Uniquely known as a boutique destination nestled in the heart of Krabi, Red Ginger Chic Resort has recently partnered with Tolani Hotels, a renowned hospitality management company, and continues to offer vibrant and playful vibes, especially for family escapes.This significant collaboration aims to elevate its exceptional service and unforgettable experiences for visitors from around the world. Ms. Kasmaporn Limpanapongthep, Owner Representative of Red Ginger Chic Resort, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, "We are thrilled to work alongside Tolani Hotels to embark on this new chapter for Red Ginger Chic Resort by Tolani. With their expertise, we will exceed our guests' expectations and deliver extraordinary experiences."With expertise in the hospitality industry and attentiveness to details, Tolani Hotel is a perfect match for Red Ginger Chic Resort’s contemporary accommodations and eco-friendly amenities. It also retains their Asian finest touches from accommodation to dining experiences, providing service up to global standards. 🔗 www.redgingerkrabi.com 🔗 www.tolanihotels.com
Thonglor has been an ideal area for buzzing life as it is a renowned happening part in the heart of Sukhumvit, Bangkok, with a wide range of options to suit a modern lifestyle. SCOPE Promsri recently celebrated the grand opening ceremony with exclusive guests and celebrities. This low-rise condominium in the neighbourhood of Thonglor defines itself as the epitome of modern luxury living and uniquely stands out with its design, especially the impeccable interior with a touch of world-class designer brand. SCOPE Promsri www.scopepromsri.com ☎ Tel: +66 (0) 2821 5664
Bhutan expands its tourist incentives for visitors, with the daily Sustainable Development Fee reduced by 50% for another four years, until 2027 The Royal Government of Bhutan is pleased to announce additional incentives and policy measures to boost its tourism sector, introducing a 50% reduction on its tourism levy, known as the daily Sustainable Development Fee (SDF). The new incentives and measures shall consist of the following: 1. A fifty per cent (50%) reduction will be granted on the prevailing SDF of USD 200 for US Dollar-paying guests visiting Bhutan. The effective SDF with the discount will be USD 100 per person per night for US Dollar paying tourists. 2. In addition, a fifty per cent (50%) reduction on the SDF shall be granted on the rates applied to children aged between 6 and 12 years for US Dollar-paying children visiting as tourists. The effective SDF with the discount for children will be USD 50 per person per night for US Dollar-paying tourists. Children who have not yet turned six years old are eligible to visit Bhutan without paying any SDF. 3. The 24 hours SDF waiver for tourists staying in the border towns shall continue. The above incentives will come into effect from Friday, 1 September 2023 and shall remain effective for four years until 31 August 2027.
If the idea of escaping to Spain involves basking in the sun, savoring a wide range of foods, and immersing yourself in Spanish architecture, Lanzarote could be your ideal destination. Meliá Hotels International has recently introduced the Paradisus Salinas Lanzarote in Spain, an establishment originally envisioned by the renowned Spanish architect, Fernando Higueras. The building itself is a genuine architectural gem, having been designated as an Artistic and Cultural Heritage site in Lanzarote. This experience is truly a journey through time. Over 40 years ago, Higueras undertook the principal building with the concept that concrete, formwork, and the geometry of folds, along with their monumental emphasis, would seamlessly blend with the surrounding nature and environment. Simultaneously, Manrique took on the responsibility for the hotel's swimming pool, the striking tropical gardens featuring more than 300 species, as well as the frescoes and sculptures that infuse the building and its interiors with color and warmth. In 1979, the hotel received the International Prize for Architecture. Now, the newly unveiled Paradisus Salinas Lanzarote offers 282 rooms and villas, an expansive 1,800 m2 swimming pool, beautifully designed tropical gardens by César Manrique, and a selection of seven dining venues. It's undoubtedly a paradise discovered for discerning travellers. website: www.melia.com/paradisus.
The Forestias unveils ‘HAPPITAT’ – a new themed destination of happiness to engage multiple generations with diverse activities
Brings together real and virtual experiences at a destination Preparations around 70% complete “We’re taking destination development to a new level and creating real and virtual experiences never before seen. We want The HAPPITAT at The Forestias to be a place in people’s hearts – a place where they create unforgettable memories and to which they constantly return with the same sense of anticipation and excitement as their very first visit.” “The HAPPITAT will be a place that’s magical, filled with surprise moments, and one that creates happiness for people across all ages.” Ms. Orada Kerdhong, President – Storied Place, MQDC Magnolia Quality Development Corporation (MQDC), the developer of the 398-rai ‘The Forestias’ town, today, announced that it is building at The Forestias’ a themed destination, named The HAPPITAT, that is the first to bring together real and virtual experiences across a very large footprint and which aims to add a new dimension to people’s experiences at a destination. Ms. Orada Kerdhong, President – Storied Place, MQDC, said, “We’re creating a phenomenon with the HAPPITAT – one that takes destination development to a new level. The HAPPITAT will be a place to which people will want to return constantly because every visit will give them new experiences as a result of a year-round calendar of indoor and outdoor activities, a rich mix of lifestyle pursuits, and, in the future, the integration of virtual reality experiences across many aspects. Our goal is to have people feel, at every visit, the same excitement and pleasure of discovery as their first visit, no matter what they have come to do, but still combine it with a feeling of warm and comfortable familiarity.” “It’s why we’ve called it the HAPPITAT – a combination of the words ‘habitat’ and ‘happiness’,” she said. The HAPPITAT’s footprint of almost 60 rai includes the forest at the heart of The Forestias, numerous gardens, parade grounds, hundreds of shops, and food-and-beverage and other service outlets, learning and entertainment facilities, cultural and social facilities, multiple market places, a science museum, as well as offices. The HAPPITAT includes three buildings that, together, comprise around 211,000 square metres of gross floor area. Ms. Orada said that MQDC engaged some of the world’s most eminent international experts in destination planning as well as in entertainment to draw up the HAPPITAT’s masterplan. “It’s an ingenious layout that lets people move from a cityscape and ‘city life’ along the main highway at the entrance of The Forestias, through various stages that ultimately brings a visitor to quiet nature at the edge of the 30-rai forest. It’s a fulfilling journey from ‘busy urban environment’ to ‘extraordinary natural environment’.” She said that “the horizontal movement from city life to deep forest takes people through “a route in which there are multiple magical experiences throughout. The journey can be enjoyed as a whole, from end to end, or a visitor can linger along the way and simply enjoy parts of the journey, or enter and exit the journey at any point. And, in the future, with the
The endless view of the sky, with colorful dots scattered within, definitely triggers the urge to travel once again. Knowing the Region Nestled within the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey, Cappadocia is a mesmerizing tourist hotspot that beckons travelers from around the globe with a journey that will transport them to a realm of breathtaking beauty and awe-inspiring wonders. Cappadocia is renowned for its iconic hot air balloons that grace the skies at sunrise, painting a surreal canvas against the backdrop of the magnificent desert landscapes. Drift above the fairy chimneys and unique rock formations, and witness a sunrise unlike any other. Explore the History Delve into the region's rich history while exploring the ancient underground cities, marveling at the architectural prowess of civilizations past. These underground cities, built thousands of years ago, served as havens of protection and shelter for various settlers throughout the ages—a testament to human ingenuity and resilience. Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of Cappadocia's historic cave churches. Admire the intricate frescoes and ancient art that adorn the walls, whispering tales of devotion and artistic brilliance. Each visit to these sacred sites is a step back in time, a chance to connect with the region's profound cultural heritage. While traversing the stunning landscapes, take a moment to appreciate the innovative cave hotels and dwellings that dot the terrain. Experience a unique blend of luxury and tradition while indulging in world-class hospitality, all while being embraced by the ancient charm of the caves. Travel through Taste No journey through Cappadocia is complete without savoring the region's delicious wines. Delight your palate with locally produced wines that reflect the rich flavors of the land. Discover the art of winemaking amidst the picturesque vineyards, and let the tantalizing tastes transport you to a state of pure bliss. Cappadocia, with its ethereal landscapes, rich history, and unparalleled experiences, is a destination that will captivate all your senses and leave an indelible mark on your soul. Useful Tips Dress comfortably: Cappadocia offers a unique landscape with its rocky terrain and diverse outdoor activities. Ensure that you wear comfortable shoes and clothing that allow for ease of movement and protection against the elements. Weather considerations: While Cappadocia boasts pleasant weather throughout the year, it's advisable to check the forecast before your visit. Pack accordingly, keeping in mind the temperature variations between day and night. Hot air balloon ride reservations: The hot air balloon rides in Cappadocia are incredibly popular and often sell out quickly, especially during peak seasons. It's advisable to make reservations in advance to secure a spot for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sunrise schedules: The magical hot air balloon rides take place at sunrise, so be prepared for an early start to the day. Check the scheduled sunrise times and plan your itinerary accordingly to make the most of this captivating experience. Photography essentials: Cappadocia offers countless picture-perfect moments. Make sure to bring extra memory cards, batteries, and any necessary photography equipment to capture the stunning landscapes, cave formations, and captivating moments throughout your journey. Cultural respect: Cappadocia is rich in
Sitting elegantly on the cliff facing the sparkling Gulf of Thailand, ‘Silavadee Pool Spa Resort’ celebrates the 15th anniversary of its excellence. Housing one of the greatest views in Koh Samui, Silavadee Pool Spa resort is known as a leading luxury resort on the island and has revealed ‘The New Chapters of Luxury: – S.E.A’ strategy as part of its celebration and to add a new dimension to and redefine luxury as ‘S’ for Sustainability, ‘E’ for Experience and ‘A’ for Activity. As a tribute to the remarkable milestone, the resort held commemorative activities in which guests also participated, including an almsgiving ceremony for nine Buddhist monks and a release of turtles into the sea. Guests also get to experience the commemorative cocktail ‘Sila 15th’ and a seven-course fine-dining meal so they can appreciate the Southern Thai culture through food, for which the resort is well-known for its restaurant with authentic and refined Southern Thai cuisine. Chonlada Soonthonvasu, Silavadee Pool Spa Resort’s managing director, said, "For the past 15 years, Silavadee Pool Spa Resort has been recognised and lauded by Thai and foreign guests as a superb resort with great service, a beautiful location, and unique natural surroundings. These factors motivate us to improve our service level and deliver a higher kind of luxury, and we believe that our ‘New Chapters of Luxury – S.E.A’ strategy will guide us to create a truly relaxing experience for guests and help push Samui tourism." To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Silavadee Pool Spa Resort, guests can enjoy exclusive experiences and privileges until the end of 2023. They can enjoy the specially crafted cocktail Sila 15th, which is made from 15-year-old whisky and local tropical fruits such as coconut, with smooth sips at the rooftop bar Star, as well as make an epicurean journey through an exclusive fine-dining seven-course menu created from local ingredients to embody southern Thai culture. It’s affordably priced at 1,800 baht per person and available at The Height. Last but not least is the ‘Silavadee 15th Anniversary’ package, which offers a 45% discount from the Flexi promotion along with 1,500 baht of resort credit per stay. The offer stands until the end of 2023, so guests can experience ‘The New Chapters of Luxury’ and celebrate the anniversary with Silavadee. Cheers to the 15th year of excellence, and we wish many more to come. Silavadee Pool Spa Resort call 077 960 555 email firstname.lastname@example.org www.silavadeeresort.com Facebook: @silavadeeresort
As travel restrictions have been eased, Phuket Old Town is filling with tourists once again. Nevertheless, if you prefer hanging around quieter spots, or are just wishing to take a break from the crowds, here are our picks of not-so-touristy places in the old part of town for quality experiences. Museum Phuket The museum has long been located in the Old Town, but you may have walked past it many times without realising it as it sits within a beautiful Sino-Portuguese building. The museum showcases stories of Phuket’s rich history, Peranakan culture, Chinese influences and much more that will all help you appreciate and enjoy the island even more. Drawing Room Phuket Drawing Room Phuket is an art space with a slow bar serving handcrafted coffee made with an intelligent choice of coffee beans, as well as non-coffee drinks. If you are an epicurean, you should stop by when you are in town. Rosa Sweets & Chocolate Rosa is a new paradise for those with a sweet tooth! When you enter the shop, you will be delighted by the myriad choices of craft chocolate. There is seating so you may slowly indulge into some sweet treats, and coffee and chocolate drinks are offered here as well. You may even like to opt for a bottle of Prosecco to pair with your choice of confection. Pop Espresso Phuket This coffeehouse delivers the fine aromas and flavours of coffee, to be selected from an array of well-chosen beans and then transformed into a heavenly cuppa using either the pour-over method or with an Aram Espresso Maker. If you are looking for a spot to sip and chat, discover new coffee flavours and take a break from the outside sun, this is the place for you. Cloud Markt It is neither a grocery store, restaurant nor bar, but a terrific combination of all three! Open day to night, you will find local products like snacks and aromatic candles here and be able to enjoy tasty dishes, light bites and a range of drinks including craft beer, kombucha cocktails and natural wines with cold cuts to accompany those. Text and Photos by Pakvipa Rimdusit
The influence of Peranakan culture is one the biggest cultural charms to be discovered on Phuket. The province was once a destination for numerous immigrant Chinese who married with locals and merged their cultures into a harmonious blend, even incorporating some of the Western influences which had started to seep through. Even though the heart of Peranakan culture is still Singapore and Malaysia, the southern region of Thailand is rich with multiculturalism and Peranakan culture is most prominent in Phuket. Whether it’s Peranakan cuisine or architecture you would like to delve into, there are a number of places to experience them on Phuket. There are, however, two very elegant Peranakan manors that are eminent and not-to-be-missed. Baan Ar-Jor HISTORY: The three-storey mansion was built by Chinese tin-mining businessman Tan Jin Nugn in 1936. He was not only a successful entrepreneur, but a man who lived a compelling life. The house remained intact throughout decades of its occupants’ trials and tribulations, was abandoned for some more decades, and then thankfully revived by the original owner’s great-grandsons in more recent times. They have turned the mansion into a living museum that showcases rare collectibles and unveils the rich story of the family. The mansion-turned-museum’s name comes from the word ‘Ar-Jor’, which means 'great-grandparent'. STYLE: Peranakan architecture with a nostalgic ambience and décor, surrounded by tranquil greenery. HIGHLIGHTS: The mansion is home to Michelin-recommended Toh-Daeng Restaurant, which serves authentic Phuket dishes made from the family’s recipes which have been passed down for generations. All proceeds from the entrance fee (THB 200 per person) will be given to Baan Mai Khao School to support educational purposes. Artwork by the young students of Baan Mai Khao School are displayed at the museum, delightful to see and heart-touching. The mansion is also a homestay, so you can enjoy a very unique stay on the island. LOCATION: A few minutes’ walk from Mai Khao Beach. WEBSITE: www.baanarjor.com Baan Chinpracha HISTORY: The manor was built during the reign of King Rama V by Phra Pitak Chinpracha, a prosperous tin-mining businessman who was also a philanthropist. He lived in Malaysia prior to settling down in Phuket, and brought many Peranakan and Western influences with him, such as Western-style furniture imported from British Malaya (present-day Malaysia). The manor is considered to be the most beautiful and well-preserved Sino-Portuguese building in Phuket, and the descendants of the original owner still live here. STYLE: A Melaka-inspired Peranakan manor with luxurious architectural details. The architecture lets plenty of natural light in, since the house was built when there was no electricity available. The building was constructed with a traditional version of cement that allows breathability, and the pond in the centre framed by an arch not only acts as a visual delight but also serves to collect rainwater. There are more architectural details to amaze visitors, which they can learn about during their visit. HIGHLIGHTS: The kitchen preserves its original look and functions, and displays rarely-seen kitchen ware. Numerous antiques, collected for over a century, are showcased alongside a collection of intriguing vintage photos.