CENTARA’S CORPORATE SIDE
Discover the properties in Thailand, Mauritius and the Maldives that are perfect for your next business event.
To be in a destination that ‘inspires’ – where participants are invigorated and stimulated by their surroundings – must surely rate as one of the key factors of any successful MICE experience. It adds an aura of excitement, awareness and creativity that can encourage a flow of fresh new ideas that result in highly successful results for all those involved.
A destination that generates an air of excitement provides an incredible motive for participants to operate at their best and also leaves a memorable impression that lasts much longer than the event itself; and that is a good longterm strategy for any business.
Staying in the luxury Spa Deluxe Ocean Facing suite at the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi in Thailand earlier this year – set at the base of soaring cliffs and with 180-degree panoramic views over the Andaman Sea – was inspiring. The sunrises and sunsets were dramatic, the vertical pillars of limestone rocks rising out of the ocean surreal, the ambience of the candlelit à la carte beach dining unforgettable, snorkelling in crystal-clear waters exhilarating. I felt stimulated and full of ideas – the perfect basis for any meeting.
MICE at your fingertips
Centara Hotels & Resorts seems to have combined the best of both worlds: unique properties in equally unique locations that stretch across South-East Asia and the Indian Ocean encompassing Vietnam, Bali, Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and its home base of Thailand. All are designed to meet the needs and inspirations of the MICE market – cutting-edge facilities and social/corporate programmes, stylish luxury accommodation, gourmet dining and enriching cultural experiences.
It is an enticing combination which has seen the MICE sector continue to grow for Centara. To meet this demand Centara has recently expanded its website, adding a dedicated area for MICE services providing key information on each property in the company’s extensive portfolio. It includes the Grand, Centara, Centra and Boutique brands.
“We are now able to offer such a diversity of meetings and events venues across our portfolio in many key destinations that a dedicated MICE website has become a vital service to our clients and customers,” Centara Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Chris Bailey, said.
He said the MICE website has been divided into three individual sections to target the different markets: the ‘Corporate’ section is dedicated to meetings, conferences and exhibitions; the ‘Romantic’ section to weddings, commitment ceremonies and vow renewals; and the ‘Social’ section focuses on gala dinners, company retreats, award ceremonies, incentives, concerts and team building.
“Our clients now have the ability to view all platforms in one area, allowing them to fully understand the size and complexity of both the brand and an individual property and all it has to offer as a venue for their event,” Mr Bailey said.
For Australians and Australian companies the venues are exotic and enticing, be it for an unforgettable wedding, meeting or team building experience; properties such as the Centara Grand Azuri Resort & Spa Mauritius, in particular.
Beach or boardroom?
The resort nestles in the heart of the 170-hectare Azuri complex, edged by a stunning white-sanded beach and vast lagoon, perfect for water sports and team-building activities. Its traditionalstyle rustic architecture reflects the country’s rich Portuguese, Dutch, French and Indian cultural influences but the interiors reflect a spacious, elegant minimalism. The meeting facilities are cutting-edge and hi-tech.
To wind down, the luxurious six-suite SPA Cenvaree offers a range of traditional Thai massages and treatments.
In Thailand, the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, built in the early 1920s, captures the classic colonial-style buildings of the time – an elegant, grand seaside estate set on sweeping green lawns that run down to the waterfront. The rooms, with their polished woods, traditional 1920s European-style decor and shutter windows, add to the airy colonial feel.
It is also located close to eight world-class 18-hole golf courses, Hua Hin Hills Winery, night markets and the historic Mrigadayavan Palace – a former royal residence.
Other key Thai properties include the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, located at the secluded end of Karon Beach. With its striking Sino-Portuguese design and beachfront location, it is a hidden gem on the water’s edge and perfect for water sports and teambuilding exercises.
Another absolute gem is the Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui. It exudes a Raffles-like charm with magnificent white columns and high ceilings, all opening to tropical gardens that flow down to Chaweng Beach. There is a tranquil ambience, yet it’s in the centre of town.
High city style
Then there is the five-star flagship, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, Bangkok – the grand dame of MICE properties, adjacent to the Bangkok Convention Centre and world-class shopping centres such as Siam Paragon, CentralWorld and the new high-end Central Embassy complex.
The 55-storey property combines its location with panoramic views and resort-style facilities. Its 26th floor is a dedicated lifestyle complex complete with tennis courts, pool, garden and state-of-the-art gym facilities.
For idyllic incentive experiences, the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives, and sister property Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives, offer luxury getaways in one of the most beautiful regions in the world.
With the new dedicated website, Centara has put all of its 74 properties at the fingertips of its MICE clientele – where agents, event planners and clients can extract key information in choosing a destination and property that meets all their needs – and lay the plans for an exciting, memorable MICE experience. www.centarahotelsresorts.com/mice