The Naka Phuket now complete

The Naka Phuket now completeThe Naka Phuket, a member of Design Hotels, is ready to welcome this high season’s guests with the announcement of the completion and opening of a number of resort facilities and services from the 20th December 2014.

On top of the opening of more pool villas, the five star property will launch a number of facilities that include the Meka Sky Lounge and Restaurant located 30 metres above sea level, located on top of the new NAPA “Spa tower”, the wellness and fitness centre of the resort.

Also fully operating from the 20th will be the brand new kids club “The Heha” that is open daily and offers a range of activities and events for families.

With its secluded location, beach access and luxury accommodation in romantic pool villas, the Naka is the perfect wedding and honeymoon destination. The resort has its own wedding chapel – “WIWA” – that is beautifully located by the beach and the resort’s massive infinity pool.

The Naka is located on the West Coast of Phuket, at Nal Yae, a secluded beach in Kamala Bay, and impresses with its contemporary touch and its trendy design. Accommodation is in romantic 1, 2 and 3 bedroom pool villas, all of them sea view.

Water sports offered by the resort include snorkelling, kayaking and diving with the resort having its own diving centre.

Andaman’s Jewel Just Got Brighter

Andaman’s Jewel Just Got BrighterPhuket, the “Jewel of the Andaman Sea” and one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations just got brighter with the announcement of the opening of the 104-room Eastin Yama Hotel Phuket in the picturesque Kata region of this tropical paradise.

In a stunning hillside location with each room featuring either picture perfect mountain or ocean views Eastin Yama provides discerning travelers with a choice of accommodation ranging from Superior to Suite options, all fully equipped for a comfortable and cosseting stay.

Each room features complimentary high speed wi-fi, LCD TV with a selection of international channels, tea and coffee making facilities and bathrobe and slippers with some rooms enjoying a rain shower, private balcony and direct access to the freeform swimming pool and jacuzzi.

Facilities include a high tech gym, pool bar, themed rooftop restaurant with skybar (opening in 2015), teenagers’ room, all-day dining venue offering contemporary “Thai Organic” cuisine and a cozy meeting room for hosting perfect intimate events.

Other Eastin touches that make a stay at an Eastin hotel truly memorable are extended breakfast hours until 11.30 a.m., free extra bed and breakfast for children up to 16 years old, laundry at cost, complimentary shuttle to Kata and our “room ready” guarantee – if you advise us of your check-in time at least 48 hours prior to arrival if your room is not ready when you arrive the first night is free with our compliments.

So come and experience the latest jewel in Phuket’s crown and find out for yourself why a stay at an Eastin hotel truly is “Value for All Occasions”.

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First nature adventure guide to Phuket released

First nature adventure guide to Phuket releasedA new travel guidebook publisher has released the first nature adventure guide to Phuket, Thailand.

“We saw a need for a series of travel guides to serve eco-travelers, and we are filling that need,” says David Lee, publisher based in Ojai, California.

With unique inside information and valuable travel tips, Phuket Nature Adventures “taps the wisdom of thousands of travelers. We leverage the power of the Internet to find the very best destinations and activities,” says Lee. “Our authors analyze hundreds of reviews, sifting out the gems to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.”

Published this month on Amazon Kindle, Phuket Nature Adventures is a Thailand travel guide loaded with details on scuba diving and snorkeling, bike riding, kite boarding, wildlife viewing, elephant experiences and kayaking in some of the most scenic beaches and tropical forests around Phuket.

A valuable trip planning tool, Phuket Nature Adventures serves up a menu of fun day trips and exciting overnight trips so visitors can get the most out of their Thailand vacation. In addition to several places to visit around Phuket Town, the guide includes adventures in Khao Sok National Park, Khao Lak, Phang Nga Bay and Ko Phangan.

Centara Blue Marine Phuket ready to welcome guests

Centara Blue Marine Phuket ready to welcome guests Following extensive renovations Centara Blue Marine Resort and Spa Phuket is set to welcome this high season’s guests.

Located at the northern end of Patong Beach with Kalim Bay and enjoying magnificent views of the Andaman Sea and a green backdrop of forested hillside, Centara Hotels & Resorts assumed operational management of this four-star resort in January 2014. A renovation and rebranding program is now complete and the resort will be officially re-branded as Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa Phuket from December 1st 2014.

Accommodation is a mix of 266 rooms including newly designed and renovated Premium Rooms, suites and villas, the latter offering a choice of one and two bedrooms, with each having its own private pool. There are three swimming pools including a water slide feature, plus two pools for children. Other leisure facilities include a spa, fitness centre, Star Bar, Premium Lounge for Suite guests comfort and Centara’s signature Kids’ Club. Also completely redesigned are the hotel lobby and Lobby Lounge set to welcome guests in comfort and style.

The restaurants include Blue Horizons which serves international cuisine, and Tropics Restaurant which serves more casual offerings beside the resort’s ‘Waterfall Swimming Pools’.

Meetings facilities are included, with the Mediterranean Room able to hold up to 180 guests for cocktails and other smaller venues and outdoor locations for a myriad of parties, meetings and gatherings.

The resort has its own laundry, bakery and an off-site garden producing fruit and vegetables for guests and staff.

The CEO of Centara Hotels and Resorts Thirayuth Chirathivat says “we are extremely proud to add Centara Blue Marine Resort and Spa Phuket to our portfolio of Centara Hotels and Resorts within the Kingdom Of Thailand and we are confident that with the overall remodeling of the resort Centara Blue Marine Resort and Spa Phuket adds further impetus and confidence to our investors and guests alike that our strategy to place Phuket high on our list of must visit destinations is reaping mutual rewards for all parties concerned.”

Regent introduces Warm Winter Package

Regent introduces Warm Winter Package Regent Hotels & Resorts is offering travelers the perfect opportunity to stay warm this winter and save on getaways to top travel destinations while earning triple frequent flyer points.

Whatever the traveler’s fancy – whether it be skiing the magnificent slopes of Montenegro, basking under the warm sun in tropical Phuket, sampling delicious traditional bites in bustling Taipei, or exploring the rich cultures of Beijing and Berlin – all can be experienced while enjoying Regent’s renowned hospitality, first-rate amenities and well-appointed accommodations.

With Regent Hotels & Resorts’ special Warm Winter package, guests can save 25 percent off on stays at one of the following unique and illustrious properties: Regent Beijing, Regent Berlin, Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, Regent Taipei, and Regent Porto Montenegro; the luxurious hotel collection’s newest addition which opened August 2014. Guests booking three nights or more also receive a guaranteed room upgrade. In addition, guests booking the Warm Winter package and who are members of one of Regent’s 12 partner airline frequent flyer programs will receive triple mileage points.

Regent’s Warm Winter package is valid for stays from Dec. 15, 2014 through Feb. 28, 2015. A minimum stay of two nights is required. Offers are subject to availability, and blackout dates and additional conditions may apply for each hotel.

For more information and reservations, please visit or call the toll-free number at1-866-630-5890. Direct reservation at Regent Phuket is available on

Renaissance Phuket unveils new dining initiatives

Renaissance Phuket unveils new dining initiativesOn Friday 21st November 2014, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa held an event entitled “Discover the New R-Dining” which saw the official unveiling of three new dining initiatives by the resort, the re-launch of Takieng Restaurant, their new R Beach Club, and the Loca Vore’s Kid Campaign.

Re-launching Takieng Restaurant

Renaissance Phuket unveils new dining initiativesThe re-launching of the resort’s signature Thai restaurant Takieng restaurant saw the introduction of Takieng’s new Thai Chef, Chef Apisorn Renusak who hails from Bangkok, the new restaurant set-up including the terrace with Thai seats for a relaxing Thai-style atmosphere, the air-conditioned restaurant’s new improved layout with Thai lanterns, and the balcony which overlooks the beach, grass lawn, and pool, with an ocean breeze & sunset.

Activities at the re-launch included 4 live cooking stations which featured new menu items, live Thai flute & Thai background music, a speech from resort GM Goetz Bauer and Thai wines from Siam Winery.

Renaissance Phuket unveils new dining initiatives

Launching R Beach Club

Renaissance Phuket unveils new dining initiativesThe new ‘R Beach Club’, the only one on Mai Khao Beach, is a new hip and cool place to chill or party after dinner at the sand area by the beach lawn. Targeting guests aged between 28-40 years old, R Beach Club’s setting on the Sand area adjacent to Sand Box restaurant features sun loungers and bean bags and a relaxing, yet hip and cool atmosphere where guest can chill-out after dinner with music provided by their resident DJ X. Sand Box is seen as the place for dinner and then guests can carry on to R Beach Club which is seen to be the ‘happening’ place after dinner.

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Loca Vore’s Kid Campaign
As part of the Marriott Rewards pilot project ‘Kids Get More’ campaign, Renaissance Phuket resort & Spa gas been selected as the pilot resort to offer a new kid’s menu separating the younger and older kids between 2-13 years old featuring different items that will accommodate their dining experience.

Al the kids have to do is fill out the sign-up form to receive mini benefits including

• 3 scoops of ice cream at any of their restaurants
• Special free activity at their Kid’s World
• “Kid Eats Free” daily one item from ‘kids menu’ when parent orders main course dinner at Loca Vore

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Uber taxi app launches in Phuket

Uber taxi app launches in PhuketWednesday 12th November saw the official launch of the Uber taxi application in Phuket. After successfully launching in Bangkok six months ago, Phuket was the second city in Thailand to launch Uber. Furthermore, Phuket is the first city to where the app has been launched as an UBERDESTINATION.

UBERDESTINATION is an expansion strategy targeted at vacation destinations, where Uber aims to bring the app that people know and love in their home cities to places where they vacation. The service is not targeted just at residents, but a large part at visitors, something which is particularly valuable for Phuket.

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Customers create a pre-arranged reservation through the free Uber smartphone app. The nearest driver is alerted and given the customer’s info and pickup location through the Uber drive app. The Uber driver app uses GPS to collect data which is then forwarded to Uber’s servers for accurate billing and receipt generation.

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For more information about prices and app download, please visit

First time users of the service in Phuket can get a first free ride of up to 300THB by using the special promo code uber4phuket

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Novotel Phuket Karon Beach officially opens

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach officially opensOn Friday November 7th 2014, Phuket Governer – Nisit Jansomwong was conducted by guest of honor at the official opening ceremony of Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa, Gary Richard Murray, owner of Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa, and Paul Stevens, Vice President of Operations, Novotel Mercure Ibis, Thailand Vietnam Cambodia Lao Myanmar Philippine both gave opening speeches. The ceremony was also attended by Jaree Wuthisanti, Senior Executive Vice President – Managing Director Corporate Banking Group 1, Fraser Ross, General Manager of Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa and Uthit Limsakul, Assistant Director of TAT

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach officially opensSeen in the photo from left:
1. Uthit Limsakul – Assistant Director of TAT
2. Nisit Jansomwong – Phuket Governor
3. Gary Richard Murray – Owner of Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa
4. Jaree Wuthisanti – Senior Executive Vice President – Managing Director Corporate Banking Group 1
5. Paul Stevens – Vice President of Operations, Novotel Mercure Ibis, Thailand Vietnam Cambodia Lao Myanmar Philippine
6. Fraser Ross – General Manager of Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa

AirAsia FREE SEATS are back!

AirAsia FREE SEATS are back!Enjoy great deals with 3 million promo seats available from 10th – 16th November 2014 and for travel from 10 June 2015 – 17 Jan 2016

AirAsia, the world’s best low cost airline for six consecutive years is proud to present another round of Free Seats*, with 3 million promotional seats made available for immediate booking, along with exciting routes from its low-cost long haul affiliate AirAsia X.
Free seats are available to various domestic destinations such as Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani, Phitsanulok, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon and Krabi. Connect to other cities and islands via City Transfer and Island Transfer service to destinations such as Kalasin, Mukdahan, Sukhothai, Pai, Samui, Tao Island, Lipe, Khaolak or Khanom. Exciting international destinations include Phnom Penh, Yangon, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Changsha, Wuhan, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Singapore, Penang, Bali and many more destinations from Bangkok (Don Mueang).

The Free Seats (excluding airport tax, fuel surcharge and other applicable fees) are available for booking at from 10th until 16th November 2014, for travel during 10th June 2015 – 17th January 2016.

Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO of Thai AirAsia said, “This is a great time for our guests to plan out their holidays for next year with our Free Seats promotion for both domestic and international destinations across our network. With the addition of two new airlines, Thai AirAsia X and Indonesia AirAsia X, our guests can now go further direct from Bangkok to Seoul, Tokyo and Osaka; making this promotion even more attractive for our guests.”

Thai AirAsia X at the same time is also offering a promotional fare starting at only 4,490THB for travel from Bangkok to Seoul (Incheon) and Osaka (Kansai) (including airport tax and fuel surcharge). Low fares start from 4,690THB from Bangkok to Tokyo (Narita) with the same booking period of 10th – 16th November 2014 for travel from 10th June 2015 – 17th January 2016.

Furthermore, we also have an enhanced list of Fly-Thru city pairs which will enable seamless connectivity for our guests. There are currently 858 Fly-Thru city pairs which AirAsia & AirAsia X guests can take advantage of during this Free Seats promotion.

The Free Seats promotion is available online at and also via AirAsia’s mobile apps on iPhone and Android devices, and also AirAsia’s mobile site at Just search AirAsia on the respective app stores to download and start booking!

AirAsiaGo, the holiday division of the world’s best low cost airline, will also be offering special deals for travellers during this promo.
AirAsiaGo is presenting great savings up to 60% when Free Seats are booked together with hotel accommodation. Prices are from as low as 1,499THB per person for both flight and accommodation (3days 2nights). For more information and to book, visit its website at from 10th until 16th November 2014, for the travel period from 5th January – 5th October 2015.

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