Archive - November 2015

Fight night raises 5,146,000THB for Sponsorship Smile Thailand
ANANTARA launches first luxury residences at its Layan, Phuket Resort
Club Lounge at Centra Grand Krabi renovated
Christmas and New Year at Soneva Kiri
Dhara Dhevi’s Oriental Culinary Academy
Anantara brand refresh focuses on ‘Life is a Journey’
Recipe of the month: Pattaya Marriott’s Phad Thai Coong
Celebrating Loy Kathrong at SALA

Fight night raises 5,146,000THB for Sponsorship Smile Thailand


SALA Fight Night

FIGHT NIGHT!  is an annual event organized by the volunteers of Operation Smile Thailand to raise funds to provide free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children in Thailand.

The fifth edition of Operation Smile’s super popular Fight Night White-Collar Boxing Fundraiser once again saw around 400 guests enjoy a night of wining, dining and boxing in a Vegas-style party held at the Dusit Thani Bangkok’s Napalai Ballroom.

In addition to sponsoring the gift vouchers as one the prizes, SALA Hospitality Group also sent a fighter – Regional Executive Chef Tony Wrigley, who won his fight in bout 3 against Oliver Fennell, Bangkok Post

More than 350 people attended Operation Smile Thailand Fight raised a total of 5,146,000 THB through sponsorship and private donors.




ANANTARA launches first luxury residences at its Layan, Phuket Resort


 SEA VIEW RESIDENCES, offering the ultimate in indulgence complete with on-call butler services have been unveiled at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, the island’s five-star resort hideaway.

The Residences by Anantara offers 15 exclusive pool residences overlooking the secluded Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, a tropical sanctuary in a tranquil beach setting on Phuket’s west coast.

Four of the individually-designed two-storey three to five-bedroom residences, with sizes ranging from 1700sqm – 2200 sqm, have been unveiled to launch the development in time for the Christmas/New Year season.

The fully furnished and equipped residences have been added to the room portfolio of Anantara Layan for holiday bookings by families or groups and are also offered for both freehold and long leasehold ownership, with prices starting from US$6 million.

The%20Residences%20by%20Anantara%20OutdoorsThese sanctuaries provide complete privacy and luxury in every detail, with elegantly furnished living and dining rooms, fully fitted kitchens, deluxe bedrooms with spacious en-suite bathrooms, media entertainment and spa rooms, as well as accommodation for live-in butlers and chefs.

Outside, rooftop decks and sweeping pool decks, with Thai salas and 21-metre infinity pools, offer sunset relaxation or entertaining, with panoramic views across the tranquil Andaman Sea.

The Residences feature high vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows providing expansive views of Layan Beach, and open sweeping stairways.

Upstairs, master bedrooms, lounges and dining rooms open onto the outdoor decks with their infinity pools and Thai salas for relaxed socializing. Additional bedrooms are downstairs, together with studies, kitchens and staff accommodation. Some residences also feature spa and gym rooms.

Glass skylights on the floors of the infinity pools shed additional natural light into rooms below.

The Residences’ stylish Thai culture-inspired design has been recognized with the “Best Residential Interior Design” awards at both the Thailand Property Awards 2015 and the South East Asia Property Awards 2015.

 Live-in private butlers, as well as visiting spa practitioners from the resort’s Anantara Spa, enable residents and guests to tailor their own bespoke dining preferences and spa treatments in a stay-at-home retreat in the privacy of their residence.

Residents and guests are also welcome to venture into Anantara Layan itself to experience the superb resort facilities.

The resort’s cuisine offers culinary diversions at its hillside dee plee Thai restaurant and elegant beachfront Sala Layan, offering boutique buffet breakfasts and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.

Anantara Spa, with seven treatment suites and manicure/pedicure studios, has a full therapeutic range combining Asian therapies and pampering Elemis products.

Anantara Layan’s  Thai ambience is subtly underscored every evening at dusk with a torch lighting ceremony, accompanied by traditional drumbeats.

Further cultural interests and activities on offer to guests include Spice Spoons Thai cooking classes, lessons in Muay Thai boxing at the resort’s boxing ring, together with yoga classes, a fitness centre and a children’s club.

Residents and guests can also charter the resort’s magnificent motor yacht ‘Major Affair’, a 90-foot Sunseeker, for luxury day trips or longer cruises to explore the spectacular islands of the Andaman Sea.

For further information on The Residences by Anantara, e-mail or visit

For Anantara Layan guest booking details, visit:





Club Lounge at Centra Grand Krabi renovated


CENTARA GRAND BEACH RESORT & VILLAS KRABI has renovated its Club Lounge to meet the increasing demand of guests looking for a more personalized experience.

The Club is located at the heart of the resort, easily accessible from all guest rooms, providing a comfortable, spacious area where guests can experience an added level of service and attention.

The new Lounge can accommodate 50% more people than previously, with a combination of dining and relaxation space that can accommodate both leisure and business travellers alike.

“The response to the larger lounge and the fresh décor has been very positive. The renovation for the lounge was in response to guest feedback and identification of the changing trends of services desired by our guests.

With this type of information we are able to provide the best service,” said David Martens, area general manager – Krabi, Centara Hotels & Resorts.

A Club level package also includes the service of three complimentary meals per day, including breakfast, mid-day snacks, afternoon tea and evening cocktails. Guests also receive a free laundry service, a welcome drink, a 10% discount at all hotel outlets, plus a 30% discount at Spa Cenvaree, which also has some exciting new additions.

All Centara Grand properties have Club offerings that allow guests to enjoy exclusive facilities and personalised attention. Club Level accommodations offer large guest rooms, enhanced amenities and additional benefits.

Complementing the suites and villas, the Club Lounge, exclusively reserved for Club Level guests, is a relaxing venue combined with another level of privacy.

For more information about Club offerings at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, contact Reservations at


Christmas and New Year at Soneva Kiri

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“THE FESTIVE SEASON AT SONEVA is where every day holds the promise of new activities to inspire our guests and rare moments of perfect contentment … sunset cruises, wine tastings, gourmet pleasures, astronomy lessons, cocktail parties and traditional Christmas dinners, said Sonu Shivdasani, founder and CEO of Soneva, talking about celebrating Christmas and New Year at Soneva Kiri.

“The highlight at both resorts ( Soneva Kiri in Thailand and Soneva Fushi in The Maldives) is the New Year’s Eve gourmet journey that takes guests on a journey via numerous culinary and entertainment stations through the islands, which we plan almost one year in advance.”

Everything starts on Christmas Eve at The Beach at 6.30 p.m. for pre-dinner drinks and yuletide classics and carol-singing by children from Klong Jao School, Koh Hood.

The Christmas Eve dinner, served from 7.30 to 10 p.m., at Benz for an intimate Thai family style meal or a European-style Christmas Eve set dinner at The View.

On Christmas Day, there will be will be a Christmas Brunch that includes traditional Christmas dishes or a variety of Thai gourmet classics at the Barefoot Festive Feast ,

Between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, there’s a wide range of activities to keep everyone in your group active and busy. Kite making, for example. It’s a treasured tradition in Thailand, and guests are invited to construct and fly kites made of organic bamboo under the expert tutelage of Khun Weera, the visiting ‘Bamboo Guru’.

There’s also snorkelling at Koh Rang National Marine Park or kayaking along the scenic Yai Ki River.

At night, stargaze with the award-wining astronomer Prof. Massimo Tarenghi from Soneva Kiri’s state of the art observatory, and learn all about the stars and planets in the unpolluted skies above Koh Kood. There’s also Six Senses Spa as well as yoga and exercises to keep you in shape between feasting. Put on your Party hat as Soneva Kiri will offer a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration, with an evening of food, wine, adventure and entertainment that will span the breadth and depth of the resort.

Guests will be taken on a five-stop culinary journey through the elements and the continents, at every twist and turn enjoying another unexpected sensory treat.

The evening will climax in a spectacular event at the beach with a guest DJ and laser show accompanying guests into the early hours of 2016.



Dhara Dhevi’s Oriental Culinary Academy

Culinary Academy

WANT TO LEARN some of the secrets behind preparing what is one of the world’s most loved cuisines?

Answer yes to any of the above and you’ll want to make a reservation at the resort’s Oriental Culinary Academy, which runs Thai cooking classes daily (except Sunday).

The Culinary Academy is located in a wooden pavilion behind Le Grand Lanna restaurant. Its classroom-style kitchen is fitted with individual cooking stations, extractor hoods, sinks and preparation areas for up to 20 “culinary students”.

More than just a cooking class, it’s a journey of culinary exploration and discovery, in which the chef explains the subtle balance of flavours in Thai cuisine – including the secrets of Lanna herbs and spices – and the difference between northeastern, central and southern Thai styles.

At the end of a class, guests are presented with an apron, Oriental Culinary Academy certificate (perfect for hanging on the kitchen wall back home) and easy-to-follow menu print-outs of the dishes cooked… great mementos from a great experience.

The Cooking Class is held twice daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., at 2,800 THB per person. A Fruit and Vegetable Carving Class runs from 1.30 p.m. to-2.30 p.m., at 1,000 THB per person

There is an option to include in the Cooking Class a visit to the local wet market, where guests are guided through an intriguing maze of stalls selling fresh vegetables, fruit, meats, sweets and other exotic market produce. The Cooking Class with Market Tour is available once daily from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, at 3,500 THB net per person.



Anantara brand refresh focuses on ‘Life is a Journey’

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ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS is introducing a brand refresh to redefine its luxury positioning within today’s demanding travel and hospitality environments – with the underlying philosophy ‘Life is a Journey’.

The brand evolution goes hand in hand with Anantara’s global growth strategy.

Since the first property opened its doors in the Thai seaside town of Hua Hin in 2001, Anantara has grown into a collection of 34 luxury hotels and resorts in city, island and desert settings, across 10 countries.

In its understanding of market trends and traveller expectations, the development of the Anantara brand marks the start of a dynamic new journey, both in terms of a strategic international footprint and enhancements to the guest experience

‘Life is a Journey’ reflects a contemporary interpretation of Anantara’s philosophy and core values of natural luxury, in parallel with the brand’s expansion plans.

The evolution also incorporates a fresh new look and feel and a strong social and digital focus that encompasses a new website and mobile strategy, giving travellers added value, reinforcing the brand’s premium positioning within the luxury segment, while creating a platform for future growth.

“Anantara was born in response to discerning travellers seeking luxury with a sense of indigenous discovery. By infusing authentic cultural experiences and interactive journeys guided by gurus, Anantara satisfies guest desires to connect deeply and personally with their travel destinations,” says Anantara founder and CEO and Chairman of Minor International, William E. Heinecke.

Anantara --Life_Is_A_Journey_07“Fifteen years later, the way in which people travel and experience the world has changed, and Anantara’s brand refresh has taken shape to meet the expectations, inspire the passions and delight the tastes of new explorers in city and resort destinations.”

To reflect the brand evolution Anantara has created a new logo, keeping the iconic water jar which symbolizes Thai hospitality and generous spirit, and two Thai cushions representing ultimate comfort. The newly refined golden colour palette conveys Anantara’s elegance, luxury and shining modern energy.

To complement the refresh an innovative new brand website has been launched, featuring built in class-leading CMS technology and other advanced features such as personalization that will increase visitor interaction with the site.

Anantara is also taking mobile technology to the next level delivering consistent experiences across all devices and enabling potential customers to enjoy a streamlined browsing experience across multiple languages on any screen size, using responsive technology.

A new Anantara blog will also be launched giving international expertise and insider knowledge on the indigenous elements.

“Advancing from Anantara’s many successes to date, the brand refresh is a significant milestone paving the way for an exciting new era,” said CEO Minor Hotel Group, Dillip Rajakarier.

Anantara creates journeys of inspiring, surprising moments and enjoyment – elevating all senses and connecting with the environment and culture of each one of its locations.






Recipe of the month: Pattaya Marriott’s Phad Thai Coong

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PHAD THAI GOONG (fried noodle thai style with prawns) is one of the favourites at Sala Rim Nam restaurant at Pattaya Marriott. The restaurant has its own unique ambience, with its open timber design, shaded by palm trees and bordered by lotus ponds.


Prawns, 100 g; chicken stock, ½ cup; noodle, 100 g; pickled turnip (chopped) 5 g; peanuts (chopped) 5 g; dried shrimp 5 g; bean curd 5 g; chives green (chopped) 10 g; bean sprouts 100 g; vegetable oil, 2 tbsp; lime (for decoration) 1 piece; banana blossom (optional), 1 piece; 2 eggs (beaten); and Phad Thai sauce, 50 g.

Preparation Method

Boil prawns until just cooked (al dente); heat the oil in a pan and fry the noodles with the stock until just cooked; add the remaining ingredients, stirring well for approximately 2 minutes; then add the bean sprouts, green chives and then the eggs, stirring well until cooked. Finish and serve onto a plate, decorate with banana blossom and remaining chives.

Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa is a luxury hotel in Pattaya city center that overlooks the beach and is surrounded by tropical greenery. The location is so central that guests are just steps away from the Royal Garden Plaza and some of Pattaya’s best shopping and entertainment options. The resort has two restaurants, two bars, and a large swimming pool with whirlpool, tennis courts, an extensive health club, and the Royal Garden Spa.



Celebrating Loy Kathrong at SALA

Loy Kathrong

SALA RESORTS & SPAS will be celebrating Loy Kathrong at its resorts throughout Thailand. The festival is one of the most popular in Thailand and is celebrated on the full moon of the 12th lunar month. This year it will be marked on Nov. 25.

The celebration is an expression of gratitude to the goddess of water, where individuals release candle-lit offerings into rivers or the sea, or send rice-paper balloons aloft into the night sky with their wishes.

At SALA Samui, Loy Kathrong festivities will include a traditional Thai buffet, featuring cuisines from Thailand’s four regions. Cost – 1,450 THB per person. For more information, call 66 (0) 7724-5888.

The festival will also be marked with a night of Thai cuisine and culture and romance, which is also associated with Loy Kathrong, at SALA Phuket Thai Village Market. Cost – 1,600 THB per person and 3,800 THB per couple. For more information, call 66 (0) 7633- 8888.

Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s most popular Loy Kathrong destinations and at SALA Lanna, there will be riverside dining options that include international buffet options. Cost – 1,900 THB per person. For more information, call 66 (0) 5324-2588.

At SALA Ayutthaya, Loy Kathrong festivities start with a four-course Thai traditional set dinner that features a view of Wat Phutthaisawan and a Thai masked (Khon) dance show. Then, make your wish and release your kathrong onto the Chao Phraya River. The dinner is available from 6 to 10 p.m. Cost – 1,500 THB per person and includes a kathrong for each table. For more information, call 66 (0) 3524-2588.

SALA Rattanakosia will be marking the festival with a six-course set dinner and cultural entertainment at 7,500 THB per couple. SALA Rattanakosin eatery and bar will be offering a mini BBQ buffet at 2,500 THB per person at The Roof. Prices include a sunset cocktail party at the Roof from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. For more information, call 66 (0) 2622-1388.


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