Archive - October 2017

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Who is digging up Chinese graves and why?
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Anantara Siam Bangkok unveils new contemporary Thai-inspired guestrooms
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Monica Majors named MSpa International’s first PR director
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Two senior appointments at SALA
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Best Western and Habitat Group celebrate success at Thailand Property Awards 2017
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In Remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej 1927 – 2016
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Patrick Huey Joins MSpa International as Group Director of Spa – Asia
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Autumn-proofing your skin at Six Senses

Who is digging up Chinese graves and why?

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Someone is digging up the graves of Chinese people. They’re looking for something. What?

Detective Denny (Dipper) DeGrace is asked to find out who, and put a stop to it, but he didn’t bargain for the murder of a Chinese fruit vendor, or threats against a celebrated Chinese fruit vendor, or a hair-raising helicopter chase at Niagara Falls or in the process he’d discover …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anantara Siam Bangkok unveils new contemporary Thai-inspired guestrooms

DESIGNED BY Jeffrey A. Wilkes of LTW Designworks, recognized for his ability to blend cosmopolitan influences with tradition, the new interiors of its flagship Anantara Siam Bangkok’s deluxe and premier guestrooms inject a fresh sense of luxury by infusing a more contemporary esthetic, greeting guests with a subtle Thai character, in keeping with the Anantara brand.

Using elegant regional undertones, typical Asian details were eschewed with the design instead paying homage to Thai palaces that have been constructed with European influences.

Thai silk has been used as wall panels to give a simple and elegant finish, a refined reflection of Thailand, and an antique map of Bangkok in the deluxe rooms provides an interesting conversation piece.

The 307 new 42-square-metre deluxe and premier guestrooms in one king size bed or two double bed configurations can accommodate up to three adults or two adults and a child, and feature an en-suite marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub and separate glass enclosed shower.

Four room categories are available: Deluxe Room; deluxe view room; premier room; and premier view room.  The view category rooms expansive windows reveal the hotel’s tropical gardens; swimming pool; or the immaculate private golf course of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club in the heart of one of the world’s most enigmatic capital cities.

Ideal for business travellers, some of the deluxe and premier guestrooms are located on the hotel’s exclusive Kasara Floor where, at a daily fee, guests are afforded access to the Kasara Executive Lounge with all-day dining; dedicated Concierge and business services; and private meeting facilities.

The addition of a complimentary Handy smartphone in every room allows guests to keep in touch with family and friends with unlimited international calls and texts to 25 countries, and 4G and preloaded popular apps to explore Bangkok with ease.

The refurbishment of its Deluxe and Premier guestrooms completes a 470 THB million project that also saw the upgrade of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s suites and public spaces.

 

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Monica Majors named MSpa International’s first PR director

FOR MONICA MAJORS, recently appointed MSpa International’s first director of public relations, it’s a wonderful opportunity to tell the unique stories about the spas and their treatments in the MSpa family.

MSpa International managed all spas within Minor Hotels, including Anantara Hotels & Resorts and Spas — the most well known within the Minor Hotels Collection.

Many people around the world know MSpa first as a spa company. A few years ago, MSpa launched a wellness initiative, called Balance Wellness. It has continued to grow to the point where MSpa realized the necessity for a dedicated position to curate and distribute these stories.

“Spa and Wellness is also a segment of hospitality that really deserves its own dedicated team of experts.

“It’s a bit like sustainability — an immense amount of knowledge is necessary in order to ensure we’re really providing comprehensive information that is transparent and easily digested. Our guests have come to trust us as an authority in the industry, and these stories need to be told to foster that relationship,” she added.

“It means ensuring our dynamic offerings and unique stories are being recorded and then told. For example, Anantara Uluwatu in Bali works with a High Priestess to offer ritual chakra and past-life cleanses in holy temples a truly unique and very cathartic experience that absolutely warrants traveling around the world to experience.

“Sometimes local experiences are taken for granted as being commonplace, but they’re anything but to the rest of the world.

“It’s easy for us to become jaded with what is readily available to us, but our guests are craving this information.

“I’m working across all of our brands to deliver stories like this. Anantara Spa is certainly a focus, but so is our upscale brand AVANI SPA. It’ll be the most number of takeovers for us in years moving forward, and the spa brand is very fresh, contemporary and fuss-free.

She also noted that MSpa was in the final stages of creating four new Ayurvedic wellness programs at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle in Sri Lanka, and will use this model across other resorts that can handle well-being experiences at that level. Smaller elements under MSpa’s Balance Wellness program that they can execute, such as nourishing cuisine or holistic movement.

Monica was previously cluster director of international PR for three resorts — Anantara Angkor Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia; Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai, Thailand; and Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. Anantara Siam is the brand’s flagship hotel, following a rebrand in 2015. It embodies the luxury and fresh image of the brand, all while in the heart of the world’s most visited city.

What drew her to Anantara was its elephant conservation initiative — the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation — based out of Anantara Golden Triangle.

“It was hard for me to leave behind my day-to-day interaction with the elephants. But luckily, Chiang Rai is only an 80-minute flight from Bangkok.”

 

 

Two senior appointments at SALA

SALA HOSPITALITY GROUP has bolstered its Bangkok corporate office team by adding two new senior management positions, both of which will support the expansion of the company’s two primary brands – SALA Resorts and Spas and sala boutique “ with two new properties in Thailand in the pipeline for 2018.

Brian Moodie, SALA’s current chief operating officer, will move to the position of owner’s representative, effective Nov.1, 2017.

The 38-year hotel veteran joined SALA 15 years ago in 2002 as the pre-opening first general manager of SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort, before being promoted to VP Hotel Operations during SALA’s first round of expansion into Phuket and Khaoyai.

SALA Hospitality Group has bolstered its Bangkok corporate office team by adding two new senior management positions, both of which will support the expansion of the company’s two primary brands –“ SALA Resorts and Spas and sala boutique“ — with two new properties in Thailand in the pipeline for 2018. Brian Moodie, SALA’s current chief operating officer, will move to the position of owner’s representative, effective Nov.1, 2017.

The 38-year hotel veteran joined SALA 15 years ago in 2002 as the pre-opening first general manager of SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort, before being promoted to VP Hotel Operations during SALA’s first round of expansion into Phuket and Khaoyai.

During another wave of expansion for SALA in 2013, Brian was tapped as COO to oversee the group’s hotel openings in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya. He has also been overseeing another new Koh Samui project currently under development, SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort, slated to open in January 2018.   In his new role as owner’s representative, Brian will work closely with SALA shareholders on key issues such as asset management and new project development, as well as continuing in his role as a senior advisor for the group.

It has been an honour and privilege working for SALA since the company’s inception 15 years ago,” said Brian. “I look forward with excitement and enthusiasm to continuing my close relationship with our shareholders and SALA’s senior management team over the next several years, and of course lending as much support as possible to the heart and soul of our company, the wonderful staff members at each of our hotels and the Bangkok corporate office.”

Jon Ashenden, currently SALA’s regional general manager based at SALA Phuket Resort and Spa and overseeing SALA’s southern beach resorts in Phuket and Samui, is being promoted to VP hotel operations and is based in the Bangkok corporate office.    Jon began his career with SALA in 2010 as general manager for SALA Phuket Resort and Spa. In 2012, he was promoted to regional general manager in charge of all southern beach resorts including SALA Phuket, SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort and the new SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort, currently under development.

Regarding this move, Jon said: “My family and I are excited to be in Bangkok, and I personally am looking forward to expanding my involvement with all SALA properties and the Bangkok corporate team.

During another wave of expansion for SALA in 2013, Brian was tapped as COO to oversee the group’s hotel openings in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya. He has also been overseeing another new Koh Samui project currently under development, SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort, slated to open in January 2018.

In his new role as owner’s representative, Brian will work closely with SALA shareholders on key issues such as asset management and new project development, as well as continuing in his role as a senior advisor for the group.

It has been an honour and privilege working for SALA since the company’s inception 15 years ago, said Brian. I look forward with excitement and enthusiasm to continuing my close relationship with our shareholders and SALA’s senior management team over the next several years, and of course lending as much support as possible to the heart and soul of our company, the wonderful staff members at each of our hotels and the Bangkok corporate office.

Jon Ashenden, currently SALA’s regional general manager based at SALA Phuket Resort and Spa and overseeing SALA’s southern beach resorts in Phuket and Samui, is being promoted to VP hotel operations and is based in the Bangkok corporate office.

Jon began his career with SALA in 2010 as general manager for SALA Phuket Resort and Spa. In 2012, he was promoted to regional general manager in charge of all southern beach resorts including SALA Phuket, SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort and the new SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort, currently under development.

Regarding this move, Jon said: “My family and I are excited to be in Bangkok, and I personally am looking forward to expanding my involvement with all SALA properties and the Bangkok corporate team.”

 

Best Western and Habitat Group celebrate success at Thailand Property Awards 2017

 

Chanin Vanijwongse, CEO, Habitat Group; Olivier Berrivin, managing director of international operations – Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts; and Sasivimol Sutthibut, COO, Habitat Group

BEST WESTERN’S NEW, highly-anticipated hotel, BluPhere Pattaya, BW Premier Collection, received three awards at the Thailand Property Awards 2017 in a glittering gala ceremony in Bangkok.

This contemporary seafront property was named as the winner of the ‘Best Low-Rise Condo Architectural Design (Resort)’ title, and was also “highly commended” in the ‘Best Condo Interior Design’ and ‘Best Condo Landscape Architectural Design’ categories.

A successful partnership with the Habitat Group has seen the development of two exciting new upscale properties on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard that are close to the popular beach resort of Pattaya: BluPhere Pattaya, BW Premier Collection, and Best Western Premier BayPhere Pattaya.

“We are proud to be working with the Habitat Group, which has proven to be an excellent partner for Best Western,” said Olivier Berrivin, Best Western’s managing director of international operations – Asia.

 “We have collaborated closely with the Habitat Group for several years and I have been hugely impressed with their professionalism and the quality of their properties.”

“To have been honoured at the Thailand Property Awards 2017 is testament to the excellence of their developments, and also a great reflection of the exciting new era of Best Western hotels that are now rising all across Asia,” he added.

“We can’t wait to welcome our guests to Best Western Premier BayPhere Pattaya and BluPhere Pattaya, BW Premier Collection, so that they can see why it received the ‘Best Low-Rise Condo Architectural Design (Resort)’ title,” Olivier concluded.

Habitat Group also won the ‘Best Housing Development (Eastern Seaboard)’ award and was highly commended in the ‘Best Housing Architectural Design’ category for its X2 Pattaya Oceanphere development.

Located close to the beach in Na Jomtien, overlooking the glistening waters of the Gulf of Thailand, BluPhere Pattaya, BW Premier Collection, will open its doors to guests in 2020. Best Western Premier BayPhere Pattaya is scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of 2018.

 

 

 

In Remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej 1927 – 2016

This month, SALA Hospitality joins the Thai people in mourning and bidding farewell to the nation’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who for over 70 years has been Thailand’s guiding light.

The royal cremation ceremony is scheduled to take place from October 25-29, 2017.

On October 26, the Thai government has called for the public’s co-operation in refraining from organising all kinds of entertainment, with entertainment expected to be toned down from October 21 until the end of the month out of respect for the funeral ceremonies.

Following the royal cremation ceremony, the government will hold a month-long exhibition from 1 to 30 November 1-30, 2017 at the Royal Crematorium and Sanam Luang ceremonial ground in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Sala Samui Choengmon Beach, guests interested to learn more about the late King’s life and work are invited to join special outdoor screenings of a short film about His Majesty. All musical entertainment and beach movies have been cancelled for the month of October, except for these two screenings.

Click here for more information about the Royal Cremation Ceremony

 

 

 

 

Patrick Huey Joins MSpa International as Group Director of Spa – Asia

FROM L.A. SPA RECEPTIONIST to global industry thought leader, Patrick Huey’s rise to the top has been anything but conventional.

Currently on the board of directors of the International SPA Association (ISPA), Patrick joins Minor Hotel’s MSpa International in Bangkok from the Caribbean.

A graduate of both Vanderbilt and Yale, Patrick brings a dynamic approach to the spa industry. Previously, under Patrick’s leadership as corporate director of spas, fitness and tennis at Red Lane Spas in the Caribbean, Red Lane was nominated for multiple World Spa Awards, including Best Hotel Spa Brand in 2016.

Recognizing the importance of training and education, Patrick was responsible for launching the Red Lane Training Institute for spa therapists, which has trained over 600 employees to date.

During his tenure in the Caribbean he was also appointed to the Steering Committee of the Marketing and Tourism Board of Jamaica.

Patrick brings a rounded approach to MSpa’s holistic well-being program. Emphasizing the therapeutic benefits of spa therapies, as well as a healthy diet and active lifestyle, Patrick is committed to expanding MSpa’s offerings, from experienced Ayurvedic doctors to alternative healing specialists and lifestyle coaches.

Patrick has over two decades’ experience in luxury hospitality, from Ian Schrager hotels in New York to the Four Seasons and Viceroy groups, in roles from over-all group strategy to daily operations and sales.

As MSpa’s group director of spa – Asia, Patrick will be responsible for setting and implementing MSpa’s business strategy in the region, developing brand pillars and wellness programs, as well as for the over-all performance of spas, including all pre-opening and expansion activities.

“Patrick’s forward-looking approach to health and wellness will serve MSpa well in our mission to create holistic experiences that cater to the modern traveller,” said Thomas B. Meier, Minor Hotel’s senior vice-president operations, Asia.

“Patrick brings a wealth of experience from his global roles in the spa industry, and we look forward to his contribution to the group’s business strategy”.

 

 

Autumn-proofing your skin at Six Senses

THE CHANGE IN SEASON might be leaving your skin dryer and tighter than usual, so rehydrate with Dr. Burgener’s Hydrating Swiss Milk Wrap, before wrinkles have a chance to appear.

This nourishing treatment uses powerful milk protein, casein, together with a three-clay elixir to hydrate the skin. It also adds an anti-ageing body concentrate to enhance the results.

If your skin is suffering from summer aftershock, try The Organic Pharmacy’s Hydra-diamond Exfoliation Facial. It’s ideal for sun-damaged and dull skin as it diminishes acne scars, enlarged pores, age spots and wrinkles.

As the densely packed diamonds (yes really!) glide over your skin, they gently exfoliate and remove dead cells.

There are no harmful chemicals in this treatment. vitamin-infused hydrating water is used instead to hydrate your skin, along with a customized mask to leave your skin looking instantly brighter and smoother. Available at Six Senses Spa Muscat at Al Bustan Palace in Oman.

Does your skin become super sensitive when the temperature drops? Look out for Subtle Energies’ Soothe and Enrich Advanced Antioxidant Facial. This intensely calming and restorative facial delivers a nutrient-rich elixir to revitalize dry, sensitive or damaged skin.

Following a deep cleanse and purification, your skin is infused with advanced antioxidants and essential fatty acids to fight free radical damage, protecting it from the visible signs of ageing.

The experience is enhanced with a relaxing and soothing marma massage, which delivers an active serum of neem, coriander seed and rhu khus. This increases collagen and hyaluronic acid production, before a botanical hydration mask locks this precious moisture into the skin.

Available at Six Senses Spa Yao Noi and Six Senses Spa Hua Hin in Thailand at Six Senses Spas in Crete, Oman, the Maldives, Spain and Greece.

For more information, email enquiries-spa@sixsenses.com.

 

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