The Nova Group recently completed yet another project in the city, this time it was the final wing to the Nova Platinum Hotel in South Pattaya.
Platinum has been open for more than two years on the site that once housed the OD bowling alley. Pins and lanes have been replaced with a modern hotel with three wings surrounding numerous swimming pools. Once inside, it’s easy to forget it’s on the fringes of Walking Street.
Location was always going to play a big part in the success of the hotel and when Nova Group Founder and CEO Rony Fineman envisaged the idea some four years ago, many people couldn’t see what he’d mapped out in his head.
The final product can simply be judged by its high occupancy rates, which also are attributable to the hotel’s affordable room rates.
Lon Ballard, Rony Fineman, Dr. Hari Harilela and Michael Procher getting ready to release lanterns for good luck.
Nova celebrated the latest edition to the Nova Empire February 3 with a poolside party hosted by Nova Platinum General Manager Michael Procher and Hotel Manager Sascha Kunze. Entertainment included the Thai National Aqua Aerobics champions along with a Hawaiian dance show and fire jugglers, plus two excellent bands providing a musical backdrop to the evening.
The great food and beverages were supplied by the Amari Group, which was represented by Peter Henley, president & CEO of the Onyx Hospitality group and his senior vice-president operations Robert J. Rijnders.
(Front row, left to right) Lily Ballard, Lek Ballard, Lon Ballard (owner), Vipharat Kerdkorvong, Rony Fineman (president Nova Group & owner Nova Platinum Hotel), Dr. Hari Harilela (senior owner Nova Platinum Hotel), Padma Harilela, Peter Henley (CEO Onyx Hospitality Group), Manisha Harilela and Kumar Harilela. (Back row, left to right), Michael Procher (GM Nova Platinum Hotel, Nova Gold Hotel & Amari Nova Suites), Shakun Harilela and Sascha Kunze (hotel manager Nova Platinum Hotel).
Indeed Rony Fineman would be the first to say that much of his success is due to his strong and long lasting relationships with professionals who strive for doing their jobs at the very highest level.
Another of Rony’s long time friends who joined the guests on the night was the legendary Dr Hari Harilela, chairman of the Harilela Group in Hong Kong, accompanied by his charming wife Padma. The group runs businesses ranging from hotel and real estate investment to import and export trading.
Not only does Rony and Dr Hari share interests in business, with their first venture being the Amari Nova Suites, they also have a friendship that has spanned over twenty years. In fact, Dr Hari said in his opening speech, “… When it comes to him and Rony, they are like twin brothers with one heart.”
Greetings and welcoming messages from (l-r) Dr Hari Harilela, Rony Fineman, Michael Procher and Peter Henley.
M.C. Samir, GM of Holiday Inn Bangkok and his family.
Madhu Raj and Unchana Tanaolan.
Lek Ballard, Lon Ballard, owner Nova Platinum, Lilly Ballard and Doug Ballard.
Peter Malhotra (right), Pattaya Mail Media Group managing director and Tony Malhotra (2nd right), director of Pattaya Mail Media Group together with Elfi Seitz (2nd left), managing editor of Pattaya Blatt congratulate Rony Fineman on this auspicious occasion.
(L to R) Walaiporn Pongda, assistant e-commerce manager; Thitapat Tanakornpitipong, sales manager; Natsathida Thanatulsutanant, hotel manager Amari Nova Suites; Sascha Kunze, hotel manager Nova Platinum Hotel; Uliwan Chantamee, room attendant; Rujira Nokthes, assistant sales manager; Varongpat Nantivatcharin, sales secretary and Sunisa Chantamenchai, sales secretary.
Hucky Eichelmann and Khun Manatsanan Viengpetthong.
Lea Catarina Greco and Eli Fineman.
Peter Malhotra with long time friend Robert J. Rijnders, senior vice-president operations Onyx Hospitality group.
Amos Fineman, Shakun Harilela and Ruth Hazan.
(L to R) Chuleeporn; Michael Procher, GM Nova Platinum Hotel, Nova Gold Hotel & Amari Nova Suites; Ratikorn Ruang-Urairerk, HR manager Nova Platinum and Immigration Pol. Capt. Somrouy Saman enjoy a great moment together.
Padma Harilela and Benni Fineman.
Vast selection of food and plenty of great entertainment was enjoyed by all the guests.