Features

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Sustainability advancements at Six Senses Samui 
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Celebrating Loy Kathrong at Dhevi Dhara Chiang Mai
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Anantara Si Kao Offers guests a chance to save endangered dugongs
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Cliff-side chapel settings at Anantara Layan Phuket
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Relaunch of Amex’s Expression magazine at VIE Bangkok

Sustainability advancements at Six Senses Samui 

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 SIX SENSES SAMUI has unveiled its latest sustainability initiative – Farm on the Hill – in its quest to be more environmentally conscious and to offer an authentic Thai farm experience to guests.

The farm may be small, yet it adds big purpose and value to the resort’s operation while benefitting the local community.

The farm’s inception was born from a landscaping necessity, which includes a large volume of organic waste generated (e.g. branch trimmings), unutilized grey water, and lack of nutrient rich soil.

All the resort needed was 15-20 goats, 80 chickens, one simple greywater catchment system and the problem was solved. Six Senses Samui now has nutrient rich soil and is able to produce organic eggs, goat milk and an abundant crop of fresh vegetables.

farm-on-the-hillOther valuable features include a natural reed bed system to filter and remineralize the grey water, which can be used for irrigation – a creative waste to wealth garden and a module aquaponic system that is solely constructed from reclaimed waste materials.

Farm on the Hill is not only a sensible step in the right direction, it has also become a popular fun and learning experience for all ages. Guests, hosts and the local community can enjoy feeding the goats, collecting newly laid eggs and even picking organic produce for their next meal.

It also adds value to guests’ experiences. Guests can reserve Farm on the Hill for dinner and take in a private sunset tour of the grounds before enjoying a rurally-wholesome Thai barbecue.

“Farm on the Hill started as a small home-grown initiative to support our commitment to sustainability in the resort and our operations, yet in a short time it has grown into a positive example of what can be done with strong conviction and minimal funds,” said Gary Henden, general manager of Six Senses Samui.

“The project has inspired the team and the local community, who actively participate in its upkeep and in some circumstances have replicated at their own homes. The farm is only the start of a much larger transformation, as we plan to evolve our landscaping to become even more purposeful.”

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Loy Kathrong at Dhevi Dhara Chiang Mai

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CELEBRATED ANNUALLY throughout Thailand, the Loy Krathong Festival stems from the ancient tradition of floating handmade krathong, or decorated baskets, on a river on the night of full moon.

The significance of Loy Krathong is to pay respects to Buddha and seek forgiveness from the goddess of water for any misdeeds against her.

While celebrated throughout the country, Loy Krathong is especially mesmerizing in Chiang Mai, where thousands of floating lanterns fill the night sky producing a truly enthralling effect nowhere is there a better place to take part in this dazzling holiday than at The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, a property enveloped in the timeless customs of Northern Thailand’s ancient Lanna Kingdom.

dhara-dhevi-1“Enchanting Loy Krathong” offer is inclusive of three days, two nights’ package in the luxurious accommodation. Cost is 46,900 THB per villa and available exclusively from Nov. 13-16, 2016.

The package includes: Two nights luxury accommodation in a Deluxe Villa; daily American buffet breakfast for two at Akaligo Restaurant; roundtrip transfer from/to Chiang Mai International Airport; Kad Mua, welcome drinks, followed by Thai buffet dinner at Le Grand Lanna for two persons on Nov. 14, including complimentary Kom Loy release and Krathong; private rice-planting experience; and complimentary resort scheduled activities such as morning alms giving, yoga, Thai boxing, etc.

Advance reservation is required, and booking must be made directly with the hotel.

 

 

 

 

Anantara Si Kao Offers guests a chance to save endangered dugongs

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IN THE SOUTHERN PROVINCE of Trang, along the untouched Andaman coast, some of Thailand’s best kept secrets are easily accessible from Anantara Si Kao Resort, where guests are invited to give back to the surrounding natural environment.

The clear waters are home to one of the largest dugong populations in Southeast Asia. Also known as the ‘sea cow’, these sea mammals are becoming increasingly endangered due to hunting, fishing and destruction of their natural habitat.

In partnership with the Marine National Park Diversion Centre Trang, Anantara guests can take part in regenerating the fragile coastal ecosystem and rebuilding the prime feeding ground for endangered dugongs by planting its main food source – sea grass.

At the Anantara Si Kao’s Environmental Centre, guests gather sea grass seedlings from the nursery and learn interesting facts about dugongs and the importance of sea grass for their survival.

At low tide they travel to the stunning Had Chao Mai National Park for a short forest hike to the beachfront, and then walk across the sand banks to the restoration area, learning how to plant the sea grass with a local conservation expert.

Returning to the hotel, guests are presented with an Anantara Sea Grass Project certificate by the environmental team, as a gesture of appreciation for taking part in the CSR activity.

Sea grass plays a significant role in the ecosystem and also serves to protect and enhance the lives of coastal communities. It stabilizes the ocean floor, holds in sediment, breaks down waves, improves water quality and prevents erosion. Sea grass beds hold 10% of the oceans’ total carbon storage and twice as much carbon dioxide as rainforests. Sea cucumbers, sea urchins and crabs use it as a nursery and safe haven against strong currents. Sea grass provides food and habitat for nearly 70% of all sea creatures in the region and is a vital food source for the dugong population.

Though of great importance to the ecosystem, sea grass meadows are often forgotten in the conservation debate. Every hour across the globe, an area of sea grass the size of two football pitches is lost; a rate of loss that is equal to that occurring in tropical rainforests and on coral reefs, yet receiving a fraction of the attention.

Anantara Si Kao Resort is committed to changing this and created the Sea Grass Planting CSR Project to help educate guests, restore and conserve sea grass beds, ensuring that marine life like the endangered dugong can continue to thrive in their natural habitat in the south of Thailand.

It is estimated that there are approximately 250 dugongs left in the waters near Anantara Si Kao and the resort has also introduced tours that takes guests dugong spotting in their natural habitat. As guests keep their eyes peeled to spot dugongs swimming peacefully in the Andaman’s clear waters the excitement of a rare sighting is enriched by insightful facts about these shy and fascinating creatures.

Anantara Si Kao Resort has a variety of CSR projects that guests can join, including beach clean-up activities, educational projects to help conserve environmental resources, and monitoring of coral reefs, mangroves, sea grass, beach erosion and wildlife.

For further information, call +66 (0) 7520 5888 or email Sikao@anantara.com.

 

 

Cliff-side chapel settings at Anantara Layan Phuket

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AT ANANTARA PHUKET LAYAN RESORT, couples planning a paradise island wedding can say “I do” in a Thai or western ceremony, on a tropical beach or in an iconic cliff-side chapel

Each package features a host of convenient and romantic inclusions, starting with roundtrip airport transfers provide seamless journeys for the couple as well as guest seating and floral decorations at the chosen venue.

The bridegroom receives a boutonniere. In addition to a bouquet, the bride enjoys the beauty services of a hair and makeup artist, and an English-speaking master of ceremony conducts the symbolic vows as well as a wedding cake, music and sound system.

A professional photographer captures all the big moments. The package also includes a bottle of sparkling wine makes for the toast, and a one-night stay with breakfast.

The four distinctive wedding packages let each couple create a perfect day in their own unique way.

The Anantara Chapel Wedding package, priced from 89,000 to 109,000 THB, takes place at the private cliff-side chapel, featuring a spectacular coastal view and a uniquely intimate setting for up to 40 guests.

Filled with meaningful customs, the Thai Wedding Package includes a monk alms-giving ceremony, a water blessing ritual, and neck garlands for the bride and groom, priced from 149,000 THB.

The Layan Beach Wedding Package, held on a stretch of sand and framed by a captivating bay view, a wedding on Layan Beach can accommodate up to 150 relatives and friends, and is priced from 99,000 to 179,000 THB.

Married couples are invited to rekindle romance with the Honeymoon Renewal Package. Available on the beach or at the chapel, this special package includes a uniting lantern ceremony, and is priced from 89,000 to 109,000 THB.

Weddings at Anantara Phuket Layan Resort are purely symbolic in nature.

To find out more about Anantara Layan Phuket’s special wedding packages, contact the resort’s wedding consultant at 66 76 317 200 or email phuketlayan@anantara.com.

 

 

 

 

Relaunch of Amex’s Expression magazine at VIE Bangkok

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From the left: Melissa Shaw, general manager at VIE Hotel Bangkok; Anakkawat Kowathanakul, vice-president consumer card Thailand of American Express (Thai) Co., Ltd.; and Nuntakorn Chang.

VIE HOTEL BANGKOK, a member of the MGallery Collection, was host the long-awaited re-launch of American Express’s Expression magazine, with a themed evening devoted to “A Sophisticated Way of Life”.

The evening was attended by high-profile partners, and included a wine tasting organized by G Four Fine Wines; an exhibition from Soul, the private residence by AP Thai; Jaguar Land Rover’s latest vehicles with an exclusive one night only special offer; and a private showing of Jubiliee’s diamond jewelry, with experts on hand to provide insights, followed by a glamorous mini fashion show, featuring a selection of Jubilee’s latest collection.

VIE Hotel Bangkok’s chefs prepared tapas and snacks paired with a selection of wines sponsored by G Four Fine Wines. Entertainment was provided by one of Thailand’s most famous fortune tellers.

 

 

 

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