Archive - 2019

Christmas and New Year’s at VIE Bangkok
Celebrating Christmas and New Year at Soneva Kiri
Ratilanna Chiang Mai’s Christmas and New Year’s celebations
Get VIP access to Thailand’s Elephant Boat Race and River Festival
Dusit International brings global healthy restaurant chain, Kauai, to Southeast Asia under a new name, ‘Real Foods’
Anantara in global partnership with Verita Healthcare with new health centre
VIE Bangkok adding new spa brand
Centara’s new Phuket Maikhao Dream Villa Resort  
Four Seasons Bangkok set to open in February 2020
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas continues to deliver on sustainability priority

Christmas and New Year’s at VIE Bangkok

CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER at La VIE Bistronomy includes a lavish four-course set dinner at VIE’s newly renovated La VIE Bistronomy – Casual Gourmet restaurant, along with a complimentary small bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne for every booking of two guests.

The dinner will include songs of the season will be sung by VIE’s singer to the accompaniment of VIE’s piantist.

Santa will also pay us a visit with presents during dinner, as well as breakfast on Christmas Day.

Cost is 2,900 THB per person and includes wine and champagne with booking for two people.

Christmas Eve at Piano Bar will be served for an intimate dinner at VIE’s renovated modern and elegant Piano Bar, along with a live band and singer performing all the Christmas carols.

Christmas Day Brunch at La VIE Bistronomy will feature a variety of French zas well as traditional Christmas dishes, turkey, foie gras, mussels, rock lobster, wagyu beef, lamb and more that will be served along with an a beverage package for three hours of free flow of Deutz Champagne,white or Rosé.

.Our VIE carolers will perform everyone’s favourite songs of the season and Santa will visit with presents those who have been good all year. Cost is 1,990 THB per person.

New Year’s Eve at La VIE Bistronomy will feature a grand 4-course dinner at La VIE Bistronomy and welcome in the New Year with poppers, firecrackers and exciting decorations along with live music.

The menu includes black truffles from France, in season, rare white truffles from Italy and a small bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne for every booking of two guests and a feast of Black Truffle Foie Gras Terrine, 48 Months Comte, Wagyu Beef and Langoustine, and more.

Cost is 3,490 THB per person.

New Year’s Eve at Piano Bar  includes a  free flow drink package with Deutz Champagne, cocktails, beer, red and white wines by the glass during 7:00 pm – 1:00 am  Cost is 1,490 THB per person. A selection of fabulous canapés is also featured from 7 pm – 1: am at a cost of 990 THB per person.

A live band will perform 7 pm – 1 am and the countdown will be celebrated with poppers, firecrackers, and wishes for a great New Year of success and joy.

At the YTSB – Yellow Tail Sushi Bar, llovers of Japanese cuisine will be interested in YTSB special festive season Omakase menu, which includes a small bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne for every two guests.

The cost — 6,000 THB per person with a complimentary 375 ml bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne for bookings of two persons.

New Year’s Day at La VIE Bistronomy includes a relaxing late breakfast served till noon in the cozy atmosphere of our newly renovated La VIE Bistronomy. Its regular a la carte menu will be available during lunch and dinner.

New Year’s Day at Piano Bar features a la carte menu will be served throughout the day and evening.

Celebrating Christmas and New Year at Soneva Kiri

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S FESTIVITIES start early at Soneva Kiri in Thailand with breakfast on Christmas Eve.

You’ll have a choice either in the resort’s The View dining room or at Soneva’s Organic Garden.

After breakfast you’ll have a number of activity choices, starting with a Benz Cook Class at the Benz Restaurant with Soneva’s chef. It starts with a visit to Ao Salat market to choose fresh seafood and other ingredients for your cooking class, where you’ll be able to create your own lunch.

There’s also a Yoga class to learn basic positions and relaxation techniques, and a wide range of activities to choose from – learning the local art of making home-made coconut at Six Senses Spa; or drive 8 km through dense jungle to Klong Nam Sai to see rattan, bamboo and rubber trees, and Koh Hood’s secret waterfall; or visit Ao Salat fishing village on the northeast tip of Koh Hood, where the island’s fish and seafood is transported and sold; or drive south past small villages and end up at a beautiful beach.
For lunch, there’s lunch at a mushroom cave, where you can pick mushrooms for s five-course meal. There’s also lunch at the resort’s Organic Garden that serves up fresh vegetables, salads and seafood caught that morning.

A third option is lunch at North Beach for pit-cooked seafood and fish along with New World wines.

In the afternoon, there’s a class in mixing drinks, where you can create your special cocktail, or an unforgettable food journey through the Organic Garden.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas you can choose either to dine at The View or Benz dining rooms.

Other activities include snorkeling at Koh Rang; more cooking classes at the Chef’s Table and the Hut Kitchen; and an Indian Pop Up on the Lunar Deck for an evening of spices, taste and life.

Or fish the Thai way. A local fishing boat will take you to the best finishing areas around Koh Kood, Hoh Raet and Koa Mai Si.

There’s also rainforest trek in North Beach through a dense rainforest that includes a visit to crystal clear waterfalls that cascade over five different levels.

And to top everything off, a milkshake class and a Japanese lunch that includes five handpicked sakes.






Ratilanna Chiang Mai’s Christmas and New Year’s celebations

A ROSE GOLD WREATH  will adorn Ratilanna Chiang Mai’s Celebration Christmas festive dining at Mira Restaurant, featuring Ratilanna’s favourite international buffet and relax by the magical setting with a few drinks on Christmas Eve, starting at 6.30 pm and ending at 9.30 p.m..

Surroundings include candle lights and with a beautiful view of the Ping River, and Carol singers who perform Christmas carols to celebrate this joyful evening. Everything you could wish for…

Cost of the buffet is 3,200 THB per person and 1,600 THB per child (3-12).

For table reservations or enquiries, e-mail to:

Ratilanna’s New Year’s Dinner Party.s

Join our most colorful New Year’s Eve dinner party at RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort Chiang Mai features an unforgettable extraordinary night in Neon Paradise along with an exclusive dinner set and fine dining.

The night in Neon Paradise party by the Ping River promises a vibrant mix of good vibes & music amidst a great crowd and all night long entertainments and celebration.

Mira Restaurant and River Lawn will be featuring an international barbecue buffet that includes free flow house wine, beers, soft drinks, and juices as well as a complimentary party pack & gifts to set the mood for the 2020 countdown party.

The party starts at 7 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Price per adult is 6,500 THB and 3,250 THB for chidren (3-12 years)

Highlights: International barbecued buffet spread with free flow house wine, beer, soft drinks and juices. Price:  6,500 THB per adult and 3,250 THB for Child (3-12 years)

For table reservations or enquiries, email to


Get VIP access to Thailand’s Elephant Boat Race and River Festival

ANANTARA RIVERSIDE BANGKOK RESORT is giving guests’ front row VIP access to see all the action of the second annual Elephant Boat Race and River Festival, taking place on the banks of the mighty Chao Phraya River from Feb. 28 March 1, 2020.

Spectators will delight in a weekend of thrilling competitive action on the river as well as an extensive variety of family friendly, high quality entertainment on land including live music concerts, kid’s arts and crafts, fun fair rides and a wide selection of delicious food and beverages throughout the event.

On the river, teams will paddle specially designed boats decorated with artistic elephant themed sculptures with tails inspired by traditional Thai fish motifs.

Each race takes place across 400m with four teams per heat, the first to cross the finish line wins and progresses closer to winning the Royal trophy graciously granted by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua.

Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort is offering a special room package to guests looking to join in of this unique event. Guests who book two nights during the event will get free daily breakfast for two and two, one day VIP passes to the weekend festival.

A VIP pass entitles guests to witness the races from selected VIP areas along with free flow drinks all day.

Package includes: Two nights’ accommodation at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort; daily breakfast for two tickets for two to the weekend festival; and VIP packages starts from US$ 496 for access to the VIP tents and free-flow drinks.

Rates quoted are per stay for two persons, and are subject to availability, guests must stay a minimum two-nights; a non-refundable, and one-night deposit is required seven days prior to arrival. In case of no shows or early departure, a 100% charge of the total stay applies.

For more information on applicable tariffs during your desired booking period, or to make a reservation, please contact our reservations desk on +66 23659100 or email

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Dusit International brings global healthy restaurant chain, Kauai, to Southeast Asia under a new name, ‘Real Foods’

 DUSIT FOODS CO., LTD., a subsidiary of Dusit International, has entered into a 51:49 joint venture with South Africa’s Real Foods Group to bring its popular healthy fast-casual restaurant concept, Kauai, to Southeast Asia, under the Thai brand name, Real Foods.

Its first store opened recently at Virgin Active Fitness Club 101 The Third Place in Bangkok.

Established 23 years ago, the Kauai brand serves 7.3 million healthy meals each year across its 164 stores in South Africa and The Netherlands.

The brand has established itself as an innovative leader in the health space, with its inspired smoothies, salads, wraps and warm bowls – all made with a commitment to sustainable sourcing and bringing convenient, nutritious options to consumers worldwide.

Located at True Digital Park 101, a landmark mixed-use development near Sukhumvit Soi 101, the first Real Foods store at Virgin Active Fitness Club 101 The Third Place is easily accessible from Punnawithi and Udomsuk BTS (Skytrain) stations.

The Real Food stores in Thailand will retain the Kauai concept and store design, and also most of the menu. The menu features more than 100 superfood ingredients, including free-range eggs, collagen, whey protein, spirulina, kale, broccoli and spinach, used to make a range of nutritious and delicious dishes and drinks with a focus on natural produce.

Roughly 30% of the menu has been modified to meet Thai tastes, including the addition of new items such as a soba noodle salad, iced matcha smoothie, Thai red milk tea and iced coffee drinks.

Firm favourites like the Princess Wrap and the Strawberry Stinger, which have been on the menu since Kauai’s inception, will be available in Thai stores.

The development of Real Foods in Thailand is in line with Dusit Food’s mission to invest in proven and profitable businesses, expand into high growth spaces, and respond to consumer trends while positively serving the community through the delivery of healthy, wholesome food products that reflect four key pillars of sustainable production – healthy, natural, organic, and locally sourced.

“Globally, there is a major shift taking place as consumers seek out healthier, natural food options which are both affordable and convenient, said Dr. Jate Sopitpongstorn of Dusit Foods Co. Ltd.

“With our extensive experience in food, resorts and hospitality, moving into stand alone outlets was an obvious next step for Dusit. The Thai joint venture, Dusit Real Foods, will oversee the opening of several fast-casual restaurants in Thailand, with possible expansion into retail ranges.

“Dusit Real Foods already has another three stores lined up through its long-standing relationship with Virgin Active health clubs. As we hold master-franchise rights, we will also look at expanding Real Foods outside of Thailand too, leveraging our strong network of hotels and resorts in APAC, UAE, Qatar and Oman to introduce Real Foods in more new markets worldwide.”

Dr. Sopitpongstorn added that Real Foods will also benefit from access to top-tier hospitality and restaurant talent from Dusit’s hospitality education program, ensuring Dusit’s service is part of the offering.

Real Foods will differentiate itself from other healthy food stores and producers in the Thai market by offering a comprehensive range of responsibly sourced menu items that can be customized for vegans and vegetarians to paleo and keto devotees.

“Basically, it will be a one-stop-shop for all their healthy food needs,” he said.

Dean Kowarski, Real Foods Group CEO, explains that the premium brand, which has become synonymous with natural food, has a strong appeal for those embracing healthier living on account of its emphasis on nutrition and responsible sourcing.

“At Real Foods we care about what you put in your body because we know that eating well is key for a good life. We are committed to making nutritious and delicious food and drinks with an emphasis on real, responsibly sourced natural produce,” he said.

“This means, where possible, our food is free of GMO’s, low in refined sugar and avoids additives, preservatives, artificial colourants or flavourants. As an example, we only use free-range chicken and eggs, which shows our commitment to responsible sourcing.

“We make healthy eating delicious, easy and convenient and there is something for everyone on our menu. Our new partnership in Thailand demonstrates that Real Foods is achieving its mission of bringing more health and wellness options to consumers worldwide.

“Our stores offer a mix of both take-away and sit-down meals,” added Kowarski, adding that the health sector is growing faster than fast food outlets.

Real Food positions itself at the leading edge of global health food and consumer trends. Stores strategically showcase colourful food and fresh ingredients against the minimalist black and white backdrop of the store. Inspired by clean-line simplicity, the store concept features a neutral palette of concrete tiles and cool white marble counters, complemented by warm oaks and crisp black and white graphics.

Within the coming months, Real Foods will also supply its healthy meals and drinks to six other Virgin Active health clubs throughout the city, ensuring Bangkok residents have convenient, grab-and-go access to wholesome and healthy food. The brand also has plans for expanding its Thai store footprint into the retail space, and is actively seeking exciting new retail locations.

Dusit Real Foods owns the territory rights to Southeast Asia and Australia, and is currently exploring opportunities in these markets.





Anantara in global partnership with Verita Healthcare with new health centre

ANANTARA HAS ENTERED into a joint venture with Verita Healthcare Group to set up new on-property-based health centres. The first Verita health facility is currently in development at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort and is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2020.

Following the initial collaboration in Bangkok, joint projects will be launched in Thailand and throughout the Asia Pacific region.

The new centre in Bangkok will feature dark IV infusion rooms with sleep-promoting light therapy, streamlined VIP suites, a meditative garden and ergonomically-designed private consultations pods.

The partnership recognizes increasing demand for personalized innovative travel and wellness offerings that go beyond traditional fitness and spa services.


VIE Bangkok adding new spa brand

VIE HOTEL BANGKOK, MGALLERY HOTEL COLLECTION recently welcomed famous Thai actor and celebrity, Sririta Jensen, third from the left), founder and managing director of Organika House Co., Ltd., for the signing of a contract of co-operation between Organika House Co., Ltd. and VIE Hotel Bangkok, for the elegant boutique property’s new spa brand,

VIE Spa by ORGANIK represents the very first collaboration project by the MGallery Collection in Thailand and in Asia.

The collaboration was celebrated with a Champagne toast attended by the hotel’s cluster general manager, Nicolas Peth (fourth from left), and the management teams from both VIE Hotel Bangkok and Organika House, held at the hotel’s luxurious Penthouse Suite.

Sririta Jensen is well known for her talents, beauty , and her promotion of highly beneficial aromatherapy.

Organika House is well known for its high-quality health and beauty products, which use only the finest ingredients. They emphasize the power of aroma, handpicked blends that create a journey through the world of scent, designed to balance your life in our hectic modern environment.



Centara’s new Phuket Maikhao Dream Villa Resort  

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORT has signed hotel management agreements for three new hotels in Phuket’s Mai Khao Beach area owned by Maikhao Dream Company Limited.

Two properties are already in operation and fall under Centara management, while the third property is in development.

The new agreements expand Centara’s presence across the island to a total of nine hotels and resorts, with eight in operation.

“We are very happy to be adding these three resorts to our growing portfolio. They offer a diverse range of accommodation along one of Phuket’s finest beaches, giving guests travelling to Phuket an even greater variety of Centara resorts to suit their needs and preferences,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO, Centara Hotels & Resorts.

“This is a significant milestone for our company, and we are very excited to be working with Centara. Their management team has vast experience in the Phuket market, and the Centara brand gives our properties a significant boost in visibility with our target customers,” said Mikhail Tyurin, managing director of Maikhao Dream Company Limited,

The hotel management agreements encompass the following properties:

The 22-key Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa, which joined the Centara Boutique Collection recently, is the only beachfront villas resort on the shores of Mai Khao Beach. The resort offers luxurious accommodation in spacious private villas. Two-bedroom villas accommodate up to four adults and two children with 460 sqm of space, and three-bedroom villas measuring 650 sqm accommodate up to six adults and two children in spacious comfort.

Each of the 22 villas has its own private pool and whirlpool, outdoor pavilion and well-equipped kitchen. Resort facilities include a swimming pool, fitness centre, spa, kids’ club, retail shop, library and business lounge, as well as an international all-day dining restaurant and wine cellar. Phuket International Airport is a 20-minute drive from the resort.

Centara Boutique Collection is a carefully curated brand portfolio reserved for upper upscale properties in unique locations that are individual, design-centric and provide a distinct experience.

All the properties in the collection are intimately sized and found in destinations that attract experiential travellers who prefer small, stylish hotels. This hotel is the perfect addition to the collection. It is a truly unique resort and its modern Thai design focus is both authentic to its environment and the perfect representation of the progressive Thai heritage of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

The 142-key Maikhao Hotel, which opened in early 2019, now also managed by Centara, is a midscale hotel offering contemporary design and comfortable accommodation as well as excellent facilities. It offers standard and superior twin rooms, studios, and one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Facilities include a main swimming pool with separate kids’ pool, fitness centre, meeting rooms, beer garden, karaoke room and an all-day dining restaurant.

The 280-key Centra by Centara Maikhao Resort Phuket is a green field development currently under construction. When completed, the resort will feature facilities including a swimming pool, fitness centre, meeting venues, a kids’ club, and an all-day dining venue. The resort is expected to open in 2024.

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Four Seasons Bangkok set to open in February 2020

 A NEW LEVEL OF wellness luxury is coming to Bangkok in collaboration with GOCO Hospitality at the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, which will begin accepting reservations for guest arrivals starting Feb. 1, 2020.

Set along 200 metres of the ancient riverfront of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, the Jean-Michel Gathy designed Four Seasons Hotel will add a new level of riverside hospitality to Southeast Asia’s most popular city destination.

In addition to the 299 guest rooms, including suites with garden terraces and an extraordinary, two-storey Presidential Suite, guests will also be treated to a world-class luxury urban GOCO Hospitality-conceptualized spa that maintains a special focus on mind, body and soul.

In addition to the spa conceptualization, GOCO Hospitality also assisted Four Seasons with market research & feasibility studies (conducted  its sister company, Horwath HTL Health and Wellness, strategy and operational recommendations, technical services including conceptual and schematic design and additional design development review

The spa will feature nine single and double treatment rooms, one spa suite with thermal facilities, a private garden and bathing areas, a beauty salon, male barber, gender-specific heat and water experiences, along with a gym and a mind and body studio.

The spa also includes an Advanced Beauty Room, a place where science meets natural wellness through a range of technologically advanced slimming and anti-ageing treatments for men and women

Founder and CEO of GOCO Hospitality, Ingo Schweder, says the Bangkok riverfront demands a new spa facility that is set apart from the existing offering in the area. The spa that we have helped create at Four Seasons offers something completely different. It focuses on the healing power of water.

Described by Gathy as “sometimes dramatic, sometimes intimate, but always charismatic”, the hotel will integrate successive indoor and outdoor spaces through a series of cascading building, courtyards, terraces and water features

In celebration of Thailand’s legendary craftsmanship and artistry, the hotel will include art pieces from Gathy’s own collection, along with a dedicated Art Space for contemporary Thai art.

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River will also offer two infinity pools overlooking the river and a range of other thoughtful amenities for families, such as a complimentary kids club; private boat dock; extensive event spaces; a waterfront ballroom and terrace; and world-class culinary offerings, including new dining concepts introduced for the first time.

As an introductory offer, the hotel is offering US $100 credit towards dining or exclusive spa treatments with bookings of a minimum of two nights and above.

GOCO Hospitality is a pioneering consultancy, development and management company creating, designing and operating tomorrow’s spa and wellness hospitality concepts. From initial market research through to concept, design and management, the company’s experienced research, creative and operational teams collaborate closely with clients to create innovative wellness solutions specially tailored to meet the demands of the location and target market.



Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas continues to deliver on sustainability priority

UNCOMPROMISING SUSTAINABILITY is in the soul of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. Being environmentally friendly and socially responsible translates to meaningful and measurable actions.

Each year since 2012, sustainability figures are gathered from all operations. Everything, from reducing, reusing and recycling waste to farm to table goodness and sustainable food sourcing, caring for communities, house-bottled water, eliminating plastic and protecting marine ecosystems and birdlife is scrutinized.

Understandably, it takes quite a while to collect all the results. Year on year, they indicate the brand’s vision is audacious, but flourishing.

Here are the highlights from last year.

Individual properties monitor their environmental efforts and contributions to local communities was led by the group’s vice-president of sustainability Jeff Smith.

“The travel industry is growing at a rapid rate on a planet that has limited natural resources. That means all hospitality leaders have a responsibility to stand up and be accountable for making a sustainable difference and achieving measurable results, he said.

“Our health and wellness ethos is around making our guests feel better inside and out, so it makes sense for our social and environmental policies to make them feel good about their choice of vacation too.”

All of the group’s hotels and resorts participate in Cornell University’s Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking program, which compares their performance against a global dataset of their peers.

Each Six Senses resort and hotel features an Earth Lab, which promotes sustainable living in inspirational and innovative ways. The space is used to host workshops that empower guests and community members to learn about and connect more closely with the natural world.

Individual Six Senses properties manage their own Sustainability Funds with sales added directly from house-bottled water and popular stuffed animal mascots that reflect each location. Sponsored projects in 2018 totaled US $635,422.39.

Jeff Smith added: “Our aim is to eliminate our resorts of waste, toxins and plastic, and to go beyond this to make measurable positive impacts in our local ecosystems and communities.”

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