TOP

Behind the scene of the special fashion set featuring Gunn Svasti Lifestyle+Travel magazine issue 98

View All

DESTINATION

View All

The great outdoors has always been a thing in New Zealand thanks to the country's sensational landscapes full of skyscraping mountains, dense woodlands, and soul-soothing rivers. A road trip may offers you convenience as you relish the nature's glamour, but trekking allows you to access off-the-beaten places and provide you with one-of-a-kind immersive experiences amidst stunning nature. If you are up for some adventures, the stunning Great Walks may already be in your bucket list. Here are some of the multi-day treks in New Zealand that you should not miss:   Abel Tasman Coast Track Easy / 2–5 days Ideal for beginners and families with young children, the Abel Tasman Coast Track lets you easily stroll along the well-marked trails and overnight at huts or campsites (advance booking is required). It takes just around 2-4 hours per day, and the terrain is relatively flat, so it's good for people of all ages. In addition, you may opt for kayaking in the pristine ocean if you want to add a different zest of adventure to your trip! More details on the Abel Tasman Coast Track: HERE   Rakiura Track Easy to intermediate / 3 days The 32-km circuit takes hikers on an island adventure along open coastline. The trail's peaceful surroundings are top-notch and it offers you a chance to discover Māori land and early Māori settlement sites, as well as to spot tokoeka, the native brown kiwi. Being the southernmost Dark Sky Sanctuary, Stewart Island can surprise you with breathtaking Southern Lights. More details on the Rakiura Track: HERE Heaphy Track Intermediate / 4–6 days For those who are ready to embark on a bit more adventurous days, this ancient trail in the Kahurangi National Park is a great choice. The lush track was once walked by Māori pounamu (jade) hunters, and you can discover native plants, ancient rocks, and rare wildlife including the great spotted kiwi and Poweilliphanta, world's largest carnivorous snail. Mountain biking is allowed from May to November. More details on the Heaphy Track: HERE   Routeburn Track Intermediate / 2–4 days This trail lets you revel in otherworldly landscapes within both Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park. What you'll find along the way are soaring mountains, majestic valleys, cascading falls, and gleaming lakes, as well as native birds. Different seasons offers you different challenges and vistas, but if you are not an experienced hiker with full-option hiking gears, it's better to take a walk in the Great Walks season from November to April. More details on the Routeburn Track: HERE   Milford Track Intermediate to difficult / 4 days Optimal for trekking from October to April, the historical route is known as the 'world's finest walk' thanks to its jaw-dropping sceneries that can be witness throughout the tramp – mesmerising waterfalls, untouched nature, and awe-inspiring mountains. This is quite a challenging hike so make sure you are fit and well-equipped enough for steep terrains and lengthy distance in each day. More details on the Milford Track: HERE     Source: New Zealand Tourism

By Lifestyle+Travel

When ‘wellbeing’ cannot be completed simply by massages or spa rituals, Dusit International, Thailand’s preeminent hospitality group, has stepped up its game by introducing the new group-wide wellness concept, Devarana Wellness, based on the three key principles: pause, focus, and growth. At Dusit Thani Hua Hin Beach Resort, Devarana Wellness Centre offers exceptional services for an elevated sense of wellbeing of guests. Blending in Thai wisdoms and Buddhist principles, plus organic ingredients to be turned into nourishing meals, the wellness experience here really goes beyond the spa. You can opt for various programmes and even customise your own retreat to match your unique needs. DETAIL MATTERS The wellness journey starts right at your room, with health-friendly minibar and complimentary fruits and treats to freshen you up throughout the day. To help enhance your deep sleep, aside from comfy mattress and smooth bed linens, there are various types of pillows on bed, so you can be sure to find the right one.   WELLNESS AT ITS FINEST At the newly-refurbished Devarana Wellness Centre, soul-soothing sense would approach you on the first step with its calming sounds, refreshing scents, stylish design, and ample space. An array of wellness workshops and fitness classes will be held amidst this beautiful setting. For a spa session, there are a selection of over 30 treatments and therapies to be conducted by experienced staffs. Before the session starts, a mini singing bowl ritual will help you transport your busy mind into a more meditative state to help you obtain the best of restorative benefits of each session. Strongly recommended is the Devarana Signature Massage, a harmonious combination between Thai Ayuraveda healing, Shiatsu techniques, and Swedish influence ─ it is optimal for physically and mentally de-stressing.   STAY WELL INSIDE AND OUT Emotional wellbeing is also the heart of the wellness concept. There are daily activities for you to improve your emotions including tai chi, sunset yoga, meditation in the garden, and numerous more. You can also indulge in special wellness events like full moon beach sound bath, reiki healing, among others. In addition, there will be wellness videos available on-demand throughout your stay, in collaboration with expert wellbeing coach and educator, Cat Lau.   To find out more about Devarana Wellness at Dusit Thani Hua Hin, visit www.dusit.com/dusitthani-huahin/devarana-wellness

By Lifestyle+Travel

NEWS & UPDATES

View All

Air New Zealand has unveiled its new Dreamliners, due to arrive in 2024, with exceptionally one-of-a-kind flying experience, regardless of the cabin you choose to fly in! Designed around creating a home away from home, the new aircrafts will feature a new Business Premier Luxe seat that offers more space, as well as the world's first sleep pods, Skynest, for Economy passengers, to ensure your long-haul flights are as comfortable as possible. 'New Zealand's location puts us in a unique position to lead on the ultra-longhaul travel experience. We have zeroed in on sleep, comfort, and wellness because we know how important it is for our customers to arrive well-rested. Whether they are heading straight into a meeting, or to their first holiday hotspot - they want to hit the ground running. 'It's a proud moment to finally unveil five years of hard mahi, in what truly is a cabin of possibility. One that will provide customers with options to get some shut eye wherever they're sitting.' said Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran. In addition to the exciting Skynest, Economy passengers will be able to opt for more types of seat including Economy Skycouch and Economy Stretch. For more information, visit www.airnewzealand.com    

By Lifestyle+Travel

Set along Roxas Boulevard, Admiral Hotel Manila - MGallery is now ready to welcome guests to experience a boutique stay at The Philippine's famous waterfront promenade, in close proximity to various landmarks. The country's first MGallery property features a beautiful blend of modern Filipino-Spanish and Art Deco design, honoring its legacy as iconic landmark and a vibrant social hub of the city’s elite. The hotel’s 6 uniquely themed floors showcases a glimpse of the local culture, including festivals, heroes, folk dances, traditional games and native objects, with all 123 guestrooms and suites well-equipped with premium amenities. In addition, the hotel's dining spaces come with compelling culinary concepts to be enjoyed with a sweeping view. "Admiral Hotel Manila – MGallery is the only luxury boutique hotel in Manila which boasts an unparalleled array of experiences and offerings that go beyond the ordinary. As a former hub for high-society events back in the early 1940s, we wanted to relive the glamour of Manila’s golden age within this reimagined hotel," said Matthieu Busschaërt, General Manager of Admiral Hotel Manila - MGallery. To celebrate the hotel’s opening, guests can experience the Deluxe Room for PHP 8,888 per night for stays until 30 September 2022. Rates include breakfast for two at Admiral Club Manila Bay and a PHP 1,888 credit that can be redeemed in all hotel outlets. For more information and reservations, please visit www.admiralhotelmanila.com, email H9338-RE1@accor.com or call +63 (2) 5318 9000.

By Lifestyle+Travel

WHAT’S HOT

View All

ALATi at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok invites you to embark on a flavourful culinary journey through its 'Stories of Morocco', featuring redesigned dishes inspired by Executive Chef Carlo Valenziano's travel in various provinces in the charming country in North Africa while adding a touch of Mediterranean taste to each fare. Among the highlights are 'Shakshuka egg' – spiced tomato and bell pepper stew, soft egg, merguez and fresh herbs, served with Arabic bread; ‘Harira soup’, traditional chickpea, lentil and tomato soup, fresh coriander and lemon; 'Pastilla' – filo pastry stuffed with spiced chicken, almonds, cinnamon and sugar dust, shaped uniquely like a roll for sharing and served with harissa; ‘Lahm Tagine’ lamb stew with Ras El Hanout and honey jus, prunes, almonds and cinnamon; ‘Chicken Tagine’ with lemon confit, olives and capers, cooked in a saffron and turmeric bouillon; as well as sweet treats including ‘Moroccan almond pastry’ – filo pastry filled with almond compote, orange blossom water and caramelised almonds. The 'Stories of Morocco' will be available from 1 August to 30 November 2022. The à la carte menu is priced from THB 320++, and the three-course dining set menu is priced from THB 1,250++ per person. Mediterranean wine by the glass and bottle are also available. For more details or reservation, call +66 (0) 2 162 9000, email dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com or visit www.kempinski.com/en/bangkok/siam-hotel/restaurants-and-bars/alati

By Lifestyle+Travel

For the upcoming Mother's Day, gifting a pair of comfortable and supportive shoes would be a great idea. Walking is an integral part of most people's daily routine, and it provides healthful benefits to the body and the mind. With the right shoes, walking is more enjoyable for your beloved mom. Here are tips on how to pick the right shoes for your mother, suggested by Pirapat Chongstitwattana, Managing Director of Joli Snob, the importer of high-quality footwear from Japan. LIGHTWEIGHT - Lighter shoes reduce burden the feet will have to carry. PROPER FIT - Find ones that is easy to put on and to take off to ensure stability while walking and stays compact without falling off. WIDE TOE BOX - Shoes with wide toe box are less likely to cause the toes to compress and curl. SOFT AND BREATHABLE - Choose the pair that is made of soft materials without causing irritations or wounds such as cloths, soft leathers or materials with anti-bacterial and breathable properties. SUPPORTIVE INSOLES - Shoes with great supportive insoles helps a lot with balance and reducing load and weight on knees, preventing injuries. FLEXIBLE OUTSOLES - Opt for shoes with flexible outsole to allow feet to flex naturally while walking. ANTI-SLIP - The shoes must have anti-slip soles at front and back to prevent tripping and slipping. 'Women of all ages should wear healthy shoes in everyday life, as they are not only made for people with joint problems. Prevention is absolutely better than curing. I would like to encourage everyone to pick healthy shoes, so that there will be no problems with your feet in the future, especially for those who walk a lot, stand for a long time, or even walk all day in the office. A pair of great healthy shoes is also a perfect Mother's Day gift. I believe that all of us would want to help our beloved moms to have good health and enjoy walking for a long time', added Peerapat. Special for this Mother's Day, Joli Snob offers 30% discount on all regular priced products and 50-70% discount on special priced products from 1 to 14 August 2022. Visit us at Joli Snob counters at Central Department Store, The Mall, Siam Takashimaya and Walking Habit @ K Village or shop online on www.jolisnob.com, Shopee Mall, or LazMall.  

By Lifestyle+Travel

PREFERRED HOTELS & RESORTS WELCOMES 19 NEW MEMBER PROPERTIES World’s largest independent hotel brand, Preferred Hotels and Resorts, has welcomed 19 new member properties to its global portfolio this year, ranging from a new urban jewel in downtown Los Angeles to a villa estate on the island of Sicily, these distinct luxury hotels present experiences anchored in their local communities and surroundings for travelers to explore with family, friends, and even pets over the summer season. Highlights include: Hotel Per La (Los Angeles, California, United States): Formerly a historic building in downtown Los Angeles, the 241-key hotel features an art collection with more than 4,000 curated pieces, vast spaces for events and meetings, a rooftop pool and bar with sweeping skyline views, among others, with a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that is set to open soon. Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Cancun - a Tafer Resort (Cancun, Mexico): The all-inclusive resort is situated in an embrace of pure white sands of Playa Mujeres, offering 452 beautiful suites, 6 stunning dining concepts, heated pools and rooftop pool, holistic treatments by Spa Imagine, as well as a chance to explore the Mayan archaeological sites. INIALA HARBOUR HOUSE & RESIDENCES (Valletta, Malta): Located in the gorgeous St. Barbara Bastion, the luxury pet-friendly hotel comprises 4 palatial houses, 20 suites, and 3 guestrooms, all with breathtaking views. Other highlights include ION Harbour - a rooftop restaurant by Michelin starred chef Alex Dilling, spa treatments at Essensi Spa by Iniala, glamorous cocktail bar, and original artworks from both renowned and up-and-coming Maltese and Gozitan artists. Grand Hotel San Pietro (Sicily, Italy): The 20th-century-villa-turned-luxury-hotel is situated on the site of an ancient Roman road in Taormina. Guests can enjoy 63 guestrooms, some pet-friendly, with sweeping views out to the Ionian Sea, an outdoor pool surrounded by gardens, an al-fresco restaurant with an expansive terrace, the Rotonda sul Mare – an intimate patio that serves romantic dinners for two directly above Isola Bella, a spa with a Finnish sauna and steam bath, private boat trips to sea caves and rocky beaches, and guided tours  to Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanos. Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club (Anguilla): The utopian island resort pampers guests with unparalleled spa and wellness experiences in the midst of sweeping panorama of beautiful beach. Luxury offerings include the recently re-imagined Aurora International Golf Club and seven restaurants and bars including D. Richards, the island’s only steakhouse looking out to neighboring Saint Martin. Each of these new member hotels participate in I Prefer Hotel Rewards, the brand’s points-based loyalty program with more than four million travelers enrolled globally. Complimentary to join, members of I Prefer earn points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, Elite status, and other value-rich benefits from eligible stays at more than 650 participating hotels and resorts worldwide. Travelers seeking memorable independent hotel experiences are invited to sign up at www.IPrefer.com/enroll. To find out more about Preferred Hotels and Resorts' latest additions, visit preferredhotels.com

By Lifestyle+Travel

On 22 August 2022, InterContinental Khao Yai Resort will officially open its door for guests to refresh amidst lush nature while reveling in top-notch design by world-renowned Bill Bensley. Inspired by the train journey, the 64-key sanctuary narrates the area's gateway for rail transportation to North-East Thailand during King Rama V’s reign, with 19 rooms housed within repurposed heritage train cars, while offering a chance to reconnect in a protected natural sanctuary and to indulge in unique experience-based dining. Wellness and mindfulness are layered throughout the  guest  experience. The resort’s spa offers signature experiences from Siam Botanicals; the established, Thailand-based company produces 100% natural, organic skincare products on a small-batch basis. Guiding guests on their wellness journeys, an in-residence Healer will host a  series of masterclasses. To ensure guests can make use of the array of surrounding cycling and hiking trails, InterContinental Khao Yai Resort offers trail maps for guests, whilst a selection of bicycles are available to rent. For more information, please visit www.intercontinental.com/khaoyai  

By Lifestyle+Travel

Highlights

View All

Award-winning Elements, inspired by Ciel Bleu, at The Okura Prestige Bangkok has unveiled its latest 'Summer Guestromonic Journey' set menu, featuring exquisite indulgences with cheerful tastes of summer crafted by brilliant Chef Gerard Villaret Horcajo from today, 29 June 2022, onwards. The culinary creations focus on the use of seasonal ingredients to take you on a buoyant journey inspired by vibrant blooms, refreshing fruits, and light-flavoured greens. Bursting with fresh zests, the 8-course delight features Hamachi with sweet peas, oyster and rhubarb; Smoke eel with kureson, crème fraiche and caviar; Norwegian Wild Cod with spinach, takenoko and cockles veloute; Fleur de Crouguette a la Barigoule with miso béchamel, Perigord truffle and gyojya niniko; and the signature Satsuma Wagyu A5 with pommes dauphine, shallot and umeboshi; followed by a choice of delicate dessert between Binchotan with Japanese whisky, citrus and milk chocolate; or Mono with verbena, buckwheat and smoke vanilla. On top of the new summer set menus, the chef has also included signature dishes from Element's all-time favourites as a la carte options for guests to order as add-ons. The Summer Guestronomic Set Journey at Elements, inspired by Ciel Bleu, is available from 29 June 2022, from 18:00 to 22:30  ‘Mizu’ 8-course experience is priced at Baht 5,900++ per person; ‘Chikyu’ 6-course experience is priced at Baht 4,600++ per person; and ‘Ku-Ki’ 4- course experience is priced at Baht 3,800++ per person. For more information and reservations please call +66 (0) 2 687 9000 or email elements@okurabangkok.com

By Lifestyle+Travel

Ministry of Crab, the world-famous seafood experience in Sri Lanka, ranked 35th on the 'Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2022', will be showcasing its scrumptious creations along the Phuket glittering coastline at five-star Anantara Layan Phuket throughout this August. At the resort's Beach House, you can indulge in a five-course dinner set menu prepared by celebrated chef Dharshan Munidasa, featuring fresh and succulent Sri Lankan lagoon crabs, weighing up to 3kg, and giant freshwater prawns. Highlights include the Garlic Chilli Prawns and the Pepper Crab - the lagoon crabs are cooked in a pepper broth together with whole and hand-crushed Sri Lankan black peppercorns; as well as coconut crème brûlée which is baked in a coconut shell with rich coconut milk. The dinner set is priced at THB 2900++ per person. For reservation, please contact +66 (0) 076 317 200, beachhouse.alay@anantara.com or visit beachhouselayan.com

By Lifestyle+Travel

By Lifestyle+Travel

As tourism is flourishing again, the world's largest multi-attraction pass, Go City, has made an exciting debut of 'Go City Bangkok' – value-for-money travel passes with access to a number of top attractions and experiences in the vibrant metropolis. Go City's unique passes offer the opportunity to see the best of a city, from the top sights to unique off-the-beaten-path experiences, all at a massive savings. There are two options for the Go City Bangkok pass, each designed for a different type of travel style. Presently, the Go City Bangkok passes allows access to these unmissable experiences: King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk, Chinatown Food Tour and Bangkok Pub Tour, Ayutthaya Day Tour, Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise, Tuk Tuk Tour, and authentic Thai massage experiences. In the near future, Go City is planning to add more lifestyle options into the mix like stunning sky bars, mouth-watering food and beverages options, and others. On top of that, for Thai travellers who is taking a trip overseas, Go City has also expanded attraction options in various cities including London, New York, Paris, Stockholm, and Sydney. The Bangkok's All-Inclusive pass lets spontaneous customers maximise their visits and see as much of the city as they can for a set number of days. An Adult 2-Day All-Inclusive Pass is priced at THB 2,999 (approximately USD 89). The Explorer Pass offers flexibility for your exploration across 60 days, which you can choose ahead of time or upon arrival. An Adult 3-Choice Explorer Pass is priced at THB 1,899 (approximately USD 57). To learn more or make a purchase, visit GoCity.com/Bangkok, or download the Go City app from the App Store or Google Play.

By Lifestyle+Travel

When ‘wellbeing’ cannot be completed simply by massages or spa rituals, Dusit International, Thailand’s preeminent hospitality group, has stepped up its game by introducing the new group-wide wellness concept, Devarana Wellness, based on the three key principles: pause, focus, and growth. At Dusit Thani Hua Hin Beach Resort, Devarana Wellness Centre offers exceptional services for an elevated sense of wellbeing of guests. Blending in Thai wisdoms and Buddhist principles, plus organic ingredients to be turned into nourishing meals, the wellness experience here really goes beyond the spa. You can opt for various programmes and even customise your own retreat to match your unique needs. DETAIL MATTERS The wellness journey starts right at your room, with health-friendly minibar and complimentary fruits and treats to freshen you up throughout the day. To help enhance your deep sleep, aside from comfy mattress and smooth bed linens, there are various types of pillows on bed, so you can be sure to find the right one.   WELLNESS AT ITS FINEST At the newly-refurbished Devarana Wellness Centre, soul-soothing sense would approach you on the first step with its calming sounds, refreshing scents, stylish design, and ample space. An array of wellness workshops and fitness classes will be held amidst this beautiful setting. For a spa session, there are a selection of over 30 treatments and therapies to be conducted by experienced staffs. Before the session starts, a mini singing bowl ritual will help you transport your busy mind into a more meditative state to help you obtain the best of restorative benefits of each session. Strongly recommended is the Devarana Signature Massage, a harmonious combination between Thai Ayuraveda healing, Shiatsu techniques, and Swedish influence ─ it is optimal for physically and mentally de-stressing.   STAY WELL INSIDE AND OUT Emotional wellbeing is also the heart of the wellness concept. There are daily activities for you to improve your emotions including tai chi, sunset yoga, meditation in the garden, and numerous more. You can also indulge in special wellness events like full moon beach sound bath, reiki healing, among others. In addition, there will be wellness videos available on-demand throughout your stay, in collaboration with expert wellbeing coach and educator, Cat Lau.   To find out more about Devarana Wellness at Dusit Thani Hua Hin, visit www.dusit.com/dusitthani-huahin/devarana-wellness

By Lifestyle+Travel

The great outdoors has always been a thing in New Zealand thanks to the country's sensational landscapes full of skyscraping mountains, dense woodlands, and soul-soothing rivers. A road trip may offers you convenience as you relish the nature's glamour, but trekking allows you to access off-the-beaten places and provide you with one-of-a-kind immersive experiences amidst stunning nature. If you are up for some adventures, the stunning Great Walks may already be in your bucket list. Here are some of the multi-day treks in New Zealand that you should not miss:   Abel Tasman Coast Track Easy / 2–5 days Ideal for beginners and families with young children, the Abel Tasman Coast Track lets you easily stroll along the well-marked trails and overnight at huts or campsites (advance booking is required). It takes just around 2-4 hours per day, and the terrain is relatively flat, so it's good for people of all ages. In addition, you may opt for kayaking in the pristine ocean if you want to add a different zest of adventure to your trip! More details on the Abel Tasman Coast Track: HERE   Rakiura Track Easy to intermediate / 3 days The 32-km circuit takes hikers on an island adventure along open coastline. The trail's peaceful surroundings are top-notch and it offers you a chance to discover Māori land and early Māori settlement sites, as well as to spot tokoeka, the native brown kiwi. Being the southernmost Dark Sky Sanctuary, Stewart Island can surprise you with breathtaking Southern Lights. More details on the Rakiura Track: HERE Heaphy Track Intermediate / 4–6 days For those who are ready to embark on a bit more adventurous days, this ancient trail in the Kahurangi National Park is a great choice. The lush track was once walked by Māori pounamu (jade) hunters, and you can discover native plants, ancient rocks, and rare wildlife including the great spotted kiwi and Poweilliphanta, world's largest carnivorous snail. Mountain biking is allowed from May to November. More details on the Heaphy Track: HERE   Routeburn Track Intermediate / 2–4 days This trail lets you revel in otherworldly landscapes within both Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park. What you'll find along the way are soaring mountains, majestic valleys, cascading falls, and gleaming lakes, as well as native birds. Different seasons offers you different challenges and vistas, but if you are not an experienced hiker with full-option hiking gears, it's better to take a walk in the Great Walks season from November to April. More details on the Routeburn Track: HERE   Milford Track Intermediate to difficult / 4 days Optimal for trekking from October to April, the historical route is known as the 'world's finest walk' thanks to its jaw-dropping sceneries that can be witness throughout the tramp – mesmerising waterfalls, untouched nature, and awe-inspiring mountains. This is quite a challenging hike so make sure you are fit and well-equipped enough for steep terrains and lengthy distance in each day. More details on the Milford Track: HERE     Source: New Zealand Tourism

By Lifestyle+Travel

The long-awaited water-splashing is returning soon! Even though this year's Songkran Festival is not yet optimal to celebrate the days with a huge crowd, there are plenty of compelling options to make this year another one to remember with your family, whether it's a relaxing getaway to the beach, feasting on unlimited tasty foods, or enjoying a mini-celebration and other funs.   10-30 April: Meliá Chiang Mai The new star of Chiang Mai City celebrates its very first Songkran Fest with a special offer: a two-night stay in a Meliá Room including breakfast for two, a round-trip airport transfer, a complimentary cocktail for two at Mai The Sky Bar with spectacular 360-degree panorama of the Ping River and Doi Suthep, only at THB 4,599 nett per room! Thailand's 'We Travel Together' discount can be applied and it will cost THB 2,760 nett only! To get this special price, book now until 16 April 2022, applicable for a stay period from 10-30 April 2022. To book: +66 (0) 52 090 699 / reservation.chiangmai@melia.com   13-15 April: Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queens Park Throughout 3 days, Goji Kitchen + Bar will present tasty times filled with mouth-watering Thai and international dishes and sweet treats, with a focus on Thai favourites, as well as special station for Thai traditional summertime cuisine – 'Khao Chae', chilled rice in jasmine-infused water topped with refreshing condiments. The Songkran Feast is available for lunch and dinner, priced at THB 1,698++ per person (except dinner on 15 April, which is priced at THB 2,199++ per person). An optional beverage package is also available for just THB 1,488++. Marriott Bonvoy and Club Marriott discounts apply. To book: +66 (0) 2 059 5999 / restaurant-reservations.bkkqp@marriotthotels.com or HERE   13-15 April: Banyan Tree Samui Take your family to the tropical paradise and enjoy the splashing away the heat in style at Banyan Tree Samui. On 13 April, the elegant resort invites you to enjoy the 'Splash Party' at its private beach with unlimited drinks, light bites, and ice-cream (THB 799 per person, free of charge for children under 12) at daytime, and revel in delectables at a beachfront street market along with amusing Thai folk dance (THB 1,500 nett per person, free of charge for children under 12) in the following evening. On April 15, don't miss out on the High Tea Buffet with a breathtaking view at Saffron Restaurant (THB 1,550 nett per couple, including a complimentary Sanctuary Day Pass). You can also opt for a special 5-course dinner featuring finest tastes of Thai cuisine (THB 2,1000 nett per person) throughout the week. To book: +66 (0) 77 915 333 / samui@banyantree.com   13-16 April: Anantara Chiang Mai The five-star riverfront resort offers the sweet 'Songkran Escape' with special rates for a two-night stay and an additional 'Khao Chae' meal, starting from THB 9,000 per room. On 15 April, Friday fun is elevated in this year's festivity at Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites with an exclusive pool party on its rooftop, featuring all-you-can-savour ice-cream and an array of activities (THB 799 per adult / THB 400

By Lifestyle+Travel

Ministry of Crab, the world-famous seafood experience in Sri Lanka, ranked 35th on the 'Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2022', will be showcasing its scrumptious creations along the Phuket glittering coastline at five-star Anantara Layan Phuket throughout this August. At the resort's Beach House, you can indulge in a five-course dinner set menu prepared by celebrated chef Dharshan Munidasa, featuring fresh and succulent Sri Lankan lagoon crabs, weighing up to 3kg, and giant freshwater prawns. Highlights include the Garlic Chilli Prawns and the Pepper Crab - the lagoon crabs are cooked in a pepper broth together with whole and hand-crushed Sri Lankan black peppercorns; as well as coconut crème brûlée which is baked in a coconut shell with rich coconut milk. The dinner set is priced at THB 2900++ per person. For reservation, please contact +66 (0) 076 317 200, beachhouse.alay@anantara.com or visit beachhouselayan.com

By Lifestyle+Travel

ALATi at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok invites you to embark on a flavourful culinary journey through its 'Stories of Morocco', featuring redesigned dishes inspired by Executive Chef Carlo Valenziano's travel in various provinces in the charming country in North Africa while adding a touch of Mediterranean taste to each fare. Among the highlights are 'Shakshuka egg' – spiced tomato and bell pepper stew, soft egg, merguez and fresh herbs, served with Arabic bread; ‘Harira soup’, traditional chickpea, lentil and tomato soup, fresh coriander and lemon; 'Pastilla' – filo pastry stuffed with spiced chicken, almonds, cinnamon and sugar dust, shaped uniquely like a roll for sharing and served with harissa; ‘Lahm Tagine’ lamb stew with Ras El Hanout and honey jus, prunes, almonds and cinnamon; ‘Chicken Tagine’ with lemon confit, olives and capers, cooked in a saffron and turmeric bouillon; as well as sweet treats including ‘Moroccan almond pastry’ – filo pastry filled with almond compote, orange blossom water and caramelised almonds. The 'Stories of Morocco' will be available from 1 August to 30 November 2022. The à la carte menu is priced from THB 320++, and the three-course dining set menu is priced from THB 1,250++ per person. Mediterranean wine by the glass and bottle are also available. For more details or reservation, call +66 (0) 2 162 9000, email dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com or visit www.kempinski.com/en/bangkok/siam-hotel/restaurants-and-bars/alati

By Lifestyle+Travel

Bangkok's famous osteria, Salvia at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, has brought a mouth-watering addition to its current á la carte menu, featuring some of premium pieces from Ranger Valley's Black Onyx beefs. To satisfy the needs of meat lovers, 'Dry-aged Delizia' comes with the the best dry-aged beef from the award-winning beef producer, showcasing the unforgettable taste and texture of aged 270-day grain-fed beef and 100% pure Angus beef to be presented as savoury cuts of prime rib Angus steak or well-marbled striploin steak, served with a full set of Italian-inspired sauces and side dishes for a marvelous dinner done in true Italian style. 'Dry-aged Deliza' will be available daily for lunch and dinner from 1 to 31 August 2022. Prices start from Baht 2,900++ per dish. For more information or reservations, please contact + 66 (0) 2 254 1234, bangkok.grand@hyatt.com, or visit www.grandhyatterawanbangkok.com

By Lifestyle+Travel

Award-winning Elements, inspired by Ciel Bleu, at The Okura Prestige Bangkok has unveiled its latest 'Summer Guestromonic Journey' set menu, featuring exquisite indulgences with cheerful tastes of summer crafted by brilliant Chef Gerard Villaret Horcajo from today, 29 June 2022, onwards. The culinary creations focus on the use of seasonal ingredients to take you on a buoyant journey inspired by vibrant blooms, refreshing fruits, and light-flavoured greens. Bursting with fresh zests, the 8-course delight features Hamachi with sweet peas, oyster and rhubarb; Smoke eel with kureson, crème fraiche and caviar; Norwegian Wild Cod with spinach, takenoko and cockles veloute; Fleur de Crouguette a la Barigoule with miso béchamel, Perigord truffle and gyojya niniko; and the signature Satsuma Wagyu A5 with pommes dauphine, shallot and umeboshi; followed by a choice of delicate dessert between Binchotan with Japanese whisky, citrus and milk chocolate; or Mono with verbena, buckwheat and smoke vanilla. On top of the new summer set menus, the chef has also included signature dishes from Element's all-time favourites as a la carte options for guests to order as add-ons. The Summer Guestronomic Set Journey at Elements, inspired by Ciel Bleu, is available from 29 June 2022, from 18:00 to 22:30  ‘Mizu’ 8-course experience is priced at Baht 5,900++ per person; ‘Chikyu’ 6-course experience is priced at Baht 4,600++ per person; and ‘Ku-Ki’ 4- course experience is priced at Baht 3,800++ per person. For more information and reservations please call +66 (0) 2 687 9000 or email elements@okurabangkok.com

By Lifestyle+Travel

Set along Roxas Boulevard, Admiral Hotel Manila - MGallery is now ready to welcome guests to experience a boutique stay at The Philippine's famous waterfront promenade, in close proximity to various landmarks. The country's first MGallery property features a beautiful blend of modern Filipino-Spanish and Art Deco design, honoring its legacy as iconic landmark and a vibrant social hub of the city’s elite. The hotel’s 6 uniquely themed floors showcases a glimpse of the local culture, including festivals, heroes, folk dances, traditional games and native objects, with all 123 guestrooms and suites well-equipped with premium amenities. In addition, the hotel's dining spaces come with compelling culinary concepts to be enjoyed with a sweeping view. "Admiral Hotel Manila – MGallery is the only luxury boutique hotel in Manila which boasts an unparalleled array of experiences and offerings that go beyond the ordinary. As a former hub for high-society events back in the early 1940s, we wanted to relive the glamour of Manila’s golden age within this reimagined hotel," said Matthieu Busschaërt, General Manager of Admiral Hotel Manila - MGallery. To celebrate the hotel’s opening, guests can experience the Deluxe Room for PHP 8,888 per night for stays until 30 September 2022. Rates include breakfast for two at Admiral Club Manila Bay and a PHP 1,888 credit that can be redeemed in all hotel outlets. For more information and reservations, please visit www.admiralhotelmanila.com, email H9338-RE1@accor.com or call +63 (2) 5318 9000.

By Lifestyle+Travel

PREFERRED HOTELS & RESORTS WELCOMES 19 NEW MEMBER PROPERTIES World’s largest independent hotel brand, Preferred Hotels and Resorts, has welcomed 19 new member properties to its global portfolio this year, ranging from a new urban jewel in downtown Los Angeles to a villa estate on the island of Sicily, these distinct luxury hotels present experiences anchored in their local communities and surroundings for travelers to explore with family, friends, and even pets over the summer season. Highlights include: Hotel Per La (Los Angeles, California, United States): Formerly a historic building in downtown Los Angeles, the 241-key hotel features an art collection with more than 4,000 curated pieces, vast spaces for events and meetings, a rooftop pool and bar with sweeping skyline views, among others, with a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that is set to open soon. Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Cancun - a Tafer Resort (Cancun, Mexico): The all-inclusive resort is situated in an embrace of pure white sands of Playa Mujeres, offering 452 beautiful suites, 6 stunning dining concepts, heated pools and rooftop pool, holistic treatments by Spa Imagine, as well as a chance to explore the Mayan archaeological sites. INIALA HARBOUR HOUSE & RESIDENCES (Valletta, Malta): Located in the gorgeous St. Barbara Bastion, the luxury pet-friendly hotel comprises 4 palatial houses, 20 suites, and 3 guestrooms, all with breathtaking views. Other highlights include ION Harbour - a rooftop restaurant by Michelin starred chef Alex Dilling, spa treatments at Essensi Spa by Iniala, glamorous cocktail bar, and original artworks from both renowned and up-and-coming Maltese and Gozitan artists. Grand Hotel San Pietro (Sicily, Italy): The 20th-century-villa-turned-luxury-hotel is situated on the site of an ancient Roman road in Taormina. Guests can enjoy 63 guestrooms, some pet-friendly, with sweeping views out to the Ionian Sea, an outdoor pool surrounded by gardens, an al-fresco restaurant with an expansive terrace, the Rotonda sul Mare – an intimate patio that serves romantic dinners for two directly above Isola Bella, a spa with a Finnish sauna and steam bath, private boat trips to sea caves and rocky beaches, and guided tours  to Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanos. Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club (Anguilla): The utopian island resort pampers guests with unparalleled spa and wellness experiences in the midst of sweeping panorama of beautiful beach. Luxury offerings include the recently re-imagined Aurora International Golf Club and seven restaurants and bars including D. Richards, the island’s only steakhouse looking out to neighboring Saint Martin. Each of these new member hotels participate in I Prefer Hotel Rewards, the brand’s points-based loyalty program with more than four million travelers enrolled globally. Complimentary to join, members of I Prefer earn points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, Elite status, and other value-rich benefits from eligible stays at more than 650 participating hotels and resorts worldwide. Travelers seeking memorable independent hotel experiences are invited to sign up at www.IPrefer.com/enroll. To find out more about Preferred Hotels and Resorts' latest additions, visit preferredhotels.com

By Lifestyle+Travel

On 22 August 2022, InterContinental Khao Yai Resort will officially open its door for guests to refresh amidst lush nature while reveling in top-notch design by world-renowned Bill Bensley. Inspired by the train journey, the 64-key sanctuary narrates the area's gateway for rail transportation to North-East Thailand during King Rama V’s reign, with 19 rooms housed within repurposed heritage train cars, while offering a chance to reconnect in a protected natural sanctuary and to indulge in unique experience-based dining. Wellness and mindfulness are layered throughout the  guest  experience. The resort’s spa offers signature experiences from Siam Botanicals; the established, Thailand-based company produces 100% natural, organic skincare products on a small-batch basis. Guiding guests on their wellness journeys, an in-residence Healer will host a  series of masterclasses. To ensure guests can make use of the array of surrounding cycling and hiking trails, InterContinental Khao Yai Resort offers trail maps for guests, whilst a selection of bicycles are available to rent. For more information, please visit www.intercontinental.com/khaoyai  

By Lifestyle+Travel

On 18-19 June 2022, ASAI Bangkok Chinatown will host 'The Hamlet for Good' charity weekend filled with creative funs, organised by the team behind renowned The Hamlet bar-camp at Wonderfruit Festival, featuring exciting culinary collaborations by up-and-coming local chefs, a creative bar takeover, art therapy workshops, cutting-edge DJs, and other unique activities. Net proceeds go to support humanitarian assistance for victims of conflict. Situated in the heart of Bangkok's vibrant Chinatown, the hotel's concept of elevating local experiences seamlessly matches with the one-off mini-festival, being an ideal base of exploration. During the event, special room rates will be offered to the participants, starting only at THB 1,500 per night inclusive of complimentary access to the creative bar takeover (THB 550 on the door for non-guest / non-dinner ticket holders). Alongside three exclusive dinners held at three nearby venues, the tasty offerings include a creative Sunday Brunch at the hotel’s JAM JAM Eatery & Bar. Here's a peek of what's going to happen: Art Therapy with Peace Please and Watercolour Paints with Sansuwanya; an interactive art exhibition featuring curated masterworks from 15 emerging artists presented in 16 different rooms; not-to-be-missed collaboration meals at the hotel's JAM JAM Eatery & Bar and 3 partnering venues by Chefs Paolo Vitaletti (Appia Trattoria), Billy Bautista (Billy’s Smokehouse), Napol ‘Joe’ Jantraget (Samlor), Koranat ‘Tle’ Robkob (Mother), and Jirapat ‘Sept’ Praphotjanaporn (Aunglo by Yangrak), Chefs Bo & Dylan (Bo.Lan) and Num Weerawat Triyasenawat (Samuay and Sons), Chalee Kader (100 Mahaseth), Prin Polsuk (Samrub Samrub Thai), and more; a morning yoga session with Kru Jah; among others. Each dining experience at The Hamlet for Good is priced at just THB 3,000++ per person and includes one welcome drink. Special drinks pairings created by event sponsors Campari, Aperol, and Wine Garage will also be available. Workshops start at THB 1,750 per person. Special room rates are available via direct booking at asaihotels.com or call +66 (0) 02 220 8999. Dinner and workshop tickets are available at ticketmelon.com/asaihotels/thehamletforgood2022    

By Lifestyle+Travel

For the upcoming Mother's Day, gifting a pair of comfortable and supportive shoes would be a great idea. Walking is an integral part of most people's daily routine, and it provides healthful benefits to the body and the mind. With the right shoes, walking is more enjoyable for your beloved mom. Here are tips on how to pick the right shoes for your mother, suggested by Pirapat Chongstitwattana, Managing Director of Joli Snob, the importer of high-quality footwear from Japan. LIGHTWEIGHT - Lighter shoes reduce burden the feet will have to carry. PROPER FIT - Find ones that is easy to put on and to take off to ensure stability while walking and stays compact without falling off. WIDE TOE BOX - Shoes with wide toe box are less likely to cause the toes to compress and curl. SOFT AND BREATHABLE - Choose the pair that is made of soft materials without causing irritations or wounds such as cloths, soft leathers or materials with anti-bacterial and breathable properties. SUPPORTIVE INSOLES - Shoes with great supportive insoles helps a lot with balance and reducing load and weight on knees, preventing injuries. FLEXIBLE OUTSOLES - Opt for shoes with flexible outsole to allow feet to flex naturally while walking. ANTI-SLIP - The shoes must have anti-slip soles at front and back to prevent tripping and slipping. 'Women of all ages should wear healthy shoes in everyday life, as they are not only made for people with joint problems. Prevention is absolutely better than curing. I would like to encourage everyone to pick healthy shoes, so that there will be no problems with your feet in the future, especially for those who walk a lot, stand for a long time, or even walk all day in the office. A pair of great healthy shoes is also a perfect Mother's Day gift. I believe that all of us would want to help our beloved moms to have good health and enjoy walking for a long time', added Peerapat. Special for this Mother's Day, Joli Snob offers 30% discount on all regular priced products and 50-70% discount on special priced products from 1 to 14 August 2022. Visit us at Joli Snob counters at Central Department Store, The Mall, Siam Takashimaya and Walking Habit @ K Village or shop online on www.jolisnob.com, Shopee Mall, or LazMall.  

By Lifestyle+Travel

ALATi at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok invites you to embark on a flavourful culinary journey through its 'Stories of Morocco', featuring redesigned dishes inspired by Executive Chef Carlo Valenziano's travel in various provinces in the charming country in North Africa while adding a touch of Mediterranean taste to each fare. Among the highlights are 'Shakshuka egg' – spiced tomato and bell pepper stew, soft egg, merguez and fresh herbs, served with Arabic bread; ‘Harira soup’, traditional chickpea, lentil and tomato soup, fresh coriander and lemon; 'Pastilla' – filo pastry stuffed with spiced chicken, almonds, cinnamon and sugar dust, shaped uniquely like a roll for sharing and served with harissa; ‘Lahm Tagine’ lamb stew with Ras El Hanout and honey jus, prunes, almonds and cinnamon; ‘Chicken Tagine’ with lemon confit, olives and capers, cooked in a saffron and turmeric bouillon; as well as sweet treats including ‘Moroccan almond pastry’ – filo pastry filled with almond compote, orange blossom water and caramelised almonds. The 'Stories of Morocco' will be available from 1 August to 30 November 2022. The à la carte menu is priced from THB 320++, and the three-course dining set menu is priced from THB 1,250++ per person. Mediterranean wine by the glass and bottle are also available. For more details or reservation, call +66 (0) 2 162 9000, email dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com or visit www.kempinski.com/en/bangkok/siam-hotel/restaurants-and-bars/alati

By Lifestyle+Travel

Bangkok's famous osteria, Salvia at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, has brought a mouth-watering addition to its current á la carte menu, featuring some of premium pieces from Ranger Valley's Black Onyx beefs. To satisfy the needs of meat lovers, 'Dry-aged Delizia' comes with the the best dry-aged beef from the award-winning beef producer, showcasing the unforgettable taste and texture of aged 270-day grain-fed beef and 100% pure Angus beef to be presented as savoury cuts of prime rib Angus steak or well-marbled striploin steak, served with a full set of Italian-inspired sauces and side dishes for a marvelous dinner done in true Italian style. 'Dry-aged Deliza' will be available daily for lunch and dinner from 1 to 31 August 2022. Prices start from Baht 2,900++ per dish. For more information or reservations, please contact + 66 (0) 2 254 1234, bangkok.grand@hyatt.com, or visit www.grandhyatterawanbangkok.com

By Lifestyle+Travel

Beachfront Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa invites you to celebrate America's Independence day on Friday 8 July 2022, bringing together countryside-American-style eats and drinks to its lush yard. Usually celebrated in the 4th of July in the US, the country is filled up with fun picnics and get-togethers, and in the countryside, there are one-off tailgate parties. Renaissance Pattaya's tailgate party will feature pickup trucks offering a tasty US buffet of hotdogs, hamburgers and BBQ, a variety of cold US special beverages, as well as a live acoustic band to enhance the good vibes of freedom at the resort's lawn from 17:00 to 22:00. Entrance with buffet is THB 890++ (food only) per person, and an additional beverage package is available at THB 700++ per person. Advance reservation is highly recommended at +66 (0) 38 259 099. Visit www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/pyxbr-renaissance-pattaya-resort-and-spa for more details about the stay.

By Lifestyle+Travel

Asian Institute of Hospitality Management (AIHM) invites students from across the globe to participate in the AIHM essay competition, focusing on 'what makes an effective leader'. The AIHM is looking for independent thought, depth of knowledge, clear reasoning, critical analysis and persuasive style of writing.   Junior Category (up to age 15) Describe the qualities of an effective leader (500 words) Senior Category (up to age 22) Explain how a manager can effectively lead and implement change (700 words)   Prizes 1st prize: Minor Hotels e-Gift Card of USD 1000 2nd prize: Marriott International e-Gift Card of USD 500 3rd prize: Marriott International e-Gift Card of USD 300   Submit your essay by Thursday 15 September 2022 (23.59 Thailand time). For more information, please visit www.aihm.education/essaycompetition

By Lifestyle+Travel

Set along Roxas Boulevard, Admiral Hotel Manila - MGallery is now ready to welcome guests to experience a boutique stay at The Philippine's famous waterfront promenade, in close proximity to various landmarks. The country's first MGallery property features a beautiful blend of modern Filipino-Spanish and Art Deco design, honoring its legacy as iconic landmark and a vibrant social hub of the city’s elite. The hotel’s 6 uniquely themed floors showcases a glimpse of the local culture, including festivals, heroes, folk dances, traditional games and native objects, with all 123 guestrooms and suites well-equipped with premium amenities. In addition, the hotel's dining spaces come with compelling culinary concepts to be enjoyed with a sweeping view. "Admiral Hotel Manila – MGallery is the only luxury boutique hotel in Manila which boasts an unparalleled array of experiences and offerings that go beyond the ordinary. As a former hub for high-society events back in the early 1940s, we wanted to relive the glamour of Manila’s golden age within this reimagined hotel," said Matthieu Busschaërt, General Manager of Admiral Hotel Manila - MGallery. To celebrate the hotel’s opening, guests can experience the Deluxe Room for PHP 8,888 per night for stays until 30 September 2022. Rates include breakfast for two at Admiral Club Manila Bay and a PHP 1,888 credit that can be redeemed in all hotel outlets. For more information and reservations, please visit www.admiralhotelmanila.com, email H9338-RE1@accor.com or call +63 (2) 5318 9000.

By Lifestyle+Travel

Recently at Wachirabenchatat Park (Rot Fai Park) in Chatuchak District, Bangkok Governer Mr. Chadchart Sittipunt has led the executives of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the general public to participate in the 'Virtual Fun Run', as part of the celebration of the BMA's 50th anniversary. It's been half a century already that the BMA has been established to manage the Bangkok Metropolis and take care of Bangkok residents, expats, as well as tourists, all together more than 10 million people, to ensure safety and better quality of life. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. To celebrate this special occasion, the governor would like to invite the general public to participate in 9 activities that are available on www.50thbma.com, many of which can be participated until the Establishment Day of the BMA on 14 December 2022. The BMA has organised various online and offline activities for people to participate in, using blended approach, including sharing impressionable photos of Bangkok to win the prize; getting to know more about the city and the development of Bangkok through trips and canal cruises; advertising and promoting online shops; introducing good products and delish foods from hidden spots all over Bangkok; volunteering, etc. One of the most interesting activities is the BMA's Virtual Fun Run, which can be joined from now until 31 July 2022. Participants should complete a total running distance of 10km by the deadline. The activity aims to encourage people to start running regularly for their better health. Read more at BMA Facebook Page

By Lifestyle+Travel

Air New Zealand has unveiled its new Dreamliners, due to arrive in 2024, with exceptionally one-of-a-kind flying experience, regardless of the cabin you choose to fly in! Designed around creating a home away from home, the new aircrafts will feature a new Business Premier Luxe seat that offers more space, as well as the world's first sleep pods, Skynest, for Economy passengers, to ensure your long-haul flights are as comfortable as possible. 'New Zealand's location puts us in a unique position to lead on the ultra-longhaul travel experience. We have zeroed in on sleep, comfort, and wellness because we know how important it is for our customers to arrive well-rested. Whether they are heading straight into a meeting, or to their first holiday hotspot - they want to hit the ground running. 'It's a proud moment to finally unveil five years of hard mahi, in what truly is a cabin of possibility. One that will provide customers with options to get some shut eye wherever they're sitting.' said Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran. In addition to the exciting Skynest, Economy passengers will be able to opt for more types of seat including Economy Skycouch and Economy Stretch. For more information, visit www.airnewzealand.com    

Delivering the latest in style, inspiration, helpful tips and tricks for your next epic escape!