Archive - March 2017

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Devarana’s ‘Divine Floral Remedies’  
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i.sawan Residential Spa & Club At Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
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Festival du Feminin Bangkok at VIE Bangkok March 24 and 25
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Sharing love and fun with your family at Dhara Dhevi
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Devarana Spa’s Songkran Temple Fair Journey
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Premiering Six Senses Style — From Yoga Class to On-The-Go Excursions
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New book on the early days of Thai tourism
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If you’re taking a taxi in Phuket…
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Sala Rattanakosin voted Bangkok’s most loved rooftop bar

Devarana’s ‘Divine Floral Remedies’  

DEVARANA SPAS are marking the Year of the Rooster in Thailand and the Philippines, Egypt, Maldives, Guam and Nairobi with a series of special treatments featuring the magical healing properties of flowers.

Available at Dusit Thani Devarana Spa locations in Thailand, Philippines, Maldives and Kenya, the unique Divine Floral Remedy treatments will change throughout the year to encompass a total of four different therapies created using indigenous flowers unique to each location.

The unique botanic spa journey began on Jan. 1, 2017 ,with the Glittering Lotus Healing treatment, a Thai floral therapy featuring a 30-min Glittering Lotus Body Scrub, made using skin nourishing extracts from pure gold and lotus petals.

The treatment is rich with antioxidants, offers protection against UV damage, and leaves skin radiant and soft to the touch. It ends with a 90-min Oil Massage with gold leaves  to promote total well-being.

The two-hour package is available  until March 31.

 From April to June the Filipinas Sampaguita Essence will then arrive to help to refresh a dull summer complexion. During July to September, the Maldivian Rose Lover treatment will offer all the benefits of skin beautifying and anti-aging therapies. And from October to December the rejuvenating Kenyan Wild Savanna Flora treatment will offer optimal nourishment for your skin.

Each Divine Floral Remedy treatment has been specially designed to beautify your skin and bring your body and mind back into equilibrium within two hours.

 

 

i.sawan Residential Spa & Club At Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

ESSENCE OF I.SAWAN is an exclusive massage unique to i.sawan Residential Spa and Club at Grand Hyatt Erawan and one of its most popular treaments .

It works on deeper tissues to speed up detoxification and rid the body of pollutants, helps increase flexibility, circulation and enhance the body’s natural recover process.

The spa covers more than 7,000 square metres (75,350 square feet) high above the sights and sounds of the city.

Designed by the American interior designer, Tony Chi. i.sawan is a rejuvenating retreat from the rigours of daily urban living. Nestled in the garden of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, the Residential Spa & Club offers guests pampering, fitness, cuisine, accommodation and relaxation.

It’s a virtual “garden in the sky” draped in the beauty and quiet of its exquisite and thoughtful design.

As a special indulgence, guests can find luxurious, overnight accommodations in one of our six spa cottages – a tranquil escape for those seeking a longer respite from the high-paced energy of modern living.

Three Deluxe Treatment Bungalows with Terrace, which contain twin treatment beds for couples and include a wet area for showering as well as outdoor terrace for pre/post treatment use.

Its six single treatment rooms redefine the expression “quality alone time”. These rooms are for single occupancy, with one treatment bed and also include a wet area for showering. Two rooms have a partitioned wall and are specifically designed for Thai Treatments with raised floor beds.

 

 

 

Festival du Feminin Bangkok at VIE Bangkok March 24 and 25

GET READY FOR a women-only event at VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel on March 24 and 25, dedicated to the exploration of the feminine through 20 interactive workshops.

The two- day time and space will be devoted to body-mind experience, women’s personal growth, the healing arts and spirituality hosted by an array of local and international experienced workshop facilitators.

The Festival du Féminin is a worldwide registered trade name in France, USA, Canada, India, Colombia, Morocco. It is the second edition in Bangkok before heading to Singapore, Hong Kong, and is being developed further in Kenya, Iran, Japan and Malaysia from next year.

The festival is about transmitting and sharing in sisterhood, connection, fulfillment and empowerment.

Learn and enjoy joyful powerful practices to help guide the woman in her inner path, to challenge her shadows, to heal her wounds, to reinvent herself and the world, as part of a bigger international calling to awaken the sacred feminine power and beauty.

When : March 24-25, 2017

Where: VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel

E-mail: bangkok.womenfestival@yahoo.com

Contact: Sylvie Baradel, organizer

Tel:  66 85 0204 777

Program & registration: www.festivaldufeminin.com/en/bangkok-2/

 

 

 

Sharing love and fun with your family at Dhara Dhevi

THE DHARA DHEVI CHIANG MAI is now offering an exclusive “Fun Family Bonding” package created to satisfy the whole family while also ensuring a luxurious escape.

From getting to know the resident water buffalos on the Colonial Lawn every morning during breakfast to splashing in the two expansive swimming pools, giving alms to local monks for a colourful cultural experience to taking an old-fashioned horse carriage through the lush grounds, you and your kids will find an endless array of exciting activities over this 60 acres of a destination resort.

In addition to the resort’s event-packed Kid’s Club and various child-friendly dining specials, families can now enjoy even more fun together with the “Family Fun Bonding” package.

The offer is inclusive of three days two nights for families of two adults and up to two children under the age of 12. Available from now until Dec. 15, 2017, with price start from 19,550 THB per suite per night, and comes with the following benefits:

An accommodation in selected room type; complimentary one extra bed set up for kid under the age of 12; daily buffet breakfast at Akaligo for two adults and one child; one set dinner for two adults and one child at Fujian restaurant or Le Grand Lanna; private rice planting experience for the entire family; complimentary scheduled activities for kids each day; and roundtrip transfer from and to Chiang Mai International Airport.

The offer requires a minimum of two-nights stay and advance reservation and booking must be made directly with the hotel in advance.

To make a reservation, the reservations office at 053 888 888 or e-mail:  reservations@dharadhevi.com

 

 

 

Devarana Spa’s Songkran Temple Fair Journey

SONGKRAN TEMPLE FAIR JOURNEY, a creative spa treatment inspired by the water-splashing festivities of Thailand’s New Year Festival is being offered by Dusit Thani’s Devarana Spas throughout March and April in 2017.

The 90-minute treatment is specially designed to add vibrancy back to moisture-starved skin.

The treatment begins with the cooling sensation of a Traditional Thai Coconut Ice Cream Body Scrub that smells almost good enough to eat.

Straight from the cooler and wonderfully refreshing, the scrub has a temperature of between 15–20 degrees C and comes complete with a potent mix of potatoes and butterfly pea petals which help to give skin a healthy glow.

The soothing journey is completed with a dreamily relaxing aromatic oil massage, which starts with a warm sand compress before moving onto a skin-nourishing massage conducted with aromatic oil infused with Mint and Jasmine essences. Expect stress and tiredness to melt away as the scents and elements of Songkran revitalize your mind, body and soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premiering Six Senses Style — From Yoga Class to On-The-Go Excursions

FOR ANYONE who appreciates high quality and well cut yoga wear, Six Senses is launching a range of exclusive designs, created in collaboration with Ana Heart of London.

A small, bespoke brand renowned for their hip and chic design approach with great attention to detailing, Ana Heart also met the Six Senses criteria of sustainable manufacturing practices.

The collection, which is technically yoga clothes with exceptional cuts, is functional and comfortable, distinctly feminine and with an edgy twist. The eco-friendly fabrics nicely complement the designs to move effortlessly with the body and make every body, shape drop-dead gorgeous.

And due to the simplicity of style and colour palette they are as trendy in a yoga class as they are as essentials of a stylish on-the-go wardrobe. The fabrics are nothing short of amazing. Lyocell is sustainable and with great moisture absorption ability, representing a milestone in the development of environmentally benign textiles.

It starts life as wood pulp and with the magic of nanotechnology in an award-winning closed-loop process that recovers or decomposes all solvents emissions becomes a luxurious fabric that is biodegradable and crease resistant.

Cotton supima has such a soft hand that it is referred to as the cashmere of cottons. Strong and able to carry color brilliance, it is grown on furrowed rows where it can be closely regulated to make it the highest quality cotton available.

Suplex & Quick Dry is a fiber quality developed especially for Ana Heart’s leggings and bras. It offers softness with amazing tension without discomfort and guarantees a dry, supportive experience during yoga practice.

The collection has been designed in three colours created especially for Six Senses:  Charcoal, white and indigo.

The garments are sized from small to extra-large and comprise a comprehensive selection of pieces from racer and strappy bras to a choice of tanks, ballet leggings and sweatpants.

Five entirely new and exclusive takes are a wrap top, a see-through sleeved and laced top, a top with waist-tie, leggings also with a waist tie, and a sweater with laced shoulders and side vents.

According to Amanda Ibgui, cofounder of Ana Heart, each piece has a small but distinctive touch of gold or silver-coloured thread embroidery that stands for each woman’s individuality, for her inner light. This somewhat discreet detail is like a little secret sign, a reminder to be kind to oneself.

As a special treat, the range also includes a cotton tote-cum-yoga bag that is made for carrying everything a woman needs  a  smartphone, keys, makeup, a book and a bottle of water. Currently the Six Senses Yoga Line by Ana Heart, which is produced in Europe, is available at nine spas:

Six Senses Douro Valley, Six Senses Laamu, Six Senses Yao Noi, Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Six Senses Spa Courchevel, Six Senses Spa Doha at Sharq Village, Six Senses Spa Koh Kood, Six Senses Spa Kunfunadhoo, Six Senses Spa Marbella, and will be rolled out across the remaining spas this year.
 

New book on the early days of Thai tourism

A NEW BOOK that charts the development of Thai tourism over the past 60 years – Thailand Tourism: The Early Days – has been published by Dusit International, in partnership with Bangkok Bank, Boon Rawd Brewery, Central Group, Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Jim Thompson, Siam Piwat, Thai Airways, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The book was written by Thailand-based journalist and lecturer, Steve Van Beek, and edited by Roy Howard, the original advertising manager of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited.

The book examines in rich detail the challenges faced by these early pioneers and, through profiles, anecdotes and quotes, underscores the need to preserve their stories.

Among the key figures profiled in the glossy, full-colour book are His Serene Highness Prince Bhisadej Rajani, president of the Royal Project Foundation; General Prem Tinsulanonda, former prime minister of Thailand; Lt. General Chalermchai Charuvastra, founder of the Tourist Organization of Thailand; Niels Lumholdt, former executive vice-president of Thai Airways International; Dr Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, founder of Bangkok Airways; Kusa Panyarachun, founder of Thailand’s first travel agency; Chin Sophonpanich, founder of Bangkok Bank; Samrit Chirathivat, founder of Central Group; and Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, founder of Dusit International.

A special section dedicated to Thailand’s royal family highlights how projects initiated by His Majesty the late King, Bhumibol Adulyadej, have had a positive effect on tourism.

Chanin Donavanik, Dusit International, hopes the book will not only help to preserve the stories of the early pioneers, but also inspire a new generation of hospitality workers to follow in their footsteps.

The travel industry is one of the most important industries in Thailand, and today employs almost 15% of the population and contributes 17% GDP to the Thai economy, said Mr. Chanin.

“I think it’s vitally important that the new generation understands what happened in the past, and how the risks and opportunities taken by the early pioneers ultimately shaped the industry as we know it today.

“In producing the book, we hoped to preserve the inspiring stories and wisdom of our forebears by featuring as many influencers from 60 years ago as possible.”

In keeping with Dusit’s aim to help boost hospitality education in Thailand, copies of the book will be distributed for free to schools, colleges and universities offering tourism, hotel management and culinary programs in Thailand. A free ebook, available in English and Thai, will also be available at www.thailandtourismtheearlydaysbook.com.

The book is also available at Asia Books and all Dusit hotels in Thailand, priced at 1,500 THB.

In remembrance of His Majesty the late King, all proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the Royal Project Foundation, which helps to improve the living conditions of Thailand’s rural communities.

For more information visit www.thailandtourismtheearlydaysbook.com.

 

 

If you’re taking a taxi in Phuket…

THE MAN TO SEE is SS. That’s his Thai nickname. He operates his own taxi, is kind, polite, helpful, honest and knowledgeable.

I single him out because when I was in Phuket, I had the good fortune to run into him and use him to help me plan my itinerary to visit some of the most outstanding resorts and spas on the island.

The distances in Phuket can be quite deceptive and farther that you imagine. And the taxi fares are also greater than you first think.

He can be reached by phone at 083-033-6338 or by email at: potisu5@Hotmail.com

 

 

 

Sala Rattanakosin voted Bangkok’s most loved rooftop bar

 

TIME OUT BANGKOK has presented its inaugural Time Out Bangkok Award to Sala Rattananakosin Bangkok as the most loved rooftop bar in Bangkok – winning over tantalizing Bangkok views like the Chao Phraya River, Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

Time Out Bangkok was supported by Thai beer giant Chang, joining top cities in the world such as London, Lisbon, New York, Chicago and Tokyo in rewarding the people who make the most of their passion. Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok was nominated by Time Out Bangkok editors based on global Time Out review guidelines.

The rooftop bar at sala rattanakosin is described as a chic, open-air rooftop bar and terrace with views of the Chao Phraya River, Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and other historical sites.

The bar’s executive chef and eclectic Englishman, Tony Wrigley, will ensure fresh and local flavours are in every bite of his snacks. Beer, cocktails, wines and light snacks are served from 5 pm to midnight daily.

For more information, visit www.salahospitality.com or email info@salahospitality.com

 

 

 

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