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Refurbished Maison Souvannaphoum Reopens with Special Offers

2 December 2011
Filed under: Hotels — Tags: , , , — Michael @ 5:27 pm

Once the home of a prince, the iconic Luang Prabang hotel, Maison Souvannaphoum, has just completed an extensive refurbishment, which came about as a result of the acquisition by Banyan Tree’s new Angsana hotel brand. The update affected all areas of the hotel, including the rooms, gardens and spa.

Guest room

Guest room at Maison Souvannaphoum

To celebrate, Angsana is offering a special "Maison Rediscovery" package. With a minimum stay of two nights in a Garden Wing room, you’ll get a daily breakfast for two, free transfers, free bicycle use, and more. The offer is good for booking made until 29 April 2012, for stayes until 30 April 2012.

See the Angsana web site for more information about the hotel and to make bookings.

Angsana Unveils Phuket Resort

18 November 2011
Filed under: Hotels — Tags: , , , — Michael @ 6:35 pm

Ansana, the new ‘lite’ brand from resort operator Banyan Tree, has opened their first Thai resort, in Phuket. The ‘new’ Angsana Laguna Phuket occupies the old Sherataon Laguna resort, which has been extensively remodeled to the tune of 30 Million Dollars. The new rooms range from the 40 square meter Laguna Room through one and two-bedroom lofts and on to the 490 square meter, four bedroom Angsana Grande Pool Residence.

Laguna Grande Room

The 'Laguna Grande' room at the Angsana Phuket (photo from Angsana)

The resort offers several restaurants, and will have its own beach club early next year. Since it’s part of the integrated Laguna resort complex, you can also dine at the other hotels and resorts in the complex and charge to your room. There’s also a full service spa, of course.

The official opening date is 1 December 2011. There’s a special introductory offer starting at 6,100 Baht per night, including breakfast for two, for stays between 1 December 2011 and 27 February 2012. If you book two or more nights, you’ll get a 3,000 Baht hotel credit that can be used at any dining outlet or at the spa. For a booking of three nights or more you’ll get a complimentary 90 minute massage in addition to the 3,000 Baht credit.

Visit the Angsana web site for booking and additional information.

Get Your Rewards in This Life With Banyan Tree’s ‘Karma’ Promotion

17 February 2010
Filed under: Hotels — Tags: , — Michael @ 9:22 pm

Ever since my first stay at the Banyan Tree Phuket several years ago, a pool villa there has been high on my list of recommended honeymoon spots. Now a stay there is more attractive than ever. Their latest promotion will give you one night’s credit for every booking of two nights or more. That’s up to US$1,860 to spend on spa treatments, fine dining or other shopping and services.

The offer is good at all Banyan Tree and Angsana hotels and resorts. There are, of course, some limitations and fine print. See the full press release below.

A delightful sense of Karma awaits at Banyan Tree and Angsana hotels and resorts – enjoy spending credits equivalent to one night’s rate for every booking of two nights and above at the best available rates at banyantree.com and angsana.com. Valued at up to US$1,860, the complimentary credits can be used to offset charges for spa treatments, dining occasions and purchases at the retail galleries.

The limited-period “Karma” online promotion is available for booking only at banyantree.com and angsana.com from 1 to 15 March 2010, for stays between 1 April and 30 June 2010 (dates inclusive).

Best available rates range between US$215++ for a Premier Suite at Banyan Tree Bangkok and US$1,860++ for a Two-Bedroom DoublePool Villa at Banyan Tree Phuket in Thailand; and starts from US$115++ for a Superior Cottage at Deer Park Hotel in Sri Lanka (managed by Angsana Hotels & Resorts), capping at US$1,110++ for a Premier InOcean Villa at Angsana Velavaru in the Maldives. Rates are inclusive of daily breakfast for two people and a non-refundable advance payment for one night is required.

Mr Arthur Kiong, Managing Director, Sales and Marketing of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, says, "While the economy is on the upturn, the global consumer trends of short booking lead times, demand for value-driven quality holidays, and searching on the Internet for the best deals remain. The Karma online promotion addresses these trends by offering guests hotel credits that would motivate them to enjoy the various brand touch-points – such as indulging in our spas, destination dining or shopping in our galleries, without having to contemplate every expense when they are staying with us. The name of the online promotion – Karma – is inspired by the strong support from our customer following, especially in 2009."

Spa Indulgence

A choice selection of treatments that infuse traditional Eastern therapies with a holistic focus on spiritual, mental and physical harmony – including signatures like the Rainmist and Master Therapist experiences at Banyan Tree Spa and Angsana Spa’s Fusion and Ibu’s Secret – ensures a pampering and rejuvenating sojourn for guests.

With a focus on high service standards, all Banyan Tree Spa and Angsana Spa therapists are professionally trained at the proprietary Banyan Tree Spa Academy. Banyan Tree Spa also ranks amongst the world’s best, having received recent awards such as "Spa Academy of the Year" in AsiaSpa Awards 2009 and "Best Spa Brand" in Hurun Report’s Best of the Best 2010, as well as being bestowed for the fifth consecutive year as the "Best Spa Operator" by Travel Trade Gazette.

Dining Occasions

From contemporary Thai cuisine at Banyan Tree’s signature Saffron restaurant to healthy yet tasty spa cuisine at Tamarind, there is something to suit every palate. To complete the culinary adventure, a must-try would be the destination dining experiences that are unique to selected Banyan Tree resorts. For instance, Dinner on the Rocks and Reflections at Banyan Tree Bintan, which are set over giant boulders at the shore and in the middle of a pool carved out of rock respectively.

Retail Therapy

Select hand-woven silken throws and bamboo baskets made by cottage artisans, or a signature aromatherapy oil burner and essential oil, when at Banyan Tree Gallery or Angsana Gallery. Each retail galleries offers a choice selection of proprietary spa amenities, traditional crafts, resort-style home furnishing and apparel, enabling guests to recreate the quintessential Banyan Tree or Angsana experience in the comforts of their homes.

For more information and reservations, visit banyantree.com or angsana.com.


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