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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
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Special offers for opening of dusitD2 Ao Nang Krabi
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Anantara recognized at Condé Nast Traveler US Readers’ Choice Awards
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Luxury travel curators Anantara Resorts launch new travel experiences
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New meeting offerings on Hua Hin historic land at Centara Grand Beach Resort
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Anantara Layan Phuket offering Mercedes charging stations

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.

 

Special offers for opening of dusitD2 Ao Nang Krabi

 DUSITD2 AO NANG KRABI will open on 15 Dec.15, 2018 with a Special Opening Offer starting from 2,220 THB per night.

Available for booking from now until March 31, 2019, and valid for stays from 15 Dec.31, 2018 to April 15, 2019, the Special Opening Offer includes 40% off Dusit Best Available Rate, complimentary breakfast, and more exclusive benefits.

 Members of Dusit Hotels & Resorts’ guest loyalty program, Dusit Gold, meanwhile, will receive an additional 10% discount. Guests can sign up to the Dusit Gold program for free at www.dusitgold.com.

Bookings made before 15 January 2019 for a minimum stay of three consecutive nights will qualify for a complimentary room upgrade.

Located in downtown Ao Nang on a leafy hillside a short walk from the beach, dusitD2 Ao Nang, Krabi is designed to provide a comfortable experience for families and adventurous types looking to explore everything this exciting destination has to offer.

Rock climbing excursions, jungle treks, and boat trips to nearby paradise islands can all be arranged at the hotel, which is 30 minutes by car from Krabi International Airport.

Operating under Dusit Hotels & Resorts’ dusitD2 brand, the resort boasts a modern, vibrant design inspired by local culture.

Besides 173 guest rooms and suites with a choice of sea, mountain or pool views, the resort features an indoor and outdoor all-day-dining restaurant, a 200 sqm ballroom, a lobby bar, an outdoor swimming pool with a separate children’s pool, an extensive children’s playground, and a spa.

For more information, visit www.dusit.com/dusitd2/krabi

 

Anantara recognized at Condé Nast Traveler US Readers’ Choice Awards

TWENTY ANANTARA PROPERTIES were recognized in the annual 2018 Condé Nast Traveler US Readers’ Choice Awards.

The magazine represents the most prestigious and highly respected ranking of hotels, as voted for by its discerning readers who classified a selection of Anantara’s luxury portfolio as among the best in the world.

In Bangkok, the most popular tourist destination of the world, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel retained its position as the third Best Hotel in Bangkok.

Anantara Resorts were recognized throughout the Asia region with resorts from Thailand, Bali, Vietnam and Sri Lanka featuring in the leaderboard of Best Resorts in Asia. Loyal fans voted Anantara Hua Hin as No.14 Best Resort in Asia. Anantara Golden Triangle, ranked No.24; Anantara Chiang Mai, 32..

In the Middle East, Anantara properties reigned supreme, claiming five of the six most coveted spots. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara was named top resort in the Middle East, followed by Anantara The Palm Dubai, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar and Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island.

Amongst the Best Resorts in Indian Ocean, Anantara properties featured heavily in the Top 20. Anantara Veli was named No.14, followed by Anantara Kihavah and Anantara Dhigu.

Further afield, Anantara Royal Livingstone was voted No.18 Best Hotel in Africa, and representing the resorts, Anantara Bazuruto Island was named No.18 Best Resort in Africa, followed closely by Anantara Medjumbe Island. In Europe, Anantara Vilamoura Portugal also featured highly as No. 14 Best Resort in Europe.

Amon the accolades, Anantara sister properties repeated their excellent results of recent years with Naladhu Private Island in the Maldives named the third Best Resort in The World and clinching #1 Best Resort in The Indian Ocean for the second year running, followed by Niyama Private Islands No. 7.

 

 

Luxury travel curators Anantara Resorts launch new travel experiences

THERE ARE EXPERIENCES that possess the capacity of bringing beauty into laser-sharp focus.

Anantara Hotels and Resorts’ new Experiences campaign is a carefully curated collection of such moments, each distilling the essence of a destination into a relatable and accessible yet distinctive activity.

The experiences are many and varied — from walking in the footsteps of the lost Champa Empire in Quy Nhon, South Vietnam, to indulging one’s inner Robinson Crusoe with a sunset Champagne picnic on the private islands of Camamu Bay, Brazil., or catching a pristine wave off the coast of Sri Lanka from a private helicopter.

Or snorkelling a Maldivian reef, suspended in crystal clear water, and coming face to face with a majestic manta ray emerging from the depths of the ocean and stealing your heart.

Or scaling Oman’s rugged mountains, a breath-taking vista of miniature villages and fruit orchards stretching as far as the eye can see, and suddenly feeling the pulse of that incredible country beating in the golden morning light.

As purveyors of luxury, Anantara Experiences experts ensure the focus stays firmly on providing the highest level of service and on personalization.

Well-travelled and exacting, Anantara guests relish the experiences that stray off the beaten path while being thoroughly researched, impeccably planned and executed.

“Immersing yourself in new destinations, opening your heart and mind to serendipitous moments, embracing the unknown is the only way to truly appreciate new cultures and places. At Anantara, we believe that life is a journey – a philosophy that underpins everything we do, from deciding on resort locations to crafting guest experiences,” said Dillip Rajakarier, Minor Hotels CEO, the owning company of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas.

Anantara Experiences campaign is an important step in refining and developing this concept. It brings together the brand’s signature experiences, properties and destinations through expertly crafted, on-brand creative work while communicating Anantara ethos during every moment of the customer journey.

In the role of curator and facilitator of luxury travel experiences that go beyond the ordinary and the mundane, Anantara strives to inspire, guide and operate as an integral part of your journey discovering idiosyncratic cultures and indigenous wildlife.

The Anantara Experiences campaign is an integrated multimedia mixed channel campaign featuring print collateral, a suite of digital assets and a cohesive social media strategy launched in September 2018.

You can find more information about experiences available at Anantara properties worldwide here: https://www.anantara.com/en/about-anantara.

 

 

New meeting offerings on Hua Hin historic land at Centara Grand Beach Resort

NEW MEETING OPTIONS are now being offered at Colonial Hall on historic land at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.

Colonial Hall, fitted with wireless high-speed Internet access, audio-visual equipment and adjustable sound and lighting, allows a maximum capacity of 300 persons theatre-style or cocktail-style. The room can also be divided into two smaller venues, making it popular any size of events.

 Located in the heart of Hua Hin with prime beach frontage, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin’s meeting options now offer latest packages with flexible meeting options for different event requirements, with all-inclusive coffee breaks and leisure activities.

Whether it’s corporate meetings, product launches, private parties, choose from many of the resort’s versatile meeting and event locations.

For a smaller-scale of business sessions to sizeable conferences, Hua Hin Hall features an intimate meeting environment to accommodate up to 50 persons classroom-style, with abundance of natural daylight as well as the hotel’s signature views of lush greenery, while the resort’s Boardroom is available with one of the city’s most magnificent sea views.

The resort’s outdoor spaces can also handle large events of up to 700 guests, at the beach, poolside or by the golf putting green.

Other memorable activities can be added to an event program, such as kayaking, paintball, or early morning alms giving to Buddhist monks, making the resort a perfect location for incentive groups, team-building exercises and for those who seek a distinctive meeting experience.

The flexible venues are made even more appealing thanks to an extensive range of accommodation options within Centara Grand Hua Hin itself, which include colonially inspired guestrooms, luxurious suites and private pool villas.

There is also a choice of dining venues serving a wide selection of global cuisines, whether the tangy spices of Thai cuisine at Suan Bua, or the refined European specialties at Railway, or Japanese flair at Hagi, The Museum’s Afternoon Tea or beachside al-fresco dining at the award-winning COAST Beach Club and Bistro.

For more information or reservations, call 66 (0) 3251 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anantara Layan Phuket offering Mercedes charging stations

ANANTARA LAYAN PHUKET RESORT will be among the first Anantara properties to feature Mercedes-Benz charging stations for Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Anantara Hotels & Resorts is partnering with Mercedes Benz in this initiative as part of an all-encompassing campaign to promote an eco-conscious luxury lifestyle at all properties, including Anantara Layan.

Anantara Layan embraces the concept that extravagance and environmental awareness can go hand in hand.

Anantara Layan is a luxury hotel brand that showcases indigenous experiences, and actively participates in conservation efforts to help preserve Phuket’s lush beauty — from the virgin rainforests of the interior to the pristine beaches and waters surrounding the island.

As part of the pioneering brand that was the first to ban single-use plastic straws at all properties in Asia, Anantara Layan will continue to demonstrate support for sustainable options in luxury with the Mercedes-Benz charging stations.

Visitors can recharge their Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid, reducing emissions and reliance on fossil fuels while they enjoy their lavish stay or sumptuous meal.

“This partnership is just another way for us to contribute to keeping Phuket green, while always maintaining our signature luxury,” said Frederic Varnier, managing director of Anantara Layan.

“Our guests can enjoy their time at Anantara Layan knowing that their experience was opulent and luxurious, without being wasteful.”

 

 

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