Awards

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Best Western and Habitat Group celebrate success at Thailand Property Awards 2017
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ONYX Hospitality Group announces two senior appointments
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Centara wins recognition of Chinese guests with “Best City Hotel” Award
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VIE Bangkok receives World Luxury Hotels award
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Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach big winner at Asia Pacific Property Awards
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Two Centara resorts win TripAdvisor Travellers Awards 2017
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Sala Rattanakosin voted Bangkok’s most loved rooftop bar
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Anantara wins more Wine Spectator Awards than any individual hotel brand for 2016
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Shangri-la named to Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2016
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Benihana Pattaya “Best Restaurants 2016”choice by Thailand Tatler Magazine

Best Western and Habitat Group celebrate success at Thailand Property Awards 2017

 

Chanin Vanijwongse, CEO, Habitat Group; Olivier Berrivin, managing director of international operations – Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts; and Sasivimol Sutthibut, COO, Habitat Group

BEST WESTERN’S NEW, highly-anticipated hotel, BluPhere Pattaya, BW Premier Collection, received three awards at the Thailand Property Awards 2017 in a glittering gala ceremony in Bangkok.

This contemporary seafront property was named as the winner of the ‘Best Low-Rise Condo Architectural Design (Resort)’ title, and was also “highly commended” in the ‘Best Condo Interior Design’ and ‘Best Condo Landscape Architectural Design’ categories.

A successful partnership with the Habitat Group has seen the development of two exciting new upscale properties on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard that are close to the popular beach resort of Pattaya: BluPhere Pattaya, BW Premier Collection, and Best Western Premier BayPhere Pattaya.

“We are proud to be working with the Habitat Group, which has proven to be an excellent partner for Best Western,” said Olivier Berrivin, Best Western’s managing director of international operations – Asia.

 “We have collaborated closely with the Habitat Group for several years and I have been hugely impressed with their professionalism and the quality of their properties.”

“To have been honoured at the Thailand Property Awards 2017 is testament to the excellence of their developments, and also a great reflection of the exciting new era of Best Western hotels that are now rising all across Asia,” he added.

“We can’t wait to welcome our guests to Best Western Premier BayPhere Pattaya and BluPhere Pattaya, BW Premier Collection, so that they can see why it received the ‘Best Low-Rise Condo Architectural Design (Resort)’ title,” Olivier concluded.

Habitat Group also won the ‘Best Housing Development (Eastern Seaboard)’ award and was highly commended in the ‘Best Housing Architectural Design’ category for its X2 Pattaya Oceanphere development.

Located close to the beach in Na Jomtien, overlooking the glistening waters of the Gulf of Thailand, BluPhere Pattaya, BW Premier Collection, will open its doors to guests in 2020. Best Western Premier BayPhere Pattaya is scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of 2018.

 

 

 

ONYX Hospitality Group announces two senior appointments

TWO SENIOR APPOINTMENTS were made by the ONYX Hospitality Group, in which David Cumming has been named regional vice-president of operations for Bangkok, Malaysia and Laos; and Pierre-André Pelletier named regional vice-president of operations for South Thailand, Vietnam and the Maldives.

David was previously vice-president and area general manager for Bangkok. In his expanded role, He will support the company’s future growth in Malaysia, where ONYX has one newly launched Amari, and three additional hotels in the pipeline, and Laos, where three new Amari properties under development.

A 25-year veteran in hospitality, David has been with the company since 2004 and has been general manager at both Amari Pattaya and Amari Watergate Bangkok. He also held a corporate leadership role as vice president of operational development at ONYX Hospitality Group, providing his considerable industry expertise to new hotel openings. David will continue to be based at Amari Watergate Bangkok, location of the group’s global head office.

Previously the vice-president and area general manager for South Thailand, Pierre-Andre takes on added leadership responsibilities in the Maldives and Vietnam. ONYX currently operates Amari Havodda Maldives and is preparing for the early 2018 opening of OZO Hoi An. The company is in active negotiations with partners on potential new developments in both destinations.

Hailing from a family of hoteliers and restaurateurs, Switzerland-born Pierre-André joined the company in 1993. He has served as general manager of Amari Pattaya, Amari Watergate Bangkok, and more recently, the group’s flagship Amari Phuket, where he will continue to be based.

“This is an exciting time in the ongoing development and expansion of ONYX Hospitality Group, and also the year that we enter new markets like Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos,” said Douglas Martell, president & CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group. “The expansion of both David and Pierre-André’s roles is an important step towards enhancing our commitment within these markets and paving the way for our future growth.”

Based in Bangkok, ONYX Hospitality Group has a growing regional portfolio of 44 operating properties across three core brands in eight countries. Its development pipeline features 21 new properties in markets such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia. Amari has set a target of having 99 hotels by 2024 as part of its journey towards being the best medium-sized hospitality player in the region.

Centara wins recognition of Chinese guests with “Best City Hotel” Award


MORE THAN 10 MILLION Chinese tourists visit Thailand each year. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) polled many of them for the 2017 People’s Choice Awards and Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World was voted “Best City Hotel.”

The poll, just completed in June, is evidence of Chinese visitors’ growing importance to Thailand, and Centara’s success in meeting their needs.

Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s largest hotel operator, is making a concerted effort to appeal to Chinese guests. Their 66 deluxe and first-class properties includes 43 Thailand hotels across all major tourist destinations, and another 23 located in prominent international destinations.

The award-winner, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, is one of the group’s premier properties, located in the heart of Bangkok’s central shopping district and integrated with a popular convention and shopping complex.

Centara also operates properties in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Oman. The group offers diverse formats — integrating multi-ethnic restaurants, Thai spas, Kids’ Clubs, water parks, and other innovative features – that appeal to couples, individuals, families, and business professionals. Thailand’s famous hospitality culture is also a key ingredient of the brand’s recipe for success.

Most Centara hotels and resorts have Chinese-speaking staff and serve Chinese meals including breakfast. Centara offers Chinese information about its hotels and destinations, promotions, and online booking on its official website, which is now hosted in China for optimum speed. The group also accepts the popular Chinese payment channel UnionPay, in addition to major credit cards, and is active on China’s leading social media applications, Wiebo and WeChat.

“China now represents our most significant inbound market, and the numbers will continue to rise”, said Tom Thrussell, vice-president of marketing.

“We are committed to developing a deep understanding of Chinese guests’ needs and by visiting key Chinese cities and partners, engaging with our guests and soliciting feedback, we are able to communicate more effectively, better meet their travel needs and ultimately equipped ourselves to manage successful properties in China itself.”

Centara is planning to open its first properties in China in 2019.

 

VIE Bangkok receives World Luxury Hotels award

VIE HOTEL BANGKOK, MGALLERY BY SOFITEL, has been given a 2016 World Luxury Hotels Award in the prestigious ‘MD Choice Award’ category.

An MD Choice Award winner is selected by the managing director of World Luxury Hotel Awards, personally awarding VIE Hotel Bangkok for the ultimate in exceptional service that the property demonstrates consistently.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognized global organization providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world class facilities and service excellence provided to guests.

Awards are presented to luxury hotels in different categories on a country, continent and global basis. The World Luxury Hotel Awards aim to encourage and raise service standards within the luxury hotel industry.

 

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach big winner at Asia Pacific Property Awards

 Roger Panow, cluster director of sales & marketing; Panchan Noimeecharoen, marketing Communication and PR manager; and David Ippersiel, general manager

PHUKET MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA, NAI YANG BEACH is celebrating after it won multiple major honors at the Asia Pacific Property Awards.

It was a hugely successful night for resort, which opened in June 2016. In total, the beachfront property took home five awards: “Thailand’s Best Interior Design Hotel”, “Thailand’s Best Wedding Venue”, and “Asia’s Best Wedding Venue”.

These awards are testaments to the sheer quality of the resort’s design, as well as the consistent high standards achieved since the property opened last year.

Thailand’s Best Interior Design Hotel

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach underwent an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation prior to its opening, and the results are clear to see. The low-rise property combines contemporary style with classical Thai elements to deliver the ultimate beach resort experience.

Thailand’s Best Wedding Venue

The secluded beach on which the resort lies makes it the ideal venue for destination weddings. Couples can exchange their vows on the soft, silky sands, as the gentle waves of the Andaman Sea lap against the shore. Alternatively, indoor function venues are available.

Asia’s Best Wedding Venue

An increasing number of couples from across the world are choosing Phuket’s shores as the setting for their dream wedding. On its private beach, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach can host many different types of ceremony, including Indian, Chinese, Western and Thai weddings.

The Asia Pacific Property Awards celebrate the highest levels of achievement in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. Entries were received from as far afield as Australia, China, India, Japan, Thailand, and even Turkmenistan, so for Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach to have received five awards is truly an outstanding achievement.

 

 

 

Two Centara resorts win TripAdvisor Travellers Awards 2017

TWO CENTARA PROPERTIES ranked within the Top 25 Thailand Family Hotels category – Centara Seaview Resort Khao Lak as No. 10, and Centara Kata Resort Phuket as No. 21 in the Family Hotels in Thailand awards in TripAdvisor Awards 2017.

“This is a great honour for Centara Hotels & Resorts, and a great tribute to the outstanding teams we have at both award-winning Centara properties. Our mission is based upon providing an unforgettable experience for our guests, focusing on quality and on warm traditional Thai service,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara Hotels and Resorts.

“For Centara properties to continue wining these accolades from TripAdvisor each year means our hard work really pays off. It also makes us feel deeply honoured and determined to maintain these high standards in delivering memorable holiday experiences for families and discerning travellers.”

“For the past 15 years, TripAdvisor has relied on the experiences and opinions of our travel community that has explored thousands of hotels around the world to determine these celebrated awards,” said Barbara Messing, Chief Marketing Officer for TripAdvisor.

“Travellers planning their trips for 2017 can find inspiration for some of the best places to book from this diverse group of outstanding accommodations around the globe.”

Centara Seaview Resort Khao Lak, set on an extensive stretch of Nang Thong Beach in Phang Nga Province and against a verdant mountainous background, offers a choice of accommodation options ranging from comfortable garden view rooms to relaxing pool villas, along with a wealth of activities and facilities to keep all members of the family busy and happy.

The resort is a one-hour drive from Phuket International Airport, and is a perfect base from which to explore the unrivalled beauty of the world-renowned archipelago of Similan and Surin island groups or discover the neighbouring national parks and take part in adventure-oriented activities.

Centara Kata Resort Phuket consists of a cluster of several buildings designed in a unique combination of traditional Thai and contemporary-style architecture. This family-friendly resort provides three pool areas and sundecks for both adults and young guests to soak up Phuket’s glorious sunlight.

These facilities include a free-form swimming pool with crystal-clear water and a sparkling Jacuzzi, or the landscaped Emerald pool, which is the midpoint of the resort providing Jacuzzi, aqua beds, a pool bar and waterslides for young ones to enjoy.

In the 15th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travellers around the globe. Winners were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance and Family. The hallmarks of Travellers’ Choice hotels winners are remarkable service, value and quality.

 

 

 

Sala Rattanakosin voted Bangkok’s most loved rooftop bar

 

TIME OUT BANGKOK has presented its inaugural Time Out Bangkok Award to Sala Rattananakosin Bangkok as the most loved rooftop bar in Bangkok – winning over tantalizing Bangkok views like the Chao Phraya River, Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

Time Out Bangkok was supported by Thai beer giant Chang, joining top cities in the world such as London, Lisbon, New York, Chicago and Tokyo in rewarding the people who make the most of their passion. Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok was nominated by Time Out Bangkok editors based on global Time Out review guidelines.

The rooftop bar at sala rattanakosin is described as a chic, open-air rooftop bar and terrace with views of the Chao Phraya River, Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and other historical sites.

The bar’s executive chef and eclectic Englishman, Tony Wrigley, will ensure fresh and local flavours are in every bite of his snacks. Beer, cocktails, wines and light snacks are served from 5 pm to midnight daily.

For more information, visit www.salahospitality.com or email info@salahospitality.com

 

 

 

Anantara wins more Wine Spectator Awards than any individual hotel brand for 2016

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ANANTARA HOTELS AND RESORTS WORLDWIDE is celebrating 26 Wine Spectator 2016 Awards, making it the largest recipient of any individual hotel brand to be awarded with these sought-after accolades for 2016

The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence is granted to wine lists which satisfy discerning wine lovers with at least 90 selections, comprising a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in price and style.

The even more prestigious Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence recognizes destinations for serious wine lovers. Showing a deep commitment in terms of cellar selection, service offering and superior presentation, these wine lists feature 350 or more labels that display excellent breadth across multiple winegrowing regions from top producers.

Anantara’s expertise in the world of fine wines is held in high esteem by guests, and also by the industry, with 26 Wine Spectator 2016 Awards a testament to the diversity and sophistication. Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants, whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

anantaras_wine_guru_khun_jirachai“The Wine Spectator awards are known worldwide as a guide to the world’s best wines and we are honoured to be part of the Wine Spectator awards which recognizes restaurants that show passion and commitment when it comes to wine,” said Jirachai Sethisakko, chief wine guru for Anantara.

In Thailand, 11 restaurants at Anantara resorts have been presented with a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, including: Baan Dhalia at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort; The Service 1921 and The Restaurant at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort; Madison Restaurant at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel; Sea.Fire.Salt. at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas and Tree Tops Sky Dining at Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort.

In Vietnam, Riverside Café at Anantara Hoi An Resort provides a terrace to sample distinguished wines with gourmet western and Vietnamese favourites. In Bali, MoonLite Kitchen & Bar at Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort showcases contemporary Asian cuisine with a premium wine list of over 100 labels.

At the newly opened Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort along Sri Lanka’s southern coast, Il Mare serves delectable Italian cuisine with exquisite wine pairings on a cliff edge with astonishing Indian Ocean views.

In the UAE, six Anantara restaurants have been honoured with a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort scooped three of these for its Australian grill restaurant Bushman’s, Mediterranean restaurant The Beach House, and specialty Asian dining venue Mekong.

In the vast Liwa Desert, guests of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara’s Suhail steakhouse and rooftop lounge. While at the Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts, seafood specialties at Amwaj are enjoyed with an Arabian Sea view, and sumptuous grill dishes at Savannah are served in the heart of the Arabian wildlife park, each with a generous global wine selection.

Fine wines elevate dining, with six restaurants at Anantara resorts in the Maldives given Wine Spectator Awards, including two boasting the Best Award of Excellence. Descending to the exclusive underwater restaurant and wine cellar Sea at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, wine aficionados are regaled with 360 labels, allowing diners to indulge in extraordinary gastronomy with a surreal panorama of tropical marine life.

“We research the latest trends and the most popular selections every year, and update our wine lists to ensure that we provide a wide variety of new and old world wines, offering guests quality and variety,” said Sethisakko concluded.

For more information on any of Anantara’s award winning hotels and resorts please go to www.anantara.com

 

 

 

Shangri-la named to Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2016

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READERS OF Condé Nast Traveler (US) voted Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok the ninth in Southern Asia on a list of “Top Hotels in Southern Asia” in the magazine’s 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards 2016 at a high-profile presentation dinner in New York recently.

The Readers’ Choice Awards 2016 features the world’s best hotels, resorts and cruise lines as selected by subscribers. More than 300,000 travellers took part in the survey this year. By competing against a number of hoteliers in the region, the hotel achieved a score of 94.05, ranking the ninth in Southern Asia and the second in Thailand.

“The entries were from the South Asia countries and were more impressive year after year.  Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok has outshone our peers and proven exceptional levels of professionalism and competence in our field,” said Phillip Couvaras, the hotel’s area manager and general manager.

Conde Nast Traveler (US)’s Readers’ Choice Awards are the international five-star standard of hotel ratings. The award winners’ scores are recognized as symbols of excellence throughout the global hospitality industry.

“In attaining one of these coveted awards, our hotel has proven its capability to outperform some exceedingly strong contenders within the competitive South Asia hospitality arena. With this latest five-star accolade adding into our prestigious award list, the hotel continues to gain international recognition for its perfection,” Phillip Couvaras added.

 

Benihana Pattaya “Best Restaurants 2016”choice by Thailand Tatler Magazine

Benihana Pattaya Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants 2016

From the left: Chaipat Obkinjun, Asanee Intaring and Theerayuth Plangsorn.

 BENIHANA PATTAYA has been recognized as a ‘Best Restaurants 2016’ by the editors of Thailand Tatler, based on suggestions from readers.

This accolade is given to leading destination restaurants, which have excelled in their respective fields; created more competition and set higher standards in the food, wine, ambience and service categories.

“ My Kitchen is Your Table” has always been part of the Benihana story, inherent to its uniqueness,”

“This recognition is a testament to our culinary experts’ imagination and skill, to develop a series of sumptuous menu options that rival that of any stand-alone restaurant,” said Chef Theerayuth Plangsorn.

At Benihana Japanese Steakhouse’s  “My Kitchen is Your Table”,  guests are able to interact with the chefs, famous for their entertaining and culinary skills, as they prepare Teppanyaki at your table. Private rooms are available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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