With legendary five-star hotels and new mega resort complexes dotting its landscape, Singapore is loaded with luxurious travel retreats. But here’s a new way to enjoy the island – The Scarlet is the city’s first upscale boutique hotel and has been recently revamped to inspire a decadent and opulent lodging experience.
Monthly Archives: May 2014
A pilgrimage isn’t just a vacation; it’s a meaningful journey filled with challenging but beautiful experiences. Be it a sacred journey to the Holy Land or a quiet voyage to an ancient site steeped in mystery, to go on a pilgrimage is to undergo a metamorphosis, renew your spirit and redefine your purpose
A city rich with history, art and culture, it’s only right that a visit includes a stay that is equally refined. This historical palace, designed by the famed Filippo Brunelleschi and built in 1432, received a modern makeover and was transformed into The St Regis Florence. The luxurious hotel is as much a historical work of art as those masterpieces housed in the surrounding museums along the Arno River; the palace is revamped and opulently reimagined to reflect a modern interpretation of old-world charm.
In a world full of uncertainty, it’s essential that we hold onto clarity and consciously reflect on our life. Through kundalini yoga, a practice that awakens the kundalini energy to help us recognise and fulfil our highest potential, we’re connected to our inner wisdom and the truth of who we really are
Protecting the delicate coral ecosystems of the Maldives, Cocoa Island by COMO launches the new Coral Frame Sponsorship Programme to encourage guests to help preserve the beautiful coral reefs around the luxury resort in the South Malé Atoll. The Programme utillises an innovative technique to propagate new corals by transplanting fragments of broken corals harvested from the natural reef to metal frames, which eventually grow into new colonies. Guests sponsoring a coral frame will receive personalised images of the new corals every six months, and on their next visit to Cocoa Island, they will be taken on a guided snorkel tour to see their sponsored frame up close. Non-guests can also contribute by sponsoring a frame and monitoring its progress online.
A fun yet educational initiative, The Big Jumeirah Sea Turtle Race commenced as seven endangered sea turtles were released back into the wild from the beach at Madinat Jumeirah, providing the public with valuable information on the plight of the sea turtle. Each of the seven animals, including two loggerheads and five hawksbills, was rescued by members of the public and nursed back to health by the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project team. Sponsored by seven properties from the Jumeirah Group, the sea turtles were fitted with satellite transmitters and tracked to collect vital information that is crucial for conservation plans. The turtle that has travelled the greatest distance will be announced as the winner when the race concludes in mid-March.
Maybourne Hotel Group has joined forces with Burberry to bring visitors a special experience to beat the London weather in style. Suite guests at the group’s three luxurious hotels – Claridge’s, Connaught and the Berkeley – can now enjoy the use of a classic Burberry trench coat throughout their entire stay. Available in both men’s and women’s versions with different colours and cuff buckles, the weather-beating trench coats are beautifully tailored and hung in the wardrobes prior to the guest’s arrival. The Burberry Private Clients services are offered exclusively to guests at Claridge’s, who can also purchase a brand new Claridge’s Burberry trench that features a unique serial number directly at the hotel.
After 12 months of planning and construction, the pristine haven of Six Senses Con Dao is now home to the first Astronomical Observatory in the southernmost region of Vietnam. The private Observatory is equipped with a Maksutov- Cassegrainian 127mm telescope, which allows up to 30 guests at the resort to admire celestial highlights like Saturn, Venus, Jupiter and the moon’s surface at each private or complimentary stargazing session. The imaginative project originated from celebrity astronomer Dr Parag Mahajani, who visits the resort several times a year and hosts talks and slideshows on astronomical observations, morning solar observation sessions and exclusive zodiac dinners during his stay.
Head to Singapore’s Central Business District for a late-night spa treat at the new SPA CLUB at Beach Road, one of the city’s biggest luxury spas. Open until 2am, this urban sanctuary spans nearly 10,000 sq ft over two floors, encompassing 22 treatment rooms, amethyst steam room, indoor heated pool, sauna and ice fountain. Treatments here all utilise high-quality products by brands like ila, Stem Cell Cold and Aromatherapy Associates. The spa also offers its guests a number of exclusive experiences, such as the Lava Bambu Massage and Lava Shell Massage, both of which employ the cutting-edge self-heating technology of Lava Gel to induce a deep sense of relaxation and create an instant glow.
As JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi opens its doors in the city’s new central business district, the signature Spa by JW also brings its luxurious services to Vietnam for the first time. The spa offers a wide range of massages, bathing rituals, body and facial treatments that take care of guests’ different needs. Enjoy a foot reflexology after a warm foot bath with fresh ginger and lime in the spacious foot massage lounge, or head to one of the treatment rooms that overlook the city’s skyline for the Signature Spa by JW experience, an indulging massage that involves two expert therapists working in rhythmic harmony to calm the nervous system as well as warm and relax the muscles.