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Cachet comes to Nai Yang

Tanutam Thawan

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Cachet: The sate of being respected or admired.

On December 16, 2017, discerning travellers discovered a new dimension of bespoke lifestyle resort with the grand opening of the Cachet Resort Dewa Phuket. This re-imagined lifestyle resort is set on the shores of Nai Yang Beach, at the north end of Phuket’s west coast, a mere 5 minutes from the international airport.

Featuring legendary hospitality, well-appointed amenities, global culinary experiences and exquisite interiors helmed by Cachet Interior Design (CID), Cachet Resort Dewa Phuket promises to deliver a transformative guest experience. The sprawling property features Cachet Hospitality Group (CHG)’s signature offerings, including a premium sleep experience, rejuvenating bath amenities, a grandiose arrival area, and global culinary experiences.

“I look forward to welcoming our guests to this beautiful resort,” said, Jean-François Moracchini general manager of Cachet Resort Dewa Phuket.

“Our goal is to offer a transformative experience to our guests and bring a new dimension of resort style and hospitality to Phuket.”

Surrounded by azure waters and the lush green forest of Sirinat National Park, Cachet Resort Dewa Phuket is a 7-minute drive from Phuket International Airport and a 50-minute drive from historic Phuket. Cachet Resort Dewa Phuket marks the company’s second resort property and adds to Cachet’s expanding portfolio in Southeast Asia.

Guest rooms

Reinterpreted by CID, the newly renovated hotel design elements reflect a contemporary style and the finest interior finishes. Cachet Resort Dewa Phuket’s standard rooms, villas and residential suites feature sleek, contemporary interiors with polished concrete floors, deep mahogany, black marble, coconut shell finishes, and exposed ceilings. The modern effect is balanced by incorporating classic Thai blue silk on the pillows, chairs, and beds and adorning the guestrooms with authentic Thai sculptures and artwork.

Restaurants and Lounge

The resort’s restaurants and bars appeal to the globally well-travelled as well as local residents, offering both Thai and international cuisine from talented local and international chefs:
The Aleta Seafood Bar and Grill delivers a wide array of well-crafted dishes fusing its Mexican heritage with Thai flavors in simply-prepared offerings with unique flavor profiles. Local fresh catch seafood is on display and prepared on the wood fired grill.

CHG brings Stonehaus, California’s renowned wine bar brand, to the resort. Guests can sip a glass of wine while looking out over the sea, enjoying simple, well prepared cuisine, matched perfectly with a wide range of wines by the glass. The resort’s wine club offers guests an opportunity to pick up wines to go. Stonehaus also offers fresh baked products, sweet treats and a full coffee menu throughout the day.
Cachet Pool Club is the perfect place for intimate indulgence, large soiree or just simply chilling out. The Pool Club will be an oasis within an oasis, with international DJ’s and local artist setting the scene for some of Phuket’s best Chill parties.

Special Event Space

The resort is an indoor-outdoor destination for seaside weddings, private parties and corporate functions. On-site facilities include two distinctive dining venues, a tropical spa, a fully equipped fitness center, a Kids Club, and two picturesque swimming pools.

Read more about the new Cachet brand coming to Phuket HERE.

- Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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Thai Airways to end its Samui flights this September

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Thai Airways is scrapping its Bangkok-Samui flights from September this year. The airline’s been flying Bangkok to Samui, return, twice a day in a Boeing 737 carrying up to 149 passengers.

It negotiated a contract with Bangkok Airways to fly the two flights into Koh Samui, which built and manages the island’s airport since 2008.

At the time, the national airline said it would be convenient for travellers flying though Bangkok on Thai Airways to to transfer to a TG flight to the island, booking through the one airline.

It was also considered a breakthrough at the time ending a monopoly on the Bangkok-Samui flight sector. Bangkok Airways dominates the route offering around 19 flights daily each way.

Thai Airways are justifying cancelling the service this September following the signing of a codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways last year. The airline can ticket its European or Asian passengers through to Samui using any of the Bangkok Airways daily flights at agreed fares that are competitive for TG to resell.

The monopoly for Bangkok Airways means that flights cost up to more than double for similar distance routes around the region.

Samui Island’s airport was developed as the first privately owned airport, but faced constant criticism from hoteliers on the island who claimed Bangkok Airways made it difficult for competitors to serve the island.

At one point the government threatened to build a second airport on the island, but land appropriation costs were too high. However, the tactic did result in THAI gaining landing rights for two flights daily.

According to Airlineroute’s timetable information, Thai Airways will end its TG281 service that departs Bangkok at 0745 and TG 287 that departs Bangkok at 1530 on 2 September.

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BMW eyes bright future for electric cars in Thailand

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That growth makes Thailand number three in the world in terms of market acceptance of PHEVs, according to Krisda Utamote, BMW Group Thailand’s director of corporate communications.

Christian Wiedmann, president of BMW Thailand, says the German carmaker would continue churning out new electric vehicle models due to confidence in its global market expansion, with Thailand included.

“In Thailand, BMW is expanding the market for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) over the past three years. Sales have increased 44 per cent per year,” Wiedmann said recently at the BMW head office in Munich.

Wiedmann told Thai media the focus for BMW Thailand would now be on selling PHEVs, which had seen a rapid market growth worldwide. At this point, BMW will not import battery electric vehicles [BEVs] for sale in Thailand as it is still trying to determine the local demand and consumer response to fully electric cars, said Wiedmann.

Unlike PHEVs, that also can run on petrol, BEVs are powered entirely by electricity and have no engine or fuel tank. Wiedmann said that like their counterparts elsewhere in the world, Thai motorists have concerns regarding fully electric cars.

“We will see if there is a market for BEVs in Thailand,” he added.

Christian Wiedmann, president of BMW Group Thailand. PHOTO: PTT/Kampon Termkijanan

Many motorists are worried that they may run out of power while driving a fully electric car for a long distance. Charging stations are not yet widely available like petrol stations, particularly in the provinces or rural areas. However, thanks to improved battery technology, newer models of BEVs can run a longer distance for each charge, up to 250-300 kilometres for the BMW i3, which has a “range extender” to generate more power to the battery.

The compact i3 model is popular in Europe and the US. But BMW has no plans to officially market it in Thailand anytime soon, according to Krisda. He added that certain Thai agencies imported i3 cars mainly for research purposes.

Fully electric cars are more suited to smaller countries in Europe, while motorists in countries with larger areas and longer distances like the US may prefer plug-in hybrid vehicles, said a BMW expert who asked not to be named.

BMW offers charging services for EVs through its subsidiary ChargeNow, which has more than 100,000 charging stations the world over.

In Thailand, ChargeNow offers charging services to electric vehicles of all makes registered with its website, and not just BMW’s EVs, Krisda said. It plans to build 50 public charging stations at BMW dealerships and partnership locations by the end of this year.

Another partner in the charging services, GLT Green (Thailand) Co Ltd, which specialises in EV charging technology, has set up 73 charging outlets throughout Thailand and is adding another 47 outlets by mid-2018, according to the company’s business development manager Chayaphol Leeraphante. Altogether, GLT Green plans to set up as many as 160 charging outlets this year, he said.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Nation

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Property report tips Phuket property boom

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According to Knight Frank Thailand’s research, the Phuket condo market is expected to perform better in line with the brighter economic situation and the growing population of the island.

Increasing supply and higher selling prices will be the key drivers, while demand is forecast to improve slightly. The number of launches in Phuket is predicted to increase and Thai developers as well as joint venture developments will be key players in the market.

According to research, demand across the market will continue to be driven by international homebuyers, investors and expatriates, especially those from China, Russia and Australia.

“Besides, the expectation to see a larger portion of buyers from South Korea. Average asking prices per sqm are anticipated to rise in all areas, while increasing demand for luxury condominiums may see prices approaching a new high in 2018, especially properties by the sea,” the report from Knight Frank said.

It said one factor that is expected to significantly help boost the property market in Phuket is the Smart City project that aims to develop the province and to set the city up as a hub for the digital industry.

The project is due to be completed in 2020.

More about DEPA and the Smart City HERE.

Search for over 7,000 Phuket properties HERE.

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