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Asia

2021


TRAVEL & HOSPITALITY

AWARD WINNER

2021


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Partners


Team

Contents

CEO

Rob Bruce

Editor-In-Chief

Katherine Lozell

Art Director

Marcs Bacera

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Maldives

Director Of Sales

Stanley Lucas

Awards Director

Brian Anson

Editorial Liaison Manager

David Hyde

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Indonesia

Director Of Marketing

Azim Aftab

Social Media Manager

Apple Gatus

Senior Writers

Tasmai Dave, Jacqui Irvine, & Joseph Wilton

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Singapore

Senior Designers

Antoine Jackson & Hafiz Arslan

Awards Managers

Adam Cole, Joseph Malabanan, Zach Ford,

Peter Clement, & Joyce Lee

Research Managers

Jerald Jaime & Mukul

Contributing Writers

Tracy Morgan, Joseph Malabanan, & Aisha Ahmed

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Criteria

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India

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Philippines

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Japan


Criteria

Service

Excellence in Service is an important

category, as customer service can often

be responsible for having guests return

year after year. We look for the hotels

and tour operators that go out of their

way to please their guests, those that

provide a personal level of service and

take the time to get to know each visitor

so that they might anticipate their every

need. This can be something as simple

as a 24-hour concierge desk, a hotel

manager who offers a personal greeting

or a tour guide who is happy to create

bespoke private tours – but whatever

it is, we are always pleased when we

encounter staff that have been trained

in the art of customer satisfaction.

Style & Design

It is no question that style and design

plays a big part in selecting our awards

shortlist. A guest will form an opinion

about a hotel as soon as they arrive

so it is important to us that all our

winners make those first impressions

count. We’re certainly not partial to a

particular period of architecture – but

whether we’re judging a gothic castle or

an environmentally friendly lodge, the

criteria remains the same. We consider

factors such as architectural features,

use of materials, creation of spaces,

décor and the overall feel. We love it

when we find a hotel that tells a story

though its design and construction, or

offers a design that is sympathetic to

the natural surroundings of its location.

Local Knowledge

Knowledge of the local area is essential

for any organization, be it a hotel or a

tour operator. The quality of services

takes a great hit when the quality of this

element is not up to the mark. Quite a

few of our winners in this category are

because they have displayed excellent

knowledge about the surrounding

areas. The criteria for a hotel is slightly

lenient compared to a tour operator, as

the latter is expected to have thorough

knowledge of the area in order to

provide good services.

Facilities

Award-winning guest rooms come in all

shapes and sizes, but they all have one

thing in common – a home-away-fromhome

feel. The comfort of the facilities

on offer are of vital importance; we look

for luxurious linens, stylish bathrooms

and a coordinated colour scheme that

work together to create a cohesive

sense of relaxation. Additional touches,

such as complimentary toiletries, free

wi-fi or tea and coffee making facilities

are always a bonus in making us feel

welcome. We’re always impressed to find

hotel rooms that embrace technology

and offer amenities like tablets or smart

thermostat systems, but this does not

always necessarily trump the traditional

– four poster beds, ornate fireplaces or

antique furniture can add a touch of

decadence to a hotel stay.

Marketing

In today’s modern age, a hotel or tour

operator cannot rely on word of mouth

to get their message out into the world.

As social media has become a vital

part of everyday life, we like to see

companies that go the extra mile to

engage with their guests, both past

and future. Attractive and informative

websites and engaging and honest

content are what we look for when

judging a company’s use of marketing;

how well they display their services, how

up-to-date their content is, how well

they get their brand message across,

and, most importantly, how well their

marketing can tempt us to go and see

what they have to offer for ourselves.

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Criteria

Diversity

Diversity is one important aspect that

needs to be taken into consideration

when in the travel and hospitality

industry. It is essential to have staff

that has varying diversity to ensure that

the organization can properly connect

with their guests. Diversity is taken into

account in terms of gender, nationality

as well as languages spoken among

other factors. Not only do we take the

diversity of the staff into account but

even that of the facilities and services

offered; a hotel or tour operator

providing a better range of services is

preferred over those that do not.

Customer Reviews

What better way is there to know about

an organization than by getting first

hand reviews? Customers are the best

judges of any service as they are the

ones who experience them and can

assess whether they were up to the

mark or not. Considering reviews from

hundreds of customers gives us a fair

idea about the general pros and cons

of any organization and also gives us

valuable inputs for the other criteria

as well.

Industry Knowledge

It is of prime importance that an

organization has thorough industry

knowledge. Without knowing the nit-bits

of the industry, it is difficult to flourish

and provide services which are a class

apart. Before any organization ventures

into the industry, it is essential that

they know how the industry is moving

and how they should make changes to

their methodologies in order to remain

relevant and also be a top-performing

organization.

Location

Location is one of the most important factors, but also one of the most subjective,

as the ‘ideal’ is very much determined by the type of visitor and the type of

hotel itself. However, there are a few factors we take into consideration when

determining the winners of location-based awards. The first is convenience; that

is, hotels that are easy to travel to. Many of our winners in this category are in

convenient locations, such as adjacent to airports, close to beaches or found in

the heart of easy-to-navigate cities. We are always impressed when hotels go the

extra mile to take the hassle out of traveling and offer such additional services as

airport shuttles or car hire services. However, we’re always excited to come across

a hotel that is, to use a familiar phrase, off-the-beaten-track. A hotel that can

offer something a little different, in terms of natural surroundings, can make the

difference between a good holiday and an incredible one.

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New Delhi, India

India


Know Before You Go

Delhi The Heart of India

Karma Chalets

The Kerala Top 3

B’Canti Boutique Beach Resort

The Bait & Hook

Jaisalmer The Golden City

Hotel Killa Bhawan

Hamari Haveli


Know Before

You Go

India is one of the most visited countries in Asia and

tends to be a bucket list destination for many. This vast

South Asian country has much to offer with its ancient

roots, long history, varied landscapes, fantastic food,

friendly locals, wellness culture, diversity, and to top it all

off it’s a relatively cheap place to visit.

With a population of over one billion, thousands of ethnic

groups, and diverse traditions it’s easy to get confused and

know how to behave especially for first timers. To help you

prepare we’ve put together a few helpful tips.

Do

Aim to dress conservatively, cover

legs and shoulders. In a temple or

mosque cover your head. This makes

a good first impression which counts

for a lot in India.

Greet people with a huge smile and

say “Namaste” or if you’re in a Muslim

majority neighbourhood or area then

greet with “Asalamalakim”.

Use Uber or ride hailing apps to get

around, these are cheaper than what

taxis will quote you. If you must go

with a taxi, then negotiate and agree

on a price at the start of the journey.

Book your train online and always

book for a reserved seat or sleeper.

Standing class is inexpensive but

extremely crowded.

Accept all food and drink should you

find yourself dining at home with a

local. It is considered rude to refuse

anything.

– Ignore ticket touts and street salesman, a lot of the time they’re trying to

sell something at extortionate prices or to scam you. Tell them “No” and

walk away. Indians are exceptionally hospitable and extremely friendly, but

these aren’t the people on the streets coming at you trying to get you to

part with your cash

– Haggle for goods or services. Bargaining over the cost of something is the

norm in India and many sellers enjoy the process.

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Don’t

Eat food or pass objects with your left. In

India the left hand is believed to be unclean

and associated with the bathroom.

Be concerned about punctuality. Although in

many countries it’s rude to be late, in India

it’s completely acceptable and expected.

Being 15-30 minutes or even an hour late is

not uncommon.

Point your finger or feet at people. Feet are

considered unclean so point it at people

or touching objects with them should be

avoided.

Outright decline an invitation to someone’s

home, this can be considered disrespectful.

Although saying “No” assertively can be

useful in some situations, when it comes to

an invite into someone’s home then it’s best

to say something along the lines “I’ll try” or

“I’ll let you know”.

– Engage in PDA. India is primarily a conservative society so engaging in acts of kissing, hugging or hand holding with

your significant other is considered inappropriate and crude.

– Accept damaged bills, as other vendors won’t accept them especially from a foreigner, but they’ll be quick to give

them to you.

– Give to beggars, even though they may pull at your heartstrings. There are two reasons for this, the first is it may

lead to more beggars swarming and aggressively following you, and the second is that the money may go to an

underground network that the beggars work for.

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Delhi

The Heart of India

An ancient capital that has it all, once you step foot in

this vibrant metropolis, you’ll quickly realise there is

nowhere else in the world quite like Delhi.

Getting in & Getting Around

There are two ways into the city internationally, first via

airplane. Indira Gandhi International Airport is one of the

busiest in the world and extremely well connected. It is a

hub for many major airlines including the national carrier

AirIndia. The other way in is via bus from neighbouring

Nepal, buses depart from Kathmandu and Chitwan.

Getting around Delhi is an adventure. Rickshaws are

world famous and a novel way to get around especially

for shorter trips. For most journeys we recommend one or

combination of the metro, buses, and trains.

Things To Do

Delhi is a treasure trove

for history lovers. Many

attractions in the city have

a long history that’s been

very well preserved such as

the Red Fort, Jama Masjid,

Humayan’s Tomb, the India

Gate, and the Lodhi Garden.

Shopping in Delhi is a treat,

there are bustling bazaars

dotted all over the city.

The Dilli Haat bazaar has

a traditional feel about it,

Paharganj is a great place

to pick up a bargain, and

the Chandni Chowk is a vast

bazaar that’s fun to explore.

For a more modern shopping

experience check out the

Select City Walk Mall.

Food

Indian food is world renowned, and Delhi

is at the centre of it all. You won’t find it

too difficult to enjoy dishes from all over

India but if you’re in Delhi the local treats

are the way to go. Whether it be at a highend

restaurant or street food stall the

Chole Bhature, Parathas, and Chaat, are

unmissable.

Delhi’s significance as an international city

means you can easily find world cuisines

such as Japanese, Chinese, Italian,

Korean, Iranian, and Middle Eastern.

Accommodation

If you’re staying in the city, we suggest the

LaLit New Delhi, a luxurious and elegant

establishment. If you prefer to stay

outside of the city then we recommend TH

Award Winner Karma Chalets, located only

45 minutes away in the princely state of

Haryana. Check out their in-depth profile

on the next page.

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Karma Chalets

India | Boutique Hotel

If you’re in need of a weekend getaway, then you couldn’t ask for a more

perfect place than the quaint and award-winning Karma chalets. A

stunning boutique hotel nestled within the environmental wonderland

known as the Karma Lakelands, in the majestic state of Haryana,

India. For Vanshika Ahuja - Creative Head and Director at Karma

Chalets, it came as a bit of a surprise when her parents, Anu

Khurana and Ajay Ahuja decided to open Karma Chalets. Welltraveled

and friendly, both Anu and Ajay had learned much

about hospitality from staying in big 5-star hotels and

smaller boutique properties all over the world. When

the opportunity came in 2016 to create a place of

their own, both saw it as a chance to apply all that

they had learned, show off the little touches that

make for a memorable experience, and most

importantly of all, to design a place in their

own imagination that reflects the right

way to approach hospitality.

Working tirelessly alongside handpicked designers, Anu

brought in her own homely touches like moving away

from traditional paintings and instead, beautifying

the walls with photographs from her travels. Much of

her work has left it’s mark and the property perfectly

balances old-world charm with contemporary design.

In 2018 they opened a restaurant ‘Under the Neem’ and

Spa called ‘Nimoli’. Much to Vanshika’s delight, both

have been a resounding success and the restaurant

in particular has a strict focus on fresh local produce.

Both the restaurant and spa have come to be seen as

the finishing touches to Anu and Ajay’s vision. Strolling

around the hotel grounds between the splendid

Chalets you’ll appreciate the peace and tranquillity. The

outstanding setting of Karma Lakelands means there is

much to do - such as cycling, nature walks, birdwatching

as well as an on-site golf course, swimming pool, animal

farm, and bee apiary.

The Karma family invites you to come find a haven that

you would be glad to have discovered. Relax, rejuvenate

and rejoice while they take care of the rest!

NH-8, Sector 80 Gurugram,

Haryana, India 122002

Tel +91 9958635559

GET IN TOUCH

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The Kerala

Top 3

The tropical paradise of Kerala is beautiful, warm, and

inviting. The strip of land that makes up Kerala, on

India’s South-Eastern Coast, is awash with lush greenery,

beautiful sandy beaches, green hills, mountains, world

class spas, friendly locals, excellent food, an array of

wildlife, and cultural diversity. There is much on offer in

Kerala in terms of things to do and see. While it’s no easy

task we’ve managed to pick three unmissable activities for

any visitor.

Cruise the Backwaters

Despite being home to several stunning sandy beaches Kerala’s

main attraction is its amazing backwaters. The lush landscape,

diverse wildlife, rural villages, and extensive water network make

backwater cruising a real treat in Kerala. A popular trip is from

Kollam to Alappuzha.

Experience Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an ancient healing tradition that has its origins on

the Indian subcontinent. Kerala’s close historical association with

Ayurveda, beautiful climate and easy access to herbal plants

means it’s now considered the centre of the practice in India.

Oil massages, yoga, special diets, weeklong cleanses, beathing

exercises, enemas, and herbal remedies are all on offer and stays

at one of these Ayurveda spas can last up to one month.

Enjoy a Kathakali Show

Kathakali is a form of classical Indian dance that’s unique to

Kerala. The highly trained and dedicated dancers use colourful

costumes, extravagant makeup, a variety of postures, refined

gestures, and extensive expressions to tell mythological Hindu

stories. The dance is complemented with drumming and music.

We recommend dropping into a cultural centre to see such a

performance, you won’t regret it and it’ll add a touch of culture

to your trip.

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B’Canti Boutique

Beach Resort

India | Boutique Resort

Elegance, luxury, and intrigue await at the stunning B’Canti Boutique

Beach Resort.

Located on the seafront in the beautiful state of Kerala, the B’Canti

Boutique Beach Resort is a well-run, award-winning property

that offers much in the way of on-site services, facilities, and

accommodation.

Rooms are contemporary and carry a rustic charm, the

options start from a Deluxe Room right the way up to a

Superior Sea View Room with a Superior Deluxe option

in the middle. All rooms come with air conditioning,

high-quality toiletries, mini-bar, cable TV, in

room safe, coffee & tea making apparatus, and

a balcony. Should you choose the Superior

Sea View Room then expect a private

balcony offering panoramic views of the

Arabic Sea.

In terms of on-site facilities and services guests are in

for a treat. Kerala is famed as a haven for Ayurveda and

B’Canti Boutique Beach Resort is a happy to offer this as

a specialised service. There is an Ayurveda doctor and

specialist team on hand at the resort, offering personal

consultation and uniquely tailored holistic therapies.

Massages, yoga, special diets, meditation, and much

more are available. To add to this, you can even book long

stay packages designed to tackle specific ailments.

In keeping with the wellness theme, the resort is home to

a magnificent ocean facing swimming pool, the perfect

place to escape the heat or relax after a long day.

For delicious local cuisine with a sea view look no further

than the Bait & Hook Restaurant based on-site. The menu

is an enchanting blend of a contemporary and traditional

cooking styles all served in a rustic bamboo and coconut

laden décor.

All in all, if you’re stuck on where to stay in Kerala or all of

India for that matter then we’ve found the perfect place

for you. Go check in at the exquisite B’Canti Boutique

Beach Resort!!

GET IN TOUCH

B’Canti Boutique Beach Resort, Sree Eight,

Edava, Varkala 695311, Kerala, India

Tel +91 9846445000

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The Bait & Hook

India | Seaside Restaurant

When it comes to food, Indian cuisine is amongst the best in the world, within

India however each state has its own gastronomic profile and Kerala is

no different. Which begs the question, where must one go to find good

quality Keralan cuisine? Well, we have the answer, it’s the quaint and

charming Bait & Hook.

Based in the stunning B’Canti Boutique Beach Resort, the Bait

& Hook restaurant is a food lovers dream. Focused on local

flavours and a variety of styles the Bait & Hook restaurant

serves up delectable dishes with a stunning sea view and

in a uniquely traditional setting. The décor is made up

of traditional Keralan elements such as the bamboo

frames, teak wood furniture, and a coconut leaf

roof.

It’s no surprise given its coastal location that the Bait &

Hook prides itself on fresh seafood dishes, favourites

include the Kerala Fish Masala, Fish Moilee, and Butter

Prawns Masala. If you’re not in the mood for Keralan food

than worry not as the extensive menu at Bait & Hook

means you can choose from a variety of international

dishes such as pasta, pizza, noodles, burgers, and much

more.

For dessert we recommend the pastries, or a slice of cake

baked fresh every day. If that’s not your thing than you

can’t go wrong with the fruit salad. Kerala’s unique climate

means there is a wide range of fruit available that’s always

fresh, juicy, and delicious.

Candlelight Dinner by the Sea

This spectacular offering from Bait & Hook is perfect for any

romantic occasion. It involves a private dining experience

organised on the beach surrounded by candles and

flowers with a dedicated waiter for the evening.

GET IN TOUCH

The Bait & Hook: Seaside Restaurant,

B’Canti Boutique Beach Resort, Sree Eight,

Edava, Varkala 695311, Kerala, India

Tel +91 9846445000

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Jaisalmer

The Golden City

Jaisalmer, known as the Golden City, captures the imagination.

Looking like something straight out of a fairy tale about a bustling

metropolis nestled at the heart of the desert, Jaisalmer is unlike anything

else in India. Expect architectural gems, bustling marketplaces, sand

adventures, colourful locals, and a towering “living” fort.

Getting In & Getting Around

There is no direct international route available into Jaisalmer, the best

option is to land in Delhi first. Jaisalmer Airport is small and is serviced

by domestic flights from a few select cities such as Delhi and Jaipur.

There is an express overnight train service from Delhi, as well as a daily

bus from Jaipur.

Jaisalmer is a relatively small city and can be easily covered by foot or

bicycle. Rickshaws and government operated taxis are another option.

Things To Do

The big draw of Jaisalmer is its magnificent fort, the only on in India inhabited

by locals. Within the walls you’ll find several hotels, shops, homes, and small

businesses. The fort itself is beautiful, it glistens in the sun and makes for a

stunning view during sun set.

The Havelis are popular sites and can be found all over town especially within

the city walls. These structures are key heritage markers. Some are still lived in

and other converted to hotels or museums.

It’s no surprise, given its location, that Jaisalmer is popular for desert adventure.

Overnight trips in desert camps are popular as well as camel safaris, dunebashing,

quad biking, parasailing, and paramotoring.

Food

You’ll find plenty of restaurants offering international cuisine and street

food vendors selling local delicacies. Ker Sangri is one such dish unique to

Jaisalmer, this tangy and sour delicacy is centred around Ker Berries and

Sangri Beans both unique to the region.

Accommodation

We have two suggestions, the first within the fort is the renowned Hotel Killa

Bhawan, and the second sitting just outside the fort is the homely Hamari

Haveli. Both are profiled in depth on the next few pages.

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Hotel Killa Bhawan

India | Luxury Hotel

Nestled within the walls of the stunning Jaisalmer Fort, the Hotel Killa

Bhawan offers up a heritage treat like no other. Elegant décor, excellent

service, and beautiful rooms, await all those lucky enough to stay at this

stunning hotel.

This boutique hotel proposes several heritage rooms, all designed with

the trademark charm and refinement consistent with the rest of the

property. The Heritage Rooms come with a few different options,

you can choose a room with or without A/C, or as part of a shared

bathroom or private en-suite. These rooms offer the best

option on budget and for those are eco-friendly inclined.

Our recommendation is the much bigger but equally as

charming Heritage Suite that comes complete with

a private terrace, spectacular views, balcony, airconditioning,

and luxury toiletries. For the more

daring traveller however we recommend the

Killa Bhawan’s tent, located out in the desert

about 40km from the property. Here a

sense of adventure, starry night skies,

and gorgeous sand dunes await.

On-site services at the property are

exceptional: on top of free wifi, complimentary

tea, coffee, and mineral water all day long

and breakfast included, guests can find a

currency exchange, a tour desk, laundry

facilities, room service, car rental service,

and free train station transfers. For a day of

exploring and activity the staff are on hand

to help arrange anything you’d like. Popular

options include a Jaisalmer jeep safari,

sunset & evening camel safari, a night in the

desert, and in-dept guided tours of the fort

and wider city.

If you’re looking for the perfect place in the

right location with world class service in

Jaisalmer, then look no further than the Hotel

Killa Bhawan. You won’t be disappointed!

On Fort, 445 Kotri Para

Jaisalmer, 3450001

Rajasthan, India

Tel +91 2992 251 204

info@hotelkillabhawan.com

www.hotelkillabhawan.com

GET IN TOUCH

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Hamari Haveli

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India | Unique Homestay

Hamari Haveli translates into English as “your mansion”, a way one can

describe their own home, and this is what you get a Hamari Haveli, a

homely experience. If you’re someone who enjoys a big, branded hotel stay

where you are guaranteed consistency in facilities, rooms, and staff, then

this isn’t the place for you. At Hamari Haveli you can expect a warm

personable stay where staff treat guests like family and the overall

feel is authentic.

To start with the property only offers two rooms meaning

more attention and focus on guests. The room options

are the Deluxe Front Room and the Deluxe Suite Room.

Both are of a similar size and are well designed, guests

can expect air conditioning, a private safe, fine

toiletries, free parking, room service, bathrobes,

daily housekeeping, laundry service, tea &

coffee apparatus, water bottles, and free

wi-fi throughout the property. In addition

to this, guests are treated to a delicious

traditional breakfast and dinner made

up of the best local produce.

The feel homeliness is further enhanced by the fact that as

a guest you have full use of the property, at your disposal

is the spacious lobby, a serene lounge area, a chilled

rooftop, and even a modern kitchen, if you prefer to rustle

up something yourself. If you’d like to get out for the day a

city tour, a jeep safari, sunset safari, and even a night in the

desert can be arranged.

For a “home away from home” type stay in the Golden City

there’s only one option, Hamari Haveli!!

Gundi para main chowk

345001, Jaisalmer,

Rajasthan India

Tel +91-9929905716

bhanu@hamarihaveli.com

https://www.hamarihaveli.com

GET IN TOUCH

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Maldives

The Maldives


A Brief History of Tourism

in the Maldives

Kurumba Maldives

Overwater Villas Pinnacle

of Maldivian Luxury

Reethi Faru Resort

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A Brief History

of Tourism in

the Maldives

The Maldives is a premier travel destination, this small archipelago

state is associated with luxury island resorts, fine dining

restaurants, and world class service. Traditionally thought of as a

romantic destination given its popularity among honeymooners,

attitudes are shifting and it’s now increasingly popular with families

albeit from the high-end market.

Tourism to this small nation didn’t actually begin until the 70’s when

George Corbin, an Italian travel agent, was on the lookout for an

under-the-radar tourism destination and in 1971 met with Ahmed

Naseem from the Maldivian embassy, who then bought him to the

untouched islands. George instantly fell in love and came back with

journalists and photographers. Then a year later opened, Travel and

Hospitality awards winner, Kurumba Island Resort in 1972. The first

Island resort of the Maldives, Kurumba was booked solid for a few

years straight and on the back of this many foreign investors saw

potential.

In came the big brands, hotel chains,

investment firms, and airlines leading

to today where tourism is the largest

industry in the Maldives, boasting over 130

island resorts. Pre-covid the country was

consistently getting over a million tourists

per year.

Recently there has been an attempt to shift

attitudes by opening the Maldives to the

mid-range and even budget travel market,

Air Asia now operates regular flights to Male

from China, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia,

Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

Several hotels and guesthouses have

cropped up in the capital and small little

island towns, that are much cheaper than

the private resorts and offer a more local

experience.

With the Maldives being a bucket list

destination for many and becoming more

easily accessible it’s fair to say the future

is bright for tourism to this magnificent

archipelago state.

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Kurumba Maldives

Maldives | Family Friendly Resort

Located minutes from the airport and the capital city Male, Kurumba is a staple

of the Maldivian tourism industry. Opened officially in 1972, Kurumba is the

country’s first private resort and the foundation for the nation booming

tourism scene. No trip to the Maldives is complete without a few nights

at Kurumba.

When it comes to accommodation, Kurumba does not disappoint

guests can find a wide range of options to suit their needs. The

Superior Room is a fantastic starting option, those looking

for a more room may want to consider the Deluxe and

Beachfront Bungalows, both of which a perfect for small

families. For slightly bigger groups there is a Family

Villa available or those interested in a private pool

may want to consider the Deluxe Pool Villa or the

Garden Pool Villa. The real jewel in the crown

however is the magnificent Two Bedroom

Kurumba Residence, ideally suited to large

families, the residence occupies a prime

beach front location and comes with

its own private swimming pool.

In terms of services and facilities Kurumba offers

much of what you’d expect from a private Maldivian

resort such as several pools, a state-of-the-art gym,

tennis courts, a luxury spa, gift shop, and several

restaurants offering everything from Indian food to

Sushi. Families can expect to enjoy a purpose-built

children’s centre complete with an outdoor play area

and children’s swimming pool. Diving, watersports,

a boat cruise, a city tour, and so much more can be

arranged. A novel offering from Kurumba is a football

pitch with regular games on offer.

One of the most appealing aspects of staying at

Kurumba is its excellent location. The resort is located

minutes from the main international airport, making it

easily accessible and ideal after a long flight or for a

large family.

All in all Kurumba is a beacon of excellence in what a

private luxury Maldivian resort should be, the service

is impeccable, facilities are excellent, the dining world

class, and there is plenty to do.

Vihamanaafushi, 08340,

Republic of Maldives

Tel +960-664-2324

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Overwater Villas

Pinnacle of

Maldivian Luxury

The dream of staying in an overwater villa is oftentimes

associated with a luxury Maldivian island resort. Despite

the concept first being realised in the South Pacific, it’s

in the Maldives where these villas have really developed

into the luxurious lodging we see today. In a country

where private island resorts and overwater villas are the

norm, architects have been given the time and backing to

develop some truly magnificent structures.

What could be better than staying in a private island resort

in your own private villa built over the sea? Choosing one

to stay in from so many is no easy feat, to help you make

the we’ve selected four distinct overwater villas that you

should definitely consider for your next trip to the Maldives.

Understated Elegance at Reethi Faru

Beautiful natural light, wooden ceilings, and warm décor,

the water villas at Reethi Faru are elegant and charming.

Perfect for a romantic break. For a full in depth feature

on Reethi Faru Resort turn over to page 42.

Water Villa

Oceans of fun at Ozen Bolifushi

The Ocean Pool Suite at Ozen Bolifush (formerly the Jumeirah Vittaveli) is a truly magnificent structure but what really

makes it unique is the 23-metre water slide. Unleash your inner child!

Ocean Pool Suite With Slide

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Private Rooftop at

Jumeirah Maldives

Described as a “penthouse”

given that it has two floors

and flat rooftop rather than

thatches more commonly

seen in the Maldives. The

rooftop allows for stargazing, a

private cinema experience, or

even a private BBQ.

Prestige Water Villa

Unique Design at COMO Cocoa Island

The Dhoni Water Villas are designed to resemble

traditional Maldivian fishing boats. These

spacious bungalows come complete with a

private terrace, direct ocean access, and ultraluxurious

amenities.

Dhoni Water Villa

Big Group at Niyama

Private Islands

Although not a single structure, this

one still makes the list. It’s a set of

overwater villas designed to welcome

larger groups and appropriately

named the crescent because of

its distinctive layout. There are five

private pool villas in total that can

accommodate up to 14 adults and

8 children, they come complete

with a butler, a private chef, and

housekeeper.

The Crescent

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Reethi Faru Resort

Maldives | Boutique Luxury Resort

For a luxurious and tranquil experience in private and pristine conditions look

no further than the magnificent Reethi Faru Resort. Set in the stunning

Raa Atoll, Reethi Faru stands out for excellent service, high-quality facilities,

a wide variety of room options, and dedication to an eco-friendly and

sustainable approach.

The range of accommodation at Reethi Faru is quite staggering,

starting with a Garden Villa leading all the way up to a stunning

Two-Bedroom Water Villa, in between you can expect to find

several water villas, private pool villas, and two-bedroom

suites. As a standard guests can expect luxury

amenities, private room entrance, a personal deck or

terrace, satellite TV, room service, air conditioning,

mini-bar, and so much more.

Food lovers are in for a treat, Reethi Faru is home to six

restaurants and six bars, serving a wide range of international

and local cuisine. Vakaru Restaurant is a buffet restaurant with

3 meal times a day from breakfast, lunch to dinner. For a quick

bite Raalhu Café is a good bet, and the Dhiyavaru Restaurant

is perfect for food with a view. Our favourite is without a doubt

the Reethi Grill, located on the beach, diners can enjoy tandoor

grilled cuisine and seafood and seafood in the privacy of a

personal cabana. Head to the Sunset Bar to unwind and enjoy a

drink with the view of the sun setting over the horizon.

Guests have an array of things to do, this includes access to

a world class watersports centre where canoeing, stand-uppaddle

boarding, windsurfing, jet skiing, fishing, boat tours and

so much more can be organised. Those looking to below the

water should enrol at the fantastic on-site diving school, Sea-

Explorer. The sports and health centre is fully equipped with a

state-of-the-art gym, multi-purpose courts, and yoga classes.

The centre piece of leisure experience on the island is the

opulent Coconut Spa, offering the finest spa treatments and a

wellness inducing atmosphere.

GET IN TOUCH

Filaidhoo, Maldives

Tel +960 4004000

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Merlion Park, Singapore

Singapore


Singapore Super 6

Food Playground

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Singapore

Super 6

Singapore is a mega city like no other, it’s a melting pot

of several cultures and a hub for international travel.

An amazing culinary scene, superb nightlife, state-of-theart

hotels, exciting adventure experiences and so much

more await. We’ve picked out six of the best things to do

next time you’re in Singapore

Stroll through the Garden By The Bay

One of Singapore’s most visited and recognisable tourist

attractions, the Gardens By the Bay is a perfect place for

a stroll. Here you’ll find futuristic gardens that are home to

super-trees, biodomes, and an impressive skywalk.

Have Fun at

Universal Studios

Located as part of Resort

World on Sentosa Island,

the Universal Studios theme

park makes for a special

day out. Packed with over

20 attractions and rides in

several themed zones this

one is perfect for families.

Shop on Orchard Road

Singapore’s answer to London’s Oxford Street is a

shopaholics dream, lined with independent boutiques,

international brands, café’s, salons, spa’s, offices, hotels,

restaurants, and entertainment spots.

Enjoy Michelin Star Street Food

In Singapore you can now enjoy two of the cheapest

Michelin starred restaurants in the world. The first is the

Hong Kong Soy Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle stall

selling soy-sauce chicken and BBQ pork. The second is

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, a family-owned noodle

bar specialising in minced meat noodles.

Explore Little India

One of Singapore’s most vibrant and distinctive

neighbourhoods, Little India is a marvel for the senses.

Expect incense scented streets, colourful temples,

delicious smells from the eateries, and a warm welcome

from the locals.

Enrol at a Culinary School

There is no doubting the fact that Singapore is a culinary

centre but why not take a little bit of this home with

you? With food playground, a Travel and Hospitality

award winner, you can. This culinary school offers a fully

immersive and culturally centred cooking experiences.

Find out more on the next page.

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Food Playground

Singapore | Culinary Experience

Food Playground is a cooking school based in Singapore offering cultural cooking classes

and culinary team building workshops. Since being founded in 2012 there has been a

focus on one unique social mission; To provide dignified employment opportunities for

local stay-at-home mothers who face barriers to employment.

Food Playground’s signature Cultural Cooking Class offers a culturally immersive

experience for tourists and food lovers alike, ultimately a unique opportunity

to learn more about Singapore’s fantastic gastronomic heritage. The

Culinary Team-building Workshops on the other hand, aid organisations

and business travellers in bonding and achieving various corporate

objectives like assimilation of new team members, breaking down

silos, enhancing creativity, and learning.

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic severely impacted Food

Playground’s business as the number of tourists and business

travellers to Singapore dried up. This however, only encouraged

innovation and within 4 weeks, Food Playground was able

to pivot its business model completely to offer online

culinary experiences thus capitalising on the surge

in demand for virtual learning bought about by

lockdowns and work-from-home arrangements.

Food Playground’s virtual cooking classes quickly took off

and gained positive feedback, mainly due to the convenient

nature of being able to enrol in classes without the need

to visit Singapore or even leave home. The virtual culinary

classes also opened a whole new revenue stream leading to

an influx of new corporate customers that required a virtual

team bonding activity able to address demands bought on

by being in different countries and time zones, something

Food Playground was unable to offer pre-Covid.

Throughout the pandemic, Food Playground has continued to

build on its strong reputation both locally and internationally,

for delivering the finest culinary learning experience while

at the same time, making a positive impact on the local

community through the empowerment of women.

This has led to Food Playground to being the only culinary

school in Singapore to achieve a PERFECT 5.0 RATING on

both Google and Tripadvisor.

24A Sago Street, Singapore 059020

Tel +65 9452 3669

enquiries@foodplayground.com.sg

https://www.foodplayground.com.sg

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Bali, Indonesia

Indonesia


Jakarta The Big Durian

ASTON Priority Simatupang

Hotel & Conference Center

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Jakarta

The Big Durian

This bustling metropolis, nicknamed the Big Durian, is jam packed with things to do

and a joy to explore. With over 10 million inhabitants Jakarta is a cosmopolitan city

that carries a unique charm.

Getting in & Getting Around

The only way to get in from abroad is via airplane. There are two airports in Jakarta.

Soekarno-Hatta is the city’s international airport and a hub for Garuda Airlines, Indonesia’s

national carrier. Halim Perdanakusuma Airport is much smaller and serves domestic

scheduled flights, private charters, and military flights.

Jakarta is well connected to the rest of the country via buses, train, ferries, and an

extensive road network should you want to drive in.

Jakarta is a vast city with a confusing layout making it a challenge to navigate. Getting

around by car or taxi can be tricky during traffic hours so it’s better to use the commuter

trains as it’s more efficient. The Bajaj is a unique mode of transport similar to Thailand’s

Tuk-tuk, another popular local method is to use motorbike taxis which can cut through

most traffic.

Things To Do

Any trip to learn about the city’s

history should start in the area Kota

Tua, a Dutch legacy area, where many

old buildings have been preserved

and where the Jakarta’s history

museum is located.

For a concrete jungle of a city Jakarta

has a surprising green side to it. The

city boasts over 1000 parks. Our picks

of the lot are the National Monument

Park, Pluit Park, and Menteng Park.

The shopping malls in Jakarta are

modern, grand, and offer everything

you’d expect in terms of retail, dining,

and things to do. For an alternative

shopping experience, you should

check out one of the many bustling

markets dotted all over the city, Pasar

Baru would be our pick of the bunch.

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Food

Thanks to its cosmopolitan

population Jakarta is

home to thousands of

restaurants serving a

wide array of international

cuisine.

In terms of local dishes

Nasi Uduk and Nasi Ulam

are a must have. Both

are rice dishes cooked in

coconut milk Nasi Uduk

is served with choices of

various topping whereas

Ulam is served with

fried mince beef, sweet

fried tempeh, and salad

toppings.

Jakarta, Indonesia

Accommodation

We recommend none other than Travel and Hospitality award winner the Aston Priority

Simatupang Hotel and Conference Centre. Turn over to the next page to find out more.

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ASTON Priority Simatupang

Hotel & Conference Center

Indonesia | Business Hotel of the Year 2021 - Jakarta

Jakarta, May 2021 – Strategically located in the business district of Jalan T.B. Simatupang

Kav.9, with easy access to the Jakarta – Bintaro ring road tollways, the ASTON

Priority Simatupang Hotel & Conference Center has 277 rooms that are categorized into

several types of rooms from the normal standard Deluxe room, Premier, Junior Suite,

Executive Suite, and the Governor Suite, this hotel offers a comfortable ambiance

in the middle of the central business district area. The concept of this hotel is a

modern styled modern equipped with high-tech facilities, such as IP TV and

motion sensors to control the air conditioner, etc. All rooms feature a marble

bathroom, ergonomic workspace, and plush bedding.

A large sky ballroom sits on the highest floor of the 26th floor that

can accommodate up to 500 delegates where the hotel also has an

additional 15 meeting rooms that are always in high demand utilized

for many events, from small meetings to grand launchings and

wedding events. The hotel also has four Food & Beverage

outlets; the Canary Restaurant, Momiji Japanese Restaurant,

Momiji Lounge, and the LA Lounge. For relaxation and sports

activities, this hotel provides a Spa located on B1 Level, a

Swimming pool on the Ground Floor, and a Gym on the

2nd Floor.

For reservations, visit the website simatupang.

astonhotelsinternational.com or can contact +6221 7883

8777 or email simatupanginfo@astonhotelsinternational.

com. Download the Archipelago International Membership

app for special stay rates. Follow @astonsimatupang on

social media and share your moments with the hashtag

#astonhotelsinternational.

About Archipelago International

Southeast Asia’s largest privately owned and independent

hotel management group, operating over 150 hotels with

a further 50+ under development across Southeast Asia,

the Caribbean and the Middle East. Trusted hotels with

a long track-record and 20,000 rooms in more than 60

destinations with brands including ASTON, Collection by

ASTON, The Alana, Huxley, Kamuela, Harper, Quest, NEO,

favehotels and Nordic. archipelagointernational.com

GET IN TOUCH

ASTON Priority Simatupang Hotel &

Conference Center

Jl. Let. Jend. T.B. Simatupang Kav. 9

Kebagusan South Jakarta 12520 - Indonesia

Tel +62 21 7883 8777

simatupanginfo@astonhotelsinternational.com

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The Philippines


Manila Pearl of the Orient

Busuanga The Hidden Gem of the Philippines

La Estancia Busuanga

Palawan, Philippines

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Manila

Pearl of the Orient

A

rich heritage, friendly locals, beautiful architecture, good

food, modern malls, cultural diversity, a vibrant nightlife

and much more await all those who dare venture into the

Asian megacity of Manila.

Getting in & Getting Around

Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the main international

airport of the city and is well serviced by many of the major

global airlines. The other is Clark International Airport and is a

popular hub for low-cost carriers such as AirAsia. To get in from

within the Philippines there are several ferry services that dock

at the Port of Manila, buses which are a cheap and common

way to get in, and two overnight trains from Naga and Ligao.

Manila has an extremely efficient public transport system

made up of commuter trains, buses, and jeepneys, which are

jeeps that have been converted into buses. Taxis and hailing

apps are another popular option.

Things To Do

Manila is full to the brim

with tourist sites, some

popular landmarks include

the Bonifacio Shrine, the

Coconut Palace, Intramuros,

and Roxas Boulevard. You’ll

also find some stunning

Baroque style churches

that are basically remnant

of Spanish colonial rule. The

San Augustin and Santa Cruz

churches would be our pick

of the bunch along with the

magnificent Basilica of San

Sebastian.

Manila is the cultural capital

of the Philippines so it should

come as no surprise the city

is home to several museums,

beautiful parks, and regular

festivals or fiestas.

Food

Manila holds a stellar reputation for its street food,

popular options are balut (boiled duck embroyo), fish

balls, banana cue (fried plantain coated in caramelized

brown sugar), and Taho (mushy tofu topped with sugar

syrup and tapioca balls).

Pulutan is the Philippines version of tapas and is

relatively unknown outside the country. The small plate

presentation is like tapas as is the communal style of

dining, however dishes vary. Popular options include

chilli sesame wings, Gambas, and Kilayan.

Accommodation

Our suggestion for a good night’s sleep is the Sheraton

Manila Bay, a Travel and Hospitality Award Winner,

located in the heart of the city, offering a luxury service

and world class experience. To find out more click here.

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Busuanga

The Hidden Gem

of the Philippines

If you’re looking for an alternative destination in the Philippines,

one that is yet to be exposed to mass tourism, then look no

further than Busuanga Island located in the northern part of the

Palawan Province. This beautiful island is home to some stunning

natural scenery, beautiful beaches, and is usually the ideal base

for adventure activities in the region. Its undeveloped structure

adds to the feeling of adventure and although it’s only really

being “discovered” by travellers now its history stretches back

thousands of years.

Getting to Busuanga isn’t as challenging as one might expect.

There are regular flights from Manila to Francisco B Reyes Airport,

the journey takes about an hour. From the airport it takes roughly

50 minutes to the town of Coron. The ferry from Manila is another

option although it does involve an overnight trip on board. Getting

around for most tourists means riding on Jeepneys which are old

jeeps and vans converted into and used as small buses.

Once you’re on the Island you’re all

set for adventures galore. The island

is a great place for diving, it was once

occupied by Japan who were forced

out by the USA, so there are plenty

Japanese World War II shipwrecks

to visit. Other diving sites include

incredible coral reefs and a wide array

of sea life. We recommend hiking

especially to the top of Mt Tapyas at

sunrise and sunset. Horseback riding,

mountain biking, fishing, watersports,

and jungle treks are also very popular.

For something a little more relaxing

we suggest you visit the Maquinit Hot

Springs, located a few minutes outside

of Coron town these springs are the

perfect place to sit back, enjoy a drink,

and take in the stunning scenery.

In terms of accommodation, you

couldn’t do much better than Travel and

Hospitality Award winner, La Estancia

Busuanga, profiled on in depth on the

next page.

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La Estancia Busuanga

Philippines | Family Friendly Hotel

La Estancia Busuanga sits at the western most tip of Busuanga

Island, where there are no crowds, no billboards, and no endless

traffic jams. In this place, you will find the mountains and the

seas coming together. It is Busuanga at its most tranquil and

pristine best.

Estancia is a Spanish word for ranch, farm, estate and a

place to stay in. It is the perfect name for this place as

it was originally a farm, ranch, and a vacation home

where the owners enjoyed entertaining family

and friends. As a small resort now, La Estancia

Busuanga provides guests a taste of the

private island lifestyle and an escape from

the stresses of city life.

~ experience private island lifestyle ~

Surrounded by rolling hills, islands, mangrove

forests and calm seas, the rooms at La Estancia

Busuanga allow guests to see and appreciate

nature at its best from their bedrooms – from

their first glimpse of the sun rising on the horizon

at dawn to the time it kisses the sea as dark starts

to settle in at night.

Room rates range from PHP5600 to PHP15680.

Visit www.laestanciabusuanga.com for more

details.

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Sitio Cabilbil, New Busuanga,

Busuanga, Palawan Philippines

Mob: +63918-898-0918 /

+63917-163-2917

Whatapp/Viber: +63917-149-7657

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Japan


Hokkaido Your Alternative

Japanese Experience

Sapporo Japan’s Distinct City

Asahikawa Gateway to Hokkaidos Natural Beauty

Niseko A Winter Sports Capital

Aspect Niseko

Meguro River, Matsuno, Japan

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Hokkaido

Your Alternative

Japanese Experience

When it comes to tourism in Japan Hokkaido takes a

back seat. It’s more glamorous counterparts such as

Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka tend to be higher up on visitor wish

lists and unless you’re visiting for a second, third or fourth

time Hokkaido will rarely be mentioned.

Despite being the largest prefecture, Hokkaido is sparsely

populated, it’s in parts less developed, and has built a

reputation on its winter sports & natural beauty, probably

two of the least likely reasons people visit Japan. Scratch

the surface however, and you’ll find a beautiful Japanese

prefecture home to a long and varied history, welcoming

people, excellent seafood, exquisite cheese, stunning natural

landscapes, hot spring resorts, and a plethora of outdoor

adventure activities.

Getting to Hokkaido needn’t be a hassle, there

are plenty of domestic flights to Sapporo’s

Chitose Airport from Tokyo and Osaka, as well

as international arrivals from Hong Kong, China,

and South Korea.

Hokkaido is also connected to the mainland

via train (using an undersea tunnel) from Tokyo

to Hakodate, in Southern Hokkaido. There is a

limited train service on the islands that you can

use to get around. Although getting around is

best done by either bus or ideally by renting

your own car, for a more daring experience you

can try hitchhiking.

To bring your own car or rental to Hokkaido

you’ll need to use the ferry. There are sailings

between Russia and South Korea as well as

mainland Japan, it’s recommended to plan and

book ahead if you’re going to enter this way.

If you’re planning a trip to Hokkaido and aren’t

sure where to start then worry not, we’ve put

together a guide of three distinct destinations

on the island, perfect for first timers. The list

includes Sapparo, Asahikawa, and Niseko.

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Sapporo

Japan’s Distinct City

Hokkaido’s capital and largest city, Sapporo is generally

considered the gateway to the region if you’re flying

in. This city is unique in Japan in that it’s very unlike other

Japanese cities, it offers little in the way of traditional

architecture, narrow streets, and an organic layout, in fact

it’s been described as Japan’s American city.

Historically the city has only been around since 1868 before

then the area was occupied by Ainu settlements. Upon the

construction of a canal in 1866 and the decision of the

Meiji government to establish a new capital for Hokkaido,

Sapporo was founded. The fact that it was a planned city

meant that it was laid out in a grid format with a focus easy

navigation, wide boulevards, and parks.

One such attraction, that further reinforces Sapporo’s “Americanness”

is the clock tower constructed for Hokkaido University, it’s

considered a symbol of the city.

Sapporo makes up for its lack of history by offering much to do and

see. The Ishiya chocolate factory tour is a great activity, this includes

a view of the chocolate making floor, robot show, toy museum,

souvenir shop, and a cake buffet at the on-site restaurant. Another

fantastic attraction is Odori park, a famous narrow park stretching

over 15 blocks and home to numerous flower gardens, trees and

fountains. For a more relaxing pastime we recommend the Honeikyo

Hot Springs, considered one of the most beautiful in Japan, offering

mountain views, indoor & outdoor areas, a beer bar, and a restaurant.

The city perhaps most famed for its annual snow festival, taking

place in the first week of February. It runs over seven days attracting

hundreds of thousands of visitors. The main attraction of the festival

is the ice sculpture competition featuring the best artists producing

magnificent sculptures for all to see.

In terms of accommodation, we advise you to check in to the Sapporo

Grand Hotel, despite being one of the oldest in the city, it remains

the most stylish. For food don’t miss out on the hairy crab, a local

delicacy that can be found at any seafood establishment, to warm

yourself up on a cold winter’s day then the Sapporo Soup Curry is the

way to go.

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Asahikawa

Gateway to Hokkaidos

Natural Beauty

The second largest city on the island and the perfect starting

point for exploring the beautiful landscapes of the region.

Asahikawa is a pleasant city, it’s the confluence of four rivers and

surrounded by hills.

Asahikawa airport is well connected domestically with regular

flights from Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. There are also seasonal

international flights from Seoul and Taipei. If you’re already on

Hokkaido then there are trains arriving from Sapporo, Otaru, and

Hakodate (arrive here from the mainland).

Asahikawa is the ideal base for exploring the regions natural

attraction, the most popular of which is the spectacular

Daisetsuzan National Park. The Park is virtually unspoiled and

is home to lakes, forests, mountains, hot springs, wildlife, and

stunning alpine flora. Hiking is the best way to get around and

take in scenery. Mountain biking and hot spring resorts are other

common past times.

Another much visited nearby attraction is Furano, an area of

small farming towns. Furano is famous for its powdery white

snow, fields of lavender, vineyards, and winter sports. Hiking in

the area is popular as well as cheese-making.

Biei is a wonderful sightseeing area located only 40 minutes from

Asahikawa. It resembles the Italian countryside complete with

picturesque rolling green hills and vast fields. We recommend

renting bicycle to explore.

Asahikawa itself has its own charm and attractions. The people

are friendly, and the city is small making it easy to navigate, there

are plenty of cycling trails that aren’t too taxing. The “romantic

road” is worth visiting and makes for a nice stroll. There are three

famous bridges in the city, the Asahibashi one is our pick of the

bunch. While Asahikawa Zoo itself isn’t impressive, it gets a lot

of visitors from around Japan mainly for it’s polar bear enclosure

that allows guest to see the bears underwater.

For food you’ll find most types of international cuisines in

Asahikawa and the town has a good reputation for high quality

dairy products. However, Ramen Village is the place to go, it’s

home to eight of Asahikawa’s greatest ramen shops in one

outlet. For a place to stay you can’t get much better than the

Hotel WBF Grande.

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Niseko

A Winter Sports Capital

One of the big draws of Hokkaido is the winter sports and it’s

considered superior to anywhere in Japan for skiing and

snowboarding. Sapporo was the host of the 1972 Winter Olympics

and since then the local economy has thrived on winter sports

tourism.

The jewel in the crown of the Hokkaido winter sports scene is the

ski resort of Niseko, made up of four areas sitting at the base of the

majestic Mt Yotei. Over the years Niseko has become increasingly

popular with skiers and boarders in Japan and from abroad with it

being a favoured by Australian tourists.

Niseko is primarily a target for Powder ski lovers, it’s ideally located

in the path of weather systems that bring in cold air in from

Siberia which when combined with the coastal location and cold

temperatures results in heavy snowfall that is renowned for being

incredibly dry. Many enthusiasts consider Niseko the powder

capital of the world. Skiers and boarders are spoilt for choice with

several fantastic runs available in varying terrains serviced by

good quality ski lifts.

Hiking is another popular activity especially

in the summer and the hike up Mt Yotei is

a rewarding one. Other popular activities

include golfing, horse riding, canyoning,

mountain biking, ziplining, and even a

Samurai workshop.

If all the activities get too tiresome then

you’re in luck because Niseko boasts several

hot springs, or Onsens as they’re known in

Japan. Our pick is the Hilton Niseko Village,

offering a luxurious experience that includes

an outdoor setting amongst a serene forest,

koi pond and spectacular view of Mt Yotei.

As it’s a popular international travel

destination Niseko offers diversity in its

cuisine; Italian, French, Indonesian, Thai,

Indian and Nepalese cuisine are available

as well as fantastic local specialties such as

sushi and teppanyaki grills.

For an excellent night’s sleep and all round

high quality experience look no further than

Travel and Hospitality Award winner, Aspect

Niseko. Please see the next page for an

extensive profile.

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Aspect Niseko

Japan | Luxury Accommodation

Aspect sits on the edge of the famed ‘Millionaires’ Row’ in the Middle Village

of Hirafu, just a few minutes away from the town’s best bars, restaurants

and entertainment. It’s thoughtfully-designed apartments are furnished

with European and Japanese fittings of the highest standards, fullyequipped

kitchen and a dedicated concierge service that ensures you

one of Niseko’s most memorable stays. Aspect’s majestic holiday

accommodations come in 2-, 3- and 5-bedroom apartments that

combine quality, space and inclusive design no matter option

you choose. Each apartment also features impressive floorto-ceiling

windows where you’ll be greeted by stunning,

panoramic views of Mt Yotei – one of the highest peaks

in Hokkaido. Gather some friends and move up to

the apartment rooftop for a BBQ or have great fun

gazing at the stars or even the majestic Mt Yotei.

Highlights of our property :

- Magnificent views of the Mount

Yotei from each apartment

- Fully-equipped kitchen

- Laundry room with washing and

dryer machine & iron

- Fireplace

- Ski valet service, where we

handle the safekeeping and

storage of your ski equipment

during your stay with us. Let

us know when you want to ski,

and your ski equipment will be

waiting in the car for you. We will

drive you to your desired ski lift

and even unload the equipment

for you. When you’re done skiing

for the day, we will drive you

back to Aspect.

- Concierge service, where we

assist with arrangements for

Aspect Niseko

169 Yamada, Kutchan-cho,

Abuta-gun, Hokkaido

044-0081

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your airport transfers, restaurant

reservations, ski school sessions,

ski equipment rental, private

chef bookings…anything within

our capability to make your stay

a memorable one.

- Shuttle service, where we

drive you to the nearby ski lifts,

restaurants, the grocery store

etc. Just let us know in advance

when you’d like to depart.

- Ideally located in Middle

Hirafu, just minutes away from

great bars, restaurants and

entertainment

- A rooftop equipped with BBQ

equipment, a perfect spot for

summer cookouts or even stargazing

with friends and family.

CONTACT DETAILS

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TRAVEL & HOSPITALITY

AWARD WINNER

2021

JAPAN | LUXURY ACCOMMODATION

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