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Set in untouched part of northern Ubud, Buahan, Bali's first Banyan Tree Escape, will open its door in September 2021 and will pioneer a "no walls, no doors" concept alongside sustainable, blend-into-nature design, as well as unique craft forms used throughout the property. For you to feel truly connected, the resort appoints open spaces with compelling activities to evoke a sense of community. At the resort's heart are the Open Kitchen and Living Room offering a delectable experience with zero-waste farm-to-table concept, local sourcing philosophy and heritage techniques, serving mainly plant-based options. The Botanist Bar is centred around the use of local-grown natural ingredients and botanicals infused into its beverages, while Toja Spa celebrates the wellbeing traditions from Buahan village and its surrounding areas, with a unique "open" garden experience. Embraced by rice paddies, jungle, river and waterfall, with a sweeping view of the seven majestic peaks, the resort boasts one-off "The Naked Experience", where you are at one with nature. In addition to beautiful balés, you can spend some quality times at a garden sanctuary, which is ideal for meditation, reading, or simply relax. For more information and reservations, visit www.escape.banyantree.com. For more stories of Buahan, check out its Instagram @banyantree.escape.buahan.

As people are heading toward more health-conscious lifestyles, Dusit International launches its new group-wide wellness concept, Devarana Wellness, aiming to enhance guest's experience at Dusit Hotels and Resorts worldwide with well-being elements inspired by traditional Thai and Buddhist wellness principles. Devarana Wellness cares for physical and mental well-being of all Dusit's guests by inviting them to slow down and relish in self-care, as well as offering them one-off wellness experiences. By fusing ancient Thai healing practices into innovative practices, Devarana Wellness concept delivers holistic well-being based on 3 key principles: Pause (yoga, meditation, breathwork, Thai herbal medicine, and activities that enhance emotional resilience); Focus (personalised food menus and fitness and movement activities for physical vitality); and Growth (workshops focused on sustainability, community outreach programmes, and special retreats for families, couples, and business and leisure travellers); alongside other wellness micro-moments to pamper your body and mind throughout your stay. Each property will focus on guests’ most shared concerns including destressing, detoxifying, and enjoying a deep restorative sleep. For further details, please visit www.dusit-international.com

With a steady increase of worldwide vaccine rollouts, the world is moving towards to the return of international travel. To look forward to welcoming guests again, Baglioni Hotels & Resorts, Italian luxury hotel group with exquisite properties in various top-notch destinations, expects to debut their latest boutique property on Mediterranean paradise island, Sardinia, this June. Set within protected Tavolara marina, Baglioni Resort Sardinia brings timeless Italian luxury to the pristine coast of Sardinia. The 78-key boutique luxury resort offers guests tranquility of the 1-km private beach, upscale island holiday facilities, unrivaled Italian culinary journey, ultimate relaxation at the resort's spa, golf game, land exploration, a number of water sports and yachting excursion, alongside tastefully furnished guest rooms and suites boasting mesmerising views. In collaboration with Michelin-starred Chef Claudio Sadler, the signature restaurant Gusto by Sadler brings fine Italian dining at its best to your table. You can also take delight in delicious bites at Sunset Terrace Bar and pool bar. Expecting to welcome guests from 1 June 2021 onwards, the resort offers special 30% discount on best available rates and complimentary breakfast for bookings done by 31 May 2021. For more information, visit www.baglionihotels.com/branches/baglioni-resort-sardinia-san-teodoro

Just in time for spring, the Beau-Rivage Palace has opened its door once again, with some exquisite upgrades! Adjacent to radiant Lake Geneva, all rooms at the Beau-Rivage Palace boasts a mesmerising view with first-rate in-room facilities. To ensure highest safety, the property is commited to highest level of cleanliness and hygiene measures at its lakeside gardens, five restaurants and bars including two Michelin starred Anne-Sophie Pic, enhanced Cinq Mondes Spa, and all other facilities. For further information and reservations, visit www.brp.ch

This July, Cross Hotels & Resorts will launch its very first property in Japan, Away Okinawa Kouri Island Resort. The boutique beachfront resort is set on a tranquil island connected to the main Okinawa island, offering an astounding panorama of the azure East China Sea alongside design and facilities that are in conformity with the brand's philosophy, "Escape Everyday Life". In partnership with Japanese hospitality management and real estate development company, AB Accommo Company Limited, Cross Hotel & Resorts anticipates its future expansion in Japan with 7 properties within 4 years stretching from Okinawa to Hokkaido. Cross Hotels & Resorts currently operates 21 hotels across three distinct brands – Cross, Cross Vibe and Away – in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. For further details, visit crosshotelsandresorts.com

From now until the end of March 2022, you can book and plan your future retreat with your loved ones or colleagues at Bali's Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, with "The Art of Reuniting" buyout offer to bring your family or friends together for an unforgettable time. Situated amidst endless rice paddies of Ubud, the resort features 20 exquisite villas and compelling group activities like rice paddy trekking, a hot air balloon ride, fishing, as well as wellness retreats. The entire gorgeous resort can be booked out by a group for USD 7,500++ per night (with a minimum stay of two nights). The package is a dream comes true for corporate retreats, with meeting spaces available on site, weddings, both Balinese style and western, and family reunions. Additionally, for an ultimately private excursion, Tanah Gajah has partnered with Garuda Indonesia on charter flights from around Indonesia and other international destinations the airline frequents. Rates and availability depend on the departure city and interested parties should contact the resort directly. "The Art of Reuniting" is subject to availability and valid for stays booked until 31 March 2022. For more information please visit www.tanahgajahubud.com/en

To mark the beginning of the new era, award-winning Soneva Jani in Maldives has announced its "Chapter Two", a marvelous expansion of first-rate offerings with 27 new luxurious water villas, new dining concepts, the Soneva Wellness Centre, and Soneva Unlimited. The new over-villas in Chapter Two, ranging from One Bedroom to Four Bedroom Water reserves, have been designed to maximise privacy and create a true sense of seclusion amidst the ocean, featuring vast indoor and outdoor living spaces and sweeping terraces, private pool, some have slides straight into the private lagoon, and outdoor bathrooms for bathing under the sun and stars. The one- and two-bedroom Reserves also have the iconic retractable roof over the master bed for stargazing. Other privileges at the Chapter Two are Soneva Unmilited, which includes unlimited access to meals, fine wines, diving, experiences, spa treatments and transfers; new outlets led by expert chefs with tasty options of plant-based and pescatarian dishes, as well as mouth-watering grills; and the new Wellness Centre with a dedicated Ayurvedic Clinic, a cross-functional fitness area, and an open-air yoga pavilion with facilities for aerial yoga. The starting price for a 1 Bedroom Water Retreat in Chapter Two starts from USD 3,560+++ in shoulder season, which includes all meals, transfers, experiences, drinks and spa treatments.

The first Dusit-branded hotel in Kuwait, Dusit Princess Mahboula Kuwait, is set to open in the fourth quarter of 2023 in a premium location overlooking the Persian Gulf within easy reach of popular local attractions such as Al Kout Mall, Kuwait’s largest waterfront retail and leisure destination; and Kuwait Magic, a large beachfront mall with an indoor amusement park. Comprising 180 hotel rooms and 70 serviced apartments under Dusit International’s upper midscale Dusit Princess brand, the new hotel will be equipped to meet the needs of both tourists and long-stay guests, including associates of local oil and gas companies  seeking comfortable and convenient lodgings near their places of work. The property’s serviced apartments have been specifically designed for families. Additionally, there will be an all-day dining venue, a specialty restaurant, a lobby lounge, a swimming pool, a vast gym with modern equipment, as well as Dusit’s signature Namm Spa providing a wide range of wellness therapies and treatments. Dusit’s portfolio now includes 340 properties operating under six brands across 15  countries. In the Middle East, the company currently operates seven hotels and is on course to open two more this year.

Even though the global pandemic in 2020 may halted your international travels, it is still great to learn about wonderful things to look forward to when the situation eases up. For your future trips, here are some of the soon-to-be-launched tropical havens that could become your next favourite stays!   The Ithaafushi Private Island by Waldorf Astoria Maldives In January, The Ithaafushi Private Island Estate by Waldorf Astoria Maldives will make the paradise island even more paradisiacal. The elegant Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi invites you to experience its one-of-a-kind spin-off with superb privacy and first-rate luxuries on the secluded 32,000 sqm island. The Ithaafushi Private Island Estate features elegant standalone villas, accommodating up to 24 guests, accessible by a private yacht, alongside a team of dedicated Experience Curators to satisfy your every need while you are relishing in the stunning vista of endless sea of turquoise and gleamingly white sands.  W: www.waldorfastoriamaldives.com/private-island   Regent Phu Quoc If you seek an exquisite sanctuary for your body and mind, Regent™ Phu Quoc is the place. The all villas and suites resort offers options from one bedroom havens to expansive seven bedroom ultra-villas, all of which are dressed elegantly, as well as daily vista of breathtaking sunset best viewed from your private infinity pool, rooftop bar, or a Personal Haven fashioned on the beach. Besides, the resort's facilities and wellness journeys will make you feel more rejuvenated than ever. W: www.ihg.com/regent/hotels/us/en/phu-quoc/pqcrr/hoteldetail   Kagi Maldives Spa Island  Situated in the secluded tip of North Male’ Atoll, the adults-only five-star Kagi Maldives Spa Island has freshly debuted with 50 polished villas and top-notch wellness experience. At the heart of the island sits Kagi’s 1500-square-meter spa and wellness hub, offering personalised programmes for guests to Release, Restore, and Regain with a wide array of therapies ranging from the classics to the alternatives. To discover pristine underwater glamour, a dive centre is there to assist you. W: www.kagimaldives.com   Andaz Bali, Indonesia In historic Sanur, Andaz Bali will open its wondrous door in April with eye-catching design inspired by the surrounding traditional Balinese villages, while adding a contemporary twist. Andaz Bali will offer guests vibrant culinary experiences including grilled seafood on the beachfront alongside a myriad of leisure options including shared wellness facilities with the adjacent Hyatt Regency Bali. W: www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/indonesia/andaz-bali/dpsaz