Frankfurt, January 11, 2022 – The Government of Thailand has announced that the Sandbox program, which was temporarily only available in Phuket, will be expanded to include three additional regions. Starting January 11, in addition to Phuket, the regions of Krabi, Phang-Nga (Khao Lak) and Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao) will also be travelable under the Sandbox program. For this program new applications for the Thailand Passport are possible without any problems. In addition, tourists whose Thailand Passport has already been approved can continue to enter the country at the conditions applied for without any time restrictions. New applications for the Thailand Pass in the Test & Go program remain suspended until further notice.
At the end of December, Thailand had to temporarily restrict the relaxed entry rules for international travelers due to pandemic developments. Thus, the Test & Go program, which previously allowed fully vaccinated travelers and convalescents to enter the country with virtually no quarantine, and all sandbox programs except the Phuket Sandbox were suspended for the time being.
However, the sandbox programs have proven in the past to be a successful middle ground between reviving tourism and simultaneously protecting the population from the spread of the pandemic. The government therefore now announced that from now on, in addition to the island of Phuket, the regions of Krabi, Phang-Nga (Khao Lak) and Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao) can also be toured under the Sandbox program. The so-called Sandbox allows fully vaccinated and recovered people to travel throughout the country after a set period of seven nights, which they spend exclusively in one of the designated regions but are allowed to move around freely. Travel to the sandbox destinations is by direct flight to Phuket, and from there, special SHA+ transfers continue to the other regions. Travelers to Koh Samui can transfer in Bangkok to special so-called sealed flights with Bangkok Airways, which take them directly to the destination. Tourists must stay in a pre-booked SHA++ designated hotel and are required to take another PCR test at a hospital in addition to the PCR test on entry at a later date. If the second test is also negative, the entire kingdom is open to them for onward travel.
For the time being, registration for the Thailand Passport in the Test & Go program remains suspended until further notice. However, travelers who had already registered for the Thailand Passport and received their QR code before December 22, 2021, will be able to travel the country as planned under the booked conditions. There is no time limit for this scheme. For them, the only change is that a second PCR test becomes mandatory, to be performed free of charge in designated hospitals. A self-test is no longer possible.
Further details on the changed entry requirements can be found at this link as well as in the FAQs on the website of the Thai Tourist Office.
It is still strongly recommended to stay informed regarding updates to travel regulations. Useful Links: Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand; Tourism Authority of Thailand; Thai Embassy in Berlin.
About the Tourism Authority of Thailand
Thailand is one of the most popular long-distance travel destinations for Germans. Magnificent temples, spectacular dream beaches and exotic nature make the Southeast Asian country a fascinating travel destination. Its unique welcoming culture, along with the scenic beauty and culinary diversity, is probably Thailand’s strongest recognition mark and makes guests return in large numbers, even several times a year. In 2020, the Tourism Authority of Thailand celebrated its 60th anniversary and looks back on six decades of Thai hospitality. The point of contact for the German-speaking markets is the office of the Thai Tourist Board, based in Frankfurt.
Thai Tourist OfficeLaura StäterSenior Marketing & PR Executive Kirchnerstraße 6-860311 Frankfurt/M.
T: +49 69 138139-14
Let’s face it: 2020 was a pretty tough year and we need something to look forward to in 2021. Two Scandinavian cities – only two hours away by plane for most Europeans and with direct flights from all regions of the world – have just the answer.
In August, Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmö in Sweden will host ten days of WorldPride and EuroGames in a huge combined event called Copenhagen 2021. It is the first time that the world’s most important Pride will be combined with Europe’s largest LGBTI+ multi-sport event.
Organised by Copenhagen Pride and Pan Idræt – the Danish capital’s LGBTI+ sports association – and in collaboration with Malmö Pride, Copenhagen 2021 will feature an extensive and exciting programme of arts and culture, human rights, sports, activism and – of course – the opportunity to celebrate, dance and liberate yourself.
It is also the first time that WorldPride will take place in two countries. The programme starts with a parade and concerts in Malmö, followed by nine nights of concerts at City Hall Square in Copenhagen and the WorldPride parade with hundreds of thousands of participants and spectators. All concerts and stages are free of charge. Some may require tickets, depending on the state of the pandemic at the time.
In Copenhagen, the cultural team is curating four separate art spaces, including special activities for children and families, young people and a sensory space called “Arcadia” with incredible sound, light and sensory installations. There will also be a space called Fluid Festival where all programming will be by and for women, trans and non-binary visitors. More than 100 events will be hosted by cultural partners such as the National Museum, the Royal Theatre and the Opera.
The EuroGames will attract up to 6,000 athletes to compete in 29 sports, including badminton, ballroom dancing, diving, triathlon, volleyball and water polo. For the first time, e-sports will also be included in the EuroGames, with Counter Strike and FIFA tournaments.
The Sports To The People programme will also host public sporting events where visitors and residents alike can try their hands – or feet – at more than 20 different activities, including roller skating, Drag Olympics and skiing on Copenhagen’s dry slope.
Athletes, their friends and spectators can relax in the sports village by the vibrant waterfront at Islands Brygge. The 1.5 km Pride Run from Islands Brygge to City Hall Square will take athletes to the EuroGames Opening Ceremony, with spectators and supporters lining the route.
But we are not just creating an event for ten days next August; we want Copenhagen 2021 to leave a lasting legacy for LGBTI+ people worldwide. As part of our EuroGames programme, we will host a Sports Leaders Conference to explore LGBTI+ participation in sport and look at how we can build on the success of campaigns – including Rainbow Laces – to improve and strengthen inclusion in sport, especially for trans and non-binary athletes.
Creating a better future for all LGBTI+ people is also a core goal for our human rights programme. The Human Rights Forum will be the world’s largest LGBTI+ rights event in 2021 and possibly ever, with a three-day human rights conference for 2,000 activists from around the world, keynote speeches from political and international leaders, and the Patron of Copenhagen 2021, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
Danish MPs will invite parliamentarians from around the world to a plenary session in the Danish Parliament to talk about improving LGBTI+ equality worldwide, with a special focus on the Global South. In Malmö, a summit on refugees, borders and immigration will recognise the strategic importance of the city in resettling refugees from conflict zones in recent years. A five-day open-air democracy festival will give visitors, activists and politicians the opportunity to speak openly and freely about the challenges LGBTI+ people around the world still face.
And after all the serious business, we need to let loose and celebrate how far we have come. Party and protest have gone hand in hand at Pride for 50 years, and in Copenhagen 2021 we’ll make sure there are great parties for everyone. Every night we will have parties at venues in both cities, open to all and with affordable ticket prices.
Concerts – featuring live music from the LGBTI+ community and celebrated artists – will take place every night in Copenhagen and Malmö, and admission is free. Copenhagen Pride’s world-famous Drag Night will certainly be an evening not to be missed.
And let’s not forget the diverse LGBTI+ bars we have to offer. Street parties take over a big part of Copenhagen during Pride, and 2021 will be no different. The famous bars of Studiestræde and one of the oldest LGBTI+ bars in the world, Centralhjørnet, will provide entertainment every night.
By immersing themselves in our vibrant bar scene, visitors will see why Copenhagen was voted the best city in the world to be LGBTI+. These are friendly and welcoming cities where equality is simply a part of life. Danes and Swedes are proud of their cities, their countries and their culture of openness and acceptance. And this culture has a long tradition; Copenhagen 2021 also marks the seventieth anniversary of the world’s first gender reassignment surgery, which took place in Denmark. 88 years ago homosexuality was decriminalised and 32 years ago the world’s first civil partnership took place in Copenhagen City Hall, the setting for Copenhagen 2021’s main square.
Away from the Copenhagen 2021 activities and LGBTI+ scene, you’ll find great places to eat, shop and explore. There’s a beguiling charm that draws you in and makes you want to come back again and again. Whether you’re looking for independent designers and clothes shops or the latest Scandinavian design to take a bit of ‘hygge’ home with you, there are great finds to be made here.
It’s true that the cost of living is higher in Scandinavia, but a visit doesn’t necessarily have to break the budget. On the internet you can find t many tips on how to visit Copenhagen and Malmö on a budget. You can also get a good meal in a restaurant for less than 20 euros and a good bottle of wine in the supermarket for less than 8 euros. Plus, you don’t have to spend money on public transport.
For a capital city, Copenhagen is compact and remarkably easy to explore; you can walk the city centre from one end to the other in 30 minutes. Copenhagen is famous for its cycling culture and you can get anywhere in the city in fifteen minutes by bike. There is a 24-hour metro and an extensive bus and train network, including over the iconic Øresund Bridge, which connects the city centres of Copenhagen and Malmö in less than 30 minutes. A ticket from the airport to Copenhagen Central Station costs around €5.
There are hotels for every budget and thousands of rental flats. You can find some great hotels at reasonable prices around Vesterbro and near the harbour and airport, and you can even stay in one of the beautiful landscapes around Copenhagen and Malmö or in one of the neighbouring cities – none of which is more than 30 minutes away by train.
Of course, the shadow of the pandemic looms large over the planning for Copenhagen 2021. The organisers are working on various contingency plans, and while the current expectation is a full event but with COVID security measures, the experience of this year’s Global Pride and Copenhagen Pride gives them the opportunity to think about how the organisers can run WorldPride and EuroGames in the safest way possible. And while they hope it won’t be necessary, registration fees for their own events will be fully refunded should they have to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
So as we move towards 2021 and we think about what the year will bring, consider visiting Copenhagen and Malmö for WorldPride and EuroGames. The organisers will be working hard to deliver an incredible event where #YouAreIncluded – and they don’t want us to miss it.
Copenhagen 2021 will take place from 12 to 22 August 2021. Visit copenhagen2021.com, download the app, listen to the podcast and connect on social media.
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Located on the banks of the River of Kings, this legendary hotel is only steps, or a short boat ride, away from some of the city’s finest shopping and entertainment at IconSiam, historical areas and the heart of Bangkok’s new Creative District.
The hotel’s teak shuttle boats carry guests to the city’s Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain station and IconSiam throughout the day.
Built in 1876 and ideally located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok has been delighting guests ever since. The 331-room hotel has been an inspiration to a host of world-renowned writers from Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham to Wilbur Smith and John le Carré, after whom many of the suites are named. The property presents 11 restaurant and bar choices, from traditional Thai cuisine to two-Michelin starred French fine dining at Le Normandie.
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s colleagues are renowned for their legendary service and are gracious, courteous and respectful to guests, many of whom are greeted by name. The 1,300 staff provide a 4:1 staff-to-guest service ratio – the highest in the city. With an average of 14 years of service, each colleague’s dedication to delivering a unique service experience to guests is unparalleled.
- The hotel is one of the oldest in Asia (1876) and was the first hotel in Thailand.
- Legendary Thai silk tycoon Jim Thompson was a joint owner between 1946 and 1967, and the luxury silk fashion house has designed the hotel’s new signature fan to celebrate the recent renovation.
- The hotel’s 1,300 colleagues provide a 4:1 staff-guest ratio, one of the highest in the industry.
- 2,460 pieces of Bohemian crystal have been used within each of the oversized bells that hang in the hotel’s lobby. Each weighs 220kg and took 150 hours to assemble on site.
- The Oriental Spa is housed in a restored, century-old teakwood house and was the first hotel Spa in Thailand.
- All hotel guests are greeted upon arrival with a traditional Thai flower hand garland.
Guests can select from over 30 different treatments, including Signature Therapies such as ‘Oriental Harmony’, where four hands work in perfect unison to inspire a harmony of the senses to Essence of Thailand experiences that include ‘Spirit of Isaan’, where a blend of natural ingredients are incorporated within a body wrap and exfoliation before a rhythmic Oriental bamboo massage. The Oriental Spa even offers a Muay Thai Massage where movements from the nation’s popular sport are incorporated in the treatment to provide a deep sense of invigoration and rejuvenation.
Guests can also enjoy 11 outstanding restaurants and bars, from traditional Thai cuisine to two- Michelin-starred French fine dining. Private teakwood boats provide access to the hotel’s Thai restaurants, the award-winning Oriental Spa, the Fitness & Wellness Centre and the famed Oriental Thai Cooking School
Restaurants and Bars
- Lord Jim’s – Bangkok’s meeting place serving fresh seafood and prime cut meats
- Kinu by Takagi – refined Kaiseki dining in an intimate setting
- Le Normandie – contemporary two-Michelin-starred French fine dining
- The China House – Chinese flavours served in a 1930s Shanghai setting
- The Authors’ Lounge – Traditional Afternoon Tea in old world charm
- The Bamboo Bar – live jazz and cocktails Al fresco dining can be enjoyed at:
- The Verandah – the perfect choice for all-day dining
- Riverside Terrace – nightly BBQ riverside experience
- Ciao Terrazza – Italian inspirations
Castell Son Claret, the luxury hotel, on the beautiful Island of Mallorca merges pure nature, relaxing luxury and culinary delights. Only 30 minutes from Palma city centre, this ‘Leading Hotel of the World’ is located within 326 acres of unspoiled countryside at the foot of the UNESCO protected ”La Tramuntana” mountains. The former 19th century castle, meticulously renovated in 2013 by the Kühne family welcomes guests to a unique experience.
Surrounded by lavish gardens, the 41 rooms and suites the of the luxury hotel in Mallorca are contemporary in design, with many featuring terraces, their own garden or a private pool.
The luxury in the hotel extends beyond accommodation – Castell Son Claret is also home to “Olivera”, where guests dine on the tranquil terrace with lovely views over the entire valley, serves typical Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine. The ancient coachman house, nowadays displaying modern Mallorquin art on its walls, hosts the Castell Bar and the restored oil mill is the ideal setting for small meetings and events. “Bellesa de Claret”is the interpretation of an unrivalled spa experience with its indoor pool and Moorish hammam while guests can as well relax by the large outdoor pool with panoramic mountain view.
The Castell Son Claret estate unites seven historic buildings with the 19th century manor house at its heart. All 19 suites and 22 rooms of this luxurious country resort share a welcoming atmosphere of serenity, generosity and abundant personal space. The warm, earth coloured decor and wood-beamed ceilings create a harmonious interior, while the works of international and Majorcan artists add individual character to the rooms. Due to the original blueprint, all 41 suites and rooms differ in size and layout – a testament to their particular charm. They are separated into nine categories and feature superb views of the estate, the landscaped gardens, the mountains or the hotel patio: the main castle building features 23 guest rooms, while further 15 rooms are located in the former stables, grouped around a Moorish fountain reminiscent of a small village.
The suites and rooms are all equipped with:
- Queen or King-size double bed
- Egyptian cotton sheets
- Air conditioning
- Under-floor heating
- Mini bar stocked with international brands
- “Loewe” LED TV
- Complimentary high-speed internet access
SPA & WELLNESS – LET YOURSELF BE PAMPERED BY MALLORCA´S FRAGANCE
Travel to a warm atmosphere of relaxation and reconnect with yourself in the best ambience. Immerse in an oasis of purity and discover the true essence of the Mediterranean nature. Taking care of your health and comfort, Bellesa de Claret Luxury Spa and it´s specialists will help you choose and personalize your desires and needs under the highest standards.
THE BALEARIC ISLANDS
Mallorca is the largest island of the Balearic archipelago, which, together with Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, forms a uniprovincial autonomous community (Islas Baleares), the easternmost of Spain. The island has 3640.11 km², which makes it the largest island in Spain and the sixth largest in the Mediterranean. It is the most populated island of the Balearic archipelago, with more than 859 289 inhabitants and the second most populated island of Spain after Tenerife.
Mallorca has a population density of 240.45 inhabitants / km². In the past, due to its calm atmosphere, it was also known as La isla de la calma, but now it is a very important tourist destination, both nationally and internationally. Mallorca is located geographically in the central area of the Mediterranean Sea, which translates into the blessing of a pleasant climate with more than 2,700 hours of sunshine per year. With an average temperature of around 26 ° C between May and September, they rarely fall below 13 ° C in early spring.
CASTELL SON CLARET · Carretera Es Capdellà, km 1.7 · 07196 Es Capdellà, Calvià · Mallorca, Balearic Islands · Spain
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In the foreseeable future, we will be travelling again. That’s why our Travel blog is already inspiring you with a German city that has a lot to offer in terms of culture.
Over 30 museums, the unique Museumsufer, world-class orchestras and stages provide the Main metropolis with cultural highlights – year in, year out.
The renovated and expanded Jewish Museum has been open since 21 October. A new building made of exposed concrete now stands opposite the historic Rothschild Palais and offers you space to learn about Frankfurt’s Jewish history today and in the past.
Fortunately, an absolute cultural highlight from 2020 has only been postponed and not cancelled. And so the Städel Museum is looking forward to presenting Rembrandt van Rijn from 06.10.2021 (until 30.01.2022) with the exhibition “Call me Rembrandt! Breakthrough in Amsterdam”, in its premises.
If you can already hardly wait for Frankfurt’s cultural year 2021, you should make a note of the two following exhibitions at the SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE. From 5 February to 16 May, the museum will be devoting itself to Canadian landscape painting with the exhibition “Magnetic North. Myth of Canada in Painting 1910 – 1940”.
Frankfurt’s new Old Town is and remains a cultural asset for Frankfurt. A small jewel surrounded by numerous galleries and museums in the middle of the city centre. In addition to the SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT and the MMK, which show modern and contemporary art, the Historisches Museum Frankfurt presents over 1,000 years of urban history of the Main metropolis.
Tip: If you’d rather explore the new old town on your sofa at home, you’ll just have to know how to help yourself digitally: www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/altstadtvirtuell .
Also located in the city centre are the Alte Oper, the Komödie, the English Theatre or the Schauspiel Frankfurt. Traditional and award-winning stages that host renowned artists, orchestras and musicals throughout the year.
A new and above all modern highlight that has established itself near the new Old Town is TimeRide. Embark on a thrilling virtual journey through time and experience the pulsating life of the Main metropolis on the threshold of modernity in the 19th century on a virtual reality carriage ride.
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Maya Ubud Resort & Spa sits in splendid seclusion, bordered by the dramatic Petanu River Valley to the east and the vibrant rice fields of Peliatan on the west. The ten hectare tract of land is itself a tranquil haven of tropical gardens and architect-designed thatched buildings, private pool villas and luxury guestrooms.
Maya Ubud is a luxury resort designed to capture the spirit of a traditional Balinese village.
It is a leisurely twenty-five minute stroll from Maya Ubud to the colorful and bustling village of Ubud, with its fascinating market, art museums and galleries, shopping boutiques and restaurants. A complimentary shuttle service is available between the resort and the central market daily from 9.00 am – 9.00 pm.
Designed by award-winning architect, Budiman Hendropurnomo of Denton Corker Marshall, Maya Ubud Resort & Spa is inspired by the ancient Balinese wisdom of orientation. A ceremonial walkway along the central ridge of the property connects all public spaces from the porte-cochere, through the lobby and down to the riverside spa. All villas are then positioned on either side to reflect the ambience of a harmonious village that follows the contours of the land.
Conceptually, the resort is a celebration of Bali’s cultural heritage. However, in terms of décor, it ventures beyond the island to include an eclectic collection of antiques. Reclaimed timbers have been used together with more modern natural materials to create unique interiors rich in character. Old cartwheels have been fashioned into mirror frames, tabletops were once teakrailway sleepers and traditional fish traps and baskets are now handcrafted lampshades.
Restaurants & Bar
Maya Ubud offers an array of dining and cuisine alternatives. Choose the style to suit the mood – from bountiful buffet breakfasts to candlelight dinners that create special and memorable moments. Experience sumptuous sunrise buffets enhanced with river valley views at Maya Sari Restaurant, Asian-style restaurant that features an authentic teppanyaki counter at Asiatique, savor healthy spa-inspired dishes, pasta and great pizzas and enjoy the panoramic views of the valley to accompany refreshing favorite cocktails and ice cold brews.
Spa at Maya
Balancing the human senses through holistic harmony is elevated to the highest level at the Spa at Maya. From the simplest treatment to an extended sensory journey, skilled and caring therapists have but one goal – to create memorable experiences for guests. These sensual enjoyments cover the sensations of relaxation, renewal, revitalization and refreshment beside the swirling waters of Petanu River, amidst the lushness of the rainforest for a feeling of total euphoria.
In consideration of other guests and to preserve the peace and tranquility of the Spa at Maya, River Café, the Spa Pool and its surrounding environs.
Children are not permitted into this area of the resort.
The fully air-conditioned Fitness Center features the latest state-of-the-art exercise equipment offering our resort guests the opportunity to enjoy their regular workout whilst on vacation. The Fitness Center is open daily from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm and offers the services of a Personal Trainer.
Two pools set amidst the forest green, overhanging the river valley and at the riverside and private swimming pools for each deluxe villa, duplex villa and presidential villa. Suspended between sky above and valley below, adrift in beauty and tranquility, a chance to retreat and enjoy the breathtaking vistas.
• Commitment ceremony for 50 guests
• Exclusive usage private venue at Starlight
Deck or Full Moon Stage
• Stylish decorations with tropical flower
arrangement, Balinese flower pyramid, ceremonial table and buggy transportation for the bride as needed
• Bridal bouquet for bride and boutonniere for groom
• Wedding Celebrant to lead the ceremony • Commemorative ceremonial certificate
• Sparkling wine toast for bride and groom • Signature mocktail & fresh cold towel
•Traditional Balinese rindik bamboo
melodies with 2 musicians
•Standard sound system including 2
• One-night stay in a Deluxe Pool Villa
including breakfast for two
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Sanctuary Resort, terraced on Camelback Mountain, is conveniently located 8 miles north of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. This luxurious resort offers guests a serene hideaway overlooking Paradise Valley, and is just five-minutes away from downtown Scottsdale attractions. Experience relaxation and renewal among the stylish tranquility of Scottsdale’s finest luxury accommodations–Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.
Retreat to ultimate comfort within a spacious casitas, suites or Sanctuary’s exclusive villas, each offering the most spectacular views of the famed Paradise Valley. Relax your mind and reconnect at one of the top destination spas in the Continental U.S. and most award-winning luxury resorts in Scottsdale.
Delight in an assortment of activities featured at or near Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.
Magnificent views of Paradise Valley enhanced by our recreational amenities make for the perfect personal escape on-site while nearby attractions and day trips offer the excitement and most scenic sights of Scottsdale
Indulge in a little relaxation or a little adventure among the array of on-site activities offered at Sanctuary Resort.
• Infinity-edge pool with cabanas
• A separate 25-yard outdoor lap pool
• Spa with fitness center and movement studio
• Five Deco-Turf championship tennis courts
• Hiking trails, bicycling and nature walks
Arizona Luxury Spa
The Sanctuary Resort Spa experience extends throughout twelve indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, and includes a tranquil Zen meditation garden and soothing reflection pond. A luxurious Watsu® pool, peaceful Sanctum suite, new women’s quiet room, and an indulgent selection of services from facials to acupuncture distinguish Sanctuary Resort Spa from other hotel spas in Scottsdale and beyond.
The Villas at Sanctuary
Slip away amidst the serenity of Paradise Valley within the most lavish vacation villas in Scottsdale. Sanctuary Resort presents eight private mountainside villas, each offering spacious accommodations and personalized amenities that provide an unforgettable retreat for couples, families and businesses. From game rooms, private pools, tennis courts and secluded patios boasting dazzling vista views to a plethora of unique and exclusive amenities, guests are invited to relax and reconnect within some of Camelback Mountain’s most extravagant estates.
Things To Do in Scottsdale
Scottsdale is known for its glorious sunshine, exquisite sunsets, breathaking desert vistas and an abundance of unique activities and offerings. Whether you are planning a trip for two, a family vacation, or a solo travel experience, there is something for everyone. Unwind during a round of golf at premier courses nearby, discover the beauty of Arizona during a guided hike, indulge in the arts found at local museums and galleries, or treat yourself to a little downtown-area shopping. Whether you are looking for culture and cuisine or recreation and relaxation, this city provides the ultimate escape.
The museum honors the significance of the American West through art, interactive exhibits, and special events.
Over 4000 species of plant life native to arid lands around the world, including our own Sonoran Desert, are present here.
Taliesin West is a desert home at it’s best, and is known as much for its unique design as for its notable resident: American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. A National Historic Landmark, Taliesin West was Wright’s winter home, and, as such, was built and maintained almost exclusively by Wright and his apprentices.
Those looking to stray a little further from Sanctuary will revel in Sedona’s signature red rock formations. Featuring one of the most distinctive desert landscapes in Arizona, Sedona is an ideal destination for a day trip
Sanctuary Resort and Spa
5700 East McDonald Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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Shanti Maurice Resort & Spa is a five star boutique lifestyle beach resort located around a pristine horseshoe coral sand cove, on the largely untouched south coast of Mauritius.
Beach and shorefront in natural perfection: one side of the ocean offering a calm, soft sloping beach & swimming area while the other side of the ocean offers a spectacular view on the waves of the Indian Ocean.
Space & Privacy This luxury boutique resort is spread out over 36 acres of tropical beachfront garden.
Luxury and spacious accommodation (as from 81 sqm to 1,000 sqm)
Shanti Maurice comprises of 61 spacious Suites and Villas, spread across a 36 acre of fragrant tropical garden. 17 villas include 6 beachfront and 11 sea view. All overlooking the Indian Ocean and offer private pools, outdoor rain showers and dining pavilions or ‘Salas’. Interior spaces are fluid and spacious, with large windows allowing the sunshine to bathe interiors with light.
- 1 fruit platter in Suite or Villa upon arrival
- Free access to high speed Wi-Fi in Suites, Villas and public areas
- In-room-entertainment system including games & news
- International satellite TV 49’’ LCD flat screen in Suites and 55’’ to 60’’ LCD flat screen in Villas, telephone, safe, air conditioning, ceiling fan, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, Expresso machine.
- Free usage to the State of the Art Technogym equipments at the fitness center & gym, putting green, tennis courts, bicycles available free for use within the Resort for a maximum of 2 hours per day, jogging track and free usage of the resort library
- Complimentary access to non-motorized water sports (Snorkeling, Sailing, Surfing, SUPs, Zayaks, Kayak among others) at the Boat House
Spread over 1,000 sqm, the Shanti Villa is tailor-made for every stay, for a couple who wish to appreciate intimate privacy, a family getaway, or a glad reunion in its idyllic peninsula location with privacy and unobstructed views on the open sea. The Villa comprises of three bedrooms: two master bedrooms with king size beds and a third master bedroom with twin beds, each with outdoor rain shower.
Steps down from its spacious living area, the temperature-controlled private pool (140 sqm) is built-in with Jaccuzi beds and large decking, enclosed courtyards and a wrap-around balcony with exotically landscaped private gardens. A separate dining space is available and an adjacent kitchen, allowing guests the option of seeking the services of the resort’s dedicated butler during their stay.
Shanti Spa is built around an enchanting tea pavilion, surrounded by lily ponds and indigenous flower gardens. Covering over 7,000 sqm and comprising 25 treatment rooms, Shanti Spa is one of the largest and most comprehensive spa in the Indian Ocean.
Trained masseurs and spa therapists work alongside personal trainers and Ayurvedic Doctor to encourage optimum health and mental wellbeing.
Shanti Spa is dedicated to provide guests with a total immersion in discovering a well-being oriented lifestyle and a holistic therapy approach.
At the heart of our wellness focus is the integration of Yoga, Meditation, Fitness, Pilates, Holistic treatments and Ayurveda philosophies along with purifying whole body therapies incorporating the five elements of nature thus creating harmony between the mind, body and the spirit.
Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatment rooms, International therapy treatment rooms, Couple’s spa therapy suite, Scrub and Consultation rooms, Relaxation room, Oriental Spa treatment rooms, Beauty salon with multipurpose rooms for facials, manicures and pedicures, Watsu pool, Tea Pavilion, Meditation and personalised yoga session rooms, 2 Yoga Pavilions, Outdoor spa pool and adjacent Jacuzzi
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The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, which was newly opened in 2019, is located in the heart of the South Malé Atoll and extends over three islands of its own. Holidaymakers can get to the luxury retreat with its 119 spacious villas and an unrestricted view of the Indian Ocean in 30 minutes by private yacht from the Maldivian capital Malé. The resort spoils its guests with culinary delights in eleven restaurants.
the luxury retreat with its 119 spacious villas and an unrestricted view of the Indian Ocean.
You can relax in the spa area between palm trees and the beach, while the children let off steam in the kids club. The resort’s own water sports center promises action for the whole family. The new Waldorf Astoria is the luxury brand’s first home in the Maldives and part of Hilton Worldwide Holdings.
Off to the lonely island
A very special little world, slowed down and only accessible by boat: With the Ithaafushi private island, Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives has created a luxuriously furnished hideaway down to the smallest detail. Surrounded by turquoise blue water, vacationers live in an overwater villa, beach villa or residence. The personal concierge and our own kitchen team are available around the clock. The 32,000 square meter island also has a spa, fitness studio, five pools, a children’s playground and an entertainment club.
Wellness and sport with a view of the blue
Nestled in a lush garden, the spa of the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi pampers its guests. A so-called wellness concierge puts together massage and beauty treatments, a nutrition plan and activities tailored to the visitor. The treatment villas are surrounded by tropical plants or sometimes float “over the water” with a view of the Indian Ocean. There is also a fitness studio with personal training, various group courses and yoga.
yes I do! Barefoot on the beach, in the overwater chapel or on a tropical island – couples get married at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi in a heavenly setting.
The resort’s wedding planners are on hand to offer advice and assistance to organize an individual wedding ceremony and the subsequent celebration as desired.
Thanks to the Waldorf True Service, newlyweds will have their every wish fulfilled during the honeymoon that follows: a personal concierge is available for the entire stay, who tailors the desired luxury for you.
- High-end Waldorf Astoria brand resort in the Maldives (opening 1 July 2019).
- Located 30 minutes by boat from the international airport of the Maldivian capital Malé
- Spread across 3 contiguous private islands in the Indian Ocean
- 119 luxurious guest villas on the beach, on the on-site reef or directly over the water, all with ocean views
- 3 villas on a private island accessible only by boat with chef and concierge
- 11 speciality restaurants, including “The Ledge” by celebrity chef Dave Pynt and the tree house restaurant “Terra”.
- Oceanfront spa with 10 treatment villas, including some overwater spa treatment villas
- Children’s offerings: Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park and Kid’s Club.
- Water sports activities and PADI dive centre
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Ithaafushi Island South Male Atoll, Male, 20009
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Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa is a multi-award winning holistic healing resort located in the pristine south of the Thai island of Koh Samui on tranquil Laem Set Beach. Integrated into a tropical hilly landscape, the 25 villas, 26 suites and 24 rooms of the five-star resort are spread out between lush greenery and blue pools. The name “Kamalaya” means “kingdom of the lotus” and stands for the unfolding of body, mind and soul. In line with its holistic philosophy, Kamalaya combines Asian and Western healing traditions to help those seeking relaxation find new energy and health. The offer ranges from detoxification to stress and burnout programmes to the improvement of sleep, fitness and emotional balance.
From monk to founder of a luxury wellness retreat
The Kamalaya healing resort reflects the life experiences of founding couple John and Karina Stewart and their desire to help others.
Canadian John spent 16 years under the tutelage of a yogi master in a North Indian ashram. There he met his now wife Karina, who had been practising Asian medicine for many years. Together they wanted to create a place where ancient Asian wisdom and wellness and healing methods could be applied in a modern way and be accessible to everyone. When John moved to Koh Samui in 2000 for health reasons, he accidentally discovered a centuries-old rock cave that once served as a retreat for Buddhist monks. Inspired by this place of power, the holistically oriented Kamalaya was created on this spot in 2005.
Healing and sustainable – programmes against stress and burnout
With a selection of more than 70 treatments and therapies, the holistically trained Kamalaya team can specifically address individual needs – from stress reduction to the treatment of pre-existing burnout symptoms. The results-oriented programmes include therapeutic massages from Thai, Chinese and Indian healing traditions as well as personal counselling sessions on nutrition, stress management as well as relaxation techniques.
Balm for the belly
The so-called “Enriched Gut Programme”, loosely translated as “Balm for the Gut” at Kamalaya is based on the knowledge of how important a well-functioning gut is for the entire immune system and thus for physical, mental and emotional health. The programme rebalances bacteria and microflora in the digestive system and thus prevents inflammatory processes in the body. The latest findings from the fields of naturopathy, TCM, Ayurveda, nutrition and other holistic healing methods are incorporated. The healthy cuisine at Kamalaya has an additional supporting effect.
Physiotherapy the Asian way – Structural Revival
Kamalaya’s holistic Structural Revival Programme is designed to realign the body, improve posture, relieve tension, rehabilitate injuries and restore maximum mobility, functionality and vitality.
Physiotherapists teach exercises that guests can continue at home. Using a combination of Western and Asian healing methods, Structural Revival analyses and treats the causes of physiological dysfunctions. The programme includes physiotherapy sessions as well as individual Pilates training to strengthen the body and stabilise the joints.
Fitness programmes for body, mind and soul
Kamalaya’s “Comprehensive Optimal Fitness” programme is aimed specifically at sportspeople who want to make their training even more effective and at the same time strive for a healthy lifestyle. It is about consciously balancing an intensive workout with gentle strengthening and relaxation techniques and a balanced diet. Basic Optimal Fitness” is recommended for beginners.
- Holistic 5-star healing resort on Koh Samui, Thailand.
- Situated on the tranquil Laem Set Beach in the south of the island
- 25 villas, 26 suites and 24 hillside rooms
- Medically based wellness programmes:
Detox cures, yoga classes, stress and burnout,
improvement of fitness or weight as well as emotional balance
- Combination of Asian and Western natural healing methods
- Individual wellness consultation on arrival
- Health-conscious and enjoyable cuisine
- Rock grotto in the centre, once used by Buddhist monks for meditation
- 2 yoga pavilions, 3 infrared saunas, steam grotto, swimming pool for relaxation, Shakti Fitness Centre, spacious fitness area with 25-metre swimming pool at the highest point of the complex
- Daily activities such as yoga, pilates, qi gong, tai chi and meditation
- Multiple award-winning:
e.g. World Spa & Wellness Awards 2017 & 2018: Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year, AsiaSpa Awards 2017: Spa of the Year – Southeast Asia & the Pacific, Luxury Travel Magazine’s GOld List 2017: Best Overseas Health & Wellness Property, Condé Nast Traveller Spa Awards 2016: Best Destination Spa
Kamalaya Koh Samui