Archive - July 2018

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MICE Groups ‘Go Local’ at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach
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Centara adds WeChat Pay for online bookings
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Three special offers from Ratilanna Chiang Mai
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CENTARA signs agreement for its third COSI branded hotel in Krabi
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SALA new travel packages and awards
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Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s ultimate holistic adventure
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Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas files sustainability results
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Michelin Star Omakase Chef Jackson Yu visits YTSB – Yellow Tail Sushi Bar – July 20-24

MICE Groups ‘Go Local’ at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach

PHUKET MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA, NAI YANG BEACH has launched a new tailor-made MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) concept called “Go Local”.

Designed especially for meetings and events clients, this new service aims to showcase the uniqueness of Thai hospitality and create a personal connection between delegates and the local destination through cuisine and culture.

Throughout their event, the specific requirements of each group will be exclusively organized, from resort recreation to creative catering, including the option of memorable evening events on our private sandy beach. A personal meeting planner will be on hand to organize unique group activities that reflect the local culture of Phuket.

“Our Go Local service has been specifically designed to allow MICE clients to enjoy unforgettable experiences while staying with us,” said David Ippersiel, general manager, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach. “We are proud to introduce group delegates to the authentic culture and cuisine of Phuket, while also ensuring maximum productivity from every meeting.”

With three indoor meeting rooms and expansive outdoor event spaces, including a private beach, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach has the flexibility to be host to all different types of occasion. The scale of the resort also allows delegates to stay closer together, enhancing team bonding.

The innovative “Go Local” service at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach is available from 1,300 THB per person.

For more information, email booknaiyangbeach@marriott.com, call +66 (0) 76 625555 or visit www.phuketmarriottnaiyang.com

 

 

 

 

 

Centara adds WeChat Pay for online bookings

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS IS NOW accepting WeChat Pay transactions on its websites for online room reservations.

This is in addition to the 15 hotels that already deploy nearly 100 EDC devices for QR code scanning on WeChat Pay, making it the largest hotel group in Thailand offering Chinese tourists omni-channel payment solutions.

Bills for accommodation, restaurants and spa treatments can be paid directly from smartphones. The company expects to have WeChat Pay at all Centara Hotels & Resorts globally by the end of 2018.

  “A seamless payment experience for consumers using any channel is an element of our platform for expansion, which should see us double both revenue and the number of our properties over the next five years,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara CEO.

“As consumer behavior evolves, Centara has adopted an omni-channel strategy to stay relevant and to provide a great customer experience. We embrace these types of disruptive opportunities to better serve our guests and stay on top of the industry.”

Chinese tourists account for almost one third of all foreign travellers to this country. Thailand is welcoming an ever-increasing number of Chinese visitors, for whom the kingdom remains the top travel destination. This year, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, expects more than 10 million Chinese tourists visit Thailand annually.

WeChat Pay is the payment solution of WeChat, one of the largest social networks in China. WeChat Pay has become the main cashless payment method for daily small transactions in China and has more than 800 million active users in its database.

“The number of Chinese tourists booking with Centara keeps growing. They are a significant customer base for all businesses in Thailand. Centara’s Chinese website www.centarahotelsandresorts.cn and centarahotelsresorts.com receive hundreds of thousands of visits from Chinese users. Almost half the visits come from a mobile device.

“Earlier this year we signed an agreement with TreePayCo. Ltd., a payment platform facilitator to develop a system that allows Chinese customers to use their mobile phones to make e-payments outside of China for accommodation and services at Centara properties. WeChat Pay users and Chinese travellers can stay and enjoy the whole trip with Centara with only a few quick taps on their smartphone.”

“Today’s consumers are connecting their omni-channel experiences with the likeability of the brands. In order to maintain our brand leadership, we are committed to providing seamless guest satisfaction across touchpoints,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat.

Other than the two main websites, Centara’s 15 hotels also welcome WeChat QR code payment. These are: Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Center at Central World, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, Centara Villas Samui, Centara Villas Phuket, Centara Kata Resort Phuket, Centara Karon Resort Phuket, Centara Mae Sot Hill Resort, Centara Hotel Hat Yai, Centra by Centara Government Complex Hotel & Convention Centre Chaeng Watthana and COSI Samui Chaweng.

Centara WeChatPay account ID: CentaraHotel

 

Three special offers from Ratilanna Chiang Mai

RATTILANNA SPA in Chiang Mai offers start with its special Jasmine Delicacy Skin Ritual, which is designed to delicately soothe tired and ageing skin. The 2.5-hour ritual is available from now until September, 2018.

The treatment includes a Jasmine, Rice and Honey Scrub, a Jasmine Collagen Massage and ends with a Collagen Facial.

Freshly prepared with the essence of jasmine tea, rice flour and honey, the scrub uses natural irritation-free body scrub blends to gently exfoliate your skin silky, leaving it relaxed and toned, while the cool healing Jasmine Collagen Massage is re-hydrates the body using soft and relaxing strokes. The facial supplements skin collagen to help your skin retain moist to your face.

The two-hour Sense of Mango features a Mango Body Scrub and a Mango Arma Massage,

Rich in beta-carotene and contains vitamin C plus the alluring scent, Thai Mahajanaka mango is loved by everyone. Mahajanaka mango and RatiLanna Spa’s natural-based ingredients scrub is a chemical- free smooth exfoliator that removes skin impurities and helps retain moisture at the skin layer. Its Thai mango aromatherapy along with the flowing massage strokes help to ease away your emotional and physical stress.

For Mother’s Day, Ratilanna will be offering a special price for its Jasmine Delicacy Ritual and its Sense of Mango treatment reservations made by couple. It is available only in August 2018.

There is also an exclusive 10% discount for Ratillanna house guests.

 

 

 

 

CENTARA signs agreement for its third COSI branded hotel in Krabi

 CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS has signed a hotel management agreement with Chuan Development Hotel Company Limited to develop its third COSI property in the south of Thailand, COSI Krabi Ao Nang Beach.

Centara conceived a different kind of hotel to capture the new generation of freedom-loving, tech-savvy travellers. The result is their new COSI brand, which opened its first property on Thailand’s popular Samui Island last December.

Following its success, Centara broke ground on its second COSI in Pattaya earlier this year, and has now signed a third COSI in Krabi, one of the leading destinations in Southern Thailand.

COSI is completely different from a traditional hotel. In place of the typical lobby counter are self-serve kiosks that speed check-in and check-out. In place of typical restaurant and banquet facilities is the hotel’s Hub, a 24/7 social and media café where guests can grab a sip or a bite and connect with friends.

Guests get daily credits to use for food and drink any time at the Hub’s WYSIWYG Café.

Today’s travellers love their smartphones, and smartphones love COSI. Guests can use their phones to book, check in, and play videos or watch movies on their room’s 43-inch SmartTV screen, which can mirror their phone screen. Fast and free Wi-Fi is everywhere.

The Krabi hotel will feature 142 rooms. Their minimalist-mod design features comfy king or twin beds, power showers, digital safes and fridges. Each room will have five USB ports so guests can recharge their devices without worrying about converters. The hotel will also offer a swimming pool and laundromat.

“COSI represents our most creative ideas about serving a growing market segment of freedom-loving, connected travellers” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s CEO. “They’re more interested in flexibility, fun and shared experiences than traditional hotel frills. We plan to open COSIs in the most popular destinations to serve them.”

“I strongly believe this will be a successful partnership with Centara for the new COSI hotel in Krabi. As we are new in the hospitality business, working with such a renowned hospitality brand of Thai origin as Centara, is such a firm and important step for us” said Thanawat Phukaoluan, managing director of Chuan Development Hotel Co., Ltd.

Centara expects to open COSI Krabi Ao Nang Beach by 2020.

 

 

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SALA new travel packages and awards

SALA SAMUI CHAWENG BEACH RESORT is offering a me-and-us time with a three-day package designed to recalibrate and re-energize.

The package includes a minimum three-night stay inclusive of breakfast, round-trip airport transfers, two healthy lunches, late check-out and daily spa program, which includes: two-hour scrub-and-massage treatments, 2.5-hour massage-and-facial combos, and a 60-minute couple’s massage. The cost: 27,975 THB.

The resort recently unveiled its ocean front two-bedroom Presidential Pool villa, a 286 sqm large, with private beachfront, available for exclusive guest stays, intimate weddings or special celebrations.

The new luxury resort’s highest room category also features a 52 sqm private pool, steps from the sandy shores of north Chaweng beach, making it one of the largest private pools on offer within a resort on Koh Samui.

SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort, meanwhile, is offering a four-night Honeymoon package that includes breakfast, round-trip airport transfers, and on arrival, a Honeymooner’s Delight mood-setter, complete with red roses, special decorations, sparkling wine and chocolates, as well as a candlelit dinner for two and a couple’s spa treatment.

Elsewhere at SALA, the culinary team at SALA Phuket Resort and Spa and sala rattanakosin Bangkok for their Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant Awards for the past two years. Heading the SALA Phuket team is Chef Tony Wrigley, who transferred to the beachfront resort after years of award-winning leadership at sala rattanakosin.

sala rattanakosin also offers a great way to see the real Bangkok, where the Chao Phraya River lends itself to fascinating cultural excursions and culinary discoveries. The offer includes a minimum 1-night stay inclusive of breakfast, a Thai family-style dinner and cooking class, complete with market visit and long-tail boat ride. From 8,825 THB.

It’s also the starting point to ravel back in time and explore the ancient city of fascinating UNESCO ruins just a short drive from Bangkok. The offer includes a minimum 1-night stay, inclusive of breakfast, a half-day sightseeing boat tour to discover the epic scenery along the Chao Phraya River, and complimentary sunset cocktails for two by the riverbank. From 6,645 THB.

 

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s ultimate holistic adventure

WEARY AND EXPERIENTIAL TRAVELLERS to Asia’s City of Angels alike are in for a holistic treat of authentic local immersion and vitality with the introduction of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Morning Wellness at Siam signature experience.

Offering a revitalising start to the day that in some ways follows Bangkokians’ typical morning routine, the program invites guests to rise and shine and embark on a unique wellness journey that culminates in total nourishment for the body, mind and soul.

The Morning Wellness at Siam program unfolds in three balanced stages that combine Buddhist culture and urban nature with energizing movement, a nutritious breakfast and spa wisdom:

Siam Culture: Rising at daybreak, guests participate in the daily Buddhist tradition of Tak Bart in the hotel’s lobby – in this ancient custom of making merit and bringing good fortune, guests are guided through the morning ritual of giving alms of food to monks, and in return receiving the traditional blessing of a chant.

Park Wellness: A short walk then leads guests to the nearby Lumpini Park. Referred to as the “Green Lung of Bangkok”, it offers rare open public spaces, trees, and playgrounds in the Thai capital, and paths totalling more than two kilometres that are popular amongst morning and evening joggers.

Here a quiet grassy spot overlooking the park’s lake and canal sets the tranquil scene for a 45-minute light energy session of ancient Chinese Qi Gong, meditation, yoga or Pranayama, guided by Anantara’s expert Balance Wellness practitioner.

This session offers flowing, graceful movements to boost energy flow and life force.

A picnic breakfast served on the lawns of Lumpini Park follows and features an abundance of creative healthy delights, including a quinoa and mixed fruit salad with poached shrimp; a charcoal bread sandwich filled with smoked salmon; homemade granola; and dark chocolate petit fours.

A vitamin-packed raw juice made from an ABC concoction of apple, beetroot and carrot and a detoxifying blend of kale, pear, lemon, ginger and honey is also served to refresh and wash all the nutritional goodness down.

After breakfast, guests experience another true taste of Bangkok when they return to the hotel by tuk tuk.

Holistic Healing: The Morning Wellness at Siam program continues at Anantara Spa where guests indulge in a signature 60-minute Chakra Crystal Balancing therapy treatment.

After selecting a crystal infused oil blend that resonates most with the individual, the body is surrounded by precious stones. These include the unconditional love of Rose Quartz for the Heart Chakra; the peace of Amethyst above the Crown Chakra; Tiger Eyes harmonising energy for balance beside the Solar Plexus Chakra; and Lapis Lazuli’s self-expression that empowers the Throat Chakra.

Whilst the energies of the precious stones work their healing powers, a purifying massage promotes holistic well-being by releasing stress and tension both physically and emotionally; harmonizing energy flow; stimulating blood circulation; and encouraging the body’s natural detoxification.

Singing bowls are used to commence and conclude the treatment to coax a deep state of meditative relaxation, while the soothing sounds enhance the chakra balancing benefits.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Morning Wellness at Siam signature experience lasts four hours and is priced at 8,500 THB per person.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact +66 2126 8866 ext. 1191, or email spa.asia@anantara.com

 

 

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas files sustainability results

FOR A SUSTAINABILITY VISION TO FLOURISH, it has to be meaningful and measurable. Six Senses is excited to publish results based on energy and water consumption, solid waste, waste diversion, and carbon footprint gathered from all properties.

Starting in 2012, and currently led by Jeff Smith, the group’s vice-president of sustainability, each property monitors and measures its environmental efforts. All the group’s hotels and resorts contribute to Cornell University’s Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking program. This compares their performance against a global dataset of their peers.

In 2017, Six Senses sustainability data revealed that as a group:

  • 45% of solid waste was diverted from landfills.
  • 90,000 pounds (40,500 kilograms) of organic fruits and vegetables were grown for guests and communities.
  • 491,000 pounds (223,000 kilograms) of compost and natural fertilizer was given back to the earth.
  • 1,093,950 glass water bottles replaced disposable plastic bottles
  • 2,831 meaningful local jobs were created.Each resort and hotel features an Earth Lab, which promotes sustainable living in uplifting and innovative ways. This space is used for workshops that empower guests and community members to learn and connect more closely with the natural world

Top Categories for Fund Distribution in 2017: US $168,474 for building institutions; US $95,340 for disaster relief; US $89,434 for eco-tourism; US $55.464 for health care communities; and US $55.464 for local schools.

“It’s motivating for everyone in the company that we can demonstrate our commitment to sustainability in this way.

Self-sustaining: Operating in a manner whereby we support our needs while adding value to the local, global community and environment.

Social Equity: On a shared earth we recognize that we are part of a global community where we are all equally responsible for the health and well-being of each other and our planet.

“All of us – from our top management, to our sustainability champions who drive initiatives, to our hosts at each property, through to our guests – understand that sustainability is about making the most of our natural resources and celebrating what’s good in all the locations where we operate,” said Bernhard Bohnenberger (or BB), president of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

Evason also follows the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised responsibility to sustainability and the community. Its two unique resorts provide a strong value focus, while offering a vast array of personal guest experiences that the whole family will love.

Legacy: Making decisions and taking appropriate actions not just for today, but also for tomorrow. We are legacy makers for future generations.

Purposeful travel fosters wellness for the planet and for the individual person. In either case Six Senses supports this by focusing its sustainability efforts in three key areas.

“We’re not just passionate about sustainability, we want to lead the industry. Through the environmental performance of our resorts and hotels, through preserving the natural and cultural heritage around us, and through enhancing social and economic benefits to local communities,” said Bernhard Bohnenberger.

Sustainability Funds are managed at each Six Senses property with sales added directly from house-bottled water, and popular stuffed animal mascots that reflect each location. Sponsored projects in 2017 totaled USD 545,860.

For the last 15 years, Six Senses has been bottling its own still and sparkling drinking water. By building onsite filtration and bottling facilities, each resort eliminates the transportation impacts and use of plastic water bottles. Taste tests reveal it’s a winner with guests, too.

Michelin Star Omakase Chef Jackson Yu visits YTSB – Yellow Tail Sushi Bar – July 20-24

YTSB – YELLOW TAIL SUSHI BAR AT VIE HOTEL BANGKOK, MGallery by Sofitel welcomes an extraordinary visitor for the restaurant’s first time to host a Michelin-starred chef, Beijing native and transplanted San Franciscan 1-Michelin star Jackson Yu, for five evenings of Michelin Star Omakase course dinners.

In Japanese, “Omakase” means “trust the chef”. An Omakase feast is created completely up to the chef’s artistic inspiration and sense of balance, and its menu is usually composed on a daily basis.

In his own restaurant, Chef Jackson is often seen chatting with guests and determining their tastes with his fine sense of flavours. He is lauded for his craftsmanship and his personal customization of every dish to perfectly suit his guests’ individual tastes.

A Michelin Star Omakase Course (Dinner) with be served twice per day, with the first round served during 6 – 8: pm and the second during 8:30 – 10:30 pm, with each round limited to only ten seats.

Each Michelin Star Omakase Course by Chef Jackson Yu is 8,000 THB per person, or 10,000 THB per person with sake pairing.

Chef Jackson Yu long ago fell in love with the art of fine Japanese cuisine and early on set about his goal of becoming a master of the highly disciplined techniques that produce the world’s most elegant food.

Chef Jackson Yu has been preparing traditional sushi for almost 20 years. While honing his technical skills, his passion and talent have allowed him to work at some of San Francisco’s most renowned Japanese restaurants during this time, while eventually opening several of his own around the city.

For more details and reservations, contact Sawarot Srikokgruad, at 098 856 9783 or by email: ytsbm@viehotelbangkok.com

 

 

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