Hotel Badminton Teams Raise Funds for Phuket School

PHUKET — Over 150 hoteliers from 20 resorts in the Phuket area came together to participate in the Outrigger Charity Badminton Tournament, held August 4 at the PK Arena Badminton Club in Thalang, central Phuket.

Participants at the Outrigger Charity Badminton Tournament: promoting health and raising funds for Baan Kok Wat Mai School in Phuket

Funds raised will go towards the Baan Kok Wat Mai School where Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has undertaken several long-term projects, such as library renovation, school toilet enhancements, and upgrading the playground, canteen and classrooms.

Each hotel team contributed THB3,500 to compete in men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles matches. Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort finished the day as overall champion after nearly 10 hours of competition.

“I’d like to thank all the hotel teams who participated,” said Leah Matters, Resort Manager at the Outrigger. “The players showed great spirit and sportsmanship to raise funds for a worthy cause – and to promote physical health benefits through sport.”

Badminton is a very popular sport in Thailand. It is included in the school sports curriculum. The current number-one female player in the world is a Thai national, Ratchanok Intanon.

Results: Men’s double, Women’s Double and Mixed Double, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is the champion beat Andara Resort & Villa. Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort finished the tournament in the third place.

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort Appoints New Director of Tennis

PHUKET, THAILAND – The Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has appointed Mr Sean Panton as Director of Tennis, effective 15 December 2017.

Panton, a British national born in Malawi, has been teaching tennis since 1994. Since then he has been advancing the tennis skills of players of all levels at venues such as the Hyatt Regency Macau, the Four Seasons Resort in Chiang Mai, the Royal Garden Pattaya Sport & Fitness Club, and the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa.

A resident of Phuket for 16 years, Panton was also General Manager of Thanyapura, the Phuket International Academy Sports & Leisure Club.

Since opening in 2013, tennis has been a major guest activity at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, which has three outdoor floodlit synthetic courts and an indoor court. Panton takes over from James Corin who served as Tennis Director for three years at the Outrigger.

“Sean’s vast experience as a tennis coach and working at a senior level in sports-related activities in many international cross-cultural settings make him ideal to direct tennis operations at Outrigger,” said Tony Pedroni, the resort’s General Manager.

Pedroni said that apart from hotel guests, Phuket residents are also welcome to learn or play tennis at the Outrigger. Individual and group lessons, a ladies tennis clinic, and a social night are all part of the tennis scene at the resort, which is known for promoting active lifestyles.

Aside from tennis, Panton is a leading advocate for environmental protection, corporate social responsibility and inclusive community relations. In 2011, he created SEEK, an environmental civil society movement helping to consolidate green initiatives in Phuket.

Beyond tennis and environmental protection, Panton is a surfer, husband and father with a passion for music.

The tennis centre at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort can be contacted at +66 [0] 76 360 600 ext. 2355. Email:

Green Commitment: A Tennis Q&A with Sean Panton
Here, Sean Panton, the new Director of Tennis at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, talks about his on-court heroes and the challenges and rewards of taking up tennis as a hobby.

Q: Which male and female tennis players do you admire the most and why?
A: I admire Roger Federer the most. He is humble, focused and always has time for his fans. He also works to promote junior tennis whenever possible. His game is very efficient. He plays with minimal wasted effort. There will never be another Federer.

Serena and Venus Williams inspire me with their relentless commitment and love for the game, their physical prowess and their ability to not only change with the times, but to recover so well in the face of adversity. They are truly inspiring.

Q: How has the game changed over the last 50 years or so?
A: It’s a different game now. Rackets make more possible and coaching and fitness have come a long way. The game is a lot more physical and more demanding on the body for the pros. However, the beginner or club player has a much better chance of developing a solid game now as coaching is more function based as opposed to form. Equipment today is much better and makes the game easier to play.

Q: How does tennis compare with other sports as a means to keep fit?
A: Tennis uses a wide variety of physical and mental skills that makes it one of the most challenging but rewarding sports to play. After a good hour of tennis you feel physically and mentally stimulated. Keeping fit and flexible will help your game – and life in general. I know lots of people who play well into their 80s. Tennis keeps you healthy and focused.

Q: What if someone is not sure about taking it up? What advice would you give to them?
A: Tennis is easy when the focus of learning is to have fun. If you haven’t played for a while you will find it a lot easier than when you used to play. It doesn’t take all day to play, just an hour or so will do. Tennis is low impact so it’s easy to start to play as a youth or later in life. At the Outrigger our courts are artificial grass, so very comfortable on the knees. Those interested should try it and see how easy it is to begin to succeed. My aim is to build their game around their natural abilities, so it doesn’t take long to grasp.

Q: How much equipment and specialist gear do you need to get started?
A: I have rackets for you to try out depending on your physical capabilities and style. So all you really need is a little motivation and a pair of tennis shoes.

Q: Do you have to have a partner in mind or can the tennis centre at the Outrigger match you up with someone?
A: We have a data base of players from the community and ‘knockers’ who can play with you also.

Q: How social is tennis at the Outrigger?
A: Very. We have an excellent facility and are conveniently located, so we’re ideal for social tennis. Lots of Phuket residents live close by and have frequented the courts for the past four years. We also host weekly social events and tournaments. We will be introducing leagues and mixers as well as junior development days.

Q: What about families or groups of friends who want to play together. What can Outrigger do for them?
A: We can conduct group clinics and even teach parents how to play games with and instruct their children. When we have different ages and abilities we focus on shot development and follow up with practice games so all are engaged and benefit. We can put together round robin events for friends and even elite master classes for high level players.

Q: Which time of the week is best to play at Outrigger?
A: We are open from 8am to 8pm daily. The best time is the time that suits you. Coaching is available except for Sundays but we can be flexible on that too. Let us know your time slots and we will work around you. Please note heat is a factor, so mid-day is not a good time to play.

Q: How can those interested in tennis in Phuket contact you to find out more?
A: Just call me anytime on 083 391 5869 or reach out to me by email me on

Q: Finally, there’s a movie about it now, but who was better, Borg or McEnroe?
A: I played with Bjorn Borg when I was 13 in Bahrain. I played with him against Vitas Gerulaitis and another ranked junior player in an exhibition game. So while Borg is my favourite, McEnroe was in my opinion better. He changed the whole mechanics of the game with no swing and use of the wrist on the serve. However, they both were great champions. Some of the matches they played against each other were epic.

Celebrate this Festive Season with Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

Enjoy time with family and friends at our unique beachfront location. Let us make all the arrangements.

Christmas Eve: Sunday 24th December 2017
Traditional Christmas Eve Buffet @ Locavore
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Treat the family to our sumptuous buffet brimming with slow-roasted grain fed Australian sirloin, roasted leg of lamb, a selection of Christmas desserts and more while the band serenades you with its festive sounds.
Adult: THB 1,290++ (food only), THB 2,490++ with free-flow beverages
Child aged 4 to 12: THB 495++ with free-flow soft drink
Celebrate with us now»

Lobsters & Oysters under the Stars @ Edgewater
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Take full advantage of our divine beachfront location with a delectable beachfront BBQ highlighting grilled lobster and Fine de Claire oysters and more. Irresistible and tempting, this is the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations.
Adult: THB 2,990++ (food only), THB 3,100++ with a glass of Prosecco DOC, Bianca Nera
Child aged 4 to 12: THB 1,200++
Celebrate with us now »

Christmas Day: Monday 25th December 2017
A Perfect Match @ Locavore
12 noon – 10 pm
Featuring Wagyu Beef Entrecote Double with all the trimmings, paired with 2 glasses of Reserve St. Martin, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Adult: THB 3,990++ for two persons
Celebrate with us now »

Beachfront Christmas BBQ @ Edgewater
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Enjoy a fine, intimate selection of grills and fresh seafood accompanied by live music and the soothing sounds of lapping waves. What could be more perfect than Christmas by the beach?
Adult: THB 1,600++ (food only), THB 1,800++ with a glass of Prosecco DOC, Bianca Nera
Child aged 4 to 12: THB 800++
Celebrate with us now »

New Year’s Eve: Sunday 31st December 2017
New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner & Dance @ Locavore
From 8 pm
Wave farewell to 2017 and welcome in the New Year with our enticing selection of seafood, carving station, foie gras, imported meat, Thai classics and delectable desserts, and then settle back for an exceptional night of live entertainment featuring a live band, DJ, table magician and spectacular midnight fireworks. A night not to be missed!
Adult: THB 7,400++
Child aged 4 to 12: THB 3,600++
Celebrate with us now »

Lobster Beach @ Edgewater
From 8 pm
The Edgewater presents a gourmet five-course menu for lobster lovers to close out 2017. Complete a wonderful alfresco dinner under the stars with your toes in the sand and a firework display at midnight
Adult: THB 6,000++
Child aged 4 to 12: THB 3,600++
Celebrate with us now »

Terms and Conditions
– “Lifestyle Membership” discount does not apply on Christmas dinner and New Year’s Eve dining events.
– Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% government tax.

Please contact our Food and Beverage team at 076 360 600 for full details and reservations.

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort Finance Team Wins Accolade All the Way from Hawaii

GM Tony Pedroni (left) receives the Exceptional Achievement by a Team Award from Scott Dalecio, President and CEO of Outrigger Hotels and Resorts at the Honolulu awards gala.

HONOLULU, HAWAII – The finance team at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has been recognized for “Exceptional Work by a Team” from Outrigger Enterprises Group. The good news came during the Outrigger Po‘okela Excellence in Leadership Awards held in Honolulu in late April. The awards, covering all 37 Outrigger and affiliated properties in six countries, recognised exceptional employees, teams and properties that have made remarkable contributions to the success of Outrigger.

“Our local finance team on site in Bang Tao in Phuket do a terrific job, said Tony Pedroni, the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort General Manager who was in Hawaii for the awards ceremony and the Outrigger global leadership conference. “The finance team’s patience, attention to detail and responsive attitude to new challenges have been an indispensible part of our success in Phuket.”

The Po‘okela Awards are designed for Outrigger Enterprises Group to express appreciation for its team members for their accomplishments, to honour excellence and to celebrate the embodiment of The Outrigger Way.

Outrigger in Phuket Announces Top Lebanese Chef for Metzo’s

PHUKET, THAILAND – Mustapha Haj Omar, one of the most sought after chefs in the Middle East and the Indian Ocean, is now in charge at Metzo’s restaurant in the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, Thailand.

Mustapha brings expertise and passion from his family, a long line of restaurateurs in Al Mina in Lebanon, to Metzo’s, Outrigger’s specialist Mediterranean restaurant. Metzo’s features innovative dishes influenced by the culinary heritage of Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, North Africa, Spain and Italy.

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“Mustapha is a star of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Arabic dining,” says Tony Pedroni, General Manager of the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort. “He combines a family-inspired passion for taste with an impressive track record that has seen him cook for royalty in the Gulf Region, host his own cooking shows on Bahraini television, and deliver private culinary events for discerning guests across Asia.”

Before joining Outrigger on 2 January as Executive Sous Chef – Oriental and Mediterranean Cuisine, Mustapha was the head chef at the One & Only Reethi Rah Resort and Spa in the Maldives, a regular host to royalty, celebrities and VIPs. He was responsible for the luxury resort’s Lebanese and Arabic restaurant, Fanditha Kitchen, and all Middle Eastern, Maldivian and Mediterranean cuisine in the resort.

Mustapha has also led Lebanese and Mediterranean kitchens at Mon Liban, Luxembourg; the Shangri-La Villingili, Maldives; the Sheraton Bahrain Hotel; and Le Meridien Dubai, among many others over the last 18 years. In 2002 he spent six months in charge of all Lebanese and Middle Eastern food preparation in the Palace of the Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“I love the challenge of cooking for guests with high expectations,” says Mustapha. “They inspire me to continue learning and always be at my best.”

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At Metzo’s in Phuket, Mustapha is now implementing his range of signature dishes such as Hummus (puree of chickpeas, sesame paste, tahini, lemon juice and garlic), Moutabal (puree of grilled eggplants), Tabouleh (Lebanese salad of parsley, bourghul, tomatoes, onions, lemon juice, olive oil and spices), Falafel with Tahini sauce, Jawaniha Dajaj (Mustapha’s chicken wings), Shish Kebab, Shish Taouk (Turkish-style chicken breast marinated in garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and spices grilled on skewers and served with garlic sauce and rice), and Samakeh Harra (grilled fish marinated in chilli, citrus and cilantro)

Mustapha says cooking and life are journeys of discovery. “I love new challenges and places. I want to keep trying new adventures and challenges until my last breath. That is my passion.”

Mustapha’s signature dishes at Metzo’s will be available from Friday 6 February 2015. For reservations email Or call +66 (0)76 360 600.