Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya, set in the exclusive residential district of Phratamnak Hill, soft-opened for business last month and welcomed its first guests, Admiral Taweewuth Pongsapipatt, Chief of Staff of the Royal Thai Navy and his wife, Captain Doctor Woranart Pongsapipatt on 15 October. The couple were, welcomed by the resort’s general manager Dominique Ronge and members of his management team.
“We are delighted to announce that the hotel is now in its soft opening phase, and are happy to be welcoming our first guests,” Mr Ronge said.
The resort is designed to be the most luxurious and elegant in terms of standards and facilities and is situated at the bottom end of Soi 5 on Phratamnak Hill, just a few steps away from the beach.
Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya opened its doors to the public on October 15.
The dramatic interior design features two large aquariums in the lobby that are stocked with exotic marine species, including black tip sharks and groupers with a lighting system and theme that extends the marine concept throughout the ground floor. Jellyfish chandeliers and luxury furniture from Italian designer Fendi compliment the stunning Grand piano in the lobby.
Dominique Ronge (right), general manager of Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya presents a hand garland to Admiral Taweewuth Pongsapipatt (left), Chief of Staff, Royal Thai Navy on his arrival to stay as the first guest at the newly opened resort.
The 5-star property owned by Tulip Group is something completely new for Pattaya, designed more as a private club and offering stunning facilities, amazing views and a 6-star standard of service.
A week after the soft opening, a select group of friends and media were invited to a semi-open night at the hotel to view for themselves the luxurious facilities and accommodations on offer to guests.
Tulip Group CEO, Kobi Elbaz (2nd left) welcomes Pattaya Mail’s Managing Director Pratheep (Peter) Malhotra (left) and Marketing Director Tony Malhotra (right) along with Matrix Developments MD, Miki Haim, to the hotel’s friends and media open night on Oct. 23.
“We have 2 very large aquariums in the hotel and this creates a unique aquatic theme in our lobby area that we think is a real attraction,” said Mr. Ronge in an interview with Pattaya Mail. “We currently have 113 rooms open in the first phase and an additional 52 rooms more will come online when the second building is completed next March, along with a Spa, steak house and Beach Club,” he added.
The Oceana Restaurant.
The rooms from the fifth floor upwards have a sea view and the ones below that have a view of the garden and all come complete with Nespresso coffee machines and premium tea selections, LED flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and free Wi-Fi.
The first phase opening includes the Oceana Restaurant, Espresso Bakery, and the exclusive brand registered Ruffino Restaurant & Lounge on the rooftop.
Dominique Ronge (left) stands with the hotel’s professional aquarium specialist Patricia Campos Salaberri next to one of the main lobby aquariums that holds exotic marine species, including black tip sharks and groupers.
“When we designed Centara Grand Phratamnak we decided to go one step further as we felt Pattaya was missing a top level luxury hotel of this type,” said Kobi Elbaz, the CEO of Tulip Group. “So we made sure that we didn’t hold back on anything, from the design to the quality of materials used in its construction. All the interior floors are solid marble and you won’t find a ceramic tile anywhere in the building. All the guest rooms also come complete with the best quality furniture and fittings available.”
The Deluxe rooms at the hotel come with a full set of amenities and luxurious furniture and fittings.
The property is now accepting bookings and Tulip Group have decided to offer special discounts for customers looking for extended long term stays of 30 days and more.
“Pattaya we feel requires executive long term accommodation, and this is lacking in the city right now, so we will offer clients the opportunity to book long term stays in the property, in addition to short term,” added Tulip Group Vice President, Jason Payne.
For more information on Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya, go to website: www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centaragrand/CGPX/.
The aquatic theme runs throughout the hotel.
The 9th floor pool deck provides a venue for amazing sunsets and starlit evenings.