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Dusit International charts expansion of ASAI Hotels to meet the challenges of the new normal in Bangkok
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Capella Bangkok opens for reservations ahead of its launch on the Chao Phraya River on Oct. 1
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Away with Six Senses
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Vie Spa By Organika is re-opening with a 40% discount on the menu
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12 ways of gifting: Avani Hotels & Resorts Launch Avani gift cards collection
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Centara offers travel with confidence with fully flexible deal stays  
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Plan Ahead, Travel Later: Anantara launches digital eGift offer
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Dusit introduces new ‘Dusit Care – Stay with Confidence’ program
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Avani takes MICE in Thailand to the next level – from the city to the seaside
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Four Seasons Samui’s new Sea Escapes experience

Dusit International charts expansion of ASAI Hotels to meet the challenges of the new normal in Bangkok

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL IS ROLLING OUT its new ASAI Hotels brand with the opening of ASAI Bangkok Chinatown in the heart of the city’s renowned Chinatown district, followed by six more properties all operating under a thoughtfully lean hotel concept Dusit believes will be key to sustainable and profitable growth in the new normal.

Designed to link millennial-minded travellers with authentic local experiences in the world’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, ASAI Hotels is Dusit’s sixth hotel brand and represents the company’s expansion into the affordable lifestyle segment of the lodging spectrum. Its other brands – namely Dusit Thani, dusitD2, Dusit Princess, Dusit Devarana and Elite Havens – cover upper-midscale through to luxury.

Drawing on Dusit’s brand of Thai-inspired hospitality, ASAI Hotels is positioned to offer lean-luxury by providing thoughtfully pared-back services while focusing on in-stay essentials. Large communal spaces, featuring sustainable and locally inspired lifestyle and dining experiences will be central to its offerings.

Starting this month, the brand will initially serve domestic travellers seeking authentic experiences in Bangkok’s historic Chinatown district and culturally rich Old Town.

Another ASAI hotel will open within 12 months in Bangkok’s stylish Sathorn district, followed by three ASAI Hotels in Cebu, the Philippines; one ASAI hotel in the old Yankin area of Yangon, Myanmar; and one ASAI hotel in Kyoto, Japan.

Dusit International believes the ASAI Hotels concept is well-positioned to meet the challenges of a post-COVID-19 world and deliver long-term value for hotel owners, investors and other key stakeholders.

“With its highly agile management structure, streamlined designs, and limited personnel, the ASAI Hotels business model is compact, sustainable and efficient, and ultimately serves as a cost-effective, fitting solution for continuing to grow our business and expand our presence in the new normal,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

“By expanding our offerings across the lodging spectrum, we are not only tapping into the fast-growing market of millennial-minded customers who desire local experiences, but we are also offering new stay experiences to our existing customers too.

Collaborations with local restaurateurs and artisans, and sustainable sourcing of produce, are just some of the elements we have in place to capture the attention of the market as a whole, and we believe this integrated community approach will be vital to success in our industry following the deep social and economic impact of COVID-19.”

ASAI Bangkok Chinatown features 224 thoughtfully compact rooms (ranging from 18 – 26 sq m). Each room’s contemporary and clean design emphasizes in-stay essentials, such as superior quality beds, high-pressure rain showers, luggage space, and a work desk with USB charging station. A large communal area, meanwhile, includes large and comfortable work areas, a small gym, a bar highlighting craft beers and creative cocktails, a large courtyard with organic herb garden, and Jam Jam restaurant serving a creative twist on local and international favourites.

Located adjacent to Yaowarat Road, only 100 metres from Wat Mangkon MRT underground station, the hotel also puts guests in the heart of a vibrant neighbourhood renowned for its lively fresh markets, historic temples, traditional shophouses, hidden coffee shops and a vast array of streetside eateries.

The Rattanakosin Island area, home to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, is only two stations away on the MRT. The city’s major commercial districts can also be easily reached via the underground network.

“Easily accessible and equipped to cater to the needs of all kinds of travellers, from solo and groups to business and leisure, ASAI Bangkok Chinatown is a great option for lodging in Bangkok’s fascinating Old Town,” said Siradej Donavanik, managing director, ASAI Holdings Company Limited, which operates ASAI Hotels.

“We have all the elements in place to appeal to the tastes of modern travellers who appreciate sustainability and who want to experience the true essence of a destination. From our minimalist, locally inspired design with considerate technological touches, to our unique locally-inspired lifestyle and dining experiences, our hotel is set to become a hub of the community, offering highly comfortable, affordable stays for our curious and dynamic guests, and serving as an attractive and happening venue in which to work, rest, eat and play for Bangkokians at large.”

He is confident that there are many people throughout Thailand who would like to come and experience Bangkok’s Old Town while discovering a new spin on Dusit’s renowned high standards of service and hospitality.

“As the only international hotel chain in the area, we have a strong advantage, and we look forward to leveraging it to bring value to all of our stakeholders – guests, customers, employees, and owners alike.”

In line with ASAI Hotel’s over-all concept, Live Local, each hotel in the ASAI portfolio will be geared to reflect its local character in terms of design, style and restaurant offering. This approach will be further evident when ASAI Hotels opens its second hotel, in Bangkok’s Sathorn district, which will fully embrace the modernity of its inner-city setting to offer a complementary-yet-distinctive stay experience that differentiates it from the Chinatown property.

 

 

 

Capella Bangkok opens for reservations ahead of its launch on the Chao Phraya River on Oct. 1

CAPELLA BANGKOK IS NOW ACCEPTING reservations for stays from Oct. 1, 2020. It is Capella Hotels and Resorts’ first property in Thailand.

The award-winning hospitality group focuses on crafting authentic cultural experiences for its guests, combining a legacy of thoughtful design with the highest level of personalised service.

Situated within the Chao Phraya Estate, Capella Bangkok offers 101 guestrooms, suites and villas, each of which boasts uninterrupted views of Thailand’s revered river.

The location was selected due to its access to the storied Chao Phraya River and Charoenkrung Road – Bangkok’s oldest paved road, where tradition and cultural heritage meet the city’s trendiest cafes, bars and art galleries.

Guests can enjoy a glimpse into the soul of the city at Capella Bangkok, as a dedicated team of Capella Culturist crafts enriching Capella Curates experiences centred on the dynamic neighbourhood and its intriguing residents.

Designed by architects Andy Miller and Richard Scott Wilson of Hamiltons International with interiors by celebrated tastemakers BAMO,

Capella Bangkok is a cocoon of tranquillity in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Ranging from 61 sqm to 595 sqm each of the accommodation is fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony or verandah, allowing guests to take in the spectacle of the Chao Phraya river. Every riverside Villa and Verandah accommodation also feature an outdoor jacuzzi plunge pool.

See the video of Capella Bangkok in the making: https://bit.ly/CBKfile-finalteaser

To mark the unveiling, Capella Bangkok is offering A Star Is Born debut rate of 17,500 THB per night for stays starting Oct. 1. 2020 onwards. The opening offer includes:

  • Daily resort credits ranging from 3,000 to 8,000 THB per day* to be used on accommodation, dining or spa treatments
  • Round-trip limousine transfers for villa guests
  • Daily breakfast for two in the room or at the restaurant
  • Seamless flexible check-in and check-out times
  • Complimentary pressing of up to five pieces of clothes per stay
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic minibar

*Daily resort credit is dependent on room category

Guests can use daily resort credits at all restaurants, including the Côte by Mauro Colagreco, whose three Michelin-starred restaurant in France, Mirazur, claimed first place in “The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards” in 2019.

Côte will please bon vivants with its contemporary reinterpretation of traditional recipes and culinary heritage of the French and Italian riviera. Testifying to the unique, time-honoured Thai recipes of the district is the alfresco dining Phra Nakhon restaurant, while Stella will serve bespoke patisserie and libations staged in a vivid, ethereal boudoir.

 “We are thrilled to be launching Capella Bangkok at Charoenkrung, an enchanting riverside enclave,” said John Blanco, general manager of Capella Bangkok.

“In this stimulating setting, curious travellers will enjoy encounters that echo the past while being anchored in the present. We want to encourage learning and exploration, give back to the community and create emotional connections that stay with guests long after they check out.”

For more information and reservations, visit www.capellahotels.com/bangkok

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Away with Six Senses

AS THE WORLD UNFURLS AND DAYDREAMS turn to the next vacation,Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is reopening around the world.

True to a brand built on wellness, all the extra precautionary steps have been taken care of with great thought and responsibility so guests can throw off constraints, live life to the full and be adventurous, free spirited and carefree.

Mindful that everyone has experienced different personal challenges, Six Senses is re-opening with the approach of offering all the facilities and amenities of a hotel or resort when needed, with the reassurance of total privacy and seclusion for when they’re not.

All locations are set up to provide ample space for people to pause, reflect and reconnect with themselves and loved ones while providing a range of optional wellness programing and fun and quirky experiences.

Although the popular #AtHomeWithSixSenses initiative will continue to provide a portal into the heart of the Six Senses community, hosts are very much looking forward to inviting guests back in person. This will hopefully come as a welcome breath of fresh air for people who have been wanting to reawaken their senses and rediscover their laughter.

With on-going international travel restrictions in place in some countries, and to respect the uncertainty that some guests may be feeling, there is also the option to purchase Plan Now, Play Later Certificates, which include an extra 20 percent value, allowing them to buy now and reconnect later, and are valid for a period of three years.

Opened since July 1, Six Senses Samui is one of those feel-good places where lazing by the pool and losing track of time come naturally. Inspired by a Thai fishing village, private villas blend into the landscape of natural vegetation and Guest Experience Makers organize everything from jungle drives to boat trips. The latest addition is a stunning new two-bedroom Beach Reserve, which offers an unparalleled sense of space and privacy with a large infinity pool and sundeck

. Samui sunsets are not to be missed – guests can sail along the beaches, relax onboard one of the authentic Thai junks or a catamaran, and appreciate life’s gifts.

A tropical island set in awe-inspiring Phang Nga Bay. Natural vegetation and lush landscaping. Total privacy between each elevated villa, which are stilted and thatched in traditional Thai style. Private pool and Guest Experience Maker. Adventurous experiences and wellness immersions.

This is how the story unfolds at Six Senses Yao Noi on Phuket. While no villas scrimp on space, the Ocean Retreat can be combined with the Ocean Deluxe Pool Villa for a three-bedroom complex offering the ultimate in comfort and convenience. The Hilltop has also been recently expanded to include a dining area, a chill-out lounge and a bar overlooking one of the best views in Southeast Asia. Six Senses Yao Noi will re-open on July 24, 2020.

 

Vie Spa By Organika is re-opening with a 40% discount on the menu

VIE SPA BY ORGANIKA offers unique organic and natural spa treatment experiences developed by luxury Thai spa brand ORGANIKA. The spa is now re-opening and has a super deal on offer – a 40% discount on all spa treatments and packages until the end of July.

The spa’s signature 90-minute Zenith Of Relaxation treatment is an aromatic candle massage that uses pure essential oils, soy butter, jojoba and vitamins A and E to help nourish and replenish skin moisture. This therapeutic treatment relieves the body from stress and aches and helps promote a deep and restorative sleep.

Located on the 10th floor of the boutique hotel, the newly-renovated and reopened VIE Spa by ORGANIKA comprises six private treatment rooms, a Thai massage room, a single treatment room, three rooms equipped for couples treatments, and a luxurious spa suite with a Jacuzzi.

 

 

12 ways of gifting: Avani Hotels & Resorts Launch Avani gift cards collection

AS THE WORLD SLOWLY REOPENS, Avani Hotels & Resorts makes it easier to make the gift of travel and experiences with the launch of Avani Gift Cards collection. Redeemable at any of the 32 Avani hotels and resorts around the world, the gift cards can be used to purchase overnight stays, cultural discovery journeys curated by Avani experts or indulgent spa and dining experiences.

Travellers who make the purchase before  June 28, 2020 will receive a 30% bonus credit applied to their gift cards – a limited-time offer that allows you to make the most of your stay with Avani Hotels.

The perfect birthday or holiday gift for the globetrotter in your life, Avani eGift Cards are also an elegant way to acknowledge momentous life occasions such as college graduations, marriage, anniversaries and retirement.

Simply visit www.egiftcard.avanihotels.com and select your preferred hotel gift card denomination. Ranging from USD 50 to USD 5,000, the cards can be redeemed within 12 months from the date of purchase.

Here we bring you top-rated Thai and other Avani experiences to inspire your wanderlust:

See the unknown side of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River with Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel. Delve deep into the hidden alleys, marvel at eye-catching street art and rub shoulders with the locals at out-of-the-way coffee shops – courtesy of Bangkok’s culture-makers who share their favourite hidden spots with Avani guests.

Escape to the über-modern Avani+ Hua Hin Resort in Thailand and spend your days dipping in and out of the pristine sea and multiple swimming pools. Fall for the old-world charms of the resort town of Hua Hin with its vintage villas, promenades and elegant public buildings.

Chic and stylish Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand is a tropical playground of adventure and tranquillity. On land, go jungle trekking to uncover virgin rainforest and island temples or explore the countryside on a stylish Scomadi scooter. At sea, island-hopping, deep-sea fishing and snorkelling await.

 

Centara offers travel with confidence with fully flexible deal stays  

 

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS is launching a complete travel with confidence offer “Stronger Together” that features a fully flexible stay at four extraordinary prices. 

Rates start at 960 THB at any Centara Hotels & Resorts across Thailand – Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Rayong, Koh Chang, Trat, Phuket, Krabi, and Samui. In addition, Centara offers free half-board for stays of four nights or more.

 You can book now at www.centarahotelsresorts.com/stronger-together to enjoy a fully flexible stay, with free modification and cancellation policy, any time before Nov. 20, 2020.

In addition, guests at all Centara hotels and resorts can be reassured on their safety and health with Centara Complete Care, an enhanced and certified health and hygiene program to support new travel norms. This was developed in close collaboration with Ecolab, a global leader in water and hygiene technologies, and Swiss multinational firm SGS, the expert in quality verification and certifications.

 This attractive promotion is available to all new and existing members of CentaraThe1. Simply sign in or sign up to become a CentaraThe1 member to receive the maximum discount.  Register now for free at www.centarahotelsresorts.com/sign-up.

 For more information, visit centarahotelsresorts.com.

 

 

Plan Ahead, Travel Later: Anantara launches digital eGift offer

ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS HAS launched an unmissable eGift offer providing guests time to dream of their next escape, anywhere in the world. The launch of the eGift offer enables guests to transform their wanderlust into tangible travel plans with an exclusive 30% extra value.

Around the world, Anantara Hotels & Resorts are preparing to open their doors wide and welcome back guests, so it’s the perfect time to plan that long awaited dream getaway.

From beachfront favourites such as Anantara Hua Hin Resort, drivable for Bangkok’s city dwellers seeking seaside respite, or desert dreaming at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort in the Liwa Desert outside Abu Dhabi. For a limited time only, Anantara offers guests 30% extra value on any eGift.

The eGift offer is applicable for all Anantara stays, including dining, spas and of course Signature Anantara Experiences at participating hotels & resorts around the world.

From underwater dining at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Resort’s breathtaking SEA Restaurant, to the spectacular opportunity to get up close and personal with elephants and spend a night in the unique Jungle Bubbles at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Northern Thailand.

Anantara is committed to providing guests flexible and convenient experiences at its hotels and resorts situated in some of the most stunning locations around the world.

This offer will be available for 30 days ending on June 28, 2020. eGifts booked during this period will be valid for 12 months.

As the world looks to reopen and many are planning their next long-awaited trip, purchasing an eGift offer is the perfect way to honour a loved one or to celebrate an upcoming special occasion.

To find out more about the launch of the eGift offer by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas visit egiftcard.anantara.com to purchase and review the full terms & conditions.

 

Dusit introduces new ‘Dusit Care – Stay with Confidence’ program

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL HAS RESPONDED to the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic by introducing ‘Dusit Care – Stay with Confidence’– a new program of services designed to go beyond enhanced hygiene protocols to deliver additional convenience, experience and value while ensuring guests always feel safe and reassured.

The program, being rolled out at Dusit Hotels & Resorts worldwide, includes the introduction of new facilities, services and operating procedures across five distinct dimensions: 1. Flexible Stays 2. Safety & Well-being 3. Local Experience 4. Technology, and 5. Dusit Care Kits. 

To limit queues and offer added convenience for guests, Flexible Stays covers, among others, check-in and breakfast. All Dusit Hotels & Resorts will offer flexible check-in times, while breakfast will be available at any time of the day.

Safety & Well-being will see each Dusit property enhance its already stringent health and safety practices, which includes frequent sanitization of all rooms and public areas, to include temperature scans on arrival, provision of appropriate space in restaurants, and more measures designed to protect the health and safety of guests, customers and employees.

To promote personal well-being, Dusit’s in-room dining options have been enhanced to include personalized healthy food, while refreshment fridges will offer healthy drinks and snacks which guests can enjoy for free. New outdoor workout areas will also be added to offer plenty of space for exercise.

For Local Experience, Dusit is partnering with the finest local culinary specialists and craftspeople in its various locations so guests can enjoy the best of local foods and souvenirs without having to leave the comfort of Dusit’s hotels.

To enable contactless and efficient service, Dusit is also implementing new Technology to allow for mobile payments, and installing digital menus in its various outlets. Flexible meeting and conference equipment, and property-wide high-speed internet, ensure guests can always remain connected.

To offer additional peace of mind, a Dusit Care Kit will be placed in every guest room. Each pack will include hand sanitizer gel, a face mask, and antibacterial wipes so guests can explore Dusit’s various destinations with confidence.

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“COVID-19 has significantly impacted our industry, and there is no doubt that health, safety and security will take precedence over any other factor when customers are ready to book hotels again,” said  Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

“While the health and safety of our guests will always be our top priority, to truly inspire confidence and drive demand in this difficult time, we recognize we must go far beyond basic measures for enhanced cleanliness and physical distancing.

“To truly delight our guests and meet their needs in a post-COVID-19 world, we must reinvent our services in line with the new normal while seeking ways to deliver additional convenience, experience and value. We must also ensure the new distancing measures do not detract from the high levels of gracious service for which we are renowned. This is what we aim to achieve by implementing the Dusit Care – Stay with Confidence program.”

By implementing the five new Dusit Care – Stay with Confidence services, she added, the company’s hotels are now well-positioned to welcome guests and meet their needs the moment the official restrictions are lifted. And she is confident that domestic leisure markets will respond well.

“To help revive the tourism industry following this crisis, focusing on domestic leisure markets first will be key,” she said.

“Based on the severity of the situation and the current travel restrictions in place, it’s likely to be a while before we can count on international and inter-regional travel. With this in mind, we must do all we can to inspire and stimulate local demand, and the steps we have taken at our properties put us in a strong position to achieve this.

“ Strategic comeback campaigns offering exceptional value for money, and the introduction of wellness-focused initiatives under our Dusit Care program, will also add to our distinct appeal and help us to meet our short-term goals.”

 

 

Avani takes MICE in Thailand to the next level – from the city to the seaside

FROM EXOTIC LUSH LANDSCAPES for incentive trips to high-tech hospitality services to facilitate conferences and meetings, Avani features hotels and resorts across Thailand ready to help organize and hold exceptional MICE experiences.

Meetings take on a whole new vantage point at Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel.

The multi-purpose events complex on the 10th floor boasting over 4,500 square metres of flexible space that can host more than 700 guests in gala setting takes events and conferences to new heights.

There’s even a 3,000 kg-capacity car lift for direct access to the ballroom, bringing new meaning to “door-to-door” service.

Other unique features include an open show kitchen for guests, the latest in audio-visual technology, and an open-air reception terrace with river view next to SEEN Bangkok rooftop bar and restaurant on the 26th floor.

Avani+ Samui Resort and its secluded sanctuary of Phang Ka Bay, offers all the delights of Samui Island – just moments away from longtail trips to explore uninhabited islands and shuttles to nearby bustling markets and nightlife.

There’s plenty to do with morning yoga, beach volleyball, cooking classes, and more, and those wanting a more relaxed pace can retire to beach beds, pool loungers, and AvaniSpa treatments. All the while, the culinary team makes sure every meal is honestly prepared and delicious, featuring locally sourced ingredients.

Blending business and leisure perfectly, Avani Khon Kaen Hotel and Convention Centre, situated a 15-minute drive from Khon Kaen Airport, introducing visitors from all over to the rugged charms of Thailand’s northeast.

Verdant plateaus, mountains, and jungles surrounding a humming city centre means there are myriad adventures awaiting before, after, and between meetings. Every session will be productive as Avani Khon Kaen has the state-of-the-art conference and function facilities for seamlessly successful business experiences.

Exhibitions are moments away at the recently opened Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel, located in the On-nut neighbourhood. The Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) can be reached in a few stops on the BTS Sky-train, which is just steps from the entertainment and shopping complex that the hotel sits atop of. Avani Sukhumvit itself features one ballroom and three separate meeting rooms, all with direct access to the elevated outdoor terrace boasting skyline views that includes the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre.

Four Seasons Samui’s new Sea Escapes experience

“IN TODAY’S FAST-PACED WORLD, time is a luxury – to take your eyes off the clock, stop, breathe and relax. Being able to dedicate that time to one’s well-being is becoming an important goal in everyone’s life,” says Kotchaphan Mekloy, spa manager at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui.

With the launch of the all new Spa Escapades experience, the resort encourages guests to journey towards total relaxation with experiences inspired by the bounty of the ocean.

“We wanted to bring our guests closer to the simple pleasures of living the island life. What if the music of the spa is replaced by the sound of the waves? How would it feel to be embraced by the ocean breeze instead of air-conditioning? What do you see when you sit by the beach and close your eyes?” says Kotchaphan.

As part of this new experience, guests can immerse in a beach-side experience with a Lava Shell Massage at the open-air Secret Beach Spa Sala. After this rejuvenating therapy, guests are escorted to their villas, where a luxurious candlelit bath awaits.

The journey continues, as the therapists lull guests to sleep with a shoulder and neck, foot or head massage – the sound of singing bowls adding a mesmerizing touch.

The art of mindfulness is elevated with meditation on the beach, surrounded by nature’s harmony. “For guests staying four nights or more, private yoga, Muay Thai and beach workouts can be included to enhance the wellbeing experience at the resort,” says Kotchaphan.

 

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