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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

The Maldives’ much-loved eco-resort will once again open its doors on 1 December 2019 following an inspired renovation of the resort. Honouring its laidback philosophy and rustic chic aesthetic, the island will remain an intimate and sustainable paradise for the barefoot luxury traveller, with a new design concept and wellness programmes to further enrich the guest experience. Originally opened in 2012, Gili Lankanfushi was previously voted ‘Best Hotel in the World’ by TripAdvisor for its relaxed air and impeccable service. Located in the languid waters of the North Malé Atoll, just a 20-minute speedboat ride from Malé, it is the ultimate place to get away from the world. The 45 refurbished villas will offer open-air living spaces, roof terraces and private decks with direct access to the lagoon below, and the revamped Residence and Villa suites will feature private pools, providing greater convenience for guests. The Family Villas with Pools are a new addition to the resort featuring two en suite bedrooms, a private swimming pool for children to splash in the sunshine, a rooftop terrace for additional space to dine and play, as well as a living room situated over the lagoon and accessible from a safe walkway. The vast 1,700m2 Private Reserve - the largest overwater villa in the world - is located 500m from the main island and offers four spacious bedrooms, a private open-air cinema, spoiling spa, air-conditioned gymnasium, infinity pool and a two-storey waterslide leading directly into the crystal clear lagoon. Interior Design The island’s natural surroundings, culture, and sustainability are very much at the heart of the property’s design to create synergy and cohesiveness between the external and internal environments. A warm, neutral palette is accented by colourful, locally sourced fabrics and every piece of furniture in the new villas and living areas are custom made by skilled local craftsmen using a variety of upcycled materials. These include charming recycled teakwood bed frames, lampshades handwoven from recycled wire mesh incorporating fish and sea turtles from the surrounding waters and cushion fabrics handprinted with coral patterns found on the reefs. The coffee tables have also been engraved with stars to reflect the clear night sky and hanging lamps are crafted from bamboo prawn catcher baskets. Guests will also have the option to set up luxurious rooftop daybeds for an atmospheric night’s sleep beneath the stars and each villa has a dedicated butler service catering to guests’ every wish. Guest Experiences Gili Lankanfushi will mark the re-opening of resort with a series of new educational and active wellness programmes that combine both the paradise that is the serene Meera Spa and the educational experience from the team of deeply knowledgeable experts at the Marine Biology Shack. Holistic Healing is a five-night programme for those seeking a soulful spa experience that nurtures the body and teaches natural beauty methods. The experience will include a one-on-one consultation on arrival, daily yoga classes, guided breath-work sessions, bespoke treatments and an essential oil making workshop to create remedies to take home. Dive & Discover is

Top-level Tennis tournament returns to Pattaya on November 16-22 2019 with the Thailand Seniors Championship (ITF Grade A). FITZ Club – Racquets, Health and Fitness together with The Aspen Tree by Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited and Singha Corporation, will stage one of the world’s premier seniors’ tennis tournaments which is expected to bring in over 250 top players from over 15  countries around the world. A good lineup of international players from as far as Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Australia, America to countries close to home including Hong Kong, India and Singapore will participate and compete for the prestigious ITF Championship title throughout the 7-day event. The Grade A tournament is considered the highest category in the Asia Pacific and offers the highest level of elite international competition. Sponsored by 3 leading companies, the Thailand Seniors Championship (ITF Grade A) is the most prestigious and coveted event on the ITF Seniors circuit held in Thailand. The event features the 35+ Singles and Doubles Open and is geared to help promote Pattaya and Thailand as an outstanding sports destination, especially for Tennis.   Chosen as the venue once again for the property’s outstanding brand reputation, the Royal Cliff Hotels Group and its luxury sports centre, Fitz Club – Racquets, Health and Fitness is one of the most iconic properties in Pattaya and Thailand. Guests staying at the hotel can expect to experience superior service, amazing amenities, a great culinary experience and sports facilities that are second to none.  Many players also expressed their gratitude to the event organizers and praised the superb quality of the Fitz Club facilities. “We believe that a love for sports transcends age.  Royal Cliff and Fitz Club are delighted to create events for seniors to enjoy especially activities that promote healthy lifestyle. We all know that sports and staying active are the key ingredients for long, happy and healthy life. There are already an abundance of event targeted at young generation and it is important to look after the senior citizens too. This championship is an excellent platform to develop a community of older generation enjoying the sports they love. We are very fortunate to have leading organisations in Thailand that share the same values and passion to promote healthy lifestyle for this community”, Vitanart Vathanakul, the CEO of Royal Cliff Hotels Group said. “I would like to give special thanks to the following sponsors for being part of our ITF Grade A tournament: The Aspen Tree by Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited and Singha Corporation. Their support enables us to hold world-class competitions that are designed to keep seniors engaged in healthy activities, build a sports community and enhanced well-being.” “The Aspen Tree is a specialist in providing complete care to older adults. Therefore, we want older adults to have a healthy body and an active lifestyle by focusing on preventative health care instead of treatment,” Hye June Park , The President  of The Aspen Tree Corporation Limited by Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited said. “We sponsored this ITF event in

English rugby legend Austin Healey, also known as “The Leicester Lip” for his famously competitive and outspoken character, is now in Thailand and Soneva Kiri is pleased to offer special package “Weekend Getaway with Austin Healey” from 1-4 November, 2019. Package prices start from THB129,000 for a 2-night stay inclusive of meals, transfers, One time Lunch with Austin on Saturday  2nd October 2019 for 2 persons, One time drinks and canapé with Austin Healey for 2 persons and more. Located on Koh Kood in the Gulf of Thailand, the country’s fourth largest but least populated island, Soneva Kiri is one hour by private plane from Bangkok. The resort is designed to an intimate scale, with 36 huge pool villas ranging from one to six bedrooms in size, set within lush rainforest with beautiful views of the ocean. Austin Healey is a former English rugby union player who played as a utility back for Leicester Tigers, and represented both England and the British and Irish Lions. He has 51 England caps and two Lions’ caps. He played for England at scrum half, fly-half, fullback and wing, and was often used as a substitute because of his versatility. He made his full England debut against Ireland during the 1997 Five Nations tournament, and toured with the British Lions in 1997, making two appearances. He has played in Five/Six Nations tournaments (‘98-'02) and in the 1999 World Cup.  After retiring Austin went on to appear on a number of British TV shows, including Strictly Come Dancing and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Austin will be commentating on the following matches at Soneva Kiri: Quarter Finals 3 and 4, all of the Semi-Finals, the Bronze Final and the Final. Promotion : Weekend Getaway with Austin Healey Validity Period : 1-4 November 2019  Booking Code : RSKRUGBY19 Villa Type 2 nights package/ 2 persons 3 nights package/ 2 persons Extra night/ 2 persons Bayview Pool Villa Suite THB 129,000.- THB 168,000.- THB 29,000.- Sunset Ocean View Pool Villa Suite THB 150,000.- THB 190,000.- THB 34,800.- Beach Pool Villa Suite THB 167,000.- THB 214,000.- THB 49,200.- 2 Bedroom Junior Beach Pool Retreat THB 314,000.- THB 409,000.- THB 70,040.- Special inclusions Complimentary upgrade to next villa category (subjects to availability) Daily Half Board (breakfast & dinner) at resort restaurants, not applicable for In-Villa Dining and Treepod Dining Non-alcoholic beverages during dinner time at resort restaurants Shared return flight transfers between Bangkok and Soneva Kiri on a fixed schedule (Private flight transfer is available upon request at an additional surcharge ) A 50 minutes selected Six Senses Spa treatment per stay (exclude child) 1 child age below 12 years old, stay free and receive complimentary Half Board, when sharing a villa with parents (excluding flight charge at THB 9,500 NET/ person) One time Lunch with Austin on Saturday  2nd October 2019 for 2 persons One time drinks and canapé with Austin Healey for 2 persons One time Koh Rang Snorkelling or Klong Chao Waterfall Adventure For more information or reservation: email: reservations@soneva.com or telephone: +91 124 4511000

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 Testo-Cypmax for Sale in Australia 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