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Stage, a casual fine dining French & global-inspired restaurant by Chef Jay - Sainisa Sangsingkeaw and her highly talented brigade of ex-L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon has launched its brand-new seasonal "Stage Menu 3.0" signature tasting menus, starting from July onwards. "Stage Menu 3.0" is a vibrant journey to your palate in the concept of “Le Stage en Fête”, in which the word ‘la fête’ means a festival or a celebration party in French. Inspired by the lively carnival and joyful circus in Europe, each dish is presented in a colourful tone and fun plating with a playful twist, bringing smile and happiness to customers through the story of each menu. Some of the signature dishes for this new season include King Crab / Watermelon / Leek Bomb, Foie Gras Sundae, Spot Prawn / Jelly / Smoked Salmon Roe / Cotton Candy, Orecchitte / Sea Urchin / Black Winter Truffle, Sweetbread Schnitzel / Black Garlic / Sauerkraut, and Japanese Wagyu / Bone Marrow / Dry-Aged Beef / Red Wine Jus. Meanwhile, pastry chef Rekha Limpichart, who studied in Paris and apprenticed at Le Quartier du Pain under Chef Frédéric Lalos (prestigious recipient of Meilleur Ouvrier de France Boulanger), whips up carnival-inspired desserts like Space Brownie and many delectable bite-size desserts from the Dessert Trolley such as Matcha Kid Cat, Truffle Choux, Popcorn Éclair, Coconut Ice Cream With Bread, Apple Candy. ‘Stage Menu 3.0’ offers 7 courses tasting menu at THB 3,500++ (Wine pairing options: 3 glasses at 1,400++ / 5 glasses at THB 1,900++) and ‘Stage Experience’ 10 courses tasting menu at 4,900++ (Wine pairing options: 5 glasses at THB 1,900++ / 7 glasses at THB 2,500++). The evolving menu changes every 2 months according to ingredients availability and the team’s current inspirations. Our drinks are no afterthought either and are exquisitely designed to accompany your dining journey. Restaurant manager and sommelier Pattarapol Ponraritt (previously sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and recently head wine sommelier at Bangkok Marriot Marquis Queen’s Park) curates a wine list of both old world wine and new world wine, including natural wine as well, from many countries all over the world. Stage opens daily for private lunch from 12.00 – 14.30 hrs (minimum 4 people, advance reservation only) and dinner from 17.00 – 24.00 hrs (last booking at 20.30 hrs). Visit ​www.restaurant-stage.co or Facebook & Instagram: @stagebkk, or call +66 (0) 2 002 5253 / +66 (0) 83 623 4444 for more information.

The Banyan Tree Group, one of Asia’s leading hotel brands for sustainability and environmental awareness, has announced that it will launch a range of organic, plant-based menus at its resorts around the world, starting in Thailand later this year. The Singapore-based Group said it has embarked on several collaborations covering different areas of the food chain, such as championing local procurement and sustainably sourced food through a partnership with two-star Michelin Chef James Noble. Together, Banyan Tree and Noble have broken ground on ORI9IN, a 350-acre gourmet organic farm in the fertile mountains of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. Aside from supplying no fewer than 15 Michelin chefs at some of Bangkok’s most elite restaurants, MasterChef-turned sustainable farmer Noble said the joint venture will also include an on-site farm-to-table organic restaurant which is slated to open in October this year. Banyan Tree currently has three hotels in Thailand – in Bangkok, Koh Samui and Phuket, with a fourth, Banyan Tree Krabi, due to celebrate a grand opening in October 2020. The hotel group, which is highly reputed for its spa and wellness facilities, said it has also formed a partnership with Grassroots Pantry, a pioneering brand in Hong Kong, which is at the forefront of plant-based cuisine in Asia’s fine dining scene. A capsule menu based on plant-based, immunity-boosting foods and sustainable kitchen practices is to launch in the latter part of this year. The menu will debut at Banyan Tree’s Phuket venues followed by a roll-out at all of its hotels internationally. This new food-sourcing initiative at Banyan Tree complements an existing policy of enhanced hygiene and safety at its resorts worldwide – protocols introduced in the wake of the current Covid crisis. In 2019, Banyan Tree Group implemented a Code of Conduct for suppliers to map supply chain transparency in ingredients sourcing and promote socio-environmental practices to develop a sustainable supply chain. To date, over 900 suppliers have registered. For 2020, in line with marine conservation goals, the Group implemented a 25 percent benchmark of sustainable seafood sourcing by 2025 from sustainable fisheries. Banyan Tree Global Foundation said its experts will review seafood species served at each location and support identification of sustainably certified alternatives and opportunities for its properties.

As a Bangkok-born who has always lived here, there is something about this city that never ceases to amaze me. One of my most favourite spot to re-visit from time to time is Pranakorn Area. Samranraj is one of the districts in the area, famous for old houses and street foods, as well as one-off lifestyles. The cushy fusion between Thai, Chinese, Indian, and Western influences of the district is dulcet in the way no other place is. Chef Bank, a native of the area, who is the chef at Samranraj Cuisine, narrates the charming way of living around here through his finesse in culinary arts and impressive knowledge of Thai ingredients. His cuisine fuses cultures with flavours, as if he is taking you on a journey in Thailand from the northernmost part to the south, while making a stop at Samranraj district to peek at the beautiful cultural blend. At Samranraj Cuisine Restaurant, I get to try the dinner set in a casual yet exquisite setting. The semi-open kitchen makes the dinnertime even more enjoyable. In the southern part of Thailand, there are a large number of Muslim people, and they add their unique flavours to various dishes, one of them being “Salad Khaek”. On the Samranraj Rice Crackers, the sweet-and-sour zest of the salad is added to chunks of fresh crabmeat and culantro from the North, creating a succulent sensation over the crispy rice from the Central region. For Wild Hokkaido Scallop Som Tum Ceviche, when common dish like Som Tum is made extravagant, it feels like home, with cutting-edge redecoration. Topped on papaya salad are jumbo-sized fresh scallops. Instead of simply adding chilli to the salad, the chef transforms it into jelly, so the whole experience is marvelously textured. Vegan-friendly Banana Flower Salad is utterly nutritious, while being rich in flavours. Pomelo adds juiciness to the dish so gorgeously. And then it is time for the mains. Poached and Seared Foei Gras & Duck is a seamless, stunning blend of Western and Chinese flavours. Instead of cooking common Dong Po Rou, duck and foei gras are poached in Po Rou water, so that the unique herbal aroma seeps thoroughly in the meat. The sided mulberry chutney complements the dish so well. When savouring everything together in one bite, it gives unexpectedly heavenly senses. Thai Wagyu Beef brings the best charcoal-grilled beef from Sakon Nakhon to the plate, peppered with ground roasted rice, making each piece crispy on the outside, and juicy on the inside. To reveal the famous Isaan-style flavours, spicy “jaew” dipping is served alongside. I am usually not a fan of lamb, but when I try Charcoal Lamb Cutlet Massaman Curry, I must say this can easily be my favourite. This is a great combination of Chinese, Indian, and Western tastes, crystallising the charming cultural diversity of the district. The tender lamb and rich-in-flavour Massaman curry goes brilliantly with one another. After having had a long delectable time, dessert is the way to say sweet goodbye. Jasmine Panna Cotta Ginger Jelly is topped with

Where the whole gleaming peninsula is yours, Amanpuri at Phuket makes a grandiose return now with intriguing programmes to enhance the wellness of your body and soul, as well as to augment the quality of time spent with your beloved ones. Designed to reflect the country’s classic architectural style in harmony with its verdant natural surroundings, the resort provides the space, peace and discretion of a private island with 40 standalone guest pavilions and 40 private multi-bedroom villas. With its tranquil setting, Amanpuri has long been a sanctuary for those seeking a positive shift in terms of wellbeing. The resort’s extensive Aman Spa features 12 treatment rooms, hydrotherapy areas with steam rooms, traditional saunas, two infrared saunas, Jacuzzis and cold plunge pools, and a finishing salon for nails and hair. The fitness studio includes a glass-walled gym, a Pilates studio, a Muay Thai studio and boxing ring, yoga pavilions and a juice bar. An Andaman Escape As an invitation to residents of Thailand, Amanpuri is offering exclusive rates for the ‘Andaman Escape’ programme, which includes daily breakfast and private return transfers for stays from a minimum of two nights, as well as special reductions on spa experiences and dining across the resort’s restaurants. Perfect for those looking to escape the city, even if just for the weekend, and reconnect with nature, Amanpuri is a serene sanctuary to relax, rejuvenate and spend time with loved ones. Wellness at Amanpuri In February 2019, Amanpuri became the brand’s first resort to provide medical services with the launch of its revolutionary Holistic Wellness Centre and transformative multi-day Medical Wellness Immersion programmes. A certified medical team from Phuket’s renowned health and sports resort, Thanyapura works alongside Aman’s alternative-therapy specialists at the Holistic Wellness Centre to offer medical services for those who desire optimal health. New this year, Amanpuri has introduced a five-night Integrated Medical Immune Support Immersion designed and led by expert physicians who have selected therapies supported by medical literature to contribute to improved immune defence, aiming to restore peak physical health. The Immersion begins with an orientation and wellness assessment on the day of arrival, as well as a 90-minute Aman signature massage. The programme includes six intravenous infusions (IVs) and one injection, four medical sessions, two 90-minute spa treatments, two 60-minute private movement sessions and all meals and daily health juices from a personalised nutrition plan. A final consultation assesses progress and provides guidance for the future. In addition to the new Immersion programme, guests are able to select from a choice of one-off immune-supporting medical treatments at the Holistic Wellness Centre. For those looking to kickstart their wellness journey, the Detox & Cleansing Immersion is the perfect way to recalibrate and reassess the body’s needs. The personalised programme naturally stimulates the detoxification pathways of the body, removing the obstacles to wellness created by emotional eating, bad habits and high-stress lifestyles. Treatments concentrate on clearing toxicity, draining the lymph, and releasing tension to relax and renew the body and mind. Guests will leave with tips on how to dispel negativity, forge new neural pathways and increase their mental acuity. Activities offered as

With over 3,000 religious monuments across the lush green plain of Bagan, the ancient city manifests a sublime panorama to be witnessed once in a lifetime. Being there, even for a short period of time, gives me goosebumps just by imagining how comfortably spectacular it was back when it flourished.   BAGAN IN BRIEF The Kingdom of Pagan is considered to be the pioneer of Burmese culture. Situated on the first land of the country, Bagan became the capital and administrative hub of the kingdom from the 9th century, and unceasingly flourished until the 13th century. Under the reign of King Anawrahta (1044 – 1077), the Kingdom of Pagan was getting more glorious each day – Burmese ethnicity, as well as the lands that would later form present-time Myanmar, were unified, and Theravada Buddhism became widely practised in the kingdom. Being an ardent Buddhist, he built multitudinous temples and stupas all over the city. Even after his reign, the successive kings kept building more of them, time after time. Once upon a time, the Bagan plain embodied more than 10,000 religious constructions, and most of the significant sites were built in the 12th century   A NIGHT IN BAGAN Spending only a night in Bagan is, frankly, not a good idea. I have to do so because of a tight schedule. Nevertheless, the short-lived stay in Bagan turns astonishingly eventful. Upon arrival in Mandalay, I travel straight to the bus station; not knowing that ahead is a seven-hour big adventure on a 19-seater bus with no air conditioner. I later find that this is the bus for locals after it departs, and I encounter several of them during the long hours travelling.I thought I could take the long hours watching movies on my phone, but it turns out that the whole way is too bumpy to do anything at all. We stop at a completely local diner for a while, with, again, no language I can read. I have to show the waiter the picture of the simplest menu – omelette. It is almost midnight, and I have just arrived at the hostel with no idea of how to travel around tomorrow. Ostello Bello Bagan hostel, located in the New Bagan area, turns out to play a bigger role for me than just accommodation, as they give the best advice on everything, and even provide a guided trip to significant temples in Bagan. With the air-conditioned taxi charging many dollars, I wonder how budget travellers (I’m obviously one) get around here. “Just rent an electric bike. It’s easy. Everyone does that,” says the young concierge. I am worried, as I don’t even drive in my hometown.   EXPLORE BAGAN IN SIX HOURS To catch the first light of the day, I leave the hostel on my e-bike in the half-light, following the traditional paper map provided by the hostel. The concierge is right – it’s easy. In no time, I reach Dhammayazika Pagoda – one of the few spots where people can still see the sunrise. Temple climbing

When your body and mind yearn for ‘vitamin sea’, you plunge yourself wholeheartedly into the beauty of nature where the white foam of the turquoise sea laps the stretching sandy beach repeatedly. And Mason Pattaya is where you should be.   Setting the Scene A mere two hours’ drive from downtown Bangkok and I was in a paradise! The ultra-modern architecture of Mason greeted me upon arrival, on par with the professional service of the staff who eagerly managed my belongings and sent them to the appointed villa. The mood and tone of the ambience is second to none, I told myself as we made our way through the cave-like path with the sea and the horizon as the backdrop. Mason is an all-villa resort with only 35 villas in total. Hence, the resort would not be too busy to enjoy at any time. The 150-metre sandy beach was bliss and I could guarantee that this part of Pattaya is tranquil and quiet, while the fun and the happenings are within easy reach at central Pattaya. Sundecks and beanbags are dotted on the beach. I could not wait to hit there at once.   Getting Comfortable With the spirited design aspect of the villa, one has to walk down the stairs from the rooftop in order to reach the entrance of the room. Doing so, the experience opens you to the panoramic view of the ocean meeting the sky at the horizon, while the at-ease private pool laps at your feet. The room was majestic with a lounge area upfront and the comfy vast bed tucked away. The bathroom is designed to be separated from the bedroom and occupy as much space, I would say – at least the customised bath was one of the biggest I ever encountered.  A dilemma hit me hard now as I first planned to unwind on one of the sundecks on the beach, then changed my mind to the private one sitting in front of the bedroom. However, after seeing the bath and the serene pool, I decided that I had to get wet during this relaxation session so I waited no time to plunge myself in.   Dining Options Three food outlets stand bold to treat every palate with the compliment of the sea within sight. Zila Street Bistro & Bar is a casual dining spot where you could choose to unwind with great food both indoors and outdoors. The menu is of great diversity as it features from Thai to Western alike. Our favourite dishes were Pomelo and Crispy Coconut Salad, Vegetable & Edible Flower Roll and Pizza Salami. Make sure you leave some room for dessert since the Banoffee Split – chocolate crust with banana brulee and salted caramel served with vanilla cream – was totally irresistible. To savour the sea to the maximum, Beachside Bar is located right on the beach with trendy chairs on the terrace and a patio for you to sip your preferred drinks. At dusk, move up to Krok-a-Café Espresso Bar to enjoy the sunset

As social distancing is still one of the top priorities of our new normal lifestyle, and will continue to be for a lengthy period, you may crave for peace of mind and freedom to roam around without having to worry about keeping your distance. Luckily, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spa allows your wish to come true with the ultimate private island buy out packages! Anantara offers guests complete privacy, security and of course, luxury in some of the most spectacular locations around the world:   Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort Private Island Package Small and secluded Medjumbe Island in Mozambique is bustling with verdant nature on the land, pure white sands on the shore, and soothing shades of blue water of the pristine Indian Ocean. Surrounded by the aforementioned purely natural perks is a collection of 12 luxurious beach pool villas, accommodating up to 24 guests, offering a wide array of water sports and elegant dining experience. Anantara Medjumbe Island’s private island buy out package starts from USD 19,280 per night, and includes: Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and selected beverages One Dining by Design experience One Quissanga Island excursion with a barbeque or picnic Daily shared and scheduled snorkelling trips Daily shared and scheduled scuba diving or fishing trips Return air transfers from Pemba International Airport to Medjumbe Island A minimum of three consecutive nights’ stay is required Stay With Peace of Mind Hygiene programme applied Package is valid until 10 December 2021. Some blackout dates apply. To book, please contact reservations.africa@minorhotels.com or medjumbe@anantara.com.   Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas A sanctuary within a sanctuary means utmost tranquility, and you can experience this one-off placidity amidst idyllic Indian Ocean at Anatara Kihavah Maldives Villas. In addition to being completely secluded in the unforgettably mesmerising nature, you can make the days uniquely yours with Anantara Signature Experiences; from diving with Manta Rays to stargazing with the Maldives’ most powerful overwater telescope, or pampering yourself with first-rate treatments. Anantara Kihavah’s private island buy out package starts from USD 95,000 per night and includes: 80 spacious private pool villas – over water or beach front A dedicated personal villa host for each villa 24 hours a day Daily breakfast for the group Access to a diverse culinary journey with six bars and restaurants Access to recreation and leisure facilities including a tennis court, bicycles, a premium fitness centre, boutique and gift shop Access to Anantara Spa featuring a range of customisable Anantara Signature Experiences Kids under 12 can enjoy the ‘Thiththi Boli Kids Club’ and supervised island activities Stay With Peace of Mind Hygiene programme applied To customise your private island reservation at Anantara Kihavah, contact Paul Counihan at pcounihan@anantara.com. Sir Bani Yas Island by Anantara A bit away from modern cities of United Arab Emirates is a beautiful, secluded Sir Bani Yas with an iconic fortress-style seaside hotel. What to expect here are wish fulfillment for wildlife adventure, witnessing flocks of graceful flamingos at the mangrove lagoon, delectable dishes, state-of-the-art Anantara Spa journeys, and a lot more experiences to make your days uniquely wonderful. Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts offer the entire Island or

The world is wide, but the galaxy is far wider, and there are endless possibilities out there. New discoveries always reveal amazements, one of which is the revelation of "exoplanet" or extrasolar planet – a planet beyond our Solar System. For a literally otherworldly experience, you can take a virtual tour with Exoplanet Travel Bureau by NASA, and learn more about exoplanets that have been discovered so far, from the hot world, Kepler-10b, the first exoplanet to come to light, to the lava-filled planet 55 Cancri e, and more exotic strolls in the outer space. Visit this page to take a trip with the Exoplanet Travel Bureau.

Thailand's leading luxury sojourns, Four Seasons Resorts, celebrate Global Wellness Day on 13 June 2020 with special live series and videos on the resorts' Instagram pages of Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, and Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui. The 3 resorts will bring their wellness experts from across the globe to take you through exceptional experiences of tranquility right at your home, from tea meditation and wellness cooking, to kundalini yoga to mindfulness sessions with visiting practitioners. Here is the schedule of sessions: Instagram Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle: 9:00 am (GMT +7)  – Forest Bathing with Jutatip Sakulpanitcharuen, Spa Manager Instagram Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai: 6:00 am (GMT +7) – Tea Meditation with Sudha Nair, Nutropath 1:00 pm (GMT +7) – Boost the immune system with the plant-based cooking by Liam Nealon 4:00 pm (GMT +7)  – Mediation and Distance Healing session by Shaylini Somani 6:00 pm (GMT +7)  - Kundalini Yoga and Meditation by Paramjot and Evelyn Instagram Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui: 10:00 am (GMT +7) – Flavour of Samui (creating homemade scrub) by Rattanapron Morkmeung 11:00 am (GMT +7) – Health Shot by Jon Curiel 1:00 pm (GMT +7) – Cooking with Fresh Catch by Ivo Benidio 3:00 pm (GMT +7) – Mindfulness of Speech by Carol Kandell 5:00 pm  (GMT +7) – ‘Pick me Up’ stretches by Sakol Chotchuang