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Old November 30th, 2004, 05:37 PM   #1
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PHUKET, PHUKET and PHUKET !!

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Phuket Laguna :

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The Facts :

Overview


Laguna Phuket, Asia's finest integrated resort occupies a 600 acre site, including six picturesque lagoons along three kilometres of sandy white beach at Bang Tao Bay, on the northwestern side of Phuket Island in southern Thailand.
Integrated Concept
The resort is unique in its conception as an "integrated resort" in which certain facilities are integrated and core services are centralised. These integrated features include:

• Free inter-resort transportation by ferry or shuttle bus which operate on regular schedules throughout the day between the hotels, spas, golf course and shopping village.
• Guests have access to some 30 restaurants and bars at all the Laguna Phuket hotels and can sign bills back to their room account.
• Other centralised services include landscaping, beach cleaning, laundry operations and waste treatment disposal.


Hotels

Banyan Tree Phuket


• 121 exclusive pool, jacuzzi villas and spa pool villas
• 18 hole golf course
• Banyan Tree Spa
• Six restaurants, in-villa dining
• Two conference rooms

Dusit Laguna

• 226 deluxe guestrooms and suites
on beach
• Watersports, kids' club, tennis, pool
• Angsana Spa
• Six restaurants
• Four conference rooms

Laguna Beach Resort

• 252 deluxe rooms and suites on beach
• Over 30 sports and leisure activities
• Four-acre water park with water slide
• Six Restaurants
• Four conference rooms
• Angsana Spa

Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket

• 327 rooms, suites and villas all with water views
• 323 m pool, tennis, watersports and kids club
• Angsana Spa
• Nine restaurants plus lagoon dining
• Extensive conference facilities
• Special incentive programs

Allamanda Laguna Phuket

• 235 suites on fairway, poolview and lagoon view
• Three pools, marine centre
• Daily activities, kids club
• Two restaurants and bar
• Two conference rooms
• Angsana Spa

Meeting Facilities

• 20 meeting and conference rooms
• Ingenious creative flare for incentives
• Marquee for beach-side galas
• Creative theme parties
• Spectacular location

Quest Laguna Phuket Adventure

• Corporate training & team building
• Recreational adventure activities
• Youth and school programs

Spa Facilities

• Banyan Tree Spa
• Four Angsana Spas

Banyan Tree Phuket Golf Club

• Resort style 18 hole golf course
• 6,850 yards, Par 71
• Fantastic views, sea breezes
• Designed by Max Wexler and David Abel

Laguna Property

• Allamanda Apartment Suites
• Laguna Golf Villas
• Banyan Tree Villas
• Allamanda Vacation Club

Laguna Shopping

• Canal Village - over 30 shops
• Banyan Tree Gallery - 11 outlets within Laguna Phuket

Owning Company

• The owner developer of Laguna Phuket is Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited, a listed company on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. The resort is allied with Wah Chang International in Singapore.
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1. Banyan Tree at Lagunar :

An oasis of peace and tranquillity and a tropical paradise of extraordinary natural beauty. Exuding seclusion, luxury and romance, this exotic hideaway boasts only the finest facilities and ambience. Read the member review in the Leading Hotels of the World. Voted the 'World's Best Spa Resort' by readers of Condé Nast Traveller, the 'Best Resort Hotel in Asia' by The Asian Wall Street Journal and CNBC Asia.


Villas :


Banyan Tree Phuket comprises 121 villas, encircling the sparkling waters of a saltwater lagoon. Each is elegantly styled to reflect Thailand's rich culture. Each comes with its own private landscaped garden, king-sized bed, spacious bathroom with open-air sunken bath, mini-bar, coffee & tea maker, in-villa safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, IDD telephone and colour TV.

1. Jacuzzi Villas

Revel in the serene setting of the Jacuzzi Villa and feel at one with nature. Luxuriously appointed with elegant Thai décor, the villa's open-air Jacuzzi melts away the pressures of life. As the swirling waters and refreshing bath oils soothe your tensions, feast your senses on the garden. Flowers in full bloom, butterflies dancing in the air and cicadas punctuating the night with their rhythmic songs. The perfect tropical retreat for rejuvenating body and mind.



2. Pool Villas :

Set against the backdrop of panoramic Bang Tao Bay, our spectacular Pool Villa features a private swimming pool flanked by fragrant gardens and a Thai sala. Experience the delights of tropical living in this secluded haven, cloistered from the rest of the world. Just imagine having a refreshing dip in the pool gazing up on the coconut trees, relishing a sumptuous BBQ under the stars, or treating yourself to a heavenly massage in the sala - the warmth of Thai hospitality will stay with you forever.



3. Spa Pool Villa :

The Spa Pool Villa epitomizes the Banyan Tree experience of romance, indulgence and rejuvenation. Its elegant 'floating' bed pavilion is set amidst tranquil lily ponds; the king-sized bed is draped in pure Thai silk and looks up on a canopy ceiling adorned with soft fabrics that sway gently in the breeze. Your dedicated in-villa spa, private pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor shower and sunken bath set the stage for passionate nights and pure relaxation.



4. Lagoon Jacuzzi Villa :

Nestled amidst a picturesque garden, the Lagoon Jacuzzi Villa exudes peace and tranquility. Discover a romantic sanctuary where sensuous luxury and seclusion are ingeniously combined. Immersed in Thai architecture and culture, the spacious interiors consist of a beautifully appointed bedroom, living room, outdoor sunken bath and Jacuzzi. While lounging in your private Jacuzzi with chilled champagne, your gaze lingers over the tranquil lagoons and a contented sigh escapes.



. Lagoon Pool Villa :

Overlooking the scenic lagoon with its glistening waters, this is a pool villa with a view. A rare stillness of spirit pervades amidst these peaceful surroundings. Designed with total privacy in mind, the cozy living area opens into your inviting pool, while the elegant Thai décor blends tradition with sophistication and comfort. At the Lagoon Pool Villa you'll find yourself in a world of romance, luxury and tranquility. The ultimate choice for couples on honeymoon.



6. Two bedrooms pool Villa :

Exuding sybaritic pleasure, the secluded Two-Bedroom Pool Villa is designed with a private swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, open-air sunken bath, meditation sala and spacious poolside terrace. Looking out onto the pool and softly lit lotus ponds, each villa enjoys an understated dining and living area ideal for entertaining, two exquisitely furnished bedroom suites and a kitchenette. Whether you prefer cocktails by the pool, a romantic midnight feast for two or the 'Intimate Moments' partner massage - at this epitome of luxury living, the choice is yours.



Rates :

Type of Villa
1 April -31 October 2004 1 November -21 December 2004

Jacuzzi Villa US$ 350+++ US$ 450+++

Lagoon Jacuzzi Villa US$ 400+++ US$ 500+++

Pool Villa US$ 550+++ US$ 650+++

Lagoon Pool Villa US$ 600+++ US$ 700+++

Spa Pool Villa US$ 750+++ US$ 850+++

Two Bedroom Pool Villa US$ 850+++ US$ 950+++

Presidential Spa Pool Villa US$ 1,700+++ US$ 2,000+++


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2. Dusit laguna Resort :



Nestled amidst acres of tropical gardens and caressed by the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, Dusit Laguna Resort is an idyllic retreat. Enter a sanctuary of tranquility shaded by native casuarina trees and coconut palms. Gentle sea breezes waft through the vaulted ceilings of the open-air lobby. Read the member review in the Leading Hotels of the World.


Rooms :

A low-rise building in Modern Thai style, Dusit Laguna Resort provides accommodation in 226 superbly appointed guest rooms and suites, including extra spacious “Landmark” suites, all with private balconies.

The bright airy rooms are defined by native woods and tiles and decorated with ceramics, antique carvings and textiles.

1. Deluxe :



2. Landmark Suite :



3. Ocean Front :


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Laguna Beach Resort :

Relax in stylish accommodations in the atmosphere of ancient palace grounds, nestled between a tropical lagoon and the sparkling Andaman Sea. Set amidst a spectacular four acre water park, you can engage in Laguna Phuket's most exciting activities, from windsurfing to archery.




Facts :

The Laguna Beach Resort experience ranges from relaxing and enjoying the Thai hospitality to trying your hand at any number of leisure and sporting activities. The choice is yours.

General Location and Concept

Laguna Beach Resort, located at Bangtao Bay on 20 acres of prime land nestled between a sparkling lagoon and the Andaman Sea, features a four-acre water park incorporating water falls, a water slide, Jacuzzi, swimming pools and a scuba pool and a wide range of other sports and leisure activities, with use of virtually all sports and equipment free to hotel guests.

The low-rise resort is built to reflect the typical Thai architecture and forms a primary part of the show-case Laguna phuket Complex - Asia's finest fully integrated resort.

The resort is located just 20 minutes from the airport and Patong and 25 minutes from Phuket Town. Regular shuttle services to Phuket and Patong are available at an extra cost.

Accomodation

Each of the 254 beautifully appointed lagoon or sea facing rooms features their own private patios or balconies and the low rise buildings create an intimacy and privacy unique to the region.
Each room, with its luxury bathroom with sunken bath, provides air-conditioning and ceiling fan, minibars, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite television, direct dial telephones, in-room safe and either king size or two double beds, a traditional Deng or Thai seating area and 24-hour room service. Power : 220 volts.

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Sheraton Grande Laguna :

An exclusive and private paradise, where the intimacy and cachet of a boutique hotel is enriched with all the benefits and pleasures of a resort. Offers a new definition of service and total immersion in private pleasure. The resort is designed with a distinctly Thai look and sits on its own small island in the middle of a lagoon. Marvellous recreational facilities in a relaxed atmosphere. All rooms feature a private balcony and spectacular view.




Rooms :

Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket offers 252 superbly appointed guestrooms as well as 83 villas. Rooms and villas feature private balconies and spectacular views ranging from ocean, lagoon, to pool and garden - and easy access to the beach of Bang Tao Bay.

Resort Room :

1. Garden Room :


An oversized, spacious room with comfortable furnished sitting area. Look over the lagoon, swimming pool or tropical garden while sun bathing on your private balcony.

• 40 sqm room with a private balcony
• Raised bathtub or unique sunken tub
• Tropical garden view
• Suitable for 2 adults & 2 children or 3 adults



2. Lagoon Room :

• 40 sqm room with private balcony
• Raised bathtub or unique sunken tub
• Tranquil lagoon view
• Suitable for 2 adults & 2 children or 3 adults



3. Luxury Room :

• 45 sqm room with a private balcony
• Raised bathtub or a unique sunken tub
• Spacious sitting area
• View over lagoon, swimming pool, tropical garden or the Andaman Sea
• Suitable for 2 adults & 2 children or 3 adults

4. Pool access room :

This room has direct access to 323 m long fresh-water swimming pool from the private balcony. Conveniently located in the heart of the resort. Recommended to the one who looks for active holidays.

• 40 sqm room with private balcony
• Unique sunken tub
• Direct access to/from swimming pool from private balcony
• Suitable for 2 or 3 adults



5. Ocean Room :

Enjoy panoramic views of Andaman Sea and fantastic sunset from your own balcony. This white and blue colored room creates substantial resort atmosphere. Suitable for parties of two and families with infant.

• 40 sqm room with private balcony
• Raised bathtub or unique sunken tub
• Panoramic views of the Andaman Sea and fantastic sunsets
• Suitable for 2 adults & 2 children or 3 adults

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Grande Villas :

The Grande Villas are built on a network of piers and small bridges. They offer privacy and exclusivity with the advantages of a full service resort.



1. Lagoon Villa :

• 88 sqm 2-storey suite located on the lagoon
• 1st floor: living room, wet bar and a large balcony attached to a jetty
• 2nd floor: a bedroom with open-air private sunken bath and indoor shower
• Perfect for outdoor private dining
• For couples who wish for a private and romantic getaway
• Suitable for 2 adults



2. Island Villa :

• 86 sqm single-level suite
• 1 bedroom (king-sized bed)
• 1 ensuite bathroom with unique sunken tub
• Spacious living room, dining area and wet bar
• 2 balconies providing views of the tranquil water for total relaxation
• Suitable for 2 adults



3. Island Villa 2 bedrooms :

• 113 sqm to 139 sqm single-level and duplex suites
• 2 bedrooms (one with king-sized bed and one with twin beds)
• 2 ensuite bathrooms with unique sunken tubs
• Spacious living room, dining area and wet bar
• 3 balconies with views of the tranquil water for total relaxation
• Perfect for private dining
• Pool Villa offers direct access to/from swimming pool from private balcony
• Duplex Villa offers an open roof deck featuring a Thai pavilion overlooking the lagoon
• Suitable for 2 - 4 adults or 2 adults & 2 children



Rates :

Garden Room US$ 140+++
Lagoon Room US$ 150+++
Luxury Room US$ 170+++
Pool Access Room US$ 190+++
Ocean Front Room US$ 200+++
Lagoon Villa (1- bedroom) US$ 285+++
Island Villa (2-bedrooms) US$ 485+++
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Allamanda Laguna Phuket :

Nestled in the award-winning Laguna Phuket Development, Asia’s first integrated resort, Allamanda Laguna Phuket offers 235 suites, tastefully decorated for a truly luxurious vacation. Featuring spacious interiors, kitchenette, separate living and dining areas, these suites provide views overlooking the tranquil lagoon, shimmering swimming pools or the lush scenery of the golf fairways. Two Kids Suites, decorated in a fun and cheery mood, are complete with bunk beds, toys, videos and electronic games.


[img]http://www.lagunaphuket.com/images/alp-over.jpg[img]

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Allamanda Laguna Phuket offers you the warm hospitality and comfort of spacious suites. Our Junior Suites offer a sense of romance and are ideal for couples. Perfect for small families or for couples who prefer to dine in their suites, our comfortable one-bedroom suites are excellent choices.

Vacationing families can relax in our two-bedroom suites with its spacious interior and ample romping space for children. Our premium Allamanda Suites stand on the lagoon’s edge, spread over 3 floors, duplex-style. The master bedroom comes with a sunken bathtub overlooking the lagoon, and a rooftop terrace allows guests to sunbathe, dine privately or just to watch the sun set.

Our two restaurants, serving International, Thai and BBQ cuisine, will whet your appetite for more. Angsana Spa, Laguna Phuket Golf Club, Kids Club, Allamanda Beach Club and a Marine Centre offering complimentary non-motorised water sports (windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, etc) are options that you may enjoy for a relaxing fun-filled holiday.

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Raffles International Signs Deal To Manage Luxury Resort In Phuket

Singapore, August 5, 2003


Raffles International Limited, through its subsidiary Raffles International Hotels & Resorts (Thailand) Co., Ltd., has signed an agreement today to manage a luxury resort on Phuket, Thailand.

Named Raffles Resort Phuket, it will comprise a 79-room hotel and spa, with restaurants, bars and recreational facilities. It will be located in an area on a headland at the tip of the Andaman Peninsula, south of Kata Noi. The plot is bound by the sea to the north, south and west and is about a half an hour drive from the airport. Raffles Resort Phuket is scheduled to open end 2006.

The development will also include 30 luxury residential villas, to be built in different phases, to complement the resort and spa. The residential villas will have picturesque views of the Andaman Sea with many having full sea frontage.


In the last five years, Phuket has seen a double-digit growth. According to statistics provided by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket sees an average of 3.5 million visitors a year, spending an average of five days. This project will provide a good opportunity for Raffles International to enter such a buoyant resort market as Phuket and further strengthen the Group’s presence in Thailand.

As part of the agreement, Raffles Holdings Limited, through its subsidiary Raffles Corporation (Thailand) Pte. Ltd., will acquire a minority interest of 20% each in three joint ventures with Andaman Peninsula Co. Ltd. to develop the resort on the island. The three joint venture companies are Raffles Properties (Thailand) Co. Ltd, which will own the hotel; Raffles Villa (Thailand) Co. Ltd, which will own the villas; and Raffles Development (Thailand) Co. Ltd, which is the development company for the project.

This transaction is an important step in furthering Raffles Holdings’ stated objective to pursue an asset light strategy to grow its global portfolio of hotels through acquisitions of management contracts with sliver of equity participation. Raffles International Ltd. manages hotels and resorts under two brands, namely Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts. With the addition of Raffles Resort Phuket, the Raffles Hotels & Resorts portfolio expands to 11 hotels worldwide. The Group now has a global portfolio of 37 hotels in 33 destinations.



About Raffles International

Raffles International Limited, formed in 1989, is a name well respected in the industry for its standards of quality, award-winning concepts and innovative approach towards hotel management. Raffles International markets its hotels and resorts under two brands -- Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts.

Raffles Hotels & Resorts is a collection of 11 luxury hotels located in major cities around the globe and distinguishes itself by the highest standards of products and services. Each hotel is a landmark in its respective city and most are positioned at the top of their local markets. The collection of award-winning hotels includes Raffles Hotel and Raffles The Plaza in Singapore, Raffles L’Ermitage Beverly Hills in the US, Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg and Le Montreux Palace, Montreux.

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts is a distinctive group of deluxe hotels for today’s discerning modern business and leisure traveller. It combines individual, modern and functional design with local character and renowned standards of Swiss hospitality, service efficiency and product quality. Located in gateway destinations and city centres, the hotels offer convenient access to business and shopping districts and local attractions. Many of the hotels have also won awards and accolades including Swissôtel Merchant Court Singapore, Swissôtel The Bosphorus Istanbul, Swissôtel The Drake New York and Swissôtel Berlin Am Kurfurstendamm. Swissôtel Hotel & Resorts has a portfolio of 27 hotels worldwide.


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B6bn for Royal Phuket Marina

Island to be global yacht destination


Somporn Thapanachai


Gulu Lalvani, the multi-millionaire owner of international electronics giant Binatone, plans to open the Royal Phuket Marina, a six-billion-baht, world-class yachting facility on the east coast of Phuket Island by Christmas.

After exploring over 200 tourist destinations in the world, Mr Lalvani, who first visited Phuket in 1991 and later bought a villa at Amanpuri, said he believed that the island could become a world yachting destination capable of competing with Mediterranean and Caribbean port cities. Phuket's development had in the past been crippled by high duties imposed on yacht imports and the lack of world-class marinas.

Thailand used to charge an import duty of over 200%, but that rate was later cut to 47% and then to zero in February.

Thailand offers cheaper fuel, available at only one-third of the cost of other places in the world. Crew costs are also 80% less than elsewhere.

"I believe that Phuket has every ingredient for becoming a world-class destination for yachts as early as next year," said Mr Lalvani, 65, a Thailand Elite Card holder who intends to retire in Phuket.

"After realising that Thailand is offering duty-free status for yachts, Malaysia has opened a new direct flight from the island of Langkawi to Europe, which brings tourists straight to that destination. Therefore, Thai Airways should consider opening a similar non-stop flight to Phuket two or three times a week," he said.

While Phuket already brings in around four million tourists a year, expansion in the yachting industry would bring in more so-called "quality" tourists. Aside from their fatter wallets, they offer the potential of bringing additional foreign investment into the country.

The Royal Phuket Marina project is owned by two companies, Royal Marina Ltd and Heritage Asset Ltd, both of which are chaired by Mr Lalvani, who has so far invested some US$50 million (two billion baht) into the project.

The 190-rai project would be able to accommodate 350 yachts in two lakes which are separated by a water gate.

The development will also include 400 luxury villa units, condominiums and 12,000 square metres of up-market retail and entertainment establishments. The first phase of 100 residential units, of which 12 will be premium villas, are scheduled for completion in December. Prices start at $262,000, with the top villa selling for $2.7 million.

While the company has already sold two villas and 13 condominiums, Mr Lalvani himself will decide later which products will be developed in the future based on their popularity.

Although Mr Lalvani first announced his plans for the project two years ago after he secured the land, the project suffered delays because its first architectural firm failed to create a viable design. The company later hired Palmer & Turner to create the exclusive marina resort.

Royal Phuket Marina, to be officially launched by the end of this month, will be promoted worldwide at international yachting shows.

The company is a sponsor of the 19th Phuket King's Cup Regatta.




Source : Bangkokpost : Jul 7, 2004
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Hongyok family plans huge retail complex in Phuket


Sukanya Jitpleecheep


The Hongyok family will link up with various partners to develop a retail complex covering 1,500 rai in Phuket with an estimated cost of at least three billion baht.


The Chao Fah City project, due to open in November 2005, will be the largest retail complex in southern Thailand and the sixth new development of its type on the prosperous resort island.

An executive at Anupas and Child Co, owned by Phumsak Hongyok, a former mayor of Phuket, said Phuket had the highest potential in the South and was the best province for investment after Bangkok.

About four million tourists, more than half of them foreign, visit Phuket each year contributing 72.6 billion baht in revenue to the province.

Chao Fah City will be located seven kilometres from Phuket International Airport. It includes the Phuket International Night Bazaar, which will have retail space of 300,000 square metres, a five-star hotel with at least 100 rooms, another hotel with over 1,000 rooms targeted at young people, a hospital and a convention centre.

Anupas and Sons Co will run the hotel, hospital and convention centre. Phuket International Night Bazaar Co, recently set up with registered capital of one million baht with plans to increase the amount in the near future, will manage the night bazaar which will have 14 entertainment outlets in addition to retail stores and restaurants.

The night bazaar will require an additional investment of about three billion baht.

Chao Fah City will be located one kilometre from Central Festival Phuket, a Central Department Store Co venture that is slated to open in August. Another large complex, Jungceylon, the first major shopping centre on Patong Beach, is due to open by the end of this year.

Source : Bangkok Post : Jul 12, 2004
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