Archive - October 2020

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Six Senses joins Global Tourism Plastics Initiative to become plastic free by 2022  
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Dusit International, Sounds of Earth, TAT and TCEB partner to promote sustainable tourism in Thailand, demonstrate new models for safe meetings and events in a post COVID-19 world
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Bangkok’s IV Drip Bar, Anti-ageing and Aesthetics Hub – VIVID by Verita Health
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Soneva marks 25th Annivrsary

Six Senses joins Global Tourism Plastics Initiative to become plastic free by 2022  

SIX SENSES HOTELS RESORTS SPAS  HAS become one of the first signatories of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, led by the UN Environment Program and UN World Tourism Organization, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Environmental and social responsibility is at the heart of the Six Senses. In a shared world of limited natural resources and fragile ecosystems, sustainability isn’t a choice, it is the only choice.

It demands doing what is right rather than what is easy.

At Six Senses, this means going beyond banning single-use plastic and unnecessary waste and to be free of all plastics by the year 2022. This strategy is based on the life cycle assessment of plastics and understanding the impact these products have on the environment from fossil fuel extraction through to disposal.

It’s an approach that focuses on upstream suppliers, seeking innovative solutions and promoting a de-plasticized lifestyle by providing more sustainable alternatives.

Joining the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative is another step in this direction to address the root causes of plastic pollution. It enables businesses and governments to take concerted action and lead by example.

As a signatory of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, Six Senses furthers its commitment to eliminating, innovating and circulating its use of plastics by 2025, although the brand is on its way to being Plastic Free in 2022.

This might be a bold target; however, as the effects of climate change and plastic pollution become increasingly dire around the world, hosts and guests are supporting and even demanding action.

Six Senses is committed to:

• Eliminating all plastics from its operations by the year 2022, with priority on single-use plastics and going beyond that to remove 100 per cent virgin plastic sourcing.
• Zero Waste to landfill as a general goal for all Six Senses resorts.
• Continuing its policy of no single-use shampoo and amenity bottles, plastic water bottles and plastic straws.

On signing Global Tourism Plastics initiative, Six Senses pledges to:

• Eliminating remaining unnecessary plastic packaging from our rooms and bathrooms by 2022.
• Eliminating all unnecessary plastic packaging from service areas by 2022.
• Introducing more reusable solutions in kitchens to replace unnecessary plastic packaging (cling film and plastic packaging of fresh products) by 2022.
• Introducing reusable solutions in service areas (host shops) to replace single use packaging by 2022.
• Sourcing naturally compostable packing and other materials where appropriate.
• Working with suppliers to avoid plastic packaging, source plastic free alternative products, and arrange packaging take-back programs wherever possible.
• Working with other hotels and industry partners to share best practices, supplier recommendations, and other information to help the industry move away from plastic.
• Sorting all waste materials, upcycling or composting when possible on site, sending to offsite recycling where available – all with the aim of zero waste to landfill.

“The travel industry is growing at a rapid rate on a planet that has limited natural resources. That means all hospitality leaders have a responsibility to stand up and be accountable for making a sustainable difference and achieving measurable results.

: Our health and wellness ethos is around making our guests feel better inside and out, so it makes sense for our social and environmental policies to make them feel good about their choice of vacation and their impact on the ecosystems around them too,” said Neil Jacobs, chief executive officer of Six Sense Hotels Resorts Spas.

The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative unites more than 450 businesses, governments, and other organisations behind a common vision and targets to address plastic waste and pollution at its source. To realize this vision, tourism companies destinations commit to eliminate the plastic items they don’t need; innovate so all plastics they do need are designed to be safely reused, recycled, or composted; and circulate everything they use to keep it in the economy and out of the environment.

By taking serious action in a coordinated and determined manner on plastic pollution, the tourism sector can help preserve and protect the places and wildlife that make destinations worth visiting.

 

Dusit International, Sounds of Earth, TAT and TCEB partner to promote sustainable tourism in Thailand, demonstrate new models for safe meetings and events in a post COVID-19 world

 

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has partnered with silent live concert specialists Sounds of Earth, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and the Thai Chamber of Commerce to play host an exclusive event designed to showcase how events and functions can be held safely, responsibly and sustainably in the new normal while delivering meaningful experiences for guests.

Called ‘Listen to the Earth in Silence’ – the exclusive event was held  at Dusit Thani Hua Hin resort and was attended by travel industry specialists and high-ranking diplomats.

The program focused on low-impact, eco-friendly travel methods, community-focused activities, wellness-focused cuisine, and innovative solutions for events and functions which Dusit, the TAT and TCEB believes will be central to facilitating and encouraging responsible MICE travel in a post COVID-19 world.

In line with TCEB’s basic guidelines for sustainable events in the new normal, which includes, amongst others, the promotion of public transportation, local attractions, and locally sourced organic foods, the event began with a “carbon-saving” private train journey from Bangkok, which also featured a healthy lunch expertly catered for by Dusit Events.

Upon arrival in Hua Hin, participants visited a local marine centre, where they helped to release baby crabs to the wild. Staying at Dusit Thani Hua Hin, they learned about Dusit’s hybrid meeting models that facilitate small and safe gatherings while simultaneously leveraging technology for secure, reliable and instant global reach.

The demonstration included a meeting room equipped as a high-end recording, live-streaming and presentation studio with the latest audio-visual equipment for worldwide broadcasting.

This included a multi-screen set up which allows for real-time interactions with remote event participants; a green screen backdrop for high-definition virtual backgrounds; and dedicated professional event specialists who are on hand to ensure swift and seamless connectivity.

Similar virtual meeting solutions will be rolled out at other Dusit properties in Thailand, and will also be available for offsite functions catered for by Dusit Events.

Highlighting Dusit’s thoughtful, holistic and technology-focused approach to events, the event also featured a live-yet-silent beachside concert hosted by Sounds of Earth.

Featuring music specially composed to raise awareness of the environment – both lyrically and sonically – the live performance was beamed to the audience via wireless headsets, allowing them to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a shared experience amongst nature without any noise pollution. Guests also enjoyed an exclusive dinner featuring healthy ingredients from Dusit Thani Hua Hin’s own organic gardens.

“With borders closed to international travel, and stringent regulations for social distancing in place, the tourism industry – a major economic contributor to Thailand  – has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we wanted to do our part to help support hotel operators, travel agents, event organizers, and all other impacted parties by hosting an innovative travel and event experience which we hope will serve as a model for our industry’s sustainable success in a post COVID-19 world,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

“With mass tourism grinding to a halt during COVID-19, we have all seen with shocking clarity how much our environment had been strained by the sheer volume of visitors our destinations had previously hosted. As nature has regenerated, we have been reminded of our duty to protect the planet, not just for future generations, but also for ourselves. Put simply, we cannot return to the old way of doing things.

“Now is the time for the tourism industry to pause, reset and reassess the impact of our operations on the environment and work towards establishing new models that allow us to focus on quality tourism while educating and informing travellers about their responsibility too. In short, now is time to return with purpose, and we are delighted to partner with Sounds of Earth, the TAT and TCEB for this special showcase, which demonstrates our shared vision to build new foundations for sustainable tourism and environmentally friendly events in Thailand,” said Ms Suthumpun.

Thai singer and musician John Rattanaveroj, founder of Sounds of Earth and an executive of Splash Interactive Company, said, “Music is a powerful medium for driving positive change – especially when it is enhanced by technology. Our new style of high-tech music events demonstrates how concerts can be held safely and sustainably in the new normal. Free from noise pollution and allowing for social distancing, Sounds of Earth’s events are kind to the environment and serve as a good model for quality, responsible tourism. We look forward to seeing our green music solution implemented at similar events in the future.”

“To successfully restart tourism in Thailand, it is important for everyone in our industry to share ideas for how we can bounce back more sustainably with new models for doing business focused on the triple bottom line – people, profit and planet. While we have all suffered tremendously during this crisis, we have seen significant improvements in our land and marine ecosystems, and we must nurture and protect this to build a greener, brighter future for us all. In line with our vision for a sustainable future for our industry, this event showcased some of the innovative ways we can welcome and delight visitors in the new normal while limiting our impact on the environment. We look forward to supporting more initiatives like this nationwide,” said Nithee Seeprae, executive director for advertising and public relations,TAT.

“To support the industry and promote Thailand as a safe destination for MICE, we have released several guidelines covering all aspects of hosting a meeting or event in the new normal,” said  Puripan Bunnag, director, executive and legal affairs, TCEB.

“Arranged in line with our MICE Venue Hygiene Guidelines, the creative solutions presented at the Listen to the Earth in Silence event fully demonstrated how hotels can bring together crowds without compromising safety and well-being.

“We were also happy to see that, except teambuilding, the event also demonstrated six of the seven ‘Thailand 7 MICE Magnificent Themes’ we have identified for outstanding MICE products and events in the new normal – namely fascinating history and culture, exhilarating adventures, CSR activities, beach bliss, lavish luxury, and culinary journeys. By inviting ambassadors and leading industry specialists to experience this event first hand, we have demonstrated how Thailand is ready to welcome international visitors as soon as the situation allows. Sustainable, meaningful experiences like this will remain at the very top of our agenda.”

Dusit’s innovative MICE models fully embrace TCEB’s guidelines for sustainable events to ensure all processes are as environmentally friendly as possible. All Dusit Hotels and Resorts in Thailand have also been certified for Thailand MICE Venue Standard (TMVS) by TCEB.

Groupwide, Dusit has also rolled out several new services designed to offer extra convenience, experience and value across all aspects of the guest and customer journey.

This includes Dusit Care – Stay with Confidence services, which comprise, amongst others, officially certified, heightened standards of hygiene and cleanliness; flexible check-in and check-out; anytime breakfast, the introduction of mobile payment methods, and more operational enhancements designed to bring utmost peace of mind to guests.

 

 

 

 

Bangkok’s IV Drip Bar, Anti-ageing and Aesthetics Hub – VIVID by Verita Health

 

ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS STEPS INTO the world of integrated health and wellness with the introduction of VIVID by Verita Health at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.

Located in the garden courtyard setting adjacent to the Bangkok jet set’s much-loved retreat from the capital’s buzz, Aqua Bar, VIVID at Anantara Siam Hotel Bangkok is ideal for anyone with a pro-active interest in living a healthy lifestyle while looking and feeling their best.

The perfect pit-stop for busy go-getters seeking instant cellular rejuvenation, VIVID by Verita Health is a vibrant IV drip bar, anti-ageing and aesthetics hub that provides therapies and treatments designed to return vigour, energy and balance to modern lives.

VIVID recognises everyone as a unique individual and is committed to customising the guest experience. Whatever the concern, a host of IV infusions and advanced cellular and aesthetic treatments await.

The IV menu offers a variety of well-researched and scientifically proven solutions designed to meet the demands of everyday life. Guests can experience a host of powerful health benefits that enhance mental clarity, supercharge the immune system, turn back signs of ageing, beat fatigue, alleviate hangover symptoms, boost metabolism, and provide more energy to enhance overall well-being.

Whether it is preparation for, or recovery from, a big night out, revival after a long-haul flight, or a boost from a busy day on Bangkok’s sightseeing trail, VIVID provides IV drips, shots, and pushes to invigorate and refresh.

Each IV cocktail ingredient is carefully sourced and formulated to ensure maximum quality and optimal results.

Packed full of vitamins and nutrients, immune-boosting IV therapies are available to protect against unwanted illnesses, common viruses, and other bacteria.

For the jet-set, the consequences of a hectic travel schedule navigating international time zones are hindered with jet lag IV infusions formulated to rehydrate, revive, and improve sleep.

VIVID by Verita Health is the perfect pit-stop in between the boardroom and the bar after a long day of back-to-back meetings.

Beauty concerns are addressed with booster shots and IV pushes that work to reduce the signs of ageing, brighten tired-looking skin, flush out toxins, combat free radicals, and improve skin tone.

With cosmetic and cellular treatments specializing in skin transformation and facial rejuvenation utilizing advanced anti-ageing protocols, the team of highly trained doctors provide a range of solutions.

And at the forefront of anti-ageing treatments, VIVID’s medical experts deliver advanced cutting-edge techniques to lift, tighten, contour, enhance and sculpt facial features.

Complementing the wide variety of IV, cellular and aesthetic treatments, Verita’s exclusive Elements of Wellness include medical-grade oxygen and photo-luminescence therapy to recharge the internal system by increasing O2 levels in the body and balancing the circadian rhythm.

Neat and compact, VIVID boasts chic and contemporary interiors with a sleek stainless-steel finish, while quirky messages brightly adorn the walls in LED luminescent lighting as a reminder to Treat Your Body Like a VIP.  In an exclusive and luxury setting, VIVID offers guests a private and personalised experience, in addition to a dedicated doctor’s consultation room for customised care.

Always on the go with non-stop hustle and bustle, Bangkok is in constant evolution, and with no limits to wellness, VIVID is the city’s first and only IV drip bar and aesthetics hub found within in a five-star hotel. VIVID by Verita Health allows visitors and residents alike to keep up with the pace while enjoying a less clinical, more bespoke experience.

VIVID is the first in a trio of next-generation healthcare facilities to open in partnership with Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas. Due to launch in 2021, Verita Health will open at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort offering a full spectrum of diagnostic and preventative medical treatments and programs.

Meanwhile, a third facility in collaboration with Verita Healthcare group will open at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort offering a full spectrum of the latest medical wellness technologies and experiences.

To celebrate the opening of VIVID by Verita Health, a special limited-time exclusive 2-for-1 offering on IV Drips and Pushes is available 31 October 2020. *Terms and conditions apply.

Book a treatment at vividsiam@veritabeyond.com or +66 (0)2 003 4918

For more information, please visit www.veritabeyond.com/vivid

 

 

 

 

 

Soneva marks 25th Annivrsary

OCTOBER 2020 MARKS THE START of a milestone year for Soneva, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary since our launch back in 1995. To mark this momentous occasion, we want to say a heartfelt thank you to every single one of our guests for being part of the Soneva family.

Soneva was the first barefoot luxury resort of its kind, a family of resorts that has always been ahead of the curve. Today, Soneva is still an innovator and a leader in the world of hospitality when it comes to both guest experiences and sustainability.

Join us in celebrating 25 years of Soneva. During 2020-21, we’ll be launching unique experiences, commemorative videos and special events as we look forward to the next 25 years.

We are really thankful for your ongoing support and could not have achieved this success without you. To view our our specially curated collection of old images and videos, including a new film series by the renowned French film director Bruno Aveillan,  click here

To all our friends who share our vision, to all the many hands that built it.

Thank You. Sonu and Eva

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