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The Evason Phuket and Bon Island, to be the InterContinental in 2014

Phuket Gains First InterContinental Resort to Replace Troubled Evason

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
PHUKET: InterContinental Hotels Group has signed its first InterContinental branded hotel on Phuket, with an award-winning architect and a new game plan for a historic Phuket resort.

The InterContinental Phuket Rawai Beach Resort will be a redevelopment of the former Evason Phuket and Bon Island, designed by renowned architect Bill Bensley.

The interior and landscaping specialist has worked with Indigo Pearl and Anantara on Phuket. He is also designing IHG's InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam.

The revitalised Phuket resort will have approximately 240 keys, including villas.

The InterContinental Phuket Rawai Beach Resort is scheduled to open in 2014. It will become the flagship property for the InterContinental brand in Thailand.

The Evason Phuket and Bon Island was possibly the first genuine resort on Phuket. Its abrupt closure in May this year put 440 staff out of work and led to protests in the street and at Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket City.

The remake is expected to again turn what remains one of Phuket's best locations into an east coast magnet for tourists.

Just a 50-minute drive from Phuket International Airport, the resort is on the south-eastern Rawai coast, with one small beach inside the resort's boundary and another, Laem Ka beach, alongside.

The new resort is expected to provide an enticing range of facilities, set in 180,000 square metres of landscaped tropical gardens facing the Andaman Sea.

The property is 30 minutes from Phuket City and 20 minutes from the popular nightlife of Patong.

It caters for all kinds. A boatload of Rohingya refugees, fleeing persecution in Burma, landed on Laem Ka beach, alongside the resort, in February last year.

IHG has 14 hotels and resorts in Thailand with a growing number on Phuket and Phi Phi.

These include the Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach Resort, the Holiday Inn Resort Phuket, the Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao and the new Holiday Inn Express Patong Beach, which opened yesterday. There's also a newly-opened Holiday Inn on Phi Phi.

Nine more are coming for Thailand, including hotel and resort properties for InterContinental, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express.

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That is not their first hotel on Phuket. They bought the Karon Royal Wing that became Crowne Plaza severl years ago, before selling on to Moevenpick

Posted by Anonymous on December 19, 2012 13:52

Editor Comment:

Was it branded the InterContinental? As the story reports, the Evason will be the first branded InterContinental, and become the flagship. The group - with several brands - has been a Phuket fixture for a long time.

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"It caters for all kinds. A boatload of Rohingya refugees, fleeing persecution in Burma, landed on Laem Ka beach, alongside the resort, in February last year."
This seems a bit misleading - ICH are taking in refugees? Or was it the Evason, they were still open in February? Did they let the refugees stay at the hotel?

Posted by Anonymous on December 19, 2012 19:08

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Hurry up
It's a lovely location

Posted by Chris on May 18, 2013 22:14

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I waiting to be one of your teamwork ... :)

Posted by Emma on September 12, 2013 19:48

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Is there a date set for opening yet?

Posted by Christine Robinson on March 9, 2014 15:11

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When will open? I love this resort so much and would stay again, Hope that will open soon.

Posted by Anonymous on October 13, 2014 13:03


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