Sayan Sojourn

Four Seasons has just completed the refurbishment of its Sayan Villa in the Four Seasons Resort Bali up in Ubud. The refurbishment features a strong Balinese architectural style, whilst shuffling modern and contemporary interiors for an enjoyable getaway experience. The 450sqm villa offers a private pool and a luxurious view of Ubud’s rice terraces. -

Quest Hotel Solo

Discerning business and leisure travellers should check out Quest Hotel in Solo. Aston International has now expanded its lifestyle Quest Hotel brand to this historic city, and the hotel is good choice for young and business-savvy travellers. There are 180 airy guest rooms to choose from, as well as several meeting rooms and the largest ballroom in Solo. The lobby lounge is a superb venue for a casual meeting with friends or business partners. -

Beautiful Bonia

Inspired by the renowned Art Deco painter, Tamara De Lempicka, Bonia has released its Autumn and Winter 2012/2013 La Dolce Vita collection; a series of elegantly designed handbags that accentuate sensuality, glamour and colour. The collection features three models: Trisha, Bonett and Evelina. -

Shanghai Studies

NYU, America’s leading, New York-based research university, will be opening a new campus in Shanghai in the autumn of this year. NYU Shanghai will be the first joint US-Chinese education institution to be approved by China’s Ministry of Education and will consist of a comprehensive research university combined with a liberal arts and science college. -

Thick end of the wedge

These high-wedge sneakers from Nike should make you the envy of the gym. A hidden wedge gives you a height boost and keeps you comfortably supported during your workout, while eye-catching prints should attract admiring glances aplenty. -

Travel in Style

It’s not too late to get yourself a chic weekly planner. Ines de la Fressange, celebrity model and author, offers 52 secrets on how to look Parisian throughout this year. This daily planner provides plenty of beauty and fashion tips, as well as guidelines on how to live your life to the fullest. A charming diary to take travelling with you. -

A Balinese Valentine

Sheraton Bali Resort in Kuta, Bali, has a special Valentine event prepared for all the smooching couples out there. Bask in romance at the resort’s Feast, a vibrant, multi-cuisine dining concept, or try Bene, an upbeat, oceanfront trattoria, and create the perfect romantic evening with your loved one. Price starts from IDR 700,000++. -

Up in the Sky

If you happen to be in Kuala Lumpur, try Marini’s on 57 in Menara 3 of the iconic Petronas towers. Located in the tallest building in the city, Marini’s on 57 is Malaysia’s highest rooftop bar, restaurant and cigar lounge. Get ready to experience a jawdropping view and, of course, some simply great food. -

Evian von furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) has the privilege of being the first female American designer to be tasked by Evian with designing a new water bottle for the company. Diane Von Furstenberg’s mantra, “Water is Life is Love is Life is Water is...” has been artistically encapsulated in the Evian limited edition 2013. -

Living Bali

Bali is one eminently photogenic island and Afterhours Books have just released a limited collector’s edition of “Memories of the Sacred”, a book about Balinese culture as captured by seasoned photographer Rio Helmi. Only 100 copies of this beautiful tome are available at a price of IDR 3.3 million each, so don’t delay. -

Langham goes Local

Fans of Chinese food and hospitality will want to visit The Langham as the company proudly introduces Ying, a new group service programme that will offer guests a uniquely Chinese experience. The new programme, which is optional and which is mainly being aimed at Chinese consumers so that they can better enjoy their stays, includes Chinese entertainment and Chinese culinary staples such as dim sum and congee. -

Gold Wand

French brand Guerlain has just debuted its Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash, a glossy formula that volumises, conditions and subtly curls individual hairs with each stroke. This one also boasts some seriously stylish packaging with a sleek gold case that features a short, full-brush head with hollow fibres that hold and then dispense evenly the black or violet pigment held within. -

On a Hyatt High

Chinese New Year revellers may want to pay the Bali Hyatt a visit this February 10. The hotel will be offering special deals on Balinese arak (a local rice wine), as well as on its own range of cocktails. There’ll also be a set menu to enjoy, along with a performance of the famous Barongsai dance and a Chinese martial arts demonstration. The event kicks off at 6:45pm and the whole package is priced at IDR 388,000 ++ per person. -

Sotheby's sale

On February 5, Sotheby’s London will be auctioning off one of the most important groups of works committed to paper by Egon Schiele, an artist renowned for his impeccable draughtmanship. The three works span a critical period of the artist’s output that stretched from 1914 and 1918. You will have to reach deep into your pockets however, as these pieces are expected to fetch a combined estimate of between EUR 9–12 million at auction. -

Sharing is Caring

Santika Hotel worked with Kompas Gramedia on Christmas Day in order to celebrate the festive season together with 20 orphans from Yayasan Terima Kasih Abadi. Christmas presents, goody bags, clothes and tuition fees were donated to some 110 orphans at the event, and the happy, smiling faces on show proved that Christmas blessings are indeed for all. -

Waking Up with Up

This amazing new wristband can help you to evaluate your quality of life. Up by Jawbone comes with a built-in sensor that monitors your health, and can also upload data to your smartphone as well as provide you with vital information regarding your habits. Up comes with a price tag of USD 129.99. -

The Great Gatsby

The movie of the iconic novel “The Great Gatsby” will be released this year and stars Leonardo Dicaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. Read this classic work by F. Scott Fitzgerald before you watch the movie and let the outlandish Jay Gatsby transport you back to 1922. -

Grand Sleman day

Visit the Regency of Sleman on its 97th anniversary, which falls on May 15, 2013, for an interesting historical trip. Sleman is the administrative home to the highly respected Gadjah Mada University, and has existed before Indonesia declared independence. This information is brought to you by the Sleman Promotion Tourism Board (BPPS).

Magical Meridien

Starwood put on a spectacular grand launch party for its new Le Meridien hotel in Jimbaran, Bali recently. Opened on January 31, the hotel offers 75 guestrooms, 35 suites, four Rooftop Pool Penthouses and four sundeck-equipped Oceanic Skyvillas. The hotel is celebrating its launch by offering a room-rate package of USD 219++, as well as a limited Elevated Sunset Wedding Package offer. -

Sexy Sanchaya

Secret Retreat, a chain of independent, luxury boutique hotels, is poised to open The Sanchaya, in Bintan Island, Riau. The property, which is slated for opening in the first half of 2013, features 28 rooms, including several villas and suites, and can be found up on the northern coast of Bintan island. -

Pedal to the Music

Bring your own music with you on your bike rides with Scosche boomBOTTLE speakers. Recently unveiled down at 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the boomBOTTLE fits snuggly into your bike’s bottle frame and features a pair of 40mm drivers and a passive subwoofer. Just remember to keep the noise pollution to a minimum. Oh and you’ll need an extra water-bottle holder! -

Furby is Back!

Furby, a robotic, electronic toy, was a must have item back in 1998. Now Furby is back with more expressive LCD eyes, its own IOS app and the ability to learn its user’s personality and to adapt to it. Get your hands on one of these cute little toys and start learning Furby language now, doo-dah! -

Unequivocally Equestrian

Horsey types travelling to London should check out The Stafford London by Kempinski. The hotel is offering a unique way to enjoy your stay with its Horcierge services, which have been tailored to entertain guests in cooperation with The Riding Club London. The Equestrian Package and The Black Caviar Package start from SGD 3,015 and include a two-night stay in the hotel’s attractive Carriage House Room. -

In Transit

When you next visit Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), do not miss the duty-free department. KLIA is now offering a greater selection for passengers shopping in its airport terminal, and the recently opened Longchamp store will be followed by the opening of Billabong and Lonely Planet outlets. -

Delectable Dining

One of Bali’s foremost fine-dining lounges, Mozaic Beach Club in Batu Belig, recently opened up a private dining chamber for fans of chef Chris Salans’ culinary magic. The Lotus Art de Vivre Private Dining Room can accommodate up to 20 guests and features a dining experience under the starry sky and, of course, Chef Salans’ to-die-for menu. -

Movie Madness

Montblanc has just launched its new Alfred Hitchcock Limited Edition Collection, a tribute to the inventor of the psychological-thriller genre and the genius responsible for such classics as “Psycho” and “Vertigo”. This fine collection comes in two main models, the Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock Limited Edition 80 and the Limited Edition 3000. -