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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Most Anticipated Hotel and Resort Openings in Asia in 2020

The Most Anticipated Hotel and Resort Openings in Asia in 2020

Banyan Tree Krabi Singapore-based Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd, one of Asia’s foremost luxury hotel groups, has announced plans to open a new resort in Krabi in the second quarter of 2020. Currently under development in a serene location on Tubkaek Beach, a scenic 45-minute drive from Krabi Airport, Banyan Tree Krabi fronts powdery white sands […]

Vietnam Golf Clubs to Quit Grasping at Straws

Vietnam Golf Clubs to Quit Grasping at Straws

Five leading courses in center of country pledge to phase out single-use plastics Laguna Golf Lang Co and other members of the Vietnam Golf Coast (VGC) are in the process of completely phasing out single-use plastics after reaching their final straw with the environmentally corrosive material. The best signature golf courses in Central Vietnam joined […]

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 […]