ISSUE 11-12 VOLUME 5, NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2017
H OT MAGAZINE Luxury Living & Exclusive Lifestyle
BE COOL IN THAILAND
2017 OCEAN MARINA PATTAYA
WITH BILL HEINECKE
Millers Bistro New & Unique A new and unique concept restaurant in Hua Hin, Millers Bistro features its own in- house Bakery, making fresh breads and desserts daily as well as its own in-house Butchery providing aged prime beef & charcuterie for its guests. Millers Bistro is Open for Morning Pastries Cakes & Croissants Lunch Dinner Sunday Carvery
Open Tuesday thru Sunday Bakery opens at 8 AM, Bistro from 12PM to 11PM (Last order 9PM) Phone 032 900 179, email: firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or information. facebook.com/Millershuahin 147/7-8, Soi 91, Nong Kae, Hua Hin, Prachuabkirikan
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Dear Reader Welcome to issue 11/12 Volume 5 of HOT Magazine. When one thinks of Thailand, thoughts of beautiful tropical islands or the very cosmopolitan metropolis of Bangkok probably come to mind. At the bottom of the list, if it even made the list, would be coats, jumpers and wool hats. Our “Let’s Go” feature this month takes us to six places in the Kingdom where you might want to wear all three. Come join us on page 36 to see where the “cool” people in Thailand go. Longtime Hua Hin resident Constance “Connie” Heinecke sadly passed away last month. By anyone’s measure she led an amazing adventure filled life. During her lifetime she lived across the street from John F. Kennedy, was a tour guide to Marilyn Monroe in Japan, entertained world famous boxer Jack Dempsey in her and her husband’s Hong Kong home and in Malta was given just 24 hours to leave the country because the leftist government believed she and her husband to be CIA spies. In 2014 HOT Magazine profiled Connie who at that time was 95 years old. In honor of Connie we are pleased to run her article once again, that’s on page 42.
Bill attended Bangkok’s International School. After graduation he borrowed $1,200 USD’s to start a commercial office cleaning service. Fast forward 50 years and Bill’s Minor International Corporation is a global powerhouse with a $5.3 billion USD Market Cap employing over 64,000 people. Turn to page 64 and prepare to be impressed. The sixth annual Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat show, one of Thailand’s premier marine events, recently took place for the sixth year in a row. Bigger than ever, this 4 day event drew over 4,500 spectators to see everything from day boats to super yachts. Search out your deck shoes and turn to page 74. Those are just a few of the stories you’ll find inside this month. It’s time to wind down 2017 and bring in the new year. We hope 2017 has treated you well and we wish you the happiest and healthiest year yet in 2018. As always, thank you for picking us up and we hope you enjoy the read.
Next up we introduce you to another Heinecke who’s led an amazing life. HOT Magazine is thrilled to bring you our interview with business legend Bill Heinecke. As a teenager
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Contents Let’s Dine Bangkok,
Top 6 Picks To Get Cool This Winter
A life lived, 1919 - 2017
AVANI Hua Hin Resort To Be A Guest Favorite
Oriental Residence Bangkok
Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
2017 Ocean Marina
Pattaya Boat Show
HOME of the month Stunning villa epitomizes the term ‘Must-see Property’
Sansara Is Bringing Hospitality Living To Hua Hin Situated on the stunning Black Mountain Golf course in Hua Hin, Sansara is creating a totally fresh approach to living in Thailand tailored to people who want to live the dream NOT maintain it!
Models: Luknut Vim Bank Phongsan Make Up: Kung Kang Khun Luknut's clothes By Hirun Bangkok Photographer Sunya Yamaka Location: SANSARA, Black Mountain, Hua Hin
Models: Luknut Vim Bank Phongsan Make Up: Kung Kang Khun Luknut's clothes By Hirun Bangkok Photographer Sunya Yamaka Location: SANSARA, Black Mountain, Hua Hin
hen you think about buying an apartment or villa in Hua Hin you don’t often hear people mention the community they are building or the hospitality service that will be available to all residents. Sansara is different, they are not only the developer they are also
its long term guardians. Every resident will have access to an onsite concierge as well as a “lock up and leave” service. When returning to Sansara they can fill up your fridge with items you request as well as collect you at the airport and bring you down to your Hua Hin home. This new style of living is causing waves in Hua Hin.
Sansara isn’t like other property developers as they offer a buy-back guarantee on the property which means they have a vested interest to keep the property increasing in value, how they plan to do that is simple. Build a place where the community and lifestyle are so desirable that there is a waiting list for people to live there.
Sansara is building a development to the highest possible standards and specifications, just 20 minutes from Hua Hin and less than 3 hours from Bangkokâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international airport.
international school, driving range and water park surrounded by the breathtaking landscape of the 27 hole golf course. A new community mall is also slated for construction in 2018.
resort. What is unlike a resort is these facilities will be used as part of Sansaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Development to re-enforce and grow the active community.
In a relatively short time frame Black Mountain has become one of the most desirable places to live in Thailand. As well as the European PGA golf course, it has an
Sansara will also have a wellness centre on site, community clubhouse, swimming pool, gymnasium and concierge services that you would normally associate with a luxury
Email email@example.com for full details. www.sansara.asia
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Putahracsa’s Saturday Seaside Brunch Society has evolved to a point where we no longer like to wait, we want everything now. For those of us who enjoy a relaxing, overly long, bubbly brunch, but don’t have the patience to wait until Sunday for it, Putahracsa’s Oceanside Beach Club has heard our call. From 12:00 to 15:00 the Oceanside Beach Club serves up unlimited seafood-on-ice, fresh sushi, and a variety of salads. Main courses are on offer along with authentic Thai dishes, international selections, a-la-minute pasta, BBQ from the grill and of course fantastic desserts.
Prices are THB 1,100++ per adult and include a welcome sparkling wine cocktail. They also offer special pricing for children 4 to 11 years at just 750++ per. If you have a group coming for brunch you can “Come 6 Pay 5.” For those who enjoy a little afternoon drinking, the Oceanside also offers a free flow option of red & white wine and Sangria for 3 hours at THB 800++ For reservations or more information call 032 531 470.
Minor Hotels Announces Manish Jha Promotion Minor Hotels is pleased to announce the promotion of Manish Jha to Cluster General Manager, Anantara Hua Hin Resort and AVANI Hua Hin Resort & Villas. Expanding on his previous role as General Manager of the Anantara Hua Hin Resort, Manish will now expand his proven leadership role by overseeing the AVANI Hua Hin Resort & Villas, one of the newest properties launched by Minor Hotels.
Under Manish’s skillful management, the Anantara Hua Hin Resort received a number of accolades. This year alone, the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2017 ranked Anantara Hua Hin Resort Number 1 Top Resort in Asia as well as Number 9 among the Best Resorts in the World.
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The InterContinental Hua Hin Resort presents Chef Takagi Kazuo from Japan Over the weekend of November 11th and 12th at the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort, selected guests were treated to incredible meals prepared by Michelin Two Starred Chef Takagi Kazuo from Japan. Kazuo is the owner-chef of ‘Kyoto cuisine TAKAGI’ in Ashiya, a city between Osaka and Kobe. The restaurant has held two Michelin stars since 2010, and Takagi himself is a recognized master of the super refined Kyoto style of Japanese cuisine known as ‘Kyo-ryori.’ Famous for its innovation in terms of both the food itself and the decoration, Kyo-ryori cuisine uses unique and traditional methods to unfold and celebrate cultural tales and capture the changing seasons of Kyoto.
The complexity of Takagi’s picturesque, jewel-like creations, which include many styles of preparation, is designed to appeal to all of the senses, as well as extending the dining experience to an awareness of seasonal change, poetic beauty and the bounty and versatility of nature. Chef Takagi’s delicate soup is the most symbolic element of his cooking. According to him, “The taste and aroma of a soup characterizes one’s culinary style.” In honor of Chef Takagi’s visit, Sunday’s lunch was attended by special guests including Hua Hin’s Lord Mayor, Vice Mayor and TAT Governor as well as selected media. The five-course meal was perfectly paired with amazing Japanese Sake’s.
The event was held at the InterContinental’s “La Residence.” Set on a beautiful half acre of beachfront land next door to the InterContinental, La Residence is an elegant feat of colonial style architecture imitating King Rama VI’s 19th Century Royal Summer Palace in Hua Hin. The 220-square meter two-storey home is reached via a private entrance and includes walled gardens and an infinity edge swimming pool with direct beach access. The InterContinental Hua Hin Resort will continue to fly in Michelin Starred Chef’s for future special lunches and dinners. Give them a call to be put on their mailing list, +66 (0) 32 616 999.
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MCC Is Back And Better Than Ever Walk into any bar in Thailand and chances are within 5 minutes you will hear the song “Hotel California” by the Eagles. For some reason it seems to be the National Anthem for Thailand’s Bars. The Eagles, one of the most successful musical acts of the 70’s first broke up in 1980 and it wasn’t long before fans were screaming for a reunion tour. In Hua Hin we had a similar situation when Khun Lizzy, the Grande Dame of Hua Hin told her guests at her MCC in January of this year that it would be her very last. MCC, which stands for MultiCultural Community, is an event that Lizzy had put on for four years. It is a fundraising evening that is always held at a Five-Star Hua Hin Hotel and includes a wonderful buffet, free flow of beverages, music, dancing and the possibility to win many prizes via a raffle. Hundreds, if not thousands of friendships have been forged over the course of MCC’s run. Just like The Eagles, it didn’t take long before Lizzy’s fans were screaming for another MCC and on November 15th Lizzy delivered with her MCC evening at the Royal Dusit Hall. Over 250 guests paid 1,700 baht each for the pleasure of joining in and there were smiling faces everywhere. When asked, Lizzy said she would like to give big thanks to Rotarian’s GIANNI BATTISTINI & KHUN NAPA KEAWTEM who helped with the organization of the event, STEVE JOHNSTON from Surf 102.5FM for providing the music and all those who particiapted in the Flag Parade. Lizzy also wanted to thank her special VIP guests, KHUN RUTPRATEEB THAMMAPIPAT, Chief District Officer & Hua Hin Deputy Lord Mayor KHUN MONTRI Lizzy’s MCC reunion tour is continuing with her next event scheduled for January 20th. The location is still being worked out but do email her to find out more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Marriott Thailand Hotels Host Marriott Customer Appreciation Night 2017
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, was guest of honour and keynote speaker at the closing event of Marriott Thailand’s Global Customer Appreciation Week 2017 which was attended by over 550 people.
International umbrella and held at The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok, the event is an annual global initiative to reinforce relationships with existing customers, thanking them for their business and loyalty, all while establishing stronger connections.
Hosted by 43 hotels and resorts across Thailand under the Marriott
“Pin Our Journey” was this year’s theme for the Thailand event, taking
the evening’s guests on a journey through the region’s rich cultural tapestry and showcasing the locations of each of the 43 Marriott hotels in Thailand. Highlights of the evening included a fashion show featuring Thai silk clothes by Thai designers.
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TRUE ARENA NEWS TENNIS FOR LIFE HUA HIN
November has been a fantastic month for Tennis in Thailand. We got to host some of the best male and female tennis players in the world and watch them compete at True Arena Hua Hin. The E@ Hua Hin Championship 2017 WTA 125K Series field was so tough, having many world known tennis players such as Belinda Bencic (SUI), Vera Zvonareva (RUS), Yanina
doubles crown after winning in Hua Hin in 2015. Aussies proved to be very strong at the E@ Hua Hin Open 2017 ATP Challenger 150K. John Millman won the finals 6-2 and 6-2 against mate and countryman Andrew Whittington. John played brilliant tennis the whole week and did not loss a set. John was also a fan favorite off court, he always smile and was friendly with everyone around. It was also a dream week for Thai Tennis, having # 3 seeds Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana winning their 46th title (Challenger Record) in home soil. The twins beat #4 seeds Austin Krajicek and Jackson Withrow from USA 6-4, 5-7 and 10-5 in a high energy match. Local children had an opportunity not only to watch professionals play, but also to take a clinic with them.
Wickmayer(BEL) and Luksika Kumkum (THA) battling to get ranking points and to win the title. Belinda was not only the Champion, but also a fan favorite. Many Swiss fans follow her and made the atmosphere formidable. Belinda beat seed #4 and former doubles world #1 Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 6-3 and 6-4. In doubles action, Jafan Wang and Duan Ying Ying from China def. Dalila Jakupovic (SLO) and Irina Kromacheva (RUS) 6-3 and 6-3. Jafan defended her
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Having all these Tennis events and facilities in Hua Hin is a great chance for residents and visitors to get into the sport as a fans, but also as players. Our team welcomes you in and hopes to help your tennis games as well. Our coming up programs include winter camp for children, new year new skill course for adults, private and group lessons for all ages and PBI high performance academy for junior and professional players.
Hasta la vista, Arturo Navarro Director of Tennis True Arena Hua Hin
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ome restaurants in Bangkok combine the gracefulness of a Parisian setting and the exotic style of a modern Eastern eatery. With the large tiled marble floors and the sharp finishing contrasted with the alternating colours of a rustic décor, half the hunger can be satisfied from just looking around. Large ceiling lamps dangle down, with a yellow luminescence which likens them to pearls. Simple but elegant caned chairs await the diner, with pristine white table cloths laid below patterned water glasses which just invite for a seat, as an invitation to a brunch. This month HOT Magazine has the pleasure to review the Oriental Residence’s Café Claire. Our team was warmly greeted by the manager and taken to one of the sofa seats, the dark coloration of which strikes a sharp contrast to the rest of the table setting. There to greet us was an attentive waitress who made sure everything was in order. To refresh the palate came first a classic house cocktail: the Kiwi Wireless. Named after Wireless Road on which the restaurant sits, the drink possessed citrusy notes and a very defined tropical taste which set the night off on an oriental style, a perfect mesh for what was to come later on. It wasn’t long before the first dish of the night was served at the table. Making their way were six luscious Fine de Claire oysters with vinaigrette. The freshness of this dish was palpable. Oysters in particular can be deceiving should they not possess the utmost quality, and these certainly did. The chunks of onion gave an earthy touch to the acidity of the vinaigrette, which balanced the meal to perfection. The next dish to make its way to the table was their Escargot de Bourgogne a l'ai, which again was a risky one. Not only is this one of the few restaurants where these notoriously delicious French delicacies are served, but it makes them quite magnificently. An escargot which lacks taste can essentially mount to being an unpleasant experience, but Café Claire has that one under control. The roasted aroma and the fine balance of flavours made of it a fantastic dish.
We were subsequently treated to Truite Grenobloise, a Chiang Mai Trout pan fried, brown butter sauce with capers, lemon, parsley and lemon juice, a marvellously prepared dish. Aromatic and filling the palate with A salty zest which brought out the character of the Maniere with caper sauce. The next dish was the salmon Tarter which showed us a different side of the fish’s goodness. Tender and juicy, it was very well contrasted by the citrusy hit of the berry compote. We briefly moved away from the sea, and back on dry land awaited the Cuisse de canard confit - Deuck leg confit served with Dauphinois potatoes which contended very intensely with the previous two dishes. Cooked to perfection and boasting of that crispy outer coat, it led the tooth into a surprise tenderness upon the first bite. Contrasted with the asparagus it really presented a perfect combination.
Back in the sea – and in what a way – came the grandiosity of the Maine Lobster. This by far outweighed other dishes, with a striking presentation which dwarfed the large plate on which it was served. Notes of cheese struck familiar as the cream contrasted with the undeniable quality of the lobster. Mushrooms and assorted vegetables balanced the rest of the dish, a fantastic contrast to what was a signature meal which can be prepared any way you like. Round about this time, came the Berry Mojito, which helped us transition into the dessert with the deep taste of its fruity redness. The Ananas caramelise a la vanilla par Gerard Salle came as a great first taster, with its striking combination of flavours and the citrusy twang of the Caramelized pineapple vanilla, caramel butter tuille and its sweetness provided a fantastic contrast to Caramelized pineapple vanilla, caramel butter tuille.
The dessert highlight though was without a doubt the Hot fudge brownie served with vanilla ice cream. The richness of the brownie and the chocolatey load of the sauce on the sizzling platter was a visual spectacle on its own, cooled down by the rich vanilla ice cream. All in all, Café Claire is definitely a place worth exploring. If you’re tempted by simple yet striking decoration and appreciate the higher spheres of French cuisine, this little bistro on Bangkok’s Wireless Road will have you going oh là là! Café Claire Oriental Residence Bangkok 110 Wireless Road, Lumpini Pathumwan, Bangkok +66 (0)2 125 9000 www.oriental-residence.com
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Top 6 Picks To Get Cool This Winter
We’ve all heard it. The cold shaming, the stereotypical image of our being good just for sunbathing, beaching and seaside cocktail drinking. The “why would you sell winter clothing?” joke. But if one looks at Thailand beyond the mirror of the average, we see that it is indeed possible to make off to places in the kingdom where you will feel a breeze of cold air during the winter and see the frost on cold winter mornings. Some of these places might even make you consider why you ever questioned the sale of winter clothing in stores! Here are Thailand’s Top 6 Picks to get cool this chilly season!
Phu Chi Fa We start off with one of the northernmost points of the country, well known for its mountainous landscape and lush green scenery. Held above the might of Chiang Rai’s Thoeng District is Phu Chi Fa mountain area and national park, part of the north eastern part of the Phi Pan Nam range that stretches all the way east and borders the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Phu Chi Fa’s highest peak reaches up more than a kilometre and a half, standing at 1,628 metres. Tourists are often attracted by the beauty of the scenery witnessed from the top. In cold winter mornings it is customary to see a large blanket of mist covering part of the mountain ranges, whilst the tallest peaks peek out over the top almost as observers of the spectacle. Standing atop of this scene, one can almost feel as if he’s recreating the Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, the famous 19th century painting by artist. Kasper David Friedrich. Temperatures in Phu Chi Fa will drop to about 15 degrees, so a jacket is definitely advisable. If you like animals, this is your place too. A significant array of animals and including boars, deer and civets all call the place home.
Khao Chang Phuak Next we move down a little further centre to the iconic province of Kanchanaburi. This province is well known for its history, its symbolic bastion during World War Two, its fantastic waterfalls and it’s great scenery and outdoor activities. But few will go to spend a few days up the hills and mountain tops, of which it also boasts. Our pick for this one is Khao Chang Phueak. Located in Tong Pha Phum district, Khao Chang Phueak overlooks Kanchanaburi majestically. A trek up the mountain will lead you directly to the a spot perfect for sightseeing. The trek, which takes about four to five hours depending on your speed, takes you through flora and fauna up Sharp Mountain Ridge – known by this nickname due to the narrowness of its walkway. Past this and at the top of the 1,250 metre mountain, is a view to die for. The visitor limit however is 60 people a day, so it’s advisable to make sure you’ll get your chance by calling ahead. Visitors mostly stay overnight and leave the morning after, to mark the end of a fantastic little trek.
Doi Inthanon The highest mountain in the entire country could definitely not have fallen off the list, and it’s one we recommend visiting at all costs. Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai province’s Chom Thong district is a national icon and a site of beauty and stands majestically above its 2,565 metres in height. Let’s first of all address the cold factor. Temperatures of six degrees are an average occurrence in winter and temperatures below zero – yes, below zero – have been known in January. Part of a national park of immense lush beauty, Doi Inthanon is ideal for sight seeing. It has two famous temples, or chedis – namely Naphamethinidon and Naphaphonphumisiri, which were built in honour of the late King Bhumibol. Attracting as many as 12,000 visitors just on New Year’s Day, the mountain’s peak is one of the best opportunities to see Chiang Mai – and Thailand – through the highest point on land possible.
Pai It would be a mistake not to include Pai as one of the destinations to get cool in Thailand this winter. The north western province is one of the icons of that area, with plenty of marvellous hills and activities for the visitor which make it an appealing destination for anybody. Located by the border with Myanmar, just short of 150 kilometres from Chiang Mai, Pai is part of Mae Hong Song province and gives its name to the river that dissects it. One of the smaller places in Thailand, Pai boasts a population of about 3,500 people. The charm of Pai other than its scenery resides in the variety of its people, as the town is a melting pot of different ethnic groups including the Lahu, the Hmong, the Lisu and the Karen. All these hilltribes coalesce in this fantastic little place, which has as of late drawn the attention of a large array of tourists. Pai also boasts of a very interesting history, allegedly dating back more than 5,000 years. Pai can get quite chilly, so the jumper is again probably a good idea if you’re looking to be there for a couple of days.
Chiang Khong We then move on to the great province of Chiang Rai, where one of its most curious towns is our next stop for this chilly Thai winter. Chiang Khong is a small place which supposedly mirrors the sister town of Huay Xai across the Laotian border. One of the more interesting facts about this place is that it’s the home of cyclist Alan Bate. The British speedster broke the Guinness World Record for the quickest circumnavigation of the earth on a bike seven years ago, a feat nobody has bested since. This has led a sea of fame to surround the town, opening in his regard a large array of pubs and establishments dedicated to the celebration of his feat – which some however, continue to contest, alleging he may have travelled part of the journey on a pick up truck. Chiang Khong is a as ethnically diverse as Pai, with a great variety of people from various hill tribes. It will definitely get cold, so grab something to keep you warm.
Chiang Khan We then move to Chiang Khan a district in the other side of the north. Located in Loei province in the northernmost area, this place also borders the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and is circled by important rivers such as the mighty Mekong, the Hueang and the Loei. Chiang Khan Boasts a fascinating history and is known to have been established toward the latter end of the 19th century when the French entered Lao for their colonial endeavours. The arrival of Lao people would be succeeded by the arrival of Vietnamese and Chinese merchants who established their trading businesses by the sides of the rivers, bringing the place a great source of financial activity. Chiang Khan’s economy was at one point largely bolstered by the fishing industry from its rich and derivative water sources. This however declined because of several factors such as pollution and overfishing. It has however, become a hub for tourism, which allows holiday makers to get around and experience the culture. Loei’s provincial slogan being “City of the sea of mountains, coldest place in Siam, with beautiful flowers and three seasons” it is evident that jackets are probably recommended upon a visit.
Well there you have it. Thailand can indeed be a place to grab a coat, pullover, a scarf or wear a bonnet if need be. This winter season, pick one of either six and go get chilly in the hilly side of the Land of Smiles. You will definitely not regret it.
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Constance Heinecke A life lived, 1919 - 2017
Longtime Hua Hin resident Constance “Connie” Heinecke sadly passed away on November 7th at the age of 98. Connie moved to Hua Hin in 1989 with her husband Roy who died 4 years later. Connie was very active in the community and could be seen regularly in the company of Andrew Stocks, her “adopted” grandson. For 10 years Connie and Andrew had lunch together daily at different restaurants in the Hua Hin area. In 2014 HOT Magazine profiled her amazing life and in honor of Connie we are proud to run her article again.
(Article Reprinted from HOT Magazine June 2014 Issue)
Connie in her younger days
y any measure, 95 year old Constance “Connie” Heinecke has led an amazing adventure filled life. From living across the street from John F. Kennedy in Washington DC to being tour guide to Marilyn Monroe in Japan to entertaining world famous boxer Jack Dempsey in her and her husband’s Hong Kong home. Did I mention that while living in Malta where they had a home for 7 years they were given just 24 hours to leave the country because the leftist government believed them to be CIA spies? Connie grew up in Philadelphia during the depression in a family of 7. She inherited her father’s sense of humor and was known as the “crazy one” in the family. Her memories of the depression were the soup kitchens. Her first job was at age nine selling peanut brittle her mother made to office workers in the newspaper section of town. The candy was individually wrapped with wax paper. Because the candy was sticky her customers complained that the wax paper stuck to the candy. The quick thinking youth’s reply was that you were supposed to eat the paper, just like the Japanese candies that were popular at the time which were wrapped in rice paper. Even though it was 86 years ago Connie can still name off all the stops on the train that took her from her home to the Philadelphia office towers she sold to.
Connie and Roy
When Connie was 17 a girl from her school came by her house with a boy she was seeing and the boy’s brother. The brother’s name was Roy Heinecke. Connie and Roy fell in love and were married in 1942. Neither one of them had much money even though both of them worked. Connie’s first job out of High School was working as a telephone operator while Roy was a U.S. Marine earning just 20 dollars a month. One fateful night Roy won 40 dollars in a poker game and they decided to use that money to get married. While Roy was off to war Connie lived in Philadelphia and then California. They had two children, Skip born in 1943 and Bill who was born 6 years later. When the war ended Roy was stationed in Japan. Roy told her not to come due to the bad conditions at the time but headstrong Connie had her own ideas. Bravely she sold all they owned and along with her two young boys boarded an Oiler ship for the 35 day trip, unannounced, to be with her husband in Japan.
The crew on the ship quickly became enamored with the boys and once made a hook from a coat hanger and tied a line to it. They told young Bill to cast the line over the side of the ship to catch fish. The line was just long enough to reach the galley below where one of the kitchen workers would affix a dead fish to the hook and give it a yank. Bill would pull up the line and be thrilled with his “catch.” It was a game that brought much laughter to those aboard. While in Japan Connie worked for the U.S. Armed Forces Newspaper writing a regular column. One day she was asked to escort the newly married Marilyn Monroe around a military hospital. Marilyn had been flown in to cheer up the troops who were recuperating there. Connie has colorful stories to tell of this day. When Roy retired from the Military he went to work for the United States Information Agency where he had his initial training in Washington DC. It was at this time that they lived on N street, directly across the street from the then Senator John F. Kennedy. 44
Roy’s first foreign posting was to Hong Kong at the U.S. Embassy where they stayed for five years. In those days it would take 21 days to travel by boat from San Francisco to Hong Kong and they made that trip several times. Connie loved their time in Hong Kong and entertained at their home frequently. Their very first dinner party in their Hong Kong home was for world famous boxer Jack Dempsey and his wife. During this time Connie enjoyed working for a Hong Kong Tourist magazine and then as the first Asian sales rep for Newsweek Magazine. From Hong Kong they moved to Kuala Lumpur for several years and then moved to Bangkok in 1963 where Roy took a job as a war correspondent for Voice of America working out of Saigon and Connie went back to work for Newsweek. Young son Bill was 14 when they arrived in Bangkok and finished his schooling during this period. In 1971 Roy and Connie decided it was time to retire so they moved back to the States settling in Palm
Beach Florida. After spending so much time in Asia however it was just a few years before they decided they wanted to return. They moved back to Bangkok to be close to their son Bill who while still only in his mid 20’s was making a name for himself in the business world. While holidaying in Pattaya, Connie and Roy became friends with a family from London with the last name of Stocks, they were in the hotel business. The Stocks had a young son named Andrew who took an immediate shining to Connie. Andrew adored his own grandmother who had passed away very young and he saw a substitute in Connie. Through the years Connie has become Andrew’s “stepgrandma” and they have developed a very special bond, so much so that for the last ten years Andrew and Connie have been meeting daily to have lunch together.
(Article Reprinted from HOT Magazine June 2014 Issue)
Connie and Roy stayed in Bangkok until 1976 when they moved to a beautiful villa in Malta overlooking the Mediterranean. She and Roy loved their time there and made many friends. Life was wonderful until one fateful day in 1981 when the leftist government accused them of being CIA spies and gave them just 24 hours to leave the country. 24 hours did not give them enough time to pack all their belongings but friends helped and most was retrieved. From Malta the couple moved to Santa Barbra in California to be close to their oldest son Skip who was a movie executive at 20th Century Fox. Through Skip, Connie and Roy became close to Hollywood celebrities including Ronald Regan and his wife Nancy. Even when the Regan’s moved to the White House they would continue to send Connie and Roy a card on their anniversary, memento’s she still has. Knowing
Presidents seems to run in the family, Connie’s grandfather was the personal photographer to Teddy Roosevelt. Connie loved to work and while in Santa Barbara, a very exclusive community, she set about buying and selling houses always turning a nice profit on each one. In 1989 while on holiday in Thailand their son Skip had a serious scuba diving accident, so serious that Connie and Roy came back to Thailand to be with their son. Thankfully Skip recovered and returned to the States. For Connie and Roy however, after living in 54 homes in 7 countries they decided to settle down once and for all in Hua Hin. Sadly, Roy passed away from cancer in 1993, Connie remained in Hua Hin and still lives here to this day. After Roy’s passing, Connie and her son Bill set up the Roy E. Heinecke Foundation which supports the less fortunate children throughout
Thailand who have outstanding records of performance. Each year, the foundation gives scholarships to 449 students which help support their education from early learning stages through to graduation. On Connie’s 90th birthday the family threw a large birthday party for her with over 450 guests. At the party they raised $225,000 U.S. Dollars for the foundation. Connie, who has always been a great joke teller, decided to put together a joke book of some of her favorites with all monies going to the foundation. Her Book “A Connoisseur’s Choice of Jokes” received rave reviews. Connie proudly states that even Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart has a copy. When asked what her happiest memory is, Connie doesn’t hesitate in saying that her happiest memory was of her wedding day. She then added “I’m the luckiest girl in the world, I’ve lived a wonderful life”.
Skip & Kathleen
Connie’s son Skip has retired from the movie business and now lives in Ireland collecting cars. He and his wife Kathleen have one son Christopher who lives in Los Angeles Son Bill is the Billionaire founder of Minor International. He and his wife Kathy live in Bangkok and have two sons, John who lives in Bangkok and David who lives in Portland Oregon, both have two children.
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AVANI Hua Hin Resort and Villas Soon To Be A Guest Favorite
he luxury chain AVANI Hotels & Resorts, known for its modern style and comfortable accommodations has recently opened its first AVANI property in Hua Hin, the AVANI Hua Hin Resort and Villas. The beachfront property features 196 guest rooms, suites and villas. Superior and Deluxe rooms feature a private balcony while Villas have private pools. Bathtubs and separate walk-in showers make for indulgent moments, while the outdoor rainforest shower in select suites encourages guests to stay in touch with nature. The Resort also features eleven One-Bedroom Pool Villas and two (2) Two-Bedroom Lagoon Pool Villas which have direct access to the main pool and are ideal for a
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he next 10 years will witness an increase of about 236 million people aged 65 and older throughout the world. Thereafter, from 2025 to 2050, the older population is projected to almost double to 1.6 billion globally, whereas the total population will grow by just 34 percent over the same period. Population aging, while due primarily to lower fertility, also reflects a human success story of increased longevity. Today, living to age 70 or age 80 is no longer a rarity in many parts of the world. However, increasing longevity has led to new challenges: How many years can older people expect to live in good health? What are the chronic diseases that they may have to deal with? How long can they live independently? Will they have sufficient economic resources to last their lifetimes? Can they afford health care costs? A man who has put a lot of thought into the dilemma faced by this aging generation is Andrew Stocks, a Brit who moved to Thailand several years ago. According to Andrew, “Moving into a retirement home in Europe is often so expensive that people are being forced to sell their homes. Also, living in a home in Europe is often no fun at all, with the bad weather most months of the year, very few people move out from the room they are staying in.“ Andrew noticed over the past few years that Hua Hin is becoming more and more a favorite for retirees to move too and in the past 12 months Hua Hin has been awarded the top spot in the world to retire too. With this in mind, Andrew has set about building his Sunshine
International Retirement Residence in Hua Hin. Sunshine International specializes in holidays and permanent residences for those that feel they would like to have extra care. The luxury resort, with beautiful tropical gardens, will offer high quality residential and short stay holiday's that are focused on improving one’s well-being and overall quality of life while benefiting from exceptional care that is highly personalized to an individual’s needs. Unlike many care homes, Sunshine will hold registration for all three levels of care – residential, nursing and dementia care. This means their residents should never find themselves in a situation where they are unable to care for themselves should their needs change – peace of mind for everyone. Sunshine will also welcome middle-aged well people too who just would feel comfortable having a nurse on call 24 Hours. Features of the resort include private Suites that give you the sense of being independent. Each unit has a European kitchen, Living Room, Bedroom and Balcony. There is even a washing machine, all of which gives residents the feeling they are in their own home, not at a care home. Sunshine International will also have wonderful amenities including their Meeting Point Restaurant that overlooks the Royal Blue swimming pool, a pool bar so you can sit outside and socialize while enjoying a libation, a spa and hair salon as well as a library with an extensive range of books. Sunshine will also operate a shuttle bus service to take residents to and from town for a small fee.
Sunshine International is very affordable, the current promotion starts at just 29,900 baht per month and includes • 1 Thai / Foot Massage (Min stay 7 nights) • 1 Hair wash per week ( Min stay 7 nights) • 1 Pedicure per month / (Min stay 7 nights) • 1 Hair cut per month (Min stay 7 nights) • Bedding Laundry change 1 time per week • Daily Cleaning of your Suite • Nurse on Call 24 Hours per day • 2 Daily Health Checks in your suite am / pm • 1 Bedroom private suite with kitchen, living room and Balcony • Use of the Swimming pool • Use of the shuttle bus to town • (Small charge of 50 Baht to town) • WiFi and TV Channels Again, according to Andrew, “Sunshine International Hua Hin is not just a retirement home, it is mixed with the feelings of being a retirement home and a hotel. I don’t want my guests feeling they are going to an elderly home, I want them to feel special each day with the feeling they are on a lifelong holiday.” For more information you can reach them at +66 (0)95 550 9505. For a tailored quotation you can email them at email@example.com or for more information you can visit their website www.sichasia.com.
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here exist places where the finesse of modernity and the beauty of classic design converge to create a perfect combination of western and eastern elegance. This allows the appeal of both to put together a display which makes luxury living a privilege. With décor of discrete and stylish touches, it is easy to feel as if one has entered a building in the streets of Vienna, until the touches of orientalism grab your attention. This month, HOT Magazine has the pleasure to review a fantastic apartment residence, where east meets west at the centre of Bangkok’s major business and embassy district. The Oriental Residence offers one of the greatest and most complete residential experiences in Bangkok, with a large variety of rooms that are suited aptly to the needs of any traveller or resident. We start by reviewing the rooms, which come in six different varieties. The first of those is the standard Grand Deluxe room, which affords all types of single traveller a fantastic stay. With creamy colours which exude cosiness, the Grand Deluxe’s 45 square metres of elegance come equipped with every standard amenity. The room is equipped with a queen size bed, an LED television, free WiFi access, a overhead lighting and a hardwood floors, for the comfort of your feet. Keeping your valuables is also a personal safe.
During our inspection visit we had the pleasure of staying in their 70 square metre One Bedroom Suite, filled with luxurious amenities and elegance. It includes everything the standard room has to in more spacious surroundings and a work desk where one can concentrate on important matters. The room is Apple friendly, with an iPod docking station for music to accompany your every moment there. Are you a picky sleeper? No worries, the room features a pillow menu, which allows you to pick a perfect set of feathery goodness for you to indulge in a great night’s sleep. Feel more like a film night don’t really want to cook it up today? Worry not, as the kitchen includes a microwave. Get your popcorn ready and grab a drink at the mini bar. Can’t go wrong. These suites come overlooking the famous Bangkok skyline, the nearby park and embassies. The rain shower and stylish bathroom with double sink vanity is definitely a highlight of this room. Services include in-residence dining, the receipt of international newspapers and a classy evening turndown.
If you’re here with your family, be sure to choose the Two Bedroom Suite’s 120 square metres. Luxurious and convenient for extended families, it affords every luxury in the standard suite but with three quarters of added space. But if you really want to live it up, make sure to choose the Three Bedroom Suite. Apt for a large family, it’s 160 square metres are perfect to accommodate everybody’s needs without exception. Feeling playful? It’s easy at the Oriental Residence with their Play Deck. Go for a relaxation session and tap into the more laid back part of what the place has to offer. A large and beautifully laid out patio overlooking the city skyline grants you every sight you need and a lavish swimming pool with fantastic tile patterns makes you want to jump in upon sight. The Oriental Residence features two world class restaurants. Café Claire, which we review in this issue, and Savelberg Thailand. The latter, founded and owned by Dutch master chef Henk Savelberg is a restaurant of French delight. Savelberg, whose restaurant in the Netherlands has been awarded a Michelin star for 17 years in a row, has made it a priority to serve quality food in every sip and bite.
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ill Heinecke is a business legend. Heinecke moved to Bangkok in 1963 at age 14 with his family, having previously lived in Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Bill attended the International School in Bangkok but was more interested in go-karting than studying. He approached the editor of the now defunct Bangkok World asking if he could write a column on go-karts. The editor agreed on one condition, young Bill had to also sell advertising for the newspaper. He was paid a commission and within months he was making more money than the newspaper’s full-time sales staff. At the age 17 he was promoted to advertising manager of the paper. After completing high school, Bill borrowed $1,200 USD’s from a money lender and used the money to buy rags, mops and buckets. He then set about getting contracts to clean commercial office buildings in Bangkok. In 1967 he founded Minor Holdings. “Minor” being a nod to his youth. Fast forward 50 years and from that $1,200 USD’s borrowed, Bill, now a billionaire, has built MINOR International (MINT), into a global powerhouse with yearly revenue of over $1.6 Billion USD’s and a market cap of over $5.3 Billion, employing more than 64,000 people. MINT is a hotel owner, operator and investor with a portfolio of over 155 hotels and serviced suites under the Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, Tivoli, Elewana, JW Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International brands in 24 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America. In 1980 Bill introduced pizza to Asians. Experts predicted that Asian’s would never take to the Western faire but Bill added local ingredients and quickly became Asia’s pizza king. He initially franchised for Pizza Hut but when the parent company tried to restrict his other restaurant franchise efforts Bill struck off on his own and started Pizza Company. Pizza Company quickly went on to dominate the pizza business in Thailand. An entrepreneur at heart, Bill spied a related opportunity and moved into dairy production, churning out cheese to top all those pies with an annual production of over 1,000 tons of mozzarella for his Thailand Pizza parlors alone.
Bill, Kathy & son John on Founder's Day
Bill took out other franchises and purchased businesses growing MINT into one of Asia’s largest restaurant companies with over 2,000 outlets operating in 19 countries under The Pizza Company, Swensen’s, Sizzler, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Coffee Club, Thai Express, BreadTalk, Ribs & Rumps and Riverside brands. In addition it operates several food manufacturing facilities. Additionally, MINT is one of Thailand’s largest distributors of lifestyle brands focusing primarily on fashion and household products. With over 300 locations its brands include Gap, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Esprit, Bossini, Charles & Keith, Pedro, Etam, Radley, Anello, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Joseph Joseph and ETL Learning. MINT also operates the bemynt online shopping website and is a contract manufacturer of household products, with its own manufacturing plant. Other businesses in Bill’s empire include MJETS, Thailand’s largest jet charter provider as well as a large property development business building residential and commercial properties. In 2015 Bill was honored with the “Real Estate Personality of the Decade Award” by the editors of Property Report Magazine at their annual Thailand Property Awards gala dinner. The award was given for
being “Consistently influential and instrumental over the past decade in not only shaping Thai real estate, but also promoting Thai brands in the global arena,” Bill became a naturalized Thai citizen in 1991. In addition to being an entrepreneurial businessman he is a jet pilot & race car driver. He is also a published author having written “The Entrepreneur: 25 Golden Rules For the Global Business Manager.” Bill married his high school sweetheart Kathy in 1968 and they have two sons, John and David. According to Kathy “Bill and I feel very strongly about giving back to the people and country of Thailand who have been so good to us. Our primary charity is the Roy E. Heinecke Scholarship Fund, which was set up in the name of Bill’s father. The foundation so far has provided education to over 850 underprivileged children from nursery school to the University level” Another way Bill and Kathy give back is through their Founder’s Day program. On Bill’s birthday, June 4th, all the different divisions of the company, including international divisions make it a charity day or take on a charity project. The Heinecke’s are also well known for their yearly Anantara King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament. Now
in its sixteenth year, the festival has become one of the biggest charitable events in Southeast Asia with over US$1.5 million (BHT 50 million) raised and donated to projects that better the lives of Thailand’s wild and domesticated elephant population. Next year's King’s Cup takes place from March 8th – 11th by the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River next door to the Anantara’s Riverside Hotel. Russ Downing, Managing Director of HOT Hua Hin Property, recently had the delightful pleasure of visiting with Bill at his Bangkok penthouse to discuss his amazing life and business career and shares that conversation here. RD: Bill, I once asked your wife Kathy how you stay on top of all the businesses you have, while at the same time constantly expanding your empire? She said it was due to the many good people you have working with you. Watching you accept the Thailand Property Award’s Real Estate Personality of the Decade two years ago, your speech was all about the talent you had at Minor and recognizing their efforts, not yours. Do you feel that your ability to lead people was a God given talent or was it something you had to learn and nurture?
BH: I believe I have had an entrepreneurial spirit since a very young age, but I also believe that leaders are made not born. I like to lead by example and by making sure to always hire people smarter than me! This has grown organically through the necessity of building a number of business from scratch, at the same time. That being said, entrepreneurship is an ever-evolving passion of mine. A few years ago, I published a book called The Entrepreneur, which has since been reprinted and translated into many languages, to share some insights into the key lessons I have learnt over the years. RD: You are a man who wears many hats. Wearing your property developer hat, you’ve built luxury residential projects such as The Estates Koh Samui, The Residences at Four Seasons Chiang Mai, The Residences by Anantara Layan Phuket and The Residences at St. Regis in Bangkok. Do you have any new luxury residential developments currently underway or planned and is building things something you enjoy doing? BH: Absolutely. I’m really excited about the three new projects we are currently working on in Phuket, Bangkok and Bali. One of which is our luxury residential project called “Avadina Hills by Anantara” will be located on a 99 rai plot of land
adjacent to the existing Anantara Layan Phuket Resort and The Residences by Anantara, Layan. This will consist of 16 luxury villas for sale and the first phase will be ready in 2018. With a total value of over 9 billion THB these projects are an important factor in our commitment to the development of Phuket as the number one regional destination for discerning travellers. RD: You were quoted in an interview saying, “Being structured about my day, setting clear and realistic goals has definitely helped me to manage and develop the Minor Group from a small advertising agency and office cleaning company, to a public corporation that employs over 12,000 people”. That quote was obviously quite a while ago since you now employ over 64,000. Do you still feel the same way about setting goals and do you continue to do it daily? BH: Great discipline is needed to extract the most out of each day, week, weekend and month. A good routine is a sound place to start. In terms of goals, the key is to look at things in the context of a very small idea. If it works, it’s easier to expand and grow. But you must first be successful. To build a wall, you start with the first brick and then carefully add more bricks. Sometimes you can’t visualize how big a wall you are building. If I had visualized the wall that is our group today, I wouldn’t
have known where to begin. I don’t think too far ahead. I feel sometimes that if you think too far ahead then you get caught up in the planning rather than the doing. RD: It’s been reported that Warren Buffet reads five to six hours a day, everything from daily newspapers to annual reports. Is reading a significant part of your day and can you walk us thru what an average business day is like for you from start to finish? BH: I wake every day at 7am and am in the car reading the Asian Wall Street Journal and two other local newspapers by 7:45am. I feel out of the loop if I don’t know what’s going on in Thailand, Asia and the world by the time I’m at my desk each morning. I also read the Asian Financial Times and Time as well as numerous other trade publications to keep up to date about the market and any news which may impact my businesses. At work I may take up to 50 calls every day and send over 100 emails. By 7:30pm my driver will be taking me home for dinner with Kathy and I use that time to finish off any other projects. Email and using a Dictaphone have become crucial tools to ensure that everything gets seen to. I also make a point of speaking directly to each of my key executives at least once a day.
RD: You founded MJETS, a jet charter company, in the late 90’s and have grown it to be the number one Jet Charter company in the Kingdom. You currently have ten jets in your stable including two Gulfstream’s and three Cessna jets including the Citation X, the fastest non-military aircraft available. How much has having your own fleet of jets helped to fuel your company’s expansion globally and when was the last time you flew commercial? BH: Travelling on our private jets has helped shortened our executives’ much valued time and allowed more flexibility to be able to travel at a short notice or to take off at a convenient time for us. It definitely helps with our businesses which is now global. I do fly commercial at times – for example to the US or Europe. RD: You’ve been quoted as saying that the number one quality you look for in all your staff is passion. A few months back we had the pleasure of interviewing New York Times Best Selling Author Janet Attwood who wrote the Passion Test. She works with such luminaries as the Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson, Stephen Covey, Nobel Laureate F. W. deKlerk amongst many others. I asked her what she gleaned from spending time with them. She said that these giants had trained their minds to consistently choose in favor of the things that have the greatest meaning for them and they don’t put their attention on limiting beliefs. Because of this, they are powerful beyond measure. And by just being who they are they teach others how to be more fearless and resolute in following their dreams and passions. Firstly, did you ever have limiting beliefs and would you say “passion” is the driving force behind Minor’s success? BH: If you don’t enjoy your work, you won’t invest the time and energy needed to make it a success. I don’t know of any successful entrepreneurs who consider their work boring. Never work for just money or power, it won’t satisfy your soul. Believe in your business more than anyone else. In the early days, I was able to overcome most of my shortcomings through the sheer passion and enthusiasm I brought to my work. If you’re passionate about what you do, you’ll feel as if you never worked a day in your life! I always believe that things can get done one way or another and so I ‘drive’ my people to achieve our goals. This is one of the reasons why we have a ‘driveculture’ at Minor.
RD: Your mother Connie once told me that the way you decompress is by going on road trips, driving one of your many classic cars that you have spread around the world. How many cars do you own currently, do you have a favorite and what country is it in?
multiple homes, jets, luxury and classic cars, you also have boats, A Major Affair that’s 30 metres and A Minor Affair which is 20 metres. With your intensely busy schedule do you get to slip on your deck shoes very often and do you see any bigger purchases on the horizon?
BH: Yes, correct. I have around 33 cars in Europe and USA. My favorite is an LwB Ferrari California Spyder, 1956.
BH: Whenever I can. Over last Songkran, I was with the family sailing in the Andaman Islands.
RD: As a follow up, do you still own Clint Eastwood’s Ferrari and are there any cars that you are currently pursuing? BH: A collector will always keep one eye open for any reasonable new purchases and yes I still have Clint’s Ferrari. RD: Speaking of Connie, what values did she and your dad Roy instill in you as you were growing up that you feel helped propel you to where you are today? BH: Persistence and never giving up on my dreams and passions. RD: As any self-respecting Billionaire would, in addition to
RD: A keen advocate of corporate social responsibility, you and your family established the Roy Heinecke Foundation, supporting underprivileged children’s education in Thailand and to date have sponsored the education for thousands of students. You also have a profound interest in looking after Thailand’s national symbol the elephant. You launched the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, and have, for the last fourteen years, put on and hosted The King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, a charity event that has raised millions of dollars for the betterment of elephants. Why did you choose elephants as a cause and can you tell us about Founder’s Day?
BH: Having lived in Thailand for many years, Thai culture is very close to my heart, and elephants are one of the greatest enduring symbols of this beautiful country. I have a deep respect for these beautiful creatures, and through GTAEF and the Elephant Camp at Anantara Golden Triangle, we’re playing a vital role in their protection, as well as helping to create a better environment for future generations to enjoy these ‘gentle giants’. On my birthday, June 4th, my employees used to bring me gifts and flowers every year. Whilst I appreciated their kind generosity, I strongly felt they would be better spending their money to do something more useful for others. So, we came up with a policy of no birthday gifts, but all Minor Employees, from Executives to the maids, would instead need to go and do something productive to help the community. This is how Minor Founder’s Day came about. It is now known as a day of good deeds where staff from Australia to Zambia go out to help give something back to the local communities.
Bill with Sheikh Salah al Belawi signing for the new Anantara Jeddah Resort, the first Anantara in Saudi Arabia
RD: Finally Bill, you are in a small club of individuals who have achieved remarkable things in their lifetime, which must be immensely gratifying. Looking back, over all of your years, what would you say has been your happiest day and what made it so? BH: My happiest day is probably yet to come but every day is a happy day for me doing the work that I love and am passionate about. My happiest moments are those spent with the family, and knowing that we have had so much quality time together. Time is a luxury one canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get back so it needs to be spent wisely. True happiness doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come from getting everything you want, but from being content with what you have. Thank you Bill
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