More Beds in Bangkok The new Sukosol Hotels group has had a big year. In the spring, it launched The Siam , a gorgeous, ultra-luxurious 39-room/suite boutique property along the Chao Phraya river that has earned accolades from travel gurus the world over. Now it’s reopening one of its older properties, formerly known as the Siam City Hotel , after a massive overhaul, rebranding it as simply The Sukosol . It’s a 470-roomer (massive, and hence a totally different vibe from The Siam) and super conveniently located near the Phaya Thai BTS station, which is also the last stop on the handy train to the airport (yay for avoiding BKK traffic!). The renovated hotel is kitted out with well-chosen design elements, such as a sculpture depicting Thai royalty hanging above the lobby’s reception desk. It feels like there’s a personal touch, and that makes sense given that the hotel group is run by the Sukosols, a prominent Thai family headed by singer and philanthropist Kamala Sukosol, who has made a name for herself and her four children-turned-business partners in the entertainment industry. Find out more and reserve a room at www.sukosolhotels.com . Fly in Style Finnish design brand Marimekko is teaming up with national carrier Finnair to add a touch of design savvy to some sartorially bankrupt airplanes. Marimekko is known for simple, statement-making patterns on items from clothes to homewares that are both bold and vibrant, which is a welcome relief from the blah beiges and grungy grays of most cabins. Starting next spring, there will be modish blue and green blankets and pillows, and cute n’ colorful mugs, in the place of their regular counterparts. Plus, two of Finnair’s aircrafts (one of which flies to Asian destinations) are getting all dolled up and covered with the late Marimekko designer Maija Isola ’s iconic blue-and-yellow floral motif, which dates back to 1964. Once on the plane, you can order an exclusive range of Marimekko products via the in-flight shopping magazine that aren’t available in any store on the ground, from Finland’s to Hong Kong’s. Frankly, after quite a few long-haul flights, it’s great to see an airline try to brighten up the experience of being trapped in a hurtling capsule for hours on end. Visit www.finnair.com for more info and to book flights. Beer on Board! Because the month of October doesn’t seem to be long enough, the celebration of all things German has extended into November. At least, according to Star Cruises , which is hosting three overnight sailings with what they’ve dubbed a “Bierfest International” theme. On three Saturdays in November—10, 17 and 24, 20— Star Pisces (yes, the big-ass ship we always see docked at the pier near Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui) will take passengers out for a trip that includes lunch, dinner and breakfast as well as accommodation. Unlike some cruises, there’s no unlimited food and booze, since prices start as low as $577 per person for a room that fits two. But in keeping with the theme, 20 different brews are available, from popular lagers to more obscure, exotic varieties. If, like me, you enjoy beer and have never been on a cruise, this would be a great trial run to see whether you’re seaworthy for a longer journey. For more information and reservations, call 2317-7711 or visit www.starcruises.com . Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter: @HanaRAlberts.