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Ten Unexpected Ways to Explore the World’s Best Hotel

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In announcing Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan as the winner of its annual readers’ survey, Travel + Leisure highlighted the resort’s “sense of calm” combined with “innovative and modern” new experiences awaiting guests.

“Obviously, to be named No. 1 a hotel must be consistently excellent across the board,” said the magazine’s editor-in-chief Nathan Lump. “It’s got to have good bones, yes, and it needs to have great people who can build on those bones to transform the place into an experience. At the Four Seasons I especially appreciated how often I was surprised by something I saw or tasted or did, which reminded me that the most memorable hotels and resorts are also about creativity, experimentation, and innovation.”

Here are just ten of the innovative experiences available at Four Seasons Sayan, for our guests to connect to the heart and soul of Bali:

LEARN YOURSELF, OR LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERTS: Challenge your other half to a cook-off at Bali’s first custom-designed riverside cooking school, Sokasi. Under the guidance of Chef Suta, take a tour of the local markets and the resort’s own vegetable gardens. Learn to make all-time Balinese favourites or opt for a plant-based menu, in keeping with Ubud’s heritage as the island’s wellbeing hub. If you would rather leave the local cuisine to the experts, join the exclusive Chef’s Table Dinner and savour a 7-course menu including 12-hour roast duck and 4-hour suckling pig cooked just for you at Sokasi.

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? If so, hop into our open-air vintage VW to visit a secluded water temple, far from the selfie crowds. Bathe in the cool, blessed spring water and refresh your body and soul with a Balinese water purification ritual. Guests are asked to resist the temptation to tag/name this temple on social media, out of respect for the village’s wish to preserve its tranquility.

TAKE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED: Another way to get off the beaten track and meet the locals is with complimentary guided tours like the 60-minute Sayan Village Walk or Cycling experience. For a bigger challenge, sign up for the exclusive Bongkasa Cycling Tour through a pristine and rarely-visited rice farming village.

LAUGH THOSE WORRIES AWAY: A great way to release any stress or tension you’ve been bottling up is by laughing your heart out with Putu Purnama at Laughter Yoga. Because laughter fixes everything. Don’t believe us? Give it a try!

I BELIEVE YOU CAN FLY: It’s also true that you can fly! Bali’s only certified AntiGravity Yoga will have you swaying and swinging through the air to deeply stretch muscles and release happy hormones. A pure silk hammock strong enough to support a baby elephant will safely help you into inverted poses even from your first lesson. The benefits may even see you walk out a little taller.

FLOAT AWAY DOWN THE RIVER: Navigate your way along Bali’s longest river, the Ayung, which is a main source of the UNESCO Heritage-listed subak irrigation system for traditional rice farming. The Four Seasons Private Rafting experience is as scenic as it is fun; there’s even a part where you can hop out and float on your back down the river, looking up into the forest canopy above. The experience conveniently lands directly at Riverside Pool, where a hearty lunch awaits you.

ROOF-TOP DINING: Enjoy the dramatic views high above the treetops from the elliptical rooftop lotus pond with a Private Romantic Dinner, or even a Sunrise Canopy Breakfast. Definitely worth waking up early for – even while on holiday – to catch the first light of day from this stunning vantage point.

ROCK-A-BYE BABY: Don’t remember being rocked to sleep as a baby? Let yourself be taken back to this nurturing childhood ritual with a Sacred Nap by Ibu Fera, immersed in the tranquility of the Sayan Valley. For families, if the little ones refuse to take a rest, let them burn off their energy at Pici Pici Kids Club while you enjoy the luxury of an afternoon nap.

RE-BALANCE YOUR ENERGY: Embrace the healing energy of the Sayan Valley with chakra rebalancing spa treatments. Our seven signature Chakra Ceremonies each have a corresponding Chakra Yoga class to further enhance the benefits. Take a private consultation with our wellness experts to find out which of your energy wheels may need an adjustment, and learn which yoga poses are recommended for your specific needs, to help protect yourself against negative energy forces in future.

LET’S DANCE: Marvel at the beautiful costumes and incredible skill on display at a Balinese dance performance in the Lobby, against a backdrop of the lush valley. Even if you’ve seen a performance before, it is definitely worth seeing one here. The dance troupe from the local village is accompanied by a full gamelan orchestra, and it is an amazing spectacle. The dancers will happily pose for photos afterwards and even teach you a few steps!

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The Luxury Collection Debuts in Cyprus With Parklane, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

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The Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International Inc., today announced the opening of Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol. Owned and operated by Parklane Hotels Limited, the property marks Marriott International’s entry into Cyprus – and the first international luxury branded resort in the country. Parklane joins an ensemble of over 100 Luxury Collection hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries and territories, offering world travellers indigenous and intimate, local experiences.

“We are excited to put Cyprus on the map for our Global Explorers as our newest property in the region,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “With a deep-rooted history that today can still be experienced by visiting iconic landmarks such as the medieval Limassol Castle, paired with modern architecture and cultural happenings, the vibrant coastal city of Limassol is one of the most up and coming destinations in the world today.”

A 15-minute drive east from Limassol – the storied city on the southern coast of Cyprus – Parklane is situated on 100,000 square metres of lush, landscaped gardens and boasts a 300-metre pristine sandy beach. Upon arrival, the resort welcomes guests via a picturesque lane that snakes through a verdant grove of locally grown olive, citrus and palm trees. Each of its 274 guestrooms and suites, designed by Harrods Interiors, presents bright, open-plan living with a fresh and contemporary finesse, many featuring terraces with commanding views of the Mediterranean Sea and the rolling Troodos mountains beyond. The 52 suites, some set over two storeys with sleek architectural flair, entice with teak-decked private pools.

For guests seeking privacy and tranquillity, the resort boasts an adults-only wing comprising of 16 Lifestyle Suites and a swimming pool. Each suite celebrates expansive views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, with some also featuring private pools.

“From our recent opening in the storied city of Yerevan to a debut in the historic country of Cyprus, The Luxury Collection continues to offer a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable locations,” said Jenni Benzaquen, Vice President, Luxury Brands – Europe, Marriott International. “We are thrilled to welcome our newest Luxury Collection hotel in Europe and our first hotel in Cyprus, offering an extraordinary opportunity for our guests to discover this vividly beautiful island, crystal blue waters and unique cultural offerings.”

Locally Inspired Cuisine

Culinary enthusiasts will be enthralled by the variety of cuisine offered at the resort, from fine dining to light poolside bites. Fresh fish and local seafood from the surrounding region are at the heart of the innovative menus, which are full of native flair. Guests can enjoy Cypriot grill dishes made using a traditional wood-burning oven and barbecue pit as well as cocktails or local wines at Dafne, Italian fare served al fresco at Il Teatro, Mediterranean seafood served in unique settings arranged as small islands floating in a pool at Islands and can indulge in a casually elegant evening at The Grill.

Parklane will also offer special immersive experiences for guests to discover the rich food and wine culture of Cyprus with its series of Epicurean Journeys. Designed and spearheaded by the hotel’s Head Sommelier, the weekly wine tasting will celebrate of the diverse flavors of the region and showcase wine as an integral part of the traditional Cypriot diet. Under the expert direction of the hotel’s culinary professionals, the island’s sacred coffee ritual will be showcased to guests who can prepare their own authentic coffee in a traditional copper pot cooked slowly in sand.

Immersive Experiences

One of the hotel’s hallmark experiences for guests seeking a restful retreat is the 3,000 square metre Kalloni Spa. This luxurious space takes its cues from the sea, from its two outdoor and two indoor seawater pools to its relaxing and revitalising Thalassotherapy menu. These cutting-edge treatments draw on seawater and the marine environment for their many benefits to health and well-being. The spa is also collaborating with a number of brands such as VOYA, which focuses on organic, seaweed-based beauty products and treatments, and Biologique Recherche for its clinical and raw ingredient treatments.

Additional spa features include a barbershop where treatments are tailored using Gentlemen’s Tonic products, a Carol Joy hair salon, and a state-of-the-art Parkfit gym that will boast Excite Engaging Cardio, Selection Pro and Connected Strength equipment.

For junior explorers, the spirit of adventure is very much alive at Parklane, where a pirate ship with water jets and slides, and a two-storey princess castle crown the enviable 3,000 square metre Park Kidz. A dedicated restaurant and mini football pitch will keep young guests entertained when not splashing in the pool or playing games at beach. Aspiring footballers can also enroll at the seasonal Parklane Football Escapes academy, which offers an exceptionally rare opportunity to train with former international football stars during school holidays. Weeklong courses will be available for children aged between five and fifteen to train for up to two hours a day, in complete personalized kit, under the guidance of UEFA licensed coaches and English Premier League football stars including Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Zamora.

Additionally, the resort is also home to three tennis courts, three outdoor and one indoor swimming pools and a PADI diving centre, with horse riding and golf courses close by.

Inspiring Meetings

Parklane’s corporate offering has undergone a multi-million-euro investment, elevating the resort’s credentials as a highly desirable destination for meetings and events throughout the year, as well as a leading venue for Cyprus. Ultra-modern facilities include seven meeting rooms that can be converted into 11 professional conference spaces. The 800 square metre Diamond Ballroom, complete with a built-in stage, can hold up to 600 people, be split into two sections and tailored to meet the requirements of any large event.

Treasured Destination 

Parklane’s Luxury Collection Concierge team will invite guests to explore Cyprus and its most famous destinations with a bespoke tour from the hotel’s Head Concierge. The island boasts several deeply historical sites, such as the Ancient Amathus Archaeological Site, just 11 kilometres east of Limassol and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which dates back to 1100 BC. The Head Concierge will share stories and secrets from ancient times that have shaped and enriched the history of the island.

A visit to the spectacular treasured Lefkara Village, located at the foot of the Troodos Mountains, will tell the story of Leonardo da Vinci’s visit in 1841. Leonardo himself was so impressed by the skills of the embroiderers, he is said to have bought one as a gift for Cathedral in Milan where it featured in his celebrated painting, The Last Supper.

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Mandarin Oriental Announces New Hotel And Residences In Istanbul

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a second luxury hotel in Istanbul, Turkey. The project, which also features branded residences, is scheduled to open in 2022.

The new development comprises three standalone towers and is located in the exclusive Etiler residential area, close to the city’s central business district.  One of the towers will house Mandarin Oriental Etiler, Istanbul with 158 guestrooms and suites and 16 serviced apartments. The remaining two towers will house 251 luxurious Residences at Mandarin Oriental. UNStudio from Amsterdam has been appointed as the master planner and architect.

The hotel will have three restaurants and bars, and a selection of adaptable meeting spaces with outdoor areas and terraces, ideal for hosting both business and leisure events. There will also be a spa and fitness centre, offering the Group’s award-winning signature wellness programmes as well as locally inspired treatments. The hotel will have both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental will feature some of the most exclusive homes in the city, providing owners with extensive private gardens and impressive views of the Bosphorus. Owners will also enjoy Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service and direct access to the hotel’s facilities.  In addition, there will be a full suite of bespoke resident facilities, including two outdoor swimming pools with city skyline views, a fitness centre and six beauty treatment rooms.

The owners and developers of the project are Astaș Holding A.Ş and Yapi & Yapi.  This is the Group’s third venture in Turkey with Astaș Holding A.Ş who is the owner of the Group’s two other Turkish properties – the award-winning Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum and Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul which is scheduled to open in 2020.

“We are delighted to be announcing a second Mandarin Oriental property in Istanbul, together with an exciting luxury residential project. We look forward to extending further the Group’s presence in one of the world’s most historic and vibrant cities,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental. “Operating two complementary hotels in a single city is something that the Group has already done successfully in Hong Kong and will soon do in London. We believe there is room for more than just one Mandarin Oriental hotel in certain select destinations around the world.” he added.   

“Having strengthened our successful collaboration with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Bodrum, and through the upcoming opening of Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul it is our intention to establish this second Istanbul property, uniquely located in the prestigious district of Etiler, as one of the world’s most impressive addresses. The project is slated to cater to a discerning clientele who enjoy this legendary city so rich in history and culture, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia,” said Astaș Holding A.Ş, and Yapi & Yapi’s Board of Directors.

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Luxury meets Elevated Glamour for Events at Beverly Wilshire

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Beverly Hills, home of fashion, luxury, and red carpet events. And Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel certainly has its own share of the action by hosting over 153,000 guests at events every year. From weddings to bar mitzvahs and galas, the trusted nine person team has over 115 years of experience. Read through some of the many ways they can “wow” guests at your next event:

The dedicated Catering team can transform any space. Take for instance during awards-season when they transformed the Rodeo Alleyway into a marvelous Red Carpet entrance,  perfect for celebrities and royalty alike!

The recently $1 Million renovated Grand Ballroom boasts a beautiful room complete with new mirrors and lighting, as well as a new stage curtain and chandeliers, reminiscent of the Hollywood Regency style.

Only Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel features two rooftop terraces, overlooking the Hollywood Hills from the Royal Suite or the legendary Drive from the Rodeo Terrace.

38,351 sq ft is the total event space amongst our 13 function spaces; 14,300 of that makes up our Grand Ballroom which happens to be one of the largest in the city, holding up to 880 people.

The recently renovated Le Grand Trianon was once transformed into an ice skating rink.

Lined with lush greenery, the Rodeo Terrace is the most requested space for weddings, providing breathtaking views of Rodeo Drive to create lasting memories and magical “I Do’s”. 

Explore the legendary glamour of Beverly Hills at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel and ignite the imagination with matchless event options.

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