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

With over 3,000 religious monuments across the lush green plain of Bagan, the ancient city manifests a sublime panorama to be witnessed once in a lifetime. Being there, even for a short period of time, gives me goosebumps just by imagining how comfortably spectacular it was back when it flourished.   BAGAN IN BRIEF The Kingdom of Pagan is considered to be the pioneer of Burmese culture. Situated on the first land of the country, Bagan became the capital and administrative hub of the kingdom from the 9th century, and unceasingly flourished until the 13th century. Under the reign of King Anawrahta (1044 – 1077), the Kingdom of Pagan was getting more glorious each day – Burmese ethnicity, as well as the lands that would later form present-time Myanmar, were unified, and Theravada Buddhism became widely practised in the kingdom. Being an ardent Buddhist, he built multitudinous temples and stupas all over the city. Even after his reign, the successive kings kept building more of them, time after time. Once upon a time, the Bagan plain embodied more than 10,000 religious constructions, and most of the significant sites were built in the 12th century   A NIGHT IN BAGAN Spending only a night in Bagan is, frankly, not a good idea. I have to do so because of a tight schedule. Nevertheless, the short-lived stay in Bagan turns astonishingly eventful. Upon arrival in Mandalay, I travel straight to the bus station; not knowing that ahead is a seven-hour big adventure on a 19-seater bus with no air conditioner. I later find that this is the bus for locals after it departs, and I encounter several of them during the long hours travelling.I thought I could take the long hours watching movies on my phone, but it turns out that the whole way is too bumpy to do anything at all. We stop at a completely local diner for a while, with, again, no language I can read. I have to show the waiter the picture of the simplest menu – omelette. It is almost midnight, and I have just arrived at the hostel with no idea of how to travel around tomorrow. Ostello Bello Bagan hostel, located in the New Bagan area, turns out to play a bigger role for me than just accommodation, as they give the best advice on everything, and even provide a guided trip to significant temples in Bagan. With the air-conditioned taxi charging many dollars, I wonder how budget travellers (I’m obviously one) get around here. “Just rent an electric bike. It’s easy. Everyone does that,” says the young concierge. I am worried, as I don’t even drive in my hometown.   EXPLORE BAGAN IN SIX HOURS To catch the first light of the day, I leave the hostel on my e-bike in the half-light, following the traditional paper map provided by the hostel. The concierge is right – it’s easy. In no time, I reach Dhammayazika Pagoda – one of the few spots where people can still see the sunrise. Temple climbing

Rosewood Bangkok is now ready to warmly welcome you to experience luxury stays and indulgent treatments at Sense, A Rosewood spa, along with elevated heath and safety operations, Commitment to Care programme, to ensure you can discover the beauty of Bangkok with highest comfort and security. “As we navigate to the new normal, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the well-being of our guests and associates,” says Thomas Harlander, managing director at Rosewood Bangkok. “During our temporary closure, the team was hard at work identifying new and creative ways to cater to our guests.  We could think of no better way to re-open than with these special opportunities for guests to reacquaint themselves with the high standard of service and care at Rosewood Bangkok.” Summer at Rosewood In addition to luxurious residential-style accommodations, guests enjoy a bounty of exclusive perks throughout the property, including a THB 1,500 Food & Beverage nightly credit and a “26-hour stay” option to extend their Rosewood Bangkok experience. Room rates start from THB 8,000 per night, valid to 30 September 2020. Suite Sojourn Perfect for an indulgent staycation, this package includes complimentary roundtrip transfers in Rosewood Bangkok’s BMW7 Series limousine, a THB 1,500 Food & Beverage nightly credit and a 60-minute treatment at Sense, A Rosewood Spa, available to 19 December 2020.  The nightly rate starts from THB 19,600. More Rosewood Those looking to stay longer at Rosewood Bangkok can enjoy a complimentary third night for every two consecutive nights’ stay, with rates starting at THB 6,670 per night, until 19 December 2020. Solace at Sense, A Rosewood Spa Throughout June and July, visitors to Sense, A Rosewood Spa can enjoy a complimentary 30-minute extension to selected 60-minute treatments as well as a 15 percent further saving on a second treatment or spa homecare products. Rosewood Bangkok re-opening packages and offers are subject to availability and rates include tax and service charge. For more information, please contact your travel professional or the hotel directly at +66 (0) 2 080 0088 or email bangkok@rosewoodhotels.com.

When your body and mind yearn for ‘vitamin sea’, you plunge yourself wholeheartedly into the beauty of nature where the white foam of the turquoise sea laps the stretching sandy beach repeatedly. And Mason Pattaya is where you should be.   Setting the Scene A mere two hours’ drive from downtown Bangkok and I was in a paradise! The ultra-modern architecture of Mason greeted me upon arrival, on par with the professional service of the staff who eagerly managed my belongings and sent them to the appointed villa. The mood and tone of the ambience is second to none, I told myself as we made our way through the cave-like path with the sea and the horizon as the backdrop. Mason is an all-villa resort with only 35 villas in total. Hence, the resort would not be too busy to enjoy at any time. The 150-metre sandy beach was bliss and I could guarantee that this part of Pattaya is tranquil and quiet, while the fun and the happenings are within easy reach at central Pattaya. Sundecks and beanbags are dotted on the beach. I could not wait to hit there at once.   Getting Comfortable With the spirited design aspect of the villa, one has to walk down the stairs from the rooftop in order to reach the entrance of the room. Doing so, the experience opens you to the panoramic view of the ocean meeting the sky at the horizon, while the at-ease private pool laps at your feet. The room was majestic with a lounge area upfront and the comfy vast bed tucked away. The bathroom is designed to be separated from the bedroom and occupy as much space, I would say – at least the customised bath was one of the biggest I ever encountered.  A dilemma hit me hard now as I first planned to unwind on one of the sundecks on the beach, then changed my mind to the private one sitting in front of the bedroom. However, after seeing the bath and the serene pool, I decided that I had to get wet during this relaxation session so I waited no time to plunge myself in.   Dining Options Three food outlets stand bold to treat every palate with the compliment of the sea within sight. Zila Street Bistro & Bar is a casual dining spot where you could choose to unwind with great food both indoors and outdoors. The menu is of great diversity as it features from Thai to Western alike. Our favourite dishes were Pomelo and Crispy Coconut Salad, Vegetable & Edible Flower Roll and Pizza Salami. Make sure you leave some room for dessert since the Banoffee Split – chocolate crust with banana brulee and salted caramel served with vanilla cream – was totally irresistible. To savour the sea to the maximum, Beachside Bar is located right on the beach with trendy chairs on the terrace and a patio for you to sip your preferred drinks. At dusk, move up to Krok-a-Café Espresso Bar to enjoy the sunset

Beijing's top luxury hotel, The Opposite House, recently reveals the newest bar-restaurant SUPERFLY, offering a stunning vibration of the Sichuan and China evolution – its food, its music, and its culture - serving up delicious comfort food, Asian craft cocktails curated by famous Proof & Company, and draft beer from award winning local brewery Great Leap.The new neighbourhood hangout is located within Beijing’s lively Sanlitun district, takes a creative spin on Sichuan’s buzzed about “Fly restaurants” – casual eateries famously known for their delicious Sichuan cuisine and the go-to hangout place for locals. SUPERFLY is painted with livelily patterned ceramic tiles in greens, blues, and whites, and the salmon-coloured terrazzo tables. Symbols of Chinese creativity and artistic exploration are represented by rich graphic novels, Kung Fu Comics, and pop-culture posters. A signature video art installation with a multi-screened, hybridized collection of early martial arts videos and quirky, old school children’s cartoons create an animated visual tapestry that feels at once familiar and strangely new. Inspired by Sichuan cuisine, the kitchen team, led by Michelin-starred Chef Li Dong from Jing Yaa Tang, playfully creates a fun casual experience featuring authentic Sichuan ingredients as well as childhood favourite recipes. Highlighted dishes such as Tian Shui Noodles (sweet water noodles) are made with homemade noodles that are al dente in texture with various spices and a dash of Sichuan peppercorns, sugar and some crushed peanuts to give extra layers to the taste, that is sweet and spicy in flavour. Taking inspiration from Great Leap Brewing’s most loved double cheeseburger, Chef Li Dong has transformed the favourite dish into our very own G.L.B Super Dumplings by using the same beef patty as the filling of dumplings that is just juicy and fulfilling. Operation Hours Lunch Mon-Fri 12:00-14:30   Sat & Sun 11:00-14:30 Dinner Daily 18:00-22:30 Late Hours 22:30-1:00 For more details or reservations, please call +86 10 6410 5220 or email: Superfly@theoppositehouse.com  

As social distancing is still one of the top priorities of our new normal lifestyle, and will continue to be for a lengthy period, you may crave for peace of mind and freedom to roam around without having to worry about keeping your distance. Luckily, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spa allows your wish to come true with the ultimate private island buy out packages! Anantara offers guests complete privacy, security and of course, luxury in some of the most spectacular locations around the world:   Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort Private Island Package Small and secluded Medjumbe Island in Mozambique is bustling with verdant nature on the land, pure white sands on the shore, and soothing shades of blue water of the pristine Indian Ocean. Surrounded by the aforementioned purely natural perks is a collection of 12 luxurious beach pool villas, accommodating up to 24 guests, offering a wide array of water sports and elegant dining experience. Anantara Medjumbe Island’s private island buy out package starts from USD 19,280 per night, and includes: Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and selected beverages One Dining by Design experience One Quissanga Island excursion with a barbeque or picnic Daily shared and scheduled snorkelling trips Daily shared and scheduled scuba diving or fishing trips Return air transfers from Pemba International Airport to Medjumbe Island A minimum of three consecutive nights’ stay is required Stay With Peace of Mind Hygiene programme applied Package is valid until 10 December 2021. Some blackout dates apply. To book, please contact reservations.africa@minorhotels.com or medjumbe@anantara.com.   Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas A sanctuary within a sanctuary means utmost tranquility, and you can experience this one-off placidity amidst idyllic Indian Ocean at Anatara Kihavah Maldives Villas. In addition to being completely secluded in the unforgettably mesmerising nature, you can make the days uniquely yours with Anantara Signature Experiences; from diving with Manta Rays to stargazing with the Maldives’ most powerful overwater telescope, or pampering yourself with first-rate treatments. Anantara Kihavah’s private island buy out package starts from USD 95,000 per night and includes: 80 spacious private pool villas – over water or beach front A dedicated personal villa host for each villa 24 hours a day Daily breakfast for the group Access to a diverse culinary journey with six bars and restaurants Access to recreation and leisure facilities including a tennis court, bicycles, a premium fitness centre, boutique and gift shop Access to Anantara Spa featuring a range of customisable Anantara Signature Experiences Kids under 12 can enjoy the ‘Thiththi Boli Kids Club’ and supervised island activities Stay With Peace of Mind Hygiene programme applied To customise your private island reservation at Anantara Kihavah, contact Paul Counihan at pcounihan@anantara.com. Sir Bani Yas Island by Anantara A bit away from modern cities of United Arab Emirates is a beautiful, secluded Sir Bani Yas with an iconic fortress-style seaside hotel. What to expect here are wish fulfillment for wildlife adventure, witnessing flocks of graceful flamingos at the mangrove lagoon, delectable dishes, state-of-the-art Anantara Spa journeys, and a lot more experiences to make your days uniquely wonderful. Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts offer the entire Island or

Four sensational stops for a whole palette of flavours at decent prices, from traditional Japanese sweet, handmade soba noodles, healthy Japanese set meals, and flavourful Thai food. We are excited to introduce you to Tokyo’s four top restaurants, presented in no particular order, in the list below.   FUNABASHI-YA Let’s start with the classic traditional Japanese confectionery shop, Funabashi-ya, the old school café renowned for dainty kuzumochi located within a short walk from the scenic Kameido Tenjin Shrine. Funabashi-ya’s kuzumochi is made with wheat starch that has been refined and fermented in underground water for 450 days, then carefully steamed to create a delicate consistency. Dark molasses syrup and fragrant soy bean flour are added before serving to create a trinity of exquisite flavours. Funabashi-ya was founded in 1805. Kansuke, the original proprietor of the company, took note of the throngs of worshippers visiting Kameido Tenjin Shrine when plum blossoms and wisteria flowers were in full bloom. He decided to build a business catering. Kansuke created his kuzumochi from wheat starch and hot water. It was a huge hit souvenir and soon became one of Edo’s most famous products. Last spring I visited this tranquil Japanese style café to try out their popular kuzumochi. The dessert was served cold and straightforward in style. The fermented wheat cakes were faintly sweet, firm yet tender. The texture was unique, not chewy like conventional mochi, and not as firm as agar jelly. It was somewhere in between. The fragrant syrup was rich but not too thick. Powdery soy bean flour imparted a wonderful tan colour and nutty finish to the dessert. It tasted very refreshing on a warm day. I could see why this has been the best seller for over 200 years. Besides its delicate taste, kuzumochi is full of nutritious values. It contains lactic acid from the fermenting process which helps boost the metabolism rate. It‘s great when you need something light and easy to digest. I was actually very full but I wanted to hang around and try another sweet so I ordered a bowl of cream anmitsu, the traditional sweet consisting of smooth red bean paste, matcha ice cream, rice dumplings, agar jelly, and kuzumochi. It was colourful, presented beautifully, creamy and flavourful. The café also offers other options including agar jelly with red beans and tokoroten, jelly-like noodles made with tengusa seaweed – a low-calorie healthy diet with a very refreshing taste. You can also purchase plenty of takeaway versions from the shop to recreate the experience at your place. With the heritage dating back to the Edo Period, they’ll make great souvenirs, too. If you can’t make it to Kameido, Funabashi-ya currently has 25 stores around Tokyo. FUNABASHI-YA (KAMEIDO TENJIN SHRINE MAIN STORE) 3-2-14 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo Business Hours: 9am - 6pm (last order for eat-ins at 5pm) Holiday: No scheduled holidays W. www.funabashiya.co.jp   CHOJU-AN KYOSHO If you love buckwheat and want a memorable dining experience where you mingle with Tokyo locals, try Choju-an Kyosho, a family-run soba joint in Kiyosumi Shirakawa, located right across the road from the serene Kiyosumi Gardens. Chuju-an Kyosho serves Ni-Hachi soba: soba containing

On the most secluded side of pristine Koh Kood, Soneva Kiri blends seamlessly into the island's stunning nature, while offering first-rate experience of being comfortable one with nature, away from literally all hustle and bustle. Now that travel is gradually getting back to normal, the luxury resort offers tempting "Back to Nature" package for Thai residents. The package includes: Two-night stay in a beautiful villa Daily breakfast and dinner for two Complimentary bespoke chocolate, ice creams and deli items from the Chocolate Room, Ice Cream Parlor and Deli Room Children under two years receive complimentary accommodation with breakfast and dinner, while older children and adults can be included on a sliding-cost scale Use of the fully equipped gym and tennis court Private scheduled flights or speedboat transfer to and from the island For stays during 1 - 22 October 2020, rates start from THB 55,600 net for one bedroom villa for 2 nights + speedboat transfer for 2 guests or THB 68,000 net for air transfer (Soneva’s private plane). For stays during  23 October 2020 - 26 March 2021, rates start from begin at THB 72,000 net for one bedroom villa for 2 nights + speedboat transfer for 2 guests or THB 88,500 net for air transfer (Soneva’s private plane). This offer is for residents of Thailand and expatriates residing in Thailand only. Terms & Conditions and Black Out dates apply. For reservation: skype: soneva.reservation, or telephone: +91 124 4511000 or visit www.soneva.com

The impeccable juxtapose of naïve stupendous nature and superfluity resort has been materialized on Bill Bensley’s beachfront playground, aka JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa.   SETTING THE SCENE Tucked on Vietnam’s south coast of Phu Quoc island, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa welcomed us with grandeur entrance, hinting that extraordinary experience was about to kick off. Vividly painted buildings with great details on the outside arrived our vision, affirmed that this is much beyond-average place. The van docked at a sleek all-white lobby and the staffs from the table filled with variety of bells in different sizes on one corner of this roomy lobby escorted us to a bulky sofa set. Observing around, I began to wonder where exactly we were! The ambience was top-notch in style, rubbing shoulders effortlessly with those five-star hotels in Europe. Each and every showcase decorated item tells the story and reckon the fun of Bensley in creating this place. He mapped this piece of land to be the abandoned 1890s French university – Lamarck University he called it, hence, the design and every bit was craft alongside the theme to make you really feel you were in one.   GETTING COMFORTABLE Each accommodation building is elected to be a different department of this university. The chosen hues used for each of them were so attractive, contrasting with the bright blue sky as the backdrop of these on-ground fun elements. You have got to test your luck of which department you would be landing in as all rooms in each building features their very unique decoration. My assigned room was a real bliss, spacious, stylish and super contented. The panoramic view towards the turquoise sea and the horizon could be imbued from the expansive balcony, armed with a set of comfy sofa. The toilet is separated from the main bathroom which was the largest one I ever encountered. The oversized tub posed classically as the highlight of the marble large bathroom, while the gigantic rainshower was equally tempting. In-room amenities were of upscale and I began to wish my time here would be longer!   DINING OPTIONS As a beachfront resort on a pristine island, you can be sure of fresh seafood which Red Rum – the dock-to-dish restaurant could cook and serve in perfection. This open-air by the beach features at ease ambience with professional service and interesting list of wines. On another note, Tempus Fugit has authentic local and international dishes on its menu. This is also where extensive breakfast that could lavish you from early morning till almost lunch time dwells. I was told French & Co. serves decadent and delectable freshly baked pastries and the inviting aroma of it invited me in wholeheartedly. Little was the space left in my stomach that I could only tried the croissant and I could second that it’s one of the best! Another cannot-miss spot in this resort would be the pinkish Department of Chemistry Bar with its innovative list of drinks, as well as tapas