Melia First Property in Thailand Highlights Growing Presence of Spanish Companies

Thailand, Spain, accommodation, Melia

The opening of the first Meliá Resort in Koh Samui last month happened at the same time of the launching of the Spanish-Thai Chambre of Commerce in Bangkok.

Last month, Meliá Hotels International and Thailand real estate Asset World Corporation (AWC), celebrated the grand opening of Meliá Koh Samui, a stunning nautical-themed luxury beachfront resort in Koh Samui.

The property designed in a nautical theme marks the first hotel under the Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand to open in Thailand. This opening of Meliá Koh Samui is the start of a strategic roll-out of the Meliá brand in Thailand and at least two more hotels will be opened in key destinations across Thailand, including INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit and Meliá Chiang Mai in partnership with AWC.

Nestled on Choeng Mon Beach, just 15 minutes from Samui International Airport, Meliá Koh Samui is a 159-room and 41-suite property that features a host of outstanding facilities, including two restaurants, an executive lounge, a stylish beach club and a swim-up bar, plus the YHI Spa, a fitness center and, for families, a kids’ club, outdoor playground and a mini water park.

The property has extensive conference facilities of 7 multi-functional rooms including a room with a unique beach front view, a ballroom that can accommodate up to 200 guests and an outdoor pool-side and beachfront function spaces which recently hosted a gala dinner for 500 guests.

With its stunning seafront setting and exceptional amenities ideal for leisure and MICE travelers, Meliá Koh Samui will become one of the leading and most sought-after resorts on Koh Samui’s north coast, a world-class tourism destination with outstanding facilities for all sectors of the market.

Guests can also unwind in two outdoor swimming pools, including a large lagoon pool that loops like a river through the resort’s lush tropical gardens. Many of the ground-floor Pool Access rooms and suites allow guests to slide directly into the embrace of cooling pool water from their private terrace. Melia Koh Samui also houses the Gallery, a not-for-profit social enterprise of art and design gift shops under the aegis of the Asset World Foundation for Charity, which embraces socially responsible practices.

“We are thrilled to partner with Meliá Hotels International and to introduce the Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand to Thailand for the first time. With its stunning seafront setting Meliá Koh Samui aims to offer a truly unique experience,” said Khun Wallapa Traisorat, Meliá Koh Samui’s owner, CEO and President of AWC. “This landmark project will mark the start of a strategic roll-out of the Meliá brand in Thailand, in line with AWC’s growth-led strategy. Together, we aim to build a better future for Thailand’s hospitality landscape and economy , and partnering with Meliá will allow us to set a new benchmark for Thai hospitality and drive global demand.”

“After more than 30 years of successful operations in Asia, we signed a strategic framework agreement with Asset World Corporation, we believe this first opening of Meliá Koh Samui is the beginning of our expansion in Thailand, bringing our dream of establishing and growing in this country alongside a major local partner to fruition; a partner that understands, and shares, our strong service and hospitality philosophy, a fundamental factor for ensuring the quality, reputation, and sustainability that we wish for Meliá Koh Samui,” commented Mr. Gabriel Escarrer, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Meliá Hotels International.

The Spanish group is already present in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam

Meliá arrival in Thailand happens at the same time than the launching of the Spanish-Thai Chambre of Commerce, a new institution which wants to connect together business communities of both countries. “Spain cannot be only resumed to bottles of olive oil or wines lined up in major supermarkets in Bangkok !” told Luis Lopez, Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Embassy of Spain in Thailand.

Some 45 Spanish companies are represented in Thailand in all fields of activities. In tourism and transportation, Spain is looking at participating to the development of the Kingdom’s high speed train network.