Anantara launches Bangkok Riverside Resort
Bangkok flood situation improving
Thai Spa Directory for 2011-2012 available
Afternoon Festive Tea at Pullman Bangkok
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

Anantara launches Bangkok Riverside Resort

ANANTARA has launched a new hotel in Bangkok– the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa – located on 11 acres of prime real estate edging theChao PhrayaRiver.

The resort is a rebranding of the Bangkok Marriott and offers 407 rooms, with either scenic river or garden views from private balconies. It has 10 restaurants and bars.

The Mandara Spa will be in operation for most of 2012 before it is also rebranded as an Anantara Spa.

The resort’s complimentary shuttle boat service connects guests toBangkok’s extensive Skytrain network, making daily exploration outings relatively simple.

Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort, Bangkok Marriott, Chao Phraya River, Mandara Spa, Thailand, Bangkok,

Bangkok flood situation improving

Flood waters are receding in the centre and southern areas of Bangkok. Shops have begun to reopen in these areas but many people are still not working.

Thai Spa Directory for 2011-2012 available

The Thai Spa Association, with the support of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, has produced the Thai Spa in Mind 2011 – 2012, a directory of spas acrossThailand.

Features include the spa section winners of the 8th Kinaree Awards, held every two years and organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. For your free copy of the directory, contact TAT Offices worldwide, http://www.tourismthailand.org/about-tat-page/about-tat/tat-overseas-offices/ or the Thai Spa Association info@thaispaassociation.com.

Copies are free but if you want a printed version, you must pay the postage.

For an online version of the directory, go to the special website www.thaispainmind.com or download the free Thai Spa in Mind app from the ‘app store’ or in the near future, from the multimedia page of the TAT website – www.tourismthailand.org/multimedia

Afternoon Festive Tea at Pullman Bangkok

Glen Bar at Pullman Bangkok King Power is offering a Festive AfternoonTea from now until Dec. 25, 2011 at a special price of 350 Baht from 2-5 p.m. daily. The tea includes egg nog, mince pies and Christmas cake along with a choice of several varieties of tea.

Pullman is owned by Accor,  the world’s leading hotel operator with more than 4,200 hotels and almost 500,000 rooms in 90 countries. It is also a major player in Asia Pacific, where Accor has 446 hotels in 16 countries – Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.




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.”

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