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Quinta da Marinha Prepares for New Tourism Trends with Villa Renovation

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Quinta da Marinha Prepares for New Tourism Trends with Villa Renovation

Cascais, Portugal, July 26, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Quinta da Marinha is offering golfers the perfect balance of privacy, Portuguese authenticity and contemporary décor after investing €1.5m into the refurbishment of its 27 villas.

With self-contained accommodation set to be the trend this summer and beyond as people ease themselves back into international travel and busy hotels following the Covid-19 pandemic, the Lisbon resort has refurbished and expanded all its existing villas to entice groups of friends and families.

As well as renovating each villa to give them a fresh new look, they have also been adapted to create more space. Previously offering one-bedroom (Th1) and two-bedroom (Th2) options, each villa has been reconfigured to fit an extra single bedroom, so can now accommodate either one more adult or child each.

The Th1 villa can now accommodate two adults and two children or three adults and one child, while the Th2 now sleeps four adults and two children or five adults and one child.

Other than the spacious, comfortable rooms, each villa is also fully air-conditioned and features a living room with fireplace and flat-screen TV showing satellite channels, free WiFi, fully-equipped kitchenette, in addition to a garden and large outdoor terrace.

Under an hour’s drive from Lisbon in stunning Cascais, the five-star Quinta da Marinha resort is part of the ‘Great Hotels of the World’ portfolio and boasts an esteemed Robert Trent Jones-designed par-71 golf course with outstanding views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Sintra Mountains.

Quinta da Marinha’s idyllic location in the heart of the Portuguese countryside is perfect for holidaymakers looking to escape and disconnect from the stresses of the past 18 months, while also having the option to keep space from other travellers. For those who would like to stay in their own ‘bubble’, picnic baskets and meals can be ordered as a takeaway from the resort’s Rocca restaurant or even delivered to the villa’s door. There is also a concierge service so that guests can purchase goods without the need to leave their accommodation.

Quinta da Marinha sales director, João Pinto Coelho, said: “Our villa renovation programme has been completed just as the right time as we start to welcome back international visitors again.

“We feel that this type of accommodation will be extremely popular for the remainder of the year with people desperate to get away, but may still want to distance themselves from the hustle and bustle and limit their social contact. Our villas are the perfect solution – as our guests will still be able to escape to the spectacular Portuguese sunshine and enjoy everything our resort has to offer.”

Guests can combine rounds of golf with visits to the resort’s outdoor pool, the heated indoor pool, as well as the sauna, Turkish bath and sensory showers.

There is also an abundance of other activities available at an extra cost, including bike tours, horse riding, tennis and padel courts, surfing lessons and private guided tours to Sintra and Lisbon.

A stunning stretch of coastline is just a few minutes away, while there is much more to the enticing region with wine-tasting, historic landmarks, outstanding beaches – including the famous Guincho Beach – and the breathtaking natural beauty of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park to explore.

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Banyan Tree Krabi Invites Guests to Take a Bath in the Forest

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Banyan Tree Krabi Invites Guests to Take a Bath in the Forest - TRAVELINDEXKrabi, Thailand, July 22, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX /  In this modern age of bustling cities, buzzing phones and busy schedules, the gentle art of “forest bathing” has suddenly become a popular recreational activity. And at Banyan Tree Krabi, the perfect environment is rooted just beyond the doorstep.

With a bountiful and beautiful variety of flora and fauna in nearby Khao Ngon Nak National Park, including a stunning panoramic viewpoint which offers vistas of the surrounding islands in the Andaman Sea, this is an idyllic spot for hiking, birdwatching, and wallowing in the tranquility and splendour of a tropical forest.

Shinrin-yoku is the Japanese translation for “forest bathing”; the original concept was simply to take in the fresh atmosphere of the forest via a leisurely walk. It developed in Japan in the 1980s and quickly became recognised as a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Recommended as a natural tonic for the mind, body and soul, forest bathing is not just a form of exercise, it is also an opportunity to connect with nature. Research shows that immersion in a sylvian environment enhances both physical and mental health, and stimulates the five senses. It aids in preventing cancers and other diseases, while allowing you the unparalleled joy of beholding the beauty of the forest.

“Every study I have read says that ‘forest bathers’ demonstrate reductions in stress, anger, anxiety, depression and sleeplessness,” said Banyan Tree Krabi’s Sustainability Manager Thepsuda Loyjiw. “In fact, after just 15 minutes of forest bathing blood pressure drops, stress levels are reduced, and concentration and mental clarity improve.

“And what better way to demonstrate Banyan Tree’s commitment to wellbeing and the environment by offering this activity to our guests,” she added. “The hiking trail begins directly behind our resort, and winds up towards some spectacular viewpoints and waterfalls.”

Banyan Tree Krabi is located on tranquil Tubkaek Beach, a 45-minute drive from Krabi International Airport. Facing a national marine park of uninhabited towering limestone islands jutting from the emerald sea, the resort backs onto Dragon Crest Hill, part of a chain of undulating green mountains known to local legend as the home of the “naga”, a mythical Hindu serpent. The naga was adopted as the hotel’s symbol and its wavy serpentine design is ubiquitous around the resort and inside the rooms.

Banyan Tree Krabi, which opened in October 2020, features 72 villas and suites, each with its own private pool. Facilities at the hotel include two restaurants, a beach bar, a kids’ club, a fitness centre, a meeting centre, an elevated outdoor wedding deck, and in keeping with Banyan Tree’s global wellbeing branding — a rainforest-themed spa.

“Leave your phone in the villa for one morning and come with us into the forest,” said Sustainability Manager Thepsusa.” It’s suitable for all age groups, and you’ll never regret spending time with Mother Nature.”

Also stay tuned for Banyan Tree’s rollout of Wellbeing Sanctuaries in 2021-22. As the world leans more into health and wellness following the impact of the pandemic, the Southeast Asia-based brand will be launching Wellbeing Sanctuaries that combine club floors or resort wings, dedicated dining and spa options into one exclusive journey. The first initiative was launched earlier this year in China, and will progressively roll out in Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Thailand and Vietnam in the months ahead.

Each resort will individually prepare programs for guests based on their “8 Pillars” principle (good sleep; good diet; interaction; intimacy; physical vitality; cultivating the mind; learning and development; harmony with nature; and sustained practices).

Banyan Tree Holdings Limited (“Banyan Tree” or the “Group”) is a leading international operator and developer of premium resorts, hotels, residences and spas, with 47 hotels and resorts, 63 spas, 72 retail galleries, and three golf courses in 24 countries. Each resort typically has between 75 to 300 rooms and commands room rates at the higher end of each property’s particular market.

The Group’s primary business is centered on four brands: the award-winning Banyan Tree and Angsana, as well as newly established Cassia and Dhawa. Banyan Tree also operates the leading integrated resort in Thailand – Laguna Phuket — through the Group’s subsidiary, Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited. Two other integrated resorts – Laguna Bintan in Indonesia and Laguna Lăng Cô in Central Vietnam – complete the status of the Group as the leading operator of integrated resorts in Asia.

As a leading operator of spas in Asia, Banyan Tree’s spas are one of the key features in their resorts and hotels. Its retail arm Banyan Tree Gallery complements and reinforces the branding of the resort, hotel and spa operations.

Since the launch of the first Banyan Tree resort, Banyan Tree Phuket, in 1994, Banyan Tree has received over 2,600 awards and accolades for the resorts, hotels and spas that the Group manages. The Group has also received recognition for its commitment to sustainability for environmental protection and emphasis on corporate social responsibility.

In addition to its currently operating hotels, resorts, spas and golf courses, the Group currently has 21 hotels and resorts under construction, and another 25 under development.

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S Hotels and Resorts to Bring SO/ Lifestyle Brand to the Maldives

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S Hotels and Resorts to Bring SO/ Lifestyle Brand to the Maldives

Emboodhoo Lagoon, Maldives, July 19, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / S Hotels and Resorts Public Company Limited continues to expand its footprint in the Maldives and redefine the tourism and hospitality industry in this idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago with the signing of a hotel management agreement to introduce SO/ Hotels & Resorts, Accor’s rebellious luxury lifestyle brand. The project will be owned by an equal joint venture with Wai Eco World Developer Pte. Ltd, a leading business and real estate conglomerate.

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SO/ Maldives will showcase a selection of 80 spectacular villas, including beachfront and over-water options, all adorned with designer interiors and an audacious twist. Nestled on its own exclusive island overlooking the azure Emboodhoo Lagoon, just 15 minutes by speedboat from Malé’s Velana International Airport, this eclectic resort will bring a fresh sense of avant-garde style and sophistication to the Maldives, while also reflecting the local spirit of this captivating country.

Opening in 2023, the new resort will take centre stage on the third island of CROSSROADS Maldives, the first extraordinary integrated leisure destination in the exotic South Malé Atoll, connecting it to a wealth of world-class attractions and facilities.

Vivid, vivacious and full of personality, SO/ Hotels & Resorts are only found in socially vibrant destinations such as Berlin, Bangkok, St Petersburg and Singapore. One of the fastest-growing brands in Accor’s lifestyle portfolio, it is designed for savvy travellers who have a passion for fashion and like to keep their finger on the pulse. Every stay is underpinned by the brand’s signature ‘Just Say SO’ service, to craft truly unforgettable experiences.

This makes SO/ the perfect fit for CROSSROADS Maldives, which was recognised as the “Best Leisure Development Maldives (Five-Star)” in the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2021-2022. The presence of such a dynamic player on the global hotel scene will play a key role in helping CROSSROADS Maldives to expand and reach new markets worldwide, thanks to Accor’s global distribution and loyalty network offering access to a wide variety of rewards, services, and experiences to over 68 million members.

SO/ Maldives will feature a collection of 80 luxurious villas, including beachfront and over-water options
Guests will be able to unwind on SO/ Maldives’ private island or take advantage of fantastic facilities at The Marina @ CROSSROADS, an 800-metre lifestyle area and beach walk where visitors can discover cool cafés, refined restaurants, a chic beach club, upmarket boutiques, a spa, the Marine Discovery Centre and a 30-berth yacht marina. Unforgettable events can be hosted at the oceanfront wedding venue and meeting space.

SO/ Maldives will become the third resort at CROSSROADS Maldives, joining SAii Lagoon Maldives, an original and inspiring retreat for millennially-minded travellers, and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, the iconic music-themed brand’s first Maldivian property. SO/’s clientele are outgoing fashionistas and international party-goers who will be drawn to the designer villas, live DJ scene and Balearic vibe. Together, these three outstanding retreats will cater for all types of travellers, from adventure-seeking couples and honeymooners to free-spirited families and groups of friends.

“We are so excited to unveil SO/ Maldives as the latest jewel in CROSSROADS Maldives’ crown, as we continue to transform the tourism landscape in this highly-desirable destination. With its signature sense of style and commitment to creating unique guest journeys, SO/ is the ideal fit for our third island. It will stand out from the crowd, complement our two other industry-leading brands and complete our collection of luxury and lifestyle resorts, further raising the bar for hospitality in the Maldives,” said Dirk De Cuyper, Chief Executive Officer, S Hotels & Resorts.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the arrival of SO/ Hotels & Resorts in the Maldives. This playful and distinctive lifestyle brand can only be found in the world’s most iconic destinations, so it is the perfect fit for this renowned island paradise. The resort’s location within CROSSROADS Maldives will allow guests to experience a truly vibrant lifestyle offering with plenty of options for both relaxation and adventure. SO/ Maldives will be a place to see and be seen for bold and stylish socialisers and we look forward to working with S Hotels & Resorts and WEWD to bring this project to life,” commented Garth Simmons, Chief Executive Officer – Accor Southeast Asia, Japan & South Korea.

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“The Maldives is a truly special place, and we are delighted to enter the market with such a prestigious project. S Hotels & Resorts has a proven track record of developing exceptional lifestyle resorts, including CROSSROADS Maldives, and the edgy style of SO/ always strikes a chord with its trend-setting guests. With such strong partners, we are confident of creating a one-of-a-kind resort experience at SO/ Maldives,” added Zaw Win Maung, Managing Director, WEWD.

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Best Western Hotels Asia Opens New Hotel in Vietnam’s Iconic Ha Long Bay

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Best Western Hotels Asia Opens New Hotel in Vietnam’s Iconic Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, July 17, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of a new upscale hotel in Vietnam, located on the waterfront overlooking Ha Long Bay, the iconic UNESCO World Heritage-listed ecological and geographical wonder.

Best Western Premier Sapphire Ha Long, starts welcoming guests on July 15th 2021, a brand-new 31-story property in the heart of Ha Long city, located on the waterfront of Hong Gai overlooking Ha Long Bay. Moments away from the beach, shopping malls, theme park, pagodas, international cruise terminal and waterpark, water music theatre, island tours.

Blending timeless Vietnamese style and hospitality with international services, the hotel offers the perfect place to stay to both, travelers visiting Ha Long for leisure as well as for business.

Guests have 1,008 spacious rooms and suites all with private balconies, spacious rooms 34 to 68 m2, King, twin and triple rooms complemented by luxury bedding, amenities and toweling. All rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi, extensive IPTV channel selection, large windows offering panoramic views of the bay or city views. A selection of two-bedroom suites provide spacious long stay opportunities to family short stays, each room has two bedrooms and on suite bathroom, spacious living room, large private panoramic balconies.

The hotel features heated indoor pool and seasonal outdoor swimming pool suitable for lap swimming or family fun. A fully equipped fitness center, spa (2022) and kids’ club. With two restaurants and a lobby bar offering a selection of culinary delights including Vietnamese, Asian, sea food and international cuisine can be enjoyed. An executive lounge, business center and meeting facilities with video conferencing available provides additional professional services to all guests.

Cat Bi International Airport is just 50 km away, Van Don International Airport is 45 km away, both offering connections throughout Vietnam, and the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, can be accessed in 2.5 hours via the high speed expressway.

“We are delighted to cut the ribbon on Best Western Premier Sapphire Ha Long – a world-class new hotel on the waterfront of Ha Long Bay, one of Asia’s most iconic destinations. With its excellent location and extensive amenities, this will become a landmark hotel that attracts international and domestic guests alike. With over 1,000 keys, it is also one of the largest hotels in our regional collection, which reflects our confidence in the future of Vietnam’s hospitality industry,” said Erwann Mahe, Managing Director of International Operations – Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts.

Best Western has identified Vietnam as one of its key Asian markets, due to factors including strong economic growth, its captivating culture and a wealth of natural wonders. Following the launch of Best Western Premier Sapphire Ha Long, the group now operates two hotels in Vietnam with 12 more in the pipeline, covering destinations such as Hanoi, Da Nang, Da Lat, Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Hoi An and Hoa Binh. With multiple brands set to enter the market, including Best Western Plus, Best Western Premier, Executive Residency, BW Premier Collection, and BW Signature Collection, Best Western will be able to cater for every type of traveler in Vietnam.

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About Best Western Hotels and Resorts:
Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel Group® global network. With 18 brands and approximately 4,700 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 acquisition, WorldHotelsTM Luxury, WorldHotels Elite, WorldHotels Distinctive and WorldHotels Crafted collections are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Collection® and SureStay StudioSM 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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Centara Confirms Management Agreement for Al Hail Waves Hotel Oman

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Centara Confirms Management Agreement for Al Hail Waves Hotel Oman

Muscat, Oman, July 15, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Thailand’s leading hotel operator pushes forward with international expansion plans to become a top 100 global hotel operator within five years. Thailand’s leading hotel operator Centara Hotels & Resorts and Ibn Saleh Al Hashmi Construction (ISAHC) announced the signing of a Hotel Management Agreement (HMA) for Al Hail Waves managed by Centara.

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The management of the 64-key existing property will come into effect on 1st January 2022, after which Centara will start to refurbish the property to align with Centara’s brand and operational standards while it remains in operation.

“We are proud and excited to launch our third hotel in Oman, a country blessed with stunning nature, fascinating historical sites, and rich cultural heritage. The Omani government has laid out an ambitious roadmap to achieve long term goals set forth in the Omani Tourism Strategy, and with Ibn Saleh Al Hashmi Construction as our partner, we are confident that we will attract discerning travellers with our sharing, caring family values,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Chief Executive Officer, Centara Hotels & Resorts.

Founded in 1994, Ibn Saleh Al Hashmi Construction (ISAHC) is one of the fastest growing construction companies in Oman with a proven track record for an impressive portfolio including hotels, private villas, and residential buildings. Al Hail Waves managed by Centara will be ISAHC’s third project awarded to Centara after Muscat Dunes Hotel and Centara Muscat Hotel Oman.

“For our latest hospitality project in Oman, we are delighted to work once again with Centara Hotels & Resorts. We share the same position of leadership in everything we do, supported by a common vision of sustainable growth. We have confidence in the group’s international sales and marketing expertise and look forward to a continued journey of success as we offer visitors an appealing choice of top-class hotels in Oman,” said Abdullah Saleh Saif Al Hashmi, Chairman of Ibn Saleh Al Hashmi Construction.

The hotel’s 64 holiday residences include Standard Rooms (20 – 26 sqm) designed for modern living and Studios (35 – 40 sqm) which come fully furnished with facilities including a kitchenette. The largest Two-Bedroom Apartments measure 84 sqm and feature separate lounge and dining areas, as well as amenities and modern comforts for long stays and travelling families.

Other facilities at Al Hail Waves managed by Centara include an all-day dining restaurant, a swimming pool overlooking the Arabian Sea, fully equipped gym, as well as two meeting rooms to accommodate events of up to 150 guests.

Situated in the northwest of Muscat on the road connecting Al-Seeb and Al Athaiba, Al Hail Waves managed by Centara is centrally located with both The Seeb corniche and the beach within walking distance from the hotel. The premier leisure destination of Al Mouj is a short drive from the hotel, and the new Muscat International Airport is a 15-minute drive away.

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About Centara
Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading hotel operator. Its 84 properties span all major Thai destinations plus the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, China, Japan, Oman, Qatar, Cambodia, Turkey, Indonesia and the UAE. Centara’s portfolio comprises six brands – Centara Reserve, Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra by Centara and COSI Hotels – ranging from luxury island retreats and upscale family resorts to affordable lifestyle concepts supported by innovative technology. The group’s newest Centara Reserve brand was unveiled in 2020 as an experiential luxury collection, inviting guests to discover a new era of story-driven hospitality starting with Centara Reserve Samui.

Centara also operates state-of-the-art convention centres and has its own award-winning spa brand, Cenvaree. Throughout the collection, Centara delivers and celebrates the hospitality and values Thailand is famous for including gracious service, exceptional food, pampering spas and the importance of families. Centara’s distinctive culture and diversity of formats allow it to serve and satisfy travellers of nearly every age and lifestyle.

Over the next five years Centara aims to become a top 100 global hotel group, while spreading its footprint into new continents and market niches. As Centara continues to expand, a growing base of loyal customers will find the company’s unique style of hospitality in more locations. Centara’s global loyalty programme, Centara The1, reinforces their loyalty with rewards, privileges and special member pricing.

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Netflix Showcasing Elite Havens Most Amazing Vacation Rentals in New Series

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Netflix Showcasing Elite Havens Most Amazing Vacation Rentals in New Series

Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, July 11, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / NoKu Beach House in Bali, which features in the first episode of the new reality series, is just one of the more than 300 high-end holiday rentals that Elite Havens offers across Indonesia, India, Japan, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Elite Havens, the leading provider of high-end vacation rentals in Asia and a subsidiary of Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has seen the quality of its offerings celebrated in a new Netflix reality series, The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals.

The show, which premiered on 18 June 2021 and is now available for viewing to more than 208 million subscribers worldwide, sees hosts Mr Luis D. Ortiz (Million Dollar Listing), Ms Megan Batoon, and Ms Jo Franco (travel content creators) showcase remarkable properties around the globe and the life-changing experiences they have to offer.

A large portion of the first episode is devoted to NoKu Beach House, a sublime beachfront getaway in Seminyak, Bali, which is managed as part of Elite Havens’ hand-picked portfolio of close to 300 fully staffed private luxury havens throughout Asia.

Created by award-winning, internationally acclaimed interior designer Alex Zabotto-Bentley, and surrounded by an immaculate tropical garden, the private six-bedroom residence boasts a beach-facing plunge pool, a tennis court, and an outdoor cinema and spa. Guests also benefit from a full fleet of professional in-villa staff, including personal butlers, massage therapists, and a private chef who prepares customised gourmet meals.

“NoKu Beach House serves as a wonderful showcase of the Elite Havens experience and the bespoke services our distinctive properties have to offer,” said Ms Maya Rigg, CEO, Elite Havens. “We are delighted this stunning villa has been featured in Netlix’s exciting new show – especially as host Luis D Ortiz, who spends his life around luxury properties, described it as ‘luxury at its best.’ In the post COVID-19 world, luxury villas provide the perfect secluded and safe hideaway for travellers seeking a highly personalised holiday experience. And as the first episode of The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals highlights, Elite Havens has everything in place to exceed guest expectations with bespoke services, stunning locations, and unrivalled local insight.”

Established in 1998, Elite Havens performs integrated marketing, reservations, concierge and management services for luxury villas across Indonesia, India, Japan, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Dusit International acquired the company in 2018 as part of its three-pronged strategy for balance, diversification, and expansion. This strategy includes providing broadened experiences for customers beyond Dusit’s traditional hotel brand line up in the midscale through to luxury segments.

In Dusit’s home base of Thailand, Elite Havens offers a wide range of secluded and luxury villas on the paradise islands of Phuket and Koh Samui. From three-bedroom residences in prime beachside locations, to a 20-bedroom mansion set within a sprawling garden, each property promises to offer unfaltering service standards; professional, highly trained villa staff; and the personalised services of the Elite Concierge.

Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International, said, “Leveraging our rich experience in operating full-service hotels for more than 70 years, Elite Havens gives travellers a unique opportunity to stay in some incredible private residences while enjoying the same gracious hospitality for which our legacy brands are renowned. With stunning locations and incredible designs, Elite Havens’ spacious properties are ideal for groups of friends and families seeking highly customised, secluded vacations at exceptional value for money. Thanks to Elite Havens’ unrivalled community links, they promise to offer unique journeys of self-discovery too. Netflix’s new show highlights the distinct appeal of this fast-growing segment of the lodging spectrum, and we are delighted that Elite Havens’ offerings have been named among the world’s best.”

About Dusit International
Established in 1948, Dusit International is a leading hospitality group listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Building on its two core areas of business – Hotels & Resorts and Hospitality Education – the company has expanded its operations over the past four years to comprise five business units. The additional units include Foods, Property Development, and Hospitality-Related Services. Today, the company’s property portfolio comprises more than 300 distinctive hotels, resorts and luxury villas operating under six brands across 15 countries worldwide, as well as two leading hospitality colleges with campuses in Thailand and the Philippines. Following a three-pronged strategy for sustainable growth, including balance, expansion and diversification, the company has recently expanded into food production, on-demand hospitality services, and property development to reach new markets and add further recurring streams of revenue to the company.

About Elite Havens Luxury Villa Rentals and Management
Elite Havens is Asia’s market leader in high-end holiday rentals, with a spectacular, hand-picked portfolio of close to 300 private luxury havens in Bali, Lombok, Nusa Lembongan, Phuket, Koh Samui, Sri Lanka, Japan, India and the Maldives. Inspired accommodation on offer ranges from absolute beachfront to mountain lodges, traditional to design chic and honeymoon hideaways to stunning wedding venues. Each Elite Havens’ guest has access to the Elite Concierge, gourmet dining, luxury provisioning and modern facilities to ensure an indulgent and memorable experience. Elite Havens is part of Dusit International.

About The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals
The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals is a Netflix reality series created by George Verschoor and Will Spjut. The show takes viewers on the journey of a lifetime, as hosts Luis D. Ortiz (Million Dollar Listing), Megan Batoon and Jo Franco (travel content creators) explore and live in some of the dreamiest properties ever built. With an eye for every budget and style of travel, these three experts explore vacation homes that range from affordable treehouses to exclusive private islands, and from unforgettable igloos to gourmet getaways, giving viewers a glimpse of the life-changing experiences that they have to offer.

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Dusit Hotels Makes Oman Debut with DusitD2 Naseem Resort Jabal Akhdar

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Dusit Hotels Makes Oman Debut with DusitD2 Naseem Resort Jabal Akhdar

Jabal Akhdar, Oman, July 7, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has expanded its presence in the Middle East with the opening of dusitD2 Naseem Resort, Jabal Akhdar – the first Dusit-branded hotel in Oman. Deluxe family-friendly resort uniquely puts guests next to a brand new Adventure Park on the stunning Saiq Plateau, just five minutes from the renowned ‘Grand Canyon of the Middle East.

Owned by the Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN), which is the executive arm of the Sultanate for tourism development, the deluxe resort is located within a brand new 8,000 sq m Adventure Park on the Saiq Plateau in the Jabal Akhdar area, just a five-minute drive from the ‘Grand Canyon of the Middle East,’ and two hours by car from Muscat International Airport.

Comprising 252 beautifully decorated rooms and suites, the contemporary resort fully embraces its unique mountain location with a spacious layout that blends seamlessly with its stunning natural surrounds.

Alongside breathtaking views, guests can enjoy a wide range of facilities, including an all-day dining restaurant, a fitness centre, and a large outdoor swimming pool. A specialty restaurant, a Kids Club, and a signature Namm spa offering traditional Thai-inspired massage therapies and treatments are set to open later in the year. Dusit’s new group-wide wellness concept and approach will also be introduced to weave well-being elements throughout the stay experience. With a focus on physical vitality and mental health, this unparalleled approach will include the provision of mountain running, yoga, pilates, Thai boxing, guided meditation workshops, and other experiences and events that harness nature, sustainability, and adventure, to deliver healthy fun for adults and children alike.

The resort is also well-equipped for future business events and social gatherings, with a grand ballroom that can cater for up to 150 guests, and several adjoining meeting rooms featuring the latest audio-visual equipment.

The Adventure Park, slated to open later in the year, will feature exciting activities to delight visitors of all ages, such as zip-line rides offering impressive views of the surrounding valley. A petting zoo and science centre where budding young Einsteins can get to grips with all kinds of fun experiments are also set to open when the world reopens to international travel.

To uniquely link guests with the location, dusitD2 Naseem Resort, Jabal Akhdar will also soon offer educational hiking, cycling and quad biking tours to ancient forts, traditional markets and other local attractions, such as the historic town of Nizwa, known as the ‘Pearl of Islam.’

Alongside Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality, all guests also benefit from Dusit’s carefully crafted ‘Dusit Care’ services. Designed to offer ultimate peace of mind, these go beyond enhanced hygiene protocols to deliver additional convenience, experience and value while maximising guest safety. Flexible check-in, anytime breakfast, and mobile payment methods are just some of the services offered.

“We are delighted to make our Oman debut with this vibrant resort which showcases the heritage, culture and visual splendour of the destination in truly distinctive fashion,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International. “From enriching wellness experiences and exciting dining journeys to adventurous excursions and a wide range of exhilarating activities, dusitD2 Naseem Resort, Jabal Akhdar has all the elements in place to provide a highly memorable vacation for visitors of all ages. Bright days are on the horizon for international travel, and we look forward to making the property a resounding success.”

Mr Gerhard Stutz, General Manager, dusitD2 Naseem Resort, Jabal Akhdar, said, “Uniquely blending Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality with local customs and traditions, our resort provides unparalleled access to wonder and adventure in a gorgeous location surrounded by breathtaking mountains and valleys. It’s truly a distinctive proposition for travellers, and we look forward to leveraging our unique position and offerings to deliver amazing vacation experiences that help to put the area on the map as a must-visit destination to the benefit of our broader community.”

About Dusit International
Established in 1948, Dusit International is a leading hospitality group listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Building on its two core areas of business – Hotels & Resorts and Hospitality Education – the company has expanded its operations over the past four years to comprise five business units. The additional units include Foods, Property Development, and Hospitality-Related Services. Today, the company’s property portfolio comprises more than 300 distinctive hotels, resorts and luxury villas operating under six brands across 15 countries worldwide, as well as two leading hospitality colleges with campuses in Thailand and the Philippines. Following a three-pronged strategy for sustainable growth, including balance, expansion and diversification, the company has recently expanded into food production, on-demand hospitality services, and property development to reach new markets and add further recurring streams of revenue to the company.

Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN) was established in 2005 by the Government as the executive arm of the Sultanate responsible for delivering the objectives contained in 2040 National Tourism Strategy. OMRAN works closely with the Ministry of Tourism and other governmental entities to identify priorities, projects and opportunities that will maximise the potential of the Sultanate’s tourism sector.

OMRAN creates sustainable and authentic tourism assets, lifestyle communities and destinations that drive economic growth and contribute to diversification of the economy.

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Cross Hotels & Resorts Appoints General Sales Agent in Japan

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Cross Hotels & Resorts Appoints General Sales Agent in Japan - TRAVELINDEXTokyo, Japan, July 3, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Cross Hotels & Resorts recognizes the opportunities in the Japanese inbound and outbound markets, and to reinforce its expansion plans into the Japanese market, Cross Hotels & Resorts has appointed Biz M Asia as their General Sales Agent (GSA) in Japan.

The Japanese market is one of the ‘Big 4’ key players in the Asian tourism and hospitality market, the other players being Thailand, Bali and Vietnam.

Biz M Asia will represent Cross Hotels & Resorts and support the opening of the Away Okinawa Kouri Island Resort property, as well as represent all hotels in their portfolio in the Japanese market.

Lead by Mary Tolentino, fondly known as ‘Mary San’ in the Japan travel industry; Mary has over three decades of experience in sales and marketing and representing international hotel brands and independent properties in key destinations.

Her knowledge and extensive network in the industry will bring Cross Hotels & Resorts closer to the Japanese market and help Cross Hotels & Resorts become one of the favored hotel brands of choice for Japanese travelers both domestically and abroad.

Biz M Asia specializes in selling to professional wholesalers, retail leisure travel agencies as well as corporate and group travel, all of which are key markets for Cross Hotels & Resorts.

In 2018 and 2019, inbound markets from Thailand and Australia experienced significant growth, with almost 1.3 million Thais and 20,000 Australians traveling to Japan each year. Vietnamese and Indonesian travelers to Japan grew substantially in previous years, with Japan welcoming approximately 260,000 travelers from these markets each year. Japanese outbound travelers to these same markets also grew significantly with approximately 1.7M Japanese visitors to Thailand, 260,000 to Bali and almost 1 million Japanese visitors to Vietnam over the same period.

“Cross Hotels & Resorts has 7 hotels in Japan; we look to see growth in the Japanese market both domestically, as well as establishing Cross Hotels & Resorts as a preferred option for outbound Japanese leisure and business travelers. Having a dedicated Japan based GSA is a demonstration of our commitment to growth and commitment to our local partners,” said Paul Wilson, Executive Vice President – Commercial, Cross Hotels & Resorts.

“Cross Hotels & Resorts has so much to offer. The unique designs that you experience in each property along with impeccable service and dynamic teams make them a perfect fit. We are proud to be working and representing Cross, Cross Vibe and Away in the Japanese Market,” said Mary Tolentino

With its vision and effort, and robust sales and distribution supported by Flight Centre Travel Group, Cross Hotels & Resorts will be actively expanding across the Asia Pacific region in the coming years.

Cross Hotels & Resorts currently operate 22 hotels across three distinct brands – Cross, Cross Vibe and Away in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Japan.

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Indonesia Tourism Celebrates Opening of Arasatu Villas & Sanctuary

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Indonesia Tourism Celebrates Opening of Arasatu Villas & Sanctuary

Maratua Island, Indonesia, June 11, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Governor of Kalimantan Timur, H.E. Dr. Ir. H. Isran Noor, M. Si., the Bupati (Local Premier) of Kabupaten Berau, Hj. Sri Juniarsih Mas and their tourism department delegations were joined by H.E. Nico Barito, the Seychelles Special Envoy to ASEAN and Alain St.Ange, the Secretary General of FORSEAA (Forum of Small Medium Economic Africa Asean) to mark the formal opening of the Arasatu Villas and Sanctuary on the pristine Maratua Island. Representing the owners at the ceremony were Yan Surya Kusuma Darmabasuan and Angelia Darmabasuan.

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Alain St.Ange, who is the successful former Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine Minister of the Seychelles was in Indonesia to consolidate the spirit of South-South Cooperation using Indonesia as the needed bridge between Africa and the ASEAN Block. Referred to as a unique PARADISE ON EARTH development the new Arasatu Villas & Sanctuary is a pilot project of Indonesia and Seychelles in Maratua Island. Built on the eastern side of Borneo, Arasatu Villas & Sanctuary offers you a one-of-a-kind staycation experience of living above Maratua Island’s finest turquoise water.

“The cozy hammock on the terrace makes you feel immersed in the beauty of the island whilst sipping a signature beverage under the blazing sun and shining stars is surely a thing you can’t resist” said a staff member of the new hotel property. The hotel’s enchanting wooden ornaments are also mainly crafted by the locals on Maratua Island all in a bid to support the local economy and likewise, to stick to the developer’s vision of reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the country. “No trip to Maratua is complete without snorkeling.

Experience snorkeling in transparent sea water and witness these beautiful corals right under the villas. Arasatu aims to support marine ecosystems and as home to Maratua Island’s giant clams. For that reason, the Cocoral Dive Center was founded” says the Hotel’s representative.

The Arasatu’s floating villas that were inspired from East Borneo’s overwater bungalows, convey an intimate connection to the shimmering Celebes Sea. Private sun deck with suspended hammocks over turquoise waters for a relaxing time or just a few steps away to the beach for a dip, these floating villas offers endless activities and experiences to satisfy anyone’s island vacations. This villa features an extended sun deck with outdoor shower, over-the-water hammock for two, private stairs to the ocean and an extra large daybed to maximize your overwater vacation. The semi-open bathroom is equipped with a walk-in rain shower and large backlit mirror Plus, each villa boasts private see-through glass doors for ocean viewing and roof window for stargazing.

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Alain St.Ange said that the proximity of Maratua Island to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kakaban Island where the unique freshwater jellyfish lives provides a rare opportunity that is not to be missed. “This pink jellyfish does not sting and I personally swam with them” said Alain St.Ange.

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Avani Hotels Debuts on Bali’s Seminyak

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Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia / TRAVELINDEX / Avani Hotels announces the opening of Avani Seminyak Resort in Bali, the brand’s first property in Indonesia. Centrally located in the heart of Seminyak, the resort is just a short walk away from the area’s stylish beach hub and renowned nightlife. With 21 brand new residence-style accommodations and 16 private pool villas, visitors will have the ideal…


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