The palatial Governor’s Mansion, Phuket’s largest landmark of Sino-Portuguese baroque architecture, is now available to Malaysians planning their first abroad trip in two years when the country’s borders reopen on 1 April 2022.
As the country gears up for its biggest cultural festival, Songkran (Thai New Year), the mansion will open its doors for a two-night stay, from 15 to 17 April 2022, to a group of four lucky guests.
For the first time in more than 50 years, the Governor’s Mansion will be available for booking here for US$50 (about RM210).
Among the many authentically Phuketian experiences offered to guests are the following:
- A personal welcome at check-in by Thai superstar Patricia ‘Good’ Tanchanok, who will share her favourite hidden gems in Phuket and tips for exploring the island.
- Exclusive access to a two-bedroom suite on the Mansion’s expansive second floor, including a private reception lounge and living room.
- A bespoke, multi-course ‘Songkran’ tasting menu prepared and hosted by master Chef Nooror Somany Steppe.
- A scuba diving and snorkelling adventure around the sparkling reefs and islands that dot the Andaman Sea.
- A gibbon rehabilitation social impact experience in Phuket’s last rainforest.
The 119-year-old Governor’s Mansion is one of Phuket’s several neoclassical heritage palaces and has hosted many foreign guests. Beautifully restored to maintain its original features, including its intricately patterned tiles and teakwood floors, this vast white and mustard heritage property is located in the centre of Old Phuket Town. The Blue Elephant Restaurant, a Michelin-starred establishment and longtime Thai culinary institution, now occupies the first level of the building.
Reservations for the majestic Governor’s Mansion begin on 4 April 2022, at 9am Malaysia Standard Time (MYT). The application process is open to Malaysians and travellers from all countries that allow international travel between Thailand and Malaysia.
*All images courtesy of Airbnb.