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lifestyle+travel proudly proposes the Delectable Trail, for views and reviews on top-notch dining places. We've chosen 7 of the best restaurants in Thailand for you to take a look at! Ocean Bistro Feel A serene spot to unwind while you dine, as you are embraced by the horizon where the turquoise sea meets the sky from the panoramic windows. The show kitchen sits at the heart of the restaurant and you can witness the fresh catch-of-the-day being cooked to perfection. The menu covers both Thai and Western cuisine with the use of supreme quality products, from meat to seafood to herbs. Dining here pleases not only the palate, but also the eyes, as the plate decorations are pretty impressive. Food Daily opening hours Seating: 116 with private dining area X2 Pattaya Oceanphere 95 Moo.2 Bangsaray Satthaip Chonburi 20250 T: +669 1010 2999 E: stay@X2pattayaoceanphere.com W: x2pattayaoceanphere.com Oxygen Dining Room Feel Dining in the heart of the pure nature would already be bliss, yet the experience would be triple with the culinary creation of Michelin-starred French chef Nicolas Isnard . Oxygen Dining Room undoubtedly arms with a delectable menu in contemporary style. This glass-clad dining room amidst ancient Tamarind trees on the back of the Ping River blends seamlessly with the at-ease surroundings, allowing diners to feel as if they are dining in a serene shady garden. The stylish bar also serves a selection of creative cocktails. Food Daily opening hours Breakfast: 7.00am-10.30am Lunch: 11.30am-2.30pm Dinner: 6.30pm-10.30pm Seating: Indoor 40, outdoor 20 X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort 369/1 Thanon Charoenrajd, Tambon Wat Ket, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50000 T: 66 53 931 999 W: x2resorts.com/resorts/chiang-mai-riverside   Pebbles Bar & Grill Feel Nothing beats dining in exquisite ambience, overlooking the tranquil sandy bay, while lavishing crème de la crème cuisine that elevates succulent tastes to another level. Here, you can be assured that top quality ingredients are sought after from local fisherman piers, the hotel organic garden, as well as from all over the world. Under the baton of Kankamol Mongkolmit, the Executive Chef, innovations of tasteful mixtures are created, teamed up with striking presentation. Food Daily opening hours Dinner: 5pm-11 pm Bar: 5pm – 12am Seating: outdoor 32, indoor 70 and bar 12 Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa 9/9 Moo 3, Na Jomtien, Sattahip, Pattaya 20250 Thailand T +66 38 259 099 W: marriott.com/hotels/travel/pyxbr-renaissance-pattaya-resort-and-spa/   Praya Kitchen Feel Imbue the vibe of the bygone years with the perfect blend of fusion touches from the present and the future culinary tradition at Praya Kitchen. Chef Attapol Naito Thangthong and Chef Somkid Ketkaew strove their best to revive some of the rarest, favourite, traditional Thai recipes and conduct them with only the freshest, top-quality seasonal ingredients. The Praya Showcase which features food stations and corners are not to be missed. Food Mon-Fri Lunch THB 788++ - Includes Juice Bar Sat-Sun Lunch THB 888++ - Includes Juice Bar & fresh seafood selection Sunday Brunch THB 1,588++ - Surf ‘n’ Turf Sunday Brunch that includes live seafood carving, imported beef and Oyster Bar Mon-Thu Dinner THB 988++ - 'Chef's Childhood Memories & Forgotten Thai Recipes' Fri-Sun Dinner THB 1,388++ - 'Pak Nam Seafood Market' that includes live seafood carving and signature desserts Daily opening hours Lunch: 12.00pm - 3.00pm Dinner: 6.00pm -

lifestyle+travel braves the sweltering summer heat to discover Bangkok's lesser known museums, near and far across the capital, and had a lot of fun in the process of acquiring some culture. 1. PIPIT BANGLAMPHU MUSEUM Thailand’s first printing school (Sangwet Witsayaram Temple Printing School) was recently restored. This sweet modern museum, with well-curated exhibitions and historical tales of the Royal Treasury Department and the Banglamphu community, is the fantastic result. There are two separate buildings. 1.1 Treasury Department Exhibition The first building holds the history of the Royal Treasury Department, which was fortuitously short. Our guide, the lovely and super-knowledgeable, “Gao-you-can-call-me-Kiwi”, does her very best to make land deeds and coins interesting to us… If that floats your boat it is very interesting indeed, with very polished exhibits. 1.2 Banglampu Community Exhibition The real magic happens (for us!) in building two. The wooden building itself, with its shiny teak floors, is colonial-chic gorgeous. Inside there are four exhibits detailing the history and characters of this multi-cultural community that date back to the early days of Rattanakosin. There are models, brilliantly executed murals, videos and interactive displays of famous venues, old shops, artisans, street food and much more, along with the remains of the eponymously named last cork tree. We love it and Kiwi is an absolute star. Phra Sumane Road Chana Songkhram Khet Phra Nakhon Bangkok 10200 T. +66 (0) 2 281 0345-51 ext. 1223, 1224 E. pipitbanglamphu@hotmail.com | W. banglamphumuseum.treasury.go.th From Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm Tour every 30 minute, last one at 4pm Free admission 2. RATTANAKOSIN EXHIBITION HALL It gets off to a bit of a bad start. There is a choice of two routes – the longer, more interesting-sounding one being a two-hour guided tour. It is not conducive to our manymuseums- in-one-day mindset. It is not overly aligned with a certain independent spirit. The point being you HAVE to go with a guide for reasons that allude me… but we soldier on. Even after the Basil Fawlty pantomime moment where you pick up the headset and pay the deposit for the headset on opposite sides of the hall. The two-hour tour lasted two minutes when the ‘Thai (a lot of long-winded Thai) first, English later policy’ becomes clear (and the Thai members of our group were the most seriously-interested-in-every-detail people I have ever briefly met). At minute 1.5, much to my friend’s embarrassment, I was sneaking off into the next room, except the door was locked. Finally, we made enough fuss, (impatient farang moment) and were whisked away (much to the great relief of everyone) for our own private tour of ‘route one’. When the Rattanakosin Exhibition got good, it got really good. This is a fantastic interactive museum with models, video and creative displays. The guides are not only well informed, but smart and funny. Beautifully composed, the exhibits tell interesting stories in Thai and English about the art and culture of Bangkok and the Old Town neighbourhoods and the Grand Palace that make up Rattanakosin Island. On the fourth floor there are panoramic views of Loha Prasart and Golden Mount Temples.

Just outside of Tokyo, there are tons of attractions catering very much to almost everyone. The proximity of Chiba to Tokyo makes it a great stop on the way to the city and also makes a perfect place to take a side trip before leaving the country. Last winter I joined Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program for a press tour in Tako, Katori and Kozaki Town, Chiba prefecture. Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program offers free guided tours around the airport. Their tours are great for passengers in transits and tourists who have extra time after exploring Tokyo. The tour started with Michi no Eki Tako Ajisaikan, the roadsidestation in Tako Town with a large facility comprising a restaurant, a service area, and a marketplace offering fresh produce, including the town’s famous Tako-mai rice. You can purchase freshly made rice balls, giant deco sushi rolls and rice cakes, and enjoy a riverside lunch behind the premises. Renting an electric bike was straightforward and probably the best option to reach our next destination, Ten-Suzu, a local tempura restaurant where tempura was served freshly cooked, prepared in front of your eyes. The tour guide showed us to the counter, leaving us with the menu. I glanced over him observing the chef working solo, standing in the kitchen. His movement was unhurried, almost effortless, making the process of batter frying seemed so simple. Each ingredient was cooked separately one by one, delivered to the plate crisp and piping hot. The tempura was light, almost airy and tasted exceptionally good. To round off the meal, we were given rice, miso soup, and pickles with choices of condiments: sea salt, soy sauce and tsuyu for our tempura. To satisfy our sweet tooth we dropped by Shiraishi, a humble shop located just a minute’s walk from the tempura restaurant. Shiraishi offers a casual way to experience traditional Japanese sweets. The shop sold freshly made dango, a Japanese sweet made with rice flour with options including Mitarashi Dango (dango with sweet soy sauce) and Anko Dango (dango with red bean paste). Other desserts on offer were cupcakes, chestnut steamed buns and some classic Japanese bakery. Then we took a ride along the beautiful rice paddies to Nichihon-ji Temple, the tranquil site known for beautiful hydrangeas. According to our guide, it used to be a major training facility for monks where the ancient sutra scrolls were kept. On the second floor, you will find the display of an impressive ancient kimono. The expansive grounds house two Shinto shrines as the temple was built before the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism. While strolling in a small Japanese garden, you will find a pond with lively carps. Before the darkness set in, we headed to Sawara, a small town in Katori City, an off-the-beaten-track attraction lying in a natural waterway known for its cherished ancient townscape. We checked in at Nipponia Sawara Merchant Town Hotel, a restored hotel comfortably located within walking distance from JR Sawara Station. YATA 103, my room, was previously part of a cotton merchant house. The

Eleven years ago, Airbnb founders Brian and Joe inflated three airbeds in the living room of their San Francisco apartment and the company was born. From airbeds, Airbnb expanded to spare rooms and then to entire homes, to Airbnb Plus and even to boutique hotels. Today Airbnb is bringing the same innovative approach to luxury travel by introducing Airbnb Luxe — a new luxury experience that makes personal and bespoke travel more accessible to everyone. Airbnb Luxe provides access to unique and spectacular properties with dedicated trip designers to arrange bespoke experiences and services to make every stay truly magical. With homes that are destinations in themselves, travelers can stay at incredible places, including award-winning homes in New Zealand and South Africa, castles in France, breathtaking historic villas in Tuscany and modern luxury villas in Thailand’s hottest resort destinations. Airbnb Luxe is built on the deep expertise in luxury travel Airbnb gained from its acquisition of Luxury Retreats in 2017. This new tier launches with more than 2,000 handpicked homes around the world, each one passing strict evaluation across 300+ criteria to meet standards in both design and function. This includes elevated design standards on a variety of elements, from premium materials and finishes and rare and unique features, to spaces that accommodate groups, highly functional design, chef-grade appliances and the proper amount of bathrooms corresponding to each bedroom. Each Airbnb Luxe booking provides access to a dedicated, highly trained trip designer who will ensure the stay is tailored to the traveler’s unique needs every step of the way. After booking a property, the trip designer can help ensure effortless check-in, coordinating local bespoke experiences and activities, and arranging a wide range of services from childcare to private chefs to in-house massage therapists - or, for the dedicated, personal training sessions in your own private gym. “Today’s luxury traveler is craving more than just high-end accommodations; they seek transformation and experiences that leave them feeling more connected to each other and to their destination,” said Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Community.  “With Airbnb Luxe we are applying the same approach we’ve used since we launched Airbnb more than 11 years ago — creating local, authentic and magical travel moments now in amazing places to stay — to reimagine the way people think and experience luxury travel.”   Urban Luxury In addition to chateaux and chalets, Airbnb Luxe will also open the door to spectacular places to stay in cities, a new area of focus. Building on the places to stay already available in cities like London — be it a Kensington oasis or a Sloane Square penthouse; and Los Angeles — like this French Country estate, we plan to add incredible properties in at least 12 more cities this year, including Milan, Paris and Austin. Literary fans can seek inspiration and beachfront luxury at The Fleming Villa in Jamaica where Ian Fleming wrote his famous spy novels. Others may prefer complete privacy and exclusivity by booking an entire island with its very own self-declared time

Bangkok celebrates its 238rd birthday this year. As such a long-running happening city, Bangkok is surely packed with abundant attention-grabbing genres to explore that could actually keep you busy for several days. Let’s discover what Bangkok has on offer and plunge into the “Staycation” trend – where you check in to the city hotels and enjoy their premium services as a treat to yourself without making the effort of travelling outside the city.   THE OKURA PRESTIGE BANGKOK ❱ STYLE The Okura Prestige Bangkok hotel is a stylish, elegant, luxurious and contemporary five-star hotel located at the heart of Thailand’s capital city. The hotel combines unrivalled levels of comfort and convenience with the warmth and charm always associated with genuine Thai hospitality. ❱ STAY All 240 rooms and suites offer impressive views across the dynamic Bangkok skyline through the triple-glazed e-coated panoramic windows. The rooms combine comfort and luxury with the very latest technological developments designed to impress business and leisure travellers. ❱ SAVOUR Delightful dining choices at Up & Above – the all-day dining venue, Michelin-starred restaurant Elements which is inspired by the famous Michelin two-star Ciel Bleu and the signature Japanese restaurant Yamazato, which has also received an award from Thailand’s best restaurant and the recognition from the Michelin Guide Bangkok. ❱ SENSES Relax in the amazing 25-metre cantilevered pool; keep fit in the state-of-the-art fitness centre; find peace and tranquility at The Okura Spa where the tranquil journey begins with a professional consultation and continues to an elegant, fully-equipped treatment room. Trained therapists use exclusive organic teas in a range of treatments designed to conjure relaxation and well-being. ❱ SCENE The Okura Prestige Bangkok is located in the award-winning Park Ventures Ecoplex building which is situated at the heart of the city’s Central Business District on Wireless Road, close to the embassies of the United Kingdom, United States and Japan. The hotel offers direct access to the city’s BTS SkyTrain network at Phloen Chit station and sits close to major shopping malls and commercial districts. The hotel enjoys easy access to and from the city’s two international airports. THE OKURA PRESTIGE BANGKOK Park Ventures Ecoplex, 57 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand T. +66 (0) 2687 9000 F. +66 (0) 2687 9001 W. okurabangkok.com AVANI + RIVERSIDE BANGKOK HOTEL ❱ STYLE Overlooking Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel welcomes discerning global travellers with contemporary style, intuitive service and stunning views across Asia’s most dynamic city. From the rooftop bar and pool at the top of the 26-storey hotel, down to the lobby, Avani+ Riverside Bangkok is a place to relax and unwind, and a base from which to explore nearby neighbourhoods and popular tourist sites along the ‘River of Kings’. ❱ STAY All of the hotel’s 248 stylish guest rooms and suites boast uninterrupted city and river views and all elements are geared towards the promise of a relaxing stay and a good night’s sleep. The neutral décor is a blend of comfort and modernity, natural materials and high-tech equipment, along with extra conveniences. Each of the spacious River View Junior Suites features a bathroom with a view,

Wellness rituals are sensorial journeys that showcase local heritage using native ingredients and traditional massage techniques perfected over centuries.  With over 1,100 hotels and resorts in Asia-Pacific, Accor offers a vast collection of rejuvenating spa treatments that are both calming and relaxing for discerning travellers.  From Singapore, China, Myanmar, Thailand, The Maldives, India and Australia, these seven locally-inspired rituals advocate the goodness of natural healing therapies, while serving as an amazing window for travellers to experience a taste of the traditions of each destination. “Our guests are increasingly looking for spa treatments that draw on the rituals and mythology of the destinations in which they are travelling,” said Spa Manager of award-winning luxury Swiss Spa, Pürovel Spa & Sport, Ms Elva Zhao. “It is as much about relaxing and rejuvenating the body as it is about learning new experiences and understanding cultures and traditions.  Ancient customs and ingredients play a key role in soothing away the stresses of the modern traveller and allow our guests to take a step back from the tensions of today’s busy world.”   SINGAPORE MASSAGE AT SWISSÔTEL MERCHANT COURT, SINGAPORE   At Swissôtel Merchant Court, Singapore guests can enjoy a spectacular 90-minute spa treatment drawing on Singapore’s multi-cultural heritage.  Specifically designed to expel fatigue, daily stresses and tensions, the Singapore Massage focuses on rebalancing energies for the mind and soul.  Utilising Chinese, Malay and Indian massage techniques that represent the cultural mix of Singapore, this treatment culminates with the elimination of body heat, which is achieved by stimulating the foot’s reflex zones.     WHITE FLANNEL FLOWER SANCTUARY RITUAL AT FAIRMONT RESORT & SPA BLUE MOUNTAINS, MGALLERY BY SOFITEL, AUSTRALIA   Standing at the edge of the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains, Ubika Day Spa’s treatments are inspired by the seasons and the native wildlife of Australia.  The spa menu is designed to hydrate, nourish, restore and regenerate for holistic wellbeing. The White Flannel Flower Sanctuary Ritual is a signature head-to-toe degustation experience that pays tribute to the beauty of the bush .  The 105-minute full-body sensory journey includes an Organic Coconut & Jasmine Body Polish, Australian White Flannel Floral Hydrating Cocoon, Baobab & Neroli Facial Massage, Double Face Masque infusion, Peptide+ Multi-Action Serum, Full Body White Flannel Flower Soufflé, and Foot Restoration Massage to leave you feeling completely restored.     SERENITY OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS AT SO SOFITEL BANGKOK, THAILAND   Serenity of the Five Elements is a 90-minute soothing spa ritual based on the five elements of Wood, Earth, Water, Fire and Metal as well as the renowned Thai folk wisdom treatment called “Tok Sen” to balance all five senses.  Tok Sen is an ancient massage technique indigenous to the Lanna region of Northern Thailand and handed down over generations.  This ‘tapping of the meridians’ helps to restore the body’s natural balance. In this treatment, Ytsara aromatherapy oil, which represents the water element is applied all over the body and gently pressed with a warm herbal poultice.  Heat from the poultice represents the fire element, while therapeutic herbs represent the earth. A small Tok Sen hammer, representing the wood

There’s also a place to see the beautiful Autumn color and foliage together with your family, friends or your special one to capture the impression of unique natural scenery in Japan. The new experience that you will definitely love Japan in the angle that you have never been touched before. Here are recommanded tourist routes in Eastern Hokkaido and Tohoku - the region in North East of Japan. Recommended tourist attractions in Eastern Hokkaido There are charm and natural wonder that create with the exciting new tourist route of Eastern Hokkaido. You can visit here every season such as winter is extremely cold until the water becomes frozen, or in the spring, you will experience the beautiful flowers and lush green nature. How to get there: Fly from Haneda airport (Tokyo) to Kushiro airport in Hokkaido   Recommended hotel: Kushiro Prince Hotel (Kushiro, Hokkaido) http://www.princehotels.com/kushiro/ Kushiro Prince Hotel is the gateway to Eastern Hokkaido where you can enjoy the magnificent nature of Hokkaido, including Kushiro Shitugen. It is located about 10 minutes’ walk from Kushiro station. You can enjoy sunset of Kushiro from the guestrooms which is known as one of three most beautiful sunset in the world. It is also great access to walk around Kushiro city such as “Washo Market”.   Travel around Kushiro Washo Market This market is like the kitchen of Kushiro people, founded in 1954 with over 50 stores. The special rice bowl menu of Washo market is “Katte Don” that let you buy a bowl of plain rice, then select raw fish or any seafood as you prefer to put on top of the bowl. You can also buy souvenirs such as processed seafood products, salmon flakes or canned fish roe, Kombu seaweed and etc. (5 minutes’ walk from Kushiro - JR station)   Nusamai Bridge This bridge connects both sides of Kushiro river, it’s 1 of 3 the most beautiful bridges in Hokkaido and also one of the most beautiful sunset spots in the world. Especially during Summer time, the heavy fog will cover the bridge mixing with the light of sunset which makes it even more beautiful. In the four corners of the bridge, there are four female statues in various chapters called the Statues of the Four Seasons which symbolizes Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter of Japan. (10 minutes’ walk from Kushiro Prince Hotel)   Recommended hotel: Kussharo Prince Hotel (Kussharo, Hokkaido) http://www.princehotels.com/kussharo/ Activities:   - Sea of mist  guide tour in Kussharo Experience the beauty of the sea mist in early morning and waiting for the first light to touch the mist. - Stars tour in Kussharo The sky in Kussharo is so clear that millions of stars can be seen. Enjoy the Star-watching tour at night by stars’ expert guides who will tell us the legend of star’s gods while enjoying warm drink.   Travel around the lake Lake Kussharo The crater lake in Akan-Mashu National Park in Eastern Hokkaido, one of the largest lake surface area with 57 kilometers’ circumference. During the winter season, the lake will be frozen so that will be the largest ice surface in Japan. There are various outdoor activities

Prince Hotels, Inc., one of the largest hotel and resort groups in Japan, announces the three new properties that will be opening through the course of 2020, which are Tokyo Bay Shiomi Prince Hotel, Prince Smart Inn Ebisu and Prince Smart Inn Atami. The company will also continue effort to be a hotel loved by guests the world over and locally. Currently, Prince Hotels has a line-up of 43 hotels in Japan, and 31 overseas, attentive to guests every need. It aims to provide the highest level of service and hospitality fitted for any guest situation, whether in a business or resort leisure setting. In Japan, Prince Hotels opened a series of large-scale hotels particularly in the Tokyo metropolitan area and major resort area such as Hokkaido, Kyoto. Looking to the future, the company intend to consolidate its extensive network of city hotels, resort hotels, golf courses and ski resorts in order to provide facilities and services which meet the needs of our guests in a manner befitting one of Japan’s largest hotel leisure businesses. Prince Hotels will also keep striving to remain in step with society through environmentally-friendly sound management. For example, Prince Hotels has progressively ceased the use of single-use plastic straws at directly-managed restaurants and banquet venues at its 43 hotels since January 2019. Patrons who request a straw will be offered paper straws. Prince Hotels will also proceed with the discontinuation of plastic straws at directly-managed restaurants at its ski resorts and golf courses throughout Japan. "Prince Hotel aims to be the hotel group loved by people from all over the world and will improve the value of hotels in Japan and accelerate new opening of hotels in Japan and overseas. We consider Thailand, which has great hospitality called " The country of smile " as an attractive market that is expected to have a higher number of tourists. We will grow from "Prince Hotel in Japan” to “Prince Hotel in the world" and fly to the world, said Mr. Masahiko Koyama, President of Prince Hotels, Inc. Prince Hotels has also nurtured its commitment to expand the brand overseas. Last year, StayWell Holdings and Prince Hotels Inc. have acquired The Arch Hotel London, located in Great Cumberland Place near Marble Arch & Marylebone. The hotel will be rebranded under The Prince Akatoki in 2019 and will be the first hotel globally under this brand. This signifies Prince Hotels’ continuous effort and commitment to expand the brand across the world. The Prince Akatoki brand will certainly help complement the wider portfolio of brands managed by StayWell Holdings that offers a luxury 5-star hotel brand to the Group’s already successful portfolio. Regarding new facilities over the course of 2019-2020, Prince Hotels has planned to launch three new hotels in Japan in order to enhance its capability in serving consumers’ demand in the prime areas, which are Tokyo Bay Shiomi Prince Hotel, Prince Smart Inn Ebisu and Prince Smart Inn Atami. Tokyo Bay Shiomi Prince Hotel Prince Hotels will open Tokyo Bay Shiomi Prince Hotel in July