Angsana Laguna Phuket Brings Christmas Cheer to Local Orphans

Angsana Laguna Phuket Brings Christmas Cheer to Local OrphansAngsana Laguna Phuket recently joined hands with the Phuket Child Watch Foundation to bring Christmas spirit to the Holland House in the Kathu district, the home of orphans and underprivileged children in Phuket. Angsana Laguna Phuket donated THB 25,600 towards Christmas lunch and wrapped gifts with the help of resort’s guests and associates assisting to spread the Christmas joy to the children.

Angsana Laguna Phuket Brings Christmas Cheer to Local OrphansThe Christmas donation came from a combination of the Green Imperative Fund (GIF) by Banyan Tree Group and dinners sold on Christmas Eve at the resort. For every dinner sold, THB 100 was put toward the charity. The Green Imperative Fund (GIF) was originated from the donations made by guests staying at Angsana and Banyan Tree properties around the world. At Banyan Tree properties, every guest is invited to be a supporting partner through a small contribution of US$2 per room per night, under an “opt-out” arrangement. At Angsana properties, the amount is US$1 per room per night. Banyan Tree and Angsana then match the guest contributions, dollar for dollar.

Angsana Laguna Phuket Brings Christmas Cheer to Local OrphansOn Christmas day, ninety orphans and underprivileged children at the Holland House in the Kathu district were visited by over twenty guests and associates of Angsana Laguna Phuket. Volunteers were on hand to help treat the excited children to food, drinks, Christmas presents and, most importantly, a loving, cheerful environment. After receiving meals and gifts, the children of the Holland House sing a thank you song which brought tears to contributors. Happiness, warm smiles, and Christmas spirit were seen on young and old faces.

Angsana Laguna Phuket Brings Christmas Cheer to Local Orphans“This is an exceptional experience, especially seeing the gratitude from the kids. We are very thankful the hotel organised such an extraordinary holiday for us.” Ms. Bharti Tailor, one of the guests who joined the charity, said while the joyful tears dripped down her face.

Angsana Laguna Phuket Brings Christmas Cheer to Local OrphansDr. Deepak Kaura, a Canadian Paediatrics who visited Thailand for the first time said: “My family and I had never been to any resort supplying guests with such an activity. Anyone from the Western world should participate in something like this. Resorts that offer such an experience in a controlled and safe environment distinguish itself from other hotel chains. I would again stay in a hotel that offered such initiative.”

Angsana Laguna Phuket Brings Christmas Cheer to Local OrphansThe Christmas initiative is a part of Angsana Laguna Phuket’s commitment to supporting the Phuket community and is aligned with Banyan Tree’s Group Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) philosophy of Empowering People.  “At Angsana Laguna Phuket, we believe in giving back to the community in which we operate. We are doing our part in making a step-by-step, but significant impact in the most important, early part of children’s lives by giving them the one thing they rarely or never received: love and care”, said Kamolux Israngkul Na Ayuthaya, Angsana Laguna Phuket’s Public Relations Manager.

Angsana Laguna Phuket Brings Christmas Cheer to Local Orphans

Angsana Laguna Phuket Brings Christmas Cheer to Local Orphans

Angsana Laguna Phuket Brings Christmas Cheer to Local Orphans

Phuket officials hold Southern Rail project meeting

Phuket officials hold Southern Rail project meetingOn Friday December 20th 2013 at Phuket’s Metropol Hotel, Director of Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning – Jula Sukmanop chaired the first comprehensive meeting of a feasibility study and the design of new train route for Surat Thani – Pang Nga – Phuket. Also taking part in the meeting were Phuket Governor – Maitri Inthusut, PPAO Chief Executive – Paiboon Upattising, PPAO Council Members –  Theera Jiasakul and Prawat Pimanprom, representatives from various government sectors, think tank leaders, those who may be affected by the project, the people’s representatives and the press. There were a total of 120 participants at the meeting.

Phuket officials hold Southern Rail project meetingThe rail project follows the basic infrastructure policy – especially in the railway system – set by the government on March 20th, and October 22nd 2012. As a result, the Transport Ministry is to be responsible for operations of basic transport systems appropriated to the growing tourist industry in the southern region.

The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning mapped the project to construct a rail system, linking provinces in the Gulf of Thailand to those on the Andaman Sea. It was concluded that not only would the project solve regional transport challenges, but also help ease Phuket’s traffic gridlock. To follow up the project, the office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning has appointed Index International Group Co Ltd as project consultant who will conduct a study based on:
• Transport potential between the two coasts for general public and tourists
• Development of a new standard of service for public transport
• Meeting the challenge of the growing tourist industry
• Meeting the challenge of Phuket’s traffic problems. The feasibility study will comprise of two areas – the rail system and Phuket public transport. Scope of the rail system
• Feasibility study and design
• Consequences the project will have on the environment in the areas of the route starting from Ban Tung Po train station – Pang Nga – Phuket
• Consequences the project will have on the environment in the areas of the route starting from Amphoe Don – Surat Thani
• Feasibility study to link the rail route to Krabi Airport
• Scope of public transport in Phuket
• Make a feasibility study, design, and review consequences on the environment of a public transport system from Phuket International Airport to Chalong Circle

The period set for the studies is set for 14 months, during which time the public will have access to full information. This is so that the eventual outcome will be beneficial to the communities and all concerned. There will also be full measures to deal with affected areas and families. This is the first of three meetings planned to give the public detailed information of the projects and also to welcome opinions from participants.

Phuket officials hold Southern Rail project meeting

Phuket officials hold Southern Rail project meeting

Angsana Laguna Phuket announces appointment of new F & B Director

Angsana Laguna Phuket announces appointment of new F & B DirectorAngsana Laguna Phuket has announced a new appointment for the position of Director Food & Beverage. In his new role, Mr. Sree Valsan will be overseeing the six restaurants and bars at Angsana Laguna Phuket.

Mr. Valsan reports to Mr. Jerry John, the General Manager of Angsana Laguna Phuket and oversees all the food and beverage establishments at Angsana Laguna Phuket. These  include Loy Krathong Bar – contemporary Asian Tapas, Bodega & Grill –   Mediterranean Steak House, Poolside – cool refreshments and Thai & Western cuisine, Market Place – Extensive buffet breakfast, Baan Talay – Thai & Seafood restaurant, and Canal Bakery – café dining and deli delights. In addition to the restaurants, Mr. Valsan is fully responsible for the management of the resort’s catering and banquet operations.

Prior to joining Angsana Laguna Phuket, Mr. Valsan, spent over 25 years in some of the world’s finest resorts and restaurants. He started off his career in 1988 as a Hotel Operations Trainee with The Krishna Oberoi Hyderabad. Among the other hotels he worked for include Hotel Bhaskara Palace Ashok, Hyderabad, Taj Connemara, Chennai and Holiday Inn Hyderabad. His last postion was the Area Food & Beverage Director of Laguna Bintan. He oversaw the financial management, planning, human resources, product design and marketing of the F&B operations in Banyan Tree Bintan, Angsana Bintan and Laguna Bintan Golf Club. Mr. Valsan’s extensive background in the hospitality world provides him with a well-rounded perspective of the industry that will seamlessly integrate into his current role.

Enquiries and reservations services for Angsana Laguna Phuket may be made via reservations-lagunaphuket@angsana.com or telephone +66 7632 4101.

Phuket’s KEE Resort Joins December Patong Beach Clean-up

Phuket’s KEE Resort Joins December Patong Beach Clean-up Staff from The KEE Resort & Spa Patong joined forces with Patong Municipality officials and staff from other nearby hotels on Friday 20th December 2013 to pick up rubbish along Phuket’s most popular beach.

The joint effort is an annual activity to clean up the three-kilometre stretch of Patong Beach from Dolphin Park to Cape Petch.

Phuket’s KEE Resort Joins December Patong Beach Clean-up

Phuket’s KEE Resort Joins December Patong Beach Clean-up Pictured in the main photo are KEE Resort Director of Human Capital Development, Mr Pairat Thanomvong (back row, 3rd from left) and staff.

Grand Opening of Phuket’s Boat Avenue Mall

Grand Opening of Phuket’s Boat Avenue MallFriday 20th December 2013 saw the grand opening of Thailand’s Trendiest Container Mall Boat Avenue, located close to the entrance of Laguna in Cherng Talay.

The event included a number of activities including a live performance from local band Legends of Siam, a Children’s Fashion Show, Thai Dance Performance, Fashion Show by KATALINA and a fireworks display.

A special shopping street was also set up which included stalls from Villa Market, Boutique Stores & Restaurants, Zcape & Zcape X2 Condominiums and a Red Bull Drinks Booth.

Grand Opening of Phuket’s Boat Avenue Mall

Grand Opening of Phuket’s Boat Avenue Mall

Grand Opening of Phuket’s Boat Avenue Mall

Grand Opening of Phuket’s Boat Avenue Mall

Grand Opening of Phuket’s Boat Avenue MallTo see more photos from this event please visit: http://events.phuketindex.com/grand-opening-boat-avenue-2343.html

Phuket to see opening of fifth branch of BAKE

Phuket to see opening of fifth branch of BAKETwinpalms is delighted to announce the Grand Opening of Bake @ Villa Market this evening, 20th December 2013.

BAKE @ Villa Market brings together the sweet, spicy and savory flavors of the BAKE outlets found in the Cherng Talay-Laguna area. With an enthusiastic following after BAKE Chalong, BAKE Cherng Talay, BAKE British International School and BAKE Sino@ByPass, the fifthly BAKE outlet, BAKE @ Villa Market is ready to bring a rich variety of baked goods. From breads to pastries, cakes, cookies and many other beautifully baked treats, plus gourmet coffees and teas, BAKE @ Villa Market looks forward to becoming another of your preferable choice.

Regent Phuket welcomes top Thailand model

Regent Phuket welcomes top Thailand modelSonia Couling, one of Thailand’s most famous international celebrity models, recently took an opportunity to spend time with her husband to enjoy the romantic beach and stunning location of Regent Phuket Cape Panwa.

The resort is renowned for providing memorable experiences of comfort, relaxation and fun in a beautiful part of Phuket Island.
Brice Borin, General Manager of Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, and his dedicated Regent team took care of their stay and ensured they were able to enjoy the best of Regent’s signature hospitality and superb cuisine.

The couple also took part in a range of sporting activities, including tennis tuition by Regent’s professional tennis coach.

Phuket’s Twinpalms team joins KERD AWARDS 2.0

Phuket’s Twinpalms team joins KERD AWARDS 2.0 On 18th December 2013, Twinpalms Group Executive Manager, Khun Somjai Tungkoo, along with her team, joined the annual Kred Awards 2.0 ceremony. The grand ceremony, hosted buy by Woody Talk Show took place at Siam Niramit Bangkok this year. Super stars and celebrities from Thailand and the greater Asian region attended this magnificent evening.Awards 2.0 ceremony. The grand ceremony, hosted buy by Woody Talk Show took place at Siam Niramit Bangkok this year. Super stars and celebrities from Thailand and the greater Asian region attended this magnificent evening.

The Kerd Awards is an award ceremony that is led by the popular Thai entertainer and television host, Woody. There are seven award categories: Born to grasp the main scene, Born to be be famous, Born to be a comedian, Born to pop, Born to be giver, Born to be together and, Born to be hot. Thailand’s most influential people are nominated in the categories and Thai fans are able to vote in each category through SMS.

Phuket’s Twinpalms team joins KERD AWARDS 2.0
Twinpalms Group Executive Manager, Khun Somjai Tungkoo with awards host Khun Woody
Dusit Thani Phuket’s Christmas tree lit for the festive holiday

Dusit Thani Phuket's Christmas tree lit for the festive holidayDusit Thani Laguna Phuket’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony marked the official start of the resort’s holiday season on Monday, 16 December 2013. The tree will be lit every evening through to January 15, 2014.

Held at the resort’s lobby, the festivities included carol sing-along’s performed by the management team, led by acting General Manager Mr Tatcha Riddhimat (1st right in photo) alongside the resort’s management team and accompanied by the Red Rhythm band. A cocktail party followed, with guests toasting to the start of the festive season.

Phuket KEE Resort Hosts Blood Donation Drive

Phuket KEE Resort Hosts Blood Donation DriveTo coincide with recent commemorations for His Majesty the King’s 86th Birthday, more than 70 people, made up of resort staff, guests and members of the public, took part in a blood donation drive on December 17th 2013 at the KEE Resort & Spa’s KEE Grand Hall. In total 23,400 litres of blood were donated to The Thai Red Cross. It is third consecutive year the resort has held the event.

Phuket KEE Resort Hosts Blood Donation Drive

Phuket KEE Resort Hosts Blood Donation Drive

Phuket KEE Resort Hosts Blood Donation Drive

Phuket KEE Resort Hosts Blood Donation Drive

Phuket KEE Resort Hosts Blood Donation Drive

Sansiri holds agent preview of premium Phuket Property

Sansiri holds agent preview of premium Phuket PropertyAward winning Thai developer Sansiri PLC, recently held an exclusive preview of their Baan Mai Khao development for real estate agents at the Baan Mai Khao Sales Gallery on Mai Khao Beach, Phuket.

Baan Mai Khao is a premium class beachfront condominium launched earlier this year. Sansiri executives, led by Mr. Cobby Leathers, Head of International Marketing (3rd from right in main photo) and Khun Somsakul Limsuttaphan, Assistant Managing Director, Plus Property Co.,Ltd (4th from right) welcomed guests to the “White Party” themed evening which included live DJ, a beautiful sunset, BBQ dinner and drinks, and more.

Sansiri holds agent preview of premium Phuket PropertyBaan Mai Khao is Sansiri’s first Phuket development that features a professional concierge service exclusively for owners. Developed with the theme of ‘Unforgettable’, Baan Mai Khao is situated right on Mai Khao beachfront, an elite neighbourhood amidst many five-star Phuket beach resorts that is famed for its priceless natural beauty. This ‘Unforgettable’ development conveys a superior level of living amidst the embrace of nature, sea, sand and sun – an occurrence that, once experienced, will linger long in memory. The entire project comprises six three-storey condominium buildings and three five-storey buildings – a total of 206 residential units ranging in size from 59.50 to 263.50sq.m. Prices range from 7 to 53 Million Baht.