From its humble origin as a small fishing village, Pattaya has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. The Pattaya coastline stretches for 15km but within this stretch, and in the growing surrounding area, the city offers a vast range of accommodation, bars, restaurants, and a range of activities from water sports to activity sports such as golf, tennis and parasailing. All in all, there really is something for everybody.
Here we highlight some new options for the Irish travel trade:
X2 Pattaya Oceanphere
BHMA Hotels and Resorts continues to develop a distinctive portfolio with the opening of the X2 Pattaya Oceanphere, which is a sister property to the X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere. These X2 (pronounced Cross-To) properties are both located on Thailand’s pristine Eastern Seaboard.
The newly appointed Cluster General Manager for both these design-driven hotels, Belfast-born Steve Lockhart, brings almost two decades of hospitality experience to his new role.
‘Since Steve joined BHMA Hotels & Resorts we have been hugely impressed by his ability to lead and motivate his teams, maintain high standards and form strong relationships with guests,” said Harry Thaliwal, Executive Vice-President Operations. “He also has a strong background in launching new hotels, which makes him the perfect person to lead X2 Pattaya Oceanphere.”
Oasis Spa Pattaya
Not just a spa ‘experience’ but beyond…
This gorgeous spa is nestled in a tropical garden on the Chateau Dale estate in a peaceful location between Jomtien Beach and South Pattaya on Thappraya Road. Guests can enjoy a wide range of spa treatments that combine the ancient secret remedies of the Lanna Kingdom with modern treatments that enhance beauty and wellness.
The Pattaya Oasis Spa facility includes two cold pools, 11 private treatment rooms and a treatment villa, herbal steam rooms, and beautifully decorated and landscaped areas for relaxation.
Blue Voyage Yacht Charter
Blue Voyage is a yacht charter company based in Thailand operating in Pattaya, Phuket, and Samui. It has a selection of sailing catamarans and motor yachts from the world’s famous builders with sizes ranging from 38-102 feet, with professional captains and crews providing first-class service.
In Pattaya the company operates from the jetty at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club and offers a range of luxury yacht charters. This is a really great way to discover and experience the beauty of the Gulf of Thailand. It has a wide range of motor yachts that are equipped with the comfort of the guest in mind. Bookings can be made in advance or through your hotel concierge.
Highly recommended is a trip to view Pattaya’s Monkey Island, translated into Koh Ling, a hidden gem situated south of Na Jomtien between Bang Saray and the large popular island of Koh Khram.
The relatively undiscovered tiny pistol-shaped Monkey Island is only accessible by boat. It is known locally as Koh Ped and is the permanent residence of Thai Samae monkeys. Thousands of these friendly, yet cheeky, primates have made their home in the island’s low lying vegetation and thrive in huge numbers, especially along the southern and eastern shorelines.
Visitors travelling from Pattaya to Monkey Island will be amused and amazed at the greetings you get from the native primate ‘Ling Samae’. They wait impatiently at the beach for tourists to supply them with tasty snacks.
Full-day, half-day and sunset trips are available, the sunset options depending on the season as sunset times varies. Every detail has been thought of to ensure that time spent here is a moment of perfect bliss. Your holiday will be more than just sailing but will be ‘A trip of a lifetime’. Contact: [email protected]