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Beachfront dining includes everything from barbecues and brick ovens to wok fires and flambés.

Samui Restaurant Reopens with Fiery New Menu

KOH SAMUI, Thailand (Jan. 7, 2020) — If you smell something sizzling down in southeastern Koh Samui these days, chances are it’s coming from Banyan Tree Samui’s beachfront restaurant, Sands, where Chef Rainer Roersch is rolling out his smoking hot “8-Fires” cuisine.

“We were looking for a very visual and atmospheric theme,” said Chef Rainer. “Something eye-catching that our chefs could prepare under the coconut trees and the moonlight. The key element would be fire.”

The new-look Sands restaurant — which recently reopened after a three-month renovation that includes a new retractable roof — has been adapted to include eight workstations featuring different traditional forms of cooking with fire - brick oven, charcoal grill, wok fire, stove-top, table-burner, hot stone, Santa Maria grill, and flambé.

“There is something mesmerizing about food sizzling over an open fire,” said Chef Rainer. “From the native American concept of the sacred fire pit (bara-bicu) to Japanese hibachi, meaning ‘fire bowl’, to Indonesian satay and Middle Eastern shish kebabs, it has a global appeal and has existed since time immemorial.”

Sands’ new menu has been beefed up to include a selection of meats and seafood adaptable to the 8-Fire techniques. Diners have a choice of Australian Wagyu beef and Black Angus steaks, lamb cutlets, BBQ pork ribs, chicken breast or veal cutlets. Fresh local seafood choices include lobster, jumbo prawns, scallops and squid, as well as imported Norwegian salmon and Australian barramundi.

“We can really showcase the true aromas and flavors of seafood and prime cuts by using smoke, flaming liqueurs and truffle spray,” said Chef Rainer. “And of course, the tableside presentation is spectacular. It’s fun for all the family with the sizzling fires in all directions, but it can also be a romantic evening for two with sea breezes, soft sand and fine wine.”

From the chef’s garden come the ingredients for vegetarian options including risottos, pizzas and casseroles, fresh salads, and pasta dishes such as pumpkin gnocchi. And among the many mouthwatering starters on the new menu are tuna tartar, pan-fried foie gras, beef carpaccio, Louisiana crab cakes (in green mango salad) and the overwhelming “Seafood Symphony for 2”.

Sands Restaurant overlooks the sapphire sea of the Gulf of Thailand from a secluded cove flanked by coral reefs. It is one of three signature dining venues at the award-winning Banyan Tree Samui resort, which is recognized as one of the leading hotels in Asia. The 38-acre property is nestled on a steep hillside and hosts 88 luxury villas, each with its own private infinity pool.

Sands seats 60 diners indoors and up to 42 on the open terrace. The restaurant is open to Banyan Tree guests and non-guests alike from 11:30am to 11pm, seven days a week. Reservations are recommended.

Villas at Banyan Tree Samui, each with infinity pool, start from US$550 per night.

About Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts

The Banyan Tree Group is a leading international operator and developer of premium resorts, hotels, residences and spas, with a collection of award-winning brands. Banyan Tree offers a Sanctuary to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul in awe-inspiring locations around the globe. Rediscover the romance of travel as you journey to iconic destinations where authentic, memorable experiences await. Angsana brings the adventure back into travel whatever your age or reason to visit. Intertwining local chic and a vibrant fun-filled atmosphere, Angsana offers amazing destination playgrounds across the world. Cassia is a bold new proposition in the extended stay sector, offering stylish, cutting edge hotel residences for holidays and business travel. It offers incredible choice for families, friends and couples. Dhawa is a casual and contemporary full-service hotel that fuses imaginative design, absolute comfort and seamless technology into a single stay experience. It curates a plethora of choices to achieve a truly customised stay.

To date, the Banyan Tree Group manages and/or has ownership interests in over 47 hotels and resorts, 63 spas, 73 retail galleries; as well as three golf courses in 24 countries.


Banyan Tree Holdings Limited (“Banyan Tree” or the “Group”) is a leading international operator and developer of premium resorts, hotels, residences and spas, with 47 hotels and resorts, 63 spas, 73 retail galleries, and three golf courses in 24 countries. Each resort typically has between 75 to 300 rooms and commands room rates at the higher end of each property’s particular market.

The Group’s primary business is centered on four brands: the award-winning Banyan Tree and Angsana, as well as newly established Cassia and Dhawa. Banyan Tree also operates the leading integrated resort in Thailand – Laguna Phuket -- through the Group’s subsidiary, Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited. Two other integrated resorts – Laguna Bintan in Indonesia and Laguna Lăng Cô in Central Vietnam – complete the status of the Group as the leading operator of integrated resorts in Asia.

As a leading operator of spas in Asia, Banyan Tree’s spas are one of the key features in their resorts and hotels. Its retail arm Banyan Tree Gallery complements and reinforces the branding of the resort, hotel and spa operations.

Since the launch of the first Banyan Tree resort, Banyan Tree Phuket, in 1994, Banyan Tree has received over 2,480 awards and accolades for the resorts, hotels and spas that the Group manages. The Group has also received recognition for its commitment to sustainability for environmental protection and emphasis on corporate social responsibility.

In addition to its currently operating hotels, resorts, spas and golf courses, the Group currently has 21 hotels and resorts under construction, and another 31 under development.

Sands Restaurant overlooks a spectacular secluded cove flanked by coral reefs.

A Banyan Tree chef prepares a flaming flambé at Sands relaunch night, 19 December 2019.

Cooking by wok is just one of the eight fire-based techniques at Sands.

Wok-fried crab

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Siem Reap, Cambodia – Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap is Marriott International’s first Courtyard Resort in Cambodia, with a second hotel to follow when Courtyard Phnom Penh opens in the capital city later this year. The brand’s flagship in Cambodia offers guests an opportunity to enjoy authentic local Khmer cuisine, prepared to international standards using fresh, organic local ingredients. The resort features modern Khmer architectural design, an innovative lobby space and contemporary room design, enabling guests to pursue both their personal and professional interests whilst visiting the seat of the ancient Khmer kingdom.

Executive Chef Van Chanrith began his culinary journey in Siem Reap, learning his craft and travelling abroad before returning to his hometown to pursue his passion of producing the best locally inspired Cambodian dishes using the traditional methods taught to him his whole life by his mother. An accomplished cook and fish wholesaler, she is well known locally for her prahok, a crushed, salted and fermented fish paste that forms the base of much Cambodian cuisine. Chef Chanrith has developed relationships with local, organic producers such as Happy & Co., an organic farm that grows produce using only traditional methods, free of pesticides or chemicals. In order to ensure his Khmer dishes were as authentic as possible, Chef Chanrith travelled to the north Cambodian village of Preah Vihea, where he immersed himself with local cooks, fishermen and farmers, researching and learning before returning to the resort to create his menus.

“The best part of the local food scene is access to amazing organic ingredients,” said Executive Chef Van Chanrith. “We never use frozen produce so it is always really fresh and tasty – if we need a chicken, we go to the farm, get it and cook it straight away. The secret for the best Cambodian food is making sure everything is fresh, fresh, fresh!”

At Lok Lak, Chef Chanrith has created a fusion of modern cuisine and authentic Khmer flavors brought to life by pristine local, seasonal and sustainable produce. Lok Lak is named after the glorious hot salad that combines stir fried beef with a bed of whole lettuce leaves, juicy tomatoes, cool cucumbers and sharp raw onions.

Chef Chanrith applies his classical culinary training to take this local favourite up a notch by using locally sourced beef, aged in house for 2-weeks to achieve a wonderful melt-in-your-mouth texture. It is a dish that stimulates all the senses, typical of Cambodian cooking, being salty, sweet, sour and spicy. The restaurant offers convenient all-day dining, with three private dining rooms for special occasions. There are plenty of options for western diets as well, with the Lok Lak team making their own pastries, bread, yoghurt and ice cream.

Upper Deck, a stunning rooftop bar, is surrounded by breathtaking, panoramic views of Angkor Wat on the horizon and brilliant sunsets to the West, whilst providing a wide range of exotic cocktails and an exquisite small plate menu. With an emphasis on BBQ, the venue offers a platter of barbequed cured beef, chicken, sausage, pork ribs, butter catfish and prawns – all sourced locally. Another favorite is jackfruit humus served with house made rice crackers.

The resort offers guests the unique opportunity to learn the secrets of preparing Khmer cuisine with Cambodian Cooking classes. With a choice of group or individual classes, guests visit the local market accompanied by a chef to learn about local ingredients, before donning the chef uniform and getting hands on in the kitchen cooking delicious, fresh Cambodian food.

Courtyard continues to expand into Cambodia with the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh to open in the bustling capital later this year.

For more information or to make a reservation, 
please call +855 63 968 888 email: [email protected], or visit

About Courtyard by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 1,100 locations in 50 countries and territories, Courtyard is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information or reservations, visit, become a fan on Facebook or follow @CourtyardHotels on Twitter and Instagram.

About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,500 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 127 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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JAKARTA, INDONESIA: COCA Restaurant, the innovative Asian dining chain, has expanded its presence in Indonesia with the signing of an exciting new restaurant in downtown Jakarta.

Located in the popular Citywalk Sudirman lifestyle mall, Central Jakarta, the new COCA Restaurant will cater to professional office workers during the day, including the large local population of Japanese expats. Then in the evening, it is expected to attract millennial diners and families who seek market fresh, authentic Asian cuisine in an animated social setting.

his will become COCA’s fourth outlet in Indonesia, and its third in Jakarta, as the company continues to focus on satisfying the growing appetite for healthy, high-quality Asian cuisine. The other outlet is in the bustling town of Bandung, three hours from the capital.

“Jakarta is one of the fastest growing cities in the world right now, so we are delighted to be able to launch another restaurant for Indonesian diners and expats,” commented said Trevor MacKenzie, Managing Director of COCA and Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide. “This new location in Citywalk Sudirman puts us right in the beating heart of Jakarta’s CBD.

“We are confident that our innovative dining concept, which promises simple, healthy Asian cuisine, stylish presentation and a lively, friendly atmosphere, will strongly appeal to young professionals in this affluent downtown destination,” Mr MacKenzie added.

The new COCA Restaurant will serve an enticing à la carte menu of Asian cuisine, including Thai and Cantonese dishes and table-top hot pots. Chefs will focus on the freshest ingredients, including live seafood and premium meats. The Citywalk Sudirman outlet will however be pork-free.

Located on Jalan KH Mas Mansyur, the main thoroughfare in Central Jakarta, Citywalk Sudirman is surrounded by upscale condominiums, premium retail outlets and high-end hotels. This will make COCA Restaurant popular with a wide range of diners, including local residents, expats, office workers, families, international travellers and more.

The launch marks the latest phase of COCA’s Asian expansion strategy, which is targeting prime urban locations such as upmarket malls, which benefit from high footfall. This blueprint has already been successful in Indonesia, where COCA currently operates three popular restaurants in Jakarta and one in Bandung.

With the launch of the latest COCA Restaurant in Jakarta, the chain will feature a collection of 24 outlets across Asia, including nine in Thailand, five in Vietnam, four in Indonesia, three in Singapore and two in Japan and one in Malaysia. This regional portfolio is expected to expand significantly in the coming years.

COCA & Mango Tree Worldwide now has a global portfolio of 64 restaurants across its various brands, including COCA, located in key global cities.

COCA Restaurants are a contemporary Thai, Chinese and hotpot (suki) concept. The group's heritage dates back to 1957, when Khun Srichai Phanphensophon opened the first COCA restaurant in Surawong, launching the suki trend in Thailand. Since then COCA Restaurants has pioneered a premium shared dining experience in Asia with over 30 restaurants across the region, featuring healthy menus of carefully selected high quality meats, seafood and vegetables. The group’s entrepreneurial spirit continued when the group's CEO and celebrity chef Pitaya Phanphensophon, Srichai's son, opened the first Mango Tree restaurant, a Thai focused brand, in the heart of Bangkok in 1994. Today, Mango Tree and COCA Restaurants Worldwide operates more than 70 restaurants and cafes in 15 countries in Asia, the Middle East, and the USA.

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