Where To Eat, Stay And Play In August
Banyan Tree's New Chinese Chef
Banyan tree bangkok is pleased to announce its new Chinese chef for Bai Yun restaurant, Minghua Lin. With 18 years of experience in Cantonese and Sichuan culinary traditions, the highly regarded chef has received two awards from prestigious culinary bodies and has worked in world-class kitchens under five-star banners, including the Ritz-Carlton Chengdu, the InterContinental Century City Chengdu, the Four Points by Sheraton Beijing and the Shangri-La Hotel Doha.
Chef Nanang Prasteya's Asian Flair
For truly exquisite Oriental cuisine inspired by chef Nanang Prasteya, visit Nimitr at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences on Sukhumvit 39 where high-ceilings, oceanic hues, antique wooden doors and comforting music form the background to a delicious dining experience. Chef Prasteya utilises fresh Thai produce grown in ways that promote Thailand’s efforts toward food sustainability. Some of the chef’s signature dishes include chilli crab, Sichuan rock lobster and succulent scallops with pomelo salad. Other highlights are scallop and abalone sashimi, teriyaki pork belly and delightful desserts such as strawberry cheesecake with passionfruit sorbet. Nimitr is open noon-3pm and 6-10pm daily.
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Enjoy an afternoon tea in style at Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road with its Neighbourhood Tea Set. Available daily from 2:30-4:30pm, guests have the choice between Western and Thai sets at 680+ and 580+ baht respectively. With the Thai set one can indulge in seared Hokkaido scallops, crispy spicy duck with Thai herbs and young rice pudding coated with chocolate, among other delicious sweet and savoury options. In the Western set, assorted sandwiches include smoked salmon and egg salad plus other hand-cut treats.
Ultra-luxury escapes and serene getaways don’t come any better than a visit to Rosewood Luang Prabang. Situated in isolated glory on a forested hilltop in northern central Laos, the resort’s accommodation includes deluxe rooms, riverside and pool villas and elegantly appointed hilltop tents. Leading architect Bill Bensley designed the facility, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding verdant hills and valleys. The resort’s Great House restaurant has a nose-to-tail dining concept and serves French cuisine and Laotian regional specialties, while the Elephant Bridge Bar males for a beautiful spot to enjoy pre- and post-dinner cocktails made with a local twist.
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Chiva-Som will be closed for six months to complete its third stage of renovations. These include more spacious Thai pavilions, a new Thai pavilion suite with an outdoor pantry equipped for six, and a new glass wall in the Emerald Room for added relaxation at meal times. The Orchid Lounge will undergo a complete makeover to provide guests with a more convivial atmosphere, while The Library will expand and the guest relations desk will become more private. The fitness centre and the Kinesis room, now called the Re-functional Studio, will be larger with new equipment and the Niranlada Mani-Pedi Spa will add a make-up room. Bookings can be made for Chiva-Som International Health Resort on Hua-Hin’s beachfront for visits during from November 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019.
Exclusive Resort Villa Living
For simply breathtaking scenery and state-of-the-art amenities, The Resort Villa in Rayong is the place to be. A little over a two hours’ drive from Bangkok, this exclusive villa resort boasts infinity pools, unbeatable views of the coast, landscaped gardens and a beautiful beach. With over 60 full-time staff members on site serving just seven individual villas, the resort ensures every guest is properly attended to. Guests can relax with a cinema, fitness centre and serenity spa, all monitored by 24-hour security.
Show DC, Thailand’s first retail and entertainment mega-complex located at Rama 9 in Bangkok, recently added a 5,000 sqm sports zone to the third floor of its 18,000 sqm facility. Sports Zone at Show DC features world-class outlets retailing prestigious brands such as Nike, Puma, Adidas, Reebok, Converse, New Balance, Skechers, K-Swiss, Crocs, Speedo and Head. Truly embodying value for money, the Nike outlet store will span over 2,000 sqm of retail space offering the leading sports brand’s latest apparel and accessories. If that’s not enough to satisfy your athleisure needs, brands such as Le Coq Sportif, Mizuno, Lacoste and CW-X are also available.
Hotel muse’s recently appointed executive chef Bart Cywinski has revamped the menu at Medici Kitchen & Bar. Drawing on his international experience earned in world-class kitchens from London to Singapore, chef Cywinski—who also oversees Babette’s the Steakhouse and Speakeasy Rooftop Bar—is revolutionising Medici’s traditional Italian cuisine by incorporating modern Italian techniques infused with Mediterranean touches. Enjoy dishes such as poached heritage oysters, smoked haddock risotto, pan-fried foie gras and Australian lamb loin. The restaurant offers dinner and live performances with contemporary jazz.
Anantara, the luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, is pleased to announce executive chef Azizskandar Awang as the fifth winner of the annual Chef Hotelier of the Year award. Chosen by a panel of experienced judges after a two-round process, chef Awang celebrated this prestigious honour in Singapore accompanied by over 350 hoteliers and industry professionals. The Malaysian-born chef has an exceptional reputation in the field of culinary creativity and taste. Chef Awang has been proclaimed The Best Young Chef in Malaysia and since accepting the top position at Anantara Lawana Koh Samui, the resort’s outlets have been cited in Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants 2017, 2017 World Luxury Unique Experience, 2017 World Luxury Fine Dining Cuisine, and won an Award of Excellence 2017 by Wine Spectator. To experience chef Azizskandar Awang’s cuisine, call 0-7796-0333.
Mandarin Oriental’s Ciao Terrazza Italian restaurant has a new chef and a new menu. Chef Marcello Scognamiglio grew up near Naples in Italy’s Campagnia region, hence the influence of Neapolitan street food on his cuisine. He has worked alongside culinary experts such as chef Davide Bisetto at Hotel Casadelmar Porto-Vecchio on the French island of Corsica and at the three Michelin-starred Don Alfonso 1890 in southern Italy. His CV also includes stints on a private yacht sailing the Caribbean and Mediterranean seas and more recently at the Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives. Chef Scognamiglio aims to infuse his new menu with homemade touches based on his strong experience of traditional Italian dishes made with fresh produce.
High-End Co-Working Space
For an all-encompassing work and play opportunity, choose Gaysorn Urban Resort, a co-sharing space at Gaysorn Village. With everything from a rooftop deck with an unbeatable 360-degree view of the city to state-of-the-art conference rooms, Gaysorn Urban Resort is changing the workplace game in Bangkok. Undeniably rich in life and style, the resort executes the work, live, play, grow approach through the functionality of open spaces, seminar rooms and amazing venues. As if the space wasn’t enough, Gaysorn Urban Resort is also equipped with cutting edge service providers and amenities to meet all your needs. These outstanding amenities include office supplies, technological support, common rooms, internet access, grooming rooms and cafes.
Is That You?
Say goodbye to the days of waiting to check in to a hotel. Alibaba Group and Marriott International have joined forces to create special facial recognition check-in technology that specifically caters to Chinese features. The traditional hotel check-in process takes at least three minutes and even more during peak times. The new check-in system will simply require Chinese guests to scan their IDs, take a photo and input contact details on a self-help machine. Just like that, the machine will dispense room key cards after all details have been confirmed. The programme is due to be rolled out across Marriott hotels in Asia and other regions in the near future.
Mantra Samui Resort has launched the first co-working space on the island. W I Lounge is a dedicated space for vacationers looking to get a little work done while on holiday and for locals looking for a workspace to share with like-minded people. Guests and non-guests who choose to pay for access to the facilities can enjoy an air-conditioned space with high-speed internet, a guest pantry with food and snacks, a printer, an IP telephone connection for international calls, hot desks, a blackboard, sofa areas, a billiard table, TV screens and even a PlaySation. Futhermore, W I Lounge’s exotic oceanfront location is enhanced with an infinity pool, on-site gym and great dining options at the resort’s hilltop restaurant.
Iconic new york gourmet food and beverage brand, Dean & Deluca, launches Taste of American Summer. Imagine a hot summer with glistening water from the swimming pool and scrumptious BBQ classics. Dishes include a Southern California-inspired chilli cheeseburger with Thai wagyu and chilli cheese fries, American BBQ chicken and chipotle BBQ pork ribs with slow-cooked braised pork ribs glazed in a special chipotle BBQ sauce. Beverages include iced rocky road Nutella latte and a rocky road milkshake that features 72 per cent dark Belgian chocolate ice cream. Those with a sweet tooth can also opt for the Oreo cheesecake or the apple raspberry crumble cheesecake. Indulge in the full menu from now until September 16 at Dean & Deluca restaurants including MahaNakhon CUBE, Central Embassy, EmQuartier and The Crystal shopping mall.
Lunch Break At The Kitchen Table
The Kitchen Table, W Bangkok’s signature bistro, has introduced a lunch break promotion encompassing an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring a host of food stations. With a DIY salad bar, Thai yum salad bar, sushi and sashimi counter, taco station, pizza station and a noodle soup stand, all culinary bases are covered. Other highlights include a carvery serving smoked beef brisket, barbecue pork ribs and marinated roasted chicken, a donburi station with unagi teriyaki and much, much more. An array of sweet treats including mango sticky rice, cakes and ice cream end the repast. The lunch break promotion is available weekdays from noon-2:30pm, priced at 899++ baht per person.
Fireplace Grill and Bar at the InterContinental Bangkok celebrates its half-century partnership with the legendary French chef Jean-Marc Banzo. Awarded his first Michelin star aged 26, he received his second when he was 32 and has held this stellar recognition for 28 years. In collaboration with Austrian native Sebastian Reischer, Fireplace Grill’s rising chef, the new menu created by the duo features freshly sourced ingredients and a subtle nod to France’s Aix-en-Provence. To mark the milestone the chefs have introduced two menus: a connoisseur five-course tasting menu called Fire and a seven-course menu called FirePlace—both optionally complemented by exquisite wine pairings.