Over the next three years, Swiss-based company Movenpick Hotels & Resorts will open properties in Thailand's Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui regions. Following the 2006 opening of the Movenpick Resort and Spa Karon Beach Phuket, its first Thai hotel, the company has signed a management agreement to operate the Movenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai, the Movenpick Resort & Spa Mae Nam Beach Koh Samui and the Movenpick Hotel & Residences Bangkok, toward five by 2014.
Near Chiang Mai International Airport, The Movenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai will renovate an existing hotel, set to open mid-2011. On the corner of Loikoh and Changklan Road, the property is situated right at Chiang Mai's "Night Bazaar." Conveniently located near the railway and bus station, the 286-room hotel will feature a Thai-Italian Restaurant, an all-day dining venue and a wine bar. Guests can also visit the property's shops, relax at the spa and pool and take advantage of the fitness centre.
Located on the northern shore of the island of Koh Samui, The Movenpick Resort & Spa Mae Nam Beach Koh Samui will welcome guests to choose from 82 villas with private pools, in view of the Gulf of Thailand and Koh Pha-Ngan. Scheduled for the end of 2011, the property's features include a Thai restaurant and signature spa.
In Phayathai, near the Victory Monument area, the Movenpick Hotel & Residences Bangkok will have 266 rooms and suites, as well as 100 residences. With a modern feel and spacious digs, the property also features a collection of loft-style guest rooms. Slated for 2014, the hotel will offer easy access to the major downtown shopping outlets as well as the sky train and Airport Express link.
In development are the Movenpick White Sand Beach Resort, in Jomtiem near Pattaya, an hour and a half's drive from Bangkok, and the Movenpick Residence Karon Beach Phuket. The Movenpick White Sand Beach Resort will feature, among other things, a lagoon pool, entertaining and facilities for banqueting and meetings.
In contrast, the Movenpick Residence Karon Beach Phuket will be distinguished by its resort-style residential development. Made up of five low-rise buildings, each housing six two-bedroom apartments of 130 square metres, beach owners can enjoy residence butler-service alongside management rent-out programmes.