Archive - March 2012

Anantara Bangkok’s street-wise guru
Home spa with Chiva-Som
Buzz Aldrin at Soneva Kiri April 4
SALA Phuket and SALA Samui named to 2012 Condé Nast list
Anantara’s 365 Days of Good Deeds
Week of wining, dining and learning at Six Senses Yao Noi
An evening with astrologer Shelley von Strunckel
Picture this and win a trip to Bali
Dates for King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament

Anantara Bangkok’s street-wise guru

You see them everywhere in Bangkok and other Thai cities, lining almost every road or soi, many with street-side tables offering a variety of favorite Thai dishes.

Many tourists avoid them but you could be missing out on some great culinary treats. That’s where the street-smart advice of Chetta Khambunditkul, Anantara’s street-wise guru, comes in handy. Chettha has evolved his own Bangkok gastronomy hot list in the 15 years he’s been at Anantara. He is currently chief concierge at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa.

With Chettha by your side, you can simply head straight for the places that have his stamp of approval and an insider’s special knowledge that can guide you to the tastiest roasted duck noodles, BBQ noodles, fish ball noodles and spicy tom yum soups.

Chettha’s motto is “great food, great place, great company,” and he takes this into consideration when suggesting a local restaurant. These include riverside venues, where you can watch cruise boats drift by while sampling grilled seafood, rich Thai curries, sizzling stirfries and spicy herb-infused salads.

He also knows the most popular Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants, often tucked behind narrow streets that you would never find on your own or to the most appealing dinner shows and liveliest karoke hangouts.

Home spa with Chiva-Som

HUA HIN-BASED CHIVA-SOM, widely regarded as one of the best destination spas in the world, has created a new line of spa products that will allow guests to take their Chiva-Som spa experience home with them.

The Chiva-Som line was created to capture the essence of Thailand, using “professional-grade aromatherapy, plant extracts and organic oils, and drawing on the latest innovations in skin care technology as well as its insights into traditional Asian healing practices”.

Chiva-Som products use only food-grade preservatives. There are no parabens, phenoxyethanol, petrochemicals, silicones, animal-derived ingredients or artificial colors or fragrances. The products range from 95% to 100% pure and all outer packaging has been made with recyclable paper.

The range includes seven body-care and 12 face-care products as well as five massage oils. All principal ingredients in the range ensure the most effective daily oils to keep your skin fresh, natural and looking at its best, says Chiva-Som.

The new line features revitalizing and purifying masks, refreshing facial sprays to freshen and hydrate the skin, facial massage oil designed to heal, calm and rejuvenate; and an external youth face and eye serum, containing a high concentration of antioxidants.

Chiva-Som’s body products include a body butter ideal for every dry and sensitive skin, a body mask to soothe aches and pains, a Thai body polish and a variety of blended organic massage oils.

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Buzz Aldrin at Soneva Kiri April 4

JOIN BUZZ ALDRIN, the first man on the moon, and Sir Robin Knox Johnston, the first man to sail solo around the world, for what promises to be an historic dinner under the stars beside the sea at Soneva Kiri in Thailand on Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

Both men crossed their frontiers in 1969 and applauded each other’s achievement but have met only fleetingly.

Charley Boorman, TV adventurer, travel writer, actor and UNICEF Ambassador, will visit Soneva Kiri on Wednesday, March 28. His first trip in 2004 was an around-the-world motorcycle journey with Ewan MacGregor – seen on Long Way Round.

His subject of choice will be How to get around the world without using airplanes (much), in which he talks about his travels from England to Cape Town, and from Ireland to Sydney, using a huge variety of different transportation.

While at Soneva Kiri, he will also take guests on an exploration by kayak around the coastline of the remote island if Koh Kood.

Along with tall tales, there will be an element of education – learning more about the planet and beyond, our current challenges as well as embracing the Soneva core philosophy of SLOW LIFE – Sustainable, Local, Organic Wellness, Learning, Inspiring, Fun, Experiences.

SALA Phuket and SALA Samui named to 2012 Condé Nast list

SALA SPA PHUKET and SALA Spa Samui have been named to Condé Nast Jansen’s Luxury Spas 2012 Recommended List – the second year in a row for SALA Spa Phuket and the first time for SALA Spa Samui, which received the invitation following repeated approval from guests, industry colleagues and travel media in 2011.

The Condé Nast Jansen’s Luxury Spas Recommended List is a by- invitation-only publication of exclusive spas around the world and features resort and hotel spas, chic urban spas, destination spas and dedicated medical spas.

The list changes annually and features destinations as diverse as Brazil and Bhutan, France and the Philippines, Mexico and Mauritus.

Anantara’s 365 Days of Good Deeds

ANANTARA HOTELS, Resorts & Spas, with a decade-long history of immersing itself in local initiatives that benefit the environment and local communities, has brought all these good deeds together with the launch of its 365 Days of Good Deeds Sustainability Program.

Under this program, at least one good deed will be done every day in 2012 – whether rescuing street elephants in Thailand, coral rejuvenation in Phuket or supporting local farmers in Indonesia, Anantara will carry out this program at the grassroots level in each of its exotic locations around the world.

Anantara is also inviting its guests to combine their five-star journey of local traditions and natural wonders with the opportunity to participate in a range of good deeds that help the communities in each locale, both socially and environmentally.

In the heart of Thailand’s northern jungle and hill people tribe country at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa, the on-site Anantara Elephant Camp is a traditional mahout (caregiver) and elephant village, which is completely self-supportive. Guests can visit, feed, bath and do mahout training programs with the 30 elephants rescued from Thailand’s city streets.

The elephants enjoy a safe and natural place to stay, guaranteed fodder and shelter and the mahout and his family receive employment, housing, medical insurance and schooling for their children. Anantara Phuket Villas, together with the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, reintroduced endangered baby turles to their natural environment on Mai Khao Beach – one of the few Phuket beaches that continue to be available to nesting turtles.

All the eggs are rescued from the beaches surrounding Phuket and nearby provinces, where a natural and peaceful existence can no longer be guaranteed.

Anantara’s hotels and resorts are based in some of the most exotic locations in the world. Anantara believes the indigenous surroundings and experiences at each destination offer “a compelling reason for associates and guests alike to want to preserve them forever … and that these unique experiences not only provide guests with a memorable holiday experience but knowing that they have given back to the environment and the local community”.

For more information, call 66 (0) 2 365 7500.

Week of wining, dining and learning at Six Senses Yao Noi

TV PERSONALITY and Cookmedian Andrea Golino will be presiding over a week of dinners and conducting cooking classes during that includes wine tastings at Six Senses Yao Noi Beyond Phuket March 30 to April 4, 2012..

He will be joined by Harshal Shah, who will be sharing his knowledge about wine and anecdotes of his visits to vineyards around the world.

Andrea Golino originally wanted to become an actor but give it up to become a chef. But the acting bug never quite left him, taking on a series of roles in TV roles and movies. His unique interpretation of food and his penchant for challenging culinary rules earned him the nick name Chef Guevara and led him to his current acting role in Personal Chef, one of Italy’s most-watched culinary shows.

The week kicks off with General Manager Manish Puri’s Old World vs New World Wines sunset cocktail hour, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 20. Cost – 1,500 BHT per person.

Saturday, March 31 – Pasta Andrea’s way: Cooking class from noon to 2 p.m., when Andrea will guide you through the secrets of making pasta. Wine expert Harshal Shah will be on hand to offer wines to make your cooking even better. Cost – 1,500 BHT per person.

Sunday, April 1 – A light four-course dinner with paired wines by the glass at The Hilltop Reserve. There will also be a wine quiz. The couple who comes closest to identifying the wine for each course will win a bottle of wine – four chances to win four bottles. Cost – 4,000 BHT per person.

Monday, April 2, when Andrea will again prepare a four-course dinner, using wine in all courses, at the Chef’s Table. Harshal will provide pairings for each course and guests will again have the opportunity to interact with Andrea and his Six Senses Yao Noi culinary team as he prepares each course in the open kitchen. Cost – 3,500 BHT per person.

Wednesday, April 4. Billed as the Grand Finale, at which Andrea and Harshal will be host at the Hilltop Reserve’s communal table, where guests will be able to dine family style at poolside as Andrea and Harshal share Andrea’s favorite Italian comfort foods. Cost – 3,500 BHT per person.

An evening with astrologer Shelley von Strunckel

SONEVA KIRI is offering guests an invitation to meet Shelley von Strunckel, a world-famous astrologer, and hear her views on the way ahead over dinner on Saturday, March 24.

Shelley has been a powerful voice in the movement towards having astrology recognized as a holistic science. She has a gift for translating astrology into here-and-now language and her column appears in many well known newspapers and magazines like the Sunday Times, London’s Evening Standard, French Vogue, Chinese Vogue, South China Morning Post and Dubai’s Gulf News.

What’s ahead for 2012? She sees a single discernable pattern in the changes that will create disarray in the world – in politics and economics. At Soneva Kiri, she’ll explain this pattern and what to expect during the pivotal year of 2012 and for years to come.

It’s not all doom and gloom. The trick, she says, is understanding what’s happening and then knowing how to deal with change.

Dinner will be held outside in The View, Soneva Kiri’s scenic restaurant under the stars and moon.

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Picture this and win a trip to Bali

TO CELEBRATE its fifth anniversary, The Bari Spa at Hyatt Regency Hua Hin is inviting camera buffs to enter a photo contest for a chance to win a trip to Bali and cash.

Bari Spa guests who submit their best picture of the spa through the contest’s official Facebook page – — will be eligible for the grand prize which includes round-trip airfare for two to Bali, three nights at Grand Hyatt Bali and 55,555 BHT or about US$1,825 in spending money.

“The Bari has been synonymous linked with discovery since it opened in 2007,” said Sammy Carolus, general manager of Hyatt Regency Hua Hin. “We can’t wait to see guests’ interpretation of our spa through their eyes.”

The 205-room Hyatt Regency Hua Hin faces one of the longest stretches of beach – 250 metres – and houses the largest recreational facilities in Hua Hin. The Bari ( features eight stand-alone spa suites and 4.5 acres of relaxation space. It’s also one of the most architecturally striking spa treatment complexes in Hua Hin.

To enter the contest or learn more about the rules and regulations, either visit Facebook or call The Bari at 66 3251 1234.

Dates for King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament

THE DATES HAVE BEEN SET for the 2012 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament – Sept. 12-16 in the royal seaside town of Hua Hin, a two-hour drive from Bangkok.

The tournament, a charitable event now in its 11th year, has gone from a small two-day event in 2001 to one of the best-loved events in Thailand and internationally.

Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas, which made the announcement, noted that the event had raised more than $1 million to help Thailand’s elephants.

Bill Heinecke, CEO of Minor International and owner of Anantara, said that while this year’s edition promises to be bigger and more fun, “we must never forget the true meaning of holding the event – and that is to make a considerable donation to the conservation and welfare of the Thailand elephant population – and this year we’re more determined to raise more money than ever”.

Last year’s tournament featured 12 teams encompassing over 40 players, including German royals, Prince Carl-Eugen Oettingen-Wallerstein, his wife Princess Anna and daughter Princess Joanna along with members of the New Zealand All-Blacks rugby team.

A celebrity auction was also held with international celebrities including Olympic 100 metre Gold Medalist Linford Christie, Grammy Award winners Lady Antebellum, UK fashion designer Anja Hindmarsh and Korean Pop Star Park Jung Min.

Fundraising from last year’s event has been donated to three projects in Thailand –

supporting research and clinics and using elephants in therapy sessions for children in Thailand living with autism.

The money raised has also been used to launch the first and only elephant hospital in southern Thailand, as well as a human-elephant conflict project between the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) and the Elephant Conservation Network (ECN) charity, which works in a wildlife reserve in Kanchanaburi.

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