A Chedi property is set to open in Thailand following the signing of an agreement between General Hotel Management (GHM) and Aquarius International Development (AQI). The 200-key resort will be located on the island of Koh Chang.
The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang will feature an all-day dining restaurant, a cliff-edge restaurant, rooftop bar, spa and infinity pool with pool bar overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.
“We’ve been on the lookout for a way back into Thailand since 2013,” said GHM chief executive officer Tommy Lai. “The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang is the perfect vehicle.”
The new property will complement existing Chedi hotels in Muscat, Sharjah, Andermatt and Lustica Bay. There are further Chedi hotels under development in the Maldives, United Arab Emirates, India and Taiwan; all are set to open in 2021.
Compared with the tourist havens of Phuket and Koh Samui, Koh Chang - Thailand’s third largest island - is relatively remote. More than 80% of the island is national parkland and it’s 300kms from the Thai capital. The nearest airport is at Trat and the island is then accessed by an hour-long ferry ride.
However, GHM is a resort group that favours emerging rather than mature destinations.
“As a group, we’ve always been like that peripatetic friend who’s always telling you about the next-best, up-and-coming place to go,” said Lai. “These days we’re talking about Koh Chang.”
According to Nixon Chung, chief operating officer of AQI, The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang in “its pristine location in this ecotourism haven” will represent “the very best of Thai hospitality.”
It hopes to be welcoming guests from the fourth quarter of 2023.