To commemorate the legacy of iconic Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669), Amsterdam’s luxurious Conservatorium hotel has partnered with the neighbouring Rijksmuseum to offer a special package that will among other amenities, feature curated artwork in a special suite reminiscent of the Rembrandt’s masterpiece, The Night Watch. Highlighting the 350th anniversary of the painter’s death, the “Art Suite by Rembrandt” package was launched in conjunction with the much-anticipated “Year of Rembrandt” celebration at the Rijksmuseum. Through this package, hotel guests will also enjoy unparalleled access to the variety of exhibitions and special events held at the museum, as well as the option to book a rare VIP tour of the Rijksmuseum’s Hall of Fame. To maximize the guest experience, Conservatorium enlisted the assistance of Dutch designer Irma Boom, who created the colour scheme for the suite’s design based on the DNA colours of the Night Watch, as well as renowned Dutch artist Sarah van Sonsbeeck, whose interpretation of “The Night Watch” can be found in the bathroom. The result of the collaboration is a unique and modern take on the classic masterpiece, and an immersive way for guests to enjoy the work of Rembrandt from the comfort of their luxurious surroundings. The Art Suite by Rembrandt package includes: One-night stay in the Art Suite by Rembrandt including breakfast for two guests Complimentary ‘fastlane’ access for two guests to the ‘Year of Rembrandt’ exhibits at the Rijksmuseum Two sleeping masks featuring Rembrandt’s famous work ‘Marten & Oopjen’ One copy of the book Rembrandt: Biography of a Rebel by curator Jonathan Bikker Welcome letter from Rijksmuseum Director General, Taco Dibbits Conservatorium hotel offers the following premium supplements to the Art Suite by Rembrandt package: Private after-hour tour of the Rijksmuseum’s Hall of Fame (€7500) Two-hour private walking tour through the city of Amsterdam that takes showcases where Rembrandt lived and worked, and the places that inspired his work (€190) The “Art Suite by Rembrandt” package is available from €875 per night, including VAT. Offer available from: 1 April - 29 December 2019. For more information, visit www.conservatoriumhotel.com
Costa Cruises, Italy’s largest tourism group and Europe’s number one cruise company, today celebrated the maiden call of the Costa Venezia to Laem Chabang, Thailand. Costa Venezia, a ship designed specifically to offer the Asian market the best of Italy, is the largest ship introduced by Costa to Asia, where the Italian company was the first to start operating in 2006. With a gross tonnage of 135,500 tons, 323 meters in length and a capacity for over 5,200 guests, the Costa Venezia offers a series of unprecedented innovations designed specifically for Asian customers, introducing them to Italian culture, lifestyle and excellence, starting from the interiors, which are inspired by the city of Venice. Mr. Roberto Verdino, Deputy Country Manager for Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia of Costa Group Asia, says: “Costa Venezia has been designed specifically with Asian travellers in mind. While we continue to offer authentic Italian experience, there are many facilities and specialty restaurants that are catered to Asian guests. The joining of Costa Venezia to Costa Asia’s fleet will bring “The Best Time at Sea” cruise holiday to our Asian guests, and at the same time, demonstrate Costa Cruises’ confidence in the Asian market.” On Costa Venezia, guests will experience the uniqueness of Venetian and Italian culture. The ship's theatre is inspired by the world-renowned Venetian La Fenice opera house; the main atrium is reminiscent of St. Mark's Square, while the main restaurants recall the traditional architecture of Venetian alleys and squares. Actual gondolas, made by the Squero di San Trovaso artisans, can also be found on board. Guests can savour the delicacies of regional Italian cuisines at the inclusive restaurants, as well as fine dining with menu curated by chef Umberto Bombana of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant, 81⁄2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, at Restaurant Casanova, one of the five specialty restaurants. Guests will also feel at home with a wide choice of Asian food on offer, including hotpot, teppanyaki, dim sum and noodles. Costa Venezia features more than 8,000 square feet of retail space amid a two-deck Venetian-style shopping pavilion which Starboard Cruise Services, the premier retailer at sea, curated with some of the world’s most celebrated brands. Presented within an Italian-style shopping experience in keeping with the iconic Costa Cruises brand, the collection includes many famous Italian brands, including first-time-at-sea Max Mara, Salvatore Ferragamo and Bvlgari. Costa Venezia further appeals to the Asian shopper with the largest beauty space at sea, measuring more than 2,500 square feet and including over 30 international brands, with the first-at-sea Clé de Peau Beauté and Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent, La Prairie, Bvlgari, Chanel, Dior, La Mer, SK-II and more. Asian beauty brands include Dr. Jart+, Sulwhasoo and The History of Whoo. The Merchant of Venice, a refined perfumer that pays homage to the beauty of Venetian culture, also makes its debut at sea and available for the first time in Asia. In addition, Bvlgari joins Costa Cruises and Starboard to present the first production of its kind at sea: “the Bvlgari Jewelry Show”, an evening of elegance
Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas is celebrating its five-year anniversary on 1 April 2019. The hotel features 314 rooms and offer 3 meeting rooms, located just few steps away from the famous Patong Beach and the unique shopping center of Patong. In addition our team is very attentive to guest needs linked to our concept “Bringing Stories to life” for an unforgettable stay at the Grand Mercure Patong Phuket Resort & Villas. "We will keep take caring our guest by our heart as we do since opening 2014," said by Sebastien Tronchet general manager of Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas. For more information or reservation, please visit GrandMercurePhuketPatong.com
First opened in May 2008, Silavadee is the most luxurious hideaway where you arrive to escape the hustle and bustle of life to be pampered by attentive and exclusive service. Located on Samui island, one of the most famous islands in the world With a total of 80 rooms, pool villas and pool villa suites we provide the perfect spot for you to unwind and be embraced by nature. Rooms and villas range from 50 up to 300 square meter. Along with a complete renovation of all Bathrooms of the Deluxe Rooms which now combine sleek white marble with warm wood elements Silavadee also introduces its new Logo and several changes, to stay one for the most private and luxurious hideaway resorts on the island of Samui. In addition to the resorts refreshed Logo and accommodation, the property also introduces a new Food and Beverage Concept for its “Sun Lounge”, a culinary concept inspired by the local surroundings, providing guests with a selection of dishes made with fresh flavors and local ingredients as well as several products that are grown in their own garden. A healthy cuisine with a farm to table approach paired with a raw juice selection, organic wines and other organic Beverages makes Sun Lounge the ideal spot to rest, relax and feel good during the day. Along with this new culinary direction Silavadee equally introduces additions to the guest activity and spa program that complement the wellbeing aspect. A selection of curated experiences and packages will offer guests the opportunity to get in touch with the local community, Thai culture and nature. Experience mindful wellness activities such as Dawn Yoga, Ocean Breath, Thai Boxing or Healthy cooking classes and sleep meditation. Nature was incorporated during the design of the resort in every possible way and with the 11th anniversary we wish to introduce the above mentioned changes and a new aspect of Silavadee and its facilities. To mark its 11th Anniversary guest at Silavadee can enjoy the following activities and specials during the month of May: Wine pairing Dinner with world famous Francis Ford Coppola Winery Featuring Emily Putnam from Francis Ford Coppola Winery as a guest speaker. The dinner menu will be matched over multiple courses with “Director’s Cut” labels from the film director’s vineyard, presented by Putnam. The price for the dinner, to be held on May 17th is 2500THB including wine. Cocktails start at 18:00 followed by Dinner and Music at 19:00. The Venue for the Dinner will be “STAR” the resorts ultimate Roof Top Venue with breathtaking Views over Lamai Bay. Moet Chandon Champagne Breakfast Throughout the month of May Guest can order this intimate Champagne Breakfast on the Beach. This will be the utmost romantic breakfast featuring a bottle of Moet Chandon, fresh Strawberries, House smoked Salmon, freshly baked Croissants with homemade jams and French Butter, just to name a few. A discrete Beach Butler will stand by to ensure to be at your service should there be any request. Plush Cushions and draping will be prepared to make this Breakfast the
Hotel Purple is the newest addition to the long list of great hotels studding the alluring city. The fresh, fun boutique hotel is located in one of Hong Kong's most-loved neighborhoods - Tin Hau. It is just a short walk from the MTR, a highly-efficient local railway system that is the preferred mode of transport of both locals and tourists. Even better, the hotel is just 10 minutes away from Causeway Bay and an extra 5 minutes away from Central, two must-visit areas in Hong Kong. Hotel Purple has 83 stylish rooms filling its 24-floored building. As its name suggests, the interiors are accented with purple (and yellow), creating a vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere. Along with a cozy reception area and a terrace overlooking the cityscape, the boutique hotel also has a chic lounge where guests can unwind and bond with others over fun local board games. To celebrate the opening, Hotel Purple is having a special promotion until 30 June where guests can enjoy their stay at the hotel's studio rooms for as low as HK$600/night.
Celebrated chef and former holder of three Michelin stars hosts an exquisite epicurean evening on the shores of Koh Lanta, as Pimalai continues to enhance its culinary reputation Pimalai Resort & Spa, the luxury resort surrounded by nature on Koh Lanta, has further elevated its culinary reputation by welcoming celebrated French chef Bruno Menard back to the resort for his second annual “Gastronomic Journey”. Hosted on the evening of Sunday 31st March 2019, this exclusive epicurean evening saw Chef Bruno create an extraordinary four-course dinner for guests at Seven Seas Wine Bar and Restaurant, Pimalai’s stunning fine dining destination which overlooks the Andaman Sea. This year’s Gastronomic Journey took place almost exactly a year after Chef Bruno hosted his inaugural culinary event at Pimalai. This will now become an annual occasion, as the luxury resort strives to become a world-renowned gastronomic destination and put the island of Koh Lanta on the global culinary map. A former holder of three Michelin stars and a judge on the Asian edition of MasterChef, Chef Bruno is a culinary genius whose stellar 35-year career has taken him to some of the world’s leading restaurants. He is currently the Food Director at JUNON, the acclaimed French restaurant in Hong Kong, and Executive Chef at Vranken-Pommery Monopole, which owns a collection of vineyards, including many in the Champagne region of France. “Thailand’s food culture has been famous for many years, but we are now seeing the country’s culinary influence spreading across the globe. Many of the world’s leading chefs are now being attracted to Thailand’s shores, and Bruno Menard certainly fits into that category - he is one of the few chefs to have achieved three Michelin stars, the holy grail of fine dining. We were delighted to welcome Chef Bruno back to Pimalai and our guests were dazzled by his cuisine. This is another important step in establishing our resort as an exceptional gastronomic destination,” said Franck de Lestapis, Pimalai’s long-serving general manager. Chef Bruno’s refined four-course menu at Pimalai focused on light, vibrant flavours, with dishes that blended exquisite French cooking techniques with Asian influences. To ensure a deep connection with Koh Lanta, many ingredients were sourced from the resort’s own herb garden. The evening commenced with an amuse-bouche of borscht emulsion with marinated mushroom, followed by an appetiser of confit salmon with caviar, asparagus and Chantilly sauce. The main course showcased lightly poached turbot with white wine and extra virgin olive oil emulsion, ikura and condiments, before the menu concluded with a dessert of textured red fruit with espuma de crème Catalane. Pimalai’s second annual Gastronomic Journey was attended by in-house guests and outside diners, plus local and international media from Thailand, Hong Kong, UAE and Singapore. Publications represented at the event included the Bangkok Post, Robb Report Thailand, World Travel Magazine, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, South China Morning Post, and Destinations of the World. Guests were also treated to an exclusive itinerary at Pimalai, including sunset cocktails, a wildlife tour to a mangrove forest, a sunset cruise to Koh Haa,
Disney’s THE LION KING is to premiere in Bangkok in September 2019 at Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre. The international tour, which is the 25th global production of Broadway’s landmark musical, will be performed in English with Thai subtitles. “We’re excited to bring the world-renowned stage production of The Lion King to Thailand,” said Thomas Schumacher, President & Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. “Julie Taymor and her extraordinary creative team have realized a production of enormous scale, beauty and heart and I cannot wait for new audiences to join us.” THE LION KING is a one-of-a-kind majestic production that has established a new level of artistry for musical theatre from the staging, costumes, and choreography which are reminiscent of the vast savannahs of Africa and its distinctive animal characters. The musical is also greatly shaped by African music, language, and arts. The production has received attention for supporting the foundations of the local Thai musical market by performing in Bangkok from Saturday 14 September 2019 in what will be the longest run for an international musical in the city. Ticket prices start at Bt1,500 and are available at all ThaiTicketMajor outlets or log on to www.thaiticketmajor.com or contact 0-2262-3838.
Airbnb and the Louvre today announced that the museum will be transformed into a magical Home for one night. For the first time ever, passionate art-lovers will have the chance to cosy up to priceless masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa, and sleep under the Louvre’s iconic glass Pyramid in a “mini-pyramid” that will be specially designed to celebrate the building’s 30th anniversary. A night in the Museum For one night only, on April 30, Airbnb and the Louvre are giving a lucky winner and their guest a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see what happens inside the world’s most magical museum when the lights go out. As the sun sets on Paris, the winning duo will make their way to the museum where they will be greeted by an art-historian, who will take them on a bespoke tour, like those previously given to the Obamas, Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Once they have discovered the museum’s wonders, the duo will enjoy their Home for the night in the presence of some truly legendary hosts: they will toast the Mona Lisa with a cosy Renaissance inspired aperitif, while relaxing on a sumptuous Parisian lounge sofa, listening to the atmospheric sounds of French music on vinyl records. Venus of Milo, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, will then “host” an extravagant feast in a pop up dining room. And lastly, guests will be treated to an intimate acoustic concert in Napoleon III’s lavish Apartments. At the end of this very special evening, the winners will retire to their bedroom under the Pyramid for what promises to be a masterpiece of a sleepover. Exclusive Airbnb Experiences Airbnb’s partnership with the Louvre extends beyond the lucky winner of the contest and their guest; from May until the end of the year, a series of exceptional Experiences at the museum will be bookable on the Airbnb platform. These Experiences, the programming of which will be revealed in the coming weeks, will give everyone the opportunity to rediscover the most famous museum in the world from a totally new angle, with exclusive visits and intimate concerts. How to participate? To enter, simply go to airbnb.com/louvre before April 12 at 23h59 (French time - GMT+1) and answer this question: why would you be the Mona Lisa's perfect guest? One winner will be selected. All terms and conditions of the contest are available on airbnb.com/louvre.
Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse will officially celebrate its first anniversary in April by hosting The Surawongse Festival – a two-day celebration featuring food, art & craft products, music, workshops and family activities. Hosted from 6-7 April 2019 at The Surawongse Rooftop from 5pm – 10pm., the hotel’s elegant alfresco venue, this milestone event will showcase an eclectic mix of music, food and arts & crafts. Themed as “Backyard Party,” The Surawongse Festival allows hotel guests, local residents and other visitors to stroll around artisan stalls featuring everything from handmade soaps to local jewelry, leather goods, deigned products from Thai fabric and more. Alternatively, guests can simply sit back, chill out and soak up the enchanting garden atmosphere, with fairy lights and low-slung seating. Hotel’s delicacies will be served, including barbecued meats, burgers, hot dogs, popcorn and curries from the four corners of Thailand, plus delectable desserts. Children will be kept fully entertained with a series of kids’ activities, including face painting and balloon art!