Archive - August 2014

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Six Senses Spa returns to Evason Hua Hin
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Evason Hua Hin’s Six Senses Spa package
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Centara Grand’s Blue Sky Restaurant and Bar named one of world’s most exciting rooftop bars
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Soneva’s one week, two-island experience
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Centara’s best associates recognized at inaugural awards event
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‘Bo.lan’ – live at Six Senses Yao Noi in October
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Nominees for Thai spas and wellness awards
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Mother’s Day specials at VIE Hotel Bangkok
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Sala Ayutthaya opens Aug. 1 with special opening rate package

Six Senses Spa returns to Evason Hua Hin

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SIX SENSES SPAS IS RESPONSIBLE for spa management and operations at Evason Hua Hin, located three hours by car from Bangkok and ideally situated on the Gulf of Siam.

Six Senses Spa provides a peaceful sanctuary away from the bustle of Hua Hin, the oldest beach town, often associated with the Thai elite.  The spa has been integrated into the surrounding landscape of gardens and lotus ponds.

The natural environment has provided inspiration for the spa’s four indoor treatment rooms, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal intimate outdoor gardens.

An additional six treatment pavilions, two of which are open-air, are surrounded by ponds filled with water lilies and provide a feeling of floating on water that evokes a sense of healing and calmness.  The water theme continues through to the relaxation area, which is surrounded by reflective pools and features suspended chairs to enhance the post-treatment renewal.

The sound of flowing water is enhanced by the sounds of Himalayan singing bowls displayed around the spa reception.  There is also a retail area with a range of Six Senses products and gifts so guests can continue their wellness journey at home.

One of the design highlights is the cave room which conjures up an image of a floating island catching orange rays of the setting sun. Created by LED lights, the colour is known for its positive effects on your alertness and activity levels.

Mark Sands, area director Thailand & Vietnam of Six Senses Spas, said “The resort not only offers a stunning location but a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern city life. It gives us a chance to reconnect with nature and enjoy the wonderful treatments. Our experienced team offers a variety of treatments, ranging from the beauty touch ups, to holistic massages and results driven detox programs. We are also delighted to be offering Yogic Detox and Discover Yoga from our recent Yogic-inspired wellness programs, providing a layered approach to wellness.”

The spa offers a comprehensive menu of signature massages, facials and body treatments as well as specialist therapies and beauty to revitalize the body and calm the mind.  Guests can kick-start their wellness routine with a three-day detox program combining specialist treatments with wellness cuisine and cleansing juices, Thai herbal supplements, fitness and yoga.  Private and group classes of yoga, meditation and Tai Chi are also on offer.

Evason Hua Hin is currently undergoing an exciting refurbishment program of its 192 guest accommodations and dining outlets. All guest rooms and pool villas will feature a fresh, new look with white wash finishes. Plunge pools in all 40 pool villas will be resurfaced with turquoise blue pool tiles.  The resort’s room inventory will also include the introduction of Family Suites. The four Family Suites each feature two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, separate large living room, dining area and pantry. Dining outlets will be upgraded with new furniture, soft goods, and interior enhancements while the main infinity edge pool decking will be replaced with aged New Zealand pine. Work is expected to be completed by November 2014.

 

Evason Hua Hin’s Six Senses Spa package

Evason Hua Hin

EVASON HUA HIN is offering a two-night package from now until Dec. 23 that includes daily breakfast; a one-time time 90-minute treatment for two at its Six Senses Spa – choice of treatment of a Six Senses Signature massage, Holistic massage, Oriental Massage or Energizer Massage; and free usage of Steam and Sauna at Six Senses Spa.

Rates are based on double occupancy: From now until Oct. 31, 2004, cost of an Evason Room is 10,700 THB; Evason Studio Room, 11,800 THB; and Evason Pool Villa, 17,200.

From Nov. 1 to Dec. 23, 2004, the Evason Room is booked at 11,900; Evason Studio, 14,600 THB; and Evason Pool Villa, 21,600 THB.

For more information: email reservations-huahin@evasonresorts.com or call 66 3263 2111.

 

 

Centara Grand’s Blue Sky Restaurant and Bar named one of world’s most exciting rooftop bars

Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok - Blue Sky

BLUE SKY AT CENTARA GRAND at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok has been named one of the 15 Most Exciting Rooftop Bars In The World, in a survey by Architecture Art Design website.

Taking its place alongside other top venues in cities that include Singapore, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Mandalay, Hong Kong and New York, Blue Sky’s architectural design and its views of the city combine to make it ideal for people with an adventurous spirit, says the Architecture Art Design website.

Blue Sky, which is on the 24th  level, is an urban bistro designed as an al fresco lounge, with a cool design that uses blue as a predominant colour and a broad perspective of the city skyline. There are no tower blocks in the immediate vicinity to obscure the view.

The cuisine served combines Western and Asian tastes in an exciting menu that offers monthly promotions, and there is a long list of dazzling cocktails and wines of the world. The signature dishes include cromesquis scallops priced at Baht 450++; smoked and fresh salmon rillete priced at 250 TBH. French classic version of shepherd’s pie priced at 750 TBH; steamed snow fish priced at 980 TBH;; and griddled 200 gram Charolais French beef tenderloin priced at1,100 TBH.

Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok is located on the northern side of the city, with stations for both the BTS Skytrain and the MRT Subway adjacent to the hotel. The expressway also passes next to the hotel, making this an attractive and convenient base for anyone who has to travel in Bangkok, whether on leisure or business.

For reservation, call 02 541 1234 ext. 4603

 

 

Soneva’s one week, two-island experience

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SONEVA IS OFFERING a special package for visitors who would like to experience Soneva Kiri in Thailand and Soneva Fushi in the Maldives in the same week.

The package comes with a promise of “one of the most perfect weeks imaginable” that includes a selection of Soneva’s SLOW LIFE experiences for which Soneva has become well known.

Soneva Kiri is set amid an untamed jungle, unspoiled beaches – one hour’s flight aboard the resort’s private plane from Bangkok – and features large villas and even larger beachfront private residences, infinity pools, personal electric buggies, Cinema Paradiso, Benz restaurant in an emerald forest of mangroves, the Observatory, The Den and Treepod dining.

Soneva Fushi is described as the original desert island hideaway, offering large multi-bedroom villas within touching distance of a pristine Biosphere UNESCO Protected Coral Reef on its own atoll; cycling trails; The Den, water sports, outdoor films at Cinema Paradiso, 60 flavours of ice cream; 11 types of pillows; 500 wines; and nine ways to dine.

Cost for one week, based for two people ranges from US$15,700 from August to $US21,100 in March 2015.

For booking or further information, call 66 (0) 2 208 888 or email reservations-kiri.soneva.com.

 

 

 

 

Centara’s best associates recognized at inaugural awards event

 

Centara awards.

From the left: Wuthisak Pichayagan, Thanawathna Panyasarn, Suthikiati Chirathivat,  Voytek Klasicki, Gerd Steeb, Thirayuth Chirathivat and  Michel Horn,

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS, Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, has initiated an annual awards scheme to recognize associates who have made significant contributions to the growth and service quality of the organization.

The first Centara Awards ceremony was held on 3 July at the World Ballroom, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, and was attended by Centara’s key corporate executives and general managers from around the world.

“The Centara Awards are a matter of great personal pride to me,” said Suthikiati Chirathivat, chairman of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

“When I and my brother, Samrit, founded the company more than 30 years ago as Central Hotels & Resorts, the hotel industry very quickly became a passion.

“Since 2007, the year we rebranded to Centara Hotels & Resorts, we have been on a path of rapid strategic expansion, and this requires the very best people who can continue to evolve Centara’s core values so that we remain true to our roots.

“Our management and our associates are the most important resources of the company, as they carry forward the vision and the passion that we have had since the beginning.”

There are three awards: Manager of the Year Award, Special Contributions Award, and General Manager of the Year Award.

Wuthisak Pichayagan, executive assistant manager for food and beverage at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya was named as Manager of the Year.

Thanawathna Panyasarn, doorman at Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, was presented with the Special Contributions Award.

Voytek Klasicki, area general manager of Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives, was named as General Manager of the Year.

Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara Hotels & Resorts’ CEO, said that although these three awards went to different functions of the company, they each had several aspects in common.

“Amongst the qualities we were looking for in selecting the winners were that they are good role models, enjoy sound working relationships with colleagues and team members, and act as outstanding ambassadors for the hotel and the company among guests and in the local community,” he said.

“Our heartiest congratulations go to the three winners, because all the criteria for the awards were very exacting, and they certainly deserve the accolades.”

 

 

‘Bo.lan’ – live at Six Senses Yao Noi in October

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THE YOUNG INNOVATIVE HUSBAND AND WIFE COOKING DUO Duangporn Songvisava, known as – Khun Bo – and Dylan Jones will be coming to Six Senses Yao Noi on Oct. 4 and 5, 2014 for two gourmet events.

Thai-born Khun Bo and Australian Dylan Jones, opened their Thai restaurant Bo.lan in Bangkok several years ago in the belief that the best Thai restaurants in the world should be found in Thailand. Bo.lan became an instant success with its philosophy of respecting original Thai recipes, and sourcing ingredients of certified provenance or growing their own, as they now do. With an emphasis on local, organic and wholesome raw ingredients, combined with authentic original presentation, their restaurant has now firmly established itself as a “must dine” experience in Bangkok.

Executive Chef, Anthony Reynolds of Six Senses Yao Noi commented: “We are excited to have the privilege of sharing the talents of these two innovative young chefs with our guests as their principles have synergies with our Six Senses food philosophies.”

Saturday Oct. 4 – Cooking with Bo.lan – Under the direction of Khun Bo and Dylan and the Six Senses chefs, guests will experience a meal with a difference. Guests will cook their dinner course by course, guided by Khun Bo and Dylan at the resort open air Chefs Table. The meal will be paired with wines from Thailand’s internationally awarded wine estate GranMonte. Guests will not only taste the famous dishes from Bo.lan, but also learn how to make them. The dinner is priced at 3,300 THB per person.

Sunday October 5, 2014 – Hilltop dinner – The iconic poolside hilltop villa, a communal table sampling Khun Bo and Dylan’s favorite Thai dishes under the stars will be featured. A wide selection of wines will be offered to complement each course. The Hilltop dinner is priced at 4,000 THB per person.

 

Nominees for Thai spas and wellness awards

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VOTING IS UNDERWAY to select winners for the third annual Thailand Spa & Well-Being Awards ceremony at this year’s black tie, invitation-only awards night dinner on Sept. 19.

Since being launched in 2012, the number of nominees has been growing annually and now tops 110 for the nine People’s Choice and for the nine Industry categories.

“It has been especially rewarding to see so many new faces amongst the nominees in both industry and People’s Choice categories, but ultimately it all comes down to the total number of votes as to who will win,” said Andrew Jacka, president of the Thai Spa Association.

As in past years, the voting will be supervised by KPMG Phoomchai Audit Co. Ltd., with the results known only to them until the seal is broken and the winners announced on the awards night.

The Exhibition category will be voted on Sept. 18 by exhibitors at WSWC2014.

Npominees for the 12 Categories:

Innovative Spa or Wellness Cuisine – Chiva-Som International Health Resort Co., Ltd, Hua Hin; Orawana, Bangkok; and St. Carlos Medical Spa, Bangkok.

Innovative Spa Treament – Stellar Sanctuary, Devarana Spa, Thailand; ESPA Pre and Post-Natal Treatment, ESPA, Phulay Bay, a Ritz Carlton Reserve, Krabi; Sand Therapy, Imperial Spa – The Imperial Boat House Beach Resort, Koh Samui; Flower Power Collection, In Balance Spa, Novotel Phuket Vintage Park; Salt Therapy, Linger Longer Spa, Layana Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta; Hot Herbal Compress Massage, Maikhao Dream Spa, Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa, Phang Nga; Orawana Blissful Bliss, Orawana, Bangkok; Hydro Glow & Tone. RarinJinda Wellness Spa, Chiang Mai  ; Swasana Massage, Swasana Spa, Impiana Resort Patong, Phuket; Sparkling Foot Massage, Tea Tree Spa, Holiday Inn Pattaya; and Integrative Anti-aging Gracefully, TRIA Re-Life Villa, Bangkok.

Innovative Spa Menu –   Imperial Spa – The Imperial Boat House Beach Resort, Koh Samui; Orawana, Bangkok; Ramburi Spa, Eastin Makkasan Hotel, Bangkok; RarinJinda Wellness Spa, Chiang Mai; So Spa, Sofitel So Bangkok.

Green Spa — Chiva-Som International Health Resort Co., Ltd, Hua Hin; Le Spa, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort; Paradee Spa, Koh Samed; Prana Spa, The Tongsai Bay, Koh Samui; Six Senses Spa at Six Senses Yao Noi, Phang Nga; and Six Senses Spa at Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood.

Creative Spa Design – Away Spa, W Bangkok; Devarana Spa, Dusit Thani, Bangkok; evarana Spa, Dusit Thani, Hua Hin; Elemis Spa, The St. Regis Hotel, Bangkok; ESPA, Phulay Bay, a Ritz Carlton Reserve, Krabi; Maikhao Dream Spa, Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa, Phang Nga; Quan Spa, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa; Six Senses Spa at Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood; S Sense Spa, Ekamai, Bangkok; The Barai, Hua Hin ; andRIA Re-Life Villa, Bangkok.

Natural Product –AKA Organics (Make Scents); Botanical Collection (Devarana Spa); Derma Juize; Harnn; I Plus Q; Puri Alchem; and Yuthika.

Organic Product – AKA Organics (Make Scents); Panpuri Organic Spa; Secret Elements (IplusQ); SpaRitua;; and Voya  .

Spa Product – AKA – The Oriental Wellness (Make Scents); Algoane Paris (Make Scents); Anne Semonin; Banyan Tree Gallery Spa Products; Comfort Zone;        Erb; Hohm Skin Care; Mango Thai Delight (Breeze Spa); Panpuri; Ramburi; Skin Ritual Collection – Face Care (IplusQ); and SpaRitual.

Spa Educator (organization, company or individual) – DTC Spa, Dusit Thani College, Bangkok; Sarah Gieghase (IBS Beauty, Bangkok); and Pisarmorn Patthum (IBS Beauty, Bangkok).

People’s Choice categories:

New Spa – Let’s Relax, Mandarin Hotel, Samya; Orawan – Holistic Beauty Spa, Bangkok; and Ramburi Spa, Eastin Makkasan Hotel, Bangkok.

Traditional Thai Experience – Cheeva Spa, Chiang Mai; Maikhao Dream Spa, Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa, Phang Nga; Mandara Spa, J.W. Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa; Oriental Spa, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok; So SPA, Sofitel So Bangkok; Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand @ Central Plaza Ladprao; Wareerak Hot Spring Spa, Krabi.

Amazing Day Spa Let’s Relax Terminal 21, Bangkok; Panpuri Organic Spa, Bangkok; and Wareerak Hot Spring Spa, Krabi.

Amazing Hotel Spa – Away Spa, W Bangkok; Devarana Spa, Dusit D2, Chiang Mai; Devarana Spa, Dusit Thani, Bangkok; Elemis Spa, The St. Regis Hotel Bangkok; Mandara Spa, J.W. Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa; Oriental Spa, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok; So SPA, Sofitel So Bangkok; and Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand @ CentralWorld, Bangkok

Amazing Resort Spa – Coqoon Spa, Indigo Pearl, Phuket; Devarana Spa, Dusit Thani Hua Hin; Devarana Spa, Dusit Thani Pattaya; ESPA, Phulay Bay a Ritz Carlton Reserve, Krabi; Le Spa, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort; Maikhao Dream Spa, Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa, Phang Nga; Panviman Spa, Panviman Resort, Koh Phangan; Quan Spa, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa; Six Senses Spa at Six Senses Yao Noi, Phang Nga; Six Senses Spa at Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood; Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas, Krabi; and The Barai, Hua Hin.

Amazing Medical Spa or Wellness Spa – Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, Koh Samui; Orawana, Bangkok; RarinJinda Wellness Spa ,Chiang Mai; Six Senses Spa at Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood; and TRIA Re-Life Villa, Bangkok.

Amazing Destination Spa – RarinJinda Wellness Spa Chiang Mai; and Six Senses Spa at Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood

Innovative Marketing Campaign – Dream Mood Therapy; B2B Market Place website (www.welify.com) launch; and Let’s Relax Android App.

Amazing Value for Money Spa – Let’s Relax Spa, Terminal 21, Bangkok; Maikhao Dream Spa, Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa, Phang Nga; Panpuri Organic Spa; and Spa Cenvaree @ Nova Hotel & Spa, Pattaya.

Hall of Fame – Awarded  at the sole discretion of the board of the Thai Spa Association.

 

Mother’s Day specials at VIE Hotel Bangkok

 La VIE BKK living room

LA VIE – CREATIVE FRENCH CUISINE and YTSB – Yellow Tail Sushi Bar – at VIE Hotel Bangkok are offering special deals for Mother’s Day.

At La VIE, mothers will be treated to a welcome drink and hors d’oeuvres on Tuesday, Aug.12, from noon to 3 pm. This will be followed by a three-course French lunch, complemented with six specially created healthy drinks at a cost of 120 THB per glass.

Noon arrivals will receive a welcome drink, made with jasmine flowers, in a traditional bowl.The cocktail reception includes hors d’oeuvres such as Raclette Cheese, De Claire Oysters, Spanish Serrano Ham, and Salmon and Foie Gras Terrines with French bread. Cost – 750 THB per set per person.

Mothers will also receive a 50% discount as well as special gifts with lucky draws and prizes for every mother who attends. There is an additional charge of 550THB for free-flow wine and sparkling wine.

Prizes for mothers include (Only 1 prize per mother): Two days and one night accommodation in a Deluxe Suite with breakfast for two persons (valued at 17,000 THB) two days one one night accommodation in a Deluxe Room with breakfast for two persons (valued at 8,500 THB) and a 500 THB VIE value voucher for use at any of the hotel’s outlets.

YSTB will be serving a Japanese lunch from Aug. 8-12 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Five new Kaiseki set menus will be offered for these special days so Mom can enjoy the beautiful tradition of Kaiseki, which relies on perfect and colourful arrangements of the dishes.

The lunch is priced at 559 THB and mothers receive 50% off, plus lucky prizes, including a YTSB cash voucher valued at THB 1,000 THB for dinner OR three pieces of YTSB Signature Sushi.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sala Ayutthaya opens Aug. 1 with special opening rate package

SALA Ayur

SALA AYUTTHAYA OPENS AUG. 1 with a special Mother’s Day package that includes two nights during Mother’s Day long weekend and a complimentary afternoon tea set for two

. Ayutthaya, once considered one of the world’s greatest cities is one of Thailand’s most historical highlights. The former glory of this ancient kingdom’s capital is reflected in the many ruins and temples littered throughout the city.

The special opening rates are available from Aug.1 to Oct. 31, 2014, with rooms available for as low as 3,200 TBH per night. Contact stay@salaayutthaya.com or call 66 (0) 3524 2588 for reservations or further information.

 

 

 

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