Chiva-Som - Fitness resort supremo

Chiva-Som invites guests to join in a specially tailored Fitness retreat for those wishing to focus on nurturing their body and achieving personal wellness goals during their visit to this acclaimed international health destination in Thailand.

This specialised regime is designed to provide the guest with the necessary tools to create a healthier and more complete lifestyle with a wide-range of daily classes overseen by experienced trainers and physiotherapists.

Guests will be guided through various training programs, including a personalised dietary plan to assist in maintaining maximum fitness and better health.

The 5-night Fitness retreat is priced from AUD6621 per person twin share in an Ocean Room from 1 November to 19 December 2018 including:

  • Fitness assessment
  • 3 Personal Training – choose from Pilates, Kinesis, Boot Camp, TRX, Freeform, Core Coaching or Gravity 500
  • 2 Super Stretch (25 min)
  • 1 Deep Tissue Massage (50 min) – or alternate with Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage or Fast Track Back Release
  • 1 H2O Body Complex – or alternate with Oxygen Power Fitness or Metabolic Breathing Exercise
  • Individual health and wellness consultation
  • 3 wellness cuisine meals per night of stay, beginning with dinner
  • Physical analysis (optional)
  • Skin consultation (optional)
  • Daily fitness and leisure activities (8 classes daily)
  • Unlimited use of the Water Therapy Suites (Stream, Sauna and Jacuzzi)
  • A complimentary daily treatment per night of stay, selecting from: Thai Message, Chiva-Som Massage, Invigorating Massage, Relaxing Foot Massage, Oriental Scalp Message or Chiva-Som Skin Haven Body Polish

The Fitness retreat is also available for 7, 10 and 14 nights and can be tailored for extended stays. Chiva-Som is the ‘Haven of Life’ providing an environment where real health benefits and improvements can be attained.

Situated within seven acres of tropical gardens in the Royal city of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, 185 km south of Bangkok, Chiva-Som remains a popular destination for Australians offering guests a total lifestyle transformation to achieve wellness and longevity with a full range of health and wellness Speciality Retreats, integrating naturopathic and conventional medicines.

Programs are founded upon six wellness modalities: Spa, Fitness, Physiotherapy, Holistic Health, Nutrition and Aesthetic Beauty, offering guests the empowerment to fulfil their goals. All components are set and overseen by expert health professionals including consulting doctors, naturopaths, fitness instructors, spa therapists, nutritionists and alternative health practitioners.

For bookings of the Chiva-Som Fitness retreat contact your travel agent or a Chiva-Som Specialist on 1300 857 037.

Source: Chiva Som

The Langham introduce new Sydney Brand Ambassador, Ortenzia Borre

The Langham Hotel, Sydney has announced Ortenzia Borre, Australian model, author and TV presenter as their official Brand Ambassador for 2018.

As the hotel’s official brand Ambassador Ortenzia will host a series of client and media events, she will be the face of promotional and brand campaigns, as well as represent the hotel on social media channels.

“We are very excited to have Ortenzia as our Brand Ambassador and we welcome her to the Langham Sydney family,” says Lachlan Harris, The Langham Sydney’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

“She is an extraordinarily talented woman, with grace and poise epitomising our luxury brand perfectly.” Her experience, growing profile and down to earth nature align beautifully with our PR direction and upcoming marketing campaigns. We are very lucky to have her with us,” Adds Harris.

Ortenzia’s recently published first book, What Women Need, has become an Australian best seller and its sale is now being negotiating into the US publishing market.

Borre’s 144 page book is a guide to make reader’s look and feel their best and is devoted to empowering women. With a background in journalism, Borre has been a guest speaker and mentor for Australia’s queen of etiquette, June Dally-Watkins.

She has taught classes on fashion, style, deportment and etiquette showing women of all ages how to dress correctly, as well as navigating corporate culture.

Ortenzia entered the modelling world in her teens when she won Colgate’s best smile competition and has appeared in international campaigns for some of the world’s leading brands. She is presently representing health supplements company Nature’s Way and elite hair enterprise Marie – France Group.

Source: The Langham Hotel

Nespresso introduces two coffees exclusive to Australia’s best restaurants

Nespresso has introduced two rare coffees, exclusive to a handful of Australia’s leading chefs and restaurants. Nespresso’s Exclusive Selection single origin coffees are served at Melbourne’s Vue de monde, Sydney’s Tetsuya’s, Ormeggio at the Spit, No. 1 Bent Street and Bowral’s Biota.

Introduced to a select number of Michelin-starred restaurants internationally in 2017, the two new coffees come from very different but equally remote origins. The first, Kilimanjaro Peaberry, is grown on the steep and fertile slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, while Népal Lamjung is cultivated in small plantations located in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal, home to one of the world’s rarest beans.

Nespresso has been working closely with small coffee-growing communities in both areas to produce coffees which are not only exceptional, but environmentally and socially sustainable.Each coffee has a unique flavour profile. Kilimanjaro Peaberry is the lighter of the two, possessing a full bodied and incredibly fruity character, with notes of exotic fruits.

In contrast, Nepal Lamjung is a rich, intense coffee with a soft, velvety texture and notes of fresh toast. Nespresso has a long history of working with some of the world’s leading chefs, and this latest launch is another step in enhancing the coffee experience they deliver to their guests and maintaining its consistency.

“Coffee is typically the last thing guests will taste before they leave a restaurant and so it lingers in their memory. For us, choosing the right coffee is as important as choosing the right wine,” says chef Tetsuya Wakuda.

Chef Shannon Bennett agrees: “Coffee is integral to the overall dining experience – it’s the last impression, the final moment. It’s not the time to drop the ball.”

Nespresso recently gathered 14 of the world’s top chefs, including Wakuda, at their headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, to discuss the evolving role of coffee in restaurants. “We’re committed to helping chefs meet their guests’ demand for exceptional coffee and it’s exciting that chefs like Shannon (Bennett), Tetsuya (Wakuda) and James (Viles) have had such a positive response to these two coffees,” says Nespresso Coffee Ambassador Mitch Monaghan.

Bennett says: “It’s an important point of difference for Vue de monde, to offer a coffee that’s exclusive and rare, but which still reflects best practice cultivation and production. The world of coffee is exciting and complex and we really enjoy encouraging our guests to explore it further with us.”

Source: Nespresso

Karen Walker takes part in the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange

For the first time, the 53 countries of the Commonwealth have come together to showcase a wealth of design and craft. The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, created and managed by Eco-Age and developed in partnership with Swarovski, The Woolmark Company and MATCHESFASHION.COM with the support of the Commonwealth Fashion Council and the British Fashion Council, celebrates the talent, power and potential of artisans and designers and encourages new partnerships, trade networks and sustainability.

The project has been created to help mark the occasion of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit being held in London in April 2018. Designers, including Karen Walker representing New Zealand, and Stella McCartney and Burberry for the United Kingdom, have partnered with artisans to create one-of-a-kind looks that were showcased at a special reception at Buckingham Palace in London during Fashion Week this evening. The reception was hosted by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

There were over 300 guests in attendance from the worlds of fashion, politics and the arts including Anna Wintour and Naomi Campbell. Karen Walker has partnered with craftswomen from the Cook Islands, the Kūki ‘Airani Creative Māmās based in Māngere in Auckland, to create a gown that combines her chic-meets-eccentric handwriting with traditional Cook Islands tivaivai. Karen Walker and 73-year-old Māmā Tukua Turia, the lead artisan from the Kūki ‘Airani Creative Māmās were in attendance at Buckingham Palace as their collaboration was unveiled amongst 30 other dresses.

Karen says, “Being part of such a significant project has been a really special experience for me and seeing all the designs together at Buckingham Palace, alongside my new lifelong friend Tukua, was the icing on the cake. This collaboration is one of my career highlights and I’m so proud to have represented New Zealand and worked with Tukua’s beautiful tivaivai skills in this way.”

Tivaivai are central to Cook Islands culture. Whilst they are, in essence, bed coverings, they are actually much more than that. They are a manifestation of love and honour and are gifted to family and community to mark special occasions. They take several months to make and are seldom sold. They are the paramount form of gifting and women say, “You are not a woman without tivaivai.”. They are love in a physical form and to be gifted a tivaivai is to be literally wrapped in the love of the person (or people) who made it for you.

The Karen Walker x Kūki ‘Airani Creative Māmās tivaivai dress is a formal, strapless gown with a complex bow and pleated bodice and six metres of fabric gathered and tucked into a full-length skirt that drapes across the floor. It’s crafted in dusty pink Italian wool flannel and is covered in claret-coloured embroidered flowers. The silhouette and graphics suggest a tall tree surrounded by flowers.

“There’s such a freshness to the collaboration” Karen says, “and what grew throughout the project was an enormous sense of awe, working with this team of artisans on a completely handcrafted piece, using skills that have been lovingly passed from generation to generation. For me, it was even more about sharing in the history, culture and meaning of tivaivai than it was about creating a dress. It’s been a very special project for us.”

73-year-old Māmā Tukua Turia, the lead artisan from the Kūki ‘Airani Creative Māmās, echoes the sentiment. For Tukua, who was born in Aitutaki, one of the 15 Cook Islands, creating tivaivai is intrinsic to what it is to be a Cook Islands woman. “Every design tells a story,” Tukua says, “And as I’m working I feel like I am in a forest of all the beautiful flowers and leaf shapes that are so symbolic of my home.”

The opportunity to present Cook Islands craft and culture to the world has been “An empowering experience” Tukua says, not just for herself but for her whole team. The Māmās who worked on this project are 60, 68, 73, 75, and 91. Whilst working on this project, the tight-knit group of talented women split their time between the home of one of their members in Māngere and Karen’s design room in Grey Lynn, singing, laughing and talking about life together as they embroidered an array of flowers in claret thread onto the dusty-pink wool-flannel using 12 different kinds of tivaivai stitches.

The atmosphere has been one of heartfelt community. “I’ve loved getting to know Karen and her team,” Tukua says, “Sewing tivaivai is all about enjoying time with the ladies, working together, singing together and learning from eachother and it was a real pleasure to have the Karen Walker team join us.”

The final result, the Karen Walker x Kūki ‘Airani Creative Māmās tivaivai dress, along with the 30 other dresses created for this project, was celebrated during London Fashion Week at a reception at Buckingham Palace this evening. Next, the dresses will move to a public exhibition at Australia House on February 21st, and other locations in London where the exhibition will be open to the public in the run up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in April 2018.

Source: Commonwealth Fashion Exchange

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and artists David Bromely

For two nights only (19th and 21st March), Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will host an ‘Exploring Connection Dinner’ as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. This event will see Australian artist and all round legend, David Bromley team up with Chef Director, Ashley Palmer-Watts to present an insightful and dynamic intersection between art and food.

Explore how history creates the future and listen to how the story of Dinner inspired and manifested in bespoke art pieces created by David Bromley, that take pride of place in the restaurant. Listen to the journey of that moment, how the two met – chef and artist- and how two inspirational creative minds work together.

Watch as a community of artists create an original piece “live” on the night. Enjoy a dining experience delicious and unique that will connected to the conversation and the topics of the evening. Listen to their stories and taste and see the results of those brave enough to follow their own individual path.

At the end of the evening, the painting will be raffled off, with proceeds going to the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

What: Four-course meal including matched wines, live painting by David Bromley and introduction from Ashley Palmer-Watts

When: 19 & 21 March 2018

How Much: $275pp

More Info and Bookings via the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.

Source: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival