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What’s new DESIGN HOTEL

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INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

Meet the people that has taken a role in the rise of Asian business & creativity

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CITY UPDATED What’s happening around the bustling city of Hong Kong

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PEOPLE IN BUSINESS 90 vision to success of the leaders in business CHECK IN

FASHION SHANGHAI TANG New campaign couple head to Paris LUXURY CAR BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT LUXURY BRAND Beautiful and collectable jewellery for CARNET

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eDItor’s note

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ince 2 issues ago we decided to step back and look at the progress of the magazine leading up to the end of the year edition. We are satisfied with our progress to say the least and have worked out some kinks. Our focus next will be on our year end issue where we have taken reader and traveler votes which will give us some insight of what subjects to keep our eye on. This issue we decided to showcase the latest in arts and design around Asia. We selected stand out properties , new concepts, and one of a kind designs to look look at. We are learning more with every issue. We merged our wedding addition magazine and constructed a new section of the magazine dedicated to romance and marriage in NOW Travel Asia.We encourages reader feedback, ideas, and criticism to help us progress.The staff at NOW Travel Asia are a great group of hard working individuals. Thanks to our staff, thanks to our readers! “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” - Mark Victor Hansen Kanapot Sitthiwong Editor-in-Chief editor@nowtravelasia.com

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50 FANTASTIC YEARS OF Mandarin ORIENTAL

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Celebrates its “50 Fantastic Years” is offering two exclusive room packages for guests. These package include the “ The fantastic and 50 package” and the “Golden Celebrity Package” Also they are delighted to showcase the” aSodashi package “ready to be unveiled in the near future.

Emirates UPGRADE FLIGHT emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines announced recently it will make upgrades to the flights from bangkok-dubai flights on model type aircraft ek 377 upgraded to boeing 777-300er airliner. the transition should come in the near future.

The Kitchen Table Ovolo Hotels EXPANSION this august, ovolo hotels will kick-off their exciting 2013 expansion plans with the launch of 100 Shek pai Wan road in aberdeen. introducing a sleek new lifestyle hotel whose bright sun-shiny rooms put a contemporary twist on the rich maritime heritage of hong kong’s most cherished waterfront community.

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W Bangkok’s signature restaurant, The Kitchen Table, is treating the Bangkok foodies and discerning jetsetters from all over the world with its new, sumptuous menu with up to 76 items added that includes Thai and Western yummies created by the talented Chef Sarah Briegel who has previously manned kitchens in five-starred hotels all over the world. The Kitchen Table is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information and reservation, call 02-344 4000 or email bf.wbangkok@whotels.com.

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Vie Wine and Grill Vie Wine And Grill a chic and sophisticated restaurant at VIE Hotel Bangkok is proud to announce that it has recently been awarded ‘Thailand’s Best Restaurants 2013’ by influential Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurants Guide 2013. This is the fourth consecutive year that the restaurant has been recognized for its exceptional cuisine and service.

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The 8th Annual China Luxury Summit IN SHANGHAI The 8th annual China Luxury Summit takes place in Shanghai, China on November, 27th-28th, 2013.As the biggest summit in Asia and the most authoritative summit,CHINA LUXURY SUMMIT is committed to providing the latest trends and suggestions in luxury and fashion management. Organized by “CLIA� a non-profit organisation the event will attract more than 1000 decision makers from luxury brands,high-end-worth individuals and value chain suppliers.

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G Café, a 24-hour dining restaurant, serves buffet breakfast daily, international buffet for lunch, buffet themes nightly for dinner and semi buffet dinner every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. One can enjoy G Café’s Buy 1 get 1 FREE promotion for buffet dinner, available every Monday & Wednesday only. G Café’s ultimate top favourite though is the Sunday Family Brunch,a fun-filled gastronomic adventure for families and especially for the little ones. Don’t miss it

Marriott International in South China with Opening of The OCT Harbour Marriott International today announced the opening of the 155-unit The OCT Harbour, Shenzhen Marriott Executive Apartments. This is Marriott International’s first extended stay property in South China, showing its continued growth and commitment to China. OCT Harbour is set to become one of China’s most fashionable and international entertainment destinations with its combination of varied concepts including culture, dining, ecology and entertainment in one exciting new venue.

Accor opens newest Novotel property in central Vietnam’s tallest building Located in the heart of the city’s business and entertainment area the premier han river, a newly-built upper midscale hotel located on the West bank of the han river, has opened its doors in the heart of danang city in central Vietnam. currently the highest building in danang, this new property promises a new hotel experience and convenience for both business and leisure. the new hotel will host 323 guest rooms and suites providing 360 degree view of the surrounding cityscape.

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GRAND HYATT HONG KONG LAUNCHES NEW CONTEMPORARY GUEST ROOMS grand hyatt hong kong is excited to unveil a selection of new guestroom floors. the new guestroom design blends the traditional and modern in an elegant, residential style, anchored by a sense of hong

kong’s oriental heritage and contemporary outlook. the new guest rooms host spectacular views of the Victoria harbour and the hong kong skyline are maximised throughout the rooms.

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VANA BELLE, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT, KOH SAMUI KOH SAMUI, THAILAND

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IN PREVIOUS ISSUES NOW TRAVEL ASIA HAS BEEN KEEPING TRACK OF THE NOW TRAVEL ASIA AWARDS WHERE OUR READERS CAN VOTE IN MULTIPLE CATEGORIES FOR THEIR FAVORITE HOTEL AND RESTAURANTS. DON’T FORGET TO CAST IN YOUR VOTE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE AWARDS NOW Travel Asia CHECK OUT OUR OUR WEBSITE WWW.NOWTRAVELASIA.COM/VOTE/

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Armani Hotel & Resort, Dubai Dubai, UAE Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi, UAE Hotel Missoni Kuwait Kuwait TAJ Tashi Thimphu, Bhutan The St. Regis Lhasa Resort Tibet, China Hotel G, Beijing Beijing, China Aman at Summer Palace Beijing, China The Waterhouse at South Bund Shanghai, China The Puli Hotel & Spa Shanghai, China The Mira Hong Kong Hotel ICON Hong Kong The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Hong Kong Hotel LKF by Rhombus Hong Kong W Taipei Taipei, Taiwan PALAIS de CHINE Taipei, Taiwan Capella Singapore Singapore W Hotel Seoul Walkerhill Seoul, Korea Alila Villas Uluwatu Bali, Indonesia G Hotel, Penang Penang, Malaysia Indigo Pearl, Phuket Phuket, Thailand S 31 Sukhumvit Hotel Bangkok Bangkok, Thailand Hotel Muse, Bangkok Bangkok, Thailand VIE Hotel Bangkok Bangkok, Thailand The Library, Koh Samui Samui, Thailand X2 Kui Buri Hua Hin, Thailand

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Holiday inn Macao Cotai Central Macau

The Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central offers an modern and attractive accommodations for the Business or leisure traveler. With friendly service and more than 1200 spacious and comfortable rooms and suites will provide you with good nights rest after a full day of activities. Currently, the hotel offers a nice “Dreamworks Experience Package” which is perfect for a family vacation. Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central features live entertainment, pool decks, and a health club with fully equipped high-tech gymnasium, jacuzzi, sauna designed to make your visit an unforgettable one. The Lobby Lounge and Pool Cafe are great venues to meet friends and relax. Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central Sands Cotai Central, Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Taipa, Macao SAR, P.R. China Phone: +853 2828 2228

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Hotel Pennington by Rhombus Hong Kong

Hotel Pennington by Rhombus is an urban travellers’ ultimate accommodation, providing its guests with a logistic convenience and a stylish environment to reside on each visit to Hong Kong. The hotel is situated at the heart of bustling Causeway Bay, Hong Kong’s dynamic commercial and shopping district, nearby to Times Square, SOGO, Lee Gardens, and Hysan Place. Comfortably-appointed rooms highlighting a stylish interior welcome visitors, featuring an array of modern in-room technology such as 40-inch LED TV with surround sound system and power track with slidable sockets, complemented with luxurious “THANN” bathroom amenities, and panoramic views of the city. Just minutes away from the city’s major transport system, the hotel makes exploring Asia’s dynamic city convenient for leisure and business travellers alike. Hotel Penington by Rhombus 13-15 Pennington Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Phone: +852 3970 0688 Website: www.hotelpennington.com.hk

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Bangkok Airways offers you three trips to paradise great for a family vacation, honeymoon, or even a great location for a wedding, but first, something about Bangkok Airways great perks you get flying with them, their great service lounges. Bangkok Airways has always been distinguished as Asia’s boutique airline. It does so by offering its passengers a clean and comfortable atmosphere. Their Boutique Lounge where they can relax with no extra charge or get some snacks, a hot or cold beverage, or enjoy free internet access from one of several computer booths for economy class. The more prestigious Blue Ribbon Lounge is a more personalised lounge catering to the passengers individual needs. The blue ribbon lounges are more extravagant in design with hanging crystal chandeliers and a cozier atmosphere than its boutique lounges to wait for or in between your flights The exclusive lounge offers free wifi, shower room, massage chair, reading room from business class. "Friendly service with a smile" is truly Bangkok Airways' unique personality that optimizes the joy of flying. They are always ready to assist and the hospitality and personal touches that accompany passengers from the time they book their tickets to their safe arrival at their destination wraps up the airline's boutique experience.

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Bangkok Airways offers direct flights from Bangkok to Krabi two flights daily, and daily flights to Samui. Also five flights a week to the Maldives is also offered which is the only airlines from Thailand to the Maldives. Flights occur from Bangkok to Krabi two flights daily. Departing Bangkok at 0925 and 1720 daily. Return flights from Krabi to Bangkok are at 1140 and 1940 daily. Flights to the Maldives are very convenient as well and have flights 5 flights weekly every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Departure times from Bangkok to the Maldives at 0930 with return flights from Maldives to bangkok at 1240.

Bangkok Airways also offers easy travel to Koh Samui with more than 20 flights daily. Flights start at 0600 and run all day till about 2100 (9:00pm). Flight returning from Samui to Bangkok run in the same manner with the exception of the last flight being at 2200 (10:00pm) For more information and reservations, please contact www.bangkokair.com Call 02 270 6699 or Call Center 1771 (24 hrs) or contact Bangkok Travel Club for package tour visit website www.bangkoktravelclub.co.th or call 02 265 8966.

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Family Fun Brought By DreamWorks Experience @ Cotai Strip Resorts Macao

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otai Strip Resorts Macao is an international hub for tourists, Asia’s leading entertainment and leisure destination for all family members. It is a destination of utmost luxury where you can enjoy world class entertainment venue with the finest accommodations – from the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, to the offerings at Sands Cotai Central comprising the world’s largest Conrad Macao. Cotai Central, Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central, and the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Macao. You’ll be sure to find the perfect hotel to suit your family’s needs! Discover the special fun and truly memorable DreamWorks Experience at Sands Cotai Central. Each day there are two Meet-andGreet sessions at Paradise Garden of Sands Cotai Central. Here you have the chance to interact closely with your favorite DreamWorks characters. Take a souvenir photo with Po from Kung Fu Panda or Alex from Madagascar, line up for some pictures with Shrek and Toothless the Hiccup from How To Train Your Dragon and keep these precious memories forever.

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Don’t miss the chance to see a whole host of characters and dancers from the hit films of Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek and How To Train Your Dragon at the DreamWorks All-Star-Parade at Shoppes at Cotai Central everyday at 4pm. There are great themed souvenirs on sale at special kiosks at Paradise Garden or at The Gift Shop, it is the best time to get unique toys and gifts for your beloved family and friends. Be a movie-star and enjoy an exclusive themed “Shrekfast” with the DreamWorks gang. You can shake hands and dance along with the crowds and watch DreamWorks characters performing on stage. Experience the best fun-filled and adventurous moments, meet your favorite DreamWorks characters and enjoy all the other many attractions offered by Sands Cotai Central to create a trip you will never forget. It is time now better than ever to find out the excitement brought by DreamWorks Experience, please check out www.sandscotaicentral.com/dreamworks

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ArtDesign & What's new Design Hotel Influential People Stylish Restaurant

At NOW Travel Asia our task has been a daunting one, we decided to look at Asia’s art and design. With research, (and some office bickering) we finally came to a conclusion that what we selected for our cover story, are great example of how Asia is coming into its own in terms of art and design. Travellers around the world head to asia only to be awed by some of these new concepts and fresh approaches. Year after year more business headquarters place their flagship properties in Asia due to bold designs and extraordinary results. From grassy floored office buildings, to the creative minds inside the finest kitchens, its sure to make one believe that Asia is in the spotlight at the moment for its art and design. To our dearest readers , our cover story. NOW Travel Asia

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World’s most inclined tower Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi Dubai is known for its amazing engineering project but its neighboring city Abu Dhabi has raised the stakes in in the world of design and architecture with a stunning world record holding result. Situated on the Persian Gulf lies Abu Dhabi, the capital and the second largest city of the United Arab Emirates in terms of population and the largest of the seven member emirates of the United Arab Emirates.Capital gate is the most incline skyscraper on the planet, defying gravity it leans almost four times that of

the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. The beautiful structure takes from two key elements of the surrounding area, water and desert. First, it takes on the shape of a desert whirlwind leaning and twisting shooting 160 meters into the sky. Second, while the curved eye-catching canopy, known as the ‘splash’, which runs over the adjoining grandstand and rises up on one side of the building to the 18th floor. As for the hotel, it has a sleek, futuristic, contemporary design that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surround-

ing gulf. Some striking features of the iconic Capital Gate lies ninety meters up, one of the highest suspended swimming pools in the world. On the interior side upon entering the lobby is a decor known as The Wave.The Wave is one of the largest glass art installations in the world composed of over six thousand hand crafted components hanging down chandelier like in an oval formation and depicts a very contemporary and modern feel surrounded with white marble floors, dark wood paneling and royal blue question mark

shaped couches to add a splash of colour.The rooms are designed with a careful selection of muted earth tones and natural textures. The tower is also strategically important to Abu Dhabi and visually represents the emirate’s progress and evolution. It is the focal point of a world class business district, and is interconnected with the thriving Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Brilliant and artful engineering.

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A step out of the ordinary

Spencer Ogdon, Singapore

For most of us, going to the office means sitting in from of a desk in a cubicle surrounded by white walls, pin boards full of memos, and grey metallic file cabinets, very dull, very monotonic. On the 23rd floor in Central Singapore, Spencer Ogdon a global energy recruiter turned a corporate work environment into what looks like a landscaper’s dream of a perfect lawn.

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The office sits on a floor of Astroturf with giant spaciously spaced round tables reminiscing the days of King Arthur’s round table. The office design is British and riddled with Asian twists which make each room very flamboyant in presentation. From a fifties-diner style kitchen to conference rooms imaging grand private homes, it’s safe to say that this office is flowing of creativity.

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The Crocky Boutique Crocodile Vivocity, Singapore For years the Singaporean brand Crocodile has been delivering quality garments on an international level. Recently their presentation to consumers has taken a unique approach. UPSTAIRS Singaporean designer Dennis Cheok and his Dutch partner, Joyce van Saane has fathomed up Crocodile Concept Boutique at Vivocity, Singapore, which is worth a look at. Its really throwing a double design at you, one, for the fashionable designs of Crocodile’s clothing line and two, in the environment they are presented in which is really our main focus here.

Now, about the boutique shop. At a quick glance, thoughts of a sporting good store may cross your mind, due to the structural steel framing reminding you of....... an old school gym locker? The shops centerpiece gallery is designed for customer's first encounter which sits center of the boutique. Its purpose is adaptive and can be used for multiple purposes. The middle structure may be a reconfigurable display, a gallery space, or a pop-up store. Its store in store like approach really adds versatility in the boutique overall. The gallery has louvered window frames with hexagonal wire mesh panels with lighting positioned to

cast shadows that remind you of crocodile scales. The boutique outer walls are lined with near ceiling timber and leather clad panels on one side and mirrors on the other which are fully rotatable and can be adjusted to showcase Crocodile’s fashion line ups.

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Chinese, With A Touch of Arabic Please Hakkasan, Dubai The Premier Chinese restaurant, Hakkasan Dubai at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, showcases a blend of Chinese culture and cuisine combined with the mystique of the Arabian region. The facility is divided into sections separated by carved wooden lattice screens made of American red oak, providing a cosy and heart warming complement to the luxurious interior of the restaurant. The ambient venue designed by Gilles & Boissier, features a dramatic entrance through a long corridor in stone. Spread across the main dining area are the restaurant’s trademark wooden lattice work that gives diners a cage-like appeal and further permeated by the dimly lighted signature blue glass in steel frame structure. The outside terrace, which features cascading wooden pavilions sur-

rounded by a wall of vegetation, creating the feel of a luscious garden. The bar is elegant measuring sixteen meters in length constructed of stainless steel and glass. The lounge boasts dark wood of the tables and screens contrasts with lighter tones of the backlit blue glass and white latticing. The Gilles & Boissier design has punctuated the ambience, lighting and decor. A great relaxing venue to enjoy delicious cuisine, the three course menu, the service and the whole experience will be an unforgettable one.

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A step back into the future Luna2Studios bali

Pop Art - a movement in modern art that imitates the methods, styles, and themes of popular culture and mass media, such as comic strips, advertising, and science fiction. his “studiotel” has taken from inspirations of the late 50’s into the 60’ and then `added a modern twist, that's chic while flamboyantly showing off its pop art / psychedelic aspects of the past. Named after the first spacecraft to reach the surface of the Moon, Luna 2 Studio makes a bold leap away from the ‘modern Balinese’ style resorts and villas on the island of Bali in Indonesia. Designed by owner Melanie Hall, the ‘studiotel’ evokes a strong sense of nostalgia with its modernist-inspired interiors. Approaching the hotel exterior, Luna 2 Studio’s facade brings us back to the ‘60s with its circular forms, and iconic art references

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are present throughout the interior, including a wall-mounted installation in the lobby inspired by the work of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. Bright primary colours punctuate the stark white walls, while geometrical patterns, bright furnishings and accessories, are glittered throughout the hotel. The 14 spacious studios all feature one of four accent colors’ yellow, red, green and blue. Each comes with a modular open-plan lounge equipped with the latest technology, a workstation, dining area, and a large balcony overlooking the colorful-tiled swimming pool. For dining, they hold the Orbit restaurant, which leads to the underground Pop! Lounge Bar. For entertained, visit the plush and suitably named 16-seat cinema called “Lunaplex” if you want to keep indoors. Perhaps not to everyone’s taste, but rest assure you will remember your visit here. As for NOW Travel Asia we say ,“ A fabulous design with lots of fun written all over it.”

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Eight Rooms Macalister Mansion penang, malaysia This 100 year old mansion was renovated and redesigned with the intent of preserving the building’s heritage aspects and original elements while adding modern-day amenities and contemporary design touches. Macalister Mansion raises the bar for boutique hotels with its holistic concept.

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rom curated art to specially designed uniforms, and personalised stationery to handcrafted paper clips, the hotel is a little house of treasures.The hotel is a holding ground for avid art collectors and supporters of the local arts scene, they have commissioned pieces throughout the hotel’s public spaces and rooms .The rooms are dressed in bespoke furniture pieces and carpets all carefully hand picked by the owners. Bathrooms are fitted out with filigree inspired silver and white mosaic, and circular mirrors are suspended from the ceilings at a distance from the walls. Many of the mansion’s original features were restored to their former glory including a wrought iron spiral staircase in the middle of one of the guestrooms leading to a viewing tower. Mostly named after different sections of the home, the

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Dining Room, Living Room, The Lawn, Bagan Bar and The Den offer a wide variety of dining and drinking options. From modern French cuisine at the Dining Room to local cuisine with a twist at the Living Room guests are spoilt for choice. The Den which carries a good selection of cigars and is the only spot in Penang to offer both single cask and single malt whiskies. All eight rooms are bathed in glowing light, decked with solid timber flooring and finished with a soothing white and grey palette for the walls, wainscot and curtains. Furniture pieces, carpets and artworks are unique to each room and have been selected based on the room proportions, layout and lighting.

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old fashion siam charm the siam bangkok, thailand

The inspiration of the Siam hotel comes from the overall setting that reflects the period of Bangkok’s greatest grandeur, under King Rama V with Art Deco accents of old. Set on 3 acres of river frontage of the, Chao Phraya River. The privately owned and operated 39-room luxury retreat will transport you to a bygone serenity suffused with priceless antiquities, oriental allure and contemporary comforts. Though the surrounding area and riverside are merely average, the hotel flourishes on the interior décor which is absolutely stunning with a few jaw dropping surprises. Yes, the inside is that amazing.

he Siam was conceived by creative director and celebrity Krissada Sukosol Clapp, together with globally acclaimed architect and interior/landscape designer Bill Bensley, one of Architectural Digest’s ‘Top 100 Designers and Most Creative People’. The vision they had in mind was to take a collection of antiquities Krissada had and house them in a stylish exquisite hotel with many characteristics. To emphasize this, a muted color scheme of black, white, cream, grey and neutrals has been combined with natural textures such as wood, weave, leather and stone, not to mention sprawling gardens and verdant shrubs throughout. Some areas of the hotel are mystical in setting from the exotic orient while others areas seem like a early 1920s upscale restaurant However, the breathtaking wall of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain and the Han Dynasty clay horse drawing a coach in front shows the Siam is almost a museum first and hotel second. Stunning. The hotel is separated into 2 sections with 3 suite categories: Siam,

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Mae Nam, and River View. Another option are the pool villas where you can choose to be in one of the crafted Thai colonial, Chinese, or Art Deco Style furnishings and wall decor. They are spacious, private and intimate showcasing original antiques from various owners of the property. At the top of the hierarchy is Connie’s Suite, a traditional wooden Thai house that Kamala bought from a Bangkok socialite, Connie Mangskau. She had it brought it from the old royal city of Ayutthaya and used it for entertaining. In keeping with the unusual room scale of The Siam, it doesn’t look at the river at all. Dining is no different from the rest of the interior of the hotel, themed, to set a mood and ambience to go hand in hand with your meal anytime of the day. Few of the venues to mention first is the Deco Bar and Bistro. Its snappy black & white interiors bring to life Thailand’s Art Deco period, with international comfort cuisine inspired by the jazzy ambiance with boasting a dazzling display of wall-mounted brass instruments along with comfortable seating. Secondly the chef’s table at day is a cooking class and a private exclusive time with the chef for a few of you and your friends. There are plenty of services in top condition with the best technology, service, and a genuinely unique time you won’t see at any other hotel in Bangkok. If you’re a lover of art and décor stop in you won’t be disappointed.

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Lastly we look at the newly opened Hua Chang Heritage on Phayathai Road offers services that meld past present and future. Located near one of the Noisiest areas in Bangkok, gridlock and all, the hotel simulates a total resort feeling inside, relaxing, with peace and quiet as if you’re in some oasis away from the maddening urban jungle. The Baiyoke group has brought a considerable amount of expertise in the industry with this luxury hotel project. They built a hotel with a keen sense of history, an understanding of contemporary desires, and a clear vision of the future. 46

he Luxury urban retreat showcases its guests with a “Thai Colonial” architecture upon sight and stays consistent with the elements down to each appealing guest room. Hua Chang, a direct translation of “elephant head” in Thai, is the name of the nearby bridge built by King Rama V, who ushered Thailand into the modern times. The 7-storey Hua Chang Heritage Hotel is the newest development by the Baiyoke family, owners of the tallest building in Thailand. Baiyoke Sky was named after this historic bridge, a relic of an era when travel was largely equated with the romance of opulence, luxury, and exclusivity which is the values of which the Heritage Hotel is found on. Walking into the lobby is like stepping into a scene from “Alice in Wonderland,” but toned down by an elegant with fashion design elements that are compellingly attractive. Hints of Thai colonial tradition influence are everywhere, and even the service staff is

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dressed in elegant chong kraben enhancing the sense of arrival. Rooms are colored in bright magentas, purples, and cobalt blues, a nod to the colors of the Thai lotus which energizes each guestroom and suite. Ceiling beams reflect construction techniques of traditional Thai teak homes. Public spaces at the hotel include a free-form swimming pool with a pool bar designed to look like a domed elephant howdah made of bamboo. The mix of traditional tastes and contemporary luxuries can be found at Miss Siam, the all-day venue serving American and Thai dishes. Miss Siam features an open-kitchen design allowing diners to watch the chefs at work as well as lotus-shaped windows and a traditional Thai roof. The hotels mentioned are unique in design which is the focus of each hotel at creation. The artistic characteristics of each design hotel displays surrounding modern culture, trends, and traditional history and recreates the for guests around the world to experience.

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A light in the city lit! bangkok hotel bangkok, Thailand

The heart of Bangkok…….. Did you picture a strip with mega department stores, beautifully decorated retail shops, a Bangkok Art and Culture Centre? Did you imagine hearing the grinding sound from the Sky train, cars slowly moving at a snail’s pace honking their horns while crowds of people native and foreign roam the strip for shopping, food, and entertainment? Hidden in all that chaos a mere few minutes away from the urban cluster you can find one of the most unique and diverse modern design hotels in Bangkok, Lit!. The name is quite simple but has huge purpose behind its title. The architects of VaSLab Architecture utilizes the hotel’s electric surroundings as the core concept of the design. 48

t first glance, the hotel seems a bit odd as the building is L shaped with what seems to bear a façade composition representing a dynamic folding mask with patterned punctures that gives a various amount of light in and out. The building follows suit with its artistic presentation and surrounding influences of artistry. There are really 2 sides to this hotel, in the day the look is simple, modern and sleek, and at night, elegant with a play on lighting ambience. The Fiesta Steppe is a series of inclined terrace-like decks where you can enjoy light snacks or get delicious cocktails which serves as a front of the hotel. The lobby from day to night turns into a warm and gentle relaxing welcome area for guests upon arrival from the more business oriented feel from the natural lighting in the daytime. Deeper into the hotel you’ll notice that setting of dim and colorful lights change the mood around every turn and corridor.

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The design hotel is a gem in a very heavy urban setting with diversity and change happening at a moment’s notice, however,. LIT! Bangkok has taken that and turned it into a masterpiece with design, creativity, and service in the form of one of the best unique accommodations in Bangkok.

In terms of the interior,“The aim of architectural lighting is to use light to emphasise the important features of the building and its urban setting, supporting its historic, artistic and social value”, in which it has done beautifully, it’s surprisingly simple, from the reception counter with just a touch of colorful glass to emphasis the space, to the subtle color tones, which are mainly the actual colors of the materials. The rooms subtly can adapt to varying moods throughout the day. LIT! Bangkok offers 4 different room types each with a contrast interior scheme. What you see and feel in the early afternoon will change at sunset and into the night. After a day of visiting the surrounding malls and exploring the local art center you have a few very pleasant options to choose from. Dining at the BCDE restaurant

(Bistro of Creative Drinking & Eating) where delicious Thai and International cuisine can be enjoyed in a classy cozy dining venue. Entering The Kiriya Spa seems like its detached from the hotel with its spiritual environment.The earthen tones and dim lighting separates you from the city(and hotel) to come to terms with total relaxation and rejuvenation of mind, body, and spirit through a breathtaking range of sumptuously indulgent treatments. The methods and environment setting takes you back to an older time inspired by that of natural herbs and medicine and the use of different Thai performing arts from all regions over Thailand influencing the massage process. Bottom line a total must have indulgent if you’re paying a visit to LIT! Bangkok.

LIT! BANGKOK HOTEL Address: 36/1 Soi Kasemsan 1, Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Tel. +66 26 123456 Fax. +66 26 123222 E-mail: reservation@litbangkok.com www.litbangkok.com NOW Travel Asia

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stylish hotel x2 Samui Thailand

On the shores of the magnificent Hua Thanon beach rests a design resort that exemplifies soul, freedom and simplicity through its superior design.

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There is plenty to do in the secluded resort. One may try the excellent fusion food offered all day at the resort’s 4K (fork) restaurant, or strolls along the long beach however; the resort admits that its main activity is well, relaxation. For the enjoyment of your stay, X2 Samui provide interesting facilities such as tour desk, catamaran, kayak, motor bike bicycle and car rentals, concierge and complimentary shuttle service to local markets in Samui.Get you unforgettable experience with the stylish X2 Samui hotel back home.

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2 Samui(cross-to) is settled in undeveloped beach surrounded by old tree growth. Even though the hotel is minutes from the busy strip in Koh Samui is unmistakably a deserted island type privacy. The Villas’ are sleek and horizontally oriented design seems to meld into nature. Walking around the resort grounds cast a very open environment and a great logistical layout of buildings, walkways, and lobby areas. With interiors in calm neutral tones that stand in sharp contrast to the Gulf of Thailand’s brilliant turquoise waters.

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hey offer four different themed villas. These Villas are articulated with angular lines, and an innovative use of steel mixed with glass with a contemporary layout making each villa completely self-contained. Facilities including kitchens, along with a private pool and a distinctive theme, give you the mood and ambience you desire. Including themes are Mediterranean Retreat, PaciďŹ c Hideaway, Modern Tropical, and the blissful Scandinavian Vacation. The villas are very spacious and provide an extravagant living area. The design is open and yet compact full of furnishings that give it that convenient home feel. Maximum comfort in a speciďŹ cally design atmosphere the well being, a beach to take long strolls and enjoy the cool ocean breeze, and your own private kitchen and swimming pool what else does one need?

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BARRY ISRAEL AND LE NGOC KHANH TAM VIETNAM’S DYNAMIC DUO Saigon Interiors owners Barry Israel and Le Ngoc Khanh Tam has taken a turn in a new direction developing a collection of seven, exquisite mile-high villas taking shape in the one-time colonial French hill station of Dalat. In August, soon after construction finished on the first villa, we caught up with Barry and Tam to learn more about what makes La Vallee de Dalat so special and what else the entrepreneurial pair is working on. Tam tells us that the villas are no ordinary villas, “ La Vallee de Dalat is the first high-end, privately-owned, freehold land development in this city.” Barry then added,” First of all, it’s the views. La Vallee de Dalat faces

east over a gorgeous forested valley and more mountains. Second is the quality of the construction.” Tam tells us that they drew the inspiration from Dalat’s French history and a house in Southern California that Barry spent a great deal of time in which sported tremendous views overlooking the ocean. In our last question to the couple we wanted to know what future plans the couple had in store and Tam close our interview with, “Our next project is to focus more of Saigon Interiors’ business on hotel and residential projects.”

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hef Wolfgang Puck began his formal training at the age of 14, training with his mother, a hotel chef. At 16, he moved to Paris and had the opportunity to hone his skills and work in some of France’s greatest three-star restaurants. After moving to Los Angeles in 1975, he quickly caught the attention of the Hollywood elite as chef and eventually part owner of Ma Maison in West Hollywood. His excellent culinary skills and drive for perfection saw him opening his first restaurant, Spago, in 1982. The success of Spago led Wolfgang to open many restaurants across the United

States (17 in total),each serving cuisine prepared with the freshest and finest ingredient.Chef Puck developed his bold, innovative style of cooking while working in some of France’s most celebrated restaurants: Maxim’s in Paris and the Michelin 3-starred L’Oustau de Baumanière in Provence.He opened the legendary Spago in 1982, proving a great meal matched with excellent wine, service and dynamic setting makes for a relaxing and extraordinary culinary experience.

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or Chef Guy Savoy, fine dining is all about the senses. It is through his cuisine that this revered French chef expresses his sensitivity and passion for food. Selecting only the finest ingredients, prepared and served with an uncompromising awareness of what makes a dining experience truly exceptional, is what earned the prestigious Guy Savoy restaurant in Paris three Michelin stars.As one of France's most celebrated chefs, Chef Savoy has been awarded the Legion d'Honneur from the French Minister of Agriculture (2000) and the French President (2009), and was voted France's Chef of the Year by his peers. Chef Guy Savoy's restaurant in Paris is considered one of the finest haute-cuisine establishments in the world and has three Michelin stars.

CHEF DANIEL BOULUD @DB BISTRO MODERNE

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b Bistro Moderne offers an exciting mix of traditional French bistro cooking and contemporary American flavours, including a signature burger collection, in a casual and elegant setting. Chef Daniel Boulud re-interprets the classic Parisian bistro with the energy and style of the original DB Bistro Moderne in New York City. The design by Jeffrey Beers references a traditional bistro but is stylishly contemporary. In addition to a welcoming dining area, db features an informal café, a stylish bar as well as a private room, offering 185 seats in all. Originally from Lyon, France, New York was where Chef Daniel Boulud’s name became synonymous with fine dining. His Manhattan restaurant 'Daniel' is considered one of the 10 best in the world. Chef Boulud has published six books, has a successful television series ‘After Hours with Daniel’, and is recipient of numerous honors, including James Beard Foundation awards for ‘Outstanding Restaurateur’ and ‘Best Chef of New York City’. In the coming 15 October, he is marking more honor and milestone with launching a new cookbook to inspire his fans. 56

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n 1989, he opened his first restaurant, Tetsuya’s, in a tiny shop-front in Sydney. The popular restaurant flourished and Chef Tetsuya’s reputation grew. Always fully booked, Tetsuya’s relocated to a larger space in 2000 and has consistently been included on the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, as voted for by the culinary world’s top food critics and chefs. Considered by many as Australia’s finest chef, he ventured into Singapore in 2010 and has won critical acclaim for Waku Ghin since then. In 1982, Chef Tetsuya Wakuda arrived in Sydney, Australia with little more than a suitcase, a limited grasp of English and a love of food.From his humble beginnings as a kitchen assistant, he developed an unmistakable flair for cooking and eventually went on to open Tetsuya’s which has consistently placed on S Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. He is considered by many as Australia’s finest chef.

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ario Batali was raised in Seattle and had his first taste of culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu in London. But it was an apprenticeship with legendary chef Marco Pierre White and three years of intensive training that equipped Batali with the necessary skills to set up his own establishment. With 18 restaurants, eight cookbooks and a host of television shows, including the ever-popular Iron Chef America, Mario Batali is one of the most recognized and respected chefs working today.

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rom his humble beginnings as a young merchant ship cook, Justin Quek ruled the fine-dining scene in Singapore for a decade with his creative interpretations of French cuisine at Les Amis, which he founded.Having trained in some of France’s top kitchens, including that of Roland Mazere‟s Le Centenaire in Perigord, Jean Bardet in Tours, L‟Oasis in Cote d‟Azur and Hotel de Crillon in Paris; Quek was appointed the personal chef of the French Embassy in 1992, making him the first Singaporean to be given such a grand opportunity. When the World Gourmet Summit Awards Of Excellence was first introduced, he was the recipient of the first-ever Chef of the Year award. Venturing overseas in 2004, Quek founded La Petite Cuisine (renamed as Justin’s Signatures), considered one of Taipei’s best French restaurants. The chef and restaurateur also founded fine-dining establishments in Shanghai: La Platane and Bon Vivant. Returning to Singapore after six years abroad, the culinary force once again demonstrates his ability to bring his unique touch to classic dishes, pushing the Republic‟s dining scene up another notch. Chef Justin Quek trained at some of France’s top kitchens, including Roland Mazere’s Le Centenaire in Perigord. He was the first Singaporean to be appointed personal chef of the French Embassy, and inaugural recipient of the Chef Of The Year award from World Gourmet Summit Awards Of Excellence.

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MICHELLE ONG A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

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or Hong Kong native Michelle Ong her imaginative style is the driving force behind Carnet , it wasn't till she was able to joined forces in business partnership with a precious stones dealer Avi Nagar and together they established Carnet in 1985. After getting the right materials, she then unleashed a barrage of stunning and elegant line of jewelry. Her imaginative approach

is now seen around the world. Sitting here at Now Travel Asia we are scratching our heads about how is this fine jewelry is created ? She responded, “When I design I draw inspiration from all beautiful things in nature and in my environment. I incorporate many of these elements in my fine jewellery, sometimes more literally, sometimes combining influences and stones to create a synergy of presentation.” Her inspirations come from her surroundings such as all beautiful things in nature or a natural abstract pattern.”I think the perfect jewel both enhances and reflects the beauty of the wearer, and should be chosen accordingly.”, she states, when we asked her about client their connection with your designs.

TOM NELSON TRAVELLING WITH TUMI

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UMI brand plays a great part in both domestic and travel retail markets throughout the Asian region and has expanded to countries worldwide. The driving force behind Tumi’s success can be traced back to when Mr.Tom Nelson join the company in 1999. With previous roles with Louis Vuitton, Pepsi International, and Coach, the company has enjoyed rapid growth with him bring a wealth of international experience. NOW Travel Asia had a few question for Tom about Tumi and even managed to get a few travel tips from this marketing guru. When Tom was asked about the more popular travel accessories in Asia, he responded, “Traditionally hard-sided travel cases have always been very popular in Asia. However, interestingly we are now

seeing a bit of a shift where Asian consumers are increasingly opting to purchase soft-sided cases.” He also explains that, “TUMI is known for the many “firsts” it brought to market and the brand has been awarded over 100 patents for product design and component parts.” His travelling preference, “I love expandable bags that can fit in last minute additions”.

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MR. LOH LIK PENG EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

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his Ireland native started his career as a lawyer in 1998, and soon after found a more enjoyable time in the hotel business. Even though the Asian economic crisis was occurring in 2008-2009 , he managed to pull through. Now the Unlisted collection consists of Six boutique hotels and six restaurants in three major cosmopolitan cities. We here at NOW travel Asia wanted to know hi take on the business side with the Asians & Global Travelers. His thoughts, “I think 2014 remains a tricky year economically so perhaps more design led mid-priced properties would be a good bet! Demand will always be there so it’s a question of making yourself relevant to what the modern traveler is looking for.People are after the

experience and authenticity now rather than the highest thread count or most marble. It’s really about having something that you can savour after the actual trip and store it away as an experience. In this line of business it is important to continually innovate and to try new things. We do make a huge effort to make sure we stay ahead of the curve and provide our guests with new experiences and new ideas. We should always be seen as fresh and innovative. I think Asia will continue to be a big source market and we will see that market becoming more sophisticated and requiring a different level of service going forward.“

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ong Kong Country Manager Matthieu Pougin of Nespresso has taken coffee to a new level. The French Native in 2009 to manage the full business and brand development of Nespresso in Hong Kong and Macau. He has established the brand in Hong Kong and has led the team in achieving successful sales results. Matthieu has perfected the art of coffee. NOW Travel Asia recently looking for some insight from this coffee connoisseur. He explains to us that the success of Nespresso is the process of high standards and quality. “Nespresso premium blends are produced from an exclusive selection of the finest coffee grown in the world. Only an estimated 1-2% of the coffee grown globally meets our specific taste, aroma profiles and stringent quality controls.”, he states. He continues with another contributing aspect for the company’s success is that it is very important to listen

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to fans in Hong Kong and Asia. He says , “When I first moved to Hong Kong in 2009, I spent time exploring the city’s streets, and visiting various coffeehouses talking to countless coffee drinkers, in order to gain firsthand knowledge of the market”. on the lighter side of things we asked him was he require to taste all this wonderful coffee, he mentions, “My favourite coffee is naturally Nespresso Grand Cru…. I would choose a different capsule depending on the time of the day or night.”

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mporting the very best from Italy, this contemporary Italian award winning gem of a restaurant offers guests with classic inspired Italian dishes. Seasonal Menu items made from the finest and freshest ingredients and the lighthearted surroundings makes every meal feel like a celebration. Service is friendly giving the guests a touch of authentic Italian family hospitality brimming with laughter and good grace. Private dining is also available in a very discrete setting for a personalized dining experience. Good food, great service, and a pleasant setting make this the heart and soul of the Hotel Missoni.

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This living room style lounge serves up light fare cuisine in an elegant casual and fun atmosphere. The floor is tiled in shiny earthly tones, ring chairs and small circular tables that look like drum symbols scattered scattered throughout this spacious nicely lit

venue. Another striking feature is the nested area which sits under a spiraling staircase making for a more private sitting. The Woo Bar walls are reminiscent of scaffolding set in front of brick wall.

The circular bar sits in the center of the venue serving delicious cocktails. The venue host many functions yearly due to is simple ,open and elegant design.

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Promenada Resort Mall 1Fl , Chiang Mai Thailand

Mix Restautant & Bar Chiangmai Thailand

Nimmanhaemin Soi 1 (Main Branch) Chiang Mai Thailand

This bold restaurant takes cuisine by the horns and mixes up food from different cultures, countries, and at times even courses, to create a unique menu that screams Mix. Each dish will focus on maintaining the original flavor but make it more interesting with the design. Colours clash and complement in a kaleidoscope of creativity; starters are enhanced into mains, elements of desserts are fused into appetisers and soups are deconstructed into entrees. One is never quite sure what a bite is going to taste like, but is guaranteed a taste explosion nonetheless. The chefs at Mix seem to be allergic to blandness of any kind and they love the art of presentation.

Apple Sorbet 6$

Global Warming 6$

MIX Branches - Nimmanhaemin Soi 1 (Main Branch), Chiang Mai Thailand,+66(0)814729664 , +66(0)53216878 - Promenada Resort Mall 1Fl , Chiang Mai Thailand +66(0)142625

Angle Bean spicy salad 6$

- Terminal 21 Shopping Mal 5Fl , Bangkok Thailand +66(0)22540799 - Namphu Square Vientiane , Laos +85621261016 Promenada Resort Mall 1Fl , Chiang Mai Thailand

Contact : www.mixrestaurantandbar.com www.facebook.mixcnx

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Taiwan Noodle House Beijing China

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aiwan Noodle House by Gollucci International Design incorporates a modern design classics and contemporary pieces with traditional Chinese elements such as the breath-taking bowl wall and massive wind-chimes made out of thousands of chopsticks. The table arrangements inspire openness and seem to be an invite to socializing. This is the type of restaurant where you go have a peaceful meal and a quality laugh with your friends, rather than a romantic dinner with your loved one. The tables are of a lighter brown and the big windows provide an open space effect in what some may think is a semi invasive dining experience, which is quite the opposite. Good food and socializing in a beautiful interior is their name of the game.

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Established by Taiwan-born, London-trained designer Lee Hsuheng in 2004, Lee took the role of lead designer for the Taiwan Noodle House Ningbo, China. His style of Chinese heritage symbols like porcelain bowls and chopsticks to add a touch of nostalgia which is apparent in the noodle house. He States “Instead, we used Chinese symbols like the bowls and the chopsticks to reflect a modern style. I think the space reflects Chinese culture in a contemporary context�.

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Issaya Bangkok Thailand

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he Issaya restaurant is a vision of Chef Pongtawat “Ian” Chalermkittichai. This modern Thai cuisine and style with a relaxed atmosphere of lounge, bar, and a hip garden party vibe, all in an historical 1920s Thai home. The restaurant is engulfed in beautiful tropical gardens creating its own space in the center of Bangkok. The concept and cuisine is certain to excite sensibilities that crave exceptional Thai dishes, artful unique ambience, and exceptional experiences. The inside of the restaurant displays a multitude of colorful furnishings and modern decor. guests sitting out in the garden will smell the aromatic chef’s garden, perfect for a warm evening outer dining experience. Beautifully presented cuisine, fun and vibrant setting makes for a the Issaya a great dining venue.

Pimienta Tapas Bar & Restaurant Bangkok Thailand

The Pimienta is a contemporary Tapas Café. Its excellent traditional and modern tapas dishes have one of the best location in Bangkok, Chaophraya river bank. This casual setting on the river bank is a great social venue. Dining has a very comfortable and welcoming feeling, the atmosphere is friendly and chill sorta like like sitting at your friend's home. The charm of a Spanish-Moroccan evening will unveil itself with music from a Spanish Classic Guitar master. Not only traditional tapas dish, they also serve Mediterranean menus as well to fulfill the real taste of Southern Europe Northern Africa food. Great music, Great cuisine. NOW Travel Asia

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hanghai Tang premieres its cinematic new campaign showcasing glamourous new Fall/Winter 2013 collections against the backdrop of the magnificent Folies Bergere in Paris. To Showcase the luxurious textures and tones of rich velvets, fine silks, and sleek leathers shown to full effect, numerous theatres were scouted for the photoshoot, but none could compare. The decision was a simple one, have it at the Folies Bergere in Paris. The campaign would feature Zhao Lei, China's most sought-after male model of the moment who has recently been seen on numerous magazine covers and runways around the world and the graceful Zhang Lina, the Chinese supermodel who starred in the chic brand's Spring Summer 2013 campaign. Sophisticated and stylish,

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hey are seasoned world travellers who seek out arts and culture wherever they go. Together, they portray a new, understated glamour emerging from China today which is beautifully reflected in the Shanghai Tang collections for Fall/Winter 2013.

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luxury car

Bentley’s Small Masterpiece Bentley Continental GT

On sight, you get the notion that the Continental GT is meant to exhaust power in a small package. This ride is the fastest, most powerful two-door coupĂŠ that Bentley makes. Its superformed creases and wind-carved lines are sleek, strong and sensual. the large inner headlights, muscular power line, and matrix grille give fresh expression for its purpose, speed.

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The car features a 800 Nm engine, eight-speed close-ratio transmission which is all-wheel-drive. The interior is handcrafted with a variety of materials from Burr Walnut to Dark Tint Aluminium.

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entley gives the driver a customization of upholstery colors and stitching type. From steering wheel to gear lever, seat and armrest, every soft-touch surface in the cockpit is covered with soft flawless leather. No other car feels quite like a Bentley. 0-60 in 4 seconds and a top end of 205 miles per hour adds to the overall menacing look of the car. The suspension is lowered by 10mm and is complemented by the 21" Speed alloy wheels. Aerodynamic exterior fused with an image of intended speed will surely turn a few heads.

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luxury brand

Carnet jewellery

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Carnet is the culmination of a 20 year partnership between Michelle Ong and Avi Nagar. Carnet opened an atelier in Honk Kong in 2003 as a showcase for the jewellery. It is the combination of choice of stones, materials and design that has made the name Carnet the success it is today. Each creation is unique.

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ichelle Ong has been creating beautiful and collectable jewellery for Carnet over the last two decades. As a designer of high jewellery, Michelle Ong focuses on the perfect combination of precious stones, remarkable craftsmanship and memorable designs. Her jewellery is the result of pure inspiration and an intuitive facility with gems that is unmatched. She provides her client with the perfect pieces to wear and to enjoy. Her aesthetic philosophy is foremost as each piece comes to life in the hands of Michelle Ong.

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city updated

Hong Kong

In our city update we take a peek at what's happening around the bustling city of Hong Kong. However our choices of venues are quite heavily set in the world of art & design. Styles that incorporate the cultural traditions around Hong Kong. Needless to say there is nothing slow about this city in any way, shape,or form. One could call this place skyscraper heaven. Lets jump around and see what this worldly dynamic city has hidden inside. 80

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Hotel

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Hotel Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hotel Icon is a hotel that takes everything of what Hong Kong is and wraps it all into one. The Hotel embraces local culture, art, design, and fabulous food all reflective of Hong Kong’s finest. The design of the hotel represents the combined efforts of Hong Kong’s most creative designers and artists. It stands as a testament to Hong Kong’s creative energy and vibrant arts scene. Additionally the hotel has earned a fair amount of awards including, TTG’s “best new hotel in Hong Kong”, UK’s ultimate insider’s “Hotlist 2012”, the 2012 Asia Pacific Hotel Awards “Best New Hotel Construction and Design for Hong Kong”.

“This is a particularly special collaboration for us for two reasons. It underscores Hotel Icon’s mission to be unlike any other while at the same time showcasing and celebrating one of our truly own homegrown talents,” said Richard Hatter, General Manager of Hotel ICON.

On top of that the hotel managed to grab one more award and was named Best New Luxury Hotel at the coveted 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards in Kuala Lumpur. These rewards reflect the a fresh new approach in excellence to hotel design and service considering Hotel ICON isn't part of any brand or hotel chain.Throughout the various areas of the hotel you can see a heavy influence of art everywhere whether you're walking down the hallway to your luxurious room or drinking a cup of coffee next to the vertical garden in the Green restaurant. Different hotel suites offer its each own unique design artistically. Recently an addition to the hotel was added when they unveiled the designer suite created by New York based designer Vivienne Tam whose known worldwide for her brand of China Chic. The room is decorated in rich woods and textured marble. The view of Hong Kong’s skyline hits yah right away as soon as you enter the room. Its core design is uncluttered and simplistic and the personally custom made art pieces gives you a glimpse into the artist’s personal and the ideal environment to be in.

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hotel IndIgo

Hotel Before we put Hotel Indigo HK in the spotlight there has to be an understanding of the environment surrounding its location which brings us to Wan Chai. Wan Chai is a metropolitan area situated at the western part of the Wan Chai District on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island. Its one of the first areas of Hong Kong developed and also one of the busiest commercial areas in Hong Kong. The district has quite a history and a knack for the arts seen in Hong Kong's culture which leads us to the Hotel Indigo HK. The hotel is an addition to the traditional and modern architecture of Wan Chai neighbourhood.The Hotel has been designed wholly by architects Aedas International Ltd., with the influences of local history and culture evident through the use of colour, form and texture. The neighborhood hotel is in the core of Wan Chai just a few minutes walk to markets, shops and Chic plazas. The building looks as if there is a dragon wrapped around the the structure chasing a gleaming pearl which just so happens to be a rooftop glass bottom pool and at night the pools shimmers for the city below to see. Guest rooms capture the history of Wan Chai though vibrant room detailings and telling artwork including mosaics, portraits and occasionally a blue statue of the legendary kung fu master serving as the blue house icon. The Skybar which is situated on the rooftop of the hotel is a stylish and upscale venue with a clever interior design which displays the nostalgia of the surrounding area and local culture. Designed by HBA Design Consultants , this bar with its spectacular urban views of Hong Kong , makes Skybar a must visit location for travellers.

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the eXcelSIor hotel

Hotel Looking for a place with a prime location overlooking Victoria Bay from high above your luxurious room? Do you want to be in the center of city shops, restaurants, or Hong Kong’s premier business district? The choice is quite obvious as its one of Hong Kong‘s most famous hotels, The Excelsior. Rooms are elegantly designed and furnished and offers the perfect point to explore the surrounding area. If you choose to stay in the hotel for dining you have some really great options available such as italian, cantonese, or sit on top the rooftop of the hotel and enjoy Tott’s western cuisine. The Excelsior is conveniently located in the heart of the shopping, entertainment and business

district of Causeway Bay, making it suitable for business and leisure for travellers alike. Surrounding the hotel you will find plenty of local designer boutiques at Beverly Shopping Center. Fashion Walk, Times Square, and Lee Gardens Shopping Arcade house have hundreds of international well known brands. Victoria park is a great retreat from the areas daily hustle and bustle where you can enjoy different sports facilities like tennis, basketball, and volleyball. The park also host many cultural and recreational activities throughout the year. The Excelsior is a first class choice for both stay and to explore.

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ovolo hotel

Hotel Ovolos Hotels are one of Hong Kong’s largest independent hotel and celebrates its 10 year anniversary launching a new flagship hotel located on Arbuthnot Road (or Ovolo 2AR for short) in Central. Savvy travellers will be enticed by the all around great aspects the hotel will have to offer both inside and out. The hotel excels at convenience and providing guests with technology. You’ll know this right away upon entering the entrance lobby looking sort of science fiction ish. Privacy is no issue considering the hotel has only 2 rooms per floor. On top of that guests are generously provide with many complimentary perks making it almost home like in their seamless living approach. Overseas guests are given the best of all worlds combining style, comfort and convenience, and is perfectly positioned in a quiet location just above Wyndham Street and Soho, mere steps away from the city’s most sought-after restaurants, bars, clubs and shops on the city’s famous party street, Lan Kwai Fong.

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Hyatt regency hotel

Hotel Situated in one of the tallest skyscrapers in the Kowloon area The Hyatt Regency Hotel Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui sits in the heart of the Tsim Sha Tsui business and Tourist districts. At first glance the hotel, is massive in appearance and seems to ascend into the clouds from ground level. What's unique about this luxurious 5 star hotel is its connection with art. The reason being is it sits on top of the first art mall in the world featuring an exclusive retail experience that brings together art, people and nature. The K11 Art Mall is a six storey mall that showcases artists, arts organisations, arts schools and the arts media for young, contemporary, experimental and local young artists in all art forms. You will see a variety of unique art pieces from both local and international artists displayed throughout the mall. All aspects of the hotel are elegant, rooms are centered around the stunning skyline of Hong Kong, the restaurant and cafes provide a nice selection of different cuisines, and event rooms are spacious. In the proximity of the hotel you can find many popular attractions ranging from Hong Kong Kowloon Park, Star Ferry Pier to Ocean Terminal and Harbour City. Other popular places of interests are Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, the Science Museum, the Space Museum, the Cultural Centre and the Museum of Arts are also within walking distance. The Hyatt Regency Hotel Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui is a great option for accommodation with a mixture of things to see and do and a vibrant art scene.

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Le Salon Restaurant et Croissanterie

Le Salon is a two in one conrestaurant cept heavily influence from french design. On one side you see an intimate 40 seat french restaurant, on the flip side of things a separate cafe style Croissanterie. The restaurant is designed in an elegant neat black and white which sets a relaxing tone when tasting your authentic french cuisine. It also hosts a VIP room which seats about 10 guests and showcases a beautiful artistic chandelier.The croissanterie, which design resembles a sidewalk café in France with petite marble tables and rattan chairs. The cafe for convenience provides a takeaway counter for a casual stopover. A great stop in between your shopping time.

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restaurant NOBU, the world’s most acclaimed Japanese restaurant, is renowned for its innovative newstyle Japanese cuisine. Designed by the Rockwell Group,The NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong is inspired by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's innovative cooking and the imagery of Japanese countryside. Imagery of Japanese cherry blossoms are scattered throughout the restaurant which is a signature feature of the Nobu experience. Drawing upon Nobu Matsuhisa’s classical training as a sushi chef in Tokyo, his travels in Peru, Argentina, and around the world, the restaurant showcases Nobu’s signature dishes, and new creations using local ingredients as well. The NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong sets a standard in japanese cuisine and can be seen in their venues all around the world.

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finds

restaurant Finds represents Nordic cuisine set in an atmosphere that’s colorful and realm ish. The flamboyant design of the restaurant adds more flare to the delicious cuisine from the highest quality ingredients. To showcase the Nordic spirit in every detail, the tableware is exclusively sponsored by classic Finnish brand Iittala. Creative dishes are beautifully-crafted to fit in the theme assigned for each country. Five flavors from five Nordic regions will keep your dining experience fresh and unique.

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and Beyond restaurant On the upper reaches of Hotel ICON you can take a moment and scope the city skyline while enjoying cantonese cuisine at the Above and Beyond restaurant.The 28th floor restaurant has huge floor to ceiling windows that give a panorama on Hong Kong’s skyline. But to come for the views alone would be a pity, as the food is delicate, creative and delicious. Chef Joseph Tse takes classic Cantonese dishes and gives them a refined light twist while maintaining maximum flavor. The interior design is by Terence Conran. The decor is sleek with muted colours, all leather, marble and slate.The menu is extensive with a range of seafood, meat dishes, soup, a barbecue selection and catch of the day, to name a few. The hotel hot spot also a great venue for party and casual meetings of colleagues where you can opt to pick one of three private dining rooms. One private room has its own kitchen if you wish to cook or bring your own. The restaurant is a perfect balance of scenery and great cuisine.

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People in business

Allan Zeman chairman of Lan Kwai Fong group Having built a fortune as the head of a trading company and developer of Hong Kong's top entertainment district, Allan Zeman has a knack for providing various public services in Hong Kong in which he has been dubbed “Father of Lan Kwai Fong�, for transforming a few blocks in Central Hong Kong into a lively lifestyle scene composed of exciting restaurants, bars, and clubs. He is also Chairman of Ocean Park, which he helped to develop into one of the top theme parks in the world. NOW Travel Asia had the pleasure to glimpse into the world of this unique, and very ambitious individual with a few questions of our own.

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To accomplish what you have done over the last 40 years you have to think outside the box, what influenced your business creativity side to think outside the box? I have always been a creative thinker. I started in the fashion business at a young age, and I’ve carried through that creativity to everything that I do, from property development to restaurants to hotels to film production to theme parks. What you need to do is look at a situation and think about how to provide a product or service that the customer doesn’t have access to yet but you know they will like. It doesn’t have to be a whole new concept, just a slight variation is sometimes enough, you just need to exceed your customers’ expectations and you’ll have a winner.

What was the most defining moment in your life and why did you choose that specific moment? I have a lot of important moments in my life, it’s hard to pick just one. More recently, I took up Chinese citizenship after living here for over 35 years. It wasn’t a big deal to me because Hong Kong has been my home and has given me so much over the years, it was only natural. But it was a great feeling to be able to call HK my real home.

In past interviews you said you’re very good at negotiating, what advice would you give business wise to help a young entrepreneur succeed in today's work environment. There are always two sides to a negotiation if one side is too unhappy the deal isn’t going to happen, so I always focus on not being too greedy and leave something on the table for the other party. There’s no point in trying to get the maximum out of every deal if it means most of them don’t work out.

How does the use of technology and social media affect your decisions in future projects in Asia? Technology, and especially social media, are extremely important to everything I do now. In China the most efficient tool to promote a product or service is through social media and its powerful word-of-mouth effect. So I make sure I give plenty of opportunity for my customers to have a memorable experience,

take some great photos, because they will share those with their friends, family and strangers, which in turn will bring even more people to come by.With technology, we now have the ability to collect so much information about our customers, their behavior, what they think about your product. You have to be smart about how to use this information but if you get it right, it is so valuable.

You have a great passion for Hong Kong, as a world traveler, are there any other cities that really impress you? Why? Chengdu is definitely in my top list. It’s such an exciting city but so relaxing at the same time. A few years ago nobody outside of China had

heard of Chengdu, and now it’s one of the top cities. They just hosted the Global Fortune Forum and half of the Fortune 500 companies have an office in Chengdu. The people of Chengdu know how to have a good time, they love to socialise and now I’ve learned they like to try new things all the time!

What’s next in store for Allan Zeman? I have so much going on at the same time it’s hard to define which direction I’m heading. But I love it, I love working on different projects, helping to make life better for as many people as possible, bringing happiness and new experiences.

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Kate Babington TREE managing director NOW Travel Asia has recently contacted TREE managing director Kate Babington and got the privilege of asking her a few questions to get some insight about TREE. TREE is Hong Kong’s first eco-chic furniture boutique. The products are typically made from recycled, ethical and Eco-friendly materials. The company strives to maintain ethical practices within their business and primarily go for simple, modern, and sophisticated designs. Kate leads the way for the success of the company.

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Having been born and raised in Hong Kong and having studied and worked in the UK, would you say that you have experienced the best of both eastern and western cultures, and has this experience led to your success in retail marketing, fair trade, sourcing and ethical purchasing? It's a huge privilege to have lived and worked in both the UK and Hong Kong, and to have travelled extensively across Asia. Travelling of any sort and the fresh perspective it brings is hugely energising. The dynamism and positivity of Asia is infectious (it’s no coincidence that I still live here) in terms of my professional 92

life. I’ve been in the eco-friendly industry for more years than I can remember, but there is no doubt that I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my training at The Body Shop. As a Sourcing Manager for The Body Shop International (BSI), I was posted to Hong Kong on secondment to establish The Body Shop’s far east sourcing base ensuring that the company only purchased from suppliers that complied with its ethical standards in addition to being commercially viable. Working for The Body Shop International certainly provided me with great experience in retail marketing, fair trade and sourcing and led me to discover my passion for ethical purchasing, which has continued and flourished while I do the sourcing for TREE.

Tell us about your passionate career path from when you worked at The Body Shop to being the Managing Director of TREE, which was firstly launched in 2005? I spent more time at The Body Shop International than I did in secondary school so I don’t believe that it could not have influenced me in some shape or form. I absolutely loved my time with them and appreciated all the opportunities they gave me. This was truly evident when I did my Masters in Marketing part time while working at BSI and having the opportunity to share experiences with people from other companies. Fundamentally, I learnt how a business could be run differently and profit with principles and

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ensuring that you operate with integrity to everyone whether it is suppliers, customers, our staff, and everyone who touches the business.

What is the biggest challenge running this preeminent eco brand concept in HK? Starting any business is difficult and every day is a learning curve. The biggest difficulty overall has been finding suppliers with the same passion and ethos as TREE and in this regard we have been extremely lucky and fortunate to have great partners in this area and we are very grateful for that. Having worked at The Body Shop International for most of my professional life, I have had to adapt from being supported in a large corporate environment to a small business, that has been challenging and scary at times but also incredibly invigorating and motivating. The main challenge now is that there are never enough hours in a day!

What is some of the feedback from HK people then and now? Are people becoming more environmentally responsible? Eco-living by all aspects is becoming more and more popular. With so much “taking” from the planet, we feel that every little bit counts to “give back” where we can, small changes can make a difference. As more people want to go back to nature and are looking for solutions, the need for manufacturers and retailers to offer these to customers will become more common. Social media has meant that manufacturers and retailers have to be more accountable for all aspects of their business and that can only be a good thing. We are proud to be the pioneers in sustainable furnishings and that we can offer the option of eco-friendly design to our customers. We are thrilled that more people are recognising the benefits of going eco here in Hong Kong, both retailers and customers. It can only be a positive change for the future.

From a little seed to a big tree now, what is the key to success for TREE? Everything we do at TREE is from the heart. We pride ourselves on treating all those who touch our business, from how we treat staff, suppliers and customers with respect. We are fortunate enough to have aligned with partners who have the same focus as us in preserving the environment and that also have fantastic design capabilities retaining that unique handcrafted quality that make these pieces so special. We believe that we are the market leader in Hong Kong of eco-friendly design. We understand wood, we know how versatile it can be and we love providing a breadth of styles and innovative designs to our customers.

TREE The strong character and individuality of each handcrafted piece is what our customers are drawn to. There is more interest in the area of sustainable furnishing options developing in Hong Kong, and we are unique in terms of a complete focus in this area and in the pieces we offer, the standards we meet as well as the drive and passion that we have as a team.

How does the use of technology and social media affect your decisions on your current projects and any future projects? It's often said that we now live in a global economy. We can communicate across borders almost if not actually, instantly, and so we are seeing more ideas, information, trends and concerns more shared and understood. More and more people have the tools to educate themselves and there is a growing understanding and appreciation that there is only one planet and that we need to take care of it. From a commercial perspective, the growing openness brought about by technology and social media makes it more important than ever to be transparent as a company. Customers want and deserve to know exactly what they are buying and who they are buying from. And from a purely practical level, this instant-sharing is a massive benefit. Photo sharing has transformed my buying trips! I can share things I am really excited about with the team straight away and get their thoughts.

As a successful businesswoman with a strong passion for your company, and an environmentally conscious individual, is there any

place in HK that always impresses you? Where is the place in HK that we can usually find you spending the most time at? I absolutely love HK, it is my home. Walking around The Peak, when looking down on the city I have to take a moment to appreciate the beauty and the energy of the city. I never fail to be impressed by the sky line. We are lucky to live in this city. When not at Horizon Plaza, where I spend most of my time, to keep my energy up I ensure that I have down time whether it’s spending time with friends or doing various forms of exercise. I enjoy relaxing at home where I can read or have friends over for dinner and relax and unwind. The good weather now means that it is perfect for a hike! The Dragon’s Back hike down to Shek O is fantastic and there is a fabulous little Thai restaurant on the beach to enjoy a great meal and a couple of drinks as a reward! A work life balance is definitely important it’s a constant balancing act to achieve but I do try!

What’s the next plan for TREE in HK? To continue what we are doing and to get better and bigger while continuing to enjoy what we do! Eco-chic is at the heart of our brand and we will stay true to our values, continue to walk the talk and continue to enjoy what we do. Right now we are focusing on continuing to grow TREE in Hong Kong. We currently have four stores here in Hong Kong and we are happy to see the brand reach more and more people of different nationalities. We are excited for the future! NOW Travel Asia

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You started your career by managing your family business of OEM watches based in Hong Kong. How did you come to venture into leading the current success of your group Ovolo Hotels? Working in watches taught me that time moves on! We were quite successful in the 1980s and 90s but I saw timepieces were largely becoming a sunset industry as we approached the next millennium. My kids’ generation uses their mobile phones to see the time and everything else for that matter. I stumbled into property development really. We were looking for a site for my wife’s Indian restaurant and stumbled upon an unused building in Central, close by to where I grew up. Originally I thought it was just the ground floor for sale but when I heard the whole building was up I decided to make a move. After conducting extensive market research with my friends and advisors, we decided to develop the building into the flagship Ovolo serviced apartment. We designed rooms that were modern, fresh and full of the things guests actually needed like abundant power sockets, lights and premium amenities with no excess clutter.

What influenced and inspired your philosophy and vision for the functional design of your rooms and ideas to cater fully to guests’ needs?

Girish Jhunjhnuwala the founder and CEO of Ovolo Hotels We take a glimpse into the world of Mr. Girish Jhunjhnuwala, Founder and CEO of Ovolo Hotels. Girish began his career in the watch business before venturing into property development in 2001, acquiring a Hong Kong apartment complex and transforming it into Ovolo’s first flagship property. An active member of domestic and international organizations, Girish is ever at the forefront of modern technology, and his dedication to innovative ideas distinguishes Ovolo from other hotels. Most recently, in August he launched a brand new super-fast 1GB internet service and citywide Wi-Fi at over 9,000 hotspots in Hong Kong, free for all Ovolo guests.

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Travel has always been the source for my inspiration, through my own experiences and from discussing with other business travelers what they really want from their hotels and serviced apartments. For example: the idea to always provide free Breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free minibar, free happy hour and more to guests came about because I simply hated being hit with hidden usage costs and added expenses when I stayed at hotels abroad. I believe if you pay for the room, everything in there should be yours so this is the rule at all Ovolo properties. In addition to these services we know guests appreciate having the latest ensuite tech so we make sure to have big flat screens with AppleTV, ipads, game consoles and more available. Our commitment to creating attractive, light-filled and spacious interiors further separates us from the field. Every room in our Ovolo hotels and serviced apartments has gone through hundreds of design revisions to ensure that every space delivers the maximum in comfort and functionality for guests.

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quality time together, be it hiking along Hong Kong’s many country parks, practicing yoga, indulging in a good meal, or seeing each other at the Ovolo offices.

From all your world travels to many cities, what has been your most inspiring trip to-date? Where is your favourite place to travel for leisure? I am interested in visiting the hip cultural districts of major cities like New York’s Meatpacking district or Soho in London, and seeing how these cosmopolitan neighborhoods bring out the best from their hotels through inventive interior designs and innovative guest experiences.

Ovolo celebrated their 10th year anniversary last year. From then until now, are you still passionate about what you do? Do you have any business interests beyond Ovolo Hotels? What advice would you give to the young up and coming generation of entrepreneurs? Hotels are absolutely my passion. I put myself into every aspect of our Ovolo properties, from opening onwards. Perhaps having such an active owner in different from most hotel chains but through a decade of working together my team is used to it. Overall the creative architectural aspects of this business keeps me interested, and positive guest reviews keep me motivated.

Outside of Ovolo Hotels, which includes our integrated restaurant chain Cafe O, my business interests include being the Chairman and majority shareholder of Shalimar Paints Ltd., a publicly listed company in India, and directing several companies under the Singapore-based Hind Group umbrella. Through my daughter Avni I have also become involved in more CSR activities, including the KELY Board, which provides counseling, education and support to at-risk lower-income and minority youths in Hong Kong. My advice for this upcoming generation of entrepreneurs is to have patience and belief in your ability to execute. When I first opened Ovolo in September 2002, it was tough. Through November, we’d only had only one person stay, a pilot for Cathay Pacific. I got together with some friends and advisors and asked them what was missing. They simply said: Just be patient. The product was new to Hong Kong and people weren’t used to it. Sure enough, by December things began picking up and by January we were already at 70 per cent occupancy. Since then, I’ve never looked back.

How do you start your ordinary day? How does your day end? To balance your home life and business, do you still have enough time to travel, play golf or wine and dine? How do you maintain this balance and make time for everything? I start my day at the gym, some cardio and yoga or a hike with my kids. I end my day with my family and friends and a nice glass of wine. The home-work balance is essential. You simply must make time for the things that are important. It helps that my family is close-knit and through our shared passions for travel and exercise we always find ways to spend a lot of

Are there any other cities beyond Hong Kong that are important for your business interest? Why? We opened our first international hotel in Melbourne, Australia last year so that city and country have become part of the Ovolo business family. Building on our success there we are now looking at other Australian cities to grow, including Brisbane and Sydney. Singapore, as mentioned earlier, is also important not only for current businesses under the Hind Group umbrella but also for Ovolo’s future expansion as well.

What’s next for Girish Jhunjhnuwala and Ovolo Hotels? This year we are launching two new hotels in Southside, Hong Kong. The first is an 85 room lifestyle hotel in Aberdeen, opened on August 1st. This hotel puts guests right in Hong Kong’s authentic old-world fishing community in bright colourful suites and guestrooms with sweeping sea views and design touches like fish net curtains, driftwood flooring, water-toned wallpaper, and hanging Chinese lanterns and buoys that all play off the surrounding area in a quirky modern fashion. The second Ovolo will be HK's first warehouse conversion style hotel and our biggest property with 162-rooms and a full-scale restaurant and sky bar on-site. This hotel will feature cool industrial touches in an ideal location for leisure travelers just minutes away from world-famous Ocean Park. We are also looking for new opportunities in Ovolo in Australia, Singapore, UK and around the Asia Pacific region. We want more people to know about Ovolo and to enjoy our bright rooms and bright ideas.

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Raphael le Masne de Chermont executive chairman of shanghai tang Raphael le Masne de Chermont has previously worked for some of the biggest brands in the portfolio of Switzerland’s Richemont group. He requested to take on one of the group’s smaller investments. For Raphael, the change from watches and jewelry to a clothing line was a very significant one which would evolve into China’s first luxury lifestyle brand. NOW Travel Asia had a few questions for the French native about where it all began, where Shanghai Tang is now, and what direction it’s heading in the future.

Can you briefly tell us the story of Shanghai Tang from the start to the present? Shanghai Tang started in 1994 as a bespoke tailoring atelier where our Shanghainese tailors’ legendary craftsmanship combined with our modern design vision and use of both Chinese and European luxury fabrics, offered more contemporary qipao dresses and mandarin collar jackets. We then expanded our offer to ready-to-wear apparels and accessories for women, men and children, as well as lifestyle home and gift products. We have remained true to our mission as the global curator of modern Chinese chic by filtering through the richness and beauty of Chinese culture with our uniquely vibrant modern design aesthetics to bring products that are relevant to the cosmopolitan global citizens of today.

How has Shanghai Tang evolved over the years? We have evolved the brand by streamlining our design aesthetics to ensure that we deliver the Chinese cultural touch in a manner that is not 96

cliché and to differentiate ourselves from the tourist souvenir image. With the opening of our largest lifestyle flagship in Hong Kong last April, The Shanghai Tang Mansion and the recent opening of our largest flagship boutique in Shanghai, The Cathay Mansion, we have also revamped the boutique interior design to embody a contemporary luxury image. However, Shanghai Tang will remain differentiated with its multi-sensory shopping experience that includes signature Ginger Flower scent in-store, contemporary Chinese lounge music and our very friendly oriental sense of service.

How do you redefine the stereotypical title of “Made in China”? The reality is that many premium and luxury brands are also manufactured in China. China is capable of producing quality merchandise. We invest in finding the right production partners, building a team of quality control experts who travel regularly to production sites to supervise the quality of production at different stages and we are committed to sourcing quality materials and craftsmanship.

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What is Shanghai Tang’s design direction? Shanghai Tang stays true to its role as the curator of modern Chinese aesthetics by always ensuring authenticity of the inspiration sources of the Chinese culture and giving it a fresh contemporary interpretation that is on trend with global developments and consumer needs. Our chief designer for women, Joseph Li takes the lead in developing a rich seasonal theme that draws inspiration from different facets of the Chinese culture, from specific chronological times to Chinese minority groups, from nature to Chinese contemporary art. The team of designers then works off this theme across the different product categories

How would you describe your approach to drawing consumers to your products? Shanghai Tang differentiates itself with its multi-sensory shopping experience. Many people’s first vivid recall of the brand is our signature Ginger Flower fragrance and many have followed the scent to find our boutiques! Both the experience of buying a gift and opening a gift from Shanghai Tang brings a sense of energy and joy with our distinctive vibrant lime green packaging box and creative wrapping paper filled with rich Chinese cultural motifs. Both the product design and the shopping experience is designed to convey a rich sense of storytelling, you always learn something more about the Chinese culture through us, from Chinese zodiac chopsticks to the symbolism behind our rich prints.

Who inspires you to work on these high-end products for Shanghai Tang? China deserves to have a successful luxury brand inspired by its incredibly rich culture. People always think it is impossible to make a Chinese brand famous worldwide but I believe Shanghai Tang has true potential to compete with other international luxury brands and the time has come for the acceptance of this pioneering luxury lifestyle brand on the global stage.

What is Shanghai Tang’s ultimate goal for your brand? To continue to be the leading Chinese luxury brand and grow brand awareness and distribution on the global fashion stage.

What’s in store for Shanghai Tang in the near future? We are planning many new products and experience for 2014, Shanghai Tang’s 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for more exciting news. NOW Travel Asia

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he Imperial Hue Hotel is the essence of Vietnamese historical culture, architectural, and artistic values are preserved. The hotel puts you in a center of Hue a city full of museums, monuments, markets, and the Imperial City itself. All within the vicinity of the hotel. The hotel is a beautiful piece of work, brightly colored rooms combine modern with classic elements, blending historic architectural details and earthy dĂŠcor. Polished wooden floors, classy furnishings, and panoramic views are found in all rooms. Dining is also a very pleasurable experience for guest ranging from a small house Japanese style venue to an extravagant royal feast. Lounges offer fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding city and beyond. For entertainment, visit The Prince Club Casino for something exciting or relax at the Royal Spa. There are also themed dinners that add something extra to just dining. The Imperial Hue is ideal for a starting and ending point in your travels through.

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Address: 8 Hung Vuong street, Hue City, Vietnam Tel: +84 54 3882 222 Email: info@imperial-hotel.com.vn www.imperial-hotel.com.vn

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he ibis GGD is a simplistic, clean, and modern hotel. It provides many services of convenience which is where this hotel excels. There for business? Perfect, the Hotel provides free internet, outside car parking, laundry, luggage storage, safe deposit box service are provided for in house guest. No matter the time , the sleepless hotel is ready to provide you service. Rooms are modern and look sharp. A range of options are available to your specific needs. With a pleasant restaurant and 24 hours snack service, your you won't be needing to go far for great food . ibis’s famous buffet breakfast awaits you from 6:30 am - 10:00 am, to get a good start each day. For you early birds and late risers there is also a food service as well. Ibis Guangzhou GDD Hotel is located in Kaifa Avenue of the Economic & Technological Development District besides Chuangye bus station. Also, A most convenient location for the business individual considering its near the international convention hall , airports and railway station. Put some time aside to visit these interesting locations like the Long Tou Shan Forest Park, Nanhai Temple, Tian Lu Hu Forest Park, Luo Gang Xiang Xue Park ,and the Yu Yan Academy.

Address: Construction Building,No.348, Kaifa Avenue, Economic & Technological Development District, Guangzhou China Tel: +86 20 66 261 555 www.ibis.com

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eed a hotel of simplistic convenience? Hotel Ibis Guangzhou Huangshi conceptual designed and innovative construction, modern bar, 24 hours restaurant, free high-speed Internet are reflected in a pleasant comfortable atmosphere. Hotel located in Baiyun District, close to the airport, convenient transportation. Easy access to the Guangzhou International Airport, restaurants, bars and famous tourist attractions. During Canton Fair period, the hotel specially provides transportation to Pazhou Exhibition Centre. Plenty of rooms options are available and offer air conditioning, Facilities for disabled and internet access. For a good night sleep your choice of bed sizes are available from single beds to queen sized. Rooms are soundproofed and are accommodated with TV with a wide variety of satellite channels. A very solid stay for a casual travel. Address: 457 459 Huangshi West Road, Baiyun District Guangdong, Guangzhou Chaina TEL : +86 20/28 257 000 www.ibis.com

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ape Sienna is a sleek ultra modern hotel located on the headland of Kamala Beach on Phuket Island. This four and a half star gem is the perfect setting for a romantic weekend outing. Conveniently located near Phuket International Airport, its a short limousine drive to the resort. Along the way you will find top golf courses, four marinas and a growing list of elegant night spots, restaurants, and bars. The resort is positioned to maximize the stunning sea views and evening sunsets. With gorgeous villas and studio style rooms, guests have some nice options to choose from. Cape Sienna’s architectural rooms styles are urban and sophisticated and does bring a bit of the city to the beauty of Phuket Island. Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas offers a wedding setting of beauty and romanticism any time of the year. Honeymooners can dine to moonlit sea views, chill out with a favorite cocktail in the Sky bar or have a rejuvenating couples spa treatment. 12

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We make dreams come true, on the most special and important day of your life; taking delight in making your every thought count and making everything perfect to your imagination, every moment a memorable one. To each the perception of a perfect wedding is unique, but has one thing in common: Happiness! We believe in delivering all these things that are associated with your happiness on that day. Cape Sienna offers a wedding setting for extravagant and intimate groups which is unmatched in Phuket. WESTERN / THAI WEDDING CEREMONY : Prices are valid on 31st December 2014 05 – 20 Guests : 86,500 Baht Net 21 – 50 Guests : 115,000 Baht Net 51 – 100 Guests : 144,000 Baht Net

Contact Info Cape Sienna Phuket Tel: + 66 (0) 76 337300 Email: mail@capesienna.com www.capesienna.com

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ituated on peaceful Chaweng Noi Beach for couples seeking tranquility, comfort and personalized service in a tropical garden setting, The New Star Beach Resort fires on all cylinders. The resort follows suit with the contemporary and easy going attitude of Koh Samui. Whether you're planning a wedding, on a honeymoon, or just bringing the family out on a vacation, they are sure to meets your needs. The resort rests together with white sandy beaches and expansive sea views showered with flowers and native plants. Because of its private and peaceful setting its a great place to start any

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romantic endeavor. Rooms and villas have that cozy warm feel with the fragrance of flowers and the soft glow of lamps and candles create an intimate ambience in the rooms and villas. Share a glass of wine in one of the ocean side lounges or deliciously candlelit restaurants. For those looking for a great wedding setting won’t be disappointed in what New Star Resorts have to offer. They provide 3 wonderful packages with a unique ceremony to secure your vows to your mate. Expect a beautiful ceremony whether you're on the beach in an indoor open air venue, or an outdoor terrace, its your choice, smile.....you are at new star.

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Honeymoon package included: Accommodation 4 Days 3 nights for 2 persons Welcome drink chilled towel & complimentary fruit platter upon arrival Daily breakfast for two at Lime restaurant In-room honeymoon decoration included Chocolate Cake 1 bottle of sparkling wine One hour Thai or Oil massage at Akiira Spa Romantic candle light dinner for 2 persons including 2 glasses of wine Round trip transfer from Samui airport to hotel Free Wi-Fi 24 hours Free Memorable gift

Contact Info neW StaR BeaCh ReSoRt 83 Moo 3 Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320 Thailand. Tel: +66 7741 4500-6 Fax: +66 7742 2325 Email: rsvn@newstarresort.com info@newstarresort.com www.newstarresort.com wedding co-ordinator events@newstarresort.com

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n the beginning, The 1940’s colonial style hotel started selling scents with recipes created from china. In present times it has evolved into a small unique hotel set in a fantastic location on the north beaches of Koh Samui for couples to experience or to solidify vows to each other. The staff at The scent hotel is to help you achieve your dream wedding with two wonderful wedding packages. The groom will experience Hae Khaan Maak, making your way to your spouse in traditional parade fashion only to have a monk give you a water blessing while a beautiful Thai Kim musician sets the tone in the Thai wedding package. There is also a more traditional western wedding package as well.

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Honeymoon package included: Secret Beach Escapade “…..make it your Secret World….” From THB 17,000 net/package Includes the following: Sea Breeze Suite 3 Nights Complimentary Daily Breakfast for 2 persons Complimentary Round Airport Transfer 10% discount at Le Jaroen Restaurant 10% discount at HHoMM Spa Extra Special : top up extra THB 5,000 for Beach Front Suite and get 1 Hours FREE Thai Massage for 2 persons Travel date from: Now – 20 Dec 2013

Contact Info The Scent Hotel For Booking and Reservations: Via Email: info@thescenthotel.com Via Fax: +6677 962 199 www.thescenthotel.com

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ocated near the second largest town on Koh Samui , Lamai beach is home to Rocky’s boutique resort set on a beautiful private white sandy beach offering a truly romantic escape from everyday life. Rocky's Boutique Resort has two secluded beaches enclosed by large outcrops of granite rocks which form idyllic sheltered coves. The seawater is crystal clear with beautiful corals and tropical fish ideal for snorkeling.The surrounding coves gives the already private resort that extra “ alone on an island “ environment and feel.Though the resort seems secluded off on its own its merely a short walk to downtown Lamai where you can find shops and small restaurants. Rooms are warm, spacious, and comfortable. Each room is designed individually, with hand-chosen artwork and decorations. As far as weddings go, they welcome any by services in a variety of wedding preferences (religion, themed, location, size etc.etc.). Customize every detail of your special day and the staff will see it through perfectly. No joke, this resort knows its weddings. 18

TRADITIONAL THAILAND WEDDING PACKAGES INCLUDE:

Full planning, organization and consultation with your own personal Wedding Coordinator Wedding Celebrant (non-secular) or Pastor (secular) Consultation with Wedding Celebrant prior to Wedding Private, secluded wedding beach Full floral decoration of private Beach with seasonal flowers of your choice Bouquet for bride Buttonhole for groom Floral ring holder Decorative wedding certificate (non-official) Silk wedding certificate folder Sandalwood fan for bride and groom Hair styling for bride Single tier wedding cake Sparkling wine & Canapés for Bride & Groom on the Beach Special Honeymoon decoration in your room, including sparkling wine, flowers and Rocky's souvenir Packages starting at: B79,000 ++ for the bride and groom (price includes 2 night stay in our Deluxe Gardenview room during May, June, October and November)

Contact Info ROCKY’S BOUTIQUE RESORT Tel: +66 77 233 020, +66 77 233 021 Email: reservations@rockyresort.com www.rockyresort.com

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his luxury monastery styled retreat is sheltered by mountains with sustainable, beautiful panoramic views of the Hua Hin countryside. The setting of the resort is one of tropical elegance, blending traditional Thai and monastery styled architecture. Couples will find Each villa is inspired by the Thai monastic tradition, allowing them an opportunity to meditate comfortably at their private pool, open-air designer bath, and luxury terrace. For a romantic evening with some serious quiet time together, you will find the intimate Villa Dining within the private poolside, ideal for maximum privacy.The Private Villa Dining allows guests the choice of menu style and cuisine to suit their occasion. A great place to plan the perfect wedding as well. The resort holds a great pre- wedding package to seal that life long partnership.

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AKA ROMANCE PACKAGE 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

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Stay at One-bedroom Deluxe Pool Villa with daily breakfast for 2 AKA welcome drink and fresh fruit on arrival A bottle of Sparkling wine on arrival One time - Superb breakfast in villa (reservation is required in advance) One evening - Private BBQ poolside dinner includes a bottle of House wine for 2 Choice of a 60 minutes either Derma Plus performance facial or Body treatment for 2 One time - Cooking class for 2 Special decoration on arrival and special turndown service daily 15% discount on additional Food & Beverage (non-alcohol) 25% discount on additional all treatments at AKA Spa Contact Info AKA RESORTS HUA HIN Moo 7, Baan Nhong Hiang, Hin Lek Fai, Hua Hin, Prachuabkirikhan 77110 Thailand Tel: 66 (0) 32 618 900 Email : rsvn@akaresorts.com www.akaresorts.com

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here's a lot to consider and do when you plan for your big day. Where do I hold the ceremony? Florist? Entertainment? Guest list? Most important, the budget? How’s this for a setting,Putahracsa is a boutique, trendy, spa resort in Hua Hin set amidst beautiful lush green foliage, designed for guests to relax and escape on the sensual and quiet shores of the charming beach town yet without compromising modern luxuries and comforts. The Oceanside Beach Club And Restaurant is perfect for a pre wedding party in an open setting looking over the ocean. They will handle all your needs to plan the perfect wedding of your dreams. Dayspa will relax all your nervousness and stress before the big day, and one of the Oceanbed pool villas will suit any need you have in a private cozy setting.

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Valid until Oct 31, 2013 2 – 6 nights length of stay Valid For: Sweet Escape Package Indulge yourself and your loved one with a special 2 nights package for two people including advantages below: Room with daily breakfast 1 Romantic Aroma Oil Massage at 60 minutes per person 1 Time BBQ Set Dinner including a bottle of sparkling wine and heart shaped chocolate cake at Oceanside Restaurant Daily fresh fruit juices Daily complimentary mini-bar Photo frame give as a farewell souvenir Complimentary upgrade to next category room type during Sun-Thu subject to availability upon arrival Complimentary daily newspaper Welcome drinks & refreshing towel to be served upon arrival. Free 2 bottles of drinking water per day. Contact Info PUTAHRACSA HUA HIN 22/65 Nahb Kaehat Rd. Hua Hin Prachaub Kirikhan 77110 Tel. +66 (0)32 531-470 e-mail: booking@putahracsa.com www.putahracsa.com NOW Travel Asia

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ooking for a romantic getaway with your mate? Or planning a picture perfect tropical wedding? Set in a secluded bay The Pimalai Resort And Spa is surrounded by all things beautiful. Honeymooners will have an abundance of tropical pleasures just about in any direction they look. Turquoise waters, limestone pinnacles rising from the sea, and not to mention the resort is nestled in lush tropical green jungle. The resorts 900 meter of sandy beach property is ideal for couple to grab a few blankets and have a picnic looking out at the vast blue sea. Your wedding guest will be astounded by unrivaled views of Ba Kan Tiang pristine sandy beach and Bay of Lanta Island. Guest accommodations are nothing short of elegant and unpretentious in their architectural design. They provide commanding views of Ba Kan Tiang bay and the surrounding tropical forest. Honeymooners and Newlyweds will enjoy the large bathtub with view overlooking the bay. Highlighting the resort’s opulent wedding services, they provide one of the best wedding destinations you can find. 22

WEDDING PACKAGE AT PIMALAI RESORT & SPA

WEDDING PACKAGE INCLUDED:

The wedding ceremony takes place by the beach on a small wedding stage decorated with tropical flowers. The location provides spectacular sweeping views of Kantiang beach, allowing great souvenir pictures of the Ceremony. (other location can be made available and in case of adverse weather conditions) The wedding Package is inclusive of: Tropical flower decoration of the Wedding Stage & garnish by flower petals on the walk way Wedding bouquet for the Bride, corsage for the Groom One Bottle of Sparkling wine for toast celebration for the Married Couple after the Ceremony Wedding Cake Bed floral decoration in Couple’s room (arranged during the wedding ceremony) 3 Courses A la Carte Dinner for the Bride & the Groom at the spectacular Seven Seas restaurant. (food only) & two Wedding Gifts from the Resort as follow: A Souvenir Picture in Thai Silk Frame A Two hours KOO RAK pampering massage for 2 at Pimalai Spa Wedding Package Rates B.75,000 net Validity: 1st November 2013 – 31st October 2014 Contact Info PIMALAI RESORT & SPA Address: 99 ,Moo 5, Ba Kiang Beach, Koh Lanta, Krabi , Thailand Tel : +66 2 3205500, Fax +66 2 3205503 E-Mail: reservation@pimalai.com www.pimalai.com

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NDOL STREAMSIDE THAI VILLAS KHAO YAI, SARABURI

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ocated alongside a gently flowing stream that runs between Muak Lek and Jed Sao Noi Waterfalls, Ndol’s year-round beauty is the perfect backdrop for a wedding. Khao Yai national park rest at the doorstep of the resort, blessed with a lush, mountainous landscape, with fertile valleys, pounding waterfalls. Couples will have plenty to do, vineyards, national parks, shopping and dining, cultural and historical attractions, golf and more it's all available to you within a short distance from NDOL. The beautifully furnished rooms and common areas showcase a rich and varied collection of Thai and Asian antiques and art amassed over generations. The intimacy of NDOL Streamside Thai Villas and its proximity to Bangkok makes it the perfect place to hold all types of private functions and events.

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WEDDING PACKAGE INCLUDES:

PRE-WEDDING PACKAGES

Day-Use Package @ THB 6,500 Net Includes: Day-use of Salinda Honeymoon Villa from 10.00-18.00 hrs. Photo-shoot in public area around the resort 10.00-18.00 hrs. THB 1,000 for each hour photo shoot is extended past 18.00 hrs. 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages orders. One-time group “break” with complimentary herbal drinks and snacks Maximum 5 persons to accompany the photo shoot team including Bride & Groom The package is subject to availability and valid over Sunday-Thursday

Contact Info NDOL STREAMSIDE THAI VILLAS 191 Moo 1, Tumbol Muak Lek, Amphur Muak Lek, Saraburi 18180 Thailand Tel : +66 36 34 2455-7 E-mail: reservation@ndolvillas.com www.ndolvillas.com

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HONEYMOON HOTELS & RESORTS RECOMMENDED BY

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SPRINGFIELD VILLAGE GOLF & SPA PETCHBURI

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ocated just minutes from Cha Am beach. Situated in the midst of a scenic mountain range, the hotel is surrounded by a world-class golf course. Couples traveling to Hua Hin must take some time to visit this fantastic hotel that boasts one of the most stunning if not the best swimming pool in our wedding section. The blue lagoon style swimming pool complete with a waterfall and waterslide will have you and your partner swimming around like a pair of playful dolphins. After a full day of poolside couples are encouraged to relax at the Springfield Spa, the oasis of peace and tranquility. Relaxing, its whats Hua Hin is all

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about. They offer gift certificates perfect for any occasion especially the one you adore most. For the more active lifestyle seeking couple there are plenty to do golf , mountain biking, and tennis to name a few. At the days end have a nice candlelight dinner poolside and retreat to your Springfield Village tropical design cottages rooted in basic element that blends perfectly with the nature all around and the open view of the golf course and mountains. Tally it down , a hole in one.

Contact Info SPRINGFIELD VILLAGE GOLF & SPA 208,208/1 Moo 2 Sampraya, Cha Am, Petchburi, 76120 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 3270 9222 Email: reservationbkk@springfieldresort.com www.springfieldresort.com

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SPRINGFIELD @ SEA RESORT & SPA PETCHBURI

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ouples will flock to the romantic getaway set in the beautiful Hua Hin. Springfield@Sea is a fine boutique resort showered in elegance uniting luxurious living with nature. Lovers will be amazed when they wake up in the morning to a spectacular golden sunrise from their room, each one offers guests sweeping views of the sea and beach from private, sweet-scented botanical verandas. Relax with your partner by the pool enjoying cool delicious cocktails. Did we mention the pool is simply spectacular? At night the mood become more intimate and the visual sensation is elevated with lights that illuminate the grounds Sculptures will glow at night, changing colors, changing moods, changing vibes.

Contact Info SPRINGFIELD@ SEA RESORT & SPA 858 Jumnong-Poomivej Rd., Cha-Am, Petchburi 76120 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 3270 9300 E-mail: reservationbkk@springfieldresort.com Website: www.springfieldresort.com NOW Travel Asia

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honeymoon hotels & resorts RECOMMENDED BY

highlife asia

LuX maldives

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s the only settlement on the island of Dhidhoofinolhu in South Ari Atoll, the Lux Maldives has proven to offer real insight into unspoiled island living. Because of its preservation of the natural island setting you can explore with your lover secret paths through tropical gardens in what seems to be a small island jungle, eventually , you will come across the inevitable beautiful white sandy beach. The resort sets a spontaneous atmosphere with surprising guests with music and cinema. They have nice wedding and honeymoon package options for and exclusive wedding catered to your needs. Naturally the resort itself is a great honeymoon choice.

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Dusit Thani maldives

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f you're looking for a little bit of graceful Thai hospitality then look no further than Dusit Thani Maldives. Encircled by white sandy beaches, a rich house reef and a turquoise lagoon, Your honeymoon couldn't be in a better surrounding. Private, tropical , and an absolutely stunning environment will make a memorable romantic getaway perfect whether if you're newlyweds or a 30s years into marriage. The honeymoon special provides an exquisite Honeymoon Suite, giving you everything made for two in spa and dining as a symbolism of a lifelong partnership.

Park Hyatt maldives

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ark Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is situated on a pristine island in the North Huvadhoo Atoll, one of the largest and deepest atolls in the world. This five star resort is set within the natural vegetation and only a few steps from the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The hotel known for its environmental awareness along with winning various awards for its guest services. The beauty and tranquility of the pristine island will make the perfect venue for any wedding plans. Whether you are looking for a small and intimate celebration or a formal banquet, the experts are there to provide the best wedding services possible from planning to catering. A great place to return to on your honeymoon for even more life long memories.

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ONE aND ONLY @reethi rah maldives

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ffering the ultimate in a holiday experience, One and Only attracts those seeking the pinnacle of tropical luxury. The resort is decorated with endless white sand coves and turquoise bays blanketed by seclusion and unprecedented privacy. All villas enjoy beautiful ocean views and direct access to the lagoon and are of contemporary elegant design using natural materials. For weddings they offer One&Only Spa welcomes the bride to use the expert services of an in-house stylist, as well as a choice of a bridal manicure or pedicure. Honeymooners will also find the One and Only the idea location to bask in the presence of the beautiful Indian Ocean in your own private villa.

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The professional wedding planner

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lanning an small event among friends? Or perhaps an extravagant wedding? How about a corporate event for hundreds of colleagues? FAB takes pride in providing tailor-made services to satisfy every little detail the customer desires. They will help to consult, manage and plan any event big or small from the budget to placing the very last chair before

the event starts. They’re a full service and all inclusive wedding planning and event consulting firm located in Phuket Island serving the area of Phuket, Krabi, Phang-Nga, Hat Yai and nearby provinces.Though FAB caters to many needs they truly specialize in wedding ceremonies. If you're undecided about a location for your event, have no fear, FAB can provide customers with a stunning location of a

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private beach and gorgeous villas, or even a personal yacht. Some other notable services provided by FAB are: floral design & venue decoration, destination management, outside catering, a personal assistant and personal stylist, and transportation arrangements to name a few. Rest assure FAB provides a professional, leave-no-detail-out approach to assist you with your perfect dream event.

Contact Info FAB Event Planner Tel : 0819680188 Email : yai@fab-event.com, bow@fab-event.com www.fab-event.com

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The professional wedding planner

NORRASET PINKAEW DIRECTOR

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Norraset is from the phuket area where he decided, he and his partner got into the floral arrangement business. The decision for the starting of the business was easy due to the natural beautiful surroundings of Phuket, a perfect location for any wedding. This small town local has made a big impact on servicing foreign clients as most of his clients come from others countries for ceremonies in Phuket. His services extend to nearby areas such as Samui, Krabi, Cha-am. IAMFLOWER continually demonstrates the best quality and service to customers. His goal is quite simple “ Bring smiles and happiness to everyone and impress with our services.�

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phUKeT’s DeliGhTfUl floWer IAMFLOWER PHUKeT On your wedding day , you want everything to be perfect, a beautiful scenery perhaps a sunny day ,one with a vast turquoise ocean behind the bride and groom as they take their vows, or a beach side wedding as the sun sets in the west or a moonlight with dimly lit torches running up to the podium make that walking of the aisle a most memorable one as an engaged couple.

Everything has to be perfect, chairs lined up in sync , extravagant flower arrangements of assorted colors positioned in the right spot decorating the ceremony to its apex. The after celebration has to continue and equal the matrimony in terms of beauty and emotion. Decorated silk napkins, finely place elegant silverware , scented candles , its all part of the bigger picture and magnifies in beauty drawing from the surrounding natural setting of Phuket. Its all dream like, its all done by IAMFLOWER.

CONTACT INFO

IAF Phuket Co.,Ltd. Head Office 153/2 Moo1, Thepkrasattri, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Thailand. Tel: +66 76 311 567-8 Fax:+66 76 311 505 Store 5/88 Maeluan Road, Taladnua, Muang, Phuket 83000 Thailand. Tel: +66 76 258 100-1 Fax:+66 76 258 122 info@iamflower.biz www.iamflower.biz Phuket’s most stylish floral designs

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