Pascal Jolivet at The Hill Top
Loy Krathong – a festival of thanks and beauty
ASEAN spa standard by 2015
Flooding in East Bangkok
Rayavadee’s fall and winter promotion
The cost of the flooding in Bangkok
Make or break time in Bangkok
The colon hyrotherapy advantage
Condé Nast Awards for Six Senses Samui
Work and play at Six Senses Water/Wo/Men fundraiser

Pascal Jolivet at The Hill Top

Ever wonder what wines go best with your dinner? You’ll be able to find out from renowned French wine maker Pascal Jolivet, who will play host at a special wine-tasting and dinner on Nov. 15, 2011 at Six Senses Yao Noi.

Wines chosen by him for the evening will be Attitude Pinot Noir, Sancerre Rose, Attitude Sauvignon Blanc, Pouilly Fume and Clos du Roy. His wines are frequently listed among the Top 100 Wines of the World.

They come from the wine areas of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume and are ideally suited for pairing with the fresh local Phang Nga seafood sourced for dinner.

Festivities start at 6 o’clock, with chefs preparing food at live stations around the pool, beside paired wines selected by M. Jolivet. Guests will have an opportunity to mingle with him and take in the resort’s unique view of Phang Nga limestone karsts.

Dinner will be served when the moon is up at 8 at a communal table in the Living Room. How much: 1,000 THB for the wine-tasting and 2,500 BHT per person for the dinner. Reservations are necessary. Call 080-60-911-28 to reserve.

Loy Krathong – a festival of thanks and beauty

SALA Resorts will be marking Loy Krathong celebrations at each of its resorts inThailand on Nov. 10.

Loy Krathong Day – one of the most popular festivals inThailand – is celebrated annually on the full moon day of the Twelfth Lunar Month, at a time when the weather is fine, the rainy season is over and there is a high water all over the country.

“Loy” means “to float” and a Krathong” is a lotus-shaped vessel created from banana leaves. This little vessel usually contains a candle, three joss sticks, flowers and coins.

The festival is of Brahmin origin, in which people offer thanks to the goddess of the water. During the festival, people light the candles and joss sticks, make a wish and launch the Krathongs on canals, rivers and small ponds by moonlight.

People believe the Kathrongs carry away sins and bad luck and the wishes they made for the new year.

ASEAN spa standard by 2015

The Thai Ministry of Tourism is working with ASEAN members to develop an ASEAN spa standard, reports Andrew Jacka, president of the Thai Spa Association and chairman of the Asia Pacific Spa Wellness Coalition. The standard is expected to be implemented by 2015.

The new initiative is part of the ASEAN tourism strategic plan that would see an AESAN spa standard aimed at increasing the quality of spa human resources, services and facilities in member countries.

The standard will include a certification process that would be used in all ASEAN countries. Meetings have already been held inThailand,PhilippinesandBrunei.

In other news from Asia Pacific Spa Wellness (APSWC), Warapan Tichan, a student at Sukhothai Commerical School (Bangkok Health & Services Technical College) was Thailand’s entrant in the beauty therapy section of the World Skills competition, where she received a medal of excellence. In late 2010, she received a bronze medal in the Asian Skills competition.


Nov. 7-8 – Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, Hong Kong (www.sustainablecosmeticssummit.com).

Nov. 9 – Asia Spa Awards, Hong Kong (www.asiaspaawards.com)

Nov. 9-11 – CosmoProf 2011, Hong Kong (www.cosmoprof-asia.com)

March 28-30, 2012 – APSWC Spa Forum, India (www.apswc.org)

Sept. 9-21, 2012 – Pool and Spa Exhibition 2012, Bangkok (www.poolspaasia.com

Rayavadee’s fall and winter promotion

Rayavadee at Krabi has launched three new promotion packages for its fall and winter season – one that offers four nights stay for the price of three; a second for guests who would like to stay longer with similar savings; and a retreat package for Thai residents.

The promotion runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 23, 2011 and from Jan. 11 to March 31, 2013.

The four-night package includes accommodation in a deluxe room, daily buffet breakfast for two; three dine-around dinners for two at any of the resort’s restaurants; a 75-minute massage at the Rayavadee Spa for two; choice of either a Thai cooking class or a sunset cruise aboard Rayavadee’s Siamese junk; daily afternoon tea at the Raya Lounge; boat and car transfers from and to Krabi International Airport.

For those who wish to extend their stay, there are even better deals – stay seven nights for the price of five; 10 nights and get three free nights.

For Thai residents, Rayavadee has a special retreat offer – available until Nov. 11, 2011 at a 40% discount off seasonal rates. The retreat package includes daily breakfast for two; round-trip Krabi airport transfers; afternoon tea; and a 75-minute massage for two.

If you book ahead 30 or more days in advance of your stay, the resort will throw in a set dinner for two at its Krua Phranang Thai restaurant.

Rayavadee is located at the heart of Krabi’sPhranangPeninsulaon 26 acres of tropical gardens and coconut groves against a background of sheer cliffs, jungle foliage and the waters ofAndamanSea.

The cost of the flooding in Bangkok

Whatever it is, one thing is certain,  it will be substantial, says Dr.Kriengsak Chareonwongsak, a former MP in Thailand and a noted economist, who taught economics at Harvard and Oxford for almost 30 years.

Current estimates run between $6 and $7 billion but it could be more once all the costs are factored in. There are two main reasons for this, he says: First, the lengthy time period involved with this flood; and second, the extent of the damage it has already done in the country.

For one thing, households will need to renovate. Appliances will need to be either repaired or replaced. And in the industrial sector, the flood has already taken its toll – seven plants so far. Machinery will need to be replaced and this will take time to order and install, to clean up the factories generally and get the whole system running again.

Most are likely to have insurance to recover their losses – with rather serious repercussions for the insurance industry.

“It means the number of people out of work will be substantial as well during this period … and many families will be facing hardship as they try to cope.”

He also noted that Thailand is part of a world-wide industrial supply chain – hard discs, for example. “Many large international corporations have come to depend on Thailand for these products in their manufacturing processes. Many world-wide operations could be affected.”

Thailand’s tourist and spa industry – the country’s bread-and-butter income earner – has also been caught up in this calamity. “About 15 million people come to Thailand every year. But with these and other tourists hearing about the flooding in Thailand continually on CNN, the BBC, Aljazeera TV and other international outlets could cut the number of tourists who traditionally come to Thailand, especially during the peak period in the next few months.

“Hopefully,” he added, “if we can clean up the damage once the flooding has receded – by the end of November – the impact on the tourism/spa sector will be minimized.”

Some damage has already been done. That’s why, economically, “we need good management to deal with this, to be right in our thinking during the post-flood period.”

Make or break time in Bangkok

The next few days will tell the tale. That’s when the flooding will crest and Bangkok will know exactly just how bad it will be.

Many people are disgusted with the way things have been handled, with much of the criticism directed at Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is increasing being perceived as inept, indecisive and inexperienced.

For the thousands who have been uprooted, there is a mind-numbing emotional toll as they try to come to grips with the loss of their homes as well as loss of income by being thrown out of work by the flood.

Could the prime minister have done things better? Probably. But that’s 20/20 hindsight and keep in mind there is no template to guide anyone in the case of a once-in-a-lifetime calamity of this magnitude.

Dr.Kriengsak Chareonwongsak, a former MP in Thailand and an economist of some note, agrees that she is a novice in politics and only recently came into power – without the customary honeymoon enjoyed by a new prime minister and cabinet – and landed smack into the middle of trying to manage one of the worst natural disasters Bangkok has ever seen.

“It proved to be very fatal for her – as it would be for anyone in power – especially with all the contradictory she has been getting.”

Peak time is between Oct. 28 and Oct. 31. After that, he says, it will likely take a month before things get back to normal.

“In the midst of the flooding right now, it’s a really difficult time for the people living in Bangkok.”

Meanwhile many planned events have been cancelled or postponed, like the Thailand Health and Beauty Show 2011, which has been postponed to January 2012. Business is at a standstill.

Many tours coming to Bangkok have already been cancelled while others have been diverted to resorts in Pattaya, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket and in the north.

The colon hyrotherapy advantage

By Dr. Pakpilai Thavisin

 Dr. Pakpilai Thavisin is president of S Medical Spa and MD, esthetic dermatology and anti-ageing medicine Dr. Pakpilai created S Medical Spa six years ago to offer a haven of serenity where Western Medicine is combined with Eastern therapies for a one stop service for optimizing your health, appearance and well-being of both body and mind.

Colon hydrotherapy or colon detoxification is one of the most popular detoxification methods practised by many. It is the most effective way to remove toxins from our body.

It helps eliminate the waste materials that have been accumulated in our digestive system over many years. Most of the waste stuck comes from what we eat every day. Of course our lifestyle does influence how our body looks on the inside.

For instance, if somebody eats a lot of junk food and drinks alcohol regularly, the waste stuck in his/her bowel will be far more considerable than the waste stuck in the digestive system of somebody following a raw food diet, rich in fiber with no caffeine or dairy products.

We refer to the waste stuck in our colon as mucoid plaques, these plagues are toxic substances that stubbornly stick to our linings of our intestinal wall. Our daily excretion of waste does not help removing those plagues.

The problem of having this waste stuck in that area is that the toxins are reabsorbed back into our bloodstream. Once in our bloodstream they can cause inflammations such as acne, migraines, allergies, painful menstruations and even muscle and joint pain.

Colon hydrotherapy is the ultimate most effective treatment to safely remove these toxic substances from the colon. Once the body is purified, it will help improve the complexion, restore internal energy and balance over-all health, making you feel refreshed and revitalized.

Detoxification programs should always be under close supervision of a doctor and a registered specialized nurse. The programs normally start, besides the consultation with the doctor, with aroma herbal steam, a soothing treatment for skin and respiratory detoxification. After the colon hydrotherapy the patients feel fresh, light and look forward to repeating the experience.

At S Medical Spa they combine colon hydrotherapy with a range of detoxifying spa treatments for a whole body detoxification experience.

If you have muscle or joint pain, migraines, acne or skin problems, digestive problems or allergies think about colon hydrotherapy.

Condé Nast Awards for Six Senses Samui

Six Senses Spa at Koh Samui has received the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Award as the Best Spa in the Overseas Hotel category.

It was also among three Six Senses properties included by Condé Nast in its World Top Experiences category. The other two Six Senses properties were Soneva Fushi and Six Senses Spa at Soneva Gili.

Six Senses Samui has 66 luxury villas with great views as well as an extensive menu of holistic and traditional treatments and de-stress and lifestyle programs.

The Condé Nast Awards are highly regarded in the spa and travel industry.

Work and play at Six Senses Water/Wo/Men fundraiser

Six Senses first annual Water/Wo/Men fundraiser is support of global water conservation also had some light moments.

Most days were long with plenty of meetings and hearing from some of the best in sports, conservation, non-profits and corporations but there were also some light moments as well when Beth Orton, Daryl Hannah and Rami Jaffee gave impromptu performances during the week at the Chill Bar and a memorable sunset beach jam involving Maldivian musicians on local drums at the finale “Barefoot Ball” evening.

The event was held at Six Senses’ new Laamu Resort, the only resort on the remote Laamu Atoll, 150 km north of the equator and known for its ultrafine soft sand.

Sonu Shivdasani, chairman and founder of Six Senses, and one of speakers at the five-day gathering, noted:

“Global industrial growth, most of it very far away, has brought the Maldives to the front line in the battle against rising sea levels. What happens to the Maldives and its 400,000 inhabitants may foretell the future of coastal regions around the globe. That’s why such events as Watermen are so vital … in moving our global community – in the words of Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed – ‘from apathy to action’.”

The Water/Wo/Men fundraiser is the partnership between Six Senses and +H20 – a platform for water awareness to create solutions that facilitate positive change on a local to global scale.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to three key marine charities – Water Charity, Plant A Fish and the Blue Water Foundation. The Blue Water Foundation will place the proceeds from the event into the Baa Atoll Conservation Fund to manage the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

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