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Six Senses Yao Noi reintroduces The View
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La VIE en Rouge – red everywhere on St. Valentine’s Day Dinner
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Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach – a successful and sustainable year
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Centara to open COSI Hotel in Chiang Mai
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Anantara’s week of festivities for Thai National Elephant Day
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2-Michelin Star French Chef Thierry Drapeau at VIE Hotel Bangkok Jan. 30-Feb. 1
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#AvaniMe tops Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards 2018
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Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s at Four Seasons in Thailand
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Anantara’s worldwide tour of Christmas indulgence
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Christmas and New Year’s at Soneva Kiri

Six Senses Yao Noi reintroduces The View

THE VIEW, A NEWLY-REVAMPED premium one-bedroom villa at Six Senses Yao Noi is now welcoming guests. Ideal for couples, especially honeymooners and those celebrating a special occasion, it provides an abode of comfort, exclusivity, and space with a touch of fun and quirky elements.

Originally created as a celebration venue, the ultra-spacious 2,422 square-foot (225 square-metre) villa now boasts an infinity-edge pool, a pool shack, private cinema, sunken dining area, plus a mezzanine floor and a fitness studio among its new refinements.

Stepping into the villa, guests feel in harmony with nature due with its Thai-inspired interiors infused with a contemporary twist. A newly-added waterfall is visible though a glass floor in the bedroom as it flows beneath the king-sized bed, connecting the occupants with the soothing sight and sounds of flowing water.

Synonymous with its name, The View offers a 360-degree view of the surroundings including a breathtaking panoramic view of the iconic limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay, which is best admired with a loved one while lazing on the pool’s trampoline net with a cocktail in hand.

As all main walls are glass, the ocean, jungle and waterfall can be seen along with the different hues of the sky – from inside or outside the villa.

Although a full range of facilities is available in the resort, guests who check into The View may find it hard to leave. Sunrises are spectacular and a ‘get-me-going’ basket, which includes choices from a healthy breakfast menu, are available for early risers who want to be inspired by the break of dawn.

In-villa dining for The View also goes beyond the ordinary as lunches can be enjoyed from a floating tray in the pool while barbecue dinners are served by a private chef in the sunken dining area after pre-dinner drinks overlooking a romantic reflection of the sunset on the bay.

The pool shack is a cocktail master’s dream, where a ‘cocktail of the day’ mix of ingredients and recipe are sure to inspire. Martini lovers can also make their own – shaken or stirred – and enjoy a perfect James Bond moment.

A GEM (guest experience maker) is on hand to personally tailor the guests’ journey throughout their stay.

“Based on comments we’ve received from previous guests of The View, we’ve realized its potential and decided to upgrade and enhance it for our guests,” commented Graham Grant, general manager of Six Senses Yao Noi.

“From the outset we had the intention to create the region’s ultimate one-bedroom villa experience. This villa was always called The View and for a good reason, it offers the most exceptional viewpoints across to Phang Nga Bay. It makes the perfect romantic setting for couples to enjoy each other’s company while being captivated by the lush landscape.”

“The views are breathtaking from every point in the villa. We have integrated some new elements with our upgrades and the most exciting is to create a journey that will engage in moments of relaxation, fun and surprise. We truly see this as a place to reconnect and be inspired.”

Designed by the creative team from Six Senses who are adept at crafting out-of-the-ordinary experiences, together with Six Senses Yao Noi and with sustainability and wellness to the fore, The View is set to be the best premium one-bedroom villa in the region.

From now through Sept.30, 2019, guests of The View who stay a minimum of three nights are treated to a private in-villa barbecue dinner for two people. For pricing or enquiries, contact reservations-yaonoi@sixsenses.com.

 

La VIE en Rouge – red everywhere on St. Valentine’s Day Dinner

 

VALENTINE’S DAY IS DEVOTED TO romance at VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel that features an intimate world of passionate red for a five-course Valentine’s Day set dinner, and a complimentary red rose surprise for your sweetheart, this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, Valentine’s Day.

Ther five-course La VIE en Rouge dinner has been prepared with extra care for the most romantic night of the year.

It beings with an amuse-bouche and a starter of seared tuna, followed by a French foie gras mousse, beetroot gelée and pain d’epices toast.

A fish dish continues the culinary pleasure with Norwegian salmon, which is followed by duck breast roasted to perfection with an Earl Gray tea infusion, caramelized apple and dauphinoise potatoes.

VIE’s executive chef has created a special Valentine’s Day dessert which is served with gourmet coffee or tea.

Dinner will be accompanied by your favorite romantic melodies performed by the hotel’s live vocalist and pianist for this special candle-lit evening.

The five-course Valentine’s Day set dinner will be served at 6:30 pm for 3,850 THB per couple for food or an additional 999THB for perfectly selected wine pairing per person.

 

Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach – a successful and sustainable year

  

  PHUKET MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA, NAI YANG BEACH continued to give back to its idyllic home destination in 2018, with a series of initiatives that have helped to preserve Phuket’s pristine environment and engage with the local community.

Through Marriott International’s “Serve360 – Doing Good in Every Direction” global pledge, the company is committed to being a force for good and creating a positive and sustainable impact wherever it does business.

In Phuket, this has included a long list of highly worthwhile projects that have helped improve the lives of local people and conserve the island’s fragile ecosystems.

A Mangrove Planting Project has helped reforest part of Phang Nga province, neighboring Phuket. In four separate sessions, associates from Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach helped to plant an incredible 24,000 mangrove saplings across 34 rai (5.4 hectares) of coastal land in Tab Pla village.

This conservation project was coordinated in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The resort has also helped to educate local schoolchildren about the important issue of road safety through its Helmet Painting Project.

Associates traveled to three Phuket schools and provided students with a total of 296 motorcycle helmets, which they helped to paint with colorful designs.

With a significant number of Thai children still traveling to school on motorbikes with no helmets, it is hoped that this initiative will help to save young lives.

Continuing the theme of helping Phuket’s youth, Marriott’s hotels in Phuket joined forces with Yaowawit School in Phang Nga province to host a Hospitality Skills Project.

The aim of this initiative was to educate students about the different career paths available to them and to teach them practical skills. Various courses are taught, including housekeeping, kitchen, hotel operations and more.

Plastic pollution is widely recognized as a major global problem, but Marriott is taking affirmative action to reduce plastic waste.

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach has launched a Less Plastic Waste campaign to eliminate plastic bags and drinking straws, and its associates have started undertaking weekly beach cleaning exercises.

In addition, Niphon Phongsuwan, a specialist in Marine & Coastal Ecosystem Research, has visited the resort to educate associates and guests about the environmental importance of Nai Yang Beach and Sirinat National Park, and the challenges faced by local flora and fauna.

Finally, the resort has partnered with Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort in Phuket in support of local sporting events.

Recognizing the importance of health and wellness in the local community, the resort is sponsoring major local events like the King of The Mountain races, cycling events, triathlons and more, including providing prizes to the winning athletes.

Each of Thanyapura’s events in 2018 has attracted more than 300 participants, and Marriott encourages its own associates to take part.

“At Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, we understand that sustainability is not just a buzzword. It’s a way of life.

“Our entire team is dedicated to serving our community, including preserving the environment and improving the lives of local people. 2018 has been an extremely productive year for our CSR projects.

“This is only the beginning; we will continue to work with like-minded partners to implement more valuable initiatives for the benefit of our guests, associates and the entire Phuket community,” commented Francois Poletti, director of operation, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach.

Marriott’s “Serve360 – Doing Good in Every Direction” global pledge is guided by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and Marriott’s own 2025 Sustainability and Social Impact Goals. To learn more, visit serve360.marriott.com.

Alternatively, for more information about Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, please CLICK HERE.

 

Centara to open COSI Hotel in Chiang Mai

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS will add a fifth hotel in the COSI Collection  in Chiang Mai, the leading destination in Northern Thailand and a magnet for today’s Digital Nomads.

The newest COSI hotel for the generation of freedom-loving, digital-savvy travellers will be on popular Tha Phae road, a key central landmark and a short walk from Chiang Mai’s iconic Ploen Ruedee Night Market. The property is scheduled to open in 2022.

Chiang Mai is a perfectly-suited destination for this easy-going and youthful-minded brand.  Not only is the city one of Thailand’s most visited destinations and on the must-do list for the droves of young culture-seeking travellers, it is also Thailand’s number one destination for, and home to a growing number of, Digital Nomads from all categories of online business.

Recent studies cited Chiang Mai’s allure for the digital generation due to the city’s low costs, enjoyable food and lifestyle, expatriate social networks and infrastructure for “work-anywhere” online entrepreneurs.

The city has a remarkable amount of open social network groups that are constantly providing workshops, meetups, social outings and networking opportunities. COSI’s digital-first approach, seamless connectivity and digital playspaces with integrated café make it the ideal match.

The hotel offers fast and free Wi-Fi everywhere, it is fully smartphone-integrated and there are USB charging points at every turn. Guests can use their phones to book, check in & out and connect to an in-room SmartTV to view videos, email, or enjoying their favourite Netflix movie during a relaxing vacation.

  “Chiang Mai has seen a constant growth of independent travellers and digital nomads,” said Chirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s CEO.

“They value freedom, fun, and trendy digital experiences rather than traditional hotel conventions. The COSI concept is our vision of what a hotel should be for today’s independent, connected travellers. We thought it through to make it simple, relaxed and affordable, yet perfectly in sync with the demands and needs of our guests’ lifestyles.

“Whether travelling for leisure or work, the newest COSI will capture the market with a perfect mix of location, innovation, seamless connectivity and total 24-hr freedom and flexibility. The COSI brand is made for a destination like Chiang Mai”

COSI Chiang Mai will feature 130 minimalist and modern guest rooms, a common social hub for hanging out or co-working, a trendy rooftop swimming pool and a laundromat, so whether travellers are using the hotel as a base to explore the city, mixing work and pleasure, or even trying out living in Chiang Mai, they’ll find COSI comfortable, affordable and seamlessly integrated with their lifestyle.

The first COSI opened on Thailand’s Samui Island last December. Following its success, Centara topped off its second COSI in Pattaya earlier in 2018, and recently announced additional COSI projects in in Krabi and Vientiane.

 

Anantara’s week of festivities for Thai National Elephant Day

 

 ANANTARA HOTELS AND RESORTS’ first charity-driven celebration of Thailand’s national animal will feature elephant races from the banks of Mekong to the River of Kings, two quintessentially Thai locations.

Starting date is March 13, 2019 at Anantara Golden Triangle, where guests can rub elbows with the gentle giants in their natural habitat, before joining the Elephant Boat Race and festival in Bangkok next to the Anantara Riverside.

You’ll be able to watch from the banks of the Chao Phraya as international teams participate in the age-old cultural tradition of dragon boat racing, paddling unique elephant themed and designed boats on the river.

The spirit of elephants will shape the festival, from the jungle where visitors can get up close and personal with the pachyderms, to Bangkok’s buzzing waterfront where an artistic installation from the Golden Triangle Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) will make their presence felt.

Anantara Hotels & Resorts is leading the way in high-impact fund raising for National Elephant Day, aiming to raise significant charitable donations, while generating awareness to benefit the future of the Asian elephant.

Festivities start at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort from March 13-14, 2019

Perched on a ridge in northern Thailand overlooking the border with Myanmar and Laos, Anantara Golden Triangle and its neighbouring GTAEF Camp will be host to a series of elephant-centred events in a picturesque mountain setting.

As part of the celebrations, GTAEF will open its doors to local schools, businesses and visitors, interested in interacting with the elephants in their natural environment and learning about the work of the foundation that to date has rescued over 60 ex-working elephants from Thailand’s city streets.

It will feature activities such as Walking with Giants, an Elephant Buffet, an arts and crafts market as well as an exploration of Northern Thai cuisine and an exclusive VIP evening function.

From March 15-17, 2019, the celebration moves  to Ananatara Riverside Hotel for the Elephant Boat Race.

The second part of the event is located next to Anantara Bangkok Riverside with elephant boat racing and a fun-filled weekend of sporting and cultural events with something for everyone.

Specially commissioned elephant heads will decorate the boats, with appearances from international teams as well as Thailand’s own, Navy Seals.

Whilst the teams battle it out on the Chao Phraya River; on-land entertainment includes the digital dry dock rowing tournament, the Old Siam-themed Ladies Day to musical concerts, Champagne tents, beer gardens and much more family fun to come.

To join Anantara Hotels in celebrating Thailand’s national animal and to support fund raising for their conservation and welfare, visit https://www.bangkokriverfestival.com/

 

 

2-Michelin Star French Chef Thierry Drapeau at VIE Hotel Bangkok Jan. 30-Feb. 1

MASTER CHEF, 2-MICHELIN STAR THIERRY DRAPEAU from Nantes, France will be featured at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine at VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel for three days Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2019.

He expresses his talent in a style called “cuisine of the soil” for its authentic jus-based dishes with a highly concentrated taste, using local produce from the soil and the sea nearby.

In Chef Thierry’s cooking, only the highest quality produce is used and his dishes maintain a lightness, low in butter but high in flavour. He also prefers using flowers and herbs as opposed to spices for his cuisine.

He began his own ambitious culinary career as Chef de Partie at the age of 21. Working alongside a number of renowned chefs and set the highest standards possible for his cooking, eventually opening his own restaurant, the Thierry Drapeau Logis de la Chabotterie in Saint-Sulpice-le-Verdon, France. Chef Thierry has garnered universal recognition of excellence, holding a coveted two Michelin stars for the past eight years.

According to Chef Thierry, a dish must be worked on like a wine, taking time to look for “a balance combining herbaceous and floral notes; to work on the acidity, the bitterness and the sweetness”.

His 7–Course Michelin Star Set Dinner, served at 7 pm, costs 6,750 THB per person for food only, and 8,750 THB per person for food and wine pairing

 

 

 

#AvaniMe tops Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards 2018

THE #AvaniMe – the online brand video campaign by Avani Hotels & Resorts – has taken the top spot for content marketing at The Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards 2018. The win follows a previous nod this year from Citizine Travel Video Awards.

The Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards were created to honour the outstanding achievements of communications professionals in their field. In addition , the awards also provide an excellent networking forum for attendees and take a comprehensive look at communications achievements across the region.

The awards are vetted by a panel of jury members with a wide scope of expertise, from the perspective of both in-house and agency communication departments.

The #AvaniMe video campaign was launched in 2016 with the premier episode featuring supermodel, actor and current host of Asia’s Next Top Model, Cindy Bishop, showcasing her hometown of Bangkok.

The second instalment (which earned the award from Citizine) transports savvy travellers to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon with singer Cuca Roseta. In quick succession followed the best of the Gold Coast with Miss Universe Australia – Laura Dundovic, and an insight into Auckland through the eyes of health and fitness guru Makaia Carr.

The fifth and most recent episode stars South African musician, TV host and actor Kat Sinivasan on an action-packed 24-hour adventure through Livingstone in Zambia, and puts the total viewership close to 1.5 million on YouTube.

New #AVANIme episodes are currently being filmed in exciting destinations around the world: https://www.youtube.com/avanihotels?sub_confirmation=1.

 

Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s at Four Seasons in Thailand

 CHRISTMAS EVEN DINNER at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai starts with an extravagant open-air buffet, while live jazz and traditional carols by a live choir fill the air. Dinner features a journey around the world that includes selection of cold cuts, cheeses, and desserts also awaits. We’ll keep the kids entertained, so you can take a breather.

Dinner will be served from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Cost: 3,200 THB for adults and 1.600 THB for each child. Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Four Seasons’ Christmas Day feast includes classic holiday dishes, along with a spread of international specialties at its Rim Tai Kitchen and feature Christmas carols by a live choir and a visit from Santa and Santarina for the little ones.

Christmas Lunch will be served form noon to 3.30 pm. Cost: 2,800 THB for adults and 1,400 for each child,

On New Year’s Eve, say goodbye to 2018 with an evening of festivities in Four Seasons style that begins with intimate cocktails, followed by a sit-down dinner amid terraced rice fields.

The revelry continues at the poolside as the DJ from the renowned Ministry of Sound spins foot-tapping tunes, and free-flow drinks and dancing

It ends with fireworks at midnight, and the release of Thai lanterns into the sky for good luck in the New Year. The celebration starts at 7 pm and ends at 1 am. Price is 14,000 THB for adults and T7,000 THB per child,

 At Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, the celebrations start with an afternoon tea.

Executive Pastry Chef Dustin Baxter has put together a menu of petit fours, including gourmet sandwiches with Duck Egg, Winter Truffle and Watercress in Brioche Bun;  Goat Cheese, Spiced Pumpkin Chutney and Foie Gras in Pumpernickel Bread and more.

Guests can get into a the spirit of the season with sweets like Classic Stollen or Raspberry Pistachio ‘Bouche de Noel’, while soaking in the island life. It stats at 1 pm and ends at 5 p.m. Price is 1,250 THB a person.

The tea runs from Dec. 21 to Jan. 7. Price: THB 1,250 person

Four Seasons Samui’s Christmas and New Year’s Day brunches combine a lavish buffet of Thai and International cuisine, with nostalgic seasonal dishes from around the globe, including traditional roasts with rich, savoury sides, decedent dessert and more festive favourites and a glass of sparkling wine. Both brunches run from noon to 4 pm.

On New Year’s Eve, there is a masquerade countdown party around the infinity-edge pool, as its band lays down great rhythms. Then the promise of new beginnings with dancing and a fireworks display while enjoying perfectly chilled Champagne that flows freely all the way to the 2019 countdown.

It gets under way at 10:30pm and ends with the count down for the New Year. Price is 9.500 THB per person and includes fre-flowing Champagne.

For late risers, there’s a New Year’s Day Lazy BBQ Brunch at the Beach House – a beachside barbecue serving up some classic comfort dishes while enjoying beautiful views of the Gulf of Thailand. There’s also a late breakfast with some brunch dishes and a selection of pastries next to a smoking grill, cooking up favourite barbecue classics while you sip on coconuts.

It runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Price per person is 2,500 THB.

FROM THE FLAME

An evening of char-grilled succulence awaits. Enjoy a selection of fire-cooked delights in our lush tropical gardens, including whole roasted, grills, and marshmallows roasted in the bonfire at the Cocktail Lawn. Not to mention the fire dancers, who take the experience to a whole new level.

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm on Dec. 18, 22, 29 and Jan.3, 2019. Cost: 3,000 THB per adult and 1,500 THB per child

 

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.

 

 

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