Seventh Heaven: Laguna Phuket welcomes world-first ‘Cassia Phuket’ resort

Posted on October 22, 2015


Cassia Phuket is the world’s first property of Banyan Tree’s newest and third hotel brand, Cassia. The hotel welcomed its first guest yesterday (Oct 21).

“Tonight is really a very special night. Twenty one years ago we launched a new brand in Phuket that was the Banyan Tree Phuket. Now, Banyan Tree Phuket is twenty one years old, it is mature, but now we have launched a new baby tonight,” said Mr KP Ho, Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, during the dedication flame ceremony.

“From today onwards, the Cassia brand will be open to the world. We already have other Cassia projects in development in Indonesia, China and elsewhere but we are so happy that, like Banyan Tree, Cassia was born here. We are truly committed to the future of Phuket. We have invested in and developed seven hotels in Phuket, hundreds of property units, golf course, socially responsible activities. To us, Phuket is truly our second home.”

Joining Mr KP Ho for the flame ceremony was an array of VIPs, including Anoma Vongyai, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Phuket Office; Claire Chiang, Co-Founder of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Chairperson of Banyan Tree Global Foundation; Mr KC Ho, Senior Vice President of Banyan Tree Holdings; and Mr Abid Butt, Chief Executive Officer of Banyan Tree Holdings.

Also present were Mr Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket; Mr Stuart Readings, Vice President – Property Development, Laguna Banyan Tree; Mr Pancho Llamas, Vice President, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts; and Mr Ilias Vamvakas, General Manager of Cassia Phuket.

Located within the world-renowned integrated resort Laguna Phuket, Cassia brings an innovative approach to hospitality with 221 stylish residences featuring casual chic one- and two-bedroom apartments, each with a separate living room and fully equipped kitchen. Many residences have a Loft hang out area with panoramic views of the lagoon, ocean or park.

Cassia Phuket boasts original features and facilities such as free WiFi, two pools, a spacious area at Bang Tao Beach, indoor and outdoor kids’ play areas, Chill Chill Spa and touch-screen concierge.

Cassia allows guests to keep dining easy with casual concepts Market 23 Cafe the hotel’s buzzing social hub, and Street Bar featuring in-house DJs and original works of Thai street artists.

Guests who prefer to dine in, can cook home-made meals with fresh ingredients from Market 23 Cafe, order delivery from local restaurants or take away from street vendors.

“Our concept is straight forward; Live, Laugh, Love Your Way. Choice is for you!” said Cassia Phuket General Manager Mr Vamvakas.

“The hotel is stylish, colourful and cosy in itself, and as soon as you walked a bit further inside, you will see this magnificent lagoon and clear view over the beautiful Bangtao Beach. So when these elements are combined, it creates a unique experience with which we are sure our guests will fall in love,” he concluded.

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