New Openings


Hyatt’s Barai spa for Hua Hin
Construction is progressing on an exclusive eight-suite hotel and spa, The Barai, at Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, Thailand.

Expected to open in January 2007, it will provide an oasis of serenity over 4.5 acres of land (18,500sqm), designed for true relaxation and rejuvenation of the body, mind and spirit, whether it will be for a few hours or a few days.
The architecture and interior design of the hotel represents the glory of the Khmer style of art, combined with the heritage of other art styles from this region. Eight residential spa suites, the Barai Residences, ranging in size from 126sqm 149sqm, are designed for treatments and overnight stays. The Barai Residences on the ground floor feature a verandah with a private plunge pool and garden, while those on the upper floor have spacious balconies and spectacular views of the Gulf of Thailand. The Barai will also have 18 private treatment suites, each with private outdoor soaking pool, rain shower, Thai bed area for relaxation and Thai traditional treatments, private changing room and vanity.
The beachfront Hyatt Regency Hua Hin has 204 elegantly appointed guestrooms.

Mövenpick apartments in Phuket
THE opulent beachfront Mövenpick Residence Karon Beach Phuket targets discerning property investors pursing opportunities in Phuket’s booming luxury apartment market, says a spokesman.
Bill Barnett, managing director of C9 Hotelworks, who is responsible for the development and marketing of the Mövenpick Residence, says 30 brand new 125sqm two-bedroom apartments – for sale individually – make up the Mövenpick Residence, set on 2.5km of pristine white sandy beach, offering unhindered views of the Andaman Sea. The low-rise development is only three floors high in keeping with the property’s intimate atmosphere.
The Residence will be managed by the adjoining Mövenpick Resort and Spa Karon Beach Phuket.
Barnett says with the combination of an established international brand managing the apartments, a beachfront location and double-digit capital appreciation in Phuket since 2004, investors can expect a healthy six to eight per cent return on their investment annually.
The apartments start for sale at THB13 million ($346,179).