Emirates introduces entertainment playlist syncing ahead of travel

Emirates has introduced an innovative new function on its app to allow customers to create bespoke playlists ahead of their flight and sync it to their seats once on board. Customers can plan their trip more effectively, and maximise their onboard experience by using the Emirates app to browse the expansive entertainment catalogue at any time.

ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment has reached a new milestone of over 4,000 channels of on-demand entertainment. The catalogue includes over 1,000 movies, more than any other airline, popular television box sets, tens of thousands of music tracks, podcasts and games.

Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline said: “In keeping with our ‘Fly Better’ promise, our teams work tirelessly to provide ever better world-class travel experiences. Every detail is carefully considered as we continually enhance and develop innovative products and services for our customers. This latest functionality on the Emirates app elevates the customer experience even before they step onto the aircraft. Our customers can now browse the unmatched content on offer and create personal entertainment playlists at their leisure, and once comfortably settled in their seats on board, they simply sync and press play.”

The syncing capability is currently available on over 100 Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft and will be made available progressively across the entire fleet, including A380 aircraft in the coming months.

With a global customer base, Emirates offers entertainment in 44 languages and each month over 100 movies are added to the system. Emirates ensures its youngest customers are catered for with a large selection of children’s movies and TV channels. In addition to over 75 Disney, Marvel, and children’s movies there are also over 50 TV channels, including Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, CBeebies & the Disney Channel. 

ice also features varied content such as Emirates’ own Food and Wine Channels giving customers a behind-the-scenes look at how it creates its onboard menus; expert-led LinkedIn Learning courses; as well as uTalk language courses offering lessons for beginners.

The Emirates app is a one-stop travel companion allowing customers to book flights, hotels, car rentals, tours and attractions. In addition to the ice catalogue, travellers can browse through their flight’s menus and wine lists up to a month before the departure date. The Emirates app also features 3D seat maps which allows customers to navigate the interior of the Emirates A380 and the Emirates Boeing 777 during seat selection, and explore the spacious cabin before they board.

The Emirates app is free to download on iOS or Android devices.

Channel your inner Marie Kondo this CNY for a deep spring clean with Caoursell

Enjoy A Deep Spring Clean in 2019 with Carousell

As a popular New Year’s resolution, a tidy house is on the minds of many and the jumpstart to a more mindful year. Take the time in 2019 to tidy up and rejuvenate your home by making space for a brand new energy! Enjoy the satisfaction of decluttering and sending your old items to a new home through Carousell, the platform that offers a wide spectrum of services for selling and purchasing used items. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to embrace your inner Marie Kondo – try reconnecting with your belongings and carefully take stock of  what you want to keep, what you’re ready to let go of, and what you still need. To guide you through the process this holiday,  Carousell links up with Professional Organiser Sharon Lam, founder of Home Therapy Hong Kong, to share all the tips you need to clean out your home. 

Carousellers can rest easy in knowing that now is the perfect time of year to commit to the tidying process – we’ve already seen the number of Carousell listings increasing by 15% this past week, as more and more people rejoice in the act of spring cleaning. Home & furniture listings are particularly popular, with viewings increasing by 12%. What’s more, Carousellers are serious about acting now to organise their spaces – transactions are up by 20%! 

Tiffany – Lady Gaga

International style icon Lady Gaga debuted the exquisite Tiffany Aurora Necklace on the red carpet at this year’s Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture and Best Original Song for her work in A Star is Born, Lady Gaga dominated the red carpet in extraordinary sustainably sourced Tiffany diamonds.

Tiffany’s master artisans made the unforgettable custom piece especially for Lady Gaga. The Tiffany Aurora captures the opulence of the Golden Globes’ red carpet with over 300 brilliant diamonds, including a radiant 20-carat pear shaped diamond at the heart of the necklace.

“The Tiffany Aurora necklace, specially crafted for Lady Gaga and today’s Globes, captures the majestic nature of her dress perfectly. Because this is such a special moment — her first major award show of the season — we wanted the jewelry and dress to complement each other. What could be more fitting than this exquisite custom piece, named after the goddess of dawn and a cluster of stars, to mark Lady Gaga’s wonderful work in A Star is Born?”

-Stylists, Sandra Amador and Tom Eerebout

Lady Gaga complimented her look with Tiffany & Co. diamond cluster earrings and three Tiffany diamond bracelets, including a mixed-cluster piece featuring over 12 carats of pear-shaped, marquise and round brilliant diamonds.

“We are thrilled to dress our friend, fellow native New Yorker Lady Gaga for tonight’s Golden Globes. She is a visionary artist who truly exemplifies creativity and iconic style.”

-Reed Krakoff, Tiffany & Co. Chief Artistic Officer

MGM Showcases the Aesthetics of Ju Ming’s Sculptures

Ju Ming Living World Sculpture Selling Exhibition to kick start as the Company’s first public art project of the year. Inspired by his multicultural experiences and with over 30 years of development, internationally renowned artist Ju Ming applies both traditional and contemporary materials, such as wood and stainless steel in one of his most iconic Living World series ; and out of all, wood carving sculpture is the most significant. MGM COTAI is proud to exhibit over 40 pieces of unique wood carving work of Ju, including painted wood, black and white painted wood, as well as wood relief sculptures, making it an extraordinary, must-see exhibition. Featuring Ju’s survey on human relationships with an emphasis on the aesthetic concept of merging art into life, and life into art, this series is in perfect harmony with MGM’s mission in making art more accessible to the public.

Event Details

Date: Until April 7, 2019

Time: 10:30am – 11pm daily

Venue: Rippling Gallery, Roaming Gallery & Floating Gallery, Spectacle, MGM COTAI

Admission: Free

 

Legendary Raffles Service Comes to the Maldives

Raffles has announced the opening of the 38-villa resort in the rare Maldivian oasis of Gaafu Alifu Atoll on 1 February 2019. This is AccorHotels’ fourth property in the Maldives and is the first under the Raffles brand.

A hidden gem with unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean, the resort is the perfect over-water escape offering two distinct experiences for those seeking a private get-away or simply to enjoy the natural pristine water surroundings.

Home to Beach Villas, Beach Residences and the Raffles Royal Residence, which opens in the second half of 2019, the luxurious property features a private pool, generous living spaces and lavish marble bathroom with a sunken bathtub and outdoor shower. A secluded collection of Overwater Villas and Residenceslies adjacent to one of the vibrant house reefs which can be reached by a traditional Maldivian Dhoni boat.

In each of the terraces, guests can marvel at the marine life below through the glass flooring panels. There is an extraordinary display of natural beauty with white, powdery sand that frames sparkling clear waters. Two magnificent reefs provide a thriving habitat for the marine life including baby sharks, turtles and a myriad of tropical fish. For those that want to learn more about the underwater realm, the hotel’s resident marine biologist and team of marine butlers are on hand to personalise guest experiences that bring unique and beautiful insights of the underwater world. At night, the moon and stars reflect on the mirror-like ocean, creating an extraordinary spectacle.

“Boasting 1200 islands, Maldives is home to the best beaches in the world and now, with the opening of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, is also home to the best of luxury hospitality. We look forward to offering guests the most natural beauty set within an incredible resort that offers the finest luxury hotel experience and unrivalled service in the destination,” says Patrick Basset, AccorHotels’ CEO for Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia and the Maldives.

Guests can relish a range of rich gastronomic delights served at the Thari all-day diner, Yuzu, Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant and The Firepit where guest can enjoy various flame-grilled chef specialty dishes under the stars. A selection of tapas and freshly-prepared sashimi, original cocktail concoctions, inspired by the national drinks of South America and Japan, can be experienced at the overwaterYapa Sunset Bar or simply explore a list of the world’s most prestigious Champagnes and wines at the popular Long Bar.

Set over the water, the award-winning Raffles Spa offers a private escape opening doors to discovery with authentic treatment expressions. Experience the Raffles Spa sensory journey with luxury facials by Biologique Recherche, a transformative body treatment using the purest extracts and essential oils by Aromatherapy Associates or indulge in first class manicure and pedicure concept from Magaret Dabbs London.

Recharge with an invigorating work-out at the over water fitness centre, a soothing seaside yoga session or choose from a selection of water sport activities to balance the physical and mental well-being.

Olivier Larcher, General Manager of Raffles Maldives said, “For couples looking for an unforgettable romantic hideaway, our exceptionally spacious villas and the discreet expertise of the Raffles butler service redefines the resort experience. From intimate dining with our private chef service to snorkeling and diving in the world’s most breath-taking coral reefs, we create a place where guests can enjoy the best of both worlds in a destination known for its stunning surroundings.”

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is located at the southern end of the Maldives archipelago, near the equator on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. The resort is accessible by domestic flight, 55 minutes from Male International Airport followed by 15-minute speedboat ride from Kaadedhdhoo Airport.

For more information, please visit www.rafflesmaldives.com/meradhoo. For reservations, email reservations.maldives@raffles.com or call +960 6828800.

Let Love Prosper with NESPRESSO

Nespresso co-creates the ultimate Yin-Yang recipe with BASAO to spread harmony with an exclusive coffee and tea creation

With Chinese New Year drawing near, we look forward to spending this most special time among loved ones. As families and friends shower each other with love and affection, Nespressoshares its warmest New Year wishes by crafting festive moments for everyone to enjoy. To pay homage to the New Year tradition of tea drinking while introducing an exciting, contemporary twist, Nespresso teams up with BASAO Tea to co-brew a special “Yin-Yang” mixology concept that commemorates this Lunar New Year with a perfect harmony of exceptional coffee and tea. The elevated take on this quintessential Hong Kong creation is a celebration of the simple joys of coffee and tea and the many treasured moments shared over this long-time local favourite.

Sharing the same values of innovation and creating surprising and pleasurable experiences, Nespresso and BASAO have come together to redefine the taste of “Yin-Yang” and blend a harmonious brew that will let love prosper. Through this collaboration, the new Yin-Yang highlights the beauty of coffee and tea culture and the unparalleled craftsmanship that goes into crafting each cup.

Recipe:

Nespresso Master Origin Colombia (Ristretto size)

BASAO Traditional Smoky Bohea Tea (50ml)

A pinch of sea salt (optional)

A dash of milk (optional)

In the lead up to Chinese New Year, Club Members can register to join the Masterclasses co-hosted by our Nespresso Coffee Bard and BASAO Tea Master. Masterclasses for Club Members will begin 20th January. Members of the public will also be able to register to participate in the Masterclass for the first time by following the news on Nespresso and BASAO Facebook pages (details to be announced here by mid-January). Held at the Atelier Table of the Nespresso ifc Boutique, guests can learn the art of coffee and tea tasting and blending, as well as brew their own Yin-Yang beverage.

Nespresso Coffee Fai Chun & Lucky Lai See

From 23rd to 28th January in selected boutiques during particular hours, customers who spend HK$500 or above in specific Boutiques will be eligible to receive two customized Fai Chun banners created by a calligrapher on-site. In addition, from 7th January to 7th February 2019, customers who spend over HK$250 will receive a complimentary pack of beautifully designed Nespresso “lai see” (red packets).

Anantara Hotels

Race the River to Victory – Anantara Hotels Announces a Week of Festivities for Thai National Elephant Day

Mark it in you diaries as a must see new annual event starting in 2019, Anantara Hotels and Resorts is launching a week-long festival to raise money for Thai National Elephant Day.
Kicking off on March 13, 2019 at Anantara Golden Triangle in Northern Thailand, guests can rub elbows with the gentle giants in their natural habitat, before joining in on the fun by the banks of the mighty Chaopraya River in Bangkok from the 15-17 March. The river festival promises to be a weekend of unique elephant boat races, where international teams participate in the age-old cultural tradition of dragon boat racing, paddling unique elephant themed and designed boats on the river.

On land there will be an action packed weekend with something to suit everyone. Including concerts, culture, food, educational elephant expos, family fun and parties and fireworks, all with the goal of celebrating elephants and fundraising for their conservation and welfare.

 

Tiffany & Co. – Diamond Provenance announcement

Tiffany & Co. announced today that it will begin sharing with consumers the provenance (region or countries of origin) of its newly sourced, individually registered diamonds – a significant step for diamond transparency – and by 2020, their craftsmanship journey – an industry first. Tiffany’s Diamond Source Initiative builds upon 20 years of investment in responsible sourcing and diamond craftsmanship.

Tracing each of its individually registered diamonds (0.18 carats and larger) by a unique “T&Co” serial number etched by laser and invisible to the naked eye, Tiffany will provide consumers geographic sourcing information specific to their diamond. Beyond general assurances of “conflict-free,” Tiffany believes that knowing provenance is critical to ensuring its diamonds are among the most responsibly sourced in the world.

Effective Today:

Provenance information will be merchandised in Love & Engagement caselines in Tiffany stores around the world, alongside a selection of diamond rings with their individual provenance clearly displayed. In addition, geographic sourcing information for all individually registered diamonds will be made available to consumers via Tiffany & Co. sales professionals and customer service.

Tiffany & Co. is committing to 100% geographic transparency for every newly sourced, individually registered diamond, and will not source any diamonds with unknown provenance (even if responsible sourcing is assured) moving forward.

In Q1 2019:

Tiffany will begin including provenance on the Tiffany Diamond Certificate for individually registered diamonds, alongside the stone’s other specifications, information not made available on other industry lab reports or by other global luxury jewelers.

In 2020:

Tiffany will begin sharing craftsmanship journey (such as cutting and polishing workshop location) in addition to provenance.

“Diamonds, formed up to 3 billion years ago and brought to the earth’s surface by a miracle of nature, are symbols of the most important moments in our lives. There should be nothing opaque about Tiffany diamonds,” said Alessandro Bogliolo, chief executive officer, Tiffany & Co. “Our clients want and deserve to know where their most valuable, most cherished diamond jewelry is from, and how it came to be.”

 

Although current diamond industry practices preclude the identification of provenance for many of the world’s diamonds, Tiffany continues to lead the industry by bringing a new level of transparency to its diamond supply chain. In cases where provenance is unknown – such as heritage stones that predate this policy – Tiffany will provide confirmation that the diamond was sourced with industry leading practices. Tiffany’s superlative standards exceed the Kimberley Process Certification requirements for rough diamonds, and for polished stones, mandate compliance with Tiffany’s Diamond Source Warranty Protocol. In the case of one trusted supplier with several responsibly managed operations, diamonds may be designated ‘Botswana sort.’ The majority of these diamonds were mined in Botswana, as well as in select mines in Namibia, South Africa or Canada. For ‘Botswana sort”  stones, provenance is the above grouping of countries, procured as an aggregated parcel of rough diamonds from a specific, limited group of mines in Southern Africa and Canada.

 

“Tiffany & Co. has long been committed to diamond traceability and going above and beyond industry norms to promote the protection of the environment and human rights,” said Anisa Kamadoli Costa, chief sustainability officer, Tiffany & Co. “A transparent journey of responsible sourcing reflects the many positive and far reaching benefits along every step of the diamond supply chain.”

 

Tiffany & Co. is unique among global luxury jewelers in owning and operating its own diamond polishing workshops around the world – where 1,500-plus Tiffany artisans ensure superlative diamond quality and master craftsmanship. To highlight this competitive difference, by 2020, Tiffany will also share the craftsmanship journey of its diamonds along with its provenance.

 

Since 1999, Tiffany has been investing in vertical integration and prioritizing its supply chain transparency. Approximately 80–90% of Tiffany’s individually registered diamonds (by volume) have been supplied through Tiffany operations in Belgium, Botswana, Mauritius, Vietnam and Cambodia, where craftspeople plan, saw and/or cut and polish rough diamonds from known, responsibly managed mines, most of which are in Botswana, Canada, Namibia, Russia and South Africa. For the remaining 10–20%, Tiffany’s trusted suppliers of polished diamonds have complied with Tiffany’s Diamond Source Warranty Protocol, which warrants the diamonds did not originate in countries with diamond-related human rights concerns, such as Zimbabwe and Angola (even though these diamonds are accepted under the Kimberley Process).

 

From today, those suppliers will be required to go beyond a warranty of “conflict-free” to affirmatively state the geographic source of any polished diamonds sold to Tiffany including region or countries of origin.

 

Tiffany & Co. has long been transparent about its commitment to environmental and social responsibility through its sustainability reporting (www.tiffany.com/sustainability), and now will take this one step further for our customers in an effort to usher in a new era of diamond provenance transparency (www.tiffany.com/engagement/diamond-provenance).

 

Dusit continues expansion of its dusitD2 brand in dream destinations in Thailand and Bhutan

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has continued its global expansion by soft opening two new resorts under its upscale dusitD2 brand – dusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu, Bhutan and dusitD2 Ao Nang, Krabi (Thailand).

Opened on 15 December 2018, dusitD2 Ao Nang, Krabi puts guests within walking distance of the beach and other major attractions in this popular beach town, in Southern Thailand.

Besides 173 guest rooms and suites with a choice of sea, mountain or pool views, the family-friendly resort includes an All-Day-Dining restaurant, a lobby bar, an outdoor swimming pool with a separate children’s pool, a fitness centre, a spa, a 200 sq m ballroom, and an extensive children’s playground. Rock climbing excursions, jungle treks, and boat trips to nearby paradise islands can all be easily arranged at the hotel.

Opened on 19 December 2018, meanwhile, dusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu, Bhutan serves as the first and largest internationally-branded hotel in the enchanting kingdom. Drawing inspiration from the Four Harmonious Friends, a beloved national folktale about four animals working together to harvest fruit from a magical tree, each guest floor of the hotel is dedicated to a different animal from the tale. Colourful and contemporary motifs of the creatures adorn the walls of each of the 83 well-appointed guest rooms and suites.

Alongside a beautiful lobby showcasing local artworks, current hotel offerings include a Thai spa, a fully equipped gym and an international all-day-dining restaurant. A vibrant bar and the first authentic Thai restaurant in Bhutan will follow soon.

Popular attractions such as Buddha Point (Kuensel-Phodrang), the iconic Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Botanical Park, and Clock Tower Square are all easily accessible from the hotel’s prime inner-city location in the kingdom’s capital, Thimphu.

“Designed to reflect and anticipate the needs and desires of today’s hyper-connected travellers, our dusitD2 resorts feature a unique combination of comfort, convenience and style, creating vibrant places for guests to socialise and interact,” said Mr Lim Boon Kwee, Chief Operating Officer, Dusit International. “We are delighted to welcome dusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu, Bhutan and dusitD2 Ao Nang, Krabi to our fast-growing portfolio of global hotels, and we look forward to delighting guests with our unique brand of gracious hospitality.”

Special Opening Offers at both properties include 40% off the Dusit Best Available Rate, daily breakfast, exclusive dining discount and more great benefits.

For more information, please visit www.dusit.com

Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives Unveils Appealing Selection of Leisure Activities To Keep Guests Active and Fully Entertained

Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives, the stunning new private island resort, has unveiled a comprehensive collection of sport and leisure facilities, allowing guests to stay active and entertained throughout their stay in paradise.

Nestled on a pristine island in the Noonu Atoll, Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives features 72 overwater pool villas, 30 beach pool suites and three beach spa pool residences. While the resort is designed as a destination for relaxation and rejuvenation, with a high degree of privacy, it also offers a wide array of activities and amenities designed for a new generation of adventure-seeking travellers.

Taking advantage of the surrounding turquoise seas and tropical reefs, guests are encouraged to explore the breathtaking underwater world with daily diving excursions. The resort’s licenced dive masters know all the best offshore spots, where the exotic waters teem with brightly coloured tropical fish, corals, anemones, eels and sharks. Beginners can also take dive courses to gain basic certification, and complimentary snorkelling equipment allows everyone to discover the wonderful world beneath the waves.

Alternatively, guests can feel the ocean spray while they try out a wide selection of water sports, including kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, windsurfing and sailing. Those seeking high-speed thrills also have the option of water skiing, wake-boarding, jet-skiing, banana boat or tube rides.

For a more laid-back and luxurious ocean experience, guests can hire a fully-crewed catamaran. Set off on the Sunset Cruise that includes freshly-prepared canapés and Champagne or try the Turtle & Dolphin Excursion, the trips offer unforgettable moments for honeymooners, couples and families.

Back on dry land, Sun Spa by Esthederm is the perfect place for guests to soothe the body and mind, with an extensive menu of massages, body treatments, wraps and facials in a choice of jungle or overwater treatment rooms. The ocean-facing yoga sala, meanwhile, provides the perfect setting to restore one’s inner peace.

While the adults are pampering themselves, children will enjoy endless hours of fun and games in the Little Birds Club and pool, which features a comprehensive collection of games, puzzles and activities to keep young active minds occupied . Then at the end of the day, all ages can come together and recall their adventures at a choice of world-class restaurants.

“The Maldives is often considered a destination reserved exclusively for romance and relaxation, but at Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives we understand that modern guests desire more than just sun, sea and sand. Today’s travellers seek activities, experiences and most importantly, memories. Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives lets guests create their own journey of discovery, doing as much or as little as they choose in the ultimate picture-perfect tropical island setting,” commented Michael Melzer, General Manager.

With such a comprehensive collection of facilities and activities, luxurious accommodation and impressive culinary options, all supported by Mӧvenpick’s legendary Swiss hospitality, this spectacular new private island resort is set to attract all types of guest, from romantic couples to adventure-seeking families.

Guests have the chance to book their dream holiday at Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives with special opening rates starting from just US$577 per night inclusive of breakfast and taxes.

Bookings of three nights or more will also include an array of additional benefits, including US$100 resort credit per stay (valid for food and beverage, spa treatments, water sports and diving), plus an additional 20% discount at the Diving and Water Sports Centre, and a free room upgrade (subject to availability).

This opening offer is valid for stays between 1 November and 23 December 2018. For more information and reservations, call +960 656 3000 or email: Resort.Kuredhivaru.Reservations@movenpick.com.