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École Ducasse Culinary Schools are set to open in culturally rich Thailand in an exclusive partnership with the country's leading hospitality group, Nai Lert Group, together with world-leading hospitality management and culinary arts education group, Sommet Education. A network of culinary training centres will emerge across Thailand, the country with abundant culinary heritages and a myriad of young passionate talents. Alain Ducasse is globally renowned for his peerless culinary creations. Having earned 20 Michelin stars throughout his career, he is a living chef with the most Michelin stars in the world. His unique innovativeness, meticulousity, and passion for excellence passed on to students at all École Ducasse Schools. The first establishment of the network will be developed under the École Ducasse Studio brand, originating from École Ducasse - Paris Studio, and set among lush tropical gardens of Nai Lert Park in the heart of Bangkok. The École Ducasse - Nai Lert Bangkok Studio will open in the first semester in 2022, offering programmes in culinary, pastry and sommelier arts aimed at professionals, amateurs, young graduates and children with a focus on bringing the best of the heritages of French and Thai cuisine. For more details, visit www.ecoleducasse.com/en  

To mark its second anniversary on 31 March 2021, Rosewood Bangkok offers you 2 tempting staycation packages delighting you with bespoke services and all the Rosewood luxuries. The "Rosewood Bangkok Turns Two" package is inclusive of 50% savings on the second consecutive night's stay; a hotel credit starting from THB 3,500 to be used at the hotel's outlets, bar, and spa; a breakfast for two at Lakorn European Brasserie or at your room; as well as a choice of signature degustation afternoon tea for two at Lakorn European Brasserie or a bottle of sparkling wine served in-room. For a longer memorable time, book "A Rosewood Staycation" for 3 nights to receive the third consecutive night for only THB 2! This package also includes the same additional benefits as included in the aforementioned package. Guests who take advantage of the packages with a stay during the hotel’s March anniversary month receive a one-time welcome breakfast for Monday to Friday arrivals. The packages can be booked from 15 March until 31 March 2021 and eligible for stays from 16 March until 30 April 2021. To reserve or inquire, please contact +66 (0) 2 080 0088 or email bangkok@rosewoodhotels.com, or visit rosewoodhotels.com/bangkok

As a celebration for the upcoming Songkran Festival, Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit invites you to revel in delectable events led by Phuket's top chef, Chef Wuttisak Wuttiamporn, who is famous for his heavenly progressive Thai cuisine, and the hotel's award-winning mixologist, Supharat Thongmeesuk. On 1 April, "Tapas in the Sky" is where innovative tapas meets craft cocktails under a starry sky. At Cooling Tower Rooftop Bar, from 18:00 onwards, the well-thought-out cocktail pairing will blow your mind. Priced at THB 1,490++ per person. On  2 and 3 April, Chef Wuttisak will join forces with the hotel's Executive Chef Kan Bright San in an exclusive four-hands dinner highlighting progressive Thai and New Asian Cuisine at Carlton Club Lounge. The 8-course degustation menu is priced at THB 4,999++ per person or THB 5,999++ inclusive of 4 glasses of wine pairing. For more information or to make reservations, call +66 (0) 2 090 7888 or email FBreservations@carltonhotel.co.th  

In collaboration with a team of award-winning chefs and mixologist from Mizulim restaurant in Phuket, Amanpuri will curate an unforgettable dinner on Saturday 27 March 2021, serving seven-course tasting menu with creative cocktail pairing under "Forest and River" concept. The delectable concept is inspired by seasonal abundance and balance of ecosystem, highlighting local produces and local wisdom of food preservation. Mizulim’s signature dishes and cocktails focus on seasonality and sustainability, whilst supporting the local farmers, aligning with Aman’s desire to support the local community. The team at Mizulim are rising stars in Thailand’s diverse dining scene with their stunning creativity and their excellent knowledge on local ingredients, together with their unique and innovative cooking styles that create an extraordinary dining experience. The Mizulim team comprises Chef Mond who was recently crowned winner of Iron Chef Thailand, Chef Korn who returned to his hometown of Phuket after gaining experience overseas, and Chef Wyn whose inventive tipples have won him numerous awards and placements in Diageo World Class competitions. The dining experience starts from THB 5,000 net per person, with an optional cocktail-pairing menu available at an additional THB 1,000 net. Advance reservations are essential. To reserve your table, please call +66 (0) 76 324 333, email fb.amanpuri@aman.com or register online at amanpuri. Guests may combine a stay with the incomparable Closer to Home package, specially curated for local residents who wish to spend two nights or more in one of the resort’s Pavilions. The exclusive stay includes a number of unique privileges.

This March and April, Praya Kitchen at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse pampers your tongue with top-quality imported Australian beef pepped up with full-flavoured Thai spices with "Crying Tiger" buffet dinner. Highlights include popular Thai dishes such as Dry-aged Beef Steak with E-Sarn Sauce, Grilled Wagyu Donburi with Ka Praw Sauce, Beef Noodle and many more. Alternatively, you may choose your favourite choice of fresh meats from dry-aging fridge and leave it to Chefs’ hands to cook according to your preference. You are also invited to experience an array of fresh seafood at the “Seafood Wall”, featuring locally-sourced crustaceans such as River Prawns, Rock Lobsters, Blue Crabs and Mussels to be cooked as you like it. "Crying Tiger" buffet dinner is offered every Friday and Saturday, until 30 April 2021. Price at THB 1,688++ per person. Children aged 6-12 years old receive 50% discount and free for children under 6 years old. For more information and reservation, please contact +66 (0) 2 088 5666 or Official LINE: @marriottsurawongse

To mark the beginning of the new era, award-winning Soneva Jani in Maldives has announced its "Chapter Two", a marvelous expansion of first-rate offerings with 27 new luxurious water villas, new dining concepts, the Soneva Wellness Centre, and Soneva Unlimited. The new over-villas in Chapter Two, ranging from One Bedroom to Four Bedroom Water reserves, have been designed to maximise privacy and create a true sense of seclusion amidst the ocean, featuring vast indoor and outdoor living spaces and sweeping terraces, private pool, some have slides straight into the private lagoon, and outdoor bathrooms for bathing under the sun and stars. The one- and two-bedroom Reserves also have the iconic retractable roof over the master bed for stargazing. Other privileges at the Chapter Two are Soneva Unmilited, which includes unlimited access to meals, fine wines, diving, experiences, spa treatments and transfers; new outlets led by expert chefs with tasty options of plant-based and pescatarian dishes, as well as mouth-watering grills; and the new Wellness Centre with a dedicated Ayurvedic Clinic, a cross-functional fitness area, and an open-air yoga pavilion with facilities for aerial yoga. The starting price for a 1 Bedroom Water Retreat in Chapter Two starts from USD 3,560+++ in shoulder season, which includes all meals, transfers, experiences, drinks and spa treatments.

If a cat or dog island sounds too ordinary for you, Koh Matsum is a modest paradise that will surprise you with cuddly piggies running carefreely on the shore! Rumour has it that these pigs swam across from nearby Koh Taen to the tiny island, while some people said they were brought here by Mr. Kitt, who owns a beach bar on the lightly populated island thanks to his kind heart. The drove of hogs has since grown to about 12, and has been brightening up the day of a myriad of visiting tourists. Aside from the friendly pigs, the island is also teeming with fish and rare birds. Also, after a break from tourism, marine lives like turtles, dugongs, sharks, and numerous fish species and coral reefs arare naturally replenished, so they are now more vivid than ever. Banyan Tree Samui, one of the island’s most prestigious resort, was in the news last year when a rare giant green turtle laid over 200 eggs in nests on the resort’s secluded beach. The nests were protected by the resort’s resident marine biologist who built a fence to protect them from predators. Situated 2 kilometres off the south coast of Koh Samui, reachable by boat trips from Koh Samui. Banyan Tree Samui offers a half-day tour in a state-of-the-art "Sense of the Sea" speedboat carrying up to 12 passengers, which can also be reserved for a private tour with a chic picnic lunch. For reservations and more information, please visit www.banyantree.com/en/thailand/samui     Photos by Richard Barrow

Starting from 31 March 2021, Laguna Phuket will host 3 weekends of "Laguna Phuket Revive 555 Festival", a series of exciting sports, music, cultural and community events at various chic venues. Here is a brief schedule of The Revive 555 Festival, so you can plan ahead, and don't forget to book early as this could be of high demand!: 31 March - 4 April: Laguna Phuket Thailand Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Championship 2021 hosted at Xana Beach Club 3 - 4 April: Laguna Phuket Soundwave presented by Works.com music concerts hosted at Laguna Grove 3 - 4 April: Angel Market offering arts, crafts, food and live entertainment at Cassia Phuket 10 - 12 April: Roy Rim Lay, which showcases local gastronomy and music at Laguna Grove 11 April: An afternoon beach run, followed by live entertainment and refreshments at sunset at Xana Beach Club 12 April: Laguna Phuket Sustainability Day and Night Community Activity 12 - 15 April: Laguna Phuket Pride 2021, a 4-day event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community 14 April: Laguna Golf Phuket tournament 17 - 18 April: A surf skate event at Cassia Phuket 17 - 18 April: Laguna Phuket Soundwave presented by Works.com music concerts at Laguna Grove In addition, each Laguna Phuket hotel will be arranging exclusive fringe activities. Guests at Angsana Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket and Saii Laguna Phuket will be able to access all destination events directly via Laguna Phuket on-site shuttle services, with promotions available throughout the festival. Hotel guests will enjoy priority and special access to all events. Book now at www.lagunaphuket.com

Imagine yourself spending weeks in a peaceful setting, surrounded by verdant tropical forests, soft sands, and glittering sea, enjoying first-rate facilities, wouldn't it be delightful? Pimalai Resort & Spa, a five-star seaside paradise on dazzling Koh Lanta, invites you to recreate amidst revivifying nature and make the place your "home away from home", where you can "work with a view" and unwind in tranquility right after your task is finished, or go on a thrilling sea excursion whenever you want, with irresistible long stay offers. Thai residents and expats can work, rest and play at the blissful haven at tempting prices like never before: Spend a price of just five nights, and you can enjoy your marvelous seven night stay! Rates start from THB 17,530 for a full week in a Deluxe Room or only THB 42,200 for a Hillside Ocean View Pool Villa. (Valid until 31 March 2021) For stays of 15, 20, 45 or 60 nights, rates start from only THB 2,150 per night for a Deluxe Room as part of a 60-night residency, rising to THB 21,970 per night as part of a 15-night sojourn in a Three Bedroom Beachside Pool Villa. (Valid for stays now - 30 June 2021) Thai citizens who participate in the government’s Rao Tiew Duay Kan campaign will enjoy an additional discount. In accordance with the latest government advice, Pimalai has created a series of highly effective of health and safety protocols that bring total reassurance to visitors, while also ensuring the highest standards of Thai hospitality. Under the “Pimalai Care” initiative, innovative measures include 24-hour vacancy periods between bookings, three disinfection tunnels, ozone sanitisation in the guest rooms and heat cleaning in the kitchens. For more information to book your extended stay at Pimalai, please call +66 (0) 2 320 5500, email reservation@pimalai.com, or visit www.pimalai.com