Archive - July 31, 2012

Centara to add value brand at Samui
New GM for Koh Chang Tropicana

Centara to add value brand at Samui

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS has signed a management contract for an existing resort hotel on Koh Samui that will operate under the Centra value brand, effective July 1, 2012.

The contract was signed with owner PDTS Company Limited on June 5.

To be named Centra Coconut Beach Resort Samui, the property is located on Thong Tanote Beach and was originally known as Coconut Villa Resort & Spa.

“We are delighted to add this beautiful beachfront property to our Samui portfolio and thereby extend our Centra value brand to one of Thailand‘s most popular tourism destinations,” says Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts, who descrived it as an intimately scaled hotel and fits perfectly into the Centara brand.

Centra Coconut Beach Resort has 55 guestrooms, with one all-day dining restaurant and two swimming pools. The resort is located directly on secluded Thong Tanote Beach, on the south side of the island, with views across to Koh Tan and Koh Mutsum, both known for their diving and snorkeling spots.

“We are now able to offer three of our hotel brands on the island, which gives us a very strong marketing mix,” says Chris Bailey, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Centara Hotels & Resorts.

The 24 Deluxe Pool Access guestrooms are spread through a tropical setting and feature sun decks to relax on the patio beside the swimming pool. The room size is approximately 37 sqm and a balcony. There are six Sea View Villas, with a living space of 44sqm and one Beachfront Villa of 50sqm, each with a furnished terrace and a Jacuzzi in the bathroom.

The resort will feature Cense by Spa Cenvaree, Centara’s new spa value brand that offers a selection of core treatments for guests who want to look and feel good but who don’t require a full range of spa services.

Thai and international cuisines with an emphasis on fresh seafood are served at the beachfront restaurant, and there is also a beach bar and a pool bar.

One of the swimming pools is located at the beach, while the other is set like a canal running through the resort grounds.

New GM for Koh Chang Tropicana


JONAS SJOSTEDT has been appointed General Manager of Koh Chang Tropicana Beach Resort & Spa, which is managed by Centara.

Jonas, a Swedish national, has worked with leading Scandinavian tour operators, with experience in various countries including Greece, Spain, Brazil and Cyprus.

He started his career with Centara Hotels & Resorts as resident manager at Centara Kata Resort before being transferred to Centara Karon Resort in the same position. Prior to joining Koh Chang Tropicana Beach Resort & Spa, he was general manager of Centra Ashlee Hotel Patong.

Jonas is overseeing the extensive renovations and upgrading to facilities and services that are being carried out prior to its rebranding as Centara Koh Chang Tropicana Beach Resort on Oct. 15, 2012. The hotel remains open to guests during this period.

Koh Chang Tropicana Beach Resort & Spais a low-rise resort set in beachside landscaped gardens and 157 guestrooms and suites. There are two swimming pools, and a beachfront restaurant serving Thai and international cuisine.

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