The international brand agreed to give up five rai of its property instead of two rai to placate local people who expressed the desire - probably without serious intent - to reclaim some of the public land on which the Club Med resort sits at Phuket's delightful Kata beach.
Constant erosion on the shorefront has reduced the grassy grove along the beachfront over the 30 years since the leasing arrangement began, so the gift by Club Med serves a useful purpose in retaining the local balance between nature and commerce.
With Thailand's military might supporting moves to reclaim all public parks and beaches for the people, the gradual ending of the long Club Med arrangement with the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation fell at a fascinating period in the island's history.
It was the opening of the Club Med resort in 1985 that is credited with sparking the introduction of daily flights from Bangkok to Phuket, the gesture that marks the island's movement from a history built or tin mining and rubber planting to total dependence on tourism.
The people in the surrounding seaside towns of Kata and Karon have a reputation for protecting their local turf and for being perhaps a little too self-interested when it comes to promoting the cash flow of the local highly-priced taxis and tuk-tuks.
While Club Med is about as international in outlook as any resort gets, it is regrettable that little of that international approach has permeated the surrounding village mentality, which is still locked into the same way of operating as in 1985.
Fortunately, the president of the administrative organisation, Paiboon Upatising, who strode the fairways with Club Med officials yesterday, is an honest broker whose skills at managing without pandering to special interests have been noted recently with an anti-corruption award at national level.
Talks are likely to finalise a new 30-year deal within coming weeks. There is no likelihood of the locals taking over the resort: the local council has yet to prove an ability at managing a coastal resort town without favoring the wrong people.
If the upgraded rent of 27 million baht a year ends in the hands of Khun Paiboon and the administrative organisation, then Phuket stands a reasonable chance that the money will be spent wisely and fairly.
Just what the park will eventually achieve has yet to be determined, but Club Med has also promised to maintain it.
Despite the nerve-tingling end to the 30-year lease, Club Med must be delighted with the success of the Phuket resort: one executive recently announced that the search is on for a second site in Thailand.
It's fairly certain, though, that the one option not being considered is another lease involving public land.