Swiss born from a family of hoteliers, Richard perpetuated the family tradition in South East Asia. With 28 years’ experience in the hotel industry mostly in South East Asia and a separate 4 years as Director of sales for a multi-million US company based in Asia and in Europe, he has acquired an extensive experience and knowledge in managing hotels and resorts, golf resorts, wellness centres and high-end luxury properties in Asia. His last assignment was Group Director of Operations in Vietnam for the well-known chain of exclusive properties, Fusion Resorts & Suites, previously he was General Manager for 2 properties operated by U Hotels & Resorts in Phuket. Richard is a hands on professional with a keen eye for detail and a passion for creating memorable guest experiences. He speaks fluently English, German, French, Italian and Thai….and at times, late at night, gibberish and English with all sorts of accents. He is a proud father of two girls, Malou and Camille, both living in Denmark and a devoted husband to his wife, Khun Phitchayaporn (Gee), who works in the same industry but on Phuket island.
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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.
Originally from Italy, Fabio has worked for some fantastic companies in some incredible locations including Swissotel Beijing, Twinpalms Phuket, Grand Hyatt Jakarta, Intercontinental Saigon, Banyan Tree Phuket and the Grand Hyatt Beijing. Fabio is a food and beverage expert and thrives on creating exciting guest experiences. In his role as Resort Manager, Fabio directly oversees all guest experiences and services, food and beverage, reservations, villa operations, housekeeping and estate security. Fabio lives down the road from Samujana with his wife, Sandra and 7 year old daughter, Leah.
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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 .
Khun Kiriwipa Wongwai (Noon)
Awarded Manager of the Year 2016 Noon started as Villa manager, thru her dedication to work and eye for the details, she was given the opportunity to join the reservation department. She worked her way up to Assistant Reservations Manager and recently was promoted as Reservations Manager. Her job is to ensure that our guests receive fantastic customer service and that we capture every single detail relevant to their stay. This then enables her team and herself to exceed expectations and ensure our guests experience is the ‘best’ when staying with us at Samujana. Noon enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading books and trendy magazines, sampling local delicacies and loves dancing.
Noon's contact is .
Khun Yanyong Tumboon (Oh)
Previously with the prestigious Aman Group based in Phuket, his home town, Khun Oh opted for the smaller island of Samui, joining the Samujana team. Khun Oh is the financial GURU ‘par excellence’, funny, cool with a Zen attitude, assertive, he does not take NO for an answer, numbers have no secrets for him. His slogan is “a debt paid is a friend kept” and he shall stick to his guns. Khun Oh, enjoys travelling and discovering the world, riding motorbikes, reading novels and spending time with his wife, two daughters and one son on Phuket.
Khun Oh's contact is .
Director of Engineering
Malaysian born, Boniface aka. Boni is Samujana’s McGyver – He has an extraordinary knack for unconventional problem solving and an extensive bank of scientific knowledge to solve any problems with a Zen attitude. Boni has travelled extensively in South East Asia from Maldives to Seychelles within some of the most prestigious luxury resort brands such as Six Senses & Banyan Tree. An eye for the details, a strong customer service mind-set, an acumen for finance makes him the right person for the job. Boni enjoys playing golf, going to the beach, spending quality time with his family and is an avid aficionado of lager and cider (the colder the better).
Boni's contact is .
Khun Ranathda Wongwutthito
Fresh on the Samujana Team, 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 Malin Kosaiyakanon (Nan)
Human Resources Manager
Khun Nan is the mother of our team and is always available to offer a helping hand, visit a sick team member in hospital, support local charities and organisations and handle all staff recruitment and training. Since joining Samujana in March 2013, Khun Nan has been instrumental in developing the Samujana culture as well as growing the Samujana team. As only good HR Managers can, Khun Nan always leads by example and is a mentor and leader within the community.
Khun Nan's contact is .
Khun Nisarat Wongchan (Nicky)
Guest Experience Supervisor
Nicky started as the personal assistant to the General Manager. Having acquired all the knowledge necessary in her domain, she took on the challenge to move forward as Guest experience Supervisor, her duty consists in leading the team of Villa Managers and replying daily to all guests and villa owner inquiries. She coordinates all the transfers, activities, food and beverage and/or any other requirements to meet our valued guests expectations. 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 Theanthun (Tang)
Manager of the Year 2015 - Guest Experience Manager
Khun Tang is our Experiences Manager and ensures that all guest experiences and adventures are well organised. Since starting as a junior Villa Manager in mid-2013, Khun Tang has worked her way up to Assistant Operations Manager and is now our Guest Experience Manager. Khun Tang is energetic, enthusiastic and a real go-getter and we are so proud to have her as part of the Samujana team.
Khun Tang's contact is .