To reconnect with precious nature, to be surrounded by magical scenery, Aman invites you to unwind at 3 exquisite tented camps with every convenience at hand. Aman's "A Camp of Your Own" experience comes with offers that will enable a stay without constraints. AMAN-I-KHAS, INDIA (A Camp of Your Own is available until May 2021) Set on the threshold of Ranthambore National Park, Aman-i-Khas is a secluded wilderness camp in rural Rajasthan. Designed by renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy, the camp’s 10 Mughal-style tents provide airy living spaces, an expansive bedroom and a light-filled bathing area featuring a deep soaking bathtub and shower. The tent interiors comprise of fresh white linen, cotton drapes and oyster-grey cashmere throws, conjuring up zen-like sentiments of calm. Cuisine at Aman-i-Khas is influenced by its surroundings and utilises ingredients that have been harvested on nearby farms or sourced from one of the camp’s three organic gardens. The Spa Tent is centred around a bubbling fountain and houses two double treatment rooms offering an extensive menu of treatments rooted in the principles of Ayurveda, an ancient form of Indian medicinal healing. Until 31 May 2021, groups catching up with family and friends and desiring a private insight into the destination can now commandeer the camp as their own by booking the 10 tents on an exclusive basis via the new A Camp of Your Own experience. With nature serving as a base for finding balance and rekindling social bonds, guests are invited to enjoy undisturbed seclusion amongst loved ones. CAMP SARIKA, USA (A Camp of Your Own is available from April until October 2021) Newly debuted Camp Sarika by Amangiri is a luxury encampment surrounded by 600 acres of raw wilderness in the heart of the Utah desert. The camp is located a 30-minute hike, or five-minute drive from Amangiri and overlooks iconic flat-topped mesa rock formations. It is surrounded by five national parks, each offering unique and diverse scenery, as well as numerous national monuments. With just 10 tented-pavilions, the camp enables a unique back-to-nature experience for guests, with a main pavilion and restaurant, two spa suites, one main swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. Serving as a springboard for exploration of the area, the camp offers desert and mountain hiking with its own trail system, morning and afternoon wellness experiences, its own Via Ferrata route and horseback riding, as well as many other adventure activities. Guests are invited to enjoy a deeper immersion in Native American culture every evening, with storytelling and star gazing around the fire pit. Two spa suites at the camp offer relaxation and rejuvenation with an extensive menu of spa therapies inspired by traditional Navajo wellness practices. Yoga and guided meditation are available al fresco, allowing guests to reground themselves within the astounding natural beauty of the camp’s surroundings. Camp Sarika is now offering guests the opportunity to book the remote sanctuary exclusively throughout 2021 for up to 30 people. The ultimate group hideaway, A Camp of Your Own is available on select dates from April to October 2021, for stays of three nights, and enables
Set to reopen on 27 September 2020, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is offering several special stay packages designed for you to make the most of your Maldives vacation. SUITE & VILLA EXCLUSIVE Be amongst the first to experience the newly refurbished two-, three-, and four-bedroom beach pool residences and two-bedroom over water pool residences, just steps from your own private beach or endless horizon blues whilst perched over the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Wellbeing and fitness are also not forgotten – with each residence outfitted with its own private enclosed spa room and gym. For stays from now until 23 December 2020, book and enjoy savings of up to 30% on these residences. Stay inclusive of daily breakfast and dinner and complimentary dining for children. THE BEST OF THE MALDIVES AT KIHAVAH PACKAGE A culmination of experiences unique not just to the destination but also exclusively available at this idyllic Indian Ocean retreat, this carefully curated stay package includes three distinct once-in-a-lifetime adventures; snorkelling with manta rays, stargazing at the only over water observatory in the Maldives, and fine dining underwater at SEA, one of the world’s few oceanic restaurants. Valid for stays of six nights or more, choose from accommodation options of a beach pool villa or over water villa on half board consisting of breakfast, and dinner at three restaurants. For stays of up to five nights, the package will include only the underwater lunch experience at SEA. Both packages are valid until 31 October 2021, with rates starting from AED 3,636. TIME FOR ROMANCE AND WONDER PACKAGE Setting the stage for romancing from dawn till dusk, celebrate your journey of bliss with an escape of four nights or more, accompanied by a host of experience designed for two, including: Choice of a beach pool villa or over water pool villa A Dining by Design experience on the beach, catered by your own private chef Champagne breakfast served in the privacy of your villa Stargazing experience at SKY, the Maldives only over water observatory Romantic Slumber Guru night-time ritual for enhancing a restful sleep An array of romantic welcome amenities MALDIVES FAMILY ADVENTURE PACKAGE Embark on an amazing five-night family vacation with dining, resort activities, children’s club and babysitting benefits all packaged into your Maldivian holiday of action-packed adventure. Package includes: Private beach barbeque with the family with a choice of menu selection Four-course family lunch at SEA, the resort’s award-winning underwater restaurant Turtle Quest marine adventure, a two-hour cruise with the family in search of turtles Complimentary activities at Thiththi Boli Kids’ Club for the little ones, including cooking classes, arts & craft sessions and more Complimentary activities in the recreation centre for the adults including yoga classes, Pilates and more Two-hour private babysitting service at your preferred time Welcome kids’ amenity pack for every child Daily complimentary ice-cream for kids Children stay and dine with our compliments Family portrait framed as a departure gift STAY LONGER SPECIAL OFFER Escape to Anantara Kihavah and discover amazing ways to indulge, where the longer you stay, the more you
To cool of the tropical heat in the afternoon, these top-notch hotels and resorts in Asia offer sensational sets of Afternoon Tea, curated by their skillful culinary team, along with engaging experiences unique to each stay. Thailand - Meliá Koh Samui Luxurious afternoon tea by award-winning executive chef Azizskandar Awang with a selection of premium TWG loose teas and the obligatory scones with clotted cream and homemade jam, as well as more tastebuds-pampering bites. Held every Saturday from 15:00 until 18:00. ON THE MENU: lemon and pistachio éclair canelé de Bordeaux chocolate mousse and strawberry macaroon passion fruit, chocolate croustillant and raspberry egg, mayo and mixed cress grilled brie cheese and cranberry cucumber, dill and cream cheese smoked salmon finger VENUE: Yod Maprao, a stunning room with floor-to-ceiling windows affording spectacular vistas of the resort’s infinity pool and Choeng Mon Beach. PRICES: THB 800 (USD 25) per person (add Nua Prosecco or Moët & Chandon Piccolo for an extra cost) Thailand - Banyan Tree Samui A heavenly opportunity of having an afternoon tea for two by an infinity pool overlooking the frisky sun-dappled sea. ON THE MENU: English Tea set - Earl Grey, fresh scones and clotted cream Mango Paradise Tea set - mango-flavored eclairs, tarts, mousse, cheesecake, macarons, and more VENUE: The pleasure can be all yours right at your beautiful secluded villa. PRICES: USD 30 - 35 per set Vietnam - The Anam Cam Ranh The Anam fondles your peaceful afternoon with your beloved one with a set of indulging afternoon tea crafted by professional culinary team who knows so well how to make your day. ON THE MENU: English and raisin scones with jam and clotted cream Bailey’s cheesecake, coconut tart and macaron a ham and cheese sandwich grilled pork belly with mustard seed sauce and mini ciabatta a caprese burger VENUE: At the guest's villa or other scenic locations across the resort of the guest's choosing. PRICES: USD 15++ per person Vietnam - Banyan Tree Lang Co Banyan Tree Lang Co is very well-known for stunning traditiondal architecture amidst the mountains and the gleaming East Sea. For an ultimate Vietnamese sense, a special set of afternoon tea served in bamboo baskets are served right at your door on a daily basis. ON THE MENU: a choice of premium teas nem lui (pork on lemongrass skewers) banh ngot (sweet cakes) VENUE: At your exquisite villa. PRICES: Complimentary daily for villa guests. Vietnam - Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Afternoon tea at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is now featuring an all-new selection of all good things you can savour in an afternoon in a stunning setting. ON THE MENU: traditional sandwiches oven-fresh scones scrumptious patisseries signature madeleines an expanded menu of teas from around the world, from bold Assam tea from India to locally produced Vietnamese teas VENUE: Le Club Bar, a bright, airy venue with a timeless feel overlooking the hotel’s garden courtyard. PRICES: VND 690,000++ (USD 30) Vietnam - Azerai La Residence, Hue In Vietnam’s former imperial capital, Azerai La Residence, Hue boasts its breathtaking architectural finesse, while offering daily afternoon tea with a fascinating will that will leave you relentlessly impressed. ON THE MENU: Traditional Afternoon Tea - mini club sandwiches, mini quiche,
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