European markets are expected to be the first to arrive following the launch of the “Phuket Sandbox” on 1st July 2021, which invites vaccinated visitors to fly direct to the “Pearl of the Andaman” and stay without the need for quarantine
The wait is almost over! Phuket will welcome international travellers back to its pure shores on 1st July 2021, following the start of the “Phuket Sandbox” initiative. To celebrate this long-awaited milestone, hotels and resorts across the island have created a series of promotions and packages to reward overseas guests for returning to the “Pearl of the Andaman”.
The island’s hospitality industry is abuzz with anticipation! While Phuket has been delighted to serve the domestic market over the last 15 months, it has missed its cherished international clientele. The first guests expected to arrive will be from traditional long-haul European markets, such as the UK, France, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia. They will be able to enter the island without the need to quarantine, as long as they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and fly direct to Phuket. After seven days in Phuket, visitors are free to travel wherever they want in Thailand!
These first responders will be greeted with warm southern Thai smiles from a community that has been over 70% vaccinated, to ensure the safety of locals and visitors alike. Hospitality companies have also implemented enhanced health and safety protocols, in line with official guidance from Thai authorities and the World Health Organization. So all visitors can relax with complete peace-of-mind as they enjoy Phuket’s idyllic ambience and spectacular scenery.
Check out the latest attractive offers that are now available at Phuket’s world-class hotels and resorts:
The Slate Phuket
The Slate, the Bill Bensley-designed, art-inspired beachfront resort on Phuket’s secluded northwest coast, has unveiled its “Summer Sandbox” package, which treats guests to a free seventh night when they book a six-night stay! This appealing offer also includes a guaranteed upgrade for Pearl Bed Suite and D-Buk Family Suite bookings, welcome cocktails, roundtrip airport transfers, daily breakfast and 15% off all food, non-alcoholic beverages and spa treatments throughout the stay.
Travellers who book The Slate’s stunning Private Pool Suites will also receive a 60-minute massage for two people at Coqoon Spa, the breath-taking wellness centre, and guests who stay in the sublime Pearl Shell Suites and Pool Villas will enjoy a 120-minute Coqoon Rebirth massage for two. For full flexibility, all reservations can be cancelled without charge up to 48 hours prior to arrival. The Summer Sandbox package is valid for bookings and stays until 30th September 2021, and rates start from THB 5,000 per room per night. Please book direct via the resort’s website: http://www.theslatephuket.com.
Centara Hotels & Resorts
Thailand’s leading hotel operator is inviting international travellers to “Stay Three, Pay Two” at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, and get 100% of their room rate back in hotel credit! Available for bookings made from now until 31st August 2021, and stays taken by 23rd December 2021, this enticing offer lets guests maximise their vacation with free nights – including “Stay 3 Pay 2”, “Stay 6 Pay 4” and “Stay 9 Pay 6” options – while also receiving generous hotel credit, to be redeemed for room upgrades, memorable meals, refreshing drinks, spa treatments and more!
For an enchanting five-star escape, guests can choose Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, which is set directly on the powder-soft sands at Karon Beach and features its own water park with multiple pools and slides, along with five restaurants and bars, a serene spa, water sports and a kids’ club. Another property participating in this promotion is the all-villa beachfront resort with spacious and luxury pool villas that boast a unique blend of Thai-style décor and modern comforts, situated on the most expansive beach in Phuket, Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection with THB 500 of room rate back in hotel credit. To book, please visit http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com.
Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort
Having opened its doors in October 2020, Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort is now preparing to welcome international visitors for the first time! Perfectly positioned in North Patong, just steps from the crescent-shaped beach, this stunning seafront retreat features a full selection of facilities to keep all ages entertained. Couples can step straight into the water from the pool access rooms, families can book dedicated children’s rooms with boat-shaped beds, and everyone will be able to chill out in a choice of three pools, cosy cabanas, indoor outdoor kids’ clubs, and multiple restaurants, bars and beach clubs.
Overseas guests missed out on the hotel’s original opening promotion, so it is now reviving this value-added offer in time for the Phuket Sandbox! Available for bookings and stays taken before 30th November 2021, the “Phuket Summer Love” promotion starts from just THB 2,300++ and includes daily breakfast, one hour of free-flow drinks for two people every day at The Deck Beach Club, unlimited access to the pool, gym and kids’ club, and free Wi-Fi. This is one of a trio of promotions now available; to learn more, please visit http://www.fourpointsphuketpatong.com.
SAii Laguna Phuket
SAii Laguna Phuket is an elegant waterfront resort in the heart of Laguna Phuket, the premier resort community nestled on Phuket’s sunset coast. Launched in February 2021, this upscale resort was designed for “InSAiiders”, the brand’s term for experience-seeking travellers, with many immersive cultural, culinary and family activities. Guests can choose from a collection of spacious rooms and suites, many of which overlook the Andaman Sea, plus a pool with one of Phuket’s longest water slides, a new seafront restaurant and a beachfront bar.
Under its “Phuket Sandbox” offer, SAii Laguna Phuket will reward guests with daily breakfast for two guests, a 25% discount on F&B and laundry, and free stays and meals for up to two children (when sharing a room with an adult). Seven-night stays will also receive one three-course lunch or dinner for two, roundtrip airport transfers, early 10am check-in and late 4pm check-out. Rates start from just THB 2,999 per night! To book and stay from now until 23rd December 2021,please visit http://www.saiiresorts.com/phuket/laguna.
Angsana Laguna Phuket
Nestled on the shores of Bangtao Bay, Angsana Laguna Phuket forms part of Laguna Phuket, the impressive integrated leisure community. Visitors can chill out on pristine beaches, laze in large freeform resort pool, soothe their senses at the Angsana Spa, or dine at a choice of eight restaurants and bars. Pure tropical island bliss!
Under the “Your Stay, Your Choice” package, international travellers who book a two-night stay at Angsana Laguna Phuket will be treated to daily breakfast for up to six people (depending on the room type), THB 1,000 net of hotel credit per room per stay, and a wealth of aquatic activities such as paddle boarding, canoeing and sailing. Valid for bookings from now until 30th September 2021 and stays taken by 24th December 2021, this package is priced from only THB 2,700 net per room per night. To book, please email [email protected]
“International travellers have always loved Phuket. The island offers a diverse range of experiences with amazing facilities, hidden natural wonders, fabulous retail therapy, great yachting destinations, and so many local and world-class F&B options. We look forward to saying ‘sawasdee krup’ as we warmly welcome travelers back to the Land of Smiles,” said Anthony Lark, President of the Phuket Hotels Association.
The Phuket Sandbox is the first phase of a nationwide strategy to reopen Thailand to overseas travellers, with additional destinations expected to follow suit in the coming months. For more information please click here. For the latest updates from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), please click here.