Phuket’s Angsana Laguna celebrates 1st Anniversary

Phuket’s Angsana Laguna celebrates 1st AnniversaryAngsana Laguna Phuket, the flagship property within Angsana Hotels and Resorts, celebrated the one year anniversary of its opening on December 1, 2012, a date that marked the beginning of a year of success. Opened in December 1, 2011, Angsana Laguna Phuket is the newest property within Laguna Phuket, Asia’s largest integrated resort complex. The resort opened its doors to the public and quickly established itself strongly as an ideal resort getaway offering lofts and premier rooms, top notch service suited for all ages.

In celebration of its first year anniversary, the management and staff commemorated the milestone with Brahmin, Muslim and Buddhist ceremonies on the morning of December the 1st, 2012 followed by an extravagant party with the legendary UK House DJ, Jeremy Healy at XANA beach club, a newly opened all-day beach club concept, located on the resort’s beach front.

With year 2013 just around the corner, Angsana Laguna Phuket intends to hit the ground running with an impressive line-up of festive activities. Forget the Mistletoe and take full advantage of the recent success of XANA Beach Club with special accommodation packages and parties.

Phuket’s Angsana Laguna celebrates 1st Anniversary
XANA Beach Club

Romance was in the air as Angsana Laguna Phuket unveiled Romance in Paradise early this year, a package for two that leaves nothing to chance when the intention is to impress a loved one. From now through March 2013 and at a special rate of 11,000 THB net per room per night for two persons, enjoy extravagances such as breakfast in-bed, a romantic three course meal at the Mediterranean steakhouse, Bodega & Grill, welcome wine and spa treatments.

As a highly rated family resort, with the ever popular Tree House Kids Club and complimentary dining for children under twelve years old, Angsana Laguna Phuket extended the Family Fun Getaway package earlier this year and with a minimum stay of two consecutive nights this package really has something to offer to all the family including daily buffet breakfast, Fantasea Show tickets and roundtrip transfer to the theme park, one 25-minute elephant ride and roundtrip transfers from Phuket International Airport, The package is open for bookings until 31 March 2013.

XANA beach club is part of a joint venture between Angsana Laguna Phuket and the Singapore based nightclub company Attica, bringing to the table an expansive history of success when it comes to providing big nights with big names. This New Years Eve Is set to ignite the region as XANA celebrates the hottest introduction to 2013 on the island, bringing hypnotic sounds from DJ Aaron Ross of Soul Heaven and Restless Soul to start the New Year.

Enquiries and reservations services for Angsana Laguna Phuket may be made via reservations-lagunaphuket@angsana.com or direct reservation line +66 76 358 555

Phuket spa’s awarded at Thailand Spa and Wellbeing Awards

Phuket spa’s awarded at Thailand Spa and Wellbeing AwardsTwo Phuket spas scored top honours at the inaugural Thailand Spa and Wellbeing Awards held on September 20th 2012.

They received their awards at a night of celebration organised by the Thai Spa Association at the Grand Diamond Ballroom, IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center.

The awards ceremony was the highlight of the inaugural “World Spa and Well-Being Convention”, the first global event of its kind to be held in Thailand between 19-21 September.

The Winners

INNOVATIVE SPA MENU
Angsana Spa Laguna Phuket

CREATIVE SPA DESIGN
COQOON Spa – Indigo Pearl Phuket

Phuket’s Angsana Laguna to sponsor Asia Superyacht Rendezvous

Phuket's Angsana Laguna to sponsor Asia Superyacht Rendezvous

Asia Superyacht Rendezvous organisers are happy to present the prestigious international event’s new Host Hotel Sponsor, the Angsana Laguna Phuket and Xana Beach Club. It will be the new home of the annual prominent gathering of superyachts, taking place in Phuket, Thailand 16-18 December 2012.

This event is host to superyachts of 100’ and longer from throughout the world and is the largest event of its kind in Asia. Bringing together some of the world’s great sail and motor Superyachts, the annual social gathering gives owners, captains and crews the opportunity join in friendly but competitive sailing races along with relaxed socialising at festive private events held at the Angsana Laguna Phuket and the Xana Beach Club.

In addition to superyacht sailing races with a course marked by the magnificent attending motor vessels, late afternoon and evenings will feature an opening night cocktail party aboard a superyacht, the popular ‘Feadship Challenge’ model boat building and race and cocktail party, the next edition of the hugely popular ‘Rendezvous Booty’ pirate treasure search, and the dazzling VIP ‘Boat International Gala Dinner’ – all part of the three-day program.

According to the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous organisers, the sponsorship by the flagship property of the Angsana Hotels & Resorts, the Angsana Laguna Phuket and Xana Beach Club, represents a strong partnership that benefits both parties well.

‘The 12th Asia Superyacht Rendezvous is the leading superyacht event of its kind for the whole of the Asian region,’ said Gordon Fernandes, GM of Asia Pacific Superyachts and Captain Charles Dwyer, skipper of the Yanneke Too.

‘We are proud to have the Angsana Laguna Phuket and Xana Beach Club join our elite group of sponsors which includes Principal Sponsor Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards, International Media Partner Boat International Media, Co Sponsor Asia Pacific Superyachts, Contributing Sponsor Royal Huisman and regional Media Partners, YACHTStyle and Palace magazines.We are most grateful to all of our sponsors and all welcome the Angsana Laguna Phuket and the Xana Beach Club as a wonderful and integral part of this exciting event.’

Phuket’s Angsana & Laguna ‘Big Cleaning Day’

Phuket's Angsana & Laguna Big Cleaning Day

Angsana Laguna Phuket recently joined hands with Laguna Phuket and resorts within Laguna complex including Banyan Tree Phuket, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort & Villas and Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket in the Big Cleaning Day at Surin Beach and Cherntalay Town.

Over 200 volunteers from Angsana Laguna Phuket and other participating resorts worked together to remove litter and beautify Surin each and Cherntalay town. As the cleaning began, each resort was given a destination to clear and divided into the environmentally damaging categories such as glass, plastic, foam and metal. Sunrin beach area is well known for its beach clubs and bars, the glass teams came back with bags full with discarded glass bottles whilst the plastic collectors also found large amounts of thrown away plastic of various origins.

The event is part of an effort by Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts commitments to Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) to support and build strong relationships with the local community. As a sister property, Angsana Laguna Phuket keeps in line with the standards to enhance public awareness of the need to preserve the environment and benefit local communities.

The Big Cleaning Day was an enormous success. Volunteers removed an estimated of two trucks worth of environmentally damaging items such as glass, plastic, foam and metal. Angsana Laguna Phuket continually for fills its CSR commitments and this small but very effective exercise will leave the streets of Cherntalay town and Surin beach a much healthier place to visit and live.

Angsana Laguna Phuket introduces the island’s first kids’ club built around a unique tree house conceptThe Tree House Kids Club offers generous play space for children spread over two storeys and features its very own check-in area for little ones. Designed for play and a fun learning environment where parents can also join in, the club features four separate areas linked by a covered walkway leading to a kid’s library, arts and crafts laboratory, kid’s café and internet/video corner. Taking centre stage is a covered performance area where children have the opportunity to put their talent on parade.

Conceptualised by the in-house design team at Banyan Tree Group, The Tree House Kids Club was built to simulate a smaller resort within Angsana Laguna Phuket, and is aimed at entertaining and inspiring children ages one to sixteen. Featuring pint-sized facilities and furniture, the Tree House Kids Club has fun features such as brightly coloured tables, chairs and other decorative pieces.

The Tree House Café, located on the second floor, serves a variety of all-time favourites from hot dogs and hamburgers to creamy milkshakes. In the outdoor area, three different playgrounds are on offer catering to three different age groups: one to three, four to 12, and 13 to 15 years old. The latest versions of Wii, Play Station 3, and Kinect XBOX are available at the internet/video corner, which is expected to be a hit with teenagers.

To ensure that children benefit from this interactive learning environment, The Tree House Kids Club offers more than sixty educational classes and enrichment programmes available from 9am to 9pm each day. Immersion in Thai culture, from traditional Thai dancing and Muay Thai instruction to cooking classes, courses in coconut leaf folding and local Thai games, are also available. In the evenings, children will be able to perform their newly acquired skills on stage dressed in traditional Thai costumes.

For outdoor and sport activities, the fun starts with a nature walk in the Laguna area during which children learn about local birds and other animals. Telescopes are provided and fun, educational stories are shared by the hotel’s staff. In line with the resort’s social responsibility initiatives, kids can elect to adopt trees and plant them on the surrounding grounds. A wide variety of games including non-motorised water sports and excursions to local points of interest are also available.

Every day from 9 – 9.30am and 3 – 3.30pm, the resort’s in-house baby elephants visit the club to say hello. Kids can learn first-hand about elephants during this interactive.

Summer Family Festival
Guests who stay at Angana Laguna Phuket from 15 May 2012 – 31 October 2012 receive special privilege as follow: free dining and beverages at all Laguna Phuket restaurants for a child, free golf for children aged 9-16 years old when playing with a full paying adult, daily activities at Quest Laguna Phuket Adventure for children aged 5 – 15 years old, free Laguna tours for children on selected excursions, free extra bed for child aged 12 years old and under, free evening.

Enquiries and reservations services for Angsana Laguna Phuket may be made via reservations-lagunaphuket[.]angsana.com or telephone +66 7632 4101. Bookings can also be made online.

Painting a Better Future @ Angsana Laguna Phuket

Phuket’s newest resort, Angsana Laguna Phuket, is celebrating their opening with a new charity mural designed by the island’s popular Australian artist Christopher Hogan.

The mural will be developed as a collage of 350 tiles, each painted by a different person under the watchful guidance of Christopher Hogan. This creates a masterpiece of 350 artists, all of whom leave their mark on Angsana Laguna Phuket.

Tiles can be bought on site, where Christopher Hogan holds free kids painting lessons for hotels guests, or at his gallery at Canal Village. All proceeds from the tile sale will be used to develop a new art scholarship program for locally gifted children who will benefit from Christopher Hogan’s ongoing help.

Each tile purchase includes a chance to choose the mural’s name. The winning entry not only immortalizes this masterpiece but also entitles the lucky winner to a three nights stay at Angsana Laguna.

On Tuesday 17th January Angsana Laguna held an event to kick off this great charity mural and were joined by Thai celebrities Saranyoo Prachakit and Patsipra Bhakpaiboon.

Painting a Better Future @ Angsana Laguna Phuket
Saranyoo Prachakit and Patsipra Bhakpaiboon with their signed tiles

Christopher Hogan is a world-renowned artist from Australia, recognized for his unique abstract paintings. He had exhibited solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia in several cities and the Middle East and Asia. At this charity event, Phuketindex.com managed to have a short chat with Christopher.

What inspired you to become an artist?

I always had an interest in art, but the type of art I produce, contemporary abstract art, I became interested in when I was a young boy. We always went swimming on the refs and I was fascinated by the fish patterns. So as I became older my style evolved from those fish and their patterns. I did go to study in university and got a BA in visual art and I’m qualified to lecture in universities.

Why did you decide to set up your charity here?

Well I have travelled to Thailand many times before and have three grandchildren growing up in Bangkok. I started getting involved with teaching the Thai children here in Phuket and I have seen a lot of talented children who can paint very, very well. But once I left the island they would stop painting. So with Angsana Laguna, we set up collaboration and brought up this idea so that we could help the children get a scholarship and they can hopefully progress and make this a career. With all the money we can raise, hopefully someone can become a painter, sculptor, interior designer or graphic designer. So we want to recognise some talented Thai children and help them with their education.

What is the brand Christopher Hogan?

Many colours, abstract contemporary art and marine imagery. In the Angsana case I’m doing a jungle and rainforest because we are surrounded by it and we’re using the colour purple as it is Angsana’s corporate colours.

Painting a Better Future @ Angsana Laguna Phuket
I would just like to say that I would love the Thai people to get behind this project and if there are any companies out there who would like to make a donation that would be wonderful because it is such a worthwhile cause. If people are interested please get in touch with Angsana and help us to help the Thai children.

Exclusive Art Classes with Christopher Hogan

14.30 – 16.30 Monday – Saturday now until 28th January at Canal Village unit 32.

Children 5 – 14 years: THB 1,000 net

Adults                           THB 2,000 net