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Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas is pleased to announce that we won 2019 World Luxury Hotel Awards in category “Luxury Contemporary Hotel, Continent Winner in Asia”. The World Luxury Hotel Awards recognize establishments for world-class service excellence. Awards are presented on a country, regional, continent and global basis. Winners are selected by public vote online, providing true recognition that reflects the hard work and dedication exhibited by staff. This is the fourth time that Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas wins the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas, the perfect oasis in Patong, is located within walking a hidden and serene hideaway founded upon the grand tradition of Thai hospitality. The hotel represents a new generation of retreats that combines natural beauty and cultural heritage. Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas features 314 units including 252 Superior Rooms, 38 Deluxe Pool Access Rooms, 10 Suites, 10 One Bedroom Pool Villas and four Two Bedroom Pool Villas. The hotel is ideally suited to young travellers, families and friends looking to spend quality time together in the heart and soul of Patong. For more information or reservation, please call +66 76 231 999 Ext. 1969

Conrad Koh Samui has received international recognition at the 2019 World Luxury Restaurant & Spa Awards - an annual event that names the best luxury restaurants and spas on every continent.  At the awards ceremony held recently in St Petersburgh, Conrad Koh Samui received three awards for its ocean front Jahn restaurant, well known for its fine dining atmosphere and modern Thai cuisine, and one award for Conrad Spa Koh Samui.  Accolades awarded to Jahn restaurant at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards were for top global ‘Luxury Resort Restaurant’ (fourth consecutive year); ‘Thai Cuisine’ (Asia continent category) and ‘Fine Dining Cuisine’ (Regional category).  The Conrad Spa Koh Samui was named ‘Country Winner’ in the Luxury Wellness Spa category at the World Luxury Spa Awards, held simultaneously in St. Petersburgh. The World Luxury Spa Awards recognise spas across a variety of categories on a country, regional, continental and global level.  Conrad Koh Samui General Manager Ruben Gabino said, “The judges in the World Luxury Restaurant Awards were clearly very impressed once again with the totally authentic dining experience provided for every guest at Jahn. Thailand is well known throughout the world for its diversity of cuisine and the sheer wealth of home-grown herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables and other ingredients. Indeed, Thailand is blessed with wonderful herbs and spices and we grow many of them in the kitchen garden terrace created by our chefs.”  Ruben Gabino added, “Health and wellness is an integral part of the Thailand visitor experience and we are very proud that Conrad Spa Koh Samui has been recognised as one of Thailand’s top spas. Our mission is always to create luxurious and poignant memories for our spa guests whilst recognising that the most important luxury is ‘being yourself.  “Spa treatments form an important element in providing an environment for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. That’s why we have invested heavily in creating a luxury spa at the Conrad Koh Samui that delivers the highest possible global standards day after day. Each spa journey is a tailor-made experience that begins with a detailed consultation and continues with a customised treatment designed to ensure a transformed state of being.”  World Luxury Awards Group Marketing Director Michael Hunter-Smith said, “We congratulate this year’s winners. True luxury is not easily attained. It takes highly efficient and dedicated staff who are willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that every guest feels cared for and no challenge goes unresolved. This is the definition of luxury. It is what makes the winners shine.” 

Adding to its repertoire of refined luxurious accommodations, Robertson Lodges has announced the creation of The Residences at Kauri Cliffs. The three new private residences filled with high-end amenities and ultimate comfort are ideal for larger guest groups. Opening in November 2019, each offers a stay comprising the very best in accommodations, fresh farm to table cuisine and local beverages, and activities on the property, guaranteeing a memorable time for their guests. Similar to the Owner’s Cottages, The Residences at Kauri Cliffs were developed for owner Julian Robertson’s children and their families. While they are used personally by the Robertson family, both the Owner’s Cottage and now The Residences at Kauri Cliffs are available for guest stays. The experience begins as soon as guests set foot on the property, when they receive a welcome basket of locally sourced goods. Each of the three Residences carries its own individual style, featuring warm décors by acclaimed New Zealand interior designer Virginia Fisher that perfectly blend with the surrounding green hills and blue sea of Northland. Walking into their Residence, guests face a spacious living and dining room, accompanied by a family-sized kitchen complete with a casual dining island, a butler’s pantry for exclusive chef service and a mini-bar carrying New Zealand’s finest wines, beers and spirits. A private laundry room is also located in each villa. Stepping out to an expansive veranda, each villa also has their own private 25-foot saltwater swimming pool and deck for guests to enjoy. Each of the three Residences has four guest bedrooms that offer spacious beds and wardrobes, private bathrooms and direct access to verandas. Guests in the master bedrooms also enjoy memorable views of the picturesque farmland, award-winning golf course and the Pacific Ocean. Maintaining the same sparkling presentation as when guests arrive, suites are refreshed by housekeeping twice daily. The Residence experience continues on the property, as guests can take a private golf cart to the main lodge just a short drive away. There, guests can enjoy the resort’s facilities to the fullest, as a stay at the Residences also includes access to the tennis courts, walking trails, private beaches and The Spa which includes treatment rooms, a heated lap pool, jacuzzi, sauna and gymnasium. Guests can also indulge in a full daily breakfast, pre-dinner drinks, canapes and dinner showcasing local flavors. Taking the golf cart back to the Residence, guests can rest and recharge for the next day and the next adventure at Kauri Cliffs. FOR MICE MEDIA: The addition of The Residences at Kauri Cliffs now makes Kauri Cliffs the largest luxury lodge accommodation provider in New Zealand, able to accommodate 76 people for a bucket-list adventure. The added accommodation provides additional meeting spaces for intimate groups, comfortably seating 12 or more guests in ultimate luxury and privacy. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs offers many once in a lifetime experiences that your team won’t find anywhere else, such as private beaches and a surf break where experienced surfers can enjoy a one of a kind surfing experience as well as other activities including

Highclere Castle - the home of Downton Abbey - is now available for a once-in-a-lifetime stay available only on Airbnb. For one night only, Highclere Castle will open its doors to two guests, giving super fans an opportunity to immerse themselves in the iconic location of Downton Abbey, and learn what life might have been like for the Crawleys. Guests will be treated like royalty during their stay, with the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon inviting their guests to join them for an exclusive evening of cocktails in the Saloon followed by a traditional dinner in the State Dining Room, being waited on by Highclere Castle's own butler. After dinner, coffee will be served in the Library before the guests retire to one of the principal bedrooms with an en-suite bathroom and views over 1,000 acres of rolling parkland. Before departing the next day, guests will enjoy a delicious breakfast prior to a private tour of Highclere Castle's extensive grounds. The Castle itself covers 100,000 square feet and has a total of 300 rooms. Throughout the property, the rooms are opulently decorated and furnished, with each detail providing a unique insight into Highclere Castle's history. Fans will get the opportunity to explore iconic rooms, such as the Drawing Room, or relax in one of the Gallery bedrooms, following in the footsteps of kings and queens. In celebration of the motion picture event Downton Abbey, booking for the listing will open on October 1, 2019 at 12PM BST. Lady Carnarvon, Host on Airbnb comments: "It's an absolute privilege and pleasure to call Highclere Castle my home and I am delighted to be able to share it on Airbnb for a truly unique stay. Highclere Castle has been in the Carnarvon family since 1679 and has an incredibly rich history. I am passionate about the stories and heritage of Highclere Castle, and I am looking forward to welcoming our future guests." Hadi Moussa, General Manager for Northern Europe Airbnb comments: "We are thrilled to be able to offer fans the ultimate Downton Abbey experience through this once-in-a-lifetime-stay at Highclere Castle. At Airbnb we are passionate about offering unique and unforgettable travel experiences to our community, and we are certain that guests will have a magical experience while staying on the iconic location of Downton Abbey." Booking details: To view Highclere Castle - home of Downton Abbey - on Airbnb, visit airbnb.com/downtonabbey Highclere Castle is only available for a one-night stay for up to two guests on November 26, 2019 costing £150 inclusive. Reservation opportunities will go live on October 1, 2019 at 12PM BST. To celebrate this special offering, Airbnb will be making a donation to The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.  

In anticipation of Downton Abbey’s big-screen debut this September, fans of the series will be delighted to hear that Hotel Café Royal is offering the ultimate British escape to experience what life was like for British aristocracy in the 1920s. Opened in 1865 and previously the haunt of famed British patrons, from Princess Diana and Winston Churchill to Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf, Café Royal, London has been an established and iconic landmark on the capital’s social scene for over a century. Located in the beating heart of London in between Mayfair and Soho, the hotel is perfectly positioned for guests to enjoy an action-packed itinerary of history and glamour inspired by the characters and storylines of Downton Abbey. The Royal Package, from $8500 The ultimate experience for Downton Abbey fans, the Royal Package offers two nights in one of Hotel Café Royal’s historic suites and two days packed with activities inspired by the show. The adventure begins with a day trip to Highclere Castle, the sprawling country house and estate where Downton Abbey’s Crawley family call home, for a tour of the much-loved grounds where so many memorable lines were uttered. Guests will be escorted in their own private Rolls Royce or helicopter for the day and will return to Hotel Café Royal to enjoy their award-winning traditional afternoon tea with a bottle of champagne. The next morning, guests can enjoy a chauffeur-driven tour of nearby Mayfair of British institutions Burberry, Fortnum & Mason, Prestat and Penhaligon’s, all of which hold the London Royal Warrant and are approved suppliers to the British royal family. Once guests are in need of a refreshment, they will be escorted to St James’ Park, next to Buckingham Palace, to enjoy a Butler’s picnic and champagne in the grounds of Marlborough House, the birthplace of King George V who is expected to visit the Crawley family in the movie. That evening, guests are invited for a private cocktail masterclass at Hotel Café Royal’s Green Bar where they will learn how to master the art of 1920s-isnpired mixology, and of course sample some too. On their final morning in London before departure, guests will enjoy a private etiquette lesson to learn how the characters in Downton Abbey would have behaved in Edwardian England. During an afternoon filled with history lessons about early 20th century customs and culture, guests will learn about everything from making conversation to the correct handling of flatware. The Royal Package includes Two-night stay in a Signature suite Private transfer and tour of Highclere Castle Butler’s picnic in St James’ Park Royal Warrant shopping Private etiquette class Daily breakfast Afternoon tea in the Oscar Wilde Lounge with champagne Complimentary mini-bar excluding alcohol 1920s Cocktail masterclass at The Green Bar Copy of Downton Abbey cookbook and cocktail book The Aristocracy Package, from $3600 Guests choosing the Aristocracy Package can enjoy a two-night stay in one of Hotel Café Royal’s Grand Deluxe Guestrooms, private transfer and tour of Highclere Castle, Royal Warrant Shopping, afternoon tea in the Oscar Wilde Lounge, daily breakfast, and a copy

ICONSIAM Superlux Residence has announced that The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok in spectacular style. The first Mandarin Oriental branded residential development in Southeast Asia, and the seventh residential project to open for the brand worldwide, this unique architectural triumph promises to deliver unrivalled luxury service synonymous with the Mandarin Oriental brand. The development benefits from a remarkable location within the prestigious ICONSIAM complex, a vibrant symbol of the spirit and soul of Thailand, that provides the warmest welcome for residents and visitors. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok comprise 146 of the world’s most luxurious waterfront residences, with two- or three-bedroom options ranging in size from 130 sqm to 230 sqm, and penthouses ranging from 380 sqm to 710 sqm. Offering private lift access, 3.2-metre high ceilings, and common areas that are approximately three times larger per unit than many other prestigious apartments in Bangkok, the development sets a new standard in luxury living. A unique benefit of ownership includes an exclusive invitation to Mandarin Oriental's Residence Elite Programme, providing 24/7 Residence Concierge service, worldwide privileges when staying at any Mandarin Oriental hotel and VIP recognition when shopping at neighbouring ICONSIAM retail outlets. Mr. Keerin Chutumstid, President, Property & Service Business Group, MQDC, said: “The ICONSIAM Superlux Residence Corporation Ltd and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group have formed a partnership that has delivered an exceptional result. Since this project began, we have strived to create a residence that acts as a beacon for Thailand on the global stage; a residence that showcases architectural, technological and design features of the finest quality. With exclusivity and status to rival the most sought-after developments around the globe, it is no surprise that only a limited number of residential units currently remain available to prospective purchasers.” “The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok are conveniently situated diagonally across the river from the legendary Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok,” says Mr. Richard Baker, Chief Relationship Officer for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, “The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok will provide owners with the finest property management and hospitality services, which have made the Mandarin Oriental name synonymous with exceptional standards of luxury worldwide. This latest addition to the Group’s residences portfolio will offer residents a unique lifestyle experience and impeccable service standards in one of South East Asia’s most dynamic and exciting cities.” Mr. Supoj Chaiwatsirikul, Managing Director, ICONSIAM Co., Ltd., added: “The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok are truly blessed by an enchanting location next to the Chao Phraya river, within ICONSIAM - one of Asia’s most exciting destinations combining art, culture, lifestyle pursuits, dining options, and shopping with convenient access to multiple transport links. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, is optimally placed as part of the ultimate Thai national landmark destination.” Award-winning Hong Kong designer Joyce Wang has defined a new language of luxury through careful curation of space, light and materials. This spatial experience is composed of fully custom-designed furniture and fixtures, sought-after limited-edition antique pieces and artisanal crafts carefully sourced globally. Externally, the 52-storey architectural façade’s graceful lines allude to

Following its groundbreaking London debut, Standard International, the parent company of The Standard, an American hotel brand known for their taste-making clientele, their pioneering design, and their unrelenting un-standard-ness, announces the opening of The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives. The resort is a short sea plane ride away from Male, nestled between the Raaand Baa Atolls, on a naturally protected island. The resort, featuring 115 private pool villas, marks the brand’s first property in Asia. After Sansiri PLC became a majority stakeholder in late 2017, The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives is the company’s next destination within its extensive global pipeline; which includes Koh Samui, Phuket, Hua Hin, Milan, Paris, Lisbon, Bordeaux, Mexico City, and Chicago, to name a few.  “It is such a treat within the same year to show the world what The Standard can be in one of the busiest places and one of the most tranquil places on the planet,” said Amar Lalvani, CEO of Standard International. “What makes me so proud is that despite the vast difference in setting, the culture of both are unmistakably Standard.” While the Maldives has traditionally been a couple’s destination, as always, The Standard has approached the development with a fresh set of eyes. The resort offers an unmatched combination of tranquility, social life and vibrant cultural programming that welcomes groups of friends or singles looking to meet others or just reset and recharge in paradise. The lobby is airy and intimate, and accessible 24-hours a day. Each of the 115 villas features its own private lounge deck and plunge pool, and the six unique culinary offerings range from a beach front BBQ shack serving freshly caught seafood, to our take on Maldivian cuisine that showcases ingredients sourced directly from our island farm. The resort offers guided diving and snorkeling through our naturally protected house reef to sunset boat excursions to uninhabited islands and undiscovered reefs, as well as night fishing and private destination dining. The Standard Spa offers a communal hammam, aroma steam room, daily yoga, personal training and nine private treatment rooms. No Standard experience would be complete without nightlife, from tribal beats at a beach bonfire to a glass bottom nightclub. And a disco ball above your bath tub, for your own private party. Rates from approximately 18,000 THB ($579), including breakfast. Book at standardhotels.com.

Mr. Kevin J. Beauvais, Founder and CEO of InVision Hospitality Co., Ltd. and Mr. Thanin Laohapiengsak, Managing Director of Chaophraya River Place Co., Ltd. signed the (HMA) Hotel Management Agreement for the GLOW Bangkok Riverside in Bangkok, Thailand. The signing ceremony took place at the office of InVision Hospitality on Sunday, July 28th.   The riverfront property is slated for opening in Q1 2020 and is the 9th GLOW hotel from industry experts InVision Hospitality.  Located near tourist friendly areas and Thewes and Tha Phra Athit piers, GLOW Bangkok Riverside will feature beautifully appointed modern décor, relaxed riverside dining options, a fitness gym and fabulous riverside infinity pool from which guests can enjoy life in sublime comfort along the River of Kings. Consistent with the GLOW brand promise, GLOW Bangkok Riverside will offer the same 5 signature GLOW brand guarantees: Better-than-home bedding, a great shower and amenities, free WiFi, a satisfying breakfast and fitness facilities    With marvelous river views that feature fascinating day-to-day commerce and bustling tourism activity, GLOW Bangkok Riverside blends harmoniously with the vibrant city life. A private pier and riverboat transportation will offer convenient river access for guests who wish to visit the unlimited sights and cultural attractions in Bangkok. The majestic Grand Palace, Queen Sirikit Textile Museum and the awe-inspiring Reclining Buddha are nearby, or venture further out to the National Museum or backpacker hangout, Khao San Road.     Day or night, GLOW Bangkok Riverside is a welcoming respite and place to call home in, whether traveling for holiday or on business.  Live life in full colour, just GLOW!  

Leading hotel management company Cross Hotels & Resorts has continued its strategic expansion into the global visitor hot spot of Phuket, announcing today its third hotel management agreement on the Thai island. Phuket has been included in the ‘World’s Best Places to Visit’ and ‘Best Places to Visit in Asia’ 2019 rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. Phuket was ranked number eight out of 30 in the ‘World’s Best Places to Visit’ list and number three out of 15 in the ‘Best Places to Visit in Asia’ list.  Cross Hotels & Resorts is very pleased to announce the signing of a hotel management agreement with PT Three Land Co., Ltd. for its third Phuket property, X2 Vibe Phuket Patong Center. The hotel enjoys a strategic location in the center of Phuket Patong Beach. Set to open in mid-2021, it is only 50-minutes’ drive from Phuket International Airport and a 10-minute walk to Patong Beach and the bustling Bangla Walking Street.  X2 Vibe Phuket Patong Center offers 323 guestrooms, all day dining restaurants, café and bar, meeting room and fitness facilities. Key features include specially designed family rooms and state-of-the-art kids club, large, adult swimming pool with sunken DJ Bar, underwater speakers, relaxing music and cocktails. The announcement follows the successful debut of X2 Vibe Phuket Patong in September 2018 and the signing of Away Phuket Le Coral in May 2019. X2 Vibe Phuket Patong is perfectly located close to key tourist attractions, large shopping mall and a two-minute walk from the beach. It features 136 modern rooms and villas and facilities including large central swimming pool and sundecks, spa, fitness center, restaurant, bar and meeting facilities. Away Phuket Le Coral is currently undergoing renovation with completion scheduled for late this year. Located on the beachfront of Natai Beach in Phang Nga Province, the hotel is only 40-minute drive from Phuket International Airport. Featuring 58 suites, it offers guests the experience of unspoilt nature and a beautiful, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere complete with private beach stretching along the Mangrove Forest Reserve. Highlights include nature inspired designer rooms, spectacular sea view infinity pool, restaurant and bar, spa, island tours, treks through virgin jungles and rafting adventures along scenic lakes and rivers. Cross Hotels & Resorts CEO, Peter Lucas said the company was very pleased to be signing its third hotel in Phuket within the past 12 months. “It is a significant milestone to be adding X2 Vibe Phuket Patong Center to our growing portfolio of hotels in Phuket – officially recognised as one of Asia and indeed the world’s best places to visit,’’ Mr. Lucas said. “It reinforces that we are delivering on our stated development aspirations of acquiring quality hotels with large inventories in the world’s most popular visitor destinations and gateway cities.” “Phuket has been clearly identified as a key target destination for Cross Hotels & Resorts now and into the future,’’ he said. Cross Hotels & Resorts EVP Commercial, Paul Wilson said the company was passionate about delivering unique commercial solutions for hotel owners and enriching experiences for our