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Best Western offers special awards to mark 30th anniversary
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Dusit offering 50% discount on Bed and Breakfast in 7-Day mid-year sale
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Mekong Kingdoms Launches Ultra-Exclusive River Cruiser
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Special offer from Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach
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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

Best Western offers special awards to mark 30th anniversary

 BEST WESTERN HOTELS & RESORTS is celebrating 30 Years with the milestone anniversary of Best Western Rewards.

Since its inception in 1988, Best Western Rewards (BWR) has grown from 180,000 members to more than 32 million today.

With points that never expire and access to the richest promotions in the hotel industry, BWR has been frequently recognized as an innovator, achieving a top five ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Hotel Rewards Programs and ranking one of the top three Best Hotel Rewards by WalletHub in 2017.

With each year, the program continues to raise the bar, and now offers the industry’s lowest point threshold, free nights with no blackout dates and unique seasonal promotions.

In honour of the 30th anniversary of BWR, Best Western Hotels & Resorts announced that it will gift lifetime Diamond Select Status to all 1,859 members who have remained a loyal part of the program since its inaugural year. Diamond Select Status offers 50% bonus points per stay, a choice of a thank you gift or points upon arrival and guaranteed free night availability.

“Year after year, our priority is to enhance overall guest satisfaction and tailor our rewards program to the travel aspirations of our members,” said Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “We wanted to find a unique way to reward the members who have been with us since the beginning, and we are thrilled to celebrate with them by providing lifetime elite to them as a thank you for their continued loyalty.”

BWR has successfully evolved over three decades, demonstrating a commitment to delivering exceptional guest experiences with a renewed focus each year to offer easily redeemable and tremendously valuable benefits.

BWR is the only loyalty program in the industry where points never expire, and members have access to the richest promotions in the industry. Reward redemption begins at a lower point level requirement relative to industry competitors, and free nights earned can be redeemed at any Best Western branded hotel worldwide, with no blackout dates. Additionally, members have access to special rates and can receive up to 10% off on every night and redeem free nights that count towards attaining elite tiers.

Finally, members can earn gift cards from some of the most popular shopping, entertainment, gas, and airline partners.

 Members are given instant rewards and gratification on every stay. Additionally, the Status “Match…No Catch” program allows members to have their status matched with other hotel loyalty programs immediately upon enrolment.

 In addition to enjoying the perks and benefits of BWR, elite members also receive elite rewards. Upon arrival elite members are given a choice of a “Thank You” gift or bonus points. Additionally, Best Western hotels provide guaranteed free nights for Diamond and Diamond select members at properties with availability.

BWR guests are also given a digital membership card that helps them simply and conveniently access their membership number, point balance, current tier level and exclusive deals and offers. These enhanced benefits, combined with the lowest free night redemption threshold in the industry, enable travelers to maximize stays across all 11 Best Western brands.

For more information on BWR and to sign up, visit BestWestern.com/Rewards.

 

 

 

 

Dusit offering 50% discount on Bed and Breakfast in 7-Day mid-year sale

DUSIT HOTELS & RESORTS’ 7-Day Mid-Year Sale will go live June 14, 2018, offering 50% off its Bed & Breakfast Plus package at participating hotels and resorts in Thailand, Vietnam, Maldives, Egypt, Kenya, Philippines and UAE.

Available for booking for seven days only — June 14-20, 201814 – and with exclusive priority booking on June 13 for members of Dusit’s frequent guest program, Dusit Gold, the promotion includes accommodation, daily breakfast for two, and more benefits.

Dusit Gold membership is free and includes a minimum 20% discount on dining, minimum 10% discount on spa treatments, and more exclusive privileges. Guests can enroll to the program online at dusitgold.com or upon check-in.

To qualify for the Mid-Year Sale, guests are required to book a minimum stay of two nights via dusit.com using the booking code MYPROMO.

Among the hotels offering the promotion are award-winning properties such as Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Maldives, dusitD2 Nairobi, Dusit Princess Phu Quoc, and Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket.

Stays can be made up until 30 Nov.30, 2018.

 

Mekong Kingdoms Launches Ultra-Exclusive River Cruiser

 

MEKONG KINGDOMS, a division of Minor Hotels, is pioneering a stylish new way of exploring the Mekong River with modern boats, bespoke itineraries and a playful, artistic spirit.

Its newest is Mekong River voyage of Gypsy, an ultra-exclusive two-cabin river cruiser, between the ancient Laos capital of Luang Prabang and Thailand’s Golden Triangle.

A private tailored three nights, four days cruise from Luang Prabang to the Golden Triangle and a two nights, three days cruise from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang for up to four passengers are on offer.

For those who seek a superior cruise experience that can be as spirited, laidback or personalized as their heart and soul desire, Gypsy offers the most intimate journey where adventurous voyagers and armchair travellers can enjoy first-class services – from plush contemporary surrounds to gourmet meals and bespoke experiences both on board and ashore.

It is to accommodate the modern-day lifestyle of the most discerning wanderlust souls, the 41-metre, two-cabin vessel epitomizes a fine balance between playful mingling and reflective solitude.

With ample indoor and outdoor living spaces to comfortably accommodate families or small groups, Gypsy also features a communal mid-ship lounge, bar and dining area, as well as a separate veranda style lounge with an al fresco panorama deck at the bow of the boat.

For Bangkok based design consultant Jiraparnn Tokeeree from TOUCHABLE, furniture and interior design is more approachable and touchable than the abstract concept of art – for her, art is all around us and she adapts aesthetics and artistic aspects into her designs in order to accentuate this notion

For the Gypsy interior design project she fashioned a harmonious social atmosphere of modern homely design, juxtaposed with hints of the glamorisZd bygone era of romantic voyaging.

Wood and thatch throughout blend seamlessly with the verdant surrounds of the Mekong River’s shores through floor-to-ceiling windows and from open sun decks.  The boat’s contemporary designed interiors feature tongue and groove wood panelled ceilings, floors and walls; etched wooden cupboards and closets; solid wood tables; dark woven leather seating; and oversized bamboo daybeds. Local handwoven ornaments adorn the spaces and freshly cut flowers create a naturally soothing ambience, while Thai silk and fabrics drape the furniture in bold colours and lustrous appeal.

he well-appointed spacious sleeping cabins are fully air-conditioned and consists of a king bed and twin beds configurations, each with an en-suite shower and vanity.  Intimate touches of bathrobes and slippers; crisp white bed linen; regular and feather pillows; and a choice of exquisite bathroom amenities provide convenient functions with the comfort of home.  A hair dryer, vanity and make up mirror are provided, while a personal safe promises in-room safety.

Cruising along the Mekong River from near the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Chiang Rai to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang conjures up images of old Indochina, of languorous days gone by, teeming with exhilarating river adventure, mystical temples and stunning untouched scenery.

Voyagers will be captivated by the languid river lifestyle, soaking in nature’s wonders along the Mekong River Valley, marvelling at encounters with fascinating local cultures as they stop at villages and attractions along the way.

Daily shore excursions offer a mix of age old culture, local immersion and adrenaline charged adventure and include guided jungle treks; mountain biking in Ban Houy Phalam; freshwater fishing; a traditional weaving workshop at Ban Baw; Laos whisky tasting; a visit to a little known elephant camp in Pak Beng; and the Pak Ou caves – with its breath taking limestone karst formations, these two caves have been gifted thousands of Buddha images, left by pilgrims over the centuries.

Even while cruising the placid waters, guests can enjoy a range of wellness, cultural and fun diversions on board, including yoga; folk dancing; learning to speak the Laos language; weaving workshop; and cooking class.

After an adventurous day of exploring Southeast Asia’s most beguiling waterway, the boat’s open decks offer a welcome respite to savour a decadent Champagne high tea while watching the world go by.

As the sun sets, cocktails on the panorama deck are the order of the day before retreating to the dining area for an evening of fine dining and imbibing, courtesy of the on-board chef.

Rates start from US$ 5,450 for a three nights, four-day cruise from Luang Prabang, Laos, to the Golden Triangle, Thailand; and from US$6,950 for a two nights, three days cruise from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang.  Rates are per boat for up to four guests and include all on board meals; welcome reception with canapés; soft beverages, water, beer, selected wines and coffee and tea; Wi-Fi; shore excursions, English guide, entrance fees and transfers; on board activities; return airport or hotel transfers; and gratuities.  Children aged four years and under travel free.

For further information or to make a reservation contact 856 71255001 or info@mekongkingdoms.com

Mekong Kingdoms cruises recreate and elevate the concept of river travel with a fleet of five vessels offering first class services in plush contemporary surrounds, including a 13-cabin boutique barge and a two-cabin ultra-exclusive cruiser for two-night and three-night cruises between Luang Prabang in Laos and the Golden Triangle in Thailand; and three-day boats for shorter private excursions for couples to a floating lounge ideal for private events and family celebrations.

Mekong Kingdoms cruises join Minor Hotels’ existing fleet of Manohra Dining Cruises in Bangkok and Anantara Overnight Cruises that sail from Bangkok to Thailand’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya.

For more information, visit www.mekongkingdoms.com

 

 

 

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Special offer from Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach

PHUKET MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA, Nai Yang Beach has unveiled a special rate for all travelers seeking a secluded seafront break on the golden sands of Nai Yang Beach, northwest Phuket

Under the “Nai Yang Beach Getaway” promotion, which is available for bookings and stays from now until December 2018, guests can benefit from 15% off the resort’s best available rates.

The offer covers a choice of four luxurious room types.All rates are valid for one-night stays and include complimentary in-room Wi-Fi.

Nestled on a secluded stretch of coastline, lapped by the Andaman Sea and surrounded by Sirinat National Park, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach is perfect for guests seeking a break from the stress of the city, away from the tourist crowds.

The resort is a 10 minutes’ drive from Phuket International Airport.

The Nai Yang Beach Getaway rate is available for bookings and stays throughout 2018.

To book your stay, email booknaiyangbeach@marriott.com or call +66 (0) 76 621 777. For more information about Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach, visit: www.phuketmarriottnaiyang.com.

 

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.

 

 

 

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