Memories of Thailand

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Celebrating Christmas at Four Seasons Samui
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Christmas and New Years at Soneva Kiri
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Christmas and New Year at Four Seasons Chiang Mai
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Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve in timeless style at The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
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A new lively Italian Trattoria: Allegro at Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
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Anantara’s Elephant Parade Bangkok auction raises millions for charity
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Splash your way into the New Year with Dusit
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Anantara’s 2016 King’s Elephant Cup Polo Tournament winners
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Celebrating Easter at Soneva
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1-Michelin Star Chef from Paris at VIE Hotel Bangkok March 23-26

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.

Christmas and New Years at Soneva Kiri

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IT ALL STARTS, Saturday, Dec. 24, with breakfast in The Living Room, followed by stretching exercises at Six Senses Spa, cooking class at Benz Restaurant, where you can create your own lunch, served at The View, or lunch at the North Beach for fresh salads an Australian beef and a New World wine.

Christmas Eve festivities include drinks at The View, with carol singing by children from the Klong Jao School, Koh Hood, and Christmas canapés, followed by Christmas Eve dinner, served outside The Living Room, featuring Butter Ball turkeys from the U.S., farmhouse herb stuffing. There’s also a carving station, offering New Zealand lamb and Wagyu beef from Australia, served with mulled wine or Gluhwein.

On Christmas Day, breakfast will last until 11.30 a.m., followed by Christmas lunch, starting at 12.30 p.m., featuring Catch of the Day from the bays of Koh Hood; and Christmas Dinner at The View and The Benz, that will feature a European Classic Christmas Dining Table.

9Boxing Day, Dec. 26, will be a busy day. Breakfast in The Dining Room, followed by a range of activities that include Muay Thai, Tai Chi, a tour of Koh Rang National Marine Park, the underworld of Koh Yak and Koh Yak Yai, and cooking class at The Wood Oven. Two alternatives for lunch: Japanese lunch at The View, or Aberdeen Angus bergers and “buckets of beer” at The North Beach. Dinner will feature Old and New World wines at The View and The Benz.

New Years Eve, Dec. 31, starts early with cocktails from 2 to 5 p.m. on the beach to the sounds Tonga’s Calypos Singers, followed at 6 p.m. for a New Year’s Eve performance at the resort’s outside Cinema Paradiso.

Count down festivities start at 10.30 with a special New Year’s Eve culinary journey in The Dining Room, followed by special performances by Whisky Kiss, highland and break dancers as guests and performers welcome in 2017.

 

 

 

 

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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Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve in timeless style at The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai

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THE DHARA DHEVI CHAING MAI is offering a memorable collection of seasonal accommodation and dining specials to mark the festive season.

Available from Dec. 22-26, 2016 during Christmas as well as New Year from Dec. 29, 2016 until Jan. 3, 2017, special “Festive Delights” accommodation offers are now available for booking from 38,000 THB  up to 45,000THB  per night with benefits that include:

An accommodation in luxurious Deluxe Colonial Suite; daily American Buffet breakfast for two at Akaligo Restaurant; complimentary 60-minute spa treatment for two at The Dheva Spa and
Wellness Centre; complimentary Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2016, for two persons at Akaligo restaurant; Or a complimentary Festive Gala Dinner on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2016 for two and a bottle of hampagne; roundtrip transfer from/to Chiang Mai International Airport.

Terms and Conditions: A minimum of three nights stay is required; Christmas offer from Dec. 22-16, 2016 and New Year offer from Dec.29, 2016 to Jan. 3, 2017.

Additionally, The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai is featuring a selection of specially prepared holiday dining experiences to eat, drink and be merry.

Available to hotel guests and outside diners, seasonal meals include:

37_spa_lobbyChristmas Eve program on Dec. 24 dinner offer at both Akaligo and Le Grand Lanna complete with Christmas carols and a special visit for the hotel’s young guests from Santa Claus, himself.

The Christmas Eve Gala Dinner at Akaligo restaurant, priced 4,500 THB per person and 2,250 THB per child ages between 6-12 years old.  A group of Carol singers will be performing their Christmas repertoire before Santa makes his appearance.

Christmas Eve Thai Set Dinner at Le Grand Lanna – an atmospheric meal at the property’s Thai restaurant, featuring a lavish set menu, Thai dance performance and Santa Claus appearance; priced at 3,999THB per person and 1,999 THB per child  between 6-12 years old

Christmas Day features Special Festive Brunch Treats at Akaligo and a Sunday Brunch buffet, with special holiday menu items at Akaligo restaurant, priced at 2,400 THB per person

There’s also a Christmas Day Set Dinner at Farang Ses, featuring contemporary French dishes at the resort’s regal French restaurant overlooking the property’s rice fields, priced at THB 4,100 THB per person.

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner –  New Year’s Eve is always a grand occasion at The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, and this year that tradition is set to continue with “Carnival of Colours” as the theme for the evening’s celebrations.

Guests are welcomed with cocktail party at the Red Square (below the main lobby), followed by a Gala Buffet Dinner on the Ceremonial Lawn from 8 pm to priced 12,500 THB per person, including one bottle of Champagne per two persons. The New Year’s entertainment includes a live band with international singer, vibrant shows, DJ and countdown ground fireworks.

For more information or to make reservation, call 053 888 888 or emailenquiry@dharadhevi.com

 

 

 

A new lively Italian Trattoria: Allegro at Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai

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THE DHARA DHEVI CHIANG MAI, a luxury resort in Northern Thailand, is set to open a new Italian trattoria, Allegro, in November.

As the resort’s 10th dining venue, Allegro will offer diners a taste of true Italian cuisine, focused on simple, family-style dishes, including wood-fired pizzas, hearty pastas and antipasto platters designed to be shared.

Italian aperitifs, featuring martini, gin and vermouth, along with an extensive Italian wine list, will accompany dishes while classic Italian desserts such as Tiramisu and Panna Cotta will round out a satiating meal.

The bistro-style restaurant will include a wood-fired pizza oven, cozy bar and bustling delicatessen, preparing a rich selection of premium charcuterie, olives, pickles, fresh-baked focaccia and daily specialties available within the restaurant and for takeaway.

Allegro will welcome guests not as diners but as family, complete with an inviting staff and a live cooking experience no matter where you’re seated, thanks to the restaurant’s layout and open kitchen approach.  The restaurant will be available from 11.30 a.m.– 22.30 p.m.

dhara-dhevi-1Chef Dario Busnelli is an experienced chef who has worked throughout Europe and Thailand. He specializes in traditional Italian cuisine based on time-honoured dishes that showcase the best of both local and imported seasonal ingredients.

“Allegro’s much-anticipated opening will further enhance our guests’ dining options while also being one of the finest Italian restaurants in the region. Bringing this concept to life at The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai for the first time is an honour and we all look forward to welcoming local and international guests to join us for not only a memorable meal, but an immerse Italian dining experience,“ said  Andrew Quinlan, Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai’s general manager,

For more information on The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai’s new Italian trattoria, Allegro, call 053 888 888 or email enquiry@dharadhevi.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anantara’s Elephant Parade Bangkok auction raises millions for charity

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ELEPHANT PARADE BANGKOK ended with a gala dinner and charity auction held at Anantara Siam Bangkok. The prestigious auction house, Christies, played host for the event, which raised more than 10 million THB (US$300,000).

This money will be donated to various charities that benefit wild and domestic elephants throughout the region.

The colourful herd of almost one hundred 1.5 metre elephants has delighted residents and tourists alike as they travelled throughout the Thai capital for three months, starting with a launch at Siam Paragon in December 2015 to honour the 88th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Bangkok’s premier night market, Asiatique was the herd’s second stop before finally ending in the more natural surroundings of Lumphini Park, allowing approximately one million visitors to get up close and personal with the capital’s largest ever outdoor art exhibition.

All elephants showcased in Elephant Parade Bangkok have been available for the public to bid and own in an online auction and 20, selected by Christies, were auctioned off at the gala dinner.

Anantaras Elephant Parade Bangkok - Sirinya Bishop.jpgNotable celebrity painted elephants auctioned off on the night included, actor and martial artist Tony Jaa; supermodel and actress Sirinya Bishop; singer and musician Kong Saharat and architect Duangrit Bunnag. The largest bid of the evening went to the elephant Utopia by artist Elizabeth Romhild for THB 600,000 (US$17,000)

The final proceeds will be donated to The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation who in turn will select strategic partners to drive forward key conservation projects.

These include building the first elephant clinic in Chiang Mai’s Mae Teang Valley, expanding a Positive Reinforcement Target Training Project to traditional mahouts throughout Thailand, helping protect 18,000 hectares of virgin rainforest in Cambodia, where wild elephants roam, and working closely with the national parks throughout Thailand to ensure the safety of wild elephants.

Other notable artists who participated in the world’s largest outdoor exhibition include: Designer Paul Smith, Moo Asava, ML Jirathorn Jiraprawat, Wisut Ponnimit, Nirut Sirichanya, Nancy Chandler and world number 1 DJ Hardwell.

To help raise more awareness and funds for elephant welfare and conservation projects, during the event Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas also gave Elephant Parade visitors the chance to win a seven day trip to Anantara’s resorts in the Maldives through an Instagram competition with the main prize won by Evelyn Zheng.

 

 

 

Splash your way into the New Year with Dusit

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DUSIT HOTELS AND RESORTS unveiled its new Songkran Splash offer, designed to help revelers ring in 2016 (or 2559) – in truly Thai fashion.

Guests staying a minimum of two nights or more throughout April 2016 will receive complimentary daily breakfast for two, a gift credit of 555 THB to use on buffet lunch, dinner or spa treatments, as well as a Songkran Splash kit – with all the essentials to survive the world’s largest water fight.

Songkran Splash kits are offered exclusively during Songkran week only – from April 9-17, while stocks last.

Guests booking via www.dusit.com can enjoy a 15% discount when they prepay for their stays at least seven days in advance while members of the Dusit Gold loyalty program will receive their choice of a free room upgrade or late checkout.

Non-members can now sign up for a free membership to qualify for this exclusive privilege and other program benefits at www.dusitgold.com.

 

 

 

Anantara’s 2016 King’s Elephant Cup Polo Tournament winners

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REIGNING CHAMPIONS KING POWER went head to head with rival team Rueang Chang in the finals and managed to retain this year’s King’s Cup trophy by scoring two goals in the dying moments of the match, resulting in a final score of 9-7.

Ten teams with players from around the world, including Miss Thailand, the New Zealand All Blacks rugby players and professional polo players created many memorable on (and off) pitch moments.

Audemars Piguet & Citi Team and PricewaterhouseCoopers New Zealand All Blacks & Johnnie Walker Blue Label took third and fourth spots, followed by Mekhong, Anantara Arabian Knights, Casillero Del Diablo and Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spa

Twenty unemployed ex-street elephants took part in this year’s tournament, during which time they received full veterinary checks from the Zoological Parks Organization of Thailand (under the patronage of 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.

Anantara Mahout_having_a_moment_with_his_elepehant.jpgThe tournament was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand, raising funds for projects that better the lives of Thailand’s elephant population. 15 million THB has been raised this year, taking the total raised to date to an impressive 47 million THB (US$1,300,000)

The money raised from the 2016 tournament will be donated to a variety of elephant related projects including funding a new mobile clinic in Mae Teang, Chiang Mai Province which has the largest concentration of trekking camps in Thailand.

Funds will also be donated to the Zoological Parks Organization of Thailand to support projects to improve the year round lives of the 200 elephants and mahouts in Ban Ta Klang, in Surin Province, where the ex-street elephants face ongoing hardship.

Other significant benefits from the money raised by the tournament include: the on-going 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.

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 has something for everyone, kicking off with a spectacular opening parade, with the opening ceremony overseen by Thailand’s last ‘elephant spirit men’ (Kruba Yai), traditional dancers, plus the daily trunk-to-trunk action on the pitch.

Day two saw the tournament host one thousand children from schools all over 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’, known as ‘Bangkok’s Ascot’, where ladies from all walks of life dressed to impress with the best dressed lady winning major prizes including a trip to Paris.

On pitch, an exhibition penalty shoot off between the New Zealand All Blacks rugby players Olo Brown, Robin Brooke and Charles Riechelmann and Thailand’s most famous trans-gender cabaret show members Miss Tiffany – the All Black’s showing their sporting prowess by winning 2-0.

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

 

 

 

 


 

Celebrating Easter at Soneva

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CHAMPAGNE BREAKFASTS, egg decorating, Easter brunch, guided snorkelling tours, desert island picnics, sunset cruises, movie nights and more are part of the celebrations during the Easter Week at Soneva Kiri and its sister resort, Soneva Fushi.

From beachside barbecues, authentic Thai cooking classes and Easter breakfast to special culinary events such as a traditional Scottish breakfast and set menus at the resort’s signature restaurant Khun Benz, Soneva Kiri has a few surprises planned for guests this year.

Highlights include the Asian Orient Express for a gastronomic journey from Singapore to Chiang Mai, and the Easter Gourmet Special Menu, which will see the Eastern chefs take on the Western chefs in an exciting kitchen battle.

Easter festivities at Soneva Kiri include an Easter Butterfly Quest with the resort’s resident marine biologist for a look at the island’s beautiful butterflies.

Leading holistic therapist Lorenzo Becchi will be on hand to help guests rid themselves of unwanted habits, chronic stress, anxieties and emotional blockages with simple and efficient solutions.

Guests can also take part in the annual kayak race, go on a spectacular sunset cruise; or, for something more physical, sing up for Muay Thai classes. Other exciting activities include the Jungle Jim’s Wildlife and Fauna Journey, a discovery cruise to the nearby island of Koh Kradad (Deer Island), and the Koh Rang snorkelling trip.

For more detailed information of the Easter programme at each resort, click on Soneva Fushi or Soneva Kiri.

Award-winning luxury resort Soneva Kiri sits on Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island, Koh Kood – just one hour by private plane southeast of Bangkok. It offers an unrivalled combination of luxury, an integral environmental approach, authentic Thai experiences and organic food.

Soneva Kiri Resort comprises 36 vast pool villas on beach level, hillsides or cliff tops, all overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Available to rent or purchase, all have impossibly chic furnishings, personal electric buggies and impeccable service courtesy of Mr./Ms. Friday private butlers.

Highlights include the open-air Cinema Paradiso, a home-made chocolate and ice cream parlour, a high-tech Observatory, a manta ray shaped children’s Den and the spectacular Treetop Dining Pod.

 

 

 

 

1-Michelin Star Chef from Paris at VIE Hotel Bangkok March 23-26

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ONE-MICHELIN STAR Chef Julien Montbabut will be offering a special six-course dinner at La VIECreative French Cuisine at VIE Hotel Bangkok from March 23-26.

Julien is the head chef of Le Restaurant, a popular dining spot for local and international celebrities at well known L’Hotel in Paris, where he has become a master at creating incomparable juices, sauces and seasonings.

Dinner starts at 7 p.m. each day. Cost of the six-course set dinner is priced at 5,000 THB per person. The six-course set dinner with wine pairing is priced at 7,000 THB per person.

The dinner starts with a variety of snacks –tile rice and mussels with curry, tube crispy dried porcini mushrooms and parsley, orange tart and campari; followed by cucumber – horseradish emulsified milk delicate jelly, smoked eel and Norway lobster – sour cream marinated à la minute, radish.

Main dishes feature a choice of sea bass – juice of fish bones cooked on the skin, sweet & bitter salad or morel – parisian mushroom bouillon stew, jura wine sabayon or farm pigeon – devil sauce roasted on the chest, varieties of cabbage desserts include Arlette – vanilla diplomat cream baked apple puffed raisins; lemon – Italian meringue on a biscuit, creamy and zesty petit fours – truffle chocolate and coffee; marshmallow poppy and poppy sandy diamond and caramel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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