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The Slate Appoints Phuket Hospitality Legend Claude Sauter as New General Manager


Highly-skilled Swiss hotelier joins the art-inspired beachfront resort, following an impressive career that has included more than two decades of managerial experience in the “Pearl of the Andaman”

The Slatev, the whimsical, art-inspired beachfront resort on Phuket’s secluded northwest coast, has announced the appointment of Claude Sauter as its new General Manager, bringing an unrivalled depth of local knowledge, industry acumen and leadership experience to this key role.

A Swiss national, Claude is a life-long hospitality professional with proven track record. He has also enjoyed a richly rewarding 24-year relationship with Phuket – and with Thailand as a whole. Having first arrived in the “Pearl of the Andaman” in 1997, as Resident Manager of Impiana Resort Patong, Claude went on to manage some of the island’s top hotels and resorts. He is also proficient in Thai, one of six languages he can speak along with French, English, German, Italian and Spanish.

Claude Sauter, The Slate’s new General Manager

A graduate of Ecole Hôtelière de Genève, the prestigious Swiss hotel school, and Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Claude is clearly highly-qualified. But it is his time in Phuket that has defined his life and career. Following five successful years with Impiana, Claude achieved his first general manager’s role with Cape & Kantary Hotels, leading the famous Cape Panwa Hotel in southeast Phuket. He has since headed-up severamajor properties in Phuket and neighbouring Phang Nga province for international hotel groups including Wyndham and Marco Polo. Most recently, he was GM of The Surin Phuket for over six years, making it one of the island’s best performing hotels.

Now, he brings his impressive management qualities and local area expertise to The Slate, where Bill Bensley’s quirky and compelling interior design concept showcases the island’s industrial tin mining heritage. Nestled on the pure shores of Nai Yang Beach, a secluded stretch of Phuket’s northwest coast, this unique resort immerses guests in a world of avant-garde art and design.

Guests can stay in a selection of luxurious rooms, suites and pool villas, unwind in glistening pools and tranquil gardens, soothe their senses at the spectacular Coqoon Spa, chill out on the beach, and savour sensational cuisine in a choice of dining destinations, including Black Ginger, the Michelin-recommended Thai restaurant.

What truly sets The Slate apart from other resorts however, is how it empowers travellers from all over the world to learn about Phuket’s culture through authentic art-inspired journeys, engaging activities and community-orientated initiatives. This is driven by the hotel’s co-founder and owner, Krystal Prakaikaew Na-Ranong (“Khun Moo”), whose family history is woven into the fabric of the island. Together, Khun Moo and Claude will offer unparalleled insights into this enchanting destination.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Claude to The Slate as our new general manager. His track record speaks for itself; not only is he a highly-skilled hotelier with strong leadership qualities; he also shares my deep passion for Phuket. Having spent more than two decades living and working on the island and being able to speak Thai, he can offer expert advice and insights to our guests, while also intuitively understanding the local tourism market and the needs of our team members. Claude is a perfect fit for The Slate,” commented Khun Moo.

“It is an honour to be appointed GM of The Slate and to work alongside Khun Moo, who is a truly iconic figure in Phuket’s tourism and hospitality industry. She has successfully created one of the most breath-taking resorts in Asia, which successfully weaves her family’s life story with Bill Bensley’s design and the finest five-star hospitality. As the world starts to travel again, I look forward to ushering in an exciting new era at this outstanding resort, and creating exceptional experiences for all our guests,” added Claude.

About The Slate, A Phuket Pearl Resort

Inspired by Phuket’s tin mining past, The Slate blends Bill Bensley’s whimsical design with industrial elements to create highly unique guest experiences. A collection of stunning suites and villas, including pool villas and the spectacular Bensley Suite, surround glistening pools and gardens, and the serene Coqoon Spa blends seamlessly into the natural landscape. Discover delectable dining in a selection of stylish restaurants and bars, enjoy authentic locally-inspired activities, from yoga to Muay Thai, or simply stroll along the pure shores of Nai Yang Beach.

To learn more about The Slate, please visit theslatephuket.com.

Rata Offers an Easy and Practical Online Service for Customers in Bali


The new online consultation and virtual dental impression make dental care more accessible for anyone who want to stay at home during pandemic.

Since marking its debut in Bali last June, Rata has been elevating the dental care on the island by offering the latest and most innovative products and services in dental procedures and cosmetic dentistry. Headed by a team of experienced dentists, Rata is located at No. 16, Jalan Tukad Barito III in Denpasar, the capital city of Bali and is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am – 5pm.  

One of the clinic’s most coveted offerings is the Rata Clear Aligner: a new way of straightening teeth without traditional metal and wire braces. Rata Clear Aligner is made of medical-grade plastic, BPA-free, and flexible. The texture is unseen and flexible to be used.

Rata Clear Aligner is also removable, comfortable, and easy to clean. Patients can easily brush and floss their teeth without the daily hassles of wires and brackets in their way. Rata Clear Aligner also uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology, such as 3D simulation video to ensure accurate analyzing for patient’s dental case. 

“Rata is the ideal choice for those who want to have a perfect yet hassle-free smile. Many of us are led to believe that dental care hurts, expensive, and stressful. But with Rata, we offer an easy and practical solution with our Clear Aligner that is transparent and can be taken off anytime. We also offer short treatment that takes only 3-6 months and our Clear Aligner is 60% cheaper than braces,” said the Co-Founder & CMO of Rata, drg. Deviana Maria.

Customers can find a wide range of dental and orthodontic treatments at Rata with reasonable prices that include teeth scaling, tooth extractions, teeth implants, porcelain veneers, root canal, dental crowns and bridges, gum care and many more.

For those who are looking for safe and easy dental care during the pandemic, Rata has come up with a practical solution in the form of its newly-launched Online Consultation for Rata Clear Aligner.

7 Easy Step to Get Rata’s Aligner

  1. Contact Rata’s Customer Service. Our WhatsApp chat button can be found on Rata’s Website or by clicking the link on our Instagram page.
  2. Book your online consultation
  3. Rata’s DIY Box will be sent to the comfort of your own home
  4. Online consultation and dental impression will be guided by Rata’s dentist via Zoom
  5. Customers need to send back their dental impression result, but don’t worry as customers will receive a few sets of putty and tray for practice first before we execute the real dental impression.
  6. Next, Rata will send the 3D video simulation
  7. Rata’s Clear Aligner sets will then be sent back to your home

Since its inception in 2019, Rata has been at the forefront of Indonesia’s dental industry, serving over 20,000 patients since its inception with clinics located strategically across the big cities, such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung and now, Denpasar. The brand is planning to spread its foothold throughout the rest of Indonesia in the coming years with immediate plans to open clinics in Sumatra (Medan & Batam), and Sulawesi (Manado).

Considering the keen enthusiasm and demands on the Island of the Gods, Rata is also planning to expand across Bali in the near future. “Responding to our high demand of inquiries and requests to have more presence in Bali, we will start planning to open new clinics in Canggu and Ubud next once the borders are re-open,” said drg Deviana Maria.

To find out more about Rata and Rata Clear Aligners, please visit Rata.id or through Rata’s social media channels: Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.  

Background Rata

Rata is the first clear aligner provider in Indonesia which offers a new solution of straightening teeth without braces. Rata’s clear aligners are designed by experienced orthodontists and dentists using the technology of AI (Artificial Intelligence) for an accurate alignment of teeth. As an alternative to braces, Rata’s aligner is 60% more affordable than braces, transparent, less painful, with a shorter treatment of 3-6 months (depending on the teeth cases). Treatment options can be done online and offline, with full supervision from experienced dentists. 20,000 cases have been solved by Rata all over Indonesia. 


Rata’s aligners are certified by the Ministry of Health and approved by FDA CE, made of medical-grade plastic and BPA-Free. 

Online Consultation

When we first don’t believe in working from home, people still don’t believe that straightening teeth can be done from home too – but it is possible with Rata. First step of doing online consultation is by visiting Rata.id, clicking the “Ask Rata ” WhatsApp button, and booking a session with a dentist. The dental impression at home is done by the dentist’s supervision. Next step is waiting for the 3D video to see your teeth movements and lastly, your aligner will be sent to your home.

One Price for All

Dental care solutions are no more inaccessible, Rata makes it affordable by offering a bundle of aigner treatment. While braces have additional costs during control, Rata provides free control during the treatment period without any additional costs. As long as there are no additional actions, you can enjoy consultations, examinations with 3D videos, until the final control.

Introducing the New Katharine Pooley Website and Twelve Never Before Seen Design Projects


Established over 18 years ago, Katharine Pooley is one of the most respected, creative and original British luxury interior designers working worldwide today. Named as “British Interior Designer of the Decade,” “International Designer of the Year, Asia”, one of “The 50 Finest Interior Designers” and most recently awarded the “Best Luxury Residence London 2021” at the International Design and Architecture Awards, Katharine’s London-based, luxury, interior design studio is recognised globally for her innovative designs and exquisite, award-winning spaces.

Overseeing her team of 47 interior designers and interior architects, Katharine’s personal approach ensures every detail of every project and product is exquisitely realised and impeccably finished. This is at the heart of the studio’s ethos: dedication to clients; meticulous attention to detail and creation of beautiful, unique spaces.

Katharine has launched a new website to showcase her unparalleled portfolio. Twelve breath-taking new projects are unveiled for the first time. Ranging in scale and style, from traditional country residences to contemporary urban homes, they include futuristic hotels, luxury spas, beach villas, palaces, castles, ski chalets and yachts.

Katharine’s design vision is limitless and unconstrained by genre. The impressive new website reflects this multi-faceted approach and features imagery and video footage of Katharine’s projects, showcasing the intricate and luxurious detailing for which her work is renowned.

Katharine Pooley Design Studio welcomes you to enjoy a never-before-seen insight into the world of luxury interior design. Travel through this tastefully realised porthole to view a bustling London design studio and the life and travels of a leading design visionary, whilst immersing yourself in unique, original, architectural and interior designs created in some of the world’s most beautiful buildings, and most exclusive addresses.


Passionate about collecting talismans from her global travels, as well as rare objects from exotic cultures, Katharine also launches a new and dedicated e-commerce section of the website. This will reflect the treasures and iconic accessories that have made her eponymous Knightsbridge Boutique a must-visit for those seeking unusual and luxurious home accessories.

The website launches with a new “Autumn Accessory Edit”, featuring twelve accessories, object and works of art. Curated by Katharine, the Autumn Edit features lapis lazuli, hand- crafted porcelain, straw marquetry and shagreen detailing. The craftsmanship and use of luxurious finishes in every product are as beautiful as Katharine’s interior and architectural designs.


Always curious and open-minded, the design of each interior and accessory comes from a kaleidoscope of inspirations including the natural world, fashion, architecture and art, but most of all, from Katharine’s travels. It is Katharine’s fearless approach to life and innate sense of adventure that underpins all aspects of her interiors, resulting in truly ground-breaking, adventurous designs.

The Katharine Pooley website allows one to immerse themselves in Katharine’s world through its new ‘Journal’ platform, which will be regularly updated by Katharine to reflect her passions, design ideas, tips and trends.

As Katharine says: “I am so proud to unveil this extraordinary website, featuring many of my design projects, twelve of which have never been seen before. Every design journey I undertake is of great personal and emotional value; each client relationship I build inspires me afresh. I hope you will let my new website transport and inspire you, as each of these projects has inspired me.”

“Choice is a precious commodity. Beauty is a powerful influence. Life gives you time and space. What you do with all these elements is up to you.”

Discover Karma Golden Camp


Karma Group’s New Desert Hotel in Rajasthan, India

Karma Group has announced another new addition to its ever expanding hotel portfolio; Karma Golden Camp in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Spread across 3.5 acres of North Western India’s Thar desert, find 22 luxury safari tents, 10 tent cottages featuring a private pool, along with facilities including a restaurant, spa, children’s club and an outdoor amphitheatre.

A number of exciting activities on offer at Karma Golden Camp include dune-safaris, para-sailing, para-motor-gliding and quad biking in an incomparable desert setting. Or for less adrenaline and more relaxation, enjoy a laid-back camel safari, cocktails at sunset or star gazing in the magnificent desert night sky – sure to impress with zero light pollution. 

An unforgettable romantic experience, the hotel also offers private dinners among the dunes entertained by Rajasthani folk dancers and singers.

Close to the vibrant colours of Jaisalmer, with its famous fort and palaces, the airport is easily accessible from Karma Golden Camp, approximately 45 minutes drive away, or for road trip fans, fly to Jodhpur and enjoy a 4.5 hour adventurous drive.

Other nearby highlights include:

Jaisalmer Fort

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest forts in the world, Jaisalmer Fort is also the second oldest fort in Rajasthan, built in 1156 AD where it stood at the crossroads of important trade routes (including the ancient Silk road). Known as a ‘living fort’, a quarter of the city’s population still live within the fort.

Jain Temples

Within Jaisalmer lie seven beautiful Jain Temples, which still retain their original splendour. Considered architectural wonders, the temples boast exquisite designs and intricate carvings in the yellow sandstone.

Kuldhara Ghost Village

17km west of Jaisalmer, this once prosperous village is now long abandoned and maintained by The Archaeological Society of India as a heritage site. According to a popularly held notion, the village is inhabited by ghosts.

Sam Sand Dunes

Approximately 42 km from Jaisalmer in the midst of the Thar Desert, these sand dunes are amongst the most famous in Rajasthan and a popular spot for desert safaris and camel tours.

Desert National Park

One of the largest national parks, covering an area of 3162 km², the Desert National Park is a haven for migratory and resident birds of the desert. Many eagles, harriers, falcons, buzzards, kestrel and vultures are spotted here.

The addition of Karma Golden Camp brings Karma Group’s impressive portfolio to over 40 properties, with 36 currently operating in 11 countries, six under development and more resorts to be announced.


Karma Group is an award-winning international travel and lifestyle brand offering extraordinary experiences in the world’s most beautiful locations. The company is headed by Chairman and Founder, John Spence, a former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and member of the judging panel for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year.

Among his numerous other awards, John was honoured with the Edward P. Bass Honorary Fellowship at Yale University in 2019 in the School of Architecture, marking the first time Yale has extended this to the same person more than once.

The Karma Group comprises Karma Estates, Karma Resorts, Karma Retreats, Karma Royal, Karma Beach, Karma Spa, Karma Kasa, Karma Club and Karma Boutique. The Group has developed multiple resorts and is currently operating 36 resorts in more than 11 countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, India, Indonesia, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam and the United Kingdom, with six under development.

Four of these resorts were acquired in the past six months with Karma Group demonstrating an ability to acclimatise quickly and successfully to a drastically shifting landscape, with the company choosing to focus on domestic travel markets. These new additions to the company’s ever-growing portfolio include the opulent Karma Seven Lakes in India’s romantic Udaipur, and the historic Karma Salford Hall, a property formerly owned by  King Henry VIII in the English countryside.

There are presently seven properties in development, with Karma Group negotiating further acquisitions in Australia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Spain and the UK.

In 2021 a series of new offerings were introduced, including a private member’s club with a difference, Karma Club, and the establishment of a brand new bespoke service for existing Karma Group members in Karma Concierge.

Karma Group is additionally involved in the world of fine wines and spirits. Since 2016, John Spence has been collaborating with key winemakers across the world to produce bottles that have formed the Karma Wines offering, from Tuscany to Bordeaux. A signature handcrafted small batch gin has also just been welcomed, a spirit crafted from botanicals sourced from the destinations where the group’s resorts, hotels, and retreats are located.

Outside of the hospitality realm, Karma Group remains a company devoted to supporting its surrounding community. Karma Group continues to run and support a number of Philanthropic initiatives worldwide under the Karma Cares banner. These include ongoing sponsorship of Bangalore non-profit Christel House India, The Bali Life Foundation for disadvantaged children, and Vietnam’s Children’s Hope In Action (CHIA), alongside involvement in ongoing scholarships and fundraisers annually.

More recently, Karma Group spearheaded the drive for mass vaccination in Bali, and joined forces with Operation Recuperation, a UK initiative focusing on supporting front-line healthcare providers recover from the fight against Covid-19.

Leading Tourism Changemakers Launch Global Hospitality Start-up Incubator KUBE Ventures


Start-up incubator to catalyse transformation in global hospitality unveiled at the Arabian and African Hospitality Investment Conference (AHIC) in Dubai 

KUBE Ventures has a single purpose: to drive transformation by incubating and accelerating hospitality start-ups. Inspired and created by Michael Levie and David Keen, KUBE has attracted some of the world’s foremost entrepreneurs and disruptors in the hospitality space. Each one shares the values of the founders and a drive to create fundamental change. 

The KUBE vision, in short, is to incubate and accelerate value-driven start-ups that will collectively reimagine global hospitality. KUBE Ventures creates and partners with start-ups, leveraging two crucial entities to empower new ideas: KUBE Circle and KUBE Conscience. 

KUBE Circle brings together leaders, veterans and visionaries in the hospitality industry in a club-like concept. This community forms a global think tank for knowledge sharing, education and networking. It will also be its own catalyst of start-ups. 

KUBE Ventures is governed by KUBE Conscience; an appointed board to measure the values and potential of each entity. While KUBE Circle acts as the rich mind, KUBE Conscience stands as a moral gateway. 

Michael and David chose AHIC as the forum to launch KUBE Ventures as the destination asserts its credentials as a hub for investment for value-driven start-ups across the world. In light of the pandemic, KUBE Ventures hopes to overcome hospitality’s greatest challenges by fostering new entities that dare to innovate. 

“We want to give back to the hospitality industry. All of our shareholders have united with a crystal-clear purpose. We want to catalyse transformation: be it in technology, operations or human resources”, says KUBE Ventures founder Michael Levie. 

When asked why now and why KUBE, David Keen adds, “The moment is now. The post-pandemic era is one of extraordinary opportunity. Our purpose is to realise our industry’s potential and to bring it up to par with the world’s most dynamic industries and organisations”. 

Marloes Knippenberg, chief executive officer of Kerten Hospitality, and a change merchant in her own right, will interview Michael and David at AHIC in a session on 20 September 2021 at 1600 entitled ‘How do we foster transformation and change in hospitality’. Click here for more information ahic.com/programme/day-one 

About KUBE Ventures

KUBE Ventures incubates and accelerates start-ups in global hospitality. Incorporated in Singapore by Michael Levie and David Keen in 2021. KUBE Ventures officially launched in Dubai in September 2021 at the Arabian & African Hotel Investment Conference. The company now has 18 actively participating shareholders. KUBE Ventures is guided by two entities. KUBE Circle, a members’ comm unity of established individuals in the hospitality industry, and KUBE Conscience, an empowered and diverse advisory board. 

About David Keen

David is a co-founder of KUBE Ventures. An evangelist for the power of experiential branding, David Keen is a successful entrepreneur and leading strategist for the travel and hospitality industries. Over the last 20 years, David has published and been interviewed in dozens of publications and has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, tradeshows and professional events. David was born in London and educated in New York at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

After embarking on his career in London and the United States, David ventured to Asia as a writer and editor, travelling widely in the region. In 1996, David settled in Bangkok, where he founded QUO, a brand strategy and integrated communications agency. As CEO, David leads a team of over 90 esteemed professionals from around the globe as they use their extensive experience to craft brands that deeply resonate with today’s consumers. Whether branding nations, luxury hospitality giants, high- flying airlines, funky design hotels, adventurous travel companies or elegant boutique resorts, QUO brings ideas to life. 

About Michael Levie 

Michael is a co-founder of KUBE Ventures. Upon graduating from Essec MBA in hospitality management (IMHI Cornell / Essec), Michael worked for various international hotel chains including Sonesta International Hotels Corporation and NH Hoteles all over the world. As Vice-President of Operations he managed large hotel portfolios. Michael also worked for SynXis, where he started and headed up the European office. Most recently, Michael Levie served as a founding partner and COO at citizenM hotels.

Solution to Protect and Maintain Sports Fields


The smoothness of grass surface on the golf course and football field plays an important part in these two sports. Not only for the sake of the landscape, but the grass on a golf course, can affect both the speed and accuracy of the ball during the game of golf. Whereas in a football game, grass affects the height of the bounce as well as the distance the ball rolls.

Creating and maintaining grass are some of the keys to these two sports games. The activities must be carried out regularly so that the grass and field conditions are maintained to produce excellent field quality to support the game of golf or football.

Understanding this need, TORO, a leading provider of innovative products and solutions for outdoor environments including lawn and landscape maintenance, comes with a variety of lawn mowers as a solution to lawn care and maintenance, both for golf courses and football fields.

Richard Olson, TORO Company President and CEO stated, “The TORO company is very pleased to provide a solution to lawn care maintenance both for golf courses, sports fields, parks and landscapes in Indonesia. We are committed to develop innovative, reliable and high-quality products that are safe, designed to deliver performance and productivity, as well as good for the environment. TORO’s wide range of equipment is tailored to meet various needs.”

TORO provides a wide range of strong, powerful and professional lawn mowers. The lawn mower is available in various models including the Toro® Greensmaster® Flex™ 1018 and 1021 which are designed to surround the contour, thanks to TORO’s patented Flex suspension. There is also the Greensmaster® eTriFlex which can be an alternative to hybrid technology. In addition to these two products, there are many more models offered.

“TORO has been able to serve up to more than 125 countries around the world, including Indonesia with target users coming from various sectors including farmers, government institutions, and companies,” he added.

TORO products have been widely used to prepare fields that will be used for various international sports tournaments. This shows experience in providing strong and high-quality products, so Indonesian customers can trust TORO for quality lawn care on sports fields.

Following the tagline “TORO Count On It”, TORO Indonesia continues to be committed to presenting reliable products and simplifying the work of the Indonesian people.

About The Toro Company

Since 1914, The Toro Company has been built on a tradition of quality and caring relationships. Today, TORO is the world’s leading provider of innovative solutions for the outdoors including lawn maintenance, construction equipment & irrigation solutions.

Through a strong network of professional distributors, dealers, rental shops, and retailers in more than 125 countries, we are proud to offer a wide range of products across a global family of brands to help golf courses, professional contractors, underground construction professionals, park rangers, farm growers, rental companies, government, and educational institutions, and homeowners – in addition to many of the world’s leading sporting venues and historic sites.

A New Level of Inspiring Stay


With Co-living & Co-working Experience by PHMHotels

PHMHotels proudly presents a new way of living to start a journey with innovation and creation by offering a community living (Co-living) & community working (Co-working) experience. The full-service and modern Co-living & Co-working by PHMHotels is a solution for professionals to work safely and comfortably in a new atmosphere.

Co-living and Co-working package at PHMHotels will pamper guests with a sense of convenience. All hotels of PHMHotels (The Haven, The 1O1, 1O1 Urban and FRii) in Jakarta, Bogor, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Malang, Palembang, Bali and Gili Trawangan offer a variety of spaces and benefits that makes them the perfect home whilst working within the city.

From productive co-working, relaxing outdoor areas, varying lounge and fulfilling wellbeing space, each property offers its unique character along with PHMHotels essential features Stay, Eat adn Experience.

Co-living Package

PHMHotels is inviting business travellers to unlock a whole new level of inspiring stay with a lively environment. Co-Living Package provides comfy rooms for guest to stay in 7 days or more.

Price starts from IDR 225,000 per room per night. A selection of additional packages is available at a special price:

  • Chef’s selection menus
  • Laundry
  • Room upgrades
  • and more

Terms & Conditions

  • Rates are applicable for minimum stay of 7 days
  • Rapid antigen test result must be shown upon check-in
  • Booking & guarantee policy is applicable according to each hotel’s rule

Co-working Package

Co-working by PHMHotels allows guests to enjoy the ultimate flexibility and to work in rooms that are equipped with exclusive services including breakfast, lunch, dinner and laundry.

Price starts from IDR 375,000 per room.  A selection of additional packages is available at a special price:

  • Special rates for function space usage
  • Special rates for coffee break selections
  • and more

Terms & Conditions

  • Rates are applicable for minimum room of 5 per booking
  • Rapid Antigen test result must be shown upon check-in
  • Booking & guarantee policy is applicable according to each hotel’s rule

PHMHotels Co-living and Co-working package is available with a booking period until 31 October 2021 and guest can enjoy the package until 31 December 2021. All these great experiences can be booked on phm-hotels.com and each hotel direct contacts.

About PHMHotels

PHMHolels is an Indonesian leading hospitality management with a portfolio of hotel brands, including The Haven, The 1O1, 1O1 Urban, FRii Hotel and PHM Collection. The company is a part of Panorama Group, an integrated tourism and hospitality business group with more than 45 years of experience. PHMHotels offers a distinctive hospitality experience with a selection of international standard lifestyle properties in Jakarta, Bogor, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Malang, Palembang, Bali dan Gili Trawangan.

PHMHotels introduces PHMRewards+, its global loyalty program for more exceptional hotel experiences and enhanced services. For more information, please visit our website at phm-hotels.com. In addition, connect with us on Instagram @phmhotels and Facebook PHMHotels

Weekend Feast at Gran Melia Jakarta


Gran Meliã Jakarta is proud to host Weekend Feast starts on Saturday, 18 September 2021. For this special occasion, connoisseurwill be pampers with huge selections of culinary around the world.

Café Gran Via will open its door for Kitchen Brunch on Saturday and Sunday starts from 12 noon to 4 pm, with wide selection of western, Indonesian, Spanish, Chinese and the most sought after-Mongolian barbecue. Not to mention delectable dessert options by Chef Adit- Gran Meliã Jakarta’s Pastry Chef including various gelato choices.  Guest is able to enjoy the Kitchen Brunch at IDR 330,000++.

Chef Tomoaki Ito, Executive Japanese Chef of Yoshi Izakaya will welcome you with tantalizing Weekend Yamitsuki on weekends start from 12 noon to 4 pm. A huge selection of delectable Japanese culinary are served to pampers your palate. Assortment of Robatayaki in Tokyo style, Shabu shabu, sushi and sashimi awaits guest at one of the best Japanese Restaurant in Jakarta. Guests can enjoy the Weekend Yamitsuki at IDR 480,000++ including of free flow of ocha.


Tien Chao is delighted to present selection of 28 hand-picked steamed and fried dim sums available to choose from the menu on this weekend. From all-time favorites Shrimp Dumpling (Har Kow), Siew Mai Dumpling and Chicken Feet with Chili and Black Pepper to new creation of Dragon Fruit and Scallop Dumpling and Crab Meat and Spinach Dumpling are some option in steamed dim sum.

For guest who prefer fried dim sum, Tien Chao’s culinary team prepares Deep Fried Shrimp with Lemongrass, Crispy Cuttlefish Ball with Water Chestnut, Shrimp in Bean Curd Roll, Fried Prawn Dumpling with Peach to mention a few. Selections of pork dim sum are available such as Shanghai Xiao Long Bao with Pork and X.O Sauce, Pork Siew Mai Dumpling, Pork Can Pao and Pork Char Siu Rice Roll.    

All You Can Eat Dimsum

Tien Chao All You Can Eat Dim Sum is available on Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm at IDR 250,000++.

Gran Meliã Jakarta is also proud to take a partnership with BCA Credit and Debit Card with tempting promotion by offering Buy One and Get Two for Kitchen Brunch at Café Gran Via and Weekend Yamitsuki at Yoshi Izakaya or Buy 3 Get 4 for All You Can Eat Dim Sum at Tien Chao. 

To reserve your table, make your booking through WhatsApp +62 811 889 0712.

SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute Introduces the Mindful Living Program


A life journey to reawaken your consciousness, shape your destiny and improve your lifestyle

In response to the increasing demand for wellness and mindful practice throughout the pandemic, SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute introduces a 7-night Mindful Living program to explore the inner self and release your infinite potential. Whether you already practice mindfulness or you are looking to take part in your first wellbeing retreat, SANGHA Retreat will help to recalibrate your mind, body and soul.

Together with Frederick Chavalit Tsao, Founder of OCTAVE Institute and Chief Program Designer and Mentor, the SANGHA Retreat expert team will lead guests in a step-by-step process through the Mindful Living program to explore a variety of challenges and modern approaches to traditional Eastern and Western meditation practices, such as walking, stretching through yoga, mindful breathing, meditation, sound bowl therapy, whilst maintaining a plant-based diet. It also guides guests on a journey to discover how mindful adjustments to our daily behavioural patterns can lead to a more fulfilling life through practising the seven habits of exploration and mindfulness: food, breath, sleep, movement, meditation, emotion, personal growth, and their connection with our physical, mental and spiritual health.

Holding a strong belief that an individual can only achieve long-term sustainable development by contributing to wellbeing, Frederick also realized the importance of creating a healthy society and harmonious communities in his unceasingly self-examination and introspection. “I insist on making an effort for the happiness of mankind and it is necessary to combine western science with traditional Chinese philosophies. The reality consists of different relationships and represents the experiences and conditions of all people. We can capture a totally different world view by simply switching our angle and then we can start to attain greater freedom and creativity,” as shared by Frederick Tsao.

SANGHA Retreat and OCTAVE Institute recognises the need and demand for mindful practices to find an equilibrium under the intense and stressful atmosphere of society today as well as everyday challenges, offering a step by step guidance to reconnect mind, body and soul.

“I wanted to take time off from my current life and rewind on what has happened in the past. For me, the purpose of joining the program was mainly to re-centre my body, mind and soul with high expectations to learn about myself, others and mindful living,” comments David Peter Konrad, fashion designer, photographer, lifestyle & fashion writer who participated in the Mindful Living program in July 2021.

During the all-encompassing 7-night program, SANGHA Retreat will provide an immersive experience in which the expert team will guide guests to learn how to listen to and observe their own body, and be aware of the relationships among eating, breathing, sleeping, movement, mindfulness, stillness and personal development. Each day of the program is comprised of a variety of mindfulness courses, talks, and lectures to enhance the state of wisdom in addition to meditation practices with the following highlighted themes.

Breaking Boundaries: Discovering Your True Self

With the integration of Eastern wisdom and Western quantum science, the program will guide guests to a broader path, through which they may discover their true self, harvesting a joyful, healthy and free life.  

Group Practice: Accompany and Peer

The journey will be carried out in groups, including over 100km of walks and hours of meditation challenges. Open your mind through interaction with your companions, and step-by-step reconnect with your body, consciousness and emotion.

Energy Exploration: Awakening Inner Awareness

Steer your life in a more positive direction by relieving anxiety, exploring and stimulating your own vitality and potential through breath work, meditation and sound therapy. 

Mindful Eating: Eating while Considering the Future of the Planet

Designed by a two-star Michelin chef, the mindful menu provides a customized vegetarian meal plan, incorporating intermittent fasting and mindful cooking. Broaden your understanding of plant-based cuisine and enter the world of mindful food for the future.

Mindfulness with Joy: A Journey of Happy Cultivation

Explore true self and inner reflection by attending art, mindful cooking and EQ classes. Guests will also have the opportunity to experience the Timewaver, allowing them to better understand hidden physical and mental signals.

The all-encompassing program offers guests an opportunity to learn how to listen and observe their own bodies as well as be aware of relationships and personal development.

“I have gained the feeling of oneness, in the way our groups formed to become very strong and with a lot of loving energy. I learned to really listen to people and try to understand where they are in their lives, their wounds and how I can help them. I also once again understand that there are a lot of things we can do daily to stay balanced and energetic; food, meditation, good friends, mindful approach to life,” shares Anna Bogachko Holmblad, one of the participants, a Traditional Chinese medicine practitioner in Shanghai who is originally from Sweden.

Following the success of the 7-night Mindful Living Program in July 2021, SANGHA Retreat is focussing on a determined vision to proudly connect like-minded individuals and leverage mindfulness. With the well-planned practices and plant-based cuisine, the program aims to enhance daily habits and push personal boundaries with the obvious parallel psychological benefits.

For more details of SANGHA Retreat and their programs, please visit sangharetreat.com

Russian Tour Operators Gear Up for Phuket as Travellers Book Sandbox Breaks to Beat the Winter Blues


Virtual event hosted by Laguna Resorts & Hotels, C9 Hotelworks and Delivering Asia Communications reveals how pent up demand will drive Russian business back to Phuket now the Sputnik vaccine is approved.

Phuket’s tourism industry can look forward to a stronger high season, as Russian travellers prepare to swap their cold winter weather for a sun-soaked Sandbox escape, a recent webinar has learned.

In the “Phuket Sandbox: Russia’s Winter Wonderland” event, Russian outbound tour operators expressed their belief that many of their clients are longing to return to Phuket. They warned however, that some key factors were still restricting the destination’s full potential.

(Top): Olga Na Takuatoong, Deputy Managing Director of Exotic Voyage with DAC’s Sumi Soorian; (Below) Salim Akbas, Product Purchasing Manager (Southern Thailand) for ODEON Tourism

Held on Thursday 9th September 2021, the webinar was organised by C9 Hotelworks and Delivering Asia Communications (DAC), and hosted by Laguna Resorts & Hotels. It was attended by a wide range of industry experts, including top tour operators, leading hoteliers, airline executives and representatives from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and there was a general feeling of optimism about the upcoming peak season in Phuket.

Prior to the global pandemic, Russia was one of Phuket’s biggest source markets. In 2019, over 700,000 visitors arrived direct from Russia, and while that level is unlikely to be matched in the near future, hoteliers and tour operators are confident that the coming months will see the start of a recovery.

(Top): Ravi Chandran, CEO of Laguna Resorts & Hotels; (Below) C9 Hotelworks historical data on the potential  strength of the returning Russian market to Phuket

This belief is driven by the fact that, effective 1st September 2021, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health added Russia’s Sputnik to its list of approved vaccines, which will enable thousands of Russian citizens to take part in the Phuket Sandbox programme. Ravi Chandran, CEO of Laguna Resorts & Hotels, called this move a “huge boost to the Sandbox”. 

“It adds stability and continuity to the Sandbox concept and it will give a lot of the other European countries – and other countries around the world – confidence in the concept, when they see a big player like Russia participating,” Mr. Chandran told the webinar. He added that arrival numbers would probably start slowly, before “building up in November and December, once more airlines launch flights”. The first Aeroflot flight is due to depart on 4th October 2021.

To drive Phuket’s rebound, Khanittha Phanworawat, Director of the TAT’s Moscow Office, revealed that her team is now ramping up its promotional efforts in Russia. 

“The Phuket Sandbox is our main agenda for the travel trade,” Ms. Khanittha stated. “We explained the concept to Russian tour operators at an event in Moscow in September. B2B online workshops have also connected Thai hoteliers and suppliers with Russian agents, and we have set up a dedicated Russian language website to provide the latest information for travel to Thailand.”

Tour operators said they were hopeful that Russian ‘snow birds’ would flock back to Phuket this winter.

Salim Akbas, Product Purchasing Manager (Southern Thailand) for ODEON Tourism, said that Russia was a “really good fit for the Sandbox” due to the 14-day length-of-stay requirement, which is similar to the usual vacation duration preferred by Russian travellers, and their strong appetite for Thailand’s beaches and food. The “7+7” extension of the Sandbox will also enable visitors to experience more parts of the Kingdom, with the option of combining Phuket with destinations such as Khao Lak, Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi.

Banyan Tree Phuket is one of seven resorts located in the Laguna Phuket on Bangtao Beach

Mr. Akbas stressed however, that rates need to remain moderate to make sure that potential customers do not head elsewhere.

“It’s recovery season, so [hoteliers need to] make the price point right. Everyone wants to make profit, but this might not be the right time. If we miss one more high season, the competition might become too strong. Dubai for example, will be an alternative destination,” he warned.

Olga Na Takuatoong, Deputy Managing Director of Exotic Voyage, a luxury Russian tour operator, agreed that suppliers need to use promotional rates to drive the revival.

“Sun, sand and sea are still the priority for Russian travellers. They need to be in a warm place in the winter and Phuket has everything they need. During the pandemic, a lot of Russian customers went to the Maldives, Dubai, the Seychelles or other countries. To attract customers back, I would recommend that Phuket’s hospitality sector needs to maintain their promotional rates, and not try to increase them,” she commented.

With the launch of the Phuket Sandbox 7+7 programme and the acceptance of the Sputnik vaccine as a condition of entry, it seems that Phuket is taking the right steps to regaining the Russian market. What also seems clear however, is that a price-led return will be critical to restoring confidence, and that some travel restrictions may have to be lifted in order to entice travellers away from rival destinations.

Launched on 1st July 2021, the Phuket Sandbox allows fully-vaccinated international travellers from 60+ countries and territories worldwide to enjoy quarantine-free stays in the “Pearl of the Andaman”, if they fly direct to the island, stay in approved accommodation, and take regular PCR tests during the stay. 

A dedicated PCR test centre now has been set up within Laguna Phuket, the integrated resort that features seven world-class, SHA Plus-certified resorts, plus a wide range of restaurants, bars, spas, boutique shopping, private yachting and water sports, all nestled within 1,000 acres of sparkling lagoons and verdant parkland, with a 3km stretch of pristine beach at Bangtao Bay.

Golfers can tee-off at the 18-hole Laguna Golf Phuket, which was named as “Thailand’s Best Golf Course” at the World Golf Awards. This means that international guests, including Russian nationals, can enjoy safe, serene and secluded Sandbox stays at Laguna Phuket.

For more information about Laguna Phuket and to book your stay, please visit lagunaphuket.com.

For all the latest updates about the Phuket Sandbox and tourism in Thailand, please CLICK HERE to visit the TAT’s official website.

Laguna Phuket resort is home to 7 deluxe hotels; Angsana Laguna Phuket, Angsana Villas Resort Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort and SAii Laguna Phuket – all sharing 1,000 acres of tropical parkland along a 3-kilometre stretch of the pristine Bangtao Beach.

Facilities and services include 18-hole award winning golf course, world-renowned spas, shopping village, tour operators and MICE-certified event and facilitator teams. With inter-resort transportation allowing guests to travel anywhere within minutes via shuttle bus or ferry.