Two new treatments at Bandara Phuket Resort
Allen Thomas Centara’s new VP of Business Development
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya rated No. 1 for families in Thailand by TripAdvisor
Elements Boutique renamed Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas
Banyan Tree Bangkok’s 19th Vertical Marathon
Craig Bond named ONYX Hospitality’s executive vice president of operations
 Phuket Marriott Nai Yang named Best International Wedding Venue
SALA SAMUI opens with a new moon-inspired design
ONYX Hospitality Group to launch Shama Lakeview Asoke Bangkok in April
Soneva launches four-night wellness retreats

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.


Allen Thomas Centara’s new VP of Business Development

ALLEN THOMAS HAS BEEN appointed Centara’s new VP of business development. He has 28 years of experience developing hotel and resort businesses, a career that includes positions with HPL and Como Hotels and most recently Resorts Holdings International.

His appointment marks another significant Centara move in their five year plan to double the company’s size and become a major regional hospitality brand.

He will report to Centara’s Deputy CEO Markland Blaiklock. He will be responsible for executing the company’s plan to grow from 58 to 134 hotels over the next five years.

Mr. Blaiklock himself was brought on board in October to lead the expansion strategy. In the weeks since then, Centara has already launched its new affordable lifestyle hotel brand COSI; signed a joint venture to take ownership of Centra by Centara Government Complex Hotel & Convention Centre Cheang Watthana; announced a significant upgrade of its technology infrastructure in partnership with Oracle and IDeaS; and finalized an agreement with Nakheel to develop a family lifestyle resort in Dubai.

 “Allen is a tenured industry expert with an impressive track record of growing the brand footprint of hotel and resort businesses in Asia and beyond. We are confident of meeting our expansion targets with a professional of Allen’s calibre leading our Business Development division,” said Thirayuth Chirativat, CEO, Centara Hotels & Resorts.

With this latest appointment, Centara’s management team is almost complete following its recent reorganization as it builds “a diverse and experienced leadership structure to set it up for continued future success”.



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.


Elements Boutique renamed Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas


ELEMENTS BOUTIQUE RESORT on Thailand’s island of Koh Samui has been renamed Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas and is  now managed by AVANI Hotels and Resorts.

The resort is located on Taling Ngam Beach, a pristine secluded shoreline along southwestern Koh Samui Island. Visitors will feel like they’re on their own private island, but with Samui’s iconic island fun just around the corner.

 Every room and villa at Sunset Coast Samui is beautifully decorated and well-appointed, from spacious terraces and balconies, complimentary high speed internet to indulgent rain showers. Plus great views.

Deluxe rooms have wide balconies that overlook the gardens and every villa has its own private pool and sunbathing terrace surrounded by lush gardens to enhance that secluded island feel.

The beachfront villas have direct beach access, with the two-bedroom beachfront villas having a dining area and kitchenette for ease and convenience for holidaying families.

Focusing on the concept of ‘honest food’ PANTRY offers a selection of fresh salads, hearty sandwiches and much more all washed down with cold-pressed juices. These meals are available through in-room dining as well, with prepared snacks available 24 hours a day. For liquid refreshment, there’s the Beverage Truck, parked by the beach and pool area.

Stay fit, have fun, explore the island: Being on holiday is not all about releaxing. For those who want to maintain their health regime, the fitness centre is open 24 hours a day with spa services available with advanced bookings. Sunset Coast Samui’s scheduled yoga or meditation classes are also available.

The secluded location makes the resort an attractive option for families and couples looking for meaningful and shared experiences with easy access to many coastal attractions, such as the nearby Five Islands, Ang Thong National Marine Park, the coral reefs of Koh Taen Island and the uncrowded pleasure of snorkelling in Koh Madsum.

There are also other ways to stay active at Sunset Coast Samui. Guests can try their hand at sea kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding. The soft sands offer the ideal surface for a game of beach volleyball or football, or perhaps a round of petanque.

For more information on the resort and how to book for go to http://www.sunsetcoastsamui.com/




Banyan Tree Bangkok’s 19th Vertical Marathon

BANYAN TREE BANGKOK INVITES dedicated runners with a passion for achievement and a heart of gold to take part in one of the most highly anticipated and unique charity events on the city’s competitive running event calendar.

Benefitting ‘Little Angels’ In Need, this ultimate running-sport challenge pits muscle against gravity while raising money for a royalty-sponsored mother-baby charity program.

Now in its 19th year, the Vertical Marathon is a 61-floor race to the top of the Banyan Tree Bangkok, a 5-Star Hotel located on Sathorn Road. This annual event sees hundreds of runners of all ages and experience levels gathering at the break of dawn to dash up over 1,000 steps to the rooftop finishing line at the award-winning Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar — one of Southeast Asia’s highest al fresco restaurants offering 360 degree view of the city skyline.

All proceeds from the event—which is set to take place on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 will go to the Thai Red Cross HIV Formula Feeding Fund, under the patronage of Her Royal Highness, Princess Soamsawali. The fund provides essential infant formula for babies of HIV- afflicted mothers.

At a registration fee of 400 Baht, all participants will receive an official event T-shirt. Those who make it all the way to the top will also get a handsome medallion for their trophy case.

Interested participants can register online at http://www.gotorace.com/event/verticalmarathon-2018 and at the front desk in the lobby of Banyan Tree Bangkok, now through 19 Feb. 19, 2018.

For further information, would-be sky runners can call 02 679 1200, or visit banyantree.com.



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.






SALA SAMUI opens with a new moon-inspired design

SALA Samui Chaweng Beach Resort has officially opened with an entirely new design, conceived by Thailand-based architectural and interior design firm Onion, which drew its inspiration from Koh Samui and neighbouring Koh Phangan’s world-renowned Full Moon, Half Moon, and Black Moon celebrations.

Varying moods are pegged to the three lunar phases and these provide the design compass for different spaces within the resort. As guests move through the property they will experience a shift in mood – from the openness and high energy of the full moon on arrival, through smaller half-moon connecting courtyards to the more intense shades of the black moon spaces,” said Erwin van der Veen, the resort’s general manager.

Interior archways, lamps, and interior furnishing in phase one Oceanfront Wing’s Pool Suites and Villas follow the full moon concept.

For the first phase of the resort, the Oceanfront Wing, the designers drew heavily on the energy of a full moon, inspired by the 120 metres of beach frontage, as well as facilities and guest rooms designed to take in the ocean views.

The circular shape of the full moon is incorporated into various design elements, from the architectural façade with touches deliberately placed to cast circular shadows, to the swimming pool, aptly named the Moon Pool, which references the lunar muse. Inside the rooms, the circular motif continues, with full moon-inspired lighting fixtures and circular bathtubs.

Interior archways follow the curve of the pervading theme, creating a relaxing and organic sense of space.   Wall mounted lights in the Oceanfront Balcony Pool Suite are reminiscent of a total lunar eclipse. The Garden Wing is further from the sea and reveals a shift towards smaller courtyards guided by the half moon and dark moon concepts.

Compared to the full moon, the half moon designs feel more cozy and private, with moderate lighting adding to the relaxed atmosphere, enhanced by trees and plants that are placed around the 83 rooms, pool villas and pool suites.

This second phase will also include the SALA Spa and SALA Gym, as well as a garden oasis swimming pool, restaurant and bar.   For the most intimate spaces in the resort, the dark moon inspiration was interpreted by further increasing the density of trees, plants, and green areas to offer a feeling of natural tranquillity.

The privacy and intimacy in these spaces is even more pronounced, with native landscaping planned to provide a sense of sanctuary in areas such as the SALA Spa.

Other highlights include the stunning Moon Pool located on the seafront, and an open-air beachfront restaurant – The TENT Beachfront Restaurant and Bar – serving a combination of international cuisine, modern Thai favourites and SALA Signature dishes amongst various private dining spaces, casual beach salas and romantic beachfront gazebos.

Other offerings include exclusive in-villa dining options and SALA’s signature selection of pillow types, organic soaps, scents and lotions.

The second phase will be completed in 2019 and will comprise 83 rooms, pool villas and pool suites, as well as the SALA Spa and SALA Gym, a garden oasis swimming pool with an Garden Pool Bar, plus an open-air show kitchen experience with a roadside concept restaurant and bar.



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.



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