Pan Pacific London Is Now Open


Located in Liverpool Street, Pan Pacific London is on the doorstep of world-renowned locations yet also home to its own inner world.  Sitting proudly in the landmark tower at One Bishopsgate Plaza, the hotel is situated near many of the City’s finest attractions including high-end shopping in Spitalfields, the Barbican cultural hub, and the stylish Shoreditch neighbourhood.

Epitomising the juxtaposition of old and new London architecture, Bishopsgate Plaza encapsulates not only a 43-storey bronze tower encompassing Pan Pacific London and private Sky Residence apartments, but also the 144-year old Devonshire House featuring designer shops, a destination restaurant and a contemporary cocktail bar. A landscaped public plaza seamlessly connects these two cultural hubs together, making it a 24-hour destination for meeting, living, working and discovering.


The hotel, including its accommodations, event spaces and public areas, has been created by esteemed design duo Yabu Pushelberg, who bring their signature style to the hotel sparked by the fusion of south-east Asian vibrancy and the refined elegance of traditional British design. A unique sanctuary in the middle of The City of London, modern lines and artistic flair run throughout the hotel’s public spaces whilst guest rooms offer a sense of peace and calm with curved walls and neutral colour palettes.

Guest Rooms and Suites

Led by a team of seasoned industry veterans, Pan Pacific Hotels Group’s acclaimed attention to detail and a proactive approach to environmental sustainability and wellness can be seen in the 237-guest rooms and suites which offer some of London’s finest accommodation. The signature Pan Pacific Suite, perched on the 19th floor, is the essence of luxury with spectacular views of city landmark, The Gherkin.

Guest rooms have been designed as retreats from the bustling city and feature a lighter colour palette offering peace and tranquillity to the private spaces while the omission of 90-degree angles in bedrooms and washrooms creates a gentle embrace where guests can seek rest and comfort.  Custom headboards act as personalised art pieces, adding a layer of calm through the depiction of oak, elder, elm and maple trees while accessories introduce small bursts of colour and organic forms to reinforce the tonal and tranquil nature of each guest room.

Diptyque amenities, a hot and cold minibar, and a curated library of books are just a few of the touches which ensure guests’ comfort. For ultimate wellbeing, an innovative ChiliSleep™ Ooler Sleep Cooling System to aid better sleep via temperature regulation is available upon request, and rooms come complete with yoga mats and on demand virtual yoga sessions, as well as health-benefiting botanical planting.

Food & Beverage

The hospitality offering at Pan Pacific London is unparalleled, with each of its five venues incorporating unique elements of the flavour, diversity and elegance of modern Singapore. Led by multi award-winning Executive Chef Lorraine Sinclair and renowned Executive Pastry Chef Cherish Finden, the hotel’s Straits Kitchen restaurant, Ginger Lily bar and The Orchid Lounge drawing room delights guests with new and innovative flavours. The team are working closely with British producers, Nurtured in Norfolk, to grow their own high quality Asian ingredients as well as sourcing local produce to help minimise the carbon footprint whilst bringing authentic flavours to the table.

Located at the top of the lobby’s spiral staircase, Straits Kitchen is an ode to Southeast Asia both through design and cuisine. Embracing a respectful approach to cooking inspired by heritage recipes, the menu at Straits Kitchen has been carefully crafted by the hotel’s Executive Chef Lorraine Sinclair working alongside Singaporean Group Executive Chef Tony Khoo and showcases the melting pot of cuisines represented in multicultural Singapore. Quirky, bold and bright, Straits Kitchen stands as a gem of the hotel, featuring two private dining spaces, custom dining tables and a custom wine-cabinet-as-art. Custom murals have been brought to life by En Viu which further enforce the restaurant’s Eastern influence, depicting Asian botanicals mirroring the unique flavours on the menu. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer guests unparalleled views of The City.

Located on the first floor, The Orchid Lounge offers a uniquely sumptuous and serene Afternoon Tea from award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Cherish Finden. Cherish brings her unique flair for Asian flavours to the traditional British tea with the Singaporean-inspired Kopi Tiam, celebrating bao, dim sum and choux. The afternoon tea is accompanied by exclusive tea blends from the Rare Tea Company as well as Champagnes and world-renowned English Sparkling Wines, further supporting the best of British produce.


The stylish design aesthetic combines with an unmatched wellness programme to offer the most innovative health and wellbeing haven in the capital.  Integrating fitness, nutrition, treatments and mindfulness, the hotel is one of the first in London to include an impressive 1,083m² floor dedicated to holistic wellness, featuring an 18.5m infinity pool and the latest equipment from TecnoBody®, including the D-Wall and conditioning gym, making it one of the most technologically advanced facilities showcased by any hotel gym in the UK.

In addition to high-performance training, aqua fitness in the hotel’s infinity pool is a unique addition to the wellbeing floor, along with mindful workshops and sustainable nutrition.  Spa treatments infuse Western science and clinical research with South East Asian tradition of clean beauty focusing on result-driven relaxation techniques, pregnancy treatments, and personal grooming rituals.  As part of the programming, guests may choose to enjoy Pan Pacific London’s in-room Wellbeing Experience as part of the integrative approach, comprising a wide range of equipment selection and digital content.

Pan Pacific London offers a serene haven away from the hustle and bustle, with every element carefully crafted and tailored to offer one of London’s most complete contemporary and luxury hotel experiences. The panelled wood screens which wrap the ground floor reception have been carried up and throughout the wellbeing floor to create continuity. Tall ceilings lend an inviting feel to the space whilst the spectacular poolside fireplace and sofas create a homely feeling making guests want to relax and linger.

Banyan Tree Marks Anniversary with Resort Credit Offers

Banyan Tree Marks Anniversary with Resort Credit Offers

 One of Southeast Asia’s most beloved hotel groups, Banyan Tree, is celebrating its 27th anniversary with a range of value-driven offers across more than 40 properties worldwide.

In Thailand, the group’s luxury resorts in Koh Samui and Krabi will provide daily credit vouchers to guests, which can be used at all on-site restaurants and spas to the tune of 2,000 baht (US$60) and 3,000 baht ($90) respectively.

Banyan Tree Samui will also include a complimentary round-trip airport transfer for guests.

The “Rediscover the World” promotion applies to bookings at all Banyan Tree hotels between 7 September and 15 October 2021; however, stays at the resorts can be taken any time until 7 September 2022 at Banyan Tree Samui, and until 31 July 2022 at Banyan Tree Krabi.

Founded by Singaporeans KP Ho and his wife Claire Chang, Banyan Tree’s foundations are deeply rooted in Thailand where they opened their first hotel back in 1994. However, the original site for their dream resort in Phuket was discovered to be sitting upon an abandoned tin mine and the soil was too toxic to support development. Unperturbed, the couple embarked on a program of regeneration, planting 7,000 trees and stimulating the growth of indigenous plants and flora.

Twenty-seven years later, the Banyan Tree brand has become synonymous with environmental awareness and wellbeing, winning numerous awards and adhering to the highest principles of sustainability.

Banyan Tree Krabi is the latest in the group’s lush tropical resorts to open in Thailand, launching in October 2020 despite the challenges of the covid pandemic. Situated at tranquil Tubkaek Beach, a 45-minute drive from Krabi International Airport, the new resort is flanked by nature — it tiers into a verdant forested landscape while facing Than Bok Khorani National Marine Park and its famous towering limestone cliffs, which jut from the Andaman Sea, one of Thailand’s most iconic and idyllic postcard images.

Banyan Tree Krabi has 72 suites and villas, each of which has its own private infinity pool and jet pool. Facilities at the hotel include two restaurants, a beach bar, a kids’ club, a fitness center, a meeting center, an elevated outdoor wedding deck, and in keeping with Banyan Tree’s global wellbeing branding — a rainforest-themed spa.

Perhaps one of Thailand’s most recognizable hotels for its picture-postcard location is Banyan Tree Samui, which opened in 2010. The resort is nestled into a tropical hillside overlooking a cove of white-sanded beach and sapphire sea, and each of the 88 villas on the lush 38-acre property boasts a private 35-sqm infinity pool.

Banyan Tree Samui was a Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Winner in 2020, and has consistently been voted one of the top resorts in Asia.

Both Banyan Tree Samui and Banyan Tree Krabi typify the brand by their atmosphere of “Thai-ness”. The signature Saffron Restaurant, available at either hotel, offers a menu of classic Thai cuisine and magnificent sea views, while the spas employ local Thai herbs in their massage products.

Banyan Tree’s design team has accentuated the ambience of luxury at each resort with Siamese architectural aspects such as pitched ceilings and Buddhist temple-shaped rooftops, as well as traditional Thai fabrics and artwork in the decor.

For reservations and more information about the Rediscover the World” promotion, go to:

Naladhu Private Island Maldives to Relaunch with a New Look

Naladhu Private Island Maldives to Relaunch in November with a New Look

Guests returning to the intimate haven of luxury that is Naladhu Private Island Maldives, will be greeted with a refreshed and stylish makeover of their favourite resort from November.

Home to just twenty ‘houses’, the resort is undergoing a full renovation, including the top suite, the Two Bedroom Pool Residence, which will reopen with its own 20 metre private beach. Naladhu’s redesign is being led by New York based designer Yuji Yamazaki, with new sleeker furniture throughout and a brighter stylish colour palette.

Guests will enjoy over 300 sqm of living space in either a garden Beach House with Pool offering direct access to the white sands and lagoon, or an Ocean House with Pool and Private Beach Cabana featuring a large terrace with panoramic ocean view, in addition to its own private cabana on the beach with an oversized day bed. Bespoke service will be offered by the villas’ private butlers, to be known as Kuwaanus.

Located on the edge of a pristine lagoon in the South Malé Atoll, Naladhu Private Island is 30 minutes by luxury speedboat from Velana International Airport in Malé. Naladhu looks forward to welcoming guests once again in November 2021.

Meliá Koh Samui’s ‘Island Indulgence’ Experience Marks Island’s

As Thailand’s Koh Samui island opens to international tourists, Meliá Koh Samui has launched a package anchored by a stay in a meticulously refurbished merchant vessel.

Overlooking secluded Choeng Mon Beach on the north-eastern tip of Koh Samui island in the Gulf of Thailand, the resort’s “Island Indulgence” offer comprises a minimum of seven nights in a Premium Room or Boat Suite.

The package is priced from THB 22,222 (USD 676) nett for a Premium Room and THB 25,555 (USD 777) nett for a Boat Suite for direct bookings until March 24, 2022 for stays until March 31, 2022, and includes:

  • Daily breakfast for two
  • A cocktail each for two per stay
  • 20% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • 50% discount on spa treatments at YHI Spa
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Round trip hospital transfers for international travelers who require a third RT-PCR Test
  • Two pieces of laundry per person per day

The Premium Rooms feature a separate bathtub and shower, with a large private balcony overlooking a 700-metre-long lagoon pool that meanders through the resort’s grounds like a river. The elegant two-story Boat Suites are made from refurbished teak wood merchant vessels that are more than 100 years old and once plied the Gulf of Thailand’s waters.

For reservations, contact or call +66 (0) 77 938 899.

Island Indulgence requires a minimum stay of seven consecutive nights and is valid for bookings from now until March 24, 2022 for stays from now until March 31, 2022. The package is priced at THB 22,222 (USD 676) nett for a Premium Room, and THB 25,555 (USD 777) nett for a Boat Suite for seven nights; room rates are inclusive of seven percent VAT, 10 percent services charge and one percent provincial tax. Room rates extended on a pro-rata basis for additional nights. Full prepayment is required at the time of booking. The offer is non-refundable and two free amendments per booking are permitted.

Requirements for entry to Koh Samui:

  • Proof international traveler has spent previous 21 days in low- or medium-risk country
  • Proof international traveler has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • A negative RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours before departure
  • COVID-19 health insurance with minimum coverage of USD 100,000
  • Confirmation of booking at a Samui Extra+ hotel (seven nights) extended to a SHA+ certified hotel from the eighth night
  • A Certificate of Entry (COE) from Thai Embassy or Consulate
  • Download and activate the application specified for Koh Samui upon arrival
  • RT-PCR test on arrival


Meliá Koh Samui, a certified SHA+ hotel, is able to accept reservations for international travelers who spend at least seven days in Phuket or a Samui Extra+ hotel with a negative result on their second RT-PCR test.


Travelers are required to follow the COVID-19 “DMHTTA” precautions that include distancing, mask-wearing, hand-washing, temperature testing, Covid-19 testing, and installation of the mobile application specified for Koh Samui.


Information is based on the latest updates from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and is subject to change. For more information, please visit


The St. Regis Hong Kong “L’Envol & Stay”

The St. Regis Hong Kong is delighted to unveil its latest “L’Envol & Stay” package, inviting guests to combine an exquisite dining experience at L’Envol, a Two-Michelin starred French restaurant followed by a luxurious stay at the hotel. Echoing the meaning of “take off” in French and indulging guests in innovative French cuisine, L’Envol provides guests with a guaranteed dinner reservation for two persons and a HKD1,000 dining credit. Guests can also enjoy a room upgrade to a Grand Deluxe Room, Premier Room or St. Regis Suite at a special rate.The “L’Envol & Stay” package inclusive of overnight stay at St. Regis Hong Kong is available from HKD 3,588 per night per room plus service charge until 31st October 2021.

A curated mansion known for its uncompromising refinement and bespoke service, all guests will experience the hallmark St. Regis Butler service, offering personalised, seamless and round-the-clock service that is a St. Regis tradition, allowing each guest’s stay to be customised according to their tastes and preferences. To complete an enchanting evening with gastronomic delights, L’Envol features an innovative interpretation of French haute cuisine helmed by Culinary Director, Olivier Elzer, incorporating the use of seasonal ingredients and produce from France and Asia.

Napasai, A Belmond Hotel Koh Samui is excited to welcome guests back

A Belmond Hotel, Koh Samui, part of the world’s leading luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is excited to welcome guests back for an authentic and luxurious Thai experience like no other. A certified “SHA Plus” hotel for the ‘Samui Plus’ scheme, guests are promised a safe haven at Napasai. Set in between the jungle and sea, Napasai is the perfect destination to savour peace and privacy with its secluded sandy beach, beautiful standalone villas and suites and infinity-edge freshwater pool for guests to experience the spirit of Thailand at Napasai’s spa with treatments rooted in holistic practices, natural ingredients and Thai medicine.

Encompassing the destination’s vast array of gourmet highlights and nestled among sprawling cashew and coconut groves, Napasai also offers a taste sensation in a tropical paradise where the ocean is never far from view. Adding to the authentic flavours, many ingredients are grown in the hotel’s secret garden including, Kaffir leaves, basil, lemongrass, parsley, galangal, pea flowers and winged beans.

In accordance with the ‘Samui Plus’ guidelines, travellers can book their stay at Napasai from day eight onwards, following a negative result for the first PCR test upon arrival in Koh Samui. Rates start from THB10,500++ per night, inclusive of daily breakfast. For reservations, please visit or contact the reservations team at / 077 429200 for more information. For more details on the “Samui Plus” scheme, please visit the Thai embassy website here.

Dusit Hua Hin with the opening of pet-friendly

With a wide range of modern facilities and state-of-the-art air filtration systems, the new hotel offers a comfortable, convenient and safe escape for families and groups of friends in the heart of the popular seaside town, just 200km south of Bangkok

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has expanded its operations in the kingdom with the opening of dusitD2 Hua Hin, an upscale pet-friendly retreat in the heart of Hua Hin, a popular seaside destination just three hours by car from Bangkok.

Located just a seven-minute walk from Hua Hin’s main beach and near popular local attractions such as Cicada Market and Bluport Hua Hin Resort Mall, the new hotel is designed to offer a modern and comfortable haven where families and groups of friends can recharge, relax, and easily discover everything the destination has to offer, with space to bring their pets with them.

Alongside 152 contemporary guest rooms and suites ranging in size from 30 to 92 sq m, including selected rooms equipped with pet-friendly amenities for up to two pets, the bright and airy property offers a wide range of facilities for work, rest and play.

Current dining facilities include Cafe Soi, an all-day dining restaurant where guests can take a culinary journey to Southern Thailand and indulge in traditional delicacies from Surat Thani, Phuket, Songkhla, Krabi and beyond; Som Bar, a vibrant rooftop bar inspired by Hollywood party pads where guests can enjoy cocktails and admire panoramic sea views; and Dusit Gourmet, Dusit’s signature bakery and coffee shop, where guests can indulge in a variety of Thai and international favourites, all made using high-quality ingredients.

Alongside a rooftop infinity pool, a large garden, and a fully equipped gym, the hotel also offers an extensive kids club, The Beary Club, featuring a children’s swimming pool, a play area with a sandbox and a treehouse, and a wide range of activities for children ages 3 to 15. Bag painting, tree planting, cooking classes, and treasure hunts led by friendly mascot ‘Beary’ – a unique ‘half bear, half hog deer’ character specially designed to raise awareness of endangered animals in the region – are just some of the fun activities offered. All children are given a Beary Map on arrival with the chance to win an ice cream by collecting stamps throughout the property.

All room types, from the airy Deluxe to the spacious Two-Bedroom Suite, feature the latest in connectivity, with high-speed internet access and 55” 4K UHD Smart TVs for easy streaming of entertainment. Each room and public area is also equipped with a Panasonic Nanoe™ X machine, which filters the air to eliminate odours and inhibit the activity of airborne bacteria and pet-derived allergens.

Guests seeking to stay on top of work during their travels will find plenty of quiet, thoughtfully designed corners to focus on their important tasks. The versatile and well-equipped Dok Jok function room is also available for up to 76 people in a theatre-style arrangement, or 37 people in a classroom set-up, ensuring ample space for safe and memorable gatherings.

Alongside Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality, all guests also benefit from Dusit’s carefully crafted ‘Dusit Care’ services. Designed to offer ultimate peace of mind, these go beyond enhanced hygiene protocols to deliver additional convenience, experience and value while maximising guest safety. Flexible check-in, anytime breakfast, and mobile payment methods are just some of the services offered.

dusitD2 Hua Hin, which officially opens on 16 July 2021, is Dusit’s third hotel in Hua Hin. The renowned Dusit Thani Hua Hin, a deluxe beachside resort, has been operating in the destination for 30 years. Dusit also recently began managing Seapine Recreation Centre, next to Suanson beach. Dusit International’s property portfolio now comprises more than 300 properties, across six brands, in 17 countries worldwide.

To mark its opening, dusitD2 Hua Hin is now offering The Journey has Begun package featuring accommodation in a Deluxe room, breakfast for two adults, an extra bed for children under 18 years old, and 20% food and beverage discount at Cafe Soi and Som Bar.

Available for booking from 16 July 2021 for stay dates through 31 August 2021, the package starts at THB 2,499 net per night. Guests who book to stay two consecutive nights will also receive a southern set dinner for two at Cafe Soi.

For more information about the hotel and its opening room rates, please visit



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Notes to Editor


About Dusit International


Established in 1948, Dusit International is a leading hospitality group listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Building on its two core areas of business – Hotels & Resorts and Hospitality Education – the company has expanded its operations over the past four years to comprise five business units. The additional units include Foods, Property Development, and Hospitality-Related Services. Today, the company’s property portfolio comprises more than 300 distinctive hotels, resorts and luxury villas operating under six brands across 17 countries worldwide, as well as two leading hospitality colleges with campuses in Thailand and the Philippines. Following a three-pronged strategy for sustainable growth, including balance, expansion and diversification, the company has recently expanded into food production, on-demand hospitality services, and property development to reach new markets and add further recurring streams of revenue to the company.


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IHG Hotels & Resorts

After closure of its international borders for over a year, Phuket reopens today and will welcome vaccinated international travellers back for a long-overdue island vacation. Nothing says welcome like beautiful, lofty palm trees, cool ocean breeze, pristine white sandy beaches and iconic Thai architecture and design to satiate the summer wanderlust with IHG Hotels & Resorts.

Even though it’s a different world right now, globally guests are looking for a chance to get out and explore the world – with more than half saying they plan to rebook cancelled trips from 2020. Almost 40% said that they were most looking forward to being able to sightsee – with 23% saying that they wanted to see something new according to a recent IHG consumer survey.

Rajit Sukumaran, Managing Director, South East Asia and Korea, IHG Hotels & Resorts: “The reopening of Phuket to vaccinated travellers marks a positive step, not just for Thailand but for Asia too. We are making more meaningful progress towards global recovery, with vaccine rollouts, ease of restrictions and an acceleration in economic activity. We are confident that Thailand’s booming tourism industry will return – history has shown us this before and we know there’s pent up demand for travel when people can do so again.

As we look ahead, we’ve all had a lot of time to think about what travel means to us, what trips are most important, and how we want to reconnect with loved ones. So, whether it’s that longed-for family beach vacation, a weekend getaway with friends, your first in-person business meeting, or a special anniversary trip – our family of 16 brands is ready to welcome travellers back with confidence, as we embark on the next chapter of travel.”

All IHG Rewards members will enjoy 5,000 bonus points per stay, daily breakfast, guaranteed room upgrade, 25% off food and beverage as well as early check-in and late check-out, when they book a five-night stay by 25 July 2021 for stay from 4 July to 23 December 2021. To find out more about IHG Rewards or sign up for a complimentary membership, please visit Rediscover the island life with IHG Hotels & Resorts at its four SHA Plus certified* hotels and resorts now:

InterContinental Phuket Resort

Nestled on the powder-soft sand of Kamala Beach, InterContinental Phuket Resort resides in the most exclusive area on the stunning west coast of Phuket. Opened in late 2019, it is the latest hotel to open under the global luxury brand in Thailand. Inspired by the natural landscape of its location, the beachfront resort features a collection of 221 elegant rooms and villas with panoramic view of the Andaman Sea and is surrounded by pine forests.

Also available at the resort are four restaurants and bars, including Jaras, a modern Thai fine-dining that celebrates sustainably sourced products from the island’s fishermen and farmers. Sati Spa offers exceptional signature treatments specially designed with the guests in mind. From treatments featuring customized flower scents based on guest’s day of birth to the world’s first unique application of Khit triangle pillow to enhance the comfort and benefits of Thai massage.

Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong

Patong paints an electrifying scene – its tropical forest, neon lights and fishing boats that are festooned with bright sashes making up Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong’s neighbourhood’s story.

Drawing inspiration from Patong’s deep cultural roots and the resort town’s spectacular surroundings, its design concept infuses hues from the island’s natural environment. Patterns from Sino-Portuguese architecture and motifs from Patong’s fishing village heritage are woven throughout the hotel, as each area represents different aspects of the beach town. Not to be missed – the hotel gym pays homage to Thailand’s signature combat sport, Muay Thai, while its guestrooms blend the bright colour palettes of its local nightlife with a coastal fishing theme.

Holiday Inn Resort Phuket

A firm family favourite in Phuket, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket is one of the first resorts to open in Patong Beach. It offers dedicated Kids’ Pool and a Kids’ Club with an array of wholesome fun and education activities, both on land and in the water. For those travelling with young children, treat the family to a Kids’ Suite with either a ‘Pirate’ or ‘Sea World’ theme, or the interconnecting Family Suite that provides two bedrooms for additional privacy. Kids stay and eat free at all Holiday Inn hotels and resorts.

Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong

Situated in the heart of Patong, Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong is perfect for savvy travellers looking for a fuss-free stay. Just steps away from a myriad of entertainment and shopping options such as Bangla Road and Jungceylon Shopping Mall, and a 15-minute drive to the historic Old Phuket Town. Start each morning with a free Express Start® Breakfast or Grab and Go option and stay connected with free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

As part of IHG Hotels & Resorts, guests will stay assured and safe with the enhanced IHG Way Of Clean using new, science-led protocols and service measures in partnership with industry leading experts Cleveland Clinic, Ecolab and Diversey – including IHG Clean Promise to give guests greater confidence and hotel teams the protection needed.

Please note: As announced by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health, international travellers, who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 no less than 14 days before the travel date, can now travel to Phuket under the “Phuket Sandbox’ scheme from 1 July 2021 onwards. All travellers under the scheme are required to stay in SHA-Plus certified hotels. For the latest travel guidelines to Phuket and Thailand, please visit

*The Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus certificate indicates that a business not only has in place the required safety and hygiene standards for Covid-19, but that at least 70% of its employees have been fully vaccinated.

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket welcomes first international guests as part of the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ programme

Resort gives a safe and warm welcome to travellers from overseas with  SHA Plus+ certified hygiene standards and a range of new guest experiences.

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, a luxurious beachfront resort owned and operated by Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has officially welcomed its first international guests as part of Thailand’s ‘Phuket Sandbox’ programme for travellers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

A Dutch national who is flying to Phuket from Singapore will receive an especially warm welcome when he checks in to the resort as the first overseas traveller to arrive for a two-week vacation at the property this evening. International visits like this, made possible by Phuket Sandbox, signal a positive step forward for Thailand’s embattled tourism industry, which has been hit particularly hard by the knock-on effects of COVID-19 and prolonged border closures to prevent the spread of the virus.

By allowing vaccinated travellers from overseas to visit the island with no quarantine requirements, the Phuket Sandbox model serves as a unique and experimental platform for driving the wider reopening of major tourism provinces, and Dusit is determined to do everything it can to help make the programme a success.

More than 70% of Phuket’s population has been vaccinated to allow for the island’s reopening, as has all of Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket’s staff. The TAT also introduced a new sanitary safety standard, SHA Plus+, which is awarded to properties that strictly follow official COVID-19 control guidelines and uphold the highest hygiene standards. In total, Phuket is home to 1,389 SHA Plus+ certified establishments. Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket is one of 882 hotels to receive certification.

The TAT expects between 400 to 500 international travellers to arrive in Phuket on 1 July, when the Phuket Sandbox model is officially launched. Reservations on the books for Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket in July stand at approximately 40% occupancy. The number of international arrivals in Phuket is expected to be around 129,000 within July to September, rising from Q4 onwards.

Set on the white sands of Bang Tao beach overlooking the Andaman Sea and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket comprises 253 elegant rooms, suites and villas. Amongst other facilities, it offers five dining outlets, a fully equipped gym, tennis and sports courts, a luxurious spa, an outdoor swimming pool, a watersports centre, a children’s play area, and easy access to the neighbouring 18-hole Laguna Phuket Golf Course.

Guests can also enjoy a range of complimentary activities reflecting responsible tourism practices. Among some of the options offered are guided tours to support local fishing villages; sustainable crafts workshops such as upcycled tie-dye and bag painting; cooking classes featuring locally sourced ingredients; and Thai cultural workshops where guests can learn more about the history of Phuket and the island’s unique traditions and customs.

Dusit’s new group-wide wellness concept, Devarana Wellness, also offers complimentary activities that enhance emotional and physical resilience, such as yoga, meditation, and breathwork. A Family Retreat Programme, meanwhile, features a mini-farm workshop, educational kids camp, stand up paddleboarding, and other entertaining and enriching experiences for adults and children alike.

To mark its opening, the resort is offering three special Back to Paradise packages inclusive of free nights, daily breakfast, and other exclusive privileges. For more details, please visit:


The Langham, Hong Kong, is honoured to present a charity exhibition titled It’s All In The Art in the hotel lobby, Paint. Eat. Sip. in Artesian, and a Paint and Stay staycation package, featuring Hong Kong-based Italian artist, Francesco Lietti.

According to Marcel Holman, the managing director of The Langham, Hong Kong, “Truly an art gallery to stay in, The Langham, Hong Kong is home to an impressive lineup of artworks. At The Langham, we are very passionate about art, and strive to provide an aesthetically stimulating experience for our guests. Combining this passion and our commitment to giving back to the local community, we are delighted to launch the It’s All In The Art exhibition, Paint. Eat. Sip and a staycation package together with Francesco Lietti”.

Lietti will be donating 20% of the proceeds from the paintings sold during this exhibition to Matilda’s Children Foundation, while The Langham, Hong Kong will be auctioning the completed collaborative art piece from the Paint. Eat. Sip sessions, guided by Lietti and donating the proceeds to the same local charity. Matilda’s Children Foundation exists to provide life changing surgeries at no cost to underprivileged children in desperate need of treatment and have no other means of receiving care, around Southeast Asia.

This charity exhibition by The Langham, Hong Kong follows their recent 20 March International Day of Happiness community initiative, where the hotel team showed their support for healthcare professionals by donating 125 sets of the brand’s signature afternoon tea sets to the staff working at COVID-19 testing around its neighbourhood in Kowloon.

Holman added, “The Langham, Hong Kong has won over many guests with its superb location; being strategically located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui and within a stone’s throw away from the famous Victoria harbour. For our guests and for myself, the iconic harbour skyline continues to be absolutely mesmerising. We are honoured to be partnering with Francesco, who is both a visionary and a creative maven, and very well-known for his skyline paintings”.

In It’s All In The Art, Lietti shows a collection of his painted scenes from all over Asia. Through the use of striking colours, the artist captures the essence of the famous Hong Kong harbour skyline and other city skylines, and makes it his own.

According to Lietti, “I have been living in Hong Kong for almost 16 years and this beautiful city is my home now. This partnership with The Langham to contribute to those in need is a very rewarding opportunity! I am thrilled to be working with Marcel and his team, and am really looking forward to painting another skyline piece, collaboratively with the hotel guests”.

Inspired by travel and discovery, he brings his views onto the canvas through different in-depth stages of elements, layers and colours, and are rendered in bold and highly saturated hues.

Paint. Sip. Eat. with Francesco Lietti

The Paint. Sip. Eat evenings are a fun way to uncork one’s creativity. Participants can enjoy a few drinks and some food while painting together on a single large 150x100cm canvas to produce a collaborative art piece based on the theme of the Hong Kong skyline.

Painting or creative experience is not required, anyone can do it! The artist in residence, Lietti, will be guiding the participants from start to finish.


Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Dates: 24 June, 1 July, 8 July 2021
Venue: Artesian
Price: HK$500* per person including 2 Italian Gin & Tonics plus canapes

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Paint & Stay Staycation

Truly an art gallery to stay in, The Langham, Hong Kong is home to an impressive lineup of artworks. Reinforcing our passion about art, The Langham, Hong Kong, is thrilled to partner with Hong Kong-based Italian painter, Francesco Lietti on launching this staycation package. Guided by Lietti, our artist in residence, create tasteful pieces of artwork that you can cherish as part of this truly unique experience. The 2.5-hour painting class with Lietti will be for one guest and will include paints, paint brushes, and a canvas to paint on.

The package includes:

  • 2.5-hour painting class with Francesco Lietti for 1 person. Supplement at $400* for second person.
  • A complimentary upgrade to City View Room
  • Buffet breakfast for 2 persons
  • HK$1,000 dining credit per room per night
  • A complimentary bottle of red wine
  • A set of canvas, paints, brushes for 1 person. Supplement at $200* for second person.


Book dates: 11 Jun – 22 August 2021

Stay dates: 26-27 June, 10-11 July, 24-25 July, 7-8 August, 21-22 August 2021

Lead time: 7 days

Rates: From HK$2,238*

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