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  Langham Hotels International Signs Management Contract
with Gurich Company in Koh Samui, Thailand to Open
Designer Boutique Resort in November 2009


July 2009 - Langham Hotels International (LHI) is set to open a new boutique resort, Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach, in November, 2009, following the signing of its latest management contract with Gurich Company Limited.
 
Located on the Island of Samui, the latest addition to Langham’s portfolio enjoys a prime beachside location and offers a chic modern village of 77 stunning villas and suites; many featuring personal plunge pools and views over the Gulf of Thailand.
 
Modern Living by the Water
The resort promises a journey of hospitality touching all the senses, beginning with an arrival leading through a walkway of waterfalls and breathtaking views of the sea from the raised lobby.
 
The resort also presents two piers overlooking the sea, and a secluded ocean pool for guests to enjoy. The resort suites are clustered around communal pools which can be reserved exclusively for group stays. Meanwhile, Chuan Spa will be introduced to Samui bringing a signature range of pampering spa treatments based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) while introducing new Thai Traditional Medicine-based treatments for the first time.
 
Lamai Beach retains a sense of tranquility and privacy making it the ideal spot for an extended vacation. The hotel is close to several recreational and cultural facilities including Lamai temple and the island’s yacht club. Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach will promote local culture encouraging guests to be part of it all – whether it be visiting the temples and mingling with the monks or touring and supporting the local markets.
 
“We’re delighted to be partners with the visionary Gurich Company as we further establish our footprint in Thailand. Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach introduces an internationally recognised Hotel brand in a boutique setting that meets the needs of today’s upmarket adventurers looking for a vibrant getaway,” said Brett Butcher, Chief Executive Officer of Langham Hotels International.
  
Entertainment Central
Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach will be the perfect place to socialize, play, sip cocktails, snack and catch up with friends and family while still being wired to the real world.
 
The innovative resort will combine all these elements in one cool space divided into The Pantry food and beverage concept and Portal – Surf & Play, allowing guests to connect and have fun while still staying in touch with the latest technology. Guests are also sure to be entertained listening to the resident DJ’s smooth beats or by catching a flick with Langham Place Samui’s unique poolside blockbuster movies!
 
Art Gallery Masquerading as a Resort
Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach will earn itself a reputation as an art gallery masquerading as a resort, with extensive museum quality artplaced throughout.
 
Guests will also be inspired to explore the local culture and share their photos of the resort and Samui on the web which will act as a global archive of the resort and island’s appeal and development. Each month, one guest will have his photograph selected as the image of the month displayed on the Artist’s Wall in the hotel for a year. Once 12 have been selected, a grand winner will be selected to win an all-expenses paid vacation back to Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach.
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About Langham Hotels International & Its Affiliates
Langham has a legendary hotel heritage dating back to 1865 when The Langham in London originally opened as Europe’s first Grand Hotel.  For over 140 years, this flagship hotel has been at the forefront of sophisticated and gracious hospitality.  Today, all Langham Hotels worldwide inherit the same philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses creating a truly unique hotel experience.
 
The group is pursuing an aggressive portfolio growth strategy using its distinctive brands and affiliate – The Langham, Langham Place and Eaton. Currently 15 hotels, including affiliates, are open or in the pipeline across four continents.
 
The Langham is where guests can enjoy service with poise and be enchanted by our innovation and traditions while Langham Place, the fun sibling of The Langham, is about living the 21st century through design, technology and attitude, epitomizing stimulating and artistic hospitality
 
Eaton, a premium four-star affiliate property, aims to surprise and delight our guests with a value-for-money proposition that delivers a stylish, modern level of comfort with spirited, can-do service. Langham Hotels International is a wholly-owned company of Great Eagle Holdings (Stock Code: 0041) which was founded in 1963 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972. Reservations for Langham hotels can be made by logging onto www.langhamhotels.com or www.eatonhotels.com.

EUROPE: 
The Langham, London
 
INDIA:
Langham Place, Koregaon Park, Pune (2010)
  
ASIA: 
Hong Kong
The Langham, Hong Kong
Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong 
Eaton Hong Kong 

NORTH AMERICA: 
The Langham, Boston
The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena

China
Langham Place, Beijing (2009) 
Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport (2009) 
The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, Shanghai (2009)
Langham Place, EDZ, Guangzhou (2010) 
 
PACIFIC:
The Langham, Auckland
Langham Place Vineyard Resort + Spa, Waiheke Island, Auckland (2010) 
The Langham, Melbourne 
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Contact:

Stephanie Edwards
212.255.6541
stephanie@hawkpr.com
www.langhamhotels.com
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Also See: The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, CA Appoints Jorgen Christensen, Director of Sales & Marketing & Jim O’Connell, Director of Sales / June 2009

Langham Hotels Opens First Boutique Hotel - The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, in Shanghai; Stefan Heintze the Opening General Manager / May 2009

The Langham in London Restored to its Original Elite Status Following a Two Year £80 million (US $116 million) Restoration / February 2009

Hong Kong’s Great Eagle Hotel Is Renamed The Langham Hotel Hong Kong After The London Legend / September 2003

Great Eagle Holdings Limited Completes Acquisition of the 380 room Ritz-Carlton Huntington for $170 million; Pasadena Landmark Rebranded The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa / January 2008
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