Holiday Inn and Outrigger open their doors in Southern Thailand

Two well-known hotel chains are taking over and making over two Thai properties located in popular beach areas.

  Both conversions are expected to bring new life to these resorts by adding their brand names and making big changes.

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach

The former Sala Talay Resort and Spa, which is now known as Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach.  Currently the resort offers 55 rooms and suites ranging from 45-95 square meters, all with crisp bedding, walk-in rain showers, bathtubs, free WIFI and balconies.  The plan is to expand to 188 rooms by adding a new wing to the property.  The wing will house the Holiday Inn KidSuites, which will include child-friendly features like bunk beds, TVs with game consoles and play corners.  Three large swimming pools surround the area where the new wing will be located, including one with a water slide.

Already the Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach has an outdoor free-form swimming pool, a fitness center, book and DVD library, spa and restaurant serving Asian cuisine.  All renovations and additions are expected to be completed by October 2013.

Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort & Spa

Next is the Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort and Spa, formerly known as the Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort and Spa.  Outrigger took over sales and marketing of the resort last year and has since added 44 Deluxe Garden Bungalows, improved the gym and started making changes at the restaurant and bar venues.

They’re especially proud of the new bungalows, which are all 53 square meters and are grouped together as they would be in a traditional Thai village.  The décor is traditional Thai with a contemporary touch and they include modern luxuries like walk-in wardrobes, flat screen televisions and iPod docking stations.

Still, the work is not yet done.  A new executive chef with excellent experience in the luxury hotel industry has been hired to implement new food and beverage menus.  Expect to see new Thai, French, Italian and Japanese offerings on the menu very soon.

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Aaron Christe

Founder and former owner at NewThaiHotels
NewThaiHotels was the brainchild and passion of Aaron's for 4 years. Age forced him to get a "real" job. He now resides in Tokyo.

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