Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Paradise keeps getting better

How can this be?

Our General Manger (Claude) enjoys a cup of coffee so I was not surprised to see the Coffee Company from Phuket Town – who supply us with the beans – come in for a training session.

BUT what a surprise I had, the cups, the glasses, the cream and the colours!

We had a new menu and the additions were stupefying – a Milky Way Mocha, a Caramel Cappuccino, a Viennese Coffee, a Cafe Mocha, a Hazelnut Iced Latte and a Mocha Frappe.


Well, with the selection of cakes that Chef Phudon makes for us (have a peek at the video) my afternoons are now something to look forward to even more.

Fancy a coffee?

To look at photographs of the cakes please click here

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A new arrival at the Lighthouse Pub!

At the Cape Panwa Hotel the band was rocking out at the Lighthouse with Bryan Adams, well not with Bryan Adams but were playing ‘Summer of 69’ with full gusto – click here for a look.

Memories of my misspent youth surged back – I HAD to visit the Lighthouse!

When I entered the Lighthouse I heard a familiar noise (from my misspent youth) of billiard balls cracking into each other – the Pool Table had arrived!I strode in ready to challenge anyone who stood in my way but quickly shrank into the background as I watched a teenage kid destroy his big sister in a game – I wasn’t going to play tonight.

If you are here I will give you a game (if I think I might win)!

It costs only 40 Baht a game and don’t forget that it is Happy Hour from 9:30pm!

See you there!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy Birthday in August - Somneuk

At the Cape Panwa hotel it is the birthday this month of one of our Senior members of staff – Khun Somneuk who started working with us in 1999!

He is married and has two boys who are 15 and 16 years old.

Happy Birthday!

For more photographs of the staff please click here.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Selina and Trevor’s special day

Somebody was smiling on us at the Cape Panwa today.

Selina and Trevor were more than relaxed, Trevor contemplated playing a game of golf in the morning but soon saw the error of his ways – who was going to organise the children?

The only thing that they could not organise was the weather and the morning was strewn with downpours that puzzled the locals and sunshine that soon dried them off. When Selina was ready to start the sun was shining and the sky was clear.

The girls had the flower petals, Dad took care of Selina and mum was everywhere! 

They had drinks and nibbles at Panwa House and finished with dinner at Top of the Reef.


Click here to see photographs of weddings at the Cape Panwa Hotel

OR click below

Click here for a wedding at Cape Panwa on YouTube.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Fabulous beach wedding at Cape Panwa

This is a video made by Stephen and Caroline who got married here at the beginning of the year. 

Do you know someone who would like to have the wedding of their dreams? 

Please contact Krittaya ( to organise it for you.

Click here to see photographs of weddings at Cape Panwa

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Saved and Released

BREAKING NEWS - the giant turtle was released on Saturday 1st August into the Andaman Sea at Cape Panwa.

A Green Sea Turtle was recently found tied to an anchor and trapped underwater. The Marine and Costal Resources Department (MCRD) were called and immediately sped out to the location where the turtle had been found. Fishermen, who were suspected of having trapped the turtle, had already fled the scene leaving the turtle trapped and in pain. After freeing the turtle, the MCRD took the turtle to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) at Cape Panwa for treatment. The turtle weighed over 120 kilos and had a carapace (shell) 97 centimetres long (making the turtle between 50 and 60 years old).

The turtle is listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The PMBC are treating the turtle for a cracked carapace but he is responding well to treatment.

If you do stay with us pay a visit to the nearby local aquarium and see the turtle breeding pools, the Marine Biodiversity Collection and the Marine Endangered Species Museum.

Click here for more photographs of the turtles and breeding centre.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Guitar Idol visits us.

The lobby of the Cape Panwa Hotel was slowly filling up of all those people that I wanted to be whilst I was working in a record shop, I had a splendid wasted youth there….

There were the guitar cases covered in ‘Handle with Care’ stickers, the curly black hair that was clearly homage to Slash from Guns and Roses and the bulge in the jeans that looked similar to a bottle of Jack Daniels.

I had to ask them what had brought them to Phuket and the Cape Panwa Hotel. I was introduced to a petite and effervescent lady call Sangchan from Prart Music in Bangkok. Sangchan was looking after them.

I met them all, Jack Thammarat who won guitar idol this year (click here to watch a performance on youtube) and Olarn Promjai and Pop the Sun (2 Thai hard rock guitarists) - click here to watch their performance on youtube. There were more but I lost my courage to ask them; again....

They were with Overdrive music magazine and were performing at Phuket University – I was invited but I (again) did not have the courage to ask Claude (our General Manager) if I could go to the rock concert in aid of the blog……… on reflection it may not have been a bad idea!