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Outrigger returns to Thailand with three beach resort acquisitions

Outrigger Hospitality Group is the proud new owner of the Manathai Hotels and Resorts brand, a purchase which will see the company make its return to Thailand.


Premier southern Thailand beach resorts Manathai Koh Samui, Manathai Khao Lak and Manathai Surin Phuket Soon have been rebranded as Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort, Outrigger Khao Lak Beach Resort and Phuket Manathai by Outrigger®.


The hospitality group will refresh all three of the well-positioned resorts before reopening by the year end high season. 


“We are extremely excited to have the Outrigger brand back up in Thailand,” Australian-based VP of sales and marketing Asia Pacific Andrew Gee said.


“In the past Oceania was a top five market for us in Thailand with the largest market segment being Australian families — which all three of the new Outrigger properties will cater for perfectly.”


Here’s a little rundown on each of the resorts:


Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort

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The 148-key Outrigger Koh Samui is located on the quiet sands of Lamai Beach on the east coast of Thailand’s second-largest island, which is a 70-minute flight from Bangkok and 55 minutes from Phuket. The property, which exudes a soft ‘colonial’ elegance, includes 34 suites, a spa, three restaurants, a kids club and facilities for weddings and events. The resort is nestled in an enclave of lush coconut trees, adjacent to the beach, steps from a rich choice of dining and shopping outlets.


Outrigger Khao Lak Beach Resort

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In Khao Lak, a 75-minute drive north of Phuket airport, the 158-key Outrigger Khao Lak sits on Bang Sak Beach, a long stretch of fine sand coastline with uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea. The property’s room portfolio includes 12 suites and villas. There are two restaurants, a bar, an expansive pool with ocean views and a kids club. Popular local activities include, canoeing, world-class diving and forest and waterfall discoveries.


Phuket Manathai by Outrigger®

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In Phuket, 30-minutes south of the international airport, the Phuket Manathai by Outrigger® is an elegant 66-room boutique property on the edge of the powder white sands of Surin Beach, within walking distance of an array of dining, shopping and entertainment venues. The property features one main restaurant, a pool bar and decadent spa. Thirty-seven of the rooms are suites.


“This acquisition trio demonstrates our confidence in Thailand’s tourism industry and commitment to the global expansion of Outrigger’s leisure resort portfolio,” Outrigger Hospitality Group chief executive Jeff Wagoner said. 


“Our past success in Thailand stemmed from celebrating unique cultural aspects of the destination - which is something that we plan to continue at all three of the new properties.”


For more information, head to the Outrigger website.


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Published: 21 July 2021

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