Archive - April 2014

Family fun at Centara Grand West Sands Phuket
Photo contest marks opening of Dusit2 Phuket
Wine expert James Suckling at Soneva Kiri May 30-June 1
New Yoga program at all Six Senses Spas
Recline while you dine at Six Senses Samui
10 Centara hotels receive EarthCheck Silver Certification
Six Senses Yao Noi bringing back Green Season
April deals at Twin Palms Phuket
SALA Phuket fitness workshop this weekend

Family fun at Centara Grand West Sands Phuket

Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket  Pool basketball

CENTARA GRAND WEST SANDS RESORT & VILLAS PHUKET, home to Splash Jungle, Phuket’s wildest, wettest water park, has launched a free activity program for families.

It has retained Carpe Diem Entertainment Company, the largest company in southeast Europe providing entertainment for tourists, to create and run a program for families with children designed to keep everyone happy and busy.

This applies to visitors from all around the world, as the resort provides multilingual services via staff that speak, in total, 15 languages.

Various activities at the resort are held seven days a week. Water aerobics are held daily by a Carpe Diem specialist in the largest of the resort’s pools, with an aqua gym in the morning, followed by water dancing in the afternoon.

Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket - Activity 2Before lunch, there’s a family fun contest at poolside, with games everyone can join in, such as ring tossing, sandals shooting and Muay Talay, or pipe wrestling.

On the beach and in the resort are activities and tournaments that include volleyball, football, archery, bowling, giant checkers and much more.

There’s also a Kids Club, with a zone for the youngsters of up to 10 years and a separate E-Zone game area for the older ones and the teens.

Professional supervisors play games with the young ones in the Kids Club or on the beach, leaving parents to spend a little time relaxing on their own.

Every youngster having a birthday during their stay can have his or her own party, while a regular favorite for the kids is Super Hero Day, that features lots of games.

The children also have their own mini disco in the evenings by the poolside, and for everyone there is the Comedy Cabaret Show, in which guests including children can take part.

Also free of charge to resort guests is the resort’s Splash Jungle, with its wave pool and 12 waterslides, including the Boomerango and Super Bowl thrill rides.

Carpe Diem, which was founded in 2002, along with its extensive experience in southeast Europe, has built a reputation for creating tourist events and programs in destinations that include Egypt, Maldives, and the Canary Islands. In addition to working with owners and operators of beach resorts, the company has extensive expertise in devising events at spas and ski resorts.

Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket has 500 metres of beach frontage on Mai Khao Beach, the longest stretch of sand on Phuket Island, and features family-sized accommodation.

The resort has been designed to blend in with its ecologically sensitive environment, and has its own green systems that ensure the natural resources of the area are conserved.

Although this part of Phuket is known for its extensive areas of natural and undisturbed beauty, the resort is only 15 minutes away from Phuket International Airport.

Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 46 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in Thailand.

For more information and reservations, call +66 076 372 000 or e-mail to or visit

Photo contest marks opening of Dusit2 Phuket

Dusit Swimming Pool

 FRIENDS AND FANS OF THE DUSIT INTERNATIONAL and DusitD2 Phuket Resort’s Facebook pages are invited to post a photo of themselves with anything bright orange, the signature color of the DusitD2 brand, along with the hashtag #D2orange, on the Dusit International’s Instagram page.

The contest is being held to mark the launch of the company’s Dust2 Phuket Resort. Entries may be posted until the end of this Friday, April 25.

Qualifying photos will count as one entry towards the draw for the grand prize – a two-night stay at the new resort that includes breakfast for two.

Located one block from Phuket island’s popular Patong Beach and within walking distance to the Jungceylon shopping and leisure complex, the DusitD2 Phuket Resort aims to become a destination in its own right, boasting 390 stylish guest rooms and suites and an array of lifestyle and entertainment outlets, including a Hard Rock Cafe. A scenic rooftop bar is also under construction.

The opening of the new resort is in keeping with the company’s aggressive expansion plans for the vibrant, young next generationDusitD2 brand. With eight DusitD2 hotels in the pipeline — from California to Nairobi, Kenya, 2014 will certainly see a spotlight on the DusitD2 brand, says Rustom Vickers, Dusit International’s group director of development.

“We eagerly look forward to the DusitD2 Phuket Resort being the first of these hotels to open this year, and we are confident that its location on Phuket Island and comprehensive selection of attractions will make it a great success.”

The DusitD2 Phuket Resort will hold its grand opening event on May 16, 2014.

For more information on the hotel’s special opening rates, visit

Wine expert James Suckling at Soneva Kiri May 30-June 1

Soneva Kiri

WINE GURU JAMES SUCKLING, will headline a long weekend of sipping, savoring and learning all about wine at the table of a modern master at Soneva Kiri on Koh Hood.

The James Suckling wine experience, as the event is called, will be held May 30 to June 1.

James Suckling is wine editor of Hong Kong-based Asia Tatler and for three decades, The Wine Spectator’s wine expert.

“I’m delighted to say James Suckling will be in residence to share his immense knowledge and experience gleaned during a lifelong pursuit of fining the world’s best wines,” said Frank Grassmann, Soneva Kiri’s GM.

Cocktail_Vogue_Fashion_Night_-_Rue_Royale_For serious connoisseurs or those who simply love wine, Soneva Kiri is accepting reservations for a limited number of guests for a two-night package that includes a wine appreciation seminar and a picnic lunch on a deserted beach in a national marine park, as well as private plane travel to and from the resort from Bangkok, two wine dinners and one souvenir Lalique ‘100 points’ glass.

On arrival at the resort on Friday, May 30, guests will sit down to the Italian Wine Collectors dinner at The View restaurant, which offers dramatic vistas from its cliff-top perch and a world-class menu prepared by Soneva Executive Chef Kevin Fawkes and Chef de Cuisine Mark Jones.

Dinner will be followed by an al fresco Cinema Paradiso screening of the documentary Cannubi: A Vineyard Kissed by God, a documentary that follows Mr Suckling’s pilgrimage to Cannubi, a 250-year-old vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region of Piedmont, northwest Italy.

After breakfast the next morning, guests can look forward to the 100 point Lalique Wine Seminar: How to Taste Like a Wine Critic. ‘Beautiful yet functional’ is how Mr Suckling describes his new wine glass, a joint creation with France’s most esteemed crystal maker, Lalique.

A speedboat will ferry guests to lunch – on a deserted beach at the national marine park on nearby Koh Rang island that will feature some of the world’s best rosé wines and dishes prepared by Soneva’s Khun Benz, one of the country’s most celebrated Thai chefs.

En route to lunch, guests will pause for reflection on beauty and a refreshing peek beneath the Big Blue at one of Thailand’s best snorkelling spots.

Dinner will be served under the stars at Soneva’s observatory, which features a 14-inch Celestron telescope, one of the finest ocular offerings in Asia. Guests will be flown back to Bangkok after breakfast the following morning.

Places for the James Suckling Wine Experience at Soneva Kiri are strictly limited and offered on a first-come, first served basis. Early bookings are recommended.

The cost for a Bayview Pool Villa Suite is USD 3,600 net per person (THB 117,000 net), while it is US$ 4,400 net per person (THB 143,000 net) for a Cliff Pool Villa Suite and US $5,200 net per person (THB 169,000 net) for an Ocean Front Pool Villa Suite.

There is a US $1,300 net (THB 42,250 net) surcharge for an additional person participating in the event and staying in the same suite. On a villa and a breakfast basis, the cost for extension nights is US$ 900 net (THB 29,250 net) (Bayview Pool Villa Suite), US $1,125 net (THB36,563 net) (Cliff Pool Villa Suite) and US $1,570 net (THB 51,025 net) (Ocean Front Pool Villa Suite).

For reservations, call 66(0) 39 619 800 or email:




New Yoga program at all Six Senses Spas


SIX SENSES SPAS is launching a series of yogic programs to meet the growing demand for  authentic and millennia-old healing practices that deliver the optimum body and mind balance, Discover Yoga and Yogic Detox programs are now available at all spas at Six Senses resorts as well as select Six Senses partner spas.

In the third quarter of 2014, Yogic Sleep will be incorporated into the Six Senses Spa Yogic Program series. The brand-wide initiative showcases Six Senses Spas’ commitment to delivering holistic, results-driven programs, which bring together the expertise and skills of in-house yoga masters with the healing properties of the surrounding environment.

While the core elements of yogic programs are similar across every Six Senses Spa, they will be delivered in the individual spa’s unique location and enhanced with a dash of local charm to deliver optimum results.

Discover Yoga is ideal for novices and those wishing to try a new form of body and mind exercise.  The main goal is to develop an understanding of how the body engages in each posture while the yoga master guides one’s awareness to specific areas and aspects of the practice to enhance the body’s natural intuition.

Stress release, improved flexibility plus a stronger and more powerful body are additional benefits you can expect from the program. Hatha yoga practised during the stay focuses on gentle moves with a minimum and effortless flow between each pose.

Private sessions of guided meditation and breathing exercise called pranayama (breathing) will help regulate the pace of breath, relax and maintain the steadiness of the body, leading to clearer mind and better co-ordination during yoga practice.

A selection of Six Senses signature massages and energy treatments has been included in the program to enhance the results. Yogic Detox is suitable for more experienced yoga practitioners looking to cleanse the body and mind in a non-invasive way. It draws upon different hatha yoga cleansing techniques including sat kriya (movement and breath exercise) yogic intestinal wash, forceful exhalation breathing and candle flame meditation to cleanse the internal organs and achieve harmony between the major pranic flows.

Aspects of hatha yoga postures known as asanas and more advanced practices of pranayama and meditation are incorporated along with detox treatments to offer “a profound experience”. Each element of this program is introduced and based on a personalized assessment and guest’s condition.

Anna Bjurstam, vice-president, Six Senses Spa, said“We are delighted to launch a brand-wide yoga program that allows Six Senses guests to experience yoga in a deeper and more profound form. Due to the high quality of yoga master talent we have throughout Six Senses, we have been able to roll this initiative out on a global basis and personalize each program through private sessions of yoga, breathing and meditation.”

The launch of Six Senses Spa Yogic Programs is supported by Dorelal Singh, a leading yoga practitioner trained at the Bihar School of Yoga in India who has spent many years studying, practising and teaching a variety of difference forms of Yoga and Yogic philosophy.  He is responsible for enhancing yoga techniques and practices across all Six Senses spas.

Six Senses Spa Yogic Programs are now available at Six Senses Zighy Bay, Six Senses Laamu, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Six Senses Con Dao, Six Senses Yao Noi and Six Senses Samui as well as partner Six Senses spas at Soneva Kiri in Thailand, Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort in Greece, Penha Longa Resort in Portugal, Puntacana Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic, Jaypee Greens Golf Resort & Spa in India, Sharq Village & Spa in Qatar, Missoni Hotel in Kuwait and the Pacific City Club in Bangkok.

Launching later this year, Yogic  Sleep will focus on yoga nidra, an ancient practice intended to induce full body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness. This, combined with guided meditation, breathing techniques and relaxing spa treatments, leads to improved sleep and a very deep quality of relaxation.

Recline while you dine at Six Senses Samui

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Dining on the Rocks at Six senses Samui introduces Table 100, where you’ll be invited to recline on day beds. Select to sit at the dining table, lounge on a daybed or unwind on beanbags while taking in the Gulf of Thailand.







10 Centara hotels receive EarthCheck Silver Certification

Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok

EARTHCHECK, the specialist organization that sets the benchmarks for environmental awareness and conservation for the international hospitality industry, has awarded 2013 Silver Certification for 10 hotels within the Centara Hotels & Resorts group.

Eight of the properties are part of Centara’s five-star Grand portfolio, including all of the self-owned Grand hotels, fulfilling a corporate target one year ahead of schedule. Nine of the properties were in Thailand.

“Green and sustainable tourism is at the heart of our corporate culture, and we have been working with EarthCheck for several years to ensure that we operate all of our hotels to strict environmental standards,” says Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s CEO.

“We have set our own internal targets for progressing through the certification levels, and it gives all of us immense satisfaction to say that our targets are being achieved.

“Our target for 2015 is to have a total of 15 hotels with Silver Certification, including all of the self-owned Hotels & Resorts core brand.”

The 10 Silver Certification hotels for 2013 are Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa Maldives, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, Centara Karon Resort Phuket, and Centara Kata Resort Phuket.

EarthCheck operates an Environmental Management System, a series of practical tools for the benchmarking and certification of operations practices.

The environmental performance of each property is monitored against policy, benchmarking the indicators against baseline and best practices. The environmental and social impact is measured through the EarthCheck Online Self Assessment. All results are assessed and verified by third party auditors on an annual basis.

To achieve Silver Certification all participating hotels are required to have a sustainable policy in place and to implement an environmental action plan for proper monitoring and measurements on 10 key performance areas, namely greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, management of freshwater resources, ecosystem conservation and management, social and cultural management, land use planning and management, air quality protection, wastewater management, solid waste management, and elimination of environmentally harmful substances.

For more information and reservations, call 662 101 1234 ext 1 or e-mail to or website




Six Senses Yao Noi bringing back Green Season

Yoga_Platform_ssyn SIX SENSES YAO NOI is bringing back its popular Green Season, offering exclusive values for guests visiting the resort from May 15 to Sept.30, 2014.

The Green Season is the most colorful time of year at Six Senses Yao Noi when tropical birds and butterflies migrate to the island. In the summer the rainforest turns its deepest shade of green, creating an utterly magical environment, and its pristine beaches become exclusive idyllic islands escapes with pure white sand and incredible sunsets.

During Green Seasons, guests can enjoy d homemade ice cream throughout the day from the Ice Cream Sala. All 30 flavors of sorbet and ice cream are free.

Traditional Thai cookery classes explore the fragrant local ingredients and divulge the secrets behind everyone’s favorite Thai dishes. While guests sample the food they will also enjoy a lunch for two afterwards.

When a guest reserves a class, their partner cooks and dines as our guest on a complimentary basis. Six Senses Spa is also offering an additional 30 minutes when you book a 60-minute spa treatment. In addition, wellness enthusiasts can enjoy daily yoga and stretching classes every morning at the yoga platform looking out to Phang Nga Bay. And in the evening at the Hilltop or The Den, guests are treated to a second drink – on the house – as the sun sets over the bay.

Some of the many Green Season offerings during this period:

Evening Libations: Savor the magic of sunset at Phang Nga Bay at The Hilltop or The Den. Second drinks are on us from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Double The Pleasure: Reserve a three-hour Thai Cooking Class and then enjoy that lunch! Learn about the rich flavors, freshest ingredients and special techniques used in making Thai food. For any Thai Cooking Class reserved, the partner cooks for free.

Six Senses Spa Wellness Journey: There’s an additional 30 minutes of pleasure when booking a 60-minute treatment.

Daily Yoga & Stretching Activities: Start the day with a complimentary morning group class at the yoga platform, with breath-taking bay views.

Nature & Mangrove Walk Tours: Explore the resort’s rich biodiversity and spot some local wildlife on this informative complimentary guided excursion

Daily Movie at the Beach: Screenings of  classic movies. Stargazing in the sky … and on screen.

April deals at Twin Palms Phuket


TWIN PALMS is offering three special packages during the month of April – a Stay and Dine offer for two for a two-night, three-day immersion into “the best tastes of Thailand”; Sweet Weekend Experience, with savings up to 15% from the resort’s best available rate, plus exclusive benefits; and its Exclusive Discount package, offering savings of up to 40% off its best flexible rate during the month of April.

The Stay and Dine offer includes a one-hour private Thai cooking class, plus a romantic dinner with Champagne at of one Twin Palms’ restaurants. For accommodation, you get to choose from Twin Palms grand deluxe palm room, a duplex pool suite and the penthouse.

The Sweet Weekend Experience includes a stay at either a duplex pool suite or penthouse, 24-hour residence host service, plus a Friday BBQ dinner for two at the Catch Beach Club.

The Exclusive Discount package includes daily breakfast for two and stays at either the penthouse, grand deluxe palm room or duplex pool suite.

In September, Twin Palm will be marking its 10th anniversary with a White Party.

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SALA Phuket fitness workshop this weekend

SALA Phuket

SALA PHUKET RESORT AND SPA has enlisted the assistance of two of its SALA Active Triathlon race team competitors to conduct an introductory fitness workshop for guests over four mornings from April 5 to 8. The classes are complimentary and all participants are invited to join, regardless of fitness level.

Meet your Trainers: Lyndsey Fraser – Born in Scotland, Lyndsey has extensive background in fitness and physical training through her experience as a PTI in the British Army. She holds a degree with a specialization in physical education, and is currently the reigning U30 champion for the Phuket Challenge 70.3 half ironman.

Andrew Ross – Originally from Canada, Andrew oversees the physical education program at the American School of Bangkok. He has played international rugby and is trained by the American College of Sports Medicine as a strength and conditioning coach. He has a Masters in Physiology and is certified Kinesiologist that can help with your nutritional and fitness-based needs.

On Saturday, April 5, a “Bootcamp” style workout with Coach Lyndsey. She will take you through a variety of movements to get your blood flowing and your heart rate up to start your morning off the right way. On Sunday April 6, interval training on the beach with a spectacular view of the coast of Phuket against the background of the Andaman sea.

On Monday April 7 is Buddy Bootcamp Day. Bring a buddy or come on out and make a new one in the buddy bootcamp. You will be required to do multiple exercises that will require you to work together with a partner in order to get maximum benefits. All with a stunning view of the Andaman Sea while getting a great start to your morning.

Tuesday April 8 is devoted to H.I.T.T. Training (High Intensity Interval Training). Wake up with a quick and vigorous workout to get your engine running for the day.

For bookings, call 66-7633 8888.



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