As You Enter Ritz-Carlton Reserve At Phulay Bay, Ask Yourself, Does The Feng Shui Feel Right?
On the coast of Krabi in Thailand sits Ritz-Carlton's prize jewel, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve at Phulay Bay. While a lot of meticulous planning went into the property's design, it seems there was one element of Phulay Bay that needed some adjusting after the initial opening.
Specifically, the welcome pavilion, where, upon arriving, guests must ceremoniously walk around the edges of a pond by following a path of stones (above). Fair enough. Except the path splits in two, so guests have to choose whether they want to enter from the left or right. Fair enough.
Then, the hotel found out that walking counter-clockwise is considered bad feng shui. Meaning half the guests, before they'd even checked into their picture-perfect villas, were already doomed. What to do?
Well, if you're smart like the folks at Reserve Phulay Bay, you simply station an attendant who directs incoming traffic to the left, and makes sure departing guests also exit to the left. That way, the clockwise flow is never broken. See? Feng shui is easy when you have other people do the work for you.
Phulay Bay is the first of the brand's super-luxe Reserve properties, where a basic villa goes for about $620/night this time of year. Other Reserve properties are on the way in Puerto Rico, Morocco and Muscat.
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