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An evening of full swing with Biggles Big Band at Centara Hua Hin
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Celebrating Songkran at Centara April 11-15
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Michelin Star French Chef at VIE Hotel Bangkok, April 3-5
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Centara’s New Agenda – fresh thinking for meetings
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Elite Weddings and honeymoon specialists visit Centara Grand Hua Hin
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Six Senses Samui extends winter through-to-spring offer
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La VIE en Rouge – red everywhere on St. Valentine’s Day Dinner
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Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s at Four Seasons in Thailand
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Dusit Hotels & Resorts launches two new accommodation packages
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Two-Star Michelin chef returning to La VIE Bangkok

An evening of full swing with Biggles Big Band at Centara Hua Hin

 SWING EXCITEMENT was in the air when Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin welcomed Biggles Big Band to delight Thai fans with hits from the golden era of jazz.

The beautiful city of Hua Hin was in excitement as an Amsterdam-based 25-piece jazz orchestra, Biggles Big Band, recently revisited the iconic Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin as part of their 2019’s Thailand Tour.

Attended by hundreds of guests and all jazz lovers from across the globe, the event “A Big Night With Biggles Big Band” was a success with Jan Weisheit the hotel’s resident manager, personally welcoming and greeting Adrie Braat the conductor, and the big band with the management team prior to the recreation of the magical sounds from the swinging-and-dancing era.

Highlights of the glittering evening included tunes from their amazing musical repertoire such as In The Mood, Come By Me, Fly Me To The Moon, and many more famous jazz classics recreated with their well-known contemporary styles, all perfectly complimenting a wonderful atmosphere of the hotel.

For more information or to make a reservation, call +66 (0) 3251 2021

 

 

 

Celebrating Songkran at Centara April 11-15

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS is partnering with Smile in Love Wedding Studio to showcase Thailand’s rich cultural heritage embodied in traditional Thai clothing throughout the upcoming Songkran Festival 2019.

This year’s Songkran festival runs from April 12-18, one of Thailand’s favourites that attracts thousands to Thailand every year as Thai people mark the event by throwing water at each other to wash away their troubles from the previous year. It also makrs the start the Thai new year.

At Centara, staff will wear traditional Thai costumes, providing guests with an up-close look at the timeless style and glamour of authentic Thai apparel. In addition, guests at every hotel and resort property across the group will be invited to take part in Thai cultural activities such as the offering of beautiful handmade jasmine garlands and the traditional pouring of scented water over the palms.

Preparations are well underway at all 33 Centara properties within Thailand to extend a warm welcome and Thai-style hospitality to guests soon to arrive from around the world to join the Songkran festivities nationwide.

All front-line staff will be dressed in traditional Thai costumes from April 11-15 holiday period. Special activities, such as a booth for sprinkling scented water on the Buddha’s image, a set-up for pouring scented water onto elders’ palms, along with traditional Thai folk performances are also being arranged, enabling guests to experience the many appealing facets of this popular annual festival.

As the Thai hotel brand-of-choice among both Thai and international guests, Centara takes great pride in delivering its standard of Thai-style service and hospitality to guests while celebrating an important and joyful cultural occasion together with millions of Thais.

 

Michelin Star French Chef at VIE Hotel Bangkok, April 3-5

 La VIE – Creative French Cuisine in VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel, in collaboration with Thai Airways International Public Company Limited and Krungthai Card Public Company Limited (KTC), is offering an unique culinary experience with Michelin-starred Chef Nicolas Isnard, a master of the Mediterranean influence in French cooking for three days from April 3-5,2019.

Michelin-starred Chef Nicolas Isnard is chef and co-owner of Auberge de la Charme á Prenois restaurant, which was awarded a Michelin star within a year after opening, Chef Nicolas comes from the south of France and his grandparents were Italian, which much of his own sense of exciting tastes in a unique style both sincere and experimental.

Chef Nicolas has also been awarded 4 toques by the Gault & Millau guide and received the honored title of ‘Maitre Cuisinier de France’ in 2012.

Cooking is a “life-long passion” to Michelin-starred Nicolas Isnard. He loves his calling and the foods he works with, blending a sensitive knowledge of techniques with sheer passion to produce works of culinary art that linger deliciously on the palate, bringing to mind every dream of the azure Mediterranean and the richness of southern French cuisine.

The sevenCourse Michelin Star Set Dinner (Dinner is served at 7:00 pm) costs 5,750 THB per person for food. A perfectly paired wine package is available at an additional charge of 1,800 THB per person.

 

 

 

Centara’s New Agenda – fresh thinking for meetings

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS is bringing fresh thinking and new approaches to deliver better meetings with the launch of New Agenda: Meetings Redesigned, providing a one-stop MICE service and enhanced customer experience.

 Winfried Hancke, corporate director of operations food & beverage, Centara Hotels & Resorts, says the new program was conceived in response to customer feedback and a desire to take full advantage of the company’s venues and prime locations.

“Our clients told us they were open to bold ideas and innovative ways to engage meeting participants, and we listened,” he says. “We are confident that the ideas and resources at the core of New Agenda: Meetings Redesigned will deliver more stimulating and effective meetings for our clients and their organizations.”

For too long, offsite meetings have followed a cookie-cutter approach that makes one meeting feel identical to another, resulting in bored participants and low engagement.

New Agenda is designed to put an end to that, with a one-stop MICE service and enhanced customer experience and helps business to achieve the essential part of MICE: The spread of knowledge and professional practices and a key factor in building better understanding and relations among professionals.

The New Agenda program is built around three main elements:

A one-stop Meeting Guru to serve as a single onsite resource and point-of-contact for end-to-end event management, ensuring seamless communication, planning and execution.

A redefined approach to team-building led by Centara’s in-house team-building specialists and in partnership with the professionals at Asia Ability, to develop effective new team-building techniques and energizing activities.

Creative catering to reinforce engagement and strengthen participant involvement, with new ideas brought to life by Centara’s talented Food & Beverage teams such as “dinner in the dark” concept by having Thai dancers enter with each course with dimmed LED Candles in hand or with blindfolds provided to create an ultimate sensory experience for all guests.

New Agenda was progressively rolled out to a total of 25 operating Centara’s properties.

 

 

Elite Weddings and honeymoon specialists visit Centara Grand Hua Hin

 

THE TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND (TAT) staged Amazing Thailand Romance Trade Meet 2019, held for the fourth time with Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.

 The event featured some of the country’s most exclusive and discerning products for a rapidly growing market, as one the main venue highlights, led by Srisuda Wanapinyosak, TAT deputy governor of international marketing – Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas, and David Martens, general manager and corporate director of operations, Centara Hua Hin, Krabi & Samui.

More than 70 participants from 20 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, India, and Malaysia took part in the sessions and tours of Hua Hin, including being welcomed at Mrigadayavan Palace of Thailand’s Royal Family.

Srisuda Wanapinyosak, from TAT added: “The opening of the Mrigadayavan Palace for such exclusive private parties for pre-weddings and honeymoons is expected to be a major draw card for buyers seeking exclusive new services and products to present to their respective guests.”

Following a welcome reception, the main business events were held at the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.

They included a briefing presentation on the Amazing Thailand Romance Market Insight by 10 keynote speakers to bring in outside perspective and share industry trends and tips to Thai sellers, and lastly, the Thailand product presentation for buyers, making for a great opportunity to enhance the positioning of Thailand as the preferred wedding and honeymoon destination among other popular choices.

David Martens from Centara Grand Hua Hin described Hua-Hin as a spectacular seaside town within just a three-hour drive from Bangkok. It serves as a good space for wedding ceremonies, with soft natural light, as it faces east, making for a great option for a beach destination wedding.

“For Centara Grand Hua Hin, the hotel itself boasts that charming old-world feel. It was restored to its original elegance of 1923. “

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, which first opened its doors to welcome guests in the early 1920s, is regarded as one of the grand hotels of the East, with a wide expanse of gardens perfect for strolling and enjoying the sea breezes. With its perfect location in the town centre, it’s ideal for exploring and shopping, and as a prime destination for couples and families.

 

 

 

Six Senses Samui extends winter through-to-spring offer

SIX SENSES SAMUI has extended its 40 per cent savings offer until June 30, 2019 with Kids Stay & Eat for Free during the Easter holidays in April.

For those travelers planning a trip in the first half of 2019, the 40 per cent off accommodation includes all villa types, except for Hideaway Villa.

Families traveling during the Easter holidays can alsotake advantage of Kids Stay & Eat for Free offer, where children aged up to 12 years can stay and enjoy meals at Dining on the Hill for free from April 6 to 26, 2019.

There are many on-site activities, plus a huge array of things to do and see on Samui Island. Guests can either spend time by the resort’s main swimming pool, where burgers, pizzas and other favorites are freshly prepared, or the youngsters can join Grow With Six Senses program which includes coconut painting, paper folding classes, or rock painting, to name just a few.

Samui has virtually unlimited family-focused activities and the Experience Team will make all the arrangements for a family holiday that will be long treasured.

Stunning Six Senses Samui nestles on a gently sloping headland on the northern tip of Samui Island, approximately three miles (six kilometers) from Samui Airport and a 45-minute flight south of Bangkok.

Six Senses Samui is inspired by a traditional Thai fishing village, and most villa accommodations have private pools. They are located on 20 acres (eight hectares) of natural vegetation offering panoramic sea views of the Gulf of Thailand.

Award-winning dining is on offer at Dining on the Rocks, with 270-degree vistas of the outlying islands. All the treatments expected from a Six Senses Spa, and many more, are offered with each one in the unique style of Six Senses Samui and tailored to the individual.

Special rates start from US $479 or 15,000 THB per night in a Pool Villa and are subject to terms and conditions.

To learn more about this offer, please visit www.sixsenses.com/resorts/samui/offers/, send your inquiry to reservations-samui@sixsenses.com or call 6677245678.

 

La VIE en Rouge – red everywhere on St. Valentine’s Day Dinner

 

VALENTINE’S DAY IS DEVOTED TO romance at VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel that features an intimate world of passionate red for a five-course Valentine’s Day set dinner, and a complimentary red rose surprise for your sweetheart, this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, Valentine’s Day.

Ther five-course La VIE en Rouge dinner has been prepared with extra care for the most romantic night of the year.

It beings with an amuse-bouche and a starter of seared tuna, followed by a French foie gras mousse, beetroot gelée and pain d’epices toast.

A fish dish continues the culinary pleasure with Norwegian salmon, which is followed by duck breast roasted to perfection with an Earl Gray tea infusion, caramelized apple and dauphinoise potatoes.

VIE’s executive chef has created a special Valentine’s Day dessert which is served with gourmet coffee or tea.

Dinner will be accompanied by your favorite romantic melodies performed by the hotel’s live vocalist and pianist for this special candle-lit evening.

The five-course Valentine’s Day set dinner will be served at 6:30 pm for 3,850 THB per couple for food or an additional 999THB for perfectly selected wine pairing per person.

 

Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s at Four Seasons in Thailand

 CHRISTMAS EVEN DINNER at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai starts with an extravagant open-air buffet, while live jazz and traditional carols by a live choir fill the air. Dinner features a journey around the world that includes selection of cold cuts, cheeses, and desserts also awaits. We’ll keep the kids entertained, so you can take a breather.

Dinner will be served from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Cost: 3,200 THB for adults and 1.600 THB for each child. Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Four Seasons’ Christmas Day feast includes classic holiday dishes, along with a spread of international specialties at its Rim Tai Kitchen and feature Christmas carols by a live choir and a visit from Santa and Santarina for the little ones.

Christmas Lunch will be served form noon to 3.30 pm. Cost: 2,800 THB for adults and 1,400 for each child,

On New Year’s Eve, say goodbye to 2018 with an evening of festivities in Four Seasons style that begins with intimate cocktails, followed by a sit-down dinner amid terraced rice fields.

The revelry continues at the poolside as the DJ from the renowned Ministry of Sound spins foot-tapping tunes, and free-flow drinks and dancing

It ends with fireworks at midnight, and the release of Thai lanterns into the sky for good luck in the New Year. The celebration starts at 7 pm and ends at 1 am. Price is 14,000 THB for adults and T7,000 THB per child,

 At Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, the celebrations start with an afternoon tea.

Executive Pastry Chef Dustin Baxter has put together a menu of petit fours, including gourmet sandwiches with Duck Egg, Winter Truffle and Watercress in Brioche Bun;  Goat Cheese, Spiced Pumpkin Chutney and Foie Gras in Pumpernickel Bread and more.

Guests can get into a the spirit of the season with sweets like Classic Stollen or Raspberry Pistachio ‘Bouche de Noel’, while soaking in the island life. It stats at 1 pm and ends at 5 p.m. Price is 1,250 THB a person.

The tea runs from Dec. 21 to Jan. 7. Price: THB 1,250 person

Four Seasons Samui’s Christmas and New Year’s Day brunches combine a lavish buffet of Thai and International cuisine, with nostalgic seasonal dishes from around the globe, including traditional roasts with rich, savoury sides, decedent dessert and more festive favourites and a glass of sparkling wine. Both brunches run from noon to 4 pm.

On New Year’s Eve, there is a masquerade countdown party around the infinity-edge pool, as its band lays down great rhythms. Then the promise of new beginnings with dancing and a fireworks display while enjoying perfectly chilled Champagne that flows freely all the way to the 2019 countdown.

It gets under way at 10:30pm and ends with the count down for the New Year. Price is 9.500 THB per person and includes fre-flowing Champagne.

For late risers, there’s a New Year’s Day Lazy BBQ Brunch at the Beach House – a beachside barbecue serving up some classic comfort dishes while enjoying beautiful views of the Gulf of Thailand. There’s also a late breakfast with some brunch dishes and a selection of pastries next to a smoking grill, cooking up favourite barbecue classics while you sip on coconuts.

It runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Price per person is 2,500 THB.

FROM THE FLAME

An evening of char-grilled succulence awaits. Enjoy a selection of fire-cooked delights in our lush tropical gardens, including whole roasted, grills, and marshmallows roasted in the bonfire at the Cocktail Lawn. Not to mention the fire dancers, who take the experience to a whole new level.

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm on Dec. 18, 22, 29 and Jan.3, 2019. Cost: 3,000 THB per adult and 1,500 THB per child

 

Dusit Hotels & Resorts launches two new accommodation packages

DUSIT HOTELS & RESORTS has launched two new accommodation packages offering special room rates and more privileges at selected properties worldwide.

Available for booking now, the Weekend Offer offers special rates, complimentary upgrade to the next room category upon arrival (subject to availability), daily breakfast, and property specific perks. The promotion applies to stays made over weekends at participating hotels and resorts.

Also available for booking now, the family-focused Escape with Dusit package offers daily breakfast for two adults and two children, one complimentary dinner during the stay, late check-out, and more privileges. A minimum length of stay is required, varying depending on the property.

Hotels and resorts offering the Weekend Offer include Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Pattaya, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Dusit Thani Krabi, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo, Dusit Thani Manila, Dusit Princess Srinakarin Bangkok, and Royal Princess Larn Luang.

Properties offering the Escape with Dusit package include Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Hua Hin, Dusit Thani Pattaya, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Dusit Thani Krabi, Dusit Thani Guam, Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo, Dusit Thani Maldives, Dusit Thani Manila, Dusit Devarana Hot Springs & Spa, Conghua, dusitD2 Chiang Mai, dusitD2 Khao Yai, Dusit Princess Chiang Mai, and Dusit Princess Srinakarin Bangkok.

Terms and conditions apply.

For more information, and to make a booking, please visit the following links:

Weekend Offer: www.dusit.com/specialoffers/weekend-offer

Escape with Dusit: www.dusit.com/specialoffers/escape-with-dusit

 

Two-Star Michelin chef returning to La VIE Bangkok

TWO-STAR Michelin chef CHEF STÉPHANE BURON from the French Alps returns to La VIE – Creative French Cuisine in VIE Hotel Bangkok, for four days only, during Oct. 31 – Nov. 3. This will be his fourth visit.

His distinct talent for turning simple and natural ingredients into absolute delights of the palate has achieved world acclaim. Chef Stéphane bears the coveted M.O.F. — the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, the highest and most prestigious award amongst all professional craftsmen in France. Only those who have earned it are allowed to wear the red, white and blue collar which is its respected symbol.

Chef Stéphane has also been named the Best French Professional and is well known as the “Crowning Touch” of acclaimed Le Chabichou, the oldest and most distinguished hotel in the village of Courchevel, one of the world’s most luxurious ski resorts, located high in the French Alps, an exclusive retreat of royalty, VIPs and celebrities.

The abilities of Stéphane Buron are not only praised among the world’s most discerning gourmands, and synonymous with the highest arts of cooking, they also express his particular Alpine style which is at once inventive, refined and generous, utilizing the fresh and natural, seasonal products throughout all four seasons in the Alps.

For his fourth visit to La VIE, Chef Stéphane will dip his famous kitchen, prepared for exclusive lunches and dinners.

Chef Stéphane visits are looked forward to every year as the “Crowning Touch” experience of fine dining in Bangkok.

 His four-course Michelin Star set noon lunch costs 3,500 THB per person and 5,000THB with wine pairing, while his seven-course Michelin Star Set Dinner, served at 7 pm, is priced at 6,500 THB per person and 8,500 THB with wine pairing.

 

 

 

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