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Anantara’s worldwide tour of Christmas indulgence
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Christmas and New Year’s at Soneva Kiri
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VIE Hotel Bangkok’s new, elegant style lobby
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Anantara recognized at Condé Nast Traveler US Readers’ Choice Awards
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New meeting offerings on Hua Hin historic land at Centara Grand Beach Resort
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Anantara Layan Phuket offering Mercedes charging stations
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Six Senses Samui Invites Helping Hands
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Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach welcomes back ‘Dream Wedding’ couples for first anniversaries
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Dusit Hotels & Resorts launches two new accommodation packages
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Spa Cenvaree announces member program with vouchers, privileges and discounts

Anantara’s worldwide tour of Christmas indulgence

SANTA CLAUS HAS already scheduled a variety of stops at Anantara Resorts along his whistle-stop global tour.

At Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, Santa will take a rest at the enchanting Tree House restaurant to sample treats freshly baked by the younger guests and maybe just read a story to thank them.

In the Maldives, Santa will arrive at Anantara Veli Resort aboard a jet ski, before leading the charge of restless guests looking to burn off festive indulgence at the annual ‘Chase-A-Santa’ fun run around Anantara Dhigu Resort. Children aged eight years and over can even go on an underwater present hunt, searching for surprises left hidden among the coral.

On the coconut fringed shores of Sri Lanka, Santa will be joined by his assistant Santerina, to visit Anantara Kalutara Resort by boat. Kids will welcome them ashore from the banks of the lagoon before receiving a festive gift.

Anantara Kalutara has also joined forces with their local community to create a HOPE Christmas Tree. Less privileged children in the area will each write a festive wish to leave on the tree, guests can then pick a wish and make it come true by offering the gift for the child to present at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

In Abu Dhabi, Santa will commission special use of a fleet of camels to drop by Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, before switching to horseback to visit Sir Bani Yas Island’s Anantara resorts.

Over the festive period in Vietnam, indulge in a sumptuous brunch at The Artspace, a new innovative art and dining concept at Anantara Hoi An Resort featuring original artwork in a variety of media created by local artists.

Guests can don their finery to sip Champagne whilst drinking in the works of revered local artists and photographers. It’s the ideal spot from where to fuel up before getting setting out onto La Rue Des Arts to get lost among the picturesque backstreets of UNESCO heritage site, Hoi An Ancient Town.

In Thailand, Bangkok’s most prestigious address, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, welcomes holiday makers and well-heeled residents for the most lavish brunch spread in town. Caviar, lobster and freshly shucked oysters are served alongside a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Kids of all ages will be wide eyed at the dazzling array of desserts, cakes and patisseries all specially decorated with a touch of festive sparkle. The local children’s choir of Bangkok will entertain diners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Down in the leafy island of Phuket, Zuma will pop-up again at Anantara Layan Resort to infuse Japanese flavours to this slice of paradise until February 2019. Whether from the main kitchen, grill, or sushi counter, guests can enjoy these modern takes on traditional Japanese cuisines while DJs spin mellow tunes in a breezy beachfront atmosphere.

New Years Eve will be a sparkling occasion at Anantara’s sister property in The Maldives, Niyama Private Islands. Britain’s Got Talent dance troupe, Diversity Juniors, futuristic illusionist and magician extraordinaire, Hara, as well as legendary Ronnie Scott’s Soho nightclub residents, Soul Family descended upon nature’s playground for a party.

For more information, visit www.Anantara.com

 

Christmas and New Year’s at Soneva Kiri

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS at Soneva Kiri include Indian, Arabic and Japanese pop-up dinners, guided snorkelling, cooking classes, sushi and vegan master classes, tastings and more.

Christmas Eve begins with cocktails and drinks on the jetty, before a dinner that includes traditional American Butterball turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, a full carvery station, vegetables and herbs from the organic gardens and mulled wine.

A ‘catch of the day’ barbecue lunch will take place on the white sands of North Beach on Christmas Day, followed by European or Asian themed dinners at The View and Chef Benz at Benz’s respectively.

The New Year’s Eve Food Journey will treat guests to international cuisine at the Dining Room, followed by the countdown to 2019 on the jetty, where guests can dance to music spun by a DJ.

For the younger Soneva guests, a Christmas treasure hunt has been organized at the Den, a tour to the nearby Reindeer Island to see the local deer that live there, and a New Year’s party exclusively for the children will also be held in the Den.

A limited number of villas are still available during the festive period. For more information about Soneva, visit www.soneva.com

Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani also have extensive programs planned for their Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 

 

VIE Hotel Bangkok’s new, elegant style lobby

VIE HOTEL BANGKOK, MGALLERY BY SOFITEL has launched an open house for the re-opening of its newly renovated The Lobby and The Lounge, showcasing its new style that defines modern and elegant luxury hospitality.

The sophisticated evening event was accompanied by a special performance by internationally acclaimed pianist Richard Scully, from the UK, who has performed for world leaders and celebrities, including the wedding reception of awarded U.S. actor George Clooney and the wedding anniversary of British Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Theresa May, as well as in a vast number of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

A long line-up of Thai celebrities, Socialites and business partners were in attendance. Specially crafted canapés for the Open House event, prepared by the VIE culinary team, and signature drinks for her and him inspired by Thailand’s Diageo World Class Bartender Winner 2018, mixed by Jane-Kaew Yod and perfectly paired with the hotel’s fabulous new look.

 

 

 

Anantara recognized at Condé Nast Traveler US Readers’ Choice Awards

TWENTY ANANTARA PROPERTIES were recognized in the annual 2018 Condé Nast Traveler US Readers’ Choice Awards.

The magazine represents the most prestigious and highly respected ranking of hotels, as voted for by its discerning readers who classified a selection of Anantara’s luxury portfolio as among the best in the world.

In Bangkok, the most popular tourist destination of the world, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel retained its position as the third Best Hotel in Bangkok.

Anantara Resorts were recognized throughout the Asia region with resorts from Thailand, Bali, Vietnam and Sri Lanka featuring in the leaderboard of Best Resorts in Asia. Loyal fans voted Anantara Hua Hin as No.14 Best Resort in Asia. Anantara Golden Triangle, ranked No.24; Anantara Chiang Mai, 32..

In the Middle East, Anantara properties reigned supreme, claiming five of the six most coveted spots. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara was named top resort in the Middle East, followed by Anantara The Palm Dubai, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar and Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island.

Amongst the Best Resorts in Indian Ocean, Anantara properties featured heavily in the Top 20. Anantara Veli was named No.14, followed by Anantara Kihavah and Anantara Dhigu.

Further afield, Anantara Royal Livingstone was voted No.18 Best Hotel in Africa, and representing the resorts, Anantara Bazuruto Island was named No.18 Best Resort in Africa, followed closely by Anantara Medjumbe Island. In Europe, Anantara Vilamoura Portugal also featured highly as No. 14 Best Resort in Europe.

Amon the accolades, Anantara sister properties repeated their excellent results of recent years with Naladhu Private Island in the Maldives named the third Best Resort in The World and clinching #1 Best Resort in The Indian Ocean for the second year running, followed by Niyama Private Islands No. 7.

 

 

New meeting offerings on Hua Hin historic land at Centara Grand Beach Resort

NEW MEETING OPTIONS are now being offered at Colonial Hall on historic land at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.

Colonial Hall, fitted with wireless high-speed Internet access, audio-visual equipment and adjustable sound and lighting, allows a maximum capacity of 300 persons theatre-style or cocktail-style. The room can also be divided into two smaller venues, making it popular any size of events.

 Located in the heart of Hua Hin with prime beach frontage, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin’s meeting options now offer latest packages with flexible meeting options for different event requirements, with all-inclusive coffee breaks and leisure activities.

Whether it’s corporate meetings, product launches, private parties, choose from many of the resort’s versatile meeting and event locations.

For a smaller-scale of business sessions to sizeable conferences, Hua Hin Hall features an intimate meeting environment to accommodate up to 50 persons classroom-style, with abundance of natural daylight as well as the hotel’s signature views of lush greenery, while the resort’s Boardroom is available with one of the city’s most magnificent sea views.

The resort’s outdoor spaces can also handle large events of up to 700 guests, at the beach, poolside or by the golf putting green.

Other memorable activities can be added to an event program, such as kayaking, paintball, or early morning alms giving to Buddhist monks, making the resort a perfect location for incentive groups, team-building exercises and for those who seek a distinctive meeting experience.

The flexible venues are made even more appealing thanks to an extensive range of accommodation options within Centara Grand Hua Hin itself, which include colonially inspired guestrooms, luxurious suites and private pool villas.

There is also a choice of dining venues serving a wide selection of global cuisines, whether the tangy spices of Thai cuisine at Suan Bua, or the refined European specialties at Railway, or Japanese flair at Hagi, The Museum’s Afternoon Tea or beachside al-fresco dining at the award-winning COAST Beach Club and Bistro.

For more information or reservations, call 66 (0) 3251 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anantara Layan Phuket offering Mercedes charging stations

ANANTARA LAYAN PHUKET RESORT will be among the first Anantara properties to feature Mercedes-Benz charging stations for Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Anantara Hotels & Resorts is partnering with Mercedes Benz in this initiative as part of an all-encompassing campaign to promote an eco-conscious luxury lifestyle at all properties, including Anantara Layan.

Anantara Layan embraces the concept that extravagance and environmental awareness can go hand in hand.

Anantara Layan is a luxury hotel brand that showcases indigenous experiences, and actively participates in conservation efforts to help preserve Phuket’s lush beauty — from the virgin rainforests of the interior to the pristine beaches and waters surrounding the island.

As part of the pioneering brand that was the first to ban single-use plastic straws at all properties in Asia, Anantara Layan will continue to demonstrate support for sustainable options in luxury with the Mercedes-Benz charging stations.

Visitors can recharge their Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid, reducing emissions and reliance on fossil fuels while they enjoy their lavish stay or sumptuous meal.

“This partnership is just another way for us to contribute to keeping Phuket green, while always maintaining our signature luxury,” said Frederic Varnier, managing director of Anantara Layan.

“Our guests can enjoy their time at Anantara Layan knowing that their experience was opulent and luxurious, without being wasteful.”

 

 

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Six Senses Samui Invites Helping Hands

A MORE HANDS-ON AND PURPOSEFUL holiday experience is being offered to guests at Six Senses Samui.

When staying for four nights or more anytime up to June 30, 2019 and guests are invited to join the resort’s green initiatives at Farm on the Hill. And as an added incentive, the resort pledges your last night’s accommodation rate to its community chest that supports the children’s ward at Koh Samui Hospital.

The multi-day experience includes a tour around Farm on the Hill, working in the farm with the resort’s team, learning how to make EMs (effective micro-organisms), bio cleaners and other interesting products in the Earth Lab, making signature lemongrass straws, savoring Thai afternoon tea at the Farm, picking produce and preparing lunch with the chef, and exploring the neighborhood by bike while cleaning Plai Laem Temple.

At the end of each stay, guests are treated to a 60-minute massage and manicure session at Six Senses Spa Samui, before bidding farewell to newfound friends at the Farm.

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

Six Senses Samui is inspired by a Thai fishing village.

The villa accommodations, most with private pools, are located on 20 acres (eight hectares) of natural vegetation offering stunning panoramic sea views of the Gulf of Thailand.

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

Special rates start at US 2,665 and are subject to terms and conditions.

To learn more about this offer, visit www.sixsenses.com/resorts/samui/offers/, send your inquiry to reservations-samui@sixsenses.com or call +66-772-456-78.

Be sure to reference promotional code PKSP59 when making a reservation.

 

 

Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach welcomes back ‘Dream Wedding’ couples for first anniversaries

PHUKET MARRIOTT RESORT and Spa, Nai Yang Beach recently welcomed back the winners of its inaugural “Dream Wedding” Facebook campaign to the resort to celebrate their first wedding anniversaries.

Last year’s Dream Wedding campaign was hugely successful, and concluded with three ceremonies – two weddings and one engagement – taking place simultaneously at the resort.

As part of their prize, the couples were invited back to the resort to celebrate their first anniversaries and rekindle magical memories in the spectacular surroundings of Nai Yang Beach.

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach was host toan exclusive dinner for the two married couples, Been & Newz and Waew & Sven. The resort’s management team joined this celebration at the resort’s beachfront.

“We would like to congratulate both couples on their first wedding anniversaries. Last year’s Dream Wedding campaign was a great success and reflects how social media can help us create meaningful connections with our guests in a fun and interactive way. This anniversary also reaffirms our resort’s status as the perfect destination for dream weddings and other romantic occasions,” said David Ippersiel, general manager, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach.

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach has an extensive array of options for all types of dream wedding, from traditional Thai ceremonies to Western white weddings, classical Chinese occasions and Indian celebrations, all overlooking theseafront of Nai Yang Beach.

 

Dusit Hotels & Resorts launches two new accommodation packages

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

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

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

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

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

Terms and conditions apply.

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

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

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

 

Spa Cenvaree announces member program with vouchers, privileges and discounts

  SPA CENVAREE, CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS’ treatment centres, has launched a new membership program for its 25 locations in Thailand.

Members receive up to 40% off treatments, free vouchers for friends, birthday upgrades, restaurant discounts and 25% off Cenvaree’s exclusive spa products.

Customers can choose between six and 12-month memberships at either Centara and Cense spas, or the more luxurious Centara Grand locations. Membership prices range from 8,000 THB for the six-month Cenvaree/Cense membership to 18,000 THB for the 12-month Centara Grand program.

The 12-month memberships, for example, include 18 one-hour treatment vouchers, four “bring a friend free” vouchers, plus fitness day passes and other benefits, at the spa where the membership is purchased. Additional discounts (30% off à la carte treatments, 25% off spa products) are included at other qualifying Cenvaree locations in Thailand.

“These programs are designed to give our most loyal customers exceptional value, so they can enjoy treatments more often and introduce their friends,” said Tara Hanrahan, Group Director of Spa Operations.

SPA Cenvaree was introduced 13 years ago to pamper Centara guests with traditional Thai and Asian treatments, administered by well-trained experts in beautiful, peaceful environments. It has grown into one of the most famous spa brands in the region.

In July a SPA Cenvaree in the Maldives was named best luxury island resort spa in the world at the World Luxury Spa Awards.

For further information about Spa Cenvaree’s  new membership program, visit spacenvaree.com.

 

 

New GM at Centara’s first COSI Hotel at Samui

VATMONGKOL RASISAWAS has been appointed general manager of Centara’s innovative new COSI hotel on Thailand’s Samui island.

Ms. Vatmongkol will take over responsibility for the first hotel of Centara’s new COSI brand, launched by Centara last December to serve a new generation of independent travellers. The hotel is located on Samui’s popular Chaweng beach.

Ms. Vatmongkol brings 15 years of experience and knowledge working for leading five- star hotels in Bangkok and in Pattaya to Centara’s first COSI brand hotel. She is familiar with Centara, having previously worked at their flag-ship Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.

Before rejoining Centara, she was General Manager at Sovereign Group Hotel in Bangkok. She holds a Master’s degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Derby in the UK and the Swiss Hotel Management School in Switzerland.

Her hobbies of skateboarding, sailing and surfing suit her well for the youthful COSI brand, designed for freedom-loving travel lifestyles with innovations such as social hubs, smartphone integration, and 24/7 café credits included with room rates.

“On every job you do, you have gotten to raise your game and COSI team has lively ambition toward success. I am very much fascinated to stand differently for COSI brand and look forward to my role and working with the COSI Crews” said Vatmongko

“We’re excited to have Ms. Vatmongkol join us” said Centara Deputy CEO Markland Blaiklock. “I can’t think of anyone better suited to run the fun new COSI on Samui. Our guests and partners will love her blend of professionalism and creative energy.”

 

 

 

 

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