GHM has signed a management agreement with Aquarius International Development (AQI) to operate a 200-key resort on Koh Chang island, Thailand.
The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang resort will have a cliff-edge restaurant, an all-day-dining restaurant, spa, rooftop bar, infinity pool with pool bar, and conference facilities facing the Gulf of Thailand.
The property is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2023 and will join GMH’s portfolio of luxury hotels in Sharjah (UAE.), Luštica Bay (Montengro), Muscat (Oman), and Andermatt (Switzerland).
GHM CEO Tommy Lai said: “This new resort is shaping up with an integrity of design and a certain poise that are hallmarks of the Chedi experience. We’ve been on the lookout for a way back into Thailand since 2013, and The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang is the perfect vehicle.”
AQI COO Nixon Chung said: “We are delighted to partner with GHM to bring the prestigious Chedi brand back to Thailand. With its pristine location in this ecotourism haven, impeccable design and exceptional amenities, The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang will represent the very best of Thai hospitality. We look forward to welcoming guests from the 4th quarter of 2023.”
Koh Chang island is the third largest island in Thailand but lacks recognition of either Phuket or Koh Samui. It is readily reachable by air and by road from Bangkok, and flights to the nearest airport in Trat take one hour. Overland, the drive to the island is 300km and the ferry from the mainland takes less than an hour.
GHM claimed that it focuses on emerging instead of mature destinations.
Lai added: “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. These days we’re talking about Koh Chang.”
GHM hotels are also under development in Maldives, UAE, India and Taiwan. These properties all scheduled to open in 2021.