The SIS Kata Phuket celebrated its 1st Anniversary

Phuket – June 18, 2018: The SIS Kata, Phuket has marked its 1st year anniversary with a cake cutting ceremony and monk blessing ceremony attended by team members and management team led by Managing Director Khun Supaporn Phatharaworanee and her daughters Kanokkorn and Phanwara Phatharaworanee.

Khun Supaporn Phatharaworanee, MD said “To celebrate the first anniversary of The SIS Kata, Phuket on, we have set a cake cutting and following with merit making ceremony to celebrate our 1st year”

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Bastian Ballweg appointed Executive Chef at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang beach

Phuket, Thailand, 19 June 2018 – Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach has appointed Bastian Ballweg as its new Executive Chef, as it aims to raise the bar for culinary excellence throughout the resort.

A German national, Chef Bastian was inspired to embark on a culinary career by his grandparents, who owned a popular restaurant and pub in Germany. He entered the hospitality industry in 1999 and quickly rose through the professional ranks at a series of European restaurants and hotels, including Mövenpick Hotel Zurich Airport.

He then commenced a new challenge in 2006 by attending hotel school in Luebeck, Germany.

In 2012, Chef Bastian moved to Southeast Asia for the first time when he joined the South American Steakhouse in Phuket, leading the kitchen team as Executive Chef. Then in 2015 he joined The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket – the prestigious property that now forms part of Marriott International’s portfolio.

Chef Bastian will now showcase his extensive culinary experience and expertise at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach. An innovative master of global cuisine who takes inspiration from around the world, he focuses on fresh, local ingredients to create authentic dishes.

“I am delighted to become Executive Chef at Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach and look forward to bringing my distinctive culinary style to our guests. With two great restaurants and a stunning sandy beach, this is a fantastic destination to showcase high-quality cuisine,” commented Chef Bastian.

Guests can experience Chef Bastian’s exciting culinary creations at The Andaman Kitchen and Big Fish Restaurant & Bar.

Laguna Phuket Associates Joined Anti-Bribery and Corruption Training

Yesterday (Thursday 14 June), 270 Laguna Resorts & Hotels (LRH) Plc. executives together with Laguna Phuket associates had participated in an Anti-Bribery and Corruption Training at Angsana Ballroom, Angsana Laguna Phuket. The training was separated to 2 sessions; morning session in English language for expatriate associates and Thai-language session in the afternoon.

The anti-bribery and corruption training was held with an objective to educate Laguna Phuket associates on an overview of anti-bribery and corruption, LRH’s “zero-tolerance” anti-corruption policies and corruption-related red flags. The training is also in compliance with the Thai government’s anti-corruption policies and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC)’s measures against bribery and corruption. There was a post-training test to evaluate participants’ knowledge. The test results will be recorded for future reference.

In November 2017, LRH signed the declaration to join Thailand’s Private Sector Collective Action Coalition Against Corruption (CAC). The training is part of LRH’s self-evaluation tool and supporting evidence as required by CAC.

Registration is now open for 2019 – Laguna Phuket Marathon 2019

After a record breaking 2018 edition last Sunday with more than 9,000 runners, the 14th Laguna Phuket Marathon will take place on Saturday, 8 June and Sunday, 9 June 2019 with the 10.5 km Run, 5km Run and 2km Kids Run held on Saturday afternoon and the Half Marathon and Marathon on Sunday morning.

The super early bird entry period starts today and ends on 30 June 2018 with savings of up to 25 per cent on the early bird entry fees and up to 50 per cent on the regular entry fees. Entries for the 2019 are limited to 10,000 runners and the event is expected to be another sellout. Register now to secure your entry slot for next year and save big on your entry fee.

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Angsana Laguna Phuket in World’s Environment Day

In conjunction with World Environment Day 2018, Angsana Laguna Phuket rolled out our annual Stay for Good initiative – Greening Communities Together programme for this June. Together with 50 volunteers and 12 guests were joining us on planting 1,600 trees around the resort.

Additionally for this year we will focus on beating plastic pollution with the message “if you can’t reuse it, refuse it”.

Therefore cleaning communities will continue to be a core component of Greening Communities Together, with awareness campaigns and social/environmental guest engagement activities.

We are happy to continue support all activities to emphasize the importance of global environment.

Pampering Package at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

June 2018, Krabi – In June, it’s still one of the hottest months of the year, so take this opportunity to spoil yourself at So Spa with L’Occitane with their Pampering package that will have you feeling like a brand-new person

First, unwind with a 30-minute steam treatment, designed to detoxify your system and improve circulation. This extremely beneficial treatment also lowers blood pressure, loosens stiff joints and promotes skin health by opening up your pores, and rinsing away the dirt that leads to breakouts.

You will then be invited to enjoy an invigorating 60-minute body scrub. Renowned for its rejuvenating and anti-aging properties, a body scrub exfoliates all the dead skin away, leaving your skin looking and feeling years younger. This treatment also has brightening effects, so you’ll leave the spa glowing like the sun.

Finally, indulge in a 60-minute nourishing Shea Body Massage, delivered by our professional masseuse. Using the highest quality of Shea Butter taken from the nut of the Shea tree, it contains all the essential vitamins to keep skin toned and balanced. Creamy with a pleasant aroma, feel your worries slip away as your aches and tension are slowly worked out by the skilful hands of our spa therapists.

Welcoming with its traditional Thai teakwood interiors and water features, and stunning views overlooking the pool and gardens, So Spa with L’Occitane is your haven of tranquillity. Surrounded by flowers and trees, it is the best spa in Krabi and offers 12 intimate treatment rooms that are both elegant and refined. A day spent at So SPA is an invitation to unwind, exhale and indulge.

Single guests can enjoy the Pampering Package at an unbeatable rate of THB 3,500++, while couples are entitled to a slight discount, paying only THB 6,000++. If you come in a group of four, the price is set at THB 10,000++ with pre sign upon reservation.

For more information or reservations, please call 075 627 800, or email

A Unique FIFA World Cup 2018 Viewing Experience at Sofitel Krabi

Krabi, Thailand – Great news for football fans! Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort offers live broadcasting FIFA World Cup 2018 on a huge screen by the pool at Koh Poda, a poolside restaurant and bar from June 30 to July 15, 2018.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 showing times is at 9pm and 1am. The resort’s live broadcasting includes the final 16, the quarter finals, the semi-finals and the finals on July 15. Guests can enjoy the game on a 10X6 meters screen provided by the pool in either cozy lounge sofa or on the bar stools at the swim-up bar. A selection of World Cup Cocktails, drinks, tapas menus and Bento set inspired by football teams are available.

Entrance ticket is at THB400 net/person including drinks and THB 750 net/person on the final night which includes the game at 10pm and an after party “Night Market Buffet” theme featuring Thai and international food, along with drinks upon consumption.

A special accommodation rate for the football fan; booking code FIFA2018, is also available at THB 4,450 net for a superior room inclusive of complimentary breakfast for two persons.

For more information and reservation, please call 075-627-800, e-mail or

23 Years Old Paralympian Swimmer from India Breaks Asian Record

Thanyapura’s scholarship swimmer, 23 years old Niranjan ‘Niru’ Mukund, broke the Asian record at the 2018 World Para Swimming World Series “Internationale Deutsche Meisterschaften Swimming Berlin”, in Germany yesterday (June 7). He finished his 200 m backstroke within 03:16:01, which has made him the newest holder of Asia’s record in this category.

Mukund was born with spina bifida and clubbed feet. As a result, he has muscles weakness in his legs and has undergone 16 surgeries. The swimmer, from Bangalore, India, started his swimming journey in 2003 at the Jayanagar Swimming Pool following his doctor’s advice that he should do sports, such as horse riding and swimming, to strengthen his legs.

From a hobby to get healthier and stronger, swimming has become his routine and career. He swims six hours and does two hours of gym work and conditioning each day because he believes that “Dedication, determination and hard work are the keys to success.”

His strong commitment has built him a path to the world leagues. He won 10 medals in 10 events at the 2015 IWAS World Junior Games in Stadskanaal, The Netherlands, and claimed bronze in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea. He was named the 2016 Sportsman of the Year by the Sports Writers Association of Bangalore [SWAB] in India. In 2016, he received the Ekalavya Award from the state of Karnataka in India, in recognition of his performances in Para swimming and was also awarded the National Award for Best Para Sportsperson of the Year in 2015 by the Government of India.

Lately, he received a scholarship from Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, where he met his mentor, Miguel Lopez Alvarado, Head Coach of the aquatics academy, who has gained more than 20 years of experience as a swimming coach at elite level, steering able-bodied and disabled swimmers to great heights.

Miguel’s career is expansive. He has trained Olympians and Paralympians, but at heart it is his pure love for the sport that motivates him each day; a motivation that he passes on his swimmers.

Mukund also set his goal to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Laguna Phuket Marathon 2018 Traffic Announcement

PHUKET, Thailand – The award-winning 2018 Laguna Phuket Marathon is set to take place 9th and 10th June at Laguna Phuket and will welcome a record number of runners in excess of 8,000 from more than 50 countries.

The event organisers aim to produce a professionally organized, international standard event with the safest possible race conditions. A number of roads used for the course will therefore be closed at certain times during the race (see below), and people are advised to avoid these roads during those times.

Saturday 9th June
1. All roads within Laguna Phuket and main road leading into Laguna Phuket (3:30pm – 7:00pm).
2. Bake Junction – Lagoon Road to Laguna Homes, Angsana Villas, Baan Suan Layan Restaurant and Soi Layan 2 (5:00pm – 7:00pm).
3. Ban Don-Thalang Market – Ban Koktanoad Road – Layan Beach (5:15pm – 7:30pm).
4. Layan 2 Rd., Banyan Tree Hotel Beach Road and Laguna Wedding Chapel (5:20pm – 8:00pm).

Sunday 10 June
1. All roads within Laguna Phuket and main road leading into Laguna Phuket (04:00am – midday).
2. Road 4030 from ‘Bake’ to Ban Don-Thalang Market, Ban Khai Road (04:00am – 11:00am).
3. Bann Pru Jam Pa Rd, NaKoh-Pruchuak Rd, Nong-Wah Rd & Baan Riang Rd. (04:00am – 11:00am).
4. Soi Nai Yang 2 & Nai Yang 16 to Old Airport Road (4031) (05:30am – 11:00am).
5. Ban Don Road – Koktanoad Rd, New Road behind Thalang Victory Field (06:30am – 11:30am).
6. Layan 2 Rd., Banyan Tree Hotel Beach Road and Laguna Wedding Chapel (07:00am – midday).

Course maps for Saturday 9th June and Sunday 10th June are attached and can be viewed online at

The organisers apologize for any inconvenience caused by the temporary roadblocks and
traffic restrictions, and wish to thank everyone in advance for their understanding and kind co-operation.

For more information, visit or

Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort welcomes Mr. Atipon Methatip, our newest senior physiotherapist

Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort is looking forward to welcoming its newest physiotherapist, Mr. Atipon Methatip, who will join Thanyapura medical team at the beginning of June 2018.

Mr. Metathip has over 17 years experience in physiotherapy, specialising in orthopaedics, stroke injury spinal cord injury, neuromuscular disease, pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, DM, and sports related injuries. Prior to moving to Phuket, he worked at Bangkok Hospital as a Sports Physiotherapist and Bumrungrad Hospital as a Physiotherapist. He has also acted as lecturer on the subject of fundamental yoga therapy at Thammasat University for the past 2 years.

When asked why he chose Thanyapura he replied, “Thanyapura has great features for health and sports in an integrated holistic resort making it unique in its kind. I have gained a large amount of knowledge and experience in sports and exercise related medicine over the years, and this is one of the best workplaces for this specialty in the world. I am also looking forward to helping athletes and guests improve their overall performance.”

As well as holding a degree in Physical Therapy from Chiang Mai University and a Masters in Sports Medicine from Chulalongkorn University, Mr. Metathip has written a number of papers on health science, specialised in sports medicine and has previously focused on treating football-related injuries.

When asked what quote resonates with him most, he chose Charles Darwin’s words, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”