Archive - January 2016

Sala Ayutthaya recognized for its architectural design
Putting a love spell on you at Spa Cenvaree
Dates for Anantara’s King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament 2016
Maximizing movement with Fusionetics at Six Senses Spas
Romance is in the air at The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
Recipe of the Month: Green Curry Quinoa Risotto
Centara changing name to Central Hospitality International (CHi)
AVANI Riverside Bangkok set to re-energize Thailand’s River of Kings

Sala Ayutthaya recognized for its architectural design

SALA River ViewSALA AYUTTHAYA, a member of the SALA Hospitality Group, was the recipient of two awards at the annual Thailand Property Awards 2015.

The event was held at the Plaza Athenee Bangkok, and organized by Ensign Media — and the culmination of a transparent nomination and judging process spanning the last six months

“For 10 years the Thailand Property Awards, and the entire Asia Property Awards program as a whole, have demonstrated that excellence and adherence to quality never go out of style,” said Terry Blackburn, CEO of Ensign Media.

“The high quality of developments in Thailand has allowed the industry to transform itself from being an emerging market in 2006, to becoming one of the stars of Southeast Asian real estate today, despite certain economic or socio-political challenges.”

Acknowledging excellence in location, construction, design and innovation, the annual awards recognize industry professionals who plan and construct quality new developments.

sala ayutthaya was recognized in three categories – Best Hotel Architectural Design in Thailand; highly commended award for Best Hotel Development; and highly commended award for Best Hotel Interior Design

“These three awards reaffirm SALA Hospitality Group as an acclaimed hotel developer, and verify the superior standard of quality and expertise we bring to each project in which we are involved.

“Our approach of offering outstanding design ambiance combined with delicious culinary offers, intimate accommodations and warm, friendly service sets sala ayutthaya apart … not only in Thailand but also across the region.”, said Nicolas Reschke, SALA Hospitality Group’s director of business development.

Winners of the awards are now eligible to compete with regional peers in the grand finale at the fifth annual South East Asia Property Awards 2015, to be held at the Shangri La Hotel in Singapore in October.

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Putting a love spell on you at Spa Cenvaree

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FEBRUARY IS THE MONTH of love and is there to help with a little SPA magic. With hypnotic aromas, indulgent ingredients and a lot of pampering, its romantic 90-minute treatment, called Love Spell, features the moisturizing benefits of rose petals.

Guests also receive a gift – a delicately scented aromatherapy sachet that ensures the memory lingers.

The package begins with a cleansing “Floral Foot Ritual”, which utilizes neem tea and citrus salt combined with flower petals. This is followed with a half-hour “body therapy” treatment, which can be either a “rose petal & orange blossom body exfoliating scrub”, made with brown sugar, cloves, rose petals, orange, coconut, yogurt and milk, or a session basking in the spa’s aromatic “Romantic Bubble Bath”, which contains the mingled essences of fresh orange and roses.

The gentle acids in fruits work are used to exfoliate the top layer of skin. These are contained in many kinds of locally available fruits, including papaya, pineapple, strawberries, grapes and of course oranges, all of which also contain vitamin A, B, C and E.

Using a blend of Vanilla Shea Butter and Base oil, the “Aromatic Body Massage” can help to sooth sore muscles while the Vitamins A & E assist in hydrating skin. To finish, guests are offered a “Rose Garden Tea”, made from rosebuds, rosehips and herbs that contain antioxidants, which are believed by some to boost the immune system and promote healthy skin.

“Guests will love the uplifting aromas in this romantic spa escape. We’ve combined specific oil blends to inspire harmony and indulgence, and perfect as our February feature – the month of love”, says Tara Hanrahan, group director of spa operation for SPA Cenvaree at Central Hospitality International (CHi).

There is also a take-home aromatherapy sachet filled with the uplifting scents of rose and black pepper.

This promotion lasts throughout February 2016.  For more information, visit SPA Cenvaree’s website or call +66 (0) 2 769 1234.


Dates for Anantara’s King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament 2016


THIS YEAR’S  King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament will be held by the banks of Bangkok’s Chaophraya River from March 10-13.

The four-day event, sponsored by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, will feature 10 teams encompassing over 40 players, including Thai celebrities, professional horse polo players, New Zealand All Blacks rugby players and Thailand’s famous transgender cabaret team Miss Tiffany.

A total of 18 elephants will be given a break from their work in tourist-trekking camps in Pattaya or bought from unemployment in Surin to take part in the festival, during which they are given much needed food, essential vitamin supplements, full veterinary checks and care for the duration of the event.

Now in its 14th year, the tournament has become one of the biggest charitable events in Southeast Asia.

It has raised almost US$1 million and donated to projects that better the lives of Thailand’s wild and domesticated elephant population, including continued support for research and clinics using elephants in therapy sessions for children living with autism; donating a gantry to help lame elephants stand and a purpose -built elephant ambulance to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC), and donating an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to the Government Elephant Hospital in Krabi.

Other projects include funding farmer/elephant conflict mitigation projects in three Thai and one Tanzanian National Park; planting 4,000 trees to form an elephant proof fence in Thailand; fully funding the protection of 18,000 hectares of standing forest in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains; funding the roll out of children’s educational programs with the Thai Ministry to teach them the importance of conservation and protection of wild elephants in Thailand and funding the world’s first Target Training Positive Reinforcement Workshops teaching mahouts and trainers throughout Southeast Asia elephant friendly training methods.

Anantara%20Elephant%20Polo%202016_Opening%20Elephant%20ParadeDomestic elephants are micro-chipped by the Thai government to show that they have not been caught from the wild.

The worst trekking camps can be tough for an elephant. In order to make money, mahouts are forced to work their elephants 10 – 12 hours a day.

Conversely, at home in Surin, unemployment means elephants are often left isolated from other elephants with a short chain on two legs 24 hours a day with no exercise or enrichment.

In both circumstances, the poverty of existence means their owners cannot afford to feed them anything close to their daily physical needs, emotional needs are forgotten, and shade and sufficient water are often overlooked.

The King’s Cup schedule is designed to give these trekking elephants rest and relaxation on a scale they are never afforded in their ‘normal’ lives and ensure elephant rest time with interaction and enrichment that neither set of elephants gets in their daily lives.

The festival will have something for everyone including an opening parade, Children’s Educational Day, Ladies Day known as the ‘Bangkok Ascot’ and a wide range of fun elephant-related activities for the whole family.

Anantara has long been associated with elephant conservation efforts with the formation of The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, which has performed over 40 rescues of elephants off the streets of Thailand, as well as bringing the hugely successful Elephant Parade to Bangkok, where 88 elephant statues were decorated by local and international celebrities and artists to honour Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 88th birthday, and will be auctioned off in a gala dinner in February 2016.

For more information on the 14th annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, visit


Maximizing movement with Fusionetics at Six Senses Spas

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AS AN INTEGRAL PART of the recently-launched Six Senses Integrated Wellness Program, where guests’ biomarkers are measured and put into a framework to give them a more in-depth and personalized wellness assessment, Six Senses Spas is now introducing Fusionetics.

This ground-breaking technology can, with 95% accuracy, show how a person can optimize movement to increase performance as well as how to avoid future physical problems such as back, knee and hip problems by discovering imbalances in movement.

With Fusionetics, everything is evidence-based, and driven by physical activities.

Individuals are able to determine exactly how to optimize their performance by an impressive 30%, while also cutting down on the time needed to recover from any previous injuries. The majority cases of pain and overuse injuries individuals suffer are preventable.

The study of Fusionetics has taught the sports and medical field that contributing factors for injury risks include previous injury history, movement efficiency, training load and recovery behaviors.

Fusionetics also helps prevent injuries in the first place by providing strengthening and stretching exercises for individuals that improve over-all performance, including improved speed, agility and strength. The result is that clients will have a properly aligned body that is capable of fluid movement, improved performance and a decreased risk of further injury.

Six Senses believes that Fusionetics services will help clients with injuries, with a medical release from their doctor, to begin recovery from problems affecting the lower back, shoulders, knees, ankles, wrists, and elbows, cervical and hip flexors.

Test consultations are recommended for youth athletes, regular gym members, clients with body imbalances and older clients with difficulties in performing physical activities. Special stretching exercises are included as a part of the consultation. Fusionetics sessions last one hour.

Anna Bjurstam, vice-president of Six Senses Spas and Wellness, says by introducing Fusionetics, we are able to assess a person’s fitness level, not only from internal biomarkers and general physical attributes but by how the person moves.

This approach allows participants to combat imbalances through personal training, yoga as well as therapy such as osteopathy, massage, stretching and other methods currently available in Six Senses Spas. It is fascinating to see how small adjustments in how we move on a daily basis can make large impacts both directly in our performance and for our future.

This program is currently available at Six Senses Spas at Six Senses Yao Noi and Soneva Kiri in Thailand; Six Senses Spa at Sharq Village & Spa in Doha, Six Senses Spa Kuwait, Six Sense Spa Marbella in Spain; and Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman.

Additional Six Senses Spa locations will introduce Fusionetics in 2016.

Romance is in the air at The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai

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THE DHARA DHEVI CHIANG MAI is pitching itself as an enchanting romantic getaway, where romance is in the air more than ever in the month of love during the month of February, and as an intimate escape for a special someone for two this St. Valentine’s Day.

“The Celebration of Love” features a special price of 29,900 THB in the resort’s luxurious Grand Deluxe Villa with Plunge Pool . It is available exclusively from Feb. 12-16, 2016 with the following benefits:

A complimentary upgrade to Grand Deluxe Villa with Pool upon arrival, based on the availability; daily breakfast at Akaligo restaurant for two; romantic candle light dinner at Farang Ses restaurant for two, which includes two glasses of sparkling wine on St. Valentine’s Day on the 14th; and round trip airport transfer to and from Chiang Mai International Airport.

Advance reservation is required and booking must be made directly with the hotel as well as a minimum stay of three nights is required. Booking is subject to availability.

As one of Asia’s premier luxury destinations, The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai is known for its exceptional design, invoking an ancient Lanna kingdom and outstanding service, making it a perfect place for romantic holidays and luxurious experiences.

To make a reservation, call the reservations office at 053 888 888 or email:




Recipe of the Month: Green Curry Quinoa Risotto


THIS MONTH’S RECIPE comes from Absolute Sanctuary, which specializes in wellness and wellness treatments on Koh Samui. Every bite of this hot curry is packed with nutritional goodness sealing its status in a super food menu.

Quinoa Risotto Ingredients:

50g skinned salmon, cubed

½ teaspoon rice bran oil

1 heaped teaspoon green curry paste

1 heaped teaspoon chopped cayenne chili pepper

1 tablespoon coconut milk

1 tablespoon soy milk

½ teaspoon palm sugar

3-4 champignon mushrooms, quartered

¼ cup Thai cherry eggplant, quartered

¼ cup cooked quinoa

¼ cup cooked jasberry rice

¼ cup Thai sweet basil, loosely packed

Side Dish:

1 boiled egg, sliced and ¼ Japanese cucumber, sliced


1-2 Bird’s Eye chilies, deseeded and sliced

½ teaspoon tamari

1 teaspoon water

A drop of lime juice


Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Pan-fry the salmon cubes (without oil) for about 2 minutes on each side or until just cooked. Set aside.

In a large pan heat the rice bran oil and fry the curry paste in it for a minute or until fragrant.

Stir in the cayenne chili pepper, coconut milk, soy milk, and sugar, mixing well.

Add the eggplant, mushroom and sauté for 2-3 minutes.  Add the salmon, quinoa and jasberry rice, stirring well to evenly coat all the ingredients with the curry sauce.

Cook until the eggplant is soft.  Turn off the heat and stir in the Thai basil.


Whisk all the ingredients until thoroughly combined.



Firmly pack risotto in a bowl and unmold it on a dinner plate. Arrange the egg slices and Japanese cucumber in a ring around the risotto mound. Place the sauce in a small dipping bowl and serve it on one side of the plate.



Centara changing name to Central Hospitality International (CHi)

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 From the left: Tom Thrussell , v-p of brand, marketing & digital; Suparat Chirathivat, v-p of business development; Thirayuth Chirathivat, CHi’s CEO; Suthikiati Chirathivat, chairman; Supatra Chirathivat, senior v-p of corporate affairs & social responsibilities; Chris Bailey, COO; and Robert Maurer Loeffler, group director operations, Bangkok & City Hotels of Chi.

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS will be renamed Central Hospitality International (CHi) this month– renaming the management and holding company behind its collection of hotels.

The hotel brands, products and services will remain unchanged.

The introduction of CHi serves to differentiate the corporate brand and its member hotel brands, as well as to align the hotel group with the other eponymously named Central Group companies creating greater affiliation and synergy within the Central family.

The inclusion of the word “International” within the name signifies CHi’s intent to continue to expand its portfolio both in Thailand and international markets, becoming even more of a global player in the hospitality sector.

“Our objective is to strategically grow the business and build international brand awareness and recognition through acquiring and managing hotels in global cities and resorts.

“These locations will be carefully identified according not only to the global travel profile of our existing and prospective guests but also in recognition of those destinations which embrace and value the elements of Thai service style that will continue to form part of the DNA of our brands” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Central Hospitality International.

In 2016, the continued international expansion of the hotel group will see the introduction of additional hotel brands to the Central Hospitality International family.

Today, the group includes Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Centara Residences & Suites, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra Hotels & Resorts and COSI Hotels.

 Central Hospitality International (CHi) is the new corporate name for the formerly known Centara Hotels & Resorts. CHi is a global hospitality group, founded and headquartered in Thailand, comprising hotels, resorts, convention centres and spas. CHi currently has 66 properties in its expanding portfolio of owned and managed assets throughout Thailand, and in the Maldives, Bali, Vietnam and Sri Lanka along with projects underway in Qatar, Laos, Oman, Turkey and China.

The CHi family of brands currently includes Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Centara Residences & Suites, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra Hotels & Resorts and COSI Hotels, spa brands SPA Cenvaree and Cense by SPA Cenvaree, and guest loyalty program CentaraThe1Card.

CHi is part of the larger Central Group of companies, which comprises 9 business groups: Central Department Store Group (CDG), Central Food Retail Group (CFG), Central Hardlines Group (CHG), Central Online (COL), Central Pattana Group (CPN), Central Marketing Group (CMG), Central Restaurants Group (CRG) and Central Group (VIETNAM).



AVANI Riverside Bangkok set to re-energize Thailand’s River of Kings


A NEW STAR is ready to shine fresh light on the banks of Bangkok’s picturesque Chao Phraya River with the opening of AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel in April 2016.

Rising 26-storeys, AVANI Riverside Bangkok overlooks the city’s bustling waterway and will boast uninterrupted views across Asia’s most dynamic city. Each of its 251 guest rooms and suites will feature an uninterrupted view of the river and city.

On the hotel’s rooftop sits Attitude Bar and Restaurant, offering views of unmatched panoramas over the city, as well as a designer infinity pool for a very chilled perch to tower above the energy of capital.

AVANI%20Riverside%20Bangkok_River_View_Junior_Suite_Twilight_with_viewAttitude, which has been designed for parties, private events or sunset drinks, is just one of the four bars and restaurants at AVANI Riverside Bangkok. Long Bar and Skyline dish up an impressive choice of plates, while the casual Pantry offers up grab-and-go delights in the lobby.

Avani’s lobby is digitized, with computer connections and open meeting spaces, that help make check in a breeze.

The hotel also raises the bar with its modern Grand Ballroom, a flexible space of nearly 4,500 square metres, perfect for any event accommodating up to 1,500 people. Its design will ensure that weddings, product launches, corporate events and conferences all go off without a hitch. The ballroom also has its own open-plan kitchen.

The highest ballroom ceilings in Bangkok vault overhead, while its skylights flood the venue with natural light. Situated on the 10th floor, the venue showcases the same stunning views found throughout the hotel.

AVANI Riverside’s complimentary shuttle boat reaches the BTS Skytrain station and pier at Saphan Taksin in only 15 minutes. However, with 60 world-renowned retail brands, restaurants, bars, spas and entertainment outlets at the adjoining Riverside Plaza, guests will have everything at their fingertips, without venturing into the city’s excitement.




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