3 December 2016
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Hosting arriving superyachts at the 16th annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous is the unspoilt Mai Khao Beach area, location of host hotel SALA Resort & Spa on Phuket’s north-west shoreline, welcoming ASR 2016 guests to the exclusive December 16-18 on-and-off water event.



Hosting this year’s event, the SALA Resort & Spa combines rare historical Sino-Portuguese architecture with luxury hotel facilities in one of the most dramatic settings in Phuket, made especially attractive by the stunning Asia Superyacht Rendezvous superyachts moored in the beautiful bay. The luxury Spa Hotel is only 20 minutes from nearby Blue Canyon Country Club and famed Phang Nga Bay and located at Mai Khao Beach – home to an excellent range of 5-star Hotels. Mai Khao is famous for its peaceful exclusivity and beautiful nature that you will find on the pristine beach or the national park surrounding the entire area. The SALA Resort is just a short 20 minutes’ drive to the Phuket International Airport with broad access to international destinations.

Following two days of fierce racing by an expected 10-15 superyachts in a competitive “Superyacht Sailing Rivalry”, the winner will be awarded the newly debuting “Superyacht Winner’s Cup”.

Attending in 2015 and joining ASR again this year, is the 37-meter sailing superyacht, S/y Bliss. Captain Sheltrum comments, “The Bliss crew and I had a wonderful time at The Rendezvous. It was well organised, at a beautiful location, loads of fun and to top it off we got some great sailing in. With or without guests on board I highly recommend the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous to any superyacht in SE Asia, I guarantee you will have a fantastic time!”

Opening day, December 16th, the ‘Captain’s Briefing’ will be held in the meeting room of the SALA Resort followed by VIP guests being whisked away by tenders at the custom-built jetty for the ‘Opening Night Cocktail Party’ aboard the amazing and beautiful phinisi-style S/y Dunia Baru.

The next day it’s on to the first day of superyacht racing and this year longtime co-organiser Gordon Fernandes reports: “Guests from the SALA Resort will be accommodated on board yachts so they can view first-hand what’s going on and experience the thrill of watching the incredible spectacle of superyachts racing. Guests will later enjoy the popular ‘Benetti Challenge’ boat building & racing party, with competing superyacht teams, that is held on the lawn between the Renaissance and the SALA Resorts.

There is still time to sign on to join others keen to meet fellow superyacht owners and captains and to join the racing (or pleasure sailing) while enjoying the exclusive whirlwind of elegant yet relaxed events on and off vessels. For an invitation to attend the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous (Yachts 70 feet or more in length) email gordon@asia-superyacht-renedezvous.com.

For those choosing to stay ashore guests can indulge in the award-winning SALA Spa where they can relax and be pampered in style or select from an array of special activities and adventures on offer In addition to SALA Phuket facilities, including: two extensive beachfront swimming pools, a world-class international beachfront Restaurant and Bar, Lobby Bar, award-winning Spa, fully equipped Gym, Activities Desk, Library, Gift Shop, Board Room and WI-FI internet connections throughout the resort along with business traveler services.

View a 360-degree tour along the beach and in one of the SALA villas

The SALA Resort will offer special adventure and cultural activities for Asia Superyacht Rendezvous guests interested in learning more about Phuket and Thai culture. The SALA Guest Relations staff offer a range of activities which may include any of the following Excursions:

  • Full day Phang Nga Tour,
  • Full Cultural Tour Special,
  • Cultural Tour of Phuket,
  • Phuket Island Sightseeing,
  • Family Adventure,
  • Phang Nga tour,
  • Full day Shopping group tour,
  • Full day Shopping Private tour and
  • ½ day Shopping Tour.

They also will help you “design your own tour”. Tours can be arranged before, during and after the event for ASR guests.

The awe-inspiring “Superyacht Parade” taking place during the two days of racing will have the large vessels staging an extraordinary show as they sail and motor into formation on the Bay. After the 2nd day of racing superyacht owners, captains and VIP guests will join the private Gala Dinner held at the SALA Resort. As the sun sets on the exotic entertainment, the presentation of the first Asia Superyacht Rendezvous “Winner’s Race Cup” trophy will take place amidst the gourmand Thai and International feast. A fitting end to the 16th annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous held on Phuket Island, the “Pearl of the Andaman Sea”.

The organisers remind those joining the Rendezvous December 16th to 18th, “Many superyachts venture out before and after the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, some staying for the holidays. You can choose amidst the many Islands close by once you are in this part of the Andaman Sea. Cruising visitors can witness incredible bays, limestone pinnacles, fascinating beaches, crystal clear water, picturesque rocks, and other features on the Andaman Sea and surrounding islands of Phuket. Some of the best islands to visit include Phi Phi, Similan Islands, Koh Racha, Railey, and so much more.”