Archive - October 2013

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Six Senses Spa in Bangkok introduces health-benefiting lighting system
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Centara opens three new restaurants in Bangkok
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Two SALA Resorts in line for awards
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Three named to Thai Spa Association’s Hall of Fame
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DJ Angelo at VIE Hotel Bangkok Oct. 23
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Centara’s new 5-star hotel at Pattaya welcomes Royal Thai Navy Chief as first guest
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Centara’s new 5-star hotel due to open in Pattaya’s ‘Beverly Hills’ Oct. 15
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Celebrating Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival in Phuket
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Speakers for 2013 SLOW LIFE Symposium
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Official opening of Centara Watergate Pavilion Bangkok Oct. 14

Six Senses Spa in Bangkok introduces health-benefiting lighting system

Six Senses Nap_room

SIX SENSES SPA at the Pacific City Club, Bangkok is the official launch setting of Definitely Digital Good Night light and Awake & Alert light. Visitors will be invited to experience the Good Night light in the nap room of the spa, where the benefits can be felt in only 15 minutes.

Six Senses is the first spa and hospitality company to feature this new lighting technology. Awake & Alert bulbs will be installed in all Six Senses gyms and exercise rooms. It is currently in a global rollout through their 26 Six Senses Spas and nine operating resorts.

The hosts of Six Senses will also benefit from the comfort and well being offered by the technology as the bulbs are implemented in offices and host areas of Six Senses resorts and spas.

LED lighting has always been among the best for energy efficiency and extended life time but scientists at Lighting Science are now able to use the unique physics of LED lighting to eliminate wave lengths of light proven by medical research to be bad for our health but present in almost every other source of electric lighting.

Six Senses is spearheading the worldwide implementation of this unique technology to enhance the comfort of its guests.

The breakthrough innovative LED biologically-corrected Definity Digital Good Night lighting solution by Lighting Science, one of the largest LED manufacturers in the world, works with the body’s natural melatonin through a proprietary technology that emits less ‘blue’ light than other light sources. The result is a better night’s sleep and enhanced relaxation for guests.

The Good Night light bulb uses technology developed for the NASA and the International Space Station to enable astronauts to naturally manage their circadian rhythms rather than depending on chemical sleep aids.

Utilizing similar patented technology , Lighting Science has also developed a companion light called the Definity Digital Awake & Alert light bulb. It enhances the body’s natural alertness, and is appropriate for everyday use in the morning and for Seasonal Effective Disorder (SAD) and Delayed Sleep Phase Order (DSPD).

Six Senses is also the launch platform for Lighting Science, another portfolio company of Pegasus Capital Advisors, LP, a private equity firm committed to sustainability and wellness.

Centara opens three new restaurants in Bangkok

Centra Central Station Bangkok – Chyna

THREE NEW DINING VENUES have been opened by Centara Hotels & Resorts at two of the company’s newly opened properties in Bangkok.

CHYNA is located at Centra Central Station Hotel Bangkok, near Hua Lamphong mainline railway terminus, and has spectacular views over Chinatown and the city.

The restaurant has a capacity of 150 guests, and there are two private dining rooms and two outside balconies. It offers authentic Cantonese cuisine served in a contemporary fashion, with an extensive list of creative desserts, and a Tea Bar with an array of Chinese teas.

Signature dishes include salt and pepper deep-fried snow fish, deep-fried chicken Hong Kong-style with mixed fruit salad, and steamed young coconut milk with bird nest. Opening hours for CHYNA are 11.00-14.30 and 18.00-22.30. Reservations can be made at 66 2 344 1699 or csb@chr.co.th.

Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok is located in the centre of the city’s fashion and garment district, Pratunam, and has two new outlets.

CHILI HIP is a Thai restaurant offering authentic Thai cuisine and selected Asian specialties, served in a contemporary manner. It is located at an open air space on the 20th floor of the hotel. It can seat 62, and there is a private and air-conditioned dining room able to seat six guests and offering personal service.

Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok - Chili Hip CorridorSignature dishes include tiger prawns with spicy pork, and The Chili Domes, while signature drinks include Red Chill and Tom Khar Martini. Opening hours for CHILI HIP are 17.00-23.00 and reservations can be made at 02 625 1234 or cwb@chr.co.th.

Also at Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel is WALK, a rooftop open-air sky lounge on the 21st floor offering outstanding views of the city. LED lighting accentuates the roof space, including a bar serving all manner of drinks, and there is a DJ station with music each night.

Snacks and light meals are served from CHILI HIP, directly below, with signature dishes including chunky ratatouille tarts, and a Thai version of fish & chips. Signature drinks include Spicy Kraffelime, and Tom Yam on the Rocks.

Wines and champagnes can be served by the glass, and there are creative and ever-changing nightly themed offerings and events designed to create a party atmosphere high above the city streets. Capacity of WALK is 74 guests, and opening hours are 17.00 – 01.00 hrs. Contact details for reservations are 02 625 1234 or cwb@chr.co.th.

Two SALA Resorts in line for awards

 Sala Phuket

SALA PHUKET RESORT AND SPA has been included in Smart Travel Asia’s Best in Travel Poll 2013, ranking 14th in this year’s TOP 25 Leisure Hotels and Resorts.

The SmartTravelAsia.com 2013 BEST IN TRAVEL POLL, now in its ninth year, is a distillation of readers’ perceptions and favorite travel brands. Their vote is based on substantial hands-on travel experience. Smart Travel Asia is the region’s only dedicated online travel magazine with over one million readers worldwide. These are frequent travelers in the know. Smart Travel Asia offers review-based editorials written by seasoned journalists to help people make intelligent choices.

SALA Lanna Chiang Mai has been nominated in the 2013 Chiang Mai Design Awards.

The Annual Chiang Mai Design Awards (CDA) by the Chiang Mai Creative City Committee is an initiative that aims to promote innovation and creativity across a range of design categories.
Quality of design is crucial not only to Chiang Mai’s handicraft industries – decorative items, food products, and spa/healthcare products, but also to retailers and the environment. The CDA exists to recognize, celebrate and promote creativity in a fresh and interesting way.

SALA Lanna Chiang Mai is one of five finalists in the Architecture and Interior category. Winners will be announced at an awards presentation in October 2013.

In other SALA news, SALA Salakhaoyai is offering a 20% discount on its Deluxe Rooms and 30% on its Pool Villas – Sunday to Friday – for bookings received 21 days in advanceforstays from Nov. 1 to Dec. 23, 2013.

SALA Rattanakosin in Bangkok is offering a 40% discount on the second night for stays of two consecutive nights – Monday to Thursday – during October.

Three named to Thai Spa Association’s Hall of Fame

SPA Winners 2013-2 (2)

THREE KEY PLAYERS in the Thai spa industry were named to the Thai Spa Association’s Hall of Fame for their “outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the Thai spa industry”.

They are: Andrew Jacka, president of the Thai Spa Association; Boonchu Rojanastien, founder, Chiva-Som International Health Resort; and Kamthorn Tungrongchits, founder, Watpro Thai Traditional Medical School.

The awards were presented at the Thai Spa and Well-Being Awards gala dinner in Bangkok by the Thai Spa Association in co-operation with the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Ministry of Commerce.

The awards seek to promote the continuous development of the industry into the world market. Industry Awards, chosen by spa operators, were awarded in the following categories:

Innovative spa treatmentSo Spa at Sofitel So Bangkok; Creative spa design – So Spa at Sofitel So Bangkok; Natural productI plus Q; Organic product – Panpuri Organic Spa; Spa product – Kerstin Florin, The Spa, The Spa: Le Meridien Chiang Mai; and Spa educator – Arom: D Academic Spa, Bangkok.

Peoples Choice Awards, chosen by consumers, were awarded in the following categories:

Traditional Thai experience – Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand @ CentralWorld; Amazing day spaLet’s Relax, Sukhumvit 39, Bangkok; Amazing hotel spa – Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand Mirage Beach resort, Pattaya; Amazing resort spa Le Spa, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, Phuket; Amazing medical or wellness spa – RarinJinda Wellness Spa, Chinag Mai; and Amazing value for money spa — Angsana Spa, Laguna Phuket.

DJ Angelo at VIE Hotel Bangkok Oct. 23

DJ Angelo 1

ACCLAIMED DJ ANGELO works his party magic at Bangkok‘s fashion-forward VIE Bar at VIE Hotel Bangkok on Wednesday night, Oct. 23, starting at 11 p.m. onwards.

Burmese born and raised in England, DJ Angelo has over 10 years’ experience hitting the sweet spot of dance floors and house parties. He is currently very popular in both the U.S. and continental Europe, especially Germany.

His widely praised talents and showmanship have seen him featured on BBC Radio broadcasts and sharing stages alongside such other DJ celebrities as Pete Tong, DJ Craze, The Freestylers, A.Skillz, The Scratch Perverts and others. His ability to cater to wide audiences attracted the attention of a number of global brands as well, including Red Bull, Smirnoff, and Nokia who have all had their parties enhanced with his performances.

Entrance ticket with party pack including one bottle of Singha beer or Carlsberg beer, at only 500 BHT per person, plus a special promotion – buy three bottles of Singha beer or Carlsberg beer and get one free at 600 BHT.

VIE Bar is Bangkok’s fashion–forward bar bringing ‘haute couture’ to the city, a hangout where supermodels, celebrities and the fashion–industry elite are always welcome. With chill out tunes setting the vibe from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and profiled DJs spinning nightly from 10 p.m. – 1 am, VIE Bar is becoming one of the most popular music clubs among hip socialites.

For reservations and information, call 66 (0) 2309 3939 or email info@viehotelbangkok.com

Centara’s new 5-star hotel at Pattaya welcomes Royal Thai Navy Chief as first guest

Admiral welcomed to Pattaya

CENTARA GRAND PHRATAMNAK PATTAYA welcomed its first guests, Admiral Taweewuth Pongsapipatt, chief of staff of the Royal Thai Navy and his wife, Capt. Dr. Woranart Pongsapipatt. The couple was welcomed by the resort’s general manager, Dominique Ronge and members of his management team.

Left to right: Wassana Pokthang, executive assistant manager; Dominique Ronge, general manager of Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya; Admiral Taweewuth Pongsapipatt; Capt. Dr. Woranart Pongsapipatt; Kanokros Sakdanares, corporate director of marketing communications of Centara Hotels & Resorts; and Chananchida Wongsa-ard, sales and public relations manager of Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya.

Centara’s new 5-star hotel due to open in Pattaya’s ‘Beverly Hills’ Oct. 15

Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya – Lobby

CENTARA GRAND PHRATAMNAK RESORT PATTAYA, set in the exclusive residential district of Phratamnak Hill, the “Beverly Hills” of Pattaya, will soft-open on Oct. 15, with online advance bookings now available through the Centara website, offering the guaranteed best rates available on the Internet.

The hotel is situated just a few steps away from the beach.

The five-star hotel has a dramatic interior design that features two large aquariums in the lobby stocked with exotic marine species, a lighting system that extends the marine concept throughout the ground floor, jellyfish chandeliers, luxury furniture from Italian designer Fendi, and a jellyfish tank at Ruffino Restaurant & Lounge.

“We are very proud to be opening another five-star property in Pattaya, and in such a beautiful location,” says Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts.“The unique design of the hotel will, we are sure, become an important factor in its success, as there is nothing at all like this anywhere else in the city.”

Along with the creative design the hotel will be offering a range of restaurants, starting with its signature Ruffino Restaurant & Lounge, located on the rooftop and serving a wide selection of Ruffino Italian wines along with a choice of world wines, and specializing in Italian coastal cuisine.

Information on the hotel and a booking form can be found at http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/special_offers/

“Travellers booking their own accommodation via our website will enjoy the best prices and introductory rates to stay at this beautiful new property, as it comes under our Best Rate Guarantee program,” says Chris Bailey, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Centara Hotels & Resorts.

The Best Rate Guarantee program, identified on the website with the BRG logo, ensures that anyone booking accommodation in Centara properties in Thailand or overseas is guaranteed the best rates for Centara on the Internet. If any evidence can be found of cheaper rates, the guest is reimbursed the difference.

For more information and reservations, call 662 101 1234 ext 1 or e-mail reservations@chr.co.th

Celebrating Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival in Phuket

SALA  Phuket vegetarian festival

THEY GO ALL OUT in Phuket to celebrate Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival, which this year runs from Oct. 5-13.

The festival is popular throughout Thailand, especially in areas with large populations of Chinese immigrants, such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket.

During the festival, Thai people practise “jay”. The word comes from Chinese Mahayana Buddhism. It means observing the eight precepts, which includes avoiding and abstaining from any animal meat, to keep their bodies clean and their eating utensils clean, and making sure they do not share utensils with people who do not observe the festival. They must wear white clothing whenever possible, inflict no harm on animals, and be mindful of their thoughts and actions. Devotees also abstain from sex and alcohol during the festival.

In celebration of The Vegetarian Festival, several of the SALA Hospitality Group properties will be offering a vegetarian highlight option to their menus.
In Phuket, celebrations are offered constantly between the many Chinese temples populated throughout the island, along with daily street processions between the temples and local communities. Fireworks, drums, market stalls and an exuberance of color and decoration are almost impossible to avoid during this period.

One of the most astonishing aspects of the Phuket festival is the extreme lengths devotees go to – piercing themselves with any variety of objects from knives and skewers to flowers and children’s toys while in a trance-like state. Be forewarned, this is a visual not for the feint hearted.

SALA Phuket will be providing a special seven course vegetarian set menu for 1,600 BHT per couple during this period, featuring vegetarian fare, such as: exploding quinoa served on green mango muddled with chilies, peanuts, coriander, mint and a lime palm sugar dressing.

View the full menu here. For bookings call 076 33 8888 or email fbphuket@salaphuket.com.

SALA Rattanakosin in Bangkok also offers a special vegetarian menu throughout the festival. The menu comprises nine new dishes (four appetizers and five mains) including Tod Man Khao Pod – Deep fried sweet corn fritters served with plum dipping sauce, Laab Hed – Sauteed Asian mushrooms tossed with mint leaf, toasted rice and chili and lime dressing, served with long beans and green cabbage.

Mee Sua –the traditional Chinese wheat noodle is often prepared for important festivities. Mee Sua (or Misua) is symbolic of long life and is popular throughout South East Asia.

SALA Khaoyai will be serving a special variation of Mee Sua throughout October in celebration on the Vegetarian Festival in addition to several other special menu items.

For further information and reservations, email stay@salakhaoyai.com

Official opening of Centara Watergate Pavilion Bangkok Oct. 14

Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok - Deluxe King Room

CENTARA WATERGATE PAVILION HOTEL BANGKOK will mark its official opening on Oct. 14, featuring its two trendy rooftop venues — Chili Hip and Walk – outlets that will add two new dining and entertainment venues to the Pratunam fashion and shopping district.

The newly built hotel, which comes under the core brand portfolio of Centara Hotels & Resorts, is integral to the Watergate Pavillion Fashion Mall.

“We have had an enthusiastic response from our guests and visitors during the soft opening period, and now we are delighted to be opening fully with a great range of facilities and restaurant outlets in this very busy and trendy part of Bangkok,” says Wim NM Fagel, general manager.

The hotel has 281 rooms and suites and is designed for both business and leisure travellers.

“Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel is in one of the best locations in the city, being perfectly sited for both business and consumer visitors to the Pratunam fashion and garments district, and for those visiting the Rajaprasong shopping district,” says Chris Bailey, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Centara Hotels & Resorts.

Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok - 20th Floor Walk“We believe it will be popular amongst visitors who require a four-star hotel in this neighborhood, just five minutes’ walk from the Airport Rail Link. And our two new venues, Chili Hip on the 20th floor and Walk, our rooftop open-air sky lounge on the 21st floor, will we believe add very much to the trendy local entertainment scene and become major attractions in their own right.”

Chili Hip is a Thai restaurant offers authentic Thai cuisine and selected Asian specialties, served in a contemporary manner with a casual, fun ambience. The restaurant, which includes a private room, is an evening-only venue. One floor above, on the rooftop level with spectacular city views, Walk is a great place to enjoy drinks before or after dinner, or to party, as it opens at 5 p.m. and goes through to 1 a.m. The bar serves a selection of signature drinks along with wines and champagnes by the glass, there is a DJ station with music each night, and snacks and light meals are served from Chili Hip.

Cense by Spa Cenvaree provides spa services that will be welcomed by the tired shopper, there is a fitness centre, and Moom Sabai is an outdoor relaxation area on the 9th floor that provides comfortable sun loungers.

Centara Watergate Pavilion Hotel Bangkok is designed for functions and has two meeting rooms of 90 square metres each, supported by fully adaptable conference and presentation equipment such as video teleconferencing, LCD projectors and screens together with wireless internet access, complemented by a professional secretarial service.

For more information and reservations, 662 625 1234 ext. 4407 or e-mail cwb@chr.co.th

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