JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Hosts The International Michelin Star Chef Andrea Cannalire January 12 – 15

Phuket – 28 December, 2017: JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa will brighten up your stay with Michelin-star dining experience. The International Michelin Star Chef Andrea Cannalire generously takes his time-out from the-one-Michelin-starred Cielo’s kitchen to cook for diners at the resort. The celebrity Chef Andrea Cannalire will travel from Ostuni, Italy for an exceptional four-day promotion from 12 – 15 January 2018 at Ginja Cook and Cucina Italian Kitchen, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa.

Chef Andrea will present a series of specially-designed menus inspired by seasonal cooking that reflects his philosophy of cooking with a passion for precision. His signature dishes are very distinctive as he takes influences from different parts of the Italy to come up with creations that surprise the palate. The programme for the extraordinary evenings as following:

January 12, from 4 pm onwards: The live cooking demonstration at Ginja Cook and followed by a 5-course contemporary Italian set menu. With just limited 20 seats, it is the intimate dining experience that sets this Italian dinner to the exceptional night. Accompany with the selected beverages pairing. Price is THB 3,800++ per person.

January 13, from 6.30 pm onwards: A delectable 8-course set menu at Cucina Italian Kitchen. The 10 hands dinner, culinary collaboration between International Michelin Star Chef Andrea Cannalire and experienced JW Marriott Phuket Chefs led by Executive Sous Chef David Morell, Chef Andrea Genio, Chef Suwat Eimpradab and Pastry Chef Chakapong Massoo. Price is THB 2,900++ per person, inclusive of an 8-course degustation set menu and 4,599++ with selected beverages pairing.

January 14, from 6.30 to 10 pm: The Italian Job Buffet Dinner at Cucina Italian Kitchen. The menu created by Chef Andrea Cannalire, offered a spread of delectable Italian cold cuts, soups, appetizers, salads, cheeses and desserts, and the option to add either Pizza or Pasta. Plus a main course with choice from Seafood to meat selection.  Price is THB 1,600++ per person and THB 2,388++ per person with free flow selected beverages.

January 15, from 6.30 onwards: A lavish 6-course gala dinner at Cucina Italian Kitchen. The divine menu includes Liquid Bruschetta with squid, artichoke, clams and clams foam; Beef Tartare, Parmesan cheese, lemon and basil Pesto sauce; Caciocavallo cheese risotto with capers and rock melon just to name a few. Price is THB 3,200++ per person with selected beverage pairing.

Calamari con Mousse di Mandorie al Nero e Bergamotto: Squid, almond mousse, black ink and bergamot
Gamberi, Anguria, Yogurt Creco, Cetriolo e Aneto: Prawn, watermelon, Greek yogurt, cucumber and dill
Cucina Italian Kitchen, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Ginja Cook, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

For more information or reservations, contact our Food & Beverage dining experience team. Tel +66 (0)76 338 000 or Email: fbdiningexperience@marriotthotels.com

About the Chef: The International Michelin Star Chef Andrea Cannalire, 31, dynamic and talented Chef de Cuisine at Cielo in Ostuni, Italy. Chef Andrea started his culinary career off as a young chef classically trained under some of the most highly revered and respected Italian chefs at Michelin-starred restaurants; including Villa D’ Amelia; La Strega; Già Sotto l’Arco and Villa Crespi. From 2010 to 2014, Chef Andrea continued to lift his forkful skill up as Chef de partie with numerous world renowned one-and two-Michelin-starred restaurants around Italy among Parizzi; Schuman; Magnolia; Bracali; Unico and Al Pont de Ferr, to acquire knowledge, techniques and principles that laid his solid foundation for the culinary excellence he excels at Cielo restaurant today. Chef Andrea embraces his Italian roots and heritage. In an inventive approach, he proposes sensory journeys between tradition and experimentation, through dishes that play with shapes and colors, using local excellences and preciousness from all over the world. It takes skill and a keen sensibility to ensure everything works well together and Chef Andrea knows that by heart.

JW Marriott Phuket Named Favorite Hotel in Asia by Condé Nast Traveler India, Readers’ Choice Award 2017

Phuket – 20 December, 2017: JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, a five star luxury resort located on the finest and pristine Mai Khao Beach of Phuket, unveils its latest global acclaimed award & recognition. The resort has been awarded ‘The Favorite Hotel in Asia’ granted by Conde Nast Traveler Indian Edition. A gala ceremony held in New Delhi, the best in travel were honoured at the Readers’ Travel Awards 2017.
The Reader’s Choice Awards are held annually by Condé Nast Travel India, a prestigious world-class travel magazine, by conducting a poll of their readers for the best in the travel industry. Over hundred thousand travelers were participating in this 7th annual Reader’s choice survey to choose the best from resorts, spas, cruise ships, airlines and airports. Read more on their website https://www.cntraveller.in/story/best-hotels-world-right-now-2/#s-custfavourite-indian-business-hotel.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Named Favorite Hotel in Asia by Condé Nast Traveler India, Readers’ Choice Award 2017
JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

“What terrific news to win this award, it is absolutely the best present to our JW Marriott Phuket’s family. A big heartfelt thank you to the readers poll participants and our loyal customers for voting us. Last but not least, we couldn’t win this Conde Nast Traveler India in their Annual Reader’s Choice Awards without our dedicated associates who are committed to providing the very best experience for our guests and creating the meaningful experiences and lasting memories exemplified by this recognition.” said Mr. Oriol Montal, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s General Manager.

Since opening in December 2001, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has clinched over 250 awards and is highly recognized in Asia for its outstanding Family, Eco-friendly, MICE and 5-star luxury resort facilities. Being on this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards complements other awards that the resort has won such as 2017 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor; TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award 2017, ranked 22 out of Top 25 hotels in Thailand; Thailand MICE Venue Standard Award 2017 – 2019, certified by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB); Thailand’s Best Restaurant 2017 granted by Thailand Tatler; 2016 – 2017; Honeymoon Awards – Beach Resorts under $350 / night, BRIDES Magazine USA; Excellent hotel on Environmental Impact Assessment from reginal environmental office; The IUCN – Marriott Partnership project ‘Best CSR – Social Impact Partnership’ at the 2017 Rockefeller Social Impact Awards, curated by The Resource Alliance; Top 100 Loved-By-Guests-Spa 2017 on Hotels.com; Luxury Resort & Spa of the year 2017 by Luxury Travel Guide UK; 2017 Exotiq Thailand Best of the Best Readers’ Awards – Phuket’s Best International Hotel – Silver Award Winner; Smart Travel Asia Reader’s Awards – Best in Travel Poll 2017; The highly rated hotels on HolidayCheck in2017; Top 40 Resorts in Asia by Conde Nast Traveler US Reader’s Choice Award 2016, Ranked No 2 out of Top 10 Phuket Family Resort by Holidays with Kids Award 2017; Best Resort Hotel for Business Events by CEI Asia Reader’s choice awards; Best Resort Hotel for Business Events by CEI Asia Reader’s choice awards 2016 and more.

Fifteen minutes’ drive from the airport, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is set across 27 acres of exquisite tropical gardens on Mai Khao Beach, which is a protected leatherback turtle nesting beach and adjacent to Sirinat Marine National Park. The resort’s 265 well-appointed deluxe guestrooms and suites all face the ocean and boast their own balcony, with stunning views of the gardens and swimming pools. The extensive facilities include three swimming pools, 11 restaurants and bars, a health club and fitness centre, the award-winning Mandara Spa, kid’s pavilion, shopping gallery, cooking school, tennis courts, meeting and banquet rooms and business centre. A weekly activities program offers guests of all ages, cultural classes, yoga classes, sports activities and fun activities for kids and families, while sightseeing and soft adventure tours are also available.

For more information, visit www.jwmarriottphuketresort.com

JW Marriott Phuket hosts the first Marriott International’s Cluster Sustainable Seafood Meeting

PHUKET, THAILAND – 12 December 2017 – Marriott Thailand Bussiness Council in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) hosted the 1st Marriott International’s Sustainable Seafood Meeting to share good practices and discuss its commitment towards the use of sustainable seafood and community support @ JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa.

The welcome addressed by Oriol Montal, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa. Executive Chef, Dietmar Spitzer, presided over the meeting alongside Sean Panton, Co-Chairman and Director of CSR, Marriott Thailand Business Council and Kanokwan Homcha-aim, Field Coordinator South Marriott Project, IUCN.

JW Marriott Phuket Resorts & Spa hosts the first Marriott International’s Cluster Sustainable Seafood Meeting
Dietmar Spitzer, Executive Chef of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa presented the sustainable seafood sourcing
JW Marriott Phuket Resorts & Spa hosts the first Marriott International’s Cluster Sustainable Seafood Meeting
Food & Beverage leaders and chefs from Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Phuket visited Baan Nai Rai community and Black Crab Community (image by Phuketindex.com)

13 of food & beverage leaders and chefs from Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Phuket shared the strategy for moving forward, taking along with today’s lessons to be put into action at each property. Executive Chef, Dietmar Splitzer together with Kanokwan Homcha-aim, Field Coordinator South Marriott Project, IUCN and Sean Panton, Co-Chairman and Director of CSR, Marriott Thailand Business Council presented sustainable seafood sourcing, which included sharing current sustainable seafood sourcing project results and principle knowledge of fishery supply chain, fishery ecolabel, standard and certification, rethinking the term “sustainable”, “responsible’ seafood and an example of responsible seafood providers in Thailand from both small scale fishing communities to big seafood export companies. The session opened for all food & beverage leaders from Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Phuket to shape the strategy how to move forward and take today’s lesson learned in order to start action at each property.

Food & beverage leaders and chefs from Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Phuket visited 2 artisan fishing communities that supply responsible seafood for the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa located 23 kilometers away from the hotel up north. Baan Nai Rai, Thai Muang Phang Nga delivers soft shell crab, sea bass and grouper to the hotel weekly. Baan Nai Rai is well-known as the low impact fishing community as the equipment used on the boat is just a fish-specific net and a torch. Their traditional and sustainable fishing techniques have been passed down through generations with community agreement that there will no ‘Formalin’ added for preservation. Juvenile fish will be kept in the floating cages until they reach to suitable sale size. All seafood here are caught and almost instantly sold as soon as the boats arrive at shore.

The ‘Black Crab’ community in Mai Khao, Phuket is also fishing responsibly. This community catches black crabs in the wild from their natural habitat, Klong Au Ta Pao mangrove forest (National Reserve Forest area 1,556.25 rai). This community uses low impact fishing gear such as a cylinder crab trap (40 cm diameter, 20-25 cm height, 1-2 inches mesh size) to ensure no other species are caught. Fishermen go through mangrove creeks by boats with no engine and catch only black crabs that are bigger than 150 grams. There are no preservatives added during the storage and transportation process. Black crabs are caught and delivered to the hotel within 24 hours.

Executive Chef, Dietmar Spitzer, said: “buying seafood directly from such local small-scale artisan fishermen helps chefs ensure the safety, quality and freshness of our produce while being environmental friendly and helping to improve the livelihood of local fishermen. Since the project started in 2013, Marriott purchased over 5.6 million Baht worth of sustainable seafood from local communities. It also shortened up the seafood supply chain”.

Five delegates of Miss World 2017 reunite for a Phuket holiday

Phuket, Thailand – 12 December 2017 – Mr. Oriol Montal (1st left), General Manager along with Mr. Libor Secka (1st right), Director of Food & Beverage, JW Marriott Phuket are delighted to welcome the delegates of Miss World 2016, from five countries; Miss Natasha Mannuela, Miss World Indonesia 2016 and was crowned as the second runner-up of Miss World 2016; Miss Jinnita Buddee, Miss Thailand World 2016 and Top 20 Miss World 2016; Miss Amritaa De Silva, Miss World Sri Lanka 2016; Miss Myat Thiri Lwin , Miss Myanmar World 2016; and Miss Truong Thi Dieu Ngoc , Miss World Vietnam 2016 during their social gathering for Phuket holiday. They had an absolutely tremendous Phuket trip and enjoyed on and off shore programs during 5 – 8 December 2017.

Five delegates of Miss World 2017 reunite for a Phuket holiday
Five delegates of Miss World 2016 were invited to visit the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and learnt about the marine turtle conservation initiative program
Five delegates of Miss World 2017 reunite for a Phuket holiday
Five Miss World 2016 contestants created their own sarong by participating at the hand-on Shibori tie dye activity, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Five delegates of Miss World 2017 reunite for a Phuket holiday
Mr. Oriol Montal (3rd right), General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa hosted a special welcome dinner to five contestants of Miss World 2016 at the seaside restaurant, Andaman Grill
Five delegates of Miss World 2017 reunite for a Phuket holiday
One fine day on the yacht trip and visited the pearl farm, Phuket
The Sustainable island for the future at the JW Marriott Phuket

Phuket – 1 December 2017: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with Marriott Thailand Business Council hosts “The Sustainable island for the future: Multi-stakeholder Forum on Responsible Business Practices for Sustainable Water Management on Resort Islands”, at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, Phuket province, Thailand.

On this occasion, Marc Proksch, Investment and Enterprise Development Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division of ESCAP presided over the forum. The welcome addressed by guest honored Prakob Wongmaneerung, Vice-Governor, Provincial Government of Phuket and Kanokkittika Kritwutikon, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office.

Forum on Responsible Business Practices for Sustainable Water Management on Resort Islands takes place @ JW Marriott Phuket resort & Spa
Mr. Sean Panton (1st right), Co-Chairman and Director of CSR, Marriott Thailand Business Council alongside Mr. Marc Proksch (1st left), Chief, Investment and Enterprise Development Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP welcomed the guest of honored Mr. Prakob Wongmaneerung (2nd, left), Vice-Governor, Provincial Government of Phuket and Ms. Kanokkittika Kritwutikon (2nd of right), Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office.
Forum on Responsible Business Practices for Sustainable Water Management on Resort Islands takes place @ JW Marriott Phuket resort & Spa
Mr. Marc Proksch (1st left), Chief, Investment and Enterprise Development Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP presided over the forum alongside Mr. Sean Panton (1st right), Co-Chairman and Director of CSR, Marriott Thailand Business Council alongside and the guests of honored.

The representatives also included senior officials responsible for water management and access issues in key island tourism destinations in South-East Asia, key Ministries at national level, resorts operating in island communities, companies offering innovative solutions for water management, civil society and universities based in Phuket.

The forum event aims to build on and broaden last year’s discussion to the South-East Asia regional level, focusing on island tourism destinations in South-East Asia and to share innovative and cost-efficient business practices and technologies for ensuring sustainable water use and re-use in large and small resorts for potential inclusion in a best practice guide.

The background: Water crises present one of the most significant global risks over the coming decade, rated third by the World Economic Forum in terms of potential impact. However, despite being a critical resource for our survival, water remains undervalued and underpriced and thus overused. As a consequence, the world’s groundwater – main source of freshwater – is used much more quickly than it is being replenished. With high economic and population growth coupled with impacts of climate change, it is predicted that large parts of Asia will suffer serious water shortages by 2050.

Tourism is a very important source of income and jobs in many Asia-Pacific economies. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, travel and tourism accounted for 9% of GDP and 8.7% of employment in the region if indirect impacts are included. The region attracted some 300 million international tourist arrivals in 2016, generating nearly 455 billion USD in visitor exports. By 2027 arrivals are expected to nearly double to reach 549 million tourist arrivals per year.

As positive as this tourism is, it takes a heavy toll on our water supplies that is simply not sustainable with our current approach. Maintaining gardens, pools, spas and other resort facilities is already proving a challenge in Phuket where resorts are already often reliant on truck water deliveries to meet resort needs with high resulting costs and if we don’t act now it will only get worse as tourist numbers increase.

The forum shared good practices in water and wastewater management and innovative technology solutions. Participants shared how to reduce water consumption in hotels both at source and by ensuring better wastewater treatment. The government of Phuket shared information on the water situation and wastewater management in Phuket and plans for the future. Participants noted that clear and enforced building codes that integrate sustainability considerations could be useful for pushing better water and wastewater management on a broader scale. The forum shared good practices in water and wastewater management and innovative technology solutions.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations member states in 2015, include 17 goals of which one dedicated to water and sanitation (SDG 6: “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”). The United Nations has also designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism.

Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Phuket gives recognition to 71 long-serving associates during the Marriott milestone’s gala dinner

Phuket, Thailand 27 November, 2017:  JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa together with Marriott Vacation Club – Phuket Beach, Marriott Vacation Club – Mai Khao Beach, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach and Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach honoured recently a total of 71 associates who have been serving the company for the past 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.

The Annual Marriott Milestone’s Gala Dinner and Long-Serving Awards Ceremony, which was held at Mai Khao Ballroom of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, gave recognition to 71 associates who have completed 5, 10, 15, 20 years of service thus far and the man of the night, the role model for our Marriott’ associates, Mr. Trevor Denman May, General Manager of Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach who have already put in 25 years of service with the Marriott International.

Congratulations to 28 JW Marriott Phuket’ associates who have been serving the companies for the past 5 years.
Congratulations to 14 JW Marriott Phuket’ associates who have been serving the companies for the past 10 years.
Mrs. Lizbeth Escorza (1st right), Director of Finance of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa along with Mr. Ananchai Lertwatthiphong (1st left), Regional Director of Engineering Asia Pacific Excluding China gave the Long-Serving Award Certification to Mr.Thawatchai Wechprasit (2nd left), Airport Representative Supervisor and Mr. Vorawate Sriwichit (3rd left), Loss Prevention Officer who have been working with JW Marriott Phuket for 15 years

Mr. Oriol Montal, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, said: “Every year we recognize our associates who have been with Marriott hotels & resorts for their milestone years at our long service dinner. This year, we made it more memorable night as six of Marriott properties in Phuket hosted this associate’s appreciation event together for the first time ever. I believed that it will get bigger and stronger as we will have even more associates who will reach 5 to 25 years since the successful merger with Starwood. We now have a new way of thinking about our priorities and a mission of “Bridging Culture and Inspiring Discovery Around The World”. We focused on the basics: delivering great experiences for our guests and taking care of each other”. On behalf of management team, we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thanks to all of you. We appreciate your hard work, dedication and commitment. Congratulations to those that have made it to their 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 year anniversaries”.

2017 is a phenomenal year of our JW Marriott Resort & Spa as well as the Marriott International. Currently we are very grateful to have our 856 dedicated associates, who been working with us and bringing their professional skills to make guests everlasting memories. Our success story remains incomplete without the support of our associates. Not only have they made us as a team but also helped us reach out to the world. We will be continuing our best to take good care of our associates as we believe in our core values “Take care of associates and they will take care of the customers” growing with them and continue to provide them nothing less than the best. With their support, we wish to reach new heights next year” said Khanisthanee Kanhdanisdha, Director for Human Resources of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Phuket.

Asean conference on reducing marine debris @ JW Marriott Phuket

Phuket – 23 November, 2017: The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental of Thailand hosts “The ASEAN Conference on the ASEAN Conference on Reducing Marine Debris in ASEAN Region”, from 22 – 23 November, at the JW Marriot Phuket Resort & Spa, Phuket province, Thailand.

On this occasion, H.E. General Surasak Karnjanarat, Minister of The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of Thailand presided over the ASEAN Conference on reducing Marine Debris in ASEAN region. The welcome addressed by guest of honored Mr. Sanit Sriwihok, Vice Governor of Phuket; Dr. Wijarn Simachaya, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand; H.E. Mr. Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASCC, ASEAN Secretariat.

Asean conference on reducing marine debris in Asean region takes place @JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
H.E. General Surasak Karnjanarat, Minister of The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of Thailand presided over the ASEAN Conference on reducing Marine Debris in ASEAN region
Asean conference on reducing marine debris in Asean region takes place @JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Welcome addressed by Mr. Sanit Sriwihok, Vice Governor of Phuket Province, Thailand

Three hundred marine experts from 10 ASEAN member countries and representatives from ASEAN countries’ environmental ministries, an official representative from China, academic experts in marine studies and international conservation groups have participated the 2-day conference which conference and exhibition on first day and continue to the workshop, site visit and research group discussion on the second day.

The conference aims to gather inputs from a broad range of stakeholders and identify how marine debris issues in ASEAN could be addressed through global partnership and multi-partner and cross-sectoral cooperation mechanism and raise the awareness of ASEAN community on marine debris issue through side events.

This conference is a great opportunity to create a platform to fight marine pollution together in the ASEAN region since six ASEAN countries rank among those guilty of excessive littering of the sea. The participants will share their ideas and discuss plans to solve this problem.

The background: Marine debris has been recognized as one of the key environmental issues at the global level and within ASEAN region. Measures and cooperation to reduce marine debris/litter shall be initiated to prevent lives under water from being harmed, which is in line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Life Below Water, on conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas, and marine resources; and with the ASEAN vision 2025 particularly on the management of biodiversity and natural resources for sustainable development.

Three-quarters of all marine debris is made up of various forms of plastic (Barnes et al. 2009). A recent study estimates that between 4.8 and 12.7 million tons of plastics are dumped into the ocean in 2010 (Jambeck et al., 2015). Inadequate waste management on land has caused 80% of marine debris originated from land.

Marine debris is transported by oceans currents across borders. As such, it is a transboundary concern, requiring collaborative action and regional cooperation (UNEP, 2016). Approximately 70% of ASEAN human population lives in coastal areas and intensive farming and aquaculture, rapid urbanization and industrialization, greater shipping traffic and fishing effort, as well as widespread deforestation and nearshore development, are contributing towards the pollution problem. Four out of the top six most marine polluting countries are in ASEAN (Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand). ‘Hot Spots’ of floating plastic have been observed in coastal waters adjacent to countries with high coastal populations and inadequate waste management in South-East Asia (Peter Ryan 2013).

Festive Celebrations at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Phuket – 21 November, 2017: Bask in the revelry of joyous tidings this festive season at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, our crafted food & beverage team offers a variety choice of special festive food & beverage promotions during 24- 31 December 2017. An extraordinary gourmet experience awaits you at our luxury beachfront resort.

  • 24th December: Christmas Eve’s Buffet Dinner; at Out Of The Blue Drink Bar’ s Beachfront; from 6.30pm- 11pm. THB 3,400++ per person.
    The Out Of The Blue Drink Bar will host the traditional Christmas Eve Dinner with a uniquely designed menu by our Executive Chef Dietmar Spitzer. The delectable buffet menu including a range of sumptuous flavours; sushi; sashimi; Australian lamb chops; pepper rubbed grain-fed flank minute steaks; Yakitori chicken skewers; traditional roasted turkey cooked to perfection and more. There will be entertainment throughout the night with a Christmas choir, live band and a special visit from Santa Claus and his helpers.
  • 25th December: Christmas Brunch; at Andaman Grill; from 11 am – 3pm. THB 1,600++ per person.
    Indulge in a Christmas Brunch, at the seaside restaurant, Andaman Grill. A selection of our most delicious salad, meat, seafood and grill offerings paired with fantastic dishes prepared by our culinary team, not to forget the carvery and extensive dessert spread. The highlights menu include Fine de Claire oysters; tandoori snapper tikka; clove studded honey ham, apple sauce and Dijon mustard; stewed beef shoulder with tender root vegetables, all palates will be pleased.
  • 25th December: JW Traditional Christmas Buffet Dinner, at Marriott Café; from 6.30pm- 11pm. THB 3,200++ per person.
    JW Marriott Phuket is proud to present its signature Christmas buffet dinner, serving all of your festive favorites and live stations from Foie gras; pasta; Christmas carvering; seafood on ice; selection of cheeses; pot pies; Japanese dishes; soup; favorite entrée and of course, cinnamon Eggnog.
  • 25th December: Beach BBQ Buffet Dinner, at North lawn- in front of the main swimming pool; from 6.30pm – 10pm. THB 3,200++ per person.
    A night to immerse yourself into the delicious tastes of International menu. A variety of grilled seafood, meats, and Asian cold & hot dishes accompanied with a selection of salads, appetizers. Be sure to save some room for tantalizing desserts.
  • 25th December: Mai Khao Festive Christmas Buffet Dinner, at Zest Restaurant, Marriott Vacation Club Mai Khao Beach, from 6.30pm – 11pm. THB 2,000++ per person.
    Designed to whet your appetite and rekindle the spirit of Christmas, The Zest restaurant is offering a sumptuous spread that includes turkey with trimmings, prime rib of beef; hot dishes and sensational desserts.
  • 31st December: Mai Khao Countdown Event, at Zest Restaurant, from 7 pm until late. THB 4,000++ per person.
    Celebrate the New Year in style by enjoying an exquisite dinner at Zest restaurant. Festive menu including a wide range of choices such as roasted Thai marinated lamb legs, whole snapper baked in salt crust, truffle chicken tortellini; Braised veal shank with apricot orange and fennel and slow cooked chicken goulash sour cream, sweet paprika.
  • 31st December: New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner; Marriott Café, from 6.30 pm – 11 pm. THB 5,000++ per person.
    Usher in 2018 with an extravagant New Year’s Eve spread at Marriott Café, culinary highlights include Canadian lobsters, home-made BBQ skewers; seafood on ice; slow roasted stuffed goose with apple cinnamon; beef wellington; salmon en croute; just to name a few.
  • 31st December: JW Signature New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, Beachfront at Out of the Blue Drink Bar; from 7pm until late. THB 8,500++ per person.
    Farewell to the last night of 2017 in style with our Gala Dinner. Delighted with the lavish collection of JW Marriott’s cuisine as well as our artfully created beverage collection. Guests will enjoy our Festive drinks package, live band “Ignite U.K.” live DJ, Fire show, and will be entered into our lucky draw for a chance to win great prizes. Continue to join to the countdown and after party celebration on the beach at Out Of The Blue Drink Bar.

For more information or reservations, contact Food & Beverage Team, Tel: +66 (0)76 338 000
Email: fbdiningexperience@marriotthotels.com or visit jwmarriottphuketresort.com

One spooky night at the school of wizardry @ JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

October 31, 2017, Phuket, Thailand: JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa transformed the Lotus Pavilion into a school of witchcraft & wizardry on Halloween night. The little wizards and witches joined our school of wizard Halloween theme party which created by our recreation team.

The Halloween event started with the “Trick or Treat” around the resort and swiftly followed by an intensively fun witch and wizard training activities, party and delighted in spooktacular treats at the Marriott Café.

One spooky night at the school of wizardry @ JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

One spooky night at the school of wizardry @ JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

One spooky night at the school of wizardry @ JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

One spooky night at the school of wizardry @ JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

One spooky night at the school of wizardry @ JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

One spooky night at the school of wizardry @ JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

One spooky night at the school of wizardry @ JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

One spooky night at the school of wizardry @ JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa One spooky night at the school of wizardry @ JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa One spooky night at the school of wizardry @ JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

The 13th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run & Mini Marathon 2017 in Phuket

Phuket – October 8, 2017: There was a huge turnout for the 13th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run and Mini Marathon 2017, with 3,200 people taking part in the annual event, which is in its 13th year.

Mr. Oriol Montal, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa welcomed the guests of honor and participants in this early Sunday morning. The opening ceremony presided by Mr. Noraphat Plodthong, Phuket Governor alongside with Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok, Phuket Vice Governor Thawornwat Kongkaew and Khun Uthit Limsakul, Deputy Director of The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office at Phuket Gateway. Before the race kicked off, Phuket Governor requested the participants to rise to observe 2 minutes of silence in loving memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The atmosphere was incredible with local people taking part to run for fitness and conservation of sea turtles together. The mini marathon 10.2K runners made a history once again by running across the iconic Phuket, Sarasin and Thao Thep Kasattri Bridge to Phang Nga province and back, it was the second year that we used this beautiful routing for the annual Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run and Mini Marathon.

“Healthy people make for a healthy community,” I am delighted to be part of this amazing event, huge thanks also goes to the foundation owners the Minor group, sponsors, partners and hardworking volunteers, this event would not be possible without them” said, Mr. Oriol Montal, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

The annual Turtle Fun Run and Mini Marathon – while also aiming to encourage in people a healthy lifestyle – is a collaborative effort by the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa to raise funds and awareness of the conservation work done by the Phuket Marine Biological Center and its “The Injured Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program” to rescue, rehabilitate and release (recovered) injured turtles, dolphins, whales and dugongs.

Phuket’s endangered sea turtles – which use Mai Khao Beach as a nesting ground – are facing multiple threats, their numbers having severely depleted in recent years. Commercial fishing kills thousands of them every year, while many more die from eating or becoming trapped in plastic debris littering the ocean.

Three Thousand and Two Hundred Runners Turn Out for The 13th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run & Mini Marathon 2017 in Phuket -Run across the Sea on Iconic Phuket, Sarasin Bridge-

From left to right:
(1st) Mr. Uthit Limsakul, Deputy Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office
(2nd) Mr. Oriol Montal, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
(3rd) Mr. Thawornwat Kongkaew, Phuket Vice Governor
(4th ) Mr. Noraphat Plodthong, Phuket Governor
(5th) Mr. Snith Sriwihok, Phuket Vice Governor
(6th) Mrs. Leedee Sriwihok
(7th) Ms. Budsaya Jaipiem, Chief of Phuket Provincial, the Government Public Relations Department
(8th ) Mr. Sean Panton, Co-Chairman & Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Marriott Thailand Business Council
(9th) Mrs. Kanokwan Homcha-aim, Field Coordinator South (Marriott project), Thailand Programme IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

Three Thousand and Two Hundred Runners Turn Out for The 13th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run & Mini Marathon 2017 in Phuket -Run across the Sea on Iconic Phuket, Sarasin Bridge-

The winner of Male Overall Mini Marathon 10.2 km.’s category
1st Mr. Warut Suwannacheep
2nd Mr. Anun Khakpong
3rd Mr Chonnakan Thongcho
4th Mr. Chinawat
5th Mr. Nirut Deankeat
6th Mr. Sangha Sangparn
7th Mr. Suteab Seama

Marriott Thailand Business Council and IUCN hosted the World Tourism Day 2017 at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

PHUKET, THAILAND – 29 September 2017 – World Tourism Day 2017 was marked in Phuket for the first time ever on 27 September, 2017 with a range of activities that promoted the theme of “Sustainable Tourism” organized by Marriott Thailand Business Council together with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

World Tourism Day, an initiative of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is now in its 37th year and is aimed at promoting responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism.

Marriott Thailand Business Council and IUCN hosted the World Tourism Day 2017 at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
The world tourism day press conference took place at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa group photo from left to right: (1st left) Libor Secka, Director of Food & Beverage, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa (2nd left) Mr. Oriol Montal, General Manager, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa (center) Phuket Governor Noraphat Plodthong (1st right) Mr. Petch Manopawitr , Deputy Head of IUCN Southeast Asia Group (2nd right) Mr. Sean Panton, Co-Chairman Marriott Thailand Business Council

Phuket Governor Noraphat Plodthong addressed the dignitary at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa where the world tourism day press conference about sustainable tourism was held. The Phuket Governor and participants was then dropped by at Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, enjoyed the highlight local Black Crab dishes, and visited the black crab (Pu Dam) community at Mai Khao Moo 3

Marriott Thailand Business Council and IUCN hosted the World Tourism Day 2017 at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Phuket Governor Noraphat Plodthong (right) and Mr. Oriol Montal (left), General Manager enjoyed the highlight of local Black Crab dishes.
Marriott Thailand Business Council and IUCN hosted the World Tourism Day 2017 at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Crafted by the Executive Chef Dietmar Splitzer and his team

The World Tourism Day Press conference event also was an opportunity to present a showcase of their award winning Sustainable Tourism Practices,
a premiere screening of “Black Crab Community”, a short documentary film produced and directed by social impact film director Mr. Alan Compton.

Throughout the month of October, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa presents ‘The Phuket Crabs Speciality’ to raise an awareness on sustainable seafood at its Thai restaurant, Ginja Taste. The highlight menu includes Steamed blue or black crab with herb and dip, Crispy golden soft crab shell with tamarind sauce and fried shallot, Cook blue or black crab with red curry and coconut milk sauce and more.

To make a reservation, contact Food & Beverage Dining Experience team by calling +66 (0)76 338 000 or sending an email to fbdiningexperience@marriotthotels.com

Marriott Thailand Business Council and IUCN hosted the World Tourism Day 2017 at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Marriott Thailand Business Council and IUCN hosted the World Tourism Day 2017 at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Phuket Governor Noraphat Plodthong (center) visited the Black Crab (Pu Dam) Community at Mai Khao Moo 3 as well as dropped by at the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation on World Tourism Day

IUCN and Marriott have been in partnership since 2013, and have worked together to protect the environment and support Thailand’s local communities through mangrove restoration, the use of sustainable seafood sources and local procurement practices in Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui and Rayong. To date, the partnership has restored over 16 hectares of mangrove forests, purchased over 5.5 million Baht worth of sustainable seafood and handicraft from local communities and contributed to improving the livelihoods of over 70 families. Over 9 million Baht has also been raised through the dollars for deeds programme to support conservation activities implemented by IUCN.

Marriott Thailand Business Council and IUCN hosted the World Tourism Day 2017 at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Marriott Thailand Business Council and IUCN hosted the World Tourism Day 2017 at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Participants enjoyed an “Ancient Wild” black crab cooking class workshop at Ginja Cook, where guests learnt how to make authentic Phuket dishes with Tanasub Trisub AKA Chef Tham. Deep flied Soft shell crab with mango salad dish is one of the highlight cooking class workshop.

The Pu Dam community, where black crabs are sourced for JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa restaurants, was previously supported by Mangroves for the Future (MFF), a regional grant-making facility spanning 11 countries across Asia and the Indian Ocean. With MFF’s support, capacity-building programmes on community waste management and coastal resource management were launched and mangrove areas were restored as part of a community reforestation initiative.

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

PHUKET, THAILAND – 26 September 2017 – In celebration of World Tourism Day on 27th September 2017, JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa together with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Marriott Thailand Business Council will host a showcase of their award winning Sustainable Tourism Practices, “Best CSR – Social Impact Partnership” at the 2017 Rockefeller Social Impact Awards, curated by The Resource Alliance.

The highlight of the event, to be held at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa in Mai Khao sub-district, will be an awareness-raising event on sustainable seafood , the special black crab dish that will be served for dinner on World Tourism Day itself. The crabs used in this specially-prepared dish are sustainably sourced from the Pu Dam community as they are wild caught from Klong Au Ta Pao mangrove forest, located 5km from JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa. The crabs – only those bigger than 150 grams – are caught using low impact gear and boats without engines.

Marriott has been purchasing black crabs and other sustainable seafood from the Pu Dam community since 2014.
“We take great care and effort when it comes to where our fish and seafood is sourced from, and we always choose sustainable options. We believe in doing our bit for the environment, and also want to support and improve the livelihoods of coastal-resources dependent communities,” said Chef Dietmar Spitzer, Executive Chef for JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa.

The World Tourism Day event will also include an “Ancient Wild” black crab cooking class, where guests will learn how to make authentic Phuket dishes with Tanasub Trisub AKA Chef Tham, a local chef, alongside handicraft activities at the Mai Khao Women’s Community Group Bracelet project.

The event will also feature other unique sustainable tourism initiatives such as the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation Shelter and Education Center, a local non-governmental organization and IUCN Member organization. There will also be a premiere screening of “Black Crab Community”, a short documentary film produced and directed by social impact film director Mr. Alan Compton.

Phuket Governor Noraphat Plodthong, directors from Tourism Authority of Thailand, local media, representativesfrom IUCN and the Pu Dam community will be at the resort to celebrate the special day.

The importance of sustainable seafood is picking up real momentum as the world’s fisheries are in great danger of collapsing due to overfishing. Increasing demand for seafood and advances in technology have led to overfishing practices, causing species to become endangered, as well as intensive and poorly regulated aquaculture, which directly impacts nearby ecosystems. Purchasing and consuming sustainable seafood is a fundamental step in protecting our oceans and ensuring that future generations can still rely on fisheries in the future.

IUCN and Marriott have been in partnership since 2013, and have worked together to protect the environment and support Thailand’s local communities through mangrove restoration, the use of sustainable seafood sources and local procurement practices in Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui and Rayong. To date, the partnership has restored over 16 hectares of mangrove forests, purchased over 5.5 million Baht worth of sustainable seafood and handicraft from local communities and contributed to improving the livelihoods of over 70 families.  Over 9 million Baht has also been raised through the dollars for deeds programme to support conservation activities implemented by IUCN.

The partnership contributes to achieving several Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities, SDG 12 on sustainable consumption and production, SDG Goal 14 on conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, and SDG Goal 17 on global partnership for sustainable development.

“In order for sustainable development to work, all sectors of society need to work together. This partnership truly embodies just that as we have the private sector – represented by international hotel chain Marriott, the local communities – represented by the Pu Dam community and the public sector – represented by IUCN, working together towards a common goal of protecting our oceans,” said Petch Manopawitr, Thailand Programme Coordinator and Deputy, Indo-Burma Group, IUCN.

The Pu Dam community, where black crabs are sourced for JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa restaurants, was previously supported by Mangroves for the Future (MFF), a regional grant-making facility spanning 11 countries across Asia and the Indian Ocean. With MFF’s support, capacity-building programmes on community waste management and coastal resource management were launched and mangrove areas were restored as part of a community reforestation initiative.

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism
Hunting and gathering livelihood of Mud Crab Community, Mai Khao, Phuket.
World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism
Fishing has been a livelihood that has been passed on for generations. Fishers live close to the shore and anchor their boats in canals. Mangrove forests are a natural shelter to protect boats and properties from storms as well as produce food.

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism
The livelihood of the mud crab village relies heavily on the harvest of mud crabs. Mud crabs are the most mangrove-dependent of sourced seafood. Small-scale fishermen catch mud crabs in mangrove estuaries. This sweet-meat crustacean is a highly valuable resource for local economies. The mud crab spends its whole life cycle in and around mangrove forests.
World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism
Crab traps which have been leaving overnight are collected by Mr. Aoom, with his uncle, Mr. Loan rowing at the back of the boat with help from his cousin Mr. Chame along Au Ta Pao canal, Phuket.

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism
A dish of stir-fried Black Crab with yellow curry is carefully cooked before being served to hotel guests. To ensuring the safety, quality and freshness of seafood products, Marriott Chefs source raw ingredients daily from local small-scale artisan fishers. This promotes sustainable and low impact fisheries, and reduces by-catch species and ecological footprints. To support a healthy ocean, eating species lower down the food chain (crabs, squid, oyster, mackerel, sardines, mussels) which are managed and caught responsibly are encouraged.

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism
The fact that in the fishing culture, men work at sea while most women stay at home and manage the household and take care of children which means men contribute significantly to family’s income. To provide additional income, IUCN and Marriott work together to develop and identify opportunities for sourcing of sustainable souvenirs and gifts from local communities.

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism

World Tourism Day: IUCN and Marriott Hotels collaborate to raise awareness on sustainable tourism
Marriott Welcome Bracelet – gift for hotel guests
Marriott hotels have sourced welcome bracelets from local women artisans, the Mai Khao Handicraft Group. The Marriott welcome bracelet connects the hotel, community and guests. Housewives gather to weave bracelets during their free time. Several thousand of the bracelets have been given to guests of the nearby hotels. To raise awareness of marine and coastal resources conservation, the bracelet is decorated with iconic marine species shape varied by hotel’s location.