BANGKOK, 14 May 2014 -Whisgars premier whisky and cigar bar is to open its first Thai island location in Koh Samui, at the famously hip Mediterranean-style Beach Republic, right on beautiful Lamai Beach – the island’s “self-contained luxury destination” of choice for guests seeking stunning ocean views, deluxe accommodation and now the best beachside whiskies and cigars on Earth.
Whisgars Tasting Room at Beach Republic, due to open around May 2014, will offer a boutique cigar and whisky lounge area with opulent indoor seating for just 10 persons in addition to the bar at the ocean club. It will present the entire range of Whisgars’ single cask Scotch and international whisky collections, plus one of Asia’s finest hand-selected cigar ranges.
Eddy Guerra, Vice President for ChindAsia Capital Partners Limited, the investment group behind Whisgars, said, “ChindAsia has successfully launched the first Whisgars premier whisky and cigar club in Asia in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok, and is now looking to grow the brand very quickly by engaging with suitable luxury operators in hospitality, food and beverage markets. Beach Republic is a great location for us as it puts us in touch with discerning luxury travellers craving the ‘best of everything,’ and that is what Whisgars aims to deliver in our unmatched cigar and whisky collections.”
Tim Dean-Smith, Chairman & CEO of Republic Group Holdings, the parent company of Beach Republic, said, “There are great brand synergies between Whisgars and Beach Republic – we each combine hip and quality offerings brought together for the enjoyment of our discerning and affluent audiences. We are looking forward to expanding through Asia and beyond with the Whisgars team as we roll out the Republic Group family of brands.”
The new Beach Republic Samui location also puts ChindAsia in an excellent position to supply hotels and clubs on the island with their own distributor stocks of “in-house” and exclusive bottlings, as ChindAsia is a very large buyer of cigar and whisky products in its own right. Cigar sales in Asia are increasing by 18% per annum; single malt whisky sales in Asia are increasing by 21% per annum – this is seen as the perfect time for the ChindAsia investment company to begin rolling out its unique Whisgars concept to luxury South-east Asian travel destinations.
About ChindAsia Capital Partners Limited
ChindAsia stands for China, India and Asia; a reflection of the group’s expanding operations for private clubs around the Asia Pacific and Middle East region, along with a variety of specialized whisky and cigar bars.
ChindAsia’s management team has considerable experience in developing distribution channels in Asia, with previous years spent in the Venture Capital and Management business creating and growing start-up companies. All members of the management are avid cigar aficionados, single malt lovers and entrepreneurs in their own right.
ChindAsia’s objectives are to create high-end member-only clubs in multiple urban markets catering to the affluent and influential elite, without the “snob appeal,” and to create “whisky & cigar” bars around the region, which are open to the public. Additionally, ChindAsia continues its region-wide expansion in the distribution of whisky and cigars.
About Republic Group Holdings
Founded by British investor and real-estate developer Tim Dean-Smith, Republic Group Holdings is the parent company of Beach Republic. Opened In December 2007, Beach Republic is Thailand’s original premier ocean club and resort.
Beach Republic stands apart from the crowd with a unique feel and culture of its very own, styled as an independent state. Marrying a contemporary and hip Mediterranean beach lifestyle with a twist of irreverent fun, Beach Republic is instantly sexy, sophisticated, and cosmopolitan.
The resort accommodation at Beach Republic ranges from luxuriously appointed and generously sized 55 sq. m. Club Suites, up to 1, 2 and bedroom Private Pool Villas and stunning 230 sq. m. 2 bedroom Private Pool Penthouses with panoramic ocean views.
Republic Group is launching the sister brands to Beach Republic across Asia and beyond, including Snow Republic TM and City State TM which will extend the group’s presence into the winter sports and urban markets respectively.
For ChindAsia Lifestyle Group Information visit:
Vivaldi Public Relations
Mobile: +66 (0) 89797 0181
Office: +66 (0) 2 612 2253 ext 106
Fax: +66 (0) 2 612 2254
(Nate) Janeen Lyons
Vivaldi Public Relations
Mobile: +66 (0) 81646 6332
Office: +66 (0) 2 612 2253 ext 105
Fax: +66 (0) 2 612 2254
For Republic Group Holdings and Beach Republic information visit:
www.RepublicGroupHoldings.com and www.BeachRepublic.com
Republic Group Holdings
Office: +66 (0) 2656 7116
Fax: +66 (0) 2656 7117