Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,200 properties across more than 80 countries will be opening its new Wyndham Grand resort located in Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand. The resort will make its debut with a total of 353 guest rooms ranging from standard deluxe rooms to studio suites all with pool access and its very own private balcony or terrace, allowing guests to catch the surrounding views of Nai Harn. The opening of Wyndham Grand Nai Harn Beach Phuket marks the brand’s second hotel in Phuket after Wyndham Grand Kalim Bay located in Kamala. “Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has been on a fantastic trajectory. We are delighted to be working closely with our owners; Cissa Group Co Ltd, for the opening of this beautiful resort. With Thailand being an ideal tourist destination for its tropical climate and Nai Harn charming its guests with its serene beach setting and surrounding iconic attractions, the opening of the new Wyndham Grand Nai Harn Beach Phuket could not have come at a more opportune time. As the island’s first upper upscale resort, we want to provide guests not only a place to stay but also a great experience that they would remember,” said Joon Aun Ooi, President and Managing Director, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, South East Asia and Pacific Rim. Elaborating about the progress of the hotel, Joon Aun said, “Initially, the plan was to open the resort under the Wyndham brand, but as the project progressed, we felt that the positioning strategy and brand identity was more suited for a Wyndham Grand hotel. We realigned the unique selling points of this hotel’s concept and built an effective branding strategy, not only visually but also hotel concept development wise. We don’t only consider the aesthetics, but all the intangible features this brand provides.” Joon Aun further added, “Wyndham Grand Nai Harn Beach Phuket, a stunning oasis of serenity is designed surrounding clear blue lagoons and lush forests allowing authentic experiences and touchpoints for the modern traveller. Our beautiful new resort perfectly blends modern sleek design as well as offers an array of options to keep everyone entertained.” Guests staying at Wyndham Grand Nai Harn Beach Phuket will also have easy access to many different local attractions, bars, restaurants and some of Phuket’s best beaches such as Nai Harn beach. A short walk from the resort, Nai Harn beach is surrounded by hillsides and is an open front beach facing the Andaman sea. Guests staying at the Wyndham Grand Nai Harn Beach Resort should not miss this opportunity to visit the beach for a swim in the sea’s clear waters. The resort is within immediate tourist landmarks for first-time or returning guests to venture out into: Nai Harn Beach Rawai Beach Kata/Karon Beach Big Buddha Chalong Spiritual Buddhist Temple Phromthep Cape Lookout Point Guests staying at the resort will be treated to numerous amenities and services including: Complimentary Wi-Fi Fitness Centre Business Centre A kids club and babysitting service COCO Sea Spa; Wyndham Nai Harn Phuket’s
South-East Asia’s wildest New Year’s Eve celebration is back to help you ring in 2020! In recent editions, NEON Countdown has conquered Malaysia and become one of the largest music festivals in the country. Following on from this, in 2018 NEON reaffirmed its reputation as Asia’s fastest-growing paint party by expanding into Thailand, with other destinations planned for the near future. This time round, Neon Countdown has joined forces with the renowned Meta Music Festival to bring you Meta: The Rebellion of Neon Countdown. Attendees are warmly invited to celebrate the end of the decade with a myriad of international and local DJs, creating a community built on the brand’s core values: love music and experience. Confirmed line-up for the festival are Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, who have just been crowned as DJ Mag’s No. 1 DJ in the entire world! Not only that, but Armin van Buuren (currently no. 4 on the list and the highest ranking of all trance acts) will also be headlining the event. The bar has already been set extremely high with the announcement of these two world-class artists. Vini Vici, the most iconic psytrance artist in the world, their cataclysmic, yet authentic and mesmerizing sound took them away beyond the psychedelic world spectrum. Following after, Valentino Khan, Will Sparks, Ben Nicky, Dimatik and many more. Slap that paint across your face and watch the Show DC Arena come to life under the ultraviolet glow; it won’t just be the skies that are lit up this December. With extravagant production scale, this 2020 countdown will be the event to be waited for. There aren’t really enough words to describe the level of production at the stage, one must simply experience them in person. Each night promises to be a beautiful display of color and coordination, and the closing night is bound to be a true spectacle. Fireworks are designed to for the beautiful countdown. NEON Countdown Music Festival 2019 take place on December 30-31 2019 at SHOW DC. Phase One Tickets are 2,500 baht. For more information, contact Facebook page NEON on Messenger.
Revolutionising the festival landscape with a celebration of art, music, food and ideas that positions it as one of the world’s most unique musical experiences, Thailand’s sustainable utopia Wonderfruit returns for its sixth edition on 12th-16th December 2019 at The Fields At Siam Country Club, Pattaya. Nestled within lush greenery as far as the eye can see and situated just 2 hours from Bangkok, Wonderfruit champions a trailblazing ethos of inspiring lasting sustainable change through its yearly gathering in eastern Thailand, a famous meeting point for like-minded travellers in search of a rare and beautiful festival experience. With creative forces from across the globe and locally, plus welcoming diverse regional and international talent, many influences combine to create Wonderfruit’s living and breathing pop up city. The vibrant culmination is built on 6 key pillars at its core: Art & Architecture, Music, Family, Farm To Feasts, Talks & Workshops and Wellness, all of which are heavily steered by Wonderfruit’s aim to create meaningful environmental impact on an ever-growing scale. With breathtaking experiences as wide-ranging as the world’s first 360-degree sound structure within the stunning Polygon or Solar Stage’s shaded cover to witness sunrise and sunset, Wonderfruit is a hedonistic playground for all its global citizens, with hidden thrills, visual delights and a challenging, 24- hour musical programme on offer throughout. Further deconstructing the Wonderfruit experience into a cluster of villages connected by social spaces, a main stage is replaced in favour of the bustling Living Village that boasts music, dining options and workshops in a new interactive area assembled from recycled plastic materials and designed to offer new ways to touch, taste, hear, see and feel the world around us. Cited as the location for “bold statements and unashamed self-expression”, the impressive all- bamboo structure of Forbidden Fruit welcomes all, while The Quarry plunges dancers into a jungle where beats meet nature. Explore The Fields to find the Molam Bus, a party of authentic Molam performances to celebrate the Isaan way that influences so much of Thai culture, or head to 24-hour hub Neramit for cocktails, brunch or dinner. Scratch Talks’ takeover of the Eco Pavilion will challenge and change how we view the world by assembling some of our greatest speakers and Wonderness offers city dwellers the opportunity to take part in wellness and workshops, with world- class cuisine served up along communal dining tables in the Theatre of Feasts. Providing the soundtrack across Wonderfruit’s multitude of experiences are a groundbreaking clutch of artists from near and far that explore the broadest corners of genre. Four Tet reigns as one of modern dance music’s most influential figures and he’ll be demonstrating why with an eagerly-anticipated set on the Solar Stage, built by Burning Man artist Gregg Fleishman, while Rush Hour boss Antal promises house, disco and undiscovered gems for dancers everywhere. Beatboxing legend Beardyman unleashes his trademark blistering style and flow, Raphäel Top-Secret and John Gómez push the boundaries of club music and Sarathy Korwar showcases the frantic sounds of his unique spiritual
GAYSORN VILLAGE, “Urban Lifestyle Village” in Thailand hosted “GAYSORN XMAS VILLAGE 2019″ to usher in the festival of fun and happiness and celebrate the end of the year in the “XMAS SPIRIT & FUN”. Unleash the fun of the magic and charms of Christmas in a fabulously festive atmosphere, with rule-breaking decorations that treasures the traditions of Christmas while infusing it with a modern sensitivity. Visitors can indulge themselves in style. Do not miss highlight activities throughout the festive season: witness the spectacular beauty of 15-meter Christmas tree; stand a chance to win special prizes from the “Soi Dao” signature promotion that everyone has been waiting for, with prizes totaling over 10 million Baht; lose yourself in countless of dazzling entertainment options; chill with mugs of craft beers in the joyous atmosphere at Wishbeer Winter Garden at the Gaysorn Cocoon Drop-off. Participate in and enjoy special promotions, activities, and sharing opportunities: GAYSORN EXCLUSIVE POP-UP STORE Gaysorn welcomes pop-ups stores from leading Thai and international brands that have lined up to lighten and brighten up the shopping and eating experience during this festive season. THE SKI EDITION The first multi-brand store in Thailand to bring together premium clothing and ski and snowboard equipment from famous brands from across the globe. THE SKI EDITION: From Piste to Après Ski tears away the tired image of skiing to present a new skiing experience that reflects one's personal lifestyle through clothes and equipment that are outstanding in both function and design. Among the curated popular brands are PERFECT MOMENT, FUSALP, GOLDBERGH, BOGNER and FALKE Open today - February 2020, 2nd Floor, Gaysorn Tower SMALL A minimalist frozen yogurt store unique for its seasonal cones and flavors. This Christmas, try the fun green fro-yo on a red cone that captures the festive mood. The word SMALL comes from the different cup sizes, from S, M, A for cone, to L. Open today - 29th February 2020, 1st Floor, Gaysorn Centre KAD KOKOA KAD KOKOA, the cafe for cacao lovers made by Thai people for both Thais and foreigners to learn that Thai chocolate is just as good as any. The brand has sourced high-quality cacao from all over the country, from Chiang Mai, Chanthaburi, Chumporn, and Prajuab Kiri Khan. Not to be missed is the Hot Chocolate Pure 70%, otherwise known as the classic hot chocolate for anyone who loves the rich taste of cocoa. Open today - 29th February 2020, G Floor, Gaysorn Centre WISHBEER WINTER GARDEN Enjoy craft beer outdoors in an atmosphere filled with festive lights and colors and a giant Christmas tree in the chillest beer garden by Wishbeer, which is offering a weekly rotation of craft beers from all over the globe, more than 10 taps at a time. Enjoy a food menu selected to go perfectly with the beer, along with live acoustic music every Friday to Sunday from 05.00 pm – 12.00 am from today till 6 January 2020. Gaysorn Cocoon Drop-off, G Floor, Gaysorn Village GAYSORN ART GALLERY Do not miss “The Art Of Modern Luxury Surface” exhibition from the brand Stone and Style which invites you to experience the innovation of aesthetic cladding
The world’s most remote destinations are often its most exceptional. From the lofty peaks of Bhutan to the legendary reefs surrounding Indonesia’s fabled Spice Islands, Aman is renowned for making these destinations accessible to its guests in consummate privacy and comfort. Aman’s dedication to offering ease of access and the finest service available has now taken to the skies, with the launch of the Aman Private Jet – an airborne extension of the Aman resort philosophy. Available for charter to elevate existing multi-destination Aman journeys, to create bespoke itineraries incorporating several Aman destinations around the world, or for use between non-Aman destinations, journeys can be tailored specifically to the needs and interests of its guests. Each booking is fully customisable and every itinerary flexible, with passengers having access to their very own Aman Jet Concierge, who will plan every detail of their travels, ensuring that each journey is an all-encompassing start-to-finish immersion in the Aman way of life. Aman’s Bombardier Global 5000 is one of the world’s most luxurious and spacious personal aircraft. Seating a maximum of 12 passengers, the plane can reach top speeds of 574 mph, with a range of 9,630km. With flexible departure times and seamless customs clearance overseen by Aman’s expert staff, passengers can commence their journey relaxed and stress-free. The Aman Private Jet itself is best-in-class in terms of speed, range and field performance, promising the smoothest ride possible for a restful flight. Guests can choose their in-flight meals ahead of their journey and will have access to their luggage throughout their flight, as well as constant, high-speed Wifi connectivity. Other unique Aman touches include a tea ceremony and amenities from the brand’s all-natural range of Aman Skincare products. Catering for both short- and long-haul trips, the Aman Private Jet is ideal for group, family and corporate travel. To celebrate the launch of the jet, Aman has curated four new journeys, incorporating multiple Aman properties, that explore some of the world’s most beguiling destinations in a unique and insightful Aman way. These include ‘Bali & Beyond’, ‘The Secrets of China’, ‘Indochina Past & Present’, and ‘From the Himalayas to the Sea’. Bali & Beyond offers passengers the chance to build a bespoke Indonesian itinerary including up to five Aman destinations. These include Aman’s trio of Balinese retreats – Amandari, Amankila and the Aman Villas at Nusa Dua – as well as Amanjiwo overlooking Borobudur in Central Java’s spiritual heartland, and Amanwana a tented camp on the island of Moyo in the Flores Sea. This is an unparalleled opportunity to experience the cultural, spiritual and natural diversity of this spectacular archipelago. From the rural peace of Hangzhou’s West Lake and the thousand-year old history of Lijiang, to the 21st century dynamism of Shanghai, The Secrets of China combines stays at Amanfayun, Amandayan and Amanyangyun to create a personalised private-jet tour of the country’s hidden wonders – both ancient and modern. Indochina Past & Present takes in the ancient culture and timeless scenery of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam – an enticing proposition for anyone curious to explore Southeast Asia. With their proximity
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
Oris’s latest watch powered by an in-house developed calibre is a landmark design. The skeletonised Calibre 115 movement opens up the 10-day power reserve and non-linear power reserve indicator to reveal how they work. It’s a contemporary take on luxury that highlights the eternal value of a beautifully crafted Swiss Made mechanical watch. Oris’s Senior Product Design Engineer, Lukas Bühlmann was telling us how everything came together. What was the design brief behind the Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115? Ultimately, the brief was to propel Oris Aviation watches into the next generation. We made pilot’s watches for American servicemen in the Second World War. But what does a contemporary, luxury Oris pilot’s watch look like? What were the biggest obstacles to delivering that brief? One of the hardest things was figuring out how to maintain the balance between the formal language of the case and the movement. In other words, how do you design a modern watch that is not a fashion watch? We wanted to create something contemporary that would retain its relevance as fashions change. Where did you look for inspiration? Aviation and architecture. The idea behind the watch started with the movement, and we gave this a strong architectural look. The skeletonised barrel draws your eye first and then the bridges, and then you start seeing the detail in the wheels.The case is more like a stealth plane. There’s an exciting interplay between the movement and the static elements. There’s a futuristic quality to the design – is that deliberate? I wouldn’t call it futuristic, but it is a future-driven design. Oris has a long pilot’s watch history and you can see that in the design, which is important. It also shows Oris’s competence, and the long-term value of a beautifully designed and manufactured mechanical object. Do you think of this as a pilot’s watch? It’s certainly not a conventional pilot’s watch. For example, this is the first Oris pilot’s watch without any numerals on the dial. But the aviation DNA is still there in the details. We used titanium for the case, for example, because it’s very light. What really makes this a pilot’s watch is its technical look. Technology is the driving force behind aviation today. What design considerations are there with a skeletonised watch? First and foremost is technical feasibility. This is a designer’s constant companion during the design process. The design and the functionality have to work together. Furthermore, you have to think on several levels at the same time, so that when all the components come together, you get the design you set out to create. Overall, because of these considerations, the job takes longer, too. Sometimes, those considerations must create problems? Yes, of course. Sometimes you want to design something one way, but you quickly realise that it’s not technically feasible. It’s about adapting. The better you understand the design philosophy, the quicker you’ll find solutions. What does this watch say about Oris’s take on luxury? The truth is that for Oris, luxury is about being able to go your own way. That’s why it’s our strapline. In
Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) will launch new roundtrip flights between Bangkok and Sendai, with service to begin on 29 October 2019. Sendai, one of Japan’s historical cities, is located in the center of Tohoku region. Located 300 kilometers Northeast from Tokyo on Honshu Island, Sendai is blessed with its perfect scenery and warm climate. Sendai is the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, and is situated 350 kilometers north of Tokyo. Sendai has a population of one million, and is the political and economic center of Japan’s Tohoku (northeast) Region. Although Sendai is a large city, it is known throughout Japan as a modern city in harmony with nature. The city possesses beautiful scenery, such as the Hirose River that runs through central Sendai, and the lush zelkova trees that line its streets. Greenery is especially abundant in the center of the city, which has tree-lined streets and parks. Sendai, also known as the City of Trees, is beautiful year-round, especially in autumn during the change of seasons. The seasonal climate in Sendai is pleasant and enjoyable, especially the falling leaves in the autumn and snowfall views in the winter. Sendai is also known for its beautiful nature sites, such as Matsushima that has one of three of the best sightseeing views in Japan. In Matsushima, one can take a cruise around Matsushima Bay and feed the seagulls. For a view of Sendai, there is the Sendai Castle Site or Aoba Castle for a panoramic view of the city. As well, there is a statue of Date Masamune riding on a horse, who built the caste 400 years ago. Despite being the political center and economic hub of Northeastern Japan, tourists may seek peace at onsens, Zuihoden, Osaki Hachimangu Shrine, and many other shrines. In addition, Gyutan is a Sendai must-try menu. Sendai also values history and culture. Many traditional events such as the Sendai Tanabata Festival continue to this day. The Sendai International Music Competition and the Johzenji Street Jazz Festival are also held in the city, along with many theatrical performances. Tourists may choose to fly in comfort with THAI on flights to all regions of Japan. THAI is pleased to serve Sendai and fly to all regions in Japan, as well as support increasing demand for travel to more parts of Japan. Sendai is THAI’s seventh destination in Japan. Beginning 29 October 2019, THAI will operate roundtrip flights from Bangkok-Sendai at three flights per week, utilizing Boeing 777-200 aircraft with 30 seats in Royal Silk Class and 279 seats in Economy Class. The flight schedule is as follows: Bangkok-Sendai Roundtrip Flight Schedule Route Flight Number Days Time Departure Arrival Bangkok-Sendai TG 626 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 23.59 hours 7.40 hours (next day) Sendai-Bangkok TG 627 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 11.15 hours 16.05 hours For further information, reservations, and ticketing, please visit thaiairways.com, or call the THAI Contact Center at Tel. 02-356-1111 (24 hours a day)
H&M Studio is thrilled to unveil the campaign for its A/W 19 collection, “Magical Realism”, infused with a dramatic mood of feminine spirituality. Designed to be versatile and timeless, the collection gives female power-dressing a game-changing makeover for a new era of confident women. The key pieces include the strong-shouldered Italian wool coat, the tailored wool suit with its nipped-in waist, tailored leather trousers, protective padded down nylon outerwear, elegant cotton and viscose blouses, bi-colour knee-high boots and fly-in-the-wind, recycled polyester dresses. A punchy colour palette of autumnal browns and mossy greens is offset by pops of tomato red and acidic yellow, alongside whimsical bespoke prints inspired by magnetic fields. “We were inspired by the notion of finding the magic in the everyday. Every piece in this collection is designed to empower the 24/7 modern woman seeking out clothes that are long-lasting and timeless but also have a soft, spiritual element, too. There are so many wardrobe classics in this collection that can be styled to suit an urban lifestyle and will last for years to come,” says Angelica Grimborg, H&M Studio Concept Designer. “This collection is a celebration of the modern woman. She is deeply free, empowered and stands up for what she believes in. She dresses for herself, which translates as a mix of classic shapes with more avant-garde pieces. We chose to photograph the collection on the bustling streets of New York – a melting pot of energy and diversity – to represent this spirit of freedom, strength and energy”, says Ludivine Poiblanc, stylist and creative consultant. The collection will be available at H&M Siam Paragon and CentralWorld from 5 September 2019.