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 Anchalika’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, Anchalaika’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 recognised 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, Anchalika 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.
Anchalika 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.
Anchalika’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 specialising 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, Anchalika 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 organisation with membership spanning over 400 privately owned luxury hotels across the world.