OZO Phuket tops off on the island’s western shore of Kata

In the photo (from left – right):
1. Mr. Pierre Andre Pelletier, Regional Vice President Operations, South Thailand, Vietnam and the Maldives, ONYX Hospitality Group
2. Mr. Yuthachai Charanachitta, Group CEO of Italthai Group
3. Mr. Douglas Martell, President & CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group

Phuket, 14 August 2018 – ONYX Hospitality Group executives led by Italthai Group Chief Executive Officer Yuthachai Charanachitta (centre in photo), witness the topping off of OZO Phuket in Thailand. Currently under development at a prime location a short walk from the Kata beachfront on the island’s western shore, the hotel will offer 255 guest rooms and key signatures which deliver the midscale OZO brand’s hallmarks of sleep, connectivity and exploration.

Scheduled to open in 2019, the hotel will offer guest rooms specifically designed for enhanced sleep, smart connectivity of personal devices in rooms and public areas and curated destination tips by team members who know the locality well. The hotel will also feature OZO’s signature EAT all-day dining restaurant best known for energizing breakfasts, the EAT2Go grab-and-go deli, TONE fitness centre and TALK meeting rooms. A unique highlight of OZO Phuket is its two separate pools – an activity pool designed for kids adjacent to a free-form main pool.

OZO is currently available in Hong Kong, Koh Samui, Colombo and Kandy, with new hotels being developed in Hoi An, Pattaya, Johor and Penang.

Worakan Singha – Executive Sous Chef at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach

Phuket, Thailand, 8 August 2018 – Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach has appointed Worakant Singha as its new Executive Sous Chef.

Chef Bon, as he is better known, is a culinary leader with more than 12 years of experience in the food & beverage industry in Thailand. He is also familiar with high standards of Marriott International, having most recently served as Head chef at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, where he assisted with the management of 11 F&B outlets.

“It is an honor to become a part of the highly regarded F&B family at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach,” commented Chef Bon. “I look forward to bringing my passion and ideas to the team here, and to creating great gastronomic experiences for our guests, in line with the Thai and family traditions for which our resort is known.”

A Thai national originally from Ubon ratchathani province, Chef Bon is an innovative and creative chef who likes to push culinary boundaries. In the role of Executive Sous Chef, he will work closely with the resort’s Executive Chef, Bastian Ballweg, to oversee the four F&B outlets at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach: The Andaman Kitchen, Big Fish Restaurant, Big Fish Bar and The Lounge.

He will also have the significant task of overseeing the catering for all meeting and banqueting functions, including weddings, plus kitchen staff recruitment and training.

Promotion: Taste of India New Delhi set menu, Deevana Patong Resort & Spa

Deevana Patong Resort & Spa has a promotion must try for “Taste of India New Delhi set menu” at Dalah Cuisine. Promotion Start from August 16th, 2018 to September 15th, 2018.


– Vegetable Samosa
– Shallots, Yoghurt, Lemon
– New Delhi potato capsicum masala
– Aloo gobi
– Naan, chapati


– Vegetable spring roll
– Shallots, Yoghurt, Lemon
– [Dal makhani] India curry with chicken & red bean
– Alibag fish Mumbai
– Fried rice India masala

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

Exclusive dinner with Thai set menu by Michelin Star Chef

Phuket – August 8, 2018 – From Thursday August 9th through Monday August 13th 2018, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa is welcoming Thai Michelin Star Chef ‘Phatchara ‘Pom’ Pirapak who will host an exclusive dinner at Takieng Restaurant featuring a 6-course Thai fine dining menu. An exclusive evening dinner will be held on Friday August 10th from 6.30pm – 10.00pm including pre-dinner wine of Perlno Spumante and live guitar. Special for Thai Mother Day’, Sunday August 12th mom can enjoy 50% off.

Date: 9-13 August 2018
Time: 6.30pm – 10pm
– THB 1,900++ per person
– THB 2,850++ per person with free flow wine
(Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% government tax)

Takieng is a signature restaurant of Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa. The award-wining authentic Thai restaurant serves all the hot, sour, salty and sweet tastes of classic Thai cuisine in a contemporary lounge environment, with outdoor seating. Open daily from 6pm to 10.30pm

For more information and reservation, please contact +66 76 363 999 or email Phakamas.K@renaissancehotels.com

Hotel Badminton Teams Raise Funds for Phuket School

PHUKET — Over 150 hoteliers from 20 resorts in the Phuket area came together to participate in the Outrigger Charity Badminton Tournament, held August 4 at the PK Arena Badminton Club in Thalang, central Phuket.

Participants at the Outrigger Charity Badminton Tournament: promoting health and raising funds for Baan Kok Wat Mai School in Phuket

Funds raised will go towards the Baan Kok Wat Mai School where Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has undertaken several long-term projects, such as library renovation, school toilet enhancements, and upgrading the playground, canteen and classrooms.

Each hotel team contributed THB3,500 to compete in men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles matches. Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort finished the day as overall champion after nearly 10 hours of competition.

“I’d like to thank all the hotel teams who participated,” said Leah Matters, Resort Manager at the Outrigger. “The players showed great spirit and sportsmanship to raise funds for a worthy cause – and to promote physical health benefits through sport.”

Badminton is a very popular sport in Thailand. It is included in the school sports curriculum. The current number-one female player in the world is a Thai national, Ratchanok Intanon.

Results: Men’s double, Women’s Double and Mixed Double, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is the champion beat Andara Resort & Villa. Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort finished the tournament in the third place.

So SPA with L’Occitane at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort wins Thailand’s best resort spa for 2018

July 2018 – In what is sure to be exciting news for spa fans worldwide, Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort’s signature luxury spa So SPA with L’Occitane has been chosen by the World Luxury Spa Awards as the 2018 Country Winner for the top Luxury Resort Spa in Thailand.

This is the second time in a row the spa has received an award from the prestigious platform which is well known as the world’s leading spa Awards initiative for luxury spas. Last year, So SPA with L’Occitane was the Continent Winner for Asia, and continues to maintain the same level of service excellence and outstanding achievement in the international luxury spa and wellness industry, which has led to them earning the award again this year.

Voting for the World Luxury Spa Awards is done is cast by spa guests, with awards being given to spas in 32 different categories, based on a country, regional, continent and global basis.

So SPA with L’Occitane has long been a top-rated spa in the Krabi region, thanks to its inviting Thai style interiors and rejuvenating treatments which combine ancient Thai traditions with French cosmology for an unforgettable experience. Set amidst the lush gardens of Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra, this tranquil haven of serenity features 12 intimate treatment rooms with traditional Thai teakwood décor. Guests can choose from a large menu of exclusive treatments from Thai massages to body scrubs and beauty facials, all incorporating L’Occitane natural products for a blissful effect.

If you’re interested in booking a session at So SPA with L’Occitane to experience their exclusive treatments for yourself, please contact 075-627-800, email to h6184-re@sofitel.com, or visit the resort website at https://goo.gl/UXP9Rh.

Celebrate Thai Mother’s Day at The Andaman Kitchen

Celebrate this special day with a special buffet dinner at The Andaman Kitchen! Enjoy a variety of traditional Thai dishes from the four regions of Thailand as well as grilled seafood & prime meats while enjoying Thai performances up close.

Date: 12th August 2018
Time: 18.00 – 22.00 hrs
Price: Thb 1,300 ++ per person (including a glass of welcome drink)

All mothers get 50% discount on the buffet!

For more information or reservations, please contact Tel +66 (0) 76 625 555 or email to hktnb.restaurant@marriott.com

The 14th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run and Half Marathon 2018 Will Be Bigger and Better Than Ever

Phuket, Thailand – 2 August, 2018: The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation in collaboration with JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and its foundation partners will host its annual fundraising sports event, the 14th Mai Khao Turtle Fun Run and Half Marathon 2018, which will be taking place on Sunday October 21st, from 5.30 am – 8.30 am, at the Phuket Gateway.

The event is set to be even bigger and better than ever; fun fitness and family oriented affair with open for all ages and public. Following the huge success of 2017, the event is hoping to attract more than 4,500 runners.

There are 3km family run, 5km fun run, 10km mini marathon, new distance 21km half marathon; and VIP run for all distance.

New this year is The 21km Half Marathon, The race starts at 5.30 am at Phuket Gateway and goes northwest along the Haad Sai Kaew beach towards Thao Thep Krasatti bridge, pass the rural road No. 3006, run along the road – Pi Lai viewpoint area before looping back in front of beach club and returning along the T. Baan Tha Nun to the iconic Sarasin bridge before finishing where it started.

The entry fee is 400 Baht per person for normal 5km ; 500 Baht per person for mini marathon 10km; 650 Baht per person for 21km half marathon; 1500 Baht per person for VIP run for all distance (guaranteed trophy) and 1,500 Baht per family (2 adults and maximum 2 children aged under 12 years old) for 3km family run category.

The money raised will go towards to The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, which is committed to protecting the marine and coastal environment and ecosystems for the wellbeing of the sea turtles that nest in the Mai Khao beach and the surrounding areas.

For online registration is available from now until September 30, logon to https://www.phuketsoftevents.com/?page=turtleFunRun14
(Closure of Registration when hit 4,500 entrants)

Or Walk-in registration at The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, October 1 – 10, from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

For receiving the running shirt and bib will be on October 11 – 12 and October 15 – 20, from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm at Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and October 13 – 14 from 10.00 am – 8:00 pm, at Limelight Avenue, Phuket Town.

All registered runners will also receive a running shirt and medal, and there will be numerous trophies for the hotel and running club with the most participants, the heaviest and the best fancy outfit.

Award trophies will be given based on chip time for each age group category, for the top five finishers for males and females in each of the three races (5K, 10K mini marathon and 21K half marathon). The 1st – 5th finishers, overall category of 5k, 10k and 21k will also receive the trophies and gift vouchers.

Thank you to all of the generous sponsors, associates, volunteers and participants. For more information about the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation or be part of this event sponsorship, email info@maikhaomarineturtlefoundation.org or maikhaoturtlefoundation@gmail.com call +66 076 338 000 ext. 3309. Follow us on social media channel https://www.facebook.com/maikhaomarineturtlefoundation

Unmatched Meeting Benefits with Angsana Laguna Phuket’s Meet For More package

Phuket, Thailand, August 2018 – Experience the very best of Asia’s first integrated resort with Angsana Laguna Phuket’s all-in Meet For More package that provides the ultimate meetings and events experience for incentive and business travelers. Delegates will enjoy a complimentary buffet set dinner, dining discounts across all five resort restaurants, complimentary room upgrades, full day meeting room usage and roundtrip airport transfers for every delegate.

Groups that book from now until 31 October 2018 will be entitled to five complimentary room upgrades to Laguna Premier and/or Angsana One Bedroom Loft, as well as complimentary early check-in for VIPs and extended check-out time till 3pm for up to five rooms.

Delegates will feel appreciated with our Meet For More package’s thoughtful little touches. A welcome amenity will be provided to every delegate upon arrival at their room, along with complimentary WiFi access and exclusive laundry and room drop services. Of course, no successful incentive trip and business event is completed without delicious cuisine and to that end, MICE groups who stay at Angsana Laguna will receive 15% discount off food prices at all hotel-operated restaurants, and a one-time set dinner or buffet dinner that includes regular soft drinks, coffee and tea. These benefits are enhanced with other essential incentive and business event elements, comprising the complimentary boardroom for use as secretariat room with laser printer and an extra of a function room for set up and rehearsal one day prior to the event.

Finally, to sweeten the deal, the Meet For More package also includes

  • a complimentary team-bonding exercise to create comradery among delegate group members.
  • a CSR activity to help build team morale and create more meaningful connections.
  • a drinking water will not be served in plastic bottled as well as the usage of plastic straws for drinks.

Those looking to host unforgettable incentive meetings and events will find much to love about Angsana Laguna Phuket thanks to a stunning beachfront location, and impressive range of both indoor and outdoor facilities and amenities. A total of 10 meeting rooms can cater small to large groups, from 30 to 120 guests, while a 358-square-metre ballroom holds up to 400 guests, theatre style. For a unique event space, XANA Beach Club is an outstanding outdoor location for large dinner events. The 40-metre beachfront area can accommodate up to 4000 guests, offering spectacular sunset views of the Andaman Sea. This chic venue offers MICE planners live entertainment, electrifying music and a mouth-watering spread of Thai and European dishes. Moreover, the resort’s strategic location only 20 minutes from the Phuket International Airport makes the trip convenient and hassle-free.

Recently accredited with the full official Thailand MICE Venue Standard (TMVS) by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Angsana Laguna Phuket has continuously maintained an excellent standard for its meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions areas. As one of the top resorts for MICE events in Phuket, MICE planners can rest assured that the hotel team is fully qualified to handle all meeting and event requirements. The skilful and efficient resort team with boast three major MICE certifications including CMP (Certified Meeting Professional), CEM (Certified Exhibition Management) and the recent CIS (Certified Incentive Specialist) awarded to Watcharapong Saikaew (CMP & CIS), Director of Sales – MICE & Events, Pichamon Seubsak (CIS), Assistant Director of Sales – MICE & Events and Punnawit Chaiudom (CEM), Sales Manager – MICE & Events. This made Angsana Laguna Phuket the only venue in Thailand that possesses 3 major MICE industry certifications in one.

More information and benefits available at mice-lagunaphuket@angsana.com or +66 76 358 500.

ONYX Hospitality Group and SP Setia Announce Duo Hotel Partnership in Malaysia

Bangkok, 31 July 2018 – ONYX Hospitality Group, one of the region’s leading hotel management companies, has signed agreements with SP Setia Berhad, Malaysia’s leading property developer, to launch two new Amari hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

The 252-room Amari Kuala Lumpur (top), part of SP Setia’s KL Eco City mixed-use landmark development, is scheduled to open in early 2021.

Amari Kuala Lumpur will be developed as part of KL Eco City in the capital’s Mid Valley district, whilst Amari Penang will offer direct connectivity to the Setia SPICE Convention Centre. Amari Penang is scheduled to open in late 2020, with Amari Kuala Lumpur opening in early 2021.

Situated within the KL Eco City mixed-use landmark development, the 252-room Amari Kuala Lumpur will enjoy direct access to corporate office buildings, residential towers, a retail mall and integrated rail hub with inter-city and inter-state rail connections. Following completion, the 25-acre KL Eco City, master-planned by Los Angeles based architectural and urban design firm The Jerde Partnership, is also anticipated to be Malaysia’s first integrated mixed-use green development.

Meanwhile, Amari Penang will offer 453 rooms in a tower connected to Setia SPICE, the world’s first hybrid solar powered convention centre. The complex also incorporates a 10,000-seat events arena, aquatic and sports centre, and a lifestyle and retail village. Strategically located in the Bayan Lepas district of Penang island close to multinational corporate offices, Penang Golf Club, shopping malls, entertainment areas and places of interest, the hotel will appeal to both business and leisure travellers.

The 453-room Amari Penang will offer direct connectivity to the Setia SPICE Convention Centre and is scheduled to open in late 2020.

Both hotels will feature key Amari brand signatures including service from Amari Hosts, the street market-style Amaya Food Gallery, Cascade lounge, creative meetings facilities and generous indoor and outdoor space thoughtfully designed for sharing and informal gatherings. Other facilities include pools and terraces, as well as fully equipped fitness centres.

Douglas Martell, President and Chief Executive Officer, ONYX Hospitality Group, said: “In a market as dynamic as Malaysia, we are proud to establish a dual-property deal with world-renowned SP Setia to bring our flagship Amari experience to two premium locations in the gateway cities of Kuala Lumpur and Penang.”

“Since launching our first hotel in Malaysia with the opening of Amari Johor Bahru, we are continuing our commitment to this market with the upcoming opening of OZO and Shama properties in Iskandar, Johor, as well as an OZO hotel in Penang’s Georgetown. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with SP Setia for Amari Kuala Lumpur and Amari Penang, and to having three of our core ONYX brands present across some of the most popular business and leisure travel destinations in Peninsula Malaysia,” Martell added.

Dato’ Khor Chap Jen, President and Chief Executive Officer, SP Setia Berhad, said: “Setia has grown leaps and bounds in property development sector, and the need for having hotels is a natural progression for SP Setia Bhd Group as we grow from developing townships and expand into integrated developments. The Amari hotel in Kuala Lumpur will be developed as part of KL Eco City in the capital’s Mid Valley district, while the Amari hotel in Penang will offer direct connectivity to the Setia SPICE Convention Centre.”

Senior executives from SP Setia and ONYX Hospitality Group signing ceremony for Amari Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
From left: Datuk Wong Tuck Wai, Deputy President and Chief Operating Officer, SP Setia, Dato’ Khor Chap Jen, President & CEO, SP Setia, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr wan Mohd Zahid, Chairman, SP Setia, Douglas Martell, President & CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group and Markus Aklin, Vice President, Development. ONYX Hospitality Group.

“When we first started looking for a hotel operator, we knew we would engage with a brand that is not only well-positioned in the market but one that exudes class and quality. Originally from Thailand and expanding rapidly across Asia, Amari is a flagship brand of ONYX Hospitality Group with a rich and long-standing heritage of over 52 years, and we are confident that the brand will add value to our developments,” Dato’ Khor added.

The Amari brand by ONYX Hospitality Group celebrates the colours and rhythms of modern Asia, with each hotel in its portfolio highlighting the textures and flavours of its unique setting through architecture, design, cuisine and service complemented by subtle Thai touches.

The years 2017 and 2018 have been significant for the regional expansion of Amari, with the brand being launched in new locations including Sri Lanka, Malaysia, China and Laos. Amari Kuala Lumpur and Amari Penang will be the second and third Amari-branded hotels in Malaysia, and will complement Amari Johor Bahru which opened last year. The company has one hotel operating and five properties in the development pipeline in Malaysia.

Based in Bangkok, ONYX Hospitality Group has a growing regional portfolio of close to 50 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, Indonesia and Australia, and has set a target of having 99 hotels open by 2024 as part of its journey towards being the best medium-sized hospitality player in the region.

Promotion: Taste of King of Andaman, Deevana Patong Resort & Spa

Deevana Patong Resort & Spa has a promotion must try for “Taste of King of Andaman” – Stir Fried Spicy Phuket Lobster with Herbs at Dalah Cuisine. Promotion Start from August 1st, 2018 to August 31st, 2018.

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

Amari Phuket conducts annual fire evacuation drill

Phuket, 31 July 2018 – Amari Phuket, led by Richard Margo, Hotel Manager, along with team members, participated in the 2018 Fire Evacuation Drill. The training was supervised by Cheng Talay Municipality’s certified fire brigade team and covered important safety issues including fire suppression theories, techniques and equipment usage. The safety drill is held annually to refresh fire safety knowledge and build the team’s confidence in fire and safety evacuation situations.