Rosewood just confirmed to have been appointed for the management of a new property located in a colonial building in Yangon. The luxury property is due to open before year-end.
For Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, the year 2018 will remain as an ASEAN Year. Only present until this year in Phuket, the group opened this year properties in Luang Prabang (last March) and Phnom Penh (last February). Before the end of the year, another property is also due to open in Bangkok.
And now, the luxury hotel brand has been appointed by Prime Residence to manage Rosewood Yangon, which will open in Winter 2018 as the brand’s first property in Myanmar and sixth in Asia.
Located on The Strand in the heart of the city’s historic district, Rosewood Yangon will offer guests unparalleled access to the cultural riches of Myanmar’s largest city. Located along this large boulevard, which is one of the most elegant of Yangon with its distinctive colonial architecture and landmarks, the property will be within walking distance to the city’s most notable attractions. Guests can easily take in the bustling city life at the Bogyoke Aung San Market (formerly known as Scott’s Market), enjoy a cruise down the winding Yangon river, or immerse themselves in local culture at the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda.
Housed in a stunning heritage building that was originally constructed in 1927 as the New Law Courts by architect Thomas Oliphant and Doorman Long UK, the engineers behind the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge, the property has been meticulously restored to incorporate every contemporary amenity and comfort while simultaneously preserving the essence and splendor of the building’s storied past.
The property is the first building to receive approval from Yangon Heritage Trust, founded in 2012 by Dr. Thant Myint-U, the renowned Burmese writer and historian, for a Conservation Management Plan that permitted this carefully executed restoration of a historic structure.
As the most significant historic restoration project in Yangon to date, great care has been taken to restore both the exterior and interior to its former glory. Of particular note is the spectacular Heritage Room on the hotel’s fourth floor, which for many years had laid hidden beneath modern interventions but will now once again showcase its original beauty after a thoughtful and thorough restoration.
The property was due to open originally as the Kempinski Yangon. Plagued by delays- the hotel has been planned to open in 2016, 2017 and latest in February of this year-, Kempinski decided finally to withdraw from the joint venture with its Myanmar partners.
Rosewood Yangon will feature 209 spacious guestrooms, suites, one- and two-bedroom apartment units. Boasting high ceilings and abundant natural light, most guestrooms also feature patios and balconies where guests can take in views of the majestic Yangon River or the beautifully landscaped internal courtyards. The hotel’s interiors have been designed to seamlessly blend the historical restoration with contemporary Burmese touches – all in Rosewood’s signature residential style.
The hotel will also offer five distinct dining venues featuring local, Asian, and internationally-influenced cuisine, including a residential-style tea lounge and patisserie, a modern Cantonese restaurant, a convivial brasserie, an intimate bar and cigar lounge, and a panoramic rooftop bar boasting sweeping views of the city and the Yangon River.
Additional amenities will include several event venues and extensive leisure facilities over three floors with Sense, A Rosewood Spa, in addition to a state-of-the-art gym and a rooftop pool. The hotel will also offer Yangon’s well-groomed and well-dressed residents a stylish getaway with a classic men’s grooming salon, a beauty bar and an artisanal leather workshop.
“With its stunning vistas, awe-inspiring architecture, rich history and culture, Myanmar and Yangon are perfect examples of a Rosewood destination, and we look forward to introducing our affluential explorers to this destination,” says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. “Already an emerging regional business center, Yangon is a wonderfully dynamic city with deep cultural traditions and is a perfect gateway for our discerning guests to discover the wonderful landscapes and culture of Myanmar.”
The hotel is due to open this coming December.