Archive - August 2016

Resetting your system at Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
New cluster GM for SALA boutique properties
Anantara offering free-flowing Krug champagne aboard luxury yacht
Exclusive opening rate at dusitD2 khao yai
Banyan Tree Jasmine Rice Collection
CentaraThe1Card: One million and still growing
Dusit offers Bonus Night encore and more
RECIPE OF THE MONTH — Four Seasons Chiang Mai Kao Soi Gai
Shangri-La Bangkok’s ‘Simply Wellness’ Package
SPA Cenvaree harnesses the dreamy benefits of Jasmine

Resetting your system at Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai


THE DHEVA SPA AND WELLNESS CENTRE at The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, has specially curated a range of wellness packages which aim to achieve complete revitalization.

Guests will be able to get rid of all those accumulated toxins with the Juice Cleanse Retreat; forget about the overflowing inbox with its Stress Management Retreat or adjust the lifestyle and monitor dietary patterns with its Weight Management Retreat.

With its landscaped tropical grounds, Lanna-inspired setting, and carefully designed series of wellness programs, The Dhara Dhevi provides a serene setting for guests looking to reset their system and reboot their vitality.

Stress Management Retreat

The body and mind are sophisticated machines that can go to great lengths but occasionally need to be nurtured and restored. Stress or ‘burnout’ develops gradually and insidiously and can result in chronic diseases.

In this specially created program, the team at The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre will guide guests to gain deep rest and relaxation to recover from stress and anxiety. Guests will also learn natural effective stress management techniques for day-to-day life and will be given a follow up program to continue the healing process at home.

To maximize the benefits of guests’ time with an integrated health approach, The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre offers specific treatments such as Ayurvedic consultation and therapies, organ detox massages, thermal salt pot therapy, tailored fitness sessions and more.

To encourage continuum of a healthy lifestyle, the team at The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre believes education to be the most effective tool. Guests will be encouraged to learn the dinacharya (daily routine); the best way to keep their lifestyle attuned with their natural biological rhythm and avoiding imbalance.

Juice Cleanse Retreat

The Juice Cleanse Retreat offers guests a fast detox and complete reset with the help of The Dheva Spa and Wellness team.

A juice cleanse involves a diet solely built up of raw vegetables, fruit juice and water for a short period of time. This is a healthy way of adjusting an existing eating plan and flushing out unwanted toxins and often results in more energy and a sense of rejuvenation.

Weight Management Retreat

The Weight Management Retreat encourages guests to embrace a new lifestyle and reboot their metabolism. The Dheva Spa and Wellness personal trainers and health specialists will tailor a fitness program to suit the needs of each individual. Programs will suggest lifestyle and diet improvements, with the aim of increasing your metabolic rates and losing weight in a healthy and sustainable way.

The retreat will also offer participants additional treatments such as abdominal organ detox massage, thermal salt pot therapy and Ayurvedic therapies along with the fitness sessions. Participants will also learn about healthy meals and how to impart food as medicine to keep themselves fit.

All treatments are available until October 2016 and include accommodation in a Colonial Suite or Deluxe Villa, full board meal arrangement, round trip airport transfers, holistic health consultation and fitness assessments, personalized treatments, private wellness classes, daily participation in resort activities, complimentary use of the thermal facilities and follow up program.



New cluster GM for SALA boutique properties

SALA DirectorVOLKERT GEERTSEN has been appointed its cluster general manager for SALA’s boutique properties in Thailand. In this new role he will be responsible for overseeing all of the sala boutique properties; sala khaoyai, sala lanna Chiang Mai, sala rattanakosin Bankok, sala ayutthaya and sala bang pa-in, which is under development and scheduled to open in 2018.

Volkert was recently hotel manager for the Anantara Bangkok Riverside for two and a half years. Prior to that, he was director of sales and marketing at the same property for two years.

Before Anantara, Volkert spent five years with Starwood Hotels and Resorts; first as Cluster DOS for Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, followed by a promotion to DOSM for The Plaza Athenee, a Royal Méridien hotel.

Prior to Starwood, he spent over eight years with Marriott, starting at the Amsterdam Marriot Hotel in 1999, and working his way up through various sales and marketing positions to finally end up in Thailand as DOS for both the JW Marriott Phuket and Renaissance Koh Samui from 2005 – 2008.

Volkert will work out of the Bangkok office.



Anantara offering free-flowing Krug champagne aboard luxury yacht

Anantara Major_Affair

ANANTARA MAI KHAO PHUKET VILLAS and Anantara Layan Phuket Resort have taken luxury to the next level by popping open the bubbly for guests on a personally tailored day trip with free flowing Krug Champagne aboard your very own private yacht.

Accommodating up to 12 people, The Krug Cruise offers a fully crewed 90-foot Sunseeker yacht named Major Affair, return transfers to and from the resort and the marina, breakfast and a sumptuous lunch created by your very own personal on board chef, plus free flowing Krug Champagne served all day long by Anantara’s Wine Guru. The Krug Cruise can be tailored to each group’s preferences.

The captain cruises for up to four hours and anchors according to each group’s whims and pleasures. The waters around Phuket are most recognizable for their limestone karst islands, which can be admired along the coast of Krabi, Railay Bay and Phang Nga Bay, where James Bond Island from the ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ was filmed.

Venturing south to Koh Phi Phi, the Major Affair can drop anchor for guests to sunbathe on the pristine white sands of uninhabited Bamboo Island, before heading on to visit Hin Klang for snorkelling, experiencing the playful antics of Monkey Beach and seeing the ship drawing of Viking Cave, followed by swimming in ‘The Beach’ film location of Maya Bay.

With a captain and attentive crew, the Major Affair provides a luxurious residence at sea. The 28-metre Sunseeker 90 has been uniquely designed to maximize outdoor space. Providing entertainment with panoramic views, the impressive Flybridge features a wet bar. Guests can drift between sunbathing, meal times and relaxation with two dining areas and two large sunpads on the generous deck.

An expansive swimming platform easily accommodates a 4.6 metre tender, leaving the sundecks uncluttered for easy water sport access. Guests can choose between serene and high speed thrills with inflatables, snorkeling equipment, water skis and wakeboards all available onboard.

Krug Champagne was founded by Joseph Krug in 1843. It is based principally in Reims, the main city in France’s Champagne region, and is one of the famous Champagne houses that formed part of the Grande Marques.

Anantara Phuket’s exclusive Krug Cruise journeys are priced at 520,000 THB a day.


Exclusive opening rate at dusitD2 khao yai


DUSITD2 KHAO YAI, a new chic mountain resort overlooking the scenic Khao Yai National Park, is offering an exclusive D2 Debut opening offer priced at 2,999 THB a night on weekdays and 3,999 THB per night on weekends.

Available through Oct. 31 2016, the D2 Debut offer includes stylish accommodation in a deluxe room with mountain views, a dining credit of THB 900 for use at any in-house restaurant, complimentary rock climbing, a signature welcome drink and much more.

Launched is early August, dusitD2 khao yai comprises 79 guestrooms and suites. It is a two-hour drive from central Bangkok.

In-house dining highlights include Musi Grill, an all-day-dining and grill restaurant, and Cocoon, a unique treetop dining pod, which provides a bird’s-eye view of the resort and surrounding mountain range.

Other hotel facilities include two meeting rooms, outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and fitness centre. Guests can also enjoy recreational activities such as hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, biking, and feeding alpacas. Perfect for a family getaway, dusitD2 khao yai is also pet friendly.

For more information or to make a booking, visit or call +66 (0) 4400 3000.


Banyan Tree Jasmine Rice Collection

Jasmine Rice Collection mid res

BANYAN TREE GALLERY presents its Jasmine Rice Collection, a soothing and nourishing range of hair, face and body care products.

Infused with jasmine rice extracts, the Banyan Tree Jasmine Rice Collection features antioxidant and moisturizing properties of vitamin E, shea butter, essential and botanical oils, and hyaluronic acid. Its gentle yet rejuvenating formula, helps to protect against free radicals, retain natural moisture and, enhance radiance and youthfulness of the skin and hair.

Inspired from the Thai jasmine rice for its natural pandanus-like aroma and anti-ageing benefits to the skin and hair, this toiletry collection features a gentle, pleasant scent that evokes a warm and comforting feeling.

True to its role as a socially responsible retailer, Banyan Tree Gallery produces hair and skin care collections which are free of parabens, sodium laureth sulfates (SLES), sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS), and are not tested on animals.

Ideal for normal and dry skin and hair types, the Jasmine Rice Collection comprises Hair Shampoo, Hair Conditioner, Body Shower Cream, Body Scrub and Body Lotion, including the premium facial range composed of Facial Foaming Wash, Facial Toner, Moisturising Day Cream and Moisturising Night Cream for an indulgent pampering ritual.

For a revitalising bath experience, the Jasmine Rice Body Scrub and Jasmine Rice Body Lotion are enriched with the conditioning properties of jasmine rice extracts and jasmine water which are steeped in anti-ageing properties.

Skin exfoliation with Jasmine Rice Body Scrub is essential as gentle scrubbing exposes the new skin layer underneath, achieving a smooth and naturally glowing skin. To achieve optimal results, Jasmine Rice Body Lotion is applied after bathing to keep the skin well-moisturized.

For further information and online purchases, visit

The collection, priced in US$, is also available in-store at Banyan Tree Galleries in Bangkok, Phuket and Samui in Thailand, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Vabbinfaru in Maldives, Bintan in Indonesia, Seychelles, Macau and Al Wadi in United Arab Emirates. Prices are approximate and are subject to prevailing exchange rates.



CentaraThe1Card: One million and still growing

Centara - C1C Hits One Million Members

CENTARATHE1CARD (C1C) has just signed up its millionth customer – a major milestone for the young program of three years, and a testament to its success and popularity.

To celebrate this milestone, Centara is awarding the lucky one millionth C1C member with 50,000 points, which means they can start cashing out immediately – and hugely – on Centara’s array of reward options.

The 50,000 points translates to over 6,000 THB, or can be close to the equivalent to two night stay at a five-star Centara Grand property. Centara is also awarding a very loyal C1C member who has continuously supported Centara properties and services with 50,000 points.

C1C is Centara’s exclusive way of rewarding guests’ and customers’ loyalty and demonstrate the value to the loyal C1C members, a 5% discount on all online rates – including the already discounted rates and other promotions – is always offered to members when booking on Centara’s website along with double point awards and free wifi during every stay.

There are no membership fees, and every year, members earn Centara points for staying at any Centara Hotels & Resorts property throughout Thailand and internationally, as well as by dining at any of its restaurants or relaxing at SPA Cenvaree.

12- Swimming Pool (800x600)Points can simply be redeemed for free nights at Centara properties with no blackout dates; plus members can choose from other methods such as spa treats, upgrades and special amenities by which to redeem points.

Centara also provides a “Best Price Promise” for every guest booking direct with Centara. This promise, plus the 5% membership discount, is a great value to members.

In addition, every member will be given a 10% discount – an increase of 5% – off of any room rate for the entire month of July. For information about this promotion, please go to

The Centara loyalty program is fully integrated with The 1 Card issued by Central Retail Corporation, with points earned at Central Retail Corporation credited to The 1 Card account, and those earned at Centara Hotels & Resorts credited to C1C.

Either form of points can be transferred instantly between the two accounts for rewards. Members earn 5 points per 30 THB spent for eligible rates and charges, including dining, spa treatments and laundry services. Members also earn 10 points per 30 THB for corporate and Centara Best Available rates, plus on rates available when booked through

Signing up is easy – online at, via the front desk of any Centara Hotels & Resort property, or by emailing C1C Membership Services at

Online enrolment allows members to print a virtual card from the My CentaraThe1Card page or while enrolling at a hotel front desk they will ensure that new members receive their card immediately.

Members attain C1C Preferred status immediately after joining the program, and then can reach ever-high degrees of rewards every time they stay.

Points can also be accumulated at the various business units of Central Group of Companies. 1 Card Members earn 1 point per 25 THB spent at Central Department Stores, Zen Department Store, Robinson Department Stores, SuperSports, B2S and HomeWorks; plus 1 point for every 50 THB spent at Power Buy and Office Depot.

For more information about membership tiers and benefits, go to



Dusit offers Bonus Night encore and more


DUSIT HOTELS AND RESORTS has three new promotions offering leisure travellers and event planners value and an enlivening experience of its signature Thai hospitality.

Following the success of its Dusit Bonus Night promotion last year, Dusit has launched Bonus Night Encore, valid until Sept. 30, 2016. Guests who book to stay two nights during this period at Dusit’s Best Available Rates receive the third night free at participating hotels and resorts worldwide.

For more information, visit

Throughout this period, members of Dusit’s loyalty program have a special offer of their own. More for Less Dusit Gold exclusive offers members 50% off for the second and consecutive nights when they book the first night at Dusit’s Best Available Rates.

Non-members can sign up for free online at to qualify for this exclusive, as well as the full range of Dusit Gold benefits, which include year-round special room rates, laundry, dining and spa discounts, complimentary amenities and free night rewards.

Event planners can take advantage of Dusit’s Warm Days, Cool Rates Meet @ Dusit offer of special group rates up to 60% off the Best Available Rates on select value days, plus an instant credit of 100THB for every 1000THB spent on rooms (or 10% of the equivalent in other currencies), redeemable for accommodation upgrades, food & beverage or spa charges.

This offer is for group stays from April 17 throughout Oct. 31, 2016. Visit for more information.


RECIPE OF THE MONTH — Four Seasons Chiang Mai Kao Soi Gai

Sala Mae Rim Restaurant (1)

AUGUST’S RECIPE OF THE MONTHKao Soi Gai (Chiang Mai curry noodle and chicken) – comes from Sala Mae Rim restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, renowned for its sumptuous Thai cuisine, where you can savour the unique flavours of Northern Thai specialties.

A high teak ceiling complements Northern Thai artefacts and sweeping views of the Mae Rim Valley. Therestaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In addition to a daily Continental breakfast buffet, Sala Mae Rim’s menu also includes a variety of hot breakfast dishes prepared with local organic eggs, fruits and vegetables from the resort’s own organic garden and the Royal Project garden nestled in the nearby hills.

To accompany breakfast is a selection of local organic honey with flavours that change according to the season, such as rambutan, sunflower, sesame, longan, lychee and sabsua.


Chicken 100 gram

Fresh egg noodle 2 branches

Red curry paste 1 tablespoon

Chiang Mai curry powder (Hung Lay) ¼ tablespoon

Yellow curry powder 1 tablespoon

Coconut milk 1 ½ cup

Chicken stock 1 cup

Fish sauce 1 ½ tablespoon

Palm sugar paste 1 tablespoon

Thai coriander 2 leaves

Spring onion 1 stem

Khao Soi (1)-1Preparation

Heat the wok with the vegetable oil, then deep-fried the egg noodle. Set aside.

Blanch the egg noodle in boiling water and place in a soup bowl with Thai coriander.

Heat the wok and add half of coconut milk and stir gently until it heat.

Add red curry paste, Chiang Mai curry powder, and yellow curry powder. Mix well.

Add chicken and keep stirring until the chicken turns white. Then add another half of coconut milkand stir gently.

Bring to boil, then add chicken stock, fish sauce and palm sugar paste. Then, reduce the heat to low for

slowing cooking for 3 – 4 minutes.

Pour the curry soup over the egg noodle bowl.

Garnish with crisp noodle and sliced spring onion.

Serve aside with lime sliced, fried shallots, pickled mustards and chilli oil.



Shangri-La Bangkok’s ‘Simply Wellness’ Package


SIMPLY WELLNESS, which Shangri-la Bangkok describes as a “complete experience”, features a 90-minute spa treatment, extra benefits and the luxury of a deluxe river view room with unparalleled views of the Chao Phraya River. The package is valid until Sept. 30, 2016.

The Simply Wellness package is tailored to create a state of complete harmony of the body, mind, and spirit, and is available for a minimum stay of two consecutive nights. Rates start at 5,300THB per room, per night for single occupancy and 6,300 THB per room, per night for double occupancy in a deluxe river view room and include daily buffet breakfast.

Other benefits include: One-time spa cuisine for lunch or dinner or via in-room dining; one-time CHI, The Spa’s Jasmine Rice Treatment for two persons (45-minute Jasmine Rice Body Glow and 45-minute Jasmine Oil Massage); complimentary daily holistic indoor/outdoor fitness activities; complimentary late check-out at 3 p.m.; special privilege for booking the Vitalife Longevity Program at Bumrungrad International Hospital; and a 20% discount on the third night onwards.

For more information and for reservations, call (66 2) 206 8788, or fax to (66 2) 236 8566, or e-mail or book online at



SPA Cenvaree harnesses the dreamy benefits of Jasmine

SPA Cenvaree - Oriental Jasmine Journey

AS PART OF THE CELEBRATION of the wonderful days of summer, Spa Cenvaree is offering an ‘Oriental Jasmine’ treatment, designed to enchant the senses with the intoxicatingly sweet and invigorating aroma of Jasmine.

Jasmine is a fascinating plant as the flowering takes place in summer and/or spring. The height of the fragrance of the Jasmine is at night after the sun has set. The flower buds are also more fragrant than the flowers.

Spa Cenvaree has chosen to highlight this ingredient in its summer treatment menu because of the quality benefits that Jasmine can offer – the essential oil extracted from the flower has calming qualities that assist in relaxation.

Featuring potent local plant essences, this specially-created two-hour treatment begins with a ‘foot cleansing ritual’ to set the stage for the relaxing interlude to follow. Then a jasmine-scented salt body scrub procedure followed by a jasmine-infused body mask and wrap, made with Burmese thanaka and Thai white Clay, mixed with aloe vera extract, rice powder and jasmine essential oil, ideal for softening skin, and leaving it smooth and refreshed.

After a shower, a 15-minute aromatic ‘Oriental’ oil scalp massage along with a jasmine tea and a traditional Thai dessert. Each guest gets to take home a gift – the SPA Cenvaree’s own exclusive ‘White Jasmine’ gift-set that includes shower gel and body lotion.

Tara Hanrahan, group director of spa at Centara Hotels & Resorts, notes that “jasmine oil contains active anti-microbial substances such as benzoic acid and benzyl benzoate, making it a potent germicide, and it’s also been known to have a positive effect on the respiratory system, as well as fade scars and skin hyper-pigmentation.”

This aromatic and therapeutic package will be available at SPA Cenvaree until Aug. 31, 2016, and is priced at 2,950 THB per person (saving up to 25%) or 5,400 THB per couple (saving up to 30%) and includes one complementary spa gift set.

For spa reservations, visit


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