Category: Travel

Unwind in Luxury with Sofitel So Bangkok

A concrete skyscraper perched slightly off the busy shopping district in Bangkok, Thailand, is Sofitel So Bangkok. Dubbed as the “fashion hotel,” Sofitel So Bangkok is helmed by Monsieur Christian Lacroix, who contributed his artistic expertise to the luxury stay. The club lounge holds his signature in red paint over a slab of concrete.

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From the architecture to the interiors, Sofitel So Bangkok oozes of stylistic appeal. If you up to pamper yourself during the holidays – Sofitel So Bangkok will fit the bill. The hotel is built on the concept of the Five elements: Fire, Water, Wood, Metal and Earth. This inspiration draws inspiration from the serene Lumpini Park, which the hotel overlooks.

Water – Sophistication and calmness

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From the soft glowing interiors of the room, clean lines of dark wood and mosaic tiles interplay, to a round bathtub facing the city view, you’ll be mesmerized by the sheer details that Water element offers.

Earth – Wonder and enrichment

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Cobalt blue themed, Earth is the most wondrous of the elements in Sofitel So Bangkok. It feels like a little cozy cave. The hieroglyphs on the walls and curtains are pretty to look at, but the bathroom of black and white tiles is the stunner.

Wood – Elegance and tranquility

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No bonus points for guessing the main material used for this interior. Wood element rooms boast of custom teakwood furniture and a reprint of a hand-sketched drawing by the designer and architect, Nithi Sthapitanonda himself.

Metal – Purity and modernity

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Minimalistic and pristine, you’ll fall in love with this chic and modern room. The brushed metal clouds crowning the bedframe cast an enchanting silhouette above.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASofitel So Bangkok welcomes international guests with some fruits and the Thai Bael Fruit Tea

Each room comes with an absolutely FREE minibar of some local snacks and drinks that is refilled every day. The coffee machine uses illy espresso capsules. Of course, room service is responsive and friendly; we request for foam over feather pillows in the middle of the night and they came in minutes.

Dining area of Red Oven, where breakfasts are served

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In case you’re wondering where is Fire… It is aptly embodied by Red Oven, the grand restaurant on the seventh floor, overlooking the concrete cityscape and the lush Lumpini Park. The namesake is derived from the Molteni ‘Red Oven’ – the longest of its kind in Southeast Asia! This is where breakfast is served; and if you live on a club floor, you can opt for more exclusive breakfast menu and afternoon tea at the Club Lounge.

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Sitting on North Sathorn, directly opposite Lumpini Park, it’d be a waste not to have a rooftop dining area and an infinity pool. Park Society boasts of a futuristic ambience overlooking the Bangkok city. Indeed, a city only comes alive at night!

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Sofitel So Bangkok may not be a convenient location for some – it is approximately a 60 baht taxi meter ride down to our favourite Platinum Mall. But what would be a better way to end a hectic day in Bangkok than to unwind in an exquisitely-themed hotel, off the dramatic shopping district?

SOFITEL SO BANGKOK
2 North Sathorn Road
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand
Tel: +66 2624 0000
Fax: +66 2624 0111
http://www.sofitel.com

 

Writer: Leong Chee Sheng
Photos: The Influencer Media, Nichology

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Stay in Style at G Hotel Kelawai

When it comes to hotels, everyone is always discussing about what’s new and which are really worth the stay. I am sure we all have some knowledge of the hotels in Singapore but what about Malaysia?

There’s a new hotel in Malaysia and you should totally check it out. It is located in the bustling Jalan Kelawi, one of the prominent locations in Penang. Within walking distance are the tourist attractions Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon as well as UNESCO heritage sites and beaches. Talk about convenience. I am sure it’s one important factor we value when we make our hotel bookings.

Next up, you will probably ask, “How does it look?” and “what amenities are there?”  Designed with style in mind, G Hotel Kelawai is all about sleek and chic. It sets the stage for an exclusive experience, with an innovative design that will ‘wow’ you.

With a series of Deluxe rooms, Executive rooms, Executive Premier rooms and Premier Suites available, you will be spoilt for choice.

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Trendy and stylish food and beverage outlets are available and will meet your cravings for coffee and high quality food but what will make your jaws drop is the infinity pool.

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Gravity, Rooftop bar

If the above photographs aren’t sufficient to tempt you, there are facilities such as gyms and business centres available to meet your daily needs for the fitness junkies and those who really need to stay connected.

If you are planning a stay in Malaysia, G Hotel Kelawai is the place to explore, discover and enjoy. Visit www.ghotel.com.my for more information.

 Writer: Samuel Low

A Great Time on Kangaroo Island!

Kangaroo Island offers the essential ingredients for the ultimate adventure! Outdoor thrill, self-driving, scuba diving — and a whole lot more can be found on Kangaroo Island. So if you’re looking for a vacation packed with lots of adventure, make your way to this island in South Australia, which has been voted one of the world’s best places to visit! Check out what Kangaroo Island has to offer!

Outdoor Thrill!

Make your way to Kangaroo Island and hop on a Quad bike through 500 acres of land along winding bush land trails, open grassland and rocky terrain. And if you want a double dosage of adrenaline, go sand-boarding on toboggans and surf the sand dunes at Little Sahara. The list of exhilarating adventure on the island includes paddling a double or single kayak along the relaxing Harriet River. There’s an outdoor activity for everyone, regardless of ages and abilities. Sign up with Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action to start your adventure.

Self Driving

This is a must for any self-drive tourist. Subscribe to Island Intrigue to receive an audio tour of Kangaroo Island – just like having your own local guide in the car with you! With Island Intrigue you are free to go where you want and when you want, while learning about the best that Kangaroo Island has to offer during your exploration. The English speaking audio tour is available to purchase as a CD pack from the Kangaroo Island Gateway Information Centre at Penneshaw, or can be downloaded from the Island Intrigue website to use on your iPod, iPhone, Walkman or chosen player.

Scuba Diving

Looking for new places to dive? Check out Kangaroo Island Dive and Adventures, a five star Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) dive centre that offers guided shore based and boat based SCUBA diving experiences. Some dives occur in the remote, wild north coast of Kangaroo Island – home to some of the world’s best temperate water diving. Guests are picked up from Western River Cove and transported to the dive sites where they have the opportunity to get up close to Australian Sea Lions and New Zealand Fur Seals. Between dives, participants can enjoy lunch while watching the Wedge Tail Eagles spiral lazily above the 100 metre cliff that forms the back drop to your experience. Sounds good?

DIARY OF EVENTS

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

2-5 Jun 2015

The one and only Barry Humphries has joined the Adelaide Cabaret Festival team and is sure to make his mark as artistic director.

McLaren Vale Sea and Vines

5-8 Jun 2015

Savour the flavours of the Fleurieu. Wine, food, music, tastings, long lunches and more are in store at this much-loved event.

Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers

1-31 Jul

Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers is back! Vineyards open their cellar doors and bring out some of their treasures, giving visitors a rare chance to taste and buy aged wine. Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers is a wonderful way to spend some time away from the city and escape to the relaxing surroundings of the Limestone Coast.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend

14-16 Aug

The Barossa Gourmet Weekend is a three day celebration of the region’s food and wine culture including long lunches, gourmet dinners, wine master classes, winery days, workshops. This year Gourmet Weekend celebrates its 30th anniversary and guests will be astounded by the offerings of the Barossa wineries and foodies, all wrapped in friendly Barossa hospitality.

Royal Adelaide Show

4-12 Sep

The Royal Adelaide Show is the longest running and largest community event on South Australia’s calendar. It is an action-packed event for the whole family and includes carnival rides and attractions, as well as handicraft, produce, livestock, animal shows, and much more! The show’s celebrations go off with a bang thanks to a nightly fireworks display.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BrilliantAdelaideSouthaustralia.Sg

Plagiarise the $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class Experience

The article has been making its rounds on social media like a plague – Derek Low, a travel blogger, with his blog post titled “What It’s like to Fly the $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class”. At first glance, the article keeps you in awe. The post gives an informative insight of the Singapore Airlines’ first-class experience. At a hefty price of $23,000, it is definitely something not most of us will want to or can actually afford to experience. The article highlights the exclusivity and high life of socialites, and has become a form of envy and eye-opener for many.

On the flipside, Reddit users have been calling out on Derek Low for the alleged plagiarism on various travel blogs, noticeably using their photos and direct matching of sentences and phrases.

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Another sentence that was plagiarized but has since been amended:

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The same photo was used on Derek’s site, taken from this other blog.
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Reddit users mentioned that Derek has since deleted all the comments of people calling him out. One of the blogger whose article was plagiarized was also blocked on his Facebook page. The article has gone viral, being shared on various sites crediting to Derek Low. The article has a reach to worldwide audience now.

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Plagiarism is an unforgiving offence especially to writers themselves. The only good news that arise from this is that it has since been amended. While I do have to admit that the article was well-written and given us so much insights on SIA’s Suite, it is still tough to justify for Derek’s action as to plagiarize from other travel bloggers to his perusal. The least you could do is to credit for the use.

You can find the Reddit thread and discussion here.

 

Writer: Leong Chee Sheng

Tee-off in South Australia

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Whether you’re a golfing couple, a cosy foursome or a growing group of golf fanatics, check out some of the best courses in South Australia for the perfect game.

Wine Golf Tour

This is one of the most interesting golf sessions you will ever play. Held at four of the most prestigious private golf courses in Australia, your game combines a time-honoured tradition of matching exquisite courses with fine wines from Four Reds. The courses include: Glenelg, Grange, Kooyonga and Royal Adelaide. At the end of each 18 holes, you’ll enjoy a bottle of specially paired premium wine along with a tasting plate sourced from the gourmet producers of South Australia. Four Reds offers holiday packages for three to six nights in Adelaide. And if your passion for fine wine rivals your enthusiasm for golf, Four Reds is also offering exclusive winery tours of the legendary Barossa.

First Shot Fun!

The Royal Adelaide Golf Club was founded in 1870 and is home to Adelaide’s premier PGA instruction for individuals and groups. Upon arrival, golfers participate in a thorough orientation including a video analysis of your golf game. High-speed video cameras capture your chipping, putting and full swing techniques. Those golf techniques are evaluated by our teaching pros, and then design your individual program for golf improvement. The club is ranked 5th in the Australian Top 100 Golf Courses by the Australian Golf Digest.

Hit the Ring!

At Kooyonga, five Australian Opens and three Australian Amateur Championships have been decided as well as numerous South Australian Opens and Amateur Championships. The par 72, 6160 metre layout of the Kooyonga Golf Course consists of narrow rolling fairways lined with rows of trees, with cleverly positioned bunkers framing the small and firm greens. The well protected greens are also aided by the subtle slopes and natural undulating surface of the course. The Kooyonga forms a testing yet fair challenge. The club is ranked 11th in the Australian Top 100 Golf Courses by the Australian Golf Digest

 

Corporate Golf

The Grange Golf Club features two internationally rated 18-hole championship golf courses and an award winning function centre. The club also promotes corporate golf with superb cuisine and personalised service, which offers facility for breakfast, lunch or dinner and even BBQ’s and cocktail parties. The designated days for corporate golf are Monday and Friday, with no minimum number of players required. It also offers a variety of additional services to ensure the success of private events, including on-course drinks, a golf competition co-coordinator and a golf professional to conduct golf clinics if required.

DIARY OF EVENTS

Ceduna Oyster Festival

3-5 Oct

The Ceduna Oysterfest is Australia’s largest oyster festival. Ceduna comes alive with magicians, comedians, celebrity chefs and local acts, live music, competitions and more on offer.

 

OzAsia Festival

5-21 Sept

OzAsia is a two-week festival that presents a range of performances, events and exhibitions to celebrate the artistic and cultural ties between Australia and Asia. This is an event not to be missed. Come along and experience the two continents’ diverse relationship.

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations

17-19 Oct

This event is held in the heartland of great Australian wine. The annual Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations showcase and celebrate cabernet sauvignon, Coonawarra’s flagship wine.

 

Credit Union Christmas Pageant

8 Nov

The Credit Union Christmas Pageant is a spectacular family event held to celebrate the approaching Christmas. A magical array of Christmas floats travel through the streets of Adelaide bringing a smile to one and all.

Lights of Lobethal

14-30 Dec

In the spirit of Christmas, the town of Lobethal has lit up the night sky for 60 years with its lights display. The Lights of Lobethal is the largest community Christmas display in the southern hemisphere. This is a spectacular and colourful event to enjoy with family and friends to create a memorable Christmas.