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Monica Majors named MSpa International’s first PR director
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Two senior appointments at SALA
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Best Western and Habitat Group celebrate success at Thailand Property Awards 2017
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In Remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej 1927 – 2016
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Patrick Huey Joins MSpa International as Group Director of Spa – Asia
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Autumn-proofing your skin at Six Senses
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Sailing Regatta set for Centara Samui in May
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Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s at Soneva
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Centara World Masters set for Hua Hin next June
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Making wedding dreams come true at Amari

Monica Majors named MSpa International’s first PR director

FOR MONICA MAJORS, recently appointed MSpa International’s first director of public relations, it’s a wonderful opportunity to tell the unique stories about the spas and their treatments in the MSpa family.

MSpa International managed all spas within Minor Hotels, including Anantara Hotels & Resorts and Spas — the most well known within the Minor Hotels Collection.

Many people around the world know MSpa first as a spa company. A few years ago, MSpa launched a wellness initiative, called Balance Wellness. It has continued to grow to the point where MSpa realized the necessity for a dedicated position to curate and distribute these stories.

“Spa and Wellness is also a segment of hospitality that really deserves its own dedicated team of experts.

“It’s a bit like sustainability — an immense amount of knowledge is necessary in order to ensure we’re really providing comprehensive information that is transparent and easily digested. Our guests have come to trust us as an authority in the industry, and these stories need to be told to foster that relationship,” she added.

“It means ensuring our dynamic offerings and unique stories are being recorded and then told. For example, Anantara Uluwatu in Bali works with a High Priestess to offer ritual chakra and past-life cleanses in holy temples a truly unique and very cathartic experience that absolutely warrants traveling around the world to experience.

“Sometimes local experiences are taken for granted as being commonplace, but they’re anything but to the rest of the world.

“It’s easy for us to become jaded with what is readily available to us, but our guests are craving this information.

“I’m working across all of our brands to deliver stories like this. Anantara Spa is certainly a focus, but so is our upscale brand AVANI SPA. It’ll be the most number of takeovers for us in years moving forward, and the spa brand is very fresh, contemporary and fuss-free.

She also noted that MSpa was in the final stages of creating four new Ayurvedic wellness programs at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle in Sri Lanka, and will use this model across other resorts that can handle well-being experiences at that level. Smaller elements under MSpa’s Balance Wellness program that they can execute, such as nourishing cuisine or holistic movement.

Monica was previously cluster director of international PR for three resorts — Anantara Angkor Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia; Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai, Thailand; and Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. Anantara Siam is the brand’s flagship hotel, following a rebrand in 2015. It embodies the luxury and fresh image of the brand, all while in the heart of the world’s most visited city.

What drew her to Anantara was its elephant conservation initiative — the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation — based out of Anantara Golden Triangle.

“It was hard for me to leave behind my day-to-day interaction with the elephants. But luckily, Chiang Rai is only an 80-minute flight from Bangkok.”

 

 

Two senior appointments at SALA

SALA HOSPITALITY GROUP has bolstered its Bangkok corporate office team by adding two new senior management positions, both of which will support the expansion of the company’s two primary brands – SALA Resorts and Spas and sala boutique “ with two new properties in Thailand in the pipeline for 2018.

Brian Moodie, SALA’s current chief operating officer, will move to the position of owner’s representative, effective Nov.1, 2017.

The 38-year hotel veteran joined SALA 15 years ago in 2002 as the pre-opening first general manager of SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort, before being promoted to VP Hotel Operations during SALA’s first round of expansion into Phuket and Khaoyai.

SALA Hospitality Group has bolstered its Bangkok corporate office team by adding two new senior management positions, both of which will support the expansion of the company’s two primary brands –“ SALA Resorts and Spas and sala boutique“ — with two new properties in Thailand in the pipeline for 2018. Brian Moodie, SALA’s current chief operating officer, will move to the position of owner’s representative, effective Nov.1, 2017.

The 38-year hotel veteran joined SALA 15 years ago in 2002 as the pre-opening first general manager of SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort, before being promoted to VP Hotel Operations during SALA’s first round of expansion into Phuket and Khaoyai.

During another wave of expansion for SALA in 2013, Brian was tapped as COO to oversee the group’s hotel openings in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya. He has also been overseeing another new Koh Samui project currently under development, SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort, slated to open in January 2018.   In his new role as owner’s representative, Brian will work closely with SALA shareholders on key issues such as asset management and new project development, as well as continuing in his role as a senior advisor for the group.

It has been an honour and privilege working for SALA since the company’s inception 15 years ago,” said Brian. “I look forward with excitement and enthusiasm to continuing my close relationship with our shareholders and SALA’s senior management team over the next several years, and of course lending as much support as possible to the heart and soul of our company, the wonderful staff members at each of our hotels and the Bangkok corporate office.”

Jon Ashenden, currently SALA’s regional general manager based at SALA Phuket Resort and Spa and overseeing SALA’s southern beach resorts in Phuket and Samui, is being promoted to VP hotel operations and is based in the Bangkok corporate office.    Jon began his career with SALA in 2010 as general manager for SALA Phuket Resort and Spa. In 2012, he was promoted to regional general manager in charge of all southern beach resorts including SALA Phuket, SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort and the new SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort, currently under development.

Regarding this move, Jon said: “My family and I are excited to be in Bangkok, and I personally am looking forward to expanding my involvement with all SALA properties and the Bangkok corporate team.

During another wave of expansion for SALA in 2013, Brian was tapped as COO to oversee the group’s hotel openings in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya. He has also been overseeing another new Koh Samui project currently under development, SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort, slated to open in January 2018.

In his new role as owner’s representative, Brian will work closely with SALA shareholders on key issues such as asset management and new project development, as well as continuing in his role as a senior advisor for the group.

It has been an honour and privilege working for SALA since the company’s inception 15 years ago, said Brian. I look forward with excitement and enthusiasm to continuing my close relationship with our shareholders and SALA’s senior management team over the next several years, and of course lending as much support as possible to the heart and soul of our company, the wonderful staff members at each of our hotels and the Bangkok corporate office.

Jon Ashenden, currently SALA’s regional general manager based at SALA Phuket Resort and Spa and overseeing SALA’s southern beach resorts in Phuket and Samui, is being promoted to VP hotel operations and is based in the Bangkok corporate office.

Jon began his career with SALA in 2010 as general manager for SALA Phuket Resort and Spa. In 2012, he was promoted to regional general manager in charge of all southern beach resorts including SALA Phuket, SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort and the new SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort, currently under development.

Regarding this move, Jon said: “My family and I are excited to be in Bangkok, and I personally am looking forward to expanding my involvement with all SALA properties and the Bangkok corporate team.”

 

Best Western and Habitat Group celebrate success at Thailand Property Awards 2017

 

Chanin Vanijwongse, CEO, Habitat Group; Olivier Berrivin, managing director of international operations – Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts; and Sasivimol Sutthibut, COO, Habitat Group

BEST WESTERN’S NEW, highly-anticipated hotel, BluPhere Pattaya, BW Premier Collection, received three awards at the Thailand Property Awards 2017 in a glittering gala ceremony in Bangkok.

This contemporary seafront property was named as the winner of the ‘Best Low-Rise Condo Architectural Design (Resort)’ title, and was also “highly commended” in the ‘Best Condo Interior Design’ and ‘Best Condo Landscape Architectural Design’ categories.

A successful partnership with the Habitat Group has seen the development of two exciting new upscale properties on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard that are close to the popular beach resort of Pattaya: BluPhere Pattaya, BW Premier Collection, and Best Western Premier BayPhere Pattaya.

“We are proud to be working with the Habitat Group, which has proven to be an excellent partner for Best Western,” said Olivier Berrivin, Best Western’s managing director of international operations – Asia.

 “We have collaborated closely with the Habitat Group for several years and I have been hugely impressed with their professionalism and the quality of their properties.”

“To have been honoured at the Thailand Property Awards 2017 is testament to the excellence of their developments, and also a great reflection of the exciting new era of Best Western hotels that are now rising all across Asia,” he added.

“We can’t wait to welcome our guests to Best Western Premier BayPhere Pattaya and BluPhere Pattaya, BW Premier Collection, so that they can see why it received the ‘Best Low-Rise Condo Architectural Design (Resort)’ title,” Olivier concluded.

Habitat Group also won the ‘Best Housing Development (Eastern Seaboard)’ award and was highly commended in the ‘Best Housing Architectural Design’ category for its X2 Pattaya Oceanphere development.

Located close to the beach in Na Jomtien, overlooking the glistening waters of the Gulf of Thailand, BluPhere Pattaya, BW Premier Collection, will open its doors to guests in 2020. Best Western Premier BayPhere Pattaya is scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of 2018.

 

 

 

In Remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej 1927 – 2016

This month, SALA Hospitality joins the Thai people in mourning and bidding farewell to the nation’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who for over 70 years has been Thailand’s guiding light.

The royal cremation ceremony is scheduled to take place from October 25-29, 2017.

On October 26, the Thai government has called for the public’s co-operation in refraining from organising all kinds of entertainment, with entertainment expected to be toned down from October 21 until the end of the month out of respect for the funeral ceremonies.

Following the royal cremation ceremony, the government will hold a month-long exhibition from 1 to 30 November 1-30, 2017 at the Royal Crematorium and Sanam Luang ceremonial ground in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Sala Samui Choengmon Beach, guests interested to learn more about the late King’s life and work are invited to join special outdoor screenings of a short film about His Majesty. All musical entertainment and beach movies have been cancelled for the month of October, except for these two screenings.

Click here for more information about the Royal Cremation Ceremony

 

 

 

 

Patrick Huey Joins MSpa International as Group Director of Spa – Asia

FROM L.A. SPA RECEPTIONIST to global industry thought leader, Patrick Huey’s rise to the top has been anything but conventional.

Currently on the board of directors of the International SPA Association (ISPA), Patrick joins Minor Hotel’s MSpa International in Bangkok from the Caribbean.

A graduate of both Vanderbilt and Yale, Patrick brings a dynamic approach to the spa industry. Previously, under Patrick’s leadership as corporate director of spas, fitness and tennis at Red Lane Spas in the Caribbean, Red Lane was nominated for multiple World Spa Awards, including Best Hotel Spa Brand in 2016.

Recognizing the importance of training and education, Patrick was responsible for launching the Red Lane Training Institute for spa therapists, which has trained over 600 employees to date.

During his tenure in the Caribbean he was also appointed to the Steering Committee of the Marketing and Tourism Board of Jamaica.

Patrick brings a rounded approach to MSpa’s holistic well-being program. Emphasizing the therapeutic benefits of spa therapies, as well as a healthy diet and active lifestyle, Patrick is committed to expanding MSpa’s offerings, from experienced Ayurvedic doctors to alternative healing specialists and lifestyle coaches.

Patrick has over two decades’ experience in luxury hospitality, from Ian Schrager hotels in New York to the Four Seasons and Viceroy groups, in roles from over-all group strategy to daily operations and sales.

As MSpa’s group director of spa – Asia, Patrick will be responsible for setting and implementing MSpa’s business strategy in the region, developing brand pillars and wellness programs, as well as for the over-all performance of spas, including all pre-opening and expansion activities.

“Patrick’s forward-looking approach to health and wellness will serve MSpa well in our mission to create holistic experiences that cater to the modern traveller,” said Thomas B. Meier, Minor Hotel’s senior vice-president operations, Asia.

“Patrick brings a wealth of experience from his global roles in the spa industry, and we look forward to his contribution to the group’s business strategy”.

 

 

Autumn-proofing your skin at Six Senses

THE CHANGE IN SEASON might be leaving your skin dryer and tighter than usual, so rehydrate with Dr. Burgener’s Hydrating Swiss Milk Wrap, before wrinkles have a chance to appear.

This nourishing treatment uses powerful milk protein, casein, together with a three-clay elixir to hydrate the skin. It also adds an anti-ageing body concentrate to enhance the results.

If your skin is suffering from summer aftershock, try The Organic Pharmacy’s Hydra-diamond Exfoliation Facial. It’s ideal for sun-damaged and dull skin as it diminishes acne scars, enlarged pores, age spots and wrinkles.

As the densely packed diamonds (yes really!) glide over your skin, they gently exfoliate and remove dead cells.

There are no harmful chemicals in this treatment. vitamin-infused hydrating water is used instead to hydrate your skin, along with a customized mask to leave your skin looking instantly brighter and smoother. Available at Six Senses Spa Muscat at Al Bustan Palace in Oman.

Does your skin become super sensitive when the temperature drops? Look out for Subtle Energies’ Soothe and Enrich Advanced Antioxidant Facial. This intensely calming and restorative facial delivers a nutrient-rich elixir to revitalize dry, sensitive or damaged skin.

Following a deep cleanse and purification, your skin is infused with advanced antioxidants and essential fatty acids to fight free radical damage, protecting it from the visible signs of ageing.

The experience is enhanced with a relaxing and soothing marma massage, which delivers an active serum of neem, coriander seed and rhu khus. This increases collagen and hyaluronic acid production, before a botanical hydration mask locks this precious moisture into the skin.

Available at Six Senses Spa Yao Noi and Six Senses Spa Hua Hin in Thailand at Six Senses Spas in Crete, Oman, the Maldives, Spain and Greece.

For more information, email enquiries-spa@sixsenses.com.

 

Sailing Regatta set for Centara Samui in May


 CENTARA GRAND BEACH RESORT SAMUI once again be host sponsor for the Samui Regatta 20-27 May. The Regatta, in its 16th year, has grown to attract the best yachts in Asia and a large spectator following.

They come to Samui for great sailing, fantastic beach parties, and the island’s acclaimed hospitality.

Samui Island itself is acknowledged for its white sand beaches, sparkling blue sea, breezy coconut trees and picture-postcard tropical appeal.

Lately it has proven itself a leading sports tourism destination, especially in yachting. With full support from the Thai government and its policy to promote sports tourism,

Samui has attracted more international events and sports enthusiasts to the country during the last decade. The now-famous Samui Regatta is one of the blue-ribbon international events exemplifying this trend.

“This is another opportunity for people to recognize our resort, not only as a luxurious tropical tourist destination but also a superb water sport venue,” said Denis Thouvard, the resort’s general manager.

  “We are located in a prime area where nature and civilization mesh perfectly. Our private beachfront offers Chaweng’s soft white sand, crystal clear water, and peaceful space for personal relaxation or fun activities such as swimming, sailing, jet-skiing and yachting.

“The resort is also an ideal base for exploring Samui and its island neighbours Koh Nang Yuan and Ang Thong National Marine Park. It is next to Samui’s main town and 20 minutes from the airport. Our guests enjoy wonderful vacations in this tropical paradise.”

“Samui Island is one of the top tourism and yachting destinations in Asia,” added Kae Wattana, managing director of Regattas Asia.

“We have organized Samui Regatta for 15 years and each year we see the number of yachts that come to the island is growing. I believe this growth will continue as more and more people experience the beauty of Samui and the unmatched sailing it has to offer.

“This year we will again have a spectator boat at Samui Regatta which members of the public and tourists can join to experience the event and learn more about yachting. Our aim is bring the event and yachting closer to people, to increase people’s understanding of yachting, and to attract more visitors to Samui Island.

‘Having Centara, a leading Thai hospitality brand, joined just as main host for this event is helping us to ensure that all participants will be treated professionally and bring back not only a trophy or medal from a competition but also a fantastic memory in Samui as well”.

The Samui Regatta consists of five days of racing and six nights of parties, including daily prize-awarding on the beach and a Gala Dinner hosted by Centara Grand Beach Resort on the final night. This event showcases Samui’s reputation as a leading yachting destination and contributes significant revenues to the local economy. Surveys show most of the approximately 500 participants come from overseas and have high incomes.

“As part of the Samui community, we are proud to support the people and economy of this island,” General Manager Thouvard concluded. “In the future we look forward to seeing more tourists, both returning guests and new visitors who want to witness Samui’s natural beauty with their own eyes.”

For more information about Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, please visit: www.centarahotelsresorts.com/csbr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s at Soneva

CELEBRATE THE CHRISTMAS and New Year season in true Soneva fashion at Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani or Soneva Kiri, located in the Maldives and Thailand.

Pair your fine-dining lunches with whiskey, wine, champagne or sake, learn how to make Christmas chocolate truffles and New Year detox masks, receive a private coaching tennis lesson from the nine-times Grand Slam winner Jonas Björkman, and discover Soneva’s famous food journeys.

Let your children explore island nature with the Soneva Den hosts taking charge, while you learn how to make Vietnamese, Maldivian, Japanese and Thai food, and come together at the end of the day for a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings in a truly spectacular location.

At Soneva Kiri, take this wonderful occasion to connect back to nature and appreciate all of the priceless gifts Mother Earth has to offer.

Start the morning with a refreshing hike to Peerapon Waterfall, a hidden waterfall with exclusive access just for our guests.

Dine for lunch in The Cave, featuring our homegrown mushrooms in every course.

Release your body and mind with a session of meditation or yoga at the Six Senses Spa, and feast under the stars for a pop up dinner on our jetty, surrounded by calming waves.

Expand your skills with international cooking classes, learn the art of mixology with our expert bartender, and heighten your senses with a wine or champagne tasting. Let your children explore on a Christmas Tree hunt around the resort, watch them wow you with their cooking skills, and come together for a fantastic New Year celebration for the whole family.

On New Year’s day, go for a refreshing hike through the jungle to search for butterflies on the Butterfly Quest, and discover an ancient Banyan Tree hundreds of years old.

There is no shortage of experiences to do, eat or see at Soneva.

For more detailed information of the Festive program at each resort, visit Soneva Fushi, Soneva Kiri or Soneva Jani.

 

 

Centara World Masters set for Hua Hin next June

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS will again be the main sponsor and play host to the Centara World Masters amateur golf tournament in Hua Hin next June 10-16, 2018 .

It will mark the fifth year of the tournament, which attracts golfers from over 50 countries. It is expected to be bigger than ever, as it combines a week of golf at some of Thailand’s best courses with social and entertainment activities in this famous seaside resort town.

The 2017 tournament, recently completed, was praised by participants for its beautiful courses and organization, along with world class accommodation and gala events at Centara’s famous resort in Hua Hin.

Next year’s tournament will feature four outstanding courses. Players will enjoy one round each at Springfield Royal Country Club, Black Mountain, Banyan Golf Club and Imperial Lake View.

Carts and caddies will be provided at each course, and each player will be assigned a caddie wearing a bib with the player’s name and country flag. The tournament will be open to men and women over 35.

Centara Hotels & Resorts is the major sponsor, and most golfers choose to stay at the ideally located Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas in Hua Hin.

Established in the 1920s, the resort has been restored and renovated with all the modern luxuries and conveniences, while retaining the magic of elegant, bygone eras.

Taking full advantage of Centara’s beachfront location, the opening night welcome dinner and gala presentation dinners will be held around the resort pool, with the beach as a stunning backdrop.

Golfers gather each night during the tournament for 19th Hole festivities, where Thai cuisine is offered, Chang beer flows and daily golf winners are celebrated.

“At Centara, we have 37 hotels and resorts internationally, including many in golfing paradises such as Bangkok, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai in Thailand, and Danang in Vietnam.

“ We look forward to welcoming many more golfers, friends and families not only to Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas, Hua Hin, for the acclaimed Centara World Masters event next year but also to our array of city and tropical beachfront locations year round” said Thirayuth Chirativat CEO, Centara Hotels & Resorts.

 

 

Making wedding dreams come true at Amari

AMARI, PART OF ONYX HOSPITALITY GROUP, is ready to make all wedding dreams come true at its three romantic wedding destinations in tropical paradise locations across Thailand.

Feel the cool ocean breeze, listen to the gentle swash of the waves on the white sandy beach while gazing at the colourful, dusky sky, the crystal clear aquamarine sea in a tranquil and secluded cove minutes from Patong Beach in Phuket.

Even though this dream destination is bustling with people and activity, couples find peace and serenity at Amari Phuket due to its unique location tucked away from all the downtown action.

The bride and bridegroom can celebrate a warm and intimate wedding ceremony with their closest friends and family members in a green garden overlooking a picturesque beach. A traditional Thai wedding ceremony can be organized for the starting price of 79,500 THB. If a Western-style ceremony is preferred, Amari Phuket offers a package starting at 69,800 THB.

Lounge around the pool and enjoy the ever-changing seascape at Shoreline Beach Club near Cicada Market, where Amari Hua Hin can arrange a chic lounge-style beach wedding party. At this beachside venue, a short distance from the main resort, couples can enjoy every romantic moment on Khao Takiab Beach under the starry sky.

Amari Hua Hin offers special ceremonial events accommodating a maximum of 50 guests. Both Western and Thai weddings are tailor-made to suit their needs with packages starting at 78,000 THB for the Western nuptial ceremony and 82,000 THB for the Thai Nuptial Ceremony.

Or imagine saying, “I do”, on the island of Koh Samui with a panoramic view of the blue water and turquoise horizon while exchanging vows. The resort’s location on a secluded stretch of Chaweng Beach is an idyllic destination for a lovely wedding with everyone standing barefoot on the golden sand.

Amari Koh Samui can fulfil their desires by offering either traditional Thai or Western ceremony, with packages starting at 94,000 THB for the Western Marital Celebration and THB 98,000 THB for the Traditional Thai Wedding Ceremony.

For more information, call Amari Phuket 66 (0) 7634 0106-14 or www.amari.com/phuket/weddings.aspx

Amari Hua Hin, call 66 (0) 3261 6600 or www.amari.com/huahin/weddings.aspx

Amari Koh Samui, call 66 (0) 7730 0306-9 or www.amari.com/koh-samui/

Amari is the centrepiece of the ONYX portfolio of hospitality brands reflecting the warmth and energy of an evolving modern Asia. Amari’s network of properties spans Thailand and beyond, from scenic seaside locations to vibrant urban settings, including Doha, Dhaka, Bangkok, Buriram, Pattaya, Samui, Phuket, Krabi, Hua Hin and the Maldives. Visit www.amari.com.

 

 

 

 

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