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Luxury properties in Pattaya, Thailand: Palace explores the Baan Plai Haad Resort near Wong Amat Beach

For those who crave the peace, relaxation and exclusivity of vacation resorts, luxury developer Sansiri introduces its latest residential development designed to bring the breeze and ocean waves to one’s doorstep. Situated in the prime location of Wong Amat Beach, the most peaceful and private beach in Pattaya, the Baan Plai Haad Resort Condominium promises a world of unparalleled comfort and serenity.

Designed by the award-winning Stephen J. Leach Architects Limited, who was selected as one of the TOP TEN Architects in Thailand 2013 by the BCI Asia Awards, this new beachfront property bears the perfect juxtaposition between modernity and the natural world. Residents are able to indulge in a beachside Jacuzzi offering exceptional respite close to the beach, a fully equipped Fitness Centre boasting beautiful sea views for a relaxing workout, a sprawling swimming pool set amidst lush tropical gardens created by the renowned world-class firm of T.R.O.P, and direct access to a private beach. The Infinity Sky Pool located on the rooftop also creates a stunning vision of an indigo sea connecting to a seemingly boundless horizon. At Baan Plai Haad, everyone is able to experience exceptional rest, from the young to the elderly, and the property features a specially fitted lift that easily connects residents down to the beach.

Staying true to a design concept that emphasises tranquillity, Baan Plai Haad offers a nature-inspired décor and an inspiring environment for relaxation and rejuvenation. Rooms with ocean views and a common area crafted to fit outdoor living are made with superb craftsmanship and fine materials, and a lofty and open lobby allows cool natural breezes to flow through. The development comprises one 31-storey building and one seven-storey building, with a total of 353 units. Sizes start at 431 sq. ft. for the single bedroom unit and increase to 1,658 sq. ft. for the largest three-bedroom apartment. With its serene beachfront lifestyle beckoning, the development is currently ready for immediate move-in.

For more information, visit www.sansiri.com

This article was first published in Palace 18. 

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Conrad Bora Bora Nui Opens Overwater Villas

It might be a preposterous idea to suggest walking on water but nothing is out of the question for the Hilton Group. Unfortunately, technology still isn’t advanced enough for us to cross the Pacific Ocean by foot, but Hilton proposes an alternative: overwater bungalows. Come March 2017, the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa will be reborn as Conrad Bora Bora Nui, having undergone a multimillion-dollar facelift. The new hotel in question will feature 29 tropical garden and beach villas and 86 overwater bungalows with special two-storey presidential suites. Ever fancied living right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? Hilton has granted your wishes.

One can expect sheer luxe relaxation in this resort, with a full service spa of eight treatment rooms, one al fresco deck, a mini-gold course, fitness center, specialty restaurants and deck overlooking the lago. It’s the panacea to help you escape the daily grind of life. In fact, the nearby private islet of Motu Tapu is even available for private events.

Conrad Bora Bora Nui will open March 2017.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: Conrad Bora Bora Nui Membuka Villa Terapung

Aegean Idylls: 5 Greek Luxury Hotels

Oh, beautiful Greece. Home to some of the world’s most mesmerizing beaches, foundation stone of the Olympics and birthplace of Western civilization, and that enchanting blue-and-white architecture scene that you might have on your very own desktop right now. Greece is a place made of dreams and we were inspired by this report and this list to look up more exotic and exclusive places to stay in the Aegean Islands. Whether you’re admiring the whitewashed architecture of Santorini or combing the party shores of Mykonos, there’s so much to do. We round up our favorite hotels, each hailing from a different area of Greece. Take your pick.

Paros

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Name: Yria Hotel Resort

Where: Approximately 4km from the airport and 3km from Paroikia town, it is located at the heart of the bay of Parasporos, west of Paros island.

What: Its rustic Greek island charm meets luxury boutique hotel with this archetypal Cycladic building. Nestled among an oasis of lush greenery, it is a mere stone’s throw away from the Parasporos beach.

Services: One can indulge in full relaxation here: a library lounge, the Nefeli restaurant (serving Mediterranean cuisine), the Selini bar, spa, gym and a gallery (selling a selection of souvenirs and accessories) aim to fully offer such an experience.

Types of Rooms: From Superior Rooms (housing two), to two-storey maisonettes (housing four), to The Luxury Villa, a mansion of four master bedrooms.

Price: €229 to €4,200 ($252 to $4,630)

http://www.yriahotel.gr/overview/

 

Mykonos

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Name: Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort

Where: Barely three miles from Mykonos Town, the hotel is situated on one of the island’s most famous beaches, Ayios Yiannis.

What: Picture Cycladic architecture of whitewashed buildings and cobbled paths – the five-star beachfront hotel is one that aims to redefine the essence of romance.

Services: For the ultimate luxury Greek getaway: open plan ‘SPA Bathrooms’, Althea Spa with Greek-inspired massages, tennis and squash courts, stone-built amphitheater for yoga sessions, fitness center and two restaurants.

Types of Rooms: Take your pick from an array of Garden or Sea View rooms, replete with private pools or jacuzzis of varying sizes.

Price: €245 to €2,950 ($270 to $3,252)

http://www.mykonosgrand.gr/

 

Amorgos

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Name: Aegialis Hotel & Spa

Where: Located in a peaceful bay, the Cycladic architecture is flanked by two of the island’s most beautiful beaches on both sides.

What: Touted as “the jewel of Amogos”, the hotel believes in providing a unique experience of authentic local life, and is designed to respond to one’s need for silence, peace and soul-refreshing.

Services: Experience Greek life in the way of an organic vegetable garden for picking, cooking lessons and art exhibitions in the Ambrosia Gallery restaurant, as well as facilities from the Lalon Idor Spa (indoor heated seawater pool, gym, jacuzzi, sauna and hairdressing salon among others) are at your beck and call.

Types of Rooms: From Superior Modern (housing two), to Family Suite (housing four), two-storey Business Suite (housing four), Honeymoon Suite to the grand Presidential Suite (housing four).

Price: €235 to €992 ($259 to $1,093)

http://amorgos-aegialis.com/

 

Sifnos

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Name: Elies Resorts

Where: Situated right in the middle of Vathi (a long golden beach), it is approximately 10km from the capital of Apollonia.

What: A top-class boutique hotel, Elies Resorts is a 50,000m2 area of 32 dwellings, and offers customized services and high-end facilities befitting of its status.

Services: There’s lots to do: massage rooms, hot tubs, aromatherapies, gym, tennis court, art shop, conference room and two cocktail bars are available on site, among others.

Types of Rooms: Three types are available: Superior Rooms, Suites and Pool Villas.

Price: Available upon request.

http://www.eliesresorts.com/#!

 

Santorini

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Name: Andronis Luxury Suites

Where: Dreams come true here. On the edge of the cliff and built within the jigsaw of houses in Oia, it is near the great Aegean sea and volcanic islets of Santorini.

What: They know you’re seeking the dream life. It is an understated oasis of elegance consisting of 27 award-winning suites.

Services: From the Mare Sanus Spa (massages, facial therapies and body rituals by award-winning therapists) to dining on a cliff, infinity pools, and the Athena Bar, they’ve got it covered.

Types of Rooms: We’re looking at Premier Suites (housing two) to Cave Pool Suites (housing two), White House (housing two) and Sunset Villas (housing two).

Price: €734 to €3,300 ($809 to $3,638)

http://www.andronisexclusive.com/en/Andronis-Luxury-Suites-727.htm

 

All prices are dependent on season.

5 Reasons To Visit Sri Panwa, Phuket

When a travel destination attracts guests the likes of Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, members of the Thai Royal family, and entertainment bigwigs, you know there’s something exceptional about it. In 2013, Snoop Dog and Rita Ora shot the music video of their hit Torn Apart there, catapulting the resort to the top of Most Beautiful Hotel lists the world over (we actually covered it on Luxuo way back in 2008). This year, a new enclave of 30 pool suites and penthouses (each with its own infinity pool), collectively called The Habita, was added to the lush 40-acre development. ultra-friendly service and accommodating staff aside, we reckon it is the following five reasons that draw royalty and celeb A-listers to Sri Panwa like moths to a flame.

1) The Habita (pictured above)

The 30 expansive pool suites and penthouses in this new enclave are the epitome of luxury living. Our three-night stay in the luxurious and contemporarily minimalist 140 sqm penthouse was accompanied by a stunning ocean view (made even more incredible when surveyed from the edge of the unit’s enormous infinity pool) and a soundtrack of avian chirrups.

2) Cool Spa

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Another new addition to Sri Panwa, besides The Habita, is this modestly-named spa and wellness center. The soothing ultramarine walls, constant gush of waterfalls, and positively soporific massage treatments – we fell asleep both times we visited – make this the perfect respite for your skin from the blistering Phuket sun.

3) Baba Nest

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This is probably the reason guests flock to Sri Panwa. After surviving a petrifying tuk tuk ride up a winding and vertiginous slope, I was dumbstruck upon emerging from an elevator that brought me to this rooftop lounge. The venue is leveled and devoid of chairs – beanbags and low tables are scattered throughout, instead – to maximize your appreciation of the sunset and the unbeatable panoramic view of the Andaman Sea, arguably the best that Phuket has to offer.

4) Baba Chino, Baba Iki and Baba Hot Box

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I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a gourmand, but I know good food when I partake of it – and the gastronomic offerings in Sri Panwa are truly sensational. While the Chinese cuisine served up at Baba Chino is excellent, the delightful Japanese dishes at Baba Iki are uber-fresh and the chargrilled items at Baba Hot Box are extremely flavorsome. I found absolutely no reason to head out of the resort in search of grub.

5) Free Willy

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You’ve got to give it to the Thais to come up with the most facetious names. This 47 ft luxury speedboat might not have anything to do with releasing orcas, but you could very well spot schools of dolphins if you chartered it for a cruise around the Phuket archipelago and spend a day with up to 24 others, just living it up.

World’s Biggest Underwater Restaurant Seats 16

The Maldives, home to the world’s first underwater restaurant, is on track to get a second even larger one. It will be the new world’s biggest underwater restaurant…until the next one opens. The restaurant, which only seats 16, is part of a luxury, five-star, adults-only resort.

When the Hurawalhi Island Resort opens in November (as we reported previously), one of its star attractions will be the “5.8” undersea restaurant named after its watery location: the unusual dining destination is set 5.8 meters (18 feet) below the lagoon. Previous reports have this depth listed at 5.2 meters so it got a little deeper, apparently.

The restaurant, which seats up to 16 guests, will allow diners to take in their marine surroundings through a transparent, domed ceiling as they tuck into a multi-course tasting menu. This will be yet another attraction adding to the appeal of the Maldives, already one of the best beach destinations in the world.

If the concept sounds familiar, that’s because of the aforementioned undersea restaurant in the Maldives, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort, a big sister property to Hurawalhi.

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Likewise, the Hurawalhi restaurant is being designed by the same architects MJ Murphy, who specialize in aquarium design.

Built in New Zealand over 10 months, the 410-tonne megastructure traveled to the Maldives by cargo ship and was carefully lowered into the sea earlier this spring. To enter the restaurant, guests enter a little hut on the jetty and climb down a spiral staircase.

Overseeing the resort’s cuisine is executive chef Shannon Batten, a New Zealander who has cooked for Bill Clinton, the British royals, Rod Stewart, Bob Geldof, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, and foreign heads of state.

The resort features 90 villas that come with modern conveniences like king-size beds, air conditioning, internet access, private porches and flat screen TVs. Hurawalhi Island Resort and Spa is located in the Lhaviyani Atoll and opens in November.

Four Seasons Offers New Private Island in Maldives

If you’re looking for a private island experience like no other, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts’ first private Maldivian island at Voavah, Baa Atoll should do the trick.

Set to open in late 2016, this remote five-acre oasis – part of the company’s selection of Extraordinary Experiences – is entirely yours throughout your stay, including its seven bedrooms, Oceans of Consciousness Spa, dive center and 62-foot (18.9 meter) yacht. The double-story resort also features an open-air living room, dining room, kitchen, pool deck, gym, library and loft lounge; and if that’s not impressive enough, the over-water spa will also be available for a variety of wellness therapies and rituals, including yoga, high-end beauty treatments and Rossano Ferretti hair consultancy services.

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As the island is the world’s only exclusive-use UNESCO retreat in a World Network of Biosphere Reserves, the resort was constructed in consultation with local environmental groups with the aim of maintaining the balance between humans and nature so the conservation angle is very strong. Activities such as diving with whale sharks, snorkeling with manta rays, swimming with turtles and surfing are only some of the unique educational conservation activities Four Seasons has to offer.

“As the latest addition to our Extraordinary Experiences collection, the island speaks to the company’s commitment to perfecting the guest experience and our ability to re-imagine the limits of luxury travel in creative and innovative ways. It’s just one of the many ways we’re constantly evolving our offerings to deliver the kind of memorable, fully-customized and exclusive experiences our guests want and value,” said Mike Crawford, President, Asia Pacific.

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The property is also projected to be a favorite amongst the rich and famous for its seclusion and exclusivity. To put into perspective how isolated it is: it takes a 40-minute seaplane transfer from the Male International Airport, or 20-minute speedboat ride from the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru to get there. Surrounded by fine white sand and azure waters, Voavah is only one of the 75 islands of Baa Atoll, of which 13 are inhabited. If you’re expecting a larger crowd though, you might want to look instead to Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, which can sleep 34 adults, perfect for all your VIP party needs.

Most Beautiful Island in the World Revealed

Not all islands are created equal, it seems. This year, Maui edges out thousands of the planet’s other islands to claim top spot on TripAdvisor’s annual list. An island in the mid-Pacific and part of the Hawaiian island chain, Maui is beyond paradise with its stunning azure waters and stretches of powder-white sand.

TripAdvisor determines its award winners based on an algorithm that takes into account the traffic and quality of reviews and ratings for the attractions, restaurants and hotels there throughout the year. This year’s award winners are largely contenders in Europe, the Caribbean and Asia.

This year, Santorini clinches top spot for most beautiful island in Europe while Jamaica and Bali top the category in the Caribbean and Asia respectively. Here, we bring you the rest that made the list, with some accommodation ideas that will have you booking that long-awaited holiday, pronto.

Warning: these images will give you serious vacation envy.

 

TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Most Beautiful Islands:

1) Maui, Hawaii

2) Santorini, Greece

3) Jamaica

4) Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

5) Bali, Indonesia

6) Majorca, Spain

7) Mauritius

8) Phuket, Thailand

9) Bora Bora, French Polynesia

10) Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui

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This sprawling 24-acre beach-front hotel is set atop the picturesque Kapalua Bay, with sweeping views of Maui’s northwest coast and neighboring islands. The resort’s many activities range from spectacular helicopter tours of the island to lounging by the Kapalua Beach so there’s something for everyone. Each of the subdued residential-style accommodations feature contemporary island-inspired décor, complete with private lanais so you can experience the spirit of aloha in true luxury.

Andronis Luxury Suites, Santorini, Greece

Nestled within the jigsaw of houses in Oia, Andronis Luxury Suites boasts an unrivalled view of the Aegean Sea and volcanic islets of Santorini. Inside, the Cycladic-style villa promises unrivalled luxury, with amenities ranging from private waterfalls to a heated infinity pool with incredible views of the Caldera.

Uma by COMO, Ubud, Bali

Surrounded by Tjampuhan Valley’s lush greenery, Uma by COMO exudes the charm of a traditional Indonesian village despite its contemporary interior and modern conveniences. The 46-room estate sees narrow paths defined by tall planted walls, private tropical gardens and plenty of light-filled spaces for an authentic Balinese escapade. With holistic, Asian-inspired treatments at the COMO Shambhala Retreat and nutritionally rich menus at Uma Cucina, this resort is a dream for the health-conscious jetsetter.

Hurawalhi Invites You to Dinner Under the Sea

The deep oceanic blue of the Maldives has captured many a tourist’s fancy with its natural beauty but one resort is taking things to all new depths. The Hurawalhi resort being developed may be just the locale to capture those idealized dreamy fancies with as much luxury and comfort as possible. With its massive underwater restaurant, ocean villas, and facilities, Hurawalhi may be just the resort for you to look to when you plan your holidays in future.

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The underwater restaurant is the gem of the whole structure. The 400 ton megastructure was built in New Zealand (that is it above, on its way to the resort) and is set to sit 5.2 meters below the lagoon, with guests entering by a staircase from a little hut on the jetty. While there will also be an over-the-water restaurants providing both a la carte and buffet meals, the underwater restaurant aims to set itself up with a fine dining “tasting” menu so that the guests can taste refined cooking in full view of the undersea “landscape” so to speak.

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Beyond that though, Hurawalhi boasts 90 Villas spanning over 105 sqm either set on the beach or in the ocean. Every villa shares the same features such as tropical décor, a king sized bed, a stocked mini bar, high speed broadband connection etc… but guests can choose whether they want a villa with an infinity pool or not, as well as a view of the sunrise or sunset. The resort is reached by seaplane from the Trans Maldivian Airways Terminal at the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.

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Other amenities include several bars, a games center, a scuba center, a spa, various entertainment events related to Maldives culture, a gift shop, a Sifani Jewelers shop, and a medical clinic.

With all this set up for the future, Hurawalhi sounds like the perfect place for you to kick back and relax, with a panoramic view of the ocean from your pool, watching the sunset in the very cradle of comfort.

For more information, you can check out Hurawalhi’s main site.

Images courtesy of Hurawalhi

Review: The Sanchaya, Bintan

Guests experience The Sanchaya before they even reach their destination. When they reach Bintan, they are whisked to the private arrival lounge for some refreshments as they wait for their travel papers to clear. We are reliably informed that it is the only resort on Bintan with this sort of VIP lounge at the ferry terminal itself. Our friends at Form magazine in Singapore tell us all about the excellent resort, which they first visited early last year.

The Sanchaya is by far the most elegant resort on the island of Bintan in the Riau Archipelago of Indonesia. The resort comprises a 9-suite Great House, 21 villas and various pavilions. The Great House is reminiscent of the black-and-white mansions that the British have bestowed upon the Straits Settlements, blended with elements from Southeast Asian colonial architectures, including the Dutch and the Spanish.

A deep driveway leads to the main entrance of the Great House, around a fountain ringed by a formal garden. Ample verandahs hug the principal building in front and at the back; the first looks out to the gardens designed by renowned landscape architect Boonchai Sakulthamrak, and the second to the sea. This, along with entrances to the suite, breaks the simplicity of the façade and gives the massive structure a sense of lightness and even a hint of delicacy. The strong symmetry that is evident in the front and rear elevations of the main building extends to the internal layouts.

At The Sanchaya, the forepart of the ground floor houses the small front office that faces the staircase, and the twin receptions rooms that are placed adjacent to each other. Another door leads to the back of the building that is oriented towards the private beach. Here, the symmetrical configurations continue to mirror each other, with the reflecting pool being flanked by the Dining Room and staff facilities on one side, and the Salon and, past a colonnaded deck, the Library (below).

The Library

The suites are all lined up on the second storey and are fitted with ample verandahs that provide views of the grounds and of the Indian Ocean. Each has a sitting room, walk-in closet, and large high-ceilinged bedroom.

Interior design firm P49 did a beautiful presentation of the suites with a blend of updated colonial custom furniture. There is a familiar ‘heritage’ touch in every area, but it is always tempered by modern attitude whether in dimension, fabrication, or details. Up-to-the-minute show and talk conveniences are worked seamlessly with the furnishings; the feeling is that of a grand home where travel mementos and family heirlooms have accumulated and then edited for a modern lifestyle.

For most of the day, The Dining Room (below) is fully lit and set up. The spread is elaborate and varied—there are freshly churned butter and rhubarb jam for the warm scones and brioches that are piled in linen-lined baskets. At one end of the buffet, past platters of terrines, pates and galantines, and carafes of cold-pressed fruit juices, steam rose from a cauldron where stock for the mee soto burbled.

Dining Room

The limited number of organised farms on Bintan Island makes the kitchen of The Sanchaya heavily reliant on imported produce. Executive chef Giacomo Turzo handles this situation with creative discipline in order to maintain the resort’s fares of continental and Southeast Asian cuisines.

The kitchens’ requirements are enormous. Besides the Dining Room, The Sanchaya runs the poolside Tasanee Grill, which serves Bangkok street cuisine. But the resort also has roving F&B services ranging from food-and-wine pairings at The Salon and The Library to gourmet picnics on the boat and neighbouring islet, in-villa or in-suite meals, high tea service and bespoke table-side cocktails. That is to say nothing of the estate’s 400-label cellar and well-stocked charcuterie. Meals are not regimented at The Sanchaya; except for the implicit dress code—and one would want to dress up around this place—guests can dine at leisure whenever and wherever they choose.

By mid-afternoon, the staff set up croquet and archery equipment at the lawn (check out the images after the jump, bottom). Guests are informed that high tea may be served by the reflecting pool or at the suite’s verandah. On the estate grounds are a spa, a well-equipped gym with a certified fitness instructor, and a resort shop that sells artworks and bespoke merchandise. There are grounds to cover on leisurely walks or in a buggy, and private parties to host. Weather permitting, boat excursions can be arranged to surrounding islands.

Guest Suite at The Sanchaya

Guest Suite at The Sanchaya

Not only is the service impeccable, it is in some ways above industry standard. For instance, instead of chocolate bon bons on the pillow, guests may request for the elaborate Chocolate Experience comprising a warm chocolate beverage and a selection of artisanal chocolate pastries served in one’s suite (above). Instead of a mini-bar, guest suites are supplied with a complimentary ‘maxi’ bar, as well as a wine refrigerator stocked with decent wines.

Thai Villas

Private villas, Thai-style

Croquet at the lawn

Croquet is an option at the lawn

Reception Rooms at the Lobby of the Sanchaya

Reception Rooms at the Lobby of the Sanchaya

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By Marc Almagro

Calvin Klein launches men’s capsule collection at Art Basel Miami

Calvin Klein has unveiled an exclusive men’s Pre-Spring 2016 capsule collection at the recent Art Basel Miami, laying bets in lightweight and athletic fabrics pieces splashed in pulsating shade of cyan.

Designed by the brand’s men’s creative director Italo Zucchelli, this collection features a wide range of fashionable looks, ranging from sports jackets to shorts.

Laure Heriard Dubreuil and Miguel at Calvin Klein x The Webster capsule collection launch during Art Basel Miami.

Commemorating the launch, Zucchelli hosted an event at The Webster which was attended by art and fashion enthusiasts including The Webster’s CEO and Co-Founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil, Instagram artist Doug Abraham and musician Miguel, who were all dressed in CK collection.

The launch also saw a special collaboration between Calvin Klein and renowned fashion photographer Steven Klein, where three art pieces were created and auctioned off to benefit Ali Forney Center.

 

The Calvin Klein Pre-Spring 2016 capsule collection for men is available at The Webster’s stores in the city and its latest location at Bal Harbour Shops.

First Six Senses resort opens in Chengdu, China

Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, has opened a new property in the Qing Cheng Mountains in Chengdu province, China.

Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain spa

Set at the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage & Natural Cultural site at Dujiangyan, the Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain offers 113 guest rooms and suites ranging from semi-detached suites in duplex villas with balconies and verandas, to courtyard suites, and garden and pool villas.

Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain bedroom

A collection of four suites may open on to a central courtyard, enabling them to be individually occupied or grouped into a private community compound for friends and family.

Read More @ adelto.co.uk

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LaPlaya Beach Resort

LaPlaya Beach Resort in Naples sells for $185 million

 LaPlaya Beach Resort

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has acquired LaPlaya Beach Resort, a 189-room, waterfront, luxury resort and LaPlaya Beach Club, a private members club located at the resort, for a combined purchase price of $185.5 million.

LaPlaya Beach Resort is a 189-room, luxury, full-service resort located in Naples, that sits on 6 acres of beachfront property surrounded by stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico and Vanderbilt Bay.

The resort was originally built in 1968 and underwent a comprehensive, $54 million renovation and redesign in 2002.

In addition to the acquisition of the resort, the Company also purchased the LaPlaya Beach Club (the “Club”), which has grown to become one of the most notable private clubs in Florida.

Luxury Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

5 amazing beach hotels that opened in 2014

From the latest luxury resort out of the Louis Vuitton hotel group to the late Marlon Brando’s eco-friendly Polynesian legacy to the world, this year’s crop of hot new beach hotels is swoon-worthy.

If you’re shopping for a winter escape, take a tour of some of the hottest new beach and seaside hotels that opened in 2014.

Cheval Blanc Saint-Barth Isle de France, St. Bartholomew

Luxury Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

The third and newest addition to LVMH’s luxury hotel portfolio Cheval Blanc is located on Flamands Bay in the French Indies, amidst lush, tropical garden in a paradisiacal setting.

Flamands Villa living room 

Flamands Villa living room

Composed of 40 suites, bungalows and villas, it features rooms offering panoramic views of the ocean and luxury services that include Guerlain spa treatments, access to a 21-meter-long yacht, and lobster lunches on the beach.

La Case de l’Isle restaurant

La Case de l'Isle restaurant

Room rates start at €590 a night.

Maalfushi by Como, Maldives

Maalfushi by Como Maldives

With infinity pools that provide the illusion of merging into the ocean, and suites and villas built on wooden walkways above shallow lagoons, guests at the Maalifushi by Como are forever reminded that they’re a long way from home.

Garden Suite at the Maalfushi by Como in the Maldives

Garden Suite at the Maalfushi by Como

Decor is deliberately kept to an elegant minimum to reinforce the “barefoot chic” of a private island resort. Services include an open-air yoga pavilion and a variety of spa treatment rooms. Rates start at $650 a night.

Santa Marina Resort & Villas, the Luxury Collection

Santa Marina Resort and Villas

After an extensive, three-year renovation, the Santa Marina Resort & Villas opened its doors this spring under the banner of Starwood’s The Luxury Collection brand.

Located five minutes from the town of Mykonos, the property counts as its star feature a private beach that spans the length of 150 meters.

Santa Marina Resort Room

The resort counts 100 guest rooms and suites, some of which include a private pool, a balcony and panoramic views of the sea. The more exclusive villas are built among the hills and come with butler service.

Santa Marina Resort Mykonos

Accommodations are modern and feature natural materials like teak wood, linen fabrics, rattan and stone. Room rates for 2015 start at €410 ($525).

The Brando resort at Tetiaroa in French Polynesia

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A decade after his death, Marlon Brando’s family helped fulfil one of his lifelong dreams this summer by opening The Brando, a luxury, eco-friendly resort set on the private atoll of Tetiaroa, a series of a dozen islets 30 miles (48 km) north of Tahiti. As part of its goal to go carbon neutral, half the resort is powered by solar energy, while the balance of power is produced by a biofuel thermal power station fueled by coconut oil.

Brando resort Tetiaroa

 

Guests keep cool via seawater air conditioning, which harnesses the cold of ocean depths, pipes it to land and converts the energy into air conditioning, and they tuck into dishes from French chef Guy Martin made with organic fruits and vegetables plucked from the island’s gardens.

Brando resort

Each of the 35 deluxe villas comes with its own private beach and plunge pool and is designed to reflect Polynesian culture while also offering the modern conveniences of wifi, flat screen TVs, and king-size beds.

Rates for one-bedroom villas start at €3,000 ($4,100 USD) a night.

Playa Cativo, Costa Rica

Playa Cativo

Those looking for a little more adventure and nature-watching may want to consider this eco-friendly lodge in southern Costa Rica, accessible only by boat. Set across 1,000 acres of lush rainforest, the boutique hotel operates on a working farm that supplies the restaurant El Gavilan.

Guest rooms are built from reclaimed wood and tiles crafted by local artisans and offer ocean views and rain showers.

standup paddling

Activities include standup paddling, kayaking, bird watching, hand-line pier fishing and nature hikes.

Golden Hooded Tanager

Other facilities include a freshwater, chemical-free outdoor swimming pool and gardens that count butterflies, exotic birds and animals as permanent residents. Room rates start at $240 a night.

The Parisian Macao

Paris-themed resort to open in Macau

The Parisian Macao

Macau, is set to become home to a sprawling, multi-billion-dollar Paris-themed resort that will include a replica of the Eiffel Tower.

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The Parisian Macao will feature more than 3,000 hotel rooms and suites, 490,000 square feet (45,990 square meters) of retail space including dining and beverage options, as well as meeting and convention facilities.

Plans also include a replica of the Eiffel Tower, built 50 percent to scale of the original monument.

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Las Vegas Sands Corp., says it has received the green light to complete construction of the $2.7 billion resort from Macau officials.

Venetian Macau Resort Hotel

The Parisian Macao, set to open in late 2015, would become the latest Las Vegas Sands Corp. development in Macau. The Venetian Macao opened in 2007 as the first integrated resort in Macau.

J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Isola delle Rose

JW Marriott Venice to boast largest spa in the city

J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Isola delle Rose

 is set to open the doors to a new private island JW Marriott resort that will boast the largest spa in the city.

Nestled within a picturesque lagoon on Isola delle Rose (Italian for ‘Rose Island’), the 266-room JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa offers views of iconic Venice landmarks including St Mark’s Square and La Serenissima.

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Isola delle Rose

Rooms at the JW Marriott Venice will be contemporary in design, a departure from many of the luxurious hotels that play up old Venetian glamour with baroque Italian furnishings and elaborate frescoes.

The opening will mark the brand’s first resort and spa in Europe.

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J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

Set across 16 acres, the property will feature fruit arbors, olive groves, restaurants and bars, as well as a cooking school and wine academy.

When complete, the 1,750-meter spa will become the largest in Venice and feature indoor and outdoor aqua-tonic pools, health club, treatment rooms, hammam and luxury spa suite.

J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Room

Facilities and activities will include canoeing and sailing, while guests will also be able to make their own Murano glass and Venetian masks in workshops led by local artisans.

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J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa bathroom

Room rates at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa start at €395.

Val Thorens ski resort

Val Thorens in France named world’s best ski resort

For the second year in a row, the highest ski resort in Europe and the largest ski area in the world, Val Thorens in France, has been named the World’s Best Ski Resort.

At the second edition of the World Ski Awards, held at A-Rosa Kitzbuhel in Austria over the weekend, Val Thorens took the coveted title, as voted by executives, travel buyers, tour operators, media and consumers.

The World Ski Awards are organized by the same group that holds the World Travel Awards, pitched as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry.

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Val Thorens ski resort

Other big winners of the night include the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City Utah, US, which was named the World’s Best Ski Hotel; Canada’s Bighorn in Revelstoke, British Columbia, which was named World’s Best Ski Chalet, and the InterContinental Davos in Switzerland, which took the title of World’s Best New Ski Hotel 2014.

The win came on the same weekend the ski resort opened its doors for the winter season, which started November 22 and stretches until May 10.

The opening also follows a major €40 million upgrade to ski lifts and slopes, including the construction of the highest zipwire in Europe.

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Val Thorens ski resort France

Also new this year is the opening of a Club Med-affiliated village, the Val Thorens Sensations, a contemporary 800-bed village.

As the world capital of ski cross, Val Thorens will also be hosting two World Cup events this season in addition to debuting an expanded program offering that will include freestyle, freeride, telemark, splitboard and even ice diving activities.

With more than 600 km of runs, 99 percent of which is situated above 2,000 meters, Val Thorens in the French Alps is also located at the highest point of the 3 Vallees, offering sweeping views of more than 100 Alpine summits spanning France, Switzerland and Italy.

Val Thorens

Here are the major winners of the World Ski Awards 2014

World’s Best Ski Resort 2014: Val Thorens (France)
World’s Best Ski Hotel 2014: Stein Eriksen Lodge (USA)
World’s Best New Ski Hotel 2014: InterContinental Davos (Switzerland)
World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2014: The Vale Niseko (Japan)
World’s Best Ski Chalet 2014: Bighorn, Revelstoke (Canada)
World’s Best New Ski Chalet 2014: Chalet Quezac (France)
World’s Best Ski Resort Company 2014: Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel
World’s Best Ski Tour Operator 2014: Crystal Ski

For the full list of regional winners visit worldskiawards.com.

Royalton Cayo Santa Maria

TripAdvisor’s Top 10 all-inclusive resorts in the world

Royalton Cayo Santa Maria

Travelers looking to book their all-inclusive winter holiday may want to check out TripAdvisor’s latest ranking of top resorts around the world, in which the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria in Cuba took the top spot.

In the online review site’s annual Travelers’ Choice All-Inclusive Resort list, TripAdvisor users were nearly unanimous in their praise for the adults-only Royalton Cayo Santa Maria resort in Cuba, which earned a five out of five-bubble rating from its 1,236 reviews.

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Royalton Cayo Santa Maria Cayo Santa Maria

Guests praised the resort for its cheerful, helpful staff, white sand beaches and infinity pools and for doing away with traditional buffets and offering full restaurant-style service.

Services include 24-hour butler service, a pillow menu, a choice of three restaurants that serve Caribbean and international cuisine, access to fitness facilities and daily entertainment on the beach.

Dominating the top 10 list with four addresses is Mexico, followed by the Dominican Republic which scored two spots on the list.

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Top 10 Travelers’ Choice All-Inclusive Resorts 

1. Royalton Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
2. Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso, Playa Paraiso, Mexico

Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso Playa Paraiso

3. Kurumba Maldives, Vihamanafushi, North Male Atoll, Kaafu Atoll

Kurumba Maldives

4. Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun, Mexico

Le Blanca Spa Resort Cancun

5. Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Playa Maroma, Mexico

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

6. Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Don Pablo Collection, Samana Province, Dominican Republic

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Don Pablo Collection

7. Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel

8. Galley Bay Resort, St. John’s, Antigua

Galley Bay Resort

9. Rixos Sharm El Sheikh, Nabq Bay, Egypt

Rixos Sharm El Sheikh

10. Excellence Playa Mujeres, Playa Mujeres, Mexico

Excellence Playa Mujeres

Cliff Pool Amanoi vietnam

Pool of the day: making a splash in Vietnam

Cliff Pool Amanoi vietnam

Where are the chicest pools on earth? This summer we’re bringing you the hottest places to cool down, unwind, and take a stylish dip.

Today we’re dreaming of this incredible resort and its contemporary infinity pool in Vietnam.

Name: Amanoi – Location: Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam

Amanoi beach pavilion

What’s the story?

Luxury resort Amanoi opened late last year and is the first Aman resort in the country. Featuring panoramic views of the coastline and surrounding wildlife park, the hotel offers two slick infinity pools with contemporary wooden pavilions, overlooking the Vinh Hy Bay and the South China Sea.

The resort is nestled in the forestland of the Nui Chua National Park, one of Vietnam’s largest conservation areas at around 23,000 ha.

Cliff Pool Amanoi resort

Taking the plunge: Amanoi features the contemporary Clifftop infinity pool and the curvier Beach Club pool alongside a spa and wellness center.

ritz carlton Haikou Mission Hills

Ritz-Carlton plans first golf resort in China

ritz carlton Haikou Mission Hills

The  Hotel Company is to open its first luxury golf resort in China, which will open in 2015 in Hainan Island.

Developed by the Mission Hills Golf Club and managed by The Ritz-Carlton, the 201 room resort includes 21 private villas and a dedicated club house.

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It will be part of the Haikou Mission Hills Golf Club project, which boasts 10 golf courses and will be the largest public golf complex in the world.

Mission Hills Hainan

Designed by architects AECOM with interiors created by Hirsch Bedner Associates, the property includes five restaurants and bars, a Ritz-Carton Spa and extensive leisure facilities including tennis courts, two swimming pools and a recreation pavilion.

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The nearby city of Haikou, nicknamed the Coconut City, has recently reinvented itself as Hainan’s new hub for business and tourism.

The region is known for its white sand beaches and is home to China’s national sailing and windsurfing teams.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando bedroom

Four Seasons resort opens at Walt Disney World Florida

Four Seasons Resort Orlando park

This hotel isn’t for families who take three-day road trips to Disney World and eat roadside meals of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

The  Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is for children who are already accustomed to sleeping on premium sheets and who will dream of meeting Mickey Mouse in plush beds and luxurious suites.

Opened over the weekend, the luxury hotel at Walt Disney World Resort is located minutes from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando Walt Disney World

Rooms are billed as the largest in Orlando, each with a furnished terrace, many of which offer unobstructed views of the nightly fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park.

The hotel chain has created its first nine-bedroom suite on the top floor in the Royal Suite. The 16th floor can also be hired out exclusively.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando bedroom

The resort has also developed its own on-site theme park, dubbed Explorer Island, a five-acre water park that features water jets, pool, water slides, climbing wall and video gaming center.

Little VIP guests also have the privilege of sharing breakfast with Disney characters like Goofy and pals and having the moment immortalized by a professional photographer.

Adult entertainment includes a golf course, full service spa and restaurants.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando