Archive - February 2015

Dusit’s Filipino-style Ube Ice Cream Scrub
Centara Grand Phratamnak – Pattaya’s new hot spot
SALA Resorts ‘dining experiences’ promotion
Centara’s Chinese New Year celebrations
Anantara’s World Class Wine Guru
SALA Samui honoured as Thailand’s top hotel for romance
Fun times at Centra Coconut Beach Samui

Dusit’s Filipino-style Ube Ice Cream Scrub

Devaranaspa_Ube Ice Cream Scrub

Devarana Spa has prepared a new ice cream scrub inspired by the much-loved and famous Filipino ice cream called “Ube.”

This newly-created recipe first refreshes skin with a cooling sensation at a temperature of approximately 15–20 degrees Celsius. The scrub then renews dull summer skin with its potent mixture of potatoes, taro and oatmeal.

Potatoes, taro and oatmeal have many therapeutic benefits and when combined, heal the skin naturally after excessive sun exposure. Potatoes, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and potassium, instantly improve skin tone and tighten the pores. Taro is enriched with Vitamins A and E and helps protect the skin from free radical damage. Oatmeal, a great grain for dry skin, further helps to calm sensitive and sunburned skin. All these ingredients combined will deliver soft and supple skin with a radiant summer glow.

The Ube Ice Cream Scrub treatment is available at all Devarana Spas in Thailand, the Philippines, the Maldives and Nairobi, Kenya.

Price: 2,100 THB, (60 mins per 1 scrub) or receive complimentary 30-minute scrub with a minimum two-hour booking. The promotion runs from March 1 to April 30.

For further information or reservations: Call Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Bangkok 66 (0) 2636 3596 or email; Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Pattaya 66 (0) 3837 1044 or email; Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Hua Hin 66 (0) 3244 2494 or email; and Devarana Spa at dusitD2 Chiang Mai 66 (0) 5325 2511 or email



Centara Grand Phratamnak – Pattaya’s new hot spot

Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya

CENTARA GRAND PHRATAMNAK PATTAYA is making a place for itself among Pattaya’s nightlife attractions with a new all-day dining venue that comes alive at night, with a full bar, offering a range of ‘signature’ cocktails, special night-time barbeques and lively music.

Located opposite the hotel Centara Grand Phratamnak, Breeze is on one of Pattaya’s most attractive stretches of sand. Guests are able to take advantage of direct access to the beach.

One of the innovative and appealing aspects of Breeze is the way it can be divided up into a variety of ‘relaxation zones’. Guests can sit up at the bar or recline on daybeds while being served an array of food and drink choices, including an a selection of tropical cocktails, created just for Breeze, combining unique tastes and textures.

As an all-day dining destination, Breeze offers a full range of international and Asian breakfast options through to 11a.m., and a daily afternoon tea complete with home-made scones with cream and jam, home-made sandwiches and a selection of desserts, served daily from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., for just 450 THB for two people.

Breeze also has also created an entertaining roster of special events and themed functions.

Every Thursday from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., it’s “Ladies Cocktail Night”, enlivened by free-flow cocktails, for just 250 THB. Male guests can also enjoy local beer for 100 THB each.

Every second Saturday of every month features a BBQ by the beach with seafood and meats for 699 THB a person. And on the second Sunday of each month there’s “Breezy Brunch By the Beach” for 500 THB per person, or 250 THB for children, available from 11.00 a.m, to 5 p.m.

For more information and reservations, call 66 38 306 337 or e-mail or website




SALA Resorts ‘dining experiences’ promotion


SALA RESORTS & SPAS is offering a number of “different” dining experiences at its various resorts in Thailand, ranging from a Fisherman’s Beach Market to picnic basket excursions and everything in between.

The Fisherman’s Beach Market was created for fish lovers at SALA Samui and features a selection of fresh local seafood.

When and where? Friday nights from 7 p.m. on the beach. For further information and reservations, call 077-245-888 or

In the north, SALA Khaoyai if offering barbecues in your own private rooftop barbecue that includes a selection of Thai appetizers, green and regional salads, chicken and vegetable skewers, followed by fresh fruits and desserts – plus stunning views of the Khaoyai valley. For further information and reservations, call 089-846-0500 or

Also in the north, it’s SALA Lanna Chiang Mai’s “Thai Mania”. The resort’s Italian restaurant, Italia, combines Thai tastes in Western style to create pizzas like pizza lab moo, spaghetti salmon kiewarn and scallop panang curry, together with cocktails from “Mekhong” whiskey, Mekhong sense, Mekhong twilight and Mekhong blue lagoon. For further information and reservations, call 053-242-588 or

SALA Phuket is offering Picnic Excursions by Design in the surrounding area or wherever you would like to relax. Cost of the Andaman Picnic is 1,800 THB for two. For further information, call 076-338-888 or

SALA Ayutthaya is offering a 20% discount during midweek stays from Sunday to Friday until March 31. For further information and reservations, call 035-242-588 or



Centara’s Chinese New Year celebrations

Centara Hotels & Resorts Chinese New Year

ALL CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS will be offering a new promotional package that will be available at all Centara properties to usher in Chinese New Year.

Guests who book before Feb. 28 for stays at any Centara in Thailand or overseas from Feb. 16 to Feb. 28 will be able to take part in Centara’s Chinese New Year festivities, complete with traditional Far Eastern feasts and evenings of live music and a genuine Chinese dragon dance.

In addition, visitors with bookings of up to a value of 5,000 THB means will receive 800THB ‘ung pao’, which means Chinese lucky pocket money. The lucky money will be presented as an e-voucher to spend during their stay at Centara.

It gets better: Guests with bookings of 8,000 THB, will receive 1,200 THB in lucky money; guests with bookings of 12,000 THB will receive 1,800 THB; for bookings of 15,000 THB, the lucky money will amount to 2,250 THB; and for bookings of 20,000 THB, the lucky money will amount to 8,000 THB.

Lucky money can be used on dining, spa services, room upgrades and upgrades to Club or Premium Lounge categories.

The coupons are for one-time use only and cannot be exchanged either fully or partially for cash or any other services, and are valid until Feb. 28, 2015.

More information and reservation:; or call +662 101 1234 ext 1 or e-mail to or website


Anantara’s World Class Wine Guru

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FOR JIRACHAI SETHISAKKO (better known as June) and Anantara’s Group Wine Guru, “life is too short to drink bad wine”.

He started his career as a bartender in Bangkok 13 years ago, and became fascinated by the world of wines during his training to become a Wine Guru at Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa on Koh Samui in 2004.

A year later he jumped at the chance to enter the Wine Professional of Thailand challenge and won runner up – “not bad for my first sommelier competition”. The prize was a two-week trip to an Italian vineyard, and from that point on he dedicated himself to becoming the best wine expert possible.

Since then June has not only achieved this ambition, but also passes on his skills to others with the same dream. Most notably he created and now oversees Anantara’s Wine Guru Program – an initiative with benefits that stretch well beyond classroom training.

“Anantara’s Wine Guru program recognizes that the role is just as much about personal interest and passion as it is about expertise,” says June, “which is why we hire and train sommeliers that love sharing their knowledge and the stories behind the great wines we serve.”

The role is very interactive. Guests can call upon the resort’s Wine Guru to recommend the ideal wines and Champagnes for their chosen meal.

khun_june“Tasting flights are one of our most popular experiences and these can be made even more intriguing by the fun twist of blind folding guests.”

Ensuring that each guest’s wine experience is guided by the best of the best, June is responsible for training Anantara’s elite team of Wine Gurus. “Anantara’s training courses are of the highest industry standards, and we do everything possible to encourage growth.

The program includes opportunities to learn directly from wine suppliers and winemakers to keep up to date with the latest methods, developments and trends.

Trainees travel to vineyards all around the world for authentic grass roots experiences. These combined educational elements provide a comprehensive approach to learning, have resulted in a number of awards won by Anantara Wine Gurus.

In addition to training, June manages the wine lists and over-all wine experience set up at new resorts, so that guests can enjoy Anantara’s impeccable standards whichever destination they travel to.

Wine facilities and activities are an integral part of the Anantara experience. Much more than just a storeroom, Anantara cellars often feature a dedicated tasting area and a dining table for exclusive private occasions.

Attention to detail extends to the finest crystal glassware for both technical and hedonistic purposes, with Wine Gurus selecting the perfect size and shape of glass to suit the bouquet, taste, balance and finish of each wine.

Well-stocked cellars house extensive collections of carefully selected New and Old World wines, rare and precious varieties, and also a private label – Anantara Art Wines from the Hua Hin Hills in Thailand, which is available in most locations worldwide.

“The quality of Thai wines,” he notes, “has been constantly improving over recent years, and is now recognized as pairing well with international cuisines, as well as being accepted by international wine critics.”




SALA Samui honoured as Thailand’s top hotel for romance


SALA SAMUI RESORT AND SPA has been named Thailand Top 25 Hotels for Romance by TripAdvisor in its 2015 Travelers ‘ Choice awards. 

The Travelers’ Choice award is the most prestigious recognition by Tripadvisor, and is awarded to less than 1% of all listed properties. SALA Samui Resort and Spa received this distinctive award for the second consecutive year.

Now in its 13th year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers ’ Choice awards honour the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers . Unlike any other hotel honours, TripAdvisor Travelers ’ Choice winners are based on millions of reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.

“The Travelers’ Choice list of thousands of award-winning properties is perfect to inspire travelers as they think about their 2015 travel plans,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.

For those seeking inspiration for their 2015 travel planning, this list of spectacular accommodations that received 2015 Travelers’ Choice awards is a perfect place to start.”



Fun times at Centra Coconut Beach Samui

Centra Coconut Beach Resort Samui - Beachfront pool

 CENTRA COCONUT BEACH RESORT SAMUI has launched a program of nightly activities that include ‘Sundowner Sessions’, ‘Chef’s Favourite Bites’, outdoor movie nights and the resort’s patented “Sabai Thai Parties”.

The resort is located on Thong Tanote Beach, at the southwestern tip of Koh Samui – the “coconut island” itself. The resort offers a choice of stylish rooms overlooking the pool or with complete direct pool access straight from the room, or a more lavish experience within the villas, which are also steps away from the beachfront pool and the powdery sands of the resort’s beach.

The resort has two swimming pools and excellent access to leisure facilities that include spa Cense by SPA Cenvaree.  It is a 15-minute drive from Nathon Pier, where ferries disembark from the mainland.

The new nightly ‘Sundowner Sessions’, held on the beach feature a range of fun activities such as instant prizes, volleyball and beach soccer matches as well as other games – from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thai-style tapas and drinks at special prices are served throughout.

There’s also “Chef’s Favourite Bites” at Mix Bistro.  Guests have all day to see what the chef has whisked up in the way of fresh seafood, Thai-style soups and snacks and tropical fruit platters to finish.

The “Movies Under the Stars” evenings on the beach run from 7 p.m. through to 10 p.m. Guests can catch the latest blockbusters in the poolside open air cinema, complete with beanbags, drinks and complimentary popcorn nibbles, plus a selection of tapas to go with the action.

The Friday “Sabai Thai Party” kicks off weekly at TIME.  Outdoor buffet tables are loaded with a genuine Thai seafood feast, freshly cooked to order. There’s also a selection of alternative main dishes, delicious curries and tropical fruits to finish. Cost – 500 THB per person.

In January, Centara Coconut Beach celebrated the “Thai Rocket Festival” in style on the beach, with a night of Thai culture, cuisine and fun that included an array of barbecued seafood, appetizers, salads and desserts.

For more information and reservations, call 66(0) 7727 0670 or e-mail to or website


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