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Two new treatments at Bandara Phuket Resort
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Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya rated No. 1 for families in Thailand by TripAdvisor
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Craig Bond named ONYX Hospitality’s executive vice president of operations
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 Phuket Marriott Nai Yang named Best International Wedding Venue
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ONYX Hospitality Group to launch Shama Lakeview Asoke Bangkok in April
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SALA Lanna’s new River Bar on The Ping River
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Dusit Thani Bangkok to remain open until Jan. 5, 2019
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Welcome the New ydear at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
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Anantara’s Festive Holiday Highlights Around the World
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Get ready for Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang ‘s Christmas Eve “Pirates of Andaman” dinner

Two new treatments at Bandara Phuket Resort

 

SHINE SPA AT BANDARA PHUKET RESORT is offering two 90-minute special treatments  – Sound Vibration Energy Healing and the Himalayan Salt Pot massage.

The Sound Vibration Energy Healing is a total healing therapy that incorporates sound vibration to create a peaceful healing space, while soothing your physical as well as emotional stess, offering complete body, mind and spirit harmony.

“The experience produces a deep sense of relaxation and tranquility, with effects to promote better quality sleep” said.

The Himalayan Salt hot pot massage takes its inspiration from ancient Thai post-natal treatments. This heat-transferring treatment features Himalayan salt, packed in a Thai-style clay pot, combined with aromatherapy massage.

It focuses on your abdominal and back areas in a therapy that provides substantial relaxation as well as detoxification effects.

 

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya rated No. 1 for families in Thailand by TripAdvisor

Centara Grand Beach Resort in Phuket placed fourth and Centara Karon Beach Resort, also in Phuket, was seventh.

“Being family-friendly is part of our company DNA,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s CEO. “We work hard to welcome families with children and offer them a superior holiday experience. It starts with the design of the hotel and continues through family amenities, activity programmes, and service attitude. These awards are evidence we’re succeeding.”

TripAdvisor gives the awards annually, based on the reviews and opinions of millions of its users. The rankings are based on people who have stayed at each hotel during the past year.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort was the first true themed resort in Thailand. Its Lost World motif features several swimming pools, waterslides, giant sculptures and palm trees towering over a lazy river and Monsoon Island.

Children enjoy the Kids’ Club, E-zone, and organised activities supervised by hotel staff. The resort even has a family version of club level: its Zulu Family Club has a play area for toddlers while their parents enjoy an afternoon refreshment. The resort lies along a 230-metre stretch of sandy beach.

Like Centara Grand Mirage in Pattaya, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is a 5-star resort built around a waterpark with multiple pools, river, and waterslides. Its Kids’ Club and Camp Safari are complemented by a cliff jumping platform, and water sports in the Andaman Sea including kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and snorkelling. The resort features Sino-Portuguese style and has direct access to Karon Beach.

Centara Karon Resort is a unique concept for Phuket, featuring four distinct zones so guests can find the perfect match for their needs. Family amenities include rooms that easily accommodate four; three large swimming pools, including the Lagoon pool with two waterslides; and a Kids’ Club, Camp Safari, and E-Zone to keep children and teens entertained.

This year marks the third time Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort has won TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice award for family-friendly accommodations. Other Centara resorts in Thailand have received the recognition from TripAdvisor users each year since 2014. Centara was also recently listed among Smart Travel Asia’s Hot 25 Family Hotels.

 

Craig Bond named ONYX Hospitality’s executive vice president of operations

CRAIG BOND has been appointed Onyx Hospitality’s  executive vice president of operations, joining ONYX from Oakwood Asia-Pacific where he held the role of vice-president of operations, overseeing the group’s portfolio across the region as well as supporting the opening pipeline.

Prior to joining Oakwood, Bond held leadership roles with Pan Pacific Hotels, Mirvac and Saville Hotel Group across Australia and the Oceania regions.

I am excited to be joining ONYX at a time when the group is expanding into new markets and territories; and I look forward to being a part of the company’s growth as we continue our journey towards being the best medium-sized hospitality player in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Craig.

Based in Bangkok, ONYX Hospitality Group has a growing regional portfolio of 44 operating properties across three core brands in eight countries. The Group has a robust development pipeline of 22 new properties in markets such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia, and has set a target of having 99 hotels by 2024 as part of its journey towards being the best medium-sized hospitality player in the region.

 Phuket Marriott Nai Yang named Best International Wedding Venue

PHUKET MARRIOTT RESORT and Spa, Nai Yang Beach has been named as the “Best International Wedding Venue Hotel” in the world at the International Hotel Awards 2017.

The seafront resort, which is nestled directly on the pristine sands of Nai Yang Beach on Phuket’s northwest coast, received this prestigious award in a gala ceremony held at the Savoy Hotel in London.

The International Hotel Awards is the only organization in the world to provide five-star accolades to hotels at an international level. The top regional hotels from Asia Pacific, Arabia & Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and UK are judged in 17 categories, and these winners are then entered into the global awards, which ultimately determine the world’s finest resorts and hotels.

This caps a successful year for the Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, which opened its doors in summer 2016. The resort was named as “Thailand’s Best Wedding Venue” and “Asia’s Best Wedding Venue” at the Asia Property Awards 2017, which allowed it to compete for the global title in the grand final event.

“We are absolutely delighted to have been named as “Best International Wedding Venue Hotel,” said David Ippersiel, general manager, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach. “The International Hotel Awards sets the standard for excellence within our industry, so to receive this accolade is truly exciting.

“When we launched the resort last year we knew that we had a truly unique proposition for the wedding and honeymoon market. With our secluded sandy beach, sublime sunsets and a team of professional event planners, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach is the ultimate destination for tropical weddings.

“I would like to thank the International Hotel Awards for recognizing these qualities. We look forward to welcoming even more couples to our resort in future as we continue to create magical memories on the pure shores of Nai Yang Beach,” he said.

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach has an extensive array of options for all types of wedding, from traditional Thai ceremonies to Western white weddings, classical Chinese occasions and impressive Indian celebrations.

The resort’s idyllic private beach can be host to both intimate ceremonies and lavish celebrations, and the Beachfront Pool Villas provide the perfect place for couples to unwind in luxury before, and after their “Big Day”.

Groups of wedding guests can be accommodated in the resort’s collection of contemporary rooms and suites, plus wedding menus prepared by the resort’s culinary team.

 

 

 

 

 

ONYX Hospitality Group to launch Shama Lakeview Asoke Bangkok in April

Thailand-based ONYX Hospitality Group and JR Kyushu Business Development (Thailand) Co. Ltd., have entered a partnership for Shama Lakeview Asoke, a 429-key serviced apartments complex in the prime central Bangkok business, entertainment and residential district of Asoke.

JR Kyushu has appointed ONYX Hospitality Group as the hotel management service providers for the new hotel under its Shama brand.

The launch of the property as Shama Lakeview Asoke Bangkok is scheduled for April 1.

Strategically located at the heart of the Bangkok Central Business District, Shama Lakeview Asoke will enjoy easy proximity to many of the Thai capital’s major business, retail and entertainment centres.

It is ideally located for professional, leisure, educational, weekend and recreational pursuits, and is also a short stroll to the Asoke Skytrain and Sukhumvit subway interchange stations, the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre and the Benjakitti Park and Lake with foot and cycling paths connecting to the city’s famous Lumpini Park.

Shama Lakeview Asoke will offer a wide range of accommodation options from studio suites to three-bedroom apartments in two towers, an all-day dining restaurant, pool deck with lake views, golf practice range, fitness centre, kids playroom and a meeting room. Parts of the property will undergo refurbishment and enhancements throughout 2018 and 2019.

The project signifies the first major investment in Thailand by JR Kyushu, and ONYX Hospitality Group’s first collaboration with a Japanese institutional partner.

Mori Building Real Estate Investment Advisory Co., Ltd acted as the exclusive advisor to JR Kyushu in identifying the investment and the hotel operator and successfully negotiating the terms of the sale and purchase as well as management agreements.

JR Kyushu is an affiliate of Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu), a leading Japanese conglomerate with businesses in various segments including transportation, real estate development and hospitality

 

SALA Lanna’s new River Bar on The Ping River

 SALA LANNA CHIANG MAI recently launched River Bar overlooking the Ping River and offering a chilled-out vibe with an extended local craft beer selection including Chiang Mai Beer, Red Truck, Chalawan, Chatri, Bussaba, and Phuket Beer as well as a wide selection of imported craft beers and fine wines.

Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at River Bar, live music fills the night air at River Bar from 7 to 10 p.m.

Four bands take to the stage on these three evenings playing everything from acoustic numbers and bossa to pop jazz and country rock. A DJ spins chilled tunes from 9 -10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Guests at River Bar can perch on stools at the counter, or keep things casual while reclining on beanbags in front of the live band, whose performances can also be enjoyed from the adjacent restaurant and rooftop.

The bar’s varied beverages are paired with a new menu, including a selection of tapas created by Chef Aswin (Jack) Intraphanich and traditional Italian homemade pizzas.

Chef Jack recently joined the sala lanna culinary team, bringing with him extensive experience from previous stints in successful restaurants in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai as well as Muscat, Oman, with major hotel brands such as The Chedi, The Peninsula, and The Sukhothai.

On the Ping is the all-day dining restaurant at sala lanna Chiang Mai, also located along the river and serving Thai, Western, and Italian dishes. Located right next to the restaurant, River Bar is open daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information, email info@salahospitality.com or visit www.salahospitality.com.

 

 

Dusit Thani Bangkok to remain open until Jan. 5, 2019

 DUSIT THANI BANGKOK will remain fully operational until Jan.5, 2019 (with final check-out at 2pm on that date), instead of April 16 of this year, as was previously announced.

The hotel’s closing date has been extended to allow Dusit and its partners more time to add even greater value to the new version of the hotel, which will open as part of a 36.7 billion THB (approximately US$ 1.1 billion) landmark mixed-use project to be built in partnership with Central Pattana PLC.

Founded by Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui and opened on Feb. 27, 1970, Dusit Thani Bangkok was once the city’s tallest edifice and largest hotel.

As a new landmark for the capital, the hotel pioneered five-star hospitality, inspired by authentic Thai values and ushered in a new era of tourism for the city, revolutionizing dining, entertainment and even the way people organized wedding receptions in the process.

With its new hotel, Dusit International plans to mirror that success by creating a new city landmark that boosts the area’s appeal, enhances existing infrastructure, creates new opportunities for local businesses, celebrates Thai culture, and elevates the brand’s standing internationally.

“Since we officially announced the hotel’s redevelopment earlier last year, we have been inundated with messages from guests, customers and long-time fans of the hotel expressing their opinions about the project,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International.

 “While the majority expressed excitement about our next chapter, there were also those who wondered how we could possibly embrace our heritage and continue our legacy in a new building.

“The answer, of course, lies in taking our time to ensure we get it right. We are exploring many ways to add value to the new hotel and mixed-use project in terms of design and innovation. This includes embracing a green concept which reflects our prime location opposite Lumpini Park, creating direct links to both the MRT and BTS mass transit rail systems, and alleviating traffic in the area by providing new infrastructure.

“While our scrupulous attention to detail means we must extend the project timeline by eight months, we are delighted that guests now have more time to experience the hotel as it stands. We plan to enrich that experience by hosting a series of special events throughout the year.”

 

 

Welcome the New ydear at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

 WELCOME IN THE NEW YEAR IN STYLE at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket’s elegant Gala Dinner at Latitude Marquee from 6:30 p.m. until 11 pm, offering gourmet cuisine and vibrant entertainment to make the occasion memorable.

After the Gala Dinner, head out to the sands at 10:30 p.m. to count down the hours, minutes and seconds to 2018 at Casuarina Beachfront.

When the clock strikes midnight, expect spectacular fireworks and flying lanterns galore.

For reservations, call +66 76 362 999 or e-mail dtlp@dusit.com

Dusit Thani Laguna celebrated Christmas  in an unconventional way at a poolside brunch from  from noon to 3 p.m., enabling  you to relax, sit back, relax and enjoy your tropical celebration while your little ones were entertained by the Busy Bee Kids Club.

To get everyone into the spirit of the season, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket held a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at its Horizon lounge.

 

 

Anantara’s Festive Holiday Highlights Around the World

ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS presents merry escapism for Christmas and New Year travellers, with Seasonal journeys that offer the gift of choice — from sumptuous traditions in exotic destinations to intriguing local customs in culture-rich lands.

Extraordinary Christmas Trees. Decorating the holiday scene, Anantara Christmas trees offer unique festive backdrops.

In Thailand, jungle luxury glows at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort with a Christmas coconut tree, and at a prestigious Bangkok address, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel exhibits designer cosmopolitan flair.

In Sri Lanka, the spirit of giving back has immersed Anantara Kalutara Resort; their Christmas tree is decorated with wish cards from children of a nearby orphanage and proceeds from guest donations will be collected to purchase gifts to spread the holiday cheer and create smiles.

Nestled on the Maldivian seabed, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Resort has a festive feature made from live coral; visible from the underwater wine cellar at SEA Restaurant.

Iconic Christmas Experiences  Combining northern Thai culture with Christmas classics in the jungle, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort offers a Jungle Bells Reception & Gala Dinner on Christmas Eve.

Glasses of eggnog and mulled wine are raised around a roaring fire at the old-world style bar while an Akha hill tribe family perform traditional dances. Spoiling families with a festive feast, a splendid poolside buffet of Christmas specials and exotic Thai recipes are enjoyed with Santa as the star guest and carol singers.

Known as Bangkok’s best, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s famous brunch is stepping up a festive notch for Christmas Day. Presenting favourites from its award-winning restaurants, celebrated cuisines from around the world and live cooking flair, merriment flows with a Christmas choir, live entertainment and the free flowing pleasures of Champagne, mimosas, martinis, a Thai Chili Bloody Mary Bar.

Showcasing Portugal’s artisan heritage, Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort is popping the cork on a vine-inspired Christmas Day with The Wine Guru’s Christmas Gathering. A five-course traditional Christmas lunch is paired with an exclusive handpicked selection of Portugal’s regional fine wines — all personal favourites of Anantara’s producers and destined to become great vintages and prize winners.

New Year’s Eve Spectaculars. The last night of 2017 is theatrically impressive at two Anantara resorts in the Maldives. Anantara Kihavah Villas is throwing a spectacular New Year’s Eve Carnival On The Beach. Revellers can don feathers and masks to capture dramatic moments in the photo booth.

Free flow cocktails at the poolside tikki bar come with a vibrant Caribbean steel pan musician. A gala dinner in the carnival marquee presents a buffet of the finest global flavours, unique chef creations at live cooking stations, fresh seafood delights and wicked desserts worth the extra splurge.

Performers from around the world dazzle guests with fire, Brazilian capoeira and aerial acrobatic shows.

Transforming New Year’s Eve into a family-friendly extravaganza on a private tropical beach, Anantara Dhigu Resort boasts an enchanting Moana Disney theme.

A bountiful buffet dinner serves local catches and international cuisines. The night has a lively flow at the tikki bar and kid’s entertainment wows young VIPS. DJ tunes spin and the ambience rises as midnight fireworks colour the sky and ocean.

Seasonal Music Festivals Bringing world-class jazz to the world’s largest desert in Abu Dhabi for the festive season, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is featuring the famous Parisian band Swing Deluxe from Dec. 24, 2017 – 1 Jan. 1, 2018, entertaining guests with great French and American jazz classics while they indulge in festive dining experiences at signature restaurants.

Showcasing a Festive Celebration of Music from 22 Dec. 22, 2017 – Jan. 2, 2018 beside Bangkok’s glittering River of Kings in Thailand, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort presents an unforgettable 12-day concert program.

Staged on a riverside barge, jazz and acoustic musicians, as well as popular local and international bands, will delight festive diners at the resort’s river-view restaurants, and also at the waterfront Thai street food fair.

For more information, go to www.anantara.com

 

 

 

 

 

Get ready for Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang ‘s Christmas Eve “Pirates of Andaman” dinner

LOOK FOR PIRATES on the shores of Phuket’s Nai Yang Beach this Christmas Eve to join Phuket Marriott Resort And Spa Nai Yang’s Christmas Eve Eve Pirates of the Andaman-themed barbecue dinner.

The dinner will feature the freshest local seafood, grilled meats and a selection of side dishes, all served under the stars and accompanied by live music, this is the perfect tropical twist on traditional Christmas festivities.

The “Pirates of the Andaman” Christmas Eve dinner will take place from 6 pm 10.30 pm on the soft sands of Nai Yang Beach. This event is priced at 2,500 THB per person.

On New Year’s Eve, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach will welcome 2018 with a “Jungle Night” beachfront dinner.

And on New Year’s Day, guests are invited to indulge in a buffet feast of international favorites, overlooking the moonlit Andaman Sea. Diners will be entertained by a live band, DJ set and “Thailand’s Got Talent” fire show, while a souvenir photo booth will ensure enduring memories of the evening.  And of course, guests will be able to enjoy a New Year’s Eve countdown and fireworks at midnight.

The “Jungle Night” New Year’s Eve dinner and party will kick off on Nai Yang Beach at 10 pm on Jan. 31 and run until 1 am on New Year’s Day 2018. This event is priced at 6,500 THB per person, including free-flowing soft drinks and fruit juices. Children aged five to 12 will be able to enjoy the festivities for 1,800 THB.

For reservations and enquiries, contact 076 625 555 or email booknaiyangbeach@marriott.com.

 

 

 

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