Heading south for art and salsa

sleep May 31, 2018 12:15

By The Nation

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Luxury resort Pavilions Phuket celebrates the green season with a charity art exhibition, a salsa dance party featuring live Latin music and an exquisite culinary journey to the north of Thailand.

From June 15 to July 30, Brazilian-born, Phuket-based artist Leticia Vaz Marques will showcase her acclaimed “Emotion of the Ocean” exhibition at Firefly Restaurant – the contemporary dining venue and poolside club. 

Inspired by the power of the sea and the pure beauty of Mother Nature, her artworks use a bold yet calming colour palette to create a serene oceanic ambience. The opening night of the exhibition will feature live music and canapes by chef Belinda, while guests will have a chance to purchase some of artworks. 

A percentage of each sale will be donated to the Phuket Hotels Association and its campaign to keep the island’s beaches in pristine condition. The PHA’s next island-wide beach clean-up event is scheduled to take place on September 15 and will coincide with the International Coastal Cleanup Day. 

“We understand that our guests appreciate authentic and engaging cultural experiences that enable them to gain a deeper insight into the destination. Through regular artistic, cultural and culinary offerings, we aim to showcase the creativity and diversity of Thailand and move beyond the typical tourist activities so often served up for visitors,” said Gordon Oldham, founder of The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts. 

To mark the beginning of June, the Firefly is hosting its fourth Havana Salsa Night this Saturday. Guests will lose themselves in Latin America’s vibrant dance culture, with genres including salsa, cha-cha-cha and merengue performed by acclaimed musical duo Roma and Malika. 

Phuket’s famous salsa teacher Luc will also be on the dance floor to offer expert tips and guests can get into the Latin groove with traditional Cuban mojitos, created using Phuket’s own Chalong Bay Rum. 

The Plantation Restaurant is offering the authentic Thai Culinary Series experience through a special Northern set menu, which is priced at Bt1,890 for two. 

Find out more at www.PavilionsHotels.com/phuket.