William E. Heinecke HOTELS Corporate Hotelier of the world 2017
3-Star Michelin Star Chef Emmanuel Renaut Visits VIE Hotel Bangkok and V Villas Hua Hin
Dusit International signs to manage new Hua Hin hotel
SALA Phuket Celebrating 10th Anniversary
‘Wonderful Weddings, Magical Memories’
What’s on at Six Senses’ Earth Labs?
Meet High Priestess Ibu Jero at Anantara Uluwatu Bali
Who is digging up Chinese graves and why?
Anantara Siam Bangkok unveils new contemporary Thai-inspired guestrooms
Monica Majors named MSpa International’s first PR director

William E. Heinecke HOTELS Corporate Hotelier of the world 2017





 William E. Heinecke, founder, chairman and CEO of Minor International has been named Corporate Hotelier of the World for 2017. Nominated as one of four finalists in the corporate hotelier category, Heinecke accepted the award at a gala event in New York, where HOTELS celebrated both their corporate and independent Hotelier of The World award winners.From humble beginnings in Thailand, he spearheaded the growth of Minor Hotels as a hotel owner, operator and investor, which now boasts a portfolio of innovative, brands spanning over 150 hotels and resorts in 24 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean, with a pipeline already in place to venture into new destinations such as Mauritius, Tunisia, South Korea and more.

In this highly prestigious individual accolade, the self-taught and self-made billionaire was applauded for his life-long accomplishments, his pioneering, competitive and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as his passion of making a difference in Thailand and beyond.

Commenting on the award, he said: “I am truly honoured and humbled to receive this award and to have my name added to the incredible list of previous winners, a true roll-call of industry leaders and pioneers. I’m thrilled to play a role in such a dynamic industry. I’m still constantly learning, finding new ways of growing our business and to do it better.  I certainly have no plans to hand over the reins at Minor just yet.”

In his acceptance speech to an audience of the industry’s elite, Heinecke spoke of how the creation of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is the realization of a life-long dream that reflects his personal appreciation for authentic luxury in unique destinations.

His private passions are also evident in Minor’s charitable endeavours, most notably the Heinecke Foundation’s educational sponsorship of underprivileged children and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation’s efforts to help Thailand’s elephant population, as well as to support wider environmental and community outreach programs.

Minor Hotels’ success plays a vital role in the evolution of the hospitality industry on a global platform, and looking to the future, Heinecke lauded the passion and dedication of the people he works with.

HOTELS and www.hotelsmag.com have been amongst the leading sources of news and analysis for the global hotel industry for more than 45 years, currently reaching over 90,000 hotel professionals in more than 160 countries. The magazine has been naming its Hoteliers of the World since 1981, with the list of previous winners reading like a roll-call of the hospitality industry.



3-Star Michelin Star Chef Emmanuel Renaut Visits VIE Hotel Bangkok and V Villas Hua Hin

THREE-STAR-MICHELIN STAR CHEF EMMANUEL RENAUT, chef and owner of acclaimed Flocons de Sel restaurant, brings his inimitable cuisine to La VIE “ Creative French Cuisine” in VIE Hotel Bangkok and Villazzo in V Villas Hia Hin for four days of culinary perfection during Nov. 22-25, 2017.

Emmanuel Renaut is a truly rare breed in the culinary world, holder of the prestigious “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” (Best Craftsman of France) and the “Compagnon du Tour de France” (Companion of the Tour de France). He has been awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide.

Chef Emmanuel Renaut established Flocons de Sel in 1998 and he received his first Michelin star in 2003, the second one in 2006, and his third was awarded in 2012, when he was also named “Cooking Chef of the Year”.

Today his widely celebrated skills in transforming the natural and local ingredients of the Alps into colourful, fragrant and succulent dishes have earned universal praise.

He will be at La VIE —Creative French Cuisine at VIE Hotel Bangkok on Nov. 2 and at the Villazzo Restaurant in V Villas Hua Hin on Nov. 25.

He will be offering a 10-courser exclusive set dinner, costing 11,000 THB per person for food only, and 13,000 THB per person for premium beverage pairing (Taittinger, Champagne Cuve Prestige, NV).

Dinner is served at 6.30 pm and will start with Beignet of smoked Alp milk, puffed bread of black rice and polentatartelette of vegetable roots, followed by Terres de Pierres, Chablis 2014 with starters “mushrooms of the woods” under two millimetres of polenta and wild hazelnuts, beetroot and parsnip cake, horseradish bouillon, prawn, citrus zest and caviar vitalized with grapefruit and gentian root.

Terres de Pierres, Chablis 2014 will be served at the main course, featuringcured and lightly smoked trout, herbs from the Alpsquenelle of scallops, grilled onion juice with lemon balm.

Then, Reserve de la Comtesse, Pauillac 2009, served with duck with red cabbage, “fondant” potatoes, juniper infused duck juice “grand veneur” and silverskin onions cooked in a pine bouillon, followed by Beaufort cheese and nuts, and desert: lemon, hazelnut, mountain honey, smoked chocolate tart, woody ice cream; and end with Petit Fours — A few sweets with the Tastes of the Mountains.




Dusit International signs to manage new Hua Hin hotel

From the left: Lim Boon Kwee, Suphicha Promsentana and Somsakul Limsuttaphan.

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL HAS signed a hotel management agreement with Enrich Paranimmitr Company Limited, a subsidiary of Bangkok-based Enrich Group, to operate the hotel and residences in the heart of the beach resort destination’s main Petchkasem Road.

Designed to cater to families and leisure travellers seeking a fun-filled escape, the property is conveniently located close to Hua Hin’s largest shopping; dining and movie theatre complex; BluPort, the hip and stylish Cicada Night Market; and the Vana Nava Waterpark, which boasts some of the fastest and longest waterslides in Thailand.

Slated to open in the first quarter 2020, the new property will comprise the upscale dusitD2 hotel with 154 keys, a dusitD2 branded condominium with 364 fully-furnished residential units, and retail and office spaces.

Facilities will include an all-day dining restaurant, fitness centre, swimming pool, a kids’ club, a rooftop bar, and 300 sq m of banqueting space. In keeping with the dusitD2 brand, the property will boast a modern design with bright and colourful décor.

The residences will operate separately to the hotel and will offer its own swimming pool and fitness centre.

Located only three hours by car from Bangkok, Hua Hin serves as a popular beachside getaway for Bangkokians, and is renowned for its seafood restaurants, lively markets, cultural sights, world-class golf courses, kitesurfing, and family-friendly activities.

With royal links going back to the early 1920s, the city also has two regal summer residences that visitors can explore.

“Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s most popular seaside destinations, attracting over five million visitors per year, but it still retains a charming, relaxed atmosphere which makes it perfectly suited to families and leisure travellers seeking relaxation and fun activities by the beach,” said Lim Boon Kwee, COO, Dusit International.

“With its stylish design, comfortable rooms, upscale facilities, and Dusit’s distinctive brand of gracious hospitality, dusitD2 Hua Hin will be perfectly positioned to cater to visitors’ needs. We look forward to working with Enrich Paranimmitr Company Limited to make the property a resounding success”

Suphicha Promsentana, business office director of Enrich Group, said: After completing several high-end housing projects in Bangkok, we wanted to expand our portfolio beyond residential into hospitality and services.

“As for our move to develop a hotel; we just had to find the right partner who shared our vision for excellence. We are delighted Dusit International is that partner. The company’s rich hospitality experience speaks for itself, and we are confident that, in Dusit Internationalâs capable hands, the hotel will live up to Dusit’s promise to exceed expectations. Always.”

With 28 properties currently in operation across four brands in eight countries, Dusit International is in a significant growth phase which will see the number of Dusit properties exceed 70 within the next four-to-five years across key markets worldwide. Alongside dusitD2, other brands in Dusit International’s portfolio include Dusit Thani, Dusit Devarana, and DusitPrincess.

dusitD2 Hua Hin Hotel and Residences will be the second Dusit branded property in Hua Hin. Dusit International also owns and operates the Dusit Thani Hua Hin, a luxury resort which celebrates its 27th anniversary this year.



SALA Phuket Celebrating 10th Anniversary

THIS DECEMBER, the award winning SALA Phuket Resort and Spa will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.

From next month and throughout 2018, SALA Phuket will be releasing a number of special offers and events to celebrate this special milestone.

All guests staying in December will receive a 10% discount on treatments in SALA Spa, and also when dining in the SALA Restaurant and beachfront Bar.

In addition, all guests staying 10 nights or more from December and through the following year will receive a special 10,000 THB resort credit, to be used on services during their stay.

And while you’re there, turn up the heat with a “Bubble Tub Champagne” setting the scene for romance, complete with an aromatic milky bath, a bottle of champagne, and a hot fudge dipping sauce with cookies, fruits and vanilla whipped cream to share. From 2,100 THB.




‘Wonderful Weddings, Magical Memories’

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Winner will be announced on Dec. 1, 2017.


What’s on at Six Senses’ Earth Labs?

EVERY SIX SENSES PROPERTY now runs an Earth Lab, “and we’re inviting our guests to stop by, join in our activities and participate with us in reaching our sustainability goals”.

A visit to Six Senses would not be complete without visiting Earth Lab. It’s a place to learn, grow and reconnect with the natural world.

It’s named Earth to celebrate our home and source of all life, and Lab for experimentation, innovation and exploration. This is a place where Six Senses showcases its sustainability efforts.

Six Senses has adopted a philosophy of Zero Waste, producing materials and upcycling on site to reduce transportation-related impacts. It also communicates work happening off site, for example marine conservation, forest restoration and community development.

Earth Lab topics and activities include:

Water is bottled on site, eliminating the transportation impacts and use of plastic water bottles, and alternatives to plastic straws are produced including paper, bamboo and lemongrass.

Natural insecticides are distilled from plants and used as an organic alternative to chemical sprays; biologically active cleaning solutions are grown in batches and used to replace chemical cleaners; free-range chickens produce organic eggs; and goats process landscaping waste and produce milk.

Food waste is composted and used to fuel our extensive organic gardens; fruits and vegetables are harvested from our organic gardens to provide fresh and healthy meals for guests; bees are kept for honey and to pollinate local crops; glass (where recycling is not available) is crushed and upcycled into flower pots, paving stones and light fixtures.

Renewable energy is produced from solar and biomass; plants are harvested and oils freshly extracted for spa treatments; seeds are harvested, kept in a seed bank and made available for guests to take and grow organic at home; DIY videos are produced and shared online; guests can join workshops; and local community members are invited to learn and share traditional knowledge

“We are delighted to launch Earth Lab, said Bernhard Bohnenberger, president of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. “Each facility represents the seriousness we place on sustainability and the importance of working locally and with nearby communities to tread lightly on the environment and respect Mother Nature.


Meet High Priestess Ibu Jero at Anantara Uluwatu Bali

ANANTARA ULUWATU BALI RESORT provides a prime location for rebalancing your body and mind and is introducing a new series of unique healing packages, led by renowned native High Priestess, Ibu Jero.

Ibu Jero is a native Balinese healer offering traditional therapies combined with the wisdom of both Asian and Western ideology. Fifth in a long line of Balinese healers, she brings the extensive knowledge and experience of her ancestors to bear on her enlightening work

. She offers a channel between the spiritual and our physical selves, and her power is rare, being one of only a few High Priestesses in Bali. To maintain this title she, in part, lives in devotion of Bali’s spiritual traditions, visits all major temples, and even makes up to 50 offerings every day.

Following a life-threatening experience Ibu Jero devoted herself to spirituality.

“I understand that Eastern and Western modalities are complementary; where the East is spiritually aware, the West is physically advanced,” said the high priestess.

“The human being is a complex system of mind, emotions, spirit, body and soul. When we want true healing and liberation to occur, we need to go deeply into each level.” Ibu Jero’s ability to act as a channel for healing energies to flow thru is greatly influenced from her ancestors.

Her years of training cover traditional restorative treatments, massage, aromatherapy, natural medicine, traditional herbs and chakra balancing.

Discover deep meditation practices and enhance your energy through special therapies with Ibu Jero. Learn to set intentions that improve your life and well-being. Listen to your inner voice and achieve balance with the help of the enchanting High Priestess.

A seven-hour spiritual journey is offered for guests who seek a deeply immersive experience. Travel to the extremely sacred Tirta Sudamala Temple in Bangli where a holy spring has provided cleansing for hundreds of years.

Pilgrims bathe in blessed water where they connect to the earth and undergo holistic cleansing.

Ibu Jero guides participants through the temple processes and then performs a seven stage chakra cleansing and purification to clear life blocks from the past and present.

Step into the revered pool to wash away that which no longer serves you. Transport, lunch, and temple offerings are all included in the US450 package for two persons.

Guests can choose a 60-minute Balinese Reiki Session to cleanse and align their chakras, a powerful and restorative therapy. Or, try an Energy Cleansing Session if there is the need to release negative energies that are restricting their path in life. Both therapies are offered at US 165 per person.

Couples can declare their love with a Sunset Couple Blessing and Healing Ritual, which involves a past life and chakra cleanse, allowing you to move forward together afresh.

Next, she’ll align your chakra energies and let any negativity slip away, offering peace and setting intention for a harmonious relationship. A calming water blessing purification follows before a traditional Balinese offering.

Ideal for engagements, pre-wedding vows or anniversary celebrations, the ritual lasts 90-minutes and is priced at US300 per couple.

The Group Melukat Ceremony comprises a water blessing, often compared to a ‘holy’ shower. Together, the group chant mantras and set good intentions for the future amidst water, incense and flowers.

Only High Priests or Priestesses can offer this therapy and Ibu Jero is famous for it, bringing holistic balance to participants. This 2-hour purification ceremony is priced at USD 600 for up to five people.

Ibu Jero’s healing therapies can be booked through Anantara Spa. For reservations and more information, please call + 62 (361) 8957555 Ext.6900 or email spa.uluwatu@anantara.com.

These experiences are the perfect add-on to the Wellbeing Retreat package at Anantara Uluwatu. Rates start from US145 per couple, per night and include luxury accommodation and a personalized wellness itinerary.




Who is digging up Chinese graves and why?

GRAVEDIGGERS by Jim Carr is now on sale on Amazon. It’s available both as an ebook for $0.99 US and as a printed paperback for $11.99 US.

It can also be bought as an ebook at Barnes and Nobel, Apple iBooks, Tolino, Playster and soon on Kobo.

For further details and to order, go to www.jimcarr.info/gravediggers

Someone is digging up the graves of Chinese people. They’re looking for something. What?

Detective Denny (Dipper) DeGrace is asked to find out who, and put a stop to it, but he didn’t bargain for the murder of a Chinese fruit vendor, or threats against a celebrated Chinese fruit vendor, or a hair-raising helicopter chase at Niagara Falls or in the process he’d discover …








Anantara Siam Bangkok unveils new contemporary Thai-inspired guestrooms

DESIGNED BY Jeffrey A. Wilkes of LTW Designworks, recognized for his ability to blend cosmopolitan influences with tradition, the new interiors of its flagship Anantara Siam Bangkok’s deluxe and premier guestrooms inject a fresh sense of luxury by infusing a more contemporary esthetic, greeting guests with a subtle Thai character, in keeping with the Anantara brand.

Using elegant regional undertones, typical Asian details were eschewed with the design instead paying homage to Thai palaces that have been constructed with European influences.

Thai silk has been used as wall panels to give a simple and elegant finish, a refined reflection of Thailand, and an antique map of Bangkok in the deluxe rooms provides an interesting conversation piece.

The 307 new 42-square-metre deluxe and premier guestrooms in one king size bed or two double bed configurations can accommodate up to three adults or two adults and a child, and feature an en-suite marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub and separate glass enclosed shower.

Four room categories are available: Deluxe Room; deluxe view room; premier room; and premier view room.  The view category rooms expansive windows reveal the hotel’s tropical gardens; swimming pool; or the immaculate private golf course of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club in the heart of one of the world’s most enigmatic capital cities.

Ideal for business travellers, some of the deluxe and premier guestrooms are located on the hotel’s exclusive Kasara Floor where, at a daily fee, guests are afforded access to the Kasara Executive Lounge with all-day dining; dedicated Concierge and business services; and private meeting facilities.

The addition of a complimentary Handy smartphone in every room allows guests to keep in touch with family and friends with unlimited international calls and texts to 25 countries, and 4G and preloaded popular apps to explore Bangkok with ease.

The refurbishment of its Deluxe and Premier guestrooms completes a 470 THB million project that also saw the upgrade of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s suites and public spaces.



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.”



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