Starwood to Bring Third W Hotel to Thailand by 2018
- Sep 10, 2014
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. recently announced plans to debut W Retreat Phuket – Phang Nga Bay in southern Thailand. The new project will be the third W hotel in the country and is scheduled to open in January 2018.
Starwood operates 23 properties under eight brands in Thailand, three of them located in Phuket Province: Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa and The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Phuket.
The new property is owned by Dr. Wutthisak Limphanit, a Thailand-based medical doctor and skincare entrepreneur. Thanks to its remote location on the island of Koh Yao Noi, the W Retreat Phuket – Phang Nga Bay will offer a complete array of leisure activities. Koh Yao Noi is one of the largest islands in the bay between Phuket and the mainland. Its beaches suitable for swimming and snorkeling are mainly on the east coast, while the west coast is blanketed in rice fields and lined with mangroves. The location is accessible from both Phuket International Airport and Krabi Airport, either by high-speed sea vessel, private jet or helicopter.
The Singapore-based Ministry of Design will be in charge of architecture and interior design for the project, which includes 79 standalone villas. These units, which start at around 1,670 square feet, will feature private outdoor areas with plunge pools and will command views of the unique limestone cliffs of the bay. W Retreat Phuket – Phang Nga Bay will also offer a lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant and a specialty restaurant and bar. It will feature almost 1,300 square feet of modern meeting and event space, a workout facility with swimming pool, as well as a contemporary spa with six treatment rooms.
W Hotels Worldwide has been a Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. brand since 1998. The aggressively growing portfolio includes 72 luxury and design-led lifestyle hotels worldwide, 28 of them currently under development.