Archive - 2016

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Vie Bangkok’s fine cuisine start of the New Year
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Christmas and New Year celebrations at SALA
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Christmas and New Year at Banyan Tree Samui
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SALA Phuket welcomes Superyacht Rendez-vous 2016
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Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi now open for business
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Celebrating Christmas at Four Seasons Samui
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New spa manuals from Intelligent Spas
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Christmas and New Years at Soneva Kiri
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Keep Your Gut Buddies Happy
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Christmas and New Year at Four Seasons Chiang Mai

Vie Bangkok’s fine cuisine start of the New Year

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IF FINE CUISINE is part of your New Year’s celebrations, you’ll be interested in VIE Bangkok’s New Year’s Eve set dinner – a five-course feast, served from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm at La VIE Creative French Cuisine.

The dinner includes langoustine tartar, avurga caviar, citrus, coriander, tournedos Rossini, foie-gras, sauce Périgueux, black winter truffle, strawberry kirsch and Champagne foam.

Entertainment includes a live trio band – plus a complimentary souvenir, and an optional beverage package with free-flow bubbly and wine.

VIE’s New Year’s Day brunch features a range of dishes that range from seafood on ice, cheeses and salads to main course favourites like roasted lamb medallion, Black Angus rib eye and vegetables. Plus unlimited orders from the restaurant’s à la carte concdept menu, including appetizers and live stations.

It also comes with a complimentary New Year’s souvenir.

For reservations, call 66-2309-3939 or emailfb@viehotelbangkok.com

 

 

Christmas and New Year celebrations at SALA

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SALA PHUKET is celebrating Christmas Eve with an evening of holiday cheer that includes the Mao Kilao primary school choir singing carols at the resort’s poolside Christmas Eve cocktail  party, followed by a screen of A Wonderful Life on the lawn under the stars.

For further information, email info@sallaphuket.com or call 66-763-888.

SALA Samui Choengnon Beach will mark Christmas Eve with a festive dinner, complete with Christmas pudding, a children’s dance and a fire show. For further information, email chefsamui@salasalasamui.com or call 66-7724-5888.

At SALA Rattanakosin Bangkok, it’s a night on the riverside; and savouring Italian dishes at SALA Chiang Mai.

The place to be on New Year’s Eve is at SALA Samui Choengmon Beach, with a live Khim Thai performance, followed by music arts and a contemporary take on the traditional Thai performance, and a thrilling fire dance show.

New Year’s Eve at SALA Phuket includes a Sky Fall cocktail party between 7.30 pm and 10.30 pm; Spectre dinner, and music by international DJ Rui from 10.30 pm into the New Year; and Casino Royale Ice Bar at the SALA Ice Bar from 11 to midnight.

At SALA Khaoyai, there’s a barbecue served on the roof of each pool villa; and at SALA Rattanakosin, a six-course set dinner with live entertainment; and a New Year’s Eve BBQ buffet with unlimited drinks from 8.30 pm to midnight.

 

 

 

 

Christmas and New Year at Banyan Tree Samui

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CHRISTMAS IS A SPECIAL OCCASION at Bayan Tree Samui, with three different meals to choose from on Christmas Eve and two different options on Christmas Day, plus an new year to remember.

On Christmas Eve, you can choose a gala dinner at the Edge – a buffet starting at 6 p.m., and featuring antipasti as well as traditional favourites; or a Royal Thai set five-course dinner at the Saffron, also starting at 6 p.m.; and a five course set dinner at the Sands, starting at 8 p.m.

68262844-h1-btthsm_un_0413_dining_in_villa_barbecue_hr0001If you’re in the mood for turkey on Christmas Day, head for the Sands, which is offering a special BBQ dinner that not only features turkey but a wide selection of sea and land favourites prepared at a live cooking station. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. Saffron will be offering a Thai culinary journey featuring a set dinner. Dinner starts at 6 p.m.

New Year’s Eve is Tropical Disco Night that starts with three different dining options – a Tropical Disco Gala buffet with live entertainment at the Edge from 7 to 10 p.m., while Saffron will be offering at a set dinner of Thai favourites.

The scene shifts to the beach for a countdown party from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. for a full evening od dancing and partying. And then, at the stroke of midnight, you can raise a glass of Champagne to welcome in the New Year.

 

 

SALA Phuket welcomes Superyacht Rendez-vous 2016

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FROM THE 16TH TO 18TH OF DECEMBER, shores of Phuket welcome Superyachts, their owners, captains and VIP guests to the Asia Superyacht Rendez-vous.

This exclusive invite-only event welcomes sail and power superyachts over 70 feet from all over the world for three days of excitement.

This year SALA Phuket Resort and Spa will be host to the Rendezvous. For the first time there will be a cup for the winner but yachts are also encouraged to participate in pleasure sailing (if racing does not appeal to them), they will be welcome to get the sails up while leisurely cruising around the course and motor yachts are encouraged to anchor around the course.

SALA Phuket Resort invites guests to experience this unique event in style at the resort, with rates starting from THB 5,838 THB.

For further information, contact info@salahospitality.com

 

 

 

Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi now open for business

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CENTARA HOTELS   & RESORTS expanded its presence in Krabi, one of Thailand’s prime tourist destinations in the South, with the opening of its third property – Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi.

“Emerging as one of the world’s top holiday destinations, Krabi has enormous potential for the future to attract more visitors. With our latest Krabi resort, adventurous travelers can easily explore Krabi’s diverse natural attractions while getting an unforgettable experience of Centara’s warm hospitality at extremely affordable prices, said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara Hotels & Resorts CEO.

Centara opened its first Krabi resort, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, in 2006. A second resort, Centara Anda Dhevi Resort & Spa Krabi, followed in 2012

Located near Ao Nang beach, one of Krabi’s most convenient transport junctions, the new Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi was designed using the story of Hanuman, God-king of the apes, a central figure in the Hindu epic Ramayana, as a decorative theme. Hanuman was originally the Indian name that the Andaman Sea was known by, and so the reference is appropriate, as the resort is located in Krabi, a quaint, charming province situated on this very stretch of coastline.

Krabi is the dream destination for adventurous travellers: diving in the Andaman Sea, discovering rocky caverns on a kayak, rock climbing at Railay Bay – and it’s all within easy reach from the brand-new Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi. This affordable resort is a contemporary, low-rise oasis of peace and tranquility which is the perfect place for couples, families and groups alike to unwind and soak up the peaceful atmosphere.

The resort also offers guests great views of the area’s iconic mountain scene, which ensure that island-hopping trips, diving and snorkelling hold a perennial appeal. Krabi International Airport is 35 minutes’ drive from the resort, and all-day shuttle buses are available from the resort to the heart of Ao Nang beach, which takes only five minutes.

Designed as a cluster of low-rise buildings, the resort has 158 light and airy guestrooms in total, ranging from 24 to 49 square metres, with views of either the swimming pool or the surrounding mountain view.

Guests will have access to the full range of facilities expected in a modern resort, including an all-day restaurant, outdoor pool for both kids and adults, CenFit – fitness centre, tour information desk, bicycles for rent, and full Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the property.

The resort also contains state of the art meeting facilities, ideal for conventions, seminars and other functions. The Rama Room has capacity for 120 people, and this feature combined with the resort’s close proximity to the Ao Nang area with its shopping and dining makes this a perfect base to explore what Krabi has to offer for both business and leisure travelers.

Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi also makes it easy for guests to eat well without effort. Mix Bistro, the resort’s all-day dining restaurant serves up a range of both authentic Southern Thai-style dishes such as Rice Vermicelli with Crab Curry Sauce, as well as delectable international favourites such as Black Tiger Prawn Salad, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio Topped with Bacon and Gyros Pork House Wraps. In-room dining is also available.

“The addition of the third Centara property means that Centara Hotels & Resorts can now serve the needs of all guests who visit Krabi with three distinct brand offerings available – Centara Grand, an iconic five-star resort in prime beachfront locale, Centara, a specious four-star resort renowned for its service excellence, and Centra by Centara, a quality value option in an ideally convenient location,” said Mr. Chirathivat.

Centara opened its first Krabi resort, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, in 2006. A second resort, Centara Anda Dhevi Resort & Spa Krabi, followed in 2012.

 

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Celebrating Christmas at Four Seasons Samui

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SPECIAL MENUS have been created by Executive Chef Chriz Patzold for two of Four Seasons Koh Samui’s distinctive restaurants to celebrate Christmas in style.

Pla Pla is offering traditional roast turkey, a glass of chilled Cava and plum pudding, while KOH Tai Kitchen & Bar will be serving a Thai-inspired Christmas menu that includes a complimentary wine.

New Year’s Eve festivities start with a special dinner to mark the occasion at one of the resort’s restaurants that features lobsters, oysters, foi gras, a pasta station and special Thai selections; or a Gala Dinner at Pla Pla restaurant, or festive dining at the Beach House.

Following dinner make your way to the Latin American Countdown  party around the infinity edge pool beside the ocean, listening to the resort’s Latin Band and DJ music featuring hits from today and yesterday, dancing, and a fireworks display  while feasting on desserts and free-flowing chilled Champagne all the way to the 2017 countdown.

For more information and reservations, call the Festive Desk Team at telephone: +66 77 243 000 or e-mail Concierge.Kohsamui@fourseasons.com.

New spa manuals from Intelligent Spas

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 INTELLIGENT SPAS has just released a new spa operations and treatments package that includes a spa operations procedures and policies manual and a professional spa treatments manual.

Julie Garrow, Intelligent Spas’ president, describes the spa operations practices manual as a “virtual consultant, detailing practical guidelines you man reference and customize to your own specific requirements”.

Fast-track training for new spas and new employees, or ensure service standards are continuously maintained in established spas, by implementing great quality and highly consistent treatment delivery protocols.

The professional spa treatments manual is specifically designed with “highly consistent” procedures and scripts to make it easy for therapists to remember and deliver quality spa treatments, resulting is satisfying spa experiences which generates increased client loyalty and produces better consumer ratings and reviews.

The 31 detailed spa treatment procedures included in the manual cover: Water, Massage, Body, Face, Nails, Hair, and Extras, including waxing.

Supporting verbal scripts, product lists and process maps are also included to help guide training and implementation. The editable file is provided so you may customize the contents to your own specific requirements.

A secure PDF file and an editable Microsoft Word file are provided for easy customization.

She sees four key spa results from the treatment procedures manual – lower training costs; faster time to market for spas in the pre-opening phase; easier treatment delivery for multi-skilled therapists, and increased client loyalty.

 Intelligent Spas is also offering Spa Sessions Team Meeting Guides, which focus on three key areas: Business Success, Team Performance and Service Experience.

The guide features 60 meeting topics to give the spa a continuous stream of performance improving ideas, such as: Upselling, Cost controls, Adding value, Communication, Safety, Professionalism, Ethics, Delivering and Caring.

The Spa Sessions are designed to be relevant for all spa types and locations – from large spas to small salons, globally. They allow spa teams to come up with customized solutions for their specific business model – the key to best learning outcomes. A section entitled Session Starters is also included to help guide the meetings and prompt discussion.

Intelligent Spas has also prepared a Wellness Spas Benchmark Report, which is the first study to specifically identify key performance indicators for wellness spas.

The report contains a variety of statistics to help wellness spas better compete in the global spa industry. Information was collected via a detailed survey completed by spa owners/managers, then combined with additional research conducted by Intelligent Spas to provide a concise financial report.

Conrtact Intelligent Spas for further information and pricing.

 

 

Christmas and New Years at Soneva Kiri

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IT ALL STARTS, Saturday, Dec. 24, with breakfast in The Living Room, followed by stretching exercises at Six Senses Spa, cooking class at Benz Restaurant, where you can create your own lunch, served at The View, or lunch at the North Beach for fresh salads an Australian beef and a New World wine.

Christmas Eve festivities include drinks at The View, with carol singing by children from the Klong Jao School, Koh Hood, and Christmas canapés, followed by Christmas Eve dinner, served outside The Living Room, featuring Butter Ball turkeys from the U.S., farmhouse herb stuffing. There’s also a carving station, offering New Zealand lamb and Wagyu beef from Australia, served with mulled wine or Gluhwein.

On Christmas Day, breakfast will last until 11.30 a.m., followed by Christmas lunch, starting at 12.30 p.m., featuring Catch of the Day from the bays of Koh Hood; and Christmas Dinner at The View and The Benz, that will feature a European Classic Christmas Dining Table.

9Boxing Day, Dec. 26, will be a busy day. Breakfast in The Dining Room, followed by a range of activities that include Muay Thai, Tai Chi, a tour of Koh Rang National Marine Park, the underworld of Koh Yak and Koh Yak Yai, and cooking class at The Wood Oven. Two alternatives for lunch: Japanese lunch at The View, or Aberdeen Angus bergers and “buckets of beer” at The North Beach. Dinner will feature Old and New World wines at The View and The Benz.

New Years Eve, Dec. 31, starts early with cocktails from 2 to 5 p.m. on the beach to the sounds Tonga’s Calypos Singers, followed at 6 p.m. for a New Year’s Eve performance at the resort’s outside Cinema Paradiso.

Count down festivities start at 10.30 with a special New Year’s Eve culinary journey in The Dining Room, followed by special performances by Whisky Kiss, highland and break dancers as guests and performers welcome in 2017.

 

 

 

 

Keep Your Gut Buddies Happy

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WITH THE ULTIMATE INDULGENCE for mind and body at the forefront, Six Senses is introducing delicious and nutritious smoothies and juices that incorporate important nutrients to keep the trillions of cells that make up the microbiome (pathogenic micro-organisms that enjoy a mutualistic relationship with the human body) in balance.

Cutting edge research from Dr. Steven Gundry’s institutes, The Center for Restorative Medicine and The International Heart and Lung Institute, both in California, has shown that feeding the body’s microbiome nutrient dense fibers and resistant starches dramatically improves over-all health.

Moreover, healthy gut bacteria (Dr. Gundry calls them gut buddies) has been shown to improve mood and attitude.  Dr. Gundry serves on the Six Senses Wellness Board and has been collaborating with Six Senses in reviewing all menus and enhancing them so guests can enjoy the same great taste, but prepared in an even healthier fashion.

The project is called Eat with Six Senses. Chefs are creating low-sugar and low-sodium items, gluten-, soy- and hormone-free options, identifying 90 to 100% of menu items as organic and keeping a close eye on lectins.

The first project Dr. Gundry worked on, in tandem with Nutrition Consultant Patrick Wahlberg and Sophie Bohnstedt of Sophie’s Raw in Stockholm, is the smoothie and juice menu. Six Senses is committed to serving refreshing, tasty juices and smoothies that feed gut buddies life-giving nutrients. And as a result, the new menu includes drinks that include a variety of vegetables, herbs, spices and fruit that contain lower amounts of fructose.

gut-buddies-2In addition, the drinks provide a nutritionally rich boost of concentrated micronutrients … it’s like a supplement in a glass. Guests who select to join one of the Six Senses Integrated Wellness programs: Cleanse & Detox; Sleep & Resilience; Trim & Fit and 100% Full Potential, are guided to which juices and smoothies are best suited to their wellness regime.

For those not on a program, they will find the selections equally tempting and nutritious. For those on the Cleanse & Detox program, the Green Senses juice is packed with ingredients to promote and support detoxification such as kale and broccoli.

They also include fennel and parsley which are filled with antioxidants; cilantro which binds heavy metals; ginger which offers anti-inflammatory properties and pineapple which is rich in vitamin C as well as the enzyme bromelain.

Smoothie guests should try the Coco Nap to assist with sleep. It’s velvety and refreshing and contains young coconut, papaya, lemon balm and lime.

The Trim & Fit smoothies, such as The Hulk, aid post workout recovery and muscle growth. The creaminess of macadamia nuts together with spinach and the richness of exotic spices make this a delicious green smoothie with a hint of Brazil nuts.

This smoothie also works very well with protein powder. Eat with Six Senses, a group-wide menu revamp that features low-sugar and low-sodium items, gluten-, soy- and hormone-free dining options, launches in 2017 at all resorts and spas.

In addition to serving seasonal and sustainable food items, 90 to 100 percent of menu items will be organic. Efforts also include the reduction of lectins found in grains, beans and nightshades which cause chronic inflammation, digestive problems and degenerative conditions in some people.
 

Christmas and New Year at Four Seasons Chiang Mai

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USHER IN THE NEW YEAR or KHOM LAI at Four Seasons Chiang Mai by making a wish and releasing a candle-lit rice paper balloon into the night sky on the stroke of midnight.

The evening starts with family-style pre-dinner cocktails at 7 p.m., followed by an international gala with a countdown to 2017 at an exclusive pool party, featuring DJ Hed Kanadi from London’s No. 1 Dance and House Club, Ministry of Sound.

Christmas festivities include a Christmas Eve festive dinner buffet on Dec. 24 that includes Christmas favourites, international delicacies and cuisine to order at live cooking stations with a live jazz band playing Christmas songs.

Christmas Day starts with a brunch at the resort’s new cooking school, Rim Tai Kitchen, featuring honey-glazed ham, seafood on ice, guinea fowl and other dishes from around the world, and a jazz band playing Christmas favourites.

For more information and reservations, call +66 53 298 181 or e-mail Fb.chiangmai@fourseasons.com 

 
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