Archive - June 2021

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Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket reopens as part of Phuket island’s ‘Sandbox Program’ for  vaccinated travellers – with no quarantine requirements  
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Melia Hotels to open urban hotel in Chiang Mai
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Centara hotels and resorts big winner at 2021 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best awards

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket reopens as part of Phuket island’s ‘Sandbox Program’ for  vaccinated travellers – with no quarantine requirements  

DUSIT THANI LAGUNA PHUKET, A LUXURIOUS beachfront resort on the northwest coast of Phuket, one of Thailand’s most beloved island destinations, is set to reopen its doors on July 1, 2021, as part of Phuket’s unique Sandbox Program.

The Sandbox Program will allow vaccinated travellers from Thailand and overseas to visit the island and move around freely with no quarantine requirements.

Owned and operated by Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, will welcome guests back with a wide range of family-friendly experiences specially crafted in line with Dusit’s four new pillars:

Hospitality –  including Service (personalized and gracious),

Well-Being (delivering wellness experiences beyond the spa),

Locality (uniquely linking guests with the local community),

Sustainability (social, economic, and environmental) adds convenience, experience, and value to every stay.

This includes providing guests with the chance to enjoy a deeper connection with the destination through a range of complimentary activities reflecting responsible tourism practices.

Among some of the options offered are guided tours to support local fishing villages; sustainable crafts workshops such as upcycled tie-dye and bag painting; cooking classes featuring locally sourced ingredients; and Thai cultural workshops where guests can learn more about the history of Phuket and the island’s unique traditions and customs.

Guests will also benefit from Dusit’s new group-wide holistic wellness concept, Devarana Wellness, which goes beyond the resort’s traditional spa offering to weave well-being elements throughout the entire stay experience.

From complimentary activities that enhance your emotional and physical resilience, such as yoga, meditation, and breathwork, to healthy restaurant menus and ‘micro wellness moments,’ including the offer of essential oils on arrival, Devarana Wellness has implemented property-wide services to help guests de-stress, detoxify, and enjoy deep restorative sleep.

Every weekend, the resort also offers a Family Retreat Program, designed by Devarana Wellness and packed with entertaining and enriching experiences for adults and children. A mini-farm workshop, educational kids camp, stand-up paddleboarding, and family-focused wellness sessions are just some of the activities provided.

To prepare for welcoming international visitors, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket has fully vaccinated its staff. It has also been certified by the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s new sanitary safety standard, SHA Plus. Certification is only awarded to properties that strictly follow official COVID-19 control guidelines and uphold the highest hygiene standards, including regular and thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all guest rooms and public areas.

Dusit’s carefully crafted ‘Dusit Care’ services are also in place to deliver additional convenience while maximizing guest safety. Flexible check-in, anytime breakfast, and mobile payment methods are just some of the services offered so guests can stay with utmost peace of mind.

“We are delighted to reopen our doors to vaccinated visitors and welcome the world once again to Thailand at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

 “While international borders have been closed, we have been very busy reimagining our services and rolling out new experiences designed to add expertise, convenience, and value to every stay while ensuring guest safety always comes first.

“Showcasing our four new pillars of gracious hospitality – Service, Well-Being, Locality, and Sustainability – Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket has everything in place to create confidence among travellers, meet their post-COVID-19 needs, and contribute to the safe and successful reopening of Phuket island.”

The resort’s SHA Plus certification, which reflects operating procedures already in place at each of our properties, also demonstrates our readiness to welcome vaccinated travellers at each of our properties when the time is right. The sandbox program is a big step forward for Thailand and the hospitality industry at large, and we look forward to doing our very best to contribute to its success.”

Set on the white sands of Bang Tao beach overlooking the Andaman Sea and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket comprises 253 elegant rooms, suites and villas.

Among other facilities, it offers a fully equipped gym, tennis and sports courts, a luxurious spa, an outdoor swimming pool, a watersports centre, a children’s play area, and easy access to the neighbouring 18-hole Laguna Phuket Golf Course. In addition, five dining outlets cater to a wide range of tastes, including international favourites, Royal Thai cuisine, and fine Italian dining.

The resort offers three special Back to Paradise packages starting at 12,800 THB, including free nights, daily breakfast, and other exclusive privileges to mark its opening. The options include:

  • Book three nights and get an additional night free, including daily breakfast for two persons and daily THB 1,000 food and beverage credit.*
  • Book seven nights and get an additional three nights free, including daily breakfast for two persons and daily THB 1,000 food and beverage credit.*
  • Book ten nights and get an additional four nights free, including daily breakfast for two persons and daily THB 1,000 food and beverage credit.*

The package is available for booking from 25 June – Sept. 30, 2021, and valid for stay dates between July 1 – 30 Sept. 25, 2021.

Guests flying with participating airlines will also have the opportunity to earn up to 7,500 additional air miles.

 For more details, visit: https://www.dusit.com/specialoffers/

 

Melia Hotels to open urban hotel in Chiang Mai

MELA CHIANG MAI, A 260-KEY urban hotel that towers over the River Ping and bustling Night Bazaar in the heart of Chiang Mai city in Thailand’s mountainous north, is slated to open for business in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Owned by Thailand’s leading integrated lifestyle real estate group, Asset World Corporation (AWC) and launched by Melia Hotels International, the five-star hotel is part of the Melia brand’s roll-out plan in key destinations across Thailand.

Melia Koh Samui debuted in January 2020 with a nautical theme underscored by boat suites made from refurbished merchant vessels. INNSiDE by Melia, Bangkok Sukhumvit, the first property of its brand in Thailand, housing 176 guestrooms and located close to the Suvarnabhumi Airport, is due to open in 2022.

Melia Chiang Mai will be situated six kilometres from the Chiang Mai International Airport on the vibrant Charoen Prathet Road, located near a broad spectrum of tourist attractions, markets, and Buddhist temples.

With a design that pays tribute to Chiang Mai’s fascinating history and culture with a contemporary flair, the hotel will comprise a striking 22-floor tower fronted by an adjoining seven-floor podium building.

Two restaurants, two bars, two lounges, including an executive lounge on the 21st floor with a panoramic view of Chiang Mai, Melia’s signature YHI Spa with seven treatment rooms, a fully-equipped fitness centre, swimming pool, ballroom and four other meeting spaces will be among the hotel’s host of facilities for business and leisure travellers alike.

Of the property’s room portfolio, 38 rooms and six suites will belong to The Level. An upgraded level of service and benefits that affords exclusive access to The Level executive lounge is an intimate area for indulging an upgraded breakfast and afternoon delicacies that is also suited for casual business meetings.

Its 113 sqm Level Presidential Suite is located on the tower’s top floor with great city vistas.

Melia Chiang Mai’s jewel in the crown will be a 360-degree rooftop bar, “the highest in the city on the 22nd floor. Featuring two bars connected by a glass bridge, the bar will offer wonderful views of the River Ping to the city’s east and famed Doi Suthep Temple on the mountaintop to the west.

Drawing on Melia’s Spanish origins, the hotel will pay homage to Spain’s famed gastronomy and quickly place itself on the city’s culinary map with two dining options. Perched on the 21st floor, the hotel’s signature restaurant will specialize in contemporary Northern Thai dishes with Mediterranean influences, with chefs preparing each dish a la minute from an open kitchen. The all-day-dining restaurant Mosaic will offer authentic Mediterranean cuisine in a vibrant marketplace setting.

An idyllic venue for events and weddings, the property’s extensive conference facilities include a 358-sqm ballroom and three function rooms on the tower’s second floor above the lobby and a 175-sqm multi-purpose function room on the podium building’s top floor.

The ballroom’s 173-sqm pre-function area is connected to an outdoor swimming pool and poolside bar, aptly named Poolside. The Power Lounge, one of the three function rooms that also afford access to the pool deck, will feature a pool table and coffee area suited to downtime between meetings. Adjacent to a secret garden, the seventh-floor multi-function room opens to a 223-sqm outdoor terrace that also lends itself to events.

With its location in the heart of Chiang Mai and an array of facilities, Melia Chiang Mai is a landmark project of our strategic roll-out of the Melia brand in Thailand, in line with AWC’s growth-led strategy, said Mrs. Wallapa Traisorat, Melia Chiang Mais owner and AWCs CEO and president

“Partnering with Melia has allowed us to set a new benchmark for Thai hospitality, and together, we aim to build a better future for Thailand’s tourism landscape and economy.”

“Following the opening of Melia Koh Samui, ranked TripAdvisor’s number one hotel in Koh Samui, Melia Chiang Mai will be another flagship property for Melia Hotels International in Thailand,” said Ignacio Martin, area managing director South East Asia of Melia Hotels International.

“As we continue to strengthen our growth strategy with our key partners, AWC understands and shares our strong service and hospitality philosophy — a fundamental factor in ensuring the quality, reputation, and sustainability we strive for.

“The global pandemic could not dampen our determination to unveil an extraordinary hotel that promises to exude the mystic splendour of Northern Thailand with Melia’s warm Spanish hospitality, passion for service and focus on the customer’s well-being,” added  Melia Chiang Mais General Manager, Edward Snoeks.

 

 

Centara hotels and resorts big winner at 2021 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best awards

THIRTY-SIX  CENTARA HOTELS and resorts received the 2021 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best award for hotels.

The latest awards, representing the most exceptional, highest-rated properties around the world, recognizes an overwhelming 90% majority of Centara’s entire portfolio.

The group’s properties in resort destinations consistently fare well, with five properties in Phuket, Samui, Hua Hin, and Krabi receiving this award for an impressive 11 consecutive years, including: Centara Karon Resort Phuket; Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket; Centara Villas Samui; Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin; and Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives and Centara Anda Dhevi Resort & Spa Krabi also proved popular with travellers from around the world, receiving the award for nine and eight years in a row respectively.

“Last year has been challenging for us and indeed the travel industry around the world, but I am proud of our teams for pulling together and finding new ways to deliver the warm Thai hospitality and distinctive family experiences for our guests. As Thailand and other destinations gradually move towards reopening international borders, we look forward to welcoming our guests back to The Place To Be,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara Hotels and Resorts.

Under Thailand’s Tourism Sandbox scheme, the Kingdom is welcoming fully vaccinated travellers from around the world for a quarantine-free visit, starting with Phuket on July 1, 2021 before rolling out the program to other popular destinations across Thailand.

In addition to Centara Karon Resort Phuket and Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, other Phuket resorts that also received the 2021 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best award include: Centara Villa Phuket, Centara Kata Resort Phuket, and Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa.

The latest Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best winners are determined based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings posted on Tripadvisor over a 12-month period fromJan.1 2020 to 31st Dec. 32. 2020.

For more information about Centara’s award-winning hotels and resorts, please visit Centara’s website at https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com.

 

 

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