Archive - July 2016

Breeze spas add five new exclusive treatments
Special Mother’s Day dinner at VIE Villas Hua Hin
Minor Hotel Group implementing Green Growth 2050 standards
Centara to open a new resort in Krabi
Banyan Tree Gallery welcomes summer with new website and Apple Green Tea Collection
Recipe of Month: Six Senses Samui Mas-sa-man Beef Curry
Cheers to 20 Years for Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui
Celebrating Bastille Day at VIE Bangkok
Anantara Si Kao Offers guests a chance to save endangered dugongs

Breeze spas add five new exclusive treatments

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BREEZE SPA has teamed up with Murad, a cosmeceutical line by leading U.S. dermatologist, Dr Howard Murad, to introduce five new and exclusive facial treatments designed for a wide range of skin concerns.

Each of the treatments utilize Murad products and Breeze Spa’s expertise to address issues such as dehydration, lack of radiance, sunburn, hyper-pigmentation and signs of ageing.

The Hydration Facial Treatment aims to reinvigorate dry and tired skin, providing the ultimate moisturizing experience. Utilizing lipid technology and an age-diffusing mask to ease fine lines and provide double skin hydration, guests can look forward to restoring their natural contours and recapturing plump and youthful glowing skin.

For dull and uneven skin caused by clogged pores, its Deep Cleansing Facial Treatment features a clarifying Vitamin C radiance peel to help unclog pores, eliminate dull and dry skin cells to reveal a more even skin texture and tone.

As holidays may involve spending too much time under the sun, the Sensitive and After-Sunburn Facial Treatment can help combat redness triggered by stress and overexposure to sun, wind and extreme temperatures.

This breakthrough treatment provides fast relief to calm and soothe inflamed and sensitive skin, featuring two intensely calming and cooling facial masks. This treatment is also ideal for skin, suffering from occasional or persistent redness.

For pesky dark spots, the Breeze Spa team recommends the Brightening Facial Treatment. This fast-acting formula with double brighteners will boost skin radiance and reverse visible signs of damage, helping fight dark spots, pigmentation, freckles and uneven skin tone to reveal a youthful glow.

For those in search of smoother and more youthful skin, the Anti-ageing Facial Treatment works towards defeating the signs of ageing, reducing the appearance of wrinkles using the intensive radiance peel, and infusing the skin with long-lasting hydration. The results will leave the skin noticeably smoother and more youthful, after just one treatment.

Treatment last 75 minutes and are now exclusively available at Breeze Spa locations across Thailand and the Maldives – Amari Watergate Bangkok, Amari Pattaya, Amari Phuket, Amari Hua Hin, Amari Vogue Krabi, Amari Havodda Maldives and the newly re-opened Amari Koh Samui.

Prices for Breeze Spa outlets in Thailand run between $75 – 100 US.



Special Mother’s Day dinner at VIE Villas Hua Hin

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V VILLAS HUA HIN, MGALLERY BY SOFITEL will be celebrating Mother’s Day in Thailand with a very special four-course set dinner, created by visiting Chef Nicolas Basset from VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel for two days only, Aug. 12 and 13, 2016.

Nicolas Basset has traveled the world, from Brazil to Finland, absorbing various exciting culinary traditions and has enjoyed many valuable experiences while working with a number of Michelin star chefs, most recently with 1-Michelin Star Chef Julien Montbabut and 2-Michelin Star Chef Stéphane Buron during their visit at VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel.

The “Touch the Stars” four-course set dinner has been created with all the gastronomic knowhow and techniques that Chef Nicolas has acquired as well as his own skills and talents.

The menu includes such delights as assiette of asparagus, sherry, Mascarpone; pan-seared Hokkaido scallops, cauliflower, wild mushroom emulsion; Barbary Duck “Rosé”, butternut, peaches, rosemary; succulent butter-poached Maine lobster, vanilla and mascarpone risotto, bisque; and white chocolate délice, Tonka bean, pineapple & coconut for dessert.

The four-course set dinner is priced at 1,450 THB and THB 1,750 THB and includes two glasses of fine wine, per set per person. Dinner is served at 7 pm.

Advance reservations are required, more information contact the Villazzo Restaurant via 032-616039.




Minor Hotel Group implementing Green Growth 2050 standards

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MINOR HOTEL GROUP (MHG) has moved to cement itself as one of the global leaders in sustainable tourism by implementing the Green Growth 2050 (GG2050) sustainability solution.

MHG has committed its 35 resorts and hotels under the Anantara brand to the Green Growth 2050 program, launched in 2015, with many already undergoing certification. A further 35 hotels under MHG’s other brands are currently implementing the Performance Measurement solution planned for live operation later in 2016.

“In identifying a sustainability partner for the Hotel Group, Minor was looking for a solution that could take our hotels to the next level and a program with the potential to operate across our entire portfolio”, said John Roberts, MHG director of conservation efforts.

“We found Green Growth 2050 was the only solution that brought together a GSTC recognized Certification Standard, aligned with international conventions, including the UN Global Compact, with true measurement of our sustainability initiatives across over 200 GRI and tourism based metrics,” he added.

Anantara_Layan_BeachVilla_at_Night“The ability to measure and manage performance across all our hotels in the one place, standardizing the group wide recording, was crucial to our decision in moving to Green Growth 2050”.

“MHG has one of the most impressive hotel portfolios in the industry combining luxury properties with outstanding service. It is a privilege to have many of them as our current members,” said Green Growth 2050 CEO Wayne McKinnon.

“When we developed the sustainability framework for GG2050 we wanted to provide a solution designed to take leading organizations like MHG beyond the one-dimensional legacy certification systems currently being used and provide a true cloud-based solution that brought together certification, performance measurement and online learning, overlaid with full business intelligence and analytics.”

“Minor’s sustainability performance can be managed across their entire portfolio and segmented by business type, city, region, brand, or any defined grouping. They can compare the performance of their Asian hotels against their Middle Eastern hotels or owned hotels against managed hotels; certified or not certified, etc. to provide both individual hotel management teams and head office executives with unrivalled granularity in managing their sustainability initiatives.”

“All this information is available in user-defined dynamic dashboards specifically tailored to the needs of each organization, and at the touch of a button. Full reporting and data export is also supported,” said McKinnon.

Green Growth 2050 Chairman, Professor Geoff Lipman, a long-time industry leader and sustainability advocate, praised Minor Hotel Group for its commitment to corporate social responsibility.

“We decided to create Green Growth 2050 to help move traditional environmental indicators for the sector into the mainstream of industry response to climate change and sustainable development.   We spoke to a number of hotel groups – all of whom were positive, but it took the long-term vision of Minor Hotel Group to join us as a launch partner for the program – we are incredibly pleased to be working with them.

“2015 has been a watershed year for the international community with three heads of state summits – on development finance, sustainable development goals and climate change; setting the agenda for a new socio-economic paradigm,” he added.

“The overarching aim is to stabilize climate change by 2050 but the broader goal is a more caring, inclusionary, resource efficient, low carbon society. Green Growth 2050 is a key tool in the armoury of creative and positive change.”



Centara to open a new resort in Krabi

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CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS will be adding a third property in Krabi – Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi in the fourth quarter of 2016, offering close proximity to some of Thailand’s most recognizable landmarks, such as Phi Phi Island and James Bond Island.

Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi is modern in design and is situated in a tropical setting, just a short drive from Ao Nang. It will have 158 rooms that vary from Centra superior, Centra superior pool view and Centra family residence to the family-friendly residences with bunk beds. Facilities include a children’s pool.

Krabi International Airport is approximately 45 minutes by road while Phuket is only two and a half hours away from the resort.

As Centra by Centara Phu Pano prepares for its opening, Chalermrat Khumsawad has been named general manager . He is currently hotel manager for the nearby Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, where he was working for the past three and a half years. Khumsawad has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry and has worked for well known properties such as Le Meridien Khao Lak Beach Resort & Spa Phang Nga, The Emerald Bangkok, Ramada Resort Khao Lak Phang Nga, The Bel Air Panwa Phuket and La Flora Resort & Spa Khao Lak Phang Nga.

Centra by Centara is Centara Hotels & Resorts are all located in convenient settings, with restaurants and shops nearby and within easy access to the beach from seaside locations.

“With his knowledge and experience, we are confident that Khumsawad will greatly contribute to and lead Centra by Centara Phu Pano to a successful opening and future,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara Hotels & Resorts CEO. “We are thrilled to be opening our third property in Krabi. Our Centra by Centara brand delivers a unique product and service to our guests.”


Banyan Tree Gallery welcomes summer with new website and Apple Green Tea Collection

Banyan Tree GalleryBANYAN TREE GALLERY introduces a brand new shopping experience this summer with its newly launched website, that features a range of exclusive personal care products, aromatic essential and massage oils, and ceramic oil burners.

Signing up on the website enables you to receive an exclusive promotion code for 20% savings on your first purchase, and 200 bonus points to kickstart loyalty rewards redemption.

Inspired by Banyan Tree Spa’s Apple Green Tea Refresher treatment, Banyan Tree Gallery features the refreshing Apple Green Tea Collection.

Infused with brightening and anti-ageing properties of apple cider vinegar and organic green tea extract, this purifying hair and body care range is enriched with a blend of botanical oils (coconut, sweet almond, jojoba and olive oils), shea butter, vitamins B5 and E, cucumber extract and mandarin essential oil.

Featuring aromatherapy benefits to calm and uplift the senses, the Apple Green Tea Collection hydrates and restores moisture to the skin.

Paying homage to Banyan Tree Gallery’s role as a socially responsible retailer, the Apple Green Tea Collection is free of parabens, sodium laureth sulfates (SLES), sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS), and are not tested on animals.

Ideal for normal and oily skin and hair types, this range includes Body Lotion, Shower Gel, Hand Lotion, Body Scrub, Body Oil Mist, Hair Mist, Hair Shampoo, Hair Conditioner and Glycerin Soap for a pampering shower experience.

The Apple Green Tea Hair Mist is a handy hair essential this summer. Enriched with the nourishing blend of olive, grape seed and jojoba oils, and Vitamin E, this lightweight hair spritz enhances natural shine while taming frizz and flyaway without weighing down the hair. It’s ideal for oily and normal hair and instantly refreshes with delicate fruity scent.

For online purchases in China, please visit

This collection is also available in-store at Banyan Tree Galleries in Bangkok, Phuket and Samui in Thailand, Singapore, Maldives, Bintan in Indonesia, Seychelles and Mayakoba in Mexico. Prices are approximate and are subject to prevailing exchange rates.



Recipe of Month: Six Senses Samui Mas-sa-man Beef Curry

Masaman Beef Curry

THIS MONTH’S RECIPE comes from the chefs at Six Senses Samui in the Gulf of Thailand.


85g roasted cashew nuts

400ml coconut milk

4 tbsp mas-sa-man curry

600g stewing beef cheek, cut into large chunks

450g potatoes, cut into 2½ cm chunks

1 onion, cut into thin wedges

1 cinnamon stick

1 tbsp tamarind juice

1 tbsp palm sugar

1 tbsp fish sauce


Heat 2 tbsp of coconut milk in a pan with a lid. Add the curry paste and fry for one minute. Stir in the beef and fry until well coated and sealed. Stir in the rest of the coconut with half a can of water, the potatoes, onion, cinnamon, tamarind, sugar, fish sauce and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 2 hours in the oven until the beef is tender.

Sprinkle with cashew nuts, fried shallot, and serve with jasmine rice.





Cheers to 20 Years for Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui

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THE DISTINCTIVE COLONIAL STYLE of the five-star Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui has held a prominent spot on the widest part of Chaweng Beach for 20 years now, and recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary in style with a gala charitable evening, held at the resort’s beachfront COAST Beach Club & Bistro.

With balcony views looking straight out onto the turquoise expanse of the Gulf of Thailand, the Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui offers accommodation options to suit guests and groups, featuring the old-world charm of colonial-era architecture and an unparalleled beachfront setting, and offers easy access to shopping outlets and the buzz of Chaweng Road.

As with all of Centara’s Grand properties, the Resort is also home to its own 10-room SPA Cenvaree, a constant source of wellbeing and relaxation. Set within its own lotus gardens, the spa is a place to rejuvenate, unwind and discover the range of treatments, which include the healing secrets of Thailand, as well as Indian traditions with the choice of over 30 other therapies, including spa treatments for couples, facials and body therapies.

The Centara Grand Samui staff is extremely pleased at the long-lasting integration of the Resort within the local community.

“It is a wonderful feeling to celebrate such a milestone,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara Hotels & Resorts’ CEO.

“Celebrating 20 years of success is a major achievement and a reflection of our talented and dedicated team that have excelled in their service delivery, and to our guests who have continued to demonstrate their loyalty to the Centara brand and to our beautiful property in Samui.”

“It truly is an honour to have been a part of this celebration and to become a part of the future for Centara Grand Samui,”said Dominique Ronge, area general manager at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui.

The Resort’s 20th year celebration included an evening full of fun and fine food designed to give a little back to the island community, as well as a non-profit gala dinner, to benefit the community of Koh Samui, and in particular the Children’s Ward at the Koh Samui Hospital in Nathon, in association with SOS (Sisters on Samui).

Highlight of the evening was a live concert performance by Thai favourites “Buddha Bless” on a stage suspended in the ocean and a range of DJs who kept the stylish COAST Beach Club & Bistro buzzing.





Celebrating Bastille Day at VIE Bangkok

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MGALLERY BY SOFITEL is celebrating France’s Bastille Day this July 14th with an innovative and delicious Bastille Day set dinner and wine pairing at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine.

This four-course French menu by VIE’s French chef will inspire you raise a glass of fine wine on France’s national day.

The set dinner features crab salad, tomato consommé, tarragon cream and Avruga caviar for a starter; seared Chilean Sea-Bass, olive oil crushed potatoes, Noilly-Prat Velouté along with ballotine of bresse chicken, parsley purée, girolles and jus for main courses; and a tantalizing summer berry mille-feuille, vanilla and mint-lime ice cream for dessert.

Every course is paired with top-of-the-line wines that express an appreciation for the finest pleasures of life.

Dinner is served at 7 p.m. Price is 1,999 THB per person, with an additional charge of 1,500 THB for wine pairing.

There’s an Early Bird Deal with 20% off for advance reservations within Friday, July 8, 2016 **

For reservations and more information, call 02-3093939, or email, or click on



Anantara Si Kao Offers guests a chance to save endangered dugongs


IN THE SOUTHERN PROVINCE of Trang, along the untouched Andaman coast, some of Thailand’s best kept secrets are easily accessible from Anantara Si Kao Resort, where guests are invited to give back to the surrounding natural environment.

The clear waters are home to one of the largest dugong populations in Southeast Asia. Also known as the ‘sea cow’, these sea mammals are becoming increasingly endangered due to hunting, fishing and destruction of their natural habitat.

In partnership with the Marine National Park Diversion Centre Trang, Anantara guests can take part in regenerating the fragile coastal ecosystem and rebuilding the prime feeding ground for endangered dugongs by planting its main food source – sea grass.

At the Anantara Si Kao’s Environmental Centre, guests gather sea grass seedlings from the nursery and learn interesting facts about dugongs and the importance of sea grass for their survival.

At low tide they travel to the stunning Had Chao Mai National Park for a short forest hike to the beachfront, and then walk across the sand banks to the restoration area, learning how to plant the sea grass with a local conservation expert.

Returning to the hotel, guests are presented with an Anantara Sea Grass Project certificate by the environmental team, as a gesture of appreciation for taking part in the CSR activity.

Sea grass plays a significant role in the ecosystem and also serves to protect and enhance the lives of coastal communities. It stabilizes the ocean floor, holds in sediment, breaks down waves, improves water quality and prevents erosion. Sea grass beds hold 10% of the oceans’ total carbon storage and twice as much carbon dioxide as rainforests. Sea cucumbers, sea urchins and crabs use it as a nursery and safe haven against strong currents. Sea grass provides food and habitat for nearly 70% of all sea creatures in the region and is a vital food source for the dugong population.

Though of great importance to the ecosystem, sea grass meadows are often forgotten in the conservation debate. Every hour across the globe, an area of sea grass the size of two football pitches is lost; a rate of loss that is equal to that occurring in tropical rainforests and on coral reefs, yet receiving a fraction of the attention.

Anantara Si Kao Resort is committed to changing this and created the Sea Grass Planting CSR Project to help educate guests, restore and conserve sea grass beds, ensuring that marine life like the endangered dugong can continue to thrive in their natural habitat in the south of Thailand.

It is estimated that there are approximately 250 dugongs left in the waters near Anantara Si Kao and the resort has also introduced tours that takes guests dugong spotting in their natural habitat. As guests keep their eyes peeled to spot dugongs swimming peacefully in the Andaman’s clear waters the excitement of a rare sighting is enriched by insightful facts about these shy and fascinating creatures.

Anantara Si Kao Resort has a variety of CSR projects that guests can join, including beach clean-up activities, educational projects to help conserve environmental resources, and monitoring of coral reefs, mangroves, sea grass, beach erosion and wildlife.

For further information, call +66 (0) 7520 5888 or email



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