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An evening of full swing with Biggles Big Band at Centara Hua Hin
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Celebrating Songkran at Centara April 11-15
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Michelin Star French Chef at VIE Hotel Bangkok, April 3-5
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Centara’s New Agenda – fresh thinking for meetings
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Elite Weddings and honeymoon specialists visit Centara Grand Hua Hin
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Centara Grand Beach Samui to undergo major update
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Six Senses Samui extends winter through-to-spring offer
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Centara Grand Beach Samui to be updated and refurbished
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Six Senses Yao Noi reintroduces The View
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Centara signs agreement with Korea’s KEB Hana Card

An evening of full swing with Biggles Big Band at Centara Hua Hin

 SWING EXCITEMENT was in the air when Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin welcomed Biggles Big Band to delight Thai fans with hits from the golden era of jazz.

The beautiful city of Hua Hin was in excitement as an Amsterdam-based 25-piece jazz orchestra, Biggles Big Band, recently revisited the iconic Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin as part of their 2019’s Thailand Tour.

Attended by hundreds of guests and all jazz lovers from across the globe, the event “A Big Night With Biggles Big Band” was a success with Jan Weisheit the hotel’s resident manager, personally welcoming and greeting Adrie Braat the conductor, and the big band with the management team prior to the recreation of the magical sounds from the swinging-and-dancing era.

Highlights of the glittering evening included tunes from their amazing musical repertoire such as In The Mood, Come By Me, Fly Me To The Moon, and many more famous jazz classics recreated with their well-known contemporary styles, all perfectly complimenting a wonderful atmosphere of the hotel.

For more information or to make a reservation, call +66 (0) 3251 2021

 

 

 

Celebrating Songkran at Centara April 11-15

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS is partnering with Smile in Love Wedding Studio to showcase Thailand’s rich cultural heritage embodied in traditional Thai clothing throughout the upcoming Songkran Festival 2019.

This year’s Songkran festival runs from April 12-18, one of Thailand’s favourites that attracts thousands to Thailand every year as Thai people mark the event by throwing water at each other to wash away their troubles from the previous year. It also makrs the start the Thai new year.

At Centara, staff will wear traditional Thai costumes, providing guests with an up-close look at the timeless style and glamour of authentic Thai apparel. In addition, guests at every hotel and resort property across the group will be invited to take part in Thai cultural activities such as the offering of beautiful handmade jasmine garlands and the traditional pouring of scented water over the palms.

Preparations are well underway at all 33 Centara properties within Thailand to extend a warm welcome and Thai-style hospitality to guests soon to arrive from around the world to join the Songkran festivities nationwide.

All front-line staff will be dressed in traditional Thai costumes from April 11-15 holiday period. Special activities, such as a booth for sprinkling scented water on the Buddha’s image, a set-up for pouring scented water onto elders’ palms, along with traditional Thai folk performances are also being arranged, enabling guests to experience the many appealing facets of this popular annual festival.

As the Thai hotel brand-of-choice among both Thai and international guests, Centara takes great pride in delivering its standard of Thai-style service and hospitality to guests while celebrating an important and joyful cultural occasion together with millions of Thais.

 

Michelin Star French Chef at VIE Hotel Bangkok, April 3-5

 La VIE – Creative French Cuisine in VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel, in collaboration with Thai Airways International Public Company Limited and Krungthai Card Public Company Limited (KTC), is offering an unique culinary experience with Michelin-starred Chef Nicolas Isnard, a master of the Mediterranean influence in French cooking for three days from April 3-5,2019.

Michelin-starred Chef Nicolas Isnard is chef and co-owner of Auberge de la Charme á Prenois restaurant, which was awarded a Michelin star within a year after opening, Chef Nicolas comes from the south of France and his grandparents were Italian, which much of his own sense of exciting tastes in a unique style both sincere and experimental.

Chef Nicolas has also been awarded 4 toques by the Gault & Millau guide and received the honored title of ‘Maitre Cuisinier de France’ in 2012.

Cooking is a “life-long passion” to Michelin-starred Nicolas Isnard. He loves his calling and the foods he works with, blending a sensitive knowledge of techniques with sheer passion to produce works of culinary art that linger deliciously on the palate, bringing to mind every dream of the azure Mediterranean and the richness of southern French cuisine.

The sevenCourse Michelin Star Set Dinner (Dinner is served at 7:00 pm) costs 5,750 THB per person for food. A perfectly paired wine package is available at an additional charge of 1,800 THB per person.

 

 

 

Centara’s New Agenda – fresh thinking for meetings

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS is bringing fresh thinking and new approaches to deliver better meetings with the launch of New Agenda: Meetings Redesigned, providing a one-stop MICE service and enhanced customer experience.

 Winfried Hancke, corporate director of operations food & beverage, Centara Hotels & Resorts, says the new program was conceived in response to customer feedback and a desire to take full advantage of the company’s venues and prime locations.

“Our clients told us they were open to bold ideas and innovative ways to engage meeting participants, and we listened,” he says. “We are confident that the ideas and resources at the core of New Agenda: Meetings Redesigned will deliver more stimulating and effective meetings for our clients and their organizations.”

For too long, offsite meetings have followed a cookie-cutter approach that makes one meeting feel identical to another, resulting in bored participants and low engagement.

New Agenda is designed to put an end to that, with a one-stop MICE service and enhanced customer experience and helps business to achieve the essential part of MICE: The spread of knowledge and professional practices and a key factor in building better understanding and relations among professionals.

The New Agenda program is built around three main elements:

A one-stop Meeting Guru to serve as a single onsite resource and point-of-contact for end-to-end event management, ensuring seamless communication, planning and execution.

A redefined approach to team-building led by Centara’s in-house team-building specialists and in partnership with the professionals at Asia Ability, to develop effective new team-building techniques and energizing activities.

Creative catering to reinforce engagement and strengthen participant involvement, with new ideas brought to life by Centara’s talented Food & Beverage teams such as “dinner in the dark” concept by having Thai dancers enter with each course with dimmed LED Candles in hand or with blindfolds provided to create an ultimate sensory experience for all guests.

New Agenda was progressively rolled out to a total of 25 operating Centara’s properties.

 

 

Elite Weddings and honeymoon specialists visit Centara Grand Hua Hin

 

THE TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND (TAT) staged Amazing Thailand Romance Trade Meet 2019, held for the fourth time with Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.

 The event featured some of the country’s most exclusive and discerning products for a rapidly growing market, as one the main venue highlights, led by Srisuda Wanapinyosak, TAT deputy governor of international marketing – Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas, and David Martens, general manager and corporate director of operations, Centara Hua Hin, Krabi & Samui.

More than 70 participants from 20 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, India, and Malaysia took part in the sessions and tours of Hua Hin, including being welcomed at Mrigadayavan Palace of Thailand’s Royal Family.

Srisuda Wanapinyosak, from TAT added: “The opening of the Mrigadayavan Palace for such exclusive private parties for pre-weddings and honeymoons is expected to be a major draw card for buyers seeking exclusive new services and products to present to their respective guests.”

Following a welcome reception, the main business events were held at the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.

They included a briefing presentation on the Amazing Thailand Romance Market Insight by 10 keynote speakers to bring in outside perspective and share industry trends and tips to Thai sellers, and lastly, the Thailand product presentation for buyers, making for a great opportunity to enhance the positioning of Thailand as the preferred wedding and honeymoon destination among other popular choices.

David Martens from Centara Grand Hua Hin described Hua-Hin as a spectacular seaside town within just a three-hour drive from Bangkok. It serves as a good space for wedding ceremonies, with soft natural light, as it faces east, making for a great option for a beach destination wedding.

“For Centara Grand Hua Hin, the hotel itself boasts that charming old-world feel. It was restored to its original elegance of 1923. “

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, which first opened its doors to welcome guests in the early 1920s, is regarded as one of the grand hotels of the East, with a wide expanse of gardens perfect for strolling and enjoying the sea breezes. With its perfect location in the town centre, it’s ideal for exploring and shopping, and as a prime destination for couples and families.

 

 

 

Centara Grand Beach Samui to undergo major update

CENTARA GRAND BEACH RESORT SAMUI is being updated and refurbished, starting this June.

The classic resort on Chaweng Beach will retain its colonial-style charm but benefit from major improvements before re-opening in 2020.

“Even a hotel with the fabled history of this one benefits from refreshed design and innovative additions,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat. CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

“When you are one of Samui’s most famous properties, you don’t rest on your laurels. Delighting our guests requires creative thinking and continuous improvement.”

The resort will stay open only until June 1, 2019, then close for the renovation work.

Centara plans to redesign all rooms and suites, add luxury villas, and introduce exciting new dining concepts and services. The objective is to retain the unique, classic charm of the existing hotel, but transform it to a new level of luxury.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui has been welcoming guests for 23 years, during which time it has witnessed the development of the surrounding town and island into one of Thailand’s most popular holiday destinations. Thanks to its prime location, Thai-style hospitality and exceptional facilities, it has stood the test of time consistently, winning a host of international awards and proving one of the true Grande Dame hotels of Samui.

 

 

Six Senses Samui extends winter through-to-spring offer

SIX SENSES SAMUI has extended its 40 per cent savings offer until June 30, 2019 with Kids Stay & Eat for Free during the Easter holidays in April.

For those travelers planning a trip in the first half of 2019, the 40 per cent off accommodation includes all villa types, except for Hideaway Villa.

Families traveling during the Easter holidays can alsotake advantage of Kids Stay & Eat for Free offer, where children aged up to 12 years can stay and enjoy meals at Dining on the Hill for free from April 6 to 26, 2019.

There are many on-site activities, plus a huge array of things to do and see on Samui Island. Guests can either spend time by the resort’s main swimming pool, where burgers, pizzas and other favorites are freshly prepared, or the youngsters can join Grow With Six Senses program which includes coconut painting, paper folding classes, or rock painting, to name just a few.

Samui has virtually unlimited family-focused activities and the Experience Team will make all the arrangements for a family holiday that will be long treasured.

Stunning Six Senses Samui nestles on a gently sloping headland on the northern tip of Samui Island, approximately three miles (six kilometers) from Samui Airport and a 45-minute flight south of Bangkok.

Six Senses Samui is inspired by a traditional Thai fishing village, and most villa accommodations have private pools. They are located on 20 acres (eight hectares) of natural vegetation offering panoramic sea views of the Gulf of Thailand.

Award-winning dining is on offer at Dining on the Rocks, with 270-degree vistas of the outlying islands. All the treatments expected from a Six Senses Spa, and many more, are offered with each one in the unique style of Six Senses Samui and tailored to the individual.

Special rates start from US $479 or 15,000 THB per night in a Pool Villa and are subject to terms and conditions.

To learn more about this offer, please visit www.sixsenses.com/resorts/samui/offers/, send your inquiry to reservations-samui@sixsenses.com or call 6677245678.

 

Centara Grand Beach Samui to be updated and refurbished

CENTARA GRAND BEACH RESORT SAMUI is being updated and refurbished, starting this June. The classic resort on Chaweng Beach will retain its colonial-style charm but benefit from major improvements before re-opening in 2020.

“Even a hotel with the fabled history of this one benefits from refreshed design and innovative additions,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat. CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

“When you are one of Samui’s most famous properties, you don’t rest on your laurels. Delighting our guests requires creative thinking and continuous improvement.”

The resort will stay open only until June 1, 2019, then close for the renovation work.

Centara plans to redesign all rooms and suites, add luxury villas, and introduce exciting new dining concepts and services. The objective is to retain the unique, classic charm of the existing hotel, but transform it to a new level of luxury.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui has been welcoming guests for 23 years, during which time it has witnessed the development of the surrounding town and island into one of Thailand’s most popular holiday destinations.

Thanks to its prime location, Thai-style hospitality and exceptional facilities, it has stood the test of time consistently, winning a host of international awards and proving one of the true Grande Dame hotels of Samui.

Six Senses Yao Noi reintroduces The View

THE VIEW, A NEWLY-REVAMPED premium one-bedroom villa at Six Senses Yao Noi is now welcoming guests. Ideal for couples, especially honeymooners and those celebrating a special occasion, it provides an abode of comfort, exclusivity, and space with a touch of fun and quirky elements.

Originally created as a celebration venue, the ultra-spacious 2,422 square-foot (225 square-metre) villa now boasts an infinity-edge pool, a pool shack, private cinema, sunken dining area, plus a mezzanine floor and a fitness studio among its new refinements.

Stepping into the villa, guests feel in harmony with nature due with its Thai-inspired interiors infused with a contemporary twist. A newly-added waterfall is visible though a glass floor in the bedroom as it flows beneath the king-sized bed, connecting the occupants with the soothing sight and sounds of flowing water.

Synonymous with its name, The View offers a 360-degree view of the surroundings including a breathtaking panoramic view of the iconic limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay, which is best admired with a loved one while lazing on the pool’s trampoline net with a cocktail in hand.

As all main walls are glass, the ocean, jungle and waterfall can be seen along with the different hues of the sky – from inside or outside the villa.

Although a full range of facilities is available in the resort, guests who check into The View may find it hard to leave. Sunrises are spectacular and a ‘get-me-going’ basket, which includes choices from a healthy breakfast menu, are available for early risers who want to be inspired by the break of dawn.

In-villa dining for The View also goes beyond the ordinary as lunches can be enjoyed from a floating tray in the pool while barbecue dinners are served by a private chef in the sunken dining area after pre-dinner drinks overlooking a romantic reflection of the sunset on the bay.

The pool shack is a cocktail master’s dream, where a ‘cocktail of the day’ mix of ingredients and recipe are sure to inspire. Martini lovers can also make their own – shaken or stirred – and enjoy a perfect James Bond moment.

A GEM (guest experience maker) is on hand to personally tailor the guests’ journey throughout their stay.

“Based on comments we’ve received from previous guests of The View, we’ve realized its potential and decided to upgrade and enhance it for our guests,” commented Graham Grant, general manager of Six Senses Yao Noi.

“From the outset we had the intention to create the region’s ultimate one-bedroom villa experience. This villa was always called The View and for a good reason, it offers the most exceptional viewpoints across to Phang Nga Bay. It makes the perfect romantic setting for couples to enjoy each other’s company while being captivated by the lush landscape.”

“The views are breathtaking from every point in the villa. We have integrated some new elements with our upgrades and the most exciting is to create a journey that will engage in moments of relaxation, fun and surprise. We truly see this as a place to reconnect and be inspired.”

Designed by the creative team from Six Senses who are adept at crafting out-of-the-ordinary experiences, together with Six Senses Yao Noi and with sustainability and wellness to the fore, The View is set to be the best premium one-bedroom villa in the region.

From now through Sept.30, 2019, guests of The View who stay a minimum of three nights are treated to a private in-villa barbecue dinner for two people. For pricing or enquiries, contact reservations-yaonoi@sixsenses.com.

 

Centara signs agreement with Korea’s KEB Hana Card

Centara Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to co-operate with KEB Hana Card, one of Korea’s largest credit card companies, to promote Centara awareness and offer exclusive benefits to KEB Hana’s 10 million cardholders via KEB Hana Card channels.

The two companies will begin working on the strategic alliance in January.

Centara expects the partnership to raise awareness of its 68 city hotels and tropical resorts in Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean and Middle East, by promoting the brand to millions of KEB Hana cardholders in South Korea and 20 other countries such as the USA, United Kingdom, Japan and more.

“The marketing and PR access to this huge international audience should have significant benefits for both us and KEB Hana’s cardholders,” said Centara CEO Thirayuth Chirathivat. “They are well-travelled and we will introduce them to Centara’s Thai-style hospitality, family-friendliness, and unique destinations.”

As a result of this agreement, KEB Hana Cardholders will receive exclusive benefits at Centara’s Hotels and Resorts across Southeast Asia. These will be accessed through KEB Hana Card’s exclusive service platform, ‘GLOBAL MUST HAVE’.

Cardholders booking rooms at Centara Hotels & Resorts properties will receive a special discount on suite rooms of up to 30%.

The alliance will accommodate the growing demand for card usage and benefits for international travel, particularly among young adults. KEB Hana uses many modern channels to communicate with its users, including newsletters, websites, mobile apps, email and text messages.

“We offer our cardholders unique benefits and we look forward to promoting exclusive Centara offers for them,” said Hong, Jang-Eui, executive director of global business division, KEB Hana Card Co., Ltd. “As they travel overseas, they will find advantages to using our card at Centara’s wide variety of hotels and resorts.”

The agreement may also provide a springboard to Centara’s sister companies under the Central Group, introducing South Koreans to one of Asia’s most successful retail networks.

 

 

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