Planning A Trip To Thailand? Airbnb Is Launching The Ultimate Designer Getaway In Phuket’s Iconic Heritage Mansion

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By: Balqis Ariffin
March 29, 2022

As we’re counting days until the borders finally reopen after two years this 1st of April, planning an overseas trip can be quite overwhelming. Fret not as you can now book the ultimate designer stay in Phuket’s palatial Governor’s Mansion, which is the island’s largest icon of Sino-Portuguese baroque architecture. The mansion will open its doors to overnight guests for the first time in decades, exclusively on Airbnb. 

The palatial Governor’s Mansion, which is now open to Malaysians, will be available for up to four guests for a two-night stay from 15th to 17th April 2022 to celebrate the Thai New Year, Songkran, for only US$50, approximately around RM210 and lucky guests will be immersed in a quintessentially Phuketian experience, which will include:

  • 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 hosted many out-of-town dignitaries and is still one of Phuket’s neoclassical heritage mansions today. The grand white and mustard heritage home is located in the centre of Old Phuket Town and has been meticulously rebuilt to preserve its original fixtures, which include geometrically patterned tiles and teakwood floors. The Blue Elephant Restaurant, a Michelin Plate awardee and long-running stalwart of Thailand’s culinary industry, now occupies the first floor.

Saran Yen Panya, a renowned Thai designer, has created a visually striking space on the second floor that pays tribute to Thailand’s rich heritage and modern design scene. It also includes statement pieces by Yothaka, a reputable Thailand design master. Additionally, guests can marvel at the Phuketian antiques and bespoke handcrafted items by several designers including Kitt Ta Khon, Masaya, Sumphat Gallery, Thaniya, and Mo Jirachaisakul. 

The majestic Governor’s Mansion will be bookable on this link and the bookings open at 9 am Malaysia Standard Time (MYT) on April 4, 2022. Malaysians and travellers from all countries that currently allow international travel to and from Thailand can apply.

*Plus taxes and fees. This two-night stay is not a contest. Airbnb is closely monitoring Thailand infection rates and government policies and will offer booking guests a USD1,000 Airbnb credit if it becomes necessary to cancel the stay.

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