Archive - October 2014

Six Senses Adds Singing Bowl Ritual to all Spa Treatments
Soneva Kiri launching air service to Angkor Wat
Shama Sukhumvit Bangkok’s Food without Boundaries donation
SLOW LIFE Symposium 2014: Ground rules for tomorrow’s capitalism
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket offering advance purchase promotion
Finding your unique balance through Anantara’s new wellness program
Aristocratic splendour at an affordable price tag at Centara Grand Beach Hua Hin
Thai Spa & Wellness awards night trophy winners
Breeze Spas’ new honey-based treatments

Six Senses Adds Singing Bowl Ritual to all Spa Treatments


IN A HOLISTIC MOVE to give added depth to all spa treatments and optimize guests’ well-being, Six Senses Spas will incorporate a signature Singing Bowl Ritual at the beginning and conclusion of every treatment.

Using singing bowls for healing is based on the idea that a human body possesses a different resonant frequency. The body is in a healthy state when each cell and organ resonates in harmony with the whole being.  When energy flow in the body is hindered, the affected area vibrates out of tune, causing illness. The sound frequencies created by the signing bowls restore the flow of this energy and bring about a state of well-being.

The ritual begins when a skilled Six Senses Spa therapist strikes the singing bowl with a wooden wand at the guest’s crown chakra, gliding the wand around the rim of the bowl to create a soothing humming vibration within and around the body to enhance balancing and relaxation.

The therapist then moves the singing bowl in a prescribed path around the shoulders and crown chakra, over the third eye, throat and heart chakras, coming to rest on the solar plexus chakra. Softly striking the bowl three times, symbolizes unity of body, mind and spirit of past present and future.

As the vibrations travel through the body, the spa therapist moves her hands in a prayer position over the third eye, throat and heart chakras, setting an intention of bringing the guest into a state of harmony and health. This triggers a transformation of energy, making it more positive and healing.

The short ritual culminates with the respectful wai, a subtle nod to Six Senses’ rich Asian heritageThe unique singing bowl resonance also concludes the treatment, together with the wai.

Singing bowls are thought to have originated in the pre-Buddhist Tibetan Bon culture, hence they are often referred to as Tibetan Singing Bowls. Additionally, they are also historically present throughout the Himalayan regions of Nepal and India. Singing bowls can also be found in various manifestations in Japan, Korea, China and Mongolia.  Modern medicine now also recognizes sound as having immense healing benefits.

Since the earliest times, singing bowls have been crafted from an amalgam of several metals. When ‘played’ with a wooden stick the metal bowl emits a soothing sound that assists in meditation and releases mantras.

Six Senses Spas include 27 award-winning spas in 18 countries around the world. Over the next year, new spas will premiere at Six Senses resorts in Chengdu, China; Douro Valley, Portugal; Felicite Island, Seychelles and in partner locations in Muscat, Oman; Marbella, Spain; Pune, India and Mykonos, Greece


Soneva Kiri launching air service to Angkor Wat

Ankor_by_Cat_Vinton_1001 SONEVA KIRI is launching a twice-weekly flight by private plane to Siem Reap in Cambodia, home to the captivating world heritage site of Angkor Wat. The service will begin November 16, 2014.   The new service comprises flights to Siem Reap and back every Sunday and Wednesday with brief stops on the ground at Trat airport to clear Thai customs and immigration. Average flight time is 50 to 60 minutes.

“This adds an enticing new dimension to holidays at Soneva Kiri,”says Graham Grant, Soneva Kiri’s newly appointed general manager, who expects the new service and fast-tracked customs escort will prove popular with guests. It is also our aim to attract customers, who are doing their ‘Cultural Grand Indo China Tour’, too – the ‘trip of a lifetime’ types who are doing Luang Prabang, Angkor Wat, and perhaps onto Vietnam or Burma.

“This way, they can treat themselves to a few days after their grand tour or come to Soneva Kiri beforehand to revitalize energy levels before embarking on the full immersions of amazing antiquities and temple ruins.

Ankor_Wat_detail2_by_Cat_Vinton1001“We fly much lower (10-12,000 feet) than commercial flights – so the views are dramatic. The journey carries you across an endless, infinitely detailed carpet of jungle, giving passengers a rare glimpse of the lush beauty in anticipation of the famous landmark temples like Bayon, Tha Phrom and Angkor Wat.

“This really is the sort of trip where the destination is the journey. And the journey just became an infinitely more pleasurable experience with attentive personal service for which the Soneva brand is renowned.”

The price is $650 plus taxes for adults and children over 12 and $325 plus taxes for children under 12s – with an opening offer until Dec. 20 of $450 plus taxes per head. A private charter for up to eight people is also possible.

To make a booking enquiry, call reservations team on +66 (0) 3961 9800 and +66 (0) 82 208 8888 or email

A couple things worth noting:

Cambodian law states that all visitors must spend at least one night in Cambodia – so day return trips are not possible; because the service operates as a charter flight, Airport authority approvals are required in advance, with the result that bookings must be therefore confirmed 30 days in advance or the flight will be removed from sale; Thai visas are not available at Trat airport so need to be secured in advance; flight schedules have limited availability and seats are confirmed on a first-come/first-served basis.



Shama Sukhumvit Bangkok’s Food without Boundaries donation

Shama Sukhumvit Bangkok -Food Without Boundaries

 SUKAMAL MONDAL, general manager of Shama Sukhumvit Bangkok, along with other staff representatives, recently donated rice and food collected by the Shama Sukhumvit under the  Food Without Boundaries Program to Sister Joan Evans, a leader of the Milk Run and Family Food projects in the Klong Toey Community.

Established in July 2013, the Food without Boundaries Program is a CSR initiative created by Shama Sukhumvit Bangkok focused on poverty alleviation.

The program is based on a food bank concept, where Shama acts as a food collector, accepting donations of nonperishable food items such as powdered milk, rice and canned sardines from guests and team members.

These items are then given to Sister Joan Evan’s Milk Run and Family Food projects that help poor families in the Klong Toey communities. The programs ensure that the majority of children and elderly receive all the basic meals and care they need.



SLOW LIFE Symposium 2014: Ground rules for tomorrow’s capitalism

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THE 2014 SLOW LIFE SYMPOSIUM at Soneva Fushi will explore and scale initiatives like “Natural Capital” and “Social Capital” to shape the ground rules for tomorrow’s capitalism. N

ow in its fifth year, the conference brings together a group of 30 eminent representatives from the global world of business, science, travel and education for a four day symposium (Nov. 13-16) and promises to provide an environment for collaboration with some of the world’s most influential minds.

Johan Rockström, executive director, Stockholm Resilience Centre, organized by the SLOW LIFE Foundation and backed by the Soneva Group, the symposium’s express aim is to forge new partnerships and collaborations for the year ahead.

The event acts as a hub where business leaders, scientists, NGOs, academics and policy makers discuss key issues. This year these issues will include food, farming, fishing, the health of the oceans and the role of finance and philanthropy in scaling solutions globally.

During the event, attendees will look to explore the following questions:

How can financial and economic systems place our world on a more sustainable footing?

How do we balance the often-competing needs of different stakeholders when it comes to land use?

How can innovation in governance and investment improve and cement our oceans’ long-term health?

How can we promote sustainable fisheries and reef restoration in the Maldives?

How can we increase the proportion of philanthropic funds dedicated to environmental causes?

For the second time, the event will be chaired by Jonathon Porritt, founder/director of Forum for the Future, and an original pioneer of sustainable business, who said: “This unique event brings together an extraordinary group of people who believe in the necessity of action, and it’s an absolute privilege to have been asked to be host again this year, particularly as last year was such an inspiration. The incredible investment by the SLOW LIFE Foundation allows us maximum opportunity to have essential conversations that will, and have lead directly to positive change.”

All Symposium participants are known champions of environmental causes, he added, and each share “an unshakeable belief that when we join forces, it is possible to make a big impact on environmental problems in a shorter period of time and bring about transformational change”.

This change is tangible, he said, proven through the successful initiatives established as a direct result of past symposiums, such as WHOLE WORLD Water which takes the Soneva model of filtering and bottling drinking water on site and extends it to the whole of the hospitality industry.

With members contributing 10% of water revenues, this initiative has the potential to raise $1billion to provide safe drinking water and basic sanitation services globally.



Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket offering advance purchase promotion


DUSIT THANI LAGUNA PHUKET has launched an Advance Purchase promotion, inviting travelers to plan their Phuket holiday ahead to save – and even win.

When booking stays at least 14 days in advance at, guests can save up to 25% from now through Dec. 20, 2014. Qualifying reservations will be automatically entered into a monthly raffle draw to be held in November, December and January to win a complimentary night.

One winner will be drawn at random and winners will be notified via email as well as on the Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Facebook page.

Qualifying reservations are for stays between Oct. 1 and Dec. 20, 2014, and prizes are for the same room category as the original booking. Prizes are redeemable between March 1 and Sept.30, 2015. Other terms and conditions apply.

For more information, visit or by phone at 66 (0)76 362 999 or email


Finding your unique balance through Anantara’s new wellness program

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ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS has launched an innovative new wellness concept, called Balance.

The Balance wellness concept offers total flexibility, a variety of health, well-being and healing elements can be incorporated into a luxury Anantara holiday, along with the freedom to relax and indulge to suit your personal preferences and time.

Balance offers a wide range of different wellness elements for guests to choose from, supported by expert guidance and personalized programs. Wellness cuisine offers delicious, nutritional options. Cooking classes with interesting themes such as “food as medicine” and “healthy dietary alternatives” teach new skills to take back home.

Fitness classes help to burn off excess weight, tone the body and de-stress the mind, accompanied by energy enhancing holistic exercise. Anantara Spa treatments range from indigenous rituals and products to revered ancient traditions and advanced Western techniques.

In a mentoring approach, educational seminars create a deeper awareness of health and wellbeing, giving guests the knowledge and practical life coaching skills to implement a more balanced lifestyle into their daily routine. While a “Masters of Wellness” visiting practitioner calendar offers holistic healing therapies by trusted experts that have been hand selected by Anantara.

Drawing on these diverse wellness elements, Anantara offers Balance experiences that are tailored to each guest’s unique needs. In a private consultation with the Anantara Spa Director and/or Wellness Practitioner, personal goals and lifestyle are taken into consideration to create the ideal balanced journey, with endless possibilities.

Anantara wellness balanceBalance experiences can focus on weight loss and body toning, detoxing and anti-ageing, de-stressing or holistic healing, or simply the satisfaction of returning from holiday looking and feeling great.

You can enjoy wellness meals and drinks by day, splurge on a steak and wine dinner at night, and choose whether to sign up for a Balance cooking class so that they can incorporate healthier eating habits when they return home.

Those who are new to holistic exercise can try a yoga or tai chi class, with the option of having a tailored package of classes created for them afterwards. The flexible approach allows holidaymakers to split their vacation time, perhaps choosing one week of comprehensive wellness activities and the second free to spoil themselves.

Those in need of healing can benefit from holistic modalities to address imbalances, blockages or unhealthy patterns, with the option of trying just one session to see how they feel about it at first, or making good use of the space and time that a holiday affords by booking a series of healing sessions for maximum results.

Anantara guests can look forward to finding their own personal balance in some of the world’s most exotic destinations.  In line with Anantara’s philosophy of offering authentic indigenous experiences, a program of visiting practitioners specializing in Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM) is now available at four of Anantara’s signature properties – Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa and Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in northern Thailand, as well as Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa and Anantara Phuket Villas on the tropical island of Phuket.

TTM focuses on rebalancing each person’s natural composition of elements to prevent disease and promote health and rehabilitation through traditional Thai treatments and herbal medicines, as well as diet and exercises for the body and mind.

To find out more about Anantara’s new Balance wellness concept, contact the individual resorts via


Aristocratic splendour at an affordable price tag at Centara Grand Beach Hua Hin

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin - Railway Pool

WITHIN EASY TRAVELLING DISTANCE of Bangkok, Hua Hin is a tranquil beach resort that has long had aristocratic associations, and today’s visitors can stay in the same style by checking into Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, one of Asia’s classic grand hotels.

For any booking made before Oct. 31 for a stay any time between now and April 30, 2015, the hotel is offering a further 10% discount on the rates that are already published on its website under Centara’s Best Price Guarantee scheme.

Further information and a booking form can be found at

Initially opened as the Railway Hotel more than 90 years ago, the colonial-style property is today a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

Set directly on the sands of Hua Hin Beach, within 16 hectares of manicured gardens and within easy walking distance of the shops and other attractions of the town centre, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014 and is nominated for Asia’s Top 5 Heritage Hotels award.

For more information and reservations, call +66 032 512 2021 or e-mail to



Thai Spa & Wellness awards night trophy winners

 awards night winners

THE TWO MOST HOTLY-CONTESTED trophies at this year’s Thai Spa and Well-Being Awards Night – for the top spa product and the most amazing spa  — were won by Skin Ritual Collection – Face Care (I plus Q); and Panviman Spa, Panvinan Resortm Koh Phangan.

Twenty-one trophies were presented at the black tie event, held at IMPACT Forum, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok. The event attracted 110 award nominees.

The awards covered four categories – exhibition, industry, people’s choice and Hall of Fame.

Award for the Best Booth Design went to I plus Q and Sranrom.

In the industry category, trophies were awarded for the following:

awards night ceremonyInnovative Spa or Wellness Cuisine: St. Carlos Medical Spa, Bangkok; Innovative Spa Treatment: Flower Power Collection, In Balance Spa, Novotel Phuket Vintage Park; Innovative Spa Menu: So SPA, Sofitel So Bangkok;Green Spa: Paradee Spa, Koh Samed; Creative Spa Design: S Sense Spa, Ekamai, Bangkok;Natural Product: I plus Q; Organic Product: Secret Elements ( I plus Q); Spa Product: Skin Ritual Collection – Face Care (I plus Q); and Spa Educator: DTC Spa, DusitThani College, Bangkok.

In the people’s category, trophies went to New Spa: Let’s Relax, Mandarin Hotel, Samyan; Traditional Thai Experience: Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand @ Central Plaza Ladprao; Amazing Day Spa: Let’s Relax Terminal 21, Bangkok; Amazing Hotel Spa: Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand @ CentralWorld, Bangkok; Amazing Resort Spa: Panviman Spa, Panviman Resort, Koh Phangan; Amazing Medical or Wellness Spa: RarinJinda Wellness Spa, Chiang Mai; Amazing Destination Spa: RarinJinda Wellness Spa, Chiang Mai; Innovative Marketing Campaign: Let’s Relax Android App, Siam Wellness Group; and Amazing Value For Money Spa: Let’s Relax Spa, Terminal 21, Bangkok.

The directors of the Thai Spa Association inducted Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong, deputy director general of the Department of Health Service Support, Ministry of Public Health into the Hall of Fame. Dr. Tares is widely recognized for his significant contribution to the Thai Spa Industry over many years

The awardsnight was organized by the Thai Spa Association in conjunction with Department of International Trade Promotion and the Thai Ministry of Commerce, and supported by the Department of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism & Sports; the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Department of Health Service Support, Ministry of Public Health, along with Grand Opera Thailand and Wongnai Beauty App.

For more awards information, visit 


Breeze Spas’ new honey-based treatments

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BREEZE SPAS are introducing two new treatments – an Almond Honey Body Scrub and an Oat Honey Cookie Body Mask – made from organic honey at its spas in Thailand.

The organic raw honey is harvested from Plan BEE, a part of the group’s CSR project to help preserve local biodiversity. Introduced in 2013, ‘Plan BEE’ established a rural bee farming project in the province of Krabi, where the local of community in Baan Kao Kram was provided with specialized training from an experienced beekeeper and the start-up tools for the keeping of the Asian Honeybee which is under threat of extinction.

Plan BEE is set in the lush natural forest of the region. The bees promote local biodiversity while providing the local community with an additional source of income.

With notes from the nectars of Krabi’s natural wild flowers, these invigorating spa treatments offer “a perfect guilt-free delight” to help restore the skin after a long summer.

With a special three months promotion across all Breeze Spas, guests booking any 90-minute massages will enjoy a selection of one of the treatments from the honey collection. The offer is valid from now until Nov. 30, 2014. For more information or reservations, visit,




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