Singapore A WORLD APART

The Sentosa Resort & Spa allows you to connect with nature in downtown Singapore

THE SCENE
An indulgent cliff top escape on Singapore’s Sentosa Island, The Sentosa Resort & Spa is a short drive from Singapore’s CBD, away from the hustle and bustle. The low-rise buildings linked by open walkways lined with frangipani and palm trees are spread over 27 acres of lush tropical greenery and stunning landscaped tropical gardens and koi-filled lily ponds. Adjacent to hotel are two 18-hole championship golf courses.
THE ROOMS
Guests can choose from 174 deluxe rooms, 37 suites and four exclusive two-bedroom villas (the only resort in Lion City to offer villas). The rooms exude a luxurious and warm welcoming feel with plush interiors and contemporary comfort. Modish furniture and elegant amenities blend with the interior’s refreshing hues and sleek clean lines. All rooms and suites feature high-speed Internet access and state-of-the-art entertainment systems that include a 42-inch plasma TV.
DRINK & DINE
The Garden, an all-new restaurant with emphasis on the Conscious Dining concept, in which all ingredients are specially sourced from organic or bio-dynamic farms where possible and when available, and prepared to retain its natural goodness and flavours. This concept carries through with vegetarian choices and a nutritional guide, which promotes a more ‘conscious’ dining approach as well. The resort’s signature restaurant, The Cliff, offers contemporary cuisine with commanding views of the South China Sea. All-day dining is at The Terrace, while The Pavilion is the perfect place to end day sipping a drink or two.
OTHER FEATURES
In addition to usual spaces for banquets, weddings and conferences, The Sentosa offers two temples to well-being: The Seven Eden Wellness Centre, that encompasses a well-equipped lifestyle gymnasium, Zest Cafe, Zest Studio for healthy lifestyle programmes and Traditional Chinese Medicine consultation, acupuncture for weight management and wellbeing and anti-ageing consultations for renewed vitality. Spa Botanica on the other hand is country’s first tropical garden destination spa with state-of-the-art facilities, mud pools, float pools, Galaxy steam baths, and traditional beauty and health practices.
SOMETHING SPECIAL
The Aveda toiletries in the room, and the mud pool, meditative labyrinth, and the decadent King’s Bath at Spa Botanica.
IF I HAD ONE QUIBBLE…
…it would be the view of the offshore oil storage facilities and container ships from the pool. – Gavin Nazareth
The Sentosa
2 Bukit Manis Road Sentosa,
Singapore 099891 +65 6275 0331 www. thesentosa. com
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HUA HIN HAVEN

The Vimanlay is a tropical fusion condominuim and villas project set on the beach within the vicinity of Hua Hin, which boasts a calm and serene ambiance, perfect for a weekend retreat or a place in which to base yourself permanently. Conveniently located so that local amenties are just minutes away, the project comprises of 33 condominiums and four exclusive villas. Integrating the exceptional location of Ch-Am Beach, one of the most sought-after real estate areas in Southeast Asia, and the Tropical Fusion Design ethic, the property offers a lifestyle many can only dream of.
ONLY 33 UNITS OF CONDOMINIUMS
The Vimanlay condominiums consist of 33 units of exquisite design, varying from two bedrooms and two bathrooms to three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The size of the condominiums varies from 73 sqm to 150 sqm, each spaciously designed in order to make the most of the already ample living space.
POOL VILLAS
The Vimanlay villas are true luxury on the shores of the Gulf of Thailand. Each unit is equipped with three bedrooms with two bedrooms and a powder room, private pool with large terrace, private car park with automatic gates and private beach entrance and secluded maid’s quarter. Luxury living here is hard to beat, whether you are intending it as a weekend retreat, or a permanent haven from the stresses of city living.
BEACHFRONT VILLA
The truly exclusive property, the Beachfront Villa is a mastery of design and location. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room, open-plan kitchen, private swimming pool with a large terrace, private car park with automatic gates or two cars, and a separate maid’s quarter, this property also boasts a private entrance to the glistening beach.
The facilities of the complex also include two swimming pools, a fitness room, gardens, driver’s accommodation, 24-hour security, a laundry, playground and central car park. Best of all, the properties are READY TO MOVE INTO.

Na Vimarn Co.,Ltd.
1168/65 Room 13A, 23rd Floor, Lumpini Tower, Rama IV Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
http://www.vimanlay.com

Samui Diving School

Diving School
One of the appeals of Samui is the abundance of attractive dive sites just off the island’s shores. With good visibility and a thriving fauna of sea creatures, the outlying islands and coral reefs of Koh Samui are a treat for underwater explorers.
For travelers interested in taking the plunge, the easiest first step is to look for a diving instructor that is PADI-certified. PADI stands for Professional Association of Dive Instructors, and is a mark of assurance that safety is of the highest priority. Dive shops offering such instruction can be found on every part of Koh Samui, and even in some of the resorts themselves.

     Over the,course of the beginner SCUBA diver course <Gpen Water 1), studentslearn essentials,as the purpose and correct use of every single piece of dive gear how ta achieve neutral buoyanty using dive tables (so yeu don’t get the bends), and communicating with your partner underwater (not quite proper–conversations, but signaling tidbits tike I’m running out of air that would probably be useful).                ” ,
     And once you are completely at ease with the.fact you “are actually breathing underwater you can proudly boast of being a ‘certified SCUBA diver” and concentrate on new things like testing out-your waterproof camera on the fish and’coral.
     With eight locations throughout the Island, Samui International Diving
School Incorporating Planet Scuba is probably your best bet when starting out with over 20 years of experience in Scuba Diving in Koh Samui and Koh Tao. They are the first,Scuba Diving Center in Thailand to be awarded the prestigious PADI Career Development Center Rating (CDC) and have received of many awards from PADI over the years such as the “1994 Excellence in Dive Resort Operation and in received the “1999
Outstanding Commitment to PADI* Award

Samui Elephant Trekking

One popular activity that tourists who come to Samui Island have to do at least once in their trip is a sight-seeing on the back of a pachyderm. This is a feeling and experience distinctive from any other form of traveling, where you feel up close to nature, getting the sight, sound, and smell of nature up high, like trekking on the back of a nice (and huge) friend who shows you the way thorough beautifu nature on Koh Samui Island. A popular route takes you through the forest and past waterfalls, the most famous of which is Na Muang waterfall. Conveniently scattered throughout Koh Samui, there are many kinds of tour packets to select, from a short trip of 30 minutes to more comprehensive elephant trekking programs taking many hours.

Samui Eco-friendly Luxury


Eco-friendly Luxury (Six Senses Hideaway)
Renowned for its pampering five-star quality service and a setting amongst 20 acres of indigenous foliage, with Koh Samui’s most breathtaking vista of the surrounding sea and outlying islands, it’s easy to see why Six Senses Hideaway Samui is considered one of the most desirable getaway locales inThailand. But what you might not realize is the resort’s tremendous commitment to the environment.

          A closer look at all the structures of Six Senses Hideaway reveals the vast majority of construction material is actually quite modest in nature, with lots of bamboo and thatched roofing, but the genius is in its clever and elegant construction, akin to how simple ingredients such as eggs and sugar can be transformed into something more than their sum, such as delectable madeline cookies.
          Waste water from the laundry and restrooms go through a multi-step filtering process, and used in the organic vegetable gardens to grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs used in the resort’s restaurant and sold locally. And
          Through its extraordinary environmenta efforts, Six Senses Hideaway was one of the very first resorts in Thailand to achieve a Green Globe 21 benchmark in 2006, achieving best practice results in six indicators: water saving, waste recycling, community commitment, community contributions, paper products and pesticide products.
          All this virtuous intent, and yet the feeling of luxury is not sacrificed one iota. The charismatic villas are split level and have an open-style bathroom, creating a rustic atmosphere of space and light in the room; huge windows provide dramatic views of the surrounding seas and islands from almost every location. Most villas features infinity edge private swimming pools serviced by dedicated Pool Villa Butlers.
And while you are patting yourself on the back for choosing such an environmentally sound resort for your vacation, treat yourself to an otherworldly experience of a spa treatment at the famed Six Senses Spa. There is also the singular gastronomical sensation of Dining on the Rocks, one of the most renowned places for ambience and cuisine not only in Samui, but all of Thailand.
Six Senses Hideaway Samui – A Sala Property
9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem,
Bo Phut, Koh Samui, SuratThani 84320
Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 77 24 5678
Fax:+66 (0)77 24 5671
http://www.sixsenses.com

Samui Ang Thong Island Hopping

Ang Thong
          A short boat ride from Koh Samui, Ang Thonq (meaning ‘golden bowl’), occupies almost 250 sq. kilometers and includes 50 sq kilometers of limestone islands. Most of the islands are close to each other making a breathtaking panorama of a forest rising from the sea. Within Ang Thong, there is an impressive amount of wildlife—including dolphins—living in the sea.
          Under the sea, caves in many of the islands have intriguing rock formations. The beaches are surrounded with excellent coral reefs which make for perfect swimming and snorkeling. Here is where you can find elephant tusk coral, brain coral, and stagshorn coral reefs. Wildlife found inhabiting these reefs includes; butterfly fish, angelfish, parrotfish, stingrays, grouper and even black tip shark.

          Alt the 40 of set islands are of differentsizes and shapes/most of them in verdant tropicaFfeeit after their distinguishing such as ftoh.Wua Ta Lap’   ( Sleeping Cow island) and ‘Keh Sam Sao’ (Three Pillar island).

          Of all of them, Mae Ko (stand (the Mother Island) is a must visit; Here a perfectfy calm emerald seawater take lies in the middle of the island, encircled by limestone cliffs; an underground tunnel connects it with the sea outside, You can also climb from the Ang Thong National Marine Park to the edge of the iake for a rewarding and spectacular view across the whole park.

          The best time for visiting Ang Thong is between February and April Although the temperature is quite hot, the seas are cairn and suitable for sailing. During monsoon season (from November to December) the Gulf of Thailand experiences high winds and big waves. Traveling to Ang Thong National Park, Surat Than) Province is not safe and the park is closed at this time.

          The most common method of getting there is to join a tour boat taking 40-50 people, with lunch on board. Or else you can take speedboat tours, which also provides snorkeiing. The best way is to put together a group of friends to hire a boat and explore the islands and beaches in your own time. Hundreds of beaches here in the archipelago are deserted. So get a boat and find your own secret beach away from the madding crowds.
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Samui Underwater

          With great visibility, warm waters, and an abundance of sea life just offshore, Koh Samui has also emerged as one of Southeast Asia’s top dive destinations, and has developed into one of the main diver training centers in all of Southeast Asia, despite the fact that the best dive sites are sometimes two hours away by boat. But with the popularity of Live On Board (LOB) excursions, a wide diversity of undersea life is accessible from Samui, with divers able to make multiple visits each day (and night) to the wonderland depths of the ocean.

          The waters around nearby Koh Tao (Turtle Island) are home to an abundant range of marine life, including barracuda, tuna, snapper and sea turtles. A colorful variety of soft hard corals decorate the sea floor, and the occasional shark can also be seen here.
          Within Ang Thong National Park, Koh Wao is one of the most popular dive sites, featuring incredible swim-through experiences for proficient divers, with caves, tunnels and passageways.

          For more advanced divers, Koh Samui has two main dive areas, each with an approximate six-month opposing season. Hin Bai-or Sail Rock-located north of Koh Samui is dived daily from February until September. During the rest of the year, the Ang Thong Marine National Park to the northwest is the choice spot.