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Hotels adapt to the times

With everyone adapting to the new norm, hotels have had to reimagine the services they provide. Thinking well outside the box has become an important prerequisite, not just to generate revenue, but also to comfort and soothe the safety-conscious, yet still discerning guests. Guru lists a few examples of the innovative measures.

Book now stay later

Several hotels and resorts have released advance booking vouchers that are applicable for future stays, with a few being valid for up to a year. Guests pay upfront for their desired room type, receives a voucher and have until the expiry date to reserve dates of stay. Plus: Such vouchers are sold at discounted prices.

At Prachuap Khiri Khan's pet-friendly X2 Kui Buri Resort, vouchers are available for stays in the Deluxe Pool Villa for two people and a pet for B5,500 a night, the Ocean Front Pool Villa for two people and a pet for B9,500 a night, and the Luxury Pool Villa Suite for four persons and a pet for B13,000 a night -- all deals are inclusive of a breakfast buffet.

+ Plus: Vouchers have no expiry date. Buy 10 and get one free.

X2 Kui Buri Resort, Ao Noi/ Call 03-251-0466, visit bit.ly/3aqhtKe, reservations via email book.kb@X2resorts.com.

Silavadee Pool Spa Resort has rolled out a long-stay promotion called, "Samui Getaway". Each voucher allows for a seven-night stay between June 1-Dec 23, 2020. It is meant for two persons, and includes a daily breakfast buffet, two complimentary dinner sets, round-trip airport transfers, free shuttle bus service to Lamai and Chaweng beaches and a 20% discount on F&B and laundry services. These vouchers vary in price according to the room type: Jacuzzi Deluxe (B40,600), Tropical Pool Villa (B59,500) and Pool Villa with Partial Ocean View (B69,300). Vouchers are available until May 31.

+ Plus: Book the extra swanky Scenic Ocean View Pool Villa that is set on the edge of a cliff. It will set you back B84,000, but if you do the math, it comes down to only B6,000 per person, per night.

Silavadee Pool Spa Resort, Maret Beach, Koh Samui / Call 077-960-555, visit www.silavadeeresort.com.

Purchase a future vacation and be charitable with the vouchers by one of 14 participating Serenata Hotels & Resorts. The group says 100% of the proceeds from voucher sales will be donated to the Socialgiver's Covid-19 Fund for Thailand, which supports frontline healthcare professionals working in rural areas and provides them with necessary medical equipment and anti-infection kits. The hotels and resorts where you can redeem your voucher are River Kwai Resotel, River Kwai Jungle Rafts, Hintok River Camp, Home Phutoey River Kwai, The FloatHouse River Kwai, The Rock Hua Hin, BLU Marine Hua Hin, Legendha Sukhothai, Le Charme Sukhothai, Hmong Hilltribe Lodge, Lampang River Lodge, The Legend Chiang Rai, Paradise Koh Yao and Hotel De Bangkok. Vouchers are valid for stays until May 31.

+ Plus: Vouchers can be purchased on Socialgiver's website, with the promo code "SOGIV", for an additional 10% discount.

Visit bit.ly/2VtbmR2 or www.serenatahotels.com.

Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong has launched exclusive packages for people who are looking for ways to treat their loved ones during or after this difficult time. Each voucher can be applied for accommodation, onsite dining venues and spa treatments at Quan Spa. Price starts from B5,000. Packages include Silver Package at B5,000 (five vouchers worth B1,500 each), Gold Package at B10,000 (20 vouchers worth B1,000 each), Platinum Package at B20,000 (40 vouchers worth B1,000 each, along with one voucher for a two-night stay in the Corner Suite).

+ Plus: Vouchers are valid until April 15, 2021.

Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong, Phloenchit Road / Call 02-125-5000, visit bit.ly/3eO5rOh, reservations via email Chanakan.Jankua@renaissancehotels.com.


WFH: Work From Hotel

If WFH is getting to you and you need a change of environment, try the ­other WFH aka Work From Hotel. Many hotels are renting out their rooms during the day, complete with all the office equipment one would need. Guests get to choose from a wide price range provided by budget hotels, upscale properties and everything in between.

Hotel Nikko Bangkok is offering a selection of stylish and cozy accommodation for B2,000 a day. Rooms come with B500 F&B credit to redeem at Oasis, the all-day-dining venue, check-in at 9am and checkout at 6pm. The offer is valid until May 31.

+ Plus: To stay overnight, pay an extra B500.

Hotel Nikko Bangkok, Sukhumvit 55 / Call 02-080-2111, visit www.nikkobangkok.com, reservations via email rsvn@nikkobangkok.com.

While Sala Hospitality Group's properties in Phuket, Koh Samui and Khao Yai are temporarily closed, its boutique hotels in Bangkok, Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai remain open. Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok has a day-use room offer that lets you work in style at the sleek waterfront retreat, paying only 50% of the best available rate, with suitable work facilities and a sweeping view of Wat Arun. The day-use is from 10am-5pm and guests will receive a B500 F&B voucher to redeem at the hotel's restaurants and bars.

+ Plus: Booking and staying periods are until Oct 31.

Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok, Maha Rat Road / Call 02-622-1388, visit www.salarattanakosin.com.

Accor Hotels offers its rooms for daytime use at 10 properties across Bangkok. Guests can book a room for up to eight hours a day (8am-8pm) and expect a clean space with a desk, high-speed internet and a complimentary lunch box. The 10 hotels are Grand Mercure Asoke Residence, Grand Mercure Bangkok Fortune, Mercure Bangkok Sukhumvit 11, Pullman Bangkok King Power, Pullman Bangkok Sukhumvit, VIE Hotel Bangkok-MGallery, ibis Styles Bangkok Sukhumvit Phra Khanong, ibis Styles Bangkok Sukhumvit 50, Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square and Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20. The package is valid for one person per room.

+ Plus: Rates begin at B690 (for ibis Styles hotels), B890 (for Novotel hotels) and B1,190 (for MGallery, Pullman and Grand Mercure hotels).

Visit bit.ly/2wFG2Fe.

Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok, Sukhumvit Thonglor offers guests a day-use deal in one of their 74 fully furnished apartments. Booking period is until May 31. Rates start at B1,200 per person, per day.

+ Plus: The offer comes with one lunch set and unlimited coffee and tea.

Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok, Sukhumvit 57 / Call 02-797-0555, visit fb.com/marriottbangkokthonglor, reservation via email mhrs.bkkms.sales@marriott.com.


Long Stays

For short-term or a monthly change of scenery, a few hotels have begun to temporarily operate as serviced apartments.

At Akyra Thonglor Bangkok, rental options for residence suites start at B28,100 per week. Take your pick between One, Two or Three-Bedroom Residences. They all come with sweeping city views, warm wood interiors, fully-equipped kitchenettes and separate living and dining areas. More facilities include an oversized bathtub, a king-sized bed, an LED smart TV, a writing table with a stationery set and high-speed internet. The hotel also offers free shuttle services to hospitals and medical care venues.

+ Plus: Guests who wish to prepare their own meals can head downstairs to the supermarket in the same building, which also houses a few restaurants for takeaway.

Akyra Thonglor Bangkok, Sukhumvit 55 / Call 02-090-9052, visit www.theakyra.com/bangkok/thonglor, reservation at bit.ly/2zakkdd.

T2 Residence Sathorn is offering long-stay packages in accommodations that are chic and minimalist. There are three packages to choose from: 10 nights (B8,800), 20 nights (B16,600) and 30 nights (B24,400). Room choices are One-Bed Executive, Deluxe Twin, Deluxe Queen and Suite. The rooms in T2 Residence Sathorn are rustic with modern amenities, like smart TV (Netflix included), a work desk, fridge and kitchenette with a microwave.

+ Plus: Guests receive a complimentary breakfast set ­delivered to their room daily.

T2 Residence Sathorn, Suan Plu 6 / Call 02-286-2366, visit bit.ly/34SsqDh.

Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri is offering their spacious Grand Deluxe Room for B60,000 a month. The room comes with a kitchenette, microwave, washing machine, daily housekeeping service and work desks.

+ Plus: The room sleeps three people.

Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri, Ratchadamri Road / Call 02-091-9000, visit grandecentrepointratchadamri.com.


Health & Wellness Package

Bangkok Hospital and Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok have launched a 14-day health watch package, offering Thais and expats a stay in a luxury accommodation while being attended to by medical service providers. The package includes a stay in the Wellness Suite with a private balcony, three daily meals, immune system supplements from the Royal Life Anti-Aging Center, a Covid-19 test at the end of the stay and daily health monitoring. The package is valid until May 31 and is priced at B50,000.

+ Plus: Indulge in a holistic concept of healthy living.

Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok, Witthayu Road / Call 02-666-3333, visit www.movenpick.com/bangkok-bdms, reservations via email resort.bdms.reservation@movenpick.com.

Rainforest Rising Campaign

Give back to nature at Anurak Community Lodge, which is set amid the lush greenery of Khao Sok National Park. The lodge's "Rainforest Rising Campaign" aka tree sapling planting project is in collaboration with the Forest Restoration and Research Unit of Chiang Mai University and the goal is to turn a vast area, that has been exploited in the past, green again. The final goal is to regenerate at least 10 rai to have the same biodiversity and be indistinguishable from the adjacent Khao Sok National Park. Sponsor a tree B300 and the resort will update you on the tree that you have "planted", as well as the overall progress of the project.

+ Plus: Sponsors receive a Rainforest Rising T-shirt.

Anurak Community Lodge, Phanom District, Surat Thani / Call 081-898-9271, visit anuraklodge.com or fb.com/anuraklodge.

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