Kempinski Hotels, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel company, is banking on activities that Nay Pyi Taw will attract in the years to come, which would ensure success for its first property in the capital city.
To start welcoming guests on November 1, Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw expected that the first clients would be delegates to attend the Asean Summit, which will be hosted in the city for the first time.
Nay Pyi Taw is an administrative centre for businesses applying for permits to operate in Myanmar, the global hotel chain said in a statement.
The city also regularly hosts government delegates and organisations, such as the upcoming Asean Summit, which will take place in November, it added.
In the first two months of operations, the hotel’s introductory rate is set from US$180 for a premier suite. It is well above the average hotel room rates in the country at $180, according to New Crossroads Asia, a Singapore-based financial advisory firm that focuses on Myanmar said that the occupancy rate is about 80 per cent.
In keeping with local tradition, Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw features a spectacular teakwood Royal Pavilion inspired by the architecture of the early KoneBaung dynasty of the 18th century. In ancient times, pavilions in Myanmar were the welcoming lounges of palaces and provided relaxation for visiting diplomats, kings and royalty.
“Our mission and our promise is to make the property the most luxurious hotel in Myanmar,” said Franck Droin, general manager of Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw. “We are confident that Nay Pyi Taw will soon be a popular destination with international leisure and business travellers seeking a relaxing alternative to Yangon.”
The 141-room and suite hotel is located near the Myanmar International Convention Centre (MICC), where international events and functions are organised. Spread over four villas, the hotel includes the Grand Royal Suite, which, at 1,000 square meters, is the largest in the country.
The hotel design was conceived with the heritage of Burma in mind and an emphasis on local arts, crafts and furnishings. High ceilings and broad windows overlook the extensive gardens, creating a soothing environment in which to relax. The internal room features are controlled by individual iPads. The hotel will offer complimentary wireless Internet access to its guests.
A total of five restaurants and bars will feature local ingredients and flavours complemented by European culinary tradition.
Six meeting rooms including the KispanadiBallroom can accommodate up to 400 guests for a variety of private and business-related functions. A full-service business centre addresses any business or secretarial needs. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and fitness centre. Kempinski The Spa will be added in 2015.
Source: THE NATION