Archive - February 2018

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya rated No. 1 for families in Thailand by TripAdvisor
Elements Boutique renamed Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas
Banyan Tree Bangkok’s 19th Vertical Marathon
Craig Bond named ONYX Hospitality’s executive vice president of operations

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya rated No. 1 for families in Thailand by TripAdvisor

Centara Grand Beach Resort in Phuket placed fourth and Centara Karon Beach Resort, also in Phuket, was seventh.

“Being family-friendly is part of our company DNA,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s CEO. “We work hard to welcome families with children and offer them a superior holiday experience. It starts with the design of the hotel and continues through family amenities, activity programmes, and service attitude. These awards are evidence we’re succeeding.”

TripAdvisor gives the awards annually, based on the reviews and opinions of millions of its users. The rankings are based on people who have stayed at each hotel during the past year.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort was the first true themed resort in Thailand. Its Lost World motif features several swimming pools, waterslides, giant sculptures and palm trees towering over a lazy river and Monsoon Island.

Children enjoy the Kids’ Club, E-zone, and organised activities supervised by hotel staff. The resort even has a family version of club level: its Zulu Family Club has a play area for toddlers while their parents enjoy an afternoon refreshment. The resort lies along a 230-metre stretch of sandy beach.

Like Centara Grand Mirage in Pattaya, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is a 5-star resort built around a waterpark with multiple pools, river, and waterslides. Its Kids’ Club and Camp Safari are complemented by a cliff jumping platform, and water sports in the Andaman Sea including kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and snorkelling. The resort features Sino-Portuguese style and has direct access to Karon Beach.

Centara Karon Resort is a unique concept for Phuket, featuring four distinct zones so guests can find the perfect match for their needs. Family amenities include rooms that easily accommodate four; three large swimming pools, including the Lagoon pool with two waterslides; and a Kids’ Club, Camp Safari, and E-Zone to keep children and teens entertained.

This year marks the third time Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort has won TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice award for family-friendly accommodations. Other Centara resorts in Thailand have received the recognition from TripAdvisor users each year since 2014. Centara was also recently listed among Smart Travel Asia’s Hot 25 Family Hotels.


Elements Boutique renamed Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas


ELEMENTS BOUTIQUE RESORT on Thailand’s island of Koh Samui has been renamed Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas and is  now managed by AVANI Hotels and Resorts.

The resort is located on Taling Ngam Beach, a pristine secluded shoreline along southwestern Koh Samui Island. Visitors will feel like they’re on their own private island, but with Samui’s iconic island fun just around the corner.

 Every room and villa at Sunset Coast Samui is beautifully decorated and well-appointed, from spacious terraces and balconies, complimentary high speed internet to indulgent rain showers. Plus great views.

Deluxe rooms have wide balconies that overlook the gardens and every villa has its own private pool and sunbathing terrace surrounded by lush gardens to enhance that secluded island feel.

The beachfront villas have direct beach access, with the two-bedroom beachfront villas having a dining area and kitchenette for ease and convenience for holidaying families.

Focusing on the concept of ‘honest food’ PANTRY offers a selection of fresh salads, hearty sandwiches and much more all washed down with cold-pressed juices. These meals are available through in-room dining as well, with prepared snacks available 24 hours a day. For liquid refreshment, there’s the Beverage Truck, parked by the beach and pool area.

Stay fit, have fun, explore the island: Being on holiday is not all about releaxing. For those who want to maintain their health regime, the fitness centre is open 24 hours a day with spa services available with advanced bookings. Sunset Coast Samui’s scheduled yoga or meditation classes are also available.

The secluded location makes the resort an attractive option for families and couples looking for meaningful and shared experiences with easy access to many coastal attractions, such as the nearby Five Islands, Ang Thong National Marine Park, the coral reefs of Koh Taen Island and the uncrowded pleasure of snorkelling in Koh Madsum.

There are also other ways to stay active at Sunset Coast Samui. Guests can try their hand at sea kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding. The soft sands offer the ideal surface for a game of beach volleyball or football, or perhaps a round of petanque.

For more information on the resort and how to book for go to




Banyan Tree Bangkok’s 19th Vertical Marathon

BANYAN TREE BANGKOK INVITES dedicated runners with a passion for achievement and a heart of gold to take part in one of the most highly anticipated and unique charity events on the city’s competitive running event calendar.

Benefitting ‘Little Angels’ In Need, this ultimate running-sport challenge pits muscle against gravity while raising money for a royalty-sponsored mother-baby charity program.

Now in its 19th year, the Vertical Marathon is a 61-floor race to the top of the Banyan Tree Bangkok, a 5-Star Hotel located on Sathorn Road. This annual event sees hundreds of runners of all ages and experience levels gathering at the break of dawn to dash up over 1,000 steps to the rooftop finishing line at the award-winning Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar — one of Southeast Asia’s highest al fresco restaurants offering 360 degree view of the city skyline.

All proceeds from the event—which is set to take place on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 will go to the Thai Red Cross HIV Formula Feeding Fund, under the patronage of Her Royal Highness, Princess Soamsawali. The fund provides essential infant formula for babies of HIV- afflicted mothers.

At a registration fee of 400 Baht, all participants will receive an official event T-shirt. Those who make it all the way to the top will also get a handsome medallion for their trophy case.

Interested participants can register online at and at the front desk in the lobby of Banyan Tree Bangkok, now through 19 Feb. 19, 2018.

For further information, would-be sky runners can call 02 679 1200, or visit



Craig Bond named ONYX Hospitality’s executive vice president of operations

CRAIG BOND has been appointed Onyx Hospitality’s  executive vice president of operations, joining ONYX from Oakwood Asia-Pacific where he held the role of vice-president of operations, overseeing the group’s portfolio across the region as well as supporting the opening pipeline.

Prior to joining Oakwood, Bond held leadership roles with Pan Pacific Hotels, Mirvac and Saville Hotel Group across Australia and the Oceania regions.

I am excited to be joining ONYX at a time when the group is expanding into new markets and territories; and I look forward to being a part of the company’s growth as we continue our journey towards being the best medium-sized hospitality player in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Craig.

Based in Bangkok, ONYX Hospitality Group has a growing regional portfolio of 44 operating properties across three core brands in eight countries. The Group has a robust development pipeline of 22 new properties in markets such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia, and has set a target of having 99 hotels by 2024 as part of its journey towards being the best medium-sized hospitality player in the region.

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