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Have you heard about 'forest bathing'? – It's a simple leisurely activity that gives a number of benefits to your body and soul, requiring only a nice pair of shoes and a right place. In Japan, there is a practice called 'shinrin-yoku', literally meaning 'forest bathing', which is different from hiking or physical exercise as you will have to leave out the challenge to conquer the top of mountain or the aim to burn calories – just connect with your nature and your own soul at your own pace. To do the forest bathing, you should leave your phone and camera behind in order not to be distracted. As you arrive at the forest, you can simply stroll along the route without forcing yourself to reach anywhere quickly. The key is to lose yourself into the sounds, sights, smells, and feelings you discover along the way. Aside from calming effects the act can give, you may be surprised by the novel beauty that you have always missed out on when you rushed things. There are many studies on the immersion into nature indicating various benefits to our physical and mental health. The act can help preventing cancers and other disease, reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness, and indisputably joyful for the soul. The magical province of Krabi does not only offer a glamourous seascape and aquatic funs, but there is also a lesser-known hiking trail: Khao Ngon Nak National Park, which is an ideal spot to relish in forest bathing. Also known as the 'Dragon Crest Hill', the protected mountain remains unspoiled, boasting its lush forest, together with unpolluted streams and falls. On top of the mountain is one of the most mesmerising viewpoints overlooking pristine Andaman Sea dotted with limestone island, which is a vista unique to Krabi. At five-star Banyan Tree Krabi, not only you can enjoy its top notch facilities like a private pool, luxurious spa treatments, vast front yard by the sea, and tasty delicacies, but you can also take a walk into the forest on the Dragon Crest Hill right from your villa, since the start of the hiking trail is at the back of the resort. As previously stated, you don't need to force yourself to reach anywhere, but if you make it to the top (taking around 2 hours per trip), it's completely rewarding. If you don't have enough time to complete the whole route, there is also a viewpoint along the way to relieve your weariness before getting back down. To step up the sense of wellbeing, in months ahead, the resort will be ready to launch Wellness Sanctuaries that combine club floors or resort wings, dedicated dining and spa options into one exclusive journey, as well as personalised programs for guests based on their '8 Pillars' principle (good sleep, good diet, interaction, intimacy, physical vitality, cultivating the mind, learning and development, harmony with nature, and sustained practices). For more details and to book your stay, visit www.banyantree.com/en/thailand/krabi

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Soneva Fushi in the Maldives introduces a new and exciting dining experience on top of the lush jungle, overlooking the gleaming ocean, which is the world's first fine dining zipline experience. Bucket-list-worthy 'Flying Sauces' merges top-notch haute cuisine with sheer excitement of ziplining. To get to the one-off dining terrace, you will be soaring along a 200-metre zipline route, securely strapped in safety harness, and enjoy many delectable surprises along the way. At the elevated dining platform, you will be pampered with mouth-watering seasonal menu freshly cooked by Chef Rasal Jayawardene and his team in an open kitchen, paired with an extensive selection of thousands of fine wines from across the globe You can opt for your own preferred experience, whether it's breakfast, high tea, dinner, or just enjoy ziplining only, available for up to 12 guests. To ensure safety at all times, harnesses are compulsory along all sections of the zipline route and must be fitted and verified by a trained Soneva Host. The 'Flying Sauces' delicious adventure is priced from USD 175++ per person with a meal, and priced at USD 100++ per person for zipline only. To find out more, visit www.soneva.com

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Situated on the tranquil side of beautiful Koh Lanta in Krabi, five-star Layana Resort & Spa is now offering a tempting promotion for two, ideal for a romantic escape with your better half. The 'Moments of Love' package starts from THB 5,900 nett per night, with complimentary upgrade to an elegant, spacious villa (subject to availability), plus many more privileges including: Round-trip transfer to / from Krabi Airport Daily breakfast, served in the villa One romantic candlelight dinner per stay One private Sunset Cruise per stay Complimentary High Speed WiFi Internet Access This promotion is available for bookings and stays from now until 31 March 2022, with free cancelation up to 1 day before arrival date. For more information, or to make a reservation please contact +66 (0) 75 607 100 or visit www.layanaresort.com

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Utopia Corporation (UCORP), one of Phuket's leading real estate developers, led by Mr. Hachi Yin, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Utopia Corporation, and Ms. Nalina Suranakarin, Chief Brand Officer, Utopia Corporation, recently launched Utopia Hospitality Group (UHG), a new flagship hospitality management company under UCORP. Being a dynamic new player in the Asia-Pacific hotel sector, the UHG comes with a vision to create daring concepts and lifestyle experiences that transform the world of hospitality, provide flexibility and openness to create a level playing field in the post-pandemic era for hoteliers. They will benefit from multiple levels of expertise from management and marketing services to property technologies from UHG. Under the umbrella of UHG, prominent lifestyle hotel and resort brands will offer new travel experiences that meet the needs of smart and savvy travelers in the new era through three brand categories: the Midscale Aparthotel Brand merges the modern lifestyle and sense of belonging to a community with the comfort and flexibility of an apartment to meet the needs of a new generation of smart travelers with the motto 'Live Your Own Way'; the Upscale Lifestyle Resort Brand is a 5-star resort brand that occupies the space between lifestyle resort and wellbeing retreat, all in accordance with the slogan 'Live Slow, Play Well'; and the Ultra-Luxury Brand, in collaboration with Tonino Lamborghini, the legendary luxury brand from Italy that epitomizes refined luxury products and designs. The Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Phuket will be the first hotel under this brand in Thailand, set to welcome guests in 2025. UHG’s plan also includes the creation of two immense landmarks located in the northern and southern regions of Phuket including Bay of Icon, which will be a new destination for high-end global investors and travelers, and the Utopia Dream, a mixed-use development with a low-rise condominium to be constructed in Nai Harn. UHG commemorated its launch with a mini gala dinner at​ Blue by Alain Ducasse, who’s the current living chef with the most Michelin stars in the world. 

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Meliá Koh Samui welcomes international travellers back to the paradise with 'Samui, I Miss You' package, offering a tranquil stay by the beach at special prices, with special perks, starting from only THB 3,400 (USD 105++) per night in a Deluxe Room. You can opt for a three- or seven-night package, starting at THB 9,999++ (USD 300++) and THB 22,222++ (USD 668++) per room, 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 package for two also includes a 90-minute spa treatment, one tapas set lunch and a daily cocktail.  Coinciding with Thailand's 'Test and Go' program that require fully vaccinated tourists flying from 63 low-risk countries to do a RT-PCR test upon arrival to the country before traveling freely with a negative result, (more info at www.tatnews.org) guests who stay at Meliá Koh Samui on the first day of arrival in Thailand will be charged an additional THB 2,200 (USD 66) for the COVID-19 test. ‘Samui, I Miss You’ must be booked directly with the resort by 31 December 2021 by calling +66 (0) 77 938 899 or emailing reservation.kohsamui@melia.com for a stay period until 31 March 2022.

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In collaboration with London-based luxury unisex streetwear brand 'This Is Fred', art-oriented five-star The Slate in Phuket has launched the dashing collection of gender-fluid streetwear, inspired by the avant-garde design by Bill Bensley of the resort that reflects the island's rich industrial history. THE SLATE X FRED collection adopts the enigmatic monochrome accents and the confluence of hardness and softness, creating wearables that highlight every movement of a wearer. The collection features trousers, tops, ponchos, jackets and more. The collection is crafted by Frederick (Fred) Morrison, who has presented his collections at the prestigious Paris and Berlin fashion weeks. This Is Fred produces pioneering gender-fluid urban wear, with striking designs that are inspired by the angularity of architectural forms and the fluidity of natural shapes. This unique partnership gives guests and local residents the opportunity to view and buy This Is Fred’s stylish streetwear in Thailand for the very first time. "I discovered Fred in Shoreditch, a very creative and artistic area in East London where you can find one-of-a-kind vintage shops and independent fashion labels. I always prefer small independent brands to well-known international ones. His geometric cut and shape, use of materials and the gender-fluidity of the brand immediately reminded me of The Slate," said the resort’s co-founder and owner, Krystal Prakaikaew Na-Ranong (known to her friends as Khun Moo). "This Is Fred has a similar brand philosophy to The Slate. Our brands have an avant-garde approach and a very bold way of thinking. I invited Fred and his partner to stay at The Slate at the beginning of 2020, just before the pandemic, to discuss our collaboration. Fred was very much inspired by the resort’s architectural attributes and we decided to create THE SLATE X FRED collection together." The one-of-a-kind collaborative works are showcased at Shades, the art gallery at the resort's lobby, and can be purchased at The Stockroom and  www.thestockroomonline.com

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After having been successful with Thai Taste Hub, a party of Bangkok's beloved street foods, King Power Mahanakhon invites you to enjoy the latest cross-kitchen dining venue, bringing 7 leading restaurants and cafés together at the marvelous heart of the metropolis. The 2-storey Mahanakhon Eatery comes with modern-chic design to satisfy aesthetic needs of urbanites, with comfortable seating available for up to 200 guests. Now at Mahanakhon Eatery, you can savour

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Situated on the serene side of Chaweng Beach, Centara Reserve Samui will open its door for you to experience one-off personalised luxury on 1 December 2021. The resort features 184 opulent guestrooms, suites, and villas, as well as 6 dining venues, the world's first Reserve Spa Cenvaree with its own organic herb garden, and other first-rate facilities amidst the idyllic setting. What's extraordinary about the Centara Reserve are its 4 'Reserve Stories': Reserve Time lets you enjoy your stay at your own pace with flexible check in and out time, and breakfast to be served at your preferred time; Reserve Space offers tailored spaces just for you, whether you wish to have a romantic beach picnic in private or turn your suite terrace into a private cocktail party; Reserve Culture connects you with local culture with special rituals and destination-inspired in-room amenities; Reserve Touch pampers you with a personal butler, a complimentary photo session with the resident Reserve photographer, and more. In addition, you can be sure that all of your unwinding days do no harm to the environment, since Centara Reserve Samui has a 100% plastic-free policy, and its food waste will be transformed into biogas for to be used at the heart-of-house kitchen. To mark this remarkable debut, Centara Reserve Samui is offering 'New Chapter' specials for bookings made by 31 December 2021. Visit www.centarahotelsresorts.com/reserve/crs/promotion for more details on the opening promotions. For more information and reservations, call +66 (0) 77 230 500, email crs@chr.co.th or visit www.centarahotelsresorts.com/reserve/crs

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For this Sunday's family get-together, award-winning Capella Bangkok invites you to celebrate Father's Day with your loved ones with euphoric lunch and brunch. At riverfront Phra Nakhon Restaurant, treat your dad with heavenly family-style brunch, serving authentic Thai favourites with free-flow wine and Champagne. The Father's Day brunch is priced at THB 4,000 net per adult and THB 2,000 net per child of 12 years and under, with optional free flow drinks starting at THB 1,300 net per person. Available from 12:00 to 15:00. At Côte by Mauro Colagreco, pamper your dad with a famed Riviera-inspired gastronomy specially prepared for Father's Day by Chef Davide Garavaglia. The Father's Day Carte Blanche lunch comes with truffle and wine pairings, priced at THB 8,100 net per person and THB 3,900 net per person additional for wine pairings. Available from 12:00 to 14:00. For more information and reservations, please email info.bangkok@capellahotels.com or call +66 (0) 2 098 3888.    

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Tranquil beach in the front, majestic Naga Crest Hill in the back, when Banyan Tree Krabi’s superior location meets the resort’s first-rate facilities and stellarly blend-into-nature design, days at Banyan Tree Krabi is purely paradisiacal.   SETTING THE SCENE To relate with its marvelous surroundings, Banyan Tree Krabi infuses the story of Naga, the mythological sea creature that is believed to once inhabited in the Naga Crest Hill, into its concept, making water, nature, and Naga-inspired designs the predominant parts of the theme.   GETTING COMFORTABLE Comprising 72 exquisite pool villas and pool suites, all of which overlook the western horizon, you are sure to always have the best view, especially when the sun sets over scattered karsts. Their interiors are painted with lighthearted palette of light woods, light marble, and white, with vast spaces and modern facilities to ensure your ultimate comfort. Besides, you can be pampered by Banyan Tree’s signature scents in room whenever you want to.   DINING OPTIONS All-day-dining The Naga Kitchen offers a mouth-watering array of international breakfast buffet and a-la-carte selections in a beautiful setting. Krabi’s famous bites like roti and other Southern-style foods are also featured in the choices, and they are delicious. Up on the hill sits Saffron, Banyan Tree’s award-winning Thai restaurant, serving traditional cuisine with a creative twist created by adroit chefs who has obtained great knowledge in Southern-style dishes. For a more romantic dinner, you may savour dishes at the seaside “Bird’s Nest” tables. Beachfront Kredkaew Bar is a cosy spot to savour tasty tapas along with reinvigorating drinks.   WHY I’D RETURN With a number of natural attractions in the vicinity, Banyan Tree Krabi would be a nice base for my future exploration. In addition, the suite and spacious beachfront lounging areas are so soul-rejuvenating that I wish I had spent a lot more days unwinding here.     BANYAN TREE KRABI 279 Moo 3, Nongtalay, Muang, 81180 Krabi T: +66 (0) 75 811 888 E: Reservations-Krabi@banyantree.com W: www.banyantree.com/en/thailand/krabi FB: @banyantreekrabi   Text by Pakvipa Rimdusit

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Celebrated across Thailand, Loy Krathong Festival has been a long-time tradition and one of the most awaited annual delights nowadays. As the magical festival is approaching again, we have gathered some ideas for your special night with your loved ones on 19 November 2021.   Anantara Chiang Mai Resort With its one-off vibes and nice weather, there's no doubt Chiang Mai is one of the top destinations to enjoy Loy Krathong Festival. Right at the river bank, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort will take the beautiful tradition to the next level, inviting you to imbue with gorgeous candlelit lotus-shaped rafts decorated with vibrant flowers, as well as enjoying extravagant international buffet dinner and enchanting Lanna dance. Prices: THB 2,600 net (adult) / THB 1,300 (child aged 8-12) / free of charge for child under 7 To reserve: +66 (0) 53 253 333 / chiangmai@anantara.com   Capella Bangkok At Capella's riverfront courtyard, you can revel in magic moments under the moonlight in the lush tropical garden with exquisite Thai dancing, soft sounds of live music on classical instruments, take part in the Loy Krathong tradition with the resort's biodegradable 'krathong', and enjoy Bangkok's leading epicurean journey. A team of skillful chefs at Phra Nakhon Restaurant will pamper your taste buds with an array of authentic Thai cuisine made with organic and high-quality ingredients, using Old-Siamese recipes. Prices: THB 6,000 net (adult) / THB 2,000 net (child below 12 years old) To reserve: +66 (0) 2 098 3888 / phranakhon.bangkok@capellahotels   Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok As the Chao Phraya River gets gilded by countless candle lights, you can relish the beguiling sight along an array of shows including long drum dance parade that will lead you to the river, with classical Thai dance awaits, and spectacular fireworks to end the night memorably. Shangri-La Hotel's outlets will offer various dining experience like international seafood buffet at NEXT2 Café, Thai buffet in a romantic setting at Salathip Restaurant, a chic Italian set menu at Volti restaurant & bar, and more.  Additionally, don't forget to put a Thai costume on, since the best dressed individual and couple will receive complimentary stays in the luxury hotel. Prices: Starting from THB 1,698 net per adult To reserve: +66 (0) 2 236 7777 / restaurants.slbk@shangri-la.com   Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok will please you during the celebration with lavish international and seafood buffet dinner, together with stunning live performances and fireworks display. If you want to make turn this festivity into a special staycation, the hotel offers a tempting 'Loy Krathong' package that includes buffet dinner for 2 and a one-night stay in a Grand Deluxe Room City View. Prices: THB 2,790 net for buffet dinner / THB 5,995 net for the package To reserve: +66 (0) 2 307 8888 /riverbarge.chrb@chatrium.com / LINE: @ChatriumRiverside   SO Sofitel Hua Hin How about celebrating the festival by the sea? SO Sofitel Hua Hin will arrange a special afternoon-to-evening event at the SO Pool, where you can create your own krathong, take pleasure in delectable foods and drinks from Beach Society, live bands and DJ, and enjoy shopping at the monthly night market

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Soneva Fushi in the Maldives introduces a new and exciting dining experience on top of the lush jungle, overlooking the gleaming ocean, which is the world's first fine dining zipline experience. Bucket-list-worthy 'Flying Sauces' merges top-notch haute cuisine with sheer excitement of ziplining. To get to the one-off dining terrace, you will be soaring along a 200-metre zipline route, securely strapped in safety harness, and enjoy many delectable surprises along the way. At the elevated dining platform, you will be pampered with mouth-watering seasonal menu freshly cooked by Chef Rasal Jayawardene and his team in an open kitchen, paired with an extensive selection of thousands of fine wines from across the globe You can opt for your own preferred experience, whether it's breakfast, high tea, dinner, or just enjoy ziplining only, available for up to 12 guests. To ensure safety at all times, harnesses are compulsory along all sections of the zipline route and must be fitted and verified by a trained Soneva Host. The 'Flying Sauces' delicious adventure is priced from USD 175++ per person with a meal, and priced at USD 100++ per person for zipline only. To find out more, visit www.soneva.com

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Have you heard about 'forest bathing'? – It's a simple leisurely activity that gives a number of benefits to your body and soul, requiring only a nice pair of shoes and a right place. In Japan, there is a practice called 'shinrin-yoku', literally meaning 'forest bathing', which is different from hiking or physical exercise as you will have to leave out the challenge to conquer the top of mountain or the aim to burn calories – just connect with your nature and your own soul at your own pace. To do the forest bathing, you should leave your phone and camera behind in order not to be distracted. As you arrive at the forest, you can simply stroll along the route without forcing yourself to reach anywhere quickly. The key is to lose yourself into the sounds, sights, smells, and feelings you discover along the way. Aside from calming effects the act can give, you may be surprised by the novel beauty that you have always missed out on when you rushed things. There are many studies on the immersion into nature indicating various benefits to our physical and mental health. The act can help preventing cancers and other disease, reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness, and indisputably joyful for the soul. The magical province of Krabi does not only offer a glamourous seascape and aquatic funs, but there is also a lesser-known hiking trail: Khao Ngon Nak National Park, which is an ideal spot to relish in forest bathing. Also known as the 'Dragon Crest Hill', the protected mountain remains unspoiled, boasting its lush forest, together with unpolluted streams and falls. On top of the mountain is one of the most mesmerising viewpoints overlooking pristine Andaman Sea dotted with limestone island, which is a vista unique to Krabi. At five-star Banyan Tree Krabi, not only you can enjoy its top notch facilities like a private pool, luxurious spa treatments, vast front yard by the sea, and tasty delicacies, but you can also take a walk into the forest on the Dragon Crest Hill right from your villa, since the start of the hiking trail is at the back of the resort. As previously stated, you don't need to force yourself to reach anywhere, but if you make it to the top (taking around 2 hours per trip), it's completely rewarding. If you don't have enough time to complete the whole route, there is also a viewpoint along the way to relieve your weariness before getting back down. To step up the sense of wellbeing, in months ahead, the resort will be ready to launch Wellness Sanctuaries that combine club floors or resort wings, dedicated dining and spa options into one exclusive journey, as well as personalised programs for guests based on their '8 Pillars' principle (good sleep, good diet, interaction, intimacy, physical vitality, cultivating the mind, learning and development, harmony with nature, and sustained practices). For more details and to book your stay, visit www.banyantree.com/en/thailand/krabi

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Exclusive for Emirates flyers, for those who wish to fly from Thailand to experience the mega event 'Dubai Expo 2020', the first World Expo ever to be hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, showcasing the best innovations of each participating countries, inviting people from across the globe to share ideas with one another towards building a better future. Emirates customers visiting Dubai, and travelling through Dubai, anytime during the much-awaited event running from 1 October 2021 - 31 March 2022, will be eligible to receive a free Emirates Expo Day Pass for every flight ticket booked with Emirates. The offer is applicable to tickets purchased in First Class, Business Class and Economy Class and extends to tickets booked through Emirates for flights on flydubai and customers travelling to anywhere on Emirates’ global network with a connection time of at least 6 hours in Dubai. One-way ticket holders whose journey originates outside the UAE are entitled to receive the complimentary Expo Day Pass if travelling to Dubai or onwards to other destinations if the minimum connection time is met. For more information on this promotion, please visit www.emirates.com/th/thai/discover-dubai/expo-2020

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After having been successful with Thai Taste Hub, a party of Bangkok's beloved street foods, King Power Mahanakhon invites you to enjoy the latest cross-kitchen dining venue, bringing 7 leading restaurants and cafés together at the marvelous heart of the metropolis. The 2-storey Mahanakhon Eatery comes with modern-chic design to satisfy aesthetic needs of urbanites, with comfortable seating available for up to 200 guests. Now at Mahanakhon Eatery, you can savour

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For this Sunday's family get-together, award-winning Capella Bangkok invites you to celebrate Father's Day with your loved ones with euphoric lunch and brunch. At riverfront Phra Nakhon Restaurant, treat your dad with heavenly family-style brunch, serving authentic Thai favourites with free-flow wine and Champagne. The Father's Day brunch is priced at THB 4,000 net per adult and THB 2,000 net per child of 12 years and under, with optional free flow drinks starting at THB 1,300 net per person. Available from 12:00 to 15:00. At Côte by Mauro Colagreco, pamper your dad with a famed Riviera-inspired gastronomy specially prepared for Father's Day by Chef Davide Garavaglia. The Father's Day Carte Blanche lunch comes with truffle and wine pairings, priced at THB 8,100 net per person and THB 3,900 net per person additional for wine pairings. Available from 12:00 to 14:00. For more information and reservations, please email info.bangkok@capellahotels.com or call +66 (0) 2 098 3888.    

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Rim Klong Café at the holistic health-focus urban retreat Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok has debuted a new high tea set, offering fanciful flavours with healthful benefits. The 'Secret Garden Afternoon Tea' takes inspiration from idyllic nature, using modern techniques to bring out the best of local and seasonal produces. In addition, each tasty bite contains superfoods to nourish your body. Gluten- and dairy-free, vegetarian, or vegan options are available as well, with every plate labelled with icons to let you know what you are taking in. This set menu includes The Savories, 6 sumptuous bite-sized snacks such as smoked salmon tartare with avocado and beetroot caviar, wild forest mushroom pâté with truffle oil, green pea & buckwheat blinis with organic chicken, spiced purple sweet potato and organic cress, sundried tomato hummus with pumpernickel bread, beetroot quinoa salad with quail’s egg, pickled crunchy vegetables and microgreens, and gluten-free ‘Flowerpot’ bread. The Sweets is a sublime selection of treats served on a bed of edible chocolate soil. These delicacies include butterfly pea with lemon jelly, dark chocolate & blueberry tart, pumpkin pie, Swiss carrot cake, tomato ‘energy ball’ (muesli, almond, pumpkin & chia seeds), truffle walnut choux cream, flower chocolate pralines of the day, mini sago exotic delight, matcha scones, classic scones, and maple syrup Chantilly cream. These delights are to be enjoyed with a pot of freshly-brewed coffee, premium tea or a herbal infusion. The Secret Garden Afternoon Tea is available daily from 14:00 to 17:00 at Rim Klong Café, priced at THB 999++ (THB 1,176 net) per set for two people. Accor Plus members will enjoy a 20% discount. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended, which can be done via LINE: @movenpickbdms. To find out more, visit movenpickbdmsbangkok.com/offers/secret-garden-afternoon-tea

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Good news for cheesecake lovers! Zing Bakery at Centara Grand at CentralWorld has accumulate various styles of cheesecakes, so you can taste the heavenly treats from all over the world at one stop. The hotel's Executive Pastry Chef has crafted an alluring array of cheesecakes using high-quality natural ingredients and authentic recipes of each origin, from ancient Greece, Spain, the US, to Japan. Zing’s cheesecake signature dishes selections include Chicago-style Oreo cheesecake, New-York-style blueberry cheesecake, Basque burnt cheesecake, yuzu Japanese cheesecake, cannoli with ricotta cheese, and a number more, priced only from THB 140++. Additionally, if you stop by at Zing Bakery during 18:00 - 19:00, you can enjoy a 'buy 1 get 1 free' Happy Hour discount on most available pastry items. For more information or to place an order, please contact +66 (0) 2 100 1234 ext. 6485 or diningcgcw@chr.co.th

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Tranquil beach in the front, majestic Naga Crest Hill in the back, when Banyan Tree Krabi’s superior location meets the resort’s first-rate facilities and stellarly blend-into-nature design, days at Banyan Tree Krabi is purely paradisiacal.   SETTING THE SCENE To relate with its marvelous surroundings, Banyan Tree Krabi infuses the story of Naga, the mythological sea creature that is believed to once inhabited in the Naga Crest Hill, into its concept, making water, nature, and Naga-inspired designs the predominant parts of the theme.   GETTING COMFORTABLE Comprising 72 exquisite pool villas and pool suites, all of which overlook the western horizon, you are sure to always have the best view, especially when the sun sets over scattered karsts. Their interiors are painted with lighthearted palette of light woods, light marble, and white, with vast spaces and modern facilities to ensure your ultimate comfort. Besides, you can be pampered by Banyan Tree’s signature scents in room whenever you want to.   DINING OPTIONS All-day-dining The Naga Kitchen offers a mouth-watering array of international breakfast buffet and a-la-carte selections in a beautiful setting. Krabi’s famous bites like roti and other Southern-style foods are also featured in the choices, and they are delicious. Up on the hill sits Saffron, Banyan Tree’s award-winning Thai restaurant, serving traditional cuisine with a creative twist created by adroit chefs who has obtained great knowledge in Southern-style dishes. For a more romantic dinner, you may savour dishes at the seaside “Bird’s Nest” tables. Beachfront Kredkaew Bar is a cosy spot to savour tasty tapas along with reinvigorating drinks.   WHY I’D RETURN With a number of natural attractions in the vicinity, Banyan Tree Krabi would be a nice base for my future exploration. In addition, the suite and spacious beachfront lounging areas are so soul-rejuvenating that I wish I had spent a lot more days unwinding here.     BANYAN TREE KRABI 279 Moo 3, Nongtalay, Muang, 81180 Krabi T: +66 (0) 75 811 888 E: Reservations-Krabi@banyantree.com W: www.banyantree.com/en/thailand/krabi FB: @banyantreekrabi   Text by Pakvipa Rimdusit

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Utopia Corporation (UCORP), one of Phuket's leading real estate developers, led by Mr. Hachi Yin, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Utopia Corporation, and Ms. Nalina Suranakarin, Chief Brand Officer, Utopia Corporation, recently launched Utopia Hospitality Group (UHG), a new flagship hospitality management company under UCORP. Being a dynamic new player in the Asia-Pacific hotel sector, the UHG comes with a vision to create daring concepts and lifestyle experiences that transform the world of hospitality, provide flexibility and openness to create a level playing field in the post-pandemic era for hoteliers. They will benefit from multiple levels of expertise from management and marketing services to property technologies from UHG. Under the umbrella of UHG, prominent lifestyle hotel and resort brands will offer new travel experiences that meet the needs of smart and savvy travelers in the new era through three brand categories: the Midscale Aparthotel Brand merges the modern lifestyle and sense of belonging to a community with the comfort and flexibility of an apartment to meet the needs of a new generation of smart travelers with the motto 'Live Your Own Way'; the Upscale Lifestyle Resort Brand is a 5-star resort brand that occupies the space between lifestyle resort and wellbeing retreat, all in accordance with the slogan 'Live Slow, Play Well'; and the Ultra-Luxury Brand, in collaboration with Tonino Lamborghini, the legendary luxury brand from Italy that epitomizes refined luxury products and designs. The Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Phuket will be the first hotel under this brand in Thailand, set to welcome guests in 2025. UHG’s plan also includes the creation of two immense landmarks located in the northern and southern regions of Phuket including Bay of Icon, which will be a new destination for high-end global investors and travelers, and the Utopia Dream, a mixed-use development with a low-rise condominium to be constructed in Nai Harn. UHG commemorated its launch with a mini gala dinner at​ Blue by Alain Ducasse, who’s the current living chef with the most Michelin stars in the world. 

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Situated on the tranquil side of beautiful Koh Lanta in Krabi, five-star Layana Resort & Spa is now offering a tempting promotion for two, ideal for a romantic escape with your better half. The 'Moments of Love' package starts from THB 5,900 nett per night, with complimentary upgrade to an elegant, spacious villa (subject to availability), plus many more privileges including: Round-trip transfer to / from Krabi Airport Daily breakfast, served in the villa One romantic candlelight dinner per stay One private Sunset Cruise per stay Complimentary High Speed WiFi Internet Access This promotion is available for bookings and stays from now until 31 March 2022, with free cancelation up to 1 day before arrival date. For more information, or to make a reservation please contact +66 (0) 75 607 100 or visit www.layanaresort.com

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Meliá Koh Samui welcomes international travellers back to the paradise with 'Samui, I Miss You' package, offering a tranquil stay by the beach at special prices, with special perks, starting from only THB 3,400 (USD 105++) per night in a Deluxe Room. You can opt for a three- or seven-night package, starting at THB 9,999++ (USD 300++) and THB 22,222++ (USD 668++) per room, 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 package for two also includes a 90-minute spa treatment, one tapas set lunch and a daily cocktail.  Coinciding with Thailand's 'Test and Go' program that require fully vaccinated tourists flying from 63 low-risk countries to do a RT-PCR test upon arrival to the country before traveling freely with a negative result, (more info at www.tatnews.org) guests who stay at Meliá Koh Samui on the first day of arrival in Thailand will be charged an additional THB 2,200 (USD 66) for the COVID-19 test. ‘Samui, I Miss You’ must be booked directly with the resort by 31 December 2021 by calling +66 (0) 77 938 899 or emailing reservation.kohsamui@melia.com for a stay period until 31 March 2022.

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In collaboration with London-based luxury unisex streetwear brand 'This Is Fred', art-oriented five-star The Slate in Phuket has launched the dashing collection of gender-fluid streetwear, inspired by the avant-garde design by Bill Bensley of the resort that reflects the island's rich industrial history. THE SLATE X FRED collection adopts the enigmatic monochrome accents and the confluence of hardness and softness, creating wearables that highlight every movement of a wearer. The collection features trousers, tops, ponchos, jackets and more. The collection is crafted by Frederick (Fred) Morrison, who has presented his collections at the prestigious Paris and Berlin fashion weeks. This Is Fred produces pioneering gender-fluid urban wear, with striking designs that are inspired by the angularity of architectural forms and the fluidity of natural shapes. This unique partnership gives guests and local residents the opportunity to view and buy This Is Fred’s stylish streetwear in Thailand for the very first time. "I discovered Fred in Shoreditch, a very creative and artistic area in East London where you can find one-of-a-kind vintage shops and independent fashion labels. I always prefer small independent brands to well-known international ones. His geometric cut and shape, use of materials and the gender-fluidity of the brand immediately reminded me of The Slate," said the resort’s co-founder and owner, Krystal Prakaikaew Na-Ranong (known to her friends as Khun Moo). "This Is Fred has a similar brand philosophy to The Slate. Our brands have an avant-garde approach and a very bold way of thinking. I invited Fred and his partner to stay at The Slate at the beginning of 2020, just before the pandemic, to discuss our collaboration. Fred was very much inspired by the resort’s architectural attributes and we decided to create THE SLATE X FRED collection together." The one-of-a-kind collaborative works are showcased at Shades, the art gallery at the resort's lobby, and can be purchased at The Stockroom and  www.thestockroomonline.com

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Meliá Koh Samui welcomes international travellers back to the paradise with 'Samui, I Miss You' package, offering a tranquil stay by the beach at special prices, with special perks, starting from only THB 3,400 (USD 105++) per night in a Deluxe Room. You can opt for a three- or seven-night package, starting at THB 9,999++ (USD 300++) and THB 22,222++ (USD 668++) per room, 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 package for two also includes a 90-minute spa treatment, one tapas set lunch and a daily cocktail.  Coinciding with Thailand's 'Test and Go' program that require fully vaccinated tourists flying from 63 low-risk countries to do a RT-PCR test upon arrival to the country before traveling freely with a negative result, (more info at www.tatnews.org) guests who stay at Meliá Koh Samui on the first day of arrival in Thailand will be charged an additional THB 2,200 (USD 66) for the COVID-19 test. ‘Samui, I Miss You’ must be booked directly with the resort by 31 December 2021 by calling +66 (0) 77 938 899 or emailing reservation.kohsamui@melia.com for a stay period until 31 March 2022.

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Good news for cheesecake lovers! Zing Bakery at Centara Grand at CentralWorld has accumulate various styles of cheesecakes, so you can taste the heavenly treats from all over the world at one stop. The hotel's Executive Pastry Chef has crafted an alluring array of cheesecakes using high-quality natural ingredients and authentic recipes of each origin, from ancient Greece, Spain, the US, to Japan. Zing’s cheesecake signature dishes selections include Chicago-style Oreo cheesecake, New-York-style blueberry cheesecake, Basque burnt cheesecake, yuzu Japanese cheesecake, cannoli with ricotta cheese, and a number more, priced only from THB 140++. Additionally, if you stop by at Zing Bakery during 18:00 - 19:00, you can enjoy a 'buy 1 get 1 free' Happy Hour discount on most available pastry items. For more information or to place an order, please contact +66 (0) 2 100 1234 ext. 6485 or diningcgcw@chr.co.th

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As Thailand's tourism is gradually reopening, Phuket is becomes a popular destination once again. With a help from the government's 'We Travel Together' campaign, Thai citizens are able to unwind while paying less, plus extra money credit to be used at numerous restaurants across the country. One of Phuket's bests, Angsana Laguna Phuket, is now offering a chance to experience a luxurious stay at tempting rates, starting from only THB 999 per room per night after the government's 40% discount. The beachfront resort features a wide array of room types, from Laguna Room, Angsana One-Bedroom Loft, multi-bedroom suites with a view, to Four-Bedroom Pool Villa, which will cost only THB 3,719 per night when booked through 'We Travel Together! The promotion is available for booking from now until 31 October 2021, and applicable for stays during 15 October 2021 - 31 January 2022. For further details and reservation, please call +66 (0) 76 358 500, email to reservations-lagunaphuket@angsana.com, or contact via LINE: @angsanaphuket

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To welcome tourists back to the Bangkok Metropolis once again, Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa at The St. Regis Bangkok has unveiled a series of new wellness packages, offering guests the benefit of combined medical and spa treatments to achieve optimal health and aesthetic results. The luxury spa comprises a number of calming spaces, as well as offering the only location in Thailand where you can experience Clinique La Prairie’s longevity focused journey. The Anatomique Package Offering an effective non-surgical approach to targeting stubborn fat deposit areas, this cellulitebusting offer taps the most advanced body-shaping and firming technology in the market — Exilis Ultra 360. Exilis Ultra 360 session to tighten and tone the skin and deep tissue of the buttocks (THB 22,800) Exilis Ultra 360 session to target stubborn cellulite on the back of thighs (THB 22,800) The Signature Slimming Massage to improve skin texture 60 minutes (THB 22,800) *Purchase 3 sessions for THB 59,850 Net (From THB 85,500) The Purity Package Promising a complete body cleanse and liver detox, the Purity Package pairs intravenous therapy, with a lymphatic drainage and detoxifying massage to encourage lymph flow and improve blood circulation. IV drip detox therapy to reduce heavy metal levels and eliminate toxins (THB 8,960) 60-minute Detoxifying and Lymphatic Drainage Body Massage (THB 8,960) Hot or cold infused detox beverage (THB 8,960) *Purchase 3 sessions for THB 23,520 (From THB 33,600) The Physio Package An antidote to office syndrome, legacy injuries or simple wear and tear. Guests enjoy firm and visibly smoother visage as well as a relief from muscle tension in one visit. Deep tissue massage with hot stones and aromatherapy oil (THB 8,400) 30-minute relaxation facilities (THB 8,400) NIR laser session to smooth lines and wrinkles caused by ageing and sun damage (THB 8,400) *Purchase 3 sessions for THB 22,050 Net (From THB 31,500) For information about the full range of medical and spa treatments and to make an appointment, please call + 66 (0) 2 207 7779 or email info@cliniquelaprairiebangkok.com.

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Utopia Corporation (UCORP), one of Phuket's leading real estate developers, led by Mr. Hachi Yin, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Utopia Corporation, and Ms. Nalina Suranakarin, Chief Brand Officer, Utopia Corporation, recently launched Utopia Hospitality Group (UHG), a new flagship hospitality management company under UCORP. Being a dynamic new player in the Asia-Pacific hotel sector, the UHG comes with a vision to create daring concepts and lifestyle experiences that transform the world of hospitality, provide flexibility and openness to create a level playing field in the post-pandemic era for hoteliers. They will benefit from multiple levels of expertise from management and marketing services to property technologies from UHG. Under the umbrella of UHG, prominent lifestyle hotel and resort brands will offer new travel experiences that meet the needs of smart and savvy travelers in the new era through three brand categories: the Midscale Aparthotel Brand merges the modern lifestyle and sense of belonging to a community with the comfort and flexibility of an apartment to meet the needs of a new generation of smart travelers with the motto 'Live Your Own Way'; the Upscale Lifestyle Resort Brand is a 5-star resort brand that occupies the space between lifestyle resort and wellbeing retreat, all in accordance with the slogan 'Live Slow, Play Well'; and the Ultra-Luxury Brand, in collaboration with Tonino Lamborghini, the legendary luxury brand from Italy that epitomizes refined luxury products and designs. The Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Phuket will be the first hotel under this brand in Thailand, set to welcome guests in 2025. UHG’s plan also includes the creation of two immense landmarks located in the northern and southern regions of Phuket including Bay of Icon, which will be a new destination for high-end global investors and travelers, and the Utopia Dream, a mixed-use development with a low-rise condominium to be constructed in Nai Harn. UHG commemorated its launch with a mini gala dinner at​ Blue by Alain Ducasse, who’s the current living chef with the most Michelin stars in the world. 

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Situated on the tranquil side of beautiful Koh Lanta in Krabi, five-star Layana Resort & Spa is now offering a tempting promotion for two, ideal for a romantic escape with your better half. The 'Moments of Love' package starts from THB 5,900 nett per night, with complimentary upgrade to an elegant, spacious villa (subject to availability), plus many more privileges including: Round-trip transfer to / from Krabi Airport Daily breakfast, served in the villa One romantic candlelight dinner per stay One private Sunset Cruise per stay Complimentary High Speed WiFi Internet Access This promotion is available for bookings and stays from now until 31 March 2022, with free cancelation up to 1 day before arrival date. For more information, or to make a reservation please contact +66 (0) 75 607 100 or visit www.layanaresort.com

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At the 2021 Thailand Tourism Awards, organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, five-star Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort has won Thailand's Kinnaree 'Gold' Award in the category of Resort Accommodation for the resort's cleanliness, safety, hospitality excellence, and commitment to sustainability. Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort offers 240 guest rooms and suites by the long stretch of virgin white sand beach facing the azure waters of the Andaman Sea. Facilities include two inviting beachfront pools, a variety of restaurants and a spa set in vast tropical gardens - an ideal destination for couples, families and groups of friends. www.dusit.com/dusitthani-krabibeachresort

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