AMATARA WELLNESS RESORT LAUNCHES PRE-WEDDING PAMPER RITUALS BLISSFUL INDULGENCE FOR BRIDE AND GROOM

Bride and Groom can bid adieu to pre-wedding stress courtesy of Amatara Wellness Resort with an enchanting wedding package that removes any stress in the run up to, and on the big day:  from pre-wedding pampering to seamless event planning, Amatara sets the standard for once-in-a-lifetime occasions.  Couples are invited to kick off their stay with an indulgent new programme of curated treatments inspired by Asian heritage to ensure body and mind are refreshed and revived, and they feel at their best for this auspicious occasion. Hidden in a quiet corner of the idyllic island of Phuket, the resort is becoming a benchmark for tropical elegance; designed to harmonise with the naturally exquisite surroundings, the gracious accommodation and intuitive service providing the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable wedding.

Ahead of the ceremony, brides-to-be can relax in complete bliss at Amatara Spa with a gentle softening and brightening Body Exfoliation (30 minutes); a moisturising Body Wrap (30 minutes) using a blend of floral extracts and freshly-cut banana leaf; an Amatara Revitalising Facial (60 minutes) to leave skin beautifully refreshed, cleansed and photo-ready; a deeply relaxing Candle Massage (60 minutes) to soothe tired muscles; a luxury Milk Bath (30 minutes) to exfoliate the skin for additional softness; and a must-have Manicure and Pedicure treatment.

Amatara’s grooming package includes, in addition, a relaxing Indian Head Massage (60 minutes) to release tension and de-clutter the mind; a Deep-Tissue Massage (60 minutes) to loosen knots; and Foot Reflexology (60 minutes) to combat any last-minute stress before the wedding. The betrothed are also invited to a couples massage workshop, which not only teaches the physical skills of massage, but also allows time for them to reconnect ahead of the big day.

A spectacular paradise setting overlooking the Andaman Sea, Amatara Wellness Resort provides a choice of beautiful and atmospheric venues, unrivalled experience and legendary service, to bring to life the dream wedding. Located on the tip of the property and at the highest point, Sala Spa is one of the true gems of Amatara for a breathtaking wedding with panoramic views across the bay. Couples can also chose from the romantic rooftop terrace Sun & Moon for sunset nuptials or a poolside venue at The Retreat, perfect for those that demand privacy.

A dedicated wedding coordinator oversees all the details, from flowers to food, stationery, photographers and everything in between. Whether couples are planning a traditional Thai reception or a Western wedding, Amatara ensures every moment is memorable. The renowned culinary team delight guests with bespoke menus and mouth-watering cuisine, catering for intimate cocktail receptions and lavish buffet dinners.

The Couples Indulgence package costs THB30,900 per couple and includes:

For Him For Her
Body Exfoliation (30 minutes) Body Exfoliation (30 minutes)
Indian Head Massage (60 minutes) Body Wrap (30 minutes)
Deep-Tissue Massage (60 minutes) Candle Massage (60 minutes)
Amatara Milk Bath (30 minutes) Amatara Milk Bath (30 minutes)
Brightening and Revitalising Facial (60 minutes) Brightening and Revitalising Facial (60 minutes)
Foot Reflexology (60 minutes) Manicure and Pedicure (105 minutes)
Plus, Couples’ Learn to Massage Workshop (90 minutes) or Couple Yoga (60 minutes)

 

For more information and reservation, visit www.amataraphuket.com or call +66 76 318 888.

The Spa at Wynn Receives Prestigious SpaChina “Most Creative Body Treatment of the Year” 2019 Award

SpaChina magazine recently hosted the SpaChina Awards 2019, gathering together China’s leading spa and wellness professionals as well as highly respected judges from the industry. The Spa at Wynn received the highly regarded “Most Creative Body Treatment” award from SpaChina this year for its offering of the “Beau-TEA Ritual”.

Jennifer Simms, Executive Director of Spa Operations for Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace Cotai said of the award: “We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the leading authority on spas in China – SpaChina magazine. The “Most Creative Body Treatment” award for The Spa at Wynn recognizes the exceptional service delivered by our team and is an affirmation of the unparalleled customer experience that our guests enjoy while they are with us. We are also very pleased that The Spa at Wynn is very well received by the Chinese market.”

The “Beau-TEA Ritual” was specially curated by The Spa at Wynn team. Drawing inspirations from the rich Chinese heritage of tea, “Beau-TEA Ritual” combines tea, which is well known for its antioxidant properties, and Chinese acupressure techniques to counteract the effects of pollution, melt away tension and instill a refreshing, glowing appearance.

Located on the first floor of Wynn Macau, The Spa at Wynn offers a fully immersive experience with 14 treatment rooms and spa therapies that include body massages, signature treatments, and facials for guests to enjoy a thoroughly relaxing day at the spa. The Spa at Wynn is divided into private areas for men and women so that they may enjoy their own whirlpool, steam room, sauna, lounge and amenities. The Asian-inspired artistic space features a wall that is adorned with lantern and jade inspired installations, and a ceiling that is decorated with lotus flowers to create a sense of calm and for a feeling of being surrounded by nature.

Since launching the SpaChina Awards in 2010 to promote the development of China’s spa industry and to honor outstanding leaders in the field, it has now become the industry’s most anticipated annual awards event. The panel of judges for the SpaChina Awards consists of highly respected spa and wellness experts. The award results are a culmination of a five-month evaluation of spas by the judge panel. Once initial selections are made, a list is posted on WeChat for final public voting. The awards ceremony honors China’s most outstanding spas and professionals in the spa industry.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

Frederik Gollob, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Limited, and Aaron Lee, Managing Director of Zung Fu Hong Kong & Macau, handed over the exclusive two-tone Mercedes-Maybach S-Class to Bill Taylor, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, and James Wong, Chief Executive Officer of Kwoon Chung Bus Holdings Ltd.

Together with its limousine service provider, Kwoon Chung, the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong has strengthened its original fleet, 13 units of S-Class and 4 units of V- Class, with the latest two-tone Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. The new Mercedes- Maybach S-Class will provide the most comfortable and luxury riding experience to the hotel residents.

At 5,453 mm long and with a wheelbase of 3,365 mm, the Mercedes-Maybach S- Class is 20 cm longer than the S-Class Saloon in both length and wheelbase. Rear passengers can benefit from the extra space and the luxury and relax atmosphere as well as the standard executive seats at the back and other luxurious features such as the first-class Burmester surround sound system.

Wego and Singapore Tourism Board to promote Singapore in the GCC

Wego and Singapore Tourism Board aim to increase brand and destination awareness to Singapore, showcasing the unique experiences, events and all-year-round activities. Whether you are traveling solo, as a couple, with your family or looking to fuel your adrenaline, Singapore offers a spectacular array of experiences that cater to all your needs.

 

Singapore’s cleanliness, safety, efficient public transport, world-class attractions and quality products and services have always been attributes that attract GCC tourists to Singapore. Beyond the basics, Singapore has many deeper, inspiring stories and authentic experiences waiting for travellers to discover.

 

The country is a food paradise with a wide variety of halal cuisine where visitors can enjoy their meals from hawker food stalls, up to the mid-class restaurants or fine-dining restaurants. Singapore is unique because you will not only find Michelin star chefs in fine dining restaurants but also at the street food hawker stalls. 

 

Ms. Beverly Au Yong, Area Director Middle East, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “STB looks forward to our first collaboration with Wego in the Middle East. With the wide variety of specially curated experiences available in Singapore under our brand, Passion Made Possible, we have something for every passion tribe. Whether you are a Foodie, Explorer or Action-Seeker, these activities will provide visitors with unique experiences to embrace   their passions with like-minded people in Singapore to celebrate their passions with.

 

From the world-class galleries and museums including the National Museum of Singapore, the Singapore Art Museum and National Gallery Singapore to the high flying thrills and world’s largest wind tunnel for indoor skydiving at Sentosa, the Universal Studios Singapore™ to the local labels and artisans and the green sanctuaries, this country has everything you’re looking for.

 

Mamoun Hmedan, Managing Director, MENA and India, Wego,said: “We’re excited to embark this partnership with one of the world’s global metropolis. We saw a 34% increase in the number of bookings to Singapore on our platform in H1 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. Through our partnership with Singapore Tourism Board, we aim to educate travellers and showcase Singapore’s unique offerings helping holidaymakers plan and book their next trip. We look forward to forging a long-lasting relationship with our partners offering them the best travel experience.”

 

Singapore being a little red dot on the world map with an area of 721.5km2and a population of 5.64m attracted 18.5m visitors in 2018. This is a testimony that you should visit this ‘City in a Garden’ to experience what it has to offer. Look out for what Wego has to offer to make your passions possible.

www.stb.gov.sg or www.visitsingapore.com

GUCCI ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF ITS K11 MUSEA STORE

Gucci is pleased to announce the opening of the K11 MUSEA store in Hong Kong on August 26,2019.

The boutique spans over 3,240 square feet and showcases a wide collection of men’s and women’s handbags, luggage, shoes, jewelry and watches, accessories, eyewear, and fragrance.

With a look that invites customers to feel welcome and relaxed, the interior design is discreet. Soft elements like velvet armchairs offset harder surfaces and industrial elements, such as rivets. Contemporary luxury is suggested not only by the employment of beautiful and idiosyncratic materials, but also through a determinedly spare use of space. In keeping with the elegant andcontemporary eclecticism that characterizes Gucci’s collections, the store sees the combinationof traditional and modern, industrial and romantic. The concept effortlessly complements theHouse’s product offering.

Contrasting merchandising elements represent different design codes, combining to create curiosity, inviting customers to feel like they are constantly discovering new aspects of the store. Each Gucci boutique is therefore a “cabinet of curiosities”, created to delight and inspire.

The floral-patterned façade panels lined behind glass were specially designed for the K11 MUSEA store and were hand-painted by Italian artisans, and so was the wooden flooring. The mood within the K11 MUSEA is one of discretion, where understated drama is created by the surprising and unexpected combination of materials. Juxtaposition of this sort, where opposites forge a new connection, is repeated throughout: technical, mechanical display units contrast with the softness of the rich fabrics that adorn the rooms; varnished iron wall finishes complement pale green matelassé and smooth velvets used for upholstery. Throughout the store, one finds rich fabric vintage sumptuous chairs, armchairs, and vintage oriental rugs. Plants and their highly decorative pots also enrich the store, embracing the greenery elements. The result is a space that entices, surprises and feels personal to Gucci, offering customers a unique shopping experience.

GUCCI
Founded in Florence in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands, with arenowned reputation for creativity, innovation and Italian craftsmanship. Gucci is part of the Kering Group, a world leader in apparel and accessories that owns a portfolio of powerful luxury and sport and lifestyle brands. For further information about Gucci, visit www.gucci.com.

To align with Gucci’s ongoing commitment on maintaining high standards of environmental andsocial sustainability, the K11 MUSEA store is currently undergoing the process of obtaining the prestigious LEED certificate in Gold.

German artist Sabine Hornig unveils major new permanent public artwork at Barangaroo Sydney

The Lendlease Art Advisory Panel today unveiled the largest permanent public artwork to date at Barangaroo, created by respected German artist Sabine Hornig.

Titled Shadows, the large-scale photographic installation, inspired by the native flora of Sydney, articulates a 170-metre walkway connecting Barangaroo South’s three International Towers.

Commissioned by Lendlease in 2017 and completed in September 2019, the vast site-specific work is made up of transparent images of native flora embedded in large expanses of glass in the walkways and passages between the Towers. With plants viewed either as transparent shadows or reflections, the work offers viewers what Hornig describes as “a simultaneous vision into a parallel world”.

Leanne Boyle, Executive Development Director, Barangaroo South at Lendlease, said: “Sabine Hornig’s Shadows is a significant addition to Sydney’s public art, with the vast installation connecting International Towers with the public domain via the Through-site link at the heart of Barangaroo South.”

Shadows features images of plants native to New South Wales – including the strangler fig, Angophora, Banksia and the Gymea lily – referencing the history of Barangaroo and evoking how the land may have looked before European settlement.

Printed film on glass, size: 1319 cm x 395 cm + 1339 cm x 520 cm ( side elements )
Photographer: Mark Pokorny

Inspiration for the work came in 2015, when Hornig was given a tour of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens by Kukuyalanji woman Henrietta Baird. It impressed on her “the importance of plants to indigenous Australians.”

Hornig explained: “I wanted to pay homage to the importance of this particular site; its history and significance. In response to the growth of the towers I sought to create a vast growth of plants right there in the shadow of the towers, for people to wander through and to reflect upon.”

The artwork reflects what Hornig describes as “beautiful iridescent shadows” onto the viewers’ faces and bodies. Not only do pedestrians participate in the art but, with the doors covered in printed photographs as well, viewers can literally walk through the imagery.

By superimposing timeless forms of nature onto the tall planes of glass of the towers, Hornig’s art connects the new precinct with its ancient past, its natural wonders and its unique ecological treasures. This path through the buildings emphasises the persistence of the natural world and the resilience of the original land on which Barangaroo stands.

Printed film on glass, size: 1452 cm x 318 cm
Photographer: Mark Pokorny

Hornig added: “In our modern, Western culture we have such disregard for the land. And we observe the constant building and destruction of buildings with a complete neglect for the local peculiarities of certain sites.” Keen to rebut this trend, Hornig has drawn on the idea of Sydney as a city that is both bustling metropolis and gifted with ample natural wonders.

The Lendlease Art Advisory Panel selected Hornig from a shortlist of four local and international artist submissions in 2017, following a consideration of more than 200 artists for the project as led by Barbara Flynn, curatorial advisor to Lendlease for Barangaroo South. Flynn noted: “In her art Hornig has captured how close wilderness areas still are to Sydney’s city centre. Shadows is intelligent in its understanding of the city. It succeeds in its primary aim to draw people from the city through the towers to the harbour.”

Born in Pforzheim, West Germany, living in Berlin, Hornig’s works have appeared at prominent galleries worldwide, including MoMA, the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Guggenheim Museum.

 

Commenting on the selection, Simon Mordant AM, Chair, Lendlease Art Advisory Panel, said: “A robust art selection process has resulted in a world-class public artwork for Barangaroo South and the people of Sydney. Sabine’s work is a standout on many levels including her engagement with the public domain and her connection between art, architecture and nature. We are impressed with Sabine’s engagement with the alternative narratives of the site.”

About Sabine Hornig: Sabine Hornig’s photographs, sculptures and installations manipulate the language of architecture and modernist forms to explore perceptions of space. At once rigorously formal and poetic, her work recontextualizes familiar places and structures such as­ storefront windows, urban facades, and school houses through overlapping perspectives and inversions of scale and dimension. By blurring the boundaries between pictorial and real space, viewer and object, Hornig’s work both challenges and expands upon the ways in which her viewers perceive their surroundings at large. Hornig lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

In 1992, she received an M.F.A from Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. The winner of the 1998 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Award, Hornig was a participating artist in the P.S. 1 International Studio Program in New York from 1999-2000 and at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles in 2009. Throughout the past two decades, Hornig has presented numerous solo exhibitions of her work worldwide.

The artist’s photographs and sculptures are represented in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Baltimore Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich and Malmö Konstmuseet in Sweden, among others. http://sabine-hornig.de/en/architecture-projects/shadows-barangaroo-sydney

 Lendlease Art Advisory Panel: Simon Mordant, Lisa Havilah, Suhanya Raffel, Alison Page, Ivan Habour, Nicholas Baume, Simon Hardy, Mark Major.

Dusit International continues Philippines expansion

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, and Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation (TLDC), one of the fastest-growing real estate development companies in the Philippines, celebrated the inauguration of dusitD2 Davao hotel on 6 September 2019 with a special ceremony held in the elegant Dusit Thani Grand Ballroom.

Hosted by Mr Lim Boon Kwee, COO, Dusit International, and Mr Tomas P. Lorenzo, CEO, TLDC, the special event was attended by local dignitaries including Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte, alongside representatives from leading local businesses and the tourism and hospitality industry.

Demonstrating Dusit International’s and TLDC’s commitment to having a positive local impact, during the event TLDC made a donation to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit System Office (AFPEBSO), which assists the dependents of wounded soldiers.

Soft opened in March this year, the upscale, full-service dusitD2 Davao hotel is TLDC’s latest premium development in the Davao region. The property comprises 120 well-appointed guest rooms and suites in a prime location off JP Laurel, Lanang, close to the city’s shopping malls, business district, and IT Park. Davao International Airport can be reached in 15 minutes by car.

Designed by renowned Philippine architect Manny Samson, and inspired by ‘the vibrancy of life,’ the hotel has been carefully crafted to reflect Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality while also embracing the cultural richness of the destination.

Besides the spacious Dusit Thani Grand Ballroom and several adjoining function rooms, hotel facilities include a courtyard swimming pool with children’s pool and play zone, the Madayaw Café all-day dining restaurant, the sophisticated Siam Lounge, the signature Namm Spa, and the fully equipped DFiT Fitness Centre. Dusit’s signature Benjarong Thai Restaurant will open soon.

dusitD2 Davao hotel is just one of three new projects Dusit International has signed to manage for TDLC in Davao. Also set to hold their grand openings soon are Dusit Thani Residence Davao, and The Beach Club at Lubi Plantation Island, Managed by Dusit.

Soft opened this month, Dusit Thani Residence Davao is located next to dusitD2 Davao hotel and comprises 174 well-appointed residences and suites for short and extended stays. Designed to redefine luxury accommodation in the region, the deluxe property’s spacious rooms feature high-quality furnishings, well-equipped kitchenettes, and the latest in-room technology.

Soft-opened in December 2018, meanwhile, The Beach Club at Lubi Plantation Island, Managed by Dusit, is an exclusive island retreat just off the coast of the Davao Gulf (only 10 minutes by boat from Pindasan Port). Alongside 18 beautiful Seafront Villas overlooking a private beach, this special destination offers a large swimming pool, a children’s play area, a spacious events hall, and the Tarictic Grill & Snack Bar. A watersports and diving centre is set to open soon.

“We are humbled and honoured to have the opportunity to bring our Thai-inspired gracious hospitality to Davao and to work with Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation to help promote the region to the world at large,” said Mr Lim Boon Kwee, when addressing the audience at the opening event. “dusitD2 Davao, Dusit Thani Residence Davao, and The Beach Club at Lubi Plantation Island, Managed by Dusit are perfectly positioned to meet the growing demand for premium developments in the region, and we look forward to making them all a resounding success.”

Dusit International’s property portfolio now comprises 271 properties (nine owned and 262 managed) operating under six brands across 13 countries. The company has more than 50-Dusit branded hotels in the pipeline and expects to open at least 10-12 hotels per year in key destinations from 2020 onwards.

 

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.”