Sunday Sanctuary

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Those looking for a grand Sunday brunch should pay the St Regis Bangkok a visit to enjoy a magnificent buffet spread while soaking up breathtaking views of the city and the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. What makes this brunch buffet so unique is that it actually encompasses four restaurants and bars. On offer are many stalwarts such as foie gras, prime cuts and fresh seafood on ice. Viu restaurant also has premium dishes cooked a la minute; these include lobster and smoked salmon eggs Benedict, a divine Baeri caviar omelette, and a decedent black truffle and Parmesan pizza.

Prices are 2,700 baht per person increasing to 3,400 baht for the free flow wine and sparkling wines package. For those looking to splurge, the 4,900 baht package with free flow Veuve Clicquot champagne is a must. For more information and reservations call 0-2207-7777 or visit www.stregisbangkok.com.

A Cut Above

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The Charcuterie at the Nai Harn Phuket is unique among other resort restaurants, showcasing a range of tantalising meat products made in-house by executive chef Mark Jones and his team. Their luscious selection includes prosciutto, salami, chorizo and bresaola and sausages such as the popular merguez, nuernberger and cumberland varieties. The Charcuterie is the domain of chef Norn, a professional Thai butcher who trained under Marc Berry, the famous consultant butcher to various Michelin-starred chefs in the United Kingdom. chef Norn has also worked with Neil Watts, the former chief butcher at the Savoy Hotel in London. Pairing an exquisite meat menu with stunning views of pristine Nai Harn beach and bay, the resort promises the “perfect blend of romance, adventure, indulgence and a genuine sense of heritage.”

For more details or reservations call 09-0216-2620, or visit www.thenaiharn.com.

Star Attraction

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French chef Sylvain Sendra, owner of Michelin-starred Itinéraires restaurant in Paris—winner of multiple prestigious awards including Best Bistro of the Year by American Gourmet magazine—returns to Thailand from July 26- 29. Sendra and his team invite you to the VIE Hotel in Bangkok and V Villas in Hua Hin to experience his innovative culinary talents which celebrate many intricate techniques and the beautiful presentation of splendid signature dishes. Creations to keep an eye out for include vanilla-scented cauliflower cloud served with delicate slow-cooked cod and petit pois a la Français. Those with a sweet tooth should try a sublime coconut mousse with Espelette pepper.

For more details or reservations call 08-1910-0280 or email afbm@viehotelbangkok.com.

Going Underground

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The popular holiday island of Koh Samui is home to Poppies restaurant, an outlet steeped in history that goes as far back as Bali 44 years ago. What sets Poppies apart from everywhere else on the island is a recently discovered, 50 metre long underground passage that now serves as the restaurant’s entrance. Arriving at Poppies guests are treated to an escorted walk down the mysterious passage, all the while being introduced to the history of Poppies. Those with an eye for local art should keep a lookout for the many painted canvases hung along the tunnel walls.

For more information and reservations call 0-7742-2419 or visit www.poppiessamui.com.

Meet and Greet

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The Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok, an established institution in the city, introduces an exclusive luxury meeting space on the 22nd floor, which contains beautiful daylight panoramic views. For those looking for an ideal location to host a business meeting or a private function, make use of the meeting packages. For a half-day package, the price is 1,400 baht per person which includes two breaks and one meal. Those looking for a bite to eat can choose from select hotel restaurants.

For more information or reservations, call 0-2200- 9000 or e-mail @dtbkdining@ dusit.com.

Sports Shorts

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Thanyapura health and sports resort in Phuket is offering a number of sports camp dates for children to gain new skills and meet new friends. The resort is run by highly accomplished coaches who help to train athletes of the future. The first is an aquatic five-day swimming camp at Asia’s best swimming pool for kids aged between 10 and 15. Miguel Lopez, an Olympic level coach is on hand to improve the children’s swimming ability. The second camp is for those who love the beautiful game of football. Guided by expert coaches, young footballers will get to spend a week learning new skills and forging new friendships on the playing field. The third camp is the Spin & Slice tennis camp at Thanyapura’s prestigious tennis school.

For more information and camp dates call 0-7633-6000 or visit www. thanyapura.com.

Nanking Nights

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Seven days and seven styles is a new and exclusive package from Nokscoot for anyone interested in exploring Nanking. One of the biggest cities in China, Nanking is rich in history and heritage. Some of its highlight attractions include the 600-year-old Ming city wall and the porcelain tower of Nanking, which is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World for this region. Those who love to shop will have an amazing time wandering the many grand malls and night markets, with many opportunities to splurge on food and souvenirs. Nanking truly is a city for everyone, with its own unique style of food and modern nightlife attractions. Nokscoot operates daily flights to Nanking out of Don Meaung airport.

For more information visit www.nokscoot.com.

 A Culinary Reawakening

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The Renaissance Bangkok proudly welcomes new executive chef Matthias Mittnacht and invites guests to enjoy his innovative and experimental cuisine. Known for fusing and transforming international flavours and textures, Bavarian Mittnacht, who has 20 years of kitchen experience in Germany, Switzerland, Taiwan and Bangkok and a repertoire of myriad cooking techniques, has the task of fine-tuning Flavors (international cuisine), La Tavola & Wine Bar (Italian cuisine) and Fei Ya (Chinese cuisine), with the goal of elevating the Renaissance Bangkok’s food and beverage offerings to even more appreciable levels of innovation, customer satisfaction and brilliance.

For more details or reservations, please call 0-2125-5010 or visit www.marriott.com.

Ekamai Eats

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The newly opened Mövenpick serviced residence on Sukhumvit Soi 63 is launching a new restaurant, Flavours on Ekamai. Open to both residents and members of the public, the outlet offers breakfast and lunch comprising exciting Thai and Western options that reflect the diverse international atmosphere found in the surrounding neighbourhood. Early risers can look forward to freshly prepared egg dishes and fluffy American pancakes served with varied homemade jams. When lunch rolls round, drop in for a light and flavourful pasta dish or a succulent steak. Classic Thai dishes are also available and all for a reasonable price. Residents at Mövenpick can also capitalise on a monthly meal package that allows them to eat at their leisure without paying all at once.

For more information call 0-2378-6999 or visit www.movenpick.com.

Brews and Bakes

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Café Claire at the Oriental Residence Bangkok introduces a Pastel Passion afternoon tea, an adventure into a colourful and delicious wonderland. Each afternoon tea set includes classic items such as homemade scones with local jam and clotted cream and savoury dishes such as fresh-cut tuna and classic ham and cheese sandwiches. It’s the sweet treats that steal the show though, with selections of chocolate cake, strawberry sponge and black forest cake. Another treat and a renowned crowd pleaser is the Café Claire macaroons. Each afternoon set comes with premium TWG teas and two Oriental Residence teddy bears. The afternoon tea is priced at 1,400 baht for two.

For more information call 0-2125-9000 or email reservations@oriental-residence.com.

 Natural Healing
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Replace a week’s worth of stress and work with the five-day Revive Detoxification programme offered by the Sala Beach Resort and Spa at Samui Choengmon and Phuket. The programme is designed to improve digestion, organ and systemic functions and boost the immune system, restoring your body to a balanced state of health. The all-natural detoxification process consists of reviving massages, light exercise opportunities and a healthy meal plan featuring many detox shakes and freshly squeezed juices. The five-day package is priced at 39,900 baht per person.

For more information and reservations contact info@salahospitality.com.

Pointing The Way

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With eight resorts across Thailand, Indonesia, China and New Zealand, the Anantara Vacation Club is Asia’s leading luxury vacation concept for those looking to travel. Anantara is pleased to announce a partnership with Thai Airways that will allow their Diamond, Platinum and Royal club point owners to convert their points to Thai Airways’ Royal Orchid Plus air miles. The conversion rate is set at one-to-five and makes it much easier for club point owners to fly around Asia and beyond.

For more information visit www.anantaravacationclub.com

Lift Off Ladies

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In collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Bangkok Airways has announced special privileges for lady travellers as part of the Women’s Journey Thailand campaign. The airline will offer women an exclusive domestic fare of 1,190 baht per trip between Bangkok and popular destinations in Thailand such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Sukhothai, Phuket and Krabi. Interested ladies can simply book a flight up until August 15 and enjoy extra privileges such as an additional 10 kilos on baggage allowance and double FlyerBonus points.

For more information call the Bangkok Airways call centre at 1771.

Dining Debut

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Expanding on its dining services, the Anantara Rasananda has launched Yukinoya, the first teppanyaki restaurant in Koh Phangan. It promises to be a main attraction for lovers of Japanese cuisine, satisfying cravings for delectable grilled teppanyaki, exquisite sushi and sashimi and so much more. All this without having to leave the stunning island. Yukinoya won’t fail to amaze customers with a variety of appetisers, main courses, desserts and drinks made with local ingredients. For those looking for romance, the restaurant offers dining on the breezy terrace under the stars with an astonishing view over a crystal blue swimming pool and the sea beyond.

For reservations or further information, call 0-7723-9555 or rasananda@anantara.com.

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