Phuket opens marina venue for luxury weddings

THAI-phuketmarinaRoyal Phuket Marina, Thailand's luxury lifestyle yachting community, now has a venue for society weddings.

Overlooking Phang Na Bay, the new Waterfront Exhibition & Conference Center is Phuket's first such facility. It can accommodate up to 1,000 guests in its main hall as well as receptions for as few as 20. The daily high rate for use of the facility is $4,230.

A spokeswoman declined to provide an approximate cost of an entire wedding, citing the various catering and decorating options available. "We provide the venue, and we recommend various companies to arrange the functions in terms of food, beverage, entertainment and decoration," she said.

Royal Phuket Marina, which opened in 2005, has partnered with Les Anges Patisserie, a boutique bakery on the Boardwalk at Royal Phuket Marina, for wedding cakes made to order. Les Anges has prepared customized wedding cakes for royalty, and many of its regular customers are five-star hotels, according to the marina. The cost of a customized wedding cake from Les Anges is about $700.

Yacht cruises can also be arranged for wedding parties by the marina's resident Royal Phuket Marina Cruising Club, with a choice of up to seven luxury yachts available for charter. Prices for a yacht cruise charter start at $3,000 per day; cost of a speedboat rental starts at $700 per day.

Guests can choose from among full-service apartments and penthouses for their stay. With five-star amenities, they include Phuket's only four-bedroom penthouses with private rooftop pools and gardens. Two- and three-bedroom apartments with pool decks and balconies beside an infinity-edged swimming pool round out the selection.

The rate for a four-bedroom penthouse starts at $600 per night. Two- and three-bedroom apartments start at $250 per night.

The RPM Exhibition and Conference Center is managed under a joint venture with Royal Phuket Marina by Informa (www.informa.com). For bookings, email [email protected]. For more information about Royal Phuket Marina, visit www.royalphuketmarina.com.

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