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Hansar Hotels & Resorts Expands With Three New Acquisitions

Hansar Pranburi

Pop quiz: what Thai boutique hotel brand’s name translates “joy and happiness”? If you guessed Hansar Hotels & Resorts, you are correct.

Hansar prides itself on seriously personalized yet unpretentious service that is representative of Thai hospitality. Now, the brand is more than doubling its portfolio with the addition of three properties.

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[email protected] Soon to Come to Pattaya

A new property is moving into Pattaya to cash in on what some believe is an untapped market.  [email protected] Pattaya will be a four-star property located on the corner of Soi 2 and Second Road in North Pattaya, near Central Festival shopping mall.   Developers believe it will stand out amongst other two and three-star properties in the area.

“There is room for four-star hotels due to the resort’s location close to Bangkok and the costs are not that high,” says managing director Kla Kitchakarn. “Pattaya has reinvented itself with a much wider market base.”

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X2 Samui Revamped, Revived

X2 Samui beachfront bar

X2 Samui updates their property with an extensive refresh and offers Early Bird Promotion from now till December.

While many visitors flock to Koh Samui for the holidays the best time to visit weather-wise is typically mid-July to mid-September.  Now, managers of a luxury design resort on the island are tempting potential guests to check out their newly revamped property.  Throw special rates into the mix during this perfect travel window and you’ve got one more reason to check into X2 Samui.

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OZO Chaweng Samui set for December 2013

Chaweng Beach Samui

Big ideas become reality with small steps and that’s just what ONYX Hospitality Group was focused on when they broke ground on the OZO Chaweng Samui last year.

The opening of this resort has been delayed until January 2014. See updated post with more photos here.

Now they’re planning to open the resort by the end of this year, bringing the company one step closer to a goal they set for themselves just a few years ago.

The OZO Chaweng Samui is set on a beautiful stretch of Samui coastline beach, yet only a short stroll to the excitement of Chaweng. The resort will feature a swimming pool, children’s pool and beach bar feet from the sand. Also planned are two restaurants and what’s described as “innovative communal zones.” There will be 208 “sleep inducing” guestrooms offering peaceful havens for guests and a place to recharge. It seems the owners at OZO have their ear to the ground as they offer one of the most requested amenities at hotels and resorts, free wifi internet throughout the resort!

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Hyatt Regency Announced for Phuket

Hyatt Regency Phuket Logo

Late 2013 opening slated for the Kamala Bay area of Phuket

This Resort has opened. See new and updated information Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort Soft Opening.

Hyatt Hotels today announced that The Hyatt Regency Phuket will open in Kamala Bay in late 2013, however with the timing of the announcement I wouldn’t be surprised if the opening was delayed until the first quarter of 2014.

This will be the first Hyatt to open on the island of Phuket but the second to be planned after the rumoured Park Hyatt over at Siray Bay near the Westin, which I mentioned last year.

Kamala Bay

A Hyatt affiliate has signed a management agreement with Kamala Bay Ventures Co., Ltd. for a Hyatt Regency hotel in Phuket. Kamala Bay Ventures Co., Ltd also owns, Park Hyatt Siem Reap and Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.

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The hotel will feature 202 guest rooms, in addition to more than 4,300 square feet of meeting facilities, three food and beverage outlets, a club lounge, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, and spa.

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