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The Maldives’ much-loved eco-resort will once again open its doors on 1 December 2019 following an inspired renovation of the resort. Honouring its laidback philosophy and rustic chic aesthetic, the island will remain an intimate and sustainable paradise for the barefoot luxury traveller, with a new design concept and wellness programmes to further enrich the guest experience. Originally opened in 2012, Gili Lankanfushi was previously voted ‘Best Hotel in the World’ by TripAdvisor for its relaxed air and impeccable service. Located in the languid waters of the North Malé Atoll, just a 20-minute speedboat ride from Malé, it is the ultimate place to get away from the world. The 45 refurbished villas will offer open-air living spaces, roof terraces and private decks with direct access to the lagoon below, and the revamped Residence and Villa suites will feature private pools, providing greater convenience for guests. The Family Villas with Pools are a new addition to the resort featuring two en suite bedrooms, a private swimming pool for children to splash in the sunshine, a rooftop terrace for additional space to dine and play, as well as a living room situated over the lagoon and accessible from a safe walkway. The vast 1,700m2 Private Reserve - the largest overwater villa in the world - is located 500m from the main island and offers four spacious bedrooms, a private open-air cinema, spoiling spa, air-conditioned gymnasium, infinity pool and a two-storey waterslide leading directly into the crystal clear lagoon. Interior Design The island’s natural surroundings, culture, and sustainability are very much at the heart of the property’s design to create synergy and cohesiveness between the external and internal environments. A warm, neutral palette is accented by colourful, locally sourced fabrics and every piece of furniture in the new villas and living areas are custom made by skilled local craftsmen using a variety of upcycled materials. These include charming recycled teakwood bed frames, lampshades handwoven from recycled wire mesh incorporating fish and sea turtles from the surrounding waters and cushion fabrics handprinted with coral patterns found on the reefs. The coffee tables have also been engraved with stars to reflect the clear night sky and hanging lamps are crafted from bamboo prawn catcher baskets. Guests will also have the option to set up luxurious rooftop daybeds for an atmospheric night’s sleep beneath the stars and each villa has a dedicated butler service catering to guests’ every wish. Guest Experiences Gili Lankanfushi will mark the re-opening of resort with a series of new educational and active wellness programmes that combine both the paradise that is the serene Meera Spa and the educational experience from the team of deeply knowledgeable experts at the Marine Biology Shack. Holistic Healing is a five-night programme for those seeking a soulful spa experience that nurtures the body and teaches natural beauty methods. The experience will include a one-on-one consultation on arrival, daily yoga classes, guided breath-work sessions, bespoke treatments and an essential oil making workshop to create remedies to take home. Dive & Discover is

Jordan is one of those countries that once existed for me solely in images in various shades of terracotta, ochre and apricot of the famous façade of Petra’s Treasury, carved into the rose-tinted sandstone, and mysterious rock formations towering above the desert sands of Wadi Rum. These images alone were enough for the country to enter my wish list, and when I finally ended up booking a trip to Jordan with my partner, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect beyond these beautiful scenes. Jordan’s capital of Amman was a great place to get my first taste of the country. We spent a few days in the hilly city, visiting museums and art galleries, eating our body weight in mezze dishes, sampling our first Jordanian wines and getting several layers of skin scrubbed off in a hamman (Turkish bath), as well as meeting our first friendly Jordanians. While walking in the streets of the city, people would come up to us to greet us and shake our hands and welcome us to Amman, making us feel like celebrity tourists. We took a taxi back to the airport to collect our car – a Mitsubishi Pajero – from a rental company, and then headed south out of the city towards the Dead Sea. From a dark brown beach in front of a hotel, we rubbed ourselves with thick strong-smelling clay and then blobbed about like star fish in the painfully salty water. The Dead Sea isn’t the most scenic place in Jordan, but the experience of being weightless in water is definitely a memorable one. Most travellers make a beeline from the Dead Sea straight to Petra, three hours south by car, but after our afternoon at the Dead Sea we decided to spend a few days in the Dana Biosphere Reserve. Jordan's second largest national park, Dana has remained under the international radar until now, when more visitors are starting to discover this glorious stretch of rugged mountain and desert wilderness. We spent two nights glamping in the upper part of the reserve at Rummana Campsite, which was a great starting point to explore the mountain section of the reserve. Our days passed on hikes along easy trails through the dramatic landscape: deep canyons, sandstone cliffs and carved caves, and green hills peppered with colourful spring wild flowers. As the crow flies, it’s only about 15km from Rummana to Feynan Ecolodge, which lies at the southern end of the reserve, but because of the mountains, the drive took us two hours. The reserve in the south is totally different: very dry and rocky with little foliage, with just a few bright pink oleander trees dotted about. We drove our Mitsubishi 4x4 on sandy tracks past a scattering of Bedouin tents and clumps of mountain goats to reach Feynan, an unusual-looking stone building almost the same colour as the desert sand. As soon as we checked in, we realised that Feynan is not your typical ecolodge: the attention to detail that has gone into creating a truly

Travellers rejoice! THAI Airways launched its newest Japan route to Sendai, beginning on 29th October 2019. This is a golden opportunity for travellers from Bangkok to widen their Japan horizons without having to worry about taking yet another domestic flight or another hour-long train journey to reach this new favourite destination. Located in the central area of Tohoku, 350 kilometers North of Tokyo on Honshu Island, Sendai is one of Japan’s many historical cities, with marvelous scenery and warm climate. With over one million population, Sendai is the centre of the Tohoku Region’s politics and economics, yet embroidered with many beautiful natural features. It is thus known as a modern city in harmony with nature. One of the most outstanding example is the Hirose River, which runs through the city’s central area together with many zelkova trees, beautifully placed along the streets. The lush green painted roads and parks of Sendai, also known as ‘The City of Trees’ can welcome you during any time of the year, the peak season being autumn when the foliage paints the city golden. You can enjoy Sendai’s pleasant climate all year round especially during the autumn and winter while going out to inspect the city’s many wonderful nature sites. For instance, in Matsushima, travellers come to admire its gorgeous Matsushima Bay on a cruise while feeding the seagulls. And to indulge your photography needs, you can visit the Sendai Castle Site and Aoba Castle, which offer panoramic views of this charming city. Date Masamune, who built the Aoba castle 400 years ago, is honoured with a statue right in front of the castle overlooking the city itself. Sendai may be known as the political and economic centre of Northeastern Japan. The city also embraces the nation’s history and culture. It is home to several Japanese traditional onsens and shrines. To explore the region’s intriguing cultural sites, Zuihoden and Osaki Hachimangu shrines are the great options to start with. To this date, many traditional events are held periodically so as to conserve the region’s unique culture, such as the Sendai Tanabata Festival, music-related events like the Sendai International Music Competition and the Johzenji Street Jazz Festival and many fascinating theatrical performances that attracts both locals and tourists from all over the world. THAI Airways is proud to present to you the ultimate comfort of direct roundtrip flights to this irresistible city as one of our several Japan routes to support the increasing demands for convenient access to more parts of Japan. As THAI’s seventh destination in Japan, roundtrip flights of Bangkok - Sendai will start on 29th October 2019, three flights per week, utilising Boeing 777-200 aircraft with 30 seats in Royal Silk Class and 279 seats in Economy Class. The flight schedules are as shown below. For further information, reservations, and ticketing, please visit, or call the THAI Contact Center at Tel. 02-356-1111 (24 hours a day).

The 300 year old City Palace of Jaipur, home to Jaipur’s Royal Family, has played host to guests including Jackie Kennedy and Prince Charles. From November 23, for the first time ever, The Gudliya Suite at the City Palace will be accessible by being bookable on Airbnb with His Highness Maharaja Padmanabh Singh becoming the first King to host on Airbnb. Steeped in history, Jaipur’s City Palace is one of India’s most iconic buildings, located at the heart of the capital of Rajasthan State. Guests will be able to book and stay in the luxurious Gudliya Suite, located within the Chandra Mahal (royal chambers) — which until now had been reserved for royals and their esteemed guests. The Suite includes its own lounge, kitchen, luxurious bathroom and private, indoor swimming pool. Guests will truly get to experience what it’s like to live like royalty. A true, modern Royal, the host is the dapper, polo-playing 21-year old Maharajah, Padmanabh Singh, who succeeded his grandfather as King in 2011, becoming the 11th generation of the family to hold the revered position. Built in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, considered the founder of Jaipur, the City Palace is a testament to the forward-thinking global outlook of India’s Mughal emperors with its Rajput, Mughal and European architectural influences. A crimson-yellow facade and manicured lawns make way for ornate dining halls, decadent chandeliers, sandstone walls painted in gold dust, intricate carvings and a museum dedicated to the family’s private collection of hand-knitted carpets and treasured manuscripts. Notable visiting dignitaries include Bill Clinton, Prince Charles and Jackie Kennedy, among others. A stay at the City Palace will provide an inspiring journey into the rich history, cultural heritage and artistic traditions of Jaipur’s royal family. Guests will be feted by a private butler who will arrange curated city experiences including shopping tours, guided walks through local museums and other excursions. Authentic Rajasthani meals may be enjoyed at the terrace overlooking the Aravalis, and peaceful daily breakfasts can be had in the company of peacocks who are often a sight at the Palace’s lush gardens. “I am thrilled that my family and I are partnering with Airbnb to bring the splendour of Rajasthan to life for travelers from around the world. My own travels with Airbnb have made me feel very welcome in new cities and cultures, and I am happy that the experience of quintessential Indian hospitality will be shared with others,” stated His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padhmanabh Singh. The Palace has never been made available to be booked by outside guests before, and proceeds of each booking will go to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting rural women and artisans in Rajasthan. For the remainder of 2019, the Gudliya Suite, priced at US$8,000 per night,  will be available to book on select nights at a special inaugural offer of US$1,000 per night, with Airbnb paying the balance amount for each booking as a contribution to the Foundation. From January 1st onwards, the Suite will be available

K11 MUSEA, Asia’s most forward-thinking cultural-retail destination in the heart of Hong Kong’s Victoria Dockside, has opened its doors to the public. With over 100 design modules created in collaboration with over 100 creative powers and a stellar roster of gastronomy and retail concepts that include 20 first-in-Asia brands, K11 MUSEA is inspired to be “A Muse by the Sea” to enrich the everyday life of the modern consumer.  K11 MUSEA is set to be a pioneering landmark in the cultural-retail landscape. It is an architectural design marvel that draws on the collective expertise of over 100 international and local architects, artists and designers, and visitors will find a thoughtful curation of top fashion brands and concepts that will serve up new in-store experiences that seamlessly meld art and design with shopping. This expands first and foremost into the retail tenants which call K11 MUSEA home, including first MoMA Design Store in Greater China and the largest in Asia, Asia’s first Fortnum & Mason store and restaurant, and Moda Operandi’s first showroom in Asia, to name a few.  The creative collective includes pioneering names from the world of design, such as Kohn Pedersen Fox, James Corner Field Operations and OMA, led by famed Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, that have all come together to create a place for communities to share and gain new experiences and knowledge capital.  Key design features include Opera Theatre (K11 MUSEA’s atrium) which features The Gold Ball, the beating heart of this muse by the sea and a multi-dimensional creative space within the complex. This impressive statement installation is made up of giant spherical chambers acting as a versatile space for ground-breaking exhibitions and events.  DISCOVER YOUR FASHION MUSE Fashion boutiques like Yohji Yamamoto, Kenzo, Roger Vivier and even eco-friendly British accessory brand Bottletop all showcase exclusive façades and in-store designs for their K11 stores intended to spark customers’ imaginations. At Yohji Yamamoto, nature is recreated with the Japanese gardens-inspired store concept composed of a monochrome, minimalist look, allowing shoppers to experience a zen atmosphere while browsing through the collection; its breakwater-inspired installations also playfully pay tribute to the shop’s close proximity to the harbour. Exclusive to K11 MUSEA, a special multi-coloured tapestry of Kenzo’s iconic tiger displayed at the store entrance provides a strikingly bold welcome for customers; at Roger Vivier, the works of over 10 world-renowned artists are displayed throughout the store, a nod to the French luxury accessories brand’s values of rarity, creativity and exclusivity. As its first retail store in Asia, Bottletop’s entire store is fabricated from aluminium, recycled acrylics and repurposed everyday materials, reflecting the brand’s commitment to sustainability and creating a thought-provoking shopping experience.  In its first overseas campus outside of Paris, L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts, with the support of High Jewelry Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, will extend its educational programming to Asia to offer accessible, hands-on engagement for anyone interested in the world of jewellery. The school, designed by famed architect Sou Fujimoto, spans over two levels and features a specialised

English rugby legend Austin Healey, also known as “The Leicester Lip” for his famously competitive and outspoken character, is now in Thailand and Soneva Kiri is pleased to offer special package “Weekend Getaway with Austin Healey” from 1-4 November, 2019. Package prices start from THB129,000 for a 2-night stay inclusive of meals, transfers, One time Lunch with Austin on Saturday  2nd October 2019 for 2 persons, One time drinks and canapé with Austin Healey for 2 persons and more. Located on Koh Kood in the Gulf of Thailand, the country’s fourth largest but least populated island, Soneva Kiri is one hour by private plane from Bangkok. The resort is designed to an intimate scale, with 36 huge pool villas ranging from one to six bedrooms in size, set within lush rainforest with beautiful views of the ocean. Austin Healey is a former English rugby union player who played as a utility back for Leicester Tigers, and represented both England and the British and Irish Lions. He has 51 England caps and two Lions’ caps. He played for England at scrum half, fly-half, fullback and wing, and was often used as a substitute because of his versatility. He made his full England debut against Ireland during the 1997 Five Nations tournament, and toured with the British Lions in 1997, making two appearances. He has played in Five/Six Nations tournaments (‘98-'02) and in the 1999 World Cup.  After retiring Austin went on to appear on a number of British TV shows, including Strictly Come Dancing and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Austin will be commentating on the following matches at Soneva Kiri: Quarter Finals 3 and 4, all of the Semi-Finals, the Bronze Final and the Final. Promotion : Weekend Getaway with Austin Healey Validity Period : 1-4 November 2019  Booking Code : RSKRUGBY19 Villa Type 2 nights package/ 2 persons 3 nights package/ 2 persons Extra night/ 2 persons Bayview Pool Villa Suite THB 129,000.- THB 168,000.- THB 29,000.- Sunset Ocean View Pool Villa Suite THB 150,000.- THB 190,000.- THB 34,800.- Beach Pool Villa Suite THB 167,000.- THB 214,000.- THB 49,200.- 2 Bedroom Junior Beach Pool Retreat THB 314,000.- THB 409,000.- THB 70,040.- Special inclusions Complimentary upgrade to next villa category (subjects to availability) Daily Half Board (breakfast & dinner) at resort restaurants, not applicable for In-Villa Dining and Treepod Dining Non-alcoholic beverages during dinner time at resort restaurants Shared return flight transfers between Bangkok and Soneva Kiri on a fixed schedule (Private flight transfer is available upon request at an additional surcharge ) A 50 minutes selected Six Senses Spa treatment per stay (exclude child) 1 child age below 12 years old, stay free and receive complimentary Half Board, when sharing a villa with parents (excluding flight charge at THB 9,500 NET/ person) One time Lunch with Austin on Saturday  2nd October 2019 for 2 persons One time drinks and canapé with Austin Healey for 2 persons One time Koh Rang Snorkelling or Klong Chao Waterfall Adventure For more information or reservation: email: or telephone: +91 124 4511000

‘Phuket FantaSea’ celebrates its 20th anniversary with the grand opening of the world’s first Thai Carnival Theme Park in Thailand. Built with a budget of over THB 5 billion (USD$ 160 million) and spanning over 40 acres (100 Rai), Carnival Magic aspires to become an exciting new landmark tourist destination in Asia and is expected to attract over 1 million tourists per year with annual revenue of no less than THB 1.5 billion. ‘Carnival Magic Co., Ltd.’ is an affiliate of ‘Phuket FantaSea Co., Ltd’ and is located in Kamala Beach in Phuket province, adjacent to Phuket FantaSea. Mr. Kittikorn Kewkacha, the CEO of ‘Phuket FantaSea Public Company Limited’ and ‘Carnival Magic Co., Ltd.’, explained the significance of creating this new project. “This year is the 20th anniversary of ‘Phuket FantaSea’. We are celebrating it with the opening of an astonishing and uniquely new project – ‘Carnival Magic’, one of the largest nighttime theme parks ever constructed, and the first of its kind in the world.” Inspired by the many traditional festivals, carnivals and market fairs that abound throughout the Kingdom, Carnival Magic aims to establish itself as the very first Thai Carnival Theme Park, rejoicing in the vibrancy of Thailand's rich cultural heritage and offering an experience unmatched by any other theme park on earth. “Our mission was to establish a landmark destination that would encourage more visitors to the island, and in so doing, help create jobs, stimulate the local economy and ultimately boost the local tourism industry. We wanted to offer something positive, entertaining, uplifting, and welcoming that would showcase the beautiful uniqueness of Thai culture with the enhancement of modern technology and special effects.” Carnival Magic’ consists of 4 main zones: Zone 1 - Carnival Fun Fair: an exciting and colorful carnival-themed street fair offering themed shopping arcades, boutique eateries and bars, street dancing and parade performers, fun games, kiddie rides and lots of guest activities.  Various quality products from all regions of Thailand will be featured in one-of-a-kind themed souvenir shops lavishly decorated with carnival lights and Thai inspired architectural features. Zone 2 – Bird of Paradise Restaurant: A fully air-conditioned gala buffet restaurant that can accommodate over 3,000 visitors and is reached by passing through an enchanted Garden of Paradise entranceway.  With an interior design suggesting a heavenly hall watched over by 2 giant peacock sculptures in full plumage, Bird of Paradise will offer over 100 varieties of menu items featuring delicacies from all around the world. Three separate dining halls are also available for private dining events. Alternatively, the River of Bliss Restaurant offers a more opulent dining experience within a design inspired by the world famous Loy Kratong festival.  The 400-seat dining room is lavishly accented with giant Kratongs (lotus float) reflecting the best of traditional Thai craftsmanship.  A special feature of this restaurant is that guests will first arrive at a waterfall known as “Happiness Falls” and ascend to the restaurant via a mystical barge called the “Barge of Happiness” which rises approximately 7 meters to deliver guests into this uniquely themed

Vietnam has a myriad of attractive cities famous for engaging culture, mouth-watering cuisine, and other fascinations. Still, there are places somewhat under the rader that can make you fall head over heels for Vietnamese humble charisma. CAN THO The uncomplicated life in Can Tho is rather unique, even though it may look like a typical Southeast Asian suburban way of life. Take a closer look, and you will find one-off appeals of this southern city. Strong Suit: Rustic charm by Mekong Delta Where To: • Cai Rang Floating Market A massive must, and not just for the parade of quaint wooden boats with a backdrop of rising sun. What’s special about Cai Rang Floating Market is that the merchants keep on doing their centuries-old way of trade. Apart from the wholesale of fruits and other local goods, it’s your chance to witness local people in their most natural behaviour. None of them show a sign of hastiness, and it looks like they are comfortable floating off their hometown’s bloodline. • Local Fruit Gardens Even though some fruits are called the same names, they do look and taste different in different parts of the world. Strolling in a shaded fruit garden opens you to the world behind the splashy fruits you see at the floating market, as well as allowing you to savour them so freshly. • Mien Tay Homestay and Cacao Farm Yes, you can learn about the making of chocolate here in Can Tho. Aside from being a tranquil homestay, there are family-sized cacao farming and chocolate production going on, which is open for visitors to learn more about this heavenly sweet. • Mekong Delta Foods When in Can Tho, never miss trying their unique dishes. Can Tho is very famous for Nem Noung Cai Rang, charcoal-grilled pork, which I feel like having ceaselessly, especially at Banh Hoi Ut Dzach, along with its sublime rice vermicelli. The folksy restaurant makes their own vermicelli right in front of your eyes. The recipe is exclusive to the family, and it is one of the best noodles I have had. Another interesting spot is Pizza Hu Tieu Sau Hoai, where you can see the unique way of making noodles as well as the noodle pizza, which can be tried only at this restaurant. You will be surprised by what they call “pizza”, and its taste definitely won’t disappoint you. • Binh Thuy Ancient House The Vietnamese house with French touches is an epitome of Can Tho’s architecture scene. Being built over 200 years ago and with the Duong family as its long-time proprietor, the Oriental and European beauty blends in with one another exquisitely, and time can do no harm to this timeless artistry.   CAM RAHN Even though people mostly landed at Cam Rahn International Airport for the vicinity, it doesn’t mean that Cam Rahn should be overlooked. The city is one of the finest beach getaways with top-notch serenity. Strong Suit: Quiet, white beaches with turquoise seawater and immaculate air Where To: • Beachfront Resort With endless, virgin beaches and gin-clear water, spending nights at a beachfront resort in Cam Rahn is a sheer rejuvenation

Latest Airbnb booking data has revealed growing interest in lesser-known destinations and eco-conscious cities across the globe, as travellers look for new, local and authentic travel experiences beyond big cities. In Thailand, emerging destinations across the country are increasingly appealing to both domestic and international travellers. Case-in-point is Buriram in Thailand’s Northeast saw 383% growth in bookings* year-over-year, propelling it into third place on Airbnb’s top 20 global destinations to visit next year. Here are the Top 20 trending destinations for 2020: 1. Milwaukee, WI, US The host of next year’s Democratic National Convention, Milwaukee makes it to the top of our trending list. This historic gem on the shores of Lake Michigan often slips under the radar but has a terrific bar and restaurant scene and fascinating cultural attractions that include a Calatrava-designed art museum. And with over 105 miles of scenic bike lanes, it’s easy to see why Milwaukee is experiencing an upsurge in interest among guests on Airbnb. 2. Bilbao, Spain Bilbao’s transformation from rust belt city to flourishing culture hub is truly remarkable. The city’s Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum put Bilbao on the map when it opened back in 1997. Since then the Basque city has been on an ever upward ascent, winning the European City of the Year in 2018. Visitors to the area are rewarded with a lively dining scene, breathtaking architecture and an unforgettable cityscape. Next year, Bilbao will also become a top destination for sports fans: it’s one of the host cities of Europe’s most beloved soccer competition. 3. Buriram, Thailand The rural province of Buriram is home to some of Thailand’s most treasured Khmer relics. Its best known monument is the incredible Phanom Rung complex which is comparable in grandeur to its much more famous Cambodian neighbor, Angkor Wat. In addition to ancient ruins, the province has also become a sporting hotspot: 2018 saw the inaugural MotoGP motor racing event at the Chang International Circuit which also plays host to the Buriram Marathon each year. MotoGP is scheduled to return in March next year. 4. Sunbury, Victoria, Australia A short drive northwest of Melbourne, the suburb of Sunbury is a popular spot with savvy locals thanks to its wildlife, wineries and Victorian-era architecture. Its biggest claim to fame is as the birthplace of cricket’s most sought-after trophy — The Ashes. In 2020, Sunbury looks to attract cricket fans from near and far as Melbourne will be hosting the ICC T20 World Cup. 5. Romania Romania, with its pristine hills and ancient rural villages, is the perfect destination for anyone looking for something off-the-beaten-track. The country has some of the best preserved virgin forests in Europe and, according to the 2018 Environmental Performance Index, ranks 15th globally when it comes to ecosystem vitality. 6. Xi'an, China Often cited as one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization, Xi'an is best known as the home of the terracotta warriors — a vast collection of prehistoric clay soldiers discovered by local farmers in 1974. Today, the capital of China’s western Shaanxi province is a major culinary melting pot while