Naphalai´s Diary: April 21-28
Hi, I’m back. I disappeared for two weeks as there really was nothing to report during Songkran week and the one following that. The two weeks passed by in a fiery haze of sizzling temperatures that must convince even the most sceptical among us that global warming does exist and if we don’t do something about it fast, we are all going to melt away. Not a very bright future to look forward to.
Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants 2019
It was back to work as usual for most of us last week after the long break. The main event was the launch of Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants 2019, our annual restaurant guide. Held at Zen Event Gallery, society figures and foodies mingled with restaurateurs and hotel executives. As usual we had a great turnout, all eager to try the specialities of the almost 40 restaurants which had booths there, as well as to find out which were the top 20 restaurants for this year. In addition to the food, guests enjoyed beverages including Tanqueray cocktails from Diageo Moet Hennessy and Badoit water from Jagota.
Qeelin Unveils Two New Collections
Other than ours, one of the first events after the Songkran holidays was Qeelin’s unveiling of the Flying Pig Bo Bo limited edition and Wulu collections. For the uninformed, Qeelin is a jewellery brand belonging to the luxury Kering Group that combines Eastern inspiration with Western techniques. In Thailand it is distributed by Sette Peccati and the event was hosted by Dr Thitiporn Sanguanpiyapan at its Siam Paragon showroom. Guests were treated to a fashion show of the jewellery in the flying pig-cum-panda design as well as the traditional Chinese gourd shape.
Maison Berger Paris X Lolita Lempicka
Home fragrance brand Maison Berger Paris also introduced its collaboration with fashion designer Lolita Lempicka, presenting a scent inspired by Lempicka’s Mon Premier Parfum fragrance launched in 1997 for its lamps, diffusers and home sprays. Importer Nontakarn Dapparungsi Ng hosted a tea at The Sukosol, attended by owner Kamala Sukosol and her daughter, Marisa Nunbhakdi Sukosol, who also gave a mini-concert.
Audemar Piguet's CODE 11.59 Launches In Thailand
Having missed the introduction of Audemars Piguet’s CODE 11.59 new line of watches in Singapore, I made sure to show up at the Thailand preview held at Waldorf Astoria. The collection’s name stands for Challenge, Own, Dare and Evolve, on the brink of tomorrow and ahead of the game. Consisting of 13 models including four complications, this is a major launch for the brand that is known for its unconventional form and design languages.
Champagne In The Sky
I also stopped by the CRU Champagne Bar at Centara Grand for the launch of the latest GH Mumm blend, Mumm 6. Co-hosted by Pernod Ricard and the hotel, the event was held at the rooftop bar on the 59th floor which provides amazing 360-degree views of the Bangkok skyline.
Central Phuket Universe
On Thursday I took the morning flight to Phuket for the official opening of Central Phuket. The original Festival wing is now connected to the new Floresta wing, which houses a luxury zone with 11 international designer brands including Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Gucci. As part of the opening there was the Universe of Sirivannavari exhibition showcasing 10 designs by HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana from its founding in 2008 to 2018. This display was previously shown in Paris and is the first time it is being shown in Thailand. Wallaya Chirathivat, deputy CEO of Central Pattana, operator of Central Phuket was joined by Bangkok celebrities, Phuket socialites and business partners at the grand opening. Dinner that evening was hosted by Sandra and Kim Steppe who have opened a Blue Elephant brasserie branch at the mall.
The next day, before flying back, we were taken to Tribhum, billed as “the world’s first 3D walkthrough adventure theme park”. Located at Central Phuket Floresta, it is based on the Thai legend of the naga and garuda and fight for the water elixir. Divided into three zones, the silver mountain, underwater world and magic forest, the theme park features animation and 4D theatres, boat cruise, aerial glider and many activities to keep both adults and children entertained.
On Saturday it was off to Hua Hin for the Beach Polo, a fund-raising tournament for the Nabha Foundation of HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha. Organised by Harald Link of B Grimm, Nunthinee Tanner of LBG and Suwat Liptapanlop of Proud Real Estate, the polo is held on the beach in front of the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort each year and is both a sporting as well as social event that always brings in a huge crowd. In the evening, there was a dinner with a Hawaiian theme on the hotel’s lawn, with an auction of art pieces to raise additional funds.
Previously: Naphalai's Diary: April 1-7