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Soneva Kiri’s mushroom cave lunch
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Two–Michelin Star French Chef Philippe Mille at VIE Hotel Bangkok and V Villas Hua Hin, MGallery by Sofitel
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Four Seasons Samui unveils ‘reasons to’ indulge in well-being
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Dusit recognized for sustainability performance for the fourth consecutive year
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MICE Groups ‘Go Local’ at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach
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Centara adds WeChat Pay for online bookings
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Three special offers from Ratilanna Chiang Mai
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CENTARA signs agreement for its third COSI branded hotel in Krabi
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SALA new travel packages and awards
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Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s ultimate holistic adventure

Soneva Kiri’s mushroom cave lunch

SONEVA KIRI’S MUSHROOM five-course meal is made with mushrooms grown in Soneva Kiri’s mushroom hut – all within a natural cave tucked away in the jungle. This private dining experience is limited to a maximum of four.

It starts with a short trek to a natural cave surrounded by jungle and the sounds of nature. The five-course vegetarian Thai meal or Western non-vegetarian meal is made with more than six different varieties of mushrooms, all grown in Soneva Kiri’s mushroom hut.

The main dish will be prepared live for you by one of our chefs, who will tell you about the health and wellness benefits of mushrooms.

Other Soneva Kiri experiences include:

Koh Hood’s Butterfly Quest — An three-hour explorative trail through the rainforest, guided by Soneva Kiri’s expert Tropical Ecologist. Along the way you’ll discover a secret waterfall before you get acquainted with the 100 species of exquisite butterflies on the island.

Or dive in the Gulf of Thailand’s tropical waters under the highest international standards with our scuba or open water diving courses and experience the highest international standards from expert instructors, and impeccable attention to detail. Choose from either scuba or open water diving courses.

Head out to the House Reef, which has an incredibly diverse array of coral species, with the healthiest parts having a 58% live coral cover. Our House Reef has also not suffered from any coral bleaching.

For more details: lifes-kiri@soneva.com

There’s also the mesmerizing corals in the seas around Koh Kood. Dive around Solar Reef, a very successful artificial reef that uses the power of the sun to help generate coral. The main species of coral found here is staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) – which is on the IUCN Red List as critically endangered. While down there keep on the look out for the family of batfish that call this reef home.

 

 

 

 

Two–Michelin Star French Chef Philippe Mille at VIE Hotel Bangkok and V Villas Hua Hin, MGallery by Sofitel

TWO-STAR MICHELIN STAR CHEF PHILIPPE MILLE will be offering four-course lunchs and seven-course dinners at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine in VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery Sofitel from Aug. 22-25, as well as in Villazzo Restaurant at V Villas Hua Hin, MGallery by Sofitel on Aug. 25 only.

Born to a farming family in the Sarthe in Western France, Chef Philippe Mille has had the experience of observing the growth of vegetables and livestock his entire life, discovering every nuance that makes them perfect. His refined sense of appreciating fragrance and taste has led him to the notable creations that have earned him two Michelin stars.

Chef Philippe Mille is also one of the few chefs in the world to be awarded the coveted M.O.F. — the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, the highest and most prestigious award amongst all professional craftsmen in France. Only those who have earned it are allowed to wear the red, white and blue collar which is its respected symbol.

Pleasure, generosity and childhood memories are at the heart of his inspiration. Chef Philippe Mille has also worked with some of the best names in France, having trained at L’Aubergade restaurant in Pontchartrain under Jean Bordier; at Le Drouant under Louis Grondard; at Le Pré Catelan under Frédéric Anton; at Lasserre and also at the Ritz under Michel Roth; at Le Scribe and then at Le Meurice under Yannick Alléno, with whom he was awarded the Bocuse bronze medal at the Bocuse d’Or.

.Lunches and dinners are served at VIE Hotel Bangkok during Aug. 22-24 and only dinner at V Villas Hua Hin on Saturday, Aug. 25.

 The four-course set lunchstarts with an Apéritif: Taittinger Champagne Cuvée Prestige Brut NV, followed by Cold Lobster Soup with Champagne; Vegetable Spheres Iodized with Caviar; Crab Flakes with Curry White Onion Custard ‘Royale’, Apple Louis Roederer Champagne Premium Brut NV. The main course features Baked John Dory with Tomato Water, Chef’s Tomato Selection, Reims Vinegar, with Château Tronquoy Lalande, St. Estephe 2009.

Dessert – Exotic Fruit Cream with Saffron, Mango Sorbet, and ends with coffee or tea.

 The seven-Course Michelin Star Set Dinner starts with an Apéritif: Taittinger Champagne Cuvée Prestige Brut NV, followed by Tomato, Strawberries and Basil Tartare, Balsamic Foam; Cold Lobster Soup with ChampagneVegetable Spheres Iodized with Caviar; Crab Flakes with Curry White Onion Custard ‘Royale’, Apple Louis Roederer Champagne Premium Brut NV
Main courses: Baked John Dory with Tomato Water Chef’s Tomato Selection, Reims Vinegar, with Château Tronquoy Lalande, St. Estephe 2009; and Grilled Beef, Eggplant and Mushroom Jus with Capers, Vinegar, with La Fleur de Bouard, Pomerol 2010

Desserts – Champagne Sorbet ,Nut Pudding, Gold Nuggets and Exotic Fruit Cream with Saffron Mango Sorbet. The dinner ends with coffee and tea.

 

 

 

 

Four Seasons Samui unveils ‘reasons to’ indulge in well-being

“WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME you spent a whole day preparing for deep sleep? Or paused your dizzying routine for that much-needed pampering?” quizzes Stephanie Arveux, director of spa, The Secret Garden Spa.

Experience a different facet of well-being as Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui proposes a “Reason to…” dedicate quality time to wellbeing. From deep nourishment and restful sleep to luxurious pampering and active play, guests can indulge in a combination of Resort experiences, spa therapies and dining through four unique programs designed to suit individual wellness styles.

“The program has been inspired by the core foundation wheel of a healthy body and mind – a good night’s sleep, an active day, nourishment and of course, pampering. Each of these day-long experiences have their own ‘personality’; guests can choose the experience that fulfills the ‘Reason to…’ indulge in their well-being,” said Stephanie.

Reason to Nourish – This sequence of experiences is aimed at replenishing lost reserves of health and energy. Hand-picked spa treatments include a rejuvenating body scrub, a healing wrap and a scalp massage with warm coconut oil, made from freshly plucked Samui coconuts.

A private session is yoga and the art of juicing using fresh tropical ingredients is interspersed with six power-packed mini-meals through the day.

Reason to Sleep – The day of bliss begins with a session of flow yoga, uniting breath and movement. A Lava Shell massage ensues, where perfectly warmed Pacific clam shells provide muscular relief.

The preparation for a restful night continues with an hour of meditation, followed by a luxurious candlelit bath in the privacy of the villa, and a relaxing shoulder and neck, feet or head massage. Breakfast in bed the next morning completes this experience of soul-deep relaxation.

Reason to Pamper – This good old-fashioned pampering will help guests relax and recharge through a series of luxurious experiences, starting with breakfast in bed. The indulgence continues at The Secret Garden Spa with a three-hour-long Earth to Sky Ritual.

This fragrant and cocooning top-to-toe treat includes a nourishing scrub, a massage combining pressure point and gentle stretching techniques, and steam compress filled with local Thai medicinal herb.

Guests can savour herbal infusions and refreshing high tea comprising bite-sized wraps, rolls and skewers in the breezy open-air terrazzo of the Spa.

Reason to Play – Featuring activities that inspire and refresh, this experience allows you to rediscover your sense of possibility and adventure. The morning begins with guided exercises at the gym or on the beach, while the afternoon is dedicated to learning Muay Thai, the ancient Thai art of kickboxing.

You can enjoy a healthy lunch between activities, and cap off the day with a blissful Magnesium massage, known to release muscular tension and enhance sleep.

Commenting on the launch of the “Reason To…” program, Sean Mosher, Four Seasons Samui general manager, adds: “The setting, ambience and experiences at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui naturally inspires holistic well-being. With the launch of these four new experiences, we hope to create an environment for positive harmony and give guests the much-needed ‘reason to’ invest in their well-being.”

 

 

 

 

Dusit recognized for sustainability performance for the fourth consecutive year

DUSIT THANI PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED (DTC) has been selected by Thaipat Institute as one of the top 100 ESG performers among the 683 publicly listed companies assessed in 2018.

Established in 2015, Thaipat’s ESG Rating Unit assesses publicly listed companies in the areas of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) to find those with outstanding sustainability performance.

Thaipat’s sources of data include the listed companies’ public disclosures in the form of annual filings (Form 56-1), including annual reports, sustainability reports and sustainable development performance data. This is then used to determine the 100 companies with the most outstanding performance by industrial sector.

For the fourth consecutive year, DTC has been placed in the top 100 companies in the service sector, reflecting the company’s commitment to total quality management and a solid strategy for sustainable and profitable growth.

“We are delighted to be named on the ESG 100 list for the fourth consecutive year,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, DTC.

“That we keep making the list reflects not only our strong corporate governance but also our commitment to creating long-lasting value for all of our stakeholders by following our three-pronged strategy for sustainable growth – balance, expansion and diversification.

“During the first half of 2018, we achieved our investment goals for this quarter by establishing Dusit Foods Co. and entering the food business with an equity investment in NR Instant Produce Co. (NRIP) – and we also introduced ASAI Hotels, a new affordable lifestyle brand aimed at the fast-growing market of millennial-minded travellers.

“Following economic recovery in the tourism sector, we are confident we will be able to explore even more opportunities to add even more new revenue streams to our company,” she said.

Thaipat Institute introduced its first sustainable development performance ranking in 2015 to cater to the demand created by investors’ preference for companies with satisfactory ESG performance.

Its ESG Rating Unit develops sustainability information through assessment of sustainability data of listed securities in the Stock Exchange of Thailand for the purpose of encouraging disclosure of sustainability data by listed companies and responsible investing.

 

 

MICE Groups ‘Go Local’ at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach

PHUKET MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA, NAI YANG BEACH has launched a new tailor-made MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) concept called “Go Local”.

Designed especially for meetings and events clients, this new service aims to showcase the uniqueness of Thai hospitality and create a personal connection between delegates and the local destination through cuisine and culture.

Throughout their event, the specific requirements of each group will be exclusively organized, from resort recreation to creative catering, including the option of memorable evening events on our private sandy beach. A personal meeting planner will be on hand to organize unique group activities that reflect the local culture of Phuket.

“Our Go Local service has been specifically designed to allow MICE clients to enjoy unforgettable experiences while staying with us,” said David Ippersiel, general manager, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach. “We are proud to introduce group delegates to the authentic culture and cuisine of Phuket, while also ensuring maximum productivity from every meeting.”

With three indoor meeting rooms and expansive outdoor event spaces, including a private beach, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach has the flexibility to be host to all different types of occasion. The scale of the resort also allows delegates to stay closer together, enhancing team bonding.

The innovative “Go Local” service at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach is available from 1,300 THB per person.

For more information, email booknaiyangbeach@marriott.com, call +66 (0) 76 625555 or visit www.phuketmarriottnaiyang.com

 

 

 

 

 

Centara adds WeChat Pay for online bookings

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS IS NOW accepting WeChat Pay transactions on its websites for online room reservations.

This is in addition to the 15 hotels that already deploy nearly 100 EDC devices for QR code scanning on WeChat Pay, making it the largest hotel group in Thailand offering Chinese tourists omni-channel payment solutions.

Bills for accommodation, restaurants and spa treatments can be paid directly from smartphones. The company expects to have WeChat Pay at all Centara Hotels & Resorts globally by the end of 2018.

  “A seamless payment experience for consumers using any channel is an element of our platform for expansion, which should see us double both revenue and the number of our properties over the next five years,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara CEO.

“As consumer behavior evolves, Centara has adopted an omni-channel strategy to stay relevant and to provide a great customer experience. We embrace these types of disruptive opportunities to better serve our guests and stay on top of the industry.”

Chinese tourists account for almost one third of all foreign travellers to this country. Thailand is welcoming an ever-increasing number of Chinese visitors, for whom the kingdom remains the top travel destination. This year, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, expects more than 10 million Chinese tourists visit Thailand annually.

WeChat Pay is the payment solution of WeChat, one of the largest social networks in China. WeChat Pay has become the main cashless payment method for daily small transactions in China and has more than 800 million active users in its database.

“The number of Chinese tourists booking with Centara keeps growing. They are a significant customer base for all businesses in Thailand. Centara’s Chinese website www.centarahotelsandresorts.cn and centarahotelsresorts.com receive hundreds of thousands of visits from Chinese users. Almost half the visits come from a mobile device.

“Earlier this year we signed an agreement with TreePayCo. Ltd., a payment platform facilitator to develop a system that allows Chinese customers to use their mobile phones to make e-payments outside of China for accommodation and services at Centara properties. WeChat Pay users and Chinese travellers can stay and enjoy the whole trip with Centara with only a few quick taps on their smartphone.”

“Today’s consumers are connecting their omni-channel experiences with the likeability of the brands. In order to maintain our brand leadership, we are committed to providing seamless guest satisfaction across touchpoints,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat.

Other than the two main websites, Centara’s 15 hotels also welcome WeChat QR code payment. These are: Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Center at Central World, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, Centara Villas Samui, Centara Villas Phuket, Centara Kata Resort Phuket, Centara Karon Resort Phuket, Centara Mae Sot Hill Resort, Centara Hotel Hat Yai, Centra by Centara Government Complex Hotel & Convention Centre Chaeng Watthana and COSI Samui Chaweng.

Centara WeChatPay account ID: CentaraHotel

 

Three special offers from Ratilanna Chiang Mai

RATTILANNA SPA in Chiang Mai offers start with its special Jasmine Delicacy Skin Ritual, which is designed to delicately soothe tired and ageing skin. The 2.5-hour ritual is available from now until September, 2018.

The treatment includes a Jasmine, Rice and Honey Scrub, a Jasmine Collagen Massage and ends with a Collagen Facial.

Freshly prepared with the essence of jasmine tea, rice flour and honey, the scrub uses natural irritation-free body scrub blends to gently exfoliate your skin silky, leaving it relaxed and toned, while the cool healing Jasmine Collagen Massage is re-hydrates the body using soft and relaxing strokes. The facial supplements skin collagen to help your skin retain moist to your face.

The two-hour Sense of Mango features a Mango Body Scrub and a Mango Arma Massage,

Rich in beta-carotene and contains vitamin C plus the alluring scent, Thai Mahajanaka mango is loved by everyone. Mahajanaka mango and RatiLanna Spa’s natural-based ingredients scrub is a chemical- free smooth exfoliator that removes skin impurities and helps retain moisture at the skin layer. Its Thai mango aromatherapy along with the flowing massage strokes help to ease away your emotional and physical stress.

For Mother’s Day, Ratilanna will be offering a special price for its Jasmine Delicacy Ritual and its Sense of Mango treatment reservations made by couple. It is available only in August 2018.

There is also an exclusive 10% discount for Ratillanna house guests.

 

 

 

 

CENTARA signs agreement for its third COSI branded hotel in Krabi

 CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS has signed a hotel management agreement with Chuan Development Hotel Company Limited to develop its third COSI property in the south of Thailand, COSI Krabi Ao Nang Beach.

Centara conceived a different kind of hotel to capture the new generation of freedom-loving, tech-savvy travellers. The result is their new COSI brand, which opened its first property on Thailand’s popular Samui Island last December.

Following its success, Centara broke ground on its second COSI in Pattaya earlier this year, and has now signed a third COSI in Krabi, one of the leading destinations in Southern Thailand.

COSI is completely different from a traditional hotel. In place of the typical lobby counter are self-serve kiosks that speed check-in and check-out. In place of typical restaurant and banquet facilities is the hotel’s Hub, a 24/7 social and media café where guests can grab a sip or a bite and connect with friends.

Guests get daily credits to use for food and drink any time at the Hub’s WYSIWYG Café.

Today’s travellers love their smartphones, and smartphones love COSI. Guests can use their phones to book, check in, and play videos or watch movies on their room’s 43-inch SmartTV screen, which can mirror their phone screen. Fast and free Wi-Fi is everywhere.

The Krabi hotel will feature 142 rooms. Their minimalist-mod design features comfy king or twin beds, power showers, digital safes and fridges. Each room will have five USB ports so guests can recharge their devices without worrying about converters. The hotel will also offer a swimming pool and laundromat.

“COSI represents our most creative ideas about serving a growing market segment of freedom-loving, connected travellers” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s CEO. “They’re more interested in flexibility, fun and shared experiences than traditional hotel frills. We plan to open COSIs in the most popular destinations to serve them.”

“I strongly believe this will be a successful partnership with Centara for the new COSI hotel in Krabi. As we are new in the hospitality business, working with such a renowned hospitality brand of Thai origin as Centara, is such a firm and important step for us” said Thanawat Phukaoluan, managing director of Chuan Development Hotel Co., Ltd.

Centara expects to open COSI Krabi Ao Nang Beach by 2020.

 

 

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SALA new travel packages and awards

SALA SAMUI CHAWENG BEACH RESORT is offering a me-and-us time with a three-day package designed to recalibrate and re-energize.

The package includes a minimum three-night stay inclusive of breakfast, round-trip airport transfers, two healthy lunches, late check-out and daily spa program, which includes: two-hour scrub-and-massage treatments, 2.5-hour massage-and-facial combos, and a 60-minute couple’s massage. The cost: 27,975 THB.

The resort recently unveiled its ocean front two-bedroom Presidential Pool villa, a 286 sqm large, with private beachfront, available for exclusive guest stays, intimate weddings or special celebrations.

The new luxury resort’s highest room category also features a 52 sqm private pool, steps from the sandy shores of north Chaweng beach, making it one of the largest private pools on offer within a resort on Koh Samui.

SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort, meanwhile, is offering a four-night Honeymoon package that includes breakfast, round-trip airport transfers, and on arrival, a Honeymooner’s Delight mood-setter, complete with red roses, special decorations, sparkling wine and chocolates, as well as a candlelit dinner for two and a couple’s spa treatment.

Elsewhere at SALA, the culinary team at SALA Phuket Resort and Spa and sala rattanakosin Bangkok for their Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant Awards for the past two years. Heading the SALA Phuket team is Chef Tony Wrigley, who transferred to the beachfront resort after years of award-winning leadership at sala rattanakosin.

sala rattanakosin also offers a great way to see the real Bangkok, where the Chao Phraya River lends itself to fascinating cultural excursions and culinary discoveries. The offer includes a minimum 1-night stay inclusive of breakfast, a Thai family-style dinner and cooking class, complete with market visit and long-tail boat ride. From 8,825 THB.

It’s also the starting point to ravel back in time and explore the ancient city of fascinating UNESCO ruins just a short drive from Bangkok. The offer includes a minimum 1-night stay, inclusive of breakfast, a half-day sightseeing boat tour to discover the epic scenery along the Chao Phraya River, and complimentary sunset cocktails for two by the riverbank. From 6,645 THB.

 

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s ultimate holistic adventure

WEARY AND EXPERIENTIAL TRAVELLERS to Asia’s City of Angels alike are in for a holistic treat of authentic local immersion and vitality with the introduction of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Morning Wellness at Siam signature experience.

Offering a revitalising start to the day that in some ways follows Bangkokians’ typical morning routine, the program invites guests to rise and shine and embark on a unique wellness journey that culminates in total nourishment for the body, mind and soul.

The Morning Wellness at Siam program unfolds in three balanced stages that combine Buddhist culture and urban nature with energizing movement, a nutritious breakfast and spa wisdom:

Siam Culture: Rising at daybreak, guests participate in the daily Buddhist tradition of Tak Bart in the hotel’s lobby – in this ancient custom of making merit and bringing good fortune, guests are guided through the morning ritual of giving alms of food to monks, and in return receiving the traditional blessing of a chant.

Park Wellness: A short walk then leads guests to the nearby Lumpini Park. Referred to as the “Green Lung of Bangkok”, it offers rare open public spaces, trees, and playgrounds in the Thai capital, and paths totalling more than two kilometres that are popular amongst morning and evening joggers.

Here a quiet grassy spot overlooking the park’s lake and canal sets the tranquil scene for a 45-minute light energy session of ancient Chinese Qi Gong, meditation, yoga or Pranayama, guided by Anantara’s expert Balance Wellness practitioner.

This session offers flowing, graceful movements to boost energy flow and life force.

A picnic breakfast served on the lawns of Lumpini Park follows and features an abundance of creative healthy delights, including a quinoa and mixed fruit salad with poached shrimp; a charcoal bread sandwich filled with smoked salmon; homemade granola; and dark chocolate petit fours.

A vitamin-packed raw juice made from an ABC concoction of apple, beetroot and carrot and a detoxifying blend of kale, pear, lemon, ginger and honey is also served to refresh and wash all the nutritional goodness down.

After breakfast, guests experience another true taste of Bangkok when they return to the hotel by tuk tuk.

Holistic Healing: The Morning Wellness at Siam program continues at Anantara Spa where guests indulge in a signature 60-minute Chakra Crystal Balancing therapy treatment.

After selecting a crystal infused oil blend that resonates most with the individual, the body is surrounded by precious stones. These include the unconditional love of Rose Quartz for the Heart Chakra; the peace of Amethyst above the Crown Chakra; Tiger Eyes harmonising energy for balance beside the Solar Plexus Chakra; and Lapis Lazuli’s self-expression that empowers the Throat Chakra.

Whilst the energies of the precious stones work their healing powers, a purifying massage promotes holistic well-being by releasing stress and tension both physically and emotionally; harmonizing energy flow; stimulating blood circulation; and encouraging the body’s natural detoxification.

Singing bowls are used to commence and conclude the treatment to coax a deep state of meditative relaxation, while the soothing sounds enhance the chakra balancing benefits.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Morning Wellness at Siam signature experience lasts four hours and is priced at 8,500 THB per person.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact +66 2126 8866 ext. 1191, or email spa.asia@anantara.com

 

 

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