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Centara Grand Beach Hua Hin requiring vaccination
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Capella Bangkok’s Auriga Wellness ‘Sanctuary within a Sanctuary’
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Dusit International’s technological transformation
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Centara collaborates with true digital park in startup competition
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Dusit expands opens pet-friendly dusitD2 Hua Hin
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Hyatt Regency Koh Samui spurs recovery on Thailand’s castaway paradise
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Centara’s Phuket free-night offers
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Anantara SiamBangkok’s VIVID’s booster supplements for specific ailments
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Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket reopens as part of Phuket island’s ‘Sandbox Program’ for  vaccinated travellers – with no quarantine requirements  
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Melia Hotels to open urban hotel in Chiang Mai

Centara Grand Beach Hua Hin requiring vaccination

CENTARA GRAND BEACH Resort & Villas Hua Hin has adoped a new policy requiring all international and domestic visitors to the hotel to be vaccinated.

The expanded health and safety policy, introduced by Centra Hotels and Resorts, to keep the well-being of staff and guests at the forefront. It goes into effect from Sept.9, 2021 as Hua Hin gears up to open to international travellers as a quarantine-free destination in October 2021.

The measures apply to all guests staying in the resort, as well as visitors dining in the restaurants or utilizing any of the facilities within the resort. The same policy of course also applies to all resort staff too, all of whom are fully vaccinated.

Under the new vaccination policy, guests will be asked to present proof of vaccination for: at least 1 dose of a Thai FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, including Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sputnik V, Pfizer, and Moderna.

Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 are also required to show proof of vaccination. Children 18 years and younger are exempt when accompanied by vaccinated parents.

The vaccination policy complements the group’s Centara Complete Care program, implemented across all hotels and resorts since the beginning of the pandemic to ensure the protection, safety, and wellbeing of all guests and employees.

Devised in partnership with ECOLAB and SGS, the global leaders in hygiene technologies and verification respectively, the protocols include everything from increased sanitation, enhanced hygiene practices, and social distancing measures.

Guests can enjoy further peace of mind that in addition to the resort staff, all suppliers and delivery staff will only be allowed to enter the resort premises provided they are also vaccinated.

In the coming weeks, Centara Hotels & Resorts plans to expand this vaccination policy to further hotels, as quarantine-free travel becomes possible in more destinations.

For more information or booking, travellers can contact the Centara Contact Centre at ccc@chr.co.th and +66(0) 2101 1234, or visit https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com

 

 

 

 

Capella Bangkok’s Auriga Wellness ‘Sanctuary within a Sanctuary’

Capella Bangkok, an urban resort on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, has launched a new level of wellness with the opening of Auriga Wellness, a world-class spa spearheaded by the wellness specialists of GOCO Hospitality.

The spa immerses guests in a natural sanctuary of tranquillity, blending contemporary wellness techniques with ancient Asian wisdom. Nestled in the resort’s lush landscaped gardens, this 1,074- square metre facility features seven treatment rooms (including two spa suites), a thermal bathing area, a naturally lit tea lounge with an outdoor spa garden and a well-equipped fitness centre.

Drawing upon age-old therapies and medicinal herbs and spices—many growing organically in the local area—Auriga Wellness will provide a truly unique spa experience.  The spa program, conceptualized by GOCO Hospitality, balances the heritage of the various communities along Charoenkrung Road with treatments embracing elements of traditional Chinese medicine, Indian healing rituals and time-honoured Thai techniques (such as Tok Sen, a hammer massage introduced to Bangkok by settlers from Chiang Mai).

To offer guests the best in modern healing beauty treatments, Auriga Wellness also worked with acclaimed luxury skincare brand ‘J1JSKIN’ to design a range of signature facial and body therapies, including dedicated treatments for gentlemen and the award-winning non-surgical lift facial.

An extensive menu of massages, body scrubs, wraps, facials and cleansing rituals will leave guests feeling fully restored, refreshed and rejuvenated. A series of active classes and lifestyle sessions, such as yoga, tai chi, personal training, TRX workouts and Muay Thai, will invigorate the mind and body.

“Capella Bangkok is set to become one of the most iconic wellness destinations in Bangkok thanks to its never-before-seen collection of locally inspired spa treatments,” says Ingo Schweder, founder and CEO of GOCO Hospitality.

“Auriga Wellness will take guests on genuine journeys that explore the unique healing traditions inspired by the communities of Charoenkrung Road. This area is famed for its expertise in herbal medicines and ancient massage techniques, and I can’t wait to see these rituals come to life at Capella Bangkok.”

“Auriga Wellness is a ‘sanctuary within a sanctuary’ — a self-enclosed full-service spa in the heart of our riverside resort,” says John Blanco, general manager of Capella Bangkok. “Surrounded by tropical gardens, this is a cocoon where guests and local residents can escape from the outside world and unwind in a deedly peaceful ambience. GOCO Hospitality has created great  spa experiences for CaDella IO Sanya, Bali and the Maldives, and I am delighted to introduce their unique concept to Capella Bangkok,”

The sense of well-being at Capella Bangkok does not end at Auriga Wellness; spa-inspired services permeate throughout this innovative urban resort, from in-room wellness programmes and yoga mats to healthy dÏning options, a glistening riverside pool, and highly engaging experiences curated by a team of ‘CaDella Culturists, who tap into the rich history of this storied neighbourhood.

Auriga Wellness is open daily from 1O a.m. to 10 p.m.. For more information and reservations, email or call 065 998 4648. To learn more about Capella Bangkok, visit www.caoeIIahoteIs.com/banqkok or call 02 098 3888.

 

 

Dusit International’s technological transformation

  Dusit International has completed the first stage of its most significant technological transformation project to date.

It has invested in the latest cloud-based ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), CRM (Customer Relationship Management), and Data Management software to drive group-wide efficiency across its five business units (Hotels and Resorts, Hospitality Education, Food, Property Development, and Hospitality-Related Services).

Dusit will leverage big data to create exceptional consumer experiences and identify new business opportunities in line with Dusit’s three-pronged strategy for balance, expansion, and diversification.

Carried out as part of Dusit’s strategic roadmap for technological transformation, which was first announced in January 2019 and expedited to increase business resilience in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project encompasses the entire Dusit group, including 24 different entities across 17 countries.

The state-of-the-art cloud-based software Dusit is implementing includes SAP S/4HANA, which includes centralized processes for everything from finance and accounting to inventory and purchasing on a single, unified ERP solution; Microsoft Azure, for secure data storage and management; and Cendyn, for efficient group-wide CRM.

The new ERP system is now live, with the integrated CRM and Data Management elements set to be introduced later this year

“While investing in such a significant project during this uncertain period may seem against the grain, for swift post-pandemic recovery, we must deeply understand the needs of consumers and how we can best meet and, most importantly, exceed their expectations with our various services and products. Investment in this area is of critical importance,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

“During the pandemic, personalization has become a key expectation across so many industries – especially hospitality – and digital-savvy consumers have demonstrated a growing need for highly customized experiences that they can enjoy on their terms.

Key to meeting these expectations is data. And the more effectively and efficiently we can collect and use data, the greater our ability to create products, services and experiences that make our customers feel exceptional.”

Throughout the pandemic, which has significantly impacted Dusit’s core hotel business, the company has optimized its operations around total revenue generation, rather than cost-cutting, and innovated its way through the challenges by seeking ways to leverage its existing strengths and resources to create additional experience, convenience, and value for its guests and customers.

Chief among its efforts has been the introduction of four new pillars of Dusit Graciousness –Service (personalized and gracious), Well-Being (delivering wellness experiences beyond the spa), Locality (uniquely linking guests with the local community), and Sustainability (social, economic, and environmental) – and creating new experiences in each of these areas.

“Our company, like many others, has had to transform our organization and rethink our capabilities to enhance our resiliency and deliver not only short-term financial improvement, but also long-term value creation through innovation, efficiency, and agility,” she said.

“From a product standpoint, we have also had to swiftly yet considerately reimagine our services and put the infrastructure in place to ensure our hotels and resorts can suitably cater to accelerated trends – and ultimately achieve long-term success.

“The new real-time, centralized solutions we have invested in as part of our significant group-wide technological transformation will expedite our efforts in these areas, allowing us to deliver the value-driven experiences our existing guests and customers expect and deserve, efficiently identify new market segments, and ultimately position our properties for long-term value creation to the benefit of all stakeholders.”

Making further use of digital technology, Dusit recently expanded into e-commerce by launching dedicated stores on the popular LINE Shopping and LazMall platforms.

Aimed at consumers in Thailand and featuring attractive promotions on stays, meals and fitness experiences at Dusit Hotels and Resorts throughout the kingdom, the online shops continue Dusit’s efforts to establish new sources of recurring domestic revenue while the country’s borders are closed to international travel.

“While the effects of the pandemic will be felt for some time, we firmly believe that travel will come back stronger than ever when the COVID-19 situation improves,” she added.

“And we are confident that our technological transformation and new customer offerings will contribute significantly to driving short- and long-term business, extending our market reach, and cementing the competitive advantage of Dusit Hotels and Resorts and our other business units worldwide.”

 

Centara collaborates with true digital park in startup competition

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS AND True Digital Park, Southeast Asia’s largest startup and tech entrepreneur campus, take part in “Centara Hotels and Resorts X True Digital Park Centara Startup Sandbox”, a competition and three-month incubator program which supports startups and entrepreneurs with co-working space, facilities, mentorship and funding.

The Startup Sandbox project, held in collaboration with True Digital Park, will see teams compete for a chance to join the three-month program, during which executives from Centara will provide regular consultation sessions and be the judge for the teams’ final pitch.

“Thworld of hospitality is always evolving, and we are proud to be a part of this competition to encourage fresh ideas which will drive innovation in our industry. We are delighted to partner with True Digital Park to support promising startup businesses in Thailand and to mentor the next generation of innovative thinkers,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara Hotels & Resorts’ CEO.

 “True Digital Park continues to build a complete ecosystem for startup and tech entrepreneurs to support the digital transformation and is proud to partner with Centara Hotels and Resorts. This startup sandbox program will strengthen our commitment to nurture tech talents and further accelerate innovative solutions,” Dr. Tarit Nimmanwudipong, general manager of True Digital Park.

Competing teams for the” “CENTARA Startup Sandbox” have to deal with a challenge: “How might we help clients experience their preferred destination or any hospitality offering while still providing them with a more exclusive and memorable service.”

The winning team will receive 100,000 THB and free usage of co-working space at True Digital Park for six months. The first and second runners-up will receive free usage of co-working space at True Digital Park for three months.

Additionally, the winning team will also receive hotel vouchers from Centara:

  • 1st Prize: Centara Reserve Samui, two nights in Deluxe Ocean room with breakfast for two persons, valued 23,775THB per prize x 3 prizes per team
  • 2nd Prize: Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, two nights in Deluxe room with breakfast for two persons, valued 12,947THB per prize x 3 prizes per team
  • 3rd Prize: COSI Pattaya Wong Amat Beach, two nights in COSI Plus room with daily credit for two persons value 3,295THB per prize x 3 prizes per team

Teams with at least three members of any nationality 18 years old and above who have a business idea for the hotel and hospitality industry can apply from now until 6th September 2021 at truedigitalpark.typeform.com.

For more information, visit https://www.truedigitalpark.com/en/startup-support/centara-startup-sandbox

 

 

Dusit expands opens pet-friendly dusitD2 Hua Hin

 

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL HAS expanded its operations in the kingdom with the opening of dusitD2 Hua Hin, an upscale pet-friendly retreat in the heart of Hua Hin, a popular seaside destination just three hours by car from Bangkok.

Located just a seven-minute walk from Hua Hin’s main beach and near popular local attractions such as Cicada Market and Bluport Hua Hin Resort Mall, the new hotel is designed to offer a modern and comfortable haven where families and groups of friends can recharge, relax, and easily discover everything the destination has to offer, with space to bring their pets with them.

Alongside 152 contemporary guest rooms and suites ranging in size from 30 to 92 sq m, including selected rooms equipped with pet-friendly amenities for up to two pets, the bright and airy property offers a wide range of facilities for work, rest and play.

Current dining facilities include CafeSoi, an all-day dining restaurant where guests can take a culinary journey to Southern Thailand and indulge in traditional delicacies from Surat Thani, Phuket, Songkhla, Krabi and beyond; Som Bar, a rooftop bar inspired by Hollywood party pads where guests can enjoy cocktails and admire panoramic sea views; and Dusit Gourmet, Dusit’s signature bakery and coffee shop, where guests can indulge in a variety of Thai and international favourites, all made using high-quality ingredients.

Alongside a rooftop infinity pool, a large garden, and a fully equipped gym, the hotel also offers an extensive kids club, The Beary Club, featuring a children’s swimming pool, a play area with a sandbox and a treehouse, and a wide range of activities for children ages 3 to 15.

Bag painting, tree planting, cooking classes, and treasure hunts led by friendly mascot ‘Beary’ – a unique ‘half bear, half hog deer’ character specially designed to raise awareness of endangered animals in the region – are just some of the fun activities offered. All children are given a Beary Map on arrival with the chance to win an ice cream by collecting stamps throughout the property.

All room types, from the deluxe to the spacious two-bedroom suite, feature the latest in connectivity, with high-speed internet access and 55” 4K UHD Smart TVs for easy streaming of entertainment. Each room and public area is also equipped with a Panasonic Nanoe X machine, which filters the air to eliminate odours and inhibit the activity of airborne bacteria and pet-derived allergens.

Guests seeking to stay on top of work during their travels will find plenty of quiet, thoughtfully designed corners to focus on their important tasks. The DokJok function room is also available for up to 76 people in a theatre-style arrangement, or 37 people in a classroom set-up, ensuring ample space for safe and memorable gatherings.

Alongside Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality, all guests also benefit from Dusit’s carefully crafted ‘Dusit Care’ services. Designed to offer ultimate peace of mind, these go beyond enhanced hygiene protocols to deliver additional convenience, experience and value while maximizing guest safety. Flexible check-in, anytime breakfast, and mobile payment methods are just some of the services offered.

dusitD2 Hua Hin, which officially opens on 16 July 2021, is Dusit’s third hotel in Hua Hin. The renowned Dusit Thani Hua Hin, a deluxe beachside resort, has been operating in the destination for 30 years. Dusit also recently began managing Seapine Recreation Centre, next to Suanson beach. Dusit International’s property portfolio now comprises more than 300 properties, across six brands, in 17 countries worldwide.

“We are delighted to open dusitD2 in Hua Hin and expand our market reach to delight a whole new segment of travellers in this popular seaside destination,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

 “Complementing perfectly the full-service offerings of our long-standing Dusit Thani Hua Hin resort, dusitD2 Hua Hin is ideally positioned to meet the needs of the large drive-to-leisure market from Bangkok.

From modern Thai-inspired design and our distinctive gracious hospitality, to pet-friendly rooms, extensive lifestyle facilities, and a great location near popular shopping areas and the main beach, the hotel has all the ingredients for a highly memorable stay.

Ultimately, dusitD2 Hua Hin offers excellent value for young families, groups of friends, and even those looking for a comfortable and convenient base to work from anywhere. And all guests can rest assured that, with Dusit, their well-being and safety will always come first.”

To mark its opening, dusitD2 Hua Hin is now offering The Journey has Begun package featuring accommodation in a Deluxe room, breakfast for two adults, an extra bed for children under 18 years old, and 20% food and beverage discount at Cafe Soi and Som Bar.

Available for booking from July 16, 2021 for stay dates through Aug. 31, 2021, the package starts at 2,499 THB per night. Guests who book to stay two consecutive nights will also receive a southern set dinner for two at Cafe Soi.

For more information about the hotel and its opening room rates, visit https://www.dusit.com/dusitd2-huahin/specialoffers/the-journey-has-begun/.

 

 

Hyatt Regency Koh Samui spurs recovery on Thailand’s castaway paradise

HYATT REGENCY Koh Samui eyes a reopening to international tourists over the coming months .

The property, which is Hyatt’s first footfall on Koh Samui, gives guests the opportunity to discover timeless connections and energizing experiences and will play a major role in rebounding visitors with the island as Thailand welcomes back visitors.

“The pandemic has been a challenging time for Koh Samui as it has been for the entire tourism industry in Thailand. That’s why we are so delighted to debut with such a special resort,” said Adrian Pulido, general manager, Hyatt Regency Koh Samui.

A collaboration between three of Thailand’s biggest hotel design names — Office of Bangkok Architecture, August Design and PLandscaping — the 140-room property occupies eight acres of private coastline in the far northeast corner of the paradise island.

Deploying a design-forward philosophy, the property, located in North Chaweng — and is less than ten minutes from the island’s international airport— bills itself as a “vacation gallery” due to its array of visual highlights.

These include a showpiece lobby, the longest lobby arrival point in Koh Samui, where numerous skylights allow for natural illumination by the sun and the moon.

It also features plush accommodations that showcase terrific ocean views to one of the largest pool zones on the island, a collection of pools, each cascading down from the main pool on the upper deck of the resort.

The beauty of Koh Samui is legendary. And the resort’s appeal leverages the visual appeal of the coastal landscape, a forest of protected trees and the proximity of the ocean.

Its Gallery of Eight, a collection of eight sites dotted around the property specially selected for their photogenic potential.

The 140 guestrooms, which include 24 spacious suites and villas, feature private balconies and most offer stunning sea views. Select rooms include access to Regency Club privileges, while seven beachfront pool villas provide elevated indulgence. Spaces benefit from the simplicity of the interior design—by August Design— in a neutral palette with ocean-inspired décor and blue accents.

Culinary cravings are ably catered for at the resort’s four restaurants and bars, including Yangna, an all-day dining restaurant showcasing Thai and international cuisine, and the open-air Sesun Grill & Beach Bar where diners can enjoy fresh seafood and Mediterranean sides alongside relaxing sea views.

Cobalt serves fresh juice, iced tea and coffee while Kube offers crafted cocktails accompanied by mesmerizing views from the highest point of the resort.

The family-friendly resort features freeform pools—including a lap pool, plunge pool, family pool with a whirlpool and kids’ pool with a slide—which cascade to the beach. Over at Camp Hyatt, young guests can enjoy supervised play and activities from arts and crafts to movie nights.

Lush tropical plants line the grand staircase that leads to the spa, a tranquil sanctuary featuring five treatment rooms, including two couple’s suites with a private deck and outdoor tub.

The property offers inspiring indoor and outdoor venues for gatherings, big and small. The elegant Regency Ballroom can accommodate up to 100 guests or 150 for cocktails. A 97-sqm manicured lawn provides a magical setting for wedding celebrations and alfresco events.

“This island has a central role in how Thailand fares following the pandemic, and it’s an honour to be leading the way as we begin to look positively towards the future,” added Pulido.

 

Centara’s Phuket free-night offers


 CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS invites travellers to rediscover Phuket and explore the island as they’ve never seen it before with free night offers at a choice of family-friendly hotels and pool villa resorts.

For every two nights stayed, a third consecutive night is free, so whether travellers enjoy a “Stay 3 pay 2”, “Stay 6 pay 4”, or all the way up to “Stay 21 pay 14” offer, the longer they stay, the more free nights they receive.

With the “Rediscover Phuket” offer, guests also get free daily hotel credits redeemable immediately upon check-in for culinary and spa experiences during their stay.

Ideally suited for international travellers returning to Phuket for a quarantine-free stay starting July 2021, the offer applies for bookings from now to Aug. 31, 2021, for stays from July 1 to Dec. 20 2021.

Under Thailand’s Tourism Sandbox scheme, the kingdom is gearing up to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from around the world without requiring quarantine on arrival. The island province of Phuket is spearheading the program, reopening safely to international tourists on July 1 2021, when at least 70 percent of the host province’s population has been inoculated.

All qualified staff working in Centara’s hotels and resorts in Phuket have already been fully vaccinated, offering guests peace of mind when staying with Centara. Their hotels and resorts continue to follow certified health and hygiene procedures with the comprehensive Centara Complete Care program.

Travellers have a choice of five hotels and resorts on Phuket, including Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, the perfect place to spend time with family and loved ones, relaxing at the beach club and making memories in the resort’s waterpark with lazy river.

At Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, international travellers can maximize their vacation with the free nights offer while also receiving 100% of their room rate back in hotel credit, to be redeemed for room upgrades, memorable meals, refreshing drinks and spa treatments.

Other properties participating in this promotion include: Centara Villas Phuket; Centara Karon Resort Phuket; Centara Kata Resort Phuket and Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection – all of which are offering THB 500 resort credit daily.

“Rediscover Phuket” offers are available for booking from now until Aug. 31, 2021, for stays from July. 1 – Dec. 20, 2021.

For more information about the “Rediscover Phuket” offer and to book,  visit https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/featured-packages/phuket-sandbox/ Alternatively, contact the Centara reservation centre at reservations@chr.co.th.

 

 

 

 

 

Anantara SiamBangkok’s VIVID’s booster supplements for specific ailments

 WHILE MANY OF US ARE working from home, modern-day city dwellers are seeking convenient and effective solutions to maintain a resilient immune system, and the number one way to keep the body’s defences strong is to start is from within.

VIVID Bangkok, the go-to destination for vitamin infusions, is now extending its offering to include a series of vitamin supplements as well as specific Immunity Boost packages to meet the changing demands of its wellness enthusiast clientele.

VIVID supplements offer five tested formulations created by a team of specialist doctors and medical professionals, the new range of supplements is carefully blended to tackle specific ailments.

Guests can start their supplement course with a consultation with VIVID’s trained medical team using lab tests to measure everything from the levels of potentially harmful metals in the blood to examining the liver.

The five tested formulations include:

Immunity booster: protecting against illness and fatigue with Vitamin C and zinc to augment the body’s natural defences, black cumin reduces inflammation in the body, and L-carnitine boosts energy levels for fighting strength.

Brain Booster: performing at your cognitive peak with naturally occurring coenzyme Q10, which lessens with age to improve overall brain function, gingko increases blood flow to the brain and prevents cognitive decline, while ginseng boosts memory and concentration levels.

      Stress buster: combats the daily tolls of modern life, Rhodiola increases your body’s resistance to stress and fatigue, natural herbs ashwagandha and valerian calm the mind, and a melatonin boost leads to a more restful sleep at night.

Energy Booster: achieves more physically and mentally, L-carnitine increases the metabolism and boosts energy function while Rhodiola fights fatigue, enabling you to work and play harder – Sleep booster: fall asleep faster and enjoy better quality rest as melatonin resets the body clock, amino acid increases serotonin and natural herbs ashwagandha and valerian help still the mind.

On site at VIVID Bangkok, located in the courtyard of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, guests can enjoy a limited offer with two immunity-centred packages. Tackling immunity is three-fold. The packages include the Immunity IV Drip, the Vit D3 Booster and O-Zone Therapy.

The Immunity IV Drip injects a medical-grade blend of Vitamin C to the bloodstream for maximum absorption and a host of anti-oxidant benefits; the Vitamin D3 booster helps to kickstart autoimmunity and strengthen against infection, while O-Zone therapy uses medical-grade O3, a form of oxygen, to combat infectious and degenerative diseases and boost the immune system.

The Immunity to the Max Package contains: 5x Immunity IV drips, 3x Vitamin D3 booster, 2x Ozone Therapy.

 

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket reopens as part of Phuket island’s ‘Sandbox Program’ for  vaccinated travellers – with no quarantine requirements  

DUSIT THANI LAGUNA PHUKET, A LUXURIOUS beachfront resort on the northwest coast of Phuket, one of Thailand’s most beloved island destinations, is set to reopen its doors on July 1, 2021, as part of Phuket’s unique Sandbox Program.

The Sandbox Program will allow vaccinated travellers from Thailand and overseas to visit the island and move around freely with no quarantine requirements.

Owned and operated by Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, will welcome guests back with a wide range of family-friendly experiences specially crafted in line with Dusit’s four new pillars:

Hospitality –  including Service (personalized and gracious),

Well-Being (delivering wellness experiences beyond the spa),

Locality (uniquely linking guests with the local community),

Sustainability (social, economic, and environmental) adds convenience, experience, and value to every stay.

This includes providing guests with the chance to enjoy a deeper connection with the destination through a range of complimentary activities reflecting responsible tourism practices.

Among some of the options offered are guided tours to support local fishing villages; sustainable crafts workshops such as upcycled tie-dye and bag painting; cooking classes featuring locally sourced ingredients; and Thai cultural workshops where guests can learn more about the history of Phuket and the island’s unique traditions and customs.

Guests will also benefit from Dusit’s new group-wide holistic wellness concept, Devarana Wellness, which goes beyond the resort’s traditional spa offering to weave well-being elements throughout the entire stay experience.

From complimentary activities that enhance your emotional and physical resilience, such as yoga, meditation, and breathwork, to healthy restaurant menus and ‘micro wellness moments,’ including the offer of essential oils on arrival, Devarana Wellness has implemented property-wide services to help guests de-stress, detoxify, and enjoy deep restorative sleep.

Every weekend, the resort also offers a Family Retreat Program, designed by Devarana Wellness and packed with entertaining and enriching experiences for adults and children. A mini-farm workshop, educational kids camp, stand-up paddleboarding, and family-focused wellness sessions are just some of the activities provided.

To prepare for welcoming international visitors, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket has fully vaccinated its staff. It has also been certified by the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s new sanitary safety standard, SHA Plus. Certification is only awarded to properties that strictly follow official COVID-19 control guidelines and uphold the highest hygiene standards, including regular and thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all guest rooms and public areas.

Dusit’s carefully crafted ‘Dusit Care’ services are also in place to deliver additional convenience while maximizing guest safety. Flexible check-in, anytime breakfast, and mobile payment methods are just some of the services offered so guests can stay with utmost peace of mind.

“We are delighted to reopen our doors to vaccinated visitors and welcome the world once again to Thailand at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

 “While international borders have been closed, we have been very busy reimagining our services and rolling out new experiences designed to add expertise, convenience, and value to every stay while ensuring guest safety always comes first.

“Showcasing our four new pillars of gracious hospitality – Service, Well-Being, Locality, and Sustainability – Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket has everything in place to create confidence among travellers, meet their post-COVID-19 needs, and contribute to the safe and successful reopening of Phuket island.”

The resort’s SHA Plus certification, which reflects operating procedures already in place at each of our properties, also demonstrates our readiness to welcome vaccinated travellers at each of our properties when the time is right. The sandbox program is a big step forward for Thailand and the hospitality industry at large, and we look forward to doing our very best to contribute to its success.”

Set on the white sands of Bang Tao beach overlooking the Andaman Sea and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket comprises 253 elegant rooms, suites and villas.

Among other facilities, it offers a fully equipped gym, tennis and sports courts, a luxurious spa, an outdoor swimming pool, a watersports centre, a children’s play area, and easy access to the neighbouring 18-hole Laguna Phuket Golf Course. In addition, five dining outlets cater to a wide range of tastes, including international favourites, Royal Thai cuisine, and fine Italian dining.

The resort offers three special Back to Paradise packages starting at 12,800 THB, including free nights, daily breakfast, and other exclusive privileges to mark its opening. The options include:

  • Book three nights and get an additional night free, including daily breakfast for two persons and daily THB 1,000 food and beverage credit.*
  • Book seven nights and get an additional three nights free, including daily breakfast for two persons and daily THB 1,000 food and beverage credit.*
  • Book ten nights and get an additional four nights free, including daily breakfast for two persons and daily THB 1,000 food and beverage credit.*

The package is available for booking from 25 June – Sept. 30, 2021, and valid for stay dates between July 1 – 30 Sept. 25, 2021.

Guests flying with participating airlines will also have the opportunity to earn up to 7,500 additional air miles.

 For more details, visit: https://www.dusit.com/specialoffers/

 

Melia Hotels to open urban hotel in Chiang Mai

MELA CHIANG MAI, A 260-KEY urban hotel that towers over the River Ping and bustling Night Bazaar in the heart of Chiang Mai city in Thailand’s mountainous north, is slated to open for business in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Owned by Thailand’s leading integrated lifestyle real estate group, Asset World Corporation (AWC) and launched by Melia Hotels International, the five-star hotel is part of the Melia brand’s roll-out plan in key destinations across Thailand.

Melia Koh Samui debuted in January 2020 with a nautical theme underscored by boat suites made from refurbished merchant vessels. INNSiDE by Melia, Bangkok Sukhumvit, the first property of its brand in Thailand, housing 176 guestrooms and located close to the Suvarnabhumi Airport, is due to open in 2022.

Melia Chiang Mai will be situated six kilometres from the Chiang Mai International Airport on the vibrant Charoen Prathet Road, located near a broad spectrum of tourist attractions, markets, and Buddhist temples.

With a design that pays tribute to Chiang Mai’s fascinating history and culture with a contemporary flair, the hotel will comprise a striking 22-floor tower fronted by an adjoining seven-floor podium building.

Two restaurants, two bars, two lounges, including an executive lounge on the 21st floor with a panoramic view of Chiang Mai, Melia’s signature YHI Spa with seven treatment rooms, a fully-equipped fitness centre, swimming pool, ballroom and four other meeting spaces will be among the hotel’s host of facilities for business and leisure travellers alike.

Of the property’s room portfolio, 38 rooms and six suites will belong to The Level. An upgraded level of service and benefits that affords exclusive access to The Level executive lounge is an intimate area for indulging an upgraded breakfast and afternoon delicacies that is also suited for casual business meetings.

Its 113 sqm Level Presidential Suite is located on the tower’s top floor with great city vistas.

Melia Chiang Mai’s jewel in the crown will be a 360-degree rooftop bar, “the highest in the city on the 22nd floor. Featuring two bars connected by a glass bridge, the bar will offer wonderful views of the River Ping to the city’s east and famed Doi Suthep Temple on the mountaintop to the west.

Drawing on Melia’s Spanish origins, the hotel will pay homage to Spain’s famed gastronomy and quickly place itself on the city’s culinary map with two dining options. Perched on the 21st floor, the hotel’s signature restaurant will specialize in contemporary Northern Thai dishes with Mediterranean influences, with chefs preparing each dish a la minute from an open kitchen. The all-day-dining restaurant Mosaic will offer authentic Mediterranean cuisine in a vibrant marketplace setting.

An idyllic venue for events and weddings, the property’s extensive conference facilities include a 358-sqm ballroom and three function rooms on the tower’s second floor above the lobby and a 175-sqm multi-purpose function room on the podium building’s top floor.

The ballroom’s 173-sqm pre-function area is connected to an outdoor swimming pool and poolside bar, aptly named Poolside. The Power Lounge, one of the three function rooms that also afford access to the pool deck, will feature a pool table and coffee area suited to downtime between meetings. Adjacent to a secret garden, the seventh-floor multi-function room opens to a 223-sqm outdoor terrace that also lends itself to events.

With its location in the heart of Chiang Mai and an array of facilities, Melia Chiang Mai is a landmark project of our strategic roll-out of the Melia brand in Thailand, in line with AWC’s growth-led strategy, said Mrs. Wallapa Traisorat, Melia Chiang Mais owner and AWCs CEO and president

“Partnering with Melia has allowed us to set a new benchmark for Thai hospitality, and together, we aim to build a better future for Thailand’s tourism landscape and economy.”

“Following the opening of Melia Koh Samui, ranked TripAdvisor’s number one hotel in Koh Samui, Melia Chiang Mai will be another flagship property for Melia Hotels International in Thailand,” said Ignacio Martin, area managing director South East Asia of Melia Hotels International.

“As we continue to strengthen our growth strategy with our key partners, AWC understands and shares our strong service and hospitality philosophy — a fundamental factor in ensuring the quality, reputation, and sustainability we strive for.

“The global pandemic could not dampen our determination to unveil an extraordinary hotel that promises to exude the mystic splendour of Northern Thailand with Melia’s warm Spanish hospitality, passion for service and focus on the customer’s well-being,” added  Melia Chiang Mais General Manager, Edward Snoeks.

 

 

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