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Anantara announces dates of Thailand’s largest charity event – the 2013 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament
Thursday 23 May 2013, 10:44AM
Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas has announced the dates of the highly popular King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament for 2013. The charitable event, now in its twelfth year, has to date raised over US$600,000 to help Thailand’s elephants. This year’s event will be held in the Thai royal seaside town of Hua Hin from August 28th – 1st September and promises to have more nail-biting action both on and off the field. The event has gone from a small two-day event in 2001 to one of Thailand’s major and internationally best loved events. Last year’s tournament featured 12 teams encompassing over 40 players, including German royals, Prince Carl-Eugen Oettingen-Wallerstein, his wife Princess Anna, the New Zealand All-Blacks rugby team and Thailand’s famous transgender cabaret team Miss Tiffany’s. Fundraising from last year’s event has, to date, been donated to a number of projects in Thailand. The first is to continue to support research and clinics using elephants in therapy sessions for children in Thailand living with autism. Last year saw the research to date published and a continuation of the free clinics for Thai children is planned. In February the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF), based at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa, will host a landmark ‘positive reinforcement training’ workshop with traditional elephant trainers from throughout South East Asia, guided by world renowned trainer Dr Gerardo Martinez and featuring guest speakers from Thai Universities. This will be the first time positive reinforcement training for elephants will be introduced and discussed on a large scale in the range states. GTAEF’s work with Thailand’s wild herd has continued with Human Elephant Conflict mitigation and partial sponsorship of the Wild Elephant Counting Week in Kui Buri Royal Project area. “One of the main aims of this event is to take as many elephants off the streets of Thailand as possible during the event. Last year we were able to take over forty street elephants and make sure they were properly fed, and received vitamins and veterinary care while at the event,” said Mr. Bill Heinecke, CEO Minor International and owner of Anantara. “We must never forget the true meaning of holding this event and that is to raise awareness and as much money as possible towards the conservation and welfare of Thailand’s elephant population.” For more information on King’s Cup Elephant Polo, please visit
Summer stopovers at Tanjong Jara offer all encompassing experience featuring adventure, culture and spa
Wednesday 15 May 2013, 06:59PM
Tanjong Jara Resort unveils a complete holiday experience encompassing adventure, culture and relaxation with the new Summer Stopovers. Through wellness, culture and outdoor activities, these retreats provide a wholesome, “Unmistakably Malay” escape to the idyllic East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Fronting the South China Sea on the coast of Terengganu, the 99-room Tanjong Jara Resort is a sanctuary of luxury and well- being, steeped in age-old Malay traditions. Crafted to offer discerning guests a complete experience at Tanjong Jara Resort, the Summer Stopovers incorporate accommodation, meals and three elements: Adventure, Culture and Spa, to provide an immersive holiday set against the sparkling blue waters, rustling palm trees and golden sandy beaches of Malaysia’s rustic East Coast. The convenience of having a leisurely itinerary allows guests to experience the best of Tanjong Jara’s offerings without the hassle of further planning. Explore the great outdoors with the Adventure component of the Summer Stopovers. Guests may select one activity from Marine or Forest Adventure; snorkelling at one of Southeast Asia’s best-kept underwater secrets – Tenggol Island, a Fun Dive for certified divers, a Discover SCUBA diving excursion, a jungle trek up to the Chemerung Waterfalls or an eco - cruise along the Marang River. Culture is the second component and booked upon arrival at Tanjong Jara Resort. Activities include a visit to the morning market guided by the resort’s effervescent local chef, a cooking class followed by a food tasting, a tour of the nearby town of Dungun, traditional Batik cloth painting and a bicycle tour through a nearby fishing village. The award-winning Spa Village at Tanjong Jara is incorporated into the Summer Stopover featuring a 50-minute Malay Massage. Preceded by the Mandi Bunga, Spa Village’s unique pre-treatment, this massage consists of long kneading strokes focused on the muscles and various pressure points. Tanjong Jara Resort’s Summer Stopovers offer a wholesome, “Unmistakably Malay” escape to the idyllic East Coast and start from a MYR1625++ per night for minimum of three nights accommodation. A selection of one Adventure getaway and one Cultural activity is applicable per booking which also includes one 50-minute experience per person at the luxurious Spa Village Tanjong Jara. Daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners for every night of stay with one sumptuous private dinner and return transfers to Sultan Mahmud Airport are also included. Adventure and cultural activities are subject to seasonal schedules and availabilities. Travel period is from now till 31st October 2013. Book your Summer Stopover now or call YTL Travel Centre at +603 2783 1000 or email Guests may also visit for more information.
Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali takes an innovative approach to holistic healing with its guest artist programme
Wednesday 15 May 2013, 06:47PM
Tucked away on the remote northeastern coast of Bali, Spa Village Resort Tembok is a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity, immersed in the gentle spirituality and age-old traditions of the Island of the Gods. Fringed by volcanic, black sand beaches, YTL Hotel’s first Spa Village Resort takes spa getaways and holistic healing to a new level with this year’s range of talented specialists and practitioners under its Guest Artist Programme. Now in its fifth year, the ever-evolving Guest Artist Programme focuses on bringing harmony to the physical, emotional, and psychological wellbeing of the Resort’s guests through the Programme, which unites guests with time-tested techniques from around the world, demonstrated by experts who have perfected their craft. From modern disciplines such as Kinesiology, to ancient healing philosophies such as yoga, and therapies based on science or focused solely on nature, each month brings forth a new set of wellness practitioners with diverse skills. The month of May sees groundbreaking ‘Catalyst for Change’ Maree Thomas, who specialises in Life, Soul and Success Coaching; she herself is a testament to the success of her methods and will focus on the importance of inner awareness. Come June, Personal Trainer Jess Cover is onboard, sharing her tips on nutrition and weight loss, alongside artist Cherie Murray Lee who will demonstrate freedom through artistic expression. July sees the addition of Shiatsu Master, Yutaka Homma and Kineseology specialist Esther Kivi. The following months will continue to see an exciting line-up of passionate practitioners including aquassage – a therapeutic massage conducted in water, brain training and aromatherapy. Returning to the Programme in October this year is world-renowned clairvoyant, Russian-born Diana Manilova. Initiated and recognised as a daughter of the sky by Mongolian shamans, Hindu sadhus and Tibetan rinpoches, Manilova imparts her wisdom by conducting spiritual life consultations and is also co-founder of the acclaimed Oracle Retreat, which Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali is proud to host. Some visiting guest artists come from as far afield as Bulgaria and Mexico; while others come from Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom. Practitioners will guide those that are looking to physically, mentally and spiritually rejuvenate by assessing their needs and taking them on a journey to find the best combination of treatments through the holistic philosophies from their own countries and the venerable ancient methods of the Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cultures. Each practitioner is typically based at the Resort for one month, during which they give daily complimentary workshops; be it watercolour-painting, meditation, massage therapy or creative detoxification. Resort guests may then choose to book a one-on-one consultation, allowing the practitioner to assess their individual goals and needs, guiding them to find the best combination of transformative exercises. Making and sustaining lifestyle changes is a difficult process; for those on a transformational journey to achieve an effective wellness programme, or simply seeking to balance mind, body, and soul while on a therapeutic island getaway, the Guest Artist Programme serves as positive support through the process. Visit for more information on Spa Village Tembok Bali, Resort’s wellness and lifestyle programs.