Hotels Open in Lion City Lifestyle Hub

Hotels Open in Lion City Lifestyle Hub

AccorHotels has opened two new hotels at the heart of Singapore’s newest integrated lifestyle hub. The Novotel Singapore on Stevens and Mercure Singapore on Stevens are part of a lifestyle destination that features 772 guest rooms, 14 dining outlets, two outdoor pools, and a tennis court. Strategically located at the edge of Orchard Road, the two hotels offer guests great gastronomy, health, fitness and lifestyle experiences as well as close proximity to the city’s best shopping and entertainment. Featuring 254 guest rooms, Novotel Singapore on Stevens offers three dining outlets: L’Apéritif Tapas Bar serving signature cocktails and European and Asian tapas; Food Exchange featuring Thai, Indian, European and Singaporean cuisine; and for a refreshing cocktail by the pool, head to the Novotel Infinity Pool. Infused with local design and inspiration, the 518-room Mercure Singapore on Stevens features a gourmet café, Fudebar, which serves superfood including a healthy choice of salads, sandwiches and artisanal coffees, while Winestone restaurant offers Mediterranean food and a wide range of signature wines from around the world. www.accorhotels.com

Cocktails to Die For

Celebrating the forthcoming release of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express with Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Sir Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot, the Manetta’s Bar at London’s Flemings Mayfair hotel has created a series of era-inspired cocktails. Named after the original 1930s Flemings bar, Manetta’s recaptures the spirit of Christie’s crime novels, a place where spies can swap secrets and covert tête-à-tête take place. The hotel has a history with Christie, who based her book At Bertram’s Hotel, on Flemings Mayfair. The four new cocktails are named for the carriages on the Orient Express and include the L’Oriental, a potent, scarlet-red aperitif with Calvados, Dubonnet and Lillet Blanc; and the Cote D’azur, a fragrant combination of Grey Goose L’Orange, fresh lemon juice, blue almond syrup and violet liqueur, which features a deep colour inspired by artist René Lalique’s luxurious glass sculptures which adorn the 1st class carriages of the Orient Express. www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk

An Aman Odyssey

How about a private jet jaunt around the world? Aman Resorts, Hotels & Residences has created a 22-day private jet itinerary that combines its properties in nine countries. The Private Jet Expedition, a partnership with travel company Remote Lands, departs April 2018 and jets just 16 guests around the globe in a luxurious Airbus ACJ319 corporate plane. There are opportunities to visit Tokyo during the Sakura season, visit the new Amanyangyun in eclectic Shanghai, and sun worship on Vietnam’s idyllic Vinh Hy Bay and Phuket’s west coast, before boarding two smaller G200 jets to visit the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, home to two Aman retreats. In India guests will delve into the rich tapestry of Rajasthan before flying to Athens for a helicopter transfer to Amanzoe in the hills of the Peloponnese. After visiting Montenegro’s iconic islet of Sveti Stefan, guests will finish their journey in Venice, with time for tours of Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace and the Rialto Market before a farewell dinner is served beside the Grand Canal. www.aman.com

Beachfront Retreat

Families and couples looking to get away from the city’s bustle can enjoy a beachside vacation at Renaissance Hotel’s first resort in Pattaya, Thailand. The Renaissance Pattaya Resort and Spa features 257 rooms, each with a natural, waterfront-inspired design with wood and metal finishes in earthy tones, reminiscent of the town’s heritage of a fishing village. The 128sqm Beachfront Jacuzzi bedroom villa features a king-sized bed, a separate living room, two bathrooms with bathtubs and showers, and a balcony overlooking the ocean. For families travelling with children, the retreat’s kids pool, kids club, and luxury spa ensure both adults and young travellers are entertained throughout the day. Meat lovers will love Pebble Bar and Grill’s servings of fine beef cuts, while the R-Lounge is an ideal spot for a relaxing evening tipple. www.marriott.com

A New Side to the Fragrant Harbour

Hong Kong may be known as a modern and cosmopolitan city, famous for its myriad skyscrapers, but the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is aiming to shed light on a different side with its latest campaign, Hong Kong’s Great Outdoors. The new campaign encourages travellers to don their active gear and set out to explore a more organic side of the city, one that is far removed from its buzzing urban centre. HKTB has recruited a handful of local photographers, including landscape photographer and a Hong Kong National Geographic 2013 photography winner Will Cho; veteran outdoor sports photographer Elvis Mo; Nature Conservancy 2017 photography winner Jessica Li; and renowned photographer Romain Jacquet Lagreze, to capture the city’s off-the-radar landscapes, which travellers can experience firsthand by following a series of self-guided trails in HKTB’s Your Guide to Hiking & Cycling in Hong Kong. The guidebook is available from visitor centres around the city or as an e-guide and is divided into three different themes: Hiking in Heritage; Picture-Perfect Vistas; and Geological Wonders, with each section detailing suggested trails, along with the estimated time required and difficulty levels. The guidebook also features cycling trails for those who are keen to explore at a slightly faster speed. www.discoverhongkong.com

W Goes Off Duty

W Hotels has unveiled its exclusive “Off Duty” Closet, the latest project inspired by the iconic lifestyle brand’s Global Fashion Innovator, Joan Smalls. W Hotels and creative director Sarah Easley will debut 25 items inspired by Smalls’ own jet setting style. The Closet is available globally as of today only through W Hotels The Store. Smalls has been putting her passion to work with W since March 2017, developing insider guides and shaping the brand’s global fashion platform with an expert eye. Curated by Easley to reflect Smalls’ personal style, the “Off Duty” Closet includes pieces from seven top designers who have created signature items for the Closet’s limited release. In light of the recent disaster in Puerto Rico and in honour of Smalls’ passion for her heritage, Smalls will dedicate all of her royalties from the “Off Duty” Closet to Unidos ForPuerto Rico, a generous donation that will be matched by W Hotels in support of ongoing relief efforts. www.starwoodhotels.com

The Gold Coast a Winner with Backpackers

Australia’s Gold Coast has been named ‘Best Destination’ at the 11th TNT Golden Backpack Awards, reaffirming the popularity of the destination amongst one of the regions fastest growing sectors. Backpackers voted the Gold Coast a clear favourite ahead of Noosa, the Whitsundays, Cairns, Melbourne and Fraser Island. More than 300,000 international travellers aged between 15 and 29 visit the Gold Coast annually and numbers are on the rise. In September, Gold Coast Tourism partnered with Hostelworld, the largest online hostel booking site, to create the world’s first temporary fully-functional Sand Hostel, at Broadbeach. Perched on the foreshore at Kurrawa Terrace, the event played out on television, radio and online globally reaching hundreds of thousands of people who were greeted with enviable coastal panoramas. www.destinationgoldcoast.com

Sanctuary Retreats Unveils New Serengeti Camp

Luxury safari specialist Sanctuary Retreats launches the exclusive Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp in Tanzania this month. This extraordinary new escape, which will be based in three set locations across the Serengeti, offers guests an unrivalled, front row experience of the movement of a million-plus wildebeest and zebra as they follow the fresh grasses across the Serengeti plains during the annual migration season. Kichakani is a Swahili word meaning ‘in the bush’ and Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp will offer ten luxury tents which can be packed up and moved along in a style evocative of the pioneering explorers of the 19th century, yet with all modern comforts. An elegant and contemporary take on the classic camp style, the new fivestar tents will offer distinct and stylish accommodation under canvas. Handcrafted luggage, easy chairs and characterful cabinets and desks, have all been designed to be perfectly portable. Each tent has a personal attendant and a private wooden deck on which to enjoy a just-brewed cup of Tanzania’s finest coffee whilst the ensuite bathrooms feature authentic bucket showers. Evenings can be spent gathered by the traditional fire pit exchanging stories under starry skies and listening to fascinating tales of wildlife encounters from the passionate guides.www.sanctuaryretreats.com

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