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After a bit of break, Praya Kitchen at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse is now open with over 70 delectable items. You can indulge into the authentic taste of Thai favourites with creative twists, as wll as Chef's Signatures. For this grand come-back, Praya Kitchen offers new mouth-watering selections of Thai and international fares, as well as seafood options such as Tiger Prawns, River Prawns, Blue Crab, Rock Lobsters, and more. Also, you can savour the tenderness of Dry-aged Prime Ribs and Australian Wagyu. Private rooms are available. Operating hours and prices: - Lunch (Saturday and Sunday) from 11.00 hrs - 15.00 hrs at THB 1,088++ with a complimentary dish of Chef’s Signature, Stir-fried Crab with Yellow Curry Powder - Dinner (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from17.00 hrs – 21.00 hrs at THB 1,388++ with 1 portion of Banana Blossom Salad with Foie Gras, Baked Lobster with Cheese and Steamed Australian Mussels with White Wine Sauce. - Free-flow Juice Bar is offered for additional THB200++ (2hours) Definitely, safety comes first. Praya Kitchen will strictly adhere to safety and social distancing measures, as well as pampering you with highest hygiene. For more information and reservation, please contact +66 (0) 2 088 5666.

Hidden in the bustling Ekamai area is an unmissable spot for all food connoisseurs: Restaurant Stage. Led by Chef Jay Sangsingkaew, who has obtained years of experience in French gastronomy, every single dish she and her team design is filled with creativity that creates utmost delectability. Having been a “stage”, meaning apprentice in French, at world-famous L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, she implements French techniques and adds touches of Modern European cuisine to the fares. Besides, the team is devoted to finding ingredients of highest quality and makes the best use of it. This is why their crafts are purely charming. By the time I visit the place, they are serving Nordic-inspired cuisine, which is quite an unusual experience in Bangkok. Snacks served to trigger the appetite are melt-in-your-mouth dried aged duck with shallot gel and cracker topped with ikura, to be enjoyed with kombucha. From the Sea comes next inside a shell. The pearl inside comprises 3 types of seaweed, poached-then-grilled squid giving fantastic texture, and passion fruit gel dressing. After the appetisers is a metallic box of wonders with ultimately refreshing senses. Placed right before me is fresh Hokkaido Bafun Uni that hides brown crab below itself. The sided white foam is made with Hokkaido milk corn and vanilla with subtle saltiness added. The bites are paired with Junmai daigingo sake, which is the highest grade of Japanese rice wine. As preservation has been a Nordic lifestyle for a long time, the chefs play with such tradition in a creative way. The slices of white tuna belly confit, smoked trout, and pickled mackerel may look quite simple, but they are exceptionally tasty, especially with pickled white asparagus and horseradish ice cream. Apart from being heavenly in taste, it is a very nutritious dish with essential fatty acids. Moving on from the sea, From the Land is quite a unique dish of meticulously dry-aged venison tartare, served with truffle dressing, lavender, and clove. Pairing with a glass of earthy Pinot Noir, this is a blissful sensation. The previous dishes are already wonderful, but the next plate surprises me even harder. A Spanish Carabineros is transformed into palatable cuisine. Its head is added to the stock, which is used to cook the rice, and then transfigured into a crispy chip. Its alluring body is brushed with citrusy olive oil that helps bring out the best of its flavour. The Carabineros is to be savoured with classy Wiener Gemischter Satz wine with the right balance between sweetness and bitterness. It’s time to take a short break before the next best thing with some small bites. Delectable Caviar Bun and mouth-watering Abalone are served with rare Savoie Chignin-Bergeron wine with amazing aftertaste. Before the experience ends, they make sure that I am satiated with special Meat Loaf, a homey menu that is turned into an impressionable encounter. It is a combination of A4 Hokkaido Wagyu and A5 Australian Wagyu, topped with truffle, served alongside with peach jam and mashed potato. It’s stunning how such simple-looking food can taste and smell elegantly good. Granny

Silavadee Pool Spa Resort is ready to welcome back all guests with new measures from 1 June 2020 onwards and introduces flexible and valuable promotions, as well as “Stay with Confidence and Travel Worry-Free” measures to keep you safe. After its re-opening, new safety measures will be implemented based on guidelines of the Thai government and the World Health Organization (WHO). The new measures highlight the extra level of sanitation, disinfection and wellbeing as follows: Temperature check, availability of hand sanitisers, increased frequency of cleaning, using Ozone machines in each accommodation prior to check in. Online Registration to shorten the check in procedure at the resort. The international standard of social distancing with limited contact between guests and team members is respected during arrival, staying, dining and facility usage in the hotel Disinfection procedures to high contact surfaces and more. Sanitiser and complimentary masks are available for each guest. Means of communication between guests and team members are offered online by Line or Whatsapp. Fitness center is available for private usage with appointment. Flexibility to enjoy facilities and services such as a-la-carte breakfast, open air dining venues, private resort activities and spa treatments. Paperless check out with electronic invoices issued online by email. At Silavadee, all guests can rest assured that safety and security are the resort’s top priority. The resort is offering flexibility and support for all new reservations made through special offers, which can be found at www.silavadeeresort.com/promotion For new reservations or adjustment of reservations, please contact rsvn@silavadeeresort.com or call +66 (0) 77 960 555.

You can now add a prestigious touch of Rosewood to your meals at your beautiful home! Rosewood Bangkok debuts "Rosewood Bangkok On The Move Drive-Through" service, offering easy yet luxury experience, in accordance with the new normal lifestyles. Right in your car, you can get fresh and premium produces, butchery and artisanal sauces for you to cook at home. If you would like to taste Rosewood's delectable healthy fares like Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas, Roasted Salmon Glazed with Red Pepper Coulis, and Broccoli Quinoa Casserole, you definitely can. Additionaly, freshly baked breads and mouth-watering pastries, including Lemon Meringue Tart and Apple Cinnamon Crumble Tart, are available as well. With one hour’s advance order online, by email or phone, freshly prepared, healthy meals can be picked up at Rosewood Bangkok’s doors from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information and to place an order, please call +66 (0) 2 080 0088, email bangkok@rosewoodhotels.com or visit megatix.in.th/events/rosewoodbangkokonthemove.

In just a few minutes after my arrival in Phuket, I enter a paradise of meticulousity, where history meets creativity. Hidden behind a mid-sized entrance is a gigantic place that feels like a tropical getaway of my dream, filled with wondrous trees and pleasing-to-the-eyes spaces. Being art-and-service-oriented, The Slate defines its own “new luxury”, which is alluring enough to attract peace-seekers from all over the world, and none of whom leaves without pleasant memories. SETTING THE SCENE The idea behind The Slate is originally derived from Phuket’s history of tin mining combining with fine aesthetics, resulting in a one-off stay that keeps the mind beautifully sane with the finesse of Bill Bensley, the mastermind behind the hotel’s design excellence. Right from the lobby, I get to study one-off antiques, which are appliances that were once in use, and spend some time in an in-house art gallery. It’s magical how every single detail is beautifully curated, and even choices of plants that forms vast tropical garden here are stunning. Also, with a family pool that resembles a refreshing oasis, 2 gorgeous adult-only infinity pools with pool bars, and the Nai Yang Beach within one-minute walk, I can beat the heat whenever I want to, in fascinating ways. GETTING COMFORTABLE The 177 well-appointed villas and suites ensure you can find your dream stay with utmost privacy, while staying so close to nature. My nights in a Pearl Bed Suite are soul-soothing thanks to comfy bed and the gorgeous scent in the air, as well as the outdoor bathtub. A seamless fuse between bold and unlaxing designs is one of the amazements The Slate has to offer. If you are seeking a long, indulgent getaway, The Slate is undoubtedly the place. The Bensley Suite with a plunge pool is a crown jewel of design with sophisticated details, where every inch is the work of art. Pool Villas at The Slate are like dreams that come true, presenting themselves as artsy houses in the midst of lush verdure. DINING OPTIONS To specify a strong suit of this place is quite a difficult thing to do, as other scenes here, in addition to the wondrous accommodations, are as compelling. You won’t need to leave the place for a special meal, as the outlets at The Slate serves delectable excellence to your table from day to night, whether you want to savour authentic Japanese cuisine at Rivet & Rebar, truly Thai tastes at Black Ginger, or international fares at Tin Mine, not to mention the restaurants’ ambience and design that are strikingly exquisite. If you are here on Sunday, never miss the brunch whatsoever. WHY I’D RETURN  There are a lot more creative wonders to be discovered here. If my soul feels weary, I would definitely fly myself Phuket and just relish in the days at The Slate to come out more rejuvenated than ever. ONE OR TWO QUIBBLES… I cannot think of one. THE SLATE 116 Moo 1,  Saku, Thalang, Phuket  83110, Thailand T. +66 (0) 76 327 006 W. www.theslatephuket.com FACEBOOK @theslatephuket INSTAGRAM @theslatephuket   Text by Pakvipa Rimdusit

If your plan to explore world's wonders has been postponed, luckily, you still get to visit Egyptian heritages with virtual tours brilliantly exhibited by the country's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and The American Research Center in Egypt. The interactive Egypt's Map takes you on a marvelous time-traveling journey back to the early civilisations, where you can discover Egyptian treasures by location or by historical era. You can also learn about the six UNESCO World Heritage culteral sites in Egypt, or even explore remarkable museums right from your comfy couch. To travel with them, visit: egymonuments.gov.eg   To dive into specific sites, ARCE allows you to walk with them in their past conservation projects, for you to be compelled by geniusness of humankind, from Bab Zuwayla in Cairo to Tomb of Menna, and more historical places. The virtual tours let you explore freely, while giving you descriptions at remarkable spots, as if you are having a guided tour. To travel with them, visit: www.arce.org/virtual-tours   Not only these free tours let you enjoy traveling in stunning places while tourism is on hold, they can help you practically plan your future trips in this wondrous country.   Photo by Alex Azabache from Pexels

In order to maximise safety, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort and Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel offer award-winning luxury dining in the new ways, adhering to safety measures and social distancing guidelines, while keeping the experience as extraordinary as ever.   Private Cruises on Chao Phraya River For a special occasion, the Manohra Sun, Moon or Star are yours for the evening with your personal chef. You can choose from the fresh Portuguese-Brazilian flavours of Chef Alexandre Castaldi of SEEN, or indulge in modern Thai cuisine by Chef Ton of Michelin-starred Le Du. Prices start at THB 2,800 per person, with a minimum spend of THB 45,000.   Trader Vic’s Aloha Brunch Trader Vic’s brings all intrigues of Anantara's Sunday brunch straight to your home. A chef and bartender will set up a buffet and tiki bar, and serve up all your favourite Pacific-Rim dishes and rum cocktails. Prices start at THB 3,500 per person, with a minimum spend of THB 30,000.   The Riverside Tables You can enjoy the privilege of a candlelit dinner by the river or a private little party with your beloved ones on a rooftop at a beautiful place all to yourself.   Please note that for all dining experiences, the Anantara team has enhanced health and safety precautions according to Ministry of Health standards, including thorough disinfecting, daily temperature checks for staff, and the use of masks, gloves and hand gel. For reservations or more information, call +66 (0) 2 476 0022 ext. 1416 or email riversidedining@anantara.com

Good news for those who long for creative modern Chinese cuisine and captivating Bangkok panorama! Yào Restaurant and Rooftop at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse is now ready to welcome you back with brand new menu at Yào Restaurant. Up on Yào Rooftop, you can now enjoy the new set of Midnight Dim Sum. Yào Restaurant - Lunch available at 11:30 – 14:30 from 23 May Special BUY 1 GET 1 promotion for Dim Sum from 25 May – 10 June (only Monday – Friday) - Dinner available at 18:00 – 21:00 from 22 May Special for the first 50 tables book directly via www.yaobangkok.com and with a minimum spending of THB 3000, get 1 complimentary Peking Duck. - Chinese Afternoon Tea available from 14:30 – 17:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Offered at THB 1,200 per set for 2 persons. Special complimentary 1 Dim Sum basket per person from 23 May – 10 June. Yào Rooftop The new Midnight Dim Sum selections along with signature refreshing mocktails. Open daily from 17:00 – 21:00   All guests are ensured with the highest safety and hygiene standards. Bangkok Marriott Hotel the Surawongse has put in place safety measures including temperature check station, restricting the number of customers in dining zone, providing hand sanitizers and strictly follow social distancing guidelines.   For more information and reservation, please call +66 (0) 2 088 5666 or visit www.yaobangkok.com

Hidden away by the beach and in the embrace of lush mountains, Ta Khai at Rosewood Phuket has become one of the must-check-out spots in Phuket presenting the best of Southern flavours with local ingredients. In the marvellous setting, the restaurant offers a one-off indulgence into mellow dishes made from nutritious local produce and fresh catches. Some of the ingredients are sourced right from the on-site garden. On the menu is a myriad of Thai favourites that may sound familiar, but the experience at Ta Khai is totally different, mostly thanks to the secret magic the chefs put in every single dish. Southern’s must-try Moo Hong (THB 460), braised pork with black pepper and garlic, melts in my mouth with ultimate tenderness and flavour. Gaeng Som Pla Gao (THB 460), spicy and sour black grouper curry, comes with the right level of spiciness and tangible freshness on the fish. Not to be missed is Pla Tod Rad Prik Sabparot (price varies) that combines all flavours harmoniously, plus pleasant crispiness. Cocktails served at Ta Khai make a great match with the food, as they creatively add subtle Southern scents into each glass. Galangal Negroni (THB 450) here does not taste too boozy, and it is a very charming drink, thanks to the scent of fresh galangal. If you like it exotic, try Tom Yum Moscow Mule (THB 450), made to be completely enjoyable with a subtle bit of Tom Yum. Made with perennial passion for Southern cuisine, every single dish served at Ta Khai is undoubtedly a heavenly experience that will make your casual evening feel special.   TA KHAI AT ROSEWOOD PHUKET 88/28, 88/30-33 Muen-Ngern Road, Patong, Kathu, 83150 Phuket, Thailand T. +66 (0) 76 356 888 E. phuket@rosewoodhotels.com W. www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/phuket/dining/ta-khai   Text by Pakvipa Rimdusit Photos by Nissorn Somrattanakul