Affectionately called Khun Jo, Johan D'Hondt is the developer and managing director of the latest addition to the idyllic Bang Tao beach on the northwest coast of Phuket. Johan's years of experience and a profound passion for creating exceptional experiences brought about the new resort. We caught up with the MD of the sparkling Diamond Resort.
I started as the eldest of 3 born in Belgium and raised in a deaf family which explains my very energetic use of body language. This made my early years quite challenging, but in many ways, shaped me into the hard-working and independent person I am today.
I have never allowed anything or anyone to prevent me from achieving my goals. I am an avid traveller and a true lover of all walks of life.
My vision was to create something different and something unique. The rooms and overall layout were designed based on my 40 years of experience travelling the world.
Many plans were adjusted along the way, which resulted in separating the buildings, in then allowing for more light at certain times of the day and airflow throughout to minimise the heat.
Diamonds stand for strength, quality and beauty, just like the way we view and treat our guests.
I've based my life on keeping a healthy mind, a healthy heart and maintaining positive relationships. This balance is essential, and it must start at home. When guests come to Diamond Resort, they are treated like family by everyone, and that is the most important thing.
We are unique in many ways. From having our very own Belgian restaurant with a Belgian Chef to having an honest, caring and welcoming team, we provide our guests with only the very best.
We have taken this issue into significant consideration. We have introduced paper straws, use recycled containers and are in the process of changing from plastic bottles to refillable glass bottles.
This has to be two things; our stunning 52-metre length pool surrounded by palm trees and, of course, our extremely passionate, friendly and professional team.
Attention to detail is critical, along with constant maintenance and upkeep being a vital factor of this stunning resort. As well, being sure to listen to the team and of course the market too, we go with the flow and are always open to new ideas and keeping with current trends.
My beautiful wife, my adoring family and my amazing friends.
Music, laughter, good food, good beer and even better company for building memories for years to come.
Probably better to ask my GM, who comes from Ireland - but that's not his fault.