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For the 7th year in a row, TripAdvisor has awarded the Royal Wing Suites and Spa with its highest honor, the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award.  Winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. This recognition cements the property’s position as among the finest in the country being part of an elite group which accounts to the top 1% of hotels on TripAdvisor that are known to be truly exceptional.   “Our Travelers’ Choice Hotel awards showcase exceptional accommodations around the world that are recognized for their value, service, amenities and overall experience, as reviewed by travelers worldwide,” said TripAdvisor spokesperson Grant Colquhoun. "We congratulate the properties around the world recognized as the best hotels, which receive our highest honor – Travelers' Choice Hotel awards," said Desirée Fish, Vice President of Global Communications for TripAdvisor. "Travelers can consider these award-winners when picking the perfect hotel for their needs – for any budget or trip type – to help inspire their travels in 2019." The Travelers' Choice awards are the highest honor TripAdvisor can give. Royal Wing prides itself in providing hospitality excellence and exceeding its guests’ expectations.  Its positive reviews reflect how it has constantly been commended by worldwide travelers and praised for its unparalleled services and wide-ranging facilities. Thailand and specifically Pattaya, is one of the most sought after travel destinations for tourists. Staying in the right award-winning hotel can guarantee a luxurious experience that goes above and beyond the norm. The Royal Cliff Hotels Group operates 4 luxury hotels providing tourists from home and abroad with the ultimate experience. Its superior service has been paramount to this latest achievement that marks an excellent start for the group this year. Royal Cliff Hotels Group has impressively won over 200 national and international awards to date. This is the ideal luxury destination to discover everything you need for an exceptional holiday.  Book your stay directly with Royal Cliff and get the best price guaranteed together with value-added optional extras for an enhanced hotel experience you deserve by visiting www.royalwingsuites.com, contacting Reservations at (+66) 38 250 421 ext: 2732 or emailing reservations@royalcliff.com.   For more information on the Royal Cliff Hotels Group and the Royal Wing Suites and Spa, please visit www.royalcliff.com and www.royalwingsuites.com

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Congrats to พรทิพย์ สุขวิชัย who won the overnight stay for two with breakfast at Shinnabhura Historic Boutique Hotel. Thanks everyone for entering. Stay tuned for the next contest! In our latest competition, we've teamed up with Shinnabhura Historic Boutique Hotel to offer readers the chance to win a one-night stay and a meal for two! Shinnabhura Historic Boutique Hotel boasts a brand-new accommodation landmark in the downtown of Phitsanulok province that addresses every single need of travelers. Located on a spacious area of around 8,000 sq.m., the hotel stands out with a historic accent and unique characteristics in its architecture inspired by stunning designs from ancient kingdoms like Ayutthaya and Lanna. One reader will win a one-night stay in a Grand Deluxe Room at the hotel including breakfast for two. At Shinnabhura, the attention to architectural detail is superb as demonstrated by the stylish designs that derive from artistic cultures of such ancient kingdoms as Ayutthaya and Lanna. Shinnabhura offers five different types of rooms: Barn-style Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Grand Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, and Royal Suites, accounting for a total of 44 rooms, coupled with a full range of services and facilities - including free shuttle service to airport, free Wi-Fi, swimming pool, fitness center, and Saran spa that offers holistic treatment methods such as traditional Thai massage, Lanna Thai massage, local sauna, and herbs. Experience palatable Thai and international dishes prepared by highly skilled chefs at Chaliang Dining Room or enjoy the chill-out ambience with cool beverages at Secret Bar & Garden Cafe - available in both barn-style indoor space with air-conditioning and outdoor space in the shadow of huge golden apple trees. In the meantime, you can grab some knowledge about local history from ancient warrior clothing, carvings, and paintings that depict wars and battles during the times of Ayutthaya and Lanna, all of which are displayed at the small museum in the hotel area. In addition, Shinnabhura is conveniently located in Phitsanulok’s downtown, offering a great spot to kick off your journey to visit historical sites and natural attractions such as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat (Wat Yai), Chan Royal Palace, Phuhinrongkla National Park, Thung Salaeng Luang National Park, and Phu Lom Lo. A special offer for customers who are staying with us in March. Go to www.shinnabhura.com and book online with  code "March" to receive a 15% discount off an original price of Deluxe and Grand Deluxe Room, or a 30% discount off Junior Suite and Royal Suite room. Moreover, Saran Spa is also offerring a 30-50% discount for online bookers who use our spa services during their stay at Shinnabhura Historic Boutique Hotel.   Competition closes 3 April 2019. One winner will be selected at random, and the winner will be announced on our facebook page on 4 April 2019.

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Avani Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of its newest rooftop destination, SEEN Restaurant & Bar with picturesque views overlooking the majestic Chao Phraya River at Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel.  The city’s newest hot spot is the culinary brainchild of Portuguese chefpreneur, Olivier da Costa, following its success from the first two SEEN locations in Sao Paolo and Lisbon. SEEN Restaurant & Bar is a rooftop restaurant, lounge and garden designed by M&J London that incorporates a series of indoor and outdoor spaces on the rooftop of Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel. Respecting the SEEN brand’s 1980’s-meets-Art Deco vibe, a sense of place is imbued through local materials such as bamboo, along with the use of fluid flowing forms and furniture inspired by the curves of the Chao Phraya River. Upon entering, guests will be immersed in the trendy yet relaxing atmosphere, with catchy beats from a lineup of jet-setting DJs brought in by Music Director Scotty B. In terms of food, the floor-to-ceiling windows-wrapped restaurant on the rooftop offers a mix of international delights, synonymous with the SEEN experience. The regionally inspired cuisine designed by Chef Olivier da Costa is a rendition of locally sourced, fresh and bold flavours, presented with a flair that is best to be shared. Guests will be able to enjoy an array of culinary delights in the fluid ‘S’ shaped dining room that takes form from the SEEN logo, at the formal dining room or at the sushi bar. After dining, guests can ascend to the exclusive skybar for daybed seating overlooking the skyline, accompanied by surreal cocktails from award-winning Head Mixologist, Mochammad Fadli. Well-known for his whimsical creations, the cocktails at SEEN are a concoction of Asian, American and European flavours, with the use of fresh ingredients and local products. There is also the addition of a specially curated list of wine and champagne available at the bar that plays well with the rooftops’ iconic abstract wall, and starry surface underfoot that reflects the night sky. SEEN Restaurant & Bar is open daily from 6.00 pm – 1.00 am.

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SUPERIOR WAY TO ENJOY SAMUI Seaside delights await! This year, W Koh Samui pampers you with the “WOW Offer”. For stays of at least four consecutive nights, you will be amused with extraordinary benefits such as on-arrival sparkling wine, Well-Travelled signature massage, candlelit dinner, airport transfers, and daily breakfasts. The offer is valid from now until 31 December 2019. For further details and booking, check out www.wkohsamui.com or email reservations.wkohsamui@whotelsworldwide.com     CHILLING BY THE POOL Travelling to the splendid North? U Chiang Mai offers you sweet indulgence by the pool with the “Luxurious Superior Pool Access” package, with 30% discount for a Superior Pool Access room, together with 30% discount on F&B and round-trip airport transfer! Available for stays from now until 31 March 2019. A minimum of two consecutive nights is required. For booking, contact +66 (0) 53 327 000 or reserve@uchiangmai.com     EXPERIENCING CHENGDU With growing tourism thanks to charming Chinese culture and lovely pandas, Chengdu should really be on your list. Enjoy the “Check-in to Chengdu” experience with everything special from The Temple House! This three-night package invites guests not only to have the first-rate stay, but also to explore the city, to relish the award-winning spa, and to savour the healthy fares, starting from USD 930. Visit www.thetemplehousehotel.com for more information.     DIVER’S BEST DEAL! Koh Haa is one of the first-rate dive sites in Thailand, thanks to its crystalline water, healthy coral, and abundant underwater life. Luckily, Pimalai Resort & Spa at Koh Lanta offers the leisurely four-day package for certified SCUBA divers to enjoy both on-land comfort and marine beauty. The package includes accommodation, airport transfers, dinner, spa, diving trip and equipment, and more. Priced from THB 43,590. Available now until 30 April 2019. Visit www.pimalai.com/promotion/ diving-2019 for more information.   SAKURA HEALING Not just eye candy, the beautiful Sakura flower is also beneficial for your skin, thanks to its essential oil, which is rich in antioxidants. The Okura Spa at The Okura Prestige Bangkok features special “Sakura Wellness Secrets”, a 90-minute treatment to smoothen your delicate skin from head to toe, and to rejuvenate your weary soul. Available daily from 1 April – 30 June 2019, priced at THB 3,800++ per person. For more information and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2687 9000 or email spa@okurabangkok.com

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Airbnb and the Louvre today announced that the museum will be transformed into a magical Home for one night. For the first time ever, passionate art-lovers will have the chance to cosy up to priceless masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa, and sleep under the Louvre’s iconic glass Pyramid in a “mini-pyramid” that will be specially designed to celebrate the building’s 30th anniversary. A night in the Museum For one night only, on April 30, Airbnb and the Louvre are giving a lucky winner and their guest a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see what happens inside the world’s most magical museum when the lights go out.  As the sun sets on Paris, the winning duo will make their way to the museum where they will be greeted by an art-historian, who will take them on a bespoke tour, like those previously given to the Obamas, Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Once they have discovered the museum’s wonders, the duo will enjoy their Home for the night in the presence of some truly legendary hosts: they will toast the Mona Lisa with a cosy Renaissance inspired aperitif, while relaxing on a sumptuous Parisian lounge sofa, listening to the atmospheric sounds of French music on vinyl records. Venus of Milo, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, will then “host” an extravagant feast in a pop up dining room. And lastly, guests will be treated to an intimate acoustic concert in Napoleon III’s lavish Apartments. At the end of this very special evening, the winners will retire to their bedroom under the Pyramid for what promises to be a masterpiece of a sleepover. Exclusive Airbnb Experiences Airbnb’s partnership with the Louvre extends beyond the lucky winner of the contest and their guest; from May until the end of the year, a series of exceptional Experiences at the museum will be bookable on the Airbnb platform. These Experiences, the programming of which will be revealed in the coming weeks, will give everyone the opportunity to rediscover the most famous museum in the world from a totally new angle, with exclusive visits and intimate concerts. How to participate? To enter, simply go to airbnb.com/louvre before April 12 at 23h59 (French time - GMT+1) and answer this question: why would you be the Mona Lisa's perfect guest? One winner will be selected. All terms and conditions of the contest are available on airbnb.com/louvre.

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Escape the summer heat and experience the Thai New Year Songkran festival with traditional celebrations and a feast of Thai. Here are 4 places to celebrate the Songkran festival.   Amari Koh Samui Beach Wing Pool from 14:00 to 16:00 Join the parade around our Beach Wing Pool where the celebration begins, with traditional water-pouring and then a fun all-out splash fest with friends and family. Amaya Food Gallery from 19:00 to 22:00 Come to enjoy live entertainment and traditional Thai dancing performances while feasting on a delicious Thai and barbeque buffet. The Songkran buffet dinner is at 950 THB net per person including your choice of a glass of wine or local beer. Children under six dine free of charge and kids from age 6 to 11 enjoy half price. For reservations, www.amari.com/koh-samui/   Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square International Buffet Lunch 12:00 to 14:30 Enjoy the traditional taste of Songkran with ‘Khao Chae’ during lunch at The Square, Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square., ‘Khao Chae’ is a refreshing must-try dish during the Songkran period. Along with ‘Khao Chae’, enjoy western and eastern dishes along with an assortment of desserts, fresh fruit and free flow soft drinks. International Buffet Lunch is available during April 6 – 16 on Monday – Saturday from 12.00 - 14.30 hrs. For reservations, http://www.novotelbkk.com/special-offers/   Siam Songkran Music Festival The newest four-day Songkran music festival is set to be held on 12 – 15 April, 2019 at the SHOW DC Arena. Siam Songkran is set to blend Thai and Western cultures with a packed music and entertainment programme and the largest water fight in Bangkok. Held over four days with four outdoor zones and two huge stages showcasing live music from top Thai performers, as well as talent from around Asia. Tickets can be purchased online at www.siamsongkran.com and range from 1,500THB for a single day pass, to 6,400THB for a VIP 4 Day Pass. VVIP Packages range from 100,000THB (for 6 pax) to 385,000THB, the first festival pack with pool suite. Mandarin Oriental Sala Rim Naam Restaurant 12:00 to 14:30 From 1 – 30 April 2019 - come and stay cool with this Thai specialty at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. Enjoy the delicious sweetness of the jasmine scented water on the palette, coupled by the sharp flavours of fried sweet peppers, battered salted eggs, stuffed shallots, fried shrimp paste, sweet fish, salty beef and pickled vegetables and fruits. For reservations, www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok

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Thai travellers increasingly experiencing cherry blossom season in a unique way by exploring off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods in Tokyo and by immersing themselves in sakura-themed Experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. The upcoming Cherry Blossom season (March – May) is one of the year's highlights and has helped to make Japan a firm favourite and one of the most popular global outbound destinations for Thai travelers today. Hot on the lips of travelers-in-the-know is Tokyo's Yanaka neighborhood which offers travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in authentic Japanese culture, where traditional ways of life are still part of the neighborhood’s daily routine. Through this, Thai travellers are also supporting local, healthy tourism, helping diversify their spendings to smaller, local businesses. The area is known for Japanese sweets, tea and artisanal shops where craftsmen and shop owners take pride in making accoutrements for Kabuki actors and geishas who used to wander the neighborhood’s narrow alleyways. Springtime sees Yanaka Cemetery bursting with expansive cherry blossom trees, an alternative yet beautiful way to see these blooms in full force. Explore Yanaka and Kuramae town, a.k.a. the “Brooklyn of Tokyo,” while riding on "tokyobike". Explore the old and new sides of Tokyo on a bike as you cycle past small artisan workshops still in operation and factories that now house coffee shops and a chocolate factory. See Yanaka from the eyes of a local  while you stroll through a shopping street, looking at kitchen knives and sampling sweets like karinto and manju from traditional Japanese shops. Get lost in narrow labyrinthian streets, arrive at an old wall made of tiles and make a final stop at Yanaka Cemetery for a prime cherry blossom viewing opportunity. Learn about the history of wagashi (Japanese sweets) from the owner of a renowned wagashi shop. Complete the Experience with organic Japanese tea. Increase your Instagram followers and get more likes and comments by making instagramable cherry blossom maki sushi rolls.  Impress your friends back home with culinary skills of making cherry blossom Japanese sweets. Enjoy a scenic view of cherry blossoms in your private kayak and watch the world go by with Cherry blossom kayaking.

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Usually when I travel, I spare a maximum of one meal to dine at the hotel’s outlet and go out to hunt for authentic scrumptious local food elsewhere. It, however, was not the norm here at Le Bristol Paris, as I made an effort to return to the hotel, just to savour its delectable dishes repeatedly. Le Bristol Paris stands bold in the heart of Paris, just off the prominent Champs-Elysees which is home to notable eateries such as Epicure Restaurant, The 114 Faubourg Brasserie, Café Antonia and Le Bar. All of these are under the close supervision of Eric Frechon, the acclaimed Michelin-starred chef, who quoted: “I make the food I like to prepare, that I like to eat and love to share.” His dedication is vivid and he’s not ready to compromise things that are not executed to perfection, resulting in the journey of the “Living Bread”, in which he travelled to seek the authentic substances, processes and mediums to bake the perfect bread to serve to his food aficionados. After extensive tests, hands-on sessions and researches, Le Bristol Paris’s basement is now the hub of a mill to grind flour that Frechon specifically chose, for immediate use. The outcome is the list of lipsmacking breads and pastries that make a visit to Le Bristol Paris totally worth it. Epicure Restaurant Dining at Epicure Restaurant is a truly exquisite experience with the crystal chandeliers, finest tableware, shiny cutlery and attentive staff, as well as the delectable menu. The grandiose windows overlook the French garden and allow daylight to shed the stiffness from the atmosphere. Frechon aims to create Epicure to be ‘a restaurant in a palace’ rather than ‘a palace restaurant’, and his attempt was paid off when Epicure Restaurant received three Michelin Stars for ten consecutive years. Breakfast 7-10.30am Lunch 12-2pm Dinner 7-10pm A jacket is required for gentlemen.   The 114 Faubourg Brasserie Decorated in a warm palate of orange and red with paintings on the wall, The 114 Faubourg Brasserie sits in the new wing of the hotel and features French dishes with a twist via the creativity of Frechon and his team. The restaurant received one Michelin Star and is operating up to its prestigious standard. Duck pâté en croûte with pickled vegetables, Artichoke soup with pan-seared foie gras and black truffle emulsion and Beef tar tare with Oléron Marennes oyster cream and yuzu are amongst the not-to-be-missed menu. Lunch (Mon-Fri) 12-2.30pm Dinner (daily) 7-10.30pm   Café Antonia With the interior focused on the French 18th-century style, and the flamboyant paintings displayed around – including the prominent one of Queen Marie Antoinette – Café Antonia provides cosy spaces to lure with a variety of seating to choose from, including an elegant sofa, armchairs and the list goes on. Here is where you would witness Parisian chic personas flooding in with their peers for a drink and something to nibble on a casual day. Café Antonia serves light and creative dishes which, of course, are crafted by Frechon. Breakfast 8-10am Lunch 12-3pm Tea time 3-6pm Dinner 6-10pm   Le Bar du Bristol End your culinary exploration at Le Bar du Bristol

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Books can take you to new and exciting places—completely new worlds, even. This World Book Day (23 April 2019), let Lifestyle+Travel and Agoda take you on a literary journey like no other. On your next holiday, trace the roots of some of your favorite authors by stopping by their hometowns—some of which have inspired their most seminal works. Here are some must-visit spots for book-lovers roaming around Asia… Kobe, Japan Literary Hero: Haruki Murakami Notable works: “Kafka on the Shore” and “1Q84” available from Shinchosha Must-see attractions: Ikuta Shrine, Arima Onsen, Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge Murakami grew up in Kobe, where a few of his stories, such as his debut novel “Hear the Wind Sing”, are set. Murakami’s works have surrealist elements, often with melancholic themes which in some ways, is reflective of the quiet beauty to be found in the many serene shrines and breathtaking nature scenery in the small seaside city. Internalize the relaxing minimalist side of Kobe when you stay at Arimakoyado Hataya Ryokan. Camarines Norte, Philippines Literary Hero: Ricky Lee Notable works: “Para kay B” available from Philippine Writers' Studio Foundation Must-see attractions: Calaguas Islands, Apuao Grande Island, Bagasbas Beach More than his novel “Para kay B,” Ricky Lee’s body of work encompasses screenwriting and playwriting. He has worked with revered Filipino directors like Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal and has even published a screenplay manual called “Trip to Quiapo” which has since been a staple resource for communication colleges in the Philippines. Visit Lee’s hometown of Camarines Norte in the central Bicol region of the Philippines and enjoy its beautiful beaches like those on Apuao Grande Island and the Calaguas group of islands. Keep comfy by making One Platinum Hotel your home base while in the area.   If you’re in the Americas, head to… New York, USA Literary Hero: Jenny Han Notable works: “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” available from Simon & Schuster Must-see attractions: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Broadway Though Han originally came from Virginia, her time in New York shaped her career as a young adult fiction writer. Book the cozy Jun New York Midtown III apartment, and feel right at home when you take a break from all of that sight-seeing.   Aracataca, Colombia Literary Hero: Gabriel García Márquez Notable works: “One Hundred Years of Solitude” available from HarperCollins, “Love in the Time of Cholera” available from Penguin Classics Must-see attractions: Casa Museo, Casa del Telegrafista   The municipality of Aracataca is built along the river of the same name and boasts Nobel Prize winner for literature Gabriel García Márquez as one of its sons. The village of Macondo in García Márquez's celebrated novel, “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is fashioned after Aracataca. Take a day trip out to explore García Márquez's reconstructed childhood home-turned-museum and the Casa del Telegrafista, then settle down at the charming Agoda Home in Parque Los Novios in the nearby city of Santa Marta, where you can also visit Colombia’s famous Tayrona National Natural Park. If you’re venturing to Europe, then consider visiting…  Edinburgh, Scotland Literary Hero: J.K. Rowling Notable works: The “Harry Potter” series available from Bloomsbury Must-see attractions: Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Dynamic Earth, Underground Edinburgh, The Scotch Whisky Experience Potterheads, unite! While Rowling was born in Yates, England, it was during her time in Edinburgh that she

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A train journey can be a special part of any Thai holiday for the scenery, history and the unique peaks of the kingdom. There are many route options and they roll into most parts of the country. Travelling by train in Thailand is also a great way to see the diverse countryside on your way to tourist areas. From Bangkok, you can ride for an hour or a little more to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the seaside resort city of Hua Hin, to the “Death Railway” in Kanchanaburi, or visit Lop Buri and its unique history. Overnight trips from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in the North, Nong Khai or Ubon Ratchathani in the Northeast, or all the way south to Malaysia are memorable, too. Trains have a long history in Thailand with the first entering service in 1893. It ran the 21 kilometres from Bangkok to Samut Prakan, south of the capital near the coast. By 1960, most routes had been paved over to make room for Rama IV Road, but by that time many other routes had been established and now the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) operates more than 4,500 kilometres of track going to all four corners of the kingdom. Trains range from the luxurious Eastern and Oriental Express to the first-, second- and third-class trains. Third-class “hard seat” trains are actually a great way to travel in the daytime to watch the country roll past. The cars have open windows offering a breeze with a view and lets passengers hear the sounds of the countryside. Better still are the food hawkers who walk up and down the moving carriages selling local delicacies and cold drinks. It is a memorable way to experience Thailand. Second class offers more comfortable seats in air-conditioned carriages and sleepers (also air-con) with upper and lower berths along each side for a comfortable sleep as the train gently rolls along. First class have private rooms with sleepers for couples or individuals. Passengers can control the air-con and the room includes a hand basin for washing. If you are travelling to or from Malaysia or Lao PDR., you can leave or enter the country by train. Some of Thailand’s rail highlights include:   The “Death Railway” The “Death Railway” is what remains of the engineering marvel of the Burma-Siam Railway the Japanese Imperial Army built during World War II using prisoner-of-war and Asian forced labour. Conde Nast Traveller recently listed it as one of the 10 Best Train Journeys in the World. The 415-kilometre route claimed nearly 16,000 POW lives and perhaps as many as 100,000 Asian labourers from disease and overwork. Most of the old route is now closed, but the remaining two-and-a-half-hour trip from Kanchanaburi town to Namtok Sai Yok passes through beautiful tropical forests and along the wild Kwai Noi River. It is a serene and sometimes spectacular trip through a sombre past. The route includes passing over the River Kwai made famous in the 1957 Oscar-winning movie The Bridge on the River Kwai. There are two trains a day from the Thon

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The Lanesborough is offering guests to London the opportunity to enjoy the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show with access to the acclaimed chef Raymond Blanc’s 2019 Jardin Blanc, nestled deep in the grounds of one of the world’s most celebrated horticultural events. This year’s show runs from 21-25 May 2019 and this special experience offers guests the chance to be one of the first to see the show when it opens at 8am on 21 May, plus access to the exclusive members-only days. The timings and what’s included for each daytime and evening Jardin Blanc experience can be viewed in more detail here. The special Lanesborough experiences start from £1,325.00, and include one-night accommodation at The Lanesborough, one-way transfers and ticket entry to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and an incredible dining experience in the beautiful Jardin Blanc, with menus exclusively designed by Raymond Blanc.

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Long in history, rich in beauty – each part of Sri Lanka has unique experiences to captivate. One of the top picks is definitely the Southern Province, indeed the Southern paradise, with infinite elixirs to shower holidaymakers with bliss. All journeys in Sri Lanka, doubtlessly, start in Colombo. The Sri Lankan capital is observably a “growing” city, with modern skyscrapers infiltrating antiquated colonial buildings, and other new constructions on the way. It is more a business hub than a destination for recreation; however, spending a night in Colombo is a good idea to really get to know modern Sri Lanka, especially in culinary and architectural scenes. I spend my first night at Fairway Colombo, and I hold dear how I can explore remarkable parts of the city on foot from here. My first meal in Sri Lanka occurs at the food arcade of the hotel, being eager to try the Sri Lankan tastes as soon as possible. After going out exploring, I am back to Fairway Colombo again for the rooftop dining. Botanik Bar & Bistro comes with both an indoor bistro and jazzy outdoor area, with live music playing. The atmosphere alone is pleasant, and as soon as the food is served, my mouth is completely pleased. Specialising in contemporary bistro-style fares, the Botanik kitchen crew does it right. I learn later that the menu is co-created by Sri Lanka’s first Michelin Star chef, Rishi Naleendra, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. This is how dishes here are undoubtedly delectable. Actually, Colombo has a lot to offer to tourists as well – if only you know where to go. If you wish to delve into sacred architecture, then Colo mbo is the place, as beautiful Buddhist monasteries, Islamic mosques, Hindu temples, and Christian churches, all of them live together peacefully in the capital. You can also pay a visit to the “Number 11”, a residence in Colombo belonged to Geoffrey Bawa, the world famous architect, to witness his legacy. Please note that advance booking is required for visiting the house and an entrance fee applies. THE SOUTHERN PROVINCE’S MUSTS Unawatuna With in two hours from Colombo, I reach Cantaloupe Levels, my nigh t’s safe haven. Being a huge seafood fan, I unhesitantly order Parisian Jaffna Kool, a bowl of baby calamari, prawns, and baby crabs inside the broth filled with seafood bisque, followed by Prawn Linguine with pumpkin sauce. I am amazed by the tastiness of the soup, creaminess of the pumpkin, and the surprisingly huge prawn topped on the pasta. I later get a chance to learn the Sri Lankan culinary scene better, thanks to the hotel’s cooking class and special Ekamutu Platter (Sinhalese, Muslim, and Tamil cuisine in a nutshell!). Happily satiated, I look away from the table, only to see how cushy this place is. Unlike other hotels I’ve been to, the hotel is not vast and has no elevator, yet remains easefully fashionable. The lounging beds by the pool, overlooking the sun-dappled sea, are my favourite, as well as its being cosily mid-sized and the panoramic skyline

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Celebrated chef and former holder of three Michelin stars hosts an exquisite epicurean evening on the shores of Koh Lanta, as Pimalai continues to enhance its culinary reputation Pimalai Resort & Spa, the luxury resort surrounded by nature on Koh Lanta, has further elevated its culinary reputation by welcoming celebrated French chef Bruno Menard back to the resort for his second annual “Gastronomic Journey”. Hosted on the evening of Sunday 31st March 2019, this exclusive epicurean evening saw Chef Bruno create an extraordinary four-course dinner for guests at Seven Seas Wine Bar and Restaurant, Pimalai’s stunning fine dining destination which overlooks the Andaman Sea. This year’s Gastronomic Journey took place almost exactly a year after Chef Bruno hosted his inaugural culinary event at Pimalai. This will now become an annual occasion, as the luxury resort strives to become a world-renowned gastronomic destination and put the island of Koh Lanta on the global culinary map. A former holder of three Michelin stars and a judge on the Asian edition of MasterChef, Chef Bruno is a culinary genius whose stellar 35-year career has taken him to some of the world’s leading restaurants. He is currently the Food Director at JUNON, the acclaimed French restaurant in Hong Kong, and Executive Chef at Vranken-Pommery Monopole, which owns a collection of vineyards, including many in the Champagne region of France. “Thailand’s food culture has been famous for many years, but we are now seeing the country’s culinary influence spreading across the globe. Many of the world’s leading chefs are now being attracted to Thailand’s shores, and Bruno Menard certainly fits into that category - he is one of the few chefs to have achieved three Michelin stars, the holy grail of fine dining. We were delighted to welcome Chef Bruno back to Pimalai and our guests were dazzled by his cuisine. This is another important step in establishing our resort as an exceptional gastronomic destination,” said Franck de Lestapis, Pimalai’s long-serving general manager. Chef Bruno’s refined four-course menu at Pimalai focused on light, vibrant flavours, with dishes that blended exquisite French cooking techniques with Asian influences. To ensure a deep connection with Koh Lanta, many ingredients were sourced from the resort’s own herb garden. The evening commenced with an amuse-bouche of borscht emulsion with marinated mushroom, followed by an appetiser of confit salmon with caviar, asparagus and Chantilly sauce. The main course showcased lightly poached turbot with white wine and extra virgin olive oil emulsion, ikura and condiments, before the menu concluded with a dessert of textured red fruit with espuma de crème Catalane. Pimalai’s second annual Gastronomic Journey was attended by in-house guests and outside diners, plus local and international media from Thailand, Hong Kong, UAE and Singapore. Publications represented at the event included the Bangkok Post, Robb Report Thailand, World Travel Magazine, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, South China Morning Post, and Destinations of the World. Guests were also treated to an exclusive itinerary at Pimalai, including sunset cocktails, a wildlife tour to a mangrove forest, a sunset cruise to Koh Haa,

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Escape the summer heat and experience the Thai New Year Songkran festival with traditional celebrations and a feast of Thai. Here are 4 places to celebrate the Songkran festival.   Amari Koh Samui Beach Wing Pool from 14:00 to 16:00 Join the parade around our Beach Wing Pool where the celebration begins, with traditional water-pouring and then a fun all-out splash fest with friends and family. Amaya Food Gallery from 19:00 to 22:00 Come to enjoy live entertainment and traditional Thai dancing performances while feasting on a delicious Thai and barbeque buffet. The Songkran buffet dinner is at 950 THB net per person including your choice of a glass of wine or local beer. Children under six dine free of charge and kids from age 6 to 11 enjoy half price. For reservations, www.amari.com/koh-samui/   Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square International Buffet Lunch 12:00 to 14:30 Enjoy the traditional taste of Songkran with ‘Khao Chae’ during lunch at The Square, Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square., ‘Khao Chae’ is a refreshing must-try dish during the Songkran period. Along with ‘Khao Chae’, enjoy western and eastern dishes along with an assortment of desserts, fresh fruit and free flow soft drinks. International Buffet Lunch is available during April 6 – 16 on Monday – Saturday from 12.00 - 14.30 hrs. For reservations, http://www.novotelbkk.com/special-offers/   Siam Songkran Music Festival The newest four-day Songkran music festival is set to be held on 12 – 15 April, 2019 at the SHOW DC Arena. Siam Songkran is set to blend Thai and Western cultures with a packed music and entertainment programme and the largest water fight in Bangkok. Held over four days with four outdoor zones and two huge stages showcasing live music from top Thai performers, as well as talent from around Asia. Tickets can be purchased online at www.siamsongkran.com and range from 1,500THB for a single day pass, to 6,400THB for a VIP 4 Day Pass. VVIP Packages range from 100,000THB (for 6 pax) to 385,000THB, the first festival pack with pool suite. Mandarin Oriental Sala Rim Naam Restaurant 12:00 to 14:30 From 1 – 30 April 2019 - come and stay cool with this Thai specialty at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. Enjoy the delicious sweetness of the jasmine scented water on the palette, coupled by the sharp flavours of fried sweet peppers, battered salted eggs, stuffed shallots, fried shrimp paste, sweet fish, salty beef and pickled vegetables and fruits. For reservations, www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok

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THERE IS JUST SOMETHING ABOUT SUNSET. WHERE THE FADING MOMENTS OF THE DYING DAY REVEAL, IN GOLDEN LIGHT, THE ESSENCE OF MAGIC AND MELANCHOLY, A MIXED POTION OF ANTICIPATION, SADNESS AND CANDLELIGHT

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Usually when I travel, I spare a maximum of one meal to dine at the hotel’s outlet and go out to hunt for authentic scrumptious local food elsewhere. It, however, was not the norm here at Le Bristol Paris, as I made an effort to return to the hotel, just to savour its delectable dishes repeatedly. Le Bristol Paris stands bold in the heart of Paris, just off the prominent Champs-Elysees which is home to notable eateries such as Epicure Restaurant, The 114 Faubourg Brasserie, Café Antonia and Le Bar. All of these are under the close supervision of Eric Frechon, the acclaimed Michelin-starred chef, who quoted: “I make the food I like to prepare, that I like to eat and love to share.” His dedication is vivid and he’s not ready to compromise things that are not executed to perfection, resulting in the journey of the “Living Bread”, in which he travelled to seek the authentic substances, processes and mediums to bake the perfect bread to serve to his food aficionados. After extensive tests, hands-on sessions and researches, Le Bristol Paris’s basement is now the hub of a mill to grind flour that Frechon specifically chose, for immediate use. The outcome is the list of lipsmacking breads and pastries that make a visit to Le Bristol Paris totally worth it. Epicure Restaurant Dining at Epicure Restaurant is a truly exquisite experience with the crystal chandeliers, finest tableware, shiny cutlery and attentive staff, as well as the delectable menu. The grandiose windows overlook the French garden and allow daylight to shed the stiffness from the atmosphere. Frechon aims to create Epicure to be ‘a restaurant in a palace’ rather than ‘a palace restaurant’, and his attempt was paid off when Epicure Restaurant received three Michelin Stars for ten consecutive years. Breakfast 7-10.30am Lunch 12-2pm Dinner 7-10pm A jacket is required for gentlemen.   The 114 Faubourg Brasserie Decorated in a warm palate of orange and red with paintings on the wall, The 114 Faubourg Brasserie sits in the new wing of the hotel and features French dishes with a twist via the creativity of Frechon and his team. The restaurant received one Michelin Star and is operating up to its prestigious standard. Duck pâté en croûte with pickled vegetables, Artichoke soup with pan-seared foie gras and black truffle emulsion and Beef tar tare with Oléron Marennes oyster cream and yuzu are amongst the not-to-be-missed menu. Lunch (Mon-Fri) 12-2.30pm Dinner (daily) 7-10.30pm   Café Antonia With the interior focused on the French 18th-century style, and the flamboyant paintings displayed around – including the prominent one of Queen Marie Antoinette – Café Antonia provides cosy spaces to lure with a variety of seating to choose from, including an elegant sofa, armchairs and the list goes on. Here is where you would witness Parisian chic personas flooding in with their peers for a drink and something to nibble on a casual day. Café Antonia serves light and creative dishes which, of course, are crafted by Frechon. Breakfast 8-10am Lunch 12-3pm Tea time 3-6pm Dinner 6-10pm   Le Bar du Bristol End your culinary exploration at Le Bar du Bristol

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To commemorate the legacy of iconic Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669), Amsterdam’s luxurious Conservatorium hotel has partnered with the neighbouring Rijksmuseum to offer a special package that will among other amenities, feature curated artwork in a special suite reminiscent of the Rembrandt’s masterpiece, The Night Watch. Highlighting the 350th anniversary of the painter’s death, the “Art Suite by Rembrandt” package was launched in conjunction with the much-anticipated “Year of Rembrandt” celebration at the Rijksmuseum. Through this package, hotel guests will also enjoy unparalleled access to the variety of exhibitions and special events held at the museum, as well as the option to book a rare VIP tour of the Rijksmuseum’s Hall of Fame. To maximize the guest experience, Conservatorium enlisted the assistance of Dutch designer Irma Boom, who created the colour scheme for the suite’s design based on the DNA colours of the Night Watch, as well as renowned Dutch artist Sarah van Sonsbeeck, whose interpretation of “The Night Watch” can be found in the bathroom. The result of the collaboration is a unique and modern take on the classic masterpiece, and an immersive way for guests to enjoy the work of Rembrandt from the comfort of their luxurious surroundings. The Art Suite by Rembrandt package includes: One-night stay in the Art Suite by Rembrandt including breakfast for two guests Complimentary ‘fastlane’ access for two guests to the ‘Year of Rembrandt’ exhibits at the Rijksmuseum Two sleeping masks featuring Rembrandt’s famous work ‘Marten & Oopjen’ One copy of the book Rembrandt: Biography of a Rebel by curator Jonathan Bikker Welcome letter from Rijksmuseum Director General, Taco Dibbits Conservatorium hotel offers the following premium supplements to the Art Suite by Rembrandt package: Private after-hour tour of the Rijksmuseum’s Hall of Fame (€7500) Two-hour private walking tour through the city of Amsterdam that takes showcases where Rembrandt lived and worked, and the places that inspired his work (€190) The “Art Suite by Rembrandt” package is available from €875 per night, including VAT. Offer available from: 1 April - 29 December 2019. For more information, visit www.conservatoriumhotel.com

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Books can take you to new and exciting places—completely new worlds, even. This World Book Day (23 April 2019), let Lifestyle+Travel and Agoda take you on a literary journey like no other. On your next holiday, trace the roots of some of your favorite authors by stopping by their hometowns—some of which have inspired their most seminal works. Here are some must-visit spots for book-lovers roaming around Asia… Kobe, Japan Literary Hero: Haruki Murakami Notable works: “Kafka on the Shore” and “1Q84” available from Shinchosha Must-see attractions: Ikuta Shrine, Arima Onsen, Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge Murakami grew up in Kobe, where a few of his stories, such as his debut novel “Hear the Wind Sing”, are set. Murakami’s works have surrealist elements, often with melancholic themes which in some ways, is reflective of the quiet beauty to be found in the many serene shrines and breathtaking nature scenery in the small seaside city. Internalize the relaxing minimalist side of Kobe when you stay at Arimakoyado Hataya Ryokan. Camarines Norte, Philippines Literary Hero: Ricky Lee Notable works: “Para kay B” available from Philippine Writers' Studio Foundation Must-see attractions: Calaguas Islands, Apuao Grande Island, Bagasbas Beach More than his novel “Para kay B,” Ricky Lee’s body of work encompasses screenwriting and playwriting. He has worked with revered Filipino directors like Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal and has even published a screenplay manual called “Trip to Quiapo” which has since been a staple resource for communication colleges in the Philippines. Visit Lee’s hometown of Camarines Norte in the central Bicol region of the Philippines and enjoy its beautiful beaches like those on Apuao Grande Island and the Calaguas group of islands. Keep comfy by making One Platinum Hotel your home base while in the area.   If you’re in the Americas, head to… New York, USA Literary Hero: Jenny Han Notable works: “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” available from Simon & Schuster Must-see attractions: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Broadway Though Han originally came from Virginia, her time in New York shaped her career as a young adult fiction writer. Book the cozy Jun New York Midtown III apartment, and feel right at home when you take a break from all of that sight-seeing.   Aracataca, Colombia Literary Hero: Gabriel García Márquez Notable works: “One Hundred Years of Solitude” available from HarperCollins, “Love in the Time of Cholera” available from Penguin Classics Must-see attractions: Casa Museo, Casa del Telegrafista   The municipality of Aracataca is built along the river of the same name and boasts Nobel Prize winner for literature Gabriel García Márquez as one of its sons. The village of Macondo in García Márquez's celebrated novel, “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is fashioned after Aracataca. Take a day trip out to explore García Márquez's reconstructed childhood home-turned-museum and the Casa del Telegrafista, then settle down at the charming Agoda Home in Parque Los Novios in the nearby city of Santa Marta, where you can also visit Colombia’s famous Tayrona National Natural Park. If you’re venturing to Europe, then consider visiting…  Edinburgh, Scotland Literary Hero: J.K. Rowling Notable works: The “Harry Potter” series available from Bloomsbury Must-see attractions: Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Dynamic Earth, Underground Edinburgh, The Scotch Whisky Experience Potterheads, unite! While Rowling was born in Yates, England, it was during her time in Edinburgh that she

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  Season 8 of everyone’s favourite medieval fantasy, Game of Thrones arrived this week and as fans dissect Episode 1 and look for plot spoilers, guests across the globe say they feel part of the show by staying in Homes on Airbnb. Looking at guest reviews of Homes in off-the-beaten-path destinations iconic to the show from 2014 to 2018, a growing number of travellers note they feel they’re part of the action with Airbnb guest reviews mentioning the show up 550% in Morocco, 467% in Ireland, 406% in Croatia, 386% in Iceland and 218% in Spain. No matter the king (or queen) you’re rooting for, here are 5 Homes on Airbnb perfect for living like your favourite contender for the throne long after the season finale.

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Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas is celebrating its five-year anniversary on 1 April 2019. The hotel features 314 rooms and offer 3 meeting rooms, located just few steps away from the famous Patong Beach and the unique shopping center of Patong. In addition our team is very attentive to guest needs linked to our concept “Bringing Stories to life” for an unforgettable stay at the Grand Mercure Patong Phuket Resort & Villas. "We will keep take caring our guest by our heart as we do since opening 2014," said by Sebastien Tronchet general manager of Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas. For more information or reservation, please visit GrandMercurePhuketPatong.com

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Costa Cruises, Italy’s largest tourism group and Europe’s number one cruise company, today celebrated the maiden call of the Costa Venezia to Laem Chabang, Thailand. Costa Venezia, a ship designed specifically to offer the Asian market the best of Italy, is the largest ship introduced by Costa to Asia, where the Italian company was the first to start operating in 2006. With a gross tonnage of 135,500 tons, 323 meters in length and a capacity for over 5,200 guests, the Costa Venezia offers a series of unprecedented innovations designed specifically for Asian customers, introducing them to Italian culture, lifestyle and excellence, starting from the interiors, which are inspired by the city of Venice. Mr. Roberto Verdino, Deputy Country Manager for Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia of Costa Group Asia, says: “Costa Venezia has been designed specifically with Asian travellers in mind.  While we continue to offer authentic Italian experience, there are many facilities and specialty restaurants that are catered to Asian guests. The joining of Costa Venezia to Costa Asia’s fleet will bring “The Best Time at Sea” cruise holiday to our Asian guests, and at the same time, demonstrate Costa Cruises’ confidence in the Asian market.” On Costa Venezia, guests will experience the uniqueness of Venetian and Italian culture. The ship's theatre is inspired by the world-renowned Venetian La Fenice opera house; the main atrium is reminiscent of St. Mark's Square, while the main restaurants recall the traditional architecture of Venetian alleys and squares. Actual gondolas, made by the Squero di San Trovaso artisans, can also be found on board. Guests can savour the delicacies of regional Italian cuisines at the inclusive restaurants, as well as fine dining with menu curated by chef Umberto Bombana of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant, 81⁄2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, at Restaurant Casanova, one of the five specialty restaurants. Guests will also feel at home with a wide choice of Asian food on offer, including hotpot, teppanyaki, dim sum and noodles. Costa Venezia features more than 8,000 square feet of retail space amid a two-deck Venetian-style shopping pavilion which Starboard Cruise Services, the premier retailer at sea, curated with some of the world’s most celebrated brands. Presented within an Italian-style shopping experience in keeping with the iconic Costa Cruises brand, the collection includes many famous Italian brands, including first-time-at-sea Max Mara, Salvatore Ferragamo and Bvlgari. Costa Venezia further appeals to the Asian shopper with the largest beauty space at sea, measuring more than 2,500 square feet and including over 30 international brands, with the first-at-sea Clé de Peau Beauté and Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent, La Prairie, Bvlgari, Chanel, Dior, La Mer, SK-II and more.  Asian beauty brands include Dr. Jart+, Sulwhasoo and The History of Whoo. The Merchant of Venice, a refined perfumer that pays homage to the beauty of Venetian culture, also makes its debut at sea and available for the first time in Asia. In addition, Bvlgari joins Costa Cruises and Starboard to present the first production of its kind at sea: “the Bvlgari Jewelry Show”, an evening of elegance

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SUPERIOR WAY TO ENJOY SAMUI Seaside delights await! This year, W Koh Samui pampers you with the “WOW Offer”. For stays of at least four consecutive nights, you will be amused with extraordinary benefits such as on-arrival sparkling wine, Well-Travelled signature massage, candlelit dinner, airport transfers, and daily breakfasts. The offer is valid from now until 31 December 2019. For further details and booking, check out www.wkohsamui.com or email reservations.wkohsamui@whotelsworldwide.com     CHILLING BY THE POOL Travelling to the splendid North? U Chiang Mai offers you sweet indulgence by the pool with the “Luxurious Superior Pool Access” package, with 30% discount for a Superior Pool Access room, together with 30% discount on F&B and round-trip airport transfer! Available for stays from now until 31 March 2019. A minimum of two consecutive nights is required. For booking, contact +66 (0) 53 327 000 or reserve@uchiangmai.com     EXPERIENCING CHENGDU With growing tourism thanks to charming Chinese culture and lovely pandas, Chengdu should really be on your list. Enjoy the “Check-in to Chengdu” experience with everything special from The Temple House! This three-night package invites guests not only to have the first-rate stay, but also to explore the city, to relish the award-winning spa, and to savour the healthy fares, starting from USD 930. Visit www.thetemplehousehotel.com for more information.     DIVER’S BEST DEAL! Koh Haa is one of the first-rate dive sites in Thailand, thanks to its crystalline water, healthy coral, and abundant underwater life. Luckily, Pimalai Resort & Spa at Koh Lanta offers the leisurely four-day package for certified SCUBA divers to enjoy both on-land comfort and marine beauty. The package includes accommodation, airport transfers, dinner, spa, diving trip and equipment, and more. Priced from THB 43,590. Available now until 30 April 2019. Visit www.pimalai.com/promotion/ diving-2019 for more information.   SAKURA HEALING Not just eye candy, the beautiful Sakura flower is also beneficial for your skin, thanks to its essential oil, which is rich in antioxidants. The Okura Spa at The Okura Prestige Bangkok features special “Sakura Wellness Secrets”, a 90-minute treatment to smoothen your delicate skin from head to toe, and to rejuvenate your weary soul. Available daily from 1 April – 30 June 2019, priced at THB 3,800++ per person. For more information and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2687 9000 or email spa@okurabangkok.com

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Lamborghini Bangkok organized the launch of the new Lamborghini Huracán EVO super sports car with a luxurious design and V10 engine providing top performance through Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI), a CPU controlling the performance of 4-wheel-drive system and rear-wheel drive model with accuracy from the movement of the car, to improve its driving responsiveness and granting the driver complete control over every aspect of the car’s movement. Furthermore, the car features a new aerodynamic design that is five times more efficient than ever. The performance of the Huracán is not only equipped with 640 hp and 600 Nm torque, but also the latest infotainment technology available today including an 8.4” infotainment touchscreen. It is embedded in the center console to make it easy to control everything literally at the touch of one’s fingertips including car seat controls, air-conditioning, and even controlling the LDVI system in real time as it has connectivity, making it directly linked to Apple CarPlay, as well as having connections to the web radio, video players, giving voice commands to Siri, dual-camera touchscreen, telemetry recording and analysis, and even a hard disk with ample storage capacity. The Lamborghini Huracán EVO is also hailed the newest icon of the raging bull stable because it is truly unique in offering owners a customised choice of colours for both its interiors and exteriors. Its luxurious interior remains functional with the latest lightweight alloys such as Lamborghini’s patented Carbon Forged Composites which is only manufactured at each customer’s orders, at prices starting from 24,590,000 baht. The Huracán EVO features the 5.2 l naturally-aspirated Lamborghini V10 engine, uprated to produce higher power output and an emotional and powerful sound, with Titanium intake valves and refined lightweight exhaust system. The Huracán EVO outputs 640 hp (470 kW) at 8,000 rpm with 600 Nm of torque delivered at 6,500 rpm. With a dry weight of 1,422 kg the Huracán EVO reaches a weight-to-power ratio of 2.22 kg/hp, accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and from 0-200 km/h in 9.0 seconds. Braking from 100 km/h to 0 is achieved in just 31.9 m, with a top speed of more than 325 km/h.It is more efficient than ever when driving with a dynamic automated Torque Vectoring System that allows the driver to control the car speed regardless of road conditions. It also includes a new feature that is the heart of this model and core to improving its performance, namely the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI), which uses a Central Processing Unit to analyse and assess conditions to allow the driver more control over the environment, creating the ultimate driving experience. There is also the Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI) system which assesses the speed and angle of the care to maintain its balance and dynamism at all times. This is an upgrade of its efficacy to version 2.0 of the previous model as it was developed precisely to improve its dynamism and accuracy as every single shift and movement of the chassis is monitored in real time. The car also has

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Oris Aquis Date Relief The Oris Aquis Date Relief is inspired by the colour and feeling of water. The grey dial recalls the colour of a stormy sea, while the watch’s signature diving scale numerals in relief are a reminder of the texture of water, as well as its elemental role in all life. It has a 43.50 mm (1.713 inches) stainless steel case with a uni-directional rotating diver’s bezel and is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres). It comes on a choice of straps or a metal bracelet, and its sapphire crystal sits over a dial decorated with applied hour markers, which, like the hour and minutes hands, are filled with luminescent Super-LumiNova®. GUCCI DIVE ‘THREE LITTLE PIGS’ COLLECTION In honor of the Chinese calendar's year of the pig, the characters from the “Three Little Pigs” are brought back from ©Disney archives, enhancing the House designs for Cruise 2019. The Gucci Dive watch features a red dial with the playful motif, completed with a black rubber strap. OMEGA 'De VilleTrésor' OMEGA celebrates the 125th anniversary of its name. The brand is proudly releasing a new De Ville Trésor timepiece that includes some very unique touches and an exciting movement. For the first time, OMEGA has created a wristwatch with a red enamel dial, going perfectly with 18K yellow gold case. This challenging design is inspired by OMEGA’s iconic brand colour. VOLARE SKY COLLECTION The key inspiration for this fascinating watch collection comes from the brilliant colours of the sky throughout the day. Featuring a unique, gradient watch face and elegant multi-coloured bands, this collection highlights the latest colour trends of 2019. Starting from dawn, which blends the warm tones of sunrise to the cool colours of midday, the elegant softness of dusk and the mysterious shades of the midnight sky. RADO Captain Cook Automatic Limited Edition The original Captain Cook was produced between 1962 and 1968 and was known for its compact design and distinctive features. Since 2017, the Captain Cook has been back in the RADO collection and true to the original in almost every way. Limited to just 1,962 pieces, and balancing authentic vintage style with the modern preference for personalisation, the new 2019 Captain Cook is delivered in a hard-wearing leather travel pouch with a selection of additional straps. If the brown vintage-look leather strap isn’t what you’re looking for today, simply exchange it for the fine knit stainless steel Milanese bracelet or the durable green NATO strap.

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To commemorate the legacy of iconic Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669), Amsterdam’s luxurious Conservatorium hotel has partnered with the neighbouring Rijksmuseum to offer a special package that will among other amenities, feature curated artwork in a special suite reminiscent of the Rembrandt’s masterpiece, The Night Watch. Highlighting the 350th anniversary of the painter’s death, the “Art Suite by Rembrandt” package was launched in conjunction with the much-anticipated “Year of Rembrandt” celebration at the Rijksmuseum. Through this package, hotel guests will also enjoy unparalleled access to the variety of exhibitions and special events held at the museum, as well as the option to book a rare VIP tour of the Rijksmuseum’s Hall of Fame. To maximize the guest experience, Conservatorium enlisted the assistance of Dutch designer Irma Boom, who created the colour scheme for the suite’s design based on the DNA colours of the Night Watch, as well as renowned Dutch artist Sarah van Sonsbeeck, whose interpretation of “The Night Watch” can be found in the bathroom. The result of the collaboration is a unique and modern take on the classic masterpiece, and an immersive way for guests to enjoy the work of Rembrandt from the comfort of their luxurious surroundings. The Art Suite by Rembrandt package includes: One-night stay in the Art Suite by Rembrandt including breakfast for two guests Complimentary ‘fastlane’ access for two guests to the ‘Year of Rembrandt’ exhibits at the Rijksmuseum Two sleeping masks featuring Rembrandt’s famous work ‘Marten & Oopjen’ One copy of the book Rembrandt: Biography of a Rebel by curator Jonathan Bikker Welcome letter from Rijksmuseum Director General, Taco Dibbits Conservatorium hotel offers the following premium supplements to the Art Suite by Rembrandt package: Private after-hour tour of the Rijksmuseum’s Hall of Fame (€7500) Two-hour private walking tour through the city of Amsterdam that takes showcases where Rembrandt lived and worked, and the places that inspired his work (€190) The “Art Suite by Rembrandt” package is available from €875 per night, including VAT. Offer available from: 1 April - 29 December 2019. For more information, visit www.conservatoriumhotel.com

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Costa Cruises, Italy’s largest tourism group and Europe’s number one cruise company, today celebrated the maiden call of the Costa Venezia to Laem Chabang, Thailand. Costa Venezia, a ship designed specifically to offer the Asian market the best of Italy, is the largest ship introduced by Costa to Asia, where the Italian company was the first to start operating in 2006. With a gross tonnage of 135,500 tons, 323 meters in length and a capacity for over 5,200 guests, the Costa Venezia offers a series of unprecedented innovations designed specifically for Asian customers, introducing them to Italian culture, lifestyle and excellence, starting from the interiors, which are inspired by the city of Venice. Mr. Roberto Verdino, Deputy Country Manager for Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia of Costa Group Asia, says: “Costa Venezia has been designed specifically with Asian travellers in mind.  While we continue to offer authentic Italian experience, there are many facilities and specialty restaurants that are catered to Asian guests. The joining of Costa Venezia to Costa Asia’s fleet will bring “The Best Time at Sea” cruise holiday to our Asian guests, and at the same time, demonstrate Costa Cruises’ confidence in the Asian market.” On Costa Venezia, guests will experience the uniqueness of Venetian and Italian culture. The ship's theatre is inspired by the world-renowned Venetian La Fenice opera house; the main atrium is reminiscent of St. Mark's Square, while the main restaurants recall the traditional architecture of Venetian alleys and squares. Actual gondolas, made by the Squero di San Trovaso artisans, can also be found on board. Guests can savour the delicacies of regional Italian cuisines at the inclusive restaurants, as well as fine dining with menu curated by chef Umberto Bombana of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant, 81⁄2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, at Restaurant Casanova, one of the five specialty restaurants. Guests will also feel at home with a wide choice of Asian food on offer, including hotpot, teppanyaki, dim sum and noodles. Costa Venezia features more than 8,000 square feet of retail space amid a two-deck Venetian-style shopping pavilion which Starboard Cruise Services, the premier retailer at sea, curated with some of the world’s most celebrated brands. Presented within an Italian-style shopping experience in keeping with the iconic Costa Cruises brand, the collection includes many famous Italian brands, including first-time-at-sea Max Mara, Salvatore Ferragamo and Bvlgari. Costa Venezia further appeals to the Asian shopper with the largest beauty space at sea, measuring more than 2,500 square feet and including over 30 international brands, with the first-at-sea Clé de Peau Beauté and Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent, La Prairie, Bvlgari, Chanel, Dior, La Mer, SK-II and more.  Asian beauty brands include Dr. Jart+, Sulwhasoo and The History of Whoo. The Merchant of Venice, a refined perfumer that pays homage to the beauty of Venetian culture, also makes its debut at sea and available for the first time in Asia. In addition, Bvlgari joins Costa Cruises and Starboard to present the first production of its kind at sea: “the Bvlgari Jewelry Show”, an evening of elegance

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Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas is celebrating its five-year anniversary on 1 April 2019. The hotel features 314 rooms and offer 3 meeting rooms, located just few steps away from the famous Patong Beach and the unique shopping center of Patong. In addition our team is very attentive to guest needs linked to our concept “Bringing Stories to life” for an unforgettable stay at the Grand Mercure Patong Phuket Resort & Villas. "We will keep take caring our guest by our heart as we do since opening 2014," said by Sebastien Tronchet general manager of Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas. For more information or reservation, please visit GrandMercurePhuketPatong.com

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First opened in May 2008, Silavadee is the most luxurious hideaway where you arrive to escape the hustle and bustle of life to be pampered by attentive and exclusive service. Located on Samui island, one of the most famous islands in the world With a total of 80 rooms, pool villas and pool villa suites we provide the perfect spot for you to unwind and be embraced by nature. Rooms and villas range from 50 up to 300 square meter. Along with a complete renovation of all Bathrooms of the Deluxe Rooms which now combine sleek white marble with warm wood elements Silavadee also introduces its new Logo and several changes, to stay one for the most private and luxurious hideaway resorts on the island of Samui. In addition to the resorts refreshed Logo and accommodation, the property also introduces a new Food and Beverage Concept for its “Sun Lounge”, a culinary concept inspired by the local surroundings, providing guests with a selection of dishes made with fresh flavors and local ingredients as well as several products that are grown in their own garden. A healthy cuisine with a farm to table approach paired with a raw juice selection, organic wines and other organic Beverages makes Sun Lounge the ideal spot to rest, relax and feel good during the day. Along with this new culinary direction Silavadee equally introduces additions to the guest activity and spa program that complement the wellbeing aspect.  A selection of curated experiences and packages will offer guests the opportunity to get in touch with the local community, Thai culture and nature. Experience mindful wellness activities such as Dawn Yoga, Ocean Breath, Thai Boxing or Healthy cooking classes and sleep meditation. Nature was incorporated during the design of the resort in every possible way and with the 11th anniversary we wish to introduce the above mentioned changes and a new aspect of Silavadee and its facilities. To mark its 11th Anniversary guest at Silavadee can enjoy the following activities and specials during the month of May: Wine pairing Dinner with world famous Francis Ford Coppola Winery Featuring Emily Putnam from Francis Ford Coppola Winery as a guest speaker. The dinner menu will be matched over multiple courses with “Director’s Cut” labels from the film director’s vineyard, presented by Putnam. The price for the dinner, to be held on May 17th is 2500THB including wine. Cocktails start at 18:00 followed by Dinner and Music at 19:00. The Venue for the Dinner will be “STAR” the resorts ultimate Roof Top Venue with breathtaking Views over Lamai Bay. Moet Chandon Champagne Breakfast Throughout the month of May Guest can order this intimate Champagne Breakfast on the Beach. This will be the utmost romantic breakfast featuring a bottle of Moet Chandon, fresh Strawberries, House smoked Salmon, freshly baked Croissants with homemade jams and French Butter, just to name a few. A discrete Beach Butler will stand by to ensure to be at your service should there be any request. Plush Cushions and draping will be prepared to make this Breakfast the

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