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Bring On Autumn – Paresa Resort Has a New Beach Club To Take Away the Sting

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  Site Where: 49 Moo 6, Layi-Nakalay Road, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand, 83150
August 22, 2013 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

We really hate to be the ones to have to tell you this, but it’s mid-August. This means that summer is, sadly, drawing to a close and soon our pool days will be in short supply.

Not, however, in Phuket, and the good news is that Paresa Resort is opening up what they think will be the hottest beach club on the island.

ZAZADA will open in September, which will give you enough time to wean yourself off of your local pool habit and go dip your toes into ZAZADA's infinity pool at one of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches, Surin Beach.

Designed locally, the beach club will not only have its full-service infinity pool and beach space, but a dance floor, DJ booth and room for a band. You can literally show up in the morning, have a fresh-squeezed juice or smoothie at the juice bar, hang by the pool until it’s time to move on to other liquid refreshments from the full bar or wine room, bake on the beach, and then have dinner at ZAZADA’s restaurant – with a menu put together by Ryan Arboleda of Paresa’s Talung Thai and Diavolo restaurants. Have a shower and change into your dancing duds (or not--bathing suits are, after all, allowed) and then dance the night away.

ZAZADA is open to the public so you can mingle with the locals too, but Paresa guests have priority access with free admittance and transportation from the resort (less than 10 minutes away).

When ZAZADA opens, the Hot Deal Rate (advance purchase) at Paresa Resort is 8992 THB ($288) and includes breaky and free WiFi.

[Rendering: Paresa Resort & Spa]

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Hyatt Regency To Relax On The Beaches of Phuket

Where: Phuket, Thailand
August 7, 2013 at 4:01 PM | by | Comment (1)

The sun-soaked beaches of Phuket attract millions of tourists per year looking to blow off a little steam or search for the perfect Pad Thai. By the end of the year, the luxury digs of a Hyatt Regency will be welcoming guests in the heart of Thai paradise.

Situated on the west coast of the Thai island, Hyatt Regency will have 202 guest rooms as well as feature restaurants for local and international grub, a tropical pool for sipping fruity drinks and soaking up the rays, and lush spa for some mid-paradise rejuvenation. The hotel will be the third Hyatt for the area, joining the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok (whose spa suites we recently lusted over) and Hyatt Regency Hua Hin.

Situated in the area known as Millionaire's Mile, where the majority of Phuket's private villas are located, the Hyatt Regency Phuket will also have enough space to host the ultimate in destination weddings with banquet space and plenty of room for the wedding guests.

But if you are too busy exploring everything the island has to offer, the best time to chill at the resort will be the end of the day, where you can catch a stunning sunset over the Adaman Sea.

[Photo: Flickr]

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Suite Meets Spa At The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Spa Suites

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  Site Where: 494 Rajdamri Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10330
July 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bangkok has many fantastic hotels, both historic and brand-spanking new, that are reasonably affordable by many other cities’ standards. We’ve told you Hyatt is showing the city some love the next few years, with a Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, and Hyatt Place all popping up to give the existing Grand Hyatt Erawan some company.

All that hotel newness nearby (the Park Hyatt is literally around the corner) means the Erawan has been getting busy redoing its 380 rooms and suites to keep up. The second phase of the revamp will be done later this year (more on that in a second), but make your way up to the 5th floor i.sawan spa, wander outside past the pool and you will find something unexpected: a small garden courtyard with a cluster of resort-like spa cottages in the middle of the frenetic city.

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After London and Brisbane, Pullman Opens New Hotel in Phuket

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  Site Where: 22/2 Moo 4 Naithon Beach, Amphur Talang, Phuket , Thailand, 83110
July 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pullman Hotels , fresh off some big new openings in London and Brisbane, has now opened the Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach Hotel on the west coast of Thailand, featuring 277 bedrooms, seven suites, spa, and a tropical location in the hills overlooking the Andaman Sea.

As you can see from the photos, some of the rooms are villa style and overlook cascading pools as well as the ocean. It looks beautiful, and this is definitely the type of resort where you will go to do nothing. Naithon Beach is known for its pretty face, but not for its nightlife, entertainment or shopping. The area has just five independent restaurants (Up Beach Club might be your best bet) and a mini-mart is the only local store (seriously). While most are probably not locally run, you could find other dining options at nearby hotels if you want to eat outside of the Pullman, which houses two restaurants and a deli.

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Mandarin Oriental Moving Out Of Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai

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  Site Where: 51/4 Chiang Mai, Sankampaeng Road, Moo 1, T. Tasala, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50000
July 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems not a week goes by at the moment without us writing about hotels changing management companies, whether more or less amicably due to ‘different strategic visions’ for the property or openly hostile, with middle-of-the-night takeovers and changing of the locks. Earlier this week, we talked about Ritz-Carlton losing Rose Hall in Jamaica (having previously reported on both Ireland and Palm Beach). Today it’s Mandarin Oriental, which will cease management of its Dhara Dhevi resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand, at the end of August.

From the official statement:

“…the Owner and Mandarin Oriental have different aspirations for its management and long-term development. As such, we have mutually agreed that Dhara Dhevi Hotel Company Limited will resume the management of the property with effect from close of business on 31st August 2013. The hotel will be named The Dhara Dhevi hotel.”

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What Does the Spice Concierge At Ritz-Carlton Phulay Bay Actually Do?

June 21, 2013 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Whenever we eat at a Thai restaurant, we tend to stick to our staples of pad see ew, green curry with chicken, or the occasional mango sticky rice. Sometimes, we notice the names of various spices listed on the menu—lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal—but since we're neither chefs nor from Thailand, we just shrug our shoulders and continue reading.

But if the day ever comes where we decide we want to know more about Thailand's rich array of indigenous spices, we now know where to go.

Ritz-Carlton Reserve Phulay Bay, one of the brand's most exclusive properties, has just introduced their (and the world's) first-ever spice concierge.

Now, we've heard of sleep concierges, kite concierges, and even soap concierges. But what purpose could a spice concierge possibly serve?

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Why Aren't U.S. Teams Sporting Their Own Hotels?

Where: Buriram, Thailand
June 13, 2013 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Amari Buriram United football club will open a 60-room football-themed (soccer) hotel in Thailand later this year, aimed at increasing sports and leisure-related travel.

The rooms will overlook a mini-soccer field and a pool, and although details are a bit vague at the moment, it seems the bathrooms will be designed after a "player's changing room." Hopefully the sweat-soaked sock smell is not included! To further replicate the team-style amenities and way of life, the in-house restaurant will feature bench-style seating.

While we admit that parts of the concept sound hit or miss (aka the locker room bathrooms), this property seems poised to attract both casual and fanatic fans on a game weekend. Which makes us wonder: Are you surprised this concept hasn't caught on in the States yet? Couldn't you totally see Yankee Stadium with a 100-room hotel attached? Not just a Howard Johnson or a Holiday Inn close by -- we're talking an official Yankees Hotel. Or a Dallas Cowboys or Boston Red Sox establishment around the corner from the stadium?

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What's Out, What's In: Feeding Your Face

May 31, 2013 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!

What's Out: Farm-to-table concepts at restaurants

What's In: Farm-to-table concepts at spas

With “natural” and “local” now part of the modern lexicon for restaurants, hotels have decided that it’s not just your tummy that should get all that organic goodness. We present to you... (drumroll please) farm-to-face.

A Relais & Chateaux Resort, the Hotel Caesar Augustus is perched on a cliff on the languid isle of Capri. In this idyllic setting you can find an equally idyllic spa garden. The goods from the garden - infusions made with the oils from basil, sage, rosemary, and marjoram as well as lemons and oranges - can be used in various massage treatments they offer at the hotel. The truly wonderful thing is that the massages can take place in the midst of all of those blooming orange and lemon blossoms.

The Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria New York is launching a “Milk, Honey and Herb” Mani and Pedi using its own “Top of the Waldorf Rooftop Honey” from six beehives installed on the 20th floor roof. The unguents and creams also include herbs grown from the hotel’s newly-installed rooftop garden and, while you’re waxing poetic about the treatment, you can sip on the hotel’s signature Wax Poetic cocktail featuring the house-made honey.

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Why Sofitel SO Bangkok is So On Our List of Fave Hotels

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  Site Where: 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500
May 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

So Worth It? A HotelChatter Review

After giving you a peek at the hotel couture the Sofitel So Bangkok serves up with their uniforms, now we can reveal the full details of the property, and we have to say, this Sofitel is a doozy. Allow us to break it down for you:

Lobby Layout: The main lobby is located on the ninth floor and after being a bit confused how everything worked, we finally walked into a large room with a giant wooden slab reception desk and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lumphini Park. With plenty of cozy seating, the lobby doubled as the bar featuring bespoke cocktails in a super chic lounge setting.

Check-in: Keeping up with current trend of having a seat while checking-in, we settled into one of the plush sofas and sipped our welcome drink of lemongrass and cucumber while handing over our passport and credit card for incidentals. The process was speedy and efficient and still warm and welcoming.

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Le Meridien Chiang Mai Turns Up The Thai Hospitality

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  Site Where: 108 Chang Klan Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50100
May 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Wow, we were quite impressed with the responses from our most recent, Guess The Hotel. Not only because we had a few contenders in the game, but we also had a winner! The hotel that uses their key cards as framed art in the lobby is Le Meridien Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Since we headed to the Northern Thai city for Songkran, the country's new year celebrations, the unique display caught our eyes while heading back to our room to change out of the soggy clothes we were in. When the streets and anybody walking on them got super soaked, we knew that we could escape into the comfort of our hotel with its opulent lobby and comfy rooms.

Even though the streets got hectic, we always received a warm smile and Sawatdee ka/krab from any of the staff and even were handed fluffy towels to dry off before we headed to the elevator. The one thing that stood out here was how welcoming the staff was, thanking us for coming to Chiang Mai and even providing personal cell-phone numbers to offer assistance during our stay. Truly an above and beyond experience.

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Staff Uniforms Are Lacroix Couture at Sofitel's So Bangkok

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  Site Where: 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500
April 25, 2013 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (2)

It makes sense for a French hotel portfolio, such as Accor to recruit a French fashion designer such aslike Christian Lacroix to design not only the rooms, but the uniforms for their ultra hip Sofitel So Bangkok. As expected, these digs and outfits are So over the top while managing to maintain traditional Thai themes.

Lacroix married East and West elements into his unique designs that make each staff member a walking fashion plate. Using traditional Thai silk and silhouette the designer brings a little Paris runway show to the streets of Bangkok with his brightly colored uniforms for both men and women. Each piece is different from the next by using the basic elements and mixing and matching tops, bottoms, and sashes so everyone looks like a top model.

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More Thai Talk: Inside the W Bangkok

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  Site Where: 106 North Sathorn Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500
April 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we gave you a sneak peek into Bangkok's shiny new W Bangkokand now we'll pull back the bejeweled curtain and show you the glam rooms. Being in a world-class city, you can expect a new hotel to have all glitz and shine; the W Bangkok doesn't fail the 'come to the party' test with its rooms fit for a jewel smuggler.

From the moment we stepped foot in the door, we knew we were somewhere special. Not only did we notice that 'new hotel' smell--it welcomed guests just 2 months ago--we may have been blinded by the shimmer and sparkle of the rhinestones, like everywhere. We will admit, we like a hotel that can successfully use lots of bling and, in true W style, this hotel has pushed the envelope.

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