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Top Hotels in Bangkok 80s fever hits the 2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix Jet Airways introduces second daily flight between Kolkata and Bangkok Providing the Elusive Elixir to Eternal Youth Banyan Tree Bangkok


Le Spa at Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort & Spa

Editor’s Speak Le Spa Comes to Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort & Spa Le Spa comes from France and is famous from the Sofitel brand of the Accor Group. Now this brand is available in Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort & Spa.

Spa Treatment at Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort

Chinese and Western massages, an impressive experience will perfect your Sanya stay.

The spa seamlessly blends the ancient traditions of Chinese well-being rituals through the centuries, with the knowledge and expertise of modern French beauty. Spa therapies are conceived to soothe and harmonize inner feelings while your body is replenished with massage to complete multi-sensory journey. You will feel like in a place far from the outside world while the focus is on the individual’s needs and desires: privacy, relaxation and rejuvenation.

On a separate note, this week’s issue is centered on the Thai capital of Bangkok. Besides the usual destination stories, we also take our pick on what we think are some of the best hotels in Thailand’s “City of Angels”. Happy reading.

Le Spa is located in the villa area of Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort & Spa with 7 private treatment rooms and complete auxiliary facilities. Enjoy the facial treatment, body pampering, or body massage in the pleasant ambience with selective Pevonia professional products, as well as

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Contents 80s fever hits the 2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix

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Jet Airways introduces second daily flight between Kolkata and Bangkok

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Providing the Elusive Elixir to Eternal Youth

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Top Hotels in Bangkok

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80s fever hits the 2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix

This September, relive the greatest hits of the ‘80s at the 2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix, as Bananarama, Pretenders and The Proclaimers join the world-class entertainment line-up of artistes including Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Jay Chou at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Bananarama has clocked a cool 30 million in record sales throughout a 33-year illustrious career, and has even surpassed The Supremes to be listed in the Guinness World Records as the female group with the most chart entries. Formed in 1979, United Kingdom’s singing- songwriting duo Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward’s hits include ‘Robert De Niro’s Waiting’, ‘Venus’, ‘Cruel Summer’, ‘I Heard a Rumour’ as well as ‘Love in the First Degree’. They will perform at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre in Zone 4 on Saturday, and the Village stage in Zone 1 on Sunday. If you are into the Pretenders, catch them at the Village stage in Zone 1 on Saturday, and the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre in Zone 4 on Sunday.

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Not to be outdone, Scottish twins Charlie and Craig Reid of The Proclaimers will be performing at Zone 1’s Village Stage on Friday and Zone 4’s Esplanade Outdoor Theatre on Saturday and Sunday.

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Bananarama With their unique blend of pop, folk, new wave and punk music, fans can expect classics like ‘I’m On My Way’, ‘Letter from America’ and ‘Life With You’. Formed in 1983, the duo’s songs have been featured on the hit movie Shrek as well as popular American television series Family Guy and How I Met Your Mother. Their biggest hit ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ has become an unofficial Scottish anthem and has even inspired an Internet viral sensation. 2012 also sees the filming of the movie version of the successful award-winning musical drama Sunshine on Leith, which features their songs.


Jet Airways introduces second daily flight between Kolkata and Bangkok Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, will introduce an additional Boeing 737 flight between Kolkata and Bangkok effective May 10, 2012. This is the second daily frequency to be introduced on this route to also cater to the enhanced demand with the oncoming holiday season. The new daytime service, will compliment the earlier late night flight already operational from the City of Joy to the Thai capital. Flight 9W 72 will leave Kolkata at 1100 hrs and arrive Bangkok at 1510 hrs. On the return leg, 9W 71 will depart Bangkok at 1600 hrs and arrive Kolkata at 1705 hrs providing onward connections to other destinations on the airline’s network.

Through the ages, the search for an elusive elixir to eternal youth and vitality was found to be none other than a simple and abundant natural element – water. Water is the source of all life, the answer to man’s quest for a life of health, wellness and energy.

Quan Spa @ Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel

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Quan, a Chinese word that literally means “ a source of pure water” is the name the Marriott group has given to its spas, which draw on the restorative properties of water to offer an oasis of healing and rejuvenation. Borrowed from a language rich in symbolism and imagery, Quan also refers to all things good and pure - an auspicious word to represent a spa that seeks to provide a path to wholeness and well-being.


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Providing the Elusive Elixir to Eternal Youth

At Quan Spa, the miracle of water lies ahead of you. Bangkok - Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong With a location on the 22nd and 23rd floors of the Renaissance Ratchaprasong Bangkok Hotel,

Quan spa offers uninterrupted views of the expansive Bangkok metropolis and yet allows you to acknowledge the escape that the spa provides, into relaxation and rejuvenation. Koh Samui - Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa Quan Spa is an intimate cluster of Thai-inspired structures consisting of four air-conditioned massage double treatment suites with ensuite bathrooms, and five authentic thatched roof open-air salas for outdoor massage and meditation. Rounding it out for a complete immersion experience

are private sauna baths, whirlpools, and a well-equipped fitness centre. Phang Nga – JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa At 3,000 square meters, Quan Spa is veritable discovery for both the spa enthusiast and spa cynic. Destined for greatness, tremendous thought and detail have gone into the design of fifteen double-treatment rooms, each with own changing area and private outdoor terrace. Eight of suites offer both massage and wet therapies and there’s even a steam room, yoga studio and salon

ensconced within its sumptuous wall and wellness Phuket - Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa Discover the rejuvenating treatments at our Quan Spa and find yourself something wonderfully new to enjoy during your trip. Quan Spa has seven private treatment rooms including single and couple’s rooms and a bathing suite. Each room offers a garden view, along with an outdoor shower and an iPod dock station to play your own choice of soothing music.

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Each of the group’s spa destinations is adapted to its location and embraces the timehonored healing practices of its local culture, infusing them into Quan’s basic philosophy that water is at the core of the ultimate health-enhancing experience.


Banyan Tree Bangkok’s Vertigo and Moon Bar

Top Hotels in Bangkok

Anantara Bangkok Sathorn

Bangkok’s Urban Oasis Anantara Bangkok Sathorn In the heart of Bangkok, moments from the city’s business and shopping hubs, Anantara Bangkok Sathorn provides the perfect urban sanctuary. Unwind in the seclusion of the hotel’s beautiful surroundings, explore the city’s most vibrant, traditional and contemporary areas or replenish your mind and body with a host of premier services and facilities. From the beautiful studios to the spacious two bedroom suites, every room is finished to the highest standard, with crisp contemporary furniture that blends stylish city living with unique Anantara details.

 Anantara Riverside Set on the banks of the grand Chao Phraya River, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa is a thriving oasis offering a unique way to experience the City of Angels. Situated on 11 riverside acres of verdant gardens, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa seamlessly blends the thrill of urban living with the serene charms of tropical luxury. Infusing Thai tradition with Anantara’s legendary service, this exotic Bangkok resort offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the busy metropolis. Guests can take in the sunset from the edge of the pier, watch as river life unfolds before their eyes or simply indulge in pampering spa treatments set in the tranquil environment of their very own private garden. In addition, this urban resort has unforgettable gastronomical delights at their 10 bars and restaurants, with each offering their individual specialties. Anantara Bangkok Riverside See & Be Seen Banyan Tree Bangkok The hotel offers a sanctuary for the senses with unparalleled panoramic cityscapes, elegantly decorated guest rooms, renowned service and the Banyan Tree Club lounge, along with integrated spa facilities. An unforgettably romantic and intimate experience awaits you at Banyan Tree Bangkok, with a range of exquisitely furnished rooms and suites to choose from. They are tastefully designed to showcase the essence of Thai heritage fused with modern amenities, pamper the senses in the ultimate retreat after a day exploring the city. The Banyan Tree Spa in the hotel offers one of the city’s most desired spa experiences. Indulge in signature spa packages, rejuvenating massages and pampering. Vertigo and Moon Bar provides the perfect way to end the day. Dine al fresco under the starts at the stylish and sophisticated roof top open-air grill and bar.

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Pool at Novotel Bangkok Platinum

For the Shopaholic in you Novotel Bangkok Platinum The hotel for shopaholics, Novotel Bangkok Platinum is located right smack in the hub of Bangkok’s fashion center, right on top of Platinum mall. The hotel is also a mere 10 minutes walk from Siam Square, Siam Paragon and BTS stations. Blending comfort and technology, this 283 room hotel is the perfect choice for your next shopping holiday. After a busy day at the malls, what better day to unwind than at the two bars, outdoor swimming pool or fitness center.

Conrad Bangkok The innovative Conrad Bangkok luxury hotel is situated in the stylish All Seasons Place near the city’s premier shopping and commercial centers. Enjoy a refreshing stay at this Bangkok hotel with a selection of beautiful Thai influenced rooms decorated with luxurious silks, natural woods and offering views of Bangkok’s impressive skyline. Authentic international and Asian cuisine is available at Conrad Bangkok hotel’s diverse restaurants, which include innovative Chinese and Japanese dishes and French and not forgetting Thai delicacies. Guests who want to unwind and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city can sip cocktails in the Diplomat Bar and enjoy live music in the vibrant Club 87 nightclub. Alternative, they can indulge in one of Seasons Spa’s cleansing body treatments, relaxing massages or rejuvenating facials.

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Pullman Bangkok King Power A part of the King Power Duty Free Complex, Pullman Bangkok King Power allows guests to enjoy direct access to a myriad of shopping boutiques without the traffic hassle. For a slower-paced diversion, the hotel’s six dining venues offer trendy atmosphere for embarking on a culinary journey, or simply lounging.

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A romantic dinner cannot be any better, with the sun setting or starry sky and the evening lights adding to the heightened lovely atmosphere. If you are looking for a business dinner to end a round of successful meetings and deals, Sirocco sure stands out towering above other locations. It will be a memorable dinner for your business partners, associates, clients and suppliers – dining under the sky before adjourning to the Skybar for a few drinks.

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The Tower Club at lebua The hotel is a five star luxury hotel, which epitomizes luxury accommodation in Bangkok. The hotel is best known for Sirocco, one of the world’s highest al fresco restaurant and one of Bangkok’s most coveted dining choices. Listed under ‘Hot Tables’ & ‘Hot Night’ by Conde Nast Traveler in 2005, the restaurant and bar is located on the 63rd floor of The Dome at lebua. This restaurant is definitely a place for high society people watching. While doing so, one will inevitably be mesmerized with the breathtaking views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river. The restaurant’s ‘Live’ jazz band adds to its captivating ambiance for the perfect meal



The Speakeasy Lawn @ Hotel Muse

Ultra Chic and Trendy Designer Hotels

The Water Club at Sofitel So Bangkok

Sofitel So Bangkok A 30-storey urban designer hotel in Bangkok, linked to the French elegance of Monsieur Christian Lacroix, Sofitel So Bangkok offers themed accommodation inspired by the Five Elements; Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire. All 238 rooms and suites feature floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views of Lumpini Park and the city skyline. Hotel Muse Rising 25 storeys above the distinguished residential area of Langsuan Road in the city’s centre, Hotel Muse offers 174 lavish guest rooms along with a distinctive array of dining and entertainment venues – unlike anything Bangkok has ever seen. The hotel brings to the city of Bangkok an interesting mix of nostalgia and modernity. Every element of the interior reflects a devotion to Rama V-era elegance, with contemporary and sometimes playful twists.

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Vie Hotel VIE Hotel Bangkok, a chic boutique five-star hotel, is as oasis in thriving Bangkok city. The hotel has been awarded Best Boutique Hotel by AsiaRooms.com, the “Trendy in Asia” award in the Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards, the “Best Newcomer in Bangkok” award from Wotif.com, and has been nominated as “Best Urban

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Hotel” by Anywhere Magazine. Vie Hotel also excels in its epicurean endeavors. Its restaurant, VIE Wine & Grill has received the Thailand’s Best Restaurants 2010, 2011, & 2012 award from Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant Guide.


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