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Complimentary DK Aromatherapy Skin Workshop for SilverBlack Cardholders

Aromatherapy Skin Regeneration and Hydration Product DIY Workshop (originally $380 include a free gift set)

Date: 25th March 2008

Time: 1930 - 2100

Venue: DK Aromatherapy, G/F, 16A Staunton Street, Soho, Central

RSVP: Please send your full name and SilverBlack Card number to or call 2815 7919. To find out how to join the SilverBlack Card visit

DK Aromatherapy is a one-stop shop for today's health enthusiasts and offers Aromatherapy Full Body Treatment, Aromatherapy Skin Care Treatment, and Craniosacral Therapy, Indian Head Massage, Ear Candle Treatment, Tarot Reading, Psycho/Health Kinesiology Therapy, Eomotional Release Therapy, Aromatic Kinesiology and Solar Horoscope Astrology.

The Jasmine Room: Now Open at Wellington Street, Central

~ A classic pamper parlour for waxing, nails and brows~

‘Bring a Buddy’ opening offer: Book two of the same pedicure treatments for you and a friend and you will both receive a complimentary express manicure on your next visit to The Jasmine Room.  Valid until end May 2008

Immerse yourself the magic of 1950s French fancy at Hong Kong’s newest and most decadent beauty salon now open on the 15th floor of The Loop, 33 Wellington Street.  At The Jasmine Room, immaculate brows, impeccable nails and beautiful smooth skin are the stars of the show.

Created especially for the busy lives of Hong Kong ladies, The Jasmine Room is a welcoming and elegant one-stop-shop wax, nail and brow salon. A place apart from the bustle of the city, it has been designed to add pause to a woman’s hectic day; a space in which she can concentrate on herself and be pampered the way she deserves.

Designed by co-owners Claudia Sondakh and Dora Wong in a palette of white, cream and pink, the salon is a modern interpretation of a classic French boudoir; tasteful, elegant and redolent of days gone by with delicate floral prints, antique chairs, ornate mirrors, and twinkling chandeliers. 

The Jasmine Room provides all the essentials for today’s modern woman including manicures, pedicures and nail art; brow and lash care; waxing; IPL, and a range of massages to relieve stress and energise – all at competitive prices. 

To celebrate its opening, from 3rd March until the end of May 2008, The Jasmine Room is offering all customers a sensational ‘Bring a Buddy’ promotion: book two of the same pedicure treatments for you and a friend and you will both receive a complimentary express manicure on your next visit to The Jasmine Room.

Understanding the fast paced life of Hong Kong, many treatments are available as ‘express’ options meaning a quick wax or brow shape can easily be fitted in to a packed schedule or lunch break.  Likewise for those times where only an afternoon of pampering will do, The Jasmine Room offers a range of full service hand, foot and massage treatments. 

In addition to classic private treatments rooms, the salon incorporates a number of open plan social seating areas into its 1,800 sq. ft space giving women the option to chat with friends whilst having their nails preened.  It also has a ‘tea and cake corner’, serving a range of complimentary beverages alongside dainty tea cakes and light bites adding some light girly fun to the usual pedicure. 

All beauty therapists are fully qualified and extensively trained to carry out treatments to the highest of industry standards in a friendly but unobtrusive manner.    Similarly, the salon carries a number of internationally renowned brands including OPI and Essie nail varnishes,   Dipeleve waxes, IBD and INT nail gels to ensure top quality care, hygiene and comfort. 

Customers can choose from a number of timeless beauty classics to the more advanced Brazilian and Hollywood waxing, or lash extensions and curling techniques straight from the USA. 

Signature salon treatments for hands and feet, both of which include a basic manicure or pedicure, are the ‘Intensive Hydration for Thirsty Skin’ and the ‘Aromatherapy Sensation’ which use organic products, rich in vitamins and minerals.

Commenting on their new venture, Claudia and Dora said, “We’ve always been regular users of beauty salons so it’s been such an exciting opportunity to design and present our idea of perfection.  Taking into account personal experiences and gripes, we have opened our interpretation of what is a relaxing, beautiful and competent beauty salon; a place where women can go with friends and will genuinely feel relaxed and pampered in a fun and girly way - safe in the knowledge they are receiving thorough and consistent treatments by qualified therapists.”

The Jasmine Room welcomes private parties and offers a number of tailored and off-the-peg packages for group bookings making it the ideal venue for a ladies afternoon or night out - be it a birthday gathering, bridal shower, baby shower or no-reason girly get-together. 

With a great selection treatments, professional therapists and quality products, The Jasmine Room is a place of floral designs, sumptuous décor and plush furnishings where women can feel at home, indulge their girly sides and be pampered to their heart’s desire. 

Call it chic French glamour with a 50s twist, at The jasmine Room you will come out feeling like a star.

The Jasmine Room is open daily from 10am to 8pm.  Please call Tel: (852) 2522 8353 for bookings and enquiries.

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WORLHOTELS is currently the largest and most established Europe based global hotel group for independent hotels and regional hotel brands, with a strong emphasis on properties with character and distinction. The Sun Spa Resort in Central Vietnam is the 5th WORLDHOTELS member in Vietnam along with the Imperial Hotel Hue, Furama Resort Danang, Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi Daewoo Hotel.

Just 30 kilometers from the mystical, UNESCO recognized caves of Phong Nha, The Sun Spa Resort is set in the picturesque Central Vietnam city of Dong Hoi on the banks of the legendary Nhat le River offering guest the choice of 290 rooms and suites with garden and ocean views.

Located within an exclusive area of Sun Spa Resort are 7 luxurious villas each featuring a private tropical garden and large private outdoor seating area with expansive views over Dream Beach.  The villas, ranging from one to three bedrooms, are designed with great emphasis on graceful architecture and creating a peaceful ambience to offer a place of tranquility and pure relaxation for all guests to experience. 

The beach front resort enables guests to enjoy the endless white sand and crystal clear waters with beach massages available for total relaxation or extensive water sports for the more adventurous  including jet skis, water-skiing, kayaking, ocean sailing and parasailing, as well as a fitness centre, tennis court, two outdoor swimming pools and a spa and health club.

Along with extensive state-of-the-art conference facilities for up to 350 people are four F&B outlets including western, Vietnamese and seafood restaurants, as well as the ‘Ocean Bar’ overlooking the South China Sea.

“The owners of the beautiful Sun Spa Resort chose to build the property in Dong Hoi with full confidence of the development of tourism into central Vietnam” Said Mr Binh, General Manager of Sun Spa Resort

"We are delighted to start 2008 with this prestigious new property in Central Vietnam, further expanding our offering of stylish resort properties in Asia Pacific” said Roland Jegge, VP/Asia Pacific of WORLDHOTELS.

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Imagealain mikli stores in Hong Kong have now joined Hong Kong's lifestyle card, the SilverBlack Card. The brands of eyewear they carry include alain mikliPhilippe Starck and m/m. All SilverBlack Card members can now enjoy 10% discount off on all regular priced items during their annual membership period of  only HK$650.

To find out more about the hundreds of other benefits that the card has to offer visit

Ultimate Romance in Paradise at One&Only Kanuhura, Maldives 

The ultimate romantic escape to paradise is on offer at the magical Maldivian hideaway One&Only Kanuhura.

The luxury resort on its own private island has designed the ‘One&Only Private Affair’ package specifically for romantic couples, priced at US$810 for two.

Couples are greeted at the award-winning all-villa resort with a bottle of champagne, and are treated during their stay to a 50-minute massage of choice plus private candlelit dinner with champagne and choice of Asian, Mediterranean or Maldivian Grill cuisine.

Also included is a ‘Romantic Bath Ceremony’, again with champagne, and chocolate-dipped fruits in the privacy of their own villa, and a ‘Romantic Villa Turndown’ on the last evening.

Famed for its laid-back luxury, authentic Maldivian charm and personal butlers, the resort also includes complimentary use of One&Only Spa facilities including fully equipped gym, fitness centre, dry and steam sauna, plunge pool and Jacuzzis – along with most non-motorised water sports, tennis and squash courts, table tennis, billiards and darts

The package does not include room rates, and is on offer until December 19 2008 only to guests booking a minimum of three nights at One&Only Kanuhura. Also not included in the price is daily Maldivian government bed tax, seaplane transfer fee and meal plan supplement charges. Standard room rate start from US$515 per night for a Beach Villa which is subject to 10% service charge. 

This package can be booked through travel agents or directly with the resort quoting ‘One&Only Private Affair’ at or phone +960 662 0044. 

Surrounded by a turquoise lagoon, One&Only Kanuhura features three gourmet restaurants, a poolside beach bar, freshwater freeform swimming pool and a wide variety of activities including scuba diving, big game fishing, water sports, squash and tennis.

Built traditionally from thatch, timber and stone, the resort’s trademark is casual barefoot-chic elegance with Beach Villas along the island and Water Villas and Grand Water Villas on stilts in the lagoon.

With an award-winning spa, it was recently voted ‘Best Resort Design’ by Hospitality Design magazine.

One&Only Kanuhura is also renowned as the first Maldivian resort with a traditional arts and cultural centre, where native artists produce traditional handicrafts and chefs cook local delicacies for a “real taste of the Maldives”.

It is also one of few Maldivian resorts with its own nightclub.

When the sun sets, a neighbouring desert island becomes the perfect location for private parties or romantic hideaways for two, with lavish Champagne dinners served under the stars, barbecues, bonfires and Bodu Beru (traditional Maldivian drum music and dance) for either small groups of friends or an intimate candle-lit evening for couples.

Villa Hosts assigned to every villa look after every individual need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week – from reconfirmation of plane tickets to delivering chilled champagne or elaborate breakfast in bed.

The resort has been voted Maldives’ Leading Hotel in the World Travel Awards (UK), ranked among the Top Ten Best Hotel Spas in Africa, Middle East & Indian Ocean by Conde Nast Traveller (UK), in the Top Ten World’s Great Hotels for Pre-Teens and their Families by and Best in the Maldives for Food by Gallivanter’s Guide (UK).

Hector de Galard, General Manager, said: “This tiny island is renowned the world over as the ultimate Maldivian paradise island experience -- the epitome of casual elegance and barefoot luxury.”

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Weekend Connoisseur series at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental - Hong Kong

Includes luxurious accommodation and classes for wine and chocolate aficionados

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong launches the first of its Weekend Connoisseur Series – a comprehensive package incorporating deluxe accommodation, gourmet dining, relaxing spa treatment and all-inspiring classes on wine and chocolate tasting. 

Exclusive to The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, these tailor-made wine and culinary programmes will be conducted by experts from Hong Kong’s most prestigious wine school, The Fine Wine School, and by Martin Li, Chocolate Sommelier at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.

Over the weekend, guests will have the special opportunity to savour culinary delights while learning more about the art of tasting and evaluating fine wine and chocolates.

The wine tasting class set for Saturday will provide grape enthusiasts the chance to learn more about the complex and intriguing world of vintage.  Sunday’s chocolate class, meanwhile, promises to be an experience both entertaining and informative, when guests with a passion for the delicacy will learn about combinations of textures and mixes of complementary flavours by tasting a variety of the world’s finest single-origin chocolates, including those from Dominican Republic, Tanzania and Madagascar.  Participants may also try their hand at innovative cocoa recipes by custom blending chocolate with exotic flavours. 

The Landmark Weekend Connoisseur Series offers a host of luxurious delights including:
• Accommodation for two nights
• Welcome bottle of Ruinart champagne
• Daily wine and gourmet amenity
• Daily breakfast at MO Bar
• Three-course tasting lunch at Amber
• Group wine class and wine tasting on Saturday afternoon by The Fine Wine School
• Eight-course gastronomic dinner at Amber on Saturday night (exclusive of beverage)
• Introduction to the world of exotic chocolates with Chocolate Sommelier Martin Li
• Sunday champagne brunch plus sumptuous dessert buffet at Amber
• 60-minute massage at The Oriental Spa 
• Complimentary use of The Oriental Spa’s heat experience including Roman laconium, Turkish Hamam, Arabian Rasul, Amethyst Crystal steam room
• Complimentary use of the 18-metre indoor heated pool and state-of-the-art gymnasium

This package is priced at HKD13,988 per room and is valid for two nights between 21 to 24 March, 2008.  This offer is subject to availability and is based on double occupancy.   Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 3% government tax.  Benefits apply to two guests.  For reservations please call The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong directly on +852 2132 0088, or through Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s worldwide sales and reservation offices or the Group’s direct on-line reservations service at

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ImageFollowing the duo’s debut joint promotion last year, ultra-luxury cruise operator Silversea and Chiva-Som, Asia’s original health resort, have announced a second spectacular offering to sea bound guests onboard Silver Shadow sailing from Hong Kong to Singapore from March 1-15 (voyage numbers 3805). 

All Eyes on Hong Kong for ART HK 08

Hong Kong, Monday 4 February 2008 - On the 14-18 May 2008, Hong Kong will host its first truly international public art fair in a decade. ART HK 08 will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and will firmly establish Hong Kong’s position as the centre of the art market in Asia.

ART HK 08 will showcase 80 of the world’s leading contemporary and modern art galleries and exhibit works for sale as varied as Picasso, Warhol, Zhang Xiaogang, Xu Bing and Damien Hirst. Household names will sit alongside the stars of the current Chinese art scene as well as many emerging and exciting new artists from across the world, some that have never before been shown in Asia.

ART HK 08 is set to become a major fixture on the international art calendar. The event is well placed to attract not just Western collectors seeking Asian art but also Asian collectors seeking blue chip and emerging Western art, for which there is a growing demand.  ART HK 08 is open to the public and welcomes browsers, first time buyers and serious collectors with a range of pieces to suit all budgets.

ART HK 08 has a strict exhibitor application policy to ensure the quality of the event and has an impressive advisory committee of art world luminaries led by Charles Merewether who was Curator and Creative Director of the Biennale of Sydney in 2006. 

ART HK 08 is delighted to announce the support of Sir David Tang who has been named as Honorary Patron of the Fair. Commenting on his involvement he said; “I am delighted to be Patron - to stress the importance of visual art in our lives".

The gallery heavyweights who have already made it through the vetting process include Max Lang, New York; Yvon Lambert, Paris/NY; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; Marlborough Fine Art, Albion and Bernard Jacobson, London; Pekin Fine Arts, Galleri Faurschou and Michael Schultz Gallery, Beijing; East Link, Shanghai; Hanart and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong; Kukje, PKM and Gallery Hyundai, Korea; Ota Fine Arts, Roentgenwerke and Nanzuka Underground from Tokyo.

Hong Kong is the third largest art market in the world after New York and London by auction turnover. Hong Kong’s status as a freeport also gives it a clear advantage over many other locations in Asia with no tax on the import or export of art, unlike mainland China which has a punitive tax of 34%. It is also positioned in the heart of Asia, within easy reach of not only mainland China but also the seasoned art collectors of Taiwan, Korea, Singapore and Japan, all of which ART HK 08 is seeking to attract.

Charles Merewether, Chairman of the Advisory Group commented; "Art fairs have become a barometer of current trends and have increasingly set the pace as to what is valued in both modern and contemporary art. They have become a vital meeting place for galleries, dealers, curators, artists, academics, collectors and as much as an opportunity for those who have a passion to see art from around the world. With the advent of ART HK 08, Hong Kong is once again firmly establishing itself as the centre of the art market in the region and the crossroads of exchange between the countries of Asia, Western Europe and the Americas.”

Magnus Renfrew, Fair Director of ART HK 08 commented; “ART HK 08 is a very timely event. Hong Kong is currently going through a cultural renaissance with significant central funding in the arts to support the sustainable development of the city. ART HK 08 is a major cultural step forward for Hong Kong and will be one of the most significant arts events to ever take place in the SAR.”

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In addition to the buying and selling that will go on at the Fair, the event will also be an important catalyst for increasing interest and enriching knowledge of the visual arts in Hong Kong.  There will be an impressive line up of installations and features, including a curated exhibition of often overlooked Hong Kong artists’ led by Sabrina Fung, curator of the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2005.

The Fair will also include a comprehensive education programme including a programme of talks run by of the Asia Art Archive, the non-profit research centre in Hong Kong dedicated to visual art from the region.

Magnus Renfrew’s role as Fair Director follows a year running celebrated art patron Pearl Lam’s gallery Contrasts in Shanghai. Renfrew was also instrumental in bringing to fruition the highly successful first London sale of Contemporary Asian Art at Bonhams in June 2006.   

ART HK 08 is a collaboration between Single Market Events, the organisers of London Fashion Week and The British International Motor Show; Will Ramsay, CEO of the PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs and Andry Montgomery who has been hosting exhibitions in Hong Kong and China for twenty years. 

To find out more or register for ART HK 08 please visit www.


For further press information please contact Impact Asia:
Tel: + 852 25211498
Sarah Woodhouse
Erica Siu


A list of galleries and images are available on request.

Fair Dates
Wednesday 14 May: Invitation only. VIP Preview and Vernissage (Press Welcome)
Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 May: General Public 

Asian Arts Fairs Ltd is collaboration between:
• Single Market Events – this leading independent events company is responsible for high profile events such as London Fashion Week and The British International Motor Show
• Will Ramsay – CEO of PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs in New York, Miami and London
• Andry Montgomery Ltd – a global pioneer of international exhibitions that has built a strong reputation in China and Hong Kong over the last twenty years
• Magnus Renfrew - Fair Director.  Previously: Manager and Head of Exhibitions for Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai; London-based Modern and Contemporary Art Specialist with Bonhams Auctioneers

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• Stephanie Dieckvoss - Fair Director (Europe).  Previously Fair Manager Frieze Art Fair, with over 10 years experience in the contemporary art world. Worked for galleries internationally including Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne, Paris, St Moritz, and Gagosian Gallery New York.
• Dr Charles Merewether - Chairman of the Advisory Group, has just been appointed Deputy Director, Cultural District for the Tourist Development and Investment Company, Abu Dhabi.  An art historian, writer and curator, Charles was previously Consultant for the Emirates Foundation in the UAE and Artistic Director and Curator of the 2006 Sydney Biennale.  He is currently writing a book on the cultural history of looting, and another on Postwar photography in Japan and preparing an exhibition on Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
The Advisory Group includes: Mary Dinaburg (Founder and Director Dinaburg Arts LLC, Co-founder Fortune Cookie Projects), Philip Dodd (ex Director of Institute of Contemporary Art, London and currently Creative Director of the China Now Festival, UK 2008), Elaine W. Ng (Editor of Art Asia Pacific), Howard Rutkowski (Co-founder Fortune Cookie Projects) and Will Ramsay (CEO of Pulse Contemporary Art Fairs), Jean-Marc Decrop (Collector of Contemporary Chinese Art).
Fair Partners include:
• Asia Art Archive
• ArtAsiaPacific
• Turon Travel
• Quintessentially
• Hong Kong Tatler
• ART Map and AM Post

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This summer, Silversea's all-suite, 382-guest Silver Shadow will be the only ultra-luxury cruise ship exploring Alaska.  Boasting a crew-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.29 and a space ratio of 74.0 (or 7,400 cubic feet of space per guest), Silver Shadow offers a level of personalised service and spaciousness that is unsurpassed.  And at just 28,258 gross tons, these hallmarks of luxury are served up in a most intimate, club-like environment not available on larger ships.

From the majesty of snow-capped glaciers and misty fjords to the awesome beauty of a rain forest, Silversea reveals the natural wonders of Alaska and the Pacific Coast on ten distinctive itineraries of nine to 12 days.  Several sailings feature convenient round-trip departures from Vancouver, with open-jaw voyages also available from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seward.

"Designed to provide a truly exceptional travel experience, our Silver Shadow is the perfect option for the discerning world traveller who wants to be pampered in luxury and comfort while exploring Alaska's spectacular scenery," said Steve Odell, Silversea's vice president for Asia Pacific. "There are a number of mainstream mega-ships calling in Alaska this summer, but only Silversea offers an exclusive alternative for the sophisticated traveler seeking an award-winning, all-inclusive and intimate shipboard experience."

Added Odell, "With one voyage already sold out, and others about to, space is filling up quickly -- so now's the time to book."

In addition to savings of up to 40%, Silver Shadow guests will enjoy spacious, ocean-view accommodations (most with private veranda), sumptuous gourmet cuisine, personalised service, warm Italian hospitality, and Silversea's generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, 24-hour room service, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet and all gratuities.  Plus, complimentary Butler Service is provided in the Grand, Royal, Rossellini and Owner's Suites.


The Alaska voyages will showcase a diverse enrichment program of noted scholars, writers, and other experts selected from a variety of fields to share their passion, knowledge and insider views for the entertainment and edification of Silversea's guests.  A small sampling includes:

-- For the nature lover, marine biologist John Palmisano (Ph.D.) will host the May 31 Los Angeles-to-Vancouver "Inside Passage" voyage, offering insights on the oceans and diversity of marine life.  Silver Sailing fares for this 12-day voyage (3812) start at US$5,596 per person (30% savings).

-- For the gourmet, on June 21, Silver Shadow's Vancouver-to-San Francisco cruise welcomes Relais & Châteaux chef Anne Desjardins from the award-winning restaurant and inn L'Eau à la Bouche (Ste-Adèle, Québec) and wine expert John Shafer of Shafer Vineyards and Winery (Napa Valley, California).  Early Booking Incentive fares for this 10-day voyage (3814) start at US$5,690 per person (15% savings).

-- For the nature lover, Sabin Robbins, published author, former zoo society director and writer-editor at the National Geographic Society, will host Silver Shadow's September 5 "Inside Passage" cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles.  Robbins' field research includes East Africa, Galapagos Islands, Amazon River and the whale nurseries of the Pacific.  Silver Sailing fares for this 12-day voyage (3822) start at US$4,797 per person (40% savings).


Silversea guests can extend their Alaska voyage with optional pre- and post-cruise land programs featuring deluxe accommodations, all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals.  Prices start from US$1,395 per guest.  

Highlights include:

** From Vancouver, "The Majestic Canadian Rockies" four- or five-night program explores the breathtaking peaks and valleys of the Canadian Rockies from the comfort of your railcar. Enjoy two nights in Banff and visit the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies" -- Lake Louise, set in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Join the Rocky Mountaineer for a two-day journey by rail through the snow-capped Canadian Rockies, past the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels and Kicking Horse Canyon to Kamloops for an overnight stay.  Continue your rail adventure past the Cascades, lush Fraser River Valley and Hell's Gate, then on to Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean.  (Offered on all Alaskan itineraries except 3812, 3815, 3816.)

** From Seward, the three-night "Denali -- Nature at Her Grandest" program features a journey to Denali by luxury rail, crossing the magnificent vista of Hurricane Gulch.  Denali National Park, one of the world's greatest wildlife sanctuaries, offers the chance to spot grizzly bears, caribou, moose and wolves.  The park rests under the shadow of spectacular Mount McKinley, North America's highest mountain.  (Only available on Voyage 3820.)

** Also from Seward, the six-night "Land of the Midnight Sun" offers the ultimate Alaskan experience, combining the grandeur of Denali National Park with a journey of over 300 miles above the Arctic Circle to Barrow, the largest Inuit settlement in Alaska.  Here in the land of the midnight sun, stand on the northernmost tip of the continent, encounter the unique traditional lifestyle of native Alaskans and explore the white wilderness of the tundra. The program includes a scenic riverboat adventure from Fairbanks.  (Only available on Voyage 3820.)


Silversea Cruises is recognised as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard four intimate vessels, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, and Silver Whisper, all designed to offer an atmosphere of all inclusive conviviality and casual elegance. Silversea has for the past three consecutive years been named Best Cruise Line by readers of Australia’s Luxury Travel and Style magazine.  For nine consecutive years, Silversea has been named "Number One Small Ship Line” in the Readers' Choice survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler magazine in the USA and in 2007 was the only cruise line named in the UK edition of Condé Nast Traveller’s “Top 100 Luxury Travel Experiences” at the same time topping the Small Cruise Line award for the eighth time. Silversea has been selected as "World's Best Small Ship Line” in the US Travel + Leisure readers' poll for the past eight years. The First Travelweekly Asia Awards named Silversea as 'Best Luxury Cruise Operator 2007'.

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Boutique hotel includes tai chi and yoga, bike and walking tours, Chinese cooking and Mandarin lessons.

The new URBN Hotels Shanghai, is pioneering uniquely extended concierge services encouraging guests to embrace the city’s “urban lifestyle”.

Beyond traditional concierge advice and assistance are such localized extras as tai chi and yoga classes, bike and walking tours, Chinese cooking classes and lessons in Mandarin Chinese.

In-room beauty and health treatments including acupuncture, herbal baths, exercise kits, therapeutic massage, manicures and pedicures also set a new benchmark in guest services.

The 26-room boutique hotel opened in December 2007 on Jiao Zhou Road, close to the premium shopping and entertainment district of Nanjing Road and the famous former French Concession district.

Converted from a former 1970s factory turned post office, it was conceived by developers Scott Barrack and Jules Kwan of URBN Hotels & Resorts to provide a “uniquely Shanghainese experience”.

“Our vision is to immerse guests deeply into their surroundings, offering activities beyond the traditional hotel experience so they become part of the urban lifestyle,” said Mr. Barrack. “Our job is to cater for every whim and offer services above and beyond the norm.”

URBN‘s vision is to expand its concierge concept to other cities in China, providing guests unique experiences reflecting the diversity of the destinations they visit.

There are plans to develop 20 URBN hotels and resorts in tourist and business cities throughout the country in the next 3 years.

The company is currently negotiating to open hotels in Beijing, Hangzhou, Dalian and Suzhou.

Key features of the brand also include business services, wireless broadband internet, airport transfers, DVD & Gaming library and mobile phone rental with local sim card.

The flagship property in Shanghai is also China’s 1st carbon neutral and “truly earth conscious” hotel.  URBN Hotels & Resorts owners, Scott Barrack and Jules Kwan, previously founded Space Development, with a proven track record of successful development projects in Shanghai.

Over the last three years, Space Development has engaged in over 20 niche redevelopment projects throughout the city ranging from luxury residential and serviced apartments to office complexes and industrial buildings.

URBN Hotels Shanghai is their first hotel project.

“We are beginning to see the boutique hotel phenomenon evolve in Shanghai, a trend seen in most major cities around the world for the past 10 years,” added Mr. Barrack.

“URBN Hotels Shanghai will offer an experience that will parallel the likes of London, New York and Barcelona, with a unique Shanghai chic unto itself and international quality western comforts and conveniences.”

Jules Kwan said: “Our vision is to create destinations of comfort, style and interest across China. Our first hotel will be unlike any other, and we want to be at the forefront of promoting environmental awareness, protection and sustainable buildings within the hotel industry.”

More information is at

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