Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), has affiliated the Golden Tulip Mangosteen Resort and Spa on Phuket, Thailand’s popular holiday island. From its hillside location near Nai Harn Beach, visitors have a stunning 180o panorama of the Andaman Sea, including four bays and the distant island of Phi Phi.
“Interval members looking for a relaxing holiday will appreciate all that the Golden Tulip Mangosteen Resort and Spa has to offer,” said Joe Hickman, Interval’s executive director for Asia Pacific. “The resort borders a national park at the quiet southern end of Phuket. From the balcony hammock of your villa, you are only five minutes from Nai Harn, a white-sand beach that’s never crowded—even during the peak season.”
Situated on just over five acres (two hectares), Mangosteen Resort is home to Phuket’s only Ayurveda spa. Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago as a wellness discipline integrating the body, mind, and spirit. After a complimentary consultation with the spa’s certified Ayurvedic doctor, each guest receives a personalized programme that includes rejuvenating treatments and massage therapies, diet, and lifestyle recommendations. [member]
Other on-site amenities underline the organic theme of the resort. The 7,300 square foot (680 square metres) saline swimming pool, with 14 waterfalls set in tropical gardens, is open around the clock. The restaurant’s Asian/Western cuisine uses mostly organic ingredients from small, local farms. The resort also has a fitness centre and an open-air bar and lounge with live music.
All 40 split-level, villa-style units are surrounded by foliage that feels like a private garden. They are spacious and include a balcony or terrace with a sea view. Bedrooms have separate sitting areas and some units include whirlpool tubs. High ceilings, locally made furniture, and al fresco bathrooms with large rain showers add to the boutique feel. Other en-suite amenities include cable TV with more than 60 international stations, Wi-Fi, bathrobes, and indoor/outdoor slippers.
Guests at the Mangosteen Resort are invited to ride the complimentary Thai-style shuttle to Nai Harn Beach. The north end of the beach is known for its exceptional snorkelling and Promthep Cape Viewpoint is renowned for its sunsets. Scooters, jet skis, and parasailing are banned on the beach and, aside from a few local restaurants in the shade of large casuarina trees, there are few commercial vendors.
“You haven’t truly experienced Phuket until you’ve spent some time on the southern end of Phuket Island,” said Hajo Von Keller, managing director of the Golden Tulip Mangosteen Resort and Spa. “We’re very excited about becoming part of Interval International’s quality worldwide exchange network. We think once Interval members arrive at our tranquil, private piece of paradise they will never want to leave.”
The resort is 45 minutes from Phuket airport and close to attractions such as the Big Buddha of Phuket, as well as busier beaches, activities, restaurants, and shopping. [/member]