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New leadership at the Pavilions Phuket, Thailand

New leadership at the Pavilions Phuket, Thailand

A captivating new chapter has begun at Thailand’s intimate hilltop retreat the Pavilions Phuket.

With a dynamic new leadership team in place, they are breathing fresh life into the luxurious resort’s culinary offering and further elevating an already exceptional portfolio of villa accommodation.

Irishman Conor O’Leary - formerly of Keemala – has taken up the reins as general manager, joining New Zealanders Rey Ardonia and Tim Sargeant in the roles of culinary director and director of marketing respectively.

Cherished flagship of the Pavilions Hotels & Resorts, the Pavilions Phuket embodies the brand’s dedication to providing a sophisticated and engaging alternative to traditional hotels where privacy is paramount.

Highlights of the planned enhancements include the addition of a brand new two-bedroom villa created especially for discerning families; and a mouth-watering series of kitchen takeovers that will bring some of the world’s most exciting Chefs to the resort.


Chef Rey is already implementing his vibrant new vision to reinvigorate each of the resort’s restaurants and bars.

The fun-loving, poolside vibe of Firefly will be amplified with a more interactive, Instagrammable experience that connects guests with the creative talent behind the food.

At The Plantation Club, modern, Western techniques are applied to hyper-local produce and fresh garden herbs to weave a high-end culinary tale of regional Thai specialities, dégustation dining, and private Chef’s Table dinners in the library.

The delectable new dining options will be elevated to even greater heights with the resort’s new Symphony of Flavours concept – celebrating international cuisines and cultures through a series of kitchen takeovers by some of the world’s most exciting and creative chefs.

This series will launch on November 16th with a special one-off dinner at the Plantation Club by Shinichi Maeda, multi award-winning Japanese head chef of An Dining in Niseko.

The resort’s villa accommodation is also being refined with the addition of a brand new two-bedroom Spa & Pool Pavilion, ideally suited for families, and a soft refurbishment of 18 existing one-bed Spa & Pool Pavilions will be completed in April 2019.

“I am delighted to join The Pavilions.

“This being a legendary property on Phuket it is very exciting to be leading the team and the resort through a new chapter,” said Conor.

“Having been in Thailand almost 12 years now I understand very well how our visitors’ expectations evolve and grow.

“With an energetic young team bursting with ideas, I am confident that we will stay ahead of the game and help mould those future changes. Great new things are happening at the Pavilions Phuket, and I invite everyone to join us on our journey.”