Thailand: AHMS Hotels is to expand its akyra brand with the Q3 2014 with the launch of akyra Manor Chiang Mai.
Boutique hotel operator Akaryn Hospitality Management Services (AHMS) has partnered with Singapore’s Manor Design Studio to launch the second akyra property, following the opening of the akyra Chura Samui in 2011. akyra Manor Chiang Mai will feature 29 suites and residences.
AHMS founder and owner Anchalika Kijkanakorn, who is also the chairman of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), said the Chiang Mai hotel, located in Soi 9 Nimmanhaemin Road, will be “modern, warm, welcoming and stylish”. “Its restaurant will be the place to be seen in downtown Chiangmai, with a state-of-the-art show kitchen and an amazing line-up of cuisine. We’ll have a small executive meeting room catering for high end meetings and more. The hotel will also have Thailand’s first organic rooftop nursery (think NYC rooftop gardens) and a SLOW Food concept, which means we grow most of our own ingredients. It will also have a very cool bar by the pool which will become the place in Chiang Mai to meet for drinks.”
“Chiang Mai has been one of my personal favourites, a place where I go to getaway with friends and family. It’s somewhere I’ve visited again and again. Nimmanhaemin is a hip and happening precinct that is quickly growing in fame beyond the gates of Chiang Mai. We want to tap into that, but also give the area another great point of interest in terms of wow architecture and hospitality and hopefully even raise the bar a bit in terms of what Chiang Mai offers in guest experiences,” she added.
Chaw Chih Wen, Manor Studio’s design director, is charged with creating the hotel’s look and feel. The former protege of Cesar Pelli Architects in New York has had his work selected for exhibitions such as La Triennale di Milano (2007), the 6th International Conference in Tokyo, Japan (2006), and Tokyo Designers Week (2010). He is also the 2012 A’Design Award winner for Interior Space and Exhibition Design.
The partnership between AHMS and Manor Design Studio follows last month’s announcement that AHMS is to open the AKARYN Koh Krabeay Retreat & Spa on its own island in Cambodia in 2015.