It is Semptember, and what are your plans

It is September,

and what are your plans


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Tribute Portfolio Debuts in Kochi, South India, With the Opening of Port Muziris

Port Muziris, part of Tribute Portfolio's growing global portfolio of characterful, independent hotels drawn together by their passion for captivating design and their drive to create vibrant social scenes, opens in South India. 

For centuries, Kochi has been an important port city in the state of Kerala in Southern India. The serene city is defined by its beautiful landscape that combines the coastal strip of the Arabian Sea and the spice-covered mountains of the Western Ghats. Inspired by the early explorers who set out onto unchartered waters to discover India's infamous Spice Route, Port Muziris captures the spirit of exploration to discover new cuisines and local cultures.

The hotel features 54 artistically designed rooms, including two Executive Suites, showcasing a blend of Indian old-world charm with contemporary style, warmth and sophistication. An alluring feature of the property is the art collection on display that spans across the hotel's public space and guestrooms. Artists including Vimal Chandran and Sachin Samson were commissioned to produce the artworks that aim to pay respect and reflect the re-imagination on the Kerala's rich history. The art pieces collectively tell interesting and lesser-known facts about the region, the cultures and the people.

Located only 300 meters from the Cochin International Airport, the hotel welcomes local and international travelers to Kochi with an easy access to the city's most popular attractions.

For more information and reservation, please visit or follow them on Facebook: @portmuzirishotel and Instagram @portmuziriskochi

Make A Difference with Shinta Mani Angkor CSR 'Open Doors Open Hearts' Package

The Shinta Mani Foundation (SMF) seeks to be a leader in responsible tourism. The goal of SMF is to enhance the lives of the individuals in the local communities where we operate - by increasing their human capital and providing them the tools to overcome the constraints of poverty.

Founded by Mr. Sokoun Chanpreda, a Cambodian businessman who returned from overseas to invest in the future of his country, the SMF is guided by his philosophy of Open Doors, Open Hearts. The Foundation operates today in the three core areas of education, healthcare and direct assistance. 

Shinta Mani's community activities began in 2004 with the opening of the Shinta Mani School of Hospitality on the grounds of Shinta Mani Siem Reap, a boutique hotel owned by Mr Sokoun. This innovative program, which received international recognition for its efforts, trained underprivileged Cambodians in aspects of world-class hotel operations on a free of charge basis-providing them the skills to secure employment and to enjoy a brighter future.   Since 2004, more than 229 Khmer students have graduated from the Shinta Mani School of Hospitality and still enjoy employment in the immediate township and local countryside. 

For more information and reservations, please contact Shinta Mani Angkor on:

Tel:            +855 63 964 123

Fax:           +855 63 761 999



New for 2019 Alice in the Palace

Experience a Wonderland like no other…
Enter the magical world of Alice in Wonderland as part of an enchanting new daytime experience at Blenheim Palace this Christmas (22 November 2019 – 5 January 2020).

Step between the pages of a larger-than-life storybook and into your very own festive family adventure as you venture through the looking glass.

Wander down the rabbit-hole corridor, through the Hall of Mirrors, along the Hall of Doors and into the Palace's historic rooms, sometimes grand, sometimes dainty, but always filled with hidden surprises and familiar faces.
Magical sights and sounds conjure up a crazy assortment of curious characters; the White Rabbit is in his sitting room – he mustn't be late, you know.

The Caterpillar's garden home is filled with flowers, foliage and, of course, a rather massive mushroom.
The Cheshire Cat might leave you with a grin, whilst the room filled with crystal drops and shimmering light must be home to the Pool of Tears.

Nothing is quite as it first appears; sometimes things are much bigger than they should be, and sometimes much smaller.
There's no mistaking the royally eccentric Queen of Hearts and her giant jam tarts, surrounded by pink flamingos, rambling roses and hedgehogs.
When:             From 22 November 2019 – 5 January 2020* 

IHG unveils new luxury openings worldwide in 2019 with InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts

InterContinental® Lyon – Hotel Dieu

The opening of InterContinental® Lyon – Hotel Dieu on 4 June follows an extensive four-year restoration work of the historic Grand Hôtel Dieu complex, one of Lyon's most iconic buildings. This renovation marks the largest private transformation of a historic monument carried out in France to date. 

InterContinental® Hayman Island Resort

Nestled in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef – one of the seven wonders of the natural world – InterContinental® Hayman Island Resort will open on 1 July after a spectacular multi-million-dollar refurbishment. Located on a pristine 400-hectare private island in The Whitsunday Islands, the luxury resort features 166 rooms, suites and villas across three distinct wings, and is accessible by luxury catamaran, helicopter or seaplane.

ANA InterContinental® Beppu Resort and Spa

ANA InterContinental® Beppu Resort and Spa opens its doors on 1 August, introducing a luxurious combination of Japan's famed hot springs heritage and InterContinental®'s worldly glamour for the first time in Oita Prefecture, Japan. Designed to offer a distinct sense of place, the resort has adopted various elements of the local surrounds to influence its interiors. Each guest room includes beautiful bamboo work created by the local artists and craftsmen, complete with spacious design and natural materials for a sense of peace and relaxation. The resort also boasts an indoor bath along with open-air bathing in its own elegant space where guests can enjoy the natural hot spring waters renowned for its beautifying properties.

Kynren Unveils Spectacular 2019 Show

The spectacular 2019 version of 'Kynren – an epic tale of England' was performed for the very first time at the weekend ahead of its official premiere on 29th June.
Performances have been taking place every Saturday until 14th September*.

The multi-award-winning outdoor live show takes place on a purpose-built 7.5-acre stage on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland, County Durham and features a cast and crew of a thousand.

The 2019 show, which has the theme 'Year of the Viking', incorporates a series of new scenes, stunts and pre-show entertainment including a major new walkthrough Viking Village experience.

Thrilling new additions include a Viking longship burial on the water, with live Vikings on board, the kidnapping of a fisherwoman and lots of dramatic fiery effects and explosions.

For the first time audiences are also able to wander through an authentic recreation of a Viking village before the show which includes a cookhouse complete with vegetable patch, a woodworker's cottage built into the hillside and a working blacksmith's forge.

Other pre-show attractions include the Georgian Animal Croft - where you can meet Kynren's cast of animal actors, the Food Village featuring local, high quality suppliers and a new 1940's Bar with a street party vibe. The attractions open up three-and-a-half hours before the show begins (three hours before in September). 

Tickets are available online at Adults from £25, Under 18 from £15, Under 4s are Free, Family Tickets (2+2) £110.All tickets are sold on a first come first served basis so book early to secure the best seats.

ACCOR Announces Two New Raffles for Asia as Brand Continues Strategic Expansion

Since acquiring the legendary Raffles brand in 2016, Accor has announced plans to almost double the iconic collection, with recent openings including Raffles Maldives Meradhoo and Raffles Shenzhen, as well as upcoming projects including Raffles Udaipur and Raffles Jaipur. Today, the Group adds a further two landmark projects to the pipeline with Raffles Bali set to open in 2020 and Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore planned for 2022.

With at least four hotels in the development pipeline, the Group will grow the brand by at least 50% in Asia, while planning further flagships for Europe, the US and Middle East including Raffles London in the former War Office, Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences and Raffles Palm360 Resort Hotel & Residences.

Proudly born in Singapore, Raffles has become an iconic collection of 14 timeless properties worldwide, which should reach 20 hotels by 2025. Each Raffles hotel is a special experience: warm and welcoming, generous in spirit and unique to its destination.

RAFFLES BALI: Located in the prestigious Jimbaran Hijau area and perched on a hill offering unparalleled ocean views, Raffles Bali will comprise just 32 private villas, each with its own private pool, for the ultimate in luxurious seclusion.  

RAFFLES SENTOSA RESORT & SPA SINGAPORE: Over 135 years after the original Raffles opened its doors, the second Raffles in Singapore will be an all-villa hotel set in over 100,000 square metres of sprawling tropical gardens with views over the beautiful South China Sea. 

RAFFLES UDAIPUR: Set to open in 2020, Raffles Udaipur will be the first Raffles for India.

RAFFLES JAIPUR: Raffles Jaipur will be one of the most exclusive Raffles in the world, with just 50 suites, all with private pools.