Two new branded hotels for Phuket

Posted on September 11, 2014

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The island will soon get two new luxury branded hotels – a second Hyatt and its first W Hotel.

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has announced that a hotel being built by the Boutique Group of Companies will open as the Hyatt Palace Hotel in Phuket in 2016, the first Hyatt Place in Southeast Asia.

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels announced that its W Hotels brand will debut its third hotel in Thailand with W Retreat Phuket – Phang Nga Bay, scheduled to open in January 2018.

The Boutique Group, which is headed by Prab Thrakal, who recently sold the Oakwood Trilliant in Bangkok.

Hyatt senior vice president, real estate and development, Asia Pacific, Ratnesh Verna said that the Hyatt Palace will have 161 guestrooms with balconies, a swimming pool, a fitness centre, a restaurant and bar, a business centre, and more than 2,400 square feet (225 square meters) of flexible meeting or function space.

“Thailand continues to be an important market for Hyatt, both from a leisure and business travel perspective,” Mr Ratnesh said. “Phuket in particular is one of Southeast Asia’s premier leisure destinations, and Hyatt’s expanding resort portfolio is key to creating preference among our guests.”

The W Retreat is owned by Dr Wutthisak Limphanit, a successful medical doctor and skincare entrepreneur.

“We are very excited to bring the W brand to Phang Nga Bay as we continue to grow our resorts portfolio in the country,” said Stephen Ho, President of Starwood Asia Pacific.

W Retreat Phuket will be on Koh Yao Noi, and will 79 standalone villas of 155 square meters upwards. All villas will have private outdoor areas and plunge pools as well as views of Phang Nga Bay.

It will also have a lobby lounge, two restaurants, a bar, 120 square metres of event space, a gym, a swimming pool and a spa with six treatment rooms.

Singapore-based Ministry of Design (MOD) has been appointed as the architect and interior designer for the hotel.

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