Originally planned to open by the end of 2016, the new President by Akarin Hotel will finally open its doors by next February. The property will be the first top luxury hotel in the Laotian capital filling a necessary gap in the hospitality industry. Although Vientiane currently has a couple of hotels considered as five stars such as the Don Chan Hotel and the Setha Palace, their standards are not comparable to the latest five star deluxe properties in other capital cities around Southeast Asia.
“We see that demand is very strong for a true deluxe experience. We already have been contacted by many DMC, government officials or embassies looking for an exclusive accommodation. And we hope to be able to satisfy and cover that need”, says Cassandra Xu, Marketing Communication Manager for Akaryn Group.
The new property is located at a strategic location just next to the Presidential Palace and behind Wat Phra Kaew temple, today a museum of fine arts. The hotel is easy to find, just facing Vientiane Mahosot Hospital. “We want to preserve Vientiane beautiful heritage and its blend of traditional and colonial architecture. Part of our hotel is actually a colonial building which used to be a State guest house. We carefully restored the structure and blend it into our new construction”, says Mrs. Xu.
The President by Akaryn wants to be an exclusive retreat for travellers. There will be only 32 suites, offering a superficy from at least 37m2 up to 120m2 for the Presidential Suite. The architecture is of timeless elegance inspired by a neo-classical style with hints of colonial and Laotian details. The President by Akaryn will be surrounded by extensive gardens designed in a traditional French style.
At least three restaurants outlets, a bar, a room for high tea time, a 200 m2 banquet hall, a spa and a fitness club will provide the best for the guests. “We want also to be a model for en environment-friendly community based hospitality product. Our spa products as well as our organic food come from local producers such as surrounding farms. We try to minimize import to favour Laotian communities”, adds Cassandra Xu.
Grand opening is planned for February. It will be the first property of Akaryn group outside Thailand, where the company operates hotels in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and Phuket. “We currently look also at Myanmar as we foresee a great potential for tourism growth”, tells Mrs Xu.