Thursday, October 19, 2017

Once Upon a Belmond

Healthy Life, Happy Heart

Surrounded by natural beauty and lush vegetation, Kinan Spa at Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, launches a three-day wellness retreat with curated experiences to nourish the soul and body and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Healthy life, Happy Heart is a new package to bring guests peace of mind and a chance to slow down and reconnect with nature and their inner self.

Releasing ceremony at the beach – a Shaman starts the ceremony with an energy cleansing using a mix of copal crystals and medicinal herbs. An offering is made to the ‘Universe’ with local flowers along a good intention to complete the circle.

Private consultation – guests are invited for a tour of the spa and a private consultation with Spa Manager, Cinthya Alva, to discuss personal objectives and how to make the most of their retreat.

Aromatherapy Blending – takes place as a workshop to create the combination of essential oils for improvement of mood and nurture the skin.

Private yoga with healing music – personalised Hatha Yoga class with healing music will help to increase flexibility, energy levels, cleanse the body from toxins and decrease stress levels.

Nutritional consultation –a nutritional expert guides an in-depth session on diet, healthy eating and methods of detoxing the body and guests will receive tips and recipes to ensure they achieve their goals.

Kinan body glow 30 minutes – the magic of Kinan Spa is experienced with a slimming exfoliation and reaffirming sapphire salts by Gemology cosmetics.

Private meditation – at the enchanting Yoga Palapa, guests enjoy a meditation class that is a primary method of self-healing and gateway to self-awareness – scientifically proven to reduce both heart rate and blood pressure, in addition to helping with sleep and healthy eating.

Detox body wrap 50 minutes – heated cotton sheets infused with herbs are wrapped around the body to draw toxins to the surface. A Melipona bee honey from the spa’s own honey bee harvest is then used as a body mask to clean and rejuvenate skin.

Cilantro Juice Bar – a visit to the Cilantro Juice Bar is where guests can learn about the benefits of superfoods and enjoy a tasting of the different type of kombucha -raw probiotics – prepared locally.

Alila Jabal Akhdar’s New Spa Arbour

Alila Jabal Akhdar in Oman, at 2,000 metres above sea level overlooking the dramatic gorge and spectacular Al Hajar mountain range, has just introduced a new alfresco Spa Arbour, situated on the edge of the canyon, for some fabulous gravity defying Spa Alila indulgence.

Staying true to the Alila philosophy of creating bespoke and surprisingly different wellness experiences, the Spa Arbour blends dramatic Omani vistas with Spa Alila treatments, inspired by the local traditions and delivered from the heart.

Spa Alila has created three exceptional treatments available exclusively at the Spa Arbour, to be enjoyed singly or for a couple.

On the Edge
A 60 or 90-minute slow-stroke massage with deep pressure focus on the legs, lower back and shoulders. The masseuse will use a blend of virgin coconut, local frankincense and vanilla massage oils with a gentle Thai stretching technique, which will release any lingering tension for complete relaxation.

60-minute single massage is USD55 and a couple’s massage is USD100
90-minute single massage is USD70 and a couple’s massage is USD130

Heart of the Mountain
A 60 or 90-minute Balinese full body massage, delivered from the heart through an age old technique that has been passed down from generations of Balinese healers.

60-minute single massage is USD50 and a couple’s massage is USD90
90-minute single massage is USD65 and a couple’s massage is USD120

Reach your Peak
This 60-minute revitalising treatment using enriched moisturising oils will leave guests feeling recharged and ready to go. The treatment combines an acupressure massage on the soles of the feet and hands with a therapeutic neck, shoulder and scalp massage.

60-minute single massage is USD45 and a couple’s massage is USD80

Guests looking to combine their Spa Alila indulgence with adrenaline-pumping hikes, can now attempt the Via Ferrata, a brand new protected climbing route. The Via Ferrata Cave Affair Experience involves walking over a cave mouth, traversing along the side of the canyon and ascending into a steep gully. Those looking for a gentler trail may enjoy the 90-minute Adventure Trek experience.

Rates at Alila Jabal Akhdar start from USD 428 for a Mountain View Suite on a half board basis excluding tax.

For more info please visit

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Robertson Quay Opens in Reinvigorated Neighbourhood in Singapore

The first international luxury hotel brand at The Quayside, Robertson Quay, is set to impress with its residential-inspired hotel concept 

Set amidst a dynamic, sophisticated neighbourhood along the Singapore River, known for its dining options and arts houses, the luxury hotel has been carefully curated by world- class designers, architects and culinary purveyors. Located just a few minutes from the CBD, the hotel still maintains a stylish but laid back, relaxed feel in the leafy, upscale neighbourhood of Robertson Quay. The hotel offers 225 luxurious studios and suites, including an expansive Penthouse, which has unparalleled views of both the Singapore River and vibrant city via floor-to-ceiling windows.

Designed by award-winning architect firm, SCDA, the residential-inspired property combines elements from Robertson Quay’s industrial and intriguing past with sleek contemporary finishes using rich Italian marble, slate, brushed copper and bronzes, whilst seamlessly blending into the residential surrounds. The light- filled room interiors have been designed to magnify the familiar comforts of home. Guests can sink into soft, plush, custom-made furnishings and enjoy bespoke amenities such as a specially designed in-room cocktail kit by local bar guru’s Proof & Co.

InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is fully equipped for business travellers, with five intimate meeting and event spaces as well as an exclusive 24-hour Club InterContinental lounge. Club guests will enjoy access to tailored and personalised services, including a dedicated team to personalise their stay, private in room or lounge check-in and impressive Club rooms. Quayside Lounge, which is set amongst lush tropical surroundings on level four, offers sophisticated afternoon tea and curated evening cocktails. Guests looking to maintain their wellness routines can look forward to recreational facilities such as the lap pool and 24-hour fitness studio.

Established as part of a holistic dining and lifestyle destination, the hotel boasts a wide range of restaurant and bar concepts. Flagship restaurant Publico, representing the central core of Italian culture, is a multi- concept dining destination comprising a variety of Italian experiences under one roof – a neighbourhood deli and bar and a ristorante with adjoining terrazzo by the river. Other highlights throughout the hotel include New York institution Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, and a bar and dining concept from the team behind Izy Sushi.

“InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay has been created and positioned to make you feel at home, to bring an inspiring lifestyle offering to both the local community and visitors alike. With a fresh, residential- inspired design feel across the property and a plethora of dynamic food and beverage outlets, we are excited to bring a new InterContinental to centre stage in Singapore, and in the city’s most reinvigorated neighbourhood,” said Mark Winterton, General Manager of InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay.

Room rates at the hotel start from SGD285++ as part of an opening offer for stays between 12 October and 30 November 2017.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

French “Bistronomie” by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

Hospitality group’s talented chefs take inspiration from global culinary movement to create seven exclusive dishes for latest food promotion

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is bringing the best of “bistro” and “gastronomy” to its restaurants around the world in its latest “Bistronomie” food promotion, which runs from October 20 to November 20, 2017.

Taking inspiration from a trend that started in France two decades ago and has now become a global culinary movement, the hospitality group’s talented chefs have created seven exclusives “Bistronomie” dishes.

The “Bistronomie” concept was conceived in the 1990s when young French chefs with haute cuisine training re-interpreted classic dishes and served them in a new breed of casual, less stuffy, “bistro”-style restaurants.

Today, “Bistronomie” is synonymous with high-quality French cuisine with a twist and Mövenpick, which is renowned for its culinary expertise, has mastered it.

Made from the best quality ingredients and prepared to perfection, the seven dishes on its new “Bistronomie” menu include “Salade Niçoise”, “Plateau de Fruits de Mer” (Seafood platter), “Moules Marinières” (Mussels with garlic and sweet cream butter), “Cabillaud à la Bordelaise” (Cod fillet), “Pot au Feu à la Bourgeoise” (Beef topside hot pot) and “Cordon-bleu au Comté” (Veal rump steak).

In line with the company’s commitment to offering personalised experiences, the individual preferences and tastes of guests have been taken into consideration, with vegetarian options available – “Pot au Feu Végétarien” (Vegetable hot pot) - for example. In addition, some dishes such as the seafood platter are customisable to include specific ingredients selected by diners.

Guests with a sweet tooth are also in for a treat with Mövenpick’s version of “Café Gourmand” – a French take on the British “afternoon tea”. The “Bistronomie” “Café Gourmand” combines aromatic Mövenpick coffee with “Reine de Saba” (“Queen of Sheba”), an irresistible chocolate cake baked with Mövenpick’s very own 72% cocoa Swiss chocolate.

“When it comes to gastronomy, Mövenpick is a pioneer, known for its culinary innovation and ability to create classic dishes with a twist, which is very much akin to the “Bistronomie” movement,” said Olivier Chavy, President and CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

Thomas Hollenstein, Director of Food & Beverage Europe, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, who has led the team of chefs developing the “Bistronomie” dishes, added: “We have encapsulated the essence of French cuisine, but in a fresh and exciting form and importantly, acknowledging the personal tastes of our discerning diners and guests around the world.”

More information: Bistronomie

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Grow Up Rooftop Bar

Breathtaking sunset views and laidback tropical beats combine to make GROW UP Seminyak’s hottest new hidden rooftop bar. High above the island’s busy roads and beaches, GROW UP is nestled in the vibrant heart of Bali and is fast garnering a reputation as the more wayward, wilder sister concept to famed Chef Ryan Clift’s GROW restaurant.

Offering an entirely new drinking experience for Bali’s discerning local and international guests, an eclectically and meticulously designed al-fresco terrace provides an inviting space with a distinctively urban edge, inviting guests to indulge in pre-dinner drinks and post-meal digestifs. Chef Ryan’s cutting-edge bar menu offers Seminyak’s most sophisticated cocktails and bar bites – an inspired selection of unique beverages created to trigger past memories through fine flavours and sultry fragrances. Highlights include the Mango Natan, a subtle blend of dark rum, passion fruit syrup, mango purée, lemon juice and basil leaf; and the Kupu-Kupu, which is an exuberant concoction of tequila, Cointreau, lime and rose. The Fla-Min-Grow (pictured) is an equatorial coup de grace with dark and light rum, lime, pineapple juice, beetroot and coconut cream while the Kupu-Kupu is a flavour bomb crafted from tequila, Cointreau, lime and rose.

A selection of refined small plates served as the perfect accompaniment to the creative array of beverages and include steak tartare dressed with an egg yolk nestling in its shell, and confit of duck and cashew rillettes.

GROW UP Rooftop Bar hosts guest DJ’s as part of a diverse and regular weekly entertainment schedule, which makes the venue a stylish party hotspot with a sophisticated culinary edge - a playful addition to the Bali cocktail scene.

GROW UP Rooftop Bar is open Monday – Sunday from 5pm – Midnight.

About Chef Ryan Clift
A few years ago, 10 of the world’s greatest chefs named Ryan Clift as the gastronomic superstar of tomorrow. Originally from Devizes, Wiltshire, in the United Kingdom, Ryan Clift was immediately drawn to the high energy and atmosphere of the kitchen. Over the course of his 27-year career, Clift has worked with some of the world’s best chefs, including Marco-Pierre White, Peter Gordon, Emmanuel Renaut, Shannon Benne and Raymond Capaldi. In 1999, he moved to Melbourne as Head Chef of Vue de Monde, one of the Australia’s most acclaimed restaurants with Three Hats by The Age Good Food Guide.

Clift moved to Singapore in 2008 to start his own venture, determined to take modern food and cocktail pairing to a new level. Within a few years of opening, Tippling Club was named as one of Singapore’s top restaurants, earning a place in the annual Miele Guide compilations of Asia’s Top 20 Restaurants in 2010, 2011 and 2012. This year, Tippling Club debuted at #27 in the prestigious Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and ranked at #11 at Asia’s 50 Best Bars.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Welcome to La Perle – Dubai’s Newest and Biggest Show

Setting the stage for a new era of live entertainment and representing a major milestone for Dubai and the wider region, La Perle by Dragone is a visually stunning spectacle that’s not to be missed. Read on for our guide to this theatrical extravaganza.

Dubai’s spectacular new show opened its doors in the heart of Al Habtoor City, bringing to life a breath-taking fusion of artistic performance, creative imagery and ground- breaking technology. Directed by one of the world’s most renowned artistic directors, Franco Dragone, the 90-minute live performance features 65 world-class artists from 23 different countries, each bringing their own unique set of skills to the show – from dance and acrobatics, to aquatic and aerial stunts. These gravity-defying performers promise to mesmerise audiences as they dive into an on-stage pool, bringing the wow-factor to Dubai.

La Perle transports audiences into another world – one inspired by Dubai and its rich cultural past, vibrant present and aspirational future. Three main characters take the audience on an exciting and visually captivating journey through time as they witness cutting-edge stagecraft combined with state- of-the-art theatre technology. From daring motorcycle stunts, to artists diving from heights of 25 metres and flying through the air at sensational speeds, La Perle promises to deliver an unmissable entertainment experience that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

For more information, visit


Afternoon tea at Sidra Lounge
Meaning “heavenly tree” in Arabic, Sidra celebrates the afternoon St. Regis Tea Ritual. Sip on exclusive tea blends and indulge in delectable pastries and homemade cakes as you take in the lovely view of the hotel’s landscaped garden. From AED 195 per person.

For more information, visit
Relax at the Heavenly Spa
Rejuvenate your senses and treat yourself to a signature treatment at the Heavenly Spa by Westin.

With therapeutic massages, cleansing facials and invigorating body treatments to choose from, their expert therapists are sure to help you nourish both body and mind.
From AED 235.

For more information, visit

Take a boat ride along Dubai Canal
Enjoy scenic views of the Dubai Skyline as you set off on a quick journey on Dubai Canal. Choose from a traditional abra boat or a tourist ferry to take you across nine stations.
From AED 25 per person.

For more information, visit Boat Ride


The Rose and Crown
At this quintessentially British pub, choose from hearty dishes such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and chicken tikka masala, or try ‘The Big Ben’ – a towering burger that truly fits the name. Also, for La Perle guests, the restaurant offers a 20% discount on show night!

For more information, visit

Enjoy a vibrant fiesta of modern Mexican and Latin American cuisine at this soulful eatery. From the guacamole tacos to the various roasts, you’ll be sure to love their contemporary take on traditional family recipes from the streets of Mexico.

For more information, visit Zoco Dubai

Blind Dragon
How about a show after a show? Head to a private karaoke suite at Blind Dragon, a modern-day speakeasy reminiscent of the Chinese prohibition era establishments known as a ‘blind tiger’. Try out Asian-inspired bites as you belt out the best tunes and ring in the early hours of the morning.

For more information, visit Blind Dragon

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Fresh Cuisine Inspired by The Sea in The Bustling Heart of Seminyak

Urchin is a fresh, fun restaurant and bar in the heart of Seminyak that has established itself as the place to go for vibrant cuisine inspired by the sea. With a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, excellent service, modern, contemporary menu and a welcoming bar, Urchin is a hot-spot for guests to chill and soak up the Seminyak vibe whilst enjoying great food, wine and company.

Chef Gede Prandika has created an approachable and imaginative menu with a Mediterranean feel that is heavily influenced by the sea, but also offers wonderful options for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. There is an excellent selection of the freshest raw seafood but many other options besides. From starters such as the tuna tartare cone with lime and wasabi; coral trout crudo with kemangi, sea grapes, pomelo and tobiko caviar or sushi & sashimi with house ginger through to house made pasta options such as prawn ravioli with tomato fondue and shellfish emulsion, the menu is brimming with surprises and delights.

The main course offerings are diverse with something for all tastes including seared yellow fin tuna with ratatouille and ginger yoghurt; slipper lobster with garlic, herbs, Bali rice and greens or Cajun spiced pork chop with kangkung, herb cake and Bali broth. It is recommended to leave space for one of the tempting desserts such as coconut ginger crème brulee with coral sponge, cherry and apple guava jelly. The chef has also devised a 6-course tasting menu with accompanying wines or a 3-course set dinner.

Urchin has an extensive selection of international wines from Australia, Europe and South America that has been carefully curated to complement the menu perfectly.

The open kitchen at Urchin allows guests to be an audience to the theater of food preparation as their dishes are constructed before their eyes from the tiniest ingredient up, following the various techniques employed by the kitchen crew as they meticulously prepare the food. The stars of the show are the fresh ingredients, wherever possible locally sourced.

The restaurant interiors are textured and spacious, with recycled timber tables beneath suspended lights and a clean, minimal but comfortable overall feeling, not unlike a large and welcoming seaside holiday house.

The elegant stoneware ceramics and crockery are by local supplier Kevala Ceramics, with brass artworks designed by Laurence Sanders and created by Sands Bali. Urchin has been designed to encourage long, lingering stays that have guests wondering where the night went.