A new company was formed at the start of 2004 by the partnership of Pansea Hotels & Resorts and Orient-Express Hotels - Pansea Orient-Express Hotels was formed at the start of 2004. There are currently five operational Pansea hotels, with a sixth under construction. They are located in Luang Prabang, Laos; Rangoon, Burma; Siem Reap, Cambodia; Bali, Indonesia and Koh Samui on the Gulf of Siam in Thailand. The Pansea Hanging Gardens in Ubud, currently under construction, is scheduled to open at the beginning of next year.
Orient-Express Hotels own 40 deluxe hotels, restaurants, tourist trains and river cruise properties in 17 countries, including the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the Villa San Michele in Florence, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in England, the Ritz in Madrid and the Hotel de la Cite in Carcassonne, France. It also has investments in the Eastern & Oriental Express train which operates between Singapore and Bangkok and the Road to Mandalay cruise ship which operates on the Irrawaddy River in Burma.
Pansea said it found shared values and vision between the two companies, about the development of tourism experiences in special destinations, and so was delighted to have been able to reach an agreement with Orient-Express Hotels.
The Pansea group will continue to remain under the control and management of its existing executives, Robert Molinari and Stanislas Rollin, and will retain its existing personnel. The Pansea hotels and developments situated out of Asia, in Tunisia and the Caribbean, will remain under the Pansea brand.
The existing Pansea branded properties in Asia will now bear new names and be reunited under the banner of Pansea Orient-Express Hotels. The new names aim to give each property a more unique status, and the hotel company said that it is confident that the new tagline, “A Pansea Orient-Express Hotel”, will broaden the appeal of the properties to the existing clientele of both Pansea Hotels & Resorts and Orient-Express Hotels.