Golden Tulip penetrates Thai hospitality market with Phuket resort and spa management deal
Phuket, Thailand – December 6, 2009: As part of its aggressive expansion into Asia, The Netherlands-based Golden Tulip Hospitality Group has penetrated into the Thai market by officially signing a management agreement with The Mangosteen Resort & Spa in Phuket today.

The boutique resort located in Rawai, Phuket will be renamed ‘Golden Tulip Mangosteen Resort and Spa’ as of February 1, 2010, and will be positioned as an Ayurveeda destination for avid health and leisure seekers.

“As a significant tourist destination for Thailand, Phuket is rapidly becoming the preferred leisure destination for overseas travelers, especially from Europe and the Middle East. We are, therefore, delighted that our first footprint in the Thai hospitality market is in Phuket. We hope to re-position The Mangosteen as a unique Ayurveeda destination, offering very special Ayurveeda treatments to our guests for ultimate relaxation”, revealed Mark van Ogtrop, Managing Director of Golden Tulip South East Asia.

The Mangosteen Resort & Spa, dubbed as “Phuket’s most romantic luxury boutique resort”, is named after a delicious seasonal fruit available only in Asia; especially abundant in Thailand. The resort’s villa-style accommodation, built on a private hillside, overlooks stunning views of Chalong Bay. The resort has been in operation for 5 years, and its facilities include an extra large pool, an exclusive Spa, The Mangosteen Restaurant with its underground Wine Cellar, a high-tech equipped meeting room for 60 people and a panoramic Lounge Bar.

Mr. Hajo von Keller, Managing Director of The Mangosteen Resort & Spa, commented, “In selecting Golden Tulip to manage our resort, we are confident that the resort will be taken to the next level of being internationally recognized and promoted. We will also be able to take advantage of Golden Tulip’s extensive expertise and customer base to further attract guests from Europe, the Americas, Middle East, Africa as well as within the Asia-Pacific region.”

Apart from upcoming commitments in Bangkok and Pattaya, the Golden Tulip plans to operate a second resort in Phuket in the very near future.

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