Koh Samui, Thailand, July 2014 – Banyan Tree Samui was awarded as “Quality Selection 2014” by HolidayCheck, the Europe’s largest online travel and holiday portal.
The award based on positive guest’s reviews and feedback. The winning hotels are selected based on a formula with three criteria included Number of reviews, Recommendation rate and guest’s feedback. Banyan Tree Samui is one of the hotels in Samui that has been selected to receive the “Quality Selection 2014” with a hotel rating of 5.8 / 6 recommendation rate.
Banyan Tree Samui would like to thank all guests for their continuous support. The management and associates of Banyan Tree Samui greatly appreciate every guest comment and use the feedback to continually improve its world class hospitality standards and strive to exceed our guest’s expectations and maximizing their satisfaction.
This award is truly an expression of appreciation from the guests to our team’s excellence.
Koh Samui, Thailand, May 2014 – Banyan Tree Samui today announced that it has received 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.
Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Banyan Tree Samui and we’d like to thank all our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.
BANGKOK, 14 May 2014 -Whisgars premier whisky and cigar bar is to open its first Thai island location in Koh Samui, at the famously hip Mediterranean-style Beach Republic, right on beautiful Lamai Beach – the island’s “self-contained luxury destination” of choice for guests seeking stunning ocean views, deluxe accommodation and now the best beachside whiskies and cigars on Earth.
Whisgars Tasting Room at Beach Republic, due to open around May 2014, will offer a boutique cigar and whisky lounge area with opulent indoor seating for just 10 persons in addition to the bar at the ocean club. It will present the entire range of Whisgars’ single cask Scotch and international whisky collections, plus one of Asia’s finest hand-selected cigar ranges.
Eddy Guerra, Vice President for ChindAsia Capital Partners Limited, the investment group behind Whisgars, said, “ChindAsia has successfully launched the first Whisgars premier whisky and cigar club in Asia in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok, and is now looking to grow the brand very quickly by engaging with suitable luxury operators in hospitality, food and beverage markets. Beach Republic is a great location for us as it puts us in touch with discerning luxury travellers craving the ‘best of everything,’ and that is what Whisgars aims to deliver in our unmatched cigar and whisky collections.”
Tim Dean-Smith, Chairman & CEO of Republic Group Holdings, the parent company of Beach Republic, said, “There are great brand synergies between Whisgars and Beach Republic – we each combine hip and quality offerings brought together for the enjoyment of our discerning and affluent audiences. We are looking forward to expanding through Asia and beyond with the Whisgars team as we roll out the Republic Group family of brands.”
The new Beach Republic Samui location also puts ChindAsia in an excellent position to supply hotels and clubs on the island with their own distributor stocks of “in-house” and exclusive bottlings, as ChindAsia is a very large buyer of cigar and whisky products in its own right. Cigar sales in Asia are increasing by 18% per annum; single malt whisky sales in Asia are increasing by 21% per annum – this is seen as the perfect time for the ChindAsia investment company to begin rolling out its unique Whisgars concept to luxury South-east Asian travel destinations.
About ChindAsia Capital Partners Limited
ChindAsia stands for China, India and Asia; a reflection of the group’s expanding operations for private clubs around the Asia Pacific and Middle East region, along with a variety of specialized whisky and cigar bars.
ChindAsia’s management team has considerable experience in developing distribution channels in Asia, with previous years spent in the Venture Capital and Management business creating and growing start-up companies. All members of the management are avid cigar aficionados, single malt lovers and entrepreneurs in their own right.
ChindAsia’s objectives are to create high-end member-only clubs in multiple urban markets catering to the affluent and influential elite, without the “snob appeal,” and to create “whisky & cigar” bars around the region, which are open to the public. Additionally, ChindAsia continues its region-wide expansion in the distribution of whisky and cigars.
About Republic Group Holdings
Founded by British investor and real-estate developer Tim Dean-Smith, Republic Group Holdings is the parent company of Beach Republic. Opened In December 2007, Beach Republic is Thailand’s original premier ocean club and resort.
Beach Republic stands apart from the crowd with a unique feel and culture of its very own, styled as an independent state. Marrying a contemporary and hip Mediterranean beach lifestyle with a twist of irreverent fun, Beach Republic is instantly sexy, sophisticated, and cosmopolitan.
The resort accommodation at Beach Republic ranges from luxuriously appointed and generously sized 55 sq. m. Club Suites, up to 1, 2 and bedroom Private Pool Villas and stunning 230 sq. m. 2 bedroom Private Pool Penthouses with panoramic ocean views.
Republic Group is launching the sister brands to Beach Republic across Asia and beyond, including Snow Republic TM and City State TM which will extend the group’s presence into the winter sports and urban markets respectively.
For ChindAsia Lifestyle Group Information visit:
Vivaldi Public Relations
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Office: +66 (0) 2 612 2253 ext 106
Fax: +66 (0) 2 612 2254
(Nate) Janeen Lyons
Vivaldi Public Relations
Mobile: +66 (0) 81646 6332
Office: +66 (0) 2 612 2253 ext 105
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For Republic Group Holdings and Beach Republic information visit:
www.RepublicGroupHoldings.com and www.BeachRepublic.com
Republic Group Holdings
Office: +66 (0) 2656 7116
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Koh Samui, Thailand, April 2014 – The annual list of Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurants 2014 has just been announced. Considered the ultimate accolade in culinary excellence, Saffron has been included as of the best restaurants in Thailand two years in a row.
Saffron was chosen by the editors of Thailand Tatler, based on suggestions from readers. They were all visited by food writers who only identified themselves at the end of the meal to ensure they did not receive preferential treatment. The result is a user-friendly guide with a comprehensive, objective description of each establishment, plus ratings for setting, food, wine and service.
Being named as “Best Restaurants in Thailand”, Saffron has also earned other prestigious awards, including Thai Select Premium awarded by Ministry of Commerce Thailand 2013 and most recently, Thailand’s Best Fine Dining Restaurant 2014 by Travel Asia Magazine.
Saffron is richly inspired by the art of traditional Thai cuisine in its entire splendor. Presenting the authentic tastes of Thai cuisine as its best, Saffron allows one to savour Thai flavors in a contemporary yet classically elegant setting. Traditional cooking methods reminiscent of the techniques passed down from generation to generation are steep in Saffron’s culinary presentation. Saffron sets itself above the rest as a premium restaurant offering fine Thai cuisine complemented with the warm and graceful service distinctive of the renowned hospitality of Banyan Tree and Thailand.
Saffron restaurant is available for dinner only from 06.00 pm – 11.00 pm. advanced reservation is required. For dinner reservations, please call +66 (0) 77 915 333 or
PROJECT: JUICE DELIVERY is a local, Koh Samui Thailand, fresh juice delivery boutique. We offer a variety of services beyond juice delivery and detoxes.
We plan to turn this vision into a reality by making our juice easily accessible through local deliveries, retail locations, and other exciting avenues.
Juicing, for us, is a practice. Like what yoga or going to the gym might be for you. It brings us back to center and makes us feel . All of our juices are fresh pressed, meaning we
use a juice press (as opposed to a centrifugal juicer) to preserve the enzymatic integrity of the juice, so the juice stays fresher, with the least controllable amount of oxidization.
Founded by Rose Nattanicha, Project Juice Delivery began as a desire to address the gap in the local market for high quality, organic, cold-pressed juices. We Taking pride in sourcing most of our ingredients from local farms and vendors, and keeping 100% organic. Project Juice Delivery is creating a must-visit destination for the health-conscious foodie.
Why the name, you ask?
Well, we think of many things in life as “projects”. A project to start eating better, to start exercising more often, to start spending more time doing the things we love. Project Juice is one of you “Project Delivery” and is a personal project to incorporate cold-pressed juice into our everyday routines.
We do our best to reduce our carbon footprint by procuring organic fruit and vegetables for our juices that have been grown locally or within Suratthani and some from the North of Thailand.
We are happy to bring the juice to you!
Supporting Local Farmers
Using Organic Ingredients
Giving Back to the Community
Quality over Quantity
Unmatched Customer Service
Want to drive to the farm where our ingredients are grown?
We source most of our ingredients from farms in Suratthani and from the North of Thailand, ensuring that all of our produce is fresh and has a small carbon footprint. Nobody wants carbon footprints in their juice. For those ingredients that we can’t source locally, we still verify that the product is organic.
Not to be confused with “fresh-pressed” or traditional centrifugal pressing techniques, the cold-pressed method uses hydraulic force to extract juice from produce in the gentlest way possible. Cold-pressed juice preserves more of the nutritional content from the produce, so you get a full complement of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
When you drink cold-pressed juice (or any juice for that matter), you’re drinking a concentrated liquid extracted directly from fruits and vegetables. If you use non-organic ingredients, you are essentially concentrating the pesticides and herbicides that the growers use on their produce into liquid form. That didn’t sound too tasty to us, so we committed to always using organic ingredients and when we can’t source an organic ingredient for some reason, we let you know right on our labels!
Tops Market by Central Food Retail Company LTD at Central Festival Samui & Private Villas
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Project: Juice Delivery Team
Mobile: 095 040 1836
FACEBOOK: Project: Juice Delivery
For the best service please order 1 day in advance
In a contemporary Japanese atmosphere, we do best with traditional sushi and sashimi, including some incredible melt-in-your-mouth Otoro.
Contact: 077 601 222
Average cost per person: from 600 Bt
House wine by glass: 195 Bt
House wine by bottle: from 980 Bt
Credit cards: Visa & Mastercard
Service & tax: 10% service charge & 7% tax
Open from: 11:30 to 22:30
Noori India’s General Manager, Desh Deepak Pandey, is better known as D.D on Samui. He holds a master’s degree in History and completed his Hotel & Tourism management from Jodhpur University in India.
After following the management training at the Hotel Leela Kempinsiki, Bombay, he returned to his native state, Rajasthan, and worked in many of the state’s premier hotels. He was general manager for the Mandawa Royal Family hotel for a number of years and received various awards from the state goverment and the Tourism Authority of India for his excellent culinary skills and hospitality services.
After Mandawa, D.D then went to Ulan Bator in Mongolia, where he opened an Indian Restuarant. After two more years he returned to India, then his brother Amit Pandey asked him to come to Samui and help run a restaurant in Chaweng.
For the last four years, D.D has been refining and successfully running his brother’s business on Samui – Noori India. The restaurant is known as one of the finest Indian restaurants on the island and draws on the rich tapestry of Indian culture and tradition. D.D has extended the restaurant’s cope to specialize in group buffet lunches and dinners, outdoor catering in private villas and hotels, as well as Gala dinners for marriage parties. D.D is conducting cookery classes to apply his expertise in Indian cuisine by teaching enthusiastic foodies the perfect way to cook Dal, Chicken Tikka Masala and Naan in the comforts of their home.
Tel: 086 740 7873, 077 413 108, 077 413 315
Chaweng Beach Road
The Full Moon Char Grill restaurant offering ocean-view dining on an elevated terrace overlooking the infinity pool and beachfront. Inspired, grilled prime cuts and original creations by the acclaimed chef, salt and oil gurus will guide you through your meal that will transport you even further into paradise.
Contact: 077 428 300-9
Average cost per person: 900 Baht
House Wine per bottle: 1,500 Baht
Credit Cards: Visa, Master, Amex
Service & Tax: 7% tax & 10% service charge
Popular Dish: No.2 and No.4
Open From: 11:00 to 23:00
Executive Chef: Bernhard Koll
Wine Guru: Mr. Santi Thongrit
Awarded by the Wine Spectator for an outstanding wine selection
Several of the leading restaurants on Samui do offer exceptional meat dishes on their menus. But not one of them has gone all the way and announced itself as a bona fide ‘steakhouse’, offering a full range of the highest quality imported meats. Introducing OCHOS, Samui’s first top restaurant to provide an exceptional dining experience for true carnivores. And although OCHOS isn’t in Chaweng itself, it’s very easy to get to, being just five minutes’ drive away on the road to Choeng Mon at Hanuman Bay. Follow the signs for AKARYN Samui Resort & Spa, in which it’s housed, and you won’t go wrong.
Contact: 077 914 700 ext. 7402
Average cost per guest: THB2,000 plus 10% SVC and 7% tax
Credit Cards: Visa, Master, Amex, Diners
Popular Dishes: OCHOS Black Angus Prime Ribs MBS2 1.5-2 kg. for 2 people sharing
Open: 06.30pm until 11.00pm
Tai, which literally means red snapper in Japanese, a fusion restaurant that combines the sophistication of European food with distinct Japanese flavors. At Tai by RED SNAPPER, you can enjoy classic and contemporary Japanese cuisines that are meticulously prepared by one of the country’s finest
chefs – Chef Noboru. Tai by RED SNAPPER takes pride in using only the finest and freshest ingredients for its delicious dishes. A wide array of beverages will elevate the dining experience to a whole new level. Those with a sweet tooth can satisfy their sweet cravings with Tai by RED SNAPPER’s mouthwatering desserts. Tai by RED SNAPPER is the perfect place to have a lunch among friends, a light snack by yourself, or a hearty dinner with the whole family.
Contact: 077 963 889
Executive Chef: Noboru Fukushi
Average Cost Per Guest: 500 baht
Credit Cards: Visa, Master, AmexCredit Service & Tax: included
Open from: 10 am. – 11 pm.
Vegetarian dishes are available
Free Wi-Fi for customers
Snap up a chef who not only used to work full-time for the Thai royal family but also had her own cooking program on TV and let her work on both international and Thai dishes, and what do you get? Spice Zone is an amazing combination of taste and affordability. The restaurant, which is located right by the sea, serves up national and western treats in a cozy yet contemporary atmosphere.
Chef Ajarn Amintra Dinakara Na Ayuthaya has brought to Koh Samui an array of Royal Thai dining treats and you’ll find the tastes are more delicate than is usual. There are more nuances and you can sense there’s a lot of thought that goes into her dishes, whether they’re Thai or international. Feast on aromatic Pad Thai or savor a Korean steak, along with its sauces, or opt for something much simpler, such as a pizza or pasta. Spice Zone naturally supplies the wines to go with your dinner and a range of desserts that go from simple fruit-based dishes to the seriously decadent.
Spice Zone has five different seating areas: choose a table right on the beach itself, or stepping back, dine on the lawn overlooking the swimming pool and rock grotto (check out the latter – unique on Koh Samui), or going back further, a more formal dining room. But the big surprise here has to be the two very separate and decidedly romantic second-floor salas which each accommodate just one table. Ideal for couples? Absolutely – they both manage to be secluded whilst having great views out to the sea.
A newcomer to the Choeng Mon beach, the restaurant is part and parcel of Muang Samui Villas – look out for its iconic tower as you head along the Choeng Mon road. It’s open all day, starts with breakfast before moving on to lightish lunches with sunset cocktails and then evening dining. You’ll also find both a vegetarian and a children’s menu.
Spice Zone has a relaxed atmosphere, great food and drinks yet remains entirely unpretentious. Even if you’re not based in Choeng Mon, it’s definitely worth a visit or three.
With its breath taking views and unrivaled ambiance, RockPool is by far one of the most beautiful dining locations on Koh Samui. Resting on the rocks just 2 meters above the sea, RockPool brings you the ultimate seaside dining experience. Sit back and enjoy Seychellois chef Christopher Pierre exquisite tapas selection and original a la carte menu while listening to the waves crashing onto the rocks below. This is one of the few absolute “must do” dining experiences in Koh Samui.
Contact: 077 234 500
Average Cost per person: 900 THB
Most Unique cocktail : Rock Pool Bellini
Popular dish: Freshly Shucked International
Executive Chef: Christopher Pierre
Events: Weekly Oyster Sunday Brunch
Open: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
‘Wine Connection’ is a well know brand for quality western food and wines at affordable prices. Don’t miss one of the trendiest restaurants in town, the best place for you to hang out with friends and family in a ‘hip’ but cozy atmosphere. With a Deli & Bistro concept under one roof, Wine Connection provides the full bistro menu including; Australian Sirloin, Lamb Shanks, Burgers and Pizza. You can also enjoy the imported cheese & cold cuts and handmade pastry & bakery, both to dine-in or take home. As the leading wine chain in South East Asia, we have a wide range of wines from around the world, as well as imported German & Belgian draft beers for everyday enjoyment.
New and available in Samui, only at 349 Baht, “Jump Yards” our new, great value, Australian red and white wine, exclusive to Wine Connection and is suited to both new wine drinkers and party lovers.
Give it a try!
Location: Central Festival Samui, The Port Zone, Level 1.
Opening hours: 11.00 am – 01.00 am.
Media contact for more information
Phanvisa Xaivaivid (Ivy) Marketing Assistant
Noppawan Somchit (Wan) Marketing Manager
02-234-0388 Ext.52 (Wine Connection Co., Ltd.)
A luxurious four-bedroom residential pool villa is now ready to welcome holiday makers.
Koh Samui, Thailand — W Retreat Koh Samui has finally brought the newest WOW to the tropical island paradise, introducing the newest room category: a four-bedroom “Seascape Escape Villa.”
Splurge on the next level of ideal retreat in the Seascape Escape Villa- W Retreat Koh Samui’s newly-launched four-bedroom retreat. Stretched along the lush landscape overlooking the Gulf of Thailand with an unparalleled breathtaking view is, whether you lounge in a daybed, laze in a bathtub or unwind in your own 15-meter infinity-edge swimming pool. Natural wood and white expanses are accented by warm hues to energize your vibrant experience. Enclosed in an expansive 2,058-square-meter space means you will have never-ending ways to play and unplug, from sharing fresh-cooked dishes and board-games to watching movies with the big screen LED and BOSE sound system and partying by the pool.
While the people are playing, enjoying the high-tech entertainment system in the living space, you can still have your own peaceful moment as all four bedrooms have their own private entrances to guarantee your utmost privacy. Feel the ocean breeze from the balcony then slip into W Signature Bed, feel the luxury of high-quality linens and gaze as the waves are rolling in, your perfect holiday escape certainly happens here.
W Retreat Koh Samui. Located between Maenam and Bo Phut, it has the finest and most pristine beach location in Thailand. The 74 all private pool retreats offer all the indulgence and luxury you could possibly wish for. Ultra chic and cutting edge design is awaiting you, just as the stunning sea views of the most pristine beach location to be found in Thailand.
For more information and reservations, please contact 0 (66) 77915999 or email to email@example.com
Explore what’s New / Next at W Retreat Koh Samui – www.wretreatkohsamui.com
Take advantage of W Retreat Koh Samui’s enviable location, where the azure waters of Maenam Beach meet Bophut Beach and join our ’Beach Grill at SIP’ and ‘Beach Bar-B-Q Reloaded’ happenings. You’re invited to get together with friends for our indulgent bites, bask in the sun, play waterball and beach trampolines, or simply chill-out with style as the sun sinks into the horizon. You can also mingle by the bar where we’ll be shaking and stirring W Retreat Koh Samui’s original cocktails.
Get more than just a BBQ at SIP, W’s beach bar where you laze around on our beachfront and feast delicious BBQ dishes cooked fresh from our new Beach Grill. Come check out daily our chalkboard menus offering featuring a variety of hand formed burgers, chili-glazed chicken wings, Macaroni salad with grilled prawn and, Greek yogurt, New York and Chicago style hot dogs and our Jamaican style jerked chicken sandwich.
Daily: 11am – 5:00pm
Beach Bar-B-Q Reloaded
Experience the next level of Beach Bar-B-Q at SIP Bar, where you lounge in lazy beach bean bags and sun beds, groove to house tunes and sip on white or red sangria, buckets of beer, drunken fruit and buy-one-get-one-free martinis. While enjoying our beverage specials, be sure to check out our new Beach Grill menus featuring BBQ favorites, such as Carolina styled pulled pork sandwich, New York-style hot dogs, Jamaican style jerk chicken and a variety of hand formed burgers.
Guests arriving by boat receive a special 25% discount on food while your captain eats free.
Every Saturday: 12:30 – 4:00 pm. (regular menus will be available after 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm.)
For more information and reservations, please contact 0 (66) 77915999 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore what’s New / Next at W Retreat Koh Samui – www.wretreatkohsamui.com
About W Hotels Worldwide
W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 44 hotels and retreats, including 16 W-branded residences, in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world. Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in insider access, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around fashion, music and entertainment. W Hotels offers a holistic lifestyle experience that is integrated into the brand’s sensibility through contemporary restaurant concepts, glamorous entertainment experiences, stylish retail concepts, signature spas and inspiring residences. With more than 14 years of proven success, W Hotels is on track to reach 60 hotels by the end of 2015. W Hotels have been announced for Milan, Shanghai, Beijing, Bogota, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Dubai, Jakarta, Panama, Muscat, Suzhou, Changsha, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, and Sante Fe, Mexico, while upcoming W Retreats include Verbier, Goa, and Mexico’s Riviera Maya. For more information, visit www.whotels.com or www.facebook.com/whotels. To live the W Hotels lifestyle 24/7/365, visit www.wresidences.com. Follow @WHotels on Twitter and Instagram.
About Amburaya Hotels & Resorts
The owner and developer of W Retreat Koh Samui and The Residences at W Retreat Koh Samui is a joint venture between Amburaya Hotels & Resorts and Istithmar World. Amburaya Properties is a vibrant Thai-based developer bringing new and innovative lifestyle-oriented accommodations and residential developments to new and well-established destinations. The company currently has properties in Bangkok, Pattaya, Koh Samui, and India and continues to look for opportunities to grow its portfolio within Thailand and the region. Istithmar World is one of the world’s largest privately held real estate developers, with a portfolio of developments that includes The Palm trilogy, among others.