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Whether you plan to celebrate New Year's Eve and step into 2022 with your loved ones in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, or other favourite places, we have compiled a list of cool spots where you can make the evening and night even more memorable.   COOLING TOWER, CARLTON HOTEL BANGKOK Up on the 34th floor, enjoy the last light of the year and spectacular fireworks as you step into the new year with your friends, with DJ Poyjii and live saxophone to get the groovy beats going throughout the night. Time: 17:00 till late Price: THB 1,500++ per person inclusive of 2 beverages Book at: +66 (0) 2 090 7888 / Fbreservations@carltonhotel.co.th   RED SKY, CENTARA GRAND AT CENTRALWORLD Bid farewell at one of Bangkok's most popular rooftop bars with special 8-course Gala Dinner, featuring French-influenced cuisines cooked with premium imported ingredients. All bookings will receive a complimentary a bottle of Exclusive G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon N.V Champagne per couple. Time: 19:00 till late Prices: THB 11,999++ per person (outdoor) /  THB 9,999++ per person (indoor) Book at: +66 (0) 2 100 6255 / diningcgcw@chr.co.th   Yào Rooftop Bar, Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse Revel in the sensational celebration with mesmerising views from the evening until late. Pamper your taste buds at the pre-countdown session featuring Dim Sum Tower for two and a bottle of sparkling wine or house wine, then get the party started at the Ultimate Countdown sesh with numerous fireworks lighting up the sky. Time: 17:00 - 19:30 for pre-countdown / 21:00 till late for the countdown event Prices: THB 2,288++ per set for the pre-countdown / the countdown starts at THB 5,888++ for 2 persons with a bottle of champagne or wine Book at: +66 (0) 2 088 5666 / LINE OA @marriottsurawongse sala ayutthaya Savour tasty fares inspired by the Chao Phraya River at sala ayutthaya eatery and bar, comprising mouth-watering 'Massaman Goong Maenam' – giant river prawns in spiced potato curry to be indulged with roti. Time: 11:00 - 22:00 Price:  THB 1,899++ per set Book at: +66 (0) 35 242 588 / wineanddine@salaayutthaya.com   DUSIT THANI HUA HIN Take joy in a special 3-day 'Local Feast New Year Celebration', a market-style feast with local products and foods, sustainability workshops, film screening, live music, nighttime paddleboarding, and more. On 31 December 2021, ring in to the new year at a lively countdown event with live music and fireworks display. Date: 30 December 2021 - 1 January 2022 Time: 17:00 - 22:00 (17:00 - 24:00 on 31 December 2021) Price: THB 1,000 net per person (free for children under 12) for entrance fee Book at: +66 (0) 32 520 009 / www.facebook.com/DusitThaniHuaHin   HYATT REGENCY KOH SAMUI For New Year’s Eve, Yangna Cuisine will host a barbecue gala dinner with a live band, and SESUN will let you celebrate in style with DJs, live performers and a fireworks display will see out 2021 and usher in 2022 at a lavish countdown party. Book at: +66 (0) 77 448 777 / fb.usmrk@hyatt.com   Khao, FOUR SEASONS CHIANG MAI For a heart-warming get-together on the special day, Khao will offer a fireside BBQ dinner featuring juicy grills and Thai favourites in a tranquil

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Over 150 years ago, the first luxury Orient Express train was launched, and the one-off experience will return in 2023 with the 'Orient Express La Dolce Vita' to take you on an unforgettable expedition through Italy, offering a new way of experiencing the country: an environmentally-friendly adventure where forgotten roads are explored, hidden treasures discovered and where architectural triumphs take centre stage. Throughout the journey, you will be pampered with 5-star service on board, savouring the Made in Italy' beauty and excellence  through award-winning Italian wines and exclusive haute cuisine. The 'La Dolce Vita' inspired design embodies the Italian art of living and all its beautiful traditions with a more contemporary spirit of travel. The train’s sumptuous decor will adorn 12 Deluxe cabins, 18 Suites, and one Honour Suite and restaurant, all boldly celebrating the craftsmanship, design and creativity of the 1960s and 1970s. The Orient Express La Dolce Vita which will welcome its first passengers in 2023. Six trains will embark through several iconic itineraries across 14 regions and beyond, including three international destinations from Rome to Paris, Istanbul and Split. A magical stopover in Rome will feature the very first Orient Express Hotel, Minerva, scheduled to open in 2024.  

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To welcome tourists back to the Bangkok Metropolis once again, Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa at The St. Regis Bangkok has unveiled a series of new wellness packages, offering guests the benefit of combined medical and spa treatments to achieve optimal health and aesthetic results. The luxury spa comprises a number of calming spaces, as well as offering the only location in Thailand where you can experience Clinique La Prairie’s longevity focused journey. The Anatomique Package Offering an effective non-surgical approach to targeting stubborn fat deposit areas, this cellulitebusting offer taps the most advanced body-shaping and firming technology in the market — Exilis Ultra 360. Exilis Ultra 360 session to tighten and tone the skin and deep tissue of the buttocks (THB 22,800) Exilis Ultra 360 session to target stubborn cellulite on the back of thighs (THB 22,800) The Signature Slimming Massage to improve skin texture 60 minutes (THB 22,800) *Purchase 3 sessions for THB 59,850 Net (From THB 85,500) The Purity Package Promising a complete body cleanse and liver detox, the Purity Package pairs intravenous therapy, with a lymphatic drainage and detoxifying massage to encourage lymph flow and improve blood circulation. IV drip detox therapy to reduce heavy metal levels and eliminate toxins (THB 8,960) 60-minute Detoxifying and Lymphatic Drainage Body Massage (THB 8,960) Hot or cold infused detox beverage (THB 8,960) *Purchase 3 sessions for THB 23,520 (From THB 33,600) The Physio Package An antidote to office syndrome, legacy injuries or simple wear and tear. Guests enjoy firm and visibly smoother visage as well as a relief from muscle tension in one visit. Deep tissue massage with hot stones and aromatherapy oil (THB 8,400) 30-minute relaxation facilities (THB 8,400) NIR laser session to smooth lines and wrinkles caused by ageing and sun damage (THB 8,400) *Purchase 3 sessions for THB 22,050 Net (From THB 31,500) For information about the full range of medical and spa treatments and to make an appointment, please call + 66 (0) 2 207 7779 or email info@cliniquelaprairiebangkok.com.

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The MICHELIN Guide Thailand has revealed 32 restaurants in Thailand that earn the prestigious MICHELIN stars in the 2022 selection, with 26 one-MICHELIN-starred restaurants and 6 with 2 stars. In the Guide's fifth Thailand edition, there are 6 starry entrants: Aksorn, led by Chef David Thompson who brings recipes from ancient Thai cookbooks to life; Côte by Mauro Colagreco with the three-starred chef's talented team in Bangkok presenting contemporary Riviera-inspired cuisine on the banks of the Chao Phraya River; IGNIV, the first restaurant outside of Switzerland by three-starred Chef Andreas Caminada, indulging epicures with unique fine dining sharing experience; SAVELBERG serving up French fares with a Dutch touch; Yu Ting Yuan bringing top-notch tastes of Chinese cuisine to your table; and GAA, led by brilliant Chef Garima Arora, presenting one-of-a-kind nouveau Indian dishes.   Graphic by The Michelin Guide Thailand   For this year's accolades, PRU has retained a MICHELIN Green Star for the second year, being one and only in the country, for its outstanding sustainable gastronomy practices; MICHELIN Guide Young Chef Award is won by Chef Garima Arora of GAA; and MICHELIN Guide Service Award is received by Thibaud Charlemarty of Côte by Mauro Colagreco. For the full list with detailed information: HERE For the list of 2022's Bib Gourmand restaurants: HERE

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Design-driven TRIBE Phnom Penh Post Office Square will open its door in February 2022, which will be the first TRIBE branded hotel in Asia, featuring 260 smart rooms that answer to the needs of modern travellers more than ever. Born in Australia in 2017, as the vision of Mark and Melissa Peters, the TRIBE hotel brand was created in response to the knowledge that today's travellers crave design hotels at accessible prices. Defined by how people want to live and travel, TRIBE is focusing on the things that really matter: intelligent, functional, design-driven hotels that give guests everything they need and nothing they don’t. TRIBE Phnom Penh Post Office Square will feature a unique restaurant concept, an urban social hub, a workout atelier and an outdoor saltwater pool overlooking the Mekong River. Seriously good coffee will be served up by baristas throughout the day in the artfully curated and supremely functional spaces. Commuters can expect a fun and unapologetically modern environment where guests and local neighbours can relax and unwind with colleagues and friends or simply sit back and take in the atmosphere. TRIBE is part of Ennismore, a creative hospitality company rooted in culture and community, with a global collective of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Ennismore is a joint venture with Accor, formed in 2021. TRIBE addresses are set to arrive in Bali, Phuket, Manila and Singapore in the coming months, with TRIBE Phnom Penh Post Office Square being the first hotel to open in Southeast Asia.

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Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit offers beef lovers a marvelous opportunity to indulge in the one-off 'Steakation' package, a mouth-watering promotion in collaboration with Meat & Livestock Australia, featuring a premium Australian beef menu at 'Market Café by Khao', an authentic Thai restaurant in partnership with the Michelin-starred ‘Khao restaurant’, located at the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit. The package includes an exclusive one-night staycation for 2 people with Club benefits, 2 meals during their stay including a buffet breakfast at Market Café and the special set dinner featuring Australian Beef as the star of the menu at Market Café by Khao, presenting harmonious combination of authentic Thai flavours, quality ingredients and advanced culinary techniques unique to the restaurant, all priced only at THB 5,199 net per night. The 'Steakation' package is available for bookings and stays until 31 January 2022. For more details and reservations, please contact +66 (0) 2 098 1234 or bkkhr-rsvn@hyatt.com

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From now until 28 February 2022, Executive Chef Carlo Valenziano portrays his mouth-watering 'Stories of Spain' at ALATi, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, presenting lively flavours of coastal Spain from his vivid memories of his trips in Spain. 'Stories of Spain' comprises an exclusive à la carte and three-course set menu of Spanish favourites. The set menu features celebrated Jamón ibérico with grilled bread with tomato, Tortilla de patata, and Albondigas; a tempting main course selection of 'Confitado de pato a la Catalana' – the popular duck leg confit, prunes, pine nuts and duck jus served with mashed potatoes; 'Pulpo a la gallega' – Galician octopus, olive oil potatoes, smoked paprika; and 'Pescado a la plancha con escalibada' – grilled seabass, charred capsicum, eggplants and pine nuts; and a choice of desserts between Tarta de manzana, Churros limon chocolate y pistacho, or Flan de caramelo. The ‘Stories of Spain’ exclusive à la carte menu is priced from THB 290++, and the three-course dining set menu is priced from THB 999++ per person. Spanish cocktails and wine by the glass and bottle are also available. For more information and reservation, please contact +66 (0) 2 162 9000, dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com, or LINE OA: @Siamkempinskihotel

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Drawing inspiration from Bangkok's renowned 'Yaowarat' Chinatown, Praya Kitchen at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse adds the tastes of famous dishes of the neighbourhood to its mouth-watering dinner buffet line, including freshly-cooked seafood, Oyster Omelet, Fish Maw Soup, BBQ Suckling Pig and Stir-Fried Crabs with Black Bean Sauce along with an array of fresh seafood at the 'Seafood Wall', featuring locally sourced crustaceans such as river prawns, mud crabs, rock lobsters, blue crabs, mussels and squids, as well as traditional Chinese sweet treats. The Yaowarat-themed buffet dinner will be available from Thursdays to Sundays from 6 January to 28 February 2022, priced at THB 1,688++ per person. Reserve at +66 (0) 2 088 5666 or LINE: @Marriottsurawongse.

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After having been successful with Thai Taste Hub, a party of Bangkok's beloved street foods, King Power Mahanakhon invites you to enjoy the latest cross-kitchen dining venue, bringing 7 leading restaurants and cafés together at the marvelous heart of the metropolis. The 2-storey Mahanakhon Eatery comes with modern-chic design to satisfy aesthetic needs of urbanites, with comfortable seating available for up to 200 guests. Now at Mahanakhon Eatery, you can savour

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Tranquil beach in the front, majestic Naga Crest Hill in the back, when Banyan Tree Krabi’s superior location meets the resort’s first-rate facilities and stellarly blend-into-nature design, days at Banyan Tree Krabi is purely paradisiacal.   SETTING THE SCENE To relate with its marvelous surroundings, Banyan Tree Krabi infuses the story of Naga, the mythological sea creature that is believed to once inhabited in the Naga Crest Hill, into its concept, making water, nature, and Naga-inspired designs the predominant parts of the theme.   GETTING COMFORTABLE Comprising 72 exquisite pool villas and pool suites, all of which overlook the western horizon, you are sure to always have the best view, especially when the sun sets over scattered karsts. Their interiors are painted with lighthearted palette of light woods, light marble, and white, with vast spaces and modern facilities to ensure your ultimate comfort. Besides, you can be pampered by Banyan Tree’s signature scents in room whenever you want to.   DINING OPTIONS All-day-dining The Naga Kitchen offers a mouth-watering array of international breakfast buffet and a-la-carte selections in a beautiful setting. Krabi’s famous bites like roti and other Southern-style foods are also featured in the choices, and they are delicious. Up on the hill sits Saffron, Banyan Tree’s award-winning Thai restaurant, serving traditional cuisine with a creative twist created by adroit chefs who has obtained great knowledge in Southern-style dishes. For a more romantic dinner, you may savour dishes at the seaside “Bird’s Nest” tables. Beachfront Kredkaew Bar is a cosy spot to savour tasty tapas along with reinvigorating drinks.   WHY I’D RETURN With a number of natural attractions in the vicinity, Banyan Tree Krabi would be a nice base for my future exploration. In addition, the suite and spacious beachfront lounging areas are so soul-rejuvenating that I wish I had spent a lot more days unwinding here.     BANYAN TREE KRABI 279 Moo 3, Nongtalay, Muang, 81180 Krabi T: +66 (0) 75 811 888 E: Reservations-Krabi@banyantree.com W: www.banyantree.com/en/thailand/krabi FB: @banyantreekrabi   Text by Pakvipa Rimdusit

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The Okura Prestige Bangkok brings the beauty of blooming Japanese camellia to your table 'Tsubaki Afternoon Tea' at Up & Above Restaurant and Bar. Known as the 'queen of winter', camellia flower symbolises love, affection, and admiration, and it blooms just in time for the season of love. From 10 January to 31 March 2022, you can enjoy dreamy Tsubaki Afternoon Tea featuring tasty savouries and sweets like Norwegian salmon and wasabi sando; miso cream cheese and fit chutney tartlet; egg mimosa charcoal bun; wild forest mushroom Vol eau Vent; red current and Tsubaki chocolate praline; Hokkaido milk pudding; red velvet cream roll; chocolate and cherry cremeaux; cherry macaron; cranberry white chocolate scone served with fruit preserves and artisan clotted cream; and more. Tsubaki Afternoon Tea is available daily from 14:00 to 17:00, priced at THB 1,750++ per set of two persons; THB 2,350++ per set of two persons inclusive of 2 glasses of Sparkling Rosé and THB 3,500++ per set of two persons inclusive of 2 glasses of Perrier-Jouët Champagne. For further details, please contact +66 (0) 2 687 9000 or fb.concierge@okurabangkok.com

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Over 150 years ago, the first luxury Orient Express train was launched, and the one-off experience will return in 2023 with the 'Orient Express La Dolce Vita' to take you on an unforgettable expedition through Italy, offering a new way of experiencing the country: an environmentally-friendly adventure where forgotten roads are explored, hidden treasures discovered and where architectural triumphs take centre stage. Throughout the journey, you will be pampered with 5-star service on board, savouring the Made in Italy' beauty and excellence  through award-winning Italian wines and exclusive haute cuisine. The 'La Dolce Vita' inspired design embodies the Italian art of living and all its beautiful traditions with a more contemporary spirit of travel. The train’s sumptuous decor will adorn 12 Deluxe cabins, 18 Suites, and one Honour Suite and restaurant, all boldly celebrating the craftsmanship, design and creativity of the 1960s and 1970s. The Orient Express La Dolce Vita which will welcome its first passengers in 2023. Six trains will embark through several iconic itineraries across 14 regions and beyond, including three international destinations from Rome to Paris, Istanbul and Split. A magical stopover in Rome will feature the very first Orient Express Hotel, Minerva, scheduled to open in 2024.  

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Whether you plan to celebrate New Year's Eve and step into 2022 with your loved ones in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, or other favourite places, we have compiled a list of cool spots where you can make the evening and night even more memorable.   COOLING TOWER, CARLTON HOTEL BANGKOK Up on the 34th floor, enjoy the last light of the year and spectacular fireworks as you step into the new year with your friends, with DJ Poyjii and live saxophone to get the groovy beats going throughout the night. Time: 17:00 till late Price: THB 1,500++ per person inclusive of 2 beverages Book at: +66 (0) 2 090 7888 / Fbreservations@carltonhotel.co.th   RED SKY, CENTARA GRAND AT CENTRALWORLD Bid farewell at one of Bangkok's most popular rooftop bars with special 8-course Gala Dinner, featuring French-influenced cuisines cooked with premium imported ingredients. All bookings will receive a complimentary a bottle of Exclusive G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon N.V Champagne per couple. Time: 19:00 till late Prices: THB 11,999++ per person (outdoor) /  THB 9,999++ per person (indoor) Book at: +66 (0) 2 100 6255 / diningcgcw@chr.co.th   Yào Rooftop Bar, Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse Revel in the sensational celebration with mesmerising views from the evening until late. Pamper your taste buds at the pre-countdown session featuring Dim Sum Tower for two and a bottle of sparkling wine or house wine, then get the party started at the Ultimate Countdown sesh with numerous fireworks lighting up the sky. Time: 17:00 - 19:30 for pre-countdown / 21:00 till late for the countdown event Prices: THB 2,288++ per set for the pre-countdown / the countdown starts at THB 5,888++ for 2 persons with a bottle of champagne or wine Book at: +66 (0) 2 088 5666 / LINE OA @marriottsurawongse sala ayutthaya Savour tasty fares inspired by the Chao Phraya River at sala ayutthaya eatery and bar, comprising mouth-watering 'Massaman Goong Maenam' – giant river prawns in spiced potato curry to be indulged with roti. Time: 11:00 - 22:00 Price:  THB 1,899++ per set Book at: +66 (0) 35 242 588 / wineanddine@salaayutthaya.com   DUSIT THANI HUA HIN Take joy in a special 3-day 'Local Feast New Year Celebration', a market-style feast with local products and foods, sustainability workshops, film screening, live music, nighttime paddleboarding, and more. On 31 December 2021, ring in to the new year at a lively countdown event with live music and fireworks display. Date: 30 December 2021 - 1 January 2022 Time: 17:00 - 22:00 (17:00 - 24:00 on 31 December 2021) Price: THB 1,000 net per person (free for children under 12) for entrance fee Book at: +66 (0) 32 520 009 / www.facebook.com/DusitThaniHuaHin   HYATT REGENCY KOH SAMUI For New Year’s Eve, Yangna Cuisine will host a barbecue gala dinner with a live band, and SESUN will let you celebrate in style with DJs, live performers and a fireworks display will see out 2021 and usher in 2022 at a lavish countdown party. Book at: +66 (0) 77 448 777 / fb.usmrk@hyatt.com   Khao, FOUR SEASONS CHIANG MAI For a heart-warming get-together on the special day, Khao will offer a fireside BBQ dinner featuring juicy grills and Thai favourites in a tranquil

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Celebrated across Thailand, Loy Krathong Festival has been a long-time tradition and one of the most awaited annual delights nowadays. As the magical festival is approaching again, we have gathered some ideas for your special night with your loved ones on 19 November 2021.   Anantara Chiang Mai Resort With its one-off vibes and nice weather, there's no doubt Chiang Mai is one of the top destinations to enjoy Loy Krathong Festival. Right at the river bank, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort will take the beautiful tradition to the next level, inviting you to imbue with gorgeous candlelit lotus-shaped rafts decorated with vibrant flowers, as well as enjoying extravagant international buffet dinner and enchanting Lanna dance. Prices: THB 2,600 net (adult) / THB 1,300 (child aged 8-12) / free of charge for child under 7 To reserve: +66 (0) 53 253 333 / chiangmai@anantara.com   Capella Bangkok At Capella's riverfront courtyard, you can revel in magic moments under the moonlight in the lush tropical garden with exquisite Thai dancing, soft sounds of live music on classical instruments, take part in the Loy Krathong tradition with the resort's biodegradable 'krathong', and enjoy Bangkok's leading epicurean journey. A team of skillful chefs at Phra Nakhon Restaurant will pamper your taste buds with an array of authentic Thai cuisine made with organic and high-quality ingredients, using Old-Siamese recipes. Prices: THB 6,000 net (adult) / THB 2,000 net (child below 12 years old) To reserve: +66 (0) 2 098 3888 / phranakhon.bangkok@capellahotels   Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok As the Chao Phraya River gets gilded by countless candle lights, you can relish the beguiling sight along an array of shows including long drum dance parade that will lead you to the river, with classical Thai dance awaits, and spectacular fireworks to end the night memorably. Shangri-La Hotel's outlets will offer various dining experience like international seafood buffet at NEXT2 Café, Thai buffet in a romantic setting at Salathip Restaurant, a chic Italian set menu at Volti restaurant & bar, and more.  Additionally, don't forget to put a Thai costume on, since the best dressed individual and couple will receive complimentary stays in the luxury hotel. Prices: Starting from THB 1,698 net per adult To reserve: +66 (0) 2 236 7777 / restaurants.slbk@shangri-la.com   Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok will please you during the celebration with lavish international and seafood buffet dinner, together with stunning live performances and fireworks display. If you want to make turn this festivity into a special staycation, the hotel offers a tempting 'Loy Krathong' package that includes buffet dinner for 2 and a one-night stay in a Grand Deluxe Room City View. Prices: THB 2,790 net for buffet dinner / THB 5,995 net for the package To reserve: +66 (0) 2 307 8888 /riverbarge.chrb@chatrium.com / LINE: @ChatriumRiverside   SO Sofitel Hua Hin How about celebrating the festival by the sea? SO Sofitel Hua Hin will arrange a special afternoon-to-evening event at the SO Pool, where you can create your own krathong, take pleasure in delectable foods and drinks from Beach Society, live bands and DJ, and enjoy shopping at the monthly night market

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Soneva Fushi in the Maldives introduces a new and exciting dining experience on top of the lush jungle, overlooking the gleaming ocean, which is the world's first fine dining zipline experience. Bucket-list-worthy 'Flying Sauces' merges top-notch haute cuisine with sheer excitement of ziplining. To get to the one-off dining terrace, you will be soaring along a 200-metre zipline route, securely strapped in safety harness, and enjoy many delectable surprises along the way. At the elevated dining platform, you will be pampered with mouth-watering seasonal menu freshly cooked by Chef Rasal Jayawardene and his team in an open kitchen, paired with an extensive selection of thousands of fine wines from across the globe You can opt for your own preferred experience, whether it's breakfast, high tea, dinner, or just enjoy ziplining only, available for up to 12 guests. To ensure safety at all times, harnesses are compulsory along all sections of the zipline route and must be fitted and verified by a trained Soneva Host. The 'Flying Sauces' delicious adventure is priced from USD 175++ per person with a meal, and priced at USD 100++ per person for zipline only. To find out more, visit www.soneva.com

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From now until 28 February 2022, Executive Chef Carlo Valenziano portrays his mouth-watering 'Stories of Spain' at ALATi, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, presenting lively flavours of coastal Spain from his vivid memories of his trips in Spain. 'Stories of Spain' comprises an exclusive à la carte and three-course set menu of Spanish favourites. The set menu features celebrated Jamón ibérico with grilled bread with tomato, Tortilla de patata, and Albondigas; a tempting main course selection of 'Confitado de pato a la Catalana' – the popular duck leg confit, prunes, pine nuts and duck jus served with mashed potatoes; 'Pulpo a la gallega' – Galician octopus, olive oil potatoes, smoked paprika; and 'Pescado a la plancha con escalibada' – grilled seabass, charred capsicum, eggplants and pine nuts; and a choice of desserts between Tarta de manzana, Churros limon chocolate y pistacho, or Flan de caramelo. The ‘Stories of Spain’ exclusive à la carte menu is priced from THB 290++, and the three-course dining set menu is priced from THB 999++ per person. Spanish cocktails and wine by the glass and bottle are also available. For more information and reservation, please contact +66 (0) 2 162 9000, dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com, or LINE OA: @Siamkempinskihotel

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The Okura Prestige Bangkok brings the beauty of blooming Japanese camellia to your table 'Tsubaki Afternoon Tea' at Up & Above Restaurant and Bar. Known as the 'queen of winter', camellia flower symbolises love, affection, and admiration, and it blooms just in time for the season of love. From 10 January to 31 March 2022, you can enjoy dreamy Tsubaki Afternoon Tea featuring tasty savouries and sweets like Norwegian salmon and wasabi sando; miso cream cheese and fit chutney tartlet; egg mimosa charcoal bun; wild forest mushroom Vol eau Vent; red current and Tsubaki chocolate praline; Hokkaido milk pudding; red velvet cream roll; chocolate and cherry cremeaux; cherry macaron; cranberry white chocolate scone served with fruit preserves and artisan clotted cream; and more. Tsubaki Afternoon Tea is available daily from 14:00 to 17:00, priced at THB 1,750++ per set of two persons; THB 2,350++ per set of two persons inclusive of 2 glasses of Sparkling Rosé and THB 3,500++ per set of two persons inclusive of 2 glasses of Perrier-Jouët Champagne. For further details, please contact +66 (0) 2 687 9000 or fb.concierge@okurabangkok.com

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Drawing inspiration from Bangkok's renowned 'Yaowarat' Chinatown, Praya Kitchen at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse adds the tastes of famous dishes of the neighbourhood to its mouth-watering dinner buffet line, including freshly-cooked seafood, Oyster Omelet, Fish Maw Soup, BBQ Suckling Pig and Stir-Fried Crabs with Black Bean Sauce along with an array of fresh seafood at the 'Seafood Wall', featuring locally sourced crustaceans such as river prawns, mud crabs, rock lobsters, blue crabs, mussels and squids, as well as traditional Chinese sweet treats. The Yaowarat-themed buffet dinner will be available from Thursdays to Sundays from 6 January to 28 February 2022, priced at THB 1,688++ per person. Reserve at +66 (0) 2 088 5666 or LINE: @Marriottsurawongse.

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Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit offers beef lovers a marvelous opportunity to indulge in the one-off 'Steakation' package, a mouth-watering promotion in collaboration with Meat & Livestock Australia, featuring a premium Australian beef menu at 'Market Café by Khao', an authentic Thai restaurant in partnership with the Michelin-starred ‘Khao restaurant’, located at the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit. The package includes an exclusive one-night staycation for 2 people with Club benefits, 2 meals during their stay including a buffet breakfast at Market Café and the special set dinner featuring Australian Beef as the star of the menu at Market Café by Khao, presenting harmonious combination of authentic Thai flavours, quality ingredients and advanced culinary techniques unique to the restaurant, all priced only at THB 5,199 net per night. The 'Steakation' package is available for bookings and stays until 31 January 2022. For more details and reservations, please contact +66 (0) 2 098 1234 or bkkhr-rsvn@hyatt.com

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Art-inspired The Slate Phuket is now offering a series of packages with privileges for you to unwind in the exquisite paradise with the world-class design of Bill Bensley and top-notch facilities. The Slate Stories – Book a stylish Pearl Bed Suite, D-Buk Family Suite or Private Pool Suite and enjoy comfortable airport transfers, daily breakfast, kids' and family activities, a 10% discount at KRU Precision Wellness and 20% off treatments at Coqoon Spa. Guests who stay for five nights will be treated to a three-course dinner at Black Ginger, the resort's Michelin certified Thai restaurant, and six-night stays will receive a free seventh night! Rates start from just THB 4,000++ per night. The Slate Design – Relax in a spacious One-Bedroom Suite or Two-Bedroom Pearl Shell Suite and receive a welcome bottle of bubbly, complimentary minibar items, roundtrip airport transfers, daily breakfast, kids' and family activities, a 10% discount at KRU Precision Wellness, a free 120-minute Coqoon Rebirth Massage for two people, and 20% off other treatments at Coqoon Spa. Guests who book a five-night stay will be rewarded with a three-course dinner at Black Ginger, and six-night stays will receive a free seventh night. Rates start from just THB 7,000++ per night. The Slate Sanctuaries – Reserve your spot at mesmerising Bensley Suite, One-Bedroom and Two-Bedroom Pool Villas, or Two-Bedroom Family Pool Villa and you will be pampered with privileges including daily afternoon tea and in-villa breakfast, a bottle of bubbly, the chef's curated arrival treats, packing and unpacking services, complimentary minibar items, free laundry, roundtrip airport transfers, kids' and family activities, a 'Meet the Chef' experience, private Muay Thai or Pilates classes, a 10% discount at KRU Precision Wellness, a 120-minute Coqoon Rebirth Massage for two people, and 20% of other treatments at Coqoon Spa. Guests who book a five-night stay will receive a three-course dinner at Black Ginger, and those staying for seven nights will be treated to a barbecue dinner in the privacy of their villa! Rates start from just THB 13,000++ per night. The Slate has been awarded the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus Certificate by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) for its high standards of safety measures. The packages are available to book from now until 30 April 2022 at www.theslatephuket.com/offers. The Slate has been awarded the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus Certificate by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

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Design-driven TRIBE Phnom Penh Post Office Square will open its door in February 2022, which will be the first TRIBE branded hotel in Asia, featuring 260 smart rooms that answer to the needs of modern travellers more than ever. Born in Australia in 2017, as the vision of Mark and Melissa Peters, the TRIBE hotel brand was created in response to the knowledge that today's travellers crave design hotels at accessible prices. Defined by how people want to live and travel, TRIBE is focusing on the things that really matter: intelligent, functional, design-driven hotels that give guests everything they need and nothing they don’t. TRIBE Phnom Penh Post Office Square will feature a unique restaurant concept, an urban social hub, a workout atelier and an outdoor saltwater pool overlooking the Mekong River. Seriously good coffee will be served up by baristas throughout the day in the artfully curated and supremely functional spaces. Commuters can expect a fun and unapologetically modern environment where guests and local neighbours can relax and unwind with colleagues and friends or simply sit back and take in the atmosphere. TRIBE is part of Ennismore, a creative hospitality company rooted in culture and community, with a global collective of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Ennismore is a joint venture with Accor, formed in 2021. TRIBE addresses are set to arrive in Bali, Phuket, Manila and Singapore in the coming months, with TRIBE Phnom Penh Post Office Square being the first hotel to open in Southeast Asia.

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Tranquil beach in the front, majestic Naga Crest Hill in the back, when Banyan Tree Krabi’s superior location meets the resort’s first-rate facilities and stellarly blend-into-nature design, days at Banyan Tree Krabi is purely paradisiacal.   SETTING THE SCENE To relate with its marvelous surroundings, Banyan Tree Krabi infuses the story of Naga, the mythological sea creature that is believed to once inhabited in the Naga Crest Hill, into its concept, making water, nature, and Naga-inspired designs the predominant parts of the theme.   GETTING COMFORTABLE Comprising 72 exquisite pool villas and pool suites, all of which overlook the western horizon, you are sure to always have the best view, especially when the sun sets over scattered karsts. Their interiors are painted with lighthearted palette of light woods, light marble, and white, with vast spaces and modern facilities to ensure your ultimate comfort. Besides, you can be pampered by Banyan Tree’s signature scents in room whenever you want to.   DINING OPTIONS All-day-dining The Naga Kitchen offers a mouth-watering array of international breakfast buffet and a-la-carte selections in a beautiful setting. Krabi’s famous bites like roti and other Southern-style foods are also featured in the choices, and they are delicious. Up on the hill sits Saffron, Banyan Tree’s award-winning Thai restaurant, serving traditional cuisine with a creative twist created by adroit chefs who has obtained great knowledge in Southern-style dishes. For a more romantic dinner, you may savour dishes at the seaside “Bird’s Nest” tables. Beachfront Kredkaew Bar is a cosy spot to savour tasty tapas along with reinvigorating drinks.   WHY I’D RETURN With a number of natural attractions in the vicinity, Banyan Tree Krabi would be a nice base for my future exploration. In addition, the suite and spacious beachfront lounging areas are so soul-rejuvenating that I wish I had spent a lot more days unwinding here.     BANYAN TREE KRABI 279 Moo 3, Nongtalay, Muang, 81180 Krabi T: +66 (0) 75 811 888 E: Reservations-Krabi@banyantree.com W: www.banyantree.com/en/thailand/krabi FB: @banyantreekrabi   Text by Pakvipa Rimdusit

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Utopia Corporation (UCORP), one of Phuket's leading real estate developers, led by Mr. Hachi Yin, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Utopia Corporation, and Ms. Nalina Suranakarin, Chief Brand Officer, Utopia Corporation, recently launched Utopia Hospitality Group (UHG), a new flagship hospitality management company under UCORP. Being a dynamic new player in the Asia-Pacific hotel sector, the UHG comes with a vision to create daring concepts and lifestyle experiences that transform the world of hospitality, provide flexibility and openness to create a level playing field in the post-pandemic era for hoteliers. They will benefit from multiple levels of expertise from management and marketing services to property technologies from UHG. Under the umbrella of UHG, prominent lifestyle hotel and resort brands will offer new travel experiences that meet the needs of smart and savvy travelers in the new era through three brand categories: the Midscale Aparthotel Brand merges the modern lifestyle and sense of belonging to a community with the comfort and flexibility of an apartment to meet the needs of a new generation of smart travelers with the motto 'Live Your Own Way'; the Upscale Lifestyle Resort Brand is a 5-star resort brand that occupies the space between lifestyle resort and wellbeing retreat, all in accordance with the slogan 'Live Slow, Play Well'; and the Ultra-Luxury Brand, in collaboration with Tonino Lamborghini, the legendary luxury brand from Italy that epitomizes refined luxury products and designs. The Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Phuket will be the first hotel under this brand in Thailand, set to welcome guests in 2025. UHG’s plan also includes the creation of two immense landmarks located in the northern and southern regions of Phuket including Bay of Icon, which will be a new destination for high-end global investors and travelers, and the Utopia Dream, a mixed-use development with a low-rise condominium to be constructed in Nai Harn. UHG commemorated its launch with a mini gala dinner at​ Blue by Alain Ducasse, who’s the current living chef with the most Michelin stars in the world. 

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Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit offers beef lovers a marvelous opportunity to indulge in the one-off 'Steakation' package, a mouth-watering promotion in collaboration with Meat & Livestock Australia, featuring a premium Australian beef menu at 'Market Café by Khao', an authentic Thai restaurant in partnership with the Michelin-starred ‘Khao restaurant’, located at the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit. The package includes an exclusive one-night staycation for 2 people with Club benefits, 2 meals during their stay including a buffet breakfast at Market Café and the special set dinner featuring Australian Beef as the star of the menu at Market Café by Khao, presenting harmonious combination of authentic Thai flavours, quality ingredients and advanced culinary techniques unique to the restaurant, all priced only at THB 5,199 net per night. The 'Steakation' package is available for bookings and stays until 31 January 2022. For more details and reservations, please contact +66 (0) 2 098 1234 or bkkhr-rsvn@hyatt.com

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Over 150 years ago, the first luxury Orient Express train was launched, and the one-off experience will return in 2023 with the 'Orient Express La Dolce Vita' to take you on an unforgettable expedition through Italy, offering a new way of experiencing the country: an environmentally-friendly adventure where forgotten roads are explored, hidden treasures discovered and where architectural triumphs take centre stage. Throughout the journey, you will be pampered with 5-star service on board, savouring the Made in Italy' beauty and excellence  through award-winning Italian wines and exclusive haute cuisine. The 'La Dolce Vita' inspired design embodies the Italian art of living and all its beautiful traditions with a more contemporary spirit of travel. The train’s sumptuous decor will adorn 12 Deluxe cabins, 18 Suites, and one Honour Suite and restaurant, all boldly celebrating the craftsmanship, design and creativity of the 1960s and 1970s. The Orient Express La Dolce Vita which will welcome its first passengers in 2023. Six trains will embark through several iconic itineraries across 14 regions and beyond, including three international destinations from Rome to Paris, Istanbul and Split. A magical stopover in Rome will feature the very first Orient Express Hotel, Minerva, scheduled to open in 2024.  

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Design-driven TRIBE Phnom Penh Post Office Square will open its door in February 2022, which will be the first TRIBE branded hotel in Asia, featuring 260 smart rooms that answer to the needs of modern travellers more than ever. Born in Australia in 2017, as the vision of Mark and Melissa Peters, the TRIBE hotel brand was created in response to the knowledge that today's travellers crave design hotels at accessible prices. Defined by how people want to live and travel, TRIBE is focusing on the things that really matter: intelligent, functional, design-driven hotels that give guests everything they need and nothing they don’t. TRIBE Phnom Penh Post Office Square will feature a unique restaurant concept, an urban social hub, a workout atelier and an outdoor saltwater pool overlooking the Mekong River. Seriously good coffee will be served up by baristas throughout the day in the artfully curated and supremely functional spaces. Commuters can expect a fun and unapologetically modern environment where guests and local neighbours can relax and unwind with colleagues and friends or simply sit back and take in the atmosphere. TRIBE is part of Ennismore, a creative hospitality company rooted in culture and community, with a global collective of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Ennismore is a joint venture with Accor, formed in 2021. TRIBE addresses are set to arrive in Bali, Phuket, Manila and Singapore in the coming months, with TRIBE Phnom Penh Post Office Square being the first hotel to open in Southeast Asia.

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In collaboration with London-based luxury unisex streetwear brand 'This Is Fred', art-oriented five-star The Slate in Phuket has launched the dashing collection of gender-fluid streetwear, inspired by the avant-garde design by Bill Bensley of the resort that reflects the island's rich industrial history. THE SLATE X FRED collection adopts the enigmatic monochrome accents and the confluence of hardness and softness, creating wearables that highlight every movement of a wearer. The collection features trousers, tops, ponchos, jackets and more. The collection is crafted by Frederick (Fred) Morrison, who has presented his collections at the prestigious Paris and Berlin fashion weeks. This Is Fred produces pioneering gender-fluid urban wear, with striking designs that are inspired by the angularity of architectural forms and the fluidity of natural shapes. This unique partnership gives guests and local residents the opportunity to view and buy This Is Fred’s stylish streetwear in Thailand for the very first time. "I discovered Fred in Shoreditch, a very creative and artistic area in East London where you can find one-of-a-kind vintage shops and independent fashion labels. I always prefer small independent brands to well-known international ones. His geometric cut and shape, use of materials and the gender-fluidity of the brand immediately reminded me of The Slate," said the resort’s co-founder and owner, Krystal Prakaikaew Na-Ranong (known to her friends as Khun Moo). "This Is Fred has a similar brand philosophy to The Slate. Our brands have an avant-garde approach and a very bold way of thinking. I invited Fred and his partner to stay at The Slate at the beginning of 2020, just before the pandemic, to discuss our collaboration. Fred was very much inspired by the resort’s architectural attributes and we decided to create THE SLATE X FRED collection together." The one-of-a-kind collaborative works are showcased at Shades, the art gallery at the resort's lobby, and can be purchased at The Stockroom and  www.thestockroomonline.com

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The Okura Spa at The Okura Prestige Bangkok is now offering a 'Sweet Escape' for couples who seek a quality time to soothe the body and mind. The 'Sweet Escape' package features 2 heavenly hours of dedicated treatments: a dainty treatment with a 30-minute restorative floral scrub consisting of jasmine, rose, and lavender, followed by a 60-minute hot candle oil massage and a 30-minute Sakura bath; a treatment for him including a 30-minute purifying mixed beans sesame scrub, signature 60-minute 'ta-ke relief' massage using heated bamboo rods, and a 30-minute Sakura bath. The Sweet Escape package is priced at Baht 5,999++ per couple. For reservations or more information, please contact +66 (0) 2 687 9000 or spa@okurabangkok.com

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Art-inspired The Slate Phuket is now offering a series of packages with privileges for you to unwind in the exquisite paradise with the world-class design of Bill Bensley and top-notch facilities. The Slate Stories – Book a stylish Pearl Bed Suite, D-Buk Family Suite or Private Pool Suite and enjoy comfortable airport transfers, daily breakfast, kids' and family activities, a 10% discount at KRU Precision Wellness and 20% off treatments at Coqoon Spa. Guests who stay for five nights will be treated to a three-course dinner at Black Ginger, the resort's Michelin certified Thai restaurant, and six-night stays will receive a free seventh night! Rates start from just THB 4,000++ per night. The Slate Design – Relax in a spacious One-Bedroom Suite or Two-Bedroom Pearl Shell Suite and receive a welcome bottle of bubbly, complimentary minibar items, roundtrip airport transfers, daily breakfast, kids' and family activities, a 10% discount at KRU Precision Wellness, a free 120-minute Coqoon Rebirth Massage for two people, and 20% off other treatments at Coqoon Spa. Guests who book a five-night stay will be rewarded with a three-course dinner at Black Ginger, and six-night stays will receive a free seventh night. Rates start from just THB 7,000++ per night. The Slate Sanctuaries – Reserve your spot at mesmerising Bensley Suite, One-Bedroom and Two-Bedroom Pool Villas, or Two-Bedroom Family Pool Villa and you will be pampered with privileges including daily afternoon tea and in-villa breakfast, a bottle of bubbly, the chef's curated arrival treats, packing and unpacking services, complimentary minibar items, free laundry, roundtrip airport transfers, kids' and family activities, a 'Meet the Chef' experience, private Muay Thai or Pilates classes, a 10% discount at KRU Precision Wellness, a 120-minute Coqoon Rebirth Massage for two people, and 20% of other treatments at Coqoon Spa. Guests who book a five-night stay will receive a three-course dinner at Black Ginger, and those staying for seven nights will be treated to a barbecue dinner in the privacy of their villa! Rates start from just THB 13,000++ per night. The Slate has been awarded the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus Certificate by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) for its high standards of safety measures. The packages are available to book from now until 30 April 2022 at www.theslatephuket.com/offers. The Slate has been awarded the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus Certificate by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

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The MICHELIN Guide Thailand has revealed 32 restaurants in Thailand that earn the prestigious MICHELIN stars in the 2022 selection, with 26 one-MICHELIN-starred restaurants and 6 with 2 stars. In the Guide's fifth Thailand edition, there are 6 starry entrants: Aksorn, led by Chef David Thompson who brings recipes from ancient Thai cookbooks to life; Côte by Mauro Colagreco with the three-starred chef's talented team in Bangkok presenting contemporary Riviera-inspired cuisine on the banks of the Chao Phraya River; IGNIV, the first restaurant outside of Switzerland by three-starred Chef Andreas Caminada, indulging epicures with unique fine dining sharing experience; SAVELBERG serving up French fares with a Dutch touch; Yu Ting Yuan bringing top-notch tastes of Chinese cuisine to your table; and GAA, led by brilliant Chef Garima Arora, presenting one-of-a-kind nouveau Indian dishes.   Graphic by The Michelin Guide Thailand   For this year's accolades, PRU has retained a MICHELIN Green Star for the second year, being one and only in the country, for its outstanding sustainable gastronomy practices; MICHELIN Guide Young Chef Award is won by Chef Garima Arora of GAA; and MICHELIN Guide Service Award is received by Thibaud Charlemarty of Côte by Mauro Colagreco. For the full list with detailed information: HERE For the list of 2022's Bib Gourmand restaurants: HERE

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Cross Hotels & Resorts has signed a major agreement with Tan Thanh Trading & Tourism JSC to develop a mega-project that will see the opening of 2 new hotels in Vietnam: Cross Long Hai and Cross Vibe Long Hai, located in the stunning coastal province of Vung Tau, a two-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. With construction already underway and an opening set for Q4 2022, Cross Long Hai is a striking, all-villa resort that will add a touch of panache to the popular seaside town. The boutique style property introduces Cross Hotels luxury by design concept to the flourishing Vietnamese travel market. In addition, the twin-tower Cross Vibe Long Hai is a modern Condotel offering 658 guest rooms that provide the latest amenities, MICE facilities, spa, swimming pool and fitness centre. Across Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Cross Hotels & Resorts currently operates a diverse property portfolio that includes more than 21 hotels under five distinct brands, namely Cross, Cross Vibe, Away, Lumen and Cross Collection. For more details, crosshotelsandresorts.com

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