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
The award-winning tented camp, Capella Ubud, Bali, today unveiled an exclusive weekend with celebrated architect and hospitality designer Bill Bensley, who invites guests to accompany him on a kaleidoscope of activities perfect for art and design enthusiasts. Having created over 200 resorts, hotels and palaces in more than 30 countries, inclusive of Capella Ubud, Bali, Bensley is known for his eclectic flair and for challenging the way that hotels are built and operate, which in Capella Ubud, Bali’s case resulted in the conceptualization of the camp with minimal intervention to the natural environment as well as preserving the rich history and heritage of Indonesia. Guests will be able to join Bill Bensley on a curated art tour through the camp grounds and Bali, participate in a sketch class, a morning run and two dinners, and will receive one personalized, signed copy of Bill Bensley’s coffee table book “Escapism,” and a drawing of the tent that guests will stay in during the weekend. The tent accommodations include high-end amenities and a relaxing 75-minutes Balinese massage. This one-of-kind experience offers guests a truly unique way to experience Bali through the eyes of one of the world’s most iconic designers. Outlined below is a detailed list of the package offerings, combined with the amenities regularly offered at the property: A curated guided art tour through the camp and Bali by Bill Bensley A visit to Neka museum with a private guided tour to explore a large collection of Rudolf Bonnet’s works together with Bill Bensley who is an avid and passionate collector of Bonnet’s works followed by a picnic lunch will served en-route to the Bensley design Studio in Sanur A trip to Bill Bensley’s favorite antique stores on the island. A sketch class and a guided morning run with Bill Bensley One Rijsttafel dinner at Mads Lange and an Omakase dinner at Api Jiwa hosted by Bill Bensley One personalized, signed copy of Bill Bensley’s coffee table book “Escapism” One personalized, a signed drawing of the tent that will be yours during this weekend A 75-minutes Balinese massage per person 3% of percentage of the revenue that is generated by this weekend package will be donated to the Shinta Mani Foundation, an organization founded by Bill Bensley that seeks to improve the lives of Cambodians and Cambodian communities. Capella Ubud, Bali also gives back to the local community by supporting ongoing corporate social responsibilities programs that create employment, preserve the local cultural heritage, procuring local food and beverage products, promoting education, sustainability and preserving the environment. The package is valid for stays from November 1, 2019 – November 3, 2019 at the one-bedroom tents. Rates start from USD 1300 plus 11% tax and 10% service charge per tent, per night. In order for guests to enjoy all of the activities, they must arrive by 11:00 am on November 1, 2019. Reservations are subject to availability. Cancellation fees of 100% of room charge with taxes for the entire stay will apply immediately upon confirmation. Nonrefundable 100% full prepayment is
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, five Airbnb hosts with homes that look like they belong on the Moon will offer their stay for US$11 per night, plus applicable taxes and fees, for a limited selection of dates occurring throughout August, September, October, and November*. This deal will be available for bookings made on July 20th, starting between 8am and 9am ET. From a replica of a spaceship to a flying saucer, these “interstellar” homes are sure to transport you to the galaxy and beyond! Apollo 11 Spaceship, Pukaki, New Zealand US$11 per night, plus applicable taxes and fees. Availability: September 13-15, 2019 and September 27-29, 2019. Ready for takeoff! Here’s your chance to stay in a once in a lifetime spaceship modeled after Apollo 11. To boot, the host, Peter, built this capsule from scratch! You can thank your lucky stars this house has all the necessities, plus you can lie in bed at night and peer through the window above, stargazing and imagining you’re flying through space. Take in the beauty when the sun sets and during the day enjoy a hike near Mount Cook. Architect’s Off-Grid Stargazing, Twentynine Palms, California US$11 per night, plus applicable taxes and fees. Availability: August 9-11, 2019 and August 16-18, 2019. UFO Futuro Styled Flying Saucer, Redberth United Kingdom US$11 per night, plus applicable taxes and fees. Availability: September 27-29, 2019 and October 4-6, 2019. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s a flying saucer! Take note of how other lifeforms travel through space and sleep in this replica spaceship equipped with beds, a dining area, and even gaming classics for entertainment. This unique stay will be sure to be out of this world! Moon Camp: A Joshua Retreat, Joshua Tree, California US$11 per night, plus applicable taxes and fees. Availability: August 16-18, 2019 and September 6-8, 2019. Travelers who fancy an off-the-grid stay will love this moon-like retreat. Enjoy the abundant amenities such as a gym, hammock, fire pit and grill while you gaze at the twinkling constellations. Fit for relaxation, exploration, and innovation, this home is also self-sustaining – powered entirely by solar panels. Your adventure awaits. Unique and Secluded Airship, Scotland, United Kingdom US$11 per night, plus applicable taxes and fees. Availability: October 24-26, 2019 and November 21-23, 2019. Located on a picturesque island, this spacious airship is a work of art. This sustainable getaway has all the amenities you could hope for -- from an espresso machine to an indoor fireplace. Grab a cozy blanket and unwind on the deck spotting the Big Dipper or Orion’s Belt -- you’ll feel like you’re on another planet.
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
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is entering the luxury hospitality sector on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius with the announcement of Anantara Mauritius Resort – a new luxury property on the South Eastern coast which is scheduled to open in Q4 2019. Part of an integrated coastal development, just 15 minutes from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, the new resort will be located near Blue Bay Marine Park – a leisure destination boasting a protected marine park, crystal-clear Indian Ocean waters and powdery white beaches. Blue Bay’s coral reefs make it one of the island’s premier snorkelling and diving destination. Anantara Mauritius Resort will feature 164 guest rooms and suites, with eight luxury pool villas – two with two bedrooms and six with four bedrooms – to be added in the first half of 2020. Facilities at the resort will include Sea.Fire.Salt – a specialty grill and seafood restaurant with courtyard and beach dining, an all-day dining restaurant, private dining with a wine cellar, a healthy wellness-focused cafe, two bars – one by the poolside and one facing the beach, a 30-metre ozone-based swimming pool, a gym, a signature Anantara Spa and a kids’ club. The look and feel of the new resort have been created by award winning Ground Kent Architects, Australia, in collaboration with the Office of Global Architecture in Mauritius, alongside Abacus Design interior designers of Thailand. The design reflects the melting pot history of the country, drawing influences from the rich architectural heritage seen in the capital Port Louis and around the island. Natural, locally-sourced materials take precedence, harmoniously anchoring the buildings in their natural setting. Taking inspiration from local colonial architecture, the overall effect effortlessly evokes the vibe of a relaxing, tropical beach house, yet one with a distinctly modern feel. The use of scattered light, basalt and volcanic stone, drift wood, wave-and-ripple patterns and neutral sandy colours blur the line between the indoor and the outdoor. Fabrics and art selected for the rooms are a contrasting combination of accents of orange, deep ultramarine and royal yellow as a nod to Blue Bay’s crystal waters, sandy beaches and legendary sunsets. With the resort’s dining options ranging from traditional creole cooking to fine dining, guests can expect a gastronomic experience rooted in an exotic blend of European, Asian and African influences. Most of the ingredients will be harvested locally since Mauritius benefits from incredibly fertile soil, while the ocean is the source of the freshest seafood and fish. As part of Anantara’s commitment to sustainability, the resort will incorporate solar technology for water heating in all guest rooms, to reduce the usage on energy. Other green initiatives include planting endemic flora within the hotel landscaping, reusing water for irrigation and cleaning as well as incorporating recycled materials into resort décor. The property will be plastic straw-free, an Anantara standard, and where possible organic farming methods will be encouraged throughout its restaurant supply chain. An island nation in the south western Indian Ocean, Mauritius is known for its varied flora and fauna, with many species endemic to the island. Famously the only known home of the dodo, an avian species which became extinct back in the 1600s, the island
Located in Tsavo West National Park, the Kenya’s fist, oldest and largest National Park, Finch Hattons Luxury Tented Camp is set around natural fresh water springs within 35 acres (20,333 sq.km.) of pure untouched wilderness and surrounded by views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the magnificent Chyulu Hills that is the home of more than 12,000 animal species. Originally opened in 1993 and just had a complete re-build of the entire camp and re-opened in 2015, this luxury tented camp was named ‘Best New Safari Camp by Architectural Digest’ in 2015 and voted as ‘Africa’s Leading Tented Safari Camp’ at the World Travel Awards in 2016. Award Winning Tented Suites Designed to be minimally intrusive, the camp’s 17 luxury suites offer sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, as well as total privacy for guests. The tents’ open-plan design invites the cool breeze that drifts over the nearby natural springs, and brings the sounds and scents of the African bush directly to you. The result is a one-on-one experience with Africa; this is the bush in all of its immediate and unapologetic beauty. The interior design of the tents is reminiscent of the golden days of African safaris. The suites feature indoor and outdo or showers, copper bathtubs, creamy white linen, gentle lighting, beautiful hardwood writing tables, intricate chandeliers, ornately carved chests, vintage carpets, and all the conveniences you would expect of a first-class offering. The People Finch Hattons is run by a passionate and experienced Kenyan team, about 60% of whom have been with the camp for over 15 years and about 40% since the very beginning. The original group joined as construction workers in 1993 and were trained on site. Many of the others contributed to the camp’s massive renovation in 2013. In very symbolic ways, this camp is theirs – they helped to build it from the ground up. Setting the standard in luxury camps, Finch Hattons hospitality has become synonymous with fine dining, exemplary service and outstanding safaris. The Wildlife There are many animals that can be seen right from the comfort of your tent or the camp’s many viewing decks, including hippos, crocodiles, terrapins and baboons. Move a little beyond the camp and you’re likely to see Tsavo’s famous red elephants, as well as lions, leopards, buffalos, hartebeest, zebra, giraffe, oryx, bushbuck, waterbuck and lesser kudu (unique to Tsavo). Tsavo is also home to 500 different species of birds, 260 of which have been spotted in our camp. Things to Do There’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy while you’re at Finch Hattons. Day and night game drives, bush walks, full-day hikes and outings to the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, Mzima Springs, Chyulu Hills, Amboseli National Park and Lake Jipe are all on offer. A cultural visit to the Maasai town of Iltilal can also be arranged, where you can observe the traditions of the Maasai people first-hand. If you choose to stay in camp, you can relax on one of their many viewing decks, watch their resident hippos and crocodiles wallow in the nearby springs, or
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,