Phnom Penh, Cambodia – 04 December 2013 – Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by Cambodia-based property developer Vattanac Properties to manage Rosewood Phnom Penh, scheduled to open in 2015. This latest signing is Rosewood’s seventh management agreement in Asia. Rosewood Phnom Penh will join the upcoming network of Rosewood ultra-luxury hotels in the region that will also include Beijing, Chongqing, Bangkok, Phuket, Jakarta and Bali.
The hotel will occupy the top 14 floors, with dedicated high-speed elevator access, in the 188-meter-high, 39-storey Vattanac Capital Tower One. Prominently located in the heart of the capital’s Central Business District along Preah Monivong Boulevard, this world-class commercial complex will also include Grade-A offices and Cambodia’s first luxury retail mall.
Rosewood Phnom Penh will offer a panoramic view of the city and the fabled Mekong River from its position within the tallest building in the capital, whose architectural form takes the fluid shape of a rising dragon oriented towards the East. The Royal Palace, National Museum, Central Market and Phnom Penh’s other most fascinating historic landmarks will be within easy reach.
Rosewood Phnom Penh will feature 148 rooms and suites which will be amongst the largest hotel guestrooms in Phnom Penh. Also offered will be an additional 27 luxury serviced residences for long-stay visitors to the Cambodian capital. Dining options will include a 120-seat bistro, a 60-seat lobby lounge, two specialty restaurants and a sky bar on a cantilevered terrace. Recreational facilities will feature Rosewood’s signature Sense® spa with five treatment rooms, a 20-meter swimming pool on the 33rd floor and a fully equipped fitness center. Meeting facilities will include The Pavilion residential-style meeting and function space and multi-functional meeting rooms.
Guided by Rosewood’s A Sense of Place philosophy, the property’s interior will be designed by Indonesia-based Jaya International Design for the public areas and guestrooms together with Japan-based Bond Design Studio for the food and beverage spaces.
“We believe that Rosewood’s A Sense of Place concept of embracing local history and culture throughout the property will be beautifully expressed in this exotic and vibrant country,” says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. “We are honored that Vattanac Properties has given us this opportunity to introduce Rosewood to Cambodia and provide a window into this fascinating world for visitors.”
“Vattanac Capital is an important landmark development in the Kingdom of Cambodia,” says Sam Ang Vattanac, executive director of Vattanac Properties. “We are excited and proud to bring the ultra-luxury Rosewood to our capital. This collaboration will redefine ultra-luxury hospitality in the kingdom, whilst reaffirming the upscale positioning of Vattanac Capital as Cambodia’s most exclusive commercial complex. We look forward to welcoming international investors and travellers to this hotel in Phnom Penh.”
Rosewood Bangkok Scheduled for 2017 Opening
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by hospitality investment company RENDE to manage the ultra-luxury Rosewood Bangkok, scheduled to open 2017. This latest signing marks Rosewood’s ninth management agreement to be announced globally, and fourth this year in the Asia-Pacific region, heralding an unprecedented period of accelerated growth for the group.
Rosewood Bangkok will be located in a prime location within Bangkok’s central business district along Ploenchit Road, adjacent to Ploenchit Skytrain Station, to which it will be directly linked. The hotel will be an integral part of the luxury enclave encompassing several embassies and new residential towers, offices and upscale retail.
The 146-room, 33-storey property will feature two restaurants and bars, Rosewood’s luxurious signature Sense spa, a swimming pool and a fitness centre. Meeting facilities will include The Pavilion residential-style meeting and function space and the top-floor Sky Villa event venue which will offer panoramic views of the capital. Spacious guestrooms will include 64-square-metre Pool Sky Villas with large terraces and private plunge pools.
Embracing the Rosewood brand’s A Sense of Place philosophy, New York-based architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), a consultant to the local design firm (Tandem Architects), will reference cultural touchstones to create a hotel that reflects Thailand’s rich heritage and customs. Two connecting high-rise structures will create a dynamic form inspired by the graceful hand movement of the wai – the simple but beautifully elegant Thai gesture of greeting and welcome, which ideally conveys Thai tradition and culture. In keeping with the tropical environment, an atrium complete with a lush, vertical garden will separate the two structures.
Rosewood Bangkok will be KPF’s first project in Thailand. The firm has designed some of the most iconic modern landmarks in the region and the world, including the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, the Shanghai World Financial Centre, Lotte World Tower in Seoul, the Heron Tower in London and the renovation of the MoMA in New York.
“As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Bangkok is a key strategic location for Rosewood to further strengthen its foothold in Asia,” says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. “We are delighted to partner with RENDE and add Rosewood Bangkok to our acclaimed collection.”
“Rosewood and RENDE have a comparable philosophy when it comes to providing the best service available in the market, as well as the same vision in design, which has made this partnership naturally easy. We also share the ultimate goal of wanting to create one of the best hotels in Bangkok,” says Pintongta Shinawatra Kunakornwong, chief executive officer of RENDE. “We look forward to working with Rosewood to create this very special property, which we believe will become one of the top luxury hotel choices for international travellers to Bangkok.”