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IHG opens at a new resort address

Thailand’s Koh Yao Yai Island will soon welcome the new InterContinental Yao Yai Resort in early 2020 (Credit: deniscostille/Getty Images)
Thailand’s Koh Yao Yai Island will soon welcome the new InterContinental Yao Yai Resort in early 2020 (Credit: deniscostille/Getty Images)

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will be opening at a new Thailand address on Phang Nga Bay. 

Located between the southern mainland and Phuket Island, the InterContinental Yao Yai Resort, set to open in early 2020, is part of a signing agreement with Soraya Development Company Limited.

The new-built 170-key resort will open on Phang Nga Bay's largest island, which is famed for its limestone cliffs, mangrove forests and pristine islands. The resort is situated half an hour from the Phuket and Krabi airports as well as Phuket and Krabi private piers. 

Guests will be able to choose from four room categories. These include the 72-sqm ocean view rooms, which offer a panoramic view suite on its top floor and a plunge pool. Families can opt for a room or suite in one of three family-designated buildings featuring water slides, pool access and the brand signature Planet Trekkers Programme. 

For a more exclusive experience, guests can stay at the resort's tropical villas, which are perched on the lagoon and creeks, or along the beachfront with unobstructed views of a one-kilometre stretch of beach.

"We are expanding our luxury footprint to give affluent travellers a new destination to explore and unwind. As one of Thailand's most popular areas, Phang Nga Bay attracts over five million visitors annually and this number is expected to rise substantially, thanks to continuous infrastructural development," said Rajit Sukumaran, chief development officer, Asia Middle East Africa, IHG.

Along with three restaurant and bar outlets, a gym, pool, spa and resort centre, the hotel will offer unique features including the Water Facilities Centre, high-end transfer to and from the hotel, as well as luxurious meeting facilities and intimate wedding arrangements. Special occasions can also be arranged at the private sandbank during low tide periods.

This marks Soraya Development Company Limited's third property with IHG, bolstering its current portfolio which includes Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach and Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang. The company has plans to grow its hospitality portfolio in partnership with IHG in Thailand.

IHG has 24 hotels open in Thailand across five brands - InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Hotel Indigo, with a further 13 hotels opening in the next three to five years.