Archive - December 2017

Welcome the New ydear at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Ratilanna Chiang Mai
Anantara’s Festive Holiday Highlights Around the World
Christmas and New Years at Banyan Tree Phuket
Soneva Kiri’s Christmas and New Year’s celebrations
Get ready for Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang ‘s Christmas Eve “Pirates of Andaman” dinner
Dates set for Bangkok’s 2018 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament

Welcome the New ydear at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

 WELCOME IN THE NEW YEAR IN STYLE at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket’s elegant Gala Dinner at Latitude Marquee from 6:30 p.m. until 11 pm, offering gourmet cuisine and vibrant entertainment to make the occasion memorable.

After the Gala Dinner, head out to the sands at 10:30 p.m. to count down the hours, minutes and seconds to 2018 at Casuarina Beachfront.

When the clock strikes midnight, expect spectacular fireworks and flying lanterns galore.

For reservations, call +66 76 362 999 or e-mail

Dusit Thani Laguna celebrated Christmas  in an unconventional way at a poolside brunch from  from noon to 3 p.m., enabling  you to relax, sit back, relax and enjoy your tropical celebration while your little ones were entertained by the Busy Bee Kids Club.

To get everyone into the spirit of the season, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket held a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at its Horizon lounge.



Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Ratilanna Chiang Mai

Ratilanna’s Havana Night Party New Year’s Eve count down starts off with a feast of food, drinks, ambience, live music and merry making at Mira Terrace and River Lawn.

It features an international barbecued buffet spread, free flow wine, beer, soft drinks, and juices, party packs ans gifts to set the mood, and free entry to the Countdown Party.

RatiLanna is inviting everyone to come dressed Havana style in the party and the let’s go to the party for an evening of fun and entertainments.

The Countdown Party with fireworks as we reflect and wish for the year ahead.

The party starts at 6 p.m. and lasts until 1 a.m., 2018.

For table reservations or enquiries, email to

Christmas was also big at Ratilanna, where its  Mira Terrace featured the resort’s favourite international buffet and relax into the magical setting over drinks, complete with candle lights and a view of the Ping River.

Carol singers  performed favourite Christmas carols and songs to celebrate the evening that included a visit from Santa Claus with presents.




Anantara’s Festive Holiday Highlights Around the World

ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS presents merry escapism for Christmas and New Year travellers, with Seasonal journeys that offer the gift of choice — from sumptuous traditions in exotic destinations to intriguing local customs in culture-rich lands.

Extraordinary Christmas Trees. Decorating the holiday scene, Anantara Christmas trees offer unique festive backdrops.

In Thailand, jungle luxury glows at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort with a Christmas coconut tree, and at a prestigious Bangkok address, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel exhibits designer cosmopolitan flair.

In Sri Lanka, the spirit of giving back has immersed Anantara Kalutara Resort; their Christmas tree is decorated with wish cards from children of a nearby orphanage and proceeds from guest donations will be collected to purchase gifts to spread the holiday cheer and create smiles.

Nestled on the Maldivian seabed, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Resort has a festive feature made from live coral; visible from the underwater wine cellar at SEA Restaurant.

Iconic Christmas Experiences  Combining northern Thai culture with Christmas classics in the jungle, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort offers a Jungle Bells Reception & Gala Dinner on Christmas Eve.

Glasses of eggnog and mulled wine are raised around a roaring fire at the old-world style bar while an Akha hill tribe family perform traditional dances. Spoiling families with a festive feast, a splendid poolside buffet of Christmas specials and exotic Thai recipes are enjoyed with Santa as the star guest and carol singers.

Known as Bangkok’s best, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s famous brunch is stepping up a festive notch for Christmas Day. Presenting favourites from its award-winning restaurants, celebrated cuisines from around the world and live cooking flair, merriment flows with a Christmas choir, live entertainment and the free flowing pleasures of Champagne, mimosas, martinis, a Thai Chili Bloody Mary Bar.

Showcasing Portugal’s artisan heritage, Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort is popping the cork on a vine-inspired Christmas Day with The Wine Guru’s Christmas Gathering. A five-course traditional Christmas lunch is paired with an exclusive handpicked selection of Portugal’s regional fine wines — all personal favourites of Anantara’s producers and destined to become great vintages and prize winners.

New Year’s Eve Spectaculars. The last night of 2017 is theatrically impressive at two Anantara resorts in the Maldives. Anantara Kihavah Villas is throwing a spectacular New Year’s Eve Carnival On The Beach. Revellers can don feathers and masks to capture dramatic moments in the photo booth.

Free flow cocktails at the poolside tikki bar come with a vibrant Caribbean steel pan musician. A gala dinner in the carnival marquee presents a buffet of the finest global flavours, unique chef creations at live cooking stations, fresh seafood delights and wicked desserts worth the extra splurge.

Performers from around the world dazzle guests with fire, Brazilian capoeira and aerial acrobatic shows.

Transforming New Year’s Eve into a family-friendly extravaganza on a private tropical beach, Anantara Dhigu Resort boasts an enchanting Moana Disney theme.

A bountiful buffet dinner serves local catches and international cuisines. The night has a lively flow at the tikki bar and kid’s entertainment wows young VIPS. DJ tunes spin and the ambience rises as midnight fireworks colour the sky and ocean.

Seasonal Music Festivals Bringing world-class jazz to the world’s largest desert in Abu Dhabi for the festive season, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is featuring the famous Parisian band Swing Deluxe from Dec. 24, 2017 – 1 Jan. 1, 2018, entertaining guests with great French and American jazz classics while they indulge in festive dining experiences at signature restaurants.

Showcasing a Festive Celebration of Music from 22 Dec. 22, 2017 – Jan. 2, 2018 beside Bangkok’s glittering River of Kings in Thailand, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort presents an unforgettable 12-day concert program.

Staged on a riverside barge, jazz and acoustic musicians, as well as popular local and international bands, will delight festive diners at the resort’s river-view restaurants, and also at the waterfront Thai street food fair.

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Christmas and New Years at Banyan Tree Phuket

BANYAN TREE PHUKET is celebrating this festive season with pop-up dinners, picnics, live entertainment and a host of activities are crafted with special care to create unique memorable experiences.

It all begins with a Christmas Eve Signature Sunday Brunch, the season promises to be an exceptional celebration filled, with fine wine and spectacular cuisines, as well as flutes of quality Champagne to make each day a magical one and bid adieu to 2017.

A sampling of the culinary offerings in store for you:

The celebration begins early on the day of Christmas Eve with a brunch at The Watercourt with a selection of fresh seafood, sushi & sashimi, fine cheese, Italian charcuterie and much more. Diners will get the chance to savour a luxurious feast as The Watercourt plays host to a Christmas Eve Celebration Buffet Dinner.

The feast will include  antipasti, traditional Christmas favourites, Asian delights and heavenly desserts. Guests wishing for a quieter more exclusive dining experience can delight their palates at Tre with a carefully-crafted five-course set dinner overlooking the tranquil lagoon with live melodic saxophone background music.

Christmas day starts with a Christmas brunch at The Watercourt. In contrast, guests can also opt to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of life by grabbing a bicycle and taking their loved ones to a private nook around our 88 acre resort for a private Prosecco-paired picnic lunch on Christmas Day. The evening is all about intimacy and sacred family time as guests have the choice of impressing their loved ones with an exclusive in-villa BBQ with a private chef cooking up a bespoke grilled meal.

Those seeking an even more exclusive and romantic dinner can opt for a Destination Dining  experience. The couple will be the only ones on a floating dining platform in the middle of the tranquil lagoon or aboard the Sanya Rak, Banyan Tree Phuket’s traditional long tail boat.

The build-up for New Year’s Eve offers even more with a richly satisfying poolside Barbeque on Boxing Day. This is followed by a four-day Dining Matters Series with four different chefs from Banyan Tree Phuket’s culinary team showcasing their talent at our terrace: Executive Chef Ian, winner of Iron Chef Thailand 2015, brings back on Dec.27 the same recipes that won him the title.

Executive Sous Chef Kreaton underlines innovation within cuisine on Dec. 28 with a five-course degustation dinner. On Dec.29, Thai Sous Chef unravels the secrets of Thai cuisine. Japanese Master chef Shiraishi Kikuo brings the series to an end on 30 December with a delectable four-course dinner which his experience of over 50 years encapsulate

The Watercourt returns to the spotlight on the final eve of the year with The New Year’s Eve Gala Party Jet Set. Beginning at 7 p.m. with a bubbly reception and canapés, followed by a full swing feast prepared at several live cooking stations. Guests will dance the night away to the tunes of the live band, as well as the eclectic blend of beats spun by a professional DJ. As the clock strikes midnight, there will be on display of fireworks.

For a slightly quieter New Year’s celebration, Saffron will hold its New Year’s Eve Fabulous Thai Dinner, starting with cocktails at 7p.m.. Guests will enjoy a sensational Thai buffet throughout the evening, along with Saffron’s world-class ambience and hospitality. Guests can also kick-off the New Year with a private chef cooking up a BBQ meal in the privacy of your villa.

The holiday cheer will continue throughout New Year’s Day with The Watercourt’s first brunch of 2018, the lavish late and expansive meal allows the guests to wake up late without missing out on any of the fun (THB 3,500). The festivities will wrap up later in the day with dinner at Tre to kick off the New Year with a bang.



Soneva Kiri’s Christmas and New Year’s celebrations

AT SONEVA, it goes beyond Christmas Eve and Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It also has a lot of activities for everyone in the week between the two big holidays, starting Christmas Eve day with breakfast in The Tiffany Room, followed by a Benz Cooking Class at ‘Benz Restaurant’

Christmas Eve starts early for drinks at the bach, between 6-7 p.m., with carol singing by children from the Klong Jao School. Pre-dinner drinks and Champagne cocktails will be accompanied by Christmas selection of Canapés to go with them. Santa may even show up to join the party.

19:30 – 22:00 Christmas Eve Dinner, between 6/30-10 p.m. under the stars at ‘The Beach’, where you can savour an authentic traditional Christmas Eve dinner, F\featuring roasted turkey and Lamb with garlic, pancetta and lemon ciabatta stuffing; brussels sprouts with chestnuts and sage; bacon, homemade sausage and prune rolls; creamy bread and shallot sauce; sustainable foi gras terrine; and home-smoked salmon.

Remember to order your turkey for tomorrow for the Soneva’s family style in-villa lunch or dinner.

Monday 25th, Christmas Day, starts with breakfast in˜The Dining Room’, featuring cocktails, ham and cheese casserole, and spicy, sticky cinnamon rolls.

From 12.3o to 4 p.m., dine around Christmas Lunch at ‘The Beach’.   Christmas lunch waits on the white sands of The Beach, where Soneva’s chefs have prepared a sumptuous and yet subtle selection of tastes from our organic garden to accompany the catch of the day caught from the bays of Koh Kood and beyond.

There’s a Cooking Class at ‘Chef’s Table and the Cooking Hut, where the resort’s Indian Chef will help you discover Indian cuisine; from mouth-watering tandoori, butter chicken Masala, to the delights of the famous Naan and chapatti.

From 5 to 6.30 p.m., there’s wine tasting at the Wine Cellar. Some of the finest Old World wines from France, Italy and Spain, all carefully selected by our Sommelier along with cold cuts from Spain and cheese from France.

Christmas Dinner is served at ‘The View’ & ‘Benz’ from6.30 to 10 p.m., featuring a European Classic Christmas Dining Table.

From Tuesday until New Year’s Day, there’s a raft of activities, including more cooking classes; lunches at The Cave or around the resort; an introduction to wellness screening and an non-invasive reading of your body’s composition and biomarkers; a single ingredient pop up at ‘The Jetty’; dining at the ‘The View’ or Benza, or a BBQ feast at The Beach.

There’s also Family Treasure Hunt to find the lost treasure once buried by unknown pirates; and an Asian Street Market Buffet at All Aboard, the Asian Orient Express and explore a plethora of culinary a real and authentic flavours created by our chefs. Your stops include Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Cambodia, Laos, India and Sri Lanka.

All children are invited to become a Junior Master Chef at the Ice Cream Parlour and join this amazing event with the chance to win prizes. Our chefs will be there to teach and guide the little chefs, only six years and up.

And a Garden Lunch at the ‘Organic Garden’, where you can pick your own herbs and vegetables as the resort’s chefs prepare your lunch while Khun Khem shares his experience in permaculture.

On Thursday, don’t miss Chocolate galore at “So Chocoholic”, and a Champagne Dinner at Arrival Jetty. Experience a unique dinner at an unexpected setting under the stars.

Learn the local art of making organic coconut oil at our Six Senses Spa, or attend a special workshop to learn how different precious and semi-precious gem stones can rebalance the energy centres of the body (chakras).

Your New Years Eve Journey starts a day early at a New Year’s Eve welcome reception at ‘The Beach’ at 6 p.m., and take in a breathtaking sunset at The View, accompanied by traditional cocktails and the sounds of the saxophone.

 Your dining journey starts from the resort’s own Eco Centro, featuring fresh ingredients. Make your way all the way down to The Beach to dine on oysters, sustainable foie gras, and incredible wines and drinks to match with all the food. Along the way, take in the beautiful music and the amazing talents of live entertainment.

Monday, New Year’s Day, starts with a Detox Breakfast at ‘The Dining Room’¦ but perhaps with a sneaky Bloody Mary or mimosa to start 2018 off right.

From 12:30 -2 p.m., there’s lunch at ‘The Beach’, featuring fresh salads, pit cooking, and seafood from the waters of Koh Kood. The day ends with dinner at ‘The View’ or ‘Benz’

Get ready for Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang ‘s Christmas Eve “Pirates of Andaman” dinner

LOOK FOR PIRATES on the shores of Phuket’s Nai Yang Beach this Christmas Eve to join Phuket Marriott Resort And Spa Nai Yang’s Christmas Eve Eve Pirates of the Andaman-themed barbecue dinner.

The dinner will feature the freshest local seafood, grilled meats and a selection of side dishes, all served under the stars and accompanied by live music, this is the perfect tropical twist on traditional Christmas festivities.

The “Pirates of the Andaman” Christmas Eve dinner will take place from 6 pm 10.30 pm on the soft sands of Nai Yang Beach. This event is priced at 2,500 THB per person.

On New Year’s Eve, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach will welcome 2018 with a “Jungle Night” beachfront dinner.

And on New Year’s Day, guests are invited to indulge in a buffet feast of international favorites, overlooking the moonlit Andaman Sea. Diners will be entertained by a live band, DJ set and “Thailand’s Got Talent” fire show, while a souvenir photo booth will ensure enduring memories of the evening.  And of course, guests will be able to enjoy a New Year’s Eve countdown and fireworks at midnight.

The “Jungle Night” New Year’s Eve dinner and party will kick off on Nai Yang Beach at 10 pm on Jan. 31 and run until 1 am on New Year’s Day 2018. This event is priced at 6,500 THB per person, including free-flowing soft drinks and fruit juices. Children aged five to 12 will be able to enjoy the festivities for 1,800 THB.

For reservations and enquiries, contact 076 625 555 or email




Dates set for Bangkok’s 2018 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament


THE 2018 KING’S CUP ELEPHANT POLO TOURNAMENT will be held by the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River from March 8-11,, 2018, and promises a full range of fun elephant festivities for the whole family including.

These include an opening parade, children’s educational day and Ladies Day known as The ‘Bangkok Ascot”. Other entertainment will include a pop up foodie market and a host of popular bands and DJs

Now in its 16th year, the festival has become one of the biggest charitable events in Southeast Asia that has raised more than US$1.5 million (BHT 50 million).

Funds raised from the event are donated to projects that better the lives of Thailand’s wild and domesticated elephant population.

Funds from this year’s event were donated to various projects including the Zoological Parks Organization of Thailand which supports veterinary and educational projects to improve the year-round lives of elephants and mahouts in the Surin Province where ex-street elephants face ongoing hardship.

The donations have also funded South East Asia’s first ever workshop to teach mahouts and vets the benefits of Environmental Enrichment to keep elephants happy as well as the construction of a watch tower in a village whose crops are raided by elephants, allowing villagers to watch and warn other villagers of approaching elephants in a safe manner for both people and elephants.

Donations also funded a conservation education trip to a National Park for the children and next generation of hereditary mahouts to learn the importance of elephants in the wild; the transport of Thai elephant vets to international conferences; funding Thai Government aid to teach mahouts to act as veterinary assistants and provide basic first aid and other medical care to their elephants; as well as community based Human Elephant Conflict mitigation projects in two Thai and one Tanzanian National Parks and the purchase of equipment for anti-poaching rangers in a Cambodian National Park.

Other significant benefits from the money raised by the tournament include: the ongoing Thai

Elephant Therapy Project which has been under way since 2009 in conjunction with Chiang Mai University’s Department of Occupational Therapy, with future clinics to include children with Down’s syndrome and other conditions now committed until the end of 2018 as well as the funding of Asia’s first workshop to show traditional elephant trainers and camp owners the benefits of Positive Reinforcement Training for captive elephants.

Additional workshops this year in Myanmar are reaching teams responsible for over 200 elephants. Past projects include the donation of a 500,000 THB gantry to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC) to help lame elephants stand which is still in operation; and the planting of an elephant corridor of 4,000 trees in Hua Hin to stop farmer vs. elephant conflicts.

A total of 20 unemployed ex-street elephants will take part in the event, during which they will receive full veterinary checks from the Zoological Parks Organization of Thailand, under the patronage of His Majesty the King of Thailand and the Department of Livestock Development.

 In addition, all elephants are given essential vitamins, food and care which are not available to them during their normal daily lives.

The welfare of the elephants that participate in the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is of paramount importance, with strict rules ensuring that the pachyderms are well cared for at all times.

By imposing a “no micro-chip, no game” rule, Anantara guarantees that all participating elephants have been domestically bred and not captured from the wild or smuggled in from neighbouring countries.

The annual event was awarded a silver medal for Sports CSR Initiative of the Year at the Asia Sports Industry Awards in 2016.Â

Anantara has long been associated with elephant conservation efforts with the formation of The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, which has performed over 60 rescues of elephants off the streets of Thailand.

For more information on the 16th Annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, visit



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