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Centara to open COSI Hotel in Chiang Mai
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Anantara’s week of festivities for Thai National Elephant Day
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2-Michelin Star French Chef Thierry Drapeau at VIE Hotel Bangkok Jan. 30-Feb. 1
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#AvaniMe tops Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards 2018
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Celebtrating Christmas and New Year’s at Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort Chiang Mai
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Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s at Four Seasons in Thailand
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Anantara’s worldwide tour of Christmas indulgence
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Christmas and New Year’s at Soneva Kiri
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VIE Hotel Bangkok’s new, elegant style lobby
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Minor Hotels invests in Global Hotel Alliance

Centara to open COSI Hotel in Chiang Mai

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS will add a fifth hotel in the COSI Collection  in Chiang Mai, the leading destination in Northern Thailand and a magnet for today’s Digital Nomads.

The newest COSI hotel for the generation of freedom-loving, digital-savvy travellers will be on popular Tha Phae road, a key central landmark and a short walk from Chiang Mai’s iconic Ploen Ruedee Night Market. The property is scheduled to open in 2022.

Chiang Mai is a perfectly-suited destination for this easy-going and youthful-minded brand.  Not only is the city one of Thailand’s most visited destinations and on the must-do list for the droves of young culture-seeking travellers, it is also Thailand’s number one destination for, and home to a growing number of, Digital Nomads from all categories of online business.

Recent studies cited Chiang Mai’s allure for the digital generation due to the city’s low costs, enjoyable food and lifestyle, expatriate social networks and infrastructure for “work-anywhere” online entrepreneurs.

The city has a remarkable amount of open social network groups that are constantly providing workshops, meetups, social outings and networking opportunities. COSI’s digital-first approach, seamless connectivity and digital playspaces with integrated café make it the ideal match.

The hotel offers fast and free Wi-Fi everywhere, it is fully smartphone-integrated and there are USB charging points at every turn. Guests can use their phones to book, check in & out and connect to an in-room SmartTV to view videos, email, or enjoying their favourite Netflix movie during a relaxing vacation.

  “Chiang Mai has seen a constant growth of independent travellers and digital nomads,” said Chirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s CEO.

“They value freedom, fun, and trendy digital experiences rather than traditional hotel conventions. The COSI concept is our vision of what a hotel should be for today’s independent, connected travellers. We thought it through to make it simple, relaxed and affordable, yet perfectly in sync with the demands and needs of our guests’ lifestyles.

“Whether travelling for leisure or work, the newest COSI will capture the market with a perfect mix of location, innovation, seamless connectivity and total 24-hr freedom and flexibility. The COSI brand is made for a destination like Chiang Mai”

COSI Chiang Mai will feature 130 minimalist and modern guest rooms, a common social hub for hanging out or co-working, a trendy rooftop swimming pool and a laundromat, so whether travellers are using the hotel as a base to explore the city, mixing work and pleasure, or even trying out living in Chiang Mai, they’ll find COSI comfortable, affordable and seamlessly integrated with their lifestyle.

The first COSI opened on Thailand’s Samui Island last December. Following its success, Centara topped off its second COSI in Pattaya earlier in 2018, and recently announced additional COSI projects in in Krabi and Vientiane.

 

Anantara’s week of festivities for Thai National Elephant Day

 

 ANANTARA HOTELS AND RESORTS’ first charity-driven celebration of Thailand’s national animal will feature elephant races from the banks of Mekong to the River of Kings, two quintessentially Thai locations.

Starting date is March 13, 2019 at Anantara Golden Triangle, where guests can rub elbows with the gentle giants in their natural habitat, before joining the Elephant Boat Race and festival in Bangkok next to the Anantara Riverside.

You’ll be able to watch from the banks of the Chao Phraya as international teams participate in the age-old cultural tradition of dragon boat racing, paddling unique elephant themed and designed boats on the river.

The spirit of elephants will shape the festival, from the jungle where visitors can get up close and personal with the pachyderms, to Bangkok’s buzzing waterfront where an artistic installation from the Golden Triangle Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) will make their presence felt.

Anantara Hotels & Resorts is leading the way in high-impact fund raising for National Elephant Day, aiming to raise significant charitable donations, while generating awareness to benefit the future of the Asian elephant.

Festivities start at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort from March 13-14, 2019

Perched on a ridge in northern Thailand overlooking the border with Myanmar and Laos, Anantara Golden Triangle and its neighbouring GTAEF Camp will be host to a series of elephant-centred events in a picturesque mountain setting.

As part of the celebrations, GTAEF will open its doors to local schools, businesses and visitors, interested in interacting with the elephants in their natural environment and learning about the work of the foundation that to date has rescued over 60 ex-working elephants from Thailand’s city streets.

It will feature activities such as Walking with Giants, an Elephant Buffet, an arts and crafts market as well as an exploration of Northern Thai cuisine and an exclusive VIP evening function.

From March 15-17, 2019, the celebration moves  to Ananatara Riverside Hotel for the Elephant Boat Race.

The second part of the event is located next to Anantara Bangkok Riverside with elephant boat racing and a fun-filled weekend of sporting and cultural events with something for everyone.

Specially commissioned elephant heads will decorate the boats, with appearances from international teams as well as Thailand’s own, Navy Seals.

Whilst the teams battle it out on the Chao Phraya River; on-land entertainment includes the digital dry dock rowing tournament, the Old Siam-themed Ladies Day to musical concerts, Champagne tents, beer gardens and much more family fun to come.

To join Anantara Hotels in celebrating Thailand’s national animal and to support fund raising for their conservation and welfare, visit https://www.bangkokriverfestival.com/

 

 

2-Michelin Star French Chef Thierry Drapeau at VIE Hotel Bangkok Jan. 30-Feb. 1

MASTER CHEF, 2-MICHELIN STAR THIERRY DRAPEAU from Nantes, France will be featured at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine at VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel for three days Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2019.

He expresses his talent in a style called “cuisine of the soil” for its authentic jus-based dishes with a highly concentrated taste, using local produce from the soil and the sea nearby.

In Chef Thierry’s cooking, only the highest quality produce is used and his dishes maintain a lightness, low in butter but high in flavour. He also prefers using flowers and herbs as opposed to spices for his cuisine.

He began his own ambitious culinary career as Chef de Partie at the age of 21. Working alongside a number of renowned chefs and set the highest standards possible for his cooking, eventually opening his own restaurant, the Thierry Drapeau Logis de la Chabotterie in Saint-Sulpice-le-Verdon, France. Chef Thierry has garnered universal recognition of excellence, holding a coveted two Michelin stars for the past eight years.

According to Chef Thierry, a dish must be worked on like a wine, taking time to look for “a balance combining herbaceous and floral notes; to work on the acidity, the bitterness and the sweetness”.

His 7–Course Michelin Star Set Dinner, served at 7 pm, costs 6,750 THB per person for food only, and 8,750 THB per person for food and wine pairing

 

 

 

#AvaniMe tops Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards 2018

THE #AvaniMe – the online brand video campaign by Avani Hotels & Resorts – has taken the top spot for content marketing at The Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards 2018. The win follows a previous nod this year from Citizine Travel Video Awards.

The Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards were created to honour the outstanding achievements of communications professionals in their field. In addition , the awards also provide an excellent networking forum for attendees and take a comprehensive look at communications achievements across the region.

The awards are vetted by a panel of jury members with a wide scope of expertise, from the perspective of both in-house and agency communication departments.

The #AvaniMe video campaign was launched in 2016 with the premier episode featuring supermodel, actor and current host of Asia’s Next Top Model, Cindy Bishop, showcasing her hometown of Bangkok.

The second instalment (which earned the award from Citizine) transports savvy travellers to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon with singer Cuca Roseta. In quick succession followed the best of the Gold Coast with Miss Universe Australia – Laura Dundovic, and an insight into Auckland through the eyes of health and fitness guru Makaia Carr.

The fifth and most recent episode stars South African musician, TV host and actor Kat Sinivasan on an action-packed 24-hour adventure through Livingstone in Zambia, and puts the total viewership close to 1.5 million on YouTube.

New #AVANIme episodes are currently being filmed in exciting destinations around the world: https://www.youtube.com/avanihotels?sub_confirmation=1.

 

Celebtrating Christmas and New Year’s at Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort Chiang Mai

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS EVE at Ratilanna’s Mira Terrace for an international buffet and relax by a magical setting that includea candle lights and a view of the Ping River.

During the buffet, Carol singers will perform Christmas carols to celebrate this special evening.

The buffet is available from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, and includes special Shata Claus and Santy presents and live music.

Price is 3,000 THB for adults and 1,500 THB for children.

Ratilanna’s Casanova New Year’s Eve Party will feature an exciting start of the New Year Countdown party with great atmosphere and elegance in the theme of “Casanova”.

The Night of “Casanova” will be held in the majestic garden square by the river, featuring a welcome cocktail, an array of international barbecued buffet, free flow wines, beer, soft drinks, and juices. There’s also a games, variety of performances, a magic show, music band and fireworks for countdown.

Highlights: International barbecued buffet spread with free flow house wine, beer, soft drinks and   juices.The festivities start at 6 pm and end at 1 am. Price: 6,500 THB for adults and 2,950 THB for children.

It includes; free flow drinks, seated dinner, unlimited entertainments and entry entrance to countdown party with fireworks.

For table reservations or further information, email to info@ratilannachiangmai.com

 

 

Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s at Four Seasons in Thailand

 CHRISTMAS EVEN DINNER at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai starts with an extravagant open-air buffet, while live jazz and traditional carols by a live choir fill the air. Dinner features a journey around the world that includes selection of cold cuts, cheeses, and desserts also awaits. We’ll keep the kids entertained, so you can take a breather.

Dinner will be served from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Cost: 3,200 THB for adults and 1.600 THB for each child. Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Four Seasons’ Christmas Day feast includes classic holiday dishes, along with a spread of international specialties at its Rim Tai Kitchen and feature Christmas carols by a live choir and a visit from Santa and Santarina for the little ones.

Christmas Lunch will be served form noon to 3.30 pm. Cost: 2,800 THB for adults and 1,400 for each child,

On New Year’s Eve, say goodbye to 2018 with an evening of festivities in Four Seasons style that begins with intimate cocktails, followed by a sit-down dinner amid terraced rice fields.

The revelry continues at the poolside as the DJ from the renowned Ministry of Sound spins foot-tapping tunes, and free-flow drinks and dancing

It ends with fireworks at midnight, and the release of Thai lanterns into the sky for good luck in the New Year. The celebration starts at 7 pm and ends at 1 am. Price is 14,000 THB for adults and T7,000 THB per child,

 At Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, the celebrations start with an afternoon tea.

Executive Pastry Chef Dustin Baxter has put together a menu of petit fours, including gourmet sandwiches with Duck Egg, Winter Truffle and Watercress in Brioche Bun;  Goat Cheese, Spiced Pumpkin Chutney and Foie Gras in Pumpernickel Bread and more.

Guests can get into a the spirit of the season with sweets like Classic Stollen or Raspberry Pistachio ‘Bouche de Noel’, while soaking in the island life. It stats at 1 pm and ends at 5 p.m. Price is 1,250 THB a person.

The tea runs from Dec. 21 to Jan. 7. Price: THB 1,250 person

Four Seasons Samui’s Christmas and New Year’s Day brunches combine a lavish buffet of Thai and International cuisine, with nostalgic seasonal dishes from around the globe, including traditional roasts with rich, savoury sides, decedent dessert and more festive favourites and a glass of sparkling wine. Both brunches run from noon to 4 pm.

On New Year’s Eve, there is a masquerade countdown party around the infinity-edge pool, as its band lays down great rhythms. Then the promise of new beginnings with dancing and a fireworks display while enjoying perfectly chilled Champagne that flows freely all the way to the 2019 countdown.

It gets under way at 10:30pm and ends with the count down for the New Year. Price is 9.500 THB per person and includes fre-flowing Champagne.

For late risers, there’s a New Year’s Day Lazy BBQ Brunch at the Beach House – a beachside barbecue serving up some classic comfort dishes while enjoying beautiful views of the Gulf of Thailand. There’s also a late breakfast with some brunch dishes and a selection of pastries next to a smoking grill, cooking up favourite barbecue classics while you sip on coconuts.

It runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Price per person is 2,500 THB.

FROM THE FLAME

An evening of char-grilled succulence awaits. Enjoy a selection of fire-cooked delights in our lush tropical gardens, including whole roasted, grills, and marshmallows roasted in the bonfire at the Cocktail Lawn. Not to mention the fire dancers, who take the experience to a whole new level.

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm on Dec. 18, 22, 29 and Jan.3, 2019. Cost: 3,000 THB per adult and 1,500 THB per child

 

Anantara’s worldwide tour of Christmas indulgence

SANTA CLAUS HAS already scheduled a variety of stops at Anantara Resorts along his whistle-stop global tour.

At Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, Santa will take a rest at the enchanting Tree House restaurant to sample treats freshly baked by the younger guests and maybe just read a story to thank them.

In the Maldives, Santa will arrive at Anantara Veli Resort aboard a jet ski, before leading the charge of restless guests looking to burn off festive indulgence at the annual ‘Chase-A-Santa’ fun run around Anantara Dhigu Resort. Children aged eight years and over can even go on an underwater present hunt, searching for surprises left hidden among the coral.

On the coconut fringed shores of Sri Lanka, Santa will be joined by his assistant Santerina, to visit Anantara Kalutara Resort by boat. Kids will welcome them ashore from the banks of the lagoon before receiving a festive gift.

Anantara Kalutara has also joined forces with their local community to create a HOPE Christmas Tree. Less privileged children in the area will each write a festive wish to leave on the tree, guests can then pick a wish and make it come true by offering the gift for the child to present at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

In Abu Dhabi, Santa will commission special use of a fleet of camels to drop by Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, before switching to horseback to visit Sir Bani Yas Island’s Anantara resorts.

Over the festive period in Vietnam, indulge in a sumptuous brunch at The Artspace, a new innovative art and dining concept at Anantara Hoi An Resort featuring original artwork in a variety of media created by local artists.

Guests can don their finery to sip Champagne whilst drinking in the works of revered local artists and photographers. It’s the ideal spot from where to fuel up before getting setting out onto La Rue Des Arts to get lost among the picturesque backstreets of UNESCO heritage site, Hoi An Ancient Town.

In Thailand, Bangkok’s most prestigious address, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, welcomes holiday makers and well-heeled residents for the most lavish brunch spread in town. Caviar, lobster and freshly shucked oysters are served alongside a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Kids of all ages will be wide eyed at the dazzling array of desserts, cakes and patisseries all specially decorated with a touch of festive sparkle. The local children’s choir of Bangkok will entertain diners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Down in the leafy island of Phuket, Zuma will pop-up again at Anantara Layan Resort to infuse Japanese flavours to this slice of paradise until February 2019. Whether from the main kitchen, grill, or sushi counter, guests can enjoy these modern takes on traditional Japanese cuisines while DJs spin mellow tunes in a breezy beachfront atmosphere.

New Years Eve will be a sparkling occasion at Anantara’s sister property in The Maldives, Niyama Private Islands. Britain’s Got Talent dance troupe, Diversity Juniors, futuristic illusionist and magician extraordinaire, Hara, as well as legendary Ronnie Scott’s Soho nightclub residents, Soul Family descended upon nature’s playground for a party.

For more information, visit www.Anantara.com

 

Christmas and New Year’s at Soneva Kiri

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS at Soneva Kiri include Indian, Arabic and Japanese pop-up dinners, guided snorkelling, cooking classes, sushi and vegan master classes, tastings and more.

Christmas Eve begins with cocktails and drinks on the jetty, before a dinner that includes traditional American Butterball turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, a full carvery station, vegetables and herbs from the organic gardens and mulled wine.

A ‘catch of the day’ barbecue lunch will take place on the white sands of North Beach on Christmas Day, followed by European or Asian themed dinners at The View and Chef Benz at Benz’s respectively.

The New Year’s Eve Food Journey will treat guests to international cuisine at the Dining Room, followed by the countdown to 2019 on the jetty, where guests can dance to music spun by a DJ.

For the younger Soneva guests, a Christmas treasure hunt has been organized at the Den, a tour to the nearby Reindeer Island to see the local deer that live there, and a New Year’s party exclusively for the children will also be held in the Den.

A limited number of villas are still available during the festive period. For more information about Soneva, visit www.soneva.com

Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani also have extensive programs planned for their Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 

 

VIE Hotel Bangkok’s new, elegant style lobby

VIE HOTEL BANGKOK, MGALLERY BY SOFITEL has launched an open house for the re-opening of its newly renovated The Lobby and The Lounge, showcasing its new style that defines modern and elegant luxury hospitality.

The sophisticated evening event was accompanied by a special performance by internationally acclaimed pianist Richard Scully, from the UK, who has performed for world leaders and celebrities, including the wedding reception of awarded U.S. actor George Clooney and the wedding anniversary of British Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Theresa May, as well as in a vast number of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

A long line-up of Thai celebrities, Socialites and business partners were in attendance. Specially crafted canapés for the Open House event, prepared by the VIE culinary team, and signature drinks for her and him inspired by Thailand’s Diageo World Class Bartender Winner 2018, mixed by Jane-Kaew Yod and perfectly paired with the hotel’s fabulous new look.

 

 

 

Minor Hotels invests in Global Hotel Alliance


MINOR HOTELS, a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of over 160 hotels and resorts in 23 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean, has taken a stake in the Global Hotel Alliance, (GHA).

Minor Hotels have been longstanding members of the GHA since 2007, first entering with the Anantara brand.

As the GHA will enter its 15th year in 2019, Minor Hotels took the opportunity to support the alliance, which is currently investing in new CRM and shared technology to build on the success of its DISCOVERY loyalty program.

Following this shareholder announcement, Dillip Rajakarier, Minor Hotels CEO, will now join the GHA board of directors. The investment is worth a total of $3.2million, representing a 10% share of the Global Hotel Alliance.

“Since joining the GHA in 2007, we have grown and developed our own brands and continue to acquire new ones, and membership of GHA fits well with our multi-brand strategy,” said Dillip Rajakarier.

“GHA has consistently demonstrated the value of global customer reach and a strong CRM and loyalty program for our hotels, and so we are delighted to be able to take our place as a shareholder in the business, with the opportunity to help guide its growth over the coming years.”

DISCOVERY’S 13 million members will produce US$1.7 billion in room revenues in 2018, of which around US$125 million is from customers moving between our member brands.

GHA plans to double those numbers in the next few years, as independent brands look to collaborate with each other to share the common challenge of competing with the ever-consolidating major brands and third party distribution providers.

 

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