Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai named top luxury hotel by TripAdvisor 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards
Sala Ayutthaya recognized for its architectural design
V Villas Hua Hin named Best luxury Honeymoon Hotel
Thailand Spa & Well-Being award winners
Centara Hotels & Resorts named ‘Thailand’s Top Corporate Brand Values 2015’
Royal Garden Spa – Best Traditional Thai Massage
Beyond Beauty ASEAN 2015 set for Bangkok Sept. 24
TripAdvisor awards of excellence for five Sala properties
Centara Grand Mirage big winner at Pattaya Food & Hoteliers Expo

Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai named top luxury hotel by TripAdvisor 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards

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THE DHARA DHEVI CHIANG MAI is starting 2016 with a celebration of its own on being chosen as winner of the Top Luxury Hotels in Thailand of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards.

In addition of this latest Travelers’ Choice Awards, The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai has been honoured in other three categories, including one of Top 25 Hotels for Service in Thailand, Top 25 Hotels in Thailand and Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Asia.

The resort has also been named in The Gold List 2016 of Condé Nast Traveler China.

For the 14th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the world.

Winners were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Luxury, Service and Small Hotels. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.

In 2014, the hotel was also named No. 1 Top Hotel in Thailand in the Travelers’ Choice awards by TripAdvisor.

“This award is very important because it indicates that the guests appreciate the hotel and the service, that is where we all do it for as well as help us to constantly improve ourselves.”, said The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai General Manager Andrew Quinlan.

“In the meantime, we are considered top Gold List 2016 among the best hotels in the world, and by one of the China’s most recognized travel magazines, Condé Nast Traveler. It’s a monumental distinction.

“It goes without saying that all of us at The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai are truly honoured in receiving such an accolade from travelers the globe over.”




Sala Ayutthaya recognized for its architectural design

SALA River ViewSALA AYUTTHAYA, a member of the SALA Hospitality Group, was the recipient of two awards at the annual Thailand Property Awards 2015.

The event was held at the Plaza Athenee Bangkok, and organized by Ensign Media — and the culmination of a transparent nomination and judging process spanning the last six months

“For 10 years the Thailand Property Awards, and the entire Asia Property Awards program as a whole, have demonstrated that excellence and adherence to quality never go out of style,” said Terry Blackburn, CEO of Ensign Media.

“The high quality of developments in Thailand has allowed the industry to transform itself from being an emerging market in 2006, to becoming one of the stars of Southeast Asian real estate today, despite certain economic or socio-political challenges.”

Acknowledging excellence in location, construction, design and innovation, the annual awards recognize industry professionals who plan and construct quality new developments.

sala ayutthaya was recognized in three categories – Best Hotel Architectural Design in Thailand; highly commended award for Best Hotel Development; and highly commended award for Best Hotel Interior Design

“These three awards reaffirm SALA Hospitality Group as an acclaimed hotel developer, and verify the superior standard of quality and expertise we bring to each project in which we are involved.

“Our approach of offering outstanding design ambiance combined with delicious culinary offers, intimate accommodations and warm, friendly service sets sala ayutthaya apart … not only in Thailand but also across the region.”, said Nicolas Reschke, SALA Hospitality Group’s director of business development.

Winners of the awards are now eligible to compete with regional peers in the grand finale at the fifth annual South East Asia Property Awards 2015, to be held at the Shangri La Hotel in Singapore in October.

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V Villas Hua Hin named Best luxury Honeymoon Hotel

V Villas Hua Hin awardV VILLAS HUA HIN received a special award at the 2015 World Luxury Hotel Awards Gala Ceremony  held at the Harbour Grand Hong Kong.

V Villas Hua Hin has officially won the Global Winner of 2015 World Luxury Hotel Awards in the category of Best Luxury Honeymoon Hotel. The award was presented to the resort’s general manager, Chainarong Pipitweeranund.

“On behalf of the management and staff, we thank you for voting for us. This award confirms our efforts to provide you with the best service experience possible at V Villas Hua Hin,” he said on accepting the award.

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.





Thailand Spa & Well-Being award winners

Thai wellbeing overall shot RARINJINDA WELLNESS SPA CHIANG MAI AND CHIVA-SOM were big award winners at this year’s World Spa and Well-Being convention.

Rarinjinda Wellness Spa Chiang Mai received three top awards in the Peoples’ Choice Category – Traditional Thai experience, Destination or Wellness Spa and Amazing Resort Spa.

The awards were presented at a special ceremony attended by leaders in the Thai spa industry and held at the Grand Diamond Ballroom, Impact Exhibition Hall, Bangkok.

Seven other awards were awarded in the Peoples’ Choice Category:

Spa Product-Retail Award – ORGANIKA; New Spa Award — Le Sens Family Spa; Amazing Day Spa Award — Tria We Enhance Your Life; Amazing Hotel Spa Award – Rarinjinda Wellness Spa Ploenchit; Amazing Medical Spa Award — Tria We Enhance Your Life; Innovative Marketing Campaign — Let’s Relax Spa; and Amazing Value For Money Spa Award — Let’s Relax Spa Siam Square.

Top winner in the Industry Category was Chiva Som, which received three awards for Innovative Spa or Wellness Cuisine; Greenspa; and Spa Educator-Institute.

Other awards in the Industry Category:

Innovative Spa Treatment – Rojana & Sangthong (Love story couple) package) by In Balance Spa, Novotel Phuket Village Park Panpuri Organic Spa; Creative Spa Design –- Panpuri Organic Spa; National Product Award – Panpuri Organic Collection; Spa Product – Professional – Puri Alchemy Co. Ltd.; and Spa Educator – Individual – Natkritta Charoensrithongchai.

The Exhibition Award, presented for the best booth design, went to I Plus Q Co. Ltd.

The industry’s most prestigious award was presented to Ukod Im-arom, Thai Spa Association consultant.

Thailand Spa & Well-being Awards 2015 was organized by Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, in collaboration with Thailand Spa Association; Department of Tourism; Ministry of Tourism and Sports; Department of Health Service Support; Ministry of Public Health; and Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Jatuporn Wattanasuwan, Executive Director, Office of Service Trade and Trade Logistics, DITP, acted as emcee for the award presentation ceremony, attended by a number of senior government officials, including Kalin Sarasin, chairman of Tourism Authority of Thailand; Squadron Leader Boonruang Triruangworawat, director general of the Department of Health Service Support, Ministry of Public Health,  Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong, deputy director general of the Department of Health Service Support; Singhadet Chu-amnat, deputy director general of the Department of Skill Development, Ministry of Labour, Lawan Kanchat and Jamnan Siritan of JSL Global Media; ML Thanavisuth Visuthi, Bangkok Post; and Sirina Pavarolarvidya, chairwoman of Thai Chamber of Commerce.

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Centara Hotels & Resorts named ‘Thailand’s Top Corporate Brand Values 2015’

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CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS is the first to be recognized as ‘Thailand’s Top Corporate Values 2015’ in a new Tourism and Leisure brands category by Thailand Top Corporate Brands.

The annual award recognizes publicly listed companies with superior corporate brand values and designed to raise awareness on the importance of corporate branding as a vital component for ensuring business sustainability in Thailand.

Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts, received the award from Prof. Pirom Kamolratanakul, president of Chulalongkorn University, one of the oldest and most well known universities in Thailand.

“The significance for Centara Hotels & Resorts to receive such a wonderful recognition of the hard work and careful attention to developing and building an international brand that is still rooted in the essence of Thai hospitality is a major achievement,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat.

“This is a vote of confidence that we are moving forwards on the right path of realizing our goals as one of Thailand’s top hospitality groups.”

The awards are presented based on results from the research that evaluates and ranks corporate brands in Thailand. It was conducted by the Chulalongkorn Business School, using the data to develop brand valuation tools that can be systematically applied in Thailand towards obtaining accurate CBS valuations, and also raising the awareness of the importance of sustainable corporate branding.

“We understand that our brand extends so much further than our logo and marketing materials. Our brand is the entire customer experience from our website to our social media, and from the infrastructure of our properties to the interaction that a guest has with Centara staff,” said Chris Bailey, Centara’s COO.

“It is a full representation of Centara Hotels & Resorts, our values, our missions and our over-all impact on creating experiences for our guests.”



Royal Garden Spa – Best Traditional Thai Massage

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 ROYAL GARDEN SPA recently won a traditional Thai massage competition from The Professional Challenge by Thai Hotels Association Eastern Region. Royal Garden Spa achieved all criteria, which was to provide the guest with the perfect massage experience.

Royal Garden Spa is tucked away and yet set amid the bustling Pattaya City centre, with direct access to fitness clubs, beaches and the trendiest shopping centers.

Royal Garden Spa at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa offers extensive, a variety of distinctly Asian tropical beauty and rejuvenation therapies.




Beyond Beauty ASEAN 2015 set for Bangkok Sept. 24

ASEAN BEYOND BEAUTY ASEAN – BANGKOK will be adding a number of new features designed to make it the leading beauty event in the region.

This year’s event, planned for Bangkok’s Impact and Exhibition and Convention Centre Sept. 24, will also feature an OEM and packaging component and launch the first Beyond Beauty awards.

Its hosted VIP buyer program is being expanded to bring in more than 150 key buyers from across the region. Organizers also expect to attract more than 400 exhibitors and some 15,000 buyers and sellers.

Beyond Beauty ASEAN – Bangkok was launched in 2014 and contributed an estimated US $30 million in trade during and after the show. This year’s edition is supported and endorsed by industry associations in several key sectors of the Thailand beauty industry, including the Thai Cosmetics Manufacturers Association, Herbal Products Association, Health Food and Supplements Association, National Hairdresser Association, Thai Herbal Industry Association.

In addition, the new dedicated schemes of Made-In-Thailand & Small and Medium Enterprises provide Thai companies with the best opportunity to promote market & export their products to the international market.



TripAdvisor awards of excellence for five Sala properties

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TRIPADVISOR, the world’s largest travel review site, recently honoured SALA Resorts and Spas and sala boutique properties with the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.

The properties singled out for excellence were: SALA Samui, SALA Phuket, sala lanna, sala rattanakosin and sala Ayutthaya.

SALA Phuket also received Hall of Fame recognition, given to resorts which have earned a Certificate of Excellence for the five consecutive years.

The TripAdvisor award is given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an over-all TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews, and be listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“SALA Hospitality Group would like to take this opportunity to thank our valued guests for their positive reviews and constructive feedback and is looking forward to living up to the elevated expectations that come with this recognition as well as continuing its drive to be the holiday destinations of choice in Thailand,” said a SALA spokesperson.

In other SALA news, SALA Samui is offering a Romantic Dinner on your own private beach. For more details, call 66-7724-5888.

SALA Ayutthaya is offering a sight-seeing trip that features a tour by longtail boat through the maze of the Chao Phraya River and Pa Sak River with a native guru as your guide

At SALA Lanna in Chiang Mai, you can relax on the banks of the Ping River for afternoon tea, featuring scones, sandwiches and other delicacies served with freshly brewed teas from 1 to 5 pm daily. Price – 580 THB for two people.






Centara Grand Mirage big winner at Pattaya Food & Hoteliers Expo

CENTARA GRAND MIRAGE BEACH RESORT PATTAYA has won five awards in the Pattaya Hospitality Art Competition, held during the Pattaya Food & Hoteliers Expo 12.

The event consisted of various activities for the hospitality industry aimed at raising standards of service in food and beverage, flower arrangement, spa and housekeeping.

Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya emerged as the over-all champion by winning five trophies, namely the Gold medal for Thai Massage, and Silver medals for Swedish Massage, Signature Spa Beverage, Spa Display and Flower Floating.

“The five awards are a great triumph for our team,” said André Brulhart, general manager of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. “Everyone put heart and soul into the competition, with the same spirit that they show every day to our guests.”

The competition was judged by hospitality industry professionals.

”We are extremely proud of all the hard work that has gone into this fantastic achievement, with the awards won against some really tough competition,” said Elaine Chua, Centara’s group director of spa operations. “Our guests can be confident they receive the best of the Spa Cenvaree experience, from the smiles on our team members’ faces through to the world class treatments.’’

Located on the ground floor of the resort, Spa Cenvaree offers a full-service menu that goes beyond the usual trappings of a city spa. Each spa journey is designed to deliver results and rejuvenation through a personal approach, which takes into account all aspects of the individual’s current health, fitness level and lifestyles. Its extensive facilities include 22 treatment rooms, Vichy showers, herbal steam rooms, sauna, yoga and meditation pavilion, as well as relaxation lounge complete with freshly brewed herbal team and healthy snacks for guests.

 is located on Wong Amat Beach in North Pattaya, and is the first truly themed hotel in Thailand, designed to a Lost World concept and built around an extensive jungled water park.

The 18-storey property features 555 rooms and suites, all facing the ocean and has direct beach access to the stretch of 230 meters of white sand beach frontage.

The resort, which has become a destination in its own right, offers several specialty restaurants, a SPA Cenvaree, and a variety of facilities for all members of the family, including several swimming pools and water play areas in the water park.


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