Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eid Celebration Promo @ Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran

MENYAMBUT libur Lebaran, Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran menawarkan paket khusus F&B dan menginap dengan tajuk “Eid Celebration Promo”. Paket ini ditawarkan bagi Anda yang memilih untuk menghabiskan waktu Lebaran di dalam kota bersama keluarga dan kerabat terdekat.

Anda yang ingin merayakan hari kemenangan dengan bersantap siang bersama keluarga dan kerabat terdekat, Botany Restaurant yang terletak di lantai dasar hotel menawarkan Eid Al-Fitr Buffet. Paket yang disajikan dengan konsep all-you-can-eat ini bisa Anda nikmati di tanggal 25-26 Juni 2017 dengan harga Rp 250,000++ per orang dari pukul 12.00 sampai 14.30 WIB. Botany Restaurant menyajikan ragam menu makanan Oriental dan Indonesia seperti Laksa, Beef Finger with Garlic Ponzu Sauce, Oven Baked Fish with Sambal Goreng dan Semur Ayam.

Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran juga menghadirkan promo khusus Lebaran untuk periode menginap dari 23 Juni - 2 Juli 2017, Anda akan mendapatkan diskon spesial sebesar 20%. Paket tersebut sudah termasuk sarapan pagi/sahur, internet, potongan 30% untuk laundry dan 20% diskon untuk konsumsi di gerai F&B, Botany Restaurant dan Habitat Lounge. Bagi tamu yang menginap bersama putra-putri tercinta, Holiday Inn Kemayoran memiliki program Kids Stay and Eat Free, di mana anak-anak berusia di bawah 12 tahun bisa menginap dan menikmati sarapan gratis bersama orang tua tanpa dikenakan tambahan biaya.

Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran merupakan hotel berbintang empat internasional yang terletak di Jalan Griya Utama Blok B No. 1. Dilengkapi dengan fasilitas berstandar internasional menjadikan Holiday Inn Kemayoran pilihan yang tepat untuk Anda bersantai dengan keluarga dan kerabat dekat, seperti dua gerai F&B, kolam renang yang sudah termasuk dengan kolam renang anak-anak, Gym, DVD Player di seluruh kamar hotel dan akses Wi-Fi gratis di seluruh area hotel. Hotel juga menyediakan fasilitas shuttle gratis untuk para tamu ke area pusat perbelanjaan.

Untuk info lebih lanjut, dapat langsung menghubungi 021-2956 8800 atau email ke reservations.jktky@ihg.com. Pemesanan kamar juga dapat dilakukan melalui website di holidayinn.com/jktkemayoran.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Belmond Acquires Iconic Caribbean Resort – Cap Juluca, Anguilla

Belmond today announces that it has signed agreements to acquire Cap Juluca, a luxury beach resort on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, British West Indies. The addition of the elegant, 96-room resort marks an important milestone in the strategic development of the Belmond brand, which is committed to doubling the size of its portfolio by 2020. Belmond is enhancing its unique blend of iconic hotels, trains and cruises; offering luxury travellers an exceptional range of experiences across the world, from outbound adventures to once in a life time journeys and the ultimate choice in chic, beach hideaways.

Upon completing the acquisition towards the end of May 2017, the Company will immediately operate Belmond Cap Juluca and will be ready to welcome guests. 

Belmond Cap Juluca complements the brand’s personality of authentic escapes that blend perfectly with nature, local culture and inspire a sense of wellbeing. Set on one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, overlooking the aquamarine waters of Maundays Bay, the unspoilt setting encourages guests to unwind to the slow rhythm of Caribbean island life.

The multiple award-winning property features Greco-Moorish architecture spread over two crescent-shaped coves with ocean view suites and villas that offer secluded privacy set within lush tropical gardens. There are four restaurants and bars, a large salt water pool, tennis courts, a fitness centre, a library and private screening room. The property was developed by Linda and Charles Hickox, the current resort owners, nearly 30 years ago.

The laid-back island of Anguilla boasts some of the best beaches in the Caribbean with the softest white sand and clear blue waters where dolphins swim in the surf. There is a well-developed pioneering food scene and colourful beach bars; the island is a haven for those wishing to escape and disconnect from everyday distractions.

Complimentary water sports are available on the beach including scuba diving excursions, water skiing on Maundays Bay, wake boarding, sea kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding, Sunfish and Hobie Cat catamaran sailing.

Roeland Vos, president and chief executive officer, commented, “I am thrilled to announce the addition of the legendary Cap Juluca to Belmond; our third hotel in the Caribbean builds upon our heritage of creating exceptional travel experiences in extraordinary locations.”

Mr. Vos continued, “We believe this one-of-a-kind resort presents a compelling opportunity to build on our experience of restoring iconic status to properties with exceptional heritage and stories to tell. As one of the most recognized resorts in the Caribbean, Cap Juluca is a natural fit for the Belmond portfolio and we look forward to continuing Linda and Charles Hickox’s inspiring legacy.”

After planning and obtaining all necessary permits in 2017, the Company expects to carry out a top to toe renovation and develop a further 25 new beachfront villas or suites, bringing the resort’s total inventory to 121 rooms. The renovation will be respectful of the surroundings, maintaining the authentic charm of the iconic resort.

The refurbishments, starting after the end of the 2017/18 festive season, are expected to include interior furnishings of all suites and villas; the introduction of new culinary concepts that celebrate the local food culture; enhancements to the spa; and new and renovated public areas. After refurbishment, which it expects to complete by the end of 2018, Belmond will have invested a total of approximately $121 million in the acquisition and subsequent renovation and expansion of the resort.

Belmond is now firmly on the path to doubling the size of its portfolio of properties, from beach and mountain resorts, to city hotels, safaris, luxury trains and cruises in some of the world’s most inspiring locations.

The news of Belmond Cap Juluca follows the most recent launches of Belmond Andean Explorer, South America’s first luxury sleeper train, and the addition of the Belmond Las Casitas hotel in Colca Canyon, Peru. Belmond Cap Juluca is Belmond’s third Caribbean resort, joining Belmond La Samanna on the neighbouring island of St Martin and Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

For further information, please visit belmond.com

About Belmond Ltd.
Belmond Ltd. is a global collection of exceptional hotel and luxury travel adventures in some of the world’s most inspiring and enriching destinations. Established 40 years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the Company owns and operates 48 unique and distinctive hotel, rail and river cruise experiences in many of the world’s most celebrated destinations. From city landmarks to intimate resorts, the collection includes Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg; Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro; Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya; and Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara. Belmond also encompasses safaris, eight luxury tourist trains including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, three river cruises and ‘21’, one of New York’s most storied restaurants.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Self-Discovery along the Ayeyarwady River

Belmond Road to Mandalay Introduces Mindfulness Cruises in Myanmar

Belmond Road to Mandalay introduces mindfulness cruises in Myanmar, taking passengers along the spiritually enriching Ayeyarwady River on expert-led journeys of self- discovery. Guests can choose from a seven-night round trip cruise, departing Bagan 7th October 2017 or three night ‘taster’ cruise departing Mandalay on 11th October 2017.

In a country renowned for its golden-topped temples, monasteries and hidden pagodas, where meditation is a way of life; there is no better voyage to digitally detox and pursue inner fulfillment.

Bringing the experience to life through one-to-one coaching and group Tibetan yoga and meditation sessions is Brian Hilliard and Shannon van Staden of Mindfulness Journeys – who between them have over 40 years of experience studying, practicing and teaching mindfulness to all ages and levels of ability. A true pioneer and early-adopter, Brian is a long-serving advocate of mindfulness and began teaching well before it became a fashionable phenomenon.

Belmond Road to Mandalay provides the ideal environment for participation in mindfulness. The peaceful indoor Observation Lounge provides a scenic space for evening meditation and the open air deck makes for an inspiring outdoor classroom, where sunrise morning sessions take place against a backdrop of changing light and landscapes. Adding to the journey’s intrigue and adventure, some meditation sessions take place on land in rural pagodas, a botanical garden and under mango trees in Ava. The personal service and intimate size of the ship, which carries just 82 passengers, encourages a comradery between guests and evenings can be a time for further social interaction or quieter private reflection.

The early morning juice bar and freshly prepared healthy spa cuisine, including a mix of pan-Asian and western dishes, allows guests the option to make healthy food and drink choices that are conducive with practicing mindfulness. The ship’s dedicated wellbeing area, complete with spa treatment rooms and state-of-the-art fitness equipment is a further haven for relaxation and exercise.

Offered complimentary and in addition to the existing itinerary, guests can join sessions at their leisure, however, to make the most of the experience guests are encouraged to complete the whole week under Brian and Shannon's guidance. Brian explains why hosting this cruise is so special, "Myanmar is the perfect place to try mindfulness and Tibetan yoga. Meditation is a way of life in this Buddhist country so it is a very honest and natural way of immersing in local culture. We hope that bringing all these elements together on a cruise of this nature is going to be life changing for those who join us."

Cultural highlights of the cruise include, a visit to one of the most significant pagodas of Bagan, Ananda Temple, which contains four 30ft gilded Buddha statues, a horse-drawn cart tour of Old Bagan’s archaeological zone, a monastery visit to participate in a traditional almsgiving donation to the monks, and arts and crafts tour of Mandalay to watch local artisans and craftsmen at work. Land excursions are daily and led by expert guides and more active explorers can enjoy the sights by biking through Bagan or joining a morning run with Brian.

Pricesstartfrom$2,656perpersonforthethree-nightdepartureon11thOctoberfromMandalay and $4,632 for the seven-night departures on 7th October 2017 from Bagan; based on two guests sharing a deluxe cabin. Prices are fully inclusive of all mindfulness sessions, meals, international house wines and local beers and excursions as per itinerary. Domestic flights and transfers from Yangon to the ship are excluded but can be booked through Belmond at a supplement. Guests also have the option to stay at Belmond Governor’s Residence, Yangon pre and post cruise.
For further information please visit: mindfulnessjourneys.com

About Brian Hilliard – Teacher
Brian Hilliard was born in Connecticut, USA, and has lived in Europe since 2000. At an early age, he was fortunate to receive life-changing teachings from the great Tibetan master Chőgyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He has studied, practiced and taught mindfulness in business, wellbeing centres and holiday retreats for over 35 years. Brian has completed the traditional Tibetan three-year intensive retreat. His unique training is based on ancient mind-science traditions that specialize in maximising one’s potential and wellbeing.

About Shannon van Staden - Host and Meditation Instructor
Born and raised in South Africa, Shannon lived in London and New York. She worked in the worlds of fashion styling, interiors and luxury hospitality. Shannon has been living and breathing style and travel for most of her life. In 2008 she discovered meditation. This led her to search for off the beaten track places that bring together nature and wellbeing. Shannon loves hosting and taking care of the little details for guests. She is a meditation instructor and trained in the Shambhala lineage.

About Belmond
Belmond Ltd. is a global collection of exceptional hotel and luxury travel adventures in some of the world’s most inspiring and enriching destinations. Established almost 40 years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the Company owns and operates 46 unique and distinctive hotel, rail and river cruise experiences in many of the world’s most celebrated destinations. From city landmarks to intimate resorts, the collection includes Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg; Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro; Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya; and Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara. Belmond also encompasses safaris, six luxury tourist trains including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, three river cruises and ‘21’, one of New York’s most storied restaurants.

Alila Solo Unveils New Tailored Destination Package

Alila Solo invites travelers to experience the very best of Solo, “The Spirit of Java”, with its new series of 3-day/2-night packages, which offer a tailored journey of cultural, wellness or heritage destination experiences for a truly unique and memorable escape.

The Cultural Getaway
Ancient temples looming out of Central Java’s mystical landscapes provide the most mesmerising sights. This getaway offers an unforgettable visit to one of three UNESCO World Heritage temples located a scenic drive from the hotel: the magnificent 1,200-year-old Borobudur Temple, the world's largest Buddhist monument; the spectacular Candi Prambanan, an 8th century temple complex said to be one of the most beautiful examples of Hindu architecture in the world; or Candi Ratu Boko, located atop a hill within an archaeological site thought to be the remains of an ancient palace.

Guests will also visit two of Solo’s very own temples – Candi Sukuh and Candi Cetho – perched on the remote western slopes of Mount Lawu amid fresh air and gorgeous mountain views, with a stop along the way at Kemuning Tea Plantation that carpets the hillsides.

Solo's Mystical Heritage
Stroll the streets of Solo to discover its secrets and surprises, and experience its mystical energy. Enjoy a session with a traditional healer or tarot card reader, and join Laku Lampah, a group of local volunteers, on private walking tours of the city, visiting its historic sites, mingling in the atmosphere of Solo daily life, and exploring Solo’s rich artisan traditions.

Highlights of the tour include Pura Mangkunegaran, one of Solo’s remaining royal residences; the old town of Gandekan Tengen, home to many home industries; and Padepokan Keris Brojobuwono, where guests can take part in a keris-making workshop. As a major batik centre since the days of the royal court, Solo is the ideal place to learn about the history of Indonesian batik, with visits to the House of Danar Hadi batik museum, founded to preserve this cultural legacy; Kampung Batik in Laweyan, whose back lanes are lined with batik shops; and the house of the late legendary batik designer Go Tik Swan.

Spa Alila Wellness Indulgence
This is one truly pampering escape that’s all about taking time out to relax, renew and recharge, offering an indulgence of heavenly spa treatments in the peaceful sanctuary of Spa Alila. Days unfold in a series of relaxing rituals that include Balinese, Javanese or reflexology massages, a royal herbal bath, a luxurious body scrub, as well as an Avocado & Coconut hair ‘smoothie’ and head massage, interspersed with invigorating wellness activities, including a private gym session, and daily yoga or Pilates. And when not being spa pampered, simply enjoy soaking up the sunshine by the pool.

These new destination packages are available from IDR 3,988,000 ++, and come complete with the following hospitalities:
  • Two-night stay in an Executive Room
  • Daily breakfast at EPICE Restaurant (lobby level) or Sky Lounge (Level 30) with a spectacular
  • view of Mount Merapi, Merbabu and Lawu
  • Sky Lounge access including daily wine, beer & canape hour (6pm-7pm)
  • Vitality pool access including sauna & steam
  • Airport transfer to / from Yogyakarta or Solo
  • One dinner for two at EPICE
  • One after-dinner Jamu concoction for two at AGRA
  • Flexible 24-hour check-in / check-out policy, ensuring a full 24 hours stay from time of check-in

Whether exploring Central Java’s most spectacular sights, discovering Solo’s ancient arts, or treating yourself to a relaxing Spa Alila ritual, Alila Solo’s new tailored destination packages offer unforgettable ways to experience Solo. What’s more, with additional direct flights to and from Bangkok (Lion Air) and Kuala Lumpur (Lion Air and AirAsia), and a newly launched daily AirAsia flight from Bali, Solo has never been more accessible.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Indulge in Authentic Emirati Flavours This Ramadan

Eat like a Local and Discover New Arabian Flavours in Dubai

To get to know a country, it’s important to know its food. With influences from all over the world contributing to Dubai’s rich food scene, there isn't a single cuisine on the planet that can't be found in the city.

Cherish your Ramadan by trying authentic flavour such as machboos, a flavoursome dish of meat cooked with spice blends and rice. Prefer bread? Try the exotic khameer and chebab, and end your meal with the Middle Eastern version of sweet dumplings, luqaimat.

If you’re still unfamiliar with the cuisine, here, we present a list of Emirati delicacies that you should try during your visit to Dubai, along with the best place to enjoy them. Get ready to be spoilt!

Everyone's favourite dip is also one of the most simple to make, with chickpea, tahini (sesame paste), olive oil, garlic and lemon purée. It’s a staple of almost every Middle Eastern spread.

With a similar texture to hommus, this aubergine-based dip is a spicier version of its more well-known sibling, baba ghanoush. A perfect complement to grilled meats and flatbread.

A vegetable-friendly option, fattoush is a slightly heartier salad, usually featuring pieces of toasted or fried bread combined with whatever vegetables and herbs the kitchen has on hand, notably tomatoes, cucumbers and radishes – plus some pomegranate seeds for an added burst of flavour and colour.

Another classic that can be found on the menu of pretty much any Middle Eastern restaurant, falafel is a fried ball made from ground chickpeas or fava beans and spices and is the perfect street food.

With tender strips of chicken or meat flavoured with a heady mix of spices, cooked on a rotating spit and then crammed into flatbreads full of crunchy lettuce, hot sauce and yoghurt, it's easy to see why shawarma is one of Dubai's most popular – and cheap - dishes.

A dish believed to have originated in Yemen, kabsa is now popular throughout the Gulf and is often served on special occasions to feed large numbers. In the most basic terms, it is rice with meat, but the characteristic flavour of kabsa comes from combinations of cardamom, saffron, cinnamon, black lime, bay leaves and nutmeg. The stunning blend of spices in this dish, as well as the very special underground cooking method, makes it a must-try.

Hungry enough? Below we provide you with some recommendations on where to find these delicacies.

Option #1: Aseelah at Deira Creek
This fine-dining venue set in the heart of Old Dubai offers a contemporary twist on traditional flavours in both its subtle aesthetic – think sand-inspired colours and a jute-draped Ghaf tree centre piece – and its menu.

As well as classics such as samak (fish in gravy with spiced rice), the selection of dishes imaginatively combines indigenous ingredients with European cooking and presentation techniques. The space also boasts a separate lounge area.
Must Try: Poached Arabian lobster with herbed pilaf, pureed peas and fennel salad

Option #2: Seven Sands at The Beach
Paying homage to the seven emirates in both its name and the Arabesque décor, this elegant restaurant enjoys a prime waterfront location in Jumeirah Beach Residence. Traditional dishes are brought bang up to date with a lighter touch and a dash of creative flair, although serving sizes stay true to their roots... They’re generous! After a hearty spread, head upstairs to the spacious terrace for a cup of tea while taking in the beach views.

Must Try: Aishu laham: rice and slow-cooked lamb, flavoured with dried lime and saffron

Option #3: Siraj at Souk Al Bahar
Imposing arches, Arabic calligraphy and horse sculptures all come together to evoke an Arabian Nights- style ambience at this Downtown venue. The food is a modern reimagining of Emirati-Levantine flavours, from the warm date and kale salad; lobster kibbeh (stuffed savoury dough balls); chicken biryani, served in a flatbread parcel; or mouhalabiya (Lebanese milk pudding) served with 24 - karat gold honey.

Must Try: Grilled saffron prawns

To plan your unforgettable foodies journey in Dubai, log in to visitdubai.com

Dubai Tourism
With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub, Dubai Tourism’s mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai among global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the emirate. Dubai Tourism is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector. It markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector, and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the Dubai Tourism portfolio include Dubai Convention and Events Bureau, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (formerly known as Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment).

Say Hello to Seasalt

Coastal Dining with a Fresh Buzz

Seasalt opens its doors on the 20th May 2017 for public. Inspired by its spectacular oceanfront setting and the locally harvested sea salt, Seasalt will be the must-go seafood destination whilst strolling around the Seminyak area. Seasalt marks the start of a tantalizing new seascape dining experience, with a dash of Japanese infusion, exciting palates with an enticing taste of the sea in their fresh seafood selection.

Some creations to drool over include White Snapper, Seasalt’s signature sea salt baked fish; Niçoise, the famous fresh French salad that comes with Katsuobushi and two-year-old black miso; and the beautiful Blue Swimmer Crab, where crab mayonnaise meets chawanmushi. To accompany such delish ocean cuisine, an artisanal centerpiece made of sea salt will be showcased at dinner times.

Besides enjoying a taste of the sea, diners at Seasalt will find themselves immersed in the sensation of sailing on the ocean, thanks to its inspired design. “This restaurant was envisioned to be an extension of the ocean, sited in a manner that gives diners a feel that one is on a boat. Its layout and materials reflect the colors and waves of the ocean,” shares Gaurang Khemka of URBNarc, the architectural firm behind the design.

Stepping into Seasalt will take you into what resembles a stylish seaside residence dominated by ocean hues and cozy décor, creatively curated by EDG. The vibrancy of an open kitchen, the changing patterns of light and shadow on the outdoor decks throughout the day, and the feel of the ocean breeze also serve to create a remarkable sense of openness and connection to the ocean for a relaxed coastal dining experience.

At the helm - Chef Vivian Vitalis
Seasalt is captained by Chef Vivian Vitalis, who hails from Penampang in Sabah, East Malaysia. Chef Vivian began his culinary career in 2002 at JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton in Kuala Lumpur, working his way through the many leading luxury resorts across Malaysia, including Pangkor Laut, Tanjong Jara and Gaya Island resorts.

His culinary style and skills have also been shaped alongside influential chefs such as Johann Lafer at the Michelin-starred Le Val d’Or in Stromberg, Germany, and Ito San at the award-winning Japanese fine dining restaurant Gonbei at Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.

Chef Vivian’s culinary philosophy and passion reflect the growing trend towards a healthier, more down-to-earth lifestyle. Working with neighboring fishermen and local suppliers, he seeks out the finest seafood in the region as well as local produce. Fresh, natural and organic is the essence of his cuisine, allowing the natural flavors of the ingredients to express themselves.

Under his guidance, Seasalt’s seafood menu showcase a deliciously diverse dining experience, enjoyed any time of day, on any occasion, with friends and loved ones. New highlights include a Chef’s Seafood set menu specially designed for two to share, and Seasalt Specials that are prepared with “shio koji”, a special fermented rice mixed with sea salt, a typical Japanese tradition that tenderizes meats and fish and gives a natural umami flavor.

Authentic flavors fresh from the ocean and earth, beautiful ocean views, fresh ocean air... Seasalt epitomes the very best of coastal dining. A must-visit for foodies on holiday or living in the Seminyak area.

Connect with Seasalt
Stay in touch with the latest Seasalt happenings and promotions at Seasalt’s website and social media accounts: seasaltseminyak.com

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Say “I Do” at Nihiwatu New Wedding Proposal Package Introduced

Nihiwatu, the No. 1 Hotel in the World voted by readers of Travel + Leisure, is pleased to introduce a new proposal package for couples who are ready to tie the knot. An exclusive retreat located on the island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia (400km west of Bali), Nihiwatu is renowned for the natural beauty of its romantic location, perfect for surprising your partner.

Delivering an experience ‘on the edge of wildness’, Nihiwatu is an intimate island escape and a true cultural immersion offering guests unregulated freedom, understated luxury and unforgettable memories ideal for special occasions. Guests can design their own private moment or let Nihiwatu help create the perfect proposal for an experience of a lifetime.

Nihiwatu’s three night proposal package includes equal parts romance, indulgence, culture and wellness:
  • Nihioka Spa Safari, including a trek to the nearby village, a cliff top breakfast and lunch, and unlimited spa treatments, from massages and reflexology, to salt scrubs and mud wraps all using natural and local ingredients
  • A luxurious overnight stay at the Nihioka Honeymoon Villa
  • A romantic candlelight dinner accompanied by fireworks to celebrate the proposal Nihiwatu extends a rate of USD 1,665 plus 21% tax for the proposal package and is available for minimum of three nights. 

Resort Overview
The experience of Nihiwatu is one of unregulated freedom, understated luxury and unforgettable memories.

The resort, located on the island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia, 400km east of Bali, is an outpost to world-class surfing, the best sport fishing in Indonesia, the most magnificent sunset horseback rides on the resorts 2.5km private beach, or hiking through breath-taking waterfalls and ancient villages; to a Spa Safari where a 90 minute hike through rice paddies brings you to Nihi Oka, a cluster of private Bales nestled between two pristine beaches, leaving you in the hands of assigned therapists indulging you in unlimited treatments of your choice.

Nihiwatu was born of a vision to protect and preserve the unique culture of Sumba and – empower the local communities to support themselves and their families. The resort is proud to employ over 90% local Sumbanese, a team that hold a genuine spirit of hospitality.

Stories of the heart, character and soul of Nihiwatu reached long-time friends, American brand- building entrepreneur Chris Burch and prolific South African-born hotelier, James McBride in 2011, who together acquired the resort in 2012.

Guests are encouraged to visit the local villages and the many Sumba Foundation (www.sumbafoundation.org) clinics, schools and communal farms that have resulted through the support from the Foundation, founded by the resort in 2001.

In 2015, Nihiwatu joined The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., an uncommon collection of authentic and distinct luxury hotels. The philanthropic alliance will provide the award-winning resort access to The Leading Hotels of the World global network to further The Sumba Foundation efforts.

For reservations or enquiries, please email reservations@nihiwatu.com.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Afini’s Exclusive Signature Residences Collection

Discover The Most Magical Destinations in Asia

Afini, Asia’s premier luxury destination member’s club, is delighted to showcase its outstanding Signature Residences Collection, dedicated to providing Asia’s affluent travelers access to a most exclusive portfolio of multi-million dollar private residences and iconic hotels found in spectacular locations from the starry city lights of Sydney to the dramatic cliff tops of Phuket and the wonderful heritage sanctuary of Galle’s 16th Century Fort.

Contemporary Luxury at Manau, Koh Samui
Soak up the sun by your infinity pool with jaw-dropping views of Koh Samui’s palm tree lined coast and the azure blue Gulf of Thailand at this cliff top villa that exudes contemporary chic. A five-bedroom ode to luxury living, Manau accommodates ten guests and offers all the mod cons in a sleek contemporary setting. Wake up in an oasis of cool, tropical living in your palatial bedroom with floor to ceiling windows, large en-suite bathroom and every amenity you could possibly need. Kick back and relax in the colorful, fashionable living areas featuring sunken seating and fun design. Throw the ultimate pool party at the villa’s infinity pool complete with groovy disco lights and underwater speakers, or enjoy the villa’s private spa, games room, gym and cinema for an exceptional and indulgent retreat.

Modern meets Magical at Amanzi, Phuket
Located in the exclusive Cape Amarin on the beautiful, unspoilt shores of West Phuket, this ultra-modern luxury villa is an oasis of contemporary chic set in the rich natural forest of the Kamala Headland and can accommodate up to 12 guests. Modern yet relaxed and completely at one with its lush surroundings, Amanzi features sleek design with colorful accents and a layout with magnificent ocean views from its infinity pool, vast open lounge and spacious bedrooms. Another highlight enjoyed by guests is the private beach deck overlooking the ocean accessible via a staircase.

Sophisticated City Living at The Rocks, Sydney
Just steps from Sydney’s Harbour Bridge and Opera House, a metropolitan sanctuary of glamour and sophistication awaits. This three-bedroom townhouse in one of the city’s most desirable districts is dripping in European old-world glamour and elegant luxury. The Rocks is home to beautifully designed rooms that feature the house’s original architecture alongside plush, sumptuous interiors behind a historic facade. A sunlit library and graceful living room complete with striking chandelier and marble fireplace are the ultimate places to relax and entertain. Bedrooms with sweeping views over the city have spacious bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, whilst the remodeled kitchen features state of the art appliances every Chef dreams of. Base yourself in this haven of luxurious living to explore the neighborhood’s cobbled streets, charming boutiques and happening restaurants for the most stylish of stays in one of the world’s most sophisticated cities.

Colonial Glamour at The Lighthouse, Sri Lanka
Take a step back in time at this magical and stately residence set within the walls of Sri Lanka’s 16th Century Galle Fort. Hidden behind the ramparts of this World Heritage Site, The Lighthouse was first commissioned by Dutch traders. Today, the three-bedrooom villa sleeping six is an oasis of colonial charm and tropical calm with its high arches, soaring ceilings, balconied bedrooms, courtyard garden and swimming pool. Relax in your romantic four poster bed whilst you look out onto the frangipani filled garden, enjoy wonderful dinners in the exquisite dining room prepared for you by the villa’s long-serving staff, swim in the largest pool to be found inside the walls of Galle Fort or take all the time you need to unwind, reading a book in the shade of the ambalama veranda as you make the most of this most unique of getaways.

About Afini
Headquartered in Singapore, Afini promises a better way to travel. Derived from the word “affinity”, Afini is a luxury destination club that strives to create experiences for loved ones to share, to strengthen the connections between family and friends and to create lasting memories. With a portfolio of exclusive luxury residences and iconic hotel partners around the world, Afini crafts bespoke holidays for members, ensuring that no detail is overlooked. Dedicated lifestyle consultants and destination concierges guarantee a meticulously planned and perfectly executed journey with luxurious accommodations, impeccable service and five- star amenities. By offering top-tier services at exceptional value, Afini will become the premier provider of customized hospitality for savvy and sophisticated Asian travelers.

To learn more about the exclusive member benefits and privileges of Afini, visit afini.com