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Wellness rituals are sensorial journeys that showcase local heritage using native ingredients and traditional massage techniques perfected over centuries.  With over 1,100 hotels and resorts in Asia-Pacific, Accor offers a vast collection of rejuvenating spa treatments that are both calming and relaxing for discerning travellers.  From Singapore, China, Myanmar, Thailand, The Maldives, India and Australia, these seven locally-inspired rituals advocate the goodness of natural healing therapies, while serving as an amazing window for travellers to experience a taste of the traditions of each destination. “Our guests are increasingly looking for spa treatments that draw on the rituals and mythology of the destinations in which they are travelling,” said Spa Manager of award-winning luxury Swiss Spa, Pürovel Spa & Sport, Ms Elva Zhao. “It is as much about relaxing and rejuvenating the body as it is about learning new experiences and understanding cultures and traditions.  Ancient customs and ingredients play a key role in soothing away the stresses of the modern traveller and allow our guests to take a step back from the tensions of today’s busy world.”   SINGAPORE MASSAGE AT SWISSÔTEL MERCHANT COURT, SINGAPORE   At Swissôtel Merchant Court, Singapore guests can enjoy a spectacular 90-minute spa treatment drawing on Singapore’s multi-cultural heritage.  Specifically designed to expel fatigue, daily stresses and tensions, the Singapore Massage focuses on rebalancing energies for the mind and soul.  Utilising Chinese, Malay and Indian massage techniques that represent the cultural mix of Singapore, this treatment culminates with the elimination of body heat, which is achieved by stimulating the foot’s reflex zones.     WHITE FLANNEL FLOWER SANCTUARY RITUAL AT FAIRMONT RESORT & SPA BLUE MOUNTAINS, MGALLERY BY SOFITEL, AUSTRALIA   Standing at the edge of the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains, Ubika Day Spa’s treatments are inspired by the seasons and the native wildlife of Australia.  The spa menu is designed to hydrate, nourish, restore and regenerate for holistic wellbeing. The White Flannel Flower Sanctuary Ritual is a signature head-to-toe degustation experience that pays tribute to the beauty of the bush .  The 105-minute full-body sensory journey includes an Organic Coconut & Jasmine Body Polish, Australian White Flannel Floral Hydrating Cocoon, Baobab & Neroli Facial Massage, Double Face Masque infusion, Peptide+ Multi-Action Serum, Full Body White Flannel Flower Soufflé, and Foot Restoration Massage to leave you feeling completely restored.     SERENITY OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS AT SO SOFITEL BANGKOK, THAILAND   Serenity of the Five Elements is a 90-minute soothing spa ritual based on the five elements of Wood, Earth, Water, Fire and Metal as well as the renowned Thai folk wisdom treatment called “Tok Sen” to balance all five senses.  Tok Sen is an ancient massage technique indigenous to the Lanna region of Northern Thailand and handed down over generations.  This ‘tapping of the meridians’ helps to restore the body’s natural balance. In this treatment, Ytsara aromatherapy oil, which represents the water element is applied all over the body and gently pressed with a warm herbal poultice.  Heat from the poultice represents the fire element, while therapeutic herbs represent the earth. A small Tok Sen hammer, representing the wood

There’s also a place to see the beautiful Autumn color and foliage together with your family, friends or your special one to capture the impression of unique natural scenery in Japan. The new experience that you will definitely love Japan in the angle that you have never been touched before. Here are recommanded tourist routes in Eastern Hokkaido and Tohoku - the region in North East of Japan. Recommended tourist attractions in Eastern Hokkaido There are charm and natural wonder that create with the exciting new tourist route of Eastern Hokkaido. You can visit here every season such as winter is extremely cold until the water becomes frozen, or in the spring, you will experience the beautiful flowers and lush green nature. How to get there: Fly from Haneda airport (Tokyo) to Kushiro airport in Hokkaido   Recommended hotel: Kushiro Prince Hotel (Kushiro, Hokkaido) http://www.princehotels.com/kushiro/ Kushiro Prince Hotel is the gateway to Eastern Hokkaido where you can enjoy the magnificent nature of Hokkaido, including Kushiro Shitugen. It is located about 10 minutes’ walk from Kushiro station. You can enjoy sunset of Kushiro from the guestrooms which is known as one of three most beautiful sunset in the world. It is also great access to walk around Kushiro city such as “Washo Market”.   Travel around Kushiro Washo Market This market is like the kitchen of Kushiro people, founded in 1954 with over 50 stores. The special rice bowl menu of Washo market is “Katte Don” that let you buy a bowl of plain rice, then select raw fish or any seafood as you prefer to put on top of the bowl. You can also buy souvenirs such as processed seafood products, salmon flakes or canned fish roe, Kombu seaweed and etc. (5 minutes’ walk from Kushiro - JR station)   Nusamai Bridge This bridge connects both sides of Kushiro river, it’s 1 of 3 the most beautiful bridges in Hokkaido and also one of the most beautiful sunset spots in the world. Especially during Summer time, the heavy fog will cover the bridge mixing with the light of sunset which makes it even more beautiful. In the four corners of the bridge, there are four female statues in various chapters called the Statues of the Four Seasons which symbolizes Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter of Japan. (10 minutes’ walk from Kushiro Prince Hotel)   Recommended hotel: Kussharo Prince Hotel (Kussharo, Hokkaido) http://www.princehotels.com/kussharo/ Activities:   - Sea of mist  guide tour in Kussharo Experience the beauty of the sea mist in early morning and waiting for the first light to touch the mist. - Stars tour in Kussharo The sky in Kussharo is so clear that millions of stars can be seen. Enjoy the Star-watching tour at night by stars’ expert guides who will tell us the legend of star’s gods while enjoying warm drink.   Travel around the lake Lake Kussharo The crater lake in Akan-Mashu National Park in Eastern Hokkaido, one of the largest lake surface area with 57 kilometers’ circumference. During the winter season, the lake will be frozen so that will be the largest ice surface in Japan. There are various outdoor activities

Prince Hotels, Inc., one of the largest hotel and resort groups in Japan, announces the three new properties that will be opening through the course of 2020, which are Tokyo Bay Shiomi Prince Hotel, Prince Smart Inn Ebisu and Prince Smart Inn Atami. The company will also continue effort to be a hotel loved by guests the world over and locally. Currently, Prince Hotels has a line-up of 43 hotels in Japan, and 31 overseas, attentive to guests every need. It aims to provide the highest level of service and hospitality fitted for any guest situation, whether in a business or resort leisure setting. In Japan, Prince Hotels opened a series of large-scale hotels particularly in the Tokyo metropolitan area and major resort area such as Hokkaido, Kyoto. Looking to the future, the company intend to consolidate its extensive network of city hotels, resort hotels, golf courses and ski resorts in order to provide facilities and services which meet the needs of our guests in a manner befitting one of Japan’s largest hotel leisure businesses. Prince Hotels will also keep striving to remain in step with society through environmentally-friendly sound management. For example, Prince Hotels has progressively ceased the use of single-use plastic straws at directly-managed restaurants and banquet venues at its 43 hotels since January 2019. Patrons who request a straw will be offered paper straws. Prince Hotels will also proceed with the discontinuation of plastic straws at directly-managed restaurants at its ski resorts and golf courses throughout Japan. "Prince Hotel aims to be the hotel group loved by people from all over the world and will improve the value of hotels in Japan and accelerate new opening of hotels in Japan and overseas. We consider Thailand, which has great hospitality called " The country of smile " as an attractive market that is expected to have a higher number of tourists. We will grow from "Prince Hotel in Japan” to “Prince Hotel in the world" and fly to the world, said Mr. Masahiko Koyama, President of Prince Hotels, Inc. Prince Hotels has also nurtured its commitment to expand the brand overseas. Last year, StayWell Holdings and Prince Hotels Inc. have acquired The Arch Hotel London, located in Great Cumberland Place near Marble Arch & Marylebone. The hotel will be rebranded under The Prince Akatoki in 2019 and will be the first hotel globally under this brand. This signifies Prince Hotels’ continuous effort and commitment to expand the brand across the world. The Prince Akatoki brand will certainly help complement the wider portfolio of brands managed by StayWell Holdings that offers a luxury 5-star hotel brand to the Group’s already successful portfolio. Regarding new facilities over the course of 2019-2020, Prince Hotels has planned to launch three new hotels in Japan in order to enhance its capability in serving consumers’ demand in the prime areas, which are Tokyo Bay Shiomi Prince Hotel, Prince Smart Inn Ebisu and Prince Smart Inn Atami. Tokyo Bay Shiomi Prince Hotel Prince Hotels will open Tokyo Bay Shiomi Prince Hotel in July

For those looking to get away for the weekend in the heart of Bangkok. The award-winning lifestyle wellness, Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 invites the health-loving travelers for an extra day to enjoy the staycation with Stay Three Pay Two – Book three nights and pay for two. The fabulous stay/pay deal includes a 3-night stay in Superior room at 3,252 Baht, Deluxe room at 3,761 Baht and Executive room at 4,286 Baht.   This package also includes additional amenities to make a glorious weekend away such as daily buffet breakfast for a maximum 2 persons, complimentary 15-minutes Well Classic Partial Massage, credit voucher 500 Baht at The Twist Bar & Bistro. Free room upgrade with late check-out until 4 pm and so much more! Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 is located in the heart of the city and within 10 minutes walking distance to BTS Asoke and MRT Sukhumvit. It is comprised of 235 rooms and suites, with five room types including Superior, Superior Corner, Deluxe, Executive Room and Executive Suite. The two latter room types are equipped with an exercise bike, yoga, Pilates and resistance exercise set. Stay Three Pay Two Package is available for booking and stays from now until 31 October 2019. To be eligible for this promotion, the reservation of a 3-night stay is required. For reservations and information, visit www.wellhotelbangkok.com, email rsvn@wellhotelbangkok.com or call +662 1275995.

Sooner than ever, it's the last day of the month. It's the perfect opportunity for you to unwind, take a few days to relax, and prepare yourself for the next journey around the sun. Here are 5 places to celebrate and loosen up at the end of the month. Uptown Funk Brunch CHAR Restaurant, Hotel Indigo Bangkok   CHAR Restaurant at Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road invites foodies to an adults-only Uptown Funk Brunch, with free flow packages to keep spirits up and the party going. Every last Saturday of the month, guest can feast on all-you-can-eat a la carte selections as well as freshly cooked favourites from cooking stations, while a DJ spins retro hits to set the funky mood. THB 1,900++ including soft drinks and mocktails THB 3,400++ including signature cocktails, champagne, premium red wines, white wines and beers on every last Saturday of the month, next brunch will be on Saturday, 25th May 2019, from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. For more information or to make a reservation call 02 207 4999 or email CHARbangkok@ihg.com    Modern Thai Seafood The House on Sathorn   The House on Sathorn today announced the opening of Paii, heralding a new chapter in the culinary offering of the historic, 130-year old landmark. The new restaurant presents the best of local and imported seafood. Diners will not want to miss the Giant Crab Fried Rice, made with organic jasmine rice from Nakhon Pathom. The plate is designed for sharing and topped with no less than half a kilo of freshly steamed Surat Thani mud crab meat. The restaurant also features a bar for an enticing mix of crafted seasonal cocktails, cutting-edge sounds and tempting bites. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 12PM to 12AM. Visit www.thehouseonsathorn.com/paii    'Summer Retreat' at Spa Le Méridien   Give your body the tender loving it merits with a 90-minute spa journey. A deeply moisturizing and gently exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub (30 minutes), leaving your outer layer silky smoother than ever. Nourishing and hydrating your skin, relaxing your muscles, oiling your joints, and leaving you feeling balanced, elevated, and rejuvenated with Summer Special Oil Massage (60 minutes). THB1,900 net per person  Available throughout May – July 2019 from 11:00 – 23:00pm. Advance appointments are essential at spa.lmbkk@lemeridien.com   X2 Pattaya Oceanphere & Ocean Bistro X2 Pattaya Oceanphere is tapping into Bang Saray’s fishing heritage by celebrating the fruits of the sea at its new all-day restaurant, Ocean Bistro. The dining venue is nestled just 450 metres from the shore. In this exquisite seafront setting, expert chefs will create contemporary à la carte menus that focus on local sustainable seafood, prepared in Mediterranean and Thai styles. The villa features 59 one-bedroom pool villas and spacious two-bedroom duplex pool villas, designed to resemble rice terraces gently cascading towards the seafront. Each villa features large living spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows that maximise natural light, and the resort’s spectacular rooftop pool provides the perfect place to chill out during the day or enjoy a sunset cocktail. The villa also offers a 24-hour in-room dining service featuring a wide selection of Thai and international options, including the signature sardine dishes. Opening rates start from just THB 7,415 per

To commemorate the legacy of iconic Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669), Amsterdam’s luxurious Conservatorium hotel has partnered with the neighbouring Rijksmuseum to offer a special package that will among other amenities, feature curated artwork in a special suite reminiscent of the Rembrandt’s masterpiece, The Night Watch. Highlighting the 350th anniversary of the painter’s death, the “Art Suite by Rembrandt” package was launched in conjunction with the much-anticipated “Year of Rembrandt” celebration at the Rijksmuseum. Through this package, hotel guests will also enjoy unparalleled access to the variety of exhibitions and special events held at the museum, as well as the option to book a rare VIP tour of the Rijksmuseum’s Hall of Fame. To maximize the guest experience, Conservatorium enlisted the assistance of Dutch designer Irma Boom, who created the colour scheme for the suite’s design based on the DNA colours of the Night Watch, as well as renowned Dutch artist Sarah van Sonsbeeck, whose interpretation of “The Night Watch” can be found in the bathroom. The result of the collaboration is a unique and modern take on the classic masterpiece, and an immersive way for guests to enjoy the work of Rembrandt from the comfort of their luxurious surroundings. The Art Suite by Rembrandt package includes: One-night stay in the Art Suite by Rembrandt including breakfast for two guests Complimentary ‘fastlane’ access for two guests to the ‘Year of Rembrandt’ exhibits at the Rijksmuseum Two sleeping masks featuring Rembrandt’s famous work ‘Marten & Oopjen’ One copy of the book Rembrandt: Biography of a Rebel by curator Jonathan Bikker Welcome letter from Rijksmuseum Director General, Taco Dibbits Conservatorium hotel offers the following premium supplements to the Art Suite by Rembrandt package: Private after-hour tour of the Rijksmuseum’s Hall of Fame (€7500) Two-hour private walking tour through the city of Amsterdam that takes showcases where Rembrandt lived and worked, and the places that inspired his work (€190) The “Art Suite by Rembrandt” package is available from €875 per night, including VAT. Offer available from: 1 April - 29 December 2019. For more information, visit www.conservatoriumhotel.com

Books can take you to new and exciting places—completely new worlds, even. This World Book Day (23 April 2019), let Lifestyle+Travel and Agoda take you on a literary journey like no other. On your next holiday, trace the roots of some of your favorite authors by stopping by their hometowns—some of which have inspired their most seminal works. Here are some must-visit spots for book-lovers roaming around Asia… Kobe, Japan Literary Hero: Haruki Murakami Notable works: “Kafka on the Shore” and “1Q84” available from Shinchosha Must-see attractions: Ikuta Shrine, Arima Onsen, Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge Murakami grew up in Kobe, where a few of his stories, such as his debut novel “Hear the Wind Sing”, are set. Murakami’s works have surrealist elements, often with melancholic themes which in some ways, is reflective of the quiet beauty to be found in the many serene shrines and breathtaking nature scenery in the small seaside city. Internalize the relaxing minimalist side of Kobe when you stay at Arimakoyado Hataya Ryokan. Camarines Norte, Philippines Literary Hero: Ricky Lee Notable works: “Para kay B” available from Philippine Writers' Studio Foundation Must-see attractions: Calaguas Islands, Apuao Grande Island, Bagasbas Beach More than his novel “Para kay B,” Ricky Lee’s body of work encompasses screenwriting and playwriting. He has worked with revered Filipino directors like Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal and has even published a screenplay manual called “Trip to Quiapo” which has since been a staple resource for communication colleges in the Philippines. Visit Lee’s hometown of Camarines Norte in the central Bicol region of the Philippines and enjoy its beautiful beaches like those on Apuao Grande Island and the Calaguas group of islands. Keep comfy by making One Platinum Hotel your home base while in the area.   If you’re in the Americas, head to… New York, USA Literary Hero: Jenny Han Notable works: “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” available from Simon & Schuster Must-see attractions: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Broadway Though Han originally came from Virginia, her time in New York shaped her career as a young adult fiction writer. Book the cozy Jun New York Midtown III apartment, and feel right at home when you take a break from all of that sight-seeing.   Aracataca, Colombia Literary Hero: Gabriel García Márquez Notable works: “One Hundred Years of Solitude” available from HarperCollins, “Love in the Time of Cholera” available from Penguin Classics Must-see attractions: Casa Museo, Casa del Telegrafista   The municipality of Aracataca is built along the river of the same name and boasts Nobel Prize winner for literature Gabriel García Márquez as one of its sons. The village of Macondo in García Márquez's celebrated novel, “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is fashioned after Aracataca. Take a day trip out to explore García Márquez's reconstructed childhood home-turned-museum and the Casa del Telegrafista, then settle down at the charming Agoda Home in Parque Los Novios in the nearby city of Santa Marta, where you can also visit Colombia’s famous Tayrona National Natural Park. If you’re venturing to Europe, then consider visiting…  Edinburgh, Scotland Literary Hero: J.K. Rowling Notable works: The “Harry Potter” series available from Bloomsbury Must-see attractions: Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Dynamic Earth, Underground Edinburgh, The Scotch Whisky Experience Potterheads, unite! While Rowling was born in Yates, England, it was during her time in Edinburgh that she

  Season 8 of everyone’s favourite medieval fantasy, Game of Thrones arrived this week and as fans dissect Episode 1 and look for plot spoilers, guests across the globe say they feel part of the show by staying in Homes on Airbnb. Looking at guest reviews of Homes in off-the-beaten-path destinations iconic to the show from 2014 to 2018, a growing number of travellers note they feel they’re part of the action with Airbnb guest reviews mentioning the show up 550% in Morocco, 467% in Ireland, 406% in Croatia, 386% in Iceland and 218% in Spain. No matter the king (or queen) you’re rooting for, here are 5 Homes on Airbnb perfect for living like your favourite contender for the throne long after the season finale.

Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas is celebrating its five-year anniversary on 1 April 2019. The hotel features 314 rooms and offer 3 meeting rooms, located just few steps away from the famous Patong Beach and the unique shopping center of Patong. In addition our team is very attentive to guest needs linked to our concept “Bringing Stories to life” for an unforgettable stay at the Grand Mercure Patong Phuket Resort & Villas. "We will keep take caring our guest by our heart as we do since opening 2014," said by Sebastien Tronchet general manager of Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas. For more information or reservation, please visit GrandMercurePhuketPatong.com