01 June 2020


As MCO and lockdown measures loosen, some hotels in and around Malaysia are back in business with new norms

With any serious travel plans unlikely to take shape anytime soon, short staycations might be a viable option to let off some steam in such stressful times. When things improve, perhaps we can think of visiting some of the newly established brand-name hotels in our neighbouring nations.

Dorsett & Silka Hotels Back to Business under CMCO's SOP

Silka Maytower Kuala Lumpur and Dorsett Grand Subang have reopened with new norms of operation. For starters, Dorsett Grand Subang is offering the #BookWithConfidence campaign which allows free cancellation with one day advance notice for bookings made for both Dorsett and Deluxe rooms from now until 30 September 2020. Stay periods run from 1 June to 30 September 2020 (inclusive). That's not all! For bookings made during this period, guests will also enjoy 3 perks of their choice from the Dorsett 3 Wishes campaign. At Dorsett Grand Subang, the perks are Complimentary Breakfast for two persons at Terazza Brasserie, Complimentary room upgrade to Deluxe room per stay; Complimentary Pressing Service of 2 pcs of garments per stay; and other attractive benefits. For more information, visit

InterContinental Phuket Resort Offers More Compelling Reasons to Visit Phuket After Pandemic

Inspired by Phuket's natural landscape, InterContinental Phuket Resort is a luxury beachfront hideaway featuring 221 elegantly appointed rooms and villas overlooking the Andaman Sea. The resort’s four restaurant and bars offers contemporary Thai fine-dining at Jaras, international gourmet fare at Pinto, poolside favourites and craft cocktails at Pine beach bar, and organic coffee, tea and delicacies at Sawan Beans and Leaves Bar. Resort facilities include Club InterContinental Lounge, Sati Spa & Wellness, six swimming pools with breathtaking views, a well-equipped fitness centre, tennis court, and Planet Trekkers Kids Club for multi-generational recreation. For more information, visit

Kuala Lumpur’s KLoe Hotel Reopens Doors

Having just opened its doors in March before MCO was implemented, KLoe Hotel has resumed operations. Featuring bold architecture and interior design of 85-room, KLoe Hotel serves as a background for Malaysian contemporary art and design.The boutique hotel collaborated with a local curator to furnish every guest room with original pieces of art and commissioned artisans to create the hotel’s objets d’art, from hand-thrown ceramic lampshades to handcrafted desks that fit snugly in each room. At the forefront are five one-of-a-kind Lofts, each outfitted to celebrate a particular creative pursuit: art, music, food, plants, and books. To achieve this, KLoe teamed up with five different personalities, all of whom are well-respected thought leaders in their respective fields, to design the lofts’ guest experience. Lucky Coffee serves as the hotel’s dining venue with a new exciting bistro set to follow, while B.est Mind & Body offers a holistic approach to fitness and mindfulness through a range of yoga, meditation, and fitness sessions. For more information, visit

citizenM Offers New Flexible Booking Policies

In response to the world slowly opening back up again, citizenM has come up with new flexible booking policies in all outlets, including its Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang Hotel. Guests can now book any stay and cancel for free up to 24 hours before arrival until 31 December 2020. They have also launched chic gift vouchers with values of EUR 50, EUR75, and EUR 100 respectively; perfect as gifts for your wanderlusting friends or family who cannot wait to go back out there. Spend now, travel later! For more information, visit

Alma Cam Ranh Opens Doors Amidst Vietnam’s Effective Epidemic Control

Emblematic of Vietnam's maturation as a destination, the bold and spacious Alma resort commands 30 hectares of oceanfront on the Cam Ranh Peninsula, with 580 oversized suites and pavilions that afford sweeping vistas of the ocean. The contemporary three-bedroom seaside pavilions sprawl over 224sqm with a living room, kitchen, four bathrooms and a private pool. Alma features a broad spectrum of restaurants helmed by top chefs, a food court with an array of local and international cuisine, as well as a classical bar, pool bar and beach bar. Opened on 31 May, the resort's other highlights include 12 swimming pools cascading down to the beach, a waterpark, 13-treatment room spa, 70-seat cinema, convention centre, amphitheater, art gallery, science museum, gymnasium and yoga room, 18-hole mini golf course, a youth centre with virtual reality games, a kid’s club, watersports centre and even an 'Alma Mart' mini supermarket. For more information, visit