Travel

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Soneva marks 25th Annivrsary
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Clive McNish returns to GOCO Bangkok
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Dusit International charts expansion of ASAI Hotels to meet the challenges of the new normal in Bangkok
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Anantara to hold World Wellness Weekend activities at its resorts around the globe Sept.19 and 20
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ONYX Introduces its Saffron Collection
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Anantara Spas reopen with the introduction of an immune-boosting new signature massage oil
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Capella Bangkok opens for reservations ahead of its launch on the Chao Phraya River on Oct. 1
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Away with Six Senses
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Anantara Spa’s new Himalayan Thermal Therapy Treatment
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12 ways of gifting: Avani Hotels & Resorts Launch Avani gift cards collection

Soneva marks 25th Annivrsary

OCTOBER 2020 MARKS THE START of a milestone year for Soneva, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary since our launch back in 1995. To mark this momentous occasion, we want to say a heartfelt thank you to every single one of our guests for being part of the Soneva family.

Soneva was the first barefoot luxury resort of its kind, a family of resorts that has always been ahead of the curve. Today, Soneva is still an innovator and a leader in the world of hospitality when it comes to both guest experiences and sustainability.

Join us in celebrating 25 years of Soneva. During 2020-21, we’ll be launching unique experiences, commemorative videos and special events as we look forward to the next 25 years.

We are really thankful for your ongoing support and could not have achieved this success without you. To view our our specially curated collection of old images and videos, including a new film series by the renowned French film director Bruno Aveillan,  click here

To all our friends who share our vision, to all the many hands that built it.

Thank You. Sonu and Eva

Clive McNish returns to GOCO Bangkok

 

Clive McNish, former general manager of Glen Ivy Hot Springs, has returned to Bangkok to assume the new position of group director – operations at GOCO’s headquarter office.

Working for GOCO Hospitality in various roles since 2014, McNish first joined as general manager of a GOCO wellness resort project in Beijing, China, before becoming the company’s Corporate General Manager and then assuming the general manager role at Glen Ivy Hot Springs, America’s oldest hot springs resort acquired by GOCO Hospitality in 2016.

At Glen Ivy Hot Springs, McNish led a three-phase, multi-million dollar renovation project that included a global repositioning, new amenities and exclusive services that helped position the hot springs resort as the highest-grossing day spa in the United States with over $30 million of annual revenue and more than 220,000 visitors per year.

After nearly four years at Glen Ivy Hot Springs, McNish returned to Thailand before undertaking this new role at GOCO Hospitality corporate office as group director – operations. Here he will apply his considerable operational experience to ensure the successful opening, operation and management of all GOCO Hospitality-branded spas and retreats.

Previously, McNish served four years as wellness director and general manager at Kamalaya Wellness Resort, a leading destination spa Koh Samui, Thailand.

“We are excited to see Clive return and share his industry knowledge as he assumes the new role in our corporate office,” said Ingo Schweder, CEO and founder of GOCO Hospitality.

“I very much enjoy working with Clive and know that his experience in the spa and wellness industry, combined with over 20 years in management positions, will add meaningful contributions to our upcoming projects in Kazakhstan, China, UAE, Norway and Thailand.”

GOCO Hospitality is a pioneering consultancy, development and management company creating, designing and operating tomorrow’s spa and wellness hospitality concepts. For more information, contact info@gocohospitality.com or visit www.gocohospitality.com.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Anantara to hold World Wellness Weekend activities at its resorts around the globe Sept.19 and 20

INSPIRING THOUGHTFUL CHOICES FOR a better life, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas invites guests and communities to join an international celebration of wellness with a host of activities and holistic experiences to commemorate World Wellness Weekend on Sept. 19 and 20, 2020.

To mark this year’s World Wellness Weekend, almost 20 Anantara hotels and resorts in 11 different countries will be host a series of wellness activities ranging from yoga, guided meditations, sleep restoration workshops, chanting, breath work, sound-healing therapies, alms offerings to Buddhist monks, personal training sessions, Muay Thai classes, high-intensity interval training, aqua aerobics, workshops on nutrition and nourishment, and healthy culinary discoveries.

From the serenity of yoga to the feat of martial arts, and the gift of a good night’s sleep, Anantara Spa supports the five key pillars of World Wellness Weekend: Sleep and Restoration, Nutrition and Nourishment, Vitality and Movement, Serenity and Mindfulness, Purpose and Solidarity.

In Thailand, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort will offer guests rich journeys in wellness including an authentic immersion with the Buddhist tradition of alms giving and merit-making, relaxing foot and neck massages, aqua aerobics sessions, yoga activities and refreshing nutrient-packed juices to enjoy.

Elsewhere in South East Asia, perched on a dramatic cliffside overlooking the Indian Ocean, Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort will offer guests a complimentary healing meditation under the pillar of Serenity & Mindfulness and a nutrition workshop to educate guests on the importance of mindful eating under the pillar of Nutrition & Nourishment. In Cambodia, Anantara Angkor Siem Reap Resort will also participate in World Wellness Weekend.

Activities in Anantara’s Maldives resorts will be streamed via social media channels. The team at Anantara Dhigu Resort  (@anantaradhigu) will lead a HIIT workout, and the resident yoga instructor at Anantara Veli Resort  (@anantaraveli) will perform a meditative chant while resident yoga instructor Sharath Ram will host a sandbank aerial yoga tutorial.

Elsewhere in the Indian Ocean in Sri Lanka, activities at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort will include morning running, yoga, Ayurveda cooking lessons and doctor consultations, meditation with a Buddhist monk, and conservationist work with the turtle nesting project. At Anantara Kulatara Resort guests are invited to an introductory consultation with Ayurvedic Doctor Eranga Kaushal, complimentary water aerobics, yoga, Pilates and partake in a beach clean-up.

Guests in the Middle East can enjoy a plethora of wellness experiences including at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara and Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resort. While in the Sultanate of Oman, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort will offer a series of guided breathing exercises, meditation and sound healing sessions, as well as the opportunity to avail of the Slumber Guru program and one-hour personal training, all subject to booking and availability. Also in Oman, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara will be offering wellness experiences to celebrate the weekend.

Whether it is serenity and mindfulness, sleep and restoration, deep relaxation or the pursuit of a renewed energy, Anantara Villa Padierna Palace in Spain and Anantara Villamoura Algarve Resort in Portugal allow a flexible approach to feeling good in line with Anantara Spa’s commitment to life in balance for World Wellness Weekend.

Representing China, Anantara Guiyang Resort will host outdoor meditation by the resort’s Thai Guru in the garden, and the Anantara Spa team will share relaxation tips and mini treatments for in-house guests.

Within the graceful elegance of The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara, guests can invigorate their senses and collate their thoughts against the roar of the mighty Zambezi River with complimentary yoga on the sun deck and a nature trail hike to Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. The resort’s culinary team will also host healthy cooking demonstrations at breakfast and lunch.

Anantara’s sister properties in the Maldives will also be participating in World Wellness Weekend. Naladhu Private Island Maldives (@naladhumaldives) will stream an Abhyanga tutorial, while Niyama Private Islands (@niyamamaldives) will host energetic classes and sessions to view via social media.

In line with enhanced COVID-19 hygiene and safety measures, group sessions will be socially distanced and in locations where international travel is restricted, the events will be hosted online via social media.

Named the World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand at the 2017, 2018, and 2019 World Spa Awards, Anantara Spa draws upon Thailand’s wellness traditions, cultural inspirations and therapeutic ingredients to offer unique signature journeys deeply rooted in authentic luxury, holistic practices and indigenous experiences.

Anantara Spas are a haven of peace and tranquillity – an utterly relaxing and rejuvenating experience in unique settings. Currently, Anantara Spa operates over 40 spas in 16 countries across Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Europe.

For more information, visit @anantarasapwellness

 

 

 

ONYX Introduces its Saffron Collection

ONYX HOSPITALITY GROUP is introducing Saffron Collection, a portfolio of individual boutique hotels and resorts each narrating their own timeless tale, to complement the ongoing regional expansion of Amari, OZO and Shama.

Conceptualized as a portfolio of hotels that creatively interprets compelling stories of the personalities and history associated with each destination, Saffron Collection will initially be available in Hanoi, Penang, Bangkok and Sa Kaeo in Thailand, with plans for further expansion across the Asia-Pacific region.

ONYX Hospitality Group’s Oriental Residence Bangkok will be reintroduced as a Saffron Collection property, with The Five Residences Hanoi scheduled to open in October 2020 as a new-build addition to this collection.

This will be followed by the mid-2021 opening of The George in Penang, and the early 2022 opening of Indochina Hotel in Aranyaprathet, Thailand.

Each Saffron Collection property will serve as a timeless showcase of the continuous legacy of the landmarks, people or legends that made a lasting impact on the destination and neighbourhood.

Travellers will like the distinctive soul and character of each hotel. They will be connected with the past and present with compelling tales presented through specially-commissioned postcards, journals, exploration maps, mixology concoctions and bedtime stories.

At the heart of every Saffron Collection lobby, a customized cocktail cabinet will take pride of place. Offering a select list of mixology concoctions from the locality complemented with one signature cocktail representing each Saffron Collection property, travellers can interact with tales from their journeys and find inspiration for their next storied destination.

As the Saffron Collection portfolio expands in the years to come, travellers can expect a growing list of signature cocktails designed for each property.

Oriental Residence Bangkok

Inspired by the tales and moments in history of the ‘Oriental Hotel’ along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Oriental Residence Bangkok is a modern-day city-centre interpretation of one of the world’s most revered hotels.

Welcoming travellers since 2012, Oriental Residence Bangkok is flanked by the embassies of the United States and the Netherlands. The property features 145 suites, a collection of light-filled function rooms and the French-inspired Cafe Claire.

“Saffron Collection is driven by our quest to create a distinctive portfolio of boutique hotels and resorts that appeal to guests who want to be immersed in the stories and legends of the places they visit,” said Douglas Martell, president and CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group.

“Each Saffron Collection property aims to create memorable experiences through locally-relevant design and sensitive integration into the past and present of a destination. For owners and investors, Saffron Collection is also our way of preserving the compelling moments in a family, a corporation or a building and area’s history, and reinterpreting them towards memorable experiences for our present and future travellers.”

 

Anantara Spas reopen with the introduction of an immune-boosting new signature massage oil

ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS’ spa and wellness facilities re-open with a host of enhanced hygiene measures and immune-boosting initiatives, including the introduction of an all-new signature massage oil dedicated to supporting the body’s natural defence system.

As lockdown measures lift around the globe, in more than 40 different spas in 20 locations, Anantara Spa’s trained professionals are putting in place stringent measures to ensure the health and safety of guests are not compromized while reassuring guests that spas are a sacred place.

To mark the reopening, Anantara Spa has created a specially formulated massage oil comprising the key ingredients clove oil, citrus Aurantium peel extract, eucalyptus oil and rosemary all of which feature properties known for their immune-boosting and antibacterial qualities.

This total body toning massage oil naturally improves the body’s biological defence system and will be used in signature massages at Anantara Hotels & Resorts across South East Asia, the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

The massage oil’s active ingredients clove oil and citrus Aurantium peel extract boast a natural ability to protect against a wide range of bacterial cells, fungi and virus, while eucalyptus oil and rosemary oil feature natural inflammatory properties and immune system boosters which aid in creating white blood cells that combat pathogens and disease.

Speaking about the introduction of the new signature massage oil, Zoe Wall, group director of MSpa, the corporate division of spa and wellness for Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, said: “Our guests’ wellbeing is important to us, and at Anantara Spa we endeavour to go above and beyond expectations at all times.

“Even during closure, our guests’ wellbeing was at the forefront of our minds and we took some time during lockdown to reflect on what we could do to show that we are just as serious about their health as they are. We will re-open our spas, not just with a host of enhanced hygiene measures and immune-boosting initiatives, but also with the introduction of a new signature massage oil dedicated to supporting the body’s natural defence system.

“While our guests will still want to relax with a massage, our new signature massage oil gives guest peace of mind knowing they are in safe hands and that the main ingredients of the oil provide an extra boost for the immune system and can help fight viral attacks through the power of anti-bacterial pure essential oils.”

Trust in hygiene and cleanliness are critical to restarting the spa industry, and upon reopening all Anantara Spa outlets across Thailand will adhere to stringent safety and sanitation standards to meet the requirements for Tourism Authority Thailand’s Safety and Health Administration certification.

To meet social distancing requirements, treatments and therapies will be available by appointment only, spas will operate at a reduced capacity with restrictions in communal spaces and on the length of treatments.

Shared items such as product testers, treatment menus and refreshment amenities will be removed, while additional measures including touchless check-in and payment options will be made available.

Infrared thermometers will be used to check guest temperatures, disposable items including slippers, gloves and bedsheets will be in place, and therapists will wear surgical masks and shields during treatments.

Guests must also complete a declaration form which includes details of health and travel history in line with Thai Government requirements.

Additional enhancements are being implemented to heighten standards and improve the guest journey. From the moment of arrival at Anantara Spas, guests will benefit from augmented health and hygiene measures, beginning with a specially prepared welcome drink comprised of cold lime and ginger tea packed full of antioxidants to boost health and support immunity from within.

Anantara Spa’s signature foot ritual has been upgraded to include a lime foot wash with salt scrub followed by peppermint spray all of which have purifying properties that support healthy immune function.

Fitness and holistic classes will be adapted for guests’ optimum wellbeing. Personal training sessions in the privacy of the gym, as well as wellness activities such as Yoga and Pilates, will be available for individuals, couples or small groups only “with safe distancing adhered to”.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Daily resort credit is dependent on room category

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Away with Six Senses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Anantara Spa’s new Himalayan Thermal Therapy Treatment

 ANANTARA RESORTS & SPAS HAS LAUNCHED an exclusive signature wellness experience that channels infamous healing energies from the fabled Himalayan Mountains.

The Himalayan Thermal Therapy treatment is the newest addition to Anantara Spa menus in Thailand. This 90-minute wellness experience is a full-body experience that unifies the body and mind through innovative techniques that pamper from head to toe.

Harnessing the ancient healing energy of the Himalayan mountains, heated hand-carved salt stones are applied to, and glide along the body to dissolve mental and physical tension.

These ethically sourced salt stones contain 84 minerals and trace elements that, when applied to the body, work to re-mineralise the entire system, thus inducing a serene state of equilibrium and promoting natural detoxification.

Transcending guests into total bliss, the interplay between hot and cold is introduced. This thermal therapy is based on the scientifically proven benefits of applying heat to the body following by skin-cooling massage techniques.

A facial massage using iced Rose Quartz Gua Sha crystals relieves muscle tension, stimulates circulation and leaves skin with a beautiful glow.

This full-body ritual is crowned with a relaxing head massage focusing on Marma points to de-stress the nervous system and refresh the mind. The overall result is a deep sense of renewal, a radiant complexion and improvement to overall wellbeing.

Drawing upon Thailand’s wellness traditions, cultural inspirations and therapeutic ingredients, Anantara Spa offers unique signature journeys deeply rooted in authentic luxury, holistic practices and indigenous experiences, using chemical-free products, treatments and rituals, inspired by the Thai origins of Anantara, while innovative modern therapies and natural products promise the highest definition of relaxation and pampering.

Anantara Spas are a haven of peace and tranquillity – an utterly relaxing and rejuvenating experience in unique settings. Currently, Anantara Spa operates over 40 spas in 16 countries across Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Europe.

The Himalayan Thermal Therapy is now available at most Anantara Spas across Thailand.

For more information about spa and wellness with Anantara Hotels and Resorts, visit https://www.anantara.com/en/spa-and-wellness

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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