Bill Bensley designs first InterContinental resort for Phuket

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) signed the InterContinental Phuket Rawai Beach Resort, the first for the brand in Phuket, with JTM (Thailand), a member company of the L.C. Development (LC Dev) Group.

Designed by architect Bill Bensley, who also designed IHG’s InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam, the resort will be a redevelopment of the former Evason Phuket and Bon Island. When completed, the resort will have approximately 240 keys comprising both rooms and villas.

The property is scheduled to open in 2014, and will become the flagship property for the InterContinental brand in Thailand.

A 50-minute drive from Phuket International Airport and located on the south-eastern Rawai beach, the resort will offer a range of facilities within its 590.551 square feet of landscaped tropical gardens facing the Andaman Sea, catering to luxury travellers in both the business and leisure segment. The property is also 30 minutes from Phuket Town and 20 minutes from the nightlife area of Patong Beach.

LC Dev also owns the Holiday Inn Resort Phuket and Crowne Plaza London Kensington.

IHG currently has 14 hotels and resorts in Thailand with 3 in Phuket. These include the Holiday Inn Resort Phuket, Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao and the brand new Holiday Inn Express Patong Beach, which is set to open this month. Nine more properties are in the pipeline for Thailand, including hotel and resort properties for InterContinental, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express.

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