Archive - November 2017

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Anantara Lawana Samui opens Dec. 10 after extensive renovation
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AVANI Hotels and Resorts opens first property in Hua Hin  
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William E. Heinecke HOTELS Corporate Hotelier of the world 2017
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3-Star Michelin Star Chef Emmanuel Renaut Visits VIE Hotel Bangkok and V Villas Hua Hin
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Dusit International signs to manage new Hua Hin hotel
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SALA Phuket Celebrating 10th Anniversary
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‘Wonderful Weddings, Magical Memories’
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What’s on at Six Senses’ Earth Labs?
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Meet High Priestess Ibu Jero at Anantara Uluwatu Bali

Anantara Lawana Samui opens Dec. 10 after extensive renovation

AFTER AN EXTENSIVE RENOVATION to refurbish all its accommodation and certain facilities, Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort will be welcoming travellers to refreshed island luxury from Dec.10, 2017

Tucked along the quietier north end of the famous Chaweng Beach, just 10-minutes from Koh Samui International Airport, Anantara Lawana Koh Samui offers enhancements to its 122 uniquely luxurious rooms and villas, ranging from 52 to 300 square metres.

While preserving the contemporary Sino-Thai style, all accommodation hasbeen enhanced both functionally and aesthetically to articulate the laid back elegance of local islanders’ life by the sea and Koh Samui’s Chinese settler heritage.

Giving the Sino-Thai vintage style fresh appeal, brand new furniture is accentuated by hand-crafted architectural and ornamental details, set against uplifted colour palettes.

Wall-mounted entrance lamps will brighten the arrival of drowsy explorers. Night tables are to have a modern upgrade with adjacent USBs and power outlets. Upholstery design patterns by a local water colour artist will be exclusive to the resort and depict the inspiration of each room type, as do the themed lighting fixtures.

All bathrooms will now feature air-conditioning, adjustable lighting and vanity counters with traditional Chinese detailing. Terraces are being refurbished with sun loungers and furniture with premium grade outdoor fabric.

Charming distinctions give each room type a character of its own. Its 44 Deluxe Lawana Rooms feature outdoor sofa benches fitted in stylish fabrics, a new adjustable angle wall-mounted television and bed-end trunks that act as night table chests will provide seating and storage for personal belongings.

For the 44 Deluxe Plunge Pool Rooms, a local artist has been specially commissioned to craft a Chinese hand-painted folded panel headboard to convey this room type’s local Samui villager birder story, accompanied by a decorative bird cage night lamp and a bathroom vanity wall that has an antique paint effect, speckled with gold.

The installment of discreet ceiling lights will enable guests to brighten their room as required. Accentuating the al fresco pleasures, both the terrace and personal plunge pool will be expanded, and a spacious built-in reclining sofa bench is to be joined by the playful addition of a day swing.

Its six Deluxe Pool Access Rooms depict a Samui fisherman concept with hanging mosquito nets designed to resemble a fisherman’s net and antique style table lamps shaped like a traditional fisherman’s tool. The bathroom and bedroom mirror’s bamboo framing is inspired by a fisherman’s raft and is to be complimented by a luxurious wooden bathtub tray with a curved boat design.

Eleven Anantara Pool Villas and six Anantara Seaview Pool Villas blend a story of Samui’s coconut farmers with superior elegance. Stylish design details combine tradition with contemporary, such as bamboo framed mirrors and lamps depicting old fashioned coconut farmer tools and lamps framed with charming monkey themed shades.

Perfect for a family or group of friends, the royal one-of-a-kind Two Bedroom Lawana Pool Villa reflects a prestigious immigrant Chinese family, and as such is to be lavishly upgraded.

The existing antique sofa is being decorated with sheer curtains and elaborately upholstered in palatial patterns. Turquoise Chinese stools nestle side tables with hand-painted ceramic table lamps in a sea-shell and aquatic animal pattern, and a large Chinese style coffee table acts as a stunning centrepiece to the beautiful new living room rug.

The master bathroom has been refitted with his and hers basins framed by a large golden bamboo trimmed black turtle-shell patterned mirror. The kitchen is to feature a wooden partition sliding door concealing the storage room behind; a pantry table set will include a long Chinese style bench representing ancient Chinese living.

The outdoor terrace features a built-in L-shaped bench to provide comfortable seating for eight guests, a large patio table with a sunken stainless steel ice bucket, and at the edge of the wooden deck, fitted sun loungers will boast the closest and most stunning viewpoint across Chawang Beach.

Beach time has been enhanced by a view of an uninhabited island, just a short boat ride away. The beachfront infinity pool mirrors the waves of the sand and promises elegant relaxation. Turquoise waters provide ideal swimming conditions, thanks to a craggy rock line that creates a tranquil, shallow and safe lagoon.

Guests seeking the natural quiet of Anantara Spa will find the tranquil courtyard haven flourishing with a newly landscaped garden.

Restaurants are being given a sleeker look and feel with new flooring at the international Ocean Kiss restaurant right beside the beach and the multi award-winning Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar, where guests can enjoy a unique dining experience with breathtaking views in a tree top canopy. Anantaras bespoke Dining by Design experience offers a personal chef and butler, a choice of gourmet menus and idyllic resort settings.

Meeting and event guests already benefit from its innovative conference and event venues, which are also designed to reflect the island’s Chinese merchant heritage. As one of the biggest and newest meeting facilities on Koh Samui, the venue can host up to 220 guests and boasts a rooftop venue with an unrivalled coastal view.

While Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort’s location is quiet and tranquil, the buzz and excitement of Chaweng Beach is just around the corner, with an array of international restaurants and local shops.

 

 

AVANI Hotels and Resorts opens first property in Hua Hin  

FOR TRAVELERS LOOKING FOR  a tropical escape, AVANI Hua Hin Resort & Villas opens its doors on southern Thailand’s Gulf Coast.

Hua Hin is known as a popular getaway for Bangkok residents and is historically a favourite with the Thai Royal family.

Nestled in a tranquil spot on the coastline, AVANI Hua Hin Resort and Villas boasts natural tropical elements combined with contemporary design to create a serene and stylish atmosphere.

Surrounded by lush gardens and facing on to a large lagoon pool, the 196 guest rooms, suites and villas offer comfortable and relaxing accommodation.

Superior and deluxe guest rooms feature a private balcony and villas and suites have either a plunge pool or Jacuzzi and gazebo. Bathtubs and separate walk-in showers make for indulgent moments, while the outdoor rainforest shower in select suites encourages guests to stay in touch with nature.

The 11 one-bedroom and two two-bedroom lagoon pool villas have direct access to the main pool and are ideal for a group of friends or a large family wanting to be part of the resort action but also having a private space to enjoy each other’s company.

Culinary experiences celebrate authentic Thai dishes, rustic Italian flavours and international fare with an emphasis on fresh local produce. The all-day dining restaurant Staas serves international favourites and local dishes and delicious coastal Italian cuisine can be enjoyed at Brezza.

A hotspot highlight of the resort will be the opening the Jazz Lounge on New Yearâ’s Eve. The Tapas and Mezze menu, great cocktails and live music will appeal guests and visitors.

Pampering awaits at AVANISPA, where trained therapists administer indulgent modern treatments to restore body, mind and spirit. The spa has nine treatment rooms including two couple’s treatment rooms and an authentic Hammam where guests can enjoy a hot steam bath followed by a massage.

The AVANIFIT gym is equipped with the latest cardio and weight-training machines and the resort has mapped out a jogging and cycling track so guests can keep up with their exercise routines should they want to whilst on holiday.

ctive guests can also choose to partake in a wealth of watersports, such as kite surfing, sailing and stand up paddle board yoga.

The resort offers a vast array of activities and excursions in the local area from foodie market tours to painting classes and Street Art tours.

Younger travellers are also catered for at the AVANIKIDS Club. Under the supervision of a qualified and caring team, children can enjoy a variety of activities, including pool time, marine adventures, face-painting and indoor games.

The resort also features an independent 900 square metre Ballroom, the largest event space in Hua Hin, and the perfect setting for a decadent wedding or a conference with enough space to easily accommodate banquets of 500 people and theatre style seating for 700 people.

The Ballroom can also be re-configured to offer up to five smaller meeting rooms or event venues.

Hua Hin feels miles away from the bustle of the capital. The town has long stretches of golden sand beaches and nearby night markets feature prominent Thai artists and delicious fresh seafood.

 

 

 

William E. Heinecke HOTELS Corporate Hotelier of the world 2017

 

 

 

 

 William E. Heinecke, founder, chairman and CEO of Minor International has been named Corporate Hotelier of the World for 2017. Nominated as one of four finalists in the corporate hotelier category, Heinecke accepted the award at a gala event in New York, where HOTELS celebrated both their corporate and independent Hotelier of The World award winners.From humble beginnings in Thailand, he spearheaded the growth of Minor Hotels as a hotel owner, operator and investor, which now boasts a portfolio of innovative, brands spanning over 150 hotels and resorts in 24 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean, with a pipeline already in place to venture into new destinations such as Mauritius, Tunisia, South Korea and more.

In this highly prestigious individual accolade, the self-taught and self-made billionaire was applauded for his life-long accomplishments, his pioneering, competitive and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as his passion of making a difference in Thailand and beyond.

Commenting on the award, he said: “I am truly honoured and humbled to receive this award and to have my name added to the incredible list of previous winners, a true roll-call of industry leaders and pioneers. I’m thrilled to play a role in such a dynamic industry. I’m still constantly learning, finding new ways of growing our business and to do it better.  I certainly have no plans to hand over the reins at Minor just yet.”

In his acceptance speech to an audience of the industry’s elite, Heinecke spoke of how the creation of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is the realization of a life-long dream that reflects his personal appreciation for authentic luxury in unique destinations.

His private passions are also evident in Minor’s charitable endeavours, most notably the Heinecke Foundation’s educational sponsorship of underprivileged children and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation’s efforts to help Thailand’s elephant population, as well as to support wider environmental and community outreach programs.

Minor Hotels’ success plays a vital role in the evolution of the hospitality industry on a global platform, and looking to the future, Heinecke lauded the passion and dedication of the people he works with.

HOTELS and www.hotelsmag.com have been amongst the leading sources of news and analysis for the global hotel industry for more than 45 years, currently reaching over 90,000 hotel professionals in more than 160 countries. The magazine has been naming its Hoteliers of the World since 1981, with the list of previous winners reading like a roll-call of the hospitality industry.

 

 

3-Star Michelin Star Chef Emmanuel Renaut Visits VIE Hotel Bangkok and V Villas Hua Hin

THREE-STAR-MICHELIN STAR CHEF EMMANUEL RENAUT, chef and owner of acclaimed Flocons de Sel restaurant, brings his inimitable cuisine to La VIE “ Creative French Cuisine” in VIE Hotel Bangkok and Villazzo in V Villas Hia Hin for four days of culinary perfection during Nov. 22-25, 2017.

Emmanuel Renaut is a truly rare breed in the culinary world, holder of the prestigious “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” (Best Craftsman of France) and the “Compagnon du Tour de France” (Companion of the Tour de France). He has been awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide.

Chef Emmanuel Renaut established Flocons de Sel in 1998 and he received his first Michelin star in 2003, the second one in 2006, and his third was awarded in 2012, when he was also named “Cooking Chef of the Year”.

Today his widely celebrated skills in transforming the natural and local ingredients of the Alps into colourful, fragrant and succulent dishes have earned universal praise.

He will be at La VIE —Creative French Cuisine at VIE Hotel Bangkok on Nov. 2 and at the Villazzo Restaurant in V Villas Hua Hin on Nov. 25.

He will be offering a 10-courser exclusive set dinner, costing 11,000 THB per person for food only, and 13,000 THB per person for premium beverage pairing (Taittinger, Champagne Cuve Prestige, NV).

Dinner is served at 6.30 pm and will start with Beignet of smoked Alp milk, puffed bread of black rice and polentatartelette of vegetable roots, followed by Terres de Pierres, Chablis 2014 with starters “mushrooms of the woods” under two millimetres of polenta and wild hazelnuts, beetroot and parsnip cake, horseradish bouillon, prawn, citrus zest and caviar vitalized with grapefruit and gentian root.

Terres de Pierres, Chablis 2014 will be served at the main course, featuringcured and lightly smoked trout, herbs from the Alpsquenelle of scallops, grilled onion juice with lemon balm.

Then, Reserve de la Comtesse, Pauillac 2009, served with duck with red cabbage, “fondant” potatoes, juniper infused duck juice “grand veneur” and silverskin onions cooked in a pine bouillon, followed by Beaufort cheese and nuts, and desert: lemon, hazelnut, mountain honey, smoked chocolate tart, woody ice cream; and end with Petit Fours — A few sweets with the Tastes of the Mountains.

 

 

 

Dusit International signs to manage new Hua Hin hotel

From the left: Lim Boon Kwee, Suphicha Promsentana and Somsakul Limsuttaphan.

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL HAS signed a hotel management agreement with Enrich Paranimmitr Company Limited, a subsidiary of Bangkok-based Enrich Group, to operate the hotel and residences in the heart of the beach resort destination’s main Petchkasem Road.

Designed to cater to families and leisure travellers seeking a fun-filled escape, the property is conveniently located close to Hua Hin’s largest shopping; dining and movie theatre complex; BluPort, the hip and stylish Cicada Night Market; and the Vana Nava Waterpark, which boasts some of the fastest and longest waterslides in Thailand.

Slated to open in the first quarter 2020, the new property will comprise the upscale dusitD2 hotel with 154 keys, a dusitD2 branded condominium with 364 fully-furnished residential units, and retail and office spaces.

Facilities will include an all-day dining restaurant, fitness centre, swimming pool, a kids’ club, a rooftop bar, and 300 sq m of banqueting space. In keeping with the dusitD2 brand, the property will boast a modern design with bright and colourful décor.

The residences will operate separately to the hotel and will offer its own swimming pool and fitness centre.

Located only three hours by car from Bangkok, Hua Hin serves as a popular beachside getaway for Bangkokians, and is renowned for its seafood restaurants, lively markets, cultural sights, world-class golf courses, kitesurfing, and family-friendly activities.

With royal links going back to the early 1920s, the city also has two regal summer residences that visitors can explore.

“Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s most popular seaside destinations, attracting over five million visitors per year, but it still retains a charming, relaxed atmosphere which makes it perfectly suited to families and leisure travellers seeking relaxation and fun activities by the beach,” said Lim Boon Kwee, COO, Dusit International.

“With its stylish design, comfortable rooms, upscale facilities, and Dusit’s distinctive brand of gracious hospitality, dusitD2 Hua Hin will be perfectly positioned to cater to visitors’ needs. We look forward to working with Enrich Paranimmitr Company Limited to make the property a resounding success”

Suphicha Promsentana, business office director of Enrich Group, said: After completing several high-end housing projects in Bangkok, we wanted to expand our portfolio beyond residential into hospitality and services.

“As for our move to develop a hotel; we just had to find the right partner who shared our vision for excellence. We are delighted Dusit International is that partner. The company’s rich hospitality experience speaks for itself, and we are confident that, in Dusit Internationalâs capable hands, the hotel will live up to Dusit’s promise to exceed expectations. Always.”

With 28 properties currently in operation across four brands in eight countries, Dusit International is in a significant growth phase which will see the number of Dusit properties exceed 70 within the next four-to-five years across key markets worldwide. Alongside dusitD2, other brands in Dusit International’s portfolio include Dusit Thani, Dusit Devarana, and DusitPrincess.

dusitD2 Hua Hin Hotel and Residences will be the second Dusit branded property in Hua Hin. Dusit International also owns and operates the Dusit Thani Hua Hin, a luxury resort which celebrates its 27th anniversary this year.

 

 

SALA Phuket Celebrating 10th Anniversary

THIS DECEMBER, the award winning SALA Phuket Resort and Spa will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.

From next month and throughout 2018, SALA Phuket will be releasing a number of special offers and events to celebrate this special milestone.

All guests staying in December will receive a 10% discount on treatments in SALA Spa, and also when dining in the SALA Restaurant and beachfront Bar.

In addition, all guests staying 10 nights or more from December and through the following year will receive a special 10,000 THB resort credit, to be used on services during their stay.

And while you’re there, turn up the heat with a “Bubble Tub Champagne” setting the scene for romance, complete with an aromatic milky bath, a bottle of champagne, and a hot fudge dipping sauce with cookies, fruits and vanilla whipped cream to share. From 2,100 THB.

 

 

 

‘Wonderful Weddings, Magical Memories’

WIN A ROMANTIC pool villa honeymoon experience at Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach.

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The comment we like the most, will receive a romantic “Just Us” special package at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, including two nights in a Beachfront Plunge Pool Villa, breakfast for two, return airport transfers and an evening dinner voucher. Enter now until Nov. 30– good luck.

Winner will be announced on Dec. 1, 2017.

 

What’s on at Six Senses’ Earth Labs?

EVERY SIX SENSES PROPERTY now runs an Earth Lab, “and we’re inviting our guests to stop by, join in our activities and participate with us in reaching our sustainability goals”.

A visit to Six Senses would not be complete without visiting Earth Lab. It’s a place to learn, grow and reconnect with the natural world.

It’s named Earth to celebrate our home and source of all life, and Lab for experimentation, innovation and exploration. This is a place where Six Senses showcases its sustainability efforts.

Six Senses has adopted a philosophy of Zero Waste, producing materials and upcycling on site to reduce transportation-related impacts. It also communicates work happening off site, for example marine conservation, forest restoration and community development.

Earth Lab topics and activities include:

Water is bottled on site, eliminating the transportation impacts and use of plastic water bottles, and alternatives to plastic straws are produced including paper, bamboo and lemongrass.

Natural insecticides are distilled from plants and used as an organic alternative to chemical sprays; biologically active cleaning solutions are grown in batches and used to replace chemical cleaners; free-range chickens produce organic eggs; and goats process landscaping waste and produce milk.

Food waste is composted and used to fuel our extensive organic gardens; fruits and vegetables are harvested from our organic gardens to provide fresh and healthy meals for guests; bees are kept for honey and to pollinate local crops; glass (where recycling is not available) is crushed and upcycled into flower pots, paving stones and light fixtures.

Renewable energy is produced from solar and biomass; plants are harvested and oils freshly extracted for spa treatments; seeds are harvested, kept in a seed bank and made available for guests to take and grow organic at home; DIY videos are produced and shared online; guests can join workshops; and local community members are invited to learn and share traditional knowledge

“We are delighted to launch Earth Lab, said Bernhard Bohnenberger, president of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. “Each facility represents the seriousness we place on sustainability and the importance of working locally and with nearby communities to tread lightly on the environment and respect Mother Nature.

 

Meet High Priestess Ibu Jero at Anantara Uluwatu Bali

ANANTARA ULUWATU BALI RESORT provides a prime location for rebalancing your body and mind and is introducing a new series of unique healing packages, led by renowned native High Priestess, Ibu Jero.

Ibu Jero is a native Balinese healer offering traditional therapies combined with the wisdom of both Asian and Western ideology. Fifth in a long line of Balinese healers, she brings the extensive knowledge and experience of her ancestors to bear on her enlightening work

. She offers a channel between the spiritual and our physical selves, and her power is rare, being one of only a few High Priestesses in Bali. To maintain this title she, in part, lives in devotion of Bali’s spiritual traditions, visits all major temples, and even makes up to 50 offerings every day.

Following a life-threatening experience Ibu Jero devoted herself to spirituality.

“I understand that Eastern and Western modalities are complementary; where the East is spiritually aware, the West is physically advanced,” said the high priestess.

“The human being is a complex system of mind, emotions, spirit, body and soul. When we want true healing and liberation to occur, we need to go deeply into each level.” Ibu Jero’s ability to act as a channel for healing energies to flow thru is greatly influenced from her ancestors.

Her years of training cover traditional restorative treatments, massage, aromatherapy, natural medicine, traditional herbs and chakra balancing.

Discover deep meditation practices and enhance your energy through special therapies with Ibu Jero. Learn to set intentions that improve your life and well-being. Listen to your inner voice and achieve balance with the help of the enchanting High Priestess.

A seven-hour spiritual journey is offered for guests who seek a deeply immersive experience. Travel to the extremely sacred Tirta Sudamala Temple in Bangli where a holy spring has provided cleansing for hundreds of years.

Pilgrims bathe in blessed water where they connect to the earth and undergo holistic cleansing.

Ibu Jero guides participants through the temple processes and then performs a seven stage chakra cleansing and purification to clear life blocks from the past and present.

Step into the revered pool to wash away that which no longer serves you. Transport, lunch, and temple offerings are all included in the US450 package for two persons.

Guests can choose a 60-minute Balinese Reiki Session to cleanse and align their chakras, a powerful and restorative therapy. Or, try an Energy Cleansing Session if there is the need to release negative energies that are restricting their path in life. Both therapies are offered at US 165 per person.

Couples can declare their love with a Sunset Couple Blessing and Healing Ritual, which involves a past life and chakra cleanse, allowing you to move forward together afresh.

Next, she’ll align your chakra energies and let any negativity slip away, offering peace and setting intention for a harmonious relationship. A calming water blessing purification follows before a traditional Balinese offering.

Ideal for engagements, pre-wedding vows or anniversary celebrations, the ritual lasts 90-minutes and is priced at US300 per couple.

The Group Melukat Ceremony comprises a water blessing, often compared to a ‘holy’ shower. Together, the group chant mantras and set good intentions for the future amidst water, incense and flowers.

Only High Priests or Priestesses can offer this therapy and Ibu Jero is famous for it, bringing holistic balance to participants. This 2-hour purification ceremony is priced at USD 600 for up to five people.

Ibu Jero’s healing therapies can be booked through Anantara Spa. For reservations and more information, please call + 62 (361) 8957555 Ext.6900 or email spa.uluwatu@anantara.com.

These experiences are the perfect add-on to the Wellbeing Retreat package at Anantara Uluwatu. Rates start from US145 per couple, per night and include luxury accommodation and a personalized wellness itinerary.

 

 

 

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