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Centara unveils world’s second family-centric Centara Mirage waterpark
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Spicing up your love life at Amari
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Centara launches Work from Hotel program
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Centara adds three two resorts to its portfolio
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Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas Delivers Sustainability Results
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Capella Bangkok’s new Staycation Package
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Six Senses Yao Noi Awarded HICAP 2020 Sustainable Hotel Awards
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Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve at Six Senses Samui
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Christmas and New Year’s at Six Senses Yao Noi
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Christmas and New Year’s at Soneva Kiri

Centara unveils world’s second family-centric Centara Mirage waterpark

  CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS is expanding its popular family-themed resort brand with the world’s second Centara Mirage, opening in a popular beach destination in southern Vietnam.

Located a few hours’ drive from Ho Chi Minh City, Centara Mirage Resort Mui Ne will be a Spanish Mediterranean-themed waterpark resort inspired by nautical adventures and voyages of discovery.

Opening in late April 2021, the 984-key resort will infuse the guest experience with elements of fantasy, wonder and awe. Fantastic family-friendly facilities include diverse dining, an observatory tower café, separate playgrounds and Kids’ Clubs for younger and older children, Cenvaree Spa, and the world’s first Spa Candy, a wellness destination designed specifically for children.

The resort’s waterpark will feature a lazy river, water slides, splash pool, cliff jumping pool and kids’ pool, ensuring children enjoy endless days of excitement and fun.

Centara Mirage has become hugely popular in Thailand following the success of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, which opened in Pattaya in 2009 and is still widely regarded as Thailand’s top family resort today.

For more information and reservations, please visit https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centara/cmv/

 

 

 

 

Spicing up your love life at Amari

AMARI HAS A COLLECTION OF smart and sexy tips that are great for your relationship, allowing you to socially distance yourself from the world and give 100% attention to your favourite person.

Start with an in-room dining experience by choosing a room, where a dinner for two is given a backdrop of breath-taking views.

In the morning, skip the buffet line and ask for breakfast to be served to your room. Plus, if you’re looking to do an Instagrammable breakfast spread shot, this is the perfect opportunity for all the IG partners out there to earn some brownie points.

Alternatively, ask for a picnic basket packed with sweet and savoury goodies for an outdoor lunch on the beach. Romantic, intimate, and another picture perfect moment to share as a “latergram”.

Dining Al Fresco… with an Elegant Twist: Set a date with your partner for something stylish if you find yourself missing those ‘special occasion’ outings. An afternoon tea date for two by the pool takes you away from the stuffy indoors, offering a fresh ocean breeze and warm sunshine if that’s your cup of tea.

If you prefer stargazing on the beach, you can set up a romantic sunset dining experience with spectacular ocean views, a private set menu meal that is only elevated by the dreamy atmosphere. Planning a proposal? This is the moment you’ve been waiting for all your life, hearing those two simple words: “I do”.

Massage Each Other’s Worries Away: Research shows that there are benefits to couples giving each other massages. It also strengthens emotional bonds in addition to providing physical relief from tension. Make time to give each other a relaxing massage, or opt for a couples massage together.

Ask your massage therapist for oil recommendations that’ll create the ultimate experience for you, whether you’re looking to unwind, to reinvigorate, or simply get lost in the rhythm together.

For the ultimate indulgence, book a couple’s massage at Amari Phuket Breeze Spa and get lost in the rhythm together, or dim the lights and set up a romantic bath with your other half at Amari Hua Hin’s One Bedroom Suites.

No Need to Wait – You Can Create Your Own Special Moments: Surprise your partner at home with personalized decorations, order in flowers or light up some candles to set the mood. If you’re planning a staycation, ask the hotel for a special set-up: Balloons and champagne are great ways to celebrate an anniversary, birthday – or the every day.

Learn (or Re-Learn) a New Hobby Together: Whether you’re looking to level up your culinary prowess by taking a cooking class together, or hoping to burn off your romantic dinner with a challenging new workout routine, plan something special and fun that the two of you can share.

Not sure what you’d like to try? Paddleboarding, painting classes, and photography are some of the activities you can start exploring today.

You can create romance in your lives, regardless of whether you are staying home or treating yourself to a private hotel stay. If you choose to travel, be responsible. Wear your face masks in public areas, observe social distancing and keep your hands clean. Also check that the hotel you visit is committed to offering a safe and healthy environment through enhanced measures, such as ONYX Clean, which is offered by all Amari hotels. Remember: Travel remains possible as long as you travel safely, mindfully and positively.

Visit Amari Hua Hin for a lovely afternoon tea set by the poolside, or enjoy a soothing couples massage at Amari Phuket’s Breeze Spa, where the open air plan means you can fully take in the lullaby of the ocean as your tensions melt away.

 Book One Bedroom Suite Pool View at Amari Hua Hin with “Just the Two of Us” package for a three-course candlelit dinner at Shoreline Beach Club, complimentary wine and romantic room setup; complimentary in-room breakfast and guaranteed late check-out, nightly rates starting at 5,499 THB. Guests booking this package can also ultimately relax and unwind with Breeze Spa’s treatments, with special promotion “Buy 1 Get 1 Free”. Book your stay with Amari Hua Hin until Feb. 28, 2021.

Guests staying in One Bedroom Suite for a minimum three consecutive nights at Amari Phuket with “Wellness Package” can enjoy 60-minute foot or body massage at Breeze Spa, with 25% off for Breeze Spa treatment and round-trip airport transfer. In addition to guaranteed late check-out until 4 p.m. Nightly rates start at 4,730 THB. This package is available until 3Sept. 30, 2021.

 You can also stay at Amari Koh Samui, which offers both al fresco sunset dinners and the in-room dining experience of your choice with sea views that’ll last for years to come. Guests booking the Anniversary Package can stay in the Junior Suite Beach Wing for at least two consecutive nights, enjoy a romantic dinner on the beach for two, a complimentary 60-minute Signature Mood Massage at Breeze Spa and a complimentary room upgrade to the next room category. Nightly rates start at 5,020 THB.  Celebrate your holiday at Amari Koh Samui until March 31, 2021.

For more information and reservation, please visit the websites

Amari Hua Hin : https://www.amari.com/huahin/special-offers/hotel-packages/just-the-two-of-us-package

Amari Phuket : https://www.amari.com/phuket/special-offers/hotel-packages/wellness-package

Amari Koh Samui: https://www.amari.com/koh-samui/special-offers/hotel-packages/anniversary-package

 

 

 

Centara launches Work from Hotel program

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS has launched its “Work from Hotel at Centara” at selected hotels and resorts across Thailand for extended stays from now until June 20, 2021.

The long stay special, applicable for stays of at least two weeks, starts from THB 9,100 for a 14-night stay and 15,000 THB for a one-month stay, inclusive of daily breakfast for two guests in selected hotels and resorts.

At a time when offices are encouraging remote working and educational institutions are conducting their teaching online, Centara offers the chance for guests to do just that from a full-service hotel or a beachfront resort while enjoying the clean sea air.

Guests are offered a selection of spacious rooms, suites, pools villas, and beachfront pool villas at participating Centara properties, all equipped with convenient in-room facilities, including high-speed Wifi access.

“Work from Hotel at Centara” is available at select hotels and resorts in urban and resort destinations, including in Bangkok, Cha-Am, Hua Hin, Udon Thani, Chiang Mai and Krabi.

Participating resorts include Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, where guests can enjoy rates from 23,000 THB for a 14-night stay or for the luxury of even greater personal space and a private swimming pool, Deluxe Pool Villas start from  40,000 THB net for a 14-night stay. Nearby in Cha-Am, an Ocean Suite Room at Centra by Centara Cha-Am Beach Resort Hua Hin is also available starting at 25,000 THB for a 14-night beachfront stay in a spacious room overlooking the peaceful beach.

Up to two children stay free when sharing existing bedding with parents, making the offer also suitable for families looking for a change of scenery and to enjoy the fresh sea breeze whilst following government practices to remain safe and well.

Implemented across all Centara properties is the “Centara Compete Care” hygiene and safety program”, developed in adherence to guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and Thailand’s health authorities.

The stringent program was designed in close collaboration with Ecolab, a global leader in water and hygiene technologies, and Swiss firm SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. To ensure the highest level of sanitation and wellness for guests and staff, facilities including spa, swimming pool, and fitness centres are temporarily closed.

For more information and reservations, visit https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/featured-packages/work-from-hotel/

 

 

Centara adds three two resorts to its portfolio

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS has signed Hotel Management Agreements (HMAs) for one resort in Khao Yai, Thailand, and two resorts in Vang Vieng, Laos, adding 304 keys to Centara’s group portfolio.

 Roukh Kiri Khao Yai Hotel is nestled within the lush and mountainous landscape Khao Yai National Park, one of Thailand’s largest national parks just three hours from Bangkok.

Featuring 12 contemporary barn-styled villas perched on a hill overlooking the valley, the intimate, luxurious resort combines contemporary living with the beautiful simplicity of the great outdoors. This is Centara’s first hotel in the beautiful Khao Yai destination.

In Laos, Centra by Centara Riverside Resort Vang Vieng (formerly Thavisouk Island Hotel) and Thavisouk Riverside Resort & Spa Vang Vieng, Centara Boutique Collection (formerly Thavisouk Riverside Hotel) are located on the opposite sides of the Nam Song River, connected by a private bridge linking the two properties.

The two rebranded riverside properties are expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2021, following the completion of significant refurbishment programs.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Thavisouk, and to draw on their wealth of local expertise and hospitality experience for Centara’s expansion in this beautiful country. Our values of treating our guests and employees like family are closely aligned, and I am excited to offer new destinations for guests who seek authentic travel experiences surrounded by nature,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara Hotels and Resorts.

“Signing this management agreement with Centara Hotels & Resorts represents a milestone for us. Since we started in 2002, we have grown alongside the destination to become the largest hotel operator in the city, and we are excited to leverage Centara’s international reach to present Vang Vieng to a wider audience,” said Bounsong Khammang, owner of Thavisouk Hotels & Resorts.

The HMA signings of Centra by Centara Riverside Resort Vang Vieng; Thavisouk Riverside Resort & Spa Vang Vieng, Centara Boutique Collection; and Roukh Kiri Khaoyai Hotel, Centara Boutique Collection, are the latest in the Centara Hotels and Resorts group’s steady path of growth, and follows the group’s seven other management deals signed in 2020 for resorts in Myanmar, Oman, Vietnam and Thailand.

For more information, visit Centara’s website at https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com

 

 

 

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas Delivers Sustainability Results

THE RESULTS ARE IN AND Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has every reason to be delighted with its combined sustainability figures gathered from all properties in 2019. Meaningful and measurable, the figures are based on energy and water consumption, solid waste and waste diversion, indicating that their industry-leading sustainability vision is flourishing.

Initiated in 2012, and led by the group’s Vice President of Sustainability Jeff Smith, individual properties monitor and measure their environmental efforts. All of the group’s hotels and resorts contribute to Cornell University’s Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking program, which compares their performance against a global dataset of their peers.

In 2019, Six Senses sustainability data reveals that as a group:

3,48 kWh  energy consumption decrease per occupied room in 2019

 422,895 pounds (191,822 kilograms) of compost and natural fertilizer given back to the earth

164,828 pounds (74,765 kilograms) of organic fruit and vegetables grown for guests and communities

1,802,794 glass water bottles replaced disposable plastic bottles

22 per cent of solid waste diverted from landfills

3,549 meaningful local jobs created

 109,000 free-range organic eggs contributed from happy Six Senses hens compared to 73,000 in 2018

28,126 kWh generated renewable electricity increase

143 pounds (65 kilograms) scrubs for spas by repurposing coffee grounds and other natural ingredients from the garden

Over the past 16 years, Six Senses has been bottling its own still and sparkling drinking water. By establishing on-site filtration and bottling facilities, each resort eliminates the transportation impacts and use of plastic water bottles. Six Senses drinking water has proved a taste-test winner with guests also.

Each Six Senses resort and hotel features and Earth Lab, which promotes sustainable living in inspirational and innovative ways. The space is used to host workshops that empower guests and community members to learn about and connect more closely with the natural world.

For everyone in the company that Six Senses can demonstrate its commitment to Sustainability Funds

Sustainability Funds are managed at each Six Senses property with sales added directly from house-bottled water and popular stuffed animal mascots that reflect each location. Sponsored projects in 2019 totaled US$ 626,641.

This means:

1,084,680 people gained access to improved medical care

105,099 people gained access to clean drinking water and sanitation

19,974 kilograms of trash was collected voluntarily by our Hosts – enough to fill enough to fill 3 garbage trucks!

1,719 hours of teaching was directly conducted or supported by us

We provided access to education and skill training to 14,057 students

We engaged with 3,079 people to raise awareness and educate about sustainable tourism

10,334 endangered sea turtles hatched on our beaches

3,234 coral fragments were successfully planted

6 critically endangered and 50 endangered/ vulnerable species protected

280 ghost nets collected

On announcing the figures, Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs of Six Sense Hotels Resorts Spas, said: “We’re not just passionate about sustainability; we want to lead the industry. Through the environmental performance of our resorts and hotels, through preserving the natural and cultural heritage around us, and through enhancing social and economic benefits to local communities. It’s motivating sustainability in this way.”

 

 

Capella Bangkok’s new Staycation Package

CAPELLA  BANGKOK IS OFFERING A Staycation package for stays up to May 31, 2021. It comes loaded with special benefits, ranging from 8,800 THB to 132,800 per night, based on room type booked.

The daily hotel benefits can be used for wellness treatments and at all the hotel’s restaurants, including at its coming Côte by Muro Colagreco. Phra Nakhon, Stella and Tea Room.The credits can also be used to offset accommodation, capped at 3,000 THB for Riverfront, Riverfront Premier and Verandah; and 5,000 THB for suites and 8,000 THB for Villa.

The package includes: Daily breakfast for two guests ay Phra Nakhon or in-room dining; a bottle of Capelle Bangkok Signature Diamant Champagne; flexible check-in and check-out up to 36 hours; daily sunrise yoga by the river; complimentary pressing up to five pieces of clothing per stay; and daily complimentary non-alcoholic mini bar.

Additional complimentary benefits for Villa and Presidential villa; round-trip limousine transfer from any Bangkok residences; a 30-minute wellness massage on arrival; a dedicated Capella culturalist and daily Apero.

The package is available for Thai residents only, including expatriates residing in Thailand.

 

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Six Senses Yao Noi Awarded HICAP 2020 Sustainable Hotel Awards

SIX SENSES YAO NOI HAS  been awarded the HICAP 2020 Sustainable Hotel Awards in the Positive Community Impact (Property) category for its Clean Water Project.

Since its inception in 2014, the program has improved the lives of 102,976 community members through its activation in more than 32 locations to provide access to clean drinking water.

Initially launched in Cambodia, the Clean Water Project later expanded locally to Thailand in 2016 through partnerships with NGOs like Geo Life, Imagine Thailand and local community groups. The program has also continued to focus its efforts on removing the need for importing plastic water bottles onto Koh Yao Noi island.

At present, there are 15 filtration and dispensing units installed in schools, hospitals, community halls and places of worship on the island.

Water consumption remains a concern despite high annual rainfall as shortages take place during the dry season.

At Six Senses Yao Noi, the water used within the resort and host compound comes from the resort’s reservoir, making it self-sufficient. Drinking water is filtered and bottled in reusable glass bottles onsite, eliminating imports of drinking water and up to 101,000 plastic water bottles per year by the resort directly.

“We’re honoured to be recognized by HICAP for this award. Six Senses Yao Noi has been producing drinking water on-site since the resort opened 13 years ago, mainly to be more environmentally conscious and to create public awareness of “food-miles”.

The provision of drinking water filtration is strategically aligned with brand-wide policy that all Six Senses drinking water must be bottled in refillable glass bottles,” said General Manager Graham Grant.

By investing in in-house expertise in water filtration, the resort is able to send its engineering team for equipment installation at designated Clean Water Project locations, and at the same time build stronger bonds with the community.

While Six Senses Yao Noi provides its own drinking water, the Clean Water Project is also part of a larger strategy to reduce dependence on disposable plastic bottles and raise awareness in the local communities. This includes talking to local community leaders about the importance of adopting these systems for the benefit of all. Reusable water bottles are also distributed amongst the community.

Community engagement activities have also extended to a new initiative, Trash Hero Koh Yao Noi, the local island chapter of Trash Hero Global. This brings the local community together for weekly beach clean ups, collecting 12.6 tons of waste in 2019.

The importance of eliminating single-use plastics can be seen first hand through the amount of trash collected each week.

“We encourage people to refill their reusable water bottles at no cost, instead of purchasing bottled water from stores. This leads to a significant decrease in the number of single-use plastic entering the island, as well the associated cost. In line with this purpose, we have to date supplied 1,200 reusable water bottles to children on the island,” said Grant.

Aside from the Clean Water Project, Six Senses Yao Noi has also invested in medical facilities, education, permaculture and environmental projects, including mangroves and Hornbill conservation efforts.

 

 

Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve at Six Senses Samui

THE FESTIVITIES START with a morning stretch at Six Senses Spa followed by meeting Santa at the resort’s library, a face acupressure at the spa, festive specials, a mulled wine master class and Tipsy Tea at Drift at the beach.

Christmas Dinner features Chef Mauricio’s Specials at Dining on the Hill.

New Year’s Eve festivities start with a bespoke gourmet dinner with Chef Nirutwill, where you can watch your meal being pprepared. It includes a tapas counter, a main course Tom Yam Takay in a Bag – rock lobster, scallop, green lip mussel, tiger prawn  and salmon. There’s also the chef’s Bucket List that features beef nrochettes, crispy bacon, lamb cutlet, bamboo rice, purple corn, zucchini, nam jim jaew, mole, pineapple chilli jam.  It ends with dessert – Chocolate Textures of brandy rice or mango compote.

There’s also a vegetarian version that also includes a tapas counter with a main course: Pad Hed Gub Haew Sauce Tua that features stirred fried mushroom and chestnut with black bean sauce; Phak Boong Sauce Panang  Fak-Thong Bod – mashed pumpkin with crispy tufu, morning glory and panang sauce; and Kao Kluk-Kamin Gub Kaio-Wan Phak – green curry with vegetables and turmeric rice. It also ends with dessert.

Dining on the Rocks with Chef Mauricio also offers a five course dinner, starting with Calamari Carbonara, Oyster and Apple and Lamb Duo that also includes miso eggplant and pickled onion. There are two options for dessert – Raspberry Praline Tart or its Dragon Fruit Surprise.

Dining on the Rocks also offers a vegetarian menu that starts with cucumber and apple, followed by eggplant and lentils and zucchini lasagna as well as desserts.

After dinner, Drift in the Beach that includes a welcome tiki, tapas bites, DJ music and a midnight toast to the new year.

Christmas and New Year’s at Six Senses Yao Noi

Experience…
The Sea at Mai Thai Beach

Start your journey at sunset on the beach as Champagne
flows from the Methuselah bottle. Feet in the sand and a
flute in hand, savor the briny tang of the sea with oysters,
shucked freshly off the docking long-tail boat, and homecured
salmon canapés.

The #OutOfTheOrdinary Tuk Tuk
The fun continues a couple of steps up the sandy beach
where Spain meets Thailand through tapas served from
a tuk tuk food truck. A magnum rosé will quench your
thirst, while stunning Thai dancers fires up the floor.

Sake at The Den
The land of the rising sun comes to life at The Den as
rich, clean and fragrant notes of premium Japanese sake
take the stage alongside fresh scallops and prawns on the
grill. Complete the experience with a floating lantern for
good luck in the coming year!

Continue your journey to…
Celebrate the World at The Living Room

Stroll along the lily pond, down the steps, into the Living
Room for an international affair. Indulge in a spread,
featuring bursting flavours of various cuisines from
different parts of the world.
**Beverage is excluded for the remainder of the evening
And welcome the New Year with a bang.

 

Christmas and New Year’s at Soneva Kiri

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S FESTIVITIES start early at Soneva Kiri in Thailand with breakfast on Christmas Eve.

You’ll have a choice either in the resort’s The View dining room or at Soneva’s Organic Garden.

After breakfast you’ll have a number of activity choices, starting with a Benz Cook Class at the Benz Restaurant with Soneva’s chef. It starts with a visit to Ao Salat market to choose fresh seafood and other ingredients for your cooking class, where you’ll be able to create your own lunch.

There’s also a Yoga class to learn basic positions and relaxation techniques, and a wide range of activities to choose from – learning the local art of making home-made coconut at Six Senses Spa; or drive 8 km through dense jungle to Klong Nam Sai to see rattan, bamboo and rubber trees, and Koh Hood’s secret waterfall; or visit Ao Salat fishing village on the northeast tip of Koh Hood, where the island’s fish and seafood is transported and sold; or drive south past small villages and end up at a beautiful beach.

For lunch, there’s lunch at a mushroom cave, where you can pick mushrooms for s five-course meal. There’s also lunch at the resort’s Organic Garden that serves up fresh vegetables, salads and seafood caught that morning.

A third option is lunch at North Beach for pit-cooked seafood and fish along with New World wines.

In the afternoon, there’s a class in mixing drinks, where you can create your special cocktail, or an unforgettable food journey through the Organic Garden.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas you can choose either to dine at The View or Benz dining rooms.

There’s also an extensive menu New year’s Eve and on New Year’s day.

Other activities include snorkeling at Koh Rang; more cooking classes at the Chef’s Table and the Hut Kitchen; and an Indian Pop Up on the Lunar Deck for an evening of spices, taste and life.

Or fish the Thai way. A local fishing boat will take you to the best finishing areas around Koh Kood, Hoh Raet and Koa Mai Si.

There’s also rainforest trek in North Beach through a dense rainforest that includes a visit to crystal clear waterfalls that cascade over five different levels.

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