Archive - January 2019

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Centara to open COSI Hotel in Chiang Mai
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Anantara’s week of festivities for Thai National Elephant Day
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2-Michelin Star French Chef Thierry Drapeau at VIE Hotel Bangkok Jan. 30-Feb. 1

Centara to open COSI Hotel in Chiang Mai

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS will add a fifth hotel in the COSI Collection  in Chiang Mai, the leading destination in Northern Thailand and a magnet for today’s Digital Nomads.

The newest COSI hotel for the generation of freedom-loving, digital-savvy travellers will be on popular Tha Phae road, a key central landmark and a short walk from Chiang Mai’s iconic Ploen Ruedee Night Market. The property is scheduled to open in 2022.

Chiang Mai is a perfectly-suited destination for this easy-going and youthful-minded brand.  Not only is the city one of Thailand’s most visited destinations and on the must-do list for the droves of young culture-seeking travellers, it is also Thailand’s number one destination for, and home to a growing number of, Digital Nomads from all categories of online business.

Recent studies cited Chiang Mai’s allure for the digital generation due to the city’s low costs, enjoyable food and lifestyle, expatriate social networks and infrastructure for “work-anywhere” online entrepreneurs.

The city has a remarkable amount of open social network groups that are constantly providing workshops, meetups, social outings and networking opportunities. COSI’s digital-first approach, seamless connectivity and digital playspaces with integrated café make it the ideal match.

The hotel offers fast and free Wi-Fi everywhere, it is fully smartphone-integrated and there are USB charging points at every turn. Guests can use their phones to book, check in & out and connect to an in-room SmartTV to view videos, email, or enjoying their favourite Netflix movie during a relaxing vacation.

  “Chiang Mai has seen a constant growth of independent travellers and digital nomads,” said Chirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s CEO.

“They value freedom, fun, and trendy digital experiences rather than traditional hotel conventions. The COSI concept is our vision of what a hotel should be for today’s independent, connected travellers. We thought it through to make it simple, relaxed and affordable, yet perfectly in sync with the demands and needs of our guests’ lifestyles.

“Whether travelling for leisure or work, the newest COSI will capture the market with a perfect mix of location, innovation, seamless connectivity and total 24-hr freedom and flexibility. The COSI brand is made for a destination like Chiang Mai”

COSI Chiang Mai will feature 130 minimalist and modern guest rooms, a common social hub for hanging out or co-working, a trendy rooftop swimming pool and a laundromat, so whether travellers are using the hotel as a base to explore the city, mixing work and pleasure, or even trying out living in Chiang Mai, they’ll find COSI comfortable, affordable and seamlessly integrated with their lifestyle.

The first COSI opened on Thailand’s Samui Island last December. Following its success, Centara topped off its second COSI in Pattaya earlier in 2018, and recently announced additional COSI projects in in Krabi and Vientiane.

 

Anantara’s week of festivities for Thai National Elephant Day

 

 ANANTARA HOTELS AND RESORTS’ first charity-driven celebration of Thailand’s national animal will feature elephant races from the banks of Mekong to the River of Kings, two quintessentially Thai locations.

Starting date is March 13, 2019 at Anantara Golden Triangle, where guests can rub elbows with the gentle giants in their natural habitat, before joining the Elephant Boat Race and festival in Bangkok next to the Anantara Riverside.

You’ll be able to watch from the banks of the Chao Phraya as international teams participate in the age-old cultural tradition of dragon boat racing, paddling unique elephant themed and designed boats on the river.

The spirit of elephants will shape the festival, from the jungle where visitors can get up close and personal with the pachyderms, to Bangkok’s buzzing waterfront where an artistic installation from the Golden Triangle Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) will make their presence felt.

Anantara Hotels & Resorts is leading the way in high-impact fund raising for National Elephant Day, aiming to raise significant charitable donations, while generating awareness to benefit the future of the Asian elephant.

Festivities start at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort from March 13-14, 2019

Perched on a ridge in northern Thailand overlooking the border with Myanmar and Laos, Anantara Golden Triangle and its neighbouring GTAEF Camp will be host to a series of elephant-centred events in a picturesque mountain setting.

As part of the celebrations, GTAEF will open its doors to local schools, businesses and visitors, interested in interacting with the elephants in their natural environment and learning about the work of the foundation that to date has rescued over 60 ex-working elephants from Thailand’s city streets.

It will feature activities such as Walking with Giants, an Elephant Buffet, an arts and crafts market as well as an exploration of Northern Thai cuisine and an exclusive VIP evening function.

From March 15-17, 2019, the celebration moves  to Ananatara Riverside Hotel for the Elephant Boat Race.

The second part of the event is located next to Anantara Bangkok Riverside with elephant boat racing and a fun-filled weekend of sporting and cultural events with something for everyone.

Specially commissioned elephant heads will decorate the boats, with appearances from international teams as well as Thailand’s own, Navy Seals.

Whilst the teams battle it out on the Chao Phraya River; on-land entertainment includes the digital dry dock rowing tournament, the Old Siam-themed Ladies Day to musical concerts, Champagne tents, beer gardens and much more family fun to come.

To join Anantara Hotels in celebrating Thailand’s national animal and to support fund raising for their conservation and welfare, visit https://www.bangkokriverfestival.com/

 

 

2-Michelin Star French Chef Thierry Drapeau at VIE Hotel Bangkok Jan. 30-Feb. 1

MASTER CHEF, 2-MICHELIN STAR THIERRY DRAPEAU from Nantes, France will be featured at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine at VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel for three days Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2019.

He expresses his talent in a style called “cuisine of the soil” for its authentic jus-based dishes with a highly concentrated taste, using local produce from the soil and the sea nearby.

In Chef Thierry’s cooking, only the highest quality produce is used and his dishes maintain a lightness, low in butter but high in flavour. He also prefers using flowers and herbs as opposed to spices for his cuisine.

He began his own ambitious culinary career as Chef de Partie at the age of 21. Working alongside a number of renowned chefs and set the highest standards possible for his cooking, eventually opening his own restaurant, the Thierry Drapeau Logis de la Chabotterie in Saint-Sulpice-le-Verdon, France. Chef Thierry has garnered universal recognition of excellence, holding a coveted two Michelin stars for the past eight years.

According to Chef Thierry, a dish must be worked on like a wine, taking time to look for “a balance combining herbaceous and floral notes; to work on the acidity, the bitterness and the sweetness”.

His 7–Course Michelin Star Set Dinner, served at 7 pm, costs 6,750 THB per person for food only, and 8,750 THB per person for food and wine pairing

 

 

 

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