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Reality TV show filmed here highlights island’s highlife

This year’s entire season of The Apartment Celebrity Edition was filmed at Nikki Beach Hotel and Spa in Phuket. It is the first ever season of The Apartment to be filmed at a luxury hotel development and, as anticipated, included a star-studded celebrity cast.


By Dalia Hilmi

Saturday 20 September 2014, 11:00AM


This luxurious setting for filming will showcase the arresting beauty of Bang Tao’s beach as another less-frequented upscale area of Phuket.

Being the base for a leading regional reality show (being broadcast in 20 territories) will push Phuket into a top destination of choice.

Singapore-based developer Castlewood Group, donated four of their five-star villas to be used over the course of the season.

This new development, set to open in 2015, not only showcases the hotel, but also Phuket as a glamorous and attractive destination, with investment being poured into the region from property developers such as Castlewood Group and Banyan Tree, among others.

The Castlewood Group became the exclusive property partner of Asia’s smash-hit TV show, The Apartment, with their latest installment The Apartment Celebrity Edition, which will debut on StarWorld across more than 20 territories later this year.

This season saw 12 celebrity contestants battling it out to win US$100,000 (B3.2 million) which will be donated to a charity of their choice. The four celebrity teams were each provided with a luxurious villa and had the job of transforming the award-winning villas, within their allocated budget and time-frame.

This season will follow the contestants, through 10 action-packed episodes, design each room of the villa in a quest to impress the judges.

The show, produced by Imagine Group, sees the return of head judge, world-renowned interior designer Laurence-Llewelyn Bowen, award-winning horticulturalist and landscape designer Jamie Durie, colour guru Jeremy Rowe, and ex-model and interior designer Andrea Richard Savage. Andrea Savage has also been a guest judge in the previous season of The Apartment.

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Chris Comer, CEO, Castlewood Group commented: “We are thrilled to be partnering with The Apartment team, Asia’s Number One reality design show. Having a veritable who’s who of Asian and global celebs unleash their creativity to transform our villas into their own unique visions is going to be great to watch, especially in the backdrop of Phuket.

“The region has gone through an almighty transformation as it has developed into a global tourist hub, so we are not only delighted to showcase our flagship project, but also the true beauty of Phuket.

“The new celebrity format and the charity donation was something I personally requested, as our hotel brand is renowned for its celebrity following, while giving back to charity and local communities is something that is very close to my heart.”

Riaz Mehta, President and Founder, Imagine Group, said: “The Apartment has experienced huge growth in Asia Pacific over the years, where the viewership numbers have increased dramatically year-on-year. We are very excited to be collaborating with Castlewood Group and Dulux for this new season and with this cast of celebrity contestants, it will be thrilling viewing that will leave our audiences gasping for more!”

Jeremy Rowe, Managing Director, Decorative Paints, South East and South Asia at AkzoNobel, the manufacturer of Dulux, said: “We have a long-standing partnership with The Apartment from the very first season, and this is the fourth consecutive year that we provide the contestants with access to the latest interior design tools and resources.

“Colour is a powerful tool that can be used to inspire emotions, set the mood and enhance living spaces. As the world’s leading colour authority, we are excited to be a part of The Apartment once again and would like to welcome Castlewood Group to this year’s show. We look forward to helping our celebrity contestants express their personal style and turn their ideas to reality.”

Stay tuned to follow the journey of the contestants through 10 whirlwind episodes and find out which celebrity’s designs win over the judges in The Apartment Celebrity Edition.

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