W Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, will debut its W Hotels brand's will third hotel in Thailand with the W Retreat Phuket - Phang Nga Bay. Scheduled to open in January 2018, the W Retreat is owned by Dr. Wutthisak Limphanit.
Asia Pacific is home to three W Retreat properties, including W Retreat & Spa Maldives; W Retreat Koh Samui; and W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak. In addition to W Retreat Phuket in the pipeline, W Retreat & Spa Goa is on track to open in 2015.
W Retreat Phuket will be located on Koh Yao Noi, one of the largest islands in the Phang Nga Bay archipelago between the eastern coast of Phuket and western coast of Krabi on the mainland. The W Retreat will have 79 standalone villas. All villas will have private outdoor areas and plunge pools, as well as views of the limestone cliffs that dot Phang Nga Bay.
W Retreat Phuket - Phang Nga Bay will also offer a lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant and a specialty restaurant and bar. It will have a meeting and event space; FIT, a workout facility and swimming pool; and a spa with six treatment rooms.
The W Retreat will be accessible from both Phuket International Airport (HKT) and Krabi Airport (KBV), with a fleet of sea vessels, a private jetty and a helicopter landing pad.
Singapore-based Ministry of Design (MOD) was appointed as the architect and interior designer for the hotel.
With W Retreat Phuket - Phang Nga Bay in the pipeline, Starwood Hotels will expand its presence in Thailand, where the company currently operates 23 properties under eight of its nine brands: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Le Méridien, Aloft, Element, and Four Points by Sheraton. This October 2014, Starwood will add another Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa to its portfolio, and upon opening, W Retreat Phuket - Phang Nga Bay will be the latest addition to Starwood’s three properties in Phuket, including Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa and The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Phuket.