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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

Set in Tuscany’s famously beautiful area of Radda in historic Chianti is L’Aiaccia, a full-service luxury villa, designed by Katharine Pooley, the highly sought-after interior designer who has designed many landmark commercial and residential properties around the world, with inspiration from the magical setting in Tuscany. The spectacular views have to be seen to be believed and the light is extraordinary having inspired artists for generations. Originally built in 1788, in the classic Leopoldina-style, L’Aiaccia was a working farmhouse. Katharine was tasked to breathe new life into the villa’s interiors whilst being exceptionally careful to preserve the house’s original character, features and charm as well as adding all modern-day comforts. The property is ideal for up to ten guests with five bedrooms, four in the villa and one in the adjacent guest house – perfectly complemented by a stunning pool and a games barn. The grounds include beautiful gardens and multiple places to relax and dine alfresco which have been revamped by Katharine and her team of designers to concurrently retain the history of the property and showcase its elegance. L’Aiaccia is located within forty acres in the idyllic heart of the Chianti region of Tuscany.  The villa is available to rent at athomeinchianti.com. At L’Aiaccia, one can step back in time, with an innate appreciation for all the modern comforts at hand. Immersed in the glorious Chianti countryside, it is hard not to reflect on the hundreds of years history as L’Aiaccia continues its story as a very special, extremely comfortable retreat which the owners are happy to share with their guests.

Teardrop Hotels is delighted to announce its partnership with The Geoffrey Bawa Trust to revitalise and relaunch Geoffrey Bawa’s Lunuganga estate on the Southwest Coast of Sri Lanka. The nine-bedroom property includes Bawa’s original home with its original charms and quirkiness, in addition to a three-bed house he designed and built in Colombo which has been painstakingly reconstructed brick by brick in the grounds of the estate.  Lunuganga forms an important part of Sri Lanka’s cultural and design heritage. Acquired by famed architect Geoffrey Bawa in 1947 as one of his first projects, Bawa worked tirelessly to transform the house and the gardens from a derelict rubber estate into one of the most beautiful pleasure gardens of the 20th Century.  Elements of Italian Renaissance gardens, English landscaping, Japanese garden art, and the water gardens of ancient Sri Lanka are all blended to create Bawa’s most extravagant creation, making it a mecca for those interested in landscape design and architectural history.   Geoffrey Bawa’s house itself comprises a former 1930’s plantation bungalow, with six private guest suites located around the estate and is an ode to ‘tropical modernism’ – a blend of antique and modern furniture with traditional and contemporary art -  a trademark of Bawa’s eclectic signature style. The Bawa Trust and Teardrop Hotels have made sure to changes to the house to an absolute minimum, allowing guests to enjoy the space exactly as Bawa intended his guests to experience it. Lunuganga now also includes the three-bedroom house of Bawa’s dear friend - Ena de Silva. A batik artist based in Colombo Ena de Silva and her husband Osmund commissioned Bawa to design their home in 1962- a pivotal project in his life’s work and the first time he executed the joining of radically modern design with traditional Sri Lankan elements. In 2009, Ena sold the house to The Bawa Trust, which then moved the property brick by brick from its location in Colombo to Lunuganga. The house took three months to disassemble and six years to rebuild, led by Architect Amila de Mel and conservation specialist Nilan Cooray. Everything from the frangipani tree in the front courtyard to the slabs of river stone remains just as it was in the original house. A night at Lunuganga – in either the main house or the Ena de Silva villa - starts at USD 265++ for two people sharing, inclusive of breakfast. To celebrate the relaunch, Teardrop Hotels is offering guests a 20% discount on all rooms booked before 31 November 2020 – which can then be used anytime until 31 April 2020.  

The Vietage has departed for its inaugural journey on 1 July 2020 and now brings luxury railway journeys through the Vietnamese countryside connecting Da Nang and Quy Nhon cities. The Vietage has been developed by Anantara to introduce memorable journeys between Anantara Hoi An and Anantara Quy Nhon Villas, a unique Vietnamese luxury travel experience for its guests. The custom-designed opulent carriage, with just 12 reservation-only seats, immerses its guests into the culture, nature and history of the country through the stories of its daily return journey, heralding a new age of glamorous train travel. The Vietage carriage boasts sleek-lined modern interiors, big picture windows and large comfy seats, while a sit-up bar offers a change of scenery and the chance to enjoy local craft beers, wines and snacks over conversation with friends, before the main culinary experience.  During the six hour journey, guests encounter a plethora of taste sensations as the countryside rolls by. An exclusively-curated menu evokes the essence of Vietnam with a French twist, through an explosion of creative flavours and local ingredients. Dishes such as Quy Nhon seafood salad, barley risotto and braised Wagyu neck will excite plant, carnivore and seafood lovers alike. Sweet endings come in the form of local Da Lat strawberries, passion fruit tart and a typical French-style crème brulée made with superior Dong Nai chocolate from Vietnam.   A dedicated area with spa treatment chairs offers head and shoulder treatments on the go as the train passes through local villages, rural countryside and stops at a few stations on the way. A one-way ticket aboard The Vietage costs USD 185 per person, including a three-course, pre-ordered meal, free-flow wines, beers and soft drinks, bar snacks and a 30-minute head and shoulder treatment. An à la carte menu also offers premium wines, champagnes and treats such as local caviar and the finest selection of both local and international cheeses, all available for pre-purchase. The Vietage departs from Da Nang every morning at 09:31, arriving at Dieu Tri station in Quy Nhon at 15:43. The return journey departs from Dieu Tri at 17:29 and arrives in Da Nang at 23:01. The Vietage runs for eleven months each year, taking a break during the annual Vietnamese Tet holiday period. Combination accommodation packages are available with Anantara Hoi An Resort and Anantara Quy Nhon Villas for guests to experience each destination and can be booked directly on the website at https://www.anantara.com/en/vietnam. The Vietage also contributes to the ‘Dollars for Deeds’ programme, in which US $1 per ticket is donated and guests on board are at liberty to make their own contribution. Donations are given to the Kianh Foundation, a not-for-profit charity providing a full-time, customised, special needs curriculum for children with disabilities in the Quang Nam Province of Central Vietnam. For further information, please contact The Vietage team on +84 256 368 6168, or at vietage@thevietagetrain.com.

To make things more exciting for your “staycay”, M Social Hotel Singapore will be offering a series of staycation packages with activities planned periodically. Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR) has come up with a package centred on its “We Clean. We Care. We Welcome” commitment. Guests are assured of 10 key hallmarks* of cleanliness and safety designed to safeguard guests throughout their stay, such as contactless check-in and check-out. MHR’s “We Clean. We Care. We Welcome. Staycation with us.” package also offers free accommodation for kids and flexible cancellation of up to two days before stays without charges. You can choose to retreat into your personal space with accommodation options that come in various sizes and configurations. Alcove Cosy features bare concrete walls with mirrored surfaces, which extends into a striking 4m-tall pitched roof, creating a spacious vibe. Loft Premier, a duplex-style loft with raw marble flooring offers a roomy sofa, nesting table facilities that creates a workspace on the lower level with a queen-sized bed on the top floor. Loft Terraces comes with attached terraces for you to wind down outdoors. Diners are also in for a treat as Beast & Butterflies at M Social Singapore takes culinary and tipples to the next level with a newly created menu by Executive Chef Bryce Li. Delectable and Instagram-worthy new dishes include the Charcoal Grilled Maine Lobster and Thai Milk Tea Pudding. Diners can also indulge in the $1 Oyster Friday Night promotion at Beast & Butterflies. The restaurant with a beautiful alfresco area marries traditional methods with modern thinking to create dishes and thirst-quenchers that fits the unrestrictive concept of Beast & Butterflies and its millennial-minded, globe-trotting guests. Expect a dining experience with visual dramas composed of chandeliers, lava lamps and table-top TV screens making for an unforgettable ambiance. Social barflies can quench their thirst with an array of artisanal cocktails prepared by resident mixologist Vladyslav Yesepiv or choose from a curated wine list as they enjoy fresh air and cool breeze in a cosy setting while sipping a cold tipple or two under the stars. As a testament to the hotel’s hygiene standards and cleanliness levels, M Social Hotel Singapore was recently awarded the SG Clean Quality Mark Certification by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Enterprise Singapore. Mix and Stay S$180++ 1 Night in Alcove Cosy Breakfast for 2 Person A complimentary M Social Cocktail Shaker A complimentary Workshop: Learn about cocktail making from Beast & Butterflies Mixologist - Vladyslav Yesepiv Bottled Up Happiness S$240++ 1 Night in Alcove Cosy Breakfast for 2 Person A complimentary Workshop: Create your Own Perfume with Maison 21G Singapore A complimentary bottle of perfume For enquires & bookings, email reservations.mss@millenniumhotels.com or call +65 6206 1888