GHM Hotels to return to India with new Mumbai property

12 Dec 2012

The luxury hotel group GHM is planning to make a return to India, starting with the opening of a new hotel in Mumbai at the end of next year. 

The Aayu Mumbai will occupy the top five floors of Mumbai’s shimmering new Kohinoor Square Central Tower, a mixed-use development set to be the tallest building in the city. It is located in the Dadar areas of central Mumbai, close to the city’s main business districts. 

The hotel will have 42 suites that range in size from 65 to 155 sqm, individually designed by interior designer Jaya Ibrahim, with impressive views out over the Arabian Sea and the city. 

Rendering of the planned room design

There will be an outdoor terrace on the 50th floor with a bar, swimming pool, and 1400 sqm landscaped courtyard.

On the 49th floor, there will also be a library lounge and bar, a cigar and cognac lounge, and a large boardroom.

The planned library lounge and bar

The hotel’s restaurants will include L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, the restaurant of the celebrated French chef, and a second restaurant masterminded by Japanese chef Hide Yamamoto serving sushi, ramen and grilled meat. 

“Given its size and intended level of personalisation and qualitative offerings, The Aayu is well-suited for any organisation’s senior level executive who wishes to conduct business,” says Akira Moreno, vice president of development and pre-opening services at GHM. 

Following the opening of the Aayu Mumbai, GHM also plans to open a second Indian hotel in the Qutub area of New Delhi, scheduled for completion sometime in 2015. The Chedi Qutub will be located next to the Qutub Minar, a UNESCO heritage site in the south of the city. 

Moreno said the group foresaw a high demand for luxury accommodation in India, with the market being undersupplied. “We feel that the timing is excellent for GHM to make a return to the Indian market,” he said. “Research and trends have shown that room night demands still outweigh the supply, particularly in the luxury niche and highly differentiated lifestyle segment.”

Earlier this year, GHM announced it was stepping up its international expansion with hotels opening in the UAE, China and Switzerland (see here).

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Nicholas Olczak

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