On Tuesday 20 October, Laguna Phuket has welcomed more than 300 guests and members of the press to “Cassia Unveilings”, the opening event of its seventh hotel “Cassia Phuket” which is the world’s first property of Banyan Tree’s newest and third hotel brand Cassia. The hotel welcomes its very first guest today (Wednesday 21 October).
The three-hour opening event started at 6.30pm when guests arrived at the hotel’s lobby, smartly dubbed “Meeting Point”, to be welcomed by the G.M. Mr. Ilias Vamvakas who then invited guests to a photo shoot in front of a wall colourfully covered by the dazzling street art of two renowned Thai artists – RUKKIT and TikkyWow.
The evening continued as guests spread around the hotel to mingle with the hotel’s associates who are called “Cassia Friends”, enjoy food and drinks and stage performances, play fun games at various stations or view the hotel’s showrooms.
The highlight of the night took place at around 8.30pm as Mr. KP Ho, Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings was joined by Ms. Anoma Vongyai, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Phuket Office; Ms. Claire Chiang, Co-Founder of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Chairperson of Banyan Tree Global Foundation; Mr. KC Ho, Senior Vice President of Banyan Tree Holdings; Mr. Abid Butt, Chief Executive Officer of Banyan Tree Holdings; Mr. Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket; Mr. Stuart Readings, Vice President – Property Development, Laguna Banyan Tree; Mr. Pancho Llamas, Vice President, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Mr. Ilias Vamvakas, General Manager of Cassia Phuket, at a flame ceremony that started the fireworks to mark an official opening of Cassia Phuket.
“Tonight is really a very special night. Twenty one years ago we launched a new brand in Phuket that was the Banyan Tree Phuket. Now, Banyan Tree Phuket is twenty one years old, it is mature, but now we have launched a new baby tonight,” said Mr. KP Ho during his speech,
“From today onwards, the Cassia brand will be open to the world. We already have other Cassia projects in development in Indonesia, China and elsewhere but we are so happy that, like Banyan Tree, Cassia was born here. We are truly committed to the future of Phuket. We have invested in and developed seven hotels in Phuket, hundreds of property units, golf course, socially responsible activities. To us, Phuket is truly our second home.”
A stylish combination of hotel and serviced apartments for couples, families or groups of friends, Cassia is aimed to offer a completely new hospitality concept that uniquely features cutting edge design, colourful “street art” decor and suites available by the day, week, month or year.
Located within the world-renown integrated resort Laguna Phuket, Cassia brings an innovative approach to hospitality with 221 stylish residences featuring casual chic one- and two-bedroom apartments, each with a separate living room and fully equipped kitchen. Many residences have a Loft hang out area with panoramic views of the lagoon, ocean or park.
Cassia Phuket boasts original features and facilities such as free Wi-Fi, two pools, a spacious area at Bang Tao Beach, indoor and outdoor kids’ play areas, Chill Chill Spa and touch-screen concierge.
Cassia allows guests to keep dining easy with casual concepts Market 23 Cafe the hotel’s buzzing social hub, and Street Bar featuring in-house DJs and original works of Thai street artists.
Guests who prefer to dine in, can cook home-made meals with fresh ingredients from Market 23 Cafe, order delivery from local restaurants or take away from street vendors.
“Our concept is straight forward; Live, Laugh, Love Your Way. Choice is for you!” said Mr. Ilias Vamvakas, General Manager of Cassia Phuket,
“The hotel is stylish, colourful and cozy in itself, and as soon as you walked a bit further inside, you will see this magnificent lagoon and clear view over the beautiful Bangtao Beach. So when these elements are combined, it creates a unique experience with which we are sure our guests will fall in love,” he concluded.
For more information about Cassia Phuket, please visit www.cassia.com
More photo: The Grand Opening event of Cassia Phuket