Christmas and New Years at Soneva Kiri
Michelin Star Chef Emmanuel Renaut at VIE Hotel Bangkok Nov. 24-28
AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa now open for business
Uncover a different side of Phuket with Amari
A new lively Italian Trattoria: Allegro at Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
Zuma to Pop Up by the beach at Anantara Layan Phuket
Celebrating Loy Kathrong at Dhevi Dhara Chiang Mai
Dusit International Joins Hands with Singapore Airlines
Celebrating Bastille Day at VIE Bangkok
Anantara Si Kao Offers guests a chance to save endangered dugongs

Christmas and New Years at Soneva Kiri


IT ALL STARTS, Saturday, Dec. 24, with breakfast in The Living Room, followed by stretching exercises at Six Senses Spa, cooking class at Benz Restaurant, where you can create your own lunch, served at The View, or lunch at the North Beach for fresh salads an Australian beef and a New World wine.

Christmas Eve festivities include drinks at The View, with carol singing by children from the Klong Jao School, Koh Hood, and Christmas canapés, followed by Christmas Eve dinner, served outside The Living Room, featuring Butter Ball turkeys from the U.S., farmhouse herb stuffing. There’s also a carving station, offering New Zealand lamb and Wagyu beef from Australia, served with mulled wine or Gluhwein.

On Christmas Day, breakfast will last until 11.30 a.m., followed by Christmas lunch, starting at 12.30 p.m., featuring Catch of the Day from the bays of Koh Hood; and Christmas Dinner at The View and The Benz, that will feature a European Classic Christmas Dining Table.

9Boxing Day, Dec. 26, will be a busy day. Breakfast in The Dining Room, followed by a range of activities that include Muay Thai, Tai Chi, a tour of Koh Rang National Marine Park, the underworld of Koh Yak and Koh Yak Yai, and cooking class at The Wood Oven. Two alternatives for lunch: Japanese lunch at The View, or Aberdeen Angus bergers and “buckets of beer” at The North Beach. Dinner will feature Old and New World wines at The View and The Benz.

New Years Eve, Dec. 31, starts early with cocktails from 2 to 5 p.m. on the beach to the sounds Tonga’s Calypos Singers, followed at 6 p.m. for a New Year’s Eve performance at the resort’s outside Cinema Paradiso.

Count down festivities start at 10.30 with a special New Year’s Eve culinary journey in The Dining Room, followed by special performances by Whisky Kiss, highland and break dancers as guests and performers welcome in 2017.





Michelin Star Chef Emmanuel Renaut at VIE Hotel Bangkok Nov. 24-28

FROM MÉGÈVE, high in the French Alps, 3-Michelin Star Chef Emmanuel Renaut, chef and owner of Flocons de Sel restaurant, brings his unique cuisine to La VIE Creative French Cuisine for five days of culinary perfection Nov. 24-26

Emmanuel Renaut is a rare breed in the culinary world, holder of the prestigious “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” (Best Craftsmen of France) and “Compagnon du Tour de France” (Companion of the Tour de France). He has been awarded three stars in the renowned Michelin Guide®.

3-michelin-star-chef-emmanuel-renautA man of enormous talent, Chef Emmanuel Renaut founded Flocons de Sel in 1998 and he received his first Michelin star in 2003, the second one in 2006, and his third was awarded in 2012. In 2012, Emmanuel Renaut was also named “Cooking Chef of the Year”.

Today, his widely celebrated skills in transforming the natural and local ingredients of the Alps into colourful, fragrant and succulent dishes have earned universal praise.

The 10-Course Set Dinner is available on Nov. 24, 25, 26 and 28. Cost per person for food – 11,000 THB, and 13,000 THB for food and wine pairing. Dinner is served at 6.30 pm.

The 5-Course Set Lunch is available only on Nov. 28. Cost per person is 5,500 THB for food and 7500 THB for food and wine pairing. Lunch is served at 12 noon.



AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa now open for business

 A NEW NAME has been added  to Pattaya’s hospitality lineup – AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa, located in the heart of the city on Pattaya Beach, is now open for business, offering great sea views and a relaxed vibe.

Previously operated as Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa, the 298-room resort has undergone a US$5 million facelift in refurbishing the resort, including guest rooms, meeting rooms, the Elephant Bar and Garden Café Restaurant, plus a new eatery called The Pantry, where guests are able to eat, grab a quick bite or stock up their mini bars.

AVANI Sea View and AVANI Garden View Rooms, along with the AVANI Garden Terrace Suites have been redesigned to offer an improved use of space and a host of modern comforts.

The design is contemporary, using a subtle and stylish neutral colour palette to create restful and soothing space, while the newly refurbished Garden Café Restaurant offers a tranquil spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The design style is organic, natural and uncluttered with warm textures and muted tones of plum, grey and shades of white.  Its varied buffet offers international fare and classic Thai dishes. Lunch and dinner favourites include the seabass, with masala sauce, pumpkin risotto and local tiger prawns.

Sala Rim Nam, the resort’s open-air Thai restaurant, is encircled by lotus ponds and tropical flora, offering a Thai culinary journey surrounded by the sea breeze and the fragrance of Frangipani blossoms. Standout dishes include the Massaman chicken curry and Choo Chee salmon.

Its AVANISpa offers a different approach to wellness, focusing on each guest’s individual needs rather than offering only standard treatments.  The therapist conducts a consultation with the guest to accurately determine what treatment the guest really needs.

Treatment options include Boost, Balance, Calm and Purify. Rejuvenating Boost treatments are an antidote for those suffering from low energy and jet lag.  Balance treatments ground the body, mind and mood and Calm treatments release muscle tension, relieve anxiety and recharge the mind. Purify treatments offer the perfect detox. Guests can also enjoy outdoor treatments in the air-conditioned spa pavilions by the pool.

AVANIFit focuses on lifestyle elements that promote a healthy body and healthy mind and the resort’s 2,000 square metre Fitness Club, with facilities comprising an aerobic studio, a full range of cardiovascular equipment, strength machines, free weights and two floodlit tennis courts, allow guests to keep up their fitness routines whilst on holiday or business. Daily exercise classes include Yoga, Pilates and Muay Thai boxing.

Set within the lush gardens is a 650-square-metre outdoor adult and children’s swimming pool, with a hydrotherapy Jacuzzi plunge pool.

avani-pattaya-roomLocated in the heart of Pattaya and overlooking the beach, the resort is only minutes away from the city’s hotspots and is connected to Royal Garden Plaza. This entertainment mall brings retail stores and family attractions and experiences together under one roof.  The selection of restaurants includes world-renowned Benihana, where guests can enjoy ‘eatertainment’ around Teppanyaki style dining.

Mall family entertainment comes in the form of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum of oddball finds, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Ripley’s 4D Moving Theatre and Ripley’s Infinity Maze, plus, Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Pattaya also offers a wide range of entertainment for kids ranging from The Million Years Stone Park, Crocodile Farm, Upside Down House and Sheep Farm, along with the Cartoon Network-themed waterpark with over 13-acres of family raft rides, speed-racing slides and water-play fortresses.

Pattaya is a water sport adventurists dream about. From jet skiing to deep sea fishing, windsurfing and wakeboarding to parasailing yachting, and flyboarding.

There are numerous scuba dive centres with PADI dive training courses available for novices and experienced divers, wanting to complete their dive master certification.

The weather is fantastic all year round, offering great visibility and diversity of dive sites and Coral Island is just a boat ride away, where the snorkelling and diving is amazing. For those who prefer a quieter beach experience, there’s Tien Beach, Samae Beach and Naon.

Golfing enthusiasts will be delighted by Pattaya’s range and diversity of fairways and greens. Pattaya has more than 20 championship golf courses. Many have been designed by golf legends, including Nick Faldo (Great Lakes), Jack Nicklaus (Laem Chabang), Gary Player (Sri Racha) and Robert Trent Jones (Eastern Star). The Siam Country Club is one of Thailand’s finest and most challenging courses, and has played host to international tournaments on many occasions including the LPGA.

AVANI Pattaya is 90 minutes by car from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, and the closest major beach destination to Thailand’s capital.





Uncover a different side of Phuket with Amari


MORE THAN JUST A BEACH GETAWAY, Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, is steeped in rich history dating back to the first century.

What is now referred to as the Old Town shines with personality and beautiful architecture, including the renowned Sino-Portuguese mansions and shop houses. The district is a showcase of influences from the early British, Dutch, French, Portuguese and Chinese settlers who contributed to the unique heritage and culture of the area.

To help travellers discover this colourful side of the island, Amari Phuket is introducing the Phuket Uncovered package which will take guests on a privately guided half-day walk around the Old Town.

As guests meander among the various Sino-Portuguese buildings, elaborate shrines and temples, they will discover an area dotted with quirky cafés, museums, beautifully preserved shop houses and markets.

After taking in the sites, guests will experience the southern flavours and tastes unique to Phuket with a private cooking class led by an Amari chef. The class will begin with a visit to the local market to explore the source of some of the region’s special ingredients.

In addition to the privately guided Old Town tour, market visit and cooking class, the Phuket Uncovered package includes: Welcome treats inspired by the island’s heritage; daily breakfast; 20% discount on food and beverage at all the hotel’s outlets including La Gritta, one of Phuket’s finest Italian restaurants; 20% discount at Breeze Spa; complimentary late check-out at 4 p.m.; and a special farewell gift

The Phuket Uncovered package is available exclusively at the Amari Phuket and starts at 16,193 THB for a three-night stay in a Superior Ocean Facing room. The package is available from now until Aug. 31, 2017. For more information, visit




A new lively Italian Trattoria: Allegro at Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai


THE DHARA DHEVI CHIANG MAI, a luxury resort in Northern Thailand, is set to open a new Italian trattoria, Allegro, in November.

As the resort’s 10th dining venue, Allegro will offer diners a taste of true Italian cuisine, focused on simple, family-style dishes, including wood-fired pizzas, hearty pastas and antipasto platters designed to be shared.

Italian aperitifs, featuring martini, gin and vermouth, along with an extensive Italian wine list, will accompany dishes while classic Italian desserts such as Tiramisu and Panna Cotta will round out a satiating meal.

The bistro-style restaurant will include a wood-fired pizza oven, cozy bar and bustling delicatessen, preparing a rich selection of premium charcuterie, olives, pickles, fresh-baked focaccia and daily specialties available within the restaurant and for takeaway.

Allegro will welcome guests not as diners but as family, complete with an inviting staff and a live cooking experience no matter where you’re seated, thanks to the restaurant’s layout and open kitchen approach.  The restaurant will be available from 11.30 a.m.– 22.30 p.m.

dhara-dhevi-1Chef Dario Busnelli is an experienced chef who has worked throughout Europe and Thailand. He specializes in traditional Italian cuisine based on time-honoured dishes that showcase the best of both local and imported seasonal ingredients.

“Allegro’s much-anticipated opening will further enhance our guests’ dining options while also being one of the finest Italian restaurants in the region. Bringing this concept to life at The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai for the first time is an honour and we all look forward to welcoming local and international guests to join us for not only a memorable meal, but an immerse Italian dining experience,“ said  Andrew Quinlan, Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai’s general manager,

For more information on The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai’s new Italian trattoria, Allegro, call 053 888 888 or email







Zuma to Pop Up by the beach at Anantara Layan Phuket


WORLD-RENOWNED and award-winning restaurant, Zuma, will bring its contemporary Japanese cuisine to Anantara Layan Phuket resort in Thailand – the first ever Zuma Pop-Up in Asia.

This unique dining experience, running from Dec. 15 until mid-February next year over the international festive season, will offer diners a chance to enjoy dining Zuma style, with the Andaman Sea as a breathtaking backdrop.

Menu highlights will include a selection of Zuma’s favourite signature dishes such as spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili & sweet soy; miso marinated black cod wrapped in hoba leaf and sliced yellowtail with chili relish, ponzu & pickled garlic.

A wide range of grilled dishes from the Japanese robata will also feature at the pop-up, alongside sushi and sashimi, all available for both Anantara guests and outside diners.

Hong Kong-based award-winning bar development manager, Arkadiusz Rybak, will be heading up the bar team and implementing Zuma’s classic cocktails, including the smoked Japanese whisky sour, zumanuka and raspberry and passionfruit martini.

anantara-phuket-outside-night-pixAnantara Layan Phuket Resort is situated on the northwest coast of Phuket in an intimate and unspoilt corner of the island. The resort features a selection of other wining and dining options, including the hillside signature restaurant Dee Plee, serving authentic Thai cuisine, and Anantara’s signature dining by design offering individually tailored dining experiences.

Guests can indulge in luxurious spa journeys at the resort’s Anantara spa, and the more active can take Muay thai boxing lessons or enjoy kayaking and other non-motorized watersports from Layan Beach.

Just launched are the Residences By Anantara, 15 luxurious sea view residences, offering on-call butler services. The residences are offered for holiday bookings by families or groups.

Anantara Layan is a five-star hideaway that offers guests unique experiences surrounded by natural exclusivity, with the festive Zuma Pop-Up adding to the festivities.

Zuma can be found in10 locations globally, including Bangkok, London, Dubai, Miami And Hong Kong.



Celebrating Loy Kathrong at Dhevi Dhara Chiang Mai


CELEBRATED ANNUALLY throughout Thailand, the Loy Krathong Festival stems from the ancient tradition of floating handmade krathong, or decorated baskets, on a river on the night of full moon.

The significance of Loy Krathong is to pay respects to Buddha and seek forgiveness from the goddess of water for any misdeeds against her.

While celebrated throughout the country, Loy Krathong is especially mesmerizing in Chiang Mai, where thousands of floating lanterns fill the night sky producing a truly enthralling effect nowhere is there a better place to take part in this dazzling holiday than at The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, a property enveloped in the timeless customs of Northern Thailand’s ancient Lanna Kingdom.

dhara-dhevi-1“Enchanting Loy Krathong” offer is inclusive of three days, two nights’ package in the luxurious accommodation. Cost is 46,900 THB per villa and available exclusively from Nov. 13-16, 2016.

The package includes: Two nights luxury accommodation in a Deluxe Villa; daily American buffet breakfast for two at Akaligo Restaurant; roundtrip transfer from/to Chiang Mai International Airport; Kad Mua, welcome drinks, followed by Thai buffet dinner at Le Grand Lanna for two persons on Nov. 14, including complimentary Kom Loy release and Krathong; private rice-planting experience; and complimentary resort scheduled activities such as morning alms giving, yoga, Thai boxing, etc.

Advance reservation is required, and booking must be made directly with the hotel.





Dusit International Joins Hands with Singapore Airlines


DUSIT INTERNATIONAL and Singapore Airlines have signed a partnership agreement to offer special benefits for members of KrisFlyer, the airline’s frequent flyer program.

To celebrate the new partnership, KrisFlyer members can now earn 500 base miles for every qualified stay at participating Dusit Hotels and Resorts worldwide from now through Dec. 15, 2016, KrisFlyer members who book at least two nights or more at participating Dusit Hotels and Resorts will enjoy 20% off Dusit’s Best Available Rates and double miles for each stay.

The offer applies to advance bookings made online at with the promotion code SIADB.

Guests who sign up for Dusit Gold, Dusit’s loyalty guest program, will receive additional privileges, including instant rewards, dining and laundry discounts, complimentary amenities and free night rewards. Membership is free.

For more information about participating hotels or Dusit Gold, visit

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Celebrating Bastille Day at VIE Bangkok

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MGALLERY BY SOFITEL is celebrating France’s Bastille Day this July 14th with an innovative and delicious Bastille Day set dinner and wine pairing at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine.

This four-course French menu by VIE’s French chef will inspire you raise a glass of fine wine on France’s national day.

The set dinner features crab salad, tomato consommé, tarragon cream and Avruga caviar for a starter; seared Chilean Sea-Bass, olive oil crushed potatoes, Noilly-Prat Velouté along with ballotine of bresse chicken, parsley purée, girolles and jus for main courses; and a tantalizing summer berry mille-feuille, vanilla and mint-lime ice cream for dessert.

Every course is paired with top-of-the-line wines that express an appreciation for the finest pleasures of life.

Dinner is served at 7 p.m. Price is 1,999 THB per person, with an additional charge of 1,500 THB for wine pairing.

There’s an Early Bird Deal with 20% off for advance reservations within Friday, July 8, 2016 **

For reservations and more information, call 02-3093939, or email, or click on



Anantara Si Kao Offers guests a chance to save endangered dugongs


IN THE SOUTHERN PROVINCE of Trang, along the untouched Andaman coast, some of Thailand’s best kept secrets are easily accessible from Anantara Si Kao Resort, where guests are invited to give back to the surrounding natural environment.

The clear waters are home to one of the largest dugong populations in Southeast Asia. Also known as the ‘sea cow’, these sea mammals are becoming increasingly endangered due to hunting, fishing and destruction of their natural habitat.

In partnership with the Marine National Park Diversion Centre Trang, Anantara guests can take part in regenerating the fragile coastal ecosystem and rebuilding the prime feeding ground for endangered dugongs by planting its main food source – sea grass.

At the Anantara Si Kao’s Environmental Centre, guests gather sea grass seedlings from the nursery and learn interesting facts about dugongs and the importance of sea grass for their survival.

At low tide they travel to the stunning Had Chao Mai National Park for a short forest hike to the beachfront, and then walk across the sand banks to the restoration area, learning how to plant the sea grass with a local conservation expert.

Returning to the hotel, guests are presented with an Anantara Sea Grass Project certificate by the environmental team, as a gesture of appreciation for taking part in the CSR activity.

Sea grass plays a significant role in the ecosystem and also serves to protect and enhance the lives of coastal communities. It stabilizes the ocean floor, holds in sediment, breaks down waves, improves water quality and prevents erosion. Sea grass beds hold 10% of the oceans’ total carbon storage and twice as much carbon dioxide as rainforests. Sea cucumbers, sea urchins and crabs use it as a nursery and safe haven against strong currents. Sea grass provides food and habitat for nearly 70% of all sea creatures in the region and is a vital food source for the dugong population.

Though of great importance to the ecosystem, sea grass meadows are often forgotten in the conservation debate. Every hour across the globe, an area of sea grass the size of two football pitches is lost; a rate of loss that is equal to that occurring in tropical rainforests and on coral reefs, yet receiving a fraction of the attention.

Anantara Si Kao Resort is committed to changing this and created the Sea Grass Planting CSR Project to help educate guests, restore and conserve sea grass beds, ensuring that marine life like the endangered dugong can continue to thrive in their natural habitat in the south of Thailand.

It is estimated that there are approximately 250 dugongs left in the waters near Anantara Si Kao and the resort has also introduced tours that takes guests dugong spotting in their natural habitat. As guests keep their eyes peeled to spot dugongs swimming peacefully in the Andaman’s clear waters the excitement of a rare sighting is enriched by insightful facts about these shy and fascinating creatures.

Anantara Si Kao Resort has a variety of CSR projects that guests can join, including beach clean-up activities, educational projects to help conserve environmental resources, and monitoring of coral reefs, mangroves, sea grass, beach erosion and wildlife.

For further information, call +66 (0) 7520 5888 or email



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