Travel

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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
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Two–Michelin Star French Chef Philippe Mille at VIE Hotel Bangkok and V Villas Hua Hin, MGallery by Sofitel
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Dusit recognized for sustainability performance for the fourth consecutive year
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Centara adds WeChat Pay for online bookings
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SALA new travel packages and awards

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.

 

 

 

 

Two–Michelin Star French Chef Philippe Mille at VIE Hotel Bangkok and V Villas Hua Hin, MGallery by Sofitel

TWO-STAR MICHELIN STAR CHEF PHILIPPE MILLE will be offering four-course lunchs and seven-course dinners at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine in VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery Sofitel from Aug. 22-25, as well as in Villazzo Restaurant at V Villas Hua Hin, MGallery by Sofitel on Aug. 25 only.

Born to a farming family in the Sarthe in Western France, Chef Philippe Mille has had the experience of observing the growth of vegetables and livestock his entire life, discovering every nuance that makes them perfect. His refined sense of appreciating fragrance and taste has led him to the notable creations that have earned him two Michelin stars.

Chef Philippe Mille is also one of the few chefs in the world to be awarded 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.

Pleasure, generosity and childhood memories are at the heart of his inspiration. Chef Philippe Mille has also worked with some of the best names in France, having trained at L’Aubergade restaurant in Pontchartrain under Jean Bordier; at Le Drouant under Louis Grondard; at Le Pré Catelan under Frédéric Anton; at Lasserre and also at the Ritz under Michel Roth; at Le Scribe and then at Le Meurice under Yannick Alléno, with whom he was awarded the Bocuse bronze medal at the Bocuse d’Or.

.Lunches and dinners are served at VIE Hotel Bangkok during Aug. 22-24 and only dinner at V Villas Hua Hin on Saturday, Aug. 25.

 The four-course set lunchstarts with an Apéritif: Taittinger Champagne Cuvée Prestige Brut NV, followed by Cold Lobster Soup with Champagne; Vegetable Spheres Iodized with Caviar; Crab Flakes with Curry White Onion Custard ‘Royale’, Apple Louis Roederer Champagne Premium Brut NV. The main course features Baked John Dory with Tomato Water, Chef’s Tomato Selection, Reims Vinegar, with Château Tronquoy Lalande, St. Estephe 2009.

Dessert – Exotic Fruit Cream with Saffron, Mango Sorbet, and ends with coffee or tea.

 The seven-Course Michelin Star Set Dinner starts with an Apéritif: Taittinger Champagne Cuvée Prestige Brut NV, followed by Tomato, Strawberries and Basil Tartare, Balsamic Foam; Cold Lobster Soup with ChampagneVegetable Spheres Iodized with Caviar; Crab Flakes with Curry White Onion Custard ‘Royale’, Apple Louis Roederer Champagne Premium Brut NV
Main courses: Baked John Dory with Tomato Water Chef’s Tomato Selection, Reims Vinegar, with Château Tronquoy Lalande, St. Estephe 2009; and Grilled Beef, Eggplant and Mushroom Jus with Capers, Vinegar, with La Fleur de Bouard, Pomerol 2010

Desserts – Champagne Sorbet ,Nut Pudding, Gold Nuggets and Exotic Fruit Cream with Saffron Mango Sorbet. The dinner ends with coffee and tea.

 

 

 

 

Dusit recognized for sustainability performance for the fourth consecutive year

DUSIT THANI PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED (DTC) has been selected by Thaipat Institute as one of the top 100 ESG performers among the 683 publicly listed companies assessed in 2018.

Established in 2015, Thaipat’s ESG Rating Unit assesses publicly listed companies in the areas of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) to find those with outstanding sustainability performance.

Thaipat’s sources of data include the listed companies’ public disclosures in the form of annual filings (Form 56-1), including annual reports, sustainability reports and sustainable development performance data. This is then used to determine the 100 companies with the most outstanding performance by industrial sector.

For the fourth consecutive year, DTC has been placed in the top 100 companies in the service sector, reflecting the company’s commitment to total quality management and a solid strategy for sustainable and profitable growth.

“We are delighted to be named on the ESG 100 list for the fourth consecutive year,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, DTC.

“That we keep making the list reflects not only our strong corporate governance but also our commitment to creating long-lasting value for all of our stakeholders by following our three-pronged strategy for sustainable growth – balance, expansion and diversification.

“During the first half of 2018, we achieved our investment goals for this quarter by establishing Dusit Foods Co. and entering the food business with an equity investment in NR Instant Produce Co. (NRIP) – and we also introduced ASAI Hotels, a new affordable lifestyle brand aimed at the fast-growing market of millennial-minded travellers.

“Following economic recovery in the tourism sector, we are confident we will be able to explore even more opportunities to add even more new revenue streams to our company,” she said.

Thaipat Institute introduced its first sustainable development performance ranking in 2015 to cater to the demand created by investors’ preference for companies with satisfactory ESG performance.

Its ESG Rating Unit develops sustainability information through assessment of sustainability data of listed securities in the Stock Exchange of Thailand for the purpose of encouraging disclosure of sustainability data by listed companies and responsible investing.

 

 

Centara adds WeChat Pay for online bookings

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS IS NOW accepting WeChat Pay transactions on its websites for online room reservations.

This is in addition to the 15 hotels that already deploy nearly 100 EDC devices for QR code scanning on WeChat Pay, making it the largest hotel group in Thailand offering Chinese tourists omni-channel payment solutions.

Bills for accommodation, restaurants and spa treatments can be paid directly from smartphones. The company expects to have WeChat Pay at all Centara Hotels & Resorts globally by the end of 2018.

  “A seamless payment experience for consumers using any channel is an element of our platform for expansion, which should see us double both revenue and the number of our properties over the next five years,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara CEO.

“As consumer behavior evolves, Centara has adopted an omni-channel strategy to stay relevant and to provide a great customer experience. We embrace these types of disruptive opportunities to better serve our guests and stay on top of the industry.”

Chinese tourists account for almost one third of all foreign travellers to this country. Thailand is welcoming an ever-increasing number of Chinese visitors, for whom the kingdom remains the top travel destination. This year, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, expects more than 10 million Chinese tourists visit Thailand annually.

WeChat Pay is the payment solution of WeChat, one of the largest social networks in China. WeChat Pay has become the main cashless payment method for daily small transactions in China and has more than 800 million active users in its database.

“The number of Chinese tourists booking with Centara keeps growing. They are a significant customer base for all businesses in Thailand. Centara’s Chinese website www.centarahotelsandresorts.cn and centarahotelsresorts.com receive hundreds of thousands of visits from Chinese users. Almost half the visits come from a mobile device.

“Earlier this year we signed an agreement with TreePayCo. Ltd., a payment platform facilitator to develop a system that allows Chinese customers to use their mobile phones to make e-payments outside of China for accommodation and services at Centara properties. WeChat Pay users and Chinese travellers can stay and enjoy the whole trip with Centara with only a few quick taps on their smartphone.”

“Today’s consumers are connecting their omni-channel experiences with the likeability of the brands. In order to maintain our brand leadership, we are committed to providing seamless guest satisfaction across touchpoints,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat.

Other than the two main websites, Centara’s 15 hotels also welcome WeChat QR code payment. These are: Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Center at Central World, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, Centara Villas Samui, Centara Villas Phuket, Centara Kata Resort Phuket, Centara Karon Resort Phuket, Centara Mae Sot Hill Resort, Centara Hotel Hat Yai, Centra by Centara Government Complex Hotel & Convention Centre Chaeng Watthana and COSI Samui Chaweng.

Centara WeChatPay account ID: CentaraHotel

 

SALA new travel packages and awards

SALA SAMUI CHAWENG BEACH RESORT is offering a me-and-us time with a three-day package designed to recalibrate and re-energize.

The package includes a minimum three-night stay inclusive of breakfast, round-trip airport transfers, two healthy lunches, late check-out and daily spa program, which includes: two-hour scrub-and-massage treatments, 2.5-hour massage-and-facial combos, and a 60-minute couple’s massage. The cost: 27,975 THB.

The resort recently unveiled its ocean front two-bedroom Presidential Pool villa, a 286 sqm large, with private beachfront, available for exclusive guest stays, intimate weddings or special celebrations.

The new luxury resort’s highest room category also features a 52 sqm private pool, steps from the sandy shores of north Chaweng beach, making it one of the largest private pools on offer within a resort on Koh Samui.

SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort, meanwhile, is offering a four-night Honeymoon package that includes breakfast, round-trip airport transfers, and on arrival, a Honeymooner’s Delight mood-setter, complete with red roses, special decorations, sparkling wine and chocolates, as well as a candlelit dinner for two and a couple’s spa treatment.

Elsewhere at SALA, the culinary team at SALA Phuket Resort and Spa and sala rattanakosin Bangkok for their Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant Awards for the past two years. Heading the SALA Phuket team is Chef Tony Wrigley, who transferred to the beachfront resort after years of award-winning leadership at sala rattanakosin.

sala rattanakosin also offers a great way to see the real Bangkok, where the Chao Phraya River lends itself to fascinating cultural excursions and culinary discoveries. The offer includes a minimum 1-night stay inclusive of breakfast, a Thai family-style dinner and cooking class, complete with market visit and long-tail boat ride. From 8,825 THB.

It’s also the starting point to ravel back in time and explore the ancient city of fascinating UNESCO ruins just a short drive from Bangkok. The offer includes a minimum 1-night stay, inclusive of breakfast, a half-day sightseeing boat tour to discover the epic scenery along the Chao Phraya River, and complimentary sunset cocktails for two by the riverbank. From 6,645 THB.

 

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