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Ms. Kijkanakorn

Anchalika Kijkanakorn

Managing Director, Akaryn Hospitality Management Services (AHMS)

Akaryn Hospitality Management Services (AHMS) As owner and operator of two hugely successful luxury resorts in Thailand, leading Thai businesswoman, Anchalika Kijkanakorn, has fulfilled the first part of her dream of building an intimate retreat concept in her homeland. The dreams continue in 2011 with the expansion of the Akaryn Hospitality Management Services (AHMS) which will bring Ms. Kijkanakorn's unique outlook towards resort management in Asia to a wider audience as the group embarks on a strategic expansion. After distinguished academic and business management careers in the United States and Europe, Ms. Kijkanakorn's passion for Asia and specifically Thailand saw her return “home) in 2003 to transform a family beachfront holiday villa into the award-winning Aleenta Resort and Spa Hua Hin-Pranburi, opening in 2005. The resort was quickly recognized for its superb individualism and style and was voted one of the world's best resorts by legendary Conde Nast Traveler US magazine during its first year of operations. Enthused by her success and encouraged by her peers to further expand the Aleenta concept, Ms. Kijkanakorn launched the Aleenta Resort and Spa Phuket-Phang Nga on pristine Natai Beach in 2006, which was voted into the top 10 A List by Luxury Travel magazine. Ms. Kijkanakorn believes now is the time for her management company to expand the brand with the launch of two sister brands under the AHMS umbrella - akyra and Akaryn. Both of these brands will open their first resort on the idyllic island resort of Koh Samui this year. Ms. Kijkanakorn's gift for launching and developing companies and dynamic business acumen stems from both her international education - she holds a BA in Marketing from University of Texas and an MBA in International Business from the University of South Carolina - and from her diverse career. She has held various leadership roles specializing in audit, consulting, mergers and acquisitions, and financial control, managing teams across Asia, Europe and the Unites States. The first eight years of her illustrious career were spent with global financial giants GE Capital Financial Services in London, England, before moving to Cologne, Germany to take up a key role for Honeywell Home and Building Control Services. The busy mother of two young children has however found time to launch the Pure Blue Foundation - a charity close to her heart - dedicated to rebuilding damaged reef ecosystems in Phuket's Phang Nga area, following her proclamation the natural environment will be safeguarded wherever AHMS are built or operated A keen linguist, Ms. Kijkanakorn speaks fluent Thai, English, conversational French and basic Cantonese. This linguistic knowledge has undoubtedly contributed to one of the many reasons she has been elected for her second term onto the board of directors of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, a prestigious international organization with membership spanning over 400 privately owned luxury hotels across the world.

Ms. Kijkanakorn can be contacted at 66-2-514-8112 or anchalika@ahmshotels.com

Coming up in July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.