March 20, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Hanoi's most storied hotel, the French Colonial-style Sofitel Metropole, has welcomed ambassadors, heads-of-state and, yes, Graham Greene since its opening in 1901. There's an unmistakable air of romance to the place: ceiling fans and large wooden shutters and lush plants and lovely white linens and... (we could go on and on) Step off the sultry, steamy city streets (buzzing with motorbikes) and you'll slip into an oasis of calm. Both French cuisine and Hanoi Specialties await at the hotel's fine restaurants. After exploring the vibrant city, retire to a chamber that radiates historical grandeur with all the modern comforts like Internet, LCD TVs and DVD players.
March 17, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
There's no need to sacrifice your diet just because you're on a luxurious vacation getaway in Asia. The Peninsula Bangkok now offers a nutritionist-endorsed Afternoon Tea. Led by Chef Philip Sedgewick, the program combines the traditional English custom with a variety of lighter, healthier options that reflect local cuisine. Among the items featured on the menu are home-made sugar free jams, low calorie cream, whole grains, and avocados. The Peninsula Bangkok is striving to move towards healthier dining options for its guests, while at the same time giving them a taste of the local cuisine, and continuing to provide delicious mouthwatering dishes to enjoy. Naturally Peninsula, the hotels healthy dining line, has been met with great success. So for travelers looking to enjoy an extravagant vacation at no cost to your waistline, The Peninsula Bangkok is well worth a look.
March 14, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
If you want to experience the magnificence of the Himalayas while staying in style, Wildflower Hall, located in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India, is the place to be. Situated at 8,350 feet in pine and cedar forest, Wildflower Hall offers a variety of activities for those who love the outdoors and those who love to be pampered. The surrounding area offers hours of entertainment in hiking, biking, horseback riding, and even a fully stocked archery court. In addition the hotel also offers a tranquil and relaxing spa, with a variety of therapies from around the globe. Rooms are furnished with exquisite decorations, and offer spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The hotel also offers a full list of business amenities, including meeting rooms, board rooms, and fully equipped business center to meet all of your needs. For a truly grand stay, check out Wildflower Hall's exceptional Lord Kitchener Suite, named for the former resident of the hall; it features a four poster bed and separate second bedroom.
March 14, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Just in time for the Olympic Games, The Peninsula Beijing will introduce its new Peninsula Spa by ESPA this spring. (So if you were one of the lucky few who scored rooms at The Peninsula for the Summer Olympics, you're in for a treat.) Following the successful launch of spas by ESPA in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Chicago, and Tokyo, the Beijing property is the latest to join the groupwide partnership between The Peninsula Hotels and ESPA. The 1,340 square-meter spa, with its 12 state-of-the-art treatment rooms, is part of the hotel's third-floor wellness, health and fitness facility. Guests will get pampered with a deeply personalized spa experience like nowhere else in the Chinese capital. Designed by Henry Leung of Chhada Siembieda Leung Ltd. (the man behind the renovation of The Peninsula Beijing), the spa is done up in marble, aged wood, and textured granite. You'll find VIP rooms, a Relaxation room, and Thermal facilities in addition to the single treatment rooms and massage spaces.
March 11, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Set on a peninsula surrounded by the waters of the South China Sea, the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort is a secluded tropical retreat just minutes from the center of Kota Kinabalu. Picture it: inviting beaches, views of sparkling coral islands, incredible natural wonders and local culture on the island of Borneo in the eastern part of Malaysia. Sabah-- the Malaysian state perched on the northern tip of the island of Borneo-- is known for its scenic beauty and natural heritage including such treasures as the Rafflesia (the largest flower in the world), Asian elephant, proboscis monkey, and of course the famous Orang Utan. Just a 2 1/2 hour flight from Singapore, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur, Shangri-La's luxury resort offers 492 recently renovated rooms and suites, seven restaurants and bars, and a wealth of recreational opportunities for families and leisure travelers. Since December 2007, the resort is also home to CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, which boasts 5 individual Island Villas, 3 Couples' Villas and an open Yoga Pavilion-- all located on Pulau Bayu, the resort's private island.
Don't miss a spectacular evening at the Sunset Bar, before heading out for a night at Blue Note, the buzzing bar featuring nightly music and generous cocktails. A hot new line-up of well-known international DJs will appear for "Generation Y" every Saturday in March. This is quite the scene- created by DJs renowned the world over for their trendsetting talent.
The best thing about the Pan Pacific Singapore's new multi-million dollar renovation? Custom-tailored traveler technology. Tech-savvy guests will be thrilled with the new enhancements. In each room, a sophisticated Audio-Visual Portal was installed to offer integrated audio-visual output solutions via the Flatscreen LCD TVs. Translation: You can connect your laptop, digital camera, video camera, and iPod to the TV. Of course Wifi is available throughout the hotel. And 38 suites in the hotel were fitted with Bose Home Entertainment Systems (3-2-1 GS Series II) with radio, CD and DVD functions. Guests can enjoy home theater sound delivered via two advanced Gemstone speakers. Rooms also boast electronic remote-controlled Roman drapes and sun filters framing the full-length window views of the city or harbor. You can control lighting, air conditioning, and bedside clock functions via an all-in-one bedside table panel.
Recognized as one of the Top 50 Asian Hotels by Condé Nast Traveler, Pan Pacific Singapore is one of the world's finest business hotels. Indeed when the Executive Center opened on level 22 in 2005, it was the first hotel business center to occupy an entire floor. (And there's a round-the-clock Business Concierge to take care of innumerable requests.) Situated in the heart of Marina Bay and linked via skybridge to three shopping malls, the Pan Pacific is 37 floors of luxury with awesome views of the city. The hotel boasts the tallest Atrium in SouthEast Asia, to boot. In January 2008, the recent renovations unveiled 778 contemporary rooms with new furnishings, bathroom fixtures, and ergonomic chairs and large work areas. Guests also enjoy a multitude of award-winning dining and entertainment options and leisure facilities at the Wellness Village including a gymnasium, spa, swimming pool and tennis courts.
Next time you check into a luxurious Langham Hotel, you can rack up the points with Royal Orchid Plus, the frequent flyer program of Thai Airways, a founding member of the Star Alliance. You can earn 750 miles per qualified stay. Langham Hotels International has partnerships with 15 leading airlines, and guests can also redeem Award Stay certificates on Langhamhotels.com. Langham also recently signed a partnership with China Southern Airlines, China's largest passenger airline, offering 1,000 km for stays at any of Langham's portfolio of hotels, including Auckland, Boston, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Pasadena, and Koh Lanta-- the brand spanking new resort which opened in Thailand's Krabi Province this January. The partnership with China Southern is especially cool given that the first of Langham's new hotels will open this summer at Beijing's Capital Airport.
The Peninsula Tokyo has just announced a sexy and original cocktail-- named for the first Hollywood production filmed in postwar Japan starring Humphrey Bogart (1949). A smooth blend of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Umeshu, Drambuie (a favorite of Mr. Bogart's) and Cranberry Juice, the "Tokyo Joe" cocktail is served in a specially commissioned designer glass. Sip a "Tokyo Joe" in the plush, sophisticated settings of The Lobby or Peter: The Bar-- featuring unobstructed views of the city skyline and an ultra-modern ambience. Priced at JPY 1,800.
Hot off the press. Singapore Airlines has announced plans to introduce a new all-business carrier on daily nonstop flights between Newark and Los Angeles and Singapore. Following the example of the famous Eos, Singapore Airlines is planning on converting five Airbus long-range aircraft into a new, luxurious configuration. Due to the high demand for premium class seating, Singapore Airlines has decided to make the leap to business-only flights. There will be 100 30-inch-wide seats in a 1-2-1 configuration-- meaning every passenger has an aisle seat, convertible to a horizontal flat bed.
March 5, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
Get away this Songkran, with the exclusive special at the Shangri-La Chiang Mai. With a minimum two night stay, enjoy a special rate on a Deluxe Rooom of Baht 8,800 for a single occupancy room, or Baht 9,800 for a double occupancy room. In addition, enjoy a splendid buffet breakfast and buffet dinner at the Kad Kafe. The Shangri-La Chiang Mai is situated in a peaceful, beautifully landscaped setting and offers a large free-form swimming pool surrounded by mature plants such as frangipani, bamboo, ginger and lotus ponds, creating a pleasant and relaxed resort ambiance. If you live in Thailand, be sure to take advantage of this offer - it is only available to residents of Thailand with proper identification - Promotion is valid from 11 - 16 April 2008 (inclusive).