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Soneva Kiri’s Stay for Good package
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Anantara offering up to 40% off for extended escapes
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Four Seasons Chiang Mai offering Glorious Green Season package
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VIE Bangkok receives World Luxury Hotels award
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Night to remember for 180 German travel agents at Centara Hua Hin
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ONYX plans major expansion in Pattaya
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Shangri-La Bangkok’s serene sanctuary by the majestic Chao Phraya River
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Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach big winner at Asia Pacific Property Awards
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South East Asia Hotel Investors Summit coming to Dusit Thani Bangkok
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The winner of this year’s King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament

Soneva Kiri’s Stay for Good package


SONEVA KIRI is inviting eco-enthusiasts to support its efforts to preserve the environment and enrich the community in Thailand in a new Stay for Good package and get three complimentary bonus nights in return.

“Here’s your chance to be part of something meaningful as you work alongside our resident ecologists, horticulturalists, and community engagement managers to support local sustainability initiatives” said a Soneva spokesperson.

A tailored program will be prepared for you for a few hours per day, over three days, incorporating the following elements:

Ecology: Assist the resident tropical ecologist to identify and log rare species of flora and fauna thriving in the tropical rainforest surrounding Soneva Kiri. Later, learn about cultivating tropical fruits and the secrets of tropical beekeeping and honey production.

“This is a real opportunity to get close to nature and learn more about the complexity of the rich ecosystem of this beautiful island.”

Waste to Wealth:  Guests will work inSoneva’s Eco Centro facility, and support it as it produces biodiesel, charcoal, and water filtration initiatives.  Learn how to compost food and garden waste, and how Soneva makes its wastewater suitable for irrigation.

Later, guests can shadow our landscaping manager and gardeners to assist with ploughing, weeding, sowing, picking, and delivering the fresh vegetables to our restaurants, ready for consumption.

Community: Work with us on sustainable initiatives to support the local community on Koh Kood, which may include island and beach clean ups, reef and mangrove clean-ups, education initiatives and other community-oriented projects.

To book the Stay for Good offer, contact reservations@soneva.com or call 91 124 4511000 and quote ECOPKG17. On confirmation of your stay, we will begin tailoring a program to suit your preferences.

To participate, you must stay three nights at Soneva Kiri in any villa category, and the next three nights will be complimentary in the same villa category — if at least one guest in the villa participates in the full program.

The offer is valid until Sept.30, 2017.

 

Anantara offering up to 40% off for extended escapes

ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS is offering major discounts on extended escapes with incredible Stay Longer offers worldwide between now and Sept. 30, 2017 – inviting travellers to jet off for school holiday family fun, summer romance and fresh adventures, with dozens of dream destinations to choose from.

Discover Thailand’s jungle, beach and city contrasts. Stay at Bangkok’s most prestigious central address at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, with 30% off seven nights.

Three country views of the fabled Golden Triangle relax after elephant adventures at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort – with up to 30% off all-inclusive luxuries and a daily choice of signature experiences.

The glamour of Phuket island life at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket promises pool villa privacy at up to 30% off.

Or experience Asia’s natural and cultural gems. Explore Vietnam’s historical UNESCO town of Hoi An, and save 25% for stays of five nights or more when staying at Anantara Hoi An Resort. Or Bali’s mesmerising surf and sunsets, with 25% off a five-night stay at Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. Uncover more of Angkor Wat’s legends in Cambodia from an elegant suite at Anantara Angkor Resort, saving 30% on four nights.

Call the Indian Ocean your playground in the Maldives, with 25% off a seven night stay in villa luxury at Anantara Kihavah Villas. Delve into Sri Lanka’s sacred treasures from exceptional shoreline seclusion at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, staying seven nights at 20% less.

Admire Zambia’s mighty Victoria Falls from the colonial grace of Royal Livingstone, with 30% off six nights.

Plan a majestic escape to the Middle East. A palatial oasis in the world’s largest desert in Abu Dhabi saves guests 25% on a three night stay at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. Rise to canyon majesty at the one of the highest resorts in the world in Oman, saving 25% on a five night stay at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort.

Discover Anantara’s debut in Europe. Immerse in Portugal’s sunshine beaches and classic Mediterranean charms, with 20% off a seven night stay at the quiet golf-side retreat of Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort.

Become a PRIVILEGE member for free and save an extra 10%.

 

 

Four Seasons Chiang Mai offering Glorious Green Season package

 FOUR SEASONS RESORT CHIANG MAI is featuring a special Glorious Green Season package that offers complimentary relaxing and recharging experiences and indulgences along with the beautiful scenery.

Settle in to a luxurious sanctuary and soak up the sheer natural vibrancy of the surrounding environment while enhancing exposure with:Luxurious accommodation; daily buffet breakfast for two at Sala Mae Rim Restaurant; rice planting activities for two; private Romancing the Sala set dinner for two; and a Couple’s Rice and Spice Scrub or Aloe and Lavender Wrap treatment.

The package is available until Sept. 30, 2017

Set amid manicured tropical gardens, the resort’s unique accommodations are in prime position to enjoy its indigenous landscape. A pavilion-style Thai sala surrounds guests, with lush gardens while the room captures the essence of the Northern Lanna kingdom, combined with all the comforts of modern living. Lounge on the swing sofa in the pavilion-style sala and take in the Resort’s terraced rice fields, tropical foliage and pond life.

Spend days with a loved one or family, enjoying a package that includes the chance to be a Thai farmer for a day, sharing the rewarding experience of how rice is grown.

Then relax at its award-winning spa with a Rice and Spice Scrub, a traditional therapy combining herbs and spices to exfoliate the skin, warm the muscles, boost circulation and leave one with a natural glow.

Or choose an Aloe and Lavender Wrap, combining Aloe Vera gel, lavender mist and a cooling banana leaf wrap to restore the body’s natural generation processes and revitalize the skin. Top-off a revitalizing experience, savouring the resort’s sweet ambience over a delectable classic Thai-style set menu gracefully served in an enchanting sala in the garden.

The package is priced from 20,000 THB per night. A minimum of two nights stay is required. Stay three nights or more and enjoy the additional benefit of daily breakfast for two and choice of a Private Thai Dinner or package spa treatment. Only valid for reservations via Reservation Department quoting “Glorious Green Season.”

For reservations, call 66 2 207 8999 or E-mail Reservations. Thailand@fourseasons.com

 

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VIE Bangkok receives World Luxury Hotels award

VIE HOTEL BANGKOK, MGALLERY BY SOFITEL, has been given a 2016 World Luxury Hotels Award in the prestigious ‘MD Choice Award’ category.

An MD Choice Award winner is selected by the managing director of World Luxury Hotel Awards, personally awarding VIE Hotel Bangkok for the ultimate in exceptional service that the property demonstrates consistently.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognized global organization providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world class facilities and service excellence provided to guests.

Awards are presented to luxury hotels in different categories on a country, continent and global basis. The World Luxury Hotel Awards aim to encourage and raise service standards within the luxury hotel industry.

 

Night to remember for 180 German travel agents at Centara Hua Hin

FOR 180 GERMAN travel representatives, it was a night to remember as they tucked into a special dinner at Centara Grand Beach Hua Hin.

The dinner started off with canapés, designed especially for this event, including coconut flavoured minced chicken salad on crispy rice cracker, mini pizzas with tom yum shrimp, Thai pomelo salad in a crispy cup, and Mango sticky rice sushi, were served in a relaxing atmosphere of traditional Thai music played by a stringed instrument called “Khim”.

During the serving of canapés and drinks, site inspection was also available for the agents to view a variety of the resort’s iconic colonial-style room types.

After the garden’s networking opportunity, guests were ushered to the welcome dinner party at the beachfront COAST Beach Club & Bistro and by the Colonial Pool.

The themed “Thai Street Food” presentation was arranged to resemble traditional Thai street food stalls, where the food is easy to eat standing or sitting and served in a traditional way using containers made out of banana leaves or a coconut.

At this special dinner setting, the agents had a chance to experience and learn more about some of the “Heritage Cuisine of Hua Hin”, which ties in with the historical aspects of the resort.

Savoury items freshly concocted and served at the food stalls included Phad Thai with chicken, Crispy fish cake and spring rolls, Chicken coconut soup served in a whole coconut, BBQ pork skewers with dipping sauce, Assorted grilled satay with peanut sauce, followed by popular desserts like Thai coconut ice cream and Deep fried banana.

Traditional and Western entertainment was provided during the evening.

“The resort is definitely the crown jewel of the resort town with so much potential to attract European travellers, especially those looking to explore the myriad of natural and cultural attractions that Hua Hin has to offer,” said Kevin Keogh, senior vice president of sales & marketing, and management representatives of DER Touristik GmbH & Co. KG.

“We believe that guests will find the resort the perfect place to spend a memorable holiday or an eminent venue to host all kinds of special events such as private parties and weddings on the beach.”

For more information about Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, visit: www.centarahotelsresorts.com/chbr

 

 

ONYX plans major expansion in Pattaya

 ONYX HOSPITALITY GROUP plans to open a new 406-room OZO hotel on a site adjacent to the existing Ocean Tower of Amari Pattaya.

 As part of a US$100 million investment to redevelop the iconic North Pattaya site, OHG will also launch a new premium all-suites Amari wing on the location where the Garden Wing of Amari Pattaya once stood.

In addition, the 20-storey Amari Pattaya Ocean Tower and surrounding facilities will undergo an extensive refurbishment program.

Upon completion in early 2019, the prime North Pattaya landmark will comprise three hotels with a total of 752 keys, a new state-of-the-art ballroom, a wide range of recreational facilities and dining options, enhanced pool areas and re-landscaped gardens.

The site also enjoys close proximity to the upcoming Terminal 21 Pattaya, a mega shopping mall which is a five-minute walk away.

“Through the decades of the company’s ongoing growth and transformation, this iconic Amari location has stood the test of time and witnessed many milestones, achievements and events,” said Douglas Martell, CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group.

“As we approach the 45th anniversary of Amari Pattaya, it is with great excitement that we embark on plans to enhance the guest experience at this flagship property, while introducing a brand-new OZO and an all-suites Amari property to accommodate the evolving needs of international travellers, regional visitors and local patrons.”

Featuring a dedicated entrance area and recreational facilities, OZO Pattaya will be positioned as a mid-scale hotel with signature beds in sleep-friendly rooms, energizing breakfasts and superior connectivity with high-speed wifi and easy plug-and-play integration for personal devices.

The hotel will also offer OZO hallmarks such as EAT and EAT2Go dining outlets, a paperless front desk and interactive kiosks featuring destination tips by OZO insiders.

OZO Pattaya is being co-developed by Orion Hospitality, a joint venture between ONYX Hospitality Group and Singapore Hospitality Holdings, aimed at accelerating the expansion of the OZO and Shama portfolio across the region.

Amari Pattaya Ocean Suites, a 49-key all-suites wing adjacent to the Ocean Tower, is in response to a rising trend among travellers who enjoy home-style comforts supported by a full range of hotel services.

This newly constructed wing will be angled to ensure that every suite has direct views of the sea. Each suite will also features residential-style amenities, including fully-equipped kitchens and large balconies.

The Ocean Tower of Amari Pattaya will be relaunched following an extensive refurbishment program, with brand-new guestrooms and suites, enhanced lobby and arrival zone, upgraded Horizon Club executive lounge and Amaya Food Gallery, an innovative market-style dining concept inspired by Asian street food.

Based in Bangkok, ONYX Hospitality Group has a growing regional portfolio of 42 operating properties across three core brands in eight countries. 2017 is a significant year of expansion for the Group, with new openings scheduled in China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Laos.

 

 

Shangri-La Bangkok’s serene sanctuary by the majestic Chao Phraya River

 SHANGRI-LA HOTEL  BANGKOK, one of the major players in the hotel industry, offers a serene sanctuary amidst a relentlessly evolved digital world at the most perfect location on the banks of the world-famous ancient river, the Chao Phraya.

Offering the best of both worlds, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok has developed a deep understanding of consumer needs and their 24-hour connected lifestyle, with benefits like Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel and a pocket Wi-Fi for Horizon Club guests who would like to venture outside the premises.

Those who would like to get away from it all may achieve a digital detox by switching all distracting devices off and getting lost in the mesmerizing scenes of the passing parade on the Chao Phraya River – a peaceful way to appreciate the present moment and reconnect with the loved one sitting next to them.

Located on the right side of the Chao Phraya River, just a few minutes away from Bangkok downtown, guests at Shangri-La can hop into the BTS SkyTrain and hop out at the centre of business district in the blink of an eye, and relax in the ambiance of a riverside city-resort while within reach of all the actions in the city.

The hotel has its own pier, so an aquatic adventure is always a major plus when staying by the riverside. Romance is redefined with a dinner cruise on board Shangri-La’s Horizon boat, where the journey takes guests to the Chao Phraya River, where you can see the sights of Bangkok by night and famous landmarks – the Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn.

Or seek the assistance of the hotel’s concierge team to reserve a long-tail boat to take them on a little adventure – through a canal tour, stop by to pay respect to the world’s largest Buddha image at Wat Pho, or simply learn the lifestyle of the people living in the small over-a-hundred-year-old riverside village.

A riverside night market, Asiatique, is just 20 minutes away by the hotel’s shuttle boat, available with the hotel’s compliments. Shopping, dining and fun are always in the guest’s agenda when in Bangkok.  .

For more info about Shangri-la’s The Stay & Dine Package or http://www.shangri-la.com/bangkok/shangrila/offers/section/rooms-suites/details/rooms-suites/stay-dine-package/

 

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach big winner at Asia Pacific Property Awards

 Roger Panow, cluster director of sales & marketing; Panchan Noimeecharoen, marketing Communication and PR manager; and David Ippersiel, general manager

PHUKET MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA, NAI YANG BEACH is celebrating after it won multiple major honors at the Asia Pacific Property Awards.

It was a hugely successful night for resort, which opened in June 2016. In total, the beachfront property took home five awards: “Thailand’s Best Interior Design Hotel”, “Thailand’s Best Wedding Venue”, and “Asia’s Best Wedding Venue”.

These awards are testaments to the sheer quality of the resort’s design, as well as the consistent high standards achieved since the property opened last year.

Thailand’s Best Interior Design Hotel

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach underwent an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation prior to its opening, and the results are clear to see. The low-rise property combines contemporary style with classical Thai elements to deliver the ultimate beach resort experience.

Thailand’s Best Wedding Venue

The secluded beach on which the resort lies makes it the ideal venue for destination weddings. Couples can exchange their vows on the soft, silky sands, as the gentle waves of the Andaman Sea lap against the shore. Alternatively, indoor function venues are available.

Asia’s Best Wedding Venue

An increasing number of couples from across the world are choosing Phuket’s shores as the setting for their dream wedding. On its private beach, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach can host many different types of ceremony, including Indian, Chinese, Western and Thai weddings.

The Asia Pacific Property Awards celebrate the highest levels of achievement in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. Entries were received from as far afield as Australia, China, India, Japan, Thailand, and even Turkmenistan, so for Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach to have received five awards is truly an outstanding achievement.

 

 

 

South East Asia Hotel Investors Summit coming to Dusit Thani Bangkok

KEY HOTEL OWNERS FROM South East Asia are coming to Bangkok to discuss to discuss the challenges facing the industry and its future.

The inaugural South East Asia Hotel Investors Summit (SEASHIS) will be held June 13 and 14 at Dusit Thani Bangkok, the flagship hotel of Thailand-based, global hospitality company Dusit International.

The two-day gathering will bring together hotel company CEOs and other senior executives from the region, and feature not only Thai hotel leaders but also respected names from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Maldives and Australia.

Among the confirmed speakers are James Riley, Group CEO and executive director of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group; Jennifer Cronin, president of Niccolo Hotels & Marco Polo Hotels; Vincent Yeo, CEO of M&C Reit Management; Tan Juay Hiang, CEO at Ascendas Hospitality Fund Management Pte Ltd; Ricky Ang, COO of Swiss-Garden International Hotels, Resorts & Inns; Peter Ryder, CEO of Indochina Capital; and Ron Barrott, CEO of Pro-invest Group.

Approximately 50 different companies, which own or develop hotels, and whose portfolios are worth billions of dollars, will join the event in Bangkok.

Hotel owners have a wide range of concerns in today’s market: high commissions from the OTAs; consolidation among operators leading to fewer choices, higher fees, and even more one-sided contracts; the spread of the sharing economy; global instability, and of course the ever-present danger of oversupply, said Simon Allison, CEO of HOFTEL.

What makes SEAHIS unusual is that almost all its sessions are led by senior executives from the real estate side of the business. They are likely to speak out and voice their views openly and in some cases quite assertively.

“We are delighted to host this unprecedented gathering of hotel real estate investors at our flagship hotel in Bangkok. The Summit promises to provide valuable insights for all who attend, and this complements well our own vision for hospitality education, which aims to provide industry-wide benefits via the sharing of best-practices,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO of Dusit International.

For more information about SEAHIS 2017, visit www.seahis.com.

Enquiries about the summit can be directed to Simon Allison, CEO of HOFTEL, or at 7771 762274 or by emailing simon.allison@hoftel.com

 

 

The winner of this year’s King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament

IN CASE YOU’RE WONDERING who won King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, it was Mekhong, who went head to head with reigning champions, King Power, culminating in a thrilling end to the tournament, with Mekhong clinching the title in the last moments of the match in a final score of 10-11.

A total of 10 teams with over 40 players from around the world created many memorable moments on and off the pitch during the annual four-day charity event in Bangkok.

A total of 25 unemployed ex-street elephants took part in this year’s tournament, during which time they received full veterinary checks from the Zoological Parks Organisation of Thailand (under the patronage of His Majesty the King of Thailand) and the Department of Livestock Development.

In addition, all elephants were given essential vitamins, food and care which are not available to them during their normal daily lives.

The tournament was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and is now one of the biggest charitable events in the Kingdom, raising funds for projects that better the lives of Thailand’s elephant population.  Six million THB has been raised this year, taking the total raised to date to over 50 million THB (US$1,400,000)

Funds will be donated to various projects including the Positive Reinforcement Target Training program for mahouts and vets, the Zoological Parks Organisation of Thailand which supports veterinary and educational projects to improve the year-round lives of the 300 elephants and mahouts in Ban Ta Klang, Surin Province where ex-street elephants face ongoing hardship.

Other significant benefits from the money raised by the tournament include: the ongoing Thai Elephant Therapy Project which has been underway since 2009 in conjunction with Chiang Mai University’s Department of Occupational Therapy, with future clinics to include children with Down’s syndrome and other conditions.

Other benefits include a 500,000 THB gantry to help lame elephants stand, donated to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC); 4,000 trees planted in Hua Hin for elephant corridors to stop farmer/elephant conflicts.

Funding a conservation curriculum for schools to teach children the importance of conservation and protection of wild elephants in Thailand, and funding Asia’s first workshop to show traditional elephant trainers and camp owners the benefits of Positive Reinforcement Training for captive elephants.

The event had something for everyone, kicking off with a colourful opening parade, with the opening ceremony overseen by the Kru Ba Yai, Thailand’s ‘elephant spirit men’, traditional dancers, plus the daily trunk-to-trunk action on the pitch.

Day two saw the tournament host hundreds of children from local schools in Bangkok. Known as Chang Noi Day (Little Elephant Day), the children were invited to get up close with the elephants and learn more about their national animal.

A range of educational walks, games and activities all teaching the benefits of elephant conservation and wellbeing were showcased by the organizers.

Saturday was ‘Ladies Day’, popularly known as ‘Bangkok Ascot’, where ladies dressed to impress with the best-dressed lady winning a stay in the Maldives.

The highly-anticipated final was presided over by the King of Thailand’s Royal representative, H.E. Air Chief Marshal Chalit Pukbhasuk, Privy Councillor.

Final Leaderboard for 2017 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament:  Mekhong, King Power, Casillero del Diablo, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Arabian Knights, Citi, PWC All Blacks, IBM, Benihana and Anantara.

For more information on the 15th Annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, visit www.anantaraelephantpolo.com.

 

 

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