Tradition meets modernity at new Osaka hotel

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Tradition meets modernity at new Osaka hotel

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By The Nation

A former theatre is in the final stage of its reincarnation as the Hotel Royal Classic Osaka prepares to open its doors to welcome the first guests on December 1.

Situated within convenient reach of Osaka Metro Subway Namba station, this first venture under the Royal Classic brand will pay tribute to a location that served as a crucible for so much of the distinctive local culture, bringing fresh value to Osaka Minami, and boosting Osaka’s development as an international tourist hub.

Designed by acclaimed architect Kengo Kuma and incorporating the facade of the former Osaka Shin-Kabukiza Theatre, the hotel will offer 150 luxurious guest rooms and suites with dramatic views of the city and the intricate streetscapes, each featuring high-tech tablet-operated fittings and ceilings of different heights.

The former Osaka Shin-Kabukiza was known for its impressive “Karahafu” gabled rooftop, and Kengo Kuma’s groundbreaking design honours this history by incorporating the lovingly restored façade into its lower floors. The upper stories, meanwhile, weave layers of aluminium fins into the structure, adding a dynamic complexity to this synthesis of tradition and modernity.

As a new hub for visitors to the central Osaka Minami location, the first floor will boast a spacious open café facing onto the bustling thoroughfare of Midosuji Avenue. The second- floor restaurant meanwhile will offer buffet-style lunch and dinner.

The new hotel will provide five main function rooms––Uruwashi & Kotohogi, Hiyori, Komorebi, Hanaemi, and Ibuki–– spread across the 3rd to 9th floors, each boasting their own distinctive design concept.

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Let Movenpick take care of you

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Let Movenpick take care of you

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Movenpick BDMS Wellness Resort is billing itself as Bangkok’s new urban health retreat, hemmed in by 1.2 acres of lush greenery.

Nestled in the heart of Sukhumvit, the new resort offers 293 spacious rooms and suites with balconies overlooking the gardens, all equipped with yoga mats, a dedicated health and fitness TV channel and a range of inroom amenities.

“Our guests can relax within lush green gardens while enjoying convenient access to the BDMS Wellness Clinic,” said Patrick Basset, chief operating officer of Accor.

“With extensive MICE facilities and wedding offerings, the property promises to become a great social hub for those seeking a quiet haven in Thailand’s bustling capital city.”

Health-conscious travellers can enjoy a range of organic food at the restaurant Tamarind Natural Dining, while the Cinnamon lobby lounge offers the perfect evening “winddown” with friends.

Guests can visit BDMS Wellness Clinic, adjacent to the hotel, for preventive healthcare treatments including physiotherapy, digestive wellness, dental and fertility treatments.

“Our two companies complement each other perfectly; combining Movenpick’s distinctive Swiss style with our clinic’s world-class preventative medical services, Movenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok will introduce a brand new concept to the market,” stated Raymond Chong, chief executive officer, BDMS Wellness Clinic.

“Increasingly, wellness is moving beyond the walls of the spa and fitness areas with guests also wanting greater access to personalised programming. Accor and its leading hotel brands are delivering sustainable, approachable wellbeing concepts to guests as well as local communities,” said Lindsay Madden-Nadeau, director of wellbeing at Accor.

For weddings, corporate events and team-building activities, the hotel boasts 2,000 square metres of indoor function space that includes a grand ballroom and six multifunctional meeting rooms. There’s also a picturesque outdoor garden area which serves the perfect setting to enjoy evening cocktails or an ideal spot to relax and unwind.

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Ibis Styles opens on Ratchada

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Ibis Styles opens on Ratchada

sleep June 24, 2019 16:35

By The Nation

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The brand-new family-friendly ibis Styles Bangkok Ratchada offers value-conscious, style-savvy travellers an eclectic and creative design with stylish comfort.

Just a stone’s throw away from Huai Khwang subway station, this 266-room hotel takes its inspiration from the

destination itself as well as the Thai cultural heritage to spark guests’ imagination during every stay.

From the moment they enter the lobby, guests can experience an airy and dramatic space influenced by music and

theatre, with sweeping metal flourishes and stage curtains reinterpreted as a backdrop, depicting modern graphic

renditions of Thai cultural shows.

“A stylish yet economical hotel brand, ibis Styles is designed as a centre of unique design, theme and personality.

With its excellent location along the city’s mass transit line, coupled with comfortable bedding, free Wi-Fi, and family

suites, ibis Styles Bangkok Ratchada is set to bring fun and comfort to business and leisure travellers in the

neighbourhood,” said Patrick Basset, chief operating officer of Accor for Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the


Ranging in floor area from 25 to 34 square metres, each room features all creative elements from the Northern,

Central, Northeastern, and Southern Thailand that highlight subtle touches of basket-weaving patterns. There are only

two room types – Standard Room and Family Room, all equipped with a 43” Smart TV, and the signature ibis Styles

SweetBed for a restful night’s sleep.

The Streats Cafe features an a la carte lunch and dinner opening with a selection of Thai and Western favourites while

light meals, snacks, and signature cocktails can be enjoyed at the adjacent Streats Bar.

To re-energise after a day’s meeting or exploration of the city’s myriad sights, the fully equipped fitness centre and

spa offer a choice of wellness regimes and relaxing facial and massage treatments.

The hotel also offers three elegant meeting rooms and one grand ballroom showcasing a campus concept for board

meetings with attendance of up to 40 people and up to 160 guests for conferences. Meeting facilities range from 49 to

200 square metres and feature natural lighting, complimentary Wi-Fi and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment.

Call (02) 820 8888 or visit

Chilling out in the ‘White Village’

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Chilling out in the ‘White Village’

sleep June 22, 2019 01:00

By Kupluthai Pungkanon
The Nation Weekend

Hua Hin boutique hotel Resort de Paskani is small but waht it offers will please both lovers and families

TUCKED AWAY in the small fishing district of Hua Hin, boutique hotel Resort de Paskani offers the perfect escape to urban dwellers eager to recharge their batteries after a long working week.

A two- to three-hour drive from Bangkok, the resort has 30 rooms fronting on to Khao Takiab beach and has been designed according to what Agaligo Studio’s calls an “Coastal Ethnic Chic” approach. Giving off a distinct Mediterranean vibe in white and blue, Panithi Jaovisidha, managing director of JAO Management, Resort de Paskani’s developer, takes that a step further and describes the resort as a “White Village by the Sea”.

The exterior palette of white and blue is set off by the use of washed-out wood and enhanced with pops of red, orange, and yellow for a lively vibe. The rooms are on the small side but feel larger thanks to the high ceilings and size-appropriate furnishings.

The pool connects to the sea while split-level walkways allow for guests to take in the sights of the beach. Natural materials and local handiwork including wickerwork, hand-woven textiles, seashells, coral, tree branches and twigs add to the Greek island feel.

The resort is eco-friendly too with the power coming from the solar panels reducing the need for electricity from the grid and a waste-sorting system that not only help protect the environment but encourages the surrounding community to do the same. Guests are invited to take part in beach walks and collect what the sea washes up for donation of the local artists supported by the hotel.

All accommodation comes with a sea view and private balconies. Accommodation is divided into six types, namely Deluxe Room Terrace, Pool Side, Pool View, Pool Access, Ocean View and Suites, each generously designed for comfort and equipped with wireless internet, minibar, TV and secure in-room safe.

Restaurant and cafe combo Saloon de Paskani serves home-style food including the American breakfast stable Eggs Benedict paired with the resort’s chef special dressing and leafy greens from the local organic farm along with Linguine Roasted Curry Crab with Seablite.



High point: The space, while small, is cleverly designed with great attention to detail. Service is efficient and friendly.

Low point: Though attractively designed, the restaurant is too small for all the guests to enjoy breakfast at the same time.

Pay for it: Check out the best room rates on the website.

Find it: 33/2 Soi Moobaan Takiab, Hua Hin, 77110

Call it: (032) 655 229

Browse it:, Facebook/paskanihuahin

Six Senses goes to Iceland

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Six Senses goes to Iceland

sleep June 18, 2019 11:45

By The Nation

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas makes its way to Iceland with the launch of Six Senses Ossura Valley, where guests can admire the Aurora Borealis from their beds.

Slated to open in 2022, this brand-new resort spread over 4,000-acres in Svinholar and stands alongside the Lon Lagoon, which is separated from the North Atlantic Ocean by a beautiful black sand beach. The first phase of the project will offer 70 elegant guestrooms and private cottages focusing on sustainable living.

Built using renewable and locally sourced materials and adhering to high standards of energy and water efficiency, all accommodation and residences will tread lightly on the earth while providing an uncompromising level of space and comfort.

The project’s architect John Brevard has added another layer 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 hyper0dimensional realities so they recharge and reconnect.

The welcome lounge will feel integrated into the surrounding environment and include a library, a cinema room, Earth Lab showcasing the project’s sustainability efforts, and a water bar. The Six Senses Spa has a functional fitness centre, yoga studio and comprehensive wellness programming, where guests can enjoy during their stays.

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. The all-day dining restaurant offers seafood delicacies and a lively bar will embrace indoor and outdoor living, following the guiding principles of Eat with Six Senses. Meal with a view will take on another meaning with different destination dining options ranging from over-water wooden walkways and a romantic setting by a waterfall to a traditional boat house.

“This development epitomises our commitment to finding locations where guests can be right in the heart of nature, and where they will come face-to-face with the raw beauty, power and soul of this magical destination. It will also appeal to experience-seekers looking for something uniquely joyful and playful. Legend holds that mystical elves still occupy the rocks and cliffs of this land. Each time we talk about the project we smile,” said Neil Jacobs, chief executive officer of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

Luxury in the midst of the ocean

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Luxury in the midst of the ocean

sleep June 14, 2019 16:15

By The Nation

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The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll offers a wide selection of luxury villas and other modern facilities to delight all those escaping the urban chaos.

Situated just 55 minutes by domestic flight from nearby Kooddoo island, followed by a five-minute speedboat ride, this brandnew resort stands alongside its sister The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi and is connected by a private bridge that allows guests to travel between the two properties

Designed to enhance and complement its sister island, it features additional spacious villas, a Spa by Clarins, Beach Club, diverse dining, water sports, dive centre, Kids Club, bespoke wellness programmes and more. Book an all-inclusive stay and you have access to two additional castaway islands for day trips.

It has 173 Beach, Lagoon and Water Villas overlooking the turquoise waters of the ocean, with both sunrise and sunset views. Each villa has its own private pool and decking, indoor and outdoor shower, deep bathtub and king size bed.

All villas are designed with plenty of natural light, which blends the beauty of traditional Maldivian architecture with contemporary flair. Perfect for families, Dhigurah offers more two-bedroom Beach and Water Villas, complete with a living room, dining area and spacious deck.

Guests have access to all six restaurants and six bars across both at Dhigurah and Falhumaafushi, creating a two-island inclusive experience. New restaurants include the all-day dining Dining Room offering international cuisine and delicious local dishes, Li Bai serving classic Cantonese dishes and the Cafe del Sol presenting Mediterranean tapas.

The Spa by Clarins features 10 round, thatched-roof over-water pavilions, with panoramic backdrops of the Indian Ocean and the lagoon. Guests can enjoy many choices of holistic and Ayurvedic treatments, yoga classes, manicures, and a hair salon. The Turtle Kids Club keeps the little ones entertained with a programme of fun daily recreational activities and educational excursions like nature walks, beach games and art workshops.

The resort is celebrating its official opening by offering 40 per cent discounts when booking a minimum four-night stay. Valid through March 31, the room rates start from $56-plus (Bt17,700-plus) per night and guests will be rewarded with complimentary domestic flights and speedboat transfer.

Jomtien partying, Ibiza style

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Jomtien partying, Ibiza style

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Alexa Beach Club brings the Ibiza beach club lifestyle to Na Jomtien, just south of Pattaya, and invites both holidaymakers and local residents to enjoy lazing by the spectacular pool, dine on fine food with friends and party into the night with international music acts.

This new 200-seat restaurant boasts indoor and outdoor dining areas and a rooftop lounge for private dining and functions, exclusive sunken booths and 100 daybeds around a funsized, 600sqm infinity pool.

“Alexa Beach Club offers all of the sophistication of Bangkok with the easy-going atmosphere of Ibiza. It provides a convenient escape from the big city, allowing guests to relax and unwind in style and comfort with food, facilities, service and fun,” said Dr Vongbhum Vanasin, the owner of Alexa Beach Club.

“Our beach club brings wide variety of experiences waiting to be enjoyed. It’s all about first-class music, high-quality snacks, outstanding cocktails, the ever-changing beachfront atmosphere, looking good and feeling better,”


The decoration has broken up the modern lines and soothing colours with natural, rustic elements, all with sumptuous luxury and comfort in mind. The club is built around the stunning ocean panoramas, with luxury cabanas and leaf-shaped beds offering the beautiful view of sunset.

The kitchen is in the hands of Executive Chef Dan Stella, who previously worked at world’s finest Michelin Star restaurants, overseeing every detail to ensure the highest quality and the ultimate dining.

The brandnew beach club also features exceptional dining facilities, four bars and a poolside DJ booth, offering a choice of atmospheres to enjoy. Guests can chill by the spectacular infinity pool, enjoying the final rays of the sun as it sets into the Gulf of Thailand, in style.

During weekend, local and international guest DJs as well as musicians and professional dancers provide the entertainment and guests can join the Take Me to Alexa party every Saturday night.

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MGallery hotel planned for Seoul

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MGallery hotel planned for Seoul

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Accor Ambassador Korea has announced it will to open its first MGallery hotel in 2022 that will include residences, offices and a hotel.

Located in Mapo, Seoul, the hotel overlooks the Hangang River offering picturesque views of the Yeouido city skyline and beyond. Mapo subway station is a five-minute walk to the central business district, shopping malls and local attraction sites.

In partnership with Pungnong Co, the hotel will feature 197 guestrooms, a range of dining outlets, an outdoor swimming pool and meeting spaces for weddings, conferences and events.

“The signing of an MGallery Hotel in Seoul marks a key milestone for our Group, as it represents our focus on expanding Accor’s luxury hotel portfolio in South Korea. The MGallery brand is a collection of addresses where each hotel is individually styled allowing guests to experience a range of locally inspired offerings. We are delighted to expand the brand’s presence in Northeast Asia following the recent launch of our first MGallery hotel in Japan with the successful opening of MGallery Kyoto Yura”, said Patrick Basset, chief operating officer of Accor for Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives.

MGallery is a collection of boutique hotels dedicated to trendsetters and engaged explorers who appreciate unique, original and authentic experiences.

“This is our first MGallery hotel in the heart of Seoul and MGallery hotels embody the style, stories and allure of their destinations. Deeply rooted in the local landscape, guests will have the opportunity to engage in a onceinalifetime experiences from culture to onsite offerings,” said Jongcheol Lee, chairman of Pungnong Co.

“Seoul is a bewitching mix of ancient and modern, which was earned it the title of a Unesco City of design. Enriched with a history dating back 600 years ago in the Joseon Dynasty, the city offers a diverse array of lifestyle, entertainment and dining options. We look forward to sharing enriching stories with both visitors and locals that showcase Korea’s vibrant culture with the opening of MGallery Seoul”, added Vincent Lelay, vice president of Operations for South Korea.

Paradise in blue

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Paradise in blue

sleep June 05, 2019 01:00


The brandnew InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort has confirmed that it will open its doors on September 1.

Situated at the southern tip of Raa Atoll, guests can enjoy a 35-minute seaplane transfer from Male International Airport to Maamunagau island, home to Maldives’ largest natural lagoon, with emerald blue waters all around, unfettered sunset views and pristine white sands.

The resort has 81 luxuriously appointed Beach, Lagoon and Overwater Villas and Residences with contemporary Maldivian design, unobstructed views of the ocean and each equipped with their own private terrace and pool.

As the first and only All-Club InterContinental experience, guests will enjoy personalised service and exclusive benefits during their stay, including complimentary gourmet experiences.


The resort also features six tantalising gastronomic concepts including The Retreat, an adults-only enclave with a private bar and its own infinity pool at the water’s edge; a signature AVI Spa with six overwater treatment villas; and a Planet Trekkers Kids Club for young explorers.

The island is close to Maldives’ only Unesco World Biosphere Reserve and home to Hanifaru Bay, one of the very few places in the world where visitors can snorkel amongst feeding congregations of whale sharks and large groups of manta rays.


As part of InterContinental Maldives’ conservation initiatives, the resort has partnered with the Manta Trust in support of the Maldivian Manta Ray Project, to nurture a safe habitat for the manta rays within the resort’s lagoon as well as providing guests with an invaluable information and opportunity to swim alongside these graceful creatures and snorkel in underwater coral gardens.


To celebrate its official opening, the resort is offering special rates to those booking a stay between September 1 and January 31. Starting from US$1,250 for Beach pool villas, guests will be rewarded with daily complimentary breakfast and dinner at Cafe Umi for any length of stay, complimentary seaplane transfers for stays of five nights or longer.

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New Sofitel opens in Beijing

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New Sofitel opens in Beijing

sleep June 04, 2019 13:35

By The Nation

Accor expands its portfolio to 1,100 properties in Asia Pacific with the opening of the brand-new Sofitel Beijing Central.

Standing in the middle of Beijing’s diplomatic area, this new hotel is linked to several historical sites and tourist attractions including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the National Museum of China and the National Grand Theatre.

Its design blends modern French art de vivre with Beijing’s s resplendent imperial history, rich culture and storied traditions.

“We have had a record six months since announcing our 1,000th hotel with the Pullman Tokyo Tamachi late last year and it’s incredible to think that we have added another 100 hotels since then,” said Michael Issenberg, chairman & chief executive officer, Accor Asia Pacific at the recent press conference.

“Sofitel Beijing Central will be a great addition to our network in China and will become one of the premier luxury hotels in the city.”

It features 345 spacious luxury rooms and suites, with Sofitel Club floors providing generous circular bathtubs and access to the brand new Club Millesime Lounge that will be launched towards the end of this year.

Celebrating authentic and lively food culture, the hotel presents a signature Chinese Restaurant, an all-day dining restaurant focusing on western and international cuisine with a French twist, and a lobby lounge serving elegant afternoon tea and evening cocktails.

The hotel has more than 1,500 square metres of event space including nine flexible meeting rooms for up to 400 delegates. Each space offers state-of-the-art technology for gatherings of any type. The hotel’s recreational facilities include a day spa, fitness centre and indoor pool.

“2019 marks the 55th anniversary of Sino-French relations and coincides with the 55th anniversary of the Sofitel brand. We are excited to launch a new Sofitel in China’s capital against the backdrop of these two significant occasions,” said Gary Rosen, chairman & chief operating officer, Accor Greater China.

“France is one of the most popular outbound destinations for Chinese travellers and as an ambassador of French culture, Sofitel enjoys tremendous opportunities as a preferred brand for luxury travellers.”