By THE NATION
The soul-stirring coastal haven, which combines a modern essence with the charming maritime heritage of Koh Samui, marks the first time a hotel under the Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand has been opened in Thailand and is the first property under AWC's portfolio following the company's initial public offering.
The opening of Meliá Koh Samui, Thailand is one of the latest milestones of AWC's strong growth pipeline that AWC continues to enhance and develop according to the IPO plan, said Wallapa Trisorat, AWC's CEO and President.
Meliá Hotels International will help AWC in creating a synergy to connect with target customers across the world, she added.
Following the opening of Meliá Koh Samui, Thailand as well as the recent signing of Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town, AWC's operating assets in the hospitality segment have increased from 14 to 16 hotels with the number of rooms growing from 4,421 to 4,869.
"We have led the Imperial Boat House hotel in Koh Samui through a significant revival and converted it into Meliá Koh Samui, Thailand with the aim of offering a truly unique guest experience," Wallapa added.
"As the hotel boasts the first lagoon pool and the largest swimming pool in Koh Samui, along with a creative combination of hydrotherapy facilities like jacuzzi, water massage and rooms with a direct pool access, guests will find themselves relishing in the soothing fascination of water features".
"The hotel also offers a unique experience for guests as they will be able to stay in suites fashioned after boats. These unique settings will enable them to enjoy a fun-filled and peaceful vacation in a serene atmosphere," she added.
Meliá Koh Samui, Thailand is nestled on Choeng Mon Beach, just 15 minutes from Samui International Airport. The hotel is a 159-room and 41-suite property with a host of outstanding facilities.
"Meliá Koh Samui, Thailand is only the beginning of the company's strategic partnership with Meliá Hotels International. A number of other top-notch hotels and resorts from the prestigious hotel chain will be pioneered in Thailand in coming years," she added.
"This landmark project in Koh Samui is the start of a strategic roll-out of the Meliá brand in Thailand and at least two more hotels will be opened in key destinations across Thailand, including Innside Bangkok Sukhumvit and one establishment in Chiang Mai. We will work closely with Meliá Hotels International to enhance guest experiences, drive new tourism demand and create economic opportunities for Koh Samui, and the whole of Thailand," Wallapa said.