Seaside Scallops: A True Taste of Summer

Add scallops into your meals, experience preparations of Chef’s creation menu from around the globe while enjoying the picturesque scenery of Andaman Sea.

Available every day during 10.00 -22.00 hrs from now until 30 June 2018
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World Spa & Wellness Asia 2018 Convention Takes Place @ JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Phuket, Thailand – 23 May, 2018 – The World Spa & Wellness, business magazine hosted, “The World Spa & Wellness Asia 2018 Convention”, from 21-22 May, at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa.

The convention is a leading networking event for CEOs and owners of spas, hotels and wellness centres. With two hundred and fifty delegates from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, America and Thailand attended the event. The strategy-focused convention allowed executives to share experiences of operating successful spas. The two-day program also included how to master digital content, successful spa retailing, yield management and other key topics were also covered on how to keep up with industry trends such as knowing if aesthetic treatments are right for your spa and the recommended salaries for staff.

(1st left), Linda Overman, Spa Director of Mandara Spa, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa at the World Spa & Wellness Convention 2018 at the panel discussion on ‘No Sex Please – We’re Professional”

On this occasion, Linda Overman, Spa Director of Mandara Spa, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has been invited by the World Spa & Wellness Convention 2018 to be one of their Influential speakers in the exciting topic ‘No Sex Please – We’re Professional” , to share her experiences from the past and how she handles sensitive situations. The purpose of the panel was discussing sexual harassment in the spa industry to address the often unspoken issue that affects it by sharing and giving guidance on how to react appropriately.

Angsana Laguna Phuket Accredited with Official Thailand MICE Venue Standard Designation (TMVS)

Phuket, Thailand, May 2018 – Angsana Laguna Phuket has been recognised by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau ( TCEB ) for its outstanding services in providing meeting rooms of the highest standard. Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau ( TCEB ) has awarded the resort with full Thailand MICE Venue Standard (TMVS) accreditation, continuing its continuous run of formal recognition for quality in this arena since it was first awarded the same certification three years ago.

Angsana Laguna Phuket has long maintained an excellent standard for its meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions areas. Its Angsana Ballroom 1 and 2 had first been given TMVS accreditation in 2015, and this recognition has now been renewed for another two-year period. Three additional meeting rooms – Anchan, Orchid and Tabak – were also certified by the same organisation in 2017, for a period lasting until 2019. Currently, the beachfront resort has the most number of meeting rooms that are TMVS-certified in Phuket, and by 2020 all 11 meeting rooms will be TMVS-certified.

The two ballrooms can accommodate up to 350 guests. With a 6.6-metre ceiling and an excellent atmosphere, the space is ideal for conferences, product launches, themed dinners and more. Anchan and Orchid Room can similarly be combined into a daylight superb 120-sqm location for large meetings or private celebrations. Tabak Room is also a daylight 60-sqm meeting space perfect for executive meetings.

Michal Zitek, Area General Manager of Angsana Laguna Phuket, commented on the TMVS certification, “This award represents a great deal of effort at all levels of our organisation, and another big step forward for Thai hospitality on the world stage,” he said. “It signals to the business world that Thailand is capable of hosting events at an international standard.”

The TMVS accreditations follow a detailed submission and official on-site inspections. They reflect the resort’s commitment to providing world-class MICE services, as overseen by Director of MICE & Events Watcharapong Saikaew. “To have five meeting rooms certified by the official government body is a terrific achievement for the resort, and for myself as director. Apart from having certified meeting venues, we are investing in having event management team certified by internationally renowned MICE organizations. With expectation by end of 2018, Angsana will have the team that holding 3 major certifications which are CMP (Certified Meeting Professional), CIS (Certified Incentive Specialist) and CEM (Certified Exhibition Management). This will make Angsana Laguna Phuket the first and only venue in Thailand that has acquired all three major certifications on MICE” he said. Mr. Saikaew himself has been individually honoured as the first Thai citizen to receive the industry standard Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Certification.

Angsana Laguna Phuket has a total of 10 meeting rooms, in addition to a selection of team-building activities. The resort is also the site of XANA Beach Club, which can host outdoor events of up to 1,500 people. With 399 luxury rooms to choose from, Angsana has ample accommodation for groups of virtually any size. Its setting by the quiet shores of Bang Tao Bay, with its scenic lagoon and golf course easily accessible, help make Angsana Laguna Phuket one of the most celebrated resorts in Thailand.

More information about Angsana Laguna Phuket and reservations are available at or +66 76 358 500.

Sofitel Krabi organises Planet21, eco-friendly programme for local community

May 2018, Krabi – On May 19, Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort hosted an environmental event for children from the nearby Laempong and Koh Kwang villages, in conjunction with the AccorHotels Planet 21 programme and the Shark Guardian charity.

It was the first time the resort opens their doors to welcome local children to experience the largest hotel swimming pool in Thailand.

The day commenced with a welcome speech by General Manager Mr.Courtois Bertrand, Director of Sports and Recreation Mr.Mobeen Akhalwaya, Shark Guardian project owner Mr.Brendon Sing, Chief Executive of the SAO Mr. Sukgai Janorn and Senior Deputy District Chief of Krabi Mr.Sawaitchut Suwannarat. The children were then invited to participate in a beach-cleaning activity on the hotel’s beachfront. They created ornaments out of recycled paper and learned more about the shark conservation project from Brendon.

Afterwards, the children were invited to enjoy lunch at Maya restaurant and a relaxing session by the pool. The day ended with an energetic trampoline and jumping castle activity at the Sofitel Garden, with sweet treats and soft drinks provided.

The goal of the day was to connect with the residents of the region, as one of the key priorities of the AccorHotels Planet 21 Programme is to work with local communities. By engaging with the local children from the nearby Krabi villages, Sofitel Krabi hope to facilitate stronger relationships with the inhabitants of the area.

“Thumbs Up” to Ginja Taste Restaurant Names One of Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants 2018

Phuket – 18 May 2018: An award winning Phuket beach resort, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has added to its global reputation with its authentic Thai restaurant. Ginja Taste recently received the gastronomic award in an annual Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurants 2018, the respected guide to the best of fine dining in Thailand and reliable source for Thailand’s food lovers.

Now in its 17th year, for the 2018 edition 234 premier dining outlets across the country – 150 in Bangkok and 84 upcountry – were reviewed anonymously and scored in four key categories: food, setting, drinks and service. Ginja Taste was scored 83 out of 100.

Ancient Wild menu: Southern sour fish curry with “Phuket pineapple”
Highlight menu: Stewed pork with cinnamon, ginger and lychee
Ancient Wild menu: Appetizers – Phang-Nga style rice salad with local “Pa Ohm” leaves; deep fried yellow tofu and crab meat roll
Ginja Taste, Thai restaurant, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

The two thumps up for this accolade also go to the culinarians behind the kitchen, run by Ginja Taste’s Thai Chef Tanasub Trisub and his skilled team. His exceptional dishes inspired by the home grow herbs, spices and local products. The culinary team also works closely with local fishermen who deliver daily with catch of the day, fresh seafood among black crabs, soft shell crabs, and fresh fishes to prawns from the Andaman Sea. For a true taste of island rich culture, the signature ‘Ancient Wild’ set menu, is a must try. The other highlight of a la carte menu includes Pu Nim Nam Makham – softshell crabs with tamarind sauce; Moo Hong Som – stewed pork with cinnamon, ginger and lychee; Gaeng Lueang Pla Pak Tai Sapparod – Southern sour fish curry with Phuket pineapple just to name a few.

Ginja Taste set in a traditional sala, the Thai restaurant is surrounded by tropical gardens and boasts a stunning view of the Andaman Sea. Relish a flawless blend of creative culinary techniques, authentic flavours and warm Thai hospitality. It is one of 10 restaurants and bars at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and overseen by Executive Chef Dietmar Spitzer alongside with Libor Secka, Director of Food & Beverage.

The restaurant operates from 6 pm – 10 pm. To reserve a table for dinner at Ginja Taste, contact the Food & Beverage Dining Experience Team,
email: or call +66 (0)76 338 000
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‘James’ Ruangsak Loychusak, Thai singer and actor visits Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort to compete in Thanyapura Tri Dash 2018

Phuket, Thailand – Thanyapura Tri Dash 2018 is a short distance race suitable for both beginners and seasoned athletes. The 400 meter swim is held in a 50 meters pool providing a safe swim for athletes. The 20 km bike course is a fast two loop course through the rubber plantations around Thanyapura. The 5 km running course leads the athletes through the resort.

After the event completed, ‘James’ Ruangsak Loychusak reflected his feelings that “It was a great race, this is my first time visiting Thanyapura for official triathlon competition. The hardest thing of today’s race was the bike course. I can say there were many rolling hills. On top of that, I am not familiar with the route which makes the race more interesting. I had to spent a lot of time in the bike course. Many of the competing athletes came from different countries what gives the event a very international touch. The race was set in a great atmosphere with a high safety standard from the organizers and staff.”

‘James’ Ruangsak Loychusak is a Thai star who has performed as a singer as the first career in Thailand entertainment industry. He graduated from Srinakharinwirot University, Faculty of Fine Arts, obtaining a Master of Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Economics. He released his first debut in 1995. Following his debut album, he had more 5 albums released successfully.

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The SIS Kata, Phuket celebrate 1st Birthday launches “Stay in Style” promotion and “Photo in Style” contest

PHUKET: The SIS Kata, Phuket celebrate its 1st anniversary with a special promotion “Stay in Style” and special activity “Photo in Style” contest to win 4 days 3 nights for 5 prizes.

Stay in Style Promotion, Stylish Room inclusive of Breakfast for 2 person.

  • 2,799 THB – SIS ON THE HILL
  • 4,399 THB – SIS OVER THE SEA
  • 6,399 THB – SIS STUDIO
  • 8,399 THB – “THE SIS” SUITE

Only booking direct through website and enter promo code “SIS1stBD” and Get 10% off when stay on June 2018.

  • Booking period: 17th May – 17th June 2018
  • Staying period: 17th May – 31st October 2018

Photo in Style Contest to win the prize 4 days 3 nights voucher at The SIS Kata, Phuket for total 5 prizes to stay at The SIS Suite / SIS over the Sea / SIS over the Garden /SIS over the pool / SIS on the hill.


1. Upload >> photo while staying at The SIS Kata, Phuket

2. Hashtag >> #SIS1stBD #TheSISKata in a post.
3. Check in >> The SIS Kata, Phuket and set privacy to public.
4. Capture >> the photo you post and comment in Photo in Style post (this post).

Contest period: 17 May – 30 June 2018
Winner announcement on Sunday 3 July 2018

Promotion: Taste of Pad Ka Prao, Deevana Patong Resort & Spa

Deevana Patong Resort & Spa has a promotion must try for “Taste of Pad Ka Prao (Fried minced pork with hot basil and egg bean curd.) at Dalah Cuisine. Promotion Start from May 16th, 2018 to June 15th, 2018

Contact information
Address: 43/2 Raj-U-Thid 200 Pee Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 76 317 179
Facebook: Deevana Patong Resort & Spa

ONYX Hospitality Group Appoints Gen McKenzie as Executive Vice President of Human Resources

Bangkok, Thailand – 15 May 2018. ONYX Hospitality Group has appointed Gen McKenzie as its new Executive Vice President of Human Resources. With over two decades of experience in HR strategy and talent management both in hospitality as well as marketing and advertising, Gen joins ONYX from integrated marketing and communications agency MullenLowe Group, where she led the global firm’s regional HR agenda as Regional Head of Talent Management, based in Singapore.

Starting her career in hospitality, Gen’s first role was at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, before being subsequently appointed to a cluster role as Director of Human Resources for Four Seasons Resorts in Bali. She was then appointed to the Four Seasons’ Southeast Asia regional office as Area Director of Human Resources and Training. Following 12 years with Four Seasons, Gen went on to serve in a variety of senior HR leadership roles at Mandara Spa, Alila Hotels & Resorts and SilverNeedle Hospitality Group.

Commenting on her new role, Gen said: “Hospitality is where my heart is and I’m excited to be returning to this dynamic industry at a time when ONYX Hospitality group is expanding rapidly into new markets and territories.

I look forward to being a part of the group’s growth and its renewed focus on company culture and employee engagement as we continue our journey of becoming the top medium-sized hospitality player in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Based in Bangkok, ONYX Hospitality Group has a growing regional portfolio of 47 operating properties across three core brands in eight countries. The Group has a robust development pipeline of close to 30 new properties in markets such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia, and has set a target of having 99 hotels by 2024 as part of its medium-term road map.

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach Named “Thailand’s Best Resort” at Asia Pacific Property Awards 2018

Phuket, Thailand, 9 May 2018 – Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach is celebrating after it was named as the best “Resort Hotel for Thailand” at the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2018.

(From Left to Right)
1. Stuart Shield, President and CEO of the International Property Awards
2. Variya Lulitanond, Cluster Director of MarCom & PR (Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa and Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach
3. Potjanee Darakamas, Assistant Vice President Asset Management, TCC Hotel Asset Management Company Limited
4. David Ippersiel, General Manager, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach
5. Nishant Grover, Chief Operating Officer of Asset World Corporation
6. Giovanni Marzo, Salice, Associate sponsor of the International Property Awards 2018

Part of the International Property Awards, the Asia Pacific Property Awards celebrate the region’s leading hotels and residences. With Thailand being home to some of the Asia’s most spectacular and celebrated resort properties, this impressive award places Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach at the pinnacle of the hospitality industry.

The award was officially presented to Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach in a glittering ceremony and gala dinner held on Friday May 4th, 2018, at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park.

“We are delighted to have been named as the best Resort Hotel for Thailand in the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2018,” said David Ippersiel, General Manager of the Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach. “The standard of resorts in Thailand is extremely high, with many new world-class properties having entered the market in recent years.

“To have been selected as the kingdom’s best resort is extremely gratifying and humbling. I would like to thank the International Property Awards for this huge honor. We look forward to welcoming many new guests to our resort in future, as a result of this prestigious award,” he added.

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach opened in 2016 following a complete renovation. Nestled on the sandy shores of Phuket’s northwest coast, overlooking the Andaman Sea, this elegant low-rise resort is easily accessible yet far enough from the main tourist areas to feel blissfully secluded.

It features a collection of contemporary rooms, suites and beachfront pool villas, plus a choice of restaurants, a sublime spa, fitness center, and an expansive outdoor area with tropical gardens and lagoon style pools that overlook the ocean. The resort is also one of Thailand’s top wedding destinations, with excellent facilities for all types of ceremony and celebration.

This marks the second consecutive year of success for Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach at the Asia Pacific Property Awards; last year, the resort was named as “Thailand’s Best Interior Design Hotel”, “Thailand’s Best Wedding Venue”, “Asia’s Best Wedding Venue” and “International’s Best Wedding Venue”.

Varanyu Holds Commanding Lead at Singha Laguna Phuket Open

Thailand’s Varanyu Rattanaphaibulkij maintained his position at the top with his second round of nine-under-par 61 at the Singha Laguna Phuket Open on Friday.

The 21-year-old Thai carded a flawless round with seven birdies and one eagle to lead the field by seven strokes on a 17-under-par 123 total at the THB2 million (approx. USD64,000) event co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and the All Thailand Golf Tour.

Compatriot Nitithorn Thippong proved relentless in his pursuit of a second ADT win when he returned with a solid round of 66 to take second-place on his own, while Sweden’s Oscar Zetterwall took third place following a 67 at Laguna Phuket.

Starting on the back nine, Varanyu eagled hole 14 after a good drive and solid approach with his five-iron left him with a three-footer tap-in. He made the turn at three-under after a birdie on 18 and would follow with six birdies for an inward 29.

“I was hitting everything solid and I played the three par-5s on this course very well and managed to hit the green in two shots on all of them. I enjoy playing this course and being on home ground. Especially since my mother is out here to watch me this week so I want to do well,” said Varanyu.

His low round which topped his opening 62, marked his lowest tournament round he achieved since he turned professional in 2015 and he credits his brother, nicknamed “Benz”, who is on his bag this week.

“I wasn’t nervous at all and I just stuck to my game plan of making fairways and greens. Benz and I were reading the lines well on the greens and I trusted him,” said Varanyu who is vying for a maiden win.

ADT winner Nitithorn mixed his card with six birdies and one double-bogey on the second hole when he pushed his eight-iron into the hazard.

“I was playing steady golf all day except for one missed shot. The pin was tucked in the right side and there was a hazard to the right of the green. I told myself to keep it short and hit it left but I pushed it right instead. But I made 16 greens today which was key for me and there were a lot of positives from the round,” said the 21-year-old.

Playing in the same group tomorrow, the Thai hotshot is ready to put up a good fight against his close friend Varanyu, who played junior golf with him before he joined the play-for-pay ranks.

“I am happy to be playing with him tomorrow since I haven’t seen him in a while. He is playing so well and I want to try and catch up with him tomorrow on moving day,” added Nitithorn.

The halfway cut was set at one-over-par 141 with a total of 57 players qualifying for the final two rounds.

The Singha Laguna Phuket Open is the eighth leg of the 2018 ADT schedule and the tour’s first stop in Thailand this year. Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points are offered on all ADT events with the winner earning a total of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.

The leading five players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the premier Asian Tour for the 2019 season.

Leading round two scores
123 – Varanyu RATTANAPHIBOONKIJ (THA) 62 61
130 – Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA) 64 66
131 – Oscar ZETTERWALL (SWE) 64 67
133 – Samarth DWIVEDI (IND) 65 68, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 66 67
135 – Worrasorn SUWANPANANG (THA) 68 67, Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 68 67, Simon YATES (SCO) 67 68, Chaiphat KOONMARK (THA) 70 65, Pawin INGKHAPRADIT (THA) 66 69