That was the day the 202-room Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort opened on the fashionable “Millionaires Mile” strip in Kamala.
Keith Massey arrived in July as GM during the pre-opening phase and is staying on to manage the hotel now that it is open. He was previously Hotel Manager of the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.
The property was formerly the Kamala Bay Terrace, wrecked by the 2004 Asian Tsunami, and passed through other hands before being sold earlier this year to KS Hotels and Resorts of Thailand, which has ownership interest in other Hyatt resorts in the Maldives and Cambodia, and in Point Yamu by Como on Phuket’s east coast.
The new Hyatt, built on sloping land, looks north and west across Kamala bay. It has 199 guest rooms and 12 Regency Suites, ranging in size from 44 to 105 sqm.
The resort also has a spa, 402 sqm of meeting and conference facilities and what is claimed to be one of the largest infinity-edge pools in Phuket.