The five-star Centara Grand Modus Resort Pattaya soft-opened on 1 December 2013, welcoming as its first guests Privy Councillor Mom Rajawongse Thepkamol Devakula and his wife Khunying Kwanta Devakula.
His Excellency Mom Rajawongse Thepkamol Devakula is a former Thai Ambassador to France, has served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was a member of the Senate before being appointed to the Privy Council.
The resort, the third property under the premium Grand brand of Centara Hotels & Resorts, is located on the bay neighbouring the Sanctuary of Truth, one of Pattaya's most famous landmarks.
The exterior and interior design is the work of celebrated Thai architect Ratchavit Namthep, who has taken an abstract vision of an ocean-going liner for the exterior, and for the interiors has utilised a bold combination by maintaining the industrial character of the building's natural finishes while blending elements from the classical past.
Furnishings include antique wooden tables, club-style leather sofas and chairs, nautical objects and fittings, vintage detailing, and elements from the ancient world.
"Exploring the design of our resort is rather like a voyage of discovery," says general manager Panas Jureeratana. "This is completely unlike any other resort hotel in Thailand, and in design terms the only thing you can expect is the unexpected. "We believe that this highly creative approach launches a whole new era in resort design for Pattaya."
Another major factor for the resort is that it is one of the few in Pattaya that are directly on the beach, occupying a bay that is closed off by rocky headlands from the other parts of Wong Amat Beach, lending a feeling of privacy and exclusivity to the resort.
There is a choice of 252 guestrooms. The 122 one, two-bedroom suites and penthouses are designed in an elegant, lofty fashion and offer ample living space, while the spacious Deluxe Family Residences include a children’s area with bunk beds and an airy living room offering self-catering facilities and excellent ocean views.
There are three swimming pools with a children's pool, a Spa Cenvaree, a fitness centre, and a Kids' Club with separate zones for the young ones and the teens.
Dining facilities include Modus Bistro, designed in trattoria style and serving Italian cuisine along with Asian and international favourites, while Breeze Beach Club is a versatile dining venue that serves comfort food during the day and becomes a lively beach club in the evenings.
Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 43 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 18 resorts in the Maldives, Vietnam, Shanghai, Bali Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Mauritius Indian Ocean, Ethiopia brings the present total to 61 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs. Centara operates 27 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand’s most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with its newly launched value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travellers. The company’s Kids’ Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens are taken care of. Centara Hotels & Resorts also operates three state-of-the-art convention centres in Bangkok, and two in northeastern Thailand, one being located in Udon Thani and the other in Khon Kaen. The latest Centara brand is named COSI Hotels, an economy brand designed for travellers who predominantly make their bookings via the internet and who want comfort and convenience at the most friendly prices available, which is under development with the first property due to open in 2015.