Archive - 2018

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ONYX Hospitality Group to launch Shama Lakeview Asoke Bangkok in April
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Soneva launches four-night wellness retreats
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SALA Lanna’s new River Bar on The Ping River
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Soneva launches four-night wellness retreats
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Dusit Thani Bangkok to remain open until Jan. 5, 2019
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Anantara named World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand

ONYX Hospitality Group to launch Shama Lakeview Asoke Bangkok in April

Thailand-based ONYX Hospitality Group and JR Kyushu Business Development (Thailand) Co. Ltd., have entered a partnership for Shama Lakeview Asoke, a 429-key serviced apartments complex in the prime central Bangkok business, entertainment and residential district of Asoke.

JR Kyushu has appointed ONYX Hospitality Group as the hotel management service providers for the new hotel under its Shama brand.

The launch of the property as Shama Lakeview Asoke Bangkok is scheduled for April 1.

Strategically located at the heart of the Bangkok Central Business District, Shama Lakeview Asoke will enjoy easy proximity to many of the Thai capital’s major business, retail and entertainment centres.

It is ideally located for professional, leisure, educational, weekend and recreational pursuits, and is also a short stroll to the Asoke Skytrain and Sukhumvit subway interchange stations, the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre and the Benjakitti Park and Lake with foot and cycling paths connecting to the city’s famous Lumpini Park.

Shama Lakeview Asoke will offer a wide range of accommodation options from studio suites to three-bedroom apartments in two towers, an all-day dining restaurant, pool deck with lake views, golf practice range, fitness centre, kids playroom and a meeting room. Parts of the property will undergo refurbishment and enhancements throughout 2018 and 2019.

The project signifies the first major investment in Thailand by JR Kyushu, and ONYX Hospitality Group’s first collaboration with a Japanese institutional partner.

Mori Building Real Estate Investment Advisory Co., Ltd acted as the exclusive advisor to JR Kyushu in identifying the investment and the hotel operator and successfully negotiating the terms of the sale and purchase as well as management agreements.

JR Kyushu is an affiliate of Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu), a leading Japanese conglomerate with businesses in various segments including transportation, real estate development and hospitality

 

Soneva launches four-night wellness retreats

SONEVA, THE PIONEERING BAREFOOT luxury resort operator, has launched a series of new luxury wellness retreats throughout 2018 at its flagship Soneva Fushi resort in the Maldives, as well as at Soneva Kiri on the unspoiled island of Koh Kood in Thailand.

The four-night wellness retreats offer a choice of one of three wellness journeys, each revolving around yoga and the healing benefits of massage, and featuring personal consultations and nutritional guidance from expert therapists at the on-site spas:

Anti-Ageing Yoga

The daily practice of hatha yoga combats the signs of aging, while maintaining the balance between body and mind. Inclusions:

Integrated wellness consultation – one session; Personalized yoga (60 minutes) – three sessions; Guided meditation (45 minutes) – one session; Signature holistic massage (60 minutes) – one session; Anti-aging facial massage (60 minutes) – one session; and an Indian head massage (60 minutes) – one session.

Yogic Detox

Cleanse the body and mind with this ancient practice to improve and boost the digestive and immune systems. Inclusions:

Integrated wellness consultation – two sessions; Personalized yoga/fitness activities (60 minutes) – two sessions; Pranayama breathing exercises (45 minutes) – one session; Guided meditation (45 minutes) – one session; Green coffee body sculpting (60 minutes) – one session; Yogic intestinal cleanse – one session; Signature detox massage (60 minutes) – one session; and Detox cleansing ritual (90 minutes) – one session.

Yogic Sleep

Rejuvenate a tired body and mind, reduce stress and improve mood. Inclusions:

Integrated wellness consultation – one session; Personalized yoga (60 minutes) – three sessions; Yoga nidra (60 minutes) – two sessions; Ayurvedic Shirodhara (90 minutes) – one session; Foot acupressure (60 minutes) – one session; and Indian head massage (60 minutes) – one session.

Soneva’s four-night Wellness Retreats start at US$4,400 (for single occupancy) and US$7,200 (for double occupancy), inclusive of all accommodations, daily full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner), all non-alcoholic beverages and roundtrip domestic flight transfers (exclusive of taxes and fees). The promotion is available for selected dates in 2017 and 2018.

 

 A minimum four-night stay is required, though additional nights can be purchased.

To book one of the Soneva Wellness Retreats, contact: reservations@soneva.com and use the booking codes SFWP18 for Soneva Fushi and SKWP18 for Soneva Kiri.

 

To learn more about the Soneva Wellness Retreats, click here. To learn more about Soneva, visit: www.soneva.com.

 

The offer is only applicable for new bookings made through Dec. 20, 2018.

 

 

SALA Lanna’s new River Bar on The Ping River

 SALA LANNA CHIANG MAI recently launched River Bar overlooking the Ping River and offering a chilled-out vibe with an extended local craft beer selection including Chiang Mai Beer, Red Truck, Chalawan, Chatri, Bussaba, and Phuket Beer as well as a wide selection of imported craft beers and fine wines.

Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at River Bar, live music fills the night air at River Bar from 7 to 10 p.m.

Four bands take to the stage on these three evenings playing everything from acoustic numbers and bossa to pop jazz and country rock. A DJ spins chilled tunes from 9 -10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Guests at River Bar can perch on stools at the counter, or keep things casual while reclining on beanbags in front of the live band, whose performances can also be enjoyed from the adjacent restaurant and rooftop.

The bar’s varied beverages are paired with a new menu, including a selection of tapas created by Chef Aswin (Jack) Intraphanich and traditional Italian homemade pizzas.

Chef Jack recently joined the sala lanna culinary team, bringing with him extensive experience from previous stints in successful restaurants in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai as well as Muscat, Oman, with major hotel brands such as The Chedi, The Peninsula, and The Sukhothai.

On the Ping is the all-day dining restaurant at sala lanna Chiang Mai, also located along the river and serving Thai, Western, and Italian dishes. Located right next to the restaurant, River Bar is open daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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

 

 

Soneva launches four-night wellness retreats

SONEVA, THE PIONEERING BAREFOOT luxury resort operator, has launched a series of new luxury wellness retreats throughout 2018 at its flagship Soneva Fushi resort in the Maldives, as well as at Soneva Kiri on the unspoiled island of Koh Kood in Thailand.

The four-night wellness retreats offer a choice of one of three wellness journeys, each revolving around yoga and the healing benefits of massage, and featuring personal consultations and nutritional guidance from expert therapists at the on-site spas:

Anti-Ageing Yoga

The daily practice of hatha yoga combats the signs of aging, while maintaining the balance between body and mind. Inclusions:

Integrated wellness consultation – one session; Personalized yoga (60 minutes) – three sessions; Guided meditation (45 minutes) – one session; Signature holistic massage (60 minutes) – one session; Anti-aging facial massage (60 minutes) – one session; and an Indian head massage (60 minutes) – one session.

Yogic Detox

Cleanse the body and mind with this ancient practice to improve and boost the digestive and immune systems. Inclusions:

Integrated wellness consultation – two sessions; Personalized yoga/fitness activities (60 minutes) – two sessions; Pranayama breathing exercises (45 minutes) – one session; Guided meditation (45 minutes) – one session; Green coffee body sculpting (60 minutes) – one session; Yogic intestinal cleanse – one session; Signature detox massage (60 minutes) – one session; and Detox cleansing ritual (90 minutes) – one session.

Yogic Sleep

Rejuvenate a tired body and mind, reduce stress and improve mood. Inclusions:

Integrated wellness consultation – one session; Personalized yoga (60 minutes) – three sessions; Yoga nidra (60 minutes) – two sessions; Ayurvedic Shirodhara (90 minutes) – one session; Foot acupressure (60 minutes) – one session; and Indian head massage (60 minutes) – one session.

Soneva’s four-night Wellness Retreats start at US$4,400 (for single occupancy) and US$7,200 (for double occupancy), inclusive of all accommodations, daily full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner), all non-alcoholic beverages and roundtrip domestic flight transfers (exclusive of taxes and fees). The promotion is available for selected dates in 2017 and 2018.

A minimum four-night stay is required, though additional nights can be purchased.

To book one of the Soneva Wellness Retreats, contact: reservations@soneva.com and use the booking codes SFWP18 for Soneva Fushi and SKWP18 for Soneva Kiri.

To learn more about the Soneva Wellness Retreats, click here. To learn more about Soneva, visit: www.soneva.com.

The offer is only applicable for new bookings made through Dec. 20, 2018.

Dusit Thani Bangkok to remain open until Jan. 5, 2019

 DUSIT THANI BANGKOK will remain fully operational until Jan.5, 2019 (with final check-out at 2pm on that date), instead of April 16 of this year, as was previously announced.

The hotel’s closing date has been extended to allow Dusit and its partners more time to add even greater value to the new version of the hotel, which will open as part of a 36.7 billion THB (approximately US$ 1.1 billion) landmark mixed-use project to be built in partnership with Central Pattana PLC.

Founded by Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui and opened on Feb. 27, 1970, Dusit Thani Bangkok was once the city’s tallest edifice and largest hotel.

As a new landmark for the capital, the hotel pioneered five-star hospitality, inspired by authentic Thai values and ushered in a new era of tourism for the city, revolutionizing dining, entertainment and even the way people organized wedding receptions in the process.

With its new hotel, Dusit International plans to mirror that success by creating a new city landmark that boosts the area’s appeal, enhances existing infrastructure, creates new opportunities for local businesses, celebrates Thai culture, and elevates the brand’s standing internationally.

“Since we officially announced the hotel’s redevelopment earlier last year, we have been inundated with messages from guests, customers and long-time fans of the hotel expressing their opinions about the project,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

 “While the majority expressed excitement about our next chapter, there were also those who wondered how we could possibly embrace our heritage and continue our legacy in a new building.

“The answer, of course, lies in taking our time to ensure we get it right. We are exploring many ways to add value to the new hotel and mixed-use project in terms of design and innovation. This includes embracing a green concept which reflects our prime location opposite Lumpini Park, creating direct links to both the MRT and BTS mass transit rail systems, and alleviating traffic in the area by providing new infrastructure.

“While our scrupulous attention to detail means we must extend the project timeline by eight months, we are delighted that guests now have more time to experience the hotel as it stands. We plan to enrich that experience by hosting a series of special events throughout the year.”

 

 

Anantara named World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand

From the left: Yury Ashizhev, assistant villa operation manager; Nazley Mohamed, spa director Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara; Graham Cooke, president & founder , World Travel Group; Monica Majors, director of public relations MSpa International Limited.

ANANTARA SPA RECEIVED a total of 12 wins at World Spa Awards 2017, where Word’s Best awards hailed Anantara Spa as the World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand, accompanied by two individual resorts being named the best in the world.

This was in addition to nine additional hotel, resort, safari and wellness spas saw the brand shine across Asia, the Middle East, Indian Ocean and Africa.

Anantara Spa journeys embrace the indigenous culture and nature of each locale through an integration of architecture, treatments, service and ambience.

Two individual Anantara Spas also shone at the awards. Providing a palatial oasis of rich Arabian traditions in the heart of the world’s largest desert, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara in the UAE was named the World’s Best Desert Spa. Offering island exclusivity in Qatar, Banana Island Resort Doha won World’s Best Private Island Spa.

Nine national awards highlighted uniquely luxurious sanctuaries in iconic destinations.

Anantara Spa was born in Thailand and two spas upheld the brand’s roots – each offering exotic Thai treatments in striking locations. Boasting a prestigious address in the capital, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel received the title of Thailand’s Best Hotel Spa 2017.

Overlooking a lotus-filled lagoon in the royal seaside town of Hua Hin, Anantara Hua Hin Resort was named Thailand’s Best Resort Spa.

Showcasing the brand’s authentic spa journeys across Asia, Anantara Sanya Resort is revered for its precious pearl and tea-infused treatments, and shone as China’s Best Resort Spa.

In the Indian Ocean, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort was named the Maldives’s Best Wellness Retreat, an honour impeccably bestowed to inaugurate its new Balance Wellness Sanctuary – offering a multidimensional approach to relaxation and health.

Coaxing blissful seclusion in an African island paradise, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort was awarded Mozambique’s Best Resort Spa.

Bringing a second award to Africa, the Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara celebrated the title of Zambia’s Best Safari Spa, pampering guests with indigenous African treatments in colonial spa suites, as well as poolside massages overlooking the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls.

Launched in 2015, the dynamic World Spa Awards sets a benchmark in excellence. Designed to drive the evolution of spa and wellness tourism, the awards raise standards by recognizing and rewarding industry leaders. Votes were cast by spa professionals and the public.

 

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