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.
Hotel Purple is the newest addition to the long list of great hotels studding the alluring city. The fresh, fun boutique hotel is located in one of Hong Kong's most-loved neighborhoods - Tin Hau. It is just a short walk from the MTR, a highly-efficient local railway system that is the preferred mode of transport of both locals and tourists. Even better, the hotel is just 10 minutes away from Causeway Bay and an extra 5 minutes away from Central, two must-visit areas in Hong Kong. Hotel Purple has 83 stylish rooms filling its 24-floored building. As its name suggests, the interiors are accented with purple (and yellow), creating a vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere. Along with a cozy reception area and a terrace overlooking the cityscape, the boutique hotel also has a chic lounge where guests can unwind and bond with others over fun local board games. To celebrate the opening, Hotel Purple is having a special promotion until 30 June where guests can enjoy their stay at the hotel's studio rooms for as low as HK$600/night.
Airbnb and the Louvre today announced that the museum will be transformed into a magical Home for one night. For the first time ever, passionate art-lovers will have the chance to cosy up to priceless masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa, and sleep under the Louvre’s iconic glass Pyramid in a “mini-pyramid” that will be specially designed to celebrate the building’s 30th anniversary. A night in the Museum For one night only, on April 30, Airbnb and the Louvre are giving a lucky winner and their guest a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see what happens inside the world’s most magical museum when the lights go out. As the sun sets on Paris, the winning duo will make their way to the museum where they will be greeted by an art-historian, who will take them on a bespoke tour, like those previously given to the Obamas, Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Once they have discovered the museum’s wonders, the duo will enjoy their Home for the night in the presence of some truly legendary hosts: they will toast the Mona Lisa with a cosy Renaissance inspired aperitif, while relaxing on a sumptuous Parisian lounge sofa, listening to the atmospheric sounds of French music on vinyl records. Venus of Milo, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, will then “host” an extravagant feast in a pop up dining room. And lastly, guests will be treated to an intimate acoustic concert in Napoleon III’s lavish Apartments. At the end of this very special evening, the winners will retire to their bedroom under the Pyramid for what promises to be a masterpiece of a sleepover. Exclusive Airbnb Experiences Airbnb’s partnership with the Louvre extends beyond the lucky winner of the contest and their guest; from May until the end of the year, a series of exceptional Experiences at the museum will be bookable on the Airbnb platform. These Experiences, the programming of which will be revealed in the coming weeks, will give everyone the opportunity to rediscover the most famous museum in the world from a totally new angle, with exclusive visits and intimate concerts. How to participate? To enter, simply go to airbnb.com/louvre before April 12 at 23h59 (French time - GMT+1) and answer this question: why would you be the Mona Lisa's perfect guest? One winner will be selected. All terms and conditions of the contest are available on airbnb.com/louvre.
SUPERIOR WAY TO ENJOY SAMUI Seaside delights await! This year, W Koh Samui pampers you with the “WOW Offer”. For stays of at least four consecutive nights, you will be amused with extraordinary benefits such as on-arrival sparkling wine, Well-Travelled signature massage, candlelit dinner, airport transfers, and daily breakfasts. The offer is valid from now until 31 December 2019. For further details and booking, check out www.wkohsamui.com or email email@example.com CHILLING BY THE POOL Travelling to the splendid North? U Chiang Mai offers you sweet indulgence by the pool with the “Luxurious Superior Pool Access” package, with 30% discount for a Superior Pool Access room, together with 30% discount on F&B and round-trip airport transfer! Available for stays from now until 31 March 2019. A minimum of two consecutive nights is required. For booking, contact +66 (0) 53 327 000 or firstname.lastname@example.org EXPERIENCING CHENGDU With growing tourism thanks to charming Chinese culture and lovely pandas, Chengdu should really be on your list. Enjoy the “Check-in to Chengdu” experience with everything special from The Temple House! This three-night package invites guests not only to have the first-rate stay, but also to explore the city, to relish the award-winning spa, and to savour the healthy fares, starting from USD 930. Visit www.thetemplehousehotel.com for more information. DIVER’S BEST DEAL! Koh Haa is one of the first-rate dive sites in Thailand, thanks to its crystalline water, healthy coral, and abundant underwater life. Luckily, Pimalai Resort & Spa at Koh Lanta offers the leisurely four-day package for certified SCUBA divers to enjoy both on-land comfort and marine beauty. The package includes accommodation, airport transfers, dinner, spa, diving trip and equipment, and more. Priced from THB 43,590. Available now until 30 April 2019. Visit www.pimalai.com/promotion/ diving-2019 for more information. SAKURA HEALING Not just eye candy, the beautiful Sakura flower is also beneficial for your skin, thanks to its essential oil, which is rich in antioxidants. The Okura Spa at The Okura Prestige Bangkok features special “Sakura Wellness Secrets”, a 90-minute treatment to smoothen your delicate skin from head to toe, and to rejuvenate your weary soul. Available daily from 1 April – 30 June 2019, priced at THB 3,800++ per person. For more information and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2687 9000 or email email@example.com
The Lanesborough is offering guests to London the opportunity to enjoy the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show with access to the acclaimed chef Raymond Blanc’s 2019 Jardin Blanc, nestled deep in the grounds of one of the world’s most celebrated horticultural events. This year’s show runs from 21-25 May 2019 and this special experience offers guests the chance to be one of the first to see the show when it opens at 8am on 21 May, plus access to the exclusive members-only days. The timings and what’s included for each daytime and evening Jardin Blanc experience can be viewed in more detail here. The special Lanesborough experiences start from £1,325.00, and include one-night accommodation at The Lanesborough, one-way transfers and ticket entry to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and an incredible dining experience in the beautiful Jardin Blanc, with menus exclusively designed by Raymond Blanc.
With spring around the corner, it means cherry blossom season is coming. Take this chance to spend some quality time with your loved ones beneath the beautifulsakura trees. While Japan and Washington, D.C. are the most famous places to enjoy cherry blossoms, it is possible to see these trademark pink flowers in other locales around the globe. Lifestyle+Travel and Agoda.com share some of the best across Asia, America and Europe to enjoy the age-old tradition of hanami, or “flower viewing” in Japanese. Jinhae, Changwon, South Korea The Jinhae Gunhangie Festival attracts roughly two million visitors a year. Historically a memorial service to commemorate Admiral Yi Sun-sin, it is now South Korea’s biggest spring festival. Enjoy the festival by taking a stroll down the picturesque Romance Bridge, where cherry blossoms canopy the Yeojwacheon Stream, and along Gyeonghwa Station where the trees line the railway track. The best time to visit is late March to April. Conveniently located within reach of the city’s must-see destinations, M-Stay Hotel Changwon is the ideal accommodation for travelers looking to stay busy throughout their trip. Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam It’s a little-known fact that Vietnam’s Hoa Island, located east of Dien Bien Phu in the middle of Pa Khoang Lake, is a goldmine for those seeking cherry blossoms. Did you know that Vietnamese scientist Dr Tran Le wandered up and down the country for the perfect place to plant the seeds, a gift from a Japanese friend? Stay with the family at the Hoang Anh Villa which features an outdoor pool and sun terrace for some quality hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, time. Washington D.C., America The three-week-long National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the dawn of spring while honoring both American and Japanese cultures. The 3,000 trees that can be seen here are a symbol of friendship between the two countries and were gifted by Tokyo’s then Mayor, Yukio Ozaki in 1912. Take in the sights of a sea of stunning cherry blossom trees at the Tidal Basin, and stay at The Wink Hotel Washington D.C. Located at the heart of the city, this hotel is perfect for travelers who want to make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. Edinburgh, Scotland Pack a picnic and head to The Meadows in Edinburgh. Once you’ve laid claim to one of the benches along the tree-lined paths, you can take a breather and soak in the pink-hued scenery outdoors. Plan to spend the day outdoors by taking along a blanket and your favorite novel. Stay at the Radisson Blu Edinburgh on the historic Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh. Recently renovated in 2015, the hotel is within walking distance to top tourist attractions, shopping areas and The Meadows. Paris, France Few places on earth are as romantic and picturesque as the beloved City of Lights. Every spring, neighborhoods and parks in the French capital are dotted with mesmerizing cherry blossoms. For prime viewing, take a stroll through Parc du Champ de Mars, set in the shadows of the world-renowned Eiffel Tower. Stay in ultimate luxury at the Park Hyatt Vendome Hotel located in the heart of Paris on the prestigious Rue de
With the month of love has come upon us, discover your best locations for a luxurious Valentine’s Day weekend escape. Take advantage of up to 70% off your second night – as one day is simply not enough time to rediscover romance and fill your love bubble with blissful harmony at one of these perfect-for-two locations. Book from today – 28 Feb 2019 | Stay from today – 31 May 2019 AWAY BALI LEGIAN CAMAKILA Nestled between Legian Beach and a bustling shopping and entertainment street – Away Bali Legian Camakila allows guests to experience the best of both worlds – stunning sunsets right on the beach with views of the Indian Ocean and a wrath of Balinese ambiance right outside the front door. RATES FROM USD 93 / NIGHT X2 VIBE PATTAYA SEAPHERE RESIDENCES Step into a world of sun-splashed beaches, modern living spaces and lush, green landscapes. Nestled in a serene seaside corner of Pattaya’s Jomtien beach and surrounded by natural beauty, lies X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere Residence a new hotel in Pattaya. Your perfect fun, chilled out and romantic Valentine's Day destination. RATES FROM THB 1,929 / NIGHT BYD LOFTS BY X2 Situated just 200 meters from the famous Patong Beach leads the market in affordable fully furnished serviced apartments and hotel accommodation. BYD Lofts by X2 is a destination property sure to offer you the very best of design hotel ambiance and experience. RATES FROM THB 2,665 / NIGHT X2 KOH SAMUI - A SPA RETREAT A Spa Retreat is Thailand’s first resort offering guest a selection of ‘All spa inclusive package’ for unlimited spa treatments throughout their stay. Ideal for couples, honeymooners, families and friend holidays that designed to blend retreat, wellness, chill & vibes mixed together. RATES FROM THB 5,460 / NIGHT AWAY KANCHANABURI DHEVA MANTRA RESORT AND SPA Step outside onto your private balcony, and feel your cares melt away as you breathe in the fresh air of the surrounding tropical woodlands. As your eyes gaze upon the tranquil waters of the timeless River Kwai, which effortlessly flows by at a leisurely pace, a profound calm will wash over you. RATES FROM THB 2,513 / NIGHT AWAY PRANBURI BEACH RESORT Surrounded by exquisite natural views on all sides, Away Pranburi Beach Resort is a tranquil retreat in the heart of Thailand’s beautiful central coast. Modern comforts, delicious cuisine and relaxing spa treatments provide just the right holiday experience, while the nearby scenic cave, national park and fishing village let you explore some of Thailand’s finest landscapes. RATES FROM THB 2,167 / NIGHT