This Is Probably Jaipur’s Most Beautiful Hotel

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A look into the most luxurious palace in Jaipur.

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It was a gift from the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh for his wife Chandra Kanwar Ranawati and has now more than 200 years of history. The oldest Palace in Jaipur, the Rajmahal Palace has been lovingly restored through the decades and has hosted eminent persons like Jackie Kennedy and Lord and Lady Mountbatten. It is now considered to be the most luxurious hotel in all of the city.

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Of all the opulent rooms, we would stay – if money was no objection – in the Ram Niwas apartments that served two successive maharajas. The apartment comprises the Maharaja and the Yuvraj Suite.  These are resplendent with ornate decor – floral wallpaper paired with matching florals on the sofas and the bed head, carefully placed on the finest marble tiles while a glittering chandelier hangs overhead.

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Try the best of Indian and European cuisine at the Orient Occident, or at the Vogue cover-inspired 51 Shades of Pink – no relation to the current book and movie about another colour. Instead this 51 Shades of Pink offers splendid breakfasts and lunches for residents. For more relaxed dining, try the Collonade  that look out to the Palace Gardens. If none of the four dining establishments make the cut for your private dining experience, request to have your dinner in an exclusive and private location at the City Palace, where The Royal Family of Jaipur currently resides.

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Finally, we recommend stretching your legs at some of Jaipur’s many historic attractions, guided by a historian to see glorious sights including the royal family’s sacred temples. Make a suit at one of the most reputable tailors in town, or head off for a day’s shopping excursion in a vintage car. Alternatively, watch local delights like cricket, elephant polo or clay pigeon shooting, all which can be arranged by the hotel’s concierge.

Images courtesy of SUJAN.

Additional images via Trendland.

Bespoke Jewellery at the Langham Hong Kong


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Dress up your wedding with bespoke bridal pieces. Head over to The Langham, Hong Kong for this inaugural Rock the Veil by Couture Rocks showcase on 10 June 2015. The event, organised jointly with Hatton Studios, will showcase the bling over an afternoon tea. 

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The invite-only event will present the creations from eight resident Hatton Studios jewellers paired with the couture creations of bridal designer Noel Chu. Christie Simpson has also styled these creations together in a photographic display that will be available for public viewing from 11 – 17 June 2015. Guests can meet the designers while enjoying the traditional English afternoon tea first served nearly a century and a half ago at The Langham London.

For wedding enquiries, please call 2378 9347 or email tlhkg.banquet@langhamhotels.com. Guests looking to make afternoon tea reservations should dial 2132 7898 or email tlhkg.palm.court@langhamhotels.com.

Australia’s Largest and most Futuristic Ship

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The largest cruise ship in Australia will arrive in the peak summer season from December 2016. Royal Caribbean International will add this – the Ovation of the Seas –  to its current fleet after it has completed its construction in Germany at a cost of US$1b. “It will be the first time any cruise line in the world has home ported a brand new ship in Australia”, said Gavin Smith, regional vice-president, Royal Caribbean, Asia Pacific. The Quantum Class megaliner will be able to carry about 5,000 guests and 1,500 crew, and is the most technologically advanced. These include skydiving onboard a cruise ship via the Ripcord by iFly, or have panoramic views of landmark sights from the North Star aerial observatory. Guests enter a jewel-like capsule, and a robotic arm elevates them high into the sky. Bionic arms will create your perfect cocktail at the Bionic Bar, mixing in perfect time to the tunes played by the resident DJ. Two70 will provide guests with endless entertainment created using robotic video-screens, digital projection, combined with the skills of aerialists and performers. Stay connected with high speed WiFi, use radio frequency wristband technology in place of a key, and book onboard experiences via the dedicated app Royal iQ.

The Ovation will also feature the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea, with bumper cars, roller skating, circus school and more activities to keep guests continually entertained. What is perhaps most astounding is that Quantum Class is still more energy-efficient, with the clever hull configuration, engine designs and the latest high efficiency systems and appliances. Fuel consumption and sulfur dioxide emissions will also be greatly reduced.

Register your interest here to be updated with her sailings.

 

Beachfront Celebrity Villa in Bali

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Join celebrities like Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall and Charlie Chaplin in staying at the iconic Villa Batujimbar, a beachfront villa in Sanur, Bali. This comprises eight bedrooms with luxurious ensuites that are located in a hectare of park-like grounds. These are lined with heritage trees, stone statues and ponds. Most importantly, the villa also opens up to the untouched, sandy white beach of Sanur. Its facilities include a private chef, multiple pavilions, gym, 20m pool and tennis court. The villa has also been recently added to the Elite Havens Luxury Villa Rentals portfolio, which consists of more than 170 luxurious properties in Bali, Lombok, Phuket and Sri Lanka.

Decadent Spring Menu at Mandarin Oriental New York

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Feast on the most decadent cuisine at the Mandarin Oriental New York‘s signature restaurant during its Spring Wine Dinner Series. Guests can indulge in rare vintages and new bottles from world-class wineries as well as expertly chosen champagnes. Executive chef Christina Pratsch will create the perfect multi-course pairing with modern American cuisine. Start with a cocktail reception, featuring handcrafted sustainable wines from Oregon or Ruinart’s finest champagnes. Book at monyc-asiate@mohg.com

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Cosmopolitan Luxury at Grand Hyatt KL

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The first Grand Hyatt hotel in Malaysia, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, with 412 guestrooms, is situated within the Kuala Lumpur City Centre, with close proximity to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the Petronas Twin Towers, Suria KLCC, KLCC Park, the Pavilion Shopping Centre and Dewan Filharmonik Petronas.

Architects WATG designed the building, supported by project architects GDP and with the interior by Bilkey Llinas Design. The hotel features specially commissioned art pieces on the ground floor lobby like the signature crescent-shaped with a number of facilities, including three restaurants and bars like THIRTY8. These include 3,300sqm of exclusive meetings and event space over six venues, designed with circular curves for a softer ambience, of which the largest is the oval pillarless Grand Ballroom and Grand Salon that feature a dazzling, yet energy-efficient crystal chandelier. An alternate intimate meeting venue is the Grand Residence, with about 1,000sqm of space.

The guestrooms are some of the largest in the city and are designed with floor-to-ceiling windows for the most natural daylight, offering spectacular views of the city. They’re furnished with sizeable workstations, high-speed wired and wireless Internet access, and MP3 docking station and a liquid crystal glass enclosed cube in the shower that can alter the shower’s opaqueness.

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
12 Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5045
Tel: +60 3 2182 1234
Fax: +60 3 2182 1288
Email: kualalumpur.grand@hyatt.com

 

Oxygen Club at Millennium Resort Hangzhou

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The Oxygen Club in Millennium Resort Hangzhou is equipped with state-of-art gym facilities and an indoor swimming pool with natural light. Upon entering the SPA by MTM, you will be greeted by its tranquil surroundings. This secluded getaway will provide respite from the hustle and bustle, leaving you to relax and rejuvenate in a heavenly environment.

The Oxygen Club is offering the following perks for members and non-members:

Members:

  • Two complimentary private swimming courses, subsequent courses at 150RMB each
  • 15% discount on F&B
  • 15% discount for room BAR rate
  • Invitation extended to two non-members to enjoy the experience
  • 30% discount at SPA by MTM

Non-members:

  • Free swimming courses for kids from 1000 to 1100, every Saturday and Sunday. Entrance fee is payable at 150RMB
  • Adults can enrol in the private swimming courses at 350RMB/course and entrance fee will be waived

 

Millennium Resort Hangzhou
No. 15 Jiuxi Road Hangzhou, 310008 China
Tel: +86 571 8761 3666
Fax: +86 571 8769 9851
Email:  sales@millenniumhangzhou.com
Website: www.millenniumhotels.com.cn/en/millenniumhangzhou/

 

The Spanish Experience at El Kabron

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Perched 50 meters above sea level on the cliff in Uluwatu, El Kabron Spanish Restaurant has the most gorgeous sunset in the Island of Gods.
With a modern Mediterranean décor, you will experience a truly Spanish atmosphere, offering with a 180-degree view of the Indian Ocean & the endless horizon beyond.

Have a taste of Spain as you indulge in Tapas and Paellas in the most traditional style prepared by chef Marc Torices, in a modern Mediterranean restaurant setting. Adjourn to the cliff edge post dinner and sample drinks like classic and signature cocktails, and soak in the panoramic view of the Indian Ocean.

Definitely one of Bali’s hidden gems, it’s a must-visit if you wish to enjoy Spanish cuisine and cocktails against a picturesque backdrop, away
from the maddening crowd.

 

El Kabron Spanish Restaurant
Jln Pantai Cemongkak Bali, Pecatu, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: +62 361 7803416
Website: www.elkabron.com

 

Martini Fever at Chez Gado Gado

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Enjoy Martinis at an incredible price of USD5 (IDR60,000) on Mondays from 11am to 6pm and 10pm to 11pm.

Chez Gado Gado Restaurant
Seminyak, Jalan Camplung Tanduk (Dhyana Pura) 99
80361, Indonesia
Tel: (+62)361 736 966
gadogadorestaurant.com

Our Luxe List 2013 winners revealed

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Revealing the outstanding winners of the best hotels and resorts in the world


FINEST BUSINESS HOTEL

Winner: Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, China
This 187-room hotel is located in Lujiazui, Shanghai’s key business centre and walking distance to world-renowned shopping and entertainment centres for delegates to unwind after meetings. It offers 805sqm of meeting spaces, such as a divisible ballroom that can host up to 500 people, four smaller salons and a foyer for pre-event cocktails. Business travellers’ hotel rooms will be setup with a comprehensive mobile office, supplemented with a multilingual concierge team and 24-hour business centre.

Runner Up: Hotel Gran Mahakam, Indonesia
At the crossroads of the business and commercial district in Jakarta, Hotel Gran Mahakam is a 35min drive from the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and a short distance away from department stores, shops, restaurants and entertainment outlets. The hotel has 10 diverse meeting spaces to accommodate eight to 1,200 persons.


TOP GOLF RESORT

Winner: The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa California
The association with legendary golfers begins with the location of the resort, in between Bob Hope and Dinah Shore drives and continues on to the championship golf courses designed by renowned golfers Pete Dye and Gary Player. In classic ‘Diabolically Dye’ fashion, Pete Dye has created one of the area’s most stunning and yet toughest courses, with rolling fairways, water hazards and four sets of tees on the 6,706yd, par 70, award-winning championship course. The Palm Springs area’s only Gary Player–designed course can also be found here, where the 7,062yd, par 72 course was created to integrate seamlessly with the desert landscape.

Runner Up: Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius
Tee off at one of the most perfect greens in this part of the world, with two 18 hole golf courses to choose from, facing the Indian Ocean with a stretch of pristine white beach. The Legend Golf Course was designed by South African golfing champion Hugh Baiocchi and the Links Golf Course by Rodney Wright and Peter Alliss.


MOST REJUVENATING SPA RESORT

Winner: Capella Singapore
Capella Singapore sits in Sentosa Island facing the South China Sea and surrounded by a lush green rainforest, thus creating a restful atmosphere to pamper oneself. The award-winning Auriga Spa uses natural and organic products from The Organic Pharmacy in their unique treatments and specialised programmes. Its facilities include a traditional Asian therapy and two couple suites, Herbal Steam Room, an ice fountain, an Experience Cold Shower and Warm Shower.

Runner Up: MesaStila, Central Java, Indonesia
Winner of the Best Destination Spa in Indonesia 2012 from the World Luxury Spa Awards, MesaStila is a refuge of calm in a Javanese coffee plantation, with 22ha of lush gardens and amazing scenery of eight volcanoes, lush plantations and jungles.


TOP PRIVATE ISLAND RESORT

Winner: Laucala Island, Fiji
The pearl of the South Seas occupies 12sq km of space, with 25 residences to ensure maximum privacy. It awards guests with stellar views across the island and also a truly authentic travel experience with its own farm that supplies vegetables and poultry, adding a rustic charm to the island.

Runner Up: Guana Island, British Virgin Islands
Located where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean, Guana Island offers guests pristine island settings with 344ha of natural island beauty, set against perfect turquoise waters, ideal for swimming or snorkelling.


BEST FAMILY HOTEL

Winner: Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, Abu Dhabi
The hotel is located on a luxurious, natural island on Abu Dhabi, offering travellers a unique escape with opulent accommodation. It is accessible by scheduled regional jet service from Abu Dhabi’s airport on even-numbered days, bringing guests to the resort in just 25min (price from US$68 per person per way).

Runner Up: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Indonesia
The hotel is spread over 9ha with tropical gardens and sun-drenched shores, evoking the elegance of a Balinese palace while incorporating modern amenities and convenience.


MOST SCENIC HOTEL

Winner: Solitaire Lodge Rotorua, New Zealand
The lodge offers guests incredible peace and solitude, an opportunity to view one of the many picturesque sites in New Zealand. Here, spot a black swan idly gliding through the tranquil, intensely blue Lake Tarawera, or be awed by the majesty of the Mount Tarawera bordering the lake.

Runner Up: Kayumanis Ubud Private Villas & Spa, Bali
Tucked away between cinnamon tree groves, a tropical forest and with the Ayung River nearby, Kayumanis Ubud’s gorgeous natural surroundings will no doubt instill a sense of calm and serenity.


MOST LUXURIOUS HOTEL

Winner: The Mulia, Indonesia
Apparent from the marble walls that graciously furnish the lobby, The Mulia is certainly the epitome of luxury, offering guests a myriad choice of accommodation within its complex. They can choose from 111 suites, 108 stand-alone hillside villas and 526 unique rooms and suites. The oceanfront hotel also contains a complex web of pools with accompanying cabanas, a large gym and spa, ballrooms and outdoor space suitable for meetings and events. Notably the Mulia Mansion presents guests with a dream hideaway that contains six bedrooms in a two-storey residence. Designed with a touch of gold and intricate jacquard detailing, the rooms exude a casual yet refined elegance.

Runner Up: The St. Regis Bangkok, Thailand
The St. Regis Bangkok is situated in a premier location along Rajdamri Road, near the business centre of the city. Most luxurious is their butler service, accommodating after-hour private dining by the pool and staging elaborate wedding proposals.


MOST CHIC ECO RESORT

Winner: Scarlet Hotel, England
Considerate of their impact on the environment, Scarlet Hotel England has taken steps to ensure that their carbon footprint remains light. These include recycling pretty much everything, such as leftover guest soaps, which are used as stain removers for the laundry, as well as reducing their water consumption, while removing tablecloths and replacing the towels in the spa with a lighter weight of 100 per cent fairly traded organic cotton. The hotel has also won the BKSA Best Eco Credentials 2012 and the Best Sustainable Hotel UK from the International Hotel Awards 2011.

Runner Up: Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda
The resort was designed as a single compact building, with individual units built to fit the hill slope and its surrounding landscapes. Conscious of its impact on the environment, it faces the south, and its athermic glass windows insulate the rooms and spa from the heat and cold, while energy and water saving technologies and waste management measures have also been implemented.


MOST BLISSFULLY ROMANTIC HOTEL

Winner: Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, Seychelles
Surrounded by 12ha of gardens containing trees and herbs with spices like cinnamon and orchids, framed with azure blue skies and crystal clear waters, Maia Luxury Resort & Spa is a clear winner for a blissful and romantic getaway. Experience a romantic dinner cooked in the privacy of your own villa or on the beaches to be accompanied by the sounds of the lapping waves. The resort has won the Best Luxury Destination Spa Worldwide in the World Luxury Spa Awards 2012 and Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Resort in the World Travel Awards 2010.

Runner Up: Diamonds Athuruga Beach & Water Villas, Maldives
Set on Athuruga Island, 20min away from the main island of Malé (by Maldivian Air Taxi), it is surrounded by a reef and a shallow lagoon, perfect for romantic getaways and to celebrate honeymoons. Follow the warm glow of candlelight down to the beach, where couples can dine in a circle of candlelight in specially decorated pavilions for maximum privacy.


TRENDIEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Winner: QT Sydney
The flagship hotel of the QT brand has been designed by architect Shelley Indyk. It’s a contrast of two styles, the exterior restored to its former Gothic glory, while the interior takes guests to the present era and beyond with bold colours, bespoke furniture and LED digital art. The rooms are filled with an eclectic feel and each has a common element: the custom-made illuminative amber glass cabinet that can be found in each room, creating a warm glow and displaying amazingly designed crystal perfume bottles and decanters. Other unique design features include the miniature animal coat hooks.

Runner Up: The Thief, Oslo
This hotel, currently shortlisted for several awards, combines timeless elegance referencing contemporary art and design, with furnishings designed by Antonio Citterio, exclusive down duvets from HØlE, bathrobes from Maggie Wonka and wool blankets by Røros Tweed. Every room and suite features THIEF Art piece, handpicked by the curator, Sune Nordgren.


BEST HEAVENLY BEACH RESORT

Winner: The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
Hailed by many to be the most beautiful island in the world, The St. Regis Bora Bora is possibly close to paradise on earth, with a lagoon of emerald and aquamarine hues, framed with tropical slopes and valleys with crimson hibiscus trees and palms. It is the only St. Regis hotel to have a Romance Concierge and bridal boutique with gorgeous bridal dresses for ‘rent’. The resort has also won the SPG Member’s Favourite Island Paradise award this year, as well as the Travel Professional Favourite Best Island Paradise award in 2012.

Runner Up: Lily Beach Resort & Spa Maldives
Its distinctive layout of overwater villas, with bright cerulean waters coupled with powdery white sand beaches, makes the resort a truly idyllic paradise to retreat to. Its house reef, just a short wade from the shore, teems with exotic fishes, while its location positions it within close vicinity of Maldives’ best dive sites.


SWANKIEST GASTRONOMIC HOTEL

Winner:  Hotel Bel-Air, USA
Culinary Hall of Famer Wolfgang Puck’s eponymous, award-winning restaurant at this hotel showcases his best modern Californian cuisine peppered with European and Mediterranean influences. The restaurant, bar and lounge uses only the freshest and most seasonal ingredients from the local farmer’s market.

Runner-Up: InterContinental Hotel, Hong Kong
InterContinental Hong Kong is truly a gourmand’s delight with acclaimed chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurant, two Michelin-starred SPOON by Alain Ducasse, one Michelin-starred Yan Toh Heen and THE STEAK HOUSE winebar + grill.

gordonMAX’s latest Amanda collection

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gordonMax takes inspiration from the seductive confidence of independent women in their new Amanda Collection for Fall 2013.

Website: www.gordonmax.com

Twinpalms Phuket Opens BAKE@Villa Market

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Twinpalms Phuket has recently opened its 5th BAKE in Cherng Talay at Villa Market.

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As a boutique bakery and café, BAKE is the perfect complement to the new Villa Market, an international supermarket known for its top quality produce and services. A cosy retreat to relax in, BAKE offers a fine selection of baked goods, coffee, teas and refreshing drinks in a stylish setting.

Created with care and using only the finest ingredients, BAKE’s range of tasty items include gourmet chocolates, pralines, cookies, macaroons, meringues and more.

Website: bakebakery.com