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Accor Hotels Introduces Handwritten Collection

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Accor Hotels Introduces Handwritten Collection - - TRAVELINDEXParis, France, January 26, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / The new brand launches with an immediate footprint of 12 committed hotels around the world; properties will connect guests with the charm, character, and warmth of their hoteliers. Accor Hotels announced an exciting new addition to the Group’s unparalleled network of brands: Handwritten Collection, a global portfolio of charming bespoke hotels that offer an intimate and stylish hospitality experience. Accor already has over 110 Handwritten leads globally totaling more than 11,500 rooms, including 12 secured signings, with five properties expected to debut throughout the first trimester of 2023.

Handwritten Collection properties opening over the next several months include Hotel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental, Handwritten Collection in Shanghai, China; Le Saint Gervais Hotel & Spa, Handwritten Collection in Saint Gervais, France; Wonil Hotel Perth, Handwritten Collection in Perth, Australia; Hotel Morris, Handwritten Collection in Sydney, Australia; and Le Splendid Hotel Lac d’Annecy, Handwritten Collection in Annecy, France. Additional properties will open throughout the remainder of the year and beyond, including Hotel Les Capitouls Toulouse Centre, France; Oru Hub Hotel, Handwritten Collection in Tallinn, Estonia; Square Lodge Hotel La Roche sur Yon, Handwritten Collection in La Roche-sur-Yon, France; Sunrise Premium Resort, Handwritten Collection in Hoi An, Vietnam; Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur*, Handwritten Collection in Paris, France as well as properties in Bucharest, Romania and Madrid, Spain. The Handwritten Collection portfolio is expected to reach more than 250 hotels by 2030.

“Handwritten Collection enriches Accor’s offering in the ‘collection brands’ segment with a curated selection of hotels that exhibit charming and one-of-a-kind concepts. Our aim, beyond delivering a truly authentic guest experience, is to support the growing number of independent and boutique hotel owners looking to boost their global profile, connect with more audiences and grow their revenue without losing their identity,” said Alex Schellenberger, Chief Marketing Officer, Premium, Midscale, Economy Brands, Accor. “The hotels we will feature in Handwritten Collection are those sought out by travelers who appreciate heartwarming travel experiences and a twist on traditional hospitality, as well as by hoteliers who cherish the unique personality of their properties while desiring the benefits that come with a leading global partner.”

With the creation of Handwritten Collection, Accor is broadening its unrivalled brand portfolio and midscale hotel offerings and will look to replicate the success it has achieved with the Group’s other collection brands across other segments. This includes the MGallery Hotel Collection, a storied portfolio in the upper upscale brand segment that now counts more than 100 boutique hotels worldwide and Emblems Collection, Accor’s first luxury collection brand, a carefully curated selection of distinctive hotels that are emblematic of their destination, designer or place in history. With a similar bespoke approach, Handwritten Collection will bring together hotels with individual personalities, intimately reflecting the character and warmth of the people who love and look after them. Like a handwritten note, each host’s individual touches will be subtly encountered at select moments throughout the guest journey. From a warm welcome that cascades into conversation, to freshly baked treats that have guests sneaking seconds into their pockets, no two hotels or stays will be the same.

A Host with Passion

Handwritten Collection offers a variety of hotels that are so distinct, it’s as if each local hotelier were inviting guests into their charming and stylish homes. The guest experience at Handwritten Collection brings to life the spirit of the host: their tastes, their passions and the little quirks of their personality. Each local hotelier provides a charming presence that weaves their character and personality into the fabric of their hotel, engaging guests with local wisdom and delightful conversation, bringing a personalized energy to the guest experience.

“The manner in which each host interacts with their guests is thoughtfully considered and brings to life their own personal passions,” added Caroline Bénard, Global SVP Economy & Midscale Brands, Accor. “Whether in a social setting or the privacy of a guest’s room, there will be moments of storytelling and engagement that create a genuine connection. This rapport between host and guest contributes to a more meaningful and memorable stay experience.’

Designed for Independent Hoteliers

The Handwritten Collection is also designed with the needs of independent hotel owners in mind. With a current conversion rate of 80%, the bulk of properties joining Handwritten Collection will be conversion projects rather than new builds, requiring a simpler transition and ramp up process and a more sustainable growth and development model. The brand’s standards are designed to be flexible, light, and easy to attain. Moreover, Handwritten Collection provides direct ROI and the opportunity for owners to maximize revenue with immediate access to the power and reach of Accor’s sales, distribution and loyalty platforms, while also benefiting from the Group’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) capabilities.

“In 2022, Accor signed on average globally more than one hotel per day and opened nearly one hotel per day. We aim to continue this growth by anticipating the needs of our guests and aligning with the investment criteria of our partners and owners. Independent hotels are increasingly seeking the strength of Accor’s powerful sales, distribution and loyalty platform to increase their revenue and assist them in optimizing their costs, whilst retaining their own distinctive personality and offering a highly qualitative product, service and experience. Handwritten Collection offers them an ideal solution, providing the option for a franchise contract and a flexible and cost-effective level of investment. We look forward to working collaboratively with owners and partners and welcoming additional hotels from around the world into this outstanding collection. With over 110 properties and 11,500 rooms in negotiation to become part of Handwritten Collection, including 12 hotels committed already, we aim to have over 250 properties by 2030.” said Camil Yazbeck, Global Chief Development Officer, Premium, Midscale, Economy, Accor.

First published at – Global Travel News


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Just how easy is it for Canadian travellers to get to Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas? Well, according to Jeremy Mutton, the resort’s General Manager, his guests can “have breakfast in Toronto and lunch in Great Exuma”. With Air Canada Vacations’ exclusive seasonal weekly direct service between Toronto and Great Exuma (with 51 connections across Canada) now through April 30, 2023, there’s no time like the present to recommend this stunning destination to your clients.

Where exactly is Great Exuma? The Bahamas, an archipelago nation, is comprised

of 700 islands and cays. Within that lie the Exuma Cays, a chain of 365 “out” islands. Great Exuma, the largest island in the Exuma Cays, is a pristine isle boasting some of the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean and a population of just over 7,000 people.

Sandals Emerald Bay is located on 500 tropical acres with just 249 rooms and suites. The resort was practically tailor-made for “physical distancing”, long before it became the trend that it is today. For couples looking for that perfect blend of luxury, service, sophistication and seclusion, look no further than Sandals Emerald Bay. Of course, guests can expect the famed Sandals Luxury Included Vacation experience including unlimited, anytime food and premium-brand drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), around-the-clock entertainment (but only if you want), all-you-can-play land and water sports with professional instruction and more.

Following a three and a half-hour direct flight from Toronto, it’s a short 20-minute ride from Georgetown International Airport (GGT) to Sandals Emerald Bay. As with all Sandals Resorts, complimentary airport transfers are included for guests of Sandals Emerald Bay.

Let’s take a closer look at this award-winning resort.

Sandals Emerald Bay is beloved by guests from around the world for its long private white-sand beach and gorgeous blue waters. Beach lovers should definitely add this resort to their list! The resort features elegant villas and suites spread across an expansive 500 acres, three pools (including a half-acre zero-entry pool), 11 specialty restaurants serving cuisine that includes French, Italian and authentically Bahamian options, eight bars including Sandals’ signature swim-up pool bars, a Red Lane Spa for the ultimate in pampering and the list goes on. Sandals Emerald Bay also has a marina, which is accessible for guests arriving by yacht.

With 18 room categories available, there is certain to be one that’s best suited to your clients’ needs and preference….and price point. Sandals Emerald Bay offers classic contemporary accommodations reflecting magnificent Bahamian architecture. Best of all, each and every accommodation is either located directly on the beach or just a short stroll away. This alluring beachfront hideaway includes the low-rise, high style Beach Houses, sumptuously appointed rooms and suites nestled amongst manicured lawns, vibrant bougainvillea and coconut palm trees. The epitome of island living, the exclusive seaside villas—including the one and only Royal Estate Villa—offer expansive elegantly furnished suites that are located directly on the silky white Emerald Bay beach. The accommodations at Sandals Emerald Bay are so elevated; they all begin at Club Level. And nearly half of the resort accommodations include Butler Service.

Designed by golf legend Greg Norman, the award-winning Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course is recognized as one of the most scenic 18-hole ocean-side golf courses in the Caribbean. The 18-hole, par 72 championship course is renowned for its challenging fairways. A golfer’s paradise, six signature holes hug the coastline of a scenic peninsula and prevailing trade winds promise new experiences with each game. Green fees are included for guests of Sandals Emerald Bay. Among its many awards, Sandals Emerald Bay was named “Bahamas’s Best Golf Hotel” for three years in a row at The World Golf Awards. The course is also the home of the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, a PGA Tour-sanctioned Korn Ferry Tour event.

There’s also a 2.6-mile jogging or walking trail that takes guests on a scenic route, right around the famed golf course. It starts with vibrant views of lush greenery and wildlife, then trots along the majestic Emerald Bay Peninsula.

With 11 globally inspired restaurants, as part of Sandals 5-Star Global Gourmet, the hardest decision your clients will have to make during vacation is where to dine every night. La Parisienne, a restaurant offering authentic French cuisine, is a popular option for dinner, while Il Cielo (an Italian restaurant in the evening) with its famous crunchy banana French Toast is a must-try breakfast spot. The flavours of India are on nightly display at Bombay Club. The menu at Soy Sushi Bar pairs perfectly with sake. For those with a sweet tooth, a visit to Café de Paris is a must-do…..morning, noon and night.

The magnificent Red Lane Spa facility encompasses 16,000 square-feet with 17 relaxing treatment rooms. It’s the perfect place to enjoy some well-deserved pampering, either solo or together as a couple.

Sandals Emerald Bay is a dream come true for Canadians couples wanting romance and relaxation. It’s the perfect choice for those discerning clients who want to get away from it all or to disconnect from their busy lives to reconnect with that special someone. And thanks to Air Canada Vacations’ exclusive direct flights, this exotic escape is within easy reach. Please contact your local Sandals Business Development Manager for details on an exclusive instant savings available for Canadians at Sandals Emerald Bay.


First published at Travel Industry Today

First published at – Global Travel News


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With over 700 islands and cays, The Bahamas offers something for everyone. For those clients seeking the perfect blend of seclusion and sophistication, the Exuma Cays definitely fit the bill.  The Exumas are famous for their sapphire-blue waters – waters so spectacular that the vibrant colours are even visible from outer space.  This chain of 365 islands is home to secluded beaches, isolated cays and luxurious resorts.

Here, nature outnumbers humans, coastlines remain flawless and private islands are home to some of the world’s most famous stars – including a group of four-legged local celebrities.

 Sandals Emerald Bay located deep within these idyllic waters of the Exuma Cays, brings unprecedented luxury to the easy-going rhythms of the Out Islands of the Bahamas. With weekly direct flights (YYZ-GGT plus convenient connectors from across Canada), this exotic private escape is within easy reach thanks to Air Canada Vacations.

Do you have clients heading to Sandals Emerald Bay soon?   Do they want to explore this incredible part of the world?  Keep reading for some “Exuma Must Do’s” and be sure to recommend these unforgettable experiences, guaranteed to make their vacation that much more memorable!

Spend the day at Stocking Island

Do your clients want to spend the day on an island that is only accessible by boat? Stocking Island is a small, long, narrow island located just one mile from the port of George Town, Great Exuma.  Easily reachable by boat from Elizabeth Harbour, Stocking Island is home to some of the finest, private white sand beaches in The Bahamas, perfect for snorkelers and divers to explore the island’s blue holes, coral gardens and undersea caves. The island is also home to Stromatolites, said to be the oldest known macro-fossils on the planet, found on the Atlantic-side beaches.  With lots of space to explore and roam, Stocking Island is perfect for a day of adventure, especially with the breathtaking cliffside ocean views.   There’s just one high hill, known locally as the Beacon, which is capped with an old, unused gas beacon with its missing glass top portion but the concrete pillar that is visible for miles.  The central part of Stocking Island features an inlet, known as Hurricane Hole, where sailboats seek protection during storms and features a blue hole.  Opposite to Hurricane Hole is a sandbar beach called the Spit, home to a popular local bar and restaurant called “Chat and Chill” – that’s accessible only by boat.  Sounds like the perfect place to spend an afternoon!

Relax at Tropic of Cancer Beach

Also known as Pelican Beach, Tropic of Cancer Beach is a serene crescent of white-powder sand bordering the translucent water along the coast of Little Exuma. The longest beach on the island, it is also the prettiest in the Exuma chain and more than likely, your clients will probably have it all to themselves! Located at 23 26N 75 35W, the beach is named after the meridian line that defines the northern extent of the tropics and crosses right through it.   With no infrastructure or amenities on this pristine piece of paradise, it’s a good idea for your clients to pack their own food and drinks during this heavenly experience. After all, visitors come from all over the world to bathe and sun here, one of Exuma’s well kept secrets…

Meet the iguanas at Bitter Guana Cay

A whole island full of Bahamian Rock Iguanas?   Dozens of native iguanas can be found on Bitter Guana Cay in the Exumas.  An endangered and protected species, these colourful creatures can live up to 40 years!    The reptiles are probably as close to dinosaurs as can be found in the present day. In fact, parts of the movie “Jurassic Park III: The Lost World” was filmed right here on Bitter Guana Cay.  The iguanas are harmless and on most days, can been seen simply soaking up the sunshine….or the attention of visitors to their little island.

Swim with nurse sharks at Compass Cay

Swimming with sharks isn’t for everyone…..but…’s one of those exhilarating experiences that won’t be soon forgotten for those brave enough to do it.  Compass Cay in the Exumas is the go-to-spot for those willing to swim with nurse sharks, which are slow-moving bottom feeders and are mostly harmless to humans.  Even so, it’s always important to exercise caution when swimming with them……and listen to the expert instructions from the local guides.

Meet Exuma’s World-Famous Swimming Pigs

If there’s one Exuma Must-Do for your clients…..this is it.    The world-famous swimming pigs are often at the top of the list for any visit to the Exuma Cays.  This is one experience that your clients simply can’t miss while they are here. Yes, there are other islands in the Bahamas where guests can see swimming pigs….but only Exuma is where you can find the “original swimming pigs” on Big Major Cay (Pig Island).   Wondering about how the pig got to Pig Beach in the first place?  It’s not really known.  Big Major Cay is uninhabited and the pigs are not native to the island.  Some say they were left by a bunch of sailors who planned to come back and cook them for dinner.  Or that the pigs swam over from a nearby shipwreck.   In either case, there are now about 20 pigs and piglets living the “easy life” with daily visits (and food) from local Bahamians and tourists alike.     How famous are the pigs?  They even have their own Instagram account and official hashtag!

First published at Travel Industry Today

First published at – Global Travel News

GOLF GREENERY AND BAHAMIAN SCENERY: The Korn Ferry Tour Returns To Sandals Emerald Bay For The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic 2023

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Great golf starts in the Caribbean, where 132 professionals swung into The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay, hosted January 15-18. This year’s PGA TOUR-sanctioned event marked the sixth year Sandals Resorts has hosted the Korn Ferry Tour Season Opener, the first stop for players competing for one of 30 coveted cards on “The Path to the PGA TOUR” in 2023.

Great golf starts in the Caribbean, where 132 professionals swung into The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay, hosted January 15-18, 2023. Golf fans are invited to reserve their 2024 resort stays for the next Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, taking place during January 11-17th, 2024, at Sandals Emerald Bay.

A series of engaging events teed up to an energizing week ahead, starting with a Pro-Am Draw Party attended by the Hon. I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas. The Sandals Pro-Am Competition paired 80 amateurs, including Sandals Emerald Bay guests, with 40 Korn Ferry Tour pros for an 18-hole round – with the winners honored at the official VIP Pro-Am Awards Party.

Supported by the Sandals Foundation, a champion for youth sports, Korn Ferry Tour pros hosted the annual Youth Golf Clinic with the Nelson’s Rangers. The local community program, committed to uplifting underserved children, invited 45 local youth to perfect their swings with expert coaching, while off the links, players and guests traded their spikes for swimsuits and enjoyed an exotic escape to swim with Exuma’s famous pigs.

Excitement continued to build as the official Korn Ferry Tour competition kicked off on January 15th. After four rounds of captivating gameplay against the Caribbean’s brightest blue waters, Texas native Chandler Phillips emerged victorious at four under par and was named champion at the winner’s trophy presentation and closing ceremony – celebrated by attendees who included esteemed members of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin, and Sandals Emerald Bay General Manager Jeremy Mutton.

All ‘Fore’ 2024
Ever looking forward to one of the Caribbean’s most anticipated golf events, Sandals Resorts capped the week with official dates announced for the next Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, taking place during January 11-17th, 2024, at Sandals Emerald Bay. Golf fans are invited to reserve their 2024 resort stays, which include complimentary spectator passes for all Sandals Emerald Bay guests, immersing them in the heart of the action. Enhanced Pro-Am and VIP guest experiences for next year’s event will soon become available, with inclusions ranging from playing positions in the official Pro-Am to special event invitations, daily VIP course hospitality and spectator gallery access, and more.

Golf in the Caribbean is Better at Sandals Resorts
Located at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort, and designed by Greg Norman, the award-winning Emerald Bay Golf Course in Great Exuma, Bahamas, is renowned for its cliff-side views, six signature holes, and prevailing trade winds, as much as its bold layout and year-round 80-degree weather. Guests travel here for the golf and unique vacation experience alike, enjoying a la carte dining at eleven restaurants, unwinding at the Red Lane® Spa, and swimming along one mile of Exuma’s electric blue coastline.

Recently announced at all of Sandals Resorts’ award-winning collection of golf courses across the Caribbean, guests can now enjoy an expanded selection of Titleist and FootJoy products as part of a new partnership with Acushnet Company. Products available to rent include an assortment of men’s and women’s FootJoy shoes and sets of Titleist clubs with its industry-leading woods and irons, iconic Vokey Wedges, and Scotty Cameron putters, as well as its premium line of TOUR golf balls available at Sandals’ practice facilities – where green fees are always complimentary for resort guests.

To learn more about the award-winning Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course, please visit To book your stay for the 2024 The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, visit:

About Korn Ferry Tour
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops golf’s next stars, preparing them to compete and win on the game’s biggest stage. The Korn Ferry Tour, which has served as a path to the PGA TOUR since its inception, will begin awarding 30 PGA TOUR cards based off its points list in 2023, with the No. 1 player earning exemptions into the following year’s PLAYERS Championship and U.S. Open. With more than 600 PGA TOUR titles, 27 major championships and six FedExCup champions, Korn Ferry Tour alumni make up over 80 percent of the PGA TOUR’s current membership. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM or follow the Korn Ferry Tour on social media.


First published at Travel Industry Today

First published at – Global Travel News

Outrigger Fiji and Castaway Island First South Pacific Resorts with Green Seal Certification

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Outrigger Fiji and Castaway Island First South Pacific Resorts with Green Seal Certification - TRAVELINDEXFiji, South Pacific, January 25, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Recognised for their resilience in promoting sustainable and responsible practices, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Castaway Island, Fiji are the first resorts in the South Pacific to be awarded Green Seal certification. Issued by global non-profit organisation Green Seal, the certification ensures that a product or service meets a set of rigorous performance, health, and environmental criteria.

Awarded in December, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort is the first resort in the South Pacific to gain the certification. With its long-term commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, the resort has implemented green purchasing policies; addressed energy and water efficiency and the safe storage of hazardous chemicals; and incorporated practices that reduce waste, harmful chemicals, and pollution.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has also hired an Environmental Officer. This new role will ensure the resort adheres to environmental legislation and reduces environmental pollution.

Castaway Island, Fiji was the second resort to successfully showcase its commitment to sustainability. The resort has adopted the goals and objectives of Outrigger’s OZONE initiatives, and raises awareness of the island’s fragile environment — especially the reef and marine ecosystem — through the education of our guests, staff, and local communities.

The resort constantly improves its performance indicators and best practice techniques, giving priority to employing locals and to sourcing local products and services. In addition, the resort ensures all employees receive the education and training necessary for them to carry out their work in an environmentally responsible manner.

Ben Johnson, Area Director of Sales and Marketing, Fiji Islands says: “We are thrilled to have certified both properties to Green Seal’s hotel and lodging standard, as it is so aligned with Outrigger’s larger ESG strategy. Our ESG focuses on Outrigger’s ZONE initiative (OZONE) which focuses on protecting our oceans and coral reefs. The OZONE platform is renowned for enriching guest experiences, but also has back-of-house goals such as reducing energy, water, and waste while working alongside like-minded local non-profit organisations.”

First published at – Global Travel News

Hop Into the Year and Enjoy 35% Off in Asia with Best Western

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Hop Into the Year and Enjoy 35% Off in Asia with Best Western - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, January 25, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels and Resorts is inviting the world’s travelers to start 2023 in style and hop into the “Year of the Rabbit” with a seven-day flash sale this January. For seven days only, guests can enjoy 35% off their inspiring Asian vacation!

Travelers who book a break at any participating Best Western hotel or resort from January 23rd to 29th, 2023, for stays taken before March 31st, 2023, will instantly enjoy up to 25% off the company’s Best Rates. Complimentary late check-out will also help couples and families to make the most of their holiday.

And that’s not all; Best Western Rewards® members will receive an additional 10% discount and a wealth of extra benefits. Not a member yet? Click here to sign up for free today!

This enticing, limited-time offer is valid in dreamy destinations all across the region, including Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. With a wide range of world-class properties to choose from, ranging from stylish city hotels to blissful beachside retreats, elegant upcountry resorts and more, every traveler can make their perfect start to the year with Best Western.

Best Western’s “Hop Into the Year” flash sale runs for seven days only, so don’t miss out!

To learn more about Best Western, please visit

About Best Western Hotels and Resorts
Best Western Hotels and Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel Group® global network. With 18 brands and approximately 4,500 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection®, and BW Signature Collection®. Through the acquisition, WorldHotelsTM Luxury, WorldHotels Elite, WorldHotels Distinctive, and WorldHotels Crafted collections are also offered. Completing the portfolio are SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Collection®, and SureStay Studio® franchises**.

* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.
**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.

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Málaga Selected Global Headquarters for the Future of Tourism Coalition

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Málaga Selected Global Headquarters for the Future of Tourism Coalition - - TRAVELINDEXMalaga, Spain, January 24, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Málaga will become the seat of the first ever Future of Tourism Coalition (FoTC) global headquarters and will act as the FoTC’s European hub, following a multi-year agreement announced today.

The Coalition of six global tourism NGOs, which formed in 2020 during the COVID pandemic, has not, until now, had a physical office or dedicated staff resources. The Málaga HQ will enable the Coalition to form strong partnerships with businesses, governments, academic institutions and NGOs, and work with these stakeholders to advance a more sustainable tourism system in the Andalucía region. The headquarters will be hosted by the City Council of Málaga, the Chamber of Commerce of Málaga, the Provincial Government of Málaga through Turismo Costa del Sol, and the Regional Government of Andalucía. This headquarters will also provide a hub for broader project activity in Spain, Europe and the Mediterranean basin.

Málaga will be supported by the Coalition’s six global NGOs (the Center for Responsible Travel, Destination Stewardship Center, Green Destinations, Sustainable Travel International, Tourism Cares, and the Travel Foundation), each with specialist knowledge and tools, to shape a workplan for 2023-24 and beyond. This is an opportunity to put into practice the 13 guiding principles of the Coalition, which put destination needs at the centre of tourism decision-making. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate the potential of destination-level activity to deliver on the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism, as Málaga also announces its intention to join this initiative.

Jeremy Sampson, Chair of the Future of Tourism Coalition, commented:
“This is a hugely exciting and logical next step for the Future of Tourism Coalition. Málaga and the Andalucía region will become our hub for innovation, a testbed for new and existing ideas that demonstrate the Coalition’s guiding principles in action. Together we will show the benefits of a balanced, collaborative, big picture approach to tourism management, drawing on the considerable expertise across the partnership and building on the significant range of initiatives already in place in Málaga. We believe in Málaga’s commitment to sustainable change, demonstrated by their strong candidacy to host the Expo2027 on sustainable cities of the future.”

Arturo Bernal, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport at the Autonomous Government of Andalusia, said:
“One of the variables that makes Andalusia and the Costa del Sol a worldwide reference is its capacity for innovation and its ability to adapt. At this time, when the industry is immersed in a change of cycle, the fact that Malaga has been chosen as the headquarters for this initiative is great news that ratifies our leadership.”

Jacobo Florido, Deputy Mayor and Tourism Counselor said:
“By providing the Coalition’s headquarters, we support its mission to build the case for a better kind of tourism, while also accelerating Málaga into a global sustainable leading position. We have come a long way on our sustainability journey, and now look forward to working with the global leaders and other worldwide forward-thinking organisations that are part of the Future of Tourism community, to develop tourism that brings real added value to Málaga, as a place to live, work, study, play and, of course, to visit.”

Sergio Cuberos, President of the Málaga Chamber of Commerce said:
“The present and future of tourism depends on destinations which incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals into their management and business strategy. For this reason, it is extremely interesting and appropriate that Málaga hosts the Future of Tourism Coalition initiative, as it will represent a magnificent opportunity to inspire markets that are looking for sustainable travel, and thus demonstrate our responsibility and the social role of our companies in tourism activity.”

Further information on the full programme of work that will be undertaken in Málaga and Andalucía will be announced early next year. The experiences and lessons learned from the partnership will be shared widely through the Coalition’s global networks, including its community of more than 700 like-minded organisations that have so far aligned with the guiding principles. There are also plans for a Future of Tourism Summit event to be held in Málaga in 2024.

The Future of Tourism Coalition is a collaborative effort to chart a new, more sustainable direction for tourism and shift the status quo. The Coalition is comprised of six non governmental organisations, the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), Destination Stewardship Center, Green Destinations, Sustainable Travel International, Tourism Cares, and the Travel Foundation. The Coalition is pursuing a shared global mission to place destination needs at the centre of tourism’s new future. Through commitment to their 13 Guiding Principles, the greater travel industry and destination agencies can align around a path forward for a more sustainable future for tourism.

Málaga Tourism Board is the institution in charge of developing sustainable tourism in the vibrant city of Málaga, being considered by the industry experts as the most rising destination in Europe for cosmopolitan and cultural travellers due to its unique mix of experiences. Málaga Tourism Board deploys its policies and strategies based on the principles of sustainable tourism and UNSDGs, improving the tourism offer of the city, and focused on the authentic roots, heritage, and lifestyle of an international city with more than 3000 years of history.

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Strong Representation from Saudi Arabia Expected at Arabian Travel Market 2023

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Strong Representation from Saudi Arabia Expected at Arabian Travel Market 2023 - - TRAVELINDEXDubai, United Arab Emirates, January 25, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Saudi Arabia registered more international arrivals than any other Arab nation during the first nine months of 2022, as government officials target 100 million annual visitors by the end of this decade. Owing to these unprecedented numbers, the Kingdom’s burgeoning tourism sector will represent a key focus at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2023, which will take place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 1-4 May.

Saudi Arabia ranks first among Arab nations for inbound visitors in 2022. Kingdom on track to achieve 100 million visitors per year by the end of the decade. Tourism spending in Saudi hit $7.2bn in H1 2022, according to government data. KSA welcomed more than 18 million visitors in first three quarters of last year.

This year’s Saudi Summit will take place on the Global Stage and focus on the importance of the Kingdom in reshaping the regional travel and tourism landscape now that mega projects are well under way. In addition to the summit, ATM 2023 will feature a host of Saudi exhibitors, including Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), flynas, Makkah Clock Royal Tower, Asma Hospitality Company, Eye of Riyadh, Itrip, Dur Hospitality, Sadana Real Estate Co, Saudi Amad for Airport Services & Transport Support and many more.

Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market, said: “The ATM 2023 Saudi Summit will offer an ideal forum in which travel professionals and policymakers from across the Middle East and beyond can explore opportunities and challenges within the Kingdom’s ever-growing tourism sector.

“From upcoming giga-developments such as NEOM and the Red Sea Project to how the Kingdom’s latest visa reforms are bolstering its travel sector, we expect Saudi Arabia to represent a major drawcard during the upcoming edition of ATM,” Curtis added.

Figures released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) show that Saudi Arabia attracted more than 18 million inbound visits in the first three quarters of 2022, followed by the United Arab Emirates (14.8 million tourists) and Morocco (11 million tourists), which ranked second and third in the region, respectively.

Tourism spending in Saudi Arabia also skyrocketed last year, hitting $7.2 billion in H1 2022 according to figures released by the country’s Ministry of Investment. Travel experts from around the world will place these statistics under the microscope at ATM 2023, as part of a series of KSA-focused sessions and panel discussions.

As well as market-specific focuses such as Saudi Arabia, ATM 2023 will explore the future of sustainable travel in line with its theme of ‘Working Towards Net Zero’. Having officially initiated its journey to net zero, the conference programme will explore how innovative sustainable travel trends are likely to evolve, allowing delegates to identify growth strategies within key vertical sectors, while providing a platform for regional experts to explore a sustainable future ahead of COP28, which will take place in November 2023 at Expo City Dubai.

The conference will also feature a sustainability category at its annual exhibitor awards for the first time. Exhibiting organisations will be recognised based on the extent to which they have considered the environmental impact of their stands, as well as their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.

ATM 2023 is held in conjunction with Dubai World Trade Centre and its strategic partners include Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) as the Destination Partner, Emirates as the Official Airline Partner, IHG Hotels & Resorts as the Official Hotel Partner and Al Rais Travel as the Official DMC Partner.

About Arabian Travel Market (ATM), now on its 30th year, is the leading, international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. ATM 2022 attracted over 24,000 visitors and hosted over 31,000 participants including 1,600 exhibitors and attendees from 151 countries, across 10 halls at Dubai World Trade Centre. Arabian Travel Market is part of Arabian Travel Week. Next in-person event: Monday 1 to Thursday 4 May 2023, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai

About Arabian Travel Week is a festival of events taking place within and alongside Arabian Travel Market 2023. Providing a renewed focus for the Middle East’s travel and tourism sector, it includes ILTM Arabia, ARIVAL Dubai, Influencers’ events and activations, ITIC, GBTA Business Travel Forums, as well as ATM Travel Tech. It also features the ATM Buyer Forums, ATM Speed Networking Events as well as a series of country forums.

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Andaz Mexico City Condesa Officially Debuts in Mexico City

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Andaz Mexico City Condesa Officially Debuts in Mexico City - - TRAVELINDEXMexico City, Mexico, January 23, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today the opening of, Andaz Mexico City Condesa, marking the first urban Andaz property in Mexico and the second Andaz-branded hotel in the country following Andaz Mayakoba Riviera Maya. Located in the charming neighborhood of Condesa, an urban community radiating rich history and culture, the new hotel is ideally situated amongst many of the city’s most noteworthy art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants offering guests the very best of its locale. Boasting a unique roster of guest amenities including a beach club-inspired rooftop restaurant with a robust mixology program, a pet-friendly hideaway, an onsite spa, and one of the tallest outdoor terraces in the area, Andaz Mexico City Condesa is poised to become a mainstay of the Condesa neighborhood.

“Condesa is the perfect neighborhood to debut the Andaz brand in Mexico City,” said Analia Capurro, general manager, Andaz Mexico City Condesa. “Expressions of personal style and creative spirit are at the core of the Andaz ethos – characteristics that Condesa also embodies. Every detail of the hotel was thoughtfully curated to add to the vibrancy of the neighborhood and inspire a fresh perspective of Mexico City. We look forward to welcoming guests, World of Hyatt members, customers, and locals into our hotel to authentically experience this dynamic neighborhood full of character and charm.

The new hotel is housed within the historic ‘i421 Live District.’ Designed by famed architect José Luis Benlliure Galán who is credited with bringing Art Deco architecture to Mexico City, the building was named a Mexico City Heritage Site and is considered a true masterpiece of Mexican architecture. The building has since been carefully restored and preserved, honoring the geometric beauty and architectural empowerment it holds in the Condesa neighborhood. Andaz Mexico City Condesa is the perfect synergy to bring the historic masterpiece back to life, encapsulating the local culture while offering an unparalleled luxury experience designed to elevate the senses.

The interiors of Andaz Mexico City Condesa are reflective of the global influence and progressive style found throughout Mexico City, and pair a modern edge with Art Deco design. Playful colors in the hotel transform ordinary objects into a sparkplug for imagination and creativity, such as a magenta staircase, hot pink walls and saffron sofas, indicative of the vibrant community in which it resides. Such elements, a nod to Mexican architect Luis Barragán’s signature style, integrate seamlessly into the eclectic essence of the Condesa neighborhood while maintaining a bold but luxurious appeal.

The hotel offers 213 residentially inspired guestrooms, including 20 suites, all of which feature views of either the tree-lined avenues of the Condesa neighborhood, an elaborate internal courtyard or, from higher up, sweeping views of Mexico City. Amenities include designer Byredo toiletries, a workstation and minibar filled with Mexican snacks and drinks from locally owned businesses. Curated artwork found in each guestroom evokes a sense of place, from mosaic-tile headboards that pay homage to the building’s significance to paper mache piñata figurines or “alebrijes” made by local artisans. Each guestroom also features a record player with modern and classic vinyl collections that can be exchanged in the lobby library, a tribute to the neighborhood’s oldest record store, La Roma Records.

In keeping with the area’s reputation as the city’s culinary capital, Andaz Mexico City Condesa’s dining venues complement the area’s thriving gastronomic scene. Cabuya Rooftop restaurant brings a Tulum-inspired beach-club ambiance to the hotel’s 17th floor terrace boasting 360-degree views of the Mexico City skyline and weekend D.J. sets. A seasonal culinary menu highlights coastal Baja and Yucatan-inspired flavors with a selection of sharable seafood dishes including smoked marlin tostadas topped with onions, tomato, cilantro and habanero aioli, and grouper ‘zarandeado’, a 500-year-old fish grilling technique from Mexico’s Pacific Coast, seasoned with peppers, tomatoes and spices. The menu is complimented by a signature cocktail program curated by local master mixologist Moisés Sierra Sáenz and features distinct agave creations such as the Pechuga Tonic, made from mezcal de pechuga, orange and mandarin flavors, tonic, and topped off with sparkling wine. Derba Matcha Café, an inviting all-day café located on the hotel’s first floor is the perfect place to refuel before a day of exploration or in between visits to nearby shops. Rich with aroma and flavor, the menu features artisanal sweet breads, small plates, matchas, lattes, mushroom coffee, cocktails and more.

Inspired by the dog-friendly nature of the Condesa neighborhood, the hotel’s Wooftop Beer Garden and Canine Club is primed to become a popular playground for guests and locals to bring their furry companions. Located on the second-floor terrace, the indoor/outdoor space features a stationary food truck serving drinks and snacks, including a special “dog beer”, a pop-up pet accessory shop from local boutique Perro del Mundo, as well as plenty of space to play and roam. In addition to this pet-friendly hangout, four-legged friends will feel right at home at Andaz Mexico City Condesa with a selection of upscale in-room amenities from cozy dog beds to a menu of pup-friendly treats including vegan poke, salmon, baked biscuits and more.

Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s year-round heated rooftop pool offering phenomenal views of the expansive city below. On the hotel’s second floor, guests and locals will find respite at Pasana Spa & Wellness, a sanctuary of relaxation honoring Mexican ancestral traditions of salt as a source of protection, using local products from Mexico. The spa’s menu features a selection of wellness rituals, face treatments, body scrubs and soothing massages, all of which incorporate ancient customs with contemporary practices. The ‘Protection Ritual’, a signature treatment of the spa, utilizes the thermal effects from volcanic salt to relieve muscular tension, balance the mind and protect the spirit. The facility itself offers four treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge, onsite beauty salon and 24-hour fitness center.

For gatherings of up to 700 people, the hotel is equipped with more than 12,674 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event spaces, including a glass ceiling ballroom with customizable color LED lighting technology and an adjoining terrace, an auditorium and three breakout rooms.

About Andaz Mexico City Condesa
Located in one of the city’s most inspired neighborhoods and only steps away from the historic Parque Mexico, numerous art galleries, cafes and chic boutiques, Andaz Mexico City Condesa features 213 residential-style guest rooms, including twenty suites. Combining the art of luxury hospitality with a vibrant urban lifestyle, Andaz Mexico City Condesa is home to three distinct dining venues including Cabuya Rooftop, the hotel’s signature rooftop restaurant and bar; Wooftop Beer Garden and Canine Club, a pet-friendly terrace; and Derba Matcha Café serving matcha creations and artisanal baked goods, along with wine, cocktails and small plates. A rooftop pool, spa, fitness center and beauty salon round out guests’ leisure needs while state of the art event spaces ensure seamless connections for both meetings and special events.

About Andaz
Global in scale while local in perspective, the Andaz brand of luxury lifestyle hotels weaves the sights, sounds, and tastes of each property’s surroundings for a distinctively local experience. Through thoughtful, unscripted service tailored for travelers, Andaz hotels enable guests to go beyond the familiar and satiate their curiosity while immersing them in the spirit of the eclectic culture around them. There are currently 25 Andaz hotels: Andaz 5th Avenue and Andaz Wall Street in New York, Andaz San Diego, Andaz West Hollywood, Andaz Napa, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, Andaz Savannah, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, Andaz London Liverpool Street, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor, Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere, Andaz Singapore, Andaz Delhi, Andaz Xintiandi in Shanghai, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, Andaz Seoul Gangnam, Andaz Xiamen, Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, Andaz Dubai The Palm, Andaz Shenzhen Bay, and Andaz Bali.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company guided by its purpose – to care for people so they can be their best. As of September 30, 2022, the Company’s portfolio included more than 1,200 hotels and all-inclusive properties in 72 countries across six continents. The Company’s offering includes brands in the Timeless Collection, including Park Hyatt®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Residence Club®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, and UrCove; the Boundless Collection, including Miraval®, Alila®, Andaz®, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, and Caption by Hyatt; the Independent Collection, including The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, and JdV by Hyatt™; and the Inclusive Collection, including Hyatt Ziva®, Hyatt Zilara®, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Vivid Hotels & Resorts®, Alua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. Subsidiaries of the Company operate the World of Hyatt® loyalty program, ALG Vacations®, Unlimited Vacation Club®, Amstar DMC destination management services, and Trisept Solutions® technology services.

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Ten Valentine’s Day Venues Around Asia

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The Art of Romance in Bali
‘The Art of Romance’ is a two-night stay with all the romantic trimmings at a secluded resort in the uplands of Bali. Upon arrival at Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, each couple will find a floral aromatherapy bath already drawn in their room and a welcome cake. After that it’s time for afternoon tea, served picnic style while overlooking the scenic rice paddies the property is known for. A photo session, shot throughout the grounds, uses mythical stone sculptures, ponds graced with swans, rice paddies, temples, and the verdant landscape as a backdrop. At the resort’s Tempayan restaurant, housed in a traditional bale-inspired building, the duo will enjoy a three-course candlelit meal. A 120-minute couples spa ritual in a deluxe double spa suite, with an oversized semi-outdoor terrazzo bath, and private steam shower, rounds out the romantic stay and is accompanied by a bottle of sparkling wine to be enjoyed in or out of the tub. The package is on offer for bookings until June 30, 2023. Rates start from USD 1,190 nett.

Igniting Amour in Quy Nhon
If one way to the heart routes through the stomach, guests of Fusion Hotel Group’s gastronomy-focused property Maia Resort Quy Nhon are getting a head start when it comes to love. Maiamour, the resort’s recently unveiled package, is designed for couples and blends wellness and cuisine over the course of a three-night stay. The stay is inclusive of an array of personalized offerings including Once Upon a Table, a four-course chef’s table style experience served in the resort’s intimate specialty restaurant, ad hoc, or Destination Dining which can be enjoyed on the powdery sands of Phuong Mai Bay or in villa. Daily pre-dinner sunset cocktails are also included as is a one-time artisanal afternoon tea set. Maia’s seaside spa, Vēla, invites couples to enjoy a signature 90-minute wellness journey inclusive of an infrared sauna therapy session; body rejuvenation rituals inclusive of massages; healing therapies or anti-ageing facial care treatments. Carefully appointed in-villa décor, including a customized floral arrangement and romantic bath ritual, are also part of the Maiamour offering. Rates start at VND 23,7000,000 for a three-night stay.

Commemorating that special someone in Tokyo
Palace Hotel Tokyo’s celebration-worthy stay experience ‘Commemorating Tokyo’ presents ten elements specially curated to mark the Forbes Five-Star property’s ten-year anniversary milestone. Ideal for couples highlights include: A three-night stay for the price of two; ‘Blooming’ cocktails for two at Royal Bar, the hotel’s Old-World bar, or at Lounge Bar Privé, made with a refreshing blend of yuzu liqueur, sakura liqueur, Lillet Blanc and the hotel’s signature 1-1-1 sake; daily moat-side breakfast at Grand Kitchen, a bottle of Palace Hotel Tokyo’s private-label Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Bordeaux to take home or indulge during the stay; a box of the hotel’s signature chiyo choco chocolate imprinted with distinctive Japanese motifs; a prix-fixe dinner for two at contemporary French restaurant Esterre, teppanyaki-style restaurant GO, or Wadakura, known for its exquisite Japanese kaiseki; two 120-minute ‘Blissful Moments’ treatments at evian SPA TOKYO; and afternoon tea for two. The package is available for stays until May 31, 2023. Rates start at JPY 410,000.

Soak in Some Romance in Saigon
Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour,” may be the perfect tune to play on repeat while enjoying Fusion’s signature hammock tub at Fusion Suites Saigon. Two nights in the Corner Suite Room, with 180-degree floor-to-ceiling windows and an insta-worthy bath, is the core element of the hotel’s “Ma Cherie” romance package. The limited-time stay includes flower decoration (on the bed or in the tub), a bouquet of roses, a bottle of wine and one daily spa treatment per guest. Rates start at USD 342 for two-nights, inclusive of breakfast. Ma Cherie is available for stays until the end of February.

‘Pink’ Afternoon Tea and ‘Valen-Thai’ Dinner for Two in Chiang Mai
Cupid has aimed his bow at Meliá Chiang Mai, enticing couples with a ‘Pink Valentine’s Afternoon Tea’ for two and a ‘Valen-Thai’ romantic set dinner. The afternoon tea at Ruen Kaew Lounge from February 1-28 between 2-5pm is THB 999 net per set. Salmorajo shots with prawn skewers, golden fried potato-sausage balls with light aioli and brava sauce, mini burgers, mini strawberry sandwiches, classic Basque-style burnt cheesecake, churros with warm strawberry dipping sauce and Lychee ice popsicles are among savoury and sweet treats coupled with fine tea and freshly brewed coffee. On Valentine’s Day, 21st floor Mai Restaurant & Bar will serve the ‘Valen-Thai’ dinner from 6-10pm for THB 3500 net per couple. Accompanied by a live violinist, the four-course dinner starts with ‘Love’s Samplers’ of tasting size portions of three different delicacies before dried squid in seasoned consommé with pork ravioli and plums. The main course is a choice between a secret recipe of angus beef steak on braised beef cheek curry with butterfly peas flower rice or baked banana leaf-wrapped king salmon with spicy tomato relish, fish sauce brined mushrooms and sticky spring roll, followed by red velvet tres leaches cake. Call +66 (0) 52 090 603

Sipping Strawberry Champagne in Stunning Koh Samui
Lauded by many a travel writer as one of the leading hotels in Asia, Banyan Tree Samui creates the most spectacular and romantic setting for a dinner for two. On February 14 only, visitors are invited to savor a sumptuous “Be My Valentine” dinner at the resort’s beachfront restaurant Sands for 6,969 Baht per couple. The 7-course feast commences with an amuse bouche of poached quail eggs with Caspian Sea Pearls, followed by scallops and salmon, duck liver foie gras, a cassoulet of lobster, and, as a main course, Australian Black Angus beef tenderloin and Alaskan snowfish, before a delightful dessert of hot chocolate lava cake with ice cream. For those who prefer a sunny afternoon with a stunning sea view, a strawberry-themed Valentine’s Special “I Love You” High Tea will be served at the resort’s Lobby Lounge, perched high above the palm-tree fringed beach. Macarons, mille-feuilles, strawberry tarts, scones, mousse, cheesecake and even strawberry sushi will be on the menu, which also includes an alluring Strawberry Champagne Cocktail. The price for the High Tea Set on Valentine’s Day is just 1,699 Baht per couple. For more information or reservations,  tel:+66 077 915

Vegan Beachside Bliss in Danang
TIA Wellness Resort is helping guests enjoy the ocean this Valentine’s Day, without taking any gifts from the sea for their plates. The wellbeing-focused property, set along a stunning stretch of powdery white sand between Da Nang and Hoi An, is serving up a creative 100% plant-based feast for couples wishing to enjoy a romantic waterfront perch. Contemporary flavors and an innovative touch runs throughout the new multi-course, family-style dining menu with dishes like seared king oyster mushroom with vegan caviar and a potato-chive mousseline, and grilled spiced squash with truffle risotto. The course menu starts at VND 990,000 ++ per person. With wine, from the resort’s fully organic & biodynamic wine list, at an additional cost.

Flowing with Love Beneath a Waterfall in Mai Chau
A stunning waterfall at the heart of Avana Retreat stands as the inspiration behind the boutique property that is now nestled into the verdant mountainous landscape of Mai Chau, Vietnam. Couples who wish to dine at the base of the falls can book in this Valentine’s Day and beyond for the ‘Sense of Romance’ dining experience. The multi-course meal includes decadent dishes like tuna belly with caviar, lobster cognac flambé and smoked duck breast, served beneath a canopy of trees and lit by the glow of dozens of lanterns. Often referred to as the resort’s heart, the intimate waterfall space has touched many a guest’s heart, especially when combined with an unforgettable dining experience while taking in this wonder of nature.

Poolside dining and a private cinema screening on scenic Cam Ranh peninsula
An exquisite dinner at a picture-perfect poolside cabana, heart-shaped cakes, and a private cinema screening with bubbles are among Valentine’s Day offerings at 30-hectare beachfront resort Alma on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh peninsula. The resort’s Italian chef at fine dining Italian restaurant La Casa will craft a six-course romantic set dinner served at a private cabana beside one of the resort’s 12 swimming pools that cascade down to Long Beach, one of Vietnam’s most stunning stretches of sand. Romantic movies on request for private cinema screenings for two at 70-seat Alma Cinema are accompanied with sparkling wine and snacks. Other optional romantic touches include heart-shaped cakes at Alma Food Court’s French Bakery, a Valentine’s cocktail at American Lounge & Bar, suite or pavilion decorations, and flower bouquets at the resort’s mini-supermarket Alma Mart.

Cinema Under the Stars and a Romantic Dinner for Two in Cambodia’s Capital
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
, the iconic 90-year-old luxury hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special screening of Ghost, the 1990 romantic fantasy movie starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. The film will be played poolside, under the stars, at the hotel’s Cinema Paradiso, with a variety of food and drinks including sparkling wine served. Highlight dishes will include smoked salmon, roasted beef on crisp toast and strawberry eclair. The exclusive event is priced at $30 per person net. For something more traditional, the “Valentine’s Day Surf & Turf” at the hotel’s Le Phnom 1929 will feature a signature seafood tower, Taijma wagyu tomahawk, lamb rack and Saint Honoré cake, while a resident band performs classical love songs. The dinner is priced at $88++ per person for food only, with optional additions of $38++ for unlimited wine and cocktails (per person), and a bottle of Champagne from $98++. For reservations or inquiries, please contact 023 981 888

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