InterConti signs on for Thai resort

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a contract to manage the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort.The resort, being developed by Proud Resort Hua Hin Co. Ltd, is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Occupying a prime beachfront location along Petchakasem Road, the contemporary Thai-style resort will have 120 rooms and three beachfront villas with private plunge pools. All rooms will have spacious outdoor lounges with daybeds and dining space, with some ground floor rooms featuring either private gardens or direct pool access. Other facilities planned for the resort include a Spa InterContinental with outdoor garden treatment pavilions, five different pools spread across the grounds, specialty Thai-Chinese, Japanese and grill restaurants and a tea lounge set within a courtyard.

A. Patrick Imbardelli, chief executive of IHG Asia Pacific, said, “The entry of an InterContinental property in a key destination like Hua Hin reinforces InterContinental Hotels & Resorts’ appeal as a provider of memorable resort experiences. This highly-anticipated luxury beachfront property will complement the unique offerings of our other Asia Pacific InterContinental resorts in Bali, Bora Bora, Tahiti and Moorea. With the anticipated increase in visitor arrivals to Thailand and the strength of IHG’s operating systems, we look forward to maximizing the potential of this unique property.”

Hua Hin is just two-and-a-half hours from Bangkok. It is well known for its beaches, historical attractions and golf courses. Frequented by Thai royalty and home of the Summer Palace, the destination is fast becoming a popular vacation destination for international and domestic travellers.