New developments continue to raise Asia's hotel profile

The Westin Awaji rebrands to Grand Nikko, new look for FCC Angkor by Avani, Kempinski marks second Bangkok entry

Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok forms the residential arm of the larger Sindhorn Village, located close to Bangkok's 'green corridor', Lumphini Park.
Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok forms the residential arm of the larger Sindhorn Village, located close to Bangkok's 'green corridor', Lumphini Park.

Kempinski marks second entry in Thai capital

Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok marks the European luxury hotel's second entry into the Thai capital, following Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok's launch 10 years ago.

The 285-key heritage hotel forms the residential arm of the larger Sindhorn Village, in itself a lifestyle hub, located close to Bangkok's 'green corridor', Lumphini Park. Within, room sizes start at 66sqm, the largest lead-in room type in the Thai capital. Floor-to-ceiling windows let natural light in, private balconies offer views to the city and hotel's park and gardens, pre-cooled air from the roof pumps extra oxygen into the rooms, while soundproofing double walls ensure quality sleep.

Continuing the theme of vast spaciousness, all meetings and events spaces offer natural sunlight features, and outdoor balconies. On the second floor are five venues offering 268sqm indoors space, and an alfresco 436sqm garden venue.

Delegates looking to unwind may do so at the 25-metre saltwater infinity swimming pool, or book a spa day at Sindhorn Wellness by Resense - a complete wellness retreat complete with hammam and thermal area, bio sauna, aroma infused steam room, cold room, micro-salt inhalation room, rasul mud room, experience showers and infrared tepidarium relaxation beds. To stretch out the kinks, there's the boutique fitness, yoga and Pilates studios available as well.

For F&B, Lobby Lounge caters to breakfast and afternoon teas, or head to all-day restaurant Flourish, picking from Thai, European, Arabic, Asian and vegan options while seated at a garden terrace. Come evening, chill out over cocktails, organic wines and premium spirits at Firefly Bar, which has its own cigar lounge as well. Flow restaurant will open later this year.

FCC Angkor by Avani reopens doors

After an extensive facelift, the neo-colonial resort in the heart of Siem Reap has reopened with a second pool, Khmer inspired Visaya Spa, and new resort wing with additional suites to pick from.

The new family suite offers up outdoor relaxation zones including a sunning nook, spa corner with bathtub, dining area and terrace, while the garden suites accords more privacy with a separate living room. For the ultimate in spacious luxury, the riverview suite is the resort’s largest coming in at 150sqm, its picturesque terrace set with a rustic rattan chair set, dining area and oversized bathtub.

All 80 rooms and suites blend with the resorts French colonial style, with décor such as vintage typewriters, rotary dial phones and Khmer carvings. In the rooms, bed runners and cushions are the handiwork of women at local weaving villages, adding to the resort’s sense of authenticity. The Mansion restaurant serves up cuisine and tapas befitting of FCC Angkor by Avani’s theme as well.

The Westin Awaji Island rebrands as Grand Nikko Awaji

After being managed by Yumebutai Co., Ltd. and Marriott International Inc. for the past 20 years, The Westin Awaji Island has changed hands. Since 1 October, 2020, the hotel has been renamed as Grand Nikko Awaji, run by Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co., Ltd.

Accessible from Honshu island, the hotel opened in March 2000, offering hotel and conference centre facilities, also becoming Japan’s first hotel to feature a resort-style events space. Within the hotel, there’re also seven banquet rooms and wedding facilities available.

The rebranded Grand Nikko Awaji will offer 201 keys, each 42sqm room offering views of Osaka Bay and the Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park. Other offerings include four restaurants using fresh ingredients from surrounding seas and produce, a lounge, spa and fitness centre with indoor and outdoor pools, as well as tennis courts.

Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co., Ltd operates three hotel groups, of which the premium Grand Nikko brand targets discerning guests with finer tastes in high quality surroundings, befitting that of Awaji Yumebutai and a key behind this business exchange.

“We are very pleased to be welcoming our Grand Nikko brand hotel to the Kansai region, a major business and sightseeing hub. Currently, we are operating seven hotels…in the Kansai area. I believe that the opening of the Grand Nikko Awaji will help further expand our network and enrich the portfolio of group hotels in this area,” said Toshihiro Ogita, President, Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co., Ltd.

New Ozo in Penang gets lobby and facilities with sky high views

Ozo George Town Penang opened its doors on 21 September within a 22-storey city-centre tower, becoming the island’s first and only hotel with a penthouse sky lobby that overlooks the nearby old town and Straits of Malacca.

Planners looking to inject a cultural element to an otherwise typical incentives trip will appreciate the 141 rooms and suites fitted with luxurious DreamMaster beds and a mural wall highlighting Penang’s well-preserved heritage buildings and shophouses. Picturesque views of the city and surroundings can be enjoyed from the hotel's facilities located on the top floors, including the library and lounge on level 20, hotel restaurant on level 21, and the infinity pool, gym and ON22 sky bar on level 22.

A short stroll from the hotel’s Jalan Argyll address leads to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town, with Chinatown and Little India also in close proximity.

Launched by Thailand-based Onyx Hospitality Group, Ozo George Town Penang has launched an opening special of RM160+ (US$38.70) per night on a room-only basis, or RM200+ with daily breakfast for two. Rates stand for bookings made by 31 December this year for stays until 30 June 2021.