Aloft Arrives in Langkawi

Aloft Arrives in Langkawi

Perfect for families looking for a tropical escape, Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah has opened on one of Malaysia’s most popular holiday islands. Located on the western coastline of Langkawi Island, the hotel is just minutes away by foot from the popular Pantai Cenang Beach, and boasts
208 loft-like rooms and suites, each of which embraces a bold colour palette and features high ceilings, spacious balconies, complimentary hi- speed Wi-Fi connectivity and 49-inch Smart TVs. Public spaces at Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah are meant for socialising. Guests can connect over cocktails and a game of billiards at the communal Re:mixSM lobby area and adjoining W XYZSM bar, where monthly Live at Aloft Hotels performances feature homegrown acoustic musicians. Guests can also enjoy an array of both local flavours and international favourites at Nook, the hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant, or pick up snacks from the 24/7 grab-and-go Re:fuelSM. Look out for the resort’s gorgeous outdoor infinity pool overlooking the Andaman and fully-equipped, 24-hour fitness centre. www.aloftlangkawipantaitengah.com

Mississippi Calling

Brand new riverboat American Song has launched on the Mississippi River, where it plies the waters between New Orleans and Memphis, stopping at Oak Alley, Baton Rouge, St. Francisville, Natchez, and Vicksburg. The very first modern riverboat in U.S. history, and operated by American Cruise Lines, American Song features all-inclusive fine dining and complimentary cocktails every sunset, onboard entertainment and expert lectures, as well as guided shore excursions at every port. Ensconced in the largest most comfortable cabins in the industry, guests enjoy gorgeous river views through American Song’s floor-to-ceiling glass doors, which lead to private furnished balconies. The vessel will soon be joined by the line’s second modern riverboat, American Harmony, which will sail the Mississippi River itineraries when American Song heads West to the Columbia and Snake rivers. www.AmericanCruiseLines.com

Culture Cruise

COMO Point Yamu, a contemporary oceanside resort perched above the Andaman Sea in Phuket, has launched the Phang Nga Bay Experience, which includes a seven-night stay in one of the resort’s iconic villas, as well as a private Champagne cruise taking guests to the heart of the dramatic Phang Nga landscape. Phang Nga Bay is one of Thailand’s most prized national parks, located between southern Thailand’s mainland and the island of Phuket — 20 minutes from COMO Point Yamu by private transfer. During the new experience, guests will step into the resort’s Capricorn II yacht and sail away on a four-hour cruise exploring the bay’s striking limestone cliffs and rock formations that jut out of the turquoise waters. The cruise will also take in the 40 small islands that sprinkle the bay, each cloaked in forest and dotted with mysterious sea caves and hidden lagoons. Among these islands is Koh Tapu, or ‘James Bond Island’, so called after appearing as the island hideout of the villain Scaramanga in the Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun. Guests can explore this iconic setting, best viewed as the sun descends over the Andaman Sea. Back at the Paola Navone-designed resort, guests will spend seven nights in one of COMO Point Yamu’s three top villas, each with spectacular ocean views. Each stay will also include personal butler service and daily personalised villa breakfasts, as well as opportunities for relaxation and wellness at the resort’s nurturing COMO Shambhala Retreat. www.comohotels.com

Tented Bliss

Boutique hotel group The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts has opened The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View, the first luxury tented eco villas of their kind in Nepal, and the brand’s second property in the region alongside the award-winning The Pavilions Himalayas. Accessed via paddle boat across the majestic Phewa Lake, the eight new tented villas are oases of calm surrounded by cascading rice fields and the Annapurna Himalayas. The unique open design of the villas provides unobscured views of the breathtaking landscape, allowing guests to connect with nature without sacrificing luxury and comfort. Embodying the laidback charm of Pokhara, the eight tented villas capture the essence of a back-to- nature experience in a truly majestic setting. Each has been created using natural, local materials and features floor-to-ceiling, fully retractable wraparound glass doors; handcrafted furniture; and al fresco rain showers, blurring the boundary between the interiors and their lush surroundings. Mountain botanicals and a natural spring pool form the basis of a uniquely Himalayan wellness experience, while Nepalese and international cuisine is crafted using produce cultivated at The Pavilions Himalayas’ very own organic farm. Together the hotel and farm offer employment to the local Pokhara community, reflecting the brand’s dedication to true sustainability, encompassing community outreach and low impact operating practices. www.pavilionshotels.com

Holistic Retreat

One of Hong Kong’s most luxurious hotels has launched a new Well Feeling initiative for guests who are increasingly mindful of their mental and physical wellbeing. The Four Seasons Hong Kong’s new wellness programme incorporates healthy cuisine with mindful practices and expert consultation. Nutritionist and functional medicine specialist Miles Price of the Life Clinic has collaborated with executive chef Andrea Accordi to create a range of new dishes – from roasted organic Welsh rack of lamb to Thai blue prawn curry – that are available at Michelin- starred restaurants Lung King Heen and Caprice and which come with a detailed breakdown of their key vitamins, minerals and phyto nutrients. For a spot of mindfulness, grab an iPad pre-loaded with meditation apps and a pair of noise-cancelling headphones at The Spa, or join a monthly Full Moon meditation session led by director of spa Shoshana Weinberg; and for some inspiration, a Masters of Wellness series will feature visiting experts in everything from reiki and yoga to poolside tai chi and circuit training classes. www.fourseasons.com

Where Time Stands Still

Fancy a break from the little ones? The Indian Ocean’s newest playground is set to open in the form of Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi, an exclusive retreat of just 15 expansive overwater Ocean Residences that welcomes guests from December. A short seaplane ride from the international airport at Malé (and a quick boat ride from sister property Hurawalhi), the all-inclusive adults-only resort works with an Anything, Anytime, Anywhere mantra. Each of the spacious villas boast private decks with sun loungers and suspended sofas, large infinity pools
and direct access to the lagoon, and thanks to a small army of butlers, you’ll be forgiven for never wanting to leave your new home above the waves. If you do however, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied, from a signature restaurant and elegant spa, to a host of water sports and aquatic activities, including snorkeling and diving with resident manta rays. Be sure to leave time for a spectacular dining experience at Hurawalhi’s 5.8, the world’s largest underwater restaurant. www.kudadoo.com

Quarry Away

In its 200th hotel, InterContinental has opened the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, a dramatic luxury hotel masterfully built into the side wall of a formerly abandoned quarry in Southwestern Shanghai. Stretching 88 metres underground, the hotel – which was nominated as one of the architectural wonders of the world by the National Geographic Channel’s MegaStructures series – combines InterCon’s signature luxury with revolutionary design at a wonderfully unique location. Located at Sheshan Mountain Range, this new hotel is mostly subterranean, with two floors above ground and 16 below ground, including two floors underwater. Individually designed to best reflect both modern elegance and the unique features of the quarry’s landscape, all 336 rooms and suites provide ample, luxury living spaces with spectacular views of waterfalls and the surrounding cliffs. The stunning underwater loft rooms offer two awe- inspiring levels: the landing deck at water level houses the outdoor terrace and living room, whilst the underwater bedrooms are encased within a turquoise aquarium where guests will be surrounded by the schools of fish that swim by. All hotel rooms on the bottom floor are provided with around-the-clock butler service to ensure a truly hassle-free stay experience and keep guests feeling truly pampered. www.ihg.com

Regal Roll Ons

There’s nothing better than that new luggage smell – it just screams “go somewhere, anywhere, do it now!” It doesn’t hurt when the suitcase in question also marks an important milestone in the history of an esteemed institution like Britain’s Royal Air Force. The new RAF 100 luggage line from Globe-Trotter ticks both boxes. Created to celebrate the 100-year history of the Royal Air Force, the cases in the new collection feature large interiors that make packing a breeze, as well as a vintage-esque exterior strap that keeps the case tight and secure. Available as a 14-inch utility case, a 20-inch trolley case with telescoping wooden handle, or as a slim attaché case, the line features sturdy aluminum construction, replacing the classic vulcanised fibreboard shell, as well as metal rivets which give the suitcases an aeronautical look. Perfect for weekend escapes, the trolley case features a 45-litre capacity and opens lengthwise to allow access when standing. With two internal webbing straps, newlydesigned corner wheels, and a TSA-approved lock, this slick travel sidekick also boasts the iconic RAF heraldic insignia. www.globe-trotter.com

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