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This idyllic resort elegantly sashays down the topical landscape to rest along the island's finest white sandy beach at Pansea Bay, nestling itself in peaceful seclusion in the form of 108 secluded cottages gently shaded by coconut palms on verdant slopes. We call it genuine serenity.

This celebrated resort paradise has been rejuvenated by its original designer, Paris-based architect Ed Tuttle who has artfully refreshed Thai beach cottages utilizing local materials and traditional designs fused with modern functionality. The cottages are connected by elevated walkways and all feature unobstructed views of the ocean, spacious bedrooms, bathrooms with his-and-hers vanities and high-tech electronic elements. All done up in custom made furnishings and warm, earthy, organic colors. The atmosphere is eclectic yet serene, the service is high touch yet unobtrusive.

Dining? Authentic and varied. Wellness? Comprehensive and personalized, with flair from a stylish black-tiled pool adjacent to a special children’s pool, fully- equipped gymnasium, and all manner of watersport from catamarans to windsurfing, snorkeling to scuba diving and more. Relaxation can be found within the peaceful confines of The Surin Spa, created in harmony with the natural beauty of the surroundings, featuring a complete menu of Thai-inspired wellness and rejuvenation treatments. Spa rooms offer sweeping views of the Andaman Sea and pose the perfect sanctuary for ultimate spa indulgence.

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- Book now and receive 20% off the Best Available Rate, complimentary room upgrade to next category, plus stay 5 nights in a Beach Cottage or Beach Studio and receive a complimentary 50 minute Spa Treatment! Email for more information and as always, be sure & tell 'em The Explorateur sent you!



Thailand is a place of twists and turns, from the quixotic streets and appetizing aromas of the streets of Bangkok to the overwhelming beauty of its islands that it’s almost like a beautifully wrapped gift that beckons to be opened every time you arrive, each time containing something completely different. Beaches and exotic intrigue might be the first ideas to come to mind when thinking Thailand but as you might have guessed, there’s another surprise angle that’s absolutely worth considering. The ever-so-sustainable luxury sanctuary of Thanyamundra- the ultimate personalized rejuvenation program for the body, mind and soul...all set on an organic farm in the limestone mountains of Khao Sok National Park.

2 Hours drive from Phuket leads you to a most inspired retreat on a farm hidden in the forest, where butlers await to cater to your every whim, where talented massage therapists pamper from head to toe, where experts in visual arts and fitness work alongside you to achieve your personal goals, and where the finest chefs delight in elegantly preparing the most delectable Asian and SLOW-cooked comfort food from organic produce such as red snake beans, luscious eggplants, passion fruit, avocados and Thai spices that you can harvest yourself. There’s nothing like the blissful feeling of preparing your own Tom Yum Gai or green curry as you overlook the lush greenery, with a sommelier by your side assisting you in selecting the perfect complement to your meal.

With a capacity of just 20 guests max, each visitor is ensured completely personalized service and serenity in any of the rustic-chic rooms, suites or villas, all decorated with high tech fare and Thai silk touches and gentle rainshowers. It’s diminutive size is deceptive, for their fitness, wellness, adventure and creative programs are hugely expansive from invigorating jungle treks to track down long-tailed macaque monkeys and elephants, to cooking, to painting and creative writing, to even working on the organic farm. It’s a retreat like none other, in a place like none other...

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- Complimentary one-category room upgrade on stays of 3 nights or longer when travelling through 30 June 2012. Click HERE for more information and as always, be sure & tell ‘em The Explorateur sent you!

*subject to availability, not exchangeable or transferrable to cash, please use code “Explorateur Readers” when making reservation



THAILAND DEALS- The Malicorp collection
Seriously had it yet with the cold, the rain, the sleet, being trapped inside by snowstorms? Those of you in the northeast US know exactly what we’re talking about today. It’s a hall-pass from work, true- so use the time wisely and think about heading towards the SUN. Thailand tantalizes with its wonder, its sizzling cuisine, ultra-hot beaches and value not likely found many other places in the world. Great deals abound for Explorateur readers only at Malicorp’s collection of hip boutique properties…take a dive, the water’s beautiful this time of year (or any time of year for that matter).

There’s the five-star Malisa Villa Suites, 41 magnificently designed individual private villa sanctuaries thoughtfully decorated in a stark contrast of ultra-modern and ancient Thai. Perfect for that romantic jaunt.

Want to hide away in an ultra-hip locale? Try the Sugar Palm Grand Hillside- we’re talking rooms with amazing views, and 11 outdoor pools.

Or, just want to simply chill out? Perfect, because the casual, stylish Sugar Palm Resort Kata Beach & Sugar Palm Karon Resort embody the Thai concept of “Sanuk”…the purest expression of having fun.

Quick, look out your window- convinced yet? Good…

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- Save 10% when booking Malisa Villa Suites, Sugar Palm Grand Hillside, Sugar Palm Karon Resort and Sugar Palm Resort, Kata Beach. Valid for travel through 31 Oct 2010. Click HERE for more information on reservations and, as always, be sure & tell ‘em The Explorateur sent you!




Thailand often plays tricks on your senses...the taste food that is perhaps more spicy or creatively playful than you can imagine, the sight of beaches so exquisite they look other-worldly, the sounds the chaotic noise of the city streets where somehow life flows at a strangely fluid pace, and believing that luxury this tremendous can actually be affordable. Case in point, the Conrad Bangkok. A palatial property in the heart of the business district, and more importantly close to the city's best shopping at alarmingly affordable prices. Rooms are litoral cocoons of stylish design and top technology, done up in silks, sweet-dream-inducing bedding, entertainment systems, and note to those traveling kids or husbands that refuse to grow up... Playstation 3 in the Suites.

Working off the delicacies is easy here, take advantage of individual classes for yoga, boxing, Pilates and Tai Chi or opt for a spa treatment, especially with the Explorateur discount. It's well worth the splurge.

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE-Save 20% off Advance Purchase Rate for travel now through 31 Dec 09, plus save 15% on all Food & Beverage, and 20% on a-la-carte spa treatments. Amazing deal, contact or Tel : +66 2690 9999 to book and to view conditions, and be sure & tell 'em The Exploratuer sent you!

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Planning a trip to Asia but just can't quite seem to find either enough time or budget to do everything you want to? Here's a modified thought-consider the Shanghai Mansion Bangkok when heading to Thailand. This fusion of a boutique hotel whose Chinoise Chic atmosphere sends you straight back to Shanghai circa 1935, where elegance, romance and glamour ruled, and exquisite antiques and brilliantly colored silk furnishings were the standard. 55 gorgeous rooms, all named after traditional Chinese flowers are endless exploding fusions of colors- vibrant fuschia, shimmering turquoise, embroidered emerald and crimson blending harmoniously with the more modern fixtures including cable TV, wi-fi, mini bar, all the things you say you don't need but we know you really do. And, when you're feeling a bit peckish, you've got your choice of the antique-style Tea House on property or just about any traditional Chinese dish just steps away from your door in the heart of the city's Chinatown district. This sanctuary provides a calming cocoon of comfort, shileding you from the chaotic pace of Bangkok and gives you an authentic Shanghai experience if you've only got just a short time (or budget) to spend.

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