Soneva Kiri, with its rustic beauty, is tucked away on a tropical island off Thailand
Soneva Kiri, with its rustic beauty, is tucked away on a tropical island off Thailand

Wonderful winter treats

Thailand November 29, 2016 22:25

By Phoowadon Duangmee
The Nation

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Prepare for the hectic festive season by taking time out at the beach or in the city


Soneva Kiri, with its rustic beauty, is tucked away on a tropical island off Thailand’s east coast.




Soneva Kiri offers a super luxury break like no other. Families with two small children can now spend five days at the high-end resort in Koh Kut, a tropical island off Thailand’s eastern coast. The price is US$4,935 (Bt175,600) and covers accommodation for four nights in a Bay View Pool Villa with a half-board meal plan that provides breakfast and dinner together with non-alcoholic beverages. The Soneva Festive Package is valid from tomorrow through December 25. A maximum of two children aged up to 12 years old dine free, plus enjoy free plane transfers when travelling with their parents. Soneva Kiri is a rustic-chic resort in lush rainforest with beautiful views of the ocean. Visit

Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre is also inviting families to take a break in the Thai capital next month. The Family Discoveries Package, with accommodation in a Superior World Room, costs Bt6,100 per night for two sharing in the heart of Bangkok. Guests also enjoy daily breakfast, extra bed for the kids, turndown service with cookies and milk and 20-per-cent off dining at the hotel’s outlets. The hotel is right in the heart of town, a short walk to the Erawan Shrine, art museums and shopping area, making it an ideal hub for exploring Bangkok. Book a room at (02) 100 1234 extension 6753, 6759 or email:

Winter is the best time for exploring upper Myanmar. The Strand Cruise offers 30-per-cent off its three- and four-night cruises along the Ayeyarwaddy River. A three-day cruise from Mandalay to Bagan is available for embarkation on December 9 and 16, while the four-night package sets a sail on December 19. The all-inclusive packages usually start from $3,240 for double occupancy in a deluxe cabin. The Strand Cruise gets its name from its sister – the iconic and legendary Strand Hotel in Yangon. This luxurious new ship began plying the waters early in 2016 taking passengers on stylish river cruises along the historic section of Ayeyarwaddy River – Mandalay, Sagaing, Ava and Bagan. For booking, visit

A peaceful break from busy Bangkok is just a short drive away. Head to Pran Buri, a pristine beach beyond Hua Hin, and enjoy your moment at Villa Maroc Resort with the Secret of Spa Indulgence package at Bt7,900 for two sharing. The price includes a savoury breakfast, spa treatment for two and Moroccan-style afternoon tea. The deal is good from now through December 29. Call (032) 630 771, email or visit

Movenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya is offering a Family Getaway package for parents and kids wanting to combine beachside fun with relaxation. Upon check-in, enjoy a complimentary cup of Movenpick ice cream and while parents make use of the spa or relax by the pool, the kids can enjoy a few hours of fun and learning at the Sea Star Kids Club where age-appropriate activities are offered for free under supervision. The offer includes complimentary day tickets to Cartoon Network Amazone Water Park located just a few minutes from the hotel. The package is available for stays of two nights from now until the end of March. Call (033) 078 888 or email