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In Hanoi's charming Hoan Kiem district, Bill Bensley-designed Capella Hanoi has officially opened its door to pamper you with boutique elegance throughout your stay, bringing you back to the beautiful bygone era. Situated in the French-influenced Old Quarter and in a close proximity to the iconic Hanoi Opera House and quaint Hoan Kiem Lake, exploring the compelling area of Vietnam's capital is more than convenient. Fashioned by world-renowned architect Bill Bensley, all 47 guest rooms and suites are individually styled with French-Vietnamese senses. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Backstage, presents a dramatic backdrop of theatrical costumes and vintage tableware, as talented chefs craft exceptional cuisine, including vegan dishes and northern Vietnamese-inspired specialties. Diva’s Lounge pays tribute to the leading ladies of the 1920s with bohemian cocktails and Opera Punches, accompanied by Diva’s Bar bites. You can discover more of northern Vietnam through expert-led "Capella Moments" programme at The Living Room or ask Capella Culturists to help you uncover the city's heritage. To celebrate its opening, Capella Hanoi offers your chance to "Dream Now, Travel Later" with special perks for your future stays of up to 14 nights, with 30% off the best available rate and myriad amenities and activities including welcome Opera Cake, Champagne breakfast, Capella Moments, and more. For more information, visit www.capellahotels.com/hanoi. To stay up-to-date on latest news, please follow Capella Hanoi on Instagram and Facebook.

Chao Phraya Sky Park is a pedestrian bridge across the Chao Phraya River and a new landmark for Bangkokians. It is the country’s first-ever sky park and the world’s first sky park crossing over the river, connecting Thon Buri and Phra Nakhon sides of the Chao Phraya River together. The Chao Phraya Sky Park is a scenic viewpoint amid the greenery along the walking route. Behind the Chao Phraya Sky Park project is the collaboration between the City Planning and Urban Development Department of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA),  together with The Urban Design and Development Center (UddC) and other partners with an aim to improve Bangkok's thoroughfare and landscape, as well as to increase the public green area. The project is also implemented with public participation and mutual ownership among various sectors to raise public awareness on the importance of green areas. Situated between the traffic lanes of the Phra Pok Klao Bridge, the Chao Phraya Sky Park is an elevated public park with wide walkways and bicycle lanes connecting two sides of Bangkok, as well as relaxing corner, viewpoint, and space for recreational activities. The sky park is designed to be a double-deck walking route with ramps traversing up and down between two levels, equipped with guardrail, elevator, and other facilities for persons with disabilities and elderly people. In terms of architecture, it highlights easy functions and maintenance. Trees and flowers are thoughtfully selected to suit Bangkok's weather conditions, avoiding growing large perennial trees to reduce the weight of the structure and minimize the harm from dead branches and leaves for the safety of people commuting along the nearby bridge. Vegetation on the Chao Phraya Sky Park is also beneficial for insects and overall ecosystem. The Chao Phraya Sky Park is a now the city's new spot for relaxation and exercise with gorgeous view, especially during sunset and sunrise. In addition, its neighboring areas are full of the top-rated tourist attractions such as Phra Phutthayotfa Chulalok Bridge, Phra Boromathat Maha Chedi of Prayoon Wongsawat Temple, Santa Cruz Temple, Kanlayanamit Temple, Kudi Chin Community, The Temple of Dawn, Yodpiman Riverwalk, and ICONSIAM. The Chao Phraya Sky Park has been officially launched to public in 2020 and is now open daily from 05:00 to 20:00. For updates on more interesting spots in Bangkok, visit prbangkok-eng.com

This July, Cross Hotels & Resorts will launch its very first property in Japan, Away Okinawa Kouri Island Resort. The boutique beachfront resort is set on a tranquil island connected to the main Okinawa island, offering an astounding panorama of the azure East China Sea alongside design and facilities that are in conformity with the brand's philosophy, "Escape Everyday Life". In partnership with Japanese hospitality management and real estate development company, AB Accommo Company Limited, Cross Hotel & Resorts anticipates its future expansion in Japan with 7 properties within 4 years stretching from Okinawa to Hokkaido. Cross Hotels & Resorts currently operates 21 hotels across three distinct brands – Cross, Cross Vibe and Away – in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. For further details, visit crosshotelsandresorts.com

École Ducasse Culinary Schools are set to open in culturally rich Thailand in an exclusive partnership with the country's leading hospitality group, Nai Lert Group, together with world-leading hospitality management and culinary arts education group, Sommet Education. A network of culinary training centres will emerge across Thailand, the country with abundant culinary heritages and a myriad of young passionate talents. Alain Ducasse is globally renowned for his peerless culinary creations. Having earned 20 Michelin stars throughout his career, he is a living chef with the most Michelin stars in the world. His unique innovativeness, meticulousity, and passion for excellence passed on to students at all École Ducasse Schools. The first establishment of the network will be developed under the École Ducasse Studio brand, originating from École Ducasse - Paris Studio, and set among lush tropical gardens of Nai Lert Park in the heart of Bangkok. The École Ducasse - Nai Lert Bangkok Studio will open in the first semester in 2022, offering programmes in culinary, pastry and sommelier arts aimed at professionals, amateurs, young graduates and children with a focus on bringing the best of the heritages of French and Thai cuisine. For more details, visit www.ecoleducasse.com/en  

From 2 to 4 April 2021, Royal Cliff Beach Hotel in Pattaya will host the highly anticipated annual Fitz Club Tennis Tournament for the 13th time, comprising lots of delicacies and drinks alongside thrilling matches to keep you entertained throughout the weekend at the courts with new elegant lighting system. What makes this event so popular is the round-robin format in which all competitors are guaranteed to play several matches in one of the best Tennis clubs in Thailand. Throughout the tournament, safety measures against COVID-19 will be in place including no-handshake policy and social distancing guidelines for the spectators. With 3 days of blockbuster tennis, the Fitz Club Tennis Tournament remains one of Pattaya’s most highly anticipated sports events of the year. Playing slots are limited, so don't miss out on the fun and competition of this very popular event and register now! Friends, fans and supporters are especially welcome. For more information or to register for the tournament, please contact fitz@royalcliff.com, visit www.royalcliff.com/new/13th-tennis-tournament or call +66 (0) 38 250 421 ext 2621.

Among beef aficionados, the experience of pairing beef steak or degustation with decent red wines is a mere exaltation. How about pairing a hot, aromatic bowl of beef noodle soup with well-chosen wine, doesn’t it sound novelly compelling? At Social Noodles, not only you can take pleasure in a bowl of beef noodle, you can also ask for a wine recommendation to pair with the noodle soup and try various reinvigorating cocktails after the meal. Pairing rich soup with a wine can amazingly transform the experience. When savouring it with bold red Cotes du Rhone RS Rouge, the French wine’s hint of fruitiness and dryness complements the beef’s aroma so well. With peppery Australian Baan Shiraz & Co, the pleasant aftertaste of the soup lasts longer. Topped on the noodles are braised shank beef, sliced beef, and meat balls to beef up the experience. If you aren’t into beef, other delicious options like classic Pad Krapow or Thai Prawn Omlette are available as well, and yes, you can try pairing with a wine if you want to. Please note that not a single MSG will be found here. The meal time with your friends or colleagues can become joyously “social” thanks to the fully stocked bar to craft you signature glasses like Oliang Martini or Ros-mopolitan to keep your conversation flowing. The restaurant's wonderful array of wines comes from sustainable boutique wineries across the globe, which are mostly produced in small batches. And if simply chatting is not “social” enough, you can jazz up the place with a karaoke session if you’d like it! Social Noodles is located on Sukhumvit Soi 22, Bangkok. For more details, check out Social Noodles Facebook Page or socialnoodles.com

From now until the end of March 2022, you can book and plan your future retreat with your loved ones or colleagues at Bali's Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, with "The Art of Reuniting" buyout offer to bring your family or friends together for an unforgettable time. Situated amidst endless rice paddies of Ubud, the resort features 20 exquisite villas and compelling group activities like rice paddy trekking, a hot air balloon ride, fishing, as well as wellness retreats. The entire gorgeous resort can be booked out by a group for USD 7,500++ per night (with a minimum stay of two nights). The package is a dream comes true for corporate retreats, with meeting spaces available on site, weddings, both Balinese style and western, and family reunions. Additionally, for an ultimately private excursion, Tanah Gajah has partnered with Garuda Indonesia on charter flights from around Indonesia and other international destinations the airline frequents. Rates and availability depend on the departure city and interested parties should contact the resort directly. "The Art of Reuniting" is subject to availability and valid for stays booked until 31 March 2022. For more information please visit www.tanahgajahubud.com/en

To mark its second anniversary on 31 March 2021, Rosewood Bangkok offers you 2 tempting staycation packages delighting you with bespoke services and all the Rosewood luxuries. The "Rosewood Bangkok Turns Two" package is inclusive of 50% savings on the second consecutive night's stay; a hotel credit starting from THB 3,500 to be used at the hotel's outlets, bar, and spa; a breakfast for two at Lakorn European Brasserie or at your room; as well as a choice of signature degustation afternoon tea for two at Lakorn European Brasserie or a bottle of sparkling wine served in-room. For a longer memorable time, book "A Rosewood Staycation" for 3 nights to receive the third consecutive night for only THB 2! This package also includes the same additional benefits as included in the aforementioned package. Guests who take advantage of the packages with a stay during the hotel’s March anniversary month receive a one-time welcome breakfast for Monday to Friday arrivals. The packages can be booked from 15 March until 31 March 2021 and eligible for stays from 16 March until 30 April 2021. To reserve or inquire, please contact +66 (0) 2 080 0088 or email bangkok@rosewoodhotels.com, or visit rosewoodhotels.com/bangkok

If you are planning an elegant getaway suitable for multi-generations, don't miss out on considering Four Seasons Resorts as your family's next home-away-from-home with myriad facilities and activities to bring the family together and connect the young and the old with Thailand's vibrant culture amidst lush nature.   Get Closer to Nature and Culture at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai At Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, children and adults alike can enjoy learning about farming culture of Northern Thailand at the Resort's own rice fields and the rice museum, as well as meeting the Resort’s famous resident buffaloes. Kids will also get to join the farmers to place rice sprouts, which is a rare, valuable experience, in the vicinity of your exquisite villa. For the upcoming summer break, the Resort offers an exciting Family Escape with savings on residence, guaranteed upgrade, daily breakfast and the option of a Resort credit of THB 1,500 or a spa experience at Wara Cheewa Spa. Additionally, children can stay and dine with the Resort’s compliments!   Go Glamping at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle For a serene getaway, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle offers an extravagant level of privacy in the midst of magical jungles of the Golden Triangle with 15 ample tented camps and a two-bedroom Explorer's Lodge. Older kids (10+ years old), together with adults, can embark on marvelous explorations including "Fishing with Locals", "My Elephant and I", unmissable "Golden Triangle Excursion", and more. Available from now until this New Year's Eve, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle invites you to Go Glamping with special perks for stays of two nights or more.   Aquatic Excursions at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui On the gorgeous Koh Samui, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui is nestled on the most tranquil side of the island, with pristine sea that is home to rich marine lives. One of the most compelling activities is "Coral Talk", an enjoyable educational session on coral reef and sustainability led by the Resort's on-site marine biologist, where families can snorkel along the vibrant reef adjoining the Resort. Also, kids can enjoy complimentary "Kids For All Seasons" funs while the parents are unwinding at the award-winning spa. To make this summer more memorable than ever, you can embark on an Island Getaway in your luxurious pool villa, enjoy in-villa breakfast and choose from a Resort credit of THB 1,500 to savour the delectable dining or a relaxing spa experience at The Secret Garden Spa. Here too, children eat and stay with the Resort’s compliments. To reserve a family experience, email reservations.thailand@fourseasons.com, call +66 (0) 2207 8900 or download the Four Seasons App to connect via the FS Chat.