Phuket’s KEE Resort Commemorates HM the King’s 86th Birthday

Phuket’s KEE Resort Commemorates HM the King's 86th Birthday Resort executives, shop staff and hotel guests of Phuket’s KEE Resort and Spa, Patong Beach, joined together for a candle-lit ceremony in front of resort on December 5th 2013 to celebrate the 86th birthday of His Majesty The King Bumipol Adulyadej.

The KEE Resort & Spa General Manager Mr Somchai Panthong led well wishers in commemorating the auspicious occasion with a song and prayer dedicated to the ‘Father of Thailand’ and the world’s longest reigning monarch, which culminated in a fireworks display over Patong Bay.

Phuket’s KEE Resort Commemorates HM the King's 86th Birthday

Phuket’s KEE Resort Commemorates HM the King's 86th Birthday

Phuket’s KEE Resort Commemorates HM the King's 86th Birthday

Phuket’s KEE Resort Commemorates HM the King's 86th Birthday

Phuket’s KEE Resort Commemorates HM the King's 86th Birthday

Phuket’s KEE Resort Commemorates HM the King's 86th Birthday

Jaguar Land Rover demonstrates vehicles at Phuket Regatta

Jaguar Land Rover demonstrates vehicles at Phuket RegattaJaguar Land Rover, the world’s leading maker of luxury high performance vehicles, hosted a prize-giving party to mark the close of racing following the second day of competition at the 27th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, held at Kan Eang @ Pier, Chalong Bay. Jaguar Land Rover, through the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, demonstrated its luxury vehicles and dedication to excellent quality of after-sales care to an international gathering of sports enthusiasts at the 2013 yachting spectacle.

Jaguar Land Rover demonstrates vehicles at Phuket RegattaThe island of Phuket represents an area of important focus for the premium car maker with a growing population of affluent Thai and foreign residents. Jaguar Land Rover has a range of vehicles that are particularly suited to the Phuket market; the newly launched All-New Range Rover Sport delivers amazing levels of acceleration and stability on all terrains, and is ideally suited to sand, gravel, standing water and broken tarmac typically found on island roads, whilst Jaguar’s “looks fast, feels fast, Is fast” sports car, the F-TYPE, is designed to offer exploitable performance and open-top thrills on scenic and twisting roads.

Jaguar Land Rover demonstrates vehicles at Phuket RegattaJaguar Land Rover customers in Thailand are supported with sales and service provided by City Automobiles, Jaguar Land Rover’s authorized distributor and service agent. City Automobiles recently completed successful launches in Thailand of the Jaguar F-TYPE and All-New Range Rover Sport; both sector-leading vehicles in two distinct luxury-sports vehicle classes. The company has made a solid commitment to customers in Thailand, and stands ready to support Jaguar Land Rover’s own commitment to growing its brand in the country.

Jaguar Land Rover demonstrates vehicles at Phuket Regatta

Further product and technical information is available at www.landroverthailand.com

Haad Thip PLC supports 27th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.

Haad Thip PLC supports 27th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.Haad Thip PLC, a regionally leading soft drinks distributor and bottler of Coca-Cola products in Southern Thailand, has continued its support for the 27th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility plan for the southern region of Thailand. Haadthip PLC is committed to support the development of youth sailing in Thailand, and is pleased to sponsor the 27th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta to mark the honorary occasion of the birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand.

Bangkok Airways twice daily flights between Bangkok – Udonthani

Bangkok Airways twice daily flights between Bangkok - Udonthani Mr. Peter Wiesner, Bangkok Airways’ Senior Vice President – Network Management (middle in photo), Ms. Amphawan Wannako – Director Udonthani Airport (sixth from left in photo) and Ms. Achaphan Buncharoen – Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (Udonthani Office) (fifth from right in photo) (recently welcomed Bangkok Airways’ inaugural flight to Udonthani at Udonthani International Airport.

Cuerrently, Bangkok Airways is offering twice daily non-stop flights from Bangkok to Udonthani and will add an additional flight in February 2014. For more information and reservations, please contact www.bangkokair.com or Call Center Tel. 1771 (24 hr – services).

Amari Phuket holds Patong Beach cleaning activity

Amari Phuket holds Patong Beach cleaning activityA team of staff from Amari Phuket, led by Ms. Tipaporn Koonphol – Deputy General Manager and Management Team, recently organised a beach cleaning activity at Patong Beach. The activity was a part of Corporate Social Responsibility project that stimulates the hotel team members to be a volunteer and aware of the environment.

Amari Phuket holds Patong Beach cleaning activity

Amari Phuket holds Patong Beach cleaning activity

Sofitel Krabi named best Luxury Family All-Inclusive Resort

Sofitel Krabi named best Luxury Family All-Inclusive ResortSofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort has taken the crown of the Best Luxury Family All-Inclusive Resort at the 2013 World Luxury Hotel Awards ceremony held in Phuket recently.

Mr. Robin Deb, General Manager of the hotel, said in a statement “We are extremely proud to be nominated for the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013, one of the most coveted awards in the industry. Our aim is always to deliver the best in magnifique resort accommodation, top class cuisine, an exceptional focus on families with children and strong levels of guest satisfaction to the individuals who stay with us”

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. Voting is based on facilities and service excellence and is cast by hotel guests from over 1,000 hotels from 87 countries.

Pavilions Universe Launch Phuket Estate Development

Pavilions Universe Launch Phuket Estate DevelopmentA specially conceived lifestyle development encompassing the award-winning The Pavilions Phuket resort  has been launched. The Pavilions Estate is introducing nine three-bedroom pool villas and 33 apartments (including three penthouses) in seamless integration with the most romantic resort in Phuket, The Pavilions.

This lifestyle development represents a global luxury trend of private living with all the facilities and stellar services of an acclaimed resort , while outsourcing the stress of maintaining home ownership.

The Pavilions Estate is in a class of its own in Phuket. It is owned and developed by the visionary creators of The Pavilions Resorts  in Phuket, Bali and France, who have an enviable track record of award-winning strategies and profitability. Now is a golden opportunity for buyers to reserve their place in The Pavilions Estate and create their own personal paradise.

The Pavilions Estate is designed for people looking for a second home, a weekend hideaway, a retirement haven and/or an investment. This option for lifestyle rejuvenation is now available for purchase, as construction work has begun and properties are targeted to be completed in the second half of 2014.

The Pavilions Estate is not just about villas, apartments and penthouses; it is not just about bricks and mortar without a soul. It’s a seamless integration of luxury living and savvy investment. It’s about integrating a way of life, a zest for living and a passionate playground for all the good things in life, be it arts, design, fine food, fine wine or the pleasures of the spa or of just simply chilling out and enjoying the good, clean air and tropical surroundings.

No other development offers the shared facilities of one of Phuket’s top award-winning resorts . Watching glorious sunsets from 360° Bar while feasting on tapas and sipping on cocktail is an everyday occurrence for residents, as is fine dining at the Plantation Club. Laps in the 25m pool followed by drinks at the ‘jungle bar’ is an option while dining choices continue to tempt, whether at the Pontoon restaurant on the lake or a light bite at the Café or Deli next door.

Art exhibitions, musical soirees, Thai cultural nights and laid-back music are always on offer. A children’s playground will provide some fun and frolic, all within the safe and secure confines of The Pavilions Estate. For the workout devotees, a fully equipped gym beckons, as does a spa centre.

The Pavilions Resort  beach buggy will take residents to Layan Beach to bask in the sun at the resort’s own beach corner, where towels, umbrellas, loungers and services are provided. All these and the other services you can get from living in a deluxe hotel await those who invest.

The developers believe that buying into The Pavilions Estate is not just buying a property; investors are buying a home, whether it be their primary or secondary one, and enjoying a lifestyle that is second to none.

Buying a property in The Pavilions Estate provides an investment opportunity with unique returns on lifestyle and investment options. Investors who choose to purchase early have the potential for extremely attractive capital value increases.

For those who will use it only as a vacation home and will keep their options open for retirement, there is an inventory pool available, which The Pavilions Estate will manage and lease to holidaymakers on a shared revenue basis.

Inspired by Gordon Oldham, a Hong Kong lawyer, The Pavilions Universe attracts like-minded passionate people from all walks of life, pooling talents and resources together to co-create a dream lifestyle, blending functionality with aesthetic possibilities and raising the bar for all developments in Phuket.

Singha sponsors Phuket Regatta for third year

Singha sponsors Phuket Regatta for third yearThe Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, Asia’s most famous international sailing competition, is to be sponsored by Singha Corporation in honour of the birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand.

Renowned as a long-standing supporter of a wide range of top echelon sports in Thailand and overseas, Singha’s sponsorship decision is in line with the beverage company’s sporting brand awareness, synergy and Corporate Social Responsibilities objectives. Singha’s partnership with Phuket King’s Cup Regatta enables the beverage company to enjoy brand activation activities to be conducted during the Regatta’s nightly beachside party series and maximise its local and international exposure by leveraging on the magnetism of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. The 2013 King’s Cup will represent the third year Singha has sponsored this legendary race.

Voravud Bhirombhakdi, Event Marketing and Business Partnership Director, Singha Corporation Co., Ltd., said, “The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is a unique and highly attractive sporting occasion, offering excellent brand exposure opportunities to Singha Corporation. We are proud to once more be a sponsor of this superb race, and we are pleased to be able to support an event to celebrate the 86th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand.”

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.

Phuket Chief Concierge honoured by Les Clefs d’ Or

Phuket Chief Concierge honoured by Les Clefs d’ OrDusit Thani Laguna Phuket’s Chief Concierge, Mrs Janjira Buakaew (right in hoto) has recently become a member of the Les Clefs d’or Thailand Association, a highly esteemed international concierge association.  She will participate in monthly meetings, activities, seminars and training sessions organized by the Association before reaching Les Clefs d’Or’s Golden Key pin in 2 years.

Les Clefs d’ Or, officially registered as Union Internationale des Concierge d’Hotels, is an international network of professional concierges committed to improving and maintaining the quality of service provided by concierge staff around the world. Les Clefs d’Or also encourages members to continuously advance their professional abilities, ensuring they can advise their clientele and provide excellent travel experiences and authentic hospitality with a “can-do” spirit, leading to guest satisfaction and exceeding expectations.

“We are very proud of Mrs Buakaew, she is truly one of the best concierges of our resort,” says General Manager Mr Peter Komposch. “She is a native Phuketian and her knowledge is always useful to our guests. With her 20 years of experience at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, she is definitely an asset to the team and we are proud of her success.”

Photo shown: Mrs Janjira Buakaew (right) poses with Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket’s Front Office Manager, Mrs Natwara Phechheed (left) after receiving the special pin from Les Clefs d’Or Thailand Association.

Kata Group host sponsor of 2013 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

Kata Group host sponsor of 2013 Phuket King’s Cup RegattaKata Group Resorts Thailand is to be the host sponsor of the 27th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, making this the 15th year that the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013 Nominee has supported the renowned Thai yachting spectacle.

Kata Beach Resort and Spa, one of six properties owned and managed by Kata Group, is the established home of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, serving as race control, media centre, party host and venue for the Regatta Award Ceremony. The group also houses staff of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organising Committee and its support teams, as well as providing high quality accommodation to sponsor representatives and VIP attendees.

Pamuke Achariyachai, President of Kata Group Resorts Thailand, said, “We are honoured to continue to support the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, one of Asia’s most revered and competitive sailing events. The King’s Cup is a great opportunity for us to achieve worldwide awareness of the Kata Group brand. Last year, we also received a prestigious trophy from the Personal Representative of His Majesty the King of Thailand in recognition of our long-standing support of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, and we are proud to continue our sponsorship of this magnificent race into 2013 and beyond.”

Kata Group Resorts Thailand has a 32-year reputation for offering high-quality, affordable resort destinations and the world-famous Thai holiday experience within the reach of a broad demographic of customers who love to travel to this beautiful part of Thailand. The Group currently owns and operates six resorts in Thailand: Kata Beach Resort & Spa, Phuket; Beyond Resort Karon, Phuket; Phuket Orchid Resort & Spa, Phuket; Kandaburi Resort & Spa, Koh Samui; Beyond Resort Khaolak, Phang Nga and Beyond Resort Krabi in Krabi.

Kevin Whitcraft, President of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organising Committee, said, “Over the years, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta has been the arena for epic, close-quarter sailing action, whilst it also enjoys a reputation for its legendary series of beachside parties and closing celebrations. Kata Group has provided consistently excellent accommodation, food, entertainment, management facilities and event support to the King’s Cup for many years, and we are truly appreciative of their devoted and on-going host sponsorship.”

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.

Phuket’s HeadStart International School to open new facility

Phuket’s HeadStart International School to open new facility Today, 20th November 2013, at HeadStart International School, a press conference was held to announce that the school has now signed contracts for the purchase of a new school property. They are currently planning the construction phase of the project and will be submitting the construction plans for approval by early December. The construction of the new facilities is set to start by March 2014 and scheduled to be completed by May of 2015, in time for the beginning of the 2015 academic year.

Phuket’s HeadStart International School to open new facility Initially founded in 2005 as a Homeschool Center, HeadStart has rapidly evolved and developed and is now one of Phuket’s leading International Schools. They pride themselves in having maintained and achieved their original vision and commitment to build and support a dedicated team of professional educators who work together to provide a quality teaching and learning environment for  Phuket’s international and culturally diverse community.

As a result of these commitments, HeadStart has grown from 62 students and 34 staff in 2009 to their current 450 students and 112 staff representing 38 nationalities.

Phuket’s HeadStart International School to open new facility The new HeadStart International School will be built on 15 rai of land next to the Wichit Police Station on Nasua Road which connects Chao Fah West and Muang Chao Fah Road. The new school will accommodate up to 750 students from 18 months to 18 years old and will have more than 12,000 sqm of purpose built educational facilities. These facilities will enable them to:

– Increase the number of programmes offered to secondary students
– Allow for more space per student in each classroom
– Improve sporting programmes and events
– Have larger purpose built playgrounds and rest areas for students and parents
– Provide additional parking spaces and safer pick up/drop off areas for students
– Offer more diversity in after school activities and camps
– Further develop art and music programmes
– Organise musical and theatre performances and concerts for the local community
– Increase the efficiency, productivity and organisation of teaching and management staff by allowing more dedicated work and storage areas.

Phuket’s HeadStart International School to open new facility

JW Marriott Phuket awarded Asia’s Top 5 Best Family Hotels

JW Marriott Phuket awarded Asia’s Top 5 Best Family HotelsJW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa was recently awarded ‘Asia’s Top 5 Best Family Hotels’ in the Top of Asia 2013 Awards by NOW Travel Asia magazine. The hotel received the accolade for its outstanding contribution towards the hospitality industry and excellent services. ‘Asia’s Top 5 Best Family Hotels’ were voted by readers and subscribers of NOW Travel Asia magazine in an online poll published on its website.

The selected top winners of Top of Asia 2013 Awards were announced and published in NOW Travel Asia magazine- November & December’s issue with listings which includes Asia’s top leisure hotels, business hotels, heritage hotels, beach hotels, pool villa hotels, spas, entertainment, Asian airlines, Asian budget airlines, people, Asian luxury brands, restaurants and bars.

Editor in Chief of NOW Travel Asia Magazine Kanapot Sitthiwong recently made a visit to JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa to present the award trophy to Mr. Ludovic Gallerne, Director of Sales and Marketing.

“Our sincerest gratitude goes to NOW Travel Asia Awards 2013 for recognizing JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa among the Top 5 Best Family Hotels in Asia. At JW Marriott Phuket, all families will surely be guaranteed by all the greatest values we offer, because every guest experience is expertly curated here” said Ludovic Gallerne.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort  & Spa is located on Phuket Island in Thailand. This 5-star resort sits on the breathtaking Mai Khao Beach with magnificent views of the Andaman Sea. The local attractions include the Phuket Aquarium, Phuket Fantasea Cultural Theme Park, Blue Canyon Country Club with two award-winning 18 hole golf courses, and the Siam Safari which offers both nature tours and jungle tours on Phuket and in Southern Thailand.

In the photo: Mr. Ludovic Gallerne -Director of Sales and Marketing (right), receiving the award from Mr. Kanapot Sitthiwong, Editor-in-chief of NOW Travel Asia Magazine.