IHG and AWC extend partnership with Kimpton Pattaya signing

L-r: Dr Paitoon Wongsasutthikul, chief investment officer, Asset World Corp; Matthew John Knights, chief hospitality group office, Asset World Corp; Patrick Finn, vice president, development, SEAK, IHG; and Saowarin Chanprakaisi, director, development, SEAK, IHG. Image © IHG Hotels & Resorts
IHG Hotels & Resorts and Asset World Corp Public Company Limited (AWC) have partnered up for the development of the newbuild Kimpton Pattaya in Thailand.

The creation of Kimpton Pattaya brings the successful collaboration of this long-term partnership to encompass 1,250 rooms across six hotels and three hotel brands.

A fruitful partnership

Building on the success of their past collaborations, IHG and AWC are now working on their second property under the Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants brand. Other properties resulting from this partnership include InterContinental Chiang Mai Mae Pin, which is due to open this year.

Rajit Sukumaran, MD in South East Asia and Korea for IHG, said: “Our partnership with AWC goes from strength to strength and, thanks to this latest collaboration for Kimpton Pattaya, together we have now signed 1,250 rooms across six fantastic properties in the past three years, in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and Pattaya.

“This will be the fifth Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants property signed in Thailand which shows the confidence owners have in the brand. Together with Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok, Kimpton Kitalay Samui and the upcoming Kimpton Khao Yai and Kimpton Hua Hin, the brand already has a strong following amongst affluent and discerning travellers. I’m delighted that Kimpton Pattaya is joining Vignette Collection Pattaya – also situated in Aquatique Pattaya – and two open hotels – InterContinental Pattaya and Holiday Inn Pattaya – in the district, establishing IHG as a market leader in Pattaya.”

Wallapa Traisorat, CEO and president of Asset World Corp Public Company Limited, added: “We are very pleased to continue our long-term strategic partnership with IHG to bring top quality hotel brands to one of Thailand’s leading beachfront destinations. By bringing world-renowned brands to a broader customer base, the Kimpton brand will also strengthen Pattaya as a global beachfront destination only a couple of hours drive away from Bangkok.”

A growing leisure and economic hub

Expected to open in early 2028, Kimpton Pattaya will provide a new place to stay in central Pattaya. This property will be a part of the Aquatique concept by AWC. This site will offer a number of attractions and incorporate commercial spaces across retail, hospitality and entertainment, just steps from Pattaya’s beach.

The 193-key property will be inspired by elements of nature and home to four restaurants and bars, a cooking studio, health and fitness centre, spa and pool, as well as 630 sq m of meeting space. The hotel will be within walking distance of Central Pattaya Beach and Central Festival Pattaya, just a 10-minute drive from Walking Street, a 30-minute drive from U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport and 60-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Pattaya is considered a significant area of leisure and economic growth district in Thailand with forthcoming infrastructure development projects set to cement its position as an Eastern Economic Corridor hub. 

“AWC sees strong demand in both the lifestyle luxury and family segments in Pattaya, which is one of the most popular destinations for leisure travellers and business travellers and aligns with AWC’s strategy to develop quality assets in prime locations by expanding our portfolio in central Pattaya,” said Traisorat.

“Located in AWC’s mega mixed-use project in Pattaya, as part of the Aquatique, the Kimpton Pattaya will help elevate the area to a new level of luxury with a world-renowned hotel operator, and a variety of activities in the complex, to help create long-term value, and enrich the surrounding communities and society.”

Thailand continues to be a strong growth market for IHG, with this hotel signing becoming its latest milestone. The group aims to double its estate across all brands by 2026.