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Elite Havens Launches Signature Collection
Asia's leader in high-end holiday rental vacations, announces the launch of its Signature Collection, a premium selection of the most exclusive villas and chalets in exotic destinations such as Phuket, Koh Samui, Bali, Lombok, Sri Lanka, India, Japan and the Maldives.
The Signature Collection's tagline, 'Luxury at its finest', says it all. Each villa or chalet in this collection excels in every aspect from architecture to interior design, boasting prime locations, world-class facilities and impeccable service standards that meet the needs of the most discerning of guests.
The Signature villas and chalets offer enhanced luxury at every level. The tiniest of details are taken care of, and small personal touches that are sure to delight such as bespoke activities or fine dining with personalised menus.
The Elite Havens Signature Collection boasts high service standards and all properties are impeccably maintained. Some havens come fully staffed with in-villa teams while others are supported by highly trained service staff and the Elite Concierge. Impeccable service from start to finish will leave guests wanting for nothing. Villas that are staffed with in-house teams include the services of a professional chef experienced in local and international cuisines. These skilled chefs are passionate about using locally sourced, seasonal produce and working alongside the best suppliers, they create menus tailored to the guests' nutritional requirements. Meanwhile, other Signature havens have access to the very best gourmet food in the area, including bespoke private dinners and barbecue experiences. Dining is always a delight at a Signature haven.
Guests can now experience the ultimate in enhanced luxury by choosing to holiday in anElite Havens Signature villa or chalet. Get a taste of these beautiful properties at www.elitehavens.com/signature.apx.
Viking to Launch New Ship for the Mekong River
Viking has announced it will launch a new ship for its popular Magnificent Mekong cruise-tour.
Currently under construction, the 80-guest Viking Saigon℠ is scheduled to debut for the 30 August 2021 cruise-tour departure; the river cruise portion of the itinerary sails between Kampong Cham, Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam.
Purpose-built for the Mekong River, the new Viking Saigon will host 80 guests in 40 outside staterooms. Featuring the clean Scandinavian design for which Viking is known, all staterooms will have hotel-style beds and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with a Veranda or French Balcony. Guests on the three-deck Viking Saigon will also enjoy a Spa & Fitness Center, Infinity Pool and open-air Sky Bar on the Upper Deck.
During this 15-day journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City or v.v. guests will explore the cultural treasures of Vietnam and Cambodia with 16 guided tours. Hotel stays in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) bracket an eight-day Mekong River cruise on this unique cruise-tour itinerary, during which guests can enjoy shopping in Old Hanoi's markets; exploring the Khmer temple complex of Angkor Wat; visiting Ta Prohm, where jungle vines embrace ancient ruins; and seeing the sights of Phnom Penh by cyclo rickshaw. On the river cruise portion of the itinerary, guests can discover silk towns, fishing villages, monasteries and floating markets.
In these extraordinary times, the district of Gion, in Japan's ancient Imperial Capital Kyoto where Luxury Hotel SOWAKA is located, is enveloped in an unusual tranquility and serenity, seldom seen in recent years. Visitors can experience this exceptional peace that has incased Kyoto's intricate cobbled streets and its awe-inspiring temples and shrines with Sowaka's seven-night flat rate promotion* (offering up to 65% discount). JPY 423,500 for seven nights. Offer valid on reservations up to end October 2020. Now is the time to truly step back into history, and with Sowaka's privileged access, explore some of Kyoto's 17 mesmerising UNESCO heritage sites and the true glory of this spectacular city, its gilded architecture and celebrated gardens currently standing virtually empty.
Luxury Hotel SOWAKA, a century year old renovated Ryokan has 23 individually designed suites in the original Sukiya building and a separate annexe, offering space, privacy and out of this world luxury. This boutique hotel with its spacious rooms, graceful corridors reminiscent of the city's alleys, and its minimalist décor and clean lines are the perfect retreat for holiday makers to unwind and embrace culturally immersive experiences in today's new world.
Each of the 23 well-appointed bedrooms boast sumptuous beds each with densely cushioned camel hair and cashmere mattresses crafted in Kyoto. The hotel is a showroom of antiques unmatched by any other ryokan, all handpicked by local antique specialist Masa. Sowaka sources its water directly from Kyoto's natural aquifer, fed via the pristine mountains surrounding the city; the water is said to be blessed with a spiritual power, and its low levels of ions help richly benefit the skin. A stay at Sowaka is a truly transformative experience.
Accor Ambassador Hotels in South Korea have successfully achieved the ALLSAFE label by implementing the most stringent hygiene measures co-created by Accor, Bureau Veritas and leading medical authorities as part of its enhanced standard operating procedures. Currently, all of the 21 Accor Ambassador hotels operating in South Korea are ready and set to welcome guests following the ALLSAFE label accreditation.
Accor's ALLSAFE programme is designed to protect and reassure guests, with an all-encompassing set of procedures responding to new consumer behaviours and expectations about hygiene and cleanliness, social distancing, seamless and contactless service. The ALLSAFE procedures developed with Bureau Veritas consist of 16 key fundamentals. These procedures include having an ALLSAFE officer available at the hotel 24 hours a day and ensuring comprehensive hygiene training is implemented for staff across all areas of the hotel. Individual sanitisers and face masks are offered to guests upon request without additional charges. In addition, food and safety standards have also been implemented as part of the ALLSAFE label and in the event of restaurant closure, room service is offered at no additional cost.
Vincent Lelay, Vice President of Operations for South Korea commented “I am very proud to announce that all Accor Ambassador Hotels in South Korea have achieved the ALLSAFE Label. We have maintained the highest levels of safety and wellbeing at our network of hotels around the world for more than 50 years. We realised that this is even more important today to ensure that our guests feel at ease when stepping into an Accor Ambassador hotel. Our global operations expertise has enabled us to respond effectively and adapt to the new expectations of our guests. With hotels ranging from the economy ibis budget brand, the midscale Novotel brand and premium Grand Mercure brand, we have options for all types of travelers in South Korea across key destinations from Seoul, Deagu, Suwon to Busan.”
Ovolo Hotels recently launched its OC/DC (Obsessive Commitment to Deep Cleaning) initiative all in the name of some good clean fun. Whilst Ovolo has always been committed to providing guests with the highest possible hygiene standards, it is always looking for areas to extend this promise. From today Ovolo will be the first hotel group in Australia to make it compulsory for all front-line guest facing employees to wear masks to help to stop the spread.
It has become abundantly clear wearing of masks drastically helps in slowing the spread of COVID-19. It is important to everyone at Ovolo that guests and the team are kept safe, happy, and healthy - let’s face it, this Ovolo’s number one priority.
Additionally, Ovolo will provide OC/DC kits on request which contain useful information on Ovolo’s OC/DC initiative and how we are helping stop the spread, with a mask for those guests who need that extra reassurance.
Commenting on this bold move, Ovolo Hotels Founder & CEO Girish Jhunjhnuwala said, “We know everyone will miss the beaming smiles of our shiny, happy people, but it’s the right thing to do to. It will not be forever, but for now, we all do our bit to help stop the spread. And when it’s all over and the masks come off – we’ll share a cheeky grin again!”
Earlier this month Ovolo launched OC/DC (Obsessive Commitment to Deep Cleaning) which was developed to bring a little fun to what can be mundane and incorporate musical undertones, in true Ovolo fashion. So, whether that’s rockin’ out on temperature checks or rollin’ out the hand sanitiser, guests can fully relax knowing that there are 10 squeaky clean rules and regulations, alongside the latest addition of all employees wearing masks, which have been implemented, and that they will be in good (thoroughly washed) hands.
Japan's First Holiday Inn With a 'Suites' Offering to Open in October 2020
Holiday Inn & Suites Shin Osaka will be the first Holiday Inn in Japan to offer a suites product, with 126 of its 185 rooms featuring an apartment-style kitchen, dining room and laundry room. Each guest suite will be a spacious 30-45 square metres in size, making them exceptionally comfortable for long-term business stays, as well as for families and groups. Standard rooms will be fresh, comfortable spaces for shorter stays for 1-2 guests.
The hotel, which boasts bright open spaces and modern décor, will offer all-day dining, meeting spaces, fitness facilities and ample parking, in addition to its spacious, contemporary rooms.
Holiday Inn & Suites Shin Osaka is located within walking distance from Shin-Osaka Station, the gateway to most areas of Japan with Shinkansen (bullet train) connections, making it the perfect base for business, group, leisure and long-stay travelers, as well as those who are connecting to nearby Shinkansen services.
Abhijay Sandilya, Vice President Development – Australasia, Japan and Pacific, commented: "Holiday Inn is the world's largest brand family, with more than 4,100 worldwide under the Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express flag, offering the Joy of Travel and warmhearted service since 1952. The opening of Holiday Inn & Suites Shin-Osaka will provide travellers to Osaka with more choices and convenience, with the ability to choose from standard hotel rooms to spacious suites, which are so highly valued by guests. We are so proud to start working with Pacifica Capital K.K. and Shin-Osaka Hospitality GK and look forward to building a long-term partnership.”
IHG currently brands or operates 34 hotels in Japan under the (ANA) InterContinental, (ANA) Crowne Plaza, (ANA) Holiday Inn and Hotel Indigo brands. Holiday Inn & Suites Shin Osaka will be the second Holiday Inn to open in Japan in 2020, following ANA Holiday Inn Resort Shinano Omachi Kuroyon, which opened on 1 July 2020.
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas Set to Unveil Refurbished Poolside Swim Up Bar, the Lagoon House
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas is set to unveil a new stylishly refurbished poolside and swim up bar, the Lagoon House. Located in the heart of the resort and set amongst two hectares of sparkling blue lagoons and surrounding palm trees, Lagoon House is set to embrace the breathtaking setting of its tropical destination.
Scheduled to open in July 2020, the $1 million development provides a stylish and sophisticated Far North Queensland experience. Featuring light, earthly tones with the use of natural materials, the bar fits seamlessly within its idyllic surroundings, setting a scene and creating those perfect Instagram worthy moments.
Guests are invited to feast on the chef designed fresh bites menu, featuring local seafood and modern Australian cuisine. To accompany this are a range of local and international beers along with classic poolside cocktails, all designed to ease you further into the obvious aesthetics of your surroundings. Relax and order from your poolside cabana, sun lounger, or simply take the unique chance to swim-up and order from the bar.
The Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas first opened its doors in 1987 as the most sought after 5-star resort in Australia and has since continued to attract the who's who of celebrities, social influencers and dignitaries from around the globe. Since completing a $43 million refurbishment in 2016, the property has continued to enhance its product and welcome major events.
Situated in a prime location in the picturesque coastal town of Port Douglas, it remains the only 5-star beachfront resort with direct beachfront access in the area, boasting over 147 hectares of tropical gardens and 2 hectares of swimmable, saltwater lagoons.