Top celebrities, prominent names and distinguished guests gathered for an unforgettable night of glamour and cocktails at Koh Samui on Friday, June 8, in celebration of the grand opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui. An occasion that received much global anticipation, the opening saw guests travel to the captivating tropical paradise for a chance to experience firsthand the blend of first rate service and the vibrant spirit of Samui island life offered at the hotel.
Guests including Puttipong and Dennapa Prasarttong-Osoth, ML Katathong and ML Kwankamol Thongyai, Chitramontn Techaphaiboon and Ase Wang were seen dressed under the fitting theme of tropical chic, enjoying a specially crafted dinner curated by executive chef Jose Chelo Ballester to the background of live music. Ceremonial speeches were given by managing director of YTL Group of Companies Dr Francis Yeoh, president and managing director of Asia Pacific for Marriott International Inc Craig Smith and area general manager Mahmoud Skaf. The ceremony ended with a spectacular finale, as Mahmoud Skaf invited all the faces in the resort’s team to join him on stage for ‘The Samui Way of Life Opening Countdown’, where he reminded the audience that “at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, when people ask how we are we don’t say okay, we say EXCELLENT.” Followingly, fireworks lit up the night sky and guests made their way to the beachside, where celebrations continued late into the night at the chic after-party, featuring international DJ Andy Vier.