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Capella Bangkok’s new Staycation Package
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Six Senses Yao Noi Awarded HICAP 2020 Sustainable Hotel Awards
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Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve at Six Senses Samui
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Christmas and New Year’s at Six Senses Yao Noi
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Exclusive alternative state quarantine packages at Centara Watergate Pavillion Bangkok
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Capella Bangkok celebrating festive season in style with a full month of epicurean experiences and family gatherings
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Dusit International reimagines its marketing strategy for the new normal, introduces three new pillars for sustainable business
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Dusit partners with Pixel One to provide safe, dynamic and affordable solutions for hybrid meetings in Thailand
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Soneva marks 25th Annivrsary
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Clive McNish returns to GOCO Bangkok

Capella Bangkok’s new Staycation Package

CAPELLA  BANGKOK IS OFFERING A Staycation package for stays up to May 31, 2021. It comes loaded with special benefits, ranging from 8,800 THB to 132,800 per night, based on room type booked.

The daily hotel benefits can be used for wellness treatments and at all the hotel’s restaurants, including at its coming Côte by Muro Colagreco. Phra Nakhon, Stella and Tea Room.The credits can also be used to offset accommodation, capped at 3,000 THB for Riverfront, Riverfront Premier and Verandah; and 5,000 THB for suites and 8,000 THB for Villa.

The package includes: Daily breakfast for two guests ay Phra Nakhon or in-room dining; a bottle of Capelle Bangkok Signature Diamant Champagne; flexible check-in and check-out up to 36 hours; daily sunrise yoga by the river; complimentary pressing up to five pieces of clothing per stay; and daily complimentary non-alcoholic mini bar.

Additional complimentary benefits for Villa and Presidential villa; round-trip limousine transfer from any Bangkok residences; a 30-minute wellness massage on arrival; a dedicated Capella culturalist and daily Apero.

The package is available for Thai residents only, including expatriates residing in Thailand.

 

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Six Senses Yao Noi Awarded HICAP 2020 Sustainable Hotel Awards

SIX SENSES YAO NOI HAS  been awarded the HICAP 2020 Sustainable Hotel Awards in the Positive Community Impact (Property) category for its Clean Water Project.

Since its inception in 2014, the program has improved the lives of 102,976 community members through its activation in more than 32 locations to provide access to clean drinking water.

Initially launched in Cambodia, the Clean Water Project later expanded locally to Thailand in 2016 through partnerships with NGOs like Geo Life, Imagine Thailand and local community groups. The program has also continued to focus its efforts on removing the need for importing plastic water bottles onto Koh Yao Noi island.

At present, there are 15 filtration and dispensing units installed in schools, hospitals, community halls and places of worship on the island.

Water consumption remains a concern despite high annual rainfall as shortages take place during the dry season.

At Six Senses Yao Noi, the water used within the resort and host compound comes from the resort’s reservoir, making it self-sufficient. Drinking water is filtered and bottled in reusable glass bottles onsite, eliminating imports of drinking water and up to 101,000 plastic water bottles per year by the resort directly.

“We’re honoured to be recognized by HICAP for this award. Six Senses Yao Noi has been producing drinking water on-site since the resort opened 13 years ago, mainly to be more environmentally conscious and to create public awareness of “food-miles”.

The provision of drinking water filtration is strategically aligned with brand-wide policy that all Six Senses drinking water must be bottled in refillable glass bottles,” said General Manager Graham Grant.

By investing in in-house expertise in water filtration, the resort is able to send its engineering team for equipment installation at designated Clean Water Project locations, and at the same time build stronger bonds with the community.

While Six Senses Yao Noi provides its own drinking water, the Clean Water Project is also part of a larger strategy to reduce dependence on disposable plastic bottles and raise awareness in the local communities. This includes talking to local community leaders about the importance of adopting these systems for the benefit of all. Reusable water bottles are also distributed amongst the community.

Community engagement activities have also extended to a new initiative, Trash Hero Koh Yao Noi, the local island chapter of Trash Hero Global. This brings the local community together for weekly beach clean ups, collecting 12.6 tons of waste in 2019.

The importance of eliminating single-use plastics can be seen first hand through the amount of trash collected each week.

“We encourage people to refill their reusable water bottles at no cost, instead of purchasing bottled water from stores. This leads to a significant decrease in the number of single-use plastic entering the island, as well the associated cost. In line with this purpose, we have to date supplied 1,200 reusable water bottles to children on the island,” said Grant.

Aside from the Clean Water Project, Six Senses Yao Noi has also invested in medical facilities, education, permaculture and environmental projects, including mangroves and Hornbill conservation efforts.

 

 

Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve at Six Senses Samui

THE FESTIVITIES START with a morning stretch at Six Senses Spa followed by meeting Santa at the resort’s library, a face acupressure at the spa, festive specials, a mulled wine master class and Tipsy Tea at Drift at the beach.

Christmas Dinner features Chef Mauricio’s Specials at Dining on the Hill.

New Year’s Eve festivities start with a bespoke gourmet dinner with Chef Nirutwill, where you can watch your meal being pprepared. It includes a tapas counter, a main course Tom Yam Takay in a Bag – rock lobster, scallop, green lip mussel, tiger prawn  and salmon. There’s also the chef’s Bucket List that features beef nrochettes, crispy bacon, lamb cutlet, bamboo rice, purple corn, zucchini, nam jim jaew, mole, pineapple chilli jam.  It ends with dessert – Chocolate Textures of brandy rice or mango compote.

There’s also a vegetarian version that also includes a tapas counter with a main course: Pad Hed Gub Haew Sauce Tua that features stirred fried mushroom and chestnut with black bean sauce; Phak Boong Sauce Panang  Fak-Thong Bod – mashed pumpkin with crispy tufu, morning glory and panang sauce; and Kao Kluk-Kamin Gub Kaio-Wan Phak – green curry with vegetables and turmeric rice. It also ends with dessert.

Dining on the Rocks with Chef Mauricio also offers a five course dinner, starting with Calamari Carbonara, Oyster and Apple and Lamb Duo that also includes miso eggplant and pickled onion. There are two options for dessert – Raspberry Praline Tart or its Dragon Fruit Surprise.

Dining on the Rocks also offers a vegetarian menu that starts with cucumber and apple, followed by eggplant and lentils and zucchini lasagna as well as desserts.

After dinner, Drift in the Beach that includes a welcome tiki, tapas bites, DJ music and a midnight toast to the new year.

Christmas and New Year’s at Six Senses Yao Noi

Experience…
The Sea at Mai Thai Beach

Start your journey at sunset on the beach as Champagne
flows from the Methuselah bottle. Feet in the sand and a
flute in hand, savor the briny tang of the sea with oysters,
shucked freshly off the docking long-tail boat, and homecured
salmon canapés.

The #OutOfTheOrdinary Tuk Tuk
The fun continues a couple of steps up the sandy beach
where Spain meets Thailand through tapas served from
a tuk tuk food truck. A magnum rosé will quench your
thirst, while stunning Thai dancers fires up the floor.

Sake at The Den
The land of the rising sun comes to life at The Den as
rich, clean and fragrant notes of premium Japanese sake
take the stage alongside fresh scallops and prawns on the
grill. Complete the experience with a floating lantern for
good luck in the coming year!

Continue your journey to…
Celebrate the World at The Living Room

Stroll along the lily pond, down the steps, into the Living
Room for an international affair. Indulge in a spread,
featuring bursting flavours of various cuisines from
different parts of the world.
**Beverage is excluded for the remainder of the evening
And welcome the New Year with a bang.

 

Exclusive alternative state quarantine packages at Centara Watergate Pavillion Bangkok

CENTARA WATERGATE PAVILLION Hotel Bangkok, situated in the heart of the city, has unveiled a unique range of upscale Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) packages for Thai citizens, international travellers and expatriates returning to Thailand.

The upscale hotel, owned and managed by Thailand’s leading hotel operator, is offering a series of government-approved staycation experiences for the duration of the mandatory 15-night quarantine period in association with Piyavate Hospital.

Each all-inclusive option includes full-board dining, exclusive airport transfer and access to the highest levels of healthcare.

Accommodation options at the state-of-the-art urban hotel cater to all price points, ranging from 26-square-metre Superior Room to the spacious, 43-square-metre Deluxe One-Bed Suite.

Room type/ Rate  start with Superior / THB48,500; Deluxe / THB55,000; Deluxe Family Resident / THB70,000; and Deluxe One-Bed Suite / THB77,000.

During the two-week stay, guests can benefit from 24-hour room service, high-speed internet, a 20 per cent discount on all in-room dining and laundry services and room cleaning services every other day after the third day.

Access to world-class healthcare, meanwhile, is provided by the internationally-accredited Piyavate Hospital. This includes two Covid-19 tests at the start and end of the stay in a designated screening area and access to a 24-hour on-call nurse. Upon departure, guests receive an official Covid-19-free certificate.

Families and couples returning together can share rooms where applicable, for a charge of THB33,000 per additional person per room, inclusive of three meals a day and two Covid-19 tests. Thai citizens receive a THB2,000 discount on each package.

To ensure guests’ arrivals in the country is seamless, confirmed flight itineraries are required three days prior to airport arrival, in addition to full payment upon reservation.

Since launching in 2013, the 281-room Centara Watergate Bangkok has become one of Bangkok’s most popular hotels for guests seeking stylish accommodation and state-of-the-art amenities in the heart of the city.

 

Capella Bangkok celebrating festive season in style with a full month of epicurean experiences and family gatherings

CAPELLA BANGKOK, a boutique retreat on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, sets the stage for spectacular celebrations this December as it prepares to host a series of festive get-togethers, from seasonal high teas and blissful brunches to dramatic dinners and sparkling parties.

Thailand honours the joy of family throughout December, starting with Father’s Day on Dec. 5 with a “Sharing Menu” lunch with live stations and free-flow wine or Champagne at Phra Nakhon, Capella Bangkok’s authentic Thai restaurant on the river’s edge.

Or with an exceptional “Carte Blanche Menu” and optional wine pairing at Côte by Mauro Colagreco, whose three Michelin-starred restaurant in France claimed first place in “The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards” in 2019.

Fathers can also unwind with a body treatment at Auriga Wellness or learn the art of mixology with a cocktail class at Stella, the hotel’s avant-garde cocktail lounge.

Epicurean experiences continue throughout December at Phra Nakhon for bountiful brunches by the river, while Côte will showcase the wintery indulgence of black and white truffles, which can be savoured alongside its Carte Blanche Menu.

The flavours and fragrances of Christmas also come to life at Stella, where chic décor complements a unique menu of cocktails, desserts and seasonal specialities like mulled wine punch and more.

Meanwhile, at the Tea Lounge, couples can enjoy quality moments in precious company with a Festive High Tea featuring themed sweets, savoury bites and the choice of Champagne for a truly indulgent afternoon.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and Capella Bangkok will pay homage to its time-honoured traditions with festive cuisine and Thai touches. Both Phra Nakhon and Côte will stage feasts for families and friends, including Christmas Eve dinners and Christmas Day lunches accompanied by a visit from Santa Claus himself.

On the evening of Dec. 24, Phra Nakhon’s Sharing Menu and Côte’s nine-course Carte Blanche Menu can be paired with fine wine. Follow with a Christmas Day Brunch at Phra Nakhon on Dec. 25, which includes optional free-flow wine or Champagne, while Côte enhances the festive spirit with Christmas gifts and complimentary sweet treats.

Capella Bangkok invites guests and local residents to bid 2020 farewell with a dazzling New Year’s Eve event. On Dec. 31, the culinary experts at Côte will craft an exclusive year-end menu with optional wine pairing, while Phra Nakhon will be host to an interactive feast with shared courses and live stations.

Count down to the new year at Stella, where Champagne, free-flow cocktails and canapés lead up to a spectacular firework show at midnight and a party that continues until 2 a.m.

On New Year’s Eve, you’ll be able to see fireworks from your own outdoor terrace or balcony when booking your countdown stay at Capella Bangkok. The resort offers New Year’s Eve ‘Under The Stars’ accommodation package, starting from THB 52,888 for two persons. This package includes complimentary room upgrade, extravaganza New Year Eve’s dinner, live entertainment, late checkout and more.

The start of a new year is a time of hope and optimism with your loved ones. Phra Nakhon and Côte will both offer special New Year’s Day lunches on Jan 1, with the option of wine and Champagne to start 2021 off in style.

For full details of the festive season at Capella Bangkok, please visit: https://bit.ly/CBK-festive2020

To learn more, please email info.bangkok@capellahotels.com or call +662 098 3888.

Dusit International reimagines its marketing strategy for the new normal, introduces three new pillars for sustainable business

RECOZNIZING THE DEEP and profound impact that the global pandemic has had on Thailand’s tourism and travel industry, the new strategy will see the company establish new partnerships to co-create value beyond its current scope and reach; cultivate greater synergies between its various business units; and create new meaningful guest experiences that contribute to the preservation of the environment, culture, and local communities in its various destinations.

As part of the strategy, Dusit has partnered with Local Alike, an online social enterprise dedicated to the sustainable development of Thai rural communities through responsible tourism, to offer a range of educational tours aimed at young families seeking more meaningful experiences during their stays.

Immersing participants in the lives, culture and cuisines of indigenous communities around Thailand, such as the Tai Lue hill tribe in Chiang Mai and lobster farming communities in Phuket, these experiences are offered under the banner of Dusit Local Explorer.

Dusit also plans to leverage its own resources to provide hospitality and service training for the various communities so they can enhance their skills and learn how to sustainably welcome visitors. Volunteers will come from Dusit Hotels & Resorts as well as Dusit Hospitality Education.

Where possible, Dusit will also support Local Alike’s other initiatives, including Local Aroi, which aims to develop local cuisines to fine dining standards through the creation of special set menus that celebrate the stories, techniques, and sustainable ingredients behind renowned local dishes; and  Local Alot, which supports the sustainable production of handcrafted products.

“Consumer behaviour has changed dramatically during COVID-19 and it’s essential that we change our strategy and pivot our operations to meet their needs as much as possible,” said Group CEO Suphajee Suthumpun, Dusit International.

“Recognizing the accelerated shift from buying things to buying experiences, as well as a clear focus on safety, wellness, sustainability and flexibility, we have spent the last six months enhancing our operations to deliver not only officially certified, heightened standards of hygiene and cleanliness, but also extra convenience, experience and value in line with these key areas.

“The rollout of our three new strategic pillars – Collaboration, Integration, and Social Contribution – will now allow us to align our efforts even further, and drive revenue creation that will benefit our broader communities too. Our partnership with Local Alike signals our strong commitment in this regard, and we are delighted to join them in their mission to find unseen communities and develop them into sustainable tourism attractions that delight visitors and locals alike.”

“I’m grateful for Dusit’s support and appreciation of what we are trying to achieve with our sustainable tourism initiative. Working closely with Dusit’s hotel teams in each location, we have created an exciting range of one-day tours and activities led by the locals themselves to ensure guests have truly authentic and meaningful experiences,” said Somsak Boonkam, founder and CEO, Local Alike.

“We are delighted that, alongside the current day trips, Dusit plans to further support our communities by offering hospitality and service training for residents, and also by seeking opportunities for our Local Aroi and Local Alot programs. This support will certainly help to expedite the development of local destinations, ultimately bringing long-lasting value to all involved.”

The Dusit Local Explorer programs are available now at Dusit Hotels and Resorts in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Khao Yai, Krabi, Pattaya, and Phuket.

To cater to the experiential needs of the luxury segment, Dusit has also teamed up with bespoke tour providers in Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Phuket to provide exclusive end-to-end excursions packaged as The Ultimate Dusit Experience.

A private vineyard tour, a luxury sunset yacht cruise, and a visit to a flower field with a professional photographer are among the experiences offered as part of packages which also include room, breakfast, dinner and more.

More details about The Ultimate Dusit Experience and Dusit Local Explorer packages are available online at dusit.com/specialoffers.

Dusit partners with Pixel One to provide safe, dynamic and affordable solutions for hybrid meetings in Thailand

 

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL, ONE OF THAILAND’S HAS TEAMED UP with innovative Bangkok-based event management company Pixel One Production Co., Ltd, which specializes in audio-visual production solutions for MICE business – to deliver new services for virtual and hybrid meetings at Dusit Hotels and Resorts throughout Thailand.

The new services, collectively dubbed VICE ROOM (Virtual Interactive Conference Experience), see Dusit’s hotel meeting rooms transformed on demand into high-end recording, live-streaming and presentation studios for worldwide broadcasting.

A multi-screen video wall allows for real-time interactions with remote event participants, while a green screen backdrop can be incorporated for high-definition virtual backgrounds. Dedicated professional event specialists are also on hand to ensure swift and seamless connectivity.

Officially introduced recently as part of a special event held at Dusit Thani Hua Hin for travel industry specialists and representatives from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), the VICE ROOM debut demonstrated how meetings can be held safely, sustainably and economically in the new normal.

Dusit employees from overseas joined the presentation and could be seen interacting with Dusit’s Group CEO Suphajee Suthumpun, in a group conversation facilitated by Future One’s high-tech set-up.

Ms Suthumpun believes that hybrid meetings models will be essential for stimulating Thailand’s MICE business in a post COVID-19 world. Not only will they serve as an attractive and safe platform for seminars, meetings and training sessions for companies based in Thailand, but they will also help to engender confidence among international businesses waiting to return, she said.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has brought major shifts to ways we live our lives, with measures such as social distancing making it very difficult for people to meet in person,” said Ms Suthumpun.

“Our strategy to meet these changes, and the subsequent shifts in consumer preferences, is to offer convenience, experience and value at every opportunity. This includes collaborating with others to offer innovative solutions which we hope will benefit our industry at large.

“Our partnership with The Pixel One Production aims to achieve this by combining its solutions for socially distanced meetings and seminars with the expertise and renowned hospitality of our own Dusit Events team. Ultimately, our services will serve as a one-stop, affordable shop for safe, efficient and highly engaging hybrid meeting models and solutions. And these will be available at all Dusit Hotels and Resorts in Thailand, and also for offsite events catered for by our team.”

Chatupol Sittichai, CEO of The Pixel One Production Co., Ltd. and Future One The Virtual Center, said that the solutions his company offers have been designed not only to facilitate remote participation, but also enhance creativity and engagement by enriching the meeting experience with virtual Q&As, live polls, and animated presentations, amongst others.

“The VICE ROOM has been carefully designed to help people connect and communicate via advanced technology, but still feel like they are interacting in the same place by sparking the kind of creativity that occurs in actual meetings,” he said.

“Our connected systems and technologies, including a curved wall of high-definition screens that can simultaneously display up to 100 remote participants, enable real-time interaction and ensure information and content are relayed quickly and efficiently for effective outcomes.

What’s more, our large green screen backdrop allows for all kinds of virtual screens to be superimposed behind the presenter, enhancing participation and engagement even further.”

Hybrid meeting packages at Dusit Hotels and Resorts in Thailand, including a VICE ROOM set up for up to 100 remote participants, are available now, starting at only 90,000 THB for a one-day set up.

 

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.

 

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