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Your Monday Morning Excuse to Go to Fiji and Phuket

June 8, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

Your excuse to go to Fiji. You're welcome.

Hotels doing good is something we can all approve of, of course – but it helps if they’re doing good by involving something that makes us all wibbly at the knees. So here’s a gift of a Monday morning story: Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga’s new Catch and Release Adopt-a-Turtle' Mini-Break.

The package is pretty self-explanatory – you may not catch a turtle, but you’ll adopt a hatchling and then help release it into the wild.

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YOO Hotels Has Already Left Yoo2 Istanbul, Shuffles Around Future Openings

May 13, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

Well, that didn’t go as planned. Early last year, we were happy to see that Philippe Starck’s YOO Hotels was making its proper debut in Istanbul (half a decade after we first learned about the brand, mind). That was Yoo2 Taksim Square, with Yoo2 being the more affordable branch of YOO Hotels, as opposed to more luxury-oriented YOO Collection. Debut or not, we’re back to square one: Yoo2 Istanbul is no more (it’s now part of a local group called the Avantgarde Collection), and the line-up of future hotels has gone through a reshuffle as well.

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What's the Best Hotel Service You've Ever Experienced?

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  Site Where: Layan Beach, Bangtao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
November 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM | by | ()

It may not look much, but what it represents is pretty huge.

This is a plate of turmeric, which I was handed the week before last during my stay at the Anantara Phuket Layan, Anantara’s newest Phuket hotel, which opened in January in a cove at Layan, near Bangtao Beach.

Why was I handed a plate of grubby roots? Because the previous day, I’d learned that in Thailand, turmeric is a widely used remedy for mosquito bites (FYI: it works brilliantly). So the following morning, I asked the breakfast staff whether there was any turmeric in the kitchen. No, they said, but we can go and buy some for you if you'd like. I said no thanks, and thought no more of it, going off to the beach to itch. Twenty minutes later, a member of staff rushed up, proffering this plate of turmeric. Now that is customer service.

Of course, service standards in SE Asia are always head and shoulders above those in the West, but Anantara Layan really stood out, even by Asian standards. Over the course of three days there, here’s what various members of staff did:

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Phuket Just Got A Fourth Novotel

October 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM | by | ()

One can never have too many hotels on Phuket, and for Accor, nine just isn’t enough. Hence the arrival of Novotel Phuket Karon Beach, which opened three days ago on Karon Beach (not exactly an exclusive location, but good if you want the feel of a resort).

The fourth Novotel on Phuket, it’s newly built with 224 rooms, which look rather nice, if not groundbreakingly original. There are three restaurants, two bars, a fitness center and sauna, and an outdoor pool (this rendering on the Facebook page looks nice, though we’re a little suspicious there’s no photo on the website yet).

There’s even a “video games area” (shudder) and a kids club.

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Phuket's Kata Beach Is Getting Ready To Rock

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  Site Where: Kata Beach, Phuket , Thailand
October 9, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

You’ve heard of Ibiza Rocks. Possibly Mallorca Rocks, too. But you almost certainly won’t have heard of Kata Rocks, a new hotel in Phuket, Thailand.

That’s because it’s a separate entity – done by Infinite Luxury, a Phuket-based, English-started design company. Kata Rocks will open November 28 on the southern end of Kata Beach, with a slightly different feel than Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks – it’s for grown ups, for starters. Think a bunch of those modernist houses from the Hollywood Hills transplanted onto the hillside (and beachside) of Phuket. In fact, there's more than a hint of Malibu to it, too.

The aim at Kata Rocks, rather than to get blasted and dance like Leo DiCaprio, is to indulge in “effortless and luxurious relaxation” – now that’s something we can get behind. Accommodation is in 34 individual Sky Villas rather than rooms – and they look fantastic, with bright white, modern interiors, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea, TVs set into the ceiling and – get this – their own private pool.

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W Hotels Announce Another New Property, This Time in Phuket

Where: Phuket, Thailand
September 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM | by | ()

2018 is still a long time away but W Hotels is getting very excited for it. Just after announcing plans for W Brisbane, the Starwood design brand has announced W Phuket Phang Nga Bay.

This will be the third W Hotel in Thailand and fortunately, it does seem a bit different from the other W hotels out there, at least in terms of layout. The interior offerings are W all the way.

Here's how the property is described:

W Retreat Phuket will be located on Koh Yao Noi, one of the largest islands in the Phang Nga Bay archipelago between the eastern coast of Phuket and western coast of Krabi on the mainland. The W Retreat will provide an integrated lifestyle experience with 79 standalone villas, starting from 155 square meters in space. All villas will feature private outdoor areas and plunge pools as well as superlative views of the limestone cliffs that dot Phang Nga Bay.

W Retreat Phuket - Phang Nga Bay will also offer a lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant and a specialty restaurant and bar. It will feature 120 square metres of modern meeting and event space; FIT, a well-equipped workout facility and swimming pool; and a contemporary spa with six treatment rooms. The W Retreat will be accessible from both Phuket International Airport (HKT) and Krabi Airport (KBV), with a fleet of high speed sea vessels, a private jetty and helicopter landing pad for ease of guests transfers.

And don't forget about Whatever/Whenever service! We'll circle back with more news on this property...in 2017.

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We Tune In And Out Of Tune Patong Phuket

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  Site Where: 56 Raj – Uthit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Thailand, 83150
February 20, 2014 at 8:34 AM | by | ()

Budget-brand Tune Hotels has been aiming to spread like wildfire from its origins in Kuala Lumpur, bringing core values of 5-star beds, power showers, and cleanliness for wallet-friendly prices to 100 hotels around the world by next year. We’ve checked it out in London, and have our eye on their plans in the United States, but what is Tune like outside a major capital? Does it still deliver for a non-city stay?

We tested just that by staying the night at Tune in Patong, Phuket – one of the more recent additions to the brand. On the western coast of the island, Patong is one of the major tourist centers of Phuket (more on that later) and the Tune is about ten minutes’ walk from the main beach. A taxi from Phuket airport takes about 45 minutes.

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Bring On Autumn – Paresa Resort Has a New Beach Club To Take Away the Sting

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  Site Where: 49 Moo 6, Layi-Nakalay Road, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand, 83150
August 22, 2013 at 3:42 PM | by | ()

We really hate to be the ones to have to tell you this, but it’s mid-August. This means that summer is, sadly, drawing to a close and soon our pool days will be in short supply.

Not, however, in Phuket, and the good news is that Paresa Resort is opening up what they think will be the hottest beach club on the island.

ZAZADA will open in September, which will give you enough time to wean yourself off of your local pool habit and go dip your toes into ZAZADA's infinity pool at one of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches, Surin Beach.

Designed locally, the beach club will not only have its full-service infinity pool and beach space, but a dance floor, DJ booth and room for a band. You can literally show up in the morning, have a fresh-squeezed juice or smoothie at the juice bar, hang by the pool until it’s time to move on to other liquid refreshments from the full bar or wine room, bake on the beach, and then have dinner at ZAZADA’s restaurant – with a menu put together by Ryan Arboleda of Paresa’s Talung Thai and Diavolo restaurants. Have a shower and change into your dancing duds (or not--bathing suits are, after all, allowed) and then dance the night away.

ZAZADA is open to the public so you can mingle with the locals too, but Paresa guests have priority access with free admittance and transportation from the resort (less than 10 minutes away).

When ZAZADA opens, the Hot Deal Rate (advance purchase) at Paresa Resort is 8992 THB ($288) and includes breaky and free WiFi.

[Rendering: Paresa Resort & Spa]

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Hyatt Regency To Relax On The Beaches of Phuket

Where: Phuket, Thailand
August 7, 2013 at 4:01 PM | by | ()

The sun-soaked beaches of Phuket attract millions of tourists per year looking to blow off a little steam or search for the perfect Pad Thai. By the end of the year, the luxury digs of a Hyatt Regency will be welcoming guests in the heart of Thai paradise.

Situated on the west coast of the Thai island, Hyatt Regency will have 202 guest rooms as well as feature restaurants for local and international grub, a tropical pool for sipping fruity drinks and soaking up the rays, and lush spa for some mid-paradise rejuvenation. The hotel will be the third Hyatt for the area, joining the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok (whose spa suites we recently lusted over) and Hyatt Regency Hua Hin.

Situated in the area known as Millionaire's Mile, where the majority of Phuket's private villas are located, the Hyatt Regency Phuket will also have enough space to host the ultimate in destination weddings with banquet space and plenty of room for the wedding guests.

But if you are too busy exploring everything the island has to offer, the best time to chill at the resort will be the end of the day, where you can catch a stunning sunset over the Adaman Sea.

[Photo: Flickr]

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After London and Brisbane, Pullman Opens New Hotel in Phuket

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  Site Where: 22/2 Moo 4 Naithon Beach, Amphur Talang, Phuket , Thailand, 83110
July 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM | by | ()

Pullman Hotels , fresh off some big new openings in London and Brisbane, has now opened the Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach Hotel on the west coast of Thailand, featuring 277 bedrooms, seven suites, spa, and a tropical location in the hills overlooking the Andaman Sea.

As you can see from the photos, some of the rooms are villa style and overlook cascading pools as well as the ocean. It looks beautiful, and this is definitely the type of resort where you will go to do nothing. Naithon Beach is known for its pretty face, but not for its nightlife, entertainment or shopping. The area has just five independent restaurants (Up Beach Club might be your best bet) and a mini-mart is the only local store (seriously). While most are probably not locally run, you could find other dining options at nearby hotels if you want to eat outside of the Pullman, which houses two restaurants and a deli.

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A Night at the Original Aman Resort, The Amanpuri in Phuket

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  Site Where: Pansea Beach, Phuket, Thailand
July 10, 2013 at 9:18 AM | by | ()

We’ve shown that you get whisked around Amanpuri in open-air comfort, but what is it like to spend the night here, the original Aman Resort on the western coast of Phuket? This is a case of letting the pictures doing most of the talking, but there are definitely a few things that stood for us.

You’ll find Amanpuri on Pansea Beach, a thirty-minute drive from Phuket airport, which in turn is just under two hours flight from Bangkok, the Thai capital. Architecturally, this has to be one of the most impressive resorts we’ve stayed at recently. Forty individual pavilions are scattered across a hillside, tumbling down to the Andaman Sea. The driveway swoops down to the open air lobby, just beyond is a long midnight-blue tiled swimming pool, and wide steps take you down to the white powdery beach. The timelessness of it all (Amanpuri was constructed in 1988), is really refreshing in an age where we see lots of hotel design that wears out within a matter of years.

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The One Where We Bliss Out At The Regent Phuket Spa

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  Site Where: 84 Moo 8, Sakdidej Road, Tambon Vichit, Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand, 83000
June 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM | by | ()

Check out that balcony. Would a soak in that tub not immediately make you feel so much better about your day? Such is your option at the spa at the Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, specifically in one of the signature couple’s treatment rooms. Being the first new Regent hotel to open in a number of years, we swung by recently when we were in the area to check out how the renaissance of the group (now continued with a second opening in Bali) is coming along.

We arrived in the midst of a pretty impressive (and seasonal) thunderstorm, with sheets of rain cascading down like nobody’s business – when it rains in Thailand, it RAINS. Luckily those thunderstorms also tend to clear out in no time, chased away by the strength of the sun. Set in the far less developed south eastern part of Phuket, the hotel consists of 105 rooms – a combination of Pavilions, Suites, and Pool Villas – scattered on a hillside tumbling down to the Andaman Sea.

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