Laguna Phuket on a Mission to Paint the World Green

On Friday 19 May, Laguna Phuket marked 11th year of its Greening Community initiative by planting 2,000 trees; 1,000 mangrove saplings at Baan Thala Village in Paklog, a sub-district in Thalang area of Phuket, and 1,000 eggplant trees at the nearby Phuket Elderly Home.

This year, 200 associates from Laguna Phuket, led by Managing Director Mr. Ravi Chandran, teamed up with 50 community members and students in this fun-filled and meaningful activity. In addition to tree planting, the resort also organized a community service activity by hosting lunch and bringing lots of joy to 71 elders at Phuket Elderly Home.

Laguna Phuket on a Mission to Paint the World Green 11th Annual “Greening Community” Initiative Saw 2,000 Trees Planted in One Day
250 volunteers were led by Mr. Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket (3rd from left) on a day of painting the world green and putting smiles on people’s faces.

Supported by the initiative’s strategic partners such as Marine and Coastal Preserving Group (Paklog), Mangrove Station 23 (Phuket) and Paklog Municipality, this 11th edition of Laguna Phuket’s annual tree planting event is a part of its initiative that aims to raise awareness of global warming and help build greener communities.

To date, Laguna Phuket has planted nearly 30,000 trees in Phuket and neighboring provinces, with more than 1,200 associates and 600 community members participated over the years.

Laguna Phuket on a Mission to Paint the World Green 11th Annual “Greening Community” Initiative Saw 2,000 Trees Planted in One Day

Laguna Phuket on a Mission to Paint the World Green 11th Annual “Greening Community” Initiative Saw 2,000 Trees Planted in One Day

The annual activity is one of many initiatives set up by Laguna Phuket to support its wider strategic goal on environment preservation according to Banyan Tree Global Foundation (BTGF)’s worldwide guideline for each property within the group to plant at least 2,000 trees in respective community each year.

For more information, please visit www.lagunaphuket.com/CSR or follow Facebook @LagunaphuketCSR

Laguna Phuket’s “Children First Fund” Launches Support for Phuket Orphans

Recently (on Thursday, 27 April 2017), Laguna Phuket’s Children First Fund (CFF) has launched its first sustenance and nutritional necessity delivery to support 7 Phuket-based orphanages, housing more than 400 children (as of April 2017.) The activity was made possible by funds raised at Laguna Phuket’s inaugural Charity Food & Music Festival event which was held at the Asia’s premier destination resort earlier this year (in March) to kick-start its 30th anniversary celebrations. CFF’s sustenance delivery will be organised on a monthly basis throughout this year.

Laguna Phuket’s “Children First Fund” Launches Support for Phuket Orphans
Fun activities with the children during the sustenance delivery
Laguna Phuket’s “Children First Fund” Launches Support for Phuket Orphans
(from left) Mrs. Prapa Hemmin, Director of Destination Marketing & Corporate Events, Laguna Phuket; Mr. Anthony Loh, Senior Assistant Vice President – Services, Laguna Phuket; Mr. Chirawat Siribamrungsuk, Village Director, SOS Children’s Village Phuket, and Ms. Prae Sunantaraks, Director of CSR & Community Relations, Laguna Phuket.

With the objective of “Nourishing Hearts, Inspiring Dreams”, Laguna Phuket’s Children First Fund (CFF) was also specially set up this year in conjunction with Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary to provide nutrition support to orphanages in Phuket.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all the generous donors, Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival’s sponsors and CFF partners who had helped CFF achieved its goal to build upon and extend the community services that Laguna provides in the area of education, a core aspect of Laguna sustainability focus,” said Mr. Anthony Loh, Senior Assistant Vice President of Laguna Phuket,

Laguna Phuket’s “Children First Fund” Launches Support for Phuket Orphans

Laguna Phuket’s “Children First Fund” Launches Support for Phuket Orphans

Laguna Phuket’s “Children First Fund” Launches Support for Phuket Orphans

“Partnering with 7 orphanages in Phuket, the CFF complements Laguna Phuket Kindergarten, the Community Learning Center and the Mobile Learning Center by empowering the future generations and expanding our reach to this special group of underprivileged children under the care of our partners” he concluded.

Part proceeds of Laguna Phuket’s key year-long events together with Laguna Phuket contribution will be contributed to support the nutrition of needy children in Phuket orphanages through the work of CFF.

For more information and to help donate, please visit www.lagunaphuket.com/CSR or contact tel. +66 (0) 76 362 315, email: csr@lagunaphuket.com or follow the Facebook page @LagunaPhuketCSR.

Laguna Golf Phuket Signs Branding Agreement with the PGA

The 1st PGA Golf Academy in Southeast Asia

The PGA has reached an agreement with Laguna Golf Phuket, Thailand, to brand its new state-of-the-art golf academy. The new Laguna Golf Academy, Phuket, will become part of the PGA family of branded facilities joining a group that includes The Belfry in England and Gleneagles in Scotland. The new PGA academy will be the Association’s first in Southeast Asia based in Thailand, and one of the 11 PGA-branded facilities around the world. It complements the award-winning Laguna Golf Phuket’s 18-hole par 71 golf course, extensive practice and coaching facilities.

Laguna Golf Phuket Signs Branding Agreement with the PGA

Laguna Golf Phuket Signs Branding Agreement with the PGA

Laguna Golf Phuket Signs Branding Agreement with the PGA

The new purpose-built Laguna Golf Academy Phuket was launched in 2016, one year after the golf course was fully redesigned, firstly winning ‘Best Renovated Golf Course in Asia’ at the Asian Golf Awards 2015. More recently it has been named ‘Thailand’s Best Golf Course’ back-to-back at the World Golf Awards 2015 and 2016.

Laguna Phuket is Thailand’s first fully integrated destination resort that, besides top-class golf facilities, comprises luxurious hotels, villas, spas and restaurants such as Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket. Laguna Golf also boasts six-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo as an official brand ambassador.

Laguna Golf Phuket Signs Branding Agreement with the PGA
Paul Wilson, Laguna Golf Assistant Vice President and Group Golf Director.

More than 30 PGA Professionals are employed in Thailand, including Paul Wilson, Laguna Golf Assistant Vice President and Group Golf Director.

He said: “We are thrilled to become part of The PGA family and enhance our new Laguna Golf Academy Phuket with this PGA branding.

“We have made considerable investment in the overall golfing facilities in Laguna Phuket over the last few years. Since reopening our 18-hole golf course in January 2015, we have received wonderful feedback and won several industry awards.

“One of our key business objectives has been to enhance golf instruction within Laguna Golf. Developing this new relationship with The PGA will enable us to offer the very best in service standards and golf instruction techniques to our members and guests.”

Laguna Golf Phuket Signs Branding Agreement with the PGA
Robert Maxfield, the Association’s deputy chief executive

Robert Maxfield, the Association’s deputy chief executive, added: “The PGA is delighted to announce the start of a new relationship with Laguna Phuket.

“The exceptional golf facilities that now form The PGA academy provide an integral part of a high-class international resort of a quality that is synonymous with The PGA brand and our Members.”

As part of the ongoing relationship, the Laguna Phuket resort will host the first overseas PGA Members’ event.

This will take place from the 5-8 November 2017 and The PGA who is based at The Belfry will seek to engage the 1,500 PGA Members currently operating in 81 overseas countries, offering them an educational opportunity and an ability to network and share their experiences.

FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT  “Laguna Phuket presents Big Body+ Charity Concert”

Reference:
1. Announcement dated September 28, 2016 re cancellation of the concert in 2016.
2. Announcement dated December 13, 2016 re cancellation of the plan to organize the concert in 2017.

Reference is made to the results of the above announcements from which many ticket buyers had requested for refund and/or placed donation for Phuket Punyanukul School by the given deadline, January 10, 2017. Laguna Phuket has completely processed the requests, given back the refunds and recorded the donations accordingly.

Further review of all ticket record shows that there are still a number of purchased tickets whose buyers has yet to contact us or submit any request.

Thus, we are issuing this final announcement to inform those who wishes to get ticket refund, please do so by send via post:

1. The ticket(s)
2. A copy of your ID/passport
3. Your bank account information (for bank transfer)
4. Your contact information (email address and mobile phone)

To Charity Concert
390/1 Moo 1, Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherngtalay,
Thalang, Phuket 83110

Deadline for ticket refund is by Monday 1 May 2017

Laguna Phuket will still make donation to Phuket Punyanukul School for students’ canteen restoration and improvement as planned. Money from ticket sale that are not refunded by the above deadline will go to Phuket Punyanukul School.

For more information, please call +66 (0) 76 362 300 ext. 1404 or email ticket@lagunaphuket.com

Laguna Phuket wishes to express our sincere gratitude for your kind support to all of our charitable activities. Please accept our apologies for inconveniences caused.

Thousands to “Run Paradise” at 2017 Laguna Phuket Marathon

PHUKET, Thailand – The world-famous Laguna Phuket Marathon is set to celebrate its 12th year with a record turnout of more than 7,000 runners from over 40 countries. Sanctioned by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, the Laguna Phuket Marathon is held from sunset to sunrise over two days – 3rd and 4th June, 2017 – and is organised by leading sports management company Go Adventure Asia with professional timing and results by Sportstats Asia, ensuring the highest of international standards.

Thousands to “Run Paradise” at 2017 Laguna Phuket Marathon South East Asia's leading destination marathon to take place 3rd and 4th June, 2017

The leading destination marathon in South East Asia, and Phuket’s largest sports event, runners will compete across five distances – 2km Kids Run, 5km Run, 10.5km Run, Half Marathon (21.097km) and Marathon (42.195km) – with almost 2,000 people already signed up for the iconic marathon distance.

Joining a team of Event Ambassadors throughout Asia, Patcharasri “Kalamare” Benjamas has been appointed as Thailand Ambassador to encourage more people to run through the #MyFirstTime campaign. Using the hashtag on social media, runners can share their new experiences with the community and inspire more people to enjoy the health benefits of running. Kalamare will be running #MyFirstTime at Laguna Phuket Marathon in June.

“We are on track for a record turnout this year – registrations are already high and we expect more than 7,000 runners to take part. In addition to a strong domestic turnout, we will be welcoming more international runners than ever before. The attraction of Phuket, the beautiful course and facilities of Laguna Phuket make the event a true destination marathon,” said Mr. Roman Floesser, General Manager of the event’s organiser, Go Adventure Asia.

With Phuket as a drawcard, more than 60% of participants fly in specifically for the event and take advantage of Laguna Phuket’s facilities and beachfront location, to enjoy an extended holiday on the island.

“Laguna Phuket Marathon has been a pivotal destination event since the very beginning. It is in line with our own vision and philosophy to promote a positive healthy lifestyle, working with the local community and to develop long-term sustainable benefits for everyone. It is a platform to raise awareness and funds for charitable causes and projects operated by “Laguna Phuket Foundation”, and this year we will launch our “Children First Fund” to support more than 400 orphans in 7 orphanages in Phuket,” commented Mr. Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket.

“Phuket is one of the MICE city that has a well-developed economy and infrastructure, and is capable of hosting incentives and business meetings, as well as international festivals and mega events. Laguna Phuket Marathon has grown continuously over the years and is an excellent showcase of the city’s facilities and capability to host large-scale events which attracts thousands of international visitors to the city each year,” said Ms. Jaruwan Suwannasat, Director, Exhibition and Event, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau.

“Laguna Phuket Marathon is unique. The two day format allows more people to take part while ensuring a quality experience, and entire families can come and take part in Phuket’s largest sports event while enjoying a holiday at the same time. The event is an important revenue generator for Phuket during the island’s Green Season,” added Floesser.

Event Schedule Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival 2017

Event Schedule
Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival 2017

Saturday 4 March, 11am – 8pm, Canal Village (opposite Cassia Phuket)
Schedule:
11:00            Gate opens
11:00-11:30  Exclusive DJ Tommy T
11:30-12:15  JAZZIAM
12:15-14:00  MC / Phuket Academy Of Performing Arts (PAPA)
14:00             MC welcome
14:05-14:10  Opening show (กาพย์เห่เรือชมเครื่องคาวหวาน) – Poem Recital from the King Rama II Delicacy
14:10-14:15  Opening Ceremony
14:15-15:00  FIVERA
15:00-15:30  Cooking demo by Chef Audra Morrice, Creative Chef
15:30-17:00  Thai contemporary “ASEAN Medleys”
17:00-17:30  “Otao” Cooking demo by Peranakan Association of Phuket
17:30-18:00  Quest Game on stage
18:00-19:00  Acoustic Guitar & duo
19:00-20:00  Exclusive DJ
20:00             Closing

Festive Schedule Inaugural Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival 2017,
Friday 3 – Sunday 5 March 2017

Event Schedule Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival 2017

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans

Laguna Phuket launched its newest “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” earlier this year as a charity event with a mission of “Nourishing Hearts, Inspiring Dreams” and children of Phuket as beneficiary. Scheduled to take place at the resort’s various scenic locations during Friday 3 – Sunday 5 March this year, the inaugural Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival is a 3-day charity food festival with live music, entertainment and celebrity chef Audra Morrice and stars appearances. The Festival is aimed to heighten Phuket Province’s status as a “City of Gastronomy” conferred by the UNESCO, launch and raise funds for “Children First Fund” specially set up to support Phuket orphanages, as well as to create yet another lifestyle destination event within Laguna Phuket resort complex in celebration of its 30th Anniversary in 2017.

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans

Ringing in the mood of festivities on 3 March, various Laguna Phuket’s resorts will whip up sumptuous music & pop-up dinners.

On 4 March, the Festival held at Canal Village from 11am – 8pm by the tranquil lagoons will feature ‘live’ culinary demonstrations by Australia reality cooking competition MasterChef Asia Judge Chef Audra Morrice, pop-up concept food booths serving tantalising international and Peranakan cuisine, food truck and dining garden accompanied by vibrant professional musical performances including bands’ performances by aspiring youths. The entry is free, and everyone invited.

The Festival’s star-studded Charity Gala Dinner with auctions will be held on 4 March at the resort’s grand Latitude Marquee with celebrity stars’ appearance such as Fivera, Jazziam, Black ‘n’ Blue, Gam, Dome, etc., priced at THB 3,000 per person or THB 28,000 for a table of ten. The Laguna Phuket Charity Super Sunday Brunch on 5 March will take place at the contemporary XANA Beach Club, priced at THB 1,950 nett per person and THB 2,900 nett per person with free-flow beverages.

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans A Charity 3-Day Food & Music Festival to Raise Funds for “Children First Funds”
Salmon “Lo Hei” (sashimi salad), one of the dishes created by Chef Audra for Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival 2017.

The Festival is also planned as a platform to launch and raise funds for “Children First Fund” specially set up in conjunction with Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary this year with an objective of “Nourishing Hearts, Inspiring Dreams” to support the nutrition of needy children in Phuket orphanages.

Proceeds from the Festival together with Laguna Phuket contribution will go to “Children First Fund” and monthly contribution of food and necessities will be given to Children First Fund’s program partners – the 7 orphanages in Phuket, housing more than 400 orphans and underprivileged children.

Laguna Phuket expects that the fund raised from the Festival will fruitfully support the nutrition of needy children in Phuket orphanages for at least one full year.

The resort also hopes that its newly launched ‘Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival’ will become another permanent installation on Phuket tourism’s calendar” like its famous annual marathon and triathlon events.

For more information, please visit www.lagunaphuket.com/foodandmusicfestival, call +66 (0) 76 362300 ext. 1404 or email: ticket@lagunaphuket.com and follow us on Facebook/LagunaPhuketResort.

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Unveiled at a Media Showcase

From left: Dr. Kosol Taengutai, Deputy Mayor of Phuket City Municipality and President of the Thai Peranakan Association; Ms. Anoma Wongyai, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket Office; Ms. Siwaporn Chuasawat, Vice Governor of Phuket; Chef Audra Morrice, Creative Chef behind the food design and creation for the Festival; and Mr. David Seet, Senior Assistant Vice President, Laguna Phuket

Thursday 9 February, Laguna Phuket unveiled its newest “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” at a special media conference at XANA Beach Club by the beautiful Bangtao Beach in Phuket, Thailand. Scheduled to take place at the resort’s various scenic locations during Friday 3 – Sunday 5 March this year, the inaugural Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival is a 3-day charity food festival with live music, entertainment and celebrity chefs and stars appearances. The Festival is aimed to heighten Phuket Province’s status as a “City of Gastronomy” conferred by the UNESCO, launch and raise funds for “Children First Fund” specially set up to support Phuket orphanages, as well as to create yet another lifestyle destination event within Laguna Phuket resort complex in celebration of its 30th Anniversary in 2017.

The conference was addressed by Ms. Siwaporn Chuasawat, Vice Governor of Phuket; Dr. Kosol Taengutai, Deputy Mayor of Phuket City Municipality and President of the Thai Peranakan Association; Mr. David Seet, Senior Assistant Vice President, Laguna Phuket; Ms. Anoma Wongyai, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket Office; and Chef Audra Morrice, Creative Chef behind the food design and creation for the Festival.

“The Phuket Province looks forward to welcoming visitors from Thailand and around the world to the Festival and many other events on the island. Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival is hoped to help present the authentic Phuket food and culture adored by Thais and foreigners,” said Ms. Siwaporn Chuasawat, Vice Governor of Phuket.

Representing Phuket City Municipality, the recipient of “City of Gastronomy” status from the UNESCO, was Dr. Kosol Taengutai, Deputy Mayor who’s also President of the Thai Peranakan Association. He said “Phuket is a city with multiple cultures being beautifully displayed through the people’s daily life in the food, the clothing, the architecture, etc. This, and the uniqueness of Phuket’s authentic local food, brought us UNESCO’s City of Gastronomy status. I am pleased that Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival will nicely help to heighten the status this March.”

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Unveiled at a Media Showcase A Charity 3-Day Food & Music Festival to feature Celebrity Chefs and Stars Appearances this March

The Festival is also planned as a platform to launch and raise funds for “Children First Fund” specially set up in conjunction with Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary this year with an objective of “Nourishing Hearts, Inspiring Dreams” to support the nutrition of needy children in Phuket orphanages.

“Special thanks to Phuket Province, City of Phuket Municipality, the Thai Peranakan Association, TAT, Chef Audra, members of the press and all of our Festival’s partners and sponsors who help make this first edition possible,” said Mr. David Seet, SAVP of Laguna Phuket representing the host.

“We really hope that the fund raised from the Festival for Children First Fund will fruitfully support the nutrition of needy children in Phuket orphanages, and ‘Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival’ will become another permanent installation on Phuket tourism’s calendar,” he concluded.

The media showcase also included a Thai dessert station where delectable fruit imitations (Kanom Look Choup) were being demonstrated by Phuket children.

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Unveiled at a Media Showcase A Charity 3-Day Food & Music Festival to feature Celebrity Chefs and Stars Appearances this March
Chef Audra Morrice
Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Unveiled at a Media Showcase A Charity 3-Day Food & Music Festival to feature Celebrity Chefs and Stars Appearances this March
“Lo Hei” (sashimi salad)

The showcase came to a conclusion with a cooking demo of salmon “Lo Hei” (sashimi salad) by Celebrity Chef Audra Morrice who was appointed the Creative Chef of Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival.

Celebrity Chef Audra Morrice’s culinary career began after her stint as a finalist in MasterChef Australia 2012. She is currently one of the three judges on MasterChef Asia together with three-Michelin-starred chef Bruno Ménard and stellar restaurateur Susur Lee. She runs a successful catering business and cooking classes. Her cooking style is eclectically Asian, drawing influence from her Singaporean Chinese-Indian heritage. She hosts her own TV cooking series, “Tasty Conversations” broadcasting from Australia across Asia and is the author of “My Kitchen, Your Table” cookbook. She is also an Ambassador with the Singapore Tourism Board.

The Festival’s highlight, a star-studded Charity Gala Dinner with auctions, will be held on 4 March at the resort’s grand Latitude Marquee with multiple celebrity stars’ appearance such as Black ‘n’ Blue band, Gam, Fivera, Jazziam – to name only a few, priced at THB 3,000 per person or THB 28,000 for a table of ten.

Gala tickets are available for sale from 1 February 2017 at all Laguna Phuket resorts – Angsana Laguna Phuket, Angsana Villas Resort Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort and Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort; as well as Laguna Tours Desk and Laguna Tours Office in Canal Village and online at ticket@lagunaphuket.com. Advance booking is recommended.

For more information, please visit www.lagunaphuket.com/foodandmusicfestival, call +66 (0) 76 362300 ext. 1404 or email: ticket@lagunaphuket.com and follow us on Facebook/LagunaPhuketResort.

Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts

Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts
Mr. Kritsanat Udomphakphiphat, Deputy General Manager (far left); Ms. Prapa Hemmin, Director of Marketing and Corporate Events (2nd from left); Mr. Anthony Loh, Senior Assistant Vice President (2nd from right) and Mr. Teerawut Totarat, Director of Tours (for right), all represented Laguna Phuket in presenting 3,000 sets of flood survival kits to Dr. Chockchai Dejamornthan, Governor of Phuket, joining the Province’s flood relief efforts in the South.

On Friday 20 January, Laguna Phuket management representatives presented survival kits worth a total of 180,000 Baht to the Phuket Governor, Dr. Chockchai Dejamornthan.
Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts

Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts
Earlier this month, Laguna Phuket associates came together and packed the 3,000 kits to be given to the flood-affected residents across southern Thailand.

Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts

Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts

Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts

Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts
Laguna Phuket has also provided survival kits to four local emergency centres in Thalang district.