Akyra Manor Chiang Mai bags 2018 Customer Review Awards with a high rating of 9.0 from Agoda!
Mr. Lee Yong Chye, one of the founders of Shimaya Stays, has recently interviewed by BoutiqueHomes. Mr. Lee has shared with BoutiqueHomes his journey from restoring a historical machiya to building a brand one in Kyoto.
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Italics Restaurant & Rise Bar has once again received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!
The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence honours accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently demonstrate a commitment to hospitality excellence.
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The Secretary of State of the Netherlands visited Akyra Manor Chiang Mai and congratulated us on the No Single Use Plastic initiative.
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Glass water bottles, metal straws and room amenities in plastic-free packaging - Akyra Manor Chiang Mai has made a commitment to discontinue the use of plastic in the hotel, restaurant and bar!
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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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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.
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What do a luxury hotel in Chiang Mai, a guesthouse in Busan and a ski lodge in Hakuba have in common? Singaporean owners with no hospitality experience, but lots of gumption!
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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
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Helen Kok (Ms.)
Hospitality Management and Consultancy Manager
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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”.
We are very honoured to have His Excellency Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore, visit us today at our restaurant Italics, Chiang Mai!
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 Nimmanhaemin, the 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.
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)
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.