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The Goddess Retreat at Anantara Layan Phuket
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The winner of this year’s King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament
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Lest this day pass unnoticed
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2017 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament set for March 9-12
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The Red-Whiskered Bulbul and Phuket Marriott
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Christmas and New Year at Banyan Tree Samui
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SALA Phuket welcomes Superyacht Rendez-vous 2016
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Celebrating Christmas at Four Seasons Samui
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New spa manuals from Intelligent Spas
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Keep Your Gut Buddies Happy

The Goddess Retreat at Anantara Layan Phuket

ANANTARA LAYAN PHUKET RESORT is offering a unique wellness retreat from now until Oct. 21, 2017 with nutritionist, body coach and the UK’ s Goddess of Wellness, Mel Wells.

Set amidst the lush oasis of northern Phuket, Anantara Layan invites women from around the world to take part in The Goddess Sanctuary, a four-day retreat offering a private haven to help transform themselves and their relationship with food.

The retreat, the first for Mel Wells in Thailand, will encourage emotional, physical and nutritional restoration and relief for women who want to set themselves free of diets and fall in love with their bodies. Mel will use her certification as a Health and Eating Psychology Coach to help women gently transform their mindset and make peace with food.

Carefully selected for its location, Anantara Layan will help to bring to life her positive self-love message, encouraging goddess of every type to celebrate themselves and each other in a safe and luxurious environment.

The Revolution on Tropical Shores. The retreat program has been out together to ensure that Goddesses will get to embrace the peace and harmony of their surroundings.

Be nourished by the team of chefs and relax within the glamourous private spaces. The workshops will be an extension of her best-selling book, The Goddess Revolution, a handbook for women to help them make peace with food, love their bodies and reclaim their lives.

It’s a collection of tools, mindset shifts and lessons, as well as stories from her own journey and those of other women that she has worked with.

One of the most important parts of the transformation is nutrition, so Anantara has worked closely with Mel to offer a dedicated menu of healthy and wholesome dishes and meals throughout the retreat.

In addition to the workshops, retreat goers will be invited to take part in active and indigenous experiences such as traditional Thai Boxing (Muay Thai), paddle boarding on the Andaman sea, exploring bustling local wet markets, learn how to cook flavoursome and healthy Thai dishes, and care for rescued elephants in a nearby sanctuary.

To ensure that the soul is taken care of, there will be complimentary spa treatments, revitalizing yoga sessions and time to relax by the infinity pool, relish in the luxurious surroundings and connect with like-minded goddesses for the ultimate week of holistic nourishment.

Mel says “If you’re sick of your life being controlled by food and your weight, then I want to work with you and Anantara Phuket is the perfect paradise to do just that.

“The retreat is all about self-love and self-worth. And to celebrate the journey, I will be throwing a private Goddess Beach Party at the end of your stay, can’t wait to see you there.”

 

 

 

The winner of this year’s King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament

IN CASE YOU’RE WONDERING who won King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, it was Mekhong, who went head to head with reigning champions, King Power, culminating in a thrilling end to the tournament, with Mekhong clinching the title in the last moments of the match in a final score of 10-11.

A total of 10 teams with over 40 players from around the world created many memorable moments on and off the pitch during the annual four-day charity event in Bangkok.

A total of 25 unemployed ex-street elephants took part in this year’s tournament, during which time they received full veterinary checks from the Zoological Parks Organisation of Thailand (under the patronage of His Majesty the King of Thailand) and the Department of Livestock Development.

In addition, all elephants were given essential vitamins, food and care which are not available to them during their normal daily lives.

The tournament was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and is now one of the biggest charitable events in the Kingdom, raising funds for projects that better the lives of Thailand’s elephant population.  Six million THB has been raised this year, taking the total raised to date to over 50 million THB (US$1,400,000)

Funds will be donated to various projects including the Positive Reinforcement Target Training program for mahouts and vets, the Zoological Parks Organisation of Thailand which supports veterinary and educational projects to improve the year-round lives of the 300 elephants and mahouts in Ban Ta Klang, Surin Province where ex-street elephants face ongoing hardship.

Other significant benefits from the money raised by the tournament include: the ongoing Thai Elephant Therapy Project which has been underway since 2009 in conjunction with Chiang Mai University’s Department of Occupational Therapy, with future clinics to include children with Down’s syndrome and other conditions.

Other benefits include a 500,000 THB gantry to help lame elephants stand, donated to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC); 4,000 trees planted in Hua Hin for elephant corridors to stop farmer/elephant conflicts.

Funding a conservation curriculum for schools to teach children the importance of conservation and protection of wild elephants in Thailand, and funding Asia’s first workshop to show traditional elephant trainers and camp owners the benefits of Positive Reinforcement Training for captive elephants.

The event had something for everyone, kicking off with a colourful opening parade, with the opening ceremony overseen by the Kru Ba Yai, Thailand’s ‘elephant spirit men’, traditional dancers, plus the daily trunk-to-trunk action on the pitch.

Day two saw the tournament host hundreds of children from local schools in Bangkok. Known as Chang Noi Day (Little Elephant Day), the children were invited to get up close with the elephants and learn more about their national animal.

A range of educational walks, games and activities all teaching the benefits of elephant conservation and wellbeing were showcased by the organizers.

Saturday was ‘Ladies Day’, popularly known as ‘Bangkok Ascot’, where ladies dressed to impress with the best-dressed lady winning a stay in the Maldives.

The highly-anticipated final was presided over by the King of Thailand’s Royal representative, H.E. Air Chief Marshal Chalit Pukbhasuk, Privy Councillor.

Final Leaderboard for 2017 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament:  Mekhong, King Power, Casillero del Diablo, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Arabian Knights, Citi, PWC All Blacks, IBM, Benihana and Anantara.

For more information on the 15th Annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, visit www.anantaraelephantpolo.com.

 

 

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Lest this day pass unnoticed

HE WAS KNOWN as Dictionary Johnson, creator of the first English dictionary, under some very difficult circumstances. Before then, he eked out a living as a journalist, sometimes making up the speeches that were supposedly given in Parliament.

There is one memorable scene before he became famous:

JonsonEvening. May 16, 1763. James Boswell, an impressionable 22-year-old from Scotland, is about to meet Dr. Samuel Johnson for the first time. Boswell had tried to meet Johnson a number of times but something always went wrong at the last minute. Then, quite unexpectedly, while he was having tea with Mr. Davies, the bookseller and sometime actor, Johnson suddenly made an appearance.

By this time, Boswell, who liked to hobnob with the talented and famous, was highly agitated and nervous, wanting to insinuate himself to Johnson, yet frightened of saying the wrong thing.

Here’s how he remembered it in his biography of Johnson:

Mr. Thomas Davies, the actor, who then kept a bookseller’s shop in Russel Street, Covent Garden, told me that Johnson was very much his friend, and came frequently to his house, where he more than once invited me to meet him; but by some unlucky accident or another he was prevented from coming to us.At last, on Monday the 16th of May, when I was sitting in Mr. Davies’s back parlour, after having drunk tea with him and Mrs. Davies, Johnson unexpectedly came into the shop; and Mr. Davies having perceived him through the glass door in the room in which we were sitting, advancing towards us — he announced his awful approach to me, in somewhat the manner of an actor in the part of Horatio, when he addresses Hamlet on the appearance of his father’s ghost, “Look my Lord, it comes.” I found that I had a very perfect idea of Johnson’s figure from the portrait of him painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds soon after he had published his Dictionary, in the attitude of him sitting in his easy chair in deep meditation, which was the first picture his friend did for him, which Sir Joshua very kindly presented to me …

This passage still resonates, even after 254 years, as does this memorable account of Johnson’s meeting with David Garrick, a famous actor of the day and a former pupil from Johnson’s teaching days. They are standing backstage in Garrick’s theatre and Garrick had just asked Johnson how he liked it.

“I’ll come no more behind your scenes,” said Johnson, ”for the silk stockings and white bosoms of your actresses excite my amorous propensities.”

 

2017 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament set for March 9-12

WHERE? Bangkok. WHEN? March 9-12.

Now in its 15th  year, the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament has become one of the biggest charitable events in Southeast Asia with over US$1.3 million (BHT 46 million) raised and donated to projects that better the lives of Thailand’s wild and domesticated elephant population.

Thirty unemployed former street elephants will take part in this year’s festival, during which they will be given full veterinary checks and care, much needed food and drink and essential vitamin supplements for the duration of the event.

The welfare of the elephants that participate in the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is of paramount importance, with strict rules ensuring that the pachyderms are well cared for at all times.

By imposing a “no micro-chip, no game” rule, Anantara, which sponsors the annual event, guarantees that all participating elephants have been domestically bred and not captured from the wild or smuggled in from neighbouring countries.

The King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament recently awarded a silver medal for Sports CSR Initiative of the Year at the Asia 2016 SPIA Sports Industry Awards.

Organized by Sport360° and MMC Sportz, in partnership with the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Sports Authority of Thailand, the awards applauds sports industry leaders that demonstrate a balance between business, community and environment.

The 2017 event will have 10 teams encompassing over 40 players, including Thai celebrities, supermodels, professional horse polo players and New Zealand All-Blacks rugby players.

The four-day festival will have something for everyone including an impressive Opening Parade, Children’s Educational Day, Ladies Day, known as The ‘Bangkok Ascot’, and fun elephant related activities.

Anantara has long been associated with elephant conservation efforts with the formation of The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, which has performed over 40 rescues of elephants off the streets of Thailand, as well as bringing the hugely successful Elephant Parade to Bangkok.

For more information on the 15th Annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, visit www.anantaraelephantpolo.com

 

The Red-Whiskered Bulbul and Phuket Marriott

IF YOU GO TO PHUKET MARRIOTT, you’ll see a number of images of the Red-Whiskered Bulbul incorporated all around the resort – in its furnishings, fixtures, fittings and sculptures.

The bird, which got its name from its bright red cheeks, is prized by local people for their sweet call and beautiful plumage – especially the rarer all-white breeds. Its call is so charming and distinctive that it once captured the heart of royalty.

Recognizing the importance of this bird, Queen Sirikit of Thailand established an annual bird-singing contest in Narathiwat – a province in southern Thailand. This contest was intended to build stronger community relations in Narathiwat, giving the red-whiskered bulbul truly has a royal seal of approval.

The red-whiskered bulbul is quite rare, and it is believed that seeing one can bring good luck.

So if you see a red-whiskered bulbul at the resort, remember to treat it with respect – it represents the life and soul of the southern Thai community. Locals have them in beautiful cages. One bird in each in order to make them sing and go for the bird voice competition.

Also interesting is if they sing well and their voice is above the normal level, they are valued at more than 100,000 THB.

Phuket Marriott was officially opened in June 2016 as a completely refurbished resort. It was previously operated by Imperial Adamas.

Located on the sandy beach of Nai Yang, considered one of the most scenic area of Phuket, the 180-room resort is surrounded with tropical vegetation and lush green forest within the Sirinath National Park.

It is just a 10-minute drive from Phuket International Airport and adjacent to the old town of Nai Yang along with numerous natural attractions and scenic hot spots.

On hand for the official opening, Karl Hudson, area vice-president, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia & Japan of Marriott International, noted that Marriott had signed an agreement with TCC Land Asset World in 2013 to develop seven hotels and resorts in Thailand.

42-lobby_reflecting_pool_evening_3247_v2“We successfully opened Hua Hin Marriott Resort and Spa in March and are delighted to welcome this Phuket resort under our flagship Marriott Hotels brand. This recent addition of Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach increases our total portfolio in Thailand to 18.”

Phuket welcomes approximately 12 million visitors per year, mostly tourists from European and Asian countries. Phuket is one of the largest contributors to Thailand’s tourism industry, bringing around 200 billion Baht to the country each year.

“The opening of Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, will address the needs of both local and international travelers,” said David Ippersiel, general manager of the Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with signature welcome drinks in the open-air Greatroom with views and the fresh Andaman breeze.

Guest rooms are designed in two unique styles: traditional-Thai with relaxing earth tones, or a more sleek-contemporary décor with modern and innovative touches.

A choice of several restaurants and bars is available at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, offering both Thai and international cuisine with personalized service and local chefs.

The Andaman Kitchen, an all-day dining restaurant, features a wide array of dishes while the beachfront Big Fish Restaurant & Bar serves fresh seafood and offers a wide range of beverages, from local signature drinks to international cocktails. Afternoon tea is served in the resort’s open-air lobby lounge.

The resort also features a range of facilities — from its large lagoon-inspired swimming pool to a fully equipped 24 hour fitness centre, the luxurious Quan Spa with its world-renowned signature treatments to the beachside pirate-themed Kid’s Club.

The resort also has a 126-square-metre ballroom and several function rooms, all with natural daylight, that make it ideal for various types of events, ranging from private parties to exclusive seaside weddings.

For more information and reservations, call Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach at +66 (0) 76 625 555 or visit the official website of Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach: www.phuketmarriottnaiyang.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas and New Year at Banyan Tree Samui

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CHRISTMAS IS A SPECIAL OCCASION at Bayan Tree Samui, with three different meals to choose from on Christmas Eve and two different options on Christmas Day, plus an new year to remember.

On Christmas Eve, you can choose a gala dinner at the Edge – a buffet starting at 6 p.m., and featuring antipasti as well as traditional favourites; or a Royal Thai set five-course dinner at the Saffron, also starting at 6 p.m.; and a five course set dinner at the Sands, starting at 8 p.m.

68262844-h1-btthsm_un_0413_dining_in_villa_barbecue_hr0001If you’re in the mood for turkey on Christmas Day, head for the Sands, which is offering a special BBQ dinner that not only features turkey but a wide selection of sea and land favourites prepared at a live cooking station. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. Saffron will be offering a Thai culinary journey featuring a set dinner. Dinner starts at 6 p.m.

New Year’s Eve is Tropical Disco Night that starts with three different dining options – a Tropical Disco Gala buffet with live entertainment at the Edge from 7 to 10 p.m., while Saffron will be offering at a set dinner of Thai favourites.

The scene shifts to the beach for a countdown party from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. for a full evening od dancing and partying. And then, at the stroke of midnight, you can raise a glass of Champagne to welcome in the New Year.

 

 

SALA Phuket welcomes Superyacht Rendez-vous 2016

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FROM THE 16TH TO 18TH OF DECEMBER, shores of Phuket welcome Superyachts, their owners, captains and VIP guests to the Asia Superyacht Rendez-vous.

This exclusive invite-only event welcomes sail and power superyachts over 70 feet from all over the world for three days of excitement.

This year SALA Phuket Resort and Spa will be host to the Rendezvous. For the first time there will be a cup for the winner but yachts are also encouraged to participate in pleasure sailing (if racing does not appeal to them), they will be welcome to get the sails up while leisurely cruising around the course and motor yachts are encouraged to anchor around the course.

SALA Phuket Resort invites guests to experience this unique event in style at the resort, with rates starting from THB 5,838 THB.

For further information, contact info@salahospitality.com

 

 

 

Celebrating Christmas at Four Seasons Samui

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SPECIAL MENUS have been created by Executive Chef Chriz Patzold for two of Four Seasons Koh Samui’s distinctive restaurants to celebrate Christmas in style.

Pla Pla is offering traditional roast turkey, a glass of chilled Cava and plum pudding, while KOH Tai Kitchen & Bar will be serving a Thai-inspired Christmas menu that includes a complimentary wine.

New Year’s Eve festivities start with a special dinner to mark the occasion at one of the resort’s restaurants that features lobsters, oysters, foi gras, a pasta station and special Thai selections; or a Gala Dinner at Pla Pla restaurant, or festive dining at the Beach House.

Following dinner make your way to the Latin American Countdown  party around the infinity edge pool beside the ocean, listening to the resort’s Latin Band and DJ music featuring hits from today and yesterday, dancing, and a fireworks display  while feasting on desserts and free-flowing chilled Champagne all the way to the 2017 countdown.

For more information and reservations, call the Festive Desk Team at telephone: +66 77 243 000 or e-mail Concierge.Kohsamui@fourseasons.com.

New spa manuals from Intelligent Spas

Spa treatments at Centera CentralWorld Bangkok

Spa treatments at Centara CentralWorld Bangkok

 INTELLIGENT SPAS has just released a new spa operations and treatments package that includes a spa operations procedures and policies manual and a professional spa treatments manual.

Julie Garrow, Intelligent Spas’ president, describes the spa operations practices manual as a “virtual consultant, detailing practical guidelines you man reference and customize to your own specific requirements”.

Fast-track training for new spas and new employees, or ensure service standards are continuously maintained in established spas, by implementing great quality and highly consistent treatment delivery protocols.

The professional spa treatments manual is specifically designed with “highly consistent” procedures and scripts to make it easy for therapists to remember and deliver quality spa treatments, resulting is satisfying spa experiences which generates increased client loyalty and produces better consumer ratings and reviews.

The 31 detailed spa treatment procedures included in the manual cover: Water, Massage, Body, Face, Nails, Hair, and Extras, including waxing.

Supporting verbal scripts, product lists and process maps are also included to help guide training and implementation. The editable file is provided so you may customize the contents to your own specific requirements.

A secure PDF file and an editable Microsoft Word file are provided for easy customization.

She sees four key spa results from the treatment procedures manual – lower training costs; faster time to market for spas in the pre-opening phase; easier treatment delivery for multi-skilled therapists, and increased client loyalty.

 Intelligent Spas is also offering Spa Sessions Team Meeting Guides, which focus on three key areas: Business Success, Team Performance and Service Experience.

The guide features 60 meeting topics to give the spa a continuous stream of performance improving ideas, such as: Upselling, Cost controls, Adding value, Communication, Safety, Professionalism, Ethics, Delivering and Caring.

The Spa Sessions are designed to be relevant for all spa types and locations – from large spas to small salons, globally. They allow spa teams to come up with customized solutions for their specific business model – the key to best learning outcomes. A section entitled Session Starters is also included to help guide the meetings and prompt discussion.

Intelligent Spas has also prepared a Wellness Spas Benchmark Report, which is the first study to specifically identify key performance indicators for wellness spas.

The report contains a variety of statistics to help wellness spas better compete in the global spa industry. Information was collected via a detailed survey completed by spa owners/managers, then combined with additional research conducted by Intelligent Spas to provide a concise financial report.

Conrtact Intelligent Spas for further information and pricing.

 

 

Keep Your Gut Buddies Happy

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WITH THE ULTIMATE INDULGENCE for mind and body at the forefront, Six Senses is introducing delicious and nutritious smoothies and juices that incorporate important nutrients to keep the trillions of cells that make up the microbiome (pathogenic micro-organisms that enjoy a mutualistic relationship with the human body) in balance.

Cutting edge research from Dr. Steven Gundry’s institutes, The Center for Restorative Medicine and The International Heart and Lung Institute, both in California, has shown that feeding the body’s microbiome nutrient dense fibers and resistant starches dramatically improves over-all health.

Moreover, healthy gut bacteria (Dr. Gundry calls them gut buddies) has been shown to improve mood and attitude.  Dr. Gundry serves on the Six Senses Wellness Board and has been collaborating with Six Senses in reviewing all menus and enhancing them so guests can enjoy the same great taste, but prepared in an even healthier fashion.

The project is called Eat with Six Senses. Chefs are creating low-sugar and low-sodium items, gluten-, soy- and hormone-free options, identifying 90 to 100% of menu items as organic and keeping a close eye on lectins.

The first project Dr. Gundry worked on, in tandem with Nutrition Consultant Patrick Wahlberg and Sophie Bohnstedt of Sophie’s Raw in Stockholm, is the smoothie and juice menu. Six Senses is committed to serving refreshing, tasty juices and smoothies that feed gut buddies life-giving nutrients. And as a result, the new menu includes drinks that include a variety of vegetables, herbs, spices and fruit that contain lower amounts of fructose.

gut-buddies-2In addition, the drinks provide a nutritionally rich boost of concentrated micronutrients … it’s like a supplement in a glass. Guests who select to join one of the Six Senses Integrated Wellness programs: Cleanse & Detox; Sleep & Resilience; Trim & Fit and 100% Full Potential, are guided to which juices and smoothies are best suited to their wellness regime.

For those not on a program, they will find the selections equally tempting and nutritious. For those on the Cleanse & Detox program, the Green Senses juice is packed with ingredients to promote and support detoxification such as kale and broccoli.

They also include fennel and parsley which are filled with antioxidants; cilantro which binds heavy metals; ginger which offers anti-inflammatory properties and pineapple which is rich in vitamin C as well as the enzyme bromelain.

Smoothie guests should try the Coco Nap to assist with sleep. It’s velvety and refreshing and contains young coconut, papaya, lemon balm and lime.

The Trim & Fit smoothies, such as The Hulk, aid post workout recovery and muscle growth. The creaminess of macadamia nuts together with spinach and the richness of exotic spices make this a delicious green smoothie with a hint of Brazil nuts.

This smoothie also works very well with protein powder. Eat with Six Senses, a group-wide menu revamp that features low-sugar and low-sodium items, gluten-, soy- and hormone-free dining options, launches in 2017 at all resorts and spas.

In addition to serving seasonal and sustainable food items, 90 to 100 percent of menu items will be organic. Efforts also include the reduction of lectins found in grains, beans and nightshades which cause chronic inflammation, digestive problems and degenerative conditions in some people.
 

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