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75 years with Sheraton

Go eco-friendly with Asiatic’s Sipadan Mangrove Resort Join the Banyan Tree experience in Central Vietnam come November Set sail with Barbie at Royal Caribbean Jazz up October with Samui Jazz Festival

The Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central

Editor’s Note

Experience Vietnam with Banyan Tree Lang Cô

In this week’s issue, we celebrate 75 years with Sheraton Hotels, as they unveil promotions and the biggest Sheraton ever, The Sheraton Macau Hotel. Jazz up this October with X2 Samui as they welcome the Samui Jazz Festival. Bring your daughters, nieces and their friends on a trip with Barbie at Royal Carribbean, or go eco-friendly with Asiatic’s new Sipadan Mangrove Resort. Lastly, join Banyan Tree in their new Banyan Tree Lang Co this coming November. James Chen Editor, Asia Travel Exclusives

Contents Jazz up October with Samui Jazz Festival


Set sail with Barbie at Royal Caribbean


75 years with Sheraton


Go eco-friendly with Asiatic’s Sipadan Mangrove Resort


Join the Banyan Tree experience i n Central Vietnam come November


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X2 Samui poolside Yves Baron x X2 Samui

Jazz up October with Samui Jazz Festival Jazz lovers can expect a treat from the five-star luxurious resort X2 Samui in this year’s Samui Jazz Festival.

Located at one of Thailand’s most gorgeous island and pristine coastlines, X2 Samui is offering guests discounted prices for its spacious Deluxe Pool Villa that features a private pool, garden and terrace. At about 110 to 225 square metres, the villas are a perfect blend to its seaside scenery. Its unusually spacious lobby and open spaces are very inviting to those seeking to indulge in peace and serenity. Each designer styled villa also features highspeed Wi-Fi Internet access, a home theatre completed with satellite TV, Apple TV, a movie and music library and selection of magazines. Guests save 15% on two nights, 20% on three nights, and 25% on four nights. Rates start from 5,100 Thai Baht per night.


Guests can also enjoy a range of additional benefits via direct booking: X2 Samui’s signature champagne breakfasts with free-flow till 11am, complimentary mini-bar replenishment, and discounted prices on room services, beachside restaurant 4k and the X2 Spa. Aside special rates and benefits, the leading Thai five-star boutique resort is taking jazz to another level from 17 to 20 October. ‘Opejazz’ virtuoso Yves Baron is expected to serenade guests in the X2 Samui beachside restaurant 4k. Delivering critically lauded performances at world stages consistently, the celebrated musician has also performed for bestselling acts David and Cathy Guetta, Jean-Roch Pedri, Thierry Klemeniuk and many more. X2 Samui is located at Koh Samui, a 60-minute

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flight from Bangkok. Promotion rates are valid for consecutive nights only. For bookings, visit Samui/. Guests must enter the promotional code ‘JAZZ’ in the booking form, and can start booking from now till 15 October.

Barbie catwalk event

Set sail with Barbie at Royal Caribbean Barbie products complementing the cruise

The global cruise line is introducing a new Barbie-themed experience.

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Channel your inner fashionista with Barbie


Girls will be tickled pink by their very own Barbie stateroom that features Barbie-themed blankets, pillowcase and tote bag. Not to mention Barbie Toothbrush and toiletries bag too.

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Everyone’s favourite doll Barbie is set to cruise along the high seas as Royal Caribbean International is fulfilling dreams of little girls and Barbie Enthusiasts worldwide by exclusively offering the new Barbie Premium Experience.

There will be various exciting activities like a Mermaid dance class where girls will have loads of fun learning the latest dance moves from the hit movie Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2, where girls can make new friends too.

For the aspiring fashionista , there is a fashion designing workshop where girls can show off their talent by sketching and creating their own dream Barbie outfit. Barbie inspiration boards and sketch materials will also be provided. Mermaid Dance Classes

There will also be a fashion show where girls can strut their stuff on the pink carpet. They will also have their opportunity to perform their dance routine as well as show off the outfits they have created. To top it all off, there will be an exclusive invitation-only Tiaras and Teacups party where the girls can channel their inner princess with table etiquette tips and an assortment on tasty treats like pink pastries and pink lemonade. Guests will be able to enjoy the Barbie Experience as early as January 2013 at $349 per person on select ships and it will roll out to the remainder of the ships by March 2013. For more information, visit http://www. do?pagename=barbie

Have a tea party with your loved ones and Barbie


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75 years with Sheraton

The Sheraton Macau Hotel

Sheraton marks its 75th anniversary with the opening of the anticipated The Sheraton Macau Hotel.

Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed

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The iconic Sheraton’s Hotels & Resorts will commemorate its 75TH anniversary with a bang, with the much-awaited opening of The Sheraton Macau Hotel, Cotai Central that is said to be the largest hotel in Asia. Starwood Hotels & Resorts worldwide, which Sheraton is a part of, is proud to announce that The Sheraton Macau Hotel is the largest hotel it has under its extensive portfolio of over 1000 hotels globally. Propelled by the success of Sheraton, Starwood plans to reach 150 hotels globally by 2016, Asia Pacific being its biggest market.

7 it celebrated another milestone by being the first international hotel chain to make its mark in the People’s Republic of China. Today, China accounts for half of Sheraton’s hotels in operation and 35 hotels in the pipeline.

Sheraton started out humbly back in 1937 when the company founding fathers, Ernest Henderson and Robert Moore acquired their first hotel in Massachusetts. 48 years later,

Sheraton’s dominance over Asia is relentless with the opening of 7 hotels this year to date and is set to debut another 5 hotels by the end of the year. Sheraton will also extend its reach

to 2 new Asian countries, New Caledonia and Sri Lanka. It will also re-enter Bangladesh with the new Sheraton Dhaka Hotel. Sheraton’s success is largely due to their need to better themselves constantly with the upgrading of its hotel and its amenities’ like the comfortable Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed which features luxurious sheets, a deluxe duvet and a selection of feather down and hypoallergenic

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This luxurious integrated resort built on a whopping 200 acres of reclaimed lands boasts 4,067 guest rooms and suites, 7 restaurants and lounges, 3 outdoor swimming pools, 2 fitness centers, a spa and even a Kid’s club so parents can enjoy Macau’s finest casinos guiltfree.

Gorgeous facilities at the hotel Biggest Sheraton Hotel in Macau pillows. For the travelling businessman, the Link@Sheraton experienced with Microsoft is equipped with complimentary wifi and computers, printers and places for informal meetings. For the health conscious, Sheraton Fitness programmed by Core Performance is for you. Created with the help of renowned personal trainers, this will help guests stay healthy wherever they are. “These are all part of the Sheraton experience, anywhere in the world,” says Mr Vincent Ong, Senior Brand Director, Asia Pacific. In the spirit of Sheraton’s 75th Anniversary, all participating hotels within Asia Pacific is currently having celebratory offer such as “75 Free Room Nights”, whereby within 1st of September to 31ST January 2013, Sheraton will be giving out a complimentary night’s stay for guests who booked at least 3 night’s stay. Guests who are staying for 6 consecutive nights will enjoy a complimentary 2 night’s stay. Another offer that Sheraton is having is the “Pay for Breakfast at 1937 price” whereby from 1st September to 14th November, guests can enjoy breakfast for 2 at USD$0.95, the price of breakfast when Sheraton was first established. Relieve old memories or create new ones at Sheraton today. For more information on the 75th Anniversary offers, please visit http://


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Sheraton Jiazhou hotel, China

Go eco-friendly with Asiatic’s Sipadan Mangrove Resort A completely eco-friendly resort in development that promises the absolute usage of natural resources and encourages biodiversity is on its way to welcome tourists to Sabah.

Little known to most, the Sipadan Islands of Sabah has one of the most magnificent views and amazing diving sites. More popular and niche to scuba divers for the exquisite diving sites, Sipadan Mangrove Resort now hopes to tap on eco-tourists with their new development.

Different villas to accomodate guests

An absolute eco-integrated resort, Sipadan Mangrove Resort is located along the coastal area between Tawau and Semporna, 30 minutes away from Sipadan Island and Mabul Island via sea. Protected by 10 thousand acres of natural mangroves on all sides, the waterfront along Sungai Kalumpang of the resort faces an all-natural mangrove island. Panning 1000 acres in total, its main feature is the eco-friendly resources and mega biodiversity.

Other amenities include a dining hall, restaurants, lounges and bars. The resort also offers fresh seafood from daily catch and meals are sourced from the produce of aquaculture and organic farms owned and cultured by the resort themselves. Guests can choose to dine at the riverfront restaurant, which can accommodate up to 100 guests at one time, to experience a magnificent natural view of the Mangrove Island and Sungai Kalumpang. The resort also encourages eco-themed activities to bask in the biodiversity of the

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Chalets built around mangroves


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With chalets built by natural materials such as wood, nipah, leaves etc., guests have a choice between four kinds of eco-friendly villas to reside in – Mangrove Villa, Lake Villa, River Villa, as well as Floating Villa. As the names itself are explanatory, guests can indulge in the different natural environments wherever they choose to stay.

Air-conditioned Function/Meeting room available

Malaysian wetlands. Walk down the Mangrove Boardwalk and Trails that leads into the mangrove island, or go on a House-Boat River Cruise to spot wildlife at its finest. Explore the flora and fauna at Nature Watch Shelters and Towers, or go on an organized trip for Marine Wildlife Watch to learn more about marine wildlife such as whalesharks. Plans have also been laid out to build a monkey sanctuary for tourists to learn more about the proboscis monkeys. Aspiring divers can also try out the Diving Academy. For those who are not at Sipadan Islands for the diving, take the boat shuttle out to the islands to sightsee, or waddle in the mangrove-themed swimming pool. Of course, divers and fishermen can also request for special trips out to the islands. For families, do bring your children out to educational visits to the aquaculture and organic farm to earn more about how these eco-friendly organic farms operate.

Mangrove Boardwalk

Aerial view of resort grounds

Sipadan Islands

Transportation for guests

Not to fret if one is not a fan of the mangroves, two of Asiatic’s eco-friendly resorts are also nearby. Different modes of transport are available such as seaplanes, helicopters and eco-friendly ‘silent’ boats to take you from one resort to another. As the number of tourists to the islands is restricted to 120 guests per day at the moment, Sipadan Mangrove Resort is hoping to bring in more tourists to explore and experience the biodiversity of Sabah with the development of the resort arena. Soon a desired holiday destination for ecotourists, it is one of the resorts in the world that stand by using only sustainable and recycled materials, as well as conservation and renewable energy such as the use of bio-mass gastification, wind turbines etc. Preservation of the mangroves is also made sure by building around the mangroves instead of destroying the natural surroundings.


Guests who fall in love with Sipadan islands can also have a choice to retire in a weekend home in the resort, with family and loved ones. Sipadan Mangrove Resorts is slated to open Phase One to public this September 2012.

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Join the Banyan Tree experience in Central Vietnam come November

Open-concept bathroom

Vietnam’s leading boutique resort Banyan Tree Lang Cô is poised to open in Central Vietnam on November 1 as part of the country’s first integrated resort Laguna Lang Cô. Located along a three-kilometre beach on the Central Coast of Vietnam known for its flawless coastline and the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Banyan Tree Lang Cô is the perfect gateway for intrepid travellers. Aside the resort’s gorgeous mountain backdrop, Banyan Tree Lang Cô’s real luxury lies within. Its architecture is greatly inspired by the rich and rustic artistic heritage of the Vietnamese dynasties past and the region. The resort features 32 spacious and deluxe lagoon pool villas and 17 beach pool villas

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Banyan Tree Lang Co

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Traditional Vietnamese decorations

Visit Vietnam’s historical grounds

inspired by traditional Vietnamese aesthetic themes lined on the shores of Canh Duong beach. With a huge emphasis on earthy elements, Banyan Tree Lang Cô villas are designed and furnished with silk embroidery, regal purple adorn fabrics and elegant pottery. Banyan Tree Lang Cô is part of Banyan Tree Group, which currently operates resorts, hotels and spas in over 27 countries. The resort will be open to public in November 1, 2012.


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