Happy New Year! For the first edition of Wanderfolk in 2019, we’re hoping to feed your wanderlust with discounted airfares on Emirates, cheap(er) rooms at 40 great hotels in South East Asia, and the arrival of (arguably) wagyu’s best rep in Hong Kong.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Launches South East Asia Sale

Conrad Bali, Nusa Dua

Travelling within the South East Asia this year? Check yourself into some of the best hotels and resorts with Hilton’s ongoing sale! Enjoy up to 15% off bookings made from now till 2 February 2019 for stays until 30 September 2019 at the brand’s 40 properties across the region including Conrad Bali, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, Hilton Hanoi Opera, and Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa. Hilton Honors members enjoy an additional 10% off the non-members’ discounted rates.

Book your holiday here; sale ends 2 February 2019.

Wagyumafia Opens in Hong Kong

Hisato Hamada’s Wagyumafia, Tokyo’s exclusive members-only Wagyu beef restaurants, opened its first international branch in Hong Kong last year November to folks willing to cough up HK$1000 (US$127) for the membership fee. Well, reservations for the public are finally open for this intimate 18-seater Wagyu heaven – their beef is sourced from the 20 best farmers in Japan, including Ozaki Beef, where cattle are fed organic ryegrass and mineral water. Priced at HK$1800 (US$230), the Wagyumafia Signature Tasting includes their famed Cutlet Sandwich, where an extravagant panko-fried Chateaubriand cut and house special sauce is set between lightly toasted Japanese milk bread.

Wagyumafia is located at Shop 1B, G/F, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. +852 2608 0677. Open Mon-Sat 6pm-12am. Closed Sun. Make reservations here.

Emirates Launches Global Fare Promotion

Split, Croatia. Image courtesy of Patty Ho.

From now until 21 January, jet-setters in Singapore can look forward to great deals to key destinations in Emirates’ global network with special Business Class and Economy Class fares. Return fares for travel till 15 November 2019 start as low as S$448 to Australia on economy while Europe and North America is within reach for S$888 and S$1388 respectively. Business Class starts from S$2198 to Australia.

Book your flights here.

The Sanchaya Rolls Out 2019 Wellness Program

The Sanchaya Spa

Bintan’s most exclusive estate The Sanchaya is boosting its health and fitness offerings with a newly renovated spa, as well as a heavy-hitting roster of wellness experts visiting throughout the year! 22 March to 1 April 2019 will see London-based celebrity trainer, ArturZolkiewicz, hosting a complimentary class a day for in-house guests. The classes target the whole body with a series of stretches and cardio exercises to leave participants feeling energised. A nutritious menu of post-workout breakfasts and homemade smoothies will complement the classes, and Artur will be offering bespoke personal training at an extra cost for those who want to address specific fitness goals.

See here for more information and bookings.

Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Now Open

Located in the heart of Bukit Bintang 13 floors above popular shopping mall Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Pavilion Hotel is real estate company Pavilion Group’s first hotel. Opened just last month, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur is managed by Banyan Tree, which means it hosts an award-winning Banyan Tree Spa on top of an infinity and a gym on the rooftop amongst its facilities and amenities. Their Opening Celebration Package – valid for stays from now till March 31 2019 – includes benefits like daily buffet breakfast for two, 30% off full body massages, and 15% off treatment packages at Banyan Tree Spa with rooms starting from MYR498++ (US$121++) per night.

Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur is located at 170 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, p. +603 2117 2800, e. reservations-pavilionhotelkl@banyantree.comSee here for more information and bookings.

Top image: Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa