Archive - September 2021

Best Western’s three-day flash sale in Asia
Hyatt Regency Koh Samui’s sense of place dining venue
Centara Grand Beach Hua Hin requiring vaccination

Best Western’s three-day flash sale in Asia

Best Western Hotels & Resorts is launching a three-day-long “Pay Day Flash Sale” that offers a discount of 40% off room rates at 30 participating hotels and resorts across Asia.

Available to book from Sept. 29 to 1 Oct.1,2021, for stays until March 31,2022, this limited-time offer promises 40% off rates at world-class hotels and resorts in many attractive destinations throughout the region. So, whether you’re craving a blissful beachfront break, a stylish city staycation or an energizing out-of-town escape, Best Western Hotels & Resorts can provide the vacation you deserve.

Selected properties participating in the “Pay Day Flash Sale” include:

Vīb Best Western Sanam Pao Bangkok is a cutting-edge midscale hotel in one of the Thai capital’s trendiest districts. With a selection of stylish rooms, all equipped with free Wi-Fi and positioned close to many local attractions, this new hotel is well-connected in every sense. The BTS skytrain is right on the doorstep of this modern midscale hotel, putting the whole of this vibrant city within easy reach.

Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort is nestled in a lush hillside, amid coconut groves overlooking Karon Beach and the Andaman Sea. The bright rooms feature private balconies with views of the gardens or ocean, while a dedicated pathway leads guests directly to the sandy bay. When they are not relaxing on the beach, travelers can take a dip in the outdoor pools, work out in the fitness center or unwind in the spa.

Other Asian Best Western properties included in the three-day flash sale:

Best Western Plus The Ivywall Resort-Panglao is nestled directly on the pure white sands of Alona Beach, on the paradise island of Panglao, the Philippines. This brand new international resort features 80 bright and stylish rooms with balconies overlooking the pool, garden or sea. Some rooms even lead directly to the resort’s outdoor swimming pool, and the sea-facing suites feature private balconies with Jacuzzis.

Best Western Premier Agung Resort Ubud is positioned in the heart of Bali, Indonesia’s “Island of the Gods”. This upscale resort allows travelers to stay in authentic rooms with scenic views of the lush rice fields, reflecting the peace and charm of Ubud, Bali’s artistic and cultural heart. Some of the rooms even come equipped with Jacuzzis.

Best Western Kuta Villa is tucked away in a quiet corner of Bali’s main tourist district, surrounded by shops and services, just moments from the soft sands of Kuta Beach. With beautiful Balinese-style architecture, a spa, swimming pool, restaurant and a choice of accommodation types, including rooms with private plunge pools and one bedroom villas.

Best Western i-City Shah Alam is a modern midscale hotel that puts guests in the heart of Shah Alam, the capital of Malaysia’s Selangor state. Located within the i-City complex, right next to a theme park and a short drive from KL.

Best Western Premier Sapphire Halong is a spectacular waterfront hotel that overlooks Halong Bay, the famous UNESCO-listed seascape in northeast Vietnam. Nestled in the heart of this popular tourist destination, just minutes from the Halong International Cruise Port, this landmark upscale hotel features over 1,000 outstanding rooms and suites, several restaurants, swimming pools, a fitness center, spa, kids’ club and more!

Wherever you choose to travel, Best Western ensures the highest standards of health and hygiene with our “We Care CleanSprogram, which is based on expert advice from governmental agencies and independent bodies. This comprehensive program addresses every aspect of the in-stay experience, from guest room and common area cleanliness to contactless procedures and more, while maintaining our industry-leading guest service.

For more information about Best Western Hotels & Resorts in Asia, visit


Hyatt Regency Koh Samui’s sense of place dining venue

AS A SICILIAN, Frederik Farina is steeped in a culinary culture that emphasizes simplicity and sustainability.

And the experienced F&B visionary is utilizing his ingrained food philosophy to establish the Hyatt Regency Koh Samui as an exciting dining destination on Thailand’s legendary paradise island.

Farina, who has spent 18 years with Hyatt in Southeast Asia, is the culinary director at the design-forward resort, a much-anticipated addition to the portfolio of luxury accommodations on Koh Samui which was unveiled at the start of July.

A collaboration between three of Thailand’s biggest hotel design names — Office of Bangkok Architecture, August Design and PLandscaping — the 140-room property occupies eight acres of private coastline in the far northeast corner of Samui.

In his role, Farina oversees the three dining concepts at the resort. These encompass SESUN — a hip beachside grill which majors in fresh seafood and premium meats with a Mediterranean twist — and all-day dining venue, Yangna, where menu selections range from authentic Thai dishes to international specialties.

Completing the resort’s culinary roster is Oasis on the Rocks: a romantic chef’s table on a secluded promontory next to the lapping waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

All three vary significantly in terms of atmosphere and food offerings. What unites them, however, is Farina’s laser focus on utilizing premium produce (locally sourced whenever possible) to deliver multi-sensorial experiences to patrons.

“I’m definitely product-driven, so it all comes down to the quality, origin and handling of produce,” he said. “By getting that right, it allows us to deliver food experiences that reflect the location and its culinary traditions and cultural elements while maintaining an outward-looking philosophy with wide appeal.”

At SESUN, the emphasis is placed on Koh Samui’s super-fresh seafood. The fishing net on the roof of the venue reflects the provenance of the seafood, which is supplied from sustainable sources by local fishermen. The marine bounty is then grilled over coconut husks, Samui style, to impart maximum flavour. Other menu highlights include succulent Wagyu steaks and Mediterranean-inspired dishes that make full use of produce from the resort’s organic garden.

Yangna offers more in the way of Thai fire with specialties from around the Kingdom represented on the menu alongside other options ranging from Chinese dim sum to western comfort food and creative salads. Must-try dishes include a handful of authentic southern Thai curries redolent with bold spice.

Oasis on the Rocks, meanwhile, caters to guests seeking a more intimate dining experience. Low lit lamps illuminate a path along the rocks to a platform overlooking the waves where a table for two is laid out for couples who can choose from three delectable set menus: seafood, Thai or Mediterranean.

It’s an unforgettable journey that harnesses the beauty of the resort’s stunning location and also squares with Farina’s desire to evoke a sense of place in the culinary experiences he has curated at the property.

“The ultimate goal is to deliver cuisine with a personality,” he added. “By referring to where you are, you can enhance appreciation of the destination.”

Centara Grand Beach Hua Hin requiring vaccination

CENTARA GRAND BEACH Resort & Villas Hua Hin has adoped a new policy requiring all international and domestic visitors to the hotel to be vaccinated.

The expanded health and safety policy, introduced by Centra Hotels and Resorts, to keep the well-being of staff and guests at the forefront. It goes into effect from Sept.9, 2021 as Hua Hin gears up to open to international travellers as a quarantine-free destination in October 2021.

The measures apply to all guests staying in the resort, as well as visitors dining in the restaurants or utilizing any of the facilities within the resort. The same policy of course also applies to all resort staff too, all of whom are fully vaccinated.

Under the new vaccination policy, guests will be asked to present proof of vaccination for: at least 1 dose of a Thai FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, including Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sputnik V, Pfizer, and Moderna.

Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 are also required to show proof of vaccination. Children 18 years and younger are exempt when accompanied by vaccinated parents.

The vaccination policy complements the group’s Centara Complete Care program, implemented across all hotels and resorts since the beginning of the pandemic to ensure the protection, safety, and wellbeing of all guests and employees.

Devised in partnership with ECOLAB and SGS, the global leaders in hygiene technologies and verification respectively, the protocols include everything from increased sanitation, enhanced hygiene practices, and social distancing measures.

Guests can enjoy further peace of mind that in addition to the resort staff, all suppliers and delivery staff will only be allowed to enter the resort premises provided they are also vaccinated.

In the coming weeks, Centara Hotels & Resorts plans to expand this vaccination policy to further hotels, as quarantine-free travel becomes possible in more destinations.

For more information or booking, travellers can contact the Centara Contact Centre at and +66(0) 2101 1234, or visit





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