Mother Lode

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With mother’s day rapidly approaching, Latest Recipe at Le Meridien Bangkok seeks to put a bright spin on your day. Seafood lovers should try the heartwarming weekend seafood dinner buffet or the international brunch. What sets Latest Recipe apart though is that all mums will dine for free when accompanied by at least one child. The seafood buffet takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 11-13 August, priced at 1,600 baht per person (except mums of course). The Mother’s Day brunch will be held on 12 August, priced at 1,800 baht per person with every table receiving a serving of fresh Boston lobster. Buffet enthusiasts can gorge on mountains of fresh seafood including blue crab, shrimp and mussels, as well as hunks of prime Australian beef and lamb. For more information and reservations call 0-2232-8888 or email fbadmin.lmbkk@lemeridien.com.

Fire And Ice

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Those looking for a retreat from the chaos of Bangkok will enjoy the new char-grilled offerings and cocktails at il Fumo. Teaming up with chef Luca Appino of La Bottega di Luca, the founders of Vesper Cocktail Bar & Restaurant present a twist to the offerings at their second restaurant, matching gastronomy and culture to combine chef Luca’s Italian flavours with il Fumo head chef Nelson Amorim’s Italian-Portuguese background and flair for Portuguese cuisine. Meat lovers will not be disappointed with a selection that includes Rubia Gallega beef and Mora Romagnola wild pig from Txogitxu and Ca’ Lumaco respectively, both celebrated suppliers of Michelin-starred restaurants in Spain and Italy. Also guaranteed to delight is an array of classic cocktails and bespoke martinis served tableside in the same manner as the legendary Dukes Bar in London. Visit ilfumo.com for more information and reservations.

Birthday Brew

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Luxury tea brand TWG marks its fifth anniversary in Thailand with a refurbished outlet at the Emporium. Expect an updated experience with handcrafted glass walls, bronze fittings, Italian marble floors and crystal lamps. In this sophisticated ambience guests can enjoy browsing a global selection of different teas, each with its own unique flavour. A standout point at the salon is the carefully selected new menu featuring Thai classics with a tea infused finish. The lobster pad grapow comes with chunks of lobster sprinkled with black nectar tea and a fragrant red jasmine tea infused rice. Another dish to check out is the chu chee pla hima and salmon, or fried fillets of snow fish and salmon with chu chee sauce infused with coconut. Dessert lovers will enjoy the revamped sweet treats. For more information and reservations call 0-2259-9510 or visit twgtea.com.

Mai Word

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Mai house patong hill in Phuket sits on a lush tropical hillside with sweeping views of Patong beach and the glimmering Andaman Sea. Offering guests breathtaking sunsets every evening, the resort is built on a modern Sino-Portugese theme designed by Bob Speed and Studio906 architects. Mai House is also located close to Kathu beach, allowing guests a choice of where to spend a day on the sand. The resort also runs a complimentary shuttle bus service for guests to explore Patong’s shopping and nightlife scenes. Boasting fivestar facilities with an open-air rooftop lounge, an extensive swimming pool that flows throughout the property, a superb spa called the Four Elements and a dedicated kid’s club, Mai House is set to become a popular home away from home for families on their holidays. For information and reservations call 0-7663-7770 or visit maihouse.com/patonghill.

Patek Philippe: The Authorised Biography

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Launched late last year, this is the definitive history of the legendary Swiss manufacture by renowned historian and author Nicholas Foulkes. Through exclusive interviews and original documents from company archives, Foulkes traces Patek Philippe’s history from founder Antoine Norbert de Patek’s early life as a cavalry officer in Poland to the 1932 purchase of the company by the Stern family, who have turned the business into the legend that it is today. The book includes over 600 stunning images, many specially commissioned from photographers Andy Barter, Richard Foster, Jonas Marguet and Jennifer Niederhauser Schlup. It can be ordered via patek.com and is also available at Patek Philippe Salons in Geneva, London and Paris, and from local authorised Patek Philippe retailers.

People Power

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With sustainability very much at the forefront of today’s trends, good design can no longer simply follow the mantra of form follows function. So meet the DI Smart Wireless Switch, an alternative power source that is eco-friendly and has great design and functionality. This wireless switch uses energy-harvesting technology, meaning that it does not require any electrical wires, wi-fi or battery. Instead, it stores and uses the energy generated from vibrations created by body movement. Lightweight to match the mobility required by the modern urban lifestyle, it features a remote control distance of 170 metres outdoors and 30 metres indoors. A recent winner at the Thailand Green Design Awards (TGDA) 2017, the DI Smart Wireless Switch is the brainchild of Sasivimol Sinthawanarong, founder and design principal of JARKEN DI (Design Installation). For more information visit diconcept.bz.

Smooth Sailing

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The Ritz Carlton hotel chain is entering the luxury yachting and cruise market with a goal of bringing award-winning hotel service to the sea. The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection will include three lavish yachts with the first scheduled to take to the waves near the end of 2019. Voyages will focus on an intimate experience with signature destinations on routes ranging from seven to 10 days in length. The unique size of the vessels will allow them to visit locations not accessible to larger ships— these ports of call range from Capri and Portofino to St Barts and Cartagena. The first vessel will have 149 balconied suits accommodating 298 passengers. Onboard dining includes cuisine by a chef from a three-star Michelin restaurant and a panorama lounge and wine bar. Reservations will open in May 2018. For more information visit ritzcarlton.com/en/yachts.

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