If you haven’t booked your end-of-year getaway yet, there’s still time. With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to recharge and explore new cities and neighbourhoods. From a sala-style home in Chiang Mai’s old quarter to a luxury barn house in Khao Yai; from an island villa in southern Thailand to a designer’s house in Bangkok’s Chinatown, these seasonal stays are sure to put the ho ho ho in your holidays. Thai Sala House In The Old Town (Chiang Mai) Immerse yourself in history this holiday season with a stay at this one bedroom (2 guests) traditional sala Thai house located right in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old town. Within walking distance of temples, Sunday Walking Street, museums and more, the central location makes it an ideal home base for discovering everything Chiang Mai has to offer. If you're looking to immerse yourself in the local scene and explore what Chiang Mai and surrounds has to offer, check out these Airbnb Experiences: Organic Farm Thai Cooking Experience, Secrets of Sak Yant, Cafe Hopping With A Coffee Connoisseur. Designer’s House in Chinatown (Bangkok) Interested in a city break this holiday season? Make this renovated Airbnb Plus four-bedroom (9 guests) house your home for the holiday. Located in Chinatown, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the history and culture of this old quarter, its local neighbourhoods, alleyways while trying out the delicious bites from the street vendors. The best way to see the real Bangkok is through the eyes of a local – check out these Airbnb Experiences for an alternative view of Bangkok: Living Along The Kong, The Secret Of China Town And Local Life, Tuk Tuk Adventure And Thai Street Food. Khao Yai Barnhouse (Nakhon Ratchasima) Just two-hours by car for Bangkok, Nakhon Ratchasima is a popular weekend getaway for city-dwellers and is famed for its cooler, refreshing weather, especially during the December/ January holiday season. Home of Thailand's first national park, Khao Yai, this luxury five-bedroom (11 guests) property inspired by the English countryside is surrounded by a golf course and has sweeping views of the nearby mountains. The vast outdoor spaces and large kitchen makes this barnhouse ideal for family and group holidays. Villa Aria on Koh Yao Noi (Phang Nga) Head south to the island of Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga province for a tranquil break. The island is home to an active local fishing community and incredible landscapes and flora, as well as some beautiful, and deserted, beaches. This custom wooden two-bedroom (4 guests) house was built by local artisans. Situated on the east side of the island, it offers a quiet retreat with spectacular views across Phang Nga Bay and the beach is just 300 metres away. For those travelling in a larger group, there are two neighbouring apartments that can also be booked making this an ideal island hangout for the holiday season. For those looking to travel overseas this holiday season, below are some stunning stays in Asia-Pacific that will make for a delightful holiday-break. Alternatively,
ICONSIAM Superlux Residence has announced that The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok in spectacular style. The first Mandarin Oriental branded residential development in Southeast Asia, and the seventh residential project to open for the brand worldwide, this unique architectural triumph promises to deliver unrivalled luxury service synonymous with the Mandarin Oriental brand. The development benefits from a remarkable location within the prestigious ICONSIAM complex, a vibrant symbol of the spirit and soul of Thailand, that provides the warmest welcome for residents and visitors. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok comprise 146 of the world’s most luxurious waterfront residences, with two- or three-bedroom options ranging in size from 130 sqm to 230 sqm, and penthouses ranging from 380 sqm to 710 sqm. Offering private lift access, 3.2-metre high ceilings, and common areas that are approximately three times larger per unit than many other prestigious apartments in Bangkok, the development sets a new standard in luxury living. A unique benefit of ownership includes an exclusive invitation to Mandarin Oriental's Residence Elite Programme, providing 24/7 Residence Concierge service, worldwide privileges when staying at any Mandarin Oriental hotel and VIP recognition when shopping at neighbouring ICONSIAM retail outlets. Mr. Keerin Chutumstid, President, Property & Service Business Group, MQDC, said: “The ICONSIAM Superlux Residence Corporation Ltd and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group have formed a partnership that has delivered an exceptional result. Since this project began, we have strived to create a residence that acts as a beacon for Thailand on the global stage; a residence that showcases architectural, technological and design features of the finest quality. With exclusivity and status to rival the most sought-after developments around the globe, it is no surprise that only a limited number of residential units currently remain available to prospective purchasers.” “The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok are conveniently situated diagonally across the river from the legendary Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok,” says Mr. Richard Baker, Chief Relationship Officer for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, “The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok will provide owners with the finest property management and hospitality services, which have made the Mandarin Oriental name synonymous with exceptional standards of luxury worldwide. This latest addition to the Group’s residences portfolio will offer residents a unique lifestyle experience and impeccable service standards in one of South East Asia’s most dynamic and exciting cities.” Mr. Supoj Chaiwatsirikul, Managing Director, ICONSIAM Co., Ltd., added: “The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok are truly blessed by an enchanting location next to the Chao Phraya river, within ICONSIAM - one of Asia’s most exciting destinations combining art, culture, lifestyle pursuits, dining options, and shopping with convenient access to multiple transport links. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, is optimally placed as part of the ultimate Thai national landmark destination.” Award-winning Hong Kong designer Joyce Wang has defined a new language of luxury through careful curation of space, light and materials. This spatial experience is composed of fully custom-designed furniture and fixtures, sought-after limited-edition antique pieces and artisanal crafts carefully sourced globally. Externally, the 52-storey architectural façade’s graceful lines allude to
Mr. Kevin J. Beauvais, Founder and CEO of InVision Hospitality Co., Ltd. and Mr. Thanin Laohapiengsak, Managing Director of Chaophraya River Place Co., Ltd. signed the (HMA) Hotel Management Agreement for the GLOW Bangkok Riverside in Bangkok, Thailand. The signing ceremony took place at the office of InVision Hospitality on Sunday, July 28th. The riverfront property is slated for opening in Q1 2020 and is the 9th GLOW hotel from industry experts InVision Hospitality. Located near tourist friendly areas and Thewes and Tha Phra Athit piers, GLOW Bangkok Riverside will feature beautifully appointed modern décor, relaxed riverside dining options, a fitness gym and fabulous riverside infinity pool from which guests can enjoy life in sublime comfort along the River of Kings. Consistent with the GLOW brand promise, GLOW Bangkok Riverside will offer the same 5 signature GLOW brand guarantees: Better-than-home bedding, a great shower and amenities, free WiFi, a satisfying breakfast and fitness facilities With marvelous river views that feature fascinating day-to-day commerce and bustling tourism activity, GLOW Bangkok Riverside blends harmoniously with the vibrant city life. A private pier and riverboat transportation will offer convenient river access for guests who wish to visit the unlimited sights and cultural attractions in Bangkok. The majestic Grand Palace, Queen Sirikit Textile Museum and the awe-inspiring Reclining Buddha are nearby, or venture further out to the National Museum or backpacker hangout, Khao San Road. Day or night, GLOW Bangkok Riverside is a welcoming respite and place to call home in, whether traveling for holiday or on business. Live life in full colour, just GLOW!
Bangkok celebrates its 238rd birthday this year. As such a long-running happening city, Bangkok is surely packed with abundant attention-grabbing genres to explore that could actually keep you busy for several days. Let’s discover what Bangkok has on offer and plunge into the “Staycation” trend – where you check in to the city hotels and enjoy their premium services as a treat to yourself without making the effort of travelling outside the city. THE OKURA PRESTIGE BANGKOK ❱ STYLE The Okura Prestige Bangkok hotel is a stylish, elegant, luxurious and contemporary five-star hotel located at the heart of Thailand’s capital city. The hotel combines unrivalled levels of comfort and convenience with the warmth and charm always associated with genuine Thai hospitality. ❱ STAY All 240 rooms and suites offer impressive views across the dynamic Bangkok skyline through the triple-glazed e-coated panoramic windows. The rooms combine comfort and luxury with the very latest technological developments designed to impress business and leisure travellers. ❱ SAVOUR Delightful dining choices at Up & Above – the all-day dining venue, Michelin-starred restaurant Elements which is inspired by the famous Michelin two-star Ciel Bleu and the signature Japanese restaurant Yamazato, which has also received an award from Thailand’s best restaurant and the recognition from the Michelin Guide Bangkok. ❱ SENSES Relax in the amazing 25-metre cantilevered pool; keep fit in the state-of-the-art fitness centre; find peace and tranquility at The Okura Spa where the tranquil journey begins with a professional consultation and continues to an elegant, fully-equipped treatment room. Trained therapists use exclusive organic teas in a range of treatments designed to conjure relaxation and well-being. ❱ SCENE The Okura Prestige Bangkok is located in the award-winning Park Ventures Ecoplex building which is situated at the heart of the city’s Central Business District on Wireless Road, close to the embassies of the United Kingdom, United States and Japan. The hotel offers direct access to the city’s BTS SkyTrain network at Phloen Chit station and sits close to major shopping malls and commercial districts. The hotel enjoys easy access to and from the city’s two international airports. THE OKURA PRESTIGE BANGKOK Park Ventures Ecoplex, 57 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand T. +66 (0) 2687 9000 F. +66 (0) 2687 9001 W. okurabangkok.com AVANI + RIVERSIDE BANGKOK HOTEL ❱ STYLE Overlooking Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel welcomes discerning global travellers with contemporary style, intuitive service and stunning views across Asia’s most dynamic city. From the rooftop bar and pool at the top of the 26-storey hotel, down to the lobby, Avani+ Riverside Bangkok is a place to relax and unwind, and a base from which to explore nearby neighbourhoods and popular tourist sites along the ‘River of Kings’. ❱ STAY All of the hotel’s 248 stylish guest rooms and suites boast uninterrupted city and river views and all elements are geared towards the promise of a relaxing stay and a good night’s sleep. The neutral décor is a blend of comfort and modernity, natural materials and high-tech equipment, along with extra conveniences. Each of the spacious River View Junior Suites features a bathroom with a view,
Wellness rituals are sensorial journeys that showcase local heritage using native ingredients and traditional massage techniques perfected over centuries. With over 1,100 hotels and resorts in Asia-Pacific, Accor offers a vast collection of rejuvenating spa treatments that are both calming and relaxing for discerning travellers. From Singapore, China, Myanmar, Thailand, The Maldives, India and Australia, these seven locally-inspired rituals advocate the goodness of natural healing therapies, while serving as an amazing window for travellers to experience a taste of the traditions of each destination. “Our guests are increasingly looking for spa treatments that draw on the rituals and mythology of the destinations in which they are travelling,” said Spa Manager of award-winning luxury Swiss Spa, Pürovel Spa & Sport, Ms Elva Zhao. “It is as much about relaxing and rejuvenating the body as it is about learning new experiences and understanding cultures and traditions. Ancient customs and ingredients play a key role in soothing away the stresses of the modern traveller and allow our guests to take a step back from the tensions of today’s busy world.” SINGAPORE MASSAGE AT SWISSÔTEL MERCHANT COURT, SINGAPORE At Swissôtel Merchant Court, Singapore guests can enjoy a spectacular 90-minute spa treatment drawing on Singapore’s multi-cultural heritage. Specifically designed to expel fatigue, daily stresses and tensions, the Singapore Massage focuses on rebalancing energies for the mind and soul. Utilising Chinese, Malay and Indian massage techniques that represent the cultural mix of Singapore, this treatment culminates with the elimination of body heat, which is achieved by stimulating the foot’s reflex zones. WHITE FLANNEL FLOWER SANCTUARY RITUAL AT FAIRMONT RESORT & SPA BLUE MOUNTAINS, MGALLERY BY SOFITEL, AUSTRALIA Standing at the edge of the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains, Ubika Day Spa’s treatments are inspired by the seasons and the native wildlife of Australia. The spa menu is designed to hydrate, nourish, restore and regenerate for holistic wellbeing. The White Flannel Flower Sanctuary Ritual is a signature head-to-toe degustation experience that pays tribute to the beauty of the bush . The 105-minute full-body sensory journey includes an Organic Coconut & Jasmine Body Polish, Australian White Flannel Floral Hydrating Cocoon, Baobab & Neroli Facial Massage, Double Face Masque infusion, Peptide+ Multi-Action Serum, Full Body White Flannel Flower Soufflé, and Foot Restoration Massage to leave you feeling completely restored. SERENITY OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS AT SO SOFITEL BANGKOK, THAILAND Serenity of the Five Elements is a 90-minute soothing spa ritual based on the five elements of Wood, Earth, Water, Fire and Metal as well as the renowned Thai folk wisdom treatment called “Tok Sen” to balance all five senses. Tok Sen is an ancient massage technique indigenous to the Lanna region of Northern Thailand and handed down over generations. This ‘tapping of the meridians’ helps to restore the body’s natural balance. In this treatment, Ytsara aromatherapy oil, which represents the water element is applied all over the body and gently pressed with a warm herbal poultice. Heat from the poultice represents the fire element, while therapeutic herbs represent the earth. A small Tok Sen hammer, representing the wood
For those looking to get away for the weekend in the heart of Bangkok. The award-winning lifestyle wellness, Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 invites the health-loving travelers for an extra day to enjoy the staycation with Stay Three Pay Two – Book three nights and pay for two. The fabulous stay/pay deal includes a 3-night stay in Superior room at 3,252 Baht, Deluxe room at 3,761 Baht and Executive room at 4,286 Baht. This package also includes additional amenities to make a glorious weekend away such as daily buffet breakfast for a maximum 2 persons, complimentary 15-minutes Well Classic Partial Massage, credit voucher 500 Baht at The Twist Bar & Bistro. Free room upgrade with late check-out until 4 pm and so much more! Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 is located in the heart of the city and within 10 minutes walking distance to BTS Asoke and MRT Sukhumvit. It is comprised of 235 rooms and suites, with five room types including Superior, Superior Corner, Deluxe, Executive Room and Executive Suite. The two latter room types are equipped with an exercise bike, yoga, Pilates and resistance exercise set. Stay Three Pay Two Package is available for booking and stays from now until 31 October 2019. To be eligible for this promotion, the reservation of a 3-night stay is required. For reservations and information, visit www.wellhotelbangkok.com, email email@example.com or call +662 1275995.