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Mice Asia Net : January 2010
78 miceAsia.net CRUISE THE WATERWAYS IN PHUKET It seems like a natural progression to further the luxury of Anantara Phuket's private pool villa resort by including a private motor yacht charter. Indulge in The Minor Affair, a Sunseeker Manhattan 60 packed with charm and sophistication, offering intimate cruising options for up to eight guests for island hopping and overnight adventures. Discover a breathtaking diversity of exotic beaches and pristine waters in the beautiful Andaman Sea from the privacy of a luxury yacht. Explore an abundance of stunning islands, including the Racha and Coral islands; snorkel or dive and be surrounded by schools of tropical marine fish and fauna or simply lay back and cruise the seascape of the Phang Nga Bay. Krabi or Phi Phi Island possess equal allure with clear turquoise waters, and are just a day cruise away. Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa is the perfect setting for a story you'll tell forever. Located on the island's secluded northern sunset coast, a collection of 83 expansive villas all benefit from a private pool, outdoor terrazzo tub and an array of luxurious facilities. Designed to echo a Southern Thai-style village, the villas are set amid lush gardens that lead down to the glistening waters of the Andaman Sea. With two uniquely designed restaurants and bars, a renowned Anantara Spa, water sports and day excursions on offer, Anantara Phuket is your gateway to hidden natural wonders and unique cultural experiences. Visit www.anantara.com to learn more. MANDARIN PREMIERES LAS VEGAS' MOST SOPHISTICATED FACILITIES New world-class function facilities have redefined Las Vegas events, whether for a high-level business conference or social soirée, with the opening of the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas in December 2009. Featuring more than 12,000 square feet of space with floor-to-ceiling windows and the most technologically-advanced amenities, the new hotel can accommodate gatherings as intimate as 20 guests or as grand as 600 attendees. Mandarin Oriental's legendary service ensures that every detail of each event is executed beautifully. With its ideal location at the gateway of CityCenter, the dazzling new urban resort destination is a sophisticated sanctuary of modern elegance in the midst of the glittering city. The chic 47-storey, non-gaming hotel and residential property offers indulgent experiences in dining, relaxation and accommodation, and will be easily accessible from McCarran International Airport, a quick 10 minutes away. Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas has 392 luxurious guestrooms and suites, all with state-of-the-art, environmentally conscious technology, including work desk auxiliary panels that allow business travellers to easily connect devices to audio, USB, VGA cable and HDMI outlets. The rooms feature cutting-edge entertainment systems, including 42" flat screen TVs and flat screens in each bathroom mirror. The hotel boast a 27,000-square-foot Spa at Mandarin Oriental with 17 treatment rooms over two floors. The signature Sky Lobby, Pierre Gagnaire's first US restaurant, an intimate Tea Lounge and the energetic Mandarin Bar all have unmatched views of The Strip from the 23rd floor. For more information visit www. mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas. SINGAPORE'S HOLIDAY INN GETS A NEW NAME AND NEW LOOK Guests at the Singapore Holiday Inn's city centre hotel woke up in late 2009 to a new look and a new name. The 319-room hotel, which overlooks the Istana in Orchard Road, officially unveiled a S$25 million dollar refurbishment of the entire property, including guest rooms, function rooms and public areas. And, overnight, the covers came off, to reveal a new name that better reflects its central location. The former Holiday Inn Park View, which first opened its doors in 1985, is now known as Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre. The extensive refurbishment, carried out in stages over the past 15 months, was undertaken by owners, the Harilela Group, in conjunction with Holiday Inn's US$1 billion global relaunch program - designed to overhaul more than 3200 hotels under the Holiday Inn brand family worldwide. Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre is one of the first Holiday Inns in South East Asia to relaunch with the new look and brand hallmarks. The hotel boasts new signage and lighting, an upgraded reception area with Holiday Inn's unique brand scent and sound, the 'Stay Real' service promise that values every guest as an individual, comfortable bedding with choice of firm or soft pillows, and power showers. Dr Aron Harilela, Director of the Hong Kong-based international property developer with properties in Hong Kong, the Far East, Europe and the Americas, was at the relaunch, unveiling the new name and logo to signify the beginning of a new era for the hotel. venue update