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Avani Hotels & Resorts to enter Cambodia

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Following the opening a hotel in Koh Sumui, Avani Hotels & Resorts prepares to open its first hotel in Cambodia… 

Avani Hotels & Resorts has announced its entry into the Cambodian market with the launch of ‘FCC Angkor – Managed by Avani’. Following an extensive seven million USD renovation which includes the addition of 60 new rooms, the hotel is set to reopen its doors in the second quarter of 2019. The FCC Angkor is one of Cambodia’s best-known hotels and features authentic French colonial architecture intrinsic to the historic and cultural fabric of Siem Reap. FCC Angkor creates an inspiring ambience for remarkable experiences and unforgettable stories in the heart of Siem Reap.

“Avani Hotels & Resorts’ first entry into Cambodia signals our ongoing commitment to offering an upscale experience to all intrepid travellers,” said Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels, the parent company of Avani Hotels & Resorts. “We believe FCC Angkor will be home to the intrepid traveller seeking an authentic experience in the social hub of Siem Reap.”

Located across from the Royal Independence Gardens and Royal Residence, FCC Angkor evokes the timelessness of Siem Reap for guests who want authentic experiences during their journey. The property centres around the former ‘Mansion’ of the French colonial governor, which became the renowned Foreign Correspondence Club and a popular meeting place for local and international journalists, celebrities, and travellers from around the world seeking to explore Siem Reap. Their stories echo and permeate every corner of the FCC Angkor, encouraging visitors to embrace their inner global adventurer.

“We are excited to be working with Avani Hotels & Resorts as they are exceptional operators of lifestyle hotels, and well aligned to promote and position the FCC Angkor and FCC Collection brand. The new FCC will also be a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, joining us in the commitment to deliver extraordinary, engaging and unique experiences to our global guests,” said Susan Devine, Owner’s Representative, FCC Angkor – Managed by Avani.

The hotel enhancements have perfectly blended the colonial structures with contemporary designs inspired by Cambodia’s natural beauty and Khmer culture, which extend across the pedestrian bridge to the newly built extension. Throughout the property, the exotic environment of verdant gardens, Khmerinspired contemporary art, and exclusive European design accents create a sophisticated, residential feel, a signature concept for the heritage property.

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Marriott announces new five-star hotel in Cambodia

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388-room hotel will feature all-day dining, rooftop bar, spa, ballroom and more

Marriott International is lining up a new luxury hotel in Sihanoukville, in the south west of Cambodia.

The Le Meridien will boast 388 rooms, along with an all-day dining/open kitchen concept restaurant, along with a speciality restaurant and a rooftop bar with views of the ocean. Guests will also be able to enjoy a fitness centre, wellness spa, and an ocean-front beach club with infinity pools, restaurant and bar. Meanwhile, meeting rooms and a ballroom accommodating 400 will cater for corporate visitors.

A MEGA HOTEL & LUXURY RESIDENCE COMPLEX

Cambodian real estate firm Grand Lion Group has been signed by Marriott to manage and operate the hotel, which forms part of the $200 million Gold Coast at Shihanoukville, a mega hotel and luxury residence complex called the Lyon D’Or. Some 58 stories high, all 888 units of this tower will enjoy panoramic sea views of the Gulf of Thailand, plus a rooftop infinity pool, sky lounge, fitness centre, spa, recreation and multi-purpose rooms. Residents and their guests will also enjoy the facilities and services at Le Meridien.

TANDEM ARCHITECTS 2001 & JKY CONCEPT

The project will be designed by the award-winning Bangkok-based Tandem Architects 2001 and interior design firm JKY Concept. In addition, a collaboration with a world-renowned Italian luxury interior furnishings house is being lined up.

The opening date is scheduled for January 2022, with , following the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort in January this year – the group’s first hotel in Cambodia.

“With the increasing growth in visitation to Cambodia, the time is ripe for us to introduce a global hospitality brand in Sihanoukville,” said the Grand Lion Group’s chairman and CEO Lundy Nath. “The region’s unspoilt beaches, pristine waters and laid-back ambience will appeal to international visitors in search of a relaxing coastal getaway.

“Gold Coast at Sihanoukville will complement the Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap and the nearby Angkor Archaeological Park by providing an extended stay for guests to explore another dimension of Cambodia. This mega project aims to be among the first to open a new chapter in luxury beach destination experiences in Sihanoukville.”

Anantara Angkor Resort unveils two presidential suites

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Following an extensive renovation that transformed Anantara Angkor Resort into a premier all-suite retreat, the 39-key boutique resort is delighted to unveil Siem Reap’s plushest presidential suites, the Henri Mouhot and Anantara Explorer Suites.

The two-bedroom, 235 square metre Henri Mouhot Suite pays tribute to the French naturalist and explorer who alerted the West to the ruins of Angkor, capital of the ancient Khmer civilisation of Cambodia, in 1860. The suite accommodates up to six guests.

The one-bedroom Anantara Explorer Suite offers 178 square metres of living space inspired by another intrepid explorer, Jim Thompson, and founder of the world renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. The suite accommodates up to three guests.

Anantara Angkor Resort Unveils Two Presidential SuitesMeticulously designed to accommodate the requirements of the most discerning clientele, the two new suites are reminiscent of a Khmer summer home and are the epitome of richness and old world sophistication with imported Thai silk and fabrics overflowing throughout, draping the furniture in bold colours and lustrous appeal.

With ample indoor and outdoor living spaces to comfortably accommodate families or small groups, both suites feature a lounge and bar area complete with a wine humidor; two dining areas; marble bathrooms with double vanity, bathtub and oversized rain shower; dressing room; a private spa room with a Jacuzzi bath tub, deep plunge and massage area; and a plunge pool in an enclosed private garden.

Anantara Angkor ResortFor Thai designers Abacus Design the glamourised bygone era of exhilarating discovery by Western explorers of the largest religious monument in the world during the nineteenth century inspired both suites’ interiors, abiding by the award winning designers’ objective to surprise and delight whilst providing convenient functions with the comfort of home.

In the Henri Mouhot Suite, a beautiful sandstone relief reflects the nearby ruins of Angkor amidst a colonial backdrop of tongue and groove ceilings, while wall panelling with a rectangular motive that is reminiscent of this distinctive feature in the Jim Thompson House in Bangkok separates the master bedroom and lounge in the Anantara Explorer Suite.

In both suites bold colours and luxurious silk and fabrics from the coveted Jim Thompson’s Leo De Janeiro collection unfold – from the ruby coloured abstract Pomare design on the wall coverings to give the spaces a cosy feel; to the intricate Chinese lacquer coloured Ming Ming decoration on the headboards that mirrors the regal, floral motifs that adorn traditional Asian ceramics for an oriental touch; and seat covers in pewter coloured bold Marquise cut velvet fabric for luxurious eye catching beauty.

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Cambodia’s Grand Lion Group to open Marriott-branded hotel in Siem Reap

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Preparations are under way for Cambodian-based Grand Lion Group to open the very first Marriott International branded hotel in Cambodia, a 233-room Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort in April 2017.

The Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort is strategically sited 15 minutes away from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Archaeological Park, one of the world’s renowned tourist sites which drew over two million global visitors in 2015. In June this year, the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) announced Cambodia as the ‘World’s Best Tourist Destination’ for 2016, out of 29 candidate countries. Simultaneously, Cambodia was also declared the ‘Favourite Cultural Destination’. The top three source markets to Cambodia are Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap

The Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort will feature 233 stylishly-designed guestrooms with four-fixture bathrooms. In-room amenities will include Marriott’s famous plush bed and bath linen and amenities, high-definition flat-screen television, high-speed internet access, mini-bar and safe. Dining and entertainment options include a casual, all-day dining restaurant, a rooftop bar called The View with stunning views of Angkor Wat, a grand ballroom and a lobby lounge. Recreational facilities will include an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre as well as a full-service spa including a relaxation lounge and a foot reflexology area.

The property will also feature approximately 600 sq m of function space and is expected to create over 200 employment opportunities.

The Grand Lion Group also plans to open a 250-room resort Marriott branded resort in Cambodia’s beachside playground of Sihanoukville adjacent to a 688-unit residence and a retail mall. Slated to break ground in the 4th quarter of 2017, the sleek USD160 million project designed by Blink Architects, is dramatically designed to change the skyline of Sihanoukville and inject real luxury into this region. Sited four hours by road from Phnom Penh in the south west of Cambodia, the Resort is scheduled to open in 2020.

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Anantara Angkor Resort gets makeover in transformation

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Anantara Angkor Resort has made its final transformation from a quaint boutique resort to a luxurious all-suite resort.

Nestled only 10 minutes away from the UNESCO World Heritage Area that includes the legendary Angkor Wat, no other 5-star resort in Siem Reap will offer such a comprehensive destination experience, all while supported by the renowned expertise of the Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas brand.

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The New Year roll-out includes soft refurbishments of the resort’s 34 rooms, main restaurant, entrance and lobby. Eight suite categories will unfold, including converting the resort’s ground and first floor Deluxe and Premier Rooms into Premier and Terrace Suites, increasing overall square footage both inside and out.

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The new suites will take bookings in time for this year’s peak season. Aficionados of Southeast Asia and textiles will regale in the addition of a one and two bedroom Jim Thompson Explorer Suite. Boasting 178 and 235 square meters respectively, imported Thai silk will overflow throughout each suite, draping the furniture in bold colours and lustrous appeal. The Explorer Suites will be available by January, 2017. The Anantara and Sothea suites are not forgotten, and will also receive a fresh makeover.

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Courtyard by Marriott opening first property in Phnom Penh

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Marriott International has signed an agreement to operate its first property in Phnom Penh, Cambodia under the Courtyard by Marriott brand.

Marriott International is one of the largest lodging companies globally with more than 4,500 properties in 87 countries and territories and will become the world’s largest lodging company upon completing its merger later this year with Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

Courtyard by Marriott is the Upper Midscale offering in Marriott’s brand portforlio with more than 1,000 hotels in 46 countries.

The Phnom Penh property will have 189 rooms with one all-day dining, a dynamic lobby cafe and exciting sky bar. The project is currently under construction and is expected to open in 2017.