Sunday, February 15, 2009

Alila Resort in Cha-Am -- Bangkok, Thailand

Alila Hotels and Resorts opened Alila Cha-Am in February, 2008. This is Alila’s first property in Thailand and the first modern luxury beachside resort to be built in Cha-Am. Relaxation in contemporary style and sophistication is the hallmark of Alila Cha-Am, designed by Duangrit Bunnag, one of Thailand’s leading architects and interior designers.

Arrival at the resort offers a prelude to the experience within, as one walks up the grand entrance stairway to be greeted by a view stretching across the rooftop reflection pool towards the sea. Gardens, courtyards and terraces balance privacy and connection with the tropical surroundings, seamlessly interconnecting one experience to the next. Frederic Simon, Managing Director and COO of Alila Hotels and Resorts said recently, “We are excited to bring the Alila experience to Thailand. Alila Cha-Am is a modern and ultra-luxury resort that will offer a convergence of Alila’s innovations in accommodation, spa and cuisine, combined with the culture and the traditional Thai hospitality. The result promises to be a rewarding and memorable experience for the hotel guest.”

The resort features 79 signature rooms and villas, conceived as personal retreats - spacious, elegant and fully connected. Deluxe Rooms and Deluxe Terrace Rooms are designed in various configurations to enhance in-room comforts with openness to the outdoors. The Private Pool Villas are the ultimate retreats, exceptional in every sense, offering 297 square meters of luxurious space, each with its very own landscaped garden, private pool and terrace. All accommodation is furnished with a personal home theatre system, personalized Apple TV and complimentary wi-fi Internet access. Senses will be especially heightened by the spacious bathroom offering guests a 600 x 480 mm true rain shower experience.

As Duangrit Bunnag elaborates, “The design of the project is not just about being ‘contemporary’ or it just being a resort. The notion of its design is not just about space, light, flow through and styles but about how we connect it with our emotions and promote well-being, stimulate culture, work, play, rest and even eat. One of the intimate needs we have taken care of is the especial rain shower bathroom experience in each room. The rain showers are branded by Ceramiche from Germany. The function of the project is honest and straightforward. We are lucky to have a visionary client and an operator such as Alila that takes this further with its lifestyle concepts.”

Guests will enjoy relaxation and wellness on many levels at Alila Cha-Am. Spa Alila soothes with a natural touch in its private treatment and massage suites built around a thermal mineral pool. The wellness experience goes chic at one of the resort’s most distinctive features — the Chill Pool and Red Bar — a meeting point for ultra-cool relaxation and play. Guests can go from sipping healthy cocktails while lounging by day, to indulging in spa treatments beneath the night sky or partying in candlelit intimacy. Dining is one of the highlights of the Alila experience, brought to life at the resort’s two signature restaurants — poolside dining at Motion, and on the rooftop alongside the reflection pool at the Zen-style Clouds Loft.

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