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Banyan Tree Launches ‘Wellbeing Sanctuary’ in Koh Samui & Krabi
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Centara’s 1.10 flash sale offering up to 40% savings
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Best Western’s three-day flash sale in Asia
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Hyatt Regency Koh Samui’s sense of place dining venue
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Centara Grand Beach Hua Hin requiring vaccination
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Capella Bangkok’s Auriga Wellness ‘Sanctuary within a Sanctuary’
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Dusit International’s technological transformation
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Centara collaborates with true digital park in startup competition
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Dusit expands opens pet-friendly dusitD2 Hua Hin
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Hyatt Regency Koh Samui spurs recovery on Thailand’s castaway paradise

Banyan Tree Launches ‘Wellbeing Sanctuary’ in Koh Samui & Krabi

THE BANYAN TREE GROUP HAS rolled out a new healthy living concept at its properties around the world, including Banyan Tree Samui and Banyan Tree Krabi in southern Thailand, which have set aside a selection of pool villas and suites dedicated to holistic and well–being pursuits.

The “Well-being Sanctuary” initiative was launched on Oct. 1 at both resorts and provides guests with an opportunity to combine a leisure vacation with a daily program designed to enrich mind, body and soul — from meditation to Thai boxing, from massage and hydrotherapy to nature trails and sailing lessons — complemented with a nutritious diet and personal consultations.

“When guests book a Wellbeing Sanctuary, they have the flexibility to choose their own activities,” said Remko Kroesen, area general manager overseeing both hotels. “Before arrival, we send them a questionnaire so they can stipulate their goals. Our practitioners will be on hand throughout their stay to ensure they have every opportunity to connect with nature, discover a sense of deep relaxation, and find balance.

“And when they leave, we will consult and provide suggestions that will help fine-tune and inspire their daily routines, and assist them on their journey.”

Each of the villas selected for the Wellbeing Sanctuary has been adapted with various well-being amenities — a mini-bar stocked with fresh juices and herbal teas instead of alcoholic drinks, a yoga mat, stretch bands, and even a Tibetan singing bowl — along with an outdoor pool and hot jet pool.

On Koh Samui, Well-being villas come with a luxurious infinity pool, while at Krabi, each room opens onto a private garden, ideal for private self-well-being activities.

Teams at Banyan Tree Samui and Banyan Tree Krabi, which are both located on tranquil picture-perfect beaches, have tailored holistic itineraries based on Banyan Tree’s “8 Pillars” principle (Dietary Awareness; Physical Vitality; Cultivate the Mind; Sleep & Rest; Harmony with Nature; Learning & Development; Bonding & Connection; and Sustained Practices).

“When we dream about a tropical beach vacation, we see ourselves relaxed and content, lying in a hammock under palm trees, looking out to a calm sea, without a care in the world,” says Bikram Keshari Patra, the well-being practitioner at Banyan Tree Samui.

“However, the reality can often be very different — we are still stressed about work; we worry; our minds refuse to switch off.

Guests to the Well-being Sanctuary are welcomed with a healthy organic juice, and are given the chance to consult and select their preferred schedule for the day ahead. Following their flight, many may opt for a relaxing oil massage, followed by a long hot soak in their tub with bath salts. Typically, a morning may begin with yoga and meditation, followed by a hearty but heart-friendly breakfast. But there’s always time to just lie by their own private pool and soak up the sunshine and the view. Very quickly, the pressures of daily life are forgotten.

Good sleep is one of the Well-being Sanctuary’s guiding principles. Upon returning to their villa after evening turndown service, a guest will discover a different sleep ritual recommended and set up, such as bath salts or a lemon & lime steam facial.

One of the highlights of any Banyan Tree visit is the spa, and nowhere more so than in Thailand where regular massage is considered a cornerstone of good health. The resorts have introduced four new massages specifically for patrons of the Well-being Sanctuary: Restorative Detox; Sleep Essentials; Mobility Stretch; and Urban Relief.

“Following a long journey, a new arrival might be recommended to unravel with a 90-minute Restorative Detox massage,” said Banyan Tree Spa Samui Manager Naphasawan Badklang, a veteran of 15 years’ experience with Banyan Tree spas, including spells in Sri Lanka, China, and the Seychelles.

“For this type of massage, our therapists will apply a signature oil made from coriander seed and cinnamon bark. The detox massage is ideal for draining lymph nodes and removing toxins, while at the same time stimulating blood circulation.”

Like Samui, Banyan Tree Spa Krabi also offers a hydrotherapy treatment known as The Rainforest, described by Spa Manager Bussayawan Chanchai asa tropical sanctuary of water jets, steam rooms, and water massage pumps,” which culminates in the visitor lying face up on a heated tile bed, sipping herbal tea — a thoroughly tranquillizing experience.

And of course, no step toward well-being would be worthwhile without a carefully thought-out diet. Well-being Sanctuary customers at Banyan Tree’s restaurants will now be provided two menus — one with all the delicacies you’d expect from a fine wining n’dining holiday, including house specialties of both Thai and Western cuisine; and the other, a Well-being Menu offering a variety of organic dishes, vegan and vegetarian options, and freshly squeezed juices.

But that’s not to say that a nutritious meal is a boring meal. At Banyan Tree Samui, one may begin the day with a fresh cantaloupe or papaya juice accompanied by a “Raw Vegan Berry Breakfast Bomb” of cereal, nuts and berries, followed by guacamole omelette, chives waffles or quinoa pancakes. Wellbeing guests will also be served a healthy Afternoon Platter with juice every day as part of their package.

Jakkrit Traibun, the Executive Chef at Banyan Tree Krabi, recently introduced a plant-based menu based on the produce from his on-site organic garden. Among his signature dishes are Southern Thai Turmeric Rice and a delightful Pumpkin Avocado Mousse.

Krabi is among the newest Banyan Tree destinations. The 72-key resort, which opened in October last year, is tiered into a hillside at serene Tubkaek Beach, a 40-minute drive from Krabi International Airport. It is surrounded on three sides by nature: a forested national park to the rear and far side, while overlooking one of Thailand’s most iconic natural wonders: the famous towering limestone cliffs that jut out of the sea in Than Bok Khorani National Marine Park.

Having navigated successfully the challenges of constructing and opening a 5-star hotel during a global lockdown, Banyan Tree Krabi was rewarded for its efforts recently at the 2021 International Hotel & Property Awards in London where it won the Best Design prize for Asia-Pacific Hotel Under 200 Rooms.

Jointly designed by Architrave and Asset World Corporation (AWC), facilities at the hotel include two restaurants, a beach bar, a kids’ club, a fitness center, a meeting center, an elevated outdoor wedding deck, and the its rainforest-themed spa.

Similarly, Banyan Tree Samui is nestled into a lush tropical hillside with spectacular views over a sapphire sea. The 38-acre property is rich in flora and plant life, and its private white-sand cove is flanked by coral reefs, which the resort’s Sustainability Team protects and regenerates.

This year Banyan Tree Samui was voted by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine as one of Southeast Asia’s Top 10 Hotels and Resorts.

Banyan Tree began rolling out its Well-being Sanctuary programs in March 2021, beginning in China, and is progressively launching at its resorts worldwide as each destination re-emerges from the pandemic.

“We believe that more travelers will be focused on their health in the post-covid period, and we want to be there to support them,” said Haruethai Maneerat, hotel manager at Banyan Tree Krabi. “Of course, many guests will still want to enjoy wining and dining, touring the sights, and that’s fine. But we anticipate that many others will be looking for a quieter, holistic, and more introspective journey.”

For more information about Banyan Tree’s new Well-being Sanctuaries, go to: https://wellbeing.banyantree.com/

 

 

Centara’s 1.10 flash sale offering up to 40% savings

  Centara Hotels & Resorts is launching a 10.10 Flash Sale, available for five days only. From Oct. 8 to Oct. 12, 2021, you have the chance to receive from 25% – 40% off every rate and every promotion at over 30 hotels and resorts in Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Oman.

With 14 destinations across Thailand to choose from, guests can plan their next romantic escape in Phuket or Samui or book a fun-filled family holiday at a kids-approved resort in Pattaya or Hua Hin.

Travellers can also rediscover the joys of travel in Southern Vietnam and awaken their sense of wonder at an Explorer’s Playground-themed resort in Mui Ne. In magnificent Muscat, a unique blend of tradition and modernity awaits, while visitors to Sri Lanka can uncover an ancient culture and cruise picturesque waterways at a tranquil resort nestled between the Bentota River and the Indian Sea.

Guests who are not yet a CentaraThe1 member can sign up for free to enjoy access to the Centara 10.10 Flash Sale as well as other members-only discounts and benefits.

Travellers enjoy peace of mind when staying with Centara Hotels & Resorts as the group continues to follow strict safety protocols and adhere to certified health and hygiene procedures with the comprehensive Centara Complete Care program.

The Centara 10.10 Flash Sale is valid for stays until 20th Dec. 20, 2021.

For more information, visit www.centarahotelsresorts.com.

 

 

Best Western’s three-day flash sale in Asia

Best Western Hotels & Resorts is launching a three-day-long “Pay Day Flash Sale” that offers a discount of 40% off room rates at 30 participating hotels and resorts across Asia.

Available to book from Sept. 29 to 1 Oct.1,2021, for stays until March 31,2022, this limited-time offer promises 40% off rates at world-class hotels and resorts in many attractive destinations throughout the region. So, whether you’re craving a blissful beachfront break, a stylish city staycation or an energizing out-of-town escape, Best Western Hotels & Resorts can provide the vacation you deserve.

Selected properties participating in the “Pay Day Flash Sale” include:

Vīb Best Western Sanam Pao Bangkok is a cutting-edge midscale hotel in one of the Thai capital’s trendiest districts. With a selection of stylish rooms, all equipped with free Wi-Fi and positioned close to many local attractions, this new hotel is well-connected in every sense. The BTS skytrain is right on the doorstep of this modern midscale hotel, putting the whole of this vibrant city within easy reach.

Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort is nestled in a lush hillside, amid coconut groves overlooking Karon Beach and the Andaman Sea. The bright rooms feature private balconies with views of the gardens or ocean, while a dedicated pathway leads guests directly to the sandy bay. When they are not relaxing on the beach, travelers can take a dip in the outdoor pools, work out in the fitness center or unwind in the spa.

Other Asian Best Western properties included in the three-day flash sale:

Best Western Plus The Ivywall Resort-Panglao is nestled directly on the pure white sands of Alona Beach, on the paradise island of Panglao, the Philippines. This brand new international resort features 80 bright and stylish rooms with balconies overlooking the pool, garden or sea. Some rooms even lead directly to the resort’s outdoor swimming pool, and the sea-facing suites feature private balconies with Jacuzzis.

Best Western Premier Agung Resort Ubud is positioned in the heart of Bali, Indonesia’s “Island of the Gods”. This upscale resort allows travelers to stay in authentic rooms with scenic views of the lush rice fields, reflecting the peace and charm of Ubud, Bali’s artistic and cultural heart. Some of the rooms even come equipped with Jacuzzis.

Best Western Kuta Villa is tucked away in a quiet corner of Bali’s main tourist district, surrounded by shops and services, just moments from the soft sands of Kuta Beach. With beautiful Balinese-style architecture, a spa, swimming pool, restaurant and a choice of accommodation types, including rooms with private plunge pools and one bedroom villas.

Best Western i-City Shah Alam is a modern midscale hotel that puts guests in the heart of Shah Alam, the capital of Malaysia’s Selangor state. Located within the i-City complex, right next to a theme park and a short drive from KL.

Best Western Premier Sapphire Halong is a spectacular waterfront hotel that overlooks Halong Bay, the famous UNESCO-listed seascape in northeast Vietnam. Nestled in the heart of this popular tourist destination, just minutes from the Halong International Cruise Port, this landmark upscale hotel features over 1,000 outstanding rooms and suites, several restaurants, swimming pools, a fitness center, spa, kids’ club and more!

Wherever you choose to travel, Best Western ensures the highest standards of health and hygiene with our “We Care CleanSprogram, which is based on expert advice from governmental agencies and independent bodies. This comprehensive program addresses every aspect of the in-stay experience, from guest room and common area cleanliness to contactless procedures and more, while maintaining our industry-leading guest service.

For more information about Best Western Hotels & Resorts in Asia, visit www.BestWesternAsia.com.

 

Hyatt Regency Koh Samui’s sense of place dining venue

AS A SICILIAN, Frederik Farina is steeped in a culinary culture that emphasizes simplicity and sustainability.

And the experienced F&B visionary is utilizing his ingrained food philosophy to establish the Hyatt Regency Koh Samui as an exciting dining destination on Thailand’s legendary paradise island.

Farina, who has spent 18 years with Hyatt in Southeast Asia, is the culinary director at the design-forward resort, a much-anticipated addition to the portfolio of luxury accommodations on Koh Samui which was unveiled at the start of July.

A collaboration between three of Thailand’s biggest hotel design names — Office of Bangkok Architecture, August Design and PLandscaping — the 140-room property occupies eight acres of private coastline in the far northeast corner of Samui.

In his role, Farina oversees the three dining concepts at the resort. These encompass SESUN — a hip beachside grill which majors in fresh seafood and premium meats with a Mediterranean twist — and all-day dining venue, Yangna, where menu selections range from authentic Thai dishes to international specialties.

Completing the resort’s culinary roster is Oasis on the Rocks: a romantic chef’s table on a secluded promontory next to the lapping waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

All three vary significantly in terms of atmosphere and food offerings. What unites them, however, is Farina’s laser focus on utilizing premium produce (locally sourced whenever possible) to deliver multi-sensorial experiences to patrons.

“I’m definitely product-driven, so it all comes down to the quality, origin and handling of produce,” he said. “By getting that right, it allows us to deliver food experiences that reflect the location and its culinary traditions and cultural elements while maintaining an outward-looking philosophy with wide appeal.”

At SESUN, the emphasis is placed on Koh Samui’s super-fresh seafood. The fishing net on the roof of the venue reflects the provenance of the seafood, which is supplied from sustainable sources by local fishermen. The marine bounty is then grilled over coconut husks, Samui style, to impart maximum flavour. Other menu highlights include succulent Wagyu steaks and Mediterranean-inspired dishes that make full use of produce from the resort’s organic garden.

Yangna offers more in the way of Thai fire with specialties from around the Kingdom represented on the menu alongside other options ranging from Chinese dim sum to western comfort food and creative salads. Must-try dishes include a handful of authentic southern Thai curries redolent with bold spice.

Oasis on the Rocks, meanwhile, caters to guests seeking a more intimate dining experience. Low lit lamps illuminate a path along the rocks to a platform overlooking the waves where a table for two is laid out for couples who can choose from three delectable set menus: seafood, Thai or Mediterranean.

It’s an unforgettable journey that harnesses the beauty of the resort’s stunning location and also squares with Farina’s desire to evoke a sense of place in the culinary experiences he has curated at the property.

“The ultimate goal is to deliver cuisine with a personality,” he added. “By referring to where you are, you can enhance appreciation of the destination.”

Centara Grand Beach Hua Hin requiring vaccination

CENTARA GRAND BEACH Resort & Villas Hua Hin has adoped a new policy requiring all international and domestic visitors to the hotel to be vaccinated.

The expanded health and safety policy, introduced by Centra Hotels and Resorts, to keep the well-being of staff and guests at the forefront. It goes into effect from Sept.9, 2021 as Hua Hin gears up to open to international travellers as a quarantine-free destination in October 2021.

The measures apply to all guests staying in the resort, as well as visitors dining in the restaurants or utilizing any of the facilities within the resort. The same policy of course also applies to all resort staff too, all of whom are fully vaccinated.

Under the new vaccination policy, guests will be asked to present proof of vaccination for: at least 1 dose of a Thai FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, including Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sputnik V, Pfizer, and Moderna.

Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 are also required to show proof of vaccination. Children 18 years and younger are exempt when accompanied by vaccinated parents.

The vaccination policy complements the group’s Centara Complete Care program, implemented across all hotels and resorts since the beginning of the pandemic to ensure the protection, safety, and wellbeing of all guests and employees.

Devised in partnership with ECOLAB and SGS, the global leaders in hygiene technologies and verification respectively, the protocols include everything from increased sanitation, enhanced hygiene practices, and social distancing measures.

Guests can enjoy further peace of mind that in addition to the resort staff, all suppliers and delivery staff will only be allowed to enter the resort premises provided they are also vaccinated.

In the coming weeks, Centara Hotels & Resorts plans to expand this vaccination policy to further hotels, as quarantine-free travel becomes possible in more destinations.

For more information or booking, travellers can contact the Centara Contact Centre at ccc@chr.co.th and +66(0) 2101 1234, or visit https://www.centarahotelsresorts.com

 

 

 

 

Capella Bangkok’s Auriga Wellness ‘Sanctuary within a Sanctuary’

Capella Bangkok, an urban resort on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, has launched a new level of wellness with the opening of Auriga Wellness, a world-class spa spearheaded by the wellness specialists of GOCO Hospitality.

The spa immerses guests in a natural sanctuary of tranquillity, blending contemporary wellness techniques with ancient Asian wisdom. Nestled in the resort’s lush landscaped gardens, this 1,074- square metre facility features seven treatment rooms (including two spa suites), a thermal bathing area, a naturally lit tea lounge with an outdoor spa garden and a well-equipped fitness centre.

Drawing upon age-old therapies and medicinal herbs and spices—many growing organically in the local area—Auriga Wellness will provide a truly unique spa experience.  The spa program, conceptualized by GOCO Hospitality, balances the heritage of the various communities along Charoenkrung Road with treatments embracing elements of traditional Chinese medicine, Indian healing rituals and time-honoured Thai techniques (such as Tok Sen, a hammer massage introduced to Bangkok by settlers from Chiang Mai).

To offer guests the best in modern healing beauty treatments, Auriga Wellness also worked with acclaimed luxury skincare brand ‘J1JSKIN’ to design a range of signature facial and body therapies, including dedicated treatments for gentlemen and the award-winning non-surgical lift facial.

An extensive menu of massages, body scrubs, wraps, facials and cleansing rituals will leave guests feeling fully restored, refreshed and rejuvenated. A series of active classes and lifestyle sessions, such as yoga, tai chi, personal training, TRX workouts and Muay Thai, will invigorate the mind and body.

“Capella Bangkok is set to become one of the most iconic wellness destinations in Bangkok thanks to its never-before-seen collection of locally inspired spa treatments,” says Ingo Schweder, founder and CEO of GOCO Hospitality.

“Auriga Wellness will take guests on genuine journeys that explore the unique healing traditions inspired by the communities of Charoenkrung Road. This area is famed for its expertise in herbal medicines and ancient massage techniques, and I can’t wait to see these rituals come to life at Capella Bangkok.”

“Auriga Wellness is a ‘sanctuary within a sanctuary’ — a self-enclosed full-service spa in the heart of our riverside resort,” says John Blanco, general manager of Capella Bangkok. “Surrounded by tropical gardens, this is a cocoon where guests and local residents can escape from the outside world and unwind in a deedly peaceful ambience. GOCO Hospitality has created great  spa experiences for CaDella IO Sanya, Bali and the Maldives, and I am delighted to introduce their unique concept to Capella Bangkok,”

The sense of well-being at Capella Bangkok does not end at Auriga Wellness; spa-inspired services permeate throughout this innovative urban resort, from in-room wellness programmes and yoga mats to healthy dÏning options, a glistening riverside pool, and highly engaging experiences curated by a team of ‘CaDella Culturists, who tap into the rich history of this storied neighbourhood.

Auriga Wellness is open daily from 1O a.m. to 10 p.m.. For more information and reservations, email or call 065 998 4648. To learn more about Capella Bangkok, visit www.caoeIIahoteIs.com/banqkok or call 02 098 3888.

 

 

Dusit International’s technological transformation

  Dusit International has completed the first stage of its most significant technological transformation project to date.

It has invested in the latest cloud-based ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), CRM (Customer Relationship Management), and Data Management software to drive group-wide efficiency across its five business units (Hotels and Resorts, Hospitality Education, Food, Property Development, and Hospitality-Related Services).

Dusit will leverage big data to create exceptional consumer experiences and identify new business opportunities in line with Dusit’s three-pronged strategy for balance, expansion, and diversification.

Carried out as part of Dusit’s strategic roadmap for technological transformation, which was first announced in January 2019 and expedited to increase business resilience in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project encompasses the entire Dusit group, including 24 different entities across 17 countries.

The state-of-the-art cloud-based software Dusit is implementing includes SAP S/4HANA, which includes centralized processes for everything from finance and accounting to inventory and purchasing on a single, unified ERP solution; Microsoft Azure, for secure data storage and management; and Cendyn, for efficient group-wide CRM.

The new ERP system is now live, with the integrated CRM and Data Management elements set to be introduced later this year

“While investing in such a significant project during this uncertain period may seem against the grain, for swift post-pandemic recovery, we must deeply understand the needs of consumers and how we can best meet and, most importantly, exceed their expectations with our various services and products. Investment in this area is of critical importance,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

“During the pandemic, personalization has become a key expectation across so many industries – especially hospitality – and digital-savvy consumers have demonstrated a growing need for highly customized experiences that they can enjoy on their terms.

Key to meeting these expectations is data. And the more effectively and efficiently we can collect and use data, the greater our ability to create products, services and experiences that make our customers feel exceptional.”

Throughout the pandemic, which has significantly impacted Dusit’s core hotel business, the company has optimized its operations around total revenue generation, rather than cost-cutting, and innovated its way through the challenges by seeking ways to leverage its existing strengths and resources to create additional experience, convenience, and value for its guests and customers.

Chief among its efforts has been the introduction of four new pillars of Dusit Graciousness –Service (personalized and gracious), Well-Being (delivering wellness experiences beyond the spa), Locality (uniquely linking guests with the local community), and Sustainability (social, economic, and environmental) – and creating new experiences in each of these areas.

“Our company, like many others, has had to transform our organization and rethink our capabilities to enhance our resiliency and deliver not only short-term financial improvement, but also long-term value creation through innovation, efficiency, and agility,” she said.

“From a product standpoint, we have also had to swiftly yet considerately reimagine our services and put the infrastructure in place to ensure our hotels and resorts can suitably cater to accelerated trends – and ultimately achieve long-term success.

“The new real-time, centralized solutions we have invested in as part of our significant group-wide technological transformation will expedite our efforts in these areas, allowing us to deliver the value-driven experiences our existing guests and customers expect and deserve, efficiently identify new market segments, and ultimately position our properties for long-term value creation to the benefit of all stakeholders.”

Making further use of digital technology, Dusit recently expanded into e-commerce by launching dedicated stores on the popular LINE Shopping and LazMall platforms.

Aimed at consumers in Thailand and featuring attractive promotions on stays, meals and fitness experiences at Dusit Hotels and Resorts throughout the kingdom, the online shops continue Dusit’s efforts to establish new sources of recurring domestic revenue while the country’s borders are closed to international travel.

“While the effects of the pandemic will be felt for some time, we firmly believe that travel will come back stronger than ever when the COVID-19 situation improves,” she added.

“And we are confident that our technological transformation and new customer offerings will contribute significantly to driving short- and long-term business, extending our market reach, and cementing the competitive advantage of Dusit Hotels and Resorts and our other business units worldwide.”

 

Centara collaborates with true digital park in startup competition

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS AND True Digital Park, Southeast Asia’s largest startup and tech entrepreneur campus, take part in “Centara Hotels and Resorts X True Digital Park Centara Startup Sandbox”, a competition and three-month incubator program which supports startups and entrepreneurs with co-working space, facilities, mentorship and funding.

The Startup Sandbox project, held in collaboration with True Digital Park, will see teams compete for a chance to join the three-month program, during which executives from Centara will provide regular consultation sessions and be the judge for the teams’ final pitch.

“Thworld of hospitality is always evolving, and we are proud to be a part of this competition to encourage fresh ideas which will drive innovation in our industry. We are delighted to partner with True Digital Park to support promising startup businesses in Thailand and to mentor the next generation of innovative thinkers,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara Hotels & Resorts’ CEO.

 “True Digital Park continues to build a complete ecosystem for startup and tech entrepreneurs to support the digital transformation and is proud to partner with Centara Hotels and Resorts. This startup sandbox program will strengthen our commitment to nurture tech talents and further accelerate innovative solutions,” Dr. Tarit Nimmanwudipong, general manager of True Digital Park.

Competing teams for the” “CENTARA Startup Sandbox” have to deal with a challenge: “How might we help clients experience their preferred destination or any hospitality offering while still providing them with a more exclusive and memorable service.”

The winning team will receive 100,000 THB and free usage of co-working space at True Digital Park for six months. The first and second runners-up will receive free usage of co-working space at True Digital Park for three months.

Additionally, the winning team will also receive hotel vouchers from Centara:

  • 1st Prize: Centara Reserve Samui, two nights in Deluxe Ocean room with breakfast for two persons, valued 23,775THB per prize x 3 prizes per team
  • 2nd Prize: Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, two nights in Deluxe room with breakfast for two persons, valued 12,947THB per prize x 3 prizes per team
  • 3rd Prize: COSI Pattaya Wong Amat Beach, two nights in COSI Plus room with daily credit for two persons value 3,295THB per prize x 3 prizes per team

Teams with at least three members of any nationality 18 years old and above who have a business idea for the hotel and hospitality industry can apply from now until 6th September 2021 at truedigitalpark.typeform.com.

For more information, visit https://www.truedigitalpark.com/en/startup-support/centara-startup-sandbox

 

 

Dusit expands opens pet-friendly dusitD2 Hua Hin

 

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL HAS expanded its operations in the kingdom with the opening of dusitD2 Hua Hin, an upscale pet-friendly retreat in the heart of Hua Hin, a popular seaside destination just three hours by car from Bangkok.

Located just a seven-minute walk from Hua Hin’s main beach and near popular local attractions such as Cicada Market and Bluport Hua Hin Resort Mall, the new hotel is designed to offer a modern and comfortable haven where families and groups of friends can recharge, relax, and easily discover everything the destination has to offer, with space to bring their pets with them.

Alongside 152 contemporary guest rooms and suites ranging in size from 30 to 92 sq m, including selected rooms equipped with pet-friendly amenities for up to two pets, the bright and airy property offers a wide range of facilities for work, rest and play.

Current dining facilities include CafeSoi, an all-day dining restaurant where guests can take a culinary journey to Southern Thailand and indulge in traditional delicacies from Surat Thani, Phuket, Songkhla, Krabi and beyond; Som Bar, a rooftop bar inspired by Hollywood party pads where guests can enjoy cocktails and admire panoramic sea views; and Dusit Gourmet, Dusit’s signature bakery and coffee shop, where guests can indulge in a variety of Thai and international favourites, all made using high-quality ingredients.

Alongside a rooftop infinity pool, a large garden, and a fully equipped gym, the hotel also offers an extensive kids club, The Beary Club, featuring a children’s swimming pool, a play area with a sandbox and a treehouse, and a wide range of activities for children ages 3 to 15.

Bag painting, tree planting, cooking classes, and treasure hunts led by friendly mascot ‘Beary’ – a unique ‘half bear, half hog deer’ character specially designed to raise awareness of endangered animals in the region – are just some of the fun activities offered. All children are given a Beary Map on arrival with the chance to win an ice cream by collecting stamps throughout the property.

All room types, from the deluxe to the spacious two-bedroom suite, feature the latest in connectivity, with high-speed internet access and 55” 4K UHD Smart TVs for easy streaming of entertainment. Each room and public area is also equipped with a Panasonic Nanoe X machine, which filters the air to eliminate odours and inhibit the activity of airborne bacteria and pet-derived allergens.

Guests seeking to stay on top of work during their travels will find plenty of quiet, thoughtfully designed corners to focus on their important tasks. The DokJok function room is also available for up to 76 people in a theatre-style arrangement, or 37 people in a classroom set-up, ensuring ample space for safe and memorable gatherings.

Alongside Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality, all guests also benefit from Dusit’s carefully crafted ‘Dusit Care’ services. Designed to offer ultimate peace of mind, these go beyond enhanced hygiene protocols to deliver additional convenience, experience and value while maximizing guest safety. Flexible check-in, anytime breakfast, and mobile payment methods are just some of the services offered.

dusitD2 Hua Hin, which officially opens on 16 July 2021, is Dusit’s third hotel in Hua Hin. The renowned Dusit Thani Hua Hin, a deluxe beachside resort, has been operating in the destination for 30 years. Dusit also recently began managing Seapine Recreation Centre, next to Suanson beach. Dusit International’s property portfolio now comprises more than 300 properties, across six brands, in 17 countries worldwide.

“We are delighted to open dusitD2 in Hua Hin and expand our market reach to delight a whole new segment of travellers in this popular seaside destination,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

 “Complementing perfectly the full-service offerings of our long-standing Dusit Thani Hua Hin resort, dusitD2 Hua Hin is ideally positioned to meet the needs of the large drive-to-leisure market from Bangkok.

From modern Thai-inspired design and our distinctive gracious hospitality, to pet-friendly rooms, extensive lifestyle facilities, and a great location near popular shopping areas and the main beach, the hotel has all the ingredients for a highly memorable stay.

Ultimately, dusitD2 Hua Hin offers excellent value for young families, groups of friends, and even those looking for a comfortable and convenient base to work from anywhere. And all guests can rest assured that, with Dusit, their well-being and safety will always come first.”

To mark its opening, dusitD2 Hua Hin is now offering The Journey has Begun package featuring accommodation in a Deluxe room, breakfast for two adults, an extra bed for children under 18 years old, and 20% food and beverage discount at Cafe Soi and Som Bar.

Available for booking from July 16, 2021 for stay dates through Aug. 31, 2021, the package starts at 2,499 THB per night. Guests who book to stay two consecutive nights will also receive a southern set dinner for two at Cafe Soi.

For more information about the hotel and its opening room rates, visit https://www.dusit.com/dusitd2-huahin/specialoffers/the-journey-has-begun/.

 

 

Hyatt Regency Koh Samui spurs recovery on Thailand’s castaway paradise

HYATT REGENCY Koh Samui eyes a reopening to international tourists over the coming months .

The property, which is Hyatt’s first footfall on Koh Samui, gives guests the opportunity to discover timeless connections and energizing experiences and will play a major role in rebounding visitors with the island as Thailand welcomes back visitors.

“The pandemic has been a challenging time for Koh Samui as it has been for the entire tourism industry in Thailand. That’s why we are so delighted to debut with such a special resort,” said Adrian Pulido, general manager, Hyatt Regency Koh Samui.

A collaboration between three of Thailand’s biggest hotel design names — Office of Bangkok Architecture, August Design and PLandscaping — the 140-room property occupies eight acres of private coastline in the far northeast corner of the paradise island.

Deploying a design-forward philosophy, the property, located in North Chaweng — and is less than ten minutes from the island’s international airport— bills itself as a “vacation gallery” due to its array of visual highlights.

These include a showpiece lobby, the longest lobby arrival point in Koh Samui, where numerous skylights allow for natural illumination by the sun and the moon.

It also features plush accommodations that showcase terrific ocean views to one of the largest pool zones on the island, a collection of pools, each cascading down from the main pool on the upper deck of the resort.

The beauty of Koh Samui is legendary. And the resort’s appeal leverages the visual appeal of the coastal landscape, a forest of protected trees and the proximity of the ocean.

Its Gallery of Eight, a collection of eight sites dotted around the property specially selected for their photogenic potential.

The 140 guestrooms, which include 24 spacious suites and villas, feature private balconies and most offer stunning sea views. Select rooms include access to Regency Club privileges, while seven beachfront pool villas provide elevated indulgence. Spaces benefit from the simplicity of the interior design—by August Design— in a neutral palette with ocean-inspired décor and blue accents.

Culinary cravings are ably catered for at the resort’s four restaurants and bars, including Yangna, an all-day dining restaurant showcasing Thai and international cuisine, and the open-air Sesun Grill & Beach Bar where diners can enjoy fresh seafood and Mediterranean sides alongside relaxing sea views.

Cobalt serves fresh juice, iced tea and coffee while Kube offers crafted cocktails accompanied by mesmerizing views from the highest point of the resort.

The family-friendly resort features freeform pools—including a lap pool, plunge pool, family pool with a whirlpool and kids’ pool with a slide—which cascade to the beach. Over at Camp Hyatt, young guests can enjoy supervised play and activities from arts and crafts to movie nights.

Lush tropical plants line the grand staircase that leads to the spa, a tranquil sanctuary featuring five treatment rooms, including two couple’s suites with a private deck and outdoor tub.

The property offers inspiring indoor and outdoor venues for gatherings, big and small. The elegant Regency Ballroom can accommodate up to 100 guests or 150 for cocktails. A 97-sqm manicured lawn provides a magical setting for wedding celebrations and alfresco events.

“This island has a central role in how Thailand fares following the pandemic, and it’s an honour to be leading the way as we begin to look positively towards the future,” added Pulido.

 

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