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ONYX Hospitality Group to launch Shama Lakeview Asoke Bangkok in April
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Soneva launches four-night wellness retreats
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SALA Lanna’s new River Bar on The Ping River
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Soneva launches four-night wellness retreats
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Dusit Thani Bangkok to remain open until Jan. 5, 2019
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Anantara named World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand
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Welcome the New ydear at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
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Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Ratilanna Chiang Mai
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Anantara’s Festive Holiday Highlights Around the World
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Christmas and New Years at Banyan Tree Phuket

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

 

Soneva launches four-night wellness retreats

SONEVA, THE PIONEERING BAREFOOT luxury resort operator, has launched a series of new luxury wellness retreats throughout 2018 at its flagship Soneva Fushi resort in the Maldives, as well as at Soneva Kiri on the unspoiled island of Koh Kood in Thailand.

The four-night wellness retreats offer a choice of one of three wellness journeys, each revolving around yoga and the healing benefits of massage, and featuring personal consultations and nutritional guidance from expert therapists at the on-site spas:

Anti-Ageing Yoga

The daily practice of hatha yoga combats the signs of aging, while maintaining the balance between body and mind. Inclusions:

Integrated wellness consultation – one session; Personalized yoga (60 minutes) – three sessions; Guided meditation (45 minutes) – one session; Signature holistic massage (60 minutes) – one session; Anti-aging facial massage (60 minutes) – one session; and an Indian head massage (60 minutes) – one session.

Yogic Detox

Cleanse the body and mind with this ancient practice to improve and boost the digestive and immune systems. Inclusions:

Integrated wellness consultation – two sessions; Personalized yoga/fitness activities (60 minutes) – two sessions; Pranayama breathing exercises (45 minutes) – one session; Guided meditation (45 minutes) – one session; Green coffee body sculpting (60 minutes) – one session; Yogic intestinal cleanse – one session; Signature detox massage (60 minutes) – one session; and Detox cleansing ritual (90 minutes) – one session.

Yogic Sleep

Rejuvenate a tired body and mind, reduce stress and improve mood. Inclusions:

Integrated wellness consultation – one session; Personalized yoga (60 minutes) – three sessions; Yoga nidra (60 minutes) – two sessions; Ayurvedic Shirodhara (90 minutes) – one session; Foot acupressure (60 minutes) – one session; and Indian head massage (60 minutes) – one session.

Soneva’s four-night Wellness Retreats start at US$4,400 (for single occupancy) and US$7,200 (for double occupancy), inclusive of all accommodations, daily full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner), all non-alcoholic beverages and roundtrip domestic flight transfers (exclusive of taxes and fees). The promotion is available for selected dates in 2017 and 2018.

 

 A minimum four-night stay is required, though additional nights can be purchased.

To book one of the Soneva Wellness Retreats, contact: reservations@soneva.com and use the booking codes SFWP18 for Soneva Fushi and SKWP18 for Soneva Kiri.

 

To learn more about the Soneva Wellness Retreats, click here. To learn more about Soneva, visit: www.soneva.com.

 

The offer is only applicable for new bookings made through Dec. 20, 2018.

 

 

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.

 

 

Soneva launches four-night wellness retreats

SONEVA, THE PIONEERING BAREFOOT luxury resort operator, has launched a series of new luxury wellness retreats throughout 2018 at its flagship Soneva Fushi resort in the Maldives, as well as at Soneva Kiri on the unspoiled island of Koh Kood in Thailand.

The four-night wellness retreats offer a choice of one of three wellness journeys, each revolving around yoga and the healing benefits of massage, and featuring personal consultations and nutritional guidance from expert therapists at the on-site spas:

Anti-Ageing Yoga

The daily practice of hatha yoga combats the signs of aging, while maintaining the balance between body and mind. Inclusions:

Integrated wellness consultation – one session; Personalized yoga (60 minutes) – three sessions; Guided meditation (45 minutes) – one session; Signature holistic massage (60 minutes) – one session; Anti-aging facial massage (60 minutes) – one session; and an Indian head massage (60 minutes) – one session.

Yogic Detox

Cleanse the body and mind with this ancient practice to improve and boost the digestive and immune systems. Inclusions:

Integrated wellness consultation – two sessions; Personalized yoga/fitness activities (60 minutes) – two sessions; Pranayama breathing exercises (45 minutes) – one session; Guided meditation (45 minutes) – one session; Green coffee body sculpting (60 minutes) – one session; Yogic intestinal cleanse – one session; Signature detox massage (60 minutes) – one session; and Detox cleansing ritual (90 minutes) – one session.

Yogic Sleep

Rejuvenate a tired body and mind, reduce stress and improve mood. Inclusions:

Integrated wellness consultation – one session; Personalized yoga (60 minutes) – three sessions; Yoga nidra (60 minutes) – two sessions; Ayurvedic Shirodhara (90 minutes) – one session; Foot acupressure (60 minutes) – one session; and Indian head massage (60 minutes) – one session.

Soneva’s four-night Wellness Retreats start at US$4,400 (for single occupancy) and US$7,200 (for double occupancy), inclusive of all accommodations, daily full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner), all non-alcoholic beverages and roundtrip domestic flight transfers (exclusive of taxes and fees). The promotion is available for selected dates in 2017 and 2018.

A minimum four-night stay is required, though additional nights can be purchased.

To book one of the Soneva Wellness Retreats, contact: reservations@soneva.com and use the booking codes SFWP18 for Soneva Fushi and SKWP18 for Soneva Kiri.

To learn more about the Soneva Wellness Retreats, click here. To learn more about Soneva, visit: www.soneva.com.

The offer is only applicable for new bookings made through Dec. 20, 2018.

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.”

 

 

Anantara named World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand

From the left: Yury Ashizhev, assistant villa operation manager; Nazley Mohamed, spa director Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara; Graham Cooke, president & founder , World Travel Group; Monica Majors, director of public relations MSpa International Limited.

ANANTARA SPA RECEIVED a total of 12 wins at World Spa Awards 2017, where Word’s Best awards hailed Anantara Spa as the World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand, accompanied by two individual resorts being named the best in the world.

This was in addition to nine additional hotel, resort, safari and wellness spas saw the brand shine across Asia, the Middle East, Indian Ocean and Africa.

Anantara Spa journeys embrace the indigenous culture and nature of each locale through an integration of architecture, treatments, service and ambience.

Two individual Anantara Spas also shone at the awards. Providing a palatial oasis of rich Arabian traditions in the heart of the world’s largest desert, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara in the UAE was named the World’s Best Desert Spa. Offering island exclusivity in Qatar, Banana Island Resort Doha won World’s Best Private Island Spa.

Nine national awards highlighted uniquely luxurious sanctuaries in iconic destinations.

Anantara Spa was born in Thailand and two spas upheld the brand’s roots – each offering exotic Thai treatments in striking locations. Boasting a prestigious address in the capital, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel received the title of Thailand’s Best Hotel Spa 2017.

Overlooking a lotus-filled lagoon in the royal seaside town of Hua Hin, Anantara Hua Hin Resort was named Thailand’s Best Resort Spa.

Showcasing the brand’s authentic spa journeys across Asia, Anantara Sanya Resort is revered for its precious pearl and tea-infused treatments, and shone as China’s Best Resort Spa.

In the Indian Ocean, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort was named the Maldives’s Best Wellness Retreat, an honour impeccably bestowed to inaugurate its new Balance Wellness Sanctuary – offering a multidimensional approach to relaxation and health.

Coaxing blissful seclusion in an African island paradise, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort was awarded Mozambique’s Best Resort Spa.

Bringing a second award to Africa, the Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara celebrated the title of Zambia’s Best Safari Spa, pampering guests with indigenous African treatments in colonial spa suites, as well as poolside massages overlooking the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls.

Launched in 2015, the dynamic World Spa Awards sets a benchmark in excellence. Designed to drive the evolution of spa and wellness tourism, the awards raise standards by recognizing and rewarding industry leaders. Votes were cast by spa professionals and the public.

 

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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.

 

 

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Ratilanna Chiang Mai

Ratilanna’s Havana Night Party New Year’s Eve count down starts off with a feast of food, drinks, ambience, live music and merry making at Mira Terrace and River Lawn.

It features an international barbecued buffet spread, free flow wine, beer, soft drinks, and juices, party packs ans gifts to set the mood, and free entry to the Countdown Party.

RatiLanna is inviting everyone to come dressed Havana style in the party and the let’s go to the party for an evening of fun and entertainments.

The Countdown Party with fireworks as we reflect and wish for the year ahead.

The party starts at 6 p.m. and lasts until 1 a.m., 2018.

For table reservations or enquiries, email to info@ratilannachiangmai.com

Christmas was also big at Ratilanna, where its  Mira Terrace featured the resort’s favourite international buffet and relax into the magical setting over drinks, complete with candle lights and a view of the Ping River.

Carol singers  performed favourite Christmas carols and songs to celebrate the evening that included a visit from Santa Claus with presents.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas and New Years at Banyan Tree Phuket

BANYAN TREE PHUKET is celebrating this festive season with pop-up dinners, picnics, live entertainment and a host of activities are crafted with special care to create unique memorable experiences.

It all begins with a Christmas Eve Signature Sunday Brunch, the season promises to be an exceptional celebration filled, with fine wine and spectacular cuisines, as well as flutes of quality Champagne to make each day a magical one and bid adieu to 2017.

A sampling of the culinary offerings in store for you:

The celebration begins early on the day of Christmas Eve with a brunch at The Watercourt with a selection of fresh seafood, sushi & sashimi, fine cheese, Italian charcuterie and much more. Diners will get the chance to savour a luxurious feast as The Watercourt plays host to a Christmas Eve Celebration Buffet Dinner.

The feast will include  antipasti, traditional Christmas favourites, Asian delights and heavenly desserts. Guests wishing for a quieter more exclusive dining experience can delight their palates at Tre with a carefully-crafted five-course set dinner overlooking the tranquil lagoon with live melodic saxophone background music.

Christmas day starts with a Christmas brunch at The Watercourt. In contrast, guests can also opt to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of life by grabbing a bicycle and taking their loved ones to a private nook around our 88 acre resort for a private Prosecco-paired picnic lunch on Christmas Day. The evening is all about intimacy and sacred family time as guests have the choice of impressing their loved ones with an exclusive in-villa BBQ with a private chef cooking up a bespoke grilled meal.

Those seeking an even more exclusive and romantic dinner can opt for a Destination Dining  experience. The couple will be the only ones on a floating dining platform in the middle of the tranquil lagoon or aboard the Sanya Rak, Banyan Tree Phuket’s traditional long tail boat.

The build-up for New Year’s Eve offers even more with a richly satisfying poolside Barbeque on Boxing Day. This is followed by a four-day Dining Matters Series with four different chefs from Banyan Tree Phuket’s culinary team showcasing their talent at our terrace: Executive Chef Ian, winner of Iron Chef Thailand 2015, brings back on Dec.27 the same recipes that won him the title.

Executive Sous Chef Kreaton underlines innovation within cuisine on Dec. 28 with a five-course degustation dinner. On Dec.29, Thai Sous Chef unravels the secrets of Thai cuisine. Japanese Master chef Shiraishi Kikuo brings the series to an end on 30 December with a delectable four-course dinner which his experience of over 50 years encapsulate

The Watercourt returns to the spotlight on the final eve of the year with The New Year’s Eve Gala Party Jet Set. Beginning at 7 p.m. with a bubbly reception and canapés, followed by a full swing feast prepared at several live cooking stations. Guests will dance the night away to the tunes of the live band, as well as the eclectic blend of beats spun by a professional DJ. As the clock strikes midnight, there will be on display of fireworks.

For a slightly quieter New Year’s celebration, Saffron will hold its New Year’s Eve Fabulous Thai Dinner, starting with cocktails at 7p.m.. Guests will enjoy a sensational Thai buffet throughout the evening, along with Saffron’s world-class ambience and hospitality. Guests can also kick-off the New Year with a private chef cooking up a BBQ meal in the privacy of your villa.

The holiday cheer will continue throughout New Year’s Day with The Watercourt’s first brunch of 2018, the lavish late and expansive meal allows the guests to wake up late without missing out on any of the fun (THB 3,500). The festivities will wrap up later in the day with dinner at Tre to kick off the New Year with a bang.

 

 

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