By SIRIVISH TOOMGUM
The move is part of its plan to triple the number of akyra hotels and resorts from the current four to 12 by 2022.
Agreements for new akyra properties are currently at different stages of readiness in the Malaysian Highlands, Hoi An in Vietnam and Bangkok’s Rattanakosin Island, while other projects are being considered in markets like Bali, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh, as the Thai boutique brand spreads its wings across Southeast Asia.
The group’s managing director and founder, Anchalika Kijkanakorn, said yesterday that the first international akyra property would be the one in Hoi An. Construction of this hotel is expected to be finished within the next two years.
She added that the group would not own but operate these planned akyra properties in the targeted foreign destinations.
The group currently operates four akyra hotels and resorts in Thailand: akyra Manor Chiang Mai, akyra Beach Club Phuket, akyra Thonglor Bangkok, and the most recent addition to the collection, akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok.
Akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok, which had a soft launch in May 2018, is the first new hotel in Asia to launch without any use of plastic in its rooms and food and beverage outlets.
Anchalika added that all new akyra hotels and resorts would retain the brand’s core philosophies, including sustainability, community interaction and environmental awareness.
The entire Akaryn Hotel Group, which also includes the Aleenta luxury resort brand, has pledged to eliminate single-use plastic by the second quarter of next year.
Both akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok and akyra Manor Chiang Mai are already single-use plastic free.
“Our passionate belief in social and environmental responsibility is now shared by many modern travellers. All across Southeast Asia, young and young-at-heart guests are seeking smart, stylish and sustainable places to stay. Every new akyra hotel or resort will allow guests to make meaningful connections with their destination, whilst leaving the smallest possible footprint on the planet,” Anchalika added.
Akaryn Hotel Group, which specialises in the management of small luxury resorts, owns and manages Aleenta Phuket-Phang-nga, Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi, and the akyra Beach Club Phuket.