Thai Spas

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Craig Bond named ONYX Hospitality’s executive vice president of operations
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Soneva launches four-night wellness retreats
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Soneva launches four-night wellness retreats
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Anantara named World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand
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Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Ratilanna Chiang Mai
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AVANI Hotels and Resorts opens first property in Hua Hin  
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SALA Phuket Celebrating 10th Anniversary
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Anantara Siam Bangkok unveils new contemporary Thai-inspired guestrooms
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Spa Magic now at discount price for one week
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Spa days at Evason Hua Hin

Craig Bond named ONYX Hospitality’s executive vice president of operations

CRAIG BOND has been appointed Onyx Hospitality’s  executive vice president of operations, joining ONYX from Oakwood Asia-Pacific where he held the role of vice-president of operations, overseeing the group’s portfolio across the region as well as supporting the opening pipeline.

Prior to joining Oakwood, Bond held leadership roles with Pan Pacific Hotels, Mirvac and Saville Hotel Group across Australia and the Oceania regions.

I am excited to be joining ONYX at a time when the group is expanding into new markets and territories; and I look forward to being a part of the company’s growth as we continue our journey towards being the best medium-sized hospitality player in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Craig.

Based in Bangkok, ONYX Hospitality Group has a growing regional portfolio of 44 operating properties across three core brands in eight countries. The Group has a robust development pipeline of 22 new properties in markets such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia, and has set a target of having 99 hotels by 2024 as part of its journey towards being the best medium-sized hospitality player in the region.

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.

 

 

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.

Anantara named World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand

From the left: Yury Ashizhev, assistant villa operation manager; Nazley Mohamed, spa director Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara; Graham Cooke, president & founder , World Travel Group; Monica Majors, director of public relations MSpa International Limited.

ANANTARA SPA RECEIVED a total of 12 wins at World Spa Awards 2017, where Word’s Best awards hailed Anantara Spa as the World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand, accompanied by two individual resorts being named the best in the world.

This was in addition to nine additional hotel, resort, safari and wellness spas saw the brand shine across Asia, the Middle East, Indian Ocean and Africa.

Anantara Spa journeys embrace the indigenous culture and nature of each locale through an integration of architecture, treatments, service and ambience.

Two individual Anantara Spas also shone at the awards. Providing a palatial oasis of rich Arabian traditions in the heart of the world’s largest desert, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara in the UAE was named the World’s Best Desert Spa. Offering island exclusivity in Qatar, Banana Island Resort Doha won World’s Best Private Island Spa.

Nine national awards highlighted uniquely luxurious sanctuaries in iconic destinations.

Anantara Spa was born in Thailand and two spas upheld the brand’s roots – each offering exotic Thai treatments in striking locations. Boasting a prestigious address in the capital, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel received the title of Thailand’s Best Hotel Spa 2017.

Overlooking a lotus-filled lagoon in the royal seaside town of Hua Hin, Anantara Hua Hin Resort was named Thailand’s Best Resort Spa.

Showcasing the brand’s authentic spa journeys across Asia, Anantara Sanya Resort is revered for its precious pearl and tea-infused treatments, and shone as China’s Best Resort Spa.

In the Indian Ocean, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort was named the Maldives’s Best Wellness Retreat, an honour impeccably bestowed to inaugurate its new Balance Wellness Sanctuary – offering a multidimensional approach to relaxation and health.

Coaxing blissful seclusion in an African island paradise, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort was awarded Mozambique’s Best Resort Spa.

Bringing a second award to Africa, the Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara celebrated the title of Zambia’s Best Safari Spa, pampering guests with indigenous African treatments in colonial spa suites, as well as poolside massages overlooking the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls.

Launched in 2015, the dynamic World Spa Awards sets a benchmark in excellence. Designed to drive the evolution of spa and wellness tourism, the awards raise standards by recognizing and rewarding industry leaders. Votes were cast by spa professionals and the public.

 

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Ratilanna Chiang Mai

Ratilanna’s Havana Night Party New Year’s Eve count down starts off with a feast of food, drinks, ambience, live music and merry making at Mira Terrace and River Lawn.

It features an international barbecued buffet spread, free flow wine, beer, soft drinks, and juices, party packs ans gifts to set the mood, and free entry to the Countdown Party.

RatiLanna is inviting everyone to come dressed Havana style in the party and the let’s go to the party for an evening of fun and entertainments.

The Countdown Party with fireworks as we reflect and wish for the year ahead.

The party starts at 6 p.m. and lasts until 1 a.m., 2018.

For table reservations or enquiries, email to info@ratilannachiangmai.com

Christmas was also big at Ratilanna, where its  Mira Terrace featured the resort’s favourite international buffet and relax into the magical setting over drinks, complete with candle lights and a view of the Ping River.

Carol singers  performed favourite Christmas carols and songs to celebrate the evening that included a visit from Santa Claus with presents.

 

 

 

AVANI Hotels and Resorts opens first property in Hua Hin  

FOR TRAVELERS LOOKING FOR  a tropical escape, AVANI Hua Hin Resort & Villas opens its doors on southern Thailand’s Gulf Coast.

Hua Hin is known as a popular getaway for Bangkok residents and is historically a favourite with the Thai Royal family.

Nestled in a tranquil spot on the coastline, AVANI Hua Hin Resort and Villas boasts natural tropical elements combined with contemporary design to create a serene and stylish atmosphere.

Surrounded by lush gardens and facing on to a large lagoon pool, the 196 guest rooms, suites and villas offer comfortable and relaxing accommodation.

Superior and deluxe guest rooms feature a private balcony and villas and suites have either a plunge pool or Jacuzzi and gazebo. Bathtubs and separate walk-in showers make for indulgent moments, while the outdoor rainforest shower in select suites encourages guests to stay in touch with nature.

The 11 one-bedroom and two two-bedroom lagoon pool villas have direct access to the main pool and are ideal for a group of friends or a large family wanting to be part of the resort action but also having a private space to enjoy each other’s company.

Culinary experiences celebrate authentic Thai dishes, rustic Italian flavours and international fare with an emphasis on fresh local produce. The all-day dining restaurant Staas serves international favourites and local dishes and delicious coastal Italian cuisine can be enjoyed at Brezza.

A hotspot highlight of the resort will be the opening the Jazz Lounge on New Yearâ’s Eve. The Tapas and Mezze menu, great cocktails and live music will appeal guests and visitors.

Pampering awaits at AVANISPA, where trained therapists administer indulgent modern treatments to restore body, mind and spirit. The spa has nine treatment rooms including two couple’s treatment rooms and an authentic Hammam where guests can enjoy a hot steam bath followed by a massage.

The AVANIFIT gym is equipped with the latest cardio and weight-training machines and the resort has mapped out a jogging and cycling track so guests can keep up with their exercise routines should they want to whilst on holiday.

ctive guests can also choose to partake in a wealth of watersports, such as kite surfing, sailing and stand up paddle board yoga.

The resort offers a vast array of activities and excursions in the local area from foodie market tours to painting classes and Street Art tours.

Younger travellers are also catered for at the AVANIKIDS Club. Under the supervision of a qualified and caring team, children can enjoy a variety of activities, including pool time, marine adventures, face-painting and indoor games.

The resort also features an independent 900 square metre Ballroom, the largest event space in Hua Hin, and the perfect setting for a decadent wedding or a conference with enough space to easily accommodate banquets of 500 people and theatre style seating for 700 people.

The Ballroom can also be re-configured to offer up to five smaller meeting rooms or event venues.

Hua Hin feels miles away from the bustle of the capital. The town has long stretches of golden sand beaches and nearby night markets feature prominent Thai artists and delicious fresh seafood.

 

 

 

SALA Phuket Celebrating 10th Anniversary

THIS DECEMBER, the award winning SALA Phuket Resort and Spa will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.

From next month and throughout 2018, SALA Phuket will be releasing a number of special offers and events to celebrate this special milestone.

All guests staying in December will receive a 10% discount on treatments in SALA Spa, and also when dining in the SALA Restaurant and beachfront Bar.

In addition, all guests staying 10 nights or more from December and through the following year will receive a special 10,000 THB resort credit, to be used on services during their stay.

And while you’re there, turn up the heat with a “Bubble Tub Champagne” setting the scene for romance, complete with an aromatic milky bath, a bottle of champagne, and a hot fudge dipping sauce with cookies, fruits and vanilla whipped cream to share. From 2,100 THB.

 

 

 

Anantara Siam Bangkok unveils new contemporary Thai-inspired guestrooms

DESIGNED BY Jeffrey A. Wilkes of LTW Designworks, recognized for his ability to blend cosmopolitan influences with tradition, the new interiors of its flagship Anantara Siam Bangkok’s deluxe and premier guestrooms inject a fresh sense of luxury by infusing a more contemporary esthetic, greeting guests with a subtle Thai character, in keeping with the Anantara brand.

Using elegant regional undertones, typical Asian details were eschewed with the design instead paying homage to Thai palaces that have been constructed with European influences.

Thai silk has been used as wall panels to give a simple and elegant finish, a refined reflection of Thailand, and an antique map of Bangkok in the deluxe rooms provides an interesting conversation piece.

The 307 new 42-square-metre deluxe and premier guestrooms in one king size bed or two double bed configurations can accommodate up to three adults or two adults and a child, and feature an en-suite marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub and separate glass enclosed shower.

Four room categories are available: Deluxe Room; deluxe view room; premier room; and premier view room.  The view category rooms expansive windows reveal the hotel’s tropical gardens; swimming pool; or the immaculate private golf course of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club in the heart of one of the world’s most enigmatic capital cities.

Ideal for business travellers, some of the deluxe and premier guestrooms are located on the hotel’s exclusive Kasara Floor where, at a daily fee, guests are afforded access to the Kasara Executive Lounge with all-day dining; dedicated Concierge and business services; and private meeting facilities.

The addition of a complimentary Handy smartphone in every room allows guests to keep in touch with family and friends with unlimited international calls and texts to 25 countries, and 4G and preloaded popular apps to explore Bangkok with ease.

The refurbishment of its Deluxe and Premier guestrooms completes a 470 THB million project that also saw the upgrade of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s suites and public spaces.

 

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Spa Magic now at discount price for one week

Spa Magic will be selling for 99 cents or 33 THB until Aug. 23.  If you ever wanted to experience a true Thai spa treatment, join Spa Magic as it takes you on a tour to 32 outstanding resorts and their spas and the treatments that made them the envy of the spa world.

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Spa days at Evason Hua Hin

IT’S SPA DAYS at Evason Hua Hin, where your overnight stay includes a welcome fresh fruit and juice, delicious breakfast, one spa treatment (60 minutes), complimentary Body Balance Consultation on the first day of arrival (15 minutes) and steam & sauna before treatment.

You can also enjoy a 15% saving on additional spa treatments. Spa Days lasts until Oct. 31, 2017.

A one-night stay includes breakfast and one choice of these spa treatments: 60-minute Holistic Massag;60-minute Thai Massage; 60-minute Foot Acupressure Massage; 60-minute Oriental Massage; 60-minute Detox Massage; or 60-minute Energizer Massage; as well as a complimentary 15 minutes of Body Balance consultation on the first day of arrival (Available everyday except Monday and Tuesday; a steam & sauna before treatment; as well as a 15% discount offer for other treatments on the spa menu during stay (excludes spa promotions and packages)

Advance booking required. For more information, call +66 3263 2111 or email reservations-huahin@evasonresorts.com.

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