sputnik
Vaccine as the Russian Market Prepares to Take Flight
Industry eyes a portion of the 700,000-plus direct-to-Phuket Russian arrivals over
a five-month period (November-March) as the so-called “snowbirds” plan their return

Tourism stakeholders in Phuket are heralding the landmark approval of the Sputnik vaccine by the Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) that is set to unleash the Russian market on the southern Thai island.

Phuket has for years been a very popular destination with Russian travellers, peaking in 2019 with over 700,000 arrivals in a short five-month period in 2019, all arriving on direct flights from the Russian Federation. A total of 1.4 million Russians visited Phuket in 2019.

The traditional snowbird period from November to March is when temperatures drop severely in Russia and also in many parts of northern Europe, signaling travelers to take flight for the tropical chimes and clear blue skies of Phuket.

“This is great news for Phuket. It’s time to go beyond the Sandbox and build a foundation for a broader tourism initiative,” said Phuket Tourist Association President, Bhummikitti Ruktaengam. “The industry can now get back to basics and focus on the northern European winter season. This is a big opportunity for Phuket. These are our legacy markets.”

Laguna Phuket, an integrated destination in the popular Bangtao Beach area, consisting of seven hotels, a Bangkok Hospital operated PCR test-centre and acres of open spaces, gardens and lagoons, has already been a beneficiary of the Phuket Sandbox given its safe haven reputation, but this is a major step up according to its Managing Director, Ravi Chandran.

“The acceptance of the Sputnik vaccine is a game-changer for Phuket,” he said. “The outbound Russian market is the biggest one in the world outside of China and the timing is perfect with the high season starting in November this year. Phuket Sandbox has proven to be a success and this will now take these achievements to greater heights still for all hotels, tourism stakeholders and the local community on the island.”

Since July 1, over 300,000 hotel rooms have been booked up until the end of August by international visitors arriving via the Phuket Sandbox initiative a number expected to rapidly rise as the high season approaches. Scheduled and chartered Russian carriers are expected to arrive in Phuket from October 2021.
Talking about ‘ready-made’ market potential, C9 Hotelworks Managing Director, Bill Barnett said “coming into the 2021 winter wonderland, and changing marketplace, the Russians, who typically have a 11-12-night average length of stay, are a perfect fit for the Sandbox.”

Laguna Phuket, in association with Delivering Asia Communications and C9 Hotelworks, will be hosting a special one-hour online virtual event featuring representatives from government, tour operators, hotels and airlines on September 9 at 3pm to discuss the impending arrival of the Russian market to Phuket.

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