Sunday, April 30, 2017

I'M Onsen Spa: the largest urban spa in the Philippines

I'M Onsen Spa at the I'M Hotel in Makati

As the largest urban spa in the Philippines, I’M Onsen Spa, located at the I'M Hotel along Makati Avenue, has a wide variety of wellness and beauty treatments

The I'M Onsen Spa Signature Massage includes a unique combination of massage techniques created exclusively by the I’M Onsen Spa to bring about utmost relaxation, concentration and rejuvenation


Frequent business travelers can try the Jet Lag Recovery Massage where skillful therapists will smooth away all signs of fatigue. This is really the best way to adjust to a new time zone and the best way to de-stress after a long flight.

For a more indulgent treatment, try the body exfoliation treatment of the I'M Onsen Spa, where guests can relax and detoxify with a body silk treatment that will leave the skin healthy and glowing

The bonus to every beauty or wellness treatment at the I'M Spa is that it comes inclusive of either a lunch or dinner buffet at Bloom Restaurant, ensuring that guests leave relaxed, satisfied, and happy in all ways.

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.

Hyatt Australia Gift Cards 

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

I'm Onsen Spa: Japanese Hot Springs Spa in Manila

The I'm Onsen Spa of the I'm Hotel in Makati

When I'm stressed out with work, I like to take a few hours off and indulge in an afternoon of wellness treatments at the I’M Onsen Spa, which is the newest and most authentic Japanese onsen spa in Manila. This is the best way to cope with stress.

The I'm Onsen Spa is the signature spa of the I’M Hotel along Makati Avenue in Manila, and it has six floors offering a variety of facilities, including a lounge for foot reflexology and private treatment rooms for facials, body wraps and massages.

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The I’M Onsen Spa also has a choice of spa suites for different types of guests.

In the Spa Pods, you can enjoy your chosen treatment in the privacy of luxuriously partitioned pods. Meanwhile, the Couple Suite offers luxury and privacy for two with a private steam shower and jacuzzi. 

The Executive Suites, on the other hand, offer expansive spaces that are best for families and big groups. This type of room also includes access to Executive Lounges where friends and family can have gatherings.


Big groups who want to relax after their treatments can also head on to the VIP Party Lounges, which can accommodate 12 to 15 people.

This room includes complimentary WiFi, projectors, a state-of-the-art videoke system, and a private restroom.

The I'm Onsen Spa of the I'm Hotel in Makati

Before receiving a treatment, guests can also enjoy complimentary hot or cold tea in the I'm Onsen Spa relaxation lounge. And after the treatments, spa-goers can head to Bloom Restaurant and enjoy the sumptuous buffet for a truly pampering day of relaxation and indulgence.

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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.