Hotel sector continues to boom
Following on from a record $700 million in hotel investment for 2017, this year promises to be just as strong for Thailand’s hotel sector, with many notable properties recently opening their doors and many more in the pipeline for 2018.
One recent high-profile opening was the launch of the Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin in late February, the first Holiday Inn water park resort to open its doors (and slides) in Asia. The 300-room hotel is located only a 15-minute drive from the seaside town of Hua Hin and features a suite of child-friendly selling points including KidSuites decked out with bunk beds and games, a host of children’s pools, a maze of connected water attractions, and the added thrifty benefit of free food and accommodation for kids under 12. The resort also offers free shuttle buses catering for adult interests including trips to nearby beaches, golf courses and wineries.
Keeping with the theme of family-focused accommodation is the Movenpick Asara Resort and Spa Hua Hin that is set to open to the public in the next few months. Marking the seventh property for the Movenpick brand in Thailand, this hotel will boast impressive views overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and features 54 pool villas and 42 suites. Other attractions include two restaurants serving a combination of French bourgeois and modern Thai cuisine and an extensive list of leisure and meeting facilities. Veteran hotel executive Simon Dell was recently announced the general manager of the new luxury seaside resort.
The Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin will soon offer guests a host of new features thanks to some major renovations and upgrades at the property, most notably major refurbishments to the Thai Pavillion room and new Thai Pavillion Suite which are scheduled to open to the public this November. Further remodelling and enhancements will also be undertaken to upgrade the resort’s fitness area, Emerald Room and Orchid Lounge.