Leading hotel management company Cross Hotels & Resorts has continued its strategic expansion into the global visitor hot spot of Phuket, announcing today its third hotel management agreement on the Thai island. Phuket has been included in the ‘World’s Best Places to Visit’ and ‘Best Places to Visit in Asia’ 2019 rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. Phuket was ranked number eight out of 30 in the ‘World’s Best Places to Visit’ list and number three out of 15 in the ‘Best Places to Visit in Asia’ list. Cross Hotels & Resorts is very pleased to announce the signing of a hotel management agreement with PT Three Land Co., Ltd. for its third Phuket property, X2 Vibe Phuket Patong Center. The hotel enjoys a strategic location in the center of Phuket Patong Beach. Set to open in mid-2021, it is only 50-minutes’ drive from Phuket International Airport and a 10-minute walk to Patong Beach and the bustling Bangla Walking Street. X2 Vibe Phuket Patong Center offers 323 guestrooms, all day dining restaurants, café and bar, meeting room and fitness facilities. Key features include specially designed family rooms and state-of-the-art kids club, large, adult swimming pool with sunken DJ Bar, underwater speakers, relaxing music and cocktails. The announcement follows the successful debut of X2 Vibe Phuket Patong in September 2018 and the signing of Away Phuket Le Coral in May 2019. X2 Vibe Phuket Patong is perfectly located close to key tourist attractions, large shopping mall and a two-minute walk from the beach. It features 136 modern rooms and villas and facilities including large central swimming pool and sundecks, spa, fitness center, restaurant, bar and meeting facilities. Away Phuket Le Coral is currently undergoing renovation with completion scheduled for late this year. Located on the beachfront of Natai Beach in Phang Nga Province, the hotel is only 40-minute drive from Phuket International Airport. Featuring 58 suites, it offers guests the experience of unspoilt nature and a beautiful, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere complete with private beach stretching along the Mangrove Forest Reserve. Highlights include nature inspired designer rooms, spectacular sea view infinity pool, restaurant and bar, spa, island tours, treks through virgin jungles and rafting adventures along scenic lakes and rivers. Cross Hotels & Resorts CEO, Peter Lucas said the company was very pleased to be signing its third hotel in Phuket within the past 12 months. “It is a significant milestone to be adding X2 Vibe Phuket Patong Center to our growing portfolio of hotels in Phuket – officially recognised as one of Asia and indeed the world’s best places to visit,’’ Mr. Lucas said. “It reinforces that we are delivering on our stated development aspirations of acquiring quality hotels with large inventories in the world’s most popular visitor destinations and gateway cities.” “Phuket has been clearly identified as a key target destination for Cross Hotels & Resorts now and into the future,’’ he said. Cross Hotels & Resorts EVP Commercial, Paul Wilson said the company was passionate about delivering unique commercial solutions for hotel owners and enriching experiences for our
Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas is celebrating its five-year anniversary on 1 April 2019. The hotel features 314 rooms and offer 3 meeting rooms, located just few steps away from the famous Patong Beach and the unique shopping center of Patong. In addition our team is very attentive to guest needs linked to our concept “Bringing Stories to life” for an unforgettable stay at the Grand Mercure Patong Phuket Resort & Villas. "We will keep take caring our guest by our heart as we do since opening 2014," said by Sebastien Tronchet general manager of Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas. For more information or reservation, please visit GrandMercurePhuketPatong.com
First opened in May 2008, Silavadee is the most luxurious hideaway where you arrive to escape the hustle and bustle of life to be pampered by attentive and exclusive service. Located on Samui island, one of the most famous islands in the world With a total of 80 rooms, pool villas and pool villa suites we provide the perfect spot for you to unwind and be embraced by nature. Rooms and villas range from 50 up to 300 square meter. Along with a complete renovation of all Bathrooms of the Deluxe Rooms which now combine sleek white marble with warm wood elements Silavadee also introduces its new Logo and several changes, to stay one for the most private and luxurious hideaway resorts on the island of Samui. In addition to the resorts refreshed Logo and accommodation, the property also introduces a new Food and Beverage Concept for its “Sun Lounge”, a culinary concept inspired by the local surroundings, providing guests with a selection of dishes made with fresh flavors and local ingredients as well as several products that are grown in their own garden. A healthy cuisine with a farm to table approach paired with a raw juice selection, organic wines and other organic Beverages makes Sun Lounge the ideal spot to rest, relax and feel good during the day. Along with this new culinary direction Silavadee equally introduces additions to the guest activity and spa program that complement the wellbeing aspect. A selection of curated experiences and packages will offer guests the opportunity to get in touch with the local community, Thai culture and nature. Experience mindful wellness activities such as Dawn Yoga, Ocean Breath, Thai Boxing or Healthy cooking classes and sleep meditation. Nature was incorporated during the design of the resort in every possible way and with the 11th anniversary we wish to introduce the above mentioned changes and a new aspect of Silavadee and its facilities. To mark its 11th Anniversary guest at Silavadee can enjoy the following activities and specials during the month of May: Wine pairing Dinner with world famous Francis Ford Coppola Winery Featuring Emily Putnam from Francis Ford Coppola Winery as a guest speaker. The dinner menu will be matched over multiple courses with “Director’s Cut” labels from the film director’s vineyard, presented by Putnam. The price for the dinner, to be held on May 17th is 2500THB including wine. Cocktails start at 18:00 followed by Dinner and Music at 19:00. The Venue for the Dinner will be “STAR” the resorts ultimate Roof Top Venue with breathtaking Views over Lamai Bay. Moet Chandon Champagne Breakfast Throughout the month of May Guest can order this intimate Champagne Breakfast on the Beach. This will be the utmost romantic breakfast featuring a bottle of Moet Chandon, fresh Strawberries, House smoked Salmon, freshly baked Croissants with homemade jams and French Butter, just to name a few. A discrete Beach Butler will stand by to ensure to be at your service should there be any request. Plush Cushions and draping will be prepared to make this Breakfast the
SUPERIOR WAY TO ENJOY SAMUI Seaside delights await! This year, W Koh Samui pampers you with the “WOW Offer”. For stays of at least four consecutive nights, you will be amused with extraordinary benefits such as on-arrival sparkling wine, Well-Travelled signature massage, candlelit dinner, airport transfers, and daily breakfasts. The offer is valid from now until 31 December 2019. For further details and booking, check out www.wkohsamui.com or email email@example.com CHILLING BY THE POOL Travelling to the splendid North? U Chiang Mai offers you sweet indulgence by the pool with the “Luxurious Superior Pool Access” package, with 30% discount for a Superior Pool Access room, together with 30% discount on F&B and round-trip airport transfer! Available for stays from now until 31 March 2019. A minimum of two consecutive nights is required. For booking, contact +66 (0) 53 327 000 or firstname.lastname@example.org EXPERIENCING CHENGDU With growing tourism thanks to charming Chinese culture and lovely pandas, Chengdu should really be on your list. Enjoy the “Check-in to Chengdu” experience with everything special from The Temple House! This three-night package invites guests not only to have the first-rate stay, but also to explore the city, to relish the award-winning spa, and to savour the healthy fares, starting from USD 930. Visit www.thetemplehousehotel.com for more information. DIVER’S BEST DEAL! Koh Haa is one of the first-rate dive sites in Thailand, thanks to its crystalline water, healthy coral, and abundant underwater life. Luckily, Pimalai Resort & Spa at Koh Lanta offers the leisurely four-day package for certified SCUBA divers to enjoy both on-land comfort and marine beauty. The package includes accommodation, airport transfers, dinner, spa, diving trip and equipment, and more. Priced from THB 43,590. Available now until 30 April 2019. Visit www.pimalai.com/promotion/ diving-2019 for more information. SAKURA HEALING Not just eye candy, the beautiful Sakura flower is also beneficial for your skin, thanks to its essential oil, which is rich in antioxidants. The Okura Spa at The Okura Prestige Bangkok features special “Sakura Wellness Secrets”, a 90-minute treatment to smoothen your delicate skin from head to toe, and to rejuvenate your weary soul. Available daily from 1 April – 30 June 2019, priced at THB 3,800++ per person. For more information and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2687 9000 or email email@example.com
OZO Chaweng Samui commemorated its fifth successful year of operation with a ceremonyled by Pierre-Andre Pelletier, Regional Vice-President, Operations – Southern Thailand, Vietnam and the Maldives (centre) and Thomas Hain, Resident Manager (the second from the right). On this special day, team members took part by paying respects to the spirits and participating in a Buddhist blessing ceremony at the resort’s signature restaurant, Stacked Burger Samui. Also, at Stacked Burger Samui, local residents and hotel guests were invited to celebrate another successful year and enjoy a BBQ burger buffet at the Burger Bar station as well as an array of American and international comfort food with a twist.
With the month of love has come upon us, discover your best locations for a luxurious Valentine’s Day weekend escape. Take advantage of up to 70% off your second night – as one day is simply not enough time to rediscover romance and fill your love bubble with blissful harmony at one of these perfect-for-two locations. Book from today – 28 Feb 2019 | Stay from today – 31 May 2019 AWAY BALI LEGIAN CAMAKILA Nestled between Legian Beach and a bustling shopping and entertainment street – Away Bali Legian Camakila allows guests to experience the best of both worlds – stunning sunsets right on the beach with views of the Indian Ocean and a wrath of Balinese ambiance right outside the front door. RATES FROM USD 93 / NIGHT X2 VIBE PATTAYA SEAPHERE RESIDENCES Step into a world of sun-splashed beaches, modern living spaces and lush, green landscapes. Nestled in a serene seaside corner of Pattaya’s Jomtien beach and surrounded by natural beauty, lies X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere Residence a new hotel in Pattaya. Your perfect fun, chilled out and romantic Valentine's Day destination. RATES FROM THB 1,929 / NIGHT BYD LOFTS BY X2 Situated just 200 meters from the famous Patong Beach leads the market in affordable fully furnished serviced apartments and hotel accommodation. BYD Lofts by X2 is a destination property sure to offer you the very best of design hotel ambiance and experience. RATES FROM THB 2,665 / NIGHT X2 KOH SAMUI - A SPA RETREAT A Spa Retreat is Thailand’s first resort offering guest a selection of ‘All spa inclusive package’ for unlimited spa treatments throughout their stay. Ideal for couples, honeymooners, families and friend holidays that designed to blend retreat, wellness, chill & vibes mixed together. RATES FROM THB 5,460 / NIGHT AWAY KANCHANABURI DHEVA MANTRA RESORT AND SPA Step outside onto your private balcony, and feel your cares melt away as you breathe in the fresh air of the surrounding tropical woodlands. As your eyes gaze upon the tranquil waters of the timeless River Kwai, which effortlessly flows by at a leisurely pace, a profound calm will wash over you. RATES FROM THB 2,513 / NIGHT AWAY PRANBURI BEACH RESORT Surrounded by exquisite natural views on all sides, Away Pranburi Beach Resort is a tranquil retreat in the heart of Thailand’s beautiful central coast. Modern comforts, delicious cuisine and relaxing spa treatments provide just the right holiday experience, while the nearby scenic cave, national park and fishing village let you explore some of Thailand’s finest landscapes. RATES FROM THB 2,167 / NIGHT
SWISSOTEL RESORT PHUKET PATONG launches newly renovated Swiss Signature Room for the real Swiss experience. The Signature Room is tastefully decorated with contemporary style with plenty of space for both couples and families to unwind in. The room features city or pool views, one king or two extra-large double beds (4.5 ft each) with high quality mattress to deliver a sensation of supreme softness, free wifi, Segafredo coffee machine, a functional work area, an interactive entertainment 55” LED TV, Rain shower and sophisticated Purovel bathroom amenities. Key Features - 32 m² - King bed or two extra-long beds - 55” LED television - Free Wi-Fi - Coffee machine - TWG Tea Selection Common Amenities - Free access to fitness centre - Minibar - Electronic safe - Iron and ironing board - Hair dryer - Large work desk - 24-hour in-room dining - Access to kids world
"There's a great future in plastics," or so Dustin Hoffman was told in the classic American movie The Graduate. Fifty years since the movie’s debut we've realized plastic is not as fantastic as the film had us believe. This month in Indonesia a dead sperm whale washed ashore with close to 6kg (13 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach - which included 115 drinking cups. Each year up to 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into our oceans, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. When it comes to plastics, many have reached the last straw. Here are seven resorts and hotels around Asia that are putting their money where their mouth is. Grand Hyatt Taipei Ordering take-out, picking up groceries, buying a soft drink — these are all activities that are set to change over the next decade in Taiwan when the island nation imposes a blanket ban on single-use plastic bags, straws, and cups by 2030. Taipei’s largest luxury hotel, Grand Hyatt Taipei, has already kicked the habit and is now using paper straws instead. In addition, the hotel recently announced that it would not actively provide guests with straws unless required for special drinks. “It’s our goal to help change consumer habits rather than simply offering a less environmentally-damaging alternative,” said Grand Hyatt Taipei’s general manager, Jan Hendrik-Meidinger. “In addition to no longer using plastic straws, our hotel also plans to provide guests with biodegradable wooden cutlery with their takeaway meals in order to help significantly reduce plastic waste.” Banyan Tree Samui If one incident brought home the crisis, it was when a pilot whale washed up on a beach in the Gulf of Thailand in May. Vets spent five days trying to save the giant whale, but it died. In an autopsy, they found no less than 80 plastic bags weighing 8 kg in its stomach. Now, on the Gulf islands of Samui, Phangan and Tao, strict new environmental laws are being enforced, while on Koh Samet a complete ban on tourists arriving with any plastic bags whatsoever has been laid down. Resorts and hotels are playing their part too; none more so than Banyan Tree Samui which earlier this year won a coveted international award for its eco-policies. “Housekeepers are using cloth bags instead of plastic, while in the restaurants we are serving wooden and bamboo utensils,” says Banyan Tree’s CSR manager Thepsuda Loyjiw, herself a marine biologist. “And we have changed to glass bottles, which means a reduction of 87,600 plastic bottles per year.” The nearly 300 staff at the luxury resort are also encouraged to reject plastic by bringing their own cups and cloth bags to work. Paradise Cruises Halong Bay Vietnam has a serious problem with plastic waste. So much so it generated more than 1.8 million tons of plastic waste last year, the fourth-highest of any country, according to Earth Day Network. Paradise Cruises, one of Halong Bay’s leading luxury cruise providers, has introduced a program to tackle the scourge of plastic, banning plastic straws from all seven of its luxury cruise ships
SO Sofitel Hua Hin launches its brand new wing with state-of-the-art of leisure facilities and room types for business and leisure travellers. Guests staying at the hotel can look forward to the new 16-meter x 60-meter Signature Pool, consisting of a water playground anchored by a Wibit adventure course running down the middle of the pool, Thailand’s first Wibit signature pool! The new wing also includes the new One-bedroom SO Pool Villas and SO Family Suites complete with bunk beds. The new SO Studio and SO Lofty Pool Access rooms feature an open concept design complemented with a customized television/wardrobe console which can swivel and can be enjoyed from the bathtub or bed. The refurbished SO Comfy Pool Access and brand new SO Lofty Pool Access rooms boast private outdoor terraces providing direct access to the Signature Pool. The latest expansion brings the total number of guest rooms, suites and villas from 78 to 109. Facilities also include a dedicated kid’s pool area and a SO Sundae poolside ice cream bar. An added family friendly feature includes Kids Tent, a kids club where young children can enjoy fun activities and entertainment. Guest can also enjoy a round of golf at the mini 18-hole golf course and a game of tennis or basketball at the resort’s multi-purpose court that will open on December 1st. For an evening bike ride, the resort’s private 627-meter bicycle track will be opening year-end where bikes will also available for rent. Situated on the beachfront in Cha Am, 200 kilometers on the west coast from Bangkok, the hotel is 30 minutes from Hua Hin, one of Thailand’s most popular beach town destinations. Visit www.so-sofitel-huahin.com for more information.