The Ultimate Japanese Cultural Experience

The Ultimate Japanese Cultural Experience

Partnering with Japan National Tourism Organization and other local partners, Small Luxury Hotels of the World ™ (SLH) has designed one-of-a kind cultural experiences not typically available for international guests that can be enjoyed for those who act quickly. Scheduled between December 2017 and March 2018, four experiences designed as luxurious short getaways are available for limited participants with overnight stays at participating Small Luxury Hotel member hotels. Experiences range from an epicurean adventure in Tokyo with legendary sushi master, Chef Jiro himself, participation in the cultural Shunie festival in the ancient capital of Nara and a wellness retreat in Yakushima Island. Following, please find highlights of our favourite SLH experiences:   Gourmet Experience Date: December 11-12, 2017 (2 days) Destination: Tokyo | Hotel Gajoen Tokyo in Meguro Participants: Limited to 8 participants Highlights: Gastronomy is the focus of this experience starting with a private dinner at Sukiyabashi with Master Sushi Chef Jiro himself. Dinner here is reserved for local Japanese residents only making this activity alone extraordinary. Next, you will have a private tour through the Tsukiji fish market led by a fourth-generation sushi chef with a grand finale of dinner at two star Michelin Tempura Konda. *If you missed the documentary, Jiro Dreams, watch the trailer here, and see just how amazing this opportunity is to meet Chef Jiro in person.   Cultural Experience Date: March 5-7, 2018 (3 days) Destination: Nara | Noborioji Hotel Participants: Limited to 2 participants. Highlights: The first capital of Japan, this ancient city is home to a rich collection of Buddhist temples and intricate Shinto shrines, including eight Unesco World Heritage sites. One...
Experience Barcelona’s Hotel OMM for a Taste of Catalan

Experience Barcelona’s Hotel OMM for a Taste of Catalan

Rosa Maria Esteva’s culinary journey began at age 40 when she separated from her husband and needed to financially provide for her four children and herself. Without a career to fall back on, she relied on what she knew, feeding her family and friends. In 1987, she opened her first restaurant, El Mordisco with her son Tomás Tarruella, creating Barcelona’s first quick bite, fast food restaurant for locals. Since 1987, Rosa Esteva, led by an innate sense of hospitality, innovative vision and ferocious drive, has created Barcelona’s design savvy hospitality group, Grupo Tragaluz, with her son operating 18 leading restaurants throughout Barcelona and Madrid, each with their own distinct style and cuisine. In addition to combining an innovative combination of design, cuisine and atmosphere, her success can be attributed to her relentless attention to details, endless curiosity, and ongoing fine tuning based on customer’s feedback. While the restaurants operate in partnership with her son, Hotel Omm is her sole project with her presence visible and alive in every detail. Opening in 2003, Rosa Maria Esteva applied her restaurant recipe directly to developing Hotel Omm. A recipe weighted on being first to offer a unique concept in design, cuisine, atmosphere and location, welcoming both locals and visitors. Contemporary design is at the forefront of this hotel as is Rosa Maria Esteva’s admiration for contemporary art with works thoughtfully placed throughout Hotel Omm. These artworks are not only part of the design collection, but personal accolades of her friendships with artists and designers, each with specific meaning. In the lobby, metallic cubes stacked in the corner represent a welcoming cypress tree...
The Remake of The Murray, A Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong

The Remake of The Murray, A Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong

Opening in late 2017, The Murray is set to redefine the luxury hotel landscape in Hong Kong. Positioned in Central, between Hong Kong Park and the Botanical Gardens, this iconic landmark building’s history began in 1969 with architectural design by British modernist architect, Ron Phillips. Built as a government building, the property’s original design was before its time with offices brightened by revolutionary energy efficient recessed windows providing indirect sunlight. Originally, the tallest building of the time, towering over the Hong Kong central business district from 27 floors, the new development will once again take Hong Kong’s luxury hotel landscape to new heights. Foster and Partners, a global architectural, urban and interior design studio known for restoring heritage structures and integrating them seamlessly with their urban environments is re-storing The Murray into a luxury hotel to embark on a new destiny. Original design elements of the building’s exterior including the ground level three story archways and recessed window frames will remain with moderate adjustments to maintain the clean lines of the building. Re-design will include expanded window frames giving guests floor to ceiling views overlooking the city’ and Hong Kong Park from 25 floors with some of the largest rooms in Hong Kong at 50sm. Most stunning throughout the interior of the hotel will be the exquisite incorporation of all natural finishes and surfaces; including Italian Carrara marble, polished metals in a signature bronze stainless steel finish, leather, glass and handcrafted textiles from Asia and Italy. Foster and Partners are working under the direction of Colin Ward in Hong Kong and Armstrong Yakubu in London with a goal to...
How to Use Hintd.com to Activate the Life You Want

How to Use Hintd.com to Activate the Life You Want

https://hintd.com/user/tamarindliving/bali-trip-essentials   Whether you are a millennial, baby boomer, male or female in the New York or Hong Kong, we all need products and experiences to achieve our personal goals and celebrate life. Now, hintd.com, a new social shopping platform, helps you organize this information in a tidy list while inspiring you with a beautiful curation of ideas from tastemakers, brands and users. Currently, hintd.com has over 45,000 hints representing a variety of retailers and independent brands giving you incredible insight into what is trending in lifestyle from fashion, beauty, fitness, home and tech to dining and travel. Use your Hintd lists as a reminder of your goals or share them with friends and family to hint what is important to you. Anything that helps you achieve the life you want can be added to your list from products and services to experiences. A barre class to help you get in shape, a digital media class to brush up on your social media skills, a dreamy vacation to recharge, support for your favorite charity or maybe just a priceless walk in the park to catch up with a friend; you can add it! You can store your list in your account with selected items directly linked to the brands’ websites until you are ready to make a purchase. The hintd.com platform is super fun, incredibly simple to use with many new features being added to help you discover more ways to activate the life you want. Founder and CEO, Lucy Danziger established her media career with Conde Naste helping women voice what they want, and hintd.com continues this mission in a new digital...
Find the Best Luxury Villa for a Memorable Holiday in Asia

Find the Best Luxury Villa for a Memorable Holiday in Asia

The idea of a luxury villa holiday always sounds glamourous until you try to book it yourself. With an increased number of private accommodations now accessible online, the process of accessing premier inventory has become much easier, but most discerning travelers still have the same concerns. Is the location a good one? Are the photos a true representation of the villa? Is the cleanliness and the linens up to my standards? And, what if I need assistance with a last-minute request in an unknown territory? Bottom line, the luxury villa experience is not just about the physical space. We want and need service, and our expectations are only elevated as the price ranges increase. Grown out of personal frustrations of booking their own villa holidays, the founders of Ministry of Villas created an exceptional travel platform that marries personally inspected luxury villas throughout Asia with a personalized concierge service to provide all the logistics you may require. The state of the art technology used for their online platform provides you with intuitive navigation and filters to help you easily find the villa that meets your specifications. Real time availability and the price match guarantee ensure that you receive the latest occupancy and the best price. Booking a villa with Ministry of Villas is as simple and efficient as booking a hotel. Additionally, if the idea of sorting through hundreds of villas to find the perfect one to accommodate everyone from your parents to three children, including tweens, sounds too exhausting, then you can simply give them your criteria via phone or email, and they will do the groundwork and...
Taking the Gamble out of Premium Holiday Rentals

Taking the Gamble out of Premium Holiday Rentals

One of the biggest hesitations travellers have with booking a luxury home rental is the uncertainty of quality. Are the images a true representation, is the neighbourhood where I want to be, what standards are followed for cleanliness, who will help me if I need something, and what surprises have I not yet considered? These are all questions a traveller considers when reviewing a home rental, and the stakes are higher when that home rental comes at a premium price. London based, onefinestay has addressed these concerns and built their business’s foundation around exceptional quality, a strict code of hospitality standards, convenience, and transparency providing the assurance upscale travellers need. Starting with a vetting process, only 1 in 10 homes are selected based on design that is bursting with character and located in the best neighbourhoods, providing a highly edited charm filled collection. Homes are professionally cleaned and outfitted with onefinestay’s gorgeous collection of high-thread count bedding, towels and toiletries. On arrival, guests are welcomed in person by the local staff, titled “greeters” and given an overview of the property, an explanation of the neighbourhood, wifi passcodes, and an IPhone available for local calls and data, loaded with the home owner’s local recommendations. A handy app puts the local team an arms distance away, like a friend who says, “We are here if you need us”, giving you the independence and confidence to discover this new place as if it was your own. Bookings can be made online or through your favourite travel agent. The online option is extremely easy to use with helpful information including large quality photos...

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