Thursday, June 27, 2013

Rejuvenate – Reborn – Reshape At Bali's West Coast



Tabanan, Bali – Alila Villas Soori presents its special Wellness Retreat programs this September, the ultimate preference for those seeking to unwind and indulge in a relaxing escape combining world-class facilities and the tranquility of Bali’s west coast.

The week-long wellness agenda runs from September 17 to 23, highlighting personalised wellness programs that are designed to restore the optimum ability of the body and mind. Based on personal targets and objectives, retreats are available as high-intensity 1-day programs, and 3-day and 5-day options that are designed for individuals, groups or corporate staff willing to escape daily routines and discover a healthier way of life though simple and effective changes.

Your inspiring retreat begins with a consultation with the resort’s in-house wellness specialist, Meli Shanti. Meli is a Reiki master and teacher in Tera–Mai and Seichem Reiki. She is also a licensed instructor and teacher of Sivananda Yoga, a licensed massage therapist, and a nutritionist with a license from the New York City Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Meli will provide guidance on the REJUVENATE – REBORN – RESHAPE wellness programs, creating personalised itineraries incorporating treatments and nutritional meals to support the transformative journey and meeting 
of goals.

With one of their one-bedroom Mountain Pool Villas as your private base over the 1, 3 or 5-day options, partake in a choice of three retreat programs: Rejuvenate, Reborn or Reshape. The programs comprise private healing sessions, therapeutic spa treatments, yoga, breathing and meditation, healthy meal plans, master cleansing rituals, fitness activities and journeys, daily supplements, workshops and cooking classes.

For further information on what the programs have to offer and how to participate in these inspiring wellness retreats, please contact Alila's Retreat Specialist at dhindom@alilahotels.com.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Prepare for the Ultimate LA Travel Experience!



Calling all shopaholics! Australian-based boutique travel consultancy, ‘LA Experience’ has just launched, and is offering Australians the unique chance to experience ‘The City of Angels’ like never before – with a luxury “Insider’s Tour” of Los Angeles jammed-packed full of shopping and glamour.

Take advantage of the strong Aussie dollar and get access to the ultimate LA Experience with amazing bargains at prices not seen on our shores – you can literally save the 

cost of a US airfare on clothes purchases. Following a pre- tour one-on-one shopping consultation, each exclusive 6-day tour ensures that LA Experience guests are 
expertly escorted to the very best LA shopping destinations, and pick up personalised shopping essentials.

Karine Bulger, LA Experience Founder and Director, leads each tour as your personal 24/7 LA shopping ‘concierge’. A native Australian, Karine lived and worked in LA for many years, making it her mission to learn all there is to know about the LA retail scene and knowing exactly where to go for the best fashion at the best prices and how to access talented stylists, IS her business.

“I remember my first shopping exploration through LA’s diverse retail scene – I 

couldn’t believe the extraordinary choice and savings as I unearthed one great find after another. I knew other Australians would want to share my LA Experience, and 
hence the business was born,” said Karine. “I’m excited about the itineraries that 
I have created, which include experiences and special deals that the average traveller can’t access.”


Commencing at the vast Camarillo Outlets, guests choose from brands such as Coach, Kate Spade, Burberry and Barneys NY - each day includes a different shopping experience, tailored to suit any budget. Guests can book exclusive appointments with the iconic stores of Rodeo Drive, appointments with personal stylists from Stylehaus, BCBG Max Azria and Macy’s and the opportunity to snap up designer deals in secret outlet stores. 

Adding to this unforgettable shopping adventure, LA Experience guests stay in luxury 5 Star accommodation at the Montage Beverly Hills and the near-all-inclusive itineraries offer private stylist appointments at The Beverly Centre and The Grove, dedicated pampering time, lunch at celebrity hotspot The Ivy, and transfers each evening to 
some of the coolest restaurants and bars in LA, amongst many other surprises along 
the way. 

All travel dates are planned to coincide with US retail holiday sales so that everyone can take full advantage of the big bargains. The tours also offer a fantastic opportunity for mothers and daughters, friends or partners who are travelling in pairs or groups to relish in this exciting journey together and to create memories that will live on long after your return home.

Prices start from USD$3,500 with the introductory launch trip in May 2013.


UPCOMING 2013 TOUR DATES 
  • 29th Aug – 3rd Sep 
  • 10th Oct – 15th Oct 
  • 28th Nov – 3rd Dec 

Head to the LA Experience website for a full list of tour dates and further information on what will be the ultimate shopping experience for even the most seasoned retail aficionado! 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Semara Luxury Villa Resort – Bali’s VIP Wedding Venue



A sanctuary of unparalleled luxury with flawless service and exquisite cuisine, Semara Uluwatu is the epitome of tropical indulgence and a dream wedding destination.

Fast becoming Bali’s VIP wedding venue of choice, Semara features seven cliff top villas, each of them an exclusive haven of privacy with 30 meters of cliff frontage and private swimming pools overlooking the ocean.

Semara Uluwatu is delighted to announce that special rates for stays on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights are now on offer with savings of 50% for bookings of the 5 Bedroom Villas until 31st March 2015.

This reduces the nightly rate to US$1,403 per villa for up to 10 adults. The price includes return airport transfers, car and driver for eight hours daily, welcome amenities gift bag, 20 minute spa treatment, entrance to Finn’s Beach Club, gym, tennis, putting green and free Wi-Fi.

New wedding packages have also been released to take advantage of the weekday special rates.

These start from US$15,219 including two nights’ accommodation in a 5 Bedroom Luxury Villa with daily breakfast, catering for 50 persons, event hire fees in villa or Selatan Cliff Top Restaurant plus tax and service charge.

Semara Uluwatu is proving to be one of Bali’s most in demand venue for weddings according to event manager Sally Belfield.

“We have many VIP events at our beautiful resort and more than 100 events have been planned for 2013 alone,’’ Ms Belfield said.

“One of the reasons so many high profile people choose Semara Uluwatu is that we do not discuss any of the details of our clients.

“Villas are a more private and economical alternative to a hotel for families or groups of friends. The beauty of Semara Uluwatu is that it offers Villas and comprehensive public facilities such as the Selatan Cliff top restaurant, two tennis courts, gym putting green and the spectacular Finns Beach Club,’’ she said.

Semara’s suite rooms have been reduced by 60% also for stays on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights from now until 31st August.

Prices including daily breakfast start from US$ 475 ++ in the Garden Terrace Suites per room per night.

++ 21% tax and service charge applies. Villas on weekday rates require minimum 3 night stay.


For bookings or further information visit Semara Uluwatu or email: events.uluwatu@semararesorts.com

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mozaic Beachclub Debuts Casual Bali Beachside Dining



Mozaic Beachclub officially debuts its new brand with the launch of the ‘Today, Mozaic Beachclub’ ad campaign, introducing its smart casual dining concept at beautiful Pantai Batubelig (Batubelig Beach) in the Seminyak neighborhood of holiday hotspot Bali.

The 3,200 sqm beachside restaurant – known as the ‘wild child’ of the venerable, award-winning Mozaic Beachclub brand – creates a different type of excitement for foodies with multiple dining spaces and “sipping cocktail” lounge areas. The legendary Mozaic Beachclub brand was recently named one of San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants – Asia 2013 (the only restaurant in Indonesia to receive the distinction). It is also number five on Miele Guide’s top Asian restaurants for 2013, and is the second of only two restaurants in South East Asia to be recognized as a member of Les Grand Tables Du Monde.

And today, the newest member to the Mozaic Beachclub family of F&B brands welcomes a more spirited crowd, with a new menu in a modern but relaxed setting, to play all day on the pool deck and at night to savor an à la carte menu in the dining space – a menu that will constantly change with new dishes inspired by each day.

“While our commitment to the Mozaic Beachclub brand’s philosophy of using quality, local ingredients to create innovative flavors hasn’t changed, our new beachside brand is about to,” said James Ephraim, co-owner and chef of Mozaic Beachclub. “We welcome leisure travelers and local residents to breezier fare, full of distinctive flavors in a vibrant atmosphere.”


The UK-born Chef Ephraim started his career as a sous-chef with the highly-praised Grosvenor Hotel, catering exclusive events with regular appearances at the Estate of the Duke of Westminster. He ventured half way across the world to another island nation to open Bracu Restaurant in New Zealand as chef de cuisine, before transitioning to helm various restaurant establishments. He now continues the legacy created at the Ubud flagship by Co-owner and Chef Chris Salans.

“My original vision for Mozaic Beachclub Restaurant Gastronomique in Ubud will stay true and continue to serve its signature set tasting menus, but James and I wanted to create a different experience full of surprises for guests at the new restaurant,” says Chef Salans, the brainchild behind the Mozaic Beachclub brands. “After working with James for four years in Ubud, the time was right to branch out into a new beachside concept.” 

Chef Ephraim helms an all-star team of Indonesian and Singaporean chefs in what he calls his ‘dream kitchen’ – an open-design concept in the backdrop of the dining space that lends even more drama to a theatre-ready scene – preparing modern French cuisine infused with Balinese flavors, visually savored even before it reaches the table. Comprised of in- and outdoor spaces, Mozaic Beachclub’s dining areas can cater to more than 140 guests at any time in this multi-faceted venue.

Mozaic Beachclub’s design is committed to the destination, with Bali’s island-inspired motifs creating a seductive ambience night and day. Covered walks flank a dramatic entryway, while energy-inspired water surrounds ceramic urns, setting the stage for what is about to come.


On the beachside level, an airily-designed bar lounge in tones of white and seablue offsets the outdoor lounge pool and a sundeck where gazebo daybeds surround the 4.5 x 23 meter pool. From the beachside-level dining area up to a more intimate level, the space continues with expansive views of the sandy beach and sunset horizon beyond. Warm, softly flattering light romances evening’s dusk and night’s darkness, and highlights traditional textiles and Balinese heritage woodcarvings. Polished charcoal concrete establishes linear, geometric furnishings and high ceilings that are borne into the sky by tall pillars.

Food and design begin – but do not complete – the Mozaic Beachclub revolution. The new concept hosts music events, special-occasion gatherings and group functions. With a future expected seating capacity upwards of 200 people, the soon-to-be-opened third-floor rooftop will be a destination for listening to music, entertaining friends, or simple romantic stargazing. The entire restaurant space can be divided into separate areas as befitting an individual group’s requirements; including a private air-conditioned dining room that seats 20 guests.

Come for the cuisine, the space, the attentive staff and the beachside restaurant setting – inviting guests to gather, play, laugh – and eat.

 
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Monday, June 10, 2013

Honeymoon in Peru and the Inca Trail



Following the desert coastline from Lima on Peru treks, why not go on a walking adventure from Responsible Travel.

Visit the Ballestas Islands with their prolific seabirds and further south, wonder at the mysterious and unexplained Nazca Lines. An exploration of colonial Arequipa reveals the harshness of convent life, followed by a spectacular drive over the Andes to watch condors soar in the Colca Canyon. Journey to Lake Titicaca – the fabled birth place of the Incas.

The trip from Responsible Travel culminates with the epic Inca Trail trek, 4 days trekking through incredible mountain scenery past Inca ruins. You'll camp above the clouds and follow in the footsteps of the Incas as you approach Machu Picchu where you spend time exploring the citadel.


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Friday, June 7, 2013

Honeymoon Destinations for December



Up north, the weather’s likely to be cold and wet (go high altitude or latitude to swap rain for more-fun snow) - plan the perfect honeymoon with this guide from Unique Honeymoons.

But there's Christmas magic to temper the chill, as festive markets dot Europe, and some North American cities. Sun-seekers rejoice: the Caribbean emerges from hurricane season. The southern hemisphere is hot, hot, hot - head to Oz and NZ for sun and surf - while Asia's a dry delight.

Dominica

Nicknamed the 'Nature Island', lush and rugged Dominica is ideal for couples wanting the Caribbean with an authentic edge. Free from mass development, the island has secluded - mainly black-sand - beaches and small, intimate hotels (try Silks, a 17th-century rum distillery-turned jungle hideaway; www.silkshotel.com). It's also home to the region's first long-distance trek: the 180km Waitukubuli Trail. The wet hurricane season's just finished, so forests and volcanic hillsides are in full bloom; rivers and waterfalls are gushing at full flow. Rent a car to drive between coastal villages and the wild interior. Don't miss the hike via sulphur springs to Boiling Lake (a huge steaming fumarole) or a romantic dip in Emerald Pool, an enchanted grotto deep in the rainforest.

Kerala, India

Clear skies and warm breezes dominate November-April in 'God's Own Country'. Mix coconut-strewn palm beaches (where you'll find luxury lodges) with tranquil backwaters, best seen from a traditional rice barge. Also, take an elephant safari in Periyar Tiger Reserve and watch the sun set on the Chinese fishing nets at Cochin.

Thailand

This honeymoon favourite - thanks to palm-swayed beaches, turquoise water, temples and tasty dishes - is mostly ideal November-February: the northern jungles of Chiang Mai are cool for elephant trekking; Bangkok's hot but not too humid; and the south-west coast - Phuket, Ko Phi Phi - is dry (though Samui might get rain).

 
Christmas markets, Europe

Think crisp nights, sparkly lights and warming mulled wine, sipped as you meander a fairytale of stalls plying baked goodies. Christmas markets spring up all over Europe from late Nov: try Prague and Tallinn for cheaper treats; Stockholm and Copenhagen for Scandi style; and Bath and Edinburgh for UK breaks.

Colombia

The dryverano (summer) - from December to March - is the best time to be in exciting Colombia, for weather and festival fun. The walled city of Cartagena is the jewel in the crown, and an excellent base for exploring the Caribbean coast.

Las Vegas, USA

Add more bling to proceedings in the capital of glitz. Winter temps can dip to 4°C - but the atmosphere is sizzling 24/7, especially with all those Christmas lights. Catch a show, win big in a casino or take in the nearby natural wonders with a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon.


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Thursday, June 6, 2013

China Southern Welcomes A380 with Introductory Savings



China Southern Airlines is celebrating the arrival in Australia of its A380 with attractive introductory savings across three classes on flights to China’s largest cities.

On sale now for a limited time for flights from October 28, 2013, travellers will be able to fly from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai from $2380* in Business Class and $3800* in First Class.

Return economy fares from all ports are priced from $720**, or just $380 before taxes.

“These A380 welcome fares are the best we have ever offered to China because we want to celebrate the introduction of the superjumbo when it starts into Sydney on October 28,” said China Southern Airlines Regional General Manager Australia/New Zealand Henry He.

“While at this time the A380 will only be on the Guangzhou-Sydney run we are welcoming its arrival by applying the same introductory fares to all our Australian ports - Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth as well as Sydney.”

Mr He said that when the A380 service starts on October 28, all of China Southern Airlines’ Australian ports will be serviced by the very latest Airbus aircraft – the A380 Superjumbo in Sydney and brand new A330-200/300 airliners all offering fully flat seats in Business and personal televisions throughout.

“Our fleet is ultra-modern and our fares are ultra-competitive, and I invite all Australians to check out our Canton Route fares to the rest of the world as well as to China.”

For more information see a local travel agent, call 1300 889 628 during AEDST/AEST business hours or visit facebook.com/ChinaSouthernAU or twitter.com/ChinaSouthernAU 

*Fares are subject to conditions and availability, on sale now until June 12, 2013, and valid for travel from October 28, 2013 to January 31, 2014. Prices include taxes correct at date of release.

 **Fares are subject to conditions and availability, on sale now until June 4, 2013, and valid for travel from October 28 to December 7, 2013. Taxes correct at date of release. 


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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wine Wisdom from Small Luxury Hotels of the World



It’s possible to trace the earliest production of wine back to 6000 BC in Georgia. Since then the fermented grape invention has gone through many journeys including complete banishment during several periods of prohibition that touched most continents including APAC, Europe and America. Fortunately its departure was never for long and wine is thoroughly enjoyed globally today. With over 520 hotels around the world, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) takes pride in the many epicurean experiences we offer across our portfolio. We have rounded up a list for wine aficionados including: the most extraordinary wine offerings from one-of-a-kind cellars, spa treatments incorporating grapes, the opportunity to meet hoteliers turned sommeliers and introducing some of the rarest and most expensive, bottles. Cheers!

Skeletons in the Closet


The storied history of properties and what their wine cellars were used for at one point…
  • Woodbridge on the Derwent – Tasmania, Australia
Built as a grand house for the magistrate on the banks of the Derwent River in 1825, Woodbridge was one of the earliest structures in Australia. The location was ideal for ships sailing up the river to drop anchor and unload their cargo of goods and people, including prisoners. The convict jail under the house has since been converted into a welcoming wine cellar where guests are invited to browse the cellar and to taste a variety of Australian wines.
  • Cour des Loges – Lyon, France
According to legend, during the second half of the 19th century, the wine cellar at Cour Des Loges was the laboratory of the famous thaumaturge, Philippe de Lyon. He used the room to store his medicines and salves. Years later small bottles and little boxes were found before the cellar was converted into a wine cellar in the early 90s. The cellar was used as a plenary hall for the Masonic lodge, where each member would store their bottles in individual lockers, which still exist.
  • Hotel Haven – Helsinki, Finland
Hotel Haven, G. W. Sundmans restaurant is housed in an early 19th-century Empire home adjacent to the hotel with a wine cellar that over the years has served many purposes. The vaulted wine cellar is situated in a room that was used as the old coal cellar for the residential home. In the late 80s and the beginning of the 90s it was a dance floor for a night club until it was rebuilt as a wine cellar that houses an impressive collection of over 2,000 bottles of wine.

Wines is Not Just for Drinking

Using wine to create intoxicating experiences for the senses…

  • Entre Cielos – Mendoza, Argentina
Entre Cielos is home to the first authentic hammam in Latin America. The signature wine treatments invite guests to experience the magic of grapes and harness the revitalizing qualities of the vine with grape based treatments in Argentina´s leading wine producing region. Treatments, such as Bacchus offers the hammam circuit with full body exfoliation using grape seed, a wine bath with grape extracts, vitamins and minerals and nourishing grape extract facials. The Beneath the Grapes experience combines the use of wine not only in the bath treatments and massages, but finishes with a glass of the beloved concoction and light snacks.
  • Thalatta Seaside Hotel – Evia, Greece
The Spa at the Thalatta Seaside features Vinotherapy (wine therapy), which originated from Ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Combining the science of fytocosmetic and tradition, Syrah Grape Therapy is a unique beauty treatment and highly effective as the syrah grape extracts help protect the skin. Suitable for all skin types, the results are immediate and visible from the first session and makes for an ideal anti-aging therapy.
  • The Marmara Bodrum – Bodrum, Turkey
The Marmara Bodrum Spa’s Wine Massage applies consumable white wine to the body for 70 minutes. At the end of the massage, a special glass of wine is offered to each guest. The full-body Wine Massage begins with a special wine peel followed by a full-body wine mud soak and cleanse. The Marmara Bodrum Spa’s exclusive Wine Massages use pure, concentrated wine formula with an aim to harness the antioxidant agents to their full potential to benefit the body.

Coveted Bottles for the Connoisseur

For the most discerning palate…

  • Lainston House Hotel – Winchester, United Kingdom
Wine cellars are also known to house other things, as is the case at this 17th century country manor house that proudly offers its guests a collection of rare Grand Champagne Cognac’s dating back to 1809 and priced at USD20, 271. However, if you are looking for something a little younger, an 1893 E. Normandin is also available for USD2,300.
  • Brandenburger Hof Berlin – Berlin, Germany
Resembling a townhouse on a quiet street in central Berlin, many do not realize that this building is home to a 72-room hotel. What else they probably do not realize is that the hotel’s restaurant, DIE QUADRIGA, has one of only three remaining bottles of an 1897 Steinberger Riesling Cabinet. Curious to see what more than a century tastes like? Priced at USD19,500.

Hoteliers who are Hooked on Grapes

These renaissance men and women do it all…

  • The Levin – London, England
David and Lynne Levin have not only shared their last name with The Levin Hotel in Knightsbridge, London but also their winery, Levin Wines located in the Loire Valley France. What was once a dream—the ability to produce wine to serve to their guests—has now become reality. The organically grown Sauvignon Blanc and Gamay varieties are suitably named Mister L and Madame L, respectively. The Levin’s have even more cause for celebration; they were awarded 2 Gold Medals in the World Sauvignon Blanc Competition held in Blois, France just this week!
  • Villa Spalletti Trivelli – Rome, Italy
The Spalletti Trivelli family has had a life-long passion for wine that was passed down from their ancestors over the years. Produced in Umbria at the farm and vineyard of the Count and Countess Spalletti Trivelli, are two wines referred to as, “Sariano” and “Arale”. The area is known for the quality of their grapes and the old Sangiovese plants are used for the production of Sariano, while white grapes Trebbiano and Malvasia give life to Arale. The hotel will arrange a visit to the family’s vineyards (an hour’s drive from the property) to experience the flavours of a typical trattoria and view the wine-making process.

Unique by Design
 
  • Baros Maldives - Male, Maldives 
Housing over 500 bottles, Baros Maldives’ glass-paneled, walk-in wine cellar hovers over a crystal-blue lagoon, also referred to as the Indian Ocean. The careful design features special panes to guarantee the quality of the wines even when exposed to direct sunshine so that the corking experience is never comprised.
  • Schwarzer Adler Estate Hotel- Vogtsburg - Oberbergen, Germany
This 14-room hotel is part of a 3rd generation family-owned wine estate that stores its bottles in mountain cellars. Guests can tour one or all three of the tunnels that have been carved up to 110 meters into the surrounding mountains in order to create these extraordinary wine cellars. The thick stone ensures that all bottles remain at a constant temperature of 12 degrees Celsius year-round.
  • Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa - Koh Phangan, Thailand
This above-ground wine cellar housed in a beautiful Thai Teakwood House rests under the shade of tropical trees and lush vegetation. It is not every day that you can find yourself in a jungle paradise with access to more than 80 labels of wine from around the world. Choose your favorite bottle and enjoy at one of the resort’s two restaurants overlooking the sea.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Get the Whole of France in Your Pocket



It's not always easy to juggle between guides, maps and brochures during a journey in France. You need to find the right document, look for the right page, sometimes add to the information by consulting another source, and repeat the process for each place you visit.

The France-Voyage.com guide offers a simple, complete solution to make life easier for holidaymakers on the road. You just need to log in to http://m.france-voyage.com/en using your mobile.

The guide automatically locates the user's geographic position, and presents a detailed, illustrated list of tourist attractions nearby, ideas for outings, leisure activities, and all useful services: interactive map, weather forecasts, restaurants and accommodation.

iPhone and Android Smartphone users can even view interesting places near them, using augmented reality, which overlays selected sites onto a picture taken by the device's camera. The France-Voyage.com mobile guide updates itself completely as the holidaymaker changes position, so you can travel all over France with a single, consistent interface that fits in your pocket!

Those who like to plan their holidays in advance can also put together a custom itinerary at France-Voyage.com before they leave, on their computer. They can then find each stage on their mobile on a day-to-day, personalised basis. In this case, the guide also acts as an indispensable dashboard that means you spend less time on logistics, and more time enjoying your holidays!

About France-Voyage.com

France-Voyage.com is a guide specialising in tourism in France, since 2003. Available in 6 languages, the France-Voyage.com website is visited by over 18 million holidaymakers every year, looking for practical and cultural information or help with planning their next trip.


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Monday, June 3, 2013

Absolute Luxury at The Absolute Suite! Cape Panwa Hotel Launches New Luxury Penthouse Suite



With a private spa room, an infinity pool and your own chef on-hand to whip up whatever you fancy, Cape Panwa Hotel’s new Absolute Suite offers the ultimate in luxury.

Located on the quiet south-eastern point of Phuket in Thailand, Cape Panwa Hotel, part of the prestigious Cape Hotel Collection, offers guests both luxury and privacy with the launch of its new Absolute Suite. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom sprawling glass-encased penthouse offers awe-inspiring 360 degree views across the beautiful Andaman Sea, allowing guests to feel a world away from home. 

Cape Panwa Hotel, which has hosted celebrities and VIPs including Leonardo di Caprio, is attractive to both couples and families with a range of accommodation, including large suites and pool villas and the three-bedroom Panwa Lodge. The new Absolute Suite has its own private elevator and a separate spa giving guests complete privacy from the rest of the hotel, yet is still able to take advantage of the eleven restaurants and bars and the hotel’s three hundred metre private beach. The Absolute Suite’s other privileges include use of a Mercedes-Benz during the stay, personal butlers and access to the hotel’s yacht, for that true VIP experience. 

Founded in 1987, Cape Panwa Hotel recently completed a full renovation, reducing the number of hotel rooms by converting them into suites, including The Absolute Suite, bringing the hotel to a much higher standard. 

Commenting on the hotel’s addition of The Absolute Suite, Director of Kasemkij Hotels Group, Tirawan Pangsrivongse said: “Phuket has always been one of the world’s most desirable places, many celebrities and VIPs have headed to the island over the years. 

Cape Panwa Hotel is tucked away on a hillside with an exclusive beach, so it already offers privacy to guests. But The Absolute Suite gives guests a new level of privacy. We’ve included an array of exclusive privileges for Absolute Suite guests, but we’ve still kept it at a reasonable rate so that you don’t have to be a movie star to afford it. It is a world-class addition to the rest of the hotel accommodation.” 

Prices for The Absolute Suite start at THB 35,000 (approx AU$1,150*) a night, with complimentary sparkling wine, afternoon canapés and private in-suite breakfast by a personal chef. Other accommodation starts from THB 3,500 (approx AU$115*). 


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