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If you are into creative drinks, design-forward venues, or one-of-a-kind tasting experiences, check out these recently-opened bars offering surprises that could be one of the highlights of your travel.   Club Soda Bali, Indonesia Images by Club Soda Bali   The 'postmodern happiness portal' has recently been launched in Berawa, curated by the founders of award-winning Restaurant Locavore in Ubud. Here, you can indulge in creative concoctions while surrounded by art installation and energetic beats. What to expect: Innovative cocktails, mocktails, as well as natural wines that will never cease to amaze, as well as Asian and Japanese-inspired bites – all of which are crafted using local Indonesian ingredients. Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 17:00 onwards More details: locavorenext.com/family/club-soda     Villa Frantzén Cocktail Bar, Bangkok, Thailand Images by Villa Frantzén   The cosy Nordic barn is situated in the very heart of Bangkok, serving up fascinating modern Nordic cocktail with Asian influences. The bar is led by Gabriel Valdés, who was the mastermind behind Pharmarium, a unique bar experience in Stockholm. What to expect: Smooth cocktails boasting pure taste of natural ingredients that reflect the Scandinavian landscape. Don't be fooled by the drinks' plain looks – you will definitely be stunned. Hours: Open daily, 17:00 until midnight More details: villafrantzen.com     COCOA XO at Centara Grand at CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand Image by Centara Grand at CentralWorld   Centara Grand at CentralWorld has recently introduced its new, unique tasting experience in an alfresco setting, COCOA XO, Bangkok's first cacao pod, on the 57th floor, in collaboration with Martell Cognac and artisanal French Chocolatier Cacao Barry. What to expect: A marvelous world of decadence featuring premium chocolate and cognac, a chocolate fountain, bespoke choctails by talented mixologists, among others, overlooking stunning Bangkok skyline. Hours: Open daily, 16:00-00:30 More details: www.cocoaxobangkok.com     Metropole Underground at Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, Cambodia Image by Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh   Phnom Penh's first subterranean bar, Metropole Underground, takes inspiration from the metro system of the early 20th Century Paris, seamlessly blending European with Khmer influences. What to expect: Speakeasy-style cocktails to be savoured in a chic surrounding, together with lively DJ beats. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 18:00-01:00 More details: www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/cambodia/hyatt-regency-phnom-penh/pnhrp/dining

The Lanesborough, first-rate residence at London's prime location, has unveiled its compelling series of exquisite afternoon tea inspired by Bridgerton, world-renowned period drama series, in partnership with Netflix and Shondaland, paying homage to the elegance of the Regency era with a touch of modernity. The Bridgerton afternoon tea will take place in a gorgeous setting beautified by natural lights at daytime and illuminated by softly lit chandeliers at dusk, with decorations that evoke a sense of neo-classical splendour. Savouries are meticulously crafted by The Lanesborough’s Head Pastry Chef, Kevin Miller, inspired by the key families in Bridgerton, comprising finger sandwiches and brioche sliders, The Lanesborough’s delectable scones, as well as the Chef's curated sweet treat concept that comprise 5 signature highlights: The Queen’s Diamond, hand-crafted chocolate blended with honey, green cardamon and white chocolate ganache, displayed in a beautiful jewel coloured ring box (Edwina Sharma); The Rake, an attractive cake of distinction (Viscount Anthony); A True Love Match, gracefully layered Charlotte sponge cake (Queen Charlotte); The Lady Whistledown, a cake reflective of the character's ink pot and quill; and All is Fair in Love & War, a to-share rosewater cheesecake with delectable surprise embossed with a bee – the symbol of Bridgerton. In addition, you may opt for the Pall Mall cocktail, a refreshing concoction inspired by the original Regency Gin Punch garnished with the national flower of India. The limited edition of afternoon tea will be available from 25 March 2022. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit lanesborough.com/afternoontea or call +44 (0) 20 7259 5599.

In partnership with ecoSPIRIT, the pioneer of the world's first low-carbon of packaging and distribution for high-end spirits, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh crafts drinkable joy with less impact to the Planet Earth. The hotel's signature bar, The Attic, will serve up its popular cocktails in which all ingredients have zero wastage. ecoSPIRITS is a closed-loop distribution system which uses a low-waste, low-carbon spirits distribution technology, thereby minimising packaging waste and transport cost, to reduce carbon footprint emissions in the spirits supply chain. By partnering with ecoSPIRITS, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh aims to reduce 40% of its transport and packaging carbon emissions, including single-use glass wastage. This partnership with ecoSPIRITS is one of green food initiatives that Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh has rolled out since its opening in early 2021, in addition to partnerships with Eggscellent, a cage-free chicken farm in Siem Reap, Ocean Gems, a sustainable seafood company, Beyond Meat, a plant-based, vegan meat company, as well as Moo Moo Farms, a domestic dairy farm. For more information about the hotel, visit hyattregencyphnompenh.com   Photo by Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh

For this year's Mid-Autumn Festival, award-wining Grand Shanghai Restaurant, Singapore offers exquisite mooncakes that intertwines flavour and texture to perfection. Every single piece is meticulously handcrafted using only the finest ingredients with no added preservatives or artificial flavouring, encased in a luxurious box reminiscent of the restaurant’s iconic 1930s Shanghainese extravagance and splendour. The highlight goes to the limited-edition Bird’s Nest with Almond Paste Snow Skin Mooncakes (SGD 68 per set of six), made with premium bird’s nest and silky almond paste, boost your immune system while indulging in this luxurious sweet treat, plus various health benefits. Fans of snow skin mooncakes are in for a treat as Grand Shanghai has specially curated two snow skin flavoured mooncakes to whet appetites. Treat yourself to the new flavours such as Taro Paste with Ginkgo Nuts (SGD 58 per set of six) and Green Bean Paste with Pandan and Custard (SGD 58 per set of six). Back by popular demand is the Signature Crispy Lava Salted Egg Yolk (SGD 68 per set of six). For those who love the classics, delight in Traditional Baked White Lotus Paste with Double Yolks (SGD 62 per set of four) or Traditional Baked White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk (SGD 60 per set of four). These timeless pieces are filled with smooth and rich lotus paste with flavourful salted egg yolk bounded by a lightly baked golden crust. The Shanghainese Crispy Yam Paste (SGD 60 per set of four) is the signature mooncake filled with generous amount of silky and smooth yam encased in flaky, buttery crust that is not to be missed if you want to experience the flavour of Grand Shanghai. Available only at Grand Shanghai Restaurant, the mooncakes can be ordered until 1 October 2020 by calling +65 6836 6866 or emailing restaurant@grandshanghai.com.sg

At the Regent Hotel, Taipei, the highly anticipated Coast opens its door to welcome guests to an elevated culinary experience of Taiwanese ingredients colliding with Thai flavours, creatively crafted by acing chefs – Thailand's Chef Ian Kittichai and Taiwan-based Chef Richie Lin, bringing the concept of "modern coastal cuisine" to the table, featuring seasonal ingredients and seafood from Taiwan, alongside herbs and spices from Thailand. Ian Kittichai is renowned for his influence on and approach to Thai cuisine. He is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality. He has founded and partnered in diverse restaurant concepts around the world in locations from Asia to Europe and the United States, including Issaya Siamese Club in Bangkok, Spot Dessert Bars in New York City and Tangerine in Singapore. Richie Lin is the chef/owner of Taipei’s Michelin-starred MUME which in 2020 placed at No.18 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S. Pellegrino and Aqua Panna. Dedicating himself to seasonal local ingredients at MUME, Chef Lin presents new dishes with familiar flavors. Coast is now open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and offers a seasonal set menu of 9 courses for NT$ 2,280 plus service charge. Lunch service will be added every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting from the 25 September 2020 with a seasonal set menu of 5 course for NT$ 1,280 plus service charge. Visit www.coast.tw for further details.

Sheraton Manila Bay’s oven-baked gourmet pizzas, composed of fresh tomatoes, specialty hand-knead doughs, and oil giving a refined taste that matches the sauce and toppings, and premium choice ingredients that further accentuated the flavor in every bite, are undoubtedly of the best-tasting premium savouries you can find in Manila. Guests can choose their thin-crust favorite from a tasty selection of four: Mushroom Pizza topped with spinach, garlic and shiitake mushrooms on zesty ricotta and mozzarella cheese; Pizza Meat Supreme topped with pepperoni, ground beef, cured bacon and ham, topped with capsicum, pineapples and shimeji mushrooms, in homemade pomodoro sauce and mozzarella cheese; Seafood Pizza topped with herb marinated freshwater shrimp, mussels, local scallops and red squid in homemade pomodoro sauce and mozzarella cheese; and Pizza Prosciutto di Parma topped with Parma ham, burrata cheese, fresh arugula, shaved parmesan, with fresh tomato, farm egg and olive oil. Crafted by the hotel’s seasoned culinary team, Gourmet Pizza is available for takeaways daily from 9:00 to 18:00 and is ready for pick-up in just 45 minutes. Indulge in these premium crusted goodness at home by calling +632 5318 0788, 09175837294, 09175837326 or email sh.mnlsb.fnb@sheraton.com. Advance order is required. Diners shall arrange pick-up with their courier of choice. For a full listing of gourmet takeaways menu, click here.

Sofitel Hotels & Resorts is inviting patrons to celebrate Sofitel Wine Days, a sensorial global showcase of food and wine that runs from 21 August to 31 October 2020, taking guests on a journey to discover new and unknown varieties as well as flavors that awaken their palates at selected selected Sofitel properties. Sofitel Wine Days is an annual celebration which sees Sofitel hotels across the globe pay tribute to wine and French culinary heritage. The festivities take place during the traditional wine harvest period in France and offer guests an authentic opportunity to "Live The French Way" through a variety of extraordinary wine experiences such as tastings, guided vineyard tours, wine pairings and more. Highlights of Sofitel Wine Days include: Exclusive French and Italian wine dining journeys as well as pairing experiences and offer at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi A wine tasting battle, wine & cheese masterclasses, as well as a wine fair and is kicking off the program in late August with a 4-course exclusive wine pairing dinner at Belga Rooftop Bar & Brasserie showcasing the best of Malbec produced in Argentina’s La Mascota Vineyard at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit An exceptional wine fair experience and 4-course dinner hosted in mid-September at the hotel's newly renovated LE 17 Bistro featuring special guest speakers from Bordeaux, Marseille and other renowned wine regions of France at Sofitel Saigon Plaza An ad hoc luxurious Champange Atelier and the "Oriole Express" Mediterranean experience at the garden bistro, offering an exquisite culinary journey travelling through southern European countries, all featuring an exclusive wine pairing at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam And more! As an exciting addition this year, Sofitel properties have introduced a bespoke Wine Days Menu with a specially curated selection of wines chosen by wine producers and partners, many of which have been deeply affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Wine Days Menu features a variety of high-caliber wines, local to each property partaking in the Sofitel Wine Days program, inviting visitors and guests to explore all things oenological.

Nestled along the scenic Singapore River, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel is the ideal place to celebrate your special days. With the reopening of a refreshed alfresco section, diners can delight in a newly revamped menu while relishing in the river's tranquility. With menus featuring specially curated Italian dishes & meats, diners can expect an uncompromising approach coupled with quality dining as part of a totally unique riverside experience. Ingredients used are of the highest quality with an amalgam of Western, Asian & Italian inspired ingredients & flavours. The menu will focus on Pizzas, Hand-made Pastas, assorted cheese selections from New Zealand, Cold Cuts and the freshest seafood & signature grills from the Josper Oven to bring out the best of all food items such as the Australian Beef Ribeye Steak, Whole Baby Spring Chicken, Mediterranean Octopus Tentacles, Jumbo Prawn & Norwegian Salmon are grilled whilst keeping moisture in, creating optimal outstanding flavours. For an unforgettable dining experience, take your pick from an impressive wine list and choose from a plethora of traditional pizzas, handmade pastas, seafood signatures, bar bites & stunning desserts that you can end your meal with under the stars. Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel has stepped up precautionary measures to ensure the protection & well- being of guests. Guests are assured of Millennium Hotels and Resorts’ (MHR) 10 key hallmarks of cleanliness and safety designed to safeguard guests. The “We Clean. We Care. We Welcome.” campaign upholds the highest standards of safety and cleanliness in all MHR hotels around the world. Daily Specials Monday Lobster at SGD 9.90 Tuesday Draft Beer & House Pour at SGD 5 Wednesday Snow Crab Leg atSGD 1 Thursday Free flow of Prosecco, Red/White Wine & Beer at SGD 1 (for an hour only) with a minnimum spend of SGD 25 per person Friday A bottle of M wine at SGD 18 with any purchase of Josper Combo A or B Weekends Seafood on Ice at SGD 48 For reservations, please call +62 33 11 00, email dining.gcw@millenniumhotels.com or visit www.celebrateatgcw.com

From now until 30 September 2020, spice up your staycation and embark on a gastronomic journey at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, where you will explore 80 fascinating flavours from around the world presented by the talented culinary team. Showcasing the diversity of epicurean influences across the hotel’s distinctive restaurants, this “Eatcation” journey allows you to savour scrumptious tastes from varied choices featuring 80 ingredients or tastes inspired or sourced globally.  Highlights include scallops from the United States, king crab legs from Japan, Boston lobsters from Canada, Iberico pork from Spain, salmons from Norway, truffles from Italy, asparagus from Australia and so on.  During your stay in the hotel, pamper yourself with the expansive buffet spread at JW Café and The Lounge, the elevated authentic Cantonese delicacies at Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, delicious grills and modern classics at Flint, as well as the daily fresh catch at Fish Bar. JW Eatcation Package From now until 30 September 2020, the package includes: One night accommodation in a well-appointed guest room Daily buffet breakfast for two persons One of the below dining options (priced from HK$2,280 per room per night) / Two of the below dining options (priced from HK$2,880 per room per night) for two persons: JW Café buffet lunch The Lounge buffet lunch (from Monday to Saturday only) Man Ho Chinese Restaurant set menu Fish Bar set menu Flint set menu (from Monday to Friday only) JW Café buffet dinner (with a supplement of HK$600 for two persons) Book now at https://bit.ly/JWEatcation All prices are subject to 10% service charge. A 3-day advance reservation for your choice of restaurants is required. For reservations, call +852 2810 8366 or email jwmarriott.hk@marriotthotels.com