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Centara to support program that puts surplus food to good use
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Spa Magic at Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
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Spa Magic now at discount price for one week
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ONYX Hospitality Group announces two senior appointments
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Six Senses Yao Noi’s three-night Summertime Package
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Phuket Marriot Nai Yang’s ‘Post a selfie or you and your mom’ contest
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Spa days at Evason Hua Hin
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The Goddess Retreat at Anantara Layan Phuket
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Double reward points with Best Western promotion
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Where luxury catering services meet perfect riverside location

Centara to support program that puts surplus food to good use

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS, Thailand’s largest hotel operator, will participate in an innovative new charity operation that collects and distributes surplus food to benefit people in need, starting in August.

The operation, ThaiHarvest|SOS is a joint initiative with OzHarvest, the pioneering Australian organization that has established a proven and successful “Food Rescue” model. which is being adopted around the world, and the Thai Foundation Scholars of Sustenance (SOS)”

The program’s mission is to eliminate hunger and food waste through the re-distribution of quality surplus food. Experts estimate as much as a third of food produced for human consumption is wasted in the transport, distribution, and preparation supply chain. When this food ends up in a landfill, it represents a tremendous waste of resources, and a lost opportunity to help people unable to afford adequate nutrition.

The OzHarvest rescue and redistribution system has proven a safe and efficient way to reduce this waste and benefit the planet. Begun in Australia 14 years ago, it is now being replicated in the UK, South Africa, New Zealand, Peru, Indonesia and Vietnam. An important part of the initiative is educating people about the problem and opportunity of food waste.

In Thailand, ThaiHarvestISOS picks up good quality surplus food daily from participating supermarkets, hotels, food courts, restaurants and other businesses. Trained inspectors sort the food and assure its safety. Food no longer fit for human consumption is taken to local farms for composting. The rest is refrigerated and delivered to the needy.

Since 2016, ThaiHarvestISOS has donated over 60,000 meals to organizations such as Mercy Center Orphanage, Half Way Homes for men and women, the Pak Kred Babies’ Home and the Poh Teck Tung Foundation.

In August Centara Hotels & Resorts will begin donating surplus food from its Centara Grand hotels at CentralWorld and Ladprao. Eventually it hopes for all its Thailand properties to participate. These main two properties will also arrange an event called “Master Class Dinner”.

It will be led by Will and Steve, celebrity chefs who won Australia’s The Seven Network’s top rating cooking show in 2015 – My Kitchen Rules Australia. They are known as chefs who support OzHarvest campaigns and now ThaiHarvestISOS.

“We are thrilled about the leadership taken by Centara to partner with us on our mission to eliminate hunger and reduce food waste through the re-distribution of quality surplus food. Their commitment and support will allow ThaiHarvest|SOS to both help reduce food waste in Thailand, and at the same time, provide good meals to those in need in our community”, said Gopi Krishnan, head of programs at OzHarvest and ThaiHarvest|SOS.

“As we prepare food for our guests, unavoidably at the end of each day we have surplus – for example, bakery items or excess from a large banquet,” said Winfried Hancke, Centara’s corporate director of food and beverage. “It is a shame to let this food go to waste when there are so many people who could benefit from it.”

Supatra Chirathivat, Centara’s senior vice-president corporate affairs & social responsibilities, noted how well the program fits the group’s social responsibility and sustainability goals.

“Being a good member of the community means helping those less fortunate and using the earth’s resources more efficiently. We’re so enthusiastic to support the work of OzHarvest and ThaiHarvestISOS. Food is an area where we can all help reduce waste. I hope our involvement helps educate and inspire others to do their part.”

 

Spa Magic now at discount price for one week

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ONYX Hospitality Group announces two senior appointments

TWO SENIOR APPOINTMENTS were made by the ONYX Hospitality Group, in which David Cumming has been named regional vice-president of operations for Bangkok, Malaysia and Laos; and Pierre-André Pelletier named regional vice-president of operations for South Thailand, Vietnam and the Maldives.

David was previously vice-president and area general manager for Bangkok. In his expanded role, He will support the company’s future growth in Malaysia, where ONYX has one newly launched Amari, and three additional hotels in the pipeline, and Laos, where three new Amari properties under development.

A 25-year veteran in hospitality, David has been with the company since 2004 and has been general manager at both Amari Pattaya and Amari Watergate Bangkok. He also held a corporate leadership role as vice president of operational development at ONYX Hospitality Group, providing his considerable industry expertise to new hotel openings. David will continue to be based at Amari Watergate Bangkok, location of the group’s global head office.

Previously the vice-president and area general manager for South Thailand, Pierre-Andre takes on added leadership responsibilities in the Maldives and Vietnam. ONYX currently operates Amari Havodda Maldives and is preparing for the early 2018 opening of OZO Hoi An. The company is in active negotiations with partners on potential new developments in both destinations.

Hailing from a family of hoteliers and restaurateurs, Switzerland-born Pierre-André joined the company in 1993. He has served as general manager of Amari Pattaya, Amari Watergate Bangkok, and more recently, the group’s flagship Amari Phuket, where he will continue to be based.

“This is an exciting time in the ongoing development and expansion of ONYX Hospitality Group, and also the year that we enter new markets like Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos,” said Douglas Martell, president & CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group. “The expansion of both David and Pierre-André’s roles is an important step towards enhancing our commitment within these markets and paving the way for our future growth.”

Based in Bangkok, ONYX Hospitality Group has a growing regional portfolio of 44 operating properties across three core brands in eight countries. Its development pipeline features 21 new properties in markets such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia. Amari has set a target of having 99 hotels by 2024 as part of its journey towards being the best medium-sized hospitality player in the region.

Six Senses Yao Noi’s three-night Summertime Package

DELICIOUS FOOD, ENDLESS opportunities for island hopping, watching a movie under the stars, a mind-blowing choice of spa treatments… the only problem, you’ll encounter in Six Senses Yao Noi is how to fit it all in to three nights. Six Senses Yao Noi is offering  three-night Summertime Package from now until Sept. 30, 2017.

The three-night package for two includes:

Daily buffet breakfast; a 1,700 THB food and beverage credit nightly per villa; a Six Senses Signature spa treatment (60 minutes); andhalf-day island-hopping cruise without a guide.

The package is available for two adults only; accommodation applicable to Hideaway Pool Villa, Ocean Deluxe Pool Villa, Ocean Panorama Pool Villa and Beachfront Pool Villa Suite; and a Credit card guarantee is required at time of booking.

For more information, call +66 7641 8500 or email reservations-yaonoi@sixsenses.com

 

 

Phuket Marriot Nai Yang’s ‘Post a selfie or you and your mom’ contest

POST A SELFIE OF YOU AND YOUR MOM and describe your best time with her in the comment section and stand a chance to win a free one-night stay in a deluxe pool view room, including breakfast, for two persons in a contest being offered by Phuket Marriott Nai Yang.

The contest runs from now until Aug. 11, 2017, with the winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, Aug. 12. To enter, click on the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/PhuketMarriottNaiYang/publishing_tools/?section=SCHEDULED_POSTS&sort[0]=scheduled_publish_time_ascending

Value of the prize is 19,400 THB and also includes Round-trip transfers from Phuket International airport to the hotel; a set dinner for you and your mom at Big Fish Restaurant, including soft drinks, valued at 2,000 THB; and a 20% discount at Phuket Marriott Nai Yang’s Quan Spa.

 

Spa days at Evason Hua Hin

IT’S SPA DAYS at Evason Hua Hin, where your overnight stay includes a welcome fresh fruit and juice, delicious breakfast, one spa treatment (60 minutes), complimentary Body Balance Consultation on the first day of arrival (15 minutes) and steam & sauna before treatment.

You can also enjoy a 15% saving on additional spa treatments. Spa Days lasts until Oct. 31, 2017.

A one-night stay includes breakfast and one choice of these spa treatments: 60-minute Holistic Massag;60-minute Thai Massage; 60-minute Foot Acupressure Massage; 60-minute Oriental Massage; 60-minute Detox Massage; or 60-minute Energizer Massage; as well as a complimentary 15 minutes of Body Balance consultation on the first day of arrival (Available everyday except Monday and Tuesday; a steam & sauna before treatment; as well as a 15% discount offer for other treatments on the spa menu during stay (excludes spa promotions and packages)

Advance booking required. For more information, call +66 3263 2111 or email reservations-huahin@evasonresorts.com.

The Goddess Retreat at Anantara Layan Phuket

ANANTARA LAYAN PHUKET RESORT is offering a unique wellness retreat from now until Oct. 21, 2017 with nutritionist, body coach and the UK’ s Goddess of Wellness, Mel Wells.

Set amidst the lush oasis of northern Phuket, Anantara Layan invites women from around the world to take part in The Goddess Sanctuary, a four-day retreat offering a private haven to help transform themselves and their relationship with food.

The retreat, the first for Mel Wells in Thailand, will encourage emotional, physical and nutritional restoration and relief for women who want to set themselves free of diets and fall in love with their bodies. Mel will use her certification as a Health and Eating Psychology Coach to help women gently transform their mindset and make peace with food.

Carefully selected for its location, Anantara Layan will help to bring to life her positive self-love message, encouraging goddess of every type to celebrate themselves and each other in a safe and luxurious environment.

The Revolution on Tropical Shores. The retreat program has been out together to ensure that Goddesses will get to embrace the peace and harmony of their surroundings.

Be nourished by the team of chefs and relax within the glamourous private spaces. The workshops will be an extension of her best-selling book, The Goddess Revolution, a handbook for women to help them make peace with food, love their bodies and reclaim their lives.

It’s a collection of tools, mindset shifts and lessons, as well as stories from her own journey and those of other women that she has worked with.

One of the most important parts of the transformation is nutrition, so Anantara has worked closely with Mel to offer a dedicated menu of healthy and wholesome dishes and meals throughout the retreat.

In addition to the workshops, retreat goers will be invited to take part in active and indigenous experiences such as traditional Thai Boxing (Muay Thai), paddle boarding on the Andaman sea, exploring bustling local wet markets, learn how to cook flavoursome and healthy Thai dishes, and care for rescued elephants in a nearby sanctuary.

To ensure that the soul is taken care of, there will be complimentary spa treatments, revitalizing yoga sessions and time to relax by the infinity pool, relish in the luxurious surroundings and connect with like-minded goddesses for the ultimate week of holistic nourishment.

Mel says “If you’re sick of your life being controlled by food and your weight, then I want to work with you and Anantara Phuket is the perfect paradise to do just that.

“The retreat is all about self-love and self-worth. And to celebrate the journey, I will be throwing a private Goddess Beach Party at the end of your stay, can’t wait to see you there.”

 

 

 

Double reward points with Best Western promotion

STAYING AT BEST WESTERN’S collection of hotels and resorts in Asia will be even more rewarding this summer, following the launch of its new Double Points promotion.

From now through Sept. 30, 2017, Best Western Rewards (BWR) members will earn twice as many reward points when they book a stay at any participating Best Western hotel in Asia.

Bookings must be made either directly with the hotel or via Best Western’s website, www.bestwesternhotelasia.com.

The promotion covers some of Asia’s most desirable destinations, from mega-cities such as Tokyo, Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta to world-class beach resorts including Bali, Boracay, Phuket and Okinawa. Alternatively, guests seeking a true taste of Asian culture can choose to explore destinations like Mandalay, Vientiane, Buriram or Malang.

“There is no better time to visit Asia than in the summer months,” said Olivier Berrivin, Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ managing director of International Operations – Asia.

Guests can stay at hotels across the region and earn twice as many Best Western Rewards points, which could then be redeemed for even more room nights and other benefits in future. Now is a great time to sign up so don’t delay, become a Best Western Rewards member today!” Olivier added.

All guests booking stays at Best Western’s hotels and resorts in Asia this summer will also be guaranteed complimentary in-room Wi-Fi.

Still haven’t signed up for BWR, visit www.bestwesternhotelasia.com/create-account to register, and you could earn double points on your next Best Western booking.

For more information about Best Western’s Double Points offer in Asia, visit www.bestwesternhotelasia.com/offers/double-point-asia

 

 

 

Where luxury catering services meet perfect riverside location

STRATEGICALLY LOCATED along Chao Phraya River with the largest portfolio of meeting and banquet space, Shangri-la Bangkok offers guests a variety of well appointed function rooms, state-of-the-art facilities and various dining choices.

Equipped with 19 function rooms, including its 1,360-square metre grand ballroom, the hotel offers The Garden Rooms – Event Suites, which comprise residentially designed function rooms that offer flexible space for a more relaxed ambience.

The hotel’s catering team members are experienced catering professionals who can develop events based on guests’ preference and imagination, from the perfect location, a  food and beverage concept and decoration to entertainment suggestions.

For a lasting impression, Executive Chef Marc Cibrowius, who has been involved in all types of local and international catering businesses, can customize the menus to match all catering needs.

His passion for cooking has played an active role in making the hotel’s nine restaurants and bars well known for their fantastic culinary delights. Shang Palace and NEXT2 café are two restaurants that recently won Bangkok’s Best Restaurant Awards 2017 in the Chinese and Buffet categories.

As interesting travel attractions have at all times been an important element for guests’ consideration, the hotel can go above and beyond to satisfy guests by holding special events exclusively for the meeting and incentive industry.

These special events include “Outside Catering at Chakrabongse Palace”. Apart from the typical events taking place at the hotel, exclusive events can be held at the Chakrabongse Palace.

The hotel’s experienced catering team will help create memorable events, from afternoon tea parties to gala dinners and weddings.

With state-of-the-art mobile kitchens, the hotel is proud to be the official caterer of cuisine for various important events held at the palace.

For more information, call the events sales team at (66 2) 236 7777, fax (66 2) 236 8570 or send an email to events.slbk@shangri-la.com for enquiries and bookings. Alternatively, you may request a proposal online via the hotel’s website https://www.shangri-la.com/bangkok/shangrila/meetings-events/request-for-proposal/.

 

 

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