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Meliá Hotels International Expands in Thailand

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Meliá Hotels International Expands in Thailand - TRAVELINDEXChiang Mai, Thailand, March 14, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The leading Spanish hotel group is proud to announce the opening of Meliá Chiang Mai as part of its expansion in Thailand . Thailand has proven to be a sought-after destination for travellers looking for unique experiences and Meliá Hotels International is delighted to be partnering with local companies and expanding its presence with the opening of multiple new hotels, including Meliá Chiang Mai set to open this April.

The property, a striking urban hotel by the River Ping, owned by Thailand’s leading integrated lifestyle real estate group Asset World Corporation (AWC), will be an ideal urban retreat for those looking to explore the city’s touristic attractions including markets and Buddhist temples.

With a design that pays tribute to Chiang Mai’s history and culture, blended with a contemporary flair, the hotel will be housed in a striking 22-floor tower fronted by an adjoining seven-floor podium building. Meliá Chiang Mai will feature two restaurants, two bars and one lounge where guests will be able to indulge in diverse cuisine and cocktails, and even soak up panoramic city views from the Executive Lounge on the 21st floor. Other facilities include Meliá’s signature YHI Spa with seven treatment rooms, a fully equipped fitness centre, swimming pool, ballroom and four other meeting spaces, and a kids and teens club ensure it is an ideal hotel for leisure and business travellers alike.

The new hotels in Thailand will join to the existing Meliá Koh Samui, which debuted on January 10th, 2020 with a nautical theme underscored by boat suites made from refurbished merchant vessels and the beautiful five-star resort Meliá Phuket Mai Khao – that opened on November 19th, 2021 – owned by Thailand’s leading residential real estate developer Phuket Villa Group.

“Following the hugely successful opening of Meliá Koh Samui, ranked TripAdvisor’s number one hotel in Koh Samui, Meliá’s new properties will be incredible additions to our portfolio. Thailand has huge potential, and we look forward to working with local brands to enhance their offers and make travellers discover this country,” said Mr Ignacio Martin, Area Managing Director South East Asia of Meliá Hotels International.

“Through our partnership with Spain’s leading hotel group, we are thankful that we can significantly contribute to Phuket’s recovery in the wake of COVID-19 by creating much-needed jobs for the local tourism sector and setting a new benchmark for hospitality on Thailand’s largest island,” said Mr Maetapong Upatising, Phuket Villa Group’s Managing Director.

“With its exceptional location in the heart of Chiang Mai and an unparalleled array of facilities, Meliá Chiang Mai is a landmark project of our strategic roll-out of the Meliá brand in Thailand, in line with AWC’s growth-led strategy. Partnering with Meliá has allowed us to set a new benchmark for Thai hospitality and together, we aim to build a better future for Thailand’s tourism landscape and economy,” said Mrs Wallapa Traisorat, Meliá Chiang Mai’s owner and AWC’s CEO and President.

These new hotels highlight Meliá’s presence in Thailand and will pave the way for further new openings in 2023; INNSiDE Bangkok Sukhumvit (scheduled to open at the beginning of the year), which will be the first INNSiDE hotel in the country; Meliá Phuket Kharon, a resort surrounded by 64,000 square-metres of untouched tropical woodland; and Melia Bangkok Bang-Na, a 315-room hotel planned to open in 2025.

About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 380 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, under the brands Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, The Meliá Collection, INNSiDE by Meliá and Sol by Meliá, plus a wide portfolio of affiliated hotels under the “Affiliated by Meliá” network. The Group is one of the leading companies in resort hotels worldwide, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe, according to the last S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2022 (Silver Class distinction). It also has ranked seventh in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the 100 most sustainably managed companies in the world (and the leading travel company) and is the only Spanish travel company included in the list of “Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021” by Financial Times. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Meliá Koh Samui Launches Samui Test and Go Offer as Thailand Reopens

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Meliá Koh Samui Launches Samui Test and Go Offer as Thailand Reopens - HOTELWORLDS - TRAVELINDEXKoh Samui, Thailand, February 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / As Thailand reopens to international tourists, Meliá Koh Samui has introduced a getaway that pays tribute to the resort’s sandy shores, award-winning dining and host of recreational and wellness pursuits.

Overlooking Choeng Mon Beach on Koh Samui island’s north-eastern tip, the resort’s ‘Samui Test and Go’ offer is anchored by a stay in a Deluxe Room, Premium Pool Access Room or Boat Suite. Special room rates of THB 3,999++ (USD 121++), 4,999++ (USD 152++) and 5,999++ (USD 182++) per night respectively include daily breakfast for two.

The package marks the reintroduction of Thailand’s ‘Test and Go’ program that permits quarantine-free travel to the Kingdom for fully vaccinated travellers from any country worldwide.

Lauded among Thailand’s top 20 resorts in the Condé Nast Traveler 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards, the resort’s ‘Samui Test and Go’ also includes a 15% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages and round-trip transfer from Samui International Airport for minimum two-night bookings. Guests who book their first night at the resort receive a 10% discount for the fifth night. A 20% discount on accommodation applies for stays of at least five consecutive nights.

For an extra THB 1,500 (USD 45) nett per person per night, guests staying in a Premium Pool Access Room or Boat Suite will elevate their getaway with The Level’s bespoke privileges including access to the private executive lounge with all-day snacks and beverages. Afternoon tea and cocktails and canapes at The Level Lounge from 2.30 – 4.30pm and 5.30 – 7.30pm respectively, late check-out and a dedicated concierge service are among The Level’s many benefits.

Under Thailand’s ‘Test and Go’ program, fully vaccinated travellers are required to do a COVID-19 test upon arrival to Thailand. With a negative result, travellers are allowed to freely travel anywhere in Thailand. Travellers must present to the Thai authorities’ proof of payment for accommodation at approved hotels and the expenses for two RT-PCR tests on their first day and fifth day in the Kingdom.

Guests who stay at Meliá Koh Samui on the first day of arrival in Thailand will be charged an additional THB 2,200 nett (USD 67) per person per time for a RT-PCR test. The resort offers a roundtrip transfer to the hospital for the second RT-PCR Test for an additional THB 1,500 nett (USD 45) per car and THB 3,000 nett (USD 91) per van.

A standalone bathtub on a private balcony is a highlight of the resort’s Deluxe Rooms. The Premium Pool Access Rooms feature a separate bathtub and shower, with large private balcony access to a 700-metre-long lagoon pool that meanders through the resort’s grounds like a river. The elegant two-story Boat Suites are crafted from meticulously refurbished wood merchant vessels that once plied the waters of the Chao Phraya River and the Gulf of Thailand.

With an outdoor terrace that sits above Meliá Koh Samui’s strand, The Breeza Beach Restaurant & Bar is focused on contemporary Thai dishes as well as Western and Mediterranean cuisine and anchors the resort’s dining landscape.

Meliá Koh Samui’s complimentary recreational and wellness pursuits range from kayaking and aqua exercise classes to gentle flow yoga and “walking meditation” at a “massage river”; a reflexology path situated between the infinity pool and lagoon pool.

‘Samui Test and Go’ must be booked directly with the resort by 31 March 2022 by calling +66 (0) 77 938 899 for a stay period until 30 June 2022.

Rates are subject to 10% service charge and applicable tax. Full prepayment is required at the time of booking and is non-refundable. The Level benefits are an extra THB 1,500 (USD 45) nett per person per night and are only applicable with the Premium Pool Access and Boat Suite. An extra bed is priced at THB 1,500 (USD 45) nett per night inclusive of breakfast but not applicable to the Boat Suite. A supplementary charge of THB 3,000 nett (USD 91) per night applies for stays between 9 – 18 April 2022. Other terms and conditions apply as per resort policy.

Under the ‘Test and Go’ program, fully vaccinated travellers from any country are not required to quarantine but do need to do a RT-PCR test on arrival to Thailand*. Guests who stay at Meliá Koh Samui on the first day of arrival in Thailand will be charged an additional THB 2,200 (USD 67) per person per time for the RT-PCR test as required by the Thai authorities. The resort offers a roundtrip transfer to the hospital for the second RT-PCR Test for an additional THB 1,500 nett (USD 45) per car and THB 3,000 nett per van (USD 91).

About Meliá Hotels & Resorts
Meliá Hotels & Resorts is the best-known international brand in the portfolio of the Meliá Hotels International company; it has more than 100 city and resort hotels in the main leisure and business destinations of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The brand offers exemplary meetings and events facilities in all important business cities as well as in exotic locations, catering to the ever-expanding conference and incentive travel market. As part of its innovation philosophy and new positioning, Meliá Hotels & Resorts has reinvented itself to cater to every aspect of the guests’ wellbeing. Unique experiences are created for guests and are defined by relaxation, quality time and personalised services. For a balanced lifestyle, Meliá Hotels & Resorts instinctively understands the guests’ needs and lifestyle expectations, which is an integral part of its redefined identity.

About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 380 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, under the brands Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, INNSiDE by Meliá, Sol by Meliá and TRYP by Wyndham. The Group is one of the leading companies in resort hotels worldwide, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe in 2020, according to the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). It also has ranked seventh in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the 100 most sustainably managed companies in the world (and the leading travel company) and is the only Spanish travel company included in the list of “Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021” by Financial Times. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market index and it is the Spanish hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking).

About AWC
Asset World Corporation (AWC) is Thailand’s leading integrated lifestyle real estate group, a member of TCC Group, one of Thailand’s most prominent conglomerates. AWC’s core focus of real estate development and management projects encompass two business groups: Hospitality helping Thailand become the top destination for sustainable tourism with hotels in key locations in Bangkok and popular destinations throughout Thailand serviced by management teams from internationally acclaimed hotel groups such as Marriott, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Okura, Banyan Tree, Hilton, and Sheraton; Retail and Commercial Buildings (covering retail, and wholesale facilities with mixed-use properties and office buildings) providing well-balanced and unique offerings a best-in-class customer experience that meet business and modern lifestyles with high-quality and innovative real estate development projects overseen by a qualified and experienced management team to build long-term value for stakeholders.

AWC succeeded in listing the company on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) in the real estate and construction industry under the property development category on October 10, 2019. AWC’s market capitalization was the highest in the history of the SET (According to Bloomberg Database). AWC recognizes the importance of operating with a focus on sustainability – incorporating the needs of stakeholders, the environment, society, and contributing to ongoing improvements in Thailand’s economy with a purpose of building a better future.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Embracing Change at Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary

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Embracing Change at Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary - TRAVELINDEXKoh Samui, Thailand, January 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / January is a time to start fresh and set new intentions, and with 2022 well and truly underway, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Retreat on Koh Samui the perfect place to work on positive change – any time of year.

The wellness programmes at Kamalaya offer solutions to many of life’s challenges. As one of the most popular programmes at Kamalaya Koh Samui, Embracing Change which is ideal for anyone who wishes to simultaneously pursue wellness and a better future.

Embracing Change focuses on enriching emotional wellbeing and addressing life circumstances. Suitable for anyone seeking support with challenging situations of any kind, this programme can target behaviours such as emotionally driven eating habits, relationship issues including loss or break-ups, work-related difficulties, anxiety, and grief, whether pandemic related or due to regular life events.

With five and seven-night programme options available, guests learn to recognize and understand their habits to release, heal, rebuild, and strengthen emotional patterns before learning how to sustain a personal practice and establish healthier levels of balance.

Embracing Change is a gentle inward journey of discovery in order to embrace who you are, what makes you uniquely you, and in doing so break free of old habits and perceptions. Guests experience nurturing spa sessions, healing massages, Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments, ancient Ayurvedic practices, and sessions with Kamalaya’s trained Life Enhancement Mentors to help guests through their change processes and encourage positive growth.

All guests at Kamalaya Koh Samui begin their stay at the multi-award-winning wellness sanctuary with a Body Bio-impedance Analysis (BIA) and at the end of their programme, complete an exit and review.

Located on the south tip of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, Kamalaya combines the very best of healing therapies from East and West, and is one of the world’s top destinations for nurturing health and wellbeing, pursuing self-development, developing healthier, happier habits, and improving lifestyles.

With expansive outdoor space, open-air dining, lush tropical vegetation, cascading streams, 250 meters of private beach and a cave once used by Buddhist monks as a place of meditative retreat, Kamalaya’s nature and setting is an integral part of the experience.

Integrating the beauty of the surrounding natural environment into its design, the Wellness Sanctuary features open air treatment spaces as well as deluxe air-conditioned suites. There are over 50 certified wellness professionals at Kamalaya, including naturopaths, doctors of Chinese medicine, western medical doctors, registered nurses, nutritionists, life transformation experts, Ayurvedic and Thai therapists, fitness specialists and yoga, meditation and pranayama teachers.

Like a self-contained village, Kamalaya has a range of facilities for guest use including two fitness centres fully equipped with weight and fitness training equipment as well as cardio machines. Personal sessions in strength training, functional resistance training, reformer Pilates and other exercise modalities are available. Kamalaya boasts two swimming pools with sea views, including a leisure pool to relax in and a 25m lap pool for training. Complimentary group holistic activities are offered, these daily activities include yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, pranayama, meditation, fit ball and beach power walks.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Christmas Celebrations Across Asia

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Christmas Celebrations Across Asia - TRAVELINDEXBanyan Tree Samui – Nestled into a lush hillside with views overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, Banyan Tree Samui kicks off the Christmas season with the reopening of its signature Saffron Restaurant on Dec.15, followed by a fortnight of festive treats, including a Chef’s Table evening each Monday (Dec 20 & Dec 27: 4-course set dinner 2,890 THB nett per head including wine). An elegant Christmas Dinner (2,900 THB nett per person) is served from Dec 24 – 26, and on New Year’s Eve, all guests and staff will gather for the hotel’s time-honoured “Light Up the Night” event, a gala dinner followed by a Countdown Party by the beach (16,500 THB nett per guest), which will feature performances, live music, a fire show, a lucky draw and fireworks at midnight – an evening not to be missed. Those fortunate enough to be staying at this award-winning resort for both Xmas and New Year will undoubtedly want to book the Festive Package, a culinary journey of delicious dishes with both Western and Thai menus. The Festive Package (19,900 THB each) includes Christmas Dinner, the New Year’s Gala, and an additional Destination Dining experience of the guest’s choice.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
This Christmas season, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi celebrates “Once Upon a Time” as it transforms into a winter wonderland decorated with classic-style nutcrackers, bringing the holiday to life with renowned French sophistication and joie de vivre. Throughout the season, the Metropole will host exclusive dining events at its award-winning restaurants Le Club (home to the hotel’s famed Afternoon Tea and evening jazz) and angelina (cocktail bar, whisky lounge and rustic New World cuisine), many of which include optional wine and Champagne pairings. While Le Beaulieu (high-end French restaurant) is under renovation, the Le Beaulieu menus will be served in the Spices Garden venue overlooking the gardens with unique Festive Wonderland décor. The festivities kick off Christmas Eve with two signature buffet dinner seatings at Le Club, along with set menus of French gourmet cuisine at the Festive Wonderland by Le Beaulieu and European and New World cuisine at angelina. Christmas Day features an extravagant buffet lunch at the Festive Wonderland by Le Beaulieu, multi-course set dinners at the Festive Wonderland by Le Beaulieu and at angelina, and a buffet dinner at Le Club. Marking the holiday spirit in its 121st year, Vietnam’s most storied hotel has a towering Christmas tree strewn with red and white ornaments at Le Balcon in the Metropole Garden. For more information, contact the hotel’s Festive reservation desk at +84 24 3826 6919 ext. 8215

Meliá Koh Samui
With the season to be jolly approaching, beachfront resort Meliá Koh Samui will host an array of festivities including a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, exquisite dining experiences, a visit from Santa Claus, fireworks and more. After kicking off the festive program with the tree lighting ceremony amid a choir performance on Dec. 17, the resort overlooking Choeng Mon beach will stage a four-course Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day buffet brunch. On Dec. 24 award-winning executive chef Azizskandar Awang will serve a Western-themed four-course dinner with optional paired wines at the Power Lounge priced at THB 1,600++ per person and THB 3,000++ per person with paired wines. The resort’s delectable buffet brunch on Dec. 25, priced from THB 2,400++ per person and is THB 1,200++ per child aged 5 to 12, will brim with all sorts of indulgent options at a series of stations to a backdrop of live entertainment. The ‘Raw Bar’ will offer poached rock lobsters, imported French ‘Fine de Claire’ oysters, Koh Samui blue swimmer crabs and poached tiger prawns and the ‘Carving Station’ will feature honey-glazed Christmas ham, whole roast turkey, Australian grass-fed beef rib eye steak, Italian pork porchetta and Australian leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary.

Raffles Le Royal, Phnom Penh
Come celebrate a carvery for Christmas in Cambodia. Phnom Penh’s most iconic and historic venue, Raffles Hotel Le Royal, will be hosting two magnificent feasts, starting on Christmas Eve with a special five-course set dinner, which includes smoke-house fish, prime imported meats, and the hotel’s signature cheese trolley, all prepared tableside by immaculate knife-wielding butlers. (US$78 per person, plus $38 with wine pairing). Then, on Dec. 25, as you enter the grand lobby of this recently restored 1920s’ hotel, you’ll be met with a Christmas fir tree, accompanied by gingerbread houses, ballerina performances and much more. Restaurant Le Royal will host a Christmas Day Brunch from 12pm to 3pm — a lavish spread of artisan cheese, charcuteries, foie gras, terrines, and a French oyster and seafood bar. The brunch will also include a live carvery counter with mouthwatering wagyu beef, turkey and ham, and lamb roast. (US$125 per person, plus $30 for unlimited GH Mumm Champagne Cordon Rouge). You’ll also discover a colorful Christmas Market taking place on the grounds of the hotel, making this a special festive season to remember.

Azerai Resorts
Celebrate Christmas in style at any of Azerai Resorts’ three distinctive properties in Vietnam: Azerai Can Tho in the Mekong Delta, Azerai Ke Ga Bay on the white-sand beaches of the southeastern coast, or Azerai La Residence, Hue in the former imperial capital. Festivities include special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals—with a visit from Santa Claus—as well as exclusive activities for the family, such as live music, cultural performances, holiday afternoon tea experiences, local blessing ceremonies and much more. Christmas Eve dinner kicks off with a cocktail reception and canapes served at the sunken lounge poolside at Azerai Ke Ga Bay, in the garden at Azerai La Residence, Hue, and at The Lounge Bar at Azerai Can Tho. The Christmas Eve Gala Dinner at Azerai La Residence, Hue is priced at VND 1.5 million; at Azerai Can Tho (VND 1.7 million); and at Azerai Ke Ga Bay (VND 1.2 million). Christmas Day options include a special BBQ buffet at Azerai Ke Ga Bay (VND 1.7 million), a market-style dinner at Azerai Can Tho (VND 900,000, with dishes including baked scallops with peanut and chili, grilled marinated fish wrapped in banana leaves, and more), and a Christmas buffet brunch at Azerai La Residence, Hue (VND 250,000).

Hyatt Regency Koh Samui
There are multiple reasons to rejoice this festive period at Hyatt Regency Koh Samui as the acclaimed new property unveils a packed schedule of seasonal events. The property incorporates around 80 native Yang Na trees (Dipterocarpus alatus) that were once used by sailors and fishermen as navigational landmarks. One of these will be the site for a tree lighting ceremony where a live saxophonist will provide the soundtrack for cocktails and canapes. Enjoying great food and drink is one of the cornerstones of the festive season. And gastronomes will find plenty to savour on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  A Christmas Eve dinner at SESUN, the resort’s buzzing beachfront grill, features a sumptuous BBQ buffet as well as a live band and a fire show. The action shifts to the resort’s main restaurant, Yangna Cuisine, on Christmas Day, which will host a multi-cuisine banquet encompassing traditional festive favourites, Japanese cuisine, fresh seafood and risotto in a cheese wheel. For New Year’s Eve, Yangna Cuisine hosts a barbecue gala dinner with a live band and magician shows. The culmination of the festive program, meanwhile, takes place back at SESUN where DJs, live performers and a fireworks display will see out 2021 and usher in 2022 at a lavish countdown party.

To make a reservation or for more information contact +66 77 448 777

 

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Meliá Koh Samui Marks Thailand’s Reopening with Samui I Miss You

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Meliá Koh Samui Marks Thailand's Reopening with Samui I Miss You - TRAVELINDEXKoh Samui, Thailand, November 15, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / As Thailand loosens the shackles of the pandemic and reopens to international tourists, Meliá Koh Samui has introduced a getaway that makes the most of its stunning beachfront setting, family-friendly facilities, dining and spa.

The resort’s ‘Samui, I Miss You’ package coincides with Thailand’s ‘Test and Go’ program that permits quarantine-free travel to the Kingdom for fully vaccinated travellers from 63 countries deemed low risk.

Lauded among Thailand’s top 20 resorts in this year’s Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, the resort’s ‘Samui, I Miss You’ offers special room rates, starting from THB 3499++ (USD 105++) per night in a lead-in Deluxe Room with three- and seven-night packages on offer.

Daily breakfast for two, a free stay for up to two children aged under 12 years with complimentary daily breakfast, a 20% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages and 50% discount on YHI Spa treatments are among the offer’s array of inclusions.

The three- and seven-night packages, starting at THB 9999++ (USD 300++) and THB 22,222++ (USD 668++) respectively, also come with a guaranteed upgrade to a Premium Pool Access Room, early check-in and late check-out, a complimentary roundtrip airport transfer from Samui International Airport and either a 60-minute Thai massage or one tapas set lunch for two. The seven-night getaway’s extra perks for two include a 90-minute spa treatment, one tapas set lunch and a daily cocktail. For the spa treatment, guests select either a Thai massage, aromatherapy massage or facial massage.

Under Thailand’s ‘Test and Go’ program, fully vaccinated travelers traveling by air from countries deemed low risk are required to do a COVID-19 test upon arrival to Thailand. With a negative result, travelers are allowed to freely travel anywhere in Thailand. Guests who stay at Meliá Koh Samui on the first day of arrival in Thailand will be charged an additional THB 2200 (USD 66) for the RT-PCR test as required by the Thai authorities.

A standalone bathtub on a private balcony is a highlight of the resort’s Deluxe Rooms. The Premium Pool Access Rooms feature a separate bathtub and shower, with large private balcony access to the 700-metre-long lagoon pool that meanders through the resort’s grounds like a river.

Overlooking Choeng Mon Beach, Meliá Koh Samui’s complimentary recreational and wellness pursuits range from kayaking and aqua exercise classes to gentle flow yoga and “walking meditation” at a “massage river”; a reflexology path situated between the infinity pool and lagoon pool.

Adjacent to an outdoor playground and mini water park featuring a shallow pool, slide, mushroom fountain and giant tipping bucket, kids club Kidsdom is housed in a repurposed teak wood merchant vessel and offers daily activities such as batik painting, super hero art, animal yoga, face painting, coconut leaf creation, nature discovery, play dough creation, mask making and Lego time. The hotel’s elephant mascot Coco visits daily and shares cotton candy with youngsters.

With an outdoor terrace that sits above Meliá Koh Samui’s strand, The Breeza Beach Restaurant & Bar is focused on contemporary Thai dishes as well as Western and Mediterranean cuisine and anchors the resort’s dining landscape. Blending ancient Asian wisdom with modern wellness techniques, YHI Spa offers a broad spectrum of treatments including massages, scrubs, wraps and facials, based on organic Thai wellness brand HARNN’s products.

‘Samui, I Miss You’ must be booked directly with the resort by 31 December 2021 by calling +66 77 938 899

Rates are subject to 10% service charge and applicable tax. Full prepayment is required at the time of booking and is non-refundable. For stays between 24 December 2021 and 5 January 2022, a minimum two-night stay is required with a supplementary charge of THB 2,000++ (USD 60) per night, with no check out permitted on 31 December 2021 and 1 January 2022. Other terms and conditions apply as per resort policy.

Under the ‘Test and Go’ program, fully vaccinated travellers from countries deemed low-risk are not required to quarantine but do need to do a RT-PCR test on arrival to Thailand. Guests who stay at Meliá Koh Samui on the first day of arrival in Thailand will be charged an additional THB 2200 (USD 66) for the RT-PCR test as required by the Thai authorities. *Information is based on the latest updates from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and may be subject to change.

About Meliá Hotels & Resorts
Meliá Hotels & Resorts is the best-known international brand in the portfolio of the Meliá HotelsInternational company; it has more than 100 city and resort hotels in the main leisure and business destinations of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The brand offers exemplary meetings and events facilities in all important business cities as well as in exotic locations, catering to the ever-expanding conference and incentive travel market. As part of its innovation philosophy and new positioning, Meliá Hotels & Resorts has reinvented itself to cater to every aspect of the guests’ wellbeing. Unique experiences are created for guests and are defined by relaxation, quality time and personalised services. For a balanced lifestyle, Meliá Hotels & Resorts instinctively understands the guests’ needs and lifestyle expectations, which is an integral part of its redefined identity.

About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 380 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, under the brands Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, INNSiDE by Meliá, Sol by Meliá and TRYP by Wyndham. The Group is one of the leading companies in resort hotels worldwide, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe in 2020, according to the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). It also has ranked seventh in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the 100 most sustainably managed companies in the world (and the leading travel company) and is the only Spanish travel company included in the list of “Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021” by Financial Times. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market index and it is the Spanish hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking).

About AWC
Asset World Corporation (AWC) is Thailand’s leading integrated lifestyle real estate group, a member of TCC Group, one of Thailand’s most prominent conglomerates. AWC’s core focus of real estate development and management projects encompass two business groups: Hospitality helping Thailand become the top destination for sustainable tourism with hotels in key locations in Bangkok and popular destinations throughout Thailand serviced by management teams from internationally acclaimed hotel groups such as Marriott, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Okura, Banyan Tree, Hilton, and Sheraton; Retail and Commercial Buildings (covering retail, and wholesale facilities with mixed-use properties and office buildings) providing well-balanced and unique offerings a best-in-class customer experience that meet business and modern lifestyles with high-quality and innovative real estate development projects overseen by a qualified and experienced management team to build long-term value for stakeholders.

AWC succeeded in listing the company on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) in the real estate and construction industry under the property development category on October 10, 2019. AWC’s market capitalization was the highest in the history of the SET (According to Bloomberg Database). AWC recognizes the importance of operating with a focus on sustainability – incorporating the needs of stakeholders, the environment, society, and contributing to ongoing improvements in Thailand’s economy with a purpose of building a better future.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Hyatt Regency Koh Samui Shoots for IG-friendly Success

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Hyatt Regency Koh Samui Shoots for IG-friendly Success - TRAVELINDEX - TOP25HOTELS.comKoh Samui, Thailand, October 13, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX /  Replete with design flair and located in one of Koh Samui’s most stunning corners, the new Hyatt Regency Koh Samui is not short on visual allure. Gallery of Eight offers specially curated photo opportunities for social media.

With that in mind, the recently unveiled resort is taking steps to position itself as one of the most Instagram-friendly properties in the Kingdom through its Gallery of Eight, a collection of eight sites dotted around the property specially selected for their photogenic appeal.

Holiday snaps have long been an integral part of the travel experience. But with “pics or it didn’t happen” being the mantra of the Instagram era, gathering visual documentation of leisure time has become a pressing priority for many.

Social media savvy resorts are going the extra mile to deliver specially curated photo opportunities that provide ample fodder for IG feeds.

The designers of the Hyatt Regency Koh Samui knew guests would find it hard to resist the optic cues. Therefore, they baked in the curated collection of snap-friendly spots.

“The Gallery of Eight is a fantastic interactive experience,” said Adrian Pulido, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Koh Samui. “We always had it in our mind that eight photo ops would make a nice rounded number for guests. Not too many to be overwhelming, but enough to make it a substantial feature. But, such was the wealth of visual inspiration, we had a tough job winnowing our choices down!

“Each of the eight photogenic spots dotted around the resort is inspired by Samui’s idyllic lifestyle and the island’s unique landmarks. Guests can now find them, feel them and record their special memories for the future.”

The property fully leverages the beauty of Koh Samui through its coastal location, incorporation of protected native yangna trees that once served as navigational markers for local fishermen and numerous inspired architectural features.

The latter includes a showpiece lobby—the starting point for the Gallery of Eight—where numerous skylights allow for natural illumination by the sun and the moon.

Other likely photo ops include a valley that abounds with colourful tropical flora and the largest pool zone on the island, a collection of four pools, each cascading down from the main pool on the upper deck of the resort.

Additional inclusions in the Gallery of Eight range from SESUN, the resort’s popular Meditteranean-inspired beachfront grill to the resort’s verdant organic garden and the living green courtyard at the heart of its wellness centre.

All eight photo ops are marked on the resort map, which is printed on guests’ keycard holders. A larger scale version of the map, meanwhile, can be found in the lobby.

“We know that people love taking photos for their social media feeds,” added Pulido. “And since there is so much going on here visually, we thought it would be a great idea to give our guests a helping hand by pointing them in the direction of the best locations!”

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Banyan Tree Launches Wellbeing Sanctuary in Koh Samui & Krabi

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Banyan Tree Launches Wellbeing Sanctuary in Koh Samui and Krabi - TRAVELINDEXKoh Samui, Thailand, October 6, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Banyan Tree Group has rolled out a new healthy living concept at its properties around the world, including Banyan Tree Samui and Banyan Tree Krabi in southern Thailand, which have set aside a selection of pool villas and suites dedicated to holistic and wellbeing pursuits.

The “Wellbeing Sanctuary” initiative was launched on October 1st at both resorts, and provides guests with an opportunity to combine a leisure vacation with a daily program designed to enrich mind, body and soul — from meditation to Thai boxing, from massage and hydrotherapy to nature trails and sailing lessons —  complemented with a nutritious diet and personal consultations.

“When guests book a Wellbeing Sanctuary, they have the flexibility to choose their own activities,” said Remko Kroesen, Area General Manager overseeing both hotels. “Before arrival, we send them a questionnaire so they can stipulate their goals, and our practitioners will be on hand throughout their stay to ensure they have every opportunity to connect with nature, discover a sense of deep relaxation, and find balance.

“And when they leave, we will consult and provide suggestions that will help fine-tune and inspire their daily routines, and assist them on their journey.”

Teams at Banyan Tree Samui and Banyan Tree Krabi, which are both located on tranquil picture-perfect beaches, have tailored holistic itineraries based on Banyan Tree’s “8 Pillars” principle (Dietary Awareness; Physical Vitality; Cultivate the Mind; Sleep & Rest; Harmony with Nature; Learning & Development; Bonding & Connection; and Sustained Practices).

Each of the villas selected for the Wellbeing Sanctuary has been adapted with various wellbeing amenities — a mini-bar stocked with fresh juices and herbal teas instead of alcoholic drinks, a yoga mat, stretch bands, and even a Tibetan singing bowl — and hosts an outdoor pool and hot jet pool.

On Koh Samui, Wellbeing villas come with a luxurious infinity pool, while at Krabi, each room opens onto a private garden, ideal for private self-wellbeing activities.

Krabi is among the newest destinations in Banyan Tree’s quiver. The 72-key resort, which opened in October last year, is tiered into a hillside at serene Tubkaek Beach, a 40-minute drive from Krabi International Airport. It is surrounded on three sides by nature: a forested national park to the rear and far side, while overlooking one of Thailand’s most iconic natural wonders: the famous towering limestone cliffs that jut out of the sea in Than Bok Khorani National Marine Park.

Facilities at the hotel include two restaurants, a beach bar, a kids’ club, a fitness center, a meeting center, an elevated outdoor wedding deck, and — in keeping with Banyan Tree’s eco-friendly branding — a rainforest-themed spa.

Similarly, Banyan Tree Samui is nestled into a lush tropical hillside with spectacular views over a sapphire sea. The 38-acre property is rich in flora and plant life, and its private white-sand cove is flanked by coral reefs, which the resort’s Sustainability Team protects and regenerates.

Banyan Tree began rolling out its Wellbeing Sanctuary programs in March 2021, beginning in China, and is progressively launching at its resorts worldwide as each destination re-emerges from the pandemic.

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Koh Samui’s Fishermen Village Debuts New Beach Bar

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Koh Samui’s Fishermen Village Debuts New Beach Bar - TRAVELINDEXKoh Samui, Thailand, September 13, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / After the island’s discovery more than a century ago, stories of fishermen, sailors, and sea traders who found the island as a harbour against monsoons and high seas live on in the local folklore. A.Shore at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, the latest addition to Koh Samui’s vibrant beach life, takes inspiration from this alluring blend of heritage, the stunning Gulf of Siam coastline and rustic aesthetics of the neighbouring fishermen’s village.

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A.Shore Beach Bar is a haven where the islands trendsetters can find refuge and relax with a glass of a refreshing beverage and a plate of simple, wholesome food. Putting a 21st century spin on the idea of a tropical paradise, the rustic looking bar is peppered with Instagram-friendly spots, the furniture and furnishings are made from reclaimed wood, including a boat that before getting a new lease on life as a glamourous beach sofa was a hard-working fishing vessel. Set on a whitewashed deck, swings, beanbags and beach beds create an inviting display against the shimmering backdrop of Bophut’s stunning white sand beach.

Matching the décor, the menu is stylish yet informal and centres on the rustic Mediterranean fare with Asian influences. For lunch, think light appetisers, flavoursome main courses, and various grilled fish and seafood ideally suited to be enjoyed in a stunning open-air setting. Featuring signature dishes such as a fresh Samui Seafood Platter, Guacamole Ciabattas or a Tofu Satay Baguette. Cool down with refreshing drinks such as the A.Shore signature cocktail Sabai Sabai, which includes Mekhong whiskey, sweet basil leaves, lime juice, ginger ale, Angostura bitter and syrup. Kids can also enjoy a Unicorn Loaded Shake – a bubblegum flavoured milkshake topped with candy canes, sprinkles and whipped cream.

As the day progresses and guests settle into sumptuous beanbags, sunset-coloured Sangria in hand, the upbeat tunes and soft roll of the waves start humming in perfect unison. A.Shore promises varied music programming with guest DJs – guaranteed to ensure time spent with family and friends is worth every second. For those who prefer to simply kick back with a drink and trade stories, there are sundowner sessions, guest bartender days, as well as local collaborations for art and culinary experiences that will support the local artisan community.

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Come for the swing, stay for the beach bar – located on the shore of Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, A.Shore Beach Bar is open every day from 10.00 am until sundown.

About Anantara Hotels & Resorts
Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.

From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travellers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise. The portfolio currently boasts over 35 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Zambia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Portugal, with a pipeline of future properties across Asia, the Indian Ocean, Middle East, Africa and South America.

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Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary Nominated for Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the World

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Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary Nominated for Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the World - TOP25HOTELS.com - TRAVELINDEXKoh Samui, Thailand, August 23, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Kamalaya has been one of the top destinations for people seeking to improve their health and well-being for the last 15 years and is delighted to be recognized as one of the leaders in the world with this prestigious nomination at Top25 Hotels.

It is a joy and an honor for the whole team to be counted among the best hotels in the world. Kamalaya has stayed open during this whole challenging time, and each one of our fantastic hosts truly deserves this nomination“, says Bruce Ryde, Kamalaya’s General Manager. “And while we watch the world slowly recover, we become increasingly aware of how much we need physical and emotional balance. Therefore, I am happy to announce that we can bring the authentic Kamalaya experience to your own home while you are waiting to travel to Thailand. We called it ‘Kamalaya Connect’ because it allows everyone to take full advantage of the legendary holistic wellness expertise. Our online platform provides access to custom-made wellness programs and educational courses, personalized support from expert practitioners and one-on-one consultations, engaging podcasts and helpful life-hacks on health, food, and wellness. The only thing that’s missing is the beach.”

How does it work?

Kamalaya’s approach to wellness has always been holistic, considering every aspect of a guest’s health. Body, heart, and mind are all given careful attention to achieve optimal goals. And exactly like at Kamalaya Koh Samui, at the beginning of a Kamalaya Connect journey, guests decide on which area of their life they want to focus on: increase physical energy and strength, relieve stress and anxiety, or find a new peace of mind.

There are four wellness programs to choose from: Emotional Transformation, Fit for Life, Immune Support and Weight Management. Each program consists of tailormade one-on-one sessions and depending on the choice, they include personal mentoring and stress management, individual meditation, yoga, Pilates, physiotherapy exercises and breathing classes, nutritional guidance, and mindfulness training. Together with a wellness expert, a schedule is set up to follow the program – just like someone would at Kamalaya Koh Samui.

Wellness programs start from USD 684, or guests may prefer to instead book select wellness consultations, which start at USD 86. All Kamalaya Connect bookings can be made directly online.

With this wonderful worldwide recognition of our wellness expertise, our hosts are looking forward to welcoming guests from near and far to discover for themselves the magic of Kamalaya.

About Kamalaya Koh Samui
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa is a multi-award-winning wellness sanctuary located on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. Founded by John and Karina Stewart in 2005, Kamalaya offers a synergistic wellness experience that helps people reconnect to life’s potential and achieve optimal wellbeing. It integrates healing therapies from East and West, a beautiful natural environment, inspired healthy gourmet cuisine and a variety of results-oriented wellness programs ranging from Detoxification to Stress & Burnout, as well as Healthy Lifestyle, Yoga Synergy and Emotional Balance. Kamalaya’s latest wellness program ‘Immunity & Resilience’ was launched in May 2020. It is dedicated to support physical health and resilience of heart and mind. More info: www.kamalaya.com

About Top25Hotels.com – World’s Best Luxury Hotels
Top25Hotels.com is a collection of exceptional hotels, resorts, eco-lodges, retreats and private islands featuring the top 25 luxury properties in the world and each destination. Top25Hotels.com by Travelindex is the world’s only rating system based on natural language processing technology combined with human expertise. The ratings and rankings are synthesized by a proprietary, artificial intelligence algorithm and re-assessed by some of the world’s top hospitality experts. The company puts a priority on the integration of reliable data with human discernment to make trusted information accessible to all.

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Thailand Confirms Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension

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Thailand Confirms Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension

Phuket, Thailand, August 18, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that the Phuket Sandbox programme has received the green light from the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to be upgraded as the “Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension” providing fully vaccinated international travellers with more options to visit multiple Thai destinations without the need to quarantine.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said, “The Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension programme signifies the progress of Thailand’s plan to gradually reopen to fully vaccinated international travellers within the set time frame. The launch of the Phuket Sandbox from 1 July, Samui Plus from 15 July, and Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension from 16 August will lead the way to the reopening of more pilot destinations, which are currently preparing appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of both the tourists and local people.”

Starting from 16 August, 2021, the “Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension” programme allows eligible international travellers to reduce the mandatory stay in Phuket from 14 to 7 days, after which another 7 nights can be spent in Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai, or Railay), Phang-Nga (Khao Lak or Ko Yao), or Surat Thani (Samui Plus – Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, or Ko Tao).

The existing entry measures in place for the Phuket Sandbox programme remain unchanged for the 7+7 extension. But, travellers planning to spend another 7 nights outside of Phuket must obtain a ‘Transfer Form’ issued by their hotel in Phuket indicating that they have stayed in Phuket for 7 nights, which they will need to show together with the negative results of their two COVID-19 tests (conducted on Day 0 and Day 6-7 in Phuket).

Travelling from Phuket to the selected areas in Krabi, Phang-Nga, or Surat Thai is available only via approved routes and modes of transport.

Surat Thani (Samui Plus – Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, or Ko Tao) can be reached via Bangkok Airways’ direct domestic flight on the Phuket-Ko Samui route.

Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai, or Railay) can be reached by SHA Plus-certified boat and ferry services from approved piers.

Phang-Nga (Khao Lak) can be reached by SHA Plus-certified car transfer services from Phuket direct to the SHA Plus-certified hotels.

Phang-Nga (Ko Yao Noi or Ko Yao Yai) can be reached via SHA Plus-certified boat and ferry services from approved piers.

Once travellers have completed the 7-night extension in Krabi, Phang-Nga and Surat Thani (Samui Plus), and are tested negative in their third COVID-19 test (conducted on Day 12-13), they will receive a ‘Release Form’ from their hotel and will be able to continue their journey to other destinations in Thailand.

If the stay in Krabi, Phang-Nga or Surat Thani (Samui+) is less than 7 nights, travellers must proceed directly to Phuket International Airport on the day of departure. At the port of entry back into Phuket, they will need to show a plane ticket or other proof of their international travel from Phuket.

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