Travel Deals

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Double reward points with Best Western promotion
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Where luxury catering services meet perfect riverside location
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Dusit Thani Bangkok entering a new phase
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Soneva Kiri’s Stay for Good package
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Anantara offering up to 40% off for extended escapes
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Four Seasons Chiang Mai offering Glorious Green Season package
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Extended stay package at Soneva resorts in Thailand and Maldives
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Shangri-la Bangkok MICE destination
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Dusit becomes first hotel group in Thailand to accept WeChat Pay
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10% discount for all online reservations for Centara The1 Card members

Double reward points with Best Western promotion

STAYING AT BEST WESTERN’S collection of hotels and resorts in Asia will be even more rewarding this summer, following the launch of its new Double Points promotion.

From now through Sept. 30, 2017, Best Western Rewards (BWR) members will earn twice as many reward points when they book a stay at any participating Best Western hotel in Asia.

Bookings must be made either directly with the hotel or via Best Western’s website, www.bestwesternhotelasia.com.

The promotion covers some of Asia’s most desirable destinations, from mega-cities such as Tokyo, Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta to world-class beach resorts including Bali, Boracay, Phuket and Okinawa. Alternatively, guests seeking a true taste of Asian culture can choose to explore destinations like Mandalay, Vientiane, Buriram or Malang.

“There is no better time to visit Asia than in the summer months,” said Olivier Berrivin, Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ managing director of International Operations – Asia.

Guests can stay at hotels across the region and earn twice as many Best Western Rewards points, which could then be redeemed for even more room nights and other benefits in future. Now is a great time to sign up so don’t delay, become a Best Western Rewards member today!” Olivier added.

All guests booking stays at Best Western’s hotels and resorts in Asia this summer will also be guaranteed complimentary in-room Wi-Fi.

Still haven’t signed up for BWR, visit www.bestwesternhotelasia.com/create-account to register, and you could earn double points on your next Best Western booking.

For more information about Best Western’s Double Points offer in Asia, visit www.bestwesternhotelasia.com/offers/double-point-asia

 

 

 

Where luxury catering services meet perfect riverside location

STRATEGICALLY LOCATED along Chao Phraya River with the largest portfolio of meeting and banquet space, Shangri-la Bangkok offers guests a variety of well appointed function rooms, state-of-the-art facilities and various dining choices.

Equipped with 19 function rooms, including its 1,360-square metre grand ballroom, the hotel offers The Garden Rooms – Event Suites, which comprise residentially designed function rooms that offer flexible space for a more relaxed ambience.

The hotel’s catering team members are experienced catering professionals who can develop events based on guests’ preference and imagination, from the perfect location, a  food and beverage concept and decoration to entertainment suggestions.

For a lasting impression, Executive Chef Marc Cibrowius, who has been involved in all types of local and international catering businesses, can customize the menus to match all catering needs.

His passion for cooking has played an active role in making the hotel’s nine restaurants and bars well known for their fantastic culinary delights. Shang Palace and NEXT2 café are two restaurants that recently won Bangkok’s Best Restaurant Awards 2017 in the Chinese and Buffet categories.

As interesting travel attractions have at all times been an important element for guests’ consideration, the hotel can go above and beyond to satisfy guests by holding special events exclusively for the meeting and incentive industry.

These special events include “Outside Catering at Chakrabongse Palace”. Apart from the typical events taking place at the hotel, exclusive events can be held at the Chakrabongse Palace.

The hotel’s experienced catering team will help create memorable events, from afternoon tea parties to gala dinners and weddings.

With state-of-the-art mobile kitchens, the hotel is proud to be the official caterer of cuisine for various important events held at the palace.

For more information, call the events sales team at (66 2) 236 7777, fax (66 2) 236 8570 or send an email to events.slbk@shangri-la.com for enquiries and bookings. Alternatively, you may request a proposal online via the hotel’s website https://www.shangri-la.com/bangkok/shangrila/meetings-events/request-for-proposal/.

 

 

Dusit Thani Bangkok entering a new phase


 DUSIT THANI BANGKOK, the flagship hotel of Thailand-based, global hospitality company Dusit International, will officially hold its last day of operations in its current form on April 16, 2018, bringing to a close a successful first chapter some 48 years in the making.

The new version of the hotel, set to open as part of a mixed-use development in 2022, will continue this legacy.

To commemorate the hotel’s hospitality heritage and celebrate its status as one of Bangkok’s legendary hotels, the property is arranging a series of special events and promotions designed to thank its loyal guests and customers, highlight the influence the property has had on Thailand’s tourism industry over the years.

One highlight of the series is the Wedding Memories promotion. All couples who have held a wedding reception at the hotel since it first opened in 1970 are invited to enjoy a complimentary three-course set lunch or dinner at the hotel.

To redeem the promotion, all you need to do is  show a picture of your wedding reception prior to dining.

The couples will also receive a copy of the ‘Thai Way of Life: The Dusit Cookbook’, and a privilege card granting them 27 per cent off food (a la carte and international buffet) from now until April 15, 2018.

Anyone who books to stay at the hotel via www.dusit.com before  Dec. 31, 2017 will receive Dusit Best Rate Guarantee, a free upgrade to the next room category, upon availability, complimentary early check in after 6 am and late check-out until 6 pm, and one daily BTS ticket per person.

For bookings made by Aug. 31, 2017 on stays made by Oct. 31, 2017, the hotel is also offering its Superior Room, including complimentary upgrade to a Dusit Room (executive suite with living room – 60 sq m) upon availability, for the special price of  4,800 THB per night inclusive of breakfast for two.

Founded by Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui and opened on Feb. 27, 1970, Dusit Thani Bangkok was once the city’s tallest edifice and largest hotel.

A new landmark for the capital, the hotel pioneered five-star hospitality inspired by authentic Thai values, and ushered in a new era of tourism for the city, revolutionizing dining, entertainment and even the way people organized wedding receptions in the process.

“Dusit Thani Bangkok is an icon made everlasting through all those who share its history, and we are sincerely grateful to everyone over the years who has made the hotel a resounding success,” said Ms Sukanya Janchoo, general manager of Dusit Thani Bangkok.

“The special series of events and promotions we are introducing have been specially designed to thank our guests, staff and stakeholders for their loyal support, as well as commemorate the hotel’s rich heritage which will be carried over into our exciting new chapter to come. The Dusit Thani legend will continue.”

The new Dusit Thani Bangkok will form part of a new mixed-use development to be built in partnership with Central Pattana PLC. Alongside the hotel, the project will feature residences, retail areas, office spaces, and a large green space.

In keeping with the original Dusit Thani, many of the original hotel’s trees will be incorporated in the new build, as will its distinctive, handcrafted teakwood décor, historical ornaments, and the property’s famous spire.

In preparation for construction of the new hotel, the development will start on land adjacent to Dusit Thani Bangkok, next to Rama IV road, which currently houses derelict buildings. The new hotel is expected to complete in 2022, followed by the rest of the project by 2024.

Details about the upcoming events and promotions are available at www.dusit.com/48anniversary.

 

 

Soneva Kiri’s Stay for Good package


SONEVA KIRI is inviting eco-enthusiasts to support its efforts to preserve the environment and enrich the community in Thailand in a new Stay for Good package and get three complimentary bonus nights in return.

“Here’s your chance to be part of something meaningful as you work alongside our resident ecologists, horticulturalists, and community engagement managers to support local sustainability initiatives” said a Soneva spokesperson.

A tailored program will be prepared for you for a few hours per day, over three days, incorporating the following elements:

Ecology: Assist the resident tropical ecologist to identify and log rare species of flora and fauna thriving in the tropical rainforest surrounding Soneva Kiri. Later, learn about cultivating tropical fruits and the secrets of tropical beekeeping and honey production.

“This is a real opportunity to get close to nature and learn more about the complexity of the rich ecosystem of this beautiful island.”

Waste to Wealth:  Guests will work inSoneva’s Eco Centro facility, and support it as it produces biodiesel, charcoal, and water filtration initiatives.  Learn how to compost food and garden waste, and how Soneva makes its wastewater suitable for irrigation.

Later, guests can shadow our landscaping manager and gardeners to assist with ploughing, weeding, sowing, picking, and delivering the fresh vegetables to our restaurants, ready for consumption.

Community: Work with us on sustainable initiatives to support the local community on Koh Kood, which may include island and beach clean ups, reef and mangrove clean-ups, education initiatives and other community-oriented projects.

To book the Stay for Good offer, contact reservations@soneva.com or call 91 124 4511000 and quote ECOPKG17. On confirmation of your stay, we will begin tailoring a program to suit your preferences.

To participate, you must stay three nights at Soneva Kiri in any villa category, and the next three nights will be complimentary in the same villa category — if at least one guest in the villa participates in the full program.

The offer is valid until Sept.30, 2017.

 

Anantara offering up to 40% off for extended escapes

ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS is offering major discounts on extended escapes with incredible Stay Longer offers worldwide between now and Sept. 30, 2017 – inviting travellers to jet off for school holiday family fun, summer romance and fresh adventures, with dozens of dream destinations to choose from.

Discover Thailand’s jungle, beach and city contrasts. Stay at Bangkok’s most prestigious central address at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, with 30% off seven nights.

Three country views of the fabled Golden Triangle relax after elephant adventures at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort – with up to 30% off all-inclusive luxuries and a daily choice of signature experiences.

The glamour of Phuket island life at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket promises pool villa privacy at up to 30% off.

Or experience Asia’s natural and cultural gems. Explore Vietnam’s historical UNESCO town of Hoi An, and save 25% for stays of five nights or more when staying at Anantara Hoi An Resort. Or Bali’s mesmerising surf and sunsets, with 25% off a five-night stay at Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. Uncover more of Angkor Wat’s legends in Cambodia from an elegant suite at Anantara Angkor Resort, saving 30% on four nights.

Call the Indian Ocean your playground in the Maldives, with 25% off a seven night stay in villa luxury at Anantara Kihavah Villas. Delve into Sri Lanka’s sacred treasures from exceptional shoreline seclusion at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, staying seven nights at 20% less.

Admire Zambia’s mighty Victoria Falls from the colonial grace of Royal Livingstone, with 30% off six nights.

Plan a majestic escape to the Middle East. A palatial oasis in the world’s largest desert in Abu Dhabi saves guests 25% on a three night stay at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. Rise to canyon majesty at the one of the highest resorts in the world in Oman, saving 25% on a five night stay at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort.

Discover Anantara’s debut in Europe. Immerse in Portugal’s sunshine beaches and classic Mediterranean charms, with 20% off a seven night stay at the quiet golf-side retreat of Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort.

Become a PRIVILEGE member for free and save an extra 10%.

 

 

Four Seasons Chiang Mai offering Glorious Green Season package

 FOUR SEASONS RESORT CHIANG MAI is featuring a special Glorious Green Season package that offers complimentary relaxing and recharging experiences and indulgences along with the beautiful scenery.

Settle in to a luxurious sanctuary and soak up the sheer natural vibrancy of the surrounding environment while enhancing exposure with:Luxurious accommodation; daily buffet breakfast for two at Sala Mae Rim Restaurant; rice planting activities for two; private Romancing the Sala set dinner for two; and a Couple’s Rice and Spice Scrub or Aloe and Lavender Wrap treatment.

The package is available until Sept. 30, 2017

Set amid manicured tropical gardens, the resort’s unique accommodations are in prime position to enjoy its indigenous landscape. A pavilion-style Thai sala surrounds guests, with lush gardens while the room captures the essence of the Northern Lanna kingdom, combined with all the comforts of modern living. Lounge on the swing sofa in the pavilion-style sala and take in the Resort’s terraced rice fields, tropical foliage and pond life.

Spend days with a loved one or family, enjoying a package that includes the chance to be a Thai farmer for a day, sharing the rewarding experience of how rice is grown.

Then relax at its award-winning spa with a Rice and Spice Scrub, a traditional therapy combining herbs and spices to exfoliate the skin, warm the muscles, boost circulation and leave one with a natural glow.

Or choose an Aloe and Lavender Wrap, combining Aloe Vera gel, lavender mist and a cooling banana leaf wrap to restore the body’s natural generation processes and revitalize the skin. Top-off a revitalizing experience, savouring the resort’s sweet ambience over a delectable classic Thai-style set menu gracefully served in an enchanting sala in the garden.

The package is priced from 20,000 THB per night. A minimum of two nights stay is required. Stay three nights or more and enjoy the additional benefit of daily breakfast for two and choice of a Private Thai Dinner or package spa treatment. Only valid for reservations via Reservation Department quoting “Glorious Green Season.”

For reservations, call 66 2 207 8999 or E-mail Reservations. Thailand@fourseasons.com

 

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Extended stay package at Soneva resorts in Thailand and Maldives

SONEVA IS OFFERING an extended stay package at its luxury Sovena Kiri, Thailand, and other resorts in the Maldives that runs from May 1 to June 30, 2017.

Exclusive benefits include complimentary nights, breakfast and dinner.

Extended stays at Soneva Fushi also earn complimentary seaplane transfers to the resort. This promotion is available for a limited period only, and includes:

One complimentary night when you book three nights (four nights total): Two complimentary nights when you book five nights (seven nights total); daily complimentary breakfast and dinner  

Rates for the special spring promotion start at US $4,066 at Soneva Fushi, US $6,962 at Soneva Jani, and US $4,190 at Soneva Kiri.

 

 

Shangri-la Bangkok MICE destination

SHANGRI-LA BANGKOK is gearing up for a busy meeting season. The hotel is known for its ability to cater large or small MICE groups as needed, without ever compromising its renowned five-star standard.

Shangri-La Bangkok has 802 rooms including 72 suites, in two wings, the Shangri-La and the Krungthep. It is the only riverside hotel that is adjacent to the Saphan Taksin BTS SkyTrain station.

Step through the entrance and gaze upon a sparkling lobby and lounge and beyond that, into a free-form swimming pool set by the river amidst lush tropical greenery, offering an oasis of tranquility in the middle of bustling downtown Bangkok.

A culinary paradise by the River of Kings consists of Salathip Thai Restaurant; Volti ristorante & bar for the finest Italian cuisine; and NEXT2 Café, a vibrant all-day dining café with theatre-style live cooking buffet stations.

The Horizon Cruise is the hotel’s own riverboat, offering dinner cruises and charters.

Modern presentation technology and the expanse of the Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate over 1,000 guests for a banquet, promise smooth meetings, conferences and evening functions.

The Garden Rooms – Event Suites provide the seamless flow of event space for meetings and private dining with residential flair. Each spacious and innovative suite is available individually or can be combined for larger meetings and corporate functions.

Nineteen function rooms, some with natural daylight, are also available for smaller functions.  Wi-Fi and high-speed broadband connections are free of charge throughout the hotel.

Shangri-la Bangkok has a professional team of highly trained banquet staff, audiovisual technicians and dedicated MICE specialists guarantees your event is smooth and successful.

For enquires and bookings, call (66 2) 236 7777, fax: (66 2) 236-8570, or email: events.slbk@shangri-la.com for more details. Alternatively, request a proposal online via the hotel’s website https://www.shangri-la.com/bangkok/shangrila/meetings-events/request-for-proposal/.

 

 

 

Dusit becomes first hotel group in Thailand to accept WeChat Pay

THAILAND-BASED, GLOBAL HOSPITALITY GROUP Dusit Hotels & Resorts has signed a partnership agreement with Ksher (WeChat Pay Thailand) and Asset Bright Public Company Limited to accept WeChat Pay at Dusit Hotels and Resorts.

WeChat Pay is part of China’s largest mobile instant messaging app, WeChat, which to date has over 800 million active users. It allows users to pay bills, order goods, transfer money to other users, and pay in selected stores directly via smartphone using credit from their personal WeChat Pay accounts.

Under the new partnership agreement, Dusit Hotels & Resorts will be the first hotel group in Thailand to accept WeChat Pay at its restaurants, spas, participating outlets, and for hotel rooms upon check-out, initially at its owned properties in Thailand and subsequently its other properties around the world. Users will be able to pay their hotel bills by simply scanning a QR code to have the relevant fee deducted from their accounts.

Authorized by the Bank of Thailand, Asset Bright Public Company Limited will process all e-payments made via WeChat Pay at Dusit hotels in Thailand. Ksher, meanwhile, will implement and maintain the WeChat Pay system, including providing online security and technical support.

According to figures released by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), 8.75 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand in 2016, and Chinese visitors now account for 27% of all foreign travellers to Thailand.

Dusit Hotels & Resorts believes implementing WeChat Pay at its owned properties in Thailand will prove an attractive proposition for Chinese visitors who are well aware of the security and convenience that WeChat Pay affords.

“In China’s top-tier cities, approximately 90% of stores now accept WeChat Pay as a payment method and the platform’s reach is starting to expand globally”, said Lim Boon Kwee, COO of Dusit Hotels & Resorts.

“Chinese tourists are high value market and increasingly significant to our business, so it’s important we do all we can to cater to their needs. By implementing WeChat Pay, our Chinese guests will now be able to benefit from favourable exchange rates and occasional exclusive promotions, so we are confident it will be a huge success.”

“As WeChat Pay’s strategic partner in Thailand, we work together with Asset Bright to provide secure, stable and advanced mobile payment solutions designed to provide the utmost of convenience to Chinese travellers.

“We are delighted that Dusit Hotels & Resorts is the first hotel group in Thailand to adopt WeChat Pay, and we now look forward to working with the company to delight its Chinese guests,” said Donald Tang, vice -president of global business development at Ksher

“We are fast moving towards a cashless future where transactions are made seamlessly online. As WeChat Pay allows Chinese guests at Dusit Hotels & Resorts to pay for rooms and services securely, easily, and without currency exchange, we believe this will lead to more transactions made at each hotel, making it a solution that benefits all parties involved.”

In addition to all Dusit hotels in China, WeChat Pay is now accepted at all Dusit-owned hotels in Thailand, including Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Dusit Thani Pattaya, Dusit Thani Hua Hin, DusitPrincess Korat, DusitPrincess Chiang Mai, DusitPrincess Srinakarin Bangkok, and dusitD2Chiang Mai.

Dusit Hotels & Resorts will also introduce the service at its international properties in the near future. In celebration of the launch, from now through Sept. 30, 2017, Dusit Hotels & Resorts will offer an exclusive Dusit WeChat Pay package of up to 40% off regular room rates at its owned hotels in Thailand. Guests must use WeChat Pay to qualify for this package, which also includes breakfast, and is bookable via Dusit’s WeChat account.

 

10% discount for all online reservations for Centara The1 Card members

THE1 CARD MEMBERS will now enjoy a permanent 10% discount  — increased from 5% — on all publicly available online rates on Centara Hotels & Resort’s website, including packages and promotions.

Centara The1 Card, Centara’s global loyalty program, provides members with “exceptional rewards and privileges”, including enhanced levels of luxury and services as well as 10% off Centara’s best available online rates.

Members can redeem points for free nights in any room type at all Centara hotels/resorts with no blackout dates, or they can choose from any number of ways to redeem their points, including points exchange with The1 Card.

Each time card members stay at any Centara property – from dining at its restaurant outlets and indulging at its beachfront and rooftop bars, to pampering experiences at Centara’s award-winning spa facilities. They also benefit from free WiFi.  

“Increasing our permanent members’ discount to 10% is our way of showing our members how much they mean to us and ensuring they can never get a price as good or privileges as fantastic, as when they book directly with us.

“We greatly appreciate continued support from our very loyal fan base and following, and we are committed to continuously expanding our range of privileges and benefits to further enrich their Centara experience,” said Arthid Chitchulanon, director of CRM and Customer Loyalty, Centara Hotels & Resorts.

 

 

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