Investors are pretty sure that Phuket’s tourism market, which welcomed over 8 million visitors last year, isn’t going anywhere — and as families increasingly look for non-beach activities to fill their holiday agendas, developers are there to answer the call.
Que Blue Tree Phuket, a 55-acre water park and lagoon destination being built for THB1.3 billion (US$40 million) and set to open in early 2019. The new park is set slightly inland from Phuket’s central west coast in Cherng Talay. The huge complex is bordered by rubber plantations, making it an oasis-in-the-jungle type of vibe. Aside from endless water slides, the complex will have a yoga and Crossfit-equipped gym, full grocery store, 17 restaurants, over 50 retail outlets, and a four-story beach club.
At a press conference this morning, General Manager Michael Ayling said that they will also offer nightly live music and dance performances in an amphitheater, plus street performers, food trucks, and a hawker center where guests can try legit Thai street food.
At the center of it will be the Blue Tree Lagoon, a 17,000-square-meter, man-made lagoon that features sandy artificial beaches and wade-in entry. It’s the first man-made freshwater lagoon in Thailand with a special water-filtration system. In addition to swimming, the giant lagoon will offer paddleboarding, pedal boats, kayaks, and snorkeling, with a four-meter depth at its deepest point.
The ocean-mimicking facility, located just miles from the actual ocean, is being built by Crystal Lagoons, a South American company known for water attractions around the world, including Indonesia’s Treasure Bay Bintan and MahaSamutr Country Club in Hua Hin.
They say that their eco-friendly lagoons use 100 times less chemicals than traditional chlorinated pools and that the filtration system in place is low-energy and water efficient.
The water attractions on offer will include Slip n’ Fly, their water slide park that offers slides for those that love adrenaline as well as those wanting a more gentle ride, a kids water park, and landscaped water slides that feed into the lagoon.
Non-water attractions include rock wall climbing, trampolines, go-carts, cliff jumping, zorbing, a flying trapeze, and full circus school. After dark, the beach club offers cocktails, live bands, DJs, and dancing at the beach club, where guests can enjoy nighttime views of the lit-from-below lagoon.
The retail area is designed in the style of Phuket Town’s historic and loveable Sino-Portuguese architecture with brightly colored facades, old-fashioned shutters, ornate molding, and multi-patterned tile work.
The complex does not include accommodation but there are several hotels nearby. Though prices are not yet finalized, full access to the attractions for one day will be about THB1,000 (US$30), while entry to just the lagoon will be about THB300 (US$9) and access to the lagoons and slides will be about THB500 (US$15).
The park will be open from 7am until midnight daily and can accommodate over 10,000 people per day.