Navigator Sam Ritto helps guests find adventure on the idyllic island of Phuket
Sam Ritto is one of life’s adventurers and gets his kicks from exploring every inch of his native Phuket with his wife and two “angels” – Fifi and Daria. “My wife and I love to travel and discover local places. Now we are married and have two children – but our interest has never changed,” the Navigator says. It is a lucky man that calls the island of Phuket home, and Sam knows it. He remains in awe of his surroundings, from the marine turtles nesting on Maikhao beach to the sight of migratory birds from Siberia overhead each November; the swamps of Pru Jeh Son and the unique local cuisine drawn from Thai, Chinese and Middle-Eastern influences. The Navigator role compels Sam to both share his existing local knowledge and improve upon it. To do so, he diligently scours social media for new developments and is plugged-in to a local network of navigators. Sam is always stoked to see his hard work pay off. “What do I most enjoy about being a Navigator? When guests are excited with my hidden gems; get a chance to explore, come back and share their wonderful experiences,” he says. When he is not fixing up incredible experiences for guests at the hotel, Sam likes to indulge his other passion: “I'm a mechanic at heart, I love classic and racing motorbikes. I can spend the whole day in my garage changing new parts and accessorizing new collections.”He lives to a work hard, play hard ethos. And everything comes back to his passion for discovery. “I enjoy life’s adventures, that’s why I bought a good camera and SUV car. I like to find the new trail and great spots for photos.”
The Navigator position gives me an opportunity to embrace my personal interest every day at work.
Capture views of the Karon beaches and Chalong Bay from the hill. That is, if you can take your eyes off the mammoth marble Buddhist statue.
Ban Boran Textiles
Pick up one-of-kind, hand-woven silk scarves in the eye-catching tribal patterns of a local indigenous group.
Mai Khao Beach
This is one of the few places in Phuket where you have a long stretch of beach all to yourself.
As host and professional sommelier Gianni serves amazing homemade Italian food. Start off with carpaccio.
Ka Jok See
More than its inventive food, it is the friendly ambiance that attracts the crowd at this great restaurant.
Mee Ton Pho
Taste the Thai tradition at Mee Ton Pho, one of Phuket's oldest restaurants known for its local ingredients and community consciousness.
Bring home the quirky teak wood Spirit House or beautifully designed bar cabinate as souvenir from this shop.
This old Phuket mansion was built in 1903 and welcomes to public to visit.
See the city's most adorable street hidden in Phuket's old town.
Phuket Indy Market
Phuket Indy Market on Dibuk Road is a local hangout space.
Bo(ok)hemian was named one of the best coffee places in Phuket. Stop by for unique drip coffee.
Enjoy this rustic drinking venue, which offers live music and serves over 100 different types of beers and ciders.