Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket opens

Westin Siray Bay

Stunning views of Siray Bay and beautiful sunsets every night from every room.

The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket opened on August 1st on stunning Siray Island on the east coast of Phuket. The entire resort overlooks picturesque Siray Bay and boasts a secluded beach and beautiful ocean views from every vantage point.

A bridge connects Siray Island to Phuket Island and is an 8 minute drive from charming Phuket town, 45 minute drive from Phuket International Airport and a short boat ride from world renowned islands such as Phi Phi, James Bond, Similan and Maya Islands famous for their pristine beaches and abundant marine life.

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Banyan Tree Samui opens

Banyan Tree Samui

The Banyan Tree group marks their third property in Thailand with the opening this month of the Banyan Tree Samui.

Every one of the 78 villas at the new Banyan Tree are private pool villas. Sizes are generous, starting at 130 sqm for the Garden Pool Villa and going up to 316 sqm for the Sanctuary Pool Villa.

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Haven Hua Hin

Haven Hua Hin

An Exclusive Pier of Pleasure

Haven Hua Hin Suite


Despite the unfortunately erotic sounding byline of this new resort in Hua Hin, 2 hours drive south of Bangkok, The Haven Hua Hin does not appear to be an adults only venue.

The Haven Hua Hin resort features 46 guestrooms and 7 private villas. Rooms range is size from 45 square meters for superior and deluxe rooms up to 87 square meters for the suites. Each category of room has two types, regular with a pool view and “@sea” with ocean views.

The villas at Haven Hua Hin are “Private and spacious villas are elaborately decorated in our unique tropical style with the private balcony and Moon Deck on the top of each villa, surrounded with the peaceful tropical natures.” These rooms feature an outdoor rain shower and “moon deck”, and are detached from the main resort building and feature either a view of the water pond or ocean views in the case of the @Sea villas.

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Marriott unveils Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong

Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong

The just opened Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong in Ploenchit adds another stunning 5 star property to Marriott’s already impressive Bangkok showcase.

This new property features 275 rooms and 58 suites over 22 floors and also offers 14 meeting rooms with a total of 20,000 square meters of meeting space.

Guest rooms feature beautiful hardwood floors and thick pile rugs. Thanks to the large windows (“oversized” according to Marriott.com), the rooms are brightly lit with natural sunlight and feature a modern “chic” decor. The bathrooms at the Renaissance Ratchaprasong are marble and they also follow the recent trend of having glass enclosed (read: glass walled) bathrooms, which in my opinion, is fine for couples or single travelers, but I certainly don’t want to stay there with my mother.

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Sukhumvit Park Marriott Executive Apartments

Sukhumvit Park Marriott Pool

Another addition to Marriott’s expanding portfolio of executive serviced apartments.

In December of 2009 I spent a couple of nights at the newly opened Sukhumvit Park Bangkok, Marriott Executive Apartments. After finally opening on October 23rd after a number of delays, Sukhumvit Park is the third executive serviced apartments in Bangkok after the Mayfair Marriott on Soi Lang Suan and Sathorn Vista, which opened early in 2009 on South Sathorn Road.

Located on Soi 24, which is a road that runs between Sukhumvit Road, a major thoroughfare in Bangkok and Rama IX Road, the new Marriott is in a prime location for both business travelers and tourists. While it is possible to walk to Sukhumvit Road in under 10 minutes, the hotel provides a complimentary tuk-tuk to shuttle guests whenever needed. There is no schedule for the shuttle tuk-tuk, just ask at the front desk. On Sukhumvit Road at the end of Soi 24 there is there upscale Emporium shopping complex and a BTS Skytrain  Phrom Phong station.

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