Archive - October 2018

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COSI Pattaya Naklua Beach raises the roof
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It’s The Last Straw at Avani Hotels & Resorts
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Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach welcomes back ‘Dream Wedding’ couples for first anniversaries
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Dusit Hotels & Resorts launches two new accommodation packages
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Spa Cenvaree announces member program with vouchers, privileges and discounts
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Two-Star Michelin chef returning to La VIE Bangkok
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Harnessing the ancient healing properties of jade and rose quartz
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Spa Cenvaree’s new membership program
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Anantara expanding its global ban of plastic straws

COSI Pattaya Naklua Beach raises the roof

 CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS has topped out its second COSI branded hotel in North Pattaya.

The affordable lifestyle brand provides the freedom-loving smartphone generation with relaxed, connected travel experiences at accessible prices. Friendly and lively COSI hotels will redefine hospitality with a perfect bundle of great location, innovation, seamless connectivity and total 24-hr freedom and flexibility.

Pattaya is the heartbeat of tourism in the eastern area of the country and is a destination that offers a perfect blend of beach and city and hosts countless social and business events.

COSI Pattaya Naklua Beach will have 282 hi-tech rooms, all with Smart TVs. Free Wi-Fi and convenient USB ports are in every room and throughout the hotel.

COSI also features a swimming pool, gym, laundromat, and the all-hours “Hub”, a social hangout and digital playspace with integrated WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) 24-hour lifestyle Café. Guests can enjoy free food and drink there using the daily credits they get with their stay.

The hotel is situated just a short stroll away from the beach, right opposite the renowned Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya and a five minute drive from  Central Festival Pattaya.

The hotel will open in September 2019 and follows the first COSI hotel which opened in Samui in December 2017. A third COSI which is also under development will open in Krabi in 2020.

The COSI brand is an integral part of the company’s ambitious, five-year expansion plan.  Within that timeframe, Centara expects to add close to 40 more COSI hotels to its portfolio, all situated in resort and city locations throughout Thailand and Asia.

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It’s The Last Straw at Avani Hotels & Resorts

AVANI HOTELS & RESORTS is banning of plastic straws at all of its hotels and resorts worldwide.

The total ban re-affirms Avani’s commitment to environmental conservation and sustainability at each destination that it is situated in.

Avani understands that today’s traveller demands exciting and authentic experiences while visiting a destination, which includes supporting sustainable practices in local communities.

Banning single-use plastic straws is just one step to achieving this. Now, every Avani will provide alternatives such as recyclable or biodegradable straws in every room, restaurant, bar, and outlet.

Avani is also adopting other sustainable practices throughout every property, such as zero waste in food management. Select Avani hotels, such as Avani+ Luang Prabang is also implementing zero-plastic or sustainable materials policies to reduce or eliminate plastic use, as well as offering eco-conscious bath amenities.

“We believe Avani guests seek to enjoy every destination fully, while still fostering a sustainable lifestyle. Avani fully embraces this commitment to preserving our global ecosystems to ensure our destinations maintain their allure for generations to come,” said Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels, which owns Avani Hotels & Resorts.

Avani currently operates 24 hotels and resorts in 15 countries. The brand recently debuted in Australia, New Zealand, and Laos. Avani currently has 15 new hotels in the pipeline, including a recent signing in Kota Kinabalu, Dubai, Bangkok and a second Avani in Busan, South Korea.

 

Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach welcomes back ‘Dream Wedding’ couples for first anniversaries

PHUKET MARRIOTT RESORT and Spa, Nai Yang Beach recently welcomed back the winners of its inaugural “Dream Wedding” Facebook campaign to the resort to celebrate their first wedding anniversaries.

Last year’s Dream Wedding campaign was hugely successful, and concluded with three ceremonies – two weddings and one engagement – taking place simultaneously at the resort.

As part of their prize, the couples were invited back to the resort to celebrate their first anniversaries and rekindle magical memories in the spectacular surroundings of Nai Yang Beach.

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach was host toan exclusive dinner for the two married couples, Been & Newz and Waew & Sven. The resort’s management team joined this celebration at the resort’s beachfront.

“We would like to congratulate both couples on their first wedding anniversaries. Last year’s Dream Wedding campaign was a great success and reflects how social media can help us create meaningful connections with our guests in a fun and interactive way. This anniversary also reaffirms our resort’s status as the perfect destination for dream weddings and other romantic occasions,” said David Ippersiel, general manager, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach.

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach has an extensive array of options for all types of dream wedding, from traditional Thai ceremonies to Western white weddings, classical Chinese occasions and Indian celebrations, all overlooking theseafront of Nai Yang Beach.

 

Dusit Hotels & Resorts launches two new accommodation packages

DUSIT HOTELS & RESORTS has launched two new accommodation packages offering special room rates and more privileges at selected properties worldwide.

Available for booking now, the Weekend Offer offers special rates, complimentary upgrade to the next room category upon arrival (subject to availability), daily breakfast, and property specific perks. The promotion applies to stays made over weekends at participating hotels and resorts.

Also available for booking now, the family-focused Escape with Dusit package offers daily breakfast for two adults and two children, one complimentary dinner during the stay, late check-out, and more privileges. A minimum length of stay is required, varying depending on the property.

Hotels and resorts offering the Weekend Offer include Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Pattaya, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Dusit Thani Krabi, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo, Dusit Thani Manila, Dusit Princess Srinakarin Bangkok, and Royal Princess Larn Luang.

Properties offering the Escape with Dusit package include Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Hua Hin, Dusit Thani Pattaya, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Dusit Thani Krabi, Dusit Thani Guam, Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo, Dusit Thani Maldives, Dusit Thani Manila, Dusit Devarana Hot Springs & Spa, Conghua, dusitD2 Chiang Mai, dusitD2 Khao Yai, Dusit Princess Chiang Mai, and Dusit Princess Srinakarin Bangkok.

Terms and conditions apply.

For more information, and to make a booking, please visit the following links:

Weekend Offer: www.dusit.com/specialoffers/weekend-offer

Escape with Dusit: www.dusit.com/specialoffers/escape-with-dusit

 

Spa Cenvaree announces member program with vouchers, privileges and discounts

  SPA CENVAREE, CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS’ treatment centres, has launched a new membership program for its 25 locations in Thailand.

Members receive up to 40% off treatments, free vouchers for friends, birthday upgrades, restaurant discounts and 25% off Cenvaree’s exclusive spa products.

Customers can choose between six and 12-month memberships at either Centara and Cense spas, or the more luxurious Centara Grand locations. Membership prices range from 8,000 THB for the six-month Cenvaree/Cense membership to 18,000 THB for the 12-month Centara Grand program.

The 12-month memberships, for example, include 18 one-hour treatment vouchers, four “bring a friend free” vouchers, plus fitness day passes and other benefits, at the spa where the membership is purchased. Additional discounts (30% off à la carte treatments, 25% off spa products) are included at other qualifying Cenvaree locations in Thailand.

“These programs are designed to give our most loyal customers exceptional value, so they can enjoy treatments more often and introduce their friends,” said Tara Hanrahan, Group Director of Spa Operations.

SPA Cenvaree was introduced 13 years ago to pamper Centara guests with traditional Thai and Asian treatments, administered by well-trained experts in beautiful, peaceful environments. It has grown into one of the most famous spa brands in the region.

In July a SPA Cenvaree in the Maldives was named best luxury island resort spa in the world at the World Luxury Spa Awards.

For further information about Spa Cenvaree’s  new membership program, visit spacenvaree.com.

 

 

New GM at Centara’s first COSI Hotel at Samui

VATMONGKOL RASISAWAS has been appointed general manager of Centara’s innovative new COSI hotel on Thailand’s Samui island.

Ms. Vatmongkol will take over responsibility for the first hotel of Centara’s new COSI brand, launched by Centara last December to serve a new generation of independent travellers. The hotel is located on Samui’s popular Chaweng beach.

Ms. Vatmongkol brings 15 years of experience and knowledge working for leading five- star hotels in Bangkok and in Pattaya to Centara’s first COSI brand hotel. She is familiar with Centara, having previously worked at their flag-ship Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.

Before rejoining Centara, she was General Manager at Sovereign Group Hotel in Bangkok. She holds a Master’s degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Derby in the UK and the Swiss Hotel Management School in Switzerland.

Her hobbies of skateboarding, sailing and surfing suit her well for the youthful COSI brand, designed for freedom-loving travel lifestyles with innovations such as social hubs, smartphone integration, and 24/7 café credits included with room rates.

“On every job you do, you have gotten to raise your game and COSI team has lively ambition toward success. I am very much fascinated to stand differently for COSI brand and look forward to my role and working with the COSI Crews” said Vatmongko

“We’re excited to have Ms. Vatmongkol join us” said Centara Deputy CEO Markland Blaiklock. “I can’t think of anyone better suited to run the fun new COSI on Samui. Our guests and partners will love her blend of professionalism and creative energy.”

 

 

 

 

Two-Star Michelin chef returning to La VIE Bangkok

TWO-STAR Michelin chef CHEF STÉPHANE BURON from the French Alps returns to La VIE – Creative French Cuisine in VIE Hotel Bangkok, for four days only, during Oct. 31 – Nov. 3. This will be his fourth visit.

His distinct talent for turning simple and natural ingredients into absolute delights of the palate has achieved world acclaim. Chef Stéphane bears the coveted M.O.F. — the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, the highest and most prestigious award amongst all professional craftsmen in France. Only those who have earned it are allowed to wear the red, white and blue collar which is its respected symbol.

Chef Stéphane has also been named the Best French Professional and is well known as the “Crowning Touch” of acclaimed Le Chabichou, the oldest and most distinguished hotel in the village of Courchevel, one of the world’s most luxurious ski resorts, located high in the French Alps, an exclusive retreat of royalty, VIPs and celebrities.

The abilities of Stéphane Buron are not only praised among the world’s most discerning gourmands, and synonymous with the highest arts of cooking, they also express his particular Alpine style which is at once inventive, refined and generous, utilizing the fresh and natural, seasonal products throughout all four seasons in the Alps.

For his fourth visit to La VIE, Chef Stéphane will dip his famous kitchen, prepared for exclusive lunches and dinners.

Chef Stéphane visits are looked forward to every year as the “Crowning Touch” experience of fine dining in Bangkok.

 His four-course Michelin Star set noon lunch costs 3,500 THB per person and 5,000THB with wine pairing, while his seven-course Michelin Star Set Dinner, served at 7 pm, is priced at 6,500 THB per person and 8,500 THB with wine pairing.

 

 

 

Harnessing the ancient healing properties of jade and rose quartz

BREEZE SPA IS INTRODUCING its newest signature facial and body treatments, which harness the healing properties of the ancient jade and rose quartz.

Jade is often associated with health, wealth, longevity and prosperity. The use of finely polished jade in health preservation and skincare can be traced back to 7th Century China, with generations of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners referring to it as the ‘stone of heaven’, and applying it for the relaxation of the nervous system and aiding in the removal of toxins.

The action of jade rolling is also believed to increase circulation and blood flow leading to improved skin tone, smoothening of wrinkles, reduction of puffiness and inflammation, and tightening of pores.

Rose quartz has been linked to a number of legends surrounding the powers of love and reconciliation. It has been revered in Egyptian, Tibetan and Chinese culture. Cleopatra is said to have used rose quartz in her baths.

For skin prone to acne or experiencing the first sign of wrinkles, ancient legends suggest lightly scraping a rose quartz stone over affected areas to reverse the negative effects.

Today, beauty insiders recommend massaging your face regularly with a rose quartz stone to reduce the signs of ageing and rejuvenating the skin for an instant face-lift without harmful side effects.

Jade rollers and rose quartz sculpting tools are also beginning to make their appearance on Instagram feeds, with beauty influencers and enthusiasts around the world featuring these centuries-old tools on their flat lays and Insta-stories.

At Breeze Spa, specialized techniques from the delicate touch of trained therapists are paired with the healing qualities of jade and rose quartz. The Crystal Fresh facial treatments collection end with a unique wellness ritual, with the soothing and detoxifying sensation of a jade roller massage followed by gentle strokes with the jade and rose quartz sculpting tool.

The jade comb is featured in head massage treatments, while a jade stick is introduced in foot reflexology sessions. Breeze Spa also offers a hot stones massage with a different, using a collection of jade stones which aids in the healing of stressed organs and the discharge of toxins.

The collection of new Breeze Spa treatments featuring the healing properties of ancient jade and rose quartz include:

 Crystal Fresh Facial – A deep cleansing facial treatment combined with an anti-ageing crystal facial therapy to reduce the appearance of fine lines and promote radiant skin growth.

Siamese Head Massage – Inspired by ancient Indian therapeutic techniques, this treatment features deeply relaxing rhythmic and gentle strokes and is especially ideal for those prone to migraines and insomnia.

Siamese Foot Massage – Invigorating foot reflexology session which promotes circulation, clears blocked energy channels to ultimately improve overall health and balance.

Siamese Jade Stones Massage – Gently heated jade stones are carefully moved over the body to enhance circulation, alleviate stress and achieve a deep state of relaxation.

For more information and reservations, contact your nearest Breeze Spa location or visit http://www.breeze-spa.com/

 

 

Spa Cenvaree’s new membership program

SPA CENVAREE by Centara Hotels & Resorts, has launched a new membership program for its 25 locations in Thailand. Members receive up to 40% off treatments, free vouchers for friends, birthday upgrades, restaurant discounts and 25% off Cenvaree’s exclusive spa products.

Customers can choose between six and 12-month memberships at either Centara and Cense spas, or the more luxurious Centara Grand locations. Membership prices range from 8,000 for the six-month Cenvaree/Cense membership to 18,000 THB for the 12-month Centara Grand program.

The 12-month memberships, for example, include 18 one-hour treatment vouchers, four “bring a friend free” vouchers, plus fitness day passes and other benefits, at the spa where the membership is purchased. Additional discounts (30% off a la carte treatments, 25% off spa products) are included at other qualifying Cenvaree locations in Thailand.

“These programs are designed to give our most loyal customers exceptional value, so they can enjoy treatments more often and introduce their friends,” said Tara Hanrahan, group director of spa operations.

SPA Cenvaree was introduced 13 years ago to pamper Centara guests with traditional Thai and Asian treatments, administered by well trained experts in beautiful, peaceful environments.

It has grown into one of the most famous spa brands in the region. In July this year a SPA Cenvaree in the Maldives was named best luxury island resort spa in the world at the World Luxury Spa Awards.

For more information about the new membership program, visit spacenvaree.com for details.

 

Anantara expanding its global ban of plastic straws

ANANTARA HOTELS & RESORTS will roll out a global ban on the use of single-use plastic straws at every property worldwide by Oct. 1, 2018.

Since January of this year, when Anantara was the first major hotel brand to announce its decision to eradicate plastic straws at every single property across the Asia region, Anantara has been working hard to roll out the ban to properties in Australasia, Europe and the Middle East.

“Following the immense success of the first phase of the plastic straw ban at all Anantara properties in Asia, we are thrilled to announce the implementation of this policy worldwide,” said John Roberts, group director of sustainability and conservation for Anantara.

“Each single-use plastic straw takes hundreds of years to break down and scientists predict there may soon be more straws than fish in the oceans by 2050. Anantara guests are forward thinking and sustainably minded and want to continue to enjoy the beautifully lush surroundings for which Anantara is famous for generations to come.”

The decision to ban plastic straws is just one more step in Anantara’s ongoing journey as a leading luxury sustainable tourism brand.

In April of this year, Anantara took the decision to replace the packaging of all dry amenities with compostable paper and plastic toothbrushes have been replaced with a biodegradable straw alternative.

For years, locally sourced toiletries such as shampoo, have been provided in larger ceramic pumps to reduce the amount of packaging and waste created by individual mini servings. This alone prevents an estimated 4.16 million plastic bottles from ending up in landfills around the world annually.

Plastic water bottles are the next ubiquitous item earmarked for total abolition across the Anantara portfolio. All plastic water bottles will be banned from rooms and gyms to be replaced with recyclable glass or refillable alternatives as a brand standard by the end of 2018.

Until then, guests will increasingly notice an absence of plastic from all outlets and facilities in the Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas they frequent. The sumptuous restaurants for which Anantara is renowned will soon be managed without any plastic front of house; from the condiments on tables to the wicker baskets housing the freshly baked pastries at breakfast.

Even around the grounds guests will notice that team members use bamboo baskets to collect compostable gardening trimmings instead of plastic sacks.

As a leading experiential luxury brand, guests are offered the chance to positively give back to the community framework of the destination they visit. Whether it be releasing rescued turtles at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket, planting restored coral at the nurseries off of Anantara Dhigu Villas in the Maldives or working with local AIDs survivors to generate sustainable income by providing Anantara Royal Livingstone with locally farmed mushrooms.

Since 2014, Anantara guests have been invited through the Dollars for Deeds Program to donate 1 dollar for every night of their stay, which Anantara then matches. These charitable donations are then distributed to several of the foundations that Anantara Hotels support, including the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation established since 2002 and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, since 2006.

 

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