Anchalika Kijkanakorn is the Managing Director and Founder of AKARYN Hotel Group (AHG), Thailand’s award-winning boutique hotel owner and operator, and the recent Chairman of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), a post she was elected to for three consecutive years, the first Asian and the first woman to hold the position. She still sits on the Board of Directors of SLH, where she has been for the last 10 years.
AHG pioneered barefoot luxury hospitality experiences in Thailand through the exclusive all-villa and loft-style beachfront resorts Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi and Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga, before launching the akyra brand through adults-only akyra Chura Samui and art-inspired all-suite concept akyra Manor Chiang Mai.
Under Anchalika’s leadership, AHG developed the Ayurah wellness brand, a medical and holistic health concept, as well as the Italics restaurant brand, a standalone Italian-inspired dining experience with outlets open in Bangkok and at akyra Manor Chiang Mai. The Italics restaurants in Bangkok and Chiang Mai have both won Thailand Tatler Top Table Awards, while Italics Chiang Mai is consistently ranked on TripAdvisor as one of Top 3 Tables in the area.
In 2016, AHG launched akyra Thonglor Bangkok, an all-suites luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the stylish Thonglor neighbourhood, as well as opening its first epicurean beach club, akyra Beach Club Phuket where sun meets style, cool tunes, good vibes and always great people.
In 2017, AHG is looking to expand further outside of Thailand. The latest project AHG has signed up for will be to develop an all-pool villa luxury Aleenta Resort in the UNESCO Heritage City of Hoi An, Vietnam, with the opening planned for 2019.
Anchalika has been recognized for her work on marine environmental protection through the Pure Blue Foundation, which she founded in 2006, and also for local community support, particularly helping school children. These two causes are close to her heart, a fact highlighted by her inclusion in Forbes Asia’s list of Asia’s leading 40 philanthropists in 2015.
Before entering the hospitality industry, Anchalika spent 10 years with GE Capital in various leadership roles in the finance sector, managing teams across Asia, Europe and the United States. She has two young sons and is based in Bangkok.