Travel Deals

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Dusit International now accepts Alipay at its hotels and resorts for Chinese travelers
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Banyan Tree Bangkok’s ‘Sense of Celebration-Songkran Splash offer’
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Mantra Samui Resort launches new spa featuring home-grown botanicals
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Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Ratilanna Chiang Mai
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Anantara’s Festive Holiday Highlights Around the World
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SALA Phuket Celebrating 10th Anniversary
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Meet High Priestess Ibu Jero at Anantara Uluwatu Bali
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Centara World Masters set for Hua Hin next June
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Making wedding dreams come true at Amari
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Soneva’s Secrets of Indochina Tour

Dusit International now accepts Alipay at its hotels and resorts for Chinese travelers

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL has rolled out Alipay at its hotels and resorts in Thailand to cater to Chinese travellers who prefer to make quick and secure payments via mobile.

With over 520 million users and counting, China-based Alipay is one of the world’s largest mobile payment platforms, which allows its users to pay for goods and services by scanning QR codes on their smartphones or tablets. Its presence is ubiquitous in Chinese cities, where mobile payments are fast becoming a way of life.

Dusit International already accepts Alipay at all of its hotels and resorts in China. Alongside Thailand, it also plans to roll out the system at its international properties soon.

“The Chinese market is a key segment for our hotels in Thailand, so it is important our properties are equipped to meet the needs of those who prefer to pay via mobile, now the method of choice in China” said Lim Boon Kwee, COO Dusit International.

“Alipay can certainly enrich and enhance the guest experience for all our Chinese travellers.”

Dusit Hotels & Resorts in Thailand now accept Alipay at their restaurants, spas, participating outlets, and for hotel rooms upon check-out. The properties also accept China’s other major mobile wallet, WeChat Pay.

Dusit properties in Thailand include Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Hua Hin, Dusit Thani Pattaya, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Dusit Thani Beach Resort Krabi, dusitD2 Chiang Mai, dusitD2 Khao Yai, Dusit Princess Srinakarin Bangkok, and Dusit Princess Chiang Mai.

Alipay is operated by Ant Financial, an affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding Limited, a Chinese multinational e-commerce, retail and technology conglomerate, which is one of the top 10 most valuable companies in the world.

Banyan Tree Bangkok’s ‘Sense of Celebration-Songkran Splash offer’

CELEBRATE SONGKRAN FESTIVAL at Banyan Tree Bangkok and get splashed by well-wishers.

This summer’s Songkran Splash promotion offers guests easy access to hot-list sites for a Thai-style holiday amid city-wide celebrations.

Immerse in a carefree and fun festive spirit that includes water splashing and graceful rituals, along with special holiday-themed extras.

Book stays in Oasis Retreat, Serenity Club rooms or any of the suite categories and enjoy complimentary cocktails for two persons at Saffron Sky Garden restaurant (per room, per stay), free WiFi / Internet and daily breakfast at Romsai Restaurant. Serenity Club and suite guests will also get a complimentary Club Lounge access.

The package also includes complimentary morning yoga or Muay Thai (traditional Thai kickboxing) lesson with qualified in-house instructors.

For guests wishing to take part in one of the city’s biggest and most lively wet and wild street splashfests, a complimentary “Tuk-tuk” shuttle to the popular Silom Road tourist spot will be provided, along with his/hers festive shirts and waterproof carry-case to protect valuables and mobile phones from the good-natured water-gun ‘crossfire’ of fellow partygoers, who flock to the downtown shopping district each year for the delightfully drenching festivities.

 

Mantra Samui Resort launches new spa featuring home-grown botanicals

WITH A NEW NATURAL SPA and the launch of a wellness experience, “A Mantra for Mantra – the all-new Mantra Samui Resort is attracting spa-goers to its peaceful perch overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.

The Jai Spa is a cornerstone of the hotel’s comprehensive new look. The intimate space has four softly-lit private treatment rooms and a foot reflexology area.

Inspired by the dense jungle that surrounds the hillside property, the spa features bamboo-clad walls that reach up to a lofty ceiling.

The spa blends most of its treatment products in-house, using natural ingredients harvested from its gardens. Thai herbs infuse Jai’s flagship concoctions, using homegrown lemongrass, steamed to create an aromatic atmosphere.

Coconut informs the signature treatment, the Yaa Jai, its milk, not oil, deployed for a deep, tension-releasing massage. Warm coconut poultices are strategically applied to tight spots to further reduce stress.

“One of the mantras we’ve seized on here at Jai is slow-slow-slow,” said Spa Manager Noppawan Rochjanarath “As a famous Buddhist teacher once said:  “If we want to live deeply, we’ve got to live slowly.”

The new A Mantra for Mantra’s package has been developed around this idea of helping guests of the resort go deeper when it comes to overall wellness. The three-night stay package for two includes:

Round-trip airport transfer in a private vehicle; Consultation with spa manager on arrival to cover areas of concern and develop a spa plan during the course of the stay; Two treatments per day from the extensive spa menu (per person); Daily healthy meal at The View restaurant (choice of lunch or dinner); Daily breakfast for two; One private meditation class for two (optional); One private yoga class for two (optional).

Spa menu options draw heavily from local traditions and plants with the extensive offering that includes a range of facials, massages, scrubs, and wraps such as: a Thai Lemon Tea scrub, a 60-minute exfoliation using tea and lemon juice; a Thai Tamarind Wrap, which features a decadent blend of tamarind and yogurt slathered over the body, and traditional massages in addition to Ayurvedic treatments.

“A Mantra for Mantra” is available until March 31, 2018. Rates vary by room type. For more information or make a booking please, visit http://mantrasamui.com/

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Anantara’s Festive Holiday Highlights Around the World

ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS presents merry escapism for Christmas and New Year travellers, with Seasonal journeys that offer the gift of choice — from sumptuous traditions in exotic destinations to intriguing local customs in culture-rich lands.

Extraordinary Christmas Trees. Decorating the holiday scene, Anantara Christmas trees offer unique festive backdrops.

In Thailand, jungle luxury glows at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort with a Christmas coconut tree, and at a prestigious Bangkok address, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel exhibits designer cosmopolitan flair.

In Sri Lanka, the spirit of giving back has immersed Anantara Kalutara Resort; their Christmas tree is decorated with wish cards from children of a nearby orphanage and proceeds from guest donations will be collected to purchase gifts to spread the holiday cheer and create smiles.

Nestled on the Maldivian seabed, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Resort has a festive feature made from live coral; visible from the underwater wine cellar at SEA Restaurant.

Iconic Christmas Experiences  Combining northern Thai culture with Christmas classics in the jungle, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort offers a Jungle Bells Reception & Gala Dinner on Christmas Eve.

Glasses of eggnog and mulled wine are raised around a roaring fire at the old-world style bar while an Akha hill tribe family perform traditional dances. Spoiling families with a festive feast, a splendid poolside buffet of Christmas specials and exotic Thai recipes are enjoyed with Santa as the star guest and carol singers.

Known as Bangkok’s best, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s famous brunch is stepping up a festive notch for Christmas Day. Presenting favourites from its award-winning restaurants, celebrated cuisines from around the world and live cooking flair, merriment flows with a Christmas choir, live entertainment and the free flowing pleasures of Champagne, mimosas, martinis, a Thai Chili Bloody Mary Bar.

Showcasing Portugal’s artisan heritage, Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort is popping the cork on a vine-inspired Christmas Day with The Wine Guru’s Christmas Gathering. A five-course traditional Christmas lunch is paired with an exclusive handpicked selection of Portugal’s regional fine wines — all personal favourites of Anantara’s producers and destined to become great vintages and prize winners.

New Year’s Eve Spectaculars. The last night of 2017 is theatrically impressive at two Anantara resorts in the Maldives. Anantara Kihavah Villas is throwing a spectacular New Year’s Eve Carnival On The Beach. Revellers can don feathers and masks to capture dramatic moments in the photo booth.

Free flow cocktails at the poolside tikki bar come with a vibrant Caribbean steel pan musician. A gala dinner in the carnival marquee presents a buffet of the finest global flavours, unique chef creations at live cooking stations, fresh seafood delights and wicked desserts worth the extra splurge.

Performers from around the world dazzle guests with fire, Brazilian capoeira and aerial acrobatic shows.

Transforming New Year’s Eve into a family-friendly extravaganza on a private tropical beach, Anantara Dhigu Resort boasts an enchanting Moana Disney theme.

A bountiful buffet dinner serves local catches and international cuisines. The night has a lively flow at the tikki bar and kid’s entertainment wows young VIPS. DJ tunes spin and the ambience rises as midnight fireworks colour the sky and ocean.

Seasonal Music Festivals Bringing world-class jazz to the world’s largest desert in Abu Dhabi for the festive season, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is featuring the famous Parisian band Swing Deluxe from Dec. 24, 2017 – 1 Jan. 1, 2018, entertaining guests with great French and American jazz classics while they indulge in festive dining experiences at signature restaurants.

Showcasing a Festive Celebration of Music from 22 Dec. 22, 2017 – Jan. 2, 2018 beside Bangkok’s glittering River of Kings in Thailand, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort presents an unforgettable 12-day concert program.

Staged on a riverside barge, jazz and acoustic musicians, as well as popular local and international bands, will delight festive diners at the resort’s river-view restaurants, and also at the waterfront Thai street food fair.

For more information, go to www.anantara.com

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Meet High Priestess Ibu Jero at Anantara Uluwatu Bali

ANANTARA ULUWATU BALI RESORT provides a prime location for rebalancing your body and mind and is introducing a new series of unique healing packages, led by renowned native High Priestess, Ibu Jero.

Ibu Jero is a native Balinese healer offering traditional therapies combined with the wisdom of both Asian and Western ideology. Fifth in a long line of Balinese healers, she brings the extensive knowledge and experience of her ancestors to bear on her enlightening work

. She offers a channel between the spiritual and our physical selves, and her power is rare, being one of only a few High Priestesses in Bali. To maintain this title she, in part, lives in devotion of Bali’s spiritual traditions, visits all major temples, and even makes up to 50 offerings every day.

Following a life-threatening experience Ibu Jero devoted herself to spirituality.

“I understand that Eastern and Western modalities are complementary; where the East is spiritually aware, the West is physically advanced,” said the high priestess.

“The human being is a complex system of mind, emotions, spirit, body and soul. When we want true healing and liberation to occur, we need to go deeply into each level.” Ibu Jero’s ability to act as a channel for healing energies to flow thru is greatly influenced from her ancestors.

Her years of training cover traditional restorative treatments, massage, aromatherapy, natural medicine, traditional herbs and chakra balancing.

Discover deep meditation practices and enhance your energy through special therapies with Ibu Jero. Learn to set intentions that improve your life and well-being. Listen to your inner voice and achieve balance with the help of the enchanting High Priestess.

A seven-hour spiritual journey is offered for guests who seek a deeply immersive experience. Travel to the extremely sacred Tirta Sudamala Temple in Bangli where a holy spring has provided cleansing for hundreds of years.

Pilgrims bathe in blessed water where they connect to the earth and undergo holistic cleansing.

Ibu Jero guides participants through the temple processes and then performs a seven stage chakra cleansing and purification to clear life blocks from the past and present.

Step into the revered pool to wash away that which no longer serves you. Transport, lunch, and temple offerings are all included in the US450 package for two persons.

Guests can choose a 60-minute Balinese Reiki Session to cleanse and align their chakras, a powerful and restorative therapy. Or, try an Energy Cleansing Session if there is the need to release negative energies that are restricting their path in life. Both therapies are offered at US 165 per person.

Couples can declare their love with a Sunset Couple Blessing and Healing Ritual, which involves a past life and chakra cleanse, allowing you to move forward together afresh.

Next, she’ll align your chakra energies and let any negativity slip away, offering peace and setting intention for a harmonious relationship. A calming water blessing purification follows before a traditional Balinese offering.

Ideal for engagements, pre-wedding vows or anniversary celebrations, the ritual lasts 90-minutes and is priced at US300 per couple.

The Group Melukat Ceremony comprises a water blessing, often compared to a ‘holy’ shower. Together, the group chant mantras and set good intentions for the future amidst water, incense and flowers.

Only High Priests or Priestesses can offer this therapy and Ibu Jero is famous for it, bringing holistic balance to participants. This 2-hour purification ceremony is priced at USD 600 for up to five people.

Ibu Jero’s healing therapies can be booked through Anantara Spa. For reservations and more information, please call + 62 (361) 8957555 Ext.6900 or email spa.uluwatu@anantara.com.

These experiences are the perfect add-on to the Wellbeing Retreat package at Anantara Uluwatu. Rates start from US145 per couple, per night and include luxury accommodation and a personalized wellness itinerary.

 

 

 

Centara World Masters set for Hua Hin next June

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS will again be the main sponsor and play host to the Centara World Masters amateur golf tournament in Hua Hin next June 10-16, 2018 .

It will mark the fifth year of the tournament, which attracts golfers from over 50 countries. It is expected to be bigger than ever, as it combines a week of golf at some of Thailand’s best courses with social and entertainment activities in this famous seaside resort town.

The 2017 tournament, recently completed, was praised by participants for its beautiful courses and organization, along with world class accommodation and gala events at Centara’s famous resort in Hua Hin.

Next year’s tournament will feature four outstanding courses. Players will enjoy one round each at Springfield Royal Country Club, Black Mountain, Banyan Golf Club and Imperial Lake View.

Carts and caddies will be provided at each course, and each player will be assigned a caddie wearing a bib with the player’s name and country flag. The tournament will be open to men and women over 35.

Centara Hotels & Resorts is the major sponsor, and most golfers choose to stay at the ideally located Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas in Hua Hin.

Established in the 1920s, the resort has been restored and renovated with all the modern luxuries and conveniences, while retaining the magic of elegant, bygone eras.

Taking full advantage of Centara’s beachfront location, the opening night welcome dinner and gala presentation dinners will be held around the resort pool, with the beach as a stunning backdrop.

Golfers gather each night during the tournament for 19th Hole festivities, where Thai cuisine is offered, Chang beer flows and daily golf winners are celebrated.

“At Centara, we have 37 hotels and resorts internationally, including many in golfing paradises such as Bangkok, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai in Thailand, and Danang in Vietnam.

“ We look forward to welcoming many more golfers, friends and families not only to Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas, Hua Hin, for the acclaimed Centara World Masters event next year but also to our array of city and tropical beachfront locations year round” said Thirayuth Chirativat CEO, Centara Hotels & Resorts.

 

 

Making wedding dreams come true at Amari

AMARI, PART OF ONYX HOSPITALITY GROUP, is ready to make all wedding dreams come true at its three romantic wedding destinations in tropical paradise locations across Thailand.

Feel the cool ocean breeze, listen to the gentle swash of the waves on the white sandy beach while gazing at the colourful, dusky sky, the crystal clear aquamarine sea in a tranquil and secluded cove minutes from Patong Beach in Phuket.

Even though this dream destination is bustling with people and activity, couples find peace and serenity at Amari Phuket due to its unique location tucked away from all the downtown action.

The bride and bridegroom can celebrate a warm and intimate wedding ceremony with their closest friends and family members in a green garden overlooking a picturesque beach. A traditional Thai wedding ceremony can be organized for the starting price of 79,500 THB. If a Western-style ceremony is preferred, Amari Phuket offers a package starting at 69,800 THB.

Lounge around the pool and enjoy the ever-changing seascape at Shoreline Beach Club near Cicada Market, where Amari Hua Hin can arrange a chic lounge-style beach wedding party. At this beachside venue, a short distance from the main resort, couples can enjoy every romantic moment on Khao Takiab Beach under the starry sky.

Amari Hua Hin offers special ceremonial events accommodating a maximum of 50 guests. Both Western and Thai weddings are tailor-made to suit their needs with packages starting at 78,000 THB for the Western nuptial ceremony and 82,000 THB for the Thai Nuptial Ceremony.

Or imagine saying, “I do”, on the island of Koh Samui with a panoramic view of the blue water and turquoise horizon while exchanging vows. The resort’s location on a secluded stretch of Chaweng Beach is an idyllic destination for a lovely wedding with everyone standing barefoot on the golden sand.

Amari Koh Samui can fulfil their desires by offering either traditional Thai or Western ceremony, with packages starting at 94,000 THB for the Western Marital Celebration and THB 98,000 THB for the Traditional Thai Wedding Ceremony.

For more information, call Amari Phuket 66 (0) 7634 0106-14 or www.amari.com/phuket/weddings.aspx

Amari Hua Hin, call 66 (0) 3261 6600 or www.amari.com/huahin/weddings.aspx

Amari Koh Samui, call 66 (0) 7730 0306-9 or www.amari.com/koh-samui/

Amari is the centrepiece of the ONYX portfolio of hospitality brands reflecting the warmth and energy of an evolving modern Asia. Amari’s network of properties spans Thailand and beyond, from scenic seaside locations to vibrant urban settings, including Doha, Dhaka, Bangkok, Buriram, Pattaya, Samui, Phuket, Krabi, Hua Hin and the Maldives. Visit www.amari.com.

 

 

 

 

Soneva’s Secrets of Indochina Tour

SONEVA IS OFFERING a special Secrets of Indochina tour – your choice of a 3, 4 or 7-night cruise along the Mekong River on the Aqua Mekong – a 20-suite, five-star luxury vessel – to glide through the beauty of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Then hop aboard Soneva Kiri’s private cessna, departing from Siem Reap, to whisk you away to Soneva Kiri on the secluded island of Koh Kood. Retreat to your own pool villa or discover the lush island nestled in the Gulf of Thailand. End the trip in Bangkok.

Stay in The Siam, a hotel filled with bespoke cultural amusements and captivating design. Sip a cocktail riverside or venture out into the city. Book at least two of the three properties and get a 10% discount off the published rate and receive a complimentary Treepod Dining experience; a private Cinema Paradiso Experience; a cooking class; a private sunset cruise; a father & son picnic as well as a mother & daughter spa; or a cheese and red wine tasting with gourmet canapés, chocolates and ice cream and mocktails for the kids at Soneva Kiri.

For reservations, go to reservations@soneva.com or your preferred trade partner. Quote the booking code when making reservations: Secrets

 

 

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