Archive - 2017

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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
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The Red-Whiskered Bulbul and Phuket Marriott

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.

 

The Red-Whiskered Bulbul and Phuket Marriott

IF YOU GO TO PHUKET MARRIOTT, you’ll see a number of images of the Red-Whiskered Bulbul incorporated all around the resort – in its furnishings, fixtures, fittings and sculptures.

The bird, which got its name from its bright red cheeks, is prized by local people for their sweet call and beautiful plumage – especially the rarer all-white breeds. Its call is so charming and distinctive that it once captured the heart of royalty.

Recognizing the importance of this bird, Queen Sirikit of Thailand established an annual bird-singing contest in Narathiwat – a province in southern Thailand. This contest was intended to build stronger community relations in Narathiwat, giving the red-whiskered bulbul truly has a royal seal of approval.

The red-whiskered bulbul is quite rare, and it is believed that seeing one can bring good luck.

So if you see a red-whiskered bulbul at the resort, remember to treat it with respect – it represents the life and soul of the southern Thai community. Locals have them in beautiful cages. One bird in each in order to make them sing and go for the bird voice competition.

Also interesting is if they sing well and their voice is above the normal level, they are valued at more than 100,000 THB.

Phuket Marriott was officially opened in June 2016 as a completely refurbished resort. It was previously operated by Imperial Adamas.

Located on the sandy beach of Nai Yang, considered one of the most scenic area of Phuket, the 180-room resort is surrounded with tropical vegetation and lush green forest within the Sirinath National Park.

It is just a 10-minute drive from Phuket International Airport and adjacent to the old town of Nai Yang along with numerous natural attractions and scenic hot spots.

On hand for the official opening, Karl Hudson, area vice-president, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia & Japan of Marriott International, noted that Marriott had signed an agreement with TCC Land Asset World in 2013 to develop seven hotels and resorts in Thailand.

42-lobby_reflecting_pool_evening_3247_v2“We successfully opened Hua Hin Marriott Resort and Spa in March and are delighted to welcome this Phuket resort under our flagship Marriott Hotels brand. This recent addition of Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach increases our total portfolio in Thailand to 18.”

Phuket welcomes approximately 12 million visitors per year, mostly tourists from European and Asian countries. Phuket is one of the largest contributors to Thailand’s tourism industry, bringing around 200 billion Baht to the country each year.

“The opening of Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, will address the needs of both local and international travelers,” said David Ippersiel, general manager of the Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with signature welcome drinks in the open-air Greatroom with views and the fresh Andaman breeze.

Guest rooms are designed in two unique styles: traditional-Thai with relaxing earth tones, or a more sleek-contemporary décor with modern and innovative touches.

A choice of several restaurants and bars is available at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, offering both Thai and international cuisine with personalized service and local chefs.

The Andaman Kitchen, an all-day dining restaurant, features a wide array of dishes while the beachfront Big Fish Restaurant & Bar serves fresh seafood and offers a wide range of beverages, from local signature drinks to international cocktails. Afternoon tea is served in the resort’s open-air lobby lounge.

The resort also features a range of facilities — from its large lagoon-inspired swimming pool to a fully equipped 24 hour fitness centre, the luxurious Quan Spa with its world-renowned signature treatments to the beachside pirate-themed Kid’s Club.

The resort also has a 126-square-metre ballroom and several function rooms, all with natural daylight, that make it ideal for various types of events, ranging from private parties to exclusive seaside weddings.

For more information and reservations, call Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach at +66 (0) 76 625 555 or visit the official website of Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach: www.phuketmarriottnaiyang.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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