Memories of Thailand

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An evening of full swing with Biggles Big Band at Centara Hua Hin
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Celebrating Songkran at Centara April 11-15
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Michelin Star French Chef at VIE Hotel Bangkok, April 3-5
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Elite Weddings and honeymoon specialists visit Centara Grand Hua Hin
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Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s at Four Seasons in Thailand
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Anantara’s worldwide tour of Christmas indulgence
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Christmas and New Year’s at Soneva Kiri
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Six Senses Samui Invites Helping Hands
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Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach welcomes back ‘Dream Wedding’ couples for first anniversaries
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Soneva Kiri’s mushroom cave lunch

An evening of full swing with Biggles Big Band at Centara Hua Hin

 SWING EXCITEMENT was in the air when Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin welcomed Biggles Big Band to delight Thai fans with hits from the golden era of jazz.

The beautiful city of Hua Hin was in excitement as an Amsterdam-based 25-piece jazz orchestra, Biggles Big Band, recently revisited the iconic Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin as part of their 2019’s Thailand Tour.

Attended by hundreds of guests and all jazz lovers from across the globe, the event “A Big Night With Biggles Big Band” was a success with Jan Weisheit the hotel’s resident manager, personally welcoming and greeting Adrie Braat the conductor, and the big band with the management team prior to the recreation of the magical sounds from the swinging-and-dancing era.

Highlights of the glittering evening included tunes from their amazing musical repertoire such as In The Mood, Come By Me, Fly Me To The Moon, and many more famous jazz classics recreated with their well-known contemporary styles, all perfectly complimenting a wonderful atmosphere of the hotel.

For more information or to make a reservation, call +66 (0) 3251 2021

 

 

 

Celebrating Songkran at Centara April 11-15

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS is partnering with Smile in Love Wedding Studio to showcase Thailand’s rich cultural heritage embodied in traditional Thai clothing throughout the upcoming Songkran Festival 2019.

This year’s Songkran festival runs from April 12-18, one of Thailand’s favourites that attracts thousands to Thailand every year as Thai people mark the event by throwing water at each other to wash away their troubles from the previous year. It also makrs the start the Thai new year.

At Centara, staff will wear traditional Thai costumes, providing guests with an up-close look at the timeless style and glamour of authentic Thai apparel. In addition, guests at every hotel and resort property across the group will be invited to take part in Thai cultural activities such as the offering of beautiful handmade jasmine garlands and the traditional pouring of scented water over the palms.

Preparations are well underway at all 33 Centara properties within Thailand to extend a warm welcome and Thai-style hospitality to guests soon to arrive from around the world to join the Songkran festivities nationwide.

All front-line staff will be dressed in traditional Thai costumes from April 11-15 holiday period. Special activities, such as a booth for sprinkling scented water on the Buddha’s image, a set-up for pouring scented water onto elders’ palms, along with traditional Thai folk performances are also being arranged, enabling guests to experience the many appealing facets of this popular annual festival.

As the Thai hotel brand-of-choice among both Thai and international guests, Centara takes great pride in delivering its standard of Thai-style service and hospitality to guests while celebrating an important and joyful cultural occasion together with millions of Thais.

 

Michelin Star French Chef at VIE Hotel Bangkok, April 3-5

 La VIE – Creative French Cuisine in VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel, in collaboration with Thai Airways International Public Company Limited and Krungthai Card Public Company Limited (KTC), is offering an unique culinary experience with Michelin-starred Chef Nicolas Isnard, a master of the Mediterranean influence in French cooking for three days from April 3-5,2019.

Michelin-starred Chef Nicolas Isnard is chef and co-owner of Auberge de la Charme á Prenois restaurant, which was awarded a Michelin star within a year after opening, Chef Nicolas comes from the south of France and his grandparents were Italian, which much of his own sense of exciting tastes in a unique style both sincere and experimental.

Chef Nicolas has also been awarded 4 toques by the Gault & Millau guide and received the honored title of ‘Maitre Cuisinier de France’ in 2012.

Cooking is a “life-long passion” to Michelin-starred Nicolas Isnard. He loves his calling and the foods he works with, blending a sensitive knowledge of techniques with sheer passion to produce works of culinary art that linger deliciously on the palate, bringing to mind every dream of the azure Mediterranean and the richness of southern French cuisine.

The sevenCourse Michelin Star Set Dinner (Dinner is served at 7:00 pm) costs 5,750 THB per person for food. A perfectly paired wine package is available at an additional charge of 1,800 THB per person.

 

 

 

Elite Weddings and honeymoon specialists visit Centara Grand Hua Hin

 

THE TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND (TAT) staged Amazing Thailand Romance Trade Meet 2019, held for the fourth time with Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.

 The event featured some of the country’s most exclusive and discerning products for a rapidly growing market, as one the main venue highlights, led by Srisuda Wanapinyosak, TAT deputy governor of international marketing – Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas, and David Martens, general manager and corporate director of operations, Centara Hua Hin, Krabi & Samui.

More than 70 participants from 20 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, India, and Malaysia took part in the sessions and tours of Hua Hin, including being welcomed at Mrigadayavan Palace of Thailand’s Royal Family.

Srisuda Wanapinyosak, from TAT added: “The opening of the Mrigadayavan Palace for such exclusive private parties for pre-weddings and honeymoons is expected to be a major draw card for buyers seeking exclusive new services and products to present to their respective guests.”

Following a welcome reception, the main business events were held at the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.

They included a briefing presentation on the Amazing Thailand Romance Market Insight by 10 keynote speakers to bring in outside perspective and share industry trends and tips to Thai sellers, and lastly, the Thailand product presentation for buyers, making for a great opportunity to enhance the positioning of Thailand as the preferred wedding and honeymoon destination among other popular choices.

David Martens from Centara Grand Hua Hin described Hua-Hin as a spectacular seaside town within just a three-hour drive from Bangkok. It serves as a good space for wedding ceremonies, with soft natural light, as it faces east, making for a great option for a beach destination wedding.

“For Centara Grand Hua Hin, the hotel itself boasts that charming old-world feel. It was restored to its original elegance of 1923. “

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, which first opened its doors to welcome guests in the early 1920s, is regarded as one of the grand hotels of the East, with a wide expanse of gardens perfect for strolling and enjoying the sea breezes. With its perfect location in the town centre, it’s ideal for exploring and shopping, and as a prime destination for couples and families.

 

 

 

Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s at Four Seasons in Thailand

 CHRISTMAS EVEN DINNER at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai starts with an extravagant open-air buffet, while live jazz and traditional carols by a live choir fill the air. Dinner features a journey around the world that includes selection of cold cuts, cheeses, and desserts also awaits. We’ll keep the kids entertained, so you can take a breather.

Dinner will be served from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Cost: 3,200 THB for adults and 1.600 THB for each child. Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Four Seasons’ Christmas Day feast includes classic holiday dishes, along with a spread of international specialties at its Rim Tai Kitchen and feature Christmas carols by a live choir and a visit from Santa and Santarina for the little ones.

Christmas Lunch will be served form noon to 3.30 pm. Cost: 2,800 THB for adults and 1,400 for each child,

On New Year’s Eve, say goodbye to 2018 with an evening of festivities in Four Seasons style that begins with intimate cocktails, followed by a sit-down dinner amid terraced rice fields.

The revelry continues at the poolside as the DJ from the renowned Ministry of Sound spins foot-tapping tunes, and free-flow drinks and dancing

It ends with fireworks at midnight, and the release of Thai lanterns into the sky for good luck in the New Year. The celebration starts at 7 pm and ends at 1 am. Price is 14,000 THB for adults and T7,000 THB per child,

 At Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, the celebrations start with an afternoon tea.

Executive Pastry Chef Dustin Baxter has put together a menu of petit fours, including gourmet sandwiches with Duck Egg, Winter Truffle and Watercress in Brioche Bun;  Goat Cheese, Spiced Pumpkin Chutney and Foie Gras in Pumpernickel Bread and more.

Guests can get into a the spirit of the season with sweets like Classic Stollen or Raspberry Pistachio ‘Bouche de Noel’, while soaking in the island life. It stats at 1 pm and ends at 5 p.m. Price is 1,250 THB a person.

The tea runs from Dec. 21 to Jan. 7. Price: THB 1,250 person

Four Seasons Samui’s Christmas and New Year’s Day brunches combine a lavish buffet of Thai and International cuisine, with nostalgic seasonal dishes from around the globe, including traditional roasts with rich, savoury sides, decedent dessert and more festive favourites and a glass of sparkling wine. Both brunches run from noon to 4 pm.

On New Year’s Eve, there is a masquerade countdown party around the infinity-edge pool, as its band lays down great rhythms. Then the promise of new beginnings with dancing and a fireworks display while enjoying perfectly chilled Champagne that flows freely all the way to the 2019 countdown.

It gets under way at 10:30pm and ends with the count down for the New Year. Price is 9.500 THB per person and includes fre-flowing Champagne.

For late risers, there’s a New Year’s Day Lazy BBQ Brunch at the Beach House – a beachside barbecue serving up some classic comfort dishes while enjoying beautiful views of the Gulf of Thailand. There’s also a late breakfast with some brunch dishes and a selection of pastries next to a smoking grill, cooking up favourite barbecue classics while you sip on coconuts.

It runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Price per person is 2,500 THB.

FROM THE FLAME

An evening of char-grilled succulence awaits. Enjoy a selection of fire-cooked delights in our lush tropical gardens, including whole roasted, grills, and marshmallows roasted in the bonfire at the Cocktail Lawn. Not to mention the fire dancers, who take the experience to a whole new level.

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm on Dec. 18, 22, 29 and Jan.3, 2019. Cost: 3,000 THB per adult and 1,500 THB per child

 

Anantara’s worldwide tour of Christmas indulgence

SANTA CLAUS HAS already scheduled a variety of stops at Anantara Resorts along his whistle-stop global tour.

At Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, Santa will take a rest at the enchanting Tree House restaurant to sample treats freshly baked by the younger guests and maybe just read a story to thank them.

In the Maldives, Santa will arrive at Anantara Veli Resort aboard a jet ski, before leading the charge of restless guests looking to burn off festive indulgence at the annual ‘Chase-A-Santa’ fun run around Anantara Dhigu Resort. Children aged eight years and over can even go on an underwater present hunt, searching for surprises left hidden among the coral.

On the coconut fringed shores of Sri Lanka, Santa will be joined by his assistant Santerina, to visit Anantara Kalutara Resort by boat. Kids will welcome them ashore from the banks of the lagoon before receiving a festive gift.

Anantara Kalutara has also joined forces with their local community to create a HOPE Christmas Tree. Less privileged children in the area will each write a festive wish to leave on the tree, guests can then pick a wish and make it come true by offering the gift for the child to present at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

In Abu Dhabi, Santa will commission special use of a fleet of camels to drop by Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, before switching to horseback to visit Sir Bani Yas Island’s Anantara resorts.

Over the festive period in Vietnam, indulge in a sumptuous brunch at The Artspace, a new innovative art and dining concept at Anantara Hoi An Resort featuring original artwork in a variety of media created by local artists.

Guests can don their finery to sip Champagne whilst drinking in the works of revered local artists and photographers. It’s the ideal spot from where to fuel up before getting setting out onto La Rue Des Arts to get lost among the picturesque backstreets of UNESCO heritage site, Hoi An Ancient Town.

In Thailand, Bangkok’s most prestigious address, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, welcomes holiday makers and well-heeled residents for the most lavish brunch spread in town. Caviar, lobster and freshly shucked oysters are served alongside a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Kids of all ages will be wide eyed at the dazzling array of desserts, cakes and patisseries all specially decorated with a touch of festive sparkle. The local children’s choir of Bangkok will entertain diners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Down in the leafy island of Phuket, Zuma will pop-up again at Anantara Layan Resort to infuse Japanese flavours to this slice of paradise until February 2019. Whether from the main kitchen, grill, or sushi counter, guests can enjoy these modern takes on traditional Japanese cuisines while DJs spin mellow tunes in a breezy beachfront atmosphere.

New Years Eve will be a sparkling occasion at Anantara’s sister property in The Maldives, Niyama Private Islands. Britain’s Got Talent dance troupe, Diversity Juniors, futuristic illusionist and magician extraordinaire, Hara, as well as legendary Ronnie Scott’s Soho nightclub residents, Soul Family descended upon nature’s playground for a party.

For more information, visit www.Anantara.com

 

Christmas and New Year’s at Soneva Kiri

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS at Soneva Kiri include Indian, Arabic and Japanese pop-up dinners, guided snorkelling, cooking classes, sushi and vegan master classes, tastings and more.

Christmas Eve begins with cocktails and drinks on the jetty, before a dinner that includes traditional American Butterball turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, a full carvery station, vegetables and herbs from the organic gardens and mulled wine.

A ‘catch of the day’ barbecue lunch will take place on the white sands of North Beach on Christmas Day, followed by European or Asian themed dinners at The View and Chef Benz at Benz’s respectively.

The New Year’s Eve Food Journey will treat guests to international cuisine at the Dining Room, followed by the countdown to 2019 on the jetty, where guests can dance to music spun by a DJ.

For the younger Soneva guests, a Christmas treasure hunt has been organized at the Den, a tour to the nearby Reindeer Island to see the local deer that live there, and a New Year’s party exclusively for the children will also be held in the Den.

A limited number of villas are still available during the festive period. For more information about Soneva, visit www.soneva.com

Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani also have extensive programs planned for their Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 

 

Six Senses Samui Invites Helping Hands

A MORE HANDS-ON AND PURPOSEFUL holiday experience is being offered to guests at Six Senses Samui.

When staying for four nights or more anytime up to June 30, 2019 and guests are invited to join the resort’s green initiatives at Farm on the Hill. And as an added incentive, the resort pledges your last night’s accommodation rate to its community chest that supports the children’s ward at Koh Samui Hospital.

The multi-day experience includes a tour around Farm on the Hill, working in the farm with the resort’s team, learning how to make EMs (effective micro-organisms), bio cleaners and other interesting products in the Earth Lab, making signature lemongrass straws, savoring Thai afternoon tea at the Farm, picking produce and preparing lunch with the chef, and exploring the neighborhood by bike while cleaning Plai Laem Temple.

At the end of each stay, guests are treated to a 60-minute massage and manicure session at Six Senses Spa Samui, before bidding farewell to newfound friends at the Farm.

Tranquil Six Senses Samui nestles on a gently sloping headland on the northern tip of Samui Island, approximately three miles (five kilometers) from Samui Airport and just a 45-minute flight south of Bangkok.

Six Senses Samui is inspired by a Thai fishing village.

The villa accommodations, most with private pools, are located on 20 acres (eight hectares) of natural vegetation offering stunning panoramic sea views of the Gulf of Thailand.

Award-winning dining is on offer at Dining on the Rocks, with 270-degree vistas of the outlying islands. All the treatments expected from a Six Senses Spa, and many more, are offered with each one in the unique style of Six Senses Samui and tailored to the individual.

Special rates start at US 2,665 and are subject to terms and conditions.

To learn more about this offer, visit www.sixsenses.com/resorts/samui/offers/, send your inquiry to reservations-samui@sixsenses.com or call +66-772-456-78.

Be sure to reference promotional code PKSP59 when making a reservation.

 

 

Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach welcomes back ‘Dream Wedding’ couples for first anniversaries

PHUKET MARRIOTT RESORT and Spa, Nai Yang Beach recently welcomed back the winners of its inaugural “Dream Wedding” Facebook campaign to the resort to celebrate their first wedding anniversaries.

Last year’s Dream Wedding campaign was hugely successful, and concluded with three ceremonies – two weddings and one engagement – taking place simultaneously at the resort.

As part of their prize, the couples were invited back to the resort to celebrate their first anniversaries and rekindle magical memories in the spectacular surroundings of Nai Yang Beach.

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach was host toan exclusive dinner for the two married couples, Been & Newz and Waew & Sven. The resort’s management team joined this celebration at the resort’s beachfront.

“We would like to congratulate both couples on their first wedding anniversaries. Last year’s Dream Wedding campaign was a great success and reflects how social media can help us create meaningful connections with our guests in a fun and interactive way. This anniversary also reaffirms our resort’s status as the perfect destination for dream weddings and other romantic occasions,” said David Ippersiel, general manager, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach.

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

 

Soneva Kiri’s mushroom cave lunch

SONEVA KIRI’S MUSHROOM five-course meal is made with mushrooms grown in Soneva Kiri’s mushroom hut – all within a natural cave tucked away in the jungle. This private dining experience is limited to a maximum of four.

It starts with a short trek to a natural cave surrounded by jungle and the sounds of nature. The five-course vegetarian Thai meal or Western non-vegetarian meal is made with more than six different varieties of mushrooms, all grown in Soneva Kiri’s mushroom hut.

The main dish will be prepared live for you by one of our chefs, who will tell you about the health and wellness benefits of mushrooms.

Other Soneva Kiri experiences include:

Koh Hood’s Butterfly Quest — An three-hour explorative trail through the rainforest, guided by Soneva Kiri’s expert Tropical Ecologist. Along the way you’ll discover a secret waterfall before you get acquainted with the 100 species of exquisite butterflies on the island.

Or dive in the Gulf of Thailand’s tropical waters under the highest international standards with our scuba or open water diving courses and experience the highest international standards from expert instructors, and impeccable attention to detail. Choose from either scuba or open water diving courses.

Head out to the House Reef, which has an incredibly diverse array of coral species, with the healthiest parts having a 58% live coral cover. Our House Reef has also not suffered from any coral bleaching.

For more details: lifes-kiri@soneva.com

There’s also the mesmerizing corals in the seas around Koh Kood. Dive around Solar Reef, a very successful artificial reef that uses the power of the sun to help generate coral. The main species of coral found here is staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) – which is on the IUCN Red List as critically endangered. While down there keep on the look out for the family of batfish that call this reef home.

 

 

 

 

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