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IN THIS ISSUE JULY - AUGUST 2017 This issue of NOW Travel Asia is excited to be announcing the nominees for the prestigious NOW Travel Asia Award 2017 and showing the full of wonders trip in Macau, explore around the city from traditional Chinese neighborhoods, and ancient ruins to temples, museums and art galleries. Heading out of Asia, the Out of Asia column invites you to take a journey in Las Vegas, the lights, the sounds, and the exotic parade of people, all coming to soak up the vibes of legendary Sin City, are a feast all their own. But this desert oasis, which blossomed with the construction of the nearby Hoover Dam, also has plenty of history and off-the-beaten path experiences to discover, especially if you wander off the Strip and into the Fremont Street Experience in the old downtown. China World column gets you up close to the one of the fastest growing cities in the world in Shanghai. Enjoy the different experience on twenty - four hours in Shanghai City.

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SHOWTIME Update news and events about luxury hotel and fine dining around Asia . Special promotion from Venus restaurants and some new release product is waiting for you.

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Announcing the nominees for the prestigious NOW Travel Asia Award 2017

Introducing you the best 15 destinations weddings & Honeymoon in Thailand and bringing you touch to the wedding venue or a perfect destination to spend your honeymoon and many resorts offer great wedding or honeymoon packages to take the pressure off.

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WEDDINGS & CHECK IN HONEYMOONS Introducing you to the collection of luxury hotel with comfortable feeling around Thailand.


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CHINA WORLD

Bringing you to explore the new heaven of Asia at Macau, the city developed with many world-class complexes following the footstep of The Venetian Macau like the luxurious Galaxy Macau, the modern Studio City and City of Dreams, the unique Parisian Macau with its iconic half-scale Eifel tower replica, and the latest addition Wynn Palace that brought all famous designer stores and restaurants by world-famous chefs into one spectacular complex.

Invites you to take a journey in Las Vegas the world’s destination when it comes to nightlife, unparalleled dining options, and endless shopping which are constantly evolving to a new level of experience. High-end shops and celebrity chef restaurants made Las Vegas their home. Las Vegas has the tendency to overwhelm your senses; The lights, the sounds, and the people parading along the boulevard, all coming to get a taste of the legendary Sin City, are a feast all on their own.

Taking you to travel around Shanghai in twenty four hours. Set yourself up for the day with a stomach-stretching on Spread the Bagel, the popular Bagel store service. Having a slow bike on to wheels around the Former French Concession. Learning and taking picture at street artist’s colourful murals in Fengjing Town and dining with stunning view of the Bund.

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elcome to the wet month of July and August. It’s time to explore the city of rich history in Macau. Modern day Macau never sleeps as it is now dubbed as the Vegas of Asia. New entertainment complexes and shops continue to add extravagance to the city and fiercely fighting to become the best. They will keep surprising all visitors with more luxurious shops, more impressive restaurants, more thrilling live performances, and unimaginable level of luxurious accommodations that will redefine your definition of luxury travel. There’s fascinating heritage to explore around the city from traditional Chinese neighborhoods, and ancient ruins to temples, museums and art galleries. So don’t cancel your wonderful trip because of the rain. Aside of taking you in the rich history city, we bring you touch to the wedding venue or a perfect destination to spend your honeymoon and many resorts offer great wedding or honeymoon packages to take the pressure off. Last but not least, I hope the NOW Travel Asia Magazine will be a helpful guide for anyone who plan to spend time in honeymoon. Let the rain take you to explore the new things!

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ENJOY A HASSLE- FREE STAY AT OZO WESLEY HONG KONG Travelling to Hong Kong once is not enough as this world’s most visited city offers global nomads the great combination of modernity, cultural heritage, traditional cuisine as well as art. Those seeking an experience of Hong Kong off the beaten track should not miss exploring life and the art on the streets around Sheung Wan. To help travellers make the most of their holidays, OZO Wesley Hong Kong meets all needs from ultra-comfortable beds and nutritious breakfasts to up-to- date technological fittings, ensuring that guests always have a memorable trip. After an inspirational tour of the undiscovered parts of Hong Kong, guests can retire to the comfort and convenience of OZO Wesley Hong Kong. The hotel’s Snooze Zone combines great accommodation and facilities for a good night’s sleep. Guests can also stay connected to the rest of the world with up-to- date technology, including interactive TV with plug-and- play connectivity. Travellers who plan ahead will enjoy 15% off when booking for stays at least 21 days in advance, or 10% off when booking at least 7 days in advance. This promotion is valid for stays until 31 December 2018. 14 NOW TRAVEL ASIA JULY/AUGUST 2017

CIRCO DI TOSCA AFTERNOON TEA COLLABORATING WITH ALESSI AT THE RITZ-CARLTON HONG KONG From July 1 to August 31, 2017, every Saturday afternoon, Tosca transforms the Michelinstarred Italian restaurant into a magical world of wonder. The feast of scrumptious afternoon tea treats will be served on the “Alessi Circus” tableware collection by Marcel Wanders. Full of color and life, the “Alessi Circus” collection features touches of circus magic with rhomboidal, circular, striped and pointed geometric shapes and patterns in vivid colors of white, black, yellow, red, gold and silver. Taking on the vibrancy of the Alessi Circus range, Chef Pino Lavarra of Tosca has devised a selection of colorful and palate-pleasing gourmet morsels perfectly blending with the fantasy world of circus.

GARMIN VIVOACTIVE HR Garmin Vivoactive HR is an amazing sportwatch. It has GPS for running, swimming, cycling, golf and indoor gym work. Your statistics on the Vivoactive HR will report into Garmin Connect. It works with services such as Strava and RunKeeper. It also has smartwatch notifications, offers weather and calendar details with alarming. Shopping: amazon.com


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TRY NEW TWIST MENU AT DREAM BANGKOK Dream Bangkok is pleased to invite you to try new twist menu with burger and pizza. Our Executive Chef adds a touch of Thai food to the popular western dishes. Dine in style in at Flava Restaurant & Bar or enjoy the breeze by the pool at Flava Lite. Chef Booncherd brings his expertise in Thai cuisine and picks 2 famous Thai dishes “Nuer Pad Ka Prao” (stir-fried beef basil) and “Tom Yum Goong” (sour & spicy lemongrass prawn soup) to craft into 2 styles. Choose your favorite between homemade burger and freshly baked pizza with a Thai twist. Definitely, the most exotic and extraordinary ones.

KURI, THE HOME ROBOT Kuri is an adorable home robot with 50 centimetres high and abilities to understand the context, and respond with facial expressions and head movements. Kuri has built-in HD camera, four microphones for voice-commands, dual speakers for music playback and Wi-Fi connectivity. It also has a sensor to map out its surrounding to make sure it’ll not bump into any obstacles and fall down the stairs.

REVITALISE YOUR BODY AND MIND WITH “FANTASTIC THAI” AT BREEZE SPA For years, Thai massage has earned its long-standing reputation of sophisticated massage techniques that stimulate the flow of life throughout the body. Combining Thai holistic philosophy with vigorous deep tissue massage, Breeze Spa recommends Fantastic Thai, a set of Thai-inspired treatments to eliminate toxins and relax tight muscles, as well as excite your senses and revitalise both body and mind. Special offer when booking two treatments (per room) during a stay: guests will receive a 30-minute head and shoulder massage for FREE (terms and conditions apply.) This promotion is available from 1 June to 20 December 2017.

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TIN LUNG HEEN TO LAUNCH A MICHELIN DEGUSTATION MENU FEATURING LEGENDARY VINTAGES FROM ANGÉLUS From July 1 to September 30, 2017, Tin Lung Heen will dazzle wine connoisseurs with a Michelin Degustation Menu featuring legendary vintages from Angélus. Recognized as Grand Cru Classé in the classification of SaintÉmilion wines in 1954, Angélus is one of the major Bordeaux names known for its bold decisions on vine varieties and gifted terroir. The Michelin Degustation Menu features Tin Lung Heen’s everpopular dishes, spotlighting Pan-fried Beef Fillet with Black Pepper and Matsutake Mushroom paired with two remarkable wines from Angélus. 2008 Noº3 d’Angélus, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru carries elegant and subtle aromas of menthol and spices, pairing perfectly with the peppery taste of the dish. The dense and silky tannins bring fresh notes to achieve an overall balance. Deep garnet red in color, the 2012 Le Carillon d’Angélus, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru marks its presence with notes of small black fruits on the nose. The tannic structure of this full-bodied wine emulsifies the fat content in the beef fillet, leaving an indulgent finishing full of tension and flavor.

NOSTALGIC SUMMER FUN PLUNGING INTO THE WORLD OF SAND ART AT OCEAN PARK SUMMER To tie in with the Park’s on-going 40th anniversary celebrations, Ocean Park Summer Splash returns from 1 July to 27 August 2017 with a retro theme and exciting line-up of summer happenings to beat the scorching heat. In collaboration with world-renowned sculptor Ray Villafane and homegrown label LT Duck, the annual summer bash will urge guests to recall fond childhood memories of summertime water fun, sandy beaches and yellow rubber ducks. This year, Applause Pavilion will be transformed into a summer sandy beach adorned with giant sand sculptures. The internationally celebrated sculpture artist Ray Villafane will work with his team to build the largest sand sculpture in Hong Kong exclusively for Ocean Park Summer Splash. Guests will also have the chance to bury their hands in the sand during the interactive sand workshops with the professional team. For guests seeking pure splashing joy, they will be delighted to find water fun experiences at different summer-limited attractions.

ARES A RING WHICH IS NOT ONLY JEWELRY Ares is a smart ring crafted with 925 sterling silver. It acts as notifications from your phone. It delivers the updates when having new text messages, new incoming calls, new emails, and calendar. You can choose the colour code for your notifications so you can know when you get the specific notification without checking your phone. Furthermore, Ares also has a simple-tap SOS feature which you can reach your love ones with only one tap on the ring. 18 NOW TRAVEL ASIA JULY/AUGUST 2017


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NOW TRAVEL ASIA AWARDS

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ELEGANT WORLD

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Following the consecutive success of NOW Travel Asia Awards in the past 5 years, 2017 NOW Travel Asia promises to be more comprehensive in bringing you the best of the best players in hospitality and tourism sectors in Asia Pacific. Discover the elegant world of luxury spreading across 18 categories where Asia’s top hotels, restaurants, spas, airlines, and even chefs will line up for the vote and become the best of their class in Asia’s luxury travel industry. With over 600,000 participated online readers and voters since its first event, NOW Travel Asia Awards has proven to be a successful platform for promoting luxury travel industry and elevate Asia to become the leader of luxury travel, as well as a great guide for travelers to learn of the world-class offerings Asia has to offer! www.nowtravelasiaawards.com

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ASIA’S TOp LEISURE HOTEL

1. S31 Sukhumvit Hotel Bangkok, Thailand 2. Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20, Thailand 3. Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20, Thailand 4. North Hill Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand 5. Muang Samui Spa Resort, Thailand 6. Pathumwan Princess Hotel, Thailand 7. The Ritz- Carlton Hong Kong, Hong Kong 8. Lanna Dusita Riverside Boutique Resort by Andacura, Thailand 9. StarWorld Hotel, Macau 10. Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai, China 11. Grand Hyatt Shanghai, China 12. Shangri-La Chiang Mai, Thailand

ASIA’S TOp BUSINESS HOTELS

1. Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20, Thailand 2. Conrad Hong Kong, Hong Kong 3. The Ritz Carlton Beijing, China 4. The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam, Thailand 5. The Park Lane Hong Kong a Pullman Hotel, Hong Kong 6. Paxton Park Hotel Chengdu, China 7.Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon, Myanmar 8. Swissotel Le Concorde, Thailand 9. Novotel Phuket Phokeethra, Thailand 10. Conrad Tokyo, Japan 11. The Shilla Seoul, Korea 12. The Ritz Carlton Beijing, China 13. JW Marriott Beijing, China 14. Sofitel Shanghai Hyland, China

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ASIA’S TOp HERITAGE HOTELS

1. Astor House Hotel, Shanghai, China 2.The Strand Yangon, Myanmar 3. Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai, China 4. Raffles Hotel Singapore, Singapore 5. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam


ASIA’S TOp VILLA RESORTS

ASIA’S TOp DESIGN HOTELS

1. V Villas Hua Hin, MGallery by Sofitel, Thailand 2. Dusit Thani Maldives, Maldives 3. Azur Samui, Thailand 4. Impiana Private Villas Kata Noi, Phuket, Thailand 5. AYANA Resort & Spa Bali, Indonesia 6. Pimalai Resort & Spa, Thailand

ASIA’S TOp FAMILY HOTELS

1. Broadway Macau, Macau 2. Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam 3. Festive Hotel, Singapore 4. Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang, Malaysia 5. Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Thailand

1. W Bangkok, Thailand 2. North Hill Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand 3. Siam @ Siam, Thailand 4. Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20, Thailand 5. Galleria 10 Hotel Bangkok, Thailand 6.The Continent Hotel Bangkok, Thailand 7. The Sukhothai Bangkok, Thailand 8. So Sofitel Bangkok, Thailand 9. VIE Hotel Bangkok, Mgallery by Sofitel, Thailand 10. W Guangzhou, China 11. Nook Dee Boutique Resort, Kata Beach by Andacura, Thailand 12. W Taipei, Taiwan

ASIA’S TOp BEACH HOTELS

1. Royal Muang Samui Villas, Thailand 2. Beach Republic, Samui, Thailand 3. New Star Beach Resort, Samui, Thailand 4. Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia 5. Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, Thailand 6. W Singapore Sentosa Cove, Singapore 7. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, Maldives

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ASIA’S TOp EMERGING HOTELS

1. Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20, Thailand 2. Paxton Vacances Resort Sanya, China

ASIA’S TOp SPA HOTELS & RESORTS

1. RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand 2. Banyan Tree Macau, Macau 3. The Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Thailand 4. Fusion Maia Da Nang Resort, Vietnam 5. Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia 6. Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, Macau 7. W Retreat and Spa Bali Seminyak, Indonesia

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ASIA’S TOp WELLNESS SPA

1. Let’s Relax Spa, Chiang Mai, Thailand 2. Arom:D Spa, Thailand 3. Away Spa @ W Bangkok 4. The Oasis Spa Chongqing, China 5. Chiva-Som, Thailand 6. Divana Nature Spa, Thailand 7. Issara Spa @ Paxton Park Hotel Dazhou, China


ASIA’S TOp Fine Dining Restaurants

ASIA’S TOp AIRPORTS

1. Acqua Restaurant Phuket, Thailand 2. Suhring Bangkok, Thailand 3. Mix Restaurant & Bar, Thailand 4. Amber Restaurant, Hong Kong 5. Restaurant ANDRE, Singapore 6. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, China 7. La Vie Creative French Cuisine, Bangkok

ASIA’S TOp OUTSTANDING AIRLINES

1.Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong 2. Abu Dhabi International Airport, United Arab Emirates 3.Hamad International Airport, Qatar 4. Incheon International Airport, South Korea 5. Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore 6. Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand 7. Tokyo International Haneda, Japan 8. Shanghai Pudong International Airport, China 9. Beijing Capital Airport, China

1. China Southern Airlines, China 2. Etihad Airlines, United Arab Emirates 3. Bangkok Airways, Thailand 4. Emirates Airlines, United Arab Emirates 5. Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong 6. Singapore Airlines, Singapore 7. Qatar Airways, Qatar 8. SilkAir, Singapore 9. Vietnam Airlines, Vietnam 10. Thai Airways, Thailand

ASIA’S TOp BUDGET AIRLINES

1. Thai AirAsia, Thailand 2. Tiger Air, Singapore 3. Vietjet Air, Vietnam

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ASIA’S TOp CHEFS

1. Alessandro Frau, Thailand 2. Thomas & Mathias, Thailand 3. Andre Chiang, Singapore 4. Hiroyasu Kawate, Japan 5. Vicky Lau, Hong Kong

ASIA’S TOp ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEXES

ASIA’S TOp HOTEL CHAIN

1. Galaxy Macau, Macau 2. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 3. The Venetian Macau, Macau 4. Resort World Sentosa, Singapore

1. ONYX Hospitality Group, Thailand 2. Shangri-La Hotel and Resorts, Hong Kong 3. Paxton Vacances Hotel Management Group, China 4. Anantara Hotel Resort and Spa, Thailand 5. Banyan Tree Holding, Singapore 6. Dusit Thani Group, Thailand 7. Marco Polo, Hong Kong 8. Okura Nikko Hotel Management, Japan 9. Rhombus Group, Hong Kong

The 2017 Now travel Asia Awards are bigger. Better and more exciting than before. get involved! let’s vote from now, It will be your choice.

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Thailand Romantic Weddings & Honeymoons Explore the alluring southern seas of Thailand at famous romance destinations like Phuket where action-happy couple thrive. Exchange your vows amidst luxurious nature surrounds, such as those found in Laguna, Kamala, Surin, Huahin and the island of Samui. These are where sand meets sea and there’s plenty of coastline for you and your guests to enjoy. So NOW Travel Asia and MZ Wedding Customization China proud to present 16 wedding venue or a perfect destination to spend your honeymoon and offer great wedding or honeymoon packages to take the pressure off.

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V VILLAS HUA HIN, MGALLERY BY SOFITEL WITH ITS PEACEFUL BEACHFRONT LOCATION AND STUNNING CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE V Villas Hua Hin recently joined Mgallery by Sofitel’s collection of luxury boutique hotels dedicated to lovers of life, literature and culture. Set by a peaceful strip of powdery beach with romantic scene of Gulf of Thailand, V Villas Hua Hin is the sanctuary of luxury and privacy that is renowned for its prestige location along Petchkasem Road in the heart of Hua Hin town. It is secluded, yet close to seafood restaurants, local markets and a vibrant nightlife. V Villas Hua Hin is truly an exclusive retreat designed for discerning guests in search of special romance, revival, and recreation. Peaceful beachfront location and stunning contemporary architecture, complemented by private pool villas, 24 butler service and gourmet dining, all come together to make the multi award-winning V Villas Hua Hin an inspirational location for couples looking for a dream venue to tie the knot, a honey moon, or a wedding anniversary. It draws inspiration from rice terraces combined with the sophistication of Italian villa, resulting in exquisite facilities and exclusive pool villas known for its luxury, privacy, impeccable services, and breathtaking views. V Villas Hua Hin, MGallery by Sofitel doesn’t just provide a stunning setting for an unforgettable wedding, it also offers excellent wedding service, including musical entertainment, the use of audiovisual equipment, free flow of soft drinks, beautiful floral decorations including garlands, floral archway, and bridal bouquet, all of which can be

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customized to your desire. In addition to the main event, V Villas Hua Hin also offers special optional services such as a ‘just-thetwo-of-us’ candlelit dinner on the beach, a joyride tour of Hua Hin in a tuk-tuk, prewedding photo shoot, marriage registration, engagement party, anniversary celebration, and honeymoon getaway. Location 63/39 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin, Prachuab Kirikhan, Thailand www.vvillashuahin.com


HUA HIN MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA TAKE YOUR FIRST STEP DOWN THE AISLE HERE

Escape the ordinary at the Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa. Nestled right on the pristine beach in sunny Hua Hin, Thailand, our hotel offers travelers an unparalleled resort experience. It all begins with our prime beachfront location - start your morning with a dip in the ocean and wind down at night with a seaside cocktail. It’s easy to occupy the days splashing in one of our five pools, enjoying a beachfront meal at the Big Fish grill or sweating it out in one of our complimentary fitness classes. We’re also close to the famed Hua Hin night market, offering adventurous guests the opportunity to taste the marvels of Thailand. However you choose to spend your time in Hua Hin, we can guarantee you’ll appreciate coming home to your spacious guest room, which features amenities like featherbeds and marble

bathrooms. With a variety of venue spaces and full event planning services, we’re also a superb choice for hosting a destination wedding. We look forward to your visit to the Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa. Explore the variety of wedding packages available at beachfront hotel in Hua Hin. With nearly 7,500 square feet of venue space, we can accommodate weddings of up to 300 guests and treat your guests to the flavors of Hua Hin. Capture the beauty of Thailand by taking your wedding photos on the beach in Hua Hin and spend your honeymoon relaxing at our hotel here on the beach or exploring the nearby city of Bangkok Location 107/1 Phetkasem Road Hua Hin, Thailand www.marriott.com

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CONRAD KOH SAMUI NEVER JUST STAY. STAY INSPIRED.

Surrounded by a dazzling azure sea and close to lush rainforests, Conrad Koh Samui is located on the tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand. Positioned on a secluded and scenic hill on the south-western coast, this luxury pool villa resort comprises a collection of one, two and three-bedroom pool villas and residences. Spread over 25 acres, Conrad’s pool villas offer panaromic views and one of Thailand’s best sunsets, outlying islands and the surrounding landscape of lush coconut plantations.

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Hold your dream wedding at the Conrad Koh Samui, where your ceremony can be as intimate for two or as grand as you wish, up to 200 guests. Exchange your wedding vows barefoot on the soft, white sand, surrounded by coconut trees and the sound of the waves lapping gently at the beach or over the water with the resort’s signature wedding facilities; the transparent stage for the over- water wedding ceremony. Choose a ceremony high above the resort, where your first kiss

will be accompanied by stunning views of the azure sea, dazzling white beaches, and lush jungles of Koh Samui. Or opt for a lavishly decorated indoor venue, where tropical sunlight pours in through the large windows and illuminates the Aow Thai wedding hall. Location 49/8-9 Moo 4, Hillcrest Road, Taling-Ngam,Koh Samui, Suratthani, 84140,Thailand Email: conrad_koh_samui@conradhotels.com www.conradkohsamui.com


W KOH SAMUI SAY “I DO” IN A PICTURE PERFECT PLACE

Explore nine miles of tropical island paradise, where private-pool villas, a tropical beach and six restaurants and bars electrify the night. W Koh Samui luxury hotel is located between Maenam and Bo Phut, has the finest and most pristine beach location in Thailand. The 74 all private pool villas offer all the indulgence and luxury you could possibly ask for. Ultra chic and cutting edge design is awaiting you, just as the stunning sea views of the most pristine beach location to be found in Thailand.

From the perfect proposal to the most romantic honeymoon, W Koh Samui provides a customized backdrop for an unparalleled wedding or commitment ceremony that reflects who you are as a couple and sensationally styled spaces are just the beginning. When you wed with W, you’ll also enjoy exclusive Whatever/Whenever® services so your every wedding experience is exactly how you’ve always imagined. Say I do in a picture-perfect place. Fulfill your most outrageous dreams with the ultimate

destination celebration. Enjoy a barefoot beachside wedding ceremony and first kiss while overlooking a sparkling expanse of ocean in Koh Samui. The bride, groom and guests will never forget this incredibly surreal setting and the festivities that follow. Customize your celebration with our visionary features. Location 4/1 Moo 1 Tambol Maenam, Surat Thani, Koh Samui, Thailand www.wretreatkohsamui.com

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ANANTARA LAWANA KOH SAMUI

EXCHANGE YOUR VOWS AND WEDDING RINGS AGAINST A BACKDROP OF WARM SEA BREEZES

Nestled on the quiet, pristine northern end of Chaweng Beach, Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort lies just steps away from the ocean and offers peerless accommodation amongst luxury resorts in Koh Samui. Watch the sun rise over Samui’s palm forested coastline. Recline in rooms and suites inspired by the island’s original Chinese merchant settlers. Experience the perfect romantic dinner for two in a setting of your choice, accompanied by the freshest international cuisine, at our luxurious Lawana resort. Anantara’s Inspired Celebrations offer the ideal setting for a range of personalised romantic occasions while embracing the colourful culture and breathtaking nature of some of the world’s most exotic destinations. Choose your perfect setting for a proposal, engagement, bachelor and bachelorette party, pre-wedding photography shoot, wedding ceremony, and a romantic honeymoon. With Inspired Celebrations, Anantara also invites married couples to renew their vows and mark each wedding anniversary in unique and memorable ways.

Location 92/1 Moo 2, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand www.lawana-chaweng.anantara.com

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BANYAN TREE SAMUI A TROPICAL SANCTUARY AWAITS Come into a universe where water meets sky and cascading terraces are fringed with hill coves and an unparalleled view of the Gulf of Thailand. Swim within a blissful haven in Koh Samui. Surrounded by waters that invite, entice and serenade, Banyan Tree Samui is infused with a timeless air of delicious mystery. Overlooking the scenic Lamai Bay, this Samui luxury resort, featuring elevated structures designed to reflect traditional Thai architecture, is nestled in a series of cascading terraces on a private hill cove in the southeastern coast of Koh Samui. Retreat from the dizzying pace of modernity into secluded haven where the hours melt into each other gently and peace is within your touch at all times. Celebrate a marriage of reverence set atop a private hill cove overlooking the Gulf of Thailand encircled by sparkling blue waters. Embrace the epitome of Honourd commitment within a sphere of tropical beauty. Banyan Tree Samui’s dedicated team of attentive staff exudes classic Thai hospitality and genuine warmth to make your wedding day in Koh Samui a magical occasion. Location 99/9 Moo 4, Maret, Samui Surat Thani,Thailand www.banyantree.com

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NEW STAR BEACH RESORT LIFE CONSISTS OF THE EVERYDAY, SO LET SOME DAYS BE MORE SPECIAL THAN OTHERS A romantic honeymoon starts as soon as you step on Samui and check-in at New Star Beach Resort. Feel at home and flow with the contemporary lifestyle and easygoing attitude of Koh Samui. New Star Beach Resort sits on the peaceful Chaweng Noi Beach and offers a hideaway for couples seeking tranquility, comfort and personalized service in a tropical garden setting with a 200 meters oceanfront, and just minutes on foot to the famous Chaweng Beach. Perfectly suited to couples who need a getaway and recharge or rekindle the spark, each of the resort’s rooms and villas are furnished in natural tones and textures. The warmth of wood, the fragrance of flowers, the soft glow of lamps and candles, and the soothing ocean breeze provide an intimate ambience in the rooms. It’s then up to you to create your version of intimate memory! Walk through a white orchid entrance onto powdery pristine Chaweng Noi Beach and pass rows and rows of family and friends to the altar where the groom awaits. Customize your dream wedding to match the stunning background of the Gulf of Thailand with the help personal wedding planner – available free of charge. New Star Beach Resort specialize in both western wedding and Thai traditional wedding ceremony. From floral arches to bridal bouquets, catering, music band and wedding cake to sparkling wine, staffs at New Star are trained to pay attention to each and every aspect of wedding so that you are left to enjoy the most unforgettable Koh Samui weddings day of your life. Special offers New Star Beach Resort offers an intimate breakfast, lunch, and dinner experience. Destination Dining is available from 6.30 am to 11.00 pm, and let you dine in a romantic setting of your own private suite or villa.

Location 83 Moo 3 Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand. www.newstarresort.com

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ZAZEN BOUTIQUE RESORT & SPA A SIMPLE ROMANCE

If the name “Zazen” makes you picture the peace and calmness of “Zen,” you are right on track. Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa draws inspiration from the Japanese word meaning “to find inner peace” and uses the beautiful setting of Koh Samui to deliver a charming sanctuary where your preconceptions of a Samui hotel and a Thailand holiday are transformed into an experience of union, sociability, romance, and unimagined pleasure. Since weddings are momentous events, a celebratory gathering, and a joyous moment in every couple’s journey together. Why not make yours an extraordinary one on one of the most romantic islands in the world. Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa integrates the magic of Samui into the wedding you dream of, be it an elegantly simple wedding or a wedding filled with

majestic flair. Imagine exchanging vows with your beloved while the warm tropical weather makes everything seem more vibrant, the beach acting as your backdrop. Picture yourself and your special someone hand in hand while strolling at the beach barefoot right after your wedding. Zazen’s team of wedding specialists will make sure that everything will be according to your chosen time and date, and that every detail of your wedding will be carefully planned and taken care of. Wedding is the moment to be cherished for a lifetime, so it’s only right to make it unforgettable. Location 177, Moo 1, Tambon Bophut 84320 Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand www.zazensamuiwedding.com

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BANYAN TREE PHUKET EMBRACE REST IN THE PEARL OF THE ANDAMAN

Be spellbound in this kaleidoscope of sunkissed sands, pristine waters, vibrant skies and air perfumed with blissful quietude. Come visit the Andaman’s greatest treasure – Phuket Island. Encircling the sparkling waters of a saltwater lagoon, our Banyan Tree luxury resort in Phuket is a sanctuary of hushed repose, the perfect backdrop to the perfectly planned holiday. Enter the hidden world of Banyan Tree Phuket, nestled in the enclave of Laguna Phuket, and step into a tropical fairytale where the roads are lined with casuarinas and palms, the fields are bright with Allamanda blooms and the Bang Tao Bay always sparkles in sapphire brilliance. Meld into the tapestry of love at our romantic hotel in Phuket, an island known for sun-kissed pleasures. Come to Banyan Tree Phuket and let your romance take flight in the freedom of island living. Crystallise your wedding commitment against the scenery of beautiful island forests and the sounds of murmuring sea. Banyan Tree Phuket’s dedicated team of attentive staff will ensure your wedding in Phuket is carefully curated and it will be one to remember.

Location 33, 33/27 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Amphur Talang, Phuket,Thailand www.banyantree.com

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THE NAKA ISLAND, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT & SPA WHERE DRAMATIC VISTAS AND INSPIRED VENUES COMBINE WITH PREMIER SERVICE.

Make your special moment unforgettable, with a picturesque setting of the emerald green Phang Nga Bay and idyllic landscapes of the Phuket coastline, The Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket is an exclusive boutique resort located on Naka Yai Island with 25 minutes away from Phuket International Airport. It is the perfect destination to exchange your vows and celebrate your new beginning together, whether this be just yourselves or with your family and friends. Select from of our inspired venues, each of which can be customized to meet hosts’ desires. Ideal for informal, social and corporate functions, wedding receptions, or yoga and meditation sessions, our hilltop 180-square-meter Multipurpose Outdoor Sala overlooks the radiant Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay. An open-air Thai-style tent, the sala is constructed from wood

and natural materials, and embraces the stunning natural beauty and rich local culture of The Naka Island. Meanwhile, for exclusively executive retreats and meetings, our largest villa, the 1,600-square-meter Royal Horizon Pool Villa, is a magnificent private option. Holding up to 15 guests for a boardroomstyle meeting, it features a wrap-around infinity pool with a 180-degree vista of the ocean, Phang Nga Bay, and dramatic limestone cliffs. Additionally, our ivory beach, bordered by the emeraldgreen waters of Phang Nga Bay, is an incomparable setting for a dreamy seaside wedding. Location 32 Moo 5, Tambol Paklok, Phuket, Thailand www.nakaislandphuket.com

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RENAISSANCE PHUKET RESORT & SPA A HEAVENLY MARRIAGE BEGINS WITH A HEAVENLY WEDDING

Set amidst pristine beaches, sparkling waters and spectacular natural beauty, the Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa offers a taste of paradise here in Thailand. You’ll find our Marriott Luxury and Lifestyle Hotel perched on the picturesque island of Phuket, steps away from the sea. Spacious, 5-star accommodation showcases elegant design, pillowtop bedding and sleek bathrooms; some of our villas boast luxury extras like a private plunge pool. Our resort features several superb dining options, including a Thai restaurant, a coffee house and a cozy bar. The 5-star Quan Spa encourages total relaxation, with a full menu of treatments. Consider hosting your meeting or social event with us here in Thailand; we offer flexible indoor/outdoor venue spaces, as well as comprehensive planning and catering services. And the island is yours to explore during your stay - from unique mangrove forests to the exhilaration of Patong Beach. Let us spoil

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you with luxury and hospitality here at the Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa. A heavenly marriage begins with a heavenly wedding, and we were made for just that. At Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, a team of specialists well-versed in the intricacies of wedding ceremonies is committed to creating heaven on earth for your special day. Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa can accommodate every wish and family tradition for your ceremony and reception dinner, offering spectacular venues to make your fairy tale wedding absolutely perfect. There are several venues throughout the resort that will provide the perfect atmosphere for your dream wedding. Location Tel: +66.76.363.999 E-mail:wilasinee.t@ renaissancehotels.com www.renaissancephuket.com


PHUKET MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA, NAI YANG BEACH SAVOR THE TRANQUILITY OF OUR NAI YANG BEACH RESORT Escape to the beauty of the Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, and leave your cares behind. Located just a few minutes from the airport, our hotel is easy to find - yet once you’re here, you’ll feel like the hustle and bustle of everyday life is miles away. We’re ideally located on secluded Nai Yang Beach, considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Phuket. Our thoughtfully appointed guest rooms and Beachfront Pool Villas combine authentic Thai design accents with highspeed Internet and flat-screen TVs. Take a swim in our sprawling outdoor pool, which winds through the resort, or spoil yourself at the on-site spa. Dine right on the beach at Big Fish Restaurant and Bar, or order room service and eat in your villa. If you’re planning an event here in Phuket, our hotel’s chic indoor and outdoor venues are guaranteed to create a lasting impression. Whether you’re joining us on a romantic trip or a family holiday, you will be thrilled with your stay at the Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach. Dream weddings don’t just happen, they’re planned. Marriott Certified Wedding Planners are trained to help. After completing demanding coursework, each Marriott Certified Wedding Planner is qualified to coordinate weddings of all types, including ethnic and military weddings. Relying on experience, training, tradition and old-fashioned intuition, Marriott Certified Wedding Planners can help you determine an overall vision for your wedding and help you execute each detail. That includes setting an event budget; deciding on a menu; arranging table settings; and finding florists, photographers, a band and other entertainment for the big day. Location 92, 92/1 Moo 3, Tambol Sakoo, Amphur Talang, Nai Yang Beach, Phuket, Thailand www.marriott.com

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ANANTARA LAYAN PHUKET RESORT A PARADISE SEEKER’S DREAM COME TRUE

Romance against an ocean panorama Say I do in a secluded cove of powderwhite sands and azure lapping waters. Renew your vows in an intimate cliffside wedding chapel. Hold an extravagant reception at Layan Residences by Anantara with sophisticated spaces flowing from indoors to out and a backdrop of infinitypool blue bleeding into ocean turquoise.

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Choose between three carefully crafted wedding packages, enjoying the services of a dedicated wedding planner who will ensure every fantasy is realised to perfection. Explore Western, Thai and Chinese wedding themes. Create a lavishly grand or intimate celebration, before relaxing into an unforgettable honeymoon of pure indulgence and passionate discovery.

Wedding Chapel Located on the hill with magnificent views of the Andaman Sea and Layan Beach, our private wedding chapel hosts up to 50 guests, and offers an intimate haven for your special day Location 168 Moo 6, Layan Beach Soi 4, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand Tel: +66 76 317 200 Email:Â phuketlayan@anantara.com


CAPE SIENNA PHUKET MAKING EVERYTHING PERFECT TO YOUR IMAGINATION, EVERY MOMENT A MEMORABLE ONE.

Cape Sienna Hotel Phuket is a chic, modern yet romantic resort on Kamala beach, that brings a touch of sophisticated style to the tropical beauty of Phuket island. The sleek lifestyle hotel and villa accommodations as well as the restaurants, bars and amenities of Cape Sienna are all positioned to command stunning views to Kamala Beach from a dramatic west coast headland. Cape Sienna’s architecture and embracement of style attracts an exciting mix of customers who demand affordable style and service in a new and unexpected location along the Millionaire’s Mile of Phuket. Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas, Phuket, offers a wedding setting for extravagant and intimate groups which is unmatched in Phuket. Discover spacious bridal rooms with views of Thaland’s Indian Ocean. Unique possibilities...from Vanilla Sky Weddings to Poolside receptions or Intimate Dinner at PLUM with a romantic Setting, all of which is witnessed by onoe other then the Sun, Moon and the Star. Location 18/40 Moo 6, Nakalay Road, Kamala Ban Kamala, Phuket, Thailand www.capesienna.com

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TWINPALMS PHUKET

SMALL LUXURY HOTEL OF THE WORLD

Twinpalms offers the comfort of luxury resort, combined with the relaxing tranquility of a secluded getaway. There are only 97 luxurious and spacious Residences, Suites and Rooms, each surrounded by palms, and featuring a private terrace facing the pool with garden view. Among which, 21 unique apartments are designed to lift to your spirits with a generous space and private pool. With a brief to produce a property that has an integrated landscape, the “Contemporary Tropical” design and landscaping incorporate a stunning, world-class water garden. At Twinpalms Phuket Resort provides the perfect Phuket wedding stage for you and your soul mate to move effortlessly and elegantly from the ceremony to the wedding breakfast and then beyond. Whether a Phuket wedding ceremony inside the hotel or a Phuket beach wedding on Surin beach, Twinpalms Phuket Resort prides ourselves on our seamless service, heavenly cuisine and

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the personal touches that make you feel like the most important person in the world. Twinpalms Phuket Resort’s elegant, exquisite rooms and facilities make Twinpalms Phuket Resort the ideal intimate and romantic venue to host your Civil or Religious ceremony. Let the meticulous eye for perfection of your own dedicated events organiser help you create the Phuket wedding of your dreams. Our passionate members of staff look to ensure that you receive a beautiful and unforgettable experience that you will happily reflect on in the years to come. Location 106/46 Moo 3, Surin Beach Road, Cherng Talay, Phuket, Thailand www.twinpalms-phuket.com


CREST RESORT & POOL VILLAS PHUKET “WHERE NATURE HEALS” Crest Resort & Pool Villas is an inspiring and radical luxury eco-designed resort catering to discerning travelers seeking a reviving and rejuvenating weekend getaway, relaxing long stay, honeymoon hideaways, adventure filled family vacations, and even refreshing corporate meeting sessions. Perched on a gentle hillside, on the beautiful Tri Trang Beach, surrounded by tropical rain forest and stunning 240° views of turquoise waters from the famous Andaman Sea, Crest Resort & Pool Villas is the perfect venue for a well deserved natural getaway holiday within an enchanted setting. With a unique conceptual ‘Sky, Earth and Ocean’ eco-friendly theme, all embellished by outstanding sea views within a romantic and intimate ambient setting, Crest Resort & Pool Villas is positioned as a radically inspiring luxury hideaway experience. Crest Resort & Pool Villas provides the luxury sea view wedding lawn for you and your soul mate to move effortlessly and elegantly from the ceremony to the wedding breakfast and beyond by our exquisite rooms, villas and facilities all embellished by outstanding sea views within a romantic and intimate ambient setting. Crest Resort & Pool Villas is the ideal location and venue for a romantic, picturesque tropical wedding. With our outdoor rooftop ceremony staged against the impressive backdrop of the Andaman Sea, an endless stretch of sandy beach of Patong Bay, and surrounded by the

lush hilltop of Tri Trang headland, it is the wedding of couples’ dreams. Our wedding packages are inclusive of bridal spa pampering package, make-up and hair styling for the bridal couple, a romantic poolside dinner for two, a sumptuous breakfast-in-bed for two, and celebratory banquet with a custom-made 2 tier wedding cake and champagne. Location 95, Muen-Ngern Road, Tri Trang, Patong Beach Kathu District, Phuket, Thailand www.crestphuket.com Tel. +(66)76 310 088 Facebook: Crest Resort & Pool Villas Instagram: crestresortandpoolvillas

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IMPIANA RESORTS & SPAS, THAILAND Your journey of exclusivity and serenity begins as you enter the ground of Impiana Private Villas Kata Noi, Phuket, perched on a gorgeous hillside overlooking the sparkling Andaman Sea and just steps away from the buzzing Patong Beach, Impiana Resort Patong, Phuket the 4-star unique boutique beachfront resort caters to your every whim and fancy and Impiana Resort Chaweng Noi, Koh Samui, the 4 star beach-front resort that located on the more exclusive northern tip of Chaweng Noi, Koh Samui. Wedding is a once in a lifetime occasion, so it only right to make yours a perfect one. Impiana’s wedding packages are specially designed with tradition and luxury in mind. Get married according to Thai or Western traditions – the packages include all ceremony set up, floral decoration, bridal and bridemate bouquets, wedding cake and a bottle of champagne for toasting, as well as a night in the romantic Honeymoon Suite, breakfast in bed, and the in-villa spa treatment – all of which can be customized to your requirements. Whatever your wish may be, Impiana Resort Patong and Impiana Resort Chaweng Noi, Koh Samui makes sure that we listen to everything you have to say and then create the settings your heart desires. Impiana Resort Patong Phuket is your ideal wedding setting. Your beach wedding location has been set-up by Mother Nature herself. Endless white soft sand along frothy waves with endless blue sky is the backdrop of your dream wedding. We handle the finest of details so that when you walk down that aisle or look through the sea of familiar faces you know that we’ve made your dream wedding come true. www.impiana.com.

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SOFITEL KRABI PHOKEETHRA GOLF & SPA RESORT HOST THE EVENT OF YOUR DREAMS Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is renowned as a prestigious venue for talkof-the-town weddings, banquets or events. A unique feature of Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is its elegant 1,000 sq.m. air-conditioned marquee. The 40m x 25m and 8m high space can accommodate up to 950 guests. Situated next to the luxurious resort on the edge of Klong Muang Beach, it is the perfect choice for dream weddings, impressive banquets, and events with impact. The marquee is also suitable for special ceremonies and garden parties. Whatever the occasion, the ambassador at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort offers state-of-the-art facilities and seamless organisation. The resort is also a wireless environment with everything required to conduct business at your fingertips. Dedicated ambassador can create events to suit your personal theme or corporate identity. With experienced meeting staff, a professional wedding planner, and banquet chefs, every detail can be tailor-made to perfection.

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort also has a specialist Indian Wedding Planner who works closely with you to guarantee your complete satisfaction. Our experienced and detail-oriented team ensure that your Indian Wedding is truly magical for you, your family and your honoured guests. Let Inspired Meeting Manager make your next event in paradise unforgettable. For more information, please call +66 (0) 75 627 800 or write us an email to H6184-RE@sofitel.com Location 200 Moo3 Klong Muang Beach, Tambon Nongtalay, Amphur Muang, Krabi 81180, Thailand www.sofitelkrabiphokeethra.com

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CELES BEACHFRONT RESORT KOH SAMUI WITH STUNNING VIEWS, REMARKABLE DESIGN AND EXCEPTIONAL SERVICES

Commanding 270 meters of beachfront, the longest of any resort on Samui, CELES Beachfront Resort seamlessly integrates modern architecture with beautiful natural surroundings, resulting in an atmosphere that is elegant, yet simple. With Bophut beach right on the doorstep and stunning views of Koh Phangan in the horizon, the sceneries from CELES is one of the most beautiful settings on the island and you can always take a trip to neighboring islands and nearby National Marine Park. Every detail at CELES embodies the tranquility and luxury comfort. The rooms and villas are sumptuously appointed and equipped with all essential amenities for the most comfortable stay, including the resort’s exclusive amenity and pillow menu for that extra personalized service. Romantic views of the Gulf of Thailand with row and row of coconut trees and pristine white sand beach set a great setting for a dream wedding. All you need now is intuitive wedding services, and that’s what CELES excels in. The resort offers a generous wedding package which you can choose between Thai or western wedding ceremony, with a list of optional services to make your dream day perfect for you and your guests. A resort’s wedding planner 48 NOW TRAVEL ASIA JULY/AUGUST 2017

will be at your disposal for full planning, coordination, and consultation. Whether you want a lively Thai long drum procession and authentic timbre of Thai live music for your wedding or a DJ or a live band, it can swiftly be organized. So you can fully indulge every second of your dream wedding and make your wedding day an unforgettable experience. Location 175/3 Thaveerat-Pakdee Road, Surat Thani, Koh Samui District, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)77 900 999 E-mail: info@celesresorts.com Facebook: celesresorts www.celesresorts.com


X2 KUI BURI RESORT CROSS TO A NEW DIMENSION OF LUXURY BY DESIGN

Design is the beating heart of X2 Kui Buri (Pronounced “Cross-To”). The resort uses plenty of natural materials to blend all of its uniquely designed villas to its rich natural surroundings. The furnishings and fixtures in the villas were thoughtfully chosen to be consistent with X2 concept for luxury in design and function that must “satisfy the spirit”. Little details were purposely put in place such as the use of stones that comes from the seasonal appearance of sea pebbles that are randomly scattered along the beach during winter months, and mountain rock stone walls that create an invisibility of design, providing privacy without isolation. With exclusive location, innovative design, and impeccable services, there’s no question why X2 Kui Buri Resort was chosen as the venue for many dream weddings. The multi-award-winning resort offers choices of crafted packages, including photo shoots, weddings, and honeymoons. Highly specialized professionals will be there tailored-make the most romantic wedding you could ever dream of.

Location 52 Moo 13, Ao Noi Sub-district, Muang District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77210 Thailand Tel: +66 (0)32 510 466, +66 (0)84 466 5553 Fax: +66 (0)32 510 468 Email: book.kb@X2resorts.com www.X2LOBBY.com www.facebook.com/X2kuiburiresort

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X2 KOH SAMUI RESORT ALL SPA INCLUSIVE CROSS TO A NEW DIMENSION OF LUXURY BY DESIGN X2 Koh Samui Resort takes luxury service to another level with its “All Spa Inclusive” concept, meaning that you will have unlimited treatments throughout your stay. Set on 5 acres of landscaped land, the resort features 24 luxury villas, most with private pool. Each villa fuses ultra modern and the classic to created superbly stylish accommodation with private gardens and full range of amenities that place X2 Koh Samui among the best in this beautiful island. Boasting its All Spa Inclusive concept, X2 Spa offers luxurious east meets west treatments, which includes a fine selection

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of massage techniques, manicures, pedicures, body and facial treatments. Instead of the boring standards of traditional concept, X2 Spa breaks free with its “Luxury by Design” approach, incorporating Asian influences into a contemporary space that is chic yet cozy, private but not isolating. The clean minimal architecture seen throughout the resort superbly provide astonishing setting for weddings against the backdrops of pristine beach and sparkling Gulf of Thailand. While large open spaces continue all around the pool area facing the beachfront are the preferred venue for weddings, the villas

offer complete privacy for honeymooners and provide a unique setting for prewedding photo-shoots. To make your wedding effortless, all weddings are delivered seamlessly by X2’s dedicated team of professionals trained to listen, plan and execute with the utmost precision.

Location 442 Moo 1, Baan Hua Thanon, Maret, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84310, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)77 332 789, +66 (0)86 275 2406 Fax: +66 (0)77 332 799 Email: book.ks@X2resorts.com www.X2LOBBY.com www.facebook.com/x2kohsamuiresort


X2 KHAO LAK ANDA MANI RESORT CROSS TO A NEW DIMENSION OF LUXURY BY DESIGN

Nestled on a peaceful land fronting white sandy beach in Khao Lak, X2 Khao Lak Anda Mani Resort defines the meaning of a luxury getaway in Thailand. The quiet and authentic atmosphere of small fishing communities embraces the boutique resort, and with only 9 suites and villas, tranquillity and privacy are the keys to the ultimate experience here. Each suite and villa also commands breathtaking views of the pool and Lam Kaem beach surrounded by an abundance of tropical trees.

indulge in a massage, all tailored to wishes. Anything you wish could become a reality here, especially your dream wedding and honeymoon. X2 Khao Lak has everything from amazing views of the Andaman Sea and impressive architectural and interior design for a chic and stylish pre-wedding photo shoot, special venues for your special day, to luxury accommodation for a romantic honeymoon. X2 Khao Lak will help you create your sweet memory you will cherish and share forever.

As X2 is known for its unique design, X2 Khao Lak Anda Mani Resort perfectly sync modern minimalist design of both interior and exterior to the surrounding nature. Allow yourself to be free from all the hassle of the world and relax by the pool, enjoy an all-day dining at 4K (pronounced “fork�), or

Location 7/9 Moo 2, Petchkasem Rd, Khao Lak, Lam Kaen, Thaimuang, Phang Nga 82210 Thailand Tel: +66 (0)63 063 8310 Email: book.am@X2resorts.com www.X2LOBBY.com www.facebook.com/x2khaolakandamaniresort

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SALIL HOTEL SUKHUMVIT B A N G K O K Salil Hotel Sukhumvit - Soi Thonglor 1 is a brand new 4 stars boutique hotel in Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Soi Thonglor). The hotel is located in serene area and only a 3-minute walk from Thonglor BTS station. The hotel provides easy access to the best in business, dining, shopping, leisure and entertainment. Salil Hotel combines the comforts of home, convenience with the facilities and services of a superior hotel, which is suitable for executive and leisure traveler wishing to have a quiet retreat in the heart of Bangkok. The hotel is well decorated in 3 difference styles in 3 buildings, The first building, created in a chic colored vintage style, is called “Granada”. The second building, created in Spanish style in theme of 4 seasons by each floor :Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, is called “Saville” and the third building in vintage style is called “Barcelona” The 106 Superior rooms and 5 Deluxe rooms are designed and decorated luxury enough to give you feel of the best quality treat for your quality holidays. You will experience a warm welcome and inviting atmosphere with privacy to make you feel truly at home. 52 NOW TRAVEL ASIA JULY/AUGUST 2017


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The Salil takes in all the ways guests can enjoy food and drink, including at all-day dining at Bar Storia del Caffè, the Classical-European inspired that kicks up the fun aspect for the hotel, as well as afternoon tea and more at the hotel’s Mariage Frères Tea Room, which brings to Bangkok a dedicated venue and shop for the venerable French tea purveyor to sip tea, hang out and do whatever they please. Both located in the lobby area, allowing guests to enjoy the experience the Concept Living Space upon arrival to the hotel. Make yourself at home in daytime at rooftop pool with secret gardens and enchanting glass house. Unwind in night time at urbane sky bar. Come up and experience the entire floor as your own living room where you can relax all day all night. Location 24 Soi Sukhumvit 57 (Baan Kluy Nua),Klong Ton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand www.thesalilhotel.com

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Live a life of a star in a new world of glamour in the already famously glamorous city of Macau. Expect global entertainment and luxurious resort experience within Studio City. This high vibe Art Deco entertainment complex is a city within a city which may be your dream comes true when it comes to leisure and fun. Start your own Hollywood inspired journey through Studio City’s 35,000 m2 retail mecca filled with all-star line-up of the most sought after brands and internationally renowned labels. If you take a closer look at the figure 8 underneath the “Studio City” sign above the complex you will notice the 8 is much more than just an icon - it’s a Ferris wheel! In fact, it’s the world’s highest figure 8 Ferris wheel! So, let your fortunes soar to new heights and admire the breathtaking views of the city 130 meters up in the air!

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LAKE AND NATURE PRESERVE CITY OF DREAMS VENETIAN MACAO

GALAXY MACAO

JW MARRIOTT HOTEL MACAU THE RITZ-CARLTON, MACAU

CROWN TOWERS HARD ROCK HOTEL

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BORDER GATE IMMIGRATION LAKE AND NATURE PRESERVE

You have to go back a decade to be where Macau really begins to boom as an entertainment hub. It started off in Taipa and Cotai when The Venetian set foot on this small state in July 2007. Integrating casino, hotel, and high-end brand stores into one giant complex has been the trend of Macau development with many worldclass complexes following the footstep of The Venetian Macau like the luxurious Galaxy Macau, the modern Studio City and City of Dreams, the unique Parisian Macau with its iconic half-scale Eiffel tower replica, and the latest addition Wynn Palace that brought all famous designer stores and restaurants by world-famous chefs into one spectacular complex. The classic scenes of traditional ChinoPortuguese architectures and charming old town of the bygone days are being overwhelmed by the vibrant colours of modern Macau on Taipa and Cotai. Modern day Macau never sleeps as it is now dubbed as the Vegas of Asia. New entertainment complexes and shops continue to add extravagance to the city and fiercely fighting to become the best. They will keep surprising all visitors with more luxurious shops, more impressive restaurants, more thrilling live performances, and unimaginable level of luxurious accommodations that will redefine your definition of luxury travel! 56 NOW TRAVEL ASIA JULY/AUGUST 2017

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TH E PA R IS IA N M A C A U

Judging from the name, you might have already guessed the main theme of The Parisian Macau. Recently opened last year, The Parisian Macau is the latest mega project by Las Vegas Sands on the famous Cotai. This world-class entertainment complex features a high-end shopping mall, theaters with five stars live performances, a luxurious hotel, a great spa, and even a water park that will keep

you dazzled throughout your visit. It’s very easy to find The Parisian Macau – just look around until you spot the iconic half-scale replica of the famous Eiffel Tower which is inspired by the magical “La Ville Lumière” or the “City of Lights” itself. This landmark replica also houses an observation deck and hosts a dazzling light show that brings this part of Paris to life every night.


DI N E Since you are in The Parisian Macau, you will undoubtedlyfind some of the best of French and Chinese cuisines here. As introduced before, the Eiffel Tower is home to the hotel’s signature French restaurant - La Chine – and that’s the first big check for spectacular views of the Cotai Strip. The restaurant offers you a vibrant and chic dining experience with creative dishes that fuse regional Chinese favorites with the French Joie de vivre.

P L AY At The Parisian Macau, you will be able to experience world class theatrical and entertainment shows in the state-of-art Parisian Theatre which can cater over 1,000 guests. Fun performances aren’t just limited within the theatre at The Parisian. The Parisian Streetmosphere let you immerse yourself in the colourful and energetic street performance with an eclectic mix of street artists, heart-warming comedic performances by a troupe of mimes and high-kicking cancan dancers.

TIP There is thriller live which is created to commemorate arguably the world’s greatest ever entertainer, Michael Jackson.

S TAY The French-themed hotel also has a halfsized replica of the iconic Eiffel Tower. A selection of relaxing massages and nurturing treatments can be enjoyed at the onsite Spa centre. The hotel also provides world-class meeting venues with professional services and facilities. Other onsite facilities include a well-equipped fitness centre and a full-service travel agency. With 9 restaurants and food court,

The Parisian Macau offers diverse dining experiences to please even the pickiest of palates. You can enjoy authentic French cuisines at Brasseries or La Chine, or have traditional Chinese dishes at Lotus Palace. Assorted traditional Dim Sum are served at Cafe Express while European delicacies can be found at Le Buffet. There is also a Market Bistro offering 24-hour dining. Location Lote 3, Strip, SAR, P.R. China, Estr. do Istmo, Macau www.parisianmacau.com

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S T U DI O C I TY Live a life of a star in a new world of glamour in the already famously glamorous city of Macau. Expect global entertainment and luxurious resort experience within Studio City. This high vibe Art Deco entertainment complex is a city within a city which may be your dream comes true when it comes to leisure and fun. Start your own Hollywood inspired journey through Studio City’s 35,000 m2 retail mecca filled with all-star line-up of the most sought after brands and internationally renowned labels.

DINE Immerse yourself in a culinary tour of Northern and Southern flavors! Bi Ying offers an extensive menu highlighted by provincial favorites such as clay pot congee, tasty stir-fried dishes, as well as Cantonese and Northern style dim sum – made to order in the open kitchen. There is an open lychee barbecue station for preparing succulent meat and fresh seafood with a distinctive flavor!

TIP Chill out under the summer sky every Wednesday at the hottest outdoor lounge El Cielo at Pacha Macau. Sip on our delicious summer cocktails, accompanied by great music and special performances!

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P L AY If you take a closer look at the figure 8 underneath the “Studio City” sign above the complex you will notice the 8 is much more than just an icon - it’s a Ferris wheel! In fact, it’s the world’s highest figure 8 Ferris wheel! So, let your fortunes soar to new heights and admire the breathtaking views of the city 130 meters up in the air! Born from an epic Hollywood-inspired tale of two asteroids careering through Studio City’s two Art Deco hotel towers, the iconic landmark features 17 spacious Steampunkthemed cabins, each accommodating up to 10 people.

S TAY At Studio City Hotel, you can relax like a true star. Unwind with a stroll through the lushly landscaped pool deck, drift away down the meandering RiverScape, or indulge your body and soul with an escape to the Zensa Spa. We ensure that your stay in Macau is a truly memorable experience. Star Tower offers over 600 suites complete with lavish facilities, dedicated services plus everything you need for a five-star retreat. Personalized check-in, private indoor heated pool and health club can be enjoyed by all Star Tower guests. Location Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau www.studiocity-macau.com

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G AL A X Y M ACA U Galaxy Macau has been the destination for many travelers for so many years and it’s never gone out of style. Referred by many to be one of the most spectacular leisure and entertainment destinations in the world. Galaxy Macau also introduces the Broadway Macau, offering a new concept to Cotai as an entertainment and accommodation resort that pushes the boundaries on what people come to expect in megacomplexes like these.

DINE The Apron is on high-quality ingredients, hand selected for their emphasis on provenance and sustainability. Jet fresh premium oysters have been chosen from across the globe, from regions and farms famed for the high standard of their seafood; shucked to order and served with a selection of delicious house-made sauces. All of our beef is dry-aged inhouse, and grilled to perfection over beech wood flames. The Chef has only sourced produce from the very best farms around the world; those committed to the quality and care of their farms to fork operation, such as Coastal Rye Grass Fed Angus from Wakanui, New Zealand as well as award winning Kobe Wagyu from Darling Downs, Australia. 60 NOW TRAVEL ASIA JULY/AUGUST 2017


P L AY The Grand Resort Deck! The extraordinary Grand Resort Deck boasts the world’s largest Skytop Aquatic Adventure River Ride at 575 meters, the world’s largest Skytop Wave Pool, the 150m pristine white sand beach, and the vast assortment of water attractions that include waterslides, geysers, waterfalls and the kids’ aquatic zone. Moreover, they have Viva La Broadway offering you on opportunity to experience world class performers and breath-taking moments at Broadway Theatre.

M U ST K NOW One of the many things that everyone love Macau is free shuttle buses in everywhere. Most of the hotels in Macau also operate shuttle buses for guests and Casino shuttle buses can be used by anyone.

S TAY Galaxy Macau holds a collection of luxury hotels, including Banyan Tree, The RitzCarlton, and JW Marriott.

JW MARRIOTT HOTEL THE RITZWorld-renowned for its iconic luxury, CARLTON Asia’s largest JW Marriott, JW Marriott Hotel Macau brings its guests an approachable luxury experience through the richness of authenticity – discovered in the beauty of craftsmanship and delivered with an intuitive response to personal expectations. Set within one of the world’s most spectacular entertainment and leisure destinations – Galaxy Macau™, JW Marriott Hotel Macau enjoys a privileged location with instant access to a wide selection of international cuisine and vibrant entertainment, along with all the amenities business or leisure travelers could wish for. Location Galaxy Macau™, COTAI, Macau www.galaxymacau.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, offers the impeccable levels of service for which the brand is famous around the world. Set within the top floors of one of the world’s most spectacular entertainment and leisure destinations – Galaxy Macau™, the hotel is an all-suite hotel by The Ritz-Carlton, featuring over 230 suites which overlook inspiring views of Cotai Macau. Intimacy, exclusivity, and personalized attention to detail are hallmarks of The Ritz-Carlton standards of hospitality famous around the world. The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, proves no exception enabling guests to revel in the finest personal service and the best of Asian luxury. NOW TRAVEL ASIA 61 JULY/AUGUST 2017


C I T Y OF D RE A M S The grandeur of modern-day entertainment complexes definitely go beyond anyone could imagine. The City of Dreams is a one of Macau’s most popular mega casino resorts with round the clock entertainment, high end hotels and gourmet restaurants. Besides a long list of live performances and entertainment attractions, City of Dream is a culinary heaven from refined French fine-dining at The Tasting Room, to Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant Jade Dragon, and premium sushi at Shinji by Kanesaka.

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P L AY Positioning Macau as Asia’s premier entertainment destination as a multi-day stay resort destination, with facilities and activities that appeal to the Asian and international leisure seeker, entertainment represents an important and integral part of the City of Dreams experience. City of Dreams offers a kaleidoscope of entertainment options for all visitors to enjoy. ‘The House of Dancing Water’, the world’s largest water-based extravaganza, Club Cubic, the largest and most prestigious club in Macau, City of Dreams is the place to see and be seen.

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DINE City of Dreams includes a diverse range of world-class restaurants as well as a host of Asian-inspired noodle bars, cafés and a number of relaxed bars and lounges. A team of regionally renowned chefs creates a dining experience that delights and surprises.

Crown Towers at City of Dreams, the first hotel in Macau with complete Forbes Travel Guide FiveStar achievement for all of its facilities, including the hotel, restaurants and spa offers the ultimate in opulence and innovation for those seeking refinement and attention-to-detail in every aspect of their stay. The hotel includes a dramatic entrance lobby with soaring seven-meter high ceilings, iconic screens of soft golds and aquatic blues, a row of green luster Chinese bamboos in between, and Lan, the intimate jewel-like lobby bar that features the visually spectacular City of Dreams and the Cotai area. Crown Towers offers approximately 300 guestrooms, including approximately 200 deluxe and premier rooms, 55 suites and 33 villas ensuring luxurious space and comfort .

Hard Rock Hotel suites fit for a rock star and are adorned with memorabilia and icons reflecting the electrifying revolution that changed the face of music. When it comes to limitless energy, unparalleled creativity and attentive service, Hard Rock Hotel is the place to enjoy authentic experience that rock. A hotel with attitude, Hard Rock Hotel Macau entertains guests’ dreams of a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. Check into any of our 322 guest rooms including two ultra-chic and luxurious Rock Star Suites, take in the stunning views of Cotai, and soak in the atmosphere in the guitarshaped pool, the hotspot for parties and entertainment. It’s 24-7 indulgence and everyone’s invited. Location Estrada Do Istmo, Cotai, Macau www.cityofdreamsMacau.com

TIP The high energy top 40 cover band from Jakarta is ready to rock Macau every Thursday to Tuesday at Hard Rock Cafe!

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THE V E N E TI AN M AC AU The Venetian Macau is arguably the most famous integrated resort in Macau, and definitely the largest of its kind in Asia today. This mega entertainment complex brings the charming streets and canals of Venice to Macau. How about a romantic gondola ride and a photo at St Marks Square without going all the way to Europe? A high-end shopping spree or a sumptuous fine dining? A luxurious lifestyle all in one massive complex? Well, as a flagship casino resort, The Venetian Macau has everything you’ll ever dream of for an entertaining leisure vacation!

DINE With over 30-year experience of Shanghai 456 Restaurant, 456 Modern Shanghai Restaurant brings up a newly Shanghai savor while sticking to the traditional culinary art. Contemporary cuisine accompany with elegant surrounding, a luxury enjoyment of dining in 456 Modern Shanghai Restaurant that you find nowhere.

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PL AY Comprised of outstanding vocal, visual, and musical talents from around the world, the Streetmosphere artists perform memorable arias in Italian, English, and even Chinese. It’s the perfect way to make your event a truly Venetian Experience!

M U ST K N OW The famous ceiling in The Venetian Macau is sky ceiling and they will change through time.

S TAY The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel offers modern hotel and features a number of amenities, such as a kids club, a ballroom and an executive floor. It provides familyfriendly facilities, with room designs and services for families both large and small, as well as a kids pool and babysitting/ child services. Recreational features include miniature golf. Hotel the Venetian Macau features a restaurant and a pub where guests can unwind at the end of the day with dinner and a drink. Places to dine at the hotel include Häagen Dazs and Golden Peacock. Room service is available 24-hours a day, and a selection of restaurants can be found nearby. The Venetian Macau is surrounded by the area’s sightseeing attractions, including Cotai Strip, City of Dreams and Casino at Venetian Macau which are within walking distance. Fortune Diamond is also nearby. Location Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Macau www.venetianmacau.com

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Wynn Palace is conveniently located in the heart of Macau and just 63 kilometres from Hong Kong. The entrance has a beautiful lake with dancing fountains, surrounded by cable cars and Golden Dragons to welcome the guests upon arrival. The resort is as a floral palace, with bespoke pieces of art and entertainment throughout the property. It features a spa that focuses on achieving results that relax and heal your body, a retail promenade with a collection of 52 of the most indulgent brands.


DINE A quintet of restaurants offers the ultimate in elegant dining at Wynn Palace. To create these unique culinary offerings, Wynn Palace combined forward-thinking philosophies in food and interior design to create restaurants that dazzle both the eye and palate. At Andrea’s, a blend of contemporary Chinese dishes and cocktails is highlighted by a high-energy music playlist. At SW Steakhouse, exceptional steaks and seafood are presented in an elegant dining room that features a surprising theatrical experience every 30 minutes. At Mizumi, food and service are enhanced by meticulous attention to detail, in keeping with time-honored Japanese customs. At the intimate Sushi Mizumi, superb seafood is handcrafted by expertly trained master chefs. Finally, don’t miss Wing Lei Palace, a golden jewel of a restaurant, where superlative Cantonese cuisine is presented in an opulent, imperialinspired setting.

S TAY At Wynn Palace, every elegant detail is carefully crafted to bestow a royal experience. Wynn Palace features 1,706 rooms, an 8-acre Performance Lake, air-conditioned SkyCab, gaming space, meeting facilities, spa and salon, luxury retail and fine dining. Guests can pamper themselves with the quintessential indulgence of a Wynn spa experience, work out at the fitness centre, or enjoy a breathtaking journey in one of the SkyCabs to reach the very heart of the resort. The property provides venues for business meetings, elegant weddings and private banquets. Shopping, shows and entertainment are also available. Location Avenida Da Nave Desportiva, Cotai, Macau www.wynnpalace.com

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TIP The flowers around Wynn Palace can stay fresh for 6 months because of science method to help them always fresh !

Graceful plumes of water dance a romantic ballet or soar into the sky with power and precision As the signature attraction at Wynn Palace, the Performance Lake has been designed to evoke a variety of emotions, from a pure appreciation of its elegance and beauty to a wide-eyed sense of awe and wonder. Enhanced by a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, this thrilling aquatic spectacle has become the centerpiece not only of Wynn Palace, but also of Macau itself. After sunset each night, you’ll find visitors flocking to the Performance Lake from throughout the region, while as a guest you will enjoy a front-row seat to this fantastical show, with a prime view from the comfort of your room or suite to a perfectly positioned table at one of our delectable restaurants. NOW TRAVEL ASIA 67 JULY/AUGUST 2017


D IN E C O N R AD M AC A U C O TA I C E N TR A L Conrad Macau, Cotai Central is a stylish hotel choice where you can relax and be energized whilst enjoying the adventure, fun and fortune of Sands Cotai Central. The hotel is part of an innovative fully integrated resort city. Conrad Macau is at the centre point of the most diverse range of products, offerings, experiences, and occasions on the Cotai Strip – smart luxury, international live entertainment, branded duty-free shopping, Asia’s leading conferences and conventions, and worldclass cuisine – all in Conrad’s signature world of style, service, and connection. For sophisticated travellers, Conrad Macau, Cotai Central is the place to be in Macau to make your journey more inspired.

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Dynasty 8 will evoke a feeling of old world China charm, with 8 private dining rooms which are to portray the rich history and decor of each of the 8 represented Dynasties: Qin, Han, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing. Dynastry 8’ s signature are Crystal jumbo king prawn with bird’s nest and egg white.


P L AY Enjoy and Relax with the dynamic new Himalayan Salt Stone Massage treatment. Himalayan Salt Stone Massage features smooth, heated crystal stones made from 100% pink Himalayan salts packed with 84 naturally occurring minerals. Beautifully presented in an eco-friendly warmer that emits negative ions to enhance the treatment room environment, the stones are warmed to the perfect temperature to neutralise the body and mind of toxicity. Special techniques are used in a deep pressure massage to gently release muscles that are tight, sore or compromised. The combination of massage, heat and minerals helps to achieve a greater sense of relaxation.

S TAY Conrad Macau, Cotai Central offering 654 guestrooms and suites in a 40-floor tower overlooking the Cotai Strip just a five-minute drive from Macau International Airport, Conrad Macau is at the heart of Macau’s Cotai Strip at Sands Cotai Central. The hotel offers easy access to all parts of Macau, including authentic connections to Macau’s cultural and heritage areas, with limousine service, plus the added convenience of complimentary shuttle buses. Conrad Macau is also connected conveniently to ferry terminals and border crossing points within a few minutes of the hotel. Location Conrad Macau, Cotai Central, Estrada do Istmo. s/n, Cotai, Macau www.conradmacau.com

TIP A little bear will be offered as the special gift for the guests those who stay in Conrad Macau.

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TH E PA R IS IA N M A C A U

MACAU’ S HISTORY EXPERIENCE FASCINATING STORY OF MACAU BEYOND MODERN ENTERTAINMENT

If you haven’t already know, Macau was under full Portuguese control since the 1887 and was handed back to China in 1999. This former Portuguese colony was originally the trading gateway for the Portuguese and the far east and it won’t take long for you to notice evidences of its history and western influences that still permeate the peninsula’s streets. A walk through Historic Centre of Macau reveals fascinating charm of both Chinese and Portuguese cultures blended together to create Macau’s unique character found in everything from food and tradition to architecture. As a popular World Heritage Site, Historic Centre of Macau welcomes millions of visitors who came to witness Macau’s rich cultural past, including pastel-colored houses, cobblestone walkways, Chinese temples and Moorish barracks, within these much celebrated streets. 70 NOW TRAVEL ASIA JULY/AUGUST 2017


TIP There’s a special exhibit from a well-known local Macau artist, Eugenio Novikoff Sales, at the Portuguese Consulate of Macau just 10 minutes away from A-Ma Temple. Make sure you stop by for some stunning artworks and breathtaking views.

A - M A TE M PLE Located in the southeast of Macau Peninsula, A-Ma Temple is the most prominent and the oldest temple in Macau. It is believed that the name “Macau” was derived from the word “A-Ma-Gau” or the Bay of A-Ma when Portuguese colonists first landed on a sea promontory near the temple around 400 years ago and asked the locals for the name of the land. A-Ma Temple is where you’ll find peacefulness, silence, and amazing views, as well as a number of pavilions dedicated to the worship of different deities. Location Barra Square, Macau

ST. AUGUSTINE’S CHURCH St. Augustine’s Church is a simple neoclassical style church sitting on a square which takes the same name. This is one of the most important churches in Macau and it’s the starting location for the annual “Jesus on the Cross” walk that takes place every Easter. St. Augustine’s Church is also known as the Temple of the Long-whiskered Dragon because, according to the official, the roof of the church was once covered with fan palm leaves which the Chinese attributed these leaves to dragon’s whiskers floating in the wind. Location 2 Santo Agostinho Square Opening time: 10:00 - 18:00 Ticket: free

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RUINS OF ST. PAUL’S Ruin of St Paul is the reminiscent of what was the church of Mater Dei and St. Paul College. Fire took most of the site down and now what remains of the early 17th century Jesuit church is its magnificent front façade which can probably be seen on almost every Macau travel brochure and advertorials. Ruins of St. Paul have become Macau’s most famous landmark, attracting millions of visitors each year, and in 2005, the ruins are officially listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, boosting its reputation as Macau’s historic icon!

SENADO SQUARE Pastel Chino-Portuguese neoclassical architectures dominate the scenery of this century-old square and they will continue to dominate as the authority forbids any alteration to the facades of these buildings. Senado Square has been the main venue for events and celebrations and it is still the most popular spot for public events, attracting millions of visitors and locals alike, especially on special days such as Chinese Spring Festival and Christmas where lion and dragon dances are performed and fireworks light up the sky. Being the spot for public events doesn’t mean Senado Square gets dull on other days. The Square is surrounded by many options for shopping as well as for street food, famous snacks, and traditional Chinese food.

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Location Largo do Senado, Macau

M U ST K N OW Gleaming Senado Square, the most famous “Maritime Square” of Macau

Right in the heart of the captivating Senado Square stands the oldest church in Macau, St. Dominic’s Church. Constructed by 3 Spanish Dominican priests to worship Our Lady of Rosary and completed in 1587, the original church was smaller than the current one since it was refurbished and expanded in 1828. This Portuguese and Spanish influenced Boaroque style church houses almost 300 pieces of invaluable religious artworks, including quaint oil-paintings and the statue of Jesus Christ. Location Tv. de São Domingos & Largo de São Domingos, Macau

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W HER E TO EAT Eating in Macau is unlike anywhere else in the world. There are two zone around city; Taipa is where most of the actions are and there are a few restaurants and cafĂŠs to visit on your Macau exploration. On the other zone, the Macau zone is home to a number of traditional Macanese and Chinese restaurants and cafĂŠs. Here are some you should not miss:

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TAI L E I L O I KE I Tai Lei Loi Kei literally made simple pork chop bun into Macau’s signature food. There are now many branches around the region but the original store is located right in Taipa. The whole pork chop stuffed in a bun idea may not intrigue those who are vegans but it’s a dream dish for meat lovers and any foodie. A piece of thick cut pork chop is deliciously marinated and fried to a succulent, tender texture, then sandwiched between a lightly toasted Portuguese buns. It’s simple but it’s is simply divine. Address: Rua Correria da Silva, No 35, Taipa, Macau 48 MOP/Piece

SOPA DE FITAS WING KEI Located within a walking distance from many Taipa’s tourist attractions, Sopa de Fitas Wing Kei may look like a typical street café but their flavours are Michelin-worthy! Don’t be surprised to find the place so crowded with locals and tourists. Most of them probably come to savour the highly recommended Tau Fu Hua which comes in both hot and cold version. Besides temperature difference, hot Tau Fu Hua is served with sweet syrup while the cold one is served with additional evaporated milk. Cold Tau Fu Hua is just to die for during the hot summer! Address: Rua Da Tercena 41, Macau Price: 9 MOP/Bowl

SENG CHEONG This restaurant is a popular Chinese restaurant located at Rua do Cunha Street in Old Taipa Village. It is known for its signature dish: the Crab Congee. The porridge was cooked by boiling it with three different types of crab. Generous amount of crabs soaked in the very smooth and fragrant porridge. Address: 28-30 Rua do Cunha, Vila de Taipa, Macau 150 MOP/Small Bowl NOW TRAVEL ASIA 75 JULY/AUGUST 2017


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MARGARET’S CAFÉ E NATA Yes, Portuguese egg tart is a stereotypical Macau snack, but you just can’t resist it when it’s done superbly. Despite having other equally good pastries, cakes, pizzas, sandwiches and coffee available, the star of Margaret’s Café e Nata can’t be anything but Portugese egg tarts! Flaky and crispy crust? Checked! Awesome buttery flavor? Checked! Perfectly caramelized custard? Checked! Smooth and rich texture? Checked! What can you ask more from a perfect Portuguese egg tart?

CHAN KONG KEI One visit at Chan Kong Lei is never enough. The restaurant is considered one of the most famous Cantonese restaurants in Macau, within its price range of course. Chan Kong Kei specializes in succulent roast duck, goose, and pork, as well as their to-die-for crispy pork belly. Address: Rua Do Dr. P José Lobo 19, Macau 36 MOP/Dish

Address: G/F, 17A Rua Alm Costa Cabral R/C, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau 90 MOP/12 Pieces

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DAI GWAN TAIWAN PEPPER CAKE Selling fresh-off-the-oven buns, Dai Gwan is truly known for its famous Taiwanese style black pepper bun. This hot pocket of flavours is made of flaky buns with sesame seeds, black pepper pork and spring onions. It’s simple, it’s delicious! Address: 1 Rua do Monte, Macau 18 MOP/Piece

Feast of Kuan tai The festival celebrated about Kuan Tai’s birthday. In this festival, believers offer fresh flowers, burn joss sticks and various offerings to worship Kuan Tai at home. And there are activities in Macau are lion and dragon dance, banquets, and sport competitions. The period of Festival is July 17, 2017 5th Macau Int’ nl travel expo MITE join hands to develop tourism resources of Maritime Silk Road and exchange of content and fields in the industry. Covering six major tourism categories including dining, accommodation, transportation, entertainment, sightseeing and shopping. The period of expo from July 7 - 9, 2017

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SO F I TE L M AC AU AT PO N T E 16 Situated on Macau’s picturesque waterfront, Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16 is located in the center of the city at the heart of the charming historical quarter, and within walking distance of St. Paul’s Ruins and A-Ma Temple! The complex of restaurant, bar, recreational facilities, meeting and banquet venues, in-house casino, and Pier 16 Macau 3D World. The hotel has easy access to the major points of arrival.

DINE Savour the gourmet international buffet and à la carte menu at Mistral Restaurant, Privé French Restaurant offering exciting tableside classics, and Macau’s newest Cantonese Restaurant, Le Chinois with breathtaking views from the hotel’s top floor. RendezVous lobby bar invites you to meet in decadent surrounds for signature cocktails a lush red or a crisp white as you savour the Old World character of Macau. Take in magnificent views of Macau Harbour in our lobby bar. 78 NOW TRAVEL ASIA JULY/AUGUST 2017


PL AY Enjoy and relax with So SPA with L’OCCITANE. This cocooning, feel-good space is dedicated to wellbeing and relaxation. Spend time in the innovative multi-sensory shower, feel the benefit from traditional Asian treatments or wet and dry Hammam treatments from the Middle East. The latest modern French cosmetology techniques are all part of the So SPA experience. So SPA invites you to experience an unforgettable moment of Wellbeing and Beauty.

M U ST K N OW Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16 has several points of entries including Macau International Airport, Hong Kong and Macau Ferry Terminal and Border Gate.

S TAY Its 408 luxury rooms and suites are exceptionally appointed and overlook the charming river view of pearl River Delta and the city glitz, including 10 suites and 19 luxurious Mansion at Sofitel, the largest room capacity is up to 262 sq.m. All rooms are equipped with the famous MyBed concept, a Sofitel exclusive, plasmas screens, a Bose sound system, an espresso machine and Hermes bathroom amenities. The suites are also equipped with French paintings. Behind its facade of European flair, this only French hotel brand in town embodies the essence of the dynamic city and “art de recevoir”. The magical complex of restaurants, bars, wellness, swimming pools and entertainment ensures that Sofitel has created an exquisite world for true lovers of ‘art de vivre’, connoisseurs who travel the world in search of places that delight their senses and stimulate their curiosity. Location Rua do Visconde Paco de Arcos, Macau www.sofitelmacau.com

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Las Vegas came a long way from a small town by the train track to a mecca of entertainment when the city blossomed with the construction of Hoover Dam and legalized casino gambling in the 1930s. The city is now the

world’s destination when it comes to nightlife, unparalleled dining options, and endless shopping which are constantly evolving to a new level of experience. High-end shops and celebrity chef restaurants made Las Vegas

their home. Las Vegas has the tendency to overwhelm your senses; The lights, the sounds, and the people parading along the boulevard, all coming to get a taste of the legendary Sin City, are a feast all on their own.

MUST KNOW The famous Las Vegas Strip may be only 4 miles long, but you actually need a map to help you navigate through dancing fountains, erupting volcanos, gondoliers in canals, the Eiffel Tower, and many more.

WHEN TO VISIT: WEATHER-WISE, SPRING AND AUTUMN (MARCH-MAY AND SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER) ARE THE BEST SEASONS TO VISIT AS THE WEATHER IS MOSTLY MODERATE. WINTER MAY GET A LITTLE CROWDED WITH DOMESTIC VISITORS, ESPECIALLY DURING LONG HOLIDAYS, WHILE SUMMER WEATHER CAN BE BLAZING HOT. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE BEST DEAL, SUMMER IS WHEN THE HOTEL PRICE IS AT ITS BOTTOM. 82 NOW TRAVEL ASIA JULY/AUGUST 2017


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TOP 5 CASINOS IN LAS VEGAS 1. The Bellagio Inspired by Bellagio, an elegant village by Lake Como, The Bellagio has the most notable feature that will wow most tourists on their first visit – the Fountains of Belligio. There is nothing like seeing the 8 acres lake and spectacular fountain feature first hand. Designed to romance your senses, the Fountains of Belligio performs a spectacular show of thoughtfully interwoven water, music and light. Watch the world’s most ambitious, choreographically complex water dance where each performance is unique in expression and interpretation, meaning that you are always in for a new surprise every time you visit. In addition to the landmark fountain, this luxury casino resort also offers overwhelming choices of games and star-stud performances, including concerts and all kind of stage performances. Address: 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas 2. The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Operated by MGM Resorts International just like Bellagio, The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino is without a doubt one of the most luxurious and famous casinos in the world. Its massive size makes it the largest single hotel in USA and the third largest casino resort in the world with over 5,000 hotel rooms and over 170,000 sq ft of gaming space. But if you aren’t here for the casino, you’ll still have a long list of facilities to explore, including 5 outdoor pools, rivers, and waterfall that cover almost 7 acres, as well as the famous MGM Grand Garden Arena, the Grand Spa, and more shops and restaurants than you could imagine. Address: 3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas 3. The Venetian We have introduced The Venetian Macau quite a number of time now and it’s time to meet the older sister! The Venetian, Las Vegas, is a five-diamond luxury casino resort by the leading casino resort operator, Las Vegas Sands which operates a list of luxury complexes in USA and Asia,

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3 including The Palazzo, Marina Bay Sands, and The Venetian Macau. Your trip to The Venetian would not be completed without a graceful and romantic glide down the Grand Canal on an authentic Venetian gondola. The Venetian Las Vegas lets you experience the romance of Venice as you float beneath bridges, beside cafes, under balconies, and through the vibrant Venetian streetscape with your singing gondolier. Address: 3377 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas 4. New York - New York Wouldn’t it be surprising to see New York’s skyline, but suddenly realized that you are actually in Las Vegas? New York-New York’s architecture evokes the views of 1940s New York skyline which includes New York’s iconic towers such as the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and of course, the Statue of Liberty. Just behind the Statue of Liberty is an attraction that will have you scream at the top of your lungs. The Roller Coaster, sometimes called Big Apple Coaster, takes you 55 meters above ground before dropping down 20 meters and perform a 180 degree spiral. It’s a fun ride for adventurous souls but if you are here for the game, there are plenty of machines and table games on almost 85,000 sq ft of space to try your luck. Address: 3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas

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5. Caesars Palace Casino Located on the western side of the Las Vegas strip by Bellagio, Caesars Palace Casino has been one of Las Vegas’s largest and best known landmarks. The classic Roman themed casino evokes the opulence of the great Roman Empire and lets you taste the luxury of being an emperor. Of course there is an expansive space for gaming, but many visitors flock to Caesars Palace to watch live sport, especially boxing, and headline shows from world-renowned singers and performers. Address: 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas

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Shopper’s Paradise WHERE TO GO ON A SHOPPING SPREE 1. The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian A gondola ride through the Grand Canal of The Venetian would be dull without the luxury boutiques, shops, and restaurants that span through The Venetian to Palazzo Resort. Explore through the expansive 500,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant spaces, anchored by the high-fashion Barneys New York luxury shopping mall and over 80 upscale designer stores, restaurants, and nightclubs like Dooney & Bourke, Sephora, Canaletto and TAO Asian Bistro & Nightclub. Enjoy the lively vibe of The Grand Canal Shoppes’s Streetmosphere where an international roster of classically trained singers, actors, and musicians light up the surrounding atmosphere. On any given day, there are approximately 30 small performances that unexpectedly delight and entertain shoppers. Address: 3377 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas 2. Fashion Show Las Vegas With approximately 2 million sq ft, Fashion Show mall is basically a city of luxury shops and shopping mall all in one place. Indulge in the heart of Vegas with 8 department stores, including Macy’s, Dillard’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus, 25 dining choices and 250 signature stores. The mall features a multi-million dollars venue with an 80 feet retractable runway for the weekly live New York-style runway shows with the hottest fashion brands, as well as “The Cloud”, an architectural canopy which hovers 20 stories over the mall, shading an outdoor plaza during the day and acting as a projection screen for multimedia shows at night. Address: 3200 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas 3. Encore Esplanade Encore Esplanade connects two of Las Vegas’ premier resorts, Encore Las Vegas and Wynn Las Vegas by a luxury indoor shopping space with an intriguing mix of world-class brands and chic boutiques. The exclusive shopping boutiques housed in exquisitely designed retail space provide guests fresh and unexpected offerings for women’s and men’s fashion, accessories and home décor, while its location offers the advantage of the best entertainment and nightlife at its neighbouring resorts like the Le Rêve - The Dream theater, Botero restaurant and XS nightclub. Address: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas 84 NOW TRAVEL ASIA JULY/AUGUST 2017

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5. Las Vegas North Premium Outlets If you love shopping, you’ll love it more with discounts! At Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, there are over 150 upper and mid-range international brands from Calvin Klein, DKNY, Guess, Lacoste, Reebok, Adidas, and Nike, to A|X Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Tahari, Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, Burberry and many more, all offering savings of 25 to 65 percent every day. Address: 875 S Grand Central Pkwy, Las Vegas


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2. Mr. Lucky’s 24/7 at Hard Rock Hotel Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late supper, or very early meal, you can always count on Mr. Lucky’s 24/7. Of course there are similar 24 hours no-frills café all around town but Mr. Lucky’s simply excels in the standard comfort food done right! Step in any time for some of the best burgers, snacks, sandwiches, pancakes, and milkshakes in town. For that sumptuous breakfast, try The King, which comes with 14 banana pancakes, 14 strips of bacon, peanut butter glaze and maple syrup, or try the Rehab Omelet, which includes three egg whites, crispy tofu, green onion, broccoli, tomato and mushrooms with a side of hash browns. Address: 4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas

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Foodie’s Dream FUEL UP AT THESE 5 GREAT BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH PLACES 1. Bouchon at The Venetian Bouchon has been a star restaurant at the Venetian since its establishment in 2004. Named “America’s Best Chef” by Time Magazine, Chef Thomas Keller brought his award-winning cuisine to Las Vegas you don’t have to go to French Laundry in Yountville or Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills to taste experience his ingenious modern French cuisine. Bouchon’s Sunday brunch on the outdoor patio or the sunlit bistro is the standout here, and the menu changes with the seasons although some of Chef Keller’s favorite dishes remain as fixtures on the menu throughout the year. Address: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas

4. Siegel’s 1941 at EI Cortez Siegel’s 1941 bring back the old Vegas vibe when the city began to boom. Expect wooden tabletops, dramatic leather booths and archival artwork that tell the stories of the bygone days, but don’t expect the food to be boring! Siegel’s 1941 offers extensive menus filled with modern twists on classic American dishes like Roast Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus, Seasonal Stone Crab and Matzo Ball Soup with Challah, Fat Irish Green Corned Beef Hash, the Seven Layer Lasagna Bolognese, the Classic Shrimp Scampi, and the Monte Cristo. Although the restaurant opens 24 hours a day, some menus are served within a given time of the day. Address: 600 E Fremont St, Las Vegas 5. Northside Cafe at SLS Las Vegas Inspired by classic Las Vegas coffee shop, Northside Café does not limit breakfast to just a morning meal. The restaurant offers all day breakfast alongside comfort food favourites from burgers, sandwiches, and authentic street tacos to steak and seafood 24 hours a day, so you can enjoy late night pancakes or a morning steak, perhaps. In addition to 24 hours menu, Northside Café also serves authentic Chinese dishes for lunch. Address: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas NOW TRAVEL ASIA 85 JULY/AUGUST 2017


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CHINA WORLD

IN S H A N GHA I A single day in Shanghai is nowhere near long enough to experience the city’s many sides. If you’ve got 24 hours, however, you can squeeze in at least 24 different experiences.

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8 - 11 AM: Stuff Yourself with Street Eats Set yourself up for the day with a stomachstretching three-hour breakfast on Spread the Bagel, the popular Bagel store and online bagel delivery service. Spread’s standard selection of bagels is available straight-up, with a “schmear,” or in sandwich form with ingredients like smoked trout or brisket. They also sell cookies by strictly cookies, brownies from The British Kitchen and fresh juices from YOLO. Spread the bagel has revamped their menu including Fat Em Sausage Pizza Bagel (RMB45), served open-faced with stringy cheese, sausage and basil. The savory tomato sauce base and the aromatic fennel-seasoned sausage keeps each bite juicy and moist. And another menu is The Chicken Zest Club (RMB60) is well balance with tasty layers of zesty chicken, crunchy bacon, avocado, tomato and arugula. The stack is topped with a mildly spicy chilimayo. Spread the Bagel : 611 Nanchang Lu, near Xiangyang Bei Lu, Xuhui district.

11 AM - 2 PM: Have a slow bike on to wheels around the Former French Concession The Former French Concession is a nice place to cruise along and has history and beauty to its credit; not everyone is a fast rider and mostly people just want to have a slow ride on a sunny afternoon. In between Julu Lu and Zhaojiabang Lu, east to Sinan Lu, west to Huashan Lu, are lots of small, quiet roads for a lazy afternoon. There are a lot of cafés along the way too and places for some unique photos. You should bike through the Wukang Lu street. Wukang Lu is a beautiful street, quaint and pretty, with outdoor cafes sprinkled here and there you would almost feel you are walking somewhere in Europe. Pop into this little outdoor cafe called “Cozy Wine Bar and Bistro” on this street for a quick cup of coffee and a plate of sausages to snack on.

2 - 4.30 PM: Find street artist’s colourful murals in Fengjing Town Fengjing town, located in Shanghai’s deep south, has long been renowned locally for its “peasant art” bright, vibrant paintings that decorate the walls of rural buildings dotted throughout Jinshan district. But in the past couple of months some new, foreign paintings have been popping up on the sides of houses, snack stalls and farm buildings. Mostly consisting of colourful child-like figures, these new additions are the work of French street artist Seth (Julien Malland). Some of the locations are a little far-flung, but you can take in around half a dozen with a combination of public transport and walking, making for a nice day trip out of the city.

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The perfect dinner of the Bund designed by Neri & Hu, Shanghai

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4.30 - 5 PM: Hop aboard the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel to Lujiazui The Bund, what a beauty. But you can see it properly later, it’s time to go under the river. No Shanghai experience would be truly complete without a go on the bizarre Bund Sightseeing Tunnel to Pudong. Leaving from Chenyi Square near the Peace Hotel, the ride on an underground capsule features psychedelic visuals and even stranger audio commentary, setting the tone for the high-rise futurism of Lujiazui. Sure, it’s so low budget you could argue it’s a rip-off, but it is, in its own way, absolutely charming.

TIP 50RMB one-way and 60RMB for a round trip. Opening Hour 8am-10pm daily

5 - 7 PM: Grab a drink with a view You’ve earnt a drink, so hear up to Flair on the 58th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Pudong. The view from the open-air bar is simply jaw dropping - it feels as if you could almost reach out and touch the Oriental Pearl Tower. The drinks are a little pricey (110RMB plus surcharges for a signature cocktail), and there’s a minimum spend for the terrace tables. But you’re only here for 24 hours, so best do it right. The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong : Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai

7 - 10 PM: Dinner on the Bund The gorgeous space created by Neri&Hu, bridges the organic and natural with elegance and emotive modernity. Reclaimed wood and warm leather tones serve as a gentle complement to the exposed steel, iron and glass to create an atmosphere that is polished yet warm and inviting It’s a perfect spot for wine-fueled weekend dinners among stylish young things sharing plates of perfectly charred wood-fired pizzas, burrata and calamari. Designed by Neri & Hu, the décor echoes the rustic-modern elegance of the menu, with exposed brickwork, blackboards and antique mirrors playing against steel and textured glass. This place is bustling and busy every night, so book ahead. Mercato: 6F, Three on the Bund, No. 3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai NOW TRAVEL ASIA 91 JULY/AUGUST 2017


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10 PM - 3 AM: Time to Party in Elevator Club Elevator is Shanghai’s go-to club for house music lovers. As well as regular big name international bookings, the club stands out for its warm and friendly atmosphere, making it a favourite spot for those who just want to dance. Combine it with ping pong tables, “spiked juices” and a good sound system and it’s no wonder we end up here till many a weekend morning.

3 - 6 AM: Wind up for some late-night dancing If you’re still moving through the wee hours, there’s really only one place to go, and that’s Celia. A haven for Shanghai’s latenight crowds, the club usually gets busy from 2am (and stays open till 9am). Celia: 298 Xingfu Lu, near Pingwu Lu

6 - 8 AM: Time to dig out your picnic baskets Finish your trip with a relaxing wander through one of Shanghai’s picturesque parks. Fuxing, Zhongshan and Huashan parks are always bustling with early morning activity, with old Shanghai ren practising tai chi, dancing, diablo, flying kites and more.

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WHERE TO STAY IN SHANGHAI

SOFITEL SHANGHAI HYLAND French hospitality, graceful Chinese touches and elegant design blend in exquisite harmony at Sofitel’s 5-star Nanjing Road hotel, Sofitel Shanghai Hyland. The hotel possesses an extraordinary location at the heart of the city’s commercial hub on China’s most famous pedestrian shopping street, Nanjing Road. 383 impeccably designed guest rooms and suites including 141 exclusive Club rooms located on the uppermost 22 to29 floors. Other facilities include 2 restaurants, 1 bar, spa and 9 conference rooms. Residing on China’s most famous pedestrian shopping street, guests find themselves just a short walk from both the Bund and People’s Square, with its famed attractions including the Grand Theatre, Shanghai Museum and adjacent metro stations - Nanjing Road East and People’s Square. Address: 505 Nanjing E Rd, NanJing Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China www.sofitel.com

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WALDORF ASTORIA SHANGHAI ON THE BUND FAIRMONT PEACE HOTEL Fairmont Peace Hotel, situated in Shanghai, China. This landmark hotel has historically served as a glamorous playground for the elite, where every night was an extravagant gala event and veritable Parisian fashion show. It is the perfect place to explore Shanghai’s spectacular scenery and vibrant lifestyle. The Shanghai Luxury hotel offers 270 distinctive guestrooms, including 39 luxurious suites, which blends art-decoinspired furnishings with modern amenities. Our Fairmont Gold executive floor features private check-in, lounge access, continental breakfast and afternoon canapes. From the exquisite décor to the impeccable service, Fairmont Peace Hotel is an extraordinary hotel in Shanghai and a luxurious lifestyle destination that offers every indulgence. Address: 20 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai www.fairmont.com/peace-hotel-shanghai

Enjoy the architectural beauty and unique mix of past and present at Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. Hints of the building’s heritage, the famed Shanghai Club, blend with contemporary comforts for a truly unique stay. Find elegant guest rooms and suites, exquisite dining, sophisticated event space and a wealth of activities – all in a prime and picturesque location. The hotel is on the Bund on the west bank of the majestic Huangpu River and occupies both a historical landmark building and a new one of contemporary design. Find yourself among the must-see and must-do attractions in this vibrant city. Admire the view of Shanghai’s skyline, the river and Bund from one of our 260 guest rooms and suites, and appreciate thoughtful amenities providing the comfort you deserve. Picture cozy linens on plush beds, spacious work areas, WiFi access and the convenience of making your own cup of coffee or tea. Address: No.2 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road Huang Pu District, Shanghai www.waldorfastoriashanghai.com


GRAND KEMPINSKI HOTEL SHANGHAI The Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai, situated in the heart of Shanghai’s financial district Lujiazui. Offering stunning views of the city’s glittering skyline, the hotel is perfectly located for both leisure and business visitors. Guests can choose from a range of luxury rooms and suites to suit their requirements and the hotel also provides four gourmet restaurants and three bars with incredible views of the city. There is an onsite health club which includes a spa, swimming pool and gym, and the city’s visitor attractions and shopping malls are also easily accessible from the hotel. Address: 1288 Lujiazui Ring Road, Shanghai www.kempinski.com

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JING AN SHANGRI-LA THE PULI HOTEL AND SPA WEST SHANGHAI The Puli Hotel and Spa is centrally located between Nanjing West Road and YanAn Road, adjacent to the multi-use development Park Place. With 193 rooms and 36 suites, The PuLi offers 24-hour butler service, in-room dining, concierge, laundry and valet services, and a world class restaurant. The Health Club has a superbly equipped state of the art gymnasium, sauna, steam room, experiential showers, jacuzzi pool, 25-metre lap infinity pool as well as the first Anantara Spa in Shanghai. With different venues to choose for your private event or meeting, guests can experience handcrafted service from tailormade menus to programming assistance. The Level 1 Garden Terrace, Level 2 all-day dining restaurant and Private Dining Room, Level 3 Meeting Room, and Level 26 as a multifunctional space where one can host exclusive and intimate events and gatherings up to 150 guests. Address: 1 Changde Road, Jingan District, Shanghai www.thepuli.com

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The charm of Shanghai is accentuated in the city’s upscale Jing An district, where glamorous malls and skyscrapers stand alongside quaint shops and lane houses. Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai is central to the 450,000 square-metre Jing An Kerry Centre, which integrates prime hotel, retail, office and residential space overlooking a beautifully landscaped piazza. Shangri-La provides a respite from the city. After an easy check-in, you consider your options for dinner - Cafe Liang for all-day dining or an international buffet, TSURU Japanese Restaurant for traditional Japanese Kaiseki cuisine, Summer Palace for authentic Cantonese cuisine, 1515 WEST Chophouse & Bar for one of the best steaks in Shanghai, or modern Mediterranean dining at Calypso Restaurant & Bar. Address: 1218 Middle Yan’an Road, Jing An Kerry Centre, West Nanjing Road, Shanghai www.shangri-la.com/shanghai/jinganshangrila

GRAND HYATT SHANGHAI Grand Hyatt Shanghai remains as the landmark destination of Shanghai’s business hub, Lujiazui. While the view out of your room in the sky will inspire your mind, the personal touches of our service inside the hotel will soothe your senses. 10 award-winning restaurants and bars showcase the best of international and local pleasures. Our flexible meeting and function options, from private spaces to huge ballrooms, feature the service and technology necessary for world-class events. Relax and unwind with one of our signature aromatherapy spa treatments at Club Oasis Spa or swim in our hotel’s “sky pool” while enjoying the breathtaking panorama of the city skyline. Grand Hyatt Shanghai gives you a world of grand possibilities with luxury accommodation, dining and recreation. Address: Jin Mao Tower, 88 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai www.shanghai.grand.hyatt.com


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