Ring in the New Year with Chiva-Som Hua Hin

Avani+ Koh Lanta Krabi Resort. (Photo: Avani Hotels & Resorts)

To welcome the upcoming holiday season, Chiva-Som in Hua Hin is hosting an array of activities for both guests and local residents.

Welcoming the arrival of the Year of the Tiger, guests will be treated to an evening of live music and a wellness dinner themed around the resort's commitment to sustainability in the wellness industry on New Year's Eve.

To begin the celebrations, guests are invited to join the Chiva-Som team for poolside mocktails followed by a healthy international wellness dinner at the resort's Taste of Siam restaurant. Guests will have the opportunity to join a glass blowing workshop, with a beautiful glass tiger souvenir to take home. Counting down to 2022 will see an exclusive performance by a local choir and live band entertainment.

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Koh Samui gets a new secluded villa retreat

S Hotels and Resorts has unveiled SAii Koh Samui Bophut, an all-pool suite and villa retreat on Koh Samui, Surat Thani.

Opened just last week, this low-rise sanctuary is nestled on Hanuman Bay, a secluded 300m-long stretch of sand on Samui's pristine northeast shore. Surrounded by lush foliage and coconut palms, this eco-sensitive resort allows guests to unwind and escape the outside world. Samui International Airport is only a short distance away, enabling domestic and international travellers to come and go with ease.

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Chiva-Som in Hua Hin. (Photo: Kiattipong Panchee)

Avani marks 10 years with perks for guests

With travellers the world over excitedly making plans for international trips, Avani Hotels & Resorts invites them to join the brand's 10th birthday celebrations with special room amenities and bar perks available at all properties from now until tomorrow.

Avani properties worldwide will celebrate an extraordinary journey that saw the brand grow from one hotel to over 30 in just 10 years. Avani's story started in October 2011 when Geoffrey Bawa designed Avani Bentota Resort near the southern tip of Sri Lanka. The tropical island was the perfect birthplace for a brand inspired by the Sanskrit word for earth and rooted in nature and adventure.

In 2014, Avani went urban with the opening of Avani Atrium, the brand's first city hotel located in Bangkok's New Phetchaburi Road, smack in the middle of all the downtown action. In the next few years, the brand added Avani Seychelles, a stunning African debut, and Avani Victoria Falls, the 10th property, before expanding into Australia, New Zealand and Europe in 2017 with the opening of Avani Avenida Liberdade Lisbon, the brand's European flagship. Shortly after, the Avani+ brand extension was unveiled in Laos, spotlighting historic and design-led properties.

2019 saw the arrival of another Asian icon for Avani with the highly anticipated opening of FCC Angkor by Avani in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In 2021, the 34th hotel joined the family -- Avani+ Mai Khao in sunny Phuket -- adding 6,000+ keys to Avani's worldwide inventory.

Guests have plenty of exciting openings to look forward to, starting with Avani+ Koh Lanta Resort that will be opening by Dec 20, followed by Avani+ Khao Lak Resort and Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort, scheduled to open in 2022. A little further down the line are Avani Muscat in Oman and another Thai addition, Avani Chaweng Samui.

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Tinidee Hotel Bangkok gets SHA+ certification

Tinidee Hotel Bangkok Golf Club in Pathum Thani has been awarded Thailand's Safety & Health Administration SHA Plus+ certification from the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The "+" signifies that more than 70% of the hotel's employees have been fully vaccinated.

SHA Plus+ follows on from the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) certification programme that was launched last year in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and requires strict compliance with "new normal" standards of hygiene, health and safety. Tinidee Hotel Bangkok Golf Club was SHA-accredited in June 2020.

In addition, the hotel is certified in accordance with the Safe Travels Standards of the World Travel & Tourism Council.

Tinidee Hotel Bangkok Golf Club offers the perfect getaway for business and leisure. Nestled between two of Thailand's finest golf courses and in a tranquil setting, the hotel is less than an hour from downtown Bangkok and just 50 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

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