Spanish Maize Tree at Pullman Bangkok Wine Pub
JW Marriott Khao Lak’s Valentine Getaway
Centara upgrades Cenvaree Spa at Udon Thani
Anantara Lawana Samui offering special detox package
A Year of Awards for Six Senses Yao Noi
Shangri-La Bangkok’s Give Light, Feel Light
Welcoming the Year of the Dragon at Four Seasons
A ‘sensational week’ of food & wine at Six Senses Yao Noi
Christmas and New Year’s at SALA Phuklet/SALA Samui/SALA Khaoyai
New Thai Spa Excellence Standard Launched

Spanish Maize Tree at Pullman Bangkok Wine Pub

IF YOU’RE IN THE MOOD for something really different, check out what Pullman Bangkok King Power’s Wine Pub is offering – a Spanish maize tree, where you can sample 18 different types of maze. The menu includes marinated feta cheese, Serrano ham, sticky BBQ ribs and more. The cost – 999BHT – until March 31.

Pullman has four restaurants: Déja Vu, which features a wine bar and up-market brasserie as well as Asian, Californian and Mediterranean cuisine.  Cuisine Unplugged, an open kitchen concept offering noodles, sushi counter, pizza and a bakery corner as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets; Chaan, which focuses on authentic traditional Thai dishes and other Asian cuisine; and Delice, for deserts.

JW Marriott Khao Lak’s Valentine Getaway

JW MARRIOTT KHAO LAK  Resort & Spa is offering a Love Indulgence Valentine Getaway Package during the month of February.

The two-hour package includes your choice of body scrub, a romantic milk bath (served with a glass of sparkling wine) and an aroma fusion massage.

In addition, Quan Spa is offering a 50% discount on any à la carte treatment from 10 am to 3 pm. Advance registration required,

Cost per couple – 6,500 BHT. For more information: 076 584 888 or visit www.marriott.com/hkthl.

Centara upgrades Cenvaree Spa at Udon Thani

CENTARA HOTEL and Convention Centre in Udon Thani has opened its newly upgraded Cenvaree Spa, located on the 5th floor next to the hotel pool.

It has six treatment rooms and offers a collection of signature rituals based on Thai culture as well as Western therapies. Its signature treatments include Cenvaree’s Samunprai Experience Salt Relief, which combines a blend of Thai and local techniques using a salt compress and massage that harmonize the body’s energies.

Other treatments include anti-aging facials, traditional massages, a hot stone massage and foot reflexology. Its water treatments focus on Chakra balancing.

Centara Hotel and Convention Centre is set within the centre of Udon Thani, one of the great commercial and tourism centres of Northeast Thailand and the gateway toLaosandNorthern Vietnam. The hotel is an integral part of the Central Plaza Udon Thani, the city’s largest.

Spa Cenvaree is Centara’s own five-star brand, placing “great emphasis on the innate wisdom of the body” and blending the finest elements of native herbs with massage therapies.

Anantara Lawana Samui offering special detox package

ANANTARA LAWANA Koh Samui Resort & Spa is offering a 150-minute detoxifying spa package to kick off the new year that includes a 60-minute body detox massage, a 60-minutre detoxifying green tea body wrap and a 30-minute detoxifying green tea body scrub.

The detox package is available until Jan. 31, 2012. Prices start at $144. For more info: call 66-7796-0333 or visit www.lawana-chaweng.anantara.com.

Anantara Lawana is also offering a 30% discount on deluxe plunge pool rooms on any stays between Jan. 8 and Dec. 20, 2012. To qualify, you must book ahead at least 14 days in advance.

A Year of Awards for Six Senses Yao Noi

IT JUST KEEPS getting better and better for Six Senses Yao Noi Beyond Phuket, which caps a year of new initiatives by being added to the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List as new entry in the magazine’s Best Hotel for Leisure Category. Six Senses Yao Noi has received a number of awards this year.

Condé Nast’s Gold List offers readers a guide to the most exclusive, exotic and amazing hotels in the world as chosen by a team of the magazine’s editors, writers and travel experts and judged on the basis of location, food, rooms, leisure facilities or ambience and design.

New additions to Six Senses Yao Noi Beyond Phuket in 2011 included opening its Hilltop Reserve as a restaurant and pool area to all guests and introducing three new villa types – The House, a large four-bedroom villa ideal for families; The View, a “perfect romantic hideaway; and The Retreat, now the resort’s most exclusive, especially its Ocean Panorama View Villa.

“This all-villa resort on Phang Nga Bay Island of Koh Yao Noi combines luxury and attentive service with environmentally, low-impact design,” said Condé Nast in its announcement.

Manish Puri, general manager of Six Senses Yao Noi Beyond Phuket, thanked the people behind the award. He also noted that the resort’s spa would be introducing a range of new treatments and Puriti Program in 2012.

Shangri-La Bangkok’s Give Light, Feel Light

IT’S THE NAME of an interesting mew promotion that offers a 15-minute cleansing foot massage and a 45-minute deep tissue back and shoulder massage plus an opportunity to make a gift of light to a famous Thai Temple. The promotion lasts until Feb. 29.

Cost of the treatment is 2,500BHT. In return, Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok will donate, on your behalf, a set of 100-hour candles to the Wat Yai Chaimongkol Temple in the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya, which was affected most in the recent flooding.

Welcoming the Year of the Dragon at Four Seasons

FOUR SEASONS KOH SAMUI and Four Seasons Chiang Mai are offering special packages to welcome the Chinese Year of the Dragon. Chinese New Year is Jan. 23 in 2012 and the packages are available at both resorts from Jan. 16 to Jan. 31.

Four Seasons Koh Samui is offering a four-night package that features a beachside dinner, a revitalizing treatment at its forest spa or a cruise onboard the resort’s Minor Affair sunseeker cruiser to explore the 40-plus islands that make up theAngthongNationalMarinePark.

The package includes accommodation in a villa with a private infinity-edge plunge pool; daily breakfast for two; an 80-minute Siam Fusion Massage for two; a set dinner for two at Lan Tania and a special Chinese New Year welcome amenity.

Rates for the koh Samui package start at 28,250 BHT for a one-bedroom villa per night, based on double occupancy.

The Four Sasons Chiang Mai celebration is a three-night package and includes accommodation; daily breakfast for two; a 90-minute Orient Bland Massage for two; one set dinner for two at the Sala Mae Rim; and a special Chinese New Year welcome amenity.

Rates or Four Seasons Chiang Mai start at 21,860 BHT per room, per night for a Garden Pavilion, based on double occupancy.

Those who wish to extend their stay have the option of adding an extra night or nights at Four Seasons Bangkok or Four Seasons Koh Samui at special rates.

A ‘sensational week’ of food & wine at Six Senses Yao Noi

THREE-STAR Michelin Chef Regis Marcon will be guest chef at Six Senses Yao Noi Beyond Phuket for a “sensational week” of dinner, cooking classes and wine-tasting from Jan. 5-12, 2012.

His restaurant, Restaurant Regis Macon, opened its doors in 1979 and now employs a staff of 48. It received its third Michelin star in 2005, placing it among the top 80 restaurants in the world. It has also been awarded five Toques by the prestigious Guide Gault et Millau, placing it alongside 11 other restaurants out of 3,560 restaurants reviewed. It currently scores 18/20 points, among the highest awarded in the world.

Mavish Puri, general manager of Six Senses Yao Noi Beyond Phuket, welcomed M. Macon and noted that Regis Marcon was on the same page as Six Senses and its guiding philosophy of SLOW LIFE.

M. Marcon is also the recipient of the Ecolabel European, committing his restaurant to respect the environment by using local and organic ingredients as much as possible, renewal energy, maximum recycling, capture of rainwater, minimum energy wastage and eliminating the use of non-recyclable packaging.

M. Macon is internationally recognized as an expert in mushrooms, which are featured in many of his restaurant dishes. He will be featuring the spa’s own organically grown mushrooms in some of his creations during his visit at Yao Noi.

The week kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 5, with wine tasting at The Hilltop Reserve from 7-8 p.m. Canapés created by M. Macon will also be served. Cost per person – 1,500 BHT.

Friday, Jan. 6, starting at 7.30 p.m., dinner featuring M. Macon’s favorite regional dishes, using local produce from thePhangNgaBay region.  The dinner will be limited to 20 people at the communal table at the resort’s The Living Room Restaurant. Cost per person – 2,500 BHT.

Saturday, Jan. 7, a wine dinner at The Dining Room, starting at 7.30 p.m. A four-course dinner with paired wines for each course. The dinner will start with a cocktail reception at the Chefs Table above the Dining Room. Cost per person – 4,500 BHT.

Sunday, Jan. 8, there’s a cooking class at The Chef’s Table from noon to 2 p.m. M. Macon will present two of the dishes from the wine dinner with recipes, and guide guests through the secrets. The class is limited to 10 people. Cost person, including accompanying wine – 4,000 BHT.

Christmas and New Year’s at SALA Phuklet/SALA Samui/SALA Khaoyai

CHRISTMAS EVE at SALA Phuket starts off with a poolside cocktail party, carol singing by the local Mai Khao primary school choir and ends with Christmas Dinner and a special screening of the hit comedy Four Christmases on the lawn under the stars.

Christmas Eve at SALA Samui will feature an energetic fire dance display in true Samui style. Chef Nick and his culinary team will be serving a set menu of seafood, Australian lamb loin and chocoholic favorites.

Christmas Eve at SALA Khaoyai will be an intimate experience that will include a traditional turkey dinner at SALA Hilltop Restaurant, which offers dramatic 360-degree views of the Khaoyai countryside.


At SALA Phuket, you’ll be able to welcome 2012 at a New Year’s Eve beach party that kicks off at 8 p.m. with a cocktail party in a poolside sun lounge. Next up: Dinner at 9 p.m. that includes sea food and meats with SALA’s unique blend of Pacific RimAsian fusion. Cost per person – 5,200 BHT.

Then, on New Year’s day, it’s Chillin’ and Grillin’ Sunday Barbecue. Cost per person – 950 BHT.

New Year’s Eve at SALA Samui will be a night of fire and dance that starts at 7 p.m. with dinner, described as a “festival of culinary delights” by the pool. Guests will be entertained during the evening with three separate dance-and-music acts that will feature a Polynesian Dance, a long drum performance and a Fire Dance show. At midnight, the skies will light up with pyrotechnic shows and SALA Samui’s Waterfall of Fire. Cost per person – 4,900 BHT.

New Thai Spa Excellence Standard Launched

THE THAI SPA ASSOCIATION has teamed up with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, to establish a voluntary Thai Spa Excellence Quality Standard.

In announcing the new standard, Andrew Jacka, president of the Thai Spa Association, noted that it would help Thai spa operators define and monitor the quality and safety of their operations.

“As the ASEAN Economic Community 2015 deadline draws ever closer, the Thai Spa Association is exploring all options to ensure that the Thai Spa industry continues to maintain its market position and cultural integrity.”

He said he has “high expectations as the new standard is rolled out to the entire Thai spa community” and paid special tribute to the association’s standards and practices committee, under the chairmanship of Sunai Vachiraswarakarn, and its work with SGS in the development of the new standard.

The standard is based on five key elements – facilities and infrastructure and spa operational control that includes licensing and hygiene, sanitation and cleanliness, personnel and monitoring, and improvement.

As an independent audit company, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. It has more than 67,000 employees and operates a network of some 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.

In this assignment, its mandate was to develop standards that will protect the reputation of Thai spas and leverage Thai spa potential for continuous improvement, including internal cost controls by providing key stakeholder endorsement of best spa practices.

“We know this new standard will help Thai Spa reinforce its premier marketing position inAsia,” added Andrew Jacka.

For further information: info@thaispaassociation.com (66-2665-7395) or ssc.thailand@sgs.com (66-2678-1813).

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