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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Set to Open on Laem Singh Beach

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I remember the first time I ever stepped foot on Laem Singh Beach, a tiny cove of soft golden sands found down a hillside path on a cape between Kamala and Surin beaches. It was 1999, and I had arrived to Phuket just a few weeks before. I hadn’t landed a job yet so I spent those September days exploring the island – often in torrential rains since September is the height of the rainy season in Phuket.

But this was a bright and sunny day, and I caught a blue songtheaw bus from Phuket Town with the plan to visit Kamala Beach. But before I got there, I started chatting with a man on the bus who told me I should go and see this hidden beach that was the most beautiful place he’d ever seen. So I followed his advice and hopped off when I spotted a small hand-painted sign “Laem Singh” at the roadside.

From the road you can’t see the beach at all, but I found a dirt path and started walking – more like stumbling because it was steep and a bit muddy – till I came upon a scene of spectacular beauty. The beach! 

I’d been feeling down that week with the heavy rains and the swirling uncertainty over “what am I doing with my life” running through my mind. But, for a moment at least, seeing the dazzling tropical beauty of Laem Singh made me drop all my worries and start to believe that, ok, I’d moved to the right place. 

That was then, this is now. About a year ago the paths to the beach were closed by the owner of the land between the road and the beach. And this week the Mandarin Oriental group announced that it was going to open a new hotel here in 2022.

Paradise Lost for us regular folk. Paradise Found for the 5-star set!

(PS, All beaches in Thailand are supposed to be accessible to the public, and for now it’s still possible to get to the beach by boat. If anyone has visited recently please let me know how it went!)

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok pool
The swimming pool at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Bangkok.
Photo: George Apostolidis/Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group 

Here’s the full announcement by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group:

Mandarin Oriental Announces New Resort Project In Phuket, Thailand

Hong Kong, 4 September 2018 – Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new luxury resort on Phuket Island in Thailand which is scheduled to open in 2022.

Mandarin Oriental, Phuket will be located on one of the rare undeveloped beachfront sites still to be found on ‘Millionaire’s Mile on the west coast of Phuket island [Go Phuket Note: the area known as Millionaire’s Mile is between Kamala and Patong, not this area]. It will occupy 9.5 hectares of land in the secluded and picturesque Laem Singh Bay. The hotel’s 105 rooms, including 37 bespoke pool villas, will offer guests exceptional accommodation, with significant outdoor spaces, all of which will provide panoramic views of the Andaman Sea and the sunset. The site itself encloses a white sand beach with rocky outcrops, providing excellent access for snorkelling and swimming.

Facilities include three restaurants and bars with magnificent ocean front settings, comprising an all-day dining venue, specialty restaurant, sunset bar and a beach club. There will be a range of flexible function facilities, ideal for landmark events, social gatherings or business meetings.

The Group’s signature wellness therapies and treatments will be provided in a spacious Spa at Mandarin Oriental, a well-equipped fitness centre and two outdoor swimming pools. A Kid’s Club and a host of outdoor leisure pursuits will also be available.

James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental said, “Phuket is one of Asia’s leading leisure destinations and we are delighted to have found such a special site on which to develop our resort. The Group’s established reputation and experience in delivering award-winning service and facilities at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, when combined with this stunning new property, will provide guests a unique proposition for a luxury visit to the entrancing Kingdom of Thailand. We look forward to working with our partners to create this.”

The project ownership is represented by Grand Larn Luang Co., Ltd.

Sansrit Yenbamrung, CEO of Grand Larn Luang said, “We are pleased to partner with Mandarin Oriental on this very exciting project, which will provide visitors with a world-class facility, coupled with the renowned service of Mandarin Oriental.”

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and a leading South East Asian resort destination, with a wealth of unique cultural charm and beauty. Located in the Andaman Sea, Phuket provides visitors with a range of leisure pursuits including golf, yachting, scuba diving and watersports, restaurants, wellness options and retail. With a prime and secluded location, along Millionaire Mile’s winding coastline, the resort is within 30-minutes from the airport. Mandarin Oriental, Phuket will provide an ideal getaway for guests looking for a luxurious and private resort stay.

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