The Authentic ‘Khao Soi’ at Italics Restaurant, Akyra Manor Chiang Mai

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Try the authentic ‘Khao Soi’ at Italics Restaurant, and learn the tips for making the perfect ‘Khao Soi’ from Chef Phubase!

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https://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2018/05/18/how-make-chiang-mais-authentic-khao-soi-its-not-curry-laksa

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Art Meets Luxury at Akyra Manor Chiang Mai

Akyra Manor Chiang Mai plays host to an exhibition by two celebrated local artists, Kosin Pipattanasookmongkol and Natheephol Charoenturayon.

Kosin’s Siam Arak brand pieces will be displayed at the hotel’s boutique, while Natheephol’s artworks will be showcased in the lobby and on each guest floor.

The artworks will be on exhibition until the end of October 2018.

Follow the link to read more:  http://europe.etbtravelnews.global/353154/akyra-manor-chiang-mai-supports-thai-artistic-talent/

Manor Group and Shimaya Stays Announce Strategic Partnership

Manor Group, a Singapore-based real estate investment and hospitality development company announces strategic partnership with Shimaya Stays to expand its presence in Japan. The strategic alliance combines Manor Group’s hotel management expertise with Shimaya Stays’s local knowledge, to collaborate on the development and management of Shimaya-branded Machiyas (Kyoto Townhouses) in Japan.

John Lim, CEO of Manor Group, stated: “The partnership with Shimaya Stays will enable us to accelerate our development in Japan, it will also pave the way for future collaboration in other projects. We look forward to a long-term cooperation with Shimaya Stays.”

Benjamin Lim, Chairman of Shimaya Stays, stated: “We are very excited to team-up with Manor Group. Manor Group has a proven track record of successful hotel developments, we are confident that this partnership will bring the best of both companies to create a very special hospitality experience for our guests.”

About Manor Group
Manor Group is a Singapore-based real estate investment and development company that has evolved from focusing on residential projects to currently being predominantly involved in the hospitality and F&B segments. The Group has managed to build up its diversified portfolio in aspects of hospitality, F&B, and logistics services in Thailand, Malaysia, and Japan. For more information, please go to http://manor.asia/

About Shimaya Stays
Shimaya Stays is owned by a group of young entrepreneurs who have a strong interest and respect for Japanese culture. The group is passionate about preserving Kyoto heritage and creating unique experience of Kyoto accommodation, lifestyle and culture for their guests. For more information, please go to https://www.shimayastays.com

For further information, please contact:
Helen Kok (Ms.)
Hospitality Management and Consultancy Manager
Tel: +65 6238 1109      Email: contact@manor.asia

Akyra Manor Chiang Mai is Featured in Exotiq Thailand Magazine Issue No.5!

Hotelier Eddie Tan opens Penang’s first small luxury hotel

Malaysia will see its eighth Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) property open next month, this time in Penang. It’s a first for the state, which has seen its real estate prices and values in George Town soar since its 2008 Unesco heritage listing.

The company behind the 35-room The Edison George Town – ET Hospitality Ventures Sdn Bhd – is a subsidiary of ET Group, which is helmed by veteran Singaporean hotelier Eddie Tan. Mr Tan was formerly a general manager with the Mandarin group. He last held the post at Marina Mandarin (from 1997 to 2005) before he moved to Penang and based his hotel and property consultancy there, running it with his son Eugene.

The Edison George Town – housed in a former Hokkien tycoon’s mansion built in 1906 and situated in the buffer zone of George Town’s core heritage centre – will start operations in July. The building’s last use was as a dilapidated but iconic budget hotel named Cathay Hotel, which had been operating since the 1950s.

This new incarnation as a top-end luxury hotel is its first major renovation and refurbishment in decades, notes Mr Eugene Tan, who is spearheading the refurbishment. The Edison George Town will have 35 rooms, with two of the biggest suites ranging from 58-61 square metres each. The hotel will also have a lounge, courtyard, library, and pool.

The Small Luxury Hotel affiliation is for better branding and marketing, adds Mr Tan. SLH has over 421,000 members worldwide and a database of over 25,000 luxury agents.

“This is truly a father-and-son project which we wanted to do together,” he says, explaining the origin of the name “Edison” (Edi-son) and the new brand of hotels they plan to set up in Malaysia and, eventually, the region.

The ET Group is described as a “developer of lifestyle properties” and has handled interior design and hotel consultancy projects in Asia, including corporate offices and private residences.

The incarnation of The Edison George Town in this grand early 20th century mansion was the biggest challenge as it required a massive restoration. The building was restored by the landlord, Lim Lean Teng Foundation, and outfitted by ET Hospitality Ventures Sdn Bhd, which has a long-term lease. This is not an unusual practice in George Town, where landowners like clanhouses and foundations have insisted on heritage conservation and found rentees who were willing to comply with both the government and the landlords’ requirements.

While both the landlord and company declined to disclose restoration and refurbishment costs, it’s easily a multi-million-ringgit project. The process involved getting approval from the heritage authorities of the local council, says Mr Tan. He adds that structures that had been added to the hotel over the years were taken down, and it’s also been properly renovated to operate as a modern hotel. The interior design is done by Malaysian hospitality design specialist Blu Water Studio, whose projects include Aloft KL Sentral and Hilton Petaling Jaya.

SLH’s vice-president for Asia-Pacific, Mark Wong, welcomed the new hotel into its fold, highlighting how all its hotels are filled with distinctive character. “We want our guests to know where they are in the world when they step through the main door,” he says, adding that the SLH feature is that its hotels are consistently different and offer the highest standards of luxury.

The hotel brand affiliation company was founded in 1991 and has over 520 hotels in more than 80 countries. Asia-Pacific currently contributes 11 per cent of SLH’s total revenue with 120 hotels in this region, most of them in Thailand, China and Japan. In the last 12 months, it added its first hotels in Tokyo, Seychelles, South Korea, and now Penang.

The 110-year-old Anglo-Chinese mansion, once called Venus, was built by Yeoh Wee Gark, a Hokkien tycoon, a community leader and a contemporary of Cheong Fatt Tze, a Hakka tycoon, who built the famous Blue Mansion across the road on Leith Street. Yeoh was part of a syndicate of Hokkien tycoons who controlled opium importation into the Straits Settlements through the Penang Opium & Spirit Farm. The mansion was sold to the Lim Lean Teng Foundation after World War II.

Among its other notable uses was as a film set for the 2002 Hong Kong movie The Touch starring Michelle Yeoh , and in the 1995 movie Beyond Rangoon starring Patricia Arquette and Frances MacDormand.

The mansion is a classic example of Straits Eclectic style featuring an Anglo-Indian bungalow structure with European architectural features and fittings like Scottish metalwork. It was a time when Western-educated Chinese tycoons flaunted their wealth in ostentatious homes.

Meanwhile, there will be those who mourn the passing of the former Cathay Hotel. Its last Tripadvisor review was in 2015. While some decried its thin sheets and saggy mattresses, the hotel garnered a loyal following because of its grandeur.

“This hotel has a charm all of its own,” said a Tripadvisor reviewer in 2011. A Norwegian guest who stayed there for three consecutive visits said “you can still feel the grandeur” that this place once had. A 2008 review in The New York Times rated it six stars for its character, with the reviewer describing it as a “magnificent pile” and the stay there “literally in the heartbeat of Penang’s Chinatown” – with “pedicab drivers snoozing at the doorstep”, temple incense drifting through the open windows and “fishy-sweet smells of Hokkien mee and char kway teow from the hawker stall across the street”.

(Source: http://business.asiaone.com/news/news/hotelier-eddie-tan-opens-penangs-first-small-luxury-hotel)

Robb Report Singapore

“It’s a perfect fit as the only five star property situated in the new hip and cultural neighborhood of Nimmanhaemin.”

Creativity is the Key in Chiang Mai | akyra Manor

The popularity of visiting Thailand has sky rocketed in the last 5-10 years and continues to attract a plethora of different people at varying stages in their lives. This beautiful country has so much to offer, be it to back pack through the lush rainforests, sample delicious Thai street food, bathe in the sun at the picture perfect beaches or to soak in the inspiring culture; it has everything you would want from a holiday destination. Culture is at the heart of Thailand and it wouldn’t be right to visit this magnificent country without taking in the sights of the Buddhist temples, ancient architecture and meeting the friendly locals. Sitting north of Bangkok nestled amongst the mountains sits Chiang Mai, one of the most culturally significant cities in Northern Thailand and a must visit destination for lover’s of art or history. With festivals galore, galleries featuring exhibits of contemporary Thai art to the talented graffiti found in the neighbourhood streets as well as over 300 Buddhist temples, Chiang Mai is a culture lover’s dream. Nowhere has embraced the creative vibe of the city more than the akyra.

The new akyra MANOR Chiang Mai from AKARYN Hotel Group has announced the first series of art installations as a ‘living gallery’. Designed as a celebration of artistic talent and a living showcase of new art, the akyra MANOR will be an active patron of the arts and a hub for creative minds with a rotating exhibition of local and international artists with the opportunity for guests to hone their own talents through interactive art classes and extended art retreats.

Set in the art district on Soi 9 Nimmanhaeminthe uniquely designed akyra allows guests to truly connect with the culture of the city. Guests will enjoy a forever changing collection of different art pieces in both the public spaces and each suite, with the upcoming exhibition schedule:

  • October – December 2015: Guests will enjoy a collection of limited edition pieces with Andy Gotts, London and New York based photographer, famed for his black and white portraits of Hollywood actors and singers.
  • January – March 2016: Local students from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University will have the opportunity to showcase their creative work throughout the hotel in a demonstration of tomorrow’s talent, celebrating the old and new Chiang Mai.
  • March – June 2016: The work of respected local artist and alumni of Chiang Mai University, Supachet Bhumakarn will be displayed. With pieces inspired by the Asian elephant, a symbol of Thailand, each captures the warmth of the country it represents.
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akyra MANOR Chiang Mai is the epitome of excellence when it comes to an ‘art hotel’ and creative couples are almost certainly going to be inspired by the art around them. With this in mind, the hotel offers private art classes led by some of the best local artists to help channel your inner visionary. Specialising in either acrylics, charcoal or pastels, the three hour sessions will provide practical guidance and encouragement to spark creativity. Three to five day art retreats are also available for a more intensive programme of personal artistic development, with the opportunity to enjoy daily art lessons and visits to a respected local studio to share in artistic understanding and interpretation.

Anchalika Kijkanakorn, visionary managing director and founder of the boutique AKARYN Hotel Group said: “With the akyra MANOR at the heart of Chiang Mai’s buzzing art district, the hotel was always designed to be a celebration of the talent that can be found around every corner. By acting as a living gallery of creative works, guests will be surrounded by the very best of local art in an inspiring series of exhibitions. More than this, lessons with experienced arts will encourage them to discover and express their own creativity.”

Here at Hero & Leander we have been blown away by the creative possibilities and the artistic draw that Chiang Mai presents. If you are looking to explore a different side to Thailand and venture a little further afield than Bangkok then you will not be disappointed with Chiang Mai, a city steeped in history and bursting at the seam with creativity. With all of that in mind, it is important to stay in a hotel that embodies all of the elements that make Chiang Mai great, so a stay at akyra MANOR is surely a must?!

(Source: Hero & Leander)

Opening of Akyra Manor Hotel, Chiang Mai

After a long awaited period, Manor Group (Thailand) finally opened the doors of Akyra Manor Hotel, Chiang Mai yesterday. We were very delighted to meet our first guests today and show them the true AKMC hospitality!

We are very much looking forward to welcoming more guests to stay in one of our 30 key luxurious suites, enjoy our Thai and Italian cuisine in Italics and relax with a cocktail and sunset view in Rise Bar.

For details on the Akyra Manor Hotel, please visit our official website www.theakyra.com/chiang-mai.

Akyra Manor Hotel, The Newest Boutique Hotel in Chiang Mai

English Translation:

Many people said Chiang Mai is the newest trend for the hip and young people. Something chic and interesting always happens in this city especially in Nimmanhaemin Road, the now classified trendiest area of Chiang Mai.”

The Akyra Manor Hotel, managed by Akaryn Group and owned by Manor Group, has finally opened. This hotel is designed with a concept of “Art Hotel” for anyone who is inspired by art, movie and photography.

There are 30 rooms with the size of 60 – 100 square meters, a semi-outdoor oversize bathtub, and 5-star hotel facilities i.e. Italics Restaurant, Rise Bar with outdoor pool, and a Fitness Room.

The other highlight of this hotel is that each room is decorated with limited-edition photographs by world-class celebrity photographer Andy Gotts. Each room displays portraits of famous Hollywood superstars like George Clooney, Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, and Cate Blanchett depicting their different facial expressions.

Akyra Manor Chiang Mai is located on Nimmanhaemin Road Soi 9. So which superstar would you wish to stay with?

For more information, please contact:
Tel (053) 216-219 ; www.theakyra.com/chiang-mai

(Source: Image Magazine, Thailand, http://www.image.th/article.php?content_id=60)

Check It Out: Akyra Manor Chiang Mai – A Classy Touch of Thailand

The Akaryn Hotel Group has paired with Singapore design outfit Manor Studio to develop an all-suite, five-star hotel opening in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on October 1.

In the northern city’s bustling arts and food precinct, the Akyra Manor Chiang Mai features 30 suites, each built around a private indoor courtyard, a glamorous rooftop bar and glass-sided swimming pool plus signature Italian restaurant.

Claiming an urban, design-driven vibe, the hotel has its own room fragrance and music mix and will open with an exhibition by British portrait photographer Andy Gotts, the first in a series of regular shows by leading artists.

While designer Chaw Chih Wen has created a cool, citified sanctuary, the hotel’s stylised facade is inspired by Chiang Mai’s ancient crumbling city wall. There are 23 suites at 60sq m and another seven at 100sq m with lounges and balconies. All guestrooms have a large bathroom with enormous marble tub and dressing areas, oversized towels, natural cotton gowns and locally sourced unguents. Beds are dressed in 430-thread-count Egyptian cotton; other features include LCD TV with cable stations, iPod dock, coffee machine and Wi-Fi. The Small Luxury Hotels of the World member also has a fitness centre offering yoga classes on demand.

DON’T MISS: The opening special of two nights in a deluxe suite for two, breakfast, welcome drinks, bottle of sparkling wine and strawberries and a three-course dinner; THB12,380 ($485), to November 30.

DINING IN: Executive chef Phubase Chuprakong oversees the hotel’s RISE rooftop pool bar and Italics Italian restaurant, sourcing organic produce (augmented by a rooftop garden) to reinterpret Mediterranean classics. Signature dishes will include sea bass puttanesca, slow-poached prawns with parsley, garlic and lime, and 12-hour coffee-braised beef short rib with duck-fat gnocchi. Phuket-born and Melbourne-trained Chuprakong most recently worked under Michelin three-star chef Eneko Atxa (founder of Spain’s Azurmendi) at the Iniala Beach House, Phuket.

DINING OUT: A short walk from the hotel you’ll find Hong Tauw Inn serving traditional northern Thai food; also check out Wawee Coffee.

ASK THE CONCIERGE: Jump the free hotel shuttle to Chiang Mai’s famous night bazaar with its food, live music and handmade garments and artworks. And don’t miss sunset over Doi Suthep from the hotel’s rooftop pool bar.

CHECKING IN: Rooms from $191 with breakfast. More: www.theakyra.com/chiang-mai/.

ALSO TRY: The Library Koh Samui; Double-Six Luxury Hotel, Seminyak; Macalister Mansion, Penang.

ACCOMMODATION BUZZ:

• Sri Lanka joins the Anantara stable later this year with the opening of Tangalle Peace Haven Resort on the country’s southern coast; set in a 17ha coconut plantation, the resort will feature 120 guestrooms and 32 pool villas

• The all-pool-villa Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam has opened a three-bedroom hilltop retreat featuring a large infinity pool and ocean views, accessible only by off-road buggy or on foot; from $US2800 ($3937)

• From October 1 to December 23, Belmond (formerly Orient-Express) is offering 30 per cent off suite or premium accommodation at member hotels across Asia, including the Belmond Jimbaran Puri in Bali and Belmond Governor’s Residence in Yangon, Myanmar

• Celebrating a famous former guest, Paris’s Le Meurice is offering a Pop Art package, valid from October 2 to February 7, featuring breakfast, lunch or dinner and two no-queue tickets to the Andy Warhol exhibition at Centre Pompidou; from €1040 ($1643) a night

• Sofitel will progressively feature Revealed, a photo exhibition of great artists at work, in its Australian and New Zealand hotels, kicking off at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour on September 15; it has been curated by Picasso’s grandson, Olivier Widmaier Picasso.

(Source: The Australian)

Travel One to Watch: Discover Cosmopolitan Chiang Mai

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The award-winning boutique AKARYN Hotel Group has announced the launch of the new five star, all-suite akyra Manor Hotel, opening on 1st October in Thailand’s Rose of the North, Chiang Mai.

The luxury design-led retreat will reinvent the concept of the city hotel, bringing new life to downtown Chiang Mai with contemporary urban space for entertaining and relaxing in the heart of the vibrant Nimmanhaemin art district”

In a collaboration between the pioneering AKARYN Hotel Group and renowned Singaporean design house Manor Studio, the hotel’s design is unique to Chiang Mai. Akyra Manor has been accepted as a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Anchalika Kijkanakorn, visionary managing director and founder of AKARYN Hotel Group said: “It has long been a personal dream of mine to launch a project in Chiang Mai, a city I love. In a clever juxtaposition with the city’s famed jungle surroundings, temples and historic culture, we are excited that akyra Manor will provide a sophisticated and decadent hideaway thanks to the award-winning design talents of the team at Manor Studio.”

Led by talented design visionary Chaw Chih Wen, the bold and edgy sophistication of the 30 guest suites provide a sanctuary from the buzz of Thailand’s northern capital. The 23 akyra Deluxe suites offer a spacious 610 sq ft of living space, while seven decadent akyra Manor Suites at 1050 sq ft will give guests a stylish expanse of space to unwind. A signature of the AKARYN Hotel Group concept of ‘Outdoor Living In’, the ‘courtyard-within-a-room’ design sees a covered outdoor hot tub and indulgent bathroom as the focal point of each suite. All are equipped with the latest smart technology, naturally sourced toiletries, an espresso coffee machine and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The distinctive exterior is inspired by the crumbling brickwork that forms the city’s ancient wall, hiding a hedonistic haven in the form of a hip rooftop pool bar, Rise. The cool place to be seen in downtown Chiang Mai with creative mixology and a stunning glass walled pool, guests and corporate travellers can gaze over the city sky-line.

The hotel’s flagship dining experience, ITALICS, will offer a clever interpretation of contemporary Italian cuisine, created interactively in a state-of-the-art show kitchen. Embracing a SLOW food concept, guests will feast on locally-sourced and home grown ingredients with a proven provenance.

Anchalika said: “Akyra Manor is situated on Soi 9 Nimmanhaemin, the city’s most happening art and culture boulevard. The wealth of art galleries, independent boutiques and inviting coffee shops create a real buzz. The hotel will also be an active patron of the arts, with the lobby and guest suites a living gallery of creative works.”

Destinology offers 3 nights in a Manor Suite from just £198 per person, saving £150pp, based on two sharing on a bed & breakfast basis, and excluding flights. Book by calling 01204 821 419 or visiting www.destinology.co.uk. This offer is valid for travel until 31 October 2015.

(Source: House of Coco)

Travel + Leisure, Southeast Asia

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"The new urban-style hotel on cafe-lined Nimmanhemin road welcomed its first guests last month with a premiere exhibition of Andy Gotts’s photography, featuring off-screen portraits of some of Hollywood’s most recognisable faces, such as Nicole Kidman, Scarlett Johanson and Kevin Spacey. With this offer, you’ll receive a signed limited-edition print. The Deal Special opening rates: a night in a Deluxe suite, from Bt4,200 for two, through October 31. Save 45%. theakyra.com"