World Spa Awards unveils nominees for 2021 programme

World Spa Awards – the global initiative to recognize and reward excellence in the spa and wellness sector – has unveiled the nominees for its 2021 programme. Nominees cover the entire spectrum of the industry ranging from hotel spas, wellness retreats, spa destinations and detox programmes to aromatherapy brands and wellness apps. The full list of nominees can be viewed here. Voting opens 19 May 2021 and runs until 8 September. During the 16-week voting window, both industry professionals and spa consumers are invited to vote for the brands they consider the very best of the best in the spa and wellness sector. Winners will be unveiled on 20 October at World Spa Gala Ceremony 2021 in Dubai, UAE. Organisations still

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Meet Sani Resort’s Sustainability Specialist

Under Sani Green, the company is continuously working to improve its sustainability performance throughout the resort in areas such as energy efficiency, renewable energy use, water conservation, waste minimization and sustainable procurement. Nestled at the edge of the Aegean Sea on Greece’s lush, green peninsula of Halkidiki, Sani Resort is a world-class holiday destination that features an incredible collection of five hotels – ranging from the family-focused Sani Beach to couples’ haven Sani Dunes. While many reviews of Sani Resort will compliment the impeccable service, diverse dining options or stylish interiors, there is one part of the resort’s story that is often overlooked: its extraordinary environmental program called Sani Green, which is headed by the resort’s director of sustainability, Eleni

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6 Bangkok Restaurants Among Top 50 Best Restaurants in Asia

Bangkok can count a whopping 15 entries on the Asia’s 100 Best Restaurants list, with six exciting entries within the Top 50. The best restaurant in Asia is Hong Kong’s The Chairman (followed by last year’s Odette in Singapore). Pandemic or not, overall the rankings for Bangkok restaurants are pretty high this year, with Bangkok alongside Hong Kong and Tokyo being one of the key dominators on the list. Image Credit: 80/20 Gaggan Anand is the highest new entry on the list, coming in at Number 5. “This is the most motivating thing in my entire life,” says chef Gaggan Anand. “With your love and support, we might survive this.” It’s interesting this year, and it’s nice to see many

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Capella Ubud: Campfire stories and more!

Capella Curates takes us down a barely trodden path unknown to seasoned travellers, to discover the secrets of places we think we know “I was born to be a healer, but I didn’t want to do it. I was afraid,” says I Ketut Budiasa in a slow, steady voice. “But after I filed my teeth (a rite of passage when Balinese reach adolescence), I became more open to the idea. As a healer, I don’t use modern medication to treat others. We use our hearts, energy healing and therapies that have been passed down from our ancestors.” It would be another hour or so before The Camp Fire experience at Capella Ubud ends, as I interject ever so often and

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Inside the Reimagined Singita Sabora Tented Camp

Singita has been at the forefront of eco- and socially conscious tourism since its inception almost 27 years ago, with each of its 15 safari lodges and camps providing extraordinary vacations. Singita recently revealed its newly redesigned Sabora Tented Camp, which, having reopened at the end of September 2020, will see its first full season in 2021. Set in the Singita Grumeti Reserve, which encompasses 350,000 acres of protected wilderness, Sabora Tented Camp provides guests with a front-row seat to the ever-changing Tanzanian landscape – with an added touch of luxury, of course. The Singita Grumeti Reserve makes up a portion of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem and is home to some of Africa’s most famous wildlife species – as one

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Lake Austin’s premier wellness retreat is the place for relaxation

Just 20 miles from downtown Austin lies an all-inclusive waterfront oasis that offers a true sanctuary for rest, renewal, and reinvention. With 40 welcoming rooms, a focus on conscientious cuisine, and a full calendar of fitness and wellness programming, Lake Austin Spa Resort is the escape you’ve been searching for. At their award winning Lakehouse Spa, choose a la carte from over 100 spa treatments and services that highlight local herbs and influences—or pamper yourself with a full- or half-day spa package. How did it strike you on arrival? This all-inclusive destination spa is set on the picturesque hillside of its namesake lake. The building is intentionally made of local stone so it blends into the natural landscape. What’s the

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Here are the top hotels in Asia for 2020

For the 33rd Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards, readers have chosen the hotels that brought them comfort, that they still feel connected with long afterwards, and that got them through the months without travel. These are the enduring gems that can withstand the test of time and the vicissitudes of circumstances. So here are the top 10 Asian hotels nominated by their readers as ranked by their points awarded: 1. The Peninsula, Bangkok – 99.70 World Ranking – 8 Courtesy The Peninsula Bangkok It feels like you might be in London when you’re at The Peninsula, in Bangkok’s Thonburi neighborhood, thanks to the British racing vehicles parked out front. But the hotel’s custom tuk-tuk reminds you that you’re in Thailand. Rich, warm,

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