Luxury beachfront resort The Nai Harn in Phuket, Thailand, has raised the bar five years ago for refined tropical hospitality experiences by tapping the expertise of one of the world’s most famous barmen, Mr Salim Khoury, as the hotel prepared to open its doors on December 28, 2015.
The legendary barman, who was the Head Barman at the American Bar at The Savoy in London and worked for this establishment a total of 43 years, will be in residence yet again for one month from mid-January until mid-February 2020.
The Savoy opened in 1889, with the American Bar opening in 1893 and 110 years later Mr Khoury became only their 10th Head Barman, joining The Savoy in 1969 and becoming famous when he won the UK Bartender of the Year award in 1992 with his tribute to Princess Diana by creating his cocktail ‘Blushing Monarch’.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome back Salim to the team,” said the Nai Harn General Manager, Frank Grassmann. “It is always an honor to work with the great man and it will truly elevate our beverage experience for guests to genuinely world-class levels.”
Mr Khoury will hold work at the resort’s Cosmo Bar from Wednesdays to Sundays and is available Thursdays and Saturdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm for a personal cocktail lesson for THB 1,000.- net per person. Guests can learn the signature cocktails prepared exclusively for the luxury resort, among them the Rum-Ble and Lady Nai Harn – using Chalong Bar Rum, an indigenous spirit to Phuket made from organically grown sugar cane from Thailand.
Located on the beautiful Nai Harn beach, named Thailand’s Best Beach by TripAdvisor users for many consecutive years, near the southern tip of the island, The Nai Harn offers 120 luxurious guest rooms and suites with panoramic views over the Andaman Sea, a bespoke luxury spa and a stunning pool Rooftop Deck and several first class food and beverage spaces.
Originally launched in 1986 and recently named the Royal Phuket Yacht Club, The Nai Harn has undergone an extensive 18-month remodeling program in 2014 and 2015 during which time it has been closed to restore the legendary resort to the pinnacle of luxury hospitality.