Archive - May 2015

Anantara launches ‘Dollars for Deeds’ promotion
Michelin Star Chef Stéphane Carbone coming to VIE Hotel Bangkok
Centara’s Suan Bua West Bay Doha will offer real taste of Thai cuisine
Dusit offering bonus nights in new promotion
Lest this day pass unnoticed
1card points can be used at Centara hotels and resorts
Six Senses Spas introduce products and treatments from The Organic Pharmacy
Soneva honoured by World Travel & Tourism Council for environmental initiatives
Andrew Jacka – World Spa & Well-Being convention chairman

Anantara launches ‘Dollars for Deeds’ promotion


ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORT & SPAS in Thailand is launching the new Dollars for Deeds program, where each resort throughout Thailand will match guests donations dollar for dollar during their stay.

The promotion was launched to raise funds for a range of worthy causes.

For over a decade, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has been committed to creating luxury travel experiences that also benefit nature, people and culture.  All Anantara properties participate in eco-friendly and community initiatives, enhancing the social and environmental surroundings of each Anantara retreat.

Under the Dollars for Deeds program, beginning in Thailand, where Anantara was founded, guests who stay at any of its 12 resorts will have the option to donate one dollar (BHT 30) per night of their stay. Anantara will match each guest’s contribution.

Funds raised will be donated to three worthwhile foundations: The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) in Chiang Rai, the Mai Khao Turtle Foundation in Phuket and the Princess Sirindhorn Craniofacial Centre at Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok.

The GTAEF was set up in 2006 to rescue Thailand’s street elephants, and has since been diversified to include welfare projects that incorporate broader philanthropic endeavours with unprecedented success.

More than 40 elephants have been rescued from Thailand’s city streets, along with their entire mahout family, some of who now live in the camp’s traditional mahout village and benefit from ongoing employment, housing, English lessons, medical insurance, schooling for their children, and a silk worm business which provides the wives with 100% of the profits made from the sales of their wares.

In addition to performing street rescues, the GTAEF cooperates with the Thai government and other organizations in projects including supporting research and clinics using elephants in therapy sessions for children living with autism; helping equip the first elephant hospital in Krabi in the southern part of Thailand, donating a gantry to help lame elephants stand and a purpose built elephant ambulance to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC), just to name a few.

The GTAEF have also built the world’s only research facility dedicated to scientifically researching elephant intelligence and behavior.

The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation raises funds and awareness for the critically endangered giant leatherback turtles which nest on Mai Khao Beach, along Phuket’s serene northwest coast.  This project is especially pertinent to guests staying at the luxurious all-pool villa oasis Anantara Phuket Villas, which edges beautiful Mai Khao Beach.

cranio_facial_hospitalDollars for Deeds funds go towards protecting the sea turtles who breed here from November to February, and whose numbers have been severely depleting over the last 20 years.

Beach patrols at night protect the turtles while nesting, and records are kept of the number of eggs laid. The eggs are taken to the foundation’s hatchery so that when the baby turtles hatch, they are protected from the elements of nature and human exploitation.

The young turtles are released in a special ceremony during Thailand’s New Year Songkran festival in April. The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation’s activities are supported by local resorts, schools, community residents and organisations, with conservation efforts successfully protecting Mai Khao beach and its reef, as well as going towards the Turtle Museum and ecological education programs.

The Princess Sirindhorn Craniofacial Center honoring HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, is located in Chulalongkorn Hospital under the Thai Red Cross Society and the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, is the first centre for craniofacial problems and operations in Southeast Asia.

A dedicated team of doctors and medical staff treat patients, generally young children, with a range problems relating to the head, eyes, nose, mouth, brain and the face all of which not only affects the patients but also their families.

By choosing to donate just USD $1 per night, Anantara guests not only enjoy a luxurious stay that is rich in discovery but leave with wonderful memories of their experiences, knowing that they have made a positive difference to the local environment and community.

The Dollars for Deeds program will soon to be joined by worldwide resorts across Asia, the Maldives, Middle East and Africa.




Michelin Star Chef Stéphane Carbone coming to VIE Hotel Bangkok

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MICHELIN STAR CHEF STÉPHANE CARBONE will display his unique skills for four days from June 24-27 at VIE Hotel Bangkok.

He is chef and owner of Stéphane Carbone Restaurant in Caen, Normandy, has served Queen Elizabeth, President Obama, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Putin at the ceremony marking the  60th and 70th anniversary of the D-Day Ceremony landings. His style is perfect balance.

Chef Carbonne’s five-course meal starts with Royal lobster bisque, coconut milk foam and pistachio-crusted duck foiegras and cherry jelly, beetroot ice cream, and includes roasted sea bass steak, espuma of wasabi potatoes, chorizo foam and veal baked at low temperature, polenta with flower of thyme, cream of sweet cider, and ends with half sphere of meringue, caramel cream and whipped vanilla cream, apple chips.

The five course set dinner is priced at 5,000 THB per person and the dinner with wine paring, 7,000 THB a person.

Dinner is served at 7 p.m.

For more information and reservations, call 083-8204224 or email, or 081-9100280 or email








Centara’s Suan Bua West Bay Doha will offer real taste of Thai cuisine

Centara Thai Restaurant

‘SUAN BUA’, Centara Hotels & Resorts’ signature Thai restaurant brand, will soon to make its first appearance in Doha, with Centara Grand West Bay Hotel Doha, opening in 2016.

It will be the Thai company’s latest flagship property, based in the newly developed West Bay district.

Centara Hotels & Resorts is known internationally for its focus on world-class dining and they have perfected their own recipe of authentic tastes and excellent service over the years at their in-house Suan Bua restaurants.

Meaning “lotus garden” in Thai, ‘Suan Bua’ has been a key component of Centara’s success since 1983, when the company’s first property in Centara Grand Ladprao Bangkok Thailand opened. The venue quickly became known for assiduous service and the innovative presentation of authentic Thai cuisine.

A typical Suan Bua menu combines Thai home-style cuisine and regional specialities, ranging beyond the internationally recognizable Southern-style curries and fish dishes through to the milder mix of traditional and contemporary tastes of the north and central parts of Thailand, and the tangy and spicy flavours of North-Eastern Thailand cuisine.

Guests can sample rare dishes and herbs that are often only available at local outlets, such as deep-fried shrimp with green mango salad, stir-fried chicken with bell peppers, cashew nuts and dry chilli, and roasted duck in Thai red curry.

The hospitality at and location of Doha’s new Suan Bua restaurant will match  Suan Bua’s’ gracious and welcoming Thai hospitality.

Centara’s latest Suan Bua will also feature contemporary Thai design elements, with cosy yet elegant furnishings, indoor and outdoor dining sections, and private rooms.

Diners will also be able to sample some fresh takes on Thai dining, such as novel Thai-style tapas, and attend Thai cooking classes. The restaurant also will have a comprehensive beverage list, complete with a Thai tea menu.

Perhaps even more interesting to visitors is the unique 3D-effect LCD display, featuring animated maps of Thailand.

Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara Hotels & Resorts’ CEO, feels “extremely proud that Centara has been successful in bringing the taste of Thai to international travellers.”

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



Dusit offering bonus nights in new promotion


DUSIT HOTELS AND RESORTS is offering an extra night free when you book at any of its participating resorts in Thailand and abroad when booking a stay for two consecutive nights at Dusit’s Best Available Rates.

The offer is valid from now until Sept. 15, 2015 and is available exclusively on

To learn more, visit

Participating hotels in Thailand include: Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Hua Hin, Dusit Thani Pattaya, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai, dusitD2 Chiang Mai, dusitD2 Phuket Resort, Dusit Princess Srinakarin, Royal Princess Chiang Mai and Dusit Princess Korat.



Lest this day pass unnoticed

JonsonEvening. May 16, 1763. James Boswell, an impressionable 22-year-old from Scotland, is about to meet Dr. Samuel Johnson for the first time. Boswell had tried to meet Johnson a number of times but something always went wrong at the last minute. Then, quite unexpectedly, while he was having tea with Mr. Davies, the bookseller and sometime actor, Johnson suddenly made an appearance.

By this time, Boswell, who liked to hobnob with the talented and famous, was highly agitated and nervous, wanting to insinuate himself to Johnson, yet frightened of saying the wrong thing.

Here’s how he remembered it in his biography of Johnson:

Mr. Thomas Davies, the actor, who then kept a bookseller’s shop in Russel Street, Covent Garden, told me that Johnson was very much his friend, and came frequently to his house, where he more than once invited me to meet him; but by some unlucky accident or another he was prevented from coming to us. At last, on Monday the 16th of May, when I was sitting in Mr. Davies’s back parlour, after having drunk tea with him and Mrs. Davies, Johnson unexpectedly came into the shop; and Mr. Davies having perceived him through the glass door in the room in which we were sitting, advancing towards us — he announced his awful approach to me, in somewhat the manner of an actor in the part of Horatio, when he addresses Hamlet on the appearance of his father’s ghost, “Look my Lord, it comes.” I found that I had a very perfect idea of Johnson’s figure from the portrait of him painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds soon after he had published his Dictionary, in the attitude of him sitting in his easy chair in deep meditation, which was the first picture his friend did for him, which Sir Joshua very kindly presented to me …

This passage still resonates, even after 250 years, as does this memorable account of Johnson’s meeting with David Garrick, a famous actor of the day and a former pupil from Johnson’s teaching days. They are standing backstage in Garrick’s theatre and Garrick had just asked Johnson how he liked it.

“I’ll come no more behind your scenes,” said Johnson, ”for the silk stockings and white bosoms of your actresses excite my amorous propensities.”

1card points can be used at Centara hotels and resorts

Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok - Blue Sky

CENTARA’S CENTRAL DEPARTMENT STORE and Hotels & Resorts’ 1 Cardholders now have the option to redeem their points towards purchases at Centara properties, and top up with cash where necessary, using the company’s latest online functionality.

The company’s main website will shortly include a dedicated set of secure pages, on which customers can book rooms and pay using their accrued points from either card, without any black-out date, or any restrictions on properties or room types.

Customers are also able to partially use their points or fully redeem them in their entirety. Any remaining balance can be securely paid using a credit card.

The new website pages are in Thai as well as English, to make whole experience even more streamlined for users in Thailand and internationally.

The user interface and graphics are optimized for swift loading and handling of data – all users need to do is login using their card number, select the property and room type they wish to stay in, choose any extra services they may require, and then finalize their booking.   Terms and conditions:

Point+Cash payments are also applicable to all other promotions; points can redeemed as a discount through online booking; no black-out period of redemption; points cannot be changed to cash or refunds..

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



Six Senses Spas introduce products and treatments from The Organic Pharmacy

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A SELECTION OF RESULTSDRIVEN TREATMENTS, using products from The Organic Pharmacy is being rolled out at Six Senses Spas at a number of its spas.

Skincare by The Organic Pharmacy is based on homeopathic and herbal medicine with the principles that the quality of the ingredients and the purity of the formulation are paramount as well as dosage. Founded by Margo Marrone 27 years ago, she started her career as a pharmacist specializing in herbal medicine, nutrition and well-being, and later discovered homeopathy.

From Oman to Spain, Qatar to China, the combination of facials, body sculpting treatments and rituals are delivered by award-winning Six Senses therapists and complemented by products using natural extracts and pharmaceutical grade ingredients in dosages that deliver serious results for healthy glowing skin.

“While studying homeopathy I became aware of organic and what it meant. Shocked that I had been unaware of the level of poisonous pesticides used in our food and the questionable ingredients used in cosmetics,

“I decided to use my herbal, homeopathic and pharmaceutical knowledge to create a shopping haven free from chemicals found in other stores, a place where expert knowledge on well-being, herbs and homeopathic remedies were readily available.

“My principles were very simple, the best organic ingredients, honest expert advice, quality service, incredibly effective products and a caring environment. I took the idea to my husband Franco whose design skills and vision turned The Organic Pharmacy into a modern-day health and beauty centre,” said Marrone.

Six Senses Spa treatments include:

Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial, described as the ultimate signature experience starting with deep cleansing and followed by the application of three masks to decongest, brighten and hydrate the skin.

Skin Solutions Acne Facial, which focuses on decongesting your pores and restore balance to acneic skin with this custom blended facial. It includes deep cleansing, exfoliation, lymphatic drainage and three personalized masks, leaving the skin looking fresh, luminous and revitalized. 

Vitamin C and Papaya Enzyme Peel Facial, which targets age spots, pigmentation, fine lines and uneven skin with this facial combining deep cleansing and fruit acid exfoliation to reveal a brighter, nourished and exceptionally smooth complexion.

Hydra-diamond Exfoliation Facial is ideal for sun-damaged skin, dull skin with enlarged pores and diminishing acne scars, age spots, wrinkles.  Densely packed diamonds glide over the skin to exfoliate and remove dead cells.

“We chose The Organic Pharmacy because it gives our guests a fantastic product experience in line with our values of sustainability and being wellness pioneers,” said Anna Bjurstam, vice president Six Senses Spas.



Soneva honoured by World Travel & Tourism Council for environmental initiatives

Sonu Shivdasani of Soneva accepting WTTC award

SONEVA RESORTS AND RESIDENCES, a world-leading luxury resort operator, has been selected as the winner in the ‘Environment’ category in the annual World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards at the WTTC Global Summit.

The awards recognize the world’s best examples of sustainable tourism businesses and destinations around the world.

The Council awarded Soneva for its efforts in pioneering environmental sustainability at its two resorts, located in the Maldives (Soneva Fushi) and Thailand (Soneva Kiri).

“We take our environmental and social responsibilities very seriously. Whether it is developing resorts using sustainable materials, recycling waste materials, conserving water or preserving ecosystems, we are always prepared to take the initiative and challenge established norms,” said Sonu Shivdasani, founder and CEO of Soneva Group.

“At the heart of our company and brand is our ‘Intelligent Luxury’ ethos, creating unforgettable, enlightening experiences whilst treading lightly on the earth. By making small changes to our business model, we have been able to help initiate and nurture positive change in our industry, without any negative impact on either our profitability or on our guests’ perception of our products.

“We are extremely proud to have received this award, which is considered as one of the best sustainability awards in the global travel and tourism industry,” he added.

About Soneva’s Sustainability Initiatives:

By adding a two per cent environmental levy to guests’ bills, Soneva has raised around US 5.7 million towards environmental projects, which will mitigate one million tonnes CO2 over seven years; far exceeding Soneva’s carbon footprint including guest flights. So far, the projects have benefitted more than 150,000 people.

Soneva_Kiri_Aerial_2_by_HelicamnewThe company also banned imported water in 2008 and produces all required drinking water on site. This has reduced carbon emissions and also avoided the estimated 900,000 plastic bottles that would need to be disposed of.  The savings achieved from this have been used through the SLOW LIFE Foundation to give over 600,000 people access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.

Soneva convenes some of the world’s greatest minds across science, business, philanthropy and policy at its annual SLOW LIFE Symposiums.

Described by one of the participants as a ‘laboratory of intent’, the event provides leaders with the time and space to address environmental challenges and to create tangible, collaborative solutions.  The events deliver real results. In 2011 the WHOLE WORLD Water initiative was conceived.  Scaling up the Soneva model of filtering and bottling water locally and donating a percentage of revenues to clean water initiatives, the model eliminates plastic waste and unnecessary transportation miles and allows the whole travel and tourism industry to unite.

Soneva also recycles over 80% of its waste through its state-of-the art Eco Centro ‘Waste to Wealth’ program.

Soneva is also a global influencer, as the company has pioneered the development of its own Soneva Carbon Calculator and environmental profit and loss tool to measure and further reduce the environmental impact of their operations and supply chain.

Each year, more than 20 international experts from around the world, representing the private sector, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and governments, come together as independent judges to select the finalists and winners of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The judging process, where independent experts visit each of the 15 finalists, is the most rigorous of any awards process in the Travel & Tourism industry.

“The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards celebrate the very best examples of sustainable tourism businesses and destinations around the world. The Awards have been an established part of our industry for over 20 years, recognised as a way of sharing best practice in ways that everyone in our industry can understand; and to make a real difference to businesses wherever they operate in the world.

“This year’s winners come from across the world and throughout our industry, but each one demonstrates a commitment to running their business to the benefit of their people, their shareholders and the environments they operate in,” said David Scowsill, WTTC’s president and CEO.

For more information about Soneva’s sustainability initiatives visit or read the latest Sustainability Report at




Andrew Jacka – World Spa & Well-Being convention chairman

Andrew JackaANDREW JACKA, who stepped down from the board of the Thai Spa Association in March 2013,  continues to act as chairman for the World Spa & Well-being Convention.

This will be the 4th time this event has been held, with the industry network continuing to expand as more associations become involved in this event as a supporting association.

In addition, the Nippon Spa Association (NSPA), Indian Spa & Wellness Association (ISWA) and the Association of Malaysian Spas (AMSPA) have become research partners. Others are also expected to join in the coming days.

Expanding on this role, Andrew took on the Global Wellness Day Ambassador Thailand role in late 2014.  This is a not-for-profit social movement, which originated in 2012 in Turkey, becomes global in 2015.

“With the appointment of a multitude of countries, the event is building fast.’

The convention is held on the second Saturday of June each year.  The core eventencompasses three indoor seminars and four outdoor workshops, covering all areas of wellness – wellness cuisine, wellness living, mindful wellness, women’s wellness, herbal wellness, natural medicine, and fun activities for the whole family.

“In Thailand we are working under a theme of Discover Thai Wellness, and have scheduled Thai wellness aficionados, including leading the veggie prince, Nakorn Limpacuptathavon; Dr. Chatrapa Hudthagosol, dept. of nutrition, faculty of public health, Mahidol University; Prof. Dr. Krisana Kraisintu, rector of College of Oriental Medicine, Rangsit University; Tipatat Junhasaasdikul, MD, director and founder, Mediya Oriental Health Clinic; and Sirichai Lertsirimit, managing director, Multi Green Co. Ltd.”

Outdoor activities include a Luisee Daton workshop, Wellness Adventures for five to 10-year-olds, and a Muay Thai workshop and a Parkour Workshop.

The convention will be held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (QSNCC), Bangkok on June 13, 2015. All events are free and open to the public.

In addition to his spa consultancy work with Spa Origins, Andrew has set up a niche market product distribution company and is the Thailand distributor for ila (beyond organic) luxury skincare range from the UK.

For more information about the convention: See Facebook at or visit the main Global Wellness Day website at




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