Kempinski signs 3 Asia hotels

Kempinski Hotels is planning to manage three new hotels in the Asia region. The group has signed agreements to manage hotels in Huizhou in China, Jakarta in Indonesia and Khao Lak in Thailand. Kempinski’s portfolio in Asia currently includes 10 open properties and, with the addition of these three new hotels, the group will open a further 19 hotels by end 2009.

Kempinski will manage an ultra-modern complex located in Huizhou’s new industrial area near to the new city government. The newly built complex will feature a 380 room five star luxury hotel in one tower, scheduled to open in 2008 and a multi-storey office building with 30,000 m2 of office space in another tower, supported by a designer shopping mall in the base.

The Kempinski hotel will be perfectly suited for high level conferences and business travel, as its facilities will include a full service business centre, an 800 m2 ballroom and eight meeting rooms as well as a spacious spa and fitness centre. The hotel will also offer four restaurants including Kempinski’s famous Paulaner Bräuhaus, a successful microbrewery concept first launched in Beijing.

Huizhou, which has extensive trade links with nearby Hong Kong, is set in a natural deep water harbour, the city is one of China’s fastest growing and its port is expected to handle up to 120 Mio tonnes of cargo in the near future. With several Fortune 500 companies investing in Huizhou, the city is already known as a world leader in the production of electronic goods and mobile phones.

At the heart of Jakarta, Kempinski is set to manage a five star luxury hotel, which will open end 2007 as part of Asia’s largest shopping and entertainment complex. The hotel, originally the historic Hotel Indonesia, will be extensively remodelled before it reopens as a Kempinski hotel with 210 rooms and suites located in two buildings. Room sizes start at a spacious 50 m2 and the hotel’s interior design will be inspired by contemporary Indonesian art and style. In addition to a 60-storey office tower and a 54-storey residential tower, which will offer 200 luxury Kempinski Residences, the complex will offer 4000 m2 of exhibition and meeting space, the city’s largest ballroom plus a 3000 m2 deluxe spa and fitness centre.


The new Kempinski in Khao Lak will be the group’s second property in Thailand in addition to the five star luxury hotel project in Bangkok, due to open in 2008. Khao Lak is one of southern Thailand’s top resort destinations on the Andaman Sea, about an hour from Phuket airport. The resort is currently under construction, with the opening of the first phase scheduled for autumn 2007, in time for the high season.

During the first phase of the opening, the resort will feature a 320-room five star luxury hotel set in contemporary landscaped tropical gardens and lagoons, by Pui Phornprapha and Plandscape, on grounds of 80,000 m2. The resort will have a 300m long white sandy beach as well as a Tropical Spa.

Large meeting and function rooms will be ideal for everything from celebrating a wedding to holding a successful business meeting. There will be four restaurants, including a Thai fine dining restaurant on the seafront. John Lightbody of Abacus Design is designing the resort’s interiors around a feeling of space, natural light and local materials throughout. The second phase, due for completion in 2009, will see the opening of 40 superlative Pool Villas on a further 40,000 m2 of grounds.

The resort will provide plenty of activities for the whole family, with offshore diving and snorkelling to see coral formations on the coast high on the list. Hiking, elephant-trekking, canoeing and rafting are also popular ways to discover the unspoilt beauty of the Khao Lak region.

“The Khao Lak region is attracting tourists once more, with a number of resorts already re-opened,” said Kempinski’s President & CEO, Reto Wittwer. “Kempinski is pleased to be part of the recovery of Khao Lak after the 2004 tsunami.”

Kempinski’s prestigious portfolio comprises luxurious properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. Each offers superior standards of service combined with a distinctive style reflecting the individuality of the property and its location.