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
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.
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
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
This Summer, travel in style to the luxurious destination of your dream and experience luxury at its finest at one of these hotels. Here are our top 5 unforgettable holiday destinations for those who know about and enjoy the finer things in life. Perfecting the Art of Summer Combining understated luxury with traditional local architecture and contemporary elegance, the Myconian Collection's portfolio of hotels offer unparalleled accommodation and amenities. Start your mornings with private yoga and Pilates sessions on the lush green grass of your private garden. Enjoy exclusive aerial views of Mykonos and the Cyclades Archipelago with a helicopter charter directly from the resort’s helipad. A fleet of limousines and Range Rovers (and the resort’s chauffeurs) will see to it that you travel comfortably around the island while private yacht cruises mean you can enjoy the pristine turquoise waters of Mykonos’ remote coves and other top destinations on nearby islands, including Santorini and Paros. More information, click. Reimagine your Summer in Jerusalem Jerusalem is a capital forever being rebuilt, reimagined. For those lucky enough to live here, this means that one of the oldest cities in the world is also one of the youngest. The luxurious rooms and suites at the Mamilla Hotel capture this dialogue of time and texture. Walk in and encounter a vibrant mix of sensuous contrasts. Every detail is designed and carefully selected by renowned interior architect Pierro Lissoni. Luxury touches abound, from the imported Frette linens to pure Bvlgari amenities. More information, click. Discover the Black Forest Centrally located in the renowned German spa town of Baden-Baden, Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa is an urban oasis set in a private park facing the famous Lichtentaler Allee. Discover the beautiful Black Forest countryside with a drive out in one of the hotel’s three classic cars – a Porsche 928, a VW Samba bus named “Oskar”, or VW Beetle Convertible called “Herbie”. Set off with a picnic from Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, stop wherever takes your fancy and enjoy a hamper of salmon sandwiches, chocolate cake, champagne and other delicacies, freshly prepared for you by the hotel’s chefs. More information, click. Family Fun In Dubai Stay with your family in Dubai and enjoy complimentary tickets to entertainment attractions. A family escape to remember. Armani Dubai Hotel curates personalised, luxurious experiences for you and your family. Create unforgettable memories with your family and choose from an exciting array of nearby must-see attractions. Stay 2 nights and enjoy benefits such as Daily buffet breakfast, and tickets to Reel Cinema or Dubai Ice Rink per person per stay. More information, click. Go from Forest to Fairway Spend two nights at Treetops Lodge plus two nights at Kinloch Club and enjoy an additional fifth night complimentary at the lodge of your choice. Explore the wilderness of Treetops Estate or enjoy a round of world-class golf overlooking Lake Taupo and combine two iconic lodge experiences. Escape to a secluded forest getaway, wander native trails through pristine forest, and forge enduring connections with the people and the land. Follow that with a day on the greens challenging yourself on their championship
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
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
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.