Travel

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The Goddess Retreat at Anantara Layan Phuket
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Double reward points with Best Western promotion
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Where luxury catering services meet perfect riverside location
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Spa Magic on sale now at Amazon
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How New Age are you?
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Centara wins recognition of Chinese guests with “Best City Hotel” Award
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Dusit Thani Bangkok entering a new phase
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Soneva Kiri’s Stay for Good package
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Anantara offering up to 40% off for extended escapes
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Night to remember for 180 German travel agents at Centara Hua Hin

The Goddess Retreat at Anantara Layan Phuket

ANANTARA LAYAN PHUKET RESORT is offering a unique wellness retreat from now until Oct. 21, 2017 with nutritionist, body coach and the UK’ s Goddess of Wellness, Mel Wells.

Set amidst the lush oasis of northern Phuket, Anantara Layan invites women from around the world to take part in The Goddess Sanctuary, a four-day retreat offering a private haven to help transform themselves and their relationship with food.

The retreat, the first for Mel Wells in Thailand, will encourage emotional, physical and nutritional restoration and relief for women who want to set themselves free of diets and fall in love with their bodies. Mel will use her certification as a Health and Eating Psychology Coach to help women gently transform their mindset and make peace with food.

Carefully selected for its location, Anantara Layan will help to bring to life her positive self-love message, encouraging goddess of every type to celebrate themselves and each other in a safe and luxurious environment.

The Revolution on Tropical Shores. The retreat program has been out together to ensure that Goddesses will get to embrace the peace and harmony of their surroundings.

Be nourished by the team of chefs and relax within the glamourous private spaces. The workshops will be an extension of her best-selling book, The Goddess Revolution, a handbook for women to help them make peace with food, love their bodies and reclaim their lives.

It’s a collection of tools, mindset shifts and lessons, as well as stories from her own journey and those of other women that she has worked with.

One of the most important parts of the transformation is nutrition, so Anantara has worked closely with Mel to offer a dedicated menu of healthy and wholesome dishes and meals throughout the retreat.

In addition to the workshops, retreat goers will be invited to take part in active and indigenous experiences such as traditional Thai Boxing (Muay Thai), paddle boarding on the Andaman sea, exploring bustling local wet markets, learn how to cook flavoursome and healthy Thai dishes, and care for rescued elephants in a nearby sanctuary.

To ensure that the soul is taken care of, there will be complimentary spa treatments, revitalizing yoga sessions and time to relax by the infinity pool, relish in the luxurious surroundings and connect with like-minded goddesses for the ultimate week of holistic nourishment.

Mel says “If you’re sick of your life being controlled by food and your weight, then I want to work with you and Anantara Phuket is the perfect paradise to do just that.

“The retreat is all about self-love and self-worth. And to celebrate the journey, I will be throwing a private Goddess Beach Party at the end of your stay, can’t wait to see you there.”

 

 

 

Double reward points with Best Western promotion

STAYING AT BEST WESTERN’S collection of hotels and resorts in Asia will be even more rewarding this summer, following the launch of its new Double Points promotion.

From now through Sept. 30, 2017, Best Western Rewards (BWR) members will earn twice as many reward points when they book a stay at any participating Best Western hotel in Asia.

Bookings must be made either directly with the hotel or via Best Western’s website, www.bestwesternhotelasia.com.

The promotion covers some of Asia’s most desirable destinations, from mega-cities such as Tokyo, Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta to world-class beach resorts including Bali, Boracay, Phuket and Okinawa. Alternatively, guests seeking a true taste of Asian culture can choose to explore destinations like Mandalay, Vientiane, Buriram or Malang.

“There is no better time to visit Asia than in the summer months,” said Olivier Berrivin, Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ managing director of International Operations – Asia.

Guests can stay at hotels across the region and earn twice as many Best Western Rewards points, which could then be redeemed for even more room nights and other benefits in future. Now is a great time to sign up so don’t delay, become a Best Western Rewards member today!” Olivier added.

All guests booking stays at Best Western’s hotels and resorts in Asia this summer will also be guaranteed complimentary in-room Wi-Fi.

Still haven’t signed up for BWR, visit www.bestwesternhotelasia.com/create-account to register, and you could earn double points on your next Best Western booking.

For more information about Best Western’s Double Points offer in Asia, visit www.bestwesternhotelasia.com/offers/double-point-asia

 

 

 

Where luxury catering services meet perfect riverside location

STRATEGICALLY LOCATED along Chao Phraya River with the largest portfolio of meeting and banquet space, Shangri-la Bangkok offers guests a variety of well appointed function rooms, state-of-the-art facilities and various dining choices.

Equipped with 19 function rooms, including its 1,360-square metre grand ballroom, the hotel offers The Garden Rooms – Event Suites, which comprise residentially designed function rooms that offer flexible space for a more relaxed ambience.

The hotel’s catering team members are experienced catering professionals who can develop events based on guests’ preference and imagination, from the perfect location, a  food and beverage concept and decoration to entertainment suggestions.

For a lasting impression, Executive Chef Marc Cibrowius, who has been involved in all types of local and international catering businesses, can customize the menus to match all catering needs.

His passion for cooking has played an active role in making the hotel’s nine restaurants and bars well known for their fantastic culinary delights. Shang Palace and NEXT2 café are two restaurants that recently won Bangkok’s Best Restaurant Awards 2017 in the Chinese and Buffet categories.

As interesting travel attractions have at all times been an important element for guests’ consideration, the hotel can go above and beyond to satisfy guests by holding special events exclusively for the meeting and incentive industry.

These special events include “Outside Catering at Chakrabongse Palace”. Apart from the typical events taking place at the hotel, exclusive events can be held at the Chakrabongse Palace.

The hotel’s experienced catering team will help create memorable events, from afternoon tea parties to gala dinners and weddings.

With state-of-the-art mobile kitchens, the hotel is proud to be the official caterer of cuisine for various important events held at the palace.

For more information, call the events sales team at (66 2) 236 7777, fax (66 2) 236 8570 or send an email to events.slbk@shangri-la.com for enquiries and bookings. Alternatively, you may request a proposal online via the hotel’s website https://www.shangri-la.com/bangkok/shangrila/meetings-events/request-for-proposal/.

 

 

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How New Age are you?

ALL TOO OFTEN, high-speed modern lives lead to fatigue. In a bid to rid ourselves from blocked energies and regain our well-being, we are turning to ancient practices such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine.

Less conventional therapies, such as crystal healing, are gaining in popularity, too.

Ancient Egyptians once believed that gems had the power to heal. They even collected them throughout their lifetime to ensure a safe journey to the next realm of existence.

If you’re interested, you can try crystal healing when holidaying at Six Senses resorts with Six Senses’ visiting practitioner Jill Banwell.

Jill is available at Six Senses Spa Koh Hood from Dec. 26, 2017 to Jan. 10, 2018 and at Six Senses Spa Laamu until Aug. 20, and at Six Senses Spa Kunfunadhoo from Oct. 1 to Nov. 15.

In a Crystal & Colour Healing session, Jill places specific gemstones on the seven major energetic centres of your body, known as the chakras. As chakras themselves relate to colours on the visible light spectrum, the most suitable crystals are matched to these colours.

Pink stones, such as Rose Quartz and beautifully patterned Rhodocrosite, are most effective for harmonizing the loving, compassionate and forgiving qualities of the heart chakra. Emerald, Peridot and other green colored crystals are also good for the heart.

Yellow stones, such as Citrine and Amber, correspond with the solar plexus chakra, responsible for our vitality and motivation. The sacral chakra, our emotional and creative center, reacts well to stones with orange colouration, such as Carnelian and Orange Calcite. The base chakra, associated with being grounded in the body, responds to Red Garnet or Smoky Quartz.

At the throat chakra, for communication and self-expression, the energies of light blue stones are effective, such as delicately patterned Blue Lace Agate or sea green Aquamarine.

The third eye chakra at the brow is for clarity of vision and perception. Here, dark blue stones such as gold-flecked Lapis Lazuli or Sodalite work well. Where we connect with our higher self and spiritual guidance, at the crown chakra on the top of the head, purple, clear or white stones are helpful, such as Amethyst or Clear Quartz.

Centara wins recognition of Chinese guests with “Best City Hotel” Award


MORE THAN 10 MILLION Chinese tourists visit Thailand each year. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) polled many of them for the 2017 People’s Choice Awards and Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World was voted “Best City Hotel.”

The poll, just completed in June, is evidence of Chinese visitors’ growing importance to Thailand, and Centara’s success in meeting their needs.

Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s largest hotel operator, is making a concerted effort to appeal to Chinese guests. Their 66 deluxe and first-class properties includes 43 Thailand hotels across all major tourist destinations, and another 23 located in prominent international destinations.

The award-winner, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, is one of the group’s premier properties, located in the heart of Bangkok’s central shopping district and integrated with a popular convention and shopping complex.

Centara also operates properties in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Oman. The group offers diverse formats — integrating multi-ethnic restaurants, Thai spas, Kids’ Clubs, water parks, and other innovative features – that appeal to couples, individuals, families, and business professionals. Thailand’s famous hospitality culture is also a key ingredient of the brand’s recipe for success.

Most Centara hotels and resorts have Chinese-speaking staff and serve Chinese meals including breakfast. Centara offers Chinese information about its hotels and destinations, promotions, and online booking on its official website, which is now hosted in China for optimum speed. The group also accepts the popular Chinese payment channel UnionPay, in addition to major credit cards, and is active on China’s leading social media applications, Wiebo and WeChat.

“China now represents our most significant inbound market, and the numbers will continue to rise”, said Tom Thrussell, vice-president of marketing.

“We are committed to developing a deep understanding of Chinese guests’ needs and by visiting key Chinese cities and partners, engaging with our guests and soliciting feedback, we are able to communicate more effectively, better meet their travel needs and ultimately equipped ourselves to manage successful properties in China itself.”

Centara is planning to open its first properties in China in 2019.

 

Dusit Thani Bangkok entering a new phase


 DUSIT THANI BANGKOK, the flagship hotel of Thailand-based, global hospitality company Dusit International, will officially hold its last day of operations in its current form on April 16, 2018, bringing to a close a successful first chapter some 48 years in the making.

The new version of the hotel, set to open as part of a mixed-use development in 2022, will continue this legacy.

To commemorate the hotel’s hospitality heritage and celebrate its status as one of Bangkok’s legendary hotels, the property is arranging a series of special events and promotions designed to thank its loyal guests and customers, highlight the influence the property has had on Thailand’s tourism industry over the years.

One highlight of the series is the Wedding Memories promotion. All couples who have held a wedding reception at the hotel since it first opened in 1970 are invited to enjoy a complimentary three-course set lunch or dinner at the hotel.

To redeem the promotion, all you need to do is  show a picture of your wedding reception prior to dining.

The couples will also receive a copy of the ‘Thai Way of Life: The Dusit Cookbook’, and a privilege card granting them 27 per cent off food (a la carte and international buffet) from now until April 15, 2018.

Anyone who books to stay at the hotel via www.dusit.com before  Dec. 31, 2017 will receive Dusit Best Rate Guarantee, a free upgrade to the next room category, upon availability, complimentary early check in after 6 am and late check-out until 6 pm, and one daily BTS ticket per person.

For bookings made by Aug. 31, 2017 on stays made by Oct. 31, 2017, the hotel is also offering its Superior Room, including complimentary upgrade to a Dusit Room (executive suite with living room – 60 sq m) upon availability, for the special price of  4,800 THB per night inclusive of breakfast for two.

Founded by Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui and opened on Feb. 27, 1970, Dusit Thani Bangkok was once the city’s tallest edifice and largest hotel.

A new landmark for the capital, the hotel pioneered five-star hospitality inspired by authentic Thai values, and ushered in a new era of tourism for the city, revolutionizing dining, entertainment and even the way people organized wedding receptions in the process.

“Dusit Thani Bangkok is an icon made everlasting through all those who share its history, and we are sincerely grateful to everyone over the years who has made the hotel a resounding success,” said Ms Sukanya Janchoo, general manager of Dusit Thani Bangkok.

“The special series of events and promotions we are introducing have been specially designed to thank our guests, staff and stakeholders for their loyal support, as well as commemorate the hotel’s rich heritage which will be carried over into our exciting new chapter to come. The Dusit Thani legend will continue.”

The new Dusit Thani Bangkok will form part of a new mixed-use development to be built in partnership with Central Pattana PLC. Alongside the hotel, the project will feature residences, retail areas, office spaces, and a large green space.

In keeping with the original Dusit Thani, many of the original hotel’s trees will be incorporated in the new build, as will its distinctive, handcrafted teakwood décor, historical ornaments, and the property’s famous spire.

In preparation for construction of the new hotel, the development will start on land adjacent to Dusit Thani Bangkok, next to Rama IV road, which currently houses derelict buildings. The new hotel is expected to complete in 2022, followed by the rest of the project by 2024.

Details about the upcoming events and promotions are available at www.dusit.com/48anniversary.

 

 

Soneva Kiri’s Stay for Good package


SONEVA KIRI is inviting eco-enthusiasts to support its efforts to preserve the environment and enrich the community in Thailand in a new Stay for Good package and get three complimentary bonus nights in return.

“Here’s your chance to be part of something meaningful as you work alongside our resident ecologists, horticulturalists, and community engagement managers to support local sustainability initiatives” said a Soneva spokesperson.

A tailored program will be prepared for you for a few hours per day, over three days, incorporating the following elements:

Ecology: Assist the resident tropical ecologist to identify and log rare species of flora and fauna thriving in the tropical rainforest surrounding Soneva Kiri. Later, learn about cultivating tropical fruits and the secrets of tropical beekeeping and honey production.

“This is a real opportunity to get close to nature and learn more about the complexity of the rich ecosystem of this beautiful island.”

Waste to Wealth:  Guests will work inSoneva’s Eco Centro facility, and support it as it produces biodiesel, charcoal, and water filtration initiatives.  Learn how to compost food and garden waste, and how Soneva makes its wastewater suitable for irrigation.

Later, guests can shadow our landscaping manager and gardeners to assist with ploughing, weeding, sowing, picking, and delivering the fresh vegetables to our restaurants, ready for consumption.

Community: Work with us on sustainable initiatives to support the local community on Koh Kood, which may include island and beach clean ups, reef and mangrove clean-ups, education initiatives and other community-oriented projects.

To book the Stay for Good offer, contact reservations@soneva.com or call 91 124 4511000 and quote ECOPKG17. On confirmation of your stay, we will begin tailoring a program to suit your preferences.

To participate, you must stay three nights at Soneva Kiri in any villa category, and the next three nights will be complimentary in the same villa category — if at least one guest in the villa participates in the full program.

The offer is valid until Sept.30, 2017.

 

Anantara offering up to 40% off for extended escapes

ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS is offering major discounts on extended escapes with incredible Stay Longer offers worldwide between now and Sept. 30, 2017 – inviting travellers to jet off for school holiday family fun, summer romance and fresh adventures, with dozens of dream destinations to choose from.

Discover Thailand’s jungle, beach and city contrasts. Stay at Bangkok’s most prestigious central address at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, with 30% off seven nights.

Three country views of the fabled Golden Triangle relax after elephant adventures at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort – with up to 30% off all-inclusive luxuries and a daily choice of signature experiences.

The glamour of Phuket island life at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket promises pool villa privacy at up to 30% off.

Or experience Asia’s natural and cultural gems. Explore Vietnam’s historical UNESCO town of Hoi An, and save 25% for stays of five nights or more when staying at Anantara Hoi An Resort. Or Bali’s mesmerising surf and sunsets, with 25% off a five-night stay at Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. Uncover more of Angkor Wat’s legends in Cambodia from an elegant suite at Anantara Angkor Resort, saving 30% on four nights.

Call the Indian Ocean your playground in the Maldives, with 25% off a seven night stay in villa luxury at Anantara Kihavah Villas. Delve into Sri Lanka’s sacred treasures from exceptional shoreline seclusion at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, staying seven nights at 20% less.

Admire Zambia’s mighty Victoria Falls from the colonial grace of Royal Livingstone, with 30% off six nights.

Plan a majestic escape to the Middle East. A palatial oasis in the world’s largest desert in Abu Dhabi saves guests 25% on a three night stay at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. Rise to canyon majesty at the one of the highest resorts in the world in Oman, saving 25% on a five night stay at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort.

Discover Anantara’s debut in Europe. Immerse in Portugal’s sunshine beaches and classic Mediterranean charms, with 20% off a seven night stay at the quiet golf-side retreat of Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort.

Become a PRIVILEGE member for free and save an extra 10%.

 

 

Night to remember for 180 German travel agents at Centara Hua Hin

FOR 180 GERMAN travel representatives, it was a night to remember as they tucked into a special dinner at Centara Grand Beach Hua Hin.

The dinner started off with canapés, designed especially for this event, including coconut flavoured minced chicken salad on crispy rice cracker, mini pizzas with tom yum shrimp, Thai pomelo salad in a crispy cup, and Mango sticky rice sushi, were served in a relaxing atmosphere of traditional Thai music played by a stringed instrument called “Khim”.

During the serving of canapés and drinks, site inspection was also available for the agents to view a variety of the resort’s iconic colonial-style room types.

After the garden’s networking opportunity, guests were ushered to the welcome dinner party at the beachfront COAST Beach Club & Bistro and by the Colonial Pool.

The themed “Thai Street Food” presentation was arranged to resemble traditional Thai street food stalls, where the food is easy to eat standing or sitting and served in a traditional way using containers made out of banana leaves or a coconut.

At this special dinner setting, the agents had a chance to experience and learn more about some of the “Heritage Cuisine of Hua Hin”, which ties in with the historical aspects of the resort.

Savoury items freshly concocted and served at the food stalls included Phad Thai with chicken, Crispy fish cake and spring rolls, Chicken coconut soup served in a whole coconut, BBQ pork skewers with dipping sauce, Assorted grilled satay with peanut sauce, followed by popular desserts like Thai coconut ice cream and Deep fried banana.

Traditional and Western entertainment was provided during the evening.

“The resort is definitely the crown jewel of the resort town with so much potential to attract European travellers, especially those looking to explore the myriad of natural and cultural attractions that Hua Hin has to offer,” said Kevin Keogh, senior vice president of sales & marketing, and management representatives of DER Touristik GmbH & Co. KG.

“We believe that guests will find the resort the perfect place to spend a memorable holiday or an eminent venue to host all kinds of special events such as private parties and weddings on the beach.”

For more information about Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, visit: www.centarahotelsresorts.com/chbr

 

 

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