Category: Thailand

Rayavadee, Krabi

Rayavadee, Krabi

Following a tip-off from one of our readers, I’ve taken a look at the ultra-luxury property of Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand.   Accessible by boat from the mainland (how very James Bond!), this five star resort has previously escaped A Luxury Travel Blog’s radar but looks to occupy  a stunning location on the edge of [...]

New exclusive brand from Ritz-Carlton: Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is launching a new exclusive brand for high-end travellers; Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand, will be the first property to open in spring 2009. The philosophy behind the Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio is to create idyllic retreats where guests can escape into an exclusive leisure experience. It offers guests [...]

Outrigger Serenity Terraces Resort Phuket

Outrigger Serenity Terraces Resort Phuket

The new Outrigger Serenity Terraces Resort Phuket will open  tomorrow. This full-service luxury resort will be the first property to open in Outrigger Enterprises Group’s planned major expansion into Thailand and Asia. It  is located in the quiet Chalong Bay area of Phuket and  consists of 78 luxury one- and two-bedroom apartments, most with spectacular [...]

Interview with Catherine Leech of 101 Holidays

Interview with Catherine Leech of 101 Holidays

Catherine Leech has worked in luxury travel for more than 25 years. She started in PR before becoming European Director of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, then Managing Director of luxury tour operator, Caribtours. After the tsunami of 2004 she moved to Sri Lanka where she worked for two years, mostly as a volunteer, [...]

Get ready for Soneva Kiri from the incredible Sonu and Eva Shivdasani

Get ready for Soneva Kiri from the incredible Sonu and Eva Shivdasani

Thirteen years after they created Soneva Fushi – the Maldives benchmark for high-end, eco-friendly, all-natural opulence – the innovative husband and wife team Sonu and Eva Shivdasani are getting set to launch Soneva Kiri, just the third Soneva on the planet. In the interim, they have built Six Senses Resorts & Spas into a company [...]

January Sale from ITC Classics

January Sale from ITC Classics

Still not yet decided where to go this year?   Maybe luxury travel specialists  ITC Classics will give you some inspiration.   Here’s a selection of ideas from their January Sale: Indian Ocean Diva, Maldives Stay 7 nights and only pay for 5, plus book more than 45 days in advance and receive an extra [...]

New age for Bangkok’s hotel and dining scene

New age for Bangkok’s hotel and dining scene

Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel company, has announced the official opening of their stunning new flagship hotel the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.   With sumptuous international buffets, fine dining restaurants and Thai, Japanese and Chinese favourites, the Centara Grand at CentralWorld’s 8 restaurants, lounges and bars provide a world [...]

Chocolate delight at Anantara Spa Golden Triangle

Chocolate delight at Anantara Spa Golden Triangle

Treat your loved one to the ultimate romantic spa treatment at Anantara Spa Golden Triangle. The award winning spa is set amidst the natural scenery overlooking the Golden Triangle where the 3 countries meet at the picturesque Mekong River. The Seductive Chocolate Delight treatment starts with a romantic floral foot bath in the candle-lit Anantara [...]

Kate Moss heads for medical spa resort in Thailand

2008  has obviously been a bit much for Kate Moss. She’s said to be heading off to Thailand today for a 7-day detox holiday in Thailand, with her daughter and boyfriend Jamie Hince. According to a source: The spa she’s booked into is one of the strictest and most stringent in the world. She won’t [...]

Bangkok’s newest 5 star hotel

Bangkok’s newest 5 star hotel has raised the bar for the Bangkok hotel scene. Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld is  a fully integrated and innovative hotel, convention venue, retail, and leisure complex ideally situated in the heart of Bangkok. It is  one of the largest in Asia Pacific and features 505 luxurious [...]

New ballroom at Plaza Athenee Bangkok

New ballroom at Plaza Athenee Bangkok

Renowned for its expansive meeting and event spaces, Plaza Athenee Bangkok, a Royal Meridien Hotel  has unveiled its brand new Athenee Crystal Hall. The pillarless ballroom is geared for social functions of up to 1,200 people. Bathed in natural light through its 8-metre tall bay windows, it can also seat 900 delegates theatre-style.

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Resort and spa management from Six Senses One of Dublin’s best sleeps: The Shelbourne Dazzling silks from Bao Khanh Silk, Vietnam One of Asia’s finest resorts: Laguna Phuket

Loy Krathong, Thailand and Laos

Loy Krathong, Thailand and Laos

Gosh… it’s November already. And each November, on the full moon, Thailand and Laos are illuminated under a night sky as thousands of candlelit rafts or ‘krathongs’, are gently launched on Thai and Laotian waterways. It is a perfect time to visit not least as this colourful and picturesque festival really does captivate you, from [...]

The ultimate in private dining at SALA Phuket

The award-winning SALA Phuket Resort and Spa has introduced three new and exciting private dining concepts, providing the ultimate intimacy for guests. Guests can choose from a selection of “grazing” platters and BBQs at a variety of idyllic dining locations. Dine under the stars on the romantic restaurant rooftop with stunning views of the sea [...]

Bartender training in Krabi, Thailand

Bartender training in Krabi, Thailand

‘Sundowners’ at a remote tropical beach location conjurers up visions of sipping exotic island cocktails fanned with warm breezes and enjoying spectacular ocean sunsets. But all too often, reality doesn’t match the dream, with watered down cocktails of varying quality and poor service to boot. Recognising  the shortcomings in this area,  Krabi’s Layana Resort  & [...]

Pimalai Resort & Spa picks up ‘Best Spa’ award

Pimalai Resort & Spa, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, has received the “Best Spa” award at the 19th TTG (Travel Trade Gazette) Annual Travel Awards 2008.  A pioneer of deluxe hospitality on the of Lanta in Krabi province, Pimalai Resort and Spa’s magnificent beach property is set on 25 hectares of [...]

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