Archive - February 2020

Avani takes MICE in Thailand to the next level – from the city to the seaside
Anantara Spa reformulates luxury skincare collection using 100% natural ingredients and chemical free products
V Villas Hua Hin’s romanic beachfront St. Valentine’s Day dinner
Centara’s enhanced safety measures keep guests and staff well protected

Avani takes MICE in Thailand to the next level – from the city to the seaside

FROM EXOTIC LUSH LANDSCAPES for incentive trips to high-tech hospitality services to facilitate conferences and meetings, Avani features hotels and resorts across Thailand ready to help organize and hold exceptional MICE experiences.

Meetings take on a whole new vantage point at Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel.

The multi-purpose events complex on the 10th floor boasting over 4,500 square metres of flexible space that can host more than 700 guests in gala setting takes events and conferences to new heights.

There’s even a 3,000 kg-capacity car lift for direct access to the ballroom, bringing new meaning to “door-to-door” service.

Other unique features include an open show kitchen for guests, the latest in audio-visual technology, and an open-air reception terrace with river view next to SEEN Bangkok rooftop bar and restaurant on the 26th floor.

Avani+ Samui Resort and its secluded sanctuary of Phang Ka Bay, offers all the delights of Samui Island – just moments away from longtail trips to explore uninhabited islands and shuttles to nearby bustling markets and nightlife.

There’s plenty to do with morning yoga, beach volleyball, cooking classes, and more, and those wanting a more relaxed pace can retire to beach beds, pool loungers, and AvaniSpa treatments. All the while, the culinary team makes sure every meal is honestly prepared and delicious, featuring locally sourced ingredients.

Blending business and leisure perfectly, Avani Khon Kaen Hotel and Convention Centre, situated a 15-minute drive from Khon Kaen Airport, introducing visitors from all over to the rugged charms of Thailand’s northeast.

Verdant plateaus, mountains, and jungles surrounding a humming city centre means there are myriad adventures awaiting before, after, and between meetings. Every session will be productive as Avani Khon Kaen has the state-of-the-art conference and function facilities for seamlessly successful business experiences.

Exhibitions are moments away at the recently opened Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel, located in the On-nut neighbourhood. The Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) can be reached in a few stops on the BTS Sky-train, which is just steps from the entertainment and shopping complex that the hotel sits atop of. Avani Sukhumvit itself features one ballroom and three separate meeting rooms, all with direct access to the elevated outdoor terrace boasting skyline views that includes the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre.

Anantara Spa reformulates luxury skincare collection using 100% natural ingredients and chemical free products

ANANTARA SPA’S SIGNATURE PRODUCTS have been reformulated using 100% natural ingredients.

Named the World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand at the 2019, 2018 and 2017 World Spa Awards, Anantara Spa draws upon Thailand’s wellness traditions, cultural inspirations and therapeutic ingredients to offer unique signature journeys deeply rooted in authentic luxury, holistic practices and indigenous experiences. All treatments and rituals are inspired by the Thai origins of Anantara, while innovative modern therapies and natural products promise the highest definition of relaxation and personalization.

The entire Anantara Spa branded skincare collection is now free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, synthetic colours and animal testing. Sourced throughout Asia and beyond, the therapeutic, authentic and natural ingredients in the chemical-free skincare line are perfectly blended for total well-being ensuring that that products are as good for the environment as they are for the skin.

Created with conscientious spa-goers in mind, three products have been reformulated so that the complete collection of nine chemical-free creams, scrubs, oils, gels and lotions have been entirely re-developed using natural ingredients. All oil massages and body scrubs will be available at Anantara Spa locations including Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Anantara Riverside Resort, Anantara Sathorn Resort, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, Anantara Hua Hin Resort, Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort.

As part of the skincare range relaunch, a brand new product, Hydrating Organic Coconut Oil, has been added to the collection, while the existing Anantara Spa favourites that have been reformulated and are now chemical-free include: Silk Caress Jasmine Blossom Shampoo and Conditioner, Devine Delight Jasmine Blossom Shower Gel, Simply Heavenly Jasmine Blossom Body Lotion, Smooth Essence White Coconut Mint Scrub, Smooth Glow Detoxifying Green Tea Scrub, Devine Peace Detoxifying Massage Oil, and Inner Harmony Body Balance Massage Oil.

All items in the skincare collection have been expertly selected for individual needs and will also be available on retail for guests to take Anantara Spa’s award-winning expertise home.

Commenting on the initiative, Zoe Wall, Minor Hotels’ Group Director of Spa – Asia for MSpa International Limited, said, “Gone are the days when people would blindly apply items to their skin without turning the label to scrutinize its contents and ingredients. Recognizing that consumers and spa goers are now making more informed and conscientious decisions, Anantara Spa now offers a complete skincare range free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, synthetic colours and animal testing. We are pleased to support our guests in making more informed decisions when experiencing face and body treatments using our own brand of Anantara Spa products.”

Developed in collaboration with I Plus Q House of Aromatherapy, a Thai based company specializing in customized wellness products, skincare, amenities and spa accessories, this skin care range ensures absolute product quality as the cosmetic production process follow standards of the internationally recognized “Good Manufacturing Practices”.

The chemical-free collection will be used professionally for treatments and also available on retail at all Anantara Spa’s in Thailand.

All treatments are performed by highly trained and specialized therapists. Expert therapists at Anantara Spas, across Asia and beyond, tailor perfect experiences from comprehensive menus of massages, body and facial treatments, bringing together exclusive ingredients and aromas, and time-honoured techniques to promote long-term health and wellbeing.

Anantara Spas are a haven of peace and tranquillity – an utterly relaxing and rejuvenating experience in unique settings. Currently, Anantara Spa operates over 40 spas in 16 countries across Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Europe




V Villas Hua Hin’s romanic beachfront St. Valentine’s Day dinner

V VILLAS HUA HIN is offering a a romantic evening on its Hua Hin Beach, with a five-course dinner, entertainment, and a complimentary small bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne with special gifts this St. Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

Dine under the stars, barefoot and right on the beach at our specially decorated table just for two. Tables on V Villas’s lawn will also be provided.

A rose for the lady and our Valentine chocolate gift will be given on arrival, and a thrilling fire show and the resort’s live band will put just the right touches on a gorgeous night, accompanied by the gentle sound of the tide.

Dinner begins with pan-seared duck foie gras to prepare your palate for all the delicious dishes to come, every one more flavourful than the last. This is followed with La Noix de Saint Jacques, an edamame cream soup with grilled Hokkaido scallops; roasted red snapper or  Australian A5 wagyu beef with homemade truffle mashed potato; and an incredible indulgent La Tarte au Chocolat.



Centara’s enhanced safety measures keep guests and staff well protected

 CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS is providing a reassuring hand to travellers with added safety measures and greater flexibility for changing travel plans.

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, has brought a sense of uncertainty to consumers who have already made travel plans or are currently considering future travel, unsure whether it is safe to travel.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has continually reiterated that it is not recommending any restriction on international travel or trade but Centara has nevertheless put in place a comprehensive range of safety measures at each of its properties to further protect and assure the health and safety of its guests and employees.

“We understand the concern and anxiety travellers are experiencing in light of the coronavirus situation, and we want to reassure them that there is no greater priority than the safety of our guests and employees,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s CEO. 

“The enhanced measures we have put in place at our properties will provide an added level of safety and protection, whilst we are providing flexibility to travellers from China who have had their travel plans affected.”

Safety measures include:

Installation of additional hand washing hand sanitizing stations in public areas of hotels and resorts and in common areas frequented by guests and employees; expanded employee training in transmission prevention, which incorporates guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Notices in public areas to inform guests about the situation and protective measures they can take; frequent periodic sanitising of common areas within each property, including food preparation areas, restaurants and bars, spas, fitness centres and common guest areas; and providing updates to guests on the situation as needed.

In addition, thermal scanners check the temperature of guests and visitors; those with high fever or other symptoms may undergo additional screening. When checking in, all hotel guests are also asked to fill out a questionnaire enquiring about prior China travel.

The company’s hotels and resorts in Thailand are further supported by the country’s

highly regarded national healthcare system — Thailand is ranked 1st in Asia and 6th in the world in World Health Security. (Source: Global Health Security Index 2019).

The country earned its highest ratings in the Prevention and Rapid Response categories and it has been identified as being among the world’s “Most Prepared Countries to Respond to an Epidemic/Pandemic”

At the same time, the company is waiving cancellation fees and allowing free modifications to bookings for all travellers coming from affected areas. A number of travellers from China have had to cancel planned trips after travel restrictions were imposed by the China government and this offer of flexibility and goodwill is just a small example of the support being offered to the Chinese people at this difficult time.

The company and its employees look forward to welcoming all Chinese travellers once again, as they are able to travel, at Centara hotels and resorts in Thailand and around the world, all of which remain fully operational as usual.

For more information, please visit Centara’s website at





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