Friday, March 20, 2015

“Freedom To Live” The largest Pride Celebration in Southeast Asia is in Phuket

April 19 to 26, 2015

The eight days of celebrations and community events are organized and planned by Phuket Loves You Club (PLU) whose goals are to increase the awareness of HIV/AIDS in the local Thai Phuket Community and to work towards full equality for the local LGBT communities.  Phuket is the Pearl of the Andaman Sea and this will be Phuket’s Pride’s 15th year.

Throughout the week, there will be fun spirited competitions such as the popular Pool Tournament held at Sundowners Bar, and the famous Beach Volleyball Contest held at the Gay Beach in Patong where many of the local Thai boys will demonstrate their talents.

For the past three years, CC’s Hideaway Hotel has been in the front of this celebration by hosting the opening party. They have had fire dancers, cabaret shows, GoGo Boys, mermaids, sexy dancers, live bands and plenty more.

Last year’s theme “A Gay Circus in Paradise” was truly amazing – there were snake charmers, jugglers, fire dancers, circus clowns, two cabaret shows from Paradise Soi, it was the WOW event for Pride 2014.

For 2015, they will be hosting the first ever, Phuket Pride Talent Showcase “StarGazer”. Besides being crowned the winner of this exciting contest, the winner will walk away with over 20,000 baht in prize money. There will also be prizes in the form of cash and rooms nights at CC’s Hideaway.  There will be a DJ, light show, full bar, an amazing Thai buffet as well as one of the premier cabaret shows from Patong plus other live entertainment.

Now if you are looking for sun, sea and sand, the day trip to Racha Island maybe be up your alley.  This will be the fourth year that this event has been organized and each year it has gotten bigger and better.  It’s also a great way to meet many of the visitors.

Besides working for a healthier community, PLU is striving to fight for equality in Thailand.  To help address the social stigma associated with being LGBT, they will be putting the face of their diverse community out to the broader community.  Working with Jungceylon Shopping Mall, there will be a photo exhibit “All Love is Equal.”   This exhibit will be shown in the center area from April 20th to 26th.

They will hold a contest for Mr. Phuket Pride. Over 12 young men from all parts of the world entered last year’s contest.  Last year this contest was held at CC’s Hideaway and it was a great success.  This year the contest will be held at Andaman Embrace Hotel located in Patong and is promised to be the biggest Pride Party yet.

Not to be undone, this year for the first time on Thursday, April 23rd there will be a Beautiful Lady/Sexy Man Contest where ladies will slowly change into young men.  This will be an eye opening event that shows all men that there is that secret women inside just dying to come out.   This will be the main event and will be hosted by PLU at CC’s Hideaway Hotel.  The prizes for this contest are most popular contestant 2,000THB, First Place 10,000THB, Second Place 5,000THB and Third Place 2,500THB

One of the high points of the week will be the Phuket Pride Gala Dinner.  This year the dinner and party will be held at the Novotel Resort Phuket Vintage Park.  There will be fabulous entertainment, wonderful food and a wide selection of items to bid on for the oral and silent auctions.

The final day of the celebration will be held in Paradise at one of the major bars where the annual Tea Dance will be held.

CC’s Hideaway Hotel is offering an incredible package during Pride you should check-out:

With prices so low for a full week of fun, it may be time to cash in on all the airline miles you've been saving.

Friday, March 13, 2015

CC’s Hideaway Hotel: Your Homo-hideaway in Thailand!

CCs Hideaway Hotel is an active member of the LGBT community in Phuket raising money to help the work of PLU (Phuket Loves You Club which is Phukets Leading LGBT charitable fundraising organization). CCs provides a safe and welcoming environment for its LGBT visitors and employees.   There is a palpable commitment at CCs to provide LGBT guests a high quality experience.   It is not just corporate sloganeering but rather a matter of mindful purposeafulness.

CCs LGBT Credits

Its owners, many employees and most of its management team are LGBT themselves.  Rated as one of the top 10 Gay Friendly hotels in the world by the Gay Star News in 2013, CCs is the real deal in attending to the needs of its clientele, staff and community. CCs is an IGLTA (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association) member. For the past two years, CCs Hideaway has been voted the best accommodation in Phuket by the leading Gay Publication in Thailand “Out in Thailand.”  Always a proud sponsor of Phuket Pride, CCs is going all out in making sure this years Phuket Pride (April 19-April 26) is awesome.  They are “OUT” and proud!

CCs Industry Track record

In 2014 Expedia published the following special rating:
The 2014 list names only 650 hotels as Insiders’ Select hotels from among the more than 290,000 bookable properties available on Expedia, Inc. websites worldwide. CC's Hideaway is the only one hotel from Phuket in this list. 
Since 2010, CCs Hideaway has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor and is currently ranked #8 of 72 hotels in Karon.  All its staff, owners and management team are committed to providing an excellent service to its guests.  But really most of this just comes down to how wonderful and warm their staff is.

The CCs Experience

As per its website:
CCs is a 42 room luxury full service hotel nestled in the lush hills of Karon overlooking the Andaman Sea and provides easy access to 3 of Phukets finest beaches: Kata Noi, Kata and Karon.  CCs Hideaway offers a unique combination of breathtaking views and modern accommodations infused with traditional and authentic Thai furnishings. 

More simply, CCs is an artsy oasis for guests seeking a relaxing holiday. Enjoy your excursions in Phuket and its surrounding islands and then come back each day to the tranquility that CCs provides.  For those looking to have health conscious holidays, they offer Yoga retreats and wellness holiday packages and they have a restaurant that offers an extensive menu of Western and Thai food.  

Phuket as delivered by CCs

CCs offers transportation and concierge services to help you to experience the things you choose to.  Whether it is a visit to a traditional outdoor night market, the Big Buddha, a National Park or a diving excursion, they can help.  Their concierges try out the excursions they sell, so over the years they have carefully sifted through the operators that provide quality and safe services for a good value.

Meet some of the CCs Team in Los Angeles?

Reaching out beyond Phuket, its management team will be venturing out to West Hollywood, Los Angeles California to promote CCs at the Global LGBT Travel Show on April 11 from 12:00 to 4:30 pm at the West Hollywood Park (647 N San Vicente Blvd).  Free admission. 

CCs Environmental Awareness

They are also very environmentally responsible. They have a water catchment system to collect rainwater to reduce the burden on the ever diminishing water table.  They have solar water heaters that conserve the amount of electricity used. They have energy efficient light bulbs, a salt water swimming pool and a water management system that recycles and cleans shower water (white water) for re-use in the toilets.  And of course, they are always working to improve things and hope to have a solar system that generates much of their electricity over the next two years.

Community Participation

There is a lot to be said about what they do besides supporting the LGBT community.  There was a great tsunami that devastated parts of Asia in December 26, 2004 and it was featured in the movie The Impossible.  CCs has worked to support the work of a local expat filmmaker Mike Thomas.  He made a much earlier documentary version of the The Impossible called Living with the Tiger and recently did a 10 year follow-up documentary on some of the families in fishing villages impacted called Silent Waters  CCs held the world premier for this film.  Also related to the Tsunami they actively support an organization that helped looked after area dogs that were displaced as a result. 

Now go have a look at CCs for yourself!