A TALE OF TWO CHEFS

Satoru Hashimoto
Executive Sushi Chef, NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong

Satoru Hashimoto has developed his career over the past decade at Nobu restaurants in Europe.  Most recently he worked as Head Sushi Chef at Nobu restaurants in bothMarbella and Ibiza, Spain. He also spent eight years as Sushi Chef at Nobu Berkeley Street London, where he previously worked with our NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong Executive Chef Rhys Cattermoul.

Satoru grew up in Fukushima, Japan. While attending high school in Koriyama he started working part-time at a sushi restaurant and later spent six years in Tokyo gaining experience in modern Japanese cuisine at a variety of restaurants.

It was at age 24 when his journey with the NOBU began. It’s an amazing story of passion and determination, as well as fate and destiny. After watching a Japanese TV programme on Nobu Matsuhisa, Satoru became fascinated by Nobu and his new style Japanese cuisine and set out to pursue his dream of working at NOBU restaurants internationally.

Despite not speaking a word of English, he applied for a two-year UK work visa and booked a flight to London. On the plane, he asked the lady sitting next to him for assistance in completing the UK landing card. As fate would have it, she worked as a chef at NOBU London and arranged an interview for him. Within a few days of arriving in London, he started working at NOBU Berkeley Street part-time, while studying English. That began his eight years there as Sushi Chef!

Next his career took him to Spain where he served as Head Sushi Chef at Nobu Ibiza Bay before returning to London to work at Nobu Park Lane. Satoru spent the past year and a half as Head Sushi Chef at Nobu Marbella before joining NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong this fall as Executive Sushi Chef.

What does Satoru most look forward to in his new position as Executive Sushi Chef at NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong?  “After being outside of Asia for over a decade, I am excited to be back and have access to the amazing range of top quality ingredients, not only from Japan but also fabulous local and regional products.

What inspires him? As per Satoru, “I am inspired by other chefs. I have been fortunate to get to know several high profile Michelin star chefs who frequent Nobu restaurants and sit at my sushi bar, including the 3-Michelin star Chef Dani Garcia from Spain and Pierre Koffmann of La Tante Claire in London. They give me ideas and recommendations of ingredients. I also get great ideas from my customers at the sushi bar.”

Any signature dishes or ingredients he loves to use in his dishes? “I love working with different textures of fish/seafood and creating Nobu-style special sauces and toppings for my sushi – from yuzu to truffle.

His hobbies? While living in the UK, Satoru became involved in the film industry in his free time and had a small part in an action scene in “47 Ronin” with Keanu Reeves filmed in 2013. He later starred in an avant-garde short film by director Alex Nicholson, entitled “Death of a Man”.  He was also a food stylist / coordinator for a Japanese food scene in the film Transformers: The Last Knight, filmed in London in 2017.

To experience Satoru’s new style sushi, reserve a table at NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong.

Gary Wong
Pastry Chef, Rech by Alain Ducasse

 

Originally from Canada, Gary is a Ducasse Restaurant veteran. He moved to London in 2011 to expand his culinary experience and consequently joined the opening team of the Bvlgari Hotel in 2012 as Pastry Demi Chef de Partie, when Alain Ducasse Paris was then overseeing its culinary operations.

In Fall 2013 Gary relocated to Hong Kong to be close to his family who live here. He has become an expert at restaurant and hotel openings. Most recently he worked as the opening Head Pastry Chef at MERCATO by Jean-Georges where he spent three years. He was also part of pre-opening team at the 1-Michelin star EPURE restaurant and Dalloyau (pastry boutique), where he spent two years.

Gary’s first food memories were in his native Vancouver, picking fresh plums and apples from the trees in his backyard.  Orchards with apricots and peaches were also close by in the Okanagan Valley. As per Gary, “I recall the wonderful aroma from the oven when baking fruit pies and berry crumbles. My favourite desserts are still ones made with fresh fruit.”

During his culinary training at the Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver, he was fascinated by the scientific and technical side of pastry making – from the technique to the precision required – especially when working with sugar and chocolate. In fact, he later took a master class in sugar showpieces.

Gary gained experience working with large scale culinary operations at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, which caters to large conventions, and at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London, where he was also on the opening team.

To broaden his culinary experience and discover different cuisines and techniques, he moved to London and took the opportunity to travel extensively within Europe to further explore the diverse culinary scene.

What is his favourite dessert? Gary shares, “As a pastry chef, it is difficult for me choose a favourite dessert but Baba, a Ducasse signature, is one of my favourites, as are soufflés – which I love to create with seasonal fruit. One of the joys of working at Rech by Alain Ducasse is being able to create desserts with the highest quality seasonal products.”
 
Commenting on his recent appointment, Gary says, “I am thrilled to rejoin the Maison Ducasse Paris, which has such a respected and talented group of professionals.”

What is his culinary philosophy and inspiration?   “Respect what is traditional (ie: the techniques) but modernise for the palate of today. I like to use readily available seasonal items and to create desserts that are lighter and healthier. I am inspired by seasonal flavours and what I see around me. The ideas for my desserts then come naturally.”

 

 

To experience Gary’s inspired desserts, reserve a table at Rech by Alain Ducasse.

InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Restaurant Reservations:  Tel: (852) 2313 2323  E-mail: fb.hongkong@ihg.com

Belmond Good Living – A New Concept in Wellbeing

Today, at The Royal Academy of Arts, London, Belmond reveals Good Living – a new concept in well-being and a celebration of art de vivre. Good Living is about enriching experiences that go beyond pure wellness and create evocative memories from mindfulness and meditation; physical and mental challenges to cultural immersion and champagne moments.

‘Good Living at Belmond is about avoiding the ostentatious and focusing beyond pure wellness, on authenticity and timeless experiences. Whether it is mindfulness in Anguilla or trekking in Myanmar; the evocative scent of flowers in Madeira; poetic conversations on a literary terrace in Sicily; or experiences that unlock cultures through music. It is about passion and discovery; and that one-of-a-kind authentic experience with an extra special je ne sais quoi that simply cannot be replicated. Plus, of course, a glass of champagne!’ Comments Arnaud Champenois, SVP Brand and Marketing, Belmond.

Introducing – The Experience Makers

Belmond has appointed a council of Good Living ‘Experience Makers’ – experts in their field who will curate one of a kind experiences that enrich the mind and body and stir the soul.

Poetry in Motion – Gala Gordon and Isabella Macpherson

Founders of Platform Presents, Gala and Isabella are passionate about poetry and theatre and believe that poetry can open your mind and calm your senses. Inspired by Belmond’s literary legacy, Gala and Isabella will curate an anthology of poems inspired by rail travel and will host a special poetry workshop at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily, from the literary terrace where DH Lawrence wrote the novel, Lady Chatterley’s lover with the backdrop of Mount Etna.

Self-Care to Travel by – Nadia and Katia Narain Phillips

Sisters Nadia and Katia Narain, authors of Self Care for the Real World and Rituals for Every Day bring their philosophy of taking time to care for your body and mind to ensure balance and space for full enjoyment of life. Nadia and Katia will be hosting a retreat at Belmond Cap Juluca from 5th – 9th July 2020, a place of pure serenity and relaxation and will curate a Morning Ritual for Belmond guests to help them take time to feel well and enjoy every moment of their holiday.

Music for the Soul – Clemency Burton-Hill

Author of ‘Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Everyday’; Clemency has a stirring passion for music and its ability to unlock emotions and express what it means to be human and exchange cultural stories through music throughout centuries. As an Experience Maker, Clemency has curated playlists that help those with busy lives to take time to just be; because when you travel, you have the luxury of time to open your mind and let the music in. Guests will be able to unlock the magic of a destination when travelling with Belmond.

A World of Flowers – Simon Lycett

Simon was seduced by the beauty of flowers and from an early age, his passion for creating magical setting in the world where everything is possible is brought to Belmond Good Living. Simon will take guests on a journey through the Gardens of Belmond, connecting with the world of flora and fauna and experiencing the life enhancing joy of connecting with nature and breathing in the scent of flowers. Simon will take centre stage at the world-famous flower festival at Belmond Reid’s Palace in Madeira from 8th – 10th May 2020, where guests will be able to join a workshop to learn his craft and share his passion for floral art. Simon will also share his passion for home-made, hand-picked tea infusions from his garden, developing a floral tea recipe to be served across Belmond properties.

Inspiring Adventure – Raha Moharrak

A young woman of serious ambition and curiosity, Raha was the youngest Arab woman to summit Mount Everest. Raha will guide guests on a once in a lifetime expedition to Bhamo through the untouched north of mystical Myanmar, hosting a group of intrepid adventurers aboard the pioneering river cruise ship Belmond Road to Mandalay. She will share her knowledge and expertise of summitting the world’s tallest mountains and creating guides for those looking to follow in her footsteps.

BENETTI LAUNCHES THREE NEW PREMIERE AT THE MONACO YACHT SHOW

At the Monaco Yacht Show from 25 to 28 September for the global launch of its three new watercrafts. Each year, the Italian shipyard never fails to attend this major international boating show, where it showcased M/Y “Metis”, a 63-metre-long custom yacht boasting a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure, and two composite boats from the Class range: BM005 Mediterraneo 116 M/Y “Big Five”, a 35.5-metre-long displacement yacht, and 29-metre-long BD104 Delfino 95 M/Y “Eurus”.

M/Y “Metis”, a 63-metre-long custom yacht boasting a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure stretching over 5 decks, with a maximum beam of 10.6 metres, a draught of 3.1 metres and a gross tonnage of 1,245 tons, will hit the Monegasque territorial waters in all its elegance. The exteriors are the work of Giorgio M. Cassetta, the interiors and the structure were designed by English studio Bannenberg&Rowell, who worked in partnership with Birgit Otte on the décor. Benetti’s outstanding design and engineering expertise is immediately striking and, in partnership with Giorgio M. Cassetta, it has proven its worth by building a custom gym on the Fly Deck, designed by Kurt Lehman of Yachts Moments, consultant to the owner, and commissioned by the latter when the boat was already in the advanced stages of development. To allow guests to work out both indoors and outdoors, the gym is fitted with sliding bow and stern doors and tinted side windows that provide complete privacy and an unbeatable sea view.

Shaded by the Fly Deck, the Bridge Deck houses the pilothouse and the captain’s cabin. The outdoor areas, complete with dining area and recreational area, are designed to enjoy the outdoors at all hours of the day.

The Upper Deck features a charming lounge area with grand piano and bar corner. Its interiors are rotated by 30° compared to traditional layouts and offer new and striking viewpoints. Behind this area, large outdoor areas feature a round dining table and a lounge, while the ship’s centre and bow are reserved for the owner. Stretching over an area of over 160 square metres, the owner’s cabin is almost entirely surrounded by full-height windows offering a panoramic view and plenty of light. Equipped with two bathrooms (his and hers), one fitted with a sauna and a shower and the other with a bathtub, the apartment is completed by a 55 m2 level external terrace and a touch and go helipad.

The Main Deck features an original design that includes a children’s play area and their double cabin with bathroom, matching the baby-sitter’s cabin, which also features a small lounge with armchairs and a private terrace overlooking the sea. The main lounge, on the same deck, features a large sitting area, a backgammon table and a dining area with a long rectangular table.

In the foredeck of the yacht, there is a garage that can be accessed from the side door at a height of almost two metres and can house a tender and two jet skis. Its unusual location was selected to facilitate landing operations regardless of sea weather conditions.

The main feature of the Lower Deck, which houses 4 large guest cabins and a crew area that can accommodate up to 12 people, is the aft beach club & cabana, with a special arrangement of furniture and two side terraces that can be opened to adjoin the aft deck, converting the area into an original lounge overlooking the sea.

The motorisation is provided by a pair of MTU 12V engines with a power of 1,380 kW, which allow a maximum speed of 16 knots, while the range, at 12 knots, is 5,000 nautical miles.

M/Y “Metis” will be joined at the dock by M/Y “Big Five”, the fifth watercraft of Mediterraneo 116. The exteriors of this 35.5-metre displacement yacht boasting a fibreglass hull and carbon fibre superstructure were designed by designer Giorgio M. Cassetta, while the interiors were designed by Benetti’s Interior Style Department.

The layout of the yacht, designed to accommodate 12 guests and 7 crew members, was tailored to the needs of the owner who suggested the use of light opaque woods combined with greyscale and dark ash woods that add a sophisticated and elegant feel. While, marbles such as Zebrino Apuano and Olimpico Striato add a touch of modernity.

The main lounge in the Main Deck, featuring high windows that provide an amazing sea view, houses a comfortable oval table that can accommodate up to 10 people after lunch or dinner you can comfortably relax on the large sofas of the living area. On the same deck, the owner’s cabin, which is just as bright as the lounge, is preceded by a private studio, separating it from the common areas of the boat and providing an appropriate level of privacy. The bathroom (his and hers) is dominated by a large centrally positioned shower area complete with a comfortable marble-panelled bench.

The other 4 cabins are located on the Lower Deck: 2 VIP double cabins, 1 Guest cabin with 2 single beds and 1 Guest cabin with 2 single beds, including one sliding bed. Both Guest cabins are equipped with 1 Pullman Bed each.

The Upper Deck, which houses the bridge and the captain’s cabin, features a sky lounge overlooking the aft with a teak table for 12 people and a sofa. Guests can relax in the sunbathing area and the Jacuzzi in the bow. On the M/Y “Big Five”, however, the recreational and convivial areas never seem to be enough and aft of the Sun Deck a second sunbathing area is complemented by a large barbecue and a bar area.

The propulsion is provided by a pair of MAN V12-1400 engines with a power of 1400 hp/1029 kW. The high dependability is matched by the compact dimensions that facilitate the activities in the engine room.

The third yacht that will be on show is the Dolphin 95 M/Y “Eurus”, boasting a fibreglass displacement hull and a carbon fibre superstructure.

At first glance, the elegant and luxury interiors are immediately striking and blend well with its streamlined design by Giorgio M. Cassetta. This 29-metre-long boat is laid out on four decks and features 5 cabins that can accommodate 10 people. The colours chosen for the interiors, echoing subtle shades of pink, green and blue, create a relaxing atmosphere in the rooms, which is perfect for a boat designed for families.

Particularly noteworthy are the stylish chrome finishes and the wooden floors, installed alternating light and dark oak. Zebrino and Limestone marble floors in the bathrooms adorn the owner’s and the guest cabins.

CAFE DEL MAR BALI CANGGU

The long awaited Café del Mar Bali opens its doors in Canggu

Born in Ibiza, reborn in Bali: the island’s most anticipated new beach club has arrived.

Ibiza’s iconic lifestyle brand has just arrived in Indonesia, with the long anticipated Café del Mar Bali opening its doors to the public.  Known worldwide for its dazzling sunsets and euphonic music sessions, the brand will feel right at home in Batu Belig on the celebrated Canggu shoreline with front row seats to Bali’s own famed sunsets. Café del Mar Bali invites guests to drop in for a lunch that lingers on through sun down, and stay on through the night to dine, dance and revel under the stars.

Visitors to Café del Mar Bali can expect all of the laid-back luxury associated with the hospitality and lifestyle brand which first launched as a sunset bar in Sant Antoni de Portmany on the Spanish island of Ibiza in 1980. Café del Mar has since blossomed into one of the world’s most revered entertainment venues, boasting multiple venues around the globe. It’s no surprise that music forms a key focus for each of these venues, as Café del Mar is also the world’s leading Chill House music label, and the birthplace to one of the longest running and most successful music compilation series in history.

“We’re thrilled to be expanding further into Australasia, offering new guests the same unforgettable Café del Mar experience,” says Café del Mar Australasia CEO John Zappia. “The Café del Mar lifestyle is renowned worldwide for iconic sunsets, sophisticated dining and amazing live music events. This is our first large-scale expansion and the opportunity in these thriving tourist destinations was evident. Our guests will be able to sit back with a cocktail in hand, watching the sunset while building special memories with family and friends.”

“Bali is the perfect location for Café del Mar,” Zappia continues. “With international tourist numbers increasing year-on-year, the island is set to become ‘the new Ibiza’ with a growing market for music-based events. As the brand continues to grow, guests will always enjoy a stand-out experience with a fusion of the best Balearic music and hospitality. An offering that will continue to set us apart as we expand into Asia.”

Leading Café del Mar Bali on site is Kirk Bouffard, an industry veteran who brings a wealth of experience to the venue courtesy of time spent with Pure Management Group (now Hakkasan Group), the Atlantis Bahamas and CÉ LA VI.  “Having the opportunity to help bring the Café del Mar brand to Bali is truly exciting as we believe strongly that it will deliver something very special for all of our customers to experience.” he says of his latest project.

As for the venue itself, Café del Mar Bali is set to impress. Open Monday to Sunday from 11.00am until late, the venue offers something for everyone courtesy of its extensive array of facilities. Wrapping around an impressive 700 square-metre infinity pool with views over the beach and ocean are a collection of varied seating areas; guests can take their pick from an assortment of 48 seats at beach club dining with 60 outdoor benches, 58 sun loungers, 37 day beds, 13 cabanas, 3 semi-submersed luxury pool booths, 4 sunset booths and swim-up pool bars. Those eager for privacy, or a party of their own, will be able to experience one of 3 deluxe private suites, and one mac daddy suite adjacent to the state-of-the-art stage which forms a key feature of the venue and will host a rotating line-up of international DJs, musical guests and large scale outdoor music events in the months to come.

Just like its Ibizan sister property, Café del Mar Bali will treat guests to the best in food and drinks just steps from the ocean.  There will be a plethora of creative cocktails at the venue’s variety of bars, and of course plenty of food.  While an extensive menu of casual bites will be available to enjoy poolside (juice and gelato bar included), those after something more substantial will find it in the properties restaurant. The refined eatery will seat 120 guests indoors and 60 alfresco overlooking the beach and ocean, and features a modern Mediterranean menu intertwined with touches of Indonesian flavor and flair.

Just as impressive as the amenities is Café del Mar Bali’s design.  The jaw-dropping space was conceptualised by architect Rafael Pasaribu, and is heavily inspired by its Spanish origins, with large arches sprawled throughout the estate and, in a nod to the location, topped with a Balinese-style roof. “We believe good architecture comes with strong narration about the space, and ability to tell a good story while forming a distinctive identity,” says Pasaribu. “[The building is] modelled after simplified Spanish Mediterranean architecture, to pay homage to its Ibiza history, while also paying respect to the vernacular of the local people.”

CAN’T WAI TO PARTY!

Café del Mar Bali
Jl. Subak Sari, Canggu
www.cafedelmarbali.id

Master sushi Chef Akira Umehara at Shikigiku

Experience the authentic Kyoto style sushi at The Royal Garden’s Shikigiku by guest sushi Chef Akira from Sushidokoro MAN

Renowned for its quality and authentic Japanese cuisine, Shikigiku Japanese Restaurant has invited master chef Akira Umehara from Sushidokoro MAN in Kyoto to make his guest appearance at The Royal Garden from October 8 to 12. Experience the essence of Chef Akira’s authentic Kyoto’s nigiri sushi, right here in Hong Kong!

Chef Akira has accumulated a wealth of experience and culinary techniques that paved the way for him to open and run his own successful high-end sushi restaurant, Sushidokoro MAN. Known for his impeccable skills and exceptional talent, Chef Akira is best at crafting the perfect sushi menu for his guests with emphasis on the finest seasonal seafood from his trusted seafood suppliers.

In October Chef Akira brings with him to Shikigiku two sumptuous lunch and dinner set menus featuring jet-fresh seasonal seafood such as Chef Akira’s signature sushi – Thinly sliced squid is sweet and gives a soft and slightly chewy texture; Fatty tuna, Sea eel, Whiting fish from Honshu, Kyushu shrimp and squid, Hokkaido scallop, Japanese figs and homemade Japanese fruit sherbet. Lunch menu is priced at HK$880 per person and dinner at HK$1,880 per person, plus 10% service charge.

Visit Shikigiku at The Royal Garden and embark on a gastronomic journey with master chef Akira. Reservations may be made by calling on 2733 2933.

Shikigiku Japanese Restaurant

Address: 1/F The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon

Telephone: 2733 2933

Opening hours: 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi Unveils a Space to Bloom

Enter a world of tropical enchantment at the revitalised Teratai Pavilion in Langkawi

Langkawi, Malaysia – The newly relaunched Teratai Pavilion at Four Seasons Resort

Langkawi is a place of surreal beauty. Flanked by fragrant frangipanis and lotus-strewn water ponds, it looks out at stunning scenes that capture the imagination and uplift the spirit. Picture an emerald lawn that sweeps downward into the shimmering expanse of the Andaman Sea, guarded by jungle-cloaked islands on the horizon and domed by blue skies that transform into a jewel-toned canvas as the sun goes down.

The wooden pavilion itself is minimalist in design and tastefully decorated, allowing the magic of nature to take centre stage. Located in an exclusive part of the Resort grounds, this sacred spot allows guests to fully immerse in the island’s mesmerising, mystical atmosphere.

A Celebration of Love
Brimming with soulfulness and a sense of exotic romance, Teratai Pavilion offers an ideal venue for wedding festivities. Exchange vows at this breezy open-air pavilion in the presence of loved ones, with blessings from the surrounding lotus blossoms – an ancient symbol of purity, spirituality and eternity. In fact, the word teratai means “lotus” in the local Malaysian language.

As couples begin their new adventure together in one of most inspiring settings on the planet, the gorgeous backdrop creates memories and photographs that will induce smiles for a lifetime. Wedding ceremonies can take place in the radiant morning light or during the golden hour at sunset.

To transform a dream wedding into reality, get in touch with the Resort’s wedding specialists at contactus.langkawi@fourseasons.com


Renew and Rejoice, Through the Day

Teratai Pavilion offers Four Seasons guests a precious opportunity to experience the myriad moods of Langkawi in a mindful way, through yoga and meditation with deeply talented in-house instructors. Early risers can start their morning with an invigorating session of Sunrise Yoga, where a series of dynamic postures awaken the body, mind and senses.

The pavilion hosts a range of other yoga classes through the day, based on the four elemental energies – water, fire, earth and air. Guests can choose sessions based on their unique constitutional nature and fitness goals. To awaken and unblock vital energy centres in your body, join the Chakra Meditation, where the healing vibrations of singing bowls get chakras energised and balanced.

In the evening, couples are invited to indulge in a romantic spa treatment at Teratai Pavilion. Relax with the soul-soothing Night Spa Ritual, cooled by soft breezes and serenaded by waves. A full body massage eases fatigue, while a facial brings a happy holiday glow to one’s face – the perfect way to end another
adventurous day in Langkawi.

For bookings, chat with us via the Four Seasons App or through WhatsApp at +60 (4) 950 8888.

 

 

 

 

 

Salvatore Ferragamo Unveils Hong Kong International Airport Boutique

Salvatore Ferragamo unveils its new store at Hong Kong International Airport in partnership with Dufry. The store is located in the East Hall of Terminal 1 Departures. Fully renovated with fresh, contemporary design elements, the Hong Kong International Airport store covers an area of 124 square meters and carries a wide range of men’s and women’s products, including shoes, bags and silk accessories.

 

Dufry values its strong partnership with Salvatore Ferragamo which has been steadily built on the basis of mutual trust. This enduring and collaborative partnership goes back over 20 years and accounts for a distribution network of over 18 points of sale, geographically spread around the world. The opening of the new store in Hong Kong International Airport reinforces Dufry’s global presence in the luxury segment and strengthens its relationship with Salvatore Ferragamo. Prior to Hong Kong, the two companies had already been operating together with other stores in Melbourne, Chengdu and Busan.

 

Andrea Belardini, Dufry CEO Asia Pacific & Middle East said: “We are very pleased to extend our presence at HKIA where we have enjoyed a partnership for more than 20 years. I am confident that this new and beautiful Ferragamo boutique will contribute to further enriching the shopping experience of travelers in Hong Kong airport. I would like to thank HKIA and Ferragamo for their trust”.

For the opening of the store, from 10 October to 3 November, Ferragamo will host a special exhibition to mark the launch of its new iconic bag, BOXYZ: three specially curated art pieces inspired by the bag, have been created by the rising artists, Kate Chung, Age of Brocade and Du Meng.

Le Donne / Them

Metal, Resin, Glass

Artist: Kate CHUNG

“In my eyes, the BOXYZ series represents perfect elegance.” Elegance is not only the looks and behaviors, but also the manifestation of powerful inner spirit. The three handbags in the installation represent three elegant women of different ages and backgrounds: Aaliyah Hydes, Lina Zhang and Maye Musk. Through the lens of the three telescopes, we can see the key holes of the BOXYZ handbags, through which we can see their imagination and definition of the ideal women.

Infinite Luck

Silk

Artist: Age of Brocade

The traditional pattern of Sichuan silk “Chinese knot” is also known as “lucky knot”, born for the lucky ones. Age of Brocade from the contemporary point of view deconstructs the Chinese knot : the whole pattern shows the tendency of infinite extension, signifying the continuity of fortune. In addition, Sichuan sachets are used as an accessory of Ferragamo BOXYZ, taking the meaning of “magic trick”, showing a sense of both ancient rhyme and novelty.

Time Elegance

Foundry glass, Silver foil

Artist: Meng DU

Inspired by the unique beauty of Ferragamo BOXYZ, the artist Meng uses glass to seal the passage of time. From the production of mud manuscripts, wax repair, mold flipping, annealing, and then to grinding and coloring, this creation requires a great deal of patience and long process of waiting. So traces of time appear extremely moving in the reinterpretation of glass.

The Parisian Macao Reigns Supreme

The Parisian Macao Wins ‘Best City Hotel – Macao’ at the 30th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2019

The Parisian Macao has won ‘Best City Hotel – Macao’ at the 30th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2019 which took place recently in Bangkok, Thailand.

Organised annually by TTG Asia, the TTG Travel Awards honour the best of the best in the Asia-Pacific travel trade and tourism industries. Results are decided by votes cast by fellow trade professionals who are readers of TTG publications. It has been regarded as one of the most influential awards in the region’s industry since its inception in 1989.

 “We are very pleased to have been recognised with this prestigious award. Since opening three years ago The Parisian Macao has gone from strength to strength, and along with its wonderful half-scale Eiffel Tower has become one of Macao’s most distinctive and visited landmarks,” commented Kris Kaminsky, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations, Sands China Ltd. “However, we would not have received this trophy if it were not for the committed efforts of our entire team in delivering superb experiences for our guests.”

Since opening in September 2016, The Parisian Macao has become one of Macao’s most popular destinations. With approximately 2,500 guestrooms and suites and boasting an impressive half-scale recreation of the Eiffel Tower, the integrated resort offers expansive meeting space, distinctive signature restaurants and a wide range of recreation and entertainment, along with the 300,000 square feet Shoppes at Parisian retail mall.

For more information, please visit: www.parisianmacao.com

 

Lily Cheng, Director of Public Relations, Sands China Ltd., accepts the award for Best City Hotel – Macao on behalf of The Parisian Macao at the 30thAnnual TTG Travel Awards 2019.

KiKi Tea, In Collaboration with the World’s Favourite Chocolate Treat KITKAT® to Present Luscious Chocolate Flavoured Concoctions

Taiwan’s celebrated bubble tea sensation KiKi Tea opens its 4th branch at Telford Plaza in Kowloon Bay today.

To mark the convivial occasion, KiKi Tea partners the world’s favourite chocolate treat KITKAT® with an exclusive chocolate beverage collaboration – along with a ‘Buy 1 Get 1 Free’ offer on selected KiKi Tea drinks and special promotions for cinema lovers.

In celebration of the opening, KiKi Tea introduces two special drinks in collaboration with NESTLE KITKAT® Chocolate. Ms KiKi Premium Black Tea topped with Chocolate Cream Mousse (HK$37) balances the classic sweetness of KITKAT® chocolate with flavourful black Tea; while rich, refreshing Chocolate Smoothie with Sea Salt Cream Mousse (HK$39) blends KITKAT® chocolate with KiKi’s signature cream mousse topping.

A special “Movie Lovers Grab & Go Combo Set” is also available from 1 October to 30 November. By presenting a MCL Telford Cinema ticket stub, movie lovers can enjoy combo sets featuring one selected snack and one KiKi Tea for just HK$69. Taiwanese classic snacks include Mini Braised Pork Rice, Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken, Taiwanese Popcorn Octopus, and Tempura in Taiwanese Style.

 They can be matched with one of KiKi’s signature teas such as KiKi Roasted Milk Tea with Brown Sugar Pearls, Brown Sugar Milk with Brown Sugar Pearls, Winter Melon Tea with Cream Mousse and Sichuan Flavoured Pearls and more.

Exclusive takeaway offers are also available for members of “MCL Telford Movie Lovers” from 1 October to 30 November. Members are treated to a special 15% off KiKi Tea’s promotion for selected items simply by presenting their MCL CLUB member card.

Members may choose from a variety of drinks such as KiKi Roasted Milk Tea with Brown Sugar Pearls, Jasmine Tea with Milk and Mini Taro Balls, Homemade Longan Red Dates Tea, Brown Sugar Ginger Tea with Red Dates and more.

At the new KiKi Tea, fans can also enjoy signature tea favourites such as Pineapple Green Teapresso (HK$38), Winter Melon Tea with Cream Mousse and Sichuan Pepper Flavoured Pearls (HK$36), Peach Oolong with Mini Taro Balls (HK$33), KiKi Roasted Tea with Raspberry Cream Mousse (HK$34), and summer favourite, Grape Slush (HK$38) – all adjusted to personal choices of sweetness and temperature.

All can be matched and enhanced with four different types of ‘bubbles’ (add HK$5), including the most popular Brown Sugar Pearls; a favourite in Taiwan, Mini Taro Balls; Sichuan Pepper Flavoured Pearls with a spicy kick of ‘KiKi Sichuan Pepper Seasoning’ blended from natural peppercorns and premium chilli; and Chinese Herbal Tea Pearls, with prunella ‘heal-all’ tea (xia ku cao) used in Chinese medicine, loved by celebrities including Shu Qi and Kimbee Chan.

KiKi’s sun-dried, handmade and additive-free noodles can also be found in Sun’s Bazaar menu, with popular favourites including Stir-fired Minced Pork Mixed Noodles with Chive Flowers and Fermented Black Bean (HK$98), KiKi Scallion Noodles with Miso Meat Sauce and Soft-boiled Egg (HK$118), and Dan Dan Noodles (HK$98).

KiKi Tea tasty desserts round out the menu, from KiKi Roasted Tea Cream Puff (HK$38), to Hojicha Pudding with Brown Sugar Pearls (HK$38), Earl Grey Chiffon Cake with Brown Sugar Pearls (HK$68), and Chestnut Mont Blanc (HK$38).

The Taiwanese tea oasis is located within Sun’s Bazaar, operated by renowned Hong Kong hospitality group Lai Sun Dining. The sleek boutique-style venue is styled after a minimalist Zen courtyard with rustic interior design and communal oak tables creating a restful haven encouraging diner interaction.

KiKi Tea at Telford Plaza is located at Shop P23, Telford Plaza Podium, 33 Wai Yip Street, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong; opens daily from 11 am to 10:30 pm.

For enquiries, please call (852) 6117-5699; or email info@kiki-tea.com.

 

Pullman Luang Prabang invites couples to discover pure romance in northern Laos at its Wedding Showcase

It has been said that the true essence of romance is not about hearts and chocolates, but simply spending time with your partner in perfect peace and harmony, without any outside pressures or distractions. Nestled in the lush, jungle-clad hills of northern Laos, one resort is giving couples the chance to celebrate their love in a truly tranquil environment, with a series of exquisite wedding experiences.

Pullman Luang Prabang is set among in 16 hectares of natural countryside, surrounded by paddy fields, rivers and mountains, creating a unique setting for love to blossom. The beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Luang Prabang, Laos’ former royal capital, is just moments away.

Couples will be able to discover the allure of this enchanting destination at the resort’s Wedding Showcase, “Love Pulls Us Together”, which takes place on Saturday 5th October 2019, from 2pm to 7pm. This immersive afternoon event will allow brides-to-be, future grooms and wedding organisers to learn all about Pullman Luang Prabang’s marital offerings, including a trio of packages that have been crafted to suit every size and type of ceremony.

After a welcome address from Denis Dupart, the resort’s general manager, the Wedding Showcase will treat guests to fashion shows displaying traditional Lao and international wedding dresses. This will be followed by Q&A sessions with professional planners and suppliers, a series of booths demonstrating different ceremonial set-ups, and lucky draws to win fantastic prizes. The event will conclude with a cocktail reception and food tasting session at the resort’s sunset rooftop. Pure bliss!

“There can be few more idyllic wedding venues than Pullman Luang Prabang. It is not only our stunning scenery that promises the perfect backdrop for ceremonies and photoshoots; it is our serene ambience that sets us apart. Couples today do not simply want to repeat the same old romantic clichés; they are seeking bespoke and intimate experiences that reflect their own passion for the environment, and each other,” Mr. Dupart said.

“We look forward to introducing future brides and grooms to the wedding of their dreams. Luang Prabang is a destination which has a unique aura – a sense of calm that feels blissfully far removed from the outside world. And yet, this royal town is also easily accessible, making it easy for friends and family to share the big day. Together, we can design deeply personal matrimonial journeys that reflect the of beauty and purity of northern Laos,” he added.

The Wedding Showcase will introduce guests to Pullman Luang Prabang’s collection of three elegant packages, which have been expertly curated to suit different budgets. Hosted in the 368-square metre Nam Khong Ballroom or outdoors amidst the tropical gardens, each package includes floral decorations and bouquets, free-flow soft drinks, a multi-tiered cake, guest book and a one-night stay for the newlyweds, including breakfast.

Additional options include afternoon tea for two, a Champagne tower, alcoholic beverage packages, after-parties, accommodation for family and guests, anniversary dinner vouchers and more. Naturally, every couple will be treated to creative catering, including cocktail receptions, evening buffets and set menus with a choice of authentic Lao or international cuisine.

A photoshoot package has also been launched, allowing couples to capture their timeless wedding album amid a landscape of verdant gardens and peaceful ponds. This full-day package includes a series of indulgent amenities, including a bottle of sparkling wine or 30-minute massage for two, a four-course dinner for two and more.

For more information about the Wedding Showcase at Pullman Luang Prabang, please email H9112-mk@accor.comor contact +856 71 211 112. To learn more about the resort, please CLICK HERE.