Pre-purchase deals available for Centara

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket.

Centara Hotels & Resorts is launching special hotel deals with savings of up to 40% in the latest phase of its Centara Pre-Purchased Nights offer for hotels and resorts across Thailand.

From now until June 20, guests can pre-purchase 12, 24 or 36 nights valid for 12 months from the date of purchase with special bulk discount rates starting from 969 baht per room per night, including complimentary stays for up to two children. These pre-purchased nights can be used consecutively, across multiple separate stays, or shared as gifts with friends and loved ones at any participating Centara Grand, Centara, Centra and COSI property hotel within the same pricing tier.

CentaraThe1 members who make their purchase while logged into their member account can use the promo code BULKC1 to receive an additional 5% discount on top of the special bulk discount rates. Members can also purchase their desired number of nights using cash, CentaraThe1 points or a combination of both. Thai guests can also take advantage of Centara's 0% interest credit card payment plan for three months.

The discounted rates are valid for use at participating Centara hotels and resorts in must-visit destinations in Krabi, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Pattaya, Udon Thani and more. In addition to the multi-property bulk purchases, guests can also enjoy special bulk pricing specifically for the following six hotel favourites -- Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld; Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya; Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin; Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket; Centra by Centara Maris Resort Jomtien; and Centra by Centara Cha Am Beach Resort Hua Hin.


Meliá Chiang Mai's YHI Spa Introduces 'Coconut Pampering'. 

Get coconut pampering at Melia Chiang Mai

Yhi Spa at Meliá Chiang Mai is going coconuts with a new package dedicated to the tropical fruit that detoxifies and rejuvenates the skin.

Coconut Pampering begins with a 60-minute coconut body polish to exfoliate dead skin cells and soften the skin, followed by a 60-minute aromatherapy massage with virgin coconut oil to prevent dry skin and protect it against ageing. A warm cup of Yhi's coconut charcoal tea rounds out the treatment, further relaxing the senses and calming the mind.

The 120-minute Coconut Pampering package is 2,950 baht per person and available daily at Yhi Spa from 10am to 10pm from April 1 to June 30.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne Christopher Cypert

Ritz-Carlton now open in Melbourne

Ritz-Carlton recently announced the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne, debuting an oasis of elevated luxury in the heart of the metropolis. Soaring 80 storeys above the city, the new hotel brings the brand's legendary service and contemporary aesthetic to Australia's arts and epicurean capital.

Set on the western side of Melbourne's central business district, The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne celebrates the country's ancient stories and vibrant cultures, filtered through a distinctly Melbourne lens. Designed by Australian architects Cottee Parker, the hotel's stunning spaces, from the ground floor gallery to the Sky Lobby Reception on Level 80, showcase an acknowledgement of place and indigenous heritage, expressed through the beautifully curated artworks that adorn the arrival lobby walls. The interiors of the hotel, designed by BAR Studio, capture Melbourne's unique identity with influences from its indigenous story, Victorian-era gold rush, European heritage and fabled laneway life. Further bringing the destination to life for guests, every evening in the arrival lobby, an immersive cultural soundscape maps the city's story and combines the beat and rhythm of Australia's past, present and future.


Harry Potter park to open in Tokyo

A Harry Potter studio tour park will open on June 16 in Tokyo, the first of its kind outside Britain, giving fans access to behind-the-scenes experiences, including the chance to see the sets, original props and costumes of the popular films.

The Warner Bros Studio Tour Tokyo - The Making Of Harry Potter is a walk-through tour designed so that fans can step into the fantasy world of the films, based on the novels of the same name by British author J.K. Rowling.

It will be the second such facility following Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making Of Harry Potter, which opened in Britain in 2012 and has had over 17 million visitors, said the operator Warner Bros Studios Japan.

The Tokyo version will be the largest indoor Harry Potter attraction in the world, and visitors can expect to spend around four hours exploring the only Harry Potter studio tour park to open in Asia, it said.

The tickets, set at prices of ¥6,300 (1,650 baht) for adults, ¥5,200 for high school and junior high school students and ¥3,800 for children aged four years and older, need to be reserved in advance. Sales of tickets for slots between June 16 and Sept 30 began on March 22.

The theme park features a replica set of Platform 9 3/4, used by students of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to catch the Hogwarts Express and travel into the wizarding world. Visitors to the park can board a replica of the fictional steam locomotive. The park will feature restaurants and cafes serving British delicacies such as afternoon tea, fish and chips and roast beef as well as a shop, set to be the world's largest Harry Potter store, with items exclusively made for the Tokyo version. The park, located in Tokyo's Nerima Ward, is being built on what was the 30,000m² site of Toshimaen park, formerly one of the largest amusement parks in Tokyo, which was closed in Aug 2020 after nearly 100 years.


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