SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort Unveils Oceanfront Presidential Pool Villa

SALA Chaweng
SALA 2Br Presidential Pool Villa with Private Infinity Pool Overlooking Beach

The Villa is part of the Phase One launch of SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort in Koh Samui

SALA Chaweng Beach Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand, has unveiled its Oceanfront Two Bedroom Presidential Pool Villa, a 286 square-metre private beachfront masterpiece that’s available for exclusive guest stays, intimate weddings or special celebrations.

The new luxury resort’s highest room category also features a 52 square-metre private infinity pool, steps from the sandy shores of north Chaweng beach, making it one of the largest private pools on offer within a resort on Koh Samui. The pool runs the entire width of the 13.5-metre beach frontage and is framed by a 114 sqm wooden pool deck, shaded by two ancient banyan trees that keep the extensive outdoor lounge and al fresco dining areas naturally cool.

Full-length glass windows along the front of the villa can be drawn open to blur distinction between outdoor and indoor living spaces. Curved archways subtly define the interior spaces and draw references to the curvature of the full moon, a lunar muse that inspired many of the design elements applied around the resort. To follow this overall design thread, the designers handpicked all the lamps, sofa seats, bathtubs, and other decorative items.

A few steps up into the inner sanctum of the villa are two bright and airy bedrooms, each measuring a generous 25 sqm and featuring king-sized beds, walk-in wardrobe areas, and bathrooms with freestanding circular statement bathtubs.

The expansive 30 sqm master bathroom also comes with outdoor shower and bathtub options allowing guests to stay that much closer to the blue skies and sea breezes. As part of the SALA Signature Selections, guests can choose from a variety of scents for bath soaps, shampoos, conditioners, body lotions and pillow types to fine-tune their bespoke experience.

The Villa is part of the Phase One launch of SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort. The Oceanfront Wing comprises 52 pool villas and pool suites sized between 74 square metres and 304 square metres, featuring private pools between 18 square metres and 52 square metres in size. Just in time for summer, a beach bar will open at the resort in July to complement THE TENT Beachfront Restaurant.

The second phase of SALA Samui Chaweng Beach will be completed in 2019 and will comprise 83 rooms, pool villas and pool suites, as well as the SALA Spa and SALA Gym, a garden oasis swimming pool with inviting Garden Pool Bar, plus an open-air show kitchen with an exciting roadside restaurant and bar concept.

Crystal Debussy Joins the Crystal River Cruises Fleet

Crystal Debussy
Crystal Debussy Christening Ceremony

The luxury cruise line’s newest ship was officially welcomed at a christening ceremony In Amsterdam

Luxury cruise line Crystal River Cruises has officially welcomed its newest ship to the fleet. Crystal Debussy was christened in Amsterdam during the ship’s three-day stay in the city on its 10-day ‘Splendours of the Rhine’ voyage, allowing guests aboard the sailing to participate in the traditional festivities.

Sailing itineraries between Amsterdam and Basel, the 106-guest Crystal Debussy embarked on her maiden voyage along the Rhine River on April 9. Guests visit ports in the Netherlands and Belgium on her seven-day itinerary, with 10-day voyages also calling in Germany. Throughout 2018 and 2019, the ship will sail routes of seven and 10 days between Amsterdam and Basel along the Rhine and Moselle rivers, visiting Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.

Crystal’s new river ships are all-suite, all-butler vessels with every category of accommodation perched above the waterline. These luxury suites offer Crystal’s acclaimed butler service in every room category, king-sized beds, Panoramic Balcony-Windows, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, ETRO amenities, robes and slippers, and wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs. Additional enticing features include farm-to-table cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the elegant Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the exclusive Vintage Room; and the Palm Court for entertainment, enrichment presentations and sweeping views of the countryside.


The Shangri-La Paris Launches Open-Air Krug Champagne Bar

Bar A Ciel Ouvert By Krug | Photo Credit: Romeo Balancourt
Bar A Ciel Ouvert By Krug | Photo Credit: Romeo Balancourt

The iconic Terrace Room number 410 at the The Shangri-La Hotel, Paris has been specially refurbished to become an open-air bar for the summer season

The “Bar à ciel ouvert by Krug” (Open-air bar by Krug) will open on 7th June at the Shangri-La Hotel Paris for guests to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the capital’s most striking monuments including the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, and the Invalides.

Located at the iconic 30-metre squared terrace room number 410 – which has been specially refurbished to cater to an intimate 16-person crowd – guests can enjoy champagne by Krug Grande Cuvée and savoury hors d’oeuvres created by the Palace’s two-Michelin star Chef, Christophe Moret, along with the incredible Paris skyline view.

Le Bar à Ciel Ouvert by Krug

Opening Hours 7th June to 7th October 2018:

Weekdays: 6pm to 11pm
Weekends: 3pm to 11pm
Reservations: +33 1 53 67 19 98


  • 55€ for a glass of Krug Grande Cuvée 166th édition
  • 275€ for a bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée 166th édition (max 4 persons – not including snacks)
  • 495€ for a bottle of Krug Rosé (max 4 persons – not including snacks)


Reservation and deposit required for Bastille Day, 14th July.

Take a Photographic Tour of Vivid with Hyatt Regency Sydney

Hyatt Regency / Canon Australia Click Capture Create, Vivid Sydney
Hyatt Regency / Canon Australia Click Capture Create, Vivid Sydney

The Hyatt Regency Sydney and Canon Australia have teamed up to offer guests a photographic tour of Vivid

In celebration of Vivid Sydney, taking place from May 25 to June 16, Hyatt Regency Sydney is offering hotel guests and visitors a range of Vivid Experiences to light up their senses. Over three weekends from May 24, Hyatt Regency Sydney and Canon Australia invite photography enthusiasts to take part in ‘Click, Capture, Create’ – an exclusive experience of the Vivid Light display at Darling Harbour and Barangaroo.

Teaming up with a Canon Collective Ambassador who’ll guide them throughout the photographic tour, guests will also having access to high quality Canon equipment to shoot with and an unprecedented vantage point overlooking Darling Harbour. Upon return to the hotel, light refreshments will be served in The Gallery, whilst each participant selects their best shots to be printed on-site as their take-home gift.

From May 28 to June 16, a VIVID Celebration will be on show at The Gallery, celebrating the exceptional photographic work of the Canon Collective Ambassadors. The exhibition is free to view, with sales from the prints supporting Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off the Streets charity.

For another ideal vantage point of Vivid, Zephyr Skybar – with its panoramic views of Darling Harbour – will also be joining in on the festivities, offering the Vivid G&T with its 78 Degrees lavender infused gin, spiced blueberry syrup, fresh lemon, butterfly pea and topped with Mediterranean Fever Tree tonic.


The tour costs $299 per person and runs from 4:00pm to 8:00pm Thursday to Saturday.

Spaces are limited, to book head to this address or phone 8099 1234.

Rail Plus Takes 50% off Companion Fares on the Eastern & Oriental Express

Eastern Oriental Express

The offer is available to book until June 15

Until 15 June 2018, Rail Plus is offering 50% off companion fares on all Eastern & Oriental Classical Journeys through to December 2018, giving passengers savings of up to $2,000. The discounted fares are based on twin share and are available in the Pullman and State Cabins on the two-night Classic Journeys from Singapore to Bangkok or three-night Classic Journeys from Bangkok to Singapore.

Journeying between the modern and vibrant cities of Singapore and Bangkok in a train that speaks of the old world colonial charm, passengers will enjoy the vastly different landscapes of this South East Asian peninsula as the train passes through a series of towns, quaint villages, tropical jungles winding rivers and ancient temples. Mealtimes will also have the passengers spoiled with the incredibly rich flavours of this region.

Bookings must be made by 15 June 2018.  Enter the promotional code EC50 at checkout.

New United Polaris Lounge Opens at San Francisco International Airport

United Polaris chairs at SFO
United Polaris chairs at SFO

The two-level lounge is a step-up in airport lounge luxury, offering five private daybeds with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding and personal valet services

United Airlines has unveiled its new United Polaris Lounge at San Francisco International Airport, the first of four Polaris lounges set to open this year. Passengers travelling in the airline’s international premium cabin are now able to relax and dine prior to their flight or refresh upon arrival in the lounge, located near Gate G92 in the International Terminal. Set on two levels with 440 seats, the chic lounge offers five private daybeds with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding, eight shower suites featuring Soho House & Co’s Cowshed Spa products, personal valet services including pressing and steaming, a private restaurant-style dining area, a bistro-style buffet and cocktails inspired by the Bay Area.

The United Polaris lounge at Newark Liberty International Airport is expected to open by early June, followed by the lounge at George Bush Intercontinental in Houston this summer and the lounge at Los Angeles International Airport this autumn. The focus behind the United Polaris experience is to provide long-haul travellers with better sleep in the sky. On average, United plans to add one aircraft with the new United Polaris business class seats every 10 days from now through to 2020.

Crystal Announces Jazz and Cabaret-Themed Cruise

Crystal Cruises
Crystal Symphony

The jazz and cabaret-themed cruise will be aboard the Crystal Symphony, setting sail to New Orleans

Departing Fort Lauderdale on 2nd December 2018 and arriving in New Orleans on 15th December, Crystal Symphony’s Experiences of Discovery Jazz Days & Cabaret Nights Theme Cruise is an experience for lovers of music and dance, with enriching lectures into the world of jazz and live musical performances by some of the genre’s best artists.

Setting sail just before Christmas, Crystal Symphony will offer optional adventures ashore including diving the world’s third largest barrier reef, a hike through the gorgeous Dunn’s River Falls and snorkelling with stingrays. Then on arriving at the final destination, guests can wind down listening to legendary blues and jazz in New Orleans.

The Crystal Cruises Exclusive Fare includes all beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees; gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining in Prego and at least once in Silk Road or The Sushi Bar (additional reservations or visits available for a modest fee.); 24-hour room service; complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet access; attentive Butler service in all Penthouse categories; enrichment workshop series featuring lectures by renowned authors, ambassadors, celebrities and destination experts; fitness programs including yoga, golf instruction and mat Pilates; and much more.

Book by 30 June and choose Crystal Clear Choices savings of either US$400 off the cruise fare or US$600 Shipboard Credit per person. Fares are available from US$5,428 per person.

Allure Palazzi to Open in Kotor Bay, Montenegro

Allure Palazzi Kotor Bay
Kotor Bay

The luxurious Allure Palazzi Kotor Bay in Montenegro will open on 1st June as a five-star beachfront hotel with a marina, decadent accommodations and upmarket dining

The exclusive Allure Palazzi Kotor Bay will open in a few days’ time with a guest experience focusing on seaside living. Featuring a marina, pristine beach, beautiful façades, elegant interiors basking in light, airy communal spaces, and spectacular views of the Bay of Kotor, the hotel comes at a time when Montenegro is burgeoning as one of Europe’s hottest new luxury destinations.

The new Allure Palazzi offers 86 guestrooms, three penthouse suites, two pools, three restaurants, five bars, and picturesque villas exuding European charm with deluxe materials and enchanting sea views of Kotor Bay. With a sandy beach and private marina at guests’ disposal, they can follow the boardwalk tracing the water’s edge, leading to the old-world neighbourhood of Dobrota located just 4km from ancient Kotor.

Thanks to ongoing multimillion-Euro investments from various moguls and multiple superyacht marina projects, Montenegro is in the midst of transformation and is emerging with a strong luxury landscape that is tipped to attract the world’s travelling elite. Luxury hotel chains Hilton and Four Seasons properties are scheduled to arrive in the next few years, and Europe’s first One&Only hotel is set to open as part of the Portonovi yacht facility, dubbed as an ultra-premium lifestyle destination and the new gem of the Mediterranean.

Allure Palazzi Kotor Bay will open on 1st June, and the hotel is currently offering guests who book before May 31st a 20% pre-opening special.

More Australians are Favouring Luxury Holidays

Australians Favouring Luxury Holidays
Intercontinental Perth

New research from InterContinental Hotel & Resorts has revealed that the majority of Australians stay in high-end accommodation when on holiday

The findings from the luxury hotel chain show that some 7,379,000 Australians are choosing a luxury resort or upmarket hotel as their ideal venue for a holiday.

As for what destinations Australians are favouring for their holidays, Queensland triumphed with 34 percent voting it as the best state to holiday in, followed by New South Wales with 18 percent and Victoria with 17 percent to round out the top three.

The report also asked Australians what key features they look for when booking accommodation.

“Two thirds ­– 66 per cent – stated that a convenient location is important and 58 per cent think connectivity (WiFi) is vital. Other important aspects Australians look for include special views ­– 56 percent, room service – 49%, and a decent pool – 49 per cent,” said Leanne Harwood, IHG Managing Director for Australasia and Japan.

A high number of Australians at 65 per cent say the level of service received is very important to them.

However, the research also showed that 32 per cent of Australians are simply too busy with work to take some much-needed rest and relaxation, and over half a million Australians won’t take annual leave due to the stress they will return to if they are away from the office. As a result, Harwood said that many Australians are choosing weekend escapes and stay-cations as a way to hit the reset button without eating into their annual leave.

“We found that 46 per cent of the population are choosing luxury hotels for a relaxing weekend getaway, receiving first class treatment and returning to work refreshed and revitalised. It can be as simple as that.”

The Westin Opens in Perth as Hotel Construction Boom Continues

Westin Perth
Westin Perth Premier King Room

The Westin is the latest hotel to open in Perth, which is currently experiencing a new wave of hotel construction

The Westin Perth has recently opened in the CBD with 368 elegant and thoughtfully designed guest rooms and suites. With a focus on wellness and experience, the hotel features a fitness studio, infinity-edge pool and Spa by Bodhi J. as well as offering food and drinks at The Haven Lounge or Garum.

Located at the corner of Hay and Irwin Streets, on the eastern end of the Perth central business district (CBD) the city’s vibrant shopping and entertainment options are all within easy reach, with Perth’s domestic and international airport terminals only 16 kilometres from the hotel, reached by car in approximately 20 minutes.

The Westin is the latest in a strong series of more than 20 new-build hotels scheduled to open by 2020 in the Western Australian capital, following a $3 billion injection into the hotel sector off the back of the state government’s call in 2012 for 1900 new rooms to be built to keep up with demand, at the time buoyed by the mining boom.

Between 2015 and 2017, the six-star Crown Towers Perth and the Intercontinental, as well as Peppers Kings Square Hotel, independent boutique hotel Tribe Perth, Marriot International’s Aloft Perth, and Alex Hotel all opened, along with award-winning COMO the Treasury.

A further three DoubleTree by Hiltons are under construction across Perth from the waterfront to Northbridge and Fremantle, with the Elizabeth Quay development due for completion in September this year. In 2019, the much-hyped $500 million-dollar Ritz-Carlton Elizabeth Quay will open, with the 204-room hotel being joined by 379 residential apartments as part of The Towers $400 million development. The Dorsett Hotel Perth is committed for 2020.

The opening of the new Westin comes two months after the inaugural non-stop flight between Perth and the UK operated by Qantas. Qatar also recently started operating a route between Perth and Doha, which the West Australian government hopes will bolster state tourism.