Archive - 2017

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Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s at Soneva
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Centara World Masters set for Hua Hin next June
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Making wedding dreams come true at Amari
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Soneva’s Secrets of Indochina Tour
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Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel Bangkok offering chance to win new car
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Japanese ZUMA Restaurant coming to Anantara Layan in December
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New manager for Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas Trat
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Star-Studded 18th World Gourmet Festival returns to Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
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Centara to support program that puts surplus food to good use
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Spa Magic at Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai

Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s at Soneva

CELEBRATE THE CHRISTMAS and New Year season in true Soneva fashion at Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani or Soneva Kiri, located in the Maldives and Thailand.

Pair your fine-dining lunches with whiskey, wine, champagne or sake, learn how to make Christmas chocolate truffles and New Year detox masks, receive a private coaching tennis lesson from the nine-times Grand Slam winner Jonas Björkman, and discover Soneva’s famous food journeys.

Let your children explore island nature with the Soneva Den hosts taking charge, while you learn how to make Vietnamese, Maldivian, Japanese and Thai food, and come together at the end of the day for a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings in a truly spectacular location.

At Soneva Kiri, take this wonderful occasion to connect back to nature and appreciate all of the priceless gifts Mother Earth has to offer.

Start the morning with a refreshing hike to Peerapon Waterfall, a hidden waterfall with exclusive access just for our guests.

Dine for lunch in The Cave, featuring our homegrown mushrooms in every course.

Release your body and mind with a session of meditation or yoga at the Six Senses Spa, and feast under the stars for a pop up dinner on our jetty, surrounded by calming waves.

Expand your skills with international cooking classes, learn the art of mixology with our expert bartender, and heighten your senses with a wine or champagne tasting. Let your children explore on a Christmas Tree hunt around the resort, watch them wow you with their cooking skills, and come together for a fantastic New Year celebration for the whole family.

On New Year’s day, go for a refreshing hike through the jungle to search for butterflies on the Butterfly Quest, and discover an ancient Banyan Tree hundreds of years old.

There is no shortage of experiences to do, eat or see at Soneva.

For more detailed information of the Festive program at each resort, visit Soneva Fushi, Soneva Kiri or Soneva Jani.

 

 

Centara World Masters set for Hua Hin next June

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS will again be the main sponsor and play host to the Centara World Masters amateur golf tournament in Hua Hin next June 10-16, 2018 .

It will mark the fifth year of the tournament, which attracts golfers from over 50 countries. It is expected to be bigger than ever, as it combines a week of golf at some of Thailand’s best courses with social and entertainment activities in this famous seaside resort town.

The 2017 tournament, recently completed, was praised by participants for its beautiful courses and organization, along with world class accommodation and gala events at Centara’s famous resort in Hua Hin.

Next year’s tournament will feature four outstanding courses. Players will enjoy one round each at Springfield Royal Country Club, Black Mountain, Banyan Golf Club and Imperial Lake View.

Carts and caddies will be provided at each course, and each player will be assigned a caddie wearing a bib with the player’s name and country flag. The tournament will be open to men and women over 35.

Centara Hotels & Resorts is the major sponsor, and most golfers choose to stay at the ideally located Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas in Hua Hin.

Established in the 1920s, the resort has been restored and renovated with all the modern luxuries and conveniences, while retaining the magic of elegant, bygone eras.

Taking full advantage of Centara’s beachfront location, the opening night welcome dinner and gala presentation dinners will be held around the resort pool, with the beach as a stunning backdrop.

Golfers gather each night during the tournament for 19th Hole festivities, where Thai cuisine is offered, Chang beer flows and daily golf winners are celebrated.

“At Centara, we have 37 hotels and resorts internationally, including many in golfing paradises such as Bangkok, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai in Thailand, and Danang in Vietnam.

“ We look forward to welcoming many more golfers, friends and families not only to Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas, Hua Hin, for the acclaimed Centara World Masters event next year but also to our array of city and tropical beachfront locations year round” said Thirayuth Chirativat CEO, Centara Hotels & Resorts.

 

 

Making wedding dreams come true at Amari

AMARI, PART OF ONYX HOSPITALITY GROUP, is ready to make all wedding dreams come true at its three romantic wedding destinations in tropical paradise locations across Thailand.

Feel the cool ocean breeze, listen to the gentle swash of the waves on the white sandy beach while gazing at the colourful, dusky sky, the crystal clear aquamarine sea in a tranquil and secluded cove minutes from Patong Beach in Phuket.

Even though this dream destination is bustling with people and activity, couples find peace and serenity at Amari Phuket due to its unique location tucked away from all the downtown action.

The bride and bridegroom can celebrate a warm and intimate wedding ceremony with their closest friends and family members in a green garden overlooking a picturesque beach. A traditional Thai wedding ceremony can be organized for the starting price of 79,500 THB. If a Western-style ceremony is preferred, Amari Phuket offers a package starting at 69,800 THB.

Lounge around the pool and enjoy the ever-changing seascape at Shoreline Beach Club near Cicada Market, where Amari Hua Hin can arrange a chic lounge-style beach wedding party. At this beachside venue, a short distance from the main resort, couples can enjoy every romantic moment on Khao Takiab Beach under the starry sky.

Amari Hua Hin offers special ceremonial events accommodating a maximum of 50 guests. Both Western and Thai weddings are tailor-made to suit their needs with packages starting at 78,000 THB for the Western nuptial ceremony and 82,000 THB for the Thai Nuptial Ceremony.

Or imagine saying, “I do”, on the island of Koh Samui with a panoramic view of the blue water and turquoise horizon while exchanging vows. The resort’s location on a secluded stretch of Chaweng Beach is an idyllic destination for a lovely wedding with everyone standing barefoot on the golden sand.

Amari Koh Samui can fulfil their desires by offering either traditional Thai or Western ceremony, with packages starting at 94,000 THB for the Western Marital Celebration and THB 98,000 THB for the Traditional Thai Wedding Ceremony.

For more information, call Amari Phuket 66 (0) 7634 0106-14 or www.amari.com/phuket/weddings.aspx

Amari Hua Hin, call 66 (0) 3261 6600 or www.amari.com/huahin/weddings.aspx

Amari Koh Samui, call 66 (0) 7730 0306-9 or www.amari.com/koh-samui/

Amari is the centrepiece of the ONYX portfolio of hospitality brands reflecting the warmth and energy of an evolving modern Asia. Amari’s network of properties spans Thailand and beyond, from scenic seaside locations to vibrant urban settings, including Doha, Dhaka, Bangkok, Buriram, Pattaya, Samui, Phuket, Krabi, Hua Hin and the Maldives. Visit www.amari.com.

 

 

 

 

Soneva’s Secrets of Indochina Tour

SONEVA IS OFFERING a special Secrets of Indochina tour – your choice of a 3, 4 or 7-night cruise along the Mekong River on the Aqua Mekong – a 20-suite, five-star luxury vessel – to glide through the beauty of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Then hop aboard Soneva Kiri’s private cessna, departing from Siem Reap, to whisk you away to Soneva Kiri on the secluded island of Koh Kood. Retreat to your own pool villa or discover the lush island nestled in the Gulf of Thailand. End the trip in Bangkok.

Stay in The Siam, a hotel filled with bespoke cultural amusements and captivating design. Sip a cocktail riverside or venture out into the city. Book at least two of the three properties and get a 10% discount off the published rate and receive a complimentary Treepod Dining experience; a private Cinema Paradiso Experience; a cooking class; a private sunset cruise; a father & son picnic as well as a mother & daughter spa; or a cheese and red wine tasting with gourmet canapés, chocolates and ice cream and mocktails for the kids at Soneva Kiri.

For reservations, go to reservations@soneva.com or your preferred trade partner. Quote the booking code when making reservations: Secrets

 

 

Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel Bangkok offering chance to win new car

ANY CUSTOMER booking an event or wedding at Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel, Bangkok, from now until Dec. 10, 2017, will go into the draw to win a Mitsubishi Attrage valued at 456,000 THB. The winner will be announced on Dec. 20, 2017.

Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel, which opened in 2016, is a stylish property that caters for both business and leisure travelers. It also has extensive function space, including the spacious Wanda Grand Ballroom, which makes the hotel ideal for all types of events, from corporate functions to social soirées and once-in-a-lifetime weddings.

“When we launched this contest earlier this year we received an amazing response,” said Rene Jewel, the hotel’s general manager. “Our meeting venues were already very popular in the local market, and this unique competition has made us even more appealing to event organizers.

“It resonated especially strongly with wedding planners, as couples dream of driving away from their “big day” in a brand new car.”

“We’re now entering the final phase of the contest and customers have just three months left to enter. We’re really looking forward to announcing the winner of the brand new Mitsubishi Attrage on Dec. 20 – it will be a fantastic occasion,” Rene added.

Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel has four floors of meeting space, making it perfect for large or more intimate events. And the hotel’s convenient location, close to Bangkok’s expressway network, puts the entire city within easy reach – especially when you’re driving away in a brand new car.

For more information about this amazing contest, or to book your next event at Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel,  call 02-582-8282 ext. 4520, visit www.bwpluswandagrand.com or check out our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bwpwanda.

 

 

Japanese ZUMA Restaurant coming to Anantara Layan in December

 ZUMA, THE AWARD-WINNING contemporary Japanese restaurant from creator and co-founder Rainer Becker, will pop-up for its second season in Sala Layan, the beach-fronted restaurant at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort between  Dec. 15, 2017 and March 15, 2018.

Zuma’s cuisine is inspired by the informal izakaya dining style that makes it authentic but not traditional Japanese. The menu is designed to be shared and offers dishes from the sushi counter, the main kitchen and grill.

Since its opening in London in 2002, Zuma has achieved global success and expanded to eleven international locations. Highlights will include a selection of favourite signature dishes such as spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, sliced yellowtail with green chilli and miso marinated black cod, as well as dishes from the robata grill alongside fresh sushi and sashimi.

Popping-up in Sala Layan, the pop up restaurant nuzzles Anantara Layan’s beach and pool areas creating a whole new vibe for the festive season right through to mid-March.

As the sun dips over the sea an entertainment program featuring various guest DJ’s from around the region.

Anantara Layan is set in a secluded bay on the Andaman coastline whilst nestling in the peaceful tropical rainforest of the Sirinath National Park.

The resort features a selection of other creative and intimate dining options including the hillside restaurant dee plee, which serves authentic Thai cuisine, and Anantara’s signature’ Dining by Design’, which offers individually tailored dining experiences in favourite locations throughout the resort.

For luxurious spa journeys, there’s the resort’s Anantara Spa, and for the more active, Muay Thai boxing lessons or kayaking and other non-motorized watersports from Layan Beach.

Guests can extend their Zuma experience into the luxury of Layan Residences by Anantara. With 15 Residences, atop the tropical hillside, they offer between two and seven bedrooms, views of the resort and the Andaman Sea, entertaining spaces and an infinity pool.

For Anantara Layan booking details, visit: www.phuket-layan.anantara.com

For further information on The Residences by Anantara, e-mail residences@minor.com or visit www.residences-anantara.com

 

New manager for Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas Trat

THATTHEP (“KEVIN”) THAMRONGWARASART has been appointed manager of Centara Chaan Talay Resort and Villas beach resort in Trat, on the east side of the Gulf of Thailand. The appointment was effective since June.

Thatthep graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general management from Bangkok University and has a diploma in travel and tourism from Cavendish College, London. He has worked for more than 15 years in hotel management and has valuable experience across a multitude of fine brands.

Since beginning his career at Six Senses Bangkok, his journey has taken him to Sheraton, Dusit, Ritz Carlton and Sofitel in various roles across Thailand. Prior to joining Centara, he held a senior management position at Sofitel So Bangkok.

For Centara, Thatthep will manage an exclusive retreat known for its tranquil natural setting in the jungle on a white sand beach. The resort offers villas and suites with private sundecks and jacuzzis perfect for couples; larger units ideal for families; and meeting venues popular for conferences and team-building retreats.

An open-air restaurant and bar take advantage of beach sunsets and views across the channel to Koh Chang and neighbouring islands. The resort is less than an hour from the town of Trat and its airport, or about a four-hour drive from Bangkok.

“We are pleased to have Mr. Thatthep join the Centara family,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts. “His experience will benefit the guests and staff of our little jewel of a resort in Trat.”

Thatthep said he was honoured to be part of the Centara family, “and to take this opportunity to learn and grow together with this internationally renowned, successful Thai brand. I hope I can also bring more value to my hometown region and can’t wait to see the development in local tourism in the near future”.

 

 

 

Star-Studded 18th World Gourmet Festival returns to Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

ELEVEN CHEFS EXTRAORDINAIRE, representing eight countries from Australia to Japan and from Italy to Portugal will present an international culinary feast of note at the 18th annual World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.

The festival runs from Sept. 4-11, 2017.

The World Gourmet Festival has grown in prominence to feature an extraordinary line-up of some of the best chefs, winemakers and food experts from across the globe, all gathered together under one roof for a week-long celebration of outstanding cuisine and superb wines.

This year, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel partnered with Sanpellegrino to invite Michelin-starred chefs and chefs, who are included in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Australia’s Top Restaurants lists, as well as some returning familiar faces.

Confirmed to participate in the 18th annual World Gourmet Festival are:

  • Guillaume Galliot: Caprice at Four Seasons, Hong Kong (2 Michelin stars)
  • Shinichiro Takagi: Restaurant Zeniya in Kanazawa, Japan (2 Michelin stars)
  • Cristina Bowerman: Glass Hostaria in Rome, Italy (1 Michelin star)
  • Miguel Laffan: L’AND Vineyards in Alentejo, Portugal (1 Michelin star)
  • Costardi Brothers Christian and Manuel: Ristorante Christian e Manuel in Vercelli, Italy (1 Michelin star)
  • Jason Tan: Corner House Singapore (1 Michelin star)
  • Hiroaki Ishizuka: Kien in Tokyo, Japan (1 Michelin star)
  • Anatoly Kazakov: Selfie Restaurant & Bar in Moscow, Russia (The World’s 50 Best Restaurants)
  • Jock Zonfrillo: Restaurant Orana in Adelaide, Australia (Australia’s Top Restaurants)
  • Bobby Chinn: Restaurant Bobby Chinn in Hanoi, Vietnam

Each guest chef will be host to two dinners in one of the hotel’s award winning Madison, Spice Market, Shintaro, and Biscotti restaurants.

The ever popular exclusive fringe events in the hotel’s iconic lobby and Aqua Bar, like the Taittinger Champagne Journey, return and, following on from the success of last year’s inaugural Fragrance Dinner, where classic fragrances were expertly matched with fine wines and unique dishes, this year’s late afternoon formal affair, on Sept. 9, will see the addition of fashion and fine art in a Bangkok first.

A tradition and crowd pleaser in recent years, the inimitable Chef Bobby Chinn, renowned restaurateur and TV personality from Hanoi, will close the 18th World Gourmet Festival with the hugely popular World Gourmet Brunch on Sept. 10, during which he will cook up a storm and rock the house with his band.

The 18th World Gourmet Festival is a supporter of HRH Princess Soamsawali AZT Fund For Pregnant Women Of The Thai Red Cross Society.  The 600 THB per dinner ticket sold and proceeds from the auctions, which take place throughout the Festival, will be donated to the fund.

Reservations for the 18th World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel are essential and can be made by visiting www.worldgourmetfestival.asia, where detailed information and prices of all the events are available. An early bird discount of up to 15%, subject to terms and conditions, is applicable to reservations made before Aug. 18, 2017.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Amazing World Gourmet Festival accommodation package offers gourmands an opportunity to experience an extraordinary international culinary feast by some of the world’s best chefs and winemakers in the heart of one of the world’s most enigmatic capital cities.

Starting from 19,100 THB per room per night for a minimum three-night stay, this special offer includes accommodation, a sumptuous daily buffet breakfast, and a table for two at a guest chef’s dinner each night of the stay period.

Guests will also be treated to a 15%  discount on treatments at the hotel’s award winning Anantara Spa.

For more information about this special offer or to make a reservation, visit Anantara Siam Special Offers or contact Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel or email reservations.asia@anantara.com or telephone +66 2 126 8866.

 

 

Centara to support program that puts surplus food to good use

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS, Thailand’s largest hotel operator, will participate in an innovative new charity operation that collects and distributes surplus food to benefit people in need, starting in August.

The operation, ThaiHarvest|SOS is a joint initiative with OzHarvest, the pioneering Australian organization that has established a proven and successful “Food Rescue” model. which is being adopted around the world, and the Thai Foundation Scholars of Sustenance (SOS)”

The program’s mission is to eliminate hunger and food waste through the re-distribution of quality surplus food. Experts estimate as much as a third of food produced for human consumption is wasted in the transport, distribution, and preparation supply chain. When this food ends up in a landfill, it represents a tremendous waste of resources, and a lost opportunity to help people unable to afford adequate nutrition.

The OzHarvest rescue and redistribution system has proven a safe and efficient way to reduce this waste and benefit the planet. Begun in Australia 14 years ago, it is now being replicated in the UK, South Africa, New Zealand, Peru, Indonesia and Vietnam. An important part of the initiative is educating people about the problem and opportunity of food waste.

In Thailand, ThaiHarvestISOS picks up good quality surplus food daily from participating supermarkets, hotels, food courts, restaurants and other businesses. Trained inspectors sort the food and assure its safety. Food no longer fit for human consumption is taken to local farms for composting. The rest is refrigerated and delivered to the needy.

Since 2016, ThaiHarvestISOS has donated over 60,000 meals to organizations such as Mercy Center Orphanage, Half Way Homes for men and women, the Pak Kred Babies’ Home and the Poh Teck Tung Foundation.

In August Centara Hotels & Resorts will begin donating surplus food from its Centara Grand hotels at CentralWorld and Ladprao. Eventually it hopes for all its Thailand properties to participate. These main two properties will also arrange an event called “Master Class Dinner”.

It will be led by Will and Steve, celebrity chefs who won Australia’s The Seven Network’s top rating cooking show in 2015 – My Kitchen Rules Australia. They are known as chefs who support OzHarvest campaigns and now ThaiHarvestISOS.

“We are thrilled about the leadership taken by Centara to partner with us on our mission to eliminate hunger and reduce food waste through the re-distribution of quality surplus food. Their commitment and support will allow ThaiHarvest|SOS to both help reduce food waste in Thailand, and at the same time, provide good meals to those in need in our community”, said Gopi Krishnan, head of programs at OzHarvest and ThaiHarvest|SOS.

“As we prepare food for our guests, unavoidably at the end of each day we have surplus – for example, bakery items or excess from a large banquet,” said Winfried Hancke, Centara’s corporate director of food and beverage. “It is a shame to let this food go to waste when there are so many people who could benefit from it.”

Supatra Chirathivat, Centara’s senior vice-president corporate affairs & social responsibilities, noted how well the program fits the group’s social responsibility and sustainability goals.

“Being a good member of the community means helping those less fortunate and using the earth’s resources more efficiently. We’re so enthusiastic to support the work of OzHarvest and ThaiHarvestISOS. Food is an area where we can all help reduce waste. I hope our involvement helps educate and inspire others to do their part.”

 

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