Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea at the Park Hyatt Melbourne

Mother's Day at the Park Hyatt Melbourne


Sit back, relax and enjoy a selection of delicate sweets and housemade treats as you listen to live music, sip on a glass of champagne and celebrate your mother in style. 

The Mother's Day High Tea of the Park Hyatt Melbourne will take place on Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 230 PM to 5 PM with free flow sparkling wine, tea and coffee and the option for a glass of French champagne.

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If you're still searching for the perfect gift, spoil your mother with an experience she'll never forget with a Hyatt Australia gift card. Treat your mother to an indulgent escape at the Park Club Health & Day Spa, overnight accommodation in a luxurious guestroom or suite, a dining experience at radii restaurant & bar or the luxury of visiting another Hyatt Hotel in Australia.

Hyatt Australia Gift Cards range from AU$25 - $2,000 and are available at Park Hyatt Melbourne.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Visit the Russian Missile Cruiser Varyag in Manila

The Russian guided missile cruiser Varyag

The guided missile cruiser Varyag of the Russian Navy Pacific Fleet, the third ship of the Slava class, will be visiting the Port of Manila from April 20 to April 24, 2017. The following events are planned for the general public on April 22 and April 23, 2017.

PUBLIC VISITING HOURS


The Russian Naval Vessel Varyag will be open for all visitors on April 22, 2017 from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Port of Manila, Pier 15. There will be opportunities for photos onboard the vessel.

PERFORMANCE BY THE RUSSIAN NAVY PACIFIC FLEET OF THE VARYAG


A dance and song ensemble will be performed by the Russian Navy Pacific Fleet at Rizal (Luneta) Park on April 23, 2017 from 6 PM to 8 PM.

All those wishing to visit the Russian guided missile cruiser Varyag and watch an amazing performance by Russian artists are kindly invited and most welcome. There will be opportunities for memorable photos on board the Russian Naval Vessel on April 22, and then a chance to enjoy the soulful Russian songs and the sparkling dances of Russian sailors on April 23.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Tea pairing lunch at Yan Toh Heen in Hong Kong

Tea pairing lunch at Yan Toh Heen in Hong Kong

On April 23, the Michelin two star / Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Yan Toh Heen will showcase a six-course Chinese tea pairing lunch menu by Executive Chef Lau Yiu Fai, featuring three rare aged teas specially sourced by our Tea Sommelier Kelvin Ng from the Best Tea House:

- 1997 Tribute Shou Mei
- 1988 Aged Teguanyin (with Mandarin Zest)
- 1960 Aged Supreme Liu Pao Tea

Tea Sommelier Kelvin Ng and Helen Fung, Operation Manager of the Best Tea House will introduce these three special teas during the luncheon.

Tea sommelier Kevin Ng

1997 TRIBUTE SHOU MEI & AGED TEGUANYIN TEA 


The lunch begins with a 1997 Tribute Shou Mei, which is a fragrant and sweet white tea that can stimulate the appetite. Then the 1988 aged Teguanyin will be paired with the first three courses. 

Teguanyin is a variety of Oolong Tea, which enhances the digestive system and helps to raise metabolism and reduce blood fat levels.

ABOUT AGED TEGUANYIN TEA


Master Chan, owner of the Best Tea House, personally hand-picked this first batch of the exclusive Teguanyin tea leaves which he then mixed, stored and aged with Mandarin Zest for 29 years.

After ageing the tea for 29 years, the tea is smooth and rich in floral and mandarin aromas and also has the aromatic of Chinese herbal medicine.

ABOUT AGED LIU PAO TEA

Aged Liu Pao Tea

The fourth course pairs with 1960 Aged Supreme Liu Pao Tea, which is only available in Hong Kong at Yan Toh Heen. This tea is currently not sold in the retail market. Its supreme quality makes it an “auction-level” tea.

Liu Pao is a famous Black Tea from Guangxi Provence. This rare 1960 vintage comes from the Wuzhou City. It's known for its red colour, strong and smooth texture and special Betel Nut aroma. Pairing this tea with dishes towards the end of the lunch helps with detoxification, removing the oiliness of the food.

When drinking this Liu Pao tea with dessert, it does not overtake the taste or aroma of the dessert. When drinking it after the meal, it has a special long lasting aroma. If you drink this tea on an empty stomach, it will help to cleanse the system and refresh the brain.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Anantara Vacation Club Celebrates Songkran In Phuket

Anantara Vacation Club Phuket
Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket celebrates the Thai Songkran festivities with brunch, buffet dinner, family activities and annual turtle release ceremony.

The Anantara Vacation Club is Asia's leading luxury shared vacation ownership concept for discerning travellers.

SONGKRAN & EASTER IN PHUKET

Anantara Vacation Club Phuket

At Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket, Songkran and Easter will be marked with special menus, activities and the annual turtle release.

“We are excited to offer our Club Points Owners the opportunity to experience these special holidays at our Anantara Club Resorts,” said Melanie Smith, Anantara Vacation Club’s Vice President of Club Operations. “Anantara Vacation Club is proud to provide our Club Points Owners with access to authentic cultural and recreational activities in order to create indelible travel memories.”

THAI NEW YEAR AT THE ANANTARA VACATION CLUB IN PHUKET


Anantara Vacation Club Phuket

Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket will be celebrating the Thai New Year, known as the Songkran Festival, on April 13. The holiday will be marked with an afternoon of activities on-site, followed by a traditional Thai seafood buffet dinner at Chaam Restaurant.

The festivities kick off with a Songkran parade featuring a long drum player, followed by water boxing, a pool splash party, paddle floating, balloon darts and can shooting. At Chaam Restaurant, guests will be treated to a full Thai seafood buffet with live music and a fire dance.

ABOUT THE ANNUAL TURTLE RELEASE ON MAI KHAO BEACH

On April 14, the annual turtle and shark release event will be held on Mai Khao beach. Each year, the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation collects turtle eggs between November and February and stores them at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre hatchery.

Young hatchlings are then protected for one year to improve their chance of survival. Likewise, the Phuket Marine Biological Centre hatchery breeds bamboo sharks, which are struggling to maintain their numbers in Thailand’s waters. Those who adopt a turtle or bamboo shark will be invited to a special ceremony which sees them being released back into sea.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Songkran Festival in Bangkok

Songkran Festival in Bangkok

Here is the schedule for the Songkran Festival in Bangkok next week. 


Amazing Songkran 2017 
Date: April 8-13, 2017 
Venue: Benjasiri Park, Bangkok 

Kicking off in Bangkok on April 8, this event will give visitors the chance to take part in traditional activities, try food associated with Songkran and enjoy cultural performances.

The event starts with an Amazing Songkran Joyful Procession which will head down Sukhumvit Road, starting from the Phrom Phong Junction and it will finish at Pathum Wan Intersection.

Finishing on April 13, Songkran Splendours: Amazing Songkran 2017 will inspire people to travel upcountry and discover their own Songkran stories in different parts of the kingdom.

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Songkran in Bangkok Yai 
Date: April 12-16, 2017 
Venue: Wat Arun and New Arun Amarin Road 

Songkran Festival in Bangkok

There can be few more iconic places to celebrate Songkran than the famous Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn on the Chao Phraya River. Here, people can come and experience the most moving and ancient aspects of the festival by helping the bathe some of Bangkok's most sacred Buddha images.

This way of making merit is believed to ensure good luck for the New Year.

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Bangkok Songkran Festival 2017 
Date: April 13-15, 2017 
Venue: CentralWorld Shopping Complex, Bangkok 

The Bangkok Songkran Festival is at its biggest and most fun at the large outside area in front of CentralWorld Shopping Complex. Here, as well as water play, there will be the chance to experience some of the more traditional aspects of Songkran in an alcohol-free, family-friendly atmosphere.

There will also be a foam party which will give people a new way to enjoy the watery fun while cooling off at the hottest time of the year.

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Songkran – Pha Khao Ma Yok Siam 
Date: April 13-15, 2017 
Venue: Siam Square, Bangkok 

Songkran Festival in Bangkok
Siam Square will free up some of its popular shopping space to provide areas where the city's young people can enjoy all the fun and joy of Songkran.

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S2O Songkran Music Festival 2017 
Date: April 13-15, 2017 
Venue: Show DC Oasis Arena
Rama 9, Bangkok 

The S2O Songkran Music Festival 2017, sponsored by PepsiCo, is set to be the wettest and most entertaining New Year event in Bangkok. A range of entertainment on offer, including sets by well-known DJs and to ensure everyone keeps their cool a 360-degree fountain that shoots water into the crowd.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Banyan Tree Phuket Spa Sanctuary Pool Villas and Wellness Packages

The spa pool villas at Banyan Tree Phuket

This post is about the Banyan Tree Phuket Spa Sanctuary Pool Villas and Wellness Packages.

For a holistically satisfying experience, Banyan Tree Phuket Spa Sanctuary is offering a brand new selection of specially tailored wellness packages, exclusively for guests staying in its Spa Sanctuary Pool Villas spanning 550 square meters.

THE SPA POOL VILLAS AT BANYAN TREE PHUKET

The spa pool villas at Banyan Tree Phuket

Each experience is designed to combine a luxury holiday in Phuket with a healing touch for both body and mind.

 Available for booking and stay until October 31, 2017, the Banyan Tree Phuket Spa Sanctuary Wellness Packages allow guests to let go of all urban stresses while immersing in any of the six unique journeys for attainment of physical, mental and spiritual peace: Nourishment, Healing Heart, Centering, Keeping Fit, Enlightenment and Traditional Healing

True wellness means being at peace with one's surroundings, and each spa sanctuary pool villa at the Banyan Tree Phuket Spa Sanctuary provides a magnificent and expansive setting complete with a private pool, massage Sala, and a delightful view of the resort's private lagoon.

NOURISHMENT PACKAGE AT 

THE BANYAN TREE PHUKET SPA SANCTUARY

The spa pool villas at Banyan Tree Phuket

The journey of Nourishment includes specially prepared detox juices to cleanse and purify, along with cooking workshops and nutritional education throughout the stay. This package helps guests to maintain a healthy diet, while a soothing Balinese spa treatment refreshes the body to bring guests a sense of deeper peace.

HEALING HEART PACKAGE AT 

THE BANYAN TREE PHUKET SPA SANCTUARY

The spa pool villas at Banyan Tree Phuket

The Healing Heart Package sets the mind and heart at ease with sunrise body stretching sessions and a turn-down bath every evening.

Tranquil meditation sessions and a selection of tender massages helps to boost the healing process, allowing guests to better connect with their inner self. The essential concept of Centering uses organic drinks, life coaching, yoga sessions, meditation and massage to help guests forget about the troubles of the world. This package helps ground guest's mind and spirit on what truly matters to their wellbeing.

KEEPING FIT PACKAGE AT 

THE BANYAN TREE PHUKET SPA SANCTUARY



The Keeping Fit Package helps to tone the muscles and revitalise the mind. A morning energy-booster helps prepare guests for meeting guests' personal trainer, and undertaking guests' morning jog, yoga, and water exercise.

A sports massage is included to help guests cool down gently, and keep guests body in shape for active living.

ENLIGHTENMENT PACKAGE AT 

THE BANYAN TREE PHUKET SPA SANCTUARY

The spa pool villas at Banyan Tree Phuket
The Enlightenment Package engages your mind to sharpen your acuity and bring you closer to your personal interests.

A variety of activities such as cooking classes, market visits, tree planting experiences and special floral arrangement lessons will cultivate healthy interests, with a turndown tea offering to encourage peaceful reflection. An additional foot and back massage wakes up the senses, and is included to accompany the two massages already included in the package.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Weekend in Boracay at the new Henann Prime Beach Resort in Station 1

Weekend in Boracay at the new Henann Prime Beach Resort in Station 1

This post, written by Patricia Cendana of the Travelife editorial team, is about a weekend in Boracay at the new Henann Prime Beach Resort in Station 1. 

Boracay Henann Prime Beach Resort only had its soft opening last November, but it has already garnered the attention of travelers to Boracay, locals and foreigners alike.

Weekend in Boracay at the new Henann Prime Beach Resort in Station 1
Given that numerous Henann resorts are found throughout Station 2 of Boracay, the Henann Group of Resorts is proud to present the newly launched Henann Prime Beach Resort as the first in the brand to have a beachfront found in Station 1, where the atmosphere is more relaxing and quiet.

MENU OF SEA SALT RESTAURANT 

Weekend in Boracay at the new Henann Prime Beach Resort in Station 1
The Boracay Henann Prime Beach Resort itself maintains an elegantly minimalist and relaxing coastal design, from the rooms to the Sea Salt restaurant. The Sea Salt restaurant al fresco all-day dining restaurant in Boracay offers sumptuous and Instagram-worthy dishes.

Weekend in Boracay at the new Henann Prime Beach Resort in Station 1

Try the Panay Island Pizza with its fresh shrimp toppings, or the Uni Spaghetti that has a creamy twist to its seafood flavours.

For dessert, take a bite out of the generous slice of the Matcha Cheesecake.

ROOMS OF HENNAN PRIME RESORT

Weekend in Boracay at the new Henann Prime Beach Resort in Station 1
As of now, 104 of the 144 rooms of Henann Prime Beach Resort are ready to receive guests.

The Beach Wing of the Boracay Henann Prime Beach Resort is aptly named as the rooms located in wing are near the beachfront of the property. The East Wing of the Boracay Henann Prime Beach Resort, on the other hand, is located by the main road, making it convenient to take a tricycle or hotel shuttle going to Station 2 or 3.

POOL AND BEACH ACCESS IN BORACAY

The Hennan Prime Beach Resort in Boracay

Regular guests of the Henann Group of Resorts can expect its signature room with direct access to the pool from the Henann Prime Beach Resort as well, making it a luxurious convenience for guests.

Guests can also take a dip into the two swimming pools of Henann Prime Beach Resort. The remaining 40 rooms, along with the fitness gym and the third swimming pool, are expected to open by October 2017.

The team, living a #Travelife as always, definitely enjoyed their weekend stay at the lovely Henann Prime Beach Resort and look forward to its grand opening.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Chocolate festival at the W Singapore

The Chocolate Festival at W Singapore - Sentosa Cove

W Singapore - Sentosa Cove is offering a buffet spread called Choco Loco, the kitchen table's first 'chocolate' buffet. The chocolate buffet will be held from April 17 to 27.

Chocolate is familiar to many as an ingredient for rich, decadent desserts. But it also lends its silkiness and complexity to a variety of savoury concoctions. The team at the kitchen table employs the use of the finest chocolates available along with unique cooking techniques.


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THE CHOCOLATE MENU AT W SINGAPORE SENTOSA COVE


And the best part is that you can enjoy views of the marina from the W Singapore - Sentosa Cove while savouring imaginative creations like:


Spinach Pear Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette
White Chocolate and Ginger Chicken
Catalan Beef Stew with Rioja
Cinnamon and Chocolate 
Dark Chocolate and Lemongrass-crusted Sea Bass 
with Spiced Chocolate Oil

W Singapore - Sentosa Cove is also offering a range of 20 different chocolate desserts including Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate Pana Cotta and White Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding.


Of Flavours & Spices in the new issue of Travelife Magazine

Living a #Travelife in Tel Aviv, Israel

This cover story in this new issue of Travelife Magazine was shot in Tel Aviv, Israel’s most modern city and an interesting fusion of cultures and inspirations that has remained relatively under-the-radar because of the prominence of Jerusalem, just an hour away, in world history, religion and politics.

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Michelle Barrera 
Cover model

Tracey Heppner
Photographer

Special thanks to 
Israeli Ambassador Effie Matityau and the Embassy of Israel
Mano Alemi and Asia Travel & Tours
Turkish Airlines

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Cover girl and columnist Michelle Barrera, ace photographer Tracey Heppner and I had a grand time discovering the ins and outs of Tel Aviv by the sea, and I hope our enthusiasm for our great finds and life-changing experiences comes across clearly in our photos and stories.




Read about the best new places to visit in Tel Aviv, as well as a very special dinner followed by a poignant show in ancient Jaffa port that had us in tears.

Michelle Barrera was the ultimate multi-tasker on this trip as she posed for the cover and our fashion pages, and also wrote the cover story on Tel Aviv -- a city that she says touched her soul.

TO JAPAN AND NORWAY




Meanwhile, in her regular column Wanderlust, she literally traipses across the globe to southern Japan, and in this issue she writes a story on her adventures in Kyushu.

Columnist Dondi Joseph also continues with the second part of his sailing trip to Svaalbard in Norway, which is practically the end of the world. His captivating tale, begun in our previous issue, has seriously made me consider undertaking an adventure cruise of my own.


WHERE TO GO IN SOUTH AFRICA


Speaking of adventures, South African Ambassador Martin Slabber discusses the best things to do and see in South Africa, and most of these have to do with the great outdoors. South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, in my opinion, and the spectacular range of its natural attractions ensures that visitors will want to keep on returning.

I’ve been to South Africa five times, and I’m certainly spoiling for an excuse and company for a sixth trip.


THE BEST THINGS TO SEE & DO IN OSAKA


Meanwhile Managing Editor Ceia Ylagan, an avid Japanophile, gives readers some excellent reasons to visit Osaka this July and August for the colorful summer festivals and rituals of Japan.



Osaka is already one of Japan’s top destinations, and the Japanese summer is an especially enjoyable time to visit because there’s something happening in every district practically every weekend.

TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE



On the other hand, Travelife General Manager Angelica Bayona headed for Europe last autumn to test-drive a tour of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Estonia that takes in the top attractions of these three cities in one week.

It is possible to see almost everything and still get adequate shopping time via a well-planned package tour, she concluded, and she even got an afternoon of shopping in Finland included in her itinerary as well.

Park Hyatt Moscow

I was also recently in Moscow, an enigmatic city that I have come to love. It’s mysterious, enchanting, somber and lively all at the same time, so it’s never boring.

And my story on my first foray into a Russian steambath and a stay at one of Moscow's top hotels last autumn appears within these pages.

THE BEST DAY TRIPS




Finally, we have a feature on the world’s best day trips, selected for you so that you’ll know where to go in this wonderful world. You’ll find so many ideas for trips this 2017 within this issue. Enjoy reading and planning for your next #Travelife.

NH Hotel Group Switches Off Its Lights During Earth Hour

The NH Hotel in Berlin

For the ninth consecutive year, NH Hotel Group will support the WWF Global Initiative Earth Hour, switching off the lights of the facades of all NH hotels all over the world. With this gesture, which will be made by the  NH Hotel Group between 830 PM and 930 PM on Saturday, March 25, the NH Hotel Group is demonstrating its firm commitment to respecting and protecting the environment in which it runs its business.

ABOUT EARTH HOUR 


Earth Hour is an initiative led by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), supported every year by hundreds of millions of people all over the world, joining their voices for the protection of the environment.

Since its creation in 2007, over 7,000 cities have taken part in Earth Hour, enabling millions of people, companies and governments to join voices to demonstrate that a future based on clean energy is possible.

ABOUT THE NH HOTEL GROUP


The NH Hotel Group is a consolidated multinational operator and one of the world's leading urban hotel groups.

The NH Hotel Group operates close to 400 hotels with almost 60,000 rooms in 30 countries across Europe, America and Africa, including top city destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bogota, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Munich, New York, Rome and Vienna.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The electronics ban on airlines flying to the US and UK from Middle East



The United States and the United Kingdon are banning passengers travelling to their countries from nine Middle East destination from bringing any device bigger than a smartphone on board.

DEVICES BANNED ON AIRPLANES


The devices that cannot be carried onboard flights include:

Laptops
Cameras
Tablets
E-readers
Portable DVD players
Electronic gaming devices
Travel printers or scanners

These will have to be check in with your luggage. Medical devices needed on board will still allowed in your handcarry.


CITIES WITH AIRPORTS COVERED BY THE US BAN


These are the 10 international airports covered by the United States ban:

Cairo, Egypt
Dubai,  United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Istanbul, Turkey
Doha, Qatar
Amman, Jordan
Kuwait City
Casablanca, Morocco
Jeddah & Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


AIRLINES AFFECTED BY THE US BAN


The nine airlines affected by the ban are:

Egyptair
Emirates Airline
Etihad Airways
Kuwait Airways
Qatar Airways
Royal Air Maroc
Royal Jordanian Airlines
Saudi Arabian Airlines
Turkish Airlines.

Meanwhile, the restrictions for passengers on 14 airlines flying into the United Kingdom apply to flights from the following destinations:

Turkey
Lebanon
Jordan
Egypt
Tunisia
Saudi Arabia



Healthy food at Swissotel Sydney Vitality Meetings

Healthy food at Swissotel Sydney Vitality Meetings

In celebration of Vitality Day on March 21, 2017, Swissôtel Sydney has re-launched their Vitality Meetings offering, featuring a new menu concept by Executive Chef Joshua Askew.

Exclusive to Swissôtel Sydney, the new Vitality Meetings offering features strategically scheduled meal breaks for delegates to enjoy nutritious dishes packed-full of superfoods. This program has proven to improve delegates' mental capabilities, increase motivation, defuse stress and magnify memory.

HEALTHY DISHES AT SWISSOTEL SYDNEY

Healthy food at Swissotel Sydney Vitality Meetings

“We have created a range of healthy dishes that delegates will not only enjoy eating but also provide them with the sustenance needed to get them through the day. Something as simple as quinoa is rich in oxygen-carrying iron and contains only 222 calories per serve, while proteins such as low-GI beans, fish and chicken, are stocked full of essential amino acids which will keep the stomach satisfied and the brain alert for longer" said Swissotel Sydney Executive Chef Joshua Askew

The Swissotel Sydney Vitality Meetings Menu includes the following:

KICK OFF AT SWISSOTEL SYDNEY VITALITY MEETINGS

Healthy food at Swissotel Sydney Vitality Meetings

This new initiative is offered to all delegates on arrival as a booster to kick-start the day.

With options such as low-fat yoghurt smoothies, fruit juice shots infused with Swissôtel Sydney's very own rooftop honey and spirulina, wheatgrass and acai booster shots, delegates will be ready for the day.

MID-MORNING BREAK AT SWISSOTEL SYDNEY VITALITY MEETINGS

Healthy food at Swissotel Sydney Vitality Meetings

Timed just before lunch when delegates begin to get restless, this mid-morning break has been altered to introduce low-fructose fruits such as honeydew, rock melon, kiwifruit and pears as well as high-fibre granola and compote yoghurts.

LUNCH AT SWISSOTEL SYDNEY VITALITY MEETINGS

Choose from a daily alternating menu from either a hot or cold working lunch. Hot items include delicacies such as miso glazed barramundi with stir fried vegetables and grilled lamb chops with roasted carrots and salsa verde, while cold options feature healthy smoked turkey baguettes with cranberry, brie and lettuce and tuna avocado wraps.

Healthy food at Swissotel Sydney Vitality Meetings

AFTERNOON BREAK AT 

SWISSOTEL SYDNEY VITALITY MEETINGS

It is all about sweet offerings for the last break of the day and this is what will keep the delegates going throughout the afternoon.

Dark chocolate mousse slice, raspberry cup, champagne jelly with fresh berries and matcha friands are just some of the tempting treats on offer.



With the concept of wellbeing integrated throughout the entire hotel, meeting delegates can also benefit from the Swissotel Sydney Vitality Corner – a space designed and equipped outside the meeting room with yoga mats, exercise stretch bands and gym balls accompanied with energy muesli bars, fruit bowls and bottled water for use during their scheduled breaks.