International guests returning to Thailand for Holistic experiences at Wellness Retreat Kamalaya, Koh Samui
Clinique La Prairie Bangkok’s Holistic Medical and Spa Packages
Hyatt Regency Koh Samui’s live photo gallery
Best Western unveils 11.11 sale featuring 11 full days of up to 50% discounts across Asia
Melia to open on Thailand’s Mai Khao Beach
Banyan Tree Launches ‘Wellbeing Sanctuary’ in Koh Samui & Krabi
Centara’s 1.10 flash sale offering up to 40% savings
Centara adds new area general manager
Best Western’s three-day flash sale in Asia
Hyatt Regency Koh Samui’s sense of place dining venue

International guests returning to Thailand for Holistic experiences at Wellness Retreat Kamalaya, Koh Samui

AS THE WORLD EMERGES from its cocoon and Thailand reopened on Nov. 1 for fully vaccinated travelers and can now fly directly into Koh Samui and experience wellness at Kamalaya while enjoying generous savings.

To reconnect with international guests and celebrate the reopening of Thailand, Kamalaya’s Stay Longer, Save More offer generously allows up to 30% savings off room rates plus an additional 20% off any wellness program when booked before Dec. 31 2021 and until by March 13, 2022.

Since the global pandemic took hold, the world has been forced to deal with health problems, including isolation and stress-related anxieties, meaning that the holistic wellness programs at Kamalaya are more significant now than ever before.

Following the challenges of the past 18 months, holistic programs such as Embracing Change and Resilience & Immunity are ideal for anyone who wishes to pursue wellness while embracing travel as the world transitions into the new normal.

Embracing Change focuses on enriching emotional wellbeing and addressing one’s life circumstances. Suitable for anyone seeking support with change or challenging situations of any kind, this program can also benefit anyone navigating loss, anxiety, and grief, whether pandemic related or due to regular life events.

With both the five and seven-night programme options, guests learn to recognize and understand their habits to release, heal, rebuild, and strengthen emotional patterns before learning how to sustain a personal practice and establish healthier levels of balance.

Recognizing the changing needs of the world during this moment in time, Kamalaya founder and chief wellness officer, Karina Stewart and her team of wellness professionals developed the Resilience and Immunity program.

Designed to transform the immune system and reduce inflammation, this program supports physical health, optimal immunity, and resilience of the mind. It is highly beneficial for anyone with vulnerable immunity, post-viral fatigue, auto-immune concerns, or simply wishing to feel more robust and fortified in the face of life’s uncertainties.

John and Karina Stewart, founders of Kamalaya Koh Samui commented: “Guests can fly into Koh Samui and come immediately to Kamalaya to start their program and relax. It is so simple; the whole process is seamless. From arrival on Samui, you come to Kamalaya and it’s as if you are on your normal holiday.

“The world has gone through a collective trauma, and all our programs at Kamalaya have been curated to transform, nurture, guide and support with compassion. We are here to serve and care for our guests with a heartfelt and genuine John and Karina Stewart, founders of Kamalaya Koh Samui commented: “Guests can fly into Koh Samui and come immediately to Kamalaya to start their program and relax.

“It is so simple; the whole process is seamless. From arrival on Samui, you come to Kamalaya and it’s as if you are on your normal holiday. The world has gone through a collective trauma, and all our programs at Kamalaya have been curated to transform, nurture, guide and support with compassion. We are here to serve and care for our guests with a heartfelt and genuine connection.”

Participants of all programs at Kamalaya, receive a body bioimpedance analysis and receive guidance and personal consultations with the wellness sanctuary’s expert team of naturopaths, TCM practitioners, life enhancement mentors, and highly trained expert therapists.

Perched upon an idyllic hillside surrounded by nature, Kamalaya’s location on the southern coast of Koh Samui inspires, nourishes, and supports the intimate connection and informality craved by all in the wake of the pandemic.

After a long pause on inbound international travel, fully vaccinated travellers can fly directly to Koh Samui upon meeting health and safety requirements. Tourists entering Thailand must be

Covid-free with an RT-PCR before departure and upon arrival undergo an RT-PCR test before being transferred directly to Kamalaya Koh Samui.

Upon receiving negative results, guests have the freedom to enjoy the wellness experiences and dining facilities at Kamalaya, and those around the island.

With expansive outdoor space, open-air dining, lush tropical vegetation, cascading streams, 250 metres of private beach and a cave once used by Buddhist monks as a place of meditative retreat, Kamalaya’s nature and the setting is an integral part of each guest’s experience.

Since opening as a health sanctuary in November 2005, Kamalaya has offered enriching wellness programs that combine healing therapies from East and West making it one of the world’s top destinations for everyone seeking to improve health and wellbeing. connection.”




Clinique La Prairie Bangkok’s Holistic Medical and Spa Packages

 CLINIQUE LA PRAIRIE AESTHETICS & Medical Spa, the Asia flagship for the celebrated longevity centre originating from Montreux, Switzerland, has unveiled a collection of new wellness packages offering guests the benefit of combined medical and spa treatments to achieve optimal health and aesthetic results.

Located on the 15th floor of The St. Regis Bangkok, Clinique La Prairie Bangkok comprises a series of calming spaces, as well as offering the only location in Thailand where guests can experience Clinique La Prairie’s longevity-focused journey.

The Anatomique Package

Offering an effective non-surgical approach to targeting stubborn fat deposit areas, this cellulite-busting offer taps the most advanced body-shaping and firming technology in the market — Exilis Ultra 360.

A simultaneous radio-frequency and ultrasound session is followed by a signature Slimming Massage Treatment. Designed to improve skin texture, eliminate new cellulite and sculpt the body. Guests leave feeling a profound sensation of lightness and well-being feeling defined, firmed and toned. Guests can save further by purchasing a three-session package.

It includes: Exilis Ultra 360 session to tighten and tone the skin and deep tissue of the buttocks; Exilis Ultra 360 session to target stubborn cellulite on the back of thighs; and a Signature Slimming Massage to improve skin texture 60 minutes

The Purity Package

Promising a complete body cleanse and liver detox, the Purity Package pairs intravenous therapy, with a lymphatic drainage and detoxifying massage to encourage lymph flow and improve blood circulation.

The IV Therapy slowly introduces amino acids, vitamins and minerals into the bloodstream to detoxify and cleanse whilst the manual body lymphatic drainage massage uses light rhythmic strokes to encourage lymphatic drainage, perfect for guests with scar tissue, spider veins or acne, and helps reduce swelling before and after plastic surgery.

The session concludes with a rejuvenating turn in the hot and cold plunge pools, to boost circulation and aid the body’s recovery and flushing of toxins.

The Purity Package includes: IV drip detox therapy to reduce heavy metal levels and eliminate toxins; 60-minute Detoxifying and Lymphatic Drainage Body Massage; and a hot or cold infused detox beverage.

 The Physio Package

An antidote to office syndrome, legacy injuries or simple wear and tear, this package begins with a multi-purpose deep tissue massage using hot stones to soothe damaged soft tissues and ease muscle tension.

Once you’re thoroughly relaxed an optional rest in the relaxation facilities including warm pool is encouraged before a non-invasive laser facial therapy session addresses fine lines and aging caused by sun damage. Guests enjoy firm and visibly smoother visage as well as a relief from muscle tension in one visit.

The Physio Package includes: Deep tissue massage with hot stones and aromatherapy oil; 30-minute relaxation facilities; NIR laser session to smooth lines and wrinkles caused by ageing and sun damage

For information about the full range of medical and spa treatments, to make an appointment or apply for a membership, call + 66 (0)2 207 7779 or email info@cliniquelaprairiebangkok.com.



Hyatt Regency Koh Samui’s live photo gallery

HYATT REGENCY KOH SAMUI HAS become one of the most Instagram-friendly resorts in Thailand through its Gallery of Eight, a collection of eight sites dotted around the property, specially selected for their photogenic appeal.

Holiday snaps have long been an integral part of the travel experience. But with “pics or it didn’t happen” being the mantra of the Instagram era, gathering visual documentation of leisure time has become a pressing priority for many.

Social media savvy resorts are going the extra mile to deliver specially curated photo opportunities that provide ample fodder for IG feeds.

The designers of the Hyatt Regency Koh Samui knew guests would find it hard to resist the optic cues and baked in the curated collection of snap-friendly spots.

“The Gallery of Eight is a fantastic interactive experience,” said Adrian Pulido, general manager, Hyatt Regency Koh Samui. “We always had it in our mind that eight photo ops would make a nice rounded number for guests. Not too many to be overwhelming, but enough to make it a substantial feature. But, such was the wealth of visual inspiration, we had a tough job winnowing our choices down.

“Each of the eight photogenic spots dotted around the resort is inspired by Samui’s idyllic lifestyle and the island’s unique landmarks. Guests can now find them, feel them and record their special memories for the future.”

The property fully leverages the beauty of Koh Samui through its coastal location, incorporation of protected native yangna trees that once served as navigational markers for local fishermen and numerous inspired architectural features.

The latter includes a showpiece lobby—the starting point for the Gallery of Eight—where numerous skylights allow for natural illumination by the sun and the moon.

Other likely photo ops include a valley that abounds with colourful tropical flora and the largest pool zone on the island, a collection of four pools, each cascading down from the main pool on the upper deck of the resort.

Additional inclusions in the Gallery of Eight range from SESUN, the resort’s popular Meditteranean-inspired beachfront grill to the resort’s verdant organic garden and the living green courtyard at the heart of its wellness centre.

All eight photo ops are marked on the resort map, which is printed on guests’ keycard holders. A larger scale version of the map, meanwhile, can be found in the lobby.

“We know that people love taking photos for their social media feeds,” added Pulido. “And since there is so much going on here visually, we thought it would be a great idea to give our guests a helping hand by pointing them in the direction of the best locations!”



Best Western unveils 11.11 sale featuring 11 full days of up to 50% discounts across Asia

BEST WESTERN HOTELS & RESORTS IS offering its 11.11 Sale, which offers 11 full days of discounts of up to 50% off at hotels and resorts in many destinations all across Asia.Available to book from Nov. 9 to Nov.19. 2021 for stays through 31 March 31, 2022, this promotion ensures the lowest available rates, starting from less than US$ 30 per night!

Amazing rates of under US$ 30 per night can be booked at a wide range of world-class midscale hotels in many highly desirable Asian locations, such as Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel in bustling Bangkok, Best Western Patong Beach in l Phuket, and Best Western Kuta Villa in Bali. Whichever property you choose, every booking will include complimentary Wi-Fi.

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Sukhumvit 2 promises stylish stays in the heart of Bangkok, while SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western AC Luxe in Angeles City will keep you fully connected in the Philippines.

These two contemporary hotels are both offering rates of under US$ 50 per night in the 11.11 Sale, and offer personalized service, exceptional amenities and the warm welcome you expect from SureStay Plus.

If you’re seeking a refined travel experience, Best Western Premier® invites you to enjoy “The Premier Life” in some of Asia’s most extraordinary destinations. Highlights include Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort & Spa on Phuket’s golden coast, and Best Western Premier Panbil, a spectacular landmark in the heart of Batam.

 Wherever you choose to travel, Best Western ensures the highest standards of health and hygiene with our “We Care Clean program”, which is based on expert advice from governmental agencies and independent bodies. This comprehensive program addresses every aspect of the in-stay experience, from guest room and common area cleanliness to contactless procedures and more, while maintaining our industry-leading guest service.

For more information about Best Western Hotels & Resorts in Asia, visit www.BestWesternAsia.com.




Melia to open on Thailand’s Mai Khao Beach

PHUKET MAI KHAO, a 30-suite and 70-villa resort on eight acres of Phuket’s northwestern coastline overlooking the sky-blue Andaman Sea is slated to open in December.

Fronting Phuket’s longest stretch of sand, the resort on Mai Khao Beach is close to an array of attractions such as Sirinat National Park, Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, and Wat Phra Thong temple. Phuket International Airport is a 15-minute drive.

Authorities plan to open Thailand to fully vaccinated tourists from countries deemed low-risk from Nov. 1.

Launched by Melia Hotels International and owned by Thailand’s leading residential real estate developer Phuket Villa Group, the five-star resort is part of a roll-out of the Melia brand in key destinations across Thailand including Koh Samui, Chiang Mai and Bangkok.

The new resort’s saltwater swimming pools, private villa pools, a reflection pond with sunken seating areas, water gardens, vertical falls and irrigation mist evoke a restorative atmosphere. The overarching design pays tribute to contemporary aesthetics and traditional Thai touches.

The contemporary, light-filled and spacious Mediterranean-inspired accommodations comprise 30 one-bedroom suites and 70 one-bedroom villas that each cater for up to two adults and two children. All feature outdoor bathtubs, open-air showers and vast outdoor terraces.

The 78 sqm suites are complemented by cabanas and the 85 sqm one-bedroom villas have private plunge pools. Fifteen wellness villas feature an open-air Vitamin C shower, daily massage, ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, GermGuardian air purifier, Tempur-Pedic pillows, fit ball and yoga mat.

Melia Phuket Mai Khao will explore a diverse culinary landscape from four outlets. Near the beach pool with its cabanas and sun lounges, chic Gaia Beach Club is the place to be. Drawing on Melia’s Spanish origins, Gaia celebrates Spain’s famed gastronomy by serving Mediterranean and fusion cuisine from an open kitchen and a cocktail selection from a long bar.

Elegant all-day dining restaurant SASA specializes in Southeast Asian cuisine. A warm and intimate setting adorned with timber finishes, SASA offers casual fine dining by night. Elyxr Cafe serves freshly squeezed juices and locally brewed liquors.

Shaded by a broad spectrum of native plants, the resort’s design deploys a neutral palette of colours as a complement to Mai Khao’s sandy shore. Its high ceilings, floor-to-roof glass panels and decorative metal screens take advantage of the natural surrounds and abundance of sunshine.

At 300 sqm, Melia’s signature YHI Spa is home to five treatment rooms. In addition to its extensive menu of massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps, spa therapists also provide poolside and in-villa treatments.

The fitness centre is equipped with treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, and weights machines. The kids club Kidsdom has workshops to keep youngsters entertained.

An idyllic venue for weddings and events, the resort’s conference facilities include a grand ballroom and two additional multi-function rooms. The resort’s event planners offer customized catering and mini mindfulness sessions.

“Through our partnership with Spain’s leading hotel group, we are thankful that we can significantly contribute to Phuket’s recovery in the wake of COVID-19 by creating much-needed jobs for the local tourism sector and setting a new benchmark for hospitality on Thailand’s largest island,” said Maetapong Upatising, Phuket Villa Group’s managing director.

“With its breathtaking beauty and serenity, there isn’t a more desirable place to be on the water than Mai Khao Beach, said Magdalena Martorell, Melia Phuket Mai Khao’s general manager. We’re looking incredibly forward to unveiling a leisure resort defined by a distinct focus on customer well-being with Melia’s sunny Spanish hospitality and passion for service.




Banyan Tree Launches ‘Wellbeing Sanctuary’ in Koh Samui & Krabi

THE BANYAN TREE GROUP HAS rolled out a new healthy living concept at its properties around the world, including Banyan Tree Samui and Banyan Tree Krabi in southern Thailand, which have set aside a selection of pool villas and suites dedicated to holistic and well–being pursuits.

The “Well-being Sanctuary” initiative was launched on Oct. 1 at both resorts and provides guests with an opportunity to combine a leisure vacation with a daily program designed to enrich mind, body and soul — from meditation to Thai boxing, from massage and hydrotherapy to nature trails and sailing lessons — complemented with a nutritious diet and personal consultations.

“When guests book a Wellbeing Sanctuary, they have the flexibility to choose their own activities,” said Remko Kroesen, area general manager overseeing both hotels. “Before arrival, we send them a questionnaire so they can stipulate their goals. Our practitioners will be on hand throughout their stay to ensure they have every opportunity to connect with nature, discover a sense of deep relaxation, and find balance.

“And when they leave, we will consult and provide suggestions that will help fine-tune and inspire their daily routines, and assist them on their journey.”

Each of the villas selected for the Wellbeing Sanctuary has been adapted with various well-being amenities — a mini-bar stocked with fresh juices and herbal teas instead of alcoholic drinks, a yoga mat, stretch bands, and even a Tibetan singing bowl — along with an outdoor pool and hot jet pool.

On Koh Samui, Well-being villas come with a luxurious infinity pool, while at Krabi, each room opens onto a private garden, ideal for private self-well-being activities.

Teams at Banyan Tree Samui and Banyan Tree Krabi, which are both located on tranquil picture-perfect beaches, have tailored holistic itineraries based on Banyan Tree’s “8 Pillars” principle (Dietary Awareness; Physical Vitality; Cultivate the Mind; Sleep & Rest; Harmony with Nature; Learning & Development; Bonding & Connection; and Sustained Practices).

“When we dream about a tropical beach vacation, we see ourselves relaxed and content, lying in a hammock under palm trees, looking out to a calm sea, without a care in the world,” says Bikram Keshari Patra, the well-being practitioner at Banyan Tree Samui.

“However, the reality can often be very different — we are still stressed about work; we worry; our minds refuse to switch off.

Guests to the Well-being Sanctuary are welcomed with a healthy organic juice, and are given the chance to consult and select their preferred schedule for the day ahead. Following their flight, many may opt for a relaxing oil massage, followed by a long hot soak in their tub with bath salts. Typically, a morning may begin with yoga and meditation, followed by a hearty but heart-friendly breakfast. But there’s always time to just lie by their own private pool and soak up the sunshine and the view. Very quickly, the pressures of daily life are forgotten.

Good sleep is one of the Well-being Sanctuary’s guiding principles. Upon returning to their villa after evening turndown service, a guest will discover a different sleep ritual recommended and set up, such as bath salts or a lemon & lime steam facial.

One of the highlights of any Banyan Tree visit is the spa, and nowhere more so than in Thailand where regular massage is considered a cornerstone of good health. The resorts have introduced four new massages specifically for patrons of the Well-being Sanctuary: Restorative Detox; Sleep Essentials; Mobility Stretch; and Urban Relief.

“Following a long journey, a new arrival might be recommended to unravel with a 90-minute Restorative Detox massage,” said Banyan Tree Spa Samui Manager Naphasawan Badklang, a veteran of 15 years’ experience with Banyan Tree spas, including spells in Sri Lanka, China, and the Seychelles.

“For this type of massage, our therapists will apply a signature oil made from coriander seed and cinnamon bark. The detox massage is ideal for draining lymph nodes and removing toxins, while at the same time stimulating blood circulation.”

Like Samui, Banyan Tree Spa Krabi also offers a hydrotherapy treatment known as The Rainforest, described by Spa Manager Bussayawan Chanchai asa tropical sanctuary of water jets, steam rooms, and water massage pumps,” which culminates in the visitor lying face up on a heated tile bed, sipping herbal tea — a thoroughly tranquillizing experience.

And of course, no step toward well-being would be worthwhile without a carefully thought-out diet. Well-being Sanctuary customers at Banyan Tree’s restaurants will now be provided two menus — one with all the delicacies you’d expect from a fine wining n’dining holiday, including house specialties of both Thai and Western cuisine; and the other, a Well-being Menu offering a variety of organic dishes, vegan and vegetarian options, and freshly squeezed juices.

But that’s not to say that a nutritious meal is a boring meal. At Banyan Tree Samui, one may begin the day with a fresh cantaloupe or papaya juice accompanied by a “Raw Vegan Berry Breakfast Bomb” of cereal, nuts and berries, followed by guacamole omelette, chives waffles or quinoa pancakes. Wellbeing guests will also be served a healthy Afternoon Platter with juice every day as part of their package.

Jakkrit Traibun, the Executive Chef at Banyan Tree Krabi, recently introduced a plant-based menu based on the produce from his on-site organic garden. Among his signature dishes are Southern Thai Turmeric Rice and a delightful Pumpkin Avocado Mousse.

Krabi is among the newest Banyan Tree destinations. The 72-key resort, which opened in October last year, is tiered into a hillside at serene Tubkaek Beach, a 40-minute drive from Krabi International Airport. It is surrounded on three sides by nature: a forested national park to the rear and far side, while overlooking one of Thailand’s most iconic natural wonders: the famous towering limestone cliffs that jut out of the sea in Than Bok Khorani National Marine Park.

Having navigated successfully the challenges of constructing and opening a 5-star hotel during a global lockdown, Banyan Tree Krabi was rewarded for its efforts recently at the 2021 International Hotel & Property Awards in London where it won the Best Design prize for Asia-Pacific Hotel Under 200 Rooms.

Jointly designed by Architrave and Asset World Corporation (AWC), facilities at the hotel include two restaurants, a beach bar, a kids’ club, a fitness center, a meeting center, an elevated outdoor wedding deck, and the its rainforest-themed spa.

Similarly, Banyan Tree Samui is nestled into a lush tropical hillside with spectacular views over a sapphire sea. The 38-acre property is rich in flora and plant life, and its private white-sand cove is flanked by coral reefs, which the resort’s Sustainability Team protects and regenerates.

This year Banyan Tree Samui was voted by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine as one of Southeast Asia’s Top 10 Hotels and Resorts.

Banyan Tree began rolling out its Well-being Sanctuary programs in March 2021, beginning in China, and is progressively launching at its resorts worldwide as each destination re-emerges from the pandemic.

“We believe that more travelers will be focused on their health in the post-covid period, and we want to be there to support them,” said Haruethai Maneerat, hotel manager at Banyan Tree Krabi. “Of course, many guests will still want to enjoy wining and dining, touring the sights, and that’s fine. But we anticipate that many others will be looking for a quieter, holistic, and more introspective journey.”

For more information about Banyan Tree’s new Well-being Sanctuaries, go to: https://wellbeing.banyantree.com/



Centara’s 1.10 flash sale offering up to 40% savings

  Centara Hotels & Resorts is launching a 10.10 Flash Sale, available for five days only. From Oct. 8 to Oct. 12, 2021, you have the chance to receive from 25% – 40% off every rate and every promotion at over 30 hotels and resorts in Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Oman.

With 14 destinations across Thailand to choose from, guests can plan their next romantic escape in Phuket or Samui or book a fun-filled family holiday at a kids-approved resort in Pattaya or Hua Hin.

Travellers can also rediscover the joys of travel in Southern Vietnam and awaken their sense of wonder at an Explorer’s Playground-themed resort in Mui Ne. In magnificent Muscat, a unique blend of tradition and modernity awaits, while visitors to Sri Lanka can uncover an ancient culture and cruise picturesque waterways at a tranquil resort nestled between the Bentota River and the Indian Sea.

Guests who are not yet a CentaraThe1 member can sign up for free to enjoy access to the Centara 10.10 Flash Sale as well as other members-only discounts and benefits.

Travellers enjoy peace of mind when staying with Centara Hotels & Resorts as the group continues to follow strict safety protocols and adhere to certified health and hygiene procedures with the comprehensive Centara Complete Care program.

The Centara 10.10 Flash Sale is valid for stays until 20th Dec. 20, 2021.

For more information, visit www.centarahotelsresorts.com.



Centara adds new area general manager

 Wayne Duberly has been appointed area general manager, located at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya and also responsible for overseeing Centara Sonrisa Residences & Suites Sriracha.

His appointment was announced by Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO, Centara Hotels & Resorts.

Duberly is a British national, who started his career with Centara Hotels & Resorts as General Manager in 2011 at Centara Anda Dhevi Resort & Spa Krabi and transferred to be general manager at Centara Seaview Resort Khao Lak in 2013.

He was later transferred to Centara Karon Beach Resort Phuket as area general manager, also overseeing Centara Kata Beach Resort Phuket and Waterfront Suites Phuket by Centara in 2015 until the present time.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, located directly on the beach at Wong Amat in North Pattaya, is the first truly themed hotel in Thailand,  designed to a Lost World concept.

Centara Sonrisa Residences and Suites Sriracha are located directly on the beach at Sriracha and is a family-friendly hotel& resort.


Best Western’s three-day flash sale in Asia

Best Western Hotels & Resorts is launching a three-day-long “Pay Day Flash Sale” that offers a discount of 40% off room rates at 30 participating hotels and resorts across Asia.

Available to book from Sept. 29 to 1 Oct.1,2021, for stays until March 31,2022, this limited-time offer promises 40% off rates at world-class hotels and resorts in many attractive destinations throughout the region. So, whether you’re craving a blissful beachfront break, a stylish city staycation or an energizing out-of-town escape, Best Western Hotels & Resorts can provide the vacation you deserve.

Selected properties participating in the “Pay Day Flash Sale” include:

Vīb Best Western Sanam Pao Bangkok is a cutting-edge midscale hotel in one of the Thai capital’s trendiest districts. With a selection of stylish rooms, all equipped with free Wi-Fi and positioned close to many local attractions, this new hotel is well-connected in every sense. The BTS skytrain is right on the doorstep of this modern midscale hotel, putting the whole of this vibrant city within easy reach.

Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort is nestled in a lush hillside, amid coconut groves overlooking Karon Beach and the Andaman Sea. The bright rooms feature private balconies with views of the gardens or ocean, while a dedicated pathway leads guests directly to the sandy bay. When they are not relaxing on the beach, travelers can take a dip in the outdoor pools, work out in the fitness center or unwind in the spa.

Other Asian Best Western properties included in the three-day flash sale:

Best Western Plus The Ivywall Resort-Panglao is nestled directly on the pure white sands of Alona Beach, on the paradise island of Panglao, the Philippines. This brand new international resort features 80 bright and stylish rooms with balconies overlooking the pool, garden or sea. Some rooms even lead directly to the resort’s outdoor swimming pool, and the sea-facing suites feature private balconies with Jacuzzis.

Best Western Premier Agung Resort Ubud is positioned in the heart of Bali, Indonesia’s “Island of the Gods”. This upscale resort allows travelers to stay in authentic rooms with scenic views of the lush rice fields, reflecting the peace and charm of Ubud, Bali’s artistic and cultural heart. Some of the rooms even come equipped with Jacuzzis.

Best Western Kuta Villa is tucked away in a quiet corner of Bali’s main tourist district, surrounded by shops and services, just moments from the soft sands of Kuta Beach. With beautiful Balinese-style architecture, a spa, swimming pool, restaurant and a choice of accommodation types, including rooms with private plunge pools and one bedroom villas.

Best Western i-City Shah Alam is a modern midscale hotel that puts guests in the heart of Shah Alam, the capital of Malaysia’s Selangor state. Located within the i-City complex, right next to a theme park and a short drive from KL.

Best Western Premier Sapphire Halong is a spectacular waterfront hotel that overlooks Halong Bay, the famous UNESCO-listed seascape in northeast Vietnam. Nestled in the heart of this popular tourist destination, just minutes from the Halong International Cruise Port, this landmark upscale hotel features over 1,000 outstanding rooms and suites, several restaurants, swimming pools, a fitness center, spa, kids’ club and more!

Wherever you choose to travel, Best Western ensures the highest standards of health and hygiene with our “We Care CleanSprogram, which is based on expert advice from governmental agencies and independent bodies. This comprehensive program addresses every aspect of the in-stay experience, from guest room and common area cleanliness to contactless procedures and more, while maintaining our industry-leading guest service.

For more information about Best Western Hotels & Resorts in Asia, visit www.BestWesternAsia.com.


Hyatt Regency Koh Samui’s sense of place dining venue

AS A SICILIAN, Frederik Farina is steeped in a culinary culture that emphasizes simplicity and sustainability.

And the experienced F&B visionary is utilizing his ingrained food philosophy to establish the Hyatt Regency Koh Samui as an exciting dining destination on Thailand’s legendary paradise island.

Farina, who has spent 18 years with Hyatt in Southeast Asia, is the culinary director at the design-forward resort, a much-anticipated addition to the portfolio of luxury accommodations on Koh Samui which was unveiled at the start of July.

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 Samui.

In his role, Farina oversees the three dining concepts at the resort. These encompass SESUN — a hip beachside grill which majors in fresh seafood and premium meats with a Mediterranean twist — and all-day dining venue, Yangna, where menu selections range from authentic Thai dishes to international specialties.

Completing the resort’s culinary roster is Oasis on the Rocks: a romantic chef’s table on a secluded promontory next to the lapping waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

All three vary significantly in terms of atmosphere and food offerings. What unites them, however, is Farina’s laser focus on utilizing premium produce (locally sourced whenever possible) to deliver multi-sensorial experiences to patrons.

“I’m definitely product-driven, so it all comes down to the quality, origin and handling of produce,” he said. “By getting that right, it allows us to deliver food experiences that reflect the location and its culinary traditions and cultural elements while maintaining an outward-looking philosophy with wide appeal.”

At SESUN, the emphasis is placed on Koh Samui’s super-fresh seafood. The fishing net on the roof of the venue reflects the provenance of the seafood, which is supplied from sustainable sources by local fishermen. The marine bounty is then grilled over coconut husks, Samui style, to impart maximum flavour. Other menu highlights include succulent Wagyu steaks and Mediterranean-inspired dishes that make full use of produce from the resort’s organic garden.

Yangna offers more in the way of Thai fire with specialties from around the Kingdom represented on the menu alongside other options ranging from Chinese dim sum to western comfort food and creative salads. Must-try dishes include a handful of authentic southern Thai curries redolent with bold spice.

Oasis on the Rocks, meanwhile, caters to guests seeking a more intimate dining experience. Low lit lamps illuminate a path along the rocks to a platform overlooking the waves where a table for two is laid out for couples who can choose from three delectable set menus: seafood, Thai or Mediterranean.

It’s an unforgettable journey that harnesses the beauty of the resort’s stunning location and also squares with Farina’s desire to evoke a sense of place in the culinary experiences he has curated at the property.

“The ultimate goal is to deliver cuisine with a personality,” he added. “By referring to where you are, you can enhance appreciation of the destination.”

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