Where To Eat, Stay And Play in November
1/14 Gaysorn Global Gastronomy
Gaysorn village has introduced an Eat At Gaysorn Dining With A Story campaign for food lovers featuring exclusive signature dishes and premium teas and coffee from 26 leading outlets. The campaign is designed to appeal to gourmands who like to know the rich histories behind the flavours they enjoy. The curated culinary treats encompass Thai, European, Western, Chinese and Japanese dishes plus an array of seafood, all accompanied by fine artisanal wines and some of the finest teas and coffee in the world. For a limited time only, foodies can get together to experience a galaxy of good tastes at Eat At Gaysorn-Dining With A Story where each participating restaurant and café has an inspiring story to tell. The campaign will run until November 10.
Gaysorn Village concierge: 02-656-1149
2/14 A Dinner For A Cause
Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin is to host its first Wellness Journey fundraising gala dinner to raise money for Krailart Niwate, a preservation and environmental wellness project to protect Hua Hin’s last remaining mangrove forest. The event will take place on December 1 at the internationally famous resort with tickets priced at 10,000 baht per person. It includes an eight-course wellness-inspired dinner with wine pairings or heath drinks. Sinchai Srivipa, Chiva-Som’s executive chef, will collaborate with Michelin-star chef Dan Bark from Upstairs Mikkeller restaurant in Bangkok to present an exclusive culinary journey that features premium nutritious, locally sourced ingredients. Those who are unable to attend the dinner are welcome to make donations towards Krailart Niwate until December 1. Donors giving 3,000 baht or more will receive a limited edition Krailart Niwate scarf.
Visit chivasom.com for more information.
3/14 The Athenee's French Finesse
The Allium, the restaurant that replaced The Reflexions at The Athenee Hotel, is serving the modern French cuisine of exciting young chef Roxanna Lange. Using a wide variety of ingredients—imported, local and homegrown—Lange has created a tasting menu that includes delicacies such as Jolie Mauger oysters, Oscietra caviar, Thai mud crabs, Iberico lamb rack from the Spanish Pyrenees and Moulard duck liver. A plant-based tasting menu is also available with a choice of six, eight or 11 plates. Furthermore, two-star Michelin chef Stefano Baiocco will also be appearing as a guest chef on November 6 to 10. The Allium is one of the four new restaurants on the hotel’s 3rd floor which include The Silk Road, Kintsugi by Jeff Ramsey and The House of Smooth Curry. The restaurant is open from 6pm to 10:30pm and is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Call 02-650-8800 for reservations.
4/14 Southern Comforts Of Amatara
Amatara wellness resort in Phuket has launched two new programmes offering life-enhancing and transformative wellness retreat experiences. The first, Family Wellness, encompasses a three-night healthy family-bonding holiday. With rates starting from 53,000 baht, parents and children are given the chance to take a pause from busy daily routines and reconnect through healthier and more sustainable lifestyle choices. For individuals looking for some self-pampering, Well Escape also seeks to nurture a sustainable healthy lifestyle. Priced from 20,400 baht, it gives the freedom to disconnect from daily distractions, particularly high-tech devices. The programme helps guests to reduce symptoms of stress, insomnia and anxiety while at the same time it builds overall physical strength and flexibility.
Discover more at amataraphuket.com.
5/14 "Let Us Do It"
The Khao Group is launching Cater by Khao, a new business division offering premium, all-encompassing outside catering services with fine Thai and Western cuisines for all occasions served at your venue of choice. Targeting public and private clients, Cater by Khao is helmed by experienced Thai chef Vichit Mukura who spent many years at the Mandarin Oriental as its Thai executive chef. Chef Nattakrit Kallayanamitr, who worked at the Mandarin Oriental’s Le Normandie will offer a wealth of culinary knowledge in European cuisines and guarantee the quality of food and the dining experience. In addition to the pair of culinary heavyweights, The Khao Group personnel with five- and six-star hotel experience will provide first-class service at any location throughout Bangkok, be it for a corporate get together, private party, wedding celebration, or graduation or housewarming party.
See khaogroup.com for more.
6/14 Meet & Greet
Majestic in its scale and dynamic in its décor, the Angsana Convention and Exhibition Space (ACES) at the Angsana Laguna Phuket resort complex is Phuket’s go-to venue for hosting meetings and events of all requirements and size. At 1,500 sqm, the newly unveiled world-class facility can be easily configured into layouts suitable for the full gamut of gatherings ranging from MICE conferences and product launches to weddings and grand gala dinner events. Furthermore, the ACES team is on hand to assist from start to finish, helping to create and curate any concept envisioned. Catering is also provided for all types of events and meetings and event planners have the added advantage of personalising menus with any one of Angsana Laguna Phuket’s six restaurants and bars offering Thai, Italian and international cuisines.
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7/14 No Reservations
Bidroom is the world’s first membership-based hotel booking platform and is bringing its service to the Asia Pacific region. Its fair-minded and transparent view on booking hotel rooms and its unique self-developed technology has gained praise in the hospitality industry since its introduction in 2014 and has earned numerous awards and accolades over the years. A gateway to hotel brands big and small and boutique establishments from Berlin to Bangkok and Cape Town to Copenhagen, the services also allows users to book at apartment properties. The company’s primary mission is to serve as a competitive alternative to the mainstream online booking channels, which often include agent commissions that are sometimes as high as 25 per cent of the fees. Bidroom members receive additional value added offers such as last-minute deals, premium wifi usage, late-check outs, welcome drinks, restaurant discounts and more.
See bidroom.com for more.
8/14 Hale & Hearty
Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort, the holistic health sanctuary in downtown Bangkok, has teamed up with chef Gabi Kurz, a global nutritional expert and culinary pioneer, to design health-focused menus that combine fresh and wholesome ingredients prepared in innovative styles to deliver delicious dishes that are great for the body. High in nutrients, the dishes include plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables, generous use of herbs, lean proteins, unsaturated fats and complex carbohydrates. For guests with a sweet tooth a selection of ‘naughty bites’ includes chef Kurz’s flourless chocolate cake made using dark organic chocolate. Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort features four exceptional food and beverage outlets including Tamarind Natural Dining Restaurant, Rim Klong Café, the Cinnamon Lobby Bar and Sala Pool Bar.
Visit movenpick.com for more.
9/14 A New And Improved Mocha & Muffins
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel opens the doors to newly refurbished Mocha & Muffins, complete with an exciting new menu. Guests are welcomed into the rustic charm of a Thai-style grandmother’s dessert shop with the smell of freshly baked treats. The cosy interior boasts environmentally friendly, handmade glazed clay tile walls and a statement marble slab counter, as well as touches of antique copper, craft woodwork and Jim Thompson throw pillows. The new menu designed by chef Ajinkya Soundankar features freshly baked cakes, pastries and bread, as well as ice cream, milkshakes and a range of hearty and healthy options including rotisserie chicken, soups, sandwiches and build-your-own salads. Single origin coffee and slow pressed juices are made fresh, while a range of artisan beers and wines await those looking for a different kind of pick-me-up.
For more information and reservations, call 02-126-8866.
10/14 Dolce Vita
Foodie Collection’s 1919 Italian Bar & Restaurant is dedicated to the much-loved Negroni cocktail and the Latin art of having a good time. In bars in Italy it is frowned upon to drink on an empty stomach, hence 1919 chef-partner Franceso Deiana offers a wonderful selection of classic Italian comfort dishes to accompany your drinks. Highlights include black ink pizzetta with clams, squid ink, San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella; braised-till-tender then baked wild boar lasagne; and char-grilled wagyu A5 Florentine steak. In addition, bar snacks are offered including assortments of premium Italian cold cuts and cheese as well as fresh oysters. The venue is designed for having a good time with an interior featuring an eclectic twist on a classic Italian bar-cum-trattoria. It even has a Jackson Pollock painting as a bar top.
11/14 Community Care
The recipient of this year’s global 2019 SKAL Sustainable Tourism Award in the rural accommodation category and the 2019 SKAL Asian Area Award in the environment category, Anurak Community Lodge is an eco-retreat for active lifestyle visitors who respect nature and local community traditions. Surrounded by spectacular limestone karsts, the lodge is an ideal base from which to explore the adjacent Khao Sok National Park and majestic Chiew Larn lake. The lodge offers a range of ecotourism packages ranging from two to four nights with activities such as hiking, rafting, kayaking, forest cooking and boat trips on the nearby lake. Anurak’s ethos of reduce, reuse and recycle sees water from its grey water treatment filter system used on a Rainforests Rising project that aims to return a palm oil plantation beside the lodge to full primary rainforest cover.
Visit anuraklodge.com for more.
12/14 Island Life
Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort invites guests to explore the many marvels of Phi Phi and the Andaman Sea above and beneath the waves with a series of eco-sensitive excursions and off-the-beaten-track tours. Guests are able to discover colourful corals, iridescent fish, seahorses, sharks, rays, turtles and much more. They can also visit remote beaches, bays and lagoons around this alluring archipelago with a choice of private boat tours to island gems such as Koh Yung, Koh Poda, Koh Kai, Koh Mor and, of course, the iconic James Bond Island. Alternatively, activity-seekers can discover adrenalin-fuelled adventures, such as sea kayaking and cave explorations. Whether you’re in search of a romantic rendezvous, an ecological excursion or an action-packed adventure, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is the perfect base from which to explore this enchanting environment.
For details go to phiphiislandvillage.com.
13/14 Magical Memories At The Marriott Surawongse
The most memorable day of your life should be celebrated in a truly exquisite setting. With its serene ambience, natural greenery and elegant architecture, The Garden at Surawongse, the newest function venue at the Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse, provides the ideal location for weddings. Whether you’re seeking a traditional Thai ceremony, a Western white wedding or a classical Chinese celebration, this beautiful space can be decorated according to your wishes. The natural light and lush foliage also creates a beautiful backdrop for pre- and post-wedding photos. The neat neoclassical architecture at The Garden at Surawongse is inspired by the rich heritage of ancient Siam and the historical buildings of the Surawongse area.
For information visit bangkokmarriottsurawongse.com.
14/14 Private Adventures
VistaJet, the first and only global private aviation company, has launched VistaJet World, a comprehensive portfolio of one-of-a-kind multi-stop travel adventures tailored around its members’ passions. To celebrate the company’s 15th anniversary, the programme highlights 15 exclusive journeys including an opportunity to discover an ancient Colombian city lost deep in the Amazonian rainforest, a private tour across the US to explore science behind the scenes with a chance to meet the minds at the forefront of today’s health-tech, and a trek across countries such as Costa Rica, Greece and Japan to find the secrets of longevity. You can even experience a daring descent into an active Vanuatu volcano.
Discover more at vistajet.com.
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