A few years back, Hawaii-based Outrigger Hotels and Resorts announced an agreement to acquire the massive 245-room Laguna Beach Resort in Phuket.
It was the company’s first major investment in the Asia-Pacific region. Also announced was a full renovation of all rooms and public spaces with a plan to reopen as the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort in 2013. That day has officially arrived and guests are welcome to book at the rebranded property on the northwest coast of Phuket.
“Sits on one of the least developed beaches in Phuket…”
Any true traveler will tell you half the fun in taking an exotic vacation is planning it. The beautiful websites, vivid pictures and glowing reviews make it easy to picture yourself there. Dreaming of white sand beaches and crystal clear waters make endless hours at the office fly by. So, it’s never too early to start looking toward Christmas getaways at what will be a brand new resort come December of this year.
Good news for foodies and those who love luxury travel- the upcoming Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya has just announced the appointment of Luca Pulese as Executive Chef.
Pulese, originally from Italy, has more than 20 years of experience in high-end destinations such as the Maldives, Bangkok, Beijing and Shanghai. With a range of dining options planned at the resort, Chef Pulese has a lot on his plate as he prepares for the August 2013 soft opening.
…One of the most highly anticipated hotel openings in Bangkok this year.
If search referral terms and traffic is any indication, The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam, which just opened this past Saturday, June 1, is one of the most highly anticipated hotel openings in Bangkok this year. While not really my style- the shiny brass & marble lobby and large rooms seem destined to be filled with busloads of Chinese tourists- it is a sleek property in one of Bangkok’s hip shopping districts.
Fishing Culture Influences at the soon to open Prana Resort Nandana on Koh Samui
Forget concrete-block style buildings, hotels in Thailand are influenced by the exotic and history of the culture. A prime example- the soon to open Prana Resort Nandana in Koh Samui. The property, set to open in mid-2013, was inspired by the Thai fishing basket known as the kwhaang. The interiors reflect undulating woven basketwork with soft lights and high ceilings. The colors, patterns and textures create a relaxing atmosphere and reflect the talent of local artisans. Outdoors, gardens with lush local plants and flowers bring guests back to nature.