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Mice Asia Net : January 2009
thailand LEFT: Spa treatment. BELOW: Golf Club, Pattaya. Photos courtesy of The Tourism Authority of Thailand (London). One of the resort’s major attractions is The Spa @ Hilton Phuket – a 1500 square metre facility featuring 15 treatment villas designed in the style of a traditional Thai village. An array of Asian and western spa rituals, herbal body wraps, facials, and relaxing massages are available to guests. A host of recreational and leisure facilities are available at Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa including three free-style swimming pools with waterfalls and slides, three floodlit tennis courts, two squash courts, a fully equipped fitness centre, steam room, mountain bikes, tennis lessons, thai chi lessons, table tennis, an array of water activities, arts and crafts and Thai cooking lessons. The resort has the highest capacity for events and meeting space on the island including a grand ballroom which can accommodate up to 1200 people, five versatile meeting spaces and seven flexible break-out rooms. Dinner can also be arranged in a spectacular, air- conditioned marquee suitable for up to 400 guests. Pattaya Like Phuket, Pattaya is located beyond the city limits of Thailand – almost 150 kilometres in fact – southeast of the Thai capital. The destination is often described as “Asia’s premier beach resort destination” although with so many beautiful beachside retreats in Thailand it is hard to know how you could pick one over the other. Still, the region is pretty good, and continues to be a popular destination for the MICE market with its excellent accommodation options and first-rate Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH). Accommodation ranges from luxuriously appointed hotels and 36 miceAsia.net resorts with superb convention facilities to simple guesthouses that cater for those who prefer a more boutique-style experience. The destination is a playground for sports – both on land and water- based – and is home to some great golf courses, excellent game fishing and some of the best scuba-diving available anywhere in Asia. Theme and amusement parks, museums, botanical gardens and walking trails offer excellent options for other forms of leisure-based activities that will have delegate partners and families never short of something to see and do. After dark, Pattaya comes alive with a vibrant nightlife with a great variety of restaurants, night clubs, bars, discos, lounges and cabaret-style experiences. One of Pattaya’s strong performers in the MICE segment is the Royal Cliff Beach Resort which offers a choice of four five-star hotels, each with their own distinct style and flavour. The Royal Cliff Beach Resort is situated between Jomtien and Pattaya in a 64-acre private reserve overlooking the Gulf of Siam. Whether you’re planning a small boardroom meeting for 30 with coffee breaks and lunch, a three-day AGM for 100 guests theatre- style, or a gala dinner with live music, ice carvings, Chinese acrobats and grand firework finale, Royal Cliff Beach Resort claims to have the venue, menu and proposal to suit your groups. Conference and meetings space in the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel and Royal Cliff Grand & Spa include the Siam Ballroom capable of accommodating 1500, the Grand Ballroom suitable for a banquet for 400, and a wide choice of purpose-built meeting rooms for up to 150 delegates.