Switzerland’s Bürgenstock Hotel & Waldhotel Make the Cut, Become Virtuoso Partners

Bürgenstock Hotel, Lake Lucerne
Bürgenstock Hotel, Lake Lucerne

Switzerland’s two new luxury resorts, the Bürgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa and the Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence, have been accepted into Virtuoso’s exclusive portfolio of luxury travel partners

Virtuoso, the exclusive and prestigious collection of some of the world’s finest hotels and travel partners, has added the Bürgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa and the Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence to its ranks. 

Both hotels are a part of the Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort Lake Lucerne, which also includes 12 restaurants, lounges and bars, 67 private residential suites, a 107,000 square-foot spa, three Davis Cup tennis courts, a nine-hole Alpine golf course, and 69 kilometres of hiking and biking trails.

As members of Virtuoso’s exclusive portfolio of luxury travel partners, the Bürgenstock and Waldhotel are now part of more than 1,700 preferred suppliers across 100 countries.

Virtuoso agencies sell more than (U.S.) $23.7 billion annually, making the network the most significant player in luxury travel.  Virtuoso advisors and their clients receive special amenities, values and experiences from participating hotels.



AccorHotels Opens First Fairmont Resort in Maldives

Fairmont Maldives

The Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi has opened in the idyllic Maldives, marking the Fairmont’s entrance into the region that has long been a favourite for luxury seekers

AccorHotels has launched its first Maldives property, with the opening of the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi in the region’s north. The villa-only resort boasts 120 luxury villas, each with a private pool, as well as one of the country’s largest resort lagoons and a paradise-like location characterised by powdery, white sand beaches and that crystal clear, turquoise sea the Maldives is so known for.

In addition to the much-coveted over-water bungalows and beach villas, the resort also offers safari-style tented villa accommodation, nestled in the island’s lush jungle, where all guests can also experience glamping BBQs and jungle cinema outings. Inside the villas, the design gives off an air of rustic luxury, with copper bathroom fittings and carved wood detailing on furniture creating the perfect mix of laid-back ‘island life’ and spare-no-expense style.

As the only hotel on the pristine atoll, the new Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi’s untouched locale is home to abundant sea life such as manta rays, turtles, large pods of bottlenose dolphins and spinner dolphins that regularly visit the pristine, 600-hectare lagoon.

Unsurprisingly given its location, the resort has created a guest experience that is closely tied to nature. At the lagoon’s  nine kilometre-long house reef, directly accessible from the beach, the Maldives’ first coral regeneration project in the form of an underwater art installation is underway. Created by celebrated underwater naturalist and artist Jason deCaires Taylor, the installation will launch next month.

Nature-led experiences are even to be found in the resort’s restaurants. These include an international all-day dining spot called Raha Market, and an over-water Japanese restaurant, sushi bar and sea lounge named Kata, where guests can indulge in creative Japanese cuisine with a Maldivian twist. Then there’s the idyllic over-water fine dining destination, Azure, with its focus on fresh, locally-caught seafood and the best wines and champagne. Add bamboo-made, pool-side loungers and fire pits to the mix and a roof top bar, and guests can enjoy spectacular sunsets with cocktails in hand, dinner under the stars, or both.

A sunset dolphin tour offers guests the chance to watch the local marine life playing at day’s end, and guests can also give back to nature by planting coconut trees on the island, or by participating in coral restoration efforts and turtle release programs. Adding to the numerous sustainable incentives of the resort, the Fairmont’s water bottles are made of glass, not plastic, limiting resort waste and damage to the surrounding ecosystem.

For spa-goers, the 2,000 square-metre Willow Stream Spa uses endemic herbs and Indian Ocean-inspired treatments, and has a dedicated Olympic-size jacuzzi pool  for pre or post-treatment relaxation. The resort also offers an on-site art studio, a variety of daytime activities including coconut painting, canvas creations, jewellery and dreamcatcher-making, while parents can relax rest assured the kids are entertained in the resort’s Kid’s Club, Toddler’s Play Garden, and Teen Town.

As an introductory offer, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is offering special rates starting at USD $770 per villa per night on a bed-and-breakfast basis for bookings until 30 September 2018.



The Stunning Design Hotel Coming to Dubai

Form Hotel Dubai
Form Hotel Dubai

Form Hotel will open in Dubai next month as the first Design Hotel for the region, bringing a unique and uncharted design concept to the UAE

Design-driven Form Hotel will open its doors in the burgeoning Al Jadaf Culture Village of Dubai next month, with an architecture studio-designed structure that nods to Dubai’s heritage. Born out of the need and demand for unique hotels that provide distinctive experiences in Dubai, Form Hotel’s expertly executed design, along with its focus on personalised guest journeys, mean the hotel will also launch as the first in Dubai to join the ranks of the Design Hotels community.

The 15-storey hotel’s stark white façade marked by floor-to-ceiling windows and an elegant art deco-inspired interior, combine to create a uniquely creative hotel that is a dramatic departure from Dubai’s current accommodation offering, and will appeal to the design-savvy, taste-sensitive traveller.

Inside, discerning guests can expect modern luxury at every turn, from bespoke furniture in the guest rooms and custom-crafted art and photography by Nina Dietzel, to the rooftop pool that offers impressive vistas over the neighboring Al Jadaf boatyards.

Beyond design and aesthetic, Form Hotel will also bring a wellness focus to Dubai, with three food and beverage outlets, each of which willoffer wholesome menus crafted from sustainably sourced ingredients. Guests can also indulge in a series of ‘add-on’ features, from private yoga sessions to curated spa kits created for both men and women, to make health and wellbeing a priority for each and every stay.

Form Hotel is located in close proximity to the Dubai Design District, Dubai International Airport, and the World Trade Centre. The hotel is accepting bookings for stays from May 1.


137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok Launches Season of Wellness

137 Pillars Suites & Residences Wellness Season
137 Pillars Suites & Residences spa

The Season of Wellness at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok begins today, bringing together some of the most highly respected and forward-thinking wellness gurus in the industry

Beginning today, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok will host the Season of Wellness, a nine-week program bringing some of the industry’s most esteemed wellness gurus to the Thai capital.

The luxurious hotel and residences on Sukhumvit Soi 39 in the heart of Bangkok, is flying in experts from the U.S.A., Samui, Chiang Mai and Hong Kong so that visitors to the city, as well as local residents, can take advantage of their highly trained skills to improve their own mental and physical wellbeing.

The four Masters of Wellness are Roger Moore – an expert massage and wellness therapist, Ronald Veldhuis – a peak performance coach who is all about giving you inner power as well as peace of mind, Richard Wickes – an extremely talented clinical massage therapist who aims to reunite the body and mind in a balanced union, and Stephen Kirwin – who, having worked with some of the world’s top athletes and Hollywood stars, specialises in deep-tissue healing and release.

For guests who would like to immerse themselves in a total wellness experience, the 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok has put together the following:

Season of Wellness Packages

With Roger Moore

  • One 60-minute Qi Gong treatment and a choice of two other 60-minute therapies
  • Starts from THB 46,500++ (USD 1,500++) for single occupancy and THB 68,000++ (USD 2,194++) for double occupancy

With Ronald Veldhuis

  • A two-day program of Tibetan Singing Bowl (60 minutes), Kick Start Your Day (30 minutes) and Supercharge Yourself (30 minutes)
  • Starts from THB 43,400++ (USD 1,400++) for single occupancy and THB 61,800++ (USD 1,994++) for double occupancy and includes

With Stephen Kirwin

  • Two 60-minute Deep Tissue Healing & Release treatments
  • Starts from THB 43,000++ (USD 1,387++) for single occupancy and THB 61,000++ (USD 1,968++) for double occupancy

With Richard Wickes

  • One Remedial Restorative Massage (45 minutes), one Integrated Fascia Restructuring Therapy (45-60 minutes), and one Energy Healing Consultation (45-60 minutes)
  • Starts from THB 46,300++ (USD 1,494++) for single occupancy and THB 67,600++ (USD 2,818++) for double occupancy


The Season of Wellness offer is valid from 22 April to 24 June 2018. All packages include two nights in one of 137 Pillars’ luxurious suites and three meals of wellness cuisine per day as well as the treatments outlined above.

As space and time for the expert wellness gurus is limited, advanced reservations are strongly recommended

The Fullerton Concours d’Elegance is Coming to the Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Fullerton Concours, Singapore
Fullerton Concours, Singapore

The inaugural Fullerton Concours d’Elegance, a prestigious three-day automotive celebration, is set to transform The Fullerton Heritage precinct in Singapore from 29th June to 1st July, 2018

Singapore National Monument, the Fullerton Building – home to The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – is celebrating its 90th anniversary with the inaugural launch of Fullerton Concours d’Elegance – a prestigious automotive event taking centre stage in The Fullerton Heritage precinct in 2018. Visitors will have the chance to view over 90 vintage, classic and super cars from all over the world, while a repertoire of year-round events and promotions continue all over Singapore. Gourmet dishes served by The Fullerton Hotel Singapore Culinary Team and award-winning chefs will be on offer, as well as plenty of music performances and art installations, gala dinners, after-parties, charity car convoys, attracting an expected 30,000 local and international visitors to Singapore.

The Fullerton Concours d’Elegance will celebrate the best in collector and car design with an unprecedented tribute to automotive excellence. The event will showcase some of the finest examples of pre-war and post-war collector cars in terms of history, craftsmanship, power and technology. Restored vintage cars from the 1920s, antique cars from the 1930s, classic cars from the 1970s, and modern marvels will be prominently displayed along the picturesque waterfront at Clifford Square and Clifford Pier, in the iconic Fullerton Hotel Singapore and at Fullerton Square.

With four competition classes: Pre  and Post-World War II, Open Top and Modern Classics, highlights include the classic 1934 Austin Seven Ulster Special, which boasts an aluminium body with no doors, a 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II from the hotel’s recently restored Rolls Royce fleet, and the legendary Lamborghini Miura previously owned by Don Miura himself. Visitors will be the first in the region to see the 2018 Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge and 2018 Ferrari Portofino. Additionally, innovative electric car prototypes created by the students from Nanyang Technological University will be displayed at One Fullerton.

Visitors can also take part in the judging process by voting for their favourite car on the Fullerton Concours d’Elegance website. All qualified votes will be entered into a lucky draw on 1st July and three winners will receive dining vouchers at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.

For foodies, the Fullerton Hotel Singapore Culinary Team will also work closely with award-winning chefs to offer a bespoke dining extravaganza of perennial Singapore favourites and Peranakan delights, reflective of the city state’s cosmopolitan melting pot of cultures. In addition to the visual spectacle at the event, visitors will be able to sample food from various Kombi food trucks located throughout The Fullerton Heritage precinct.

The Fullerton Concours d'Elegance

  • Admission to the Fullerton Concours d’Elegance starts from S$9.90 for a Single-Day Pass. Gold Passes are also available for access to VIP areas and the after-party at Lantern in The Fullerton Bay Hotel. Children under five years old will enjoy free admission.
  • For more information about the car list, to vote for your favourite cars and purchase tickets, please visit fullertonconcours.com.

Two New Lounges Open at Melbourne Airport

American Express Airport Lounge Melbourne
American Express Airport Lounge Melbourne

Two new lounges have opened up at Melbourne Airport – an American Express Lounge and Plaza Premium Lounge – giving travellers even more options for a place to unwind before  their  flights

American Express and Plaza Premium Group have opened a new American Express Lounge and a new Plaza Premium Lounge at Melbourne Airport, offering visitors two new spaces to escape to and unwind at before their flights.

Located in Terminal 2 at Satellite Level Departures, the new lounge from American Express is operated by global premium airport service specialists Plaza Premium Group, who has also opened its own Plaza Premium Lounge in an adjacent space.  With a total space of more than 700 square metres, both lounges offer guests a full premium service with two elegant bar areas, guest services and comfortable seating.

The new American Express lounge is the company’s second Australian lounge, the first having opened in Sydney.

Lounges continue to be an appealing airport feature for most travellers, with 59% of overseas travellers having used a lounge in the last three years and more than a third (36%) of all business travellers favouring time in lounges before their flights.

Last year, Melbourne Airport saw a record breaking 1.02 million international travellers for December alone with over 10 million international travellers for the calendar year.


Plaza Premium Lounges | www.plaza-network.com

American Express Lounges | visit www.americanexpress.com.au/airportlounge

Stay Four, Pay Three at Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge | Stay Four Pay Three

Matakauri Lodge has announced a new autumn/winter special for guests staying from  1 May, 2018 to 30 September, 2018

The Stay Four, Pay Three special offer gives guests a night on the house and more time in this much-awarded lakeside retreat in a spectacular part of New Zealand.

Known for its incredible views, amazing food and wine, and luxurious accommodation, autumn is an ideal time to visit Matakauri Lodge, located nearby historic Arrowtown, its trees painted vivid yellow and orange in the autumn. In the winter, a getaway to enjoy the extended ski season could be on the cards, with the Stay Four, Pay Three offer providing guests an extra day to enjoy the slopes.

Matakauri Lodge’s offer is available in all room/suite categories at the published seasonal rates.

Matakauri Lodge | Stay Four Pay Three
Matakauri Lodge | Stay Four Pay Three
Matakauri Lodge | Stay Four Pay Three

The Stay Four, Pay Three Offer Includes:

  • Accommodation (room type) of guest’s choice
  • Pre-dinner drinks, canapés, and gourmet dinner each evening
  • Full breakfast each morning
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar and use of all complimentary lodge facilities

Matakauri Lodge | reservations@matakaurilodge.com

First Luxury Hawai’i Guide for Australians Released

Hanauma Bay in Oahu, Luxury Hawaii Guide
Hanauma Bay in Oahu, Hawai'i, USA

Discerning holidaymakers will now have more information at their fingertips than ever before with the release of the first Luxury Hawai‘i guide in Australia

Sydney-based Explore Media, which has also been producing the annual 100-page Discover Hawai‘i guide for the past decade, has released a 36-page luxury guide to Hawai’i in Australia for the first time. It also publishes a Romance Hawai‘i guide for those planning weddings and honeymoons, a Family Hawai‘i guide and Meet Hawai‘i guide for business tourism professionals working across the meeting, incentives, conference and events markets.

Filled with inspiring images, the luxury guide outlines the best five-star hotels and resorts to stay, fine dining restaurants to book, high-end shopping precincts, VIP tours and the ultimate spa treatments across the four main Hawaiian Islands. It also offers practical information, including which airlines fly to Hawai‘i, how to get around, the best times to go, visa requirements and tips on tipping.

To view the full electronic version of the Luxury Hawai‘i guide click here.

Lodge Life: Kauri Cliffs & Cape Kidnappers Announce Winter Special

Kauri Cliffs Lodge Life Special
Kauri Cliffs Lodge Life Special

Word class spa facilities, award-winning golf courses, divine food and wine experiences and luxury accommodation is what’s on offer when you stay at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs & The Farm at Cape Kidnappers on the Lodge Life Special

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs & The Farm at Cape Kidnappers have announced a special accommodation offer, valid for stays between 1 May – 30 September, 2018.

Not only are the tariffs reduced for the winter season at two of New Zealand’s most scenic and highly-acclaimed lodges, but guests staying on the Lodge Life package will enjoy a NZ$400.00 credit* for each night stayed. The lodge credit can be applied to a range of the most popular, on-property activities including golf, spa, can-am and quad bike tours, sanctuary experiences, horse riding and more.

The regular, year-round inclusions that come with a stay at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers of breakfast, pre-dinner drinks, canapés and dinner, complimentary non-alcoholic mini bar and use of lodge facilities, are offered in addition to the NZ$400.00 activities credit and complete this compelling offer.

It’s a great time to experience New Zealand’s many seasons – late summer weather in May, autumn colours in June, a cosy winter getaway in July and August where guests can enjoy roaring fires as well as beautiful meals and local wines, and finally sensational spring walks and golf in September.

Cape Kidnappers Lodge Life Special
Cape Kidnappers
Cape Kidnappers Lodge Life Special
Cape Kidnappers

The Lodge Life Special Includes:

  • Accommodation in a luxurious suite at Kauri Cliffs or The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
  • NZ$400 lodge credit (per room, per night)
  • Pre-dinner drinks and canapés, dinner and full breakfast daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi, non-alcoholic minibar and an early check-in and late check out (subject to availability)

Suites start at NZ $1750.00 + 15% GST per room, per night based on double occupancy.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs | reservations@kauricliffs.com

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers | |reservations@capekidnappers.com 

Qantas Frequent Flyers Can Finally Book JAL Reward Seats Online

Qantas Frequent Flyers can now book Oneworld reward seats for JAL

Qantas has announced that its Frequent Flyers can now use their points to book reward seats online with all OneWorld Member Airlines, including JAL

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now use their Qantas Points to make redemption bookings online with all Oneworld partners through qantas.com, including Japan Airlines (JAL), giving members access to the 1,000+ destinations in nearly 160 territories across the Oneworld alliance network, and a total of more than 1,200 destinations worldwide with Qantas’ 50+ airline partners. Previously, Qantas Frequent Flyers had to make reward seat bookings with Japan Airlines (JAL) by phoning the Qantas contact centre, but now members can simply redeem their Qantas Points online for a reward seat on JAL’s network, which stretches across 70 destinations in 20 territories.

Being part of the oneworld alliance offers eligible Qantas Frequent Flyers reciprocal benefits across the network including lounge access and priority check-in and boarding, plus the ability to earn Qantas Points and Status Credits on eligible flights with all oneworld partner airlines – and redeem Qantas Points for reward flights across their joint network too.

Qantas Frequent Flyers can use their Qantas Points for a round the world trip with Oneworld partners on an Economy Classic Flight Reward from 140,000 points plus fees, taxes and carrier charges.