MIRA

RESIDENT MANAGER

My name is Mira and I am the Resident Manager at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa living and working on the beautiful tropical island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. I grew up near Tübingen, in the south of Germany, where I found my passion for the hospitality industry with a part-time job in a well-known Fine Dining Restaurant.

From there, I travelled and worked in Costa Rica, Panama, Spain and South Africa and in 2010 I began my Management Training Program at the 5-Star Vila Vita Hotel Rosenpark in Marburg, Germany. Educated at the Ravensburg University of Cooperative Education with a Bachelor Degree in Hotel Management, I joined The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai in 2013 where I worked for over three years and led a team of more than 500 employees.

Following my dream and professional ambition of living and working in Southeast Asia, I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to join the Zazen Family. The resort is a beautiful and intimate oasis with its attention to detail and very personal touch. With the team, we will together continually strive to create unique and memorable experiences for our guests.

I will be delighted to welcome you soon in our lovely resort and to ensure a very special stay with us. Please feel free to contact me anytime at [email protected]

AME

SALES MANAGER

Hi, my name is Ame. I come from the Pattani province in Thailand. I received my degree in Education Technology from Prince of Songkhla University and then tried a few things before joining Zazen working in domestic distribution for Sahafarm, and then becoming a nun (for a short time).

I love working in the hospitality service because its a pleasure to provide good service and to see people happy. As a Sales I spend lots of time in direct correspondence with you, our guests, with the responsibilities of the reservations department and front office.

Send me an e-mail. I would love to take care of your reservation or to help you organize your holiday in samui.

Don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected] I would be happy to answer your email.

TIFFANY

ASSISTANT SALES MANAGER & WEDDING PLANNER

My name is Tiffany, a Taiwanese girl who aims to be a globetrotter and has strong passion in the hospitality industry.

Working at Zazen is my very first job after graduating from Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland. Prior to that, I had quite extensive experience in the industry from a concierge trainee at InterContinental Resort in Bora Bora to an event coordinator in a hospitality consulting firm in Beijing and etc. In my spare time at school, I also participated in organizing several events which further determined my interests to become an event and wedding planner.

Having been through many countries, I was honored to witness numerous romantic occasions that inspire me to assist others to realize their unforgettable ones. Therefore, I am more than delighted to create a once-in-a-lifetime moment with you and your beloved ones. Should you have any questions or enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact me via [email protected]

RYAD

FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGER

Hello! My name is Ryad. I was born and raised in Algiers in Algeria. I have fallen in love with food from a very young age.

Likewise to many Mediterranean countries food plays a central role in daily life in Algeria bringing family and friends together. My grandfather made this passion to food his profession and became a Chef in Algiers where he owned a restaurant with 2 Michelin stars. I share his passion.

I find sharing a good meal in a pleasant atmosphere is one of the most enjoyable things in life. Therefore after getting my French baccalaureate I left Algiers and went to study in Vatel hotel school in Nimes in France for three years. I had the chance to start my profession in the South of France, the Royal Riviera Hotel and The Majestic Cannes Barriere Hotel. Being a part of the opening team of the Sofitel Sukhumvit in Bangkok was my first great experience within the Food & Beverage area in Thailand.

Before coming back to this beautiful country my ways lead me to England for some years. I graduated with a Master’s degree in international Hotel and Tourism Management from Oxford Brookes University and moved then to London where I worked for the Four Seasons Park Lane. I then went back to my roots in Algiers where I joined Hilton Hotels.

Today I am in this paradise island Koh Samui! I have joined the team last year in October and I will be delighted to welcome you in Zazen to experience our Thai and Western dishes prepared by Chef Kul.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]

Trakulsak Yaoyuan (Chef Kul)

Executive Chef

Chef Kul has been a professional chef for more than 25 years and has extensive experience in senior positions is some of the most prestigious resorts and restaurants on Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Krabi. An expert in regional Thai cuisine and international cuisines, his culinary journey began long before he set foot in a professional kitchen.

“My father was a chef and my passion for Thai cuisine began as a young boy, helping my dad prepare family meals. I was mesmerized by the aromas and flavours he could create from seemingly simple locally produced ingredients and I knew then that this was something I very much wanted to know more about. With my father’s guidance I created and cooked my first family meal at the age of nine and I’ve never stopped learning about or loving food ever since.”

Chef Kul has previously worked at Zazen as the Executive Sous Chef and was thrilled to be invited back when the position of Executive Chef became vacant recently. “I very much enjoyed my time at Zazen before and I particularly love the friendly, family ambience of the team at Zazen and everyone’s desire to excel and be the very best for all of our guests. I have a terrific brigade of chefs in the kitchen and over the coming weeks and months we’ll be creating brand new dishes and menu concepts and we can’t wait to showcase them to all of the wonderful guests who come to Zazen each year.”

 

Don’t hesitate to contact him at [email protected]com he will be happy to create a mouth-watering culinary experience for you.

ELL

ASSISTANT SALES & MARKETING MANAGER

Sawadee Ka,

My name is Ell. I am from the South of Thailand. I had started to learn hospitality at the young age of 19 and since then have worked in several hotels first in Phuket.

Upon a visit to Koh Samui in 2004, I soon fell in love with the life here and truly felt the attraction of this tropical island. Even after working in Reception and Reservations department for different hotels in Koh Samui over the past ten years, I’m still excited about my job in this industry.

At present, I am in charge of the Sales & Marketing Department at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, which brings new experiences everyday as I discover the challenge of working with the Boutique Style hotel. At the same time, there are many chances to have a good time and enjoy the work at Zazen.

I can’t wait to organize your next relaxing holiday with us at Zazen. Don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected] for any inquiries or bookings.

NOK

ASSISTANT FRONT OFFICE MANAGER

Hello! My name is Nok, and I come from Phetchabun in the North of Thailand.

I have always been passionate by the tourism industry, and have decided early that I would study Tourism and Hospitality. I went on and studied in the International School of Tourism Suratthani Rajabhat University.

To complete my knowledge on tourism, I travelled around Thailand for a little while, and ended up in Koh Samui, where I decided to start looking for a job. I began working in small restaurants to gain experience and learn about the job industry hands-on. When I started to work at Zazen, I was the cashier for both the restaurant and the front office, as both outlets were at the same place. This is how I learned my job as a receptionist and decided to follow this path.

Today, I am thrilled to make each and every one of you, our lovely guests, happy to stay at Zazen, and I am proud to be part of your holiday experience.

FON

SPA MANAGER

Hello! My name is Fon and I come from Suratthani. I studied and graduated from Dhurakij Pundit University in Bangkok for hotel management.

I was always attracted by the Spa universe, as I have always loved pampering people around me. This is why it was self-evident that my first job would be spa related. I started to work in a hotel in Phuket as a Spa receptionist and took 2 years to learn and increase my knowledge on Spa and Spa organization and management. Thanks to my hard work and whole-hearted motivation, I got promoted to assistant Spa manager and then promoted again to Spa manager within the same hotel.

This year, I decided to move to Koh Samui to get closer to my hometown and family, and I am happy to be here.

I feel good every time I can help someone find their ideal treatment because I want to make their experience in Le Spa Zen the most special.

TI

MANAGING DIRECTOR

I’m a Koh Samui girl, born and raised, and the youngest of nine siblings! I attended the Local University and finished with a degree in Marketing.

After that, I did in-house training at the airport as part of the ground staff for two months.

When I was 26 years old, my fiancé Alexander Andries and I, took over Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa from my father. We gave the resort its name, and continue to invest our energy in constantly improving Zazens service and outlook.

The resort allows me to express myself artistically. When I met Alex, I was running a small boutique in my fathers house in Bophut village, selling pieces of art, decoration and Buddhist artifacts which I discovered from the northern part of Thailand, Bali and Burma. The boutique at Zazen is an extension of this hobby.

Zazen is very much part of who I am. This used to be my playground! I saw my parents, brothers and sisters taking care of the first tourists and backpackers, and I wanted to do the same. I gave my heart to Zazen and am still very active in the resort.

Im now the owner and executive director in charge of the whole organization of the hotel, and am proud to have designed the room interiors as well as the gardens at Zazen. Im responsible for those small beloved details that make Zazen what it is today.

Don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected] , I would be happy to answer your mail.

ALEX

MANAGING DIRECTOR

I was born in Brussels, but was conceived in Kinshasa, Congo, Africa, where my parents lived for 4 years! My mum, Jane White, is from England. She traveled a lot in the US and met my father, Christian Andries, in Brussels. He is Belgian and at that time had just come back from a two year trip to Australia. Together, they lived in Africa before returning back to Brussels. Because of all the traveling and mixed nationalities of my parents, our house was always full of friends from all around. I remember that this was a feeling that I really loved – having the chance to meet all these people. I guess that this was the time when I had the first privilege of welcoming people – the beginning of feelings that would lead me to the hospitality industry. I apparently told my parents that when I was older, I would also travel.

After finishing high school in Belgium, I went to Tyler, Texas with the Rotary Club to do another senior year and to discover America, its culture and people. I then went back to Brussels, studied Tourism & Hotel Management at the Institut Arthur Haulot and did an internship in at the Hillsboro airport next to Portland, Oregon, USA.

I graduated in September 97 and left for Thailand in October 97 as a Representative for the Belgian Tour Operator BEST tours. After spending 6 months in Bangkok, I got the chance to reopen the destination of Koh Samui for BEST tours. I used to welcome guests at the airport, visit them in 12 different hotels all around the island and made sure that they all enjoyed a nice holiday. After 2 months, I met Ti, who had a small boutique in Bophut village. We fell in love. I convinced Tis father to trust me, and we got engaged. From that moment on, I knew I wasnt going to go back to live in Belgium. Two years later her father suggested we take over the family guest house and since then Ti and I have put all our energy and love into Zazen, welcoming guests on holiday to discover the beautiful island of Koh Samui and the friendliness of its inhabitants.

I hope that Ti and I will be able to welcome you soon to our home and that you too will fall in love with Zazen and Koh Samui.

Dont hesitate to contact me at [email protected] , I would be happy to answer your mail.