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Two-Star Michelin chef returning to La VIE Bangkok
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Harnessing the ancient healing properties of jade and rose quartz
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Anantara expanding its global ban of plastic straws
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Best Western to add a new brand in Thailand — BW Signature Collection by Best Western
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Six Senses serves up sustainable food and water
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Anantara launches new immersive video-centric website
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Anantara Siam Bangkok’s morning wellness program
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A new executive sous chef at Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach
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Dusit International set to unveil latest dusitD2 in Ao Nang
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Soneva Kiri’s mushroom cave lunch

Two-Star Michelin chef returning to La VIE Bangkok

TWO-STAR Michelin chef CHEF STÉPHANE BURON from the French Alps returns to La VIE – Creative French Cuisine in VIE Hotel Bangkok, for four days only, during Oct. 31 – Nov. 3. This will be his fourth visit.

His distinct talent for turning simple and natural ingredients into absolute delights of the palate has achieved world acclaim. Chef Stéphane bears the coveted M.O.F. — the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, the highest and most prestigious award amongst all professional craftsmen in France. Only those who have earned it are allowed to wear the red, white and blue collar which is its respected symbol.

Chef Stéphane has also been named the Best French Professional and is well known as the “Crowning Touch” of acclaimed Le Chabichou, the oldest and most distinguished hotel in the village of Courchevel, one of the world’s most luxurious ski resorts, located high in the French Alps, an exclusive retreat of royalty, VIPs and celebrities.

The abilities of Stéphane Buron are not only praised among the world’s most discerning gourmands, and synonymous with the highest arts of cooking, they also express his particular Alpine style which is at once inventive, refined and generous, utilizing the fresh and natural, seasonal products throughout all four seasons in the Alps.

For his fourth visit to La VIE, Chef Stéphane will dip his famous kitchen, prepared for exclusive lunches and dinners.

Chef Stéphane visits are looked forward to every year as the “Crowning Touch” experience of fine dining in Bangkok.

 His four-course Michelin Star set noon lunch costs 3,500 THB per person and 5,000THB with wine pairing, while his seven-course Michelin Star Set Dinner, served at 7 pm, is priced at 6,500 THB per person and 8,500 THB with wine pairing.

 

 

 

Harnessing the ancient healing properties of jade and rose quartz

BREEZE SPA IS INTRODUCING its newest signature facial and body treatments, which harness the healing properties of the ancient jade and rose quartz.

Jade is often associated with health, wealth, longevity and prosperity. The use of finely polished jade in health preservation and skincare can be traced back to 7th Century China, with generations of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners referring to it as the ‘stone of heaven’, and applying it for the relaxation of the nervous system and aiding in the removal of toxins.

The action of jade rolling is also believed to increase circulation and blood flow leading to improved skin tone, smoothening of wrinkles, reduction of puffiness and inflammation, and tightening of pores.

Rose quartz has been linked to a number of legends surrounding the powers of love and reconciliation. It has been revered in Egyptian, Tibetan and Chinese culture. Cleopatra is said to have used rose quartz in her baths.

For skin prone to acne or experiencing the first sign of wrinkles, ancient legends suggest lightly scraping a rose quartz stone over affected areas to reverse the negative effects.

Today, beauty insiders recommend massaging your face regularly with a rose quartz stone to reduce the signs of ageing and rejuvenating the skin for an instant face-lift without harmful side effects.

Jade rollers and rose quartz sculpting tools are also beginning to make their appearance on Instagram feeds, with beauty influencers and enthusiasts around the world featuring these centuries-old tools on their flat lays and Insta-stories.

At Breeze Spa, specialized techniques from the delicate touch of trained therapists are paired with the healing qualities of jade and rose quartz. The Crystal Fresh facial treatments collection end with a unique wellness ritual, with the soothing and detoxifying sensation of a jade roller massage followed by gentle strokes with the jade and rose quartz sculpting tool.

The jade comb is featured in head massage treatments, while a jade stick is introduced in foot reflexology sessions. Breeze Spa also offers a hot stones massage with a different, using a collection of jade stones which aids in the healing of stressed organs and the discharge of toxins.

The collection of new Breeze Spa treatments featuring the healing properties of ancient jade and rose quartz include:

 Crystal Fresh Facial – A deep cleansing facial treatment combined with an anti-ageing crystal facial therapy to reduce the appearance of fine lines and promote radiant skin growth.

Siamese Head Massage – Inspired by ancient Indian therapeutic techniques, this treatment features deeply relaxing rhythmic and gentle strokes and is especially ideal for those prone to migraines and insomnia.

Siamese Foot Massage – Invigorating foot reflexology session which promotes circulation, clears blocked energy channels to ultimately improve overall health and balance.

Siamese Jade Stones Massage – Gently heated jade stones are carefully moved over the body to enhance circulation, alleviate stress and achieve a deep state of relaxation.

For more information and reservations, contact your nearest Breeze Spa location or visit http://www.breeze-spa.com/

 

 

Anantara expanding its global ban of plastic straws

ANANTARA HOTELS & RESORTS will roll out a global ban on the use of single-use plastic straws at every property worldwide by Oct. 1, 2018.

Since January of this year, when Anantara was the first major hotel brand to announce its decision to eradicate plastic straws at every single property across the Asia region, Anantara has been working hard to roll out the ban to properties in Australasia, Europe and the Middle East.

“Following the immense success of the first phase of the plastic straw ban at all Anantara properties in Asia, we are thrilled to announce the implementation of this policy worldwide,” said John Roberts, group director of sustainability and conservation for Anantara.

“Each single-use plastic straw takes hundreds of years to break down and scientists predict there may soon be more straws than fish in the oceans by 2050. Anantara guests are forward thinking and sustainably minded and want to continue to enjoy the beautifully lush surroundings for which Anantara is famous for generations to come.”

The decision to ban plastic straws is just one more step in Anantara’s ongoing journey as a leading luxury sustainable tourism brand.

In April of this year, Anantara took the decision to replace the packaging of all dry amenities with compostable paper and plastic toothbrushes have been replaced with a biodegradable straw alternative.

For years, locally sourced toiletries such as shampoo, have been provided in larger ceramic pumps to reduce the amount of packaging and waste created by individual mini servings. This alone prevents an estimated 4.16 million plastic bottles from ending up in landfills around the world annually.

Plastic water bottles are the next ubiquitous item earmarked for total abolition across the Anantara portfolio. All plastic water bottles will be banned from rooms and gyms to be replaced with recyclable glass or refillable alternatives as a brand standard by the end of 2018.

Until then, guests will increasingly notice an absence of plastic from all outlets and facilities in the Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas they frequent. The sumptuous restaurants for which Anantara is renowned will soon be managed without any plastic front of house; from the condiments on tables to the wicker baskets housing the freshly baked pastries at breakfast.

Even around the grounds guests will notice that team members use bamboo baskets to collect compostable gardening trimmings instead of plastic sacks.

As a leading experiential luxury brand, guests are offered the chance to positively give back to the community framework of the destination they visit. Whether it be releasing rescued turtles at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket, planting restored coral at the nurseries off of Anantara Dhigu Villas in the Maldives or working with local AIDs survivors to generate sustainable income by providing Anantara Royal Livingstone with locally farmed mushrooms.

Since 2014, Anantara guests have been invited through the Dollars for Deeds Program to donate 1 dollar for every night of their stay, which Anantara then matches. These charitable donations are then distributed to several of the foundations that Anantara Hotels support, including the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation established since 2002 and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, since 2006.

 

Best Western to add a new brand in Thailand — BW Signature Collection by Best Western

 BEST WESTERN HOTELS & RESORTS WILL INTRODUCE its newest brand, BW Signature Collection by Best Western, to Asia for the first time this year, following the signing of an exquisite lakeside resort, Tawaravadee Resort, in Thailand’s historic Prachinburi province.

Nestled in Thailand’s verdant countryside, approximately 160km from Bangkok, this low-rise resort was inspired by the ancient Dvaravati culture that thrived in the area between the sixth and 11th centuries.

“We are excited to debut BW Signature Collection by Best Western to the Asia market with the Tawaravadee Resort,” said Ron Pohl, senior vice-president and COO for Best Western Hotels & Resorts.

“Launched in 2017, this soft brand allows upper-midscale hotels and resorts to retain their unique individuality, while also harnessing the world-class hospitality of Best Western. Tawaravadee Resort is perfectly suited for this concept, as its rich character and design, combined with our service, is sure to provide travelers with a one-of-a-kind experience when visiting Thailand’s beautiful countryside.”

Light, bright and exuding tropical elegance, this expansive rural retreat is suitable for every occasion. Surrounded by lush greenery, reflective lotus ponds and tropical plants, the hotel features 199 rooms and suites, ranging from traditional Thai rooms with classical local décor to large, luxurious lakeside suites.

Guests have a choice of dining options, as the resort’s restaurant is open all day and specializes in Thai, pan-Asian and international cuisine with views of the pool, and the Lobby Lounge serves drinks and snacks throughout the day. In addition, the karaoke rooms are ideal for evening parties.

During the day, guests can cool off in the tropical outdoor pool, work out in the fitness centre, or be pampered in the serene spa, which features massage areas and a sauna. The resort also offers a wide range of activities, including tennis, badminton, cycling, snooker, and a golf driving range. Alternatively, guests can head out and explore the local area, which features forests, waterfalls and ancient ruins.

Tawaravadee Resort, BW Signature Collection by Best Western, is also “the perfect venue for meetings and events,” with extensive function space including an 800-guest convention hall, and several other meeting rooms that can cater for between 10 and 200 delegates.

“BW Signature Collection was created especially for hotels like this. Tawaravadee Resort is a spectacular independent property that perfectly blends its local heritage with international facilities. Within driving distance of Suvarnabhumi Airport, this charming resort is perfect for all types of occasions, from romantic couples’ retreats to fun-filled family holidays.

“It is also a superb setting for corporate retreats and large-scale events,” said Olivier Berrivin, Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ managing director of international operations – Asia.

 “As a member of our BW Signature Collection by Best Western brand, Tawaravadee Resort will now benefit from Best Western’s global support network and commitment to excellence, while guests will receive world-class service, excellent facilities, and the ability to earn Best Western Rewards points,” Olivier said.

Owned by My Green Resident Co., Ltd., Tawaravadee Resort is scheduled to launch under the BW Signature Collection by Best Western brand in the third quarter of 2018.

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has identified Thailand as one of its key target markets. At present, the company operates nine hotels and resorts across the Thailand, covering five of its brands: Best Western, Best Western Plus, Best Western Premier, BW Premier Collection by Best Western and SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western.

Best Western expects its nationwide portfolio to increase. Best Western has 17 new properties in the pipeline for Thailand. In addition to the launch of BW Signature Collection by Best Western, the company will introduce Vīb, its vibrant and modern millennial-focused hotel concept, to Thailand later this year.

 

 

Six Senses serves up sustainable food and water

FOOD IS WHERE IT ALL (LIFE, LOVE, LAUGHTER AND LONGEVITY) BEGINS at Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

The culinary and spa teams grow it, forage for it, source it, prepare it, cook it up, and blend it into spa treatments and therapies.

It has a direct bearing on guest health, vitality and happiness – and that of the world around them – which is why Six Senses ensures all produce is local, seasonable and sustainable where possible.

The group’s philosophy on food and drink starts with choosing natural ingredients, and a cleaner and simpler approach to preparation, focusing on quality, balance and fresh whole food made from scratch.

Herbs, fruit, veggies and mushrooms are grown in the organic gardens on site. Fresh eggs and milk are also supplied by resident chickens, goats … and even camels.

Six Senses adheres to the highest ethical standards on caring for livestock, follows a “no-take” list of at-risk seafood species, and is committed to local and seasonal sourcing of produce.

All its properties are building close relationships with local farmers and suppliers, who share the same commitment to responsible sourcing and seasonality. Several properties are also active in local farmers’ markets. Six Senses Samui even plays host to their own for the local community and guests several times throughout the year.

Knowing that one- third of the food we consume requires pollination by bees, honey bee farms are maintained onsite to support healthy ecosystems and provide fresh honey.

The attitude is also about less is more, with chefs cooking up feasts while avoiding additives, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors or GMO foods.

Plastic bottles are out. Instead, each property treats, purifies, mineralizes and bottles its own still and sparkling drinking water in reusable glass bottles on site. Six Senses water is provided on a complimentary basis in all guest accommodations.

Chilled water, sparkling and still, is served in restaurants at a cost that is significantly less than imported bottled water, with 50 per cent of all sales contributing to the Sustainability Fund. The money is earmarked for use in local community projects.

“We surveyed many guests across all of our properties and held blind taste tastings of Six Senses water,” said the group’s Vice-President of Sustainability Jeffery Smith.

“Many people were not able to distinguish between branded water and Six Senses water. And once the environmental implication was made clear, the overwhelming consensus was one of full support for the initiative.”

Guests taking advantage of one of the many wellness programs at Six Senses will also be fully supported by the culinary teams, who can adapt meal plans to individual needs. For example, the Trim & Fit program reduces fat mass through a balance of quality protein, resistant starches and healthy ketogenic fats, while limiting carbohydrates (glucose).

And the Holistic Anti-Ageing Centre, which launched in May at Six Senses Kaplankaya in Turkey, is based on an anti-inflammatory approach, using fresh, mineral rich foods that are abundant in antioxidants to fight free radical damage to skin, hair and nails.

Due to its popularity, the Holistic Anti-Ageing Centre concept will be launched at sister properties in 2019.

To drink to guests’ health, many spas incorporate a juice bar serving up house-made probiotics and “living” tonics. These blend up native plants that contain health-giving properties to aid digestion, reduce inflammation and keep the body’s immune system strong.

An enticing juice and smoothie menu that features local ingredients is also available across the group and complements the personalized wellness programs.

Wellness experts share nutritional advice during personal consultations, while cooking classes and the Alchemy Bar workshops teach guests how to use local ingredients and produce in nutritious meal or in homemade hair, body or face masks and scrubs. There is also follow-up advice to take home, so guests understand what foods to favor and avoid, and how to keep up the good work going forward.

“All Six Senses dining outlets focus on using home-grown ingredients, augmented with responsible produce from local farmers and cultivated to our specifications. We continue to serve local and international favorites, but by default, our guests leave feeling better than when they arrived,” said Corporate Food & Beverage Director Jonathan Heath, who spearheads the on-going commitment says,

 

 

Anantara launches new immersive video-centric website

ANANTARA HOTELS & RESORTS is relaunching its brand website, Anantara.com, which utilizes on-trend design and UX features such as abundant video content, emotive full-bleed images and interactive maps.

It has been rafted to follow anintuitive-user journey that includes experiences that have been made central to the website flow, to fully immerse guests in the digital world of Anantara.

Once a guest selects a property, video-enabled ‘day in the life’ teasers, image carousels plus concise and evocative storytelling bring the chosen destination and property to life – from helicopter rides to private islands at Anantara Medjumbe Island, scaling impossible cliff heights at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar to stargazing at the only observatory in the Indian Ocean with Anantara Kihavah.

The website has been expertly designed and developed to whisk prospective guests into the Anantara moments they can experience.

Ever since launching in 2002, Anantara has been striving to provide bespoke journeys for all guests. This ethos, driven by current digital trends, inspired the creation of a new comparison feature.

Its comparison tool encourages guests to compare up to three selected destinations, hotels or room categories, allowing a guest to tailor their holiday or business trip to their individual criteria.

The website is a journey in itself, a prequel to the unique experiences the ‘book now’ button will lead to. Each user’s online journey is concluded with a seamless booking process.

“This website relaunch comes at a pinnacle moment for the Anantara brand as we proudly communicate to all new and existing guests that ‘Anantara owns experiences.’

The website platform will also play a defining role in the launch of a compelling integrated brand campaign due to roll out later in the year,” said Michael Marshall, chief commercial officer of Minor Hotels.

“Our guests’ journey of discovery begins at the moment of holiday inception, and crucially we must capture new and returning guests’ imagination with an aesthetic flair that matches the true nature of the real experience at the moment they land on Anantara.com,” he said.

Since its launch in April 2018, the site has enjoyed increased traffic, with more than three million unique views of the video content, with users staying on average double the amount of time since before the redesign.

The site has driven a 12% increase in conversion and it has contributed to a 53% increase in revenue for the Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas brand. The new website is being translated into 13 languages including Arabic, Japanese, Chinese Russian and German.

The site is fully responsive for mobile, tablet and desktop users for ultimate guest convenience. On the go and business travellers are also well catered for with a clear overview of facilities across the global portfolio to facilitate seamless coordination of MICE events.

 

 

 

Anantara Siam Bangkok’s morning wellness program

 ANANTARA SIAM BANGKOK HOTEL IS offering a holistic treat of authentic local immersion and vitality with the introduction of the hotel’s Morning Wellness at Siam signature experience.

Offering a revitalizing start to the day that in some ways follows Bangkokians’ typical morning routine, the program invites guests to rise and shine and embark on a unique wellness journey that culminates in total nourishment for the body, mind and soul.

The Morning Wellness at Siam program unfolds in three balanced stages that combine Buddhist culture and urban nature with energising movement, a nutritious breakfast and spa wisdom:

Rising at daybreak, guests participate in the daily Buddhist tradition of Tak Bart in the hotel’s lobby – in this ancient custom of making merit and bringing good fortune, guests are guided through the morning ritual of giving alms of food to monks, and in return receiving the traditional blessing of a chant.

A short walk then leads guests to the nearby Lumpini Park. Referred to as the “Green Lung of Bangkok”, it offers rare open public spaces, trees, and playgrounds in the Thai capital, and paths totalling more than two kilometres that are popular amongst morning and evening joggers.

Here a quiet grassy spot overlooking the park’s lake and canal sets the tranquil scene for a 45-minute light energy session of ancient Chinese Qi Gong, meditation, yoga or Pranayama, guided by Anantara’s expert Balance Wellness practitioner. This session offers flowing, graceful movements to boost energy flow and life force.

A nutritious picnic breakfast served on the lawns of Lumpini Park follows, and features an abundance of creative healthy delights, including a quinoa and mixed fruit salad with poached shrimp; a charcoal bread sandwich filled with smoked salmon; homemade granola; and dark chocolate petit fours.

A vitamin-packed raw juice made from an ABC concoction of apple, beetroot and carrot and a detoxifying blend of kale, pear, lemon, ginger and honey is also served to refresh and wash all the nutritional goodness down.

After breakfast, guests experience another true taste of Bangkok when they return to the hotel by tuk tuk.

The Morning Wellness at Siam program continues at Anantara Spa, where guests indulge in a signature 60-minute Chakra Crystal Balancing therapy treatment. After selecting a crystal infused oil blend that resonates most with the individual, the body is surrounded by precious stones.

These include the unconditional love of Rose Quartz for the Heart Chakra; the peace of Amethyst above the Crown Chakra; Tiger Eyes harmonizing energy for balance beside the Solar Plexus Chakra; and Lapis Lazuli’s self-expression that empowers the Throat Chakra.

Whilst the energies of the precious stones work their healing powers, a purifying massage promotes holistic wellbeing by releasing stress and tension both physically and emotionally; harmonizing energy flow; stimulating the blood circulation; and encouraging the body’s natural detoxification.

Singing bowls are used to commence and conclude the treatment to coax a deep state of meditative relaxation, and the soothing sounds beautifully enhance the chakra balancing benefits.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Morning Wellness at Siam signature experience lasts four hours.

For more information or to make a reservation, call +66 2126 8866 ext. 1191, or email spa.asia@anantara.com

 

 

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A new executive sous chef at Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach

 THERE’S A NEW EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF at Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Beach on Phuket, Thailand.

Worakant Singha, or Chef Bon, as he is better known, is a culinary leader with more than 12 years of experience in the food & beverage industry in Thailand.

He is also familiar with high standards of Marriott International, having most recently served as head chef at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, where he assisted with the management of 11 food and beverage outlets.

“It is an honour to become a part of the highly regarded food and beverage family at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach,” said Chef Bon. “I look forward to bringing my passion and ideas to the team here, and to creating great gastronomic experiences for our guests, in line with the Thai and family traditions for which our resort is known.”

A Thai national originally from Ubon ratchathani province, Chef Bon is an innovative and creative chef who likes to push culinary boundaries.

In the role of executive sous chef, he will work closely with the resort’s Executive Chef Bastian Ballweg to oversee the four food and beverage outlets at Phuket Marriott: The Andaman Kitchen, Big Fish Restaurant, Big Fish Bar and The Lounge.

He will also have the significant task of overseeing the catering for all meeting and banqueting functions, including weddings, plus kitchen staff recruitment and training.

 

Dusit International set to unveil latest dusitD2 in Ao Nang

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL HAS SIGNED a management agreement with Vogue Pranang Bay Resort Co., Ltd. to operate dusitD2 Ao Nang, slated to open at the end of this year. The hotel will be the second Dusit property in the popular resort area of Krabi.

Located 25 kilometres from Krabi International Airport, dusitD2 Ao Nang is tucked away amidst lush jungle greenery on a hillside in downtown Ao Nang, yet within walking distance to the beach, providing convenient access to all of Krabi’s main attractions.

The downtown location of dusitD2 Ao Nang will also enable guests to be within walking distance to nearby facilities such as supermarkets and convenience stores as well as cafés and fast-food outlets.

dusitD2 Ao Nang comprises 173 modern guest rooms and suites with a choice of sea, mountain or pool views.

The hotel offers all amenities for a fun and comfortable getaway, including an indoor and outdoor all-day-dining restaurant, a lobby bar, an outdoor swimming pool with a separate kids’ pool, a fitness centre, a spa, and a 200-square-metre ballroom.

For families travelling with children, dusitD2 Ao Nang also features an extensive kids’ playground that will keep the hotel’s youngest guests entertained throughout their stay.

Popular activities in Krabi around dusitD2 Ao Nang include jungle trekking, sightseeing excursions and boat trips to some of Thailand’s most stunning beaches and islands, located within protected national marine parks, for snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and bird-watching.

Krabi’s famous limestone hills and caves also attract climbers from around the world, especially the limestone rock faces at Railay Beach, where several popular rock-climbing schools can be found.

“We are very happy to be bringing the dusitD2 brand to Ao Nang,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International. “This beautiful area has always been very popular with visitors and adventure-seekers from Thailand and all over the world. We look forward to welcoming all our guests to the new dusitD2 Ao Nang, which combines modern comfort, convenience and connectivity with the excellent service and hospitality that is the hallmark of all Dusit hotels.”

“Krabi is one of the fastest-growing destinations, especially amongst younger travellers. We are very pleased to work with Dusit to present a fresh new option to meet the needs of the tourists who seek a mix of relaxation and recreation in this resort area, “said Watcharaphon Deechaisettha, Vogue Pranang Bay Resort’s Chief Business Development Officer.

“We believe that our knowledge of Krabi, and the proven management expertise and Thai graciousness that Dusit will bring to this project, will create a successful collaboration.”

The upscale mid-market dusitD2 Ao Nang is a rebrand of the previous Vogue Resort and Spa in this popular seaside town. The property has been entirely refurbished and updated, with new additions to the existing buildings.

Dusit International currently operates 27 hotels across four brands worldwide, and is rapidly expanding its footprint in key global markets. dusitD2 Ao Nang will be the third dusitD2 branded hotel in Thailand, following dusitD2 Chiang Mai and dusitD2 Kao Yai.

 

Soneva Kiri’s mushroom cave lunch

SONEVA KIRI’S MUSHROOM five-course meal is made with mushrooms grown in Soneva Kiri’s mushroom hut – all within a natural cave tucked away in the jungle. This private dining experience is limited to a maximum of four.

It starts with a short trek to a natural cave surrounded by jungle and the sounds of nature. The five-course vegetarian Thai meal or Western non-vegetarian meal is made with more than six different varieties of mushrooms, all grown in Soneva Kiri’s mushroom hut.

The main dish will be prepared live for you by one of our chefs, who will tell you about the health and wellness benefits of mushrooms.

Other Soneva Kiri experiences include:

Koh Hood’s Butterfly Quest — An three-hour explorative trail through the rainforest, guided by Soneva Kiri’s expert Tropical Ecologist. Along the way you’ll discover a secret waterfall before you get acquainted with the 100 species of exquisite butterflies on the island.

Or dive in the Gulf of Thailand’s tropical waters under the highest international standards with our scuba or open water diving courses and experience the highest international standards from expert instructors, and impeccable attention to detail. Choose from either scuba or open water diving courses.

Head out to the House Reef, which has an incredibly diverse array of coral species, with the healthiest parts having a 58% live coral cover. Our House Reef has also not suffered from any coral bleaching.

For more details: lifes-kiri@soneva.com

There’s also the mesmerizing corals in the seas around Koh Kood. Dive around Solar Reef, a very successful artificial reef that uses the power of the sun to help generate coral. The main species of coral found here is staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) – which is on the IUCN Red List as critically endangered. While down there keep on the look out for the family of batfish that call this reef home.

 

 

 

 

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