Where To Eat, Stay And Play in May
1/14 The Executive Orders Of Chef Christopher Miller
Already known for its excellent eateries, St Regis Bangkok has just received a serious boost in manpower with the arrival of new executive chef Christopher Miller. The Australian-born Miller has over 20 years of culinary experience earned in Australia, Central America, the Maldives and many other far-flung destinations. His culinary style gracefully blends pan-Asian influences focusing on ingredient choices and intelligent nutrition, but more important than that is the love Miller has for the exotic flavours of Thailand, cultivated over seven years of living here. This deep affection for authentic Thai cuisine will serve as a shining beacon for Miller and for St Regis as they continue to offer the best culinary service possible in Bangkok.
2/14 Tangy Delights At Shang Palace
Fancy a little taste of China? The Shangri-La Hotel’s Shang Palace has a new all-you-can-eat deal going on, and it’s not just any kind of Chinese cuisine either, but Tang dynasty fare. The Saturday dim sum brunch is available from 11:30am-2:30pm serving Shang Palace’s signature dim sum and delicious barbecue dishes. Some of the many amazing offerings include steamed shrimp dumplings, peking duck and steamed siew mai with crab, all classic Tang dishes. Once you’re finished with the heavy stuff, a variety of traditional light Cantonese desserts offer a good contrast to the earlier, more intensely flavoured foods. Especially good is a chilled mango pudding as a sweet finish to the meal. Priced at 1,488 baht per person.
3/14 Food Street
Thailand’s outlet shopping destination SHOW DC reveals a new Food Street concept on the fifth floor of the mall. Catering to the growing residential and business community in Rama IX, as well as visitors to the mall, Food Street showcases the best of Thai food. Designed in a contemporary Thai style, it offers a modern take on traditional Thai street dishes in an air-conditioned environment with more than 200 menu offerings, including papaya salad with crispy pork and dried tom yum fried rice, as well as delicious desserts such as classic mango and sticky rice. With the Food Street concept, SHOW DC has sought to provide an opportunity for local food entrepreneurs to run their own in-mall food stalls, with a focus on food authenticity and quality at prices everyone can afford. Food Street at SHOW DC is open daily from 11am - 8pm.
4/14 Stylish Boxes
An iconic beachfront property by award-winning VaSLab architects on Na Jomtien beach, Mason is a natural extension of the rocky hill on which it sits. The modern staggered stone boxes that make up the villas not only provide great sea views but also reference the area’s famous stone carvers. In fact, stone and granite make their way from outside to inside, adding character to facades and a sculptural element. The city’s only private-pool villa resort, Mason includes the Krok-A-Café and beachside bar, and fresh seafood, authentic Thai cuisine and international dining options at Zila Street Bistro & Bar. At Mason Spa, the treatments combine new techniques with traditional Thai practices for ultimate pampering. This is an oasis away from the hoards of sun-seekers, yet just a 15-minute drive from myriad attractions.
5/14 Pooch Passport
VistaJet, the first and only global business aviation company, says it has seen a 104 per cent increase in the number of pets flying with their owners in the past two years and so it has introduced VistaPet, a comprehensive programme designed to ensure all passengers feel welcome—even if they are four-legged. VistaPet has been designed in collaboration with experienced veterinary practitioners, groomers, dieticians and coaches to respond to the needs and challenges faced when traveling with animals. From care kits, sleeping mats and balanced menus, to travel advice, global flying regulations and fear of flying courses, all VistaJet passengers can expect the same exceptional service and support. The most comfortable journey with a pet starts with a simplified booking service, continues with a happy and uneventful flight, and ends at a pet-friendly destination.
6/14 Stay In Style And Spirit
Welcoming guests since March of this year, the 17-storey Hotel Verve in Thonglor stands adjacent to the BTS skytrain and comprises more than 300 strikingly contemporary guest rooms. The result of rebranding and thorough renovation of the old Grand Tower Inn, the new hotel’s combination of facilities sets it apart from other accommodation choices not only in the area but also all of Bangkok. These include an all-day-dining brasserie, a premium yakiniku restaurant and a spectacular rooftop onsen facility called Nagare. The renovation took inspiration from Japanese architectural and interior components, as well as other Asian motifs, to create an open setting and soothing atmosphere. New focal points include pebble gardens, interior flowing water features, murals depicting mountain vistas and beguiling art objects such as raindrop-shaped lamps.
7/14 Sansiri’s Urban Oasis
The brainchild of luxury property developer Sansiri’s chief creative officer Ou Baholyodhin, SIRI HOUSE at Somkid recently opened its doors to the public. Billed as Bangkok’s newest uber lifestyle and cultural hub, it follows the successful international launch of SIRI HOUSE at Dempsey, Singapore, and curates the best in food, art, culture, retail and relaxation for urban sophisticates. Nestled in leafy Soi Somkid, SIRI HOUSE taps the pulse of modern souls in search of an oasis amidst the concrete jungle. The house is a symbol of the Sansiri philosophy Complete Your Living Experience. According to Ou, “Urbanites don’t often have a simple opportunity to be barefoot on the grass, dip their toes in the water, or hang out at a poolside barbecue. This is not just a place to eat and drink, it’s a space for spiritual rejuvenation."
8/14 Worldly Flavours
The culinary excitement and innovation continues at Banyan Tree Phuket with the arrival of experienced Japanese chef Shiga Takahiro. With over 20 years of experience mastering the precise art and skills of Japanese cuisine on an international stage, chef Takahiro brings a new versatile dimension to Taihei’s elegant menu. Specialising in sushi, sashimi and teppanyaki, his delicate approach to blending and balancing flavours perfectly complements the scrumptious selection on offer at Taihei. Over the course of his career, he has developed his talents in Chiba and Tokyo in Japan, before moving to Beijing, Shenzhen and Kuala Lumpur. From the rich flavours of kobe and wagyu beef to the delicate tastes of tuna belly, fresh wild salmon and comfort dishes such as tori teriyaki, Taihei offers grilled dishes cooked to perfection as part of its contemporary Japanese menu.
9/14 Savour The Season At Sra Bua
A new season has arrived at the home of modern Thai gastronomy as Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok reveals its latest Summer Journey set dinner menu. The inspiration behind the 2019 summer offerings is the collaboration between award-winning Danish chef Henrik Yde Andersen and chef Chayawee Suthcharitchan, the head of the kitchen at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin. The new set dinner menu features Thai ceviche with halibut passion fruit; larb duck salad with foie gras and mint; and sea bass with five white spices and fennel. The repast ends with Flowers of Thailand, a delicious dessert inspired by the work of artist Vers Yves Klein, whose pieces often include ultramarine blue, and Leaves of Thailand, which are pandan and kaffir lime teas presented in a very creative and modern style. The Summer Journey set menu is priced at 3,200++ baht per person.
10/14 Big Boy Brunch At Char, Hotel Indigo
CHAR Restaurant at Hotel Indigo Bangkok on Wireless Road invites foodies to an adults-only Uptown Funk Brunch. Guests can celebrate the end of the month with a fabulous feast and free flowing premium refreshments in CHAR’s casual yet sophisticated atmosphere to a soundtrack of groovy tunes. Feast on all-you-can-eat a la carte selections as well as freshly cooked favourites from cooking stations featuring succulent roasts, fresh oysters and seafood, savoury cheeses and cured meats. Every exquisite bite can be accompanied by free flowing premium beverages. CHAR’s Uptown Funk Brunch is priced at 2,200++ baht including soft drinks and mocktails, or 3,800++ baht including signature cocktails, champagne, wine and beer. Available every last Saturday of the month from 11am-3pm.
11/14 A Lunar Lovely Stay At Sala Samui
Designed to reflect the changing phases of the moon, Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort on Koh Samui is divided into two distinct parts, the Oceanfront/Beach Wing and the new Garden Wing, which is a family-friendly facility comprising 82 rooms, pool villas and pool suites ranging from 45 to 181 square metres in size. The Garden Wing also features an array of additional amenities, including the Tree House restaurant and bar, a 25-metre swimming pool and a gym and spa with six private treatment rooms. For the existing Oceanfront/Beach Wing, the circular shape of the full moon is incorporated into various design elements—from the façade to the aptly named Moon Pool. In the rooms circular lighting fixtures and outdoor bathtubs are also inspired by the full moon, while curved interior archways create a relaxed and organic sense of space.
12/14 Move Into The Residences At Sindhorn Kempinski
The Residences at Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is an integral part of the inspired Sindhorn Village development. Situated on upmarket Langsuan Road, it harmonises peaceful verdant surroundings with exceptional amenities. In addition to a superb marble-clad lobby, one of the highlights of this glitzy downtown residence is the saltwater swimming pool on the 30th floor, where residents can enjoy fantastic views of the city skyline as they relax. The Residences at Sindhorn also offers a fully equipped fitness centre that brings together the very latest in gym technology.
13/14 Home Brew With Nespresso
Making your own caffeinated creations is easy with the Nespresso Creatista Plus. Flat white, cappuccino or latte macchiato, this state-of-the-art espresso machine comes with an automatic system that will adjust the milk foam to suit your coffee preference. Designed for easy use, the Creatista Plus features an LED screen with different presets and a fully-automatic steam wand that creates perfectly textured milk to the desired temperature. The stainless steel Creatista Plus has a speedy three second heat up time, eight texture levels and 11 milk temperature settings. Each machine includes a stainless steel Creatista milk jug and sliding dip tray to fit any cup size.
14/14 A Blooming Massage At The Okura Spa
In the Japanese tradition sakura flowers are associated with the transient nature of life, a beautiful reminder to seize opportunities and enjoy what nature has to offer. Experience the wonders of this bountiful bloom with the rejuvenating Sakura Wellness Secrets treatment at The Okura Spa, which begins with the choice of a 15-minute sakura foot scrub or sakura foot mask. Given that our feet contain thousands of sensitive nerve endings and support our body weight for much of the time, they really do deserve to be pampered. This is followed by a rejuvenating 75-minute full-body massage using sakura essential oil applied with a flowing technique that promotes relaxation, relieves muscular tension and improves circulation. This 90 minutes of bliss lowers stress levels and creates a sense of well-being. Priced at 3,800++ baht, the Sakura Wellness Secrets package is available daily from 10am-10pm until the end of June 2019.