Archive - June 2015

Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa launches John McDermott Gallery
Six Senses Samui reopens July 1 with refreshed Interiors
Chiva-Som celebrating its 20th anniversary
Anantara marks Global Wellness Day with one-day event
AVANI Bangkok Riverside marks ‘Topping Off’ ceremony
Six Senses Spas Support Global Wellness Day
Three SALA Restaurants Selected for Thailand Tatler’s Best of 2015

Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa launches John McDermott Gallery


ILLUSTRATING HOW authentic indigenous experiences can be creatively enhanced by international flair, Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap, Cambodia now houses The McDermott Gallery, featuring an ethereal collection of Angkor monument images by the award-winning photographer John McDermott, who also leads guests for exclusive photography tours of these iconic UNESCO temple ruins.

John first came to Angkor in 1995 to witness a total eclipse of the sun. Inspired by the surreal light of the eclipse, he spent over a decade creating a definitive artistic portrait of the ancient Khmer temples before the arrival of tourism. These magical images reveal a hidden realm of Angkor temples lost in the forest, conjuring a 19th century explorer’s dream.

John’s evocative Angkor photography can be seen in his fine art book Elegy: Reflections on Angkor and at his galleries in Siem Reap. His images are on display at the National Museum in Phnom Penh and have been published and exhibited worldwide.

His photographs are held in private collections worldwide and have been printed in numerous books and publications, including Time, Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times which calls John McDermott “the Ansel Adams of Angkor”, writing that his photographs are “not just beautiful but iconic. . . dreamlike photos which look as though they were taken in an ancient, forgotten world.”

Housed in a setting that is perfectly suited to viewing and appreciating the dramatic photography, The McDermott Gallery is located on the second floor in an open air environment overlooking the resort’s beautiful front courtyard. All artworks on display at the gallery are available for sale.

Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa is also offers once-in-a-lifetime Angkor photography tours with John McDermott for guests who aspire to take direction from this leading photographer. The new bespoke tours are tailored to the personal interests and passions of each guest, whether they are a budding amateur or a more serious photographer who would love the opportunity to capture magnificent images of these ancient ruins.

Half-day photography tours are priced at US $350 per couple and full day tours are charged at US $600 per couple.

For more information, call  +855 63 966 788 or email



Six Senses Samui reopens July 1 with refreshed Interiors


AFTER AN EXTENSIVE UPGRADE and revitalization of guest accommodations and public areas, Six Senses Samui reopens with refreshed interiors on July 1, 2015.

The addition of floor-to ceiling glass walls in the bathrooms make the well-appointed accommodations feel brighter, airy and more spacious, creating the feeling that you’re ensconced in an open-view cube secluded by lush landscaping and trees.

In addition, the Bathrooms are fully enclosed and air conditioned. The popular open showers have also been retained.

Updated furnishings and a new layout create additional space. All villa pools have been resurfaced with turquoise stone tiles, while an additional seven pools have been added to make a grand total 59 villas with private pools plus the main infinity pool.

The resort still offers the choice of seven Hideaway Villas that feature spacious entertaining and lounging decks rather than a private swimming pool.

Completed in time to welcome guest’s to Samui’s high season, the all-day venue Dining on the Hill and the adjacent spectacular infinity pool have also undergone an upgrade, with new landscaping, new decking and refreshed furniture. There’s a great new display buffet counter, plus a hot show kitchen.

The resort’s much-awarded signature restaurant Dining on the Rocks also introduces a new lounge deck.

The Library now has an expanded range of reading material, with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, games tables and suspended relaxation nets to enhance the relaxed ambiance. The lobby has also been updated.

“I am delighted to see the exciting evolution of Six Senses Samui. The revitalized interiors and enhanced services lift our resort to new heights on the island and entire region,” said  General Manager Gary Henden.

“Our talented designers have succeeded in delivering a lighter, brighter and more spacious feel with improved functionality to give our guests an enhanced stay.”

Six Senses Samui opened in 2004 and has increased its popularity among Thai and international travelers over the past 11 years. The resort has been host to top charity events, gala dinners and memorable celebrations, and together with Six Senses Spa, has been awarded several local and international awards



Chiva-Som celebrating its 20th anniversary

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ASIA’S FIRST DESTINATION SPA, Chiva-Som Health Resort at Hua Hin, is marking its 20th anniversary by offering seven exclusive anniversary packages.

The original pioneer in the world of destination health spas, Chiva-Som utilizes a unique blend of Western practices and Eastern philosophies to help guests develop healthy habits and achieve dramatic lifestyle transformations.

Chiva-Som’s personalized menu of services includes more than 200 fitness, physiotherapy, holistic, medi-spa and spa therapies aimed at helping guests restore, rejuvenate and redirect healthy energy.

Each of the seven individually-tailored anniversary packages is carefully designed with specific treatments and services to help achieve guests’ individual objectives and goals. Each package also includes Chiva-Som’s most popular signature treatments and services in lieu of a daily massage.

The anniversary retreats include:

The Life Change: This package is perfect for those who are looking for a combination of an emotional and physical detox alongside a fitness improvement. Included are a choice of personalized exercise methods, including Pilates, re-functional exercise and personal training. Guests’ bodies are cleansed through treatments designed to spur the detoxifying process at both a physical and emotional level, and includes Aquatic Therapy Watsu, Crystal Massage, Chi Nei Tsang and Colonic Hydrotherapy.

Stress Cleanse: Guests who find themselves suffering from physical or emotional stress will find respite in this package. Whether to maintain mind or body, Chiva-Som will provide selected treatments targeted at eliminating anxiety, including super stretch, stress release Therapy and Oriental scalp massage.

CS032H (800x566)Fitness Challenger Week: Aimed at guests who work out regularly but want to progress to a higher level, ensuring their personal fitness programs remain effective and relevant. This retreat will challenge guests, set new benchmarks, and keep them active with a comprehensive fitness week that will work almost every muscle in the body, helping gain and improve stamina, strength and stability.

Short Break Cleanse: This three-night package is ideal for those who would like to experience a full detox program on a short stay, as well as enjoy the benefits of therapeutic massage. It is designed to introduce and support the detoxing process, with treatments such as Chi Nei Tsang, Colonic Hydrotherapy and Deep Tissue Massage for additional effect and benefits.

Weight Rebalance for Men: A weight rebalancing experience specifically geared toward male guests, designed to motivate, support and inspire results through treatments, exercises, balanced nutrition and personal training sessions.

Body Shape for Women: A focused weight and shaping package for female guests, aimed at helping motivate and inspire to achieve exceptional results through treatments, exercise, diet and training.

The Detox Formula: Designed for those looking to re-set mind and body with an intensive detox program. This highly focused package includes an Oxidative Stress Test, Shirobhyanga, Dynamic Core Exercise and Accelerated Body Shaping, all working together to ensure the detox process gets results and improves the guests’ physical and emotional well-being.

For more information, call 66(0) 32 536 536 or email


Anantara marks Global Wellness Day with one-day event


ANANTARA HOTELS RESORTS & SPAS went all out to celebrate Global Wellness Day this year with a one-day event celebrating health and well-being.

Anantara, which recently launched its own wellness concept ‘Balance’, is uniting with hundreds of spas and like-minded organizations across the globe to help promote proactive wellness.

To mark the event and to raise awareness of Global Wellness Day, several Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas have created a series of eye-catching photographs in settings around the world that celebrate yoga – from the dramatic cliff sides of Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa, amongst the gentle giants at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, next to UNESCO World Heritage Site at Anantara Hoi An Resort in Vietnam, in the waters of Maldivian tropical paradise at Anantara Kihavah Villas and in one of the world’s most hypnotic locales at Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa in China.

Guests can participate in Global Wellness Day by finding their own ideal ‘balance’ or by joining Anantara’s Balance Wellness program activities such as educational seminars and healing holistic therapies, motivating fitness classes, restorative holistic exercise and revitalizing spa treatments, as well as specialist retreats and comprehensive programs, all guided and supported by a team of professional wellness experts.

On an on-going basis Anantara’s Balance Wellness concept offers a uniquely flexible approach on an on-going basis through a range of inspirational experiences for health, fitness and well-being, matched by the freedom to explore, indulge and relax in between.  For more information, visit

To celebrate Global Wellness Day, Anantara is offering its social media followers the opportunity to win prizes including a two-night stay in a Sala Pool Villa at Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa with breakfast, a two hour spa voucher for the treatment of your choice and an Anantara Spa facial kit.

For a chance to win, follow Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spa on Facebook at, and from 11th June onwards vote for your favourite Global Wellness Day photo taken at one of Anantara resorts. Winners will be announced on July 8.





AVANI Bangkok Riverside marks ‘Topping Off’ ceremony

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From the left: Rajiv Puri, senior vice-president, Projects & Developments, Minor Hotel Group, Nikolaus Priesnitz, general manager, AVANI Bangkok Riverside; William E. Heinecke – chairman & CEO Minor International; Dillip Rajakarier, COO Minor International & CEO Minor Hotel Group; Pleumjit Chaiya, vice-president, Project Development, Thailand, Minor Hotel Group; and Micah Tamthai, vice president, Real Estate, Minor Hotel Group.

AVANI BANGKOK RIVERSIDE celebrated its official “Topping Off” at a special gathering to mark the completion of the hotel on the roof of the 26-storey hotel against an impressive back drop of Bangkok’s skyline and the Chao Phraya River.

The ceremony was attended by senior executives from Minor International, MINT), including William E. Heinecke, chairman, and CEO Dillip Rajakarier, MINT COO and CEO of Minor Hotel Group, along with Nikolaus Priesnitz, general manager of the new hotel.

When it opens later this year, AVANI Bangkok Riverside will be the first new build hotel in AVANI’s upscale portfolio, and the second hotel to fly the AVANI flag in Bangkok.

Located just 15 minutes by luxury shuttle boat to the heart of Bangkok and opposite Asiatique, the city’s largest night market, the property has been purpose designed to show off all of the brand’s signature hallmarks and a trendy lifestyle destination, featuring contemporary accommodation, restaurants and bars, multipurpose meeting space and the Riverside Plaza.

AVANI Bangkok Riverside will offer 249 guest rooms including 25 river view suites, all located on levels 12 and above to wow guests with fantastic river views. Guests will be able to swim and sunbathe with a stunning city skyline and river view, or work-out in the fully equipped gym.

AVANI Bangkok Riverside night view low res renderingFor a great day out exploring the capital, AVANI’s guided ‘local experiences’ will make it even easier to take in the iconic sights and get a true taste of local life.

A choice of four restaurants and bars will showcase AVANI’s focus on good honest food. Skyline will offer an international gourmet breakfast, followed by a la carte and buffet dining throughout the day and evening.

Up on the 26th floor at Attitude Roof Top Bar & Grill, guests will be able to tuck into contemporary favourites and grilled specialties, along with enjoying sundowners or poolside drinks, all while taking in spectacular river and city skyline views until late at night.

The Long Bar will serve refreshments in the lobby and for round the clock drinks and snacks to eat in or grab on the go, The Pantry, a delightful designer deli, will be open 24 hours a day.

AVANI guests, who are looking for additional lifestyle, dining and entertainment options, can stroll to the hotel’s Riverside Plaza where an incredible choice of 60 restaurants, bars and shops will please every taste.

Catering for all kinds of social and corporate function, AVANI Bangkok Riverside will boast 4,500 square metres of multipurpose meeting and event space, offering one of the most versatile, state-of-the-art facilities in Bangkok, with a total capacity for 1,500 guests, 80 exhibition booths and 11 meeting rooms.

Meeting venues on the tenth floor will impress business guests with exceptional city views, including Bangkok’s highest and one of the largest luxury Grand Ballroom’s on the river, which can be divided into four spaces with the unique option of opening up onto a show kitchen.

AVANI is the vibrant upscale brand launched by Minor Hotel Group in 2011. Offering relaxed comfort and contemporary style in city and resort destinations to guests who value the details that matter, AVANI was launched in response to an increasingly influential group of discerning travellers who appreciate good design and excellent service, but also demand great value.






Six Senses Spas Support Global Wellness Day

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SIX SENSES SPAS will be supporting Global Wellness Day at all its locations. The initiative was introduced in 2012 by Turkey and came into being after founder Belgin Aksoy concluded that the desire to live well is dominant internationally, and a dream embraced by virtually the whole world.

Wellness in all its forms will be celebrated in over 30 countries on June 13 this year.

The fundamental purpose of the day is to make people aware of the value of their lives. The point is, even if just for one day of the year, to make the world stop and think, get away from the stress of urban lifestyles and from bad habits, and find peace.

Ultimately, it is meant as a journey of self-discovery, where people find that they can change their whole lives and are given the tools to do so through exercise, healthy eating, and spiritual teachings combined.

This message aligns perfectly with the Six Senses Spas philosophy, which aims at putting guests in touch with their senses. It comes as no surprise then that Six Senses Spas would join the worldwide movement and support the event at a brand level, offering activities and health advice throughout its entire portfolio.

Emphasis will be placed on yoga and meditation, drawing on the Six Senses Yogic programs introduced in 2014 and Six Senses Meditation launched earlier this year. Depending on the location, guests can have the experiences of yoga beneath a waterfall, on a jetty, around a swimming pool and at sunrise, individually, and in classes.

Yoga Nidra (energizing sleep) and yoga stretch is offered at several spas, while meditation and the singing bowl routine is featured throughout the collection.

Six Senses Spas invite all spa goers and wellness-minded enthusiasts to join us on June 13 at any Six Senses spa. Each spa looks forward to sharing life-changing tips to live well and feel happier, and be at one with the enduring Six Senses mission to help people reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.

For additional details, visit


Three SALA Restaurants Selected for Thailand Tatler’s Best of 2015

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THREE SALA RESTAURANTS have been selected for inclusion in Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants 2015  — SALA Restaurant at SALA Phuket Resort and Spa, sala rattanakosin eatery and bar at sala rattanakosin Bangkok and Italia at sala lanna Chiang Mai.

SALA Restaurant at SALA Phuket Resort and Spa has been featured in the Best Restaurants list now for three consecutive years. Chef Davide Pritoni and his team at SALA Phuket continue to deliver an array of traditional Thai and International delicacies in the tranquil beach front setting. A further complement to the extensive menu are the series of themed dining options, including rooftop dining experiences.

sala rattanakosin eatery and bar at sala rattanakosin   Bangkok’s inclusion in the 2015 list comes as no surprise.The chic riverfront restaurant and rooftop bar has already become a Bangkok dining icon, offering views of the Temple of Dawn, and nestled within Old Bangkok. Chef Tony Wrigley and his team provide simplistic yet sumptuous Thai and Mediterranean-inspired dishes..

Italia at sala lanna Chiang Mai offers quaint riverside dining with an ambience that exudes colonial comfort, and a menu abound with recognizable favourites and eclectic creations.

SALA Hospitality Group is well known as a provider of luxury boutique accommodation and is delighted to also have been acknowledged by Thailand Tatler’s readers for their efforts in delivering exceptional dining outlets to their guests.

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