Archive - August 2019

Avani opens its third hotel in Bangkok
ASAI Hotels welcomes Harvard Business School students for a week of immersive work experience
Six Senses recognizes hosts as magic behind third top hotel brand win
New Leisure and Lifestyle Activities at Centara Grand Beach Hua Hin

Avani opens its third hotel in Bangkok

Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok, located between the increasingly popular On Nut and Phra Khanong neighbourhoods, jopen its doors recently.

It is just 30 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, and sits atop the ‘Century The Movie Plaza Sukhumvit’ retail complex with many shopping and entertainment options.

Property highlights — 382 guest rooms featuring clean, crisp colours and designs, creating a freshness that rejuvenates guests for the new day and welcomes with signature Avani comfort amenities; Greenhouse offers all-day dining with honest culinary delights that cater to all dietary needs, with an outdoor terrace offering views of Bangkok;an AvaniFit inspired modern gym, for guests to maintain their fitness regimes and an outdoor pool and green area,

AvaniSpa also offers relaxing treatments that are perfect to unwind with after a day’s sightseeing; an large ballroom and breakout rooms are perfect for meetings or weddings,

The hotel is strategically located close to the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre for business travellers.




ASAI Hotels welcomes Harvard Business School students for a week of immersive work experience

Harvard Business School students recently spent a week of immersive work experience at ASAI Hotels, Dusit International’s new affordable lifestyle brand for millennial-minded travellers, as part of an international work experience program called FIELD Global Immersion.

Arranged specially for first-year students as part of their coursework, the program is held in conjunction with 157 partners spanning 13 countries worldwide. More than 920 students take part.

The program is designed to strengthen and develop students’ ability to manage and operate effectively across cultures and business contexts, by doing fieldwork in an unfamiliar situation.

ASAI executives worked with the team remotely in the months leading up to their arrival in Thailand. The students then conducted field research with consumers around Bangkok, and presented their final recommendations to management at Dusit International’s headquarters.

“We are delighted to work with Harvard Business School to provide their students with a real-world learning experience in Thailand.” said Siradej Donavanik, managing director, ASAI Hotels.

“As a new brand aimed at millennial-minded travellers, we value the students’ dynamic approach to research, design thinking, and other types of creative learning, thus providing us with a solid platform to build on. The spirit of collaboration was particularly good to see, especially as this reflects Dusit’s very own DNA.”

The first ASAI Hotel is slated to open in Q2 2020 in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown district. The brand’s confirmed pipeline also includes three ASAI Hotels in Cebu, the Philippines (in Mactan, Oslob, and the city centre); one ASAI Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar (in the historic Yankin Township); and a flagship ASAI Hotel in Bangkok’s Sathorn district.




Six Senses recognizes hosts as magic behind third top hotel brand win

SIX SENSES HOTELS RESORTS SPAS has been voted the world’s No. 1 Hotel Brand for the third year in a row by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, the largest and most influential travel magazine in the U.S.

A meaningful brand is at the heart of any thriving business. It is what people connect to more than any product. According to CEO Neil Jacobs, there is no promotion or offer in the world that can influence brand love as much as employees:

“This is a joyful opportunity to recognize our hosts, who live our values and project what our brand stands for every day. They create the magic behind each meaningful guest experience, so this win is for them. I am blown away by the readers of Travel + Leisure and their continued endorsement for our commitment to wellness, sustainability and fun and quirky way of doing things.”

The Six Senses brand unites a diverse, multinational and multicultural portfolio of properties, with each host bringing the values to life in their own way.

Working at Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Sales and Marketing Coordinator Pedro says: “Wellness and sustainability really go hand in hand as one concept for me, as a core pillar of Six Senses and core value of mine. I try and help wherever I can, from beach clean-ups and mindful resource usage, to avoiding printing and limiting waste by reusing and recycling. As they say, you don’t need one person to do sustainability perfectly, you need eight billion people doing it imperfectly.”

Six Senses Samui Sustainability Coordinator Tanita runs on the beach every morning, as this gives her positive energy to be ready for work: “I motivate other hosts and show them how to make our own products such as candles and mosquito sprays. Everyone has a lot more awareness on sustainability compared to a few years ago.”

For Six Senses Laamu Sustainability Manager Megan, sustainability is part of everyone’s job, not just her own. “I hope to inspire people to incorporate sustainability into their work and their home lives, so that it becomes second nature. It is not exclusive. I used to do an evening sustainability presentation but it sounded so boring! So I turned it into a Trivia Quiz. That got people interested and drew them in, so that I could tell them about all of the great work we do in sustainability.”

Esther has recently moved into HR, and believes wellness and sustainability are fundamental to all hosts: “Everyone should take a moment for themselves on a daily basis, to simply relax or just think about their day which is why we incorporate so many activities related to wellness, from yoga to sound healing. At the same time, we ensure we are minimizing our use of resources such as paper or plastic. We are all hard working, but it is also important to have a little fun!”

Fun is high up on the priority list at Six Senses Fiji, where Guest Services Supervisor Sairusi immerses his guests in stories about Fijian culture and history. Working at the resort’s Grow With Six Senses club, Alisi embraces this core value throughout the day:

“We perform the meke to all guests and we make sure to get them all involved in the tuiboto (conga line). Everyone has a laugh and it brings the guests together. Living on an island means it is important to be sustainable and every morning we take the kids to Cluckingham Palace to collect their eggs.”

At the corporate office in Bangkok, PR Assistant Wanpiti implements wellness and sustainable habits into her daily work and lifestyle, “Habits are often perceived as a cage or a restriction, but I find this to be an effective tool – once you master the habit itself, it becomes automatic and therefore convenient in nature. Living in an urban setting can be a little challenging due to convenience culture; however, with a little adaption, I take public transport and also reuse as much as I can, for example bottles and cloth bags.”

In addition to its pioneering wellness offering, Six Senses also extends the invitation for guests to take part in sustainability initiatives that ensure local communities and ecosystems continue to thrive.

From Earth Labs to coral colonies and manta ray research to supporting local schools, Six Senses works with owners and travel partners to offer guests unique opportunities to travel beyond the destination into first-hand discovery.

The August issue of Travel + Leisure marks the 24th edition of World’s Best, with hundreds of thousands of respondents rating hotel brands on their locations, rooms and facilities, food, service, and over-all value. With a monthly circulation of 950,000 and 6.7 million readers, the publication, which first hit newsstands in 1937, promotes the survey from November through March via the print magazine, tablet editions, newsletters, social media and website.


New Leisure and Lifestyle Activities at Centara Grand Beach Hua Hin

 Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin has recently launched an array of new leisure and lifestyle activities.

Visitors will take home more than an inspiring and authentic travel experience. They’ll have plenty of new holiday memories to share with friends and loved ones detailing all the fun they had exploring the new leisure and lifestyle activities on offer throughout their stay in Hua Hin.

On Mondays, The Elephant Bar will hold A Taste of Thai Cocktail Masterclass and take your cocktail game to the next level. Learn the secrets of creating some of Thailand’s most popular cocktails, from the most classic to the most innovative, with an extra burst of fiesta from The Elephant Bar’s experts.

It continues on Wednesdays, stop by The Museum Coffee & Tea Corner for the new Coffee Craving Masterclass. From the basics to signature brewing techniques, the staff at The Museum will show you the fascinating world of coffee and add some flavour to your learning journey, with practical hands-on tips to make your morning coffee taste even better.

You can also take advantage of the resort’s many recreational activities available every day, and all free-of-charge. Highlights of the complimentary activities include:

 The Heritage Tour, which takes you on a journey down Hua Hin’s memory lane. From the historic Clock Tower to Hua Hin’s Temple, then over to Chatchai Market and the popular Hua Hin Railway Station, the tour is a truly authentic experience of real Hua Hin life during the last century.

The Secret Garden, an enjoyable garden tour through the hotel’s magnificent topiary garden which spans 16 hectares of prime beachfront land. The garden houses have been home to almost 100 varieties of heritage flowers and ornamentals for nearly a century.

Camp Safari, a haven for the young ones to enjoy a program of complimentary games and activities spread throughout the day, all supervised by our professional caregivers to ensure a well-organized, worry-free family holiday in Hua Hin.




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