A year in review: What you were reading in 2015?

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With the year drawing to a close, it’s only natural to reflect on the major moments that created a buzz in the world of luxury travel in 2016. From lavish villas in Vietnam to the latest awe-inspiring property to join Virgin Limited Edition, these are the top 10 news pieces that you were following in the year that was:


10. Villas in the sun: InterContinental Danang launches new residences

In July, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort announced the launch of its new Sun Peninsula Residences, designed to achieve a balance of privacy, intimacy and exceptional service.


9. 10 questions with… David Goldman

Fresh from being awarded for Top Australia/New Zealand Production at Virtuoso Travel Week , David Goldman, Joint Managing Director of the Goldman Travel Corporation, chatted with LATTE about the value of travel advisors, trends and Viennese coffee.


8. Fiji to welcome new five-star Pullman resort

Accor announced in March that it will grow its Fijian hotel network with the addition of a new-build, multi-million-dollar upscale address, the Pullman Nadi Bay Resort & Spa, scheduled to open in 2016.


7. Arovada: A private island wellness retreat in Cambodia

It was recently announced that in June 2016, AKARYN Hotel Group will launch Arovada by AKARYN, the first private island wellness retreat in Cambodia.


6. The Branson Estate joins Virgin Limited Edition

Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson’s luxury collection of retreats, announced its newest addition – The Branson Estate on Moskito Island in October, available for rental from early 2016.


5. Iconic Santorini named Greece’s Leading Boutique Hotel

In October the World Travel Awards unveiled the winners of its 2015 survey of luxury hotels and spas on 6 continents and named the Iconic Santorini as Greece’s Leading Boutique Hotel.


4. Meet Vunabaka: Fiji’s new, true island escape

There are few places left that can be called a true tropical island escape, but Vunabaka in Fiji is a resort experience that can, pairing all things luxurious with the exotic Fijian island experience.


3. Ice-cream burgers at InterContinental Hong Kong

A selection of gourmet burgers and creative ice cream burgers made the Lobby Lounge at InterContinental Hong Kong an even more popular stop for a daytime or evening treat.


2. The Langham, Sydney listed in Top 100 Hotels in the World

The Langham, Sydney was ranked by luxury US connoisseur publication, Robb Report, as being one of the Top 100 Hotels In The World in May. The announcement came only six months after the hotel reopened its doors post a grand transformation.


1. Mayura, A Karma Retreat, opens in Ubud

John Spence, Chairman, Founder and CEO of Karma Royal Group announced  the opening of Mayura – the group’s inaugural Karma Retreat property in Ubud, Bali, on 1 July 2015.

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