Bangkok Airways top 20 colorful airlines in the world

Bangkok Airways top 20 colorful airlines in the world Recently, Skift, a well-known online travel company in the United States of America revealed their top 20 airlines that successfully integrated colors into their overall branding and marketing. The research was conducted base on attractive aircraft-wrap designs and how it stands out from the rest. The list was carefully crafted and chosen using various criteria and methods to ensure that all 20 airlines including Bangkok Airways are well deserved this privileged recognition.

Bangkok Airways currently flies to over 20 destinations around Thailand and overseas using A320, A319 and ATR 72.

Skift is a travel intelligence media company that offers news, information, data and services to professionals in the travel industry and professional travelers to help them make smart decisions about travel.


JW Marriott Phuket Voted Phuket’s Best Hotel

JW Marriott Phuket Voted Phuket’s Best HotelInternational travellers have bestowed yet another prestigious honour on JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, naming it the Best Hotel in Phuket in the DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2013.

Situated in a stunning location on Phuket’s beautiful Mai Khao Beach, just 15 minutes from the airport, the luxury 265 room JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is set across 27 acres of exquisite tropical gardens. Its world-class accommodation and extensive facilities make it the resort of choice for couples and families visiting the ever popular island destination of Phuket.

Resort facilities include three swimming pools, 14 restaurants and bars, a health club and fitness centre, the award-winning Mandara Spa, yoga sala, newly renovated children’s pavilion, shopping gallery, cooking school and tennis courts. Guests are offered full opportunity to enjoy the surrounding natural environment, through a weekly activities program of cultural classes, yoga, meditation, diving, snorkelling, sunset bike touring, sightseeing and soft adventure tours.

“Phuket offers some of the finest luxury resort accommodation to be found anywhere on the planet. When seasoned travellers who have experienced both our product and that of other resorts name us the best, it is an outstanding and very much appreciated honour” commented JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s General Manager Tony Pedroni.

Conducted from August to October 2012, the DestinAsian Readers Choice Awards 2013 recognizes destinations and brands which provide consistent and unsurpassed standards in excellence and service. Readers were asked to select winning hotels in each category based on their personal experiences with brands which satisfied their needs in terms of luxury, service, style and comfort.

DestinAsian Publisher Ronald Liem saluted the award winners for their commitment in providing the best quality of service throughout the year. “We would like to congratulate all the winners of the Readers’ Choice Awards. Each one deserves high praise.”

The DestinAsian Readers Choice Awards 2013 results appear in the February/March 2013 print issue of the magazine.

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Phuket building specialist get green lights for TREES

Phuket building specialist get green lights for TREESDevelopment Management Group Co., Ltd. or DMG is paving way to a bright future as their team members have achieved Thailand’s Ratings of Energy and Environmental Sustainability (TREES) Associate Accreditation certified by the Thai Green Building Institute. DMG’s team members are amongst the small number of sustainable building specialist in Thailand.

Phuket Residence Wins at Asia Pacific Property Awards 2013

Phuket Residence Wins at Asia Pacific Property Awards 2013Amari Estates is pleased to announce that its newest project, Amari Residences Phuket, has won the “Best Architecture Multiple Residence” award at the prestigious Asia Pacific Property Awards 2013.

The Asia Pacific Property Awards are part of the long established International Property Awards and attaining one of these coveted awards is testimony to Amari Residences Phuket’s capability of outperforming some exceedingly strong contenders within the highly competitive Asia Pacific property arena.

Mr. Yuthachai Charnachitta, CEO of Amari Estates & Italthai Group, states: “We are hugely honoured to have won the “Best Architecture for Multiple Residence” award at this year’s Asia Pacific Property Awards. This is proof that Amari Residences Phuket stands head and shoulders above the competition in terms of long term investment opportunities in Phuket, and will continue to set a high market benchmark in offering accessible and affordable luxury investment opportunities on the island.”

Ms. Aliwassa Pathnadabutr, Managing Director, CBRE Thailand, continues:  “CBRE is proud to be bringing the award winning Amari Residences Phuket to market during our showcase in Hong Kong on 23rd and 24th March 2013 at the Landmark Mandarin. This will be the first international pre-sales event for the project, and we are so pleased that this high-end development is already receiving the industry attention it deserves. We believe that Amari Residences Phuket provides an exciting investment opportunity for those seeking affordable and accessible luxury on the tropical island destination.”

Phuket Top Choice for TripAdvisor Top Hotels for Families in Thailand

Phuket Top Choice for Top Hotels for Families in ThailandTripAdvisor the world’s largest travel site, today announced the winners of its 2013 Travellers’ Choice Awards for the Top 10 Hotels for Families in Thailand, with Phuket not only taking top spot, but also seeing a total of 6 resorts in the top 10.

Award winners were determined based on the hotels most highly rated by those who travelled with family. Unlike any other hotel honours, TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travellers around the world.

“For those planning family trips this year, these lists highlight hotels around Thailand that family travellers love most,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Wherever you’re thinking of traveling to Thailand, the lists provide inspiration for places to stay in popular family spots as well as lesser-known but similarly appealing family-friendly destinations.”

Top 10 Hotels for Families in Thailand:

1. Sunwing Resort – Kamala Beach, Kamala
2. ShaSa Resort & Residences, Koh Samui
3. Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort & Villas, Thalang
4. The Chava Resort, Thalang
5. Karma Samui, Koh Samui
6. Dolphin Bay Resort, Hua Hin
7. Swissotel Resort Phuket, Kamala
8. Blue Lagoon Resort Hua Hin, Hua Hin
9. Sunwing Resort & Spa, Thalang
10. Centara Kata Resort Phuket, Karon

Phuket’s Kantary Bay receives honours from TripadvisorKasemkij Hotels is pleased to announce that Kantary Bay Hotel, Phuket has once again been awarded two prestigious 2013 “Travellers’ Choice” Awards by TripAdvisor, a Top 25 Bargain Hotels in Asia award and a Top 25 Bargain Hotels in Thailand award. In 2012, the hotel received the “Travellers’ Choice” Award for Best Relaxation & Spa in Thailand plus a Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel review website.

Kasemkij Hotels Group Director, Poomipat Navanukroh, acknowledged, “It is extremely rewarding to have Kantary Bay Hotel, Phuket recognised by TripAdvisor travellers as one of the Top 25 Bargain Hotels in Thailand and Asia. The awards serve as recognition of our dedication to providing a high level of service excellence and it’s a satisfying vote of confidence for our staff because the awards are purely based on the satisfaction of our guests.”

Phuket’s Indigo Pearl Scoops Another Prestigious Award

Phuket’s Indigo Pearl Scoops Another Prestigious AwardIndigo Pearl is delighted to announce that its Coqoon Spa won the Creative Spa Design title at the first Thailand Spa & Well-being Awards, held in Bangkok.

Voted by industry experts, the Best Creative Spa Design category considers elements such as: how the spa’s physical environment embodies creativity, how the spa creatively uses the senses of sight, sound, touch and aroma and how the spa demonstrates innovative design.

“We are delighted with the award. It is an honour to be recognised at the inaugural Thailand Spa & Well-being Awards, especially considering the impressive list of spas that we were up against. Our ‘Garden of Eden’ style spa continues to go from strength to strength and we feel privileged by the number of public and industry endorsements that we have received since opening in 2011,” said Mr. Kelly Lewis, General Manager of Indigo Pearl.

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Phuket’s Kata Group receives prestigious trophy and honorary blazer

Phuket’s Kata Group receives prestigious trophy and honorary blazerKata Group Resorts Thailand, led by Pamuke Achariyachai, President, received a trophy of appreciation and honorary blazer from H.E. Admiral Mom Luang Usni Pramoj, Personal Representative of His Majesty the King of Thailand for being Host Sponsor of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, an international sailing event, for over 15 years. The trophy was presented at the Royal Award Ceremony at Kanda Hall, Kata Beach Resort & Spa during the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2012.

For over 15 years, Kata Group Resort Thailand has hosted the Regatta at Kata Beach Resort & Spa which functions as the event centre. Kata Group’s Phuket Orchid Resort & Spa serves as the awards party venue, welcoming more than 1,500 people including international sailors, VIP guests, and international and local press.

Pamuke Achariyachai, President of Kata Group Resorts Thailand, said, “We are very honoured to receive this prestigious trophy from the Personal Representative of His Majesty the King of Thailand. The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is one of the most internationally significant regattas in the world of yachting. We are proud to enjoy our close association with such a magnificent race.”

Royal Awards Ceremony marks end to 2012 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

Royal Awards Ceremony marks end to 2012 Phuket King's Cup RegattaCompetitors, VIPs and media came together to celebrate a fantastic week of Phuket King’s Cup Regatta sailing at the Royal Awards Ceremony held at Kata Beach Resort & Spa. A formal occasion presided over by H.E. Admiral Mom Luang Usni Pramoj, Personal Representative of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the Royal Awards is something unique to this Royal Regatta, and a highlight for all.

In attendance was Admiral Polawat Sirodom, the Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy; Vice Admiral Tarathon Kajitsuwan, Commander-in-Chief, Third Area Naval Command, Yacht Racing Association Thailand Representative; Maitri Inthusut, Governor of Phuket; Pamuke Achariyachai, Chairman of Kata Group Resorts Thailand; Kevin Whitcraft, President of Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, hundreds of participants, media from around the world and sponsors, all lead by master of ceremonies Radab Kanjanavanit.

The splendid permanent trophy, designed by Mom Luang Tri Devakul and graciously bestowed by HM the King, features nine silver sails rising up from a silver sea, super-imposed  by the symbol of H.M the King, called the “Tra Sanyalak”, along with the King’s initials, and the Thai nine. The Royal Crown over-arcs the total trophy, indicating the King’s Royal Patronage.

The 26th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta will be remembered for a week of great sailing conditions, close racing and a magnificent fleet comprising of 168 entries. Among them, 78 large ocean-going racers and cruisers, 50 dinghies and 40 windsurfs. Across most of the classes, point scores came down to the wire with many classes seeing three-way battles going into the final day.

Kevin Whitcraft, President of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organising Committee, said, “This Phuket King’s Cup has been excellent and genuinely inspiring; a lot of fun for everyone involved, partly because the weather has been so excellent for most of the week. We’ve seen some spectacularly close racing, in some cases down to just a few seconds after times have been adjusted for handicaps. This is part of the reason why the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is so regionally renowned. The party series has been great too, and I would like to thank all of our sponsors, partners and party hosts for their support in pulling off this superb Regatta.”

Photo from left: Kamolwan Chanyim, winner of Laser class; Auckarapong Chayim, winner of Laser class (Phuket DinghySeries); Admiral Apiwat Srivardhana, Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Committee; Kamonchanok Klahan, winner of Optimist Girls; Anapat Ngarmdee, winner of Optimist (Phuket Dinghy Series Boys); Admiral Tarathon Kajitsuwan, Commander-in-Chief; Pongsapat Poomyam, winner of Optimist boys.

Phuket’s Andara Resort’s Beach Cleanup Recognised

Phuket's Andara Resort's Beach Cleanup RecognisedAll the recent beach cleaning activities by team Andara in and around Kamala – as documented on their facebook page have helped them achieve the GIFTTS 2012 certificate (awarded by Preferred Hotel Group) for their great work in the community.

They are so thrilled to be recognised in this way, and also appreciate the encouragement and support they have received from PHG – they look forward to continuing their efforts to make their community and environment a better place.

Phuket’s Indigo Pearl honoured at World Travel Awards 2012

Phuket's Indigo Pearl honoured at World Travel Awards 2012Indigo Pearl is delighted to announce that the resort has just been awarded ‘Asia’s Leading Design Hotel’ at the 2012 World Travel Awards. The gala awards ceremony took place at the InterContinental Singapore, attended by industry VIPs and international media.

Voted for by travel and tourism professionals from across the world, the World Travel Awards acknowledge and celebrate commitment to excellence in the travel industry; rewarding organisations that have continued to raise the standard of their product and services over the last 12 months.

“We are very happy with the news. The World Travel Awards are considered the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’ – to achieve such a distinction and industry endorsement inspires the team to continue enhancing Indigo Pearl’s service, facility and guest-experience offerings,” says Mr. Kelly Lewis, General Manager of Indigo Pearl.

Phuket properties take awards at Thailand Property Awards 2012

Phuket properties take awards at Thailand Property Awards 2012A number of Phuket properties have taken awards at the 2012 Thailand Property Awards ceremony, held at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok on 14th October 2012.

Phuket’s winners were:

Developments Awards Category
Best Boutique Condo Development (Phuket)
Bluepoint Condos

Best Villa Development (Phuket)
Banyan Tree Residences

Best Condo Development (Phuket)
The Nchantra @ Sirey Beach

Best Shared Ownership Development
Anantara Vacation Club Phuket Mai Khao

Architecture/Interior Design Awards Category
Best Villa Development Thailand
Banyan Tree Residences Phuket

Charn Issara Development PLC, developers of Phuket’s amazing Sri panwa took the top award for Best Developer.

Commenting on the overall winners in the ‘Best Villa Development Thailand’ Terry Blackburn, CEO of Ensign Media, organisers of the awards said “The Banyan Tree’s win is a very positive sign of how big brands can get it right in the Phuket market”.