A new lively Italian Trattoria: Allegro at Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
Zuma to Pop Up by the beach at Anantara Layan Phuket
Celebrating Loy Kathrong at Dhevi Dhara Chiang Mai
Dusit International Joins Hands with Singapore Airlines
Celebrating Bastille Day at VIE Bangkok
Anantara Si Kao Offers guests a chance to save endangered dugongs
Safe fun in the sun this summer from Centara
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas’ New Ultra Luxury Package
New signature treatment at Breeze Spa Samui
Lest this day pass unnoticed

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







Zuma to Pop Up by the beach at Anantara Layan Phuket


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Celebrating Loy Kathrong at Dhevi Dhara Chiang Mai


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

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

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

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

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

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





Dusit International Joins Hands with Singapore Airlines


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

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

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

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

For more information about participating hotels or Dusit Gold, visit

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Celebrating Bastille Day at VIE Bangkok

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Anantara Si Kao Offers guests a chance to save endangered dugongs


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Safe fun in the sun this summer from Centara


WHILE IT’S TIME to get out and enjoy the summer breezes, remember the power of the sun’s rays.

Centara Hotels & Resorts knows a thing or two about beautiful, sunny destinations, such as Samui, Hua Hin, Phuket, Bali, the Maldives, to name just a few, and wants to share some useful tips with you to help protect you and your family this summer.

Centara’s Tara Hanrahan, group director of spa operations, and Michelle Jamieson, corporate director of marketing communications, teamed up to put together some important tips to remember this summer while relaxing on the beach, enjoying water sports and activities, exploring a destination or even while shopping:

To get your skin silky-smooth and sun-ready, here’s a simple recipe for a body exfoliation: SPACenvaree’s Javanese Body Scrub. It removes dry, flaky skin and helps prolong tan even-ness (the divine coffee smell also helps): simply mix together a handful of fresh coffee grounds with coconut oil and brown sugar to produce a rough paste.

“Vigorously scrub all over before showering and your skin will smell gorgeous, look great and feel soft. Look out summer! ” says Tara Hanrahan.

While those big floppy hats not only don’t look incredibly stylish, they do provide great shade from the sun.  This goes for men as well – but a hat is a great outfit addition to fend off those harmful rays, especially if you are not blessed with a full head of hair.

“This goes for the littlest ones in the family as well.  A large brim hat will combat rays coming from any direction,” says Michelle Jamieson.

A great pair of wraparound sunglasses provides great coverage for the delicate and sensitive skin around the eyes.  If you haven’t tried polarized lenses yet, then go and try some out.  They reduce the glare from the sun allowing you to see much clearer on a bright day.

“You might not know this, but your eyes can get sun burned just like your skin so protect them,” adds Michelle.

There are a ton of great swim suit options out there that have built in sunscreen preventing unsightly tan lines and harmful sun exposure.

After long stints in the sun, says Tara, take a cold shower to help cool down the skin as well as prevent further dehydration of the skin, which can be caused by hot water.  The cool water also has additional benefits for your skin and is also more environmentally friendly.

Eat up this summer.  There are many fruits that help your skin from the inside and out.  Cantaloupes are a great choice as they are filled with antioxidants and assist with skin hydration.

Another fruity trick is to grab a fresh strawberry and poke some holes in the flesh to awaken the juices, then rub the strawberry all over your face in small circles.  Rinse off after about two minutes to see brighter skin.

If you did get too much sun on your face, the most heavenly, cooling facial is also one of the cheapest.

Simply chill, peel and blend 1-2 cucumbers and gently pat the mixture over the red areas. Lie back with a few cucumber rings on the eyes and relax.

After 10 minutes gently wash off with cool water and moisturize (don’t rub the moisturizer in, rather let it sit on the surface and soak in). “I have used this facial many times and it’s one of my favourites!” says Tara.

If you do get sunburnt, there are fantastic healing benefits to sipping a glass of red wine.  Resveratol, found in the skin of red grapes, helps to reduce the redness from sunburns along with other anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects from the wine.  Cheers.


Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas’ New Ultra Luxury Package


ANANTARA MAI KHAO PHUKET VILLAS is taking tasteful luxury up a notch with its most exclusive and lavish package yet – the ‘Taste of the Suite Life’ package. Bookings available up until Dec.25, 2016.

This “unique experience” allows guests to spoil themselves like a King or Queen with a three-night stay in the Royal Villa, as well as a luxurious Dining by Design dinner with one of the rarest bottles of wine in the world.

Natural exclusivity is assured at the all-pool villa oasis of Anantara Mai Khao, set around a tropical lagoon and quiet Mai Khao Beach along Phuket’s sunset coast.

A three-night stay in the beachfront two bedroom Royal Villa ensures wow factors all day. Guests can refresh first thing with a dip in their 67 square metre private pool. Lazy days can be spent sunbathing in total privacy on the spacious timber deck.

A floating sala is a great sunset hideaway. Additional privileges include with an in-villa check-in. Each day a signature breakfast is served at the lagoon-edge restaurant La Sala.

Couples can soak up the romance with a sensual bath experience, i which the in-pool tub s laced with flowers and surrounded by candles and an oil burner.

3b4aa8cd-ac11-4bb2-a0a4-ab1e1a1946c6A traditional Loy Krathong floating flower ceremony immerses guests in Thailand’s enchanting culture. Completing the ultimate stay, a personalized Villa Host service takes care of any special requests.

The signature Dining by Design experience is a tailor-made “moveable feast”. Couples can savour the occasion at a beautifully decorated table on the beachfront lawn at sunset, on a raised platform surrounded by shallow water flowing from the infinity pool, reclining on Thai triangular cushions in a poolside sala, or in The Tasting Room wine cellar.

A choice of fine dining menus celebrate the treasures of the sea, Royal Thai recipes, authentic Italian cuisine, oriental inspirations and flame grilled delights, enhanced by the opportunity to collaborate with a personal chef to fine tune the culinary sequence.

Dining by Design’s luxurious experience is completed with one of the most expensive and rare bottles of Burgundy wine in the world – 1990 Domaine Romanee Conti.

As chosen by the resort’s award-wining Wine Guru Jirachai Sethisakko, the exceptional vintage is even raved about by Allen Meadows – the world’s most famous Burgundy wine expert:

“Initially, this is aromatically tight and closed but after two hours, it absolutely explodes from the glass with a breath-taking panoply of Asian spices, exotic fruit aromas and a touch of earth followed by rich, lush, almost opulent flavors that melt in the mouth and coat the palate with a layer of velvet on the fantastically long finish.

“This is a dramatic wine in every sense of the word yet it’s not at all showy but rather discreet and understated. I particularly like the sense of inner power and purity of expression and this is as good a post ’45 RC as I ever hope to drink.”

To book this package for 950,000 THB, call +66 76 336 100 or email Otherwise visit the Anantara Phuket Villas website:



New signature treatment at Breeze Spa Samui

Samui Pina Colada - Breeze Samui REVIVE YOUR MIND AND BODY with three new signature treatments at Breeze Spa outlets in Thailand and beyond.

Amari Koh Samui is offering its exclusive Samui Piña Colada Package – a full body treatment that begins with a detoxifying body scrub to stimulate the circulatory and lymphatic systems, followed by a cocktail of organic extra virgin coconut oil from newly pressed, fresh raw coconuts, infused with rice bran oil, sweet almond oil and vitamins from the Monk’s pepper plant.

This natural tanning booster will help to stimulate melanin formation and naturally induce an even all-over glow. Finish off with a revitalizing massage and a sprinkling of ultrafine, shimmering body oil for a flawless golden radiance.

The Samui Piña Colada Package is exclusively offered at Amari Koh Samui at approximately 74 US for the two-hour-minute treatment.

The signature spa package and a three-night stay is being offered by Amari Koh Samui in its Great Escape Package.  Starting rate is at 1,207 US in a grand deluxe ocean view room available from now until Dec. 31, 2016. For more information, visit

The Dhaka Pure Delight Package is exclusively offered at Amari Dhaka Bangladesh at approximately 154 US for the 150-minute treatment. Guests can enjoy the signature spa package during a stay at Amari Dhaka, which is also offering a free upgrade to the next room category when booking on from now until 31 March 31, 2017. For more information, visit

The Maldives Oceana Touch Package is exclusively available at Amari Havodda Maldives at $470 US for the 180-minute treatment. The signature package and a four-night stay with the Maldives Easy Package is available at $2,720 US in an Overwater Villa for stays from now until Oct. 31, 2016. For more information, visit





Lest this day pass unnoticed


Evening. May 16, 1763. James Boswell, an impressionable 22-year-old from Scotland, is about to meet Dr. Samuel Johnson for the first time. 

Boswell had tried to meet Johnson a number of times but something always went wrong at the last minute. Then, quite unexpectedly, while he was having tea with Mr. Davies, the bookseller and sometime actor, Johnson suddenly made an appearance.

By this time, Boswell, who liked to hobnob with the talented and famous, was highly agitated and nervous, wanting to insinuate himself to Johnson, yet frightened of saying the wrong thing.

Here’s how he remembered it in his biography of Johnson:

Mr. Thomas Davies, the actor, who then kept a bookseller’s shop in Russel Street, Covent Garden, told me that Johnson was very much his friend, and came frequently to his house, where he more than once invited me to meet him; but by some unlucky accident or another he was prevented from coming to us. At last, on Monday the 16th of May, when I was sitting in Mr. Davies’s back parlour, after having drunk tea with him and Mrs. Davies, Johnson unexpectedly came into the shop; and Mr. Davies having perceived him through the glass door in the room in which we were sitting, advancing towards us — he announced his awful approach to me, in somewhat the manner of an actor in the part of Horatio, when he addresses Hamlet on the appearance of his father’s ghost, “Look my Lord, it comes.” I found that I had a very perfect idea of Johnson’s figure from the portrait of him painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds soon after he had published his Dictionary, in the attitude of him sitting in his easy chair in deep meditation, which was the first picture his friend did for him, which Sir Joshua very kindly presented to me …

This passage still resonates, even after 250 years, as does this memorable account of Johnson’s meeting with David Garrick, a famous actor of the day and a former pupil from Johnson’s teaching days. They are standing backstage in Garrick’s theatre and Garrick had just asked Johnson how he liked it.

“I’ll come no more behind your scenes,” said Johnson, ”for the silk stockings and white bosoms of your actresses excite my amorous propensities.”

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