Heritage Suites, Siem Reap, Cambodia: hotel with a heart of gold

Siem Reap is hardly one of those Asian destinations trumpeted as “secret” by brochure writers. As the gateway to Angkor Wat, it’s the most popular stop on the Cambodian holiday circuit. Many visitors choose to fly in from regional Asian ports, bypassing the capital, Phnom Penh, and skipping seaside Sihanoukville. Siem Reap exists in, and of, itself as a galaxy of tourism activity and the incessant...

Here’s the monkey-themed Vietnam hotel where Trump and Putin were hanging out

While Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are crossing paths at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, they probably won’t have much time for monkey business. Or at least not the political kind of monkey business. The primate sort is another matter: The APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting–which Trump and Putin are both attending–is taking place at a tastefully monkey-themed...

Thailand ranks high as Asia-Pacific hotel investment dips

BANGKOK: Thailand has recorded the third-highest level of hotel investment transactions by volume across the Asia-Pacific region so far this year to September, according to the latest figures released by international consultancy and broker JLL. Hong Kong led Asia Pacific by volume of hotel investment transactions, with 11 deals worth a total of nearly US$1.5 billion, JLL reported in a release issued...

Kimpton Hotels expands into Asia

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed three management contracts to introduce its luxury boutique hotel brand Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to Asia. Announced at the 2017 Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), the first Kimpton properties in the region will be located in prime markets in Southeast Asia and Greater China. These new signings extend the global footprint of Kimpton Hotels...

YOTEL opens first Asia hotel in Singapore

YOTEL has opened a new hotel in Singapore to provide travellers a seamless guest experience by integrating the elements of luxury hotels into “smartly designed” spaces. Rachel Huang, director of marketing, was appointed last year to lead YOTEL Singapore’s marketing operations. The new hotel is currently working with agencies Burson-Marsteller, Monimedia and iProspect. In a statement to Marketing,...

Hilton’s Curio brand debuts in Asia Pacific

Hilton has announced the opening of Sanya Yazhou Bay Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, the first Curio Collection property in Greater China and Asia Pacific to join the exclusive, upper upscale collection brand of more than 35 distinctive hotels and resorts around the world. Located on the West Coast of Hainan Island’s southernmost city, Sanya Yazhou Bay Resort is only a short drive from renowned...

Plaza Athénée Bangkok – Bangkok, Thailand

The Plaza Athénée is a 374 room luxury high-rise hotel in downtown Bangkok, close to the city’s main shopping areas and the Skytrain. This classically elegant edifice features a large rooftop pool and five restaurants, and strikes a good balance between chain hotel feel and local colour. Location 9 / 10 Located on Wireless Road, the Plaza Athénée sits amongst embassies and ambassadorial residences....

Japan hotels prep longer-stay sites for experiential travelers

Mitsui Fudosan’s new brand will highlight regional character TOKYO — Japan’s hotel industry is designing more options for guests who plan longer stays, in response to a shift among foreign visitors and others toward experiential travel. Mitsui Fudosan intends to operate a new high-end hotel brand geared toward visitors who want to stay in one place seeking an experience, not just...

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts unveils its first hotel in Indonesia, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali

Legendary Swiss-born hospitality brand launches its newest property in Asia, as it sets its sights on tripling its portfolio in the region to 30 hotels by 2020. Bali, Indonesia — Inspired by the traditional five elements of Balinese design, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali has officially opened as the brand’s respected upscale hospitality offering arrives on the Island of the Gods. The...

Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur: The south-east Asia hotel with urban pizzazz

Singapore has done a fine job in recent years of putting on the ritz and shedding some of its reputation as one of south-east’s Asia’s least exciting capitals, and it’s now the turn of its oft less-fancied northern neighbour Kuala Lumpur to inject some urban pizzazz. The Malaysian city has made a good and elegant start with a major “refresh” (never a “refurbishment”...