Archive - January 2015

Michelin Star Chef Frédéric Simonin at VIE Hotel Bangkok Feb. 12-15
Dusit launches Spring Delight promotion
Sala Rattanakosin eatery and bar selected top restaurant of the year 2014
Centara’s CEO named Asia’s most Influential person in travel industry by Now Travel Asia
Minor Hotel Group announces Flagship Anantara for Thailand
Exclusive truffle events at Six Senses Yao Noi In February
Dusit International’s ASEAN Remedies spa program
Centra Avenue Hotel Pattaya opens with a promise

Michelin Star Chef Frédéric Simonin at VIE Hotel Bangkok Feb. 12-15

Crab served in cannellonis of shellfish jelly, Sevruga caviar (Signature menu)MICHELIN STAR CHEF FRÉDÉRIC SIMONIN, chef and owner of Frédéric Simonin Restaurant in Paris, will be at VIE Hotel Bangkok to produce three romantic dinners during the St. Valentine’s period from Feb. 12-15.

Chef Frederic Simonin 1The dinners will start with an apéritif – Champagne Gosset Exellent Brut, followed by an amuse-bouche of tendre gelee de citron Crème de fenouil glacer et basilica.

Then crab served in cannellonis of shellfish jelly, Sevruga caviar, paired with Château Carignan Prima Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux, France 2010; and raviolis foie gras in a grey shrimp bouillon flavoured with ginger and lemon-grass, with La Chapelle de St. Dominique IGP Pays de I’Herault, France 2007.

Main course features line-caught Saint Pierre melted daikôn, kombawa and galanga, garlic blossom flavoured with Sichuan, paired with Château Ferran Blanc, Pessac-Leognan, France 2010; and Wagyu Beef served with a consommé flavoured with lemon leaf, with Château Lalande-Borie, Saint-Julien, France 2009.

And fir dessert — Meringue crunchy, glazed mango, exotic fruit sorbet.

The dinner is priced at 7,000 THB for food only or 9,000 THB for food and selected wine pairing.

For further details and reservations, call Nuntakorn (Eddie) Chang at 086-6665525 or email:, or Pratchaya Phadungthin at 086-5550923 or email:




Dusit launches Spring Delight promotion


GUESTS BOOKING Dusit’s Best Available Rates at participating hotels and resorts for stays from Jan. 30 to March 21, 2015 will win one of three lucky prizes by picking an angpao (traditional Spring Festival red packet) at check in.

Each angpao includes one voucher for: A bottle of bubbly, or an upgrade to Suite category, or a Spring Delight gift certificate worth 888.88 THB, redeemable towards dining or spa.

It’s part of Dusit Hotels & Resorts’ latest promotion, Spring Delights.

Members of Dusit’s growing online community also stand a chance to win with the Lucky No. 8 social media campaign. From Feb.2, users on Facebook and Instagram are invited to share what springtime means to them.

The 8th, 88th and 188th persons to answer the question will win a deluxe spa set (for the 8th commenter), a gift voucher worth 1,888 THB (for the 88th commenter) and a two-night stay at the hotel or resort of their choice for the 188th commenter!

Book now to try your luck on or play to win on and


Sala Rattanakosin eatery and bar selected top restaurant of the year 2014


SALA RATTANAKOSIN EATERY AND BAR was recently selected for inclusion in the Bangkok Post’s Top Restaurants of the Year 2014.

The river front restaurant and rooftop bar has already become a Bangkok dining icon since it was opened a year ago.

Offering unsurpassed views of the Temple of Dawn and nestled within Old Bangkok and its many cultural treasures, sala rattanakosin eatery and bar is on the do list for many of the capital’s visitors and residents.

SALA Hospitality Group offers luxury boutique accommodation and is pleased to have been acknowledged by the Bangkok Post’s readers.

Bangkok Post’s continuous efforts to highlight and reward Top Restaurants of the year helps to continue reinforcing Thailand’s reputation as being a must stop destination for food lovers around the world.



Centara’s CEO named Asia’s most Influential person in travel industry by Now Travel Asia

Centara CEO wins award From the left: Chris Bailey, senior vice-president for sales and marketing, Centara Hotels & Resorts; Suparat Chirathivat, vice-president of Centara International Management, a management division of Centara Hotels & Resorts: Suthikiati Chirathivat; Thirayuth Chirathivat; Thirakiati Chirathivat, vice-president for procurement of Centara Hotels & Resorts; Supatra Chirathivat, senior vice-president for corporate affairs and social responsibilities of Centara Hotels &Resorts; and Robert Maurer-Loeffler, general manager of Centara Grand at CentralWorld.

THIRAYUTH CHIRATHIVAT, CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts, has again been recognized at Now Travel Asia Awards as Asia’s Top Influential Person in Travel Business.  The ceremony was held in Bangkok at Pathumwan Princess Hotel.

In addition to Mr Chirathivat’s award, Centara properties took the top prizes in two other important categories.

The timeless Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin won the honours as Asia’s Top Heritage Hotel, while the Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas in Phuket was recognized as Asia’s Top Beach Hotel.

Mr Chirathivat has had a long and prestigious career in the travel industry, and, as CEO of Centara, has worked to ensure that the company keeps growing and succeeding. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the hotel management business, starting in 1990 as an F&B Coordinator at the Hyatt Central Plaza in Bangkok – now the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao. He was subsequently promoted to F&B promotions manager, and then to project development manager.  Prior to being appointed CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts, Mr Chirathivat was senior vice president for project management, directly responsible for overseeing construction and renovation projects for the entire group of hotels.

He also holds a bachelor degree from Chulalongkorn University and Master’s in Food, Hotel and Tourism Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology in the U.S.  He also attended the Program of Management Development and Executive Education at Harvard Business School and has undertaken management programs at other well known universities and institutes.

“I am aware of the high regard in which these awards are held throughout the industry and happy to be recognized here, and particularly pleased that our hotels are gaining such a positive response from the experts at Now Travel Asia,” said Mr Chirathivat.

Now Travel Asia has come to award honours to hospitality and travel businesses in over 20 categories since they were inaugurated in 2012. This year, the awards ceremony was designed to officially showcase the NOW Travel Asia Awards on the world stage and globally position the NOW Travel Asia magazine as Asia’s leading travel authority.



Minor Hotel Group announces Flagship Anantara for Thailand

Four Seasons Bangkok - The Explorer Suite by Jim Thompson view low resMINOR HOTEL GROUP (MHG), operator of 120 hotels and resorts across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, the Indian Ocean and Africa, has announced that it is set to reflag one of its owned properties – the Four Seasons Bangkok – to its luxury Anantara brand.

Located in prestigious Rajadamri in central Bangkok’s Siam district, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel & Spa will join the brand’s Thailand portfolio on March 1, 2015.

Minor Hotel Group will make a significant investment to enhance the hotel.

The hotel is strategically located in the heart of central Bangkok, opposite the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, and within close proximity to the main business, nightlife and shopping districts, Lumphini Park, and many of the city’s key cultural attractions, providing the ideal base for the business or leisure travellers.

Facilities at the 354-key hotel, which has become a preferred destination for luxury travellers, include seven restaurants and bars, a spa, a gym and an outdoor swimming pool. For business guests, extensive meeting and event rooms offer flexibility for large and small events, with the ballroom seating 400 for a dinner dance and 550 in theatre style.

General manager of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel & Spa will be Titiya Chooto, who is currently general manager at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and before that was hotel manager at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, hence bringing considerable experience and knowledge of the property with her to the new role.

For William Heinecke, CEO and Chairman of Minor International, the rebrand of this prestigious hotel is the culmination of a life-long dream to operate a flagship property in the heart of the Thai capital.

Anantara was founded by Mr. Heinecke and was launched in 2001 as part of a long-term strategy for MHG to develop its own brand, offering discerning travellers unique experiences of indigenous luxury in some of the world’s most enchanting destinations.

Since the brand’s launch it has now grown to a portfolio of over 30 highly acclaimed properties in eight countries, with a strong future pipeline of over ten hotels and resorts.

Four Seasons Bangkok LobbyBuilt in 1978, the property launched as a Peninsula hotel prior to being sold to Regent Hotels in 1982. Four Seasons assumed management of the hotel following its acquisition of Regent Hotels in 1992. The Regent Bangkok was owned by Rajdamri Plc, which Minor Hotel Group acquired 100% of in 2001.

The hotel was then rebranded as Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok in 2003. Over the past 22 years, the property has become an integral part of the community, playing host to a Cancer Care Charity Fun Run every year, and most recently the 15th Annual World Gourmet Festival, both in association with the Thai Red Cross in support of local causes.

Minor Hotel Group and Four Seasons will continue to work together for years to come to provide a premier luxury hotel experience in Thailand to discerning travellers at three award-winning resorts – Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, and Four Seasons Resort Tented Camp Golden Triangle.

William E. Heinecke commented: Owning this prestigious hotel in the heart of Bangkok and working with the fantastic team during its time as Four Seasons Bangkok has been an amazing journey. I am looking forward to continuing the journey in the next stage of this property’s life as Anantara Siam”.





Exclusive truffle events at Six Senses Yao Noi In February

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INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED TRUFFLE EXPERT Chef Benjamin Bruno and his partner, Katharina Minwegen, will be visiting Six Senses Yao Noi from Feb. 3 to 11.

Located in Lorgues, in the heart of the Provence, his second generation restaurant Chez Bruno is reputed to be the world’s largest consumer of truffles.

Chef Benjamin has been eating truffles since the age of 10. The Bruno family is considered to be world experts in the field of truffles.

Six Senses Yao Noi will feature Benjamin’s special and unique truffle creations in a series of dinners will be held at the resort. Guests are provided with the rare opportunity to taste not only one of the most expensive ingredients used in the kitchen but also prepared by perhaps the world’s foremost expert in the elusive and prized truffle – Benjamin Bruno.

Six Senses guests will have three choices of dinners by Chef Bruno:

Thursday, Feb. 5 – The first truffle dinner will be held at the signature restaurant, The Hilltop Reserve, with its infinity edge pool highlighting unrivaled views of Phang Nga’s limestone formations. It will be a full moon on this night, making The Hilltop an unforgettable visual experience.

Guests will dine poolside at a communal table, sharing platters of truffle-based creations. In addition, the unique “Wine Therapy” wine buffet will be offered, where guests will be able to sample a wide selection of wines of their own choosing paired with the food. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. Cost – 4,000 THB per person, including unlimited wine.

Saturday, Feb. 7 – The second dinner to be held takes place in the European organic cuisine restaurant The Dining Room, where a four-course truffle-based menu will be offered. Diners will be offered the choice of either paired-matched wines by the glass, or ordering from the wine menu.

Cost – 3,000 THB per person, without wines and 4,500 THB with paired wines for each course. Pre-dinner cocktail at The Chefs Table starts at 7:00 p.m. Dinner is served from 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9 – The final dinner will be arranged by Chef Benjamin and his partner, former supermodel Katharina Minwegen, who has her own detox and organic juice business in France. Katharina will present the food and beverages she uses to maintain her health and supermodel complexion. This dinner will be presented aboard the resort’s own fishing boat, Cast Away 52. Diners will cruise through the islands at night in front of the resort for an amazing experience. Cost – 3,500 THB per person, excluding wine

“We are thrilled and excited to have Chef Benjamin with us and are looking forward to having three exciting gourmet events lined up with some simple and truthful yet excellent food experiences,” said Manish Puri, general manager of Six Senses Yao Noi.



Dusit International’s ASEAN Remedies spa program

devaranaspa-pilipinas-hiUSING THE UPCOMING UPCOMING inception of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in January as its inspiration, Devarana Spa will be launching its new ASEAN Remedies spa program. It will be available throughout 2015 at all Devarana Spas worldwide.

Cost of each of the two-hour programs is 3,500 THB.

The program brings together the best of the region’s natural ingredients and healing traditions. These are combined to create an invigorating spa experience, comprising a body scrub and a sublime massage.

The healing traditions from 10 South East Asian countries – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – have been classified geographically into four distinct programs:

Mekong River Harmony, Malaya Retreat, Kalimantan Haven and Pilipinas Island Hideaway. Each is designed to bring body and mind back into equilibrium within two hours to improve total well-being.

devaranaspa-asean-remedies-hiMekong River Harmony is created from elements from each country that the Mekong River runs through. The treatment begins with a freshly made body scrub, using Tanaka powder from Myanmar, Cashew Nut from Cambodia and Dragon Fruit from Vietnam. The scrub uplifts the senses and exfoliates skin with its natural granules. The journey is then completed with a choice of an aromatic Laoatian Champaca oil massage or an energizing Thai massage.

Malaya Retreat starts with a nourishing body scrub inspired by famous Singaporean dessert Cendol, blending sugar, coconut milk, the leaves and juice of fragrant Pandan Fruit and a touch of Jackfruit scent. The freshly made scrub moisturizes the skin with its delicious scent and is followed by Langkawi-style massage, using deep tissue techniques, performed mostly with the elbows for the ultimate body and mind reviver.

Kalimantan Haven stimulates the body with a warm scrub recipe using herbs and fruits which are the native crops from Indonesia and Brunei. The skin is thoroughly moisturized. The treatment is then followed by an aromatic Tuberose oil massage.

Pilipinas Island Hideaway brings a bit of summer bliss into your day with an ice cream scrub, inspired by the famous Ube Ice Cream from the Philippines. A unique blend of sweet potatoes, taro, oat meal and lavender essential oil tones and moisturizes the skin. The cool sensation from the ice cream’s exfoliation at 15-20 C also provides an added benefit of skin inflammation reduction. The journey ends with an oil massage, using Sampaguita or a Jasmine oil blend to enhance the pleasure of a warm summer day.


Centra Avenue Hotel Pattaya opens with a promise

Centra Avenue Hotel Pattaya

CENTRA AVENUE HOTEL PATTAYA, a new addition to this popular beach resort, is now offering online bookings through the dedicated Centara website.

Management of the hotel is guaranteeing that guests using the service will always find the best possible rates available on the Internet.

“Travellers booking their own accommodation via our website will always enjoy the best prices, including introductory rates, when they come and stay at this beautiful new property. In fact, it is included within 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 at Centara properties in Thailand or overseas will always receive the very best rates on the internet. If any evidence is later found of cheaper rates being offered elsewhere, then Centara has a policy of reimbursing guests the price difference.

The 4-star Centra Avenue Hotel Pattaya is spread out across eight floors, all in one building. Its 51 rooms, all with king and queen beds, offer a city view, easily accessed from the hotel’s central location close to Centara Avenue Hotel Pattaya a and adjoining shopping centres, as well as Pattaya’s famous nightlife.

For more information and reservations, call. +662 101 1234 ext 1 or e-mail to  or website

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