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Explorar Hotels & Resorts Announces Winner of ‘Best Job In The World’ Competition

Explorar Hotels & Resorts Announces Winner of ‘Best Job In The World’ Competition

[Thailand, 20 June 2023] – Explorar Hotels & Resorts, the pioneering and authentic hospitality brand revolutionising the way we travel, is thrilled to announce two winners of its highly coveted ‘Best Job In The World’ competition. After an extensive search, Aleksandra, also known as @agontsarova on Instagram, and Marta, also known as martasielska.pl have emerged as victors, securing a two-month collaboration with Explorar Hotels & Resorts.

Aleksandra, a seasoned content manager renowned for her expertise in the travel industry, has successfully managed iconic travel pages such as @luxuryworldtraveler, @thesunsecretioncollection, and @accessitaly. Her exceptional storytelling skills and eye for captivating visuals have made her a sought-after influencer in the travel community.

Marta, drawing on her extensive experience in digital marketing, has shifted her professional interests to become a passionate travel content creator. She fostered a robust presence on digital platforms such as YouTube and Instagram, dedicating a significant portion of her recent years to specialising in the stunning portrayal of Thailand’s enchanting landscapes. Her endeavours involve guiding her followers with valuable travel advice, suggesting hotel options, and exposing them to the local culture – a commitment that has culminated in her co-authoring an e-book guide about Thailand.

As the winners of the ‘Best Job In The World’ competition, Aleksandra and Marta will have the unique opportunity to live in-house at Explorar Hotels & Resorts and indulge in all that the enchanting Koh Samui and Koh Phangan islands have to offer. With a blend of leisure, remote working facilities, relaxation, and discovery, Explorar Hotels & Resorts provides a modern cultural getaway for friends, couples, and digital nomads seeking to Experience, Exchange, and Exhale.

“We are delighted to have Aleksandra and Marta as the winners of our ‘Best Job In The World’ competition,” said Tim Sargeant, Co-founder & CMO of Explorar Hotels & Resorts. “We were seeking influencers who were keen on staying in a destination for a little longer than usual! Their passion for travel, coupled with their exceptional content creation skills, perfectly align with our vision of redefining the travel experience. We look forward to showcasing the wonders of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan through their unique perspectives.”

During their two-month collaboration, Aleksandra and Marta will document their immersive experiences, providing their followers with an authentic glimpse into the hidden gems, cultural richness, and unparalleled beauty of the islands. From tranquil beaches to vibrant local markets, they will capture the essence of these destinations, sharing their adventures with a global audience.

“I am incredibly grateful to have been chosen for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” expressed Aleksandra. “Explorar Hotels & Resorts has created an innovative concept that encompasses everything I am passionate about: travel, exploration, and meaningful experiences. I am excited to embark on this journey with Marta and share the magic of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan with the world.”

Marta echoed the sentiment, saying, “Joining Aleksandra on this adventure is a dream come true. We share a deep love for travel and a commitment to showcasing the beauty and authenticity of different destinations. Together, we aim to inspire and guide our audience, offering them a truly immersive experience through our content.”

Follow the story by following @Explorarkohsamui, @Explorarkohphangan, @agontsarova, and @martasielskaon Instagram for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Aleksandra and Marta’s exploration of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan islands in collaboration with Explorar Hotels & Resorts.

Explorar Take-Over at Mrs B – Pop up in Phuket

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Explorar Take-Over at Mrs B – Pop up in Phuket

Join us for an exclusive takeover event with Explorar Hotels & Resorts culinary ‘pop-up’ team at Mrs B on Wednesday 17 June. Experience holistic mixology paired 4-course dinner by Explorar’s Culinary Director Raphael Kinomo and Head of Mixology, Joey Lai with Dj Tim Sargeant keeping the ambient settings under control behind the wheels of steel.

Priced at THB 2,000 + per guest for the 4-course menu, a vegetarian option is available.

19/1 Lagoon Road, Cherngtalay, Thalang
Phuket, 83110 Thailand

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T +66 (0) 93 586 9828

Samui Elephant Spa: An Unforgettable Adventure with Gentle Giants

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Samui Elephant Spa: An Unforgettable Adventure with Gentle Giants

Welcome to Samui Elephant Spa, where majestic elephants roam freely in a lush paradise. Prepare yourself for a day filled with incredible experiences, heartwarming encounters, and a deep connection with these magnificent creatures. In this blog, we’ll take you through the delightful itinerary that awaits you at Samui Elephant Spa.

Before we embarked on our adventure, we took a moment to understand the importance of an elephant sanctuary like Samui Elephant Spa. Unlike traditional elephant tourist attractions, this sanctuary prioritizes the well-being and happiness of these gentle giants. They provide a safe and nurturing environment where elephants can roam freely, engage in natural behaviours, and receive proper care from experienced mahouts (elephant caretakers).

The journey begins by preparing a special treat for our elephant friends. Under the guidance of knowledgeable staff, we learnt how to mix rice and bananas, creating a nutritious and delicious supplement meal that elephants adore. This activity allows you to contribute to the elephants’ well-being actively and serves as a bonding experience between you and these incredible animals.

After preparing the elephants’ meal, it was time to meet these magnificent creatures up close and personal. We were introduced to these gentle giants, each with unique personalities and stories. As we offered them the food we prepared, we witnessed their sheer joy and gratitude, creating a connection and building trust between us and the elephants.

It was time to venture into the breathtaking jungle alongside the elephants. Surrounded by the serene beauty of nature, we witnessed these remarkable animals exploring, foraging, and interacting within their natural habitat.

Accompanied by experienced guides, we embarked on a scenic trek, where the elephants led the way. Returning from the jungle, we prepared to get a little dirty as the elephants guided us towards a muddy oasis. The therapeutic mud not only provides a cooling respite but also helps to protect the elephants’ sensitive skin. This playful activity allows you to experience the elephants’ joyful nature firsthand. We joined them in the mud bath, and it was truly an unforgettable experience.

Once we finished the mud bath, we headed to the river for a refreshing experience. We grabbed a brush and joined the elephants in the river. It was very surprising to notice how thick the elephant’s skin is. As the scrubbing session came to an end and the day drew to a close, it was time to indulge in one more unique experience—a Thai noodle soup cooking class. Led by skilled local chefs, we learnt the secrets of creating authentic Thai flavours. From selecting fresh ingredients to mastering the art of balancing flavours, you’ll create a delicious bowl of Thai noodle soup. This culinary adventure serves as a perfect finale to a day filled with remarkable encounters and an empty stomach!

Samui Elephant Spa offers an enchanting and ethical elephant sanctuary experience that leaves a lasting impact on both you and the elephants. From preparing food for these gentle giants to walking alongside them in the jungle, indulging in mud baths and river play, and finally, engaging in a Thai cooking class, every moment is filled with wonder, joy, and a deep connection with nature. Discover for yourself and embark on this incredible journey creating memories that will stay with you forever.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts Influencer Competition: ‘Best Job In The World’

Explorar Hotels & Resorts Influencer Competition: ‘Best Job In The World’

Explorar Hotels & Resorts today announced the official launch of their “Best Job in the World” competition in search of a full-time social media influencer to develop content and videos for their social media channels. The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to live in the hotel full-time for two months, creating content for the brand while travelling to different locations showcasing the destination, culture, and experiencing the finest of the hospitality industry.

The competition is open to both individual and pair influencers that are passionate about travel, hospitality, and creating engaging content. Applicants must have a strong social media presence and be able to demonstrate their ability to generate high-quality content that resonates with a wide audience, as well as be ready to live the Explorar Hotels & Resorts lifestyle for two months or longer on Thailand’s legendary Koh Samui or Koh Phangan islands.

“Being such a digitally forward-thinking and content-driven brand, we’re excited to launch this competition and find the best social media influencer to join our team,” said Tim Sargeant, Co-founder & CMO of Explorar Hotels & Resorts. “Our goal is to show the world our hotels and destination through the eyes of a creative content creator, while also providing them with an incredible opportunity to live and work in our properties and experience the best of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, Thailand.”

The competition will last one month, from May 5 to June 5, 2023, and entrants must submit a short video displaying their unique content-creating skills in line with the Explorar Hotels & Resorts concept and distinctive offering to guests. To be eligible, the entry must include the hashtags @explorarhotels and #BestJobInTheWorld. Explorar Hotels & Resorts representatives will judge the videos. The winner will be revealed at the conclusion of the competition and will begin their new full-time position as a social media influencer.

The winner of the competition will be a full-time influencer for Explorar Hotels & Resorts creating engaging content for the hotel’s social media channels, including Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. They will be in charge of creating high-quality movies, images, and textual content that represent the hotels, the destination, and the region’s culture. The winner will live in the hotel full-board (food, drink, and laundry included), as well as have access to all of the hotel’s daily activities, services, and facilities, as well as travel to various spots in the region to capture the essence of the destination.

“This is truly the best job in the world,” Tim Sargeant exclaimed. “We can’t wait to see the incredible content that our new social media influencer will create, and we are thrilled to have them on board.”

For more information about the “Best Job in the World” competition and to apply, please visit the Explorar Hotels & Resorts website.

Celebrate Songkran 2023 with Explorar Hotels & Resorts.

Songkran is one of Thailand’s most important festivals, commemorating the traditional Thai New Year. The festival, held annually from April 13th to 15th, is famous for its water fights and splashing of water on friends and family. Koh Samui, an island in the Gulf of Thailand, is a popular Songkran tourist destination. 

The centuries-old Thai festival pay homage to elders with traditional ceremonies and festive activities. Based on the Buddhist lunar calendar, the festival coincides with the arrival of spring, making it a time of renewal and new beginnings. 

Songkran celebrations take place all over the Kingdom, with Koh Samui and Koh Phangan being popular destinations for tourists looking to experience the festival. The streets are lined with people armed with water guns, buckets, and hoses, all eager to participate in the festival’s signature water fights. 

Traditional ceremonies such as merit-making at local temples are also happening for those seeking a more cultural Songkran. Thais make offerings to the monks and receive blessings for the new year and water fights. Furthermore, many Thais perform a ritual known as Rod Nam Dum Hua, in which they pour scented water over the hands of their elders as a sign of respect and to seek their blessings. 

Songkran is also a time for feasting. To cater to the diverse range of visitors on the island, local restaurants and street vendors sell traditional Thai food such as som tam (papaya salad), pad thai, and mango sticky rice, as well as international cuisine through-out the holiday. 

Explorar Koh Samui and Explorar Koh Phangan guests can celebrate Songkran with a special Explorar Songrakn Festivities Kit, which includes a water gun, waterproof covers for valuables, and other items. On 14th April from 2 pm, guests can also enjoy Good Times & Tan Lines’ ‘Songkran Edition’ with DJs, live BBQs, Drink Specials, and more.

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 


View the event details here

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!

View the event details here

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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 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!