AVANI Riverside Bangkok set to re-energize Thailand’s River of Kings
Holiday Feasts at VIE Bangkok
Christmas and New Year at Soneva Kiri
Dhara Dhevi’s Oriental Culinary Academy
Celebrating Loy Kathrong at SALA
Centara Maris Resort Jomtien opening in December
Anantara offering complimentary in-room smartphone at two Bangkok locations
Making your dreams of a good night’s rest come true at Six Senses
What’s Trending at Six Senses?
Evason Hua Hin opens Asia’s first plant-based culinary academy

AVANI Riverside Bangkok set to re-energize Thailand’s River of Kings


A NEW STAR is ready to shine fresh light on the banks of Bangkok’s picturesque Chao Phraya River with the opening of AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel in April 2016.

Rising 26-storeys, AVANI Riverside Bangkok overlooks the city’s bustling waterway and will boast uninterrupted views across Asia’s most dynamic city. Each of its 251 guest rooms and suites will feature an uninterrupted view of the river and city.

On the hotel’s rooftop sits Attitude Bar and Restaurant, offering views of unmatched panoramas over the city, as well as a designer infinity pool for a very chilled perch to tower above the energy of capital.

AVANI%20Riverside%20Bangkok_River_View_Junior_Suite_Twilight_with_viewAttitude, which has been designed for parties, private events or sunset drinks, is just one of the four bars and restaurants at AVANI Riverside Bangkok. Long Bar and Skyline dish up an impressive choice of plates, while the casual Pantry offers up grab-and-go delights in the lobby.

Avani’s lobby is digitized, with computer connections and open meeting spaces, that help make check in a breeze.

The hotel also raises the bar with its modern Grand Ballroom, a flexible space of nearly 4,500 square metres, perfect for any event accommodating up to 1,500 people. Its design will ensure that weddings, product launches, corporate events and conferences all go off without a hitch. The ballroom also has its own open-plan kitchen.

The highest ballroom ceilings in Bangkok vault overhead, while its skylights flood the venue with natural light. Situated on the 10th floor, the venue showcases the same stunning views found throughout the hotel.

AVANI Riverside’s complimentary shuttle boat reaches the BTS Skytrain station and pier at Saphan Taksin in only 15 minutes. However, with 60 world-renowned retail brands, restaurants, bars, spas and entertainment outlets at the adjoining Riverside Plaza, guests will have everything at their fingertips, without venturing into the city’s excitement.




Holiday Feasts at VIE Bangkok

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IT ALL STARTS with a grand buffet dinner on Christmas Eve that will feature its Christmas Carolers, followed by a Christmas set lunch on Christmas Day, and another grand dinner on New Year’s Eve and a pool party.

Christmas Eve set dinner at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine will feature appetizers, Jerusalem artichoke cream soup with black truffle, sous-vide turkey bread roll with confit potato, and more.

The evening will be accompanied by a live trio of our own VIE carolers singing the heartwarming songs of the season and plenty of Christmas spirit.

Cost – 2,700 THB per person. Selected wine pairing is an additional 1,500THB. Christmas Eve Dinner is served 7:00 – 10:30 pm

 Three-course Christmas set lunch, also served at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine, with feature holiday dishes and “everything just the way it is meant to be on Christmas”. Cost – 790 THB per person and served from noon to 3 pm.

Toast the old year out and welcome in the New Year at a grand buffet dinner. Cost – 3,500 THB per person and includes a welcome glass of sparkling bubbly. The dinner is served from 7 to 10.30 p.m.

Then, top off the evening at VIE’s New Year’s Eve party at the hotel’s rooftop pool with a fabulous view of the city coming alive at the rousing countdown with music by special guest DJs.

Entrance fee is 1000 THB and includes three drinks, during 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. 

For reservations and more information, call +66 (0) 2309 3939, email, or click on



Christmas and New Year at Soneva Kiri

Sovena Kiri Palms

“THE FESTIVE SEASON AT SONEVA is where every day holds the promise of new activities to inspire our guests and rare moments of perfect contentment … sunset cruises, wine tastings, gourmet pleasures, astronomy lessons, cocktail parties and traditional Christmas dinners, said Sonu Shivdasani, founder and CEO of Soneva, talking about celebrating Christmas and New Year at Soneva Kiri.

“The highlight at both resorts ( Soneva Kiri in Thailand and Soneva Fushi in The Maldives) is the New Year’s Eve gourmet journey that takes guests on a journey via numerous culinary and entertainment stations through the islands, which we plan almost one year in advance.”

Everything starts on Christmas Eve at The Beach at 6.30 p.m. for pre-dinner drinks and yuletide classics and carol-singing by children from Klong Jao School, Koh Hood.

The Christmas Eve dinner, served from 7.30 to 10 p.m., at Benz for an intimate Thai family style meal or a European-style Christmas Eve set dinner at The View.

On Christmas Day, there will be will be a Christmas Brunch that includes traditional Christmas dishes or a variety of Thai gourmet classics at the Barefoot Festive Feast ,

Between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, there’s a wide range of activities to keep everyone in your group active and busy. Kite making, for example. It’s a treasured tradition in Thailand, and guests are invited to construct and fly kites made of organic bamboo under the expert tutelage of Khun Weera, the visiting ‘Bamboo Guru’.

There’s also snorkelling at Koh Rang National Marine Park or kayaking along the scenic Yai Ki River.

At night, stargaze with the award-wining astronomer Prof. Massimo Tarenghi from Soneva Kiri’s state of the art observatory, and learn all about the stars and planets in the unpolluted skies above Koh Kood. There’s also Six Senses Spa as well as yoga and exercises to keep you in shape between feasting. Put on your Party hat as Soneva Kiri will offer a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration, with an evening of food, wine, adventure and entertainment that will span the breadth and depth of the resort.

Guests will be taken on a five-stop culinary journey through the elements and the continents, at every twist and turn enjoying another unexpected sensory treat.

The evening will climax in a spectacular event at the beach with a guest DJ and laser show accompanying guests into the early hours of 2016.



Dhara Dhevi’s Oriental Culinary Academy

Culinary Academy

WANT TO LEARN some of the secrets behind preparing what is one of the world’s most loved cuisines?

Answer yes to any of the above and you’ll want to make a reservation at the resort’s Oriental Culinary Academy, which runs Thai cooking classes daily (except Sunday).

The Culinary Academy is located in a wooden pavilion behind Le Grand Lanna restaurant. Its classroom-style kitchen is fitted with individual cooking stations, extractor hoods, sinks and preparation areas for up to 20 “culinary students”.

More than just a cooking class, it’s a journey of culinary exploration and discovery, in which the chef explains the subtle balance of flavours in Thai cuisine – including the secrets of Lanna herbs and spices – and the difference between northeastern, central and southern Thai styles.

At the end of a class, guests are presented with an apron, Oriental Culinary Academy certificate (perfect for hanging on the kitchen wall back home) and easy-to-follow menu print-outs of the dishes cooked… great mementos from a great experience.

The Cooking Class is held twice daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., at 2,800 THB per person. A Fruit and Vegetable Carving Class runs from 1.30 p.m. to-2.30 p.m., at 1,000 THB per person

There is an option to include in the Cooking Class a visit to the local wet market, where guests are guided through an intriguing maze of stalls selling fresh vegetables, fruit, meats, sweets and other exotic market produce. The Cooking Class with Market Tour is available once daily from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, at 3,500 THB net per person.



Celebrating Loy Kathrong at SALA

Loy Kathrong

SALA RESORTS & SPAS will be celebrating Loy Kathrong at its resorts throughout Thailand. The festival is one of the most popular in Thailand and is celebrated on the full moon of the 12th lunar month. This year it will be marked on Nov. 25.

The celebration is an expression of gratitude to the goddess of water, where individuals release candle-lit offerings into rivers or the sea, or send rice-paper balloons aloft into the night sky with their wishes.

At SALA Samui, Loy Kathrong festivities will include a traditional Thai buffet, featuring cuisines from Thailand’s four regions. Cost – 1,450 THB per person. For more information, call 66 (0) 7724-5888.

The festival will also be marked with a night of Thai cuisine and culture and romance, which is also associated with Loy Kathrong, at SALA Phuket Thai Village Market. Cost – 1,600 THB per person and 3,800 THB per couple. For more information, call 66 (0) 7633- 8888.

Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s most popular Loy Kathrong destinations and at SALA Lanna, there will be riverside dining options that include international buffet options. Cost – 1,900 THB per person. For more information, call 66 (0) 5324-2588.

At SALA Ayutthaya, Loy Kathrong festivities start with a four-course Thai traditional set dinner that features a view of Wat Phutthaisawan and a Thai masked (Khon) dance show. Then, make your wish and release your kathrong onto the Chao Phraya River. The dinner is available from 6 to 10 p.m. Cost – 1,500 THB per person and includes a kathrong for each table. For more information, call 66 (0) 3524-2588.

SALA Rattanakosia will be marking the festival with a six-course set dinner and cultural entertainment at 7,500 THB per couple. SALA Rattanakosin eatery and bar will be offering a mini BBQ buffet at 2,500 THB per person at The Roof. Prices include a sunset cocktail party at the Roof from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. For more information, call 66 (0) 2622-1388.


Centara Maris Resort Jomtien opening in December

Centra Maris Resort Jomtien - Junior Suite 03 CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS will be launching its newest property in Thailand, Centra Maris Resort Jomtien, in mid-December. Jomtien Beach is a short hop from Bangkok – with a new perspective from that of it nearby Pattaya.

It features 282 rooms, suites and residences in total, all designed with a fresh modern style, incorporating clean lines, light wood furnishings and splashes of vivid colours. All offer living spaces of up to 60 square metres, with the option of garden or ocean views.

Pool suites and family residences come complete with a private garden and plunge pool, while each residence can sleep up to 3 adults, or 2 adults and 3 children.

Family-friendly facilities are a specialty of Centara and Centara Maris Jomtien will offer Thailand’s first hobbit-themed Kids’ Club, with Camp Safari for the youngest ones and a teenage-friendly E-Zone where there are engaging activities to keep kids of all ages entertained.

Other facilities worth exploring are the lagoon-shaped swimming pool complete with Jacuzzis as well as a children’s water play area and water slide.

For adults, there’s ‘Cense by SPA Cenvaree’, set over two floors where you can journey through the healing traditions of Southeast Asia. Guests can choose from a broad range of therapies, including massage, body treatment and facials that feature Thai herbs, floral extracts and aromatic oils. A fitness centre also allows for further rejuvenation for the body and mind.

Dining options include an all-day dining venue serving varied buffet-style breakfasts, and an international and Thai à la carte menu for lunch and dinner, with indoor and outdoor dining options.

The resort’s poolside restaurant offers an eclectic selection of quality food & drink, serving everything from fresh seafood and fish to chops and steaks, and perfect burgers with modern twists. In-room dining is available throughout the day. There’s also a the swim-up pool bar — another appealing feature for adult guests.

Centra Maris Resort Jomtien is a one and one-half hour drive from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and conveniently close to some of the area’s most iconic attractions, including Koh Lan Island, Underwater World Pattaya, Pattaya Floating Market, and the religious monument, the Sanctuary of Truth.

The over-all area of Jomtien is undergoing a face lift that will make it more attractive to tourists. The facelift includes new sidewalks, building sports, recreation and water facilities, more greenery and playgrounds.




Anantara offering complimentary in-room smartphone at two Bangkok locations

Anantara handyphone - 1ANANTARA SIAM BANGKOK HOTEL and Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort now offer a complimentary smartphone called “handy” in all guest rooms – the first hotels in Thailand to offer such a service.

Much more than just a smartphone, the aptly named handy device is preloaded with destination specific features to offer a superior guest experience and interactive travel solutions for leisure and business travelers.

The smartphone keeps guests connected, informed and entertained 24 hours a day, both onsite at the hotels and when they are on the move.

handy also offers unlimited local and international calls to ten destinations from each hotel, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, China, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Unlimited 3G data connectivity comes with a WiFi tethering capability to other mobile devices such as laptops and tablets and also pre-installed popular social media apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These features eliminate the expense of data roaming and high phone bills, and make it exceptionally easy to stay connected with friends, family or work.

Anantara handy - 2Whether guests are in Bangkok for business or pleasure, getting out and about for sightseeing, shopping, events or meetings are seamless with a selection of pre-installed travel apps, including currency conversion, maps, GPS, news and translation services, enhanced by the option of installing additional apps from the Google Play Store.

A digital city guide includes recommendations and promotions for restaurants, shops and tourist attractions.

Returning to the hotels after exploring the city is made easy using the handy taxi card feature, which details the hotels’ addresses written in Thai with a location map included for easy reference.

handy is also a great travel companion, with direct dial features that can be used whilst on the move around the city, as well as at the hotels.

Browsing history and any additional apps that have been installed and all personal information will be removed at check out.



Making your dreams of a good night’s rest come true at Six Senses

Six Senses Sleep Matresses

MANY PEOPLE DO NOT SLEEP WELL, and according to Dr. Michael Breus, diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and consulting sleep doctor to Six Senses, poor sleep over a period of months and years is associated with long-term health consequences such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

There are several things that a person who struggles to get a good night’s can do to increase the quality of their sleep. Tips include going to bed at the same time each evening, consistency reinforces the body’s sleep-wake cycle; setting your thermostat to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius) for the ideal ‘night’ temperature and energy savings, and making sure your bedroom is completely dark since nightlights, phones and alarm clocks disturb natural melatonin production.

Also topping the list for optimizing sleep is the quality of the mattress you sleep on and your choice of linens.

At Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, great efforts have been made to deliver the best possible night’s rest to guests and the group identified the highest quality, handmade natural fibre bed on the market that is also made based on sustainable practices and components – Naturalmat.

The Six Senses bed created by Naturalmat is a mattress and topper combination made with entirely natural and organic materials, all from renewable and sustainable sources. All Naturalmat mattresses are handcrafted from their premises on the banks of the River Exe in Devon, UK.

The Six Senses mattress has a supportive core made from hand-nested individual pocket springs in cotton casings, these are then sandwiched between layers of natural latex. The mattress is tufted in organic lambs wool. Wool is the perfect natural insulator, its complex structure of fibres allows it to wick moisture away from the body ensuring even body temperature maintenance – keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

The Six Senses topper adds a soft top layer to the mattress. Naturalmat bed bases are traditionally made, using FSC timber, which is constructed using solid corner pieces and all components are glued and screwed together to make a really strong and long-lasting bed base.

Guests interested in experiencing the Six Senses Sleep Program, can contact their Six Senses property of choice in advance of their arrival to inquire about the availability of the new bed.

Guests interested in purchasing a Six Senses Naturalmat mattress can place their order at any of the resorts currently featuring the mattresses – Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal and Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman. Orders can also be placed by phone at +66 2631 9777 or email at

Six Senses in tandem with Dr. Breus, consulting sleep doctor to the brand, will roll out a group-wide sleep program called Sleep with Six Senses in 2016.



What’s Trending at Six Senses?

 is launching a social media feed aggregator on the brand’s website,

The new platform called The Edit by Six Senses aggregates user generated and brand content through the use of hashtags and key words in social platform posts.

Guests visiting the website of Six Senses can enter into the social media world of the brand through the group’s home page or via dedicated microsite,, pulling content from Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram, and featuring the best and most interesting content shared by users as well as Six Senses resorts and spas.

Updates to the feed occur daily, so the content is always changing.    Six Senses prioritized the importance of connecting with guests and fans at a deeper level through social media in 2015. The brand’s objectives were to grow its social IQ by educating Six Senses hosts about the most important social media channels and functionality, while simultaneously inspiring guests through the publishing of rich, engaging content.

Teams have been selected as social media ambassadors at all resorts and in the spa division. The most talented joined the Six Senses Social Media Academy, which ran over a period of eight months. Channel tutorials were held on a monthly basis and included daily homework, channel testing and a final exam.

“This dedicated micro site, not only allows us to curate the best content, but makes it easy for guests to search content, photos and videos by property location and subject,” said Julia Gajcak, vice-president marketing and communications.

“We’ve seen some tremendous work and creative content developed at all levels of the organization and look forward to evolving our social media and online presence in the months ahead.”

The brand’s first campaign entitled #outoftheordinary celebrates what makes the unique group of resorts and spas so special – from paragliding arrivals off a mountain cliff in Oman at Six Senses Zighy Bay and oenology and wine certification programs in Portugal at Six Senses Douro Valley to behind the scenes access to pandas in China at Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain.


Evason Hua Hin opens Asia’s first plant-based culinary academy

EHHChill_by_the_pond_-_Reception_hiresEVASON HUA HIN is opening of a culinary academy in partnership with Matthew Kenney Cuisine, well-known American integrated lifestyle brand founded to meet the increasing interest in living foods, and the art of raw food preparation.

For Evason, Matthew Kenney Cuisine is “an ideal partner”.

The new academic facility offers Asia’s first classically structured plant-based culinary academy, surrounded by 20 acres of rich, manicured tropical gardens, lotus ponds and access to the best plant-based produce in Thailand.

Built upon Founder Matthew Kenney’s culinary training in plant-based raw foods cuisine, the new culinary academy offers month-long courses, as well as weekday and weekend workshops, which will be introduced later in the year.

The curriculum centres on the use of whole, organic, unprocessed plant-based foods to achieve healthy, esthetically refined and flavourful cuisine. Core programing focuses on the “Fundamentals of Raw Cuisine” and offers students comprehensive training in the principles in the art of raw food, as well as cooked plant-based cuisine classes that further the modern, creative approach to preparing nutritious foods.

Its programs are structured to provide students heightened new techniques, enabling them to execute and innovate raw and cooked plant-based cuisine at the highest level. As part of an exclusive enrollment package, students are provided with accommodations at the resort.

The intimate class structure and personalized instruction at all Matthew Kenney Culinary Academies allow for hands-on experiences within a custom designed, commercial living foods kitchen.

Every aspect of the culture, operation, and facility are developed to foster the company’s mission to advance cutting-edge living cuisine. As at other locations, the faculty and staff are hand selected and trained in the latest culinary and educational techniques, priding themselves on continually advancing their own creativity and knowledge.

Evason Hua Hin, located 25 km south of Hua Hin, is famed for the Thai Royal Summer Palace, and provides calming views over the Gulf of Siam. A fully-immersive destination, Evason Hua Hin recently underwent a major enhancement program, refurbishing all 196 guest rooms, suites and pool villas.

The resort complements the Matthew Kenney Culinary approach to holistic living with its Six Senses Spa featuring popular wellness programs including Discover Yoga, Yogic Detox and Yogic Sleep and a dedication to sustainable practices including water use reduction, waste management, sustainable purchasing and carbon emission reductions.

For more information on academy training, visit Matthew Kenney Culinary’s website or

To reserve accommodations for the Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy, visit:







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