New luxury Hilton hotels in Asia
Now that Asia is open in the majority of the major beach destinations, it’s great to see Hilton expanding with some new openings.
The latest announcement is the Hilton in Langkawi. I have been to Langkawi several times and really enjoy it. Although there have been quite a few new hotels in recent years it is still relatively unspoiled as an island and a great add-on from Kuala Lumpur for some relaxation. I recommend the Datai hotel if you want the ultimate luxury experience.
Scheduled to open in 2024, the 251-room resort will be Hilton’s second property in Langkawi, complementing The Nautilus Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, expected to open in 2023.
“Langkawi is a tropical paradise famed for its natural beauty – home to South East Asia’s first UNESCO World Geopark and a popular upscale destination for international and domestic travelers alike. We are delighted to expand our long-standing partnership with Tradewinds Corporation Berhad and bring Hilton’s flagship brand and world-class hospitality to Langkawi,” said Guy Phillips, senior vice president, Development, Asia and Australasia, Hilton.
The hotel is set on Burau Bay along Langkawi’s western coastline with unobstructed views of the Straits of Malacca, and a 600-meter beachfront with white sands and clear waters. It is surrounded by untouched coastal rainforests, and overlooks Gunung Mat Cincang, Seratosa Island, and Burau Island. It is a 15-minute drive from the Langkawi Airport and 40 minutes from the Kuah Jetty, and within close proximity to popular tourist attractions such as the Langkawi Cable Car & Sky Bridge, Pantai Cenang, and Kuah Town.
The good news for Hilton Honors status members is that Hilton Burau Bay Resort Langkawi will feature an executive lounge. There will also be five dining concepts including an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty restaurant and a pool bar. For relaxation there will be a eforea spa, indoor and outdoor pools, or a fitness center, basketball and tennis courts.
This hotel joins several more luxury Hilton openings in Asia that will be of interest to leisure travellers.
- Waldorf Astoria Kuala Lumpur (opening 2023)
- Waldorf Astoria Sydney (opening 2023)
- Conrad Nagoya (Japan) (opening 2026)
- An LXR Hotels & Resorts property in Bali (opening 2023)
Waldorf Astoria to offer Aesop
Well Aesop may have disappeared from the Cathay lounge at Heathrow, but it will soon be making an appearance at Waldorf hotels.
Waldorf yesterday announced a partnership with skin care brand Aesop. These will now be the in-room toiletries for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts worldwide. This collaboration marks the first and only global hospitality brand with which Aesop has partnered to provide its product at this scale.
Shown here are some of those included which I am very happy about as I am a big fan of the Gernamium leaf body cleanser and Rind Body Balm.
The full list of products you can expect to see is : Classic Hair Shampoo and Conditioner, Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser and Rind Concentrate Body Balm.
The partnership marks the shift from travel-size toiletries for the Waldorf Astoria brand as part of Hilton’s ongoing commitment to reduce its environmental impact. Waldorf Astoria properties around the world will now offer full size in-room toiletries in 500ml formats made from 97 percent post-consumer recycled plastic.
The Aesop amenities will be placed in new hotels as well as in existing landmark properties in Versailles, Maldives, Edinburgh, Las Vegas, and Amsterdam over the next year.
Flybe grows schedule
After relaunching in April 22, flybe continues to grow with a new winter schedule that will see the airline fly to twelve destinations.
New winter flights will commence on 30 October and include additional routes and frequencies from London Heathrow to Newquay, Birmingham to Belfast City, Belfast City to East Midlands and Southampton to Glasgow.
flybe will continue to offer international flights from Belfast City, Birmingham, East Midlands and London Heathrow to Amsterdam.
Flight frequencies will increase throughout the winter and into next summer as flybe further expands its fleet, with CO2-efficient De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 (Q400) aircraft.
Flybe CEO, Dave Pflieger, said: “After a successful 2022 launch and summer season, we are excited to announce our new winter schedule, which further enhances affordable connectivity across UK regions, as well as Europe via our popular flights to Amsterdam.
“All flybe flights offer value, comfort, and convenience, and our friendly crew are always on hand to serve complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits. We look forward to welcoming both new and returning customers on board this winter and offering even more ways to connect to family, friends, business colleagues, and holiday destinations.”
Fares start from £34.99 one-way, and the new schedule and route start dates can be found on flybe.com.