The Six Senses Phuket Raceweek is set to continue with four days of international standard yacht racing from 20 to 24 July 2011. Now in its eight year, the award-winning event will combine five nights of parties and entertainment at Evason Phuket & Bon Island resort in Rawai. Fresh off being voted the Best Asian Regatta 2011 at the annual Asia Boating Awards in Hong Kong, the regatta will feature a mix of competitive racing and glamorous parties in ultra chic settings at one of Thailand’s leading luxury resorts.
The Evason Phuket & Bon Island is part of the Six Senses Resorts and Spas portfolio of properties. The property boasts an idyllic location overlooking the Andaman Sea with 64 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and accommodation to match. The acclaimed chef Thomas Jakobi will be present at the resorts’ Into the Beach restaurant, one of the many race venues for the upcoming regatta. The fine dining establishment was recently graded 10 out of 10 in a review by Thailand Tattler, and was the only restaurant in Phuket to have earned such high marks.
“Six Senses is delighted to continue our partnership with Phuket Raceweek. We are pleased at the international recognition the event has garnered. This year will be very special with Dee Caffari as our ambassador,” enthused John Philipson, the Managing Director of Six Senses Resort and Spas Thailand.
Among the leading entries confirmed for the event so far are five first-timers, led by David Ross’s brand new Ker 40 pure racing yacht, KukukKERchu, which will debut at Phuket Raceweek. Dee Caffari, the first woman to sail solo, non-stop around the world against prevailing winds and currents in 2006, will also be present to add a touch of legend into the event.
The regatta will be run over six or seven classes, including cruising, bareboat and charter yachts. The race promises to be exciting and competitive for the serious boats, while a number of fun courses around the islands are also available for those looking to just enjoy a day out in the sea.
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The south of Thailand is home to hundreds of miles of shoreline, some of the most pristine in the world. Many say that many of the most popular Thai locations, such as Phuket – Thailand’s largest island – are just overrun and no longer have their original appeal and charm. But still, that hasn’t stopped the masses of tourists from descending on these beach-side towns year upon year.
Interest in the region skyrocketed after the area was featured in Hollywood films. First was Ko Tapu, now known as James Bond Island, which was featured in the 1974 Bond Film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. Then Leonardo DiCaprio’s deadly adventures on The Beach – filmed near the Phi Phi Islands in 2000 –reaffirmed the world’s fascination with the ultimate Thai beach holiday.
While it is true that many places in southern Thailand are overcrowded and well spoilt, it is still possible to find that secluded hideaway and enjoy some rest & relaxation. Here are a few suggestions to avoid the crowds and enjoy yourself.
Ko Rok is a pair of twin islands that are frequented by visitors for the amazing coral reefs, in a perfect setting for snorkeling and diving. There are miles of near-blinding white beaches that are relatively quiet. A great choice here is camping; you can find most supplies you need on the island and you’ll take pleasure in peaceful, quiet nights adorned by both stunning sunsets and sunrises.
Ko Tarutao is a part of the Tarutao National Marine Park. Originally developed to build a prison, Ko Tarutao made its claim to on American TV as the backdrop for an episode of ‘Survivor’. Most tourists opt for the hustle and bustle of nearby Ko Lipe, but the national park operates bungalows and camp grounds for those who want peace and quiet.
Ko Kut (also known as Ko Kood)
Ko Kut is on the southeastern tip Thailand and is the closest island to neighboring Cambodia. Many of the tourists visiting here are Indochinese, especially those seeking out weekend getaways. The island is relatively underdeveloped and much overgrown lush forest remains, making it a great destination for the hard core nature lover. Many of the resorts on the island cater only to packaged tour guests so be sure to make your travel arrangements in advance.
When To Go
The high season in all of Thailand is October through February, when prices go up and the shores get more crowded. This is all for good reason, though, as this maximizes the weather. Recently the rainy season has started late and ended late, so a good tip is to head over in late February or early March as things quiet down but the rains haven’t come flooding in yet. Regardless of your timing, be sure to be prepared for ill weather and try to book key reservations in advance, as if something is sold out you might find yourself quite disappointed.
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