Switzerland-based Kempinski Hotels, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel company, announced that it will open its first property in Myanmar, Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw in November.
The 141-room and suite hotel will begin welcoming guests on November 1, in time for the first ASEAN Summit to be held in the country. Reservations can now be made via Kempinski’s website, the company said.
The newly-built property is located near the Myanmar International Convention Center (MICC), a short drive from the capital’s international airport.
Spread over four villas, the hotel features 141 rooms and suites, including the Grand Royal Suite, which, at 1,000 square meters, is the largest in the country, the company claimed.
The hotel design was conceived with the heritage of Myanmar 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 Kispanadi Ballroom can accommodate up to 400 guests for a variety of private and business-related functions.
A full-service business centre will address business and secretarial needs, while leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and fitness centre. Kempinski The Spa will be added in 2015, the hotel chain said.
In keeping with local tradition, Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw features a teakwood Royal Pavilion inspired by the architecture of the early Kone Baung 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.”
Kempinski Hotel will have a fleet of BMW automobiles to explore surrounding sites such as the Bagan temple complex, Inle Lake, Mount Popa, the Poe Kyar elephant camp and other Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay cultural heritage sites.