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Pattaya Welcomes Café Del Mar As Thai Resort Gears Up For Massive Investment Inflow, Tourism Boost

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Ibiza’s famed beach club Café del Mar will soon showcase its distinct lifestyle brand in Thailand. Resort city Pattaya will have a taste of Spanish-style premium entertainment flavour starting in September, the latest in the string of indicators that the popular beach is wide open for big business and massive tourist arrivals.

Known for its “premium dining and bar experiences plus world class music and entertainment,” Café del Mar in Pattaya is expected to unleash the same touch of “relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle,” that was started in the 1980s. The latest addition to the Café del Mar franchise, according to local owner Vongbhum Vanasin, will serve as an oasis from the usual Thai holiday destinations.

“Our ocean front beach club will be like no other in the area … The quality of service and Café del Mar signature touches will make guests want to come back time and time again. We are really excited to be opening our doors in the coming months and look forward to welcoming guests from around the world,” the club operator was reported by Pattaya People as saying.

The Ibizan Way Of Life Comes To Thailand

Café del Mar Pattaya will boast of a 200-seater restaurant for outdoor and indoor dining that accentuates luxurious beach lifestyle. But the club’s full features and functionalities, which includes fours bars, casual dining and an infinity pool, is able to accommodate up to 1500 guests at any given time.

They, like in other Café del Mar versions, will be served of the marquee Ibiza clubbing experience, mainly characterised by “sharing plates, pasta, wood fired pizza, meat and seafood dishes.”

In Pattaya, as seen and lived by many in Ibiza, “visitors can watch the spectacular sunsets while listening to the iconic chill out sound of Café del Mar music,” per the club’s official site. This is afforded by the club’s signature design of having a ready access to the beach.

And in keeping with the established Café del Mar brand, the club in Pattaya will stage a grand opening – “a full scale music event with international DJs, a spectacular light show and live performances from international dancers.” The event is scheduled on November.

Revitalising Pattaya

Café del Mar coming to Pattaya is another of the torrents of encouraging signs that the beach destination is rising further and will compete with more popular tourist spots – like Phuket also in Thailand and Bali in Indonesia – in equal terms.

In a report, Nikkei said Pattaya will stand to directly benefit from the Thai government’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) special economic zone program. The ambitious thrust will pour some $45 billion of investments into the region, funding to enhance the area’s connectivity.

Through the EEC initiative, new airports, deep-sea ports, high-speed railways and roads will be constructed “that will make Pattaya the heart of the eastern cities,” the report said. The aim chiefly is to revitalise even more a region that is already brimming with huge business opportunities, and driven in large part by the tourism industry.

Nikkei said in 2017 alone, nearly 36 million tourists travelled to Thailand and about 30 percent of which ended up heading to Pattaya. With the planned EEC connectivity undertakings, the city will soon feature affordable commuting options that will make it more competitive against Phuket or Koh Samui.

Authorities have envisioned that with airports and high-speed train networks interlinked, Pattaya will be a natural draw for millions more of foreign visitors, which for Thailand will translate to tourism and revenue boosts.