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Banyan Tree unveils first luxury resort to open in Krabi in 11 years

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Banyan Tree unveils first luxury resort to open in Krabi in 11 years

Elevating the destination on the southern Thailand’s west coast, the 72-key Banyan Tree Krabi has opened…

Nestled on a verdant hillside with spectacular vistas of limestone cliffs rising from the sea, Banyan Tree Krabi has opened.

Owned by Asset World Corporation (AWC), the new luxury resort backs onto a lush national park and Naga Crest Hill, granting three ultra-exclusive beachfront pool villas, 10 beachfront pool villas, and 59 pool suites — each of which has its own private pool — a westward-facing view of sunset over the Andaman. A natural spring flows downhill into the property where it is transformed into a flower-fringed canal ferrying springwater to the sea.

Facilities at Banyan Tree Krabi include two restaurants and a beach bar, a fitness centre, a meeting centre, and in keeping with Banyan Tree’s global wellbeing branding — a rainforest-themed spa.

The centerpiece of the resort, as guests walk through the naga legend-inspired entrance, is a circular water feature in the lobby that cascades into a cavernous meeting room area below. With a backdrop of emerald sea and karsts, the awe-inspiring spectacle is shaping up as one of the resort’s signature images. 

Image caption: The lobby at Banyan Tree Krabi, with the karst towers of Than Bok Korani National Marine Park in the background | Image credit: Banyan Tree Krabi

The hotel offers eight suite and villa types. The most modest accommodation type, coming in at 99 sq.m, is the Deluxe Pool Suite. Highlight of the room is a sumptuous double bed, situated beneath a pitched hardwood ceiling and fan. A private terrace, plunge pool and jet pool surround the bedroom, giving guests the feeling of being on a small island.

The largest is the majestic seven-bedroom Presidential Villa, which sits directly in front of the beach. Guests can reserve the villa as a three-bedroom unit or take an option to combine the three-bedroom with the two adjoining 2-bedroom beachfront villas, transforming it into a seven-bedroom wonderland of saltwater pools, canals, and myriad balconies and terraces. Designed as a retreat for multi-generational family vacations and intimate wedding celebrations, the Presidential Villa commands a palatial 1,335 sq.m as a seven-bedroom arrangement.

All suites and villas have private saltwater pools and water features. Each is modern and bright with gentle tones of wood, stone and sand. Decor is modern chic, while bathrooms are resplendent with sandy beige marble tiles, a double sink, and decorated with naga art.

Mod-cons include a lavish bathtub and jet pool, high-speed Internet, IPTV with multiple-device connectivity, a full range of multi-lingual channels on state-of-the-art flat screen TVs, and a premium coffee machine.

In keeping with Banyan Tree Group’s “Safe Sanctuary” programme rolled out during the Covid pandemic, guests at the new resort will be assured of enhanced safety and hygiene protocols with emphasis on wellbeing and nature-focused offerings. Among them is a personalised check-in and check-out service in their rooms. Prior to arrival, each guest is assigned a Banyan Tree Host – similar to a dedicated butler. Upon checking in, guests receive a Portier Smartphone with unlimited international calls and data – to contact their Banyan Tree Host at the touch of a button and enjoy personalised service, ranging from in-room dining to arranging tours, as well as room service and housekeeping requests.

One of the most dramatic features at Banyan Tree Krabi will be the three “Bird’s Nest” tables perched precariously among the trees around the resort’s highly-elevated signature restaurant, Saffron. With a lush jungle scene as backdrop, and a sea vista of Krabi’s world-famous limestone wonders at sunset, this romantic dining spot will make for some memorable Instagram moments. 

As well as an all-day dining restaurant, Saffron Restaurant and its accompanying Sunset Wedding Deck can be accessed by a quaint electric funicular, large enough for eight persons, which will ascend and descend the hillside throughout the evening. 

Banyan Tree has been recognised worldwide for its sustainability stewardship. Sister resort Banyan Tree Samui was lauded by global organisation EarthCheck in 2018 as the first hotel in Thailand to receive its highest certification. Banyan Tree Area General Manager Remko Kroesen, who will oversee both southern Thai resorts, aims to maintain the same high standards at Banyan Tree Krabi.

Main image credit: Banyan Tree Krabi

Avani Hotels & Resorts unveils sharp interiors in upscale resort in Koh Samui

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The new upscale hotel in Thailand’s Koh Samui opens as Avani Hotels and Resorts’ 24th property, with a further 15 currently in the pipeline… 

Avani Hotels & Resorts is expanding its portfolio in Thailand with the launch of AVANI+ Samui, an upscale resort situated by Taling Ngam Bay on Koh Samui.

The new seaside hideaway features 25 guestrooms, 27 private pool villas and six beachfront pool villas, which are all situated steps away from an untouched, secluded bay. Each room and suite has been designed to be spacious, with nature-inspired yet vibrant interiors complete with ample natural lighting that floods each room.

Sunset view over the bay

“We are excited to confirm the Avani+ Samui opening, the second addition to our Avani+ portfolio, providing guests with our signature Avani+ experience for their beach getaway,” said Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotels, owning company of AVANI Hotels & Resorts. “An exclusive upscale resort offering all the Avani+ extras at one of the hottest island destinations in Thailand, Avani+ Samui also embraces an eco-friendly culture to help Samui maintain its natural beauty for future generations such as no plastic straws, bio-degradable materials and locally sourced ingredients.”

Koh Samui, Thailand’s second largest island, has long been a major island destination for local and international travellers. With its untouched beaches and easy access to the rest of the island, Taling Ngam Bay, on the southwest coast, is ideally situated to capture a wide consumer demographic.

Avani currently operates 24 hotels and resorts in 15 countries worldwide. The opening of Avani + Samui follows the brand recently debuting properties in Australia, New Zealand, and Laos – and Avani currently has a further 15 new hotels in the pipeline, including a recent signings in Dubai, Bangkok, and Busan.

A look inside Asia’s first plastic-free hotel with ‘retro chic’ interiors

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Are we experiencing the death of plastic? Asia’s first plastic-free hotel has opened.

The environmentally conscious Akaryn Hotel Group would like to think so. They’ve revealed that their fourth Asian hotel opening will feature no single-use plastic whatsoever.

Akrya Sukhumvit Bangkok opens later in 2018 and all guests will be given a refillable stainless steel water bottle upon check in. Water coolers will be added to every floor, so guests have an easy and constant supply of water.

Industrial materials meet warm, glamorous accents of gold and lemon yellow

Inside, “simple natural woods” and “accent of modern retro-chic” create a distinct style, within the city’s fashionable Sukhumvit district. Industrial materials meet warm, glamorous accents of lemon yellow and golden in the bedrooms and communal areas.

Away from the historic old centre, Sukhumvit is famous for its shops and bars, as well as authentic restaurants and nightlife.

Family rooms, superior rooms and suites all herald a “5 star” service promise, and there’s an on-site spa.

12.7 million tonnes of plastic find its way into oceans every year

The Akaryn Hotel Group have a diverse range of properties around Thailand. Properties in Chiang Mai and Phuket are relaxing in different ways. The former to experience the north of the country’s spiritual tranquility, while Phuket is the country’s original luxurious beach resort.

The hotel group also have another hotel in Bangkok, in the city’s fashionable Thonglor district, also a hub for nightlife, restaurants and bars.

David Attenborough’s landmark British television programme Blue Planet 11 called on viewers to drastically cut back their plastic use, to help protect the environment for future generations. An estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic finds its way into the oceans every year, according to Green Peace.

Rooms are simple and functional, with views out over the the city.

An airy and spacious restaurant will have city views, as is the norm in Bangkok where skyline bars and rooftop bars provide accessible luxury. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows and high ceilings create an opulent feel, highlighting space and the views from the window.

Akrya Sukhumvit Bangkok opens later in 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand

Rosewood Phuket

Rosewood Phuket – immersive design by Bar Studio

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Within a jungle forest on the shoreline of the Andaman Sea, Rosewood Phuket captures the essence of the island’s spirit, culture and environment, with a design inspired by the concept of a luxurious beach residence.

Renowned Melbourne-based design firm BAR Studio seamlessly blended contemporary aesthetics with the tropical surrounds to celebrate a connection between landscape, light and views. Rosewood Phuket is village-like in its layout – a series of pavilions and paths linking hilltop to beach, whose design acknowledges its international context, yet is profoundly influenced by its geographical and cultural location: raw and refined, sophisticated yet relaxed.

“Landscape is really the star of Rosewood Phuket and the resort design was focused on facilitating the guest’s immersion into it,” says Andrew Turner, managing director of Rosewood Phuket. “The fundamental experience is that of being at one with this incredible environment of tropical jungle, hilltop views and stunning coastline.”

Rosewood PhuketA balance of architectural elements, sophisticated interiors, diverse landscapes, captivating details, and a dramatic revealing of interior and exterior spaces gives Rosewood Phuket its distinctive personality. The resort continuously unfolds and engages guests with a myriad of hidden surprises, details and intimate moments. Framing is a fundamental design component here, showcasing elements that are uniquely of the place — whether that is a view, an artifact, a piece of art or a landscape.

From approach by discreet cobblestone driveway, through monumental entry gates marking arrival, to a welcome pavilion that opens up to spectacular views of the Andaman Sea, there is an immediate unfurling of Rosewood’s A Sense of Place® philosophy. BAR Studio collaborated with Bangkok landscape architects PLA to curate a journey spanning multiple eco-systems, from untamed nature to gardens and ocean shore, with meandering walkways through tropical foliage connecting all facets of the resort hamlet.

Local teak, both sustainably sourced and recycled, is used extensively in structural elements, walls, floors and ornamentation, so a uniquely Thai material is woven through the fabric of the resort, enhanced by warm sandstone wall and floor finishes. All 71 pool pavilions and villas are designed to evoke the personality of a residential beach home – the Thai equivalent of a Hamptons summer retreat. Each features a private entry experience – be it bridge or gate and courtyard – that creates a connection between internal and external environments. Through plentiful floor-to-ceiling windows, each interior space blends seamlessly with the tropical surrounds, including outlooks onto private swimming pool, gardens, courtyard and ocean.

Rather than adopting obvious Thai decorative elements in the rooms, motifs, materials and art tell a story that is at once local and subtly international. The artwork and accessories are reminiscent of an international traveler’s collection, with a uniquely Thai attitude, that has been accumulated over time with a distinctive eye and sophisticated mingling of influences.

Rosewood PhuketMai poolside bar and The Shack rustic seafood eatery both feature recycled and raw materials, mixed with accents of color and detail that create a laid-back daytime atmosphere. Mai, a stand-alone pavilion, is screened by curtains of wood beads, while timber pallets with pulleys and exposed counter-weights form screen walls in The Shack. By day these two venues operate as separate, intimate environments. By night they transform and merge with the pool terrace to create one vibrant, expansive venue with sophisticated edginess.

Ta Khai, the stand-alone Thai seafood restaurant, feels as if it has existed within a rustic fisherman’s village for generations – an impression accentuated by the layout’s deference to the sacred ficus and Banyan trees situated along the shoreline. However, in contrast to the cultural mix of Red Sauce, and the day-night transformative nature of Mai and The Shack, Ta Khai is layered. At its core are rustic open pavilions formed from carved timber posts and recycled corrugated iron. These raw structures appear to then have been updated with red fabric-sail roofs, insertions of steel and glass, and contemporary furniture and lighting. The effect is that of a series of spaces that have naturally evolved over time.

At Asaya, the inaugural integrated wellness concept from Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®, the natural environment is the dominant element. Like the resort itself, with its series of pavilions Asaya is like a village blending into the landscape. Each Asaya component has its own sense of connection to the natural world with layers of privacy depending on the function of the space: the relaxation areas are screened outdoor enclosures, the walled Wellness Atelier overlooks charming herb gardens and treatment rooms are completely internalized with their own private courtyards.

Preservation of the landscape and a focus on sustainability have been critical environmental and aesthetic considerations for the design team throughout the conception and construction of Rosewood Phuket. Passive environmental controls include large roof overhangs, green garden rooftops, shading and reflective colors, as well as the use of recycled and reclaimed materials in many parts of the resort. Photovoltaic cells hidden on rooftops create the largest solar panel system of any Phuket hotel.

The multimedia art collection at Rosewood Phuket reflects the diverse cultural influences on the island and weaves quintessential Siam sensibilities into the design. Sculpturally, the majestic elephant at the hotel entrance, a water buffalo constructed from car parts in Ta Khai’s kitchen garden, the over-sized elephant bells strategically dotted around the resort, an enormous stainless steel compass inlaid into the beach lawn, and a fluid, bronze carp installation fittingly positioned by the swimming pool, become key sculptural moments in the guest journey, creating an accumulative experience of the island through artistic statements.

“Guests will be impressed by the grandeur and scale of the resort but also feel a very personal connection to it through the sense of romance, sense of place and sense of the unexpected that intermingle in the design,” says Stewart Robertson, director of BAR Studio. “Rosewood Phuket redefines all the expected elements of a luxury resort to create something that feels absolutely right in this unique setting.”


COSI Hotel Samui

Centara’s first COSI Hotel opens in Samui

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The new COSI Hotel on Samui island is now officially open and welcoming independent, tech-savvy travellers. It is as different from a traditional hotel as a new smartphone is from the mobile phones of the 90s.

Centara completely re-thought what a hotel should be for the new generation of connected, freedom loving, pricey-frill-hating travellers. The result is an innovative and affordable lifestyle hub set in the middle of the shopping, eating, social and entertainment scene on Chaweng Beach. If it feels a little more like staying at the stylish home of a friend, and that’s the whole idea.

“COSI represents a lot of new thinking about what a modern hotel can be, based on what’s important and what’s not so relevant for today’s, youthful-minded, smart travellers,” explains Harry Thaliwal, Centara’s General Manager and Corporate Director of Operations for COSI. “You can create a very fresh and unique place if you’re willing to throw out the usual conventions,” he adds.

For starters, there’s no lobby counter or check-in queues. You can check yourself in and out at the digital self-service stations. COSI is designed to play well with the smartphones in the pockets of today’s travellers. You can book with your smartphone, check in with your smartphone, and play videos or catch-up with your latest boxset on your room’s 43-inch SmartTV screen, which can mirror your phone screen. Fast and free WiFi is everywhere.

COSI Hotel SamuiThe hotel’s Hub is a 24/7 social and media playspace where guests can watch the game, grab a sip or a bite, and connect with friends. You get free daily credits to use for food and drink any time you want at the integrated WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Café. COSI’s 150 rooms are clean and streamlined. In addition to the hi-tech TV, they feature mega comfy king or twin beds, powerful showers, digital safes and fridges. Each room even has five USB ports so guests can recharge their devices without worrying about converters.

COSI Samui also features an 18-metre rooftop pool and all-hours laundromat. The minimalist mod look and feel of the hotel go well with the technology and service innovations. The “COSI Crew” are trained to help guests new to Samui discover its best places. Central Festival, the island’s main shopping centre, is up the street, and Samui’s airport is only 15 minutes away.

“Today’s young travellers want freedom, connections and shared experiences,” said Thirayuth Chirativat, Centara’s Chief Executive Officer. “They are interested in a simple, smart, fun lifestyle, rather than traditional or superfluous amenities. We designed COSI for them. We expect this will be the first of many.”


OZO on Kata Beach, Phuket

ONYX announces new OZO hotel in Phuket’s Kata Beach

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ONYX Hospitality Group continues its portfolio expansion with the introduction of OZO Phuket in Thailand. Currently under development and scheduled to open in mid 2019, the hotel will offer 255 guest rooms and features which deliver the midscale OZO brand’s hallmarks of sleep, connectivity and exploration.

Located a short walk from the Kata beachfront on the western coast of Phuket, the hotel will offer guest rooms specifically designed for enhanced sleep, smart connectivity of personal devices in rooms and public areas, and curated destination tips by team members presented through interactive digital panels. The hotel will also feature the brand’s signature EAT all-day dining restaurant best known for energising breakfasts, the EAT2Go grab-and-go deli, TONE fitness centre and TALK meeting room. A unique highlight of OZO Phuket is its two separate pools – an activity pool designed for kids adjacent to a free-form main pool.

The brand is a smart, simple and savvy midscale hotel brand offering an enhanced sleep experience and seamless connectivity for travellers who are keen to embark on a deeper exploration of the destination. Since the opening of the first OZO in Hong Kong in 2013, the brand has generated consistently positive feedback and continues to exceed midscale accommodation expectations.

OZO is currently available in Hong Kong, Koh Samui, Colombo and Kandy, with new hotels being developed in Hoi An, Pattaya, Phuket, Johor, Penang and Xiamen.

Boutique city hotel akyra Sukhumvit to open in Bangkok

Boutique city hotel akyra Sukhumvit to open in Bangkok

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Early 2018, the iconic AKARYN Hotel Group, will further expand its diverse range of luxury hotels and resorts, with the launch of the highly anticipated akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok.

This boutique city hotel located in the happening hub of Bangkok will be made up of swanky rooms designed for admiring the city’s captivating landscape and an extensive rooftop terrace for enjoying cocktails and entertainment through the day and into the night.

The latest addition to the three akyra sister properties, akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok will offer re-imagined urban accommodation for savvy travellers in the heart of the Thai capital’s most dynamic city. The akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok is well located on Sukhumvit Soi 20, an area known for its buzzing atmosphere, green recreation spaces and fine dining. The 50-room akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok will offer guests generous accommodations with incredible cityscape views only found in Bangkok.

This downtown property will boast an upscale rooftop space, where guests can sip craft cocktails at the pool bar and relax on stylish sun loungers and cabanas, all perfectly positioned to take in dramatic panoramas of Bangkok’s modern architectural design. Open to guests and outside visitors this spacious rooftop terrace (100-person capacity) is destined to be the city’s hotspot for after work sunset drinks or a glass of bubbly before I night out on the town. The rooftop will also be available to host memorable gatherings, private dinners and VIP receptions.

This hotel aligns perfectly with the akyra brand; defined by smart technology, funk, flair, experimental approach to design, all within trendy locations where the young at heart intersect and connect. The akyra hotels are designed for travellers looking to make the most of Asia’s most diverse and culturally rich country.

Each of akyra’s four, distinct five-star hotels are founded on akyra’s brand ethos whilst reflecting unique regional tradition. Every property offers experiences and activities designed to allow guests to interact with the area’s surrounding history and culture – far from a cookie-cutter experience.

The launch of akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok at the beginning of 2018 follows the recent opening of akyra Thonglor Bangkok – another stylish property comprising 148 studios and one- to three-bedroom suites located in Thonglor, Bangkok’s fashionable district renowned for its contemporary culture and creative cuisine.


The Athene - Bangkok

Stunning redesign for The Athenee Hotel, Bangkok

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The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has announced the reopening of The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok following an extensive renovation and transformation into a Luxury Collection hotel.

The Athenee Hotel will offer global explorers a gateway to the inspiring history and culture of Bangkok through the lens of The Luxury Collection, a glittering ensemble of world-renowned hotels and resorts delivering unique, authentic experiences.

Formerly known as Plaza Athenee Bangkok, the newly restored Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok, stands on the grounds of the Kandhavas Palace, former royal residence of Princess Valaya Alongkorn. A homage to its regal lineage, the hotel’s opulent re-design is a modern take on traditional Thai design elements with a distinctly European flair. With the opening of Athenee Hotel, The Luxury Collection continues its commitment to celebrating the heritage of the world”s most iconic hotels through meticulous restoration projects that pay tribute to local indigenous charms and treasures.

Overseen by interior design firms Vekhin Interior and Bangkok Dec-Con PLC, The Luxury Collection’s multi-million dollar renovation of The Athenee Hotel will bring to life Bangkok”s roots in an authentic and indigenous way. The redesign incorporates many aspects of the Thai colonial style of the princess” lifetime, from the influence of Thai royal ceremonies in the Royal Club guestrooms and Athenee suites to the carefully selected color palettes and artwork for the interiors.

In addition to the refurbishment of common spaces and all 374 luxurious guest rooms, The Athenee Hotel’s transformation includes a newly redesigned city-lagoon styled swimming pool area. Skillfully merging the outdoor pool area with an indoor function space inspired by the timeless style of Kandhavas Palace, the designers have created a distinctly Thai venue for leisure and relaxation. Guests will also have several food and beverage options to enjoy, from the popular Smooth Curry restaurant to The Glaz bar, whose timeless neo-colonial décor celebrates the hotel’s location on the site of a former royal palace.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel - Deluxe Room

Anantara Siam Bangkok unveils new guestrooms

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Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel has unveiled its new contemporary Thai inspired guestrooms, offering discerning leisure and business travellers even more luxurious style at the brand’s Thai flagship property.

Designed by Jeffrey A. Wilkes of LTW Designworks, who is recognised for his ability to blend cosmopolitan influences with tradition, the new interiors of the Deluxe and Premier guestrooms inject a fresh sense of luxury by infusing a more contemporary aesthetic, greeting guests with a subtle Thai character remaining true to the ethos of the Anantara brand.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel - Deluxe View Room
Using elegant regional undertones, typical Asian details were eschewed with the design instead paying homage to Thai palaces that have been constructed with European influences. Thai silk has been used as wall panels to give a simple and elegant finish, a refined reflection of Thailand, and an antique map of Bangkok in the Deluxe rooms provides an interesting conversation piece.

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The 307 new 42 square metre Deluxe and Premier guestrooms in one king size bed or two double beds configurations can accommodate up to three adults or two adults and a child, and feature an en-suite marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub and separate glass enclosed shower.

Four room categories are available: Deluxe Room; Deluxe View Room; Premier Room; and Premier View Room. The View category rooms’ expansive windows reveal the hotel’s magnificent tropical gardens; swimming pool; or the immaculate private golf course of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club in the heart of one of the world’s most enigmatic capital cities.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel - Premier View RoomIdeal for business travellers, some of the Deluxe and Premier guestrooms are located on the hotel’s exclusive Kasara Floor where, at a daily fee, guests are afforded access to the Kasara Executive Lounge with all-day dining; dedicated Concierge and business services; and private meeting facilities.

The addition of a complimentary Handy smartphone in every room allows guests to keep in touch with family and friends with unlimited international calls and texts to 25 countries, and 4G and preloaded popular apps to explore Bangkok with ease.

The refurbishment of its Deluxe and Premier guestrooms completes a THB 470 million project that also saw the upgrade of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s suites and public spaces.


Haven't Met Silom.

Technology-focussed Thai hotel concept launches flagship property

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An innovative hospitality concept for savvy millennial travellers called Haven’t Met is launching its flagship hotel in Bangkok, Haven’t Met Silom.

The hotel offers modern travellers a choice of unique and engaging destination experiences supported by a custom travel app.

The hip new technology driven brand offers comfortable yet practical city stays with integrated technology that connects guests with each other and the city using a dedicated app and complimentary use of 4G connected, interactive in-room tablets.

The tablet comes pre-loaded with a local area map, hotel directory, restaurant and room service menus, as well as music streaming via JOOX, and a dedicated chat room for guests to chat with each other about the best locations and activities on offer around town.

Haven’t Met Silom seamlessly incorporates all these highlights through its app so that guests can share ideas and inspirations before, during and after their trip. The technology gives them 360-degree insights into what the destination has to offer, and the hotel supports this with a choice of unique, guided urban travel experiences that can be booked directly on the tablet.

Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui

YTL Hotels introduces The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui in Thailand

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YTL Hotels is delighted to announce the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui in Thailand. The resort’s opening has been highly-anticipated and its debut on the eastern coast of Thailand marks the beginning of the discovery of inspiring and quintessential experiences.

Koh Samui has long been renowned for its breathtaking tropical charms and pristine natural beauty on the Gulf of Thailand and is a much sought-after destination by luxury travellers from around the world. The distinguished and personalised Ritz-Carlton service and legendary Thai hospitality are interwoven to create unique treasured moments.

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“The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui marks another milestone of our strong partnership with Marriott International. With the opening of this resort, our portfolio together with Marriott International now encompasses nine properties across Asia-Pacific and Europe,” said Dato’ Mark Yeoh, Executive Director of YTL Hotels. The opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui affirms the long-standing relationship between Marriott International and YTL Hotels. The resort adds to YTL Hotels’ current footprint in Thailand which includes The Surin Phuket, a member of Design Hotels™, and the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express which travels from Singapore to Thailand.

Ritz-Carlton Koh SamuiWith 175 suites and pool villas, nestled amid 58 acres, the resort overlooks the turquoise waters with an extensive oceanfront. Built on the site of a former coconut plantation, the stunning resort with its contemporary architecture pays homage to its past with the extensive use of coconut and other natural materials such as ceramics that imbue a sense of place.

Anayara Luxury Retreat Panwa Resort revealed in Phuket

Anayara Luxury Retreat Panwa Resort revealed in Phuket

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Anayara Resorts, owned by Pacific Media Management Group Limited and Anayara Resorts Holding Limited , a Hong Kong-based adult-only ultimate luxury retreats and luxury boutique resorts brand revealed its first property Anayara Luxury Retreat Panwa Resort, a beachfront retreat estate scheduled for soft opening by December 2017 and followed by its second property Anayara Luxx Panwa, a luxury boutique resort by Q1 2019.

The property  is an ultimate luxury beachfront retreat estate project undertaken by the East West Architect and Phuket’s own Padcha Sakulspitch. Positioned in the most sought-after location on the island, Anayara Retreat Panwa offers complete privacy and attention-to-detail design.

Anayara Luxury Retreat Panwa ResortThe hotel has been designed with the Boran Thai mixed with modern contemporary architecture in mind, and features 6 spacious suites with more than 100m², the intimate character, boutique style and award-winning architect design, eco-friendly innovations combine the ultimate tranquillity of a holistic retreat with a uniquely luxury retreat vibe. With its infinity beachfront pool and unique plunge pool for it main pavilion suites.

All suites have their own abundant individual living space with finest wood flooring and antique local decor and walk-thru cabinet, vast en-suite bedrooms, spacious en-suite bathroom with separate grand chromotheraphy rain showers, standing bath tub, free standard daily refill mini bar and daily exotic tropical seasonal fruit trays, branded linens, duvet from the finest Egyptian cotton 500 treads by Brooklinen, a complete Bang & Olufsen and Lutron Integration System – stylish, amenities – including Netflix and Apple iPad’s Air Control for each suite.




pentahotels opening Bangkok property in 2020

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pentahotels, the design-led and neighbourhood lifestyle brand, today announced a new management agreement with The Nest Property Company a subsidiary of PM Group, to open the first pentahotel in Bangkok, Thailand in 2020.

pentahotel Bangkok, Ploenchit, will be located in Lumpini in the central business area of Bangkok. The announcement marks the first official step in pentahotels’ expansion in Southeast Asia, building on the brand’s plans to open its second Hong Kong property in Summer 2017.

pentahotelsAs a new build property, tailored to pentahotels’ design standards, it will feature the brand’s hallmark design-led environment, including the signature pentalounge, a new-concept reception area that combines function with entertainment, welcoming guests to relax and socialise around a stylish bar.

The hotel will also feature 157 guestrooms, a swimming pool and gym. Located close to many large shopping outlets, high-rise offices and the Lumpini park, pentahotel Bangkok will offer business guests and leisure travellers alike the perfect window into the capital’s modern, vibrant and tropical lifestyle.

Treetop Hotels - Keemala – Phuket, Thailand

Guest Blog: Why treetop hotels are growing in popularity…

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Travellers can now live the luxury treetop dream with a little help from the Hotels.com. Loved by guests awards and the millions of genuine guest reviews they’re based on, ten amazing hotels have been crowned winners in the brand new Best for Treehouse category, and they’ll be climbing straight to the top of your wish list.

Today’s travellers are aiming high and dreaming of a vacation in the sky, as the travel experts at Hotels.com saw almost a 30% increase in demand for treehouse hotels last year. With treetop luxury (33%) proving more popular than sleeping in a spaceship (28%), checking into a hotel made of gold (24%) or bedding down in an ice hotel (23%), Hotels.com reveals the best-of-the-best Loved by Guests award winners…

Arkansas Adventure
Eureka Springs Treehouses—Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Review Rating: 4.8 out of 5 on Hotels.comIf you’re looking for a secluded romantic getaway, this is the place to be. This resort is a hidden gem with quirky features and fun at every turn. The treehouses are held on cedar logs, surrounded by beautiful greenery and destination themed, so guests can stay in Venice, New York, Santa Fe and Paris. If treetop life isn’t for you then fear not, as Eureka Springs also offers stays in fairytale castles, with hidden passages and Jacuzzi towers, and guests can even check in to enchanting hobbit caves that are like magical cocoons. Rate Available upon request.

Beachside Bungalows Among the Trees

Azulik – Adults Eco-Resort & Maya Spa – Tulum, Mexico
Bring out your inner child and swing above the turquoise sea of Tulum, all from the privacy of your own villa at this luxurious beach hideaway. Azulik is a celeb spotting hotspot, but its biggest draw is the stunning villas. These wooden-crafted abodes feature spectacular water views, outdoor mosaic bathtubs and a deck with a swing and hanging Balinese bed. Guests can enjoy fine dining and entertainment with a 12 course tasting menu at the Kin Toh restaurant that’s built 12 meters above the Mayan jungle, all while watching artistic performances.

Treetop hotelsFloat Among the Clouds
Keemala – Phuket, Thailand (main picture)
Fancy taking a dip on the edge of a cliff in your own 30-meter infinity pool? You can do just that at these gorgeous Bird’s Nest treehouses on stilts, located just 40 minutes from Phuket. Keemala is an enchanting evergreen wonderland, and these unique villas feature giant monsoon showers and freestanding bathtubs that have amazing views over the rainforest. Beach luxury, spa treatments, sunset cocktails and champagne picnics are also all on the menu at Keemala.

Style in the Sky
Tree Hotel – Harads, Sweden
The Tree Hotel has upped the style stakes with its quirky, custom designed eco-treehouses. Imagine sleeping amongst the tall pine trees in a Mirror Cube, a Bird’s Nest or a UFO! Treehouses come complete with their own private giant hammock, so you can stargaze and seek out the Northern Lights. Guests can relax in the tree sauna, enjoy some authentic homemade Swedish food or zip line over Swedish Lapland and the Lule River for some exclusive and spectacular views.

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Breath-Taking African views
Tsala Treetop Lodge – Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
High in the treetops, this hotel hideaway is set in the wilds of South Africa, in the heart of the Garden Route. With breath-taking views and a mystical charm, the treetop suites are pure luxury. They come complete with their own private spa bathrooms, fireplaces and even infinity pools. The hotel also offers a unique dining experience from a special dining deck suspended above the forest floor, where you can enjoy a sumptuous breakfast or a lazy lunch.

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Silky Oaks Lodge – Mossman, Australia
Imagine a rejuvenating spa experience in one of the world’s most ancient rainforests. Located along the Mossman River, Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef – there are rainforest walks, crystal waterholes and a billabong beach, all at your disposal at this hotel. The luxury treehouses have large verandas and hammocks, perfect for unwinding in the heart of the rainforest canopy. Guests can also enjoy dinner in their open-sided treehouse restaurant.

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Cachet Hospitality boosts portfolio with Cachet Resort Dewa Phuket

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Cachet Hospitality Group has announced the signing of a management agreement for Cachet Resort Dewa Phuket, a conversion property owned by R&B Partners.

Located on Thailand’s largest island, the hotel marks the company’s second resort property and adds to Cachet’s expanding portfolio in Southeast Asia, following on the heels of the recently announced SAVANT Vela Hotel – Bangkok. Operations as a CHG managed property will begin May 2017, with interior renovations to be completed November 2017, helmed by Cachet Interior Design (CID).

The sprawling property will feature CHG’s signature offerings, including a premium sleep experience, rejuvenating bath amenities, a grandiose arrival area, and global culinary experiences. On-site facilities will include two distinctive dining venues, approximately 1,000 square meters of meeting and event spaces, a luxurious spa, a fully equipped fitness center, a yoga-focused wellness center, a Kids Club, and two picturesque swimming pools.

Reinterpreted by CID, Cachet Resort Dewa Phuket’s standard rooms, villas and residential suites will feature sleek, contemporary interiors with polished concrete floors, deep mahogany, black marble, coconut shell finishes, and exposed ceilings. The modern effect is balanced by incorporating classic Thai blue silk on the pillows, chairs, and beds and adorning the guestrooms with authentic Thai sculptures and artwork.

Cachet Resort Dewa Phuket will be distributed on CHG’s revolutionary technology platform and participate in the platform’s loyalty program Cachet World. The technology platform is a lifestyle community that features a search and booking engine for boutique and lifestyle hotels and high-end residences worldwide. Through the platform, guests of Cachet Resort will enjoy interactive mobility, exclusive member rates, and personalized food and beverage experiences.

Cachet Hospitality Group’s global portfolio, including properties in the pipeline, extends across China, Thailand, Mexico and the United States. With unprecedented opportunity for international growth, CHG is establishing itself as an international hospitality leader.

Hotel to open in Chatuchak Market

Dusit International to open hotel in Bangkok’s renowned Chatuchak Market

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Dusit International has signed a hotel management agreement with Dhanasansombut Development to operate the first ever hotel in the heart of Bangkok’s world-famous Chatuchak Market.

Forming part of Dhanasansombut’s new mixed-use development, Mixt Chatuchak, the new hotel will comprise approximately 250 rooms. Chatuchak Market, also known locally as Jatujak or JJ, is located in the north of the city next to Chatuchak Park, one of Bangkok’s largest green spaces, and near Or Tor Kor, recently named one of the world’s best fresh markets by CNN.

Ms Nontaya Apitanotai, the majority owner and authorized Director of Dhanasansombut said: “Mixt Chatuchak is the only building located directly within JJ Market, making the mixed-use project and Dusit’s new hotel a unique proposition for guests who will benefit from the large array of shops and services within our building as well as on their doorstep. Our companies share a complementary vision to impress the world with Thai hospitality, and by drawing on the energy, culture and vibrancy of the iconic JJ Market, we are confident this synergy will be a huge success.”

With 29 properties currently in operation across four brands in eight countries, Dusit International is in a significant growth phase which will see the number of Dusit properties reach 70 within the next three to four years across Southeast Asia, China, sub-Saharan Africa, the GCC region, Europe, and more key markets.

Continuing the company’s series of firsts, Dusit International recently became the first hotel operator in Thailand to to accept WeChat Pay, which allows Chinese guests to pay their hotel bills via the mobile e-payment platform initially at Dusit’s owned properties in Thailand, and soon its other properties around the world.


Steigenberger Hotel Riverside Bangkok scheduled to open in 2019

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Deutsche Hospitality has signed an agreement for its first hotel in Thailand. The five-star Steigenberger Hotel Riverside will open in the capital city of Bangkok in 2019.

It will offer 259 rooms, including deluxe rooms, suites, superior suites, honeymoon suites and a Presidential Suite. Its conference and banqueting facilities will extend over an area of 900-square-metres. The hotel’s gastronomic concept will boast features such as a pool restaurant, a roof terrace bar and restaurant and a VIP lounge. A generously proportioned 1,200-square-metre spa and gym area will contain both an indoor and an outdoor pool. The hotel will also have a landing stage to enable guests to undertake tours by shuttle boat.

“The Steigenberger Hotel Riverside Bangkok is our gateway to the market in Thailand and allows us to establish a brand presence in a city of superlatives,” explained CEO Puneet Chhatwal. “Achieving such a step is a source of great pride to us, and this also strengthens the presence of Deutsche Hospitality in our target growth market of Asia.”

Bangkok has over eight million inhabitants and is both the capital and largest city in Thailand. It represents the political, economic and cultural centre of the country and is also Thailand’s most important transport hub. According to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, which ranks cities by overnight visitor arrivals, Bangkok was the most popular city destination in the world in 2016 with over 21 million international visitors. The Steigenberger Hotel Riverside occupies a position which is both quiet and central, directly on the banks of the River Chao Phraya within the immediate vicinity of the city’s main sights.

The hotel will be operated via a management agreement. The property owner and contractual partner is the Thai company River Garden.

Ananda Hua Hin

Ananda Hua Hin to launch with elite beachfront pool villa collection

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Hua Hin’s most exciting new opening, Ananda Hua Hin Resort & Spa is to open on 1 April 2017, featuring a collection of elite private beachfront pool villas expected to set a new high watermark for privacy and exclusivity in the royal destination.

The new high-end brand by Compass Hospitality adds to its existing of three brands – Compass, Citrus, Citin – and marks its 42nd managed property across its operating markets in Thailand, Malaysia and the UK.

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The eagerly awaited new property, led by veteran hotelier Nigel Tovey, will feature the Ananda Pool Villa Collection, a cluster of luxurious private accommodation options with creative indoor and outdoor spaces ranging from 188 sqm to 268 sqm in size. Decorated in light, soft tones, the villas open onto lush gardens, private pools and each one comes with its own private entrance.

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A strong sense of individualism pervades the star-quality villa collection with unique experiences delivered via Ananda’s “Check-in, Bliss-out” concierge, offering everything from impressionist watercolour painting classes to a videography programme, private beauty menu and a selection of elegant classic cars to choose from to traverse the nearby hills, travel to the golf course or visit local vineyards.

“Ananda Hua Hin is a property of its time, and perfectly fitting with this fast-evolving destination as we look to redefine an area that was actually one of the first spots wealthy families came to 30 years ago,” said Ananda Hua Hin general manager Mr. Tovey. “It is the most beautiful, natural and peaceful part of the coast and therefore the ideal location for us to offer a whole new level of hospitality to our guests.”

The entirety of Ananda Hua Hin encompasses 196 rooms, cleverly divided into three distinct areas. The 23 pool villas are closest to the beach and there’s a dedicated family area featuring an expansive pool and the Submarine Kids Club. Housed in the grounds will also be Hua Hin’s largest ballroom, with 900 sqm of flexible function space, including a range of customisable floor plans, state-of-the-art audio-visual and inspired menus catering to domestic and regional corporate events and weddings.


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Dusit bringing Thai-inspired hospitality to Nanjing

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Dusit International is pleased to announce that Dusit Fudu Hotels and Resorts has signed a management consultancy agreement with Nanjing Shangqinhuai Construction Development Company Limited to manage The Dusit Thani Wetland Park Resort Nanjing, Jiangsu, a luxury international resort in the capital of Jiangsu Province.

Anticipated to open late 2017, the resort is located within Nanjing Shangqinhuai Eco Wetland Park, approximately 30 minutes by car from the commercial centre, and 20 minutes by car from the high-speed train station and Nanjing International Airport. Nanjing city is located one hour from Shanghai by high-speed train.

Alongside 110 villas and rooms, the Dusit Thani Wetland Park Resort Nanjing, Jiangsu, will feature a 300sqm meeting room with the latest audio-visual facilities, suitable for private events and business meetings. A Thai-inspired spa will provide a full range of wellness programs, while dining options will include an all-day dining restaurant, a Chinese restaurant and a rooftop garden restaurant. For recreation, there will be a gymnasium, swimming pool and kids’ club.

“We are delighted to introduce the Dusit Thani brand and our distinctive, Thai-inspired hospitality to this historic and vibrant city,” said Mr Lim Boon Kwee, Chief Operating Officer of Dusit International. “Dusit Thani Wetland Park Resort Nanjing, Jiangsu, signifies an important milestone in Dusit’s long-term expansion plans, positioning us perfectly for further expansion within China and the region. We very much look forward to opening the doors and welcoming guests later this year.”

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137 Pillars Suites Bangkok to open in April

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137 Pillars Suites Bangkok, showcasing 34 exquisitely appointed suites is scheduled to open on 2 April 2017. The property is a sister hotel to the award-winning 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, and is located on Sukhumvit Soi 39, a short distance from the upscale and fashionable shopping district of Emquartier/Emporium.

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The architects for the property are Palmer and Turner from Bangkok, with Interiors by P49 Design and Landscape by Wabi Sabi Studio. Interiors will showcase a warm palette of rich tones with exquisite white and grey marble bathrooms and expansive use of mirrors and glass.

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The hotel suites will be located from the 24th to 32nd floor with four categories of one and two bedrooms ranging from 70-127 square metres. Features will include private dining tables, private butler service, maxi bars with wine cellars, user-friendly mood lighting, high ceilings, large walk-in wardrobes and stunning marble en-suite bathrooms with chic circular baths complete with built in TV. The sleep experience will be of the highest standard and the spacious balconies will be the ultimate chill zone, complete with the traditional 137 Pillars House signature rocking chair and an oversized day-bed for two, with superb view of the Bangkok skyline. 137 Pillars Suites will be a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).

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A range of creatively designed retail products will be available at the Bangkok Trading Post. Both restaurants – Nimitr and The Bangkok Trading Post – have been designed and created by Bangkok’s chic design couple Sophie Beghin and Faun Israrena na Ayudhya of Santhaya Associates.



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Exciting hotel openings in 2017

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For the luxury traveller, this year is playing host to the opening of a plethora of exciting and truly spectacular openings, with hotels going to even greater lengths to cater for the ever-growing needs of the discerning holidaymaker.

From a former Presidential Palace in the hot destination of Vientiane, Laos to a stunning new spa destination in the ancient forests of Langkawi – here are some of the hottest hotels opening in 2017…

President by AKARYN, Laos – opening March
Rather than refer to the property as the group’s first hotel in Laos, the team at AKARYN prefer to describe it as Laos’ first hotel. An aura of timeless style and elegance pervades each of the 32 guest rooms and suites with an individual butler to be called upon whenever guests require assistance.

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The President by AKARYN has also been selected by the United Nations-led ASIA Geographical Indication (GI) programme as its main partner. In line with its sustainable approach to business growth and destination development, AKARYN Hotel Group will give back to local communities through sustainable sources of local income to promote sustainable living and tourism.

The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi – opening July
Marking The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi as a new spa destination, the spa will have the only overwater treatment rooms with a Hammam on the island. As part of the launch, the resort will be launching a comprehensive wellness/lifestyle programme, inviting guests to relax and indulge in their locally inspired treatments, which have thoughtfully been created to draw upon the rich cultural elements of Langkawi.

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With white sandy beaches stretching between the Andaman Sea and a million-year old rainforest as a backdrop, The Ritz -Carlton, Langkawi blends in beautifully with its surroundings. It was designed to reflect a traditional kampong village with 90 guest rooms and 30 villas, three swimming pools, a locally inspired spa, international restaurants and three meeting and wedding venues.

Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection – Opens March
Sister hotel to the legendary Domes of Elounda, the Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection is an 83 room and suites, adults-only, beachfront boutique hotel. This brand new Exactly Like Nothing Else experiential hotel in Chania, complete with a buzzy atmosphere, is a must visit destination for all likeminded travellers, who crave relaxation, a fun environment, in a chic, ultra-stylish surrounding.

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Akyra Beach Club Phuket, Thailand – opened December 2016
Though each resort is distinctive in its own right, Aleenta Phuket and akyra Beach Club Phuket combine to offer guests an unrivalled leisure and dining destination while also retaining the charm of a secluded beachside enclave. The location feels a world away from the well-trodden beaches of Phuket and sits comfortably between multi-million dollar private homes and local fishing communities.

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Custom designed to lift the spirit and calm the soul, the akyra Beach Club Phuket boasts 59 luxurious rooms and stylish stand-alone villas with generous living spaces, branded amenities and a profusion high-end inclusions. Leading edge resort facilities include a beach spa and fully equipped gym and the resort’s integrated beach club offers guests a choice of refined waterfront dining options as they recline in cushioned cabanas or laze on luxury loungers surrounding an enticing beachfront pool.

Hurawalhi – Opened December 2016
Hurawalhi Island Resort, Maldives, is unparalleled, extraordinary and utterly original. Environmentally innovative, a breath-taking Undersea Restaurant, a tropical Champagne Pavilion, stylish Villas and an adults-only policy – Hurawalhi offers its own take on Paradise. Just a 40-minute seaplane flight from Male’, here are a distinctive collection of superbly designed, exclusive and supremely spacious Villas strung across the glittering lagoon – perfectly positioned so that guests can enjoy exquisite sunset panoramas. And with dining options that include on the beach, over the water, and even under the water, the philosophy here is that nothing is impossible.

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Meliá Bangkok will be the company's first city-centre hotel...

Meliá Hotels signs first property in Bangkok – Meliá Bangkok

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The recent signing of Meliá Bangkok marks Meliá Hotels International entry into the Bangkok hotel industry in 2022. Meliá Bangkok is the company’s second property in Thailand, following the signing of Sol Beach House Koh Samui in 2015, and will be Meliá Hotels & Resorts first city-centre hotel.

Meliá Bangkok will be managed under the Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand. The new-build, upscale ‘bleisure’ hotel will strengthen the brand’s portfolio of global urban resorts and will boast 315 luxurious guestrooms, exceptional F&B outlets, spa amenities, a fitness center and meeting facilities. The hotel’s site will also be home to retail and office space.

Meliá Hotels & Resorts, the most international brand of the MHI, has 126 properties worldwide and more than 30 years of presence in Asia. The announcement of Meliá Bangkok reaffirms of the group’s commitment to the region, which is highly valued by travellers worldwide and characterised by the personalised experiences provided through the Passion for Service culture.

In 2016, Meliá Hotels International celebrated its 60th Anniversary. MHI has outlined the Group’s vision to double the Asian hotel portfolio by 2020 and the signing of Meliá Bangkok brings MHI’s presence in the Asian market to 13 operating hotels with a further 22 properties in the pipeline.

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Dusit International signs flagship project in Myanmar

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Leading global hospitality company Dusit International has signed a management agreement with Myanmar V-Pile Group to operate the Dusit Thani Yangon.

Located just 15 minutes by car from Yangon International Airport, and approximately 20 minutes’ drive from the city’s main tourist attraction, the Shwedagon Pagoda, the new property sits at the heart of land earmarked by the Myanmar government to become the former capital’s new Central Business District.

Dusit Thani Yangon will be positioned as a five-star corporate and MICE city hotel within a pioneering mixed-use development incorporating a convention centre, offices, retail and residential units. The hotel will comprise 338 rooms and feature one all-day-dining restaurant, one specialty Thai restaurant, and one rooftop restaurant and bar. Meeting facilities will include a 400-seat ballroom with adjoining conference rooms. Guests will also have access to a swimming pool, spa and gym.

Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO of Dusit International, said: “Myanmar is a fast-emerging market and we are delighted to partner with Myanmar V-Pile Group for this very special project. Being one of the first five-star corporate and MICE city hotels within Yangon’s new Central Business District gives us a great opportunity to showcase our unique brand of gracious Thai hospitality in one of the ASEAN Economic Community’s largely untapped markets. This should set us up perfectly for further expansion within the country, including key destinations such as Bagan, Mandalay, and Inle Lake, as well as throughout Southeast Asia in general, where we already have over 20 properties in the pipeline.”

Dr Sone Han, Chairman of Myanmar V-Pile Group, said, “As Myanmar is the last frontier market in Asia, and the hotel and tourism industry is growing very fast, our group is very excited to commence our first phase of the Secondary Central Business District (Mindhama) project, which will include the five-star Dusit Thani Yangon together with the new, international standard Myanmar Convention Centre. We are delighted to partner with Dusit International, and we believe that Dusit Thani Yangon will very much work in synergy with our Second CBD project while delighting visitors with the gracious hospitality for which Dusit is renowned.”

With a brand portfolio that ranges from personalised luxury to cutting-edge cool, Dusit International operates 29 properties in key destinations around the globe. A further 40 projects are already confirmed to open internationally within the next three years. Alongside Dusit Thani, Dusit International also operates the dusitD2, Dusit Devarana, and DusitPrincess brands.

Akaryn Hotel Group announces three new hotels in Asia

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Beachside bliss, capital chic and heritage hospitality join together to offer independent leisure and business travelers a trilogy of exceptional stays in some of Southeast Asia’s most inspiring and dynamic destinations.

Right on cue for the high season in Thailand, AKARYN Hotel Group is building on the success of its ‘instagenic’ and increasingly popular portfolio of hotels and resorts to offer guests three distinctive new hospitality experiences.

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This December the akyra Beach Club Phuket has welcomed guests to a sophisticated new oceanside destination on spectacular Natai beach in Phang-Nga province, just 20 minutes from Phuket International Airport. Situated on Thailand’s sunset facing shore with inspirational Andaman seascape views, the resort is but a stroll along the beach from its well established elegant sister property, Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa, and complements the barefoot luxury offerings next door. The hip, chilled-out experience is enhanced by a menu of top notch comfort cuisine and top shelf beverages, with live DJs, music and performances adding to the good vibrations.

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Though each resort is distinctive in its own right, Aleenta Phuket and akyra Beach Club Phuket combine to offer guests an unrivalled leisure and dining destination while also retaining the charm of a secluded beachside enclave. The location feels a world away from the well-trodden beaches of Phuket and sits comfortably between multi-million dollar private homes and local fishing communities.

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Custom designed to lift the spirit and calm the soul, The akyra Beach Club Phuket boasts 59 luxurious rooms and stylish stand-alone villas with generous living spaces, branded amenities and a profusion high-end inclusions. Leading edge resort facilities include a beach spa and fully equipped gym and the resort’s integrated beach club offers guests a choice of refined waterfront dining options as they recline in cushioned cabanas or laze on luxury loungers surrounding an enticing beachfront pool. The venue also hosts exceptional daytime and evening events, romantic weddings, regular theme parties and a sensational Sunday Brunch that’s set to set a new benchmark for foodies, mates escaping to paradise and beach believers.

“In many ways the atmosphere is akin to the coolest summer festival by the beach. It’s just a different kind of playground,” says AHG founder and managing director Anchalika Kijkanakorn. “The vision is less about unabashed hedonism, more about the epicurean lifestyle which features in all our resorts. Good food, good tunes, good vibes with extraordinary people enjoying the good things in life – and looking fabulous while doing it. That’s what we are all about.”

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Also launched December 2016, akyra Thonglor Bangkok in the vibrant city. The second urban property in the akyra brand offers a chic metropolitan retreat through a full refurbishment programme that will quietly start this month to transform the former hotel into a unique address in the heart of urban, edgy, contemporary Bangkok – the sought after Thonglor neighbourhood.

akyra Thonglor Bangkok boasts spacious rooms and suites that provide a true sense of “living in the city”, enhanced by a full line-up of top class facilities and services including a pool bar with sparkling city views, a plush executive lounge, a choice of bright, airy meeting and function spaces, an enticing restaurant and a fully equipped fitness centre that’s open 24/7. The hotel also offers seamless access to an inimitable collection of exclusive shops and boutiques, plus a choice of outstanding bars and restaurants that are unique to the area, much-coveted and must-try.

“Thonglor is my favourite part of Bangkok. I live in the neighbourhood and there is a good reason why those in the know choose to spend most of their leisure and business time there,” explains Ms. Kijkanakorn. “Thonglor is exciting, arty, cutting edge, full of design inspiration and art galleries. It’s also local in the sense that even though many expats live there, it’s the long term residents that choose Thonglor for the unique sense of belonging and diverse, always happening feel.”

President by AKARYN – Vientiane, Laos
Last but by no means least, AKARYN Hotel Group’s first foray beyond Thai borders is also opening to host guests during the coming peak tourist season. Nestled in a gentle curve of the Mekong River in Vientiane Laos, President by AKARYN transports travelers into the heart of a timeless, gracious and often overlooked city. Formerly known as the ‘Walled City of Sandalwood’, Vientiane is as serene as its name suggests, where peace and quiet pervades, aromas of freshly- baked French bread and freshly-brewed coffee mingle with aromatic noodles, and echoes of the past whisper from colonial mansions on tree-lined avenues.

Rather than refer to the property as the group’s first hotel in Laos, the team at AKARYN prefer to describe it as Laos’ first hotel. An aura of timeless style and elegance pervades each of the 32 guest rooms and suites with an individual butler to be called upon whenever guests need assistance.

“The hotel’s location and the design are peerless with a prime position on the city’s first thoroughfare, Setthathirath Road, with Parliament House and Haw Phra Kaew, the temple of the Emerald Buddha, as neighbours. President by AKARYN will become the landmark of Vientiane. A place where diplomats come to meet and deals are done. A place where travellers, not tourists, travel back in time and experience the past and future of Laos’ Golden Age.”


The President by AKARYN has also been selected by the United Nations-led ASIA Geographical Indication (GI) programme as its main partner. In line with its sustainable approach to business growth and destination development, AKARYN Hotel Group will give back to local communities through sustainable sources of local income to promote sustainable living and tourism.

AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa has launched in one of Thailand’s popular beach resort destinations. Conveniently located in the heart of the city

AVANI Pattaya offers guests a refreshing change in Thailand

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AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa has launched in one of Thailand’s popular beach resort destinations. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, on Pattaya Beach, the 298-room resort offers great sea views and a relaxed vibe for both business travellers and holidaymakers.

Previously operating as Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa, over $5 million (£3.9 million) has been invested in refurbishing the resort, including guest rooms, meeting rooms, the Elephant Bar and Garden Café Restaurant, plus the resort has introduced The Pantry, an inviting zone where guests are able to eat, grab a quick bite or stock up their mini bars.

AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa has launched in one of Thailand’s popular beach resort destinations. Conveniently located in the heart of the city

AVANI Sea View and AVANI Garden View Rooms, along with the AVANI Garden Terrace Suites have been redesigned to offer an improved use of space and a host of modern comforts. The design is contemporary and fresh and the neutral colour palette is subtle and stylish, creating a space that is restful and soothing.

AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa has launched in one of Thailand’s popular beach resort destinations. Conveniently located in the heart of the city

The newly refurbished Garden Café Restaurant offers a tranquil spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The design style is organic, natural and uncluttered with warm textures and muted tones of plum, grey and shades of white. The varied buffet offers international fare and classic Thai dishes. Lunch and dinner favourites include the seabass with masala sauce, pumpkin risotto and local tiger prawns.

Sala Rim Nam, the resort’s open-air Thai restaurant, is encircled by lotus ponds and tropical flora.

Set within the lush gardens is a 650 square metre outdoor adult and children’s swimming pool with a hydrotherapy Jacuzzi plunge pool.

Phi Phi Island Village Resort finalises £3.7m refurbishment

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Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is set to re-launch in November, following the final phase of its £3.7 million (THB160 million) refurbishment.

The overall vision for the renovations follows a “Chao Lay Southern Thai design concept” offering guests a rare combination of natural simplicity and comfort in one of Thailand’s most inspiring destinations.

RELATED: Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort announces £3.5m renovation project

To strike a balance between authentic Thai architecture and a more modern tropical style resort, Thailand-based design firm Last Word Studio has created stylish interiors for the revamped bungalows while drawing on southern Thai architectural traditions. Spacious, airy, comfortable living spaces have long been a signature of Phi Phi Island Beach Resort. By building with local materials and focusing on air circulation, the properties blend with the tropical surroundings and are kept cool all year-round.

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“Although the main aim is to upgrade our rooms and facilities to keep pace with the demands of visitors from around the world, we have also been very careful not to lose the essence of Thai culture and tradition that people expect when they visit our country,” said Mr. Chao Treenawong, General Manager, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort. “The contemporary Thai design is still a major attraction, even on a remote island like Koh Phi Phi, but it must also evolve with the times.”

Reflecting this approach, the new bungalows are raised slightly from the ground on sturdy pillars and boast tall, pointed roofs which catch the sea breezes and funnel fresh air through the interiors. Air-conditioning units have been also installed, even though they are not always required; thanks to a sensitive, smart design scheme that dates back hundreds of years.

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“Through the décor and design our new rooms offer a local Thai village feel, but they also come with all the added amenities of modern lifestyle. By staying true to the region’s architectural roots, we have also remained sensitive to the island environment – physically, and in terms of sustainability,” said Mr. Treenawong.

In addition to these newly designed rooms, Phi Phi Island Village Resort recently completed their new-look restaurant Api, as well as a stylish al fresco coffee club called bean/Co. To accompany these new additions a new menu has been created, called The Beach House. All of the new amenities complement the elegant architecture and ambiance of the resort’s Ruan Thai restaurant, Phi Phi Island’s only authentic Thai dining experience.

RELATED: Phi Phi Island Village Resort committed to sustainability

Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is constantly evolving and innovating in terms of eco-sustainability. The resort recently installed a reverse osmosis (RO) plant which provides 20,000 litres of clean per hour, whilst managing a coral reef rehabilitation nursery off the shores of the property. In addition, a 5-acre plot near the resort grounds has been dedicated to the planting and nurturing of new mangroves. Resort guests will have the opportunity to join staff and community leaders in bi-annual mangrove planting events, with up to 700 mangrove trees to be placed in the on-site plantation, as well in the coral restoration project.

The Swiss hotel management company, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, has signed an agreement with leading real estate developer Nusasiri to manage three properties in Thailand

Mövenpick launching three new projects in Thailand

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The Swiss hotel management company, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, has signed an agreement with leading real estate developer Nusasiri to manage three properties in Thailand.

The three properties will be Mövenpick Residences Ekkamai, Bangkok and Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai, both scheduled to open in Q4 2016, and Mövenpick Resort Mai Khao Phuket which will open in Q4 2017.

The announcement raises Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ total number of hotels and residences in Thailand to seven as the country’s thriving tourism sector continues to drive the global management firm’s portfolio in Asia.

Mövenpick Residences Ekkamai is the first property under the exclusive Mövenpick serviced apartment brand. It will consist of 160 residences – serviced apartments of one, two and three bedrooms – featuring an all-day dining restaurant, lobby lounge and rooftop lounge and bar. Other facilities include a meeting space, swimming pool and fitness centre.

Extensive modern resort facilities will be available to guests within a beautiful beachfront setting at Mövenpick Resort Mai Khao Phuket. The property will comprise some 220 rooms and feature a unique F&B proposition including an interactive all-day dining restaurant and an eclectic beach club. Meeting facilities, a kids club, three swimming pools, a fitness centre and signature spa complete the offering.

Stunning European heritage-inspired exterior design will add a rich sense of grandeur at Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai, featuring 114 rooms comprising hotel suites and two, three and four bedroom villas, with a core selection of facilities set within a landmark European-inspired clubhouse encompassing an all-day dining restaurant, lobby bar, café, meeting space, swimming pool, fitness centre and spa.

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts currently has eight hotels in operation in Asia, four of which are in Thailand, its largest market in the region. The Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok and the 260-room Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya are the latest additions to the group’s burgeoning portfolio in the region.

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay will open this year, followed by Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali in early 2017. The Swiss-hotel management company is focused on accelerated regional growth, with the company vision to manage over 30 hotels in Asia by 2020.

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North Hill City Resort opens in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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North Hill City Resort, a new five-star luxury resort near Chiang Mai, has officially opened and has welcomed its first guests.

The boutique, 42-room resort offers a sophisticated and contemporary setting with outstanding views of Doi Suthep, ideal proximity to the new North Hill Golf Course and a number of unique amenities. The opening of the new resort in Chiang Mai coincides with the recent award by Travel + Leisure, whose readers voted Chiang Mai as best city in Asia in Travel + Leisure’s “The World’s Best Cities” survey.

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Inspired by the beautiful environs of the region, the resort features a fresh, contemporary design surrounding green space, nature and serene views of Doi-Sothep in the distance. Maximising outdoor spaces, the property features an expansive outdoor amphitheater with a swimming pool and pool bar, serving as a venue for functions, meetings and weddings.

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42 modern guest rooms are thoughtfully appointed incorporating contemporary design and neutral tones to highlight the views. Additional amenities include a large flat screen TV and Blu-ray/DVD player, 500 thread-count white bed linens, luxurious bathrooms with a large soaking tub and a workspace area with a wooden desk. Additionally, guests at the resort will enjoy complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast and a fitness centre with state-of-the-art cardio equipment.

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Culinary enthusiasts will love the property’s new Italian restaurant the Zest, with a modern and intimate design. Additionally, the resort houses a private home grown farm that is more than 6,000 sqm featuring a number of local vegetables.

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Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel to open

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Rising above the banks of Bangkok’s picturesque Chao Phraya River, the world’s first purpose designed AVANI hotel, AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel, offers a smooth blend of contemporary style, modern warmth and stunning views across Asia’s most dynamic city.

On arrival guests are immediately greeted by an arresting view of the Chao Phraya River from the vast lobby, located on the eleventh floor. The open plan design blends reception, lounge, meeting, chill out and restaurant spaces. The interiors are spacious, the driving ethos is modernity, fused with comfort and great craftsmanship.

All of the hotel’s 248 stylish guest rooms and suites, boast uninterrupted city and river views.

The neutral décor is a blend of comfort and modernity, natural materials and high-tech equipment, along with extra conveniences such as a rain shower, dedicated work station with free WiFi and a media hub docking station. Each of the spacious River View Junior Suites features a bathroom with a view, outfitted with a freestanding tub.

At the other end of the terrace is ATTITUDE, Bangkok’s newest rooftop hot spot to see and be seen. Different areas of the restaurant and bar, intimate or collective, are designed for socialising and include an indoor lounge with a DJ booth, an open show kitchen, wine wall and outdoor lounge-style restaurant and bar.

September opening: North Hill City Resort

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North Hill City Resort, opening this month, is a new five-star luxury resort incorporating a modern contemporary design that embraces the destination of Chiang Mai. A five star resort, the design highlights the beauty of the resort’s idyllic and serene location while still close to tourist destinations, and captures outstanding views of Doi Suthep.

“We have put in a lot of thought into designing North Hill City Resort, and we are pleased to see it finally coming to life as we approach opening this month,” said Kanlapat Trakarnkoolpunt, managing director of North Hill City Resort. “We’re thrilled to welcome guests to experience the finished product, and we’re confident that they will enjoy the calming and fresh design with first-class materials and elements, ultimately focusing on the stunning Doi Suthep.”

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Only 20 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city area, the boutique 42-room property’s primary design element is the surrounding green space and nature. Designed by landscape and architecture firm, RAFA, the resort maximizes outdoor spaces with an expansive outdoor amphitheater alongside a swimming pool and deck. In addition to panoramic views of Doi Suthep, this outdoor area serves as a venue for functions, meetings, weddings and also features a BBQ area.

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With a modern design highlighting traditional Thai design elements, guestrooms feature a neutral color scheme with earthy brown and tan tones complimented by elegant stone and wood throughout. Additionally, the rooms feature state-of-the-art luxury amenities such as a 40” LED TV, 500 thread-count white bed linens, an area with a wooden desk and workspace and sprawling windows offering unobstructed views of the resort’s beautiful environs. Guests will enjoy luxurious bathrooms, including a large marble soaking tub and a shower panel with an overhead rainfall shower, a hand-held showerhead and body massage nozzles for the ultimate relaxation.

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A quick walk away is North Hill Golf Club, a pristine 18-hole golf course in signature mint condition with panoramic Doi Suthep scenery. Next door will be a luxurious and state-of-the art clubhouse, including a welcoming lobby, a sweet and richly scented coffee corner and a Pro Shop where guests can purchase personalized services, souvenirs and golf equipment. The clubhouse will include a business lounge designed to meet the needs of business travelers on the road, a fitness studio with top-of-the-line equipment, a Cheval Blanc Lounge, a karaoke room, and a games room.

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Perfect for groups of five to 300, the North Hill City Resort’s meeting and conference functions have a lot to offer. Each room has a unique design, including The Forum which features luxury dark brown hues and suites intimate groups of five to ten or the medium-sized The Merit Conference Room ideal for groups of up to 30 people. The Glory Room is features a serene white and grey color scheme, making it perfect for weddings or large company functions. Additionally the resort’s meetings space includes an outdoor area with a golf course view, holding up to 1,000 people.

The Spa has a Thai-contemporary design where luxury meets northern Thai influences. Consisting of three private rooms and four Thai massage rooms, spa-goers can expect to indulge in the ultimate relaxation and peace. Guests will also enjoy a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna

Wyndham Grand Phuket

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay to open in November

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Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay is expected to open just north of Patong Beach in November offering stylish rooms for hotel guests. CLUB Wyndham ASIA, a part of the Wyndham Vacation Ownership business, has also signed an agreement subject to specified requirements which once complete, will give CLUB Wyndham ASIA members access to luxurious apartments at the resort.

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay’s 214 rooms and facilities are designed to highlight its stunning locale nestled on the edge of a cliff which boasts sweeping views of the Andaman Sea. The resort is a stone’s throw away from Phuket’s vibrant entertainment precinct yet just far enough to enjoy only the sounds of peaceful waves rolling into shore.

The rooms will bring the outdoors in by illuminating its plush setting and spectacular sea views. The 48m2 standard rooms will offer guests the luxury of space together with plush furnishings and a full suite of in-room amenities. Each of the resort’s 152 pool villas, the most in the Kalim-Patong area, will feature a private outdoor sundeck and a six- or nine-metre infinity pool overlooking the ocean, providing guests with privacy and seclusion as well as ultimate comfort and relaxation.

Wyndham Hotel Group is actively expanding its diverse footprint of offerings in the region, having just recently announced the signing of a new Wyndham hotel in Danang, Vietnam. The company currently has nearly 8,000 properties worldwide with over 1200 hotels open and operating across the Asia Pacific Region under its Ramada, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Days Inn, TRYP by Wyndham and Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Super 8 brands.

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Phi Phi Island Village Resort committed to sustainability

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From coral clean-up to sustainable water sourcing, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is leading the way in eco-sustainability within the luxury travel sector.

Currently in the midst of an extensive £3.5 million renovation aimed at eco-sustainability, Phi Phi Island Resort is committed to protecting the beautiful nature that surrounds this spectacular destination.

The resort recently installed a new reverse osmosis (RO) plant which provides 20,000 litres of clean, sustainable water per hour using a system that requires little maintenance at low cost. In addition, a five-acre plot on the resort grounds has been dedicated to the planting and nurturing of new mangroves.

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Resort guests will also have the opportunity to join staff and community leaders in bi-annual mangrove planting events, with up to 700 mangrove trees to be placed in the on-site plantation. This tropical coastal vegetation protects shorelines from erosion, helps maintain water clarity, and provides breeding and nursery grounds for a number of marine organisms.

The 18th of every month is named “Save The Sea Day” at Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort. This is when trained staff members check and maintain the resort’s coral nursery with help from hotel guests to collect any rubbish that has built up within a one-kilometre radius of the resort. After 10 months, when the coral is strong enough, it is transplanted onto the offshore reefs that surround the island to replenish the natural beauty beneath the sea.

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Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort has also undertaken other sustainable initiatives to reduce the impact of the resort’s ecological footprint, including making natural fertiliser from food waste created at the resort, using earthworms to dispose of wet food waste.

“We are constantly increasing our efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the resort, and we are also encouraging guests to do their part in sustaining the resources and beauty of the region.

“We aim to reduce the stress that is put upon our environment and return balance to the delicate ecosystems to the best of our ability. With these initiatives in place, we hope to stand as a figurehead for a more environmentally sustainable Koh Phi Phi,” said Mr. Chao Treenawong, General Manager.

Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort Aims to Reduce Carbon Footprint

The resort’s owners, Singha Estate Plc is working with leading experts from Phi Phi Island National Park Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Marine Science Department, Faculty of Fisheries, Kasetsart University and Faculty of Science at Chulalongkorn University; to implement and manage a range of environmentally friendly initiatives at Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort and on Koh Phi Phi island.

“Change comes from collaboration as we work together to restore Phi Phi Island as a world-renowned destination for marine resources,” said Mr. Naris Cheyklin, CEO, Singha Estate Plc.

As part of the “Phi Phi Set To Change” Programme, the number of boats and visitors to nearby Loh Ba Gao and Phai Island has been reduced with a ‘park & ride’ system introduced for operators to drop off visitors and moor their boats at floating docks, instead of anchoring at sea, which damages the coral reef. Watchdog boats have also been provided to help park officers work more effectively, assisting visitors and keeping violators away.

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North Hill City Resort, Chiang Mai set to open in August

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North Hill City Resort, a new five-star luxury resort in Chiang Mai, is set to open in August 2016.

Perfect for business and leisure travelers alike, the boutique, 42-room resort offers a sophisticated and contemporary setting with outstanding views of Doi Suthep, ideal proximity to the new North Hill Golf Course, and unique amenities including an outdoor amphitheatre and outdoor swimming pool and deck.

The opening of the new resort in Chiang Mai coincides with the recent award by Travel + Leisure, whose readers voted Chiang Mai as one of the top 15 cities in the world, and the top city in Asia in Travel + Leisure’s “The World’s Best Cities” survey.

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North Hill City Resort enjoys an idyllic location just outside of Chiang Mai, making for a unique gateway to the region’s natural and cultural attractions. Inspired by the beautiful environs of the region, the resort features a fresh, contemporary design that maximises outdoor spaces. The resort offers 42 spacious guest rooms and suites with serene views of Doi-Sothep in the distance.

The modern guest accommodations are thoughtfully appointed with state-of-the-art technology and luxury amenities, such as complimentary, high-speed WiFi, a 40” LED TV with satellite channels, 600 thread-count bed linens and complimentary buffet breakfast. The resort features a fitness centre with state-of-the-art cardio equipment along with an all-day dining restaurant and business lounge.

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North Hill City Resort is an excellent choice for both leisure and business travelers. The resort is conveniently located 20 minutes from Chiang Mai International Airport and downtown Chiang Mai. The new modern city 18-hole North Hill Golf Course is right next door and favorite regional attractions are a short drive away.

Further, the resort features a five-star suite of unique and modern amenities that make it an outstanding destination for business meetings and distinctive special events. An outdoor pool, deck and barbeque offer panoramic views of the countryside and Doi Suthep in the distance, while a lovely outdoor amphitheatre is a memorable setting for weddings and cocktail receptions. Guests will also enjoy The Vivace Lounge where a unique selection of cigars are available purchase and a new restaurant concept offering flavorful Italian cuisine.

North Hill City Resort houses a private organic farm that is more than 6,000sqm featuring a variety of vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, Chinese kale, Chinese cabbage, zucchini, lemongrass, garlic chives, Japanese mint, super-hot chilies and more. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to take a farm-to-table cooking class, where they will pick these local Thai herbs and vegetables to be used for their meals.


Dusit Hotels to bring hotel apartment project to Dubai

Dusit to break ground on new Dubai project

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Dusit Hotels and Resorts has announced the signing of a technical design agreement with ACES Property Development to bring a new hotel apartment project under the DusitPrincess brand to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The agreement was formalised at a signing ceremony recently held at the Dusit Thani Bangkok presided over by executives from both companies, including Dusit’s Group Chief Executive Officer Ms Suphajee Suthumpun and Founding Director of ACES, Mr Kashif Shahzad.

The DusitPrincess ACES Dubai will be located in the Jumeirah Village Circle, in close proximity to the new Al Makhtoum International Airport, the Palm Jumeirah, and other exciting shopping and entertainment venues. Full details will be released at the project’s ground-breaking ceremony to be held soon.


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Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort announces £3.5m renovation project

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Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is delighted to announce an extensive £3.5 million renovation to be fully completed in October 2016, with the completion of 45 brand new luxurious and exclusive private villas and a glimmering 25-metre beachfront infinity pool.

Located on Koh Phi Phi, within the Nopparattra National Park, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort allows guests to feel as if they’ve arrived at their own private village in the heart of Paradise. With 201 exceptional bungalows and hillside villas, privacy and exclusivity are the order of the day across the resort’s 70 tranquil. The new renovation is stylish and delightfully in keeping with the surrounding natural environment whilst offering a chic-style of accommodation in traditional Southern Thai village style with light-filled rooms soaked in sunlight. The interiors are all contemporary, spacious, featuring a rain shower and a sprawling balcony.

The resort’s three restaurants and four bars have all been completely renovated to the highest standards and provide a delicious array of cuisines set against a backdrop of exquisite views.

Offering authentic barefoot luxury Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort oozes luxury amidst very natural and beautiful surroundings. Easily reached by private boat or ferry, Phi Phi Island is renowned for its unspoilt landscape, remarkable beaches, incredible diving and snorkelling in the clear waters of the Andaman Sea.

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Dusit International bringing dusitD2 hotel to UAE

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Thai hotel group Dusit International is continuing its strong Middle Eastern expansion with its first dusitD2 hotel in the United Arab Emirates.

The new dusitD2 Kenz Dubai by Dusit will be located in the TECOM district of Dubai, facing the main thoroughfare Sheikh Zayed Road, and is scheduled to open in July 2016.

The property is described as an “upscale hotel that caters to business and leisure travellers”, and will feature 237 rooms and suites, all with free Wi-Fi access, digital media hubs with universal power outlets, and LED TV screens. Hotel facilities will include Thai and Mediterranean restaurants, a rooftop pool, spa, fitness centre, three meeting rooms and a boardroom.

The DusitD2 Kenz Dubai, as it will be known, becomes the company’s fifth property in UAE, following the Dusit Thani Dubai, Dusit Residence Dubai Marina, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi and Pearl Coast Apartments in Dubai.

The company also plans to bring its dusitD2 brand to Abu Dhabi in the near future.

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Thai boutique hotel operator 137 Pillars plans rapid expansion across Asia

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The owners of luxurious, heritage hotel 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai have launched a boutique hotel operation, which will take its name from this first hotel in the group.

The Wongphanlert family is now planning a series of new properties in Bangkok, Phuket and further afield for the 137 Pillars Hotels and Resorts.

The group will be headed up by Christopher Stafford, who now becomes 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts’ chief operating officer. Stafford will be tasked with overseeing the launch of the company’s second property, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok, which is scheduled to open in late 2016.

Set on the 23rd to 30th floors of a new tower, the hotel will offer 34 suites, all featuring large balconies with rocking chairs and two-person daybeds. The Bangkok hotel will also offer almost 180 one and two-bedroom private residences.

Facilities will include a 32nd floor sky bar and rooftop infinity pool, plus a spa. The 26th floor will also feature “pods” for late-leaving and early-arriving guests whose rooms aren’t available, with separate shower facilities. A third hotel, 137 Pillars Estate Phuket, is then scheduled to open in early 2019 on the north peninsula of Kata Beach. It will feature 16 villas and 46 suites, all with private pools.

The original 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai dates back to the late 1800s and was the former headquarters of the East Borneo Company.

The company’s website, 137pillarshotels.com, went live last weekend. . .

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Anantara launches The Residences in Phuket Layan

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The Residences by Anantara Phuket Layan, a new luxury residential villa development overlooking breathtaking Layan Beach, were designed by the late Jaya Ibrahim of Jaya International.

In one of the final projects designed by Jaya himself, the designer curated a modern interpretation of the classic Asian space, bridging the culturally rich and flavorful world of Thailand with today’s modern luxury standards. The design reflects the tranquility and beauty of the region.

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The Residences by Anantara Phuket Layan are the first branded residences for the award-wining luxury hospitality brand. Located on the Layan Beach, on the northwest coast of Phuket, renowned for its lush tranquil and stunning environs, the 15 impressive villas range in size from three to seven bedrooms, each with a 21-metre infinity pool and providing an unobstructed 180-degree view overlooking the Andaman Sea. The spectacular expansive residences range in size from 1,695 to 3,220 square metres, providing the space to get away from it all, or to share the luxurious destination with friends and family.

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Inspired by the locality of Phuket Layan, Jaya’s design draws on the cultural and ecological context of the natural terrain. The resort is situated in the canopy of the surrounding rainforest, perched on hilly terrain above a quiet beach. To blend the buildings with its surroundings, indigenous and natural materials were used, such as Thai travertine, locally-sourced wood and Terrazzo flooring. The residences feature two-tiered flat roofs with indented corners, a modern twist on the traditional Thai design element that also serves to enhance views. Ranging from three to nine bedrooms, each villa offers a mixture of covered and outdoor spaces.

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While the architecture is reflective of the landscape and its contours, the interiors are a seamless response to the architecture. The interiors are calm and comfortable, allowing the transition from a busy, urban life to peace and quiet. Features and doors are aligned to emanate a sense of balance and security, and the furniture layouts in each room are focused on the view outside. The sense of place is subtly enhanced with the choice of materials, like wood and stone with natural instead of highly glossed finishes. The Thai culture is reflected through distinct design elements, such as the intricately carved ceiling lattice, the carpet pattern and the curves of the furniture.

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All of the décor elements were specifically designed or handpicked by Jaya himself as a complement to the cultural richness of the location. The interior is warm, welcoming and luxurious, and emanates a distinctly authentic aura. A rustic bronze lamp stand with three tiers and indented corners is an inverse reflection of the building itself. Colourful hand woven rugs were created using a combination of silk and wool. Additional artifacts and antiques found throughout the residences were curated personally by Jaya to embellish the surroundings.

Kata Rocks

Clever design marks Kata Rocks out in Thailand’s hotel scene

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Kata Rocks incorporates a clever piece of design to give the illusion that you are in fact on your very own super yacht adrift on the Andaman Sea. A minimalist presence throughout, the modernistic layout gives those who visit an entirely new luxury experience in Thailand. Kata Rocks appointed architect firm Original Vision to take the lead in creating this particular vision; with an emphasis on clean and uncomplicated spaces designed towards the exceptional panoramic views.

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With the exclusive positioning in mind each of the Sky Villas has a clear, unobstructed view over the Andaman sea. Kata Rocks’ apartment-sized Sky Villas combine the space and opulence of a modern villa, with eye-catching wraparound glass and metal, a breath-taking retro and nautical auras, the boutique resort provides a chic and stylish setting where guests can experience an alternative to luxury in Thailand.

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Each privately owned and managed by Infinite Luxury with the service standards of a 5 star boutique hotel. With 34 one, two, three and four bedroom Sky Villas stacked across the hillside, these are big, bright and beautiful. The apartments (134-334sqm) and Penthouse (460sqm) come with a fully-fitted kitchen, living and dining areas with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors opening onto private infinity pools – each of which is a minimum of seven-metres long. The design inside and outside has been well thought out; the furnishings are sleek and Italian-made, all white-on-white, from white linens to white umbrellas shading white sunbeds overlooking a white-tiled pool.

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The privacy of the villas, each with their own luxury amenities offer an unparalleled sense of space and tranquillity, creating a feeling of harmony and balance set against its lush tropical surroundings. Kata Rocks has already collected many prestigious design awards – such as ‘Best Apartment in the World’ and ‘Best Small Hotel in the World’ – in the International Property Awards, triumphing over luxury properties from over one-hundred countries around the world.

Facilities extend to a stunning picturesque restaurant, a 35-metre swimming pool with a stylish poolside bar, a sublime Infinite Luxury Spa which houses everything from energy pods to light-emitting treatment beds and one of the most cutting-edge fitness facilities in Thailand. Between two of the islands finest beaches, Kata and Kata Noi, Kata Rocks is quickly becoming one of the island’s most fashionable resorts.