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VIE Hotel Bangkok’s new, elegant style lobby
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Minor Hotels invests in Global Hotel Alliance
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Special offers for opening of dusitD2 Ao Nang Krabi
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Anantara recognized at Condé Nast Traveler US Readers’ Choice Awards
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Luxury travel curators Anantara Resorts launch new travel experiences
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New meeting offerings on Hua Hin historic land at Centara Grand Beach Resort
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Anantara Layan Phuket offering Mercedes charging stations
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Six Senses Samui Invites Helping Hands
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COSI Pattaya Naklua Beach raises the roof
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It’s The Last Straw at Avani Hotels & Resorts

VIE Hotel Bangkok’s new, elegant style lobby

VIE HOTEL BANGKOK, MGALLERY BY SOFITEL has launched an open house for the re-opening of its newly renovated The Lobby and The Lounge, showcasing its new style that defines modern and elegant luxury hospitality.

The sophisticated evening event was accompanied by a special performance by internationally acclaimed pianist Richard Scully, from the UK, who has performed for world leaders and celebrities, including the wedding reception of awarded U.S. actor George Clooney and the wedding anniversary of British Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Theresa May, as well as in a vast number of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

A long line-up of Thai celebrities, Socialites and business partners were in attendance. Specially crafted canapés for the Open House event, prepared by the VIE culinary team, and signature drinks for her and him inspired by Thailand’s Diageo World Class Bartender Winner 2018, mixed by Jane-Kaew Yod and perfectly paired with the hotel’s fabulous new look.

 

 

 

Minor Hotels invests in Global Hotel Alliance


MINOR HOTELS, a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of over 160 hotels and resorts in 23 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean, has taken a stake in the Global Hotel Alliance, (GHA).

Minor Hotels have been longstanding members of the GHA since 2007, first entering with the Anantara brand.

As the GHA will enter its 15th year in 2019, Minor Hotels took the opportunity to support the alliance, which is currently investing in new CRM and shared technology to build on the success of its DISCOVERY loyalty program.

Following this shareholder announcement, Dillip Rajakarier, Minor Hotels CEO, will now join the GHA board of directors. The investment is worth a total of $3.2million, representing a 10% share of the Global Hotel Alliance.

“Since joining the GHA in 2007, we have grown and developed our own brands and continue to acquire new ones, and membership of GHA fits well with our multi-brand strategy,” said Dillip Rajakarier.

“GHA has consistently demonstrated the value of global customer reach and a strong CRM and loyalty program for our hotels, and so we are delighted to be able to take our place as a shareholder in the business, with the opportunity to help guide its growth over the coming years.”

DISCOVERY’S 13 million members will produce US$1.7 billion in room revenues in 2018, of which around US$125 million is from customers moving between our member brands.

GHA plans to double those numbers in the next few years, as independent brands look to collaborate with each other to share the common challenge of competing with the ever-consolidating major brands and third party distribution providers.

 

Special offers for opening of dusitD2 Ao Nang Krabi

 DUSITD2 AO NANG KRABI will open on 15 Dec.15, 2018 with a Special Opening Offer starting from 2,220 THB per night.

Available for booking from now until March 31, 2019, and valid for stays from 15 Dec.31, 2018 to April 15, 2019, the Special Opening Offer includes 40% off Dusit Best Available Rate, complimentary breakfast, and more exclusive benefits.

 Members of Dusit Hotels & Resorts’ guest loyalty program, Dusit Gold, meanwhile, will receive an additional 10% discount. Guests can sign up to the Dusit Gold program for free at www.dusitgold.com.

Bookings made before 15 January 2019 for a minimum stay of three consecutive nights will qualify for a complimentary room upgrade.

Located in downtown Ao Nang on a leafy hillside a short walk from the beach, dusitD2 Ao Nang, Krabi is designed to provide a comfortable experience for families and adventurous types looking to explore everything this exciting destination has to offer.

Rock climbing excursions, jungle treks, and boat trips to nearby paradise islands can all be arranged at the hotel, which is 30 minutes by car from Krabi International Airport.

Operating under Dusit Hotels & Resorts’ dusitD2 brand, the resort boasts a modern, vibrant design inspired by local culture.

Besides 173 guest rooms and suites with a choice of sea, mountain or pool views, the resort features an indoor and outdoor all-day-dining restaurant, a 200 sqm ballroom, a lobby bar, an outdoor swimming pool with a separate children’s pool, an extensive children’s playground, and a spa.

For more information, visit www.dusit.com/dusitd2/krabi

 

Anantara recognized at Condé Nast Traveler US Readers’ Choice Awards

TWENTY ANANTARA PROPERTIES were recognized in the annual 2018 Condé Nast Traveler US Readers’ Choice Awards.

The magazine represents the most prestigious and highly respected ranking of hotels, as voted for by its discerning readers who classified a selection of Anantara’s luxury portfolio as among the best in the world.

In Bangkok, the most popular tourist destination of the world, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel retained its position as the third Best Hotel in Bangkok.

Anantara Resorts were recognized throughout the Asia region with resorts from Thailand, Bali, Vietnam and Sri Lanka featuring in the leaderboard of Best Resorts in Asia. Loyal fans voted Anantara Hua Hin as No.14 Best Resort in Asia. Anantara Golden Triangle, ranked No.24; Anantara Chiang Mai, 32..

In the Middle East, Anantara properties reigned supreme, claiming five of the six most coveted spots. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara was named top resort in the Middle East, followed by Anantara The Palm Dubai, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar and Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island.

Amongst the Best Resorts in Indian Ocean, Anantara properties featured heavily in the Top 20. Anantara Veli was named No.14, followed by Anantara Kihavah and Anantara Dhigu.

Further afield, Anantara Royal Livingstone was voted No.18 Best Hotel in Africa, and representing the resorts, Anantara Bazuruto Island was named No.18 Best Resort in Africa, followed closely by Anantara Medjumbe Island. In Europe, Anantara Vilamoura Portugal also featured highly as No. 14 Best Resort in Europe.

Amon the accolades, Anantara sister properties repeated their excellent results of recent years with Naladhu Private Island in the Maldives named the third Best Resort in The World and clinching #1 Best Resort in The Indian Ocean for the second year running, followed by Niyama Private Islands No. 7.

 

 

Luxury travel curators Anantara Resorts launch new travel experiences

THERE ARE EXPERIENCES that possess the capacity of bringing beauty into laser-sharp focus.

Anantara Hotels and Resorts’ new Experiences campaign is a carefully curated collection of such moments, each distilling the essence of a destination into a relatable and accessible yet distinctive activity.

The experiences are many and varied — from walking in the footsteps of the lost Champa Empire in Quy Nhon, South Vietnam, to indulging one’s inner Robinson Crusoe with a sunset Champagne picnic on the private islands of Camamu Bay, Brazil., or catching a pristine wave off the coast of Sri Lanka from a private helicopter.

Or snorkelling a Maldivian reef, suspended in crystal clear water, and coming face to face with a majestic manta ray emerging from the depths of the ocean and stealing your heart.

Or scaling Oman’s rugged mountains, a breath-taking vista of miniature villages and fruit orchards stretching as far as the eye can see, and suddenly feeling the pulse of that incredible country beating in the golden morning light.

As purveyors of luxury, Anantara Experiences experts ensure the focus stays firmly on providing the highest level of service and on personalization.

Well-travelled and exacting, Anantara guests relish the experiences that stray off the beaten path while being thoroughly researched, impeccably planned and executed.

“Immersing yourself in new destinations, opening your heart and mind to serendipitous moments, embracing the unknown is the only way to truly appreciate new cultures and places. At Anantara, we believe that life is a journey – a philosophy that underpins everything we do, from deciding on resort locations to crafting guest experiences,” said Dillip Rajakarier, Minor Hotels CEO, the owning company of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas.

Anantara Experiences campaign is an important step in refining and developing this concept. It brings together the brand’s signature experiences, properties and destinations through expertly crafted, on-brand creative work while communicating Anantara ethos during every moment of the customer journey.

In the role of curator and facilitator of luxury travel experiences that go beyond the ordinary and the mundane, Anantara strives to inspire, guide and operate as an integral part of your journey discovering idiosyncratic cultures and indigenous wildlife.

The Anantara Experiences campaign is an integrated multimedia mixed channel campaign featuring print collateral, a suite of digital assets and a cohesive social media strategy launched in September 2018.

You can find more information about experiences available at Anantara properties worldwide here: https://www.anantara.com/en/about-anantara.

 

 

New meeting offerings on Hua Hin historic land at Centara Grand Beach Resort

NEW MEETING OPTIONS are now being offered at Colonial Hall on historic land at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.

Colonial Hall, fitted with wireless high-speed Internet access, audio-visual equipment and adjustable sound and lighting, allows a maximum capacity of 300 persons theatre-style or cocktail-style. The room can also be divided into two smaller venues, making it popular any size of events.

 Located in the heart of Hua Hin with prime beach frontage, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin’s meeting options now offer latest packages with flexible meeting options for different event requirements, with all-inclusive coffee breaks and leisure activities.

Whether it’s corporate meetings, product launches, private parties, choose from many of the resort’s versatile meeting and event locations.

For a smaller-scale of business sessions to sizeable conferences, Hua Hin Hall features an intimate meeting environment to accommodate up to 50 persons classroom-style, with abundance of natural daylight as well as the hotel’s signature views of lush greenery, while the resort’s Boardroom is available with one of the city’s most magnificent sea views.

The resort’s outdoor spaces can also handle large events of up to 700 guests, at the beach, poolside or by the golf putting green.

Other memorable activities can be added to an event program, such as kayaking, paintball, or early morning alms giving to Buddhist monks, making the resort a perfect location for incentive groups, team-building exercises and for those who seek a distinctive meeting experience.

The flexible venues are made even more appealing thanks to an extensive range of accommodation options within Centara Grand Hua Hin itself, which include colonially inspired guestrooms, luxurious suites and private pool villas.

There is also a choice of dining venues serving a wide selection of global cuisines, whether the tangy spices of Thai cuisine at Suan Bua, or the refined European specialties at Railway, or Japanese flair at Hagi, The Museum’s Afternoon Tea or beachside al-fresco dining at the award-winning COAST Beach Club and Bistro.

For more information or reservations, call 66 (0) 3251 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anantara Layan Phuket offering Mercedes charging stations

ANANTARA LAYAN PHUKET RESORT will be among the first Anantara properties to feature Mercedes-Benz charging stations for Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Anantara Hotels & Resorts is partnering with Mercedes Benz in this initiative as part of an all-encompassing campaign to promote an eco-conscious luxury lifestyle at all properties, including Anantara Layan.

Anantara Layan embraces the concept that extravagance and environmental awareness can go hand in hand.

Anantara Layan is a luxury hotel brand that showcases indigenous experiences, and actively participates in conservation efforts to help preserve Phuket’s lush beauty — from the virgin rainforests of the interior to the pristine beaches and waters surrounding the island.

As part of the pioneering brand that was the first to ban single-use plastic straws at all properties in Asia, Anantara Layan will continue to demonstrate support for sustainable options in luxury with the Mercedes-Benz charging stations.

Visitors can recharge their Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid, reducing emissions and reliance on fossil fuels while they enjoy their lavish stay or sumptuous meal.

“This partnership is just another way for us to contribute to keeping Phuket green, while always maintaining our signature luxury,” said Frederic Varnier, managing director of Anantara Layan.

“Our guests can enjoy their time at Anantara Layan knowing that their experience was opulent and luxurious, without being wasteful.”

 

 

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Six Senses Samui Invites Helping Hands

A MORE HANDS-ON AND PURPOSEFUL holiday experience is being offered to guests at Six Senses Samui.

When staying for four nights or more anytime up to June 30, 2019 and guests are invited to join the resort’s green initiatives at Farm on the Hill. And as an added incentive, the resort pledges your last night’s accommodation rate to its community chest that supports the children’s ward at Koh Samui Hospital.

The multi-day experience includes a tour around Farm on the Hill, working in the farm with the resort’s team, learning how to make EMs (effective micro-organisms), bio cleaners and other interesting products in the Earth Lab, making signature lemongrass straws, savoring Thai afternoon tea at the Farm, picking produce and preparing lunch with the chef, and exploring the neighborhood by bike while cleaning Plai Laem Temple.

At the end of each stay, guests are treated to a 60-minute massage and manicure session at Six Senses Spa Samui, before bidding farewell to newfound friends at the Farm.

Tranquil Six Senses Samui nestles on a gently sloping headland on the northern tip of Samui Island, approximately three miles (five kilometers) from Samui Airport and just a 45-minute flight south of Bangkok.

Six Senses Samui is inspired by a Thai fishing village.

The villa accommodations, most with private pools, are located on 20 acres (eight hectares) of natural vegetation offering stunning panoramic sea views of the Gulf of Thailand.

Award-winning dining is on offer at Dining on the Rocks, with 270-degree vistas of the outlying islands. All the treatments expected from a Six Senses Spa, and many more, are offered with each one in the unique style of Six Senses Samui and tailored to the individual.

Special rates start at US 2,665 and are subject to terms and conditions.

To learn more about this offer, visit www.sixsenses.com/resorts/samui/offers/, send your inquiry to reservations-samui@sixsenses.com or call +66-772-456-78.

Be sure to reference promotional code PKSP59 when making a reservation.

 

 

COSI Pattaya Naklua Beach raises the roof

 CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS has topped out its second COSI branded hotel in North Pattaya.

The affordable lifestyle brand provides the freedom-loving smartphone generation with relaxed, connected travel experiences at accessible prices. Friendly and lively COSI hotels will redefine hospitality with a perfect bundle of great location, innovation, seamless connectivity and total 24-hr freedom and flexibility.

Pattaya is the heartbeat of tourism in the eastern area of the country and is a destination that offers a perfect blend of beach and city and hosts countless social and business events.

COSI Pattaya Naklua Beach will have 282 hi-tech rooms, all with Smart TVs. Free Wi-Fi and convenient USB ports are in every room and throughout the hotel.

COSI also features a swimming pool, gym, laundromat, and the all-hours “Hub”, a social hangout and digital playspace with integrated WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) 24-hour lifestyle Café. Guests can enjoy free food and drink there using the daily credits they get with their stay.

The hotel is situated just a short stroll away from the beach, right opposite the renowned Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya and a five minute drive from  Central Festival Pattaya.

The hotel will open in September 2019 and follows the first COSI hotel which opened in Samui in December 2017. A third COSI which is also under development will open in Krabi in 2020.

The COSI brand is an integral part of the company’s ambitious, five-year expansion plan.  Within that timeframe, Centara expects to add close to 40 more COSI hotels to its portfolio, all situated in resort and city locations throughout Thailand and Asia.

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It’s The Last Straw at Avani Hotels & Resorts

AVANI HOTELS & RESORTS is banning of plastic straws at all of its hotels and resorts worldwide.

The total ban re-affirms Avani’s commitment to environmental conservation and sustainability at each destination that it is situated in.

Avani understands that today’s traveller demands exciting and authentic experiences while visiting a destination, which includes supporting sustainable practices in local communities.

Banning single-use plastic straws is just one step to achieving this. Now, every Avani will provide alternatives such as recyclable or biodegradable straws in every room, restaurant, bar, and outlet.

Avani is also adopting other sustainable practices throughout every property, such as zero waste in food management. Select Avani hotels, such as Avani+ Luang Prabang is also implementing zero-plastic or sustainable materials policies to reduce or eliminate plastic use, as well as offering eco-conscious bath amenities.

“We believe Avani guests seek to enjoy every destination fully, while still fostering a sustainable lifestyle. Avani fully embraces this commitment to preserving our global ecosystems to ensure our destinations maintain their allure for generations to come,” said Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels, which owns Avani Hotels & Resorts.

Avani currently operates 24 hotels and resorts in 15 countries. The brand recently debuted in Australia, New Zealand, and Laos. Avani currently has 15 new hotels in the pipeline, including a recent signing in Kota Kinabalu, Dubai, Bangkok and a second Avani in Busan, South Korea.

 

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