Archive - March 2018

Betrayal now on Amazon
Banyan Tree Bangkok’s ‘Sense of Celebration-Songkran Splash offer’
Soneva Launches ‘Festival of Colour’ to celebrate rare experiences
Songkran spa promotion at Banyan Tree Koh Samui
Centara signs agreement with TreePay for mobile payment solution for Chinese visitors
Mantra Samui Resort launches new spa featuring home-grown botanicals
COSI breaks ground for new hotel in North Pattaya

Betrayal now on Amazon

BETRAYAL: It has many faces. All of them ugly, starting with a very savvy New York stockbroker from 2018. who suddenly finds himself back in 1929, two months before the big stock market crash, and outwits himself when he makes a fortune; An Allied airman whose has been falsely accused and facing a fire squad; or when two old friends row out to a deserted island and only one return; or when a mother believes her dead baby was switched at birth; or really behind the theft behind Marie Antoinette’s famous necklace.


Banyan Tree Bangkok’s ‘Sense of Celebration-Songkran Splash offer’

CELEBRATE SONGKRAN FESTIVAL at Banyan Tree Bangkok and get splashed by well-wishers.

This summer’s Songkran Splash promotion offers guests easy access to hot-list sites for a Thai-style holiday amid city-wide celebrations.

Immerse in a carefree and fun festive spirit that includes water splashing and graceful rituals, along with special holiday-themed extras.

Book stays in Oasis Retreat, Serenity Club rooms or any of the suite categories and enjoy complimentary cocktails for two persons at Saffron Sky Garden restaurant (per room, per stay), free WiFi / Internet and daily breakfast at Romsai Restaurant. Serenity Club and suite guests will also get a complimentary Club Lounge access.

The package also includes complimentary morning yoga or Muay Thai (traditional Thai kickboxing) lesson with qualified in-house instructors.

For guests wishing to take part in one of the city’s biggest and most lively wet and wild street splashfests, a complimentary “Tuk-tuk” shuttle to the popular Silom Road tourist spot will be provided, along with his/hers festive shirts and waterproof carry-case to protect valuables and mobile phones from the good-natured water-gun ‘crossfire’ of fellow partygoers, who flock to the downtown shopping district each year for the delightfully drenching festivities.


Soneva Launches ‘Festival of Colour’ to celebrate rare experiences

SONEVA HAS LAUNCHED its first ever year-long campaign known as a ‘Festival of Colour’ to celebrate the diverse array of guest activities and experiences on offer this year, ranging from visiting Michelin-starred chefs and astronomers, through to authors, champion free-divers, artists and more.

Each month of the year is associated with a different colour and theme, which will be brought to life at Soneva’s resorts in the Maldives and Thailand through special on-site events and collaborations. Underscoring the Festival of Colour is a series of short “colour” films created by the renowned French film director Bruno Aveillan. Bruno visited Soneva Kiri, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in early 2017 to shoot the films, which were inspired by the different colours he found at the resorts.

Soneva plans to release one colour film each month during the campaign on its website and on social media.

Click here to see the first video.

As part of the Festival of Colour, Soneva has confirmed a huge line-up of visiting experts, including chefs, authors, wine producers, world-champion free-divers, astronomers, artists, wellness practitioners, tennis coaches and more at all resorts.

Fine dining experiences are a pivotal part of Soneva’s Festival of Colour, and the company has so-far confirmed 28 of the world’s top chefs (many of which have at least two Michelin stars and above or are included within The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list) for exclusive dinner events.



Songkran spa promotion at Banyan Tree Koh Samui

TO CELEBRATE THAI NEW YEAR, Banyan Tree Samui has launched a “Songkran Indulgence” package at its spa throughout the month of April.

The package combines a 90-minute massage treatment of your choice, with a 60-minute “Rainforest Experience”.

The bamboo-themed Rainforest is a refreshing journey through a series of water jets at varying pressures and temperatures, plus visits to a steam room and sauna followed by ice facial treatments and ice bucket baths.

This treatment is ideal for those with injuries or infirmities who prefer not to have their limbs stretched and popped. It is also the perfect massage if you are sensitive or ticklish. Here, you are in control – no one touches you. You can maintain your legs, body, head and shoulders in positions that either maximize or minimize water pressure.

The two-and-a-half-hour treatment is concluded with a herbal tea served while you lie back on a hot tiled bed, wrapped in towels.

The Songkran festival (Thai New Year) is celebrated on April 12-15 – a time when the entire nation revels in chaotic water fights. It also marks the hottest time of the year in Thailand, with temperatures frequently hitting a sticky 40 °C (104 °F) across the country.

Millions of Southeast Asians like to travel during this period so it’s worth considering the benefits of escaping to the cooler climes of a tropical beach where the sea breezes and swimming pools easily beat the humidity of a big city.

Banyan Tree Samui is nestled into a forested hillside overlooking its own private beach and bay in the Gulf of Thailand. Its 88 villas offer intimacy and tranquility, and each villa has its own infinity pool and Jacuzzi and 24-hour personal butler service.


Centara signs agreement with TreePay for mobile payment solution for Chinese visitors

From the left: Suvicha Nalita, CEO, TreePay Thailand; Dr. Ronnachit Mahattanapreut, senior vice-president of finance and administration, Centara; Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO, Centara; Dhanant Subhadrabandhu, director, TreePay Thailand; Shizuo Kiyotaki, chairman of Okura Japan; Premchai Jaikwang, Director of TreePay Thailand; and  Ko Bong Joon, Chief Strategy Officer of TreePay Thailand.

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS has signed an agreement with TreePay Co., Ltd., a specialized payment facilitator, to develop a system to allow Chinese customers to use their mobile phones to pay for accommodations and services at Centara properties.

This will begin with Wechat Pay. Chinese tourists are an important market for Centara and mobile payments using apps like WeChat are extremely popular with Chinese consumers. Centara chose TreePay, a collaboration between CAT Telecom, SKT, and NHN KCP, to help it serve its Chinese guests more conveniently. Okura Co., Ltd. will be the project consultant.

“Our goal to double in size over the next five years will be achieved by serving growing markets better,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat. “Our strategies include opening new properties in China as well as attracting more Chinese to our hotels in Thailand and elsewhere. One way we do this is by improving our service infrastructure. Being able to accept mobile payments is an important component.”

Centara aims to double its number of properties and become a familiar name for travellers throughout Asia, the Indian Ocean and Middle East. The company bases its confidence on a successful formula of Thai hospitality, excellent food, a variety of formats, and family-friendly hotels, in great destinations. It is also investing in technology to serve customers more efficiently through multilingual websites, on their devices, and with high-tech services at Centara hotels.

The TreePay solution will first be introduced at Centara’s hotels and resorts in Thailand within 2018, then rolled out to the company’s other properties.

“We look forward to making our destinations more welcoming and convenient for our Chinese guests, and supporting the expansion of Chinese tourism in this region and the world,” added Chirativat.

 “TreePay will be providing China Payment services to Centara Hotels and Resorts, starting with Wechat Pay mobile payments. We aim to become an Omni channel payment facilitator providing a single connection for all payment channels and types. Besides our expertise in payment platforms, we also strive to differentiate ourselves in this competitive market,” said Suvicha Nalita.



Mantra Samui Resort launches new spa featuring home-grown botanicals

WITH A NEW NATURAL SPA and the launch of a wellness experience, “A Mantra for Mantra – the all-new Mantra Samui Resort is attracting spa-goers to its peaceful perch overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.

The Jai Spa is a cornerstone of the hotel’s comprehensive new look. The intimate space has four softly-lit private treatment rooms and a foot reflexology area.

Inspired by the dense jungle that surrounds the hillside property, the spa features bamboo-clad walls that reach up to a lofty ceiling.

The spa blends most of its treatment products in-house, using natural ingredients harvested from its gardens. Thai herbs infuse Jai’s flagship concoctions, using homegrown lemongrass, steamed to create an aromatic atmosphere.

Coconut informs the signature treatment, the Yaa Jai, its milk, not oil, deployed for a deep, tension-releasing massage. Warm coconut poultices are strategically applied to tight spots to further reduce stress.

“One of the mantras we’ve seized on here at Jai is slow-slow-slow,” said Spa Manager Noppawan Rochjanarath “As a famous Buddhist teacher once said:  “If we want to live deeply, we’ve got to live slowly.”

The new A Mantra for Mantra’s package has been developed around this idea of helping guests of the resort go deeper when it comes to overall wellness. The three-night stay package for two includes:

Round-trip airport transfer in a private vehicle; Consultation with spa manager on arrival to cover areas of concern and develop a spa plan during the course of the stay; Two treatments per day from the extensive spa menu (per person); Daily healthy meal at The View restaurant (choice of lunch or dinner); Daily breakfast for two; One private meditation class for two (optional); One private yoga class for two (optional).

Spa menu options draw heavily from local traditions and plants with the extensive offering that includes a range of facials, massages, scrubs, and wraps such as: a Thai Lemon Tea scrub, a 60-minute exfoliation using tea and lemon juice; a Thai Tamarind Wrap, which features a decadent blend of tamarind and yogurt slathered over the body, and traditional massages in addition to Ayurvedic treatments.

“A Mantra for Mantra” is available until March 31, 2018. Rates vary by room type. For more information or make a booking please, visit



COSI breaks ground for new hotel in North Pattaya

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS broke ground in North Pattaya for another COSI hotel – a new brand designed for the modern, connected lifestyle of a growing travel market segment.

It offers friendly, simple and affordable accommodations, with innovations like smartphone integration, self-service check-in, and a unique 24-hour lifestyle café concept with more freedom and flexibility. The first COSI hotel opened in Samui in December.

COSI Pattaya Naklua Beach will offer 282 hi-tech rooms, all with Smart TVs. Free WiFi and convenient USB ports are in every room and throughout the hotel. COSI also features a swimming pool, laundromat, and the all-hours “Hub”, a social hangout and digital play space, with integrated WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Café.

Guests can enjoy free food and drink there using the daily credits they get with their stay. The location is a short walk to the beach and 5-minutes’ drive to Central Festival Pattaya.

The hotel will open in 2019.

The development of the COSI brand is an integral part of the company’s ambitious, five-year expansion plan.  Within that timeframe, Centara expects to add close to 40 more COSI hotels to its portfolio, all situated in resort and city locations throughout Thailand and Asia


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