Archive - January 2020

Four Seasons Samui’s new Sea Escapes experience
Anantara’s Jungle Bubble: Seeing elephants up close
COSI Samui Chaweng Beach helps bring creative arts to Koh Samui
Dusit Suites Hotel Ratchadamri Bangkok unveils new look

Four Seasons Samui’s new Sea Escapes experience

“IN TODAY’S FAST-PACED WORLD, time is a luxury – to take your eyes off the clock, stop, breathe and relax. Being able to dedicate that time to one’s well-being is becoming an important goal in everyone’s life,” says Kotchaphan Mekloy, spa manager at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui.

With the launch of the all new Spa Escapades experience, the resort encourages guests to journey towards total relaxation with experiences inspired by the bounty of the ocean.

“We wanted to bring our guests closer to the simple pleasures of living the island life. What if the music of the spa is replaced by the sound of the waves? How would it feel to be embraced by the ocean breeze instead of air-conditioning? What do you see when you sit by the beach and close your eyes?” says Kotchaphan.

As part of this new experience, guests can immerse in a beach-side experience with a Lava Shell Massage at the open-air Secret Beach Spa Sala. After this rejuvenating therapy, guests are escorted to their villas, where a luxurious candlelit bath awaits.

The journey continues, as the therapists lull guests to sleep with a shoulder and neck, foot or head massage – the sound of singing bowls adding a mesmerizing touch.

The art of mindfulness is elevated with meditation on the beach, surrounded by nature’s harmony. “For guests staying four nights or more, private yoga, Muay Thai and beach workouts can be included to enhance the wellbeing experience at the resort,” says Kotchaphan.


Anantara’s Jungle Bubble: Seeing elephants up close

ANANTARA GOLDEN TRIANGLE ELEPHANT CAMP & RESORT is giving guests an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the night observing Thailand’s majestic elephants in their natural habitat while staying in unique transparent Jungle Bubbles.

Unfolding across 160 acres of Northern Thailand’s ancient jungle, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is perched on a hill overlooking the Mekong and Ruak rivers.  The secluded location is exclusively positioned to take in majestic three country views over the confluence of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, and grazing elephants in the most stunning of natural settings below.

Located in the jungle, the two Jungle Bubbles are perched on raised wooden decks offering uninterrupted views of the elephants, as well as stargazing at night.

The Jungle Bubbles were custom designed by Eye In The Sky, and are constructed with high tech polyester fabric using exclusive Precontraint Serge Ferrari technology to create a milieu in which guests can enjoy an immersive, close-to-nature experience.

The well-appointed bubble accommodation is fully air-conditioned, offering 22 square metres of indoor floor space; a 4.5-diameter bedroom and living space with a king bed and seating area under a transparent roof; and an enclosed, non-transparent en-suite shower and vanity.

Intimate touches of bathrobes and slippers; crisp white bed linen; regular and feather pillows; and exquisite bathroom amenities provide convenient functions with the comfort of home.  A hair dryer, vanity and make up mirror are also provided.

Guests at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort can purchase the Jungle Bubble experience as an optional activity and spend the night from dusk till dawn, returning to the hotel in the morning.  Rates start from 17,700 THB per night for two people and include a dinner basket; a fully stocked mini bar; 24-hour in-room dining service; and tea and coffee-making facilities.

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is world famous for its elephant camp that, along with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF), were set up primarily to help elephants that cannot help themselves: for those that find themselves, through abuse or through circumstance, unable to provide and maintain an income for themselves, for their mahouts and their families.

Here appropriate activities are designed that allow the elephant caretakers to raise the funds they need to look after the elephants without forcing them into activities they might not enjoy.

The introduction of the Jungle Bubbles at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is another world first that can be scaled and shared with other elephant camps to allow them to give a subset of elephants – those that prefer to only meet their mahouts and are bonded into friendship groups – a natural life in a manner that the elephants enjoy without becoming a financial strain on the operation.



COSI Samui Chaweng Beach helps bring creative arts to Koh Samui

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS is helping bring the creative arts to life at its COSI Samui Chaweng Beach Resort on the island of Koh Samui through the recently launched Samui Art Destination Project.

The project, which is co-sponsored by the Central Group’s CPN Property Development and Investment subsidiary and Central Festival Samui, brings six established and emerging Thai and international artists to Samui, providing each with a venue on the island for them to create new wall-sized original artworks.

While Koh Samui is well known for world-class beaches and scuba diving locales, the island offers a great diversity of attractions.

The Samui Art Destination Project will transform the city into a huge art gallery, where leading artists from across the globe express their creative visions freely and boldly while driving tourism to the island.

Famous Thai singer, Pod Thanachai, from the band ModernDog recently created a larger-than-life-size painting depicting the island’s wildlife on an interior wall provided by COSI Samui Chaweng Beach.

International artists participating in the project include Alex Face, Patricio Oliver, Shinichiro Kotai and Baron Ueda.



Dusit Suites Hotel Ratchadamri Bangkok unveils new look

DUSIT SUITES HOTEL RATCHADAMRI BANGKOK, a deluxe all-suite hotel managed and operated by Dusit International, has just completed an extensive refurbishment to offer an elegant new look, inspired by the timeless charm of Dusit’s legendary flagship hotel, Dusit Thani Bangkok, which, after almost 50 years of operations, is currently undergoing redevelopment nearby.

Soft opened in May this year, and slated to celebrate its grand opening on Dec. 17, 2020, Dusit Suites Hotel Ratchadamri, Bangkok, comprises 97 expansive one- and two-bedroom suites on a peaceful, leafy avenue opposite the green expanse of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, only 100 metres from Ratchadamri BTS station. Luxury malls, stylish restaurants and sophisticated nightlife are all within walking distance.

Refurbishment of the property began in September with the aim to continue the distinctive hospitality heritage of Dusit Thani Bangkok and provide a new home for fans of the hotel while it is being redeveloped as part of Dusit’s landmark mixed-use development, Dusit Central Park.

Many ornaments and artworks of sentimental and historical value from the flagship hotel have been used to decorate the spacious suites and lobby.

Its spaces have also been painted to reflect the elegant and soft colour palette of Dusit Thani Bangkok, resulting in a feeling of sophistication and exclusivity that pervades the entire property.

Signature dining outlet, Dusit Gourmet, which serves a wide range of homemade pastries, cakes and sandwiches, plus a selection of healthy and hearty meals, has also been given a contemporary makeover as part of the refurb. It now serves as a convenient and attractive hangout for hotel guests and residents, and nearby office and embassy workers alike.

A new dining experience has also been introduced at the decking overlooking the free-form swimming pool (with separate children’s pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and a well-equipped gym), where guests can now enjoy private al fresco dining in an elegantly decorated gazebo.

The relaxed setting is perfect for a romantic dinner for two, or a special get-together for up to four persons. A choice of Thai and international five-course set menus are available.

“We are delighted to unveil the results of the refurbishment and serve as a new home for fans of Dusit Thani Bangkok who are missing the property during its redevelopment,” said  Titiya Xuto, vice-president operations Thailand and pre-opening services, Dusit International, and general manager of Dusit Suites Hotel Ratchadamri, Bangkok.

“Our property’s beautiful design and services, including Thai-inspired gracious hospitality delivered by many familiar faces from Dusit Thani Bangkok, coupled with our excellent location amidst one of the city’s most vibrant districts for business and leisure, means we are perfectly positioned to win many new fans too.

“We now look forward to providing memorable stay and dining experiences for everyone who visits.”

The new Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel is slated to open as part of Dusit Central Park in 2023.





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