Following the success of KOI restaurant that opened on Sukhumvit in 2005, brothers Nick, Ron and Rick Haque Sikder have launched a second outlet at Sathorn Square. Nestled in the heart of the city, the new restaurant boasts a nature-inspired design across bar and dining areas and offers guests outstanding views of the capital’s skyline as they dine on delectable Japanese-Californian cuisine. Since the US chain’s birth in 2002, KOI outlets have been recognised as top destinations for contemporary dining in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Bangkok and Abu Dhabi, attracting the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Madonna and Jennifer Lopez.
The Ultimate Tea Party
Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA), in partnership with Bangkok Bank, presents the High Tea Jubilee 2018 @ Ratchaprasong, showcasing afternoon tea consumption habits around the world. Visitors, locals and foreigners alike can enjoy uniquely created afternoon tea sets by eight luxury hospitality providers located in the Ratchaprasong district: The Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong, Anantara Siam Bangkok, Centara Grand Bangkok, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, InterContinental Hotel Bangkok, Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam, The St Regis Bangkok and Gaysorn Village. The tea sets, based on the theme of Blossom Tea Delight, are a journey of indulgence with flowery scents, tastes from special blends and the best-in-class canapés and desserts. The High Tea Jubilee runs until the end of June 2018.
On Your Bike
Absolute You, creator of Thailand’s first premium boutique fitness studio, is proud to unveil yet another exciting exercise experience: Absolute Cycle-—The Rhythm of Life at Siam Square One. Participants can enjoy riding to the rhythms of the music as if they’re dancing on the bike, while burning up to 500-800 calories in a 45-minute session. Don’t miss the Theme Ride, which features play lists of top hit songs. You may also find yourself exercising next to one of Bangkok’s celebrities. Hop on the bike and ride along with Sunny Walters, Absolute Cycle’s master instructor from New York, who has worked with Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Hugh Jackman.
Channeling 49 years of hospitality heritage, the Dusit Thani’s new weekend brunch concept goes beyond the traditional buffet experience to provide a feast for the senses. Running from noon to sunset, the brunch allows diners to while away an entire afternoon and early evening over fine food in the elegant surrounds of Benjarong and the terrace outside with its waterfall garden. Highlights of the buffet selection include Alaskan king crab, river prawns, imported sea urchin from France and roast pork from the carvery. Live entertainment accompanies the day-time brunch and the merriment continues into the evening with cocktails and canapés. Prices start at 2,900++ baht per person inclusive of free-flow soft drinks and juices, plus canapés and one selected drink in the evening. Available every weekend from 11:30am-7pm.
Pillars Of Wellness
Taking place over a nine-week period from 22 April to 24 June 2018, the Season of Wellness at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok will bring together some of the most highly respected and forward-thinking wellness gurus in the industry to enable interested visitors and residents to improve their mental and physical wellbeing. .The masters of wellness include Roger Moore, an expert massage and wellness therapist; Ronald Veldhuis, a peak performance coach whose principles are based on inner power and peace of mind; Richard Wickes, a talented clinical massage therapist who aims to reunite the body and mind in a balanced union; and Stephen Kirwin, a specialist in deep tissue healing who has worked with the world’s top athletes and Hollywood stars.
Easy Does It
The Lotus brand, which places great emphasis on better sleep and extreme relaxation, has launched the Lotus Sleep Studio as part of a nationwide expansion plan for the Lotus Bedding Group. A fully integrated centre for quality mattresses and bedding sets, the newly launched Lotus Sleep Studio is the destination to head to for a dreamy bedtime experience that will create a true sleep satisfaction. The studio is open daily from 10:30am- 9:30pm on the first floor of Paradise Park Shopping Centre on Srinakarin Road.
X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel, the design-led hotel brand for millennial travellers, has launched Yan Spa, an exciting new wellness concept that blends ancient Thai wisdom with a contemporary vision. Yan Spa offers an extensive range of treatments ranging from body scrubs, facials, waxes and masks to a wide variety of massages. In line with X2 Vibe’s millennial mind-set, many of the treatments can be completed in an hour or less. Choose from a series of 45-minute massages, body scrubs and masks or 30-minute express facials and waxing treatments. Those with a little more time can indulge in a choice of 60- or 90-minute treatments, or for the ultimate pampering, the four-and-a-half hours long X2 Vibe Royal Package, comprising black sesame honey body scrub, gold honey body mask, onsen, facial treatment and healthy spa cuisine and refreshments.
Mexicano, the award-winning Mexican restaurant at the Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok, has launched Carlos’s Creation Menu, a gourmet fiesta of innovative dishes showcasing the culinary excellence of the country. Under the concept of El Primero Is Still Número Uno, the phrase meaning "the first is still number one" is a perfect definition of Mexicano, Bangkok’s pioneering Latino restaurant. Now it is offering a genuine south-of-the-border experience with some inspired Cal-Tex culinary flair into the bargain. A unique menu created each month by chef Carlos Bravo uses exotic high-quality produce in dishes such as prawn aguachile with avocado tartar, deep-fried corn cake filled with pork pibill and red snapper with clams and Veracruz-style chorizo. El Brunch is also available every Saturday from 12-3pm at 800 baht for adults and 200 baht for children.
Making a Splash
Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin is a perfect destination for families and business groups. Located next to the Vana Nava water park, guests can enjoy its many facilities for a fun time out. Delight in the 36-metre infinity pool and the pool bar. The Vana Nava Sky Bar is a remarkable rooftop venue with a glass-floored observation deck and private function space for up to 100 people.
The choice of rooms include the Ocean Suites, the Ocean View rooms, the KidSuites specially designed for younger children, the Panoramic Suite for the best views and the Sky Suite for the ultimate pampering and privacy. The hotel also recently launched Hua Hin’s first fully-integrated MICE experience capable of hosting corporate functions and social events, such as corporate retreats.
Chef Nooror Somany Steppe has created a special four-course heritage menu selected from her treasure trove of ancient recipes to pair with the finest award-wining red and white GranMonte wines. Available for lunch and dinner, the Heritage Menu features Thai gastronomic highlights including jean lon, an ancient recipe from Chonburi province, and grilled clown featherback fish prepared with chef Nooror’s famous home-made red curry, paired with 2017 GranMonte Viognier. Jirakrit Oonjit, Blue Elephant’s sommelier, will be on hand to give tips all throughout the course. Blue Elephant Cooking School & Restaurant Phuket has also launched a special Peranakan menu by chef Nooror with GranMonte wine pairings.
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Marriott International recently welcomed its latest addition to the city of angels, Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse. Set in a modern 32-storey tower, the newly built property is conveniently located on Surawong Road between Bangkok’s historic quarter and central business district. It offers easy access to cultural attractions such as the Neilson Hays Library, the Sri Maha Mariamman temple and the Bangrak Creative District. The soon-to-open Mahanakhon Observatory and luxury shopping enclave ICONSIAM are also within easy reach. The hotel’s Lobby Lounge is an all-day dining venue that serves international favourites, while Praya Kitchen celebrates the piquant flavours of Thai cuisine with an elaborate buffet and the Yào rooftop bar presents crafted artisanal cocktails and signature bar bites on a Shanghai-inspired terrace with views of the Chao Phraya River.
Vivin, the maker and purveyor of all things local and artisanal, is upping its game with a unique gourmet platter in a box. The apéro box is a ready-made platter of mixed cheeses from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, cold cuts and selections of local chutney ordered online and delivered to your door in an environmental-friendly box. Selections also include Vivin’s wide range of terrines, mousses and rillettes—all locally made without any artificial preservatives. Customers can choose among the Classic, Vegetarian and Carnivore sets of cold cuts. All are available in small or large box sizes. Stop by the Grab n’ Go fridge at the Hyatt Place lobby or order online via vivinmaison.com, foodpanda, Lineman or HonestBee.
Amsterdam-based creative workspace pioneer Spaces has opened its first Thailand location in Bangkok’s Summer Hill community mall just steps away from BTS Phra Khanong. The convenient location provides 1,260 sqm of sleek and inspiring office space with up to 334 desks and three meeting rooms. Geared towards creating a dynamic, entrepreneurial community, Spaces offers a number of flexible working solutions. Spaces has also teamed up with Rocket X to open its first café within the workspace. Membership starts from 4,620 baht and provides access to Spaces locations worldwide. The company’s second Bangkok location, at Chamchuri Square, is expected to be complete by May 2018.