The Veranda Resort Pattaya is one of Pattaya's coolest upscale resorts as well as Pattaya's newest MICE Resort

 

Thai ladies love taking selfies. However this selfie fever logs new benchmarks at the Veranda Resort Pattaya which I have to admit is kind of easy on the eye. I meant both, the ladies and the resort:)   

The Veranda Resort located at Jomtien Beach, a twin beach to Pattaya  comprises two   lowrise buildings  and its 145 rooms are distributed over 6 different room types from Seascape rooms to Sky Pool Villas.  Managed by Accor's M Gallery by Sofitel, the Veranda is definitely set to give existing 5 stars like the Hilton and the Centara Mirage some competition. It is close enough to Pattaya with its compelling attractions and nightlife and yet far enough to spend quality time with family, friends or lovers. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Conference facilities for groups from 30 to 200 people are available depending on set up requirements. The beach front can accommodate a gala event for groups up to 250 people. Special theme parties with live music, shows and firework displays, can also be arranged.

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Floor area - 11.5 x 17.3 = 198.95 sqm.
Ceiling height - 10 meters

  • Class room = 120
  • Board room = 52
  • Theatre = 200
  • Cocktails = 200
  • U Shape = 40
  • Dinner = 140

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Two meeting rooms which can be opened to make a larger room, ideal  for MICE groups of  up to 250 persons.


Rimpa Lapin Restaurant could be a stunning sunset venue for your MICE group's gala dinner to Pattaya

If you're looking for a stunning gala dinner venue located on a cliff overlooking the sea, look no further. Rimpa Lapin fits the bill. 

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The restaurant is famous for its Thai food and its views. 

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You could do a cocktail session on the front lawns first and then move later to the terraced restaurant.  A good time to begin your evening would be just prior to sunset. 

 

 


Pattaya's skyline continues to improve

To the Amari Ocean Tower and the Holiday Inn Pattaya has been added the Holiday Inn Executive Tower with 200 guest rooms  behind the older  Holiday Inn tower.  

 

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The new Mercure Ocean is just behind the Holiday Inn and its chocolate coloured exterior offsets quite nicely with the Amari and the Holiday Inn Pattaya. An interesting feature of this hotel is their water park which the children will appreciate.

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On Jomtien Beach the new Centra Maris offsets quite nicely with the Reflexions condominium. 

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As new Hotels and quality condominiums go up, Pattaya's skyline  is poised to become even more impressive in the coming years. 

 


The Glass House Beachfront Restaurant Pattaya makes for an excellent beach gala dinner or seaside lunch option for MICE groups

Did you expect to find a pine forest in Pattaya ?  As unexpected as the pine forest is the Glass House beachfront Restaurant right in the midst of this forest and fronting the beach. Whenever I've been there the restaurant has always been super busy with an upmarket fashionable  Thai clientele and expatriates who appreciate fine food and soft jazz or bossa nova.  It is a bit of a trek from Pattaya but well worth the effort. Drive straight on Sukhumvit Road in the direction of Jomtien and take a U turn near the Ambassador Jomtien.  

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Glass House Beachfront restaurant Pattaya entrance view

The menu is a mix of Thai, Seafood  and International cuisine. The vibe of the restaurant also encourages you to just hang out and chill with a latte or a cocktail. It is a place to watch the sun plunge into the Gulf of Thailand and simply soak the atmosphere in.  This would make the venue very appealing to a MICE group looking for an upmarket venue close to Pattaya which is private and exclusive. You can  fit approximately  75 persons into  the main building housing the restaurant  itself and the beach would afford you the opportunity of packing another 125 to 150 pax. I would recommend this restaurant highly for your next upmarket MICE movement to Pattaya.  Take a look at my pics below. 


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Glass House Beachfront Restaurant Pattaya entrance view

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Glass House Beachfront Restaurant Pattaya main building

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Glass House Beachfront Restaurant Pattaya beach sitting area


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Glass House Beachfront Restaurant Pattaya beach sitting (view from the 2nd floor of their main building)

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Glass House Beachfront Restaurant Pattaya sunset view

 

 

 


Has Khao San Road lost its world traveler character over the last two or three years ?

There was a time when one went to Khao San road to leave Bangkok without taking an international flight from Suvarnabhumi to Europe and to soak up its back packer atmosphere with its laid back charm, its street side cafes and cheap eateries, its international crowds and its flea market kind of ambiance where international travelers met, exchanged notes and gossip  and were penny pinching their way across South East Asia. Today it is hard to find the Khao San Road of yore. Many of the older shop houses have given way to modern trendy hotels and restopubs and  carefully restored old Sino Portuguese architecture.  The prices have rocketed and the crowd though hip and young look like well healed tourists with fewer back packer types visible. There is a commercialism that did not exist a few years ago. Am I the only one who sees it  this way ? 

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Starbucks has a home just around the corner from Khao San Road.  There is a tram now which did not exist a few years ago. 

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Khao San Road still has that air of adventure, mystery and exudes a good vibe.

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However it is punctuated with discordant notes now with several upmarket restaurants and pubs opening on the street like the one below. Indeed these remind you more of Covent Gardens in London  than Khan San Road Bangkok. Or does it add to the international vibe ? 

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However I am pleased to see that the famous Phad Thai noodle hand carts still exist. It no longer costs THB 10 though. You are more likely to pay THB 50 for a Phad Thai with prawns or chicken. But the noodles are delicious and are well worth the money. 

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Pattaya's Beach Road gets a new luxury boutique hotel Mera Mare

Located between the Hard Rock and the Tropicana Hotels on Beach Road, the Mera Mare Hotel Pattaya is the newest boutique luxury hotel to open in Pattaya.  

 

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While the entrance is rather small, it gives way to a plush larger boutique lobby which has more the air of somebody's living room rather than a hotel. Highly polished marbles are your first impression of this swanky new boutique hotel.  Staff are warm and friendly and ever willing to assist. 


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The deluxe rooms are 35 square meters and many of them overlook the sea.  A floor-to-ceiling window with garden or sea view and your own private balcony is a feature of every room. Every room has a lot of expressive styling mirrors and ethnic wallpaper decoration.  The beds are very  comfortable with smooth line sheets and duvets. The marble bathroom offers a deep soaking bathtub and a separate rain shower.

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The accommodation type of special interest to me  is the 76 square meter  Family Suite which  is inspired by family  adventure paneled with a  headboard star map and a floor-to-ceiling glass window with a  view of Pattaya beach road. Kids have their own separate bedroom with bunk beds and a bean bag chair. Parents relax in the serenity of the master bedroom which  consists of a king bed and a single bed with soft linen.

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Khao San Nightlife Bangkok is worth checking out

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If you're looking for a decent place to hang out, try Khao San road in the evening. The promenade becomes a walking street and you could hang out at one of the street side cafes (prices are not as cheap as they used to be) or head inside the clubs or to one of the nearby rooftops for a more demure ambiance.  

Khao San attracts the Thai "uni" crowd looking for farang partners and the interaction could be quite interesting. You also have farangs looking to meet other farangs or just old friends back in their backpacking days. 

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Parallel to Khao San road is Soi Rumbuttri which with its leafy banyans and colonial buildings makes you think that you've stepped into a time machine and arrived back in the 1900's. Makes for a pleasant evening of clean fun. 


Topnotch service defines The St. Regis Bangkok

Bangkok is a city which has no dearth of luxury hotels. What defines and sets apart  the St. Regis brand worldwide and indeed the case in Bangkok is its top notch service by its exemplary staff. 

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Its perfect location on Rajdamri Road  puts you within a 15 minute leisurely walk of Siam Paragon and Central Chitlom and a 10 minute walk of Central World and Gaysorn Plaza. It is connected to the  BTS so when it rains you do not need to get wet. 

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The views of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club and the race course are truly stunning. 

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You get the feel of being in a rich person's house the moment you enter the foyer. It is defined by the St. Regis Hotel scent.  The Butler service is another plus of this super luxury city hotel. You may not wish him to unpack or pack your clothes but the unlimited tea/coffee is welcome. Yes Jeeves, bring it on !

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Keemala Pool Villas Phuket set a new benchmark in luxury and ethnic Thai design

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I am always on the lookout for resorts that stand out  above the ordinary and was quite impressed with what I saw with Keemala. This pool villa  resort is very new and is located at Kamala on a hilltop, between Patong and Surin Beaches.   They have four different Villa types; Clay Pool Villas, Tent Pool Villas, Tree Pool Villas and Birds Nest Pool Villas.  Every villa type takes its inspiration from a different Thai tribe and this runs through the concept and the decoration. 


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Definitely targeted at the well heeled traveler, the Keemala Pool Villas start at about USD 550 a night for room only including taxes and service charges. Another factor you should keep in mind is that the resort is the destination. You will not want to move from here and probably grow roots. The food and  facilities are expensive so factor that into your budget as well.   Since the villas are dotted across the hillside, a tip is that the Tent Pool Villas do not involve too much walking. 


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The Monttra Pattaya has the potential to become one of the finest resorts in Pattaya

My own preference is for smaller boutique resorts instead of the big international or Thai chains. The Monttra stands out as a shining example of a high end boutique resort. 

With the addition of resorts like The Monttra, Pattaya is becoming attractive to the honeymooner too. Hire a bike and stay at a resort like this one. Their attention to detail as well as the service level is equivalent to 5 star resorts run by International chains without the standardization. 

Located next to the Royal Varuna Yacht Club on the headland of a cliff overlooking Coral Island, the resort has 23 suites including 4 of   these beautiful Canopy Pool Suites at its top end. The 83 sqm Canopy Pool Suite is located underneath a  thick tree canopy with a 30sqm private terrace, perfect for a late breakfast in your room and you really can have your breakfast at any time without having to wake up before 10 am or 1030 am to rush and get your breakfast before it is cleared. You can also have it served to you in your room. 

The cost at the time of printing this blog post is around USD 250 a night, a small price to pay for such privacy. Check it out. 

 

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