Par littleboboon le 28 Janvier 2018 à 15:37
At Littleboboon, we travel around the world to review restaurants and hotels for our customers, readers and for our own pleasure.
One thing we notice is in the hotel industry -- particurlarly at the high-end so called "5-star" resorts -- that not all 5-stars resorts are equal. For instance, let's have a closer look at the Anantara resorts in Thailand which belong to the Minor group.
We chose Anantara resorts in Thailand to spend our Christmas and New Year holidays with family and friends. We stayed at Anantara Bangkok Riverside from December 23rd 2017 to December 27th 2017, then Anantara Chiang Mai from December 30th to January 2nd 2018, and finally Anantara Bophut from January 2nd to January 6th 2018.
The Anantara Bangkok Riverside and Anantara Chiang Mai were true 5-star resorts, both were very well located and beautifully built with great services. Our rooms were nice, clean and superbly designed, especially at Anantara Chiang Mai. Each resort has it own identity and personality, with great breakfast buffet, restaurants and bars.
Our New Year's eve party with the Phantom of Opera theme at the Anantara Chiang Mai was one of the highlights of our trip to Thailand.
Then came our last stay at the Anantara Bophut. It was a disaster in every sense, from our arrival to our last day.
On arrival, we had to wait 40 minutes in the library before we could check into our rooms. In the four rooms that we occupied, each room had an issue: in one room, the television was not working, in the others the bathroom had not been cleaned properly, the telephone was not working, the air conditoning was extremely noisy and one headbed lamp was missing.
The breakfast buffet was very poor compared to Anantara Bangkok or Anantara Chiang Mai.
One early morning, a call from reception woke us up at 6:20am just to check if there was no fire in our room! Apparently their fire alarm was not working properly.
The last issue was for our last day: we had ordered a minivan to go to a restaurant outside the resort. Reception told us that a minivan was on the way only to inform us 15 minutes later that there was no minivan available for our group. When we asked them to order two taxis as there were eight of us, only one was available. Visibly even a simple request they were not able to manage properly.
That's exactly where the problem laid: in our humble opinion, Anantara Bophut is poorly managed, plus the resort looks quite old and run down, the team lacked training and certainly did not show a client-oriented attitude and sense of service that a 5-star resort demand.
It was clear to us that we would not recommend Anantara Bophut to our customers and readers.
Par littleboboon le 7 Janvier 2018 à 11:19
Gaggan ** (Gaggan Anand) - Bangkok, Thailand
Louison (Gérald Passedat) - Le Puy-Saint-Réparade - France
Racine * (Kazayuki Tanaka) - Reims - France
Issaya Siamese Club (Ian Kittichai) - Bangkok - Thailand
Restaurant AM * (Alexandre Mazzia) - Marseille - France
Arola * (Sergi Arola) -Sintra - Portugal
Oak * - (Marcelo Ballardin) - Ghent - Belgium
Pertinence (Ryunosoke Naito & Kwen Liew) - Paris - France
La Condesa (Indra Carillo) - Paris - France
Mraz & Sonh ** (Markus & Manuel Mraz) Vienna - Austria
Shiki (Alois Trant) - Vienna - Austria
Alma * (Henrique Sa Pessoa) - Lisboa - Portugal
Par littleboboon le 10 Novembre 2017 à 10:14
If you are looking for rare wines, great vintage or very old bottles, incredible Magnum (1,5 L) · Jéroboam (3 L) · Réhoboam (4,5 L) · Mathusalem (6 L) · Salmanazar (9 L),one of the best places in the world to find them is definitely at Vintage & Cie in Paris.
Vintage & Cie is the creation of Louis Duquesne whose passion for great and rare wines made him decide to open a boutique and wine cellar on the prestigious rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris golden triangle.
The notion of rarity and vintage are the principal philosophy of Vintage & Cie. Each bottle, each parcel, each domain has been selected with care, passion and emotion.
Louis Duquesne's goal is to propose what France has best to offer to the world in terms of wine, but not only that, his team and staff also rent to their clients a place to store their great bottles in the most optimal and safest conditions ; they will make you discover an unknown wine domain, they will highlight a new wine maker, and last but not least, they will travel the world to find the bottle that you wish to have in your wine cellar and deliver it to you wherever you are.
Vintage & Cie regularly organises private events and wine tastings, there is even a private salon that can accommodate 10 to 20 people for an exclusive private party among friends.
Do not hesitate for a second and come to Vintage & Cie to discover the wonderful world of great, rare wines, champagnes and spirits and to meet with passionate and dedicated people whose only goal is to please and make you love wine. Vintage & Cie is definitely a place for wine lovers.
Vintage & Cie
199, rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré
Par littleboboon le 7 Novembre 2017 à 10:23
Nous aimons beaucoup la série de reportages “Des Vignes & Des Hommes” diffusée sur Arte.
Des petits reportages de 27 minutes sur les vignes à travers notre planète. Ils sont à la fois instructifs, passionnants et bien filmés, ça donne envie aux téléspectateurs de voyager et de déguster un bon verre de vin.
A voir et à revoir sur Arte.
Par littleboboon le 30 Décembre 2016 à 14:19
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