Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort is excited to welcome Ms. Morgane Quinchon, a Registered Dietician, to the health and wellness team.
Morgane is originally from France, and has most recently worked in Bangkok at the Rasayana Retreat as a Health and Wellness Director, and as a Nutritionist at Dressed Thailand. When asked why she chose to join Thanyapura, Morgane said, “I strongly believe in Thanyapura’s three-dimensional approach; the development of the body, the mind and the soul. I started with a scientific background but with time and practice I developed a more holistic approach. Being healthy is more than just a trend – it’s a way of life.”
Morgane obtained her medical degree from Paris Descartes University in 2008, and has gained experience in medicine and nutrition from Paris and Bangkok, where she has been living since 2016. As a former medical student, she decided to focus her time and passions on the first form of medicine – nutrition and food. She became a registered dietitian nutritionist in 2015 through a Higher Technical Degree in Dietetics.
During her time at Rasayana Retreat, Morgane created individualised meal plans for guests, provided personal diet consultations and conducted healthy eating workshop for adults and children. At Dressed Thailand, she worked with the Head Chef to develop a new menu, invented new recipes and created different options for guests who were particularly health-conscious.
As a holistic health professional, Morgane works to translate current scientific evidence into practical lifestyle advice, to educate and motivate people of all ages to reach their health and fitness goals. Back in Paris, she worked as a clinician Dietician at St Joseph Hospital, a private not-for-profit organisation providing medical attention and services to patients around the world. She conducted nutritional assessments, appropriate follow-ups in accordance with patients’ treatment goals, and referred patients for outpatient counselling and community health services when appropriate.
When asked about her drive, she replied by simply saying, “The greatest wealth is health.” She joins the Thanyapura team on 8 January 2018.
December 2017, Phuket – At the recent NOW Travel Asia Awards ceremony held on November 10, 2017, Novotel Phuket Phokeethra won an award for being one of Asia’s Top Business Hotels for 2017.
Established in 2012, the NOW Travel Asia Awards honour and recognise the industry’s best as voted by more than 650,000 industry leaders and tourism influencers across the hospitality, food & beverage and tourism sectors in Asia.
Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) are an integral part of any business. Indeed, they have a major hand in boosting productivity, increasing profitability, and motivating a company’s sales force. In addition, they are usually the main factor behind securing existing clients’ loyalty and new accounts.
The Novotel Phuket Phokeethra is one of the ideal locations for MICE opportunities in Phuket. The hotel offers 1,300 sq.m. of modular meeting and banquet facilities, including a splendid 950 sq.m. ballroom with a large pre-function area, great for cocktail receptions. The hotel can accommodate up to 850 guests in its state-of-the-art Grand Ballroom with vaulted ceilings and offers four additional meeting rooms. Whether you are hosting a high-profile conference in Phuket, an annual board meeting, exclusive event or exhibition, functions at this Novotel hotel in Phuket will delight delegates, families and friends.
Rest assured as every last detail is taken care of with Novotel’s ProAct: an exclusive, highly effective service to organise your conventions and seminars with the hotel’s extensive network, quality infrastructure, specially-adapted facilities and efficient logistics, with nothing left to the last minute. You can entrust our corporate events planner to work with your ideas and provide you with a customized solution that fits you. Our team is responsive to all of your needs and strives to guarantee successful professional meetings. At the heart of the hotel, a connected, stylish and cosy working area meets the needs of all mobile workers. Alone or as part of a team, you can organise your business meetings or confidential interviews in the best possible conditions at Novotel Phuket Phokeethra.
Phuket – 20 December, 2017: JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, a five star luxury resort located on the finest and pristine Mai Khao Beach of Phuket, unveils its latest global acclaimed award & recognition. The resort has been awarded ‘The Favorite Hotel in Asia’ granted by Conde Nast Traveler Indian Edition. A gala ceremony held in New Delhi, the best in travel were honoured at the Readers’ Travel Awards 2017.
The Reader’s Choice Awards are held annually by Condé Nast Travel India, a prestigious world-class travel magazine, by conducting a poll of their readers for the best in the travel industry. Over hundred thousand travelers were participating in this 7th annual Reader’s choice survey to choose the best from resorts, spas, cruise ships, airlines and airports. Read more on their website https://www.cntraveller.in/story/best-hotels-world-right-now-2/#s-custfavourite-indian-business-hotel.
“What terrific news to win this award, it is absolutely the best present to our JW Marriott Phuket’s family. A big heartfelt thank you to the readers poll participants and our loyal customers for voting us. Last but not least, we couldn’t win this Conde Nast Traveler India in their Annual Reader’s Choice Awards without our dedicated associates who are committed to providing the very best experience for our guests and creating the meaningful experiences and lasting memories exemplified by this recognition.” said Mr. Oriol Montal, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s General Manager.
Since opening in December 2001, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has clinched over 250 awards and is highly recognized in Asia for its outstanding Family, Eco-friendly, MICE and 5-star luxury resort facilities. Being on this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards complements other awards that the resort has won such as 2017 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor; TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award 2017, ranked 22 out of Top 25 hotels in Thailand; Thailand MICE Venue Standard Award 2017 – 2019, certified by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB); Thailand’s Best Restaurant 2017 granted by Thailand Tatler; 2016 – 2017; Honeymoon Awards – Beach Resorts under $350 / night, BRIDES Magazine USA; Excellent hotel on Environmental Impact Assessment from reginal environmental office; The IUCN – Marriott Partnership project ‘Best CSR – Social Impact Partnership’ at the 2017 Rockefeller Social Impact Awards, curated by The Resource Alliance; Top 100 Loved-By-Guests-Spa 2017 on Hotels.com; Luxury Resort & Spa of the year 2017 by Luxury Travel Guide UK; 2017 Exotiq Thailand Best of the Best Readers’ Awards – Phuket’s Best International Hotel – Silver Award Winner; Smart Travel Asia Reader’s Awards – Best in Travel Poll 2017; The highly rated hotels on HolidayCheck in2017; Top 40 Resorts in Asia by Conde Nast Traveler US Reader’s Choice Award 2016, Ranked No 2 out of Top 10 Phuket Family Resort by Holidays with Kids Award 2017; Best Resort Hotel for Business Events by CEI Asia Reader’s choice awards; Best Resort Hotel for Business Events by CEI Asia Reader’s choice awards 2016 and more.
Fifteen minutes’ drive from the airport, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is set across 27 acres of exquisite tropical gardens on Mai Khao Beach, which is a protected leatherback turtle nesting beach and adjacent to Sirinat Marine National Park. The resort’s 265 well-appointed deluxe guestrooms and suites all face the ocean and boast their own balcony, with stunning views of the gardens and swimming pools. The extensive facilities include three swimming pools, 11 restaurants and bars, a health club and fitness centre, the award-winning Mandara Spa, kid’s pavilion, shopping gallery, cooking school, tennis courts, meeting and banquet rooms and business centre. A weekly activities program offers guests of all ages, cultural classes, yoga classes, sports activities and fun activities for kids and families, while sightseeing and soft adventure tours are also available.
December 2017, Krabi – At the recent NOW Travel Asia Awards ceremony held on November 10, 2017, Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort was recognised as one of Asia’s Top Family Hotels for this year.
Established in 2012, the NOW Travel Asia Awards honour the industry’s best as voted by more than 650,000 industry leaders and tourism influencers across the hospitality, food & beverage and tourism sectors in Asia.
For your next holiday, discover the outstanding amenities and activities for family that Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort has to offer. Each stay is enhanced by our signature Leisure Concierge service from the minute you arrive, and your personal assistant is available to ensure your stay is unforgettable.
All 276 rooms and suites are decorated in a French colonial style with teakwood floors and furniture, and are fitted with a signature MyBed by Sofitel, marble bathtubs and a large private balcony overlooking the sea, pool or garden.
Families will enjoy dining at three restaurants serving Thai, Indian, Italian and international cuisines, and relaxing beside Thailand’s largest free-form swimming pool. You can also find sanctuary at So SPA with L’OCCITANE, stay in shape the fitness centre, enjoy a challenging game at our exclusive 9-hole golf course, or explore idyllic tropical islands by private speedboat and Make your stay a little more magnifique with our exclusive Club Millésime privileges.
Life is Magnifique at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort.
PHUKET, THAILAND – 12 December 2017 – Marriott Thailand Bussiness Council in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) hosted the 1st Marriott International’s Sustainable Seafood Meeting to share good practices and discuss its commitment towards the use of sustainable seafood and community support @ JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa.
The welcome addressed by Oriol Montal, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa. Executive Chef, Dietmar Spitzer, presided over the meeting alongside Sean Panton, Co-Chairman and Director of CSR, Marriott Thailand Business Council and Kanokwan Homcha-aim, Field Coordinator South Marriott Project, IUCN.
13 of food & beverage leaders and chefs from Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Phuket shared the strategy for moving forward, taking along with today’s lessons to be put into action at each property. Executive Chef, Dietmar Splitzer together with Kanokwan Homcha-aim, Field Coordinator South Marriott Project, IUCN and Sean Panton, Co-Chairman and Director of CSR, Marriott Thailand Business Council presented sustainable seafood sourcing, which included sharing current sustainable seafood sourcing project results and principle knowledge of fishery supply chain, fishery ecolabel, standard and certification, rethinking the term “sustainable”, “responsible’ seafood and an example of responsible seafood providers in Thailand from both small scale fishing communities to big seafood export companies. The session opened for all food & beverage leaders from Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Phuket to shape the strategy how to move forward and take today’s lesson learned in order to start action at each property.
Food & beverage leaders and chefs from Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Phuket visited 2 artisan fishing communities that supply responsible seafood for the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa located 23 kilometers away from the hotel up north. Baan Nai Rai, Thai Muang Phang Nga delivers soft shell crab, sea bass and grouper to the hotel weekly. Baan Nai Rai is well-known as the low impact fishing community as the equipment used on the boat is just a fish-specific net and a torch. Their traditional and sustainable fishing techniques have been passed down through generations with community agreement that there will no ‘Formalin’ added for preservation. Juvenile fish will be kept in the floating cages until they reach to suitable sale size. All seafood here are caught and almost instantly sold as soon as the boats arrive at shore.
The ‘Black Crab’ community in Mai Khao, Phuket is also fishing responsibly. This community catches black crabs in the wild from their natural habitat, Klong Au Ta Pao mangrove forest (National Reserve Forest area 1,556.25 rai). This community uses low impact fishing gear such as a cylinder crab trap (40 cm diameter, 20-25 cm height, 1-2 inches mesh size) to ensure no other species are caught. Fishermen go through mangrove creeks by boats with no engine and catch only black crabs that are bigger than 150 grams. There are no preservatives added during the storage and transportation process. Black crabs are caught and delivered to the hotel within 24 hours.
Executive Chef, Dietmar Spitzer, said: “buying seafood directly from such local small-scale artisan fishermen helps chefs ensure the safety, quality and freshness of our produce while being environmental friendly and helping to improve the livelihood of local fishermen. Since the project started in 2013, Marriott purchased over 5.6 million Baht worth of sustainable seafood from local communities. It also shortened up the seafood supply chain”.
Recently (on 21 November 2017), Laguna Resorts & Hotels PLC (Laguna Phuket) was awarded AMCHAM’s CSR Excellence (ACE) Recognition for 3rd consecutive year by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Thailand in appreciation of the resort’s long-term contribution in CSR and community development. The award was presented by the US ambassador to Thailand, Mr. Glyn T. Davies in Bangkok.
Phuket, Thailand 27 November, 2017: JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa together with Marriott Vacation Club – Phuket Beach, Marriott Vacation Club – Mai Khao Beach, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach and Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach honoured recently a total of 71 associates who have been serving the company for the past 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.
The Annual Marriott Milestone’s Gala Dinner and Long-Serving Awards Ceremony, which was held at Mai Khao Ballroom of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, gave recognition to 71 associates who have completed 5, 10, 15, 20 years of service thus far and the man of the night, the role model for our Marriott’ associates, Mr. Trevor Denman May, General Manager of Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach who have already put in 25 years of service with the Marriott International.
Mr. Oriol Montal, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, said: “Every year we recognize our associates who have been with Marriott hotels & resorts for their milestone years at our long service dinner. This year, we made it more memorable night as six of Marriott properties in Phuket hosted this associate’s appreciation event together for the first time ever. I believed that it will get bigger and stronger as we will have even more associates who will reach 5 to 25 years since the successful merger with Starwood. We now have a new way of thinking about our priorities and a mission of “Bridging Culture and Inspiring Discovery Around The World”. We focused on the basics: delivering great experiences for our guests and taking care of each other”. On behalf of management team, we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thanks to all of you. We appreciate your hard work, dedication and commitment. Congratulations to those that have made it to their 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 year anniversaries”.
2017 is a phenomenal year of our JW Marriott Resort & Spa as well as the Marriott International. Currently we are very grateful to have our 856 dedicated associates, who been working with us and bringing their professional skills to make guests everlasting memories. Our success story remains incomplete without the support of our associates. Not only have they made us as a team but also helped us reach out to the world. We will be continuing our best to take good care of our associates as we believe in our core values “Take care of associates and they will take care of the customers” growing with them and continue to provide them nothing less than the best. With their support, we wish to reach new heights next year” said Khanisthanee Kanhdanisdha, Director for Human Resources of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Phuket.
Tree House Kids Club by Angsana Laguna Phuket made a Haunted Halloween Houses and Not-too-Spooky Walks for Kids on Tuesday 31 October 2017. This outdoor haunted hike, where children were visited by zombies, wolfmen, vampire, Thai ghost, good and bad witches, and other creepy characters. Afterward, hit the Nethermead for an all-ages Halloween-themed carnival started with ‘ Trick or Treat Parade ‘ around the resort, then continued with Halloween movie, popcorn, games and treats. 60 children had joined our activities and they had so MUCH FUN!
PHUKET, THAILAND – Outrigger Hotels and Resorts today announced the official start of “Guibin” its distinguished guest care program that was designed specifically to meet the unique needs of Outrigger’s guests from China.
Guibin – which translates as “Distinguished Guest” in Mandarin — begins today at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort and Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort – with more to follow.
The Guibin platform encompasses three key areas of guest care and engagement: relevant service offerings, amenities desired by the Chinese traveller and rigorous training for Outrigger hosts on the holiday expectations and cultural traits of Chinese guests.
At the aforementioned resorts, Chinese guests will experience qualified Chinese (Mandarin) speaking staff on duty, Chinese menus and breakfasts, a hotel services directory inserted in the room key packet, in-room tea kettle with tea, Chinese TV, slippers, fitted robes and other courtesies such as complimentary Wi-Fi.
“It is a privilege to host an increasing number of Chinese visitors at our Outrigger properties and we’re pleased to now provide this demographic with enhanced services and amenities that best suit their vacation preferences,” said Sean Dee, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Outrigger Resorts. “Guibin is the Chinese extension of The Outrigger Way – a process of caring for the guest, the host and the place that has guided Outrigger’s corporate culture for decades.”
Outrigger is committed to meeting and exceeding the expectations of all of its Chinese guests. Today – guests from China account for 8 to 50 percent of bookings at the properties that will begin the Guibin program.
Outrigger’s new China-friendly services and amenities are being underpinned by Guibin staff training that has been conducted over the last 12 months by Wei-Wei Sun, Outrigger Enterprise Group’s special advisor for Greater China. Wei-Wei and her China experts have implemented guest survey metrics and an internal brand audit, which applies to front desk, activities, spas, menus, table service and food presentation. The audits include Chinese language proficiency checks for hosts.
Outrigger Resorts has had a Chinese website since June 2015 and already has a dedicated social media platform on Sina Weibo and We Chat (Outrigger_Resorts).
Bangkok, Thailand. 2 October 2017 – A charming landscape, iconic sights, influences from its colonial heritage, rich cultural traditions and friendly locals blend perfectly in Sri Lanka, making it a one-of-a-kind South Asian holiday destination. With three hotels spread across some of the island’s most beautiful destinations, ONYX Hospitality Group presents a guide of how best to take it all in when visiting the Resplendent Isle.
Start the Trip in the Capital City
Make the capital, Colombo, your quick introduction to Sri Lanka. This port city offers a variety of experiences ranging from a spiritual break in the temples, exploration of culture in the museums, taking the vantage point from rooftop bars to a wide range of markets and retail options. The vocal local team at OZO Colombo recommends a late morning visit to Pettah Market and being amidst the energy of the historic streets crammed with fresh fruit, daily supplies and fabrics. This bustling area provides an adrenaline filled discovery through the city’s busiest neighbourhood. The dynamic arrangement of heritage buildings, makeshift stores and generations-old shops is like a living museum, offering authentic insights into the local lifestyle and culture, as well as providing a unique backdrop for your photo gallery.
Take a Scenic Train Ride
The three-hour train journey connecting Sri Lanka’s capital to Kandy, the cool city located in the inland hills, is a scenic delight. This train ride is not just a mode of transportation to OZO Kandy, but the highlight of the visit itself. The train leaves from the coastal lowlands and chugs up through the hill country past rolling and lush green rice fields, local communities, forests, gurgling rivers and tea plantations. All scenes provide photogenic snapshots of Sri Lanka’s dramatic scenic contrasts. For the best views, locals recommend sitting on the right side of the train while en route to Kandy.
Explore the Birthplace of Ceylon Tea
Crucial to the nation’s economy, Ceylon tea is renowned worldwide and has an interesting 150-year history which can be traced back to the period of the British Empire. In Kandy, the first successful experiments in tea cultivation were made and the first tea plantations were established, making the city a great destination for tea lovers. To learn about the production of tea, marvel at the old machinery, and taste the various blends, the team at OZO Kandy suggest a visit to the Ceylon Tea Museum, located three kilometres from the hotel, or a venture into the countryside to the Geragama Tea Estate.
Wander through Time in One of The Country’s Best Preserved Colonial Towns
Be transported back to colonial times at Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest remaining European fortress in Asia. The fort was first built by the Portuguese in the 1500s and later fortified by the Dutch. Wander around impressive monuments and museums from Dutch Reformed Church to the iconic Galle Light House. Today the fort is no less vibrant with chic boutiques, cafes and galleries. Destination Amari, a local guide curated by the team at Amari Galle, recommends Stick No Bills, a poster gallery featuring a rare variety of vintage movie posters as well as retro postcards depicting the vibrant colours of Sri Lanka.
Lounge around the Beach, Swim, Lay Back, Take a Nap and More
Sri Lanka is well known for its beaches. For beach enthusiasts, seeking a day at a beachfront retreat in Galle is recommended. From Amari Galle which offers an expansive beach-facing pool and guaranteed sea views from every room and suite, take a Tuk-Tuk ride to the shores of nearby Unawatuna and get active with watersports such as diving, fishing and boating. To laze the day away, head to the stunning, intimate and isolated Jungle Beach to take a dip in the Indian Ocean. No trip to Galle would be complete without checking out the traditional stilt fishermen at the Ahangama and Koggala Coasts, the best places to catch this centuries-old activity in full action.
Rest well after days of exploration at OZO or Amari
ONYX Hospitality Group offers three unique hotels in Colombo, Kandy and Galle under its two brands – Amari and OZO. Situated a short Tuk-Tuk ride from the city centre, OZO Colombo offers rooms with ocean views, a rooftop infinity pool and bar, and delectable meals at EAT. OZO Kandy is the ideal base for exploring the temples, lush landscapes and the tea plantations. The newly-open Amari Galle offers the street-food inspired Ahara Gourmet Gallery, the sun-drenched Shoreline Beach Club, and a wide range of amenities and services. Until 31 December 2018 at OZO Colombo and OZO Kandy, get 15% off on room rates when booking a minimum stay of three consecutive nights. Discover Amari Galle with this special offer. Get 15% off when booking at least 45 days in advance or 10% off when booking at least 14 days in advance, along with free early check-in for stays until 31 December 2018.
Phuket, 28 September 2017 – The Amari Phuket team gave a warm welcome to the teachers and students from Pluk Panya Municipal School during their visit to the hotel for the key annual CSR activity named “First Step 2017”.
The purpose of this project is to link the hotel to the community by supporting education and introducing students in grades 11 and 12 to the hotel industry, possibly encouraging them to become professional hoteliers in the future. The students observed and learnt about hotel operations under the guidance of Amari Phuket’s experienced senior team from the Food & Beverage and Housekeeping Departments. The students learnt about mixing beverages, making beds, folding towels into various shapes, and setting up full dining tables. After the tour, the students and Amari Phuket team had lunch together.