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Loy Krathong at Serenity Phuket

Edward Kennedy   |   November 15, 2012   |   Events & Celebrations   |   0 Comments

Loy Krathong, Thailand’s ‘Festival of lights’, on 28th November 2012, is an annual event, held on the evening of the Full moon of the 12th month of the Thai Lunar Calendar. “Loy” which means ‘to float’ and ‘krathong’ which means ‘a leaf cup or bowl’, is a must see event for Phuket’s visitors and is a great evening for for families and couples.

Loy Krathong Festival Phuket

‘Krathongs’ are released into the ocean or rivers, at sunset, with a prayer, to promote good luck for the coming year. Some people even place personal items on their Krathongs, like strands of hair, to symbolise the washing away of their sins and misfortunes of the previous year. For the romantic amongst you, Loy Krathong is also the time for couples to wish for happiness and success in Love in the coming year.

Krathongs can be purchased from one of the many makeshift market stalls along the streets, and are made from Banana Leaves, flowers, leaving room for candles and incense sticks. Loy Krathong always falls on Thai school holidays, so during the day the whole family are often involved in making elaborately decorated Kratongs. Often, thousands of ‘Khom Loi’ or Chinese Lanterns are launched into the night sky, truly a sight to behold.

Loy Krathong 2012 at Serenity Phuket and East 88

Celebrate the Loy Krathong festival with us at Serenity & East 88 on 28th November, where there will be food, drinks and entertainment. From just 1,200++ for adults and 500++ for Children, enjoy our traditional Thai Buffet, welcome cocktail, Thai Dance Show, competitions and more. Don’t miss the magical evening, contact us at east88@serenityphuket.com to make your reservation!

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Avram Grant, former Chelsea FC, West Ham FC and Portsmouth FC Football Manager took time out of his busy schedule to relax at Serenity Phuket this week, staying in one of our unique Beach Front Pool Villa Residences.

Avram Grant Visits Serenity Phuket!

Avram, who recently ended a spell as Manager of Partizan Belgrade, chose to come to Phuket for a holiday break, but still found the time to meet with our GM, Urs, to the delight of the football fans within the Serenity Team!

Avram is perhaps most famous for his spell as Chelsea manager in 2007 following the departure of Jose Mourinho, where he led Chelsea into the Champions league final, League Cup Final and contested the Barclays Premier League Title all the way to the final day.

 

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Congratulations to our Serenity Pool Residence Villa owner, Formula 1 Racing Driver Kimi Raikkonen, for his first F1 victory since his comeback last year! Kimi, the 2007 Formula 1 world champion, held off Fernando Alonso, to seal victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, for his 19th GP win, his first victory since the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix.

Serenity Villa Owner Kimi Raikkonen Wins 2012 Abu Dhabi GP

Speaking after the race, Kimi, nicknamed ‘Iceman’ had this to say: “I’m very happy for the team and myself but mainly for the team. It’s been a hard season for the team. Hopefully, this gives us more belief, not just for those are doing the work but those who run the team.”

Throwing open the 2012 Drivers championship with his victory, Kimi Raikkonen and his Lotus racing team, won the crash-filled Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in a time of 1:45:58, with Fernando Alonso finishing in 2nd place and Sebastian Vettel finishing in 3rd, following the race retirement of Lewis Hamilton.

Well done to Kimi from all at Serenity and we hope to see welcome you back here again soon!

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Enjoying your stay at Serenity? Got something interesting to tell future guests? Immortalize your Serenity holiday Experience and make your friends jealous with the Serenity Movie Pad.

Check out our iPad desk at the East 88 Beach Lounge and make your video and create your holiday memory. Videos will be posted weekly on Facebook & YouTube, with prizes for the best movies, including vouchers for 3-night stays in one of our Serenity Suites and cool Serenity Gift Sets.

Serenity does however, reserve the right to remove any inappropriate videos without prior notice and the copyright remains with Serenity Resort and Residences Phuket.

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It’s that time of year again…The 3rd Annual High Season Lift off party is here! Starting at 14:00 on Sunday 4th November, hosted by the one-and-only DJ Doris from Phuket’s 91.5 FM, celebrate the start of high season with us!

3rd Annual Serenity High Season Lift off party

For only 650 Baht Net per adult or 150 Baht Net for children under 14, enjoy an open bar (including beers, wines and a range of spirits and soft drinks), and try out some of East 88’s culinary delights from our sumptuous buffet.

Throughout the party, DJ Doris will be on-hand for entertainment and will help to host the 2012 Serenity Olympics! Signup in teams of 4 from the East 88 Beach Lounge Facebook page or by contacting us at east88@serenityphuket.com. There are lots of cool prizes to be won, you may even get your hands on the 2012 Serenity Cup!

However, because space is limited, reservations are required, book now by contacting the East 88 team at east88@serenityphuket.com…Let the games begin!.

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This October 14, Phukets famous Vegetarian Festival begins and lasts for 9 days. Dating back to 1825, this festival is a true cultural experience. The participants beleive that participating in the events and rituals bestows good fortune upon them. Sacred rituals are perfomed in various shrines (mainly in the Phuket town area – Around 15-20 minutes from Serenity) by the devotees of Thai Chinese origin. The history of the festival originates in the early 1800s when a Chinese Opera came to perform for Thai miners working in Phuket and when the entire group of performers fell sick, they all restrcited themselves to a strict vegetarian diet to honor the Emperor Gods. When their sickness disapeared, the locals began following this ritual once a year to bring good luck to its participants.

Be Warned – the festival is not for everyone to witness, especially not for the faint at heart. The tranced participants, belonging to local shrines, parade the streets while walking on burning coals, piercing their bodies, and other acts of self mortification. Specially prepared Vegan dishes can be found all over Phuket towns food stalls and markets during this event.

For those who want to preview the event, here is a short video. Please dont watch this if your not up to seeing the tranced locals doing their thing.

Here is a link to the formal Thai Tourism Authority 2012 Phuket Vegetarian Festival Guide with lots of details on what, how, when, etc. Phuket Vegetarian Festival – Complete 2012 Guide

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Day trip to Coral Island

Elad Kushnir   |   October 2, 2012   |   Expert Travel Tips   |   0 Comments

Coral Island is one of those activities that should be missed. Located 10 minutes away from Serenity via a boat trip that we will be happy to arrange.

The beautiful pristine waters are a perfect place to chill for an entire day. There are two main beaches on the Island, Long Beach and Banana Beach. We recommended that you spend your day on Banana beach which is not overcrowded like Long-Beach.

The water is clear and full of beautifully colorful fish which swim up to you offer them some bread. The beach is prefect for snorkeling, chilling on the beach with a glass of wine, and late afternoon lunch, and grabbing an afternoon snooze under one of the picturesque palm trees.

This beach is great in both low and high seasons and is perfect for all types of visitors.

Book your trip now via our Yim Siam front desk service. Ask about our day trip picnic basket while your at it :).

Coral Island Day Trip Serenity Phuket

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Check out the flyer for more information about the East88 Beach Lounge Christmas Party Event! For reservations, please contact us via email at: east88@serenityphuket.com or join us on facebook at: www.facebook.com/east88beachlounge

Snowflakes

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Phunaka Golf Course Phuket

Urs Aebi   |   September 26, 2012   |   Sport & Activities   |   0 Comments

Did you know that Phuket’s newest golf course is only minutes away from Serenity Resort & Residences? Phunaka golf course phuket, features the island’s best driving range, including short game practice area and a picturesque 9-holes golf course.

Phunaka Golf Course Phuket, Thailand

This is an ideal place for those who like to take up the game and take advantage of their world class training facilities or for established players who prefer not to spend an entire day for golf by driving to one of the 18-holes courses in Phuket.

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Ka Jok See

Elad Kushnir   |   September 21, 2012   |   Expert Travel Tips   |   0 Comments

Ka Jok See is one of those places that defines a vacation. Many a time we hear from our Guests comments such as “wow” thats an eve we wont forget or what a spot! I dont remember when I last had so much fun!.

What is it? Well its a restaurant with really good food but many a time its much more than that. Located in a quiet area of Phuket Town, Ka Jok See (which means “Stained glass”) is a small food establishment that has never really needed to market itself because the guests do the marketing for them.

Open only several times a week during the evening, Ka Jok See slowly turns into a wild party as dinner service ends. The waiters, many of which are dancers by trade will randomly pick a quest during dinner and begin dancing between the tables. Slowly but surely the music gets louder and without noticing how it happens this small and beautiful restaurant turns into a full blown party with everyone including the owner (who DJ’s by the way) goes wild late into the night.

Ka Jok See

Words dont do this place justice. Just try to get a table! Hopefully you will be on the lucky ones who gets a spot (reservations is a must! talk to our front office to book) Enjoy!

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