Archive - August 2020

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ONYX Introduces its Saffron Collection
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Anantara Spas reopen with the introduction of an immune-boosting new signature massage oil
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Capella Bangkok opens for reservations ahead of its launch on the Chao Phraya River on Oct. 1
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Six Senses’ Six Weeks of Summer of #AtHomeWithSixSenses adds new characters

ONYX Introduces its Saffron Collection

ONYX HOSPITALITY GROUP is introducing Saffron Collection, a portfolio of individual boutique hotels and resorts each narrating their own timeless tale, to complement the ongoing regional expansion of Amari, OZO and Shama.

Conceptualized as a portfolio of hotels that creatively interprets compelling stories of the personalities and history associated with each destination, Saffron Collection will initially be available in Hanoi, Penang, Bangkok and Sa Kaeo in Thailand, with plans for further expansion across the Asia-Pacific region.

ONYX Hospitality Group’s Oriental Residence Bangkok will be reintroduced as a Saffron Collection property, with The Five Residences Hanoi scheduled to open in October 2020 as a new-build addition to this collection.

This will be followed by the mid-2021 opening of The George in Penang, and the early 2022 opening of Indochina Hotel in Aranyaprathet, Thailand.

Each Saffron Collection property will serve as a timeless showcase of the continuous legacy of the landmarks, people or legends that made a lasting impact on the destination and neighbourhood.

Travellers will like the distinctive soul and character of each hotel. They will be connected with the past and present with compelling tales presented through specially-commissioned postcards, journals, exploration maps, mixology concoctions and bedtime stories.

At the heart of every Saffron Collection lobby, a customized cocktail cabinet will take pride of place. Offering a select list of mixology concoctions from the locality complemented with one signature cocktail representing each Saffron Collection property, travellers can interact with tales from their journeys and find inspiration for their next storied destination.

As the Saffron Collection portfolio expands in the years to come, travellers can expect a growing list of signature cocktails designed for each property.

Oriental Residence Bangkok

Inspired by the tales and moments in history of the ‘Oriental Hotel’ along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Oriental Residence Bangkok is a modern-day city-centre interpretation of one of the world’s most revered hotels.

Welcoming travellers since 2012, Oriental Residence Bangkok is flanked by the embassies of the United States and the Netherlands. The property features 145 suites, a collection of light-filled function rooms and the French-inspired Cafe Claire.

“Saffron Collection is driven by our quest to create a distinctive portfolio of boutique hotels and resorts that appeal to guests who want to be immersed in the stories and legends of the places they visit,” said Douglas Martell, president and CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group.

“Each Saffron Collection property aims to create memorable experiences through locally-relevant design and sensitive integration into the past and present of a destination. For owners and investors, Saffron Collection is also our way of preserving the compelling moments in a family, a corporation or a building and area’s history, and reinterpreting them towards memorable experiences for our present and future travellers.”

 

Anantara Spas reopen with the introduction of an immune-boosting new signature massage oil

ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS’ spa and wellness facilities re-open with a host of enhanced hygiene measures and immune-boosting initiatives, including the introduction of an all-new signature massage oil dedicated to supporting the body’s natural defence system.

As lockdown measures lift around the globe, in more than 40 different spas in 20 locations, Anantara Spa’s trained professionals are putting in place stringent measures to ensure the health and safety of guests are not compromized while reassuring guests that spas are a sacred place.

To mark the reopening, Anantara Spa has created a specially formulated massage oil comprising the key ingredients clove oil, citrus Aurantium peel extract, eucalyptus oil and rosemary all of which feature properties known for their immune-boosting and antibacterial qualities.

This total body toning massage oil naturally improves the body’s biological defence system and will be used in signature massages at Anantara Hotels & Resorts across South East Asia, the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

The massage oil’s active ingredients clove oil and citrus Aurantium peel extract boast a natural ability to protect against a wide range of bacterial cells, fungi and virus, while eucalyptus oil and rosemary oil feature natural inflammatory properties and immune system boosters which aid in creating white blood cells that combat pathogens and disease.

Speaking about the introduction of the new signature massage oil, Zoe Wall, group director of MSpa, the corporate division of spa and wellness for Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, said: “Our guests’ wellbeing is important to us, and at Anantara Spa we endeavour to go above and beyond expectations at all times.

“Even during closure, our guests’ wellbeing was at the forefront of our minds and we took some time during lockdown to reflect on what we could do to show that we are just as serious about their health as they are. We will re-open our spas, not just with a host of enhanced hygiene measures and immune-boosting initiatives, but also with the introduction of a new signature massage oil dedicated to supporting the body’s natural defence system.

“While our guests will still want to relax with a massage, our new signature massage oil gives guest peace of mind knowing they are in safe hands and that the main ingredients of the oil provide an extra boost for the immune system and can help fight viral attacks through the power of anti-bacterial pure essential oils.”

Trust in hygiene and cleanliness are critical to restarting the spa industry, and upon reopening all Anantara Spa outlets across Thailand will adhere to stringent safety and sanitation standards to meet the requirements for Tourism Authority Thailand’s Safety and Health Administration certification.

To meet social distancing requirements, treatments and therapies will be available by appointment only, spas will operate at a reduced capacity with restrictions in communal spaces and on the length of treatments.

Shared items such as product testers, treatment menus and refreshment amenities will be removed, while additional measures including touchless check-in and payment options will be made available.

Infrared thermometers will be used to check guest temperatures, disposable items including slippers, gloves and bedsheets will be in place, and therapists will wear surgical masks and shields during treatments.

Guests must also complete a declaration form which includes details of health and travel history in line with Thai Government requirements.

Additional enhancements are being implemented to heighten standards and improve the guest journey. From the moment of arrival at Anantara Spas, guests will benefit from augmented health and hygiene measures, beginning with a specially prepared welcome drink comprised of cold lime and ginger tea packed full of antioxidants to boost health and support immunity from within.

Anantara Spa’s signature foot ritual has been upgraded to include a lime foot wash with salt scrub followed by peppermint spray all of which have purifying properties that support healthy immune function.

Fitness and holistic classes will be adapted for guests’ optimum wellbeing. Personal training sessions in the privacy of the gym, as well as wellness activities such as Yoga and Pilates, will be available for individuals, couples or small groups only “with safe distancing adhered to”.

 

 

Capella Bangkok opens for reservations ahead of its launch on the Chao Phraya River on Oct. 1

CAPELLA BANGKOK IS NOW ACCEPTING reservations for stays from Oct. 1, 2020. It is Capella Hotels and Resorts’ first property in Thailand.

The award-winning hospitality group focuses on crafting authentic cultural experiences for its guests, combining a legacy of thoughtful design with the highest level of personalised service.

Situated within the Chao Phraya Estate, Capella Bangkok offers 101 guestrooms, suites and villas, each of which boasts uninterrupted views of Thailand’s revered river.

The location was selected due to its access to the storied Chao Phraya River and Charoenkrung Road – Bangkok’s oldest paved road, where tradition and cultural heritage meet the city’s trendiest cafes, bars and art galleries.

Guests can enjoy a glimpse into the soul of the city at Capella Bangkok, as a dedicated team of Capella Culturist crafts enriching Capella Curates experiences centred on the dynamic neighbourhood and its intriguing residents.

Designed by architects Andy Miller and Richard Scott Wilson of Hamiltons International with interiors by celebrated tastemakers BAMO,

Capella Bangkok is a cocoon of tranquillity in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Ranging from 61 sqm to 595 sqm each of the accommodation is fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony or verandah, allowing guests to take in the spectacle of the Chao Phraya river. Every riverside Villa and Verandah accommodation also feature an outdoor jacuzzi plunge pool.

See the video of Capella Bangkok in the making: https://bit.ly/CBKfile-finalteaser

To mark the unveiling, Capella Bangkok is offering A Star Is Born debut rate of 17,500 THB per night for stays starting Oct. 1. 2020 onwards. The opening offer includes:

  • Daily resort credits ranging from 3,000 to 8,000 THB per day* to be used on accommodation, dining or spa treatments
  • Round-trip limousine transfers for villa guests
  • Daily breakfast for two in the room or at the restaurant
  • Seamless flexible check-in and check-out times
  • Complimentary pressing of up to five pieces of clothes per stay
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic minibar

*Daily resort credit is dependent on room category

Guests can use daily resort credits at all restaurants, including the Côte by Mauro Colagreco, whose three Michelin-starred restaurant in France, Mirazur, claimed first place in “The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards” in 2019.

Côte will please bon vivants with its contemporary reinterpretation of traditional recipes and culinary heritage of the French and Italian riviera. Testifying to the unique, time-honoured Thai recipes of the district is the alfresco dining Phra Nakhon restaurant, while Stella will serve bespoke patisserie and libations staged in a vivid, ethereal boudoir.

 “We are thrilled to be launching Capella Bangkok at Charoenkrung, an enchanting riverside enclave,” said John Blanco, general manager of Capella Bangkok.

“In this stimulating setting, curious travellers will enjoy encounters that echo the past while being anchored in the present. We want to encourage learning and exploration, give back to the community and create emotional connections that stay with guests long after they check out.”

For more information and reservations, visit www.capellahotels.com/bangkok

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six Senses’ Six Weeks of Summer of #AtHomeWithSixSenses adds new characters

 SINCE THE END OF MARCHSix Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has offered guests, followers and friends a daily dose of live chats, cooking, meditation and yoga classes, marine biology schooling and fun-filled ‘behind the scenes’ moments from resorts to provide support, positivity and connection at home.

As lockdowns ease, not everyone is ready to jump on a plane and the prospect of IRL classes might feel overwhelming. But as a brand that firmly believes in the power of travel to recharge and reconnect, Six Senses has unveiled the next six chapters to its #AtHomeWithSixSenses story.

The beautiful landscapes, support from wellness experts and unexpected encounters will continue to provide inspiration wherever, and at whatever pace, it feels right for people.

#AtHomeWithSixSenses content will continue at sixsenses.com and @SixSensesHotelsResortsSpas and @SixSensesSpas to educate, entertain and provide an escape (albeit a virtual one) so as not to rush the process of working out what constitutes the ‘new normal’.

It has been this spirit of togetherness that has brought so much joy, inspiration and a sense of community to Six Senses hosts, friends and people from around the world.

Chapter 1: Wellness
Pioneering wellness is a core brand value. Tune in and understand how the popular wellness screening can provide a springboard to long-lasting health changes, how to keep the whole family positive and how to let go with yoga, and how to boost physical and cognitive performance with biohacks.

Chapter 2: Eat
Roasting, broiling, frying or grilling, or enjoying the fruits of an on-site organic garden with cocktail in hand? There are so many options for the brand’s Eat With Six Senses experts Jonathan and Celia as they continue to share top nutritional insights, recipes and host cooking secrets from Executive Chefs. This chapter is packed with popular kitchen characters and is as light-hearted as it is delicious.

Chapter 3: Grow
Well-being starts young at Six Senses, and this is a great time to look at the six dimensions of wellness (social, environmental, physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual), the foundation for Grow With Six Senses. This chapter goes behind the scenes of the Junior Marine Biology and Junior Eco Warrior programs, demonstrates how to flex the spine like a cat in a kids’ yoga class and stay calm during a mindfulness journey (with a bear who will pay a surprise visit).

Chapter 4: Sustainability
From turtle talks and spotting black-shanked douc langurs to upcycling glass bottles into jewelry and learning about the first plastic-free kitchen – these daily stories will showcase the brand’s commitment to sustainability and encourage people to take responsibility now and help model mindsets for the future generations.

Chapter 5: Sleep
Sleep is much more than just pillow talk. Six Senses in-house experts come together once again to help make concrete changes in order drop off quickly, sleep soundly and wake up feeling fantastic.

Chapter 6: From the Heart of Six Senses
Six Senses hosts are the beating heart of the brand. They live by its values and project what the brand stands for every day. For the past few months, they have created the magic behind each meaningful virtual experience and will continue sharing heart-warming stories, lessons learned and experiences lived.

Friends of Six Senses
The much-loved weekly talks hosted by Six Senses Wellness Pioneer Anna Bjurstam will continue to take place every Tuesday with leading experts from around the world ready to share their insights and practical tools.

On Aug. 11, the best-selling author and celebrity therapist, Marisa Peer, will talk about the ways to reprogram the immune system at a cellular level and share powerful tools to demonstrate that it is possible to rewire one’s thoughts and beliefs to produce life-changing health results.

On Aug. 18, marine biologist and the author of Blue Mind, Wallace J. Nichols, will share how being part of something bigger than oneself really moves people. Anna will talk to a sleep specialist Dr. Neil Stanley on August 25.

Six Weeks of Summer will conclude the #AtHomeWithSixSenses story and set a scene for a new adventure to come.

 

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