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Compass Hospitality’s Guide to Celebrate Songkran in Thailand

As from John’s experience, we can say that Songkran can be fun filled event for all, no matter from which part of the world are you from. So here are some quick guides regarding Songkran which our guest can know, in-order to have pleasant and memorable Songkran celebration in Thailand.

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What is Songkran?

Songkran is popular for being a water splashing festival throughout the country during the hottest time of the year. However, for those who are not as clued up on Thai history, Songkran is actually a celebration of Thai New Year during mid-April from 13th to 15th. Traditionally, Thai families would visit relatives to receive blessings and ask for forgiveness from their seniors. In the modern day, Songkran has become a one of the biggest water festival in the world.

What are “Dos & Don’ts” for Songkran?

Dos:

  1. Put your mobile phone & wallet/purse in a water proof zip lock to avoid it from getting wet. As for water-proof zip lock, you can buy it in any convenient store.
  2. Thai culture is still bit conservative hence it is recommended to wear colorful Songkran dress rather than transparent & in-appropriate dresses.
  3. Leave behind your passport or other travel document in hotel itself and carry a copy of it or take a picture of it on phone, if, required you show it to the concerned party.
  4. Apply sun screen lotion and keep your self-hydrated as it one of the hottest period in Thailand.
  5. Lastly always be cheerful & respectful to others while deciding to play or not while not willing to play Songkran.

Don’ts:

  1. Use of banned equipment is big no as it might get you into a trouble with law or you might end up hurting someone. Hence it best advisable to stick with water buckets or light water guns
  2. Please don’t apply powders on people forcefully as it might be considered indecent touching & some people might be allergic to it, hence its best suggested to ask people’s consent before doing so.
  3. Alcohol consumption at large amount is completely discouraged as you might end up hurting yourself or other. So, its best advisable to enjoy this festival in sober state of mind.
  4. Don’t wear a shoe or flip-flop with not so strong grip as floor gets bit slippery due to wet floors
  5. Don’t throw water on motorcyclist as it might cause an accident.
  6. Lastly, don’t be aggressive or irresponsible while playing Songkran, be it for use of water or while playing with other.

Where to go play Songkran in Bangkok?

Silom:

Probably the largest and wildest crowd in Bangkok; The entire 5 km length of this street – mostly known for Patpong – is packed on two levels with thousands of young Thais carrying anything that can spray water.

Khao San Road:

If you like the idea of getting soaked from head to toe in the middle of a wild party, be sure to drop by Khao San Road. The entire length of Khao San Road is turned into an almighty water fight, and once you’re in, you’re going to get absolutely wet!

RCA: 

RCA holds the most creative events that combine clubbing styles and water fights together. Each club brings you your favorite DJs/ singers, from both international and locals scene, to their own yards. The biggest event in RCA is called S20 Songkran festival where they have DJ line ups for 3 nights. You will feel like you are in a miniature of Ultra Music festival plus water splashing.

Hope our guide to celebrate Songkran might have been of some help to you all in-order to experience a pleasant & memorable time celebrating this awesome festival while staying with us at our compass hotels which offers you a special offers during this period for you to enjoy. Click here for more information on our exclusive summer promotion.

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Why Not Take a Spring Break in the United Kingdom?

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The United Kingdom offers many attractive choices for an ideal break with your family this coming spring season. The longer days and pleasant weather make for pleasant conditions to visit the blooming countryside as well as numerous other attractions in the United Kingdom. Here are just a few of the things you can do during the spring holidays before the summer crowds arrive.

Have an Adventure and Explore the Great Outdoors

The spring season is when you can really have an outdoor escape and breathe some fresh air into your life. Breakaway from your daily routine and explore the UK by visiting its historic sites, cycling through the countryside along scenic routes, and experience the bright lights of the UK’s many cities.

Visit the Historic Attractions

There are some interesting attractions in the art and history galleries in Manchester, Oxford and Halifax that offer fascinating exhibitions. Beginning with Manchester, this bustling city offers many sites and stories to discover. Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery is a well-known destination that shows some of the most internationally renowned collections of modern art. The gallery contains 55,000 pieces of artwork, including paintings, textiles, watercolors, prints, drawings and sculptures. Moreover, the gallery also received the ‘Gold Winner Award’ from Visit England Awards for Excellence 2016.

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Oxford is a world-famous city reputed for its academics, history and architecture. Oxford is full of picturesque and historic buildings that make it a favorite location for the film industry. There are various TV serials and films that have shot some of their scenes in Oxford such as Christ Church, the Bodleian Library and New College, which was featured in the Harry Potter film series.

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Halifax is Calderdale’s largest town, with stunning Victorian architecture and a strong industrial heritage. It is home to the unique Piece Hall, Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, and the Halifax Minster.

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Outdoor Activities

As springtime approaches the seaside destinations in the UK become a prime destination for tourists who enjoy walking along white-sandy beaches, the warm weather and cycling along scenic outdoor trails. Eastbourne lies along the southern coast of the United Kingdom and offers itself as a well-known destination for coastal and beachside attractions. In addition, there are many opportunities to experience contemporary artwork at three leading coastal galleries, all linked by a scenic cycling route though Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne.

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Inverness >> ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS IN SCOTLAND with thrilling watersports, scenic walking trails, adrenaline-pumping cycling routes and several new extreme sports, your daily dose of exercise is much more likely to be an Instagram-worthy feat than a tiresome chore.

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Shrewsbury >> Come and enjoy everything that Shropshire’s Great Outdoors has to offer. Discover the fantastic countryside, exceptional views and wonderful wildlife. Explore our Country Parks, heritage sites and play areas or get active on over 5,500 km’s of Public Rights of Way.

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Experience some of the United Kingdom’s Famous City Centres

If perhaps you aren’t looking for countryside or beach destinations then there are still many opportunities to experience the rich and diverse cultures on offer across the United Kingdom’s many city centres. Cities such as Cardiff, Cheltenham, Nottingham and Leeds provide for some great options for such a destination.

Cardiff shopping centre is a well-known shopping centre and it was recently named the 6th best shopping destination in the United Kingdom. Cardiff shopping centre has a combination of designer brands, high street brands, as well as more independent and boutique shops. There are also plenty of cafés, restaurants and bars to stop and relax in.

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Cheltenham represents the cultural centre of the United Kingdom’s famous Cotswolds region. Cheltenham offers a variety of quality restaurants and entertainment venues within this elegant town, where many of the architectural and heritage features can still be seen today while still maintaining much of its original culture. Such annual events as the Cheltenham Racecourse ignite a unique buzz in the city, while local venues such as the Brennen and Brown Gin Distillery as well as the many theatres provide for activities to suit every generation.

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Nottingham has plenty of things on offer to do any time of the year. Venture out to the great outdoors and discover a fascinating network of caves or the enchanting Sherwood Forest. Nottingham also has a rich history and culture, from Robin Hood and Nottingham Castle to literary heroes such as and DH Lawrence. You may also wish to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Robin Hood and experience the Robin Hood Beer and Cider festival or wonder at the iconic Nottingham Castle. Nottingham is also a great place for a weekend escape to the glorious gardens in the former home of Lord Byron at Newstead Abbey or, if you feel brave enough, you could even join in one of the weekly ghost tours and uncover Nottingham’s mysterious past which make it one of the UK’s most haunted cities.

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Leeds >>> Within in the compact city centre, it is just a short walk between designer stores, high street brands, market stalls and independent boutiques, many of which are house within breathtaking Victorian and Edwardian buildings.

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COMPASS HOSPITALITY REVEALS NEW BRAND & NEW LEVELS OF LUXURY WITH ELITE BEACHFRONT POOL VILLA COLLECTION AT ANANDA HUA HIN RESORT & SPA

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For immediate release 7 March, 2017

HUA HIN, THAILAND – Leading hotel management company Compass Hospitality is poised to unveil its luxury brand with the opening of Ananda Hua Hin Resort & Spa on April 1 this year, featuring a collection of elite private beachfront pool villas expected to set a new high watermark for privacy and exclusivity in the royal destination.

The new high-end brand by Compass Hospitality adds to its existing of three brands – Compass, Citrus, Citin – and marks its 42nd managed property across its operating markets in Thailand, Malaysia and the UK.

“We are very proud to enter the luxury segment in Thailand and we firmly believe Ananda will set new standards in high-end hospitality in every destination we operate,” said Compass Hospitality Executive Vice President Operations, Jonathan Lim. “The brand is informal but sophisticated, ensuring we are not trapped by unwieldy brand rules and regulations so we can focus on providing an exceptional and personalised guest experience.”

The eagerly awaited new property, led by veteran hotelier Nigel Tovey, will feature the Ananda Pool Villa Collection, a cluster of luxurious private accommodation options with creative indoor and outdoor spaces ranging from 188 square metres (sqm) to 268 sqm in size. Decorated in light, soft tones, the villas open onto lush gardens, private pools and each one comes with its own private entrance.

A strong sense of individualism pervades the star-quality villa collection with unique experiences delivered via Ananda’s “Check-in, Bliss-out” concierge, offering everything from impressionist watercolour painting classes to a videography programme, private beauty menu and a selection of elegant classic cars to choose from to traverse the nearby hills, travel to the golf course or visit local vineyards.

Located on a long sandy shoreline about 15 minutes outside Hua Hin town, Ananda Hua Hin sits on a gracious 30-rai site extending from Petkasem Road to the beach itself. The resort is just eight minutes from Hua Hin Airport, allowing for swift and easy access by private plane, or guests can also choose to arrive in style aboard a private E&O train carriage, exclusively arranged via the Ananda concierge.

“Ananda Hua Hin is a property of its time, and perfectly fitting with this fast evolving destination as we look to redefine an area that was actually one of the first spots well-to-do families came to 30 years ago,” said Ananda Hua Hin general manager Mr. Tovey. “It is the most beautiful, natural and peaceful part of the coast and therefore the ideal location for us to offer a whole new level of hospitality to our guests.”

The entirety of Ananda Hua Hin encompasses 196 rooms, cleverly divided into three distinct areas. The 23 pool villas are closest to the beach and there’s a dedicated family area featuring an expansive pool and the Submarine Kids Club. Housed in the grounds will also be Hua Hin’s largest ballroom, with 900 sqm of flexible function space, including a range of customisable floor plans, state-of-the-art audio-visual and inspired menus catering to domestic and regional corporate events and weddings.

Above the ballroom is Blue Biscuit, a contemporary-styled club-come-restaurant that will host live blues and jazz performances by Thailand’s up and coming talents and visiting international artists. The interior features a bar at the back with bare red brick walls, lounge leather seating, and an outdoor area with views of the ocean.

Four food and beverage outlets are peppered throughout the resort. The signature Italian restaurant Breeza serves fresh seafood brought directly to the resort by local fishermen each day, with a Mediterranean small plate menu to be enjoyed with the restaurant’s wine list, featuring acclaimed locally-produced Monsoon Valley White Shiraz from Hua Hin Hills vineyard.

For guests seeking blissful relaxation and wellness therapies, the sophisticated Ananda spa facility at the Resort provides them with the option to leave in better shape than when they arrived with a choice of beneficial treatments administered by expert therapists using a range of health-giving natural products.

To celebrate the upcoming opening, Ananda Hua Hin is offering a special opening rate for all bookings made during the period April 1 to May 15, 2017 for stays from April 1 to October 31, 2017. Opening rates start from THB3,900 for superior room accommodation and go up to the top tier room, the luxury two-bedroom beachfront pool villa for THB35,900.

All rates are inclusive of taxes and breakfast and need to be booked by contacting the resort directly by telephone (+66 32 89 89 89), email: ([email protected]) or on www.anandahuahin.com

For further information and high-resolution photography, please contact:

Siriwan (Oh) Pongchairerk

Director of Sales and Marketing

Ananda Hua Hin Resort and Spa

Tel: +66 (0) 81 822 2125

Email: [email protected]

About Compass Hospitality

Ananda Hua Hin is a managed by Compass Hospitality, one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing hospitality management companies, managing and operating a wide portfolio of 42 hospitality properties across all market segments. Brand identities include Compass Hotels, Citrus Hotels, Citin Hotels and Ananda Resorts and Spas.  Compass’ portfolio includes hotels, resorts, executive serviced apartments and spas located in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Hua Hin in Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Pulau Langkawi in Malaysia; and in Shrewsbury, Halifax, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Eastbourne, Nottingham, Oxford, Manchester, Inverness, Leeds, in the United Kingdom.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one with our exclusive dining promotions!

Love is in the air!

Valentine’s Day is a day much eagerly awaited by all the love birds from all over the world to celebrate their love. Valentine’s Day – commonly known as the day where sweethearts spend time with each other and exchange cutesy gifts or where a secret admirer sends chocolates and flowers. It is also a good excuse to get dolled up and go out for dinner!

Although Valentine’s Day is commonly seen as a day reserved for happy couples in a relationship while being the one day single people would like to avoid, don’t forget that everyone – including singles – can take full advantage of the chocolates on sale and the scrumptious dining promotions catered to this occasion.

While many restaurants throughout Bangkok offer great food for such an occasion, we are focusing on the Sukhumvit Area as usual where we have several recommendations of places we have personally tried.

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Thailand Discovery Event (Thai Teaw Thai)

We participated in Thailand Discovery Events (Thai Teaw Thai event) for both events in March & September, which were held at QSNCC venue. For both events, our booths were located in Plenary Hall (main hall) and we have received a lot of good feedback from our guests. Many guests were satisfied in our special rate for room vouchers and food & beverage vouchers.

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Compass Hospitality in TTM+ 2016

We participated in Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2016 (TTM+ 2016), which took place at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC) during 8th – 10th June 2016. At the TTM+ 2016 event, we have presented our 12 properties from the destination Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and upcoming luxury villa resort Ananda Hua Hin to all confirmed pre-appointment buyers and to all interested buyers who visited our booth.

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Upcoming Properties in Year 2017

Ananda Hua Hin Resort & Spa (196 Units)

Ananda Hua Hin Resort & Spa is a luxurious property nestled amidst 13 acres of lush greenery and provides private access to sky blue crystal waters of the lagoon from Gulf of Thailand. A serene beach hideaway newly debuted in early 2017, all contemporary designed guestrooms enjoy delightful views of landscaped pools or lush gardens from private balconies.

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Citrus Grande Hotel, Pattaya (510 Units)

Citrus Grande is located in the most desired location of Pattaya.
Citrus Grande Hotel Pattaya is within easy access to The Bali-Hai pier where excursions to islands can be made.
The city prime entertainment and leisure outlets are within walking distance including the most popular tourist destination “The Walking Street”.

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Citrus Suites Sukhumvit 6, Bangkok (92 Units)

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The newest rooftop venue on the Bangkok block – Vanilla Sky

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Opening with a bang for the first time on New Year’s Eve evening, Saturday 31st December 2016 from 19.00 onward, and the city’s leading aficionados of night life will certainly be paying attention and aiming to experience its unique wow factors in person.

For a taste of Bangkok nightlife at its most engrossing, look no further than the city’s first night club in the sky. Vanilla Sky invites sophisticated fun-seekers to lose themselves in the expanse of the city skyline. A breezy, open space some 35 floors into the sky, the venue is cleanly designed to allow exposure to the sky. Where 360 degree views sweep the imagination, signature cocktails are served to perfection, created with flair to be shared between friends and partners.

Live it up as guest DJs from around Asia spin the coolest sounds in town and rock up to amazing parties and concerts. And, with space for 100-200 guests, if it sounds like the ideal venue for a special occasion, the management would be happy to discuss the details.

This instantly fashionable rooftop venue is open 7 days a week, driving the after work crowd, the pre-club crowd, the touristy selfie crowd who arrive waiting to take in an experience that will take their breath away every time.

Opening Hours Daily 17:00 hrs and 2:00 hrs.

Location 35th Floor at Compass SkyView Hotel

For more information please contact: Compass SkyView Hotel Sukhumvit 24
Tel 02-011-1111 or Email: [email protected]

Website :  www.compassskyviewhotel.com

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The Continent’s Award Winning Year

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It has been a year of accolades for The Continent. The boutique lifestyle hotel, which features superb design, dazzling views, several successful restaurants and bars, and excellent personalized service, all set in an unbeatable location, has received a trio of awards for the hotel and its outlets.

The Continent has been voted as Thailand’s Leading Boutique Hotel for 2016 by the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Celebrating excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry, the World Travel Awards are known as “the Oscars of the world hotel industry,” and give recognition around the world for world class hotel facilities and service, based on votes which are the actual result of guest experiences and how they ranked the facilities and were treated at each establishment.

Additionally, the Medinii sky dining restaurant has been voted as the Best Italian Cuisine in Asia by the World Luxury Restaurant Awards. Medinii offers contemporary Italian food with an Asian twist, and features a Sky Dining concept which starts with a choice of soup of the day or Medinii salad, followed by unlimited beverages (wine, beer, and soft drinks), plus unlimited pasta and pizza, along with one main dish and one dessert as part of the dinner, all set high above the city on the 35th floor, looking out at the luminous cityscape and lights of Sukhumvit below.

In addition to its hotel and restaurant awards, The Continent has also been named as Asia’s Top Design Hotel for 2016 by Now Travel Asia. The award confers honours on hotels that have cutting edge contemporary design, and The Continent leads the pack here, with its stylish world travel-themed rooms and their superlative dazzling city views, along with all its outstanding facilities, which are located on the top floors of the hotel, offering an incredible atmosphere and a real ‘stay in the sky’ feel.

As Bangkok’s leading boutique lifestyle hotel, The Continent provides both business and leisure travelers with affordable comforts, intimate living quarters and excellent facilities to go with a superb location, making it the perfect option for today’s modern urban traveler.

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Compass Hospitality enters Scotland

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Thailand based Compass Hospitality Group has entered the Scotland market with the management of The Columba Hotel in Inverness, a city located on the banks of picturesque River Ness and just south of Scottish Highlands.

Inside the hotel’s grand exterior façade, there are 82 guestrooms and spacious suites, each appointed in classic designs and equipped for modern-day lifestyle conveniences. Many of the guestrooms enjoy commanding views of the renowned Inverness Castle just across River Ness.

As the hotel is located along River Ness, its Victoria Restaurant and MacNabs Bar & Bistro offer a choice of indoor dining in cosseted comfort or alfresco dining outdoors on the riverside terrace. With Inverness Castle and River Ness as a backdrop, dining cannot be more pleasurable.

The hotel’s prime location in the heart of Inverness provides convenient access to many shops, restaurants, churches, museums and attractions that cater to different lifestyle preferences. Ness Bridge is less than a minute walk away from the hotel and it connects the hotel to the opposite bank of River Ness.  Located south-west and 20 minutes’ drive away from the hotel is Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition (a multi-media attraction) and nearby Loch Ness, home of the legendary Loch Ness monster.

The hotel’s new owner is Singapore based Seacare Hospitality Pte Ltd and this is the fifth hotel Seacare Hospitality has partnered Compass Hospitality as the hotel operator. Seacare Hospitality’s CEO Lim Chye Teen said, “Nine months ago in August 2015, Compass Hospitality and Seacare Hospitality jointly acquired Big Sleep portfolio of hotels in Cardiff, Cheltenham and Eastbourne. This was followed by our joint acquisition of The Victoria Hotel in Oldham in February this year.  Compass Hospitality has lifted the performance of hotels and we are delighted to appoint Compass Hospitality as the operator of our fifth hotel in the UK.”

Compass Hospitality’s President & CEO added, “The Columba Hotel and Inverness offer yet another distinctive destination to our UK presence. Scotland with its mountain ranges, Ice Age landforms, Northern Lights and Nessie are compelling interests to international travelers.  Compass Hospitality will continue to collaborate with our partners to identify choice hotels for acquisition and management.”

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