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25 
Jan

Adrenaline activities in Alberta

Alberta’s mountains, lakes and rivers offer plenty of chances to get the blood pumping, with challenging activities in both summer and winter. Laura Gelder picks out six

 
Adrenaline activities in Alberta

Jet boat through the city
Your clients can experience an unforgettable journey on the North Saskatchewan River, starting from Edmonton’s Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park or from the town of Devon. The exhilarating boat ride zips past islands and carves through narrow channels, with the option to see the city sights or head out to wilder locations for a swim, or to alight on an island or secluded river bank to learn gold panning techniques.

Adrenaline activities in Alberta

Delve into dark caves
Adventure-seekers will love Canmore Cave Tours. Guests learn the incredible history of the Bow Valley and how caves are formed before rappelling 18 metres down underground. Once there, guests climb, crawl, wiggle and slide their way through water-worn passages to see highlights like a crystal-clear pool, millennia-old stalactites and stalagmites, ancient animal bones, pictographs and fossils.

Adrenaline activities in Alberta

Take the Crypt Lake Trail
The first steps of this 10.8-mile trail in Waterton Lakes National Park are up the side of a giant headwall cliff. Next, hikers get to climb a fixed ladder and make their way through a natural 80-foot-long tunnel, which finally ends with heady views of a glacial-blue, trout-filled lake. Chains are bolted along a narrow ledge and the hike takes trekkers from Canada, over the U.S. border and back, with a 2,300-foot elevation gain.

Adrenaline activities in Alberta

Take the iron road in Norquay
Via Ferrata is an assisted climbing experience along four breathtaking routes on the cliffs above Mount Norquay. Adventurers get to climb ladders and cross suspension bridges while marvelling at the surrounding mountain vistas. Led by a highly experienced guide, they wear a harness that is always attached to the mountain’s steel cable pathway. So they are on top of the world but safely attached to the rock!

Adrenaline activities in Alberta

Frozen climbs
Using ice axes and crampons to climb frozen waterfalls sounds daunting but people of all ages and capabilities can try it – and beginner pitches are similar to just climbing a chilly ladder! The ice climbing season in the Rockies runs from November to the end of April (early April for lower elevation climbs). Waterfall Ice Climbing Grades range from the easy Grade Two to the expert level Grade Eight. Rockaboo Mountain Adventures in Jasper offers a thrilling six-hour experience.

Adrenaline activities in Alberta

Bobsled like a bolt of lightening
Ever watched the Winter Olympics and wished you could have a go at the bobsled, luge or skeleton? At the former 1988 Olympics location, now WinSport Calgary, your clients can. For the bobsled experience an expert pilot slides passengers through 10 turns, hitting speeds of more than 100km an hour with a force of up to 4 Gs. If your clients dare to go solo, the skeleton reaches around 80km an hour! The centre is home to lots of top-notch winter sports facilities so schedule half a day so they can try ice skating, skiing, ski jumping or hockey too.

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Published Date: 25th January 2019
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25 
Sep

Mandarin Oriental Phuket

Mandarin Oriental Signs Luxury Resort in Phuket, Thailand

Mandarin Oriental has signed a new luxury resort in Phuket, Thailand the Mandarin Oriental Phuket.

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Scheduled to open in 2022, the Mandarin Oriental Phuket will occupy 9.5 hectares of land in Laem Singh Bay on the west coast of Phuket island.

Mandarin Oriental Phuket - Laem Singh Beach
Laem Singh Beach

Laem Singh Beach is one of Phuket’s most beautiful beaches and hides on the west coast between Kamala and Surin beaches. Being nestled in a steep-sided bay, lined with nodding palm trees and dotted with giant boulders, it has the feel of a secret beach. It’s not a very well-kept secret, though, as it’s overlooked by a popular viewpoint along the coastal road.

The northern part of the beach is good for body-boarding. The swimming and snorkelling is excellent in the southern part, with loads of fish to see around the rocky headland which separates the beach from Kamala Bay.

The hotel’s 105 rooms, including 37 pool villas, will offer guests panoramic views of the Andaman Sea.

The site itself includes a white sand beach with rocky outcrops, providing excellent access for snorkelling and swimming.

The Mandarin Oriental Phuket facilities will include three restaurants and bars, a range of flexible function facilities, a spa, fitness centre and two outdoor swimming pools. A kid’s club and a host of outdoor leisure pursuits will also be available.

James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental said, “Phuket is one of Asia’s leading leisure destinations and we are delighted to have found such a special site on which to develop our resort. The group’s established reputation and experience in delivering award-winning service and facilities at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, when combined with this stunning new property, will provide guests a unique proposition for a luxury visit to the entrancing Kingdom of Thailand. We look forward to working with our partners to create this.”

The resort is around 30-minutes by car from Phuket International Airport.

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Published Date: 25th September 2018
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25 
Sep

Qatar Airways to Launch Direct Flights to Danang

Qatar Airways to Launch Direct Flights to Danang, Vietnam

Qatar Airways has unveiled plans to launch direct flights between Doha and Danang, Vietnam starting 19 December 2018.

The popular coastal city will be the third Vietnamese destination on the airline’s rapidly expanding global network

The four-times weekly flights will be served with Boeing 787-8 aircraft, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.

Qatar Airways to Launch Direct Flights to Danang

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said, “Our existing services to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are already incredibly popular. Every day, thousands of passengers experience a seamless connection between flights through our state-of-the-art Doha hub at Hamad International Airport, and now we have made it even easier for travellers to reach these increasingly popular Asian destinations. We look forward to enabling our passengers to experience the beautiful coastal scenery of Danang and will continue to explore opportunities to expand further in the Far East.”

Qatar Airways began direct services to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) in 2007 and launched its Hanoi service in 2010. Currently, the airline provides double daily direct flights to Vietnam’s capital city and 10 times weekly flights to Ho Chi Minh.

In October 2017, Qatar Airways signed an interline agreement with Vietnam-based Vietjet Air, allowing Qatar Airways’ passengers to travel to and from points in Vietnam not served directly by Qatar Airways using a single reservation across both airlines’ networks.

Director of Danang Tourism Department, Mr. Ngo Quang Vinh, said: “Danang is becoming increasingly popular among tourists, and has experienced extraordinary development since 2008. As of June 2018, Danang has welcomed the presence of 24 international airlines, operating 15 frequent direct flights to and from overseas destinations. We are delighted to welcome Qatar Airways, the award-winning airline playing a crucial role in strengthening the connection of Danang to the world. We are looking forward to welcoming more tourists to Danang, and we will continue our efforts to transform Danang into an outstanding global destination.

Danang, one of the largest cities in Vietnam, has seen a tremendous increase in the number of visitor arrivals, with a record-breaking 6.6 million tourists in 2017, doubling the figure in 2013.

 

Inaugural Flight Schedule for 19 December 2018

Doha-Danang: Departs Doha 02:30, Arrives Danang 13:20

Danang-Doha: Departs Danang 19:15, Arrives Doha 23:45

Regular Flight Schedule:

Doha-Danang

Mondays and Saturdays: Departs Doha 07:15, Arrives Danang 18:05

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Departs Doha 20:10, Arrives Danang 07:01 (+1)

Danang-Doha

Mondays and Saturdays: Departs Danang 19:35, Arrives Doha 00:05 (+1)

Wednesdays and Fridays: Departs Danang 08:30, Arrives Doha 13:00

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Published Date: 25th September 2018
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25 
Sep

Park Inn by Radisson Phuket Thailand

Park Inn by Radisson to Open in Phuket Town, Thailand

Park Inn by Radisson Phuket Thailand will make its debut with the opening of a brand-new hotel in Phuket Town, the island’s provincial capital and cultural heart.

Scheduled to open in Q1 2020, the three-story Park Inn by Radisson Phuket Town will form part of a mixed-use development featuring shops and dining outlets.

The hotel will enjoy a prime location next to Highway 402 – Phuket’s main north-south highway and a major commercial corridor.

Park Inn by Radisson will make its Thailand debut with the opening of a brand-new hotel in Phuket Town, the island’s provincial capital and cultural heart.

Park Inn by Radisson Phuket Thailand

Park Inn by Radisson is an exceptional brand that promises world-class hospitality in the upper midscale segment. That makes it a perfect fit for Phuket, which is rapidly evolving from an upscale resort island into a diverse, all-year-round tourism destination. Park Inn by Radisson Phuket Town will provide a great option for guests seeking high levels of convenience and connectivity,” said Katerina Giannouka, President, Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group.

Park Inn by Radisson Phuket Town will feature at least 130 rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, a restaurant and fitness centre.

The hotel will be close to major shopping malls such as Central Festival Phuket, King Power Duty Free Store and Blu Pearl, The Mall Group’s multi-billion-baht lifestyle development which features multiple retail outlets, a water park, convention centre and theatre. The Temples, museums and classical architecture of Phuket Town are also just moments away.

Phuket is famous for its stunning beaches, but an increasing number of visitors are now being attracted by the island’s retail and lifestyle offerings. Park Inn by Radisson Phuket Town will be well suited to this segment, including shoppers, business travellers and culture seekers. We are proud to work with Radisson Hotel Group to bring the Park Inn by Radisson brand to Thailand,” commented Chairat Mepremwattana, Managing Director, Multi Property Development Co., Ltd.

Park Inn by Radisson Phuket Town becomes the brand’s fourth location in Southeast Asia, following Park Inn by Radisson Davao and Park Inn by Radisson Clark in the Philippines, and Park Inn by Radisson Putrajaya in Malaysia.

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Published Date: 25th September 2018
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24 
Aug

Legacy Yen Tu MGallery

The Legacy Yen Tu MGallery, Vietnam – AccorHotels Expands MGallery Brand to Mountains of Vietnam

The Legacy Yen Tu MGallery by Sofitel

External view of The Legacy Yen Tu MGallery by Sofitel

AccorHotels has expanded its MGallery brand to the mountains of Vietnam, with the highly anticipated opening of the Legacy Yen Tu MGallery  wellness sanctuary. Legend has it that a hermit monk An Ky Sinh travelled to Yen Tu mountain in search of medicinal herbs during the pre-Buddhism times some two thousand years ago. Since then, the mountain has been regarded as a divine and sacred place.

The Legacy Yen Tu, MGallery is located on the sacred Yen Tu mountain, approximately 1,068 metres above sea level and near the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay and Hanh Huong Yen Tu village with trekking and adventure activities available.

The opening of Legacy Yen Tu, MGallery combines the quintessence of wellness tourism and luxury travel to provide a getaway for travellers in search for a complete rejuvenation of their body, mind and spirit,” said Mr. Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for AccorHotels Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and Maldives.

Legacy Yen Tu MGallery

A room at the Legacy Yen Tu MGallery, VietnamDesigned by Bill Bensley, renowned designer of luxury resorts, each of the 133 rooms at Legacy Yen Tu MGallery is a reflection of heritage and spirituality. Built using ancient methodologies to emulate a peaceful way of life, the rooms feature the signature wooden inked slab traditionally used for calligraphy and an outdoor patio living area.

Inspired by the ancient architectural design, Legacy Yen Tu, MGallery is a testament to Vietnam’s rich history. The property features handcrafted interior décor items with hand-made traditional materials to blend with its surrounding ambience,” said Mr Markus Hesse, the resort’s General Manager.

Guests can savour Vietnamese cuisine at the hotel’s Tho Quang restaurant or enjoy a drink or two at Thien Tra Lobby Bar which boasts stunning mountain views. For events, weddings and meetings, the hotel’s ballroom can cater up to 800 guests.

The hotel is also home to a range of leisure facilities, including Tue Tinh Am Wellness that offers an open space for meditation, yoga and Truc Lam Zen practices.

 

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Published Date: 24th August 2018
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24 
Aug

Dusit Doha Hotel

Dusit Doha Hotel – Dusit Signs 357-Room Hotel in Doha, Qatar

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Dusit Doha Hotel – External View

Dusit has signed a management agreement with the Al Majed Group to operate a new-build Dusit Doha Hotel, Qatar. Set to open in Q4 2018 the Dusit Doha Hotel will be the group’s first Dusit-branded property in Qatar.

Situated in the West Bay area of the capital city, the five-star property is within walking distance to the Doha City Centre, Gate Mall and the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. The hotel is also located in close proximity to popular tourist spots such as the Souq Waqif, Katara Cultural Village and The Pearl, and only a 25-minute drive from Hamad International Airport.

Ideal for both extended and transient stays, the 357-key hotel, will comprise 261 guest rooms and suites, along with 96 hotel apartments. Each guest room will be at least 41 sqm in size, one of the largest of its kind in the West Bay area.

Dusit Doha Hotel - Delux Room

Dusit Doha Hotel – Delux RoomThe hotel will offer a choice of Club, Suites, Deluxe and Premium Deluxe rooms while the hotel apartments will be available in either one, two or three-bedroom configurations.

Qatar is set to host two of the world’s largest sporting events: the FIFA World Cup 2022 – in which the country is expecting to host more than one million international visitors for the World Cup itself and the World Athletic Championship in 2019 which serves as a right time for us to open Dusit Doha Hotel to welcome the organisers, sponsors, and consultants who will be making Doha their home for the next few years. Dusit – being the first 5 star hotel in Qatar with Thai culture and heritage, would enable the vast Thai experience to the valuable customers,” said Ahmed Mahdi Al Majed, Al Majed Group. “We have an excellent long-term relationship with Dusit International and firmly believe in their product quality and high standards of service. We look forward to yet another successful collaboration with them.”

It’s an exciting time for Qatar and we’re delighted to announce the Dusit Doha Hotel, our second property with the Al Majed Group. The hotel will be designed keeping in mind the latest developments in the vibrant city, to resonate with both business and leisure travellers alike,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

With 27 properties currently in operation across four brands in eight countries, Dusit International is in a significant growth phase which will see the number of Dusit properties reach over 50 within the next three to four years across key markets worldwide. The Dusit Doha Hotel is the group’s second property with the Al Majed Group.

 

 

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Published Date: 24th August 2018
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23 
Aug

Nai Lert Park Hotel

Movenpick Signs Wellness Resort in Bangkok, Thailand

Movenpick has expanded its portfolio of hotels in Thailand to nine properties after signing an agreement to rebrand and manage the renowned Nai Lert Park Hotel in Bangkok.

The hotel, located in an oasis of lush landscaped gardens on Wireless Road, will re-open under Movenpick’s management in early 2019 after a comprehensive refurbishment programme.

Offering 294 guest rooms and a wide range of business and leisure facilities, it will be Movenpick’s third property in the Thai capital, joining Movenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok and Movenpick Residences Ekkamai Bangkok.

Nai Lert Park Hotel

Close to major attractions, malls, embassies and corporate offices and within a 10-minute walk of Ploenchit BTS skytrain station and Phetchaburi MRT metro station, the property offers guests convenient access to the entire city.

Opportunities to manage legendary hotels do not arise often, and we’re delighted to bring Movenpick’s signature style to the Nai Lert Park Hotel, which has been a Bangkok landmark for more than three decades,” said Andrew Langdon, Chief Development Officer for Movenpick Hotels & Resorts. “We look forward to moving this captivating property into an exciting new era as we introduce a health-conscious generation of guests to Movenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok and further provide world-class wellness facilities in association with the adjoining BDMS Wellness Clinic.”

Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Public Company Limited (BDMS) was established on 30 October 1969. Through business expansion, the company was listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand on 2 October 1991 and registered its conversion to Public Company Limited in 1994.

BDMS, ranked in the top five private hospital groups globally in terms of revenue, is also one of the most prestigious hospital networks in the Asia-Pacific region with a total of 45 hospitals across the network that have been accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI).

BDMS offers world-class medical care and treatment to both local and international patients, complemented by the latest medical technology.

Dr. Poramaporn Prasarttong-Osoth, COO of BDMS group, said, “We are excited to work with Movenpick to introduce a Wellness Resort with world-class hospitality as well as specialised in-house wellness programmes that are designed for prevention and the achievement of a healthy lifestyle.”

All rooms and suites will feature contemporary designs and high-tech amenities while resort facilities will include a large freeform outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and wellness spa. The hotel’s restaurant will serve all natural, organic Thai and international cuisine, the lobby lounge will offer all-day health-conscious refreshments and the pool bar will provide a perfect spot for informal gatherings.

Movenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok will also feature a ballroom and function rooms with direct garden access.

The Nai Lert Park Hotel originally opened in 1984 but closed its doors at the end of 2016 to undergo a complete refurbishment.

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Published Date: 23rd August 2018
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17 
Aug

Things to do in Udaipur

Things to do in Udaipur

 

Inspired by the BBC’s  second series of the “Real Marigold Hotel” that follows 9 celebrities as they spend several weeks in Udaipur in India. We’ve chosen some “things to do in Udaipur” for you.

Udaipur Facts

A city in the western state of Rajasthan and founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559. Referred to as the “most romantic spot on the continent of India” by the British Administrator James Tod, it is also known as the “City of Lakes” and the one I love the most “The Venice of the East”. This is because of the sophisticated lake system that dominates the area and supplies water for drinking and the rural agriculture.

City Palace

City Palace, Udaipur

Construction started in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh II but has been extended many times over the years and is situated in a commanding position overlooking Lake Pichola with views to the Aravali mountain Range.

The name City Palace is a bit misleading as it more of a complex of Palaces with a further 11 small separate palaces interlinked by a number of chowks (quadrangles) with zigzag corridors. Entry into the complex is via the main Tripolia (triple) gate into Suraj Gokhda, ), the Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), the Dilkhush Mahal (heart’s delight), the Surya Chopar, the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of glass and mirrors), the Moti Mahal (Palace of Pearls), the Krishna Vilas (named after Lord Krishna), Shambu Niwas (royal residence now), the Bhim Vilas (miniature painings), the Amar Vilas (with a raised garden) that faces the Badi Mahal (the big palace), the Fateprakash Palace and the Shiv Niwas Palace; the last two have been converted into heritage hotels.

The City Palace complex needs a full day to get around. I would also advise that you join a local tour guide so that you get to see and hear all about its history and significance.

Lake Pichola

Pichola Lake and Palace

This view of the lake shows one of the islands which is home to the Lake Palace. This is now an exclusive heritage hotel for those with deep pockets.

Take a boat trip around the lake and see, where the lake narrows, the ornamental arch bridges. Hence the name “The Venice of the East”.

Some of the views of Udaipur may seem familiar, as it was one of the locations filmed in the 1983 James Bond movie Octopussy. Also filmed were Shiv Nivas Palace and Monsoon Palace.

Fateh Sagar Lake

Fateh Sagar Lake

Part of the Lake complex of Udaipur with three small islands. The largest is Nehru Park which is a popular tourist attraction. Another island has a public park with an impressive water-jet fountain and the last island in home to the Udaipur Solar Observatory. This site has an ideal location, getting accurate and quality observations of the sun.

This is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and a great way to cool down by the lake.

Monsoon Palace

Monsoon Palace

Overlooking Fateh Sagar Lake is the Monsoon Palace also known as Sajjan Garh Palace. Because of its commanding elevated location in the Aravali Hills, this is a great place to view the beautiful Sunsets.

The name Monsoon Palace comes from its use as a lookout post for the monsoon clouds. It was also used as a hunting lodge by the Maharana Fateh Singh.

Built from White marble this former Palace is now controlled by the the Government of Rajasthan and forms part of the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary.

Jagdish Temple

Jagdish Temple, Udaipur

The Jagdish Temple is in the middle of Udaipur, just outside the Royal Palace, and is has been a place of worship since 1651.

To reach the temple you have to climb the 32 marble steps. The temple is steeped with Hindu Iconography with brass images of Garuda and God Vishnu and God Krishna.

When visiting Temples remember to cover up and allows view the site in a clockwise direction. This is believed to bring good luck.

Saheliyon-Ki-Bari Gardens

sahelion ki bari gardens

These beautiful gardens are located on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake and translate as the “Garden of the Maidens”. The Gardens were built by Maharana Sangram Singh as wedding gift to his bride and the 48 maidens in her dowry.

The Gardens have lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant shaped  fountains offering a green retreat from the dry lands of Rajasthen.

Moti Magri Park

Maharana Pratap Memorial

Moti Magri (Pearl Hill) overlooks Fateh Sagar Lake and is the location of the memorial to Maharana Pratap astride his horse “Chetak”. 

The memorial commemorates the Battle of Haldighati which brought back Hindu honour against the Muslim Mughals. It is not known whether “Chetak” was at the battle, but the story is told in many poems from seventeenth century.

Bohra Ganesh Ji Temple

bohra-ganeshji temple

The temple is located some 2 Km from the city centre and is believed to be over 350 years old. At the centre of the temple is an east facing idol of Lord Ganesha in a dancing pose. 

It is believed by devotees with real trust in Bohra Ganesh will get their wishes fulfilled.

Bagore Ki Haveli

Bagore Ki Haveli

Haveli is word you come across often and means a traditional townhouse or mansion, derived from an Arabic word “Hawali” meaning “private space” usually with a central courtyard.

Bagore Ki Haveli has over a hundred rooms with displays of modern art and costumes. It is now a museum. 

This is great place to visit to see around all the rooms and to watch typical Indian folk dancers.

Shilpgram

Shilpgram - Cultural Park

Shilpgram is located 3 km west of the Udaipur. It is a cultural centre spread over 70 acres surrounded by the Aravali hills with live shows and festivals. The idea is to showcase everyday skills still in use as a realistic glimpse of the people of the region and their belongings.

The Shilpgram festival takes place every year from 21st to 31st December.

Restaurant Ambrai

Restaurant Ambrai - Amet Haveli

With stunning views of Jagdish Temple, Gangaur Ghat, City Palace, Jag Mandir and Sajjangarh Fort this is an ideal location by day or night to enjoy the views and sample their tantalizing food.

Booking maybe required.

Restaurant  – Charcoal by Carlsson

Charcoal by Carlsson

A new authentic Mexican restaurant and Barbecue restaurant just on the shores of lake Pichola. 

The new lakeside garden is serving up the same barbecue as you came to love from Charcoal together with many other grilled delicacies . However, the big new thing is our authentic Mexican food with locally grown ingredients and imported Mexican chillies.

A bit weird suggesting a Mexican Restaurant, but it gives you a change from spicy curry to spicy Mexican. They are also winners of a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence.

 

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03 
Aug

Mövenpick Asara

Mövenpick Opens Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has expanded its portfolio to the seaside town of Hua Hin, Thailand. Formerly the Asara Villa & Suite Hua Hin, the beachfront resort has undergone a complete re-branding and refurbishment and is now called the Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin.

Featuring a collection of 96 private suites and pool villas, the resort is just 10 minutes from the centre of Hua Hin and around a two-hour drive from Bangkok.

Movenpick Asara Resort & Spa, HuaHin

 Formerly the Asara Villa & Suite Hua Hin, the beachfront resort has undergone a complete rebranding and refurbishment and is now called the Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin.

Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin is an intimate tropical retreat and the perfect place to get away from it all,” said Simon Dell, the resort’s General Manager. “It’s idyllic location, spacious accommodation and extensive amenities appeal to a wide range of guests, from couples seeking a romantic break in paradise to families looking to spend quality time together. It is also an incredible destination for events and weddings.”

The resort’s 120 sqm suites offer balconies or terraces featuring day beds, as well as bathrooms with indoor and outdoor rain showers and bathtubs.

The one and two-bedroom villas span 150 and 200 sqm and include luxurious indoor living areas, outdoor decks and private plunge pools.

The 400 sqm two-bedroom beachfront villa offers three separate pavilions, its own private beach area, large outdoor decks and a plunge pool overlooking the sea.

Guests have a choice of two restaurants with a selection of authentic Thai cuisine, fresh seafood and international gourmet dishes on the menus. The restaurants offer indoor, terrace, poolside and beachfront seating options with cocktails and cool drinks served at the tropical beach bar.

For fitness and relaxation, the property has a spa, fitness room and an outdoor infinity swimming pool.

Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin joins six other Mövenpick hotels in Thailand located in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.

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Published Date: 3rd August 2018
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02 
Aug

Citadines Blue Cove

Ascott Expands Citadines Brand to Danang; Opens Fifth Property in Saigon

Ascott has opened Vietnam’s largest serviced residence, Citadines Blue Cove Danang, and its fifth property in Ho Chi Minh, Citadines Regency Saigon.

Citadines Blue Cove Danang, which is also Ascott’s first property in Danang and its largest property globally, is located by the Han River in the scenic Son Tra peninsula, while Citadines Regency Saigon enjoys a prime location in District 3, a key business and residential district.

Ms Lew Yen Ping, Ascott’s Country General Manager for Vietnam, said, “Vietnam is Ascott’s largest market in Southeast Asia where demand for serviced residences remain high. We currently have 21 properties offering close to 4,700 units across seven cities in the country. Both Citadines Blue Cove Danang and Citadines Regency Saigon have prime locations in key business and tourism districts of Danang and Ho Chi Minh City, which enjoy a huge influx of corporate and leisure travellers. Within the next three years, over 2,000 units across nine properties are slated to open in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Danang, Halong City and Binh Duong province. We look forward to providing more accommodation choices in the fast expanding Vietnam, and are committed to achieve our target of 7,000 units in the country by 2020.

Citadines Blue Cove Danang offers a mix of studios as well as one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Most of the rooms overlook the Danang Bay and the property boasts the world’s highest and largest 24k gold-plated infinity pool as well as a park showcasing sculptures of the wonders of the world. Other facilities include a fitness centre, jacuzzi, spa, ballroom, meeting rooms, and children’s playroom.

Besides Citadines Regency Saigon, Ascott also operates Somerset Chancellor Court Ho Chi Minh City, Somerset Ho Chi Minh City, Somerset Vista Ho Chi Minh City, and Diamond Island Luxury Residences in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ascott’s upcoming properties in Vietnam include Citadines Central Binh Duong in Binh Duong province, Somerset Feliz Ho Chi Minh City, Somerset D1Mension Ho Chi Minh City, and Diamond Island Luxury Serviced Residences in Ho Chi Minh City, Somerset Danang Bay in Danang, Somerset West Central Hanoi in Hanoi as well as Citadines Marina Halong in Halong.

In 2017, Vietnam attracted record foreign direct investment of about US$35.9 billion, an increase of 44.4% from 2016. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Vietnam’s tourism growth was ranked seventh internationally, and it was the only country in Southeast Asia to be ranked amongst the top 105. International tourist arrivals for Vietnam was 12.9 million last year, an increase of 29.1% from 2016.

Citadines Blue Cove Danang

Citadines Blue Cove

Sitting by the Han River and Thuan Phuoc Bridge, the 548-unit Citadines Blue Cove Danang is located within the landmark Son Tra peninsula and a 100-hectare urban development project by the government. Providing convenient access to Hai Chau city centre, the property is also a 15-minute drive from Danang International Airport.

As part of an integrated development, the serviced residence is directly connected to the main industrial areas such as Hoa Khanh and Dien Nam – Dien Ngoc. The property is also surrounded by attractions including the Marble Mountains, Cham Museum, Bana Hills, Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Sanctuary, and Hue Citadel.

Citadines Blue Cove Danang offers a mix of studios as well as one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Most of the rooms overlook the Danang Bay and the property boasts the world’s highest and largest 24k gold-plated infinity pool as well as a park showcasing sculptures of the wonders of the world. Other facilities include a fitness centre, jacuzzi, spa, ballroom, meeting rooms, and children’s playroom.

Citadines Regency Saigon

Citadines Regency Saigon

Citadines Regency Saigon is located in District 3, close to foreign embassies, prime office towers and a variety of retail, dining and entertainment options.

The serviced residence is within walking distance to popular tourist attractions such as the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and War Remnants Museum. It is also near the Central Business District area of District 1.

Citadines Regency Saigon offers 229 apartments comprising classic rooms, studios and one-bedroom apartments.

Facilities include a swimming pool, fitness centre, children’s wading pool, sauna room, café, restaurant and launderette.

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