Archive - April 2016

Cliff-side chapel settings at Anantara Layan Phuket
Earth/Check recognizes Centara for its sustainability program
Benihana Pattaya “Best Restaurants 2016”choice by Thailand Tatler Magazine
Anantara’s Elephant Parade Bangkok auction raises millions for charity
Soneva Kiri’s environmental support offer
Recipe of the Month: Tom Kha Gai at Dusit Thani Bangkok
Songkran Refresher at Marriott Pattaya’s Royal Garden Spa
Centara Hotels & Resorts adds to executive team

Cliff-side chapel settings at Anantara Layan Phuket


AT ANANTARA PHUKET LAYAN RESORT, couples planning a paradise island wedding can say “I do” in a Thai or western ceremony, on a tropical beach or in an iconic cliff-side chapel

Each package features a host of convenient and romantic inclusions, starting with roundtrip airport transfers provide seamless journeys for the couple as well as guest seating and floral decorations at the chosen venue.

The bridegroom receives a boutonniere. In addition to a bouquet, the bride enjoys the beauty services of a hair and makeup artist, and an English-speaking master of ceremony conducts the symbolic vows as well as a wedding cake, music and sound system.

A professional photographer captures all the big moments. The package also includes a bottle of sparkling wine makes for the toast, and a one-night stay with breakfast.

The four distinctive wedding packages let each couple create a perfect day in their own unique way.

The Anantara Chapel Wedding package, priced from 89,000 to 109,000 THB, takes place at the private cliff-side chapel, featuring a spectacular coastal view and a uniquely intimate setting for up to 40 guests.

Filled with meaningful customs, the Thai Wedding Package includes a monk alms-giving ceremony, a water blessing ritual, and neck garlands for the bride and groom, priced from 149,000 THB.

The Layan Beach Wedding Package, held on a stretch of sand and framed by a captivating bay view, a wedding on Layan Beach can accommodate up to 150 relatives and friends, and is priced from 99,000 to 179,000 THB.

Married couples are invited to rekindle romance with the Honeymoon Renewal Package. Available on the beach or at the chapel, this special package includes a uniting lantern ceremony, and is priced from 89,000 to 109,000 THB.

Weddings at Anantara Phuket Layan Resort are purely symbolic in nature.

To find out more about Anantara Layan Phuket’s special wedding packages, contact the resort’s wedding consultant at 66 76 317 200 or email





Earth/Check recognizes Centara for its sustainability program


CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS has received two more gold certifications from EarthCheck for Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui and Centara Grand Beach Resort & villas Hua Hin along with numerous properties achieving silver certifications.

The “EarthCheck Gold” designation is only conferred after five years of continual independent assessment and adherence to internationally-recognised, scientific standards. These efforts help inspire stakeholder confidence and drive further organizational improvement, competitive advantage, innovation and growth.

Centara Gold Certified properties have continued to engage in programs such as energy, water and waste management since 2008, along with stakeholder and community education and engagement that helps Centara manage and the communities monitor their impact on the environment.

At Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, for example, its ‘green’ team understands the importance of educating and working with stakeholders, partners and the local communities to further implement sustainability efforts.

Working together with local environment groups, Centara assists to increase the level of public awareness for the environment.

As part of these initiatives, Centara Grand Samui also produces EM Water (Effective Micro-organisms Water) out of fruit and vegetable waste, which is then used as fertilizer and biochemical to use in the hotel.

The EM Water is also donated to the local temples and schools.  This water has many benefits to the environment as well as for agriculture and in order for the community to yield the benefits, the team at Centara Grand Samui helps to educate the nearby community on how to produce their own EM Water.

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, has a rich history, as it is the original Railway Hotel, first opening its doors to welcome guests in the early 1920s.  It was Thailand’s first beach resort.  This history is preserved with the original building as well as the popular topiary gardens.

Centara-640x400A water management system was implemented as it was vital to the operations of the property as well as to the ove-rall guest experience. The water management system uses the waste water, including over 100,000 KL of gray water, which are effectively treated and reused to water the extensive topiary gardens.

The giant topiary animals that are featured in the garden require a great deal of attention and water and the use of the recycled wastewater allows for property maintenance without heavy impact on water usage.  Centara Grand Hua Hin also produce EM Water and run programs with the local community.

“As one of Thailand’s leading hospitality groups, it is important to take a leadership role and to encourage others to join in the efforts,” shares Mr. Thirayuth Chirathivat, Chief Executive Officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts.  “These accomplishments motivate our teams as we continue our efforts to bring about positive environmental change while providing our guests with memorable travel experiences.”

In June 2015, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi became the first property in Thailand to be Gold Certified.  It is overall an amazing achievement by the operations and ‘green’ teams to be honoured with three Gold Certifications.

Centara is also noted that 12 properties had achieved silver certification in 2016: Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World; Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok; Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya; Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket; Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket; Centara Karon Resort Phuket; Centara Kata Resort Phuket; Centara Villas Phuket; Centara Villas Samui; Centara Hotel Hat Yai; Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives; and Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives. 

“Centara Hotels & Resorts has taken a significant leadership position in sustainability and has shown continued dedication to the EarthCheck program. Achieving EarthCheck certification is not an easy task to achieve. It requires the commitment and ownership from management, staff and suppliers and a willingness to submit reporting to expert scrutiny,” said Stewart Moore, CEO for EarthCheck. 

“Congratulations to all 15 certified properties, in particular Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi and Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui for being awarded with EarthCheck’s prestigious Gold Certification.”

Two more properties are on track to receiving gold certification in 2017 – Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld and Centara Karon Resort Phuket.

While Centara Hotels & Resorts continue to make great strides in its sustainability management, they are always exploring new opportunities that will allow for even greater sustainability measures to further lessen the impacts on the environment and to better support the local communities, he added.


Benihana Pattaya “Best Restaurants 2016”choice by Thailand Tatler Magazine

Benihana Pattaya Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants 2016

From the left: Chaipat Obkinjun, Asanee Intaring and Theerayuth Plangsorn.

 BENIHANA PATTAYA has been recognized as a ‘Best Restaurants 2016’ by the editors of Thailand Tatler, based on suggestions from readers.

This accolade is given to leading destination restaurants, which have excelled in their respective fields; created more competition and set higher standards in the food, wine, ambience and service categories.

“ My Kitchen is Your Table” has always been part of the Benihana story, inherent to its uniqueness,”

“This recognition is a testament to our culinary experts’ imagination and skill, to develop a series of sumptuous menu options that rival that of any stand-alone restaurant,” said Chef Theerayuth Plangsorn.

At Benihana Japanese Steakhouse’s  “My Kitchen is Your Table”,  guests are able to interact with the chefs, famous for their entertaining and culinary skills, as they prepare Teppanyaki at your table. Private rooms are available.















Anantara’s Elephant Parade Bangkok auction raises millions for charity

Anantaras Elephant Parade Bangkok - Royal Gold Elephant

ELEPHANT PARADE BANGKOK ended with a gala dinner and charity auction held at Anantara Siam Bangkok. The prestigious auction house, Christies, played host for the event, which raised more than 10 million THB (US$300,000).

This money will be donated to various charities that benefit wild and domestic elephants throughout the region.

The colourful herd of almost one hundred 1.5 metre elephants has delighted residents and tourists alike as they travelled throughout the Thai capital for three months, starting with a launch at Siam Paragon in December 2015 to honour the 88th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Bangkok’s premier night market, Asiatique was the herd’s second stop before finally ending in the more natural surroundings of Lumphini Park, allowing approximately one million visitors to get up close and personal with the capital’s largest ever outdoor art exhibition.

All elephants showcased in Elephant Parade Bangkok have been available for the public to bid and own in an online auction and 20, selected by Christies, were auctioned off at the gala dinner.

Anantaras Elephant Parade Bangkok - Sirinya Bishop.jpgNotable celebrity painted elephants auctioned off on the night included, actor and martial artist Tony Jaa; supermodel and actress Sirinya Bishop; singer and musician Kong Saharat and architect Duangrit Bunnag. The largest bid of the evening went to the elephant Utopia by artist Elizabeth Romhild for THB 600,000 (US$17,000)

The final proceeds will be donated to The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation who in turn will select strategic partners to drive forward key conservation projects.

These include building the first elephant clinic in Chiang Mai’s Mae Teang Valley, expanding a Positive Reinforcement Target Training Project to traditional mahouts throughout Thailand, helping protect 18,000 hectares of virgin rainforest in Cambodia, where wild elephants roam, and working closely with the national parks throughout Thailand to ensure the safety of wild elephants.

Other notable artists who participated in the world’s largest outdoor exhibition include: Designer Paul Smith, Moo Asava, ML Jirathorn Jiraprawat, Wisut Ponnimit, Nirut Sirichanya, Nancy Chandler and world number 1 DJ Hardwell.

To help raise more awareness and funds for elephant welfare and conservation projects, during the event Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas also gave Elephant Parade visitors the chance to win a seven day trip to Anantara’s resorts in the Maldives through an Instagram competition with the main prize won by Evelyn Zheng.




Soneva Kiri’s environmental support offer


AN INTERERESTING OFFER from Soneva Kiri. Do your part to preserve the environment and support the local community and get three complimentary nights added to your retreat at Soneva Kiri in Thailand.

Assist the resident tropical ecologist to identify and log rare species of flora and fauna thriving in the tropical rainforest and support the local community through a variety of sustainable initiatives. This is a real opportunity to get close to nature and learn more about the complexity of the rich ecosystem of this beautiful island.

For booking, contact or call 91 124 4511000 and quote S6P3UBB. The offer is applicable on all room types for stays from May 10 to Sept. 20, 2016 and will be offered in the same room category as booked.

Food and beverages, transfers and experiences are not included in the offer, and bonus nights cannot be exchanged for cash or other equivalents, be transferred or be taken during a different period.

All guests under the same booking reference must participate in the volunteering programs to avail the offer. The booking reference is required to confirm the booking.


Recipe of the Month: Tom Kha Gai at Dusit Thani Bangkok

Benjarong - Tom Kha Gai

THIS MONTH’S RECIPE comes from the chefs at Benjarong Restaurant, Dusit Thani Hotel Bangkok, where spa treatments are based on an ancient Thai story.

The ingredients:

150 grams of chicken breast

500 cups of coconut milk

500 milliliters of chicken stock

100 grams of galangal, peeled and sliced

10 kaffir lime leaves

40 grams of coriander root

100 lemongrass

6 kaffir lime leaves, tear into small pieces

100 grams Shimeji mushrooms, cut in half

100 grams Thai shallot

10 grams Bird Eye chili

1 tablespoon of palm sugar

2 tablespoons of lime juice

1 teaspoon of fish sauce

5 grams butter

2 coriander leaves

Dusit Thani Bangkok Benjarong - Interior 1.jpgPreparing Chicken Breast

  • Clean the chicken breast and take out off the skin.
  • Put the chicken breast in vacuum bag add some butter and sous vide at 68 C for one a half hour, then slice.

Making the Tom Kha Soup

  • Add coconut milk and chicken stock into the pot. Using a medium heat until boiling.
  • Add galangal, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves into the pot about five minutes until the herb aroma is released.Season with fish sauce, palm sugar, lime juice and bird eye chili.
  • Place the cooked Shimeji mushrooms and Thai shallot into the bowl then the sliced sous vide chicken breast and coriander leaves.
  • Add Shimeji mushrooms and Thai shallot and keep boiling until cooked.
  • Pour the boiling soup into the chicken bowl and serve with steamed rice.


Songkran Refresher at Marriott Pattaya’s Royal Garden Spa

Royal Garden Spa _Songkarn Refresher - Copy


CELEBRATE THE SPIRIT of Thailand’s famous New Year water festival with a special 90-minute spa package, available from now until April 30.

The package features in a 30-minute Rose and Mint body scrub and a 60-minute Aromatic Massage designed to enhance your blood circulation and breathing . The package includes a complimentary Jasmine Body lotion. Cost – 3,300 THB.

Royal Garden Spa at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa is designed in the classic beauty and rich cultural heritage of the Lanna era, with luxurious spa suites, offering an inspirationally traditional hideaway in the heart of Pattaya’s bustling city center

For more information and reservations call Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa at (66) 038 412 120 Ext.1711 or email:

Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa is located in the heart of the city overlooking the beach and has 298 rooms and suites surrounded by lush tropical greenery, and just steps away from the best shopping and entertainment in town.

Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa has two restaurants, two bars, and a large swimming pool, tennis courts, an extensive health club, and the Royal Garden Spa.




Centara Hotels & Resorts adds to executive team

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS has expanded its executive team with three new positions in response to new and growing demands at all levels of its business.

Paul Wilson has been named vice-president of sales; Adrian Hardwick-Jones, vice-president of design & technical services and Tawicha Trakulyingyong, group director of business process improvement.

This growth is part of the larger business strategy, which previously included the introduction of the vice-president of brand, marketing & digital.

Paul WilsonPaul Wilson joins the Centara team with over 15 years of experience in the hotel and hospitality industry as a sales, marketing and revenue specialist. Relocating from Australia, Wilson held a dual role as national MICE director and regional sales & marketing director at the Mantra Group, representing more than 120 hotels and resorts as the most profitable hotel company in Asia Pacific.

Prior to Mantra Group, Wilson held senior roles in leading hospitality companies such as Park Plaza Hotel & Resorts in London and boutique properties in his native Africa. He believes team work is the key to all success.

Adrian Hardwick-JonesWith 24 years of experience in Asia alone, working across different economic environments and companies, Adrian Hardwick-Jones comes to Centara with both technical expertise and keen business acumen.

He has worked in a wide variety of countries including India, at Shipra Estates, DLF Retail Developers Ltd, and Strategic Blueprint, in both India and Hong Kong. Most recently, Hardwick-Jones was the regional director of design and engineering of IHG South West Asia.

One of Hardwick-Jones’s key roles for Centara will be to assist in bridging the gap between the operations and development teams to allow for greater focus on the end-user service while achieving challenging and commercial deadlines.

Tawicha TrakulyingyongTawicha Trakulyingyong, as the group director of business process improvement, will drive the improvement of business efficiency across the organization and also to oversee the IT department from strategies to operation management – with the aim to increase business competitiveness with the right technology investments.

Trakulyingyong has extensive experience in business process improvements and IT strategy, project and operation management in various industries, including retail, manufacturing, banking and financial services.

Prior to joining Centara, he held key leadership roles with multinational companies based in Thailand, U.K. and the U.S., including Tesco Lotus, Minor International, Charoen Pokphand (CP), IBM Service Delivery, and Computer Science Corporation.

“I expect that these new executives will make a dramatic difference in how we engineer our future business strategies at Centara,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts.




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