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New Hospitality Company Established in Phuket

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A new hospitality company has been established in Phuket.

Thanyapura Hospitality Group (THG) will offer a range of accommodation properties which are partnered with the extensive facilities at the Phuket International Academy Sports & Leisure Club (PIASLC) from November 2010.

 THG consists of the two Phuket based properties; the 38-room, three-star Thanyachitra Retreat (scheduled to open mid November) – adjacent to the PIA Mind Centre; and the 77-room, four-star Thanyachiva Lifestyle Resort (scheduled to open November 2011), alongside the PIASLC and the Khao Sok based Thanyamundra Organic Resort (scheduled to open mid November) located on a working organic farm adjacent to the Khao Sok National Park. The Wave Beach Club on Naithon Beach is scheduled to open late December 2010 in time for the festive season.

Thanyamundra is a five-star organic resort, two hour's drive north of Phuket. It features two luxury villas, with seven suites and two rooms, a fitness centre with the latest from Technogym, a 50-metre lap pool, meditation and yoga spaces and an organic cooking school which utilises the organic produce from the farm. Organic farm tours and work experiences offer guests a unique opportunity to delve into the growing in popularity world of sustainable agro tourism.

Thanyachitra Retreat is offering comfortable accommodation with access to the PIA Mind Centre's meditation and yoga programmes as well as the PIA Sports and Leisure Clubs extensive facilities and innovative food and beverage outlets.

Thanyachiva Lifestyle Resort is an educational, active and wellness lifestyle destination offering a playground for active individuals, teams, couples, friends and families, while offering uncomplicated and functional comfort with efficient and friendly personal service.

THG has made three key appointments for its launch, appointing highly experienced Mr Michalik as Chief Operating Officer, David Roberts as Vice President of Operations and Alex Nassar as Executive Chef for THG and PIA.

Mr Michalik has an overall role in managing operations, sales and marketing, product and brand development and corporate communications for the hospitality group whilst at the PIASLC he is responsible for the Club, Arts Centre, catering and business events.

His hospitality career spans over 20 years where he held a myriad of executive, pre-opening, operational and development roles with major international hotel and resort chains in Thailand, Cambodia, the Czech Republic, Maldives, Japan, Canada and the USA.

Mr Roberts oversees the day-to-day operations of the THG, PIASLC, Arts Centre and business events at the facility. He was a professional tennis player before moving into business management for various elite sporting facilities in Asia. He has been at the helm of some of the largest private clubs in Beijing and Shanghai. Prior to this appointment, he was with the Centara Hotels and Resorts Group.

Alex Nassar oversees the day to day operations of the THG and PIA food and beverage portfolio. His culinary journey has taken Mr. Nassar through South and North Americas, Europe and Asia with an exposure in a number of Guide Michelin three star restaurants and chefs, including Adria Ferran's El Bulli, Pierre Troisgros' La Maison Troisgros, Bernard Loiseau's La Cote D'or and for the past 4 years he worked as executive sous and eventually executive chef in Banyan Tree Phuket.

Zabai Zabai Restaurant and Cooking School and O'Cha Cellar are all expected to be fully operational by the end of 2010, and Thanyachiva Lifestyle Resort will open for guests in November 2011.

"The accommodation and services we provide in THG, together with the latest range of sporting and event facilities at the PIA Sports and Leisure Club and wellness and meditation/yoga programmes at the PIA Mind Centre, ensures we are opening with a wide range of options and locations that will appeal to leisure travelers and companies looking for new venues for their events," said THG Chief Operating Officer, Martin Michalik.

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