New Meliá Koh Samui Appoints Kantima Chompoolad as Wellness Manager

New Meliá Koh Samui Appoints Kantima Chompoolad as Wellness Manager

A professional with more than 15 years of hospitality wellness experience and a passion for motivating her staff has been named Meliá Koh Samui’s wellness manager. Thai national Kantima Chompoolad joins the 159-room and 41-suite luxury resort, on Koh Samui’s north-eastern coastline in the Gulf of Thailand, after working for a decade as the spa […]

Banyan Tree Looks to Sustainable Nutrition in Post-Covid World

Banyan Tree Looks to Sustainable Nutrition in Post-Covid World

Group announces organic farm partnership with Michelin 2-Star Chef James Noble The Banyan Tree Group, one of Asia’s leading hotel brands for sustainability and environmental awareness, has announced that it will launch a range of organic, plant-based menus at its resorts around the world, starting in Thailand later this year. The Singapore-based Group said it […]

Meliá Koh Samui Awarded ‘Amazing Thailand SHA’ Certification In Wake of COVID-19

Meliá Koh Samui Awarded ‘Amazing Thailand SHA’ Certification In Wake of COVID-19

Meliá Koh Samui has been granted the Thai government’s new ‘Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA)’ certificate, recognising the resort’s health, safety and hygiene measures designed to prevent the spread of the pandemic. The first Meliá property launched in Thailand, the 159-room and 41-suite luxury resort overlooking Choeng Mon Beach on Koh Samui’s north-eastern […]

Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, in Bali Expands Guest Offering With Duadari

Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, in Bali Expands Guest Offering With Duadari

As Bali starts to welcome travelers back, the former family retreat of a noted Indonesian architect is launching with a new name and a new offer as a lure to its mystical grounds. The two-villa sanctuary Duadari, a Residence by Hadiprana, was originally designed as a spacious family holiday home, resulting in a low number […]

How hotels are helping the community in the wake of COVID-19

How hotels are helping the community in the wake of COVID-19

Switching from farm-to-table to farm-to-staff-table during Covid-19 The team at the Bali property, Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, has always placed high importance on farm-to-table (most of the produce served is grown on the grounds and interactive dining/cooking experiences play a big part in their offering). With Covid-19 they’ve now switched to a farm-to-staff-table […]

Banyan Tree Samui Awarded Safety & Hygiene Certification

Banyan Tree Samui Awarded Safety & Hygiene Certification

Resort recognized in new Thai government initiative to create visitor confidence Banyan Tree Samui, a luxury 88-villa resort commanding spectacular vistas of an idyllic beach cove, has been awarded the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) certificate by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in recognition of the hotel’s upgraded health and hygiene standards […]

The Anam Cam Ranh Appoints Director of Sales and Marketing

The Anam Cam Ranh Appoints Director of Sales and Marketing

A seasoned hospitality professional with almost two decades of experience working for some of the world’s leading hotel brands has been named five-star Anam’s director of sales and marketing. Vietnamese national Mandy Tran Thi My Dung’s appointment to The Anam, overlooking Long Beach situated on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh peninsula, comes after she worked as the […]

Dolphin Stuns Beachgoers at New Alma Resort in Cam Ranh

Dolphin Stuns Beachgoers at New Alma Resort in Cam Ranh

A large dolphin has paid a rare visit to the shallow waters right off new family resort Alma on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh peninsula. Alma lifeguard Nguyen Ngoc Tan, who took video footage of the dolphin on Tuesday last week, said the mammal seemed “fearless yet friendly” as he and his fellow lifeguards Nguyen Trung Phi […]

New Alma Resort Welcomes Commercial Director

New Alma Resort Welcomes Commercial Director

A talented hospitality professional with rich experience in sales and marketing and a passion for volunteering has been named Alma’s commercial director. German national Martin Koerner’s appointment to the new 196-pavilion and 384-suite resort overlooking Long Beach on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh peninsula comes after he worked at The Anam, another five-star resort also situated in […]

A Balinese Resort Launches Extended Stays Away From The Crowds

A Balinese Resort Launches Extended Stays Away From The Crowds

As Bali begins the first phase of opening up for travel from June, one boutique resort has launched a long stay package for travelers keen on a tropical getaway away from any crowds. With its new two-week “Extended Stay for Greater Value,” Tanah Gajah, Resort by Hadiprana, is putting up visitors in 20 villas spread […]

Vietnam golf scene on road to recovery, say country’s leading clubs

Vietnam golf scene on road to recovery, say country’s leading clubs

The Bluffs, Laguna believe nation’s robust response to virus will help it lure back visitors Two of Vietnam’s leading clubs, The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip and Laguna Golf Lang Co, are backing the nation to reassert its reputation as one of the world’s hottest golfing destinations as the country eases its COVID-19 lockdown. Golf was […]

Resorts in Asia Heighten the Hygiene

Resorts in Asia Heighten the Hygiene

Whether we emerge from the most acute phase of the pandemic into a Brave New World is largely dependent on whether we’re all observing heightened hygiene protocols. Hand-washing has become de rigueur and many of us routinely respect a six-foot corona bubble of personal space when we encounter others. Hotels know this, and are enacting […]

New Meliá Koh Samui Welcomes Director of Sales and Marketing

New Meliá Koh Samui Welcomes Director of Sales and Marketing

A talented hospitality professional with two decades of diverse experience in sales and marketing and a passion for building strong business relationships has been named five-star Meliá Koh Samui’s director of sales and marketing. Thai national Phatsalawadee Pimpila’s appointment to the new 159-room and 41-suite luxury resort on Koh Samui’s north-eastern coastline in the Gulf […]

New Alma Resort Announces Herbert Laubichler-Pichler as General Manager

New Alma Resort Announces Herbert Laubichler-Pichler as General Manager

A hospitality veteran with life-long experience making guests feel welcome at hotels and resorts in Europe and Asia has been appointed to the helm of the new 30-hectare beachfront resort Alma. Austrian-born Herbert Laubichler-Pichler has taken charge of the opening of the 196-pavilion and 384-suite resort overlooking Long Beach, on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh peninsula, with […]

Back From The Brink: How Laguna Golf Land Co Got it’s Mojo Back

Back From The Brink: How Laguna Golf Land Co Got it’s  Mojo Back

When you meet Adam Calver, it’s impossible to miss his naturally sunny disposition. Talking ten-to-the-dozen, the director of golf at Laguna Golf Lang Co, a Sir Nick Faldo design ranked among the best tracks in Vietnam, will wax lyrical on any number of subjects related to the Royal and Ancient game. Favourite topics include his […]

New Meliá Koh Samui Welcomes Azizskandar Awang as Executive Chef

New Meliá Koh Samui Welcomes Azizskandar Awang as Executive Chef

A talented professional with a passion for leadership and coaching who has won a string of coveted awards during his 20-year career has been named Meliá Koh Samui’s executive chef. Malaysian national Azizskandar Awang has joined the 159-room and 31-suite luxury resort on Koh Samui’s north-eastern coastline in the Gulf of Thailand, with ambitions to […]

Stuart Lyall Appointed General Manager of Fusion Newest Vietnam Hotel

Stuart Lyall Appointed General Manager of Fusion Newest Vietnam Hotel

As Fusion grows its hotel portfolio with the opening of Fusion Suites Vung Tau, the wellness-focused hospitality group has appointed seasoned hotelier, Stuart John Lyall, to manage the new property. The new general manager is already leading the hotel through its soft-opening phase and putting plans into action for an April grand opening. Stuart’s most […]

Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort Forays Into Sustainable Fashion

Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort Forays Into Sustainable Fashion

– Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort is dressing its staff in a runway-worthy collection of apparel that brings a bold, contemporary layer to Vietnamese culture, after joining forces with a sustainable fashion house. The 17-hectare resort overlooking Ho Tram beach has teamed up with Hanoi-based Chula Fashion to put a Spanish spin on the traditional […]

Meliá Koh Samui Announces Ernesto Osuna as General Manager

Meliá Koh Samui Announces Ernesto Osuna as General Manager

A seasoned professional with two decades of luxury hospitality experience across Europe, North America and Asia has been appointed to the helm of the new nautical-themed beachfront resort Meliá Koh Samui. Spanish-born Ernesto Osuna has taken charge of the opening of the 159-room and 31-suite luxury resort overlooking Choeng Mon Beach, on Koh Samui’s north-eastern […]

Giant Turtle Lays Eggs on Samui Beach

Giant Turtle Lays Eggs on Samui Beach

Hotel acts act to protect nest Khun Veeraphat, a waiter at Sands beachfront restaurant on Koh Samui, made a startling discovery on 13 February when he spotted what appeared to be tracks coming from the sea. CCTV footage at Banyan Tree Samui clearly showed a giant sea turtle laying eggs on the beach the night […]

Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort Forays Into Sustainable Fashion

Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort Forays Into Sustainable Fashion

– Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort is dressing its staff in a runway-worthy collection of apparel that brings a bold, contemporary layer to Vietnamese culture, after joining forces with a sustainable fashion house. The 17-hectare resort overlooking Ho Tram beach has teamed up with Hanoi-based Chula Fashion to put a Spanish spin on the traditional […]

The Anam Launches ‘Family is Everything’ experience

The Anam Launches ‘Family is Everything’ experience

The Anam has introduced a package designed to reconnect loved ones and foster family quality time, combining a getaway in a remarkable three-bedroom ‘Family Hill Villa’ with a host of culinary and recreational experiences for all ages.   The ‘Family is Everything’ experience is on offer at the 12-hectare beachfront resort’s two-storey Family Hill Villas that […]

New Tapas Lounge Panen Padi Opens in Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana

New Tapas Lounge Panen Padi Opens in Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana

The newly rebranded resort opens new dining option that shares founder’s story through art After 15 years in the doldrums, a Balinese building that was once the heart of Hendra Hadiprana’s private estate has been reimagined as a new tapas lounge, Panen Padi, at Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana. The noted Indonesian architect, who […]

Azerai Can Tho Introduces 4- and 6-Day Healthy Yoga Retreat Packages

Azerai Can Tho Introduces 4- and 6-Day Healthy Yoga Retreat Packages

Yoga fans and wellness enthusiasts will learn to master essential poses while calming their minds and re-energizing their bodies with new, multiple-day healthy yoga retreat packages at Azerai Can Tho. The retreats are for experienced practitioners and newcomers alike, and include 6 day/5 night (“Ultimate Yoga Retreat”) and 4 day/3 night (“Essential Yoga Getaway”) options. […]

Alba Wellness Valley By Fusion Launches Wellbeing Retreat Programmes

Alba Wellness Valley By Fusion Launches Wellbeing Retreat Programmes

The hot springs resort in Central Vietnam tunes guests health with detox and Reiki Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion is getting into the flow of things with new retreats that tap the healing powers of a geothermal spring at the resort’s heart. A Reiki Training and Sound Journey in March, a Hot Springs Detox Retreat […]

Metropole Hanoi Awarded 5-Star Rating from Forbes Travel Guide

Metropole Hanoi Awarded 5-Star Rating from Forbes Travel Guide

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has been awarded a Five-Star rating—the top level of recognition—from Forbes Travel Guide in the independent ratings agency’s assessment of luxury hotels, restaurants and spas in Vietnam. “Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is a supremely beautiful hotel, inside and out. Every corner is a compelling photo opportunity, especially in the gleaming historic […]

GHM Plants Chedi Flag in the Maldives

GHM Plants Chedi Flag in the Maldives

Kudavillingili Island promises ease of access and inimitable luxury product GHM has announced plans to launch The Chedi Kudavillingili, its first resort in the Maldives, later this year. The 99-villa property will feature 36 overwater villas, a 150-metre-long central pool and desirable proximity to the Malé International Airport, a 25-minute speedboat ride away. Located on […]

Turning a Hotel ‘Plastic-Free’

Turning a Hotel ‘Plastic-Free’

One Thai resort shows what dedication it takes to lead the way in sustainability The tipping point for Banyan Tree Samui might have been the 213,314 plastic bottles the resort passed out to guests in 2017. Or the 42,150 plastic bags they used to haul away trash that year. Or the 176,880 meters of cling […]

Al Bait Sharjah Appoints Albert Meow as Hotel Manager

Al Bait Sharjah Appoints Albert Meow as Hotel Manager

Al Bait Sharjah, the most recent debut from GHM, has named Albert Meow as hotel manager of the 53-key hotel that opened recently in a historic district of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) third largest city. From a foundation established by more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, Meow will oversee daily hotel operations […]

Fusion Hotel Group Opens Fusion Suites Vung Tau in the South of Vietnam

Fusion Hotel Group Opens Fusion Suites Vung Tau in the South of Vietnam

The latest addition to Fusion’s portfolio is the group’s third suite-style property Fusion’s newest hotel, Fusion Suites Vung Tau, is set to open on January 24th, 2020 in southern Vietnam’s popular coastal playground. The new 19-storey property features 171 well-appointed suites and apartments, a multitude of dining options, a maritime-inspired spa, and the city’s only […]

Meliá Hotels International celebrates grand opening of Meliá Koh Samui, its first hotel in Thailand

Meliá Hotels International celebrates grand opening of Meliá Koh Samui, its first hotel in Thailand

Leading Spanish hotel group Meliá Hotels International launches nautical-themed beachfront resort in partnership with Asset World Corporation, marking the start of a nationwide roll-out of hotels and resorts Koh Samui, Thailand (Jan. 16, 2020) – On January 10th 2020, Meliá Hotels International and Asset World Corporation (AWC), Thailand’s leading integrated lifestyle real estate group celebrated […]

The Anam Spa Introduces Vietnamese Zodiac Spa Journeys

The Anam Spa Introduces Vietnamese Zodiac Spa Journeys

One of Vietnam’s most acclaimed resorts is ushering in 2020 in a state of zen, launching restorative spa packages tailored to guests’ birth years, zodiac signs and zodiac elements. Inspired by the Vietnamese zodiac elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water, the Anam’s new spa therapy begins with a consultation with the resort’s ‘elements’ […]

Metropole Hanoi Celebrates Tet with Old Quarter-Style Market and More

Metropole Hanoi Celebrates Tet with Old Quarter-Style Market and More

The spirit of old Hanoi will sweep through the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi this month, as the hotel celebrates Tet with a traditional Old Quarter-style market from Jan. 17-19. The festivities continue with special culinary offerings beginning Jan. 24. At the Tet market, food vendors on the hotel’s patio will sell authentic Vietnamese favourites, while […]

Samui Restaurant Reopens with Fiery New Menu

Samui Restaurant Reopens with Fiery New Menu

Beachfront dining includes everything from barbecues and brick ovens to wok fires and flambés. If you smell something sizzling down in southeastern Koh Samui these days, chances are it’s coming from Banyan Tree Samui’s beachfront restaurant, Sands, where Chef Rainer Roersch is rolling out his smoking hot “8-Fires” cuisine. “We were looking for a very […]

Azerai La Residence, Hue Unveils Newly Renovated Guest Rooms

Azerai La Residence, Hue Unveils Newly Renovated Guest Rooms

Azerai La Residence, Hue has opened the door on 39 newly renovated guest rooms and suites in the hotel’s east wing, marking the completion of the second phase of an extensive three-part refurbishment project that began last year. The new guest rooms feature updated aesthetics notable for their elegant and simple design, and brighter, more […]

Heritage Line Sets A Course For Sailing Bliss In Vietnam

Heritage Line Sets A Course For Sailing Bliss In Vietnam

New 10-berth vessel Ylang pioneers wellness cruising on beautiful Lan Ha Bay One of Asia’s leading boutique cruise operators, Heritage Line, is charting blissful new channels by launching the first ever wellness and mindfulness focused voyage on Lan Ha Bay in Vietnam. The limestone karst-studded seascape in the northern reaches of the Gulf of Tonkin […]

10 luxury Caribbean wellness retreats you’ll wish you could stay at forever

10 luxury Caribbean wellness retreats you’ll wish you could stay at forever

If white sand beaches, amazing water sports, luxury spas, butler service and stunning beauty sounds like your idea of a holiday, you may want to consider a trip to the Caribbean The next time you’re daydreaming of an island paradise getaway, think about heading to the Caribbean: an idyllic archipelago made up of azure waters, […]

HondaJet Elite Becomes Certified In China

HondaJet Elite Becomes Certified In China

Honda Aircraft Company announced today that the HondaJet Elite has received type certification. From the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). This demonstrates that the aircraft meets the safety standards set by the organization.  HondaJet Elite deliveries in the region will begin this year. The HondaJet Elite holds type certifications around the world. Including, the United States (Federal Aviation […]

Fusion Expands Presence in Central Vietnam with Fusion Resort Quang Binh

Fusion Expands Presence in Central Vietnam with Fusion Resort Quang Binh

Fusion Expands Presence in Central Vietnam with Fusion Resort Quang Binh Fusion Resort Quang Binh is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2020 HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (April 24, 2019) – The wellness-inspired resort and hotel chain Fusion has announced that it will bring a Fusion to the oceanside of Bao Ninh Beach, […]