TO DISCUSS YOUR PROJECT OR LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SERVICES:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

They're Taking Care of Business, The Island Way

Category: , Posted:16 Oct 2009 | 11:28 am

The Nation.
How times have changed from Gordon Gekko's capitalistic "lunch is for wimps" rant in the 1987 movie "Wall Street" to the luxury guilt emerging today. However, many still subscribe to Gekko's immortal line, "Greed is good," and continue to seek new and larger deals with an insatiable hunger.
How they feed this hunger often leads them to one or another of Phuket's deal-making destinations. As so many of these high-net-worth individuals are transient in Phuket, their search for fresh ink on a contract or a firm handshake often lands them at dinner or drinks with potential partners or adversaries.
One of the hot locations is The Supper Club, where owner Shaun Power dons his Clark Kent glasses and entertains, jests and engages his clients. According to many in the development community, the dining lounge and popular nightspot has seen more deal making then Soi Bangla at closing time. If you want to catch a glimpse of a multi-millionaire, a Hollywood star or some of the more influential local businessmen, then more often then not you can find them cosied up to the bar or in one of the many corners of the restaurant.
Next up is Baan Rim Pa, which has been a Phuket must-dineout-let for more years than I can remember. With stunning sunset views over Patong Bay, it is the spot where famed personality Tom McNamara once held court (Tom passed away last year), and it remains on the A list of places to entertain. Despite signs of ageing, the charm and simple luxury of the place have managed to stay intact.
In the midst of the tourist area is the 9th Floor, one of the busiest high-end eateries in Phuket. Attracting a strong local following and a regular tourist clientele, a spectacular revamp a few years ago has helped the venue to move up to an entirely new echelon. It's not uncommon to see groups of businesspeople behind some very high-end bottles of wine in this hotbed of casual elegance.
There remain a host of other notable places, including Ka Jok See in Phuket city, which attracts celebrities from the famed Amanpuri and the Trisara to come and let their hair down and after dinner clear out the tables and salsa into the night. Of course Mom Tri's Boathouse in Kata continues to maintain a loyal customer base with its great beachfront location.
Newcomer Acqua in Kalim is fast establishing itself, as is Baba in Sri Panwa, which is becoming a household name in Bangkok's hi-so circles. And how could we forget the fabulous Royale Namtok Kathu, where a three hour multi-course meal is the norm rather than an exception.
For those seeking to be neither seen nor heard, the boutique wine experience of Steven Roberto's Envision in Surin is often the choice. But for those longing to be noticed, the Twin Palms Catch Beach Club remains the envy of every upscale hotelier and restaurateur.
Good food and drinks seem to be a catalyst for brokering deals in Phuket, and whether you are looking for privacy or for show, there is something on the menu for every budding Gordon Gekko.

Other News

Read more

Banyan Tree Phuket Launching New Oceanview Branded Residences

Category: Real estate, Posted:10 Nov 2022 | 12:20 pm Phuket’s Banyan Tree is rolling out two new products under their Grand Residences estate. Ten premium oceanview villas are priced in the THB100-150 million range and 40 seaview condominiums with median pricing of THB85 million. Located within the Laguna Phuket integrated destination resort, the group is expected to bring more real estate products to the […]
Read more

Mind the Gap – Keep People Inspired Event in November

Category: Hotels|Tourism, Posted:22 Oct 2022 | 08:50 am Keep People Inspired (KPI) is the second in a series of Mind the Gap Learning events. The focus of the event is on inclusiveness in hospitality, spanning Phuket’s hotels, tourism and service industries. Inclusiveness is a key element of businesses that rely heavily on human resources and is in effect all about people, whether they […]
Read more

Japanese Luxury Brand Hoshinoya Heads To Niseko

Category: Hotels|Real estate, Posted:14 Oct 2022 | 17:42 pm Leading Japanese hotel operator Hoshino has inked a deal for a luxury resort in Niseko with developer Zekkei Properties. Located in a prime ski-in and ski-out location in Upper Hirafu Village, the 62-unit hotel and residence property will be named Hoshinoya Lodge Niseko. With one of Hirafu’s best locations, the site was formerly occupied by […]
SiaJai logo

Thailand's Leading Homecare Marketplace