June 29, 2018
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by Prime Residence to manage Rosewood Yangon, which will open in Winter 2018 as the brand’s first property in Myanmar and sixth in Asia.
Located on The Strand in the heart of the city’s historic district, Rosewood Yangon will offer guests unparalleled access to the cultural riches of Myanmar’s largest city. Ideally situated amidst classic colonial landmarks in the cultural heart and central business district, within walking distance to the city’s most notable attractions, guests can easily take in the bustling city life at the Bogyoke Aung San Market, enjoy a cruise down the winding Yangon river, or immerse themselves in local culture at the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda.
Housed in a stunning heritage building that was originally constructed in 1927 as the New Law Courts by architect Thomas Oliphant and Doorman Long UK, the engineers behind the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge, the property has been meticulously restored to incorporate every contemporary amenity and comfort while simultaneously preserving the essence and splendor of the building’s storied past.
The property is the first building to receive approval from Yangon Heritage Trust, founded in 2012 by Dr. Thant Myint-U, the renowned Burmese writer and historian, for a Conservation Management Plan that permitted this carefully executed restoration of a historic structure.
As the most significant historic restoration project in Yangon to date, great care has been taken to restore both the exterior and interior to its former glory. Of particular note is the spectacular Heritage Room on the hotel’s fourth floor, which for many years had laid hidden beneath modern interventions but will now once again showcase its original beauty after a thoughtful and thorough restoration.
Rosewood Yangon will feature 209 spacious guestrooms, suites, one- and two-bedroom apartment units. Boasting high ceilings and abundant natural light, most guestrooms also feature patios and balconies where guests can take in views of the majestic Yangon River or the beautifully landscaped internal courtyards.
The hotel’s interiors have been designed to seamlessly blend the historical restoration with contemporary Burmese touches – all in Rosewood’s signature residential style.
The hotel will also offer five distinct dining venues featuring local, Asian, and internationally-influenced cuisine, including a residential-style tea lounge and patisserie, a modern Cantonese restaurant, a convivial brasserie, an intimate bar and cigar lounge, and a panoramic rooftop bar boasting sweeping views of the city and the Yangon River.
Additional amenities will include several event venues and extensive leisure facilities over three floors with Sense, A Rosewood Spa, in addition to a state-of-the-art gym, yoga / Pilates studio, and a rooftop pool. The hotel will also offer Yangon’s well-groomed and well-dressed residents a stylish getaway with a classic men’s grooming salon, a beauty bar and an artisanal leather workshop.
“With its stunning vistas, awe-inspiring architecture, rich history and culture, Myanmar and Yangon are perfect examples of a Rosewood destination, and we look forward to introducing our affluential explorers to this destination,” says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group.
“Already an emerging regional business center, Yangon is a wonderfully dynamic city with deep cultural traditions and is a perfect gateway for our discerning guests to discover the wonderful landscapes and culture of Myanmar.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and bring this prestigious ultra-luxury brand to Myanmar”, says Supalak Foong, Managing Director of Prime Residence.
“Our two companies share an unswerving dedication to detail that can be seen in this beautiful, one-of-a-kind property. In this emerging, culturally vibrant destination, Rosewood Yangon will help to bring the beauty of Myanmar to the world stage.”
Rosewood Yangon will join Rosewood’s distinctive Asian properties including Rosewood Beijing, Rosewood Phuket, and Rosewood Sanya. The upcoming opening of Rosewood Yangon also caps a year of dynamic growth for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts which also saw the opening of Rosewood Luang Prabang, Rosewood Phnom Penh and Rosewood Baha Mar in the Bahamas. Additional properties set to open this Winter include Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito, Rosewood Bangkok, Rosewood Guangzhou and Rosewood Hong Kong.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages 24 one-of-a-kind luxury properties in 15 countries, with 17 new hotels under development. Each Rosewood hotel embraces the brand’s A Sense of Place philosophy to reflect the individual location’s history, culture and sensibilities. The Rosewood collection includes some of the world’s most legendary hotels and resorts, including The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel in Paris, as well as new classics such as Rosewood Beijing.
Rosewood Yangon is owned by Prime Residence, a partnership established by Kanok Furniture and Decoration of Thailand and Jewellery Luck Group of Companies of Myanmar to restore and bring back to life one of the most significant buildings in Yangon.
Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) was invited to scrutinize design and construction through the entire development, culminating in the country’s first Conservation Management Plan. Kanok intends to pursue further restoration and new build projects to enhance the livelihoods of the Myanmar people.