Archive - June 2016

Safe fun in the sun this summer from Centara
Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok celebrates its 20th anniversary with candle massage – a new spa experience
Anantara celebrating 15th Birthday with Anantara Dream Journey prizes
Recipe of the month: Grilled chicken with E-san sauce from Ratilanna Chiang Mai
Six Senses Spas Says ‘Yes’ To Global Wellness Day
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas’ New Ultra Luxury Package

Safe fun in the sun this summer from Centara


WHILE IT’S TIME to get out and enjoy the summer breezes, remember the power of the sun’s rays.

Centara Hotels & Resorts knows a thing or two about beautiful, sunny destinations, such as Samui, Hua Hin, Phuket, Bali, the Maldives, to name just a few, and wants to share some useful tips with you to help protect you and your family this summer.

Centara’s Tara Hanrahan, group director of spa operations, and Michelle Jamieson, corporate director of marketing communications, teamed up to put together some important tips to remember this summer while relaxing on the beach, enjoying water sports and activities, exploring a destination or even while shopping:

To get your skin silky-smooth and sun-ready, here’s a simple recipe for a body exfoliation: SPACenvaree’s Javanese Body Scrub. It removes dry, flaky skin and helps prolong tan even-ness (the divine coffee smell also helps): simply mix together a handful of fresh coffee grounds with coconut oil and brown sugar to produce a rough paste.

“Vigorously scrub all over before showering and your skin will smell gorgeous, look great and feel soft. Look out summer! ” says Tara Hanrahan.

While those big floppy hats not only don’t look incredibly stylish, they do provide great shade from the sun.  This goes for men as well – but a hat is a great outfit addition to fend off those harmful rays, especially if you are not blessed with a full head of hair.

“This goes for the littlest ones in the family as well.  A large brim hat will combat rays coming from any direction,” says Michelle Jamieson.

A great pair of wraparound sunglasses provides great coverage for the delicate and sensitive skin around the eyes.  If you haven’t tried polarized lenses yet, then go and try some out.  They reduce the glare from the sun allowing you to see much clearer on a bright day.

“You might not know this, but your eyes can get sun burned just like your skin so protect them,” adds Michelle.

There are a ton of great swim suit options out there that have built in sunscreen preventing unsightly tan lines and harmful sun exposure.

After long stints in the sun, says Tara, take a cold shower to help cool down the skin as well as prevent further dehydration of the skin, which can be caused by hot water.  The cool water also has additional benefits for your skin and is also more environmentally friendly.

Eat up this summer.  There are many fruits that help your skin from the inside and out.  Cantaloupes are a great choice as they are filled with antioxidants and assist with skin hydration.

Another fruity trick is to grab a fresh strawberry and poke some holes in the flesh to awaken the juices, then rub the strawberry all over your face in small circles.  Rinse off after about two minutes to see brighter skin.

If you did get too much sun on your face, the most heavenly, cooling facial is also one of the cheapest.

Simply chill, peel and blend 1-2 cucumbers and gently pat the mixture over the red areas. Lie back with a few cucumber rings on the eyes and relax.

After 10 minutes gently wash off with cool water and moisturize (don’t rub the moisturizer in, rather let it sit on the surface and soak in). “I have used this facial many times and it’s one of my favourites!” says Tara.

If you do get sunburnt, there are fantastic healing benefits to sipping a glass of red wine.  Resveratol, found in the skin of red grapes, helps to reduce the redness from sunburns along with other anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects from the wine.  Cheers.


Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok celebrates its 20th anniversary with candle massage – a new spa experience

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 PERCHED SKY HIGH on the 21 floor of Banyan Tree Bangkok, Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok features one of the city’s most exclusive spa experiences – as well as being proud recipient of 2016 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and 10th TAT ThailandTourism Awards 2015: Health Tourism Hotel/ Resort Spa (Central Region)

To mark its 20th anniversary, Banyna Tree’s spa is offering something new – a Candle Massage experience, designed and conceptualized by Banyan Tree Spa Academy with savvy spa enthusiasts in mind.

Like all Banyan Tree Spa’s treatments, the Candle Massage focuses on Banyan Tree Spa’s non-clinical and holistic approach based on traditional Eastern healing therapies which emphasise the human touch and use of natural ingredients.

The 90-minute Candle Massage features a welcome foot bath, a gentle foot scrub, hand massage and foot massage, which allows guest to relax and alleviate stress.

The therapist presents a choice of diffuser scents to create an atmosphere of well-being and uplift the senses. Eco-friendly and lavender-scented, the use of soy massage candle creates a haven of relaxation with its glow, while the melted candle oil offers warm therapeutic benefits. The therapist uses flowing strokes with medium to strong pressure to melt tension away.

Banyan Tree Spa treatments come with a 30-minute Calm Time of refreshments and relaxation.

From now until Nov.30, 2016, in celebration with Banyan Tree Bangkok’s 20th anniversary, the 90-minute Candle Massage is being offered at an exclusive price of 4,500 THB. The usual price is  6,120 THB.

For reservations, please contact Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok at +66 2 679 1200 extension 1524/ 1525, or email or visit

To recreate the Banyan Tree experience at home, guests can visit Banyan Tree Gallery Bangkok to purchase all-time well-loved signature merchandise including essential oils, aromatherapy accessories, incense sticks as well as pampering hair and body care collections inspired by Banyan Tree Spa treatments.

From Aug. 1 to Sept. 30 2016, Banyan Tree Gallery Bangkok offers a Gallery cash voucher worth 200 THB for every 2,020 THB purchase in a single transaction.  For online purchases, visit


Anantara celebrating 15th Birthday with Anantara Dream Journey prizes


TO CELEBRATE ITS 15TH anniversary this year, 15 lucky competition winners will experience their Anantara Dream Journey, simply by sharing their travel dreams. There are 13 weeks left.

For the chance to win one of these extraordinary journeys, travellers simply have to visit and describe why they are dreaming of a highlighted destination each week.

In weeks three to 14, Anantara is giving away stays of three days or more in some of the most sought-after hotels and resorts in their luxury portfolio.

In the final week the competition hots up, with the chance to win the grand prize of a multi-destination journey in Thailand including international flights with Emirates and domestic flights with Bangkok Air, along with additional exclusive indulgences.

A decade and a half ago, in 2001, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas brought a new kind of luxury discovery to Thailand. Anantara’s journey has continued across Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East and most recently Africa, and now boasts 35 unique hotels and resorts across 11 countries, offering authentic luxury that excites, in some of the world’s most incredible destinations.

Wherever travellers dream of, Anantara’s well-located hotels and resorts ignite the joy of travel with passion and plenty of inspiration. Families can delight in natural encounters with majestic elephants in the fabled Golden Triangle in Thailand.

Thrill seekers can go dune boarding on a remote African island. A calling for beautiful wellness is answered in an Ayurvedic spa retreat in Sri Lanka. The fantasy of private dining on a deserted sandbank comes to life in the Maldives.

Desires for city getaways are fulfilled in the excitement of Bangkok’s street life, and the shopping Mecca of Dubai. While a trip to Cambodia’s magnificent Angkor Wat ticks a box on the bucket list of world wonders.





Recipe of the month: Grilled chicken with E-san sauce from Ratilanna Chiang Mai

Grilled Chicken with E-sarn sauce

JUNE’S RECIPE OF THE MONTH comes from the chefs at Mira Terrace, RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort, the only Thai & International style restaurant in Chiang Mai.

They’ve created a fusion dish that features chicken marinated in a sauce with local Thai E-san dipping sauce. The chicken can be substituted with Pork, beef and lamb.

Chicken Ingredients

Chicken Thigh                                 45 g

Oyster Sauce                                    5 g

Soy Sauce                                         1 tbsp

Sugar                                                 ½ tsp

Coriander Seed                               3 g

Ground chilli                                  ¼ tsp

Garlic                                                5 g

E-San Sauce Ingredients

Tamarind Concentrate                 2 tbsp

Fish Sauce                                1 tbsp

Shallot                                      2 g

Spring Onion                           5 g

Cilantro                                    5 g

Dried Rica roasted                  3 g

Dried Chilli                               5 g


Lemon Grass                            1 g

Japanese cucumber                 1 g

Red Oak                                       5 g

Cherry Tomatoes                      3 g

Parsley                                         2 g

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Mix Chicken Thigh with oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, coriander seed, ground chilli and garlic together then marinated the chicken for one hour.

Preheat the skewer grill oven to 180 C and grill chicken for 15 minutes.

In a small saucepan, pour fish sauce, tamarind concentrate and sugar over medium low heat. Keep stirring to dissolve the sugar. Bring it to a boil and remove from the saucepan and let it cool.

When the sauce is completely cool, add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well, and put a bit of fresh cilantro around the dish.

Take two sticks of lemon grass and stick it through the chicken and decorate with red oak, cherry tomatoes, and parsley on top.

For further information: RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort, Chiang Mai, call 053 999 333 or e-mail: website:



Six Senses Spas Says ‘Yes’ To Global Wellness Day

Yoga At Spa - Wellness Day

SIX SENSES SPAS  will again be supporting Global Wellness Day around the world on June 11 with a schedule of complimentary group activities with emphasis on yoga, meditation, singing bowl workshops, natural movement, Thai chi and Pilates.

Depending on the location, you can enjoy the experiences at the sunrise or sunset, on the beach or in the forest, or on the jetty.

At Six Senses spa at Hua Hin, the program features Tai Chi, yoga, singing bowl class and Six Senses meditation. At Six Senses Spa Koh Kood, the program starts with Tai Chi at sunrise on the jetty and yoga, followed by a singing bowl class and Six Senses meditation.

The program at Six Senses Spa Samui features stretching, Hatha Yoga, singing bowl meditation, Thai pran and sun salutation yoga. And at Six Senses Yao Noi, the program starts with yoga followed by Six Senses meditation, aerial yoga, Pilates and a fundamental fitness class.

The fundamental purpose of the day is to make us aware of the value of our lives. Even if it’s just for one day of the year, to make us stop and think, to get away from the stress of urban lifestyles, bad habits and thereby find peace with ourselves, said a Six Senses spokesperson.




Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas’ New Ultra Luxury Package


ANANTARA MAI KHAO PHUKET VILLAS is taking tasteful luxury up a notch with its most exclusive and lavish package yet – the ‘Taste of the Suite Life’ package. Bookings available up until Dec.25, 2016.

This “unique experience” allows guests to spoil themselves like a King or Queen with a three-night stay in the Royal Villa, as well as a luxurious Dining by Design dinner with one of the rarest bottles of wine in the world.

Natural exclusivity is assured at the all-pool villa oasis of Anantara Mai Khao, set around a tropical lagoon and quiet Mai Khao Beach along Phuket’s sunset coast.

A three-night stay in the beachfront two bedroom Royal Villa ensures wow factors all day. Guests can refresh first thing with a dip in their 67 square metre private pool. Lazy days can be spent sunbathing in total privacy on the spacious timber deck.

A floating sala is a great sunset hideaway. Additional privileges include with an in-villa check-in. Each day a signature breakfast is served at the lagoon-edge restaurant La Sala.

Couples can soak up the romance with a sensual bath experience, i which the in-pool tub s laced with flowers and surrounded by candles and an oil burner.

3b4aa8cd-ac11-4bb2-a0a4-ab1e1a1946c6A traditional Loy Krathong floating flower ceremony immerses guests in Thailand’s enchanting culture. Completing the ultimate stay, a personalized Villa Host service takes care of any special requests.

The signature Dining by Design experience is a tailor-made “moveable feast”. Couples can savour the occasion at a beautifully decorated table on the beachfront lawn at sunset, on a raised platform surrounded by shallow water flowing from the infinity pool, reclining on Thai triangular cushions in a poolside sala, or in The Tasting Room wine cellar.

A choice of fine dining menus celebrate the treasures of the sea, Royal Thai recipes, authentic Italian cuisine, oriental inspirations and flame grilled delights, enhanced by the opportunity to collaborate with a personal chef to fine tune the culinary sequence.

Dining by Design’s luxurious experience is completed with one of the most expensive and rare bottles of Burgundy wine in the world – 1990 Domaine Romanee Conti.

As chosen by the resort’s award-wining Wine Guru Jirachai Sethisakko, the exceptional vintage is even raved about by Allen Meadows – the world’s most famous Burgundy wine expert:

“Initially, this is aromatically tight and closed but after two hours, it absolutely explodes from the glass with a breath-taking panoply of Asian spices, exotic fruit aromas and a touch of earth followed by rich, lush, almost opulent flavors that melt in the mouth and coat the palate with a layer of velvet on the fantastically long finish.

“This is a dramatic wine in every sense of the word yet it’s not at all showy but rather discreet and understated. I particularly like the sense of inner power and purity of expression and this is as good a post ’45 RC as I ever hope to drink.”

To book this package for 950,000 THB, call +66 76 336 100 or email Otherwise visit the Anantara Phuket Villas website:



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