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Even though international travel is not yet open, you can still enjoy checking out some of Hong Kong's remarkable art exhibitions from wherever you are! Here is a list of  a list of top Hong Kong virtual art tours to amuse your aesthetic soul: Hong Kong Museum of Art's Virtually@HKMoA lets you browse multi-media programs, check out the audio guide and view pamphlets of their exhibitions, and access a massive library of their collections and past shows through Google Arts & Culture. Now that West Kowloon Cultural District is fully open, you can experience M+ Collections Beta from afar. It has over 5,000 objects on virtual display, offering photography, visual art, design and architecture, moving images and more to pique your artistic interest. Enjoy an interactive 360-degree experience with Sotheby’s Hong Kong to virtually tour the exhibition and four beautifully curated galleries with modern, contemporary and Southeast Asian art. Asia Society Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Art Gallery Association have teamed up to bring online viewers Sculpture Exhibition (until 27 September), featuring art from international and local galleries and a full-day Art Talk programme live-streamed on Facebook.

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All over the world, Aman has welcome guests to its exquisite sancturies for over 30 years, offering secluded retreats that graciously exceed every expectation in spectacular settings. Together with an unassuming and attentive service, and a host of bespoke experiences designed to cater to every whim, each stay transports guests from their everyday lives, creating lasting memories. With this is mind, Aman is pleased to announce the launch of the Aman Gift Card. Available to purchase for stays in any destination (excluding Aman’s four resorts in China) the gift card can be used towards any aspect of a visit; whether it’s a delectable meal at Aman Tokyo’s exclusive 12 seater sushi restaurant; a sunset cocktail on a private floating bar off Amanpulo’s shoreline in the Philippines; an exploration of Utah’s sweeping desert landscape on horseback from Amangiri, or a eucalyptus-infused massage in the Aman Spa at Amanzoe in Greece. The Aman Gift Card can be exchanged for accommodation, dining, spa treatments, retail or an array of adventures and activities. Presenting the perfect way to enrich a stay or to help celebrate a special occasion, the gift cards are available for order online at a value of between USD 10 and USD 25,000. Once ordered, the gift card is sent by post or via email to the purchaser or directly to the gift recipient, alongside a personal message. The guest is then able to present their gift card at the property for deduction from their bill at the end of their stay. Delivered instantly, enjoyed at leisure, the Aman Gift Card offers the perfect way to enrich someone’s stay. www.aman.com/gift-card Please click here for the Aman Gift Card Legal Terms & Conditions

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This October, Banyan Tree Krabi will be ready to graciously welcome you unwind in one of Thailand's most beautiful settings. The Banyan Tree Krabi is transitioning from the dream like-state of design to a reality. While many resorts can trumpet an oceanfront perch on azure waters, it’s not every new resort that commands a vista of limestone towers scattered across the sea like chess pieces on a clear jade table. Or cable car access to a restaurant perched high on a hill on the edge of Tubkaek National Park. The 10-acre property is surrounded by national parks on three sides: the rolling green mountains of a conserved forest serve as a backdrop to the north and east, while the jutting limestone peaks command a hypnotic view to the west. This intimate 72-key resort is creating an effortless bridge between luxury resort and a pristine, untouched environment. There are six categories of accommodation: Deluxe Pool Suite; Premium Ocean Pool Suite; 2-Bedroom Ocean Pool Suite: Beachfront Pool Villas; two 2-Bedroom Beachfront Villas; and one Presidential Beachfront Pool Villa, which has no less than seven bedrooms and covers 1,335m², including multiple verandas and balconies, as well as three pools. For its compelling dining scene, Saffron Restaurant offers top notch tastes at one of Krabi’s premier evening dining venues. With seating for 70 guests both indoors and out, Saffron is accompanied by three “Bird’s Nests” - private tables perched precariously among the trees, offering diners not only intimacy, but that magical Instagram moment to make all their friends at home green with envy. The resort’s all-day dining destination will be called Naga Kitchen, catering breakfasts, lunches and dinner with a plethora of international choices. Executive Chef Jakkrit Traibun, who was the sous-chef at Banyan Tree Samui for seven years, is a southern Thai and specializes in the aromatic and spicy flavors of that culinary style. The signature Rainforest treatment is a must-do while at Banyan Tree - an Amazonesque journey through vitality pools, a steam room and sauna, an ice fountain, and rejuvenating water jets. Aside from that unique experience, guests can always opt for traditional Thai massage and beauty therapies. Banyan Tree Krabi is due to open its doors to guests in the fourth quarter of 2020. For reservations and inquiries, visit https://www.banyantree.com/booking

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Bangkok Airways has participated in “Rao Tiew Duay Gun” campaign by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), offering 40% cashback or up to 1,000 baht per person per ticket (this is applicable to all Thai citizens and up to 2 million flight tickets throughout the campaign). To be eligible for the “Rao Tiew Duay Gun” campaign, passengers may register at TAT’s official site www.เราเที่ยวด้วยกัน.com from 15 July 2020 onwards. Flight reservations with Bangkok Airways can be made from now until 31 October 2020 with travel period from now until 31 October 2020. The offers are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the campaign, please visit www.เราเที่ยวด้วยกัน.com or call +66 (0) 2 111 1144. Bangkok Airways currently operates 6 domestic routes, which are Bangkok – Sukhothai (roundtrip), Bangkok – Lampang (roundtrip), Bangkok – Chiang Mai (roundtrip), Bangkok – Phuket (roundtrip), Bangkok – Samui (roundtrip) and Samui – Phuket (roundtrip). For more information and flight reservation, please visit www.bangkokair.com

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To make things more exciting for your “staycay”, M Social Hotel Singapore will be offering a series of staycation packages with activities planned periodically. Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR) has come up with a package centred on its “We Clean. We Care. We Welcome” commitment. Guests are assured of 10 key hallmarks* of cleanliness and safety designed to safeguard guests throughout their stay, such as contactless check-in and check-out. MHR’s “We Clean. We Care. We Welcome. Staycation with us.” package also offers free accommodation for kids and flexible cancellation of up to two days before stays without charges. You can choose to retreat into your personal space with accommodation options that come in various sizes and configurations. Alcove Cosy features bare concrete walls with mirrored surfaces, which extends into a striking 4m-tall pitched roof, creating a spacious vibe. Loft Premier, a duplex-style loft with raw marble flooring offers a roomy sofa, nesting table facilities that creates a workspace on the lower level with a queen-sized bed on the top floor. Loft Terraces comes with attached terraces for you to wind down outdoors. Diners are also in for a treat as Beast & Butterflies at M Social Singapore takes culinary and tipples to the next level with a newly created menu by Executive Chef Bryce Li. Delectable and Instagram-worthy new dishes include the Charcoal Grilled Maine Lobster and Thai Milk Tea Pudding. Diners can also indulge in the $1 Oyster Friday Night promotion at Beast & Butterflies. The restaurant with a beautiful alfresco area marries traditional methods with modern thinking to create dishes and thirst-quenchers that fits the unrestrictive concept of Beast & Butterflies and its millennial-minded, globe-trotting guests. Expect a dining experience with visual dramas composed of chandeliers, lava lamps and table-top TV screens making for an unforgettable ambiance. Social barflies can quench their thirst with an array of artisanal cocktails prepared by resident mixologist Vladyslav Yesepiv or choose from a curated wine list as they enjoy fresh air and cool breeze in a cosy setting while sipping a cold tipple or two under the stars. As a testament to the hotel’s hygiene standards and cleanliness levels, M Social Hotel Singapore was recently awarded the SG Clean Quality Mark Certification by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Enterprise Singapore. Mix and Stay S$180++ 1 Night in Alcove Cosy Breakfast for 2 Person A complimentary M Social Cocktail Shaker A complimentary Workshop: Learn about cocktail making from Beast & Butterflies Mixologist - Vladyslav Yesepiv Bottled Up Happiness S$240++ 1 Night in Alcove Cosy Breakfast for 2 Person A complimentary Workshop: Create your Own Perfume with Maison 21G Singapore A complimentary bottle of perfume For enquires & bookings, email reservations.mss@millenniumhotels.com or call +65 6206 1888

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Thailand's leading hospitality company, Dusit International is supporting the government in its efforts to boost domestic tourism in Thailand by joining its nationwide subsidy programme, "Rao Tiew Duay Gan" (We Travel Together). The campaign which supports 40% of room rates (up to THB 3,000 per night). The deals are available from 18 July - 31 October 2020 at Dusit Hotels & Resorts in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Phuket, Khao Yai and Krabi. The programme will see the government subsidize 40% of room rates – up to 3,000 THB per night – for up to five nights per person! Guests will also receive a THB 600 e-voucher per room per night to use for dining in the hotel or at participating standalone outlets. Subsidies are available for eligible Thai nationals who have registered at เราเที่ยวด้วยกัน.com (or via the Paotung mobile app) before booking direct via www.dusit.com/specialoffers/rao-teaw-duay-kan. Upon booking, a payment link will be sent to the app so the recipient can avail of the saving. Guests booking via dusit.com can take advantage of current promotional offers, such as room rates starting from THB 999 net per room per night. Several Dusit Hotels & Resorts in Thailand will also offer additional exclusive benefits for guests who book weekday stays (including Sundays) using Rao Tiew Duay Gan. This includes Guaranteed Room Upgrade to the next best category, 40% discount on spa treatments (where applicable), and 20% discount on food and beverages. All Dusit Hotels & Resorts have been certified as safe places to stay under the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration (SHA) certification programme. These high standards are reflected in Dusit’s new Stay with Confidence programme, which includes, amongst others, the introduction of new facilities, services and operating procedures such as flexible check-in times and flexible breakfast (to limit queues), the provision of free healthy drinks and snacks in-room, the provision of outdoor workout areas and mobile payment methods, and a personal shopping service for the best of local foods and souvenirs.

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Phuket's brand new Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort is now ready to welcome you to experience stylish and stress-free stay nearby vibrant Patong beach, within only a 20-minute drive to Phuket Old Town. The resort is completely ideal for families, couples and groups of friends! To celebrate its opening, Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort offers very tempting promotion at SCB Tiew Thai Pai Douy Gun, Fashion Hall Siam Paragon, 1st floor, from 30 July – 2 August 2020, with price starting from only THB 1,199! Online booking is available here during 30 July – 9 August 2020 for stays on 1 October 2020 – 31 October 2021. For more information and reservation, please contact FP.HKTFP.RESERVATIONS@MARRIOTT.COM or call +66 (0) 76 645 999.

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To celebrate the grand comeback, JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok offers irresistible promotions for its famous outlets: Tsu Japanese Restaurant, Nami Teppanyaki Steakhouse, Man Ho Chinese Restaurant and JW Café. For all guests, you will get a 50% discounts from now until 31 July 2020! Tsu Contemporary Japanese Cuisine Chef Yukio Takeda and his team masterfully prepare fresh sushi, sashimi and a curated selection of rolls alongside artfully crafted dishes. Enjoy a 50% discount from their a la carte menu Opens for Lunch: 11:30 am – 02:30 pm and dinner: 06:00 pm – 10:30 pm Nami Teppanyaki Steakhouse With fire and flash, Nami Teppanyaki Steakhouse serves up authentic Japanese Teppanyaki dishes in a cool, contemporary environment. Diners watch as talented chefs prepare their meal to their exact specifications right in front of them. Enjoy a 50% discount from their a la carte menu. Opens for Lunch:​11:30 am – 2:30 pm and dinner: ​6:00 pm – 10:30 pm Man Ho Chinese Restaurant Executive Chinese Chef Leslie Du and his team captivate the palate with the finest Cantonese delicacies. Enjoy a 50 % discount on their a la carte menu and promotional price on all you can eat Dim Sum for THB 750 net per person from Monday to Friday. Weekend dim sum returns at THB1,250 net per person. Opens lunch: 11:30 am – 02:30 pm and dinner: 06:00 pm – 10:30 pm JW Café An urban industrial concept decorated in gray vein marble with wood panels to create a modern yet cozy space, JW Café serves an array of International cuisine from the semi-buffet and unlimited a la carte menu including chef recommended signature dishes, and local favorites from fresh seafood to foie gras. Enjoy 50% discount on the dinner buffet from Monday to Thursday. Dinner buffet available 06:00pm – 10:30 pm. New York Steakhouse Consistently recognized as Bangkok’s best steakhouse and awarded with 3 consecutive years of the Michelin plate award, due to its unparalleled service and premium cuts of meat. It is in a class of its own with an atmosphere evoking a classic New York City steakhouse. Serving imported cuts from Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States together with local options and a wide selection of seafood. Complimentary signature cocktails will be served to guests from 2 nd July -31 st July 2020 to get us back in that New York state of mind. Opens daily from 06.00 pm. – 11.00 pm.   For more information or reservations please feel free to call +66 (0) 2 656 7700

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When you are asked about must-visit places in Thailand, it is doubtless that Phuket is one. Rich in culture, embraced by tranquil nature, the tourism section in Phuket had been doing great for decades, with new beautiful hotels and indulgent restaurants constantly emerges. However, with the recent pandemic, the wondrous island had to shut itself down like never before. Now that the situation in Thailand has been unceasingly easing, and with the Phuket International Airport being back in operation, the Phuket Hotels Association, in collaboration with global hospitality branding agency QUO, launches the "Imagine Phuket" campaign to help revive the island's charming liveliness and to invite discerning travelers to comfortably unwind in Phuket again. The campaign aims to prompt people of how Phuket was their ideal vacation with everything they need, and it still is. The initiative enables island hotels to come together with one voice and one message. Each property will be given the creative resources to personalize videos, images and logos with their own branding, creating bespoke versions of the campaign’s inspiring message. By reaching the combined audiences of 75 participating hotels in the private sector, there is the rare opportunity for authentic, large-scale virality. Check out the introductory video of the campaign below, and stay tuned for more from the campaign! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GospREAcZ2Y   Open photo by Sookyung An from Pixabay

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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 has embarked on several collaborations covering different areas of the food chain, such as championing local procurement and sustainably sourced food through a partnership with two-star Michelin Chef James Noble. Together, Banyan Tree and Noble have broken ground on ORI9IN, a 350-acre gourmet organic farm in the fertile mountains of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. Aside from supplying no fewer than 15 Michelin chefs at some of Bangkok’s most elite restaurants, MasterChef-turned sustainable farmer Noble said the joint venture will also include an on-site farm-to-table organic restaurant which is slated to open in October this year. Banyan Tree currently has three hotels in Thailand – in Bangkok, Koh Samui and Phuket, with a fourth, Banyan Tree Krabi, due to celebrate a grand opening in October 2020. The hotel group, which is highly reputed for its spa and wellness facilities, said it has also formed a partnership with Grassroots Pantry, a pioneering brand in Hong Kong, which is at the forefront of plant-based cuisine in Asia’s fine dining scene. A capsule menu based on plant-based, immunity-boosting foods and sustainable kitchen practices is to launch in the latter part of this year. The menu will debut at Banyan Tree’s Phuket venues followed by a roll-out at all of its hotels internationally. This new food-sourcing initiative at Banyan Tree complements an existing policy of enhanced hygiene and safety at its resorts worldwide – protocols introduced in the wake of the current Covid crisis. In 2019, Banyan Tree Group implemented a Code of Conduct for suppliers to map supply chain transparency in ingredients sourcing and promote socio-environmental practices to develop a sustainable supply chain. To date, over 900 suppliers have registered. For 2020, in line with marine conservation goals, the Group implemented a 25 percent benchmark of sustainable seafood sourcing by 2025 from sustainable fisheries. Banyan Tree Global Foundation said its experts will review seafood species served at each location and support identification of sustainably certified alternatives and opportunities for its properties.

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Stage, a casual fine dining French & global-inspired restaurant by Chef Jay - Sainisa Sangsingkeaw and her highly talented brigade of ex-L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon has launched its brand-new seasonal "Stage Menu 3.0" signature tasting menus, starting from July onwards. "Stage Menu 3.0" is a vibrant journey to your palate in the concept of “Le Stage en Fête”, in which the word ‘la fête’ means a festival or a celebration party in French. Inspired by the lively carnival and joyful circus in Europe, each dish is presented in a colourful tone and fun plating with a playful twist, bringing smile and happiness to customers through the story of each menu. Some of the signature dishes for this new season include King Crab / Watermelon / Leek Bomb, Foie Gras Sundae, Spot Prawn / Jelly / Smoked Salmon Roe / Cotton Candy, Orecchitte / Sea Urchin / Black Winter Truffle, Sweetbread Schnitzel / Black Garlic / Sauerkraut, and Japanese Wagyu / Bone Marrow / Dry-Aged Beef / Red Wine Jus. Meanwhile, pastry chef Rekha Limpichart, who studied in Paris and apprenticed at Le Quartier du Pain under Chef Frédéric Lalos (prestigious recipient of Meilleur Ouvrier de France Boulanger), whips up carnival-inspired desserts like Space Brownie and many delectable bite-size desserts from the Dessert Trolley such as Matcha Kid Cat, Truffle Choux, Popcorn Éclair, Coconut Ice Cream With Bread, Apple Candy. ‘Stage Menu 3.0’ offers 7 courses tasting menu at THB 3,500++ (Wine pairing options: 3 glasses at 1,400++ / 5 glasses at THB 1,900++) and ‘Stage Experience’ 10 courses tasting menu at 4,900++ (Wine pairing options: 5 glasses at THB 1,900++ / 7 glasses at THB 2,500++). The evolving menu changes every 2 months according to ingredients availability and the team’s current inspirations. Our drinks are no afterthought either and are exquisitely designed to accompany your dining journey. Restaurant manager and sommelier Pattarapol Ponraritt (previously sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and recently head wine sommelier at Bangkok Marriot Marquis Queen’s Park) curates a wine list of both old world wine and new world wine, including natural wine as well, from many countries all over the world. Stage opens daily for private lunch from 12.00 – 14.30 hrs (minimum 4 people, advance reservation only) and dinner from 17.00 – 24.00 hrs (last booking at 20.30 hrs). Visit ​www.restaurant-stage.co or Facebook & Instagram: @stagebkk, or call +66 (0) 2 002 5253 / +66 (0) 83 623 4444 for more information.

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All over the world, Aman has welcome guests to its exquisite sancturies for over 30 years, offering secluded retreats that graciously exceed every expectation in spectacular settings. Together with an unassuming and attentive service, and a host of bespoke experiences designed to cater to every whim, each stay transports guests from their everyday lives, creating lasting memories. With this is mind, Aman is pleased to announce the launch of the Aman Gift Card. Available to purchase for stays in any destination (excluding Aman’s four resorts in China) the gift card can be used towards any aspect of a visit; whether it’s a delectable meal at Aman Tokyo’s exclusive 12 seater sushi restaurant; a sunset cocktail on a private floating bar off Amanpulo’s shoreline in the Philippines; an exploration of Utah’s sweeping desert landscape on horseback from Amangiri, or a eucalyptus-infused massage in the Aman Spa at Amanzoe in Greece. The Aman Gift Card can be exchanged for accommodation, dining, spa treatments, retail or an array of adventures and activities. Presenting the perfect way to enrich a stay or to help celebrate a special occasion, the gift cards are available for order online at a value of between USD 10 and USD 25,000. Once ordered, the gift card is sent by post or via email to the purchaser or directly to the gift recipient, alongside a personal message. The guest is then able to present their gift card at the property for deduction from their bill at the end of their stay. Delivered instantly, enjoyed at leisure, the Aman Gift Card offers the perfect way to enrich someone’s stay. www.aman.com/gift-card Please click here for the Aman Gift Card Legal Terms & Conditions

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The Vietage has departed for its inaugural journey on 1 July 2020 and now brings luxury railway journeys through the Vietnamese countryside connecting Da Nang and Quy Nhon cities. The Vietage has been developed by Anantara to introduce memorable journeys between Anantara Hoi An and Anantara Quy Nhon Villas, a unique Vietnamese luxury travel experience for its guests. The custom-designed opulent carriage, with just 12 reservation-only seats, immerses its guests into the culture, nature and history of the country through the stories of its daily return journey, heralding a new age of glamorous train travel. The Vietage carriage boasts sleek-lined modern interiors, big picture windows and large comfy seats, while a sit-up bar offers a change of scenery and the chance to enjoy local craft beers, wines and snacks over conversation with friends, before the main culinary experience.  During the six hour journey, guests encounter a plethora of taste sensations as the countryside rolls by. An exclusively-curated menu evokes the essence of Vietnam with a French twist, through an explosion of creative flavours and local ingredients. Dishes such as Quy Nhon seafood salad, barley risotto and braised Wagyu neck will excite plant, carnivore and seafood lovers alike. Sweet endings come in the form of local Da Lat strawberries, passion fruit tart and a typical French-style crème brulée made with superior Dong Nai chocolate from Vietnam.   A dedicated area with spa treatment chairs offers head and shoulder treatments on the go as the train passes through local villages, rural countryside and stops at a few stations on the way. A one-way ticket aboard The Vietage costs USD 185 per person, including a three-course, pre-ordered meal, free-flow wines, beers and soft drinks, bar snacks and a 30-minute head and shoulder treatment. An à la carte menu also offers premium wines, champagnes and treats such as local caviar and the finest selection of both local and international cheeses, all available for pre-purchase. The Vietage departs from Da Nang every morning at 09:31, arriving at Dieu Tri station in Quy Nhon at 15:43. The return journey departs from Dieu Tri at 17:29 and arrives in Da Nang at 23:01. The Vietage runs for eleven months each year, taking a break during the annual Vietnamese Tet holiday period. Combination accommodation packages are available with Anantara Hoi An Resort and Anantara Quy Nhon Villas for guests to experience each destination and can be booked directly on the website at https://www.anantara.com/en/vietnam. The Vietage also contributes to the ‘Dollars for Deeds’ programme, in which US $1 per ticket is donated and guests on board are at liberty to make their own contribution. Donations are given to the Kianh Foundation, a not-for-profit charity providing a full-time, customised, special needs curriculum for children with disabilities in the Quang Nam Province of Central Vietnam. For further information, please contact The Vietage team on +84 256 368 6168, or at vietage@thevietagetrain.com.

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Even though international travel is not yet open, you can still enjoy checking out some of Hong Kong's remarkable art exhibitions from wherever you are! Here is a list of  a list of top Hong Kong virtual art tours to amuse your aesthetic soul: Hong Kong Museum of Art's Virtually@HKMoA lets you browse multi-media programs, check out the audio guide and view pamphlets of their exhibitions, and access a massive library of their collections and past shows through Google Arts & Culture. Now that West Kowloon Cultural District is fully open, you can experience M+ Collections Beta from afar. It has over 5,000 objects on virtual display, offering photography, visual art, design and architecture, moving images and more to pique your artistic interest. Enjoy an interactive 360-degree experience with Sotheby’s Hong Kong to virtually tour the exhibition and four beautifully curated galleries with modern, contemporary and Southeast Asian art. Asia Society Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Art Gallery Association have teamed up to bring online viewers Sculpture Exhibition (until 27 September), featuring art from international and local galleries and a full-day Art Talk programme live-streamed on Facebook.

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When you are asked about must-visit places in Thailand, it is doubtless that Phuket is one. Rich in culture, embraced by tranquil nature, the tourism section in Phuket had been doing great for decades, with new beautiful hotels and indulgent restaurants constantly emerges. However, with the recent pandemic, the wondrous island had to shut itself down like never before. Now that the situation in Thailand has been unceasingly easing, and with the Phuket International Airport being back in operation, the Phuket Hotels Association, in collaboration with global hospitality branding agency QUO, launches the "Imagine Phuket" campaign to help revive the island's charming liveliness and to invite discerning travelers to comfortably unwind in Phuket again. The campaign aims to prompt people of how Phuket was their ideal vacation with everything they need, and it still is. The initiative enables island hotels to come together with one voice and one message. Each property will be given the creative resources to personalize videos, images and logos with their own branding, creating bespoke versions of the campaign’s inspiring message. By reaching the combined audiences of 75 participating hotels in the private sector, there is the rare opportunity for authentic, large-scale virality. Check out the introductory video of the campaign below, and stay tuned for more from the campaign! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GospREAcZ2Y   Open photo by Sookyung An from Pixabay

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To celebrate the special occasion together with your family, these top-notch restaurants offer special promotions to make your Mother's Day feast even more memorable. Whether your mom is an Italian cuisine aficionado or an explorer of newfangled flavours, your mom will definitely have a delectable blast on her special day!   WAH LOK CANTONESE RESTAURANT AT CARLTON BANGKOK What to expect: Heavenly Cantonese cuisine with menus especially made for your mom on this special occasion. Promotion:  Exclusively crafted menu for mom at THB 12,000 / table of 10 people Special “Steamed Minced Shrimp and Chicken Dumplings Topped with Truffle Sauce” at only THB 160++ (for lunch) Complimentary "Pink Longevity Bun" for all guests Date and time: 8, 9, 12 August 2020, 11:30 - 14:30 (for lunch) // 18:00 - 22:30 (for dinner) Reservation: +66 (0) 2 00 7888 // FBreservations@carltonhotel.co.th   SKYLINE RESTAURANT AT AVANI+ RIVERSIDE BANGKOK HOTEL What to expect: Uninterrupt river views, a wide array of delectable seafoods and a special menu for all moms on the day. Promotion:  THB 1,350++ per adult including soft drink THB 600++ per child aged between 5 – 11 years old / free-of-charge for child aged under 5 dining free Moms dine for free when come with the family Date and time: Wednesday 12 August 2020, 18:00 to 22:00 Reservation: +66 (0) 2 431 9100 ext.1416 // riversidedining@anantara.com   SRA BUA BY KIIN KIIN AT SIAM KEMPINSKI HOTEL BANGKOK What to expect: Michelin-star dining experience, serving modern Thai cuisine with authentic ingredients based on traditional recipes, using modern cooking techniques. Iconic dishes presented from 12 August include yellow curry crab meat with corn; Maine lobster salad with frozen red curry; foie gras with ginger and plum wine; and slow-cooked Wagyu beef in a homemade oyster sauce. Promotion:  Four courses at THB 1,850++ per person (additional wine pairing at THB 1,200++) Six courses at THB 2,600++ per person (additional wine pairing at THB 1,800++) Eight courses at THB 3,200++ per person (additional wine pairing at THB 2,300++) All moms enjoying the Mother’s Day lunch at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin on 12 August receive a surprise hand-garland All moms at dinner receive a floral gift box and some chocolate Date and time: 12 - 16 August 2020, 12:00 to 15:00 (last orders at 13:30), with dinner from 18:00 to 22:30 (last orders at 21:00) Reservation: +66 (0) 2 162 9000 // dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com **A deposit is required and this must be paid at least 48 hours in advance (no later than Monday, 10 August)   YÀO ROOFTOP BAR AT MARRIOTT HOTEL THE SURAWONGSE What to expect: Delicious Chinese treats with a modern twist and Chinese-inspired cocktails in a stunning setting with the best panoramic view in Bangkok. Promotion:  Mother’s Day package: 3 items of bite-size Dim Sum; scrumptious fresh Noodles with Spicy Pork Gravy; BBQ Platter; homemade Deep-fried Date Pancake with Vanilla or Cantaloupe Ice Cream, at THB 888++ per person. Mom eats free, for a table of 4 persons Date and time: Wednesday 12 August 2020, 17:00 to 24:00 Reservation: +66 (0) 2 088 5666 // Official Line@ @marriottsurawongse   ฺBISCOTTI AT ANANTARA SIAM BANGKOK What to expect: A wide

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Stage, a casual fine dining French & global-inspired restaurant by Chef Jay - Sainisa Sangsingkeaw and her highly talented brigade of ex-L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon has launched its brand-new seasonal "Stage Menu 3.0" signature tasting menus, starting from July onwards. "Stage Menu 3.0" is a vibrant journey to your palate in the concept of “Le Stage en Fête”, in which the word ‘la fête’ means a festival or a celebration party in French. Inspired by the lively carnival and joyful circus in Europe, each dish is presented in a colourful tone and fun plating with a playful twist, bringing smile and happiness to customers through the story of each menu. Some of the signature dishes for this new season include King Crab / Watermelon / Leek Bomb, Foie Gras Sundae, Spot Prawn / Jelly / Smoked Salmon Roe / Cotton Candy, Orecchitte / Sea Urchin / Black Winter Truffle, Sweetbread Schnitzel / Black Garlic / Sauerkraut, and Japanese Wagyu / Bone Marrow / Dry-Aged Beef / Red Wine Jus. Meanwhile, pastry chef Rekha Limpichart, who studied in Paris and apprenticed at Le Quartier du Pain under Chef Frédéric Lalos (prestigious recipient of Meilleur Ouvrier de France Boulanger), whips up carnival-inspired desserts like Space Brownie and many delectable bite-size desserts from the Dessert Trolley such as Matcha Kid Cat, Truffle Choux, Popcorn Éclair, Coconut Ice Cream With Bread, Apple Candy. ‘Stage Menu 3.0’ offers 7 courses tasting menu at THB 3,500++ (Wine pairing options: 3 glasses at 1,400++ / 5 glasses at THB 1,900++) and ‘Stage Experience’ 10 courses tasting menu at 4,900++ (Wine pairing options: 5 glasses at THB 1,900++ / 7 glasses at THB 2,500++). The evolving menu changes every 2 months according to ingredients availability and the team’s current inspirations. Our drinks are no afterthought either and are exquisitely designed to accompany your dining journey. Restaurant manager and sommelier Pattarapol Ponraritt (previously sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and recently head wine sommelier at Bangkok Marriot Marquis Queen’s Park) curates a wine list of both old world wine and new world wine, including natural wine as well, from many countries all over the world. Stage opens daily for private lunch from 12.00 – 14.30 hrs (minimum 4 people, advance reservation only) and dinner from 17.00 – 24.00 hrs (last booking at 20.30 hrs). Visit ​www.restaurant-stage.co or Facebook & Instagram: @stagebkk, or call +66 (0) 2 002 5253 / +66 (0) 83 623 4444 for more information.

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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 has embarked on several collaborations covering different areas of the food chain, such as championing local procurement and sustainably sourced food through a partnership with two-star Michelin Chef James Noble. Together, Banyan Tree and Noble have broken ground on ORI9IN, a 350-acre gourmet organic farm in the fertile mountains of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. Aside from supplying no fewer than 15 Michelin chefs at some of Bangkok’s most elite restaurants, MasterChef-turned sustainable farmer Noble said the joint venture will also include an on-site farm-to-table organic restaurant which is slated to open in October this year. Banyan Tree currently has three hotels in Thailand – in Bangkok, Koh Samui and Phuket, with a fourth, Banyan Tree Krabi, due to celebrate a grand opening in October 2020. The hotel group, which is highly reputed for its spa and wellness facilities, said it has also formed a partnership with Grassroots Pantry, a pioneering brand in Hong Kong, which is at the forefront of plant-based cuisine in Asia’s fine dining scene. A capsule menu based on plant-based, immunity-boosting foods and sustainable kitchen practices is to launch in the latter part of this year. The menu will debut at Banyan Tree’s Phuket venues followed by a roll-out at all of its hotels internationally. This new food-sourcing initiative at Banyan Tree complements an existing policy of enhanced hygiene and safety at its resorts worldwide – protocols introduced in the wake of the current Covid crisis. In 2019, Banyan Tree Group implemented a Code of Conduct for suppliers to map supply chain transparency in ingredients sourcing and promote socio-environmental practices to develop a sustainable supply chain. To date, over 900 suppliers have registered. For 2020, in line with marine conservation goals, the Group implemented a 25 percent benchmark of sustainable seafood sourcing by 2025 from sustainable fisheries. Banyan Tree Global Foundation said its experts will review seafood species served at each location and support identification of sustainably certified alternatives and opportunities for its properties.

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To celebrate the grand comeback, JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok offers irresistible promotions for its famous outlets: Tsu Japanese Restaurant, Nami Teppanyaki Steakhouse, Man Ho Chinese Restaurant and JW Café. For all guests, you will get a 50% discounts from now until 31 July 2020! Tsu Contemporary Japanese Cuisine Chef Yukio Takeda and his team masterfully prepare fresh sushi, sashimi and a curated selection of rolls alongside artfully crafted dishes. Enjoy a 50% discount from their a la carte menu Opens for Lunch: 11:30 am – 02:30 pm and dinner: 06:00 pm – 10:30 pm Nami Teppanyaki Steakhouse With fire and flash, Nami Teppanyaki Steakhouse serves up authentic Japanese Teppanyaki dishes in a cool, contemporary environment. Diners watch as talented chefs prepare their meal to their exact specifications right in front of them. Enjoy a 50% discount from their a la carte menu. Opens for Lunch:​11:30 am – 2:30 pm and dinner: ​6:00 pm – 10:30 pm Man Ho Chinese Restaurant Executive Chinese Chef Leslie Du and his team captivate the palate with the finest Cantonese delicacies. Enjoy a 50 % discount on their a la carte menu and promotional price on all you can eat Dim Sum for THB 750 net per person from Monday to Friday. Weekend dim sum returns at THB1,250 net per person. Opens lunch: 11:30 am – 02:30 pm and dinner: 06:00 pm – 10:30 pm JW Café An urban industrial concept decorated in gray vein marble with wood panels to create a modern yet cozy space, JW Café serves an array of International cuisine from the semi-buffet and unlimited a la carte menu including chef recommended signature dishes, and local favorites from fresh seafood to foie gras. Enjoy 50% discount on the dinner buffet from Monday to Thursday. Dinner buffet available 06:00pm – 10:30 pm. New York Steakhouse Consistently recognized as Bangkok’s best steakhouse and awarded with 3 consecutive years of the Michelin plate award, due to its unparalleled service and premium cuts of meat. It is in a class of its own with an atmosphere evoking a classic New York City steakhouse. Serving imported cuts from Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States together with local options and a wide selection of seafood. Complimentary signature cocktails will be served to guests from 2 nd July -31 st July 2020 to get us back in that New York state of mind. Opens daily from 06.00 pm. – 11.00 pm.   For more information or reservations please feel free to call +66 (0) 2 656 7700

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Banyan Thailand, a spacious and active lifestyle community with luxurious privacy, is inviting families to escape the city and rediscover the great outdoors with an extended family escape surrounded by the beauty of nature and fun activities. Embraced by both glittering ocean and endless mountains, magical times await you at Banyan Village in Hua Hin. A private pool villa or elegant lagoon-side villa in the Banyan Village can now be booked for only THB 25,000 per month. Banyan Village features 17 private pool villas and 69 lagoon-side pool access villas, each with an area of 120 sq.m. comprising open-plan living space, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fitted kitchen and plenty of outdoor garden space, including a terrace. Fully equipped including high-speed Wi-Fi, these villas are ideal for families who want to experience alfresco living, away from the crowds. All residents are assured of complete seclusion in a self-contained village with 24/7 security. A daily housekeeping service and laundry service is also provided upon request and charged separately. Whether you would like to just unwind or seek for challenging activities, you can have them all. Banyan Village Spa will rejuvenate your body and soul with exclusive treatments by professional therapists.  Alternatively, residents can tee-off at the award-winning Banyan Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course created by Thailand’s number one golf architect, Pirapon Namatra. To learn more or to book your post-lockdown family getaway at Banyan Village please email sales@banyanthailand.com, call: +66 (0) 32 538 888 or visit www.banyanthailand.com

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The highly anticipated Capella Bangkok, the award-winning Capella Hotels and Resorts' first property in Thailand, is set to open on 1 October 2020, and is now accepting reservations ahead of its launch. The hotel focuses on crafting authentic cultural experiences for its guests, combining a legacy of thoughtful design with the highest level of personalised service. Situated within the prestigious Chao Phraya Estate, Capella Bangkok offers 101 guestrooms, suites and villas, each of which boasts uninterrupted views of Thailand's revered river. The esteemed location was selected due to its access to the storied Chao Phraya River and Charoenkrung Road – Bangkok’s oldest paved road where tradition and cultural heritage meet the city’s trendiest cafes, bars and art galleries. Guests can truly enjoy a glimpse into the soul of the city at Capella Bangkok, as a dedicated team of Capella Culturist crafts enriching Capella Curates experiences centred around the dynamic neighbourhood and its intriguing residents. Designed by renowned architects Andy Miller and Richard Scott Wilson of Hamiltons International with interiors by celebrated tastemakers BAMO, Capella Bangkok is a cocoon of tranquillity in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Every with floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony or verandah, allowing guests to take in the spectacle of the Chao Phraya river. Every riverside Villa and Verandah accommodation also feature an outdoor jacuzzi plunge pool. To mark the unveiling, Capella Bangkok is offering A Star Is Born debut rate of THB 17,500++ per night for stays starting 1 October 2020 onwards. The opening offer includes: Daily resort credits ranging from THB 3,000 to THB 8,000 nett per day* to be used on accommodation, dining or spa treatments Round-trip limousine transfers for villa guests Daily breakfast for two in the room or at the restaurant Seamless flexible check-in and check-out times Complimentary pressing of up to five pieces of clothes per stay Complimentary non-alcoholic minibar *Daily resort credit is dependent on room category Guests can use daily resort credits at all restaurants, including the much-awaited Côte by Mauro Colagreco, whose three Michelin-starred restaurant in France, Mirazur, claimed first place in “The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards” in 2019. Côte will please bon vivants with its contemporary reinterpretation of traditional recipes and culinary heritage of the French and Italian riviera. Testifying to the unique, time-honoured Thai recipes of the district is the alfresco dining Phra Nakhon restaurant, while Stella will serve bespoke patisserie and libations staged in a vivid, ethereal boudoir. For more information and reservations, please visit www.capellahotels.com/bangkok

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Teardrop Hotels is delighted to announce its partnership with The Geoffrey Bawa Trust to revitalise and relaunch Geoffrey Bawa’s Lunuganga estate on the Southwest Coast of Sri Lanka. The nine-bedroom property includes Bawa’s original home with its original charms and quirkiness, in addition to a three-bed house he designed and built in Colombo which has been painstakingly reconstructed brick by brick in the grounds of the estate.  Lunuganga forms an important part of Sri Lanka’s cultural and design heritage. Acquired by famed architect Geoffrey Bawa in 1947 as one of his first projects, Bawa worked tirelessly to transform the house and the gardens from a derelict rubber estate into one of the most beautiful pleasure gardens of the 20th Century.  Elements of Italian Renaissance gardens, English landscaping, Japanese garden art, and the water gardens of ancient Sri Lanka are all blended to create Bawa’s most extravagant creation, making it a mecca for those interested in landscape design and architectural history.   Geoffrey Bawa’s house itself comprises a former 1930’s plantation bungalow, with six private guest suites located around the estate and is an ode to ‘tropical modernism’ – a blend of antique and modern furniture with traditional and contemporary art -  a trademark of Bawa’s eclectic signature style. The Bawa Trust and Teardrop Hotels have made sure to changes to the house to an absolute minimum, allowing guests to enjoy the space exactly as Bawa intended his guests to experience it. Lunuganga now also includes the three-bedroom house of Bawa’s dear friend - Ena de Silva. A batik artist based in Colombo Ena de Silva and her husband Osmund commissioned Bawa to design their home in 1962- a pivotal project in his life’s work and the first time he executed the joining of radically modern design with traditional Sri Lankan elements. In 2009, Ena sold the house to The Bawa Trust, which then moved the property brick by brick from its location in Colombo to Lunuganga. The house took three months to disassemble and six years to rebuild, led by Architect Amila de Mel and conservation specialist Nilan Cooray. Everything from the frangipani tree in the front courtyard to the slabs of river stone remains just as it was in the original house. A night at Lunuganga – in either the main house or the Ena de Silva villa - starts at USD 265++ for two people sharing, inclusive of breakfast. To celebrate the relaunch, Teardrop Hotels is offering guests a 20% discount on all rooms booked before 31 November 2020 – which can then be used anytime until 31 April 2020.  

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Phuket's brand new Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort is now ready to welcome you to experience stylish and stress-free stay nearby vibrant Patong beach, within only a 20-minute drive to Phuket Old Town. The resort is completely ideal for families, couples and groups of friends! To celebrate its opening, Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort offers very tempting promotion at SCB Tiew Thai Pai Douy Gun, Fashion Hall Siam Paragon, 1st floor, from 30 July – 2 August 2020, with price starting from only THB 1,199! Online booking is available here during 30 July – 9 August 2020 for stays on 1 October 2020 – 31 October 2021. For more information and reservation, please contact FP.HKTFP.RESERVATIONS@MARRIOTT.COM or call +66 (0) 76 645 999.

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Banyan Thailand, a spacious and active lifestyle community with luxurious privacy, is inviting families to escape the city and rediscover the great outdoors with an extended family escape surrounded by the beauty of nature and fun activities. Embraced by both glittering ocean and endless mountains, magical times await you at Banyan Village in Hua Hin. A private pool villa or elegant lagoon-side villa in the Banyan Village can now be booked for only THB 25,000 per month. Banyan Village features 17 private pool villas and 69 lagoon-side pool access villas, each with an area of 120 sq.m. comprising open-plan living space, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fitted kitchen and plenty of outdoor garden space, including a terrace. Fully equipped including high-speed Wi-Fi, these villas are ideal for families who want to experience alfresco living, away from the crowds. All residents are assured of complete seclusion in a self-contained village with 24/7 security. A daily housekeeping service and laundry service is also provided upon request and charged separately. Whether you would like to just unwind or seek for challenging activities, you can have them all. Banyan Village Spa will rejuvenate your body and soul with exclusive treatments by professional therapists.  Alternatively, residents can tee-off at the award-winning Banyan Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course created by Thailand’s number one golf architect, Pirapon Namatra. To learn more or to book your post-lockdown family getaway at Banyan Village please email sales@banyanthailand.com, call: +66 (0) 32 538 888 or visit www.banyanthailand.com

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To celebrate the special occasion together with your family, these top-notch restaurants offer special promotions to make your Mother's Day feast even more memorable. Whether your mom is an Italian cuisine aficionado or an explorer of newfangled flavours, your mom will definitely have a delectable blast on her special day!   WAH LOK CANTONESE RESTAURANT AT CARLTON BANGKOK What to expect: Heavenly Cantonese cuisine with menus especially made for your mom on this special occasion. Promotion:  Exclusively crafted menu for mom at THB 12,000 / table of 10 people Special “Steamed Minced Shrimp and Chicken Dumplings Topped with Truffle Sauce” at only THB 160++ (for lunch) Complimentary "Pink Longevity Bun" for all guests Date and time: 8, 9, 12 August 2020, 11:30 - 14:30 (for lunch) // 18:00 - 22:30 (for dinner) Reservation: +66 (0) 2 00 7888 // FBreservations@carltonhotel.co.th   SKYLINE RESTAURANT AT AVANI+ RIVERSIDE BANGKOK HOTEL What to expect: Uninterrupt river views, a wide array of delectable seafoods and a special menu for all moms on the day. Promotion:  THB 1,350++ per adult including soft drink THB 600++ per child aged between 5 – 11 years old / free-of-charge for child aged under 5 dining free Moms dine for free when come with the family Date and time: Wednesday 12 August 2020, 18:00 to 22:00 Reservation: +66 (0) 2 431 9100 ext.1416 // riversidedining@anantara.com   SRA BUA BY KIIN KIIN AT SIAM KEMPINSKI HOTEL BANGKOK What to expect: Michelin-star dining experience, serving modern Thai cuisine with authentic ingredients based on traditional recipes, using modern cooking techniques. Iconic dishes presented from 12 August include yellow curry crab meat with corn; Maine lobster salad with frozen red curry; foie gras with ginger and plum wine; and slow-cooked Wagyu beef in a homemade oyster sauce. Promotion:  Four courses at THB 1,850++ per person (additional wine pairing at THB 1,200++) Six courses at THB 2,600++ per person (additional wine pairing at THB 1,800++) Eight courses at THB 3,200++ per person (additional wine pairing at THB 2,300++) All moms enjoying the Mother’s Day lunch at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin on 12 August receive a surprise hand-garland All moms at dinner receive a floral gift box and some chocolate Date and time: 12 - 16 August 2020, 12:00 to 15:00 (last orders at 13:30), with dinner from 18:00 to 22:30 (last orders at 21:00) Reservation: +66 (0) 2 162 9000 // dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com **A deposit is required and this must be paid at least 48 hours in advance (no later than Monday, 10 August)   YÀO ROOFTOP BAR AT MARRIOTT HOTEL THE SURAWONGSE What to expect: Delicious Chinese treats with a modern twist and Chinese-inspired cocktails in a stunning setting with the best panoramic view in Bangkok. Promotion:  Mother’s Day package: 3 items of bite-size Dim Sum; scrumptious fresh Noodles with Spicy Pork Gravy; BBQ Platter; homemade Deep-fried Date Pancake with Vanilla or Cantaloupe Ice Cream, at THB 888++ per person. Mom eats free, for a table of 4 persons Date and time: Wednesday 12 August 2020, 17:00 to 24:00 Reservation: +66 (0) 2 088 5666 // Official Line@ @marriottsurawongse   ฺBISCOTTI AT ANANTARA SIAM BANGKOK What to expect: A wide

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Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele has invited a number of visual artists (illustrators, painters and digital artists) from across the globe for a fun collaborative project, bringing their personal and idiosyncratic perspectives to bear on the G-Timeless automatic watch. Alessandro Michele asked different visual artists (illustrators, painters and digital artists) to indulge their imaginations and create artworks featuring various models of G-Timeless automatic watches. All were challenged to creatively interpret the watches in their own way, and to focus in particular on the element that makes the G-Timeless so distinctive: the motif of the bee, first introduced to Gucci in the 1970s, which is the key decorative feature on the stone dials of these timepieces, where it functions as every hour-marking index. The artists truly represent the global community. While some, like Winnie Chi from China and Kieron Livingstone from the UK, have previously collaborated with Gucci, most are new discoveries for the House: like London-based Oh de Laval and Tishk Barzanji, Balfua from California, David Macho from Spain and Andrey Kasay from Russia. Other artists include the USA’s Margot Ferrick and UK’s Cambo, who have already had their artworks for this project previewed on Gucci’s Instagram as a teaser, together with Winnie Chi, who has presented an animation. Although each artist has brought a deeply personal eye to the project, all the pieces share a dreamy, surreal mood, perfectly in keeping with Gucci’s eclecticism. The Gucci G-Timeless watch features a stone dial decorated with the House’s famous bees, while the transparent case back gives a glimpse of the automatic movement that powers the timepieces. There are eight Swiss-made variations of the G-Timeless in all, with a 38mm or a 42mm case. Three models combine an 18kt yellow gold case with a black onyx, brown tiger eye or green malachite stone dial. Five further variants combine a steel case with a blue lapis stone dial or a black onyx stone dial.

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Teardrop Hotels is delighted to announce its partnership with The Geoffrey Bawa Trust to revitalise and relaunch Geoffrey Bawa’s Lunuganga estate on the Southwest Coast of Sri Lanka. The nine-bedroom property includes Bawa’s original home with its original charms and quirkiness, in addition to a three-bed house he designed and built in Colombo which has been painstakingly reconstructed brick by brick in the grounds of the estate.  Lunuganga forms an important part of Sri Lanka’s cultural and design heritage. Acquired by famed architect Geoffrey Bawa in 1947 as one of his first projects, Bawa worked tirelessly to transform the house and the gardens from a derelict rubber estate into one of the most beautiful pleasure gardens of the 20th Century.  Elements of Italian Renaissance gardens, English landscaping, Japanese garden art, and the water gardens of ancient Sri Lanka are all blended to create Bawa’s most extravagant creation, making it a mecca for those interested in landscape design and architectural history.   Geoffrey Bawa’s house itself comprises a former 1930’s plantation bungalow, with six private guest suites located around the estate and is an ode to ‘tropical modernism’ – a blend of antique and modern furniture with traditional and contemporary art -  a trademark of Bawa’s eclectic signature style. The Bawa Trust and Teardrop Hotels have made sure to changes to the house to an absolute minimum, allowing guests to enjoy the space exactly as Bawa intended his guests to experience it. Lunuganga now also includes the three-bedroom house of Bawa’s dear friend - Ena de Silva. A batik artist based in Colombo Ena de Silva and her husband Osmund commissioned Bawa to design their home in 1962- a pivotal project in his life’s work and the first time he executed the joining of radically modern design with traditional Sri Lankan elements. In 2009, Ena sold the house to The Bawa Trust, which then moved the property brick by brick from its location in Colombo to Lunuganga. The house took three months to disassemble and six years to rebuild, led by Architect Amila de Mel and conservation specialist Nilan Cooray. Everything from the frangipani tree in the front courtyard to the slabs of river stone remains just as it was in the original house. A night at Lunuganga – in either the main house or the Ena de Silva villa - starts at USD 265++ for two people sharing, inclusive of breakfast. To celebrate the relaunch, Teardrop Hotels is offering guests a 20% discount on all rooms booked before 31 November 2020 – which can then be used anytime until 31 April 2020.  

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On the 4th-5th floors of ICONSIAM and the 3rd floor of Siam Discovery, ICONCRAFT, the creative inspiration platform for Thai craftsmen and the largest creative hub of Thai craftworks, is pleased to honor Thai textile heroes who preserve Thai heritages and local wisdom by organizing a grand exhibition “ICONCRAFT Thai Textile Heroes” featuring exquisite Thai textiles created by the masters who bring Thai textile to life including Meechai Taesujariya of Ban Kham Pun, Ubon Ratchathani province and Weeratham Trakul-ngernthai of Ban Chansoma, Surin province, as well as collaborative works between three leading Thai fashion brands ASAVA, Hook’s by Prapakas and Wisharawish and Ban Tomthong Weaving Group from Buri Rum province. Importantly, a special collection of silk bags by Sirivannavari Bangkok has been exclusively launched at this event for a limited edition of 35 handbags. Hand woven fabrics in ancient patterns created by artisans from around the country together with an array of products crafted from Thai textiles such as dresses, bags and accessories by leading designers are also offered for sale. Admire and take pride of Thai heritages and local wisdom that are presented in the grand Thai textile exhibition featuring intricate handicrafts by textile artisans as well as an array of handworks ranging from works of art, sculptures, home decorative items, ceramic tableware and stylist accessories by craftsmen throughout the country at ICONCRAFT on the 4th-5th floors of ICONSIAM and the 3rd floor Siam Discovery. The precautionary measure of social distancing, hygienic and safety practices have been strictly put in action. For further information, please call 1338 or visit www.iconsiam.com. ICONCRAFT branch on the 3rd floor of Siam Discovery can be reached at 02-658- 3500 or www.siamdiscovery.co.th.

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Bangkok Airways has participated in “Rao Tiew Duay Gun” campaign by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), offering 40% cashback or up to 1,000 baht per person per ticket (this is applicable to all Thai citizens and up to 2 million flight tickets throughout the campaign). To be eligible for the “Rao Tiew Duay Gun” campaign, passengers may register at TAT’s official site www.เราเที่ยวด้วยกัน.com from 15 July 2020 onwards. Flight reservations with Bangkok Airways can be made from now until 31 October 2020 with travel period from now until 31 October 2020. The offers are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the campaign, please visit www.เราเที่ยวด้วยกัน.com or call +66 (0) 2 111 1144. Bangkok Airways currently operates 6 domestic routes, which are Bangkok – Sukhothai (roundtrip), Bangkok – Lampang (roundtrip), Bangkok – Chiang Mai (roundtrip), Bangkok – Phuket (roundtrip), Bangkok – Samui (roundtrip) and Samui – Phuket (roundtrip). For more information and flight reservation, please visit www.bangkokair.com

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This October, Banyan Tree Krabi will be ready to graciously welcome you unwind in one of Thailand's most beautiful settings. The Banyan Tree Krabi is transitioning from the dream like-state of design to a reality. While many resorts can trumpet an oceanfront perch on azure waters, it’s not every new resort that commands a vista of limestone towers scattered across the sea like chess pieces on a clear jade table. Or cable car access to a restaurant perched high on a hill on the edge of Tubkaek National Park. The 10-acre property is surrounded by national parks on three sides: the rolling green mountains of a conserved forest serve as a backdrop to the north and east, while the jutting limestone peaks command a hypnotic view to the west. This intimate 72-key resort is creating an effortless bridge between luxury resort and a pristine, untouched environment. There are six categories of accommodation: Deluxe Pool Suite; Premium Ocean Pool Suite; 2-Bedroom Ocean Pool Suite: Beachfront Pool Villas; two 2-Bedroom Beachfront Villas; and one Presidential Beachfront Pool Villa, which has no less than seven bedrooms and covers 1,335m², including multiple verandas and balconies, as well as three pools. For its compelling dining scene, Saffron Restaurant offers top notch tastes at one of Krabi’s premier evening dining venues. With seating for 70 guests both indoors and out, Saffron is accompanied by three “Bird’s Nests” - private tables perched precariously among the trees, offering diners not only intimacy, but that magical Instagram moment to make all their friends at home green with envy. The resort’s all-day dining destination will be called Naga Kitchen, catering breakfasts, lunches and dinner with a plethora of international choices. Executive Chef Jakkrit Traibun, who was the sous-chef at Banyan Tree Samui for seven years, is a southern Thai and specializes in the aromatic and spicy flavors of that culinary style. The signature Rainforest treatment is a must-do while at Banyan Tree - an Amazonesque journey through vitality pools, a steam room and sauna, an ice fountain, and rejuvenating water jets. Aside from that unique experience, guests can always opt for traditional Thai massage and beauty therapies. Banyan Tree Krabi is due to open its doors to guests in the fourth quarter of 2020. For reservations and inquiries, visit https://www.banyantree.com/booking

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JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, a five star luxury resort, located on the finest and pristine Mai Khao beach of Phuket, is once again recognized by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Award 2020. With an impressive overall score of 94.09, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa was named and ranked No. 4 out of Top 10 Southeast Asia Resort Hotels category. The resort is also the only resort on the Phuket Island that has achieved this acclaimed award & recognition for second consecutive year. Click here to view a comprehensive list of this year’s winners. In celebration of this award and hotel reopening, the hotel offers numerous promotions and packages that you can select as your choices. Promotions among Tiew Hai Kum; Phuket Staycation – Family by JW; Phuket Staycation – Couple by JW package; Summer Dreaming; Splendid Cash Vouchers with the value added up to 50% which you can use to redeem on accommodation, food & beverage, spa and resort incidentals. For more information or reservations, call + 66 (0) 76 338 000 or contact us on Facebook messenger.

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