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June 3, 2014

New Hotels in Asia for Meetings and Events

This past winter, we took a look at some newly opened hotels in Asia that offered some peak venues for meetings and events. Courtesy of our sister publication, Travel Agent Magazine, here are four new hotels in four countries that we think are must-trys for high-end meetings and events. 

Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa, Cambodia

Guest room at Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa

Anantara Resorts’ new retreat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, puts guests right at the doorstep to the ancient temple ruins. The Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa was designed to resemble “a grand Khmer villa”—and it has succeeded. Its 39 rooms and suites are centered around a garden courtyard—complete with a salt water pool. The Anantara Spa is equipped with a gym, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and nine treatment rooms (including four foot massage rooms!). The rooftop garden hosts yoga sessions, while the two restaurants offer traditional Khmer cooking classes. In addition, the hotel has a network of local guides who can unveil the secrets of Angkor Wat, on foot or by bicycle, and even set up a picnic at Angkor Thom. The resident “Streetwise Guru” can lead you on a tour of the local markets.

Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa is a five minute drive from Siem Reap International Airport, and group activities can include a private market tour or learning about local traditions. 

Top picks for events include The Sothea, which depicts Khmer myths and can accommodate up to 90 guests theatre-style, or a classroom, boardroom or U-shape set up for up to 60 delegates. Customized VIP dining arrangements can also be arranged in the temple grounds of the Angkor Archeological Park. For enquiries, contact angkor@anantara.com.

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Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives

The Cheval Blanc Randheli brings new meaning to the word “luxury” on the island atoll beloved by celebrity honeymooners. Private seaplanes from Malé transport passengers in 40 minutes to the island resort, where dedicated ambassadors are at the ready to customize guest experiences with dinner cruises, yoga sessions on the beach, and private scuba diving excursions. Architect Jean-Michel Gathy has fashioned the 45 villas in a contemporary style reflecting the traditional palm cabanas of the islands. Set in lush gardens, the villas have private pools. This is a top pick for a private incentive retreat for a small group looking for an exclusive experience. 

Cheval Blanc Randheli

Park Hyatt Busan, South Korea

Attention shoppers! Park Hyatt Busan is adjacent to the world’s largest shopping mall, Shinsegae Centum City, as well as the Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre (BEXCO). Nestled in the marine city adjacent to Haeundae Beach, Park Hyatt Busan is built in a modern style with 33 floors above ground and six floors below street level. Architect Daniel Libeskind designed the hotel in a curved shape, which embodies the ocean waves in Busan. In addition to this nod to the nautical, as well as the camellia, a symbolic flower of Busan, the interior of Park Hyatt Busan offers views of the ocean and Gwangan Bridge though floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The Lumi Spa has seven treatment rooms filled with natural sunlight and ocean views.
Park Hyatt Busan is the city’s most prestigious venue for meetings, conferences, weddings, banquets, theme parties and special events. From the ballroom to our Salons, as well as Busan’s newest residential-style multifunction event venue, the Drawing Rooms, we provide tailor-made set-ups, unique programs and delectable Korean or Western catering, all exquisitely staged to exceed the highest standards of hospitality.

Park Hyatt Busan Meeting Room

The hotel has a pillarless ballroom that can accommodate up to 260 guests, as well as salons and drawing rooms for smaller events. A meeting concierge is on hand for planners and event attendees.

Le Meridien Bali, Jimbaran

Why it’s hot: Location, location, location (and design…and amenities). The resort is set on Jimbaran Bay, once a small fishing village that has blossomed into a bustling beach community. The resort offers four dining venues in a three-story complex. The signature restaurant Bamboo Chic serves Pan-Asian flavors (with a focus on Balinese cuisine), while Smoqee Lounge & Sky Bar mixes up cocktails. Latitude 8 serves coffee by day and wines and tapas by night, and WaLa is a casual spot for gelato and coffee.

Le Meridien Bali

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran’s stunning beachside location is an ideal setting to conduct a successful conference, seminar, workshop, or spectacular social function. State-of-the-art audiovisual technology and creative event staff guarantee a dynamic event.

Event venues at the hotel have flexible floor plans, and the rooftop ballroom has top bay views. In total, the hotel has six meeting spaces, the largest of which covers 2,314 square feet. 

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