HotelsDusit's new brand debuts in Bangkok as Ritz-Carlton Reserve plants flag in Hokkaido, while Kimpton scales up APAC footprint

Global hotel brands continue expansion path in key Asia markets

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Located in central Bangkok's Langsuan area, the Kimpton Bangkok Maa-Lai is scheduled to debut October 1.
Located in central Bangkok's Langsuan area, the Kimpton Bangkok Maa-Lai is scheduled to debut October 1.

Kimpton grows Asia Pacific footprint

InterContinental Hotel Group's boutique hotel brand, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, is fast expanding into new markets in Asia Pacific, with its upcoming properties in Tokyo and Bangkok now open for reservations ahead of their openings in October.

Located in central Bangkok's Langsuan area, the Kimpton Bangkok Maa-Lai is scheduled to debut October 1. The property, which overlooks the city's Lumpini Park, will comprise 362 guestrooms and 131 residences.

The Kimpton Bangkok Maa-Lai will house several F&B venues, including Craft, an all-day lobby bar serving coffee, craft beer and coffee cocktails; rooftop garden and bar Bar.Yard; and cocktail bar Ms. Jigger.

Opening on October 2 is the 151-room Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo, located in proximity to famous Tokyo landmarks like Shibuya Crossing and Shinjuku Station.

Other amenities at the Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo will include meetings and event spaces, a health and fitness centre and a chapel that doubles as an art gallery. The hotel will also offer dining options like District, which is billed as a modern Tokyo brasserie, and New York-inspired deli cafe the Jones.

The two properties join the Kimpton Da An Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, to bring the brand's Asia-Pacific property count to three.

Elsewhere in the region, Kimpton Naranta Bali will open in 2021 to feature 50 villas. Kimpton has plans to further expand in the region, with outposts in Hong Kong; Shanghai; Sanya, China; and Bali also in the pipeline.

Asai Bangkok Chinatown marks Dusit’s expansion into the affordable lifestyle segment.
Asai Bangkok Chinatown marks Dusit’s expansion into the affordable lifestyle segment.

Dusit debuts Asai brand in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Leading Thai hotel and property development company, Dusit International, has planted its first hotel under the Asai brand in Bangkok’s Chinatown district, slated to open September 15, 2020.

Targeting millennials seeking authentic local experiences, some unique highlights include the hotel’s use of sustainable local produce, collaborations with local restaurateurs and artisans, and large communal area. Another plus: the location near lively fresh markets, historic temples, traditional shophouses, hidden coffee shops and a vast array of streetside eateries.

“As the only international hotel chain in the area, we have a strong advantage, and we look forward to leveraging it to bring value to all of our stakeholders - guests, customers, employees, and owners alike,” said Siradej Donavanik, managing director, Asai Holdings Company, which operates Asai Hotels.

As part of Dusit’s expansion into the affordable lifestyle segment, the Asai brand will open a second Bangkok property within 12 months in the Sathorn district, with another three Asai hotels coming up in Cebu, Philippines; one in the old Yankin area of Yangon, Myanmar; and another in Kyoto, Japan.

Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a gateway hub to Niseko's mountains.
Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a gateway hub to Niseko's mountains.

Ritz-Carlton Reserve ready for winter opening at Niseko, Hokkaido

The first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Japan will make its debut in Hokkaido's Niseko Village when it opens on December 15 later this year.

The 50-room Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve sits at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri, providing a convenient base for snow lovers amid Niseko’s mountains offering 890 hectares of powder for extensive backcountry skiing, sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Two nearby 18-hole golf courses surrounded by majestic mountains will especially entice in spring.

The luxury alpine resort offers two restaurants, fitness centre, a spa and onsen powered by Niseko’s natural hot springs to relax the day away.

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’ Royal Residence ensconces guests in absolute privacy.
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’ Royal Residence ensconces guests in absolute privacy.

Raffles and Soneva step up exclusivity options

Following the Maldives' reopening to international visitors on July 15, and the announcement to reopen 94% of resorts by October 2020, several luxury brands are further elevating the exclusivity quotient with the introduction of private retreats and residences.

Soneva Fushi will soon open bookings for its new eight Water Retreats: spacious one- or two-bedroom overwater villas ranging from 584sqm up to 857sqm, with attached private pool, a slide straight into the waters below, signature outdoor bathroom with access to the sea, and retractable roof over the master bed for stargazing from the comfort of the king-sized bed.

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’ Royal Residence is an expansive 1,700sqm six-bedroom villa accommodating up to 15 guests. In the privacy and safety of this luxurious cocoon, guests can enjoy the villa’s 40m pool, have the Royal Residence butlers plan a pool party or go out on boat trips, or enjoy sunsets from their private beach spot on the resort’s location at Gaafu Alifu atoll.

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