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Explorar Hotels & Resorts Support Phuket Non-Profit Foundation.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts are proud to support Phuket’s famed annual Melbourne Cup event in collaboration with Phuket Has Been Good To Us, with special voucher stays up for auction, raising awareness and funds for education in Phuket, Thailand.

The event will feature Fashions on the Field, best-dressed competitions, the screening of the race, live and silent auctions, bids, and more. Highlights include a complimentary glass of bubbles for all the guests on arrival, followed by free-flow beverages from 10 am to 1 pm. Proceeds from this event will go to Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts have proudly provided 2 vouchers for the silent auction to raise additional funds for this important cause, including 2 nights stay including breakfast for two in a Deluxe Sea View Room at Explorar Koh Phangan, and 2 nights stay including breakfast for two in a Junior Spa Bath Villa at Explorar Koh Samui, with a total value of over THB50,000.

The Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by a group of women who were deeply affected by the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004. The foundation aims to help children and families by providing them with education and other resources to help them rebuild their lives.

The event is held at the popular Firefly Pool & Restaurant located at The Pavilions Phuket, on Tuesday 1 November.

Tickets are in the form of Donations: Priced at THB 3,500 

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Explorar Koh Phangan Celebrates Opening Weekend!

Get ready to celebrate our opening weekend with a party to remember on 1st and 2nd October 2022!

Explorar Koh Phangan is counting down to opening day, and what better way to celebrate than a weekend full of events, from international Djs and FREE Free flow, to bonfires and cuisine from around the world!

Guests will enjoy on 01 October, the Explorar ‘Signature’ party with FREE free-flow on selected drinks, live food stations of international tapas, tacos and Mexican wraps, salads, sushi, and specials on ‘Explorar Buckets’. Priced at THB 1,099 net.

Continue the celebration with ‘The Resurrection’ on 02 October, featuring late breakfast until 12 pm with fresh coconuts & free-flow Bloody Marys for the adventurous who wish to lean into the afternoon. Continue with chilled poolside music, healthy food and live burger stations; plus our signature Beach Bonfire in the evening, priced at THB 899 net.

The Explorar Koh Phangan opening party will offer an unforgettable experience. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our little holiday island!

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Explorar Hotels & Resorts Ready To Open Two Locations 

Two Relaxing Adults Only 16 + Resorts Get Ready to Welcome Guests.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to confirm the opening of its two flagship hotels in Q4 2022. After undergoing a significant renovation and refurbishment, Explorar Koh Phangan is slated to open on October 01, 2022 with Explorar Koh Samui to follow, opening on November 01, 2022.

The newly refreshed Explorar Koh Phangan will feature a remodelled infinity pool lying directly on the beach with majestic views of Koh Phangan’s famed sunset as well as signature ‘Exchange’ co-working area, developed to allow digital nomads and long-term stay travellers to work remotely in an air-coned space equipped with all office amenities and high-speed internet.

“Training of our teams is ongoing, and we are working on a daily basis with our contractors to ensure timely completion of our exciting and ambitious renovation program that will provide a totally new experience for our guests” says Adam Boulton, General Manager, Explorar.

“We’re proud to be working on these renovations with an ambitious while achievable timeline. Explorar Koh Phangan opens on October 01 2022 and will be an exciting new option for island visitors, a modern cultural getaway for friends, couples and digital nomads seeking to Explore, Exchange and Exhale.” explains Tim Sargeant, Co-founder, CMO, Explorar Hotels & Resorts.

At Explorar Koh Samui, new and returning guests will find on November 01 a completely refurbished property with a new swimming pool area around the famous 50 meters long basin, a replanted and serene hummingbird garden and signature ‘Exchange’ co-working spaces, the first of its kind in the Bophut/Mae Nam area.

Both properties will focus on a peaceful escape with an adult-only (16+) environment.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts is unique for blending digital and social travel elements with wellbeing and care for the community. The brand features 3 key paths in which each experience is centred around, Explore: to discover local cultures far from the beaten paths, Exchange: spaces designed to foster exchange, including vibrant co-working areas, and Exhale: to reflect and recharge, from signature wellness concepts to paying it forward to the communities.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts’ management team continues the groups growth by strategically establishing hotels in key destinations throughout Asia, offering four destination-based themes and unique experiences. Beach, eco, cultural and urban unite the brand and offer the social travellers clear choices for their individual experiences. 

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About Explorar Hotels & Resorts

Explorar Hotels & Resorts is unique for blending digital and social travel elements with wellbeing and care for the community. The brand features 3 key paths in which each experience is centred around, Explore: to discover local cultures far from the beaten paths, Exchange: spaces designed to foster exchange, including vibrant co-working areas, and Exhale: to reflect and recharge, from signature wellness concepts to paying it forward to the communities.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts portfolio currently comprises: 

Explorar Koh Phangan

Explorar Koh Samui

Explorar Treehouses El Nido opening 2024

For more information about Explorar Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.explorarhotels.com and connect with us on Facebook, & Instagram 

6 Of The Best Adventure Activities In Koh Phangan

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6 Of The Best Adventure Activities In Koh Phangan

When people think of Koh Phangan, the first thing that comes to mind is sandy beaches and neon paint-covered parties. While this may be true for a majority of visitors, there is much more to Koh Phangan than elephants and hangovers. Here are six adventure activities you must experience when visiting the island.

Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan Snorkel Tour by Speedboat

If you’re looking for an adventure activity that is a little more relaxing than some of the other options on the island, this may be the one for you. With only 10 guests per speedboat, this tour allows you to enjoy a meal and snorkelling in two unique locations.

Koh Tao is one of the most popular islands in Thailand. It has been a destination for backpackers, divers, and travellers since the 1980s when it was first discovered. The island is covered with beautiful forests, limestone cliffs, and white-sand beaches. But what makes Koh Tao so special is its crystal clear water. The water visibility here is often over 50 m (160 ft), making it perfect for snorkelling and diving.

ATV Jungle Safari Tour On Koh Phangan

If you’re looking to experience the best of what Koh Phangan has to offer, then an ATV Jungle Safari Tour is a must-do activity. You can explore the island’s many hidden treasures, from freshwater pools to secret beaches and waterfalls. The tour will take you through some of the most beautiful parts of the island, including jungles and rice fields. If you are lucky, you may even get to spot a wild elephant or monkey!

Two-Day Dive Tour from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao Island

If you want to get the most out of your trip to Koh Phangan, you should consider taking a two-day dive tour from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao Island. This tour will allow you to see two beautiful islands in less than a week, while also giving you time to relax and enjoy yourself on an exotic island.

Koh Tao Island is home to some of the best diving spots in Thailand, so this is a great opportunity for avid divers who want to experience some of the best scuba diving that Thailand has to offer. If you’re not a diver yet but are interested in learning how, this is also a good opportunity for that as well. You’ll have plenty of time during your trip to get certified and then practice what you’ve learned during your time at sea.

Classic Bike Tour of Koh Phangan

If you’re looking for something a little bit different on Koh Phangan, take a bike tour. The Classic Bike Tour of Koh Phangan is an easy ride with a friendly guide who will show you all the most beautiful parts of the island. It’s perfect for those who want to see as much as possible without exerting too much energy.

Kiteboarding 

Kiteboarding is a sport that originated in Hawaii, where it was used as a way to get around between islands. When the sport was brought over to Koh Phangan, the island’s people found that they could use it as a means of transportation as well as recreation.

Kiteboarding at Accrokite Koh Phangan is the only school affiliated with IKO on the island, the world biggest kiteboarding organization. They have an amazing location with a lagoon and beautiful views of the surrounding islands. It is also located close to some great places to eat and drink after your lesson.

4WD Adventure

If you’re looking for an adventure activity in Koh Phangan that is a little more sedate than white water rafting, and a little less tiring than zip lining, we have the perfect thing for you.

Koh Phangan Excursion 4WD car pickup is a great way to see some of the best parts of the island without having to hike your way there. You’ll get picked up by a 4WD and driven around the island while your guide shows you all the sights. We recommend taking this excursion on one of the days when you don’t have much planned—you’ll be able to see so much more than if you’re rushing around trying to get stuff done!

Not only does this excursion show off some amazing views of Koh Phangan, but it also gives you time to sit back and relax before heading back home from your vacation.

Koh Phangan Best Beaches

Koh Phangan’s beaches are some of the best in Thailand. With soft white sand, warm water and plenty of space to relax away from the crowds, there’s no wonder that these beaches are so popular among the locals and visitors. Here are some of the best ones.

so popular among the locals and visitors. Here are some of the best ones:

Haad Khuat

Haad Khuat, or Bottle Beach, is one of the least accessible beaches on Koh Phangan. You can get there by longtail boat from Chalok Lam or hike for about three hours to get to Bottle Beach.

Hiking to a beach sounds like a great idea until you realise that the trail is steep and rocky and takes you through a thick jungle—and then you’ll probably wish you’d just paid for the longtail instead. But if you’re up for it and make it to the top of the trail, your reward will be an isolated beach with calm turquoise water and soft white sand.

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Haad Salad

Haad Salad is a beautiful beach northwest of Koh Phangan, famous for its white sand, coral reef, and laid-back atmosphere.

The beach is between Haad Rin and Haad Tien and is only accessible by boat from either location. The beach is quiet, with hardly any people around, and it’s perfect for those looking to relax in a calm place away from the hustle and bustle of other beaches on the island.

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Haad Yuan Beach

Haad Yuan Beach is a small beach on the east coast of Koh Phangan. The bay is popular for snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing. It has a rocky outcrop in the middle of the bay. A bamboo walkway twists and turns over the rocks, leading to unique local shops and restaurants.

You can walk down to Haad Yuan Beach from Haad Rin or Haad Tien beaches in about 15 minutes. There are also tuk-tuks available if you don’t want to walk.

The beach has excellent facilities, including toilets, showers, changing rooms and a restaurant serving Thai food with views over the sea! You can rent snorkelling equipment from here too!

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Haad Yao Beach

Haad Yao Beach is a small beach on the northwest coast of Koh Phangan known for its white sand and clear blue waters. It’s also a great place to relax and swim, snorkel and watch the sunset. There are a few food stalls along the beach where you can grab some lunch or snacks before heading back to your resort or hostel for dinner. The best thing about Haad Yao is its location – it’s not too far from any of the main tourist areas such as Thong Sala or Chaloklum Bay, so if you want to spend some time relaxing, this is an ideal spot.

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Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach

Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach is known for its stunning sunsets, but it’s also a great place to watch the sunrise. The white sand stretches for about 1 kilometre (0.6 miles), making this an ideal spot for swimming and snorkelling—but if you’re looking for more than just a day at the beach, Thong Nai Pan Noi has plenty of diving sites nearby too!

If you visit during turtle season from July through October, there’s even more reason to stop by. Sea turtles come here yearly on their migration route from Indonesia to Thailand’s eastern shores for nesting season. About 50 dugongs live in shallow waters near this beach, too—so keep your eyes peeled when you’re out exploring!

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Haad Rin

Haad Rin is a peninsular beach area and town on the southern tip of Ko Pha-ngan, an island in the Gulf of Thailand. Its two main beaches are Sunset Beach to the south and the larger Sunrise Beach to the north.

The Full Moon Party is an event that takes place every month in Haad Rin; it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions on Ko Phangan, with thousands of people attending every month. The party starts at sunset and ends early in the morning when everyone goes home to sleep off their hangovers (if they can manage it). It’s a huge party—there are DJs playing music all night long, and there are even some stages set up so you can dance if you want to!

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We hope this has helped you find your perfect beach in Koh Phangan. The island is home to some of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches, and we encourage everyone to visit them!

Explorar To Open On Koh Samui And Koh Phangan Islands In Q4 2022. 

Explorar Hotels & Resorts expand its Asia portfolio with two exciting new resorts opening in Thailand. 

THAILAND JUNE 16, 2022 The expansion into the popular island destination of Koh Samui and cultural island experience of Koh Phangan, is part of the hotel group’s ongoing rapid growth strategy in Asia and paves the way as one of the region’s fastest-growing hotel brands based in Thailand.

Explorar Koh Samui features 125 beachfront rooms, suites, and pool villas, located in the vibrant backdrop of Mae Nam Beach in Bo Phut, home to one of Samui’s most stunning sea views and the famed Fisherman’s Village. The resort features an incredible infinity pool that overlooks the sea with a swim-up bar, The Market, an all-day dining restaurant that focuses on being local, authentic and healthy, with fun lively events, festivals and market nights for guests.

Explorar Koh Phangan is situated on the golden sands of Haad Rin Nai Beach and offers 75 contemporary guest rooms, suites and villas, with a mixture of sea views and lush gardens with terraces or balcony’s. Regional cuisine sourced from local farmers, fishermen and markets at The Market, vibrant events throughout the year aligned with the popular Full Moon party, with one of Thailand’s most ‘Instagramable’ sunset vistas at the guests’ doorstep. Both properties will focus on a peaceful escape with an adult-only (16+) environment.

Unique to the Explorar Hotels & Resorts brand is ‘The Exchange’, a social co-working space for the digital nomad, with fast connectivity, charging facilities and premium Starbucks Coffee. The Exchange also serve as a vibrant meeting place to exchange information, quickly grab something to eat, a local snack or something more, and to talk about tales of adventures over a cocktail or local brew with other guests or one of Explorars’ crew members during the ‘social hour’.

“This continued growth and exciting development shows that Explorar Hotels & Resorts ‘experience-driven’ and ‘social travel’ ethos are gaining momentum in this new travel era. We’re thrilled to open both Explorar Koh Samui and Explorar Koh Phangan in the coming months. We are excited in the positive interest we are receiving for growth in the South East Asia region.” Explains Niels Huby, Co-Founder & Head of Development Explorar Hotels & Resorts.

Tim Sargeant, Co-Founder & CMO Explorar Hotels & Resorts, looks forward to creating an online buzz among travellers with Explorar’s unique online community forum called ‘The Exchange’. “Social travellers seek to share their experiences with others. We took this opportunity to develop The Exchange Community. This online forum features on our website where guests can post and share their stories about the best places to find local shops, excursions or ‘off the beating track’ experiences so that researching guests can plan their trips even before arriving. Tim explains.

He further adds that targeting the millennial traveller via strong social media presence is key to the success of both new Explorar locations, “we know that 75% of millennials want to travel abroad versus 50% of other generations, US millennials take approximately 5.6 trips per year versus 4.0 for Gen X, 4.4 for Gen Z, and 3.5 for boomers. Our Marketing team’s key focus is to communicate with this demographic using the channels they trust and imbibe in the latest travel trends.

“We are very excited to join the Explorar Hotels & Resorts brand and bring two exciting hotel properties back to life in Koh Samui and Koh Phangan; both islands are incredibly unique, raw and experience driven destinations, a perfect fit and pairing to the brand.” Gordon Oldham, Owner Explorar Koh Samui, Explorar Koh Phangan.

These exciting signings join Explorar Treehouses El Nido, designed by Underwood Art Factory’s award-winning design team. An experience like no other awaits where design meets nature with spectacular treehouses with private pools set in the lush tropical forest of El Nido, Palawan Island in the Philippines. 

Explorar Hotels & Resorts’ management team continues the group’s growth by strategically establishing hotels in key destinations throughout Asia, Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean regions, offering four destination-based themes and unique experiences. Beach, eco, cultural and urban unite the brand and offer the social traveller clear choices for their individual experience.


About Explorar Hotels & Resorts

A hotel brand that makes travel authentic and social for the intrepid explorer. Explorar Hotels & Resorts creates a space for travellers to explore and experience each destination from a vibrant, comfortable and fun base, with a team that makes traversing and enjoying the destination easy whilst utilising their local knowledge of the area with everything being available at the guests’ fingertips.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts portfolio currently comprises: 

Explorar Koh Phangan

Explorar Koh Samui

Explorar Treehouses El Nido opening 2024

For more information about Explorar Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.explorarhotels.com and connect with us on Facebook, & Instagram 

Announcing: Strategic Master Franchise Partnership with Stand Out Hotels For Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean

12.10.21 Hong Kong –

Exciting new resort and hotel brand, Explorar Hotels & Resorts, have signed an exclusive master franchise agreement with Stand Out Hotel Group. The new master franchise agreement will see the targeted growth of the group in the new region of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean over the next five years.

Stand Out Hotels is a full-service third-party hotel management company offering customised services to owners and developers in the region. The group has strong experience and knowledge in hotel and resort management across a variety of lifestyle, residential and holiday properties, ensuring higher returns for owners. Partnering with Explorar Hotels & Resorts will allow Stand Out Hotels to offer a new and unique international brand to the regions travellers and hotel owners.

“This continued growth and exciting development shows that Explorar Hotels & Resorts experience-driven and social travel ethos really is gaining momentum in this new travel era we are in. We’re delighted to partner with Stand Out Hotels with a master franchise arrangement to develop further into these beautiful and experience driven locations, of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.” explained Scot Toon, COO of Explorar Hotels & Resorts.

“This alliance includes several business initiatives focused on strategically combining Explorar Hotels & Resorts ́ knowledge of the Asian & European markets with the experience in sales, marketing and distribution that STAND OUT HOTELS GROUP has in the Canadian, American and Caribbean markets.

The V.P of Brand & Implementation of STAND OUT HOTELS GROUP, George Moreno, highlighted the relevance of the alliance due to the importance of growth for both companies in the region after the challenging months during the pandemic.” 

Explorar Hotels & Resorts launched earlier this year with its first property, Explorar Pawapi Koh Mook, located in Southern Thailand on a genuinely untouched, pure island paradise, followed soon after by the announcement of Explorar Treehouses El Nido, designed by award-winning designer and artist, John Underwood and slated to open in 2024.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts seeks to grow in exciting destinations around our globe, offering four innovative themes depending on the hotels’ location and unique experiences. Beach, Eco, Cultural and Urban themes create spaces for the exploring traveller to socialise and connect with local experiences in a fun, easy and memorable way

About Explorar Hotels & Resorts

A hotel brand that makes travel authentic and social for the intrepid explorer. Explorar Hotels & Resorts offers travellers the opportunity to explore and experience each destination from a vibrant, comfortable and fun base, with a team that makes traversing and enjoying the destination easy whilst utilising their local knowledge of the area with everything being available at the guests’ fingertips.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts portfolio currently comprises: 

 

Explorar Treehouses El Nido

For more information about Explorar Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.explorarhotels.com and connect with us on FacebookInstagram & Tik Tok.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts Announce New Exciting Treehouses in El Nido, Palawan Island.

12.10.21 Hong Kong – Explorar Hotels & Resorts proudly announce latest signing, Explorar Treehouses El Nido, in the Philippines, becoming the second property to join Explorar Hotels & Resorts in the last five months, paving the way as one of the region’s fastest-growing and exciting new hotel brands.

Award-winning artist and designer John Underwood and his son Zac, from Underwood Phuket, lead the design team for Explorar Treehouses El Nido. Renowned for their spectacular collaborations of The Slate, Phuket, Four Seasons Chiang Mai and Four Seasons Chiang Rai, to name a few. Their sustainable and upcycled material policy unites with the ethos of the Explorar brand.

Slated to open in 2024, Explorar Treehouses El Nido will feature 69 tree-house villas with private plunge pools surrounded by 360-degree untouched, lush mountain terrain overlooking shimmering sea views. The resort will also feature a permaculture farm and garden, a bar and guest area in ‘The Exchange’, a social space for guests to connect which is unique to the Explorar brand along with Spa and wellness utilising local and natural products.

“We’re thrilled to be working with The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts group again on this new development; Explorar Treehouses El Nido will be a unique offering for guests and complement The Pavilions El Nido Palawan Island, which is located next door.” said the developer, Rick Lee, CEO of Eureka Resorts Inc.

Explorar Treehouses El Nido is conveniently nestled beside The Pavilions El Nido Palawan Island resort, where guests will be able to utilise amazing facilities including an adventure park, water sports centre, waterfalls and adventure walks, and unique dining experiences.

“I am excited by the uniqueness of this treehouse concept on Palawan island, which I beleive will become an iconic El Nido resort. This continues our growth and exciting development of our new brand in the region and shows that its’ experience-driven and social travel ethos is key in this new travel era we are in.” explained Scot Toon, MD Asia, The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts.

Recently voted the ‘Best Island in the World’ in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2020, Palawan island is the largest island of the province in the Philippines. It features a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the New7Wonders of the World, The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts seeks to develop within Asia and Europe, offering four innovative themes depending on the hotels’ location and unique experiences. Beach, Eco, Cultural and Urban themes unite the brand and offer the traveller clear choices for their individual experience.

 

About Explorar Hotels & Resorts

A hotel brand that makes travel authentic and social for the intrepid explorer. Explorar Hotels & Resorts offers travellers the opportunity to explore and experience each destination from a vibrant, comfortable and fun base, with a team that makes traversing and enjoying the destination easy whilst utilising their local knowledge of the area with everything being available at the guests’ fingertips.

For more information about Explorar Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.explorarhotels.com and connect with us on FacebookInstagram & Tik Tok.