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.
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.
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
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
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