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POSH Hotel Deals – 8 June 2012

8 June 2012
Filed under: Hotels — Tags: , , , , , — Michael @ 8:44 am

There are a number of deals around this week, especially as Thailand enters its low season. Yes, it’s really the ‘rainy’ season, but you can still have a good time. (Continue reading →)

Weekly Deal Roundup – 25 May 2012

25 May 2012
Filed under: Hotels — Tags: , , , , , , — Michael @ 8:57 am

Here’s the latest roundup of deals I’ve found at POSH hotels and resorts around Southeast Asia:

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Weekly Deal Roundup – 3 May 12

3 May 2012
Filed under: Hotels — Tags: , , , , , , , — Michael @ 9:04 am

Here’s a roundup of some of the hotel deals that I’ve found or have crossed my inbox this week:

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Angsana Unveils Phuket Resort

18 November 2011
Filed under: Hotels — Tags: , , , — Michael @ 6:35 pm

Ansana, the new ‘lite’ brand from resort operator Banyan Tree, has opened their first Thai resort, in Phuket. The ‘new’ Angsana Laguna Phuket occupies the old Sherataon Laguna resort, which has been extensively remodeled to the tune of 30 Million Dollars. The new rooms range from the 40 square meter Laguna Room through one and two-bedroom lofts and on to the 490 square meter, four bedroom Angsana Grande Pool Residence.

Laguna Grande Room

The 'Laguna Grande' room at the Angsana Phuket (photo from Angsana)

The resort offers several restaurants, and will have its own beach club early next year. Since it’s part of the integrated Laguna resort complex, you can also dine at the other hotels and resorts in the complex and charge to your room. There’s also a full service spa, of course.

The official opening date is 1 December 2011. There’s a special introductory offer starting at 6,100 Baht per night, including breakfast for two, for stays between 1 December 2011 and 27 February 2012. If you book two or more nights, you’ll get a 3,000 Baht hotel credit that can be used at any dining outlet or at the spa. For a booking of three nights or more you’ll get a complimentary 90 minute massage in addition to the 3,000 Baht credit.

Visit the Angsana web site for booking and additional information.

Checking In: Phunacome Resort, Dan Sai

8 August 2011
Filed under: Site News — Tags: , — Michael @ 9:35 pm
Resort Buildings and Grounds

The lobby building (left) and one of the guest wings of the resort.

"What’s a nice resort like you doing in a place like this?" This thought occurs to me quite often in my travels, especially around Thailand. I arrive in some out-of-the-way, middle-of-nowhere small town, and there it is: a completely out of place resort that’s very nice if not downright luxe. Such was the feeling I had when arriving at Phunacome Resort just outside of Dan Sai in Loei province.

Dan Sai really is a small town; not much more than a wide spot in the road, high up in the mountains near the Lao border. The only reason it’s on the tourist map at all is due to a singular annual festival called Phi Ta Khon, or the "Ghost Mask Festival". If you’re taking in the event, the resort is the best place to stay. For the rest of the year, the only reason you would come here would be to use the resort as a base for exploring the rather spectacular natural scenery of the province.

The resort is laid out in a small valley just about 10 minutes from town. The floor of the valley has been formed into a series of ponds. On one side are the standard guest rooms, lobby building, and the meeting rooms. The other side of the valley is devoted to what the resort calls its "Isaan Village", a group of medium to large traditional style wooden houses which form the resort’s suites.

Standard room bed

The bed of the standard room at Phunacome

I had one of the standard rooms. It was very large, with wood floors, a king-size bed, balcony and large bathroom. Wireless Internet access was freely available throughout the hotel. Breakfast was served in the small dining area off the hotel lobby. There wasn’t a lot of choice, but most everything was well done. Guests could also enjoy complimentary coffee or tea at any time of day in the dining room.

The resort also had a few mountain bikes for free use by the guests. I used one on one of the days during my stay. It was easy enough to get around to the other sights of Dan Sai, although the ride back uphill to the resort is going to leave you huffing and puffing a little. During the festival, the resort offered a free shuttle serve to take guests into town and bring them back.

You can find more information and links to booking sites at the Phu Na Come Resort details page.

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