Monthly Archives: January 2013

Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam

Snugly situated right in the heart of the museum and fashion district of one the most dynamic cities in Europe, Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam is a high-end luxury lifestyle accommodation combining locally-orientated experiences with world-class standards. The restaurants and bars, all with renowned Dutch chef, Schilo van Coevorden in charge, appeal to both international travellers and local foodies, making the hotel a truly excellent spot for interaction with local culture. Steeped in history, the hotel sits upon the site of the former Sweelinck Conservatorium. There are eight types of rooms available, and the sleek and modern hotel is designed to be family-friendly, with cribs available upon request. The Conservatorium Hotel, with an agreement with the Green Globe organisation for environmental and sustainable operations, features the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center, which is split into four areas to reflect fire, water, earth and air.

Amanzo’e, Greece

A lavish Mediterranean haven atop a hill
Surrounded by ancient sites and a spectacular view
With an Aman Spa, villas and 38 pavilions
And night-time skies with stars numbering millions

Postcard From Chiang Mai

The gateway to northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is the country’s second-largest city and is a hive of luxury and activity. Here in our new column ‘Postcard From’ we show you how best to spend your time in the ‘Rose of the North’.

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This

Long established as a creator of finely crafted luxury fabrics, Frette’s solid reputation for made-in Italy linens remains unrivalled. With thread counts soaring between 210 and 1,000, Frette linens are recognised the world over as top-quality sheets.

Dynamic Duo

Sandra Choi and Simon Holloway are the creative directors of Jimmy Choo, a luxury lifstyle brand once founded by Choi’s uncle, Mr Jimmy Choo.

Moreish Mozambique

Mozambique and the islands nestling along its tropical eastern shores don’t just attract visitors – they seduce them. This is one of Africa’s up-and-coming hot spots, catering to a growing trickle of high-end tourism with its exclusive selection of barefoot-bliss, beach side spa resorts.

Bangkok’s Urban Sanctuaries

One could not help thinking the art of pampering and well-being originated in Thailand, with its golden-domed temples promoting the art of meditation and its world-famous Thai massage, incorporating techniques stretching back centuries.
What’s not debatable is Bangkok being the region’s capital of spectacular spa treatments. Whether you like your body scrubbed with bee pollen, rubbed with hot gemstones, bathed in apple and green tea, or wrapped in honey or mountain mud, there’s a treatment here for you in a range of tip-top, beautiful spas.

Rivet Grill & Rebar, Indigo Pearl

Rivet Grill & Rebar is one of the six F&B options available at Indigo Pearl, which offers snacks, main courses and an impressive list of New World wines in a chilled and chic environment. “Today’s well heeled guests are looking for healthy but not boring alternatives,” says Executive Sous Chef, Robert Kirk.

Susan Harmsworth

Stylish, full of positive energy, yet totally relaxed – rather like her spas – Susan Harmsworth MBE, CEO and founder of ESPA, appears at her brand new ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa, effortlessly shrugging off the series of air miles and time zones she has just crossed. As she settles down in the Tangerine cafe, looking a fraction of her 67 years, you’d never know she had 25 projects under construction in countries as disparate as the UK, Ireland, Costa Rica and Mexico, and over 300 spas operating in 55 countries, Asia included.


Among Asian women, there is a saying: beauty is a life-long ambition. With Guerlain, which includes its own luxury fragrances, skincare and make-up, that is certainly true. With its origins traceable to early 19th century Paris, Guerlain is a beauty legacy stretching over, not one, but five generations.