Thailand’s resort specialist, the Akaryn Hotel Group, has unveiled plans for the significant expansion of akyra, its hip and sustainable lifestyle brand – including its first ever international hotel.
akyra currently operates four contemporary hotels and resorts in Thailand. These include akyra Manor Chiang Mai, a 30-suite luxury boutique hotel with outdoor hot tubs and a spectacular sky bar RISE, set in the city’s buzzing Nimmenhaemin district; akyra Beach Club Phuket, a stylish seafront lifestyle chill-out experience with 58 suites on Natai beach; and the 148-key akyra Thonglor Bangkok, a chic urban retreat in the Thai capital’s trendiest neighbourhood.
Now, it has revealed an ambitious strategy to triple the number of akyra hotels and resorts from four to twelve by 2022. Agreements for new akyra properties are currently at different stages of readiness in the Malaysian Highlands, Hoi An in Vietnam and Bangkok’s Rattanakosin Island, while other projects are being considered in markets including Bali, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh, as the Thai boutique brand spreads its wings across Southeast Asia.
The most recent addition to the collection, akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok, opened in May 2018, providing 50 spacious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, a RISE rooftop bar and Siam Soul Café overlooking the bustling streets of Bangkok’s downtown business and entertainment district.
Many of the new akyra properties will feature a new rooftop bar concept called “Rise”, which was officially launched in Bangkok in September 2018, and which was pioneered in the brand’s Chiang Mai location. Specialising in craft beers, cocktails and locally-inspired snacks, these elevated spaces will allow hotel guests and local visitors to unwind and interact, high above the crowds.
“Thrives on new opportunities and innovations”
Commenting on the expansion Anchalika Kijkanakorn, managing director and founder of Akaryn Hotel Group, said: “akyra is a hotel concept that thrives on new opportunities and innovations, so it is highly appropriate that this outward-looking brand is now planning to broaden its horizons and venture into exciting new destinations.”