Wellness rituals are sensorial journeys that showcase local heritage using native ingredients and traditional massage techniques perfected over centuries. With over 1,100 hotels and resorts in Asia-Pacific, Accor offers a vast collection of rejuvenating spa treatments that are both calming and relaxing for discerning travellers. From Singapore, China, Myanmar, Thailand, The Maldives, India and Australia, these seven locally-inspired rituals advocate the goodness of natural healing therapies, while serving as an amazing window for travellers to experience a taste of the traditions of each destination. “Our guests are increasingly looking for spa treatments that draw on the rituals and mythology of the destinations in which they are travelling,” said Spa Manager of award-winning luxury Swiss Spa, Pürovel Spa & Sport, Ms Elva Zhao. “It is as much about relaxing and rejuvenating the body as it is about learning new experiences and understanding cultures and traditions. Ancient customs and ingredients play a key role in soothing away the stresses of the modern traveller and allow our guests to take a step back from the tensions of today’s busy world.” SINGAPORE MASSAGE AT SWISSÔTEL MERCHANT COURT, SINGAPORE At Swissôtel Merchant Court, Singapore guests can enjoy a spectacular 90-minute spa treatment drawing on Singapore’s multi-cultural heritage. Specifically designed to expel fatigue, daily stresses and tensions, the Singapore Massage focuses on rebalancing energies for the mind and soul. Utilising Chinese, Malay and Indian massage techniques that represent the cultural mix of Singapore, this treatment culminates with the elimination of body heat, which is achieved by stimulating the foot’s reflex zones. WHITE FLANNEL FLOWER SANCTUARY RITUAL AT FAIRMONT RESORT & SPA BLUE MOUNTAINS, MGALLERY BY SOFITEL, AUSTRALIA Standing at the edge of the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains, Ubika Day Spa’s treatments are inspired by the seasons and the native wildlife of Australia. The spa menu is designed to hydrate, nourish, restore and regenerate for holistic wellbeing. The White Flannel Flower Sanctuary Ritual is a signature head-to-toe degustation experience that pays tribute to the beauty of the bush . The 105-minute full-body sensory journey includes an Organic Coconut & Jasmine Body Polish, Australian White Flannel Floral Hydrating Cocoon, Baobab & Neroli Facial Massage, Double Face Masque infusion, Peptide+ Multi-Action Serum, Full Body White Flannel Flower Soufflé, and Foot Restoration Massage to leave you feeling completely restored. SERENITY OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS AT SO SOFITEL BANGKOK, THAILAND Serenity of the Five Elements is a 90-minute soothing spa ritual based on the five elements of Wood, Earth, Water, Fire and Metal as well as the renowned Thai folk wisdom treatment called “Tok Sen” to balance all five senses. Tok Sen is an ancient massage technique indigenous to the Lanna region of Northern Thailand and handed down over generations. This ‘tapping of the meridians’ helps to restore the body’s natural balance. In this treatment, Ytsara aromatherapy oil, which represents the water element is applied all over the body and gently pressed with a warm herbal poultice. Heat from the poultice represents the fire element, while therapeutic herbs represent the earth. A small Tok Sen hammer, representing the wood
There’s also a place to see the beautiful Autumn color and foliage together with your family, friends or your special one to capture the impression of unique natural scenery in Japan. The new experience that you will definitely love Japan in the angle that you have never been touched before. Here are recommanded tourist routes in Eastern Hokkaido and Tohoku - the region in North East of Japan. Recommended tourist attractions in Eastern Hokkaido There are charm and natural wonder that create with the exciting new tourist route of Eastern Hokkaido. You can visit here every season such as winter is extremely cold until the water becomes frozen, or in the spring, you will experience the beautiful flowers and lush green nature. How to get there: Fly from Haneda airport (Tokyo) to Kushiro airport in Hokkaido Recommended hotel: Kushiro Prince Hotel (Kushiro, Hokkaido) http://www.princehotels.com/kushiro/ Kushiro Prince Hotel is the gateway to Eastern Hokkaido where you can enjoy the magnificent nature of Hokkaido, including Kushiro Shitugen. It is located about 10 minutes’ walk from Kushiro station. You can enjoy sunset of Kushiro from the guestrooms which is known as one of three most beautiful sunset in the world. It is also great access to walk around Kushiro city such as “Washo Market”. Travel around Kushiro Washo Market This market is like the kitchen of Kushiro people, founded in 1954 with over 50 stores. The special rice bowl menu of Washo market is “Katte Don” that let you buy a bowl of plain rice, then select raw fish or any seafood as you prefer to put on top of the bowl. You can also buy souvenirs such as processed seafood products, salmon flakes or canned fish roe, Kombu seaweed and etc. (5 minutes’ walk from Kushiro - JR station) Nusamai Bridge This bridge connects both sides of Kushiro river, it’s 1 of 3 the most beautiful bridges in Hokkaido and also one of the most beautiful sunset spots in the world. Especially during Summer time, the heavy fog will cover the bridge mixing with the light of sunset which makes it even more beautiful. In the four corners of the bridge, there are four female statues in various chapters called the Statues of the Four Seasons which symbolizes Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter of Japan. (10 minutes’ walk from Kushiro Prince Hotel) Recommended hotel: Kussharo Prince Hotel (Kussharo, Hokkaido) http://www.princehotels.com/kussharo/ Activities: - Sea of mist guide tour in Kussharo Experience the beauty of the sea mist in early morning and waiting for the first light to touch the mist. - Stars tour in Kussharo The sky in Kussharo is so clear that millions of stars can be seen. Enjoy the Star-watching tour at night by stars’ expert guides who will tell us the legend of star’s gods while enjoying warm drink. Travel around the lake Lake Kussharo The crater lake in Akan-Mashu National Park in Eastern Hokkaido, one of the largest lake surface area with 57 kilometers’ circumference. During the winter season, the lake will be frozen so that will be the largest ice surface in Japan. There are various outdoor activities
Be prepared ! From June 30th to September 22nd 2019, Disneyland Paris invite you with The Lion King and The Jungle Festival to be thrilled by the rhythms of the African Savannah and the Indian Jungle. The story of The Lion King will be brought to life in Disneyland Paris, as famous songs spanning generations will be revisited to tell the legend of Simba, Nala, Rafiki, Mufasa, Scar, Timon and Pumbaa. The immersive experience doesn’t stop there… Disneyland Paris is preparing more surprises to bring you back to the heart of these Disney classics. Timon and Pumbaa will be waiting for you at Adventureland to teach you their philosophy by dancing to Timon’s “Mata Dance”. Singers, dancers, acrobats and drummers will give a new life to the Pride Lands with choreography and original costumes designed by Disneyland Paris. Disneyland Paris will celebrate The Jungle Book in the heart of Disneyland Park. Imagine a trip through the Indian jungle filled with colors and discoveries. The “Jungle Book Jive” show will proceed from every side of the Park. You will also be able to set off to discover the “Djembe Joy” village where you will live a new immersive and interactive experience dedicated to these two great Disney classics. The Lion King and Jungle Festival will welcome you at Disneyland Paris from June 30th to September 22nd, 2019.
With daily life becoming increasingly fast-paced, Lifestyle+Travel and Klook have curated a selection of activities that will treat families with the best thing they can get: an opportunity to slow down and spend quality time with each other. Whether foodie families are seeking to surprise their taste buds or culture vultures are looking for a chance to learn about the heritage of Thailand’s undiscovered areas, we have a variety of family-bonding experiences that are sure to last a life-time. For the Foodie Families: Amphawa Floating Market Half Day Trip from Bangkok Gallivanters can explore the areas neighbouring Thailand’s buzzing capital Bangkok on a half-day tour of one of the country’s most renowned floating markets - Amphawa Floating Market. Hosting a wide variety of stalls selling famously spicy Thai delicacies and delectable bites, the trip is made to delight foodies of all ages. Offering an array of authentic Thai products and souvenirs, families will leave hands full and bellies filled. The day ends with a calm drift along the waters of Amphawa, beneath the moonlit night skies. For the Culture Vultures: Ancient Ayutthaya Tour 80 kilometres north of Bangkok lies the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Siam Kingdom. Ayutthaya provides a snapshot of Thailand’s past splendour and houses some of the country’s most important relics. History lovers can spot the famous Reclining Buddha statue at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon and visit the impressive Wat Mahatat, one of the key monasteries and religious centres in the country. The tour concludes with a lunch at the Ayutthaya floating market, where families can slow down to enjoy each other’s company, with some of the freshest produce found in Thailand. For the Outdoor Enthusiasts: Jungle Kayak Tour The serene Mae Ngat Valley is a haven for fathers who are nature lovers or outdoor enthusiasts. Beginners and experts alike can take a step off the beaten track and head to the Mae Taeng Jungle reserve for a quiet afternoon of paddling amidst the untouched surroundings of the valley. Ideal for families looking for a hassle-free trip, lunch and transport to and from hotels is provided. For the Multi-generational: Elephants Day Tour in Kanchanaburi Thailand’s first privately owned nature reserve for wild elephants, the OurLand reserve, is dedicated to ensuring natural habitats with thriving flora and fauna where wild elephants can have safe access to a natural water resource. Families can spend an afternoon interacting with the gentle giants and support the cause by learning more about the Human Elephant Conflict (HEC) between farmers and elephants.
Dazzlingly dreamy, Switzerland is where marvellous urban lives and breathtaking nature trails come together in the middle of the snow-clad Alps. Apart from the visual beauty, there is so much we can learn about, and learn from, Switzerland. What makes Switzerland stand out? Of course, there are other countries with eye-pleasing landscapes, stunning buildings, or tasty cuisines, but Switzerland is unrivalled for many reasons. Not only a light-hearted vacation I enjoyed in Switzerland, but the lifestyles and the mentality were what I was compelled by as well. Being the only confederation on this planet, the unique political system makes Switzerland completely one-of-a-kind. Being neutral throughout the years, the country is barely damaged by wars, so historical buildings get through centuries, and the urban development runs its course, unscathed. Valuing equality and consensus, it could be said that Switzerland is a successfully egalitarian society. And, abounding more. In less than a week travelling from French-speaking part to the German-speaking metropolis of Switzerland, I have seen a lot in between the days. LAUSANNE The present-day Lausanne has a long history of human settlement, which can be dated back to 6000 BC. When the Canton of Vaud was established as part of the Swiss Confederation, Lausanne was designated as the cantonal capital. Thanks to the antiquity and unceasing innovation, Lausanne comprises iconic Gothic constructions from the medieval days, as well as leading-edge buildings. LAUSANNE AND THE THAI ROYAL FAMILY Lausanne plays a good part in the lives of the Royal Family of Thailand. Back in 1933, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej started living in an apartment on Avenue Auguste-Tissot 16 in Lausanne when he was in an early age, with his mother HRH Princess Srinagarindra, his sister HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana, and his brother HRH King Ananda Mahidol. The late King in his younger years attended École Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande, Gymnase Classique Cantonal de Lausanne, and the University of Lausanne, before permanently returning to his homeland in 1951. During his Lausanne days, he had grown fond of photography and jazz music. Full of memories, the late King gave the Thai Pavilion, located nearby the Olympic Museum, to the city of Lausanne, marking the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne, and honouring diplomatic relations between the two nations. LAKE GENEVA: THE CITY'S CROWN JEWEL Moving on from the city centre to Ouchy, a mesmeric port, which sits on the bank of wondrous Lake Geneva (also known as Lac Léman), is another magnetism of Lausanne. Lake Geneva is apparently so romantic that its azureness instills countless artists, and attracts world-famous people to visit the city habitually. Beau-Rivage Palace, a prestigious historic hotel, has been doubtlessly favourited by famous people and discerning travellers from worldwide. It’s an unparalleled privilege to be able to adore the flawlessness of the Alps right from the bed. Additionally, it is located just within the walking distance from the Ouchy and the Olympic Museum. Being able to delve into significant spots on foot, and with in-house scrumptious foods, it is crystal clear why this is the best place to stay in
Queensland, Australia, in partnership with Uber, today announces the launch of scUber, the world’s first rideshare submarine experience, coming to the Great Barrier Reef on Monday 27 May. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will offer riders an unfiltered lens to Australia’s underwater icon. For a limited time only, scUber riders will gain exclusive access to the world’s largest ecosystem, renowned as a biodiverse playground, rich in marine life and offering remarkable underwater experiences. From 27 May, scUber will be available for a limited number of riders to request through the Uber app and riders will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the exquisite beauty of the Great Barrier Reef – all without the need for a snorkeling mask or a diving license! The scUber experience will be available starting on Heron Island, off the coast of Gladstone in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region from May 27, before moving to Agincourt Reef off the coast of Port Douglas in Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef region from June 9. Availability is strictly limited. The scUber experience will cost $3,000 for two riders and includes: Pickup and drop off from your location with the Uber app; Scenic helicopter ride to either Heron Island (for riders requesting from Gladstone) or the Quicksilver Cruises pontoon off the coast of Port Douglas (for riders requesting from Cairns, Port Douglas and Palm Cove); One hour ride in a scUber submarine; Return trip back to your original pickup address with Uber. Today also marks the beginning of Uber’s partnership with Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef. The organisation is committed to engaging the world in the protection and conservation of the Great Barrier Reef and reefs all over the world, using tech, data and a collaborative approach to conservation. Uber’s partnership with Citizens will focus on supporting several initiatives including their Reef Tracks program and the Great Reef Census through a financial and resource investment program. Find out more about the partnership here.
The global award-winning ‘HARNN Heritage Spa’, has proudly presented the latest blissful holistic wellness sanctuary at the luxury retreat of InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, on Vietnam’s idyllic coast of the “Pearl Island”. Embracing the Eastern wisdom passed down from generation to generation perfected over thousands of years, HARNN Heritage Spa focuses on restoring the natural balance of body and mind, bringing to guests an exclusive haven of ultimate relaxation and pampering. The finest healing heritage that offers an ultimate relaxation experiences based on Asian holistic wisdom of Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, and traditional medicines balances with modern approaches to offer ultimate rejuvenation and indulgent experiences. Drawing inspiration from the prestigious locale, HARNN Heritage Spa meticulously incorporates indigenous natural resources of the tropical island of Phu Quoc – Bamboo, Pearl and Black Pepper – to craft a signature spa experience. A therapeutic and reinvigorating Bamboo Massage is specially designed to soothe and ease physical tension and sore muscles with a rolling bamboo stick performed by skillful and dedicated therapists while the Bamboo Body Brushing exfoliates and promotes healthy blood flow and lymphatic circulation. HARNN Heritage Spa features natural serenity with beautifully appointed treatment suites that ‘float’ on the lush Lotus Lagoon, offering a unique and luxurious wellness experience hidden away in a secluded corner of the resort. Guests will be immersed in a serene haven of complete relaxation as its secluded bamboo buildings hover over tranquil waters, accompanied by an entire ecosystem of flora and fauna, open-air spaces separated by glass panels shielded with bamboo louvres. For more information about HARNN and its lifestyle brands, visit www.harnn.com
For those looking to get away for the weekend in the heart of Bangkok. The award-winning lifestyle wellness, Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 invites the health-loving travelers for an extra day to enjoy the staycation with Stay Three Pay Two – Book three nights and pay for two. The fabulous stay/pay deal includes a 3-night stay in Superior room at 3,252 Baht, Deluxe room at 3,761 Baht and Executive room at 4,286 Baht. This package also includes additional amenities to make a glorious weekend away such as daily buffet breakfast for a maximum 2 persons, complimentary 15-minutes Well Classic Partial Massage, credit voucher 500 Baht at The Twist Bar & Bistro. Free room upgrade with late check-out until 4 pm and so much more! Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 is located in the heart of the city and within 10 minutes walking distance to BTS Asoke and MRT Sukhumvit. It is comprised of 235 rooms and suites, with five room types including Superior, Superior Corner, Deluxe, Executive Room and Executive Suite. The two latter room types are equipped with an exercise bike, yoga, Pilates and resistance exercise set. Stay Three Pay Two Package is available for booking and stays from now until 31 October 2019. To be eligible for this promotion, the reservation of a 3-night stay is required. For reservations and information, visit www.wellhotelbangkok.com, email email@example.com or call +662 1275995.
Experience Dazzling Beauty of "Ajisai Flowers" Besides being a popular cherry blossom viewing spot, The Expo Commemoration Park is enveloped in greenery and other seasonal flowers throughout the year such as plum blossom, tulip, cosmos, etc., and June is a time for "Ajisai" come into bloom, brighten up the city. Visitors will get to see 30 species of the beautiful Ajisai, over 4,000 plants in Ajisai Forest area (Ajisai no Mori) on this June 1-23 at The Expo Commemoration Park (Banpaku Kinen Koen) Furthermore, "Hotaru no Yube" or Fireflies Night will take place on this May 25 - June 9 at Japanese garden area (Nihon Teien) for visitors to enjoy the beautiful sparkling lights of fireflies with authentic Japanese-style garden as a background. There might be a chance to see up to 300 fireflies this year, do not miss an opportunity to experience it with your own eyes! The Expo Commemoration Park entrance costs ¥250 for adults, ¥70 for elementary-middle school students and is open from 9.30 - 17.00 (last entrance at 16.30) on this special period of time from May 25 - June 9 the park will be open until 21.30 (last entrance at 21.00) You can easily access to EXPOCITY mall and The Expo Commemoration Park which located next to each other by Osaka monorail, at Banpaku Kinen Koen station. Colourful Umbrellas Art Installation at #JAZZ KASA 2019 One of Japan's largest outlet malls, MITSUI OUTLET PARK JAZZ DREAM NAGASHIMA, Mie province, welcome this upcoming raining season with art installation"#JAZZ KASA 2019", a colorful canopy of open umbrellas floating above 3 walkways including South Area, Parkside area, and Main Entrance from this April 26 - June 30. This #JAZZ KASA 2019 takes inspiration from Umbrella Sky Project in Portugal which featured a multicolored canopy of open umbrellas floating mid-air, brought a shower of color over the city streets in Portuguese city's Annual Ágitagueda Art Festival. Became a popular spot for selfies, photos, and videos as sunlight illuminates, creates an impactful vibrant burst of vivid shades throughout the day. In this special period of time, MITSUI OUTLET PARK JAZZ DREAM NAGASHIMA set up 300 colorful umbrellas as decoration, represent the number of stores within the outlet. Visitor can shop for varieties of products such as fashion, sport, appliance, accessories and take a picture with this stunning art installation background. You could easily access to MITSUI OUTLET PARK JAZZ DREAM NAGASHIMA by JR or Kintetsu railway, drop at Kuwana station then take a 20-minute ride bus to the outlet. Amusement Park Ticket Value Deal! Keio Corporation, a private railway operator is now selling value pack ticket which saves up to 50% off especially for foreign tourists including unlimited ride 1-day ticket for Keio Line and Inokashira Line with Yomiuri Land entrance and 3 rides tickets. Furthermore, tourists will get special privileges as ¥500 voucher for shopping or dining at MITSUI OUTLET PARK TAMA MINAMI OSAWA including special coupon from Tokyo-Meatrea, a large-sized restaurant in front of Minami-Osawa station which serves hot pan menu and varieties of mouthwatering meat dishes where you can use the coupon to add toppings for free. Apart from this ticket value pack, there is also a ticket pack for beautiful scenery, splendid nature destination Mountain Takao where you can relax, refresh and re-energize at onsen, a hot