For those heading to Asia for business or pleasure, the beach city of Phuket in Thailand and the buzzing city of Saigon in Vietnam, each bring properties worth the exploration and the stay: Trisara in Phuket and The Reverie Saigon. Both properties are “over-the-top” in wow factors and well located for beach hopping or urban tripping.
Trisara is just 15 minutes from Phuket’s airport but far from the crowds this popular destination brings. With numerous daily flights from Bangkok, Phuket is an easy town to access and a must for anyone visiting Thailand. Those looking for an exquisite stay in this Thai beach resort will find Trisara to be the perfect combination of privacy, quiet, sensual allure and convenience in location on its 40-acre hillside perch overlooking the Andaman Sea.
It has 65 villas and suites, all with sea views offered from the bed, the beckoning sunken bath, and private infinity pools. Villas and suites come in an array of 2- to 8-bedroom lavish residences that peek out of bamboo forest canopies. Orchids, lilies and lotus plants lining the waterscapes that meander through the resort.
Guests who want to part from the quiet comforts of their private villas will find a spacious and inviting spa, water sports equipment to use at the beach, a tennis course, and nearby golf courses. But there will be plenty to do in Phuket, whether beach bopping or wandering the charming and compact town. A walk through the narrow, preserved streets of Old Phuket Town brings a colorful collage of Sino-Portuguese buildings developed through profitable centuries of mining and trading in tin and now converted into a lively collection of shops, hotels, restaurants and museums.
Guests can visit nearby islands, take a Thai cooking class, take mindful walks through rich rainforests, visit a monastery or dive into the warm and colorful wonderlands of the deep. A stay at Trisara offers guests the chance to experience the real Phuket and the peace to be found in Thailand through a pampered retreat.
For those heading onward to Viet Nam, the Reverie Saigon will take their breath away. The imposing hotel of 224 rooms, 62 suites and 89 apartments, takes its perch in District One, mostly known as the French Quarter that is bordered by the Mekong River and containing such historical sites as the Central Post Office (designed by Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame in 1891), the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon Opera house), and many historic hotels, Belle Époque shop fronts, and coffee bistros on broad, shaded avenues.
The Reverie, however, hails from modern times – 2015, actually, in a glass tower of offices, shops, restaurants. The Reverie on the 27th to 39th floors gives majestic views of the city. A member of Leading Hotels of the World, The Reverie makes a grand statement from the lobby – a swirl of purples and golds against museum-quality antiques, to the spa that spreads on two floors with salt rooms, chromatic saunas, and eastern/western fusion therapies, to the accommodations that come in a dozen room categories with interiors designed for an emperor.
Dining happens in five restaurant venues with Italian and Cantonese selections. Between bites, the expansive outdoor pool overlooking the city provides a profusion of eye candy.
Whether Six Senses in Asia or other consummate luxury brands, choices in pampering, wellness or top-of-the-line, frill-filled stays in Asia remain abundant and cutting edge for all seekers of memorable experiences in travel.
Six Senses Asia: Widening the Golden Footprint
Six Senses luxury resorts have long been associated with pampering, wellness and exquisite design in some of the world’s most scenic natural settings. A well-known name in Asia, Six Senses has catered mostly to European markets with its unusual properties in Southeast Asia. And, as the rapidly growing portfolio of luxury resorts continues to grow in Asia, Six Senses is looking to new regions to spread its name, its brand and its message – especially to Americans seeking perfection and privacy in their holiday plans.
Six Senses: New Properties
To that end, Six Senses is adding urban destination hotels to its list of mostly exotic, remote resorts. Opening in 2020 is America’s first Six Senses hotel – Six Senses New York, to be set between the city’s infamous Highline and the Hudson River. Six Senses opened its first metropolitan property in April in Singapore with the Six Senses Duxton tucked within a row of traditional shophouses in Singapore’s central Chinatown area.
The new hotel has 49 guestrooms and no two rooms are the same. Accommodations offer such amenities as Naturalmat organic mattress, bathroom amenities by The Organic Pharmacy, and Bose Bluetooth speakers. The property’s sister hotel, Six Senses Maxwell, will be opening later this year within easy walking distance from the Duxton, and will boast a spa.
On this side of the world, Six Senses is looking at the possibility of developing properties in such popular vacation spots as Cabo, Sayulita, Careyes, Tulum, and Turks and Caicos.
Integrated Wellness became a top branding platform for Six Senses in December 2015. Its holistic approach has sought to empower in-house experts to measure and analyze key physiological biomarkers within a system based on the preventative principals of Eastern medicine. Programs and themes combine with results-oriented Western influences for therapies centered on nutrition, sleep, cardiovascular health, and other forms of complementary medicine.
Six Senses opened a wellness property in May in Turkey: Six Senses Kaplankaya, with 141 rooms and suites and 154 private residences, on the country’s golden coast between historical Ephesus and lively Bodrum.
Another newbuild that is catching all the buzz is Six Senses Bhutan, preparing to open in the fall. The resort is actually five resorts in one. There are five unique lodges within the entire Six Senses Bhutan circuit. It is not 5 resorts in one.
The new Six Senses spread is located in the valley enclave of Paro, just west of the capital of Thimphu and near sacred sites as well as the heavenly kingdom’s only international airport. The resort brings five regionally themed lodges and cultural experiences within 82 guest rooms distributed through five lodges (three will open in August and the remaining two will launch by end of year).
The kingdom wedged in the Himalayas between Nepal and India, lives by its word of being “the happiest place on earth.” This value will be reflected in each of the five regional settings with a specific theme for an uplifting journey through the senses.
Other new properties recently opened or soon to be in the Six Senses portfolio:
Six Senses Uluwatu in Bali in August 2018: 103 suites and villas
Six Senses Fiji on the Island of Malolo in March 2018: 66 residences
Six Senses Krabey Island in Cambodia in October 2018: 40 villas
Six Senses Shaharut in the south of the Negev Desert in Israel in pril 2019: 58 suites and villas, and a three-bedroom Retreat
Six Senses Fort Barwara in Rajasthan in India in 2019
Six Senses Spas
Six Senses Spa Dubai on the 5th floor of the Hotel Renaissance Downtown in February 2018
Six Senses Spa Manama on the 9th and 10th floors of the Hotel Wyndham Grand Manama mid-2018
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