Archive - 2017

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Sharing love and fun with your family at Dhara Dhevi
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Devarana Spa’s Songkran Temple Fair Journey
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Premiering Six Senses Style — From Yoga Class to On-The-Go Excursions
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New book on the early days of Thai tourism
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If you’re taking a taxi in Phuket…
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Sala Rattanakosin voted Bangkok’s most loved rooftop bar
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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

Sharing love and fun with your family at Dhara Dhevi

THE DHARA DHEVI CHIANG MAI is now offering an exclusive “Fun Family Bonding” package created to satisfy the whole family while also ensuring a luxurious escape.

From getting to know the resident water buffalos on the Colonial Lawn every morning during breakfast to splashing in the two expansive swimming pools, giving alms to local monks for a colourful cultural experience to taking an old-fashioned horse carriage through the lush grounds, you and your kids will find an endless array of exciting activities over this 60 acres of a destination resort.

In addition to the resort’s event-packed Kid’s Club and various child-friendly dining specials, families can now enjoy even more fun together with the “Family Fun Bonding” package.

The offer is inclusive of three days two nights for families of two adults and up to two children under the age of 12. Available from now until Dec. 15, 2017, with price start from 19,550 THB per suite per night, and comes with the following benefits:

An accommodation in selected room type; complimentary one extra bed set up for kid under the age of 12; daily buffet breakfast at Akaligo for two adults and one child; one set dinner for two adults and one child at Fujian restaurant or Le Grand Lanna; private rice planting experience for the entire family; complimentary scheduled activities for kids each day; and roundtrip transfer from and to Chiang Mai International Airport.

The offer requires a minimum of two-nights stay and advance reservation and booking must be made directly with the hotel in advance.

To make a reservation, the reservations office at 053 888 888 or e-mail:  reservations@dharadhevi.com

 

 

 

Devarana Spa’s Songkran Temple Fair Journey

SONGKRAN TEMPLE FAIR JOURNEY, a creative spa treatment inspired by the water-splashing festivities of Thailand’s New Year Festival is being offered by Dusit Thani’s Devarana Spas throughout March and April in 2017.

The 90-minute treatment is specially designed to add vibrancy back to moisture-starved skin.

The treatment begins with the cooling sensation of a Traditional Thai Coconut Ice Cream Body Scrub that smells almost good enough to eat.

Straight from the cooler and wonderfully refreshing, the scrub has a temperature of between 15–20 degrees C and comes complete with a potent mix of potatoes and butterfly pea petals which help to give skin a healthy glow.

The soothing journey is completed with a dreamily relaxing aromatic oil massage, which starts with a warm sand compress before moving onto a skin-nourishing massage conducted with aromatic oil infused with Mint and Jasmine essences. Expect stress and tiredness to melt away as the scents and elements of Songkran revitalize your mind, body and soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premiering Six Senses Style — From Yoga Class to On-The-Go Excursions

FOR ANYONE who appreciates high quality and well cut yoga wear, Six Senses is launching a range of exclusive designs, created in collaboration with Ana Heart of London.

A small, bespoke brand renowned for their hip and chic design approach with great attention to detailing, Ana Heart also met the Six Senses criteria of sustainable manufacturing practices.

The collection, which is technically yoga clothes with exceptional cuts, is functional and comfortable, distinctly feminine and with an edgy twist. The eco-friendly fabrics nicely complement the designs to move effortlessly with the body and make every body, shape drop-dead gorgeous.

And due to the simplicity of style and colour palette they are as trendy in a yoga class as they are as essentials of a stylish on-the-go wardrobe. The fabrics are nothing short of amazing. Lyocell is sustainable and with great moisture absorption ability, representing a milestone in the development of environmentally benign textiles.

It starts life as wood pulp and with the magic of nanotechnology in an award-winning closed-loop process that recovers or decomposes all solvents emissions becomes a luxurious fabric that is biodegradable and crease resistant.

Cotton supima has such a soft hand that it is referred to as the cashmere of cottons. Strong and able to carry color brilliance, it is grown on furrowed rows where it can be closely regulated to make it the highest quality cotton available.

Suplex & Quick Dry is a fiber quality developed especially for Ana Heart’s leggings and bras. It offers softness with amazing tension without discomfort and guarantees a dry, supportive experience during yoga practice.

The collection has been designed in three colours created especially for Six Senses:  Charcoal, white and indigo.

The garments are sized from small to extra-large and comprise a comprehensive selection of pieces from racer and strappy bras to a choice of tanks, ballet leggings and sweatpants.

Five entirely new and exclusive takes are a wrap top, a see-through sleeved and laced top, a top with waist-tie, leggings also with a waist tie, and a sweater with laced shoulders and side vents.

According to Amanda Ibgui, cofounder of Ana Heart, each piece has a small but distinctive touch of gold or silver-coloured thread embroidery that stands for each woman’s individuality, for her inner light. This somewhat discreet detail is like a little secret sign, a reminder to be kind to oneself.

As a special treat, the range also includes a cotton tote-cum-yoga bag that is made for carrying everything a woman needs  a  smartphone, keys, makeup, a book and a bottle of water. Currently the Six Senses Yoga Line by Ana Heart, which is produced in Europe, is available at nine spas:

Six Senses Douro Valley, Six Senses Laamu, Six Senses Yao Noi, Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Six Senses Spa Courchevel, Six Senses Spa Doha at Sharq Village, Six Senses Spa Koh Kood, Six Senses Spa Kunfunadhoo, Six Senses Spa Marbella, and will be rolled out across the remaining spas this year.
 

New book on the early days of Thai tourism

A NEW BOOK that charts the development of Thai tourism over the past 60 years – Thailand Tourism: The Early Days – has been published by Dusit International, in partnership with Bangkok Bank, Boon Rawd Brewery, Central Group, Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Jim Thompson, Siam Piwat, Thai Airways, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The book was written by Thailand-based journalist and lecturer, Steve Van Beek, and edited by Roy Howard, the original advertising manager of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited.

The book examines in rich detail the challenges faced by these early pioneers and, through profiles, anecdotes and quotes, underscores the need to preserve their stories.

Among the key figures profiled in the glossy, full-colour book are His Serene Highness Prince Bhisadej Rajani, president of the Royal Project Foundation; General Prem Tinsulanonda, former prime minister of Thailand; Lt. General Chalermchai Charuvastra, founder of the Tourist Organization of Thailand; Niels Lumholdt, former executive vice-president of Thai Airways International; Dr Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, founder of Bangkok Airways; Kusa Panyarachun, founder of Thailand’s first travel agency; Chin Sophonpanich, founder of Bangkok Bank; Samrit Chirathivat, founder of Central Group; and Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, founder of Dusit International.

A special section dedicated to Thailand’s royal family highlights how projects initiated by His Majesty the late King, Bhumibol Adulyadej, have had a positive effect on tourism.

Chanin Donavanik, Dusit International, hopes the book will not only help to preserve the stories of the early pioneers, but also inspire a new generation of hospitality workers to follow in their footsteps.

The travel industry is one of the most important industries in Thailand, and today employs almost 15% of the population and contributes 17% GDP to the Thai economy, said Mr. Chanin.

“I think it’s vitally important that the new generation understands what happened in the past, and how the risks and opportunities taken by the early pioneers ultimately shaped the industry as we know it today.

“In producing the book, we hoped to preserve the inspiring stories and wisdom of our forebears by featuring as many influencers from 60 years ago as possible.”

In keeping with Dusit’s aim to help boost hospitality education in Thailand, copies of the book will be distributed for free to schools, colleges and universities offering tourism, hotel management and culinary programs in Thailand. A free ebook, available in English and Thai, will also be available at www.thailandtourismtheearlydaysbook.com.

The book is also available at Asia Books and all Dusit hotels in Thailand, priced at 1,500 THB.

In remembrance of His Majesty the late King, all proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the Royal Project Foundation, which helps to improve the living conditions of Thailand’s rural communities.

For more information visit www.thailandtourismtheearlydaysbook.com.

 

 

If you’re taking a taxi in Phuket…

THE MAN TO SEE is SS. That’s his Thai nickname. He operates his own taxi, is kind, polite, helpful, honest and knowledgeable.

I single him out because when I was in Phuket, I had the good fortune to run into him and use him to help me plan my itinerary to visit some of the most outstanding resorts and spas on the island.

The distances in Phuket can be quite deceptive and farther that you imagine. And the taxi fares are also greater than you first think.

He can be reached by phone at 083-033-6338 or by email at: potisu5@Hotmail.com

 

 

 

Sala Rattanakosin voted Bangkok’s most loved rooftop bar

 

TIME OUT BANGKOK has presented its inaugural Time Out Bangkok Award to Sala Rattananakosin Bangkok as the most loved rooftop bar in Bangkok – winning over tantalizing Bangkok views like the Chao Phraya River, Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

Time Out Bangkok was supported by Thai beer giant Chang, joining top cities in the world such as London, Lisbon, New York, Chicago and Tokyo in rewarding the people who make the most of their passion. Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok was nominated by Time Out Bangkok editors based on global Time Out review guidelines.

The rooftop bar at sala rattanakosin is described as a chic, open-air rooftop bar and terrace with views of the Chao Phraya River, Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and other historical sites.

The bar’s executive chef and eclectic Englishman, Tony Wrigley, will ensure fresh and local flavours are in every bite of his snacks. Beer, cocktails, wines and light snacks are served from 5 pm to midnight daily.

For more information, visit www.salahospitality.com or email info@salahospitality.com

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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