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Kimpton Kitalay Samui invites you to join the celebration of the resort's first anniversary with a series of exclusive pop-up event, featuring a seven-course dining experience by Thailand's acclaimed culinary talents, Chef Napol 'Joe' Jantraget and Chef Saki Hoshinowhich form Samlor in Bangkok, which will take place on 25 and 26 November at BoHo Thai Lifestyle Café. Highlights of delectable creations include 'Marinated Local Fish Crudo' with citrus vinaigrette & chili oil; 'Curry Crab Chawanmushi' with local beans and fermented chili; and 'Grilled Wagyu Striploin' with glazed oyster, baked rice and kale.The special dining experience is priced at THB 2,500 per person, with optional wine pairing at THB 1,800++ per person. Advance reservations are recommended, which can be made at +66 (0) 77 951 999, or

JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa has officially unveiled the new face of the resort, with 127 additional rooms and villas, and new dining, recreational, and event facilities to become a stunning 'destination within a destination'. Situated by the long stretch of soft sands of Khuk Khak Beach in Khao Lak, Phang Nga province, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa now features a total of 420 spacious rooms, suites, and villas, including new Lagoon Pool View Rooms, Deluxe Lagoon Pool Access Rooms, Family Pool Access Studios, One-Bedroom Villas and a Two-Bedroom Villa, plus the debut of JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort Suites, an exclusive collection of 52 stylish two-bedroom suites. More additions encompass the Aqua Play Zone with a wave pool, fountain trampoline, a big a waterslide and outdoor playground setting along the 2.4 km lagoon pool waterway, which is the longest in Southeast Asia; beachfront Drift Beach Bar & Grill serving heavenly Mediterranean cuisine and seafood grills; a brand-new beautiful ballroom that can accommodate up to 810 people, being the largest in southern Thailand; JW Garden, where organic fruits and vegetables are cultivated, welcoming guests to enjoy a family picnic amidst fragrant herbs and flowers; and more to come! "We are delighted to be unveiling the reimagined JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa today. There is high demand for fully-integrated, beachfront resort experiences in Thailand from around the world and we are positioned to deliver this across multiple segments and market sectors. I believe Khao Lak is ready and I believe the destination will become one of Thailand’s leading leisure tourism and MICE hubs in the years to come," said Abhimanyu Singh, General Manager, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa.  To find out more about experiences at JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa, please visit

Designed for travellers of younger generations, Ying’nFlo, an upper midscale hospitality brand capturing the dashing spirit of of Millennials and GenZ excursionists, has been officially launched in Wanchai, Hong Kong, marking Langham's Hospitality Group's 20th anniversary, with more hotels in various cities in its roadmap. Ying’nFlo is designed as a place which feels like a friend’s apartment, but better, with spaces that invites people to connect and recreate in style, focusing on state-of-the-art design, arts and music, as well as facilities that brilliantly meet the needs of young travellers. Brett Butcher, Chief Executive Officer, Langham Hospitality Group said "Ying’nFlo is a bold colourful canvas for the younger urban travellers, at an affordable price. It’s a smart guest experience for a generation that has grown up with digital. The concept combines simple stylish design with brilliant basics which are efficiently executed with a strong social vibe." "We will locate Ying’nFlo in destinations where our guests want to travel. These locations would be the front door to cultural, entertainment and tech hub districts," he added. "There is a strong opportunity to grow Ying’nFlo in Asia-Pacific and beyond where 50% of the population are millennials or GenZers." For more information on the Ying’nFlo (Hong Kong), visit

Mango Art Festival, in collaboration with Public House, will debut its first edition of 'Urban Collectibles' – a pop-up marketplace for the urban art community, where like-minded people can connect and exchange ideas during 11-13 November 2022 at Public House Hotel, Sukhumvit 31, Bangkok, showcasing limited-edition designer toys, pop art furniture, as well as a variety of original artwork on canvas, and more rare finds by local and international urban artists such as Retina, Todd James, Madsaki and Keith Haring. The venue will feature paintings by renowned and emerging urban artists such as Alex Face, Bonus Tmc, Bigdel, Mamablues, and others on the first floor, while on the second floor is an opportunity to explore urban art collectives such as NEV3R & FRIENDS, Temporarywest, MSV Crew, and TRK & PREDUCE Skateboards. There will also be an art auction for works by world-famous street artists such as Kaws, Katherine Bernhardt, Daniel Arsham, Javier Calleja, and Yusuke Hanai. For more details, visit or Facebook: @MangoArtFestival

Recently at Bangkok's one-of-a-kind Wang Hinghoi Restaurant, award-winning Glenfiddich officially unveiled its exciting 'TIME-REIMAGINED' Collection of finest single malt whiskies that are 'Made With Mastery, Refined by Time', in collaboration with Chef Natthapol 'Nick' Pavapaiboon, who curated a special culinary journey that is inspired by the compelling stories of the collection. The TIME RE:IMAGINED Collection comprises Glenfiddich single malt scotch that are 30, 40, and 50 years of age, each of which offers unique senses that are meticulously cultivated by the Malt Masters over the decades. Now that these single malts have reached the apex of their maturity, they are now ready to exquisitely gratify single malt enthusiasts. For the Thailand launch, Glenfiddich joined forces with Natthapol “Nick” Pavapaiboon, executive chef and co-founder of Wang Hinghoi to create an exclusive dinner menu inspired by the single malts of the collection. 'I’m a Thai chef, so I incorporate the elements around the crafts of whisky making in the menu. Each course reflects the exceptional approach to single malt of Glenfiddich, and together they paint the picture of the brand. My goal is not only to create a tasteful whisky pairing dinner but also to echo a similar creation narrative,' explained Chef Nick. 'In whisky production, we often talk about the role of Malt Masters and it is our responsibility to find the delicate balance between the taste of the whisky and the intensity of the oak cask. But we don’t always acknowledge how each cask, each bottle, is absolutely unique because of the time it has spent maturing. Both nature and time play huge roles in making whisky taste like it does and Glenfiddich’s TIME RE:IMAGINED pays homage to this process and the exquisite liquid it helps to create,' said Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich Malt Master. The TIME RE:IMAGINED Collection will be available to purchase at The Distillers Library Bangkok, Piman49 or Italasia group, the official distributor of Glenfiddich in Thailand. For more stories about Glenfiddich, visit Instagram:

During the upcoming cool season months, Bangkok's one-MICHELIN-Starred modern-Thai restaurant, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok unveils its new tantalising 16-serving 'Winter Journey', co-created by award-winning Chef Henrik Yde-Andersen and Senior Head Chef Chayawee Suthcharitchan. The menu is inspired by Chef Henrik's memories of his gastronomic experiences during his adventures, from Thailand to Japan and Europe, and creatively and tastefully portray his idea of the flavours of winter using finest seasonal ingredients. The culinary journey will start with the famed eight ‘snack and street food’ canapés, followed by Tom Yum Kung with a playful side, Spicy Hokkaido Scallop Salad with pomelo, King Fish Flan in Miso, Dino Fish with carrot and tamarind, Green Curry Snow Fish Cake, Duck Confit Pad Krapow with peas and quail egg served with aromatic Surin rice, and conclude with classic European desserts with a Thai touch. The ‘Winter Journey’ will be served at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin from 1 November 2022 until 31 March 2023 for lunch, with a selection of an eight-serving menu at THB 2,150++ and a ten-serving menu at THB 3,200++; and dinner with a 16-serving menu at THB 3,900++. Additional wine pairing is also available. For more information or reservation, please call +66 (0) 2 162 9000, email, or visit  

The St. Regis Bangkok has recently unveiled its new afternoon tea experience, the 'Autumn Afternoon Tea', featuring tempting savouries and sweet treats made with seasonal ingredients at the side of the classics, reflecting the earthy shades of the season. The Autumn Afternoon Tea set includes specials like Pistachio Éclair and Raspberry Pate de Fruit; as well as Red Velvet Bread; Smoked Duck and Berries Sauce; Octopus and Heirloom Tomatoes; Beetroot and Mustard Marinated Salmon on Éclair/ and Organic Root Vegetable, Hummus; Green Olive Crumb; chocolate indulgences; and more. The afternoon tea experience is priced at THB 1,800++ per set including tea or coffee for two persons, served from 14:00 to 17:00, available until 20 November 2022 at The St. Regis Bar and The Drawing Room. Reserve your seats at +66 (0) 2207 7777 or

Meliá Phuket Mai Khao is one of Phuket’s beautiful places to stay, offering tranquility amidst a delightful design that blends effortlessly into the natural island surroundings.   SETTING THE SCENE As Mai Khao Beach is a protected area, crowds are not a thing here. Meliá Phuket Mai Khao is a tranquil getaway set amidst tropical island greenery offering wellness-inspired facilities and satisfying dining options. Whether you are at the lobby, in a spa treatment room or strolling along the walkways, you will enjoy spaciousness and be able to admire the tropical island greenery. To drench yourself in summertime delight, there are two good-sized swimming pools, one situated on the beachfront lawn with private pavilions dotted around. If you are fond of watching sunsets the poolside pavilions will become your very favourite spot, as you can overlook the sun setting over the sea from them. Another popular spot is the leafy lawn by the beach, where you can enjoy wellness-inspired activities such as yoga at dawn and unwinding in peace at dusk.   GETTING COMFORTABLE The beachfront resort comprises of 30 suites and 40 villas, all of which are remarkably spacious. In addition, 15 of the villas are wellness-oriented with compelling add-ons such as a vitamin-C shower, ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, GermGuardian air purifier, and Tempur-Pedic pillows. The interior design focuses on clean lines and mellow palettes with Mediterranean touches, and with the spacious bedroom and outdoor lounging area of my villa, I am ecstatic to have all these for my stay at Meliá Phuket Mai Khao.   DINING OPTIONS The culinary team here is led by Italian Chef Luca Mancini, who has lived in Thailand for over a decade. He knows Mediterranean and Thai flavours so well and has create a marvellous menu with both cuisines. All-day SASA serves up flavoursome Thai and international dishes in a gorgeous indoor setting, while alfresco GAIA Beach Club indulges playful souls with Mediterranean-inspired casual dining as well as tasty cocktails. Dishes here are mainly made with locally-sourced ingredients and there are also a number of healthful options available.   WHY I’D RETURN I find this resort offers the right balance between selfcare and having fun ─ I can opt for wellness activities all day long, and then unwind with a delicious, refreshing cocktail in hand by the pool followed by a good meal. In addition, there is something about the air here that makes me feel invigorated all day long.   ONE OR TWO QUIBBLES… As the resort places an emphasis on relaxation there is no work station in the guestrooms, and that may be a bit inconvenient for those who do need to spend some time doing work.   MELIÁ PHUKET MAI KHAO 233 Moo 3, Mai Khao, Thalang, 83110 Phuket T. +66 (0) 76 563 550 E. W. FB. @meliaphuketmaikhao     Text by Pakvipa Rimdusit

Combining contemporary Korean design with the charm of the riverside neighbourhood, Hotel Naru Seoul – MGallery Ambassador is now open in the Mapo-gu district of Seoul, being South Korea's first hotel in the MGallery Hotel Collection, reflecting the story and unique beauty of the historic area while pampering guests with boutique facilities and services, featuring biophilic-inspired interiors and eye-catching exteriors. Situated in the northern banks of the Han River, the hotel's setting has long been a centre of transportation and businesses, in a close proximity to Incheon International Airport and other visit-worthy areas, making the 196-key hotel an ideal base of exploration. In addition, the hotel offers five dining journeys such as a chic French bistro Restaurant Voisin overlooking the serene river, among others. "We are proud to introduce the new boutique hotel concept to South Korea. Hotel Naru Seoul – MGallery Ambassador strives to deliver a memorable experience that is as unique as the neighbourhood itself. Maponaru and the Han River have inspired many artists in the past. Today, I believe the hotel will also inspire our guests, as they will be surrounded by the iconic views, compelling design, and art pieces from local artists," said Simon Kim, General Manager of Hotel Naru Seoul – MGallery Ambassador. To celebrate its opening, Hotel Naru Seoul – MGallery Ambassador offers The Good Mood Package and The Good Food Package, starting from KRW 349,000+. For more information and reservations, email or visit