Thailand: Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang Brings #SeriouslySocial Living to the Beating Heart of Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur – Frasers Hospitality, a member of Frasers Property Group, has expanded its footprint in Asia Pacific with the launch of Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang, a smart new hotel residence for #SeriouslySocial living in KL’s most dynamic downtown district.
 
This is a tech-savvy, lifestyle-led property where art and technology combine to create seamless, 24-7 stays. Soaring 43 storeys high and surrounded by luxury retail malls, upmarket restaurants, vibrant bars and exciting attractions, this sleek hotel residence elevates every stay to new levels of comfort, convenience and connectivity. Guests can enjoy expedited arrivals with a fully automated car park and self-check-in kiosks.

Stays at Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang are centred around The Den, a stylish social hub that spreads across two levels and where travellers can chill out, catch up with friends, play board games, listen to music on the digital jukebox, or dine in style. Guests can work out at the high-tech 42nd floor gym, which frames jaw-dropping views of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows, or cool off into the healthy saltwater pool. Even chores like the laundry have a fun twist at Spin & Play, the guest laundrette and games room. To make every stay run smoothly, The Fixer – a friend, guide and all-round cool character – is on hand to manage any requests, offer insider tips on KL’s lively local social scene, or simply make guests feel at home.

The 319 contemporary studios and one-bedroom apartments range in size from 30 to 50 square metres and are fully furnished with living areas, bedrooms and well-equipped kitchenettes – perfect for short breaks, urban escapes, extended stays and family vacations in Kuala Lumpur. The interior design reflects Bukit Bintang’s heritage as a hotspot of entertainment, with wavy walls depicting cinema hall curtains and artworks featuring movie motifs, and each apartment is integrated with smart technology, including fast and free Wi-Fi, a large flatscreen IPTV with Chrome casting, a mobile charging dock and Lola, the personal digital concierge. 
 
With round-the-clock services and high-speed internet in every corner of the property, Capri by Fraser is ideal for the new generation of digital nomads, free-spirited urban adventurers and anyone who needs to stay in touch with their home, office or social media platforms. For guests staying in the chic Studio Premier and One Bedroom Premier apartments, an extra level of personalised hospitality is available at Pow Wow, the dramatic top floor lounge with 360-degree views.
 
To keep guests safe, all team members at Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang have been fully-vaccinated and Frasers Hospitality’s global #FraserCares programme comprises a wide range of world-class health and safety protocols, including the use of a patented, chemical-free, child-friendly cleaning system to eliminate germs.

“Capri by Fraser is one of the most innovative concepts in the serviced residence sector, catering for explorers who have a millennial mindset and lead ‘always-on’ lives that blur the boundaries between work and play. Since the opening of our first Capri by Fraser property in 2012, this intuitive, socially-inspired concept has emerged in many of the world’s most fashionable urban districts. This makes it the perfect fit for Kuala Lumpur, one of Asia’s most iconic and engaging cities. We look forward to welcoming our community of experience-seeking guests to Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang,” said Ms. Tonya Khong, Senior Vice President, Head of Asia Pacific, Frasers Hospitality.

Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang becomes the 10th Capri by Fraser property in a global portfolio that now includes trend-setting cities such as Barcelona, Berlin, Brisbane, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. It also becomes Frasers Hospitality’s third property in Malaysia, joining Fraser Place Puteri Harbour and Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru.

To celebrate its launch, Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang has revealed an exclusive opening promotion. Guests who book before 31st December 2021 get 50% off their first stay, and Fraser World members will receive another 20% off to book a stay at participating Fraser World properties. Discounted rates start from just MYR 238 nett per night, valid until 31st March 2022. For more information and reservations, visit www.frasershospitality.com/en/malaysia/kualalumpur/capri-by-fraser-bukit-bintang.

Thailand: The Slate Invites Budding Chefs to Recreate Pollamai Ruam Buat Chi – a New Twist On One of Thailand’s Most Delectable Desserts

PHUKET, THAILAND — The Slate, the whimsical art-inspired beachfront resort on Phuket’s secluded northwest coast, has unveiled the latest edition of its popular recipe series which gives guests – past, present and future – the opportunity to reproduce some of its chefs’ most acclaimed culinary creations in the comfort of their own home.
 
This month, epicurean enthusiasts are invited to embark on a journey of discovery to the pure shores and palm groves of Southeast Asia, with a delicious dessert that is fun, fresh and filled with the taste of the tropics. It is also super-healthy and easy to prepare, making it an excellent way to introduce children to the wonders of Thai cuisine.
 
The Slate is home to one of the world’s finest Thai restaurants, Black Ginger, which appears like an ancient Thai village floating above a tranquil lagoon and is only accessible by raft. In this enchanting setting, a talented team led by Chef Anongrat “Piak” Meklai uses locally-sourced ingredients and contemporary cooking techniques to reimagine ancient and highly authentic recipes. The results are simply sensational and it is no surprise that this breath-taking dining destination was recommended by the Michelin Guide in 2020 and 2021. Now, Chef Piak is inviting The Slate’s fans and followers, and all lovers of Thai food, to recreate her favourite dishes in their own kitchens.

The latest recipe in this home cooking series is pollamai ruam buat chi – braised bananas in coconut milk with seasonal fresh fruits. Inspired by one of the region’s most traditional desserts, kluai buat chi, a favourite of families across Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and beyond, this reinvented sweet is simple to make and showcases the quintessential flavours of this exotic region.
 
Two ripe bananas are gently simmered in coconut milk for 10 minutes with palm sugar, a pinch of salt and one pandan leaf, allowing the aromas to infuse. Chef Piak then breaks with tradition by serving this exotic concoction on a bed of crushed ice and garnishing it with a selection of vibrant local fruit, including papaya, rose apple, green cantaloupe melon, rambutan, lychee and pineapple. Warm yet cool, soft yet crisp, this contrasting dish transports the diner’s taste buds straight to the shores of Asia’s southern seas.
 
Chef Piak understands that people may find it difficult to source some of ingredients in their local shops, so she recommends that pandan leaves can be swapped with cinnamon or vanilla pods, and the tropical fruit can be replaced with any other varieties that may be in season, such as strawberries, plums, peaches or pears.
 
“For many budding chefs, Thai cuisine is exciting but it can be intimidating. People love the flavours and fragrances, but they believe that they are complicated to recreate and require lots of special ingredients and technical processes. My aim is to show that the beauty of great Thai cookery lies in its simplicity. World-class dishes depend on sourcing local and seasonal ingredients and preparing them with love and care. This is the secret of pollamai ruam buat chi – we reinvented this classic dessert for all, whatever their cooking level, their homeland and the season,” said Chef Piak.
 
“The Slate prides itself on presenting the finest Thai cuisine to the world. Through our recipe series, we want to bring the joy of gastronomy into our guests’ homes. We hope that our fans and followers will try to cook this delectable dessert and send us photos of their efforts. Then, they can experience Chef Piak’s original dishes when they return to Phuket in 2022,” added the resort’s co-founder and owner, Krystal Prakaikaew Na-Ranong (known to her friends as Khun Moo).
 
For more information about Black Ginger, visit www.theslatephuket.com/black-ginger.

Thailand: HOMA unveils multiple projects in Thailand, as it pioneers a dynamic new model for real estate development and residential living

PHUKET, THAILAND – HOMA, the pioneering new co-living concept, has unveiled plans to expand its collection of affordable, flexible and eco-friendly residential accommodation across Thailand, with the launch of three exciting new projects located in Si Racha, Phuket and Bangkok.
 
This innovative company made its debut in October 2021 when it opened HOMA Phuket Town, a 505-unit community that blends the benefits of a serviced apartment with the facilities of a four-star hotel. This debut marked the start of major growth strategy that will see HOMA invest approximately THB 8.4 billion in multiple new developments across Thailand and Asia Pacific.
 
The next step in the company’s expansion will be HOMA Si Racha, which is scheduled to open in late 2022 in a vibrant industrial centre on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard. The company has acquired an existing serviced apartment building in the heart of the city centre, close to the new Central Festival Si Racha lifestyle mall, Surasak Montri Park and Samitivej Si Racha Hospital and nearby business parks. HOMA is set to start the conversion and renovation of the property for a total investment of THB 350 million in order to bring it into line with the group’s contemporary vision and environmental standards.

The original 72-key complex is being enhanced with the addition of a brand-new wing, which will house studios and one-bedroom apartments for a total of 100 units. HOMA will also add a wide range of guest-friendly facilities, many of which will appeal to the large number of Japanese expats who live and work in the area. These include a rooftop pool, a golf simulator, an authentic yakitori restaurant and a traditional onsen. Scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2022, HOMA Si Racha will be perfectly placed to meet the unique needs of this market, and it will meet the targets of sustainability that HOMA has set for itself by pursuing EDGE Certification promoted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the investment arm of the World Bank.
 
Nestled in a prime location close to Phuket’s highly sought-after west coast, HOMA Cherngtalay will be the next new-build residence in the group’s collection. Scheduled to open by the end of 2023, this impressive new project will be developed from the ground up, in line with HOMA’s advanced standards of design and sustainability. Long-term guests and short-stay travellers alike will enjoy intuitive amenities, including a fully-connected co-working space, rooftop pool, games room, fitness centre, kid’s club and three food & beverage outlets – an all-day café on the ground floor, a restaurant with sunset views, and a pool bar on the rooftop.
 
With an investment of THB 1.4 billion and a prime position in Phuket’s main tourist area, HOMA Cherngtalay will provide an outstanding option for the island’s hospitality executives, as well as expats and digital nomads who want to live comfortably and work remotely, just a short distance from the beach, shops and restaurants. This location will complement HOMA Phuket Town, which is focused on professionals working in the healthcare, education and retail sectors.

HOMA can also now announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent on a site for its inaugural property in Bangkok. This soon-to-be-revealed project will become the company’s first residence in a capital city. Scheduled to open in 2024, this new flagship property is expected to feature 250 keys and all the elements that guests love about HOMA, such as its bright and affordable accommodation, community atmosphere, co-working space and upscale hotel services, including a team of “HOMA Hosts”, laundry, housekeeping and 24-hour reception.
 
Whichever HOMA they choose, every visitor can rest assured that their stay will be highly sustainable, with solutions such as solar panels, efficient appliances, LED lighting and air quality monitors. Each new-build property will meet the Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building standards.
 
“At HOMA, we take a very customer-centric approach to everything we do. Each project is created with the lifestyles of our residents in mind. By being flexible and prioritizing the needs of today’s travellers, while also eliminating the pain points endured by modern renters, we are aiming to establish a collection of creative, eco-conscious co-living communities that elevate the lives of every guest. I look forward to letting more people ‘Live A Better Life’ with HOMA in the coming years,” said Luca Dotti, founder & managing director of HOMA.
 
A joint venture between Asia Capital Real Estate (ACRE), a global real estate private equity firm, and NOON Capital, a Thai multi-family housing developer, HOMA will continue to extend its collection of affordable and sustainable accommodation to even more markets in Thailand and across the Asia Pacific region.
 
For more information, visit homa.co.

Thailand: The Slate Phuket Adds a Splash of Colour and Artistic Flair to the Festive Season with Vibrant Year-End Celebrations

PHUKET, THAILAND – The Slate, the art-inspired resort on Phuket’s secluded northwest coast, is adding its unique sense of whimsicality and creative flair to the traditional festive celebrations this December, with a compendium of culinary occasions and vibrant parties that will let every guest step out of the shadows of 2021 and into the welcoming light of the New Year.
 
Amid a world of dazzling dreamscapes, inspired by Phuket’s rich tin-mining heritage and brought to life through Bill Bensley’s avant-garde interior design, original artworks and amazing installations, The Slate will enable couples, families and friends to choose their own personal pathway, with a choice of dramatic dining experiences. So let your imagination run wild, embrace the spirit of adventure and venture forth into 2022 with a renewed sense of excitement and optimism!
 
The festivities start on 24th December with an unforgettable “Christmas Eve Dinner” (from 19.00 hrs, THB 2,200++ per person) at Black Ginger, the mesmerising Michelin-recommended Thai restaurant which appears to float above a reflective lagoon. Having arrived by raft, diners will be treated to a truly breath-taking buffet of succulent roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham and other seasonal classics, accompanied by fine Thai cuisine and ancient local recipes, all presented in an elegant Thai mansion, perched over the water and surrounded by lush jungle.

Then on 25th December, the focus switches to the Tin Mine, The Slate’s stylish, industrial-inspired restaurant, which sets the stage for a “Merry Christmas Brunch” (12.00-15.00 hrs, THB 2,450++ per person*). Guests and local residents are invited to gather their loved ones for an energising epicurean event featuring a plethora of premium ingredients, such as Canadian lobster, imported oysters, hand-cut sushi and sashimi, ocean-fresh seafood on ice, prime Australian wagyu beef and much more.

Finally, on 31st December, The Slate invites everyone to leave the challenges of 2021 far behind and raise a glass to brighter days ahead, with chic social soirées and a choice of gastronomic gatherings. As the sun sets over Phuket for the final time this year, all guests are invited to the Snake Skin Pool for the “New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party” (19.00-20.00 hrs). Sip, chat and say cheers with fellow revellers before embarking on a fantastic feast at a choice of exceptional venues.
 
Black Ginger will escort diners back in time to an enchanting and authentic era of Thai heritage this New Year’s Eve. As the sun sets above this ancient Thai house and the sounds of the forest echo through the air, epicurean explorers will be treated to a “Gala Dinner” (from 20.00 hrs, THB 3,500++ per person*) that highlights the contrasting flavours of Thai and international gastronomy, accompanied by a moving and mysterious Thai performance.
 
Alternatively at Rivet, diners can sit back and savour a “New Year’s Eve Dinner” (from 20.00 hrs, THB 2,500++ per person*) filled with the finest international fare in a soothing poolside setting. Set to a backdrop of blissful beats and romantic grooves, this exquisite evening will let every guest while away the final hours of 2021 in an ambience of amore, surrounded by the people they care about the most.
 
All revellers can then reconnect with each other at the Coliseum Garden Top Tier & Rebar (from 23.00 hrs), with a glamorous “After Party”. Sip cool drinks and dance the night away on the sparkly floor as DJ Michael spins upbeat tunes, then countdown to midnight in the company of your most cherished friends and family.
 
For more information visit www.theslatephuket.com.

Thailand: Exquisine Global plants three new Mango Trees in China

Exquisine Global, the successful franchisor of Mango Tree and COCA Restaurants around the world, has revealed a significant expansion of its portfolio in China, with the opening of three new restaurants in the country’s two most iconic cities, Shanghai and Beijing, including the launch of new flagship full-service Mango Tree restaurants.
 
This innovative, industry-leading company is no stranger to the mainland Chinese market; it already operates five Mango Tree restaurants located in Qingdao, Guangzhou, Beijing and two in Shanghai, and two Mango Tree Cafés in Shenzhen and Shanghai, with one more Mango Tree Café scheduled to open in Guangzhou early next year. It has also won multiple awards for culinary excellence in China, including the prestigious “Michelin Plate” for Mango Tree Guangzhou, which is located in the 530-metre-high Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre.
 
Now, Mango Tree has accelerated its growth strategy in China with the launch of a trio of dining destinations that are set to become popular within local diners and visitors alike.

Mango Tree Beijing has opened in the Chinese capital, becoming the group’s new flagship full-service Thai restaurant in the city. Located in the premium Parkview Green lifestyle complex in the city’s Chaoyang district, this attractive venue is surrounded by shopping malls, residential buildings, embassies and other major attractions. Guests will be able to discover exceptional Thai cuisine, including vibrant salads and starters, wok-fried specialties, aromatic curries and delicious tropical desserts, either indoors in the contemporary restaurant or outside on a stylish terrace.
 
Mango Tree Shanghai has become the group’s fourth location in this cosmopolitan city and its new flagship restaurant. Commanding a prime position in Taikoo Li, a spectacular open-air shopping complex located in the Qiantan area of the city, this elegant, upmarket dining destination showcases exquisite interior design, floor-to-ceiling windows and a choice of indoor and alfresco seating. Signature menu items include classic Thai tom yum goong, fresh mango salad with soft shell crab, pineapple fried rice with seafood, and Thailand’s most famous dessert, mango sticky rice, among many other delectable dishes.
 
Mango Tree Café Shanghai has introduced a new era of bright, casual Thai dining to the city’s food scene. Perfectly positioned in the Infinitus Mall, in Shanghai’s bustling Huangpu district, this captivating café will let families and friends experience local vibes and highly authentic Thai cuisine in a warm and welcoming ambience, enhanced by playful design, cool drinks and handcrafted cocktails.
 
All three of these restaurants have already achieved a very high rating on Dianping, the leading Chinese F&B listings and review app, which is trusted by millions of users, and are expected to become popular among Chinese diners who appreciate outstanding and original Thai cuisine.
 
“We are delighted to unveil these three restaurants in China, as we continue to gain traction and brand recognition in this important market. Thai culture and cuisine have become hugely popular among Chinese consumers in recent years, driven by the popularity of Thailand as a tourist destination for outbound travellers. But while the country’s restaurant industry is thriving, it remains dominated by non-branded outlets. This creates significant opportunities for innovative franchised brands like Mango Tree, and we are excited by the potential for all our brands in China, including full-service restaurants, casual concepts and grab & go kiosks. Alongside Mango Tree’s brands, Exquisine Global is also aiming to roll out Yenly Yours, a cool mango dessert brand, with up to 50 cafés and kiosk-style stores in China in the coming years,” revealed Trevor MacKenzie, Managing Director, Exquisine Global.
 
Following these three new openings, Exquisine Global now operates more than 70 Mango Tree and COCA Restaurants around the world and is striding confidently towards its target of operating 100 outlets worldwide by 2025.

Thailand: Blue Tree Phuket dives into Christmas with family-focused activities

PHUKET, THAILAND – Blue Tree, Phuket’s premier family entertainment destination, is gearing up for an action-packed festive season this December, with an amazing array of upbeat activities and inspiring events to keep all ages entertained and engaged.

Nestled in 56 acres of nature in the heart of Phuket’s tourist area of Cherng Talay, this exhilarating destination showcases a sparkling lagoon with thrilling slides and rides, ziplines, cliff-jumping platforms, water sports, splash zones, sandy beaches and more, along with 5km of jogging and cycling paths, soft play areas, kids’ clubs, a brand-new skatepark, boutique shopping, restaurants and bars, and concert venues and art shows all under the same roof and operated in a genuinely sustainable way.

With such an unparalleled array of attractions, Blue Tree presents the perfect option for family holidays and end-of-year escapes. To make this festive season even more magical, visitors can take advantage of a full calendar of events.

Guests can stock up on all their Christmas shopping at the “Wansao Market” (4 & 18 December). This free-to-enter fair features a wonderful range of independent fashion, jewellery and gift stalls, plus snacks and sips for everyone, accompanied by live music, arts & crafts and more. Shoppers can also soak up the festive spirit at the “Sanook Market”, a charming Thai version of a European Christmas fair, which runs from 24-31 December.

Fine food also takes centre stage this December, as Blue Tree hosts a series of enticing culinary occasions. Supported by the Ministry of Culture, the “Thai Taste Therapy” sessions (10-12 December) will blend the Thai traditions of gastronomy and wellness, while the “Roy Teen Lay – Phuket Food Festival” (24-26 December) will showcase the finest Southern Thai cuisine.

Then on Christmas Day (25 December), Blue Tree is celebrating in style with a full day of fun! All ages will be thrilled by the “Santa Claus Parade”, as Father Christmas and his friends come out to meet and greet guests, deliver presents and put a smile on children’s faces. Three parades will be hosted at 11.00, 16.00 and 19.00 hrs.

As the end of the year approaches, Blue Tree Lagoon will get the party started with a “Wet & Wild Concert”! Hosted on 30 December (17.00-21.00 hrs.), this sparkling show will feature live music from two popular Thai bands, Songkarn and Ebola. Still not had enough dancing? Head over to the Blue Tree Arena on 31 December for a “Mega Zumba Session” – two hours of non-stop dancing with professional Zumba instructors.

After all the excitement, Blue Tree will ease everyone gently into 2022 with a peaceful “Picnic on the Lawn”. Hosted from 15.00-20.30 hrs. on New Year’s Day, this enchanting alfresco event will let parents and children share the timeless joys of family and food – with plenty of time left for kids to make a splash in the lagoon and watch a movie at the outdoor cinema before bed.

“After a challenging year, we want to shine a ray of hope and light into people’s lives this holiday season. At Blue Tree Phuket, our commitment to fun underpins everything we do. We simply want to make our guests smile and bring loved ones closer together. This December, we’re inviting all visitors – young and old, from Thailand and overseas – to join us for a month of memorable moments and amazing experiences. Let the magic begin!” said Daniel Steinke, Managing Director, Blue Tree Phuket.

For more information about Blue Tree Phuket, visit bluetree.fun or www.facebook.com/BlueTreePhuket

Thailand: HOMA Phuket Town opens its doors, introducing a pioneering new co-living concept to Asia Pacific

PHUKET, THAILAND – HOMA, the pioneering new co-living concept, has announced the opening of its inaugural property in Thailand, HOMA Phuket Town, marking the start of an exciting new era of affordable, flexible and eco-friendly residential accommodation in Asia Pacific.
 
HOMA Phuket Town is a 505-unit community that blends the benefits of a serviced apartment with the facilities of a four-star hotel. Guests will be immersed in a community atmosphere with a friendly neighbourhood vibe and plenty of space for families and pets. Meanwhile, high-speed Wi-Fi and a co-working space allow executives and entrepreneurs to stay connected – ideal for the new generation of digital nomads who do not need to be tied to the office.
 
This intuitive fusion of homeliness and high-spec hospitality will make HOMA Phuket Town an outstanding new option for short- and long-term visitors alike. However many days, weeks or months they choose to stay, every guest will enjoy first-class facilities including a fitness centre, café and restaurant. Crowning the property is a spectacular rooftop deck and 80-metre infinity pool overlooking Phuket Town, which includes a 50-metre Olympic-size lap pool.

The fully-furnished studios, duplexes, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences are all spacious and finished with a fully equipped kitchen, high-end fixtures and fittings. Residents will be able to enjoy a great night’s sleep on beds featuring a 12-inch dream mattress and high-quality cotton linen, and stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi and a large flat-screen TV with phone screen mirroring function. Fully-equipped kitchens will enable everyone to make themselves at home, while housekeeping, laundry, “HOMA Host” concierge services and a 24-hour reception ensure complete convenience.
 
HOMA Phuket Town is also the perfect choice for medical tourists; under a partnership with Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS), one of Asia’s most prestigious hospital networks, HOMA Phuket Town will work together with Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Bangkok Hospital Siriroj and Dibuk Hospital to offer personalised packages for patients. Professional medical services and consultations can be combined with specially adapted units, with elements such as handrails and wearable devices connected directly with the hospital, to aid rest and recuperation. This collaboration is set to enhance Phuket’s already strong reputation as a regional hub for medical tourism.
 
Every guest can rest assured that their stay is not having a negative impact on the environment. This innovative property embraces sustainable solutions such as rooftop solar panels, water recycling, energy-efficient appliances, LED lighting and air quality monitoring systems. These practices will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 325 tonnes each year – the equivalent of planting almost 5,400 new trees or removing more than 70 cars from the road! As a result, HOMA Phuket Town is pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, making it the first purpose-built residential project for rent in Thailand to achieve this important accolade. In addition to LEED Certification, HOMA Phuket Town is designed to achieve also the Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) Advanced certification promoted by International Finance Corporation (IFC), the investment arm of the World Bank.

“I am delighted to announce the official opening of HOMA Phuket Town, our inaugural project, which introduces an innovative new style of living to Thailand’s hospitality scene. By combining affordable, eco-friendly apartments with upscale amenities, we can successfully bridge the gap between home comforts and hotel facilities, while also creating a sense of community living. This pioneering concept will be ideally suited to Asia Pacific, and Thailand especially, where travellers are increasingly demanding spaces to work, rest and relax for extended periods. We look forward to welcoming our first residents and allowing local and international guests to ‘Live A Better Life’ at HOMA Phuket Town,” said Luca Dotti, founder and managing director at HOMA.
 
Nestled in a quiet enclave of Phuket Town, yet still only moments from vibrant Yaowarat Road in the Old Town, the property is strategically located in proximity of four hospitals, two universities, three primary international schools, and several shopping malls. The business plan consists of attracting local young professional in the healthcare, education and retail sectors, in additional to long- and short-term travellers.
 
A joint venture between Asia Capital Real Estate (ACRE), the global real estate private equity firm, and NOON Capital, a Thai multi-family housing developer, HOMA has ambitious plans. The group is aiming to invest more than US$250 million (approx. THB 8.4 billion) in six new projects across Thailand. HOMA Phuket Town will soon be joined by another location in Phuket, HOMA Cherngtalay, and a project in Chonburi province called HOMA Si Racha. In the next five years, the group will continue to extend its collection of affordable and sustainable accommodation to even more markets in Thailand and across the Asia Pacific region.
 
For more information, visit homa.co.

Thailand: SAii Phi Phi Island Village Inspires the Next Generation of Marine Conservationists with Eco Family Package

 SAii Phi Phi Island Village, the free-spirited five-star resort on the pristine Thai island of Koh Phi Phi, is celebrating the launch of another important environmental project by inviting eco-conscious families to experience immersive escapes that will inspire young minds and educate all ages about the critical issue of marine conservation.

In November 2021, the resident marine biologist at SAii Phi Phi Island Village launched “SOS” (Save Our Sharks), an exciting new conservation project that will see the resort work hand-in-hand with experts from the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) to take care of bamboo sharks. From the incubation of eggs and larval rearing, to releasing the juveniles back into their natural habitat, this initiative will help to conserve this important species and boost the health of ocean ecosystems in the long-term.

This is the latest in a series of campaigns initiated by the Marine Discovery Centre, an innovative facility which serves as the nerve centre of SAii Phi Phi Island Village’s environmental efforts. This interactive hub houses indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, video rooms and aquariums, presenting a fascinating window into the underwater world and driving key projects such as coral propagation, mangrove planting, and breeding and release programmes for native species, including clownfish.

To celebrate the launch of SOS, SAii Phi Phi Island Village has created a new package that allows Thai and expat “inSAiiders” – including curious young explorers and budding marine biologists – to experience an engaging island adventure, with plenty of family-friendly activities and excursions into the mesmerising marine park.

Available for bookings made before 23rd December 2021, the “Marine Discoveries” package allows loved ones to stay together in style, with free accommodation and meals for up to two children aged 12 and under*. Guests will also be treated to a tour of the Marine Discovery Centre and an introduction to the SOS programme, plus a half-day longtail boat trip around the island and complimentary use of the fitness facilities, tennis court and non-motorised water sports, such as stand-up paddle-boarding and ocean kayaking. All guests will also enjoy daily breakfast, and a 25% discount on food, beverages and spa treatments throughout their stay.

Rates start from just THB 6,750 net per room per night, based on a Superior Garden Bungalow, and a minimum two-night stay is required. Other options include the Deluxe Sea View Bungalow (THB 8,000 net), Beachfront Junior Suite (THB 14,000 net), One-Bedroom Hillside Pool Villa (THB 18,000 net), Two-Bedroom Family Bungalow (THB 19,000 net) and the spectacular Two-Bedroom Hillside Pool Villa (THB 26,000 net).

“Young people today care passionately about the environment and want to take positive action to help save the planet. At SAii Phi Phi Island Village, we can help them make a difference. Our Marine Discovery Centre provides a fascinating window into the underwater world; from keeping the beach clean to caring for baby sharks, we let our young inSAiiders play an active role in conservation, giving them a sense of achievement and perhaps even inspiring the next generation of conservationists and marine biologists,” said Nantiphat Saechao, Marine Biologist, SAii Phi Phi Island Village.
 
“We are also excited to unveil the SOS project, in partnership with the Phuket Marine Biological Center. Bamboo sharks are classed as ‘vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), so this breeding and release programme will play a crucial role in protecting such an important species. We look forward to welcoming families to our resort in the coming weeks,” he added.
 
SAii Phi Phi Island Village is the Thai flagship property in the SAii Resorts portfolio, featuring a collection of spacious bungalows, suites and villas, five-star facilities and fresh brand concepts such as Mr. Tomyam, a casual poolside Thai fusion restaurant, Lèn Be Well, a standalone hillside spa, and M.I.Y Aroma Lab, where guests can create their own natural bathroom products. With its personalised approach and eco-sensitive ethos, this outstanding resort is ready to create truly immersive journeys for experience-seeking guests from around the world.
 
SAii Resorts is the free-spirited five-star lifestyle brand from S Hotels and Resorts PCL, the global hospitality company from Singha Estate PCL. For more information, visit www.saiiresorts.com. Alternatively, to learn more about S Hotels & Resorts, visit www.shotelsresorts.com. See package details here.
 

Thailand: Pimalai Resort and Spa brings festive joy to Koh Lanta

KOH LANTA, THAILAND – Pimalai Resort & Spa, the five-star sanctuary in Koh Lanta, is giving families the chance to enjoy a fun-filled festive season in paradise this month, with a series of eco-friendly activities and enticing excursions that will allow all ages to relax, reconnect with each other and rediscover the wonders of nature.
 
Pimalai understands that Christmas and New Year is the time to be with our loved ones. But after a challenging 12 months, perhaps this is also the ideal opportunity to spend the holidays somewhere different, far away from the crowds, where Christmas trees are replaced by coconut palms and where the only twinkling fairy lights are from the tropical sun shimmering on the sea. Nestled in 100 acres of verdant jungle on the island of Koh Lanta, cascading down to white sand and a cyan sea, Pimalai can help every guest press their personal reset button. With a collection of beachside and hillside pool villas, offering two or three bedrooms and up to 650 square metres of living space, every family can find their ultimate retreat.
 
In a spectacular secluded setting, surrounded by unspoiled forests and endless ocean views, friends and relatives can live, love and laugh together in blissful privacy, with plenty of space on Pimalai’s 900-metre-long private beach, complimentary non-motorised water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing and paddle-boarding, bike rides around the island, tranquil yoga sessions, Thai boxing, tennis and more. For younger guests, the resort’s bright and inviting Kid’s Club will play host to a full schedule of engaging activities throughout December and January, from kite flying and beach soccer to origami, sand sculpting and more. These entertaining and educational classes will be hosted daily from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs.

For a truly immersive experience that the whole family will treasure, Pimalai offers eco-sensitive excursions to the idyllic islets of Mu Ko Lanta National Park. The “Koh Haa Sunset” tour transports visitors to a gorgeous group of limestone islets where turquoise lagoons and a technicolour coral reef attract an amazing array of marine life, including black-tipped reef sharks, while the “Fabulous Koh Rok” adventure takes travellers across the sparkling sea to a pair of islands lined with powder-soft sands and lapped by warm, shallow seas. Both trips ensure plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling and chilling out on empty beaches.
 
Alternatively, curious explorers can take a stroll through Koh Lanta’s charming Old Town, stopping to savour fresh seafood at a waterfront restaurant, or embark on a locally-run “Mangrove Discovery Tour”, which lets guests explore the island’s lush coastal forests and view beautiful birdlife and mischievous macaques.
 
This December, Pimalai is giving guests the chance to soak up the magic of the holiday season with a pair of special events. On Christmas Eve, 24th December 2021, diners are invited to Rak Talay Beach Bar & Restaurant for a breath-taking buffet of Thai and international cuisine, overlooking the ocean. With live music, a dramatic fire show and even a visit from Santa, this enchanting evening will bring festive cheer to all ages. The Christmas Eve Dinner is priced at THB 2,999++ per adult and THB 1,499++ per child (5-12 years).
 
Then on 31st December 2021, Pimalai will ring in the New Year in style with a glittering evening at Rak Talay Beach Bar & Restaurant. A series of live stations will showcase local seafood, vibrant Thai delicacies, premium barbecued meats, fresh salads and divine desserts, accompanied by live music from the Hat Yai Band, a classical Thai dance performance and fire show. Then, as the clock ticks down to midnight, a live DJ will get the party started and fireworks will light up the night sky. This unforgettable occasion is priced at THB 4,499++ per adult, including free-flow house wine, local beer and soft drinks, and THB 2,249++ per child (5-12 years).

“The festive season is the perfect time for friends and relatives to reunite. After a long year however, many families may wish to take a well-deserved break from their congested urban lives and chill out among nature. Pimalai has long been a favoured multi-generational destination for A-listers, executives and anyone seeking a stress-free escape, away from the crowds. This makes it the ideal option for all visitors who want to enjoy barefoot luxury with their nearest and dearest, far from the outside world. We look forward to letting everyone relax and reconnect in paradise at Pimalai – whether you’re seeking a fun festive break in December or a stress-free family vacation in January,” said Charintip Tiyaphorn, Owner Representative of Pimalai Resort & Spa.
 
Rates at Pimalai start from just THB 9,783 per room per night. For more information and to book your stay, visit pimalai.com.

Thailand: S Hotels & Resorts, Singha Estate and EEC Thailand host “SeaYouTomorrow” camp to help fight the climate crisis

BANGKOK, THAILAND: S Hotels and Resorts PCL, the global hospitality company from Singha Estate PCL, has joined forces with the Environmental Education Centre (EEC) Thailand to host an important event aimed at raising awareness about the major environmental issues facing Thailand.
 
Hosted at SAii Phi Phi Island Village, the free-spirited five-star resort nestled amid lush jungle on Koh Phi Phi Don, the “SeaYouTomorrow” camp was an immersive three-day gathering that saw senior executives come together with environmental experts, local children and members of the media to witness first-hand the impact of climate change and human activity on communities in southern Thailand, and take steps to combat it.
 
CSR and conservation is a core element of S Hotels & Resorts’ sustainable business strategy. By joining forces with EEC Thailand, the company’s management team was able to understand the most pressing ecological issues and see how they can weave practical solutions into their day-to-day operations. By inviting local children on Phi Phi Island, the companies also aimed to engage the educate, inspire and upskill the next generation of conservationists.
 
The list of top-level guests at the camp was headed by Stefano A. Ruzza, Senior Vice President of Operations at S Hotels & Resorts, Alexander Simon Rendell, CEO of EEC Thailand and the UN Environment Programme’s first National Goodwill Ambassador for Thailand.

Led by EEC Thailand, the camp highlighted the critical environmental issues impacting in the area, including climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, carbon footprints and threats to biodiversity, to fully understand how these create the overall climate crisis. Attendees were also given the chance to tour the Marine Discovery Centre, SAii Phi Phi Island Village’s dedicated eco-hub which houses indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, video rooms and aquariums, presenting a fascinating window into the underwater world. Guests learned about the centre’s key projects such as coral propagation, mangrove planting, and breeding and release programmes for native fauna. The resort’s resident marine biologist also shared the latest updates from the “SOS” (Save Our Sharks) project, which saw S Hotels & Resorts work hand-in-hand with experts from the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) to breed, care for and release bamboo sharks. This marked the first time the PMBC has worked directly with a hospitality company.
 
During their three-day stay, the group was invited to embark on a series of engaging experiences, eco excursions, educational talks and hands-on activities. By visiting a village in Loh Lana Bay, the team learned how the resort supports local community by providing employment, engaging in responsible business and conducting regular beach cleaning activities. Offshore excursions also allowed delegates to see how the pristine ecosystems of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park need to be protected from threats such as climate change and over-tourism.
 
“The SeaYouTomorrow camp is a wonderful example of how we are integrating environmental integrity into every aspect of our business. At S Hotels & Resorts, conservation and community interaction are at the heart of everything we do. We care for guests, for nature and for one another. We share our knowledge of responsible travel and environmental preservation. We strive to ensure that every moment is memorable. In line with this ethos, we are proud to partner with EEC Thailand. Together, we can have a unique opportunity to create hands-on activities and camps that make a real difference to people’s lives and positively impact the future of Thailand. We look forward to collaborating on more initiatives in future,” said Stefano A. Ruzza, Senior Vice President of Operations, S Hotels & Resorts.
 
“I’m very happy to join with Singha Estate in organising this event. This event focused on providing in-depth knowledge of nature conservation in a fun way. We have learned about conservation from the forest and the sea, which are like natural classrooms and make the environment more meaningful to everyone. Now, we need to care for, cherish and appreciate the value of the sea and the forest to help reduce global warming. We organised the activity at SAii Phi Phi Island Village because it has the perfect geography for learning; there are beaches, mangrove and forests to study. It is wonderful to see how the resort is caring for and focusing on the environment,” commented Alexander Simon Rendell, CEO of EEC HQ.

The SeaYouTomorrow camp marks another example of the pledge by S Hotels & Resorts and Singha Estate to operate in harmony with nature. This ethos is guided by the companies’ support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG13 “Climate Action” and SDG14, “Life Below Water”, which focuses on protecting the world’s climate, oceans, seas and rivers.
 
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