By The Nation
In the last 12 months, Centara has inked management deals for a total of nine Myanmar properties.
Opening first in 2021 is the Thiri Hpa-An property, a 77-room hotel nestled against one of Hpa-An's legendary karst mountains and featuring two restaurants, outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, and meeting facilities.
Hpa-An in Kayin state is a picturesque town known for its limestone karst mountain scenery, emerald rice fields, tranquil lakes, and Saddan Cave filled with pagodas and Buddha statues. Travellers can now reach Hpa-An overland from Thailand’s Mae Sot in three hours.
Opening in 2022 a short 20-minute away from Centra by Centara Hotel Thiri Hpa-An is Hpa-An Hilltop Resort & Spa, which will be managed under the Centara Boutique Collection brand.
The new-build resort will feature 60 guest rooms and bungalows, two F&B outlets, a spa, kid's club, fitness centre with swimming pool, and a guest entertainment centre.
In 2024, Centara Hotel Mandalay will open as part of a mixed-use project which will also include a shopping mall, office and casino. The 200-room hotel will feature three restaurants, meeting facilities, fitness centre with swimming pool, and guest recreational facilities.
Centara has signed management deals with six hotels this year so far outside of Thailand, including the three Myanmar properties, as well as one in Oman, and two in Vietnam. The latest signings add 337 rooms to the group's portfolio now totalling 17,154 rooms across 81 properties.
Almost 50 per cent of Centara properties are now outside Thailand, the group's country of origin.