Archive - September 2013

Celebrity chef Anthony Demetre coming to Six Senses Yao Noi
Centara’s Khum Phaya Chiang Mai offering new short-break options
New GM for Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
Six Senses Yao Noi launches an exclusive Syrah Rosé
Centara’s special winter holiday rates
What’s really important to spa goers?
AEC 2015: More intense competition for consumers and top staff
Preventing and correcting signs of aging
Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya adds Aquarium specialist
Surprise winner at King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament

Celebrity chef Anthony Demetre coming to Six Senses Yao Noi

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MICHELIN-STARRED Chef Anthony Demetre is the latest top international guest chef to visit Six Senses Yao Noi, where the British celebrity chef will present three exclusive events from from Oct. 20 to 23. Yao Noi is located off the coast near Phuket.

Chef-patron of London’s Arbutus, Wild Honey and Les Deux Salons, Anthony Demetre is considered one of the most accepted and talented chefs working in Britain. He received his first Michelin Star in 2000, when he he opened Arbutus, which won many awards for its excellent food and its casual, non-tablecloth approach to fine dining.

The scheduled events invite participation by guests, who may accompany Chef Anthony as he shops for the freshest ingredients at a local fish farm and marketplace, travelling by long tail boat and tuk-tuk.

The second event at the Chef’s Table will focus on specific food intolerances and allergies experienced in modern society, where chemically enhanced food production methods could be responsible for food issues, which affect many people. The dinner will follow the resort’s concept of offering fresh, local and chemical-free food straight from the organic gardens.

This is the perfect synergy between the sustainable and organic approach of the resort and Chef Anthony’s food concept of casual, healthy food. Apart from the Chef_Anthony_Demetredinner, there is an educational aspect for guests, who are concerned about their long-term health. He will work closely with the resort’s Executive Chef Anthony Reynolds and his team.

“We are thrilled and excited to have chef Anthony with us and are looking forward to having three exciting gourmet events lined up with some simple and truthful yet excellent food experiences,” says General Manager of Six Senses Yao Noi Manish Puri.

The events in more detail:

Oct. 20: Hilltop Communal Dinner
At the exclusive Hilltop Reserve, with its infinity pool and panoramic views over Phang Nga Bay’s limestone outcrops and islets, Chef Anthony will preside over a three-course dinner paired with different wines with each course. In the afternoon guests will source the ingredients directly from the local island and a fish farm.
Maximum 20 guests. Three-course menu including wine is prices at 2,600 THB per person.

Oct. 21: The Chef’s Table
An interactive chefs table designed to create great memories, given by Chef Anthony. Throughout this unique five-course menu, guests will learn a lot about the food and Chef Anthony.
On focus will be food intolerance/allergies and how to counteract this with healthy, local and chemical-free food.
Limited to 12 guests and requires early advance bookings. The cost: THB 3,000 THB per person.

Oct. 22: Dining Room Degustation Dinner
Have a glass of champagne with Chef Anthony at Six Senses Yao Noi’s cooking school above our Dining Room and then enjoy a special four-course degustation dinner created by the Six Senses kitchen team under the direction of Chef Thomas.
Maximum 24 guests. Cost of the four-course degustation menu, including a champagne welcome drink: 3,000 THB per person.


Centara’s Khum Phaya Chiang Mai offering new short-break options

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TWO SEPARATE VALUE-ADDED OFFERS are available to couples at Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, the garden resort in Chiang Mai that is part of the Centara Boutique Collection, and are available between now and Oct. 31, 2013.

The Great Escape Discover Chiang Mai package is priced from 6,000 BHT per couple and is for a two-night/three-day stay in a Lanna Deluxe room with daily breakfast at Kham Saen Restaurant.

Couples choosing the package will also enjoy a half-day excursion with four options available –a visit to a handicraft village, an elephant camp for a show, a temple tour, or the Ancient Underground City, including a horse and carriage ride. A welcome drink and snacks are provided upon arrival at the hotel, and there is a 15% discount on food and non-alcohol beverages at Kham Saen, plus a 20% discount on all spa packages, and free Wi-Fi.

More information on the tour options can be found at

For more information and reservations, call 66 53 415 555 or e-mail:

The second offer, Chiang Mai Breakaway is available for anyone booking a Lanna Deluxe Pool Access room for a minimum of one night from now until the end of October, and applicable for both singles and couples.

The program is priced from 3,400BHT a night, with breakfast at Kham Saen Restaurant and one set lunch at the restaurant for two persons per stay. A 20% discount is offered on all spa packages, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort.

Chiang Mai Breakaway can be upgraded for an extra payment of 4,500 BHT, with the accommodation changed to a Lanna Villa and additional benefits including one set dinner for two persons per stay, a 60-minute aromatherapy massage for two, round-trip transfers between the hotel and Chiang Mai International Airport, and guaranteed late check-out.

More information on the tour options can be found at

Khum Phaya Resort & Spa is an intimately scaled resort hotel with just 85 rooms and villas, designed to a Lanna style throughout, with hand-carved teak exteriors and a graceful, traditional décor. Set in extensive gardens around a central pool and with a canal running through the grounds, the hotel is a tranquil retreat within easy reach of Chiang Mai’s city centre.

New GM for Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

Centara Pattaya GMCENTARA GRAND MIRAGE BEACH RESORT PATTAYA has a new general manager. He is Robert Lohrmann, a U.S. national and holds a bachelor degree in psychology from William Paterson State University in New Jersey. His appointment was announced by Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

Mr Lohrmann has over 35 years of experience in hotel management and has worked many years internationally for Marriott Hotels. With Marriott, he has held general manager and VP positions in notable properties such as JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, JW Marriott Beijing, Ritz Carlton Hotel Beijing, JW Marriott Seoul, Korea and Sanya Marriott Resort & Spa Hainan, China.

Earlier in his career, Mr Lohrmann also worked with Conrad (Hilton) Hotels in Australia, Disneyland Paris in France and in several large hotels in the U.S. Prior to joining Centara, he was general manager at the Renaissance Zhongshan Park Hotel in Shanghai.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya is a five-star beach resort that was designed as the first themed hotel in Thailand, with a Lost World concept set around a water park that leads directly to the beach.

The resort has 555 rooms and suites, all facing the ocean, and features several specialty restaurants, large and versatile convention and meeting facilities, and an award-winning Spa Cenvaree.

Six Senses Yao Noi launches an exclusive Syrah Rosé

Launch of new wine at Six Senses Yao Noi

From the Left: Manish Puri, Nikki Lohitnavy, Harshal Shah and Anthony Reynolds.

SIX SENSES YAO NOI has launched a second exclusive wine, the Six Senses Syrah Rosé. It is the second Six Senses’ wine in two years. The first was introduced in November 2012, when Six Senses Yao Noi launched its successful Six Senses Chenin Blanc.

For the Hilltop Reserve launch, wine maker Nikki Lohitnavy – Thailand’s dynamic, youngest and only female graduated oenologist and viticulturist, flew in to the resort to present the Rosé to guests and the resort team.

The fresh, vibrant Rosé is produced from 100% Syrah grapes grown in Thailand’s Asoke Valley, a two hour drive northeast of Bangkok. Together with the resort, Nikki produced this exciting and fresh wine, which shows a red berry fruit and hint of red flowers on the nose, with a fresh citrusy acidity along with a ‘tutti-fruity’ finish.

The wine is produced exclusively for Six Senses Yao Noi, expressly with the cuisine in mind. It captures the essence of the resort, which is all about freshness, and innovation. It is sustainably produced — a key factor for the resort.

The 500 ml bottle is perfect for a couple of glasses around the pool, during a cruise boat excursion into the Phang Nga archipelago or just as a souvenir to keep good memories of the great time at Six Senses Yao Noi. It is bottled with a screw-cap to ensure that the wine remains youthful and fresh after opening if not consumed right away.

Nikki Lohitnavy studied Oenology at Adelaide University in Australia. When she arrived there in 2005, she was the first Thai student to take the intensive four-year course, which involves both viticulture and winemaking. She graduated with honors and along the way she was awarded the Foster Wine Estates Prize for excellence in winemaking, plus the Wolf Blass Prize.

Nikki’s family travelled to Six Senses Yao Noi a few years ago to do a GranMonte wine dinner. The resort and Nikki realized that there are a lot of synergies in terms of similarities in their philosophy of sustainability and sense of place. This is when she started discussing with the General Manager Manish Puri and Executive Chef Anthony Reynolds the possibility of working together to create unique wines.

Centara’s special winter holiday rates

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CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS is offering special rates at selected properties for vacationers with winter sunshine already in their minds.

All rates are available at Centara’s own website, where the lowest Centara rates on the Internet are guaranteed.

Rates vary according to the property, stay period and minimum length of stay. Full information and bookings can be found at

Two new five-star Centara hotels soft-opening in Pattaya during October will be offering special rates from the beginning of November.

Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya is located in the exclusive Phratamnak Hill residential district, just steps from the beach, and has a starting price for rooms of 2,960 THB per night from Nov. 1 to Dec. 13, 2013. Centara Grand Modus Resort Pattaya is in North Pattaya, set directly on its own exclusive beach, and is offering a 30% discount on its room rates from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24, 2013.

Centara Koh Chang Tropicana Resort, meanwhile, enjoys its own beachside setting on the tropical island of Koh Chang, and is offering a 45% discount on its published rates until the end of October.

Visitors to Bangkok will find the newly opened Centra Central Station Hotel Bangkok convenient, as it is located near to the city’s mainline railway terminus and subway, and so is ideal for travelling around both the city and the entire country by rail. Rates begin at 1,350 BHT per night for twin occupancy, including breakfast for two.

Overseas, Centra Taum Seminyak Bali has three special rates that offer a choice of extras or a discounted rate, while Sandy Beach Non Nuoc Resort Da Nang Vietnam, managed by Centara, is offering a 30% discount on rooms from now until the end of September.

What’s really important to spa goers?

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HOW DO CONSUMERS go about choosing a spa? If you thought advertising and mass media, you’re partially right.

But if you’re like most people, it’s word-of-mouth every time – what their friends say. But for potential spa goers, social media and magazines are also big influencers.

According to a new research study by Stenden University and the Thai Spa Association, trust plays an integral role for spa consumers and 25% of spa goers who took part in the survey also describe “the attitude of staff as the most important factor when visiting a spa” as well as hygene, treatment quality and the atmosphere of the spa.

What do consumers want? The new study, to be published at the World Spa and Well-Being Convention 2013 in Bangkok on Sept. 18, also revealed consumer in individualized packages, a back-to-the-basics approach with authentic treatments and therapies.

Some of their key findings:

The majority of spa goers went for relaxation – beauty treatments, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and as a way to reward/spoil themselves.

What kind of spas did they choose? Massage spas, Day spas, Hotel/Resort spas and Beauty spas. Women tended to choose facials, hand-and-foot care, body scrubs and herbal compares massages, while men favored Thai massage, Swedish massage and the reflexology massage.

Average spending per visit – 1,500 BHT or US $50.

Most women spa goers visit the spa during the weekend; men tended to go on week days. Women purchased more facial products and body lotions. Most spa goers prefer organic products and there was a higher preference for well known brands. Tips/gratuities were typical.

Authentic treatments/therapies were seen as more important by men. Packages based on discount and time spent in the spa were more important to women. Potential spa consumers would like to see more healthy cuisine in spas.

AEC 2015: More intense competition for consumers and top staff

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LOOK FOR MORE INTENSE COMPETITION in Thailand’s spa industry with the advent of AEC 2015, prompting a need for spas to differentiate themselves and to improve the communications skills of their staffs.

A research study by Stenden Rangsit University and the Thai Spa Association also predicts increased competition in the recruitment of skilled managers and experienced therapists.

The study, which will be published at the World Spa and Well-Being Convention in Bangkok on Sept. 18, also looks for an increase in the number of consumers from China, which is expected “to grow immensely “as well as more visitors from India and Japan. Europeans, including Russians, still constitute one of the largest target groups, it notes.

In the case of Asian consumers, these consumers are looking for high-tech skin care rather than body treatments.“Spa consumers are getting more results-oriented and probably slightly less interested in pampering treatments.”

The study also pointed to a growing demand for spa cuisine as well as an increasing demand for beauty treatments as well as customized treatments.
Other developments include:

More medical spas and associated treatments; more socializing by spa consumers at the spa; increased use of high technology; more innovative treatments on the way for “office syndrome” concerns.

Throughout it all, the study predicts that “the quality and skill of therapists will become more important than the treatment, itself”.

Preventing and correcting signs of aging

WOMEN’S WORRIES ABOUT WRINKLES,  dark spots and other aging skin concerns aren’t all vanity, according to a new poll by Penn Schoen Berland, which showed that 42 per cent of women ages 50 to 59 believe they need to look young to be successful at work.

“Increasingly, both men and women have anxiety about looking older, but the good news is that science has developed natural tools to help us look younger longer,” say Drs. Rick and Arlene Noodleman, the husband-and-wife physician team at Silicon Valley’s Age Defying Dermatology, (, leaders in medical and cosmetic dermatology and integrative medical treatments.

Something we all battle daily is damage from free radicals, a term that has entered the public lexicon with little understanding by most people.

Free radicals are oxygen molecules that have lost electrons through oxidation, making them unstable. If your body doesn’t have enough antioxidants to stabilize them and render them harmless, they can damage cell membranes, which eventually breaks down the proteins that support and plump the skin,” explains preventive medicine specialist Dr. Arlene Noodleman.

“We’re bombarded by free radicals every day”, she says. “We produce them when we metabolize food and even when we breathe. They’re also in the environment – diesel exhaust, air pollution, UV radiation (from the sun) and cigarette smoke are all major producers.”

“What’s worse, those free radical oxygen molecules are always looking to stabilize themselves by swiping electrons from stable molecules, which creates even more free radicals,” says dermatologist Dr. Rick Noodleman.

“We have lots of natural defenses against free radicals, but as we age, we begin to lose them,” he says.

Some vitamins work from the outside-in

Some vitamins are antioxidants, meaning their molecules provide electrons that stabilize the free radicals. Clinical studies have found that certain of these are effective in preventing damage, or correcting damage such as reducing wrinkles and dark spots.

In certain cases, “taking your vitamins” means applying them on your skin so they can work from the outside-in, the physicians say.

Vitamin A – “There is significant scientific evidence that the form of vitamin A called retinoid, when applied topically, can treat damage caused by sun exposure,” says Dr. Arlene Noodleman. “It can soften fine lines and wrinkles and lighten dark spots.” In one study, subjects had significantly fewer fine wrinkles after applying a prescription-strength retinoid cream (0.1 percent isotretinoin) once a day for 36 weeks. “Of the over-the-counter retinoid products, Retinol appears most effective”, Dr. Noodleman says.

Vitamin C – “Vitamin C applied topically is much more effective than taken orally”, says Dr. Rick Noodleman. “That’s because vitamin C is relatively unstable — it quickly oxidizes when exposed to air and in certain other conditions. So, to get the full benefit, you would need it in much greater amounts than you would normally consume in a tablet. You can get that benefit by using a topical formulation,” he says.

Look for ‘stable’ vitamin C of the L-ascorbic variety, which offers the best protection against sun damage”, he states. “It reduces lines and wrinkles, protects against sun damage, and encourages production of collagen, one of the proteins susceptible to free radical damage. Importantly, collagen makes up 75 per cent of our skin and gives it support and volume.”

Vitamin B3 – “As a ‘damage corrector’, test-tube studies have shown that vitamin B3 boosts collagen production and clinical studies have shown that it reduces dark spots”, says Dr. Arlene Noodleman. In one significant study, 50 Caucasian women applied a five per cent vitamin B3 solution to one side of their faces every day for 12 weeks. They had a marked reduction in dark spots, redness and yellowing, and increased elasticity.

The two doctors advise that, for best results, people should buy these topical vitamin products at concentrations that have proved effective – and use them for the length of time recommended.

Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya adds Aquarium specialist

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CENTARA GRAND PHRATAMNAK RESORT PATAYA, due to open in October, has recruited a professional aquarium specialist for a six-month period to take care of the giant marine life feature that will form such a distinctive part of the hotel lobby.

Two big aquariums, one themed as a predator tank with blacktip sharks, stingrays and big groupers and the other as a coral reef with exotic species such as angel fish and butterfly fish, will be illuminated with special lighting to impart an underwater world ambience to the ground floor areas.

Patricia Campos Salaberri, who is from Spain, studied aquaculture production at the Instituto Gallego de Formacion en Acuicultura (IGAFA) in Pontevedra.
She has been involved in a number of projects that have included the opening of Oceanografico Aquarium of Valencia, which is the biggest aquarium in Europe, and the opening of Turkuazoo in Istanbul, the first giant aquarium in Turkey. She has also collected and supplied new species for many aquariums in Spain, and captured shark in San Francisco Bay for the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Patricia holds a PADI advanced diving licence, and a coastal skipper certificate.
Dominique Ronge, general manager of the five-star hotel, says that the marine feature forms the focal point of the ground floor, and will contain a great variety of species.

“We had already begun preparing these impressive glass tanks before Patricia arrived, ensuring that they are a fully ready marine environment before the fish species are added. We are working with professional suppliers, and they know exactly what their ocean wildlife species need in order to thrive,” he says.

In addition to ensuring the marine environment is a perfect new home for the fish, Patricia will be preparing information that we shall use for those who are interested in this unique feature.

Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya is located in the exclusive Phratamnak Hill district of Pattaya, only a few steps from the beach. The luxury hotel will have 165 rooms and suites, between 36 and 88 square metres in size, including a furnished balcony. Other amenities include a rooftop area with a restaurant – Ruffino’s Restaurant & Bar — that provides great views across Pattaya Bay.

Guests staying in designated rooms and luxury Ocean Vista suites are entitled to Club privileges, including use of the hotel’s meeting facilities and access to the Club Lounge, where five meal presentations are served daily. A selection of rooms and suites have views overlooking the ocean.

The hotel is steps away from the beach and has a beach house, which also contains the resort’s spa — Spa Cenvaree.

For more information and reservations, please contact tel. 662 101 1234 ext 1 or e-mail

Surprise winner at King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament

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FIRST TIMERS BANGKOK BANK upset all expectations at the 12th annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament to take top honors in an action-packed final game, defeating Mercedes Benz 13-10.

This year’s tournament, held at Hua Hin, was attracted teams from all over the world and was presided over by the King of Thailand’s royal representative, Privy Councillor Real Admiral Mom Luang Usni Pramoj.

Both teams included international polo players, but it was Bangkok Bank, captained by former Olympian James Manclark with his younger team mates Alister Archibald and Michael Goodwin.

The 2012 edition also saw the New Zealand All BlacksRobin Brooke, Olo Brown and Charlie Riechelmann go head-to-head with Tiffany Show Pattaya’s ladyboy team. Thailand’s famous trans-gender cabaret, who also entertained guests with a specially choreographed show at the Moulin Rouge-themed gala dinner.

Finals Day at the Kings Cup Bangkok Bank vs MercedesThe tournament was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand, raising funds for projects that better the lives of Thailand’s elephant population.

Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa played host a gathering of dignitaries and celebrities, with the final night’s auction raising over four million Thai Baht, taking the total raised to date by the tournament to US$ 750,000.

Fifty street elephants took part in this year’s tournament, during which they are well fed, provided with a native forest environment, and receive essential vitamin supplements, full veterinary checks and care for the duration of the event.

Street life can be tough for an elephant, walking through crowded tourist areas and busy roads for 10 hours a night, forced to rest during the day on small green spaces within the cities, often without shade and water. The King’s Cup schedule is deliberately designed to give these elephants rest and relaxation on a scale they are never afforded in their ‘normal’ lives.

Lead sponsors for the event were Audemars Piguet, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and this year, for the first time on Saturday, the tournament celebrated was Ladies Day, with the best dressed lady winning a holiday to Anantara in the Maldives.

Admission to the event was free and offered something for everyone, kicking off with an opening ceremony overseen by Thailand’s last ‘elephant spirit men’ (Kru Ba Yai), traditional dancers, a baby elephant camp, plus the daily trunk-to-trunk action on the pitch.

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