The Magical Margaret River

A long weekend to Western Australia’s jewel in the crown, the Margaret River region, just got a whole lot easier for Melbourne foodies, surfers and nature-lovers – with Jetstar this week announcing that direct flights between Melbourne and Busselton-Margaret River will commence on March 25 next year.

The flights will depart Tullamarine at 8am (AEST) on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, arriving at the recently upgraded Busselton Airport at 10am local time. From there, the wonders of the Margaret River region are upon you.

From a long lunch and cellar door tasting at one of the many world-renowned wineries, to a hike along the stunning Cape to Cape coastal track; a surf at one of the world’s most consistent surf breaks, or luxury spa treatment overlooking the Indian Ocean as whale’s frolic before your eyes (seriously!) and so many more hidden gems to uncover…you’ll soon see why Lonely Planet named this part of the world the number one destination to visit in Asia-Pacific this year.

In exciting news for holiday-makers, it’s the first time East Coast Australia has had direct air access to South West WA. Standard fares with Jetstarstart from just $139 one-way, so there’s never been an easier or more affordable time to head West.

From a fun-filled long weekend, to an extended stay to unwind and reconnect –MargaretRiver.com has everything you need to start planning your ultimate South West adventure. New itineraries can be found here: https://www.margaretriver.com/itineraries/

And why not plan your trip to coincide with one of the many impressive and diverse events on the annual South West calendar. More event details and inspiring ways to fill your days in Margaret River can be found here: www.australiassouthwest.com/region/margaret-river-region

2020 Calendar of Events

MarchEmergence Creative Festival – a creative playground for one of the world’s most inspiring “anti-conferences”.

May: Margaret River Open Studios – Australia’s biggest free art event.

April: Margaret River Pro – grab some mates, and head down to Surfers Point, Prevelly to watch the best surfers in the world battle it out.

MayMargaret River Readers and Writers Festival

JuneJazz By the Bay

JulyCabin Fever Festival – You’ll find winter feasts, rich wines, magnificent parties, live music and a wilderness that grows from the inside out.

AugustCinefestOz – Australia’s Premier Film Festival, awarding Australia’s Greatest Film Prize.

October:

Strings Attached – a 3 day festival for players, makers and enthusiasts.

Cape to Cape MTB – Australia’s largest, longest running and most popular four day MTB stage race. This iconic riding experience includes access to stunning private trails, vineyard visits, brewery finishes and some of the warmest hospitality the region has to offer.

November: Western Australia Gourmet Escape – A gourmet celebration of fresh food and fine wine, featuring celebrity chefs, immersive experiences and exclusive culinary delights in ridiculously picturesque locations.

2021

January: Leeuwin Concert –  a highlight in Australia’s social and cultural calendar. Visitors from all over Australia and abroad make the pilgrimage to the Margaret River Estate to enjoy the music of the industry’s greatest performers set against the backdrop of the majestic Karri forest.

February: 

Busselton Jetty Swim – The premier 3.6km ocean swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty attracting over 3,300 competitors from around the world each year.

South West Craft Beer Fest – not only blessed with beautiful wines and picturesque beaches, the region is also home to a large number of award-winning craft breweries. Sip and savour the best golden nectar the South West has to offer.

Be sure to follow the #MelbstoMargs journey on social media in the lead-up to the inaugural flight departure on March 25, 2020. #margaretriver #AustraliasSouthWest #ThisisWA #JetstarAustralia #BusseltonMargaretRiverAirport #Busselton

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.

Kinosaki Japan…A Charming Countryside and a must to visit

Autumn means fall foliage and Kinosaki Onsen’s surrounding areas with its ancient temples and shrines, inspiring castle towns and picturesque landscapes, are the perfect place to witness Japan’s beautiful autumn colours.

The countryside town of Tanto is home to Ankokuji, a beautiful temple backed by bright red leaves in the fall, a Zen Buddhist temple with a known history dating back as far as 1345. It is part of the Daitokuji branch of the Rinzai School, which is one of the three Zen sects of Buddhism in Japan. The temple burned down in a large accidental fire in 1717 but was later rebuilt to the current building seen today. Ankokuji Temple is most famous for the 160-year-old Dodan-Tsutsuji (Enkianthus perultas) trees that were planted in the back of the temple when the temple’s main hall was reconstructed in 1904.

In autumn, usually the middle of November, these trees become a vibrant red, making the view from the main temple look like a living painting. It is truly a one-of-a-kind sight that you do not want to miss. It is best to arrive before the sun starts to set. This temple is best reached by car, which you can rent here.

For the ultimate autumn fairy tale, head to Izushi Castle Town, an old castle town located about 40 minutes from Kinosaki, popular for its nostalgic atmosphere of old Japan. Wander around castle ruins, shrines, and temples and admire some of the local products such as “Izushi Sara Soba” and “Izushi Yaki” (pottery).

In Kinosaki Onsen itself, Onsenji Temple is an autumn sight to behold. This temple is dedicated to a Buddhist saint who, according to legend, prayed for 1000 days to bring forth spring water to Kinosaki.

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JUMEIRAH

Jumeirah Group is proud to announce a new partnership with Embody Fitness in its launch of The J Club, a new cutting-edge lifestyle and wellness club, recently opened in Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

 Managed and operated by the founders of Embody Fitness, an award-winning fitness business established in London and Dubai, The J Club is set to become the premium lifestyle and wellness club in the region. The concept also includes a new luxuriously appointed Talise Spa as well as a new signature restaurant concept, both expected to come on stream later in the year.

Speaking about the partnership and the new launch, José Silva, Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group said: “We are thrilled to have partnered with Embody Fitness to launch this wellness destination, leveraging Embody’s industry expertise to bring together best-inclass health and wellness facilities and services for our Dubai-resident members and valued Jumeirah Beach Hotel guests.”

The new health club will feature a spacious 1,000 sqm indoor workout space with best-in-class equipment and technology. The J Club also offers three dedicated group exercise studios, six tennis courts, three squash courts, a lap pool and outdoor gym. Members will also have exclusive access to the extensive beach and leisure facilities of the iconic Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

James Miller, Founder and CEO, Embody Fitness, said: “Our ambition is to create a truly holistic and personalised wellness experience – a club where every member can find and set their own path to living fully and well.”

The club will offer a wide range of personalised training programmes, expanding further into the fields of sports performance and endurance training, rehabilitation and holistic wellness services. It will continue to build on the well-established tennis, squash and swimming offerings, as well as greatly enhancing its group exercise programmes and formats.

The J Club will provide an environment that supports and encourages its members to become a better version of themselves through learning, developing and performing better within an inspiring and innovative community,” said Miller.

The Talise Spa will be a new 1,200 sqm facility opening in Q4, dedicated to soothing the senses, with ten treatment rooms, including a VIP double suite, boasting private wet facilities and a hammam, luxurious changing rooms, steam, sauna and a terrace overlooking the sea where guests can linger before or after their treatment. The new Talise Spa will partner with ESPA, a natural skincare brand that combines the wisdom of traditional holistic therapies with the scientific power of the purest natural ingredients for beautiful face and body therapies, as well as 111SKIN, precision skincare created and mastered by cosmetic surgeon Dr Yannis Alexandrides. The new Talise Spa at Jumeirah Beach Hotel will be the flagship location for 111SKIN in Dubai.

A new dining concept by an award-winning chef will also be announced in the coming weeks.“Food is at the centre of people’s lives and social experiences and, whilst eating well and healthily is key to overall wellness, this should not be at the cost of taste, flavour and quality ingredients. That is why we are so delighted to be working with a pioneer in the Dubai and international culinary scene to bring a new and exciting restaurant concept to The J Club,”commented Miller. The new restaurant, with extensive and beautifully designed outdoor terrace, will give diners an opportunity to enjoy a healthy snack or leisurely meal, carefully crafted with wellness in mind and cooked using the best produce.

For more information, please visit www.thejclub.com

The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts

THE PAVILIONS HOTELS & RESORTS STEPS INTO THE WORLD OF WELLNESS

Boutique brand showcases spa savvy with unlimited massage offers, all-natural wellness masterclasses and – coming soon – an exclusive Roman collaboration with REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts

Boutique hospitality group The Pavilions Hotels and Resorts is raising its wellness game to new heights, prioritising wellbeing through a series of initiatives that provide an irresistible introduction to the panoply of pampering that awaits future guests. From unlimited free massage in the tranquil tropical sanctuary of its Phuket spa or exclusive all-natural wellness masterclasses in Bali, to an innovative partnership with REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts at its upcoming third Rome hotel, The Pavilions is dedicated to delivering some of the world’s most immersive wellness experiences to restore body, mind and soul.

Spa aficionados booking the luxurious 310sqm Ocean View Pool Villas at intimate hilltop haven and brand flagship The Pavilions Phuket are already being beguiled by unlimited complimentary massages. Banishing any lingering thoughts of the to-do list through the power of healing touch and locally sourced essential oils, The Pavilions Phuket promises to nurture, revitalise and refresh guests, helping them slip swiftly into ‘Out-of-Office’ mode. Signature spa pleasures include a two-hourThai Silk experience, combining a refreshing mandarin orange scrub with invigorating traditional Thai massage to release energy blockages and boost flexibility; and the three-hour couples’ Love Journey, comprising a sea salt scrub and full body massage followed by a romantic floral milk bath for two and a platter of tropical treats, creating a blissful moment to renew the lovers’ bond. The Spa & Pool Pavilions at The Pavilions Phuket also come with a complimentary one-hour massage treatment for two each day, meaning guests can recharge and enjoy an energising spa getaway in their choice of private pool villas – or the serene surroundings of the spa.

The Pavilions Bali’s organic spa is inspiring guests to learn how to self-administer one of its signature all-natural beauty treatments with an exclusive new Aloe Vera facial masterclass. Experienced therapists guide participants through a lesson on organic wellness, explaining how to choose the freshest natural ingredients, prepare their own ‘skin superfood’, and treat themselves to indulgent at-home spa time. The 90-minute masterclass includes organic ingredients from the resort’s spa kitchen; a guide to the five steps of facial rejuvenation; DIY facial massage and reflexology techniques; and a recipe booklet to take home.

The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts’ wellness offering will make a further evolutionary leap in the coming months, courtesy of an exclusive collaboration with REVĪVŌWellness Resorts at the forthcoming First Roma Ego – a new boutique luxury hotel that will complete The Pavilions’ pioneering tripartite urban resort concept in Rome when it opens in 2020.

From endorphin-pumping, adrenalin-fuelled adventures in the wild and life-affirming holistic rejuvenation to beautification in its sophisticated urban spas and wellness spaces, The Pavilions Hotels and Resorts is committed to helping guests to achieve their wellness goals by crafting highly personalised experiences that provide a vital connection to the heartbeat of each unique location. Guests might find themselves honing their flexibility and rhythm with the resident gymnasts of The Pavilions Mongolia; achieving profound relaxation through forest bathing in the foothills of the Annapurna at The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View; paddle-boarding from The Toren to discover the ancient canals and hidden waterways of Amsterdam while engaging their core; or mastering Balinese yoga amidst rice paddies and swaying palms at The Pavilions Bali.

Ocean View Pool Villa accommodation at The Pavilions Phuket starts from US$470++ (approximately GBP371++) per night including daily breakfast and unlimited complimentary spa massage treatments.

The Pavilions Bali is currently offering up to 30 per cent off advance bookings, with Garden Villa accommodation starting from US$155++ (approximately GBP122++) per night including daily breakfast, welcome foot bath and massage and nightly aromatherapy turndown.

For further information and reservations visit www.pavilionshotels.com or email info@pavilionshotels.com.

Grappling Tokyo – Sensationally Sumo

With Grappling Tokyo, Palace Hotel Tokyo’s handpicked docent will lead guests to an up close and personal overview of Japan’s beloved national sport – Sumo Wrestling

Tour the hallowed Ryogoku Kokugikan arena and take in gripping matches in the company of a sumo sports writer and announcer during one of three annual tournaments (January, May and September), or go behind-the-scenes of a sumo wrestling stable and lunch with the wrestlers during the off-season, the two weeks leading up to each sumo tournament.  Sensationally Sumo is an insight to sumo like you have never experienced before.

The Grappling Tokyo experiences covers tournament season and off-season, both packages include two nights of accommodation inclusive of daily breakfast, where suite bookings are entitled to Club Lounge privileges, Sumo sports broadcaster as your personal guide as well as an accompanying translator.

Tournament season experience encompasses private transportation to & from the Kokugikan sumo stadium and a guided tour of the Kokugikan stadium and museum as well as two tickets to the day’s sumo wrestling tournament.  Shifting to the off-season, the experience will integrate private transportation to and from the sumo wrestling stable, a viewing of the morning’s wrestling practice and lunch and picture-taking with the sumo wrestlers.  Package rates start at JPY 585,000 for the tournament season Grappling Tokyo experience and start at JPY 720,000 for the off-season Grappling Tokyo experience.

 

Experience Dubai in a different light this summer with My Emirates Pass

Emirates’ signature pass returns for the summer, offering discounts and special offers across more than 500 locations in the UAE

Emirates customers can unlock the best Dubai has to offer for less this summer with the return of My Emirates Pass – an offer that turns an Emirates boarding pass into an exclusive membership card providing travelers special benefits and discounts of up to 50% off in more than 500 leisure and retail outlet locations across the UAE.

 

Emirates passengers flying to and through Dubai between 1 May and 31 August 2019 can take advantage of My Emirates Pass by simply presenting their boarding pass and a valid form of identification* in any of the participating outlets. UAE residents and nationals returning back home to Dubai during this time can also benefit from the fantastic offers using My Emirates Pass.

 

The exclusive pass allows customers to redeem up to 50% off in over 400 fine dining restaurants, luxury wellness treatments in almost 50 spas and leisure activities such as indoor skiing and water amusement parks. Customers can also take advantage and redeem up to 30% off at international retail outlets including popular fashion and fitness brands.

 

The Emirates Pass allows visitors to access the amazing breadth and depth of Dubai’s remarkable dining, attractions and shopping scene and a great resource for experiencing everything the city has to offer. To see all My Emirates Pass offers, please click here.

 

Mohammad Al Hashimi, Emirates’ Vice President, Commercial Products Dubai, said: “The Emirates Pass puts Dubai’s ever-growing list of attractions and experiences at our customers’ fingertips. Whether they are here for a week or weekend, there is something for everyone to experience and see – for less.”

 

Dubai is an ideal stopover and holiday destination for families and solo travellers. Visitors to Dubai will be awed by the eclectic buildings, iconic landmarks, world-class shopping and delicious international cuisine.

 

Emirates connects its passengers to more than 150 destinations, in 86 countries, across 6 continents via a seamless stopover in Dubai. Passengers travelling in all classes can enjoy regionally inspired meals, 4,000 entertainment channels on ice – the airline’s award winning in-flight entertainment system – and up to 20MB complementary Wi-Fi to stay connected with friends and family during the flight.

 

For more information on Emirates, including how to book flights and a complete list of terms and conditions for this offer, visit www.emirates.com.

An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Hong Kong this morning after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Flight EY834 departed Abu Dhabi last night and arrived in Hong Kong at 10:25am today.

The deployment of the larger 787-9 Dreamliner to Hong Kong is part of the airline’s plan to operate all 28 weekly services to China’s four main gateways – Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong – using next-generation Dreamliner aircraft. At the beginning of this year, the airline upgraded its daily service from Abu Dhabi to Beijing to the 787-10 Dreamliner. It has also announced that effective 1 July 2019, the daily service from Abu Dhabi to Chengdu will be upgraded to B787-9, and the current 787-9 daily service from Abu Dhabi to Shanghai will replaced by the larger 787-10 Dreamliner.

The new 787-9 Dreamliner features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy Class seats. It will operate with 299 seats, including 28 in Business Class and 271 in Economy Class, representing a 27 per cent increase in Business Class capacity, and a 14 per cent capacity increase across all cabins.

Etihad Airways’ Boeing 787-9 aircraft feature innovative, award-winning cabin designs and products, complemented by the airline’s acclaimed service and hospitality offerings. Flights include Food and Beverage Managers in Business Class and a Flying Nanny in Economy Class to provide extra specialised care for families with young children.

Etihad Airways provides business and leisure travellers with convenient flight timings between Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong, and seamless onward connections via Abu Dhabi to major destinations in the Gulf region, Europe, Africa and North America.

Furthermore, Etihad Airways operates an extensive codeshare partnership with Hong Kong Airlines (HX), allowing travellers enhanced connection options between Australasia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America.

Flight schedule for Abu Dhabi-Hong Kong:

 

Flight No. Origin Departs Destination Arrives Frequency Aircraft
EY834 Abu Dhabi

(AUH)

10:05pm Hong Kong

(HKG)

10:05 next day Daily 787-9
EY833 Hong Kong

(HKG)

07:45pm Abu Dhabi (AUH) 12:05

next day

Daily 787-9

 

Notes: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time.

Eastern Oriental Express and Save Wild Tigers fight the plight of wild tigers with the launch of the Tiger Express

Eastern & Oriental Express and global tiger conservation charity initiative, Save Wild Tigers, are partnering to launch the ‘Tiger Express’ on 7th September 2019 – raising awareness of the plight of the world’s last remaining wild tigers.

To mark the occasion, a selection of inspirational personalities will be helping to spread the message globally. Chinese pop artist and Save Wild Tigers Ambassador, Jacky Tsai – the name behind Alexander McQueen’s famous floral skull – will provide a visual reminder throughout Asia by curating two of the train’s external carriages with a tiger flair.  Whilst on board, Ping Coombes MasterChef UK 2014 champion – another Save Wild Tigers’ Ambassador – will be cooking up a storm for guests.

The ‘Tiger Express’

The six-night itinerary will see guests travel in luxury from Bangkok to Singapore through the historic tiger territories in Malaysia and Thailand with a stay at the Siam Bangkok and Raffles Singapore included in the package. During the journey, guests will embark on several excursions including a guided visit to the River Kwai and a tour of Kuala Kangsar. Additional tiger themed touches on board will include bespoke Jim Thompson scarves for sale.

‘Art in Motion’

For the carriage design, Tsai will draw on his love of pop art combined with traditional Chinese values to create a vibrant and eye-catching design which will be unveiled ahead of the journey in September. To tie in with the theme of this special journey, tigers will be a prominent feature in the art work along with the Asian landscape and nature. This third generation of ‘Art in Motion’ for the Eastern & Oriental Express will remain on the train for year.

The Current Situation

The wild tiger has huge cultural and historical significance throughout Asia but it is a little-known fact that worldwide tiger numbers are now at critical levels with only 3,800 tigers left in the wild globally & few as 400 in Thailand & Malaysia combined. These 3,800 remaining wild tigers are for the most part spread across Indian sub-continent, Asia & Russia but within a decade based on current rates of decline could be completely extinct. This special journey aims to raise awareness of their plight.

‘A Worthwhile Cause’  

“It is a sad fact that today there are more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild, our train travels through the heart of the historic tiger territories in Malaysia and Thailand and we are proud to lend our support to this worthwhile cause. We find that our guests are increasingly looking to give back to have an impact on the places they are visiting in a bid to travel more consciously. Following the success of the last ‘Tiger Express’ we are very excited to run this journey again to help spread the message worldwide” said Gary Franklin, Vice President, Trains & Cruises, Belmond.

 

Simon Clinton, Founder, Save Wild Tigers comments, “With potentially as few as 10 years left to save this iconic species from extinction, the clock really is ticking. We are really proud & grateful to be working with the Eastern & Oriental Express once again in providing passengers a chance to experience a trip of a lifetime, for what surely must be the cause of a lifetime. Profits from our all of our campaigns go towards creating global awareness campaigns for the cause & funding targeted tiger conservation projects.”

The Background

The ultimate in slow travel, the iconic green and gold carriages of Eastern & Oriental Express transport guests away from the fast pace of everyday life for an adventure on the rails. Journeying through some of the world’s most untouched destinations, guests disembark for daily immersive excursions before sitting back and relaxing in the comfort of their luxury cabin or the open-air observation car as the scenery changes around them.

The Reverie Saigon Takes to the Water with the launch of The Reverie Yacht

The Reverie Saigon, the hotel that has redefined luxury hospitality in Saigon has once again raised the bar with the launch of its very own yacht, The Reverie. With the debut of its latest acquisition, a 60-foot Monte Carlo 6, The Reverie is weighing anchor with a crew of three and a private butler with champagne picnic in tow for bespoke excursions along the storied Saigon River.

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Spacious enough to very comfortably accommodate 10 guests yet suitably petite to navigate tributaries that lead to picturesque mangroves and tucked-away local villages, The Reverie yacht will start off by offering private charters of two-and-a-half, five and eight hours that start at 50 million — Vietnamese dong.

The three voyages chart journeys that take in the wonders of the city’s dynamic thrust for the skies and also reveal the day-to-day living and traditional commerce that still take place along the riverfront. Further from the heart of the burgeoning metropolis, the yacht threads the natural splendour of the tropical country’s verdant delta.

The cruising options begin with Saigon Intermezzo, a non-stop, 2.5-hour sunset cruise that departs in the late afternoon and includes a champagne picnic for two served as dusk settles on the city and the spectacular lights of its landmarks begin to paint the skies.

The champagne picnic includes a bottle of Louis Roederer, five prix-fixe menus to choose from, round-trip transfers in a Mercede-Benz S-Class or a BMW 7 series and service by a Reverie butler. 

The second option, Saigon Avventura, luxuriates over five hours and includes all of the Intermezzo elements – by day – while enjoying an exploration of the Can Gio UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Encompassing approximately 80,000 hectares of the lush river delta, the ‘green lungs of Saigon’ are blanketed with a rich mangrove forest brimming with wildlife as well as flora and fauna.

And to top, Saigon Spettacolare offers a full-day, 8-hour excursion anchored by a stop at Taekwang Jeongsan Country Club for a round of golf. Designed by American golf course architect Ronald Fream, the riverside greens comprise of two 9-hole courses located on the ecological island of Dai Phuoc, an approximate 60-minute ride from central Saigon by boat.  Full lunch and dinner service can also be arranged, depending on the desired schedule.

Just as the vessel’s namesake hotel transcends location to give guests an experience in Italian opulence, The Reverie yacht design also hails from the country renowned for its exceptional taste. Italian yacht designers, Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard, are responsible for the Monte Carlo 6’s overall design while the interiors were fashioned by fellow countryman, Pierangelo Andreani. 

The 32-ton yacht is decked out in teak wood and exquisite leatherwork and comes outfitted with spacious interior living and dining areas as well as additional spaces in which to lounge and dine al fresco out on the main deck and on the Monte Carlo 6’s characteristic flybridge above (complete with a retractable roof). Out on the foredeck are electronically controlled sun loungers complemented by a built-in outdoor sound system with Bluetooth connectivity, while below deck is a spacious master bedroom with ensuite, a fully equipped walk-in kitchen, a separate powder room and a multi-purpose seating area. A built-in outdoor barbeque on the back deck beckons the hire of a private chef.

The pairing of The Reverie yachting experience with the Saigon River as a background sets the stage for any occasion imaginable – whether they be romantic sunset cruises, family outings, bridal showers or corporate executive retreats.