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Every guest is a rock star at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. The luxury hotel’s 365 music-inspired guest rooms and suites are more than just for sleeping – guests can have a premium Fender electric guitar with headphones and an amplifier delivered to their room for them to rock out to their heart’s content, or listen to curated music playlists and old-school vinyl records on turntables.
Unwind at the 24-hour fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool or Rock Spa, a full-service spa with a musical twist on its treatment menu. Even children can look forward to a good time at the Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club with its daily activities. The hotel overlooks the giant wave pool and man-made beach of Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, of which it enjoys direct access. Other nearby attractions include retail and lifestyle village Riverside, the Desaru Coast Conference Centre and 45-hole championship golf course The Els Club, which is just a short drive away.
Strategically located close to the Kuala Lumpur city centre, Sunway Putra Hotel is a 650-room five-star hotel that caters to both business and leisure travellers alike. Following a RM123 million refurbishment programme in 2016, the hotel offers guests a refreshed experience, from a sprawling main lobby with a dramatic atrium dome to spacious and contemporary rooms. There are six room types to choose from, all of which come fitted with amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, LED Smart TV, electronic safe and mini fridge. Leisure facilities include a 24-hour fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool with an attached children’s pool and a hot tub. Meanwhile, club floor guests can enjoy exceptional vistas of the city skyline at the Club Lounge on the 34th floor. When it comes to dining, enjoy local and international fare at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant Coffee House, or tuck into scrumptious and authentic Japanese cuisine at Gen Japanese restaurant. For meetings, the hotel offers 15 spacious function rooms and a Grand Ballroom that accommodates up to 1,200 guests in a theatre-style setting.
With its design inspired by the royal Spanish court concept, Radisson Blu Forest Manor Shanghai Hongqiao is an upscale urban resort in the rapidly growing Hongqiao business district. Guests staying in the 439 guest rooms and suites can enjoy picturesque views of the hotel’s large outdoor swimming pools and the sprawling Shanghai cityscape. Business travellers who opt to stay in the Executive rooms and suites can also enjoy additional facilities and services in the Executive Lounge. The hotel is set to establish itself as a premier venue for events in the city with a variety of impressive function spaces, including a 1,000-square-metre Grand Ballroom and options for alfresco functions at the pool terrace or palm garden. The Recreation Centre features a spa for guests to unwind, a fully equipped fitness centre, a 25-metre indoor swimming pool as well as a kids’ club and children’s pool. Dine in at all-day dining restaurant The Open Kitchen or Liqing Chinese Restaurant, or relax with a cool drink at The Lobby Lounge.
For a unique holiday experience, consider staying in a luxurious private homestead amid rolling green hills in rural Western Australia. Located in Toodyay, Deepdale Farm is a huge 1,500-hectare working farm that accommodates up to 12 guests in its beautifully renovated 1850s homestead. Guests can simply unwind and relax while the farm’s full-time managers take care of the property’s working operations. Enjoy facilities such as a heated saltwater swimming pool, gym, tennis court, barbecue area and a refurbished barn, perfect for hosting parties. Deepdale Farm even has its own museum where guests can learn about the property’s history as one of the first farms established in the region. Take a five-minute drive to nearby Toodyay to explore its charming country pubs, artisan bakeries, gift shops and monthly farmers’ markets. The town is a 90-minute drive from the Perth CBD and has two helipads, making helicopter travel an option.
Having just opened on the edge of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle earlier this year, citizenM Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang Hotel is all set to disrupt traditional hospitality in Malaysia. Chic, modern and welcoming, the Dutch select service hotel brand is perfectly suited for the modern business traveller and tourists seeking an affordable, comfortable stay within easy reach of the city’s best attractions. The hotel’s 210 smart rooms are fitted with ultra-comfortable Vitra furniture, an XL king-sized bed and cutting-edge in-room technology. Everything from the television controls to the air-conditioning and even the colour of the bathroom lights is controlled via the in-room MoodPad tablet. Checking in and out is fuss-free at the self-service terminals in the lobby, a welcoming space with large windows that allow passers-by to admire the stylish interior and colourful art pieces. Breakfast is served daily at canteenM, which functions as a grab-and-go canteen or a bar for the rest of the day. Business travellers can spend the whole day working on the property with creative meeting spaces and wireless Internet access.