From just one property in 1994, in †just 13 †years Banyan Tree has expanded to more than twenty properties today. But perhaps all the more impressive is the awards that it’s picked up along the way. Over the past decade and more, Banyan Tree has received an incredible 340 awards. Mostly recently, Banyan Tree Lijiang [...]
The key winners from this year’s Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards are recognised by ‘Crystal Awards’. These are the cr√®me de la cr√®me of the innumerable winners, limited to just one from each continent. The five (there aren’t many to choose from in Antarctica!) to shine through this year are as follows: Favorite Spa of [...]
The Cape Panwa Hotel and Spa in Phuket has added 12 †brand new Jacuzzi suites and 6 two-bedroom pool villas to its already impressive line up of accommodation. The †dramatic creations offer †panoramic views of the beach †and †are furnished with stylish fixtures and fittings with opulent soft furnishings and rich and luxurious Thai silk [...]
To celebrate the first birthday of its Etihad Guest loyalty programme, Etihad Airways is running a series of promotions throughout mid-September 2007. Register for various online drawings and you could win a trip to the Italian Grand Prix, to Formula 1 races in Belgium, to Thailand, or various other prizes from travel to diamonds. Membership [...]
Computer-generated video of the new Royal Silk class flat-bed seat from Thai Airways International.
Suite name: Royal Residence Hotel: Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai Size of accommodation: †6,890 sq ft Cost per night: 230,000 Baht, plus taxes and service charge Who’s stayed there? Prime Minister, Head of State and several VIPs What makes it special? Unique design which inspired by a mix of northern Thai palace and Royal [...]
According to the Mail & Guardian, Bangkok is achieving a growing reputation as †a centre for †the gourmet lifestyle that could soon rival the likes of Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. The city †already hosted the Epicurean Masters of the World event which I blogged about earlier this year, and will host the World Gourmet [...]
Barbecue in style while staying 2 nights in a Superior Suite at lebua at State Tower – one of the most spacious suites in Bangkok, complete with river and city views. Enjoy their daily international †breakfast each morning and on one evening of your choice partake in their live barbecue poolside and choose from the [...]
Escape from your daily routine at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok from just THB 6,300. Arrive on a Friday or Saturday for two nights or more and you’ll get to †enjoy complimentary BTS Skytrain pass, 15% off treatments at The Grande Spa and daily buffet breakfast.
The Sofitel Phokeethra Krabi Resort & Spa has officially opened this month. Perfect for honeymooners or couples on a romantic getaway or honeymooners, the resort is home to Asia’s first LeSpa health and wellness complex. Try the LeSpa ‘Signature Treatment Package’ priced at 7,250 baht (US$215) a night, based on †double occupancy of a deluxe [...]
15 paying customers and 25 invited guests †received a $1m bill †(yes, you read that right – $1,000,000) for a meal in a Bangkok hotel this month. † They jetted in from all over the world and enjoyed a charity †evening †dubbed “Epicurean Masters of the World” on the 65th floor of the Lebua Hotel [...]
M√∂venpick Hotels & Resorts is taking another major step in its expansion into Asia. In mid-2006 the Swiss hotel group took over a holiday resort on Phuket/Thailand; now it has just signed a management agreement with Maxz Universal Development Group for a new development on Sentosa Island, Singapore. The resort is scheduled to open at [...]
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has opened its first dedicated spa training centre – the Shangri-La Spa Academy – in Manila, Philippines. The Spa Academy will train therapists to meet the demands of the rapid expansion of CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La – Shangri-La’s signature spa brand. Five CHI spas have so far opened: in Bangkok, [...]
Tahnya Butterfield is ‘Head Honcho’ for Style Clinic by Astin Brown Inc., having previously worked in the hotel industry, human resources and organisational development consulting. She is a relentless collector of successful talent who immerse themselves in generating dynamite bespoke luxury shopping tours, style guides and precision personalised itineraries. What is it that †you do [...]
This new resort has an intimate charm like no other in Hua Hin. Let’s Sea has 40 spacious rooms, with pier access to a canal-like swimming pool or romantic moon decks for the stargazers. There’s also a beach restaurant, the Breeze Bar, the Sand Lounger and a unique open-air fitness garden. The resort opened in [...]
A new spa concept called The Barai is heading for the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin †in Thailand in March 2007. It is an exclusive 8-suite hotel †and spa that sits adjacent †to the main resort. Positioned on the beachfront in almost 5 acres of mature trees and landscaped gardens, The Barai will offer an extensive [...]