When Laguna Resorts & Hotels took over the abandoned tin mine at Bangtao Bay in 1984, the site resembled a moonscape. The ground was pockmarked with craters and littered with piles of blackened soil, discarded machinery and ramshackle huts. In 1977 a United Nations Development Plan team surveying Phuket’s tourism prospects, wrote off Bangtao Bay saying it was “too environmentally damaged to have any development potential.”
It took remarkable vision, determination and (then) Phuket’s largest ever single investment to bring this ravaged wasteland back from the dead. Laguna Resorts & Hotels has addressed development as a total concept that includes the environment, culture, heritage, and social and human concerns. And through continued application of these concepts, it has gained worldwide recognition.
Today, the integrated Laguna Phuket destination resort, located on the west coast of Phuket Island, Thailand, spans 1,000 acres of idyllic tropical parkland dotted by scenic lakes and fronting an 8km stretch of the white sandy beaches of Bangtao Bay. It is located just 20 minutes drive from the Phuket International Airport with daily direct flights from several international carriers or an 80 minute domestic flight from Bangkok.