Source = Centara Hotels & Resorts Centara’s new affordable lifestyle hotel for the modernCentara’s new affordable lifestyle hotel for the modernCentara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s largest hotel operator, announced they are now taking bookings for their new COSI Hotel Samui on Chaweng beach, opening 1st December. It is the first property for Centara’s new COSI brand, designed as an innovative and affordable lifestyle hub for the new generation of digitally-driven travellers. Special introductory rates start at THB 1,515 (a little over $US 45) per night.“Living the COSI life is all about being simple, social and connected,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s Chief Executive Officer. “It’s about fun and freedom. We designed COSI so you’ll get everything you need to bring your lifestyle to your destination. And we’ll be showing up in the destinations you want to visit.”The new hotel brand features smart phone integration and free Wi-Fi, along with other technology, service, and design innovations that fit the lifestyle of today’s young-minded, tech-savvy traveller. Stylish décor and 24/7 digital social play spaces are part of the unique concept. COSI Samui also features a rooftop pool and all-hours lifestyle café for which guests receive a free daily credit to enjoy food or drink at any time of day or night.The location of the first COSI is ideal: Chaweng beach is the most happening destination on Samui island and COSI is right between the beach, shopping at Central Festival, and the food and entertainment scene along the shore. The airport is only 15 minutes away.“COSI represents a significant re-think of what a hotel can be,” explained Harry Thaliwal, Centara’s General Manager and Corporate Director of Operations Krabi, Samui, Vietnam and COSI). “If you said, ‘I wouldn’t pay for that,’ we took it out. If you said ‘…but I wish they had…’ we probably put it in. We changed COSI from a place to stay to a place to live.”Bookings made at cosihotels.com will always receive the best rate.
Swire Properties today announces the formation of Swire Hotels, and the launch of its first of four hotels in Greater China. Opening this summer, The Opposite House, Beijing, will be the first property to be managed by the new company.Swire Properties has extensive experience of developing properties for world class hoteliers, both in Hong Kong and overseas. It has a 75% interest in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami, Florida, and in Hong Kong it has a 20% interest in each of the JW Marriott, Conrad Hong Kong and Island Shangri-la hotels at Pacific Place, and in Novotel Citygate.“The development of Swire Hotels enables us to build on our strengths in mixed-use development, while our own quality hotel projects will add value and synergy to our investment property portfolio,” said Keith Kerr, chairman of Swire Properties.Swire Hotels Swire Hotels has been formed to create and manage small luxury hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United Kingdom, providing an exceptional experience for travelers who seek individuality, style and personalized service.In Hong Kong and Mainland China, the hotels will be an integral part of Swire Properties’ retail and office developments. The first of these will be The Opposite House in Beijing, whose 99 rooms will open in the summer of 2008. This will offer an exciting new dimension to The Village at Sanlitun, the Company’s first retail development in Mainland China and one which is set to become Beijing’s cosmopolitan centerpiece.The Opposite House will be followed by the opening of a 117-room luxury hotel in Pacific Place, Hong Kong, in the summer of 2009 and a 100-room hotel at Taikoo Hui in Guangzhou in 2010.Swire Hotels also plans to manage a 343-room lifestyle business hotel called East, to be open in Island East, Hong Kong, in 2009.In the United Kingdom, Swire Hotels is developing a collection of luxury boutique hotels to be launched in 2009. Properties have been acquired to date in Bristol, Cheltenham, Exeter and Brighton.The managing director of Swire Hotels is Brian Williams, an experienced hotelier who spent 17 years with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and, immediately prior to joining Swire Properties in January 2006, was chief executive of the Scotsman Hotel Group.“This new initiative will take Swire Properties’ involvement in the hotel arena to a new level,” said Mr. Williams. “The hotels we are developing will appeal to a distinct group of travelers who seek out individuality and a unique luxury experience. We very much look forward to the opening of our first hotel, The Opposite House, in Beijing this summer.”About Swire Properties Incorporated in 1972, Swire Properties develops and manages commercial, retail and residential properties which offer exceptional and inviting environments in prime locations, with a strategy to ‘hub’ its investment properties at major mass transportation intersections, providing the highest level of accessibility and connectivity to its tenants and patrons. The completed portfolio in Hong Kong totals over 13 million sq ft of gross floor area, with Island East, Pacific Place and Festival Walk as its core holdings, reflecting its strength in building communities. Besides Hong Kong, the Company has a presence in China, the USA as well as the United Kingdom.In China, Swire Properties owns a majority stake in The Village at Sanlitun, a joint venture with Gateway Capital, in Beijing, of which the first phase is scheduled for opening in summer 2008. Two other substantial Mainland projects currently in progress are TaiKoo Hui in Guangzhou and the Dazhongli project in Shanghai.The Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the publicly-listed Swire Pacific Limited whose businesses are grouped under five operating divisions – property, aviation, beverages, marine services and trading & industrial.Visit Swire Properties website at www.swireproperties.com.