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Having opened in June, 2018, InterContinental® Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort is the latest addition to the InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts brand in Vietnam, and the 1000th IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) property to open within the Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA) region. It is located on the pristine Phu Quoc Island, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve off the southwest coast of Vietnam. The ideal location to soak up the sun and enjoy breathtaking sunsets One of the most captivating features of the resort is its position on Long Beach, one of Vietnam’s most stunning white-sand beaches, enjoying glorious sunset views. It is an easy 15-minute drive from Phu Quoc International Airport, and only 20 minutes from the cultural attractions of Duong Dong town. Thoughtfully designed for families, couples and individuals alike, as well as both leisure travellers and meeting delegates, InterContinental® Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort features an exclusive beachfront, six restaurants and bars, 459 luxuriously appointed rooms, suites, and villas, as well as state-of-the-art meeting facilities, whilst seamlessly combining the sophisticated and cosmopolitan essence of the InterContinental® heritage with the heartfelt rustic charm of the resort’s surrounding local area and culture. Resort guests are offered exclusive access to a secluded stretch of Long Beach, the perfect location to swim in shimmering waters, soak up the sun, and experience ocean sunsets. In each of the elegant rooms, suites, and villas, the deep bathtubs, walk-in rain showers, floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious balconies ensure a luxurious and inviting space for the ultimate escape in comfort and relaxation. A culinary journey through local and international gastronomy When it comes to dining, InterContinental® Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort offers a tempting array of contemporary and stylish experiences, including the highest bar in Phu Quoc, INK 360, boasting breathtaking panoramic ocean and mountain views. Created by award-winning Australian designer Ashley Sutton, the bar is the perfect venue for a welcome toast or celebratory drinks, where guests can sip on a signature cocktail while watching a magnificent sunset and nibbling on tapas-style seafood, caviar and oysters. Additional dining venues include LAVA, a fine-dining seafood and specialty imported meats restaurant using the freshest produce cooked on charcoal grills and lava stone enhanced with a selection of locally produced aromatic peppers such as black, white, red and Tay Giang. Sora & Umi serves authentic Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine with the focus on the restaurant’s numerous live cooking stations, including robatayaki, teppanyaki and sushi. By the pool, Ombra serves home-made Italian cuisine and gelato alongside fresh juices and healthy bites. Beachfront restaurant Sea Shack serves comfort food, tapas, barbecue and grilled dishes such as the signature lobster roll, while beers and ciders are served in the Library area stocked with books about food, cocktails, Vietnamese culture, art, interior design and travel. Mercado is the place for coffee, tea and pastries, as well as themed picnic baskets including Traditional Vietnamese Delicacies, Mediterranean and Healthy. Relaxation and Activities   Guests are able to indulge in serene spa treatments at the award winning HARNN Heritage Spa, designed by Vietnamese

Discover the rustic charm and sophisticated elegant holiday of New Zealand is now easy with the ‘Forest to Fairway’ package at Treetops Lodge & Estate and Kinloch Club in Rotorua. Escape to a secluded forest getaway for 2 nights and indulge in the ultimate lakeside getaway to the greens challenging yourself on the championship golf course with the view of Lake Taupo for another 2 nights and enjoy an additional night on complimentary. Located in New Zealand’s North Island, Treetops Lodge & Estate is only 20 minutes from downtown Rotorua. At this estate, you can escape and sink into the embrace of a genuine welcome of virgin jungles and rolling hills of the estate. Treetops Lodge & Estate prides itself of its outdoor activities and its views of hot springs, rivers, lakes and waterfalls; allowing guests to explore the natural heritage and wilderness of New Zealand and forge enduring connections with the people and the land. Treetops offers a variety of unique activities related to its surroundings. Guests can explore the spectacular views in a helicopter ride, interact with wildlife in nature sanctuaries, go horseback riding and mountain climbing, explore Maori culture, fishing, archery, and trips to the active White Island Volcano. All these activities can easily be organised by private assistants that are provided along with the great selection of rooms including 8 villas, 4 chalet apartment suites, a family cottage and the Pheasant Cottage. The villas overlook the spectacular surrounding of wildlife habitats and lakes, fully immersing visitors into jungle life. The villas are fitted with comfortable furnishings and period decor, designed in union with natural wood to give the villas a warm, cozy and relaxing feel. The rooms boast spacious bathrooms with jacuzzi, fireplaces, large beds, WiFi and kitchens. Being the sister property and offering the same excellent standard of services, the Kinloch lodge and Kinloch Club welcomes its guests with an 18 hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus and the stunningly designed accommodation. Here, you are invited to indulge in the ultimate lakeside getaway and enjoy sweeping views over Lake Taupo as you relax and marvel at the play of sunlight as it rolls over the undulating landscape and down to glitter across the lake’s crystal blue waters. Whether spending a day on the greens to challenge yourself on the championship golf course, heading off for a day of adventure in Taupo, or relaxing at the spa, the choice is all yours. Discover the best of both worlds with ‘Forest to Fairway’ package that includes • 2 night stay at Treetops Lodge & Estate • 2 night stay at Kinloch lodge • Enjoy a complimentary 5th night at your choice of either lodge The package is available all year and subject to availability. The 5th complimentary night can be taken consecutively or at another night prior to 30 April 2019. Terms & conditions apply. For more information or reservation, contact Tel: +64 7 333 2066 or email: reservations@treetops.co.nz

Kiroro, a pristine gem in the heart of the Hokkaido Golden Triangle, invites travelers to celebrate the holidays with perfect powder, 5-star accommodations and all-inclusive ski-and-play packages for the entire family. Already known by avid winter sportsters because of its deep powder and lack of crowds, Kiroro is rapidly becoming a favorite for vacationers of all types because of its convenient location, world-class dining and host of outdoor activities. Kiroro regularly sees over 20 meters of snow each year, the most in Japan and more than most ski areas around the world. Best of all, Kiroro is an undiscovered treasure with fewer crowds and shorter lift lines. Kiroro is a destination for all - skiers and boarders of all levels will find plenty to love on the resort’s 22 perfectly groomed ski runs, hundreds of acres of tree skiing, and a terrain park – all without the long lines of nearby resorts.   Kiroro offers a choice of luxury accommodations ranging from award-winning resort hotels to private luxury residences. Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort offers 140 guestrooms and suites along with four restaurants right at the base of the slopes; while The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel offers 282 guestrooms with mountain vistas from every room, world-class facilities, and five dining options. In fact, Kiroro offers more than 15 restaurants and bars throughout the resort from the slopes to the streets, ranging from fresh Hokkaido catch at Fuga Sushi to artisan pizza fresh from the oven at Alla Moda and everything in between. Start with a hearty Japanese breakfast at World Buffet, break for lunch at Café Lumiere for a bowl of hot ramen, and finish with dinner at Shunsai in Season, the Japanese-inspired steakhouse at The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel. While guests are visiting, they can also check out the award-winning Yu Kiroro, offering 108 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom freehold luxury ski-in-ski-out private residences. Scheduled for completion in December 2019, Yu Kiroro offers fully-furnished, turnkey convenience with a ski valet, natural indoor-outdoor onsen, luxury club house and a 24-hour concierge and fitness center. Prices start at 70M JPY. To schedule an appointment to visit the show unit, visit Yu Kiroro. This holiday season, Kiroro is offering a variety of packages and incentives to visit. Whether for just one day or an entire week, holidays at Kiroro are sure to be filled with memories of a lifetime.   Exclusive Kiroro Packages Day Trip – A one-day package perfect for families. Includes a sightseeing Gondola Trip and a day in the Active 180 Snow Park, featuring the Banana Boat, Mini Snowmobile, Snow Raft and lunch. Cost: Adults - 8,000 JPY; Children 6 -12 - 7,500 JPY. Available from 12/15/18 – 4/15/19. Winter Fun All-Inclusive – Choose your stay at Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort or The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. Includes nightly accommodations;  daily breakfast, lunch and dinner; daily access to the Active 180 Snow Park; a sightseeing Gondola Trip and daily access to the indoor amusement park Granship. Also includes daily Onsen at the local hot

 "There's a great future in plastics," or so Dustin Hoffman was told in the classic American movie The Graduate. Fifty years since the movie’s debut we've realized plastic is not as fantastic as the film had us believe. This month in Indonesia a dead sperm whale washed ashore with close to 6kg (13 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach - which included 115 drinking cups. Each year up to 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into our oceans, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. When it comes to plastics, many have reached the last straw. Here are seven resorts and hotels around Asia that are putting their money where their mouth is. Grand Hyatt Taipei Ordering take-out, picking up groceries, buying a soft drink — these are all activities that are set to change over the next decade in Taiwan when the island nation imposes a blanket ban on single-use plastic bags, straws, and cups by 2030. Taipei’s largest luxury hotel, Grand Hyatt Taipei, has already kicked the habit and is now using paper straws instead. In addition, the hotel recently announced that it would not actively provide guests with straws unless required for special drinks. “It’s our goal to help change consumer habits rather than simply offering a less environmentally-damaging alternative,” said Grand Hyatt Taipei’s general manager, Jan Hendrik-Meidinger. “In addition to no longer using plastic straws, our hotel also plans to provide guests with biodegradable wooden cutlery with their takeaway meals in order to help significantly reduce plastic waste.” Banyan Tree Samui If one incident brought home the crisis, it was when a pilot whale washed up on a beach in the Gulf of Thailand in May. Vets spent five days trying to save the giant whale, but it died. In an autopsy, they found no less than 80 plastic bags weighing 8 kg in its stomach. Now, on the Gulf islands of Samui, Phangan and Tao, strict new environmental laws are being enforced, while on Koh Samet a complete ban on tourists arriving with any plastic bags whatsoever has been laid down. Resorts and hotels are playing their part too; none more so than Banyan Tree Samui which earlier this year won a coveted international award for its eco-policies. “Housekeepers are using cloth bags instead of plastic, while in the restaurants we are serving wooden and bamboo utensils,” says Banyan Tree’s CSR manager Thepsuda Loyjiw, herself a marine biologist. “And we have changed to glass bottles, which means a reduction of 87,600 plastic bottles per year.” The nearly 300 staff at the luxury resort are also encouraged to reject plastic by bringing their own cups and cloth bags to work. Paradise Cruises Halong Bay Vietnam has a serious problem with plastic waste. So much so it generated more than 1.8 million tons of plastic waste last year, the fourth-highest of any country, according to Earth Day Network. Paradise Cruises, one of Halong Bay’s leading luxury cruise providers, has introduced a program to tackle the scourge of plastic, banning plastic straws from all seven of its luxury cruise ships

Step into a world of winter magic as you enter the golden box entrance at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. This Christmas, share a joyous meal with your loved ones, curate personalised hampers for business partners or simply join and marvel at the magnificent Christmas display in the hotel lobby. This year’s Christmas decoration is a first in Singapore as Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel presents the replica of famous trains in Switzerland like the Bernina Express and the Rhaetian Railway. These replica trains are specially flown over from Switzerland and are making their first appearance in Singapore. The Bernina Express is displayed as a 100-year-old old-timer model when the trains were still painted in yellow. In contrast, there is also the ultramodern Allegra train which plies the mountainous train system of the Rhaetian Railway in the Swiss Alps today. Today, the trains are red which makes a beautiful contrast to the white snow scenery in the winter. These moving replica trains that will operate from 20 November 2018 throughout the day are supported by a huge 5 layer infrastructure that measures 6.3metres by 4.8metres and 3.8metres in height. The beautifully hand-crafted structure holds more than 100 ginger bread houses & approximately 1000 miniature Christmas trees. Guests will be wowed by the lights and these intricate trains that will manoeuvre in tunnels and along the tracks of this structure that took 6 months to conceptualise and build. Food Capital– Dazzling Festive Buffet Executive Chef, David Toh and his dedicated culinary team is set to impress your palate with a dazzling array of festive creations. Celebrate the Yuletide season and usher in the New Year with creations such as Christmas roast turkey, honey baked gammon ham, baked lobster with macaroni gratin, herb-roasted pork belly roulade, wok-fried chilli clams with crispy bun, tandoori turkey, festive log cakes, stollen and more.* Festive Buffet 3 to 30 December 2018 (excluding 24 & 25 December 2018) Buffet Lunch: $64++ (Sunday to Friday), $66.60++ (Saturday) Buffet Dinner: $88++ (includes free flow of juices) Christmas Eve 24 December 2018 Buffet Lunch: $64++ Buffet Dinner: $98++ (includes free flow of juices) Christmas Day 25 December 2018 Buffet Lunch & Dinner: $98++ (includes free flow of juices) New Year’s Eve 31 December 2018 Buffet Lunch: $64++ Buffet Dinner: $98++ (includes free flow of juices) New Year’s Day 1 January 2019 Buffet Lunch: $64++ Buffet Dinner: $76++ Top up an additional $40++ per person to enjoy free flow of bubbly, house pour wine, soft drink and juices. Make your reservations before 15 December 2018 and enjoy 20% early bird discount. OPENING HOURS Lunch: 12pm to 2.30pm (Mondays to Sundays) Dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm (Mondays to Sundays) *Buffet menus are on a rotational basis.   Grissini- Exquisite Italian Festive Set Menu Rekindle the spirit of Christmas with those who matter and feast on an exquisitely crafted set menu by Grissini Head Chef, Mirko Vinci. Highlights from the festive menu include slow-cooked veal loin carpaccio, pan-seared Atlantic cod fish wrapped with smoked pancetta, braised Angus beef cheek, panettone and more. 3 to 30 December 2018 (excluding 24 and 25 December 2018) 4-Course Festive Set Menu: $78++ per person Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 24 and 25 December 2018 3-Course

SO Sofitel Hua Hin launches its brand new wing with state-of-the-art of leisure facilities and room types for business and leisure travellers. Guests staying at the hotel can look forward to the new 16-meter x 60-meter Signature Pool, consisting of a water playground anchored by a Wibit adventure course running down the middle of the pool, Thailand’s first Wibit signature pool! The new wing also includes the new One-bedroom SO Pool Villas and SO Family Suites complete with bunk beds. The new SO Studio and SO Lofty Pool Access rooms feature an open concept design complemented with a customized television/wardrobe console which can swivel and can be enjoyed from the bathtub or bed. The refurbished SO Comfy Pool Access and brand new SO Lofty Pool Access rooms boast private outdoor terraces providing direct access to the Signature Pool. The latest expansion brings the total number of guest rooms, suites and villas from 78 to 109. Facilities also include a dedicated kid’s pool area and a SO Sundae poolside ice cream bar. An added family friendly feature includes Kids Tent, a kids club where young children can enjoy fun activities and entertainment. Guest can also enjoy a round of golf at the mini 18-hole golf course and a game of tennis or basketball at the resort’s multi-purpose court that will open on December 1st. For an evening bike ride, the resort’s private 627-meter bicycle track will be opening year-end where bikes will also available for rent. Situated on the beachfront in Cha Am, 200 kilometers on the west coast from Bangkok, the hotel is 30 minutes from Hua Hin, one of Thailand’s most popular beach town destinations. Visit www.so-sofitel-huahin.com for more information.

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Overlooking the peaceful Layan Beach, The Pavilions Phuket is an ideal coastal getaway with extreme privacy in each room. To pamper your unalloyed quietude together with your loved one, 93 luxurious and spacious accommodations are on-site, from private pool villas to lavish suites – all with the best views of graceful nature.

As gen X, the first impression I got as soon as I stepped into the hotel was ‘wow’. Not that huge in size, the hotel instead attracts you with its unique design and welcoming staff. There is a should-not-miss corner of the lobby with a fountain. It is a great spot for your Instagram photo! Other than that, the infinity pool and sky bar on the eighth floor is a perfect place to sip your cocktail and watch the golden sunset.