Archive - February 2016

1-Michelin Star Chef from Paris at VIE Hotel Bangkok March 23-26
Anantara launches Balance Wellness Retreats
Indigenous Cocktail Recipe from Naka Island Phuket
Begin your day with sun salutation at Six Senses
SALA Samui receives 2016 Travelers’ Choice Award
Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai named top luxury hotel by TripAdvisor 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards
Recipe of the month: Hansar Samui’s Poon Nim Pad Pong Karee
Michelin Star Chef’s Valentine Day set dinner at VIE Bangkok

1-Michelin Star Chef from Paris at VIE Hotel Bangkok March 23-26

Chef Julien Montbabut

ONE-MICHELIN STAR Chef Julien Montbabut will be offering a special six-course dinner at La VIECreative French Cuisine at VIE Hotel Bangkok from March 23-26.

Julien is the head chef of Le Restaurant, a popular dining spot for local and international celebrities at well known L’Hotel in Paris, where he has become a master at creating incomparable juices, sauces and seasonings.

Dinner starts at 7 p.m. each day. Cost of the six-course set dinner is priced at 5,000 THB per person. The six-course set dinner with wine pairing is priced at 7,000 THB per person.

The dinner starts with a variety of snacks –tile rice and mussels with curry, tube crispy dried porcini mushrooms and parsley, orange tart and campari; followed by cucumber – horseradish emulsified milk delicate jelly, smoked eel and Norway lobster – sour cream marinated à la minute, radish.

Main dishes feature a choice of sea bass – juice of fish bones cooked on the skin, sweet & bitter salad or morel – parisian mushroom bouillon stew, jura wine sabayon or farm pigeon – devil sauce roasted on the chest, varieties of cabbage desserts include Arlette – vanilla diplomat cream baked apple puffed raisins; lemon – Italian meringue on a biscuit, creamy and zesty petit fours – truffle chocolate and coffee; marshmallow poppy and poppy sandy diamond and caramel.









Anantara launches Balance Wellness Retreats


ANANTARA HOTELS RESORTS & SPAS has launched a range of wellness retreats powered by Lifestyle Health Retreats (LHR).

The transformational retreats, ranging from three-to-seven night programs, promise to deliver long-term health benefits and a positive lifestyle impact.

Designed around LHR’s philosophy that wellness retreats should be more than a ‘healthy holiday’ but also effect long-term lifestyle change, this exclusive range of results-oriented programs offer professional guidance by experienced fitness, nutrition and wellness experts and “mindset re-programing”, along with a realistic, motivational action plan and post-retreat coaching support.

Its Fitness & Weight Loss Retreats enable guests to benefit from personalized coaching and workouts, to learn about fitness and weight loss myths, as well as scientifically proven methods.

Participants develop a thorough understanding of food and nutrition, and receive the tools to establish healthy habits. Each guest receives detailed, personal information about their body and how to most efficiently maximize health, while burning fat and losing weight.

Ultimately, guests return home with a smart, achievable and healthy plan that fits into their daily life and helps to realize their goals.

Anantara wellnessFitness & Weight Loss Retreats are available at Anantara Si Kao Resort along an untouched stretch of Andaman coastline in southern Thailand from May 20 – 27, 2016 and from June 17-24, 2016, with prices starting from 18,200 THB, and at the tropical Thai island hideaway of Anantara Layan Phuket Resort from April 22 – 29 and June 3 – 10, 2016, with prices starting from 24,700 THB, as well as in the Maldives from 20 – 27 May, with prices starting from US$1,329.

Yoga Retreats strengthen and revitalize the body, refresh and empower the mind, while balancing and uplifting the spirit.

Each day starts with a dynamic two-hour yoga flow practice to invigorate and cleanse the body. Afternoon seminars provide guidance on yoga poses, so that guests can develop a deeper and more beneficial routine to put into practice back home.

Nutritional advice promotes healthy eating habits. In the evenings, yin yoga stretching or meditation sessions offer a wealth of holistic benefits. Guests are empowered to leave feeling de-stressed, nourished, strong and confident – ready to face the world afresh.

Yoga Retreats are available at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort on the Thai island of Phuket from July 1-8, 2016 with prices starting from 24,700 THB, as well as at Anantara’s Maldivian paradise from April 15-22, 2016 with prices starting from US$1,329.

Each retreat includes return airport transfers, luxury Anantara accommodation and healthy meals on a full board basis, a complimentary Anantara Spa treatment, one-to-one coaching, at least four hours a day of workouts, seminars and classes, as well as 30 days of follow-up coaching.

For more information, go to or follow #AnantaraBalance.and @AnantaraBalance on Instagram.




Indigenous Cocktail Recipe from Naka Island Phuket

NakaIsland_Cocktail Recipe

The Naka Coco Rum is Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa’s signature cocktail, served with a whole coconut fruit. It is a perfect mix of tropical flavors; banana and coconut juice with Chalong Bay Rum, an indigenous blend of Phuket.

One Serving


45ml               Chalong Bay Rum              1.5oz

15ml               Malibu                                  1/2oz

15ml               Triple sec                              1/2oz

150g.              Banana                                  1 piece

1                      Young Coconut Meat        1 unit


Blend all the ingredients. And arrange a coconut fruit and pour the drink into coconut. Serve chilled.


Begin your day with sun salutation at Six Senses

 Six Senses Yao Noi

YOGA AND MEDITATION have many benefits and Six Senses Yoga Master, Dorelal Singh, recommends that we begin our day with sun salutations at least once a week to release stress and bring about calmness and happiness.

This is a series of 12 postures performed in a single, graceful flow. Each movement is coordinated with the breath. Inhale as you extend or stretch, and exhale as you fold or contract.

Sun salutations build strength and increase flexibility. Even on days when you think you have no time for yoga, try to do at least one or two rounds.

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Subtle Energies:

Many of us spend time traveling between various times zones and working around the clock, which often affects our sleep. Simple rituals using Subtle Energies therapeutic blends can help you enhance your sleep and improve your well-being in such demanding times.

In the evening, he recommends Six Senses’ Bliss or Pitta blends with its self-massage technique for better sleep and to balance anxiety built up during the day.

“It is equally important to use an energizing blend in the day such as Six Senses’ Rasayana or Kapha blend, leaving you feeling recharged while also helping reverse the effects of jet lag.”

Six Senses’ latest skincare range, Soothe & Enrich, will be launched at selected Six Senses Spas this year, harnesses the power of ancient anti-oxidants such as Coriander, Neem and Brahmi Amla in facial treatments and full skincare post spa regimes.

Anti-oxidants are a must when it comes to protecting your skin from aging caused by free radical damage.

The Organic Pharmacy:

One of the important beauty secrets is skin hydration: Keep your skin hydrated with one of the most effective beauty ingredients – Shea Butter.

“First, nothing in nature is simple and Shea Butter is no exception. Packed full of antioxidants, phyto-chemicals, essential fatty acids and anti-inflammatory steroids Shea Butter is an exceptional beauty secret.”

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SALA Samui receives 2016 Travelers’ Choice Award


SALA SAMUI RESORT AND SPA has been recognized as winner in the Top 25 Hotels — Thailand category of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards for hotels. SALA Samui was awarded the Tripadvisors Traveller’s Choice Award for third consecutive year.

The Traveller’s Choice, is Tripadvisor’s most prestigious award and fewer than 1% of the listed properties receive it.

For 2016, SALA Samui received the Traveller’s Choice Award in three different categories, and was ranked among the TOP 25 Hotels of Thailand in three categories in competition with more than 1.000 listed hotels.

Winners were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, bargain, B&Bs and inns, luxury, service and small hotels. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.

“We are honoured to receive the Traveller’s Choice Awards, and grateful that so many of our loyal customers have shared their positive impressions on Tripadvisor,” said Dick Simarro, general manager of SALA Samui Resort and Spa.

“We congratulate the properties that have won Travelers’ Choice Hotel awards,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “As travelers consider where to book their next trip, they should be sure to check out these award-winners that have already delighted millions of members of the TripAdvisor community.”



Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai named top luxury hotel by TripAdvisor 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards

 Dhara Dhevi 1

THE DHARA DHEVI CHIANG MAI is starting 2016 with a celebration of its own on being chosen as winner of the Top Luxury Hotels in Thailand of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards.

In addition of this latest Travelers’ Choice Awards, The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai has been honoured in other three categories, including one of Top 25 Hotels for Service in Thailand, Top 25 Hotels in Thailand and Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Asia.

The resort has also been named in The Gold List 2016 of Condé Nast Traveler China.

For the 14th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the world.

Winners were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Luxury, Service and Small Hotels. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.

In 2014, the hotel was also named No. 1 Top Hotel in Thailand in the Travelers’ Choice awards by TripAdvisor.

“This award is very important because it indicates that the guests appreciate the hotel and the service, that is where we all do it for as well as help us to constantly improve ourselves.”, said The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai General Manager Andrew Quinlan.

“In the meantime, we are considered top Gold List 2016 among the best hotels in the world, and by one of the China’s most recognized travel magazines, Condé Nast Traveler. It’s a monumental distinction.

“It goes without saying that all of us at The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai are truly honoured in receiving such an accolade from travelers the globe over.”




Recipe of the month: Hansar Samui’s Poon Nim Pad Pong Karee

 Hansar Recipe

This month’s recipe comes from Chef Stephen Dion at Hansar Resort on Koh Samui and serves one person. Poon Nim Pad Pong Karee translates in English to Crispy Soft Crab on a Yellow Curry Sauce.

Main ingredients:

1 large soft shell crab

One-half medium-sized onion, sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 spring onions, cut in two-inch pieces

20g of Madras curry powder

25 ml of soya bean cooking oil

100 ml of coconut milk

25 ml of condensed milk

15 ml of fish sauce (to taste)

1 egg

Flour for dredging the soft shell

Ingredients for curry sauce: 

10g of Madras curry powder

3 g of red chilli powder (to taste)

10g of salt

100g of flour


Lay the soft shell crab on a tray. Dredge the the soft shell crab in the Flour mixture. Remove any excess flour .

Heat a large sauce pot enough to cover the softshell. Once the oil has 180 F, add the crab, occasionally turning it, so it cooks evenly. Then, deep fry until golden brown for three to five minutes.

Meanwhile, wok stir fry the sliced onions in the soya bean oil and add the garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are translucent. Add a little chicken stock to prevent the onions from burning.

When the onions are ready, add in the curry powder, the coconut milk, the green onion pieces, and let simmer until desired consistency, then add the condensed milk, fish sauce and stir in one egg, stir frequently until the egg begins to cook. Remove the curry from the heat.

Set the curry sauce on a glass plate. Add the soft shell crab. Serve immediately, with steamed jasmine rice, and a small bowl of fish sauce with and a chopped Thai red and green chillies on the side.



Michelin Star Chef’s Valentine Day set dinner at VIE Bangkok

La VIE Bangkok French Cuisine

VIE HOTEL BANGKOK is planning a five-course romantic set dinner served in La VIE – Creative French Cuisine this St. Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14.

Each specially created dish was designed by Michelin chefs, who have been featured at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine throughout the past.

Seating for this exclusive dinner is limited to a maximum of 20 couples, so advance reservations are essential. Each couple will receive a gift prepared by La VIE for the occasion.

The Romantic Set Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Cost is 5,000 THB per couple. Wine pairing is an additional 1,500 THB per person.


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