at Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin
Tee off in style and combine the best of both worlds – world class golf on three challenging International golf courses, together with blissful treatments at our secluded spa.
Overlooking the Gulf of Siam, the Rest Detail Hotel offers guests a perfect respite from the outside world. In keeping with its name and playful logo of the “three wise monkeys”, every detail is anticipated to ensure each guest a truly surrender to the charms of this tropical seaside resort, encompassing body, mind and soul. Gracious, friendly Thai hospitality and service, unique modern design with chic colorful touches, together with sumptuous cuisine will create special memories and a desire to return again and again.
Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s top golfing destinations with eight courses offering a range of challenges from 18-36 holes. Bookings, tee times and transportation can be arranged through the Concierge.
1. Black Mountain Golf Club
Designed Mr. Phil Ryan this is one of the newest courses in Hua Hin offering 18 holes and a stunning course.
2. Banyan Golf Club
Designed by Pirapon Namatra of GolfEast offering 18 holes.
3. Imperial Lakeview Resort and Golf Club
Designed by Roger Packard and Ronald Fream – ideal for beginners. 36 holes.
4. Majestic Creek and Country Club
Designed by Dr. Sukitti Klangvisai A challenging 27 hole course.
5. Palm Hills Golf Resort and Country Club
Designed by Max Wexler and the host of a number of famous tournaments 18 holes
6. Royal Hua Hin Golf Course
Designed by Scottish railway engineer - O.A.Robins this 18 hole course is one of the oldest and most challenging.
7. Springfield Golf and Country Club
Designed by Jack Nicklaus. 27 holes
8. Milford Golf Course
Designed by Robert Mcfarland, 18 holes
Also there are many on-site activities for all guests:
Sunrise Yoga at the pool
As the sun rises over the Gulf of Thailand your “Sun Salutations” will be led by our Recreation Master to suit your specific level using the Ashtanga Yoga poses.
Painting is a subtle form of relaxation and unique way to express your creativity. Enjoy our water coloring class in your own space and time.
Massage Class: The Art of Relaxation
Learn how to massage your partner or friends and acquire a skill that will be sure to make you popular everywhere.
Cocktail Mixing Class
For aspiring bar experts this is a must do! Master the perfect Martini, Daiquiri and Pina Colada. Our Master of Beverage will lead the way.
Thai Culinary Class
Create Tom Yum Goong at home after this excellent class and learn all the basic of Thai Cooking for those unique dinner parties in your own house! You will love this course.
For more details, please visit the website http://www.restdetailhotel.com/
Senami Onsen in Niigata
The Senami hot spring, located just outside Murakami in the northeast of Niigata Prefecture, is renowned for the sunsets over the Japan Sea that can be seen from the serenity of the bath. The area is a popular destination year round but in the winter when the Salmon, Sweet Shrimp, Crab and Yellowtail are at their best; it is not only Spa Lady Windy that travels to Senami Onsen to have a taste of this unique delight! As the temperature drops the culinary delights tempt me from afar, the sunsets seem to guide my journey and the warm waters of the Onsen welcome me with open arms.
Located on the edge of the Japan Sea and with a spectacular view of Senami Beach is the “Shiomiso” or “Sun Set Inn”, recommended as one of the top 100 resorts in Japan by the book “Professional Hotel Selection Reserved Bible, Millennium Edition”. This superbly situated hot spring resort hotel is renowned not only for the beautiful traditional Japanese style it maintains but also for its sunset gallery.
Spa Lady Windy was trained to be a nakai-san(waitress) at Shiomiso in 1999. I learned that Japanese hospitality did not easily earn its reputation of excellence, that it requires the diligence of young apprentices to successfully learn how to treat guests with the correct deference. At Shiomiso, we had daily briefing sessions where each employee was given their task for the day. Mine was to learn the skills to make me as qualified as the others. I learned that as you greet a guest, your bow must be 30 degrees, when you request a guest to wait a moment, it must be 15 degrees and when you are thanking or apologizing it must be 45 degrees. I found this difficult to achieve in the practice room and even harder when faced with a guest’s request!
Just two weeks ago, Spa Lady went back to “Shiomiso” to stay for three days as a guest, President Asano, Okami Kyoko, and Manager Osamu Fukuda warmly welcomed me and made my stay a most relaxing and pleasant one there.
So many staff still remembered Windy made me feel like at home and then it recalled to me that how lucky I was as I learned the essence of hospitality, the skills and nuances against a stunning backdrop. As I sat with my beloved Onsen the sun’s golden glow caressing my skin and the cool sea breeze brushing my face, I thought I heard a soft voice from across the ocean that seemed to echo what I was thinking – “This is Heaven on earth”.
He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?"
"Yes, I have," I replied. Saying that brought back memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation for all my Dad had done for me. Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to tell him face to face how much he meant to me. So I knew what this man was experiencing.
"Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?" I asked. "I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, her next trip back will be for my funeral," he said.
"When you were saying good-bye I heard you say, 'I wish you enough.' May I ask what that means?" He began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone." He paused moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled even more. "When we said 'I wish you enough,' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with enough good things to sustain them," he continued and then turning toward me he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Good-bye."
He then began to sob and walked away.
My friends and loved ones, I wish you ENOUGH!!!
"It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them."
Take the time to live!!!
I Wish You Enough！
Force behind the future expansion of the tourism industry
By 2020 every second vacationer will be over 50 years of age, according to the researchers at ADAC Reisemonitor – New markets for best agers offer fresh opportunities for the travel sector
The German advertising industry has identified its major target group as consumers between the ages of 14 and 49, who wield significant purchasing power. However, in a few years time the powerful travel industry will no longer conform to this pattern. According to findings by the ADAC Reisemonitor (Travel Monitor), by 2020 every second holidaymaker will have passed the age of 50. Dr. Martin Buck, Director of the Competence Center Travel and Logistics at Messe Berlin: “At the present time the travel industry is paying insufficient attention to demographic developments”.
The findings by the ADAC Reisemonitor 2009 are unequivocal: 42 of the 65 plus age group go on holiday. “Socio-demographic change in Germany presents a major challenge, but one offering enormous opportunities”, according to Dr. Martin Buck. For the director of the world’s leading travel trade show these so-called best agers are the “secret force for growth”, and the tourism industry is placing great expectations in them. “With increasing numbers of older vacationers this target group is acquiring growing importance for the travel sector. That is why knowledge about the needs, demands and requirements of these best agers regarding their travel plans are so important for the travel industry.”
Whether it is local destinations or long-haul travel, as people grow older the background conditions are bound to change. This has been proved by the analyses carried out by the ADAC Reisemonitor, which has been presented at the ITB Berlin since 2008. “Holidaymakers in the best age” are keen to see and experience something new. Tours, as well as cultural and study trips and city tours are very popular. Excursions are another major form of holiday activity. These travellers want to expand their horizons, acquaint themselves with foreign cultures, and increase their knowledge while on holiday. According to the research that has been carried out by the ADAC, best agers attach particular importance to attractive landscapes, art and culture. Exclusive accommodation is equally vital, and a disproportionately large number of them prefer hotels. The older generation like to travel in their own cars or by air, and are willing to spend substantial amounts on their holidays.
On average best agers spend over 1,800 euros per person on a trip. As people grow older the traditional beach holiday ceases to be so attractive. Instead health and wellness vacations tend to become more popular, as well as destinations in Germany and the Alpine regions. And best agers stay longer: more than 50 per cent book for at least two weeks, and for three weeks in the case of almost 20 per cent of them. In other respects the over-65 generation relies on brochures (23.1 per cent) and on the internet (25.8 per cent) as the basis for its holiday decisions. However, with 35.1 per cent, tour operators’ catalogues lead the field when travel plans are being made.
Dr. Martin Buck: “One does not have to have a lot of imagination to realise that the over-50 target group are the ones that will help the travel industry to achieve further growth. This is a challenge that the industry will have to face.”
A New Joint Economic Power
CHAIWAN, a brand new term created by media, linking the two sides of Taiwan Strait--- CHINA + TAIWAN = CHAIWAN!
Well, you may say that “Chaiwan” is merely a concept invented by the foreign media, the most influential South Korean “CHOSUN ILBO” (朝鮮日報) coining “Chaiwan” to describe the most powerful joint economic force of Taiwan and CHINA, especially in the IT industry
South Korea IT industry was once the TOP in Asia, during the first quarter of 2009, Taiwan's LCD industry racked up a 56% share of the Mainland China market; it reduced South Korea's market share from 46% 2008 to less than 30% 2009. Mainland Chinese placed all the LCD orders to Taiwan ONLY and helped Taiwan IT industry to grow in strength even under such a difficult global recession period. More than that, Mainland China is going to “LIGHT UP” Taiwan’s IT industry with a special project “TEN CITIES TEN THOUSAND LED LIGHTS”(十城萬盞), where some 21 cities in China will buy MIT(made in Taiwan) LED to be their street lights. This will certainly create a 70-80 billion NT business and is due to be in process very soon in this coming October.
The intensive exchange activities cross the Taiwan Straits will generate $7000 billion economic stimulus package to both sides, according to the media’s speculation. And Taiwanese travelers are enjoying the most convenient and fast way of visiting Mainland, going to Beijing, Shanghai or Chongqing is sometimes much easier than flying from Taipei to Kaohsing as more flights daily or weekly. Also the very busy visiting tourism projects of China and Taiwan making these two sides of the Taiwan Strait the hottest destination to each other. More direct flights, less and less restrictions, bigger and bigger tourism promotional activities making “CHAIWAN” a REAL power not only in IT business but in every category! Of course, cross-Strait cooperation has led to some solid and fruitful results though; yet the two sides have still differences, disagreements, even conflicts existing... It might be good to keep cross-Strait relationship neither too hot nor too cold; being cautious is always essential!
So get to know the new word “CHAIWAN” and sincerely hope that the “CHAIWAN” joint power will lead to a better future with peace and prosperity!
So, CHEERS, CHAIWAN!
I received this story from a friend and felt very touched, so I would like to share with all friends, and I would also like to thank the author who taught us a very nice lesson:
The importance of saying in time: "I love YOU" and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve.
BEING A MOTHER
After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, "I love you, but I know this other woman Loves you and would Love to spend Some time with you."
The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my Mother, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.
That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie.
"What's wrong, are you well," she asked? My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news. "I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you," I responded "just the two of us." She thought about it for a moment, and then said, "I would like that very much."
That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on. She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel's. "I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed," she said, as she got into the car. "They can't wait to hear about our meeting."
We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady.
After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only read large print. Half-way through the entrees, I lifted my eyes and saw mother sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips.
"It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small," she said. "Then it's time that you relax and let me return the favor," I responded. During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each other's life. We talked so much that we missed the movie. As we arrived at her house later, she said, 'I'll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you." I agreed.
"How was your dinner date?" asked my wife when I got home. "Very nice, much more so than I could have imagined," I answered.
A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn't have a chance to do anything for her. Sometime later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place mother and I had dined. An attached note said: I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I could be there; but, nevertheless, I paid for two plates - one for you and the other for your wife. You will never know what that night meant for me.
"I love you, son."
At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: "I love YOU" and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is more important than your family. Give them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till some "other"
Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you've had a baby... Somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, "normal" is history.
Somebody said you can't love the second child as much as you love the first... Somebody doesn't have two or more children.
Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery.... somebody never watched her "baby" get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten….
Or on a plane headed for military "boot camp"
Somebody said a Mother can stop worrying after her child gets married...
Somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in- law to a mother's heartstrings.
Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last child leaves home... Somebody never had grandchildren. .
Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don't need to tell her.... Somebody isn't a mother.
This isn't just about being a mother; it's about appreciating the people in your lives while you have them... No matter who that person is!
Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes...your destiny.
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
At Taipei Rotary Club
(Photo by Bernard Bordenave)
Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-Bin was inducted by the most well-known Rotarian in Taipei –Dale Holmgren on Thursday, April 16th at THE ROTARY CLUB OF TAIPEI and became the “Rotarian Dragon”!
THE ROTARY CLUB OF TAIPEI was born on October 9, 1948, is the mother club in Taiwan and the ONLY English-speaking Club in the Metropolitan Taipei area.
Spa Lady Windy is honored to be invited as guest speaker of THE ROTARY CLUB OF TAIPEI on this special day and talked about the hot spring and SPA in Austria and Hungary, many diplomats attended the special lunch meeting on Thursday, April 16th at the Formosa Room of Caesar Park Hotel (old Taipei Hilton) including Hungarian Representative Mr. Bela LASZLO, Turkish Representative Muzaffer EROKTEM, Denmark Representative Flemming Aggergaard; and a VIP from Rotary International—Director Julio Sorjus together with many local Rotary VIPs also joined and made April 16th the significant day of THE ROTARY CLUB OF TAIPEI. http://www.rctaipei.org.tw/
New Winners and Losers in Travel
Internet bookings will surge. Demand for online virtual meetings will gather pace. Domestic travel will stay stable or grow, as will demand for low cost flights. Destinations adjacent to big travel markets will do not so bad. Long haul travel will fall sharply. And the most pain will be felt in the business travel and MICE sectors.
Those were the predictions for 2009 unveiled by IPK International’s CEO Mr Rolf Freitag, in an ITB World Travel Trends Update at the ITB Convention in Berlin on March 11.
Based on 500,000 travel interviews in 58 countries around the world, IPK delivered a wide-ranging forecast. In the predictions, IPK suggested that 2009 will see travel declines in most markets, with 2010 neutral and small growth likely in 2011 and 2012.
Mr Freitag said: “We’re in a full global economic crisis, not a small recession. Consumer greed of the last few years has turned into consumer fear.”
IPK’s travel interviews suggest that 40% of Europeans will change their travel plans due to the economic crisis. Some 66% of Europeans and 60% of Asians plan to change. Mr Freitag said this change would mean they likely to switch to domestic travel, travel for shorter periods of time, choose cheaper destinations, or spend less while on holiday.
European and North American markets will be more adversely affected compared to other regions of the world. IPK predicts that China, India and all of Latin America will record GDP and travel demand growth, even in 2009. However, those growth figures will be smaller than the precedents set over the last 10 years.
Mr Freitag pointed out that over 50% of global travel demand emanates from Europe. Within Europe, in 2008, the Russians, Dutch and Poles recorded much higher than average travel rates.
However, the strong devaluation of the Russian rouble and Polish zloty suggest that such strong performances are unlikely to be repeated in 2009.
While Turkey, USA, Austria and UK all received strong growth in arrivals numbers from European travellers in 2008, IPK predicts they are unlikely to do so again this year.
In households that earn more than 20,000 Euro a year, travel will remain a high priority, according to IPK. However, households earning less than 20,000 Euro are much more likely to adjust travel plans towards cheaper and / or domestic trips.
Mr Freitag pointed out that travellers are increasingly using the internet, not just to find information, but to book and pay for holidays. The internet as a travel tool will continue to grow in 2009.
To help them face the economic downturn, which is likely to go on longer than previously predicted, Mr Freitag said companies should reduce costs, go on a price cutting offensive, enter into partnerships with the public sector, communicate new attractions more aggressively and intensify e-marketing and e-sales initiatives.
Companies with good asset security can take advantage of low interest rates to borrow money and invest for the upturn which will eventually come.
ITB Berlin and ITB Berlin Convention
ITB Berlin 2009 will be taking place from Wednesday, 11 to Sunday, 15 March, and will be open to trade visitors from the Wednesday to the Friday. Parallel with the trade fair, the ITB Berlin Convention will be taking place from Wednesday, 11 to Saturday, 14 March 2009. For full programme details click on
The actb, the austrian and central European travel business, Austria’s biggest tourism trade fair will be staged for the second time at Messe Wien in Vienna, January 25-27.
Lively exhibitor demand
The relaunch of the event in 2007 may have been accompanied by a dose of skepticism, but demand for stands at the actb’s second edition shows that the fair has already established itself as a fixture on the tourism trade fair calendar. This year 338 stands were rented against 302 in 2007, reflecting the positive reaction to the addition of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia as exhibiting nations. Exhibitors from Tyrol in particular are a prominent presence with thirty-eight stands.
Demand on the buyer side has remained stable. This year 852 buyers from 58 countries and 173 journalists from 40 nations will visit the actb.
Petra Stolba, chief executive officer of the Austrian National Tourist Office (ANTO) states “the actb’s second year with increased demand for stand space is eloquent confirmation that the relaunch is a win-win situation for all, and I am confident that this year’s actb will prove a terrific success”.
UEFA EURO 2008™
The 2008 actb also has a theme of extraordinary appeal: the UEFA European Football Championship™. The event is being promoted in co-operation with the host cities, provincial tourism organizations, Switzerland Tourism, and Intersport at the “Euro Zone”. Here visitors can put their dribbling prowess to the test on a special course. The kick-off follows the press conference on January 28 at about 11:00 am. Nicola Watzinger, a player in the Austrian Bundesliga and spokeswoman for the Vienna Tourist Board, will set the record to beat or match. The winner takes home two tickets for the finals in Vienna.The opening evening in Vienna’s Rathaus revolved around the biggest sporting event in Austria’s history: the UEFA European Football Championship™. Christian Schmoelzer, Tournament director Austria for UEFA EM 2008™, brought the Henri Delaunay Trophy, the actual UEFA European Football Championship™ cup, along to the gala, and underscored the close relationship with the Austrian host cities—Innsbruck, Salzburg, Klagenfurt, and Vienna.
Petra Stolba expressed her anticipation proclaiming, “we have the chance—indeed the responsibility—of presenting ourselves as friendly and enthusiastic, in short, the perfect hosts”. Enthusiastic too was audience’s applause for the spectacular “We Will Rock You” show based on the music of pop group “Queen” that the Vienna Tourist Board staged at the evening gala.
Coming attractions: Linz and Haydn 2009
Linz, “European City of Culture” in 2009, and the Haydn anniversary the same year are both just around the corner after the football frenzy. Interest was great among actb-participants after pre-convention tours to Linz and locations associated with the life of the great composer in Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland. A third pre-actb tour was dedicated to football and Salzburg: the city of Salzburg and provincial tourist board inviting those taking part to a “Football Festival for Europe”.
Innovations at the actb
This year’s actb brings with it a number of innovations: For the first time the fair is taking place in the attractive Hall A of Reed Messe. And for the first time too smoking has been banned in the entire exhibition venue with the exception of the cafés. Apropos cafés: there are no fewer than three Austrian cafés at the actb—the Linz09 Café, a cozy Salzburg alpine chalet, and the Imperial Austria Café run by Schönbrunner Tiergarten GmbH. The actb’s central European partner lands invite fair visitors to relax at Café Gerbeaud, Café Ljubljana, and Café Czech Republic.
Another new feature is the joint press conference to be held by the Danube Tourist
Commission, and the actb’s partner countries, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. The central theme of the international press conference will be the impact on tourism of Schengen Zone enlargement.
Hospitality suites are more appealing and attractive too: this year for the first time a
congenial Viennese Heuriger, or wine garden, will put guests from around the world in the mood for a holiday in Austria with Weingut Wolf staging a culinary journey through “Wineland Austria”. Other hospitality suites are “Feel Slovenia” at Naturhistorisches Museum, a night of “Imperial Clubbing & Joseph Haydn 2009” in the Piaristenkeller, and “Spot (Light) Night” at Arcotel Wimberger, while Kursalon Hübner presents “Strauss meets the Seventies”.
Additional information about actb can be found at