Myanmar’s iconic Strand Yangon to reopen after facelift

The Strand Yangon

The Strand Yangon hotel will unveil the result of a six-month renovation and restoration project alongside a rejuvenated team when it reopens on November 15.

Restored elements at the colonial heritage building include original architectural details, from teak panelling and antique bedsteads to traditional Myanmar lacquerware and marble flooring.

As well, the hotel’s 31 rooms and suites feature new vintage-inspired textiles and original artwork, modern air conditioning systems and the latest in-room technology.

Commented Olivier Trinquand, vice president, The Strand Hotel & Cruise: “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.

“This latest project has preserved the heritage at the heart of the hotel and honours the Strand’s part in Myanmar’s history, whilst creating a more relaxed, refined and glamorous setting for 21st century travellers and explorers.”

During the closure, the entire team underwent service training led by the hotel’s new operations manager, Mark Murraybrown, who has a track record of developing restaurant teams in London.

As well, the hotel’s Strand Restaurant has taken onboard as its new executive chef Christian Martena, who had trained in Michelin-star restaurants before running his own restaurant in Bangkok.

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

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