Centra Central Station launches soft opening

Centra Central Station Bangkok

Soft opening for Centara’s latest property near Chinatown and Hualumphong Train Station.

Feel like traveling to Thailand and getting to experience two countries in one trip?  A newly soft-opened property in the Centara brand’s value portfolio offers families, couples, singles and groups of friends the chance to explore both Thailand’s capital city and the city-within-a-city of Bangkok’s Chinatown.  It’s a perfect locale from which to experience the smells, sights, tastes and languages of both fascinating places.

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Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa to Open Just in Time for the Holidays

Anantara Phuket Layan Beach Pool

“Sits on one of the least developed beaches in Phuket…”

Any true traveler will tell you half the fun in taking an exotic vacation is planning it.  The beautiful websites, vivid pictures and glowing reviews make it easy to picture yourself there.  Dreaming of white sand beaches and crystal clear waters make endless hours at the office fly by.  So, it’s never too early to start looking toward Christmas getaways at what will be a brand new resort come December of this year.

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Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya’s Soft Opening Scheduled for August

Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya

Good news for foodies and those who love luxury travel- the upcoming Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya has just announced the appointment of Luca Pulese as Executive Chef.

Pulese, originally from Italy, has more than 20 years of experience in high-end destinations such as the Maldives, Bangkok, Beijing and Shanghai.  With a range of dining options planned at the resort, Chef Pulese has a lot on his plate as he prepares for the August 2013 soft opening.

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The Berkeley Hotel Opens in Pratunam District of Bangkok

The Berkeley Pratunam

…One of the most highly anticipated hotel openings in Bangkok this year.

If search referral terms and traffic is any indication, The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam, which just opened this past Saturday, June 1, is one of the most highly anticipated hotel openings in Bangkok this year.  While not really my style- the shiny brass & marble lobby and large rooms seem destined to be filled with busloads of Chinese tourists- it is a sleek property in one of Bangkok’s hip shopping districts.

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Prana Resort Nandana in Koh Samui set to open this summer

Prana Resort Nandana Samui

Fishing Culture Influences at the soon to open Prana Resort Nandana on Koh Samui

Forget concrete-block style buildings, hotels in Thailand are influenced by the exotic and history of the culture.  A prime example- the soon to open Prana Resort Nandana in Koh Samui.  The property, set to open in mid-2013, was inspired by the Thai fishing basket known as the kwhaang.   The interiors reflect undulating woven basketwork with soft lights and high ceilings.  The colors, patterns and textures create a relaxing atmosphere and reflect the talent of local artisans.  Outdoors, gardens with lush local plants and flowers bring guests back to nature.

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