Thu, 27 October 2016

The Strand Yangon to Reopen 15 November 2016

The Strand Yangon, one of South East Asias most famous luxury hotels, will reopen on 15 November 2016 after a massive restoration project.

As part of the six-month renovation of The Strand Yangon, local artisans have meticulously restored every original architectural detail of The Strand Yangon, from the teak panelling and antique bedsteads, to traditional Myanmar lacquer ware and marble flooring.

Meanwhile, the hotels 31 rooms and suites have had their traditional dcor complemented with vintage inspired textiles and original artwork, updated with modern air conditioning systems and the latest in-room technology.

The Strand Yangon was one of the first luxury colonial outposts to open in South East Asia, founded in 1901 by the famous hoteliers, the Sarkies brothers, and it remains one of the most architecturally beautiful landmarks in the region, said Olivier Trinquand, Vice President, The Strand Hotel & Cruise. This latest project has preserved the heritage at the heart of the hotel and honours the Strands part in Myanmars history, whilst creating a more relaxed, refined and glamorous setting for 21st century travellers and explorers.

The warm welcome and intuitive service of the hotels team is at the heart of every Strand experience and is considered its greatest asset. During the hotels closure period, the entire team, including the Strands famous butlers, have undergone extensive service training led by the hotels new Operations Manager, Mark Murraybrown, who has an impressive track record in developing the teams of some of Londons finest restaurants.

Mark worked for many years with the Caprice Holdings restaurant group in London and was a key member of the team at the launch of the J. Sheekeys, Daphnes and Scotts of Mayfair, at the latter of which he held the position of Headwaiter for many years.

Yangons most elegant dining room, The Strand Restaurant, with its high vaulted ceiling, sparkling chandeliers and museum quality black and gold lacquer panels from Bagan, has welcomed a new Executive chef, Christian Martena.

Trained within some of Europes most famous Michelin-starred kitchens before running his own acclaimed restaurant in Bangkok, Chef Christian has spent the past few months travelling around Myanmar to visit suppliers and remote farming communities to immerse himself the countrys distinctive regional cuisines and source the best of Myanmars produce and spices to create a unique gastronomic experience.

The Strand Restaurant will be open from 1 December 2016 for dinner four nights a week and will serve a seasonal menu of classic Mediterranean dishes enhanced with locally sourced ingredients.

Chef Christian will oversee the food concept throughout the hotel, including the more casual Strand Caf, a warm and welcoming respite from the bustle of the Yangon Road, open all day for coffee, pastries or a light lunch of Western or traditional Myanmar cuisine. The Strand Caf is also home to the famous Strand High Tea, which has been preserved and expanded with more traditional and Myanmar delicacies.

The hotels bar, for over a century the epicentre of social life in Yangon and gathering place for many adventurers, raconteurs and explorers such as Sir Nol Coward, Orsen Welles and Rudyard Kipling, has been renamed The Sarkies Bar at The Strand Hotel in honour of the hotels founders, Aviet and Tigran Sarkies, the brothers responsible for many of the finest colonial hotels in the region, such as Raffles in Singapore and the Eastern & Oriental in Penang.

The teakwood-panelled bar has been given a glamorous club like atmosphere, with leather seating and an extensive new menu of cocktails and single malt whiskies.

Superior Suites at The Strand Yangon start from US$334 per room per night including breakfast and taxes.

To celebrate its reopening, The Strand Yangon is offering a special New Era package, offering guests booking a Superior Suite for two nights or more for stays from 15 November 2016 to 30 April 2017 a complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Suite (subject to availability) along with return airport transfers, High Tea for two, a bottle of wine in room on arrival and a Myanmar degustation menu for two at The Strand Caf.

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