Soneva Group sells Evason Phuket Resort

THE SONEVA GROUP has sold its Evason Phuket resort to an international and Thai hospitality and leisure group. Price was not disclosed.

Evason Phuket will cease operations immediately and will no longer be operated by Six Senses Resorts & Spas.

“Although it did not fit into The Soneva Group’s strategic plans, Evason Phuket is a wonderful property that will continue to thrive under new ownership,”said Sonu Shivdasani, founder and CEO of the Soneva Group.

“I would like to take this opportunity to give my personal thanks to all of the hosts at Evason Phuket for their commitment and hard work. We are working hard to provide alternative employment to as many hosts as possible. In addition, we have agreed a package for any Evason Phuket hosts we can’t employ elsewhere.”

The full package includes salary payment according to Thai law, plus one month advance notice, a bonus as per agreement with the union, health insurance coverage until November 2012 plus a job reference.

“This follows our initial strategy to focus on owning and managing our own properties and to work with just one brand, the Soneva brand.”

The Soneva Group, which is controlled by Sonu Shivdasani, sold Evason Phuket to a third party – a deal that is separate from the Pegasus acquisition of the Six Senses and Evason-branded resort and spa management contracts. The Soneva Group continues to retain a majority stake in Six Senses Hua Hin and Evason Hua Hin and Six Senses Laamu.

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