While some Asian countries are criticized for their failure to preserve their cultural heritage, a few others are taking efforts to not only protect but also to restore and replenish colonial buildings, giving them a contemporary meaning.
Southeast Asia’s celebrated luxury hotel, The Strand in Yangon, Myanmar, is being redecorated for a November reopening.
Constructed in 1901 in a classic Colonial style, The Strand will retain its heritage architectural details, such as marble and teak wood flooring, ceiling fans, chandeliers, lacquer wood furniture, Burmese antiques and signature service elements, while being given a complete upgrade and contemporary twist through a refreshed colour-palette and subtle decorative details, Travel News Asia reported.
Several such Asian cities are transforming crumbling colonial estates into some of the region’s finest contemporary boutique hotels. Interiors of The Strand’s 31 suites will be redecorated in keeping with its legendary style and elegance, while at the same time updated with the latest technology.
Guests will find that each of the 31 rooms spread over two storeys in The Strand is, in fact, a generously sized suite. Even the smallest, the Superior Suite, boasts a separate sitting area, large bathroom with double sinks and deep-soak bathtub, and mahogany-framed bed, South East Asia Globe reported.