Kimpton Kitalay Samui Awarded SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) Certification

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Kimpton Kitalay Samui, the first resort in Southeast Asia for IHG Hotels & Resorts today announced that it is now fully certified as a SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) hotel, allowing it to welcome international travellers entering Thailand.

Awarded by Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Ministry of Public Health under the Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration (SHA) scheme, this certification means that the hotel, which was previously a SHA hotel when it opened in December 2021, is now able to provide its services to travellers with an even higher level of confidence and safety.

Hotels are only certified SHA++ when at least 70% of their staff are fully vaccinated, are partnered with certified hospitals to provide RT-PCR tests and have met all other stringent SHA criteria. As a SHA++ hotel, Kimpton Kitalay Samui is one of the establishments allowed to provide the SHABA certificate to visitors entering the country under government restrictions without quarantine.

“We are honoured to have been awarded the highest level of SHA certification, a testament to the high standards of cleanliness and safety that we have always prided ourselves upon. With this certification in hand, we are pleased to be part of our guests’ journeys as they travel to Koh Samui – some for the first time in two years – and to ensure their peace of mind.” said Michael Janssen, General Manager of Kimpton Kitalay Samui.

Located on Choengmon Beach in the northeast of Koh Samui and just minutes away from the Koh Samui International Airport, Kimpton Kitalay Samui promises a differentiated stay with its take on the Samui way of life, through the brand’s signature heartfelt service, locally-loved restaurants and bars and distinct design approach to create one-of-a-kind spaces that infuse local culture with relaxed luxury. Standing upon doubletiered, stilt-suspended platforms, the resort will conjure the romance of a village intimately connected to the sea through an enchanting fusion of contemporary design and traditional accents.

IHG has a long-standing commitment to rigorous cleaning procedures at all its hotels worldwide. This is being extended with additional COVID-19 protocols and best practices, in partnership with industry-leading experts Cleveland Clinic, Ecolab and Diversey, as well as introducing the IHG Clean Promise. For more information, please visit

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