Amanzoe to Unveil Permanent James Turrell Installation

Amanzoe is honoured to announce Sky Plain, a unique art installation by one of the most influential artists of the last half century, James Turrell. The immersive light installation, known as a Skyspace, takes the form of a 6-metre by 6-metre cubic building with a large ceiling aperture, open to the Peloponnese sky above Amanzoe.

For over fifty years, James Turrell has drawn inspiration from nature, astronomy, architecture, physics and theology. Using light as his material, Turrell works on and affects the medium of perception. Widely known for his work, Roden Crater, a monumental-scale artwork created within a volcano in Northern Arizona, Turrell was recognised with concurrent solo exhibitions in 2013 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). Sky Plain is the only permanent Turrell installation in the Mediterranean.

The Skyspace is installed at Villa 31 of Amanzoe, located on the Western ridge of the resort offering unobstructed views over the surrounding landscape and the Aegean Sea, with spectacular sunsets. Sky Plain is an immersive installation in which guests experience a uniquely intimate relationship with the light of the sky.

The art installation is available to guests taking residence in Villa 31, allowing them to enjoy Sky Plain at their leisure throughout their stay. As well as including the Skyspace, Villa 31 comprises a master bedroom, 22 metre private pool, kitchen, extensive shaded terraces and living room all set around a serene reflection pool.


Subject to availability, guests of Amanzoe will also be able to enjoy Sky Plain as part of a unique dining experience which includes an aperitif and dinner, culminating in a private immersion in this rare setting.

With its classically inspired architecture, a contemporary interpretation of ancient Greek temples, Amanzoe’s Villas and Pavilions are designed to continue the experience of the outdoors in the sunlight-filled interiors. The resort’s expansive reflection pools cast dappled light onto the pale concrete columns and warm marble making up the walkways through the herb-scented grounds. The Peloponnese is brought indoors in the open-air yoga studio and the expansive spa rooms where clients can enjoy Watsu treatments and holistic therapies.

Surrounded by unspoilt nature and an historical landscape, Amanzoe evokes a feeling of peace and belonging. Perched on a hilltop with sweeping panoramas of the Peloponnese countryside, silvery olive groves and the glittering Aegean Sea, the resort is the perfect setting for this unique installation.

As part of Amanzoe’s fifth anniversary celebrations throughout this coming season, a series of curated events will be available for all guests to enjoy at the resort including specially designed spa treatments, five-course dining experiences and adventures to the nearby islands of Hydra and Spetses. Drawing on the raw beauty of the surrounding countryside and its proximity to cultural landmarks and UNESCO heritage sites, visitors will be able to take part in unique experiences celebrating all aspects of Amanzoe.

W Hotels W Hotels Electrifies the Shanghai Skyline With the Debut of W Shanghai – the Bund

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International today unveiled W Shanghai – The Bund, located in the heart of one of the world’s most energetic cities.  With limitless views overlooking the Huangpu River, W Shanghai will set the scene on the North Bund.  Owned by Sinar Mas Group, the hotel features a blend of bold design and decadent style which combines to create a captivating contrast of Shanghai’s past and its avant-garde present.

“Shanghai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, and its engaging nightlife, spirited fashion scene and passion for what’s new/next makes it an ideal destination for the W brand,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide.  “Our hotels across the world are incredibly unique- each reinterpreting its destination through design that is both hyper-local and yet, clearly W.  The electrifying design of W Shanghai – The Bund is no exception, solidifying its position as a global flagship for W that is sure to attract both guests and savvy locals alike.”

Designed by the acclaimed G.A Design, the hotel showcases an exciting combination of historic and modern influences, such as Hai Pai – the art of combining the old and the new, East and West.  This is evident in both the hotel’s location, perfectly positioned between the Suzhou Creek and the Huangpu River, as well as the surrounding locale, where Art Deco buildings sit alongside opulent Chinese mansions.  W Shanghai – The Bund draws upon colonial glamour and futuristic motifs, with nearly all guestrooms featuring views of the Huangpu River due to the uniquely curved frame of the building’s edifice.

“Over the past few years we have seen incredible growth worldwide across our brands, with the China market becoming increasingly important for Marriott International,” said Stephen Ho, Chief Executive Officer, Greater China, Marriott International.  “The opening of the W Shanghai – The Bund underscores the ambitious expansion of Marriott International’s Luxury Brands in Greater China.”

An Electric Welcome

Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by neon light installations throughout the hotel’s Living Room (the W brand’s take on the staid hotel lobby).  For centuries, Shanghai-locals have honored the Lilong tradition, in which wet laundry is hung on lines to dry at varying heights down narrow laneways.  When mixed with the neon signs of businesses on the lane, it results in a site of beautiful chaos for those who look up while walking underneath.  This installation was designed as a modern reinterpretation of this classic scene.  The Welcome Desk (reception area) features a kaleidoscopic fixture, mirroring the constant flow of guests through the area.  The ‘Melting Qipao’ pattern, a representation of Shanghai as a melting pot of cultures, can be seen on the walls of the WC (restroom).

W Shanghai – The Bund features 374 stylish guestrooms and suites, each appointed with the signature W bed adorned with a cheeky pillow in the shape of Shanghai’s famous Xiaolongbao (soup) dumpling and chopsticks.  Thirty-five of the rooms are suites, including the Cloud on the Bund, which includes highlights such as a LED wall and a hanging bed.  The duplex Extreme WOW Suite (the brand’s take on the presidential suite) boasts more than 4,000 square feet of living space, along with a hanging neon installation in the shape of lips blowing out dragon smoke.  In addition to the epic views of the Huangpu River and iconic Pudong skyline, all rooms also feature switchable privacy glass and Nespresso Coffee machines.

 Rise and Dine

W Shanghai – The Bund offers five intriguing places to socialize and dine.  The Kitchen Table, with its interactive open kitchen, is inspired by a modern New York bistro and celebrates the legacy of Shanghai’s flourishing trade.  YEN showcases the next evolution of Cantonese dining where traditional dishes are reinterpreted. Pre-dinner cocktails at LIQUID AT YEN, a hidden speakeasy, is the perfect evening prelude to transport guests to the glamorous golden years of Shanghai’s 1920s cocktail scene featuring a handcrafted selection of concoctions mastered by the on-site “Cocktail Professor”.  The playfully elegant WOOBAR transforms from a daytime lounge into a vibrant evening cocktail bar.  And finally, WET (the hotel’s pool) and WET BAR offer incredible sweeping views of the electric Shanghai skyline.

“We are infusing so much energy into this city with W Shanghai – The Bund,” said Christian Humbert, General Manager, W Shanghai – The Bund.  “We are bringing guests closer to the music, design, fashion and Fuel (the brand’s take on fitness) scenes in Shanghai while providing our signature Whatever/Whenever service, delivering whatever guests want, whenever they want it, in this incredible city.”

Amped Up Meetings + Innovative Spa Treatments

Mixing work with play, guests will be captivated by nearly 6,000 square meters of meeting and events space.  At more than 2,000 square meters, the Great Room is the largest hotel event space in Western Shanghai, and boasts 6.2-meter ceilings in a setting inspired by an opulent expression of the Golden Age.  The entrance to the Great Room features a series of oversized mirror collages with a Qipao motif, overlaid by a delicate Art Deco-inspired screen, reflecting the tension and contrasts between old and new Shanghai.  The 660-square-meter Mega Room, in addition to the Studios and Strategy spaces, all cleverly adapt their industrial charm to perfectly suit each event.

The AWAY Spa offers massages, body treatments, facials and quick fixes, all set to leave guests glowing.  Guests can also step into the ultra-modern FIT gym that offers 24/7 access to the newest Technogym equipment, or take part in a yoga or tai chi class on the hotel’s wooden deck.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.whotels.com/shang

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa Launches New Adults Only Complex

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa has welcomed KORO, an adult’s only zone where guests can relax and enjoy exclusive facilities.

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa today announced the opening of KORO, an adult only zone that includes a beachfront restaurant, bar and expansive outdoor pools, deck and beachfront created exclusively for adults to eat, drink and relax.

Fijian for ‘village’, KORO was designed as an oasis for adults to escape and unwind in a private area within the resort and features a range of leisure facilities including two stunning beachfront pools, a pool bar, all day dining and live entertainment offered every night.

KORO’s restaurant offers breakfast and all day dining options where guests can enjoy a shared plate inspired menu while the bar serves up innovative cocktails, an extensive wine and champagne selection, as well as international and local beers, always chilled to perfection.

Completing the adults only zone is a purpose built day spa and gym located alongside the KORO complex. The multi-award winning Spa, which uses Pevonia skin care products, offers a sanctuary for guests with dedicated lounge areas, luxurious treatment rooms and an outdoor plunge pool, or guests can choose a poolside Spa pavilion accompanied by the South Pacific sea breeze.  And for those guests wanting to work out during their stay, the state of the art gym features all the latest equipment and exercise machines.

Martin Rogers, general manager, Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa, said, “KORO was created as the ultimate adult’s playground and is available for all in-house guests 18 years and over to enjoy free of charge. We recognise that many guests want to enjoy a relaxing, private holiday so we designed KORO to offer all this and more. Open daily from 7:30am to 10pm, it’s a place adults can relax poolside with friends over a delicious cocktail on one of KORO’s daybeds and loungers while soaking up the beautiful ocean views.”

Located on more than 2.5 km of beachfront with stunning views toward the Mamanuca Islands, Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa is home to a range of well-appointed and spacious guest rooms and suites, nine beachfront pools, award-winning spa, highly regarded restaurants and bars and extensive recreational facilities.

For more information or to make a reservation, travellers can visit www.hiltonfijibeachresort.com or phone +679 675 6800.

Media can access additional information about the resort and download images at www.news.hilton.com/fiji. Media can access more information on Hilton at www.hilton.com and www.hiltonglobalmediacenter.com.

Layana’s New Ocean Deluxe Villas, the Ultimate Luxury

The relatively quiet months of Koh Lanta’s green season is the time of the year when we strive to implement further developments and expansions for the benefit of our guests. In recent years this has included the introduction of our unique, state-of-the-art Wellness Zone and the introduction of our stylish “Grand Garden Pavilion” rooms.

This year is no exception, as we continue to offer our guests the ultimate in luxury and relaxation. Our three “Ocean Deluxe Villas”, all just a stone’s throw from the secluded beachfront, will be completely redesigned and converted into modern, luxury, two-story Jacuzzi villas with 100 sq. m. of living space on two levels. Gracious master bedrooms will be located on the upper floor, fully air-conditioned and with beautifully appointed en-suite bathroom facilities. Downstairs will feature elegantly furnished, spacious and modern lounge areas, split between sitting and dining space, whilst a new covered private jacuzzi within a small garden area will be situated outside each.

These villas will, we are sure, set new standards in graceful, luxurious living on Koh Lanta’s island paradise and they will be completed by October 2017 just in time for our next resort anniversary party in early November and in time for the next High Season. We look forward to welcoming returning and new guests to the new look Layana Resort & Spa. The introduction rate starts from 1st November until 31st December 2017 at THB 23,500 net per room per night including breakfast for 2 persons (subject to room availability and conditions apply).

Layana Resort & Spa is nestled on Lanta Yai Island in Krabi, situated about 2 hours south of Krabi International Airport. The resort enjoys a spectacular beachfront location on three kilometers of white sandy beach. Environmentally-conscious design throughout the property results in a simple and elegant Thai atmosphere; alfresco architecture combining contemporary design to provide an open, cool and natural feel. MBK Hotel and Tourism Co., Ltd, a member of the MBK PLC Group, has a vision to create a dynamic new standard for management and services in the hotel industry with the aim to achieve the highest public recognition in every potential area, both domestically and internationally.

www.layanaresort.com

ENCHANTED ISLAND RESORT BY JA RESORTS & HOTELS

The award-winning, Enchanted Island Resort, Seychelles, Managed by JA Resorts & Hotels has launched a new Premium All-Inclusive Supplement that allows guests to enter into a complete JA heartfelt hospitality experience at the 5-star, secluded property, which has been hailed as a hidden gem in the Indian Ocean.

Available with immediate effect, the Premium All-Inclusive Supplement is available to guests staying a minimum of 3-nights for HKD 1,652 per person (aged 12 and above) and HKD 1,348 per person per day (children between 08-11.9 years). With this, guests can enjoy additional experiences such as; all food and beverages served in Bounty Restaurant; all food and beverages served in Castaway Bar; room service throughout the day; minibar replenished once per day; alcoholic beverages, served from 9am-11pm and 25% discount on all spa treatments.

Set in five acres of natural greenery, Enchanted Island Resort is situated in an exclusive location within one of the Indian Ocean archipelago’s protected National Marine Parks. Holiday-makers to the resort can relish in tranquillity encircled by white sand, turquoise water and lush tropical flora.

Sitting alongside Castaway Bar, the Bounty Restaurant overlooks the resort’s main swimming pool and serves contemporary international and Creole cuisine. In-villa dining and private gourmet experiences enhance the culinary choices on offer.

Leisure facilities include an exclusive stretch of private beach, a beautifully landscaped swimming pool, and complimentary use of snorkelling equipment and kayaks. Guests will also be able to enjoy an exotic menu of treatments and therapies at the resort’s Serena Spa. In addition to wellness experiences, the spa also offers yoga sessions – on request, a gym and a number of holistic therapies.

The boutique-style resort features a total of eight one-bedroom Private Pool Villas and two two-bedroom Enchanted Signature Villas, which have been designed to reflect the island’s traditional Creole-Seychellois architecture. This makes it perfect for a romantic and secluded getaway. Each villa has its own private infinity pool, a direct walkway to the beach, outdoor deck and rain shower, a French bathtub, king-size bed, LED television with satellite channels, DVD player, iPod docking station and complimentary Wi-Fi.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

All Inclusive meal plan supplement quoted as per person per day.
12 years and above full supplement will be applicable.
Available with immediate effect for any stays with a minimum length of 3 nights
The All Inclusive Supplement is a fixed supplement and cannot be combinable with any other contracted promotions and/or tactical offers.
JA Resorts & Hotels reserve the right to withdraw or amend the offers at any given time.

For further information on JA Resorts & Hotels and its luxurious properties, please visit jaresortshotels.com

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NEW HOTELS JOIN SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD™

This May Small Luxury Hotels of the World is welcoming five new luxury properties to its portfolio. Introducing a brand new eco-certified hotel in Cap Corsica, a newly opened palazzo turned boutique retreat in Rome, a serene forest dwelling in Izu, Japan and a sophisticated retreat wrapped up in bright botanic gardens in Puerto Vallarta.

Le Domaine Misincu: Corsica
Rooms from 230 EUR per night (approx.. 2,007 HKD)
www.slh.com/misincu
Opening June 2017

Due to open in June 2017, set in 35 hectares of natural parks and gardens, Le Domaine Misincu will be the only five-star rated environmentally friendly and eco-certified luxury boutique hotel in the region of Cap Corsica. Highly protected, savage and unspoilt in natural beauty, Cap Corse is the last remaining “wild” part of the island and therefore nicknamed as “the island on the island” which sets its history apart from the rest of the island. Aiming for Corsican modern luxury living at its best, Le Domaine Misincu is an epitomised “barefoot casual luxury” experience with a holistic approach. Contemporary yet traditional in style, the hotel pays homage to Corsican heritage and the outstanding beauty of its natural surroundings coupled with 21st century amenities for today’s luxury leisure travellers. Whether it is the vast range of local products in the F&B outlets, Corsican fabrics, materials and woods to be used for anything interior design or the fleet of Tesla cars available for guests, any stay here is to reflect an authentic Cap Corse experience.

SLH Insider Tip: Book a private wine and cheese tasting at the hotel to sample the best of the islands produce.

Casa Velas: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Rooms from 536 USD per night (approx.. 4,173 HKD)
www.slh.com/casavelas

Found amidst blooming grounds of tropical flora, the adult-only hotel and ocean club, Casa Velas, sets the scene for a perfect romantic seaside escape. The 80 suites offer guests a private piece of luxury in the botanic gardens and the wooden beams and furniture and earthy tones are inspired by traditional Mexican designs. The hotel is just minutes from the beach, an 18-hole golf course and the buzzing boardwalk of Puerto Vallarta. The treatments at Casa Velas Spa draw on ancient wisdom and local ingredients, with treatment rooms for couples and singles, a hydrotherapy area and beauty salon. The on-site restaurant, Emiliano, is an AAA Four Diamond rated a la carte fine dining restaurant, headed up by one of the area’s leading chefs, serving Mexican and international cuisine. Alternatively guests can opt to take a short stroll to the Ocean Club for Asian-inspired cuisine and cocktails on the beachfront.

SLH Insider Tip: Spend a day at the Vallarta Botanic Gardens where you’ll find hundreds of native plants, miles of hiking trails through native forests, and streams that you can bathe in on a hot day.

Margutta 19: Rome, Italy
Rooms from 370 EUR per night (approx.. 3,229 HKD)
www.slh.com/margutta
Opening July 2017

This brand new Roman boutique hotel will open its doors on July 1 2017. Tucked away on Via Margutta – known locally as ‘the artist’s street’ thanks to famous prior residents such as Picasso and Stravinsky, this elegant palazzo has been given a modern make over. Despite its city location Margutta 19 provides a chic and restful escape, away from the buzz of Rome. The 16 rooms have been styled in gentle shades of sage and ivory, with parquet floors, travertine marble bathrooms, king size beds and Frette linens. Classic and deluxe suites overlook the cobbled Via Margutta and its terracotta buildings, while the Garden Suite comes with its own 43 square metre terrace. Restaurant Assaggia is courtesy of Angelo Troiani who serves his own inventive spin on Roman classics, including recipes handed down through generations of the hotel owner’s family.

SLH Insider Tip: When you need a break from sight-seeing, stop for a drink at Il Goccetto, the best wine bar in central Rome known for its cozy atmosphere, excellent wine selection and delicious small plates.

ABBA Resorts Izu: Izu, Japan
Rooms from 151,200 JPY per night (approx.. 10,573 HKD)
www.slh.com/abba
Abba Resorts Izu

Situated on the stunning Jogasaki coast, ABBA resorts Izu is an intimate, 30 room retreat, featuring an indulgent Neen-spa and three world-class restaurants serving French and Japanese fare. Built in the ryokan style of a traditional inn, the luxurious Abba Resorts Izu, blends seamlessly into its ancient forest backdrop. The resort’s natural garden was created from diverse lava formations and the villas come with their own open-air bath, filled with warm, soothing mineral waters flowing in from the Ukiyama Hot Springs that Izu is known for. The rooms are designed to calm and soothe, with woven tatami straw mats and other natural touches in abundance.

SLH Insider Tip: Time your visit to coincide with the annual Kawazu-Zakura cherry blossom festival in late February.

São Lourenço do Barrocal: Monsaraz, Portugal
Rooms from 154 EUR per night (approx.. 1,344 HKD)
www.slh.com/barrocal

This 200 year old family run, fully working farm come luxury boutique retreat seamlessly blends contemporary scandi-style décor with vintage homestead touches. Every element of the hotel celebrates its Alentejo surroundings. Guests can wander the grounds, take a seat in the wooden deck chairs amongst the orange grove, stroll through the wine and vegetable garden, take a dip in the pool or pack up a picnic and cycle to the estates lake. At night guests are invited to enjoy farm-to-table dining at the onsite restaurant, where classic Alentejo flavours are served up using home grown and locally sourced produce alongside the winemakers selection from the onsite vineyard. The 40 rooms, suites and cottages are a tasteful mix of old and new, with white fabrics, wool blankets, carefully selected vintage features and farm views. Certain suites and cottages also come with a private terrace, perfect for star-gazing. A spa by organic Austrian brand Susanne Kaufmann, features an oak wood hot tub and an outdoor pool, as well as a variety of treatments.

SLH Insider Tip: Make use of the on-sight stable and book a scenic horse-back trek (for up to eight guests at a time)

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COMO Uma Ubud: Romantic Escape in Bali

COMO Uma Ubud launches intimate Garden Pool Villas, designed to maximise tranquillity and romance among Bali’s lush jungle

COMO Uma Ubud in Bali is proud to announce the launch of ten new Garden Pool Villas. These accommodations raise the game in Ubud, offering unparalleled space and tranquillity for couples.

Each villa opens onto its own private garden and plunge pool, fringed with jungle. The villas’ pared back aesthetic seamlessly combines traditional Balinese elegance with modern conveniences, including a 42-inch TV, air-conditioning and Bose soundbar. The bathrooms offer a free-standing bathtub and separate shower in shades of white.

The villas give an authentic sense of Indonesia, in the scent of the gardens’ native flora, combined with the tropical light which floods the interiors. They are villas where couples can retreat for days, away from the stresses and hassles of daily life. Yet the lures are manifold, with the resort’s proximity to Ubud’s lively shopping, art and culture, as well as numerous outdoor activities, including temple visits, yoga and volcano hikes.

COMO Uma Ubud is celebrating the launch of these Garden Pool Villas with a new stay package: the ‘Romantic Escape’.

● Two nights in a Garden Pool Villa

● Daily COMO Shambhala Cuisine breakfast for two

● Daily lunch or dinner at Uma Cucina for two

● Two activities to enjoy at COMO Uma Ubud. Choose from:

o A 75-minute COMO Shambhala Massage for two

o A romantic dinner experience for two

o A private cooking class for two

o A 60-minute private yoga lesson for two

o A three-hour private tour of Ubud town for two
Gede Suteja, General Manager of COMO Uma Ubud says: “COMO Uma Ubud has been a leading hotel in Bali for many years, offering couples a relaxing base from which to explore Ubud’s incredible cultural offerings. With the launch of the new Garden Pool Villas, we are now able to offer couples an even greater level of luxury and tranquillity within the resort itself. Our Romantic Escape package will ensure our guests experience the ideal mixture of romance and adventure.”

The price of the Romantic Escape package starts from USD980 for two nights (prices are subject to 21 percent government tax and service charge). The offer is valid until 19th December 2017.

www.comohotels.com/umaubud

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The Amazing Jackalope Hotel

In the heart of the world-renowned Mornington Peninsula wine region, Jackalope Hotel’s debut property has been conceived in collaboration with a roll call of Australia’s preeminent creatives. The result is a reimagination of luxury and a new voice in high-end Australian accommodation.

The hotel is a personal project of 29-year-old Melbourne-based entrepreneur, Louis Li, who moved to Melbourne in 2006 to study filmmaking. Rather than tell stories through film, hotel design is now the creative platform. In addition to luxury accommodation and idyllic vineyard views, Jackalope invites guests on a sensory journey—a delicate interplay between the ideal and the surreal—by reimagining the role of art, design, dining and storytelling in the hotel space.

Joining Li’s “production”, Architectural and design firm, Carr Design Group, was instrumental in the creation of the hotel’s bold and contemporary form; Fabio Ongarato Design conceived the brand’s identity; and Melbourne furniture makers, Zuster, crafted much of the hotel’s statement furnishings.

Jackalope’s 46 rooms introduce guests to a reverie of relaxation. 38 sqm ‘Terrace’ or ‘Vineyard View’ categories range through to 85 sqm ‘Lairs’. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces connect guests to the rural surrounds while, inside, bathroom features include deep-soak, black Japanese tubs, rain showers and double vanities. The spa-like setting is complete with bath luxuries developed exclusively by Melbourne’s Hunter Lab, including a pinot grape skin and seed bath soak and body scrub, made using grapes from the hotel’s vineyard.

A dining destination in its own right, two restaurants take their place on the site under the culinary direction of Executive Chef, Guy Stanaway. Refined dining, Doot Doot Doot, presents the region’s finest produce in a series of tasting menus intrinsically linked to the land; while winery restaurant, Rare Hare, designed by Projects of Imagination, celebrates the surrounding Willow Creek vineyard through immersive casual dining and wine experiences.

The hotel’s bar, Flaggerdoot, delights in the alchemic process of distillation. An experimental spirit stirs a daring cocktail menu of both classic and in-house creations. The space itself is an infusion of forms; herringbone floors and open fires warm the room, while commissions and installations from the likes of Peninsula local, Andrew Hazewinkel, and international icon, Rick Owens, create a sense of curated cool.

Outside, a black 30-metre infinity pool laps up to the surrounding vineyard, while a poolside pavilion offers sun lounge service and is also available for massage treatments or private dining. A seven-metre-tall namesake Jackalope sculpted by Melbourne artist, Emily Floyd, has taken tenancy at the entrance to the hotel.

Rates start at $650 per night and include a la carte breakfast, in-room mini bar, wine on arrival and WiFi.

Mornington PeninsulaJust a one hour drive from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula has long been known as Melbourne’s weekend playground. For international guests, the Peninsula is a perfect addition to a Melbourne visit, offering some of Australia’s best food and wine, golf, adventure, beach and leisure activities.

With a moderate, coastal climate, the Peninsula offers year-round opportunities to explore the region’s wineries or tee off on its world-class golf courses. Over 50 cellar doors and restaurants dot the rolling hills around Jackalope’s own 11-hectare vineyard, while 20 outstanding golf courses, of which three are rated in Australia’s top 10, have cemented the Peninsula’s position as Australia’s number one golf destination.

Framed by two spectacular coastlines, the Peninsula’s unique array of dramatic surf and sheltered bay beaches, natural hot springs, and national parks contribute to the perfect mix of coastal and country reverie.

www.jackalopehotels.com

REDISCOVER THE ICONIC TOWER WING, SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, SINGAPORE: A JOURNEY OF NEW SPACES AND FLAVOURS

It has been under wraps for the past eight months but the Tower Wing at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore will finally be unveiled on 16 May 2017. While the “heartware” remains distinctively Shangri-La, the interiors have experienced a significant rejuvenation to reveal a refreshed lobby, brand new rooms and suites, three novel restaurant concepts, and a revitalised club lounge. In doing so, it dons the cloak of being an urban resort, steeped in luxury and the finest quality.

Sweep up the grand driveway, step into the lobby and marvel at the breath-taking ceiling art installation by renowned Japanese designer Hirotoshi Sawada, made of thousands of cascading stylised leaves, reminiscent of a Tree Canopy amidst a vibrant tropical oasis.

The iconic Tower Wing’s 503 guestrooms and suites are completely refurbished with a luxurious new look. From the lobby, reach them through the stunning lift lobby embellished with authentic Peranakan touches. Guests may choose to stay in any of the 360 Tower Wing Deluxe Rooms, 79 Horizon Club Deluxe Rooms, soon to open family-themed rooms and suites, as well as five One-Bedroom Suites and the newly added 250 square metre Grand Suite.

Newly Renovated Tower Wing Deluxe Room nolights
The rejuvenated Tower Wing Deluxe Rooms are each a spacious 38 square metres, and come complete with stylish furnishings, luxurious amenities, internet access, glass wardrobes, floor-to-ceiling windows and a choice of city or pool views. Calm and inviting with a soothing colour palette, the new accommodations are elegant havens bedecked with modern conveniences.

Guests who book the Horizon Club Rooms will have access to the exclusive Horizon Club Lounge, up on level 24. Discover unparalleled panoramas of the city skyline, best enjoyed by sinking into strategically placed armchairs that maximise the view. Have a healthy snack, a pair of dinner shoes shined or answer emails at one of the mobile work stations – the tastefully-designed enclave offering hassle-free and efficient services for business and leisure travellers is open 24 hours a day.

Vibrant Dining Options

One of the fresh food and beverage concepts opening in the Tower Wing includes the Lobby Lounge, which will showcase the best of Singapore favourites, including the six signature dishes of Fish Head Bee Hoon Soup, Prawn Noodle Soup, Bak Chor Mee, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Katong Laksa, and Chili Crab with Mantou. These have been selected with the help of popular local food writer Dr. Leslie Tay, who helms the blog ieatishootipost.sg, and perfected by Shangri-La’s culinary team in collaboration with the best hawkers of each dish.

Located beside the Lobby Lounge, ShopHouse is a grab-and-go retail concept offering freshly baked bread, homemade sandwiches, salads and snacks, as well as gourmet sauces, flavoured croissants, festive goodies, chocolates that are infused with local ingredients and whiskey, and 3D cakes.

An exciting addition to Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore’s exquisite dining experience is NAMI Restaurant and Bar on level 24, the art of fine Japanese dining with seamless omotenashi hospitality. Guests may reserve a seat at the counter and be prepared to witness first-hand the entire food preparation process right up to the plating and serving of the mouth-watering dishes. Out on the terrace, Japanese tapas is on the menu, perfectly paired with a wide range of premium Japanese whisky and sake. Helming both areas is Head Chef Akiba Shigeo, who himself cooked at the royal wedding of Japan’s Prince Akishinomiya and Princess Kiko.

“Visiting the renovated Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is like dropping in on a dear friend, but one who has just returned after a retreat. You will still find the resort-like, lush gardens, warm Asian hospitality and the timeless elegance that we are well-known for. In addition to all that, we have introduced new elements that smooth out the transition between work and life in a city, so you feel completely comfortable whether you are residing on a business trip, an event or a family staycation. We cannot wait to welcome everyone back to rediscover the Shangri-La,” said Reto Klauser, Vice President and General Manager, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

Tower Wing Reopening Offer

After an all-encompassing renovation, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore celebrates the reopening of the Tower Wing with an exclusive promotion for Golden Circle members. Book a stay in one of the newly-renovated Tower Wing Deluxe Rooms at the Best Available Rate from 16 May to 31 July 2017 to enjoy breakfast at The Line and double GC Award Points. To find out more about the offer, visit www.shangri-la.com/singapore, email reservations.sls @shangri-la.com or call +65 6235 1666.

The Award Winning Residence G in Shenzen

Award-winning Asian hospitality group GCP Hospitality, renowned for its fashionable hotel brand Hotel G, will debut in Shenzhen, China on 25 March 2017 with the soft opening of its latest lifestyle Serviced Apartment and Hotel – Residence G Shenzhen.

The property is complete with a two-floor dynamic community hub; G Club. Part restaurant, part community centre; G Club is the first space of its kind in a hotel or residence in Shenzhen’s Nanshan District. Residence G Shenzhen will cater to the needs of business travelers as well as families looking for a modern hotel or fully equipped serviced apartment with ideal location. The complex will host 178 stylish rooms and serviced apartments ranging from studios to 3-bedroom residences. The rooms and apartments feature modern European design, range from 32 to 174 square metres and combine functionality with high-tech style including complimentary high speed WiFi and user-friendly Internet Protocol televisions with E-readers.

The Clubhouse located on the 11th floor acts as a social hub, featuring a trendy restaurant and bar with a communal dining table, multiple televisions and high and low seating. EnerGy on the 10th floor is solely dedicated to sports, wellness and entertainment with a 25 metre long swimming pool, fully equipped gym, yoga room and a multi-purpose sport space.

Families will enjoy EnerGy’s dedicated indoor Kids Club. The outdoor terrace with panoramic views, aims to bring the community together year- round for BBQs, relaxation and a series of hosted pop-up events.

In addition, two meeting rooms – Retreat I & II, are outfitted with the latest technology including vision boards, projectors and mini bars providing innovators a modern environment to hold business meetings and small workshops.

An accessible location – Residence G Shenzhen is located in the heart of Nanshan, close to several international schools, the University, shopping malls and entertainment areas including Coastal City and Sea World.

The complex is easily accessible by air, land and water. The residence and hotel is a short drive from surrounding business districts. Guests and residents are just, a 50 minute drive from Shenzhen Airport, a 30 minute ferry ride away from Hong Kong International Airport, and a 40 minute drive from Luohu train station. For guests looking to travel between Hong Kong and Nanshan with ease, Central is just an hour’s ferry ride away via the Shekou port.

Opening Special – To celebrate Residence G Shenzhen’s soft opening, hotel guests and residents can enjoy a special offer for a limited period only. Until end of June 2017, hotel guests can have a 20% discount on best available rates and long term bookers can receive one month’s free rent.

Residence G Shenzhen is managed by GCP Hospitality and is located at
4078 Dongbin Road, Shenzhen, China:

For bookings, leasing and event rates, please contact: +86 (0) 755 8663 7888 or reservations1@residencegshenzhen.com

www.residencegshenzhen.com

 

 

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