Where To Eat, Stay And Play In December
Robuchon’s Winter Warmers
People are taking to the woods in France with a basket in hand, foraging for chestnuts, mushrooms and other edible forest produce. To welcome winter, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon has designed a very reasonable three-course menu featuring a range of seasonal produce from the French countryside. Priced at 2,950++ baht per person with a glass of sparkling wine included, chef Olivier Limousin’s menu includes a starter choice of foie gras terrine under a sweet-spiced jelly and poached pear or Hokkaido scallop served with pumpkin soup and confit chestnuts. A choice of cod fillet or roasted duck breast is available for the second course. End with the restaurant’s signature patisseries and sweet treats from the dessert trolley.
Say Goodbye To The Dusit Thai With A Feast
As part of Dusit Thani Bangkok’s Timeless Legend closing campaign, you can embark on a dining journey down memory lane until the end of December 2018. Indulge in specially created dishes at all of the hotel’s renowned restaurants and be part of its legendary 49-year journey before it closes for redevelopment on January 5, 2019. At Benjarong, enjoy a special Thai set dinner priced at 2,200++ baht per person and a Khon performance staged every Friday during dinner, or head to Hamilton’s Steakhouse for the olive-fed Wagyu ribeye from Sodoshima, Japan. Those craving a taste of the East can delight in The Emperor set menu for 3,500++ baht at Mayflower, while Vietnamese delights are served at Thien Duong during lunch and dinner.
Radisson Blu Appoints New Italian Chef
Radisson Blu Bangkok has appointed charismatic chef Danilo Aiassa as the new Italian chef at Attico restaurant. Formerly the chef de cuisine at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok’s Ciao Italian restaurant, chef Aiassa spent over seven years at leading establishments in Bangkok. Focusing on high quality imports and locally sourced ingredients, chef Aiassa’s dishes often reflect and follow the seasons in Italy. From homemade pasta, seafood and premium grade imported meats, popular favourites include gnocchi, premium antipasti and Attico’s signature home-baked breads. The well-stocked wine cellar also highlights an extensive selection of Italian vintages, including rare Tuscan wines, in addition to numerous Old and New World varieties. Located on the 28th floor of Radisson Blu Bangkok, Attico is the only rooftop Italian restaurant in the city.
Precious Relaxation At The W
Enjoy a restful getaway at W Bangkok’s sanctary and regain the sparkle and magic in you. Throughout December the menu at Away Spa takes inspiration from gemstones and crystals in treatment packages designed to ensure you get your glow on. The seven packages—ruby, emerald, rose quartz, amethyst, jade, crystal and blue sapphire—range from 75 minutes to two hours of blissful brilliance. Packages combine therapies like Himalayan salt body scrub, eucalyptus head massage, snow lotus and aloe vera body wrap, aromatic oil-enhanced massage and more in a truly precious experience. While the atmosphere is soothing, the mood at Away is also upbeat with its chic interior design. So bring a friend, or someone more than a friend, as all packages are available for couples. Prices start at 2,999 baht per person.
Get Krungthai's Culinary Pocket Book
Krungthai has announced a KTC Cultural Dining Experience pocket book, which includes a selection of premium-level restaurants recognised by the TAT-sponsored Thai Michelin guide 2019 and gives exclusive privileges to KTC credit card holders. When making a payment via a KTC credit card at any of the restaurants, card holders are entitled to up to 20 per cent discount and other benefits, effective until March 31, 2019. The first 5,000 copies of the KTC Cultural Dining Experience pocket book have been issued to KTC Visa Infinite, KTC-KTB Precious Visa Infinite and KTCxVisa Signature credit card holders who have had the highest spending within the past year.
Kick Back With Arnoma Grand's Let's Relax Spa
Let’s Relax Spa has announced three new branches—Let’s Relax Spa Arnoma Grand Hotel Bangkok, Let’s Relax Spa Beyond Patong Phuket and Let’s Relax Spa Hua Hin 100. Designed to reflect the uniqueness of each location, each spa is infused with local cultural traditions. The spa at Arnoma Hotel Bangkok is located in one of the city’s busiest neighbourhoods with close access to Central World and the Pratunam area. It offers a warm ambience for both hotel guests and passersby looking for a quick escape from the urban buzz. Strategically located next to the popular InterContinental Resort Hua Hin and Blu Port mall, Hua Hin 100 is a standalone, retro red-brick house that reflects the classic Hua Hin seaside town, while the one at Patong Phuket is conveniently located on the famous Patong beach.
Terminal21 Pattaya is now officially open! Like its sister branch in Bangkok, the shopping complex features an iconic World Market Street inspired by six famous cities: Paris, London, Rome, Tokyo, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The highlights include an actual aircraft in front of the shopping complex on a 250-metre runway by a man-made beach and a jet bridge, while the 39-metre freestanding escalator connecting Level G (Paris) to Level 2 (Tokyo) is the longest in any shopping centre in Thailand. Covering an area of 33 rai and located near the Dolphin roundabout on North Pattaya Road, Terminal21 Pattaya is accessible via three main routes: Pattaya Sai 2, North Pattaya and Pettrakul Roads.
A Warm Glow Of Banyan Tree
Banyan Tree Bangkok announces the grand re-opening of its much-acclaimed Thai eatery, Saffron, following an extensive renovation that has given the restaurant a brand-new aesthetic character. The new interior makes use of warm woods, fine Thai silk and copper lotus flower walls that bring an earth-friendly element of style and tranquillity. The new features include a view-deck at the 51-storey-high Saffron Sky Garden, plus a new open-kitchen layout that showcases the skill and artistry of the restaurant’s culinary team headed by celebrated chef Renu Homsombat. In line with the reopening, business hours have been enhanced and Saffron is now open for lunch daily from 11:30am-2:30pm with a selection of new set-menu options starting at 550++ Baht.
Family Focus: Indus Indian Cuisine
Dedicated to serving authentic Mughalai-style Indian cuisine, Indus has been operating since 2005. Well-loved by locals and expatriates alike, Indus has revealed a new all-you-can-eat brunch menu available every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am-3pm. Priced at 950++ baht with a 50 per cent discount for children of five-12 years and free of charge for children below five, the family can enjoy dishes made of free-range eggs such as masala omelette pav and anda double roti—the Indian version of french toast. Other classic street food favourites are also available, from dosas to breakfast parathas and kati rolls. From the tandoor, the tandoori chicken and mutton seekh kebab promise to delight, while the mains feature butter chicken as well as curry from various regions of India. Vegetarian dishes are also available.
Hyatt Regency Top Table
Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit appoints Sicilian-native Frederik Farina executive chef and director of food & beverage. Having worked in Southeast Asia for 16 years, the 47-year-old chef spent the last seven years in a similar role at the Hyatt Regency Danang in Vietnam. With its grand opening scheduled in the first quarter of 2019, Farina will oversee the culinary attractions at the hotel, particularly focusing his energy on the top three storeys that feature a sky-high, multi-purpose event venue with a tapas bar and a two-level rooftop bar. The new hotel, which comprises 273 rooms and three dining rooms, is located in the city centre and offers direct sky-bridge access to the Nana BTS skytrain.
Quality & Comfort
Singha estate presents santiburi the Residences, an ultra-luxurious exclusive project designed under the concepts of luxury, modern and tropical. Set on Pradit Manutham Road (Ekamai-Ram Intra), the development is only a kilometre from the expressway, allowing easy access to the city centre. Promoting exclusive privacy in a quality neighbourhood for 25 families, the development combines comfortable home living and the natural surroundings into one with modern tropical designs enveloped by lush greenery. Offering three types of residence, each featuring five bedrooms and bathrooms, the homes can be personalised to cater to different lifestyles. The Residence I features two separate areas for formal and private functions while The Residence II is designed with the younger generation in mind with a semi-private living room and a semi-outdoor party area complete with a teppanyaki station and large wine cellar for social functions.
In partnership with renowned interior designer India Mahdavi, Nespresso will celebrate this festive season with the launch of its Parisian Gourmandise-inspired limited edition festive collection featuring delicious Variations coffees and a range of stunning accessories.For the collection, India Mahdavi has designed the packaging of the Variations range along with the Les Collections accessories, selected boutique display windows and the overall communication campaign. There are two uniquely flavoured coffees and one non-flavoured coffee—Variations Macaron, Variations Praline and Paris Black. Each is based on the Nespresso Livanto coffee blend, which consists of pure arabica from Southern and Central America. Additionally, there will be exclusive coffee sets that combine both the A Taste of Paris limited edition collection with coffee from the Nespresso range to celebrate the festive season.
From now until January 15, 2019, BodyConscious, a 360-degree holistic centre, is offering a pre-sale of special packages to help those weary from all the partying during the festive season. Those needing a quick reshaping fix should consider the one-month Shrink Me special programme, which combines personalised nutrition, holistic therapies and traditional Chinese medicines with high-tech body treatments. The discounted Shrink Me programme stands at 57,500 baht from the listed price of 71,920 baht. A three-month package, which combines BodyConscious’ signature programmes including Cleanse Me, Shrink Me and Tone Me, is also available at 148,500 baht. The Cleanse Me programme is said to detox the body, while Tone Me will help to tone and re-define one’s body shape.
14. Flying High
Soneva has unveiled its new 10-seater Twin Otter seaplane in the Maldives. The DHC-6 Twin Otter, which normally seats 19, has been completely overhauled by the Ikhana Group in Canada and professionally painted with Soneva’s striking branding with a bespoke and luxurious Soneva chrome and purple soft leather interior. The new plane, which is due to be in operation by mid-December, will be transporting Soneva guests to and from Malé international airport to Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani. The aircraft has been customised to meet Soneva’s highest standards with the interior panels designed to provide a smoother, cleaner look from the typical commuter interior. The seats have been reupholstered using Elmosoft leather in Soneva purple with a floor covering that mimics slate. The aircraft has 10 VIP seats (eight front facing and two rear facing), with two additional fold-down seats plus two pilot seats.