Archive - 2017

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Dusit International launches new Thai Cooking Class
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Anantara Spa Siam Bangkok celebrates Thai Heritage with its exclusive Siam 2482 Signature treatment
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Banyan Tree  Samui’s  coconut celebration
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Dusit International launches Spring Delights Package
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Romantic Valentine Dinner inspired by Michelin Star Chefs at La VIE
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Trisara unveils its new Jara Spa
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2017 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament set for March 9-12
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Dusit International joins hands with Cathay Pacific
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Get ready for a refreshing new spa experience
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Four Seasons Samui offers two new coconut-based treatments

Dusit International launches new Thai Cooking Class

 Dusit International has rolled out a new Thai Cooking Class, giving participants the chance to learn how to make a selection of Thailand’s most famous dishes.

Open to hotel guests and the public at selected Dusit Hotels and Resorts worldwide, each hands-on session is conducted by a seasoned Thai Chef de Cuisine, and includes a choice of three authentic recipes, followed by a sit-down lunch or dinner.

Among the available recipes are signature favourites such as Khao Pad Gai (Chicken fried with rice), Pad Thai Goong (Fried noodles with prawns), Tum Yum Goong (Spicy soup with prawns), Massaman Lamb Shank Curry, and Chicken Satay.

All dishes are made using premium ingredients sourced locally and internationally for maximum taste and enjoyment.

The Thai Cooking class is available by appointment only, and the price includes a non-alcoholic welcome drink and post-class meal. A large Dusit Tote Bag, containing a cooking class certificate, a Dusit cooking apron, a small wooden mortar, and recipe cards, is provided as a parting gift.

Since 1949, Dusit International’s mission has been to deliver Thai hospitality to the world, and we’re always looking for new and exciting ways to do just that, said Lim Boon Kwee, Dusit International’s COO.

“Our new Thai Cooking Class continues this tradition by offering an intimate, informal, educational and fun experience which celebrates the kingdom’s culture and cuisine, while giving participants the chance to learn how to make three impressive dishes. It’s a great afternoon for budding chefs of all ages, with thoroughly delicious results.”

In Thailand, the Thai Cooking Class is available at Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Dusit Thani Pattaya, Dusit Thani Hua Hin, dusitD2 chiang mai, and DusitPrincess Chiang Mai.

Among the international properties offering the class are Dusit Thani Manila, Dusit Thani Maldives, and Dusit Thani Dubai.

For more information about participating hotels and resorts, visit www.dusit.com.

 

 

Anantara Spa Siam Bangkok celebrates Thai Heritage with its exclusive Siam 2482 Signature treatment

THE SANCTUARY of Anantara Spa at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel immerses travellers in Thailand’s rich cultural heritage, journeys move beyond relaxation to offer nostalgic pampering, highlighted by the signature 90-minute Siam 2482 treatment.

This unique therapy is exclusive to Anantara Spa Siam Bangkok and was inspired by the Kingdom of Thailand’s history – BE 2482 is the year the kingdom changed its name from Siam to Thailand.

To commemorate this event, Anantara Spa developed a signature massage to reflect the cultural fusion of that time, incorporating healing traditions from Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and China.

Four distinctive massage styles provide unique pathways to holistic well-being. Two bamboo sticks are used to invigorate the circulation. Stretching and pressure point techniques enhance flexibility and energy flow.

Eight herbal compresses, each wrapped in a fabric of healing indigo, soothe tension, aches and pains. Foot reflexology promotes over-all wellness by stimulating reflex zones on the feet that correspond with organs in the upper body. The intuitive hands of each highly-skilled therapist coax guests into deep relaxation.

Combining ancient techniques with a signature oil blend, the Siam 2482 treatment uses Anantara Divine Peace Detoxifying Massage Oil, helping to combat stress and detoxify with juniper, lemongrass and lemon oils, while nourishing skin with sweet almond and sesame oils.

This therapeutic oil blend is part of Anantara Spa’s award-winning product range which is entirely paraben, SLS, SLES, silicone and preservative free, and crafted from 100% natural pure plant essential oils and extracts that have been carefully sourced throughout Asia.

A signature experience from start to end, the Siam 2482 treatment concludes with a mindfulness ritual. Two gold leaf patches are placed on the wish area of the left arm and left side of the chest to encourage a quiet, peaceful state of mind.

At Anantara Spa, the greatest journeys are felt, not told…

For more information and reservations, visit spa.asia@anantara.com or call +66 (0) 2126 8866 ext. 1525.

 

 

 

Banyan Tree  Samui’s  coconut celebration

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BANYAN TREE SAMUI is offering a special experience that enables guests to sample the coconut spirit of Samui ,while relaxing in the comfort of the pool villas set amid the privacy of the resort’s bay, or pampering themselves at the award-winning Banyan Tree Samui’s spa, or enjoying the resort’s  cuisine at the its signature restaurants.

Banyan Tree Samui’s villas, each with its private pool, are evenly dotted around the hills. All villas that are the same, retaining a unique charm and featuring scenic views of the Gulf of Thailand.

On checking-in, guests will receive a personalized handbag made from coconut wood for use during their stay. The Lobby Lounge is perched on a headland, with a panoramic view of the resort and surrounding sea.

Guests can enjoy the taste of coconut in one of the resort’s restaurants, when ordering such traditional Thai dishes as Kanom Buang Chao Wung (Thai style crêpe prawns with crab meat and young coconut filling), Mieng Som O Goong Sod (spicy pomelo salad with shrimps, roasted coconut and shallot) or Panang Mhoo Maprao Onn (dried red curry pork and young coconut accompanied by grilled palm heart, pumpkin and asparagus), or the signature cocktails including Tom Kha (based on Malibu, coconut cream, lime, lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaf and red chili) or Banyan Tree Iced Tea (based on Malibu, gin, vodka, triple sec, lime juice and young coconut juice).

The following day starts with a trip to local coconut farms –  a short distance of the resort. Here, among the coconut trees, you can sample the freshest coconut juice; buy authentic oil and watch specially trained monkeys  climb and pick coconuts from the trees.

After the fun-filled day, Banyan Tree’s award-winning spa beckons, or be treated in the privacy of your own Spa Sanctuary Pool Villa, nestled in the lush hillside. Coconut oil, widely used for its healing effect, is the key ingredient in a soothing 120-minute Coconut Immersion package that includes a 30-minute Pineapple & Coconut Scrub; 60-minute Island Dew Massage; 30-minute Refreshments and Relaxation. The coconut oil is always freshly made in-house from the local coconuts grown at nearby farms.

There are even coconut souvenirs to remind you of your magical time in Samui, such as handcrafted bags, coconut soap and coconut oil available at the resort’s retail outlet, Banyan Tree Gallery Samui.

For reservations and enquiries, visit www.banyantree.com

 

Dusit International launches Spring Delights Package

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL has launched a new accommodation package offering Dusit’s Best Available Rates, daily breakfast for two, and an auspicious gift awarded by lucky draw upon check-in.

Valid for stays by Feb. 28, 2017 at participating Dusit Hotels & Resorts worldwide, the Spring Delights Package offers great value with the chance to win one of the following:

A complimentary upgrade to a suite.

A 888 THB credit towards in-house dining or spa spends during the stay.

A bottle of bubbly or box of gourmet chocolate.

The promotion applies to a minimum stay of two nights. Suite upgrade is subject to availability upon check-in. Gift voucher value is based on local currency and may differ at properties located outside of Thailand.

Dusit International prides itself on delivering gracious Thai hospitality to the world across four distinctive brands: Dusit Thani, Dusit Devarana, DusitPrincess, and dusitD2. The company currently operates hotels and resorts in China, Egypt, Kenya, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, UAE, and the U.S.

A full list of participating properties is available at www.dusit.com. Bookings can also be made via the website or call 66 2636 3333.

 

 

 

Romantic Valentine Dinner inspired by Michelin Star Chefs at La VIE

LA VIE – CREATIVE FRENCH CUISINE in VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel is offering a special Valentine’s set dinner tasting menu of dishes inspired by the Michelin Star Chefs on St. Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

Valentine’s Day at La VIE features an elegant atmosphere designed for romance, with candlelight, soft piano music and a complimentary mini bottle (200 ml) of sparkling Spanish Cava Rosé per couple.

The menu for our special Valentine’s Day Set Dinner begins with a lightly poached Tsarskaya Oyster, Champagne Sabayon; moving on to roasted Hokkaido scallop, coconut and cauliflower, truffle emulsion; a perfectly prepared 45 ̊C Tasmanian Ocean trout, avocado, blood orange, coriander; and breast of Muscovy Duck, salt-baked Celeriac, Cassis.

The sweet table features “Rouge” Raspberry, Rosé and Lychee desserts.

The five-course Valentine’s Day Set Dinner is 5,000 THB per couple.

 

 

 

Trisara unveils its new Jara Spa

TRIARA PHUKET’S NEWLY-RENAMED JARA SPA has a wonderful full name – “Jara Spa at the Garden of the Third Heaven” – that takes guests on a journey of balanced well-being.

Its holistic five- pillar philosophy is inspired by the century old Ficus tree at the heart of Trisara.

“True well-being is achieved through the understanding and embodiment of the five pillars in relation to the Ficus tree which has become the philosophy of our spa experience”, said Sophon O-In, spa manager at Trisara.

The five pillars are rejuvenation through nutrition and balance of energy represented by the roots of the tree as they provide the rest of the tree with stability, nourishment and grounding.

Fitness and physical renewal are represented by the trunk of the tree as a healthy core providing strength and balance.

Mind & body is represented by the spirituality of the tree which has long been the chosen home of the spirit house, a shrine to the protective spirit of the Trisara land.

Eternal youth through anti-ageing practices is represented by the branches of the tree which continue to grow and produce flowers as long as the branches are healthy.

And lastly, the beauty and the simple power of pleasure are represented by the healthy leaves and fruit bared when the rest of the tree is taken care of.

The new spa entrance and lobby have been redesigned and opened up to embrace views of the magnificent Ficus tree, and a new post-treatment room has been added to enhance the spa experience.

“We recognized that many of our guests were not ready for their journey to end once the treatment was finished so we have added a post treatment room where guests can unwind for as long as they like in a soothing environment”, said Sophon O-In.

Jara Spa is truly holistic, focusing on not just traditional beauty and massage but also placing equal importance on caring for the mind and body.

The menu is divided into the five pillars so guests can easily select the best treatment based on the outcome they are looking for. Tailor-made discoveries allow guests to achieve total wellbeing by addressing each of the five pillars.

The “Jara Local” discovery for instance includes a Thai massage lesson, Samunpai Scrub & Wrap, Thai thermal massage, Thai Stretching and a walking meditation usually practised by Buddhist monks.

Guests are guided every step of the way by a skilled spa consultant who helps to create a tailor-made experience for each individual using interesting and unique treatments that bring out the best of local customs and practices.

The Royal Trisara six-hand massage has always been a signature of the spa because it is so indulgent, while the Thai Thermal massage is inspired by ancient Thai post-natal treatment, which employs the use of heated Himalayan salts in clay posts.

The spa packages combine key experiences that address some or all of the five pillars whilst also responding to today’s hectic way of life.

“Aiming to create a trusting connection, our skilled team of therapists, trainers and consultants will gently guide guests through a highly personalized program and provide them with useful life tools and tips that they can bring home.”

Trisara’s recent awards include:

  • 2017 Gold List of Condé Nast Traveler (Only Resort in Phuket)
  • TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice: #1 Hotel in Thailand
  • Top 100 Resorts: Robb Report
  • Gallivanter’s Guide: Best Resorts Worldwid
  • Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2016

For more information or bookings, call 66 (0) 76 310 100 or email reservations@trisara.com or visit our website at www.trisara.com.

 

 

 

2017 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament set for March 9-12

WHERE? Bangkok. WHEN? March 9-12.

Now in its 15th  year, the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament has become one of the biggest charitable events in Southeast Asia with over US$1.3 million (BHT 46 million) raised and donated to projects that better the lives of Thailand’s wild and domesticated elephant population.

Thirty unemployed former street elephants will take part in this year’s festival, during which they will be given full veterinary checks and care, much needed food and drink and essential vitamin supplements for the duration of the event.

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, which sponsors the annual event, guarantees that all participating elephants have been domestically bred and not captured from the wild or smuggled in from neighbouring countries.

The King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament recently awarded a silver medal for Sports CSR Initiative of the Year at the Asia 2016 SPIA Sports Industry Awards.

Organized by Sport360° and MMC Sportz, in partnership with the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Sports Authority of Thailand, the awards applauds sports industry leaders that demonstrate a balance between business, community and environment.

The 2017 event will have 10 teams encompassing over 40 players, including Thai celebrities, supermodels, professional horse polo players and New Zealand All-Blacks rugby players.

The four-day festival will have something for everyone including an impressive Opening Parade, Children’s Educational Day, Ladies Day, known as The ‘Bangkok Ascot’, and fun elephant related activities.

Anantara has long been associated with elephant conservation efforts with the formation of The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, which has performed over 40 rescues of elephants off the streets of Thailand, as well as bringing the hugely successful Elephant Parade to Bangkok.

For more information on the 15th Annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, visit www.anantaraelephantpolo.com

 

Dusit International joins hands with Cathay Pacific

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL AND CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS have signed a partnership agreement to offer special benefits throughout the year to members of Asia Miles, the airline’s frequent flyer program, including the opportunity to earn up to 2,800 air miles per stay during the launch promotion.

Under the new partnership, Asia Miles members earn up to 500 base miles for every qualified stay at Dusit Hotels and Resorts worldwide throughout the year.

During the launch promotion, which runs from now through March 31, 2017, members will enjoy the best available room rates with a complimentary late check out until 4 pm, and  receive five times the base miles to earn up to 2,500 miles per stay.

All new members who sign up for Asia Miles during the promotion period will get an additional 300 bonus air miles to earn up to a total of 2,800 miles upon their first stay at a participating Dusit property.

Asia Miles earned can be redeemed for free flights, upgrades, companion tickets and other lifestyle awards from more than 25 airlines, including Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and their partners.

With a brand portfolio that ranges from personalized luxury to modern comfort, Dusit International currently operates 29 properties in key destinations around the globe.

The 5X Asia Miles Award promotion applies to advance room reservations at qualified rates made via www.dusit.com, email customerservice@dusit.com, or 66 (0) 2636 3333, with the promotion code CXDI.

For more information about participating hotels, visit www.dusit.com.

For more information about Asia Miles, please visit www.asiamiles.com.

 

Get ready for a refreshing new spa experience

A NEW AND PIONEERING SPA CONCEPT has launched in Bangkok’s Central Festival Eastville.

The brain child of Centara Hotels & Resorts, ‘Refresh Zone’ offers an innovative retail spa experience packaged in its modern, fun and vibrant façade, which targets the high-volume, value-driven spa industry in shopping centres and stand-alone locations throughout Thailand.

The 2017 openings are scheduled for Central Festival Chiang Mai, Central Festival Udon Thani, CentralWorld in Bangkok and Central Hat Yai, with the company’s business aim to have four spa locations opening every year.

“Refresh Zone reimagines the retail spa concept and reflects our recognition of the modern-minded consumer’s need for convenience, simplicity and of course, revitalization in their fast-paced world,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara Hotels and Resorts.

“This unique spa concept offers modern Thai treatments that can be undertaken without advanced bookings or lengthy consultations, in a vibrant and immersive environment all Refresh Zone therapists are trained to a high professional standard and the company has instituted a ‘Triple R’ Point system to ensure a consistent culture of high quality service, product and experiential delivery.”

Refresh Zone is designed to refresh your energy, recharge your body and renew your attitude. Its spa therapists are called ‘Massage Magicians’ – they have magic hands (and wands too) and ensure customers walk out re-energized.

The spa offers a ‘one-stop refreshing shop’ where customers get everything they need, even all at the same time, under one roof.

Refresh Zone’s menu consists of treatments targeted at time-poor, tech and new media-savvy retail customers who are looking to combine services for maximum value and efficiency – such as foot massages performed while phones recharge and Segafredo coffee or spa candy are consumed.

The new spa concept store is the first ‘spa club’ in Thailand and there are a number of benefits, including free workshops, treatment discounts, exclusive events and more.

Members of the 1 Card can also redeem points all year round. Refresh Zone’s smart menu of ‘treatment combos’ similarly ensure that no time is wasted – clients can undertake ‘3-in-1 treatments’ in which a flexible trio of therapies can be enjoyed concurrently.

Clients begin their experience within ‘The Portal’ where they can meet with friends, book treatments, buy drinks, snacks and retail items.

‘The Refresh Lounge’ is where customers slip into relaxed mode with foot massages while seated in custom-made chairs complete with charging ports; they then move into ‘The Restyle Studio’, which contains beauty experts who pamper clients with manicures, pedicures, hair washes and re-styles.

For massages, facials and body treatments, clients head to the ‘Revive Pods’ area.

For more information about Refresh Zone, check out the spa’s Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/refreshzonespa and website www.myresfreshzone.com.

“Supported by extensive resources at Centara Hotels & Resorts, which currently manages more than 30 spas throughout South East Asia and Middle East, as well as the Central Retail Group, Refresh Zone provides a brand new spa experience that matches the lifestyles and evolving demands of new generations of consumers.

“The opening of our first retail spa, and arrival of a very new concept to the market, demonstrates Centara Hotels and Resorts’ relentless efforts in continuing to evolve and thrive in the modern market,” said Mr. Chirathivat.

 

 

Four Seasons Samui offers two new coconut-based treatments

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 IT’S NOT REALLY SURPRISING that the spa at Four Seasons Samui is offering two new coconut-based treatments, considering that Koh Samui is also known as Coconut Island, and that much of the resort is covered by coconut trees.

In fact, every effort was made to avoid cutting down any of the trees during the construction of the resort.

The SPA’s new treatments – Kala Coconut and Tree of Life.

The Kala Coconut, which is one of the spa’s signature treatments, is a unique fragrant, nourishing massage that features a coconut shell and warm streams of coconut oil. It’s described as a medium-to-strong massage that uses flowing, nurturing strokes to ease and soothe your body.

The Tree of Life, a three-hour treatment and one of the spa’s Fragrant Cocooning Rituals, is also coconut fused and is designed to help you recall your roots in a treatment that evokes family rituals as you’re washed with tamarind leaf water and coconut soap, followed by a warm natural coco shell massage with warm streams of coconut oil.

 

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