DOU­BLE TIME

Whether you’re seek­ing a fun-filled out­ing with col­leagues or a pro­duc­tive hol­i­day, Pull­man of­fers the best of both worlds.

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Pull­man isn’t your or­di­nary up­scale busi­ness ho­tel. True to its mantra of “work hard, play hard,” the brand is the per­fect match for Thai­land-bound trav­el­ers look­ing to mix busi­ness with plea­sure.

With its strik­ing, sail-shaped fa­cade, Pull­man Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit makes a bold state­ment on the Bangkok sky­line. High-end leisure and busi­ness meet at this con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion just steps from Asoke BTS Skytrain sta­tion and Sukhumvit MRT: it’s an ideal venue for your next event or meet­ing in Thai­land’s buzzing cap­i­tal. Spread across six cat­e­gories, the 325 rooms are stylish, well-ap­pointed, and com­fort­able. The ho­tel is also a no­mad’s play­ground thanks to cre­ative din­ing des­ti­na­tions such as Ate­lier, an all-day venue serv­ing up à la carte Euro­pean and Asian fa­vorites as well as lavish break­fast and din­ner buf­fets; Tapas Vino for pan-Mediter­ranean shar­ing plates; and the cheery FLourWorx café for light bites, smooth­ies, and desserts. Look­ing to stay in shape? Head to the 24-hour fit­ness cen­ter, do laps at the pool, sweat it out at the sauna and steam room, or play ball at the new out­door ten­nis court, where pro­fes­sional coach­ing and equip­ment rental are also avail­able. A 40-minute flight from Bangkok in the heart of north­east Thai­land, the city of Khon Khaen is home to Pull­man Khon Kaen Raja Orchid. Rooms here are spa­cious and in­tu­itively de­signed, with light­ing, tem­per­a­ture, and en­ter­tain­ment func­tions all con­trolled from a re­mote con­sole. The Pull­man Khon Kaen also has all the fa­cil­i­ties

one would ex­pect in a five-star ho­tel. Af­ter a pro­duc­tive few hours in the mul­ti­pur­pose meet­ing rooms, you can un­wind at the fit­ness cen­ter, out­door pool, or day spa. Thai­land’s first mi­cro­brew­ery in a ho­tel serves Ger­man beer made un­der the watch­ful eyes of the in-house brew mas­ter. There’s also no less than six res­tau­rants and four bars, in­clud­ing Loong Yuen, an el­e­gant set­ting for au­then­tic Can­tonese and Chi­u­chow cui­sine, and the Orchid Lobby Lounge for af­ter­noon tea or a re­fresh­ing drink. Trav­el­ers headed to Phuket have two Pull­man prop­er­ties to choose from. Perched on a head­land over­look­ing the An­daman Sea, and a 10- to 15-minute drive from the air­port, Pull­man Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach fronts one of the best beaches along Phuket’s western coast­line. Its con­tem­po­rary Thai-style in­te­ri­ors were cre­ated by in­no­va­tive Bangkok-based firm P49 Deesign, and the 227 guest rooms here in­clude seven 170-squareme­ter pool vil­las. Res­tau­rants and lounges have in­doorout­door spa­ces that make the most of the ocean vis­tas; the all-day din­ing venue fuses the tra­di­tions of Thai and Western cuisines, while the main bar’s pool­side sun deck is the ideal set­ting for con­fer­ences, func­tions, and par­ties. Three swim­ming pools, out­door pur­suits like beach vol­ley­ball, and tra­di­tional Thai mas­sage and aro­mather­apy round out the leisure of­fer­ings.

PULL­MAN IS THE PER­FECT MATCH FOR THAI­LAND-BOUND TRAV­EL­ERS LOOK­ING TO MIX BUSI­NESS WITH PLEA­SURE.

Mean­while, Pull­man Phuket Panwa Beach Re­sort rises above pic­turesque Makham Bay on the is­land’s south­east. Sweep­ing An­daman Sea views are a fea­ture through­out the 211-room beach­front re­sort, which is per­fectly placed for team-build­ing or leisure trips. Its 700 square me­ters of meet­ing space have five break­out rooms, and staff mem­bers are flu­ent not just in Thai and English but also Man­darin, French, Span­ish, and Rus­sian. Bars and res­tau­rants in­clude the con­tem­po­rary Thai restau­rant Ta­marind and swim-up Edge Pool Bar, while guests can raise the fun fac­tor with ac­tiv­i­ties like gi­ant chess, yoga and cook­ing classes, snor­kel­ing, and kayak­ing. And if you want deeper re­lax­ation, Talay Spa of­fers a range of Thai- and Chi­nese-in­spired ther­a­pies.

Clock­wise from this photo: Dusk at Pull­man Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach; the sail-shaped fa­cade of Pull­man Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit; ad­mir­ing the view from Pull­man Phuket Panwa Beach Re­sort; the light-filled lobby at Pull­man Khon Kaen Raja Orchid.

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