Archive - August 2015

Royal Garden Spa – Best Traditional Thai Massage
Creative French Cuisine’s 2 for 1 promotion at VIE Bangkok
Walking with giants at Anantara Golden Triangle
Beyond Beauty ASEAN 2015 set for Bangkok Sept. 24
Soneva Kiri’s holistic wellness journeys
Relaunch of Amex’s Expression magazine at VIE Bangkok
Celebrating Mother’s Day at Dusit
Breeze Spa’s ultimate Thai therapeutic touch

Royal Garden Spa – Best Traditional Thai Massage

 Royal Garden Spa award

 ROYAL GARDEN SPA recently won a traditional Thai massage competition from The Professional Challenge by Thai Hotels Association Eastern Region. Royal Garden Spa achieved all criteria, which was to provide the guest with the perfect massage experience.

Royal Garden Spa is tucked away and yet set amid the bustling Pattaya City centre, with direct access to fitness clubs, beaches and the trendiest shopping centers.

Royal Garden Spa at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa offers extensive, a variety of distinctly Asian tropical beauty and rejuvenation therapies.




Creative French Cuisine’s 2 for 1 promotion at VIE Bangkok

VLa VIE Set Lunch at La VIE - Creative French Cuisine 1IE BANGKOK’S CREATIVE FRENCH CUISINE is offering a ”Come Two/Pay One” promotion for a modern French set lunch throughout the balance of August and September 2015.

The three-course lunch features a variety of starters, soups and salads; its signature snow fish, foie gras, lamb chop and grilled selections for main course choices; and finishes off with rich desserts such as dark and white chocolate millefeuille and French crème brûlée.

La VIE Set Lunch is served every day from noon – 3 p.m. and the usual price is 739 THB per person

For reservations and more information, call 66 2309 3939, email, or click on



Walking with giants at Anantara Golden Triangle

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A NEW TWO-HOUR Walking with Giants experience has been introduced at Anantara Golden Triangle, offering a more personal and enriching encounter.

Walking with Giants was devised as an optimum way of getting to know the elephants better and develop a deeper emotional connection. It’s more than a simple walk.

It enables guests to experience the natural joy of the elephants’ daily free roaming time, and also to gain enlightening insights from scientifically qualified experts about how these intelligent creatures think and behave.

Guests who sign up for Walking with Giants join the elephants on their daily stroll, accompanied by their mahout caregivers and either the Camp’s resident vet or biologist.

After walking from the Elephant Camp out to the grasslands or forest, depending on the season, the antics of either river bath time or playtime in the mud illustrates just how cheeky these graceful animals can be.

Guests can help to prepare snacks for the elephants, as well as activities for their behavioural enrichment.

Meandering back to the camp, the scientific expert explains about elephant biology and behaviour, and also reveals fascinating facts and insights about the past, present and hopeful future for all of Thailand’s elephants.

“One of the most inspiring and heartwarming aspects of the camp is when we can give the elephants freedom to roam in their native jungle habitat, and creating this new activity provides guests with a prime opportunity to experience the pure joy of simply being with elephants as they socialize and behave completely naturally,” said John Roberts, Anantara’s Director of Elephants and Conservation Efforts.

“It is also a fantastic experience for enthusiasts who are interested in learning about these majestic mammals from a scientific perspective.”

Under the guidance and expertise of John Roberts, guests can rest assured that all activities are ethical at the award winning Elephant Camp of Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort.

Anantara_Golden_Triangle_three_country_viewSet up in 2003 as a traditional mahout village, the Elephant Camp works alongside Anantara’s Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.

To date more than 40 elephants have been rescued from Thailand’s city streets, of which 20 now live in the jungle environment of Anantara’s Elephant Camp, along with their entire mahout family, who receive English lessons, education for their children, and 100% of the profits from the sale of garments from a traditional silk worm business.

The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation also co-operates with the Thai government and other organizations in bigger picture projects. It has helped to fund research and clinics using elephants in therapy sessions for children living with autism.

It equipped the first elephant hospital in Krabi, southern Thailand, with an ATV, and has also donated to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang, including, a purpose-built elephant ambulance and a gantry to help lame elephants stand.

The foundation also built the world’s only facility to scientifically research elephant intelligence and behavior, and runs the world’s only program to teach scientific Positive Reinforcement training methods to traditional mahouts.

Along with its parent company, Minor International, the foundation is working with international partners and the Cambodian Government to fund the protection of an 18,000 hectare elephant corridor of standing forest in the Cardamom Mountains and funding wild elephant preservation projects in Kui Buri, Thap Lan & Khao Yai National Parks in Thailand.

Walking with Giants, along with the Mahout Experience and Elephant Learning Experience, is offered as part of the resort’s luxurious all-inclusive Discovery Package, while a range of additional elephant activities (Elephant Yoga, Sunset Elephant Trek, Dining by Design at the Baby Elephant Camp and Elephant Picnic) are available at an extra charge.

For more information about Walking with Giants and the other ethical elephant experiences available at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, visit



Beyond Beauty ASEAN 2015 set for Bangkok Sept. 24

ASEAN BEYOND BEAUTY ASEAN – BANGKOK will be adding a number of new features designed to make it the leading beauty event in the region.

This year’s event, planned for Bangkok’s Impact and Exhibition and Convention Centre Sept. 24, will also feature an OEM and packaging component and launch the first Beyond Beauty awards.

Its hosted VIP buyer program is being expanded to bring in more than 150 key buyers from across the region. Organizers also expect to attract more than 400 exhibitors and some 15,000 buyers and sellers.

Beyond Beauty ASEAN – Bangkok was launched in 2014 and contributed an estimated US $30 million in trade during and after the show. This year’s edition is supported and endorsed by industry associations in several key sectors of the Thailand beauty industry, including the Thai Cosmetics Manufacturers Association, Herbal Products Association, Health Food and Supplements Association, National Hairdresser Association, Thai Herbal Industry Association.

In addition, the new dedicated schemes of Made-In-Thailand & Small and Medium Enterprises provide Thai companies with the best opportunity to promote market & export their products to the international market.



Soneva Kiri’s holistic wellness journeys


CONNECT, BALANCE, REJUVENATE AND REBUILD at a Wellness Retreat at Soneva Kiri resort in Thailand, set amidst a tropical rainforest and surrounded by azure blue waters of the Gulf of Siam.

The Wellness Retreat is available from Nov, 1 to Dec. 7, 2015.

Soneva Kiri is located on Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island, Koh Kood, one hour by private plane from Bangkok. The resort offers 36 large pool villas, ranging in size from one to six bedrooms, nestled amidst a lush jungle setting with great ocean views.

Its in-house wellness therapists are among the world’s best in their respective fields. Soneva resorts are located in unspoiled locations that are remote yet accessible, helping to ensure a genuine disconnect, both emotionally and digitally.

The wellness retreat uses only natural, organic and sustainable materials and ingredients for food and living. It also offers a revolving residency of visiting practitioners, specialized in various disciplines and therapies, throughout the year as well as a Soneva ‘Healer-in-Residence’ program. 

Soneva’s 360-degree approach to wellness spans every touch point of your stay – from the naturally beautiful and energetically powerful locations, through to the food it serves and the experiences it offers.

Its Michelin-starred chefs use only fresh, organic and sustainable ingredients, sourced from local suppliers to create delicious/ healthy meals. All dietary requests are catered to, including raw food menus on request.

It also features six different types of wellness water, which has been energized by the introduction of different minerals and crystals with therapeutic benefits.

Soneva’s Six Senses Spa offers blissful spa journeys that elevate and stimulate all the senses. Our aim is to provide all guests with a blueprint for a happier, healthier life.

Soneva describes its approach as “Intelligent Luxury” — by sharing its passion for the natural world in subtle, respectful and innovative ways.

“We deliver space, privacy, comfort and beauty in total harmony with the pristine locations of our resorts. By avoiding the usual clichés of luxury and instead focusing on what is rare and precious, guests leave with a sense of wonder and feel more connected, balanced and rejuvenated – on many physical and emotional levels.”




Relaunch of Amex’s Expression magazine at VIE Bangkok


From the left: Melissa Shaw, general manager at VIE Hotel Bangkok; Anakkawat Kowathanakul, vice-president consumer card Thailand of American Express (Thai) Co., Ltd.; and Nuntakorn Chang.

VIE HOTEL BANGKOK, a member of the MGallery Collection, was host the long-awaited re-launch of American Express’s Expression magazine, with a themed evening devoted to “A Sophisticated Way of Life”.

The evening was attended by high-profile partners, and included a wine tasting organized by G Four Fine Wines; an exhibition from Soul, the private residence by AP Thai; Jaguar Land Rover’s latest vehicles with an exclusive one night only special offer; and a private showing of Jubiliee’s diamond jewelry, with experts on hand to provide insights, followed by a glamorous mini fashion show, featuring a selection of Jubilee’s latest collection.

VIE Hotel Bangkok’s chefs prepared tapas and snacks paired with a selection of wines sponsored by G Four Fine Wines. Entertainment was provided by one of Thailand’s most famous fortune tellers.




Celebrating Mother’s Day at Dusit


AUGUST 12TH HOLDS a special significance in Thailand. Since 1976, this is the day Thais celebrate Mother’s Day, as it is the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the ‘mother’ of the nation.

Traditionally, the day begins with the family giving alms to monks at the temple. Children kneel before their mothers to express their love and gratitude and present her with Jasmine flowers, the Thai symbol of maternal love.

Celebrate your beloved Mum for the entire month of August.  Treat her to a staycation she deserves and enjoy a load of perks, including free room upgrade, ‘Buy 1 Get 1 Free’ dinner and spa treatments.

Privileges: Potted Jasmine plant or hand garland as a symbol of Thai Mother’s Day love; daily breakfast for two; guaranteed room upgrade (accorded upon check in); and ‘Buy 1 Get 1 Free’ buffet dinner and spa treatments for Mum.





Breeze Spa’s ultimate Thai therapeutic touch

Breeze Spa - Wellness Wisdoms of Siam-resizeBREEZE SPA’S NEWEST selection of treatments, under the concept “Wellness Wisdoms of Siam” combines traditional Thai techniques with a relaxing massage that excites the senses and leaves you feeling invigorated.

A trip to Thailand can be quite a hustle that can leave the body sore and weary without realizing it. To help you get your bounce back, Breeze Spa is offering guests a chance to experience a holistic Thai massage with its Kaya Thai REAL+EASE Therapeutic Touch treatment.

This treatment uses traditional Thai massage techniques, but with a lighter touch allowing first-time guests to ease their way into the concept.

For the yoga enthusiasts, the Asana Thai Yoga Bodywork is the ideal treatment. The pampering session with a twist, combines yoga poses with relaxing rhythmic massage.

The experience helps to release the body’s blocked energy and restore mobility and flexibility by focusing on the body’s pressure points. Guests can channel their inner yogi, and enjoy this fuss-free yoga session, whilst perfecting the asana (posture).

Each of the 60-minute “Wellness Wisdoms of Siam” treatments start from 1,800 THB and are available across all Breeze Spa locations in Thailand, including Amari Watergate Bangkok, Amari Pattaya, Amari Hua Hin, Amari Koh Samui, Amari Vogue Krabi and Amari Phuket.

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