A Quality Afternoon Time in Beijing for the Most Sophisticated Palates

Waldorf Astoria Beijing is collaborating with prestigious Swiss watch and jewelry brand, Chopard, to give guests a romantic and flavorsome treat. Continuing to set standards for stylish sophistication and impeccable service, the hotel is offering “Chopard Jewelry Themed Afternoon Tea” from 1st November 2018 to 28th February 2019. This is a unique celebration of the culinary delights from Waldorf Astoria Beijing and aesthetic excellence from Chopard. Chopard originated in Switzerland. For 158 years, it has continued the spirit of pursuing excellence and innovation. Similarly, Waldorf Astoria Beijing’s talented pastry team bring their common spirit into this new themed afternoon tea, providing guests with quality and...

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Ritz-Carlton Shanghai presents the Michelin Star Explore Journey

The romance of autumn in Shanghai does not exude only from the golden Platanus lining the city’s streets but also from the aspirations for a quality life. This fall, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong is extremely happy and proud to be recognized as the #1 hotel in China as well as 12th  Best Hotel in the world by Condé Nast Traveler’s 31st annual Reader’s Choice Award in 2018. To celebrate this special moment, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong is pleased to have two illustrious guest chefs – Michelin three star Emmanuel Renaut and Michelin two star Marco Sacco, to provide an opportunity for guests to step onto the Michelin Star Explore Journey from France to Italy....

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Niccolo Chongqing launches special fall / winter collaboration afternoon tea with Tory Burch

Niccolo Chongqing is pleased to announce “Happy Times”, a special fall / winter collaboration themed afternoon tea with well-known American lifestyle brand, Tory Burch, at Niccolo’s Tea Lounge from 1st to 31st October 2018. Since its launch on 8 September last year, Niccolo positioned itself as a contemporary chic sky hotel at the fashionable IFS address, becoming a prestigious destination for global travellers and press in the city. The new partnership with Tory Burch aims to bring more sophisticated and modern lifestyle experiences to Chongqing. Named after its “Happy Times” collection, the Tory Burch design team gives botanicals more space,...

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Unique Accommodations in Japan

Where to stay in Japan has become infinitely more interesting recently with a growing range of unique accommodations. From temples steeped in history, to renowned art installations doubling as hotels, the country’s lodging offerings extend much farther than conventional hotels, resorts and even the ubiquitous and wonderful traditional Ryokan inns. Travelers throughout the country can now stay at a selection of unusual overnight alternatives and immerse themselves in Japan’s unparalleled culture, tradition and innovation. Terahaku (Temple Stays) Launched on July 18, 2018, the new Terahaku project (meaning “temple stay”) allows travelers to look for, view and book stays at temples online through a...

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First Ruby Chocolate for Chocolatiers and Pastry Chefs, in Hong Kong

Ruby, the fourth chocolate category, becomes available for artisan chocolatiers and chefs. Callebaut Finest Belgian Chocolate ruby ‘RB1’ — the first ruby chocolate produced in Belgium by the Callebaut chocolate makers – will be officially available in Hong Kong this September. To celebrate the launch, RB1 was proudly presented at an exclusive showcase today with illustrious chefs for a handful of chocolatiers in Hong Kong. Ruby RB1: unlearn everything you knew about chocolate Less than a year after it was first revealed in Shanghai, ruby chocolate will become available to chocolatiers and chefs in Hong Kong as ‘RB1’ by Callebaut. RB1 offers them a new platform through which...

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Libre Resorts Opens Libre Resorts Lijiang

Group Libre Hospitality recently announced that Libre Resorts Lijiang, the new hospitality benchmark of China cultural tourism industry, has officially opened. The hotel, invested by Forise Group in concert with Libre Resorts’ world-class team, is the second upscale hotel in Libre Resort’s portfolio, following the opening of Libre Resorts Huangshan. Libre Resorts Lijiang is designed to deliver a Libre-branded “One for All” experience for the whole family, by integrating the hotel stay, dining, playing, relaxing, gathering, and the always available highly-experienced hotel staff, dubbed the “Magic Crew”, into a comprehensive package, creating a unique and fun-filled event to be enjoyed by the whole family. The...

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Journey Over The Pamir Highway & Fabled Frontiers

Tour The Silk Road Less Traveled: Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan The Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan are some of the most rugged and beautiful on Earth, soaring upward where the Himalayas, the Tien Shan, and the Hindu Kush all meet. MIR Corporation is offering an adventurous 18-day journey over the Pamir Highway, a breathtaking route in use since the time of the Silk Road. Guests will travel up and over the sheer passes of the majestic Tien Shan and Pamir Mountains on this overland trip through the remote ravines and secluded villages of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Western China. The tour is slated for July 16 – August...

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Growing Segment of Travellers Booking Walking Tours

As leaders in active luxury travel, Butterfield & Robinson covers the globe on two wheels, and biking trips continue to be one of the most immersive and healthiest ways to travel. But the desire to cover more ground (especially with aging travellers) has caused a shift in the trips we offer. With considerable growth in booked walking trips throughout the last few years, B&R has beefed up its portfolio of scheduled, bespoke and Ready-to-Book walking departures around the world – and it’s paying off! Through January and February 2018, B&R has seen a 44 per cent increase in travellers booking trips from...

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The Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2018 International Chef Showcase Series

The Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau Kicks off the “2018 International Chef Showcase Series With Vicky Cheng of VEA Restaurant and Tam Kwok Fung of Jade Dragon” The MICHELIN guide Hong Kong Macau Dining Series has embarked 2018 with a new format of its annual International Chef Showcase(ICS). A much-anticipated line up of unique four-hands culinary collaborations will be in store for gourmet and fine wine aficionados, and kicking off this year’s ICS in March will be two of the most sought-after culinary stars in the region – Hong Kong born Chef Vicky Cheng from one-MICHELIN-starred VEA Restaurant & Lounge of Hong Kong, and veteran Cantonese chef Tam Kwong Fung from two-MICHELIN-starred Jade Dragon at...

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The Sanchaya Introduces Mindfulness Retreat With An Indulgent

The Sanchaya near Singapore believes mindfulness need not always be accompanied by abstention. So much so, I’m writing today about the estate’s new retreat that balances morning beach boot camp sessions, meditation workshops and afternoon yoga and pilates with delectable spreads from the resort’s kitchens, premium vintages from its cellars, European cheese and rarified conversation. While most practitioners of mindfulness retreat to the pagoda and the sanghafor space and community, The Sanchaya is stepping up as an alternative venue for a retreat that indulges silence and calm, to be sure, but great food and fine wine, as well. The 10-hectare beachfront...

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AYANA Unveils Redesigned Luxury Villas at its Famed Spa on the Rocks in Bali

AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI, Bali’s premier oceanfront resort, set on 225 acres of property overlooking Jimbaran Bay and home to the only Thermes Marins Spa in Southeast Asia, announces the completion of its two newly renovated state-of-the-art Spa on The Rocks Villas. AYANA’s Spa on the Rocks Villas allow guests to experience world famous spa treatments while being fully immersed in nature; surrounded by the Indian Ocean on three sides, each of the two treatment villas offers an immersive sensory experience and utmost seclusion and privacy. The AYANA team worked with critically acclaimed interior design firm P49 to re-imagine its two treatment villas, introducing fresh design elements to the most exclusive treatment facilities on property...

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10 Chinese Customs to Know Before a Trip to China

By James Tan China can feel overwhelming to first time travelers, but not just because of its huge crowds and congested streets. Cultural differences, too, can be a huge surprise to tourists. These differences can lead foreign visitors to come off as rude — even when they don’t intend to be.   The following 10 tips will help you avoid any cultural misunderstandings during your adventures. Don’t tip — some think it’s rude! Despite being nearly ubiquitous in much of the western world, tipping is considered inappropriate or even rude in China. Servers in restaurants and taxi drivers do...

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