InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced a signing agreement with Soraya Development Company Limited (SDCL) to develop a luxury resort in Phang Nga Bay – the InterContinental Yao Yai Resort – set to open in 2020.
Known for its limestone formations, mangrove forests and quiet beaches, Phang Nga Bay is one of Thailand’s tourist hotspots. The InterContinental Yao Yai Resort will rise on on the bay’s largest island to become IHG’s 25th hotel across five brands in the country.
The 170-key resort will be situated about half an hour from Phuket and Krabi airport, as well as the Phuket and Krabi private piers. With its strategic location, guests can look forward to convenient arrivals and departures, complemented by views of Bird-Nest Island and Phang Nga Island, located 700 metres from the private resort’s beach.
InterContinental Yao Yai Resort will have four room categories consisting of: 72-square-metre ocean view rooms with a panoramic view suite on the top floor complete with a plunge pool; family-friendly suites featuring water slides, pool access and the signature Planet Trekkers’ Programme which allows families to explore together; tropical villas which are one-bedroom units on the lagoon and creeks; and the beachfront pool villas that boast unblocked ocean views across the whole kilometre-long beach.
Phang Nga Bay attracts over five million visitors annually
Rajit Sukumaran, chief development officer, Asia Middle East Africa, IHG commented: “Together with our trusted partner, Soraya Development Company Limited, we are delighted to bring our world-class InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand to Koh Yao Yai. We are expanding our luxury footprint to give affluent travellers a new destination to explore and unwind.
“As one of Thailand’s most popular areas, Phang Nga Bay attracts over five million visitors annually and this number is expected to rise substantially, thanks to continuous infrastructural development.”
Along with three restaurants and bar outlets, a gym, pool, spa and resort centre, the hotel feature the Water Facilities Centre, high-end transfer to and from the hotel, as well as meeting facilities and wedding arrangements. Special occasions can also be arranged at the private sandbank during low tide periods.
“We are excited to work with IHG once again to bring luxury travel experiences”
Khun Sornkom Kitprasan, president, Soraya Development Company Limited said: “With our success in bringing two IHG hotels to Thailand, we are excited to work with IHG once again to bring luxury travel experiences to the up-and-coming Koh Yao Yai at Phang Nga Bay.
“The island is gaining increasing popularity amongst discerning travellers who seek a more exclusive experience, and we are confident that the InterContinental brand’s premium offerings, combined with the hotel’s stellar location, will be well-received when we open our doors in 2020.”