Creating a hotel with purpose is the mission of leading designer Bill Bensley. Together with Rena Udomkunnatum, CEO of Elysian Development Co, the second project for this dynamic and inspiring partnership is the creation of the Intercontinental Khao Yai in central Thailand.
Rena and Bill discuss the purpose of their hotel projects, what inspires the creation of quintessential properties and the value they provide not only to guests as a destination, but to the environment, the economy and the local people and their culture.
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About InterContinental Khao Yai
Set to open in 2021, InterContinental Khao Yai Swan Lake Resort will be an integral part of the Swan Lake mixed use project which is being positioned as a ‘destination retreat’. The resort creates a genuine sense of connection to nature with stunning views over seven man-made lakes, mountain views, and over 50,000 trees in the 100-acre site.
BENSLEY is a small atelier of youthful, energetic architects, interior designers, artists and landscape architects that know no limits, based in Bangkok and Bali. We believe in design. If one has a client that can build as per plan, it can be exuberantly life confirming.
Bill Bensley is world renown for his outstanding, unique and inspiring award-wining hotel, landscape and interior designs and eye-catching architecture. What is not so widely known, but comes as no surprise to those that know him, is that he is a concerned conservationist and passionate philanthropist and an eco-warrior. In his own words Bill shares, “my main purpose in life, besides having as much fun as possible, is to help the needy, to education, help animals and help the planet via conservation”.