Archive - September 2014

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Centara adds two new hotels in Pattaya
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Centara wins 5 Top Asia awards in SmartTravelAsia 2014 poll
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TripAdvisor Family Award won by 3 Centara resorts
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New X2 HAT YAI hotel planned for 2016/2017
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Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya adds Monsoon Island
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King Power wins 2014 King’s Cup Elephant Tournament
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VIE Hotel Bangkok Awarded 2014 Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence
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Swedish Chef Magnus Nilsson at Six Senses Yoi Noi in October
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Centara joins Fin Free Thailand campaign to abolish shark fin menus
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50% discount for set lunch at La VIE Bangkok in September

Centara adds two new hotels in Pattaya

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CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS will open two hotels in Pattaya during the fourth quarter of 2014, bringing the company’s total number of properties, either in operation or under construction in the resort city, to eight.

Centara Avenue Hotel Pattaya is part of the company’s core four-star Hotels & Resorts brand, while Centra Avenue Hotel Pattaya will be part of the three-star value Centra brand. Both properties are located within the same development in Central Pattaya, close to The Avenue shopping mall, and will share management and facilities.

Centara is operating both under a management contract with owner the Tulip Group.

A further phase of Tulip’s project includes apartments, which are planned to be operated under the Centara Avenue Residence & Suites brand.

Centara Avenue Hotel will have 96 guestrooms, while Centra Avenue Hotel will have 51 rooms.

“Pattaya is a destination of great importance and potential to us, and we are delighted to announce the opening of two new hotels in the central district of the city,” says Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

We are also very proud of the fact that this new development sees the introduction of our value Centra brand to Pattaya. ”

Centara Avenue Hotel Pattaya is Centara’s second four-star property in Pattaya, with the other hotel, Centara Hotel Pattaya, also located in the central district.

Centara Avenue Hotel Pattaya - Deluxe RoomThe Nova Hotel & Spa Pattaya, Centara Boutique Collection property is also set in Central Pattaya, while the other four hotels are all in the five-star Grand portfolio, and are strategically located across the city, in Naklua, North Pattaya, Phratamnak Hill, and Jomtien. All of the hotels are in operation except for the Centara Grand property at Jomtien, which is under construction.

“The two new hotels give us a great strategic advantage in Pattaya, extending our very popular four-star range and adding to this our high-quality three-star value range,” says Chris Bailey, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Centara Hotels & Resorts.

“We now have a broad spectrum of the large and diverse Pattaya market covered, along with a very wide geographical spread.”

A medium-rise hotel set around an extensive freeform pool with waterslide and sun loungers, Centara Avenue Hotel will feature flexibility in room settings that includes the choice of a king-size bed or two double beds.

Avenue Bistro will serve buffets and a la carte, there will be a coffee and bakery shop, and a fully equipped fitness centre.

Centra Avenue Hotel Pattaya will be set in an eight-storey wing of the complex and have its own pool with Jacuzzi and a fitness centre at rooftop level. Its guestrooms will feature two double beds, for maximum flexibility in accommodation.

Synagogue Restaurant will be located on the second floor, and the hotel will have its own bar.
Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 47 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in Thailand.

For more information and reservations, call +662 101 1234 ext 1 or e-mail to reservations@chr.co.th or website www.centarahotelsresorts.com

 

Centara wins 5 Top Asia awards in SmartTravelAsia 2014 poll

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THAILAND’S CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS has won five awards in the SmartTravelAsia Best in Travel Poll 2014, conducted by the region’s leading dedicated online magazine for frequent flyers.

The open poll ran for three months May-July and is based on findings from travellers who undertake at least 12 air trips each year.

Vijay Verghese, editor of SmartTravelAsia, presented the awards to the Centara executive team during a ceremony at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.

“The awards are based on direct feedback from frequent travellers from around the world, and we are delighted to have received such a strong endorsement from our guests,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO, Centara Hotels & Resorts.

“With the awards covering the business, conference, leisure and spa categories, representing a broad customer base, we are proud to see our reputation enhanced as Thailand’s leading hospitality brand.”

Centara had also won multiple awards in the 2013, 2012 and 2011 SmartTravelAsia poll, which is now in its 10th year.

Centara Grand at CentralWorld was named in the 2014 awards as being amongst the top 25 business hotels and the top 25 conference hotels in Asia.

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, was named as one of the top 25 spa resorts in Asia.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui was awarded as one of the region’s top 25 leisure hotels and top 25 spa resorts.

 

 

TripAdvisor Family Award won by 3 Centara resorts

Trip Advisor award Karon Beach pix THREE RESORT HOTELS operated by Centara Hotels & Resorts have won the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2014 Family Award.

The resorts are Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, and Centara Karon Resort Phuket. The awards are based on reviews written by guests on the TripAdvisor website.

“Providing an environment where a family can enjoy time together staying in rooms and suites designed for their convenience, and with a host of complimentary activities, is central to our over-all policy, and we are delighted that these three resorts have gained such outstanding recognition from our guests,” says Chris Bailey, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Centara Hotels & Resorts.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya is Thailand’s first theme hotel, built to a Lost World theme and featuring a jungled water park with pools, waterfalls, water slides, a lazy river, and direct access to the beach.

In addition to its water sports, beach games and activities such as a rock climbing wall, tennis and table tennis, Centara Grand Mirage has recently added a full program of family-oriented activities that include aqua aerobics, dance aerobics  pool games, Pilates, water polo, breakdancing, crossfit training, power pumping, zoomba dancing, a mini disco, a family fun contest and bingo, and has theme nights including Cowboy Night, Dance Game Night, Quiz Night and Family Disco Night.

Also designed around a water park and with direct beach access, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket has a broad range of family activities, including kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and snorkelling.

Centara Karon Resort Phuket has four different residential zones, ensuring that families have suitable accommodation, and features three swimming pools with waterfalls and waterslides along with floodlit tennis courts.

All three resorts offer the option of king bed or two double beds, for comfortable family sleeping, and a Kids’ Club that has separate zones for the young ones and the teens.

Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 47 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in Thailand.

For more information and reservations, please contact tel. +662 101 1234 ext 1 or e-mail to reservations@chr.co.th

 

 

New X2 HAT YAI hotel planned for 2016/2017

X2 Hat Tai

BHMASIA IS WORKING with an investor for the development of X2 Hat Yai Hotel which is expected to open in 2016 or 2017.

This property will be the first X2 City Hotel and is currently under construction in the city centre of Hat Yai. The hotel will offer panoramic city views from the glass-fronted rooms and the rooftop pool, bar and restaurant.

X2 Hat Yai will consist of 44 rooms in five categories; X2 Mini Suite, X2 balcony suite, X2 two-bedroom Suite, X2 duplex and the X2 penthouse. The facilities include a lobby restaurant and bar, business centre and meeting room facilities, library, gym and a rooftop pool, bar and restaurant.

X2 Hat Yai is a new interpretation of the X2 vision, adapting the successful concept into a five-star city hotel which caters to business travelers and luxury tourists.

The hotel provides guests with a level of service, privacy and convenience that has become standard at all X2 properties. X2’s business centre fits with Hat Yai as the city is the business hub of the province, with an established and growing tourism market and the third largest metropolitan area of Thailand.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya adds Monsoon Island

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya - Monsoon Island THE WATER PARK at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya now includes a Monsoon Island as well as water sprays, water gun shooters, water ratchet, water umbrella, water flower, waterspout, and a jumbo water bucket mounted on a tower.

Monsoon Island is located near to Oceans restaurant and the pool terrace, and joins the five swimming pools, 12 waterslides, the waterfalls, lazy river and the rope bridges of the jungled Lost World water park, which leads directly onto Wong Amat Beach.

The resort has also introduced an action-packed program of games and entertainment – free for guests at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort.

The program is organized and maintained by Carpe Diem Entertainment Company, the largest company in southeast Europe providing entertainment for tourists. Activities are held seven days a week. Aqua aerobics are held daily, and there are regular sessions of water basketball and water volleyball.

A family fun contest takes place at the poolside, with games everyone can join in such as ring tossing, sandals shooting and Muay Talay, or pipe wrestling.

On the beach and in the resort are activities and tournaments that include volleyball, zumba, yoga, breakdancing, kayaking, table tennis, and rock climbing on the resort’s rock wall.

There is a Kids’ Club with professional supervisors entertaining the youngsters, leaving parents to spend a little time relaxing on their own. The children also have their own Mini Disco and an Aqua Disco.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya the only fully themed hotel in Pattaya, designed around a Lost World theme, and set directly on its own beachfront at Northern Pattaya.

For more information and reservations, call. +66 038 301 234 or e-mail to cmbr@chr.co.th

 

 

King Power wins 2014 King’s Cup Elephant Tournament

Opening Parade at the 2014 King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament low res

 KING POWER DUTY FREE was crowned winner of the 13th annual King’s Cup Elephant Tournament in Bangkok, beating out Audemars Piquet in a penalty shootout in “sudden death” overtime.

Third and fourth spots were taken by teams fielded by PriceWaterhouseCooper New Zealand All blacks and The Peninsula. Sixteen teams took part is this year’s championship.

The final day’s events were president over by the King of Thailand’s royal representative, Privy Councilor Real Admiral Mom Luang Usni Pramoj.

The tournament took place at the Siam Polo Park at VR Sports Club in Bangkok, with lead sponsors Audemars Piguet, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas. It was the first time the tournament was held in Bangkok.

This year’s players included the New Zealand All Blacks’ Mark “Cowboy” Shaw, Olo Brown and Charlie Riechelmann, Thai supermodels and many leading international horse polo players.

A total of 50 street elephants took part in this year’s tournament, during which they were well fed, received essential vitamin supplements, full veterinary checks and care for the duration of the event.

The tournament was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand, raising funds for projects that better the lives of Thailand’s elephant population.

Friday night’s gala dinner at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, which played host to a gathering of top dignitaries, players, media and well known celebrities, with the night’s auction raising 4.5 million Thai Baht, taking the total raised to date by the tournament to an impressive US$900,000 (THB 28.7 million). .

The tournament was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand, raising funds for projects that better the lives of Thailand’s elephant population. Friday night’s gala dinner at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa hosted a gathering of top dignitaries, players, media and well known celebrities, with the night’s auction raising 4.5 million Thai Baht, taking the total raised to date by the tournament to an impressive US$900,000 (THB 28.7 million).

With free admission, the event has something for everyone, kicking off with a spectacular opening parade, with the opening ceremony overseen by Thailand’s last ‘elephant spirit men’ (Kru Ba Yai), traditional dancers, plus the daily trunk-to-trunk action on the pitch.

King Power receives trophy from H E  Admiral Mom Luang Usni Pramoj low res (2)The tournament wasd host to 2,000 children from schools all over Bangkok. Known as Chang Noi Day (Little Elephant Day), the children were invited to get up close with the elephants and learn more about their national animal. A range of educational walks, games and activities all teaching the benefits of elephant conservation and well-being were put on by the organizers.

Saturday was ‘Ladies Day’ or the new ‘Ascot’ of Bangkok. Women from all walks of life dressed to impress – with the best dressed winning a week’s holiday at NIYAMA in the Maldives.

The day also saw a ‘High Tea-Off’ competition with three Bangkok hotels competing to be voted the best high tea.

On pitch entertainment included Thai bands and a specially choreographed show by Tiffany Show Pattaya, Thailand’s most famous trans-gender cabaret.

The tournament attracted players and media came from all corners of the globe, including USA and Canada, New Zealand, India, Europe, the UAE, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and many local visitors from Bangkok and around Thailand.

Projects to benefit from the 2014 tournament are currently being completed, and will include an extension of the on-going Thai Elephant Therapy Project undertaken since 2009 in conjunction with Chiang Mai University Department of Occupational Therapy, with future clinics to include children with Down syndrome and other conditions.

Other significant benefits from money raised by the tournament include: building the first elephant hospital in Krabi in the southern part of Thailand; a THB 500,000 gantry to help lame elephants stand, donated to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC); 4,000 trees planted in Hua Hin to shelter elephant corridors from electric fencing in the area; funding the first educational computer application for children to teach them the importance of conservation and protection of wild elephants in Thailand; and funding Asia’s first workshop to show traditional elephant trainers and camp owners the benefits of Positive Reinforcement Training for domesticated elephants.

 

 

VIE Hotel Bangkok Awarded 2014 Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence

PIX -- VIE HOTEL BANGKOK AWARDED 2014 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

VIE HOTEL BANGKOK has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the globe and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings.  Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, as well as volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’s tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

“First of all, we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took their own time to complete a review on TripAdvisor. Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, which is based on guest reviews, brings a sense of great accomplishment for VIE Hotel Bangkok and all of the team here,” said Banthueng Talayarak, resident manager at VIE Hotel Bangkok. “The height of approval is being recognized by one’s customers and it confirms our continued commitment to excellent services and facilities.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaudexceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”

 

 

 

Swedish Chef Magnus Nilsson at Six Senses Yoi Noi in October

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SWEDISH CHEF MAGNUS NILSSON from the world famous restaurant Faviken Magasinet will be offering a once-in-lifetime dining experience” at Six Senses Yao Noi’s Dining Room.

The one and only event will take place on Friday, Oct. 31. Guests will enjoy a special multiple-course degustation dinner in the Dining Room created by the Six Senses kitchen team under the direction of Chef Magnus. The dinner is limited to 26 people.

Multiple-course degustation menu is priced at 3,000 THB per person, and the multiple-course degustation menu, including paired wine, 5,000 THB per person.

The accolades bestowed upon Chef Magnus are numerous, but perhaps the one best summarizing the culinary impact he has made comes from a quote of Rene Redzepi, chef/owner of Noma, the world’s top-rated restaurant in Copenhagen by Restaurant Magazine, in which he said: “If I had the chance to eat in one restaurant in the world right now, I would go to Faviken.”

Chef_Magnus_Nilsson_LRChef Magnus’ restaurant, situated on an 32 square miles (8,400 hectare) estate, 435 miles (700 kilometers) north of Stockholm, seats less than 20 guests and focuses on using the produce from the estate and local region. As the area is snowbound for the entire winter, Chef Magnus and his team have developed preserving techniques to provide sufficient food for guests during this period.

Guests have the opportunity to taste foods they’ll never taste anywhere else in the world as a result of these preserving and pickling techniques. At 29, Magnus has firmly established himself in a culinary world, reflected by being awarded the San Pellegrino’s No. 13 best restaurant in the world 2014,

Magnus has captured “soul of food” at its most vivid and explicit form at its natural source in the world. In summary, Faviken presents unlike any other dining experience, sustainable, wholesome, additive-free food with consummate respect for the local environment.

The sustainable and organic approach of the resort combined with Chef Magnus’ expertise will be showcased in a special dinner, where his interpretation of local produce found in the resort’s organic gardens and the surrounding area will make for a truly unique and memorable experience.

Chef Magnus, with his culinary gifts and sincere passion exemplifies Six Senses core philosophies of sustainability and respect for the environment, says Manish Puri, the resort’s general manager.

 

 

Centara joins Fin Free Thailand campaign to abolish shark fin menus

Fin Free Thailand

Rattanachai Suttidechanaivice-chairman of Pattaya City Council presided over the opening of the Fin Free Thailand campaign in top hotels in Pattaya and nearby provinces.

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS, Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, has joined the Fin Free Thailand campaign to stop the serving of shark fin dishes.

Centara hotels in Pattaya have been the first to end the serving of shark fin, with others in the group following later this year.

There are currently 47 hotels in Centara’s Thailand portfolio, with another 21 either open or under construction in other destinations in Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East and Africa.

Rattanachai Suttidechanai, vice chairman of Pattaya City Council presided over the opening of the Fin Free Thailand campaign in top hotels in Pattaya and nearby provinces, marking the inauguration in Thailand of the Fin Free campaign. Centara was among the first businesses to participate in the campaign.

Fin Free Thailand is intended to protect endangered sharks and consumers’ health, with celebrities, activists, divers, hotel and restaurant owners, chefs and students working together to encourage more businesses in Thailand to go “Fin Free”.

Fin Free is a global campaign that supports individuals to organize on a local basis and lobby against the sale and possession of shark fin in cities, provinces, states and countries worldwide.

The Fin Free Thailand campaign in backed by prominent local and international conservation groups, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Embassy to Thailand.

According to Fin Free, up 73 million sharks are killed each year to meet the demand for shark fin soup. Some species of shark, notably Bull, Dusky and Smooth Hammerheads have experienced a 99% population decline since the 1950s.

Fins are sliced off while the sharks are still alive, with the shark then being tossed back into the sea to die

50% discount for set lunch at La VIE Bangkok in September

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LA VIE SET LUNCH at VIE Hotel Bangkok is being offered at a 50% discount during the month of September. The set lunch is served every day from noon to 3 pm at La VIE – the hotgel’s Creative French Cuisine restaurant.

The three-course Set Lunch includes a variety of starters, soups and salads, its  signature Snow Fish, lamb chop and grilled selections for main course choices, and finishes with rich desserts such as dark and white chocolate millefeuille, French crème brûlée or chocolate fondant.

Also included is a choice of six special healthy “VIE Life Enhancing drinks”.

La VIE Set Lunch is priced at 739 THB per person.

For reservations and more information, call66 (0) 2309 3939 or email info@viehotelbangkok.com

 

 

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