Issue 12 I 2014
TAIWAN Gateway To Modern Tradition
New Design Villa
KU DÉ TA The Iconic View While Dining
Winners of the 2014 Thailand
A Spectrum Of American Luxury Style
Property Awards “My Resort” – the Different Concept Best Residential Development 2014 Thailand Property Awards
time you fell in love with nature? The first time you felt soft, warm sand between your toes or discovered that intoxicating scent of luscious greenery?
True to its name, Pimalai brings you the perfect combination of nature and luxury, but one of a different kind - the luxury of being in a unique and exclusive environment, without the fuss that comes with it; the luxury of experiencing an out of the beaten track destination, and the luxury of being pampered by friendly island natives who not only perform their duties, but give you that little extra something that makes all the difference.
t Pimalai, rekindle your love for nature amidst lush tropical forests and the endless Andaman waters. Discover Koh Lanta’s best kept secret, nestled within the solitude and serenity of surrounding mountains. The name “Pimalai” is derived from ancient Sanskrit, meaning, “a little patch of Heaven”. True to its name, Pimalai brings you the perfect combination of nature and luxury, but one of a different kind - the luxury of being in a unique and exclusive environment, without the fuss that comes with it; the luxury of experiencing an out of the beaten track destination, and the luxury of being pampered by friendly island natives who not only perform their duties, but give you that little extra something that makes all the difference. Built around a respect for nature, seek refuge in Pimalai for a luxurious and elegant beach resort experience with genuinely friendly service by a dedicated crew. Situated away from the hustle and bustle of crowded beaches and close to the Lanta Marine National Park, Pimalai is the perfect destination for that dream vacation, romantic wedding or honeymoon, diving trip or even business meetings. The 1 hour long journey to Koh Lanta via our resort’s speedboat from Krabi mainland may be tiring to some, but the incredible sights of Thailand’s smaller islands during this trip will be truly unforgettable.
Amidst 100 acres of tropical vegetation, direct access to over 900 meters of pristine sandy beach, lose yourself in the sights and sounds of nature, with buzzing cicadas, birds and eagles hovering majestically above, and mischievous squirrels and monkeys on the trees surrounding you. With 121 accommodation units comprising of serene villas, elegant suites and quaint rooms, this unique resort surrounded by famous snorkeling and diving spots takes you closer to nature than you could ever imagine. Are you ready to uncover Koh Lanta’s best kept secret?
360° DNA In Design 12 Cover Story My Resort Hua Hin The Different Concept Best Residential Development
18 Villa With Striking Interior
Phuket’s New Design Villa
22 The Iconic Modern Tradition KU DÉ TA
26 Creating An Elegant Space In a city like Hong Kong
30 The Superb Coastal Residence Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects & OKHA Interiors
32 Sustainable Modern Family Vasin Srivarathanabul
36 The Eden Of Prestigious Living St. Regis
Traveler 38 Taiwan Where The Modern & Living Tradition Co-Exist
Rest In Style 44 A Dream Restful Sleep In The City Dream Hotel Bangkok
Health & Beauty
48 Chaophraya Cruise 50 Siam Wisdom
52 Devarana Spa Bangkok
The Wisdom Of Thai Cuisine
The Pinnacle Of Pampering & Pleasure
Property Review 62 Winners of the 2014 Thailand Property Awards
Property Roundup 66 New Space Update
Hot Stuff 68&ODVVLĂ&#x;HG 3URPRWLRQ Check out the hot lists of properties for rent and sales and the reasons to live
Issue 12 I 2014
From the Publisher
Long Live His Majesty The King His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand was born on Monday, 5th December 1927. Do you know why the whole country turns into yellow during and around the King’s birthday? Yellow banners, yellow ﬂowers, and people wearing yellow shirts or dress everywhere? It’s because according to the Thai tradition, yellow is the color for Monday - the day His Majesty was born. King Bhumibol, also known as Rama IX, is highly-revered because of his deep devotion to the welfare of the Thai people. He has taken the role as the Head of State since 1946. This makes him the longest reigning King in Thailand, and one of the longest serving monarchs in the world. Happy birthday my Majesty!
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360째 DESIGN FOCUS:
EXPERIENCE THE NEW DNA IN DESIGN & STYLE
Property in Thailand and Asia-Pacific is still the largest asset class in property investment. The property industry is fluctuated while people in the up market donâ€™t only look for coveted location and convenience for a day-to-day basic of living, but they are also growingly in search of residential project capable of sporting the conceptual design and style, the quality of value for money, enhancing idea in interior and construction, including the capability to deliver the preferable homey and unique comfort to all residents and visitors. Here is the action in design featuring great rank of design destination, properties, residences, new residential projects and condos with refreshing design & style ambiance, design hotels resorts all over Thailand and Asia waiting for your visit to realize the essence of practical and design ideas for living. Hopefully that all our design and stylish ideas in architectural and interior design featured in this issue can no less inspire your inspiration and imagination to recreate your dream residence or redefine a new livable and refreshing ambience at your own residence, place, and space.
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Best Residential Development 2014 “My Resort” – the Different Concept Best Residential Development 2014
Although considered a relatively new company engaging in real estate development, Everland Public Co., Ltd. has excellent strategic planning that is widely recognized in todayâ€™s markets.
I think that the people who will buy condos in Hua Hin will mostly buy them for relaxation, almost like a second home, and the people who will buy these second homes are mostly going to be family men. I have to analyze what we can do to meet the needs of clients in this group. Therefore, I put the concept of Family Dominion into these condos.
verland has recently developed project properties both in Bangkok and upcountry Thailand, these include a detached house, townhouse, and condominium. Every project property is located in a superb location which is unique and modern in accordance with the dwellers’ utilities. There is a focus on quality and high standards in all aspects, including after-sale services. In 2014, My Resort Hua-Hin project won the Thailand Property Award 2014 in Best Residential Development for real estate properties in Hua-Hin. Mr. Swechak Lochaya, Executive Director of Everland Public Co., Ltd. and Director of My Resort Hua-Hin project, said that the Thailand Property Awards are selected from various projects or by Real Estate developers. Each year, there are awards for the best designed projects in each area and the committee chooses from the best new plans. My Resort project is a residential condominium project which consists of 4 Rai 3 Ngan 22.4 Square Wah (or 6789.6 Square Meter) with 210 residential units. It is located on Khao Takiab-Hua Hin Road, Nong Kae, Hua-Hin, Prachuapkhirikhan Province.
Swechak said that the outstanding distinction of My Resort Hua-Hin consists of 2 main points which are; (1) location – the project is geographically located on Hua-Hin beach (from Hua-Hin market to Khao Takiab), and (2) different concepts – the project was based on the concept of “family condominiums” or condos for families, decorating in a resort style with many trees, large water parks, and areas for children. Having a water park in the condominium project makes My Resort Hua-Hin unique and different. This is because most other residential condominium projects only have basic swimming pools and facilities. As such, people who are looking for condominiums will be more drawn to water parks than to simple pools, said Swechak. “I think that the people who will buy condos in Hua Hin will mostly buy them for relaxation, almost like a second home, and the people who will buy these second homes are mostly going to be family men. I have to analyze what we can do to meet the needs of clients in this group. Therefore, I put the concept of Family Dominion into these condos. The water park is included to create that
difference, making the condos both outstanding and unique.” Swechak also said that the concept of “Family condominiums” seen in My Resort Hua-Hin can be applied to different locations in Bangkok. Typically, most of the Condominium market in Bangkok places emphasis on skyscrapers near elevated train routes (Skytrain). Currently, the company has invested in 3 main markets; detached housing under the “My Home” brand, townhouses under the “My Hometown” brand, and condominiums under the “My Resort” brand. In each section of the market the company plans to steadily increase its capital each year. Currently, it has already planned 3-4 projects in various locations, for example, a detached house project - Suwintawong, pricing at a minimum of 5 million Baht, and a townhouse project - pricing at a minimum of 2.5 million Baht. Essentially, the company will still focus on the Bangkok market since it is a major section of the market with a population of more than 10 million. It is believed that there are still a lot of housing demands in many locations by which real estate companies can enter into development. 15
SilkSand Room Located around the main pool, Silksand Rooms are designed based on balancing the different elements of nature to create a unique mood & experience. Either King or twin bedded, all rooms feature basic luxury amenities, a relaxing bathtub or large opened shower along with complimentary Wiﬁ connection. Spacious and comfortable, ground ﬂoor rooms are located in between a large terrace whilst upper ﬂoor rooms offer panoramic views of the pool.
Sansky Villa Drawing inspiration from the beauty of Hua Hin’s wind and sky, 16 Sansky villas surround an exclusive pool offering guests the pleasures of outdoor privacy. Featuring a king sized bed with separate living and sleeping areas, as well as a separate rain shower and bathtub.
General Overview Putahracsa is a boutique, trendy, spa resort in Hua Hin set amidst beautiful lush green foliage, designed for guests to relax and escape on the sensual and quiet shores of the charming beach town yet without compromising modern luxuries and comforts.
Location Oceanbed Pool Villas Located on the ground ﬂoor, spacious Oceanbed Pool Villas feature not only a large bedroom with King sized bed, large private pool (11 m x 2.4 m), and an outdoor Jacuzzi (110cm x 180cm) but also a private terrace with sundeck and loungers,. With a discreet butler service tending to your individual needs one can be assured of an indulgent experience.
Putahracsa is located on Naeb kaehat Road, in the heart of Hua Hin approximately 200 km south west of Bangkok. The journey from Bangkok to Hua Hin can be arranged by car. From the Thonburi-Paktho Road, past Samut Songkhram, turn left onto Phetkasem Road toward Prachuap Khiri Khan. Alternatively, take the Phutthamonthon route from Bangkok and head to Prachuap Khiri Khan via Nakhon Pathom, Ratchburi, and Phetchaburi. For the more adventurous, you can catch a train from Hua Lumpong Station or a bus from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok to Hua Hin.
Accommodation La Canna Beachfront Pool Villas The private & discreet La Canna Beachfront Pool Villas represent the ultimate in luxurious living. Overlooking the Hua Hin sea with gentle sea breezes throughout the day, the Villa not only features all the amenities of our La Canna Pool Villas but also a large private swimming pool (13.5 m x 3.5 m) and personalized butler service.
There are a total of 59 designed units in two zones. Resort side is set amidst our lush garden, where Silksand rooms and Sansky villas are situated around the main pool while Beachfront, also called Oceanside, offers luxurious private villas with pool or sea views.
Hotel Contact Details Putahracsa Hua Hin 22/65 Neab kaehat Road Hua Hin 77110 Prachuab Kirikhan Thailand Tel +66 (0) 32 531470 Fax +66 (0) 32 531488 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Web: www.putahracsa.com
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New Serene Villa
With Striking Interior
The Iniala Beach House of Phuket, Thailand is a truly outstanding place to spend a vacation at, more so since some of its interiors received an extensive upgrade at the hands of A-cero’s experts. Under the guidance of Rafael Llamazares and Joaquín Torres, these experts managed to transform the interiors belonging to 2 rooms within Villa Bianca and those of the resort’s restaurant into epitomes of modernism and sophistication that never fail to impress and amaze.
The Iniala Beach House is situated on the beautiful golden sands of Natai beach facing the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. Our Residence comprise of three absolute beach front villas and an amazing Penthouse.
he 2 rooms are simply gorgeous to look at, since each and every element present within the main living spaces were sketched out by A-cero, including the furniture pieces. In order to evoke the ancient concept of “Yin and Yang”, the designers decided to equip the ﬁrst room with light wood horizontal sense ﬂoors and a ceiling made out of dark wood, while the second room boasts a light wood ceiling and a dark wood vertical sense ﬂoor. The furniture pieces were created using high-end polycarbonate and feature curvy shapes that blend seamlessly into the overall design of the rooms. Highly versatile, the dressing table comprises several removable modules and compartments. Spacious windows, incredible art adornments and generously sized windows are just some of the other highlights of these exquisite rooms. The restaurant was designed to be a welcoming continuation of the rooms, which means that it also boasts numerous curved shapes as well as natural materials. Highlights
include tables sketched out by A-cero, Platner chairs designed by Warren Platner and an exterior relaxation area that ensures breathtaking views of the sea.
Place For Tranquility The Iniala Beach House is situated on the beautiful golden sands of Natai beach facing the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. Our Residence comprise of three absolute beach front villas and an amazing Penthouse. Iniala Beach House is just a 20 minute drive from Phuket International Airport, but a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the island. Your Iniala experience starts the moment you land. After touchdown you will be greeted at the gate and whisked through immigration and into our luxury vehicle where your personal butler will offer you a glass of champagne as you kick back and relax. The amazing villas (each with three suites and their own spa) have been created by some of the world’s best creative minds including 19
Take off your shoes and enter a surreal deserts cape. The ﬂoor beneath your feet feels like melting like sand. The seating is built into the contours of the living room itself. The bed extends from the ceiling without a connection to the ﬂoor. The bathing area is sunk into the ground “like an oasis in the Sahara itself”.
giant giant seashells. While the Russian inﬂuence is found in chairs and beds shaped like traditional Matryoshka dolls.
are at the heart of the design. Mother of Pearl and Bronze shine in their spa. The bedrooms within the Collectors Villa are each as eclectic as the artists who have conceived them. TLTB particularly likes the sexy boudoir created by New Zealand’s Mark BrazierJones and the sinuous, ash wood bed from Ireland’s master furniture maker Joseph Walsh. The Penthouse Designer Graham Lamb, Great Britain Take off your shoes and enter a surreal deserts cape. The ﬂoor beneath your feet feels like melting like sand. The seating is built into the contours of the living room itself. The bed extends from the ceiling without a connection to the ﬂoor. The bathing area is sunk into the ground “like an oasis in the Sahara itself”.
The Collectors Villa Design by The Campana Brothers, Brazil and various other designer The villa is an homage to is leading contemporary design, including remarkable work by humberto and Fernando Campana. Their colour-laden ceramic-walled public spaces (Think Gaudi meets The Crown Jewels)
The island of Iniala Designed by Chris Jones, USA The Island is a giant Playhouse designed for children of all ages. Dubbed ‘the ﬁrst kids’ hotel in Asia’ it is a fantasy of pirates and jungles and fairytales. It also includes a kitchen where children can learn to cook with the help of Iniala’s own chefs.
The Campana Brothers of Brazil, A-Cero from Spain, Joseph Walsh of Ireland, Mark BrazierJones from New Zealand, Graham Lamb from Britain and Thailand’s Eggarat Wongcharit. The list is impressive, the result spectacular. Each villa bear the hallmark of a particular design team, so throw out everything you ever thought you knew about luxury villas in Phuket and start over - you haven’t seen anything quite like this before luxe-lovers. Villa Siam Designs by Eggarat Wongcharit, Thailand There is nothing minimalist about this lush symphony of gold and rich colour inspired by Thai culture and Buddhism.: beds and sofas hanging from the ceiling and The villa’s private spa is housed within an ancient , golden Thai bell, with Buddhist teachings inscribed in the walls. Villa Bianca Designs by A-Cero, Spain and Philosophy of Design, Russia Expect abstract explosions of art and Russian icons. A-Cero’s two bedrooms are like 20
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by Rangsan Srirat
Modern Tradition Sky-high dining is getting increasingly popular and many eateries are being renovated so as to be in trend. KU DÉ TA Bangkok is no exception. Here, you will fine it’s more than just an elevated dining experience amidst the modern-tradition style, ideal for a romantic tête-à-tête while sipping on a distinguished cocktail or a glass of top class bubbly.
ll dinners and food critics had high expectation when it comes to terming with the fusion food dating back to several years ago as fusion cuisine was a buzz word and many bistros in Bangkok jumped on the bandwagon cooking the idea to break the culinary norm to create cross-cultural motif on welldesigned plate. But in the neck of the time the fusion food a bit confused customers while number of chefs wished to kick the word “fusion” out of the culinary dictionary. Such collision 22
course has made such culinary trend of fusion delights becomes less appeal while eateries have increasingly emphasized more on enhancing and playful atmosphere with captivating view to compliment the meal in recent years. So, how you can cook up the gastronomic idea to deliver a “Wow” effect for a new dining experience is important as the tempting and enchanting ambience is the perfect ingredient and endearing DNA in the culinary world to make possibly everything above the expectation.
“KU DÉ TA” is not new actually, but it’s still exciting and one of the latest dining venue that doesn’t only join the buzz as the stylishly alternative nocturnal venue to experience the cultural mix with conceptual Japanese delights and modern Asian twist.
“KU DÉ TA” is not new actually, but it’s still exciting and one of the latest dining venue that doesn’t only join the buzz as the stylishly alternative nocturnal venue to experience the cultural mix with conceptual Japanese delights and modern Asian twist, but they also join the buzz as the latest sky dining concept with fashion-forward ambience proving jaw-dropping view of Bangkok’s CBD and the uninterrupted view of the city’s skyline, which are growingly popular to achieve a memorable dinner experience. Idyllically situated on the 39th and 40th ﬂoors of Sathorn Square Building, KU DÉ TA is the perspective of taste and culinary journey to enjoy an innovative touch of Japanese specialties that emphasizes on the carefully tailored menus, sophisticated cocktails paired with unparalleled service. The restaurant bar features seven distinct themed bars; Soundgarden, Amber Bar, Aviary, Ku Bar, Japanese aperitif bar, Grill Bar, Lounge and a separate bar in the Members Club - each offering a unique experience to complement the diverse Bangkok audience. The cocktail service is just as innovative and precise as its décor and menus. With the Nordic Bar Syndicate at the helm, the entire drink experience has been carefully crafted and delivered impeccably. Cocktail menus include 24
the crème de la crème of international classics and unique signature drinks that have been designed to ﬁt both Bangkok’s climate and the uncompromising quality standards. The Club Lounge and Members Club are new standards set to revolutionize expectations in ﬁrst-class entertainment. The nightclubs have been meticulously crafted with multi-level platforms and seating banquettes, boasting Asia’s premier sound and lighting, with the country’s ﬁrst state of the art Madrix lighting system and sound by Marquis’ ultra-high performance club system for an unforgettable night out in Bangkok. Looking at the menu, it highlights traditional Japanese Robatayaki & sushi bar and provides impressive range of steak and seafood, including exotic dishes done with the concentrate on ingredients and cooking style in order to create culinary vibrancy and dynamism. Its signature presents a modern interpretation on Asian ﬂavours, Izakaya specialising in Japanese Robatayaki charcoal grill, and Grill, a progressive update on the western steakhouse with premium cuts of imported beef. These restaurants are supported by KU DÉ TA Bangkok’s select wine lists, carefully curated by an award-winning sommelier to offer a fantastic choice of Old and New world wines from master winemakers.
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Creating An Elegant Space By The Greenery Lighting
In a city like Hong Kong, people seem to have a habit of rushing for everything and making lives a bit tough and stressed. Living in the heart of town keeps us away from the sweetness of natural landscape. This apartment is definitely an exceptional, which is gifted with green and leafy view.
To keep the harmony of the public space, designer keeps the two sides simple with few decorative items. A waist height cabinet is applied to one side of the wall with a shelf on top.
he trickiest part of this apartment is the layout of the living and dining space. The two main walls are bending outward, making the space looks unbalance. To keep the harmony of the public space, designer keeps the two sides simple with few decorative items. A waist height cabinet is applied to one side of the wall with a shelf on top. One of the highlight of the living room is the independent reading corner composed with a ﬂoor lamp with a violet Ro chair by Jaime Hayon. ‘Ro’ means tranquility in Danish and perfectly match with the ambience that we want to create for the family. The elegant dining space is makes up with the Big table of Bonaldo, Master chairs by Philippe Starck and the pendent by Louis Poulsen. It is a simulation of the greenery outside the window. 27
Stepping into the master suite, the color tone goes a little deeper. A choice of two different bedside lamps adds a fun element to the relaxing space. There is a corridor from the master bedroom to the bathroom.
Stepping into the master suite, the color tone goes a little deeper. A choice of two different bedside lamps adds a fun element to the relaxing space. There is a corridor from the master bedroom to the bathroom. Designer makes use of that space and turns it into a walk-in closet. This move improves the completion of the space and creates a larger storage for the ownersâ€™ clothing. It takes a different approach in the daughterâ€™s castle. A touch of pink makes the room more girly. It is not overwhelming and keeps the same simplicity with the overall design. 28
The Hills Residence, Khao Yai is an exclusive 30 units ‘Modern Contemporary’ designed housing project in the North Eastern part of Thailand (approx. 2 hours drive from Bangkok). Nestled in the heart of Khao Yai mountainous nature, the project expanded over 23 Rais of land.
he design and layout of each house gives a spacious feel for the residence, with ‘Cluster Gardens’ scattered around the project for more ‘green’ areas. Other facilities includes, ﬁtness center and a 24 hours security system. The Hills Residence offers 3 types of home design from a 1 bedroom to 4 bedrooms houses with usable areas between 178-271 square meters. Every house comes with an exclusive ‘360 Degree Panoramic Roof Deck’ for residence to enjoy the sunset and the beautiful scenery of Khao Yai. The starting price starts at THB 6.9M and the show units are now available for viewing everyday from 10:00-18:00. For more information please contact 087-899-2345, 086-333-9244 or visits our website at www.thehillsresidence.com Our Winter promotion this coming months is to offer our clients with a THB 9.8M fully-furnished home complete with a swimming pool. This exclusive 12 units includes an 8% guaranteed return for 3 years!
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Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects & OKHA Interiors
The Superb Coastal
Residence With Breathtaking View
Located in Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this Cape Town home positioned on the Lion’s Head offers privacy from neighbours and tranquility to accompany its modern design. Project Partner Greg Truen states, “The brief was to create a building that maximized the connection with the view and the sea, create a garden on the mountain side of the site and to minimize views over neighboring buildings.” The result is the Nettleton 199 Residence, part of sequence of the nearby Nettleton 195, and drawing its design from the Cape Town studio SAOTA (Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects).
nterior design features the recommendations of studio OAKA. Adam Court of OKHA Interiors says, “The building provides a volumetrically dramatic and dynamic interior space on a grand scale. The objective of the interior décor was to create a softer and intimate counterpoint whilst not jeopardizing the clean, geometric lines of the architecture. These elements can harmoniously co-exist and work off each other.” Post modern furniture and stunning carpet adorn the living area, while double thick walls separate the rooms of the home. The dramatic entrance hall contrasts with the living spaces to emphasize the design dynamics. A large living area with two levels features a ﬂoating bedroom ﬂoor hung from the roof. The master bedroom retains its privacy through a set of walnut shutters and the selected textures and ﬁnishes create a blend of elements contributing to the home’s serenity and modern presentation.
The owner wanted a home that would offer unobstructed views of the sea, and minimized views of the neighboring buildings. The garden plays a major role in this project, as it ensures a natural connection with the mountain at the back of the house, while also blocking the view towards the other buildings. The crisp white walls that mold the interior volumes act like clean canvases for the beautiful works of art that decorate the home. There is a perfect harmony between the architecture of the residence and its superb interior decors. To further emphasize this connection, the huge windows and glass sliding doors can be opened at any time, allowing a seamless transition from inside to the lovely outside areas. INTERIOR CONCEPT The objective of the interior décor was to create a softer and intimate counterpoint whilst not jeopardising the clean, geometric lines
of the architecture. The idea was to create a building capable of maximizing the connection with the view and the sea, create a garden on the mountain side of the site and to minimize views over neighbouring buildings. The site is positioned on the side of Lion’s Head and has fantastic views over the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The decision was to create a double volume space at the top of the site that could connect the garden court to the east, while also taking advantage of the views over the ocean to the west. The entrance hall is a dramatic, vertical space and provides a counterpoint to the living spaces. The volume of this large area is modulated by the ﬂoor which has two levels, and by the bedroom ﬂoor which ﬂoats into the space and is hung from the roof. This element, which has a soft s-curve, contains the master bedroom and its ancillary spaces are separated from the living room double volume by a set of walnut shutters. 31
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Sustainable Modern Family Retreat
For A Balance Living
Everyone has different ideas when it comes to style while the changing lifestyle of people in the modern society has particularly dominated and dictated what the next architectural response would turn out to be. This private residence of Architect/Photographer, Mr. Vasin Srivarathanabul, is a case in point of a living space that has been created according to the lifestyle as the unique layout and practical idea are also added to express about modern architectural design. The balancing interior, green concept, and the eclectic inspirations derived from where he roamed to design-inspired destinations worldwide like hotels resorts and restaurants done through unconventional ambience are exquisitely blended to maximize a sustainable balance living and enhance a pleasurable moment for a warm habitat for family.
he home is where family enjoys being together and relaxes from a day-long work. It was built adjacent to his parent’s residence under the same compound of 200 square wah. The family residence is a pioneer in eclectic style concept in the vicinity with imposing exterior look, working through whole new approach towards enduring design and captivating interior with the concentrate on space, energy efﬁciency, and practical style to exude a melody of living that all family members can share every moment together. “I can’t say much about trend. It is a very ambiguous word. In a positive way “trend” which relates to time should be “practical”. People today are becoming more and more individualized. One house design might perfectly ﬁt Mr. A’s family but might not ﬁt Mr. B’s family. So to be practical is to have a house that ﬁts the person living in the house,” explained Vasin
Srivarathanabul, the former permanent lecturer at the School of Architecture and Design, King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand, and the special lecturer at many leading universities including Chulalongkorn University, Thammasat University, and Kasem Bandit University, Thailand. “As for my home, it is a practical home that ﬁts the lifestyle of my family. Each member of the family gets their own space which they like. That is what really matters; the home provides a comfortable living space for everyone living there. The design of the house should also create aesthetically pleasing features for the people living in it as well,” he added. “I was born in this property and lived here before this house was built. The old house was about 40 years old when we decide to completely build a new one in its place. When I was studying in architecture school at Chula-
longkorn University, I did have ideas on how to redesign the house. Some of them were really crazy. 20 years later, more mature and experienced, the design comes together from all the time spent here.” Not only does the direct knowledge from the universities he went to provide him a basic platform in design, but what’s also behind the striking concept of his modern family home is his long journey to witness new DNA in design from many different places where they can shape up the idea in design in his mind. He said that the experience from visiting many unique 5-star hotels resorts and ﬁnd dining restaurants is valuable and earns him a collection of interesting perspective and ideas. Moreover, his pursuit of Master degree at University of Arizona with the major in Energy conservation prior to transferring to study another aspect in design so as to broaden his 33
In particular, the green concept or the environmentally responsible designing and architectural practice that has been raised and stressed to associate with the architectural design and environment, his residence is a great response to the practical green idea as natural lighting and extensive views are some of the strongest assets of the building.
From appearance this house; a modern with boxy form, three and a half story building. It is a simple narrow extruded rectangular form with extend decks and cantilever terraces. It has completely all operable ﬂoors to ceiling, wall to wall glass windows facing North and South.
horizon in “Computer Graphic” at the University of Colorado at Denver, United States, and the chance to teach and trade other exciting ideas with senior university students in Thailand have enabled him to get through the revision of the world in design. Design is actually a way of life in the western world as he had been living abroad since young age, so the concept of living in design and style may inﬂuence or be gradually cultivated in Mr. Vasin’s mindset, enabling him to naturally form creative idea and intuition in design and architecture. His family home is actually a testament of the revised or redeﬁned taste of design interest based on his understanding of environment and the dynamic architectural culture, and of course, his lifestyle. In particular, the green concept or the environmentally responsible designing and architectural practice that has been raised and stressed to associate with the architectural design and environment, his residence is a great response to the practical green idea as natural lighting and extensive views are some of the strongest assets of the building.
It’s good deal while the global warming issue is still in the trend and energy saving is also a signiﬁcant agenda for developers when it comes to creating something or designing new building and condo As for the decoration, he said he also involved in the process of choosing the texture, art pieces, decorative items, furniture, and other hardware to inspire livability and homey comfort as his wife also has a background in architecture. Saying that all the art pieces and paintings were created by his beloved wife, sometimes she also asked the kids to help create them. She also selected all the furniture and decorative items within a tight budget. Except the photographs from an exhibition, which were taken by Mr. Vasin, who has been working on various design projects and creating marketing materials for real-estate and hospitality industry innovatively created by his interest in architect and the in-depth knowledge in computer graphics. “From appearance this house; a modern with boxy form, three and a half story building. It is a simple narrow extruded rectangular form
with extend decks and cantilever terraces. It has completely all operable ﬂoors to ceiling, wall to wall glass windows facing North and South. All vertical circulations (stairs) are located outside. The extended decks on the second ﬂoor promote outdoor activities on the ﬁrst ﬂoor under the shade. The form of the house is like a large sail collecting wind and promotes ventilation. If analyzed carefully these are the characteristic of a traditional Thai house, apart from the modern appearance.” “My background in energy efﬁcient design at the University of Arizona automatically inﬂuenced all my design to be energy efﬁcient. Each space is design to have plenty of natural light. During the day time electricity for lighting is used very little. Every room of the house has North and South large opening windows, which takes advantage of the frequent wind most people in Bangkok are not familiar with. Most of the time when windows are open you can feel the breeze which very rare in a Bangkok home. It is because the house is oriented to collect wind,” he explained. 35
360 DESIGN IDEAS
Of Prestigious Living
It’s now commonplace for property developers to combine products and build an innovative mix of a condominium and a hotel or a resort and a residence within the same plot and then market the entire project as something that will offer investors promising returns. Also, it is a smart way forward for savvy developers to have a stunning range of limited units in order to excite the market and bring customers a sense of uniqueness. I am not so sure if such initiatives are key to increasing earning potential, but to guarantee a sustainable success, developers must do more. I believe that to fully exploit a new project there should be continued development of the product so that it remains a totally unique, one of a kind phenomenon in the marketplace.
inor International Public Company Limited is a leading Thai business conglomerate and one of the country’s largest hospitality and leisure companies with series of luxury resorts and residences. The company is a forward-looking entity and it is thus attempting to foresee what consumers will be demanding several years down the line. To make sure its next property investment is distinctive beyond comparison, Minor is trusting its proven philosophy in innovative design and style. This included the use of newer technologies and construction methods and components of the highest possible speciﬁcation to build a premium sized property. Therefore, the tremendous partnership with the legendary and high-end St. Regis brand, a premium hotel in Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide portfolio, is certain to help Minor create a luxurious residential space that offers home owners uniqueness and unmatched timeless elegance thanks to the long history and quality of its new partner. But the winning hand is sure to be the limited number of private residences, a sureﬁre way to ensure that those fortunate enough to reserve a residence here will have exclusivity thanks to the St. Regis Hotel & Residences name. St. Regis has been a symbol of elegance and timeless luxury since 1904 when it opened it doors on New York’s famed Fifth Avenue. So it comes as no surprise that St. Regis Residences was awarded Best Condo in Bangkok and Best Condo in Thailand in a recent survey. The Residences at The St. Regis Bangkok give rise to a captivating synergy of intrinsically diverse elements, the legacy and the future, the raw and the cultivated, the locally inspired glamour and the international
icons of design. The exterior, interior, overall design, clean palettes, ﬁnely-ﬁnished spaces, sweeping city views and handsome architecture are the reﬂection of modern comfort that is signiﬁcantly blended to enhance timeless appeal and the exceptional lifestyle of Bangkok’s elite. The European style is employed to reﬂect the innovative yet reﬁning spirit of St. Regis, making it rise above the competition because of excellent quality, a coveted site and the uncompromised luxury and bespoken service. As a leader in the hospitality business, it was very important to Minor to develop something that’s totally out of the box and has few, if any, competitors. The muchanticipated Residences at The St. Regis Hotel Bangkok features 53 beautiful units, each of which has full access to the hotel’s services including ﬁne dining, wines, spa as well as other luxury leisure activities such as a private gym, pool and club. Everything has been solely designed in order to maintain total privacy for the residents. Resident owners have direct access from their private elevators to all the facilities and amenities on the lower levels of the hotel and include the world-class Elemis Spa, fabulous cuisine and extensive leisure facilities. Residents are also provided with private facilities separated from the hotel facilities on their own dedicated club ﬂoor which gives them membership to their very own private club – The Astor Lounge. St. Regis Residences is totally unique, the coveted location, the view, the design, the quality and the service. Nothing in this development has disappointed me; the overall layout is perfect, the views are
stunning while the service is impeccable for the limited number of units. Location is very important to make it a premium residential address in Bangkok, including the aspect of the unobtrusiveview. Here, they deliver only 53 residential units in quite a large area. REASONS TO MOVE IN The Residences at The St. Regis Bangkok was doubly rewarded “Best Condo Bangkok” and “Best Condo Thailand” The property exclusively features 53 private residences housing in 47-story building, including series of duplex penthouses and a number of the three and four-bedroom residences. All of residences mainly highlight exquisite interior design by Brennan Beer Gorman Monk Interiors that came to help translate a century of glamour and tradition into regionally inspired timeless elegance. They are versatile and spacious, allowing for the future use of space of the owner. The use of large glass fracas will help to modernize the exterior, lighten the interior to become more spacious and airy, and also help to maximize a great and expansive view, which is a unique touch of St. Regis Residences. All the embellishment, clean palettes, natural teak woods, Turkish Marﬁl, the exotic Italian Carrera marble stone ﬂooring idea, well-designed bathroom, Pogen Pohl, and the perfect ﬁt to attach Caesar stone Quartz counters and the exquisite art pieces from the renowned Thai-inspired Lotus Arts de Vivre are incorporated to help enhance and strengthen its initiative to create timeless endearing ambience and subtle Asian, which actually maximize an artfully picturesque vision of living in a unit.
Where The Modern & Living Tradition Co-Exist Taiwan is known for its towering mountains and, indeed, is spotted with numerous mountains peaks that rise over 3,000 meters. It is also the home of Northeast Asiaâ€™s tallest mountain, Yu Mountain (Yushan), which is nearly 4,000 meters in height. Besides mountains, beautiful coastal scenes are part of Taiwanâ€™s great natural assets. Starting from the northern tip of the island is the North Coast & Guanyinshan National Scenic Area and Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area, featuring a wide variety of coastal geography.
aiwan once created an “economic miracle” that aroused the admiration of the world, and now our 3C products are sold throughout the globe. For this reason, the impression of Taiwan in the minds of many people is that of a technologically advanced “industrial island” or “island of technology.” After a traveler arrives in Taiwan, however, he or she will discover that this island nurtures a wide array of tourism and ecological resources, a diversity of traditional folk customs, a rich culture, modern arts, and fantastic food. In short, they discover that Taiwan is “beyond their expectations,” said David W. J. Hsieh, Director General, Tourism Bureau, MOTC, R.O.C.
Traveling around the industrial island to the east, you come to the scenic East Coast National Scenic Area and East Rift Valley National Scenic Area; go to the south, and you will come to the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area and then the Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area, blessed with sunshine and a tropical touch. Alongside the western edge of the Central Mountain Range is the Maolin National Scenic Area, where a lot of indigenous people live and place you can check out the world of butterﬂies, Rukai stone houses, and splendid natural scenes. Legendary tales depict the subtle beauty of the Alishan National Scenic Area, where you can enjoy relaxing scene of the sun rising over a sea of clouds. The incomparable natural setting of the Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area waits in the center of the island, and the Tri-Mountain National Scenic Area offers eagle-spotting at Bagua Mountain, the highland fruits of Lishan and the sacred Buddhist sanctuary of Lion’s Head Mountain. The Penghu National Scenic Area encompasses ninety islets scattering in the Taiwan Strait. Flat landscapes make these islands much different from Taiwan itself. Located in the sea southeast of Taiwan is, Green Island, part of the East Coast National Scenic Area, which offers unique saltwater hot-spring bathing and spectacular diving on 40
colorful coral reefs. The Matsu National Scenic Area comprises four townships on ﬁve islands. Most of the tourist sites are located on the island of Nangan. Beigan is famous for its traditional stone house and ﬁsh noodles. Juguang for its ﬁshing port and lighthouse (designated as a Grade 2 historic site). On Dongyin you will ﬁnd fantastic rock formations and the Dongyin branch of the Matsu Distillery. Natural and cultural attractions abound in the Siraya National Scenic Area in southern Taiwan’s Tainan City. In addition to ﬁve scenic reservoirs (Zengwen, Wushantou, Baihe, Jianshanpi, and Hutoupi), the scenic area embraces the geologically fascinating Caoshan Moon World, the Zouzhen archaeological site, and the skin-pampering mud springs of Guanziling. Colorful indigenous events and tasty local specialties also await you at Siraya. The scenic area is also known for a varied
coastline of sand dunes, sand banks, marshes, and wetlands, offering precious habitats for wildlife. Taiwan now has eight National Parks: Yangmingshan National Park in suburban Taipei, which is famous for its volcanic landscapes; Shei-Pa National Park, spanning Hsinchu and Miaoli counties and famous for the unique and endangered Formosan landlocked salmon; Taroko National Park, known for its lofty canyon landscapes; Yushan National Park, known for its bright sunshine and the highest peak in Northeast Asia; Kenting National Park gives at the southern tip of the island, giving a touch of Southeast Asia; and Kinmen National Park, containing legacies of war decades ago. The Dongsha Atoll National Park was established in January 2007 on the northern waters of the South China Sea, marking the southern portal to the Taiwan Strait. The atoll has a unique white sand landscape formed of coral and shell. Finally, both culture and natural attractions await your discovery at Taijiang National Park in Tainan City Taiwan’s newest national park. In addition, the National Palace Museum, located in the outskirts of Taipei City, is home to priceless artifacts that present the essence of China’s 5,000 years of history. It has the ﬁnest collection of Chinese art in the world, providing an eye-opening experience of Chinese culture.
This area is famous for its hot baths resort since 1986. With beautiful gardens, museums, and temples around the city, you must visit Beitou in Taipei during the holidays.
Taiwan’s Tourism Hot Spots Taipei is Taiwan’s largest city as well as its economic, political, and cultural center. It is a modern cosmopolitan metropolis with a lively and diversiﬁed face, ﬁlled with exuberance from classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Taiwan. Taipei invites you into a world of fascinating contrasts - a mix of the modern and traditional, with a generous dash of energy and friendly smiles to make this one of your most memorable trips to Asia. The cultural kaleidoscope of Taiwan’s capital city pulses wherever you go. Incense - veiled temples dating back to dynastic times blend seamlessly with a neon street life of a decidedly more modern era. Taipei has dozens of world - class restaurants where gourmets can sample the best regional Chinese cuisine; and for the gourmand, there are plenty of night markets serving up scrumptious evening snacks in an environment of chaotic excitement and fun. The polarities of Taipei are vividly present as well in the joining of the urban and natural. Just a few minutes from the heart of the city
you can soak away the cares of the world in mineral - rich hot springs nestled in the lush mountain foothills ringing the Taipei Basin. And throughout the city there are plenty of trails, parks and other oases of tranquility to lift and invigorate your spirits. Whether you’re just stopping over en route to another Asian destination, or planning a longer stay, Taipei is a many-faceted treasure that will call you back again and again. Yangmingshan National Park If your landscape is a priority during a vacation in Taipei, Yamingshan National Park should be the ﬁrst destination that should not be missed. The park is located 30 minutes drive from the city center is surrounded by rocky cliffs, mountain meadows, and lakes are calm. The best time to visit is around February and March for the cherry blossoms are blooming and the gardens of colorful ﬂowers that are being showcased ﬁnest colors. Beitou Hot Springs Actually there are a lot of hot water baths in Taipei, but the most famous area is in Beitou.
Building Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Building Chiang Kai-shek Memorial is a landmark of Taipei are usually used to celebrate national events. In this white marble walled building, visitors can learn the history of Chiang Kai-shek, the leader of Taiwan to visit the 20th century museum located in the basement. For those of you who are not too interested in history, you can enjoy views of the garden hall is decorated by tasteful Chinese ceramic. Martyr Shrine The Martyrs’ Shrine is dedicated to the people of Taiwan who sacriﬁced themselves in battle. Built in 1969, the temple architecture is reminiscent of the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City, Beijing. Located on the mountain Chingsan, Shrine of the Martyrs is also present Keelung river view which is in the process of restoration by the Taipei government. National Palace Museum The museum is considered a very majestic as it has a collection of priceless antiquities from the country of Taiwan and China. Collection of Chinese-owned since Taiwan was chosen as a place to save objects of Chinese art at the time of the Sino-Japanese war and civil war in China. The collection, among others, various kinds of jade carvings and sculptures of boats made with olive seed material. 41
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building, provided the world’s fastest elevator to break the Guinness World of Record. Just in 37 seconds, you sped from the ground ﬂoor of 89 to see the sights. Huaxi Night Market If a visit to Taipei, do not miss the night market. This area is known for its variety of delicious foods are sold, such as meat soup, eel noodles, shrimp, and snake meat. One of the popular night market is Huaxi Night Market, located adjacent to the Longshan Temple.
The polarities of Taipei are vividly present as well in the joining of the urban and natural. Just a few minutes from the heart of the city you can soak away the cares of the world in mineral - rich hot springs nestled in the lush mountain foothills ringing the Taipei Basin. And throughout the city there are plenty of trails, parks and other oases of tranquility to lift and invigorate your spirits.
Longshan Temple Feels incomplete without a visit to Taipei when the ancient temple is very famous; Longshan Temple. In the temple built in 1738, you can see the statue of Guanyin Goddess of Compassion, a pair of dragon decoration in the hall, and the four dragons in the den. Everything is ﬁne and perfectly chiseled Taipei 101 Tower The skyscraper is located in downtown Taipei and just a few blocks from the Taipei World Trade Center. As the name implies, this tower has 101 ﬂoors and visitors can ride up 91 ﬂoors to see the sights of Taipei city from a height of 509 meters. To go to the top of the
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall This site is dedicated to Sun Yat-sen, the man considered the “father of the nation” in Taiwan and “forerunner of the revolution” in China. In it, you can ﬁnd world-class performance hall, multimedia theater, and a very large library. Surrounding environment is very beautiful, there are lakes and extensive green gardens. Presidential Office Building Presidential Ofﬁce Building is located in Zhongzheng district. Buildings built during the Japanese occupation has a beautiful wall with decorative gravel. As a legacy of Japan, the building has 5 ﬂoors and the main tower as tall as 7-story faces east to honor the goddess of the Sun. Building was inaugurated as the President of a national historical site in 1998 and is open to the public.
REST IN STYLE
A Dream Restful Sleep In The City T
Dream is a full service lifestyle brand targeted at gateway cities and resort destinations. The brand point of view is irreverent, light-hearted and fun embracing the concept of “the waking dream” through its uses of vivid visuals and trend-setting design.
The hotel also a little bid exudes the feel and taste of “East meets West” through the eclectic blend of the fantasy living in the cutting edge design and technology with Thai hand-made furniture, pagodas, and other minimal decorative Thai motifs at the lobby zone, especially when it comes to Thai hospitality.
he service offerings emulate those of luxury market hotels, but with a more relaxed point of view. Innovative and locally popular food and beverage offerings are one of the core tenets of the Dream brand and contribute to its appeal as the “extra curricular” hotel of choice for the psychographic seeking to add a little adventure to the demands of time away from home. Fresh thinking and progressive service offerings will set this brand apart from the current “competition” in this market tier by engaging the guest at every point of interaction. Dream Bangkok blends the drama of the exotic East with the whimsy of the West. The “Dream Sequence” design creates a mind-bending, avant-garde level of surrealism to the world of accommodation and entertainment. Interior Designer ASC Interiors in conjunction with Vikram Chatwal Hotels creative team. We have ever checked in and slept in many 5-star accommodations around the region. Frankly, Dream Hotel Bangkok is just the ﬁrst ever hotel that we woke up so late in the morning
and missed the complimentary breakfast. We slumbered peacefully, slept like a log, actually. No any pistol or gun pointing at our head, we’d love to say that it was just the credit of soft 300-thread count Egyptian bed linen and superior king-size bed with a decorative bed scarf, comfy cotton sheets, delicate duvet and soft white pillows. Very comfortable! “Dream’s guest rooms are amazingly divided into ﬁve categories, including Classic Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, Deluxe Suite, and Suite Dream. Our room is “Junior Suite”, which answers to all personal pleasure and enjoyment. The suite is marvelously equipped with elegant plasma TV, iPods, DVD player, High Speed and WiFi internet connection, full stocked mini bar, and certainly the comfortable mattress, including other complimentary necessities. They are eclectically set in the chic and trendy and enjoyable ambience with the ethereal blue seeping from the deck and under the bed, which is the integral part, help you sleep tight. 45
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Other suites also feature as nearly the same as Junior Suite, except the Deluxe Suite and Suite Dream, which add spacious relaxing area and small kitchen. Itâ€™s actually a new level of surrealism to the world of accommodation in Bangkok. The hotel also a little bid exudes the feel and taste of â€œEast meets Westâ€? through the eclectic blend of the fantasy living in the cutting edge design and technology with Thai hand-made furniture, pagodas, and other minimal decorative Thai motifs at the lobby zone, especially when it comes to Thai hospitality. Even if the hotel has not come up with any special package, but we think this is enough and they are sure to meet most of your favors. Donâ€™t waste your time imagining yourself ďŹ‚oating in the blue sky, drifting along white clouds. Just get out of your cloud-cuckoo-land and touch the real sweet dream at Dream Hotel Bangkok. Dream Hotel Bangkok, 10 Sukhumvit Soi 15, Sukhumvit Road, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Tel +66 (0) 2254 8500. www.dreambkk.com 46
The Chaophraya Cruise
Luxury 5 Star Cruises on The Chaophraya River
There is a saying â€œ A Must Visit Seine River in Paris River Thames when travel to London And Chaophraya River when visiting Bangkok â€?
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Chaophraya Cruise & The Grand Chaophraya Cruise the Luxury Cruise on the Chaophraya River, the amazing river which is long known for a main blood vessel of Siam where you can feel and touch of the humble Thai lifestyles along the riverside. Moreover, you will be dazzled in Thai exquisite architecture, absorbed with Thai cultural and history from the past to present standing elegant just before the river. For instance, the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), the Grand Palace, the Suspension Rama VIII Bridge and a String of World class Waterfront Hotels. In addition, we provide you a superb Thai and International buffet with fresh beverages with Live Music which can make you enjoy cruising with the unforgettable experience with your family, your friends or someone you love. Let Chaophraya Cruise be the one for your Memorable Cruise. Travel with us, the Truly Exotic Thai Cruise on Chaophraya River. Please call for more information and reservation at : Chaophraya Cruise 490 Ratchadapisek Road, Samsaen-Nork, Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10320 Tel : 0-2541-5599 Fax: 0-2541-5064 Website : www.chaophrayacruise.com E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
by Rangsan Srirat / Photography Vasin Srivarathanabul
The New Thai Ambassador Of Taste Cuisine has always played a major role in the hospitality industry aside from concentrating on developing a clean sheet of luxury facilities and amenities, room service, modern and conceptual design, and the touch of Thainess in service and natural-inspired spa. Meanwhile, the culinary adventure in Bangkok has also been regarded as a unique selling preposition to enhance inbound tourism industry and also to complete your passion of gastronomy in Asian delight at the gate city like Bangkok.
he average and standard street-side restaurants are actually proliﬁc in Bangkok to make you exhilarated through distinctive taste and inspiring ambience. There is a vast selection of cuisine in every corner in this city of angel to ensure your individual interest, counting from Italian, French, American, European, Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese eateries, not to mention a handful of traditional and modern Thai cuisines. But, just in case if you are very much on the mood to indulge yourself in the labyrinth of Thai delights and creative specialties made to perfection by modern-twisted style amidst an impeccable dining atmosphere, look no further “Siam Wisdom”, one of a few new Thai cuisines on central business district that can deliver you an elevated Thai dining experience and the art of eatable pleasure in plate artistically set in front of you. Siam Wisdom is an old-house-converted dining destination from a Baan Song Thai (Traditional Thai house) prior to being reﬁnished with beautiful Thai setting with modern twist and decorated Thai-style painting decoration, the upper ﬂoor was also re-planned and adapted to become dining area to cater the sit-down dinner while the bold statement of Thainess of the house is still retained to help compliment your dining. Guests will be greeted by lounge bar decorated with Thai and Western traditional art offers “Thaipas” menu. The ﬁrst ﬂoor is perfect for chilling out with friends before 50
moving up to enjoy Thai set dinner on the upper ﬂoor, which can accommodate dinners for as much as 89 seats. Siam Wisdom emphasizes on the culinary secret and the distinctive style of food concept to complete an enjoyable dining experience as the quality of being well presented and healthy is the central goal as well. Generally, it offers three set menus for dinner and they will be changed quarterly so as to typically associate their culinary concept with the four different seasons in Thailand. The set menu idea is divided into “Ancient”, “Classical”, and “Innovative”, depending on the age-old value of each dish when it derived from and technique of cooking. Ancient menu is a kind of time-honored recipes. It has been served to royal family through the ages such as Sai Kork Pra Nam, Saeng Wa, Kang Buan and Khao Tu Khao Tok. For Classical section, it is Thai favorite taste and popular menus such as Yum Som O Tub Tim Siam, Keang Kua Poo, Ped Yang, Sauce Ma Kham, and Mango Sticky Rice with Ice Cream. As for the Innovative Thai traditional food with modern twists e.g. Poo Ja Kai Sa Waan, Pad Prik Khing Nong Ped and Tang Thai Nam Krati Souﬂe. Recommended signature of Thai by home-made elements include (POO JA KAI SA WAAN) Crab meat, Ants eggs & boil duck egg with mangosteen chilli sauce, (SEANG WA) Charcoal grilled King River prawn with special
Thai dressing and crispy wild catﬁsh with fresh vegetables. (KEANG KUA POO) Phuket style yellow curry with blue crab meat and wild betel leaf. (KEANG MASSAMAN NONG LAI), and (PAD PRIK KHING NONG PED) Aromatic chilli paste relish, crispy duck leg & kafﬁr lime leaves with croquette coconut jasmine rice. Each dish is presented in eclectic style, not so traditional fashion and modern as the starter comes with right condiment to harmoniously accompany each dish. They are generous serving and emphasize on interacting between ﬂavors and premium quality of local ingredients mixed with ancient and modern cooking process and techniques. Thai specialties might not be the best in the world, but it’s a kind of healthy cuisine ﬁnished with herbal ingredients, creating the strong smell that inspire you to try the root of being Thai as Thai cuisine is a good response in the wake of the surging health-conscious people. This new Thai eatery is worth a visit for a sheer variation of very-Thai menu even if you are not allowed to see chef by Chumphol Jangprai, the Thai Iron Chef on Iron Chef Thailand, and Charkrit Yamnam, Thai actor and partner, in action to show their culinary dexterity behind those well-presented and healthy delights. And if you are looking to get in touch with the traditional Thai dishes with modern touch and the staple element of Thai cooking at the heart of Sukhumvit road, Siam Wisdom is well the place to be and ready to be a new Thai ambassador of taste.
Thai specialties might not be the best in the world, but it’s a kind of healthy cuisine ﬁnished with herbal ingredients, creating the strong smell that inspire you to try the root of being Thai as Thai cuisine is a good response in the wake of the surging health-conscious people.
Opening Hours: Everyday from Noon – 2.30 pm and 6.30pm–11.00 pm. SIAM WISDOM, 66 Sukhumvit soi 31 (Sawasdee) Yaek, Klong Toey Nue, Wattana, Bangkok Tel +66 (0) 2260 7811-2. www.siamwisdomcuisine.com
HEALTH & BEAUTY
by Rangsan Srirat / Photos courtesy Devarana Spa Bangkok
The Pinnacle Of Pampering & Pleasure Environment is believed as the salutary medical doctor in the fast spa culture as the ambience capable of enhancing relaxation will be obviously emphasized in the spa industry. The concept of the spa is changing in accordance with the trend of the people, which have greater knowledge of how to better take care of themselves and increasingly trend toward healthy aging and longevity.
Looking at the spa menus, they have been created to emphasize on pampering and wellness with the wide array of treatments, including massages, facials, body treatments, water treatments, beauty treatments and many spa exclusive programs for a more complete rejuvenation experience, using high quality products to polish, nourish and rejuvenate
Devarana Spa Bangkok, The Dusit Thani Hotel, Rama IV Rd, Bangkok. Tel +66 (0) 2636 3600. www.devaranaspa.com
any hotel spa, day spas, and independent spas have sweated on face-lifting themselves as the ideal model to be your choice of medical doctor. Devarana Spa Bangkok is a good example of the wellness hideaway in the city that believes in the environment as an essential element for the sense while their fundamental DNA of Thai spa like Thai Cultural Heritage, Traditional Massage, Healing Tradition, and Herbal and Holistic Remedies is the second to none to create a salutary spa experience and to quench your thirst of wellness and rejuvenation as well. Inspired by the concept of the garden in heaven, the contemporary Thai design and décor of the garden glimmers with silver and gold, natural stones, and gems exude feeling of comfort and calm your mind perfectly. The Devarana Spa has adopted the salutary spa concept, which coincides with the translation of their name from Thai Sandskrit “Garden in Heaven.” Upon entering you will notice the artiﬁcial pool stretching along the way; it is still the jewels in the crown at the spacious reception area. The contrasting grays and oranges have been chosen to complement the modern look of the spa and to accentuate the sense of vitality as well. It employs luxurious textures, natural f abrics, and the state-of-the-art decorative materials so as to inspire or just summon a vision of garden in the heaven for all customers.
The impressive use of the garden glimmering with silver and gold, natural stones, and gems exude the feeling of comfort and calm your mind perfectly. Devarana Spa excites the senses and makes guests feel truly special, not to mention their distinctively traditional Thai service and hospitality. All treatment rooms are exquisitely designed in a contemporary Thai style and fully equipped with necessary spa amenities. Looking at the spa menus, they have been created to emphasize on pampering and wellness with the wide array of treatments, including massages, facials, body treatments, water treatments, beauty treatments and many spa exclusive programs for a more complete rejuvenation experience, using high quality products to polish, nourish and rejuvenate. Their treatments are also designed to reﬂect the “Elements of Life” to maintain the sensual balance between the four elements of life of each guest, including Earth, Water, Wind, and Fire. Most of the therapeutic programs are effectively done in corporation with authentic Thai herbs.
The Devarana Spa is also famed for the eclectic concept to maximize wellness and total rejuvenation through combining several different massage techniques from East and West through the nurturing hands of the skilled therapists. One deﬁning aspect of the menu is the result-oriented “Devarana Signature Massage” that performed through eclectically blending Eastern traditions with Western methods for an ultimate indulgence and also to bring about a thorough sense of well-being and relaxation, available for 90 minutes (Bt3,200++) and 120 minutes (Bt3,900++). The worth-a-try massage mainly features the strong pressures of Thai, Ayurveda and Shiatsu massage that are harmoniously working in unison while Swedish and aromatherapy techniques to enhance revitalization. The therapist is careful to maintain and balance the pressure during the massage through the aromatic oil to loosen tight muscle, improve blood circulation, soothe the mind, and nurture the spirit while enjoy a pressure-point scalp before ending the session. The highlight of the treatment is the sensory pleasure that you can get as such massage actually helps restore the natural balance of your body and mind. Devarana Spa Bangkok is an undeniable haven to meet and rest your body and mind. If you are looking for a spa that have an excellent spa environment, serene ambience and luxuriously pampering in the heaven-like location and be treated or healed amidst the spa music and scent of natural herbs, the award-winning Devarana Spa Bangkok is the place to be to achieve a pinnacle of pampering and a pure pleasure in mind. 53
Baan Amphawa Resort & Spa
Located on the Bank of Mae Klong river, Baan Amphawa Resort & Spa offers the idyllic retreat in traditional Thai houses and the lush tropical landscape. The resort is located in heritage town of Amphawa, only 63 kilometers South of Bangkok, where Dumneon Saduak ﬂoating market is only 30 minutes away. The accommodation is in traditional Thai houses and villas nestle among ponds and shaded walkways creating the perfect hideaway for those looking to avoid Thailand’s mass tourism. Resort’s facilities include a restaurant by the river, 2 swimming pools, a ﬁtness room, kid’s playground, Suphannika Spa and Salon, 5 standard meeting rooms (10-150 people), bicycles, free WIFI. Amphawa is also well known as a place to see thousands of ﬁreﬂies sparkling at night along the river bank.
1 Dusit Reports Rapid Expands In China Dusit Fudu Hotels and Resorts, the Chinese joint venture hotel management company between leading Asian hospitality group Dusit International and local partners Changzhou Qiao Yu Group, is proud to announce the signing of 15 hotel management agreements in its ﬁrst year of operation. These hotels included Dusit Devarana Hot Springs & Spa Conghua, Guangzhou (2014), Dusit Devarana Dianchi Lake, Kunming (2016), Dusit Devarana Fuxian Lake, Yunnan (2017), Dusit Thani Fudu Qingfeng, Changzhou (2014), Dusit Thani Dongtai, Jiangsu (2014), Dusit Thani Hot Springs & Spa, Qingyuan (2015), Dusit Thani Shaoxing (2015), Dusit Thani Panzhihua, Sichuan (2016), Dusit Thani Huangdao, Qingdao (2017), Dusit Thani Castle Fushun, Liaoning (2017), Dusit Thani Fuxian Lake, Yunnan (2017), Dusit Residence Fuxian Lake, Yunnan (2017), dusitD2 Fudu Binhu, Changzhou (in operation), dusitD2 Tianjin (2014), and dusitD2 Fudu Hongmei, Changzhou (2014). In addition, there are more than 12 developments under negotiation in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Changsha, Zaozhuang, Chengdu and Guiyang.
3 Khao Tom Buffet At You & Mee, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Delight your taste buds with the talk-of-the-town Khao Tom Buffet at You & Mee every day for dinner. The culinary team of You & Mee prepare not only your favourite dishes but will highlight some new dishes. Complete you meal with choices of dessert station such as Tub Tim Krob (Coated Water Chestnut Dumplings in Iced Coconut Syrup) Lord Chong Pheauk Nam Kati (Chendol Dumplings and Taro in Iced Coconut Syrup) Ice Cream Kati Sod (Coconut Ice Cream) and Seasonal Fresh Fruits. For reservation and more information, please call You & Mee at 0 2254 6250 or email email@example.com
2 The 60th Anniversary of His Majesty the King’s Accession to the Throne International Convention Center Southern Thailand’s Leading MICE Facility, has been certiﬁed with ISO. 22300. 56
4 Two New Goals Of The Glow Zinc InVision Hospitality recently announced their new growth of the GLOW brand by opening the GLOW Jomtien Beach Chaiyapruek and GLOW Central Pattaya. Located in the relaxed and beautiful beach town of Jomtien, the midscale GLOW Jomtien Beach Chaiyapruek property features 133 guestrooms, offering direct and easy access to the breezy beach shores. GLOW Central Pattaya is located right in the heart of Pattaya where you can feel the electric buzz of the busy beach town. Opening early July, GLOW Central Pattaya is a bustling haven for pleasure seekers with restaurants, shopping, bars and activities right on the doorstep. The mid-scale property has 177 ﬂoral themed guestrooms and offers easy access to all the excitement and fun of Pattaya City. Throughout your stay and in every thoughtful detail, our GLOWing associates – from maid to general manager – welcome any chance to assist you with a warm smile. For an easy getaway from Bangkok, come and discover the soft and soothing sea breezes, leaving the chaos of city life behind you. Check your stress at the door and begin to GLOW! For more info, visit www.zinchospitality.com
5 New Presence Of Radisson Blu In China Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and CUTC Chongqing Easpring HotSpring Development Co. Ltd today announced the signing of Radisson Blu Resort Chongqing BeiBei in Chongqing, China. This is Carlson Rezidor’s fourth hotel in the Southwestern metropolis of Chongqing, a major manufacturing and pharmaceutical hub and one of China’s four municipal cities, alongside Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin. Radisson Blu Resort Chongqing BeiBei is a 280room new build hotel, located close to the Cai Industrial Zone for high-tech industries, Shuitu High Tech Zone for pharmaceutical ﬁrms, Yuelai International Convention Center and Liangjiang New District, China’s third National New District. The hotel is accessible via several major highways and is also within easy reach of the city center, the train station, and Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, one of the largest airports in Southeast China, with a capacity that is expected to hit 45 million a year following an expansion project that is scheduled for completion in 2015. 57
6 DusitD2 To Open In Tianjin Dusit Thani announced the signing of a management agreement with Tianjin Antai Minsheng Culture Development Company Limited to manage a 400-room contemporary upscale hotel in Tianjin—Dusit Fudu Hotels and Resorts. The hotel is linked to a luxurious hot springs complex and a 10,000-square metre convention and exhibition centre, expected to open for business at the end of 2014. Located at Tianjin Hi-Tech Industrial Park, dusitD2 Tianjin is only 5 minutes by car from Tianjin South high-speed train station and the BeijingShanghai expressway, and approximately 50 minutes from Tianjin Binhai International Airport. With a chic and modern design, the hotel boasts 400 stylish guest rooms and suites, an iconic lifestyle lobby for fast and efﬁcient check-in, light refreshments and cocktails.
7 Stay In Touch With The Nature Distance yourself from the hustle and bustle in the city and unwind in the true eco-friendly lifestyle retreat at Asita Resort, the unique hideaway resort in Samut Songkram surrounded by countless pine trees, adjacent a large tranquil canal, designed to preserve the simple, yet elegant, lifestyle of rural Thai people. Choose between a traditional Thai house and Villa, designed for comfort with eco-friendly amenities. Enjoy a private swimming pool, inspired by nature, in front of your room’s porch for the ultimate in relaxation. The natural-inspired resort is only 10 minutes from Amphawa Floating Market and the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (the famous Bangkok Floating Market) and only 65 kilometers from Bangkok. Various activities are available both within the resort and nearby. You will be able to see hundred of ﬁreﬂies sparkling at night just in front of the resort. For more info, visit www.asitaresort.com or www.facebook.com/asitaresort
8 Hong Kong’s Grandest Buffet Experience With premier views across stunning Victoria Harbour and unbeatable downtown convenience, new Congress Plus at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”) is presenting daily dinner buffet extravaganza, offering gourmet lovers a premier dining experience at exceptional value. The indulgent journey begins with sustainable seafood, ranging from New Zealand Black Abalone to whelks, scallops, geoduck, clams and snow crab legs, followed by over 50 appetizers, including organic and low carbon vegetables; and top quality nigiri sushi and sashimi. All specialties are done through world-class ingredients, such as the prized Sukiyaki of Hida A5-grade Wagyu beef from Gifu, 36-month aged Iberico ham, Healthy Wealthy Chicken, as well as Fish Maw and Braised Dried Seafood further elevate the Congress Plus buffet dining experience to a gourmet extravaganza. Congress Plus’ extensive wine list highlights notable vintners from around
the world and also includes organic or biodynamic red and white wine. Special promotions and privileges are available during the opening period. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/ HKCECofﬁcial. For reservations, please call (852) 2582 7250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
9 Chill Out On The Cloud Sky dinging or roof-top concept for a night out is growingly becoming an essential ingredient to complete your nocturnal lifestyle in Bangkok. Cloud 47 is on the 47th ﬂoor of the United Center Building in Silom Road is among other fashion-forward roof-top lounge and bars done to impress your dinner. Cloud 47 is divided into two areas: the largest one is quite simple with and a modest circular bar, plenty of tables and seats surrounding a stage where a band performs from 20:00 to 24:00. Cloud 47 serves great Thai snacks and Thai foods at fair prices, making this rooftop a very good venue for groups of friends who want to party with some exceptional views.
Qantas Launches Direct Flights To Whitsundays Qantas began direct services between Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef Airport broadening travel options for Sydney and international customers heading to The Whitsundays through operating three ﬂights a week on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday during peak season (July and September through to January) and bi-weekly services on Wednesday and Sunday off peak. “Qantas will be the only domestic airline operating out of the Great Barrier Reef Airport to include the convenience of an inﬂight meal and checked in baggage for all passengers as part of the fare no matter what time they are ﬂying or which class they are travelling in,” said Qantas Domestic CEO Lyell Strambi. “Sydney is the gateway to Australia for millions of Qantas passengers every year. These passengers can now enjoy direct access to one of the country’s most iconic holiday destinations.” The airline recently ﬂew the cast and crew of top rating TV program, “Modern Family” to the region as part of a two week ﬁlming stint in Australia to promote iconic tourist destinations. 100 million viewers fell in love with the Whitsundays as a result. For more info, visit www.qantas.com
Airbus Launches A330neo
THAI Named Best Airline Staff In Asia Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) ranked First Place in the “Best Airline Staff in Asia” category and First Place in the “Best Economy Class Airline Catering” category of Skytrax World Travel Awards 2014. Furthermore, THAI received Third Place recognition in the category of “Best Airport Services (Ground Service)”. THAI continues to introduce new products and services for better customer satisfaction. Skytrax’s World Airline Survey was conducted online during the period August 2013 to May 2014, whereby more than 18.85 million people were surveyed. People from more than 105 nationalities participated in the customer satisfaction survey that evaluated the product and service standards of over 245 airlines worldwide.
Airbus has launched the A330-800neo and A330-900neo, two new members of its Widebody Family, which will incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Beneﬁtting from the unbeatable economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% per seat, making it the most cost efﬁcient, medium range Widebody aircraft on the market. Deliveries of the A330neo will start in Q4 2017.
Etihad To Expand Global Destinations Etihad Airways will be launching six new routes in the ﬁrst half of 2015, offering even more choice and improved connections to travelers worldwide. Daily ﬂights will commence to the European capitals of Madrid (Spain) and Edinburgh (Scotland) next year, together with the historic state capital of Kolkata (India) and one of the most important business and government centers in East Africa, Entebbe (Uganda). The airline will also operate four ﬂights a week to the world-class tourism and economic hub, Hong Kong, and three ﬂights a week to Algeria’s vibrant capital and largest city, Algiers. In addition, Etihad Airways’ existing daily ﬂights to Brisbane (Australia), currently operated via Singapore, will become a direct service from June 2015, offering the ﬁrst non-stop connection between the city and Abu Dhabi. The route will be operated using a three-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with the airline’s brand new First Suite, Business Studio and Economy Smart Seat. Further service upgrades in June 2015 include the introduction of a three-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft on daily ﬂights to Singapore, and a three-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on daytime ﬂights to Moscow, marking the debut of First Class cabins on both of the existing routes.
The New Dream Lifestyle Above The Earth
Etihad Honoured For Leading Financial Plan
Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) welcomed the delivery ﬂight TG8921 of THAI ﬁrst Boeing 787 Dreamliner, royally bestowed “ONGKHARAK”. A highlight of the day was the 30-metre long by 8-metre wide formation of the “787” identity by THAI staff in front of the parked Dreamliner aircraft. With the delivery of the second 787-8 aircraft, THAI will operate to and from Bangkok to Perth, Australia and Bangkok to Haneda, Japan sometime in September. THAI expects the delivery of its third 787-8 in October and operate Bangkok-Narita, Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok-Hanoi routes. The fourth 787-8 aircraft delivery is planned for December 2014 and will operate the Bangkok-Nagoya route. The remaining two 787-8 Dreamliner delivery is expected in the middle of 2015. THAI’s B787-8 aircraft is equipped with the next-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-AE engines. THAI’s Dreamliner interior is based on the Contemporary Thai design concept, with 264 seats in a two-class cabin. Each of the 24 Royal Silk Class seats is ﬁtted with a 60-inch pitch and 21-inch seat width, and can recline to a 78-inch-long bed in full-ﬂat, 180-degree position. The seats are shell-typed seats with a partition screen between seats, and arranged in a 2-2-2 abreast conﬁguration allowing for privacy and easy access to the aisles.
Etihad Airways has been honoured at the gtnews Awards for Global Corporate Treasury and Finance which recognise best practice and projects within the global corporate treasury and ﬁnance sector. The Abu Dhabi-based airline’s ﬁnancial planning and control team was presented with the Financial Planning and Analysis Award in London for best practice in ﬁnancial planning and long-term planning. The team was credited by judges for the roll-out of a new decentralised controlled process that utilises its cloud-based planning tool, Adaptive Insights, signiﬁcantly enhancing and shortening the planning cycle.
TG Catering Receives Gold Prize Flg.Off. Suraphon Israngura Na Ayuthya (third from left), Managing Director of Catering Department, Thai Airways International Public Company (THAI), represented the Company to accept ANA’s GOLD PRIZE Award 2013 for Best Long Haul/Middle Haul Caterer. Presenting the award was Mr. Koji Oka (third from right), Director of ANA Products and Services Strategy and Ms. Chikako Miyata (second from right), Senior Manager of ANA Products and Services Strategy. The award is based generally on Excellence in Food Safety and Quality, results from ANA Catering Quality Program (ACQP) Hygiene Audit from 2011-2014, and THAI Quality assurance program.
Qantas & Jetstar Voted Best Airlines Qantas and Jetstar have been named the two leading airlines in the Australia-Paciﬁc region in the 2014 Skytrax World Airline Awards. Qantas was awarded Best Airline AustraliaPaciﬁc for the second year in a row and Jetstar Airways awarded Best Low Cost Airline Australia-Paciﬁc. Qantas also received the accolade for the Best Premium Economy Class Catering. Qantas ranked 11th out of the top 100 airlines in the world and in addition to its category win, placed in the top ten airlines in a majority of categories including Best Airline Inﬂight Entertainment (4th), Best Business Airline Lounges (4th) and Best Airline Business Class (6th). Jetstar was voted the number four low cost carrier in the world. Meanwhile, Jetstar Airways was voted Best Low Cost Airline Australia-Paciﬁc for the fourth consecutive year. 61
Thailandâ€™s real estate excellence celebrated at
2014 Thailand Property Awards
Winners of the 2014 Thailand Property Awards at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony held at Conrad Hotel Bangkok and hosted by Ensign Media, publishers of Property Report Magazine.
ANGKOK, Thailand – Setting a benchmark for excellence in the region’s property sector, the 2014 Thailand Property Awards welcomed over 500 of the industry’s leaders to celebrate the winners at a lavish Gala Dinner held 11th September at Bangkok’s Conrad Hotel. “There were many exceptional entries for the 22 awards this year and the judges had a tough time in whittling down thousands of nominations, hundreds of entries and visiting more than 40 short-listed developments around the country to ﬁnally reach their decisions. It’s never an easy task and I’d like to thank the judges for their time, diligence and expertise,” said Terry Blackburn, CEO, Ensign Media Co. Ltd, organisers of the awards. “This years Winners and Highly Commended developers and developments should be rightly proud of their achievements.” Professionally run by Ensign Media Ltd, publishers of Property Report Magazine, the Thailand Property Awards recognise quality in architecture, design, construction and development, rewarding the best condominiums, housing developments, villas, commercial buildings and hotels. Promoting Thai real estate to the world, the fair, transparent and fully audited judging process with an international judging panel lead by Chairman Sunchai Nuengsit, Managing Director, BuilderSmart Public Company Limited and overseen by BDO, has been fundamental to the Awards’ success and the high regard with which they are held by the industry. As the industry evolves, so have the Awards and organisers this year opted for no agency awards with the focus being on developers, development, design and architecture in residential and commercial real estate nationwide, including speciﬁc regional awards for Bangkok, Phuket, Eastern
Seaboard, Samui, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai and Khao Yai. The much anticipated ‘Best Developer Thailand’ award – past winners of which reads like a who’s who of Thailand’s real estate industry – this year went to Major Development PCL whose more than 15 year track record of real estate development in the Kingdom is exemplary. Big winners on the night were Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited who took home three awards and were Highly Commended in two other categories, while Pace Development Corporation PLC took home the highly sought-after ‘Best Luxury Condo Development (Bangkok)’ award against some tough competition for The Ritz-Carlton Residences at MahaNakhon. Outside of Bangkok, Phuket developers and developments claimed the lion’s share of acclaim with four award wins and six Highly Commended, most notable being Point Yamu Villas by COMO by COMO Hotels & Resorts who won ‘Best Villa Development (Phuket)’ and ‘Best Hotel Architectural Design’, and were Highly Commended for ‘Best Residential Interior Design’. Recognising the growing social and community responsibility that developers have, organisers Ensign Media this year introduced the ‘Special Recognition in CSR’ award which was awarded to two companies who have excelled in their corporate and social responsibilities: Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited and Absolute World Group.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS AND HIGHLY COMMENDED AT THE 2014 THAILAND PROPERTY AWARDS BEST DEVELOPER THAILAND Major Development PCL – Winner AP (Thailand) PCL – Highly Commended Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited – Highly Commended BEST BOUTIQUE DEVELOPER THAILAND SLM Real Estate Co. Ltd. (Trading as Orchid Palm Homes) – Winner Absolute World Group – Highly Commended Red Mountain Hua Hin – Highly Commended SPECIAL RECOGNITION IN CSR Absolute World Group – Winner Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited – Winner BEST LUXURY CONDO DEVELOPMENT (BANGKOK) The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok at MahaNakhon by Pace Development Corporation PLC – Winner Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard by Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited – Highly Commended Marque Sukhumvit by Major Development PCL – Highly Commended Menam Residences by Menam Residences Co.,Ltd. – Highly Commended BEST AFFORDABLE CONDO DEVELOPMENT (BANGKOK ) Than Living Pracha Uthit by Kitha Properties Co., Ltd. – Winner My Story Ladprow71 by Kitha Properties Co., Ltd – Highly Commended 63
Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited – Winner Menam Residences by Menam Residences Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended Point Yamu Villas by COMO by COMO Hotels & Resorts – Highly Commended The Beach Samui by Absolute World Group – Highly Commended BEST COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN The District Em by The Emporium Group Co., Ltd. – Winner AIA Capital Center by AIA Company Limited – Highly Commended Bhiraj Tower At EmQuartier by Bhiraj Buri Group – Highly Commended BEST HOUSING DEVELOPMENT (BANGKOK) Soul Ratchadaphisek 68 by AP (Thailand) Public Company Limited – Winner Perfect Masterpiece Sukhumvit 77 by Estate Perfect Company Limited – Highly Commended Siamese Blossom@Fashion by Siamese Asset Company Limited – Highly Commended BEST CONDO DEVELOPMENT (PHUKET) Baan Mai Khao by Sansiri PLC – Winner The View Kata Condominium by The View Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended BEST VILLA DEVELOPMENT (PHUKET) Point Yamu Villas by COMO by COMO Hotels & Resorts – Winner The Pavilions Estate by The Pavilions Universe – Highly Commended BEST CONDO DEVELOPMENT (EASTERN SEABOARD) Amari Residences by The Nova Group – Winner Centara Avenue Residence & Suites by Tulip Group – Highly Commended The Palm, Wongamat Beach by Nova Luxury Developments Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended Waterfront Suites & Residence by Tulip Group – Highly Commended BEST VILLA DEVELOPMENT (EASTERN SEABOARD) The Vineyard, Phase Three, La Residence by Bravothai Lifestyles Co., Ltd. – Winner Amaya Hill by Bravothai Lifestyles Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended Silk Road Place Pattaya by Better Home Development Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended BEST RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT (SAMUI) The Ridge by Panoramic Estate Company – Winner 64
Aqua Samui by Luxury Living – Highly Commended Mandalay Beach Villas by Mandalay Samui Developments – Highly Commended BEST RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT (HUA HIN) My Resort by My Resort Holding Co., Ltd. – Winner Palm Villas by Ban Sanam Golf Limited – Highly Commended Red Mountain by Red Mountain Hua Hin – Highly Commended BEST RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT (CHIANG MAI) Baan Chiang Mai Riverside by Vorrawut Property Development Co., Ltd. – Winner S Condominium by Prattana Properties and Healthcare Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended BEST RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT (KHAO YAI) Toscana Valley Casa Del Artiste by Toscana Valley Company Limited – Winner Zen Next Condominium Kao-Yai by K.D. Asset and Development Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended BEST COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT AIA Capital Center by AIA Company Limited – Winner The District Em by The Emporium Group Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended BEST RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard by Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited – Winner Bugatti Retreat Phi Phi by Beach Project Development Group – Highly Commended Menam Residences by Menam Residences Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended BEST RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard by
BEST LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Silverlake Vineyard and Winery by Silverlake Vineyard Co., Ltd. – Winner Toscana Valley Casa del Artiste by Toscana Valley Company Limited – Highly Commended BEST VILLA ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Villa Seawadee by STK Development Co., Ltd. – Winner Villa Kya by Dreamcoast – Highly Commended Villa Sritrakul by Sritrakul Development Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended BEST HOTEL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Point Yamu Villas by COMO by COMO Hotels & Resorts – Winner Centara Grand Phratamnak by Tulip Group – Highly Commended Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach by Fair and Firm Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended REAL ESTATE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Khun Tos Chirathivat, CEO, The Central Group “It’s been a challenging year for Thailand’s real estate and the industry has shown resilience and maturity. It is now stronger and wellpositioned for 2015 with the opening up of ASEAN and the Asean Economic Community,” added Blackburn. Started in Thailand in 2006, the awards programme has expanded Asia-wide, rewarding developments, consultants, architects and designers in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, with the emerging industry in Myanmar the most recent to be added in 2015. For more information, visit www.asiapropertyawards.com/thailandpropertyawards.
1. THE NEW ICONIC WONDER Iconsiam, Thailand’s largest ever private property development, is scheduled for completion in 2017 along a 400-meter stretch of the Chao Phraya. Its backers hope it will change the axis of Bangkok and breathe new life into the Thai capital’s extensive riverside areas. Valued at 50 billion baht ($1.5 billion), the 80,000-square-meter riverfront project is a joint venture between mall operator Siam Piwat, Magnolia Quality Development, and agribusiness conglomerate Charoen Phokphand Group. The main project consists of two shopping complexes containing over 500 shops and 100 restaurants. There will also be two residential condominiums of 70 and 40 ﬂoors with 440 units. With a gross ﬂoor area of 750,000 square meters, the developers expect new river and rail transportation projects to beneﬁt Iconsiam and some 30 peripheral projects. These include Bangkok’s longest riverside boardwalk.
2. THE ARRIVAL OF NEW ABSOLUTE WORLD
3. LE MERIDIEN UNVEILS FIRST GOLF RESORT IN ASIA PACIFIC
Following the sell-out success of Phase I and Phase II, award-winning mixed-use resort developers and fractional ownership pioneers Absolute World Group, launched the third and ﬁnal phase of Absolute Twin Sands Resort & Spa to much acclaim with 20% sold at an exclusive two-day event in Hong Kong. The new resort features an exclusive collection of studio, one- and two-bedroom contemporary Village Apartments and Pool and Rooftop Deck Villas and Suites, ranging from 34sqm to116sqm, start from Bt3.3 million with full foreign freehold Chanote, leasehold and shared ownership options. All apartments are ﬁnished to the highest international standards and offer everything buyers will need, or desire, for a relaxed and memorable stay. The apartments combine sophisticated contemporary design and innovative architecture to create a comfortably chic holiday retreat. For more information, visit www.absolutetwinsands.com
Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa is set to make its debut in September 2014. Combining chic contemporary design with a passion for the arts, creative cuisine and inspiring local culture, the Le Méridien brand provides an enriching atmosphere for creative-minded travellers and locals alike. With sleek modern touches amid inspiring artworks and a relaxed style, Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa will be comprised of 223 well-appointed guestrooms, including 22 Grande Suites and one Presidential Suite. All rooms will sport balconies with uninterrupted views of the golf course, providing business and leisure travellers with an urban retreat from bustling Bangkok. Also, guests will discover Le Méridien’s distinctive amenities, including the Le Méridien signature bed for a beautifully restful experience; a state-of-the art entertainment system; seamless internet connectivity; and a luxurious bathroom featuring separate showers and oversized bathtubs.
4. A TRUE BALINESE ELEMENT
5. LAGUNA PHUKET REDESIGNED
The Banyan Tree Ungasan Bali is a marvelous location on the island of Bali in Indonesia. It boasts of stunning views over the ocean, the surrounding vegetation and with the luxury of mountains and beaches. The traditional Balinese elements blend seamlessly with the charm of its natural surroundings. The architecture of the hotel is inspired from the traditional Balinese village and combines Balinese architecture with exquisite garden design. Forget all your every day worries and the routine of your city and let yourself enjoy at least a weekend of tranquility and pampering.
Laguna Phuket Golf Club has unveiled the ﬁrst phase of its redevelopment, with an upgraded front nine holes, showing major improvements to the new-look front nine, including revamped bunkers and greens. During the upgrade, members and guests will only be able to play the front nine. But Laguna Phuket Golf Club said golfers can opt to play the front nine twice for a full 18-hole round. Forming part of the Laguna Phuket integrated resort complex, the Laguna Phuket Golf Club was initially designed as an 18-hole, par 71 course, offering a series of parkland-style holes set among the area’s lagoons.
6. JUMEIRAH GROUP EXPANDS INTO INDIA Jumeirah Group has signed a management agreement to operate a luxury hotel in central Mumbai, India. The hotel is part of a major new development in the Lower Parel district of the city and is expected to open in 2017. When complete the property will consist of 470 rooms, suites and serviced apartments, a range of restaurants and bars, extensive conference, wedding, banqueting and meeting facilities and a Talise spa.This agreement represents the ﬁrst phase of Jumeirah Group’s expansion into India. The company is currently in advanced negotiations on potential projects for hotels and resorts in other key destinations in India.
Living In Phuket Focus On Modern Luxury On Island
Phuket and other Andaman-coastal provinces are going farther than contemplating how the natural disaster Tsunami deadly wave in December 2004 had happened, survivors are now beyond concern and never let the trauma and grief deter their endeavor to bring lives, community, and tourism industry back to normal. As the result of mass-market tourism campaign ever made, the Phuket island becomes the star attraction to considerably enhance inbound tourism industry as the paradise island has been proved as a prime sailing and the heart of marine leisure destination of Southeast Asia through the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, one of the largest sporting events on the Thai tourism calendar since 1987.
huket, at 539 square kilometers in size, is not only Thailand’s largest island but also one of its wealthiest provinces. The beauty of the island is matched by its consistently tropical climate and undoubtedly the island’s largest source of income comes from the tourism market, but there are also thriving rubber and cashew nut industries. One of the good point of Phuket is that it’s very accessible, Phuket International Airport enjoys direct air services to major Asian cities like Hong-Kong, Singapore, Japan and Tapei, and now an increasing number
cities outside of Asia, including London, Frankfurt, Perth, and connecting ﬂights to anywhere in the world. The island actually beneﬁts greatly with this solid infrastructure and it now sets to continue to grow further as several low-cost carriers from abroad. Take a look at the real estate aspect in Phuket, the industry has been one of the fastest growing and most sustainable industries, and the number of property developments currently underway. Developments in locales such as Hat Karon, Laem Panwa, Patong, and Hat Rawai,
including other high potential beaches on the western side of the island, are still providing good investment opportunities. Phuket is one of Asia’s most sophisticated and certainly Thailand’s best established property market outside of Bangkok. For the past twenty years, developments have been sprouting up around the island, encouraging a large inﬂux of investors. At present, there is an increasing demand for new developments in areas such as Bang Tao Beach, Surin, Cherng Talay and Layan, as well as the southern coastal areas of Nai Harn and Kata.
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A truly stunning Balinese style pool villa, combining modern design features with traditional Thai architectural features. From the moment you walk through the massive antique Asian doors into the compound, this villa impresses you: from tropical gardens and covered terraces outside to the beautiful hardwood dining table, many canopy beds and comfortable, elegant furniture throughout the interior. All of the living space and all three of the bedrooms open onto the pool area, giving an open, airy, relaxing feel to the villa. Villa Botanicaâ€™s natural charm and modern design are perfect for your next holiday escape. Location Villa Botanica is located on the north-western coast of the island, very close to Surin and Layan beaches. While nestled in a quiet, secluded area bordered by a rubber-tree plantation, the neighborhood includes several luxury villa estates. A short drive in any direction will bring you to the restaurants and shopping areas of nearby Surin, Bangtao, Laguna and Layan. Bedrooms All three bedrooms feature charming hard-wood ďŹ‚ooring, beautiful wood-framed double beds, en-suite bathrooms, built-in wardrobes, and sliding glass doors opening onto the pool. One bedroom is in a separate structure on the opposite side of the pool area, offering additional privacy to your guests. The master bedroom offers a stunning vaulted gypsum ceiling.
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The Grand See Through, Phuket Thailand
A magniďŹ cent six bedroom sea-view villa perched on a secluded Rawai hillside. Floor to ceiling windows in almost every room gives this ultra-modern villa its distinctive name: The (SBOE4FF5ISPVHI5IFNPEFSOBSDIJUFDUVSF is accentuated with many antique pieces, natural wood furniture and handsome interior design features for the perfect combination of comfort and style â€Ś a truly exceptional holiday experience. Area hillsides and the beautiful Chalong Bay beyond are the features of your panoramic view, with Cape Panwa to the north, a sprinkling of small islands to the south, and the blue waters of the Andaman Sea stretched out beyond. The sunrises over the famous islands of Koh Phi Phi in the distance; a truly spectacular vista. The attention to detail is evident at every turn, with all the amenities you would expect with your exclusive holiday villa. Location The villa is set on a quiet hillside, yet is still not far from Rawai and NaiHarn, with all of the beneďŹ ts of shopping, excellent restaurants and some of Phuketâ€™s ďŹ nest beaches. The NaiHarn road is full of cafes, galleries, night-life entertainment and so much more.
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CentralWorld ofﬁcially launched GROOVE @ CentralWorld, the latest world-class hangout destination in the heart of Bangkok where big fashion brands, restaurants and gastro bars are lined up. The magniﬁcent launch event is under the concept “EVERY SINGLE MOMENT MAKE IT GROOVE”, including an art exhibition by a world-renowned contemporary artist Gary Baseman. Also joining the event are Thai celebrities such as Kanachai Bencharongkul, Ploy Chariyaves and Sombat Tirasaroj who will make GROOVE moment even groovier with their photo exhibition reﬂecting their characters. Pakorn “Boy” Chatborirak will also join the celebration, whereas Burin Boonvisut will delight the fans in a special concert.
Rado Esenza Ceramic Touch
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