Last 28th of November, the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s New York Office announced that it has embarked on a project to “crystalise” its approach to gay travellers. The pilot “Go Thai, be free” campaign is targeted at LGBT travellers living on the east coast of the US and is expected to launch in the first quarter next year. We are very pleased to hear that gay travellers are really welcome in Thailand. And why not go to this fabulous country for a stay at the Surin Phuket (formerly The Chedi Phuket), which will re-open its doors on December 21 after extensive renovation.
Located on one of the most popular Thai islands, known for its lush tropical landscape and white sandy beaches, the resort is nestled on the tranquil coast of Phuket’s finest shore Pansea Beach. The 108-cottage seafront retreat has been redesigned by Paris-based architect and interior designer Ed Tuttle, who was also the resort’s original architect.
The redesigned interiors give a fresh interpretation to the Thai beach house. To retain its rustic ambience, the resort has been fitted with a roof of sustainable cedar-like shingles. Frameless windows allow more natural light into its spaces and the golden teak and natural gray makkar wood tones make for an airy and spacious feel.
With a new lease of life, the 108 cottages remain connected by elevated walkways and sit under the shelter of coconut palms on landscaped slopes that gently descend into the smooth sandy beach. Earthy colors and abundant natural light dominate the newly renovated cottages. Each cottage showcases pearl granite flooring, polished makkar wood tops and redesigned features such as the spacious vanity and dressing area. New amenities make efficient use of the space, from sleek mini-bars to flat screen televisions. As a private retreat, each cottage is fitted out with its own veranda.
A long staircase that runs the length of the pool connects the resort to the white sandy beach and grants guests immediate access to the Andaman coastline. Guests have the best of both worlds – whether they choose to sunbathe on the Pansea Beach or enjoy the private sanctuary of the resort. Sunbeds line the terrace as soon as guests reach the foot of the stairs, which opens out onto the beach. For those who fancy drinks and a hangout space against the lapping waves, The Surin’s latest beach bar stays open late into the night. There is also a new 90m² gym with sea views, above which is a private outdoor terrace that can be used for parties and events.
Chill-out Lounge and Restaurant.
Clean lines, natural light and thakianthong wood frame the lobby and other public spaces, which contribute to the open and spacious ambience at the resort. The lobby features low tables and lounge seats that add to the relaxed atmosphere and extends onto an outdoor terrace. In addition to breakfast and dinner, guests can also use this area as an all-day chill-out spot. The Sunset Café and Bar serving Asian and international tapas-style specialties has been transformed into an intimate lounge space with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the pool and the sapphire blue sea.
The Surin Phuket is located on the beautiful Pansea Beach surrounded by the azure waters of the Andaman Sea. The hotel is approximately 25 minutes by car from Phuket International Airport.
Early bird bookings receive 10% discount for stays between March 1 and April 15, 2012, when booked 60 days in advance.