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Dusit International reimagines its marketing strategy for the new normal, introduces three new pillars for sustainable business
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Anantara Chiang Mai Resort introduces the Thai Massage Guru
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Dusit partners with Pixel One to provide safe, dynamic and affordable solutions for hybrid meetings in Thailand
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Six Senses joins Global Tourism Plastics Initiative to become plastic free by 2022  
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Dusit International, Sounds of Earth, TAT and TCEB partner to promote sustainable tourism in Thailand, demonstrate new models for safe meetings and events in a post COVID-19 world
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Bangkok’s IV Drip Bar, Anti-ageing and Aesthetics Hub – VIVID by Verita Health
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Soneva marks 25th Annivrsary
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Clive McNish returns to GOCO Bangkok
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Dusit International charts expansion of ASAI Hotels to meet the challenges of the new normal in Bangkok
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Anantara to hold World Wellness Weekend activities at its resorts around the globe Sept.19 and 20

Dusit International reimagines its marketing strategy for the new normal, introduces three new pillars for sustainable business

RECOZNIZING THE DEEP and profound impact that the global pandemic has had on Thailand’s tourism and travel industry, the new strategy will see the company establish new partnerships to co-create value beyond its current scope and reach; cultivate greater synergies between its various business units; and create new meaningful guest experiences that contribute to the preservation of the environment, culture, and local communities in its various destinations.

As part of the strategy, Dusit has partnered with Local Alike, an online social enterprise dedicated to the sustainable development of Thai rural communities through responsible tourism, to offer a range of educational tours aimed at young families seeking more meaningful experiences during their stays.

Immersing participants in the lives, culture and cuisines of indigenous communities around Thailand, such as the Tai Lue hill tribe in Chiang Mai and lobster farming communities in Phuket, these experiences are offered under the banner of Dusit Local Explorer.

Dusit also plans to leverage its own resources to provide hospitality and service training for the various communities so they can enhance their skills and learn how to sustainably welcome visitors. Volunteers will come from Dusit Hotels & Resorts as well as Dusit Hospitality Education.

Where possible, Dusit will also support Local Alike’s other initiatives, including Local Aroi, which aims to develop local cuisines to fine dining standards through the creation of special set menus that celebrate the stories, techniques, and sustainable ingredients behind renowned local dishes; and  Local Alot, which supports the sustainable production of handcrafted products.

“Consumer behaviour has changed dramatically during COVID-19 and it’s essential that we change our strategy and pivot our operations to meet their needs as much as possible,” said Group CEO Suphajee Suthumpun, Dusit International.

“Recognizing the accelerated shift from buying things to buying experiences, as well as a clear focus on safety, wellness, sustainability and flexibility, we have spent the last six months enhancing our operations to deliver not only officially certified, heightened standards of hygiene and cleanliness, but also extra convenience, experience and value in line with these key areas.

“The rollout of our three new strategic pillars – Collaboration, Integration, and Social Contribution – will now allow us to align our efforts even further, and drive revenue creation that will benefit our broader communities too. Our partnership with Local Alike signals our strong commitment in this regard, and we are delighted to join them in their mission to find unseen communities and develop them into sustainable tourism attractions that delight visitors and locals alike.”

“I’m grateful for Dusit’s support and appreciation of what we are trying to achieve with our sustainable tourism initiative. Working closely with Dusit’s hotel teams in each location, we have created an exciting range of one-day tours and activities led by the locals themselves to ensure guests have truly authentic and meaningful experiences,” said Somsak Boonkam, founder and CEO, Local Alike.

“We are delighted that, alongside the current day trips, Dusit plans to further support our communities by offering hospitality and service training for residents, and also by seeking opportunities for our Local Aroi and Local Alot programs. This support will certainly help to expedite the development of local destinations, ultimately bringing long-lasting value to all involved.”

The Dusit Local Explorer programs are available now at Dusit Hotels and Resorts in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Khao Yai, Krabi, Pattaya, and Phuket.

To cater to the experiential needs of the luxury segment, Dusit has also teamed up with bespoke tour providers in Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Phuket to provide exclusive end-to-end excursions packaged as The Ultimate Dusit Experience.

A private vineyard tour, a luxury sunset yacht cruise, and a visit to a flower field with a professional photographer are among the experiences offered as part of packages which also include room, breakfast, dinner and more.

More details about The Ultimate Dusit Experience and Dusit Local Explorer packages are available online at dusit.com/specialoffers.

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort introduces the Thai Massage Guru

A BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCE for anyone visiting Thailand, travellers consider a trip to the Kingdom of Thailand complete with the deep stretching and kneading experience of a Thai massage.

Based at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, Panissara Chaokhelang, better known as Noot, boasts almost 20 years as a Thai Massage therapist and as the dedicated Thai Massage Guru, a treatment with her is a must when in Northern Thailand.

Known locally as Nuad Thai, the acupressure technique of the Thai massage is a time-honoured tradition that has been passed down through generations for thousands of years, and its roots can be traced back to origins of self-care in Thai village society.

Children in rural households across Thailand are taught how to ease the aching muscles of their parents and grandparents. While the children might not understand the theory behind it, they learn how to pull and push limbs and step on the back to soothe the muscles of their hardworking relatives.

This was true for Noot and growing up in rural Thailand, where there were no trained or licensed massage therapists in her village, her mother would ask her to walk on her sore back and aching legs after a long day working at the market.

Noot explains: “I was taught how to massage before I was even 10 years old. As I got older, I wanted to learn about proper techniques and acupressure points so I could better address specific body concerns through massage.”

She pursued physiotherapy at university in Chiang Mai and went on to study massage at Chivasom Academy in Bangkok, before returning to Chiang Mai where she specialized in Lanna-style Thai massage. Rather than finding work as a physiotherapist in a hospital as many of her classmates did, Noot opted for the more serene spa environment.

While western medicine ascribes to quick fixes, Noot believes massage treats the root cause of physical ailments such as back pain or even headaches. She educates her guests so they can better understand their aches and ailments.

She added: “Before starting the massage, we talk so I can learn about their concerns, habits and day-to-day activities to better understand what their issues may be. I recommend activities so they can extend the benefits of their massage and treat themselves from home instead of reaching for a pain killer next time they have a niggle in their back.”

In addition to Thai massage duties, Noot is also the designated trainer for Anantara Spa and is responsible for making sure that all therapists in more than 40 spas across Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Europe adhere to the standards of this award-winning spa brand.

The Thai massage technique dates back 2,500 years and its popularity has since gone global, so much so that the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated traditional Thai massage as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity, voting to include it on the organizations World Heritage list in December 2019.

UNESCO made the decision to include traditional Thai massage on the World Heritage list in December 2019 at the 14th session of its Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, held in Bogota, Colombia from December 9 to 14. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul welcomed the announcement as an achievement for the Thai people and the Kingdom.

To experience the healing hands of Anantara Spa’s Thai Massage Guru, contact Anantara Chiang Mai Resort spa.chiangmai@anantara.com or +66 (0) 53 253 333 ext. 3431.

 

 

Dusit partners with Pixel One to provide safe, dynamic and affordable solutions for hybrid meetings in Thailand

 

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL, ONE OF THAILAND’S HAS TEAMED UP with innovative Bangkok-based event management company Pixel One Production Co., Ltd, which specializes in audio-visual production solutions for MICE business – to deliver new services for virtual and hybrid meetings at Dusit Hotels and Resorts throughout Thailand.

The new services, collectively dubbed VICE ROOM (Virtual Interactive Conference Experience), see Dusit’s hotel meeting rooms transformed on demand into high-end recording, live-streaming and presentation studios for worldwide broadcasting.

A multi-screen video wall allows for real-time interactions with remote event participants, while a green screen backdrop can be incorporated for high-definition virtual backgrounds. Dedicated professional event specialists are also on hand to ensure swift and seamless connectivity.

Officially introduced recently as part of a special event held at Dusit Thani Hua Hin for travel industry specialists and representatives from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), the VICE ROOM debut demonstrated how meetings can be held safely, sustainably and economically in the new normal.

Dusit employees from overseas joined the presentation and could be seen interacting with Dusit’s Group CEO Suphajee Suthumpun, in a group conversation facilitated by Future One’s high-tech set-up.

Ms Suthumpun believes that hybrid meetings models will be essential for stimulating Thailand’s MICE business in a post COVID-19 world. Not only will they serve as an attractive and safe platform for seminars, meetings and training sessions for companies based in Thailand, but they will also help to engender confidence among international businesses waiting to return, she said.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has brought major shifts to ways we live our lives, with measures such as social distancing making it very difficult for people to meet in person,” said Ms Suthumpun.

“Our strategy to meet these changes, and the subsequent shifts in consumer preferences, is to offer convenience, experience and value at every opportunity. This includes collaborating with others to offer innovative solutions which we hope will benefit our industry at large.

“Our partnership with The Pixel One Production aims to achieve this by combining its solutions for socially distanced meetings and seminars with the expertise and renowned hospitality of our own Dusit Events team. Ultimately, our services will serve as a one-stop, affordable shop for safe, efficient and highly engaging hybrid meeting models and solutions. And these will be available at all Dusit Hotels and Resorts in Thailand, and also for offsite events catered for by our team.”

Chatupol Sittichai, CEO of The Pixel One Production Co., Ltd. and Future One The Virtual Center, said that the solutions his company offers have been designed not only to facilitate remote participation, but also enhance creativity and engagement by enriching the meeting experience with virtual Q&As, live polls, and animated presentations, amongst others.

“The VICE ROOM has been carefully designed to help people connect and communicate via advanced technology, but still feel like they are interacting in the same place by sparking the kind of creativity that occurs in actual meetings,” he said.

“Our connected systems and technologies, including a curved wall of high-definition screens that can simultaneously display up to 100 remote participants, enable real-time interaction and ensure information and content are relayed quickly and efficiently for effective outcomes.

What’s more, our large green screen backdrop allows for all kinds of virtual screens to be superimposed behind the presenter, enhancing participation and engagement even further.”

Hybrid meeting packages at Dusit Hotels and Resorts in Thailand, including a VICE ROOM set up for up to 100 remote participants, are available now, starting at only 90,000 THB for a one-day set up.

 

Six Senses joins Global Tourism Plastics Initiative to become plastic free by 2022  

SIX SENSES HOTELS RESORTS SPAS  HAS become one of the first signatories of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, led by the UN Environment Program and UN World Tourism Organization, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Environmental and social responsibility is at the heart of the Six Senses. In a shared world of limited natural resources and fragile ecosystems, sustainability isn’t a choice, it is the only choice.

It demands doing what is right rather than what is easy.

At Six Senses, this means going beyond banning single-use plastic and unnecessary waste and to be free of all plastics by the year 2022. This strategy is based on the life cycle assessment of plastics and understanding the impact these products have on the environment from fossil fuel extraction through to disposal.

It’s an approach that focuses on upstream suppliers, seeking innovative solutions and promoting a de-plasticized lifestyle by providing more sustainable alternatives.

Joining the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative is another step in this direction to address the root causes of plastic pollution. It enables businesses and governments to take concerted action and lead by example.

As a signatory of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, Six Senses furthers its commitment to eliminating, innovating and circulating its use of plastics by 2025, although the brand is on its way to being Plastic Free in 2022.

This might be a bold target; however, as the effects of climate change and plastic pollution become increasingly dire around the world, hosts and guests are supporting and even demanding action.

Six Senses is committed to:

• Eliminating all plastics from its operations by the year 2022, with priority on single-use plastics and going beyond that to remove 100 per cent virgin plastic sourcing.
• Zero Waste to landfill as a general goal for all Six Senses resorts.
• Continuing its policy of no single-use shampoo and amenity bottles, plastic water bottles and plastic straws.

On signing Global Tourism Plastics initiative, Six Senses pledges to:

• Eliminating remaining unnecessary plastic packaging from our rooms and bathrooms by 2022.
• Eliminating all unnecessary plastic packaging from service areas by 2022.
• Introducing more reusable solutions in kitchens to replace unnecessary plastic packaging (cling film and plastic packaging of fresh products) by 2022.
• Introducing reusable solutions in service areas (host shops) to replace single use packaging by 2022.
• Sourcing naturally compostable packing and other materials where appropriate.
• Working with suppliers to avoid plastic packaging, source plastic free alternative products, and arrange packaging take-back programs wherever possible.
• Working with other hotels and industry partners to share best practices, supplier recommendations, and other information to help the industry move away from plastic.
• Sorting all waste materials, upcycling or composting when possible on site, sending to offsite recycling where available – all with the aim of zero waste to landfill.

“The travel industry is growing at a rapid rate on a planet that has limited natural resources. That means all hospitality leaders have a responsibility to stand up and be accountable for making a sustainable difference and achieving measurable results.

: Our health and wellness ethos is around making our guests feel better inside and out, so it makes sense for our social and environmental policies to make them feel good about their choice of vacation and their impact on the ecosystems around them too,” said Neil Jacobs, chief executive officer of Six Sense Hotels Resorts Spas.

The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative unites more than 450 businesses, governments, and other organisations behind a common vision and targets to address plastic waste and pollution at its source. To realize this vision, tourism companies destinations commit to eliminate the plastic items they don’t need; innovate so all plastics they do need are designed to be safely reused, recycled, or composted; and circulate everything they use to keep it in the economy and out of the environment.

By taking serious action in a coordinated and determined manner on plastic pollution, the tourism sector can help preserve and protect the places and wildlife that make destinations worth visiting.

 

Dusit International, Sounds of Earth, TAT and TCEB partner to promote sustainable tourism in Thailand, demonstrate new models for safe meetings and events in a post COVID-19 world

 

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has partnered with silent live concert specialists Sounds of Earth, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and the Thai Chamber of Commerce to play host an exclusive event designed to showcase how events and functions can be held safely, responsibly and sustainably in the new normal while delivering meaningful experiences for guests.

Called ‘Listen to the Earth in Silence’ – the exclusive event was held  at Dusit Thani Hua Hin resort and was attended by travel industry specialists and high-ranking diplomats.

The program focused on low-impact, eco-friendly travel methods, community-focused activities, wellness-focused cuisine, and innovative solutions for events and functions which Dusit, the TAT and TCEB believes will be central to facilitating and encouraging responsible MICE travel in a post COVID-19 world.

In line with TCEB’s basic guidelines for sustainable events in the new normal, which includes, amongst others, the promotion of public transportation, local attractions, and locally sourced organic foods, the event began with a “carbon-saving” private train journey from Bangkok, which also featured a healthy lunch expertly catered for by Dusit Events.

Upon arrival in Hua Hin, participants visited a local marine centre, where they helped to release baby crabs to the wild. Staying at Dusit Thani Hua Hin, they learned about Dusit’s hybrid meeting models that facilitate small and safe gatherings while simultaneously leveraging technology for secure, reliable and instant global reach.

The demonstration included a meeting room equipped as a high-end recording, live-streaming and presentation studio with the latest audio-visual equipment for worldwide broadcasting.

This included a multi-screen set up which allows for real-time interactions with remote event participants; a green screen backdrop for high-definition virtual backgrounds; and dedicated professional event specialists who are on hand to ensure swift and seamless connectivity.

Similar virtual meeting solutions will be rolled out at other Dusit properties in Thailand, and will also be available for offsite functions catered for by Dusit Events.

Highlighting Dusit’s thoughtful, holistic and technology-focused approach to events, the event also featured a live-yet-silent beachside concert hosted by Sounds of Earth.

Featuring music specially composed to raise awareness of the environment – both lyrically and sonically – the live performance was beamed to the audience via wireless headsets, allowing them to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a shared experience amongst nature without any noise pollution. Guests also enjoyed an exclusive dinner featuring healthy ingredients from Dusit Thani Hua Hin’s own organic gardens.

“With borders closed to international travel, and stringent regulations for social distancing in place, the tourism industry – a major economic contributor to Thailand  – has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we wanted to do our part to help support hotel operators, travel agents, event organizers, and all other impacted parties by hosting an innovative travel and event experience which we hope will serve as a model for our industry’s sustainable success in a post COVID-19 world,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

“With mass tourism grinding to a halt during COVID-19, we have all seen with shocking clarity how much our environment had been strained by the sheer volume of visitors our destinations had previously hosted. As nature has regenerated, we have been reminded of our duty to protect the planet, not just for future generations, but also for ourselves. Put simply, we cannot return to the old way of doing things.

“Now is the time for the tourism industry to pause, reset and reassess the impact of our operations on the environment and work towards establishing new models that allow us to focus on quality tourism while educating and informing travellers about their responsibility too. In short, now is time to return with purpose, and we are delighted to partner with Sounds of Earth, the TAT and TCEB for this special showcase, which demonstrates our shared vision to build new foundations for sustainable tourism and environmentally friendly events in Thailand,” said Ms Suthumpun.

Thai singer and musician John Rattanaveroj, founder of Sounds of Earth and an executive of Splash Interactive Company, said, “Music is a powerful medium for driving positive change – especially when it is enhanced by technology. Our new style of high-tech music events demonstrates how concerts can be held safely and sustainably in the new normal. Free from noise pollution and allowing for social distancing, Sounds of Earth’s events are kind to the environment and serve as a good model for quality, responsible tourism. We look forward to seeing our green music solution implemented at similar events in the future.”

“To successfully restart tourism in Thailand, it is important for everyone in our industry to share ideas for how we can bounce back more sustainably with new models for doing business focused on the triple bottom line – people, profit and planet. While we have all suffered tremendously during this crisis, we have seen significant improvements in our land and marine ecosystems, and we must nurture and protect this to build a greener, brighter future for us all. In line with our vision for a sustainable future for our industry, this event showcased some of the innovative ways we can welcome and delight visitors in the new normal while limiting our impact on the environment. We look forward to supporting more initiatives like this nationwide,” said Nithee Seeprae, executive director for advertising and public relations,TAT.

“To support the industry and promote Thailand as a safe destination for MICE, we have released several guidelines covering all aspects of hosting a meeting or event in the new normal,” said  Puripan Bunnag, director, executive and legal affairs, TCEB.

“Arranged in line with our MICE Venue Hygiene Guidelines, the creative solutions presented at the Listen to the Earth in Silence event fully demonstrated how hotels can bring together crowds without compromising safety and well-being.

“We were also happy to see that, except teambuilding, the event also demonstrated six of the seven ‘Thailand 7 MICE Magnificent Themes’ we have identified for outstanding MICE products and events in the new normal – namely fascinating history and culture, exhilarating adventures, CSR activities, beach bliss, lavish luxury, and culinary journeys. By inviting ambassadors and leading industry specialists to experience this event first hand, we have demonstrated how Thailand is ready to welcome international visitors as soon as the situation allows. Sustainable, meaningful experiences like this will remain at the very top of our agenda.”

Dusit’s innovative MICE models fully embrace TCEB’s guidelines for sustainable events to ensure all processes are as environmentally friendly as possible. All Dusit Hotels and Resorts in Thailand have also been certified for Thailand MICE Venue Standard (TMVS) by TCEB.

Groupwide, Dusit has also rolled out several new services designed to offer extra convenience, experience and value across all aspects of the guest and customer journey.

This includes Dusit Care – Stay with Confidence services, which comprise, amongst others, officially certified, heightened standards of hygiene and cleanliness; flexible check-in and check-out; anytime breakfast, the introduction of mobile payment methods, and more operational enhancements designed to bring utmost peace of mind to guests.

 

 

 

 

Bangkok’s IV Drip Bar, Anti-ageing and Aesthetics Hub – VIVID by Verita Health

 

ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS STEPS INTO the world of integrated health and wellness with the introduction of VIVID by Verita Health at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.

Located in the garden courtyard setting adjacent to the Bangkok jet set’s much-loved retreat from the capital’s buzz, Aqua Bar, VIVID at Anantara Siam Hotel Bangkok is ideal for anyone with a pro-active interest in living a healthy lifestyle while looking and feeling their best.

The perfect pit-stop for busy go-getters seeking instant cellular rejuvenation, VIVID by Verita Health is a vibrant IV drip bar, anti-ageing and aesthetics hub that provides therapies and treatments designed to return vigour, energy and balance to modern lives.

VIVID recognises everyone as a unique individual and is committed to customising the guest experience. Whatever the concern, a host of IV infusions and advanced cellular and aesthetic treatments await.

The IV menu offers a variety of well-researched and scientifically proven solutions designed to meet the demands of everyday life. Guests can experience a host of powerful health benefits that enhance mental clarity, supercharge the immune system, turn back signs of ageing, beat fatigue, alleviate hangover symptoms, boost metabolism, and provide more energy to enhance overall well-being.

Whether it is preparation for, or recovery from, a big night out, revival after a long-haul flight, or a boost from a busy day on Bangkok’s sightseeing trail, VIVID provides IV drips, shots, and pushes to invigorate and refresh.

Each IV cocktail ingredient is carefully sourced and formulated to ensure maximum quality and optimal results.

Packed full of vitamins and nutrients, immune-boosting IV therapies are available to protect against unwanted illnesses, common viruses, and other bacteria.

For the jet-set, the consequences of a hectic travel schedule navigating international time zones are hindered with jet lag IV infusions formulated to rehydrate, revive, and improve sleep.

VIVID by Verita Health is the perfect pit-stop in between the boardroom and the bar after a long day of back-to-back meetings.

Beauty concerns are addressed with booster shots and IV pushes that work to reduce the signs of ageing, brighten tired-looking skin, flush out toxins, combat free radicals, and improve skin tone.

With cosmetic and cellular treatments specializing in skin transformation and facial rejuvenation utilizing advanced anti-ageing protocols, the team of highly trained doctors provide a range of solutions.

And at the forefront of anti-ageing treatments, VIVID’s medical experts deliver advanced cutting-edge techniques to lift, tighten, contour, enhance and sculpt facial features.

Complementing the wide variety of IV, cellular and aesthetic treatments, Verita’s exclusive Elements of Wellness include medical-grade oxygen and photo-luminescence therapy to recharge the internal system by increasing O2 levels in the body and balancing the circadian rhythm.

Neat and compact, VIVID boasts chic and contemporary interiors with a sleek stainless-steel finish, while quirky messages brightly adorn the walls in LED luminescent lighting as a reminder to Treat Your Body Like a VIP.  In an exclusive and luxury setting, VIVID offers guests a private and personalised experience, in addition to a dedicated doctor’s consultation room for customised care.

Always on the go with non-stop hustle and bustle, Bangkok is in constant evolution, and with no limits to wellness, VIVID is the city’s first and only IV drip bar and aesthetics hub found within in a five-star hotel. VIVID by Verita Health allows visitors and residents alike to keep up with the pace while enjoying a less clinical, more bespoke experience.

VIVID is the first in a trio of next-generation healthcare facilities to open in partnership with Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas. Due to launch in 2021, Verita Health will open at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort offering a full spectrum of diagnostic and preventative medical treatments and programs.

Meanwhile, a third facility in collaboration with Verita Healthcare group will open at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort offering a full spectrum of the latest medical wellness technologies and experiences.

To celebrate the opening of VIVID by Verita Health, a special limited-time exclusive 2-for-1 offering on IV Drips and Pushes is available 31 October 2020. *Terms and conditions apply.

Book a treatment at vividsiam@veritabeyond.com or +66 (0)2 003 4918

For more information, please visit www.veritabeyond.com/vivid

 

 

 

 

 

Soneva marks 25th Annivrsary

OCTOBER 2020 MARKS THE START of a milestone year for Soneva, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary since our launch back in 1995. To mark this momentous occasion, we want to say a heartfelt thank you to every single one of our guests for being part of the Soneva family.

Soneva was the first barefoot luxury resort of its kind, a family of resorts that has always been ahead of the curve. Today, Soneva is still an innovator and a leader in the world of hospitality when it comes to both guest experiences and sustainability.

Join us in celebrating 25 years of Soneva. During 2020-21, we’ll be launching unique experiences, commemorative videos and special events as we look forward to the next 25 years.

We are really thankful for your ongoing support and could not have achieved this success without you. To view our our specially curated collection of old images and videos, including a new film series by the renowned French film director Bruno Aveillan,  click here

To all our friends who share our vision, to all the many hands that built it.

Thank You. Sonu and Eva

Clive McNish returns to GOCO Bangkok

 

Clive McNish, former general manager of Glen Ivy Hot Springs, has returned to Bangkok to assume the new position of group director – operations at GOCO’s headquarter office.

Working for GOCO Hospitality in various roles since 2014, McNish first joined as general manager of a GOCO wellness resort project in Beijing, China, before becoming the company’s Corporate General Manager and then assuming the general manager role at Glen Ivy Hot Springs, America’s oldest hot springs resort acquired by GOCO Hospitality in 2016.

At Glen Ivy Hot Springs, McNish led a three-phase, multi-million dollar renovation project that included a global repositioning, new amenities and exclusive services that helped position the hot springs resort as the highest-grossing day spa in the United States with over $30 million of annual revenue and more than 220,000 visitors per year.

After nearly four years at Glen Ivy Hot Springs, McNish returned to Thailand before undertaking this new role at GOCO Hospitality corporate office as group director – operations. Here he will apply his considerable operational experience to ensure the successful opening, operation and management of all GOCO Hospitality-branded spas and retreats.

Previously, McNish served four years as wellness director and general manager at Kamalaya Wellness Resort, a leading destination spa Koh Samui, Thailand.

“We are excited to see Clive return and share his industry knowledge as he assumes the new role in our corporate office,” said Ingo Schweder, CEO and founder of GOCO Hospitality.

“I very much enjoy working with Clive and know that his experience in the spa and wellness industry, combined with over 20 years in management positions, will add meaningful contributions to our upcoming projects in Kazakhstan, China, UAE, Norway and Thailand.”

GOCO Hospitality is a pioneering consultancy, development and management company creating, designing and operating tomorrow’s spa and wellness hospitality concepts. For more information, contact info@gocohospitality.com or visit www.gocohospitality.com.

 

Dusit International charts expansion of ASAI Hotels to meet the challenges of the new normal in Bangkok

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL IS ROLLING OUT its new ASAI Hotels brand with the opening of ASAI Bangkok Chinatown in the heart of the city’s renowned Chinatown district, followed by six more properties all operating under a thoughtfully lean hotel concept Dusit believes will be key to sustainable and profitable growth in the new normal.

Designed to link millennial-minded travellers with authentic local experiences in the world’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, ASAI Hotels is Dusit’s sixth hotel brand and represents the company’s expansion into the affordable lifestyle segment of the lodging spectrum. Its other brands – namely Dusit Thani, dusitD2, Dusit Princess, Dusit Devarana and Elite Havens – cover upper-midscale through to luxury.

Drawing on Dusit’s brand of Thai-inspired hospitality, ASAI Hotels is positioned to offer lean-luxury by providing thoughtfully pared-back services while focusing on in-stay essentials. Large communal spaces, featuring sustainable and locally inspired lifestyle and dining experiences will be central to its offerings.

Starting this month, the brand will initially serve domestic travellers seeking authentic experiences in Bangkok’s historic Chinatown district and culturally rich Old Town.

Another ASAI hotel will open within 12 months in Bangkok’s stylish Sathorn district, followed by three ASAI Hotels in Cebu, the Philippines; one ASAI hotel in the old Yankin area of Yangon, Myanmar; and one ASAI hotel in Kyoto, Japan.

Dusit International believes the ASAI Hotels concept is well-positioned to meet the challenges of a post-COVID-19 world and deliver long-term value for hotel owners, investors and other key stakeholders.

“With its highly agile management structure, streamlined designs, and limited personnel, the ASAI Hotels business model is compact, sustainable and efficient, and ultimately serves as a cost-effective, fitting solution for continuing to grow our business and expand our presence in the new normal,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

“By expanding our offerings across the lodging spectrum, we are not only tapping into the fast-growing market of millennial-minded customers who desire local experiences, but we are also offering new stay experiences to our existing customers too.

Collaborations with local restaurateurs and artisans, and sustainable sourcing of produce, are just some of the elements we have in place to capture the attention of the market as a whole, and we believe this integrated community approach will be vital to success in our industry following the deep social and economic impact of COVID-19.”

ASAI Bangkok Chinatown features 224 thoughtfully compact rooms (ranging from 18 – 26 sq m). Each room’s contemporary and clean design emphasizes in-stay essentials, such as superior quality beds, high-pressure rain showers, luggage space, and a work desk with USB charging station. A large communal area, meanwhile, includes large and comfortable work areas, a small gym, a bar highlighting craft beers and creative cocktails, a large courtyard with organic herb garden, and Jam Jam restaurant serving a creative twist on local and international favourites.

Located adjacent to Yaowarat Road, only 100 metres from Wat Mangkon MRT underground station, the hotel also puts guests in the heart of a vibrant neighbourhood renowned for its lively fresh markets, historic temples, traditional shophouses, hidden coffee shops and a vast array of streetside eateries.

The Rattanakosin Island area, home to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, is only two stations away on the MRT. The city’s major commercial districts can also be easily reached via the underground network.

“Easily accessible and equipped to cater to the needs of all kinds of travellers, from solo and groups to business and leisure, ASAI Bangkok Chinatown is a great option for lodging in Bangkok’s fascinating Old Town,” said Siradej Donavanik, managing director, ASAI Holdings Company Limited, which operates ASAI Hotels.

“We have all the elements in place to appeal to the tastes of modern travellers who appreciate sustainability and who want to experience the true essence of a destination. From our minimalist, locally inspired design with considerate technological touches, to our unique locally-inspired lifestyle and dining experiences, our hotel is set to become a hub of the community, offering highly comfortable, affordable stays for our curious and dynamic guests, and serving as an attractive and happening venue in which to work, rest, eat and play for Bangkokians at large.”

He is confident that there are many people throughout Thailand who would like to come and experience Bangkok’s Old Town while discovering a new spin on Dusit’s renowned high standards of service and hospitality.

“As the only international hotel chain in the area, we have a strong advantage, and we look forward to leveraging it to bring value to all of our stakeholders – guests, customers, employees, and owners alike.”

In line with ASAI Hotel’s over-all concept, Live Local, each hotel in the ASAI portfolio will be geared to reflect its local character in terms of design, style and restaurant offering. This approach will be further evident when ASAI Hotels opens its second hotel, in Bangkok’s Sathorn district, which will fully embrace the modernity of its inner-city setting to offer a complementary-yet-distinctive stay experience that differentiates it from the Chinatown property.

 

 

 

Anantara to hold World Wellness Weekend activities at its resorts around the globe Sept.19 and 20

INSPIRING THOUGHTFUL CHOICES FOR a better life, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas invites guests and communities to join an international celebration of wellness with a host of activities and holistic experiences to commemorate World Wellness Weekend on Sept. 19 and 20, 2020.

To mark this year’s World Wellness Weekend, almost 20 Anantara hotels and resorts in 11 different countries will be host a series of wellness activities ranging from yoga, guided meditations, sleep restoration workshops, chanting, breath work, sound-healing therapies, alms offerings to Buddhist monks, personal training sessions, Muay Thai classes, high-intensity interval training, aqua aerobics, workshops on nutrition and nourishment, and healthy culinary discoveries.

From the serenity of yoga to the feat of martial arts, and the gift of a good night’s sleep, Anantara Spa supports the five key pillars of World Wellness Weekend: Sleep and Restoration, Nutrition and Nourishment, Vitality and Movement, Serenity and Mindfulness, Purpose and Solidarity.

In Thailand, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort will offer guests rich journeys in wellness including an authentic immersion with the Buddhist tradition of alms giving and merit-making, relaxing foot and neck massages, aqua aerobics sessions, yoga activities and refreshing nutrient-packed juices to enjoy.

Elsewhere in South East Asia, perched on a dramatic cliffside overlooking the Indian Ocean, Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort will offer guests a complimentary healing meditation under the pillar of Serenity & Mindfulness and a nutrition workshop to educate guests on the importance of mindful eating under the pillar of Nutrition & Nourishment. In Cambodia, Anantara Angkor Siem Reap Resort will also participate in World Wellness Weekend.

Activities in Anantara’s Maldives resorts will be streamed via social media channels. The team at Anantara Dhigu Resort  (@anantaradhigu) will lead a HIIT workout, and the resident yoga instructor at Anantara Veli Resort  (@anantaraveli) will perform a meditative chant while resident yoga instructor Sharath Ram will host a sandbank aerial yoga tutorial.

Elsewhere in the Indian Ocean in Sri Lanka, activities at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort will include morning running, yoga, Ayurveda cooking lessons and doctor consultations, meditation with a Buddhist monk, and conservationist work with the turtle nesting project. At Anantara Kulatara Resort guests are invited to an introductory consultation with Ayurvedic Doctor Eranga Kaushal, complimentary water aerobics, yoga, Pilates and partake in a beach clean-up.

Guests in the Middle East can enjoy a plethora of wellness experiences including at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara and Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resort. While in the Sultanate of Oman, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort will offer a series of guided breathing exercises, meditation and sound healing sessions, as well as the opportunity to avail of the Slumber Guru program and one-hour personal training, all subject to booking and availability. Also in Oman, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara will be offering wellness experiences to celebrate the weekend.

Whether it is serenity and mindfulness, sleep and restoration, deep relaxation or the pursuit of a renewed energy, Anantara Villa Padierna Palace in Spain and Anantara Villamoura Algarve Resort in Portugal allow a flexible approach to feeling good in line with Anantara Spa’s commitment to life in balance for World Wellness Weekend.

Representing China, Anantara Guiyang Resort will host outdoor meditation by the resort’s Thai Guru in the garden, and the Anantara Spa team will share relaxation tips and mini treatments for in-house guests.

Within the graceful elegance of The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara, guests can invigorate their senses and collate their thoughts against the roar of the mighty Zambezi River with complimentary yoga on the sun deck and a nature trail hike to Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. The resort’s culinary team will also host healthy cooking demonstrations at breakfast and lunch.

Anantara’s sister properties in the Maldives will also be participating in World Wellness Weekend. Naladhu Private Island Maldives (@naladhumaldives) will stream an Abhyanga tutorial, while Niyama Private Islands (@niyamamaldives) will host energetic classes and sessions to view via social media.

In line with enhanced COVID-19 hygiene and safety measures, group sessions will be socially distanced and in locations where international travel is restricted, the events will be hosted online via social media.

Named the World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand at the 2017, 2018, and 2019 World Spa Awards, Anantara Spa draws upon Thailand’s wellness traditions, cultural inspirations and therapeutic ingredients to offer unique signature journeys deeply rooted in authentic luxury, holistic practices and indigenous experiences.

Anantara Spas are a haven of peace and tranquillity – an utterly relaxing and rejuvenating experience in unique settings. Currently, Anantara Spa operates over 40 spas in 16 countries across Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Europe.

For more information, visit @anantarasapwellness

 

 

 

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