Qatar Airways partners with chef Ton for meals
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Qatar Airways partners with chef Ton for meals

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Qatar Airways partners with chef Ton for meals
A dish by chef Thitid "Ton" Tassanakajohn.

Qatar Airways recently announced an exclusive collaboration with Thai celebrity chef Thitid "Ton" Tassanakajohn to launch refreshed first- and business-class meals of Thai-inspired signature dishes for flights between Thailand and Doha.

Curated by chef Ton, best known as the Thai culinary genius behind Asia's No.1 and No.3 restaurants, Le Du and Nusara, from the prestigious Asia's Best 50 Restaurants list, this exclusive menu features entrées, main courses and dessert, available to all business-class passengers starting in December. Besides Thailand, this special menu will also be available to Qatar Airways' operations in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Chef Thitid "Ton" Tassanakajohn. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

Chef Ton's menu features a mix of newly-created dishes as well as signature classics from Michelin-starred Le Du. Passengers can look forward to the iconic Le Du river prawn dish and coconut sago dessert onboard, while the salmon entrée, beef short rib curry and lobster curry were specially created by chef Ton for Qatar Airways.

Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort. 

Le Meridien Chiang Rai announces special deals

Au Soleil by Le Meridien announces special promotions available at Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort.

The first is the Au Soleil Premium Camping Picnic where guests can sit back and relax while experiencing a picnic by the magnificent Kok River. Delectable international and local creations at Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort are available at 2,999 baht/set from 3-5pm. The promotion must be booked at least one day in advance.

Second is Golden Hour with Au Soleil featuring the beauty of golden hour from the beautiful scenery of the Kok River while sipping crafted drinks with a 50% discount on select items available Sunday to Thursday from 5.30-6.30pm; and Friday to Saturday from 5.30-8pm at Favola Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort.

The Au Soleil Room Offer at Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort is also available for 4,900 baht per night in a Deluxe Garden View Room for two persons including daily breakfast for two. The package includes one gelato or sorbet -- Le Scoop by Le Meridien -- per person; resort credit of 500 baht per night; and 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points per night.

The room offer is valid for booking and stay from now until Oct 31. Visit bit.ly/AuSoleilCEIMDENG.

Luxury brand andBeyond opens lodge in Bhutan

Luxury travel company andBeyond has celebrated the launch of its first lodge in Asia, andBeyond Punakha River Lodge, situated in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

Situated on the banks of the Mo Chu River in the Punakha Valley, the lodge features six tented suites as well as a two-bedroom villa with a private pool and a one-bedroom villa. Like all andBeyond's properties, the lodge draws inspiration from its natural surroundings and combines traditional Bhutanese style with a unique twist.

The site also allows andBeyond to offer a variety of activities and experiences that are unmatched in the area, including cycling, river rafting and kayaking, as well as exceptional nature hikes and birding opportunities.

Email andBeyond@upcyclecomms.com.

Mandarin Oriental, Porto Cervo. 

Sardinia set for new Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental recently announced the development of a new luxury resort in Sardinia, located in the northeast of the island in the heart of Costa Smeralda.

Set to open its doors in mid-2026, Mandarin Oriental, Porto Cervo will comprise 83 meticulously designed rooms and suites offering guests comfort and breathtaking views. Five restaurants and bars will entice diners with a variety of culinary offerings, while the Spa at Mandarin Oriental will provide award-winning wellness experiences. Fitness enthusiasts will appreciate the state-of-the-art fitness centre, and those seeking relaxation can indulge in the large indoor and outdoor pools nestled amid lush gardens. The hotel will also feature an exclusive Beach Club on the beautiful Porto Paglia beach.

Visit mandarinoriental.com.

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