The Naka Phuket now complete

The Naka Phuket now completeThe Naka Phuket, a member of Design Hotels, is ready to welcome this high season’s guests with the announcement of the completion and opening of a number of resort facilities and services from the 20th December 2014.

On top of the opening of more pool villas, the five star property will launch a number of facilities that include the Meka Sky Lounge and Restaurant located 30 metres above sea level, located on top of the new NAPA “Spa tower”, the wellness and fitness centre of the resort.

Also fully operating from the 20th will be the brand new kids club “The Heha” that is open daily and offers a range of activities and events for families.

With its secluded location, beach access and luxury accommodation in romantic pool villas, the Naka is the perfect wedding and honeymoon destination. The resort has its own wedding chapel – “WIWA” – that is beautifully located by the beach and the resort’s massive infinity pool.

The Naka is located on the West Coast of Phuket, at Nal Yae, a secluded beach in Kamala Bay, and impresses with its contemporary touch and its trendy design. Accommodation is in romantic 1, 2 and 3 bedroom pool villas, all of them sea view.

Water sports offered by the resort include snorkelling, kayaking and diving with the resort having its own diving centre.

Dusit Thani Phuket lights Christmas tree for the festive holiday

Dusit Thani Phuket lights Christmas tree for the festive holiday Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony marked the official start of the resort’s holiday season on Monday, 16 December 2014.

Held at the resort’s lobby lounge, Horizon Lounge, the festivities led by General Manager Mr Denis Thouvard, General Manager alongside the resort’s management team and entertained by the Jammers band.

A cocktail party followed, with guests toasting to the start of the festive season.

Dusit Thani Phuket lights Christmas tree for the festive holiday Dusit Thani Phuket lights Christmas tree for the festive holiday Dusit Thani Phuket lights Christmas tree for the festive holiday

Phuket hosts “Lessons learned from 2004 Tsunami” symposium

Phuket hosts “Lessons learned from 2004 Tsunami” symposiumThe Symposium entitled “Lessons Learned from Emergency Medical Service during the 2004 Tsunami” has been held in Phuket, one of the affected areas, to find ways to keep loss and deaths to a minimum in future Tsunami.

The symposium came at the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Tsunami in Asia. It was jointly organized by the Public Health Ministry, the National Institute for Emergency Medicine, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with participants coming from medical organizations, doctors and nurses working in disaster relief in Thailand and ASEAN countries.

Deputy Minister of Public Health Somsak Chunharas who was presiding over the symposium, said the event comprised discussions of possible means to deal with a future Tsunami and other disasters, setting a command standard of disaster-relief and life-rescue operations so that rescuers can work together more effectively.

According to him, it was also an opportunity for ASEAN countries to build up a network at regional and international levels; thus they can all share and exchange knowledge of medical and public health. This is expected to strengthen the efficiency of public disaster response and medical service management.

Also, Thailand is being used by JICA as the hub to disseminate the know-how on disaster management in order to streamline public disaster relief operations in the region.

Revamped Laguna Phuket Golf Club ‘Memorable’

Revamped Laguna Phuket Golf Club ‘Memorable’
Unique features include wood ties on some steep fairway edges and traditional Thai fishing boats placed in watercourses to enhance the course’s memorability and character.

The revamped Laguna Phuket championship golf course, which officially re-opens next month after a full makeover, now has a “real sense of place and belonging” according to its designer, Paul Jansen.

The former lead architect for Faldo Design, who created Laguna Phuket’s award-winning sister course in Vietnam, says the layout retains much of its former character and appeal, but has been dramatically improved aesthetically and strategically.

“In making changes to the original course [which first opened in 1993], I wanted to create a story that is full of adventure. I want golfers to explore the property and discover the many outstanding features gracing it as I did through the design and build stages,” Jansen says. “Not only has this been achieved, but the course is now more strategic and certainly more memorable.”

Revamped Laguna Phuket Golf Club ‘Memorable’
Paul Jansen, world-renowned golf course designer

He pays special tribute to the construction team including Mark Lawson and superintendent Blair Pratt, who have helped ensure the course requires “thinking golf”.

“The best golf courses have a character all their own and require golfers to think their way around the site. Laguna Phuket certainly has all this,” Jansen explains. “At 6,719 yards from the back tees, it isn’t long by modern standards, but is strategic enough to challenge better players and provide enjoyment for resort golfers. So it ticks all the boxes. It is definitely not a ‘bombers’ course”

“The number of bunkers has been reduced – to only 37 –but each one is positioned to influence play. This hasn’t compromised the course, but has provided the opportunity to embrace existing features in determining playing strategy – such as water bodies and outstanding trees.”

“We put great emphasis on contouring the land to add strategic and visual interest. This is another way of making players think about their shots.”

Revamped Laguna Phuket Golf Club ‘Memorable’
Laguna Phuket Golf Club’s new layout readies January 2015

The project, which has revitalised the layout that hosted the 2009 Thailand Open, required some fairways to be re-graded and raised to help with drainage, while strategic tree clearing has opened up views of the surrounding mountains and numerous water features have been rejuvenated and visually highlighted.

Unique features include wood ties on some steep fairway edges and traditional Thai fishing boats placed in watercourses. Jansen says these visual elements have enhanced memorability and character. “If nothing else, they will certainly be talking points,” he argues.

He names the new first holes on each nine among his favourites.

“The opening hole has been designed to take advantage of the multitude of features on this parcel of land,” he explains. “We moved the tee to sit hard up against the water body, bonding the right side of the hole and bringing the water more into play.”

Revamped Laguna Phuket Golf Club ‘Memorable’
New layout designed to enhance the course’s memorability and character

“Selective clearing of trees down the right side highlights Banyan and Flamboyant trees, as well as bringing into view water fronting the green, which was previously hidden.

“On the green be sure to appreciate some of the local aquatic plants including water lilies and local Thai boats positioned in the water.”

Jansen says the new 10th hole (formerly the first) has been repositioned to the right, with new undulations adding considerable interest.

“Although only 321 yards from the back tee, an accurate tee shot is required to attack a difficult green complex bounded by humps and bumps with water behind. Whether from the tee, on the fairway or near the green, golfers should use the ground as much as possible to “positively” propel the ball towards the target.”

New layout designed to enhance the course’s memorability and character
Paul Wilson, Director of Golf-PGA, Laguna Phuket Golf Club

Director of Golf, Paul Wilson, says the relaunch of the full course in January follows re-opening of the front nine holes (formerly the back nine) in July 2014.

“Since then, golfers have had a taste of the new course and the feedback has been fantastic, with many enjoying the more strategic layout and vastly improved playing surfaces. There is much excitement about the new back nine holes among members and guests, with the tee sheet from January 1 already filling up.”

Laguna Phuket Golf Club is part of Asia’s first and leading integrated resort, located on Phuket’s Bang Tao beach. The 1000-acre complex includes Banyan Tree villas, Dusit Thani, Angsana and Outrigger hotels and is within easy access of Phuket International Airport.

The course officially re-opens on January 1. The revamp also includes refurbished locker rooms, expanded pro shop and extensive new practice facilities staffed by PGA-accredited professionals.

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JW Marriott Phuket honored with Asia’s Top Family Hotel

JW Marriott Phuket honored with Asia’s Top Family Hotel JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has successfully defended its title as Asia’s Top 5 Family Hotel at the NOW Travel Asia Awards 2014 Gala Ceremony which held in Bangkok on December 4, 2014.

In photo: Mr. Kanapot Sitthiwong, Editor-in-chief of NOW Travel Asia Magazine, Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, Executive Director Advertising and Public Relations Department of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Ms. Kewalin Sukumjittanon, Senior Marketing Communications Manager, holding an award plaque from NOW Travel Asia Magazine.

Phuket welcomes new civil servants

Phuket welcomes new civil servantsOn Monday 15th December 2014 at the conference room of the PPAO offices, PPAO President – Paiboon Upattising welcomed 44 new civil servants and 10 teachers and teaching assistants into the employment of the PPAO and PPAO schools.

Congratulating the newcomers, President Paiboon urged them to have pride in being the King’s servants and in wearing new uniforms, which are gifts from the King. Civil servants, he said, must be well mannered, honest, steadfast and always willing to acquire new knowledge.

“PPAO has a strong policy to serve the public therefore we must establish a “service-mind” mentality. Please help build society full of loving kindness, be committed to your work, love the public and organization and help your fellow members of society, you work will be a success,” he said.

Regent Phuket receives the Global Winner – World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014

Regent Phuket receives the Global Winner - World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014Regent Phuket Cape Panwa has been voted and awarded World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014 – the Global winner in the “Luxury Island Resort” category, the pinnacle of achievement for luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. The award is a result of Regent’s highly personalized luxury journey, sublime attention to detail throughout and universally excellent guest feedback.

“We are extremely thrilled to have been recognized as the winner of this most coveted award in the hospitality industry. As the General Manager of the resort, it gives me great pleasure seeing the acceptance of our resort within such high standard of esteemed hotels at the awards. We strive to deliver the best in resort accommodation, first class cuisine and a guest experience tailored to the individuals who stay with us. Our guests who voted for us are more than guests when returning to their second home, they have become part of our Regent family” said Brice Borin, General Manager of Regent Phuket Cape Panwa.

Regent Phuket receives the Global Winner - World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014Secluded in a tranquil bay of Cape Panwa, Regent Phuket Cape Panwa features 105 rooms, each with its own private balcony with sea views. Stunningly designed, Premier Sea View rooms, Pavilions and Suites set new standards in resort accommodation in Phuket. Each of Regent’s Pool Villas features its own private pool, guaranteeing unforgettable luxury and privacy. Guests at Regent Phuket Cape Panwa are offered with the finest gourmet cuisine and one of the region’s best ocean view spa facilities.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a renowned global organization providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world-class facilities and service excellence provided to guests. Awards are presented to luxury hotels in different categories on a country and global basis. The World Luxury Hotel Awards aim to encourage and raise service standards within the luxury hotel industry.

For more information about Regent Phuket Cape Panwa or Reservations please call +66 7620 0800, +66 7631 8888, Fax +66 7620 0803, or email to: or visit

Cool Party at Sofitel Krabi

Cool Party at Sofitel KrabiGuests and walk-in party-goers at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort recently enjoyed a special “Saturday Night Party and Mini Concert with Bie Sukrit”, one of the country’s hottest live acts. Known as “Bie the Star”, runner-up of the TV talent show, The Star 3, the singer gave a dazzling performance in a packed venue at the luxury hotel. The fantastic night also included music from four popular DJs, Fred Jungo, Neil Thorpe, KC and Natalie Glebova, all spinning top tracks to keep the crowd dancing into the early hours at the chic gold-themed party.

Cool Party at Sofitel Krabi Cool Party at Sofitel Krabi Cool Party at Sofitel Krabi

Swiss Society Christmas Dinner at Amari Phuket

Swiss Society Christmas Dinner at Amari Phuket Mr. Richard Margo, Hotel Manager of Amari Phuket (right), recently welcomed two representatives of the Swiss Society Phuket, namely, Swiss Confederation Honorary Consul – Ms. Andrea Tammathin (middle in main photo) and treasurer Mr. Paul Richle (left) for the annual Swiss Society Phuket Christmas Dinner at the resort’s Rim Talay Restaurant.

Swiss Society Christmas Dinner at Amari Phuket Swiss Society Christmas Dinner at Amari Phuket

“Phuket Drive through Post” launched

“Phuket Drive through Post” launched On Monday December 15th 2014 PPAO President Paiboon Upattising and Governor Nisit Jansomwong took part in the launch of “Phuket Drive Thru Post” at the main Post Office in Phuket Town.

According to Sukit Payu, Assistant Head of Phuket Post Office, Praisanee Thai Co Ltd, the company running the postal services has been in operation for over 130 years. Throughout this time, it has continually contributing to the nation’s social and economic development and thereby improved people’s lives.

“Phuket Drive through Post” launched Apart from delivering basic mail services, it has widened and modernized its facilities to include logistic innovations such “Logispost”, automatic postal counter service, and complete postal service, which are all designed to keep up with the modern times.

“Phuket Drive Thru Post” is one of the latest innovations in which clients drive in for quick and convenient mail services without having to step out of their cars thereby saving the clients’ precious time. There will be no need for parking spaces either, thus reserving room for the PO for other uses.

“Phuket Drive through Post” launched The new service includes all type of postal services including normal, registered, and EMS mail and packages within Thailand as well as bill payment (Pay At Post). There is no form to be filled out and the service is intended for three pieces of post or under. The service is available from Monday – Friday, from 7.30am – 3pm.

“Phuket Drive through Post” launched

Phuket holding 4th Anuban Games

Phuket holding 4th Anuban GamesOn Sunday December 14th 2014, PPAO Council Chairman Theera Jiasakul presided over the opening ceremony of the fourth Anuban Games 2014 at Surakul Stadium, Phuket Town. The ceremony was attended by PPAO officials, organizing committee, Head of Phuket Tourism and Sports Office – Santi Pawai, as well as school administrators, teachers, pupil-athletes and parents.

Phuket holding 4th Anuban Games Phuket holding 4th Anuban GamesThe Anuban Games, a track and field event, aims to promote sports excellence and team spirit among kindergarten-level pupils. Entries are divided into two categories – under five and under six-year-old boys and girls. As part of the games, there are competitions and prizes given to outstanding school parade and cheering teams. Altogether, twenty schools are taking part in the games, with a total number of 3,000 participants.

Phuket holding 4th Anuban Games Phuket holding 4th Anuban GamesRealizing that youths will play a key role in the development of the nation and maintaining a peaceful society, PPAO regularly promotes health of fitness of young people and children. To this end, kindergarten level sports activities are organized to promote unity and forge a strong inter-personal relationship as well as providing opportunities for sports prodigy to emerge and to represent Phuket in the future, said Council Chairman Theera Jiasakul who ended by thanking all concerned.

Porchland Group to develop second Phuket property

Porchland Group to develop second Phuket propertyLeading Chonburi based property developers Porchland Group earlier this year announced the launch of their first project in Phuket, Massa Luna Condominium, and following the success of this project they are pleased to announce the details of their second Phuket project, Seven Seas Condo Resort Phuket.

Porchland Group to develop second Phuket property Porchland Group to develop second Phuket propertySeven Seas Phuket is a perfect combination of modern lifestyle and architectural design with strong focus on buyer’s needs and desires. This luxurious development in Phuket’s ideal location, allows you ultimate relaxation and peace of mind. It is surrounded by a breathtaking natural environment and is well connected to all required amenities like supermarkets, schools, transport systems and Bangkok Hospital. The interiors are carefully designed to create living spaces that are both comfortable as well as aesthetically pleasing. Outside your home you will have the pleasure of enjoying numerous facilities, ranging from a 7,000 Sq m pool to a business center packed for your convenience.

Porchland Group to develop second Phuket property Porchland Group to develop second Phuket propertyInspired by the distinct nature and beauty of different islands around the world, they have created 7 famous islands within the project, including: Jeju, Capri, Koh Tao and Naxos. So you many choose to chill in a clubhouse in Bali, sunbathe in the Bahamas or even delve into the mysterious charm of ‘Moai’ sculptures of the Easter Islands. There are caves, waterfalls, lakes, water slides, spa pools, jacuxxis and more to please all age groups. ‘Seven Seas Condo Resort’ brings you an unmatched vacation experience, fulfilling your every holiday desire and making it a truly limitless vacation.

Porchland Group to develop second Phuket propertyFACILITIES
• Swimming Pool
• Children’s Pool
• Outdoor Jacuzzi
• Separate Male and Female Saunas
• Large Topical Style Garden
• 5-Star Hotel Style Lobby
• Fitness Room
• Games Room
• Parking
• Key Card Entrance System
• 24 Hours Security

• 7 Islands
– Capri, Italy
– The Bahamas
– Easter Island
– Naxos, Greece
– Jeju, Korea
– Bali, Indonesia
– Koh Tao, Thailand

Porchland Group to develop second Phuket propertyUNIT TYPE AND AREA
Building A
237 Rooms – 134 Studios, 64 1 Bedroom, 39 2 Bedroom

Building B
246 Rooms – 174 Studios, 32 1 Bedroom, 40 2 Bedroom

Building C
246 Rooms – 161 Studios, 46 1 Bedroom, 39 2 Bedroom

Building D
246 Rooms – 161 Studio, 46 1 Bedroom, 39 2 Bedroom

Total 975 Rooms – 630 Studio, 188 1 Bedroom, 157 2 Bedroom

Porchland Group to develop second Phuket propertyPROJECT DETAILS

Universal and Porchland Phuket Co.,Ltd

4 buildings – 8 storeys – 975 units

Hong Yok Utid Road, Talad Yai, Muang, Phuket

12-0-32 Rai

Start: Q1/2016 Finish: Q1/2018

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