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.

Bangkok Airways Thank FlyerBonus’ Half-Million Miler

Bangkok Airways Thank FlyerBonus’ Half-Million MilerRecently, Bangkok Airways Vice President for Marketing – Mr. Prote Setsuwan, together with Bangkok Airways’ Executive Vice President for Corporate Planning – Mr.Thavatvong Thanasumitra, held an event today to express heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Ravee Phol for his long-term loyalty to Bangkok Airways as a very Frequent Flyer. Dr. Ravee has recorded more than half-a-million miles or one thousand flights since first joining the FlyerBonus program in 2006.

It is an honor to FlyerBonus program to have Dr.Ravee at the event today. This event is to show appreciation to the top Frequent Flyer who have flown with Bangkok Airways for 1,000 flights. FlyerBonus program started in 2006 and Dr.Ravee has been very loyal to the airline since. This is, on the other hand, a reward to FlyerBonus program as it shows a commitment to provide exceptional service to the passengers and that subsequently creates a long-term customer retention.

As a token of the program’s appreciation and in celebration of his 1000th flight with the airline, Dr. Ravee was presented with an exclusive, tailor-made Jim Thompson Business Traveller Set that has his name inscribed on each item. As a very frequent flyer on domestic and regional routes, Dr. Ravee quickly achieved Premier Status, the FlyerBonus Program’s highest membership tier, in his first year as a member and has steadfastly maintained this status since then.

In photo from left
1. Mrs.Darunee Debavalya, Director – Loyalty & Relations Marketing
2. Mr.Prote Setsuwan, Vice President – Marketing
3. Dr.Ravee Phol, Cardiologist and FlyerBonus Premier Member
4. Mr.Thavatvong Thanasumitra, Executive Vice President for Corporate Planning
5. Ms.Ornjira Kanongchaiyos, Manager – Loyalty Marketing

Regent Phuket welcomes British Ambassador and VIPs

Regent Phuket welcomes British Ambassador and VIPsRegent Phuket Cape Panwa’s General Manager, Brice Borin (2nd from left), recently welcomed Phuket Governor Mitri Intusutr (3rd from right), the British Ambassador to Thailand, His Excellency Mr. Mark Kent (centre) and other VIP guests of the British Business Association Phuket (BBAP) in cooperation with British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) at The Restaurant, which was chosen to host the prestigious event. VIP guests enjoyed a set dinner and select wines from The Restaurant’s extensive wine list.

The Restaurant is an all-day dining venue, featuring the flavors of traditional Thai cuisine and international specialties. Dishes are inspired by the Chef’s unique journey and experiences, and the ingredients are of an excellent quality. Regent cuisine presents the freshest items including breakfast homemade pastries, bakeries and fruit jams, and uses locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.

UNIQLO to open in Phuket

UNIQLO to open in Phuket UNIQLO, the leading global Japanese apparel brand, has announced it is responded to increasing demand in Thailand by opening three new stores, one of them to be at Tesco Lotus Phuket, and to open on 6th December 2013 .

The new store will feature sales floors in excess of 1,000 square meters, bringing customers in Phuket the full range of UNIQLO products.

Takahiro Nishimura, Chief Operating Officer of UNIQLO (Thailand), said, “UNIQLO sees increasing demand from both locals and visitors in Thailand, and, working with our partners, is expanding rapidly. This latest launch brings us a total of 14 stores across the country.”

Phuket scoops 2 Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Phuket scoops 2 Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice AwardsConde Nast Traveler recently announced the results of its 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts  in the world. This year, a record-breaking 79,268 readers participated in the survey, almost double the number of survey takers in 2012.

Phuket featured twice in the awards, in the Top 20 Resorts in Asia category and also in the Top 5 Islands of Asia category.

It was the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa which featured in the Top 20 Resorts in Asia category coming in at 17th position, whilst Phuket Island took 4th place in the Top 5 Islands of Asia category, a drop from 2nd last year, with some readers calling it too “chaotic” and filled with “too many tourists.” But many more still love it, saying it’s “still a very warm and lovely place to vacation,” “good for families,” a “great mix of traditional life and modern amenities” and has “the best beaches in Asia.”

Phuket’s SuperCheap to rise from the ashes in 2014

Phuket’s SuperCheap to rise from the ashes in 2014On 13th November 2013 at Phuket Provincial Hall, Khun Boonsom Anancharoonwong – Managing Director of SuperCheap met with Phuket Governor – Maitree Intusut to thank for the province for all the support and help it received from various Government departments during and after the fire which left the outlet completely burnt to the ground.

Khun Boonsom said “It was amazing the help that we received from the moment the fire started. However, we still have no idea what caused it and we are still awaiting the forensic report.

“With regards to our employees, I am happy to say that 2736 staff has decided to stay employed by us. However, more than 400 staff either didn’t return to work after the fire or have since resigned from the company.”

He added “With regards to a new SuperCheap, I can confirm that we will be building a new store on the original site. As per the original SuperCheap store it will be open air, it will consist of two large buildings joined together but it will have a lot more exits. There will also be a lot more security which this time will operate for 24 hours. We believe that construction will require a budget of around 100 million baht. Construction of the new store will commence at the beginning of 2014 and will take 5 months to complete, so we should be back to normal by mid 2014.”