The Vietage has departed for its inaugural journey on 1 July 2020 and now brings luxury railway journeys through the Vietnamese countryside connecting Da Nang and Quy Nhon cities. The Vietage has been developed by Anantara to introduce memorable journeys between Anantara Hoi An and Anantara Quy Nhon Villas, a unique Vietnamese luxury travel experience for its guests. The custom-designed opulent carriage, with just 12 reservation-only seats, immerses its guests into the culture, nature and history of the country through the stories of its daily return journey, heralding a new age of glamorous train travel. The Vietage carriage boasts sleek-lined modern interiors, big picture windows and large comfy seats, while a sit-up bar offers a change of scenery and the chance to enjoy local craft beers, wines and snacks over conversation with friends, before the main culinary experience. During the six hour journey, guests encounter a plethora of taste sensations as the countryside rolls by. An exclusively-curated menu evokes the essence of Vietnam with a French twist, through an explosion of creative flavours and local ingredients. Dishes such as Quy Nhon seafood salad, barley risotto and braised Wagyu neck will excite plant, carnivore and seafood lovers alike. Sweet endings come in the form of local Da Lat strawberries, passion fruit tart and a typical French-style crème brulée made with superior Dong Nai chocolate from Vietnam. A dedicated area with spa treatment chairs offers head and shoulder treatments on the go as the train passes through local villages, rural countryside and stops at a few stations on the way. A one-way ticket aboard The Vietage costs USD 185 per person, including a three-course, pre-ordered meal, free-flow wines, beers and soft drinks, bar snacks and a 30-minute head and shoulder treatment. An à la carte menu also offers premium wines, champagnes and treats such as local caviar and the finest selection of both local and international cheeses, all available for pre-purchase. The Vietage departs from Da Nang every morning at 09:31, arriving at Dieu Tri station in Quy Nhon at 15:43. The return journey departs from Dieu Tri at 17:29 and arrives in Da Nang at 23:01. The Vietage runs for eleven months each year, taking a break during the annual Vietnamese Tet holiday period. Combination accommodation packages are available with Anantara Hoi An Resort and Anantara Quy Nhon Villas for guests to experience each destination and can be booked directly on the website at https://www.anantara.com/en/vietnam. The Vietage also contributes to the ‘Dollars for Deeds’ programme, in which US $1 per ticket is donated and guests on board are at liberty to make their own contribution. Donations are given to the Kianh Foundation, a not-for-proﬁt charity providing a full-time, customised, special needs curriculum for children with disabilities in the Quang Nam Province of Central Vietnam. For further information, please contact The Vietage team on +84 256 368 6168, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even though international travel is not yet open, you can still enjoy checking out some of Hong Kong's remarkable art exhibitions from wherever you are! Here is a list of a list of top Hong Kong virtual art tours to amuse your aesthetic soul: Hong Kong Museum of Art's Virtually@HKMoA lets you browse multi-media programs, check out the audio guide and view pamphlets of their exhibitions, and access a massive library of their collections and past shows through Google Arts & Culture. Now that West Kowloon Cultural District is fully open, you can experience M+ Collections Beta from afar. It has over 5,000 objects on virtual display, offering photography, visual art, design and architecture, moving images and more to pique your artistic interest. Enjoy an interactive 360-degree experience with Sotheby’s Hong Kong to virtually tour the exhibition and four beautifully curated galleries with modern, contemporary and Southeast Asian art. Asia Society Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Art Gallery Association have teamed up to bring online viewers Sculpture Exhibition (until 27 September), featuring art from international and local galleries and a full-day Art Talk programme live-streamed on Facebook.
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
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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
As a fast-growing city, the number of multinational enterprises escalates, so does the number of expatriates from around the world. The more the city flourishes, the more it attracts tourists. Apparently, Phnom Penh is now a multicultural modern town where people can have fine, edible comforts as in other major cities around the world, plus one-of-a-kind charms of authentic Cambodian cuisine. THE FRENCH INFLUENCE One of the most recognisable features of Phnom Penh city is the trace of Colonial influences intermingling with Cambodian ambience and young skyscrapers. The French influence that lives on from Cambodia’s so-far-gone history is so palpable in Phnom Penh, especially in its dining scene. In Phnom Penh, a multitude of French diners are at hand if you want to try some, and many of them serves authentic French taste. On the Okha Ket Street, Bouchon Wine Bar is a colonial house with homemade French cuisine in the cosiest setting, serving different dishes from day to night. Apart from choices of wines, its home-made Rose Sangria is a must-try. There are a lot more places to have it the French way, but Bouchon Wine Bar is one of the best ones downtown. Another unmissable stop is Brasserie Louis at Rosewood Phnom Penh, where top-notch French tastes and authentic Cambodian dishes are feasted in the midst of marvellous panoramas of Phnom Penh city. Also at Rosewood Phnom Penh, Patisserie is the place to delight in fine pastries and desserts crafted with real French technique. HAVE IT HEALTHY Vegans and health aficionados are going to love it in Phnom Penh, as the city is bustling with scrumptious vegan-friendly dishes and healthy bowls. To grab some, Eleven One BKK1 is a house in a verdant garden with a myriad of health- and environmentally-friendly choices made from local produces and with zero MSG. Popular is the one-off Amok Burger and Khmer Beef Steak. There is an out-of-the-ordinary alley hidden in the city, and it is the Street 240 ½. The alley is home to artsy venues and fascinating street art, as well as the fantastic ARTillery Café. On the menu for this easy-going café are creative healthy choices, which can be the ideal breakfast to have on a regular basis. Its Poke Bowl fills up the stomach so well and tastes great. Its smoothies and superfood dishes are also worth loving. Aside from the aforementioned spots, vegan and healthy options are available at many restaurants and cafés, so don’t worry about your health plan once you are in Phnom Penh. DRINK THE DRINKS As previously stated, with the Western influences, wines and cocktails can be commonly found at most restaurants. For the ultimate drinkable experience, recommended is Sora Sky Bar at Rosewood Phnom Penh. Even though it is famous for its unbeatable views from the 37th floor, especially during sunset, its drinks are indeed second to none. With highly-skilled bartenders, whether you want to sip classics, signatures, or tailor-made glasses, you are sure to be elated. Rare whiskies are also its strong suit. In Phnom Penh, with big and microbreweries on site, the