Thai Spas

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Anantara Spas reopen with the introduction of an immune-boosting new signature massage oil
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Vie Spa By Organika is re-opening with a 40% discount on the menu
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Anantara Spa’s new Himalayan Thermal Therapy Treatment
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Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai introduces ‘Wara Cheewa Spa’
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Dusit introduces new ‘Dusit Care – Stay with Confidence’ program
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Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas offers guests travel escapism while staying at home
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Minor Hotels partners with Clinique La Prairie to operate an Aesthetics and Medical Spa in Bangkok
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Anantara Spa reformulates luxury skincare collection using 100% natural ingredients and chemical free products
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Four Seasons Samui’s new Sea Escapes experience
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Dusit International brings global healthy restaurant chain, Kauai, to Southeast Asia under a new name, ‘Real Foods’

Anantara Spas reopen with the introduction of an immune-boosting new signature massage oil

ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS’ spa and wellness facilities re-open with a host of enhanced hygiene measures and immune-boosting initiatives, including the introduction of an all-new signature massage oil dedicated to supporting the body’s natural defence system.

As lockdown measures lift around the globe, in more than 40 different spas in 20 locations, Anantara Spa’s trained professionals are putting in place stringent measures to ensure the health and safety of guests are not compromized while reassuring guests that spas are a sacred place.

To mark the reopening, Anantara Spa has created a specially formulated massage oil comprising the key ingredients clove oil, citrus Aurantium peel extract, eucalyptus oil and rosemary all of which feature properties known for their immune-boosting and antibacterial qualities.

This total body toning massage oil naturally improves the body’s biological defence system and will be used in signature massages at Anantara Hotels & Resorts across South East Asia, the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

The massage oil’s active ingredients clove oil and citrus Aurantium peel extract boast a natural ability to protect against a wide range of bacterial cells, fungi and virus, while eucalyptus oil and rosemary oil feature natural inflammatory properties and immune system boosters which aid in creating white blood cells that combat pathogens and disease.

Speaking about the introduction of the new signature massage oil, Zoe Wall, group director of MSpa, the corporate division of spa and wellness for Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, said: “Our guests’ wellbeing is important to us, and at Anantara Spa we endeavour to go above and beyond expectations at all times.

“Even during closure, our guests’ wellbeing was at the forefront of our minds and we took some time during lockdown to reflect on what we could do to show that we are just as serious about their health as they are. We will re-open our spas, not just with a host of enhanced hygiene measures and immune-boosting initiatives, but also with the introduction of a new signature massage oil dedicated to supporting the body’s natural defence system.

“While our guests will still want to relax with a massage, our new signature massage oil gives guest peace of mind knowing they are in safe hands and that the main ingredients of the oil provide an extra boost for the immune system and can help fight viral attacks through the power of anti-bacterial pure essential oils.”

Trust in hygiene and cleanliness are critical to restarting the spa industry, and upon reopening all Anantara Spa outlets across Thailand will adhere to stringent safety and sanitation standards to meet the requirements for Tourism Authority Thailand’s Safety and Health Administration certification.

To meet social distancing requirements, treatments and therapies will be available by appointment only, spas will operate at a reduced capacity with restrictions in communal spaces and on the length of treatments.

Shared items such as product testers, treatment menus and refreshment amenities will be removed, while additional measures including touchless check-in and payment options will be made available.

Infrared thermometers will be used to check guest temperatures, disposable items including slippers, gloves and bedsheets will be in place, and therapists will wear surgical masks and shields during treatments.

Guests must also complete a declaration form which includes details of health and travel history in line with Thai Government requirements.

Additional enhancements are being implemented to heighten standards and improve the guest journey. From the moment of arrival at Anantara Spas, guests will benefit from augmented health and hygiene measures, beginning with a specially prepared welcome drink comprised of cold lime and ginger tea packed full of antioxidants to boost health and support immunity from within.

Anantara Spa’s signature foot ritual has been upgraded to include a lime foot wash with salt scrub followed by peppermint spray all of which have purifying properties that support healthy immune function.

Fitness and holistic classes will be adapted for guests’ optimum wellbeing. Personal training sessions in the privacy of the gym, as well as wellness activities such as Yoga and Pilates, will be available for individuals, couples or small groups only “with safe distancing adhered to”.

 

 

Vie Spa By Organika is re-opening with a 40% discount on the menu

VIE SPA BY ORGANIKA offers unique organic and natural spa treatment experiences developed by luxury Thai spa brand ORGANIKA. The spa is now re-opening and has a super deal on offer – a 40% discount on all spa treatments and packages until the end of July.

The spa’s signature 90-minute Zenith Of Relaxation treatment is an aromatic candle massage that uses pure essential oils, soy butter, jojoba and vitamins A and E to help nourish and replenish skin moisture. This therapeutic treatment relieves the body from stress and aches and helps promote a deep and restorative sleep.

Located on the 10th floor of the boutique hotel, the newly-renovated and reopened VIE Spa by ORGANIKA comprises six private treatment rooms, a Thai massage room, a single treatment room, three rooms equipped for couples treatments, and a luxurious spa suite with a Jacuzzi.

 

 

Anantara Spa’s new Himalayan Thermal Therapy Treatment

 ANANTARA RESORTS & SPAS HAS LAUNCHED an exclusive signature wellness experience that channels infamous healing energies from the fabled Himalayan Mountains.

The Himalayan Thermal Therapy treatment is the newest addition to Anantara Spa menus in Thailand. This 90-minute wellness experience is a full-body experience that unifies the body and mind through innovative techniques that pamper from head to toe.

Harnessing the ancient healing energy of the Himalayan mountains, heated hand-carved salt stones are applied to, and glide along the body to dissolve mental and physical tension.

These ethically sourced salt stones contain 84 minerals and trace elements that, when applied to the body, work to re-mineralise the entire system, thus inducing a serene state of equilibrium and promoting natural detoxification.

Transcending guests into total bliss, the interplay between hot and cold is introduced. This thermal therapy is based on the scientifically proven benefits of applying heat to the body following by skin-cooling massage techniques.

A facial massage using iced Rose Quartz Gua Sha crystals relieves muscle tension, stimulates circulation and leaves skin with a beautiful glow.

This full-body ritual is crowned with a relaxing head massage focusing on Marma points to de-stress the nervous system and refresh the mind. The overall result is a deep sense of renewal, a radiant complexion and improvement to overall wellbeing.

Drawing upon Thailand’s wellness traditions, cultural inspirations and therapeutic ingredients, Anantara Spa offers unique signature journeys deeply rooted in authentic luxury, holistic practices and indigenous experiences, using chemical-free products, treatments and rituals, inspired by the Thai origins of Anantara, while innovative modern therapies and natural products promise the highest definition of relaxation and pampering.

Anantara Spas are a haven of peace and tranquillity – an utterly relaxing and rejuvenating experience in unique settings. Currently, Anantara Spa operates over 40 spas in 16 countries across Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Europe.

The Himalayan Thermal Therapy is now available at most Anantara Spas across Thailand.

For more information about spa and wellness with Anantara Hotels and Resorts, visit https://www.anantara.com/en/spa-and-wellness

 

 

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai introduces ‘Wara Cheewa Spa’

NORTHERN THAI PEOPLE have nurtured a ritualistic culture that focuses on a life lived in balance for centuries. At Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, the team of wellness experts, guided by Luisa Anderson,  regional director of spa, have drawn on this wisdom to create an all-new journey of well-being.

“Translating to ‘a celebration of the gift of life’, Wara Cheewa Spa presents therapies that have been crafted to bring about unification that we all seek – within and without,” said Luisa.

“We are blessed to have a strong connection with the culture and community, having been in Chiang Mai for 25 years,” says Anthony Gill, general manager – Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and Tented Camp Golden Triangle.

“From our own team of spa therapists, who bring their experience to each treatment, to a strong traditional influence and home-grown ingredients, Wara Cheewa Spa offers transformational experiences in the cultural heartland of Thailand.”

Bringing the body, mind and soul into harmony, the menu addresses the four key pillars of wellbeing – physical, emotional, social and nutritive. Uniting cultural elements,

the spa offers a diverse range of massages, scrubs, facials and rituals under each pillar. “We want to take guests back to the very basic elements of wellness, by drawing on their intuition to choose therapies that best resonate in the present moment,” said Gemma Abad, director of spa.

Restore with body balancing therapies

The menu invites guests to plant their feet firmly on the Earth with a grounding collection of body-balancing treatments. “Restore stabilizing energy, while Mother Earth’s abundant gifts heal you on all levels. Recall the cyclical importance of rest and rejuvenation in order to grow and thrive,” says Gemma about the Physical Well-being menu.

For complete physical relaxation, she recommends the Samuprai Massage – A powerful Thai-style massage using hot poultices of lemongrass, prai, turmeric and makrut lime peel to invigorate muscles. “This combination of ingredients soothes the muscles, leaving you in complete relaxation.” she said.

Connect to the holistic heart of Northern Thailand

Using a combination of local ingredients and ancestral knowledge, the spa’s Social Well-being menu inspires personal and cultural connection.

“These therapies allow you to shift your focus from where you’ve been to where you are right now… to rediscover the sense of balance that comes from feeling part of a greater whole,” she said.. M

Making a strong connection to Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai’s Princess Ritual is inspired by their very own Princess Dara Rasami, born in nearby Mae Rim village. “This ritual combines an exfoliating blend of seven sacred flowers with the soothing properties of Princess Dara Rasami’s Rose – grown exclusively for Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, a firming, anti-ageing massage with mangosteen and locally grown vetiver and orange blossom,” she shares.

Rediscover inner ease

A true reflection of the “Land of Smiles”, the Emotional Well-being menu focuses on self-care, and invites guests to reconnect with the peace and poise that comes from the feeling of oneness.

“Our therapies uplift the centres of emotion and floods the body and mind with kindness,” said Gemma.. For a true journey of emotional discovery, the Connected Heart Ritual is a tender healing sequence to restore inner equilibrium and awaken to the riches of compassion, generosity and well-being. The therapy releases toxins with a Himalayan salt and poppy seed scrub, while drawing guests to submit to serenity with a rose and tuberose bath. “Reconnect with your inner stillness with a massage and heart-work using rose oil and rose quartz,” she adds.

Feed the body, mind and soul

The Nutritive Well-being menu inspires guests to take the time to revitalize and restore their inner well of healing, with nutrient-rich treatments that restore from the outside in.

“Nourish the body with the Food for the Soul Ritual, focused on flooding the body with vital energy and nature’s healing powers,” shares Gemma. Focusing on the physical and intuitive elements of the gut, an energizing and detoxify-ing scrub, wrap and massage stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory systems for enhanced inner and outer health. “Your spirits will feel lifted and your body recharged.”

Drawing on the gifts and wisdom of the Northern Thai people – true experts in a life lived in balance – Wara Cheewa Spa inspires guests to explore the scales of holistic health in Chiang Mai’s ‘haven of wellbeing’.

The spa also offers services including manicures, pedicures, specialized hair treatment, and more.

It is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm. Guests can reserve their experience via the FS CHAT or call 053 298 181.

 

 

 

 

Dusit introduces new ‘Dusit Care – Stay with Confidence’ program

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL HAS RESPONDED to the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic by introducing ‘Dusit Care – Stay with Confidence’– a new program of services designed to go beyond enhanced hygiene protocols to deliver additional convenience, experience and value while ensuring guests always feel safe and reassured.

The program, being rolled out at Dusit Hotels & Resorts worldwide, includes the introduction of new facilities, services and operating procedures across five distinct dimensions: 1. Flexible Stays 2. Safety & Well-being 3. Local Experience 4. Technology, and 5. Dusit Care Kits. 

To limit queues and offer added convenience for guests, Flexible Stays covers, among others, check-in and breakfast. All Dusit Hotels & Resorts will offer flexible check-in times, while breakfast will be available at any time of the day.

Safety & Well-being will see each Dusit property enhance its already stringent health and safety practices, which includes frequent sanitization of all rooms and public areas, to include temperature scans on arrival, provision of appropriate space in restaurants, and more measures designed to protect the health and safety of guests, customers and employees.

To promote personal well-being, Dusit’s in-room dining options have been enhanced to include personalized healthy food, while refreshment fridges will offer healthy drinks and snacks which guests can enjoy for free. New outdoor workout areas will also be added to offer plenty of space for exercise.

For Local Experience, Dusit is partnering with the finest local culinary specialists and craftspeople in its various locations so guests can enjoy the best of local foods and souvenirs without having to leave the comfort of Dusit’s hotels.

To enable contactless and efficient service, Dusit is also implementing new Technology to allow for mobile payments, and installing digital menus in its various outlets. Flexible meeting and conference equipment, and property-wide high-speed internet, ensure guests can always remain connected.

To offer additional peace of mind, a Dusit Care Kit will be placed in every guest room. Each pack will include hand sanitizer gel, a face mask, and antibacterial wipes so guests can explore Dusit’s various destinations with confidence.

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“COVID-19 has significantly impacted our industry, and there is no doubt that health, safety and security will take precedence over any other factor when customers are ready to book hotels again,” said  Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

“While the health and safety of our guests will always be our top priority, to truly inspire confidence and drive demand in this difficult time, we recognize we must go far beyond basic measures for enhanced cleanliness and physical distancing.

“To truly delight our guests and meet their needs in a post-COVID-19 world, we must reinvent our services in line with the new normal while seeking ways to deliver additional convenience, experience and value. We must also ensure the new distancing measures do not detract from the high levels of gracious service for which we are renowned. This is what we aim to achieve by implementing the Dusit Care – Stay with Confidence program.”

By implementing the five new Dusit Care – Stay with Confidence services, she added, the company’s hotels are now well-positioned to welcome guests and meet their needs the moment the official restrictions are lifted. And she is confident that domestic leisure markets will respond well.

“To help revive the tourism industry following this crisis, focusing on domestic leisure markets first will be key,” she said.

“Based on the severity of the situation and the current travel restrictions in place, it’s likely to be a while before we can count on international and inter-regional travel. With this in mind, we must do all we can to inspire and stimulate local demand, and the steps we have taken at our properties put us in a strong position to achieve this.

“ Strategic comeback campaigns offering exceptional value for money, and the introduction of wellness-focused initiatives under our Dusit Care program, will also add to our distinct appeal and help us to meet our short-term goals.”

 

 

Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas offers guests travel escapism while staying at home

ANANTARA CELEBRATES EVERY DAY with an invitation to discover a new passion, whether it’s indigenous Spice Spoons cooking classes, Anantara Spa rituals that channel local wellness traditions, or unique travel experiences that are true memory makers.

With the current situation worldwide, Anantara understands that it is a difficult time for most people to travel and so our global network of Anantara Experts will be bringing our signature indigenous experiences to you at home.

The philosophy of Anantara Hotels Resorts and Spas, the luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, is ‘Life Is a Journey.’

Until the time comes to start our travel journeys safely once again, the Anantara Nomads Blog https://www.anantara.com/en/blog will be continually connecting everyone with a steady stream of personable and authentic content and stories designed to inspire and provide a positive form of travel escapism during this period of global social distancing.

Using the hashtag, #AnantaraEscapism, our properties from all corners of the world will be sharing bitesize video content and healthy living tips to inspire and stimulate guests from our homes to theirs across our social media channels below.

Whether it’s nourishing and immunity boosting recipes from our culinary chefs from the Maldives to Oman, wellness boosting home spa remedies, or home workouts and fitness tips from our exceptional team members, such as martial arts lessons from Vietnam’s Anantara Quy Nhon’s resident Việt Võ Đạo martial arts master, Mr Phuc.

The Nomad’s blog will be regularly refreshed with fun and nourishing recipes, experiences and bucket-list ideas for future travels.

Now more than ever it’s time to look after ourselves and the world we live in and sustainable tourism has long been a key pillar of the Anantara ethos.

The month of April will be devoted to Earth Month, with a series of nature stories highlighting some of the projects and the incredible team members and Anantara Experts that protect and support the communities which our properties are thankful to call home.

Anantara guests play an integral role in supporting these, whether it’s planting rescued coral with the Holistic Approach to Reef Protection at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort or helping to clean beaches and release baby turtles with the Mai Khao Turtle Foundation at Anantara Layan Resort and Anantara Mai Khao Resort in Phuket, Thailand. For the next few weeks we will be sharing our stunning nature inspired experiences digitally.

To further calm nerves and put smiles on the faces of everyone at home, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort will be sharing twice daily live streams from the rescued elephants that reside in the onsite elephant camp supported by Anantara’s charitable non-profit organization,

The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF). Guests will be able to virtually frolic in the Ruak River as the elephants go about their daily bathing and walk alongside the team of veterinarians fielding questions via Instagram and Facebook.

At Anantara we pride ourselves in bringing story collecting travellers closer to the colourful local traditions, intriguing heritage and breathtaking topography of some of the world’s most exotic destinations and while we are waiting patiently to welcome you back to our hotels very soon we’ll be taking mobile technology to the next level delivering consistent experiences across all devices and enabling potential customers to enjoy a streamlined browsing experience across multiple languages on any screen size using responsive technology.

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Minor Hotels partners with Clinique La Prairie to operate an Aesthetics and Medical Spa in Bangkok

MINOR HOTELS, CURRENTLY WITH A PORTFOLIO of more than 530 hotels in 56 countries, has entered into partnership with Clinique La Prairie to operate the pioneering Swiss health clinic’s very first aesthetics and medical spa outside of Europe.

Due to launch later this year, the Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa will operate at The St. Regis Bangkok under MSpa International, the corporate division of spa and wellness with Minor Hotels. The St. Regis Bangkok is owned by Minor Hotels.

The partnership represents the growth and confidence in Thailand as an international medical tourism destination, recognizing the global demand for personalized wellness offerings beyond traditional health and spa services.

The state-of-the-art medical spa will be a luxurious haven of rejuvenation centrally located in Thailand’s capital city. An escape from the hectic pace of Bangkok, the medical spa will offer forever young treatments and healing therapies in line with Clinique La Prairie’s commitment to helping and inspiring people to live a healthier, longer and better life.

“We are delighted to partner with Clinique La Prairie on their first business venture in Asia and we are excited to see this collaboration come to fruition,” said Dillip Rajakarier, Group CEO of Minor International, owning company of The St. Regis Bangkok.

“Bangkok is the global capital of medical and wellness tourism and we are confident that the demand for, and the expertise of the Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa, will be very well received by residents of Bangkok and visitors to Thailand,” said Zoe Wall, group director of MSpa International.

“Clinique La Prairie is a global leader when it comes to longevity-based programs. The Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa will bring a host of exclusive firsts to Bangkok. A team of medical spa professionals and aesthetics medicine specialists will combine expert knowledge with contemporary science and state-of-the-art technology to ensure bespoke experiences with a results-driven focus.

“Individual consultations to address longevity, beauty and nutrition will be available to guests in which they will receive a tailor-made program to enhance their lifestyle.”

says: “Since 1931, Clinique La Prairie is a unique destination where the level of care enwraps the guests in cutting edge health care and wellness. After nearly 90 years of heritage in Switzerland, the clinic’s ambition is to offer its expertise and its holistic approach to well-being – based on the four pillars of medical care, wellness, nutrition and exercise – abroad,”  said Simone Gibertoni, CEO of Clinique La Prairie.

Slated to open in 2020, Bangkok’s Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa will be located on the 15th floor of The St. Regis Bangkok.

The luxury facility will feature dedicated male and female relaxation areas, each spread over two floors with a relaxation lounge and floating pods, locker facilities, showers and restrooms on the mezzanine level, while the lower wet area of each showcase steam rooms, Jacuzzis, cold plunge pools, and experience showers inviting personalized selection of water pressure, lighting and music.

 

 

Anantara Spa reformulates luxury skincare collection using 100% natural ingredients and chemical free products

ANANTARA SPA’S SIGNATURE PRODUCTS have been reformulated using 100% natural ingredients.

Named the World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand at the 2019, 2018 and 2017 World Spa Awards, Anantara Spa draws upon Thailand’s wellness traditions, cultural inspirations and therapeutic ingredients to offer unique signature journeys deeply rooted in authentic luxury, holistic practices and indigenous experiences. All treatments and rituals are inspired by the Thai origins of Anantara, while innovative modern therapies and natural products promise the highest definition of relaxation and personalization.

The entire Anantara Spa branded skincare collection is now free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, synthetic colours and animal testing. Sourced throughout Asia and beyond, the therapeutic, authentic and natural ingredients in the chemical-free skincare line are perfectly blended for total well-being ensuring that that products are as good for the environment as they are for the skin.

Created with conscientious spa-goers in mind, three products have been reformulated so that the complete collection of nine chemical-free creams, scrubs, oils, gels and lotions have been entirely re-developed using natural ingredients. All oil massages and body scrubs will be available at Anantara Spa locations including Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Anantara Riverside Resort, Anantara Sathorn Resort, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, Anantara Hua Hin Resort, Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort.

As part of the skincare range relaunch, a brand new product, Hydrating Organic Coconut Oil, has been added to the collection, while the existing Anantara Spa favourites that have been reformulated and are now chemical-free include: Silk Caress Jasmine Blossom Shampoo and Conditioner, Devine Delight Jasmine Blossom Shower Gel, Simply Heavenly Jasmine Blossom Body Lotion, Smooth Essence White Coconut Mint Scrub, Smooth Glow Detoxifying Green Tea Scrub, Devine Peace Detoxifying Massage Oil, and Inner Harmony Body Balance Massage Oil.

All items in the skincare collection have been expertly selected for individual needs and will also be available on retail for guests to take Anantara Spa’s award-winning expertise home.

Commenting on the initiative, Zoe Wall, Minor Hotels’ Group Director of Spa – Asia for MSpa International Limited, said, “Gone are the days when people would blindly apply items to their skin without turning the label to scrutinize its contents and ingredients. Recognizing that consumers and spa goers are now making more informed and conscientious decisions, Anantara Spa now offers a complete skincare range free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, synthetic colours and animal testing. We are pleased to support our guests in making more informed decisions when experiencing face and body treatments using our own brand of Anantara Spa products.”

Developed in collaboration with I Plus Q House of Aromatherapy, a Thai based company specializing in customized wellness products, skincare, amenities and spa accessories, this skin care range ensures absolute product quality as the cosmetic production process follow standards of the internationally recognized “Good Manufacturing Practices”.

The chemical-free collection will be used professionally for treatments and also available on retail at all Anantara Spa’s in Thailand.

All treatments are performed by highly trained and specialized therapists. Expert therapists at Anantara Spas, across Asia and beyond, tailor perfect experiences from comprehensive menus of massages, body and facial treatments, bringing together exclusive ingredients and aromas, and time-honoured techniques to promote long-term health and wellbeing.

Anantara Spas are a haven of peace and tranquillity – an utterly relaxing and rejuvenating experience in unique settings. Currently, Anantara Spa operates over 40 spas in 16 countries across Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Europe

 

 

 

Four Seasons Samui’s new Sea Escapes experience

“IN TODAY’S FAST-PACED WORLD, time is a luxury – to take your eyes off the clock, stop, breathe and relax. Being able to dedicate that time to one’s well-being is becoming an important goal in everyone’s life,” says Kotchaphan Mekloy, spa manager at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui.

With the launch of the all new Spa Escapades experience, the resort encourages guests to journey towards total relaxation with experiences inspired by the bounty of the ocean.

“We wanted to bring our guests closer to the simple pleasures of living the island life. What if the music of the spa is replaced by the sound of the waves? How would it feel to be embraced by the ocean breeze instead of air-conditioning? What do you see when you sit by the beach and close your eyes?” says Kotchaphan.

As part of this new experience, guests can immerse in a beach-side experience with a Lava Shell Massage at the open-air Secret Beach Spa Sala. After this rejuvenating therapy, guests are escorted to their villas, where a luxurious candlelit bath awaits.

The journey continues, as the therapists lull guests to sleep with a shoulder and neck, foot or head massage – the sound of singing bowls adding a mesmerizing touch.

The art of mindfulness is elevated with meditation on the beach, surrounded by nature’s harmony. “For guests staying four nights or more, private yoga, Muay Thai and beach workouts can be included to enhance the wellbeing experience at the resort,” says Kotchaphan.

 

Dusit International brings global healthy restaurant chain, Kauai, to Southeast Asia under a new name, ‘Real Foods’

 DUSIT FOODS CO., LTD., a subsidiary of Dusit International, has entered into a 51:49 joint venture with South Africa’s Real Foods Group to bring its popular healthy fast-casual restaurant concept, Kauai, to Southeast Asia, under the Thai brand name, Real Foods.

Its first store opened recently at Virgin Active Fitness Club 101 The Third Place in Bangkok.

Established 23 years ago, the Kauai brand serves 7.3 million healthy meals each year across its 164 stores in South Africa and The Netherlands.

The brand has established itself as an innovative leader in the health space, with its inspired smoothies, salads, wraps and warm bowls – all made with a commitment to sustainable sourcing and bringing convenient, nutritious options to consumers worldwide.

Located at True Digital Park 101, a landmark mixed-use development near Sukhumvit Soi 101, the first Real Foods store at Virgin Active Fitness Club 101 The Third Place is easily accessible from Punnawithi and Udomsuk BTS (Skytrain) stations.

The Real Food stores in Thailand will retain the Kauai concept and store design, and also most of the menu. The menu features more than 100 superfood ingredients, including free-range eggs, collagen, whey protein, spirulina, kale, broccoli and spinach, used to make a range of nutritious and delicious dishes and drinks with a focus on natural produce.

Roughly 30% of the menu has been modified to meet Thai tastes, including the addition of new items such as a soba noodle salad, iced matcha smoothie, Thai red milk tea and iced coffee drinks.

Firm favourites like the Princess Wrap and the Strawberry Stinger, which have been on the menu since Kauai’s inception, will be available in Thai stores.

The development of Real Foods in Thailand is in line with Dusit Food’s mission to invest in proven and profitable businesses, expand into high growth spaces, and respond to consumer trends while positively serving the community through the delivery of healthy, wholesome food products that reflect four key pillars of sustainable production – healthy, natural, organic, and locally sourced.

“Globally, there is a major shift taking place as consumers seek out healthier, natural food options which are both affordable and convenient, said Dr. Jate Sopitpongstorn of Dusit Foods Co. Ltd.

“With our extensive experience in food, resorts and hospitality, moving into stand alone outlets was an obvious next step for Dusit. The Thai joint venture, Dusit Real Foods, will oversee the opening of several fast-casual restaurants in Thailand, with possible expansion into retail ranges.

“Dusit Real Foods already has another three stores lined up through its long-standing relationship with Virgin Active health clubs. As we hold master-franchise rights, we will also look at expanding Real Foods outside of Thailand too, leveraging our strong network of hotels and resorts in APAC, UAE, Qatar and Oman to introduce Real Foods in more new markets worldwide.”

Dr. Sopitpongstorn added that Real Foods will also benefit from access to top-tier hospitality and restaurant talent from Dusit’s hospitality education program, ensuring Dusit’s service is part of the offering.

Real Foods will differentiate itself from other healthy food stores and producers in the Thai market by offering a comprehensive range of responsibly sourced menu items that can be customized for vegans and vegetarians to paleo and keto devotees.

“Basically, it will be a one-stop-shop for all their healthy food needs,” he said.

Dean Kowarski, Real Foods Group CEO, explains that the premium brand, which has become synonymous with natural food, has a strong appeal for those embracing healthier living on account of its emphasis on nutrition and responsible sourcing.

“At Real Foods we care about what you put in your body because we know that eating well is key for a good life. We are committed to making nutritious and delicious food and drinks with an emphasis on real, responsibly sourced natural produce,” he said.

“This means, where possible, our food is free of GMO’s, low in refined sugar and avoids additives, preservatives, artificial colourants or flavourants. As an example, we only use free-range chicken and eggs, which shows our commitment to responsible sourcing.

“We make healthy eating delicious, easy and convenient and there is something for everyone on our menu. Our new partnership in Thailand demonstrates that Real Foods is achieving its mission of bringing more health and wellness options to consumers worldwide.

“Our stores offer a mix of both take-away and sit-down meals,” added Kowarski, adding that the health sector is growing faster than fast food outlets.

Real Food positions itself at the leading edge of global health food and consumer trends. Stores strategically showcase colourful food and fresh ingredients against the minimalist black and white backdrop of the store. Inspired by clean-line simplicity, the store concept features a neutral palette of concrete tiles and cool white marble counters, complemented by warm oaks and crisp black and white graphics.

Within the coming months, Real Foods will also supply its healthy meals and drinks to six other Virgin Active health clubs throughout the city, ensuring Bangkok residents have convenient, grab-and-go access to wholesome and healthy food. The brand also has plans for expanding its Thai store footprint into the retail space, and is actively seeking exciting new retail locations.

Dusit Real Foods owns the territory rights to Southeast Asia and Australia, and is currently exploring opportunities in these markets.

 

 

 

 

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