We get very excited whenever a homegrown hotel brand makes it mark overseas. This time, it’s The Fullerton Hotel from Singapore opening in Sydney. Elsewhere around the world, experience true Kyoto summer with ENSO ANGO, check out two trendy F&B freshies in Bali, and dine with esteemed London chef Nelly Robinson in Langkawi.

The Fullerton Hotels Makes First International Foray In Sydney

The world-class hospitality of The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore is taking a trip down under to Sydney this October in its first international opening. Steeped in award-winning culture and heritage, the brand will take over what is currently The Westin Sydney (also the former GPO building) , a stone’s throw away from some of the city’s most noteworthy restaurants, shops, and theatres, as well as the Sydney Opera House. Renovation works to its iconic stone facade are currently taking place, but when it’s all fine and dandy, expect to get up close and personal with Sydney’s history and diversity through complimentary heritage tours for both guests and public.

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney opens on 18 October 2019 at 1 Martin Place, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia.

Summer Culture Retreat in Kyoto’s ENSO ANGO

Photo courtesy of Tomooki Kengaku

In case you haven’t heard of the brand, ENSO ANGO in Kyoto is Japan’s first dispersed hotel, which is essentially a collection of apartments throughout the city, sharing one central reception and general facilities in town. Featuring five building all within walking distance of one another, the property is now offering a Summer Cultural Retreat package, allowing guests to enjoy exclusive programmes centred around meditation, craftsmanship, and culture. Do zen meditation with a Kenninji Ryosokuin priest, experience hands-on session at artisanal ateliers, make your own Japanese sweets, tour local Kyoto alleyways at night, and more!

Rates for the Summer Cultural Retreat start from YEN19,500 per room, including of tax. ENSO ANGO is located at , p. +81 75 585 5790.

The Datai Langkawi Chef Series With Nelly Robinson

Culinary excellence is always a good thing, but culinary excellence in the heart of the Malaysian rainforest? It’s like a dream — if you aren’t deathly afraid of bugs and extreme humidity. As part of its ongoing Chef Series, The Datai Langkawi resort will welcome London-born Chef Nelly Robinson, whose restaurant nel. was voted best restaurant in Australia by Timeout Magazine in 2016. From 30 August to 1 September, Nelly and his team will create an unusual five-course menu of childhood memories and fairytales at The Dining Room, before moving to the much-loved The Beach Bar for a complimentary cooking demonstration. If you’ve got culinary chops yourself, participate in a cooking class and lunch at The Dapur — the resort’s beautiful cooking school.

The three-day culinary affair takes places at The Datai Langkawi, Jln Teluk Datai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, p. +60 4 950 0500.

The Dandy Collection’s The Pontiac Stardust and Flat Stanley Open in Seminyak

If you’re heading to Bali anytime soon, why not head to two of the island’s coolest new spots? Founded by The Dandy Collection — the people behind Singapore’s Neon Pigeon and Summerlong — is The Pontiac Stardust, which you could say is a cosmic road trip through 1950s Palm Springs. This progressive cocktail spot in Seminyak comes inspired by the art and energy of the mid-century desert city, and calls back to popular The Pontiac Hong Kong, a fixture on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list since 2016. Beckaly Franks heads up the bar with Balinese interpretations of cocktail classics, like an Americano with Maruitius lime leaf and sexy pink dragon fruit. Next door, Flat Stanley takes you to vintage California with hand-pulled sourdough pizzas as their mainstay — yum!

The Pontiac Stardust and Flat Stanley are located at Jl. Taman Ganesha Jl. Petitenget No.9, Seminyak, Kec. Kuta Utara, Bali, Indonesia.

Emirates to launch services to Mexico City via Barcelona

A direct connection from Barcelona to Mexico? Sign us up! From 9 December this year, Emirates will soon serve a route that’s long been neglected by other airlines. And with the strong customer demand, you could say it still remains underserved. In fact, Mexico City is the first destination in Mexico to be served by Emirates, making key attractions like the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zocalo and its endless number of street vendors now easily accessible to leisure travellers around the world. Travel between the two cities in unprecedented style and comfort with a two-class Emirates Boeing 777-200LR, which offers 38 Business Class seats and 264 seats in Economy Class.

Emirates‘s new route brings daily flight services between Spain and Mexico from 9 December 2019.