Memories of Thailand

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Romantic Valentine Dinner inspired by Michelin Star Chefs at La VIE
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The Red-Whiskered Bulbul and Phuket Marriott
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Vie Bangkok’s fine cuisine start of the New Year
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Christmas and New Year celebrations at SALA
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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

Romantic Valentine Dinner inspired by Michelin Star Chefs at La VIE

LA VIE – CREATIVE FRENCH CUISINE in VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel is offering a special Valentine’s set dinner tasting menu of dishes inspired by the Michelin Star Chefs on St. Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

Valentine’s Day at La VIE features an elegant atmosphere designed for romance, with candlelight, soft piano music and a complimentary mini bottle (200 ml) of sparkling Spanish Cava Rosé per couple.

The menu for our special Valentine’s Day Set Dinner begins with a lightly poached Tsarskaya Oyster, Champagne Sabayon; moving on to roasted Hokkaido scallop, coconut and cauliflower, truffle emulsion; a perfectly prepared 45 ̊C Tasmanian Ocean trout, avocado, blood orange, coriander; and breast of Muscovy Duck, salt-baked Celeriac, Cassis.

The sweet table features “Rouge” Raspberry, Rosé and Lychee desserts.

The five-course Valentine’s Day Set Dinner is 5,000 THB per couple.

 

 

 

The Red-Whiskered Bulbul and Phuket Marriott

IF YOU GO TO PHUKET MARRIOTT, you’ll see a number of images of the Red-Whiskered Bulbul incorporated all around the resort – in its furnishings, fixtures, fittings and sculptures.

The bird, which got its name from its bright red cheeks, is prized by local people for their sweet call and beautiful plumage – especially the rarer all-white breeds. Its call is so charming and distinctive that it once captured the heart of royalty.

Recognizing the importance of this bird, Queen Sirikit of Thailand established an annual bird-singing contest in Narathiwat – a province in southern Thailand. This contest was intended to build stronger community relations in Narathiwat, giving the red-whiskered bulbul truly has a royal seal of approval.

The red-whiskered bulbul is quite rare, and it is believed that seeing one can bring good luck.

So if you see a red-whiskered bulbul at the resort, remember to treat it with respect – it represents the life and soul of the southern Thai community. Locals have them in beautiful cages. One bird in each in order to make them sing and go for the bird voice competition.

Also interesting is if they sing well and their voice is above the normal level, they are valued at more than 100,000 THB.

Phuket Marriott was officially opened in June 2016 as a completely refurbished resort. It was previously operated by Imperial Adamas.

Located on the sandy beach of Nai Yang, considered one of the most scenic area of Phuket, the 180-room resort is surrounded with tropical vegetation and lush green forest within the Sirinath National Park.

It is just a 10-minute drive from Phuket International Airport and adjacent to the old town of Nai Yang along with numerous natural attractions and scenic hot spots.

On hand for the official opening, Karl Hudson, area vice-president, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia & Japan of Marriott International, noted that Marriott had signed an agreement with TCC Land Asset World in 2013 to develop seven hotels and resorts in Thailand.

42-lobby_reflecting_pool_evening_3247_v2“We successfully opened Hua Hin Marriott Resort and Spa in March and are delighted to welcome this Phuket resort under our flagship Marriott Hotels brand. This recent addition of Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach increases our total portfolio in Thailand to 18.”

Phuket welcomes approximately 12 million visitors per year, mostly tourists from European and Asian countries. Phuket is one of the largest contributors to Thailand’s tourism industry, bringing around 200 billion Baht to the country each year.

“The opening of Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, will address the needs of both local and international travelers,” said David Ippersiel, general manager of the Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with signature welcome drinks in the open-air Greatroom with views and the fresh Andaman breeze.

Guest rooms are designed in two unique styles: traditional-Thai with relaxing earth tones, or a more sleek-contemporary décor with modern and innovative touches.

A choice of several restaurants and bars is available at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, offering both Thai and international cuisine with personalized service and local chefs.

The Andaman Kitchen, an all-day dining restaurant, features a wide array of dishes while the beachfront Big Fish Restaurant & Bar serves fresh seafood and offers a wide range of beverages, from local signature drinks to international cocktails. Afternoon tea is served in the resort’s open-air lobby lounge.

The resort also features a range of facilities — from its large lagoon-inspired swimming pool to a fully equipped 24 hour fitness centre, the luxurious Quan Spa with its world-renowned signature treatments to the beachside pirate-themed Kid’s Club.

The resort also has a 126-square-metre ballroom and several function rooms, all with natural daylight, that make it ideal for various types of events, ranging from private parties to exclusive seaside weddings.

For more information and reservations, call Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach at +66 (0) 76 625 555 or visit the official website of Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach: www.phuketmarriottnaiyang.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vie Bangkok’s fine cuisine start of the New Year

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IF FINE CUISINE is part of your New Year’s celebrations, you’ll be interested in VIE Bangkok’s New Year’s Eve set dinner – a five-course feast, served from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm at La VIE Creative French Cuisine.

The dinner includes langoustine tartar, avurga caviar, citrus, coriander, tournedos Rossini, foie-gras, sauce Périgueux, black winter truffle, strawberry kirsch and Champagne foam.

Entertainment includes a live trio band – plus a complimentary souvenir, and an optional beverage package with free-flow bubbly and wine.

VIE’s New Year’s Day brunch features a range of dishes that range from seafood on ice, cheeses and salads to main course favourites like roasted lamb medallion, Black Angus rib eye and vegetables. Plus unlimited orders from the restaurant’s à la carte concdept menu, including appetizers and live stations.

It also comes with a complimentary New Year’s souvenir.

For reservations, call 66-2309-3939 or emailfb@viehotelbangkok.com

 

 

Christmas and New Year celebrations at SALA

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SALA PHUKET is celebrating Christmas Eve with an evening of holiday cheer that includes the Mao Kilao primary school choir singing carols at the resort’s poolside Christmas Eve cocktail  party, followed by a screen of A Wonderful Life on the lawn under the stars.

For further information, email info@sallaphuket.com or call 66-763-888.

SALA Samui Choengnon Beach will mark Christmas Eve with a festive dinner, complete with Christmas pudding, a children’s dance and a fire show. For further information, email chefsamui@salasalasamui.com or call 66-7724-5888.

At SALA Rattanakosin Bangkok, it’s a night on the riverside; and savouring Italian dishes at SALA Chiang Mai.

The place to be on New Year’s Eve is at SALA Samui Choengmon Beach, with a live Khim Thai performance, followed by music arts and a contemporary take on the traditional Thai performance, and a thrilling fire dance show.

New Year’s Eve at SALA Phuket includes a Sky Fall cocktail party between 7.30 pm and 10.30 pm; Spectre dinner, and music by international DJ Rui from 10.30 pm into the New Year; and Casino Royale Ice Bar at the SALA Ice Bar from 11 to midnight.

At SALA Khaoyai, there’s a barbecue served on the roof of each pool villa; and at SALA Rattanakosin, a six-course set dinner with live entertainment; and a New Year’s Eve BBQ buffet with unlimited drinks from 8.30 pm to midnight.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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