For travellers seeking local cultural experiences, spending time at local art galleries and museums are an enjoyable escape from the here and now. With hotels located near popular attractions of cultural interest, ONYX Hospitality Group invites art lovers and those looking to hear a new story to visit Hong Kong, Bangkok and Phuket to take in all the creative highlights of each of these destinations.
Besides being a great destination for shopping and prayers at the many local temples, Hong Kong is also home to a wide range of art and cultural offerings. Travellers should include a visit to Tai Kwun, Hong Kong’s latest centre for heritage and arts located in the heart of the Central district.
Formerly a police station compound, Tai Kwun is a massive revitalised heritage project that aims to take visitors through an enjoyable experience in Hong Kong’s historical and cultural milestones with interactive tours, educational programmes, contemporary performance arts and thematic exhibitions. With its unique architectural style, Tai Kwun is a fascinating place to wander, urging visitors to immerse themselves into the experience and snap cool, hipster photos. After a day of inspirational sightseeing, guests can relax and recharge at OZO Wesley Hong Kong, a hotel which is all about sleep, connectivity and exploration. Located a short ride from Tai Kwun, OZO Wesley Hong Kong is the ideal base for Hong Kong explorers with its prime location near Wan Chai MTR station, providing guests with an enhanced sleep experience, smart connectivity for personal devices, and local exploration tips from well-informed team members.
Explore Tai Kwun, Hong Kong’s latest arts and cultural centre, with OZO Wesley Hong Kong as your base — offering an advanced purchase offer of up to 15% off room rates with best rate guarantee, nightly rates start at 734 HKD++. Get 10% off when booking at least 7 days in advance and receive an extra 5% off when booking 21 days in advance. The deal is available until 31 December 2018. For more information, please visit www.ozohotels.com/wesley-
The city of angels is never static, with new events and art exhibitions popping up for locals and tourists to visit almost every week, with themes that highlight social issues and appreciate heritage through both traditional platforms and multimedia. One such exhibition is the newly opened “Up the River During Qingming National Palace Museum” exhibition at River City Bangkok, hosted in collaboration with the renowned Taipei institution.
Visitors are transported back in time through multimedia mediums, such as virtual reality and augmented reality. A unique look at how technology can bring out the magic of traditional paintings and ceramic pieces, the National Palace multimedia art exhibition invites visitors to experience both Thai and Taiwanese heritage in a fun and educational setting. Showcased for the first time in Southeast Asia, this art exhibition is exclusively available at River City Bangkok until 12 February 2019.
From River City Bangkok’s pier, travellers may jump on one of the passing ferry boats along the Chao Phraya River for a cruise along the renowned river of Kings. After a day of riverside cultural exploration, guests may hop on a tuk-tuk for the journey back to Amari Watergate Bangkok and unwind by the pool or enjoy a wide range of dishes at Amaya Food Gallery, a signature restaurant inspired by the street food markets of Asia.
Amari Watergate Bangkok invites guests to discover the cultural highlights of the capital with its Hot Deal Package, including a two-nights stay in a Deluxe King Room together with 1,000 THB dining credit to experience the live cooking stations at Amaya Food Gallery and 25% off treatments at Breeze Spa, with nightly rates starting at 4,292 THB++. Guests also can take a little extra time to rest and relax, as the deal includes late check-out until 16:00. For more information, please visit www.amari.com/watergate
Renowned for being a beautiful beach paradise and unique culinary specialities, Phuket is an offbeat but fun destination for art lovers, with its diverse collection of street art and graffiti scattered across the old town in art galleries and on the walls of heritage buildings.
From Amari Phuket, guests can easily ride to Phuket old town, where colourful Sino-Portuguese architecture highlights the bustling energy emitted. In between cafe visits and bargain hunting, travellers should look out for a series of vibrant street art along the alleys of Krabi and Dibuk roads. Created with the intention of reviving Phuket city as one of the world’s top tourist destinations, this series of street artwork is an open-air gallery that is approachable and comprehensible for all ages. More than just adding a touch of photogenic fun, each piece illustrates the Phuket way of life in that specific area. When all the alleyways are explored and the art lover is content for the day, retreat back to Amari Phuket for delicious sharing platters and tropical drinks to perfectly pair with the gorgeous sunset views over the seascape.
Amari Phuket is now offering street art lovers the opportunity to enjoy more with the Phuket Super Saver Package, with nightly rates starting at 6,510 THB++ for a minimum of three nights’ stay in a Superior Ocean Facing Room, complimentary round-trip airport transfers, dinner at Rim Talay Restaurant, 20% off soothing treatments at Breeze Spa and a complimentary late check-out until 16:00. The package is available for stays until 31 July 2019. For more information, please visit www.amari.com/phuket.