EXCLUSIVE villa retreats aren’t just the reserve of A-list celebrities like Robert Downey Jr and Scarlett Johansson. Head to the North of Pattaya and you, too, can enjoy your own slice of luxury far from the madding crowds.
Located on a private beach and surrounded by lush vegetation, Cape Dara Resort’s new Top Star Private Pool Residence offers one of the most exclusive accommodation experiences in Pattaya.
Set over three storeys and offering over 855 square meters of living space, this opulent home-away-from-home features five bedrooms, two living rooms, a dining room, a kitchen, a private infinity pool and a secluded space for barbecues. Every room has a private balcony offering panoramic views of the Cape.
From the Residence’s large central living room, a stairway leads to the lower ground floor where three spacious Junior suites are located, and to the upper ground floor where another two richly appointed Master suites await.
Cape Dara Resort’s luxury villa offers one of the most exclusive accommodation experiences in Pattaya
Delivering contemporary Thai luxury in style
Why a David Beckham image appears in a Bangkok temple and other amazing stories from the city’s famous landmarks
By Ken Barrett
Entrepreneur: Peter Wainman, Chairman and CEO of Equator Pure Nature Co., Ltd.
Entrepreneur: Patrick Gauvain
HE’S been called a hedonist, an eccentric, bon-vivant, artist and photographer, and even – at least in his younger days – a playboy on a grand scale. All are said, of course, with a great deal of affection and perhaps a little envy. But with more than 40 years of business experience in Thailand behind him, Patrick Gauvain can also rightly claim to be one of this country’s most durable and successful entrepreneurs.
Arriving here in 1968, Patrick, or ‘Shrimp’ as most people have always called him because of his diminutive size, initially worked as a photographer for Pearl & Dean, a prominent advertising company at that time.
It was his skill behind the lens that led to the publication of the famous ‘Shrimp Calendar’ featuring his photographic appreciation of a bevy of scantily-clad Thai beauties. This amazingly popular publication dovetailed with Patrick’s fast and furious Bangkok lifestyle, which included fraternizing with visiting movie stars like Robert de Niro and Roman Polanski.
He founded Shrimp Studios in 1976, operating initially as a graphic design and photographic studio but expanded into a full service agency in 1983 handling clients such as Amari Hotels & Resorts, The Peninsula Group, IHG, Shangri-La Hotel, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Volvo and Jim Thompson Thai Silk Co. Photographic assignments included Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Aeroflot, Thai Airways International and Air Siam.
In 1989 BSB Worldwide (Backer, Spielvogel, Bates, a US-based agency owned by the Saatchi & Saatchi Group), acquired 46% of Shrimp Studios and rebranded the company as BSB Thailand. In 1991, Patrick resigned from BSB, sold his remaining shares and rebranded as Shrimp Asia and established a marketing communications, branding, and signage design firm.
Today it is Thailand’s longest established branding, design and communications firm, focusing on brand engineering, whose aim is to assist in solving marketing problems with creative and innovative solutions.
Its main focus is in the Asia Pacific, Middle East & North Africa regions (AMEA), and more recently in China and India, with specific emphasis on the hospitality and property sectors. During the past 20 years, the design and build of innovative signage systems has become a key component of the company’s overall business.
Says Patrick, one of the British community’s most senior expatriates: “After living, breathing and sleeping – including a few nightmares – in this business 24/7 for the past 40 years, every day is still a new challenge and a new experience…whether it’s an internal conundrum, a difficult supplier or an individual who knows better than everyone else!
“What is critical is keeping clients’ expectations balanced while ensuring that the team is in focus and prepared for any eventuality, and also continually developing exciting, differentiated and fresh new ideas – and have a bit of fun on the way.
“Bottom line: If you don’t enjoy it…don’t do it.”
For more info visit shrimp-asia.com
AVANI Atrium Bangkok Hotel’s General Manager Clinton Lovell boasts 20 years of experience with leading hotel brands. Recently recognised in global luxury hotel awards for his impressive leadership talents, the New Zealand native puts his success down to good old fashioned hard work and an unwavering passion for his trade
Mix business with pleasure in style at this new hotel, just 10km from the airport
By Priya Lodha
Land meets sea in spectacular fashion at this luxurious resort on the shores of Klong Muang