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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 For new reservations or adjustment of reservations, please contact or call +66 (0) 77 960 555.

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. FACEBOOK @theslatephuket INSTAGRAM @theslatephuket   Text by Pakvipa Rimdusit

As the situation is gradually easing in Thailand, the country's largest hospitality group, Accor, is preparing to welcome you back on unwinding holidays with a selection of 68 hotels and resorts in Thailand to be booked through special vouchers of up to 50% off with the flexibility to book stays until December 2020. Packages start at only THB 589 net! You can indulge in top-notch stays at a very valuable price. The deals includes: Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan - MGallery: Jatu Deluxe Memorable Moment package including one night stay, daily breakfast for two, a dinner for tow at Medici and late checkout, starting from THB 3,900 net Novotel Sriracha & Koh Si Chang Marina Bay: Discover Sriracha Package including on night stay in a Superior room, daily breakfast and a set dinner for two, starting from THB 2,999 net SO/ Sofitel Hua Hin: SO/ Family Room Weekend Package including a two night stay, daily breakfast, kids' activities and a 2-course lunch set for two, starting from THB 13,150 net Pullman Phuket Arcadia Nation Beach: Phuket Beach Escape including a three night stay, daily breakfast for two, airport pick up, daily lunch, nightly dinner, two 30-minute spa massages and more, starting from THB 15,000 ..and many more irresistible offers from Sofitel, SO/, MGallery, Pullman, Mövenpick, Swissôtel, Grand Mercure, Mercure and Novotel hotels and resorts in Thailand Over 200 vouchers are now available for purchase from now until 8th June at Stay dates are flexible for redemption until 23rd December 2020.  

Belmond launches 'Belmond Invitations' - a virtual theatre of programmes designed to bring entertaining experiences into people's homes whilst the world of travel is on pause. Launching this Friday on Belmond IGTV, with a special performance by pianist Joe Stilgoe - in honour of the roaring 20s 'The Party' that was due to take place in Venice and on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express during this weekend. The 'Belmond Invitations' performances are curated using Belmond's wellbeing philosophy of Good Living -  experiences that are designed to enrich the mind, body and soul - from poetry and music to travel by; to cleansing mindfulness rituals and nourishing nutrition and uplifting floral inspiration - the experiences are supported by a digital care package of Good Living remedies to soothe the senses as we all adjust to a time of unprecedented stillness. RENDEZVOUS IN THE ROARING 20s Join the first Belmond Live event in honour of ‘The Party’ at 6pm GMT on Friday, 27th March 2020, live on Instagram. We may not be able to travel at this time but we can still transport our minds with the power of music -  Joe Stilgoe, will host a special concert this evening to bring a touch of 1920s glamour into people's homes - this is an invitation to come together in spirit, to raise a glass, and to truly dance like nobody is watching. More livestream performances will be announced at a later date on @belmond.   GOOD LIVING - DIGITAL CARE PACKAGE  In addition to the series of livestream videos and performances, Belmond together with its Experience Makers have created ‘Digital Care Package’ to offer Belmond's remedies to ease tension and feed the mind. Over the course of the next few weeks, Belmond will release a series of content across its digital platforms. From its website to Instagram and Facebook, friends of Belmond can follow along on a ‘Good Living’ journey that features curated uplifting content to inspire and keep the dreams alive. Friends of Belmond will be reminded to start the day with a Good Morning calming meditation by wellness experts Nadia Narain & Katia Narain-Philipps, or access to recipes for make at home spa therapies; be inspired by our exceptional destinations through sensational classical music playlists created by broadcaster and musician Clemency Burton-Hill. With this care package, we hope to provide inspiration to temporarily transport people to some of the world's most enriching destinations - even if only virtually, for now. Along with the company’s main Instagram account, all of Belmond hotels, trains, cruises and safaris will also be prescribing their local digital care package in line with the theme. From all of us here at Belmond, this is an invitation to live well.

ON THE FAR SOUTH COAST OF THE ANDAMAN SEA, THE MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO REMAINED UNTOUCHED UNTIL THE 1990s WHEN IT OPENED TO TOURISTS. HOME TO JAM-PACKED WOODS, VAST CORAL REEFS, DENSE MARINE AND ON-GROUND LIVES, WONDERFUL GEOMORPHOLOGY, HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS, AS WELL AS OVER 1,000 NOMADIC PEOPLE, THE MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO DOES NOT OFFER JUST A DAZZLING BEACHFRONT GETAWAY, BUT THE “REAL” WAY OF RECONNECTING TO THE EARTH, AND GETTING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT ON A DEEPER LEVEL.   Out of over 800 islands in this archipelago, I luckily got to spend relaxing days amidst awesome quietude on Kyun Pila or the Pila Island, where birds joyously sing, the forest remains dense, and the beach stays naïve. It feels so hopeful to know that a land this pristine still exists. ASHORE AND AQUATIC CREATURES The area that is presently Myanmar has long been dense with precious natural resources, marine lives and flourishing forests. Many parts of the country, luckily, are still left unscathed, but also many of them are run-down, mainly due to insufficient information on their significance provided to the locals, as well as inadequate proper plans to protect and restore them. Ecosystems work in a variety of ways in different parts of the world, and Mergui Archipelago, being distant from the mainland, has unique ones. On the Pila Island, it is an ideal spot to observe healthy onland and underwater lives, which are not as disturbed as other easilyaccessible scenes. As the sea is indeed inseparable from the land, keeping them both robust is a vital act. Even though “leaving nature alone” might as well be the best strategy to get them to revive, it can take too much time, and human beings can be very helpful with the right means, competent knowledge, and respect for the lives out there. INTO THE WILD I have been to many islands before, but on this wonderful Pila Island, it is an experience like never before. As a private island with an environmentally friendly resort, every spot comes with serenity and natural wonders! Strolling on the soft sands, I am stunned by captivating, enigmatic rock formations on the shore, which looks especially breathtaking when the tide is low in early morning. Stepping closer, I find the rocks are home to countless crabs. I keep coming back on this tiny adventure of mine, observing the crab community I have never seen before. Aside from rock crabs, hermit crabs hidden in artsy shells are another magic of the island. Birdwatching is a thing to do when you are at Awei Pila Resort. Mitch Hawkins, the recreation manager at the resort will bring you around to spot birds, explain their lovely behaviours, and distinguish the sound of their songs from one another. Chances are you’ll find some kingfishers, white-rumped shamas, racked-tailed drongos, and other tuneful creatures. Along the birdwatching way or the hike to nearby villages, soaring trees with its own ecosystem are all over the places, warranting the robustness of the nature of this distant island. Wildlife such as meerkats, wild pigs, and more are still there in the forest, but they do

The outbreak and spreading of Covid-19 has caused significant difficulties with transportation in Thailand with many provinces sealing off their borders to deal with Covid-19. Mr Autthanop Pandkamnerd, President of Cissa Group, a leading investment property development company, said that “In response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which has and continues to impact the entire community and many tourists who have been forced to overstay as they cannot leave for home. On behalf of Natai Beach Resort & Spa management, we want to help with the Covid-19 outbreak battle to contain the spread of the virus by offering complimentary stays for overstayers as well as local healthcare workers and first responders whom our safety is dependent upon. We would like to thank them for their selfless, hard work during the crisis by offering complimentary accommodation at our 106-room premium resort situated on the beautiful beachfront of Natai Beach, Phang-Nga and only 30 minutes away from the Phuket International Airport. As our staff health and safety is our priority, we require all guests to present a medical certificate, issued no more than 72 hours, confirming that they have been tested and are free from the virus. As we are in the hospitality industry, we understand the difficulty of the situation for all front liners and the overstayers that are unable to travel back to their countries. It's our pleasure to work together to overcome this crisis together.” For more information and reservations, please contact or +66 (0) 76 401 301.

FROM KOH CHANG IN THAILAND TO PHU QUOC IN VIETNAM, A STRING OF ISLANDS HUGS THE COAST – AND MOST OF THEM ARE CAMBODIA’S, SITTING OFFSHORE OF THE KINGDOM’S 440 KILOMETRES OF TWISTING AND TURNING COASTLINE – THE PEARLS OF THE CAMBODIAN SEASHORES The beauty of these islands is that most of them are undeveloped, with wild beaches and just a few simple backpacker huts if you want to stay a while – or no huts at all, just you and nature. Perfect for day trips, or pitching a tent in paradise. Then there are two big islands – Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem – which have a whole range of accommodation along their super-long beaches, with dense jungle interiors. Lastly, for those with fat wallets, there are three private islands blessed with fabulous luxury resorts. Well and truly off the map at the turn of the century, Cambodia’s islands now have something for everybody, from just a hammock in the trees, to a wooden chalet with a balcony, through to an exclusive villa with your own pool. Numbering no less than 60, the islands lack roads, ATMs or mains electricity, but boast a host of bars, restaurants and dive shops, plus endless beaches, azure seas and an escapist, easy-going vibe. Controversially, some islands have been leased to developers for large-scale resort building, so who knows how long this away-from-itall tranquillity will exist? Already the charm of the first of Cambodia’s beach hubs, the seaside town of Sihanoukville, has been smashed and annihilated by manic development. In just the last few years, what was a laid-back beach town has become a grotesque casino city for Chinese gamblers, its former backpacker haunts left to rot. That means right now is the time to enjoy the Cambodian islands, while they are still treasures possessing a serenity not easily found elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Let’s check them out. THE NORTHERN GROUP KOH KONG KOAH If you’re coming from Thailand by land – not a bad idea at all, entering Cambodia from Trat province – then the first big island is Koh Kong Koah, which is in fact Cambodia’s largest island. However, it has a strong military presence, so access is tightly controlled and you must visit on a guided boat tour out of Koh Kong town or Tatai costing USD21 per person, including lunch and snorkelling equipment, or you can take overnight trips with beach camping or homestay for USD55. These trips only operate from October to May and it’s forbidden to explore the forested interior. Seven beaches are strung along the western coast, lined with coconut palms and lush vegetation. At the sixth beach from the north, a narrow channel leads to a hidden lagoon. KOH S’DACH ARCHIPELAGO KOH S’DACH Twelve small islands form the Koh S’Dach Archipelago, located offshore midway between the Thai border and the coastal city of Sihanoukville. Just two kilometres long, Koh S’Dach is the only island with a sizeable population, about 2,300, and it buzzes with fishing boats and an ice factory as the economic heart of the archipelago. The beaches

The Siam Adventure Club family recently gave a heartwarming welcome to their newest family member, Rascal the Bulldog. This cute and cuddly British Bulldog will be one of the first characters that will greet guests as they step into the premises of Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort. Rascal, a lovable and charismatic puppy, is sure to bring smiles & happiness to both adults and children alike, spreading joy all around with her bubbly nature. Every morning, Rascal can be spotted with her best friends, Elfie and Eloise as they bring cheers to all families who are enjoying breakfast. After getting her daily dose of affection, Rascal starts enjoying her fun-filled day, exploring all the wonderful amenities that the resort has to offer. It’s not a surprise that she is becoming everyone's friend. As the newest addition to the Siam Adventure Club family, Rascal is definitely finding her feet in this new atmosphere whilst brightening everyone’s day. Her charismatic presence at the resort forges a new and unique hospitality experience for all guests to treasure their unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. For more information on Siam Adventure Club:

Set in tropical gardens on white sandy beaches dotted with rustling coconut trees surrounded by a cobalt ocean, Tamassa Bel Ombre makes for an exotic Mauritian Easter getaway, perfect for the extended weekend. The all-inclusive Tamassa Easter Programme (from USD239++ in a standard room) promises a myriad of activities for the whole family. From energizing outdoor activities to keep adrenaline levels high to tranquil activities curated for guests looking to relax, there is something for everyone. Little ones can expect a thrilling Meet & Greet session with the resort’s Easter Bunny before unleashing their creativity during a fun-filled Easter egg painting session at PLAY. Parents looking for vibrant Easter selfies can work up a post-workout glow with an energetic Zumba class at Jalsa or a dive into a refreshing water aerobics class at Crescent B. For a healthy splash of all-inclusive fun over the long Easter weekend, guests of all ages can look forward to getting knee deep in foam with the dynamic Family Foam Party and enjoy heart-pumping Water Slide adventures for a remarkable adrenaline rush. After working up an appetite, guests can recharge with a hearty BBQ lunch held at the picturesque Playa Beach featuring a live cocktail station and lobsters. Other culinary highlights include a delightful tea break at the B Bar before being entertained at an interactive chocolate workshop by Tamassa’s in-house chef. Balance the excitement with a meaningful Wish Ceremony at the “Garden of Wishes”, indulge in a variety show at the band stage or soak in the euphoric beats at the Easter DJ Party on the dance floor. Tamassa Bel Ombre offers the perfect escape for families in search of entertaining activities for the young and young at heart. With its all-inclusive concept, the resort caters to all ages and diverse preferences to ensure an unforgettable Easter fun in the sun for everyone. For more information or reservation, please click here.