Dusit International finds its way to China’s ancient water town

Posted by - October 1, 2018

Zhouzhuang, ChinaThailand’s homegrown hospitality brand Dusit International has officially opened the doors of Heritage Villas Zhouzhuang.
Nestled on the ancient water town of Jiangsu Province, Heritage Villas Zhouzhuang is within the Yungu Pastoral Valley, approximately 60 minutes by car from Shanghai and 40 minutes from Suzhou. The property comprises 33 rooms in traditional houses, featuring designs that are focused on comfort and family-friendly amenities which include a mini golf range and an outdoor play area.
“This distinctive resort with historic houses in this beautiful water town”
Lim Boon Kwee, the chief operating officer at Dusit International, commented: “We are delighted to open this distinctive resort with historic houses in this beautiful water town. Our comfortable rooms and excellent location provide the perfect platform to showcase Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired, gracious hospitality, and we look forward to delighting domestic and international travellers alike with our thoughtful and friendly service.”

With its rich history and natural beauty, Zhouzhuang is often referred to as the Venice of the East due to its distinctive network of canals, rivers and lakes, well-preserved ancient houses and bridges, providing a collection of water views. Zhouzhuang’s main scenic spots and historical attractions, which date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, are all within walking distance of Heritage Villas Zhouzhuang.

The opening of the property is part of the brand’s China strategy, the first phase before opening the Dusit Thani Zhouzhuang — an upscale, full-service hotel comprising 160 guest rooms due to open in 2022. The hotel building will feature an all-day-dining restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, a health club, an indoor swimming pool, and conference facilities.
To celebrate its opening, Heritage Villas Zhouzhuang is offering a Grand Opening package featuring accommodation in a Heritage Room, and breakfast for two persons, starting from RMB 688 (USD 100). The package is valid until 31 December 2018.

Dusit International expands in ME with first hotel in Qatar

Posted by - August 24, 2018

Thailand-based global hospitality company, Dusit International, has signed a management agreement with the Al Majed Group to operate Dusit Doha Hotel, the group’s first Dusit-branded property in Qatar.
Extending its long-term partnership with Dusit International, the Al Majed Group will be operating the Dusit Doha Hotel, a 357-key hotel that will comprise 261 guest rooms and suites, along with 96 serviced apartments. Each guest room will have a minimum floor area of 41 sqm—one of the largest of its kind in Qatar’s West Bay area.
The five-star property is within walking distance from the Doha City Centre, Gate Mall and the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. It’s also in close proximity to popular tourist spots such as the Souq Waqif, Katara Cultural Village and The Pearl, and will be a 25-minute drive from the Hamad International Airport.
According to Ahmed Mahdi Al Majed, chairman at Al Majed Group, the new property is also preparing to host travellers who will be visiting Qatar for some of the world’s biggest sporting events.
Al Majed commented: “Qatar is set to host two of the world’s largest sporting events: the FIFA World Cup 2022 – in which the country is expecting to host more than one million international visitors for the World Cup itself, and the World Athletic Championship in 2019 which serves as a right time for us to open Dusit Doha Hotel to welcome the organisers, sponsors, and consultants who will be making Doha their home for the next few years. Dusit – being the first 5-star hotel in Qatar with Thai culture and heritage, would enable the vast Thai experience to the valuable customers.”
“It’s an exciting time for Qatar”
Suphajee Suthumpun, group CEO at Dusit International, also commented: “It’s an exciting time for Qatar and we’re delighted to announce the Dusit Doha Hotel, our second property with the Al Majed Group. The hotel will be designed keeping in mind the latest developments in the vibrant city, to resonate with both business and leisure travellers alike”.
Dusit Doha Hotel will offer a choice of club, suites, deluxe and premium deluxe, while the hotel apartments will provide a range of one, two and three-bedroom configurations, complemented by the hotel facilities. Furthermore, the hotel’s location in West Bay offers Doha’s most prestigious neighbourhood and provides views across the bay and the Arabian Gulf.
With 27 properties currently in operation across four brands in eight countries, Dusit International is in a significant growth phase which will see the number of Dusit properties reach over 50 within the next three to four years across key markets worldwide.

Dusit International to debut on Vietnam’s largest island

Posted by - May 4, 2018

Dusit Princess Moonrise Beach Resort Dusit International is set to make its debut in Vietnam this month with the opening of Dusit Princess Moonrise Beach Resort, on the country’s largest island, Phu Quoc.
For tourists seeking a cultural immersion, Vietnam surely comes to mind. Over the past few years, it has become one of the top tourist attractions in Southeast Asia, with more than 5.5 million foreign arrivals just for the first four months of 2018 (a staggering increase of 29.5% over the same period last year). By our calculations, that’s 16.5 million arrivals a year.
Phu Quoc is a popular tourist destination with its beaches, coral reefs, fresh seafood, pearl farms, and dense tropical rainforests. It’s located in the south of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand, and Dusit Princess Moonrise Beach Resort is designed to blend its Thai heritage with the Vietnamese culture. The debuting four-star resort will operate under Dusit’s upper-midscale Dusit Princess brand and will offer 108 guest rooms ranging from 32-square-metre Deluxe Rooms to 90-square-metre Suites with ocean views.
“Perfectly equipped to meet the needs of business and leisure travellers alike, this is a stunning property in a beautiful location with gorgeous sunsets almost every day,” said Markus Lohenstein, general manager, Dusit Princess Moonrise Beach Resort.
Deluxe King Ocean View Room “It’s a real honour to be tasked with debuting Dusit’s unique brand of gracious hospitality in Vietnam. I look forward to working with my team to make this resort a huge success, as we delight our guests with our distinctive service, and showcase the best the island has to offer,” added Lohenstein.
Dusit Princess Moonrise Beach Resort is centrally located on the island’s west coast overlooking the Bai Truong beach, a 12-mile stretch of sand also known as Long Beach. In addition, it’s just a short drive from Phu Quoc (PQC) International Airport.
As for the resort’s dining options, it includes an all-day-dining restaurant, a lobby lounge, a swim-up pool bar serving Thai, Vietnamese and Western cuisines; and Soi 14, a beachfront bar and lounge where Thai Chef Somnuck Attaworn serves premium ingredients to put a contemporary spin on Thai street food favourites.
Soi 14 Restaurant Vietnam’s Ministry of Tourism aims to attract at least 500,000 foreign tourists to Phu Quoc Island this year through strategic promotions and the development of tourism products. Now, this is where the new resort comes into play.
Through the new family-friendly resort, guests will be able to visit popular local attractions such as Phu Quoc National Park, part of the UNESCO designated Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve; the secluded Bai Sao beach; the Dinh Cau night market; and various traditional temples.
To meet the demands of international travellers, PQC International Airport has opened new direct routes to destinations such as Thailand, China, Korea, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Germany and the UK. Regular domestic flights to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are also available. A visa exempt rule grants international visitors 30 days access to the island upon arrival.
Currently, Dusit International is in a significant growth phase with 27 properties in operation across eight countries and plans to reach a mark of 70 properties in the next three years in key markets around the globe.
Dusit Princess Moonrise Beach Resort will hold its soft opening debut on 22 May.

Dusit International unveils new hotel brand for millennial-minded travellers

Posted by - April 6, 2018

A. HUB mixed-use space Dusit International, Thailand’s pride in the hotel industry, has introduced a new hotel brand – ASAI Hotels – designed for millennial-minded travellers who want local and authentic experiences in the world’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.
Launched in Bangkok’s renowned Chatuchak Market, ASAI Hotels embraces a sustainable and community-focused concept. Each property is designed to reflect the culture and heritage of its location through collaborations with local artisans. ASAI Hotels will officially launch in Q1 2019.
“This is an affordable lifestyle brand offering something new, different and bespoke”
“Inspired by the community, and driven by sustainability, ASAI is an exciting new concept for Dusit that will leverage the company’s 70 years of hospitality heritage to deliver a new kind of stay experience in vibrant neighbourhoods worldwide,” said Siradej Donavanik, managing director of Asai Holdings, Dusit International.
“The brand has been carefully crafted to meet the needs of millennial-minded travellers who seek authentic local experiences, and who appreciate value and quality for their money.
“ASAI is not budget travel – this is an affordable lifestyle brand offering something new, different and bespoke. Our collaborations with local artisans in each destination will ensure each stay is unique, memorable, and definitely worthy of our slogan – Live Local. And everywhere we set foot we will always ensure we have a positive impact.”
The ASAI Hotels brand stands on four pillars: thoughtful essentials, common areas, locally inspired and connected community.
Each hotel will feature compact rooms (approximately 15 sqm), whose contemporary design will emphasise key features like superior quality beds and high-pressure rain showers. A large mixed-use space, meanwhile, will include a workspace, a leisure area, and a restaurant concept curated by local chefs who champion sustainability.
The first ASAI hotel in Chatuchak Market will include an eatery developed by Bangkok-based chefs and restaurateurs, Jarrett Wrisley and Paolo Vitaletti. They own the restaurants, Soul Food Mahanakorn and Appia, which are both renowned for their sustainable approach to cooking. Their menu at ASAI Chatuchak will highlight produce from Thailand’s Royal Project Foundation.
As for the staff, management will hire employees according to personality as much as experience. They are expected to be passionate about their neighbourhoods and always ready to share knowledge with guests.
L to R: Siradej Donavanik, Asai Holdings; Suphajee Suthumpun and Chanin Donavanik, Dusit International; Natapa Sriyuksiri, ASAI Hotels Suphajee Suthumpun, group CEO, Dusit International, said: “In line with our three-pronged strategy for balance, expansion and diversification, the introduction of ASAI Hotels will add an innovative new revenue stream to our company that complements our traditional hospitality offerings and actively responds to the needs and desires of millennial-minded travellers.”
“35% of this segment prefer to stay in luxury and upscale resorts”
“Recent detailed studies in America have shown that, alongside a desire for local experiences, a majority 35% of this segment prefer to stay in luxury and upscale resorts. The majority also placed cost and security as chief concerns when booking accommodation. ASAI is perfectly positioned to meet these needs, and we look forward to making the brand a huge success.”
First-floor bar concept image Aside from ASAI Chatuchak, five more properties are already in the pipeline. This includes three ASAI Hotels in Cebu City in the Philippines, one in Yangon, Myanmar, and another hotel in Bangkok in the Sathorn district.
All are expected to open throughout 2019 and ASAI Hotels hopes to secure over 10 properties by the end of the year across Southeast Asia and Japan.