Awards

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Anantara recognized at Condé Nast Traveler US Readers’ Choice Awards
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Centara Grand CentralWorld receives ‘Best Meetings and Hotel in Asia’ award
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Anantara among top 15 hotel brands in world by Travel + Leisure US readers
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Dusit recognized for sustainability performance for the fourth consecutive year
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Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya rated No. 1 for families in Thailand by TripAdvisor
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 Phuket Marriott Nai Yang named Best International Wedding Venue
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Anantara named World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand
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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

Anantara recognized at Condé Nast Traveler US Readers’ Choice Awards

TWENTY ANANTARA PROPERTIES were recognized in the annual 2018 Condé Nast Traveler US Readers’ Choice Awards.

The magazine represents the most prestigious and highly respected ranking of hotels, as voted for by its discerning readers who classified a selection of Anantara’s luxury portfolio as among the best in the world.

In Bangkok, the most popular tourist destination of the world, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel retained its position as the third Best Hotel in Bangkok.

Anantara Resorts were recognized throughout the Asia region with resorts from Thailand, Bali, Vietnam and Sri Lanka featuring in the leaderboard of Best Resorts in Asia. Loyal fans voted Anantara Hua Hin as No.14 Best Resort in Asia. Anantara Golden Triangle, ranked No.24; Anantara Chiang Mai, 32..

In the Middle East, Anantara properties reigned supreme, claiming five of the six most coveted spots. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara was named top resort in the Middle East, followed by Anantara The Palm Dubai, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar and Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island.

Amongst the Best Resorts in Indian Ocean, Anantara properties featured heavily in the Top 20. Anantara Veli was named No.14, followed by Anantara Kihavah and Anantara Dhigu.

Further afield, Anantara Royal Livingstone was voted No.18 Best Hotel in Africa, and representing the resorts, Anantara Bazuruto Island was named No.18 Best Resort in Africa, followed closely by Anantara Medjumbe Island. In Europe, Anantara Vilamoura Portugal also featured highly as No. 14 Best Resort in Europe.

Amon the accolades, Anantara sister properties repeated their excellent results of recent years with Naladhu Private Island in the Maldives named the third Best Resort in The World and clinching #1 Best Resort in The Indian Ocean for the second year running, followed by Niyama Private Islands No. 7.

 

 

Centara Grand CentralWorld receives ‘Best Meetings and Hotel in Asia’ award

 CENTARA GRAND & BANGKOK CONVENTION CENTRE at CentralWorld has received the award for “Best Meetings and Conventions Hotel in Asia” at this year’s TTG Travel Awards, the Asia-Pacific travel industry annual event organized by TTG Asia Media.

This is the fourth consecutive year the hotel has received this accolade and the sixth time overall. Winners are chosen by an audited vote of TTG Asia readers, who represent travel consultants, tour operators and destination management companies in the region.

The upscale 512-room Centara Grand hotel enjoys a prime location in the heart of Bangkok’s central business and shopping district. Its integration with a lifestyle shopping complex and state-of-the-art conference centre makes it a frequent choice for the region’s top MICE events.

CentralWorld is the largest lifestyle shopping and entertainment complex in downtown Bangkok while Bangkok Convention Centre is the country’s most complete event venue of 5,250 sqm, handling conferences of up to 7,000 delegates, as well as corporate and social functions in a 1,000-seat ballroom and smaller meetings in many flexible configurations.

“Bangkok is one of Asia’s favourite MICE destinations, and we work hard to be the pre-eminent MICE venue, not only in this city but in the region overall,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara Hotels & Resorts CEO. 

“We are proud to receive this recognition once again and it is testament to the passion, dedication and attention to detail of our of our wonderful team here who continue to deliver memorable events for our clients.”

In a recent interview, he noted that Centara had ambitious plans to keep innovating its MICE product and services. “People remember a successful event for a combination of factors: an appealing destination and a stimulating, comfortable environment, together with technical resources and experienced people to execute your vision smoothly.

“Our latest program is called New Agenda: Meetings redesigned. It shows what you can do when you combine all these factors.

“Every day we strive to develop new ideas, be even better than yesterday and ensure our product and service remain at the forefront of the MICE industry. This is how we have managed to win this award on six different occasions and we will be working tirelessly to try to make sure it isn’t the last.”

 

 

Anantara among top 15 hotel brands in world by Travel + Leisure US readers

THE READERS OF TRAVEL + LEISURE US recognized Anantara Hotels and Resorts in the top 15 leading hospitality brands in the travel magazine’s annual World’s Best survey.

“We are truly honoured to see Anantara on the list. This reflects a growing consumer trust and belief in the brand and appreciation of the product, experiences and exceptional service at all Anantara hotels around the world,” said Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotels, owning company of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas.

“In the 15 years since the launch of Anantara, the brand has grown from just a handful of properties to a luxury portfolio, comprising close to 40 hotels and resorts. Throughout this journey, focusing on guest satisfaction has been one of the cornerstones of the business, and we are proud to see our efforts recognized by our loyal guests,” Rajakarier said.

One of the world’s most prestigious travel awards, T+L’s annual readers’ survey rates destinations and travel providers.

Asked to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe, T+L readers share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines and more.

Hotel brands are rated on their locations, rooms, facilities, food, service and over-all value.

                      

Dusit recognized for sustainability performance for the fourth consecutive year

DUSIT THANI PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED (DTC) has been selected by Thaipat Institute as one of the top 100 ESG performers among the 683 publicly listed companies assessed in 2018.

Established in 2015, Thaipat’s ESG Rating Unit assesses publicly listed companies in the areas of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) to find those with outstanding sustainability performance.

Thaipat’s sources of data include the listed companies’ public disclosures in the form of annual filings (Form 56-1), including annual reports, sustainability reports and sustainable development performance data. This is then used to determine the 100 companies with the most outstanding performance by industrial sector.

For the fourth consecutive year, DTC has been placed in the top 100 companies in the service sector, reflecting the company’s commitment to total quality management and a solid strategy for sustainable and profitable growth.

“We are delighted to be named on the ESG 100 list for the fourth consecutive year,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, DTC.

“That we keep making the list reflects not only our strong corporate governance but also our commitment to creating long-lasting value for all of our stakeholders by following our three-pronged strategy for sustainable growth – balance, expansion and diversification.

“During the first half of 2018, we achieved our investment goals for this quarter by establishing Dusit Foods Co. and entering the food business with an equity investment in NR Instant Produce Co. (NRIP) – and we also introduced ASAI Hotels, a new affordable lifestyle brand aimed at the fast-growing market of millennial-minded travellers.

“Following economic recovery in the tourism sector, we are confident we will be able to explore even more opportunities to add even more new revenue streams to our company,” she said.

Thaipat Institute introduced its first sustainable development performance ranking in 2015 to cater to the demand created by investors’ preference for companies with satisfactory ESG performance.

Its ESG Rating Unit develops sustainability information through assessment of sustainability data of listed securities in the Stock Exchange of Thailand for the purpose of encouraging disclosure of sustainability data by listed companies and responsible investing.

 

 

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya rated No. 1 for families in Thailand by TripAdvisor

Centara Grand Beach Resort in Phuket placed fourth and Centara Karon Beach Resort, also in Phuket, was seventh.

“Being family-friendly is part of our company DNA,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s CEO. “We work hard to welcome families with children and offer them a superior holiday experience. It starts with the design of the hotel and continues through family amenities, activity programmes, and service attitude. These awards are evidence we’re succeeding.”

TripAdvisor gives the awards annually, based on the reviews and opinions of millions of its users. The rankings are based on people who have stayed at each hotel during the past year.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort was the first true themed resort in Thailand. Its Lost World motif features several swimming pools, waterslides, giant sculptures and palm trees towering over a lazy river and Monsoon Island.

Children enjoy the Kids’ Club, E-zone, and organised activities supervised by hotel staff. The resort even has a family version of club level: its Zulu Family Club has a play area for toddlers while their parents enjoy an afternoon refreshment. The resort lies along a 230-metre stretch of sandy beach.

Like Centara Grand Mirage in Pattaya, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is a 5-star resort built around a waterpark with multiple pools, river, and waterslides. Its Kids’ Club and Camp Safari are complemented by a cliff jumping platform, and water sports in the Andaman Sea including kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and snorkelling. The resort features Sino-Portuguese style and has direct access to Karon Beach.

Centara Karon Resort is a unique concept for Phuket, featuring four distinct zones so guests can find the perfect match for their needs. Family amenities include rooms that easily accommodate four; three large swimming pools, including the Lagoon pool with two waterslides; and a Kids’ Club, Camp Safari, and E-Zone to keep children and teens entertained.

This year marks the third time Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort has won TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice award for family-friendly accommodations. Other Centara resorts in Thailand have received the recognition from TripAdvisor users each year since 2014. Centara was also recently listed among Smart Travel Asia’s Hot 25 Family Hotels.

 

 Phuket Marriott Nai Yang named Best International Wedding Venue

PHUKET MARRIOTT RESORT and Spa, Nai Yang Beach has been named as the “Best International Wedding Venue Hotel” in the world at the International Hotel Awards 2017.

The seafront resort, which is nestled directly on the pristine sands of Nai Yang Beach on Phuket’s northwest coast, received this prestigious award in a gala ceremony held at the Savoy Hotel in London.

The International Hotel Awards is the only organization in the world to provide five-star accolades to hotels at an international level. The top regional hotels from Asia Pacific, Arabia & Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and UK are judged in 17 categories, and these winners are then entered into the global awards, which ultimately determine the world’s finest resorts and hotels.

This caps a successful year for the Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, which opened its doors in summer 2016. The resort was named as “Thailand’s Best Wedding Venue” and “Asia’s Best Wedding Venue” at the Asia Property Awards 2017, which allowed it to compete for the global title in the grand final event.

“We are absolutely delighted to have been named as “Best International Wedding Venue Hotel,” said David Ippersiel, general manager, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach. “The International Hotel Awards sets the standard for excellence within our industry, so to receive this accolade is truly exciting.

“When we launched the resort last year we knew that we had a truly unique proposition for the wedding and honeymoon market. With our secluded sandy beach, sublime sunsets and a team of professional event planners, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach is the ultimate destination for tropical weddings.

“I would like to thank the International Hotel Awards for recognizing these qualities. We look forward to welcoming even more couples to our resort in future as we continue to create magical memories on the pure shores of Nai Yang Beach,” he said.

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach has an extensive array of options for all types of wedding, from traditional Thai ceremonies to Western white weddings, classical Chinese occasions and impressive Indian celebrations.

The resort’s idyllic private beach can be host to both intimate ceremonies and lavish celebrations, and the Beachfront Pool Villas provide the perfect place for couples to unwind in luxury before, and after their “Big Day”.

Groups of wedding guests can be accommodated in the resort’s collection of contemporary rooms and suites, plus wedding menus prepared by the resort’s culinary team.

 

 

 

 

 

Anantara named World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand

From the left: Yury Ashizhev, assistant villa operation manager; Nazley Mohamed, spa director Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara; Graham Cooke, president & founder , World Travel Group; Monica Majors, director of public relations MSpa International Limited.

ANANTARA SPA RECEIVED a total of 12 wins at World Spa Awards 2017, where Word’s Best awards hailed Anantara Spa as the World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand, accompanied by two individual resorts being named the best in the world.

This was in addition to nine additional hotel, resort, safari and wellness spas saw the brand shine across Asia, the Middle East, Indian Ocean and Africa.

Anantara Spa journeys embrace the indigenous culture and nature of each locale through an integration of architecture, treatments, service and ambience.

Two individual Anantara Spas also shone at the awards. Providing a palatial oasis of rich Arabian traditions in the heart of the world’s largest desert, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara in the UAE was named the World’s Best Desert Spa. Offering island exclusivity in Qatar, Banana Island Resort Doha won World’s Best Private Island Spa.

Nine national awards highlighted uniquely luxurious sanctuaries in iconic destinations.

Anantara Spa was born in Thailand and two spas upheld the brand’s roots – each offering exotic Thai treatments in striking locations. Boasting a prestigious address in the capital, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel received the title of Thailand’s Best Hotel Spa 2017.

Overlooking a lotus-filled lagoon in the royal seaside town of Hua Hin, Anantara Hua Hin Resort was named Thailand’s Best Resort Spa.

Showcasing the brand’s authentic spa journeys across Asia, Anantara Sanya Resort is revered for its precious pearl and tea-infused treatments, and shone as China’s Best Resort Spa.

In the Indian Ocean, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort was named the Maldives’s Best Wellness Retreat, an honour impeccably bestowed to inaugurate its new Balance Wellness Sanctuary – offering a multidimensional approach to relaxation and health.

Coaxing blissful seclusion in an African island paradise, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort was awarded Mozambique’s Best Resort Spa.

Bringing a second award to Africa, the Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara celebrated the title of Zambia’s Best Safari Spa, pampering guests with indigenous African treatments in colonial spa suites, as well as poolside massages overlooking the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls.

Launched in 2015, the dynamic World Spa Awards sets a benchmark in excellence. Designed to drive the evolution of spa and wellness tourism, the awards raise standards by recognizing and rewarding industry leaders. Votes were cast by spa professionals and the public.

 

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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.

 

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