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Meet High Priestess Ibu Jero at Anantara Uluwatu Bali
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Anantara Siam Bangkok unveils new contemporary Thai-inspired guestrooms
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In Remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej 1927 – 2016
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Soneva’s Secrets of Indochina Tour
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Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel Bangkok offering chance to win new car
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Japanese ZUMA Restaurant coming to Anantara Layan in December
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New manager for Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas Trat
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Star-Studded 18th World Gourmet Festival returns to Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
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Centara to support program that puts surplus food to good use
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Spa Magic now at discount price for one week

Meet High Priestess Ibu Jero at Anantara Uluwatu Bali

ANANTARA ULUWATU BALI RESORT provides a prime location for rebalancing your body and mind and is introducing a new series of unique healing packages, led by renowned native High Priestess, Ibu Jero.

Ibu Jero is a native Balinese healer offering traditional therapies combined with the wisdom of both Asian and Western ideology. Fifth in a long line of Balinese healers, she brings the extensive knowledge and experience of her ancestors to bear on her enlightening work

. She offers a channel between the spiritual and our physical selves, and her power is rare, being one of only a few High Priestesses in Bali. To maintain this title she, in part, lives in devotion of Bali’s spiritual traditions, visits all major temples, and even makes up to 50 offerings every day.

Following a life-threatening experience Ibu Jero devoted herself to spirituality.

“I understand that Eastern and Western modalities are complementary; where the East is spiritually aware, the West is physically advanced,” said the high priestess.

“The human being is a complex system of mind, emotions, spirit, body and soul. When we want true healing and liberation to occur, we need to go deeply into each level.” Ibu Jero’s ability to act as a channel for healing energies to flow thru is greatly influenced from her ancestors.

Her years of training cover traditional restorative treatments, massage, aromatherapy, natural medicine, traditional herbs and chakra balancing.

Discover deep meditation practices and enhance your energy through special therapies with Ibu Jero. Learn to set intentions that improve your life and well-being. Listen to your inner voice and achieve balance with the help of the enchanting High Priestess.

A seven-hour spiritual journey is offered for guests who seek a deeply immersive experience. Travel to the extremely sacred Tirta Sudamala Temple in Bangli where a holy spring has provided cleansing for hundreds of years.

Pilgrims bathe in blessed water where they connect to the earth and undergo holistic cleansing.

Ibu Jero guides participants through the temple processes and then performs a seven stage chakra cleansing and purification to clear life blocks from the past and present.

Step into the revered pool to wash away that which no longer serves you. Transport, lunch, and temple offerings are all included in the US450 package for two persons.

Guests can choose a 60-minute Balinese Reiki Session to cleanse and align their chakras, a powerful and restorative therapy. Or, try an Energy Cleansing Session if there is the need to release negative energies that are restricting their path in life. Both therapies are offered at US 165 per person.

Couples can declare their love with a Sunset Couple Blessing and Healing Ritual, which involves a past life and chakra cleanse, allowing you to move forward together afresh.

Next, she’ll align your chakra energies and let any negativity slip away, offering peace and setting intention for a harmonious relationship. A calming water blessing purification follows before a traditional Balinese offering.

Ideal for engagements, pre-wedding vows or anniversary celebrations, the ritual lasts 90-minutes and is priced at US300 per couple.

The Group Melukat Ceremony comprises a water blessing, often compared to a ‘holy’ shower. Together, the group chant mantras and set good intentions for the future amidst water, incense and flowers.

Only High Priests or Priestesses can offer this therapy and Ibu Jero is famous for it, bringing holistic balance to participants. This 2-hour purification ceremony is priced at USD 600 for up to five people.

Ibu Jero’s healing therapies can be booked through Anantara Spa. For reservations and more information, please call + 62 (361) 8957555 Ext.6900 or email spa.uluwatu@anantara.com.

These experiences are the perfect add-on to the Wellbeing Retreat package at Anantara Uluwatu. Rates start from US145 per couple, per night and include luxury accommodation and a personalized wellness itinerary.

 

 

 

Anantara Siam Bangkok unveils new contemporary Thai-inspired guestrooms

DESIGNED BY Jeffrey A. Wilkes of LTW Designworks, recognized for his ability to blend cosmopolitan influences with tradition, the new interiors of its flagship Anantara Siam Bangkok’s deluxe and premier guestrooms inject a fresh sense of luxury by infusing a more contemporary esthetic, greeting guests with a subtle Thai character, in keeping with the Anantara brand.

Using elegant regional undertones, typical Asian details were eschewed with the design instead paying homage to Thai palaces that have been constructed with European influences.

Thai silk has been used as wall panels to give a simple and elegant finish, a refined reflection of Thailand, and an antique map of Bangkok in the deluxe rooms provides an interesting conversation piece.

The 307 new 42-square-metre deluxe and premier guestrooms in one king size bed or two double bed configurations can accommodate up to three adults or two adults and a child, and feature an en-suite marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub and separate glass enclosed shower.

Four room categories are available: Deluxe Room; deluxe view room; premier room; and premier view room.  The view category rooms expansive windows reveal the hotel’s tropical gardens; swimming pool; or the immaculate private golf course of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club in the heart of one of the world’s most enigmatic capital cities.

Ideal for business travellers, some of the deluxe and premier guestrooms are located on the hotel’s exclusive Kasara Floor where, at a daily fee, guests are afforded access to the Kasara Executive Lounge with all-day dining; dedicated Concierge and business services; and private meeting facilities.

The addition of a complimentary Handy smartphone in every room allows guests to keep in touch with family and friends with unlimited international calls and texts to 25 countries, and 4G and preloaded popular apps to explore Bangkok with ease.

The refurbishment of its Deluxe and Premier guestrooms completes a 470 THB million project that also saw the upgrade of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s suites and public spaces.

 

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In Remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej 1927 – 2016

This month, SALA Hospitality joins the Thai people in mourning and bidding farewell to the nation’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who for over 70 years has been Thailand’s guiding light.

The royal cremation ceremony is scheduled to take place from October 25-29, 2017.

On October 26, the Thai government has called for the public’s co-operation in refraining from organising all kinds of entertainment, with entertainment expected to be toned down from October 21 until the end of the month out of respect for the funeral ceremonies.

Following the royal cremation ceremony, the government will hold a month-long exhibition from 1 to 30 November 1-30, 2017 at the Royal Crematorium and Sanam Luang ceremonial ground in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Sala Samui Choengmon Beach, guests interested to learn more about the late King’s life and work are invited to join special outdoor screenings of a short film about His Majesty. All musical entertainment and beach movies have been cancelled for the month of October, except for these two screenings.

Click here for more information about the Royal Cremation Ceremony

 

 

 

 

Soneva’s Secrets of Indochina Tour

SONEVA IS OFFERING a special Secrets of Indochina tour – your choice of a 3, 4 or 7-night cruise along the Mekong River on the Aqua Mekong – a 20-suite, five-star luxury vessel – to glide through the beauty of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Then hop aboard Soneva Kiri’s private cessna, departing from Siem Reap, to whisk you away to Soneva Kiri on the secluded island of Koh Kood. Retreat to your own pool villa or discover the lush island nestled in the Gulf of Thailand. End the trip in Bangkok.

Stay in The Siam, a hotel filled with bespoke cultural amusements and captivating design. Sip a cocktail riverside or venture out into the city. Book at least two of the three properties and get a 10% discount off the published rate and receive a complimentary Treepod Dining experience; a private Cinema Paradiso Experience; a cooking class; a private sunset cruise; a father & son picnic as well as a mother & daughter spa; or a cheese and red wine tasting with gourmet canapés, chocolates and ice cream and mocktails for the kids at Soneva Kiri.

For reservations, go to reservations@soneva.com or your preferred trade partner. Quote the booking code when making reservations: Secrets

 

 

Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel Bangkok offering chance to win new car

ANY CUSTOMER booking an event or wedding at Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel, Bangkok, from now until Dec. 10, 2017, will go into the draw to win a Mitsubishi Attrage valued at 456,000 THB. The winner will be announced on Dec. 20, 2017.

Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel, which opened in 2016, is a stylish property that caters for both business and leisure travelers. It also has extensive function space, including the spacious Wanda Grand Ballroom, which makes the hotel ideal for all types of events, from corporate functions to social soirées and once-in-a-lifetime weddings.

“When we launched this contest earlier this year we received an amazing response,” said Rene Jewel, the hotel’s general manager. “Our meeting venues were already very popular in the local market, and this unique competition has made us even more appealing to event organizers.

“It resonated especially strongly with wedding planners, as couples dream of driving away from their “big day” in a brand new car.”

“We’re now entering the final phase of the contest and customers have just three months left to enter. We’re really looking forward to announcing the winner of the brand new Mitsubishi Attrage on Dec. 20 – it will be a fantastic occasion,” Rene added.

Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel has four floors of meeting space, making it perfect for large or more intimate events. And the hotel’s convenient location, close to Bangkok’s expressway network, puts the entire city within easy reach – especially when you’re driving away in a brand new car.

For more information about this amazing contest, or to book your next event at Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel,  call 02-582-8282 ext. 4520, visit www.bwpluswandagrand.com or check out our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bwpwanda.

 

 

Japanese ZUMA Restaurant coming to Anantara Layan in December

 ZUMA, THE AWARD-WINNING contemporary Japanese restaurant from creator and co-founder Rainer Becker, will pop-up for its second season in Sala Layan, the beach-fronted restaurant at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort between  Dec. 15, 2017 and March 15, 2018.

Zuma’s cuisine is inspired by the informal izakaya dining style that makes it authentic but not traditional Japanese. The menu is designed to be shared and offers dishes from the sushi counter, the main kitchen and grill.

Since its opening in London in 2002, Zuma has achieved global success and expanded to eleven international locations. Highlights will include a selection of favourite signature dishes such as spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, sliced yellowtail with green chilli and miso marinated black cod, as well as dishes from the robata grill alongside fresh sushi and sashimi.

Popping-up in Sala Layan, the pop up restaurant nuzzles Anantara Layan’s beach and pool areas creating a whole new vibe for the festive season right through to mid-March.

As the sun dips over the sea an entertainment program featuring various guest DJ’s from around the region.

Anantara Layan is set in a secluded bay on the Andaman coastline whilst nestling in the peaceful tropical rainforest of the Sirinath National Park.

The resort features a selection of other creative and intimate dining options including the hillside restaurant dee plee, which serves authentic Thai cuisine, and Anantara’s signature’ Dining by Design’, which offers individually tailored dining experiences in favourite locations throughout the resort.

For luxurious spa journeys, there’s the resort’s Anantara Spa, and for the more active, Muay Thai boxing lessons or kayaking and other non-motorized watersports from Layan Beach.

Guests can extend their Zuma experience into the luxury of Layan Residences by Anantara. With 15 Residences, atop the tropical hillside, they offer between two and seven bedrooms, views of the resort and the Andaman Sea, entertaining spaces and an infinity pool.

For Anantara Layan booking details, visit: www.phuket-layan.anantara.com

For further information on The Residences by Anantara, e-mail residences@minor.com or visit www.residences-anantara.com

 

New manager for Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas Trat

THATTHEP (“KEVIN”) THAMRONGWARASART has been appointed manager of Centara Chaan Talay Resort and Villas beach resort in Trat, on the east side of the Gulf of Thailand. The appointment was effective since June.

Thatthep graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general management from Bangkok University and has a diploma in travel and tourism from Cavendish College, London. He has worked for more than 15 years in hotel management and has valuable experience across a multitude of fine brands.

Since beginning his career at Six Senses Bangkok, his journey has taken him to Sheraton, Dusit, Ritz Carlton and Sofitel in various roles across Thailand. Prior to joining Centara, he held a senior management position at Sofitel So Bangkok.

For Centara, Thatthep will manage an exclusive retreat known for its tranquil natural setting in the jungle on a white sand beach. The resort offers villas and suites with private sundecks and jacuzzis perfect for couples; larger units ideal for families; and meeting venues popular for conferences and team-building retreats.

An open-air restaurant and bar take advantage of beach sunsets and views across the channel to Koh Chang and neighbouring islands. The resort is less than an hour from the town of Trat and its airport, or about a four-hour drive from Bangkok.

“We are pleased to have Mr. Thatthep join the Centara family,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts. “His experience will benefit the guests and staff of our little jewel of a resort in Trat.”

Thatthep said he was honoured to be part of the Centara family, “and to take this opportunity to learn and grow together with this internationally renowned, successful Thai brand. I hope I can also bring more value to my hometown region and can’t wait to see the development in local tourism in the near future”.

 

 

 

Star-Studded 18th World Gourmet Festival returns to Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

ELEVEN CHEFS EXTRAORDINAIRE, representing eight countries from Australia to Japan and from Italy to Portugal will present an international culinary feast of note at the 18th annual World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.

The festival runs from Sept. 4-11, 2017.

The World Gourmet Festival has grown in prominence to feature an extraordinary line-up of some of the best chefs, winemakers and food experts from across the globe, all gathered together under one roof for a week-long celebration of outstanding cuisine and superb wines.

This year, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel partnered with Sanpellegrino to invite Michelin-starred chefs and chefs, who are included in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Australia’s Top Restaurants lists, as well as some returning familiar faces.

Confirmed to participate in the 18th annual World Gourmet Festival are:

  • Guillaume Galliot: Caprice at Four Seasons, Hong Kong (2 Michelin stars)
  • Shinichiro Takagi: Restaurant Zeniya in Kanazawa, Japan (2 Michelin stars)
  • Cristina Bowerman: Glass Hostaria in Rome, Italy (1 Michelin star)
  • Miguel Laffan: L’AND Vineyards in Alentejo, Portugal (1 Michelin star)
  • Costardi Brothers Christian and Manuel: Ristorante Christian e Manuel in Vercelli, Italy (1 Michelin star)
  • Jason Tan: Corner House Singapore (1 Michelin star)
  • Hiroaki Ishizuka: Kien in Tokyo, Japan (1 Michelin star)
  • Anatoly Kazakov: Selfie Restaurant & Bar in Moscow, Russia (The World’s 50 Best Restaurants)
  • Jock Zonfrillo: Restaurant Orana in Adelaide, Australia (Australia’s Top Restaurants)
  • Bobby Chinn: Restaurant Bobby Chinn in Hanoi, Vietnam

Each guest chef will be host to two dinners in one of the hotel’s award winning Madison, Spice Market, Shintaro, and Biscotti restaurants.

The ever popular exclusive fringe events in the hotel’s iconic lobby and Aqua Bar, like the Taittinger Champagne Journey, return and, following on from the success of last year’s inaugural Fragrance Dinner, where classic fragrances were expertly matched with fine wines and unique dishes, this year’s late afternoon formal affair, on Sept. 9, will see the addition of fashion and fine art in a Bangkok first.

A tradition and crowd pleaser in recent years, the inimitable Chef Bobby Chinn, renowned restaurateur and TV personality from Hanoi, will close the 18th World Gourmet Festival with the hugely popular World Gourmet Brunch on Sept. 10, during which he will cook up a storm and rock the house with his band.

The 18th World Gourmet Festival is a supporter of HRH Princess Soamsawali AZT Fund For Pregnant Women Of The Thai Red Cross Society.  The 600 THB per dinner ticket sold and proceeds from the auctions, which take place throughout the Festival, will be donated to the fund.

Reservations for the 18th World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel are essential and can be made by visiting www.worldgourmetfestival.asia, where detailed information and prices of all the events are available. An early bird discount of up to 15%, subject to terms and conditions, is applicable to reservations made before Aug. 18, 2017.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Amazing World Gourmet Festival accommodation package offers gourmands an opportunity to experience an extraordinary international culinary feast by some of the world’s best chefs and winemakers in the heart of one of the world’s most enigmatic capital cities.

Starting from 19,100 THB per room per night for a minimum three-night stay, this special offer includes accommodation, a sumptuous daily buffet breakfast, and a table for two at a guest chef’s dinner each night of the stay period.

Guests will also be treated to a 15%  discount on treatments at the hotel’s award winning Anantara Spa.

For more information about this special offer or to make a reservation, visit Anantara Siam Special Offers or contact Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel or email reservations.asia@anantara.com or telephone +66 2 126 8866.

 

 

Centara to support program that puts surplus food to good use

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS, Thailand’s largest hotel operator, will participate in an innovative new charity operation that collects and distributes surplus food to benefit people in need, starting in August.

The operation, ThaiHarvest|SOS is a joint initiative with OzHarvest, the pioneering Australian organization that has established a proven and successful “Food Rescue” model. which is being adopted around the world, and the Thai Foundation Scholars of Sustenance (SOS)”

The program’s mission is to eliminate hunger and food waste through the re-distribution of quality surplus food. Experts estimate as much as a third of food produced for human consumption is wasted in the transport, distribution, and preparation supply chain. When this food ends up in a landfill, it represents a tremendous waste of resources, and a lost opportunity to help people unable to afford adequate nutrition.

The OzHarvest rescue and redistribution system has proven a safe and efficient way to reduce this waste and benefit the planet. Begun in Australia 14 years ago, it is now being replicated in the UK, South Africa, New Zealand, Peru, Indonesia and Vietnam. An important part of the initiative is educating people about the problem and opportunity of food waste.

In Thailand, ThaiHarvestISOS picks up good quality surplus food daily from participating supermarkets, hotels, food courts, restaurants and other businesses. Trained inspectors sort the food and assure its safety. Food no longer fit for human consumption is taken to local farms for composting. The rest is refrigerated and delivered to the needy.

Since 2016, ThaiHarvestISOS has donated over 60,000 meals to organizations such as Mercy Center Orphanage, Half Way Homes for men and women, the Pak Kred Babies’ Home and the Poh Teck Tung Foundation.

In August Centara Hotels & Resorts will begin donating surplus food from its Centara Grand hotels at CentralWorld and Ladprao. Eventually it hopes for all its Thailand properties to participate. These main two properties will also arrange an event called “Master Class Dinner”.

It will be led by Will and Steve, celebrity chefs who won Australia’s The Seven Network’s top rating cooking show in 2015 – My Kitchen Rules Australia. They are known as chefs who support OzHarvest campaigns and now ThaiHarvestISOS.

“We are thrilled about the leadership taken by Centara to partner with us on our mission to eliminate hunger and reduce food waste through the re-distribution of quality surplus food. Their commitment and support will allow ThaiHarvest|SOS to both help reduce food waste in Thailand, and at the same time, provide good meals to those in need in our community”, said Gopi Krishnan, head of programs at OzHarvest and ThaiHarvest|SOS.

“As we prepare food for our guests, unavoidably at the end of each day we have surplus – for example, bakery items or excess from a large banquet,” said Winfried Hancke, Centara’s corporate director of food and beverage. “It is a shame to let this food go to waste when there are so many people who could benefit from it.”

Supatra Chirathivat, Centara’s senior vice-president corporate affairs & social responsibilities, noted how well the program fits the group’s social responsibility and sustainability goals.

“Being a good member of the community means helping those less fortunate and using the earth’s resources more efficiently. We’re so enthusiastic to support the work of OzHarvest and ThaiHarvestISOS. Food is an area where we can all help reduce waste. I hope our involvement helps educate and inspire others to do their part.”

 

Spa Magic now at discount price for one week

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