Hotel News from the Region

April 20th, 2018

amari-vang-vieng-1LAOS NEWS:
Amari Vang Vieng Opens Amid the Karsts of Laos (above).

Amari is the latest property to open in revitalised Vang Vieng that has reinvented itself as a family-friendly adventure destination. Settled on the banks of the Nam Song river, this 160-room hotel has amazing views over the surrounding limestone karst mountains.
This property invites guests to relax in the large outdoor swimming pool while enjoying the panoramic view. Facilities include a fitness centre, spa, kid’s club, making this new address the perfect base to enjoy some outdoor excursions and day trips in this beautiful region. Thanks to the generous number of rooms, it also opens up Vang Vieng to the possibility of hosting MICE events with a focus on teambuilding activities in the surrounding countryside, like kayaking, rock climbing and cycling.

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VIETNAM NEWS:
Anantara Quy Nhon Villas in South Central Vietnam (above).

Set on a serene beach, Anantara Quy Nhon Villas will welcome guests to a luxurious hideaway comprising 26 private pool villas inspired by the indigenous beauty of southern Vietnam. Guests will be able to spend their days relaxing in elegance, working up a sweat at the onsite gym, refreshing in the resort swimming pool or getting out into the picturesque countryside to discover even more of the real Vietnam. Quy Nhon is a historic city with a diverse surrounding landscape ideal for exploration. From adventurous hikes to secluded temples, discerning travellers can immerse themselves in the culture of this fascinating country. Phu Cat airport is a 50-minute drive away, offering domestic flights to Ho Chi Minh and Ha Noi.

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MYANMAR NEWS:
New Luxury Island Resort Awei Pila to Open in the Mergui Archipelago (above).

The Awei Pila is a new 26-room ‘eco chic luxury beachfront resort’ scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. The resort is located on the island of Pila in the Mergui Archipelago, in Southern Myanmar. The archipelago is comprised of hundreds of islands with unspoilt beaches, forests and coral reefs. The resort is located on the northernmost part of Pila Island, on a secluded bay beach surrounded by virgin forest and stunning views of the Andaman Sea. The natural bay embraces a 600m long beach front and beyond it a highly forested area ensures protection from the elements and creates a further sense of seclusion.
Two types of guest rooms will be available with either sea views or views of the primal forests surrounding the property. All room interiors are designed to maximize natural lighting and offer the best views of the surroundings using large floor to ceiling openings and windows. Locally sourced furniture and decoration further enhances the character of the rooms. Facilities at the Awei Pila include an onsite restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Activities available in and around the property include diving, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, cooking classes, fishing and visiting traditional Moken villages.
To reach Awei Pila, guests have to travel to the port town of Kawthaung (flights from Yangon and Bangkok), gateway to the Mergui Archipelago. Check in will commence at Kawthaung and then guests will be transferred to the resort by sailing boat (travel time 1.5 hours).

Kayaking and Paddleboarding around Kampot

April 10th, 2018

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Why not enhance your stay in Kampot in southern Cambodia with a kayaking experience? Explore the incredible ‘green cathedral’ of canals and channels that create a loop on the Kompong Bay River near Kampot. Choose from a solo kayak, a tandem kayak or a stand-up paddle board for this aquatic adventure. Starting from Champa Lodge, we paddle beneath a bridge and begin to explore the small backwaters. There are several guesthouses and cafes along the way where it is possible to stop for refreshments. The scenery is very impressive, with palms overhanging the narrow channels to create a tunnel of green. This activity takes between 1.5 hours and 3 hours depending on the pace and number of stops. Recommended.

Kampot River Residence In Cambodia

April 6th, 2018

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The Kampot River Residence is a striking new addition to the Kampot accommodation scene in southern Cambodia. Located about 2km north of town on the Kompong Bay River, it is a collection of impressive traditional Khmer houses set around lush landscaped gardens and ricefields. Bokor National Park is visible across the river and the clouds swirl around each morning before parting to reveal dramatic sunsets over the old hill station.

Imagine the rooms of Sala Lodges and wooden walkways and ricefields of Phum Baitang. This is a small, affordable boutique resort of real character and helps put Kampot on the map as an idyllic escape. Where previously visitors have stayed in the boutique hotels of Kep and made a side trip to Kampot, it is now possible to do the reverse and stay in Kampot River Residence as a base and make a side trip to Kep and Rabbit Island.

With the combination of cave pagodas, river-based activities, Bokor National Park and the attractions of Kep, it is easy to spend three nights here and it lies less than two hours from Sihanoukville Airport. Or combine two nights here with two nights in a luxurious Kep resort or two nights or more in a beach resort on the offshore islands of Sihanoukville.

From the Hotel: “Kampot River Residence is a traditional resort on the river near Kampot. This elegant hideaway is set within 1.6 acres of lush gardens and paddy fields. It comprises 18 spacious Khmer houses, including six Khmer twin houses with private terrace, two riverside Khmer houses with private outdoor bathtub, four Khmer villas, five Khmer Residences and one Family Suite finished in contemporary style. The wooden and stilted villas are inspired both inside and out by traditional Cambodian design, offering up to 40 guests a unique experience in Kampot.”

Taste Siem Reap Food Tours

April 4th, 2018

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Sample the flavours of Cambodia with Taste Siem Reap, the brainchild of Evi-Elie Lavalle.

If the name is familiar, Evi-Elie worked with Belmond La Residence d’Angkor for the past few years and built up an impressive knowledge of the cuisine scene in Siem Reap during this time.
Dining itineraries include a mix of starters, tapas, main course and dessert at a selection of three handpicked restaurants or bars around town. Themes include ‘Taste for a Good Cause’ and ‘Taste Khmer Fine Dining’.

Here is some more detail on the new ‘Taste of Cambodia’ itinerary:
“Experience an eclectic mix of contemporary tastes in informal settings to get a true sense of the culinary world in today’s Cambodia. Taste of Cambodia will take you to:

POU RESTAURANT, run by Chef Mengly, one of the rising stars of the Cambodian culinary world. Take traditional countryside cooking and add a sprinkling of Mengly’s creative flair and you have a menu of the tastiest treats that is unlike anything else currently being dished up in Siem Reap.

BUGS CAFE – Dive into the night market where you will find Cambodia’s first insect tapas restaurant. Spiders, ants, silkworms…all are popular local delicacies and insects and have been called the food of the future thanks to their nutritional content and sustainability. Bugs Cafe is the perfect introduction to this unusual food source as they are cooked in fusion style.

MAHOB (pictured) – Located in a beautifully restored wooden house set in a pretty tropical garden, savour your main course and dessert in a more relaxed atmosphere where lots of the produce is grown on Chef Sothea’s organic farm located just outside of the city.”

Preah Vihear Museum on display

April 3rd, 2018

Preah Vihear Eco-Global Museum

Tomorrow, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen will officially open the brand new Preah Vihear Eco-Global Museum, located in the town of Sraem, some 23kms from the Preah Vihear mountain-top UNESCO-recognised temple.

The Eco-Global Museum reflects on the ancient Khmer civilization and the life of the local ethnic Kuay communities and the rich diversity of their natural environment. The museum displays in four different rooms, archaeological collections from the famous Temple of Preah Vihear and its wider network of related monuments in the province, exceptional and sometimes endangered flora and fauna, and objects, which illustrate the livelihood of local communities, both Khmer and Kuay. Pictured is Phoeurng Sackona, the country’s Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, who recently visited the museum.

Recent Hotel Openings in Cambodia

March 29th, 2018

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Relais de Chhlong:
The Relais de Chhlong (pictured) is once again open to welcome visitors. Originally built as the district governor’s house during the French colonial-era, it first opened as a boutique hotel about a decade ago before closing for a long period. Now the renovations are complete, its 10 comfortable suites await guests in this atmospheric place to stay on the banks of the mighty Mekong River, about 35km south of Kratie town.

Sahaa Beach Resort:
The first boutique hotel to open on the Otres 1 near Sihanoukville, this stands out from the crowd. The property has 26 rooms, including some connecting family rooms and even a suite with a private pool. The restaurant and lobby are artfully decorated and set the scene for a relaxing stay. The bungalows and villas are set amid a lush garden with the central feature of a swimming pool. Just across the track lies Otres Beach, one of the most beautiful stretches of sand on the mainland. It is well located for the local restaurants and bars in the Otres area and it’s an easy base for day trips to nearby islands and water-based activities.

Le Bokor Palace:
This colonial-era hotel has been restored by Sokha Hotels. After extensive renovations, Le Bokor Palace has just reopened in early 2018 and includes 36 luxurious rooms and suites and two restaurants. Originally dating from 1925, it was a playground for royalty, colonials and adventurers during the 1960s, but has been abandoned since the civil war and Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Perched on a cliff at the top of Bokor Mountain, this historical hotel commands breathtaking views of what the French once called the Opal Coast. Thanks to its height of 1000m, it is notably cooler on the plateau of Bokor, usually 10 °C cooler than the lowlands and the reason why the French colonial authorities chose it as the location for a hill station.

Rosewood Luang Prabang Opens in Luang Prabang

March 28th, 2018

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Following hot on the heels of the Rosewood Phnom Penh opening comes the Rosewood Luang Prabang, albeit in a completely different style. Set outside town along the river in a dense forest, this is more like a luxury jungle camp than a typical Rosewood, but then there is no such thing as a typical Rosewood. The resort includes 22 luxury tents and villa, featuring Lao and French colonial furnishings, accents of locally inspired artwork, and their own private dining areas and wrap-around decks. The indulgent set-up will also combine a bar and bistro providing French and Lao cuisine.

Located on the banks of the Mekong River, about 10 minutes outside Luang Prabang, it is the perfect place to experience the beauty and serenity of nature. The Rosewood Luang Prabang opened yesterday.

Rosewood Phnom Penh Opens Its Doors

March 27th, 2018
(PRNewsfoto/Rosewood Hotels and Resorts)

(PRNewsfoto/Rosewood Hotels and Resorts)

Soaring above the heart of the Cambodian capital, Rosewood Phnom Penh occupies the top 14 floors of Vattanac Capital Tower, the city’s most iconic modern structure and a symbol of the new Cambodia. When fully open, the hotel will boast 175 rooms, including 37 suites, blending traditional refinement with sophistication, each room offering unparalleled views of the city. From plush furnishings to intuitive technology, every element has been thoughtfully considered, to create comfortable, residential-style living spaces that are equally suited to business and leisure stays. Right now, these are the most luxuriously-appointed rooms in Phnom Penh and suitable for business or leisure travelers.

One of the highlights of the hotel, is the incredible selection of dining and drinking outlets, including the Sora Bar, a sky bar on the 37th floor with immense views of the low-lying city. On the same floor is the divine Iza, a Japanese restaurant with a mouthwatering menu and a huge sake selection, plus an impressive whisky library and cigar bar in a private smoking section. The 35th floor includes the impressive lobby for check-in, an art gallery and Louis Brasserie which offers an exceptional set lunch.

Hanuman Travel staff party

January 12th, 2018

Hanuman Travel held its annual staff appreciation party in Phnom Penh recently, at the home of Managing Director Ms Tan Sotho. Staff from all of the company’s departments were present and joining them were members of the non-government organization Yosothor, which is dedicated to supporting and sustaining Khmer culture and heritage, and led by eminent Professor Ang Choulean, one of the foremost scholars on Khmer civilization and a close partner of Hanuman Travel. Hanuman Executive Director Kulikar Sotho, Ms Tan Sotho, Ang Choulean and staff members are pictured enjoying the evening.

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Hanuman Hosts the Audley Guide Awards 2017 in Siem Reap

July 14th, 2017

Hanuman Travel and HanumanAlaya Boutique Hotels teamed up to host the annual Audley Guide Awards in Siem Reap in June 2017.

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Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei All Award Winners

Around 50 attendees from all over Asia flew in to take part in the annual celebration of guiding excellence. Participants stayed at the HanumanAlaya hotels (Boutique Residence, Villa and Colonial House) and enjoyed a headline award ceremony at Sala Kdei near the Royal Bathing Pond of Sra Srang. Events included a test drive of a new Angkor Wat Photographic Scavenger Hunt and a Gala Dinner at Reahoo Restaurant at HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence.

Thanks to Audley Travel for the honour of hosting the Audley Guide Awards 2017.

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Here is a brief overview from Audley Indochina Product Manager Craig Johnstone:

“A few weeks have passed now since the 2017 Audley Guide Awards, making it the perfect time to look back and remember the wonderful weekend we all enjoyed together in Siem Reap. Friends and colleagues gathered from all over Southeast Asia, coming from as far afield as India and the Philippines to experience two days of festivities and information sharing. I hope you all agree that Hanuman were excellent hosts and helped organise a seamless event filled with many notable highlights.

Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei Pol Rith Cambodia

Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei Pol Rith Cambodia

It all started on the Friday evening when we were all welcomed at Sala Kdei, a traditional Khmer house looking over Angkor’s royal bathing pool. After having a drink or two and enjoying the Khmer buffet, it was time to recognise those responsible for delivering the Audley experience on the ground. Those of you who received an award that night are fundamental to our success and it was a pleasure to the share in the celebrations.”

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Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei Hanuman Dance

Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei Hanuman Dance

Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei Hanuman Team

Audley Guide Awards Sala Kdei Hanuman Team