November 21, 2019

Kamalaya is introducing new ‘Enriched Gut’ Wellness Program

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa Resort is introducing an exciting new Wellness Program, "Enriched Gut", that addresses the vital relationship between gut health and your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Imbalances in the levels of bacteria and microflora in the gut, as well as poor digestion, absorption, assimilation and elimination, can weaken the immune systemand lead to inflammatory diseases.
The ‘Enriched Gut’ program addresses these issues via a synergy of holistic treatments, therapies and practices including naturopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, nutritional advice, and other holistic sessions that deeply nurture and enrich the gut. The program also includes Kamalaya’s healthy cuisine, as well as herbs and supplements that stimulate and support optimal digestive health and wellbeing. Choose from 7, 9 or 12 nights.

Signs You Need To Enrich Your Gut
There are a number of ways an unhealthy gut might manifest itself. Here are 5 of the most common signs.

1. Sleep Imbalances
Poor gut health affects production of serotonin, the mood-enhancing hormone that supports restful sleep. The human body mainly produces serotonin during sleep, so extended periods of insomnia can deplete serotonin levels and lead to chronic fatigue. 

2. Digestion Blues
A lack of diversity, or insufficient amounts of healthy bacteria in the gut microbiome creates digestive issues such as bloating, gas, diarrohea and constipation. A healthy gut supports optimal digestion which, in turn, provides us with more energy and vitality. 

3. Food Allergies
Research has shown a link between an imbalanced gut microbiome and the development of food allergies and allergies in general. More research is being conducted to try and identify which strains of good bacteria can be used to support the immune system and potentially reduce an allergic response.  

4. Mood Swings
Impaired gut function or an overgrowth of yeast or unhealthy bacteria in the gut may contribute to feelings of moodiness, depression and anxiety. In many cases, this can be improved by eating a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruit and fibre, as well as taking regular exercise and reducing stress levels. 

5. Skin Conditions
Skin breakouts or conditions such as eczema and psoriasis have also been linked to gut health. Avoiding foods that trigger an inflammatory response can be a helpful tip for some people to manage their symptoms. Diagnostic testing that takes a ‘data snapshot’ of your gut microbiome, as well as blood tests may provide useful data to explore further options to enhance your health and wellbeing.

Foods For a Blissful Gut
One of the secrets to maintaining a healthy gut is a balanced diet containing lots of fresh vegetables, fruit and fibre. Variety is important, as the gut microbiome functions most efficiently when there are many different strains of healthy bacteria working together to support digestive health. Here are just three examples of foods you might consider adding to your diet to help keep your gut happy. 

1. Artichoke
Artichoke is a probiotic-rich vegetable that supports a flourishing gut microbiome and helps keep the bowels regular and healthy.   

2. Papaya
Papaya fruit supports optimal digestion and assimilation of micronutrients in the body due to its high content of water, fibre and a natural enzyme called Papain. 

3. Bone Broth
Restorative bone broth provides a valuable source of minerals, amino acids (building blocks for protein) and collagen which reduces inflammation and improves the integrity of the gut lining.

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November 19, 2019

Pimalai showcases sustainable seafood at Rak Talay, its blissful beachfront restaurant

Pimalai Resort & Spa, the luxury resort surrounded by nature on Koh Lanta, is inviting guests to combine their desire for fresh seafood with their passion for sustainability at Rak Talay, the stunning seafront restaurant. Nestled on the pristine shores of the Andaman Sea, Rak Talay (which appropriately means “Love the Sea”) is the resort’s signature Thai restaurant, where highly skilled chefs maximise their flavours whilst minimising their impact on the environment. With indoor and beachfront seating, this is an exquisite setting for couples, families and friends to enjoy memorable meals together.

There is no better time to experience this delightful dining destination than on a Saturday night, when Rak Talay hosts its famous Surf & Turf Barbecue Buffet. Held every weekend in August and then from October onwards, this unforgettable evening let guests savour sumptuous seafood and prime meats, all chargrilled to perfection and accompanied by a wide range of side dishes, delectable desserts, live music and a fire show. Private candlelit tables can be set up on the beach, providing an enchanting setting for romantic couples’ dinners, and Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinners are also hosted on the powder-soft sands in front of Rak Talay.
Pimalai hs a focus on sourcing the freshest and most sustainable seafood. The resort’s chefs purchase delicacies such as prawns, crab, grouper, snapper and sea bass from fishermen in Koh Lanta and southern Thailand. This not only ensures the highest quality ingredients, it also creates benefits for local communities and reduces transport-related CO2 emissions. 

To further enhance the flavour, chefs use aromatic herbs grown onsite in Pimalai’s own organic garden, including kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, hot basil and sweet basil. Other herbs, vegetables and fruits are sourced directly from a farm run by Anurat Tiyaphorn, the owner of Pimalai, who believes passionately in organic production. 

“At Pimalai, we fully understand that we have a responsibility to protect our environment, and we are deeply committed to operating in an eco-sensitive manner. We also believe that this can be achieved while enhancing our guest experiences. At Rak Talay, we offer the most sublime locally-sourced seafood as part of our weekly seafront surf & turf barbecue. In doing so, we are helping to preserve seafood stocks, benefiting the community and enhancing the flavour of our cuisine - it is win-win-win situation,” said Franck de Lestapis, Pimalai’s long-serving general manager.

“At Pimalai, we fully understand that we have a responsibility to protect our environment, and we are deeply committed to operating in an eco-sensitive manner. We also believe that this can be achieved while enhancing our guest experiences. At Rak Talay, we offer the most sublime locally-sourced seafood as part of our weekly seafront surf & turf barbecue. In doing so, we are helping to preserve seafood stocks, benefiting the community and enhancing the flavour of our cuisine - it is win-win-win situation,” said Franck de Lestapis, Pimalai’s long-serving general manager.

The resort’s sustainable seafood programme forms part of a wider commitment to responsible operations. Pimalai has set itself a series of ambitious five-year environmental targets, including reducing its electricity consumption by 15 percent, daily water use by 10 percent, carbon footprint by 10 percent, and waste by 5 percent. It also works with leading marine biologists on clownfish release and coral propagation programmes, to help conserve marine ecosystems.

October 24, 2019

Evason Hua Hin has opened four international standard pickleball courts

Evason Hua Hin is delighted to announce the opening of four international standard pickleball courts as part of their vast leisure offerings.

Pickleball is an entertaining, fast-paced sport that brings together aspects of tennis, ping-pong and badminton. Suitable for all ages and levels, in addition to being fun for all the family, it is easy to pick up and can quickly turn into a thrilling and intense contest. Similar to tennis, the game can be played as singles or doubles and is played using a paddle. Pickleball is played in many countries worldwide and continues to grow in popularity as players are drawn to the engaging nature of the game.

The four, full-size pickleball courts at Evason join the long list of activities available for guests to enjoy, which also includes tennis, archery, volleyball and yoga. The entire Evason team pride themselves on their competitive spirit and are always on hand to explain the rules or join in on the fun! 

February 27, 2019

The Nautilus Maldives has welcomed first guests

In February 2019; on a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon
The Nautilus welcomed its first guests, ushering in a new world of luxury in the Baa Atoll. The entire team were out to welcome the first guests with champagne, bodu beru drumming and a ribbon cutting ceremony, with the highlight being the 'first steps' on the island by our guests.

Celebrations continued on to the evening with sunset cocktails and the first-ever 'Nautilus Rising' ritual as the distinctive nautilus shell in the pool gradually lights up, giving the impression of rising out of the water.

The Nautilus – a privately-owned island in the heart of a UNESCO biosphere reserve – opened in February 2019 with the serious ambition of being noted as one of the leading luxury resorts in the world.  It was created for the new generation of luxury travellers who expect transformative experiences and activities that they can share with those who matter the most to them.

November 20, 2018

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa is launching a new wellness program ‘Structural Revival’

On 1st November 2018, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa is launching anew wellness program ‘Structural Revival’, designed to realign the body and improve posture in order to reduce tension, rehabilitate injuries and re-establish highest levels of function and vitality. Kamalaya’s 14thwellness program will be available for 5, 7 and 9 night durations.

Behavioural patterns in our modern lifestyles, natural ageing and trauma tend to create postural misalignments that can lead to tightness, tension, discomfort and even pain. Based on a comprehensive assessment by Kamalaya’s team of physiotherapists, naturopaths and other health professionals, the new Structural Revival Program first identifies and then addresses the underlying causes of structural imbalances. In order to deliver effective results, the team works closely with each guest, creating a personalized approach to match their individual needs.

Featuring an intelligent synergy of healing modalities from Asia and the West, the program includes specifically targeted Revival Exercises with physiotherapists as well as Pilates to strengthen the body and stabilise the joints. Holistic therapies such as Myofascial Release, assisted stretching and massages help to release and lengthen tight muscles, promote relaxation and freedom of movement. Focused movement modalities are complemented by therapeutic spa treatments and Kamalaya’s inspired healthy cuisine, which helps to manage inflammation with the goal of improving health on all levels.

 

November 19, 2018

Blue Lotus vegan cooking school at Evason Hua Hin

At Blue Lotus Hua Hin, we offer a unique chance to learn plant-based cuisine while staying
at the beautiful Evason Hua Hin Resort.

We have created a vibrant, young and unique learning space for you to try plant-based cooking, right in the heart of South-East Asia. Our instructors are experienced chefs who will provide you with great knowledge to take your learning experience to a new level. Our cooking facilities have been designed to be unique and professional. We provide week-long certificated classes, 3-hour workshops and specials hands-on master-class from visiting chefs.

September 20, 2018

Baros, the award-winning resort in the Maldives

Baros, the award-winning resort in the Maldives, has recently undergone a major identity enhancement introducing impressive changes in products and services. Introduction of a brand new website with new features including 360 tours of Baros Villas initiated the exciting new changes to Baros.

A new category of Villa accommodation has been added and branded as Baros Suites. These Baros Suites are private, stand-alone Villas providing guests with a modern, luxurious living space, complete with a spectacular, 19 ft by 10 ft swimming pool, a separate hot and cold water Jacuzzi and a secluded gazebo that features a swing with a view of the ocean stretching to the horizon.

In addition the existing Baros Water Villas, Baros Pool Villas and Baros Deluxe Villas have all been upgraded with new furniture, bright colours and high-quality materials to enhance guest comfort and improve each Villa’s elegant style.

The Baros Dining Experiences are better than ever following new designs of the Sails Bar and lagoon-side Cayenne Restaurant.

Baros has also refined the loyalty programme for returning guests, known as “Baros Elite.” Elite membership now entitles guests to free nights, Spa credits, complementary dinners and other special discounts after just two seven-night holidays at Baros.

The restoration of the house reef to its natural, pristine glory has been advanced with a new project called Coral Lines. This uses a method that is environmentally sustainable and close to nature. Fragments of coral are collected and attached to ropes hanging in the lagoon nursery which are then nurtured for one to three years before being planted directly on the reef. This hands-on method encourages the growth of corals in their natural habitat without any artificial structures.

September 4, 2018

Pimalai Resort & Spa

The awards winning Pimalai ResortSpa, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, has completed the full renovation of its Deluxe Rooms, Bayfront Cottages, Pavilion Suites and three huge Beachside Private Pool Villas. Beside the accommodation, the existing resort small shop has been replaced by a large retail gallery, the Spice & Rice Thai restaurant and the Rak Talat Beachside restaurant have also undergone a complete makeover. Finally, the fitness centre has been upgraded and a Muay Thai boxing academy, complete with a ring, has been added. The 5 million USD renovation plan which took 2 years to complete is part of Pimalai's on-going commitment to continuously provide first class comfort, facilities and services.

 



 

 

September 4, 2018

Milaidhoo – “Sleeping under the stars”

Milaidhoo Island Maldives has created a new exciting and romantic excursion to enjoy a luxury service in a unique setting at an isolated sandbank, ‘Sleeping under the stars’. This excursion includes Sunset Cruise with Champagne, Romantic dinner on the beach of the sandbank, Overnight stay set up at the sandbank and Breakfast in the morning at the sandbank. Memories for life..

September 4, 2018

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort has finished an exciting upgrade project resulting in a brand new room category, Rock Top Pool Villa. It features a swimming pool, natural rock wall and private yoga sala with ocean views. It can be booked as either a one or two-bedroom space. The yoga area is ideal for private guests, small group retreats, or friends who wish to join together and experience Kamalaya in a different way.

 

 

 

February 26, 2015

Kamalaya

In the year of its tenth anniversary, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa has enhanced its fitness offering with a state-of-the-art modern fitness centre, 25 meter lap pool and a new fitness program launching soon. Like all of Kamalaya’s other 12 wellness programs, the “Comprehensive Optimal Fitness” program follows a holistic approach integrating personal fitness training, yoga and stretching as well as nutritional guidance, emotional and mental support complemented by carefully selected wellness treatments. The fitness centre and lap pool are located at the highest point of the resort with stunning panoramic views over the Gulf of Thailand.

“Comprehensive Optimal Fitness” is the ideal program for regular exercisers who wish to develop their workouts while also seeking support in finding a balance between tough exercise, relaxation techniques and stretching, optimum nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

With the new fitness centre Kamalaya has also added sixteen new superior suites with more space and amazing views. The new suite building comprises three levels of Superior Suites with Sea View, one Garden Pool Suite and two Penthouse Pool Suites on the top floor. All the new facilities were brought to life by the original team of architects and designers who were involved in the creation of Kamalaya in 2005. All these developments remain in line with Kamalaya’s original vision, ensuring that the essence of Kamalaya and the guest experience are enhanced rather than changed. “Since the beginning Karina and I have always dreamt of a large swimming pool and gym overlooking the sea, ensuring we offer the best wellness experience to our guests”, says Kamalaya co-founder John Stewart and continues: “We are extremely grateful and happy that in the year of our tenth anniversary this dream has become reality.”

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Superior Suite 04

February 26, 2015

Evason Hua Hin

Evason Hua Hin has completed a major renovation of all guestrooms and villas. And while they have a new contemporary decor, they maintain the eco-friendly design features, which results in a perfect combination of comfort and modern convenience.

Guest rooms are furnished with natural fabrics and calming hues. Evason studios feature a large terrace with outdoor daybeds, ideal for those who love to enjoy some outdoor lifestyle. Families with two children have the convenience of bunk beds in some units.

Evason Deluxe Studios are very generous in size with a large terrace featuring an oversized daybed. Located near to the main pool, they feature open style bathrooms, double vanities, separate bathtubs and rain shower stalls.

Eight Evason Seaview Studios offer a calm view of gulf of Thailand from oversize terraces.

Evason Pool Villas have a rich-tone interior of dark wood, outdoor terraces in white stone and private pools that been resurfaced with turquoise blue tiles.

Additional room types, Evason One-Bedroom and Two-Bedroom Suites are ideal for families and friends wishing to holiday together. They have separate living rooms that feature daybeds, dining areas and a pantry. All suites also feature oversize terraces with outdoor daybeds and dining tables that are perfect for private barbecues, which can be arranged by the resort. Two Bedroom Suites features two separate bedrooms with their own ensuite bathrooms.

Evason Hua Hin is now an even more desirable destination for a family vacation or equally for an intimate getaway.

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