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Since 2016, ART x Lagos has been a cornerstone of the African art scene, as well as the first of its kind in West Africa. Over 30,000 visitors, from art collectors, art patrons, scholars, to critics and more, have traveled from all over the globe to visit this cutting-edge art fair. The fair has also hosted delegations from leading global art institutions. The growth of the scene is undoubtedly indicators of Lagos’ position as a fast-emerging and exciting cultural hub. As this year has given most people a reason to reflect and pivot, these galleries represent the resilience and creativity of the African continent. Visitors to the online fair via ARTXLAGOS.COM will be able to explore 200 works from leading artists offering up new perspectives on histories grounded in Africa and its people.   BLOOM ART LAGOS Lagos, Nigeria Currently a unique fusion of an art gallery and private studio, Bloom Art Lagos offers intimate exhibitions in an accessible format that is supported by coveted ancillary programming, tailored to each exhibition. Inspired by a desire for innovative approaches to showcasing and challenging Nigerian artists, the gallery offers pointed perspectives on contemporary visual art, connecting it to significant cultural precedents. Featured Artists: Angela Amami Isiuwe, Gbenga Offo, Olu Ajayi, Richardson Ovbiebo and Uchay Joel Chilma.   ED CROSS FINE ART London, UK Ed Cross Fine Art collaborates with emerging and established artists on the African continent and its Diaspora, seeking to stage conversations between practitioners and international audiences, as guided by its artists. The exhibition platform seeks to amplify voices historically silenced, and to create space for their independent development. Featured Artists: Abe Odedina, Tiffanie Delune and Wole Lagunju.   GALERIE CÉCILE FAKHOURY Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire Opening its doors in 2012, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury had by 2018 expanded to Dakar, Senegal, and Paris, France. Strongly rooted in their respective identities and stories, the artists it represents distinguish themselves through the use of a language that abolishes barriers and rejects geographical stigmatisation. Featured Artists: Aboudia, François Xavier Gbré, Ouattara Watts, Roméo Mivekannin and Sadikou Oukpedjo.   GALERIE MAM Doula, Cameroon With nearly 25 years of experience and a strong professional reputation in the art market, Galerie MAM continues to offer exciting programs to its collectors and art lovers, in addition to providing advisory and logistics services. The gallery plays a significant part in the promotion of contemporary African art offering a robust program with a diverse catalogue of works. Featured Artists: Bernard Matussière, Boris Nzebo and Claudie Poinsard.   Kó Lagos, Nigeria In Yoruba, kó translates as a verb meaning ‘to gather’ or ‘to build’. The art space is dedicated to promoting modern and contemporary art with a dual focus on championing Nigeria’s leading artists from the modern period and celebrating emerging and established contemporary artists across Africa and the Diaspora. It aims to support the visual arts in Africa by providing a platform to communicate, share and grow. Featured Artists: Ben Osawe, Chike Obeagu, Chioma Ebinama, Isaac Emokpae, Toyin Loye and Uzo Egonu.   LOUISIMONE GUIRANDOU GALLERY Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery was formed from pioneering gallery Arts Pluriels, one of the first traditional and contemporary art galleries in Africa. Through an eclectic program

Rosewood Bangkok introduces "Sweet Soirée" – a new evening dessert concept at Lakorn European Brasserie under the romantic theme of "Love Letter to Thailand". As the sky at dusk is turning glamourous pink, you can enjoy an expansive array of intricate all-you-can-savour desserts including mignardises, chocolate bonbons, pâte de fruits, marshmallow, mini tartlets, cannelés and cookies, as well as a choice of one exquisitely crafted patisserie from award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Florian Couteau. You can also enjoy pairing the confections with unlimited infused gin from 20:00 until 23:00, featuring one of three gin-of-the-week flavors: pineapple, strawberry or mango, while the vinyl-spinning DJ plays the funky tunes. For the Sweet Soirée debut, Executive Pastry Chef Florian Couteau created “A Love Letter to Thailand”, showcasing Thailand's alluring tropical fruits on the extravagant desserts. It deliciously exemplifies the “Partners in Provenance” program of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®, in which hotel chefs share a passionate commitment to source, present and beautifully showcase locally produced, fresh, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. Sweet Soirée is available every Friday from 18:30 to 22:30 at THB 888++ per person, including one plated dessert and unlimited access to the sweets buffet. For more information or reservations, please call +66 (0) 2 080 0070 or email bangkok.lakorn@rosewoodhotels.com  

Phuket is an island of sophistication with an ever-evolving cultural scene. The recent opening of Living Art Gallery has elevated the local art scene to international level. Set in the centre of Blue Tree, the lifestyle hub of Phuket, the new gallery promises to showcase revolving exhibitions of works by Thai artists of different genres, as well as by designers who work closely with Thai artisanal communities, which the gallery intends to support. Led by Somchat Krainara, The Living Art Gallery will host its inaugural annual festival in Phuket during 26 - 29 November 2020. “Phuket is a tourist destination because of its local attractions. The city has its own charms and characteristics, drawing in visitors from all over the world. The city is incredibly rich in culture, and by bringing art into Phuket I’m hoping it will enhance the art and cultural reputation of the destination -- in other words making Phuket become known as a MICE destination for arts, and creating a truly cultural and creative city,” said Somchat. Both the gallery and the upcoming festival hold on to the same purpose – to provide a platform for emerging Thai artists to showcase their work to an international audience, and to support artisanal communities across Thailand with opportunities to make connections with art lovers, fellow artists and designers, and an international audience.   Living Art Gallery is divided into four zones:   Zone 1: Peranakan Culture (Baba-Yaya) in Phuket Province Inspired by the traditional Peranakan houses of Phuket old town, Awika Samukrsaman – the apparel designer – creates woven textiles in pastel hues that interpret the patterns, colours and symbols of southern Thai culture. Awika has been w orking closely with local communities to preserve the local traditional knowledge of textiles and weaving, while pushing it into a contemporary direction. Within the conceptual Peranakan house, the vivid and intricate embroidered paintings of Sunisa Assawinrungroj are displayed. Stirred by the death of her pet rabbit, Sunisa embroidered delicate rabbits in traditional Phuket dress into these pieces. Hanging in one corner is Rungcheewan Kamvichit’s collection of contemporary tie-dyes, made using fine Thai silk and the rare Shibori tie-dye technique. On the opposite side hang a painting titled Sao Phuket by Sarawut Yasamut which depicts a southern woman carrying a Chinese-style food basket and embraced by flowers native to Phuket and Indonesia. Ongkorn Sinlapangkul is also featured in this zone, with the artist’s special interpretation of the colours and sights of Phuket in two fantastical paintings of a seahorse and woman with a dragon mask.   Zone 2: Forest and Landscape of Phuket The second zone of the gallery takes visitors on a journey through Phuket’s landscape from the viewpoint of artists. It kicks off with a special collection of nature-inspired ceramics crafted by master artisan Professor Somlak Pantiboon, known for his pottery studio Doi Din Dang in Chiang Rai. Also hailing from northern Thailand, but from Chiang Mai, is Likit Tunoud who describes the interaction of humans and nature, and its oftentimes destructive consequences, in intricate ink-on-paper drawings. Adding his influence to this zone is Professor

This December, 3 of Marriott International’s world-class hotels in Bangkok will showcase the finest Chinese cuisine this December, as they host the “Flavors Explosion : A Journey through Chinese Cuisines” – a series of delectable dining events that demonstrate the skills of 3 Chinese culinary artists and the finest local and imported seafood. The series will be led by these hotshot chefs: Chef Oscar Pun is a native of Hong Kong who likes to combine classical recipes with innovative cooking techniques, having mastered his culinary skill for over 20 years in the kitchens of leading luxury hotels and top restaurants, including Michelin-starred establishments in Beijing and Singapore. He now delights diners at Pagoda Chinese Restaurant at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park. Chef Bruce Hui is a Chinese Chef who has a passion to develop and refine time-honoured Chinese recipes. His simple yet sophisticated style focuses on the spirit of each dish and its ingredients, while not strictly adhering to tradition. Guests can discover his inventive culinary creations at Yào Restaurant, an award-winning dining destination of Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse. Chef Cheng Kam Sing learnt the art of Cantonese cuisine in Hong Kong, but has been a resident of Thailand since 1989, where he has worked at some of the most sought-after Chinese restaurants in Bangkok. At The Silk Road, The Athenee Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, his modern yet authentic style is intended to accentuate the natural flavors and textures, with eye-catching presentation. For 3 nights only, on 15, 16 and 17 December 2020, diners can savor delicious and highly authentic dishes created exclusively for the event by the aforementioned trio of Chinese executive chefs. On each evening, these 3 epicurean experts will use their experience and ingenuity to craft an original menu, focusing on sublime seafood. This gastronomic gathering will be hosted on 15 December at Yào Restaurant, Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse; on 16 December at Pagoda Chinese Restaurant, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park; and on 17 December at The Silk Road, The Athenee Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel. The “Flavors Explosion: A Journey through Chinese Cuisines” set menu is priced at just THB 2,888++. À la carte dishes are also available.  Marriott Bonvoy and Club Marriott members will enjoy exclusive Restaurants and Bars benefits. For more information and reservations, please contact: Yào Restaurant: www.yaobangkok.com / Wimolthip.L@marriotthotels.com / +66 (0) 2 088 5666 Pagoda Chinese Restaurant: restaurant-reservations.bkkqp@marriotthotels.com / +66 (0) 2 059 5999 The Silk Road: gec.theathenee@luxurycollection.com / +66 (0) 2 650 8800

Buzzing among art aficionados all over the town, Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 (BAB 2020), the Thai capital long-awaited contemporary art festival has officially opened its curtain under the theme of "Escape Routes". This time around, the mixed-use real estate projects in the heart of the city, One Bangkok and The PARQ, will join in hosting the event by providing venues on their premises, including The Prelude, BAB Box and BAB Café at The PARQ, for the exhibitions of artworks by several acclaimed international artists. Bringing together a lineup of more than 200 contemporary pieces of art from 82 Thai and international artists, Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 will invite visitors to experience, discover and interpret highly emotive and meaningful pieces of art, which can open our eyes to solutions to global issues that affect societies, economies, politics and the environment. The forms of art displayed at Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 encompass a wide variety of mediums including paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, installation artworks, videos, mixed media projects, and blueprints. The Prelude, BAB Box in One Bangkok and The PARQ are three of the venues for the Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 out of a total of 10 landmarks in the city. Some of the highlights on display in The Prelude, BAB Box and The PARQ that no art lover should miss are: The Prelude Dusit Thani Province 1 by Prateep Suthatongthai: This artwork investigates the history of Dusit Thani, a utopian city founded on the vision of King Rama VI. The artist explores the structural plan and meaning of the city, reconstructs its blueprints and recreates old photographs of the city through realistic painting techniques.   BAB Box DO A TO MII Doll 1939, Doll 2020 by Lolay: This installation includes paintings and sculptures that embody the physical conditions of society, the community, the city, the country, and the world. The cyborg characters incarnate symptoms that people worldwide endure from the effects of catastrophes like epidemics, political strife and social conflicts. Martyrs: Earth, Wind, Fire, Air by Bill Viola: The video installation depicts four Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire and Water) and their capacity to endure pain and hardships in order to remain faithful to their values, beliefs, and principles. Devi/The River (After Aristide Maillol) by Thanet Awsinsiri: The artwork explores various contexts of the female body as the artist borrows ideas from a world-famous painting Gabrielle Estrées and One of Her Sisters and Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona, reinterpreting them in a way to offer viewers new sensations and perspectives.   The PARQ A Child’s World in the Days of Adults by Narongyot Thongyu: Narongyot Thongyu is invested in “the truth to materials” and revealing their essence. The installation encourages viewers to compare reality with imagination. The artist uses the process of inventing toys as a way to return to his childhood memories. Tooth Clinic by Note Kritsada: Note Kritsada expands on his childhood visits to the dental clinic and takes viewers into a mutually shared experience to open up new perspectives. Rising by Marina Abramović: A VR artwork by Marina

Capella Bangkok invites you to indulge into a refined tea time by the Chao Phraya River, celebrating the timeless elegance of Asian tea culture and the finest French pâtisserie. Set amidst lush gardens and calming lily ponds, the Tea Lounge is a serene spot for daytime refreshments and high teas with a choice of premium black, white, green, and oolong varieties, along with fresh herbal and floral infusions. As tea is a social and cultural ritual, not just a beverage, Capella Bangkok celebrates this heritage with Connoisseur’s Teas including rare, handpicked leaves from the cool hills of southern China and northern Thailand, which can be customised with a choice of tropical and botanical elements. The Tea Lounge also presents Capella Bangkok Signature Diamant Champagne, bottled exclusively for the hotel by the Vranken Pommery house. The Signature High Tea Experience comprises Tea & Herb Trolley to refresh the palate, sublime Savouries such as the Foie Gras Pearl and Uni Royale, Handcrafted Scones are next served with pomelo and spices jam, lemon - ginger marmalade and clotted cream, Dessert Trolley of dainty delicacies, such as tarts, madeleines, macarons and cakes. Creative cocktails or mocktails will also be served at the table, including the “Champagne Piscine” to add sparkle to the afternoon. With limited spaces available (only 20 seats per day), this Signature High Tea Experience is expected to become one of Thailand’s most exclusive epicurean occasions. The Capella Signature High Tea Experience is priced at THB 1,500++ per person, while the Capella Signature High Tea & Champagne is available for THB 2,500++ per person. The Tea Lounge at Capella Bangkok is open daily from 14:00 until 18:00. For reservations, please email tealounge.bangkok@capellahotels.com or call +66 (0) 2 098 3888.

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

This October, Avani+ Hua Hin Resort’s presents an elevated family time that brings storytelling and adventure to your breakfast table by transforming the space into a magical wonderland! On 24 and 25 October 2020, bookings for all rooms, villas, and suites will receive a complimentary access to the creatively-themed "Breakfast in Wonderland" inviting you and your kids to venture through tropical beaches of “Pirates of the Caribbean”, a winter heaven of “Frozen”, and a world filled with sweet treats of “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory”. The ad-hoc wonderland comes live culinary stations, beautiful balloons and makeup artists, magicians and costumed characters, AvaniKids games to keep the little ones busy after breakfast, as well as decadent chocolate treats of Willy Wonka, a Frozen-inspired selection of flavoured yoghurt mousses and sorbets and treasure chests overflowing with delightful flavours. Reachable within only 2.5-hour drive from downtown Bangkok, the family-friendly Avani+ Hua Hin Resort boasts 2 swimming pools and a scenic lake, oceanfront dining, sprawling tropical gardens and an AvaniKids’ club with a dedicated kids' pool. Price starting from THB 9,643++ (or starting from THB 6,643++ under "Rao Tiew Duay Kan" (We Travel Together) campaign. To book your stay and experience the resort's ‘Breakfast in Wonderland’, please call +66 (0) 32 898 989 or email avaniplus.huahin@avanihotels.com

After having been the joy of people in Singapore, Tuxedo Espresso Bar arrives in Bangkok and resides at Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit. The elevated sophistcation in forms of coffees and pastries it brings will stun your senses in an unforgettable way. There are 3 elements that makes Tuxedo stands out: the premiumness of its coffee and pastries derived from cutting-edge techniques, crackerjack baristas who know well about the beans and all, and an alluring array of menu. Menu standouts include 48 hrs Cold Drip using a special Cold Drip “tower” AKMA by Dutch Lab, Australian-style Magic combining ristretto, steamed milk and milk foam, Tokyo-influenced DirtyTuxedo coffee with special chocolate sauce, and chilled Thai-style Neat Tuxedo. For baked treats, boulangerie and viennoiserie are made daily in an adjacent glass-fronted pastry kitchen, featuring hand-craftedartisanal breads, traditional scones, croissant, brioche, crumble pastries, sandwiches and much more. The highlight goes to its signature, Tuxedo Marble Cake. Tuxedo Espresso Bar at Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit charmingly combines European coffeehouse culture with a Southeast-Asian twist. Located at the hotel’s lobby level with direct access from pavement alongside Sukhumvit Road with outdoor seatings also available. Open daily  from 7:00 to 9:00.