Features

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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
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Christmas and New Year at Four Seasons Chiang Mai
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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

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

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 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.
 

Christmas and New Year at Four Seasons Chiang Mai

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USHER IN THE NEW YEAR or KHOM LAI at Four Seasons Chiang Mai by making a wish and releasing a candle-lit rice paper balloon into the night sky on the stroke of midnight.

The evening starts with family-style pre-dinner cocktails at 7 p.m., followed by an international gala with a countdown to 2017 at an exclusive pool party, featuring DJ Hed Kanadi from London’s No. 1 Dance and House Club, Ministry of Sound.

Christmas festivities include a Christmas Eve festive dinner buffet on Dec. 24 that includes Christmas favourites, international delicacies and cuisine to order at live cooking stations with a live jazz band playing Christmas songs.

Christmas Day starts with a brunch at the resort’s new cooking school, Rim Tai Kitchen, featuring honey-glazed ham, seafood on ice, guinea fowl and other dishes from around the world, and a jazz band playing Christmas favourites.

For more information and reservations, call +66 53 298 181 or e-mail Fb.chiangmai@fourseasons.com 

 
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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.

 

 

 

 

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