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ALL TOO OFTEN, high-speed modern lives lead to fatigue. In a bid to rid ourselves from blocked energies and regain our well-being, we are turning to ancient practices such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine.
Less conventional therapies, such as crystal healing, are gaining in popularity, too.
Ancient Egyptians once believed that gems had the power to heal. They even collected them throughout their lifetime to ensure a safe journey to the next realm of existence.
If you’re interested, you can try crystal healing when holidaying at Six Senses resorts with Six Senses’ visiting practitioner Jill Banwell.
Jill is available at Six Senses Spa Koh Hood from Dec. 26, 2017 to Jan. 10, 2018 and at Six Senses Spa Laamu until Aug. 20, and at Six Senses Spa Kunfunadhoo from Oct. 1 to Nov. 15.
In a Crystal & Colour Healing session, Jill places specific gemstones on the seven major energetic centres of your body, known as the chakras. As chakras themselves relate to colours on the visible light spectrum, the most suitable crystals are matched to these colours.
Pink stones, such as Rose Quartz and beautifully patterned Rhodocrosite, are most effective for harmonizing the loving, compassionate and forgiving qualities of the heart chakra. Emerald, Peridot and other green colored crystals are also good for the heart.
Yellow stones, such as Citrine and Amber, correspond with the solar plexus chakra, responsible for our vitality and motivation. The sacral chakra, our emotional and creative center, reacts well to stones with orange colouration, such as Carnelian and Orange Calcite. The base chakra, associated with being grounded in the body, responds to Red Garnet or Smoky Quartz.
At the throat chakra, for communication and self-expression, the energies of light blue stones are effective, such as delicately patterned Blue Lace Agate or sea green Aquamarine.
The third eye chakra at the brow is for clarity of vision and perception. Here, dark blue stones such as gold-flecked Lapis Lazuli or Sodalite work well. Where we connect with our higher self and spiritual guidance, at the crown chakra on the top of the head, purple, clear or white stones are helpful, such as Amethyst or Clear Quartz.
FOUR SEASONS RESORT CHIANG MAI is featuring a special Glorious Green Season package that offers complimentary relaxing and recharging experiences and indulgences along with the beautiful scenery.
Settle in to a luxurious sanctuary and soak up the sheer natural vibrancy of the surrounding environment while enhancing exposure with:Luxurious accommodation; daily buffet breakfast for two at Sala Mae Rim Restaurant; rice planting activities for two; private Romancing the Sala set dinner for two; and a Couple’s Rice and Spice Scrub or Aloe and Lavender Wrap treatment.
The package is available until Sept. 30, 2017
Set amid manicured tropical gardens, the resort’s unique accommodations are in prime position to enjoy its indigenous landscape. A pavilion-style Thai sala surrounds guests, with lush gardens while the room captures the essence of the Northern Lanna kingdom, combined with all the comforts of modern living. Lounge on the swing sofa in the pavilion-style sala and take in the Resort’s terraced rice fields, tropical foliage and pond life.
Spend days with a loved one or family, enjoying a package that includes the chance to be a Thai farmer for a day, sharing the rewarding experience of how rice is grown.
Then relax at its award-winning spa with a Rice and Spice Scrub, a traditional therapy combining herbs and spices to exfoliate the skin, warm the muscles, boost circulation and leave one with a natural glow.
Or choose an Aloe and Lavender Wrap, combining Aloe Vera gel, lavender mist and a cooling banana leaf wrap to restore the body’s natural generation processes and revitalize the skin. Top-off a revitalizing experience, savouring the resort’s sweet ambience over a delectable classic Thai-style set menu gracefully served in an enchanting sala in the garden.
The package is priced from 20,000 THB per night. A minimum of two nights stay is required. Stay three nights or more and enjoy the additional benefit of daily breakfast for two and choice of a Private Thai Dinner or package spa treatment. Only valid for reservations via Reservation Department quoting “Glorious Green Season.”
For reservations, call 66 2 207 8999 or E-mail Reservations. Thailand@fourseasons.com
DUSIT THANI’S DEVARANA SPAS in Bangkok and the Philippines have a new two-hour treatment that harnesses the skin-nourishing, relaxing properties of Sampaguita, the national flower of the Philippines and a symbol of purity and love.
Available from April 1 to June 30, 2017, the Filipinas Sampaguita Essence treatment uses the flower’s essential oil, which is similar to jasmine and famed for its sweet and heady fragrance, to both lift one’s mood and relax the senses.
The two-hour treatment starts with a Sampaguita & Seasalt Body Scrub, whose deep cleansing promotes soft, healthy glowing skin, followed by an invigorating Sampaguita Aromatic Massage, specially designed to eradicate stress.
DUSIT INTERNATIONAL has signed a management consultancy agreement with Sanguantas Development Company Limited to operate dusitD2 Chaengwattana, an upscale business hotel in the north of Bangkok near Don Mueang Airport (DMK) and a range of key business, leisure and MICE destinations.
Designed to meet the needs of today’s tech-savvy, hyper-connected travellers, the hotel will comprise 200 guest rooms and suites set over 23 floors, and will feature amongst its facilities a rooftop international restaurant and bar, a rooftop infinity swimming pool, fitness centre, and a large banqueting facility offering panoramic views of Bangkok.
The property will feature a striking cantilevered design featuring tiered gardens. The proposed interior will provide contemporary comfort and convenience enhanced by the latest technology, and all touchpoints will be driven by Dusit’s signature gracious service.
CentralPlaza Chaengwattana, a hub of dining, shopping and entertainment, is only 300 metres away, while other local landmarks include ISB International School, World Medical Center Hospital, and the Government Complex, which houses the Immigration Department and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
DMK is only 30 minutes away by car, and Impact Arena, Exhibition and Convention Center (IMPACT) can be reached within 15 minutes.
The Pink Line Mass Transit Monorail System is slated to open in the same year as the hotel with a station located nearby. This will link with the city’s BTS Skytrain system to offer convenient access to all of Bangkok’s key attractions.
“With completion of the new infrastructure set to coincide with the opening of the hotel, the timing for the project could not be better,” said Dusit International’s Group CEO Suphajee Suthumpun.
“And we will, indeed, have a very exciting product on offer when the doors officially open in 2020. From colourful, inspiring décor, to gracious service inspired by authentic Thai values, the new hotel will provide a comfortable, stylish and convenient option for leisure and business travellers alike, and should prove especially attractive for exhibitors at the nearby convention centre.
“The hotel will also be an ideal venue for meetings in its own right, with state-of-the–art facilities allowing us to cater for a wide range of events. We also hope to leverage our close proximity to the Government Complex by hosting many high level functions at the hotel.”
“Dusit International’s rich hospitality experience speaks for itself and we are delighted to partner with the company for this special project, which really raises the bar for business hotels in the area”, said Apichart Asavarojpanich, CEO of Sanguantas Development.
Any development we become involved in must have the best in design, facilities, and services, including a comprehensive training program for its employees, and Dusit offers all this and more. We are confident the hotel will be a resounding success under Dusit’s management.”
Dusit International currently operates 29 properties in key destinations around the globe. A further 51 projects are already confirmed to open internationally within the next three years.
The company currently operates two hotels in Bangkok – Dusit Thani Bangkok and DusitPrincess Srinakarin Bangkok.
FROM THE MAJESTIC temples at Angkor Wat to Koh Kood’s untouched beaches: Now you can combine both with our luxurious flight service, avoiding the hassles of transiting in Bangkok. Soneva Kiri is the closest luxury beach resort to Siem Reap, and the resort’s personalized eight-seater private charter flight experience lets you take in the dramatic scenery between the two.
Soneva’s one-of-a-kind flight operates twice weekly, flying at low altitude over verdant jungle, stunning forests and rice paddies, finally revealing the white sand beaches of Koh Kood as you approach our private island airstrip. The cost is $650 U.S. per person each way on a fixed schedule.
Soneva also offers a fully private transfer service, departing at your convenience, for a special launch price of just $10,000 U.S. Guests can then transit back to Bangkok on its twice-daily 60 minute flight service straight into Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
For more information and bookings, contact: email@example.com or call 91 124 4511000.
DEVARANA SPAS are marking the Year of the Rooster in Thailand and the Philippines, Egypt, Maldives, Guam and Nairobi with a series of special treatments featuring the magical healing properties of flowers.
Available at Dusit Thani Devarana Spa locations in Thailand, Philippines, Maldives and Kenya, the unique Divine Floral Remedy treatments will change throughout the year to encompass a total of four different therapies created using indigenous flowers unique to each location.
The unique botanic spa journey began on Jan. 1, 2017 ,with the Glittering Lotus Healing treatment, a Thai floral therapy featuring a 30-min Glittering Lotus Body Scrub, made using skin nourishing extracts from pure gold and lotus petals.
The treatment is rich with antioxidants, offers protection against UV damage, and leaves skin radiant and soft to the touch. It ends with a 90-min Oil Massage with gold leaves to promote total well-being.
The two-hour package is available until March 31.
From April to June the Filipinas Sampaguita Essence will then arrive to help to refresh a dull summer complexion. During July to September, the Maldivian Rose Lover treatment will offer all the benefits of skin beautifying and anti-aging therapies. And from October to December the rejuvenating Kenyan Wild Savanna Flora treatment will offer optimal nourishment for your skin.
Each Divine Floral Remedy treatment has been specially designed to beautify your skin and bring your body and mind back into equilibrium within two hours.
ESSENCE OF I.SAWAN is an exclusive massage unique to i.sawan Residential Spa and Club at Grand Hyatt Erawan and one of its most popular treaments .
It works on deeper tissues to speed up detoxification and rid the body of pollutants, helps increase flexibility, circulation and enhance the body’s natural recover process.
The spa covers more than 7,000 square metres (75,350 square feet) high above the sights and sounds of the city.
Designed by the American interior designer, Tony Chi. i.sawan is a rejuvenating retreat from the rigours of daily urban living. Nestled in the garden of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, the Residential Spa & Club offers guests pampering, fitness, cuisine, accommodation and relaxation.
It’s a virtual “garden in the sky” draped in the beauty and quiet of its exquisite and thoughtful design.
As a special indulgence, guests can find luxurious, overnight accommodations in one of our six spa cottages – a tranquil escape for those seeking a longer respite from the high-paced energy of modern living.
Three Deluxe Treatment Bungalows with Terrace, which contain twin treatment beds for couples and include a wet area for showering as well as outdoor terrace for pre/post treatment use.
Its six single treatment rooms redefine the expression “quality alone time”. These rooms are for single occupancy, with one treatment bed and also include a wet area for showering. Two rooms have a partitioned wall and are specifically designed for Thai Treatments with raised floor beds.
SONGKRAN TEMPLE FAIR JOURNEY, a creative spa treatment inspired by the water-splashing festivities of Thailand’s New Year Festival is being offered by Dusit Thani’s Devarana Spas throughout March and April in 2017.
The 90-minute treatment is specially designed to add vibrancy back to moisture-starved skin.
The treatment begins with the cooling sensation of a Traditional Thai Coconut Ice Cream Body Scrub that smells almost good enough to eat.
Straight from the cooler and wonderfully refreshing, the scrub has a temperature of between 15–20 degrees C and comes complete with a potent mix of potatoes and butterfly pea petals which help to give skin a healthy glow.
The soothing journey is completed with a dreamily relaxing aromatic oil massage, which starts with a warm sand compress before moving onto a skin-nourishing massage conducted with aromatic oil infused with Mint and Jasmine essences. Expect stress and tiredness to melt away as the scents and elements of Songkran revitalize your mind, body and soul.
FOR ANYONE who appreciates high quality and well cut yoga wear, Six Senses is launching a range of exclusive designs, created in collaboration with Ana Heart of London.
A small, bespoke brand renowned for their hip and chic design approach with great attention to detailing, Ana Heart also met the Six Senses criteria of sustainable manufacturing practices.
The collection, which is technically yoga clothes with exceptional cuts, is functional and comfortable, distinctly feminine and with an edgy twist. The eco-friendly fabrics nicely complement the designs to move effortlessly with the body and make every body, shape drop-dead gorgeous.
And due to the simplicity of style and colour palette they are as trendy in a yoga class as they are as essentials of a stylish on-the-go wardrobe. The fabrics are nothing short of amazing. Lyocell is sustainable and with great moisture absorption ability, representing a milestone in the development of environmentally benign textiles.
It starts life as wood pulp and with the magic of nanotechnology in an award-winning closed-loop process that recovers or decomposes all solvents emissions becomes a luxurious fabric that is biodegradable and crease resistant.
Cotton supima has such a soft hand that it is referred to as the cashmere of cottons. Strong and able to carry color brilliance, it is grown on furrowed rows where it can be closely regulated to make it the highest quality cotton available.
Suplex & Quick Dry is a fiber quality developed especially for Ana Heart’s leggings and bras. It offers softness with amazing tension without discomfort and guarantees a dry, supportive experience during yoga practice.
The collection has been designed in three colours created especially for Six Senses: Charcoal, white and indigo.
The garments are sized from small to extra-large and comprise a comprehensive selection of pieces from racer and strappy bras to a choice of tanks, ballet leggings and sweatpants.
Five entirely new and exclusive takes are a wrap top, a see-through sleeved and laced top, a top with waist-tie, leggings also with a waist tie, and a sweater with laced shoulders and side vents.
According to Amanda Ibgui, cofounder of Ana Heart, each piece has a small but distinctive touch of gold or silver-coloured thread embroidery that stands for each woman’s individuality, for her inner light. This somewhat discreet detail is like a little secret sign, a reminder to be kind to oneself.
As a special treat, the range also includes a cotton tote-cum-yoga bag that is made for carrying everything a woman needs a smartphone, keys, makeup, a book and a bottle of water. Currently the Six Senses Yoga Line by Ana Heart, which is produced in Europe, is available at nine spas:
Six Senses Douro Valley, Six Senses Laamu, Six Senses Yao Noi, Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Six Senses Spa Courchevel, Six Senses Spa Doha at Sharq Village, Six Senses Spa Koh Kood, Six Senses Spa Kunfunadhoo, Six Senses Spa Marbella, and will be rolled out across the remaining spas this year.