Sneak Peek at the new The Surin Phuket  |  Pansea Beach, Phuket, Thailand |  This morning I came to inspect the soon to open The Surin Hotel in Phuket. Located at my favorite spot in the island at Pansea Beach, allow me to say this… if you want to have the Amanpuri experience but not able to afford it, then The Surin Hotel will be your way to do so. There are many similarities between the two properties, not to mention that they are one next to the other and are the only two hotels with access to this private paradise of lush green tropical forest, white sand and turquoise waters. The Surin Phuket, former Chedi Phuket is ready to set off for success.

So I met with A. Saponara, the appointed GM of the hotel, former GM of the Amanpuri, who took me around the property for a whole site. Almost 50% of the company is owned by the same owners of Amanpuri, they are using the same architects, and the style is almost identical. The difference other than the high end amenities offered by Amanpuri, are the teak wooden floors that The Surin has replaced by tiles, and the color schemed based on pastel greys and golden yellows. Other than that the concept, style, furniture and distribution of the rooms are the same. The BIG big difference, you will see it on the prices, where The Surin will be almost 50% less.

This is a video of one of the mockup rooms which are looking great. BTW and do not spread the rumor, but my favorite is Room # 319, why ? It is an entry level Superior Room with the best view of Pansea Beach, same as the Deluxe Rooms, but you pay 30% less. Insider TIP. The hotel is scheduled to open late December 2011, yes only a few weeks away. The Hotel has been signed by Design Hotels. Will feature a great Fitness Center next to the pool, three restaurants and a bar. Most definitely, one of the hotels to pay attention in Thailand on 2012. Looking forward to come back for a full review once opened. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator –

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