Aleenta Phuket founder voted Thailand’s quality person of the year

Aleenta Phuket founder voted Thailand’s quality person of the yearThe founder, visionary and Managing Director of Akaryn Hospitality Management Services (AHMS), Anchalika Kijkanakorn, has been voted Thailand’s Quality Person of the Year 2013, adding the prestigious recognition to a list of accolades.

The Quality Person of the Year award is organised by the Foundation of Science and Technology Council of Thailand (FSTT) to recognise individuals who succeed personally and professionally whilst dedicating themselves to the benefit of Thai society and the country in various fields.

Ms Kijkanakorn said she was honoured to be awarded the recognition. “Although AHMS has a strong focus on international visitors, we have always been fully committed to the sustained growth of both the global reputation of Thailand as a haven for tourism and the careers and welfare of local Thai communities. It is with a sense of great personal and national pride therefore, that I accept this award,” said Ms Kijkanakorn.

AHMS currently employs almost 600 Thai staff, providing training and career progression programmes that allow the company to source talent from local areas. At present, 62 percent of managerial and supervisor positions at Aleenta Resorts are occupied by staff who have grown in-house at the resort , with similar figures to be replicated across all new AHMS resorts due to open over the next 2 years.

Ms Kijkanakorn, who owns and operates AHMS Hotels, is also the first Asian-based Chairman of SLH, which comprises an unrivalled selection of some of the world’s finest independent hotels. SLH is a globally recognised institution with more than 520 hotels in  70 countries, each united by strict adherence to luxury standards but offering exceptional diversity in style and experiences.

AHMS has received a number of awards, including AKARYN Samui Resort  and Spa, the group’s current flagship boutique resort on a private beach at Koh Samui’s Hanuman Bay picking up Best New Luxury Hotel at the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards, as well as making it onto DestinAsian magazine’s coveted Luxe List less than a year after welcoming its first guests.

Aleenta Resort  and Spa Phuket-Phang Nga, meanwhile, was named the world’s Best Small Hotel at the International Hotel Awards in London, described as ‘small but perfectly formed’ boutique hotel  by judges at the glittering presentation dinner at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square on November 4, 2012.

The third and founding five star property in the Akaryn Hospitality Management Services (AHMS) collection, Aleenta Resort and Spa Hua Hin-Pranburi, has also been named Best Luxury Coastal Resort at the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Ms Kijkanakorn has also found time to launch the Pure Blue Foundation – a charity close to her heart – dedicated to marine conservation including regeneration of damaged coral reefs and work with endangered sea turtles, as well as educating communities on how to protect their natural resources.

AHMS Hotels may be known for their warm, intuitive approach but Ms Kijkanakorn knows what it takes to run a business: she holds a BA in Marketing from University of Texas and an MBA in International Business from the University of South Carolina. She has held various leadership roles specialising in audit, consulting, mergers and acquisitions, and financial control, managing teams across Asia, Europe and the United States, during eight years with global financial giants GE Capital, and later Honeywell.

Dusit Thani Phuket hosts 2013 Football School

Dusit Thani Phuket hosts 2013 Football SchoolAs part of its Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket recently hosted a one-week course called Football School of 2013, led by UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) coach and former Danish striker, Mr. Peter Rasmussen.

Held at Cherngtalay Municipal School (Tuntiwit) during 14-18 October 2013, the week-long course provided an opportunity for 65 local pupils to learn professional football training techniques.

“We are happy to continue sponsoring this great activity for local children to enjoy during their school breaks,” said Mr Peter Komposch, General Manager of Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket. “We believe the training will help the children build their teamwork skills, make new friends, and enable them to represent their schools, provinces and perhaps even the nation on the pitch in the future!”

Mont Clair to sponsor Phuket King’s Cup Regatta parties

Mont Clair to sponsor Phuket King’s Cup Regatta partiesMont Clair is to sponsor the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta for a sixth consecutive year following the popularity of its wines during previous race years. Mont Clair South African Wine products will be available for the enjoyment of all guests, as sailors, spectators, VIP attendees, media guests and sponsors relax and party to live entertainment amidst an expected crowd of over 1,500 people.

Mont Clair has been a dedicated supporter of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta since 2008, and uses this unique platform to grow the reputation and awareness of its imported South African wines in Phuket and internationally.

Daniel Schwalb, Commercial Director of Siam Winery said, “The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is one of our most significant sponsorship programmes of the year as it attracts such wide attention across the region. In addition to being recognised as one of the world’s premier sailing cups, the revelry and beachside fun make it a hit with its lively night-time crowds. We are pleased to be able to provide top quality Mont Clair wines for our guests, and we look forward to this year’s Regatta being the most successful in the competition’s history.”

As a principal fixture on the Asian Yachting Circuit, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta under Royal Patronage annually features upwards of 100 boats, ranging from high tech to live-aboard ocean cruisers, multihulls and classics. International-standard race management is combined with lively beach parties to create this world-renowned yacht racing exhibition.

Kevin Whitcraft, President of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organizing Committee said, “Mont Clair has been an excellent sponsor of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta for a number of years. Mont Clair has become synonymous with the beachside parties and fun happenings that feature as part of the Regatta’s entertainment offering; we are delighted to have them involved as our sponsor again for 2013.”

Siam Winery is South East Asia’s largest winery and is equipped with the best equipment imported from Europe. The winery has won a number of international awards for its wines.

Phuket’s Sri panwa voted Best Resort Hotel in Thailand

Phuket’s Sri panwa voted Best Resort Hotel in ThailandPhuket’s Sri Panwa was voted the “Best Resort Hotel in Thailand” by travellers who use the Lonely Planet travel guide. The award was presented at a recent ceremony held at the Hilton Bangkok hotel. Wan Vorasit Issara, Managing Director of Sri panwa, accepted the award on behalf of their employees from the Publisher of Lonely Planet Thailand, Dhitibhum Wongkiatkachorn.

Lonely Planet Magazine invited travellers to participate in a survey that rated their resort experiences from June to July 2013. The votes were then internally audited to assure their validity and the nominations were short listed by a panel of travel experts. Finally, readers voted, both online and in their magazine, for their favourites in 11 categories. Phuket’s Sri panwa was declared the winner in the Best Resort Hotel in Thailand category.

Phuket’s Sri panwa voted Best Resort Hotel in Thailand

Phuket’s Sri panwa voted Best Resort Hotel in Thailand

Phuket’s Super Cheap Awaits Insurance Companies Visits

Phuket’s Super Cheap Awaits Insurance Companies VisitsPPAO Council Members – Mr Kantapat Pisitkunanon recently announced that after speaking to Super Cheap’s main branch manager, representatives from the business’ two insurance companies, one from the USA and the other from Korea, are likely to visit the site next week to survey and assess the damage from the fire which happened on 16th October 2013. From his past experience he said that the insurance companies need to receive stored date from the store and evaluate the damage within a month of the event, if this is not done then it will be unlikely that the company will be able to do anything.

Khun kantapat added ”If we leave the site as it is for a month or longer then there will be a stench from rotten food and goods which may not be safe for the local community. Therefore it is essential that coordination between the store’s owners and insurance companies are accelerated so that the site can be completely cleared and any unhygienic matters can be removed to save the environment.”

Phuket’s KEE Resort Scoops Exceptional Workplace Award

Phuket’s KEE Resort Scoops Exceptional Workplace AwardPhuket’s The KEE Resort & Spa Patong has received an Exceptional Workplace Award by Kimberly Clark Thailand in recognition of the hotel’s dedication to sustainable practices.

KEE Resort’s Financial Director, Ms. Rittikorn Thonghuy, accepted the “Our Essential World” award on Thursday October 17th 2013, at an event held at the Graceland Resort & Spa.

Phuket’s KEE Resort Scoops Exceptional Workplace Award

Phuket’s KEE Resort Scoops Exceptional Workplace Award

Phuket’s KEE Resort Scoops Exceptional Workplace Award

Vote Phuket’s Acqua for Italian Hospitality Award

Vote Phuket’s Acqua for Italian Hospitality AwardPhuket’s Italian fine dining establishment, Acqua Restaurant, has been selected by the Italian Chamber of Commerce to participate at “Premio Ospitalità Italiana in the world” (Italian Hospitality awards) and they are asking for your support by voting for the restaurant.

All you need to do is click on the link below and fill out all the required areas, especially their unique restaurant CODE:  1851

It is also very important for you to fill out the area with your email and phone number, as you might be selected to win one of 5 fantastic holidays in Italy focused on food, wine and culture!

If the page shows in Italian you can easily click to change the language to English by clicking on the Great British flag on the left of the screen.

Click the link below to vote:

Vote Phuket’s Acqua for Italian Hospitality Award

Bangkok Airways’ Inaugural flight to Nay Pyi Taw

Bangkok Airways’ Inaugural flight to Nay Pyi TawBangkok Airways led by Mr. Prote Setsuwan, Vice President Marketing and Mr. Songkrot Palakawong Na Ayuthaya, Director of Corporate Affairs & Events organized an inaugural trip for Business persons and Press to Nay Pyi Taw, with a warm welcome from MR. Htay Aung, Union Minister of Hotels and Tourism, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar at Nay Pyi Taw International Airport.

Bangkok Airways operates 3 non-stop flights per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) – Nay Pyi Taw with 70-seater ATR72 aircraft. The outbound flight PG721 departs from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) at 17.00 hrs and arrives Nay Pyi Taw at 19.00 hrs. The inbound flight PG722 departs from Nay Pyi Taw at 19.30 hrs and arrives Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) at 22.30hrs. (The local time in Myanmar is 30 minutes behind Thailand).

Bangkok Airways’ Inaugural flight to Nay Pyi TawFor more information and reservation, please contact or Call Center Tel. 1771 (24 hr – services) or contact Bangkok Travel Club for package tour in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar at Tel:  02 265 8966 or visit website

In main photo: Middle left: MR. Htay Aung, Union Minister of Hotels and Tourism, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Middle right: Mr. Prote Setsuwan, Vice President Marketing of Bangkok Airways, 5th from the right: Mr. Songkrot Palakawong Na Ayuthaya, Director of Corporate Affairs & Events of Bangkok Airways

Phuket Vacation Club Wins Prestigious Property Award

Phuket Vacation Club Wins Prestigious Property Award Anantara Vacation Club, a unique shared ownership concept, has earned industry accolades for its first purpose-built Signature Club Resort, Anantara Vacation Club Phuket Mai Khao.  Open since June, the stunning new resort just garnered “Best Shared Ownership” and “Highly Recommended: Best Architectural Design” from the prestigious Thailand Property Awards, the annual industry recognition program.

“We are delighted to receive this recognition from our peers in the industry,” said Harold Derrah, CEO of Anantara Vacation Club.  “Our vision is to connect our guests to local cultures by creating extraordinary properties in the world’s most beautiful areas and to provide distinct experiences with our luxurious and heartfelt hospitality.  It’s a pleasure to be recognized for our efforts.”

Conferred each year, the Thailand Property Awards is the premier real estate event in Thailand, attracting entries from leading developers, consultants, architects and interior designers.  For the past eight years, the Thailand Property Awards have showcased the best real estate and hospitality ventures in the country.  The newly open Anantara Vacation Club Phuket Mai Khao earned two coveted awards, including “Best Shared Ownership Development” for the second year in a row, and a “Highly Recommended” in the “Best Architectural Design” category.

With a design by the award-winning Stephen O’Dell of SODA, the resort’s layout and architecture are inspired by its unique location on the edge of the Sirinath National Park, a lush tropical environment adjacent to Mai Khao Beach. The surrounding verdant foliage provides the serene backdrop for a contemporary Thai village that takes its cultural cues from the peaceful rural landscapes that dot the countryside.

Angsana Laguna Phuket Unveils Renovated Function rooms

Angsana Laguna Phuket Unveils Renovated Function roomsRanked as one of the top 25 Hot Conference Hotels by Smart Travel Asia, Angsana Laguna Phuket is pleased to announce the completion of the meeting space renovation, unveiling a refreshing, contemporary new look for the Angsana Ballroom and meeting rooms.

The expansive Angsana Ballroom and four meeting rooms of varying configurations now feature updated décor and technological enhancements in the function areas while maintaining functionality and spaciousness. The five renovated meeting spaces range in size from 60 square metres up to 358 square metres. Each room is equipped with the latest lighting system, audiovisual equipment, and furniture to ensure the success of meetings and events. The warm coloured woods, carpeting and wallpaper in shades of cream and velvet, new fixtures and contemporary furniture form a perfect harmony with the freshness of a contemporary design. In addition, WIFI access throughout the entire resort is complimentary for all guests.

Angsana Laguna Phuket Unveils Renovated Function roomsAngsana Laguna Phuket offers ten meeting and function spaces, including the newly renovated meeting rooms, Angsana Ballroom and five versatile boardrooms, various unique outdoor venues such as XANA Beach Club and the Angsana Wedding Chapel.  Catering for intimate groups of eight up to large functions of over 4,000 guests, the resort is poised to cater to business meeting needs and special occasions. Guests at Angsana Laguna Phuket feel the warmth of Thai hospitality from the moment they step off the plane with the dedicated Laguna Hospitality Lounge service at Phuket International Airport. Arriving at the resort, guests enjoy the convenience of the WIFI-enabled Hospitality Lounge for up to 100 guests, which comes with its own dedicated check-in counter and drop-off bus service.

Angsana Laguna Phuket is located on the west coast of Phuket in a large lagoon that runs through Laguna Phuket, Asia’s first integrated resort complex. The resort features 403 keys of ten different room categories ranging from 40 to 490 square metres, seven restaurants & bars and a selection of exciting, stimulating team building and pre and post-event tours and activities. Angsana Laguna Phuket is located twenty minutes from Phuket International Airport, Patong, the entertainment district and Phuket downtown.

Angsana Laguna Phuket Unveils Renovated Function roomsMeet in Style
Angsana Laguna Phuket gives every reason to mix business with pleasure. Book Meet in Style, a full-day meeting package for at least 10 delegates and 10 rooms staying two consecutive nights and receive three complimentary service upgrades. The selection of services includes the following:

• One upgrade from Laguna Room to Laguna Grand Room
• One welcome morning coffee & tea, and fresh fruit platters at the meeting foyer
• One half an hour standard pour cocktail session for registered guests
• One baby elephant welcome, one exclusive group yoga session
• Two hours use of secretary-for-hire on your meeting days
• Two -way airport limousine transfer for to three persons maximum
• Two 90-minute Angsana Spa treatments inclusive of a 30-minutes refreshment and relaxation session.

Angsana Laguna Phuket Unveils Renovated Function roomsThe package is available when booked and confirmed with deposit paid by 15 December 2013 and applicable to meetings occurring before 31 December 2014. Enquiries and reservations services for Angsana Laguna Phuket may be made via or telephone +66 7632 4101.

Outrigger Phuket Hailed Best Family Resort

Outrigger Phuket Hailed Best Family ResortThe Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has been voted the Best Family Resort in Thailand in the Holidays with Kids magazine’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Survey.

The Australian publication said of the new Outrigger property in Phuket: “Enjoy a game of golf or a spa treatment…while the kids are entertained with special programs at Koh Kids [the resort’s kids’ club]. They’ll also love the extensive water park, featuring waterfalls and a waterslide for watery family fun.

Outrigger’s stylish new rooms combine the best of contemporary décor with Thai accents for a truly unique beachside holiday.”

Outrigger Phuket Hailed Best Family ResortThe Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort General Manager, Tony Pedroni, said: “With our water slide, wide-spread water features, numerous supervised activities at the Koh Kids Club, and visits by Candy the baby elephant, children can be entertained for hours on end while parents relax. It’s an ideal set up with all the attractions and activities of Phuket at hand.”

Over 4,000 Holiday with Kids readers voted in the survey which was conducted in August. The publication noted: “These [award winning] hotels and resorts have managed to exceed the expectations of their guests in just about every area. Whether for outstanding customer service, facilities that are a cut above, the high standard of accommodation or the range of family-friendly activities on offer, each resort stands out from the pack and offers an experience that families love enough to rave about.”

Dusit Thani Phuket wins Ginnaree Award

Dusit Thani Phuket wins Ginnaree AwardCongratulations go out to Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket who has once again won ‘The Ginnaree Award’ at the 9th Thailand Tourism Awards 2013. The award is one of Thailand’s highest accolades in the Travel & Tourism industry, organized by the department of Tourism and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), every two years. Mr. Peter Komposch (left) – General Manager of Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket attended the awards ceremony, held on 27th September 2013 at Impact Muang Thong Arena, Bangkok, to accept the plaque on behalf of resort from Mr. Somsak Pureesrisak (right), Minister of Ministry of Tourism and Sports.