Hot News 2015

MANDAPA , A Ritz-Carlton Reserve just opened in Ubud, Bali

60 luxurious Suites and Villas with a minimum of 1,000 square feet are built around a working rice paddy. Each Villa ( one, two or three bedrooms ) has a tropical garden, pool and colorful floor-to-ceiling murals. Guests can request private dinners among the rice fields or before a live Balinese performance.
The ESpa offers 8 treatment rooms with traditional balinese healing methods among other wellness and detox therapies and daily yoga classes.
Ubud is located amid the jungles of central Bali and is about 60 minutes from Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.

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THE BRANDO

This is the island you dreamed of as a child when the storybook was closed. It’s as if you created your own private world and stepped barefoot into your imagination. With its white sand beaches, swaying coconut palms, colorful birds, and sparkling lagoon, Tetiaroa is a dream paradise.
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Les Mutinés

The intimate venue features elegant décor in beautiful tones of tropical light and sand and a moat that surrounds the restaurant provides the sensation of floating on a lagoon. The restaurant also includes a world-class wine cellar in a carefully climate-controlled glass enclosure.

GUY MARTIN, of the Michelin two-star restaurant “Le Grand Vefour” in Paris, was recently at The Brando for a few days, a great occasion to spend some time with our culinary team.
The gourmet menu designed by Chef Guy Martin is a Polynesian adaptation of his signature recipes, offering the same regard for flavor and quality that has made Le Grand Véfour one of the most respected dining place in Paris.The Brando commissioned the renowned Chef Kelvin Au-Ieong, chef and owner of the celebrated and revolutionary Invitation V, Vegan Bistro in Montreal, Quebec, to design an innovative and sophisticated vegan menu for The Brando. The menu is inspired by Chef Au-Ieong’s travels around the world and incorporates fresh vegetables handpicked from the resort’s own organic garden. He spent time at resort, expertly training The Brando’s chefs on each vegan offering.The vegan menu is  available at Les Mutinés fine dining restaurant, the Beachcomber Café, and for in-room dining.

CHOPARD opens in PORTO CERVO

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British singer Robbie Williams inaugurated last Thursday Chopard’s new boutique in Porto Cervo, Sardinia Italy, along with our Chopard Co-President and Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele.
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The Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards is the international organization charged with custodianship of the SIGNUM VIRTUTIS, the Seal of Excellence.The SIGNUM VIRTUTIS is the highest, most exclusive award for the pinnacle in Luxury Hospitality & Lifestyle.The Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards came into being in order to, not only recognize, but also to set apart the extraordinary achievements in the Hospitality and Lifestyle sectors by bestowing upon them the SIGNUM VIRTUTIS.The Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards, by the bestowing of the Signum Virtutis, serves as a guarantee to the luxury consumer that the recipients are truly the best in the industry.

The voting is done by both the Trade (Travel Agents , Tour Operators, Industry Professionals) as well as the Public.

Voting takes place on the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards website.

The Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards take place on 19th of September in Bali, Indonesia at The Trans Resort Bali.

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THE TRANS RESORT BALI is the host of the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards on the 19th of SeptemberSituated in the middle of the lively and stylish area of Seminyak, The Trans Resort Bali offers a luxurious and elegant getaway with an outdoor swimming pool, on-site spa and wellness centre, free WiFi access, and free on-site private parking for guests who drive. This property also offers free scheduled shuttle service to Seminyak Square Shopping Centre which is only a 10-minute drive away.It takes a 15-minute drive from the property to the famed Potato Head Beach Club, and Double Six Beach. The iconic Tanah Lot Temple is reachable within a 45-minute drive. Getting to Bali Denpasar International Airport will take around 30 minutes by car.Accessible by lifts, the modern and elegantly designed rooms at The Trans Resort Bali are all air-conditioned. Each one is fitted with a flat-screen cable TV, an iPod dock, wardrobe, personal safe, minibar, and an electric kettle. The en suite bathroom features bath and shower facility and free luxurious toiletries. Fresh towels and linen are provided in the room. Guests can enjoy a pool view from the balcony.

The 24-hour front desk with concierge service can help guests with laundry and dry cleaning requests, organising airport transfer service, and babysitting service at additional charges. The property also offers meeting/banquet facility, a tour desk, luggage storage, and safety deposit box.

The on-site The Restaurant serves a range of international dishes. Alternatively guests can order in from room service or explore the surrounding area where many restaurants and eateries can be found just a 5-minute walk away.

2016 Bentley Continental GT

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With the introduction of the second generation GT came the addition of a second engine option. While the W12 continued on, a modern, small displacement turbocharged V8 was introduced. While not as powerful as the W12, the V8 became my choice of engine in the Continental, for its throatier sounds and, more importantly, that there was less mass over the front axle, making the V8 Continental every so slightly more responsive.Through the 2015 model year, the Continental has been so successful for Bentley that they’ve delivered over 52,000 of them in 11 years and it remains Bentley’s most popular model each year.For 2016, the visual changes are obvious. The sharper, more sporting lower front fascia looks like it was originally designed for the racing Continental GT3 and softened for the road car. Front fenders feature a sharper crease and now include the flying B, similar in look to the Flying Spur and Mulsanne models.At the rear, the lip integrated into the boot-lid is more pronounced and intentionally sporting and a revised lower rear diffuser is fitted to V8 S and W12 Speed models.

Wheel styling is similarly modernized with three new designs, including Bentley’s first direction design, a twenty-one-inch wheel unique to the V8 S and W12 Speed.

The interior of the 2016 Continental remains largely unchanged, save for minor details, but is still one of the most luxurious cabins you will find. With big, broad chairs, authentic materials, excellent sight-lines and ergonomics, the cockpit is as effective as it is opulent.

Buyers have their choice of two new patterns of leather in a range of colors for both hides and stitching. There is also a new sport steering wheel with a slightly different design and the steering column’s shift levers are knurled for improved tactility. The paddles are a long reach from the wheel, keeping them safely out of the way for day-to-day driving, the knurling is a welcome touch, pun fully intended, for finger tip confirmation that you have reached the lever.