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New Year festivities fit for the super-rich

Despite the global financial crisis, some super-rich families remain undaunted and are willing to splurge for Christmas and New Year's.

A millionaire from the United Kingdom, who asked not to be named, has, for example, booked a four-night stay at the riverside Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok - one of the country's most premier properties - at a cost of Bt140,585 per night, to celebrate New Year's Eve.

The price tag is for the suite only, excluding breakfast, and the family would need to fork out Bt17,000 each for the gala dinner on December 31.

"Despite the economic problems and Thai political uncertainties, many guests are returning to celebrate the New Year here," Wasana Jukcomping public relations manager, said.

This month, many top-tier hotels have come up with New Year packages covering rooms, dining as well as extra services.

Sunee U-Thaikittisup, director of sales and marketing for the Banyan Tree Bangkok, said the hotel will be offering extra services such as a spa for those who book their Christmas and New Year's Eve at the Vertigo on the rooftop.

For Christmas packages, valid from December 23-26, the hotel's presidential suite goes for Bt110,120, the club suite at Bt54,520 and the spa suite will cost Bt86,120.

The ticket for the presidential suite will be marked up to Bt129,920 per package for the New Year's holiday between December 30-January 1. At the same time, the Banyan Tree club suite package will be priced at Bt74,320 and the package for the spa suite will be set at Bt105,920.

The package rates are inclusive of breakfast, one festive dinner for two at Vertigo on December 24 or 25, or December 31, one set lunch at the Japanese or Chinese restaurant, one three-hour Royal Banyan spa package for two and round-trip airport transfers by a Mercedes S class limousine.

Rashana Pimolsindh, director of communications for the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok, said a New Year's Eve Gala 2009 package has been put together for guests to ring in the New Year from December 29 through to January 2.

"The three-night stay with gala dinner at riverfront poolside totals Bt58,350 plus 17.7-per-cent service charge and tax," she said.

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