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Hyatt Regency Koh Samui spurs recovery on Thailand’s castaway paradise
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Centara’s Phuket free-night offers
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Anantara SiamBangkok’s VIVID’s booster supplements for specific ailments
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Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket reopens as part of Phuket island’s ‘Sandbox Program’ for  vaccinated travellers – with no quarantine requirements  
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Melia Hotels to open urban hotel in Chiang Mai
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Centara hotels and resorts big winner at 2021 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best awards
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Centara Phuket welcomes back international travelers with fully vaccinated staff
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Dusit International introduces new group- wide wellness concept – Devarana Wellness
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Lest This Day Pass Unnoticed
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‘A Resort within a Resort’ Meliá Koh Samui Unveils ‘The Level’

Hyatt Regency Koh Samui spurs recovery on Thailand’s castaway paradise

HYATT REGENCY Koh Samui eyes a reopening to international tourists over the coming months .

The property, which is Hyatt’s first footfall on Koh Samui, gives guests the opportunity to discover timeless connections and energizing experiences and will play a major role in rebounding visitors with the island as Thailand welcomes back visitors.

“The pandemic has been a challenging time for Koh Samui as it has been for the entire tourism industry in Thailand. That’s why we are so delighted to debut with such a special resort,” said Adrian Pulido, general manager, Hyatt Regency Koh Samui.

A collaboration between three of Thailand’s biggest hotel design names — Office of Bangkok Architecture, August Design and PLandscaping — the 140-room property occupies eight acres of private coastline in the far northeast corner of the paradise island.

Deploying a design-forward philosophy, the property, located in North Chaweng — and is less than ten minutes from the island’s international airport— bills itself as a “vacation gallery” due to its array of visual highlights.

These include a showpiece lobby, the longest lobby arrival point in Koh Samui, where numerous skylights allow for natural illumination by the sun and the moon.

It also features plush accommodations that showcase terrific ocean views to one of the largest pool zones on the island, a collection of pools, each cascading down from the main pool on the upper deck of the resort.

The beauty of Koh Samui is legendary. And the resort’s appeal leverages the visual appeal of the coastal landscape, a forest of protected trees and the proximity of the ocean.

Its Gallery of Eight, a collection of eight sites dotted around the property specially selected for their photogenic potential.

The 140 guestrooms, which include 24 spacious suites and villas, feature private balconies and most offer stunning sea views. Select rooms include access to Regency Club privileges, while seven beachfront pool villas provide elevated indulgence. Spaces benefit from the simplicity of the interior design—by August Design— in a neutral palette with ocean-inspired décor and blue accents.

Culinary cravings are ably catered for at the resort’s four restaurants and bars, including Yangna, an all-day dining restaurant showcasing Thai and international cuisine, and the open-air Sesun Grill & Beach Bar where diners can enjoy fresh seafood and Mediterranean sides alongside relaxing sea views.

Cobalt serves fresh juice, iced tea and coffee while Kube offers crafted cocktails accompanied by mesmerizing views from the highest point of the resort.

The family-friendly resort features freeform pools—including a lap pool, plunge pool, family pool with a whirlpool and kids’ pool with a slide—which cascade to the beach. Over at Camp Hyatt, young guests can enjoy supervised play and activities from arts and crafts to movie nights.

Lush tropical plants line the grand staircase that leads to the spa, a tranquil sanctuary featuring five treatment rooms, including two couple’s suites with a private deck and outdoor tub.

The property offers inspiring indoor and outdoor venues for gatherings, big and small. The elegant Regency Ballroom can accommodate up to 100 guests or 150 for cocktails. A 97-sqm manicured lawn provides a magical setting for wedding celebrations and alfresco events.

“This island has a central role in how Thailand fares following the pandemic, and it’s an honour to be leading the way as we begin to look positively towards the future,” added Pulido.

 

Centara’s Phuket free-night offers


 CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS invites travellers to rediscover Phuket and explore the island as they’ve never seen it before with free night offers at a choice of family-friendly hotels and pool villa resorts.

For every two nights stayed, a third consecutive night is free, so whether travellers enjoy a “Stay 3 pay 2”, “Stay 6 pay 4”, or all the way up to “Stay 21 pay 14” offer, the longer they stay, the more free nights they receive.

With the “Rediscover Phuket” offer, guests also get free daily hotel credits redeemable immediately upon check-in for culinary and spa experiences during their stay.

Ideally suited for international travellers returning to Phuket for a quarantine-free stay starting July 2021, the offer applies for bookings from now to Aug. 31, 2021, for stays from July 1 to Dec. 20 2021.

Under Thailand’s Tourism Sandbox scheme, the kingdom is gearing up to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from around the world without requiring quarantine on arrival. The island province of Phuket is spearheading the program, reopening safely to international tourists on July 1 2021, when at least 70 percent of the host province’s population has been inoculated.

All qualified staff working in Centara’s hotels and resorts in Phuket have already been fully vaccinated, offering guests peace of mind when staying with Centara. Their hotels and resorts continue to follow certified health and hygiene procedures with the comprehensive Centara Complete Care program.

Travellers have a choice of five hotels and resorts on Phuket, including Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, the perfect place to spend time with family and loved ones, relaxing at the beach club and making memories in the resort’s waterpark with lazy river.

At Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, international travellers can maximize their vacation with the free nights offer while also receiving 100% of their room rate back in hotel credit, to be redeemed for room upgrades, memorable meals, refreshing drinks and spa treatments.

Other properties participating in this promotion include: Centara Villas Phuket; Centara Karon Resort Phuket; Centara Kata Resort Phuket and Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection – all of which are offering THB 500 resort credit daily.

“Rediscover Phuket” offers are available for booking from now until Aug. 31, 2021, for stays from July. 1 – Dec. 20, 2021.

For more information about the “Rediscover Phuket” offer and to book,  visit https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/featured-packages/phuket-sandbox/ Alternatively, contact the Centara reservation centre at reservations@chr.co.th.

 

 

 

 

 

Anantara SiamBangkok’s VIVID’s booster supplements for specific ailments

 WHILE MANY OF US ARE working from home, modern-day city dwellers are seeking convenient and effective solutions to maintain a resilient immune system, and the number one way to keep the body’s defences strong is to start is from within.

VIVID Bangkok, the go-to destination for vitamin infusions, is now extending its offering to include a series of vitamin supplements as well as specific Immunity Boost packages to meet the changing demands of its wellness enthusiast clientele.

VIVID supplements offer five tested formulations created by a team of specialist doctors and medical professionals, the new range of supplements is carefully blended to tackle specific ailments.

Guests can start their supplement course with a consultation with VIVID’s trained medical team using lab tests to measure everything from the levels of potentially harmful metals in the blood to examining the liver.

The five tested formulations include:

Immunity booster: protecting against illness and fatigue with Vitamin C and zinc to augment the body’s natural defences, black cumin reduces inflammation in the body, and L-carnitine boosts energy levels for fighting strength.

Brain Booster: performing at your cognitive peak with naturally occurring coenzyme Q10, which lessens with age to improve overall brain function, gingko increases blood flow to the brain and prevents cognitive decline, while ginseng boosts memory and concentration levels.

      Stress buster: combats the daily tolls of modern life, Rhodiola increases your body’s resistance to stress and fatigue, natural herbs ashwagandha and valerian calm the mind, and a melatonin boost leads to a more restful sleep at night.

Energy Booster: achieves more physically and mentally, L-carnitine increases the metabolism and boosts energy function while Rhodiola fights fatigue, enabling you to work and play harder – Sleep booster: fall asleep faster and enjoy better quality rest as melatonin resets the body clock, amino acid increases serotonin and natural herbs ashwagandha and valerian help still the mind.

On site at VIVID Bangkok, located in the courtyard of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, guests can enjoy a limited offer with two immunity-centred packages. Tackling immunity is three-fold. The packages include the Immunity IV Drip, the Vit D3 Booster and O-Zone Therapy.

The Immunity IV Drip injects a medical-grade blend of Vitamin C to the bloodstream for maximum absorption and a host of anti-oxidant benefits; the Vitamin D3 booster helps to kickstart autoimmunity and strengthen against infection, while O-Zone therapy uses medical-grade O3, a form of oxygen, to combat infectious and degenerative diseases and boost the immune system.

The Immunity to the Max Package contains: 5x Immunity IV drips, 3x Vitamin D3 booster, 2x Ozone Therapy.

 

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket reopens as part of Phuket island’s ‘Sandbox Program’ for  vaccinated travellers – with no quarantine requirements  

DUSIT THANI LAGUNA PHUKET, A LUXURIOUS beachfront resort on the northwest coast of Phuket, one of Thailand’s most beloved island destinations, is set to reopen its doors on July 1, 2021, as part of Phuket’s unique Sandbox Program.

The Sandbox Program will allow vaccinated travellers from Thailand and overseas to visit the island and move around freely with no quarantine requirements.

Owned and operated by Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, will welcome guests back with a wide range of family-friendly experiences specially crafted in line with Dusit’s four new pillars:

Hospitality –  including Service (personalized and gracious),

Well-Being (delivering wellness experiences beyond the spa),

Locality (uniquely linking guests with the local community),

Sustainability (social, economic, and environmental) adds convenience, experience, and value to every stay.

This includes providing guests with the chance to enjoy a deeper connection with the destination through a range of complimentary activities reflecting responsible tourism practices.

Among some of the options offered are guided tours to support local fishing villages; sustainable crafts workshops such as upcycled tie-dye and bag painting; cooking classes featuring locally sourced ingredients; and Thai cultural workshops where guests can learn more about the history of Phuket and the island’s unique traditions and customs.

Guests will also benefit from Dusit’s new group-wide holistic wellness concept, Devarana Wellness, which goes beyond the resort’s traditional spa offering to weave well-being elements throughout the entire stay experience.

From complimentary activities that enhance your emotional and physical resilience, such as yoga, meditation, and breathwork, to healthy restaurant menus and ‘micro wellness moments,’ including the offer of essential oils on arrival, Devarana Wellness has implemented property-wide services to help guests de-stress, detoxify, and enjoy deep restorative sleep.

Every weekend, the resort also offers a Family Retreat Program, designed by Devarana Wellness and packed with entertaining and enriching experiences for adults and children. A mini-farm workshop, educational kids camp, stand-up paddleboarding, and family-focused wellness sessions are just some of the activities provided.

To prepare for welcoming international visitors, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket has fully vaccinated its staff. It has also been certified by the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s new sanitary safety standard, SHA Plus. Certification is only awarded to properties that strictly follow official COVID-19 control guidelines and uphold the highest hygiene standards, including regular and thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all guest rooms and public areas.

Dusit’s carefully crafted ‘Dusit Care’ services are also in place to deliver additional convenience while maximizing guest safety. Flexible check-in, anytime breakfast, and mobile payment methods are just some of the services offered so guests can stay with utmost peace of mind.

“We are delighted to reopen our doors to vaccinated visitors and welcome the world once again to Thailand at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

 “While international borders have been closed, we have been very busy reimagining our services and rolling out new experiences designed to add expertise, convenience, and value to every stay while ensuring guest safety always comes first.

“Showcasing our four new pillars of gracious hospitality – Service, Well-Being, Locality, and Sustainability – Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket has everything in place to create confidence among travellers, meet their post-COVID-19 needs, and contribute to the safe and successful reopening of Phuket island.”

The resort’s SHA Plus certification, which reflects operating procedures already in place at each of our properties, also demonstrates our readiness to welcome vaccinated travellers at each of our properties when the time is right. The sandbox program is a big step forward for Thailand and the hospitality industry at large, and we look forward to doing our very best to contribute to its success.”

Set on the white sands of Bang Tao beach overlooking the Andaman Sea and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket comprises 253 elegant rooms, suites and villas.

Among other facilities, it offers a fully equipped gym, tennis and sports courts, a luxurious spa, an outdoor swimming pool, a watersports centre, a children’s play area, and easy access to the neighbouring 18-hole Laguna Phuket Golf Course. In addition, five dining outlets cater to a wide range of tastes, including international favourites, Royal Thai cuisine, and fine Italian dining.

The resort offers three special Back to Paradise packages starting at 12,800 THB, including free nights, daily breakfast, and other exclusive privileges to mark its opening. The options include:

  • Book three nights and get an additional night free, including daily breakfast for two persons and daily THB 1,000 food and beverage credit.*
  • Book seven nights and get an additional three nights free, including daily breakfast for two persons and daily THB 1,000 food and beverage credit.*
  • Book ten nights and get an additional four nights free, including daily breakfast for two persons and daily THB 1,000 food and beverage credit.*

The package is available for booking from 25 June – Sept. 30, 2021, and valid for stay dates between July 1 – 30 Sept. 25, 2021.

Guests flying with participating airlines will also have the opportunity to earn up to 7,500 additional air miles.

 For more details, visit: https://www.dusit.com/specialoffers/

 

Melia Hotels to open urban hotel in Chiang Mai

MELA CHIANG MAI, A 260-KEY urban hotel that towers over the River Ping and bustling Night Bazaar in the heart of Chiang Mai city in Thailand’s mountainous north, is slated to open for business in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Owned by Thailand’s leading integrated lifestyle real estate group, Asset World Corporation (AWC) and launched by Melia Hotels International, the five-star hotel is part of the Melia brand’s roll-out plan in key destinations across Thailand.

Melia Koh Samui debuted in January 2020 with a nautical theme underscored by boat suites made from refurbished merchant vessels. INNSiDE by Melia, Bangkok Sukhumvit, the first property of its brand in Thailand, housing 176 guestrooms and located close to the Suvarnabhumi Airport, is due to open in 2022.

Melia Chiang Mai will be situated six kilometres from the Chiang Mai International Airport on the vibrant Charoen Prathet Road, located near a broad spectrum of tourist attractions, markets, and Buddhist temples.

With a design that pays tribute to Chiang Mai’s fascinating history and culture with a contemporary flair, the hotel will comprise a striking 22-floor tower fronted by an adjoining seven-floor podium building.

Two restaurants, two bars, two lounges, including an executive lounge on the 21st floor with a panoramic view of Chiang Mai, Melia’s signature YHI Spa with seven treatment rooms, a fully-equipped fitness centre, swimming pool, ballroom and four other meeting spaces will be among the hotel’s host of facilities for business and leisure travellers alike.

Of the property’s room portfolio, 38 rooms and six suites will belong to The Level. An upgraded level of service and benefits that affords exclusive access to The Level executive lounge is an intimate area for indulging an upgraded breakfast and afternoon delicacies that is also suited for casual business meetings.

Its 113 sqm Level Presidential Suite is located on the tower’s top floor with great city vistas.

Melia Chiang Mai’s jewel in the crown will be a 360-degree rooftop bar, “the highest in the city on the 22nd floor. Featuring two bars connected by a glass bridge, the bar will offer wonderful views of the River Ping to the city’s east and famed Doi Suthep Temple on the mountaintop to the west.

Drawing on Melia’s Spanish origins, the hotel will pay homage to Spain’s famed gastronomy and quickly place itself on the city’s culinary map with two dining options. Perched on the 21st floor, the hotel’s signature restaurant will specialize in contemporary Northern Thai dishes with Mediterranean influences, with chefs preparing each dish a la minute from an open kitchen. The all-day-dining restaurant Mosaic will offer authentic Mediterranean cuisine in a vibrant marketplace setting.

An idyllic venue for events and weddings, the property’s extensive conference facilities include a 358-sqm ballroom and three function rooms on the tower’s second floor above the lobby and a 175-sqm multi-purpose function room on the podium building’s top floor.

The ballroom’s 173-sqm pre-function area is connected to an outdoor swimming pool and poolside bar, aptly named Poolside. The Power Lounge, one of the three function rooms that also afford access to the pool deck, will feature a pool table and coffee area suited to downtime between meetings. Adjacent to a secret garden, the seventh-floor multi-function room opens to a 223-sqm outdoor terrace that also lends itself to events.

With its location in the heart of Chiang Mai and an array of facilities, Melia Chiang Mai is a landmark project of our strategic roll-out of the Melia brand in Thailand, in line with AWC’s growth-led strategy, said Mrs. Wallapa Traisorat, Melia Chiang Mais owner and AWCs CEO and president

“Partnering with Melia has allowed us to set a new benchmark for Thai hospitality, and together, we aim to build a better future for Thailand’s tourism landscape and economy.”

“Following the opening of Melia Koh Samui, ranked TripAdvisor’s number one hotel in Koh Samui, Melia Chiang Mai will be another flagship property for Melia Hotels International in Thailand,” said Ignacio Martin, area managing director South East Asia of Melia Hotels International.

“As we continue to strengthen our growth strategy with our key partners, AWC understands and shares our strong service and hospitality philosophy — a fundamental factor in ensuring the quality, reputation, and sustainability we strive for.

“The global pandemic could not dampen our determination to unveil an extraordinary hotel that promises to exude the mystic splendour of Northern Thailand with Melia’s warm Spanish hospitality, passion for service and focus on the customer’s well-being,” added  Melia Chiang Mais General Manager, Edward Snoeks.

 

 

Centara hotels and resorts big winner at 2021 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best awards

THIRTY-SIX  CENTARA HOTELS and resorts received the 2021 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best award for hotels.

The latest awards, representing the most exceptional, highest-rated properties around the world, recognizes an overwhelming 90% majority of Centara’s entire portfolio.

The group’s properties in resort destinations consistently fare well, with five properties in Phuket, Samui, Hua Hin, and Krabi receiving this award for an impressive 11 consecutive years, including: Centara Karon Resort Phuket; Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket; Centara Villas Samui; Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin; and Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives and Centara Anda Dhevi Resort & Spa Krabi also proved popular with travellers from around the world, receiving the award for nine and eight years in a row respectively.

“Last year has been challenging for us and indeed the travel industry around the world, but I am proud of our teams for pulling together and finding new ways to deliver the warm Thai hospitality and distinctive family experiences for our guests. As Thailand and other destinations gradually move towards reopening international borders, we look forward to welcoming our guests back to The Place To Be,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara Hotels and Resorts.

Under Thailand’s Tourism Sandbox scheme, the Kingdom is welcoming fully vaccinated travellers from around the world for a quarantine-free visit, starting with Phuket on July 1, 2021 before rolling out the program to other popular destinations across Thailand.

In addition to Centara Karon Resort Phuket and Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, other Phuket resorts that also received the 2021 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best award include: Centara Villa Phuket, Centara Kata Resort Phuket, and Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa.

The latest Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best winners are determined based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings posted on Tripadvisor over a 12-month period fromJan.1 2020 to 31st Dec. 32. 2020.

For more information about Centara’s award-winning hotels and resorts, please visit Centara’s website at https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com.

 

 

Centara Phuket welcomes back international travelers with fully vaccinated staff

 ALL ELIGIBLE Centara Hotels and Resorts’ staff working in its Phuket hotels and resorts have been fully vaccinated in preparation for international travellers’ arrival in July 2021.

Under Thailand’s Tourism Sandbox scheme, the kingdom is gearing up to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from around the world without requiring quarantine on arrival.

Thailand’s island province of Phuket is spearheading the program, reopening safely to international tourists on 1st July 1, 2021, when at least 70 per cent of the host province’s population has been inoculated.

The vaccination drive also highlights Centara’s commitment to employee welfare and believes that by looking after staff like family members, they will take care of guests like one of their own. In addition to training and development programs, the group also provided COVID-19 insurance to all staff members last year.

“The safety of our staff and our guests remains a top priority for us and Thailand’s tourism recovery. By ensuring all eligible staff working in our Phuket properties are inoculated and bolstered by the comprehensive Centara Complete Care program that remains strictly in place across our hotels and resorts, we can confidently and safely welcome international travellers to Phuket and to Centara, the Place to Be,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

The certified health and hygiene procedures covered under Centara Complete Care include daily temperature checking of all staff before starting work every day, social distancing measures, increased sanitation, and appropriate protective masks and face shields for all service staff.

In anticipation of the quarantine-free travel, Centara Hotels & Resorts invites travellers to experience Thailand’s quintessential island getaway with a choice of short- and long-stay stay offers at its resorts, which range from all-pool-villa beachfront hideaways to family-friendly beachfront retreats with a waterpark.

For more information, contact the Centara reservation centre at reservations@chr.co.th, at +66(0) 2101 1234 or via live chat, or visit www.centarahotelsresorts.com.

 

Dusit International introduces new group- wide wellness concept – Devarana Wellness

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL has responded to the increasingly health-conscious aspirations of global travellers by introducing its new group-wide wellness concept – ‘Devarana Wellness’ – which aims to weave well-being elements throughout the entire stay experience at Dusit hotels and resorts worldwide.

Reflecting Dusit’s commitment to the well-being of its guests, customers and employees, the new wellness solution is inspired by traditional Thai healing wisdom, the spirit of Buddhist wellness principles, and Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality.

The concept aims to enhance the physical and mental well-being of all of Dusit’s guests by inviting them to take time to slow down, enjoy the chance to prioritize their health, and explore new wellness experiences beyond Dusit’s traditional hotel spa offerings.

Taking its name from the Thai-Sanskrit word for “a garden in heaven,” and blending ancient Thai healing practices with innovative wellness concepts, Devarana Wellness has been specially created to deliver holistic wellness experiences via a deceleration methodology based on three key principles.

These include ‘Pause’ (comprising yoga, meditation, breathwork, Thai herbal medicine, and activities that enhance emotional resilience); ‘Focus’ (comprising personalized food menus and fitness and movement activities for physical vitality); and ‘Growth’ (comprising workshops focused on sustainability, community outreach programs, and special retreats for families, couples, and business and leisure travellers).

These activities, and other ‘wellness micro-moments’ such as the offer of essential oils on arrival, the provision of premium beauty/grooming kits in guest bathrooms, and the screening of in-room video clips showing meditative sleep rituals, are now being rolled out at Dusit Hotels and Resorts worldwide, with offerings tailored to suit the specifics of each location and property.

Each property will focus on guests’ most shared concerns – including destressing, detoxifying, and enjoying a deep restorative sleep.

Dusit Thani Maldives, for example, has rebranded its Devarana Spa as Devarana Wellness. Alongside massage therapies and treatments, it now offers a comprehensive range of wellness activities such as yoga, meditation, and sound bath sessions.

 Dusit Thani Hua Hin has begun offering healthy dishes made using ingredients from its own organic farm, and it now hosts regular ‘Local Feast’ events designed to bring value to the local community and create intentional habits that pave the way for sustained healing.

Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore, which opened within the grounds of the Laguna National Golf & Country Club in December 2020, has several spaces dedicated to hosting wellness-focused classes and workshops. Like Dusit Thani Hua Hin, the wellness-focused resort also offers nutritious ‘power foods’ made using vegetables harvested from an onsite organic farm.

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, meanwhile, has just launched a Daily Family Retreat program  offering a series of workshops, activities, and wellness sessions for families. A similar programme is also on offer at Dusit Thani Hua Hin.

Alongside providing added value for guests, Devarana Wellness also serves as a vehicle to drive additional revenue to Dusit Hotels and Resorts by tapping into rapidly rising global demand for wellness experiences.

According to the Global Wellness Institute, global wellness tourism has increased from a US $563 billion market in 2015 to US $639 billion in 2017, or 6.5% annually. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, holistic health experiences are only expected to be in even higher demand.

In Dusit’s home base of Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has set a goal for the country to become the ‘Medical and Wellness Resort of the World’ by 2024.

“With the fast pace of modern life and ongoing impact of the global pandemic leading to unease, unrest, stress and anxiety, the chance to pause and slow down is more important than ever,” said Paul Hawco, corporate director of wellness, Dusit International.

“With this in mind, wellness at Dusit is not about a singular interaction or service; it is seamlessly integrated across the entire stay experience to bring added value to all of our guests, ensure we have a meaningful impact on their well-being, and pave the way for sustained healing even when they are not at our properties.

“Ultimately, we want our hotels to be places our guests can achieve healthier and happier lives through crafted experiences that provide purposeful restoration.

Our unique ‘Pause, Focus, and Growth’ approach also gives us a fantastic opportunity to reposition some of our longest-running properties in Thailand, such as the 30-year-old Dusit Thani Hua Hin, and ensure they meet the shifting wellness needs of our guests and provide a platform for long-term revenue generation.”

Paul Hawco, who joined Dusit International in May 2020, has previously developed wellness concepts for renowned luxury brands such as Rosewood, Jumeirah and Fairmont. He believes Dusit’s new holistic approach to wellness will broaden the appeal of its properties among business and leisure travellers, and lead to more MICE business too.

“By offering smaller, bespoke, and wellness-focused meetings and events that provide all the safety measures of the new normal, our resorts will be well-positioned to meet the needs of organizations seeking highly flexible offerings while ensuring attendees enjoy utmost peace of mind,” he said.

“As part of Devarana Wellness, our ‘Meet Well at Dusit’ initiative is just one of our proactive approaches to meeting the demands of companies in the new normal. From breakout sessions with breathwork and stretching exercises, to nutrition-based menus and supplementary wellness activities such as yoga and sound bath therapies, we have a wide range of facilities and services in place to deliver meetings that support optimal performance.

“Ultimately, we are confident that the holistic approach of Devarana Wellness will bring sustainable value to all of our properties and, alongside our award-winning spas, deliver heightened well-being experiences in each of our destinations.”

 

 

 

Lest This Day Pass Unnoticed

Evening. May 16, 1763. James Boswell, an impressionable 22-year-old from Scotland, is about to meet Dr. Samuel Johnson for the first time. 

Boswell had tried to meet Johnson a number of times but something always went wrong at the last minute. Then, quite unexpectedly, while he was having tea with Mr. Davies, the bookseller and sometime actor, Johnson suddenly made an appearance.

By this time, Boswell, who liked to hobnob with the talented and famous, was highly agitated and nervous, wanting to insinuate himself to Johnson, yet frightened of saying the wrong thing.

Here’s how he remembered it in his biography of Johnson:

Mr. Thomas Davies, the actor, who then kept a bookseller’s shop in Russel Street, Covent Garden, told me that Johnson was very much his friend, and came frequently to his house, where he more than once invited me to meet him; but by some unlucky accident or another he was prevented from coming to us.

At last, on Monday the 16th of May, when I was sitting in Mr. Davies’s back parlour, after having drunk tea with him and Mrs. Davies, Johnson unexpectedly came into the shop; and Mr. Davies having perceived him through the glass door in the room in which we were sitting, advancing towards us — he announced his awful approach to me, in somewhat the manner of an actor in the part of Horatio, when he addresses Hamlet on the appearance of his father’s ghost, “Look my Lord, it comes.” I found that I had a very perfect idea of Johnson’s figure from the portrait of him painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds soon after he had published his Dictionary, in the attitude of him sitting in his easy chair in deep meditation, which was the first picture his friend did for him, which Sir Joshua very kindly presented to me …

This passage still resonates, even after 256 years, as does this memorable account of Johnson’s meeting with David Garrick, a famous actor of the day and a former pupil from Johnson’s teaching days. They are standing backstage in Garrick’s theatre, and Garrick had just asked Johnson how he liked it.

“I’ll come no more behind your scenes,” said Johnson, “for the silk stockings and white bosoms of your actresses excite my amorous propensities.”

‘A Resort within a Resort’ Meliá Koh Samui Unveils ‘The Level’

 THE FIRST MELIÁ PROPERTY to open in Thailand has launched a “resort within a resort” called The Level, that sets apart 55 luxurious rooms and suites as well as a private lounge and a raft of bespoke privileges.

Overlooking secluded Choeng Mon Beach on the northeastern tip of Koh Samui island in the Gulf of Thailand, Meliá Koh Samui’s 24 ‘The Level Pool Access Rooms’ have private terraces that segue to a remarkable 700 metre-long lagoon pool meandering through the resort’s lush grounds like a river.

Thirty elegant two-story ‘The Level Boat Suites’ are made from meticulously refurbished merchant vessels that are more than 100 years old. Six of the boat suites afford vistas of the resort’s two-level infinity pool, with sunken seating areas and in-water lounges, and Choeng Mon Beach beyond. A further seven boat suites offer direct access to the lagoon pool.

Situated on its own exclusive floor for privacy, The Presidential Suite, totalling 156sqm with a vast living area, 10-seat dining table and private balcony overlooking the lagoon pool, also belongs to ‘The Level’.

The Level offers an upgraded level of service and benefits, including access to an executive lounge shaped like a boat’s hull with all-day snacks and beverages. The Level Lounge boasts a vast open terrace, surrounded by a water feature, with panoramic views of Choeng Mon Beach.

A host of The Level privileges includes complimentary afternoon tea and complimentary cocktails and canapes at The Level Lounge from 2.30-4.30 pm and 5.30-7.30 pm respectively. During the latter, guests also have the opportunity to learn how to make cocktails at the lounge’s cocktail counter.

A superior level of personalized service encompasses private check-in and check-out at The Level Lounge, welcome amenities including chocolate and fruit, a dedicated concierge service, and preferential reservations in the resort’s restaurants and bars by the concierge.

“With The Level, we have introduced a resort within a resort that prides itself on both exclusivity and privacy,” said Ernesto Osuna, the resort’s general manager. Drawing upon our warm and sunny Spanish hospitality, The Level lifts the getaway experience on Koh Samui island to a whole new level.”

In-room services include Nespresso coffee machines and coffee capsules and late check-out until 2 pm subject to availability. Other benefits include a 10% discount at YHI Spa.

The Level guests have access to all of Meliá Koh Samui’s facilities, also including two restaurants, a swim-up bar, fitness center, ballroom and, for families, a kid’s club, outdoor playground and mini water park.

The resort offers an array of activities including Muay Thai boxing, yoga and water sports such as kayaking, as well as a jam-packed “Edutainment” program at the Kid’s Club “Kidsdom”.

Stringent health, safety and hygiene measures in place to protect guests, staff and the community from COVID-19 as part of a global program called “Stay Safe With Meliá”, developed in collaboration with certification, inspection and testing company Bureau Veritas.

Meliá Koh Samui has also obtained “Amazing Thailand Safety and Health: SHA” certification, developed by Thailand’s Ministry for Tourism in collaboration with public and private sector partners to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 and elevate the country’s tourism industry standards. Under the certification, Meliá Koh Samui must follow strict COVID-19 control guidelines by Thailand’s Department of Disease Control and Ministry of Public Health regarding sanitation and social distancing.

To contact The Level at Meliá Koh Samui, call +66 (0) 89 184 0725 or email reservation.kohsamui@melia.com

 

 

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