Rail Europe Adds Portugal’s The Presidential to Portfolio

The Presidential

The Presidential is a luxury train experience with distinguished culinary experts and a fascinating history

The Presidential, Portugal’s premier luxury railway experience, is now a part of Rail Europe’s portfolio, Great Train Journeys, which features the best luxury train voyages from across the globe.

The Presidential, which was built in 1890, has hosted Kings, Presidents, Heads of State, and Popes, including notable figures such as Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Paul IV. It continued this way for over a century until 1970, when it was officially retired.

In 2010, however, the train was resurrected, and with it, its luxurious standard. The original furnishing and style of the train remain, ensuring that The Presidential maintains the signature opulence it was always known for.

The train journey, which showcases Portugal’s exquisite food and wine, includes meals prepared by some of the world’s most renowned and upcoming chefs including Michelin Starred Oscar Goncalves, Two-Time Michelin Starred Henrique Sá Pessoa, Leandro Carreira, Nuno Mendes, Bruno Rocha, and 2012 Top Chef Winner Alexandre Silva. Rising stars include André Lança Cordeiro and Pedro Pana Bastos.

There are three packages offered aboard The Presidential. The first is a 9-hour journey known as The Presidential Experience, which features a Sao Bento to Vesuvio day trip. The journey, which starts at AU$1,390, includes a gourmet lunch with pairing wines and a port-tasting excursion to Quinto do Vesuvio.

The second offer is a 2-day Escapade Pack from Sao Bento to Duoro. Starting at AU$4,274, it includes a return Presidential Experience from Porto to Vesuvio, grape treading in one of the world’s last stone pits and an overnight at Casa do Rio.

The third offer is the 3-day Premium Pack. It includes private tours to Serralves, Portugal’s premier modern art museum, and Casa de Musica, the country’s grandest concert hall. It starts at AU$8,548, and also includes an overnight stay at the Intercontinental Hotel and Six Senses Duoro Valley, a boat cruise, and Michelin class meals on board the train, at Palacio das Cardosas, and at O Gaveto.


For more information regarding pricing and booking, visit www.greattrainjourneys.com.au.

Pier One Sydney Harbour to Complete $10m Renovation

Marriott Pier One Sydney Harbour
Marriott Pier One Sydney Harbour

The harbourside stay has undergone significant changes over the past five years, including opening an award-winning restaurant, adding seasonal guest festivities and redesigning its rooms and suites

Marriott’s Pier One Sydney Harbour has announced it will complete its $10 million-dollar heritage refurbishment by September 2019, which includes major redesigns to all its rooms and suites.

“The design transformation of our rooms marks the final piece of the puzzle for an exciting journey for the hotel,” said Kim Mahaffy, general manager of the luxury hotel. “We are now one of Sydney’s pre-eminent lifestyle hotels, with a luxurious, yet accessible offering for guests looking for a distinctively Sydney experience right on Sydney Harbour. By working with a design firm that is renowned for their heritage renovations, we hope to bring this to life for our guests, with a focus on sourcing Australian and locally-made materials and furniture.”

With its top suites offering unbeatable views floating above the Harbour, the hotel accommodation will receive a complete design overhaul by heritage architecture firm Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, which has taken its design inspiration from the glistening harbour and rich maritime history central to Pier One.

Marriott International took over Pier One Sydney Harbour in February 2014 as part of its Autograph Collection portfolio and has since undertaken a series of major renovations of the central facilities including entry lobby, bar, restaurant and conferencing facilities.

The Gantry Restaurant opened in early 2015 to critical acclaim, earning its reputation as one of Australia’s most highly-regarded hotel restaurants, while The Kerrigan, a harbourside pop-up smoke house providing Australian BBQ-style fare in a casual waterside setting, opened in 2016.

The following year, Pier One Sydney Harbour debuted a series of activations intended to connect the hotel with unique Sydney experiences for guests and visitors, including Igloos on the Pier during Winter; The Pool by Pier One, a harbourside pool during Summer; and The Retreat by Pier One, celebrating wellness and mindfulness during February and March.



Six Senses Announces Iceland Debut

Six Senses Össurá Valley, Iceland
Six Senses Össurá Valley, Iceland

Taking advantage of Iceland’s clean air, sustainable energy and high national happiness, Six Senses will be unveiling its newest hotel in the Land of Fire and Ice in 2022

Six Senses will be making its Iceland debut with Six Senses Össurá Valley, set to open in 2022. This Iceland escape will be ideal for those wanting to experience nature, wellness and adventure by day, and indulgent dining, comfortable beds and perhaps a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis by night.

The rugged southeastern coast of Viking country, where the new Six Senses will be located, has an expansive and diverse natural environment. From glacier tongues, craggy volcanoes, ice-filled lagoons and geothermal lakes to untouched highlands and long black beaches, many of these natural wonders have become famed for their beauty and are visited throughout the year — making it the perfect setting for a scenic vacation and luxury hotel.

The Six Senses addition spans 4,000 acres of privately-owned land in Svínhólar near Lóni. The flatland at the southern end is adjacent to the Lón Lagoon, which is separated from the North Atlantic Ocean by a beautiful black sand beach. This is the biggest gathering space for swans in the country and the hotel will be involved in monitoring and protecting this Icelandic population.

Six Senses Össurá Valley is surrounded by a mountain range and the vast Össurá Valley and River. The valley’s multiple waterfalls and surrounding landscape lend themselves to out-of-the-ordinary experiences including dog sledging, horseback riding, ice and rock climbing, bird watching and boat trips.

Northwest of the development is the Vatnajökull National Park with Europe’s largest glacier and Iceland’s highest peak, the Öræfajökull volcano. The dramatic southern landscapes have also provided breathtaking settings for many movies and shows, including Interstellar, Batman Begins, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, James Bond and Game of Thrones.

The first phase of the project will be the opening of a 70-guestroom resort and private cottages dotted on the surrounding land. Six Senses-branded residences will offer residents the opportunity to call this exquisite location home and tap into all the unique amenities and privileges of the resort.

Built using renewable and locally-sourced materials and adhering to high standards of energy and water efficiency, guest accommodation and residences will tread lightly on the earth while providing an uncompromising level of space and comfort. Project Architect John Brevard has added another layer to the design brief to create a space that considers the implications of human bioenergy, electromagnetism, astrology, sacred geometries and the principles of Feng Shui. The goal is to align guests and residents with natural order and hyper-dimensional realities so they recharge and reconnect.

The resort’s welcome lounge will feel integrated into the surrounding environment and include a library, cinema room, water bar and an Earth Lab that will showcase the project’s sustainability efforts.

Guests will additionally take comfort in the Six Senses Spa, with its functional fitness centre, yoga studio and comprehensive wellness programming. There will be a farmhouse with an organic garden and a cooking school where chefs will share their passion for hearty and healthy food and showcase farm-to-table seasonal recipes.

All-day dining, a specialty restaurant offering seafood delicacies and a lively bar will embrace indoor and outdoor living, following the guiding principles of Eat With Six Senses. Different scenic dining settings will additionally be offered, including over-water wooden walkways, a romantic waterfall and a traditional boat house.

The upcoming hotel will be a 30-minute drive from the airport at Hofn, while Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, one of the most popular sites in the country to watch the otherworldly color displays of Northern Lights, is just an hour’s drive away.



Slides, Gardens, Nets and Mazes at New Jewel Changi Airport

Jewel Changi Airport Canopy Park
Jewel Changi Airport Canopy Park

The Canopy Park and Changi Experience Studio are now open, complete with quirky playscapes and interactive experiences

Jewel Changi Airport is inviting locals and international visitors alike to explore their newest exhibit, Canopy Park. The picturesque display offers seven unique play attractions, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, unique shopping and dining concepts, as well as airport and accommodation facilities.

The exhibit, which opened in mid-April, features a range of exciting attractions never seen before in an airport including the Discovery Slides, which consist of four slides within a beautiful garden.

If slides aren’t your speed, there is another playscape available. The Foggy Bowls, which are mainly tailored to children, contain four gentle concave play areas surrounded by enveloping fog, creating a dreamy landscape of clouds for young imaginations to enjoy.

The Petal Garden and the Topiary Walk are perfect for those who have an affinity for photography. The Petal Garden contains seasonal floral displays from around the world, while the Topiary Walk features vibrant plants that have been shaped into animals such as crocodiles, elephants and peacocks.

Among the ticketed attractions are two distinct mazes, the Hedge Maze and the Mirror Maze. The Hedge Maze is the largest of its kind in Singapore, complete with an elevated lookout platform for spectators. The Mirror Maze includes a dramatic, fully immersive chamber with mirrors above and below, perfect for any visitor in search of a challenge.

There are also two different Manulife Sky Nets, which are suspended high above the ground and yield fantastic views. The Sky Net made for walking is 25 metres tall, making it taller than the other net. However, the other net is made for bouncing, making it suitable for the more energetic visitor.

Outside of Canopy Park, there is also the new Changi Experience Studio, which lets guests immerse themselves within a virtual world of Changi Airport. Some highlights of the Studio include an interactive travel guide, trivia games, and an experience that allows participants to make music with other guests.

Starting 10 June 2019, the Changi Experience Studio will operate daily from 10.00am to 10.00pm (last entry is at 9.00pm). To ensure an optimal and enjoyable immersive experience for visitors, entry to the studio will be ticketed.

More information about both Canopy Park and the Changi Experience Studio, can be found on their website.



InterContinental Wows with Opening of Historic Hotel in Lyon

InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu | Epona Restaurant | Photo by Eric Cuvillier
InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu | Epona Restaurant | Photo by Eric Cuvillier

The renovated hospital-turned-hotel is the largest private transformation of a historic monument carried out in France to date

InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu is now open after an extensive four-year restoration of the former hospital Hôtel Dieu, one of the city’s most iconic and historic buildings. This marks the brand’s sixth hotel in France, with the new property featuring the designs of renowned interior designer, Jean-Philippe Nuel. Nuel focused on maintaining the original beauty and architecture of the building while creating a sense of contemporary, understated luxury, which is rooted in the history of Lyon and the building itself.

Lyon was once the capital of the European silk industry and the product is still an important part of the city’s culture today. The city is also famed for its floral art which was an early source of inspiration for the local silk industry and a major influence for the hotel’s design theme. Prestigious Lyonnais silk creator Verel de Belval, a subsidiary of the Hermès group, has designed custom silk prints which can be seen throughout the rooms and public areas in silk screen panels, cushions and soft furnishings.

Le Dôme Bar is nestled in the heart of the hotel within the grand dome, one of the most breathtaking features of the renovated hotel. Originally housing a chapel, the dome today is a space where hotel guests and locals can come together under its 32-metre high ceiling. Originally designed by Jacques-Germain Soufflot, architect of the Pantheon in Paris, Soufflot was called away during the project and never saw the dome finished. The dome has since been named in his honour as the Soufflot Dome.

The bar is open for all-day drinks and light bites. Traditional, local products are a key focus of the signature cocktails, which include a fresh twist on the famous pink praline — a traditional Lyon confectionery that is uniquely made at the bar with vodka, pink champagne and lemon. Club InterContinental guests will have the added luxury of enjoying drinks and views of the grand dome from the first-floor balcony of the private Club InterContinental Lounge above.

The hotel’s restaurant, Epona, extends along the hotel’s front façade and opens on to an interior courtyard and garden. Head Chef Mathieu Charrois serves world-class Lyonnaise dishes with a modern twist for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Of the 34 suites at the hotel, the 150-square metre Presidential suite is the largest suite in the city. It follows a similar modern luxury design, decorated in powder pink tones and elegant floral motifs, yet offers guests an overhead view of the grand dome from the suite’s own private balconies.

The most emblematic of the 144 rooms at InterContinental Lyon – Hôtel-Dieu are the 28 Duplex Suites, which feature huge vertical windows with views on to the Rhône river. Guests enter from the mezzanine floor to take in the river view at first glance before heading down the stairs to the bathroom and bedroom.

The luxury stay also boasts 1,500 square metres of flexible convention and reception halls at  L’Académie. This is one of the largest conference centres in the Presqu’île (Peninsula) quarter and in Lyon city centre, offering 12 meeting rooms on four different levels, all with natural daylight.

For guests looking for relaxation, the Le Tigre Spa is just a one-minute walk from the hotel and includes a Hammam, 24-hour gym, sauna and steam room, as well as Pilates and Yoga classes.



New Zealanders Greet the World in New 100% Pure Welcome Tourism Campaign

Tourism New Zealand’s new marketing campaign is the first brand relaunch in 20 years

Tourism New Zealand has launched a new content series as part of a new brand marketing campaign – ‘100% Pure Welcome – 100% Pure New Zealand’ – that highlights the fact that New Zealanders are the first in the world to see the sun.

Every day for the next year, more than 300 New Zealanders from across the entire country will share a ‘Good Morning World’ welcome message from their very own sunrise, sharing the things and places they love most about New Zealand with the world.

Showcasing what makes New Zealand unique as a holiday destination – its warm and welcoming people, stunning landscapes and variety of things to do – the content series traverses the top of the North Island, to the bottom of the South Island, and is set in some of the most beautiful spots in the country.

In an exclusive interview with Luxury Travel, Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive, Stephen England-Hall explained that the new content series and campaign is underpinned by the Māori concept of manaakitanga – creating deep connections between people, extending hospitality, care and respect – and the kiwi idea of treating visitors like whānau (family).

“What makes New Zealand an amazing holiday destination is its unique combination of three things: it’s warm and welcoming people, stunning landscapes and variety of things to do. ‘The 100% Pure Welcome – 100% Pure New Zealand’ campaign is a new approach to storytelling that brings to life the unique nature of how New Zealanders treat their visitors like family,” he said.

The series launches with a feature film starring 8-year-old Parearau and one of her elders Hinetu, standing together as they witness the beauty of the world’s first sunrise atop their sacred Maunga [mountain] Hikurangi in Gisborne. The mountain is one of the first places in the world to see the sunrise.

“Because we’re first to rise and shine each morning means we’ve got a bit more time up our sleeves. So, we always have time to say ‘kia ora’ [hello, good health],” said Hinetu. “We’ve got time for the little things, to show people around the place, not just as guests, but as whānau – our family. Pass on our local knowledge, and you know, do whatever it takes to make everybody feel our welcome.”

Hikurangi is also the place for a new world-first tourism experience – Greet the Dawn – which allows visitors to experience the sacred maunga (mountain) and see for themselves one of the first sunrises in the world.

Among the first welcome messages to be shared with the world are an adventure-seeking Southlander waking up with a canyon swing, a wannabe hobbit, a shoulder-nibbling horse, a group of teenagers in Northland giving lessons for an early morning jetty jump and a very enthusiastic parasailer.

The first ‘Good Morning World’ welcome message was shared this morning:

Australia is the first market to drive the global campaign launch across television, cinema, out of home, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, as well as Tourism New Zealand’s digital and social channels.

“Australia is New Zealand’s largest international visitor market, with more than 600,000 holiday arrivals in the past year,” England-Hall told Luxury Travel. “Australia’s position as a key market for holiday arrivals, coupled with its close proximity to, and strong relationship with New Zealand was a key factor in why we chose Australia to kick off the campaign.”

It will roll out across all of Tourism New Zealand’s key markets, which include China, USA, UK, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, India, Singapore and Korea.

The new campaign follows the promotion of Tourism New Zealand’s visitor ethos, Tiaki – a promise to care for New Zealand, with both campaigns based on the Māori principles of kaitiakitanga (guardianship and conservation of the environment) and manaakitanga.

“The 100% Pure Welcome – 100% Pure New Zealand campaign has New Zealanders at its heart, which aligns with Tiaki-  Care for New Zealand and our work to ensure that tourism gives back to New Zealand and New Zealanders,” England-Hall said.



Oh-So-Cosy Moss Hotel Opens in Hobart

Moss, Hobart, Tasmania

The new boutique hotel is located in the historic docks of Salamanca Place

The family-owned Behrakis Group has opened the first stage of Moss, a 41-room boutique hotel in Hobart. A hidden retreat tucked above the historic docks of Salamanca Place, Moss is positioned within the original warehouses of the area that were once home to Hobart’s traders, whalers, publicans, gentlemen and convicts.

Moss 39, the first stage of the hotel, will be followed by Moss 25, the second stage, which opens in September. Guests can choose from four rooms types– Bower, Grove, Grove Balcony and Grove Bath. These rooms, spread across Moss 39 and 25, feature an added dimension of greenery brought inside through the use of vertical internal gardens.

Moss’ design, which is heavily inspired by local scenery, incorporates features that are unique to the Tasmanian natural world. Some of these features include Tasmanian Blackwood joinery found in the bedheads, cushions resembling the colours, textures, and patterns found in the natural Tasmanian landscape, and Tasmanian Sandstone side tables.

Aside from elements of the natural world, there are other aspects of Moss’s design that separate it from other hotels. Architect Ganche Chua has transformed Moss into an inner-city sanctuary influenced by Georgian sandstone warehouses – a staple of Salamanca Place’s history.

The finishing touch to every room and common space is a print by renowned Australian photographer Derek Henderson. Henderson spent a week capturing elements of Hobart and Tasmania that Moss’ guests would not normally find on a regular tourist’s journey, adding a distinctive touch to the walls of the hotel.

Peter Behrakis, Managing Director of the Behrakis Group, has been influential in transforming Salamanca Place into a thriving cultural and hospitality precinct, with Moss the latest addition to the hub. “I always knew that these old warehouse buildings would lend themselves to a great hotel conversion,” he said. “It was just a matter of waiting for the right moment, which is now.”

For those interested in exploring signature Tasmanian cuisine, Moss serves as a gateway with easy access to local produce. The Behrakis family and their Salamanca Fresh, a food store, have partnered with Tasmanian producers to offer guests fine foods and beverages in the hotel’s mini bar. Moss is also within walking distance of some of Hobart’s most acclaimed restaurants. Moss’ specially-created Host’s Bible is also available to guests, giving them tips on where to find over 100 of Moss’ favourite bars, pubs and restaurants.

Room rates at Moss 39 start at $280 per night.



Moët & Chandon Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Moët & Chandon 150th Anniversary Event
Moët & Chandon 150th Anniversary Event

The iconic brand hosted an elaborate event filled with sumptuous cuisine, high-profile public figures, and their signature champagne

On the evening of June 4, Luxury Travel attended a grand event at the historic Sydney Town Hall, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Moët & Chandon’s signature brut champagne, Impérial.

The black-tie dinner was hosted by Moët & Chandon President and CEO Stéphanie Baschiera, along with Moët & Chandon Ambassador Jesinta Franklin. 150 high-profile public figures graced the event, including actress Olympia Valance and former politician Hon. Julie Bishop.

Luxury Travel, among other guests, enjoyed the Impérial 1869 cocktail created for the occasion, after a spectacular black carpet arrival into Town Hall. Renowned French chef, Guillaume Brahimi, curated a sumptuous two-course meal, paired perfectly with the celebrated champagne.

To end the dinner, the two hosts created a lavish display by pouring a 20-tier Impérial champagne tower, using limited-edition anniversary bottles. The night concluded with a surprise performance by Hayden James in the Moët & Chandon Studio 1869 after party.

For regularly updated news regarding Moët & Chandon, as well as a full list of their outstanding champagnes, check out the Moët & Chandon website.

This is Spain’s Best New Hotel

The Barcelona EDITION
The Barcelona EDITION

With a scenic rooftop bar and pool and a sultry lounge and restaurant on the basement floor, this award-winning stay is impressive from top to bottom

The Barcelona EDITION has been awarded the Best New Hotel in Spain by the Spanish edition of the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Awards. The awards ceremony took place at the Italian Embassy of Madrid on June 4th, with an evening inspired by the 50th anniversary of humankind’s arrival on the moon.

Since its opening in September 2018, the Barcelona EDITION has become the reference hotel of the city, both for stylish travellers visiting Barcelona and locals looking for a stand-out culinary experience and unique entertainment.

The hotel is currently celebrating the summer season with a new menu at its tenth-floor rooftop bar, lounge and pool, The Roof. Surrounded by panoramic views of the city, it boasts an all-day menu with flavours from Latin America and Asia. Cabaret, a lounge area, cocktail bar and restaurant, additionally offers a unique dining experience. The restaurant is located on the basement floor and serves traditional dining indicative of Barcelona culture but with a modern twist.

The supper club presents a new avant-garde à la carte menu comprised of classic dishes and contemporary cocktails, but the real treat comes after dining, when the curtains are drawn to reveal the stage and the night’s entertainment begins. Ranging from cabaret to live music and DJs, this modern luxury nightlife experience was created by Ian Schrager and goes on into the early hours of the morning. Each night boasts contemporary lounge music but additionally showcases live music on Wednesdays and curated DJ sessions on Fridays and Saturdays. The supper club’s expert programming mixes renowned musical acts with unexpected and risqué performances from local talent.

The Barcelona EDITION offers 100 rooms and suites, each with their own stunning city views overlooking Gothic Quarter, Santa Caterina Market and the district of El Born. State-of-the-art beds are adorned with EDITION’s Signature imported luxury Anichini linens and custom-designed furniture with carefully-selected fabrics such as the embossed Spanish leather headboards. The bedroom walls are clad in walnut panelling and the floors feature a fresh oak herringbone parquet.

Guests are additionally treated to bathrooms decked in white Sivec marble detailed with contrasting brass hardware and custom-scented Le Labo amenities. Two stunning penthouses with their own private terraces, laid-back lounge areas and dining furniture complete the luxurious experience. Guests can have private al fresco meals and relax under the Catalan sun in Spain’s best new hotel.



Aman Unveils Six-Night Spiritual Retreat in Asia

Aman Journey to Peace
Aman Journey to Peace

Guided by a renowned Tibetan monk, Journey to Peace focuses on leading participants towards a healthier, happier lifestyle

Resort brand Aman, known for its wellness-focused stays, will be launching a brand new and enlightening six-night retreat, Journey to Peace. The aptly-titled spiritual retreat will run from October 24th to November 28th and help guests on their own path to peace.

Led by renowned Buddhist monk and mindfulness coach, Tibetan Lama (monk) Master Geshe YongDong, Journey to Peace will take place at four of Aman’s most serene retreats in Indochina: First at Amanoi, from October 22nd to 28th, on the coast of Vietnam; next at Amanpuri, from November 2nd to 8th in Phuket; then at Amansara, from November 12th to 18th, in Siem Reap near Angkor Wat’s magnificent ruins; and finally at Amantaka from November 22nd to 28th, in the UNESCO-protected Buddhist centre of Luang Prabang.

In each of these places, Geshe YongDong will share the ancient lessons of the Bon Tibetan Tradition, enabling participants to find the serenity of mind and spirit they seek. Participants can choose a six-night retreat at one resort, combine two or more resorts, or join the whole 24-night programme across all four destinations.

One of the basic tenets of the Bon Tibetan Tradition is the belief that peace is an internal state of consciousness that promotes true happiness. Journey to Peace has been curated as an emotional journey, with Geshe YongDong guiding individuals through the different stages to achieving this enlightened state of being. These include changing perceptions, letting go of and healing anger and achieving the union of compassion and wisdom that allows one to live mindfully. Each day, the retreat will focus on one of five key concepts that will ultimately change mindsets to allow a healthier, happier life.

The itinerary includes:

Day 1 – Letting Go of Attachment

The retreat begins by focusing on the three layers of attachment, acknowledging them, and letting go in order to find freedom.


Day 2 – Changing Perceptions

The second day will center on changing perceptions while using positive thought patterns to dispel negativity and its dire effects.


Day 3 – The Power of Breath

Participants will delve into the power of the breath and how respiration and the mind are deeply connected. They will work on cultivating slow, mindful breathing to bring balance and calm within, regardless of challenges or stressors encountered.


Day 4 – Healing Anger

Day four helps guests understand anger and teaches how to practice special techniques of mindfulness and awareness to gain control of this powerful negative emotion.


Day 5 – Living in the Moment

The final day will conclude with sessions on living in the moment mindfully, rather than paying attention to the illusions of past and future, which can become all-consuming.


Each day will include Tsa Lung breathwork and meditation; two individual, 90-minute sessions with Geshe YongDong; a therapeutic spa treatment; and a 60-minute evening session of chanting, mantra recitation and meditation. Accommodation and full board are included, with optional daily group movement classes and complimentary airport transfers. After each retreat, Geshe YongDong will stay on as a specialist in residence for two days, offering guests further opportunity to draw on his wisdom in private one-on-one sessions.

Born in Tibet in 1969, Geshe YongDong became a monk at just 13 years of age when he entered the Nangzhig Bonpo Monastery, the largest Bon Monastery in Tibet. A gifted scholar, he was awarded the Rajampa Geshe Degree (Doctorate of Divinity) – the highest degree in Tibetan monastic in 1992. He also studied and practiced under many masters including the 14th Dalai Lama and Menri Trizin. Geshe YongDong teaches philosophy and YungDrung Bon Buddhism – being one of the few worldwide to have mastered the tradition.

For over twenty years, he has taught in many spiritual centres and universities around the world and is the founder and spiritual director of Sherab Chamma Ling and Bon da Ling, spiritual centres in British Colombia and Costa Rica. He is vice president of the International Tibetan non-sectarian Buddhism organisation and has published several books in Tibetan and English.

Geshe YongDong will lead his retreat sessions in spaces that resonate with him and his subject matter. He will ensure that this retreat provides the tools to achieve peace in every individual’s journey forward.

Each of the four Aman resorts hosting Journey to Peace add something new to the retreat, whether it be Luang Prabang’s aura of living spirituality, the deeply affecting temples of Angkor or the healing power of nature and the ocean in Vietnam and Thailand. The surrounding country’s distinctive culture and cuisine will also play its part in assuring a unique experience.