Are you contemplating your plans for the forthcoming festive holidays? Many hotels, both brand new and established, offer the ideal setting for an unforgettable escape.

Here are some new hotel options that just opened to explore:

ARTOTEL Casa Kuningan, Jakarta

The ARTOTEL Casa Kuningan, a new hotel in South Jakarta, opened its doors last month.  One of the ARTOTEL brands for boutique hotels is ARTOTEL Casa, which emphasises on personal service and a setting that feels comfortable and, well, homey.

An especially good option for long-stay business travellers, ARTOTEL Casa Kuningan is situated in a prime region of Kuningan, South Jakarta — just steps away from a number of embassies, government buildings, and commercial districts. A mini pantry, mini refrigerator, instant coffee machine, and full amenities are included in each of the 46 rooms, which include Studio 25 (with a 25m2 space) and Studio 28 (with a 28m2 size).

The hotel’s primary colour scheme is green, which creates a relaxing atmosphere throughout the property. To unwind, guests can also pop by for a tipple at the rooftop bar — ARTOTEL, BART (Bar At the Roof Top), take a dip in the swimming pool at the lobby area, or sweat it out at the fitness centre on the fifth floor.

Address: Jl. Denpasar Raya No.Kav.02, Kuningan, Kuningan Tim., Kecamatan Setiabudi, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12950, Indonesia
Tel: +62 811-1539-539

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DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-City

The DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-City, located just along Finance Avenue, is a sumptuous haven for travellers looking for a home away from home in the middle of all the action. From the hotel’s award-winning, family-friendly wellness facility, Eforea Spa, to its upscale Italian restaurant, Tosca, the DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-City has everything a guest might want for a luxurious staycation, no matter the reason for their visit. Prices for rooms begin at RM275.

Address: Finance Avenue, I-City, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
Tel: +603-5650 0200

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ONE@Tokyo, Japan

One of the newest hotels in Tokyo’s downtown Shitamachi region, ONE@Tokyo is the fourth hotel in the Agora Alliance chain and enjoys a prime location in one of Tokyo’s 23 wards — an area with a distinct old-town vibe and a nostalgic air reminiscent of the Edo period.

To mark the launch of ONE@Tokyo, a limited-time promotion will be available from now to 31 January 2023. Book your stay via the official website and you’ll receive a free original eco-bag and wooden-ballpoint pen as a gift, as well as discount coupons good for your next visit to ONE@Tokyo.

Address: 1 Chome-19-3 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan
Tel: +81 3-5630-1193

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Besides checking out somewhere new, if you’re looking for some amazing deals for this year-end holiday, check out these not to be missed promos:

Club Med 11.11 sale

Club Med, the undisputed leader in all-inclusive vacations, is offering special 11.11 vacation packages for a limited time in which kids under the age of eight can stay for free at a variety of popular resorts throughout the world, from Snow resorts such as Club Med Sahoro and Club Med Tomamu in Hokkaido, Japan; to Sun resorts in Club Med La Plantation d’Albion and Club Med The Albion Villas in Mauritius; Club Med Bali and Club Med Bintan in Indonesia; or Club Med Phuket in Thailand.

The discount applies to bookings with a minimum stay of 4-Days 3-Nights in Superior, Deluxe, or Suites at Club Med La Plantation d’Albion, The Albion Villas, Phuket, Bintan, or Bali, and 5-Days 4-Nights in Deluxe rooms or Suites at Club Med Tomamu or Sahoro.

The deal is good for bookings made until 30 April 2023, giving families plenty of time to take advantage of it for both this year-end celebrations and future getaways.

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A new world of gastronomy at Temple Tree Resort Langkawi

Fairuz Zani Ahamad, the newly-appointed Executive Chef at Temple Tree Resort Langkawi is keeping up with the property’s mission to offer the pinnacle of traditional Malay village life.

The first item on Chef Fairuz’s to-do list was to update the menu at Temple Tree Restaurant & Bar, which featured a mix of foreign and regional specialties. The resort’s Nyonya Laksa, Salmon Curry, and Ikan Bakar have all been elevated by Chef Fairuz to signature dishes.

Chef Fairuz is also happy to launch Dining Under the Stars experience (RM388 for two pax) — a five-course menu that may be enjoyed on a special table set up in the resort’s lush grounds, or by the poolside, suitable for special celebrations or a romantic occasion. 

At Temple Tree Resort Langkawi, you can also have an Afternoon High Tea (RM52 for two pax) every day between 3:30pm and 6pm. A tall tier of sweet and savoury regional and European treats, including chicken sandwiches, vegetarian spring rolls, potato samosas, and curry puffs is there to brighten your afternoon. A pot of tea or coffee is included with the tea set.

Address: Lot 1053, Jalan Pantai Chenang, Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Tel: +6017 599 5935

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Living lyf the Ascott way

To capitalise on the rising tide of international tourism, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has introduced a set of themed packages for its co-living brand, lyf. The five participating lyf properties are lyf Collingwood Melbourne, Australia, lyf Sukhumvit 8 Bangkok, Thailand, lyf Tenjin Fukuoka, Japan, lyf one-north Singapore and the soon-to-open lyf Raja Chulan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Building on lyf’s distinct brand proposition of authenticity and linked experiences, #lyfgoeslocal will feature activities like a kombucha-making wellness workshop in Bangkok, the ultimate kimono-styling session in Fukuoka, and an epicurean excursion through the cultural places in Kuala Lumpur

Over six months, participating properties will create truly local stay experiences for visitors by blending local design, culture, attractions, and collaborations into lyf.

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