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Posted: 16 May 2012 | 6:00 am
Welcome to luxury 3.0 and the emerging world of ultra private hotels.
Certainly Sir Richard Branson and his famed Necker Island have been drawing celebrities and the elite for some time now.
In Bali properties such as The Edge and Luna2 have attracted high end individuals for getaways, special events, parties and weddings.
Now Phuket's two luxury icons - villas and hotel are merging into a single product - The Private Villa Hotel. First in looks to be noted entrepreneur Mark Weingard and his Iniala up in Natai.
Located on a white sand beachfront the property will debut in June of next year. With 10 bedrooms, the end product will have a core in Art, Design and Gastronomy.
Danny Drinkwater from Bali who headed up Luna2 in Seminyak is onboard as manager. Danny is a noted chef, well known for his stint at the Park Hyatt in Sydney.
In addition to the Gastronomic Restaurant a freestanding Art Caf and Galley will be located nearby. Over 100 pieces of world class art will be featured at the hotel and gallery.
An eclectic set of designs is being used for the hotel with a selection of noted creative individuals being used on different elements.
All is all expectations are high for Iniala.
Expect more Private Hotels to come up in Phuket with at least one project now underway on Kamala's Millionaires Mile.
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