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People Focus


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Dear readers, This is our first issue of 2016, the year of Monkey, the ninth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.’s team hopes the new year monkey will bring happiness and success to everyone as it is a cheerful and lively animal. We hope you enjoy reading our interesting interviews... in this issue’s People Focus you can check out the story of Natthakanya ‘Apple’ Saengpho CEO of the Paradise Group and about her secrets of success... GM Talk is with Sander Looijen from Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa who focuses on teamwork... and Patrizia Battolu Chef de Cuisine at La Gritta, in her words: “I like my food to be very rich like life.”


There is more with our Restaurant Guide and Sweet Dream Hotel in our Travel Section so you will get ideas and inspiration for your next trip. There is also updated Phuket news and happenings in our Social Events and photos about the news that you may have missed or parties that you perhaps attended. Happy New Year!’s Team




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CONTENTS FEB 2016 - APR 2016

Front Page

Lifestyle & Travel

12 - Indulge - The Ultimate Gentleman’s Bar

Property Guide

People People Focus

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14 - Natthakanya Saengpho ‘Apple’

Restaurant Guide

CEO of the Paradise Group

42 - Acqua Restaurant 44 - Baan Kalim Restaurant

Style 28 - Attaneeya Plengwittaya ‘Mimmamn’ Marcom Manager Thailand of Impiana Hotel Group

46 - Savoey Seafood 48 - Nakalay Beachfront Restaurant

Signature Dish

Property Talk

50 - Organic hen’s egg

30 - Sumana Vorachun ‘Air’ - Resident Manager of Baba Beach Club

Sweet Dream

Chef Talk

54 - Impiana Private Villas

38 - Patrizia Battolu hef de Cuisine of La Gritta, Amari Phuket - Rich Food. Rich Life.

52 - Andara Resort and Villas 56 - Sri panwa... Cape Panwa Villas

Travel Destination

GM Talk

58 - Musical Experience at MPO

64 - Sander Looijen - General Manager


of Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa


18 - Event Photo Albums


62 - Phuket News Update

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- The Emerald Central Condo - The Emerald City Life Condo @ Patong - The Beachfront Condominiums - Baan Mai Khao




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Indulge The Ultimate Gentleman’s Bar

It’s unique, plush, sinful and delicious; Indulge is a gentleman’s dream at Dream.


entlemen of taste, your hour has finally come. For the first time in Phuket there’s a place where gentlemen can retire to, a place where every whim is seen to by a dream team of gorgeous allfemale staff members; a fine wine bar with a full supporting cast of smooth vintage whiskeys, brandies and cigars. Far removed from Patong’s tawdriness, this haven of respectability and taste is aptly called Indulge and it’s to be found on the grounds of Dream Hotel & Spa on the island’s northwest coast in Cherngtalay.


With an intimately designed interior f e a t ur i ng pl us h l e a t he r s e a t s , indoor and outdoor-seating and soft lighting arrangements, Indulge has covered all the best options, leaving you to simply choose from a truly impressive drinks and tapas choice while surrounded by classic opulence. Starting from a 12-label champagne list ranging from Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial (there’s also a rosé version for those who appreciate a blush or two) to a lofty Salon Blanc Brut 1999/2002, it’s definitely impressive.

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With an intimately designed interior featuring plush leather seats

For sparkling wine aficionados there are 18 brilliant choices to make – including a classy Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superior DOSCG Millesimato 2012 Villa Sandi. Notable amongst the 11-label rosé list is the Whispering Angel Cotes de Provence 2012 from the world-famous Chateau D’Esclans. This choice comes in magnum and jeroboam sizes. Definitely recommended for lots of pink fun. Notable in the 70+ choices of white wine from all the major winegrowing areas in both the New World and Old World is the simple yet bewitching Italian Chardonnay Poidilei DOC 2013 Pio Cesare and a Louis Latour Meursault Poruzots Premier Cru.

Impressed? It gets even better. You’ll find medium (yet canny) to absolutely excellent red wine choices at Indulge – all served at exactly the right temperature of course – including Pinot Noirs; Sangiovese selections; a good choice of Merlots; Syrah and Shiraz labels as well as Shiraz blends; a fine Cabernet Sauvignon selection; a succulent three-label Argentine Malbec choice; an excellent Grenache selection which, of course, offers several Chateauneuf du Pape options, and a great Italian selection that includes Nero D’Avola, Primitivo, and Nebbiolo, while Spanish wine is amply represented with a robust choice of Riojas, as it should be.

A place where gentlemen can retire to, a place where every whim is seen to by a dream team of gorgeous all-female staff members

The cocktail and whiskey/whisky list is second to none with the best labels money can buy – all served up by a glamourous mixologist – and if you’re feeling hungry there are world-class Mediterranean tapas, tasty Thai bites, cheese platters, and charcuterie selections. It’s unique, plush, sinful and delicious; Indulge is a gentleman’s dream at Dream.

Open: Monday – Friday 17:00 – 02:00 weekends 14:00 – 02:00

Dream Hotel & Spa 11/7, Soi Khok Tanot 12, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Tel: +66 (0) 76 609 888


Lifestyle - People Focus

Natthakanya Saengpho CEO of Paradise Group


hun Natthakanya Saengpho, better known to her friends and work colleagues as ‘Apple’, originally hails from Bangkok and has more than made her name in Phuket Province as the Chief Executive Officer of Paradise Group. Paradise Group was established back in 2002 and nowadays is a major mover and shaker on the island in tasteful and quality project design, project consultancy, project development and project management. The Paradise Groups ‘footprints’ are not hard to find on the island as they include completed projects such as the award-winning Andara Resort Villas & Andara Resort Residences, the trendy Plaza Surin boutique shopping centre, and many other ongoing private developments in Phuket – each new project expanding Paradise’s skills and knowledge of how best to accommodate the ultra high-end international market.


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Enjoys learning and am eager to pick up new skills. I learn quickly and adapt well to new techniques and challenges.

Andara Signature – the latest project from Andamandara Development, the company she runs with Dr Allan Zeman – won best ‘Phuket Villa Development’, ‘Best Thailand Villa Development’, ‘Best Residential Architectural Design’ and ‘Best Landscape Architectural Design’ at the Thailand Property Awards in September of last year. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in business management and accounting from Bangkok University and has more than 20 years’ experience within the international property industry in a plethora of areas which include; property design, development, construction management and of course property management. In a nutshell, she’s an all-rounder in a specialised field. Still, there’s more to Apple than propertyrelated activities and aims in life. For a start, she’s a firm believer in the Dasavidha-rājadhamma – a ten-fold Buddhist belief that many leaders of industry, and indeed nations, are encouraged to adhere to for the benefit of all. In short, these ten-fold beliefs consist of Dāna (charity), Sīla (morality), Pariccāga (altruism), Ājjava (honesty), Maddava (gentleness),Tapa (self control), Akkodha (non-anger), Avihimsa (nonviolence), Khanti (forbearance) and Avirodhana (uprightness). She’s a firm believer in leading by example and also of sharing one’s blessings with others. She states, “When I’m successful I share it with others in the community.” Indeed, she’s an active philanthropist and donates to Kamala Community Welfare Fund every year. This fund was set up to help disadvantaged people in Kamala and supports sick babies, children, and elderly people as well as providing support for critical hospitalised patients. Apple and her team are also active in the Kamala Beach Cleaning Club, helping

with weekly Friday afternoon beach cleanups organized by local teens. Not only that but she also oversees the Andara’s donating leftover greens and fruits for the well being of Kamala Sub-district Administration in the making of Effective Microorganisms or EM. Every summer, Apple supports teachers’ fees, lunches and stationary for children who join the Masjid Phadungsas Baan Kamala summer camp. This activity helps parents to place their children in a positive

environment while the schools are closed for holidays – something every hard-working and responsible parent appreciates very much. She’s also active in ‘Phuket Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Network as well as providing the budget for placing trash filters at the mouths of five Kamala canals in order to remove debris and trash before it reaches the sea,.


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Apple’s an ardent believer in the pillars of community and very much believes in the old adage: “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Her personal motto as she goes through life comes from American writer Stephen Chbosky: “We can’t choose where we come from but we can choose where we go from there.” In addition to all of this, she – incredibly enough – also finds time to be on the Kamala Police Station monitoring committee, helping in motorcycle helmet wearing awareness, maintaining the property and donating office equipment, and even providing lunch for police officers in Andara’s Silk restaurant.

In perhaps an unwitting sideline that truly complements Andara’s traditional Thai décor and atmosphere, Apple also actively promotes the conservation of traditional Thai silk. In October 2015, Apple was

“When I’m successful I share it with others in the community.”


honoured by United States Agency for International Development as one of the Outstanding Women Business Leaders of Thailand for Green Growth – an award designed to encourage environmental development. In Apple’s own words she, “enjoys learning and am eager to pick up new skills. I learn quickly and adapt well

to new techniques and challenges.” In Phuket’s ever-changing business and development arenas these are valuable skills to possess and wield but her pragmatic side generally prevails. She says, “I learn almost everything I need to know about depth of field. There are several factors to consider, as well as internal and external elements that may cause a project to derail. However, by taking a few precautions and having an excellent plan in place, ensure our project will move along smoothly.” Hard working, energetic, and innovative, Khun Natthakanya Saengpho is an example for young up-and-coming female executives and future leaders. By sticking to strong work and spiritual ethics she’s forged a highly-respected place in Phuket’s business community.


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Lifestyle - Event Photo Albums

Glow Night Foam Party @ Centra Ashlee Hotel Patong On Friday 4th December 2015, Centra Ashlee turned on the UVlights, and turned their guests on to the glowiest, neon-est party on the island!

Xmas Light Up @Thanyapura Phuket On Friday 4th December 2015, Thanyapura Phuket began the holidays in a brilliant manner as it lit up in anticipation of the season’s festivities. There were also performances from Phuket International Academy Day School’s students.


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Kamala Beach Cleaning Kamala went through a clean-up ordered by The Phuket Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Volunteer Network. Also present at the event were representatives from Kamala sub-district admistrative organisation, Andara Resort & Villas, environmental groups, and volunteer agencies.

Cleaning on the beach at Kamala Beach On Friday 12th February 2016 - Kamala Police Officer, M.5 Village Security Team, Andara Resort & Villas team and Kamala people joined the event “KAMALA BEACH CLEANING” this project is held every Friday at 5 pm... let’s join with them next Friday!!!


Lifestyle - Event Photo Albums Meet & Greet with DJ Paul Oakenfold @XANA Beach Club

On Saturday 12th December 2015, XANA Beach Club with Attica invited VIP guests backstage to meet and greet world-famous DJ Paul Oakenfold at XANA Beach Club.

Full Moon Party Volume 3 @ XANA Beach Club

On Friday 22nd January 2016, XANA’s DJ line-up was hand-picked for its ability to uplift the party crowds and to bring funky beats to the island. The lineup included DJ De Wachtkamer (Bermudos), DJ Kraiz (Illusion) and XANA’s very own resident DJ WII.


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New Year’s Eve ‘SLEEP WITH ME FESTIVAL’ @ SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL On Thursday 31st December 2015, Sleep With Me design hotel in Patong celebrated New Year’s Eve at Sway With Me garden restaurant & bar. It was a special night with buffet-style Thai fusion dishes, a Thai culture show, a musical duo, a lucky draw and a countdown to midnight.


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Baba Beach Bar & Sales Gallery Opening Party @Baba Beach Club, Natai Beach

On Tuesday 15th December 2015, Baba Beach Club Phuket launched Baba Beach Bar & Restaurant and Baba Suite Show Unit & Sales Gallery, which is open every day from 11.00 – 19.00 with a special DJ every weekend


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Lifestyle - Event Photo Albums Sanuki Olive Beef event @Kabuki - JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

On Thursday 7th January 2016, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa held a Sanuki Olive Beef event at their restaurant, Kabuki Japanese Cuisine Theatre.

Phuket National Children’s Day Celebration 2016 @Laguna Phuket On Saturday 9th January 2016, Laguna Phuket held an event to celebrate National Children’s Day at Canal Shopping Village in the heart of Laguna Phuket with a large number of children who joined the event.


Lifestyle - Event Photo Albums Argiolas L’arte la vigna, il vino wine dinner @ Acqua Restaurant

On Thursday 4th February 2016, Ms.Keti Mazzi – brand ambassador for Argiolas Winery – attended this wine dinner and lectured on the amazing Sardinian wines and guests enjoyed great food pairing with Chef Alessandro’s creations at Acqua Restaurant.

Celebrity Chef Eddy Leung @ JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa presented a unique gastronomical event featuring French cuisine by celebrity Chef Eddy Leung from Hong Kong on Thursday 28th January 2016.


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Jewellery & Artisinal wine in exhibition and cocktail @ Andara Resort & Villas On Friday 5th February 2016, Phuket celebrated art, jewellery and artisinal wine in exhibition and cocktail at Andara Resort & Villas. Fans of jewellery, contemporary art and wine were suitably happy.


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Attaneeya Plengwittaya (Mimmamn) Marcom Manager Thailand of Impiana Hotel Group


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Phuketindex would like to introduce the newly-appointed Marcom Manager Thailand at Impiana Hotel Group – Attaneeya Plengwittaya or ‘Mimmamn’. Just arrived from Bangkok, Mimmamn has brought along with her not just her extensive experience in the Public Relations fields but also her charming smile that brightens up the island, us included! We’re very delighted for the opportunity K. Mimmamn gave us to get a little bit closer to her personal life. Here’s what we found out about her.

Her Hobbies I like to exercise. For me jogging or boxing is the ideal solution considering how little time I have to work this into my schedule.

1 Must-Have Item Sunscreen lotion is a total must when living in Thailand. We’re close to the equator here and it’s difficult to avoid the sun. As PR people we have to meet a lot of people and have to look our best so personally this makes me especially aware of skin care.

4 Bold Lips Bold lips enhance my character. You’ll always see me with bold lips. I think they suit me the most and make me stand out.

5 Can’t live without My Smart Phone. I use it daily and it’s almost become a part of me. If I forget it at home this means that I simply cannot contact others and in my job this is impossible as my phone is indispensable.

Her Style

A simple, modern style that reflects my personality, suitable for any occasion.

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Her Costume

Handmade earrings. This pair of earrings I got from dear friends who made them especially for me. They shine out and when I go to a party or any impromptu event, they can help make me outstanding.

Most of the time trousers maybe paired with a clutch bag and a pair of matching earrings.

3 Lamy Pen This is my favourite pen. It has a flashy colour and always grabs people’s attention when I take it out. Impressive!

6 Her Favourite Photo It was taken when I took part in the grand opening event of EMQuartier, a new shopping place on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok. I was Public Relations Division Manager at The Mall Group at the time, and my job was to make the event talked about, known and remembered. It was challenging.


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Khun Sumana Vorachun or Khun Air - the Resident Manager of Baba Beach Club who is the one of management team behind this fabulous project, Baba Beach Club Hotel & Private Residences by Sri panwa, a very interesting prospect for investors.

Sumana Vorachun “Air� Resident Manager of Baba Beach Club


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Baba Beach Club Hotel & Private Residences by Sri panwa

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Real estate is not just for residential purposes or leisure while on holiday, it’s also a canny move for those seeking to invest. And Baba Beach Club Hotel & Private Residences by Sri panwa is a very interesting prospect for investors with guaranteed 6% return on a three-year investment*. The management team behind this fabulous project is lead by Khun Sumana Vorachun or Khun Air the Resident Manager of Issara Junfa Co., Ltd. who meets us to chat about this internationally acclaimed property. Baba Beach’s concepts come from the restaurant destinations within Sri panwa, consisting of Baba Pool Club the main International Cuisine, Baba IKI - Japanese Cuisine, Baba Soul Food - Thai Cuisine, Baba Chino - Chinese Cuisine, Baba Nest - The 360-degree Roof Top bar, Baba Hot Box - BBQ & Grill, Baba Pool Bar - the entertainment pool, and Baba Space – the meeting & conference purpose-built area.

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In the early 1800s when travelers started to step ashore in the area they called ‘The Peninsula’ (current-day southern Thailand) the majority of them were Indian, Hokkien Chinese & Portuguese. Over time, relationships within the settlements grew intimate and many married locals. ‘Baba’ was the name given to male offspring and ‘Nyonya’ to the females. These children were the result of different people, cultures, ideas, philosophies and tastes coming together and creating something truly unique. ‘Baba’ for us is a concept encompassing the people, design, architecture, cultural, food, music and much more.

*Terms and conditions apply


Lifestyle - Property Talk Baba Beach Club is designed in a tropical contemporary form with a mix of Sino-Portuguese style which has been the signature of Phuket and the colourful theme of Shanghai Tang. Every suite and villa is fully furnished in Sri panwa’s signature tropical contemporary custom-made design. All units fully furnished – with extra attention to detail such as quality cutlery, tableware to linens. Baba Beach Club is located on 42 rai of land with a 180-metre wide beachfront on Natai Beach, north of Phuket. The first phase of the development features 24 Baba Suites, 10 Pool Suites, 3 Penthouses, 18 Pool Villas and 6 Beachfront Villas. The suites, penthouses and pool villas will be part of a rental program operated by Sri panwa. For guests and owners coming to Baba Beach Club, many facilities and services are available. Provided by the hotel is Restaurant and Bar, Spa and Fitness facilities, Swimming pools, Beachfront access, and a Beach Club. Outside activities are also available such as jogging trails, elephant trekking, snorkeling and scuba diving, yachting, golfing and the surrounding nationals. Only 20 minutes away from Phuket International Airport, Baba Beach Club offers a 180-metre beachfront with full panoramic views of the Andaman Sea and its fabulous sunsets. The unspoiled atmosphere of Natai Beach area and the tropical gardens provides a serene and peaceful oasis at the heart of the project. Managed by the internationally acclaimed Sri panwa, Baba Beach Club will provide a luxurious high-class lifestyle. Baba Beach Club Bar & Restaurant is open now, everyday from 11:00 until 19:00.

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The project developer is Issara Junfa Co.,Ltd., a jointventure between Charn Issara PCL and Junfa Real Estate Co., Ltd. Charn Issara Group has been an initiator and a leader of many property developments for more than three decades, along with extensive experience in office, retail and residential long-term leasing as well as property after-sales services. Charn Issara is also the developer of Sri panwa, one of Thailand’s top luxury hotel pool villas estates located on a hillside peninsular of Cape Panwa, Phuket.


Image Copyright Baba Beach Club thanks Khun Air for her time and hopes this information will make the reader more interested in this charming and rustic beachfront property located in the unspoiled atmosphere of Natai Beach. North of Phuket, Natai Beach, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 88 820 7853, +66 (0) 76 490 777 Fax: +66 (0) 76 371 004 E-mail:, Website:

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The Emerald Central Condo Freehold and leasehold ownership contracts are also available

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Emerald Central Phuket is created with the concept of quality, design and functionality in mind. The developer believes in the condos and plans to provide the best quality lifestyle for all who live there. The material used, along with the design, is not only artistically unique, but is functional as well.

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One bedroom - 39sqm Two bedroom - 65sqm

Facilities: 80% car parking First-class fitness centre Steam rooms Swimming pool Jacuzzi BBQ area Internet and cable TV Smart card access and CCTV 24-hour security


Residents at Emerald Central Condo will have every amenity they desire right on site so that they need not look any further. We plan to have shopping for goods, clothes or food readily available, making life at the Emerald Central easy and comfortable.

About the Developer:

Developed by Phuket Future Development Co., Ltd., renowned for their high quality standards, Emerald Central Condo is the third luxury condominium development by Phuket Future Development in Phuket.

location for people who need to be in the city but still enjoy a quiet and communal standard of life.


Emerald Central Condo is centrally located where nothing is too far from your reach, no matter what you’re looking for. It’s only minutes away from first-class shopping malls, Thai markets, tourist destinations, international hospitals, golf courses and more. This is the perfect

Contact Information: Tel: +66 (0) 96 474 6645, +66 (0) 98 787 9935 E-mail:

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The Emerald City Life Condo @ Patong Modern stylish living space... High-end urban lifestyle

The newest condominium on off er by the Emerald Development Group, The Emerald City Life Condo @ Patong is a new and exciting condominium project situated in a very convenient and central location in Patong, just minutes away from Patong Beach. This new project enjoys a rich blend of urban living and tropical lifestyle. Modern classic and stylish in character with a vintage interior concept, the project includes a series of amenities such as a multi-functional natural saltwater swimming pool and a kids’ pool; a rooftop swimming pool; 360-degree panoramic views over Patong town and beach as well as eco-friendly layered gardens between floors and buildings.

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A = One bedroom – 29sqm B = Two bedroom – 27sqm C = Two bedroom – 49sqm D = Two bedroom – 43sqm E = One bedroom – 33sqm F = One bedroom – 33sqm G = One bedroom – 31sqm H = One bedroom – 31sqm Image Copyright The Emerald City Life Condo @ Patong

Facilities: Swimming pools (includes sky pool and kids’ pool) Smartcard access and CCTV Fitness centre Rooftop garden 24-hour security Internet and cable TV Elevators Construction period: 24 months

About the Developer:

The Emerald Development Group is a real estate development company specialising in the leisure and tourism industry. It focuses primarily on the

high-end tourism and residential market, offering innovative opportunities for buyers and investors according to current and future market conditions.


Conveniently located in the heart of Patong’s shopping district, Emerald City is within easy access and walking distance of the area’s entertainment venues. The Emerald City Life Condo @ Patong offers a combination of total immersion in tourist attractions as well as beach relaxation.

Contact Information: Tel: +66 (0) 96 474 6645, +66 (0) 98 787 9935 E-mail:


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The Beachfront Condominiums Each building is designed to offer amazing views

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The Beachfront is the ultimate investment in prime tropical real estate. This collection of apartments and villas in a resortlike environment on Phuket’s east coast is one of the last available beachfront locations, commanding stunning views over Chalong Bay and surrounding tropical islands. The location of The Beachfront offers buyers excellent investment opportunities in a prime real estate location with nearby luxury resorts and world-class facilities. Each building is designed to offer amazing views from 90% of all units in the development. It also features three communal swimming pools. The ground units have direct access to private swimming pools, overlooking the communal gardens and infinity pools.


Studios – 35sqm One bedroom – 45sqm Two bedroom – 101sqm


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Facilities: Speedboats Restaurant Tropical landscaping 24-hour security Internet and cable TV Fitness centre Three infinity swimming pools and Jacuzzi Indoor parking CCTV Reception

About the Developer:

Blue Horizon Construction’s success was built on proactive communication and trusted relationships and has the experience, knowledge and commitment to provide products and services that are unique to each project.

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Located in a picturesque area in Rawai, the Beachfront is directly on the beach and within walking distance of shopping centres and international/ Thai restaurants. However the location ensures complete peace and privacy at all times. The Beachfront is located just five km from town and only 45 minutes from Phuket International Airport. Contact Information: Tel: +66 (0) 81 459 0152 E-mail:

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Baan Mai Khao ‘Baan Mai Khao sits proud on Mai Khao Beach – famed for its priceless natural beauty.

The distinctively designed ‘Semi-Outdoor’ Lobby opens to the shimmering sea and the eye-pleasing green landscape features plants like Melaleuca Cajuputi Powell (or Samet Khao in Thai) and Syzygium Grande (or Wha-Hin in Thai) which are symbols of Mai Khao Beach. Internal and external Sino-Portuguese architectural elements reflect the ‘Timeless Heritage’ style while the Silhouette Skin panels in exterior spaces create texture and soften natural light.


Project comprises six three-storey condominium buildings and three five-storey buildings – a total of 206 unit


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70-metre-long swimming pool Sunken daybed zone Car park for 100 vehicles Well-maintained garden Fitness room WIFI internet 24-hour CCTV security system

About the Developer:

With over 31 years of experience and hundreds of projects across Thailand, including two hotels and a residential project in Kensington, Image Copyright Sansiri

London, Sansiri is widely regarded as Thailand’s leading developer of quality houses, townhouses and condominiums. Constructing meticulously designed, well-made homes, we strive to continuously improve the quality of life of our residents. Sansiri is also Thailand’s only fully integrated property developer, providing comprehensive services that go far beyond those of traditional developers. Our Plus Property Agency, Quintessentially Lifestyle and Rental for the Holidays Lettings allow us to fully attend to the needs of our customers from start to finish.


‘Baan Mai Khao sits proud on one of Phuket’s most pristine, peaceful beaches – Mai Khao Beach – famed for its priceless natural beauty. This ‘Unforgettable’ development conveys a superior level of living amidst the embrace of nature, sea, sand and sun – an occurrence that, once experienced, will linger long in memory.

Contact Information Tel: 1685 (Call Centre) +66 (0) 2 201 3999 E-mail: Image Copyright Sansiri


Travel - Chef Talk

Patrizia Battolu

Chef de Cuisine at La Gritta, Amari Phuket Rich Food. Rich Life.


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Patrizia started to cook when very young and took up being a chef as a career when she was about 21 years old, and now her culinary journey leads her to La Gritta – one of the most beautiful Italian restaurants in Phuket.


hef Patrizia begins her culinary journey in Phuket in one of the most beautiful Italian restaurants on the island. Phuketindex visited her at La Gritta to learn about her passions and her food. Chef Patrizia comes from Rome. She was originally born in Sardinia but lived almost all of her life in Rome for her profession before she moved to Phuket. Like many chefs, she feels cooking is her chosen profession since an early age. “I started to cook when I was very young, around ten years old. My mother played an important role as she was always very curious and interested in international food. So it’s not difficult for me to cook,” says Chef Patrizia.

“I’m very happy when people are happy with my creations.”

She started to cook for 30-40 people when she was only a teenager then Patrizia went to university to study languages (Chef Patrizia speaks English and French and little bit of Arabic) but the culinary arts always held her interest. “I love to play with the colours of food and combine as many different ingredients as possible. Because life is very rich so I want my dishes to be rich like life.” Her mother was her great inspiration and mentor. Absorbing her mentor’s cooking style resulted in interesting combinations. Her cooking career officially began when she was about 21 years old in a hotel in Northern Italy. Chef Patrizia later returned to Rome after this experience. There she helped her uncle in a catering service before she became the manager of a small restaurant in the center of Rome. “Small but very popular,” as she says. She started her own catering service herself after a while, supplying for weddings, meetings and events. “The last big meeting before I came here was for 700 people,” she says.


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About La Gritta La Gritta serves traditional Italian cuisine with a contemporary flair with an extensive and discerning wine list on a beachside dining terrace overlooking the Andaman Sea. The restaurant is one of the most romantic places to dine in Phuket especially with its scenic sunsets. Open for lunch and dinner from 10:00 till midnight daily.

Special Dishes Chef Patrizia specially selected some of her best dishes for Phuketindex. The ravioli represents her cooking style with the combination of various interesting ingredients while her pork tenderloin is a recipe she’s justifiably proud of. Snow fish represents her own preference – tender, tasty, light and healthy.

Kurobuta Pork Tenderloin

Snow Fish

Grilled Ravioli

Wrapped with pancetta bacon served with dry sherry prunes, black Kalamata olives and butternut squash with thyme cream

With Roma artichokes, sautéed potato tagliatelle with garlic and herbs and meunière sauce

Filled with wagyu beef, cepes mushrooms, foie gras, whisky, cheese and topped with black truffle cream



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Acqua Restaurant Alessandro Frau

Following a black-and-white theme that gifts the restaurant clean lines and a good sense of proportion, Acqua’s design fully complements an all-round satisfying dining experience. The restaurant has imaginative lighting, nowhere more so than at the bar. Trendy without being gratuitously chic, cutting edge without going over the top and spacious without being cavernous, Acqua’s décor balance practicality and aesthetics in a fine dining environment in Phuket.

chef and owner

Acqua Restaurant is the first of a series of restaurants designed by Alessandro Frau, as Alessandro dedication for culinary doesn’t stop to cooking but also to project and design restaurants and concepts. Chef Alessandro Frau was the Winner of Iron Chef Thailand on November 2013. Find more about Alessandro by visit In 2013 Acqua Restaurant was appointed as one of the Best Italian Restaurant in Phuket and Thailand from Ospitalita’ Italiana in the World.

Guide Cuisine: Italian Reservation: Recommended Dress Code: Smart-casual Open: every day from 16:00 – 23:00 Mobile phones allowed: Yes Car parking: Yes Credit cards: Accepted Tel: +66 (0) 76 618 127 E-mail : GPS/DD: 7.916537, 98.290996


Recommended Dishes 45-minute slow cooked egg on a Parmesan cheese fondue, fresh black truffle and crispy pancetta powder

Sous-vide cooked octopus salad, marinated in extra virgin olive oil, lemon and vinegar, fennel leaves, celery and taggiasche olives DOP

Pan-fried USA scallops with duck liver, chili jam and truffle pumpkin sauce

Trenette pasta with Alaskan king crab in its own jus with sliced Sardinian tuna bottarga

Wood-fired roasted suckling pig, saffron and violette potatoes, broad beans in its own sauce


Where Italian dining experience meet art and passion

324/15 Prabaramee Road – Kalim Bay - Patong - Phuket Tel 076 618127 email:

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Baan Kalim Restaurant Wanlop Phothong

Baan Kalim Restaurant and Seafood offers a mouthwatering and taste bud tingling array of Executive Chef dining choices ranging from seafood, to Chinese dishes, Royal Thai cuisine, and western classic dishes to suit all tastes, all under the guidance of a highly experienced Chef and professional seafood restaurant team. Great emphasis is placed on Thai hospitality service with a lot of interaction between the service staff and diners. The restaurant has an array of fresh seafood, ranging from live lobsters, tiger prawns and crab, along with a rich variety of local fish prepared in many manners to suit diners’ taste. The restaurant has stunning views overlooking the beautiful Andaman Sea and a panoramic view of Patong Bay. The sunsets at Baan Kalim have to be seen to be believed – with stunning, breathtaking views.

Guide Experience: Seafood, Royal Thai cuisine, Phuket traditional and international dishes Reservation: Recommended Dress Code: Smart-casual Open: 11:00 – 24:00 Mobile phones allowed: Yes Credit card: Accepted Tel: +66 (0) 76 618 125 E-mail: GPS/DD: 7.906419, 98.297476


Recommended Dishes Boiled fish balls with garlic sauce Deep-fried Phuket style sausage ‘My grandma’s fish’ and ginger soup with a dash of sesame oil Num-prik-khung-sod Crab curry served with mee hoon noodles Fried crab with garlic and pepper Stir-fried lobster with garlic, butter and white wine sauce Baked mixed seafood Steamed mussels with Thai herbs Deep-fried fish with sweet and sour sauce

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Savoey Seafood Supit Jararith Asst. Manager

Open since 1980, Savoey Seafood is considered one of the landmarks of Patong Beach. This popular and bustling restaurant not only has a wide array of fresh seafood but also offers competitive prices.

Baked lobster with butter and garlic sauce

Savoey Seafood is a large, open-plan restaurant with a seating capacity of 400 plus, but you would never know. Despite its size, with 50 staff members the service is excellent, polite and considerate.

Tom yum koong

Savoey Seafood is very popular and getting there early is recommended. It would be a real shame if you missed the opportunity to dine at this first-class seafood restaurant during your stay on Phuket.

Stir-fried crab with spring onions, ginger and garlic

Guide Experience: Seafood and Thai cuisine Reservation: Recommended Dress Code: Smart-casual Open: 10:30 – 24:30 Mobile phones allowed: Yes Car parking: Yes Credit card: Accepted Tel: +66 (0) 76 341 171 – 4 E-mail: GPS/DD: 7.894471, 98.295719


Recommended Dishes

Stir-fried crab with curry powder

Steamed fish with lime juice and chili sauce Deep-fried fish with sweet chili sauce Stir-fried mussels or clams with roasted chili paste sauce Oven-barbecued fish Stir-fried mixed vegetables in oyster sauce

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Jiranan Sangngoen Executive Chef

Nakalay Beachfront Restaurant

Make a perfect evening for your special occasions with a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach at Nakalay Beachfront Restaurant. Sample an extensive menu of Royal Thai appetizers, seafood or lovingly prepared set menus, which draw on the unique flavours of specialty dishes from across the different regions of Thailand. Don’t miss the opportunity for a unique dinner experience in the perfect romantic atmosphere!

Recommended Dishes Set of romantic dinners Seafood, Meat and Poultry B.B.Q Beef Osso Buco Massaman Curry Benjarong Curry with Duck Drum Stick Set Of Four Appetizers

Guide S pecial dinner : Seafood, Authentic Thai a n d International cuisine Reservation: Recommended Dress Code: Smart-casual Open: 18.00 - 22.30 Mobile phones allowed: Yes Credit card: Accepted Tel: +66 (0) 63 064 0661 or +66 (0) 76 290334 – 42 E-mail: GPS/DD: 7.926213, 98.273289


Choo Chee Lobster Southern Style Spicy Duck Curry Choo Chee Salmon Thai Spicy Deep Fried Salad Crispy Fried Phuket Noodle Wrapped Shrimp

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egg Organic hen’s

Ingredients - Poached organic hen’s egg in sous vide 63c’ for 50 minutes 1 ea. - Rice crispy crumb (unsweet) 20 gr. - Parmigiano mousse 20 gr. (Parmigiano and heavy cream) - Green herb sauce 10 gr. (Fresh Italian parsley, garlic, onion, anchovies, caper and extra virgin olive oil) - Seasonal Fresh truffle grated 3 gr. - Red rock salt 2 gr. - Peanut oil for deep fried 250 ml.

Method - Peeled poached egg and coat with rice crispy crumb bring to deep fried in peanut oil for 15 Second - On the plate Put parmigiano mousse and on top with green herb sauce - Put the egg on top of sauce sprinkled with Red rock salt and fresh truffle grated - dropped with extra virgin olive oil and micro green

11/7 Moo 6, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Tel. +66 (0) 76 609 888


“Uovo biologico croccante su vellutata di parmigiano e crema alle erbe e ta�tufo”, slow poached organic hen’s egg se��ed with parmesan cheese mousse, herbs sauce and seasonal t�uffle.


33/7-9 Vichitsongkram Rd., Talad Nua, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 81 892 2807, +66 (0) 86 662 7766, +66 (0) 76 219 406 Email:, Website:

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The Andara suites have luxurious bedrooms, a lavish dining living area and stylish western kitchen that open onto an expansive outdoor terrace with panoramic views out over the Andaman Sea.


ocated at the southern end of Kamala Beach on Phuket’s wave-kissed west coast on a hill affording classic sea and beach views, Andara Resort and Villas skillfully combines and intertwines the past with the present in its design, cuisine, facilities, and service. Guests can simply soak up the on-site opulent and carefree atmosphere or wander down the short way to Kamala Beach with its plethora of shops, restaurants and friendly bars or even take the resort’s shuttle to the nearby Andara Beach Club and Lounge.

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Andara has a wide range of accommodation to choose from. For starters there are 37 suites with spectacular views similar to those of the villas, most also offer private pools. The Andara suites have luxurious bedrooms, a lavish dining living area and stylish western kitchen that open onto an expansive outdoor terrace with panoramic views out over the Andaman Sea. Suites are available in one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom arrangements ranging in size from 153sqm to a massive 740sqm. Categories include terrace suites located near the 40m communal pool with a living area opening onto a tasteful private terrace on which you can enjoy breakfast or a tasty sundowner. There are three types of pool suites: one- and two-bedroom pool suites ranging in size from 214sqm to 244sqm with 18sqm pools: Three-bedroom pool suites 311sqm in size with a 21sqm pool and if you want go further upgrade try a four-bedroom pool suite ranging in size from a massive 700sqm to a generous 740sqm. All pool suites feature large western-style kitchens, an outdoor terrace complementing the pool, lavish living space with a top-of-the-line master bedroom along with modern facilities and entertainment systems. Penthouse pool suites are again the very zenith of luxury. As for villas – there’s also a wide range of choice with 26 pool villas comprising eight three- and four-bedroom villas, seven five-bedroom villas, and eleven sumptuous six-bedroom villas. Andara Pool villas enjoy day-long

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beautiful vistas of the Andaman Sea, with plenty of space to for a large family gathering, friends’ get-togethers or simply to find your own quiet corner for some privacy. The resort’s housekeeping service will take care of everything during your stay, while a private villa chef will cook up sublime in-villa Thai and international fresher than fresh meals as per your requirements. The exquisitely appointed interior design uses natural woods and warm silks to create a relaxing, peaceful sanctuary, while plush sofas and beds guarantee absolute comfort wherever you wish to relax. In-villa facilities include individually controlled air conditioning in each room as well as classically designed ceiling fans, en-suite bathrooms with full quality toiletries along with a hair dryer, a fully-equipped kitchen (with, of course, a private chef), spacious living quarters complemented by a generous outdoor area with a sala ideal for sunning and swimming in the generous pool, state-of-the-art entertainment systems for audio and visual delights, cable or satellite TV signals on flat screen wall mounted monitors, baby cots, safety deposit box, electronic entry cards, top-level resort security, IDD phones, and Wi-Fi and wired internet. Andara Resort and Villas also offers award-winning cuisine served up at Silk restaurant and bar. This is a truly tasteful conception – perhaps unique to the island – in its wood and tasteful light

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combinations. Why not indulge in some of the finest Thai cuisine in Phuket prepared by experienced local chefs using only the freshest ingredients prepared using timehonoured techniques mixed with flashes of contemporary skills. This makes each meal an unforgettable experience. But do take time to visit the bar – it’s a monument to tastefulness. Andara Resort and Villas 15 Moo 6, Kamala Beach, Kathu Phuket 83150 Tel : +66 (0) 76 338 777 E-mail: Website:


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Impiana Private Villas

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“Synonymous with exempla�� se��ice and standards. With this opening, we have �u�ther raised the bar in luxu�� where we remain much focused on providing outstanding guest experiences beyond their expectations.”


or stunning top-range villa accommodation overlooking one of Phuket’s most iconic yet peaceful beaches, Kata Noi, look no further than Impiana Private Villas. The Impiana Group’s name is, in the words of Doeke Bonga, General Manager Phuket, “Synonymous with exemplary service and standards. With this opening, we have further raised the bar in luxury where we remain much focused on providing outstanding guest experiences beyond their expectations.” He continues, “Our commitments have earned us the loyalty of guests from around the world and we look forward to applying the same brand experience to our discerning guests and travelers at our luxury boutique Private Villas.”

With panoramic vistas out over the Andaman Sea, Mother Nature is at her most beautiful in this location – the moods of the weather are nuanced by the continual break of surf all along this lovely strand. And the sunsets… Kata Noi is one of the loveliest sunset viewing beaches on the island so you’re guaranteed a spectacular (and free) sensational light show on a nightly basis. While wood paneling and trims extend throughout the villas and suites, their upholstery evokes fine weaves and neutral tones. Each of the villa and suites have full glass-fronted sea view living access that opens wide, flooding the accommodation space with natural light and calming sea breezes. For storage, guests will find Italian-inspired closets, fully fitted with walnut drawers, generous room for hanging items, and a built-in safe. Flat-screen televisions with major international channels, wired internet and iPod docking stations afford guests the latest options in entertainment. There are just four private villas and seven private suites – each with its very own private infinity pool (a great place for sunset viewing) and a 24-hour butler service, ensuring a truly top-of-the-range relaxed and luxurious getaway from the day-to-day worries of life.

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Let’s look at some of the accommodation available at Impiana Private Villas

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Royal Villa The Royal Villa typifi es the level of excellence at Impiana Private Villas. With two bedrooms set in a sprawling 260sqm of space that accentuates the classical and opulence design, no effort has been spared in the quest to accommodate and pamper even the most discerning and experienced guests. An in-house interior design consultant has ensured that attention to detail is paramount while facilities are up to par with any fi ve-star resort. They feature individually controlled air conditioning in each living space, top-level security, state-of-the-art entertainment options – both video and audio – a fully glass-fronted oceanic view from the interior as well as outdoor amenities which of course include a sundeck and an infinity pool.

Honeymoon Villas Intimacy is an art and essential to those looking for the ultimate in privacy. That’s why Impiana Private Villas’ Honeymoon Villas stand out. They effortlessly meet the need for those seeking a romantic and luxurious retreat. With two other villa categories available – both accentuating the clever balance between minimalistic and natural design and sheer opulence – all accentuated by skillful lighting arrangements to highlight the exemplary taste involved in these projects, the choice is wide for the discerning, There are several dining and relaxation options at Impiana Private Villas including dining on your own terrace while several award-winning dining options lie

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within a short stroll away and of course there’s that beautiful – at times almost deserted – beach to wander along. Impiana is located on the west coast of Phuket around an hour’s drive from International Airport. It’s also a ten-minute walk from bustling Kata Beach with its many shopping, dining, and nightlife opportunities. Patong Beach – the epicentre of Phuket’s nightlife – lies some 15km up the coast but we’re willing to bet that Impiana Private Villas will seduce you into staying ‘at home’ during your stay there.

Impiana Private Villas 10 Kata Noi Road, Moo 2, Karon District, Muang Phuket 83100 Tel : +66 (0) 76 330 770 E-mail: Website:


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Sri panwa Cape Panwa Villas...

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The reso�t has a mouthwatering selection of villa residences – all enjoying absolute privacy and top-range facilities and amenities. Let’s look at a few of them.


ocated on the central-eastern part of Phuket in a lush pocket of land featuring verdant hillsides, tropical coves and bays complete with shady palms and turquoise waters, Cape Panwa straddles an east-facing rise of land that enjoys both lush sunrise and sunset views, along with panoramas of the southern end of unforgettable Andaman Sea. The resort has a mouthwatering selection of villa residences – all enjoying absolute privacy and top-range facilities and amenities. Let’s look at a few of them.

Luxu�� Pool Villa These one-bedroom villas each offer an infinity pool with a jet-stream Jacuzzi, complete privacy, and up to 300sqm of space in which to enjoy the tropical contemporary style. The villa features a sundeck between the bedroom and the living room, lending the property even more privacy. The living room has its own pantry, while entertainment is provided by a state-of-the-art Bose sound system, and flat-screen monitors on which to watch the latest DVDs. Only the best linen is used in the luxurious bedroom and an en-suite bathroom with a rain shower rounds off the excellent prospects for a top-of-the-range break here.

Pool Villa These one-bedroom 230sqm up to 300sqm pool villas again come with an infinity pool with a jet-stream Jacuzzi, and outdoor bathing area with a separate rain shower, along with a sunset pavilion of its own with extensive views out over Chalong Bay, lovely Ao Yon, popular Coral Island, and Lone Island, you’ll not want for picturesque panoramas at Sri panwa’s Pool Villas. But that’s not all; in-villa facilities include a state-of-the-art entertainment system along with wall-mounted flat-screen TV monitors and the possibility to while away countless hours of ultimate private pleasure.

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Sri panwa’s one-bedroom family suites are a lesson in compatibility: Each features 190sqm of space and is packed

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with the same facilities that are typical of this five-star villa resort such as an infi nity pool with Jacuzzi, an outdoor leisure area with rain shower, a separate pantry and a large master bedroom complete with top-range bedding dressed with world-class linens.

Penthouse The latest addition to Sri panwa’s folio of luxury, the resort’s penthouses are western-facing and are 60 metres above sea level, commanding impressive sea views and delicious sunsets vistas (best viewed from the pool). You can expect the usual refined levels of contemporary modern design that feature throughout Sri panwa along with an infinity pool and state-ofthe-art facilities. 140sqm of pure luxury.

Pool Suite (West) Excellent for sunset viewing, these pool suites command great views of the Andaman Sea, have easy access to the resort’s many excellent facilities, and have the same state-of-the-art features that figure throughut the other accommodation here such as individual air conditioning, an excellent entertainment system, top-range security and contemporary modern design.

Pool Suite (East) Just steps away from the trend-setting Baba Pool Club Restaurant, these 100sqm pool suites are newly completed and enjoy sunrise views, top-range inside and outside entertainment, a classic tropical contemporary design that complements the villas’ setting. Enjoy a leisurely evening relaxing in the pool getting gently caressed by the in-pool Jacuzzi while simply wallowing in luxury. This is life as it should be.

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Residence Villa Perfect for an extended family or a group of like-minded fun-hungry friends, Sri panwa’s three- or four-bedroom Residence Villas offer simply oodles of luxurious contemporary Thai designed opulence surrounded by the most fantastic sea and land views. With 900sqm to an amazing 2,000sqm of space packed with top-of-the-range fittings, facilities and amenities, a top-range vacation is guaranteed for people who want to have fun in one of the most beautiful spots in southern Thailand. Sri panwa 88 moo 8, Sakdidej Road, Vichit District, Muang Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 76 371 000 E-mail: Website:


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Treat yourself to a spectacular musical experience at the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). Located in the PETRONAS Twin Towers, officially opened on 17th August 1998


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Designed by Cesar Pelli, the hall takes its inspiration from the traditional shoe-box shape of the great 19th century European concert halls with the magnificent Klais Pipe Organ providing a spectacular backdrop to the hall’s stage.


reat yourself to a spectacular musical experience at the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). Made up of musicians from 25 nations, a host of internationally-acclaimed conductors and musicians have worked with the MPO including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fabio Luisi and Andrea Bocelli.

DEWAN FILHARMONIK PETRONAS (DFP) is home to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) and is Malaysia’s concert hall devoted specifically to classical music. Located in the PETRONAS Twin Towers, it was officially opened on 17th August 1998 by the patron of the MPO, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Haji Mohd Ali and former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Designed by Cesar Pelli, the hall takes its inspiration from the traditional shoe-box shape of the great 19th century European concert halls with the magnificent Klais Pipe Organ providing a spectacular backdrop to the hall’s stage. The hall seats 920 people at one time, which includes box seats, corporate suites and a royal suite. Acoustics experts Kirkegaard and Associates have incorporated unique acoustical devices into the design to maximize the hall’s natural qualities.


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Beyond classical music, DEWAN FILHARMONIK PETRONAS (DFP) has hosted such prominent artists as Harry Connick Jr., the Count Basie Orchestra, Yellowjackets, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mezzoforte, Pink Martini, Gotan Project and sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar. In addition, Malaysian artists including Tan Sri SM Salim, Dato’ Sheila Majid, Dato’ M Nasir and Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza have mesmerised audiences at DEWAN FILHARMONIK PETRONAS. Always innovative in its programming, DEWAN FILHARMONIK PETRONAS’s crowd pleasing Showcase, Seni Fest and Spotlight series have featured international stars such as Laura Fygi, Zakir Hussain and Larry

Carlton in addition to local talents like Dayang Nurfaizah, Noryn Aziz, Rachel Guerzo, Yuna, Aizat, Najwa, Hafiz, Hujan and many others. With each new season, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) continues to present a varied programme of orchestral music drawn from over three centuries, as well as the crowd-pleasing Specials, Pops, Family Fun Day, Chamber and Happy Hour series. It regularly presents specially commissioned new music and successfully collaborates with local and international artists. Check out what’s on at

Made up of musicians from 25 nations, a host of internationally-acclaimed conductors and musicians have worked with the MPO including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fabio Luisi and Andrea Bocelli.


Check out our tasteful and spectacular ‘Sunday Glitz’ brunch. Delicious International cuisines featuring fresh seafood, rock lobster, oysters, sashimi selections and a variety of desserts.

Every Sunday from 12.00pm - 3.00pm

A live acoustic band will entertain you throughout your Sunday Glitz while little ones are kept happily entertained with fun games by Kidz Paradise.

THB1,400 ++ per guest Includes free flow of soft drinks and selected beverages THB 700 ++ per child 6-12 years Includes free flow of soft drinks All the above prices include complimentary day pass access to the resort’s swimming pools as well as free towel rental.

For information and reservation, 076 396 433-41 or e-mail Follow us: HiltonPhuket

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa | 333 Patak Road, Karon Beach, Muang, Phuket 83100

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PHUKET NEWS UPDATE Hilton Phuket Arcadia Reso�t & Spa’s Barista won in ’Hilton Worldwide Thailand F&B Master 2015/2016’ Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa is pleased to announce the significant success of talented associates, Khun Chalalai Saenkhan who recently got the winning in “Hilton Worldwide Thailand F&B Master 2015/2016”, a country level of Thailand and Myanmar. Her impressive performance, skills, presentation, taste, technique, decoration and hygiene were outstandingly displayed when making her creative coffee ‘ Kluay Kluay’

Angsana Laguna Phuket in The World Class Cocktail Competition 2016 On 27th February 2016, Angsana Laguna Phuket hosted the world class cocktail competition. Khun Peerayoth Rattanathitibovorn (Golf), Assistant Beverage Manager represented Angsana 2016 competition with his signature Clover club inspire from Botanist flower and the old fashion with a twist. He walked away with the winner for the southern region competition and taking Angsana Laguna Phuket to the national competition in Bangkok in March. Amongst contestants from Tu Kab Khao, Twinpalms and many more. World Class is the annual competition hosted by Diageo Reserve to find the world’s best bartender. The search for fine drinking experiences and cocktail culture are at the heart of World Class, alongside a passion for discovering the next generation of bartending talent and the latest trends in mixology. The World Class Club is a celebration of the world’s best bartenders and the world’s finest drinks. Each month we will showcase a World Class cocktail made by one of the most talented mixologists in the world, chatting to them as they share their inside knowledge and recommendations on the most spectacular bars from around the globe.


Doeke Bonga appointed General Manager of Impiana Reso�t Patong and Impiana Private Villas Kata Noi, Phuket. Phuket, January 2016 – It gives us great pleasure to announce the appointment of Doeke Bonga as the new General Manager of Impiana Hotels & Resorts Group Phuket, effective 7th January 2016. A Dutch citizen, Doeke is no stranger to Phuket and lived there for many years, prior to moving to Koh Samui for a 4 year period, during which he managed the Imperial Boat House and rebranded the Imperial Samui to the Sheraton Samui Resort. He divides his time between the Impiana Resort Patong and the Impiana Private Villas in Kata Noi. Please join us in wishing Doeke good luck in his challenging new role at Impiana Hotels & Resorts Management, Phuket.

Thanyapura named Asia’s leading spo�ts reso�t Thanyapura Phuket has been named Asia’s Leading Sports Resort at the 22nd annual World Travel Awards, renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive of its kind in the travel and tourism industry – the ‘ultimate hallmark of quality’ and the ‘benchmark to which all others aspire’. Thanyapura received the accolade at the Asia and Australasia Gala Ceremony 2015 at the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong on 29th October 2015, an event that attracted the industry’s key decision-makers, chief figureheads and the leading trade and consumer media. It is an approach that resulted in swimming’s governing body, FINA, choosing Thanyapura for its “Targeting Rio 2016” project – a partnership in which 26 Southeast Asian scholarship-holders are living and training at the facility ahead of competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics. It is also known for its triathlon training with programs led by fourtime World Champion and Executive Chairman Chris Macca McCormack.

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Sander Looijen General Manager of Renaissance Phuket Reso�t & Spa


eing a media company affords us the chance to meet new and amazing people and that’s why we love to do this. recently had the opportunity to join up with the newly appointed General Manager of the beautiful Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa. Joining the team at Renaissance on the 9th of September, 2015, GM Sander Looijen revealed his background and enthusiasms with us. Sander is originally from Nijmegen, Holland and moved to the beautiful city of Maastricht in the south of Holland when he was about 18-19 years old where he started in hotel management school. During his studies he also worked for different restaurants in the city. He did his traineeship in Shanghai, China and who could have known that that time would have made him fall in love with Asia and would dream to be back? He finished his studies and has been in the hospitality industry around Asia for 12 years now.

About his career path I started my career in Shanghai with Marriott about 12 years ago. I worked there as a trainee and became

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Restaurant Manager a year later. After sometime there, I moved to Hong Kong to work for another Marriott for two years in a few different capacities but mostly food & beverage. Then I moved back to open a new hotel, the Renaissance Zhongshan Park in the middle of Shanghai where I worked in Restaurant and Events Management as well. After that I moved to Renaissance Beijing Capital as Food & Beverage director. A year and a half later, I was asked by the regional office in Hong Kong to take over the role of Director of Restaurants and Bars for Asia. I was there for about four years and now I started my new role as a General Manager in this beautiful hotel.

Why have you been appointed to be the new GM of Renaissance Phuket? With a smile on his face, GM Sander says that ‘maybe we should ask his boss’ before continuing, “I think the hotel is quite modern, young, and has an energetic vibe and I think my personality fits with that. It’s also my first appointment as a General Manager so I guess the energy and the whole spirit that I bring to the hotel will hopefully bring it up to the next level.”


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What a�e the biggest obstacles you come up against within your job and how do you ove�come them?

How do you think the job he�e in Phuket compa�es to your p�evious jobs? “I think it’s very different from other jobs. First, as a General Manager running a hotel the experience is something new to me. Second, it is a resort location. In the past I used to travel a lot to Thailand and one of my missions was to come here because I love the country and finally here I am. It’s a different culture, a different kind of people, but it’s really wonderful to be here, to be part of this beautiful resort.”

What’s going to be your main task he�e? “The number one thing that I will be focusing on as a General Manager I think is the team. People that work for the hotel are by far most important asset of the hotel. We have to make sure we take care of them. Our company philosophy is ‘if we take care of our stewardship, they will take care of our guests and the guests will come back’ and I truly believe in that. Second, of course is that I will take care of our guests. I think a General Manager should be around in the hotel to meet as many guests as possible and to get their feedback. In general guests like to express their feelings and like to share the feedback. It’s very important.”


Is the�e any aspect o� the job you like mo�e than anything else and why? “It’s the same as I just mentioned, being surrounded by people, talking to people, getting the feedback from people has always been my passion. I believe that creating a team and developing people into new roles, into higher roles gives me great fulfillment. That’s one thing that I particularly like about working in a hotel. Because there are so many people and to work with those amazing people is the thing that I enjoy the most.”

“One of the biggest obstacles in general, not only for this hotel but also for Phuket, is the ever-changing market. There are so many different nationalities that come to the resort and the economy and environment of those countries have direct impacts on our hotel. So to stay updated with all the situations in those countries of course is very important and even more important is to react to those changes. When we see changes within the market, we need to make sure that our offerings will attract the other segments of the market. I think that’s one of the most important things that I need to focus on.”

Do you have a personal goal now you a�e he�e at Renaissance Phuket? “My goal is always to be number one in terms of anything that I can be number one in. I’m quite a competitive person. I would like to be number one but it’s not going to happen over a few weeks or a few months but with a longterm strategy and a building up and motivating the team in the right ways. I truly believe that we can achieve that.”

What do you like to do in your spa�e time, i� you have any? “When I’m free I like to spend time with my family which is by far the most important thing in my life. I have two young boys so you can imagine that I’m busy at work and maybe even busier when I get home! But it’s lots of fun. Besides that, I like sports, especially water sports. I’m extremely pleased to be in Phuket. I love swimming so I hope to do a lot of that. I would also like to start Thai boxing which I have done a few times in the past and I enjoyed that a lot. Of course, here is the perfect place to practice Thai boxing.”

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