John brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, especially in Food and Beverage Management. John has worked within different International and private companies all over the world, including the Royal Mougin Golf Club, Constance group in Seychelles, Saint James Club in London, Royal Golf Club Bahrain, Six Senses and recently Belmond with 5 years as General Manager.John speaks fluently English, French, and Italian. He loves spending his time together with his lovely daughters Lalita and Peng and wife Ratchana. Confirmed archery teacher.
John's contact is .
Gary Fell completed his postgraduate studies in 1994 in London at the University College Bartlett School of Architecture. After being shortlisted from 2,500 entries for the Cardiff Opera House competition, he was asked to work on Four Seasons Sayan (Bali), in 1996. This job moved him in to the Southeast Asia region.Upon completion of this project he established his own architectural company, Gfab Architects in 1999. Gary has now become one of Asia’s most sought after designers, heading a company of over 30 architects, working on a range of projects from hotels and resorts to bespoke residences, from international schools to residential towers and condominiums.Gfab has won several awards regionally such as CNBC ‘Best Development in Asia’ and another development won ‘Best Villa in Bali’ by The Yak magazine, and his work on Samujana won him a ‘Best Architectural Asia Property Award’. His unique style and passion for open spaces is most evident in his work at Samujana.
Director of Sales
Originally from the UK working mainly in London, Karen has now been settled into island life for 2 years. Karen gets her biggest kicks from making sales and nurturing relationships with her much beloved clients. Being driven by results and the ability to be creative is key for a Director of Sales and working closely with the Reservations team is vital to ensure success. In her spare time Karen likes to relax at the beach, travel and spend time with friends and family.
Karen's contact is .
After developing a great reputation on Samui for his past ventures locally, such as Rock Salt, Sea Salt and Rock Pool, David recently returned to London where he worked at 2 Michelin starred - Dinner By Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental in London. Whilst in the UK David also staged at 2 Michelin Star Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons in Oxfordshire upon invitation from Chef Raymond Blanc OBE.Now he has returned to Samui and joined us here at Samujana. The pairing of David’s culinary creativity and ambitious drive, with the breathtaking beauty and luxury of Samujana is the perfect match. David also owns Toast Samui, a wedding and events catering company that works with the islands wedding planners, yachts and tours and has managed large scale catering for international TV and film shoots on Samui.
David speaks Thai fluently, has UK certificates in food hygiene, first aid, is a certified dive-master and purely for the sake of satisfying his fathers perseverance, has degrees in Anthropology and Music.
David's contact is .
Khun Rapeepohn Jamprapai (Nui)
Fresh on the Samujana Team, Nui is a Samui native. Breaking the urban legend that accounting is boring, she is the new generation of Financial Controllers that are fun to be around. Acute, precise and friendly, Nui can answer instantly at any questions thrown at her in a blink of an eye with a hint of humour or spiciness if needed. Her background and forte in both the hotel business and estate property made her the best candidate for the job. Nui loves travelling around Thailand, playing badminton, meeting people, eating food but most importantly she loves being with her family.
Khun Nui's contact is .
Khun Parichart Patchoo (Paris)
Reservation & Revenue Distribution / E-Commerce Manager
Fresh on the Samujana team, Paris started her career at Royal Orchid Sheraton BKK as Guest Service Operator and later moved into the Reservation department. After 14 years of loyal services, she decided to move to Phuket as part of the pre-opening team of Westin Siray Bay Phuket, from there, thirsty of knowledge, she joined prestigious branded hotels such as Four Points, Anantara, The Sarojin, Sri Panwa, Amari & Vogue Resort and her last assignment before joining Samujana, was Revenue & E-Commerce Manager at The Slate (formerly Indigo Pearl in Phuket). Paris is passionate about numbers and she loves playing around with figures to see an incremental impact on the revenue. In her relaxing time, she reads detective novels and loves gardening.
Khun Paris''s contact is .
Khun Praphat Kantamat (Kob)
Kob has a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology and has been working in the hospitality sector since 2003, working with many 5-star hotels in management and non-management positions.He started his career as technician for a 200 room key hotel then moved to the Amari in Changmai in the same position, where he remained for 6 years - taking advantage of a change of location. Since then Kob moved back to Samui to join Banyan Tree’s pre-opening team, held the role for Assistant Chief Engineer at Vanabelle Samui then moved to another resort as Chief Engineer. When Imperial Samui rebranded to Sheraton he was offered and held that Chief Engineer role for 3 years, and in November 2017 joined as here at Samujana as Chief Engineer,Kob loves motorbike riding and being outside in nature, but takes a very close interest on technology innovations and advances.
Praphat's contact is .
Khun Ranathda Wongwutthito (Oa)
Khun Oa comes with a good background and experience in construction project and properties management. Highly motivated and extremely resourceful, She is a go-getter who thrives on delivering results. She is invaluable at Samujana and works tirelessly to ensure that all villas are in tip-top shape at all times and that all villa owners are delighted with the upkeep of their villas. Khun Oa is a problem solver and proud mother of 2x girls (Panya and Chicha). Khun Oa enjoys travelling by car and discovering hidden parts of Thailand, eating out and shopping.
Oa's contact is .
Khun Nisarat Wongchan (Nicky)
Personal Assistant to the GM
Nicky is the Personal Assistant to the GM. Khun Nicky is always smiling and ready to help guests and fellow colleagues.Nicky likes to play badminton, snooker (especially when she can beat the General Manager) and spending time with friends and family.
Khun Nicky's contact is .
Khun Supaporn Theangthum (Tang)
Operations Manager – Villa Manager Guru
Khun Tang started as a junior Villa Manager in mid-2013, she has worked her way up to Assistant Operations Manager, Guest Experience Manager and newly promoted to Operations Manager which makes her the GURU of all the Villa managers on the estate. Tang and her dedicated team of villa managers and villa maids is responsible to ensure that all our guests enjoy a great time whilst staying with us. Their motto is: “The ability to constantly and consistently exceed the customer's expectations” - She is energetic, enthusiastic and a real doer, what you see is what you get. In her relaxing time, she is a dedicated mum, she enjoys visiting her family on the mainland and always on the look of new discoveries and things to do.
Khun Tang's contact is .
Miss Diah Intan Maulidya
Property Sales Manager
Diah is originally from Indonesia but spent half her life in Thailand. With more than 13 years of experience living in the Kingdom, she had the opportunity to master the culture and language which is a plus given the fact that all her co-workers and friends are Thais. Before joining Samujana the first time as Wedding & Event Manager 4 years ago, she acquired her experience in organizing medical conferences in Bangkok for a few years and found her way to Samui as Marketing & Event at Impiana Resort. With her knowledge on Samujana, her kindness, professionalism and customer service mind-set, Diah was given the opportunity to come back as Property Sales Manager in the beginning of 2017. Diah is culinary thrill seeker and loves sampling local food with a preference for clean food, she enjoys watching movies, meeting people and has busy social life.
Diah's contact is .