Memories of 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
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Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s ultimate holistic adventure
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Michelin Star Omakase Chef Jackson Yu visits YTSB – Yellow Tail Sushi Bar – July 20-24
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Centara Hotels & Resorts Celebrating Thai New Year and flash sale
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Banyan Tree Bangkok’s ‘Sense of Celebration-Songkran Splash offer’
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Soneva launches four-night wellness retreats

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.

 

 

 

 

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s ultimate holistic adventure

WEARY AND EXPERIENTIAL TRAVELLERS to Asia’s City of Angels alike are in for a holistic treat of authentic local immersion and vitality with the introduction of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Morning Wellness at Siam signature experience.

Offering a revitalising start to the day that in some ways follows Bangkokians’ typical morning routine, the program invites guests to rise and shine and embark on a unique wellness journey that culminates in total nourishment for the body, mind and soul.

The Morning Wellness at Siam program unfolds in three balanced stages that combine Buddhist culture and urban nature with energizing movement, a nutritious breakfast and spa wisdom:

Siam Culture: Rising at daybreak, guests participate in the daily Buddhist tradition of Tak Bart in the hotel’s lobby – in this ancient custom of making merit and bringing good fortune, guests are guided through the morning ritual of giving alms of food to monks, and in return receiving the traditional blessing of a chant.

Park Wellness: A short walk then leads guests to the nearby Lumpini Park. Referred to as the “Green Lung of Bangkok”, it offers rare open public spaces, trees, and playgrounds in the Thai capital, and paths totalling more than two kilometres that are popular amongst morning and evening joggers.

Here a quiet grassy spot overlooking the park’s lake and canal sets the tranquil scene for a 45-minute light energy session of ancient Chinese Qi Gong, meditation, yoga or Pranayama, guided by Anantara’s expert Balance Wellness practitioner.

This session offers flowing, graceful movements to boost energy flow and life force.

A picnic breakfast served on the lawns of Lumpini Park follows and features an abundance of creative healthy delights, including a quinoa and mixed fruit salad with poached shrimp; a charcoal bread sandwich filled with smoked salmon; homemade granola; and dark chocolate petit fours.

A vitamin-packed raw juice made from an ABC concoction of apple, beetroot and carrot and a detoxifying blend of kale, pear, lemon, ginger and honey is also served to refresh and wash all the nutritional goodness down.

After breakfast, guests experience another true taste of Bangkok when they return to the hotel by tuk tuk.

Holistic Healing: The Morning Wellness at Siam program continues at Anantara Spa where guests indulge in a signature 60-minute Chakra Crystal Balancing therapy treatment.

After selecting a crystal infused oil blend that resonates most with the individual, the body is surrounded by precious stones. These include the unconditional love of Rose Quartz for the Heart Chakra; the peace of Amethyst above the Crown Chakra; Tiger Eyes harmonising energy for balance beside the Solar Plexus Chakra; and Lapis Lazuli’s self-expression that empowers the Throat Chakra.

Whilst the energies of the precious stones work their healing powers, a purifying massage promotes holistic well-being by releasing stress and tension both physically and emotionally; harmonizing energy flow; stimulating blood circulation; and encouraging the body’s natural detoxification.

Singing bowls are used to commence and conclude the treatment to coax a deep state of meditative relaxation, while the soothing sounds enhance the chakra balancing benefits.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Morning Wellness at Siam signature experience lasts four hours and is priced at 8,500 THB per person.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact +66 2126 8866 ext. 1191, or email spa.asia@anantara.com

 

 

Michelin Star Omakase Chef Jackson Yu visits YTSB – Yellow Tail Sushi Bar – July 20-24

YTSB – YELLOW TAIL SUSHI BAR AT VIE HOTEL BANGKOK, MGallery by Sofitel welcomes an extraordinary visitor for the restaurant’s first time to host a Michelin-starred chef, Beijing native and transplanted San Franciscan 1-Michelin star Jackson Yu, for five evenings of Michelin Star Omakase course dinners.

In Japanese, “Omakase” means “trust the chef”. An Omakase feast is created completely up to the chef’s artistic inspiration and sense of balance, and its menu is usually composed on a daily basis.

In his own restaurant, Chef Jackson is often seen chatting with guests and determining their tastes with his fine sense of flavours. He is lauded for his craftsmanship and his personal customization of every dish to perfectly suit his guests’ individual tastes.

A Michelin Star Omakase Course (Dinner) with be served twice per day, with the first round served during 6 – 8: pm and the second during 8:30 – 10:30 pm, with each round limited to only ten seats.

Each Michelin Star Omakase Course by Chef Jackson Yu is 8,000 THB per person, or 10,000 THB per person with sake pairing.

Chef Jackson Yu long ago fell in love with the art of fine Japanese cuisine and early on set about his goal of becoming a master of the highly disciplined techniques that produce the world’s most elegant food.

Chef Jackson Yu has been preparing traditional sushi for almost 20 years. While honing his technical skills, his passion and talent have allowed him to work at some of San Francisco’s most renowned Japanese restaurants during this time, while eventually opening several of his own around the city.

For more details and reservations, contact Sawarot Srikokgruad, at 098 856 9783 or by email: ytsbm@viehotelbangkok.com

 

 

Centara Hotels & Resorts Celebrating Thai New Year and flash sale

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS will observe the upcoming Songkran Thai New Year period by wearing colourful traditional dress. Visitors and guests to the company’s properties are treated daily to graceful Thai service and cultural traditions that have become Centara’s hallmark. On this Songkran, from April 13-15, guests will be able to see staff dressed in the beautiful costumes of historic Siam.

“Thailand’s world-famous, genteel hospitality is at the heart of our company culture,” said Centara CEO Chirathivat about the idea. “What better way to emphasize our unique Thai-ness than trading our uniforms for charming, traditional costumes over the Thai New Year. It is our way of wishing our guests, partners, and friends a happy and healthy festive season.”

All 33 of Centara’s hotels and resorts within Thailand are taking part in this celebration, and guests are invited to enjoy festive dining options or a relaxing stay over the Songkran period, where they will receive the inimitable Centara Thai welcome.

Find out more about Centara at www.CentaraHotelsResorts.com

Flash sale at Centara Resorts and Hotels starting today, Wednesday, April 11

Centara Hotels & Resorts exclusively is offering CentaraThe1Card members 20% off every online rate for hotel bookings made between Wednesday, April 11 and midnight Sunday, April 15, 2018.

This five-day special hot deal is available for every package at every hotel, every room type and for every day of stay.

Membership registration is free and only takes a few seconds. If you’re not already a member, join now at https://centara1card.com/signup/

For more information or for further assistance with your booking, contact reservation centre at reservations@chr.co.th, call centre at +66(0) 2101 1234 www.centarahotelsresorts.com/featured-packages/centara-flash-sale/

 

 

Banyan Tree Bangkok’s ‘Sense of Celebration-Songkran Splash offer’

CELEBRATE SONGKRAN FESTIVAL at Banyan Tree Bangkok and get splashed by well-wishers.

This summer’s Songkran Splash promotion offers guests easy access to hot-list sites for a Thai-style holiday amid city-wide celebrations.

Immerse in a carefree and fun festive spirit that includes water splashing and graceful rituals, along with special holiday-themed extras.

Book stays in Oasis Retreat, Serenity Club rooms or any of the suite categories and enjoy complimentary cocktails for two persons at Saffron Sky Garden restaurant (per room, per stay), free WiFi / Internet and daily breakfast at Romsai Restaurant. Serenity Club and suite guests will also get a complimentary Club Lounge access.

The package also includes complimentary morning yoga or Muay Thai (traditional Thai kickboxing) lesson with qualified in-house instructors.

For guests wishing to take part in one of the city’s biggest and most lively wet and wild street splashfests, a complimentary “Tuk-tuk” shuttle to the popular Silom Road tourist spot will be provided, along with his/hers festive shirts and waterproof carry-case to protect valuables and mobile phones from the good-natured water-gun ‘crossfire’ of fellow partygoers, who flock to the downtown shopping district each year for the delightfully drenching festivities.

 

Soneva launches four-night wellness retreats

SONEVA, THE PIONEERING BAREFOOT luxury resort operator, has launched a series of new luxury wellness retreats throughout 2018 at its flagship Soneva Fushi resort in the Maldives, as well as at Soneva Kiri on the unspoiled island of Koh Kood in Thailand.

The four-night wellness retreats offer a choice of one of three wellness journeys, each revolving around yoga and the healing benefits of massage, and featuring personal consultations and nutritional guidance from expert therapists at the on-site spas:

Anti-Ageing Yoga

The daily practice of hatha yoga combats the signs of aging, while maintaining the balance between body and mind. Inclusions:

Integrated wellness consultation – one session; Personalized yoga (60 minutes) – three sessions; Guided meditation (45 minutes) – one session; Signature holistic massage (60 minutes) – one session; Anti-aging facial massage (60 minutes) – one session; and an Indian head massage (60 minutes) – one session.

Yogic Detox

Cleanse the body and mind with this ancient practice to improve and boost the digestive and immune systems. Inclusions:

Integrated wellness consultation – two sessions; Personalized yoga/fitness activities (60 minutes) – two sessions; Pranayama breathing exercises (45 minutes) – one session; Guided meditation (45 minutes) – one session; Green coffee body sculpting (60 minutes) – one session; Yogic intestinal cleanse – one session; Signature detox massage (60 minutes) – one session; and Detox cleansing ritual (90 minutes) – one session.

Yogic Sleep

Rejuvenate a tired body and mind, reduce stress and improve mood. Inclusions:

Integrated wellness consultation – one session; Personalized yoga (60 minutes) – three sessions; Yoga nidra (60 minutes) – two sessions; Ayurvedic Shirodhara (90 minutes) – one session; Foot acupressure (60 minutes) – one session; and Indian head massage (60 minutes) – one session.

Soneva’s four-night Wellness Retreats start at US$4,400 (for single occupancy) and US$7,200 (for double occupancy), inclusive of all accommodations, daily full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner), all non-alcoholic beverages and roundtrip domestic flight transfers (exclusive of taxes and fees). The promotion is available for selected dates in 2017 and 2018.

A minimum four-night stay is required, though additional nights can be purchased.

To book one of the Soneva Wellness Retreats, contact: reservations@soneva.com and use the booking codes SFWP18 for Soneva Fushi and SKWP18 for Soneva Kiri.

To learn more about the Soneva Wellness Retreats, click here. To learn more about Soneva, visit: www.soneva.com.

The offer is only applicable for new bookings made through Dec. 20, 2018.

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