Koh Samui Thailand – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgKoh Samui, Thailand – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineW Hotels Worldwide, the hotel category buster and industry innovator, today opens the doors of W Retreat Koh Samui, the first W in Southeast Asia. An all-villa beachfront resort uniquely located at the peak of the north shore of Thailand’s famed Samui Island, W Koh Samui brings an alluring new dimension to Thailand through its location, forward-looking design, and vibrant contemporary lifestyle. The opening of W Koh Samui is also an important milestone as W Hotels continues to grow internationally, on track to more than double its global portfolio by 2012, reaching more than 50 hotels worldwide.“W Retreat Koh Samui redefines the way we live and play. The day is dedicated to individual moments of relaxation and detox that will inspire you for a night of energy and celebration,” said Eva Ziegler, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide and Le Méridien. “We are delighted to have brought the W brand to Koh Samui, one of the coolest islands in Southeast Asia. W Koh Samui marks an important move in the global expansion of the W brand, and after W Maldives and W Vieques, it is our third Retreat worldwide.”“W Retreat Koh Samui is another great example of our ideology in investing in a destination with a great site, product and the ideal brand to compliment it – certainly a perfect blend of lifestyle, entertainment, hospitality and commerce,” said Sunny Bajaj, Managing Director of Amburaya Hotels & Resorts. “We are confident that W Retreat Koh Samui will be a scintillating playground for the discerning leisure traveler and a fresh destination on the global stage of entertainment, music, fashion and culture for years to come.”A modern paradise of vibrant foliage, unspoiled golden sand and warm island breezes, W Koh Samui offers panoramic sunrise and sunset views of the Gulf of Thailand from its exceptional beachfront location. The Retreat features 75 private villas equipped with modern lifestyle innovations, including a private pool, daybeds, an outdoor shower, Yamaha sound system, 46-inch plasma screen TV, wine refrigerator, and the signature W bed.W Koh Samui’s signature services and amenities bring a new level of indulgence to a renowned Thai island. Exclusive experiences include W’s signature Whatever/Whenever® service philosophy, providing guests and residents with whatever they want – from a Champagne brunch on a deserted beach to an intimate sunset wedding on a stretch of Koh Samui’s glistening sand to an impromptu island-hopping excursion – whenever they want it, as long as it’s legal!Showcasing innovative architecture by MAPS Design Studio and interior design by Thailand-based design firm P49 Deesign, W Retreat Koh Samui – like Koh Samui itself –is an island within an island, a place that will “light up the night.” With a hill separating its own peninsula of land from the rest of Koh Samui, W Retreat Koh Samui offers an escape within an escape for guests and travelers who seek something extraordinary – a far cry from the everyday resorts nearby.W Koh Samui has been designed as a modern paradise where the day is dedicated to individual moments in which guests can slip away from themselves and each other to refuel for what comes next. When night falls, the people and the Retreat come to life – nocturnal in nature like the W brand, full of energy and ready to mingle.W’s signature W Lounge (W’s take on the traditional hotel lobby), a magnificent design, rich with stunning ocean vistas welcomes stylish island guests as they arrive at the retreat. Upon entry, guests will experience interactive digital floor projections that give way to an environment accented with off-white terrazzo floors, high ceilings clad in angular bleached wood veneer panels, large bookshelves and oversized lamps. A key element of the W Lounge is a water feature and relaxing area, inspired by the shape of a lotus flower.W’s signature W Lounge brings an irresistible new highlight to Koh Samui’s nightlife scene. Right next to the W Lounge is the breathtaking WOOBAR. Open on three sides and perched on the corner of a hillside, WooBar offers 270-degree views of the Gulf of Thailand and the surrounding hillside. Overlooking the bar on the mezzanine level is the DJ booth, perched high from a commanding point in WooBar. The unique design allows WooBar to transform from day to night, becoming the ultimate destination to wow guests with W’s dynamic programming in the form of unique W Happenings – lifestyle events reflecting W’s passion for music, design, fashion and film.Guests of the Retreat may enjoy preferred dining reservations and seating at The Kitchen Table, which serves food from the heart, including freshly baked treats, gourmet pizzas and inspirational buffets, as well as at W Retreat Koh Samui’s signature restaurant, Namu. More than a Japanese restaurant, Namu creates the food of “Asia Tomorrow” and brings a modern reinvention of Asian ethnic cuisine styles for guests, from the menu to the design and the service concepts. Before dinner, guests may spice up their evenings with one of W Retreat Koh Samui’s signature cocktails at SIP while taking in the most spectacular sunset on the Edge of Wonderland.Away® Spa, the signature spa at W Retreat Koh Samui, will whisk away guests and in-the-know locals into a playground of surprising sensations and signature treatments that detox, decompress, delight and refuel, while enveloped in an aura of peace, silent beauty and simple elegance. Unlike any other spa in Southeast Asia, Away® Spa is an exceptional wellness escape that features signature treatments including massages, facial and body treatments, manicures and pedicures, as well as a range of treatments incorporating local Thai influences – whether it be ingredients or massage techniques – in a cool and playful way. A masterpiece of modern design, Away® Spa comprises 576 square meters of indoor and outdoor spa treatment areas that allow for total privacy and complete renewal, as well as TONIC juice bar and the first “Thaimazcal” treatment facility. The first of its kind in Asia, the Thaimazcal treatment is unique and based on Mexican tribal rituals, using local Thai ingredients. Guests will also be able to enjoy the WET pool, SWEAT state-of-the-art fitness facility, water sports center and tennis court, Style Lab and much more.The Great Room function area at W Retreat Koh Samui serves as an ideal island venue for weddings, business gatherings, creative meetings and so on. Creative in approach and innovative in design, the Great Room serves 60 people with the latest in meetings technology. With its location on the tropical wonderland of W Retreat Koh Samui, the Great Room is also expected to be one of the best venues in the world for WOW VOWS and wedding parties.Located adjacent to W Retreat Koh Samui will be The Residences at W Retreat Koh Samui, which will feature 17 secluded beachfront villas ranging from three to five bedrooms and from 1,000 to 2,752 square meters. Each residence offers a modern tropical Zen style with exotic touches, and each offers full access to the benefits, services and amenities of W Koh Samui.www.whotels.com/kohsamuilast_img read more

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Lawsuit dismissed after Canadian bridgemaker accused of plotting to steal US competitors

first_img Sponsored By: ← Previous Next → More But in a cringe-worthy twist, a string of emails discussing the plans — some allegedly written by Big R chief executive Cameron C. Klein — appear to have been unintentionally forwarded to the galvanizing plant by a Big R employee.The fumble occurred on April 25, when an employee of Big R sent an email request for a tour of the galvanizing plant, Acrow’s court filings state. Australia dodges Trump tariffs on metals, thanks to U.S. politicians What Canada gave up to get the U.S. steel and aluminium tariffs lifted Trump drops steel and aluminum tariffs, clearing path for USMCA Attached to that email was a series of messages in which Klein allegedly stated that he had been working with the two Canadian firms to develop a panel bridge system that could be manufactured in the U.S.The firms had attempted to “reverse engineer” Acrow’s bridge components, Klein wrote, according to the filing, but the project ran into a snag when they were unable to determine the closely guarded identity of the company’s steel supplier.“I was wondering if you could swing by and do a plant tour under the cover that we would like to see their operation for future work,” one email states. “On your tour, you should be able to walk the entire site and innocently ask ‘what are these panels’ and walk over and see the marking (or even get a photo).”By examining the components for “mill markings” prior to galvanizing — a process that conceals them — the defendants had hoped to obtain the steelmaker’s identity, Acrow alleged. Upon receiving the emails — which include Google aerial maps marked with red arrows indicating possible locations of the components — the galvanizing plant alerted Acrow, prompting the lawsuit.“Defendants intend to use this unlawfully obtained information to gain a competitive advantage in the steel bridge building industry,” the Acrow filings stated.Neither Klein, nor a lawyer for the defendants responded to requests for comment. The allegations have not been proven in court.Peter Mesheau, vice president of marketing for Atlantic Industries Limited, declined to comment on the details of the complaint but said his company was determined to continue to seek business in the U.S. market.Acrow is “a good sized company and they do good stuff and they are protecting their turf,” he said in a phone interview. “We’ll continue to compete in the U.S. or wherever.”Acrow, which agreed to the stipulation, said it was happy to go back to business. “AIL Group and Big R agreed they weren’t in possession of the identity of our steel supplier and wouldn’t make attempts to obtain that information, so we’re satisfied,” said Michael Nicodema, a lawyer for Acrow.Acrow’s bridges are produced entirely in the U.S. with American steel and therefore qualify for lucrative government contracts under Washington’s Buy America provisions. In order to protect this advantage over its competition, “maximum secrecy” is used to shield the identity of its steel supplier, which produces the material in facilities not accessible to the public and transports it on trucks that “are virtually impossible to trace,” Acrow’s court documents state. Employees are bound by confidentiality agreements and computers are password protected.“Should Acrow’s supply sourcing trade secrets be misappropriated by a competitor, Acrow would suffer a huge competitive blow that would be impossible to quantify in monetary terms,” the company said in its complaint.The lawsuit was filed May 15. In a stipulation between the parties filed with the court on May 28, the defendants declared they were not possession of the identity of the steel supplier or any other trade secrets or confidential information belonging to Acrow. They also affirmed that they would not attempt to gain such information through improper means but would “continue to compete with Acrow and others in the marketplace in a lawful manner.”In response to the stipulation, the court dismissed the case.• Email: npowell@nationalpost.com | Twitter: Lawsuit dismissed after Canadian bridge-maker accused of plotting to steal U.S. competitor’s secrets agrees to play nice String of emails detailing alleged plans forwarded accidentally, court documents claim Comment Acrow Corp. of America, a firm specializing in prefabricated steel bridges, had accused Atlantic Industries Limited and AIL International Inc. of conspiring with their American affiliate Big R Manufacturing to gain secret information on Acrow’s bridge components.Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg Related Stories Featured Stories A U.S. civil proceeding accusing a Canadian bridge and infrastructure firm of plotting to steal trade secrets was dismissed last month after the company and its affiliates told the court in a stipulation that they were not in possession of the confidential information and would not pursue it by improper means.Acrow Corp. of America, a 65-year-old global design and engineering firm specializing in prefabricated steel bridges, had accused Atlantic Industries Limited and AIL International Inc. — both of New Brunswick — of conspiring with their American affiliate Big R Manufacturing to gain secret information on Acrow’s bridge components.According to the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the State of Colorado, Acrow alleged the defendants sought to have a Big R employee tour, under false pretences, a galvanizing plant where Acrow’s components were stored in order to catch a glimpse of them. 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